Contest Winners

We've tallied the votes and we're happy to announce our winners in the 2008 Exterior Design Awards.
With the incredible breadth of architectural projects entered, we were happy that we didn't have to choose
the winners ourselves. Our sincere thanks to all who entered, and all who voted.

1st Place
Home Renovation
Submitted By: Margaret Freede
Congratulations to Margaret Freede for her first place entry, Home Renovation. When Freede first saw this unique home in the historic section of Oklahoma City, she told her husband that, “if this house comes on the market, I have to buy it.” It did, and she did. Freede went to a local architectural salvage company, where she was able to obtain paneling, doors and other materials from a property in England that had recently been torn down. “I’ve always loved chimney pots, but this house didn’t have one,” says Freede, so she asked the company to find one. “One of the guys at the salvage shop called me over one day and showed me a ad that with a dragon chimney pot. I love dragons and gargoyles, so I absolutely had to have it. It seemed like the perfect finishing touch.”

Our sincere congratulations to Margaret Freede for her first place win. Ms. Freede’s home will be featured in our upcoming ads in Custom Home and Fine Homebuilding magazines.

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2nd Place
Outdoor Fireplace
Submitted By: Charles Jordy, President, Jordy Construction
The owners placed an addition of this 1920s French Cottage Style house in Denver’s Historic Country Club Neighborhood. The addition consumed much of the backyard, so they decided to create a very private and lush courtyard with the remaining space. As a focal point they designed and constructed a brick outdoor fireplace.

The fireplace not only extends the seasonal use but also creates a wonderful view seen from the great room and dining room in the dead of winter as a fire glistens in the snow. They wanted a functional and beautiful fireplace and kept the design simple and classic. “The Chimney Pot simply makes it all work,” say homeowners Charles Jordy and Brian Fun. "It’s the element that brings it all together." Charles Jordy is president of Jordy Construction in Denver.

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3rd Place
Otwell Home
Submitted By: Laraye and Lessie Otwell
This incredible house was built by Laraye and Lessie Otwell in just under a year. Mr. Otwell harvested most of the wood himself, and had it milled by a friend. He also built the walnut cabinetry inside. The couple carefully selected all building materials, including mahogany doors from Honduras and slate shingles from China. To top their dream home, the Otwells chose two chimney pots. Mrs. Otwell, an avid collector of dragons, said that she "really wanted the dragon chimney pot" but decided on a pair of Queensland pots because they were in stock at the time. Their home is northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.
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Honorable Mention
Villa Woffard-Clark
Submitted By: Derrick Walker, Interior Designer/Intern Architect, Thompson Architecture, Inc.
George Woffard, who made his fortune in the oil business, built this Italianate villa in 1927, using craftsmen and artisans from Italy. The Mountain Brook, Alabama home features many authentic Italian details. More recently, Thompson Architecture was brought in to update the home, while preserving the historical significance of the structure.

Over the years, owners had added metal chimney caps, so the firm swapped them out for terra cotta chimney pots to add height the very horizontal lines of the villa, and tie in with the original Ludowici Clay tile roof. The home served as the 2006 Alabama Symphony Orchestra Decorator Showhouse.

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Special Project Recognition
Oak Hall
Submitted By: Erich Strong, Project Architect, Rogers, Lovelock and Fritz
Not your typical home, we thought this unique project deserved some special attention. Oak Hall is a dollhouse built by Erich Strong for his daughter over the course of a five-year period. The house is highly detailed, in and out, and fully electrified. It has four fireplaces and two brick chimneys, which are topped by tiny custom chimney pots, similar in style to the full size that we carry.

Our thanks to Erich for sharing such a unique and special project with us.

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