The Pacific Coast Builders Conference presented the 52nd Annual Gold Nugget Awards at a gala last month, announcing winners in 49 categories . There were more than 630 entries vying for Merit and Grand Prizes.

Entrants in this year's contest received praise for the depth of thinking they reflected, their new takes on classic concepts, and daring creativity.  Some of the most prominent trends on display included sophisticated lighting, which could be used to highlight architectural features of the projects, and outdoor spaces that expanded on the proven exterior room, such as patio spaces and guest houses.

Two of the remodeling-focused categories that were honored at the awards ceremony in San Diego were “Best Renovated or Restored Single House” and “Best, Renovated, Restored, or Adaptive, Re-Use Residential Project.” 

Rachlin Residence by Rachlin Architects.   Photography by Tom Bonner.   Job ID 6034
Tom Bonner Beverlywood Residence - Los Angeles, CA

Best Renovated or Restored Single House

The Grand prize winner in this category was the Beverlywood Residence, located in Los Angeles. The Beverlywood residence was a typical 1950s California residence that originally not only "lacked style," it had sustained earthquake damage. The redesign of the residence blurs the lines between traditional and modern by using a minimalist language to re-imagine the original design. It also follows  one of the more popular design trends by using sophisticated lighting. As one judge said, the lighting in the Beverlywood Residence, "make the interior architectural planes sparkle ... even become playful." 

RONJACKSON The Melrose - Nashville, TN

Best, Renovated, Restored, or Adaptive, Re-Use Residential Project

The Melrose, in Nashville, Tenn.,  took home the Grand prize in this category. The Melrose originally debuted in 1940 as a theater and shopping center. The goal of those who purchased The Melrose in 2012 was to preserve these two spaces; however, the storefronts were either deteriorated or would not meet energy standards and were replaced with 220 apartments. The apartment amenity area was opened up to display a large, two-story open space. Other than the storefronts, the remodelers were able to preserve the marble, canopies, and brick bulkheads underneath the windows, as well as the movie theme of the lobby. 

To see more award winning projects in design or other categories, head over to the 
Gold Nugget Awards website.