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the croswells of the Township at Colony park transformed their lifestyle from waterfront living to urban development with incredible style

Grand Award

Scott Morgan of Scott Morgan Architect in Ridgeland for Croswell Residence of The Township at Colony Park in Ridgeland

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The French Mediterranean style of this home offers colorful and classic curb appeal. The perfectly appointed courtyard gives the family an outdoor living space to enjoy. A light and airy color palette lends to the open feel of the main living space.

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approaching this unique residence, located at The Township at Colony Park in Ridgeland, one is immediately struck by the worldly sense of the design. Scott Morgan of Scott Morgan Architect wove together everyday needs of the client into a different space, as they changed their lifestyle from waterfront living to urban neighborhood. Morgan also took aspects of the owner's experiences abroad and designed a home reflective of style, creativity, and artisanship that is this year's Home Builder's Association of Mississippi Grand Award recipient.

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The narrow front facade masks the depth of the two-story, 3,400 square-foot home. Ascending the front terrace steps to the glass double door, striking exterior elements of cheek walls with urns and ornamental railing reflect a French Mediterranean style of ease and comfort. The custom-color skin of the house is dotted with accents of functional shutters and a copper awning with supporting brackets covering the front door entrance.

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Entering the home, crispness is immediately felt through the use of light colors and minimal furnishings. Large window openings bathe the entry and front room with natural light. A small fireplace, bed-and-breakfast size, is situated between floor to ceiling bookshelves holding written works and displaying visual treasures. Simply arranged, comfortable seating with plentiful pillows, invites conversation or quiet enjoyment of reading, art, or music from the piano.

The dining room is a striking space accessed from the entry hall through an arched coveway. The tile-floored room opens to the loggia on one side providing a peaceful courtyard view and ample natural light. A serving sideboard is situated under a stained glass transom and between built-in cabinets. Entertaining is apparent here with a wine cellar accessible off the dining room. The round glass-top table under a stunning two-tiered metal chandelier is ideal for lengthy conversations and filling meals around a table.

High ceilings throughout the first floor are emphasized when entering the kitchen area. Custom cabinetry, again from floor to ceiling, maximizes the storage space for the owner. Appliances have been carefully chosen to enhance and complement the space, with several being under-counter units. The narrow island, a custom-made piece for this kitchen, sits in the middle of the room and is reminiscent of a French country table around which friends gather, and the loggia side of the kitchen features glass paneled French doors that bring natural light into the room, accenting the granite counter tops and tile backsplash. Once again, a light color scheme and wide-planked wood flooring opens this space to the adjacent family room. Custom cabinetry to either side of the fireplace creates a gathering area for warmth around the fire and conversation with friends and family. And again, natural light streams into the family room from the rear terrace doors and the well-planned elements of the garden.

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While the first floor is a functional family living space, there are also other support areas important to the owners: office area, utility room, small powder room, potting room, and two-car garage. The private living areas on the second-floor are accessed at the front entry private living areas of the master suite, a guest/study room and grandchildren's bedroom. Another access through the rear office leads directly to a full bonus room over the garage. The second floor continues the European feel with a simply elegant master suite, enhanced with granite, tile, and custom cabinetry in the master bathroom.

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One will find items of interest at every step throughout this house. Yet the exterior gardens are an equally important contribution to the European style of this residential design. Shrubbery and beds have been carefully planned in order to create exterior rooms for many to enjoy. Outdoor furniture introduces areas to eat, gather, or play and maximizes the usage of the residential space. The long narrow lot and the well-placed elements create a complementing space and a balance for design, and perhaps a balance for life.

