The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named WILLCO, in Portland, Oregon 2013 Northwest Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Kitchen $80,001 to $120,000 category of its annual awards competition.
Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. National winners will be announced and honored at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM reception on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza, in Kansas City, Mo. National winners will be announced via Webcast the evening of April 12.
WILLCO worked with Elizabeth Epping from the beginning designing a kitchen that would include modern amenities and features while keeping with the style of her existing 1910 Craftsman bungalow home. By use of subway tile and cork flooring, WILLCO met the homeowner's maintenance and environmental concerns. WILLCO improved the workflow within the kitchen with convenient work centers and surfaces and modern appliances. The homeowner had privacy concerns that we alleviated by constructing a bump out with new symmetrical windows, providing a view to the backyard and flooding the kitchen with daylight. The opening to the kitchen from the dining room was enlarged, helping passage to the backyard and to the second floor access. WILLCO reconfigured the floor plan and dangerous winder stairwell for safer stairs and better flow.
Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2011, and November 30, 2012, and were not submitted in previous NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.
To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. The entries of this year’s competition totaled over $71 million worth of remodeling projects. NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.
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