Photos from GALA 2016 Are Now Available!

If you attended GALA this year and are interested in viewing or purchasing photos from the event, please visit our photo gallery, the TapSnap website or our SnapCast Slideshow! Photos can be directly downloaded from TapSnap and Snap Cast. We hope you enjoy the photos and we look forward to seeing you at GALA 2017!

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DC-Area Homebuilding Industry Honored at 2016 GALA Awards

Last week DC-area homebuilding industry professionals came together to celebrate a successful year in home building. The Great American Living Awards (GALA) proudly recognized the building industry’s top achievers in design and architecture, interior design, sales, and marketing categories. Presented by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, and the Maryland Building Industry Association, GALA honors excellence among builders, developers, architects, sales, marketing, merchandising, and advertising professionals in the metropolitan Washington market.

“This year’s program truly represented the best in the homebuilding industry,” said 2016 GALA chair, Laurie Matthews owner of LM Marketing Group in Washington, D.C. “The 2016 winners are so deserving of this recognition for their outstanding accomplishments across a broad array of disciplines in support of the continuously improving Washington, D.C. housing market.”

At the awards ceremony held at the Hilton McLean in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, GALA honored the following winners. To learn more about GALA or access photos of the winning entries, please visit www.greatamericanlivingawards.com.  

Sales Achievement

 

CATEGORY 4

Sales Person of the Year

Winner: Matthew Parlatore, Van Metre Homes

 

CATEGORY 5

Million Dollar Club:

Adam Cetron, EYA

Alex Lerner, Prime Building Advantage/KB Home

Alexander Champin, Beazer Homes

Allison Llerena, Cal Atlantic Homes

Amber Steigelman, Cal Atlantic Homes

Angie Lacey, Dan Ryan Builders

Ann Carroll, Van Metre Homes

Annette Thomasson, Dan Ryan Builders

Bonita Hartbarger, Van Metre Homes

Boykin Wagner, Dan Ryan Builders

Brooke Sears, Van Metre Homes

Carl Gould, CalAtlantic Homes

Catharine Taylor, Miller & Smith

David Ortiz, EYA

Dawn Jankowski, Pulte Group

Deb Fiore, CalAtlantic Homes

Debora Flora, Miller & Smith

Deborah Paschal, Beazer Homes

Devon Lackey, Pulte Group

Doug Richards, Pulte Group

Emma Pluto, Pulte Group

Eric Hansen, Miller & Smith

Eric Yakuchev, Pulte Group

Ernie Kyger, Van metre Homes

Gary Gochenour, Pulte Group

Gina DiMaio, Miller & Smith

Grace Strother, Miller & Smith

Greg Spencer, Van Metre Homes

Heather McCulloch, Dan Ryan Builders

Holly Winfield, Prime Building Advantage

Janiece Janson, Miller & Smith

Jeffrey Sullivan, Pulte Group

Jim Graves, Pulte Group

Joe Petrone, Prime Building Advantage/OPaL

Joe Russell, CalAtlantic Homes

John Holmes, Beazer Homes

Jonathan Horne, Pulte Group

Juli Humbles, Beazer Homes

Kara Gooden, CalAtlantic Homes

Kelly Chaney, Pulte Group/Del Webb

Kim Simonson, Dan Ryan Builders

Lien, Nguyen, Pulte Group

Luke Rowland, Pulte Group

Mary Cochran, Pulte Group

Matt Cherry, Beazer Homes

Matt Parlatore, Van Metre Homes

Michael Hales, Pulte Group

Mike Holland, Van Metre Homes

Mike Sibilia, EYA

Nick Yannitello, EYA

Pam Swartz, Prime Building Advantage/MI Homes

Patrice Hutchinson, Pulte Group

Phil Pollard, Van Metre Homes

Phil Salin, EYA

Renee Davis, Dan Ryan Builders

Robert Thomas, Beazer Homes

Shane Leier, Beazer Homes

Shayne Robinson, Van Metre Homes

Stephanie Egan, Miller & Smith

Tammy Petrillo, EYA

Tina Beitelman, CalAtlantic Homes

Tracy Thompson, CalAtlantic Homes

Yumin Chung, EYA

 

CATEGORY 6

Exceptional Sales Effort

Winner: Catherine Taylor, Miller & Smith

 

CATEGORY 7

Outstanding Sales Rookie

Winner: Annette Thomasson, Dan Ryan Builders

 

