ktgy group, irvine, calif.

The judges liked KTGY Group's answer to the challenge of designing an attractive streetscape on a tight budget. Instead of a traditional front garage, the Irvine-based firm gave each house a 17-foot-wide porte cochere and pushed the garage to the back. "The long horizontal line makes the facade of the house appear bigger," one judge noted. And it makes for a more graceful front elevation.

Principal-in-charge John Tully says the porte cochere adds a custom touch to the houses. "It's a way of giving people a little more control over their environment," he says. "It gives them some additional shade--that's particularly important in this area of the country."

project architect: David Kent, AIA, KTGY Group
land planner: Chris Crawford, Richardson Berdoon, Austin, Tex.
developer: John VanderVelde, Del Webb's Coventry Homes, Henderson, Nev.
general contractor: John VanderVelde, Del Webb's Coventry Homes
landscape architect: Jaimie Demolina, Professional Design Associates, Upland, Calif.
interior designer: Debra Newell, Ambrosia, Tustin, Calif.
project size: 2,058 square feet per unit
site size: 21.5 acres
construction cost: Withheld
sales price: $147,990 per unit
units in project: 159
photographer: Jeffrey Aron Architectural Photography

The plan features a game room behind the garage and aHollywood driveway.

The plan features a game room behind the garage and aHollywood driveway.

Credit: Jeffrey Aron Architectural Photography