Douglas VanderHorn Architects wins eight HOBI Awards

The design for the this English Tudor custom home was an award winner.

The design for the this English Tudor custom home was an award winner.

The Home Building Association of Connecticut has honored Douglas VanderHorn Architects with eight awards at the 21st annual HOBI Awards ceremony on Nov. 18 at Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

The HOBI Awards is the state’s most prestigious housing industry program, recognizing excellence in new construction, land development, remodeling, sales and marketing, and home financing.

VanderHorn’s new waterfront shingle style residence in Greenwich swept the competition, winning 5 HOBIs for Best Custom Home 10,000-12,000 square feet, Best Pantry, Best Library, Best Home Technology and Outstanding Special Purpose Room. The home nestles into its hillside waterfront site and reveals sweeping views of the Long Island Sound from all of its spacious rooms. The stone base, painted shingle upper story and hipped cedar shingle roof create a distinctive composition reminiscent of an architectural precedent of the early 20th century.

The interior however, is fresh, filled with natural light and lends itself to contemporary living. Described by judges as “absolutely incredible” and “looks as if it’s been there for 100 years,” the masterful use of forms, textures and material create a quintessential shingle style home that will remain fresh for generations.

The firm’s classic English Tudor style residence took home 2 HOBIs for Best Custom Home 9,000-10,000 (sq ft) and Outstanding Special Purpose Room which judges praised as, “a majestic beauty that fits seamlessly into its Greenwich neighborhood.” An audience favorite, the special purpose room provides the client’s children with a place all their own- a third floor basketball court. Large leaded glass dormer windows allow for a light-filled space. Maple for the floor and end wall provides a warm and durable surface accommodating such activities as basketball, indoor hockey, and the occasional bicycle. A sound-deadening floor system minimizes noise transmission to the spaces below.

VanderHorn’s new pool house on a Georgian estate earned the Best Outdoor Room accolade. This pavilion accommodates a Greenwich family’s desire for gracious outdoor entertaining. The symmetrical brick arcaded structure encloses a comfortable seating and dining area serviced by a professional grill and gas oven. On the adjacent patio, the wood burning fire pit provides ambiance and warmth as the temperatures dip on cool summer nights. All these amenities provide a comfortable outdoor space with a full range of poolside entertainment options.

With decades of experience in a range of historic styles including Federal Style, Shingle Style, Tudor and French Normandy, Douglas VanderHorn Architects strives to create homes that are architecturally appropriate for the building site and surrounding neighborhood. Projects generally have a similar intent: to build a historically inspired home that looks as if it’s been on the site for decades, while creating a series of interior spaces designed for contemporary living.

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