BATC Awards Top Remodelers at the ROMA Banquet on June 27th

2013 Twin Cities Remodeler of the Year and Remodeler of Merit (ROMA) Awards announced Thursday, June 27, 2013

Local Remodelers Honored for Excellence

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) and it’s BATC Remodelers(sm) Council hosted a gala banquet Thursday, June 27th at the Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis to announce the winners of their 32nd Annual Remodeler of Merit Awards(sm) (ROMA). At the same time BATC announced the 2013 Remodeler of the Year. More than 200 guests were in attendance. (Photo above is of the Schrader & Companies Total House over $500,000 winning entry.)



BATC Remodeler of the Year

The Remodeler of the Year award is one of three most coveted honors given to BATC  members (the Builder and Associate of the Year being the other two). This award is bestowed upon the remodeling firm that has achieved the highest ratings on trust, communications, loyalty and ethics as judged by other BATC  members with which they do business and their clients.

2013 BATC Remodeler of the Year

CN Ostrom & Son, Inc., Excelsior, Minnesota

CN Ostrom and Son Remodeling has been remodeling homes in Minneapolis and the western suburbs since 1954, and under the leadership of President Kathe Ostrom CR CAPS since 1994. The firm provides full remodeling services for their clients, whether a small bathroom or a whole house renovation. Ostrom is committed to providing every client with a positive and rewarding remodeling experience. "Kathe was always accessible and very good at communicating. We are thrilled with our new home!" say her clients, the Cohens.



ROMA Awards

The 2013 ROMA awards included 86 entries in 22 remodeling categories which ranged from kitchen and bath to additions, lower levels, and total house. Designed to honor the professional remodeler members of BATC Remodelers(sm) Council for excellence in the work they do, the awards recognize creativity, design, and the remodeler’s ability to meet the client’s requirements. Entries were completed online by uploading before and after photographs, floor plans and design statements explaining the challenges and needs of the client, solutions devised by the remodeler, and the success of the project.

Judging for the 2013 ROMA Awards was completed by a panel of remodeling professionals from the Home Builders Association in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“Our Remodeler of Merit Awards honor the very best of the region’s remodeling,” says JoLynn Johnson, 2013 BATC Remodelers council chair and owner of Crystal Kitchen Center a remodeling firm and kitchen showroom based in Crystal. “There’s nothing like knowing your project was selected as a winner by other remodelers who understand the challenges and unique needs of remodeling clients."

Out of 30 remodeling firms which entered the competition, 16 companies took home honors. McDonald Remodeling earned three awards including winning the Bathrooms over $75,000, Decks/Porches, and Interiors from $75,000 to $200,000 categories. Five companies took home two awards each: Bluejack Builders (Bathrooms under $35,000 and Owners’ Suite/Bedroom), John  Kraemer & Sons (Additions over $250,000 and Kitchens over $175,000), Kulh Design Build (Kitchens $125,000 to $175,000 and Lower Level under $125,000), TreHus Builders (Bathrooms $35,000 to $75,000 and Special for their home exterior entry), and Vujovich Design Build (Interiors over $200,000 and Lower Level over $125,000).


2013 ROMA Award Winners


ADDITIONS Projects that enlarge a house by adding a new, enclosed space such as a bedroom/bath wing, a family room, or an eating area.

Additions — Under $250,000

Sicora, Inc., St, Louis Park (Edina Project)

Designer: Sicora Design Build and Interior Designer: Allison Landers, Sicora, Inc.

Additions — Over $250,000

John Kraemer & Sons, Inc., Edina (Tonka Bay Project)

Designer: Rick Storlien, RDS Architects and Interior Designer: Brandi Hagen, Eminent Interior Design



BATHROOMS Adding a bath, replacing old fixtures, resurfacing walls and floors, adding storage and counter space, or enlarging the bath with a bump-out or space from adjoining room.

Bathrooms — Under $35,000

Bluejack Builders, St. Paul (St. Paul Project)

Designer: Andrew Sonnen, Bluejack Builders

Bathrooms — $35,000 to $75,000

TreHus Builders, Inc., Minneapolis (Lake Elmo Project)

Designer: Jon Colliander and Krista Zobel, Trehus Builders, Inc. and Interior Designer: Krista Zobel, Trehus Builders Inc.

Bathrooms —Over $75,000

McDonald Remodeling, Inc., Inver Grove Heights (Mendota Heights Project)

Designer: Greg Alsterlund, McDonald Remodeling, Inc. and Interior Designer: Anne McDonald, McDonald Remodeling, Inc.



