Contractor Receives Award
Rustic kitchen redo earns top honors for HomeTech Renovations
A kitchen renovation valued at more than $120,000 earned top honors for HomeTech Renovations Inc. of Fort Washington in the annual Contractor of the Year Awards competition. HomeTech Renovations was awarded the 2011 Meritorious Award in the residential kitchen remodeling category.
The awards are part of an annual competition held by the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
The award-winning kitchen belongs to a newly blended family of six. The homeowners wanted to open up the existing kitchen in their suburban builder’s grade home and provide eating space for the whole family. They also wanted enough room to prepare meals together.
An 18-inch bump out, with an 8-foot sliding French door leading to a new deck, proved to be the most economical way to add needed space. HomeTech Renovations removed a wall between the kitchen and family room to unify that space and added a buffet area to the family room. Newly installed Sage glass skylights by Velux change color to diminish strong, unwanted light.
Kitchen cabinets from Holiday Elite feature a modified Shaker-style door with a frame crafted in rustic cherry. The counters of brushed black ash granite are complemented by a back splash made from dry stack running bond slate.
The family room boasted custom cabinetry from Village Handcrafted in a blend of colors interwoven with antique bone glazed components to create a hutch effect.
The project was expanded to include a master bath renovation complete with a therapeutic tub, new lighting for the family room and a new wine bar area.
To see more photos, visit HomeTech Renovations portfolio.
The Contractor of the Year (COTY) awards are the premier competition in the remodeling industry. Preliminary judging took place in Montgomery County in January 2011 and included a panel of seven judges with extensive knowledge of design and construction. To be considered, a company must be a NARI member and adhere to the NARI strict code of ethics.
All projects submitted for judging must be an improvement or an addition to an existing structure in order to be considered; new construction projects are not eligible. In addition, competing projects must have been completed between July 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year (a 17-month time period) and cannot have been submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, who are considered experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s “Before and After” photography and project description. Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.