CATEGORY 8A

Outstanding Sales Person, Detached Homes Under $400,000

Winner: Kim Simonson, Dan Ryan Builders

 

CATEGORY 8C

Outstanding Sales Person, Detached Homes Over $550,000

Winner: Matthew Parlatore, Van Metre Homes

 

CATEGORY 8E

Outstanding Sales Person, Attached Homes $300,000-$400,000

Winner: Eric Hansen, Miller & Smith

 

CATEGORY 8F

Outstanding Sales Person, Attached Homes $401,000-$550,000

Winner: Brooks Sears, Van Metre Homes

 

CATEGORY 8G

Outstanding Sales Person, Attached Homes Over $550,000

Winner: Nick Yannitello, EYA

 

CATEGORY 8I

Outstanding Sales Person, Condominiums $300,000-$500,000

Winner: Holly Winfield, Prime Building Advantage

 

CATEGORY 8K

Outstanding Sales Person, Multi Priced/Multi Product

Winner: Dawn Jankowski, Pulte

 

CATEGORY 9B

Outstanding Sales Team, $300,000-$500,000

Winner: Phillip Pollard & Chris Fauver–Brixton Collection, Van Metre Homes

 

CATEGORY 9C

Outstanding Sales Team, Over $500,000

Winner: Mike Sibilia & Adam Cetron, Westside, EYA

 

CATEGORY 10

Outstanding Sales Manager, Director of Sales or VP of Sales

Winner: Lily Mavrellis, Pulte

 

CATEGORY 11

Outstanding General Marketing Manager, Director of Marketing or VP of Marketing

Winner: Chelsea Payson, Prime Building Advantage

 

Sales Environment

 

CATEGORY 13A

Best Sales Office/Rental Office Information Center, Model Home Sales Center

Winner: Poplar Run, Winchester Homes/NDG Communications

 

CATEGORY 13B

Best Sales Office/Rental Office Information Center, Community Sales Center

Winner: Westmoore, NVR, Inc./LM Marketing Group/Design Works

 

Marketing Materials

 

CATEGORY 15A

Best Website, Individual Community

Winner: Atlantic Plumbing, JBG COmpanies/Delucchi Plus

 

CATEGORY 15B

Best Website, Master Planned Residential Community

Winner: One Loudoun, Miller & Smith/Borcz+Dixon

 

CATEGORY 15C

Best Website, Local Builder

Winner: Craftmark Homes, Craftmark Homes/GKA Advertising

 

CATEGORY 15D

Best Website, National Builder

Winner: Dolben Company, Dolben Company/Delucchi Plus

Award of Merit: CBG Building Company, Clark Builders Group

 

CATEGORY 15E

Best Website, Associate

Winner: LM Marketing Group, LM Marketing Group

Award of Merit: MRP Realty, MRP Realty/Ecendant Interactive

 

CATEGORY 16A

Best Online Advertising, Individual Ad

Winner: St. Charles Home Buying Seminar, St. Charles Communities/Williams Whittle

 

CATEGORY 16B

Best Online Advertising, Ad Campaign

Winner: One Loudoun, Miller & Smith/Borcz+Dixon

 

CATEGORY 17

Social Media

Winner: Bayside (Facebook), Carl M. Freeman Companies/Borcz+Dixon

Award of Merit: Embrey Mill (Facebook), Newland Communities/Borcz+Dixon

 

CATEGORY 18A

Best Printed Brochure, Individual Community

Winner: 525 Water, PN Hoffman/Delucchi Plus

 

CATEGORY 18B

Best Printed Brochure, Master Planned/Mixed Use Community

Winner: Westmoore “Metro Living Simplified”, NVR, Inc./LM Marketing Group

 

CATEGORY 18C

Best Printed Brochure, Condominium or Apartment Community

Winner: ICON Residences “Live The Revival”, Hekemian & Co./Wallace and Company

Award of Merit: Stonehall Bethesda “Your Urban Oasis”, Duball, LLC/NDG Communications

 

CATEGORY 18D

Best Printed Brochure, Corporate (Associate, Builder or Developer)

Winner: OPaL “Homes AS Unique As You Are”, OPaL/Lyons & Sucher

 

CATEGORY 19A

Best Print Advertising, Individual Ad

Winner: Timeless Architecture. Uncompromised Luxury., Michael Harris Homes/Wallace and Company

 

CATEGORY 19B

Best Print Advertising, Ad Campaign

Winner: Cabin Branch “Live Every Moment”, Winchester Homes/NDG Communications

 

