Inspired Design

21 award-winning remodels unveiled

Spring has sprung and, no doubt about it, we have home design on the brain. If you’ve been contemplating remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or, better yet, your whole house, the following pages are packed with inspired ideas. Every year the members of the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties submit their best work to the Remodeling Excellence Awards for consideration. Here are your 2015 first-place winners.


  1. Bath Excellence – Less than $30,000. CHERMAK CONSTRUCTION, INC – This spa-like master bath was designed to have the “calming sense of a slow river’s course.” Bringing comfort, style, safety, and convenience within the limited space of 45 square feet. To rise to the challenge, everything was removed, reframed, and space was reallocated. Other highlights include a new shower, pocket door, natural finishes including Rivera polished cobblestone, a fountain faucet with vessel sink set, Euro-style vanity, and linen cabinets.
  2. Bath Excellence – $30,000 to $50,0000. NIP TUCK REMODELING – Renovating this master bath to create a luxurious spa-like experience was the goal. Highlights include walnut cabinets, mitered apron sinks, heated floors, glass tiles, and a custom shower with linear drain. A wall was removed to create more space for this luxury bath. Vivid paint on the walls helps add to the warm and welcoming new room. Designed by Slater Interiors.
  3. Bath Excellence – $50,000 to $75,0000. TENHULZEN RESIDENTIAL – Made possible by converting a hallway into the master suite, this 1960s split level offers an expanded master bathroom with the style and functionality of a modern home. The vision was to create a five-piece, low-maintenance contemporary retreat with rich tones, improved utilization of space, and more natural light. Features include large format tiles, heated floor, steam shower, one-piece concrete sink with dual faucets, and therapy tub. Clever storage solutions provide concealed accessibility.
  4. Bath Excellence – More than $75,000. IRONS BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION – The client was undergoing medical treatment and decided that the main bathroom was his best option for long-term use. Important elements of the remodel emphasize ease of use, comfort, and safety including an open shower entry without a door, a low threshold walk-in shower with large shower seat, and multiple grab bars. There also is an optional handheld shower unit and seat.
  5. Kitchen Excellence – Less than $40,000. NIP TUCK REMODELING – This West Seattle kitchen was transformed with entertaining in mind. Stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry, black stone countertops, and stone with glass mosaic backsplash enhance the classic style. The pony wall peninsula was raised and finished with a stone top, and finished wood floors tie the space together.
  6. Kitchen Excellence – $55,000 to $75,000. TENHULZEN RESIDENTIAL –Reminiscent of a London phone booth, the pantry door became the inspiration for the bold colors this kitchen has in play. The basic layout is original, save for an island in place of a peninsula. A challenge with all this color was how to treat the backsplash. Dark quartz countertops are warmed by pools of under-cabinet LEDs. The result is a modern eclectic decor contrasted by an antique phone.
  7. Kitchen Excellence – $75,000 to $150,000. NEIL KELLY – The owners of this condo wanted to create a contemporary space to harmonize with mid-century furniture and their art collection. Sleek high-gloss cabinets contrast the natural teak veneer cabinetry and harmonize with strand bamboo flooring. Sub-Zero and Wolf, and Asko appliances provide a high-performance cooking experience, while new lighting provides function, safety, and aesthetics. Circle motif stainless steel tile and recycled glass mosaics were placed in a geometric design, to be repeated in sculptural metal corbels and cabinet pulls.
  8. Kitchen Excellence – More than $150,000. SOCKEYE HOMES –By removing a load-bearing wall and installing structural beams, including an open concept kitchen/great room was possible. This is an entertainer’s dream. Features include an automated TV elevator, the latest in entertainment/sound systems, a wine dispenser, wine fridge, fireplace and floor-to-ceiling surround, unique kitchen cabinets, and a metallic and glass tiled wall.
  9. Major Remodel Excellence (Basements) – Less than $65,000. UNIQUE DESIGN CONSTRUCTION –Unique Design made this Newcastle homeowner’s dream possible by creating a magical Victorian steampunk bedroom, full bathroom, and a bonus room. This once-empty, unusable basement is now transformed into a piece of art that will be enjoyed for years to come.
  10. Major Remodel Excellence (Residential – Partial House/Addition) – Less than $100,000. MODEL REMODEL – This modern-style houseboat was designed with children in mind. The bathroom was updated with a new clean look. The kitchen has fresh countertops and new appliances. Finished walls, bamboo floors, USB hubs, and updated lighting transformed the basement into an entertainment room. The space also features a divided sleeping loft with pocket doors for the kids.
  11. Major Remodel Excellence (Residential – Partial House/Addition) – (TIE) $100,000 to $250,000. CRESCENT BUILDS – This Capitol Hill home was transformed into a modern space that honors the home’s original design. It features new ceilings, lighting, custom cabinetry, and refinished oak floors. An office space and custom mural is are welcome additions. A short bathtub surrounded by white subway tiles, a custom white vanity, and waterfall countertop complete the clean space.
