The challenge was to design a home for a (fictional) empty-nester couple in their 60s anticipating retirement. The home is to be built on a wooded piece of property on a lake, and will eventually become the owner's primary residence. Winners were:
1st place: Taco Schmid, Project Manager at Carlson Homes in Scottsdale, AZ
2nd place: Rhett M. Osko, Architectural Design Supervisor at Classic Homes in Colorado Springs, CO
3rd place: Steve Perry, Owner of Steve Perry's Design Solutions in Springville, UT
Best Student Design: John Tomaz and David Pereira, students at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA
Susan Bady, Senior Editor for Design at HousingZone.com gives additional design criteria and the winning designs at Custom Builder Design Challenge Winners Offer Imaginative Plans for Lake House
Competition judges were John J. Kern, partner and director of Balsamo, Olson & Lewis in Oakbrook Terrace, IL and David A. Gravel, president of Enon Hill Design & Development in Wheaton, IL.