Now in its 10th year, the CUSTOM HOME Design Awards program continues to attract some of the finest houses in the country—this year more than 350 homes vied for honors in eight categories. The cream of this crop, the winners of the 2005 competition, are featured in this special section. This year's program was judged by a panel of four outstanding industry professionals, chosen for their own fine accomplishments in designing and building custom houses. Thanks go to judges Andy Beck, Beck Construction, Vail, Colo.; Mark Hutker, AIA, Mark Hutker Architects, Vineyard Haven, Mass., and Falmouth, Mass.; Grant Rhode, GF Rhode Construction, Boston; and Steve Vanze, AIA, Barnes Vanze, Washington, D.C. They narrowed the field of entries to 25 outstanding projects. The winners hail from every region of the country and represent a wide range of architectural styles and solutions. The common thread running through all of these projects is a disciplined approach to design, respect for the site and the client's program, and the kind of careful craftsmanship that distinguishes custom home building performed at the highest level.

Custom Home of the Year:Sonoma County, Calif., Residence

Grand Award—Custom Home More than 5,000 Sq. Ft.:San Diego Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home More than 5,000 Sq. Ft.:Glen Echo, Md., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home More than 5,000 Sq. Ft.:Crownsville, Md., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home More than 5,000 Sq. Ft.:Upperville, Va., Residence

Grand Award—Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 Sq. Ft.:Bellingham, Wash., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 Sq. Ft.:South Woodstock, Vt., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 Sq. Ft.:Oxford, Md., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 Sq. Ft.:Chevy Chase, Md., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home 3,000 to 5,000 Sq. Ft.:Richmond, Va., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home Less than 3,000 Sq. Ft.:Austin, Texas, Residence

Merit Award—Custom Home Less than 3,000 Sq. Ft.:Chilmark, Mass., Residence

Grand Award—Custom Kitchen:Seattle Residence

Merit Award—Custom Kitchen:Durham, N.C., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Bath:Washington, D.C., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Bath:Baltimore Residence

Grand Award—Renovation:Sarasota, Fla., Residence

Merit Award—Renovation:Washington, Va., Residence

Merit Award—Renovation:Weston, Mass., Residence

Merit Award—Renovation:Chicago Residence

Grand Award—Accessory Building:Lake Austin Boat Dock, Austin, Texas

Merit Awar—Accessory Building:Upperville, Va., Residence

Merit Award—Accessory Building:Napa, Calif., Weekend House

Merit Award—Custom Detail:Bainbridge Island, Wash., Residence

Merit Award—Custom Detail:Washington, D.C., Residence