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Best Single-Family New Construction Spec Home less than 1,800 Square Feet

John Hartlein of J.W. Hartlein and Company in Jackson for Maison de Ville in Starkville

The craftsmanship of this home is reflected in a variety of details found on the exterior and interior. John Hartlein, of J.W. Hartlein and Company, located in Jackson, designed a modified "H" plan house focusing on natural materials and textural elements. The cypress lintels over the exterior openings detail the fenestration, while copper elements add color and define the doors with awnings and cover the chimney as a protective cap. The brick walk in a herringbone pattern adds surface character to the home's entrance. Cypress beams, also found on the interior, bring design cohesion into the structure. Ceramic and porcelain tile surfaces complement exterior elements while design consistency is also seen through the metal finishes throughout. Hardwood floors, custom cabinetry, and molding details are also defining elements.

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Best Single-Family New Construction Spec Home 1,800-2,500 Square Feet

David Turner of Sustainable Construction in Jackson for LeFleur Cottage of Lost Rabbit in Madison

Classic proportions and traditional design elements are expressed in an urban cottage--winner of single-family new construction spec home 1850-2,000 square feet. Strong vertical lines are introduced through visual elements of custom cabinetry and rhythmic fenestration around the home. Tall ceilings enhance the space and molding details contribute to the classic feel. While the first level of this two-story home is wonderful for entertaining, the second level is dedicated to personal or private spaces. Second floor proportions for the private space lend a warm and personal feel. But it is not just the interior to recognize, the exterior detailing with pathways, plantings, as well as molding details give a holistic design for this place called home.

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Best Single-Family New Construction Custom Home less than 1,800 Square Feet

Tim Prevost of Timber Creek Home in Raymond for Stamps Residence in Madison

Custom residential design achieves country charm with exterior and interior elements making this Madison residence the notable single family new construction custom home, less than 1800 square feet. Modeled brick and wood columns on the exterior open to a vaulted living room with a stone fireplace as the focal point. David Turner of Sustainable Construction in Jackson, paid close attention to details throughout the house reflecting a rural feeling. Unique to the house is a heated floor system in the master bath. Interior materials and spatial layout enhance the country feeling.

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Best Single-Family New Construction Custom Home 1,800-2,500 Square Feet

Michael and Kimberly Fritz of Fritz Development in Ocean Springs for Garringer Residence of Gulf Hills in Ocean Springs

The hardedge, angled interior of a house nestled against the softness of a coastal environment in Gulf Hills in Ocean Springs is the award winner for single-family new construction custom home, 1800--2500 square feet. The Mediterranean-style house designed by Michael and Kimberly Fritz of Fritz Development in Ocean Springs, incorporates materials of Tennessee flagging, stucco, and custom ironwork to set the entry tone of this residence. The unique interior spaces open to a facade of glass capturing the breathtaking Back Bay views. Elegant, yet durable, interior materials of tile and stone flooring complement granite counter tops. Dark wood cabinetry against the light-hued walls reflects the beauty of the sun's glow and contributes the sleek European feel.

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Best Single-Family New Construction Custom Home 2,501-4,999 Square Feet

David Smith of David Smith Builder, Inc. in Ridgeland for Wyatt Residence of Bridgewater in Ridgeland

Located in Bridgewater in Ridgeland, this two-story split plan home features material textures of copper, wood, brick, and stucco and concrete which introduces a unique palate to complement the varying architectural elements of the exterior facades. On the interior, soft arches from the exterior are repeated throughout. Elegance is translated through warm hues of comfort and natural materials of brick, wood, granite, marble, and tile. Excellence in design is expressed through attention to details and with plentiful natural light, custom cabinetry, clear definition of spaces, and vertical spaciousness with proportional molding.

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Best Single-Family New Construction Custom Home more than 5,000 Square Feet

Kevin Taylor of Plum Homes, Inc. in Gulfport for Southern Manor in Biloxi

Tradition with symmetry is the theme of this award-winning home located in Biloxi. It features a sweeping stair up to the wraparound porch. Additional exterior gathering spaces can be found at the rear porch and the loggia. Superior quality is reflected through interior materials of travertine and granite strategically placed to enhance the design of this home. The symmetrical floor plan, a modified dogtrot, yields to classic Southern charm. Large rooms are proportionate in height with complementing mouldings reflecting elegance. The classic of the architecture is complemented with antiques and creates a peaceful home on the water.

