2023 DDA Readers’ Choice: Contemporary Home Wins!

Patrick Widing Custom Homes with Schaerer Architextural Interiors
CONTEMPO-COOL: From poolside to inside, unconventional elements meet modern touches in this home, which was voted winner of the 2023 Readers’ Choice for Best Overall Home. Photography by: Photo Kroo

Congratulations to Fenton-based Patrick Widing Custom Homes, with Bloomfield Township’s Schaerer Architextural Interiors, for the stunning design work on a Contemporary home that was created for an active family.

This lakefront residence took first place in the Readers’ Choice award for Best Overall Home. And apparently our readers are as astute as our judges, because the Detroit Design Awards jury gave this home a second-place honor in Best Overall Home!

Exuding plenty of urban-industrial appeal, this more than-4,000-square-foot home provides both function and comfort for a family that includes five children, two adults, and two dogs.

Photography by: Photo Kroo
Photography by: Photo Kroo

The home features several sophisticated terraces that connect the residence to the water, both visually and functionally. The exterior materials, which were selected for their low maintenance, include steel roofing, zinc wall panels, and simulated mahogany vertical siding. Fond du Lac limestone masonry grounds the look.

Inside, industrial touches meet with a luxurious yet eclectic, casual vibe. Hand-scraped wide-plank oak floors are juxtaposed with refined walnut wood paneling and bench-made cabinetry, while rustic blackened steel-framed doors play off honed terrazzo, concrete, and marble floors. The soft gold and gunmetal finishes selected for the lighting, hardware, and accessories combine to create a warm and unique atmosphere, and the home’s durable materials hold up perfectly without sacrificing style.

Photography by: Photo Kroo

Convention was purposely disregarded. For example, instead of a typical living room, the home features a striking steel-and-glass-enclosed all-seasons room that leads to the open family and dining rooms as well as the kitchen, and the separate wings of the second-floor boys’ and girls’ spaces are organized around a loft study area that conveniently opens to a terrace.

Well done!

Detroit Design Awards 2023

Commercial Design
Rising Star
Readers’ Choice