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AIBD magazine The official publication of the American Institute of Building Design

Special Issue:

2018 American Residential Design Awards (ARDA)


what’s in 03 president’s

04 executive director’s




11 ARDA sponsor


20 AIBD seasional 26 ARDA

best in show

12 better

building BIM

accessible living


multifamily design






performance homes


conceptual design

custom homes

model homes

06 ARDA chair’s

16 future of high



indoor living

published design





05 editor’s


design details


outdoor living

working drawings


global choice


AIBD President’s message


nother excellent year for the AIBD! It has been my honor to serve as the President of this great organization for the previous two years. When I took office in 2016, I wanted to stand on the platform of education, member education as well as industry education. With the help of our very active Board of Directors, committees and the dedication of our Chapter Chairs, we have started pushing this snowball down the hill. We now have a Design and Build Conference Series with multiple conferences throughout the country including two Student Conferences in Missouri and Utah.

The organization has also spent time educating the industry by fighting legislation in several states this year and very involved in the building codes arena. The AIBD Codes Committee is an active part of the most current building code development cycle. With the help of the local home builder’s association in Utah, “townhouses” are now included in the architectural exemptions to single-family residences. This same issue has risen in a couple of other states recently and AIBD is building a coalition. One crucial element is the AIBD’s relationship with the National Association of Home Builders and a great resolution recently passed by its board of directors. The We are showing yet another year of steady growth and decision supports the ability of home builders and consumers have been able to bolster our student membership and to choose among a variety of design professionals when awareness by creating a certificate program for High Schools planning one and two-family homes and townhouses, which and Colleges to use. We have also created an excellent includes but is not limited to architects, building designers, training program for, what I believe is going to be the future interior designers, design-build firms, and remodelers. of our industry, Building Information Modeling, with our BIM-R certificate program. The AIBD continues to educate our On behalf of your leadership team, I thank all of our members members and provide opportunities for interaction through throughout the country for your continued support. I also our local chapter programs and our informative First Tuesday welcome your involvement in any of our programs. Great @ 2:00 webinars. The NCBDC has done a fantastic job in things are being accomplished by our dedicated volunteers getting the Certified Professional Building Designer exams daily, and I am looking forward to the coming year’s online and is still on track to qualify for ANSI Accreditation. advancements and accomplishments. The American Residential Design Awards program continues to be an excellent way for our members to market themselves, as well as showing the world our talent. Winning awards is a great way to add a designer’s professionalism and to prove a competitive advantage to future clients. I hope to see more of our members take advantage of this opportunity to advance and grow their companies. The ARDA program continues to grow and with it, the prestige of recognition. Kevin Holdridge is President of KDH Residential Designs in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the National President of the AIBD. He is also a member of the National Home Builders Association where Kevin received his Certified Green Professional as well as his Certified Aging in Place designations.

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AIBD Executive Director’s message


’m proud to say, the American Institute of Building Design is committed to the ongoing success and development of its members’ businesses. This spring, the AIBD Board of Directors adopted a new mission statement helping to communicate that sentiment, “Building a better residential design profession, one designer at a time.” In the coming year, our focus is on expansion - of our certification programs, of our minimum practice area, and as a result, of our membership. A Recent Win! Proposed legislation at the Louisiana State House would have made it illegal to use the title, Certified Professional Building Designer. The bill passed the House and reached the Senate when AIBD learned of it. It wasn’t an attack on building designers individually. As well as affecting CPBDs, it would have affected anyone with a certification designation awarded from a nonprofit organization, such as NAHB, ICC, and NKBA. Thanks to AIBD’s legislative attorney, Ed Nagorsky, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) and a broad coalition of associations, we can all continue to use the title Certified Professional Building Designer in the State of Louisiana without prohibition. Future Struggles! It seems the ongoing success of building designers is being threatened by a gray area interpretation by some states’ architectural licensing boards. If the state statute only exempts single-family dwellings, they are instructing building officials to turn away the plans prepared by building designers for townhouse projects. Where that is happening and their state has adopted the International Residential Code (IRC), the AIBD will be taking a stance by saying. “You’re wrong!”

or more attached units in which each unit extends from the foundation to the roof and with a yard or public way on not less than two sides.” The AIBD Board of Directors recently passed a resolution expanding the Institute’s position on the “minimum practice area” for building designers, which was one-, two- and three-family home designs. The new position adopted by the institute is one- and two-family dwellings, and townhouses, as defined by the International Residential Code. The updated minimum practice area is very important to the Institute’s legislative agenda. Just as important, a recent position was taken by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the residential building industry’s most influential association. The NAHB resolved to support the ability of home builders and consumers to choose from a variety of design professionals when designing one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses, including building designers. They also committed to support and assist state and local home builder associations in their efforts to educate building officials on the variety of design professionals who can design single- and two-family dwellings and townhouses, when designed to the International Residential Code ®. I’m blown away by this huge vote of confidence by our industry. AIBD is committed to helping everyone to be successful working within the disciplines defined by these two resolutions. I look forward to reporting our progress on the regulatory and legislative fronts in future issues.

The scope of the IRC includes townhouses defined as, “Single-family dwelling units constructed in a group of three Steve Mickley is the Executive Director of AIBD and a Certified Professional Building Designer. Steve holds numerous awards, such as AIBD’s President’s Award and AIBD Designer of the Year.

