More awards for Chermak Construction as company cited for remodeling excellence

The accolades continue for Edmonds-based Chermak Construction, Inc.

We reported recently that the company was ranked 10th in Seattle Business Magazine’s latest list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, and has also been named a finalist for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2011 Washington Best Workplaces.

Last week, the Builders Industry Association of Washington announced that the company had won three awards for remodeling excellence and then won four more awards at the annual REX Awards dinner, sponsored annually by the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties.

“Each of the six projects that won awards were special to all at Chermak Construction,” said Chermak President Howard Chermak, “The owners of the remodeled homes were delighted to find they had an award-winning project. All of us at Chermak were amazed that we (also) won the ‘People’s Choice Award.’ The vote of confidence from our fellow remodelers makes the celebration even more meaningful.”
Chermak provided us with a description of each award-winning project along with a photo:


Universal Design

Universal Design
The challenge was creating a home for elderly parents. Solutions began with a wheelchair ramp from the exterior to allow ease of access for our client’s aging parents. Two interior areas of the home were significantly changed to meet the needs of the client’s father’s limited vision and her mother’s limited mobility.

One area created: an outside entrance, a bathroom, laundry area and widened hallway access to the main residence. The second area created a universal bathroom by combining two cramped bathrooms. Doorways were angled and widened for accessibility. The mosaic tile adds to the overall theme, with practical floor to ceiling tile. Heated slip-resistant floors, curbless walk-in showers with adjustable shower heads and convenient grab bars maximize safety and comfort. Modern features include: “hands free” toilet/bidet, remote operated vanity faucet and a fully automated lighting system.

Additionally, carpets were removed and hardwood floors added to increase mobility and provide effortless cleaning.

Kitchen Excellence Less than $75,000

Kitchen Excellence Less than $75,000
This ’80s kitchen design melded functionality and modernization, largely accomplished through the choice of classic materials and novel applications. Beadboard at the island, desk and backsplash paired with the stained and crème-painted cabinetry infuse the overall design with a fresh interpretation of the “vintage country kitchen.” The new select red oak flooring matches the existing entry and living room and the kitchen features no-maintenance quartz countertops and practical modern farm sink that encourage lots of country cooking.

Outdoor Living/People's Choice

Outdoor Living and People’s Choice—voted on by colleagues in attendance
This intimate outdoor space integrates seamlessly with the dining room/kitchen area through French doors. An extra wide/granite tread stairway leads to the natural setting below. The openness of the new plan conveys a sense of privacy and spaciousness. The owners enjoy outdoor cooking  on smooth granite surfaces, a convenient outdoor barbecue and custom “built to last” cabinetry of Ironwood. The Japanese-style lanterns float above the space and on the wall to softly light the area.


Residential Specialty/Open
This home features the architectural details of a time gone by. Trim and millwork integrate the disciplines of Old World Swedish craftsmen, with a Japanese influence that places a great emphasis on balance and integrated arches.

The scope of this project included rich wood finish details in the kitchen, laundry room, wine cellar, master suite, living room, family room and loft/office space. These finishes replicate the period’s elements with practical adaptations for life in the modern world.

Residential Universal Design
See the Universal Design description above.

Historic Renovation/Restoration

Historic Renovation/Restoration
Our client and his family returned to his childhood home, built in 1895, to find a historic icon badly in need of restoration and modernization. The design was planned around a beautiful royal blue enamel stove and refrigerator, chosen by the client. They had modern features, but replicated appliances from days gone by.

The renovation and updates include: a rebuilt porch/entry structure, modernized kitchen and added breakfast bar, stairway renovation, refinished hand railing, trim and millwork, expanded pantry/laundry room, and a modernized bathroom re-scaled to accommodate a shower.

This restored home reflects its waterfront community with a bright open floor plan, new kitchen, renovated stairway, fresh white refurbished trim and millwork, and modernized design. The home has recently been added to the local Registry of Historic Places.

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