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REMODEL BIRMINGHAM

AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE GBAHB AND GBAHB REMODELERS

OUTDOOR/INDOOR

UPSCALE REMODEL THE 2009 ALABAMA REMODELING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

WHY NOW? THE LIST OF BIRMINGHAM’S TOP REMODELERS SEE PAGE 34 THE GREATER BIRMINGHAM ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ASSOCIATION


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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE WE’VE COME A LONG WAY FROM MIKE KELLEY, CGR GBAHB REMODELERS CHAIRMAN

GBAHB REMODELERS OFFICERS CHAIRMAN Mike Kelley CHAIRMAN-ELECT David Estreicher SECRETARY Erica Neel TREASURER Bob Garzarek IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Rob Baugher AT LARGE Bill Kinnebrew, Tom Coan, Steve Paternostro, Reynolds Anderson PUBLIC RELATIONS Britt Thompson ALABAMA REMODELING EXCELLENCE AWARDS Mike Kelley, Clay Harbin

GBAHB SENIOR OFFICERS PRESIDENT Glenn Siddle VICE PRESIDENT & SECRETARY Bobby Smith Jr. VICE PRESIDENT Judy Young TREASURER Bud Canter Jr.

ith 2009 coming to an end, the real estate market is showing signs of improving. The remodelers in central Alabama have modified the business to better meet their customer’s needs. Our state and the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders and Remodelers (GBAHB Remodelers) have risen to the needs of our members with training classes, programs to help with our changing markets, design competition, weatherization training, and funding information on EPA regulations dealing with the new lead paint legislation. Our clients demand good customer service and cutting-edge products. Additionally, the green movement is driving some of our clients in a new direction. There was a time not so long ago that the terms “green remodeling” or “sustainable building” conjured up thoughts of earth homes or solar panels on the roof. What exactly did it mean to build green—and how practical and/or expensive would it be? Fortunately, we’ve come a long way. And we’ve been led along that path by building and remodeling professionals who have defined green remodeling as an all-encompassing approach to making a home healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient. Energy-saving renovation, like replacing old windows with newer energy efficient ones can have an immediate impact on your bottom line. In this issue of Remodel Birmingham, several homeowners will share their remodeling stories. Kitchen and baths are still one of the biggest investments in our homes and brings the most return on investment. For most of us, our home is still our most valuable asset, and improving it makes it more valuable over the long term. For more information about GBAHB Remodelers, call 205-912-7000 or visit www.birminghambuilder.com.

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Mike Kelley, CGR Chairman, GBAHB Remodelers President, Counter Dimensions, Inc. Pelham, AL 205-664-3587

PAST PRESIDENT Roddy Sample

GBAHB STAFF PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF: TAYLOR BURTON COMPANY, INC.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER Bart Fletcher GBAHB REMODELERS STAFF LIAISON Martina Philpott GREATER BIRMINGHAM ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS (GBAHB) 100 Oslo Circle Birmingham, AL 35211 Phone: 205-912-7000 Fax: 205-451-0201 www.birminghambuilder.com

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CONTENTS WINTER 2009/2010

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Precision HomeCRAFTERS (left); McKay Building Co., Inc. (right)

Certified Experts

GREATER BIRMINGHAM ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS (GBAHB) 100 Oslo Circle Birmingham, AL 35211 Phone: 205-912-7000 Fax: 205-451-0201 www.birminghambuilder.com

Code of Ethics

GBAHB REMODELERS

Chairman’s Message

CHAIRMAN .......................................................Mike Kelley, CGR

Why Now? Upscale Kitchen Remodel A Kitchen Transformed Outdoor/Indoor Upscale Remodel The 2009 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards

STAFF LIAISON...................................................Martina Philpott

GBAHB PRESIDENT ........................................Roddy Sample, CGR, CAPS

4DMI PUBLISHER ............................................................. Kevin Ford EDITOR.............................................................. Sharon Glorioso CONTRIBUTING EDITOR .......................................... Troy Blewett CREATIVE DIRECTOR ............................................. Pete Moretta OPERATIONS DIRECTOR ............................................ Ruth Ford MARKETING DIRECTOR ............................................. John Ford OFFICE MANAGER...................................................Allyson Geier

GBAHB Remodelers Member Specialties GBAHB Remodelers Member Directory

ON THE COVER: OUTDOOR/INDOOR UPSCALE REMODEL Story starts on page 22. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF: OAK ALLEY, INC.

4TH DIMENSION MEDIA, INC

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CHANGE AND RENEWAL IS A NATURAL THING.

WINNER OF SEVEN 2009 ALABAMA REMODELING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

OakAlley, Inc. Design/Build Remodeling P.O. Box 157 Chelsea, Alabama 35043 Telephone: 205.669.3334 Fax: 205.669.7264 www.oakalleydesignbuild.com

2009 First Place Kitchen Alabama Chapter American Society of Interior Designers

2007 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards Reserved Champion for Best in Show 2005 Remodeler of the Year State of Alabama HBAA

2003 Remodeler of the Year Greater Birmingham GBAHB


CERTIFIED EXPERTS PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS SET PROFESSIONAL BUILDERS AND REMODELERS APART hen choosing a builder or remodeler, you want someone with the skill and expertise to do the job right. In a crowded marketplace, however, identifying a qualified professional can be difficult. That’s why the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) created professional designations that help consumers identify builders and remodelers who have committed themselves to continually improving their skills and being committed to their profession. When a homeowner selects a builder or remodeler with a NAHB professional designation, they are getting a professional with superior training, practical experience, and in-depth knowledge in their chosen specialty.

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CERTIFIED GRADUATE BUILDER (CGB) PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF: BAUGHER DESIGN & REMODEL, INC.

The CGB designation means your builder has met prescribed standards of practice, possess at least two years building industry experience, has a proven track record of successful project management, has completed a comprehensive education curriculum, and pledges to uphold the program’s Code of Ethics. The CGB course is designed to emphasize business and project management skills as the key to a professional building operation.

CERTIFIED GRADUATE REMODELER (CGR) The CGR course emphasizes the development of business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation. Remodelers holding the CGR designation meet prescribed standards of business practice, possess a minimum of five years remodeling industry experience, have a proven track record of successful remodeling projects, complete a comprehensive education curriculum, and pledge to uphold the program’s Code of Ethics.

CERTIFIED AGING-IN-PLACE SPECIALIST (CAPS)

MASTER BUILDER (MB) / MASTER REMODELER (MR)

The CAPS designation program teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential for remodelers doing home modifications for the aging-in-place. The NAHB Remodelers Council, in collaboration with the AARP, developed this program to provide comprehensive, practical, market specific information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging-in-place.

The purpose of the Master Builder / Master Remodeler Program certification of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders is to further enhance the professionalism of participating members and to provide the consumer with contractors of the highest professional standards. Members of the program must pass a rigorous entry process in order to receive the designation as Master Builder or Master Remodeler. They are screened by a committee of their peers who review customer, supplier and sub-contractor references; check for any current or pending litigation; verify full liability and workman’s compensation insurance coverage; and validate financial stability. Membership is reviewed on a yearly basis and failure to meet the program’s requirements can warrant disqualification from the program.

CERTIFIED GRADUATE ASSOCIATE (CGA) The CGA certificate program offers associate members an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the fundamentals of the home building industry. Modeled after the CGB curriculum, this designation is attained by completing three required and three elective courses which focus on improved management skills and business performance. The CGA designation is maintained by completing one course annually.

CERTIFIED GREEN PROFESSIONAL (CGP) The National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes – without driving up the cost of construction. Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach customers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.

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GRADUATE MASTER BUILDER (GMB) The ultimate designation for the building professional, the Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation is for experienced veterans only. Before beginning the GMB designation process, candidates must have the CGB designation, the CGR designation, the CGA designation with five years of building experience, or ten years of building experience and have completed three CGB/CGR/CGA courses. GMB course topics include risk management and insurance, negotiating, financial management and quality construction, to name a few. They are more advanced with in-depth instruction geared for experienced building professionals.


