Westharbor Homes Award-Winning Designs

The Olympic Peninsula’s premier, award-winning home builder, Westharbor Homes has been building homes in the master-planned community at Port Ludlow for more than a quarter-century.

This village that sits at the edge of the Olympic Rain Shadow is becoming an increasingly popular destination for retirees throughout the Greater Seattle, Bellevue, Portland regions, and beyond, to downsize, reduce costs and maintenance of ownership, while enjoying an active neighborhood of like-minded people who want to take advantage of the spectacular surrounding beauty of the area.

Westharbor helps make that dream happen by creating first class homes for those seeking intentionally designed properties that have a focus on what these homeowners are looking for: downsizing, limited property maintenance and aging in place. Not only can they enjoy easy access to boating, golfing, hiking and the region’s bounty of fresh local cuisine, but they can live in a home designed to take advantage of the sights and peaceful sounds of this tranquil village by the bay in the village.

Westharbor Homes has been honored with multiple awards over the years, offering assurance to those considering a move to Port Ludlow that moving forward with that decision may be one of the smartest they’ll ever make.

Ludlow Cove Cottages, The Townsend: 2015 Gold Nugget Awards

In 2015, Westharbor Homes was honored as the Grand Award winner in the annual Gold Nugget Awards competition, which recognizes excellence in architectural design and planning, and draws entries from throughout the U.S. and the world. The panel of judges included some of the most creative and successful designers, planners and builders in the industry.

The honors were earned for “The Townsend,” a three-bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1,866-square-foot home, named the Best Single Family Detached Home under 2,000-square-feet for Ludlow Cove Cottages, a new neighborhood of 42 homes, on Ludlow Bay.

Ludlow Cove Cottages offers five open-concept floor plans, with one- and two-story options and master suites on the main level, each including a charming front porch. Eco-friendly cabinetry, specialty millwork and advanced framing techniques were used by Westharbor to reduce the amount of lumber and increase energy efficiency.

The cottages also come standard with high-performance fixtures and energy-efficient appliances. There are dual pane low-E vinyl windows, pervious paver driveways and flatwork, Energy Star ductless heat pump, Energy Star kitchen appliances and LED lighting, all of which contribute to the homes’ environmentally-friendly features.

All of the Ludlow Cove homes utilize 360-degree architecture and are thoughtfully placed on home sites to provide the very best possible views and vistas. The ample windows ensure that daylight can penetrate into all areas of the home, while vibrant color palettes compliment the architectural design features. The interiors offers a blend of high quality, modern fixtures and finishes, along with thoughtful design, in order to transform small areas into practical living space. All are also universally designed to accommodate Aging in Place.

The Grand Award winner was chosen from an elite pool of Merit Award winners that were announced as a feature highlight at the country’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field, PCBC, which was once an acronym for “Pacific Coast Builders Conference,” however as it’s grown to include attendees from not only across the U.S., but Canada, Mexico and over 25 other nations, today it’s known simply as PCBC.

In fact, there were 635 entries from across the globe for the 2015 GNA, the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the country, honoring design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories.

At the time, Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish noted: “Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers. We applaud them all, and were thrilled to recognize them on June 25 with a celebration of Merit and Grand Award winners.”

The judges’ statement in regard to the award-winning home read: “This home packs a lot of punch in less than 2,000 square feet. The colors and materials of this beautifully designed cottage home fits perfectly in its woodland surroundings. The detached garage pushed back off the street helps emphasize the spacious outdoor deck spaces that take advantage of water views. Carefully thought out main floor master floor plan flows incredibly well and feels very spacious. The white and gray color palette provides an elegant overall feel and the main living spaces provide excellent views of the water. This home delivers a “custom” feel in a small package.”

Ludlow Cove Cottages, The Kingston: 2016 Professional Builder Design Awards

Westharbor Homes was named a winner again in the 2016 Professional Builder Design Awards competition.  It recognizes individuals across the U.S. who produce homes that illustrate design, quality and success in the marketplace, and is open to developers, builders, architects, interior designers, land planners and designers. Top home building projects are celebrated for their design excellence, sales and marketing success as well as their construction quality.

Sponsored by Professional Builder magazine, a publication that has been around since 1936 as one of the most prestigious in the home building industry. The PB Design Awards honor projects across 11 categories: single-family homes, multifamily homes, one-of-a-kind custom homes, “on the boards” projects, communities, systems built/modular, green, best revised plan, and urban infill.

The winning design was the Kingston, which earned Westharbor Homes a Silver Award in the Single Family Production, 2,000-square-feet or less category. The 1,495-square-foot, one-story, two-bedroom cottage can be configured to either a woodland or waterfront lot. Like all of the Ludlow Cove homes, it accommodates aging in place with features like open floor plans, main floor master suites and wider doorways. All of the homes also have more space between the kitchen islands and cabinets to allow for better circulation in the kitchen, taller optional washer and dryer units to keep bending to a minimum and all entrances are equipped with optional ramps as needed for accessibility.

Cliff O’Brien, Westharbor Homes Director of Construction notes that the “inviting front porches and charming back patios inspire outdoor living that is uniquely Northwest.”

He added that the primary challenge was “the desire to balance a fine-grained, walkable street with the need for every cottage to have great water views.” 

The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed residential design experts that included Larry W. Garnett, FAIBD, of Larry Garnett Designs, Glen Rose, Texas; Mark Larson, AIA, of Rehkamp Larson, Minneapolis, Minn.; Seth Hart of DTJ Design, Boulder, Colo.; and Tony Crasi of The Crasi Company, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Ludlow Cove Cottages, The Townsend: 2016 Best in American Living Awards

Ludlow Cove Cottages and Westharbor Homes were honored once again, with a platinum award for the Townsend floor plan in Best Single-Family Home under 2,000-square-feet and the Best in the Pacific Northwest Region in the 2016 Best in American Living Awards by the National Association of Home Builders.

The Best in American Living Awards (BALA) is the building industry’s premier residential design awards program. It spotlights the most creative and talented building industry professionals who have redefined design excellence for homes and communities nationally and internationally. Winning projects showcase what building industry professionals need to know to set their product apart and hit the right mark with today’s highly educated and discerning home buyers.

The BALA, which is now in its 33rd year, honors outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international, based on the principle that good design is not, and should not be, limited to high-priced and/or custom homes. Even the simplest, most affordable homes can receive an award if they showcase good design.

Award winners were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, 2016 BALA subcommittee chair, said, “BALA recognizes the very best in residential home design. The award winners have shown that they are some of the most talented and forward-thinking professionals in their field.”

The judges applauded the composition and massing of the home and the fact that no space is wasted. “Fantastic use of space [with the] little nooks and crannies, [such as] the reading nook,” they remarked.

“Cleverly composed,” Probuilder.com writes, the cottage-style Townsend is a skillful example of 360-degree architecture with a wraparound porch, Craftsman accents, in this neighborhood where homes have views of water, parks, and woodlands. The industry experts were impressed with its thoughtful placement that offers the best possible views while featuring detailed design techniques and innovative energy-efficient elements.

Probuilder.com describes the interior asa mixture of high-quality finishes and modern fixtures, coupled with design that transforms small areas into practical living spaces. Universal design accommodates aging in place, with an open floor plan and main-level master suite. The main living spaces are oriented toward the water. Thoughtful touches can be found throughout, such as the reading nook next to the living-room fireplace. Storage is maximized with built-in shelves under the stairs and a ‘landing zone’ for keys, phone chargers, and other necessities of daily life.

“The second floor includes two additional bedrooms with a shared bath, and a loft for reading, working, or relaxing.”


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