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View Image Library of HouseMcLEAN, Va. — Winthrop Custom Builders of McLean recently won the Best Custom Home 8,000+ Square Feet Category in the 2004 Vetter Inspired Project (VIP) Awards, a national design competition from Vetter® Windows & Doors. Custom Design Concepts Architecture and Interiors also of McLean, Va., designed the 8,000-square-foot, French cottage-style home. The VIP Awards recognize design excellence and ingenuity by architects and custom builders.

The two-story home in suburban Washington, D.C. has four bedrooms and a main level guest suite, along with six full baths. The home’s exterior is comprised of a tasteful mix of natural brick, stucco and stone with custom wood shutters for contrast. A wide variety of Vetter aluminum clad casement windows with Ashford Collection simulated divided lites draw abundant sunlight into the home. Winchester Woodworking of Winchester, Va., collaborated with the architect and builder to specify the casements in standard and radius-top shapes, and French in-swing patio doors.

"The home has incredible curb appeal," said John Freeman, AIA, president of Platt Anderson Freeman Architects of Boston, and VIP judge. "It is well executed and uses a pleasing mix of brick and stone and window styles. It is a thoughtful design all the way around."

Five judges credentialed in the field of architecture and design chose Reserve Lot 71 as the winner of the Best Custom Home 8,000+ Square Feet category. The judges reviewed nearly 70 entries in six categories—Best Custom Home More than 8,000 Square Feet, Best Custom Home 5,000-8,000 Square Feet, Best Custom Home 3,000-5,000 Square Feet, Best Custom Home Less than 3,000 Square Feet, Best Commercial Project, and Best Residential Renovation. Winners received a $1,000 cash prize and professional photography of their winning project.

"The 2004 VIP winners constitute a unique mix of design styles, from an 1800s-era farmhouse to this luxurious, French cottage-style mansion," said Jeff Kibler, Vetter brand manager. "Fine architecture and design is an art form. We believe well-designed projects deserve recognition and we want to encourage consumers to use architects and designers."

Any commercial or residential project completed between January 2003 and June 30, 2004 that used Vetter windows and doors to enhance the project’s design was eligible for the 2004 contest.

In 2005, the competition is open to projects completed through landscaping after January 1, 2002 and before June 1, 2005. Project owners must consent to photography and publicity to be eligible to win. The entry deadline for 2005 VIP Awards is July 1, 2005. Official entry forms are available on the Vetter web site at www.vetterwindows.com. There is no fee for entering the contest.

Vetter has been manufacturing millwork products since 1892. Based in Mosinee, Wis., the company manufactures architecturally inspired wood windows and patio doors, vinyl windows and patio doors. Products are sold nationwide through building material dealers. For more information about Vetter’s complete product line and the VIP Awards, visit www.vetterwindows.com or call 800/VETTER-2.

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