Designers Allen Beaumont, president of B&A Design Studio in Lake Mary, Fla., and David Pillsbury, senior designer and project manager of Morales-Keesee Design Associates in Apopka, Fla., are the winners of the 2008 Concept Awards Design Competition, held live at the Southeast Builder Conference in Orlando.
Sponsored by Whirlpool Corp., Marvin Windows and Doors, Architectural Electronics, and the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), the competition required contestants to develop a home design drawn by hand or by using Google SketchUp 3-D software over the course of two days, during tradeshow hours.
Technology and sustainability requirements were incorporated into this year's live design competition, which challenged participants to design a contemporary home for a dual-income couple with two adolescent children and aging in-laws who were expected to move in with the family within a couple of years. Competitors addressed sustainability and energy efficiency in a number of ways, including passive solar design and energy-efficient windows, doors, and appliances.
Beaumont designed a four-bedroom house oriented toward outdoor living, with a great room, "morning cafe," owners' suite, in-law suite, and upstairs "teen retreat" all opening to outdoor living spaces. Beaumont employed passive solar features, including deep roof overhangs and minimizing windows on the east and west sides of the building; poured concrete walls; and competition-specified energy-efficient windows and doors and Energy Star appliances.
Pillsbury's design for a three-bedroom house with upstairs master suite is focused around a centrally located outdoor living space. Sustainable features include locally sourced concrete, wood, and glass; natural ventilation, high-SEER HVAC systems, and the specified energy-efficient windows and doors and Energy Star appliances.