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Editor’s Note


elcome to the Summer 2018 edition of the AIBD magazine! Yes, it is this time of the year again! This issue is dedicated to AIBD’s annual spotlight program - the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA). As a continuous participant and one of this year’s award program, it is my honor to be selected as part of this prestigious group of winning designers. The quality of the work this year truly showcased the dedication of the participating firms to their clients and communities. I will leave the opportunity to Rob Klob, this year’s ARDA chair, to brag about some of the improvements. But needless to say, this year’s award program is another noteworthy success. On behalf of the award participants, I would like to congratulate Rob for once again helped elevating the quality of our design community. In addition to the award coverage, we also invited Joe Sirilla, the BIM-R Task Force Chairman, to talk about the benefits of utilizing BIM in our practice. As part of the AIBD magazine tradition, we also asked Bernie Kern to share his past conference experience. Lastly, as usual, I would like to give special thanks to Steve Mickley, AIBD Executive Director, and Garrett Mickley, AIBD Communications Director, for their contribution to the magazine. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication to the institute. This issue would not have been made possible without their help. Now let’s be blown away by these amazing projects of the 2018 ARDA !

Yu-Ngok Lo, principal of YNL Architects, Inc., a National Director of AIBD and the Managing Editor of the AIBD magazine.

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n 2016, I submitted three projects at the last minute for the American Residential Design Awards – or ARDA. I had no expectations and because I had only been a member of the AIBD for about a year, didn’t really know what to expect. Much to my surprise, I was notified that I had received an award. Denver was the first AIBD event I had ever attended. I was worried it would be an event full of pretentious designers and architects. What I found was a group of people that were warm and accepting of the “new kid” and eager to introduce me to so many great people – many, I now consider close friends. The ARDA Gala was just as welcoming and exciting. I was humbled that evening by receiving two ARDAs and one Grand ARDA. The whole conference was unlike any other design event I had ever been involved with. I went home with my three awards and was hooked.

etc. I was able to gain a lot of valuable information. Once people know you are in charge and want to know the “good, bad & ugly”, they are very open and direct. The feedback was great! Two challenges quickly rose to the top from these comments. Having an award presented at the event, instead of mailing later. And, the award itself was hard to read and didn’t stand out.

A few months later, I was reading the Monday Minute and there was a request to join the ARDA Committee. I was so impressed with how things were run, I needed to contribute. I worked closely with that group and was excited to see our efforts come to fruition. Atlanta was a great Gala and showcased some of the best residential design projects I had ever seen. Shortly before the Gala, The ARDA Chairperson Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, asked if I would be interested in taking over and becoming the ARDA Chairperson for the upcoming event. I was honored, and quickly accepted.

Task #1 was set – how could we make an award that was unique to AIBD, stand out in a trophy case, be able to personalize it – plus have it ready for the Gala. The committee searched through hundreds of award sites collecting pictures and samples. A solution was found – an acrylic award that would allow us to fully customize the image while maintain a standard AIBD could follow for years to come. This new award allows more text, recognition and actual images of the winning project. It’s also easy enough to produce, the awards could be ready in time for this years Gala. A lot of thought and effort went into the new awards - we hope you like them.

One of the first things I did as ARDA Chair was to find out what the members and entrants liked and didn’t like about the ARDA Ceremony. Through direct discussions, emails,

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I knew I couldn’t do this project by myself. During these discussions, three people volunteered to assist on this new committee. Ted Hake, Sam Morgan and Kieran Liebl, along with the valuable guidance from Steve Mickley rounded out the team. Their honest feedback was critical in the direction and their experience submitting and participating in past ARDA events was invaluable.

While the people behind the scenes are important, the face of the award program is equally important. Great judges

ARDA Chair’s message

had to be found to make this year’s ARDA a success. Allen Beaumont has been involved with AIBD for many years and very well respected for his knowledge and achievements. Lynn Pratt has been involved in construction for over 25 years and has many accolades with NAHB. Sean Tobin is a registered architect, LEED AP, sustainability consultant, in addition to many years designing all types of residential and commercial projects. Each person brought extensive knowledge, strength & candor to the judging process. Every submission was reviewed and discussed thoroughly. Some projects were a unanimous decision, while others created a healthy banter between the judges. It was an exciting process that took nearly 18 hours to complete. The end result, as you will see – are more fantastic projects that our industry can be proud of. This year’s ARDA Best In Show is a project that brings design full circle for continuity and shows the exemplary design abilities from the fine details to the overall structure. The summary of the judges was WOW! Part of what interested me initially was that an ARDA award is not a competition. Each project is judged on its own merit. This year we had nearly 150 fantastic submissions from some of the best design professionals across the country. I would like to thank all the entrants, the committee and judges. It was an honor to be a part of it and I look forward to watching and helping this event continue to grow. Visit the ARDA webpage at: Robert Klob is President of Robert Klob Designs, Inc., a full service residential design studio located in Chandler, AZ. His 30 years’ experience has allowed him to design projects in 24 states and 13 countries. Robert is also a leader in the Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Industry and has designed or consulted on nearly 400 ICF structures. He is currently a Planning & Zoning Commissioner for the city of Chandler, AZ. Robert is on the development committee for the Above Ground Concrete Wall Code, has regular articles in regional and national publications and speaks at conferences and events.

