NAHB competition winners design home for war veteran

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Design Committee has announced the winning team of its first-ever live design competition held during the International Builders’ Show (IBS) last month in Las Vegas. Four teams competed to design a home for Laura Sellinger, a U.S. Air Force veteran who sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.

The NAHB Design Committee partnered with the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and Operation Finally Home to create the competition, which was administered through NAHB’s Best in American Living Awards (BALA). 

“For builders, remodelers, tradesman, suppliers, designers and others in our industry, working together to provide a home is one way we can give something back to America’s warriors who have suffered harm in service to our country,” said Kevin Kelly, NAHB’s first vice chairman and a builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. 

Four teams designed a three-bedroom, single-family home to be built within the city limits of Clearwater, Fla. The home had to include universal design features, such as wide hallways and a large shower 

The design teams had nine hours to complete a design and then submit it to the BALA judges. The four entries were judged by design professionals and IBS attendees, who voted via text.

“I think the winning design is truly creative, and I am honored to say that the home that will be built was designed just for Laura,” said Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, owner of Home Accessibilities, a residential design firm in Anchorage, Alaska.

The winning design team consisted of Mike Crocker, Jerry Messman and David Copenhaver of BSB Design in Des Moines, Iowa.