2012 Chrysalis Awards honor 82 cutting-edge remodeling projects

The winning projects were selected from more than 400 entries judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

July 05, 2012
2012 Chrysalis Awards honor 82 cutting-edge remodeling projects

2012 Chrysalis Awards honor 82 cutting-edge remodeling projects

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best remodeling and design work in 16 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to all professional remodelers and design professionals in the United States.

This year, 82 remodeling and design companies were honored as winners of the Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The winning projects were selected from more than 400 entries judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

One of the developments in recent years has been the number of first-time winners: in 2011 there were 30 first-timers and this year there were 38. It seems that there are a lot of both new and established companies that are now deciding to enter competitions as a way to showcase their talent. It’s also a reflection of the vitality of the industry.

Last Chance to Enter the Professional Remodeler Design Awards!

The deadline for the annual Professional Remodeler Design Awards is near. To enter a project or for more information on the program, click here.

This year’s competition was judged by Louis Joyner, former editor for Southern Living Magazine; Dan Gregory, editor of Houseplans.com; and Sam Liberti of the American Institute of Building design.

Pictures of the 2012 award-winning projects, and all winning projects since 1998, can be seen on the Chrysalis Awards website at www.chrysalisawards.com.

 

 

The 2012 National Winners include: (For the full list of winners, click here.)

The Chrysalis Award judges were asked to identify the winning projects they felt were the most interesting knowing that all of the photos could not be presented in one place. Here are the images they chose.

 

Kitchen Remodel $75,000-$100,000

National Winner: Jackson Design & Remodeling, San Diego, Calif.


When a young professional couple moved into a new home, they found their existing kitchen dated, bland, and unsuitable for their social lifestyle. As active members of their church community, the couple often invited large groups into their home. They wanted a welcoming kitchen with a rustic modern spirit that would comfortably accommodate many guests. Combining the dining and kitchen areas created an impressively expansive space. The generous use of warm wood and touches of repurposed materials lends rustic appeal in a thoroughly modern setting established by an open profile and clean lines.

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Bath Remodel Under $40,000

National Winner: Beautiful Remodel LLC, Gilbert, Ariz.


The clients requested a “wow” contemporary bathroom but one that felt inviting and warm. They wanted a larger, walk-in shower with dual heads as well as improved storage, lighting, and functionality at the vanity areas. They rarely use a tub, so they didn’t want something large, but also didn’t want too large a shower that would feel disproportionate in the room. The goal was to create a stunning focal-point wall and a welcoming, comfortable “mood” for the room, which was done with the use of the S-shaped curved mosaic wall, interesting finishes & textures, and creative lighting.

 

Residential Interior Under $100,000

National Winner: Ispiri Design Build Remodel, Woodbury, Minn.


The client had many concerns, which included an uninviting kitchen and adjoining space, as well as the need for a contemporary feel. Improving traffic flow by adjusting the work triangle reduced the sunk-in family room footprint by adding floor framing and increasing the dinette floor area and accommodating the addition of an office/computer area. Natural balance sought between the new kitchen and adjoining family room was accomplished through shared materials and details.

 

Residential Interior Over $100,000

National Winner: The Wills Company, Nashville, Tenn.


The homeowners had a clear goal of making their outdated, 1950s house work for their young family. They wanted gracious spaces for living and entertaining and were willing to sacrifice bedroom space in order to achieve it within their financial means. The redesign opens up the space, creating easy circulation throughout. The vaulted family and dining room ceilings give a punch to the otherwise low-slung ranch style house. Simple, clean lines and the use of a warm gray palette throughout make the house feel larger and certainly more contemporary…and all within their budget.

 

Detached Outbuilding

National Winner: Michael K. Walker & Associates, Sarasota, Fla.


This great structure was constructed as one of several detached guest outbuildings on this coastal island estate. The multi-use building has multiple personalities as studio apartment/guest house with hideaway bedding and compact storage while functioning as a sitting/changing room for the beach/pool and spa areas during the day. Due to the extreme exposure to the harsh coastal environment, the use of solid copper wall cladding, stone veneer and teak wood provide for minimal maintenance while allowing the building to age gracefully.

 

Whole House Remodel $250,000-$500,000

National Winner: Sullivan Building & Design, Quakertown, Pa.


This cottage had an old tired 1970s feeling that needed to be updated to take advantage of its charming location. A haphazard collection of rooms and spaces needed to be redefined and organized to flow from one space to the next. Here is a totally redone riverfront home that, while only a modest amount of structural renovations and additions took place, the overall environment that was created is clearly testament to the fact that it is all in the details.

 

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The full list of Chrysalis Awards winners includes:



Kitchen Remodel

Under $50,000


National Winner (Team)

Monmouth Custom Builders, Deal, N.J.

National Winner (Team)    

Sheila Rich Interiors, LLC, Monmouth Beach, N.J.

Regional Winner    

Artistic Renovations LLC, Seven Hills, Ohio

Regional Winner    

Michael Nash Custom Kitchens & Homes, Inc., Fairfax, Va.

Regional Winner    

Renewal Construction, Puyallup, Wash.

