According to a recent release from a nationwide industrial association, one local contractor has a lot to be proud of in 2014.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named Total Home Solution of Eagleville the 2014 Northeast Regional Contractor of the Year (COTY) for Bathroom Remodeling in its annual awards competition.

“Total Home Solution specializes in Design and Build, managing and supervising every project all the way from helping with new ideas and overseeing the design to completion,” said John Rolleri, media contact for NARI. “They bring that approach to every project, no matter where it is in each home.  This approach was especially helpful on the award-winning project: remodeling a small, outdated bathroom just two days after a young couple moved into their new home. The project included knocking down walls, adding closets and designing a new bathroom to fit within a much larger space.”

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The Lower Providence-based design firm went head-to-head against a large pool of fellow designers to win the title. According to Rolleri, contractors from seven different regions around the country vie for COTY awards, which celebrate the work of outstanding remodeling professionals.

“Regional COTY Awards are judged by an independent panel of experts in the remodeling field,” he said. “Regional winners are eligible for national recognition at NARI’s Evening of Excellence reception held each spring. To be considered for a COTY Award, projects must involve a significant level of difficulty in meeting the needs of the clients.”

A tiny bundle of joy may have been the reason the local business won.

“In this case, Total Home Solution had to implement a firm timeline due to the imminent birth of the couple’s first baby.,” said Rolleri. “The cost allotted to the project also needed to be firm; there was no additional money for adjustments.”

A timeline was not the project’s only restraint. It was also not the only reason the company won.

“In order to meet the creativity component of the COTY Award, applicants must show unique use of certain design elements, such as type of tile, pattern, and texture,” said Rolleri. “Tom Hawks, owner of Total Home Solution, selected a natural stone mosaic tile border in the shower as well as the backsplash behind the sinks, which promoted smooth flow and continuity throughout the room. In addition, the use of river rock stone and the addition of a pebble shower floor added a unique mix of texture and sensual experience to the room.”

Hawks also worked to jump over some hurdles during the remodeling process on this bathroom.

“One potential obstacle to the flow of the room was that a separate commode room needed to fit into the existing space,” said Rolleri. “This area was carved out of a limited area to provide the necessary privacy but was so creatively done that it blends into the rest of the bathroom.”         

NARI, the only trade association that focuses on remodeling, noted in its requirements that “unique approaches” would also warrant a winner.

“ In this case, all tile work was hand-done on the project site, using large sheets of stone mosaic tiles cut in strips to create the tile border in the shower and at the sink,” explained Rolleri of the winning contractor.

Hawks said he was proud to win the title.

“Total Home Solution builds relationships with homeowners and their homes,” he explained. “Understanding both is the key to their success and the reason for their growing referral business all across Montgomery County.”

The Eagleville-based company focuses on a multitude of projects, no matter the size.

“Capable of handling the largest transformations to the smallest fixes, their award-winning team of experienced craftspeople can handle any job – THS is one dedicated company that does it all. Using the company for something small – it does most home repairs –  allows clients to see why so many homeowners have made Total Home Solution the one source for all their home improvement and remodeling needs,” said Hawks.

For more information on the local company, visit the Total Home Solutions website here or call 610-228-2030.