Slideshow: Redo & Renew

Award-winning remodels

By Brittany Jackson

The 17th annual Remodeling Excellence Awards highlight the best remodeling and building projects in Pierce County. Every year members of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County — Remodelors Council ( compete for top accolades and the coveted REX awards. We highlight the winners every year. Remodel challenges this year included ripping out 500 pounds of wallpaper from one home; a remodel of a 1950s home to make it wheelchair accessible and bringing a 1903 four square back to its historic roots after it was converted in the 1970s to student housing. Here are the winning remodels.

1. Addition over $150k
American Dream Design Build \\ Jim Burbridge and Scott Overby
This project began as an 800-square-foot addition and quickly evolved to a grand remodel of many rooms in the house. The additions feature two bedrooms, bonus room, laundry room, bathroom and a new garage workshop. Bathrooms throughout the home were updated with fully tiled showers with glass doors, quartz countertops and new vanities. For this family of eight, ample storage also was added. The mudroom now features a custom wooden locker for each of the six children and the laundry room has a large pantry-sized cabinet with pullout shelves. Walnut flooring throughout the common areas unite the home.

2. Basement
Sockeye Homes \\ Tod and Kristin Sakai
A growing family was looking to transform its basement into a multi-purpose family space. With a new baby on the way, the family desired a space that could double as a TV room and a child’s playroom. To achieve this, the fireplace was repurposed and now holds a built-in TV and storage for electronics. The basement also features an updated office space, bedroom, bathroom and laundry room. Large storage cabinets and a laundry chute were added to make the space even more functional.

3. Outdoor Living
American Dream Design Build \\ Jim Burbridge and Scott Overby
The homeowners enjoy spending time outside and wanted their patio to become a functional space for outdoor entertaining. The kitchen area features granite countertops and a new stainless BBQ and plenty of storage for cooking utensils. The solid wood pine ceiling includes oversized skylights, infrared heaters for cool evenings and a built-in speaker system. “The combination of the materials throughout makes this outdoor living space nothing short of spectacular, and after cozying up to this fire and view, you won’t want to come inside,” the winners noted.

4. Aging in Place
Wren & Willow, Inc. \\ Laureen Skrivan and Cliff Kendall
The top priority of this project was creating a beautiful space that was wheelchair accessible. “Our goal was to seamlessly incorporate ADA requirements into a gourmet kitchen and state-of-the-art bathroom without compromising a fresh, sleek and contemporary style,” the designers said. Modern touches include a more open space with a bar for entertaining, dark oak cabinets and new countertops. Enlarged windows add to the overall feel and make the stunning panoramic views of the Puget Sound the focal point of the space. For increased accessibility, low doorway thresholds, enlarged toe-kick drawers and strategically located appliances were added to the kitchen and bathroom. “This functionality is accomplished without the slightest visual sacrifice,” said the winners.

5. Commercial Over $250k
Studio Home \\ Kari Hill
This showroom needed a high-quality update to match all of the new products it showcases for the community. Creating a layout that maximized the space was critical. The showroom colors were thoughtfully selected so it would not distract from the many displays of flooring, cabinetry and tile. To complete the space, a fresh coat of paint and street-side awning were added to the exterior of the building.

6. Bath $25k-$40k
MRF Construction \\ Michael and Carolin Fast
With a little extra space and careful attention to detail, the designers were able to create a refreshing, bright, open space for their clients. By taking space from the neighboring garage, the bathroom now features a larger shower, vanity and soaking tub. The previous bathroom was dark and unwelcoming, so creating a space filled with light was a top priority. Adding lights to the mirror and toe-kick lighting achieved this. A custom-built trough sink adds a modern touch.

7. Getaway Room
Sockeye Homes \\ Tod and Kristin Sakai
Seahawks fans everywhere are envious of this “Hawk’s Nest” remodel. This 500-square-foot addition is the ultimate football viewing space with multiple TV areas and a snack and beverage center. The room also features plenty of space for guests to play pool or darts without blocking the TVs. Dark wood interior elements help tie the space to the existing home. Despite the large crowd, friends and family were able to comfortably cheer the Seahawks to victory during the Super Bowl.

8. Bathroom Under $25k
Sockeye Homes \\ Tod and Kristin Sakai
With careful planning and smart design, this space now functions as a daytime powder room and a full bath for overnight guests. By keeping plumbing and lighting fixtures in the same place, the project remained on budget. The updated space features new cabinetry, countertops and plumbing fixtures. To increase the comfort of guests, heated flooring was added.

9. Bath $40k-$75k
Reier Construction, LLC \\ Tom Reier
This 1940s home has been in the family for many years and still had the pink, dark bathroom to prove it. It was time for an update. The pink was replaced with clean, white subway tiles, and removal of a soffit over the tub allows more light in the room. The curbless shower and glass panel will ensure the area is accessible for years to come for the homeowner, who plans to live in the home the rest of his life.