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CERTIFIED EXPERTS (cont'd) GBAHB REMODELERS Member Designations ALAGASCO Amy Dunavant ...........................................................CGA

NEEDCO, INC. THE CABINET COMPANY David Harrison .........................................................CAPS

ALPHA HOME BUILDERS Emmitt Stallworth ......................................................CGP

OAK ALLEY, INC. Michael McKay................................................CGR, CAPS

BAUGHER DESIGN & REMODEL, INC. Hannah Armstrong ...................................................CAPS Michael Armstrong ...................................................CAPS Robert Baugher, III...................................................CAPS Robert Baugher, Jr.........CGR, CGB, CGA, GMB, CAPS, CGP James Wells.............................................................CAPS

PARKSITE PLUNKETT WEBSTER (PPW) D. Clay Harbin .........................................................CAPS

BMR HOMES INC. Chris Youngs .............................................................CGP CABINET TRENDS M. Lynne McWhorter ................................................CAPS

PRECISION HOMECRAFTERS, INC George Williams...............................................CGR, CAPS PRITCHETT BUILDING CO., INC. Benny Pritchett ................................................GMB, CGP RE GARRISON Robert Garrison ..............................CGP, CGR, GMB, CAPS

COUNTER DIMENSIONS, INC. Michael Kelley...........................................................CGR Lee Welden..............................................................CAPS

RODDY O. SAMPLE & ASSOCIATES Mark Sample .............................................................CGR Roddy Sample .................................................CGR, CAPS

EAGLE BUILDING COMPANY, INC. David Sciarabba.......................................CGR, CGB, GMB

STERLING COMPANIES, LLC Bart Nelson.....................................................CGB, CAPS

INDIANWOOD BUILDING CO., INC. Laurie Kinnebrew .......................................................CGA

STRUCTURES, INC. Karen Scott .............................................................CAPS

J. HARRIS DEVELOPMENT Michael Alan Chandler .......................................CGB, CGP

THE SYSTEMS SHOP Ashley Nelson ..........................................................CAPS

JDF CONSTRUCTION, INC John Fowler ...........................................CGR, GMB, CAPS KURTTS CONSTRUCTION, INC George Kurtts ...................................................CGR, GMB MCKAY BUILDING CO., INC. Greg Maxwell ...........................................................CAPS Jewel McKay............................................................CAPS Robert McKay .........................................CGR, CGB, CAPS

TOWER DEVELOPMENT Price Hightower ........................................................GMB WARWICK DEVELOPMENT CO., INC. Charlotte Locke........................................................CAPS INDIVIDUAL Kelly Bakane .............................................................CGA Thomas Cooper.................................................CGB, GMB

CODE OF ETHICS GBAHB Remodelers are committed to an established Code of Ethics. It reads: Members of this Council shall observe the highest standards of integrity, frankness and responsibility in dealing with the public, adhering to the following principles:

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• All advertising statements shall be accurate and free of capacity to mislead or deceive the consumer.

• All contractual obligations shall be fulfilled in a reasonable period of time.

• Accuracy shall be required of all sales people in their descriptions of products and services, both written and verbal.

• All work shall be performed in a manner compatible with recognized standards of public health and safety applicable laws.

• All contracts executed shall be fully descriptive and fair to all parties.

• Members shall not perform, or cause to be performed, any act which would tend to reflect on, or bring into disrepute, themselves, this Council, or the Industry.

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LET US TAKE YOUR KITCHEN OR BATH TO A NEW DIMENSION. At your home. At your business. We’re at your service. RELAX. Forget about locating craftsmen, scheduling workers or choosing the right materials. Counter Dimensions, Inc. is a full-service, comprehensive kitchen and bath center that specializes in removing the hassles from the kitchen- and bath-building process. Leaving you to do nothing but enjoy the results.

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company profile Counter Dimensions, Inc. Pelham, AL matches the one you’ve always dreamed of and fits your lifestyle. Whether you need just new countertops, or an entire room designed to your specifications, Counter Dimensions can handle your remodeling job from start to finish. “Our dedicated staff can help select materials and design a look for your kitchen or bath that will complement the rest of your home,” Kelley stresses. “We’ll work with you and your contractor to make sure your kitchen- and/or bath-remodeling process is a seamless satisfying project.” COMMITTED TO YOUR SATISFACTION “Communications, teamwork and on-site supervision of projects from beginning to end are the keys to our success and our customers’ satisfaction,” Kelley says. “All of our projects are carefully planned, scheduled and managed in order to complete them on time and on budget,” he adds. LET US TAKE YOUR KITCHEN OR BATH TO A NEW DIMENSION. AT YOUR SERVICE Counter Dimensions, Inc., is a full-service, comprehensive kitchen and bath center that specializes in removing the hassles from the kitchen and bath-building processes, leaving customers to enjoy the end results. Dedicated to individualized service and top-quality products, Counter Dimensions, Inc., has distributed and installed countertops and cabinets since 1988. Its extensive product list includes: • Five cabinetry lines including Shiloh All Wood Cabinetry, a division of W. W. Wood Products, Inc. • An assorted selection of knobs and pulls • Decorative tiles • Laminate countertops including Formica and Wilsonart • Solid surface countertops including DuPont Corian and Zodiaq, as well as granite. “With professional designers on staff and a vast network of industry professionals, we provide full-service design and remodeling services for residential and commercial kitchens and baths,” says Mike Kelley, president. These services include layouts and elevations, connections of appliances and fixtures with job coordination including general contracting, electrical work, gas and plumbing connections, flooring and wallpaper installation, and painting. AT YOUR HOME Whether new or remodeled, your kitchen and baths are the showplaces of your home. A home can only be as elegant as its baths, as warm and relaxing as its kitchen. Whatever your style, Counter Dimensions will design and deliver a kitchen or bath that 205-664-3587

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WHY NOW?

BY LORRAINE HART

There are several reasons not to hold off on your next remodeling project. ometimes we allow forces outside of us to dictate our decisions, plans, and actions. This has never been as true as it has been in this current economic climate. Unfortunately, some of our decisions, especially those based on fear, hurt us more than they help us. Waiting to put our plans into action because we’re afraid of the economy may be the worst thing we could do. Rather than lamenting that lemon that life or the economy has thrown at you, let’s look at how you can make lemonade. Fortunately there are a lot of reasons to do that project now, especially if you choose a Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders (GBAHBR Remodelers) member as your contractor. Now that the economy is slower and there are less people doing work, it may be easier to schedule your dream project. And remember prices will go up— so do it now before the costs increase. According to Sandra Kelley of Counter Dimensions in Pelham, AL, in today’s economy many area remodeling firms and contractors aren’t as busy as they normally would be. “It is a great time to remodel and take advantage of a large number of highly qualified remodeling contractors ready to start work immediately,” Sandra said.

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“Prices have never been more competitive and I also think clients will get better job supervision due to the decrease in work load. Some materials are less expensive such as drywall, but overall building material prices have held.” ADDING VALUE TO YOUR HOME As we all know, there are always ups and downs in the economy. For those of you who decide to go ahead now, you will not only end up with a home that is worth more in the future, but you will have added months and years of enjoyment of your remodeled home. For those of you with children, keep in mind that their childhood doesn’t last forever, so why not maximize their time in their remodeled home. Now may be the ideal time to plan your dream vacation in your own home. Many years ago, I was speaking with someone who had just completed work to her home. Her family was planning a two-week vacation. When I asked where they were going, she said home. She said I now have the home of my dreams, why go anywhere? Look around and ask yourself what changes you would like to make so that your home will be more enjoyable to you and your family. These changes may include an upgrade to your landscape, a face lift to the exterior of your house, interior renovations

that will add comfort and fun for you and your family, or even a complete remodel. As you look around also keep in mind that the project doesn’t have to be huge to create the effect you need and want. A professional GBAHBR Remodelers member can help you create that vision whether it’s a large remodel, a mediumsized renovation, or a simple facelift. Do it now so that you can enjoy it sooner. IS NOW THE TIME TO REMODEL? ABSOLUTELY! There are several reasons why it is a good idea to remodel your home. Some of the most common reasons include: • The maintenance and repair of a leaky or deteriorating roof or siding. • Inefficient windows, doors, or insulation. • A growing family that requires more space. • Expansion to a two-family home for parents or children. • Outdated and inefficient kitchens and bathrooms. • A home office to increase efficiency. • New and expanded decks to extend living area for increased family time and entertaining. • Home media centers for increased family time.