  12. Major Remodel Excellence (Residential – Partial House/Addition) – (TIE) $100,000 to $250,000. GASPAR’S –For this 1920s unfinished attic conversion, the team had to get creative. Velux Cabrio skylights add light and connection to the outdoors, and new stairs were added. It was important to make the entrance to this low ceiling space feel open and inviting. A built-in bed creates the perfect spot to sleep in the clouds. Two operable skylights above it offer an unrestricted view. A writing desk in front of a window looks out at the front yard.
  13. Major Remodel Excellence (Residential – Partial House/Addition) – More than $250,000. MODEL REMODEL –This Redmond couple decided it was time for a full-home revamp. A new door and fir wood screen let in natural light and warmth, and a new canopy over the door blends with the slope of the roof. The wall of windows brings the outside in, while new storage space, high-end appliances, warm color, and lake views are stunning.
  14. Major Remodel Excellence (Whole House) – Less than $300,000. CHERMAK CONSTRUCTION, INC. – This 1947 Seattle bungalow was gutted and refreshed with new finishes and windows that capture the sweeping view of the Puget Sound. The stairway and railing include an iron framework hidden by woodwork. Mechanical updates were made throughout the home, along with new lighting, masonry, doors, windows, trim, molding, and a gas fireplace. An expanded kitchen integrates the dining and living rooms. The five-piece master bathroom, landscaping, and exterior design also were updated.
  15. Major Remodel Excellence (Whole House) – $300,000 to $500,000. SOCKEYE HOMES – The existing 900-square-foot 1940s home was transformed into a spacious one that still blends with the surrounding neighborhood, but now functions for modern-day family life. An open concept great room with high ceilings and a 16-foot-wide glass door overlooking the backyard provides a serene setting. A chef’s kitchen, basement that can serve as a bonus room, downstairs office/flex bedroom, and upstairs homework loft provide ample space for the digital commuters and their teenage son.
  16. Major Remodel Excellence (Whole House) – More than $500,000. POTTER CONSTRUCTION. – This newly retired couple wanted to safely and stylishly continue to live in their home as they age. The house features a new roofed porch and new exterior accents. Inside accessibility was improved as well as energy efficiency. Walls were removed to create an open floor plan, and sunken floors were lifted to create an even level. The kitchen was enlarged, and a bedroom was converted into a laundry room.
  17. Commercial Excellence. TREVOR’S WOOD WORKING – It took the team two months to update this 17-story independent living facility in Bellevue that’s home to 145 residents. The 1980s-style finishes were changed to a more timeless style throughout the 9,800-square-foot main floor of the building. Walls, trim, doors, cabinetry, and lighting improvements were made section-by-section and during nights to help work around the tenants’ schedules.
  18. Design Excellence – Details/Finishes/Trades. VISION WOODWORKS – The wine-loving homeowners were tired of their outdated kitchen that lacked style and adequate storage for their wine collection. Hidden storage drawers and compartments were added as well as custom, dark-stained oak cabinets. White subway tiles and granite counters add to the sparkle.
  19. Design Excellence – Interior Design. SOLEIL BY DESIGN, LLC – The key component in making this new space functional and drastically better was to open up the dining room wall and allocate space from the neighboring master bedroom, which shared the back wall of the kitchen. Now nearly twice the original size and open to the dining room and living room, the spacious new design marries well with the original architecture of the home, highlighting vast windows with views of Lake Washington and Mount Rainier.
  20. Design Excellence – Universal Design. IRONS BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION – The client was nervous about losing her balance while showering and needed to remodel her master bathroom for safety. Highlights include a curbless, wide shower entry, a slip-resistant tiled floor with double drains, an angled shower bench, a shower head to use standing or sitting, and multiple grab bars. A custom vanity and stool were added so she can do her hair and makeup with ease.
  21. Design Excellence – Architectural Design. ALEXANDRA IMMEL DESIGN – The owners of this 1950s Magnolia home wanted it modernized. They also wanted it to capture more city views and provide a fun living area. The team added space to the main level and moved the front entrance to the side of the house to maximize the patio and highlight the amazing Seattle views.

Photos courtesy 1, 14) Imaging Northwest 2, 5) John Wilbanks 3) Kerry Dahlen Photography 4) Vivid Interiors Photography 6) Tenhulzen 7) Roger Turk 8, 15) Tod Sakai 9) Anthony Hayward Productions 10, 13) Cindy Apple 11) Ross Anania 12) Chris McFarland 16) Dale Lang 17) Adam Phillips 18) Photography by Jill 19) Ellie Baker 20) Vivid Interiors Photography 21) Tucker English Photography

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