Cornerstone Architects is Nominated in the HGTV 2022 Designer of the Year Awards!

Photography by Chase Daniel

The 2022 HGTV Designer of the Year Awards are now live! The Designer of the Year Awards present impeccable home designs across 6 inspiring categories including: Waterside Retreats, Countryside Escapes, Living Large in Small Spaces, Color + Pattern, Kitchen + Dining, and Dramatic Before and Afters. The awards celebrate interior designers, architects and landscape architects who are creating beautiful spaces.


Cornerstone Architects is excited to be among the nominees in the Countryside Escapes category featuring our Spicewood Residence. The goal for this hill country contemporary home was to work with the land and existing trees to create the clients’ forever home with plenty of space and a Texas-sized hill country view. The design nestles the home within the existing live oak trees and includes a patio designed around a large live oak next to the pool. The lot ensured a south exposure and land that would slope down away from the house, allowing the best sun angles to contribute to the passive solar design and encourage gentle summer breezes from the southeast to accelerate up the hill and sweep through the rear outdoor living area while using the evaporative properties of the pool to add to the comfort on the lanai. Natural light and open spaces were key elements and remote-controlled operable transom windows were incorporated to act as a thermal chimney to cool off the main rooms. Warm and natural materials, integrated with contemporary elements give the casual home stylish, yet rustic appeal.

To vote for our Spicewood Residence:

  • Visit HGTV Designer of the Year: Countryside Escapes

  • Scroll to and click on the Spicewood Residence project thumbnail

  • Click the pink VOTE button next to our project titled 'Rustic Meets Modern at This Texas Home'

  • Repeat each day through September 27th 😊

You can tour the other categories, view all the nominees, and vote for your favorite spaces. Be sure to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000!


The HGTV.com audience will vote on their favorite project in each category. The projects with the most votes from the HGTV.com audience in each of the 6 categories will be named the "People's Pick Winners". The HGTV.com editorial team will also vote on their favorite project in each 6 categories. The projects with the most votes from the editorial team in each of the categories will be named the "HGTV Editors' Pick Winners". Winners will be announced on HGTV.com on September 28th.


The Spicewood Residence previously won an Austin Home Magazine Home & Design Award in the category of Home in the Hill Country. We would love to see this beautiful project take home another wonderful accolade! To see all of Cornerstone Architects' accolades, please visit our Awards & Features page!

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