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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

Mired in controversial beginnings, a sleek contemporary townhouse nevertheless bloomed in a historic section of Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Best Renovated Home

The painstakingly detailed restoration of the historic Century Inn in Washington County following a catastrophic fire took more than two years.

Best New Kitchen

The modern farmhouse kitchen stands out thanks to a few high-impact wood features.

Best Kitchen Renovation

This kitchen in a historical Lawrenceville home situated on three lots received a major facelift.

Best New Bathroom

The owner of Armina Stone’s modern, European-style master bathroom features marble slabs from Turkey accented by luxurious gold fixtures.

Best Bathroom Renovation

Once a disco-era disaster, this master bathroom in Wexford went from dark and dated to a contemporary classic.

Best Outdoor Space

Sophisticated and private, a walled urban garden on the South Side contains all the recreational features you’d typically only find in the suburbs.

Best Room

Once a catchall for toys and exercise equipment, the basement of this Sewickley home is now a sophisticated entertainment space.

Meet Our Judges

To ensure fairness and neutrality, a panel of Cleveland-based professionals in the design and architecture industry handled the blind judging process.
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