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF: COUNTER DIMENSIONS, INC.

MAINTAINING YOUR HOME Maintenance and repair of any home should be addressed promptly. Unfortunately in economic downturns many people put off repairing or replacing items like roofing, siding, gutters, etc. This is always a bad idea when damage exists—it only spreads when neglected, which means a repair or replacement that could have been a manageable expense turns into a major investment. Your home in a good or bad economy is still the single largest investment most people make and should be properly maintained. The housing market is cyclical and always rebounds, it will again. Homeowners should be careful to maintain and update their investment if they want to reap the benefits later. A neglected or outdated home is a much

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tougher sell in any economy and will always bring bottom dollar to the seller. According to Kelly Watson, of Bluestone Building, LLC, in Birmingham, AL, energy efficient features, up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms, and low- or nomaintenance features will always attract buyers. “Now is definitely the time to tackle these projects; there are many great new products on the market to fit any budget,” Kelly said. Additionally, more and more people are choosing to stay in their current homes rather than moving in today’s current economic state. “Whether you want to upgrade your kitchen, or add on a media room, it allows you to enjoy your home now—and it will increase the value of your home,” Kelly said. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR Speaking of budget, there are a lot of companies that try to put a spin on socalled ‘bargains.’ Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Consumers should get everything in writing and the contractor should take their time to review all the details not only before the contract but also after the contract is signed and before the construction starts. Like any other business, remodeling companies have to make money especially if the customer wants them to be around in case of any warranty issues that can arise after the project is completed. SAVING ENERGY SAVES MONEY An energy efficient home saves money every day. Replacing windows, doors, siding, insulation, and mechanical systems will save the homeowner in the long run. Examples of how this can save you money include: • Old kitchens and bathrooms waste a tremendous amount of water every day. This costs the homeowner money and adds undue stress on a resource that is quickly being depleted. • Inefficient appliances and old wiring also drain a homeowners pocket while increasing their carbon footprint. • Installing solar & photovoltaic systems helps both the homeowner’s pocket book as well as the environment. • Two-family homes are a wonderful answer to the affordable housing issue for young families as well as their parents, saving both families money. Many companies are seeing this trend continue today. • Rebates are also being offered for energy efficient upgrades to homes.

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YOUR HOME OUTDOORS Additionally, don’t forget home’s space just outside your front and back doors. It's always the right time to add beauty and enjoyment to your home. Most landscaping companies work with homeowners year round to ensure they get the most from their property. WHY NOW? It is always a good time to begin a landscape project. Typically, plants respond to transplanting better in the fall or spring due to the cooler weather, rather than the hotter months of July and August. When companies are hired to do summer planting, clients are advised to keep to a rigorous watering schedule and a fall or spring planting can ease this some what. Also, during the fall into the winter months crews begin to slow down. Typically, landscapers busiest time is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. When the weather becomes nice and a hint of summer arrives, their calendars begin to fill-up immediately. Additionally, the spring and fall are a great time for homeowners to make landscape improvements, as they know exactly what worked for them this past summer in terms of their property and what didn't. Also, the designers begin to have more availability, so starting a design in the fall or spring allows you to have more schedule options. Then, because your design is finished, they can put you onto the calendar for early spring or fall the next year, getting a jump on your enjoyment of a well-landscaped yard.

Additionally, in terms of masonry, as long as the ground is not frozen, crews typically work well into the winter. REAPING THE BENEFITS Professionally landscaped homes traditionally receive about a 10 percent to 15 percent increase in their resale value. Given the tightening of belts by home buyers, a professionally landscaped home, with night light and irrigation, can help you sell your home faster, attracting a more savvy buyer looking for these upscale amenities. Even if you are not selling your home, the beauty of a professionally landscaped yard cannot be understated. A well-designed yard adds to your family's enjoyment by fitting your needs to your property and not the other way around. Editor’s Note: Lorraine Hart is the president of Ideal Consulting Services, a consulting firm with offices in New York and Texas. Sources for this Article: Author: Lorraine Hart President: Ideal Consulting Services, Inc. 516-826-6725 www.IdealConsulting.net Bluestone Building, LLC Contact: Kelly Watson 4 Office Park Circle, #314 Birmingham, AL 35223 205-874-1188 Counter Dimensions, Inc. Contact: Sandra Kelley 2726 Chandalar Place Drive Pelham, AL 35124 205-664-3560


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UPSCALE KITCHEN REMODEL

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF: NJT CONSTRUCTION, INC.

This Oak Mountain, AL, home’s kitchen recently went through an entire remodel, updating its entire layout to better fit this family’s needs.

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hen this Oak Mountain, AL, family bought this 3,200-square-foot, four-bedroom, three full, and twoand one-half bathroom home, about 12 years ago, it perfectly suited their families’ needs. But now, Stony and Janet Jackson, the parents of three children, are almost empty nesters and they thought that it was time that they make some changes for their new lifestyle with their children nearly moved out. The house, when they bought it, was only about seven months old at the time; it was built in 1997. The kitchen, almost brand new, served them fairly well over the years. However, now that they plan on entertaining more often, they decided that the kitchen desperately needed some major changes. “We loved the kitchen when we first bought the house, but it quickly outdated itself over the years,” Janet said.

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Over time, the existing white painted spec cabinets changed color, and turned into an almost cream color. “They really needed to be replaced,” Janet said. “I also wanted much more counter space, and I needed a lot more storage room.” Overall, the couple knew that they wanted to replace the cabinets with custom-made cabinetry and include a pantry, island, dry bar, desk, overhead, and base cabinets. FINDING THE RIGHT REMODELER When Janet and Stony decided to move forward with the project, it was time to find an area remodeler. They did some research and got a referral from a member that belongs to their church—the owner of NJT Construction in Birmingham. “We knew the owner Roger Self from church, so we talked about the project with him and felt

comfortable, so we ultimately decided to go with him and his company,” Janet said. “We weren’t really close friends or anything, but it was nice that we knew about him and as far as we knew, his company had a good reputation.” With Janet owning her own business—FlowerBuds—and having a lot of experience planning weddings and decoration, and Stony being an engineer, it was important that they both be part of the design and they had certain ideas that they wanted to implement within their new kitchen. “Roger worked very well with us,” she said. “We wanted to incorporate certain artistic elements into the design, such as the molding throughout, and they really listened to us and let us help design the project.” An important request that the homeowners had was that the project be done in about six weeks’ time. They began


COMING UP WITH IDEAS When they first decided to remodel their kitchen, Janet knew exactly what she wanted for her dream kitchen. Janet picked out granite countertops in a bamboo green color, and decided to put an island in with a green subway tile backsplash to match. “My favorite colors are different colors of greens; it turned out beautiful,” Janet said. Another important aspect of designing a new kitchen, the couple wanted to get the ‘most bang for their buck.’ They paid close attention to measuring out the space so they could utilize every inch of space available to them. The first thing they did was pick out their appliances. “The appliances were very important to me,” Janet said. “I wanted very high-end appliances and we got a really good deal on them. We picked them out first and decided where we wanted them located in the new space, and basically had the new custom-built cabinets built around them.” Her oversized refrigerator and dishwasher doors were made to match the cabinets. The new appliances include a cabinet-front GE Mongram series refrigera-

tor, a GE dishwasher, a Meile gas cooktop range, a Thermador convection oven, warming drawer, and microwave. CUSTOM CABINETRY THROUGHOUT The custom cabinetry built by Randall’s Woodworks includes several pull-out drawers. A pull-out cabinet drawer was installed for garbage, and above the stovetop the cabinetry includes all platter space with an extra 48 inches of all extra shelving space. “Overall, our kitchen became much more efficient and it makes much more practical use of space,” Janet said. The cabinetry also includes a convenient three-level Lazy Susan, which Janet stores her spices and other kitchen necessities. Another request that Janet had was to widen the door to the entrance of the kitchen and boost the height by several inches. “This gives it much more open space and allows for a much more open feel to the entire room.” The remodeled kitchen also includes a desk niche with a combination computer/TV area. NJT Construction also paid close attention to match up the new hardwood flooring in the den and master bedroom with existing hardwood flooring in the living room, dining room, and kitchen. “They did an excellent job.”

