Award Winning Projects
Below are the 2010 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award and meritorious winners. Click here to take a look at all of our sponsors for this year's awards.
Van Dame Custom Builders
Residential Kitchen Under $40,000: CotY
The homeowners approached us regarding a fairly extensive remodeling and addition project for their home. They were quickly outgrowing their existing space and needed to add some more. Part of this project involved enlarging and renovating their kitchen. Although we did not increase the footprint of the kitchen, we made the use of the space much more functional by removing the wall that originally separated the kitchen from the dining room. The results speak for themselves.
Residential Kitchen $40,000-$80,000: CotY
Our clients have lived in their town home for over 25 years while raising three children. The kitchen remodel was a big ticket item that always had to wait. Now, the kids are grown and the kitchen was really tired. They knew they wanted to do more than just replace what was already there. Everything was crammed together with no work space, an 18" dishwasher, and not enough outlets. Relocating the main appliances and moving the peninsula closer to the door allowed for a significant increase in space without adding a lot to the footprint.
Residential Kitchen $80,001-$120,000: CotY Winner When the customers bought their house, they loved everything about it but the kitchen. There was a very old, discolored floor, no cabinet space, and a total of 3 feet of counter space. The size of the kitchen was good, but with all the doors, windows, and open walls, they weren't sure how to fix their problem. Their new kitchen is now the center of their home. We designed and made a window seat that the children now use all the time as an art center and reading corner; it also has great storage underneath for toys.They eat in their kitchen at least two times a day. They love to entertain now and continually get comments on the fantastic design details added to the kitchen and tile.
Master's Craft Construction
Village Handcrafted Cabinetry
Wes Carver Electrical
Residential Kitchen Over $120,000: CotY Winner
With a simple statement our client described the new kitchen she wanted us to create for her in the home she had recently moved into with her new husband. The existing kitchen had builder-grade cabinets with melamine side panels which had faded to a dull grayish-purple and the overall kitchen was basically neutral and bland--certainly not impressive or reflective of her taste and personality. The new kitchen provides much better lighting and convenience with the addition of the convection microwave and the coffee preparation center and sink. Aesthetically, the final result is truly a "WOW" kitchen.
Residential Bath $30,001-$60,000: CotY Winner
Gehman Custom Remodeler
Client desires a large shower unit with unlimited supply of hot water, upgraded fixtures and to brighten up the space. The challenge was to find space, optimizing the usage of the entire area facilitating the dream the client had for their own personal oasis. Thanks to much collaboration between the clients, designers, and craftsman, the bathroom space was expanded without actually expanding the square footage of the footprint, creating an oasis for refreshment and relaxation.
Residential Bath Over $60,000: CotY Winner
Recently completing their downstairs powder room; our clients were ready to move onto their master bath which was in desperate need of some attention. They both lead very busy lives and wanted a place of tranquility and peace to come home to. The original space had a very dated and cold look; his and her vanities were flanked on either side of the tub and the small shower was tucked in a corner. Overall, the space lacked design, symmetry, color, aesthetic, and function. The space was completely transformed into an earthy, modern adult retreat with a functional and unique design aesthetic.
Monarch Construction Residential Interior Under $100,000: CotY Winner
The primary goal in designing this space was to create a living "atmosphere" that was as appealing, if not more so, than the upstairs living areas of this home. This client did not just want a "basement," they wanted a complete lower-level to their home. A "1/2 turn" iron steps were installed to accommodate the lack of lower ceiling height. A work-out area and a play area over 400 square feet were created to be both usable and appealing. The open floor plan in this area allows comfortable viewing for more than 75 people.
Brett King Builder-Contractor Residential Interior Over $100,000: CotY Winner
As part of their rolling hills estate, our customers dreamed of converting their historic barn into welcoming guest quarters. This passion for preservation prompted the decision to keep intact as much as possible of the 200 year old structure. The desire for modern amenities, energy efficiency, blending clean-line contemporary with primitive as well as the ultimate country comfort of their out-of-town guests steered design ideas for the project. Visitors to the property's small stately homestead can now stretch out and feel at home away from home in the specifically customized and well appointed guest quarters.
BKZ Contractors Residential Addition Under $100,000: CotY Winner
Our customer's current kitchen functioned, but not to the capacity this family wanted. It lacked space, food prep area, and natural lighting. Antiquated appliances also made it impossible to create gourmet meals they loved to serve to guests. The new addition to this home gave the customers a large kitchen to entertain both inside the home and outside by their pool. They were also able to add a full bathroom on the first floor and enlarge the laundry room to include a mud room. The real surprise is that this addition brought the family closer together; the kids can now do their homework while mom prepares a meal.
Residential Addition Over $250,000: CotY Winner
Our client wanted to create multiple spaces that were spacious enough to entertain her growing family and captured the sun as much as possible without sacrificing her views of the property. The resulting design focused in two additions, a sunny conservatory addition off the side and a cozy terrace room addition off the back.
