Next Friday, April 17th, one of our Eastern Massachusetts Chapter NARI members will be competing for a national CotY (Contractor of the Year) award in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Morse Constructions took the top prize in the regional competition earlier this year for their Residential Interior $75,000-150,000 renovation in Cambridge, MA, as well as in our local CotY Awards competition on March 4th – taking gold in the Residential Interior category.
Paul Morse, owner of Morse Constructions, Inc., has been integrating the principles of Universal Design into his work for years. With this project, he worked with a team of experts to transform the first floor of this home in a way that allows the owners to have the stylish space they want for entertaining today and the functionality they may need as they age. Paul is quick to mention that the project was a group effort noting, “We are honored that our work – along with that of our team including EM NARI members Jim Lavallee Plumbing & Heating, Passamonte Plastering, Sterritt Lumber and Puccio Electric – was selected for this prestigious award.”
The before and after pictures tell the story of this project. Working within the 815 square foot first floor of the 1890’s home presented challenges. To accommodate the project goals, the team had to replace a load bearing center wall with a beam and extend the wall at the entry way. Cast iron radiators were replaced with Runtal heaters to open up space, as well. This change also complemented the project goal of increasing energy efficiency in the space. The furnishings were also updated to reflect the goals of the project. Soothing light colors and low profile, flexible pieces create a space that is both stylish and functional.
The principles of Universal Design used in the transformation of this space are helpful across many residential remodeling projects. Whether a space is being updated to suit the long term needs of the owners, special needs of family members and visitors, or purely for resale, integrating UD elements can have a profound impact. Paul is moderating a panel discussion on Universal Design at the May EM NARI membership meeting. Be sure to attend this program on May 6th to learn more about the latest trends, best practices, ways to communicate with your clients about the topic. Click here to register!
The CotY Awards celebrate the finest work of remodeling industry professionals. Submitted projects are judged on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty by an impartial panel of industry experts. We wish Paul, everyone at Morse Constructions, and the entire team involved with this project good luck as they compete in the national CotY Awards next week!