2019 Judges

Christopher Awadalla – Principal and Designer, Sanctuary Kitchen and Design

Started Sanctuary Kitchen and Bath Design in 2014. By utilizing technology instead of costly showroom overhead, SKD has rapidly grown into one of Denver’s leading sources for luxury kitchen and bath design. SKD collaborates with many of the state’s most skilled architectural, design, and build firms both in the mountain communities and metro Denver. My wife and I moved to the state of Colorado in 2009 from New York City, seeking wider views and adventure. It was the best decision we ever made. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love Saturday morning hikes with my wife and two children. The mountains are my personal sanctuary, and I wish we could get there more often. Although life is very busy, a round of golf usually finds its way into my schedule most weeks. I find inspiration in beautiful places and robust conversation and am truly blessed to love what I do.
My accolades include: Best of Houzz (4 years in a row), 5 Under 40 Award 219 by Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine, and Fabulous List 2017 by Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine.

Andrea Schumacher - Principal and Owner, Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Designer Andrea Monath Schumacher creates sumptuous and imaginative interiors for her clients that reflect their aspiration, lifestyle and personalities; no two of her jobs are ever alike. She is known for her fresh, yet timeless interiors that are inviting, intriguing and softly polished, with just the right amount of drama. Andrea’s talent and creativity is backed by her impressive education, which includes a B.A. in Interior Design, a certificate in Universal Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and further graduate studies at the University of Colorado in Architecture. When Andrea finished art school in 1990 she did her first apprenticeship with NBC’s Days of our Lives. After this stint came a job at Columbia Pictures as an in-house designer. In 1999, while pursuing an M.A. in Architecture, Andrea started her interior design company. It quickly grew by word of mouth, and now Andrea Schumacher Interiors is well known for their understanding of space, form and architecture, and for working magic with color, texture and fabrics. Andrea Schumacher Interiors is a full service design firm and their specialties include not only aesthetically exciting interiors, but also complete design/build services, construction management, space planning, custom furnishings and kitchen and bath planning and design.

Andrea is known for being able to interpret all styles of design, while at the same time infusing her spaces with a fresh creative edge- whether traditional or modern. The rooms Andrea creates inevitably have enough ‘wow’ factor to be stage settings, but are always much more functional, comfortable and highly personalized. A proven success at interpreting her clients’ dreams, Andrea is always on the mark, giving her clients what they envisioned and much more. “Andrea Schumacher Interiors is not about imposing ideas and personal taste onto a client,” explains Andrea. “It’s about client and designer coming together to create a unique space and helping the client develop their vision while fulfilling their design requirements.” Andrea has a confident, curious eye, coupled with an ability to bring seemingly disparate elements together to create visual harmony. She excels at being able to collect the thoughts and tastes of each client and stretch their imagination with her creative talent to create comfortable, visually exciting and timeless interiors.

Michael Perez - Principal and Architect, Michael Perez Architecture, LLC

Michael Perez is the founder and Principal Architect of Michael Perez Architect LLC and Legacy Design and Construction LLC. He has over twenty-five years of experience in designing residential and commercial projects. Michael’s process of contracting semi-custom and custom homes through Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build project delivery methods provides his customers with a unique perspective and a highly personalized experience, a trait that is also valued by other custom home builders and their clients that contract with him. He has achieved both national and state design awards through the Denver HBA and NAHB, including Best Custom Home MAME Award and Best In American Living Awards. Michael enjoys listening to his client’s needs and is committed to design excellence by creating amazing projects that are rendered with new and exciting architectural styles.

Jennifer DesJardin - Principal, Motif Design Solutions

Jennifer DesJardin is an award-winning Interior Designer and Construction Project Manager. Her work has recently been featured on HGTV’s House Hunter’s Renovation, and in many design publications including Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, 5280 Home’s Top Denver Design, Golf Digest, House Beautiful, and Elle Decor. Her work has spanned the genre from design build, home remodeling, multi-family, and hospitality to custom home design. Her degree from University of Florida is in Architectural Interior Design. She has been working in the Colorado design industry for a total of 21 years. Jennifer started her firm, MOTIF Design Solutions, in 2008 in her garage, which she converted into a design studio. She now owns and manages a professional design and construction office which has grown to include 7 other employees. She is intentionally keeping the firm small to allow MOTIF to have a strong working relationship with each client. In her spare time, Jennifer loves reading, painting and riding motorcycles with her husband, Rod. Playing with and chasing after her Spanish Water Dog, Johnny Cash, is another favorite way for her to relax.

Tom Hall – Principal, Renaissance Homes

Tom has been a home builder in Colorado for over 40 years, the last 28 as principal of Renaissance Homes. Renaissance has been the recipient of many industry awards, including the Best in American Living (BALA) in 1997, 2001, and 2008. They partnered with Sunset Magazine to build the Millennium Home in 2000. It is the only home Sunset built in Colorado. Renaissance is currently working on custom projects in Douglas and Arapahoe Counties. Tom Hall has been an active HBA member since 1973, serving as president of the Colorado Association in 1981. He was the recipient of the CAHB outstanding Service Award in 1982 and the HAP award from Denver Metro HBA in 2008. Tom and Renaissance have been actively involved in the Home Builders Foundation for many years.

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