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JRC Wins Award for Residential Remodel

We are excited to announce that James River Construction is the 2018 winner of the Central Virginia NARI CotY residential interior remodel award!

Each year, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) honors its stand-out members with the prestigious National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award. These awards are given out by region and are judged by a diverse panel and winners must demonstrate exceptional results in remodeling projects.

The project for which we won the Central Virginia Residential Interior Remodel Award involved increasing our client’s bedroom and living space in their home without increasing the footprint of the house. The family of four was soon to be five, and with a newborn on the way the house simply wasn’t going to accommodate their lifestyle anymore. This was an incredibly challenging project due to limited zoning setbacks, HOA requirements and an existing pool in the backyard that limited how we could expand or alter the space. In addition to all of this, the family wanted to be back in their home by Christmas, but we were up for the challenge!

A garage pulls double duty as a pool house by James River Construction

Alongside an excellent team of designers (Mark White – designer and Lizzie Cox – interior designer), and carpenters, we were able to accomplish all of their goals by:

  • converting the attached garage into an activity room that worked for toddlers to teenagers with custom built-in desks, a custom entertainment center and a dedicated HVAC system and clear lines of site from the main gathering area of the house
  • relocating a 1/2 bath separating the kitchen and family rooms to a reconfigured hallway leading to the new activity room that would also include a custom mudroom/locker area to keep the family organized and keep mess out of the main living areas
  • reconfiguring and remodeling the kitchen to a more modern, open floor plan
  • reconfiguring and remodeling the room above the former garage to accommodate a bedroom with full bath, custom beds and a semi-custom, walk-in closet

As we mentioned, we could not have done this project without the help of several talented trade partners including Ande Fotopoulos of Virginia Cabinet, Inc. who created all of the custom cabinetry and casework which included hutches, storage lockers for the mudroom, wooden desk tops, cabinets, window seats, bunk beds, and storage benches. The project designer, Mark White of Mark White LLC near Libbie and Grove Avenue, was excellent at looking at the big picture and working with us to solve each problem while staying flexible throughout the inevitable bumps that happen during the construction process. Lizzie Cox worked closely with the homeowners to help choose furniture and finishes that fit the space and made sense with their lifestyle.

Finally, we are incredibly grateful for our wonderful clients, Mr. and Mrs. Lansing, who entrusted us with their family’s home and their future in it. We can’t say enough about this family, and we can’t say it any better than Mrs. Lansing said herself, “I knew when we started the renovation planning process that I would have to compromise on some of the things I wanted in order to stay true to the character of the house and stay in budget; however, at the end of the process I actually think we got everything we wanted and more.  Our house just works so well for our family, and it is designed in such a way that our kids can grow up in this house and we will never have to leave the neighborhood we love!”

At JRC, we consider it an honor to help people create not just better living spaces, but spaces that actually create and foster better living.



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