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Award-winning Home Remodeling Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

When remodeling your home, you don’t want to settle for less. You want something that complements your home’s style, but is still fresh and in step with the latest décor trends. To find truly awe-inspiring home remodeling ideas, check out those that designers and builders have labored over, ones that have won awards. This list is a great place to start, with remodeling ideas for kitchens, bathrooms, and even the entire house.

Kitchen Design Maintains Character, Maximizes Storage 

The stunning kitchen update shown at the top of this page and above includes varied counter heights to provide flexibility and meet the ergonomic needs of tall homeowners. The apron sink provides functionality while enhancing the period look of the space. (Pete Eckert Photos)
Before: The existing kitchen design didn’t work well with the rest of the home and lacked enclosed storage.

A previous remodel of this kitchen left the homeowners feeling disconnected from the rest of the home. But after Craftsman Design of Portland, Oregon worked their magic, this kitchen redesign now ties in seamlessly with the rest of the home, as shown in the photo featured at the top of the page. Each element is designed to maintain the home’s historic character and maximize storage throughout, including:

  • A more workable layout
  • Custom white oak cabinetry built especially for tall homeowners to increase functionality
  • Soapstone counters, handmade tile, and oak flooring to reflect the beauty of the original period

Recognition: National Contractor of the Year (COtY) Award Winner, Residential Kitchen $100,001 to $150,000, National Association of Remodelers (NARI)

A Stunning Basement Renovation: From Clutter to Company-Ready

This basement remodel created a multi-generational space with distinct areas for both grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy.
(Liz Ernest Photography)
For the grandkids, a cozy reading nook with custom bed and built-in shelving and cubbies provide plenty of space for grandchildren
to read and hide away toys and art.
Attractive recliners and a flat screen TV give the grandparents a space where they can relax while babysitting.
The wrapped I-beam in stained wood adds style to the ceiling.

When you live in a home for decades, basements frequently become forgotten tombs for things no longer used. Home renovation ideas for basements abound, but this design is unique in the way it incorporates areas for both the grandparents and the grandchildren. The result makes it the perfect aging in place solution for the homeowners, who do a lot of babysitting. Designer Iris Chadab of  Windows to the Walls Interiors in Alexandria, Virginia started by creating two separate areas — one for the grandchildren to read and play, and the other area for the adults to relax, read, or watch TV.

The kids’ side also includes plenty of storage to contain the clutter from toys, books, and gaming equipment. The other half is space for the adults to entertain friends and enjoy their favorite shows from the comfort of stylish seating that still reclines. The hardest part for the homeowners? Clearing out 40 years of accumulated junk to make room for a wonderful new stage in their lives.

Recognition: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers Homes for Life Award – Multigenerational Remodel

Feature a favorite design element in your bathroom remodel on a budget

Removing the tub and replacing it with an all-glass shower enclosure opened up this bathroom to a brighter look.
This hand-painted Portuguese tile mural became a focal point in this bathroom redesign.
Before; It’s hard to believe this is the same bathroom!

If you have a favorite piece of heirloom furniture, artwork, or design element, consider creating your house makeover around it. That’s what the homeowner did with their bathroom remodel. They carried a hand-painted Portuguese tile mural all around Europe before bringing it home to Austin, Texas. And, the fine folks at Adams Company created just the space to highlight the mural, choosing colors to reflect its beauty. Removing the tub and installing a glassed-in frameless shower opened up the bathroom. Painting the existing cabinetry and topping it with a matching quartz remnant brought this project in below budget. The stone pebble shower floor and 24-inch Lefka white tiles join forces with the glass block window to lighten the room. The crystal chandelier is the cherry on top.

Recognition: National CotY Award Winner, Residential Bath Under $25,000

Bring your vision for an open kitchen and great room to life

This kitchen and great room remodel shows what a difference open design can make. (Photos by Versatile Imaging)
Before: The kitchen lacked character and felt walled off from the living area.

If you’re looking for ways to change a closed-in kitchen into a modern open kitchen design, this example shows how to do it right. In this case, while their 70s-style home already had a cool vibe, the pre-renovation kitchen layout wasn’t working for the homeowners. Hatfield Builders and Remodelers took their vision of an open kitchen and living area and made it come to life.