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Best Single-Family Remodeling Entire Home less than $150,000

Tim Allred of Heritage Building Corporation in Meridian for Fisher Residence in Meridian

The key to success for the winning design entry for a single family remodel is found in one word: updates! Although the base plan is the same, details have been greatly altered. The low ranch-style roof pitch was raised and windows lengthened across the front. Additional enhanced curb appeal is produced in the mahogany entrance, a garage addition, and a circlcular drive. A back deck and screened porch were added to the back of the house. Multiple elements were addressed on the interior, to achieve a greater feeling of spaciousness. Enlarging the kitchen allowed for a central island. The master bath and closet additions almost double the size of the master suite. A blending of the past with the present on the exterior and interior was successfully achieved by Tim Allred of Heritage Building Corporation in Meridian.

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Best Single-Family Remodeling Entire Home more than $150,000

Wade Quin of Wade Quirt Builder, LLC in Brandon for Clement Residence of Gleneagles at The Country Club of Jackson

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The emphasis of this single-family entire home remodeling is a freshness of design and a feeling of a California home. The stone walkway, introduced at the entrance, enhances the cypress double doors and accentuates the feeling of quality, while the exterior brick washed in an alabaster hue unifies the structure. Facade details, including a new circular drive and plantings, as well as the renovated back deck contribute to the property's improvements. On the interior, lighter paint colors on walls opens and brightens the space.

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Best Single-Family Remodeling More than $75,000

Debra Spencer of D. Spencer, Inc. in Ridgeland for Clements Residence of Annandale Estates in Madison

The focus of this residential remodeling is the concentration of exterior spaces in the backyard. An in-ground pool was removed allowing for the creation of unique spaces. Gathering spaces include a spa pool, open patio area, covered arbor, and exquisite outdoor kitchen. Although covered, the arbor makes use of weather resistant materials such as tile flooring, a stone fireplace, and rattan furniture. Flanking the fireplace is the outdoor kitchen which features stainless steel fixtures and granite countertops. This covered area, open on all sides, introduces artificial lighting. Enhancing the front entrance of this home through minimal redesign was also part of the design package of this exciting home.

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Best New Bath Construction

Debra Spencer of D. Spencer, Inc., in Ridgeland for Spencer-Searcy Residence of Annandale Estates in Madison

Opulence in private spaces can give refuge. And this year, the classic beauty of materials and space of this home creates an oasis of peace through the use of pristine materials of travertine marble, granite, tile, and wood. The spatial layout of this bathroom includes oversized bathing elements of a garden tub and a doorless shower. And while the majority of materials may have a cool surface, the central rug and accessories warm the room immediately.

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Best Kitchen Remodel

Victor Smith, Jr. of Anthemion Construction Services in Jackson for Johnson Residence in Dundee

Activities in this kitchen will always reflect the traditions of the land they represent, the Mississippi Delta. Winner of the kitchen remodel or renovation is Victor Smith, Jr., of Anthemion Construction Services in Jackson. The rectangular plan of this comfortable kitchen gives definition to the traffic path to one side of the space through the addition of an island. The painted wood custom cabinetry and stained plank floors combined with warm tones of the granite counter tops and ceramic tile backsplash create a comfortable environment. Floor to ceiling cabinetry provides an excellent utilization of space. This remodeled kitchen is indeed a place to call home.

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Best Kitchen New Construction

David Smith of David Smith Builder, Inc. in Ridgeland for Patel Residence of Bridgewater in Ridgeland

Within the gated community of Bridgewater in Madison is a unique home with a full array of colors, recognized as the winner of the kitchen new construction. The vaulted ceiling of the area is punctuated with a stainless steel hood. Dark and rich cabinetry becomes the backdrop for the recessed paneled, stainless steel appliances. Pendant light fixtures over the island provide task lighting while recessed lighting gives ambience throughout the space. David Smith of David Smith Builder, Inc, in Ridgeland expresses unique and textural elements through the festive voluminous space.

