Since 2005 the William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence has been celebrating architects and builders with a legacy of delivering remarkable residential design and timeless living environments resulting in a better quality of life for homeowners as well as a positive influence in their communities.
Acknowledged by Hanley Wood’s BUILDER magazine, distinguished architect and builder members earn the prestigious honor by demonstrating longtime leadership in the field of housing design that includes an unwavering commitment to thoughtful and fully-executed design amid competitive, economic and regulatory challenges through the creation of new housing prototypes and landmark projects.
Honoring William Sibley “Bill” Marvin of Marvin Windows and doors for his longstanding leadership role in the industry – BUILDER magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century building industry a decade before he died at the age of 92 in 2009 – the Hall of Fame now includes architect Adele Chang for her commitment to bringing superior design to middle-class America, architect Ross Chapin for his innovative site planning, and builder Bert Selva for his well-designed floor plans.
BUILDER magazine also shared a few of their award-winning design strategies:
• Chang’s rule of thumb: Keep design simple but inject memorable spaces wherever possible. Help clients communicate their vision for their new dwelling. Think about little touches that can make a home feel special. Add a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in a hallway or a spot for a window seat on the stair landing. Don’t overlook outdoor spaces and shared areas; they should be thought of as rooms of their own.
• Do away with rooms that get used only a few times a year, such as the formal dining room or living room. “A smaller house can feel more comfortable when more of it is actually livable,” Chapin said. Include a workroom next to the kitchen for projects, laundry, a home office, mail, and storage. “Take a look at how your clients live and design around that.”
• Home buyers want a space that grows and changes to meet their needs, whether it’s making room for an aging parent or hosting dinner parties once the children grow up. For multiple generations living under one roof, consider dual master suites or secondary bedrooms with private baths and sitting areas. Selva said open floor plans are much more adaptable. “The old architecture of very compartmentalized rooms doesn’t provide a lot of flexibility.” In addition, bright, colorful finishes are in for cabinetry and fixtures. “For every element that goes into the house, it feels like it’s getting a bit more bold, more like a resort or spa.”
Members of the William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence
2013: Adele Chang, Ross Chapin and Bert Selva
2012: Don Powers, Larry Webb and Michael Woodley
2011: Bill Davidson, Bill Devereaux and Mike Pyatok
2010: William Hezmalhalch Architects, Simonini Builders and Torti Gallas and Partners
2009: BAR Architects, Robert Hidey and Horizon Builders,
2008: David Baker, Alan J. Green and Stephen Muse
2007: Jack Bloodgood, Carson Looney and Chris Stuhmer
2006: Mark McInturff, Mark Scheurer and the collective group ofTaylor Woodrow Homes
2005: Barry Berkus, Rodney Friedman, David Furman, Walt Richardson and Jefferson Riley