Murphy Bros. Design | Build | Remodel captured two 2015 Minnesota Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards at National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) annual gala in downtown Minneapolis Thursday evening.
The remodeling industry trade group awarded the veteran Minneapolis remodeler top honors (gold) in the Basements $50,001 to $100,000 category for the basement it remodeled for Kent and Kris Nienaber of Ham Lake. Murphy won the silver CotY award in the Entire House $250,001 to $500,000 category for transforming the home of Philip and Melissa Gower of Wayzata.
This is the third consecutive year Murphy Bros. received Contractor of the Year honors from the national remodeling trade organization. It won in 2013 and 2014 for extraordinary kitchen and wine cellar projects at the Eden Prairie home of John Dockter and Cindy Vavra.
The basement project did a masterful job of adding wood beams and wraps to soften the impact of HVAC soffits and turn the main structural beam and post into architectural accents. It also opened the stairway and converted a closet into a glass-walled wine room to complement the owners’ small vineyard. A large island bar and dramatic stone fireplace set the tone for entertaining.
The whole house remodeling restored scale and added useable space and functionality to the award-winning Wayzata home. Significant engineering was required to remove an awkward central fireplace wall and create the open main level floor plan. Upstairs, new rooflines made way for spacious bedrooms and closets. Although unable to expand the old garage because of sideyard restrictions, a new garage around the other side of the house is planned for phase two.