The finalists for San Antonio Magazine’s inaugural Home & Design Awards, presented by Keller Williams, have been determined, and winners will be announced in the April 2021 issue of San Antonio Magazine—but there’s one winner left to be finalized: Readers’ Choice for Best Overall Home.
Below you’ll find photos and descriptions of the finalists in the Architecture and Interior Design categories.
Scroll through the houses and then vote for the one you think is the Best Overall Home. Voting will remain open through Jan. 29, and you’re eligible to vote only one time so make it count!
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The steeply sloped site with 180 degree views to a natural canyon in the foothills of south Texas informed all aspects of the design. The client asked, with this site, what does this house want to be, the architects answer was we want to capture the amazing view as one approaches and enters the home. That simple concept led to a design with a motor court that is entered o of a residential suburban street which is separated from the main house by a bridge that traverses a natural ledge outcropping leading to the residence. The main living areas are on the lower level. By entering into the house at the street level, the view to the canyon is visible through a two story space and a wall of glass frames the view to the canyon. Generous overhangs with cantilevered unobstructed corners provide shade from the oppressively Texas heat while extenuating the unobstructed views.
Photo credit: Siggi Ragnar, sRagnar Fotografi
Ford Powell & Carson
Built in the 1930s along the banks of the Guadalupe River, this former dairy barn is now a bright and inviting Hill Country escape. Converting a run-down barn into welcoming guest lodgings required substantial updates, however, staying true to the simplicity of the past was a driving design feature.
The renovation retains the structure of the barn which relied on a narrow footprint to capture daylight on three sides in lieu of electric lighting. Fitting the original openings with new insulated windows and doors maximizes illumination, transforming the interiors throughout the day through the play of natural light. Each opening frames a landscape scene creating a 360° view of the Hill Country. New glazing includes custom gable end windows which replaced wood siding and now provide a glimpse of the blue sky during the day and a peak at the stars at night. An additional custom gable window separates the bathroom from the living space, creating a visual connection the length of the structure.
Complementary to the gable end windows is the refurbished wood ceiling and roof. The redesign highlights the original decking and roughhewn rafters by sistering the old 2x4s between new fir 2x4s. These wood elements contrast the cool whitewash of the refreshed historic plaster, also carried out to the exterior. Other historic traces remain such as the feeding trough, now converted into bench seating. However, the renovation includes many updates as well. A dual toned herringbone Endicott brick floor replaces the slab floor formerly sloped for drainage. A new kitchen provides the comfort of home with a farmhouse sink, under counter refrigerator, propane stove, and custom millwork shelving. Additionally, the design includes a bathroom with white ceramic wall tiles, brick floors, a glass shower, and views of the surrounding landscape.
Photo Credit: Mark Menjivar
Hill Country Soft Contemporary
VE Luxury Homes
The owners loved the look of Modern Texas Hill Country and wanted to design a property that incorporated the elements of steel, masonry, stone, and wood inside and out. The exterior design embraced the soft contemporary feel making the home a warm and inviting space on the outside and allowing the home to embrace the views from atop the hill in Texas Hill Country. A solid pivot door welcomes guests into the home where they are immediately welcomed into the great room which features 26-foot arched suspended ceilings. An enormous replace of stone and wood rise from the floor to the ceiling providing a focal point in the great room. A 10-foot tall, 24-foot wide movable glass wall separates the great room from almost 1,300 sq ft of covered outdoor living space. With the great room, the main kitchen and dining room provide a central living space to the home and a hub for doorways and passages to the primary suite with aviary, a wing of guest suites including a children’s bunk room, and the entertainment suite that includes a game room, wine cellar, and wet bar that features a glass garage-style door that opens to the outside game room on the covered patio. The home includes a prep kitchen hidden behind the main kitchen and a utility room with laundry and dog washing station with access to the dog run situated in the backyard. Every room and hall offers amazing different details in built-out cabinetry and ceiling details to give each space of the home its own personality and character. Custom designed lighting is used throughout this smart home along with hardwood floors and motorized electric shade systems. The final touches reside in the air conditioned garage with dual mini-splits, epoxy floors, and 23-feet of steel workshop cabinets.
Photo credit: Trevor Smith
A two story entry of the Midsomer Residence leads into a stair tower which is prominently placed to accentuate the dynamic design feature of the two story residence. The anchor of the house is the kitchen which has views to the front and rear yard. Open concept interior spaces spill out the expansive yard creating a true indoor/outdoor living spaces.
Photo Credit: Amanda Terry, Twist Tours
Modern in The Canyons
CKC Custom Homes
This one of a kind modern home was built in The Canyons of Scenic Loop in the Texas Hill Country. Our clients vision was to create a fun environment for family entertainment with a modern feel. From the navy blue cabinetry, to the wall paper accent walls, this house truly brings a modern feel to the Texas Hill Country.
Photo Credit: Lauren Keller, LRES Marketing
Sevilla Project was thrilling! It is a refreshing play on a budget-conscious approach, but we spoke the same language as the clients did. They wanted a modern design that was still comfortable to actually “live in,” they have a young daughter so functionality and durability were key, yet they love to entertain so elegance and design were just as important while allowing spaces to function for large crowds.
We composed the spaces with pieces that promote interaction, anchored the rooms with dark furniture juxtaposed with the very open and white spaces in the home, and we reached out to several artists to personalize the art throughout the house to make it meaningful to their lifestyle and their hobbies. The use of leathers and hard surfaces contrasting with the softness of rugs and throws allows for easy life as a young family. All this created an inviting atmosphere with their thumbprint on it. In this home, we created a feel for modern elegance, efficiency and comfort.
Photo Credit: Paola Longoria Photography