• Lagoon Pond Pavilion, Vineyard Haven, Mass.

    Like Cinderella's glass slippers, these glass stairs and balcony suggest something “incredibly magical,” said a judge.

  • Kit of Parts, Washington, D.C.

    This 1920s bungalow—our Grand Award, Custom Detail winner—had decent bones but lacked the custom domestic amenities that make a house sparkle. Mark McInturff and project designer Colleen Gove Healey transformed the house with a series of assembled materials that hold items such as a desk, credenza...

  • Overall House, Concord, Mass.

    Presented with a handsome late 19th-century house burdened with awkward additions, architect James Estes saved only the good part.

  • Sugar Mill, Chilmark, Mass.

    This cedar-and-teak dwelling is at home on its hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and coastal ponds while also paying playful homage to the sugar mills of the West Indies, where the clients vacation.

  • Private Residence, Atherton, Calif.

    The most striking feature of the 1960s teardown that once occupied this Atherton, Calif., site—the Grand Award-winner in the Custom Home / 3,000 to 5,000 square feet category—was its manmade pond. When the longtime owners decided to build a new residence on the same spot, they asked architects Mary...

  • Private Residence, Sebastopol, Calif.

    When architects Mary Griffin and Eric Haesloop first saw the land for this northern California project, they knew just how to site the house.

  • Connors House, Westwood, Mass.

    Our Custom Home of the Year gave architect James Estes an opportunity to engage in placemaking on an unusually extensive scale. Sitting astride a prominent ridge, the house deploys long, low wings, granite landscape walls, and stone-edged terraces to domesticate broad swaths of outdoor space. The...