Michael Sauri Wins Two Grand CotY Awards, Merit and Finalist Awards

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Arlington remodeler Michael Sauri, founder and president of TriVistaUSA, won two "Grand" first place awards for remodeling projects at the Capital CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards presented on January 23, 2012, by the Metro DC Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Bullitt Agency Remodel

Arlington remodeler Michael Sauri, founder and president of TriVistaUSA, won two "Grand" first place awards for remodeling projects at the Capital CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards presented on January 23, 2012, by the Metro DC Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Sauri won the two Grand CotY awards in the categories of Commercial interior and Residential Basement Interior.

Sauri also won a Merit award in the category of Creative Solutions under $15,000 and a Finalist award in the category of Residential Addition $100 to $250,000.

Renovating a Commercial Interior in Georgetown
Sauri's prize-winning commercial interior involved gutting and remodeling the second floor of a 200-year-old historic office building in Georgetown, with active retail below and operational space on two floors above. The space belongs to the Bullitt Agency, an international booking agency for musicians and DJs.

Bullitt's office space didn't suit its image. Sauri and his crew had to follow complicated architectural designs to create a 21st century European look in this early 19th century space. Sauri's team completely gutted the second floor, leaving a clean interior, where they created a 13'x18' private office for the company president and a work area of 30'x55' with a designated lounge/lunch area set off by a counter at the back of the workspace.

Sauri updated the function of the space to "wired" 21st century, with integrated telephone, cable, a/v and security systems, with trendy Italian furnishings, exposed industrial lighting and a Plexiglas wall which allows light but not sound to penetrate from the president's private office to the open work area.

Rebuilding the Basement of a 90-Year-Old Bungalow
Sauri's residential basement renovation included raising a 90-year-old stucco bungalow in Arlington off of the old, crumbling basement wall, using jacks and steel beams at 11 pressure points, building up the height of the basement wall by three feet and then placing the house back down on the new, reinforced basement wall. The renovation included reorganizing the basement into a family room with a piano, bathroom, laundry room, woodworking shop, utility area and storage under the front porch.

The old basement was barely six feet in height, but in some places it was only five feet because of plumbing and ductwork hanging down from a previous addition. The basement was unusable for anything except non-critical storage; ground water leaked almost continually in some places. Working with a structural engineer, Sauri applied for county permits and received permission to raise the house. There were substantial savings: raising the house, rather than digging down, saved the homeowners $30,000 to $50,000 because Sauri did not have to remove dirt and pour concrete.

Sauri is an Award-Winner
After practicing remodeling for five years as a hobby, Michael Sauri incorporated his remodeling company, TriVistaUSA in 2005. He is licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 2006, Sauri hit the big time, when he was featured on the HGTV renovation series, “Curb Appeal.” He completed three projects that were featured on Curb Appeal in 2006 through 2008 and are still featured in reruns.

In May 2011, Sauri was chosen one of the "Big 50" Remodelers in the U.S. by Remodeling Magazine. In the 25 years of the program, only 1,800 remodelers have been chosen for this elite group - out of 62,000 remodeling firms in the U.S.

Sauri received a Green Home Choice Award from Arlington County in May 2009 for his own home. In November 2010, Sauri was recognized as a finalist for an ECO CEO award from Washington Smart CEO Magazine in the category of Small Business Implementer.

Three of Sauri's projects received awards at the 2010 Capital CotY Awards on January 29, 2011, from the Metro DC NARI Chapter. Two of the winning projects are residential exterior renovations and one is a complete renovation/restoration of an historic 19th century farmhouse. One of the exterior renovations - a porch - was featured on the website of remodeling guru Bob Villa.

In 2007, TrivistaUSA won two CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry). In 2008, two more CotYs followed.
For more information on TriVistaUSA, visit http://www.trivistausa.com.

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