If you're a residential architecture junkie, every shelter magazine is somewhat frustrating. As you page through them, you'll likely see four or five handsome houses--tantalizing morsels that always leave you craving more. In this issue, the editors of residential architect try to satisfy your hunger and ours for a smorgasbord of gorgeous, interesting, provocative, or just really nicely done houses.

Each year we hold a juried design competition and invite architects to submit their best recent work. More than 560 entries came in this year for our third annual residential design awards program. They spanned eight housing categories: custom, 3,500 square feet or less; custom, more than 3,500 square feet; renovation; multifamily; single-family production, attached; single-family production, detached; affordable; and on the boards.

To judge the competition, we invited a panel of six very talented, very experienced residential architects: Eric Haesloop, AIA, Turnbull Griffin & Haesloop Architects, Berkeley, Calif.; Jeremiah Eck, FAIA, Jeremiah Eck Architects, Boston; David Neumann, AIA, Versaci Neumann & Partners Architects, Washington, D.C.; Doug Sharp, AIA, BSB Architects & Planners, Des Moines, Iowa; John Senhauser, FAIA, Senhauser Architects, Cincinnati; and Michael Woodley, AIA, Woodley Architectural Group, Littleton, Colo.

After an exhausting stint of mediocre coffee, catered sandwiches, and much debate, the judges selected 18 winners--10 merit award winners, seven grands, and one project of the year. See and judge them for yourself in the pages that follow. And read about top award winner Frank Harmon's experiences designing and building his project of the year.