2018 Remodeling Excellence Awards

Every year, the members of the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties submit their best projects to the Remodeling Excellence Awards. The remodeling market is one of the busiest we’ve seen in years in the Puget Sound region, and so the competition to win was, in a word, fierce. The following are the 25 remodels that took first place in the competition — and they are stunning!

 

Issaquah Dream Kitchen

Photo by Jake Root photography

 

Major Remodel Excellence

Issaquah Dream Kitchen

Partial house/addition, $100,000 to $250,000
The client’s goal was to create a nicely lit open space and enlarge the previously narrow kitchen to create flow throughout. Space was opened visually and physically, and an exterior concrete porch cut to create an opening for the kitchen wall bump-out. The kitchen’s existing exterior wall was reframed and the peninsula replaced by an island, while new hardwood flooring throughout the first floor creates an uninterrupted visual flow. The classic ’80s interior with its oak floors, millwork, and cabinets also received a major update. Armada Design & Build

 


 

Rustic Luxury

Photo by Laurie Black

Major Remodel Excellence

Rustic Luxury

Partial house/addition, more than $250,000
The clients desired a remodel that fit the late 1800s farmhouse style of their home. A master addition off the main floor and a reworking of the second floor give the parents a main-floor retreat, while a second bedroom, hallway, and laundry area on the second floor give everyone space to escape. The shiplap-clad vaulted ceilings in the master were the perfect touch for the farmhouse style. A ductless heat pump adds air-conditioning, while heated bathroom floors provide cold-weather luxury. Gaspar’s Construction

 


 

Shades of Gray

Photo by Katherine Gooding/Soundview360 Studios

 

Major Remodel Excellence

Shades of Gray

Partial house/addition, less than $100,000
This father-daughter team wanted to improve their 1968 rambler, so interior kitchen and closet walls were removed and updates given to the living room, entry, and kitchen, with spaces defined by faux columns flanking the dining room. Recessed can lighting and LVT flooring appear throughout. A dining table opens to the new kitchen, containing wine storage with refrigeration and exposed racking. Open shelves with integral lighting adorn the living room and feature a stone façade around finished casework. Tenhulzen Residential

 


 

Remodel that Rocks

Photo by Yuriy Manchik

Major Remodel Excellence

A Remodel that Rocks

Whole house/rebuild, less than $300,000
Is it possible to combine serenity and a rock-and-roll aesthetic? This project does. The client asked for a new master suite addition with free-standing tub to soak away the day’s stress. The kitchen was enlarged and updated and now features access to a new back deck for morning coffee or evening cabernet. A modern palette and generous windows help bathe the new spaces with light. CRD also helped design a gallery wall of the owner’s prized Northwest concert poster collection. CRD Design Build

 


 

Farmhouse Basement

Photo by Cindy Apple

Major Remodel Excellence

Farmhouse Basement

Basement remodeling
From an unfinished, 6-foot-tall basement to industrial, farmhouse suite — this house lift and remodel in Sunset Hill was an incredible feat. The family had many dreams: a large space for movie nights, a guest suite, office nook, and sewing station. The home was lifted to finish the basement, increasing functionality tenfold to become a multifunctional living area. A kitchenette, bathroom, fireplace, and Murphy bed were added, and the modern farmhouse aesthetic includes a sliding barn door, wood countertops, and plenty of craftsmanship in the details. Simple, clean, and convertible as a guest suite, this basement maximizes every inch of space. Model Remodel

 


 

Colors

Photo by David W. Cohen

Major Remodel Excellence

Colors, Colors, Colors!

Whole house/rebuild, more than $500,000
The homeowners dreamed of a colorful home, with pops of bold color on the interior and colors inspired by Mother Nature on the exterior. Red accents and European style are seen throughout the home. Oversized disappearing sliding doors were added from the living room to the deck, providing for an incredible indoor-outdoor experience. The master suite contains special features, like a walk-in tub and provisions for an elevator, so the homeowners can age in place. Spacious outdoor areas provide the perfect setting for taking in the incredible lake views from this one-of-a-kind custom home. Sockeye Homes

 


 

Normandy Park Hideaway

Photo by Jeff Beck Photography

Major Remodel Excellence

Normandy Park Hideaway

Whole house/rebuild, $300,000 to $500,000
When the clients purchased this midcentury modern home, they did so knowing they wanted a complete home remodel. Potter Construction opened the floorplan, connecting the kitchen, living, and dining rooms. Relocating the hallway allowed for an expanded kitchen extending to the exterior wall, filling the space with light. Wood-wrapped beams, a new fireplace, open wood floating shelves, and modern furniture give a nod to the period of the home. A newly redesigned roof, handsome master bathroom with soaking tub and large shower, Peruvian Olive wood flooring, and reclaimed wood in the living room give the home classic details with contemporary touches. Potter Construction

 


Island Life

Photo by Jake Root Photography

Bath Excellence

Island Life

$35,000 to $55,000
This 1960s home was due for an update. To modernize the space, Armada Design & Build altered the walls in part to expand the shower within the greater room. Marble for the floors and shower adds elegance. A polished porcelain tower contains the showerhead, flanked by double benches, while a free-standing bathtub lends itself toward an island feel and a clean, soft, modern aesthetic. Armada Design & Build