The laundry room includes a stackable washer and dryer, and NJT Construction built in a broom closet for extra storage. “I also love the dry bar area and the ice maker that they installed.” New light fixtures and recessed lighting complete the kitchen with an elegant look. HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS One thing that Janet said that made the project go so smoothly was that she and Stony were able to make quick decisions about what they wanted and NTJ Construction was very accommodating to their needs. “Roger was very easy to work with and he really listened to what we wanted,” she said. NJT Construction did a fantastic job,” Janet said. “They exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend them. They did a phenomenal job on our new kitchen; they were great to work with. We couldn’t be happier with the results and we are very pleased with the new kitchen.” Sources for This Article: NJT Construction, Inc. Owner: Roger Self 1027 Briarcliff Trace Birmingham, AL 35242 205-991-0096

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF: NJT CONSTRUCTION, INC.

June 1st and finished June 30th. “That was very important to me,” Janet said.

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A KITCHEN TRANSFORMED This kitchen was recently gutted and remodeled in this 1950s-built home, as part of a whole-house remodel. Granite countertops and hardwood floors are used throughout. hen Sandy Miller and her husband John inherited her late aunt’s 1950s home in Vestavia Hills, AL, they decided to remodel the home and make it their primary residence. At that time, they lived in an area townhome, which provided them the perfect opportunity to remodel the house before moving. “The house was pretty much stripped and redone,” Sandy said. The existing three-bedroom, oneand one-half bathroom house needed to be updated and enlarged with the addition of a master suite. A complete kitchen renovation was also a high priority for Sandy.

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FINDING THE RIGHT REMODELER Sandy started looking around for an area remodeling company to take on the project. Precision Homecrafters, in Birmingham, AL, is a client of her employer. Several of her co-workers knew of the company’s work for remodeling projects and the various awards that they had won. “We looked into Precision Homecrafters, their reputation, and past projects—so we decided to use them for our remodeling project,” Sandy said. Sandy met with George Williams, Owner of Precision Homecrafters, and their architect to begin the design-build process. They listened to what she wanted in a kitchen. Sandy said that the primary objectives for the kitchen area were to provide space for family gatherings during holidays and to serve

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as a focal point for daily living. “The architect put together some preliminary sketches, and I just loved them. Everything just kind of evolved from there,” she said. GETTING STARTED According to George Williams, the original kitchen was small and housed the washer and dryer. In the existing layout, an adjacent small bedroom was used as a den. “The first thing we did was enlarge the footprint of the kitchen with a small corner addition, removing the wall between the kitchen and original bedroom and removing part of the wall between the kitchen and living room. This wall served as structural support, which received kitchen cabinets on one side and bookshelves on the living room side,” George said. “This helped them enlarge the area and provided for much more space.” STAYING WITHIN BUDGET Careful consideration was made when selecting cabinets. The Millers had a budget for the project, and Sandy said it was important to them to stay within budget. “I knew what color cabinets I wanted, and it was also important to me that pull-out drawers were included,” Sandy said. They looked at different door styles and stain color. They ultimately decided on custom-made cabinets. Some wall cabinets included glass, which Sandy uses to display her collectible dishes.


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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF: PRECISION HOMECRAFTERS


Granite countertops are used throughout the kitchen. Sandy picked out stainless steel Kenmore appliances and a KitchenAid refrigerator. Lighting includes recessed lights throughout the room, pendant lights above the island and under-cabinet lights. “It turned out great; it’s so pretty with the lights on at night.” The existing linoleum flooring was replaced with hardwood floors. “The floors are beautiful; they did an excellent job at matching up the new stain with the rest of the flooring throughout the house, which was all refinished. They flow nicely from room to room,” Sandy said.

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the plan work, a small addition to an existing bump out was required. A center support wall serves as a back for bookshelves in the living room and jut-out cabinets in the kitchen. A large passageway on each end of the wall from the kitchen to the living room creates an open feeling and allows traffic to flow from one area to the other. HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS The finished project transformed the small dated kitchen/laundry room combination with built-in plywood cabinets into a spacious kitchen that accommodates a large dining table, a large island, and plenty of cabinet space. Precision Homecrafters also added a French Door leading from the kitchen

to the rear patio. Hardwood floors flow throughout the house. Stainless steel appliances complement the cabinets and granite countertops. This beautiful kitchen truly is “the heart of the home” and a wonderful place to gather with family. Sandy and John now live in the remodeled home. They sold their townhouse and love their new home. “I recommend Precision Homecrafters to anyone doing a remodeling project; they do excellent work.” Sources for this Article: Precision Homecrafters Owner: George Williams 1215 Lake Forest Circle Birmingham, AL 35244 205-733-9583


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avid and Terri DeSantis have lived in their 1996-built, 7,200-squarefoot, five-bedroom, five- and onehalf bathroom home for the past seven years with their two young daughters. Several years ago they built a beautiful in-ground pool in their backyard with access from the lower level. After using the new outdoor area for a couple of years, they began to notice some changes that they wanted to make throughout the indoor and outdoor areas of their home. “We loved using the pool, but there wasn’t easy access to it—and by adding an additional kitchen area right outside of the pool area, it would be much easier to entertain,” Terri said. “And, I always wanted a Butler’s pantry. Additionally, I was sick and tired of carrying the wet towels from the pool up to the main level to the laundry room and the existing laundry room was a bit small."

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FINDING THE RIGHT REMODELER After talking about their desires, they decided it was time to find a local remodeler to start coming up with the plans. They began talking with area remodelers and received a referral for design/build firm Oak Alley, Inc. from a former neighbor, Kale Frames, owner of Cabinet Trends in Birmingham. Kale and

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Oak Alley Inc. recently remodeled this home to include a beautiful indoor/outdoor kitchen area, with additional poolside access. A new butler’s pantry and new laundry room also add to the home’s efficiency.

Lynne McWhorter, cabinet designer, having worked together with Oak Alley as trade partners on this and several other jobs over the years, had nothing but nice things to say about the company. “We made an appointment with Oak Alley and also looked into other companies as well,” Terri said. “We interviewed Oak Alley; we really liked them and decided to move forward with the remodeling project.” Ultimately, they decided to add a kitchen area to the lower level, move their existing mainfloor laundry room to the lower level, convert the existing laundry area into a butler’s pantry, add a pergola over the upper-level terrace, and a spiral staircase to have better access to their pool area. RECONFIGURING THE PANTRY AREA Oak Alley employees met with the DeSantis’ and started to go over plans with them. According to the DeSantis’, the pantry, though centrally located, was way too small. Additionally, the existing laundry area took too much valuable space away from the kitchen. Oak Alley’s Owner Mike McKay came up with an elegant solution, which moved the laundry out of the way to create a large walk-in pantry. “We first decided to move the laundry room to a

