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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 05, 2009
Contact: Mary Prier
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Homearama 2009 awards recognize standout builders
The winner of the coveted CriticsÂ’ Choice Best Home in Show gold award was Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor.
The winner of the coveted Critics Choice Best Home in Show gold award was Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor.

Custom home builders, interior designers and landscaping companies were recognized for their contributions to Homearama 2009, which kicked off at Culpepper Landing with Critics’ Choice awards presentations on Friday, Oct. 2.

This year’s Homearama, Oct. 3–18, features 12 showcase homes in the mixed-use neighborhood of Culpepper Landing. The annual event, produced by Tidewater Builders Association, is designed to stimulate interest in new housing and homeownership.

The winner of the coveted Critics’ Choice Best Home in Show gold award was Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor. Morningside Manor also won the Associate’s Choice for Best Special Product Feature, as well as the gold awards for Most Creative, Best Craftsmanship, Best Integration of Technology, Best Driveway and Best Curb Appeal.

WATAB Construction Corp. took home the Hampton Roads Realtors Association Award for Most Livable Home for The Elderberry. The Best Green Feature went to The Whitaker by SGB Homes for its geothermal closed-loop HVAC system.

Judges came from across Virginia to determine the winners of the Critics’ Choice Awards. The complete list of the 2009 winners follows:

Best Home in Show
Gold – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
Silver – SGB Homes for The Whitaker
Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for The Crow’s Nest

TBA Past Presidents’ Favorite Home
Next Level Group LLC for The Crow’s Nest

Associates’ Choice for Best Special Product Feature
Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor for its Rosie surface interactive coffee table

Hampton Roads Realtors Association “Most Livable Home”
WATAB Construction Corp. for The Elderberry

The Virginian-Pilot Building Excellence Award
Gold – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House
Silver – Stephen Alexander Homes for The Walnut Cottage
Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor

Most Creative
Gold – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
Silver – Simpson Builders Inc. for The “Bright Idea” House
Bronze – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House

Best Craftsmanship
Tie: Gold – Vintage Homes for The Dover
        Gold – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
Silver – The Widener Corp. for The Elizabeth
Bronze – SGB Homes for The Whitaker
 
Most Efficient Floor Plan
Gold – Stephen Alexander Homes for The Walnut Cottage
Silver – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
Bronze – The Walters Company Inc. for The EasyLiving Home

Best Home Furnishing
Gold – SGB Homes for The Whitaker; furnishing by JCPenney Custom Decorating and Great Bridge Furniture
Silver – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House; furnishings by
Amish Originals, Curious Cargo and Lemon Cabana 
Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for The Crow’s Nest; furnishings by
Value City Furniture

Best Flex Space
Gold – Vintage Homes for The Lindsay
Silver – Vintage Homes for The Dover
Bronze – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House

Best Interior Design
Gold – SGB Homes for The Whitaker; design by Gayle Johnson of Inspired Spaces and
Debra Puckette of JCPenney Custom Decorating
Silver – Stephen Alexander Homes for The Walnut Cottage; design by Susan Cox of
Goodwin Interiors
Bronze – The Widener Corp. for The Elizabeth; design by Nancy Craig of
Willis Furniture

Best Kitchen
Tie:  Gold – Simpson Builders Inc. for The “Bright Idea” House
         Gold – The Widener Corp. for The Elizabeth
Tie:   Silver – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
         Silver – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House
Bronze – WATAB Construction Corp. for The Elderberry
  
Best Bath
Gold – SGB Homes for The Whitaker
Silver – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House
Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for The Crow’s Nest

Best Closet, Laundry Room or Storage
Tie:  Gold  – The Walters Company Inc. for The EasyLiving Home
        Gold  – SGB Homes for The Whitaker
Silver  – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
Bronze  – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House
   
Best Landscaping
Gold  – Renaissance Outdoor Contracting Inc. and Next Level Group LLC for
The Crow’s Nest
Silver  – Renaissance Outdoor Contracting Inc. and SGB Homes for The Whitaker
Bronze – R.W. Askew Nursery and Next Level Group LLC for The Morningside Manor

Best Pool
Gold – Stephen Alexander Homes for The Walnut Cottage; pool by Aegean Pools

Best Driveway
Gold – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor; driveway by
Hunnicutt Hardscapes Inc. 
Silver – WATAB Construction Corp. for The Elderberry; driveway by Small Concrete
and Masonry
Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for The Crow’s Nest; driveway by Renaissance
Outdoor Contracting Inc.
 
Best Outdoor Living Area
Gold – SGB Homes for The Whitaker
Silver – Vintage Homes for The Lindsay
Tie:  Bronze – Simpson Builders Inc. for The “Bright Idea” House
        Bronze – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House
        Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for The Crow’s Nest
  
Best Integration of Technology
Gold – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
Silver – Simpson Builders Inc. for The “Bright Idea” House
Tie:  Bronze – Vintage Homes for The Dover
         Bronze – Stephen Alexander Homes for The Walnut Cottage

Best Family Room
Gold – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House
Silver – Next Level Group LLC for The Crow’s Nest
Tie:  Bronze – Simpson Builders Inc. for The “Bright Idea” House
        Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
  
Best Master Suite
Gold – The Widener Corp. for The Elizabeth
Silver – Definitive Homes Inc. for The Thanksgiving House
Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for Morningside Manor
 
Best Curb Appeal
Gold – Next Level Group LLC and R.W. Askew Nursery for Morningside Manor  
Silver – Next Level Group LLC and Renaissance Outdoor Contracting Inc. for
The Crow’s Nest
Bronze – SGB Homes and Renaissance Outdoor Contracting Inc. for The Whitaker 

Best Green Feature
Gold – SGB Homes for The Whitaker for its geothermal closed-loop HVAC system
Silver – Stephen Alexander Homes for The Walnut Cottage for blown-in cellulose
insulation that mitigates air infiltration
Bronze – Next Level Group LLC for The Crow’s Nest for its Navien tankless water
heater

Best Indoor Exhibit
The Closet Factory

Best Indoor Exhibit Honorable Mention
The Tile Shop
 
Best Outdoor Exhibit
Innovative Spas

Visitors to Homearama 2009 now through Oct. 18 can cast their votes in the exhibit tent for People’s Choice Awards for best house in show, best interior merchandising and best landscaping. The results will be announced in November.



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