Simple, clean lines and a large great room are now in place. They replaced everything in the kitchen:

  • All new cabinets for the perimeter
  • Danby honed marble counters and black slate backsplash
  • Island and wet bar from Dulce
  • Stainless Thermador appliances
  • Open shelving next to the apron front sink adds flair
  • Floors finished with a custom gray wash stain over white oak

Recognition: American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Dallas Design Ovation Award

Whole House Transformation Reveals the Beauty of Accessibility

Every remodeling project comes with its set of unique challenges. In this case, the original fireplace, was 2 feet out of plumb. The solution involved creating an asymmetrical design that looks like a work of art. (Photos by Sara C Imagery)
Before: The living room was drab and walled off from the dining room and kitchen.

This complete home renovation actually won three awards, and it’s not surprising when you see what Corinthian Fine Homes in Indianapolis, Indiana did to transform this mid-century modern home into a fully ADA-compliant masterpiece. This included opening the main living areas by removing walls between the kitchen, living, and dining rooms – a plus for accessibility as well as livability and eye appeal. Adding cathedral ceilings and skylights further enhanced the feeling of freedom with openness and light. A master builder and certified graduate remodeler, the general contractor also redesigned a ho-hum fireplace into an artistic focal point – a creative solution and repair when it turned out that the chimney was 2 feet out of plumb. New hand-scraped walnut flooring was selected for its textured beauty, which can also hold up well and mask wear from wheelchair use.

The master suite features custom-designed sliding barn doors for functionality and style.
An open vanity and custom-designed cabinets add accessibility and clean lines.
The curbless shower with linear drain features both rainfall and hand-held shower heads.

A 2.5 car garage was converted into an ADA-compliant master suite. An ADA vanity, curbless shower, and sliding barn-style doors make tooling around this suite of rooms easier for a wheelchair-bound homeowner. In addition to the accessibility features, this remodel stands out for the fact that you’d never guess this was a garage conversion – inspiration for those who want to use their garage for room to grow.

Recognition:

  • ProRemodeler Design Award – Platinum Award for Universal/Better Living Design
  • Chrysalis Award – Regional Award for Residential Universal Design
  • Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards – Bronze Award for Universal Design

New Window Design Brings the Great Outdoors Inside

@themarvinbrand via Instagram

If you’re not ready for a major remodel, but you’re looking for a way to expand a room, you’ll want to add the SkyCove by Marvin to your list of home remodeling ideas. Easy enough to install in one day by the handy DIYer, this fully-constructed glass pop-out creates a cozy nook where there once was the typical picture window. An integrated bench is comfortable for one or more people, extending the home’s living space while bringing you closer to nature. Low E3 glass also reduces solar heat gain and energy use.

Recognition: House Beautiful’s Best of the International Builders Show 2020

Turn Your Basement Into a Luxurious Home Theatre

This in-home theatre includes two rows of ten seats, designed with enough space to move around and elevated appropriately for viewing, while still providing enough head room when standing.
Every step in the room has LED strip lighting with a filter lens. The seats also have built-in lighting around the cup-holders and underneath each seat.
To create the feel of a real theatre marque, the design team constructed a stone wall with built-in columns to match the Spanish aesthetic of the home. The movie posters are backlit for an authentic feel.

Perfect for family reunions, holidays, or entertaining with friends, this home theatre offers all the amenities you could imagine. Schloegel Design Remodel of Kansas City, Missouri did a remarkable job of transforming the client’s basement into usable space. Beautifully working around existing soffits, the team was able to install 10 theatre chairs, elevated and spaced perfectly, yet maintaining ample headspace. They consulted with an audio-visual partner to make sure every detail, from projector height to speakers, was perfect. Adjacent to the theatre space is a bar, complete with leather-covered chairs and movie posters.

Recognition: All Star and Silver Remodeler of the Year (REMY) Award, NARI Kansas City Chapter

How to move from remodeling ideas to making it happen

So what’s your goal? Whether you want to start with a kitchen or bathroom makeover, or are renovating your entire home, our Ultimate Home Remodeling Checklist gives you a clear roadmap to planning, prepping and getting it done. Then when you’re ready, you can use How to Hire a Remodeling Contractoras a guide to finding the right company for the job.

Not sure what you’ll do with all your stuff during construction? Consider getting an on-site storage container delivered to your driveway to keep your belongings safe and close at hand.

Carol J. Alexander writes about home remodeling and lifestyle topics from her home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Her work has appeared in This Old House, Family Handyman, and Farmer’s Almanac.