Haven Honored with National Design Award

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Austin, TX, November 14, 2018 – The Haven has won an award for the Infill Community category in the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Award levels, including platinum, gold, silver and Home of the Year, will be announced during the NAHB International Builders’ Show at the BALA Awards Gala on February 20, 2019.

The Haven creators transformed a tract of raw land in Austin, Texas into fresh and in-demand condominiums. Kipp Flores Architects designed the site layout, unit floorplans, and construction documents for this project; developed and built by Schwartz Custom Homes. Civil engineering was provided by Texas Engineering Solutions. Interiors were designed and merchandised by Mary Dewalt Design Group.

The Kipp Flores design team, led by Sabas Flores and Damon Behrens, laid out buildings across the five acre tract to net nearly ten units per acre. This density transitions smoothly between the site’s major thoroughfare frontage and adjacent single-family detached homes. The five unit designs range from 1745 to 1930 square foot; targeting the hip south Austin demographic with urban details – inside and out. Loft-like living areas open up the expanse of the main floors. Pocket offices provide the perfect space for charging your phone and stowing a printer. Finishes and fixtures reiterate this clean and efficient aesthetic. More project details can be found at

Now in its 35th 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.

Buying a home is often the most significant purchase people will make in their lifetime, and BALA winners spotlight what building industry professionals need to know to set their project apart and hit the right mark with today’s highly educated and discerning home buyers.

Award winners will be formally announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at The 2018 Winners Portfolio, featuring design trends and project photographs, will be available online beginning February 21, 2019.