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North Carolina STARS Awards Winners 2023
November 22, 2023

North Carolina STARS Awards Winners 2023

The North Carolina Home Builders Association presented the 2023 STARS Awards Gala on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023, at the Embassy Suites in Concord, NC. These annual awards are a focal point for the Home Building industry across the entire state of North Carolina and honor the achievements of industry professionals. Winners receive recognition in architecture, floor plans, interior design, sales centers, landscape design, merchandising, marketing, advertising, and more! Our team at Bill Clark Homes and Legacy Homes is proud to announce being honored with six of these impressive awards! Explore our winning home plans and projects below:

Watch the STARS Awards video here!

Best Design Studio/Sales Center

Our Design Studio is constructed to capitalize on the total home buyer experience by creating a seamless process for our clients. This space allows our team to improve services, meet customers' needs, and paint a true vision for their new home. The Design Studio enhances our Design Consultants' capabilities when taking a client from concept to the design of their ideal new home. We ensure that the Studio showcases all the options and selections available for our homes so our customers can confidently choose what fits their preferences and budgets. Our goal was to create an inviting, open space that gives homebuyers a magical feeling when they enter. We strive for our clients to have a personalized and positive experience. Our Design Process starts with the customer working with their personal Design Consultant in the Studio where they discuss the client's lifestyle, design preferences, and total vision for their new home. See our complete Step-By-Step Design Process HERE.

Standout features in our Design Studio that enhance our clients' experience include:

  • A visual representation of what our homes include and all our product offerings showcased in an organized display
  • Four designer-curated kitchens, each displaying our various upgrade levels
  • Functional, interactive exhibits that allow clients to browse all their selection options
  • Every product we offer displayed for clients to touch, see, and compare choices
  • Workstations that enable client meetings to be personalized and run uninterrupted
  • A space to fully embody the new home design journey in a comfortable and exciting setting

Use the links below to explore the Design Studio and our process:

Best Single-Family Home 2,251 – 3,500 sqft: The Weaver at Eli's Ridge 

The Weaver is one of several home plans in our newest product line. This award-winning model is located in the Eli's Ridge community of Greenville, North Carolina and our team capitalized on creating a layout to suit the beauty of living in Southeastern NC. The Weaver features a spacious open-concept layout, bright natural light, and top-of-the-line finishes. Our team meticulously crafted The Weaver plan to suit every lifestyle and preference; this home boasts contemporary architectural design, superior craftsmanship, and an array of upgraded features. Picturesque landscapes and lush greenery surround Elis Ridge, offering the perfect blend of convenience and tranquility. The community embraces its natural surroundings with sprawling open spaces, well-maintained public areas, and a resort-style pool and pavilion. This vibrant community is just minutes from downtown Greenville, where residents can enjoy various dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The nearby access to major highways ensures easy commuting and connectivity to the surrounding areas while allowing residents to retreat to a peaceful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle. Use the links below to see this award-winning Weaver home and to learn more about Eli's Ridge:

Best Interior Design & Merchandising for a Home 2,501 to 4,000 sqft: The Ashton at The Retreat 

The Ashton model in the Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach was designed with the community and coastal area in mind. Located just one mile away from the sandy beaches of Ocean Isle, living at The Retreat is like taking a permanent vacation. Our Design Team wanted to create a model home that spoke to buyers interested in the southeastern coastal lifestyle. They filled the Ashton with trending selections that appeal to all tastes and preferences. The interior color palette includes bright whites, neutrals, and hints of blue tile. Our Staging Specialist capitalized on creating the coastal lifestyle feel in this home by furnishing the Ashton with classic coastal pieces and incorporating touches of blue to pull out the interior selections. We included an array of design selection levels in this home, from high-end upgrades to standard features - this allows clients of various price points to visualize what they can choose from when building their homes. Use the links below to see this Ashton and explore The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach:

Best Logo for A Community: The Sanctuary

The composition of the Sanctuary logo is based on the location of this new home community. Sunset Beach is home to a bird sanctuary, thus "The Sanctuary at Sunset Beach," and a bird emblem as the logo. 

About the Bird Sanctuary: This natural area is one of 10 sites comprising the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve. Preservation of the Bird Island Reserve allows this coastal ecosystem to be available as an outdoor laboratory where scientists, students, and the public can learn about processes, functions, and influences that shape and sustain the coastal area. A popular destination for boaters, beachcombers, and bicyclists, visitors are invited to enjoy this perfect Sanctuary, learn about wildlife, and experience the history and habitats of the beautiful coastal preserve.

About the Community: Voted one of America's Best Places to Live by Ideal Living. The Sanctuary at Sunset Beach is the epitome of beach living with the added convenience and low maintenance of a planned community. Resort-inspired amenities will make a weekend at home feel like a vacation getaway. Located steps away from local shops and restaurants, you can enjoy the laid-back coastal lifestyle that Sunset Beach is known for. Let The Sanctuary at Sunset Beach be your oasis at home! Amenities within the community will include a resort-style pool, coastal clubhouse, fitness center, cabanas, outdoor fireplace, an outdoor lounge, grilling stations, golf cart parking, and miles of sidewalks & walking paths. The Sanctuary is only minutes from the beach and close to various restaurants, shops, bars, golf courses, local markets, and public parks.

We are currently offering homes and homesites in the Sanctuary at Sunset Beach! You can choose one of our currently available homes or select a homesite and build your ideal home from our portfolio of plans. Go to to see our available homes, available homesites, and our portfolio of home plans.

Best Brochure for a Community: The Sanctuary

This project includes our Sanctuary Community Brochure and the Sanctuary Master Color Palette. The Brochure and Master Color Palette serve as a set of two that together educate interested buyers about this stunning new community. The brochure underlines the community features and amenities and exhibits the highlights of Sunset Beach and its marvelous location. Also inside the booklet is a detailed drawing of the amenity center map, clubhouse, and fireplace pavilion. The Master Color Palette showcases our designer-curated color options for the home exteriors of The Sanctuary. All the home exteriors in this community are characterized by shades of white with undertones of coastal colors. The palette consists of colors borrowed from the sand, sea, sun, and salt. This unified color scheme of homes forms a sense of harmony, creates a charming streetscape aesthetic, and constructs a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and residents. The Master Color Palette booklet gives potential buyers a feel for the community's visual ambiance and allows them to see their numerous options in an organized layout.

Best Website for a Home Builder

A customer's journey starts online, and this first step in the home-buying process is critical for the buyer's research - it should be painless and exciting! We strive for our websites to be where customers educate themselves and narrow down their options and possibilities. Our websites are designed to enhance the client experience by providing home buyers with easy access to necessary tools and information. Our company comprises two distinctive brands, Bill Clark Homes and Legacy Homes by Bill Clark. To ensure home buyers have an effortless online experience, we have two websites ( and that seamlessly link to one another in several places throughout each interface. We crafted websites that are easy to navigate, have a clear portrayal of what we offer, and visually aid users in their education of our services. We want every step of our customers' process to be enjoyable — including the research stage! Both websites contain diverse tools and technology to simplify the process for home buyers. These helpful features include an interactive map of all our communities, our portfolio of home plans, interactive floor plans, interactive site maps, room planners, virtual 3-D home tours, automated flyers, a virtual Design Studio, a Client Portal, a "My Favorites Tool", user accounts, search filters, and extensive photovideo, and tour galleries. If you want to purchase an available home, narrow down your ideal location, find your dream home plan, or design your new home, go to or and begin today!

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