Archadeck Residential Exterior Under $100,000: CotY Winner
Our clients desired to have a design created to replace a builder deck with a new living space that would enhance their home and outdoor living space. The main concept was a deck that would provide an open view of the valley that was exposed in the rear of the home. The design needed to allow for a dining area, grilling area, and sitting/entertaining area that would accommodate a love seat and some small chairs as well as provide access to the back yard.
Archadeck Residential Exterior Specialty: CotY Winner
During the initial meeting, the prospective clients expressed their desire to have a new deck added to the rear of their home. They had an in-ground pool that served as a central entertaining point in the summer but wanted an area off the sunroom for dining, entertaining and relaxing. They enjoyed sitting around a camp fire and were interested in incorporating a fire pit into a design. Additionally, planters were included in the design as they enjoyed the ambiance created with landscaping and enjoyed gardening
Gemmi Construction Entire House $250,000-$500,000: CotY Winner
Our clients came to use with a desire to renovate their modest 40+ year old typical suburban home void of individuality into a craftsman inspired home with character and purpose. One of the challenges during the preliminary phase of the project was to create a design solution that transforms the home as requested but still compliments the existing fabric of the neighborhood.
Harth Builders Entire House $500,000-$1,000,000: CotY Winner
A bad 90's edition off the master bedroom ("the Ugly Duckling") was removed, and we built a two-story addition including a foyer/mudroom, relocated entrance with a covered front porch, better access to basement/mechanicals, 2nd floor laundry, three stall garage, a children's bedroom, bathroom and playroom above the garage. Opposite, we added a two-story, 6' addition to allow for a larger kitchen nook, larger master bathroom with walk-in closet and better flow in the family room. All design considered maintaining the existing character of the stone colonial farmhouse by complimenting new space with old.
Monarch Construction Residential Historical Restoration: CotY Winner The scope of this project was to convert a 20,000 sq. ft., 100-year-old privately owned home into a newly renovated, multi-unit condominium project. Major cosmetics were undertaken such as a new roof and windows, reconstructed dormers, and pointed stone work while maintaining the original English Tudor style, which was the only one of its kind in the entire area. Existing flooring was repaired in as many areas as possible, including the main center stairwell. High-end kitchens were installed in each of the units and the 5 original fireplaces were included in the floor plan of the first-floor units.
Harth Builders Interiors by Decorating Den Residential Universal Design: CotY Winner
The client had Multiple Sclerosis since 1972 and recently became bound to a power wheelchair. To stay in her home, significant universal design and remodeling needed to be completed. A plan to transform the first floor into a full-functioning accessible living area included a new kitchen, sun room, and laundry room which accommodated her lifestyle. The family room was remodeled into a private bedroom so she could continue to share in the family's daily activities.
Gemmi Construction Commercial Interior: CotY Winner
Our client, the owners of a growing orthodontics practice, decided to purchase an adjacent office suite with the intention of renovating the new suite as well as their current suite into one large office. They wanted the feeling of the new space to reflect the historical integrity of the 19th century manor house that it occupies while maintaining the functionality of a fast-paced medical facility.
BKZ Contractors Interiors by Decorating Den Commercial Specialty: CotY Winner
The owner of this very successful company wished to move his business from the location he was currently renting to a new building that he has purchased with rental potential. We needed to create an environment that customers would have in their own home in a commercial building. This meant creating a residential feel in a commercial space. While working with a Decorator, we created a space with optimal traffic flow while highlighting the customers displays. Our customer loves his new office space. He also said it feels like a home. That was the idea.
Stone-Glidden Home Theater Under $150,000: CotY
Winner Converting an unfinished basement into a destination for family entertaining is what this space is all about! Everything in this newly converted space says, "family fun." Whether you are enjoying a cold beverage, shooting pool, sitting in a conversation pit or enjoying a movie or game on a 106 inch screen; your family is looking at a fun time together!
Closet City Interior Design/Decoration: CotY Winner
The homeowners wanted to renovate their master suite as well as resurrect a partially hidden "sleeping porch" in their 1900's Philadelphia home just off the master area where a small, inefficient walk-in closet had been built "inside" of the porch. This also meant redoing the existing home office. The cabinetry was strategically designed to allow floor through the room and around the new island without blocking or cramping the space. In the office, placement of the desk and file storage around and under the window area once again allowed for maximum use of the wall space, which gave interior floor space for the much-needed comfortable chair and table for her creative area.
J. Schwartz Fine Home Building JFA Architecture Residential Kitchen Under $40,000: Meritorious
The home was built in the early 1900's and although much of the home had been updated, the kitchen had been left in its original builder-grade state. The clients' style has come to be defined as "Refined Rustic," which accurately embodies their appreciation for fine detail and clean lines but also accenting a rough edge to select elements. The rustic feel was accomplished with the use of corner-pegged doors and furniture-style cabinet ends with a distressed, hand-rubbed finish. The island cabinetry was "aged" with a black paint finish and bead-board accents.
