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Best home renovation ideas from award-winning remodelers in 2021

Nov 26, 2021

27 min


In-step with the reno masters!


It's time for a home renovation!

If you’re someone who: 

  • Notice that some areas of your home start to wear out --warping on floors, cracked walls, termite infestation, etc. 
  • Wants to create more space for your growing family and home needs
  • Desires to update your home to the latest house models that are not only stylish and comfortable but also healthy 
  • Have the funds to do it
  • Can tolerate the chaos and disruption brought about by home remodeling

Then, you are living in the most appropriate time for a home renovation!

And since we introduce this idea to you, let us help you get started by sharing the latest renovation designs that bagged recognitions from the largest and most prestigious award-giving bodies in the US this year!

Home renovation ideas from NARI and Qualified Remodeler

Whole house 

For this category, we’re delighted to show you the Gold winner of Qualified Remodeler’s “Whole House more than $700,000” category:

Whole House Renovation by Clark Richardson Architects

The photos below show the before and after look of the living room of Qualified Remodeler’s “Whole House more than $700,000” category winner.

Clark Richardson Architects did the winning design shown above from Austin, Texas. The original square footage of the house was 3.633 sq ft, and when it was renovated, it became 4,215 sq ft. 

Based on the source, the house initially had outdated finishes, blocked views,  and a configuration that prevented spatial interaction. Clark Richardson rearranged and updated the private spaces to resolve this to provide comfort, luxury, and spatial efficiency. They installed a sliding door to add in more light, removed a wall, relocated the fireplace to add intimacy. 

Another part of the house that we would like to show you is the house exterior. Based on Qualified Remodeler, Clark Richardson Architects established a  transversal axis that created communication among the three principal communal spaces of the home: living room, dining room, an,d kitchen. The remodeling allowed for a greater appreciation of the river below and the hills beyond.

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House exterior 

For this category, we have chosen to showcase the 2021 National/Regional Award Winner of the “Residential Exterior Over $200,000” category from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Residential exterior from a house in Shakopee, Minnesota by Mom’s Design Build

Initially, this home had a beautiful wood-panel pub that led to a deck barely big enough for a grill based on NARI. Since the clients wanted to open the room to a much more substantial deck to accommodate larger gatherings and integrate the indoor and outdoor living spaces, Mom’s Design Build installed a wrap-around Ipe deck that has a striking pergola fitted over half of it. They also introduced mechanical louvers, disappearing screens, efficient heaters, and a privacy wall that’s perfect for fending off insects and other undesirable things.  They also added wide, bi-fold doors to integrate the pub with the house’s new and greener outdoor space. 

Wouldn't this look nice for your Clearwater backyard?

Here are more photos from NARI that you can take inspiration from for your future backyard renovation.

Residential Interior

For this category, we have chosen to showcase the 2021 National/Regional Award Winner of the “Residential Interior Over $500,000” category from the NARI.

Interior from a house in Merrick, New York designed by TimeLine Renovation & Design

According to NARI, this renovation is year-long. Timeline Renovation and Design’s floor plan included three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a laundry room, and an office. 

Notice how the remodelers upgraded the oak floors by reclaiming them.

In the kitchen, the remodeler installed two-tone custom kitchen cabinets in high-gloss white lacquer and walnut.

Which part of this house's interior renovation would you like to see in the renovation of your Port Moody property? 


In this category, we like to showcase these two beautiful kitchen renovations because we’re afraid you’ve missed them! Here they are, the 2021 National/Regional Award Winner of the “Residential Kitchen Over $150,000” category from NARI (1st), and the “Master Design Awards: Kitchen $75,000 - $150,000” from Qualified Remodelers (2nd). 

A remodeled Kitchen from Columbus, Ohio by Griffey Remodeling

This house in Ohio is a 103-year-old traditional home which has seen several renovations throughout its lifetime, including the image shown above. It was the home remodeled in 1970 which included a stair-stepped ceiling and laminate cabinets. However, according to NARI’s site, the current family who lives in the home wants to change their home to an open floor plan which complements their historic home so they could easily entertain. After the renovation made by Griffey Remodelling, the remodeled kitchen now features hickory cabinets, a custom, painted and glazed island with leathered granite countertops, commercial grade appliances, and a custom copper hood. 

A Remodeled Kitchen from Brooklyn, N.Y. by Behin Ha Design Studio & Suzumori Architecture

This renovation was part of a whole-house renovation where the owner wanted to relocate the kitchen from the garden level to the rear extension of the parlor level of the house, which had been originally used as a bedroom according to Qualified Remodeler. That particular move set the more cozy mood for this area, allowing Behin Ha Design Studio & Suzumori Architecture to enjoy informal meals from the natural light passing through the transom windows.

The remodeler equipped the kitchen with plenty of custom ash wood finish cabinets mixed with contrasting black metal open shelving to accommodate the storage needs of the owners. 

Which among the upgrades you’ve seen feels an excellent addition to your next kitchen renovation? Well, since some experts said earth colors would trend next year, featuring a hickory cabinet in your kitchen next year sounds interesting! But if you’re more into neutral tones, why not get inspiration from the latter. Both renovations totally look elegant and classy. 