more convenient place on the lower level,” Mike said. “Then we had a space for the new pantry. We removed the old laundry sink and cabinets and installed new, more attractive shelving, giving the DeSantis’ plenty of room to store all their needed supplies.” The small space left vacant by the previous pantry was turned into a convenient new Butler’s pantry. Oak Alley outfitted the area with decorative cabinetry, granite countertops, a unique vessel bar sink, and a new under-the counter beverage refrigerator. CREATIVE SOLUTIONS INCORPORATED THROUGHOUT According to Terri, the small, vacated pantry space needed more light and a little more elbow room for it to function as a Butler’s pantry. So Oak Alley added a pass through with a serving shelf, solving both the lighting and space issues. “It turned out very well,” Mike said. “This handy pass through with a serving ledge brings light and convenience to this little gem of a spot.” POOL ACCESS MADE MUCH EASIER The homeowners had a nice pool area in the backyard, but there was not enough room to add a pool house. And, access to the backyard was through the lowerlevel walk-out basement. The homeown-

ers felt that the pool was too far from the living area. “We wanted much better access to the pool area,” Terri said. “We could see the kids in the pool from the main level, but we had to go through the lower level to get out there. And, we were constantly bringing the wet towels and swim wear through the house up to the main floor laundry.” Oak Alley’s creative solution took the living area to the pool. The home had a wonderful terrace on the main level but there was no way to access the lower level pool without going through the house. After careful consideration and many rendered images, circular wrought iron stairs were chosen as the right look and space-saving solution for this area. “We added a pergola and spiral stairs to the main floor terrace overlooking the pool for shade and more convenient access as well,” Mike said. Arbor Dreams, a product division of Oak Alley, was instrumental in making the perfect pergola and the end result turned out well. Arbor Dreams specializes in elegant and stately composite arbors and pergolas that can accommodate ceiling fans, rain-proofing and screening systems, misting systems, and contain both audio and lighting components.

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grill and a gorgeous ceiling fan on the lower patio further enhance the indooroutdoor living space.

“Arbor Dreams focuses exclusively on creating custom-designed, low-maintenance outdoor living spaces that families and friends can enjoy for years. Our mission is to build beautiful structures that will enhance homeowners’ quality of life, and do so in a way and with materials that will grant you lasting peace of mind,” Mike said. KITCHEN ADDITION Another one of Terri and Oak Alley’s solutions was to take a lower-level spare

bedroom and bath and use the space to create a summer kitchen, complete with laundry facilities for towels and wet suits, plus indoor and outdoor cooking and eating spaces. New French doors replaced the old double windows. New cabinets by Cabinet Trends, granite countertops, appliances, tile floor, and lighting transformed the space into a new focal point for living. They also replaced the tub in the nearby bathroom with a rain shower and installed a furniture vanity. A large

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he Butler’s pantry won first place in the residential specialties category in the 2009 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards and the Pergola was a

winner in the Outdoor Living category. Additionally, the project was awarded first place in the kitchen category for the state by the American Society of

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Interior Designers Alabama Chapter.

LIVING THROUGH A REMODEL According to Terri, living through the remodel wasn’t bad at all. “They did the work in shifts, which really made it much easier for our family,” she said. For example, Oak Alley kept the old laundry room functional until the new one was ready to be used, she said. They kept space for pantry items until the new Butler’s pantry was completed too. “In addition, they put plastic barriers up and did their best to keep the dust out of the rest of the house. We were very happy working with them. Everything turned out great.” RECOMMENDS REMODELER According to Mike, when the pool and backyard are great, but the only access is through the basement, this is what to do! “Terri had great ideas, and we enjoyed working with her to bring them to life. In summary, we took a spare bedroom and bath and used the space to create a summer kitchen, complete with laundry facilities, plus indoor and outdoor cooking and eating spaces. We added a handsomely designed fiberglass pergola with square columns to enhance the appearance and comfort of the above terrace, and a spiral stair to connect these stunning outdoor spaces. Outdoor living takes on a new depth of meaning for the family with these handy facilities.” “We were extremely happy with the results and I recommend Oak Alley for anyone doing remodeling work,” Terri said. “It’s now much easier for us to entertain and we love it. They did a great job making use of all of the spaces; we wouldn’t have done anything differently. They do really great work.” Sources For This Article: Oak Alley, Inc. Contact: Michael McKay P.O. Box 157 Chelsea, AL 35043 205-669-3334 www.oakalleydesignbuild.com Arbor Dreams Contact: Gavin Petty 205-943-2726 www.arbordreams.net

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THE 2009 ALABAMA REMODELING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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everal companies, who are members of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders, recently were recognized

with Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards. The Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards are presented by the Home Builders Association of Alabama. The awards are given to remodelers, contractors, kitchen and bath designers, and other building professionals who exhibited outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail in projects throughout Alabama. You will find more information about the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards by visiting www.remodelalabama.com.

ADDITIONS $100K-$250K

Oak Alley, Inc. (205) 669-3334

1ST PLACE

www.oakalleydesignbuild.com

ADDITIONS $100K-$250K

Oak Alley, Inc. (205) 669-3334

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Oak Alley, Inc. (205) 669-3334 BASEMENT REMODEL

Taylor Burton Company (205) 822-7936 BASEMENT REMODEL

REMODELING 3RD PLACE

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www.taylorburton.com

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ADDITIONS UNDER $100K

1ST PLACE

Precision Homecrafters, LLC (205) 733-9583 BASEMENT REMODEL

2ND PLACE

Baugher Design & Remodel, Inc. (205) 870-8572 www.remodelit.info BATH REMODEL $20K-$50K

1ST PLACE

Counter Dimensions, Inc. (205) 664-3587 www.counterdimensions.com

Visit www.remodelalabama.com to find more about the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards.


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BATH REMODEL $20K-$50K

Taylor Burton Company (205) 822-7936 BATH OVER $50K

REMODELING 2ND PLACE

www.taylorburton.com

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EXCELLENCE

BATH REMODEL $20K-$50K

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Baugher Design & Remodel, Inc. (205) 870-8572 www.remodelit.info BATH OVER $50K

2ND PLACE

McKay Building Company, Inc. (205) 980-1718 www.mckaybuilding.com

Counter Dimensions, Inc. (205) 664-3587 www.counterdimensions.com

BATH UNDER $20K

EXTERIOR REMODEL

Precision Homecrafters, LLC (205) 733-9583

1ST PLACE

1ST PLACE

Construct, Inc. (205) 423-0007

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KITCHENS $40K-$80K

1ST PLACE

Case Handyman & Remodeling/ Counter Dimensions, Inc. (205) 968-6000 Birmingham.CaseRemodeling.com

Precision Homecrafters, LLC (205) 733-9583 KITCHENS $40K-$80K

HISTORIC RESTORATION

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McKay Building Company, Inc. (205) 980-1718 www.mckaybuilding.com

Precision Homecrafters, LLC (205) 733-9583 HISTORIC RESTORATION

EXCELLENCE

KITCHENS OVER $80K

1ST PLACE

Counter Dimensions, Inc. (205) 664-3587 www.counterdimensions.com

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EXCELLENCE

KITCHENS OVER $80K

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Counter Dimensions, Inc. (205) 664-3587 www.counterdimensions.com

McKay Building Company, Inc. (205) 980-1718 www.mckaybuilding.com

KITCHENS UNDER $40K

KITCHENS UNDER $40K

1ST PLACE

Precision Homecrafters, LLC (205) 733-9583 KITCHENS UNDER $40K

Taylor Burton Company (205) 822-7936 3RD PLACE

H.B. Thompson Construction Services, Inc. (205) 822-4370

OUTDOOR LIVING

Oak Alley, Inc. (205) 669-3334

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www.taylorburton.com

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RESIDENTIAL SPECIALTY

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Oak Alley, Inc. (205) 669-3334

www.oakalleydesignbuild.com

Oak Alley, Inc. (205) 669-3334

www.oakalleydesignbuild.com

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2ND PLACE

RESIDENTIAL SPECIALTY

3RD PLACE (TIE)

OUTDOOR LIVING

Counter Dimensions, Inc. (205) 664-3587 www.counterdimensions.com

H.B. Thompson Construction Services, Inc. (205) 822-4370

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1ST PLACE

Case Handyman & Remodeling/ HKW Associates (205) 968-6000 Birmingham.CaseRemodeling.com Visit www.remodelalabama.com to find more about the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards.