4 Tips for Winning Projects



After 19 years of administering the Chrysalis Awards, Ken Kanline has seen a very broad sample of what’s going on in the industry. Here are a few words of advice for companies thinking about entering design competitions.



1. Put it where it belongs.

Many projects can qualify for entry in several different categories. For instance, if you have a whole house remodel in which 70 percent or more of the budget is in a single area, such as the kitchen or an addition, you may be better off entering the kitchen or addition. In these cases if the key area isn’t an award winner, the whole house entry probably won’t be either. As “Deep Throat” told Woodward & Bernstein…”follow the money”.



2. There’s gold in niche categories.

You can count on competing with very large numbers of entries in some categories like Kitchen, Bath, Addition and Whole House, but not as much in Universal Design, Green Remodeling, or even Commercial Remodeling. So recognize those opportunities when they present themselves.



3. Money isn’t everything.

Why are there always more entries in the highest price categories?  Believe it or not, judges realize that the challenges can be greater when dealing with smaller budgets, and this is where value is most taken into account (consciously or subconsciously). It is also true that judges are not impressed with expensive projects that depend heavily on high-priced materials and appliances more than design. If you’ve done a great kitchen on a small budget it is just as impressive in its category as the winner of a kitchen over $100,000.



4. No one will ever know.

If you are shy about submitting your work for evaluation in a competition…get over it. Participating in competitions is one of the best disciplines you can adopt. Preparing an entry forces you to look at your work from a different perspective, and it can be a “company changing” event, win or not. Sure, the winners are published for all to see, but even if you don’t win, you will be better for the experience and no one but the judges will ever know you entered. I can personally name at least 30 companies in the past nineteen years that made a commitment to this process, and used it as a way to help focus their efforts and encourage their staff. These companies may not have won an award in the first, second or third attempt, but eventually they broke through and, even during the years they didn’t win, their businesses grew more successful. Go figure.

Kitchen Remodel

$50,000-$75,000


National Winner    

Metropolitan Builders Kitchen & Bath, Charlotte, N.C.

Regional Winner    

Case Design/Remodeling Inc., Bethesda, Md.

Regional Winner    

James Barton Design-Build, Apple Valley, Minn.

Regional Winner (Team)  

SEA Construction, San Mateo, Calif.

Regional Winner (Team)

Katja Rimmi Interiors, Half Moon Bay, Calif.



Kitchen Remodel

$75,000-$100,000


National Winner    

Jackson Design & Remodeling, San Diego

Regional Winner    

Renewal Design Build, Decatur, Ga.

Regional Winner    

Normandy Remodeling, Hinsdale, Ill.

Regional Winner    

A&E Construction, Pennington, N.J.

Kitchen Remodel

Over $100,000


National Winner    

Archia Homes, Duxbury, Mass.

Regional Winner    

Gayler Construction, Danville, Calif.

Regional Winner    

Mosby Building Arts, Kirkwood, Mo.

Regional Winner    

Mosaic Indoor Living, Atlanta



Bath Remodel

Under $40,000


National Winner    

Beautiful Remodel LLC, Gilbert, Ariz.

Regional Winner    

Knight Construction Design, Inc., Chanhassen, Minn.

Regional Winner    

The Wills Company, Nashville, Tenn.

Regional Winner    

Schmidt Contracting Services, Inc., Annapolis, Md.



Bath Remodel

$40,000-$60,000


National Winner    

David Wilkes Builders, Austin, Texas

Regional Winner    

Kitchen & Bath Design Center, Bellevue, Wash.

Regional Winner    

TimeLine Renovations, Inc., Maspeth, N.Y.

Regional Winner    

James Barton Design-Build, Apple Valley, Minn.



Bath Remodel

Over $60,000


National Winner    

Hanson Carlen Construction, Spokane, Wash.

Regional Winner    

Feinmann Inc., Lexington, Mass.

Regional Winner    

Silent Rivers, Des Moines, Iowa

Regional Winner    

Carnemark Systems & Design, Bethesda, Md.

Regional Winner    

David Wilkes Builders, Austin, Texas



Addition

Under $100,000


National Winner    

Michael Nash Custom Kitchens & Homes, Inc., Fairfax, Va.

Regional Winner    

Smiley Renovations, Silver Spring, Md.

Addition 

$100,000-$250,000

National Winner


John Caruso Builders, Whippany, N.J.

Regional Winner

J.L. Tippett Construction Company, Potomac Falls, Va.

Regional Winner

TreHus Architects+Interior Designers+ Builders, Inc., Minneapolis

Regional Winner

Renewal Construction, Puyallup, Wash.



Addition

Over $250,000


National Winner    

CG&S Design-Build, Austin, Texas

Regional Winner    

Vujovich Design Build, Minneapolis

Regional Winner    

Archia Homes, Duxbury, Mass.

Regional Winner (Team)  

Sockeye Homes. Kent, Wash.

Regional Winner (Team)  

Maple Leaf Design, Seattle



Residential Interior

Under $100,000


National Winner    

Ispiri Design Build Remodel, Woodbury, Minn.

