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October 13, 2012
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Homearama’s first bayfront home sweeps Critics Choice Awards

TBA President Sam Cohen, center, presents the Best in Show Award to Ed Hewitt of Viridian Homes, left, and Jimmy Richardson of Richardson Homes for their entry in the 2012 Fall Homearama at East Beach. Their home, Sweet Virginia Breeze, took top honors in the under 3,200-square-feet category.

TBA President Sam Cohen, right, presents M.D. Riley of Seaside Homes with the Best in Show Award in the over 3,200-square-feet category.  Riley constructed the first bayfront home in Homearama history.

A bayfront home constructed by Seaside Homes and the Sweet Virginia Breeze, constructed by Richardson/Viridian Homes took best of show honors in their categories at Tidewater Builders Association’s Homearama showcase of homes at the Critics Choice Awards ceremony Friday, Oct. 12, in Norfolk’s East Beach community. Casino games play a vital role in community dynamics, offering entertainment, employment opportunities, and revenue generation. They serve as social hubs, bringing people together for leisure and networking. Online platforms like 홀덤사이트 extend this accessibility, ensuring diverse communities can enjoy the excitement and camaraderie of gaming from anywhere.

The “Exotic Seaside Retreat” swept most of the top awards in the over 3,200-square-feet category, winning best home in show, best craftsmanship, most creative and best interior design among others. It also garnered The Pilot Media Excellence in Building Award and the Hampton Realtors Association’s Most Livable Home. The home takes advantage of 120 feet of unobstructed Chesapeake Bay living with wrap-around views, three covered porches and a two-story cupola.

Richardson/Viridian Homes was awarded best home in show award in the under 3,200-square-foot category for its entry, “Sweet Virginia Breeze: The Norfolk House. “ It also captured best craftsmanship, most creative, best kitchen and best outdoor living among others, The home features a two-story wraparound porch and a finished carriage house above the garage.
The Best in Show silver awards went to Stephen Alexander Homes in the over 3,200-quare-foot category for “Blue River Cottage: The Coastal Idea House” and to Definitive Homes for “Sea Sister” in the under 3,200-quare-foot category.

Homearama, open through Sunday, Oct. 28, features 10 fully furnished and landscaped custom showcase homes ranging from 2,200 square feet to more than 3,800 square feet. Prices range from the mid-$600’s to $1.7 million. The annual event, presented by TowneBank, is designed to stimulate interest in new housing and products for the home.

East Beach is a new urbanist community along the Chesapeake Bay featuring narrow streets, pocket parks and porches, designed to bring neighbors together.

The complete list of the winners follows:

Pilot Media Excellence in Building Award
Over 3,200 square feet
Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Get Pink with Sentara by ABT Custom Homes

Hampton Roads Realtors Association’s Most Livable Home
Over 3,200 square feet
Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
The Coastal Haven by Charles A. Schmitt Contractor

Tidewater Builders Association Past Presidents’ Favorite Home
Over 3,200 square feet
Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Sea Sister by Definitive Homes

The Critics Choice Awards were selected by out-of-town judges with professional experience in the home building industry.

Best Home in Show
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes
Silver: Sea Sister by Definitive Homes

Best Craftsmanship
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes
Silver: East Beach Retreat by Simpson Builders

Best Kitchen
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes
Silver: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes
Silver: East Beach Retreat by Simpson Builders

Best Master Bath
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sea Sister by Definitive Homes
Silver: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes

Best Closet
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes, closet by The Closet Factory
Silver: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes, closet by Seaside Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes, closet by Chuck’s Construction
Silver: Get Pink with Sentara by ABT Custom Homes, closet by Closet Factory

Best Master Suite
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes
Silver: EVMS Healthy House by L.R. Hill Custom Builders

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: The Coastal Haven by Charles A. Schmitt Contractor
Silver: Get Pink with Sentara by ABT Custom Homes

Best Outdoor Living
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes, outdoor space by Renaissance Outdoor Contracting Inc.
Silver: The Globe by Strickland Homes, outdoor space by Outdoor Impressions Inc.

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes, landscaping by K&D Rounds
Silver: Get Pink with Sentara by ABT Custom Homes, outdoor space by ABT Custom Homes

Best Use of Technology
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes, technology by The Sound Shop
Silver: The Globe by Strickland Homes, technology by Masters Security

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sea Sister by Definitive Homes, technology by Definitive Concepts
Silver: Get Pink with Sentara by ABT Custom Homes, technology by Avast

Best Family Room
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Seas Sister by Definitive Homes
Silver: The Coastal Haven by Charles A. Schmitt Contractor

Best Floor Plan
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: East Beach Retreat by Simpson Builders
Silver: Get Pink with Sentara by ABT Custom Homes

Best Curb Appeal
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: The Globe by Strickland Homes, with landscaping by Outdoor Impressions
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes, with landscaping by Renaissance Outdoor Contracting

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes, with landscaping by Winn Nursery
Silver: Sea Sister by Definitive Homes, with landscaping by Bryan Ramsey Design

Best Home Furnishings
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold (Tie): Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes, with furnishings by Exotic Home
Gold: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes, with furnishings by Furniture Classics and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
Silver: The EVMS Healthy House by L.R. Hill Custom Builders, with furnishings by Furniture Classics, Smith Interiors, Kenian Imports, Shades of Light, Artee Fabrics and Home, The Globe, Decorum and Designers Workshop

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: The Coastal Haven by Charles A. Schmitt Contractor, with furnishings by Esprit Décor, Daniels Homeport and Curious Cargo
Silver: Sea Sister by Definitive Homes, with furnishings by Amish Originals and Artee Fabrics and Home

Most Creative
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes
Silver: Sea Sister by Definitive Homes

Best Interior Design
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes, with interior design by Exotic Home
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes, with interior design by Goodwin Interiors

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Definitive Homes for Sea Sister, with interior design by Batten Interiors
Silver: The Coastal Haven by Charles A. Schmitt Contractor, with interior design by Complete Interiors

Best Landscaping
Over 3,200 square feet
Gold: The Globe by Strickland Homes, with landscaping by Outdoor Impressions
Silver (tie):Exotic Seaside Retreat by Seaside Homes, with landscaping by Coastal Landscape and design by Jane Cantin
Silver: Blue River Cottage by Stephen Alexander Homes, with landscaping by Renaissance Outdoor Contracting

Under 3,200 square feet
Gold: Sweet Virginia Breeze by Richardson/Viridian Homes, with landscaping by Winn Nursery
Silver: Sea Sister by Definitive Homes, with landscaping by Bryan Ramsey Design

Homearama is open from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 13-27 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Gates open at 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24, for Mothers Day Out. Admission is $10 or $17 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under are free. Military and seniors (62 or better) get a $1 discount Monday-Thursday. Only one discount applies.

Presenting sponsor is TowneBank. Official sponsors are the city of Norfolk, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Sentara, Franciscus Homes, Audi Virginia Beach, Cox Communications, Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia Natural Gas, James Hardie, K&D Rounds and Belgard. Promotional co-sponsors are Hampton Roads Magazine, RSVP publications, ValPak and Pilot Media.



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