The DelChester Contractor of the Year (DelCY) Awards are confired each year by the local chapter to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects.

NARI is delighted and proud to share our members' accomplishments and their projects.

Congratulations to the 2012 DelCY Award Winners!



Residential Kitchen under $40,000

Gavin Design-Build

The owners wanted to update their kitchen, provide more storage and have a functional work area.   Because of the location of windows and doors, the new layout had some limitations.  It became necessary to relocate the refrigerator in a recess previously occupied by built-in cupboards.  Because the new layout provided sufficient storage for the kitchen, the built-in cupboard was no longer necessary and provided the great space for the refrigerator.  Although outside the standard “work triangle” it proved to be the best location.  The Shaker style cabinets, brick pattern tile and cabinet pulls all compliment the age and style of this cottage home.

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Residential Kitchen $40,000 - $80,000


Carosella Design Build    AND


Reico Kitchen & Bath


Our empty nest clients were finally ready to build their dream kitchen. Our goal was to expand the existing kitchen and create an open bright space with a traditional feel.  The plan would incorporate recessed lights and LED task lighting along with custom cabinetry, hand scraped floors and hand crafted tile. The push out casement windows with retractable screen and full lite door provide plenty of natural light.  The natural beauty of the soap stone counter and the island’s natural wood counter compliment the kitchen.





Residential Kitchen $40,000 - $80,000

Myers Constructs

Our clients came to us to transform their disjointed and impractical kitchen ito an open and airy space fo the whole family to enjoy.  By relocating the placement of the kitchen, removing an interior wall creating a natural corridor, and using high-quality products and finishes.   We gave our clients a beautiful and functional new space to enhance their quality of life.


Residential Bath under $30,000 

Spring Creek Design

This project had a lot of obstacles.  Our client had big dreams and a small budget for a peaceful spa-like bathroom. With a very tight limited budget this over 100 year old homes bathroom plumbing did not allow us to reconfigure the framing and plumbing that would be required to change the layout.  So we took the obvious route to savings first; kept all the fixtures in their existing locations and didn’t change the shape of the room.

We refinished the existing cast iron tub to include changing the color.  A translucent film was added to the glass window and now obscures the form of the bather. The odd two-level existing floor was enhanced for visibility/safety by using a different pattern of tile on the riser and edging iti with a bright aluminum Schluter strip.  The simple pattern of straight-set oversized subway tiles with a simple glass accent leaves this bathroom wall design clean and bright.


Residential Bath $30,000 - $60,000

Main Line Renovations

The existing bathroom was accessible from the main hallway & bedroom. The isle between the tub and vanity was only 28” and left very little room for movement.  We closed off access from the bedroom, providing much needed wall space to accommodate a vanity.   We placed the new tub in front of the window and added a fixed frosted window for privacy.  Our client did not want a shower curtain of full glass enclosure so we added a custom-hinged splash panel.  A custom fabricated vanity with single holed faucet was installed.   Realizing the limitations of the space, we developed a design that was sleek, functional and roomier.


Residential Bath over $60,000

Main Line Renovations

This client’s home did not have a formal master bathroom or walk-in closet accessible directly from the main bedroom.  The existing bathroom was located at the far end of the hallway and the spaces were only accessible by leaving the main room.  Both spaces were cramped, dark and outdated.  Our client wanted to create a master suite environment without taking valuable space from the existing hallway and bedroom. At the same time, they wanted the guest bedroom to have access to the bathroom.   A glass door was installed to allow light from the bathroom window to shine through to the hallway.  Due to space limitations, we suggested a deep iron tub shower enclosure with custom-hinged splash panel glass to allow for full light. Realizing the confines of the existing hallway and bedroom, we developed a design that was practical, functional & beautiful.


Residential Addition under $100,000

Carosella Design Build

Our clients had always dreamed of a cozy space where they could read surrounded by natural light and the beauty of their large back yard.  And there the idea was born to build a conservatory onto their small cottage home.  


The structure would take the place of an old aging deck off the living room in the rear of their home.  Full lite pocket doors were added between the existing living room and new conservatory.   LED lights were installed to the crown molding and offer a beautiful look in the evening.  To take the chill off those cold winter days, electric radiant heat was added to the floor.   The new space has transformed their entire home.


