Craycroft Design named Best in Renovation in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards Washington, D.C., Thursday July 18, 2013 

The America Institute of Building Design (AIBD) named John and Zachary Craycroft of Craycroft Design in Santa Cruz, California as one of its top designers in the fifth annual American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) in Pasadena, California. During a banquet dinner held in conjunction with the AIBD Annual Convention, Craycroft Design was awarded the First Place trophy in the Renovation “A” Category.

The winning entries were chosen from over 100 finished and proposed projects submitted by 27 designers from three countries. The winning project was a complete restoration of the “Williams House”, 326 Locust Street, in Downtown Santa Cruz, California. The Victorian home of the Stick-Eastlake style was built in 1888 for Daniel Williams and designed by John Williams.


The work presented many challenges in design and construction. The exterior was restored to it’s original, while hidden structural and energy efficient upgrades were added. The interior layout was remodeled to fit contemporary needs and lifestyles. Not just “this old house”, the home is a true antique. Constructed entirely of clear heart redwood and cut nails, it has held up surprisingly well. But after many years of neglect the plaster was literally falling of the walls and ceilings, with brittle period details disintegrating to the touch. The work required great care and patience, and was expertly accomplished by general contractor Ben Dettling, with framing and finish work by John Winterburn, and a team of able craftsmen. Photos of the project are published at

ARDA is a progression of the AIBD Annual Design Competition, which has been in existence for more than 50 years. Judging of the competition is done by twenty-one preliminary judges and a finishing jury of six who determine the ultimate winners in each category. This year’s final panel includes Viki Wooster, CPBD, Wooster Design Inspirations, Bend, OR; Larry Gilland, CPBD, LGA Studios, Colorado Springs, CO; Marc Yops, CKD, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC; Hillary Gottemoeller, Hanley Wood, Washington, DC; Matt Dobson, Vinyl Siding Institute, Greensboro, NC; and the ARDA Committee Chairperson Michael Battaglia, Dayton, OH.

The AIBD is the only nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. AIBD members have specialized knowledge and expertise in residential design and are held to a high level of professionalism and ethics in their business practices. The AIBD was founded in California in 1950 and has since chartered Societies all across the United States. The winning ARDA entries are published at

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