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Idea House Takes Gold!

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Graceke Design's work is distinguished by National Association of Home Builders.

Graceke Design is excited to announce that the This Old House 2018 Idea House captured a Gold Award as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recognized best-in-class projects at the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nevada last week.

We’re honored to be recognized for our work on this one-of-a-kind home,” says Kristen Martone, Owner and Interior Designer on the project. “It is a wonderful reflection of the collaboration among our entire team and project partners, and epitomizes the best in easy, beach living with a comfortable open layout that can welcome many generations.”

The project was a collaboration of multiple project stakeholders, including This Old House, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, Sweenor Builders, Graceke Design, and Landscape Creations of Rhode Island. According to one of the judges, the Idea House earned the praise of the NAHB selection panel because, “This home, simply put, has the right proportions, “The detailing is great!”

Interior shots of the 2018 Idea House winning project. Photography by Nat Rea.

We agree! Built for THIS OLD HOUSE®, the 2,700-square-foot 2018 Idea House offers classic Craftsman-style curb appeal and modern looks inside. Located less than a mile from the town beach, it delivers what buyers are looking for today: a smaller home that lives large in a tight-knit neighborhood, plenty of bespoke built-ins, luxury amenities including a home gym, dedicated media room and butler’s pantry, and an easy-care backyard designed for “staycation” living.

The 2018 BALA Winners Portfolio, featuring the Idea House and other design trends and project photographs, is available at: Now in its 35th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, multifamily, affordable, remodeling, community and interiors. BALA is built on the principle that all great homes start with great design, no matter cost or size.


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