CATEGORY 20A

Best Direct Mail, Individual Direct Mail Piece

Winner: The Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve “Naturally Better Living”, Winchester Homes/NDG Communications

Award of Merit: Willowsford “Street Eats”, Willowsford/Wallace and Company

 

CATEGORY 20B

Best Direct Mail, Direct Mail Campaign

Winner: Admiral’s Landing “Every Door”, K. Hovnanian Homes/GKA Advertising

 

CATEGORY 22

Best Video or TV Ad

Winner: Metro Row “Close In and Connected”, NVR, Inc./LM Marketing Group

Award of Merit: Signal Hill Station “The Perfect Place”, Miller & Smith/Lyons & Sucher

 

CATEGORY 23A

Best Integrated Marketing Campaign, Individual Community or Multi-Family Community

Winner: The Shay “She Has Arrived”, Gates Hudson/Red Thinking

CATEGORY 23B

Best Integrated Marketing Campaign, Master Planned/Mixed Use Community

Winner: One Loudoun “Loudoun’s New Downtown”, Miller & Smith/Borcz+Dixon

Award of Merit: Willowsford “Street Eats”, Willowsford/Wallace and Company

 

CATEGORY 23C

Best Integrated Marketing Campaign, Builder

Winner: Knutson “Down Town Bram”, Knutson Companies/Lyons & Sucher

Award of Merit: CBG Latitude Walkway, CBG Building Company

 

Interior Design/Merchandising

 

CATEGORY 24B

Best Interior Merchandising, Detached Home $300,000-$400,000

Winner: Passport at Celebrate, Pulte

Award of Merit: Hartwood at Embrey Mill, Miller & Smith/P Four

 

CATEGORY 24C

Best Interior Merchandising, Detached Home $400,001-$500,000

Winner: St. Lucie at GlenRiddle, Pulte

 

CATEGORY 24D

Best Interior Merchandising, Detached Home $500,001-$600,000

Winner: Pinehurst at Surratts Crossing, Marrick Homes/Interior Concepts

 

CATEGORY 24E

Best Interior Merchandising, Detached Home $600,001-$700,000

Winner: Lewes II at Ocean View Beach Club, K. Hovnanian Homes/Model Home Interiors

Award of Merit: Rome at Poplar Run, Ryan Homes/Interior Concepts, Inc.

 

CATEGORY 24F

Best Interior Merchandising, Detached Home $700,001-$850,000

Winner: Ashville at Willowsford, MI Homes/P Four

 

CATEGORY 24G

Best Interior Merchandising, Detached Home $850,001-$1,000,000

Winner: Fillmore II at Waterford Manor, Brookfield Residential/Fox Point Designs

Award of Merit: Oakton at Reservoir Estates, Craftmark Homes/Interior Concepts, Inc.

 

CATEGORY 24H

Best Interior Merchandising, Detached Home $1,000,001-$1,400,000

Winner: Eagles Nest at Highland Reserve, Mitchell & Best Homes/Interior Concepts, Inc.

Award of Merit: Sage at Maple Lawn, Bozzuto Homes/P Four

 

CATEGORY 24I

Best Interior Merchandising, Detached Home Over $1,40,000

Winner: Le Chateau The Lumiere, The Building Group

 

CATEGORY 25A

Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Home Under $300,000

Winner: Willowcroft at Celebrate, Pulte

 

CATEGORY 25B

Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Home $300,000-$350,000

Winner: Bradford at Mayfair, Brookfield Residential/Interior Concepts, Inc.

 

CATEGORY 25C

Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Home $350,001-$400,000

Winner: Logan II at Parkside, K. Hovnanian Homes/Model Home Interiors

 

CATEGORY 25D

Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Home $400,001-$500,000

Winner: Magnolia at Tall Cedars, MI Homes/P Four

Award of Merit: Grand Ashcroft at Eastchurch, Wormald Homes/Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design

 

CATEGORY 25E

Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Home $500,001-$600,000

Winner: Surrey at Wincopia Farms, Pulte

Award of Merit: Fleetweed at Crescent Place, Knutson Companies/Model Home Interiors

 

CATEGORY 25F

Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Home $600,001-$700,000

Winner: Morton Street Mews – Lower Unit, OPaL/P Four

Award of Merit: Copeland at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, EYA/Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design

 

CATEGORY 25G

Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Home $700,001-$850,000

Winner: Falls Church at MetroRow, NVHomes,/Interior Concepts, Inc

 

