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National Room-of-the-Year

Rufty Homes Receives Nation's Top Award for Custom Home Building and Design

NC State - Chancellor's New Residence

Rufty Homes has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders with its 2012 “Room of the Year” award as well as a platinum award for kitchen interior design at the Best in American Living Awards.

Rufty was recognized for construction of “The Point” at N.C. State University, which serves as home to the chancellor and his wife. The university selected Rufty Homes to build the high-profile residence with architects Marvin Malecha, dean of the University’s College of Design, and Weinstein Friedlein Architects. Design Lines, Ltd. of Raleigh was utilized for the interiors. A gallery of images can be found here.

“The beauty of this home is its ability to reflect the values and character of the family that occupies it,” said Jon Rufty of Rufty Homes.  “It serves as a primary residence for Chancellor Randy Woodson and his family as well as a remarkable entertaining venue to showcase the university with alumni gatherings and the many dignitaries who visit campus.”

The university challenged the design and construction teams to create a welcoming home with a personal scale, rather than a grand and intimidating design. This “soft modernism” approach provides a welcoming appeal in keeping with tradition at the residence.


The Point rises in character with home styles nearby. It features all North Carolina materials – from the brick to the wood framing, floors, ceilings and trim. The locally sourced brick matches that of Holladay Hall, the first building constructed at N.C. State. The home is LEED certified and features a closed geothermal system of 14 wells for heating and cooling.

“NAHB winners show that they are at the forefront of innovative design and construction,” said Skip Howes, design committee chair and president of Scott Homes Ltd. in Woodland Park, Colo. “We are proud to recognize Rufty Homes for their creative and forward-thinking approach.”

“It’s a great honor to build a residence that offers such a beautiful reflection of the university and be recognized with the industry’s highest honor,” said Rufty. “The award embodies the talents that came together to create a space the entire Wolfpack nation can claim as their own.”

Each year, the National Association of Home Builders recognizes outstanding achievement by residential builders and design professionals, showcasing top design and remodeling projects at all budget levels. The Washington-based trade association represents 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling and other aspects of residential construction.

Way back in 1994, Jon Rufty set the standard for green building in North Carolina. He custom-built the state’s very first HEALTHY HOUSE™ as well as the first EnergyStar residence for CP&L, now Duke Energy Progress. For 30 years, Rufty has served as the Triangle leader in sustainable luxury home building, using a refined approach to bring organization to the custom home building process.