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Allen Beaumont founded B&A Design Studio in 1997 and he specializes

in residential design for single family detached custom homes and product line development for production home builders. In 1999, Allen became a member of the American Institute of Building Design. His work has been featured in many publications such as the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Home Design Journal in spring of 2002, Orlando Business Journal in May of 2002 and again in September of 2005, Builder Architect in 2002, the cover story in the Builder Architect issue of October 2006, and most recently the Lake Forest Living Magazine October, 2014 issue. Allen served as Vice President for the AIBD’s Florida Society in 2002-2003 and as President for the 2002-2005 years. He obtained his professional certification with the National Council of Building Designers Certification in 2003 and has his State Residential Contractors License. Since the firms’ inception in early 1997, Allen has handled over 15,000 jobs for production home builders as well as the custom home owners and has become one of the preferred residential designers in the Orlando area. His firm is capable of handling today’s very aggressive building market by ensuring the most complete product at a reasonable price, prepared in a time efficient manner.

Visit the ARDA webpage at:

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2018 ARDA Judges

Lynne Pratt

has been active in the construction industry and the NAHB federation for well over 25 years. She opened Pratt Building Company in 2001 to enhance the family’s construction business through land development opportunities. She ultimately developed and built out several sizable residential projects. She is a champion of professionalism within the industry and holds designations as a Certified Sales Professional (CSP), Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). Early in her career Lynne joined and became active in her local Women’s Council. After several terms as local and state chair, she went on to serve as the NAHB national council chair in 2000 and is proud to have assisted in the transition of the group into Professional Women in Building (PWB). She was named Woman of the Year in 2007. Since then she has also been extremely active at her local, state and national HBAs, holding a wide variety of positions including chairing numerous NAHB committees. Lynne received the NAHB President’s Award in 2001 and has been recognized as a leader in membership development, design and business management. She currently serves as a Director of the HBA of Southeastern MI, President of HBAM, the state homebuilders association, and serves as an NAHB officer in her position as National Area Chair.

Visit the ARDA webpage at:

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2018 ARDA Judges

Sean J. Tobin is an Architect and Sustainability Consultant in Raleigh,

NC, and is active in the Triangle area AIA and USGBC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture & History of Art from Yale University, and a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Sean is a Registered Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Green Globes Professional. In addition, he is a volunteer Living Building Ambassador for the International Living Future Institute, and is studying for the Passive House certification. Sean is a passionate sustainable design practitioner, and strives to design energy efficient buildings that meet Owner’s goals, regardless of the certification path they choose. Sean is a technical manager and discipline lead at Merrick & Company, responsible for management, design & technical roles, and business development support. Prior to joining Merrick & Company, Sean was a principal architect with T+G Studio, LLC, a private practice he shared with his wife, Dana Gulling. His designs have been published and exhibited both domestically and internationally. Prior to starting his own firm, Sean worked for award winning firms including Robert A.M. Stern, Architects and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects in New York, and Kenneth Boroson Architects, and Mark P Finlay Architects in Connecticut, and Dawson-Wissmach Architects in Savannah, Georgia. Sean’s expertise includes charrette leadership and sustainable design across the following: Energy efficient design for high-end residential projects, commercial projects, federal facility design (including Hangars, Fire Stations, Access Control Points). Visit the ARDA webpage at:

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ARDA Sponsor

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Better Building BIM


liminating your downtime associated with Requests For Information (RFI’s) as a Building Designer when clashes or questions come to light during the build phase saves significant time, money, and—of particular interest in our current supply constrained labor market—construction labor when using the right BIM platform. Many in the residential design, engineering, and construction fields have embraced this technology for its ability to streamline work, cut project costs, and improve profit. Your choice of software may seem fairly simple for your needs as a designer to streamline your inter-office process, but what about all of the other trades that need to use the information you have designed and created to accomplish their tasks? How do we overcome the boundary of proper, and vibrant, communication without using up valuable time? Is your investment into the BIM realm worth it? Assuming you have already integrated the project with strong and robust visual communication for the client’s design approvals, the use of the virtual model during collaboration with engineers can help lower costs associated with time and labor management in the field. Engineering design information is just as important; their team needs to use the model to fill in the engineering (structural, MEP, Civil, etc.). This visual message given to the field in lieu of written 2d word and 2d details and is a large part of communicating design intentions, not just on your behalf but all of the design professions interests, before a shovel hits the dirt. But the folks swinging the hammer may not have access to the software platform your team has used. Why not make this easier for them so they won’t have stop your day? Especially if the project was completed

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months prior. The importance of software choice is not just your operations, but a scenario that needs to be explored with all of your trade partners. The “I” (information) in BIM is what sets this approach apart from simple 3d visualization or even 2d drawings. The capability of BIM software to enable the designer to model some of the wildest building designs provides infinite creative freedom, and the visualization of proof the engineering behind it works. Finding the right software that can enable you as the designer to be much more creative with the stretches of the imagination and bringing them to light like never before, just 3d software can broadened abilities of designing. Along with this, the right software increases the accuracy of drawings and can streamline the management of construction documents due to parametric functionality. It removes some of the pressure of data management off of the designers and allows them to actually spend more time performing design studies! Think of BIM as a database of building components, with imbedded information, that has the capability to be viewed in three dimensions. This information needs to be relayed and used by all involved partners. A BIM virtual model needs to be regarded as a shared knowledge resource where information can be extracted without having to hunt down a paper trail that describes that component or asking for RFI’s because the detailing in the typical 2d plan set is to vague. Excellence in BIM software toolsets is touted by many but not completely harnessed by a good portion of them. Commitment is tough enough and it becomes even more threatening when clarity of