DECKS/PORCHES Outdoor decking, patio, or other exterior construction.

McDonald Remodeling, Inc., Inver Grove Heights  (Bloomington Project)

Designer: Jim McDonald, McDonald Remodeling, Inc. and Interior Designer: Anne McDonald, McDonald Remodeling, Inc.



HOME OFFICE Home offices refer to a room or rooms that are used as an in-home office

PURE Design, Plymouth  (Rochester Project)

Designer: Jaque Bethke, PURE Design and Interior Designer: Jaque Bethke, PURE Design



INTERIORS Interiors refer to improvements within the confines of an existing house, excluding the kitchen and bathroom. Examples might be converting an unused attic into a family room, resurfacing walls and floors, adding architectural details such as alcoves or bays, dividing one large room into two, or removing partitions to combine small rooms into one large space.

Interiors — Under $75,000

D.T. Carlson Co., Minneapolis  (Mahtomedi Project)

Interiors — $75,000 to $200,000

McDonald Remodeling, Inc., Inver Grove Heights  (Minneapolis Project)

Designer: Todd Bjerstedt, McDonald Remodeling, Inc. and Interior Designer: Anne McDonald, McDonald Remodeling, Inc.

Interiors— Over $200,000

Vujovich Design Build, Inc., Minneapolis  (Minneapolis Project)

Designer: Taunya Nelson AIA CID, White Spaces Architecture and Interior Designer: Beth Malmberg, Vujovich Design Build, Inc.



KITCHENS Kitchen remodeling projects that improve traffic flow, storage, and/or efficiency. Examples include installing new cabinets, counters or flooring; constructing an island, adding a planning center, or adding an eating area.

Kitchens — Under $50,000

Bob Michels  Construction, Inc., North Oaks  (North Oaks Project)

Designer: Bob Michels, Bob Michels Construction, Inc.

Kitchens — $50,000 to $75,000

Showcase Renovations, Inc., Corcoran  (St. Paul Project)

Designer: Bryan Meyer, M.A. Architecture and Interior Designer: Roche/Blodgett, Showcase Renovations, Inc.

Kitchens — $75,000 to $125,000

Knight Construction Design, Inc., Chanhassen  (Wayzata Project)

Designer: Kristen Peck, Knight Construction Design, Inc. and Interior Designer: Renee LeJeune Hallberg, RLH Studio

Kitchens — $125,000 to $175,000

Kuhl Design & Build, Hopkins  (Orono Project)

Designer: Ashley Mitlyng AIA, Kuhl Design & Build and Interior Designer: Shauna O’Brien Allied ASID, Kuhl  Design & Build

Kitchens — Over $175,000

John Kraemer & Sons, Inc., Edina  (St. Paul Project)

Designer: Charlie Simmons, Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd.



*LOWER LEVEL Basement (walkout or standard) level remodeling.

Lower Level — under $125,000

Kuhl Design & Build, Hopkins  (Orono Project)

Designer: Melanie Elliot, Kuhl Design &  Build and Interior Designer: Shauna O’Brien Allied ASID, Kuhl  Design & Build

Lower Level — over $125,000

Vujovich Design Build, Inc., Minneapolis  (Minneapolis Project)

Designer: Taunya Nelson AIA CID, White Spaces Architecture and Interior Designer: Beth Malmberg, Vujovich Design Build, Inc.



OWNERS SUITE/BEDROOM Remodeled bedroom or bedroom suite.

Bluejack Builders, St. Paul (Edina Project)

Designer: Andrew Sonnen, Bluejack Builders



SPECIAL This category looks at the design of a remodeling project that does not fall into other ROMA categories.

TreHus Builders, Inc., Minneapolis  (Bloomington Project)

Ror a Home Exterior Remodel. Designer: Jon Colliander and Krista Zobel, Trehus Builders, Inc.



TOTAL HOUSE The total-house category refers to any remodeling project that involves three or more of the previous categories and must retain 20 percent of the original structure.

Total House— Under $250,000

Mark D. Williams Custom Homes, Wayzata  (Minneapolis Project)

Interior Designer: Salley Thoele

Total House — $250, 000 to $500,000 TIE

Lucid Builders, Wayzata  (Deephaven Project)

Designer: John McGary, Lucid Builders and Interior Designer: John McGary, Lucid Builders

Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build, LLC, Minneapolis  (Minneapolis Project)

Total House — Over $500,000

Schrader & Companies, St. Louis Park  (Golden Valley Project)

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PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST, including Before &  After Photos of all winning remodeling projects View winners and entries online.