September 12, 2017: H3K Design, a Palm Springs-based firm specializing in interior and exterior design consultation and project management for upscale residential and commercial remodeling and renovation, is one of the winners in the recently completed 2017 HGTV Faces of Design Awards. The contest asked nationwide viewers to vote on projects that exhibit excellence in a wide array of categories. H3K had entries in two categories and after five weeks of voting and more than 40 million page views, H3K’s entry for the “Curb Appeal” category was chosen as the Editors’ Pick Winner. HGTV described the “Curb Appeal’ category as residences that feature dreamy home exteriors and welcoming interiors that are sure to be the envy of the neighborhood. The H3K entry was a newly remodeled Midcentury Ranch-style residence in Palm Springs.
“We are thrilled that our local design project was featured in this prestigious annual contest,” said Howard Hawkes, H3K’s partner and principal. “Our Midcentury Ranch design was positioned against other compelling projects from all across the country, but our design clearly resonated with the judges, who awarded us with the coveted Editors’ Pick award. We couldn’t be more thrilled that the innovative and colorful nature of our design work has been nationally recognized.”
The “Curb Appeal” category featured six entries, including H3K’s Midcentury Ranch in Palm Springs. This classic 1963 Charles Dubois-designed midcentury modern home, located in south Palm Springs, was a top-to-bottom residential renovation (including interior design) that was completed in July of 2014. Since the residence already had many architectural details and textures including an elegant stone façade, the front yard yearned for a simple stage that would allow the eye to enjoy all of these elements. The H3K team added a lush, green lawn to create an “oasis in the desert” effect, and the simple geometric interplay of agaves and cacti play into the midcentury modern elements of the house. The covered front entry is punctuated with red front door and a Sputnik-style light fixture, which enlivens the entryway. The H3K team also added a narrow water feature which creates the impression of a creek running in front of the home, crossed by an entry bridge that welcomes visitors. At night the light from the fountain dances on the sweeping overhang and allows curb appeal both day and night.