software capabilities is not direct. YouTubing and Googling have been great resources in the years past but there is now so much information to sift through and distinguish what is true or not. The fact about a lot of software is they do not offer shareable virtual models and it becomes a dead end for collaboration. A true BIM process includes everyone, even the home owner. BIM is not about the efficiency of just the design office’s production. The rumor about a national production home builder moving to require an Autodesk Revit based platform for their construction documents to be created is true. But for what reason and why are they moving into this platform? The answer was too simplistic and not a good one; ‘because other firms are doing it’. Not good at all if they do not have the reasons why pointing to BIM. I was skeptical so I dug around a bit more. Was it to control their material takeoffs and usage quantities? Nope. It really was just to keep up with the Jones’. This is sad and poor judgment. Not just this software platform but a handful of others are excellent with the use of full BIM processes. Back to our guy in the field with the RFI; he needs to know the framing system’s built-up component assembly and strapping hardware sequencing needed to properly accomplish his complicated task. In our typical age of 2d construction documents this is handled by, you guessed it, further detailing within a revision because of an RFI. Extra paper. Extra time. Loose paper revisions stapled to the plan set and many a headache during a municipal inspection. Loss of revenue by more than one trade. Someone’s losing their mind because they’re too busy to stop what they’re doing to get more clarity of a design to the field that was completed months ago.

With the proper toolsets given to all trades involved from conception to build the hammer-swinging fella can now go to his laptop, notebook or phone to view the virtual model’s system layering and fly around the 3d component assembly in question. He can select components and see what materials they are comprised of. He can then relay the information and nix the possible problem without calling you, the designer, or the engineer. But, have you completed your BIM homework assignment so they can do this? Did you properly collaborate and get all of the needed information into the virtual model, or have you only created a pretty picture with not one intelligent object and component assembly? The correct practice of using a BIM process is not just the speed of the process in your office but the collaborative information building efforts amongst all Design Professionals, Builders and their Trade Partners ahead of the build out. Here’s another forgotten scenario; the home builder has more of a need for this information than one would think. After all, we are doing this for the benefit of the build team’s efforts. His estimating teams can get more accurate definitions into their takeoff. All of our engineers have calculations behind their framing methods and the framers have their preferred methods, then throw Green building and value engineering design into the mix. The possibilities of framing the exact same feature eight different ways to Tuesday is a reality and there would be eight different costs to build it. How would the builder’s back office team differentiate how it is to be accomplished? The proper and complete implementation of BIM procedures. The best way to eliminate this type of RFI is to have it designed into the virtual model. Collaborative efforts will need to be held with all

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Better Building BIM (Cont.)

parties so the information can get into the model properly. The designer must sit - actually or in a virtual environment - with the engineers, the framing team, the estimator, the material supplier and the construction manager. All at once… what a concept! Once all components are configured and entered the virtual model needs to now go down the line of the estimators, suppliers, fabricators and build out teams. What typically happens here is the breakdown when one office doesn’t use the software, or just doesn’t know how. How do we do this? Explore the software. Look into the ways it can be used by anyone involved from the Building Designer’s schematic design all the way down to the framer or finish trim carpenter. As stated before, excellence in BIM software toolsets is touted by many but not completely harnessed by a good portion of them. Find the software that has the best collaborative solutions, not just pretty pictures. One can’t just jump into it, we all need to take our baby steps into the BIM world. It takes a leap of faith to get to the next level beyond just your inter-office production and visualization gains. Just because you are using a BIM-based software platform does not mean you are utilizing the BIM workflow. It is time to level up, leap into the next phase of what your services can offer, cut the rope of RFI’s and become a prodigious BIM source! How does that dangerous phrase go… “They’ll figure it out in the field as they go”… Do you want your design intensions thrown in the wind with the rest of the construction document set if they just never ask?

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Joseph Sirilla has a stout, relevant presence in our industry representing the AIBD (American Institute of Building Design) as the Central Florida Chapter Chairman, in representing AIBD’s BIM-R vision as the National BIM Representative, and with custom home design as a Senior Designer at an award winning Architectural firm, Keesee Associates in Maitland, Florida.

Future of High Peformance Homes National exposure by AIBD’s High Performance Homes Team


ix years ago the AIBD hosted a Summer Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina. Inspired by speaker Sam Rashkin and his book Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry, plus a 2-day round table discussion with AIBD participants at the Conference, AIBD’s High Performance Homes Team (HPHT) was created. In a take action procedure led by the founders, Jennifer Pippin (North Carolina), Caroline Veerman (California), Bernie Kern (Colorado), and Michael Battaglia (Ohio), the team created its mission statement: The AIBD High Performance Homes Team strives to be the resource for Designers, Builders, and Consumers in the quest to design and build energy efficient, comfortable, and environmentally safe homes. Sanctioned by the AIBD as an official committee, the AIBD High Performance Homes Team was born. Since then, the team has met regularly, many times on a monthly basis, and achieving the goals of its mission statement. The team gave the first live presentation in 2013 during AIBD’s First Tuesday education webinar. Following the webinar, the team had 50 members in about 3 short weeks, from within and outside AIBD, join the AIBD Member Forum page. Those members still receive access to resources and documents, which are downloaded on AIBD’s site. These documents include Guidelines to Building A High-Performance Home, Green Building for Home Owners, Going Green Checklist, the latest Monday Minute Blog, and What is a High Performance Home and How Do I get One? At this location, the HPHT provides other resources and website links for your use.