CATEGORY 25H

Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Home Over $850,000

Winner: Adams at Quarry Springs, 1788 Holdings Development/Builders Design

Award of Merit: Harrison at Grosvenor Heights, EYA/Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design

 

CATEGORY 26A

Best Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family New Construction, Amenity Space or Common Areas in a Mid-Rise

Winner: The Perry, Foulger-Pratt/Hartman Design Group

Award of Merit: Modera Mosaic, Mill Creek Residential Trust/Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design

 

CATEGORY 26B

Best Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family New Construction, Amenity Space or Common Areas in a High-Rise

Winner: West Broad, Rushmark Properties/Hartman Design Group

 

CATEGORY 27A

Best Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family Renovation or Conversion, Amenity Space or Common Areas in a Mid-Rise

Winner: Vantage at Merrifield, Kettler/Ortega D.A.S.

 

CATEGORY 27B

Best Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family Renovation or Conversion, Amenity Space or Common Areas in a High-Rise

Winner: BLVD Reston Station, Comstock Partners/Builders Design

 

CATEGORY 28A

Best Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family Model/Unit For Sale

Winner: Ritz Carlton Residences – Unit 450, RXR Realty/P Four/Prime Building Advantage

 

CATEGORY 28B

Best Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family Model/Unit Rental

Winner: Galvan at Twinbrook – Model 264, The JBG Companies/Hartman Design Group

 

CATEGORY 29B

Best Interior Merchandising, Free-Standing Clubhouse Over 6,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: Enclave at Box Hill, Murn Development, Design Works Interiors

 

Design & Architecture

 

CATEGORY 30B

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots Under 7,000 Sq. Ft. for $300,001-$400,000

Winner: Passport at Celebrate, Pulte

Award of Merit: Hartwood at Embrey Mill, Miller & Smith/KTGY Group

 

CATEGORY 30E

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots Under 7,000 Sq. Ft. for $600,001-$700,000

Winner: Hadley at EastView, Van Metre Homes

 

CATEGORY 30F

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots Under 7,000 Sq. Ft. for $700,001-$850,000

Winner: Keswick at Vinehaven, Evergreene Homes/W.C. Ralston Architects

 

CATEGORY 30G

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots Under 7,000 Sq. Ft. for Over $850,000

Winner: Regency Park at Crown, Wormald Homes

Award of Merit: Radcliffe at Bethesda Mews, Lessard Design/Michael Harris Homes

CATEGORY 31B

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots 7,000 Sq. Ft. and Over for $400,001-$500,000

Winner: Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, Miller & Smith/Creaser O’Brien Architects

Award of Merit: Taylor at Avendale, Brookfield Residential/Pinnacle Design & Consulting

 

CATEGORY 31C

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots 7,000 Sq. Ft. and Over for $500,001-$600,000

Winner: Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, Miller & Smith/Creaser O’Brien Architects

Award of Merit: Beckner at Mayfair, Brookfield Residential, Pinnacle Design & Consulting

 

CATEGORY 31D

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots 7,000 Sq. Ft. and Over for $600,001-$700,000

Winner: Sierra at Falconaire, Mid-Atlantic Builders

Award of Merit: Concord at Landsdale, CalAtlantic Homes

 

CATEGORY 31E

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots 7,000 Sq. Ft. and Over for $700,001-$850,000

Winner: St. Andrews at Rosedale, CalAtlantic Homes

Award of Merit: St. Lucie at GlenRiddle, Pulte/W.C. Ralston Architects

 

CATEGORY 31F

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots 7,000 Sq. Ft. and Over for $850,001-$1,000,000

Winner: Oxfordshire I at Willowsford Greens, K. Hovnanian Homes

Award of Merit: Fillmore II at Waterford Manor, Brookfield Residential/Creaser O’Brien Architects

 

CATEGORY 31G

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots 7,000 Sq. Ft. and Over for $1,000,001-$1,400,000

Winner: Oakton at Willowsford, Drees Homes

Award of Merit: Jonathon at Willowsford, Richmond American Homes/W.C. Ralston Architects

 

CATEGORY 31H

Best Design and Architecture, Detached Home On Lots 7,000 Sq. Ft. and Over for  Over $1,400,000

Winner: Pembrook at Bethesda Mews, Michael Harris Homes/Lessard Design

Award of Merit: Grayson at Autumn Wood, Gulick Group/Sutton Yantis Associates Architects

 

