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Drees Homes Wins Top Honors at the Great American Living Awards

Posted on Dec 08, 2022 by dreeshomes 3 min

It turned out to be a very successful night for the Drees Homes Washington D.C. team at the recent GALA event, held by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. The GALA, better known as the Great American Living Awards, is a yearly event that honors the building industry’s best and brightest. This year’s ceremony saw two Drees model homes take home awards for exceptional design, architecture and merchandising. A Drees Market Manager was also honored for his outstanding performance.

Let’s take a deeper look at the winners and why the NVBIA chose to recognize each with prestigious awards.

Design, Architecture, and Merchandising

Winner: Interior MerchandisingBest Architecture and Design


Luxury begins as soon as you step into the foyer of the Christopher model home. This stylish paired villa features a spacious family room and a well-appointed kitchen. The open and airy plan is perfect for relaxing, dining or entertaining, and the living space is expanded with an outdoor deck overlooking a gorgeous, wooded view.

As you ascend the stairs to the second level, you will find a convenient loft area that can be used as a workspace, as well as multiple bedrooms, including an exquisite owner’s suite with warm wood accents, a private bath and a walk-in closet. Wood trim is again featured in the finished lower level, creating an inviting space for relaxing or gathering with friends and family.


Winner: Best Architecture and Design


Like the Christopher, the Lily boasts many upgraded features. An L-shaped “living triangle,” consisting of the family room, kitchen and breakfast nook, provides simultaneously open, yet clearly defined living spaces. The thoughtfully designed kitchen incorporates all the most desirable counter, cabinet and appliance trends that buyers look for, while also offering many opportunities for those who want to put their own custom touches into the space. 

The dramatic turned staircase highlighted by a wall of windows keeps the home feeling light and airy as you move toward the living spaces at the rear of the home. The real “show-stopper” feature can be seen off the back of the home in the form of the extremely popular covered outdoor living space complete with a fireplace wall. And for those who want to quite literally take their outdoor spaces to the next level, the Lily also offers a sleeping porch which is accessed directly from the owner’s suite.


Outstanding Sales Person


Now working in the new community of Reserve at Clearview in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Kevin Munoz spent a successful 2021 at Embrey Mill Estates in Stafford, Virginia. A member of the Drees team since 2007, Kevin excelled in his role at Embrey Mill while catching the attention of the NVBIA in the process.


Kevin enjoys helping his customers design their dream home and guiding them through the construction process. In addition to this year’s GALA award, he has earned the Drees Homes Market Manager of the Year award, as well as the 100% Achiever Outstanding Performance award multiple times. With his many years of experience in the home building industry, we are truly lucky to have Kevin as a member of the Drees team!

We would like to thank the NVBIA for their continued partnership with Drees and the opportunity to receive these thoughtful accolades. Click here for a complete list of the NVBIA Great American Living Awards.


Learn more

To learn more about the Christopher or Lily floor plans, contact Julie Schall, your New Home Specialist, at (571) 606-8121. For more information on Drees’ new home communities located throughout the Washington D.C. area, visit us at