The Custom Home Design Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary last year! Throughout the years the numbers have grown—even during the worst of the downturn—to as many as 500 entries per year. The editors of Custom Home are trying to provide broader reach and higher exposure to the innovative projects entered into the design awards each year. Next week, we officially are announcing a more comprehensive and prestigious program in combination with our sister publication, BUILDER. The 2013 Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Awards will receive coverage in both print publications as well as being featured within our various digital and online venues. In addition, we will present the awards at a dinner event on Oct. 8, prior to Residential Architect’s annual Reinvention conference. 

To help launch the new program, we've collected winners from the past nine years for our Custom Home of the Year award. To select these best-of-the-best honorees, our jurors meet in person and consider each project before making tough choices on which ones should be selected to represent the best in pioneering architecture and meticulous construction. And from among those carefully curated whole-house entries, one is further elevated as the Custom Home of the Year (CHOY) award winner. 

These houses vary in style, location, and program yet they all share sensitivity to their sites and enduring details that propelled them into this elite category. Our design award juries often engage in lengthy discussions about the merits of certain projects over others or philosophical debates on housing in general, but selecting the CHOY typically is one of their speediest decisions. These projects seem to have something special that immediately catches the attention of both the custom builders and architects on our juries. CHOY winners from the past nine years are gathered in this slideshow. After viewing these projects, we hope you’re inspired to submit your own work to our bigger, better 2013 design awards program. 

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