2022 DDA Readers’ Choice: Contemporary Home Takes First Place

Brian Neeper Architecture, PC with Joseph Philip Craig Custom Home | Photography by James Haefner
Outside, it’s all about exterior beauty, from a stunning entry canopy to metal-covered roof lines.
Outside, it’s all about exterior beauty, from a stunning entry canopy to metal-covered roof lines. – Photography by James Haefner

Congratulations to Birmingham-based Brian Neeper Architecture, PC with Joseph Philip Craig Custom Homes for the beautiful design work on a contemporary home in Bloomfield Hills. They took first place in the Readers’ Choice award for Best Overall Home.

The winning beauty features just under 3,300 square feet, finished, on two levels. Its suburban site location evokes a rural feel within a neighborhood of gravel streets and several lots that are beyond 1 acre in size. The custom home’s design goal was to capture the essence of a ski lodge-style residence, showcasing a contemporary architectural expression that was inspired by the homeowners’ love of ski vacations.

Open-plan concept An airy, expansive kitchen and family room take center stage indoors.
Open-plan concept – An airy, expansive kitchen and family room take center stage indoors. – Photography by James Haefner

A private outdoor covered terrace in the rear of the home is especially pleasing, while an entry canopy and garden alcove to the south welcome visitors. The rectilinear exterior forms and metal-covered roof lines are streamlined and linear, balancing the rustic details of the natural cedar trim and timbers.

The home’s open-plan concept focuses on a large central living area with a soaring beamed ceiling and a natural stone fireplace with a floating stone hearth. With plenty of natural light, the interior design is sleek and modern; a wide-plank oak floor, combined with stone and white oak accents, warms the entire palette.

2022 DDA Readers Choice Brian Neeper Architecture PC with Joseph Philip Craig Custom Homes Kitchen
Photography by James Haefner

Other noteworthy features include a European-style kitchen that opens to an informal dining space and a large family room with exterior exposure to the north; the first-floor owners’ suite, which is tucked behind a floating oak-tread stairway; and the second floor, with two private bedroom suites.

All in all, this mountain-modern design exudes a warm and casual feel within the structure of clean and contemporary styling that showcases its ski-vacation influences. Well done!


Detroit Design Awards 2022

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Photography by James Haefner

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