10. Historic Renovation/Restoration
R 4 Construction, LLC \\ Steven Rork
As the designer noted, a project like this one is “where you separate homeowners who want to restore their home from those who want to remodel it. With vision and patience the duplex went through a true restoration back to a single-family residence.” The restoration included removing more than 500 pounds of wallpaper and six layers of paint from the trim throughout. The top priority was incorporating designs that maintained the character of the home. The 110-year-old floor was restored and patched with new flooring for a rustic look, and the new garage was built to match the style of the house. The home also features a new kitchen that is open to the dining room.

11. Kitchen $60k-$120k
Phase II General Contractor \\ Rick Hjelm
The stunning look of this kitchen now matches the stunning views outside. The homeowners love having guests over, so the kitchen was opened to the living room to make entertaining easier. To unite the two spaces, a coffee station was added. Bamboo cabinets add contrast to the slate flooring that flows through the kitchen and dining area to the entryway. For extra seating, a custom eating bar was installed. The kitchen also features a mix of contemporary and recycled light fixtures and hardware.

12. Kitchen $30k-$60k
Renewal Remodels and Additions \\ George Eide
This small Vaughn Bay beach house now features a beautiful new kitchen that brightens the home. The kitchen gained an open feel after removing the columns that separated it from the living room. Quartz countertops and white cabinets, along with the glass backsplash, add brightness and a modern feel to the space. The focal point of the space is the new sleek range and hood.

13. Kitchen Over $125k
Reier Construction \\ Tom Reier
This was a typical two-story Craftsman with a cut-up floor plan and owners who wanted to transform their eating area to be more open and inviting. Their 1980s-era kitchen was transformed into a modern one, but it still feels right in this 1908 home, thanks to carefully chosen finishes like stained Shaker-style cabinets and appliances that are hidden and softened with paneling.

14. Kitchen Under $30k
Sockeye Homes \\ Tod and Kristin Sakai
This dark and dreary kitchen was transformed into a bright and welcoming space. With a firm budget, the designers used smart design to update the kitchen to the clients’ needs. Cost-effective appliances provide a “timeless design that can be easily changed and accentuated with art and accessories,” according to the design statement. New cabinets, countertops and tile give the space an updated look and more functionality.

15. Whole House Under $150k
Renewal Remodels & Additions \\ George Eide and Troy Rideb
The homeowners wanted to capitalize on their lake views, so they moved the kitchen to the other side of the home! Along with a better view, now people in the kitchen can interact with guests in the living room. The kitchen also has access to an outside deck. The redesigned home features a spacious dining room and small home office that doubles as a mud entry with plenty of storage for coats and shoes. The powder room was reconfigured and includes a new pedestal sink.

16. Whole House Over $500k
York Enterprises \\ Duke York
This project was a combination of a restoration and remodel of a 1908 Tacoma home. Using sustainable materials and methods was a priority for the homeowners. Energy efficient windows and doors and recycled drywall and insulation were installed. The original hardwood flooring was refinished, and some areas were replaced with reclaimed wood. The home also features a new breakfast nook and wine bar in the kitchen and an updated master bath. For more space, the sitting room was opened to the living room. “From roof to foundation, we worked with the homeowners to honor the history of the home and update it for today,” said Duke York.

17. Residential Specialty/Open
American Dream Design Build \\ Jim Burbridge and Scott Overby
This utility room lacked definition and functionality. The designers were able to create a space that is a bright, fun place to work in. The space doubles as a laundry room and a butler’s pantry. The pantry includes a mini-fridge, a custom basin sink and glass cabinetry with storage solutions and soft close drawers. The washer and dryer are placed behind a newly added wall to keep the space clear of clutter. The bright paint color ties everything together and makes the space bright and inviting.

18. Residential Interior Design
Signature Design and Cabinetry \\ Shiela Off
The homeowners wanted urban bathrooms throughout their home that matched their modern style. The master bath features a new rain head shower with glass walls and a contemporary pedestal tub. Espresso-colored vanities were installed in the master and main floor bathrooms. Quartz countertops in the main bathroom contrast the espresso vanity while the glass backsplash ties everything together. Both spaces have a crisp and clean look.

19. Honorable Mention Bath $40k-$75k
American Dream Design Build \\ Jim Burbridge and Scott Overby
The homeowners’ original plan was to update the finishes in the bathroom. However, the designers had a few different ideas. “We saw the potential in making their master bathroom a true oasis they could share together,” said the designer. The bathroom now features a wet room with a large shower the husband can comfortably enjoy and a tub with a view for the wife. Additionally, the wet-room design allowed enough space for a separate toilet room and a walk-in closet! To complete the look, sinks and plumbing fixtures that matched the claw-foot tub were added.


Photos 1, 3, 18 courtesy American Dream Design Build; 2, 8, 9, 15 Tod Sakai; 4 Alex Akinshev; 5 Roger Turk, Northlight Photography; 6 MRG Construction; 9, 11, 12 ,13 ,15, Jeff Hobson; 10 Dawn D. Fast; 16 Dane Gregory Meyer; 18 Brian Dalbalcon

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