12th Annual Remodeling Excellence Awards Honor the Best in Chicagoland Remodeling

 
Greater Chicagoland NARI
Updated 2/15/2019 7:13 AM
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  • Kitchen Discounters of America gave new life to an outdated Deerfield kitchen, claiming First Prize in the Residential Kitchen under $30,000 category. Kitchen Discounters of America

    Kitchen Discounters of America gave new life to an outdated Deerfield kitchen, claiming First Prize in the Residential Kitchen under $30,000 category. Kitchen Discounters of America

The Best of the Best in the Chicagoland remodeling industry were recently feted at the 2018 Remodeling Excellence Awards. The Remodeling Excellence Awards recognize members of NARI of Greater Chicagoland for various interior and exterior remodeling projects throughout the year. The Awards celebrated its 12th anniversary recognizing exceptional work in the Chicago area remodeling industry. Winners are selected by an impartial panel of remodeling experts.

"All of the 31 projects submitted mirror our philosophy of 'Remodeling Done Right'," said Mimi Altman, Executive Director of NARI of Greater Chicagoland (NARIGC) in Des Plaines. "Our Remodeler members work with their clients to complete beautiful projects within their budgets using skilled workmanship and ethical, sound business practices," she added.

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, and innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

Among the event's major winners was Normandy Remodeling, located in Hinsdale, which garnered the most hardware of the evening: a total of eight different awards; seven of which were first place winners, followed by Glenbrook Remodeling, of Glenview with six awards; four of them first place winners.

Joe Tarqueno, CRPM of Nail It Innovations (based in St. Charles and Joliet) received two first place honors in the Residential Bath Under $25,000 and Residential Bath from $25,000-$50,000 categories for two Joliet projects. In the $25,000-$50,000 category, Tarqueno worked with the homeowners to remedy a moisture and ventilation problem along with raising a sagging floor while reconfiguring the existing space to create a larger, updated and more efficient bathroom. "We were able to give the homeowner what they wanted without sacrificing space," said Tarqueno.

Kitchen Discounters of America (Lake Zurich) gave new life to an outdated Deerfield kitchen, claiming First Prize in the Residential Kitchen under $30,000 category. "We completely modernized the kitchen within the same footprint, relocating the refrigerator, installing granite countertops and building in the microwave", said Jeff Schreiber, CKBR. "We also raised the ceiling by a foot, added LED recessed lights and under cabinet task lighting, which made a world of difference to this customer."

Other winning projects were completed by A Street Builders (Western Springs), OHi (Elk Grove Village), and Sebring Design Build (Naperville). A complete list of winning projects can be found at https://www.narichicago.org/remodeling-awards.

All projects submitted for judging are required to be an improvement or an addition to an existing structure in order to be considered. In addition, competing projects must have been completed between July 1 of the previous year and September 25 of the current year (a 14-month time period) and cannot have been submitted in prior NARI of Greater Chicagoland contests.

Based in Des Plaines, the Greater Chicagoland Chapter of NARI (www.narichicago.org) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1987 and currently consists of approximately 150 member companies. NARI of Greater Chicagoland is committed exclusively to the service of the local professional remodeling industry, representing professional Remodelers, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, trade and consumer publications, utilities and lending institutions. All members pledge to uphold the organization's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. For more information visit us online at www.narichicago.org or call at (847)298-6212.

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