Ashton Woods Takes Top Award for Home of the Year at 2020 MAX Awards

Home Builders Association of Greater Austin recognizes Ashton Woods with four awards, including Home of the Year

AUSTIN (August 17, 2020)- Ashton Woods, one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders, takes home four awards from the MAX Awards Virtual Gala Event on August 14, 2020, including the top honor for Home of the Year. The Marketing and Advertising Excellence (MAX) Awards honors builders, developers and associates who have made significant and creative contributions in residential marketing during the previous year.

“We are proud to be recognized by the HBA for our team’s dedication and many successes,” said Lindsay Motley, president of the Ashton Woods Austin division. “This year especially we have looked for new and innovative ways to push the boundaries of home design and for that hard work to be realized is thrilling.”

The Ashton Woods Cobe model in the Saratoga Hills community was awarded Home of the Year and Best Single Family Detached Home $500,000 to $700,000 – Volume Builder.  This modern farmhouse features a bold exterior color palette and boasts a mix of modern board and batten and traditional Hill Country stone, bringing Ashton Woods’s trailblazing design to life. On the interior, light wood beams and open, vaulted ceilings in the family room and kitchen create a warm and inviting atmosphere. This combined with an open concept design, additional retreat space just off the family room and expansive covered back patio make this home ideal for entertaining.

“The Cobe model is the perfect balance of style and functionality with its contemporary artisan features and exceptional use of every square foot,” said Valerio Muraro, vice president of design for Ashton Woods. “The modern tile backsplash in the kitchen, dark contrasting kitchen island, light natural wood floors and brass accents blend the best of the rustic, industrial and modern styles.

Ashton Woods’ Martin Minehan, Area Constructional Manager for Ashton Woods Austin division, also was recognized as Construction Manager of the Year. Minehan has increased closing volume by over 85% year over year.

Brendon Newman was awarded Young Professional of the Year. Newman has worked endlessly to drive costs down while increasing building efficiency. His efforts have resulted in direct cost savings of more than $1,700,000 over the course of the past year.

“We are committed to providing the best customer experience possible throughout the home buying process,” said Brandon Noack, vice president of operations for Ashton Woods. “Our Ashton Woods Austin team works hard to make sure that our customers receive an exceptional experience and we are proud to recognize their accomplishments.”

Ashton Woods was also named a finalist for the Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Priced $500,000 to $700,000 (Cobe Model home in Saratoga Hills). Ashton Woods Warranty Operations Coordinator, Chris McFadden, was recognized as a finalist for the Warranty Service Professional of the Year – Volume Builder. Connor Maloney was also named a finalist in the Construction Superintendent of the Year category.

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About Ashton Woods 

Ashton Woods is one of the nation’s largest private homebuilding companies, blazing new trails in design and personalization to build homes as unique as the people who live in them. Collaborating with homeowners for more than 30 years, the company and its team of world-renowned designers look beyond the conventional to draw inspiration from unexpected sources, resulting in exceptional design in every Ashton Woods home. With hundreds of national and local industry awards in product design, community design, architecture, merchandising, sales, marketing, customer service, and innovation, Ashton Woods is one of the most celebrated homebuilders in the nation, including recently being named Builder of the Year by Builder and Developer Magazine.  For more information, or to experience the excitement of becoming another satisfied Ashton Woods homeowner, visit

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