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									FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2009 Contact: Allison Butcher Public Affairs Director Master Builders Association (425) 460-8223 office or (206) 605-8893 cell

Master Builders Association Honors Remodeling Excellence Awards Winners
Bellevue, Wash. – The Master Builders Association of King And Snohomish Counties honored 18 of its members at its annual Remodeling Excellence Awards (REX) banquet held Saturday, June 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Snohomish County. Of the 21 award categories, Dyna Contracting, Inc. (Seattle) won three awards, including awards for “Major Remodel Excellence,” “Rebuild Excellence” and “Design Excellence.” In addition, Gaspar’s Construction (Seattle) won two awards, including awards for “Bath Excellence” and “Kitchen Excellence.” Weitzel Construction, Inc. (Seattle) won the coveted People’s Choice Award for their major remodel involving a three-story addition and new carport. LastingNest, Inc. and Velocipede Architects, Inc. won the “Green Remodeling” award. Marty Turpin of Contract Furnishings Mart in Redmond won the “Remodelers’ Choice” award for his excellent customer service to remodelers and for his active participation at the Master Builders Association. Other REX Award winners include Tenhulzen Remodeling, Inc. (Redmond), Shirey Contracting, Inc. (Issaquah), Blox Construction, Inc. (Everett), Ventana Construction, LLC (Seattle), Seattle Design Build, LLC (Seattle), Anderson Construction Group, Inc. (Seattle), CTA Builds, Inc. (Seattle), Westhill Inc. Design/Build (Woodinville), Irons Brothers Construction, Inc. (Shoreline), Chermak Construction (Edmonds), Berg’s Landscaping (Woodinville) and Stewardship Remodeling (Duvall). A judging panel, consisting of local and national remodelers, media experts, architects and interior designers received a total of 64 entries for 21 categories. The submitted projects ranged from bathrooms less than $40,000 to whole-house, dream remodels more than $600,000. A new category of universal design was added this year, recognizing the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Sponsored by the local chapter of the Remodelors™ Council, the REX Awards is an annual event that recognizes the best in local remodeling projects. The Master Builders Association ( is celebrating its 100-year anniversary by honoring its members, recognizing the role housing has played in our region’s development and performing 100 community service projects. Comprised of more than 4,200 member companies involved in the residential construction industry, it is the nation’s largest local home building association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders.

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2009 REX Award Winners
People’s Choice Award Weitzel Construction, Inc., Seattle Contact David Weitzel (206) 935-8440 This home gained a basement workshop and larger family room, an enlarged living, dining and kitchen space on the main floor, and a top floor master suite when a three-story addition was built at its east end. A den with a view replaced stairs that were relocated to the entry of the new addition. Dramatic new flat roof planes replace the old gable roof form and were raised over the living area for more light and spaciousness. The flat roof planes over the house were repeated over the new two-stall carport. Green Remodeling Project LastingNest/VELOCIPEDE Architects, Seattle Contact Michael Vacirca (425) 372-1374 Our goal was to create a family home for the next hundred years that worked with the proportions of the established neighborhood. By remodeling the existing first floor and adding a whole new second story, the result represents a perfect union of architectural refinement, superior craftsmanship, urban intelligence and environmental sensibility. We managed to overcome the many challenges in this 1903 house and stay within our goal of $190/square foot. This is only the third remodel to earn Built Green’s 5-Star designation. Remodelers’ Choice Marty Turpin, Contract Furnishings Mart, Redmond Contact Marty Turpin (425) 861-7589 The Remodelers’ Choice award winner is nominated by members of the Remodelors™ Council. Council members nominate Master Builders Association members that have earned their respect and deserve to be honored. The award is presented to the Master Builders Association member that received the most nominations. Marty Turpin was nominated for his above and beyond customer service to the remodelers and for his MBA participation. Entry/Porch/Deck more than $40,000 Westhill Inc.Design /Build, Woodinville Contact Sue Tughan (425) 483-0999 Coming From California, the owners of this northwest home spent a lot of time outdoors. However, living in the northwest, the weather only allows for that lifestyle a few months a year! So, they decided it was time to create an outdoor living space. The existing house posed some tricky issues for rooflines of the new space, but a L-shaped outdoor living and dining room would satisfy the needs of the owner and fit with the home. The outcome is a beautiful, extremely functional, outdoor space that practically adds to the square footage of the home for this outdoor-minded family. Commercial tenant improvements/landlord remodels Irons Brothers Construction, Inc, Shoreline Contact Joseph Irons (206) 306-7767 Mom’s Pharmacy is located in the eclectic and diverse Capitol Hill neighborhood. The project objective was to re-build an existing dark and dingy 1941 square-foot basement into an AIDS/HIV specialty retail pharmacy, education and patient consultation center. By maintaining the building’s original exposed concrete walls, wood ceiling and beams, the space built reflects the originality and style of the building and surrounding community. Vintage furnishings were used and contrasted with contemporary color, trim, and tile throughout the space. The