CATEGORY 32A

Best Design and Architecture, Attached Home (Townhomes, Two-Over-Two’s or Duplexes) for  Under $300,000

Winner: Wakefield at Oakview Village, Brookfield Residential/Lessard Design

 

CATEGORY 32B

Best Design and Architecture, Attached Home (Townhomes, Two-Over-Two’s or Duplexes) for  $300,000-$350,000

Winner: Bluemont at Celebrate, Pulte

 

CATEGORY 32C

Best Design and Architecture, Attached Home (Townhomes, Two-Over-Two’s or Duplexes) for  $350,001-$400,000

Winner: Grand Central at Signal Hill Station, Miller & Smith/KTGY Architecture and Planning

Award of Merit: Haddington at Brick Yard Station, CalAtlantic Homes/Lessard Design

 

CATEGORY 32D

Best Design and Architecture, Attached Home (Townhomes, Two-Over-Two’s or Duplexes) for  $400,001-$500,000

Winner: Grand Ashcroft at EastChurch, Wormald Homes

Award of Merit: Fleetwood at Crescent Place, Knutson Companies/Lessard Design

 

CATEGORY 32E

Best Design and Architecture, Attached Home (Townhomes, Two-Over-Two’s or Duplexes) for  $500,001-$600,000

Winner: Rockland at Crescent Place, Knutson Companies/Lessard Design

 

CATEGORY 32F

Best Design and Architecture, Attached Home (Townhomes, Two-Over-Two’s or Duplexes) for  $600,001-$700,000

Winner: Copeland at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, EYA/Lessard Design

 

CATEGORY 32G

Best Design and Architecture, Attached Home (Townhomes, Two-Over-Two’s or Duplexes) for  $700,001-$850,000

Winner: Davis at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, EYA/Lessard Design

 

CATEGORY 32H

Best Design and Architecture, Attached Home (Townhomes, Two-Over-Two’s or Duplexes) for   Over $850,000

Winner: Marshall at Grosvenor Heights, EYA/Lessard Design

Award of Merit: Upper Level at Morton Street Mews, OPaL/GPS Designs

 

CATEGORY 33A

Best Design and Architecture, Multi-Family New Construction

Winner: The Frasier, KTGY Architecture + Planning/Bozzuto

 

CATEGORY 33B

Best Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Boutique Construction

Winner: The Crossing at Ballston, HJL Properties/W.C. Ralston Architects

Award of Merit: Morton Street Mews, OPaL/GPS Designs

 

CATEGORY 33C

Best Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Mixed-Use

Winner: VITA Tysons Corner Center, Kettler/Macerich, Donohoe, Shalom Baranes Associates

Award of Merit: Waverly at Crescent Place, Lessard Design/Knutson Companies

 

CATEGORY 35

Best Design and Architecture, Best Adaptive Reuse

Winner: Historic Church at Morton Street Mews, OPaL/GPS Designs

 

CATEGORY 36A

Best Design and Architecture, Innovative Land Planning Residential

Winner: Grosvenor Heights, EYA/Lessard Design

 

CATEGORY 36B

Best Design and Architecture, Innovative Land Planning Mixed-Use

Winner: Bayside, Carl M. Freeman Companies/Cooper Carry/ParkerRodriguez

Award of Merit: Crescent Place, Lansdowne Development Group/Lessard Design/Bowman Consulting Group/LM Marketing Group

 

CATEGORY 37

Best Design and Architecture, Free-Standing Club House

Winner: The Villages at Two Rivers, Classic Community Corporation/Devereaux & Associates

 

CATEGORY 38

Best Design and Architecture, Outstanding Living Space or Architectural Feature in a Product or Product Line

Winner: Oakton Collapsible 5-Door at Willowsford, Drees Homes

 

CATEGORY 39A

Best Design and Architecture, Outstanding Implementation of Innovative Design Concepts for a Product Line for Detached/Attached Homes

Winner: Georgetown at Crown, Wormald Homes

 

CATEGORY 39B

Best Design and Architecture, Outstanding Implementation of Innovative Design Concepts for a Product Line for Multi-Family

Winner: Terrace Level at Morton Street Mews, OPaL/GPS Designs

 

CATEGORY 40

Best Design and Architecture, Green Building

Winner: Fenwick, SK+I Architecture/Insight Property Group, LLC/Hord Coplan Macht

 

Custom Homes

 

CATEGORY 41A

Best Design and Architecture, Custom Home, Single Lot Under 3,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: The Hide Away, Opal/GPS Designs