 


 

Craftsman Remodel

Photo by Cindy Apple

Bath Excellence

Craftsman Remodel

Less than $35,000
The goal was to enlarge and update the main-floor bathroom of this home. Using both green and cost-saving techniques, and by reallocating a few square feet from the adjacent office, Pathway gave the clients a safer, more functional bathroom with plenty of room to work and move. Highlights include new shower and subway tiles that provide more visual height and lightness to the bath, and new fir floors, finished with a low-VOC water-based material so the family could live at home during the process. Pathway Design & Construction

 


 

Moroccan Bathroom

Photo by Tom Marks

Bath Excellence

Moroccan Bathroom

More than $75,000
A dated, suburban, McMansion-style bathroom has been turned into a Moroccan escape. Harjo Construction tore out the colossal built-in tub deck and installed a free-standing tub and new vanity to make the space feel more airy and open. The wall tile pattern was custom-designed and installed piece-by-piece to be “modern Moroccan,” with an ombré transition effect from dark at the floor to light at the top. All the trim and the light fixtures were hand-made in Morocco. The new archway over the shower completes the Moroccan effect. The once-confusing room is now a beautiful respite. Harjo Construction

 


 

Theres No Place Like Home

Photo by Larry Evensen

Bath Excellence

There’s No Place Like Home

$55,000 to $75,000
The client chose to extend this adage to aging parents by remodeling their ground-level master suite bathroom. The complete demolition added a curbless shower with bypass doors and built-in bench, plus his-and-hers showerheads. A new countertop, vanity, and mirror — running the full 126-inch length of the room — pair with new lighting. The quartz countertop and mosaic tile backsplash feature a cutout area for makeup, and solid maple cabinets and bronze-finished hardware add modern lines. Chermak Construction

 


 

Grand Bathroom Remodel

Photo by Erika Price

Bath Excellence

Grand Bathroom Remodel

$55,000 to $75,000
The owners of this beautiful 1926 house desired a bright, open space with modern fixtures and a double vanity. Claiming space from the vestibule and relocating the bedroom closet, Blox Construction made a luxurious bathroom featuring the requested double vanity, as well as a generous shower and tub. Attention was given to ensuring that all finishes, from carpentry to tile, were in keeping with the home’s unique style and period. An additional clerestory window in the shower area maximizes light. Blox Construction

 


Culinary Joy

Photo by Matthew Gallant

Kitchen Excellence

Culinary Joy

$90,000 to $140,000
With one small addition, this spec home kitchen and living room transformed into a unique outdoor experience. A creatively designed island incorporates a solid walnut bar while keeping significant space for entertaining and meal preparation. The unique eating nook features a floating solid walnut table and benches installed with steel brackets. Floating cabinets and shelves and collapsing doors create seamless synergy between the outside and inside of the home. An entirely new outdoor living space was created to incorporate a heated kitchen and lounge area, complete with TV entertainment, a fireplace, and barbecue. Rainier Custom Homes

 


 

Trendy Cottage Kitchen

Photo by Jeff Beck Photography

Kitchen Excellence

Trendy Cottage Kitchen

$50,000 to $90,000
The young clients desired a kitchen remodel that would keep pace with a rapidly growing family. The east wall was removed to add 60 square feet of space to the living room and, since the kitchen was open, functional appeal was paramount. Two solid ash floating shelves provide a contemporary appearance and wall storage without closing things off, and the new kitchen flooring matches the rest of the space and completes the new look. Potter Construction

 


 

Something Old Something New

Photo by John Wilbanks

Kitchen Excellence

Something Old, Something New

Less than $50,000
This Bothell home required a very simple but impactful update. Repainted cabinets; refinished hardwoods; and new white quartz countertops, finished with subway tile, started the process. Minor modifications included removing the old built-in desk and shortening the range hood and dressing it up with a new flat front door and rift oak, stained to match the floor. The fluted island legs were wrapped for a clean, modern look, and new pendants added. Nip Tuck made the most of the young clients’ budget by keeping the existing cabinetry and working creatively to enhance and update the space for years to come. Nip Tuck Remodeling

 


 

The Great Room

Photo by Roger Turk

Kitchen Excellence

The Great Room

More than $140,000
The homeowners longed for a transitional great-room concept with high ceilings on the interior and a contemporary twist inside. To achieve this vision, Sockeye reframed the roof to achieve a nearly 20-foot-high ceiling. A new metal roof, siding, windows, and concrete gray tiled chimney provide modern curb appeal. The new space now has an airy, urban feel, and high-end appliances and updates make the kitchen a showpiece. A large deck was added with two sets of NanaWall doors, creating a true indoor-outdoor experience. What was once an outdated and poorly designed home has been transformed into a masterpiece. Sockeye Homes

 


