NAHB Announces Best in American Living Awards (BALA) Winners

Contact: Stephanie Pagan
Director, Media Relations
(202) 266-8254

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced the winners of the 2021 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando. The awards were sponsored by Monogram.

Now in its 38th 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.

“The BALA winners always redefine excellence for the home building industry,” said Allison Paul, principal at Lessard Design, NAHB’s 2021 Judging Chair and 2021 BALA Subcommittee Chair. “We are honored to recognize these companies and individuals for their creative and distinctive approaches to their outstanding work.”

The winners include:

Room of the Year:

Ebony and Ivory – Indoor/Outdoor Bar
Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Architect/designer: Drewett Works
Builder/landscape architect/designer: Bedbrock Developers
Interior designer: Mara Interior Design
Photographer: Werner Segarra Photography

Community of the Year:

Fayetteville, Ga.

Architect/designer/land planner: Lew Oliver
Builder/developer: Trilith Development
Green verifier/rater company: Coweta-Fayette EMC
Landscape architect/designer: HGOR
Marketing firm: Berkshire Hathaway GA Properties

Photographer: AJ Park Media

Remodel of the Year:

Bloomfield Hills Residence
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Architect/designer: CBI Design Professionals Inc.
Builder: Mosher Dolan
Interior designer: Integrated Architectural Interiors
Landscape architect/designer: Stewart, Hass & Associates
Photographer: Beth Singer Photographer Inc.

Multifamily Community of the Year:

Icon Buckhead

Architect/designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates
Builder: Gilbane Building Company
Developer: Related Group
Green verifier/rater company: Metier Consulting Inc.

Interior designer: Habachy Designs
Photographer: Photographic Designer

Production Home of the Year:

Avenue of Oaks
Charleston, S.C.

Architect/designer: Danielian Associates Architects + Planners
Builder: Crescent Homes
Photographer: Keen Eye Marketing and Franzi Annika Photography

Custom Home of the Year:

Palo Alto, Calif.

Architect/designer: Dahlin Group Architecture | Planning
Builder: Clarum Homes
Interior designer: Pat Del Gavio Group
Landscape architect/designer: VanderToolen Associates
Photographer: Kathryn MacDonald Photography

Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at