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Below: Bernie Kern presenting at the 2018 NAHB IBS show

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Future of High Peformance Homes (cont.) National exposure by AIBD’s High Performance Homes Team

In 2016, Jennifer Pippin and Bernie Kern presented at the IBS Live show. They paired up and presented Big Performance Solutions in Small Homes. In conjunction with the IBS Live Show, the HPHT team was asked by the NAHB to design and create a Tiny House Lab. The building had to be a Tiny House with various wall and roof framing that was considered to be High Performing Energy efficient. The team joined forces with Whitbeck

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Construction from New York, and designed the structure, which was built and displayed at the IBS High Performing Building Zone. The event included High Performance experts like Gord Cooke and Matt Whitbeck on site for the entire week at the IBS Tiny House Lab, and the team gave presentations hourly all day long. HPHT member Bernie Kern attended one of the presentations and explained AIBD’s role in designing the Tiny House Lab. The

Opposite: The AIBD High Performance Homes team

event was a huge success, and in 2017 the HPHT team was asked to do create another energy efficient Tiny House Lab. Using the basic design of the Tiny House Lab, the team created new energy efficient wall and roof details to be used on the construction of a new lab. Once again, Bernie Kern attended the event and presented the design on behalf of the AIBD and the High Performance Homes Team. As the HPHT achieves national exposure, founding members Michael Battaglia and Jennifer Pippin have been involved in local Green housing committees. The team is proud to announce its newest member, Robert Klob (Arizona). Robert has attended various AIBD conferences and has presented High Performance in Building with ICFs. Last summer, at the AIBD Summer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia the HPHT started a panel discussion at the education seminar. The discussion was a Q&A on creating High Performing Home details. The panel discussion continued with new topics and new details, and continued at the AIBD Conferences in Austin, Texas, and again in Clearwater, Florida. With Jennifer Pippin, Michael Battaglia, Bernie Kern, and Robert Klob featured at the panel discussion, guests were invited to be a part of the panel. These guests included Alan Abrams, Larry Gilland, Lyle Breeze, and Keith Zoni. Each panel discussion included a host speaker, thanks to Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, Benjamin Tabolt, and John Fought. The result of the panel discussions provided AIBD members with access to details that you can use in your design drawings. These details are available on the AIBD website.

Recently, the team was again approached by the NAHB, and a Radon Test Model was designed. This model will be built and presented at the South East Builders Conference in Florida in August 2018. The model features a cut way section of a two-story house, which is minimized for size constraints, but which demonstrates the details on how to create a permeable radon gas prevention detail. The High Performance Homes Team was asked to create another Tiny House Lab for the 2019 IBS in Las Vegas, although the design and construction has not yet been confirmed. The team has more inspirational projects planned ahead for 2018-2019. The AIBD High Performance Homes Team invites all designers to be a part of the HPHT mission to design and build energy efficient, comfortable, and environmentally safe homes. Be the best designer you can be and collaborate with one of AIBD’s premiere committee. To find out more, and take part in attending the HPHT monthly meetings, contact AIBD at

Bernie Kern has been in the residential building industry for 30 years and is the owner of BBKern DESIGNS, LLC. Bernie is a professional member of the AIBD, member of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the CSI and the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association and Remodelers Counsel. He is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and AIBD’s newly elected Internal Vice President.

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AIBD Seasonal Conferences

AIBD finishes first year of hosting multiple conferences throughout the year


ast summer, AIBD kicked off a 4-conferenceper-year tour starting with a visit to the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Changing with the seasons is part of the theme for AIBD as the 4 conferences have taken on a new approach, with the conferences being named the Design and Build Conference Series. Summer Conference in Atlanta The summer event was highlighted with our annual ARDA banquet, which included many winners from all stages of design projects, including the Global Choice award given to Dixon projects from New York for a sleek renovation project that included many modern industrial finishes such as an awesome roof top pool that enables astounding views. The summer conference agenda is also the site for AIBD’s annual membership meeting, which introduces the new 2017-2018 Board. Along with a variety of educational classes and a designer friendly Architectural Tour, the AIBD also knows how to have fun, creating an entertaining evening at the World Improv Theatre, a famous award-winning ensemble of improve actors and actresses. Football, Holidays, and Fall in Austin, Texas As the season begins to change and summer is over, the excitement of Atlanta is complimented with a Fall trip to Austin, Texas where the AIBD hosted the next Design and Build Conference Series at the Holiday Inn in Austin Town Lake. There is nothing better than to arrive after a full day of traveling to see your best friends and colleagues at the Container Bar, a converted

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shipping container, which is now the location of one the most popular Austin bars on Rainey Street. If you are interested in designing the best performing homes and keeping up with industry technology, this conference was for you. The AIBD High Performance Homes Team kicked off a series of classes on high performance building, which was topped off by BIM (Building Information Modeling) introductions and fabulous 3D inventions. Time to head for warmer weather! Clearwater, Florida here we come! In one of the most spectacular hotels on Clearwater Beach, the AIBD hosted the winter Design and Build Conference at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Amidst a great series of classes, the AIBD Trade Show was another great afternoon spent with our AIBD sponsors and industry partners like Build Block, Napoleon Fireplaces, and Marvin Windows, who we greatly appreciate for their support of the AIBD. The Architectural tour was a special walking tour hosted by two well respected AIBD members. College of Fellows and past President Lyle Breeze teamed up with Certified Professional Building Designer Timothy Roney, both Florida residents, to treat the AIBD to a walking tour through Tampa’s Hyde Park. Breeze and Roney supplied us with a fascinating tour of the historical district, along with a great history of how the park began with the building of a railroad bridge that started the first suburb of Tampa back in 1886. Spring is in the air! On to Wilmington, NC and building with Legos How fun was that, to compete with your colleagues and build a Lego BIM project? The Design and