Doyle Remodeling Residential Kitchen $40,000-$80,000: Meritorious
The home contained a small alley kitchen which was cramped and not at all functional; the appliances were beginning to fail and drawer fronts were falling off. The homeowners decided they would like a larger, more open kitchen with an added powder room, if possible. The partition wall between the kitchen and breakfast room was removed to allow for the increase in counter space and open floor plan. Stone-like vinyl tile gave the look of stone without the uncomfortable hardness. Synthetic grout added to the appearance of genuine stone. In order to bring the lighting up to current standards, we added four recessed lights and low voltage under-cabinet lights. All lighting was switched with dimmers to accommodate all lighting scenarios.
Thomas G. Wells Construction Residential Kitchen $80,000-$120,000: Meritorious
This project is a typical and straight forward Kitchen remodel. There were important issues regarding circulation of people through the kitchen to the exterior and to the family room and dining room. Our client wanted to open up the space to the other rooms. Most importantly, our client wanted to use as many Sustainable building products and techniques as possible.
Residential Kitchen over $120,000: Meritorious
Our customers came to us looking to remodel their existing dark and dingy kitchen into a charming working country kitchen to fit into their historic home dating back to 1790. They both enjoyed cooking and working from their garden with their home grown vegetables. They wanted to make the kitchen flow and be aesthetically matched with the traditional elements in the rest of the home and keep things "green." Cooking is now a pleasure in this well-lit and conveniently designed country kitchen.
HomeTech Renovations Residential Bath Over $60,000: Meritorious
The purpose of this project was to provide our client with an updated, adult retreat with one-of-a-kind design elements. This space was to flow into the master bedroom. Our client wanted an open space that still created privacy zones within the master bathroom. The project involved removing an existing interior wall, fabricating a custom curved shower and window bench to echo the shower's form. This contemporary master bath plays with the avant-garde and untraditional by using colored mosaic brick glass tile, resin panels, exotic leather stone, dark wood cabinetry, and textured Sunset Glory Slate.
Custom Craft Contractors Residential Interior Under $100,000: Meritorious
The couple purchased a single-story home that provided ample space for a couple and planned for a significant renovation to make the interior more accommodating. The existing modest-sized kitchen was expanded and its design updated to improve functionality for multiple cooks; this improved the addition of an island for added workspace and seating for guests. The wall between the kitchen and the living room was opened up to bring the two spaces together and create a more dynamic living space. In the bedroom, the master bath facilities were expanded to accommodate the couple's desire for a more open and inviting feel.
Residential Interior Over $100,000: Meritorious
Gehman Custom Remodeler
Marrying the concepts of each of the homeowners for a finished space that was practical and functional was only one of the challenges that were met head on by the design team. The beautiful finished basement includes a fully functional Kitchen, an entertainment area, full bath, dance room, and children's activity area, allowing function and beauty to coexist. A warm color pallet throughout coordinates the space and welcomes guests into the warm and cozy environment.
Gehman Custom Remodeler Residential Addition Under $100,000: Meritorious
Small footprint, low headroom, dated finishes and second floor location. These were some of the design challenges to this bathroom project. Client had dreams of a full bath that included completely useable space. Though the actual footprint was not expanded, the newly constructed addition created an entirely new feel to the room and allowed the client to experience their dream bath.
M.T. Ruhl Electrical Contracting Residential Exterior Specialty: Meritorious
The Pennsylvania Sunshine Grant Program funding, and the Federal Tax Credits that are currently in place has prompted many progressive individuals to investigate solar energy for their homes. Our project client wanted to utilize these grants to have a solar energy system installed on his residence, protecting him against rising energy costs from the utility in the near future. Having a solar energy system would offset enough energy to cancel out effects of rate hikes, and in turn, our client would not experience any electric rate increase.
David Brooke Rush Builders Creative Structures Conservatories Entire House $500,000-$1,000,000: Meritorious
From the stairway niches to the hand crated mortise and tenon joints used in the conservatory, creativity and craftsmanship is abundant in every area of this home. The hand-worn Franklin edge on the soapstone countertops offers a timeless look and the elliptical maple island countertop adds just one more piece of elegant taste to an already outstanding kitchen.
Lifestyle Designs Innovative Kitchen & Bath Residential Universal Design: Meritorious
The new bathroom had to meet the client's physical needs as well as aesthetics. It had to be easily accessible so she could move around on her own using her shower chair and have room enough for the Hoyer lift in the room. The large shower now has enough room for a shower chair use or a portable seat that could meet the specific needs of any person as they age. A niche at the toilet keeps necessities close at hand, including the remote for the bidet, and alongside the toilet, a hard-wired phone for emergencies is positions within reach.
Monarch Construction Commercial Interior: Meritorious
The primary objective of this new hair salon was to create a space that portrays an atmosphere of professionalism while at the same time creating a workspace that was function for staff and eye-pleasing for clients. Through the use of rounded split column posts, state-of-the-art LED lighting, unique vinyl flooring, and beautiful moldings, we were able to meet our client's needs.