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EXCELLENCE

UNIVERSAL DESIGN

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Counter Dimensions, Inc. GRJ Enterprises (205) 664-3587 www.counterdimensions.com

McKay Building Company, Inc. (205) 980-1718 www.mckaybuilding.com

UNIVERSAL DESIGN

UNIVERSAL DESIGN

2ND PLACE

Precision Homecrafters, LLC (205) 733-9583 WHOLE HOUSE $50K-$500K

Oak Alley, Inc. (205) 669-3334

3RD PLACE

www.oakalleydesignbuild.com

2ND PLACE

WHOLE HOUSE OVER $500K

1ST PLACE

McKay Building Company, Inc. (205) 980-1718 www.mckaybuilding.com

Taylor Burton Company (205) 822-7936

www.taylorburton.com

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN 1ST PLACE It had become difficult for the owner to negotiate stairs to the second floor master bedroom due to hip and knee surgeries. A master suite was added to the main level. Although the owner is not currently confined to a wheelchair, the addition was made wheelchair accessible. Lever handles on doors and faucets provide easy hand usage. A vanity with knee space, roll-in shower, and comfort-height toilet provide additional amenities to make this a home for a lifetime.

McKay Building Company Inc. 7059 Meadowlark Drive Birmingham, AL 35242 Contact: Bob McKay (205) 980-1718 www.mckaybuilding.com


MEMBER SPECIALTIES

GBAHB Remodelers Winter 2009/2010 CONTRACTORS Additions Baugher Design & Remodel Inc. .........................................205-870-8572 Case Handyman & Remodeling ...........................................205-968-6000 DWP Construction, LLC .....................................................205-978-1626 GRJ Enterprises ................................................................205-369-4641 McKay Building Co., Inc. ...................................................205-980-1718 Oak Alley, Inc. ..................................................................205-669-3334 Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Basement Remodeling Al Foster Construction Co...................................................205-969-2536 Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Bathroom Cabinets Counter Dimensions, Inc....................................................205-664-3587

Bathroom Remodeling

SUPPLIERS, MANUFACTURERS & TRADE RELATED SERVICES Appliances Alagasco ..........................................................................205-326-1610

Building Materials Classic View, LLC ..............................................................205-481-0029

Cabinets Counter Dimensions, Inc....................................................205-664-3587

Countertops Counter Dimensions, Inc....................................................205-664-3587

Carpet & Flooring Don's Carpet One ..............................................................205-655-8777

Carpeting Installer Don's Carpet One ..............................................................205-655-8777

Carpeting Retailer

Al Foster Construction Co...................................................205-969-2536 Baugher Design & Remodel Inc. .........................................205-870-8572 Case Handyman & Remodeling ...........................................205-968-6000 McKay Building Co., Inc. ...................................................205-980-1718 Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Don's Carpet One ..............................................................205-655-8777

Cabinets

Flooring Installer

Carpenter Contractors Al Foster Construction Co...................................................205-969-2536

Countertops Counter Dimensions, Inc....................................................205-664-3587 DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen ..............................................205-661-2284

Custom Homes Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583

Decks & Porches Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Design/Build Baugher Design & Remodel Inc. .........................................205-870-8572 DWP Construction, LLC .....................................................205-978-1626 McKay Building Co., Inc. ...................................................205-980-1718 Oak Alley, Inc. ..................................................................205-669-3334 Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Kitchen Cabinets Counter Dimensions, Inc....................................................205-664-3587

Kitchen Remodeling Al Foster Construction Co...................................................205-969-2536 Baugher Design & Remodel Inc. .........................................205-870-8572 Case Handyman & Remodeling ...........................................205-968-6000 DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen ..............................................205-661-2284 DWP Construction, LLC .....................................................205-978-1626 GRJ Enterprises ................................................................205-369-4641 McKay Building Co., Inc. ...................................................205-980-1718 Oak Alley, Inc. ..................................................................205-669-3334 Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Don's Carpet One ..............................................................205-655-8777

Doors Classic View, LLC ..............................................................205-481-0029 Superior Windows .............................................................205-942-2715 Don's Carpet One ..............................................................205-655-8777

Heating & Cooling (HVAC) Alagasco ..........................................................................205-326-1610

Kitchen & Bath Showroom Counter Dimensions, Inc....................................................205-664-3587

Kitchen Cabinets Counter Dimensions, Inc....................................................205-664-3587

Millwork Classic View, LLC ..............................................................205-481-0029

Utilities Alagasco ..........................................................................205-326-1610

Windows Classic View, LLC ..............................................................205-481-0029 Superior Windows .............................................................205-942-2715 PHOTOGRAPHY Š SYLVIA MARTIN

Counter Dimensions, Inc....................................................205-664-3587 DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen ..............................................205-661-2284

Ceramic Tile & Marble

Handyman Case Handyman & Remodeling ...........................................205-968-6000

Outdoor Kitchens Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Porch & Patio Enclosures Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Remodelers Baugher Design & Remodel Inc. .........................................205-870-8572 Case Handyman & Remodeling ...........................................205-968-6000 DWP Construction, LLC .....................................................205-978-1626 GRJ Enterprises ................................................................205-369-4641 Oak Alley, Inc. ..................................................................205-669-3334 Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583

Universal Design/Accessibility McKay Building Co., Inc. ...................................................205-980-1718 Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

Whole House Renovation Baugher Design & Remodel Inc. .........................................205-870-8572 DWP Construction, LLC .....................................................205-978-1626 GRJ Enterprises ................................................................205-369-4641 McKay Building Co., Inc. ...................................................205-980-1718 Oak Alley, Inc. ..................................................................205-669-3334 Precision Homecrafters ......................................................205-733-9583 Roddy O. Sample & Associates ...........................................205-621-6621

1997 Alabama Remodeler of the Year 2004 Birmingham Remodeler of the Year

Roddy O. Sample & Associates, Inc. Professional Remodeling Services P.O. Box 1844 ~ Pelham, Alabama 35124 (205) 621-6621 ~ FAX (205) 663-4777 e-mail: roddysample@bellsouth.net www.roddysample.com


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Membership Directory

Contractors

David and Karen’s Joint Venture, LLC 27 Shades Crest Rd. Birmingham, AL 35226 Contact: David Shrout Phone: (205) 989-6559

Al Foster Construction Company 3108 Starview Circle Birmingham, AL 35243 Contact: Al Foster Phone: (205) 969-2536

CASE Handyman & Remodeling 3118 Bellwood Drive, Suite 120 Birmingham, AL 35243 Contact: Tom Coan Phone: (205) 968-6000 Email: Tom@CaseHandR.com Web: Birmingham.CaseRemodeling.com

Baugher Design & Remodel, Inc. 2700 19th Place South, Suite 200 Birmingham, AL 35209 Contact: Rob Baugher, CGR, CGB, GMB, CAPS, CGA, CGP Phone: (205) 870-8572 Fax: (205) 874-8655 Website: www.remodelit.info

Day Star Construction Inc 4005 2nd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35222 Contact: Stephen Dorsky Phone: (205) 591-0751

Design Build Associates 228 Caliente Drive Birmingham, AL 35226 Contact: Lee Robertson Phone: (205) 988-4300

Detail Services, Inc. 428 Sunhill Road NW Center Point, AL 35215 Contact: Tina Sharpe Phone: (205) 856-5257

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen 1808 Gadsden Hwy, Suite 134 Birmingham, AL 35235 Contact: Max Moody Phone: (205) 661-2284 At CASE, we provide expert advice and award-winning results. We partner with you to achieve your goals on time and on budget with no surprises.

Champion Window Co. of Birmingham, LLC With over 35 years experience, we can help you turn your ideas into a design and work with you to complete the project of your dreams. We staff each project with an onsite project manager and provide a five-year warranty on our labor.