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combination creates an aesthetically pleasing and functional space for both employees and patients to enjoy. Major Remodel less than $300,000 Dyna Contracting, Inc., Seattle Contact Ren Chandler (206) 297-6369 For this remodel, the contractor focused on key elements to improve overall style and livability. The biggest change involved the entryway. By replacing a solid half-wall with a custom rail and altering a central fireplace, the contractor completely opened up sightlines. Other changes included installing a more luxurious master bath; two bedrooms repurposed as a music room and office; and an updated powder room. Lower level additions include a laundry room, wine cellar, and guest suite. To increase efficiencies, the home was rewired and re-plumbed. The result creates a more pleasing and integrated whole. Major Remodel more than $600,000 Anderson Construction Group, Inc, Seattle Contact Charlie Anderson (206) 329-2878 The 5400 square-foot renovation and 850 square-foot addition to a 1926 home in the historic Washington Park neighborhood of Seattle was to replicate exact details of historic period elements existing in the home. The entire interior, save the historic handrail and fireplace mantel, was stripped and rebuilt. The basement was excavated down 2’ and foundations extended. Custom interior and exterior millwork profiles were created to match period profiles of materials that could not be reused. Exact radiuses of archways, built-in cabinetry, and wood double-hung windows throughout mimicked the originals. New technologies were incorporated to blend unobtrusively to maintain all period elements. Bath less than $40,000 Tenhulzen Remodeling, Inc, Redmond Contact Michael Tenhulzen (425) 885-9871 This artistic homeowner needed some pizzazz for their bland master bath. The existing vanities were un-functional, and the shower was too cramped. The transformation was achieved without relocating plumbing or the window, resulting in a cost efficient but functional master bath. Two shower niches and a corner bench make the shower user-friendly. The half wall secludes the tub, and the step provides unproblematic access. A lowered makeup vanity utilizes the awkward space below the window. The simple, sandy hued tiles are accented with cozy barn red walls, giving the space character. Bath $40,000 to $75,000 Gaspar’s Construction, Seattle Contact Richard Gaspar (206) 324-8199 The owners of a 1911 Capitol Hill home wanted a master bath where formerly there was a closet and a hall alcove. They desired a clean, bright space that stays true to the period of the home’s character. A cool, fresh palette of silver and white create a luxurious spa experience. Over scale White Carrara marble subway and Hexagon floor tile evoke a classical yet updated theme. Antique pull-chain light fixtures add a touch of something old and compliment the new retro-style fixtures. The final result … a spacious retreat that appears to have always been there.

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Bath more than $75,000 Shirey Contracting, Inc, Issaquah Contact Donna Shirey (425) 427-1300 Adding just 100 sq. ft to this 50 year old architecturally designed home gave the owners the whirlpool tub and walk-in closet they desired. Taking advantage of the Ralph Anderson Architect design with his signature generous eves, the exterior walls were moved without having to alter the roofline. Unique features of the remodel include a radius wall which helps maintain ceiling height and the new shower design, which actually incorporates a window wall into the shower itself. Universal Design Stewardship Remodeling, Duvall Contact Mike Vowels (425) 788-8189 The Universally Designed project was driven by the need to provide covered parking for a John Deere Gator and the desire for garden sheds to house yard tools & outdoor equipment. The design was challenged by the preservation of an old growth cedar stump that is an organic focal point, alive with native salal and huckleberry, nourished by the steady drip from a rain downspout that receives overflow water from the vegetated roof above. A Trex boardwalk provides a flowing seamless path that leads to vintage sliding barn doors with oversized handles that allow easy access into the garden sheds. Interior Design/Architecture Chermak Construction, Inc., Edmonds Contact Howard Chermak (425) 776-1367 The interior design reflects the owners design aesthetic. The kitchen and sitting room features cherry cabinets, granite and quartz countertops with a full height tile along the backsplash. Professional appliances for any discerning chef. And walnut hardwood floors throughout. Small details provide big impact in the new stonework and mantle for the fireplace, as well as the new metal and wood balusters for the stairway and bridge that overlooks the entry. New lighting, from the island monorail and entry chandelier enhances the mood and provides added warmth to the spaces. Kitchen more than $175,000 Seattle Design Build, LLC, Seattle Contact Carolyn Boardman (206) 343-2822 When the homeowners moved from bustling Malaysia, they had hoped to retire in a quiet community with beautiful views and luscious wildlife. After purchasing an outdated home in Sequim, Washington with dramatic views of the Olympic Peninsula, the couple knew their residence was going to need some additional work before moving in. The dark and cramped kitchen needed a makeover and the home’s layout failed to take advantage of the view. Now the design-build process is complete, and the homeowners have settled into their beautiful new house, replete with a brand new kitchen and sunroom addition. Landscaping Berg’s Lanscaping, Woodinville Contact Jeff Svik (425) 483-0717 The owners of this home located East of Market Street in Kirkland, Washington contacted our firm to create an outdoor living space in their back yard. The city of Kirkland deeded 8-feet by 75-feet right of way to our client. This gave us an additional 600 square feet to work with. Our client wished to create a special living space with an Asian Pacific Northwest flair that their entire family could use both day and night. We developed a plan that included a water feature,

