PR November 2006

August 16, 2010

Features

How is your company culture? If you've got happy, productive employees, satisfied customers and feel like every day presents a new opportunity for success, congratulations. If this is not the case at your company, take heart in the fact that you're not alone. There's a lot you can do to change your company culture for the better, and it doesn't require you to hire an expensive consultant or fir...

KITCHEN UNDER $50,000 Remodeler and designer: Michael Nash Custom Kitchens, Fairfax, Va. Adding storage, seating and cooking features in a kitchen as restricted as this townhouse in Alexandria, Va., was no simple task, says Sonny Nazemian, president of Michael Nash Custom Kitchens. But ultimately, the Fairfax, Va.

With baby boomers continuing to fuel growth in the residential remodeling market, it's no wonder their penchant for high-end luxuries, amenities and design details have come shining through in this year's winning Best of the Best Design Awards projects. This year's award winning projects — more so than any previous year — exhibit the type of upscale flair boomers require in their ho...

Professional Remodeler's 2006 Best in Class Survey asked top remodelers in the residential and commercial sectors to rate the qualities that attract them and keep them with a manufacturer and their products. Though most of the respondents named products from top manufacturers, our survey showed that the appeal's not all in the name.

Connect these dots: Aging-in-place remodeling is the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry. About 20 percent of the U.S. population will be elderly by 2030, and in 50 years, the percentage of retirees will more than double, according to Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

EXTERIOR Remodeler and architect: Feinmann Inc., Arlington, Mass. Using a treasured set of original architectural plans for their century-old Victorian home as their guide, the owners of this Newton, Mass., home realized their long-held dream of returning the exterior façade of the house to its past distinctive charm and character.

BATH OVER $30,000 Remodeler and architect: Landis Construction Corp., Washington, D.C. A dramatic, glass-tiled curvilinear wall, accented by a floor-to-ceiling water feature rather than a conventional doorway, marks the transition from the bedroom into the new master bath in this 42-year-old residence in Potomac, Md.

COMMERCIAL REMODEL Remodeler: Kaiser Building Co., Cranbury, N.J. Interior designers: Jerry Reilly, Halo Farm, Lawrence, N.J. The sterile space once belonged to a celluar phone store. Now it's a charming old-style ice cream and pastry parlor that gives reason for celebration in a newly re-developed section of downtown Princeton, N.

WHOLE-HOUSE OVER $500,000 Bowers Design Build Inc., McLean, Va. WHOLE-HOUSE $251,000 – $500,000 Byrd Development, Woodland Hills, Calif. REBUILD ON EXISTING FOUNDATION Remodeler: Prestige Custom Builders Inc., Seattle Architect: TCA Architecture Planning, Seattle WHOLE-HOUSE UNDER $250,000 The Lykos Group, Naples, Fla.

WHOLE-HOUSE OVER $500,000 Landis Construction Corp., Washington, D.C. WHOLE-HOUSE $251,000 – $500,000 HighCraft Builders, Fort Collins, Colo. WHOLE-HOUSE UNDER $250,000 Lellbach Builders, Warrenville, Ill. CONSERVATORY/SUNROOM Remodeler: Lehner Brunton Remodelers, Warrenville, Ill. Architect: Hofman Architects, Shorewood, Wis.

WHOLE-HOUSE OVER $500,000 VB Contractors Inc., Virginia Beach, Va. WHOLE-HOUSE $251,000 – $500,000 Orfield Design & Construction Inc., St. Louis Park, Minn. WHOLE-HOUSE UNDER $250,000 Anderson Moore Builders, Winston Salem, N.C. WHOLE-HOUSE $251,000 – $500,000 Remodeler: Pollard Construction Company Inc.

WHOLE HOUSE OVER $500,000 Remodeler and architect: Orren Pickell Remodeling Group, Lincolnshire, Ill. When it came to recapturing the original interior character of this turn-of-the-century Chicago graystone, architect Jason DeBaker, discovered he could start with a blank slate. The exterior of the building, which the client intended to sell after remodeling, featured an architecturally signifi...

EXTERIOR Remodeler and residential designer: Stone Pillar Remodeling, Redmond, Wash. Classic craftsman details with a northwestern twist transformed the exterior of this high-profile, 35-year-old hillside ranch from bland to beautiful. The new look to the Bellevue, Wash., home includes brand new front and rear porch entries, barrel vaulted archways supported by stone-sheathed battered columns, ...

ADDITION OVER $100,000 Remodeler and architect: Carnemark Systems & Design, Bethesda, Md. Combining well-thought-out design changes with common sense value engineering principles, design/build remodeler Carnemark Systems & Design transformed this dated salt box home into a Craftsman-style residence that is as distinctive architecturally as it is accommodating of living space for the fam...

OUTDOOR LIVING Remodeler and designer: Marrokal Construction Co., San Diego, Calif. Remodeler John Davies only added 938 square feet of covered outdoor space to an already roomy, 7,800-square-foot southern California residence, but this luxuriously appointed alfresco addition has changed the way the homeowners entertain.

KITCHEN OVER $100,000 Interior designer: Bauer Interior Design, San Francisco, Calif. General contractor: John Sullivan, San Francisco, Calif. A piece of artwork of a circus scene inspired interior designer Lou Ann Bauer's clients to crave a kitchen full of color and energy —that's not too cutesy or childlike.

KITCHEN $51,000 – $100,000 Remodeler and architect: Forward Designers & Builders, Ann Arbor, Mich. Architect and remodeler Jef Forward says that he let conventional design constraints go when it came to remodeling the dark, dreary kitchen in this 62-year-old bungalow in Ann Arbor, Mich. His clients loved their home too much to move on to a brighter future somewhere else.

We live in a fast-paced society with e-mail, instant messaging, microwaves and hydro mulch. Society keeps speeding up, and often we take on more than we can do. It is easy to lose sight of some basic truths that never change, like using the words please and thank you. The temptation is to cut short all unnecessary words in our communications because we have such busy lives.

KITCHEN $51,000 – $100,000 Residential designer: Stimmel Consulting Group, Ambler, Pa. General contractor: Emerald Designs, West Chester, Pa. Creating a new kitchen for this turn-of-the century Victorian castle provided residential designer David Stimmel with one of his most interesting and challenging projects to date, he says.

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