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Seattle Home Receives Remodel of the Year Honors in National Design Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Book House in Seattle has been selected as the Remodel of the Year in the 2014 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The home was also named the Pacific Northwest regional winner.

The home owners worked with DeForest Architects and Prestige Residential Construction, both in Seattle, to renovate and restore their 1920s Tudor home. NB Design Group in Seattle served as the interior designer and merchandiser.

The goal of the remodel was to update the original inefficient mechanical and electrical systems as well as the small, dark interior spaces. The owner wished to respect the original architecture while seeking a fresher, more accessible residence that included a detached two-car garage with a studio/caregiver space accessible by an exterior spiral stair.

The new materials used in the home are blackened, structural and architectural steel beams, columns and staircase coupled with rift white-oak flooring, casework, interior doors and minimalistic trim. With a now straight and flat building, super-smooth, level-five drywall became the canvas for bookshelves, art and the unique skylight-illuminated word wall. The elevator-accessed upper floor master suite has a sophisticated decor with contemporary finishes and fixtures, and space planning maximized the suite’s exceptional lake and mountain views.

“To remodel a home and have the finished product look as though that’s how it as has always been isn’t the easiest of feats,” said 2014 BALA Chairman Stephen C. Moore, senior partner – marketing at BSB Design Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa. “The design and construction team has done just that with this elegant and charming home.”

In its 31st year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at, including the 2014 BALA Portfolio, featuring a review of design trends and project photographs.