The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter conducts an annual awards program to recognize the best achievements in remodeling projects by its members. Reviews are performed by an impartial judging panel for the Contractor of the Year Award winning projects.
Capizzi Home Improvement has participated in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) “Contractor of the Year” awards program for the past 4 years. The Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards are given each year by NARI to remodeling contractors who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects.
Of the 9 projects that have been entered into NARI’s Contractor of the Year competition, 5 projects have received recognition, but we feel each is worthy of national recognition! Take a look at the projects below. Perhaps you’ll be inspired with ideas for your own home.
- Kitchen Addition – 2012 Silver Winner
- Kitchen Addition – 2012 Gold Winner
- Basement Remodel – 2011 Silver Winner
- Dining Room Addition & Porch Conversion – 2012 Silver Winner
- Second-Story Addition
2012 EM NARI CotY Awards – Silver “Addition Under $200,000” Winner
Our client started off with a typical 24’ x 44’ three-bedroom ranch with 10’ x 10’ screen off the back. The kitchen was in need of updating; its 11’ x 15’ footprint wasn’t enough to meet our clients everyday needs. The adjoining living room was separated by an interior wall. The goal was to create an open floor plan between the two, increase the size of the kitchen working area, and gain a dining space that wasn’t cramped into a corner.
By expanding off the back of the kitchen 6’ in depth by the full width of the existing kitchen and creating an 18’ opening between the kitchen and living room, this home was transformed from a typical ranch into a custom-designed home with a lot of new space, but without a huge addition.
Structurally this project had its fair share of challenges. The design included removing an interior load bearing wall, exterior load bearing wall, and a complex point load where the screen room and kitchen joined over the slider. All of this was overcome with thorough design steps, structural engineering, and a talented field staff. It can’t be emphasized enough how much open communication makes a difference in a project. One of the items incorporated into the design had two different possible outcomes. We are referring to the large structural opening between the living room and kitchen. The client wasn’t sure if they wanted a cased opening or a uninterrupted ceiling flow from the kitchen to the living room. In order to allow them the option of either, we installed the new structural beam above the ceiling leaving the client the option to create a cased opening if desired, had the beam been installed below, they wouldn’t have the option. Ultimately the cased opening was installed which lent to installing crown molding throughout the living room and kitchen.
The addition, though small, had a tremendous effect on the flow of the home. Now when entering from the front door you have a great view of the main living areas of the home with just a few steps into the newly remodeled kitchen. You are also met with an 8’ sliding door inviting you to enjoy time in the screen room and beautifully landscaped yard. All this was achieved with only an 8’ addition.
2012 EM NARI CotY Awards – Gold “Addition Under $200,000” Winner
Our clients came to us with an all too common dilemma which many homeowners face at one time or another, to remodel or sell?
As it stood, their kitchen was too small for their family gatherings; the eat-in kitchen and living room was joined by only by a 3’ opening. With their existing set-up, in order to use the laundry, our clients were forced to exit through the kitchen, which is at the opposite end of the house from their bedrooms, and walk through an unheated garage to access the stairway to the basement. Additionally, this quaint Cape ranch with attached garage only had one full bathroom, which was inadequate for the living space. Because of this, our clients debated whether or not a remodel could adequately resolve and transform their space into a more functional, open living space, or if they would be better off to sell.
In order to address all of our clients needs and wants, we altered the existing floor plan and expanded the footprint, creating a charming and open exterior deck perfect for summertime entertaining. Through our CAD design process and multiple meetings we allowed our client to make an informed decision to remodel their property rather than sell it.
The newly remodeled space included creation of a large opening to the existing living room, completely remodeling the kitchen, building a vaulted 17 x 18 family room off the kitchen, 10’ x 10’ first floor laundry/half-bath with hall to new entrance, and a spacious exterior deck. With these changes, the flow and functionality of their home was completely transformed to meet our client’s needs. Additionally, our clients also benefited from a new exterior entrance and coat closet, eliminating the need to enter through their garage.
All of these changes made a drastic difference to enhance the functionality and aesthetics of this home.
2011 EM NARI CotY Awards – Silver “Residential Interior” Winner
Our clients wished to renovate their existing unfinished, walk-out basement and expressed a variety of needs and wants; they wanted a functional space that would allow for arts and crafts, extra cabinet-storage, bookshelves, an exercise area, and space for entertaining friends and family.
Our client wanted their newly finished basement to give the illusion that it had always been there. In our final de- sign, we incorporated many aspects of the existing main living-area to provide a seamless transition from the new living space to the old; we re-built and trimmed the stairway using materials to match the main level. We re- moved the door at the top of the stairs and re-cased the opening to provide for easy traffic flow and uninterrupted views from one level to the other. To accommodate their storage needs, we installed approximately 68’ of running cabinetry and bookshelves, a linen closet, as well as a cedar lined closet.
