For the past 28 years, members of the Master Builders Association Remodelers Council of King and Snohomish counties have entered their best work into the Remodeling Excellence Awards. The awards are judged by other design and building professionals and showcase craftsmanship, creativity and design. From one-room renovations to whole-house or business makeovers, here are the award-winning projects and the talented firms that made them happen.
1. This 1976 Craftsman-style home’s dark, cramped master bath was transformed into a spacious, luxurious oasis. A custom cherry-finished vanity with two separate sinks and ample storage was installed along with custom sliding mirrored medicine cabinets to showcase the room. A separate toilet space with a pocket door provides privacy. The large walk-in shower with dual shower heads and quartz bench is finished with natural stone in varying textures to create a spa-like retreat!
2. By reconfiguring the layout, a spacious and functional master suite was created. The space no longer feels confined, dark and outdated. The homeowners, one a shower user and the other a bath user, each got his and hers spaces, complete with a zero transition shower entry. Ample linen and medicine storage areas were added in the bathroom, along with an expansive walk‐in master closet. Modern finishes and fixtures added the finishing touches to the transformation.
3. Relocating the toilet from an adjacent hallway closet and turning it into a true water closet helped improve the room’s layout, as well as provide privacy. Insetting and renovating the existing large mirrored cabinet allowed for additional storage space, double vanities, an expanded shower and a large soaking tub. Details such as heavy molding and millwork help tie it all together, staying true to the style of the house with clean, streamlined fixtures.
4. This remodel incorporates modern features and ample storage in a relatively small space, without sacrificing the character of this ’50s rambler. From custom knife slots at the prep area, to the custom glazed accent tile, this kitchen functions as well as it looks and provides double the previous storage, and 20 percent more counter space. Top-quality appliances offer higher efficiency, while independently dimmed accent lights adjust to any mood or task.
5. This historic condo on Capitol Hill had a tiny, boxy layout. To maximize the square footage, the hallway was converted into a pantry by carving into the stud bays. Cabinets were built around the plumbing drains. Additional storage for spices and appliances was included, and an open-air transom was carved above the doorway. The addition of fold-down counters is perfect for these space-conscious city dwellers.
6. Using the same footprint, an Italian villa-style kitchen was created. The remodel also increased storage capacity and open space for entertaining. The new design included ceiling-height custom hand-painted cabinetry, a reconfigured pantry, reclaimed space in the walkway, added food storage and a larger peninsula for entertaining. New gourmet appliances, decorative arches, Cambria Blackwood countertops and handmade vintage-style backsplash created a functional and beautiful space.
7. Maintaining the same floor space, the kitchen, dining and living areas were reconfigured to incorporate a grand view of the Cascade Mountains. A 16-foot-by-7-foot window/door unit was installed to flood the space with natural light. The gas insert fireplace was raised, and a built-in bookshelf was added to make the entire wall a focal point of living area. The powder/laundry room was remodeled to match the updates made to the rest of the home.
8. The new mother-in-law space includes a separate entrance, fully equipped kitchen, living and dining areas and an outdoor deck — all without aesthetically altering the roofline of the home when viewed from the front of the home or impacting its curb appeal. Space used in the garage was minimized in order to retain the workshop area. This remodel gives everyone in the family space, privacy and stylish comfort while causing minimal impact on the home’s footprint.
9. Adding a living area to the workshop-garage gave the owner’s aging father independence, yet kept him nearby. The space boasts bright colors, clerestory windows and skylights for natural light, a kitchen addition and patio and extra storage space in an upper loft. Creative design and quality construction complement the original 1920s home and bring new life to this old garage. The visual appeal of this backyard “Dad Pad” has brought new life to the neighborhood.
10. Previous additions were not all up to code, and the owners wanted an open-floor concept, capturing views of the water and mountains. An elegant entry with grand staircase in the foyer was added. The gem of the house can be found in the master bath which was carved out of an existing bedroom. It features a free-standing claw-foot tub, double-sink vanity and an inviting shower with penny round tile details.
11. A new generation of Craftsman construction was achieved with this residential remodel. The 1912 home now features custom concrete steps and a historic front porch that lead up to an open-concept living space with tall ceilings, banks of large windows and high-quality finishes. With a Built Green Certified 4-Star rating, this home exudes environmental excellence and marries traditional design with modern features. This impressive home truly embodies the finest in Northwest living.
