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2018 Best of Design Winners

After revamping our annual Home of the Year contest, Pittsburgh Magazine asked for the region’s most outstanding new home and renovation projects for the inaugural 2018 Best of Design contest — and homeowners delivered.



The magazine was inundated with stunning entries, the most received in the contest’s history. To ensure fairness and neutrality, a panel of Cleveland-based professionals in the design and architecture industry handled the blind judging process.

Read on for this year’s winners in categories Best New Home, Best Renovation, Best New Kitchen, Best Kitchen renovation, Best Bathroom renovation and Best Outdoor Living Space. Planning to build or remodel a home in 2018? Visit pittsburghmagazine.com/bestdesign to submit your entries.

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Best New Home

A mountain-modern home built into the hillside of a reclaimed mining site has become the dream home for a family of five.

Best Renovation

Cory Cope and Jennifer Owen spent 10 years renovating a former power station on the North Side into their dream home.

Best Bathroom Renovation

Interior designer Lauren Levant turned a dated master bathroom into a sleek sanctuary.

Best New Kitchen

Inspired by a sweeping view of the Allegheny River, Cyd Stackhouse and Bob Bergren incorporated water into every design choice of their modern, ethereal kitchen.

Best Kitchen Renovation

With help from HGTV star Leanne Ford, former NFL player Gus Frerotte and his wife, Ann, created a cozy, timeless kitchen in their century-old Oakmont home.

Best Outdoor Space

Wanting to extend their living space, a Mt. Lebanon couple added an inviting porch to their 1920s-era home.

Meet Our Judges

To ensure fairness and neutrality, a panel of Cleveland-based professionals in the design and architecture industries handled this year’s judging process.
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