For family entertaining, we created a wonderful family room boasting a four-sided stone-faced center chimney with gas-insert fireplace similar to the existing fireplace in the upper-level of the house, wired with state of the art audio and video. There is a wet-bar area, incorporating plenty of cabinetry for ample storage-space, as well as a new sink, microwave, and mini fridge with solid-surface countertop and tiled backsplash. Adjoining this area, we created a half-bath with glass block window to allow natural light in while providing total privacy.
At the other end of the room we wrapped the cabinets from wall to wall and included a sitting area which incorpo- rated the existing windows into our layout to maximize natural light and comfort. Countertops are solid-surface. We also created a butcher block section next to a large sink for working with plantings. On this same side of the room, there is an exercise area. To drastically reduce energy-consumption, we removed the existing walls fiber- glass insulation and completely filled the stud bays with either open or closed cell spray insulation making the ar- ea extremely well insulated.
Utilizing our design/build process, we spent a great deal of time in the design stage of the project. By focusing on the front end design in great detail, we were able to create a beautiful/functional space with very few in progress surprises or challenges and ultimately led to a truly satisfied customer. Aesthetically, the space was transformed from a typical unfinished basement with exposed wall and ceiling framing and mechanicals into a truly elegant and functional multi-purpose space. The end result is spectacular.
2012 EM NARI CotY Awards – Silver “Anniversary” Winner
Our client’s residence was a typical Cape style home. They were looking to remodel their kitchen, but also wanted to create a more functional open floor plan with additional space that would enable them to relocate to the residence on a full-time basis. The property has served as a second home and was suited for that purpose, but needed renovations if it was to serve as a primary residence.
Our designer came up with the perfect plan; after a few revisions, she unveiled the new remodel project using our 3-D Virtual Tour software displayed on our big screen and showed our client what their newly remodeled home would look like. Not only did it ac- complish everything they wanted, but our virtual tour software planning process allowed our clients to visualize exactly what the completed project would look and feel like.
We built a 14’ x 14’ dining room addition, expanded their existing kitchen into their old dining room and converted an existing porch into an enclosed family room. The execut- ed project resulted in an open floor plan from the living room into the newly remodeled high-end expanded kitchen, which included beautiful new cabinetry, granite countertops, wood flooring throughout, all leading into a new dining room and sunroom addition with a mahogany deck, resulting in a stunning transformation which met all of our client’s living and entertaining needs. As we know, everyone usually congregates around the kitchen and now our clients not only have the extra space needed for that, but also a truly beautiful and welcoming living and entertaining area in which you can’t help but feel comfortable.
Our client wished to expand their ranch-style home in order to provide additional living space for when their children and grandchildren visited them in the summer. They initially considered finishing their basement. We discussed this option in some detail, but the property is located two lots away from a tidal saltwater river. Because of this, we suspected that our client might be in a flood zone. Upon research, we discovered that our client’s property was, in fact, in a flood zone, eliminating the possibility of finishing their basement.
We quickly switched gears, discussing the possibility of building a second-story. We held extensive meetings in the design phase spending lots of time arranging a deck off the master bedroom so as to take advantage of the beautiful water views. We scrapped plans for posts to support the deck due to the existing door below which leads to a deck recently constructed. In a joint effort, we came up with the creative idea to recess a portion of the deck into the house, which added a lot of interest to this elevation and extending a Juliet balcony out over the lower deck.
The new second floor and layout truly transformed this home. As you go through the front door you step into a large living room with vaulted ceilings and an exposed stairway on your left which wraps up, around, and across; a hand crafted stairway and balcony leading to all new rooms on the second level. Our clients gained a formal dining room on the first floor and on our new level two bedrooms, an office, a full bath, and a second floor laundry. This home went from an average ranch to a custom cape.
To address our client’s desire for low-maintenance features, we used vinyl shake shingling on the exterior and PVC trim as well as vinyl windows with triple glazing for extensive energy savings. The exterior is now 100% maintenance free.
As with all new second story additions, protecting the existing first floor was a great challenge during the construction for two reasons. One of which is the demolition and construction itself. We took extra measures to protect and cover the hardwood floors, existing walls, bath, and kitchen. The hardest of all the challenges was dealing with the weather. We started the project in late September and it was rainy. Our crews took a meticulous approach to this project and did what it takes by working very long days, Saturdays, and Sundays to get over the hump of having the lower level vulnerable.
Projects like this take an enormous amount of communication and cooperation between client and contractor. We both had a good experience completing this project, neither one waiting for the other for selections, timing, etc. As a result, we comple