 

CATEGORY 41B

Best Design and Architecture, Custom Home, Single Lot 3,001-5,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: Walhonding Pond, Castlewood Custom Builders/James McDonald Associate Architects

 

CATEGORY 41C

Best Design and Architecture, Custom Home, Single Lot 5,001-7,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: Kentbury Drive Residence, Sandy Spring Builders/Studio Z Design Concepts/Marlene Dennis Interior Design

 

CATEGORY 41D

Best Design and Architecture, Custom Home, Single Lot Over 7,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: Dogwood Drive Residence, Joy Custom Design / Build/James McDonald Associate Architects

Award of Merit: Le Chateau The Lumiere, The Building Group/James McDonald Associate Architects

 

CATEGORY 42A

Best Design and Architecture, Custom or Customized Infill Home (One-of-a-kind homes, including plans modified from a previously built home, that are built for sale on single lots or in new subdivisions containing less than ten lots and completed within 12 months of the entry deadline) Under 3,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: 1st Road South Residence, StaBuilt/James McDonald Assoctiate Architects

 

CATEGORY 42B

Best Design and Architecture, Custom or Customized Infill Home (One-of-a-kind homes, including plans modified from a previously built home, that are built for sale on single lots or in new subdivisions containing less than ten lots and completed within 12 months of the entry deadline) 3,000-5,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: Arbor Lane Residence, Artisan Builders/James McDonald Associate Architects

Award of Merit: Poe Road Residence, Tuscan Homes/James McDonald Associate Architects

 

CATEGORY 42C

Best Design and Architecture, Custom or Customized Infill Home (One-of-a-kind homes, including plans modified from a previously built home, that are built for sale on single lots or in new subdivisions containing less than ten lots and completed within 12 months of the entry deadline) 5,001-7,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: The Newport, Artisan Builders/James McDonald Associate Architects

 

CATEGORY 42D

Best Design and Architecture, Custom or Customized Infill Home (One-of-a-kind homes, including plans modified from a previously built home, that are built for sale on single lots or in new subdivisions containing less than ten lots and completed within 12 months of the entry deadline)  Over 7,000 Sq. Ft.

Winner: The Harrison, Capital City Builders

 

CATEGORY 43A

Best Design and Architecture, Design and Architecture, Renovations or Additions (Alterations and Additions to an existing residence for an individual; price reflects final construction cost) Under $500,000

Winner: Cammick Drive Renovation, BOWA

 

CATEGORY 43B

Best Design and Architecture, Design and Architecture, Renovations or Additions (Alterations and Additions to an existing residence for an individual; price reflects final construction cost) $500,000-$1,000,000

Winner: Falls Run Remodel, James McDonald Associate Architects/Joy Custom Design / Build

 

CATEGORY 4C

Best Design and Architecture, Design and Architecture, Renovations or Additions (Alterations and Additions to an existing residence for an individual; price reflects final construction cost) Over $1,000,000

Winner: Old Waterford Road Renovation, BOWA

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Get Ready For The Big Event Tomorrow Night

GALA is quickly approaching tomorrow night, and there is a lot to be excited about for this year’s event. Below are a few key points as a guide to this year’s event, which will be better than ever!

A tremendous thank you goes out to all of our sponsors. The generosity of those who support GALA (recognized above and below) is what allows the event to be better than ever in 2016.

The Great American Living Awards (GALA) will be held Thursday, October 6th, at the McLean Hilton Tysons Corner to honor our industry’s best and brightest. The black-tie optional event begins with cocktails at 5:30 pm, followed by the formal dinner and awards ceremony at 7:00 pm.

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Early Bird Ticket Discount Expiring Soon!

The Great American Living Awards (GALA) will be held Thursday, October 6th, at the McLean Hilton Tysons Corner to honor our industry’s best and brightest.  The black-tie optional event begins with cocktails at 5:30 pm, followed by the formal dinner and awards ceremony at 7:00 pm.

Purchase your GALA tickets before Friday, September 9th, to receive early bird pricing discounts. GALA sold out last year, so purchase your tickets today!

Want to spend the night?  Reserve your room at the McLean Hilton Tysons Corner before September 6, 2016 to receive the $139 discounted room rate.

Don’t miss out–this year’s event will also feature a raffle for an iPad Pro and several Apple Watches!
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Entry Deadline Extended Through Noon on May 31!

The deadline for entries has been extended to 12pm on Tuesday, May 31!

