2020 Cleveland Choice Awards Press Release

March 25, 2020

FOR RELEASE: March 2020 

HBA Greater Cleveland

Contact: Brenda Callaghan, Executive Director


Cleveland Choice awards presented to deserving northeast Ohio builders and remodelers

A stunning, contemporary house, located in Moreland Hills and built by Larry Bloch Builders of Cleveland, took home what many in the residential construction community consider a grand prize. The home was awarded first place in the Best Custom Home – Over $1 million category.     

The honor was one of more than 50 prestigious awards given to the area’s most talented and skilled professionals in the residential construction industry at the 29th Annual Cleveland Choice Awards. Presented by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Cleveland, the March 6 event was held at the Marriott Key Center in Cleveland. The awards recognize excellence among builders, remodelers, developers and associates in the construction, sales, and marketing of new and remodeled homes.

Many female guests at the event dressed in flapper attire with lots of fringe, sequins and feathered headbands while males donned black shirts with white ties and white suspenders -- befitting the evening’s Roaring 20s theme. 

But the award-winning Larry Bloch Builders house would not be mistaken for a house built in the 1920s. The modern architecture, created by AoDK Architecture of Lakewood, incorporates natural light, large windows and minimalist design, making the home appear much larger than it is.

“The homeowners also fell in love with the natural swale on the property,” said Michael Bloch, project coordinator for Larry Bloch Builders. “They wanted AoDK Architecture to incorporate that natural element into the home. So a bridge takes you from the foyer to the master suite. The foyer also opens to an amazing steel and white oak staircase that leads to the daughter’s loft.  The house truly is a masterpiece, a real work of art.”

Another builder recognized in the custom category was Sareth Builders of Westlake, awarded first prize in the Best Overall Custom House – Under $500,000 category. Alexandra Fine Homes of Chagrin Falls was presented with first place in the Best Overall Custom House – $500,000 to $1 million category.

“Even though the buzz word “modern farmhouse” has been around a few years now, we are seeing the trend of modern touches being used more and more with all designs,” said Josh Edgell, HBA president and owner of JEMM Construction in Painesville, reflecting on several prominent themes represented in the winning entries. “Those things can include black window frames and real clean, simplistic exterior design. For interiors, we are seeing a focus on high contrast décor, such as navy blue cabinets or black with rose gold plumbing fixtures. Also free-standing master bathtubs, either with a sleek flat bottom look or a vintage, claw-foot style.”

Bennett Builders & Remodelers of Westlake was presented with another coveted award – first place in Best Entire Home Renovation – Over $500,000. The project included the herculean task of removing of four chimneys and three fireplaces without destroying the spirit of the original architecture. 

Among the event’s multiple winners were: Brickhaus Partners, Cleveland; Payne and Payne Builders, Chardon; Otero Signature Homes, Chagrin Falls; Makoski Construction & Remodeling, Chesterland; Bennett Builders & Remodelers, Westlake; Relief Properties, Strongsville; Alexandra Fine Homes; and Sareth Builders. 

Payne & Payne Builders has built a reputation for outstanding exterior architecture, ranging from classic to contemporary and took home several awards to prove it. Sareth Builders has gained a national reputation for its superior energy saving houses, including net zero energy homes. 

Brickhaus Partners, known for its avant-garde approach to architecture and interior design in northeast Ohio in condo/cluster/townhomes, was awarded numerous first place honors in the Community Development division, in the categories of Best Smart Growth Development, Best Urban/Infill Development, and Best Green Community, as well as other honors.    

“Awards are an important part of our industry for multiple reasons,” said Edgell. “One is to reward staff and vendors that work hard every day to make these beautiful projects come to life. Another reason is the camaraderie building experience and fun business competition with your peers.”

Awards also help homebuyers identify builders and remodelers who can provide the services and products consumers need to create their dream home, according to HBA Executive Director Brenda Callaghan.

The Cleveland Choice Awards were co-hosted by television personalities David Moss and Natalie Herbick, both with Fox 8 News.  Major sponsors included 84 Lumber, All Construction Services, Carter Lumber, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Apollo Supply, House of Lights, Mentor Lumber & Supply, Sims-Lohman, Mont Surfaces by Mont Granite, Third Federal Savings & Loan, and Cleveland Lighting.                

For more information about home building or finding a builder, call The HBA of Greater Cleveland at 216-447-8700 or visit www.HBAcleveland.com.