12. This home, remodeled top to bottom, features gorgeous glass accents, wood textures and modern metal finishes. In the elegant Italian plaster exterior entry, natural light streams through the ridge skylights in the foyer and the striking slate entry. Detailed floor-to-ceiling tile at the fireplace wall and glass stair walls add to its beauty. The master bedroom suite boasts a private deck, a large walk-in closet and a spa bathroom that overlooks Lake Washington.
13. This 1911 Craftsman home’s unfinished walk-out basement became additional space for kids and overnight guests as well as a beautiful space where the family could entertain and host guests. With a TV room, wet bar, playroom, guest bedroom and universal design bathroom, this space is designed to grow with the family. Working with existing space, details such as custom molding integrate the new space to the home’s Craftsman style.
14. This project was a major tenant improvement to the top-floor loft of a historical Capitol Hill commercial building, which is utilized as a primary living space and working office for a local businesswoman. The complete interior renovation of the loft creates an open and elegantly modern designed space that highlights the elements of the original building’s structure while also creating spaces that are both organized and comfortable for work and life.
15. Ada’s Technical Books and Café is now a beautiful and sustainable space. Salvage was integral to the design and created a tangible connection to the past. The crew salvaged all existing framing lumber for the point-of-sales shelving, bookshelves and cabinetry. Remaining lumber was used to create an external hanging sculpture of the Space Needle. The project boasts LED lighting, an efficient heating system, low-flow plumbing and a high waste-diversion rate.
16. Rain or shine, this outdoor living space delivers 365 days of perfect comfort living with an outdoor weatherproof structure designed to complement the home’s exterior style. The new design incorporates a floor-to-ceiling masonry fireplace and gas insert, exposed aggregate flat surfaces, lots of lighting, cable connections and a place for simple food preparation and serving. The cedar tongue-and-groove ceiling details add warmth to this Northwest contemporary design.
17. This outdoor living area was built to integrate seamlessly with the Craftsman kitchen and features high cedar-lined ceilings with dual sky lights and Bromic Platinum-gas overhead heating. Stamped concrete starts at the entry walkway and extends to the porch, creating a unified flow. Gas and media cabling support the many family activities. Eldorado Stone is on the front of the fireplace. The chimney stack is surrounded by cedar shakes. The result is year-round hospitality.
18. This stairway draws inspiration from elements in traditional wooden-boat buildings with a contemporary design. The full-length steam vent and laminated stringers hold the floating oak treads and landing. The handrail is hand-carved, and is a comfortable ride around a sculpted newel post at the landing. This entire stairway was built in the workshop and then reassembled at the site.
19. These Kirkland homeowners love wine. When their garage’s 800-bottle-capacity wine fridge stopped cooling properly, the family decided it was time to remodel its dated kitchen. To make the space more functional, the designer pushed out the counter by a few feet and removed the adjacent room’s awkward half-height wall. For wine storage, a built-in desk was replaced by wine refrigerators.
20. When this young couple learned they had a baby on the way, they knew it was time to remodel their kitchen. To increase functionality, the designer removed a half-height and full-height wall and converted the mudroom into a walk-in pantry for increased storage. Sustainable materials were important and included durable, efficient and nontoxic finishes. An unconventional blue backsplash tile added pop against a background of other warm colors.
21. This 1949 home needed upgrades to accommodate the needs of a retired war veteran with deteriorating health. The first floor was remodeled and made more accommodating by removing all transitions and providing ease of access, eliminating obstacles to the client’s independence. Work areas included the master bathroom, widening all doorways, reframing and widening the existing stairway, installing new flooring, updating the kitchen and remodeling the living room and laundry room.
22. The redesign of this sleepy, two-bedroom 1950s Wallingford rambler captured two REX awards — the Design Excellence Architecture award and the coveted People’s Choice award. It’s now a stunning and modern three-bedroom home complete with a steam room and a two-car garage. The upper floor, nearly 20 feet above street level, captures the downtown Seattle skyline with its high ceilings and open floor plan, creating a “high-end” environment, literally.
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