2017 Home of the the Year Winners

While the winners of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2017 Home of the Year contest range in size and style, they have one notable thing in common — they’re all urban dwellings.


In Lawrenceville, Michael and Michele Hills saw an empty lot and envisioned the opportunity to build their dream home, a light-filled, low-maintenance dwelling with a grand view of the Pittsburgh skyline. The modern, three-story building, set among the neighborhood’s original row houses, is the 2017 winner in the Home of the Year: Best New Build category. Read more here.



When Home of the Year: Best Renovation winners Chris and Jill Bellicini set out to update their dark and dated high-rise condo on Mount Washington, they enlisted the help of interior designer Debra Pacoe. The resulting design is an ethereal abode, enhanced by a stunning vista of Downtown. Read more here.



Judges also chose the Bellicini family’s glam yet functional master bathroom as the winner in the Best Renovated Bathroom category. Read more here.



Judges declined to choose winners this year in the categories of Best New Bathroom and Best Renovated Kitchen. Instead, they chose to highlight two outstanding kitchens — both located in the Strip District, at the Otto Milk Condominiums and 2500 Smallman — as winners in the Best New Kitchen category. Read more here.


Meet Our Judges

To ensure fairness and neutrality, an independent panel of Cleveland-based professionals in the design and architecture industry handled our blind judging process for the second consecutive year. As they reviewed contest entries and chose our winners, judges considered such criteria as innovative or creative design and construction work. All construction or renovation was required to have been completed in 2016.

A registered architect with William H. Childs Jr. & Associates Inc., which specializes in traditional residential architecture, William H. Childs Jr. is a member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the board of the regional chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Childs’ firm has earned a national reputation for traditional architecture from Jackson Hole, Wyo. to Winter Park, Fla. Childs is a graduate of Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University.

A Yale University graduate, Jack Alan Bialosky Jr., AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, leads Bialosky Cleveland, a collaborative architecture firm that has been recognized with regional awards for excellence in design, honoring practice management, growth, workplace environment and culture. Mid-century “Bialosky homes” were some of the first modern homes in the region. In its 65-year history, Bialosky Cleveland, which was founded by Bialosky’s father, has designed single-family homes and helmed countless renovations. Today, Bialosky’s projects range from residential, commercial, institutional, religious, workplace and culinary to master planning.

Paul Taylor, AIA, IIDA is a design principal in the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm, Bialosky Cleveland, as principal and director of residential projects. Throughout his tenure, Paul has earned a reputation for creating simple, beautiful environments influenced by his deep understanding of constructability and sustainability. Taylor designed and executed his own low-energy consumption home using Passive House principles. He is involved in Cleveland’s Building Enclosure Council and has served on the Shaker Square Historic Design Review Committee for more than a decade.

With more than 25 years experience, Stephen M. Schill, of Schill Architecture, LLC, is a pre-eminent architect in Northeast Ohio. Schill’s residential projects have a strong influence from his studies of architecture at Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy, where he developed his understanding of scale, proportion and details. Since he established Schill Architecture in 1991, Schill has designed luxury multimillion-dollar lakefront and estate homes throughout northern Ohio. His work has been featured in several regional publications.

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