Best Inspections P O Box 441 Springville, AL 35146 Contact: Bobby Monk Phone: (205) 467-3062

Bluestone Building, LLC 4 Office Park Circle, #314 Birmingham, AL 35223 Contact: Kelly Watson Phone: (205) 874-1188

309 H Cahaba Valley Pkwy. Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: David Sanders Phone: (205) 444-0096

Craft Brothers Company

Craftsman Construction Inc 108 41st Street South Birmingham, AL 35222 Contact: Debbie Elsberry Phone: (205) 592-7070

D F Hughes Construction Inc. PO Box 382904 Birmingham, AL 35238 Contact: D.F. Hughes Phone: (205) 271-8120

Call us at: 205-912-7000 or visit: www.birminghambuilder.com

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2075-A Columbiana Road Birmingham, AL 35216 Contact: Blake Mizerany Phone: (205) 978-1626

925 North 28th Street Birmingham, AL 35203 Contact: Dale Cathey Phone: (205) 251-8873

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DWP Construction, LLC

DWP Construction is a steadfast general contractor and professional manager of construction services, specializing in a wide range of residential and commercial projects. DWP Construction has a diverse group of new and repeat clientele. Clients particularly appreciate our teamwork approach to issues such as: early involvement, cost control, onsite management, meeting deadlines, and our dedication to do things right.

Foam Insulation Technologies, LLC 1005 Bluestone Way Birmingham, AL 35242 Contact: Leroy Sloan Phone: (205) 410-7748


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Pate & Company, Inc.

232 Portsouth Lane Alabaster, AL 35007 Contact: Mike Carden, CGR Phone: (205) 967-2570

1915 Courson Court Leeds, AL 35094 Contact: Ken Pate Phone: (205) 699-5932

GRJ Enterprises, Inc. 1674 Hwy 1 Bessemer, AL 35022 Contact: Gregg Jackson Phone: (205) 369-4641

McKay Building Company Inc.

Precision Homecrafters 1215 Lake Forest Circle Birmingham, AL 35244 Contact: George Williams Phone: (205) 733-9583 Fax: (205) 988-9537 © SYLVIA MARTIN

7059 Meadowlark Drive Birmingham, AL 35242 Contact: Bob McKay Phone: (205) 980-1718 Fax:(205) 980-1734 Website: www.mckaybuilding.com

DESIGN • BUILD • REMODEL

Proudly serving the needs of Birmingham home owners for over 24 years. We are committed to making sure that our clients are completely satisfied with the work we perform. That is why Gregg Jackson, President, is actively involved in every single project. Give us a call to find out what makes us different. You won’t be disappointed.

H. B. Thompson Construction Services, Inc 1916 Wisterwood Drive Hoover, AL 35226 Contact: Britt Thompson Phone: (205) 822-4370

2009 Remodeling Excellence Award Winner McKay Building Company has been in business since 1977. Our specialties include whole house remodeling, additions, and kitchen and bath renovations. We have a team of highly skilled employees, including Certified Aging in Place Specialists, to assist in developing and implementing your plans.

Home Maintenance Associates Inc 4000 Eagle Point Corporate Drive Birmingham, AL 35242 Contact: Eddie Dorough Phone: (205) 956-1820

Initial Builders, Inc. 1077 Commercial Circle Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Wesley C. Wyatt Phone: (205) 988-9466

Quality Craftsmen, LLC

Oak Alley, Inc. P O Box 157 Chelsea, AL 35043 Contact: Michael McKay Phone: (205) 669-3334 Fax: (205) 669-7264

Kitchen Potential, Inc. 2819 Central Ave. Birmingham, AL 35209 Contact: Michael Schuster Phone: (205) 870-8467

M & C Renovations 211 Shenandoah Drive Hoover, AL 35226 Contact: Mike Henderson Phone: (205) 978-9909

RE Garrison Enterprises, LLC P O Box 430038 Birmingham, AL 35243 Contact: Robert Garrison Phone: (205) 902-6421 121 Clark Street Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Daniel R. Friday Phone: (205) 663-4456

Post Office Box 380067 Birmingham, AL 35238-0067 Contact: George Kurtts Phone: (205) 991-5719 1270 Parliament Lane Birmingham, AL 35216 Contact: Gaeton Lorino Phone: (205) 365-0621

P O Box 381627 Birmingham, AL 35238 Contact: H N Pearson Phone: (205) 678-4602

Rigsby Construction Company Inc.

Kurtts Construction Inc.

Lorino Construction, Inc.

Precision HomeCrafters, LLC is a Design/Build firm that specializes in meeting and exceeding client expectations through service and meticulous attention to detail. Our employees and trade contractors take pride in their work and want your home to reflect that pride.

RK Nelson Construction, LLC Oak Alley, a 2003 Remodelor of the Year award winner, is a residential design-build leader in the south-of-town area. Their work as a fullservice remodeling firm includes additions, kitchens, baths, and whole-house renovation. An experienced supervisor on each project has the responsibility of monitoring quality, keeping the job on schedule, and taking care of the customer's needs.

235 Trace Ridge Road Birmingham, AL 35244 Contact: Rick Nelson Phone: (205) 987-3366

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GBAHB Remodelers Membership Directory Roddy O. Sample & Associates, Inc. Roddy O. Sample & Associates, Inc. P O Box 1844 Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Roddy Sample, CGR, CAPS Phone: (205) 621-6621 Fax: (205) 663-4777 www.roddysample.com

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Boral Bricks Inc

PO Box 5462 Birmingham, AL 35207 Contact: Jeff South Phone: (205) 323-1560

1805 McCain Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Joel Williamson Phone: (205) 664-0257

Alabama Cabinet Company, Inc. 95 Third Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35204 Contact: Tim Pollard Phone: (205) 326-3190

Alabama Gaslight & Grill 2828 Linden Avenue Homewood, AL 35209 Contact: Mike Barnett Phone: (205) 870-4060

Alabama Power Company P O Box 2641, Bin # 3S - 1615 Birmingham, AL 35291 Contact: Alicia Vincent Phone: (205) 226-1443

Alabama Power Company P O Box 2641, Bin # 3S - 1615 Birmingham, AL 35291 Contact: Steve Paternostro Phone: (205) 226-1427

Alabama Woodworks, Inc. Roddy Sample, CGR, CAPS and brother Mark Sample, CGR, grew up in the residential construction industry and were taught by the best, their dad Frank. Having been trained in the field has created their hands-on approach to managing your remodeling project. Please ask us about or new affiliation with Screen America, www.screenamerica.com. With these automated roll screens you can have a screened porch when you want and an open porch when you don't.

Stephenson Construction, LLC 322 Chase Plantation Circle Birmingham, AL 35244 Contact: Rob Stephenson Phone: (205) 238-4759

Structures, Inc. P.O. Box 627 Helena, AL 35080 Contact: Erica Neel Phone: (205) 663-4252

Taylor Burton Company Inc 3239 Lorna Road, Suite 108 Birmingham, AL 35216 Contact: Taylor Burton Phone: (205) 822-7936

Twin Construction, LLC

1000 15th Way SW Birmingham, AL 35211 Contact: Jeff Clemmons Phone: (205) 925-1270

Alagasco, an Energen Company 605 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. North Birmingham, AL 35203 Contact: Amy Dunavant Phone: (205) 326-8157 For special offers on high efficiency natural gas appliances, visit Alagasco.com.

AllSouth Appliance Group Inc. 4. W. Oxmoor Road Birmingham, AL 35209 Contact: Tyler Hillman Phone: (205) 942-0408

American Insulation & Energy Service

Appleseed Workshop, LLC

2227 20th Avenue S. Birmingham, AL 35223 Contact: Hap Parker Phone: (205) 870-7075

1616 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 Contact: Mike Gibson Phone: (205) 604-6984

Wyatt Building Corp. Inc.