Style and Accessability

Photo by Jeff Beck

Design Excellence

Style and Accessibility

Universal Design
The clients desired a Universal Design for their 9-year-old disabled son. Accessibility and ease of use for the entire basement while creating an open and comfortable space for the entire family were the goals, and so an effective layout was vital. Safety and design components include a wider staircase, improved lighting, and ADA features for safety and convenience. The open family room provides easy maneuverability, with a built-in kennel for Jethro, a companion dog, to stay close by. Wider hallways and doors, along with new door locations, help with the ease of living and allow clearance for any assistive devices. Potter Construction

 


 

Smart Storage Solutions

Photo by Katherine Gooding, Soundview360 Studios

Design Excellence

Smart Storage Solutions

Interior design, less than $125,000
The homeowner entrusted Becker’s Custom Cabinets to perform a facelift on two areas of their kitchen they disliked: the pony wall and upper cabinets. A beautiful accent cabinet provided a place to store and show off art, and the new glass-accented cabinets contain specialty drawer pullouts. Roll-out shelves were also added to the existing lower cabinets. A fold-down hideaway door was a nice surprise, too. Becker’s Custom Cabinets

 


 

Finishing Touches

Photo by Soundview Photography

Design Excellence

Finishing Touches

Details/Finishes/Trades
The homeowners wanted to update their living room to match the beauty and aesthetics of the rest of their home. Custom Italian-made cabinetry topped with quartz countertops provide three floating storage areas. Custom 16-gauge steel panels highlight the fireplace’s gas insert from floor to ceiling, along with the built-in bookcase. LED strip lighting provides extra mood lighting. Behind the scenes, Schulte added electrical connectivity for ceiling speakers while hiding cables to create a wireless effect for the TV and media area. Best of all, the clients’ vision became a reality. Schulte Design Build

 


 

Contemporary and Classy

Photo by Jill Burwell

Design Excellence

Contemporary and Classy

Details/Finishes/Trades
Maximizing style, function, and space required the skill of a custom cabinetmaker with beautiful wood and amazing creativity. A large island wastes zero space, and the Euro-style rift white oak with a light stain takes center stage. The grain runs vertically on the taller cabinets along one wall and horizontally along the lower cabinetry — the combination is stunning. White high-gloss Luxe cabinets, thick open shelving, and diffused glass provide “wow-factor” kitchen art. The homeowner was thrilled, and her kitchen cabinets are works of art in their own right. Vision Woodworks

 


All in the Details

Katherine Gooding, Soundview360 Studios

Landscape & Outdoor Living Excellence

All in the Details

More than $40,000
The outdoor covered structure was built adjacent to the owners’ newly remodeled kitchen and family room. Material selections and architectural design focused on a structure that would complement the existing roofline and not block the view from the upper bedroom windows. Gas powers the barbecue and smoker, as well as two commercial-grade gas-powered heaters for all-season use. Recessed lighting and Bluetooth speakers were installed in the ceiling, and a beautiful hanging pendant tops off the details. Irons Brothers Construction

 


 

A Fresh Outdoor Space

Photo by John Almgren

Landscape & Outdoor Living Excellence

A Fresh Outdoor Space

More than $40,000
The homeowner wanted a covered outdoor space to enjoy year-round. Simple, safe, and low-maintenance railing was added, and the custom-made powder-coated aluminum top rail is wide enough to house a drink. Additional features include a six-foot set of French doors, LED can lights, skylights, strategically placed outlets, and low-voltage toe-kick lights on the stairs. A ceiling fan hangs above, and two 4,000-watt infrared electric heaters take the chill off cold evenings. Almgren Construction

 


 

Curbside Conversation Piece

Photo by Rich Leighton

Landscape & Outdoor Living Excellence

Curbside Conversation Piece

Less than $40,000This love-at-first-sight project features custom-built arched knee bracing and barrel soffit, constructed on-site. Structural components were installed from the home’s exterior, within the project area, requiring no need to repair any existing interior finishes. The barreled tongue-and-groove soffit was stained and finished to match the custom-made knotty alder entry door that’s accented with a speakeasy, complete with an iron grate. Although no actual side-lights were installed, the appearance was achieved by recessing the stud bays on either side of the door opening. The chandelier above the door safely welcomes guests up the path at night. Palmer Residential

 


A Cottage Reborn

Photo by Cindy Apple

Green Remodeling Excellence

A Cottage Reborn

The owners wanted to stay in their neighborhood but add a second floor and modernize their 1912 cottage, so Model Remodel took it down to the foundation and rebuilt a contemporary, sustainable home. It achieved 3-Star Built Green certification for its airtight envelope, energy and water conservation, and recycling and reuse efforts during the renovation. Interior specs include a 70 percent-plus recycle rate; EnergyStar appliances; water-based floor stain; dual-flush toilets; LED lighting; and durable, often local, materials. The home is now an open-concept with better flow, functionality, and natural light. Model Remodel

 


Borgata Lobby

Photo by Sharlet Driggs

Commercial Remodeling Excellence

Borgata Lobby

Located inside a landmark Old Bellevue building, the Borgata Apartments wanted to update the entry lobby. Uniplex Construction brought it to the next level. The refinished woodwork features highly durable and waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring that also softens the noise of a busy lobby area. Textured wall coverings, wall-mounted mirrors, artwork, and pops of color provide balance. Uniplex Construction

 


 

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