Total Home Solution Named Regional Contractor of the Year

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The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named Total Home Solution of Eagleville, Pa., the 2014 Northeast Regional CotY winner (Contractor of the Year) for Bathroom Remodeling in its annual awards competition.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named Total Home Solution the 2014 Northeast Regional CotY winner for Bathroom Remodeling in its annual awards competition. Total Home Solution specializes in Design and Build, managing and supervising every project all the way from helping with new ideas and overseeing the design to completion. They bring that approach to every project, no matter where it is in each home. This approach was especially helpful on the award-winning project: remodeling a small, outdated bathroom just two days after a young couple moved into their new home. The project included knocking down walls, adding closets and designing a new bathroom to fit within a much larger space.

Contractors from seven different regions around the country vie for CotY awards, which celebrate the work of outstanding remodeling professionals. Regional CotY Awards are judged by an independent panel of experts in the remodeling field. Regional winners are eligible for national recognition at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM reception held each spring. To be considered for a CotY Award, projects must involve a significant level of difficulty in meeting the needs of the clients. In this case, Total Home Solution had to implement a firm timeline due to the imminent birth of the couple’s first baby. The cost allotted to the project also needed to be firm; there was no additional money for adjustments.

In order to meet the creativity component of the CotY Award, applicants must show unique use of certain design elements, such as type of tile, pattern, and texture. Tom Hawks, owner of Total Home Solution, selected a natural stone mosaic tile border in the shower as well as the backsplash behind the sinks, which promoted smooth flow and continuity throughout the room. In addition, the use of river rock stone and the addition of a pebble shower floor added a unique mix of texture and sensual experience to the room.

One potential obstacle to the flow of the room was that a separate commode room needed to fit into the existing space. This area was carved out of a limited area to provide the necessary privacy but was so creatively done that it blends into the rest of the bathroom.         

A major requirement for the CotY Award is the inclusion of unique approaches to the project. In this case, all tile work was hand-done on the project site, using large sheets of stone mosaic tiles cut in strips to create the tile border in the shower and at the sink.

The remodeling projects in this year’s NARI CotY competition totalled more than $72 million.

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics and represent an elite group among the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. who identify themselves as remodelers.

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