All last minute entries must be in by noon. Remember, the GALA Awards is your one opportunity to be recognized among the most prestigious industry professionals in residential design, sales, and marketing in the metropolitan Washington market

Enter Now!

 

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2015 Winner Spotlight: One Loudoun, Community of the Year

02 GRAND COY One LoudounUrban, hip and electric are all words that can be used to describe the 2015 GALA Community of the Year Winner, One Loudoun.

It is an extraordinary mixed-use community with endless entertainment options. One Loudoun boasts a wide variety of shops including a Fresh Market, and Barnes & Noble and Northern Outfitters are coming soon. Plenty of trendy restaurants to choose from such as, Matchbox, Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande, Bar Louie and many more. Catch a movie at the one of a kind Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or catch one of the many community events on the Downtown Plaza. One Loudoun features nearly three million square feet of office space, a clubhouse with pool and an amphitheater. Beautifully designed streetscapes and walking trails can be found throughout, providing residents easy access to everything the community has to offer. From the Summer Concert Series to the Tree Lighting during the holiday season, One Loudoun has something for everyone. With a packed calendar and an ever-growing list of merchants, One Loudoun has quickly become one of the hottest destinations in Loudoun County and the new downtown.

See more at: http://www.oneloudoun.com/

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Tips For Creating A Winning Entry

The Great American Living Awards are now accepting entries. This is your chance to be recognized among the Washington market’s best in new home construction design, sales, and marketing. The early bird deadline is tomorrow, May 6 at 5pm.

Here are some tips to consider that will help you prepare a winning entry for the 2016 Great American Living Awards:

Choose Your Category Wisely: Research and review all of the potential categories, eligibility criteria and entry requirements. Start planning early and ensure that what you want to enter meets all the criteria and requirements for your selected category and subcategory.

Know Your Audience: The judges who evaluate all entries are professionals who work in various parts of the new home construction industry–such as, sales leaders, architects, land planners, interior designers and marketing/advertising professionals. While everyone works in the same industry, not everyone has the same knowledge base. Keep your content professional and concise to ensure a clear understanding from everyone on the judging committee.

Write Clear & Compelling Project Statements: Articulate the story about your entry through concise sentence structure and descriptive details. Convey your challenges and strategies in a way that is relatable for others in the industry who may not be familiar with your line of work. Show your entry to a colleague or two from another department to see what they think. If their interest is peaked, you are more likely to spark interest from the judges. Also, always avoid using consumer-facing language. Remember your judging audience!

Ensure You Have Top Notch Photography: Every category requires photography to be submitted, and these images impact how your entry is received by the judges. When evaluating your photography, consider these things:

  • Lighting: Can you clearly see how fabulous the kitchen finishes are or is the sun so bright in the windows that it distracts from the beauty of the space?
  • Extraneous Objects in the Image: Is the landscaping lush or are there dead trees and construction vehicles in the background of the home exterior image?
  • Resolution: Is everything visible in the image, or is the image blurry or small?

If you don’t have photography or are looking to upgrade your photography, there are many talented photographers in the new home construction industry. You can get great photography without breaking your budget.

When preparing your images, follow the photo requirements. Files should be 7″ wide by 5.25″ tall at a resolution of 72 or 96 DPI, no larger than 10MB. The file formats that are accepted are JPG, GIF and PNG. Please avoid using special characters in your file names, and the “dot” or “period” should only be used preceding the three digit file extension (for example: ImageName.JPG). Also, don’t forget to submit your photo release forms!

Don’t Rush or Procrastinate: Waiting until the final entry deadline on May 27 will create stress and pressure. Plan ahead and get started early. Use your resources and get help from your team members who can collaborate on your entries. If you have questions, Dora and Laurie are happy to help in any way.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the final entry deadline of Friday, May 27, at 5pm. The 2016 Great American Living Awards Committee is looking forward to honoring the brightest stars in the new home construction industry in 2016!
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The 2016 Early Bird Deadline Is May 6!

Mark your calendars–the early bird deadline for the 2016 GALA Awards is fast approaching on May 6th. This is your chance to be recognized among the most prestigious industry professionals in residential design, sales, and marketing in the metropolitan Washington market.

To get started, simply visit the My Forms page and enter your login credentials or register as a new user for the 2016 GALA Awards. Your username is your email address (assuming you previously created an account during the 2015 award entries). You can utilize the “Forgot Password” feature to retrieve your password if necessary.

