For 21 years, local contractors have submitted their best Pierce County projects in hopes of winning a Remodeling Excellence Award (REX) presented by the Master Builders Association of Pierce County. Their projects were judged by independent remodeling professionals, and the winners were honored at a gala. Learn more at mbapierce.com.
Entire House Under $150,000
Old Meets New
Working to meld old with new, American Dream Design Build completed a home renovation while preserving the charm and childhood memories this home held dear. New flooring and paint freshened the home. Walls were removed to give the kitchen a panoramic view of the Tacoma waterfront, and original materials were retained, such as the brick surround at the cooktop, and the leaded glass that was repurposed in the cabinetry. The master bath was opened up by creating half walls in the shower area.
Entire House $150,000 – $300,000
Move Over, Fireplace
This typical 1968 split-style home had a huge fireplace that spanned from the basement up to the roof, splitting the middle of the house. The updates included removing the fireplace, so the team could open up rooms — including creating an open-concept kitchen and living area. The kitchen now has a walk-in pantry, two islands, and more. They removed a wall to create a larger master bathroom. They even made some of the ceilings higher.
Entire House Over $500,000
Making Home Dreams A Reality
Upon locating the perfect property on South Hill, the owners of this 4,000-square-foot home built in the 1970s realized it was desperately in need of a remodel. While the square footage was perfect for entertaining and relaxing with family and friends, they desired the open concept found in modern homes. The main floor and exterior of the house received a major overhaul, highlighted by a new open-concept living room, a covered outdoor living space, and a modern Craftsman look for the exterior. The homeowners now have the family home they’ve always dreamed of.
Shiny and New
It’s amazing how white cabinetry and the removal of a drop ceiling can really brighten and open up a space. This condo got an overhaul by American Dream Design Build, and the results speak volumes. Modern white subway tile, waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring, and quartz counters gave this condo a much-needed update. And now the cook can also enjoy the Puget Sound view.
A New Heart for the Home
“Please give us counter space.” This was the plea from R4 Construction’s client. The team created an open kitchen that can accommodate two cooks. The original kitchen was half the size of the new one. Highlights include recessing a beam into the ceiling so they could open up the space by removing walls, and add more storage, low-maintenance Cambria counters, under cabinet lighting, upper glass cabinets doors, and more.
Kitchen over $125,000
More Space for a Big Family
This kitchen was already working hard for a large family. When the kids started leaving the nest to start their own families, this kitchen needed to grow to accommodate family gatherings. A kitchen wall was removed, and a large eating peninsula was added. The island was enlarged, and the appliances were recessed into the wall. The custom cabinets went to the ceiling to maximize storage. The pantry was organized to utilize the space efficiently. The luxurious vintage granite, hand-thrown subway tile, glass accents, custom corbels and columns, and custom paint make this a kitchen an award-winner.
Residential Interior Design
It’s hard to believe this now-elegant and functional bathroom was previously stuck in the 1980s. The room was transformed by removing the existing tub to accommodate the new larger shower, while floating the vanity brings a new openness to this small bathroom. Using white cabinets, tile, and countertops gives this room the inviting feeling of a day at the spa.
Designing a space that better suited its client’s life, style, and taste, American Dream Design Build made a few changes that made a big difference. A raised bar topped with reclaimed wood was installed between the kitchen and the living room. A reclaimed wood mantel was added to the fireplace and was finished with split face ledgestone. A recessed niche gave the owners a place to flush-mount their TV above the fireplace. The front entry received vinyl tile flooring and new stair rails. White painted millwork and black iron pickets finished the look.
Aging in Place
Tranquility and Accessibility Unite
The team at York Enterprises altered a master bath to create a spa-like feel to the space, as well as to create accessibility. The existing shower was replaced with a wheelchair transfer tub. A barrier-free shower was installed, complete with handheld shower heads and an app-controlled valve. An open vanity and linen closet replaced a double vanity. Mini crystal chandeliers, an ornate mirror at an angle, Avalanche quartz counters, and detailed tiles add beauty to the space.
Bath $25,000 – $40,000
Small Space, Big Impact
This 1980s master bathroom lacked style and function. New cabinets, sinks, a curbless shower, and a shower seat were added. The tile from the floor into the shower added an illusion of a larger space, and so did a frameless glass shower door.
Bath $40,000 – $75,000
This master suite had more doors than you could believe — two for the bathroom, two more for a closet, and another into an unused sewing room. The Phase II team started by eliminating the extra doors and the sewing room, so it could simplify and expand the space. The team added a limestone shower, heated floors, and a seat. Custom cabinets and Old World lighting made the space beautiful. The closet has a sparkly chandelier and giant dressing room.
Bath over $75,000
A Spa at Home
This master bathroom has it all, thanks to the work by Phase II. Imagine having a large, curbless shower with a seat, four rain heads, and chroma therapy — all in your home? This amazing spa space also boasts heated tile plank floors, and a big tub with a ceiling filler. Ooh, la la.
Exterior Under $25,000
A Home Facelift
This 1909 home needed some TLC. Throughout the years, siding was added — several layers, actually, and some had asbestos, which took careful removal. Staying true to the era of the historic home, new cedar shingles were added to the upper gable, surrounding the new windows that were installed. A new back door and custom front door were also put in. Not only was the charm still intact; the home is now energy-efficient and has a cheerful paint palette of custom green, pewter, and eggplant.
Addition Over $150,000
A 1900s Home Grows
These clients needed more space and came to American Dream Design Build with the idea of an addition off the back of their adorable 1900s home. The addition added space for a laundry room, a larger kitchen and dining area, and a master suite upstairs. A four-piece master bath was added, including a walk-in shower and bench. Two cabinet colors create interest within the kitchen, and a small island to house the sink was added. The clients’ humor and character shine throughout this project, the team noted.
Commercial over $250,000
A Winning Office Space
With 15 people in a job trailer built for eight, this company was in desperate need of a proper office building. American Dream Design Build created a building with 16 offices, three bathrooms, and two conference areas. High variation wood-look tile spans the entry, bathrooms, and halls. A coffee bar and a second-story patio space make this building extra special. Crafted stone and metal awnings finish the exterior, making this an office anyone would be proud to work at.
Hidden Behind a Bookcase
This 1970s Northwest contemporary home needed fixing in order to be functional. The loft had a giant cutout in it, making the floor space unusable, and the circular stairs were at the end of their life. The team added a stunning staircase, and the floor was filled in to make the space an office. Extra space inspired a hidden storage room behind a bookcase. A window wall enhanced the openness of the room, and now this once unusable space is now a focal point.
Creating a Better Basement
To update this basement, the team updated the fireplace with new stone panels, a reclaimed wood mantel, and a hearth with extra seating. The powder bath got a full-wall backsplash, vessel sink, and a new faucet. The laundry room was completely redone, too. Mission accomplished!