Real Home Transformations

Every year, the Master Builders Association of Pierce County Remodelors Council recognizes some of the top remodeling projects by its members, who compete for top honors in the annual Remodeling Excellence Awards, better known as the REX Awards.

“This 2016 Remodeling Excellence Awards featured 48 entries in 20 categories, representing everything from entire home and kitchen/bath remodels to historical renovation to outdoor living,” said Lyle Fox, MBA Pierce County president. “Members of our Remodelors Council and Design Professionals Council submitted their best projects, and as you can see from the award-winning photos, the results were spectacular!”

Fox is the owner of Fox & Dahlia Homes and has been an MBA member since 1981 and president of the organization twice. He says the MBA is important to the public because it’s a great resource for anyone needing assistance with home-building, remodeling, or related services because members are vetted.

“We do this work so that members of the general public don’t have to. When the general public asks for a referral, typically we provide three or more member company referrals for the type of work that is requested in the general area of the project,” Fox said.

“MBA Pierce also is important to those involved in the home-building profession because we promote their interests through membership involvement, legislative action, networking, and education,” he said. “MBA membership is a point of pride for our members; they can advertise that they are part of a select group of members that are ‘master builders.’” Learn more about Master Builders Association of Pierce County online.

Whole House

Whole House $500k +

Phase II General Construction, Rick Hjelm
The homeowners were jazzed about living in a home on the lake — but the house needed a lot of work. The team decided to deconstruct the entire house and add new retaining walls to a steep slope around the home and get to work. “The idea was to create something that tucked into and visually became part of the hillside,” Rick Hjelm explained. The design took a minimalist approach inside the home with a lot of natural elements including quartz counters, custom cabinetry, and walls of windows featuring the crowning glory of this property — the lake.

Blending Surfaces
Polished concrete floors, waxed steel shelving, stainless steel sink, warm woods — this home blends different surfaces in a harmonious way.

Streamlined Style
We love the sleek lines and geometric shapes in this outdoor space. The outside shower is a smart addition so guests can wash off after a day at the beach. Then, they can warm up by the fire pit. The NanaWall opens the entire wall, making the indoors blend seamlessly with the outdoor space.

Whole House $150k-$300k

Reier Construction, Tom Reier
Oh, the 1980s. We loved the fashion and the big hair, but the home décor and design in this house had outstayed its welcome. Reier Construction took the kitchen from drab and dark to a modern chef’s dream space — with a view. The large dining room that was never used became part of the larger functional kitchen space — they put up a wall, and added cabinets! While they were at it they created an office space, installed a fireplace in the living room, constructed a walk-in pantry and a powder room, and completely remodeled the daylight basement. It’s hard to believe this is the same house — a remodel masterpiece.

A Hot New Kitchen
Maple cabinets stained slate, oak flooring stained to match exisiting wood floors, and a combo of white and gray counters make this kitchen back on trend. Huge windows make the most of natural light.

Walk this Way
Both sets of stairs were rebuilt using oak that matches the floors. The modern, open-concept feel was furthered thanks to the steel and cable handrails. The family room was covered in Stikwood, camouflaging the pantry and powder room. You can’t see it, and that’s the point! 

Whole House under $150K

Renewal Remodels & Additions, George Eide and Troy Rideb
The homeowners wanted to open up and update their home — and they wanted a new color palette. The old oak cabinets were replaced with fresh white ones. All the existing doors got a coat of glossy white paint, too. And the appliances? No stainless steel for these folks. White is what they wanted, and it works! The floors were stained dark ebony, and the light and dark contrasts make this home a head-turner.

Wrought Iron for the Win
This staircase made us swoon. The team pulled up the carpet too, and now these stairs have white painted risers and stained treads. They made some tweaks so the entryway looks larger.

The Power of Paint
This stunning hutch was there and got an update with paint. The cabinets in the butler’s pantry also got a coat of paint. Carina quartz counters were added, and voila, it looks brand new!  


Kitchen Under $30k
American Dream Design Build, Jim Burbridge & Scott Overby

Kitchen $30k-$60k
HONORABLE MENTION: Phase II General Contractor Inc, Rick Hjelm

Renewal Remodels & Additions, George Eide & Troy Rideb

Kitchen $60k-$125k
American Dream Design Build, Jim Burbridge & Scott Overby

Kitchen Over $125k
Phase II General Contractor Inc, Rick Hjelm


Bath Under $25k
HONORABLE MENTION: Cornerstone Specialties, Ryan Bittenbender

Phase II General Contractor Inc, Rick Hjelm

Bath $25k-$40k
R4 Construction, Steven Rork

Bath $40k-$75k
American Dream Design Build, Jim Burbridge & Scott Overby

Bath Over $75k
MRF Construction Inc, Michael & Carolin Fast

Addition Over $150k

Reier Construction LLC, Tom Reier


Commercial Under $250k

York Enterprises LLC, Duke York and his team

Outdoor Living

Renewal Remodels & Additions, George Eide & Troy Rideb


Residential Specialty/Open
Phase II General Contractor Inc, Rick Hjelm

Residential Interior Design
Signature Design & Cabinetry, Leslie Jensen


Parker Drafting Service, Joel Parker

Historic Renovation/Restoration

MRF Construction Inc, Michael & Carolin Fast

Get Away Room

Phase II General Contractor Inc, Rick Hjelm

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