These fantastic house improvement projects in Alabama will help you instill confidence

These fantastic house improvement projects in Alabama will help you instill confidence ...

Need inspiration for a home remodeling project? Look no further than the 2022.

The annual awards, presented by the Foundation, honor exceptional craftsmanship, innovation, and attention to detail in remodeling projects throughout the state.

Projets must be completed in Alabama between June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2021, according to a panel of judges. Comprised of builders and remodelers from around the country, the entries must be reviewed and evaluated.

At an event in Montgomery on April 9, winners in 20 categories were announced. A People's Choice Award was revealed: a Sam Jackson Emporium project in downtown Tuscaloosa, created by The Builders Group. It's also this year's champ in the Commercial Renovation category.

Here are a few facts on the winning projects, from a luxurious custom house to a fancy basement bunkhouse. In the video below, you'll find a photo of each project, information on the winning builder, and a description.

More photos are displayed in the gallery at the top of this post, highlighting four winners and four runners up who most impressed us. In some cases, we have also included "before" pictures that give good contrasts to the finished goods. (.)

The "LaPrado Custom Home" was created by River Brook Design and Construction of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Over $1 million in show and custom home.

River Brook Design & Construction (LaPrado Custom Home) and the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders are the winners.

Description: "This 4,200 square foot custom build was designed with a European flair to fit into its historic neighborhood, with a cedar roof, copper gutters, and a locally-cut natural fieldstone to add to its charm. A large entry way was created to separate the kitchen, living and dining rooms, which was a priority. To keep the view open, a traditional vent hood was removed, and a Wolf vent was installed that removes air from the cooking surface of the LaCornue French range.

A butler's pantry was created near the outdoor living area. It doubles as a laundry room, with the washer and dryer concealed behind casework and cabinets designed to conceal full size laundry baskets. The owners' suite continues the home's European influence with marble slab fronts on the vanity and full marble slabs in the shower. Outdoor living spaces, including a covered patio with a large fireplace, assist the owners in maximizing their income.

Precision Homecrafters of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders combines an open concept to remodel "Hawksbury Lane." The overall remodel in the category of Whole House Remodel Under $250,000. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Under $250,000 is a total house remodel.

Precision Homecrafters (Hawksbury Lane) and the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders are the winners.

"These homeowners wanted a new layout for their home's main level, which included a galley kitchen, a small living/dining room, and a porch that was unconditioned once a year. Interior walls were demo'ed to create a new kitchen, living and dining space. The kitchen was relocated to the back of the house, where it could better take in the backyard views.

"A large center island offers ample space for storage, preparation, and transportation." A combo laundry room and pantry were designed to double the storage that the kitchen originally had, with a barn door closing off the space. New lighting, including glass pendants above the island, and undercabinet LED lights, and recessed can lights, are also available throughout the finished space."

J. Manifold Construction of the Lee County Home Builders Association remodeled this "Waterfront Dream Home." (Courtesy of the Home Builders Association of Alabama)

$250,000-$500,000 Whole House Remodel

Winner: J. Manifold Construction (Waterfront Dream Home) and Lee County Home Builders Association.

The water frontage on this property was what motivated the family to visit this lake home, but they knew they'd need a thorough house remodel to transform it into their dream vacation. An open concept was enunciated by removing a center wall that separated the original space. The kitchen features a large island and contrasting cabinets.

The vaulted ceiling was enhanced with fresh rough sawn beams and heart pine flooring. A once-unusable basement space was reimagined with built-in bunks, a new bathroom, and space to play. Incorporating wood into the new bath design and on the bedroom's vaulted ceiling helps refrigerate the home's natural surroundings.

This bathroom is part of a whole-house renovation, called "Shandwick House," undertaken by R & R Construction of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Over $500,000 in total renovating homes

The winners are R & R Construction (Shandwick Place), the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders.

"This renovation aimed at allowing the owners' parents to maintain a sense of belonging, independence, and comfort." The exterior of the building undergoes a complete renovation, including modified roof lines, new brick, stone, and Hardi accents, new windows, and fresh exterior paint. A separate living area includes a full bedroom, bath, kitchen, rec room, and a concrete storm room.

"It's the original kitchen, which was completely transformed," says the owner. Dark hex tile and marble countertops contrast with the white cabinetry, while a large center island may accommodate many family members. A screened porch with outdoor fireplace allows the family to enjoy indoor/outdoor living year round."

Precision Homecrafters of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders created this "Modern Transformation" kitchen. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Under $75,000 is the price of a kitchen remodel.

Precision Homecrafters (Modern Transformation) is the result of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders.

"These homeowners wanted to transform and extend their small, dark galley style kitchen right as you entered the front door. The main interior walls were demo'ed in order to create a more functional kitchen with a new laundry room and pantry. The original back window was enlarged to give more of a view at the kitchen sink. All new two-toned cabinets with darker bases and white upper cabinets were also added to create a larger visual space.