Do you often have problems with your bathroom? Like leaking skylight windows, shortage in storage, or a low or no-threshold shower? Well, these homeowners from Plano, Texas, have the same problems too! So they got the service from BRY JO Roofing and Remodeling to renovate their bathroom.

The Renovation turned out well and bagged the award for the “Residential Bath $50,001 to $75,000” category from NARI. Here’s how the bathroom looked after the renovation. 

An elegant master bathroom!

To create a transition between the wet and dry areas, an heirloom custom marble accent wall was installed on the countertop while a honed marble was used on the floor.

As per Qualified Remodeler, Bry Jo Roofing and Remodeling utilized different geometric patterns, materials, and textures in renovating the master bathroom. Take a look at the photos below to check the designs they used.

Since the clients wanted more storage space for their bathroom, the remodeler installed modern bathroom cabinets, as shown below. 

Award for winning bathroom renovation doesn’t end there! In this category, we prepared two awesome examples because we simply can’t resist how fantastic the changes on their bathroom were right after the renovation. Here is the second one, the winner of Qualified Remodeler’s “Master Design Awards: Bathroom $50,000 - $75,000” this year:

The Bathroom initially looked like this:

According to Qualified Remodeler, the 1980s western-style bathroom turned into a contemporary Japanese onsen. 

The renovation performed by Sockeye Homes began with quite a challenging task of cleaning the existing bathroom that had a separate tub and shower space—both with small tiles. Do you have the same style in your bathroom too? Don’t worry. While those small tiles could be challenging to take out, nothing is too hard for remodelers. 

Aside from cleaning the tiles, the remodeler re-arranged the existing space to create a sizable wet-room area per the owner’s request because the Japanese-style bath requires users to clean off before getting into the tub.

The result, a large wet room concept with sufficient space and a contemporary feel.

Outdoor Living

In this category, here’s what we’ve got you, the 2021 National/Regional Award Winner of the “Residential Landscape Design/Outdoor Living $100,000 to $250,000” category from NARI.

Residential Landscape Design  by Livit Site + Structure, Inver Grove Heights-Minnesota

As per NARI, the owner of the landscape shown above wanted to create multiple entertainment spaces suitable for both sophisticated entertaining and outdoor family s’mores nights. In addition to this, they wanted to keep the yard big enough for the kids, friends, and teammates, add much-needed storage for outdoor furniture and equipment, but be maintenance-friendly. 

To follow what the owners wanted, the renovator put an outdoor dining area, a sunken living room, an outdoor entertainment area, and additional storage space built with all of the home’s current architectural features.

The Result: 

A recognizable outdoor living space that distinguishes the home amongst its neighbors and tied in with its existing aesthetic like how the owner wanted it to be.

The landscape was also upgraded with a fabulous fireplace that’s perfect for s’more’s night, which the owner wanted!

Would you like to have an outdoor living space where you and your friends can gather while seeing your kids? It’s possible, get inspiration from the renovation of the landscape shown above. Who knows it could fit well with your Dunedin, Lutz, or Tampa property too!


Are you looking for some fresh basement renovation ideas? Here’s the winning design that bagged NARI’s “Basement under $100,000” award. If you’re planning to have some basement renovation, take inspiration from this remodeled basement from a house in Arlington, Virginia, by Alair Homes. 

Basement Under $100,000, Designed by Alair Homes

The renovator furnished the basement with beautiful built-ins, and clean spaces make this a dramatic transformation.  The radiant heat through the newly-installed fireplace was one great addition too! With Alair Home’s renovation, the clients have achieved their dream of a bright, light-filled space that doesn't feel like a basement. (NARI)

We hope you had fun checking out all these 2021 Winning Renovation Designs from two of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the field of Renovation. While these are for the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) and Qualified Remodeler which is based in the USA, many of these concepts would work in your Port Moody home. So, which designs inspired you the most? Here are some tips to get you started: 


Now that you’ve learned about some home renovation ideas from award-winning remodelers in 2021, your next step is to:

  • Pick the designs that fit your taste. Consider the ones that don’t only look good but also the ones which are comfortable and healthy. 
  • Contemplate if your would-be investment is good enough for a resale value just in case you decide to sell it in the future. 
  • Search for the best way to achieve the design you want-- DIY or hire a renovator?
  • See if the cost is reasonable and attainable. To give you an idea of the current home renovation cost, here’s our blog about the general cost of home renovation.
  • Seek advice from certified custom home builders, general contractors, seasoned workers, or renovators, if possible. There's a lot in Tampa, Clearwater, Lutz, and Dunedin. But hey, don't go any further. We can help you with this!  
  • Compare and analyze what you’ve searched and heard to see which one seems best for your home renovation plans. 
  • Share your plans with your households so they can also prepare, stay informed and help you in your decision. 

Final Thoughts

Home renovation is one of the most thrilling events of home living. Make it as enjoyable and memorable as possible by following our tips and reading more blogs that induce your excitement for it. Here are a few of our recommendations: 

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Take a peek at Shabby Chic.

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This article was last updated on May 30, 2024