Remodeling Awards

Over the years Wood Wise has earned first place in numerous STAR Awards competitions. This year the STAR awards have been renamed the Home Builder Association Remodeling Awards. The competition is the same: HBA Remodeler Council members enter projects in various categories to compete for the coveted first place. A judging panel, made up of builders and architects from outside the area, are brought in to look at design and construction of each project. Winners are announced one evening in August with much excitement for the remodelers, similar to the Academy Awards.

We know that all our projects are award-worthy. Our homeowners tell us as much when they share how much they are enjoying the renovated spaces.  As we enter completed projects into the 2019 HBA Awards and await the judges’ results, let’s look back at some of our past entries:

Best Kitchen 2009  

Best Room Addition 2011

Happy 4th!

Solving Sticking Points

When these homeowners decided to remodel their 1960s original kitchen, they knew that opening up to the family room would help with entertaining as well as everyday living. However, what to do about the lost storage, access to dining room, or place for the refrigerator?  That’s when Wood Wise was called in. Designer Kathy Walker developed several design options that opened up the kitchen to the family room, created more storage than the homeowners had before, and made room for a large island. The new pass-through provides a view to the front of the house and brings natural light in from the dining room windows.  A small coat closet was relocated to provide a new dining room doorway. Recessed lighting and KraftMaid cabinets bring opportunities for easy organization.


This newly-remodeled kitchen, the result of good design solutions and top-notch construction, is now the kitchen these homeowners have dreamed about: opened-up and convenient.



More Outdoor Living

Who can have enough of relaxing on a beautiful porch? Morning or evening, warm weather or cold, this Wood Wise designed and built outdoor living space has it all:



Outdoor Living

These homeowners have a beautiful backyard and asked Wood Wise to help them create a comfortable place to enjoy it more. The final design features a stone fireplace, composite decking, and bead board ceiling. There’s plenty of room for two separate seating areas plus a table and chairs for meals. The wide steps open onto an existing stone patio with more seating. The homeowners are delighted with the results and use the porch year round. Give Wood Wise a call today and let us help you create your own beautiful outdoor living space.

What is Smart Design?

The Design Phase is Step 2 of the Wood Wise 4 step remodeling process. Smart design begins with a careful measure and listening to homeowners’ goals. It involves taking inventory of the homeowners’ family needs and translating them into a floor plan that makes life easier. Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker carefully considers the tasks and usage of each space and plans appropriately. The kitchen, the most used room in the house, demands even closer study to plan for enough storage that is convenient and tailored to each homeowner’s unique style. The Wood Wise professionals have the remodeling experience and vision to guide homeowners to a successful renovations.

Here is an example of smart design in this kitchen renovation. Plenty of convenient storage that fits this homeowner’s cooking habits.

Designer at Work

Wood Wise provides both award-winning design and project construction for our clients. To make sure the construction phase goes smoothly, lots of smart design and thoughtful planning comes first. Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker takes the lead by developing design options for each homeowner to consider. With hundreds of successful projects to her credit, Kathy knows how to make it happen. Every design process starts with a careful measure and sketch of the existing space along with lots of photos for reference. Here Kathy makes her drawing and measures accurately for the start of this master bathroom makeover.  Stay tuned to see how this space will be transformed!


Split-level Magic

This 1970 split level had the space but it was divided into small rooms. Wood Wise designed and remodeled the living room, dining room, and kitchen as one open area. Walls were removed and new hardwoods installed. The gorgeous new kitchen features a large island with room for food prep and seating. Take a look at what opening up and expanding the kitchen into the existing dining room did for this house!

Split Level Reimagined      


No Wash Day Blues Here

For such a hard-working space, the laundry room is often overlooked. However, a beautiful and efficient laundry room can help make everyday life better. When the space is organized and attractive, doing laundry is easier and, yes, even more enjoyable.


These homeowners asked Wood Wise to improve their laundry rooms. Check out the great results:


Powering Up the Powder Room

When renovating a kitchen, updating or even relocating a home’s powder room is often included.  Guests and family alike enjoy having a half bath that is fresh and stylish. Because of its small space, it is the perfect place to interject a burst of bold color or edgier look.  Check out these Wood Wise designed and remodeled powder rooms that have lots of personality: