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Pittsburgh, PA

An early Christmas present—our 22nd renovation award December 7th!

Santa brings renovation awardAt the Fairmont Hotel we were honored by  the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, bringing our total awards to 22.  Located in Mt. Lebanon, our 2012 winning entry was voted by our peers “Best Multi-room Renovation—$300,000-750,000.”

Congratulations again to our designers and craftsmen for another year of award-winning remodeling work.

2012 home renovation award for Master RemodelersWe’re especially proud of this “Housing Excellence” renovation award for our own home which was devastated in a tragic fire in 2011. It was a long road back, but the journey was worth it now that we’re in it for our first Christmas since 2010.  Thanks to our talented design team and craftsmen for making this possible.

Our renovated home features a new kitchen and 900 sq. ft. family room addition with a cathedral ceiling, plus many state-of-the-art products and systems. This was on a November Mt. Lebanon fundraising tour for Children’s Hospital’s Free Care Fund.

The vision of a unique team of planners

As demolition, cleanup and salvaging continued for months, we assembled a one-of a kind, hand-picked team:   an energy rater/architect, an interior designer, a landscape designer and an engineer to shape a vision for this very personal project. It would reflect our team’s collective design and planning knowledge and our company’s commitment to fine design and craftsmanship and green building.

another home renovation award for Master Remodelers


BAMP home renovation award for Master RemodelersEvery room in the house + outdoor living spaces

While major damage from the fire was limited to the kitchen and dining area, every room in the house suffered smoke or water damage. Therefore, our renovation also included the living room, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, two offices and a den.

It also featured enhanced outdoor living spaces with a new water feature and landscaping, fire pit and enlarged patio.

With new furnishings, fixtures and artwork, our family went with a mid-century modern decor, with some features a la TV’s ‘Mad Men’ series. Featured products include Meile, Kohler and Marvin brands.

(see photos below, plus a full gallery of photos on Facebook)


home renovation award for Master Remodelers, including Energy Star Qualified Home“Not just another pretty face.”

Because of Master Remodeler’s commitment to sustainable architecture, during the rebuild the home achieved a HERS 53 rating certification as an ENERGY STAR Qualified Home.

Qualifying features include:  shallow wall foundation… structural insulated panels roof system… high velocity HVAC system… low-flow water heads… recycled and reclaimed materials… insulating and sound deadening ceiling panels… hydronic/radiant floor heating with Energy Star condensing boiler… integrated continuous ventilation system… high U-factor windows and doors… smart technology lighting system with LED lighting.


Here’s a mini-gallery of our home’s renovation

The damage after the fire… and the new great room addition with 14′ ceilings:

home renovation award for Master RemodelersThe inside of the great room, looking across the new kitchen:

home renovation award photo for Master RemodelersThe new kitchen with Miele appliances, fixtures and LED smart lighting system

home renovation award for Master Remodelers

Induction stove top

home renovation award for Master Remodelers-kitchendining room with mid-century modern decor

home renovation award for Master Remodelers-dining room

See many more photos of our home in our Facebook gallery.

home renovation award for Master Remodelers


Happy Holidays to everyone…

Santa and Reindeer