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large patio area, gas fire pit, arbors/trellises, 12-volt landscape lighting, landscape irrigation, drainage, and plants. Kitchen less than $75,000 Blox Construction, Inc, Everett Contact Steve Layman (425) 339-2423 Charlie and Angela purchased their small 1929 bungalow home in the outskirts of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, with true vision of what it could be. This past year, with their design business flourishing, they felt the time was right to turn those visions into reality. The small kitchen, with dated cabinetry, worn laminate flooring and mismatch appliances was their first priority. With Angela’s creative nature, and background in graphics design, they tackled the design on their own. The result is a fabulous transformation, creating space and functionality, while truly reflecting the homeowners’ artistic and streamlined style. Major Remodel (Rebuild) – less than $500,000 CTA Builds, Inc, Seattle Contact Buzz Tenenbom (206) 286-1692 The owners loved the small, manageable scale of their home, but were in desperate need of more space and better function. Our addition and selective remodeling subtle enlarged their space with a new entry and “drop-it-all-here” mudroom, bedroom and bathroom, all carefully designed with function as a high priority to support a very active family. High quality design and craft has ensured that the charming cottage feel of the home has been greatly enhanced. The owners are very proud of their Not-So-Big attitude, and how they achieved such a transformation with their Not-So-Big budget! Major Remodel (Rebuild) – more than $500,000 Dyna Contracting, Inc., Seattle Contact Ren Chandler (206) 297-6369 In addition to making the home more convenient, spacious and light-filled, this remodel also incorporated many unique custom features. Striking fir trim paneling spans from the main entry porch inside and through to the back entrance. The sleek kitchen has a freestanding magnetic chalkboard wall. Notable structural changes included re-squaring the existing foundation and releveling the floor. Natural and sustainable materials throughout include reclaimed eucalyptus flooring, Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified windows, and American Clay natural earth plaster around the fireplace. The result: a refreshingly bright, efficient and chic home. Kitchen $75,000 to $125,000 Ventana Construction LLC, Seattle Contact Clarence Higuera (206) 932-3009 Once cramped and outdated, this kitchen and adjoining service porch now make up a bright and elegant room that included an eating nook and a new French door, graced by period details. Custom fir cabinets, seedy glass and Cambrian black granite countertops set the tone. Subway tile, a farmhouse sink, wall-mounted faucet and vintage style lighting fixture set the expectations that the past is important in the present. The rift grain white oak floors are finished with a lowVOC compound, for a green sensibility. It’s all new with a big nod to this 1923 home. Details/Finishes/Trades Dyna Contracting, Inc., Seattle Contact Ren Chandler (206) 297-6369 The existing gate next to this home’s garage no longer fit. The clients wanted a replacement that their Portuguese water dog could see through and that matched their coffee table. In

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addition to integrating the table design and meeting the dog’s needs, the contractor focused on a better layout. The new gate faces the home’s entryway. The wall faces a Japanese garden. The gate and wall were custom-forged of powder-coated steel. The gate has a stainless steel latch. The wooden portion of the wall is a Brazilian hardwood IPE. Kitchen $125,000 to $175,000 Gaspar’s Construction, Seattle Contact Richard Gaspar (206) 324-8199 These homeowners had a former kitchen that was blocked off by a wall that made it feel small, gloomy and restricted. Our quest was to create an elegant, contemporary atmosphere that included many amenities within a clean design. The challenge of removing a shear wall to capture the space on the other side was met by engineering a steel moment frame that was hidden in the ceiling, wall and floor. Beautiful custom cabinetry made of wenge and zebrawood and slab Verde bamboo granite countertops provided the backdrop of the contemporary theme throughout the space.

### Editors: High resolution photos of the award winning projects are available. Please contact Allison Butcher, Public Affairs Director, at or (425) 460-8223.

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