The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) announced their 2024 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards on February 8th. The Remodel-Design-Build Team at The Cleary Company in Columbus, Ohio is excited to win five categories in Region 4 East Central.

“The CotYs are great for recognizing the best of the best. I’m more thrilled with each win we receive. It’s truly a Team effort but it’s also great for the Project Developers, Designers, Project Managers and Carpenters who collaborate with our clients to build these winning projects that showcase their awesome talents. It’s also great to receive remodeling recognition by our industry peers with these wins,” says George Cleary, CR, Founder & CEO of The Cleary Company Remodel-Design-Build in Columbus, Ohio.

The Winners!

Residential Addition under $250k: Transitional style living space addition with an extensive exterior remodel in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Remodel-Design-Build home addition project that includes a newly expanded family & dining room with a linear gas fireplace with stacked stone surround, built-in window seats with storage and more windows to take in the gorgeous views of the front and backyard landscaping. View before & after photos.

Two porch additions (front and rear entries) were also part of this project along with other front exterior upgrades to enhance the home’s curb appeal and tie in the new family room addition to the rest of the front exterior of the home.

Residential Outdoor Living $100k-$250k: Porch addition in Upper Arlington, Ohio. 2019 new build home sits adjacent to a wooded ravine. The homeowners contacted our Team in September 2021 to add more function to their backyard outdoor living space. We executed a design-build remodel project for upgrading their outdoor living space that features an addition of a new porch with a stone fireplace, plus upgrades to the existing porch with new outdoor cabinets on both porches. Click here to view the before & after photos on our Houzz profile.

Commercial Exterior: Clintonville Animal Hospital Columbus, Ohio. A transformation of a bland late 1980’s 1-story office building into a welcoming cozy cottage. The design-build plan and scope of work included extending the roof above the front door to create a portico and define the entry off the parking lot. Architectural detail upgrades include white framing trim detail with shake-style siding on the street side of the gable roof and board & batten siding on the 2-story addition. A coastal blue color palette with white trim was chosen to brighten the exterior and accentuate the green of mature trees behind the property. Watch a video with interior and exterior views of this project on our YouTube channel!

Commercial Interior: Clintonville Animal Hospital Columbus, Ohio. The existing 930sf 1-story building was constructed in 1988. The main goal of the project was to transform a bland, dated office into a welcoming, functional, expanded space our clients desired. The design-build plan and scope of work included building a 2-story addition increasing the square feet to a total of 1,960. Features include all new upgraded interior spaces that meet ADA compliance standards, durable LVT flooring, 2 additional exam rooms, multiple staff workstations and a reception area feature wall with hidden storage. The new 2nd floor includes a full kitchen, breakroom, more workstations, and storage.

Residential Interior Feature Element $50k+: Upper Arlington, Ohio. Industrial pub style bar was a collaboration between NARI trade partners. A design-build project that involved removing and replacing a dated bar the clients felt did not offer the function or aesthetic to fit their lifestyle.

Specialty elements featured in this project include custom cabinetry with personalized storage, natural cork backsplash, live edge wood back counter and knee wall top, shiplap under the front counter wall. But the showstopper feature is the collaborative effort on the custom 10′ x 3′ hand-hammered copper countertop! Watch the project video on our YouTube channel.

What are the NARI CotY Awards?

Awarded at the local, regional and national levels, the prestigious Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards are presented each year by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) to its members who have demonstrated outstanding design and craftsmanship through their remodeling projects. Members can nominate their projects through an online portal for judging by industry professionals selected by NARI Executives outside their local chapter or region.

CotY award-winning remodeling projects demonstrate exceptional design and craftsmanship in renovation. A diverse and impartial panel rates each project based on 5 criteria.

  • To what degree were the expressed needs of the client met?
  • To what degree does the project enhance the existing structure functionally?
  • Is there evidence of superior craftsmanship?
  • To what degree does the project enhance the existing structure aesthetically?
  • Were innovative used of materials and/or methods of construction used in the project?

The Central Ohio NARI Chapter announced its awards on December 1, 2023. Team Cleary had two projects win at the annual Holiday Party & Evening of Excellence. On February 8, 2024, those two projects plus two additional projects won three Region 4 East Central awards. A total of 602 entries were received across NARI’s 7 Regions.

National awards are scheduled to be announced on Friday, April 5th at the annual conference in Virginia.

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