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Houseplans.com Names Winners of Annual Howie Awards

Program Recognizes Outstanding Ready-Made Home Plans

Pomona, CA, January 28, 2014 – Houseplans.com has named the six winners of this year's HOWIES -- an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding work in the field of ready-made home plans. 

Five award categories are judged by an invited jury of design professionals and Houseplans.com staff. This year's jury included  Gale Steves, Savannah-based author of the best selling Right-Sizing Your Home; Katherine Salant, syndicated real estate columnist with The Washington Post and author of The Brand New House Book; and Wendy Silverstein, kitchen & bath expert and founder of WS & A Public Relations in New York City. 

The People's Choice category winner is voted on by the public through social media. 

The winners are:

Plan of the Year: Leon Mayer Architects, Melbourne, Australia (496-18). The plan adapts a traditional central hall layout to take advantage of side and backyard connections.

Luxury: Alan Mascord Design Associates, Portland, OR (48-642). A graceful and elegant layout includes extra amenities like a hobby-mud room, outdoor kitchen, and extra large walk-in closet for her. 

Small House: Peter Brachvogel Architect, Perfect Little House Company, Bainbridge Island, WA (118-107). The built-in seating, wide porches, and well-oriented windows make a compact footprint live larger than it is.

Master Bath: Ben Uyeda, Free Green, Boston, MA (<497-17 ). The serene spa-like feeling is created by a generous shower alcove, floating vanities, and freestanding tub.

Kitchen: Peter Brachvogel AIA, Perfect Little House Company, Bainbridge Island, WA (23-2308). Highlights include the multi-functional island, window wall-as-backsplash, open ceiling, built-in dining alcove, and strong sight line to the great room.

People's Choice: William Poole Designs, Wilmington, NC (137-252). The strong curb appeal comes from the well proportioned wrap-around porch, the practical layout, and the easy flow between rooms and between interior and exterior."  

There were 84 finalists out of more than 400 entries. 

To see all the finalists click here.

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