Below left: The AIBD Winter Design and Build Conference - The Tampa, FL Architectural Tour Below right: The AIBD Spring Design and Build Conference - Building with Legos BIM class

Build Conference kicked off in Wilmington, North Carolina with a BIM class, Building with Legos. Logan Homes was the winner, building a BIM project from a set of plans using Legos. Wilmington was the site of our 2012 Conference and in the Spring of 2018 we returned for yet another adventure from the city that brings you EUE Screen Gems Studios and the USS North Carolina battleship along the Cape Fear River. As we finished up our first year of conferences, the AIBD Conference Committee is hard at work to make the 2018-2019 season even better. We identified some things that worked great and are working hard to make more changes to improve future conferences! Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio are already approved for the upcoming Design and Build Conference Series.

Bernie Kern has been in the residential building industry for 30 years and is the owner of BBKern DESIGNS, LLC,. Bernie is a professional member of the AIBD, member of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the CSI and the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association and Remodelers Counsel. He is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and AIBD’s newly elected Internal Vice President.

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Accessible Living 2018 GRAND ARDA Special Needs Residence - Whiteley & Whiteley Design Group

This project was designed for a family with a special needs child in a wheelchair. The design mandate was to create an accessible home that didn’t look accessible; it should look like any other home. Major features include: • A kitchen that included a workspace for the child. • A garage with different size bays and garage door heights. • A swimming pool with a ramp access that looked like it belonged there. • ADA compliant door thresholds. • A track system with doorways designed to look like transoms. • Closet and storage spaces with features designed for use by the special needs child. • Unique locations for faucets, receptacles and switches to accommodated limited reach. • An intercom system that doubles as a “baby monitor” to monitor the child at night.

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Conceptual Design 2018 GRAND ARDA Villas of Cocoa Village - Phil Kean Design Group

The project’s design is a response to the Request for Proposal from the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency and had six principles the designer had to meet. The target market is young professionals looking for a downtown lifestyle. The downtown of the historic district offers premier shopping, restaurants, entertainment and popular attractions. To create a connection to and enhance the sub-districts, the project’s architectural style incorporates architectural features of historical buildings in the area.

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2018 GRAND ARDA Banbury Residence - YNL Architects

The site is surrounded by a 360 degree parametric view. Balconies and decks are strategically located around the building in order to take advantage of this natural site feature. Additionally, a large amount of glass sliding doors and full height windows are used to undermine the boundary between exterior and interior space to maximize the efficiency of the living / dining area and to accommodate large events. Instead of completely demolishing the existing house, the design team opted to retain portion of the existing structure to minimize construction cost.

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Conceptual Design 2018 ARDA winners

Bellavista Windstar Homes

Manhattan Avenue Residence YNL Architects

Modern Prairie LGA Studios

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Best In Show (Multi-family Design) A

rcadia on the River is a 510 bed Student Housing Village on the Oconee River at Fishing Creek and McMullin Island marketed to Fraternities and Sororities of Georgia College & State University. TIMELESS VERNACULAR FARM STYLE & MATERIALS White wood siding was chosen to mimic a traditional southern Farmhouse vernacular. Smaller buildings are raised on piers to keep framing above the maximum flood elevation in its location downstream of a major dam on the adjoining Oconee River. Ribbed light gauge silver metal roofing completes the traditional look. As a practical innovation, it eliminates the need for boxing details, cutting the construction schedule at a crucial time. The metal roofs are also fire-proof allowing the connection of porches to create exterior rooms or “Cloisters” out of groupings of duplexes. The silver metal roofs reflect the color of the sky as it changes during a day. The choice of near black stain for framing conceals the occasional fire-treated beams that support the porch roofs connecting duplex groupings. Building porches utilize fire resistant exterior materials of heavy timber sized wood beams, fire-treated purlins and metal sheathing, porch connections are made between farmhouses to create “Cloisters” to gather in and stake a claim on if houses around the Cloister are rented by the same Fraternity or Sorority. Cloisters connect to other larger Cloisters to accommodate a larger organization living together.

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Arcadia On The River Miller Architecture

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Best In Show (Multi-family Design) TIME SAVED -ECONOMY Farmhouses are either Traditional or Lofts. Traditional Farmhouses are 32’x32’ or 16’x 32’ with ells in 4’ increments to the subfloor edges. Roofs above the square vary. Bedrooms with en-suites are identical sizes in all farmhouse with plumbing spaced for standard truss spacing. These identical cores of bedrooms sometimes have variation in the Living Spaces in 4’ increments. CMU piers are thicker than normal to avoid steel in footings and thus avoid time consuming inspections. Metal roofing eliminates soffit or porch ceiling boxing. Framing was sprayed black before metal roof was installed. Lofts are 2 and 3 bedroom Cottages have an upstairs Common space upstairs with high ceilings, majestic views through windows that don’t need window coverings and no doors into other spaces. Smaller rooms for Bedrooms and baths downstairs have greater privacy and structurally support the large volume of the piano nobile. By Cloistering only Duplexes under the Residential Code, time and money was saved on permitting and construction.