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Brewer Cabinets One West Park Dr Birmingham, AL 35211-4471 Contact: Jim Brewer Phone: (205) 942-4000

Cabinet Trends Inc. 508 Mineral Trace, Suite 107 Hoover, AL 35244 Contact: Kale Frames Phone: (205) 988-5002

Cahaba River Trading Company, Inc. 121 Clark Street Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: James Hayes Phone: (205) 663-1456

Cahaba Roofing Company P O Box 1009 Trussville, AL 35173-6009 Contact: Greg Davis Phone: (205) 854-9000 110 Parker Drive Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: John White Phone: (205) 664-8189

Classic Closets, LLC P O Box 398 Hayleyville, AL 35565 Contact: Barry Tidwell Phone: (205) 486-9023

213 Amphitheater Road Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Kim Sumpter Phone: (205) 621-7717

Village Companies, Ltd.

4th Dimension Media, Inc.

2824 Central Avenue, #130 Birmingham, AL 35209 Contact: Eric Brandino Phone: (205) 978-8900

All Spaced Out

1011 Yeager Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Jeremy Vice Phone: (205) 621-1450

Suppliers, Manufacturers and Trade Related Services

Brandino Brass Company

Central Builders Supply Inc

P.O. Box 59611 Birmingham, AL 35259 Contact: David Siegel Phone: (205) 802-3920

1077 Commerce Circle Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Randy Wyatt Phone: (205) 988-9466

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Classic View, LLC 3030-A Mountainview Way Bessemer, AL 35020 Contact: Thomas Cornelius Phone: (205) 481-0029

1917 29th Avenue South Homewood, AL 35209 Contact: Mark Riemer Phone: (205) 871-7289

B Dry

143 Distribution Drive Birmingham, AL 35209 Contact: Andy Long Phone: (205) 942-1976

Birmingham Water Board P.O. Box 830110 Birmingham, AL 35283 Contact: Sonny Jones Phone: (205) 244-4400

Classic View Premium Windows & Doors is a new business to this area. We specialize in custom remodel jobs, new construction, and small commercial. We carry a full line of products, from the exterior to the interior of your home. Give us a call for a quote.


Clay Metal & Stone 100 Commerce Court Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Dana Norden Phone: (205) 987-3617

Coleman-Russell & Associates P O Box 100217 Birmingham, AL 35210 Contact: Morris Kay Phone: (205) 833-0700

Colonial Fireplace Company Inc. 3300 Highway 11 Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Rickey Graves Phone: (205) 664-4791

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Counter Dimensions, Inc. 2726 Chandalar Place Dr. Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Mike Kelley Phone: (205) 664-3587 Fax: (205) 664-3560

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Design Tile & Stone 3000 5th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 Contact: Justin Isaminger Phone: (205) 324-8473

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Don's Carpet One Floor & Home 1465 Gadsden Highway Birmingham, Al 35235 Contact: Renee LeCroy Phone: (205) 655-8777 Fax: (205) 655-8722 Don's Carpet One Floor & Home is locally owned and operated so you'll always be able to count on us for quality products, large in-stock selection of hardwood and tile, the best pricing and expert installation. You'll find exactly what you're looking for at Don's Carpet One Floor & Home.

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Durante Windows and Siding

Land Title Company of Alabama

S S L and J Building LLC

2512 Commerce Square West Birmingham, AL 35210 Contact: Jason Durante Phone: (205) 956-4110

600 North 20th Street, Suite 100 Birmingham, AL 35203-2601 Contact: Aimee Forbus Phone: (205) 251-2871

PO Box 361257 Hoover, AL 35236 Contact: Rayford Smith Phone: (205) 823-4511

Ferguson Enterprises Inc.

Lawson State Community College

Select Granite, Inc.

2800 2nd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 Contact: Kevin Caton Phone: (205) 254-3454

1100 9th Avenue SW Bessemer, AL 35022 Contact: Kevin Hitchcock Phone: (205) 929-3488

HAVCO Vinyl Siding Supply PO Box 117 Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Susan McGee Phone: (205) 664-8995

Herring Heating and Air Cond. 723 Tarrant Road Gardendale, AL 35071 Contact: Robert Herring Phone: (205) 631-6258

The Home Depot 2021 Shagbark Road Birmingham, AL 35244 Contact: Mark Hawkins Phone: (205) 533-5217

Home Perfection General Contractor P O Box 787 Alabaster, AL 35007 Contact: Bernardo De La Pava Phone: (205) 337-9697

Inline Electric Supply Company 140 Commerce Court Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Merry Margaret Coggins Phone: (205) 982-7511

Integrity Plumbing Co, Inc. 2031 Carraway Lane Birmingham, AL 35235 Contact: Charles R. Eiland Phone: (205) 854-5645

Issis & Sons Carpet & Oriental Rugs 2858 Pelham Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Steve Issis Phone: (205) 663-2310

Ivan Leonard Chevrolet, Inc. 1620 Montgomery Hwy. Hoover, AL 35216 Contact: Bill Steinert Phone: (205) 823-5120

James Hardie Building Products 212 Devon Drive Birmingham, AL 35209 Contact: Dan Aycock Phone: (205) 422-5465

Jefferson State Community College 2601 Carson Road Birmingham, AL 35215-3098 Contact: Micah Kaufhold Phone: (205) 856-7847

Jenkins Brick and Tile 2299 Pelham Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Harry Holder Phone: (205) 988-3913

Kenny & Company 2500 2nd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 Contact: Mary Louise Garbrick Phone: (205) 323-5616 38

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Lightstyles Hardware Services 3313 Stone Ridge Drive Birmingham, AL 35223 Contact: David Estreicher Phone: (205) 790-4612

1350 McCain Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Michael Flanagan Phone: (205) 664-1440

Shelving, Etc., LLC 2870 Crestwood Blvd. Irondale, AL 35210 Contact: Shannon Powell Phone: (205) 951-3224

Southern Stone Design, LLC Mainline Heating & Air, Inc. 3300 Highway 11 Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Kenneth Graves Phone: (205) 664-4751

Marvin Windows by Dale, Inc. 117 West Park Drive Birmingham, AL 35211 Contact: Jim O’Connor Phone: (205) 942-2032

Mayer Lighting Showroom 3200 3rd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35222 Contact: Susan Burks Phone: (205) 583-3400

117 Cloverdale Drive Alabaster, AL 35007 Contact: John Miller Phone: (205) 685-8441

Southern Window Supply 155 Winslett Rd Pelham, AL 35124 Contact: Tim Flynn Phone: (205) 945-9832

Standard Heating & Air Conditioning 520 8th Street South Birmingham, AL 35233 Contact: Bill Holder Phone: (205) 322-2679

Mikos/Kampakis Insurance Services, Inc. 2104 Rocky Ridge Rd. Birmingham, AL 35216 Contact: Sergie Kampakis Phone: (205) 822-7413

Mobile Attic 3500 1st Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35222 Contact: John Smith Phone: (205) 978-1020

Norandex 5481 Vann Place Birmingham, AL 35235 Contact: Todd Plage Phone: (205) 655-1799

O M Hughes Insurance Inc. PO Box 320305 Birmingham, AL 35232 Contact: Mark Hughes Phone: (205) 956-4500

Parksite 1001 Medinah Drive Calera, AL 35040 Contact: Clay Harbin Phone: (205) 913-8515

Superior Windows A Division of Superior Metal Products Co., Inc. 116 Citation Court Birmingham, AL 35209 Contact: Bill Lawrence Phone: (205) 942-2715 Fax: (205) 290-1111 Superior Windows is a custom manufacturer and wholesale distributor of all-welded vinyl windows that meet the Stimulus Act Tax Credit. With a reputation for excellence, durability and unprecedented value, the Superior vinyl window collection delivers style, quality and long lasting performance. An Energy StarÂŽ Partner. Made in Alabama since 1983.

Toulmin Cabinetry, Inc. 5227 Whigham Circle Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 Contact: Jay Young Phone: (205) 366-0807

PSA dba The System Shop P.O. Box 380755 Birmingham, AL 35238 Contact: Ashley Nelson Phone: (205) 408-0140

Robert F. Henry Tile Co. 4500 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35222 Contact: Andrew Buchanan Phone: (205) 592-8615

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