NARI of Madison: Local remodeling companies take regional honors

CONTACT: Kathy Raab, CAE

NARI of Madison, Inc.

Executive Director

608-222-0670

[email protected]

Madison, WI, 2011—Twenty-four Regional “Contractor of the Year” (CotY) Winners were named by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) during this year’s regional competition, and four of them were from the Madison area. TZ of Madison, Inc., Dybdahl’s Classic Kitchen & Cabinets, Inc. with team member Bouril Design Studio, LLC were 2011 Regional CotY winners while Architectural Building Arts, Inc., and Home Works Remodeling, netted the regional 2011 Green Project Recognition. Judging for the regional projects took place at NARI’s national headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, in January. Regional CotY Winners will now advance as finalists to the national level.

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis, and all regional winners will now be eligible for National CotY Awards and will be honored at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Westin Jersey City Newport.

All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, “Residential Exterior Specialty.” Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible.

In addition, competing projects were completed between July 1 of 2009 and November 30 of 2010 and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges who are experts within the 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 making up this year’s competition totaled $93 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.

The list of 2011 Regional CotY Award Winners is available on NARI’s Web site.

The Evening of ExcellenceSM is widely considered to be the premier event of the year in the remodeling industry. Scheduled for April 2, 2011, the Evening of ExcellenceSM will be attended by more than 350 of the industry’s elite.

EDITORS NOTE: HIGH-RES BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS OF WINNING REMODELING PROJECTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. Contact Morgan Zenner at 847-298-9200 or e-mail [email protected].

Homeowners are estimated to spend a total of $133 billion on home improvements in the U.S. through second quarter of 2011 up from $118 billion in second quarter 2010.

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Consumers may wish to search http://www.NARIremodelers.com to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI.

Consumers can also call the NARI National hotline at 800-611-NARI and request a free copy of NARI’s brochure, “How to Select a Remodeling Professional,” or visit http://www.nari.org and click on the homeowner’s guide for more information.

About NARI Chapter:

About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. The Association which represents more than 8,200 member companies nationwide—comprised of 63,000 remodeling contractors— is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To locate a local NARI chapter or a remodeling professional, visit NARI’s Web site at http://www.NARIremodelers.com, or contact the national headquarters, based in Des Plaines, Illinois, at 800-611-NARI.