To set up a new account registration form you will need to provide a valid email address and password along with your basic contact information, and choose your company from the list of members. Once you have submitted this information, you will receive an email that confirms your registration. Then, you’re ready to start submitting entries!

You can view and create entry forms once you log into the system. Just follow the simple steps and fill out the easy form for each entry. Remember, for each entry, you must create a unique name for your form to distinguish it from your other entries in the same category. For more specific instructions on entry forms, visit the Entry Forms page. Once all information is completed on your entry forms, you can submit your entries and proceed to payment.

Remember to get your entries in before the May 6th early bird deadline. After that, prices go up for entries submitted through the final entry deadline of May 27th!

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Do you know Dora?

Dora Muhammad is our much respected Events & Communications Coordinator for the Northern Virginia Building Industry. We’ll be honest, she ensures any time there might just be a cog in the wheel as we work hard to achieve success and all the to-do’s leading up to each year’s GALA, well…Dora is our fixer!

Dora has worked in the communications and advocacy fields for over 20 years. She is an artist, author and advocate for women’s, children’s and human rights. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism and Documentary Photography, with a concentration in Magazine Production and completed her photography thesis at Dartington School of the Arts in Devon, England.

Additionally, she has worked as an arts administrator for Autograph-ABP (Association of Black Photographers) while studying International Law and Human Rights at the University of London. Dora also earned her Master of Public Administration and has extensive work in government relations and public policy formation in the U.S. and the Caribbean, through her work with the National Policy Alliance and as Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for the Institute of Caribbean Studies. A daughter of Indo-Caribbean immigrant parents, Dora is a native New Yorker who resides in Woodbridge. She is a member of the inaugural Prince William County Arts Council Poet Laureate Circle and was named among the 2014 Top 40 Under 40 by Leadership Prince William and Potomac Local.

We’re lucky to have Dora on our side!

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Meet Laurie and Julie!

These two gems in our ever-growing and evolving Real Estate Industry bring years of experience, funny stories and both offer an honest, collaborative environment in whatever they are leading for the Great American Living Awards committees. From planning, to orchestrating, to dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s necessary to get this annual awards event off the ground and organized; Laurie and Julie are leaders and appreciated for all they do.

Laurie Matthews founded LM Marketing with the goal of creating a unique kind of agency – one that combines the resources of a large agency with the advantages of a sophisticated, boutique agency.  She comes to the agency world from the client side – having worked with builders and developers, as well as advertising agencies in the Washington metropolitan market.  She brings over 15 years of executive leadership experience, and is adept at real estate market analysis, branding and positioning.

Laurie began her career with Charles E. Smith Companies (now Archstone-Smith) before moving on to leadership positions with other prominent development companies – to include Trafalgar House/South Riding, Lansdowne Development Group and Van Metre Companies.  On the agency side, she provides a full spectrum of marketing and advertising services including digital, social media, direct mail, media placement and planning, follow-up programs, public relations, and event planning and execution.

Laurie is a true Washingtonian – born and raised.  She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Marketing/Communications and is a member of Northern Virginia Builders Industry Association (NVBIA) and Women in Real Estate Marketing (WIRM).  When she’s not bringing marketing concepts to life for her clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.  Laurie enjoys running, traveling, experiencing new restaurants and reading.

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Julie Miner Dillon is a senior level marketing professional with nearly 30 years of diversified Real Estate experience. Currently, she is Vice President of Marketing for Miller and Smith at One Loudoun, a 365- acre award winning community in the Washington D.C. area.  She is responsible for the development and execution of all marketing efforts including branding, advertising and public relations.

Julie was previously the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Eakin/Youngentob Associates (EYA).  As a member of EYA’s Executive Team, Ms. Dillon was responsible for managing one of the most successful sales teams in the region while overseeing all marketing efforts.  She was recognized with the Marketing Director of the Year Award for the local Washington Metropolitan Sales and Marketing Council as well as the Silver Award for the National Sales and Marketing Council.

Additionally, she has played roles such as  Chairperson for the Sales Achievement Committee and Program Committee for the Major Achievement in Marketing Excellence (MAME) Awards and is the current chairperson for the 2015 GALA Awards.

A true Hokie at heart, Julie received a BS in Business Management from Virginia Tech and completed the Leadership Development Program at The University of Maryland National Leadership Institute.  She is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), NAIOP, ULI, Women in Real Estate Marketing and a prior Board member for the Washington Metropolitan Sales and Marketing Council. She currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her daughter Kathryn and their black lab Gabby.

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