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TIME OUT The climate of southern Georgia allows for outdoor living and recreation even during the school seasons. A nighttime fire can be enjoyed through most of the school year. Arcadia on the River cottages and duplexes group themselves around outdoor courtyards with the “A” Fireplaces in each. Because the Architect designed the site and building placement, outdoor spaces open up to vistas that focus on fire elements throughout the site. Large “Time-Out” porches have roofs shaped like the hand signal for time out as a whimsical touch. The asymmetrical brackets are tree-like and parallel the asymmetrical angles of the “A” Fireplaces. In these Cloisters Corten Steel fireplaces were custom designed by the Architect for this project. The shape of an “A” as a logo statement for the name ARCADIA which was also suggested by the Architect. ARCADIA has an “A” on both sides and in the center. With the use of Corten steel the finish re-rusts over any abrasions from shipping or from rough handling by rowdy college age residents.

Arcadia on the river Miller Architecture

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Multi-Family Design 2018 ARDA winners

Park Avenue Town Homes Zoni Design Group, LLC

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Custom Homes 2018 GRAND ARDA Carrington - Sater Design Collection

This unique corner lot home design was designed for a Traditional Neighborhood Design community in this well established southern town. Borrowing from historic Charleston references we created this well received custom home design. Its wrap around porches make it welcome to all who pass by. It also makes a great vantage point for its owners to welcome friends and neighbors as well as view the river across the street.

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2018 GRAND ARDA New Orleans Courtyard Home - DvL Custom Concepts

This residence was designed for an executive family with a passion for New Orleans courtyard homes of the St. Charles district. The courtyard opens up with balconies and porches enjoying magnificent views of a Fazio signature golf course in a gated community.

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Custom Homes 2018 GRAND ARDA Modern Farmhouse - 42 North Architecture + Design

Tremendous consideration went into the materials used to give the Modern Farmhouse exterior a fresh appeal, yet pay homage to the traditional farmhouse facade. Although typical modern farmhouses are clad in vertical board and batten, we incorporated horizontal siding at the front porch and ends of the home as a nod to historical farmhouses that filled out over time, building additions as families grew.

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2018 ARDA winners

Bellfountain Winstar Homes

Clearbrook Design DCA

Ellerton Visbeen Architects

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Custom Homes 2018 ARDA winners

Fairfield Visbeen Architects

Island Breeze Phil Kean Design Group

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2018 GRAND ARDA “A” Fireplaces - Miller Architecture The climate of southern Georgia allows for outdoor living and recreation even during the school seasons. A nighttime fire can be enjoyed through most of the school year. Arcadia on the River cottages and duplexes group themselves around outdoor courtyards with the “A” Fireplaces in each. Because the Architect designed the site and building placement, outdoor spaces open up to vistas that focus on fire elements throughout the site.

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Design Details 2018 GRAND ARDA Live Work Closet - Visbeen Architects

The master suite is tucked away to the rear and is buffered from the front of the unit by a large bathroom vanity and dressing space. This space is anything but ordinary, the wall opposite the bed, clad in mirrors, opens up two to reveal an 8’x12’, his & hers closet complete with handing storage and rows of shelves to accommodate shoes and folded apparel. This unique feature was designed to float over the floor rather than being set on a track or wheels to completely conceal the existence of the closet when it is closed. This allows the home owners to have an abundance of storage in the compact space.

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2018 GRAND ARDA Ventana al Mar - Windstar Homes This one-of-a-kind “Green-Built” residence located on a waterfront property, presented many design and specification challenges due to strict budgetary parameters, V-Zone code requirements, home site size constraints, and lofty client desires. Despite these difficulties, a home was recently unveiled that far exceeded the client’s expectations and truly exemplified design excellence and uncompromised quality. The home’s design incorporates elements from the Italian Renaissance vernacular, featuring virtually every amenity one might expect in a home of this caliber. One noteworthy feature is a custom 1500 bottle refrigerated wine cellar with temperature-controlled perfection. This unique feature’s beauty and craftmanship is accentuated by the warm concentric curvature of the opening and racking, and is on display from the interior dining space. The home’s interior spaces flow seamlessly. Their synergistic relationship gives the home a real sense of openness and grandeur.

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Design Details 2018 ARDA winners

48 Downing St. Residence Dixon Projects

Arezzo Windstar Homes

Club Mez Windstar Homes

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2018 GRAND ARDA Modern Farmhouse - 42 North Architecture + Design The heart of most homes, and especially a farmhouse, is the kitchen. The secret to designing a sleek, modern farmhouse kitchen that is oriented toward family and entertaining is to imbue it with elements that add warmth like the engineered white oak floors. The homeowner required a clean, clutter-free, and symmetrical kitchen design. This was achieved with a bookend design balancing appliances and cabinets, windows and doors. A mirrored stainless steel range and hood coordinate with the sleek light fixtures and mirrored appliance doors. Shaker-style cabinet doors and plain drawers offer simple and clean lines. Graphic light and dark elements like the oversized counter-to-ceiling subway tile with dark grout, dark window cladding, and painted French doors are softened by honed granite counters, diffusing the natural light flooding into the kitchen. Mesh roller blind window treatments provide relief from abundant sunshine or can disappear completely. The 12.5-foot island is topped with veined quartz mimicking Carrara marble but offering more durability.

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Indoor Living 2018 ARDA winners

Bellfountain Windstar Homes

48 Downing St. Residence Dixon Projects

Villa El Sueno Todd Glowka Builder

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2018 GRAND ARDA Stillwater - Sater Design Collection

This model home designed for a luxury golf and water oriented community was to introduce this custom builder’s quality excellence to the public. The biggest challenge was to convince the developer to loosen the ARB guidelines that required Mediterranean exterior styling. Fortunately the developer was very amenable to the proposal and the completed model home has been a great success.