Regional Winner    

BRY JO Roofing & Remodeling, Richardson, Texas



Residential Interior

Over $100,000


National Winner    

The Wills Company, Nashville, Tenn.

Regional Winner    

Vujovich Design Build, Minneapolis, Minn.

Regional Winner    

Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths, Corvallis, Ore.

Regional Winner    

Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc., Bryn Mawr, Pa.



Residential Exterior

Under $100,000


National Winner    

Michael Nash Custom Kitchens & Homes, Inc., Fairfax, Va.

Regional Winner    

Normandy Remodeling, Hinsdale, Ill.

Residential Exterior

Over $100,000


National Winner    

Carpenter & MacNeille, Essex, Mass.

Regional Winner (Team)    

Lemke & Son’s Construction, St. Paul, Minn.

Regional Winner (Team)    

Woodside Remodelers, Minnetonka, Minn.

Regional Winner    

Allen Associates, Santa Barbara, Calif.



Detached Outbuilding

National Winner    

Michael K. Walker & Associates    Sarasota, Fla.

Regional Winner (Team)  

Alward Construction, Berkeley, Calif.

Regional Winner (Team)

Design Set Match, Oakland, Calif.

Regional Winner    

Paulson’s Construction, Inc., Howell, Mich.

Regional Winner    

The Levine Group, Silver Spring, Md.



Outdoor Living

National Winner    

Key Residential, Farmers Branch, Texas

Regional Winner    

Allen Associates, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Regional Winner (Team)  

Monmouth Custom Builders, Deal, N.J.

Regional Winner (Team)

Bohn Associates, New York

Regional Winner    

Mantis Design/Build, Minneapolis



Residential Specialty Item

National Winner    

Knight Construction Design, Inc., Chanhassen, Minn.

Regional Winner (Team)  

Grossmueller’s Design Consulting, Washington, D.C.

Regional Winner (Team)  

ART Design Build, Bethesda, Md.

Regional Winner    

Chermak Construction, Inc., Edmonds, Wash.

Regional Winner    

Mosaic Indoor Living, Atlanta

Whole House Remodel

Under $250,000


National Winner    

Michael Nash Custom Kitchens & Homes, Inc., Fairfax, Va.

Regional Winner    

mackmiller design+build, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Regional Winner (Team)  

M Designs Architects, Los Altos, Calif.

Regional Winner (Team)  

Lynstar Enterprises Inc., San Jose, Calif.

Regional Winner    

Testament Construction Group, Baltimore



Whole House Remodel

$250,000-$500,000


National Winner    

Sullivan Building & Design, Quakertown, Pa.

Regional Winner    

Allen Associates, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Regional Winner    

S.W. Scheipeter Construction, Webster Groves, Mo.

Regional Winner    

CG&S Design-Build, Austin, Texas



Whole House Remodel

$500,000-$1 Million


National Winner    

The Block Builders Group, Bethesda, Md.

Regional Winner    

Jackson & LeRoy Remodeling, Salt Lake City

Regional Winner    

Provenance Builders, Dallas

Regional Winner    

PURE Design Environments, Eden Prairie, Minn.



Whole House Remodel

Over $1 Million


National Winner    

Glass Construction, Washington, D.C.

Regional Winner    

FatBoy Construction, Tacoma, Wash.

Regional Winner    

CG&S Design-Build, Austin, Texas



Residential Historic Renovation

National Winner     

Sullivan Building & Design, Quakertown, Pa.

Regional Winner    

Provenance Builders, Dallas

Regional Winner

Tru-Built Construction, Lincoln, Neb.

Regional Winner    

Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins, Inc., Oakland, Calif.



Residential Universal Design

National Winner    

Greymark Construction, Houston

Regional Winner    

Glickman Design Build, LLC, North Potomac, Md.

Regional Winner (Team)  

mackmiller design+build, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Regional Winner (Team)  

Accessibility Design, Minneapolis



Best Green Remodeling Project

National Winner    

Matt Powers Custom Homes & Renovation, Houston



Residential Insurance Restoration

National Winner    

Chermak Construction Inc., Edmonds, Wash.

Regional Winner    

PURE Design Environments, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Regional Winner    

Star Construction Company, West Newbury, Mass.



Commercial Insurance Restoration

National Winner    

Sterling Group DKI, Tacoma, Wash.

Regional Winner    

A&I Incorporated, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Regional Winner    

PURE Design Environments, Eden Prairie, Minn.



Commercial Remodel

National Winner    

Glass Construction, Washington, D.C.

Regional Winner    

TreHus Architects+Interior Designers+ Builders, Inc., Minneapolis

Regional Winner    

Fine Remodel, Sandy, Utah

Regional Winner    

TriVista USA, Arlington, Va.



Basement Remodel

National Winner    

Rule 4 Building Group, Elkridge, Md.

Regional Winner    

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, Springfield, Ill.

Regional Winner    

Sun Design Remodeling, Specialists, Inc., Burke, Va.

Pictures of the 2012 award-winning projects, and all winning projects since 1998, can be seen on the Chrysalis Awards website at www.chrysalisawards.com.

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