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Best Subdivision Development

John Hartlein of J.W. Hartlein and Company in Jackson for Maison de Ville in Starkville The gated community of Maison de Ville in Starkville is the masterpiece of John Hartlein of J.W. Hartlein and Company in Jackson. This garden home development features four distinct home designs reflective of its Acadian style. The gatehouse of this suburban plan sets the tone for the design elements. Brick siding with weathered wood elements and a galvanized roof give a smokehouse feel to the front gate. Cobblestones and stained concrete define the entrance from the roadway. Within the gates, design consistency can be found through landscape lighting, similar building materials, and gas lamps at each mailbox. These homes, less than 3,000 square-feet, are unique and deserving of such an honor.

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Best Multifamily New Construction Under 50 Units

David Turner of Sustainable Construction, Inc., in Jackson for Sull'Acqua of Lost Rabbit in Madison

The geometry of this dwelling is simply refined, reflecting influences of Spanish, French, and West Indies architecture, and the interior presents a spatial calmness through the two-and-three-bedroom units. Unity of concept is reflected at the exterior architecture through the translation of materials used to define balconies, entrance points, and fenestration. The condominiums, occupying the second and third levels, offer spectacular water views and intimate outdoor living spaces. Natural materials of antique pine and stone are common along with high ceilings and large window openings. Architectural woodwork is an attribute of each condominium and is found in cabinetry, moldings, casings, and coffered ceilings. Gentle arches soften the linear nature of the overall space. The development of commercial space on the ground level gives the condominium owners the unique urban feel at the water's edge. The urban plan of the development complements the nature of the waterside community and a pedestrian-friendly village town center.

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Best Multifamily New Construction More than 50 Units

Gene Carothers of Southgate Realty, LLC in Hattiesburg for The Lakes at Turtle Creek in Hattiesburg

A true sense of community is found in this development in Hattiesburg. The Lakes at Turtle Creek gives the best on the outside and inside for apartment dwellers. The architecture is varied in form and texture, diminishing the volume yet enhancing the residential quality of the structures with brick and clapboard siding. While varying floor plans each unit boasts granite countertops, ceiling fans, faux wood window blinds, and a balcony accessible from the living area. Tenants may choose an enclosed personal garage or a covered carport. The amenities of the complex, including a playground, fitness center, game room theatre/media room, and Wi-Fi at the pool and clubhouse, make this a remarkable place to call home.

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Best Remodeling of a Commercial Building

David Turner of Sustainable Construction, Inc. in Jackson for Liquid Creative in Jackson

David Turner of Sustainable Construction, Inc., in Jackson met the challenge of expansion for this growing business by increasing the square footage by more than forty percent. The radial plan of this building allowed for a central stair to access unused attic space and become a focal point. A unique cable-rail design serves as the handrail and banister and sets a contemporary tone. Complementing bright colors, vaulted ceilings, and natural light are spatial elements contributing to the creative design. Varying wood and geometry in furniture selection contribute to the textural qualities of this artistic space for Liquid Creative in Jackson.

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Best Commercial Building New Construction

Scott Morgan of Scott Morgan Architect in Ridgeland for Mannsdale Park in Madison

An image on a wine bottle label began this unique and substantial commercial building of new construction in Mannsdale Park in Madison, designed by Scott Morgan of Scott Morgan Architect in Ridgeland. The symmetrical plan brings together two independent tenant spaces accessible through firehouse-style door openings to a spacious breezeway. Areas within the spaces are denned by varying ceiling planes off a central area on the first floor with a balcony option on the second floor. The voluminous building is detailed on the exterior with gentle window arches creating points of interest. This building's defining French estate style is established with moldings, lamps, and roof detailing of a cupola and metal balustrade.

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Author:Davis, Alison Hopton
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Date:May 1, 2010
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