Residential Addition $100,000 - $250,000

C D Hall Builders

These clients desired an open floor plan that allowed for easy access to an expanded and upgraded outside living space.  They also wanted a fresh modern and versatile new kitchen with professional grade appliances. The primary challenge was how to achieve a sense of volume and space without encumbering the second story windows.  The was accomplished through utilization of low slope roof techniques, innovative roof framing and specialty millwork. 

The total renovation and addition enriched the clients’ lives through the resulting beauty, natural lighting and open floor plan.  Now they can entertain for large groups with ease and in style.


Residential Addition over $250,000

Brian Walters Factotum

Our clients had dreamed of this project for over six years.

The addition to this 90 year old home includes new kitchen a new spa-worthy 1st floor full guest bathroom, more sunlight into the home from larger windows and open floor plan.  The home is also now energy efficient with a new whole house HVAC system installed. 


The original exterior stone wall now adds interest and depth to the new interior space.  The client states they entertain more comfortably now and “everyone who walks in is genuinely wowed by it all”.



Residential Exterior under $100,000 

Spring Creek Design

Our clients wanted to update the exterior of the house to more modern aesthetic, clean lines and a more “industrial” look as a replacement for their 1980’s cedar contemporary home.


The original cedar exterior was badly deteriorated, and the house suffered from water intrusion problems.  The stucco had become cracked and discolored with age.  The roof was at the end of its life.


We designed a mixed pattern of cladding that included 4x8 smooth fiber cement panels, 8”fiber cement lap siding and smooth-textured acrylic stucco.  Custom square galvalume gutters and downspouts were fabricated to complete this sleek, clean look.


Residential Exterior Specialty

M. T. Ruhl Electrical Contracting

Our clients were looking for a way to offset their high electric bill.  They wanted something that was environmentally friendly with a good return on investment.

We created a solar energy system that was large enough to offset 80% of their electric bill. The system was designed in such a way to use as much of the roof space as possible first, then the rest of the system as a ground mount.  The ground mount was placed at the rear of the property so our client was still able to make use of their rear yard for recreation.


This project also received the Green Recognition Award


Entire House $250,000 - $500,000

Cornerstone Construction Group

Our clients lived in this 1950’s cape cod style home for 10 years and had done no home renovations or improvements.  The growing family chose to do one major entire house renovations instead of numerous smaller ones.

We completely renovated this entire home, changed the floor plan, added multiple dormers and upgraded all HVAC, plumbing and electric.  Our client was interested in using top quality materials and finished products throughout ….and it shows!  They will be enjoying their new home for many years to come.




Entire House $250,000 - $500,000

Corner to Corner Construction

Our client came to us after they had four separate additions done to their home.  Their main goal was to make the house flow better and update virtually all outdated finishes.  In addition to multiple bedrooms, bathrooms and the master suite total reconfiguration they wanted the kitchen to feel more open and we were able to accomplish this by opening up the wall between the kitchen and the living room, along with turning one wall that had only one door to the backyard oasis into a wall of doors.  In the warmer months, our clients can open up all of the doors and feel like they are virtually outside.


Commercial Interior

Carosella Design Build

Our client wanted to transform an outdoor structure on their property into an office.  The small 17x12 space was exposed to the elements on all sides including the flooring.  A good thermal envelope was very important.  The distance from the main home meant trenching utilities underground into the structure.  Once completed it is now a cozy, functional, energy efficient office.


Home Theater / Media Room under $150,000

Stone Glidden High Performance

The primary goal in this lower level project was to create a family entertainment space from an existing unfinished basement with an eye toward flexibility and practicality.  The challenge was to deliver a layout that would provide for multiple activities without breaking he space into too many rooms.


Just outside the theater space there is a multi purpose entertainment area with a large gaming/card table and an adjacent bar.  At the far end of the open space is a separate glass enclosed exercise room as well as a children’s play room and billiards area, all within sight lines to activity in the theater area. 


Home Theater/Media Room over $150,000

Stone Glidden High Performance

The basement of the old mill would serve as the primary retreat for the man of the house who’s passionate about movies on a large screen with great.  This project at first glance appears to be a very nice home theater.  That was the goal all along but the technical merit of this project is what makes it stand out.

Overcoming the physical constraints of the room and doing so invisibly is what makes our team particularly proud of this project.



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