Dorset Park wins Best in American Living Gold Award

We are thrilled to announce that Dorset Park has won a GOLD award for the single family production category in the 2017 Best in American Living™ Award (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  More information about the winning home, The Stratford, can be found on

The panel of judges selected the 1,852 square-foot, 3-bedroom Stratford home plan because of its “clean; iconic; and well-executed design.” The judges further commented that the design was “precious all the way around” and “wasn’t garage dominated.”

The Stratford floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a detached 2-car garage, and a unique parcel of conservation land to the rear of the property that provided the perfect opportunity to capture tranquil private space for homeowners.


Noteworthy design elements include the Stratford’s triangulated open floorplan which strategically frames a panoramic view of conservation land from the Great Room, dining area, and kitchen.  Inviting sidewalks, classic front porches, and a neighborhood “pocket park” bring a sense of community to the neighborhood. The Stratford floor plan incorporates flexibility in the interior design, such as an owner’s entry, which serves as a mudroom, landing zone, and pantry, and makes smart use of space.


“We are thrilled that Dorset Park was recognized with a gold award in this category,” said Peter Crabtree, Project Executive and Senior Vice President of Northland Residential Corporation.  “The BALA awards are a highly sought after distinction, and we are grateful to be recognized as a company that is raising the bar on creativity and design. Of course, this award wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible team, who we want to acknowledge and congratulate as well.”

The design team for Dorset Park includes Don Powers and Jeremy Lake of Union Studio, Providence, RI; Tom Ryan and Alan Aukeman of Ryan Associates in Waltham, MA; Stephanie Morrison of Morr Interiors, Newmarket, NH; and photographer Shelly Harrison of Shelly Harrison Photography, Chestnut Hill, MA.

“The BALA program celebrates the designers and builders as ‘the Best of the Best’ of our industry,” said Tom Kopf, 2017 Judging Chair and 2017 Best in American Living Awards Subcommittee Chair. “Great design taps into the emotions that make a house a home, and that is definitely reflected in this year’s winning projects.”

Now in its 34th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, multifamily, affordable, remodeling, community and interiors. BALA is built on the principle that all great homes start with great design, no matter cost or size.

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