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Model Homes 2018 ARDA winners

Burns Cole Design Studio, Inc.

Martin Cole Design Studio, Inc.

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2018 GRAND ARDA Texas Hill Country Reclaimed Retreat - Todd Glowka Builder, Inc.

Located within the confines of a 400-acre, high fenced game ranch stocked with various exotic species of antelope from Africa, you can’t help but gaze up the mountain and focus on this splendid Todd Glowka Builder, Inc. project. The home overlooks numerous spring fed creeks that provide a year round source of “live water” running from one end of the ranch to the other. Deep swimming holes lined with massive boulders line the edges, creating beautiful waterfalls.

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Outdoor Living 2018 ARDA winners

109 Sussex St. Dixon Projects

Club Mez Windstar Homes

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2018 GRAND ARDA Wexley - Visbeen Architect

As a conceptual urban infill project, the Wexley, is designed for a narrow lot in the center of a city block. The 26’x48’ floor plan is divided into thirds from front to back and from left to right. In plan, the left third is reserved for circulation spaces and is reflected in elevation by a monolithic block wall in three shades of gray. Punching through this block wall, in three distinct parts, are the main levels windows for the stair tower, bathroom, and patio. The right two thirds of the main level are reserved for the living room, kitchen, and dining room. At 16’ long, front to back, these three rooms align perfectly with the three-part block wall façade. It’s this interplay between plan and elevation that creates cohesion between each façade, no matter where it’s viewed.

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Published Design 2018 ARDA winners

Contemporary Family Farmhouse Royal Oaks Design

Crossover Hit Royal Oaks Design

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2018 GRAND ARDA Red Barn Renovation - JW Construction, Inc.

The Red Barn Renovation is a project that our company will remember forever as the task of bringing this barn back to life was a challenge but more importantly an accomplishment. When the clients reached out to us to renovate their primary house but also a barn in their backyard, we were thrilled about the opportunity to preserve their historical features and charm. However, upon our initial site visit, we were a bit intimidated by the landscape conditions and how they were going to force us to relocate the barn. We were able to work through these challenges and grow stronger as a team because of them. Also, we were able to bring joy to the clients as the revival of the barn helped them persuade their kids to visit more often. There were challenges, accomplishments, and most importantly great memories made throughout the Red Barn Renovation and it is a project we are grateful to have been a part of.

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Renovation 2018 ARDA winners

48 Downing St. Dixon Projects

250 West 139th St. Dixon Projects

Beach House 130 Craycroft Design

Firehouse No.6 Gaver Nichols Architect

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Renovation 2018 ARDA winners

Greenbelt Revival Barron Custom Design

Postley Residence YNL Architects & W Architecture

The Swan Pippin Home Designs

1014 Howard Avenue TRG Architecture and Interior Design

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Working Drawings 2018 ARDA winners

Kenwood Estate David Charlez Designs

Lakeside Spanish Villa S W Morgan Fine Home Design LLC

The Westly Hudson Home Designs

Westside Farmhouse Waldron Design, LLC

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Global Choice Winner

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Brownstone Transformation Dixon Projects


his palatial brownstone stands proudly on a corner lot in Bed-Stuy. The property had a long and intriguing history and had a previous life as a funeral parlor and an alternative home to a juvenile prison (school). With outdated bathrooms, a cramped lay-out and a lack of warm, welcoming gathering spaces; however, the school featured well-preserved millwork and original fireplaces with stunning details. The property was then converted into a lavish single-family residence with coveted amenities like an at-home gym, cellar spa experience and two-car garage. This palatial, corner-lot brownstone features a fully outfitted rooftop deck, a cellar spa boasting a lap pool, hot tub, and steam shower, a private, two-car garage and a restored façade and front yard. Inside, there’s expansive spaces that showcase exposed brick accents, decorative fireplace mantels, original mirrors, expertly preserved millwork, and elegant touches of stained glass. The grand parlor floor boasts herringbone hardwood floors, a separate living and dining room, and an exquisite chef’s kitchen with the highest quality appliances from SubZero, Fisher & Paykel, and Bosch. This brand-new space offers custom shaker style cabinetry, Caesarstone quartz countertops, detailed crown molding, and a cozy breakfast nook. Of course, a home like this is perfect for entertaining with two private terraces (kitchen and master suite) and a rooftop deck with a fully outfitted wet bar for those warm summer nights. Ride the private elevator or find the ornate wood paneling from the entry stairs up throughout the home. On the third level, find the floor-through master suite, complete with two oversized skylights, a giant walk-through closet, and a private terrace. The spa-like bath boasts a suspended mirror, custom walnut vanity, heated floors, a freestanding soaking tub, and a spacious shower with bench seating. Below, discover three large bedrooms and two designer baths, while the garden level boasts three more additional bedrooms, a laundry room, and access to your private two-car garage. Finally, the cellar spa proves to be the perfect place for relaxation as you’ll enjoy a full size lap pool, hot tub, steam shower, and wet bar.

Global Choice Winner “

The work Dixon does goes well beyond what is necessary to get hi-end Townhouses occupied. Their quality of work surpasses those of multi-million dollar homes. Finally, their team makes sure their attention to detail doesn’t stop when the Townhomes are occupied. They also follow through on the Occupants satisfaction which, for New York, rates a high score for that alone!

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Brownstone Transformation Dixon Projects

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AIBD Magazine - Summer 2018  

The official publication of the American Institute of Building Design

AIBD Magazine - Summer 2018  

The official publication of the American Institute of Building Design