"The gray picket backsplash tile offers a contrast of texture and color. Two deep, full-height cabinets provide pantry storage. A laundry area has two large shelves, a hanging rod, and a quartz folding counter above the washer and dryer. A barn door makes the laundry room and pantry more open to the kitchen, providing additional storage. "Disgusting with custom drawers and cubbies for added storage."

This "Hollywood Kitchen" was created by a j. fante studio of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

$75,000 - $150,000 Kitchen Remodel

Winner: j. fante studio (Hollywood Kitchen) and Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders.

Description: We were able to complete the renovation of this kitchen before it would be successful. The original kitchen was transformed into a mudroom and walk-in pantry, and the old master bedroom became the new kitchen location. Cabinet panels include appliances, including the 30-inch column refrigerator and freezer pair, which are next to a coffee maker and small appliances.

The LaCornue range is highlighted in a dual radius arched opening. This hidden niche on the one side and recessed shelves on the other provide easy access to daily cooking needs for this former professional baker. New Bessemer Glass French doors and triple casement windows over the sink add a new Southern tradition and new construction techniques.

This "Chef's Kiss" kitchen was created by Taylor Burton Company, Inc. of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Over $150,000 is needed to renovate a kitchen.

Taylor Burton Company, Inc. (Chef's Kiss), the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders, has been named a winner.

"The old kitchen was choppy, dark, and tucked away," said the owner. Several load bearing walls were removed to open the space, and a triple window was installed flush with the countertop to add natural light. A Wolf range with waterstone pot filler, quartzite countertops and backsplashes, as well as brass and stainless steel fixtures. Built-in fridges, wine coolers, and a wet bar make for fun.

"A unique trayed ceiling above the island was created by repurposing the kitchen's flooring and cutting and installing the boards in a herringbone pattern. New custom white oak flooring was installed to match the rest of the house. Custom handmade iron handrails on the adjacent staircase were replaced.

Precision Homecrafters of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders created this "Powder Bath at the Lake." (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Bath Remodel Costs Under $35,000

Precision Homecrafters (Powder Bath at the Lake), The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders, is the winner.

"Silver baths were characterized by a lack of counter and storage space, short exposure, and dark, drab paint colors. A local craftsman fashioned a single inset drawer and polished nickel tapered legs to create a new vanity.

"The entire sink wall is covered from floor to ceiling in a herringbone pattern tile to create a stunning backdrop. An infinity mirror was added to the vanity's large size, as well as plumbing fixtures and accessories in polished nickel. The recessed LED can lights and sconces at the mirror provide ample lighting for the new space."

This "Bear Trace Bathroom" was created by Precision Homecrafters of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Bath Remodel Costs $35,000 to $70,000

Precision Homecrafters (Bear Trace Bathroom) is the winner of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders.

"These homeowners were willing to open their poorly lit builder-grade bathroom with a more costly remodel, and the unused jacuzzi tub was removed, allowing the shower to double in size. The new shower, which features a large, polished wall tiles, and a 2 by 4-inch specialty tile pattern, was completed.

"Every new cabinetry with tower storage was renovated. Custom pull-outs in the linen cabinet provide easy access for harder-to-find items. Gold-tone fixtures and hardware echo the warm veining in the tile. The once-dark bathroom was revamped with a new lighting scheme that included rows of recessed LED can lights throughout the shower area and clear sconces flanking the mirrors to reflect plenty of light in the new space."

Precision Homecrafters of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders created this "Hollywood addition." (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Additions

Precision Homecrafters (Hollywood Addition) and Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders are the winners.

Description: "The owner of this 1928 Tudor-style home wanted to expand the breakfast nook into the garden area and create a new dining room, covered porch, and grilling area. To create the new interior addition while connecting it to the kitchen, the backdoor was filled in to become an interior window opening in the new dining room. The kitchen countertops were replaced to extend down the wall and into the opening for additional counter space. A bar area was added on the dining area side.

"The exposed brick openings match the rustic flagstone flooring and the rough-sawn cedar and pine ceiling." Inside, copper gutters and a custom steel and copper awning were installed. Recessed down lights and modern black ceiling fans highlight the covered porch. New flagstone walkways were designed to flow through the garden area. "The small entry porch on the driveway side of the house received a new roof to match the dining addition."

The exterior remodeling of "Shandwick Place" was created by R & R Construction of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Exterior Redesign

R & R Construction (Shandwick Place) and the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders are the winners.

Description: The exterior of this property, which was initially designed in the 1990s, was overdue for a facelift. The brick was painted white to give it a contemporary appearance. Rooflines were altered and wing walls were added. New windows were installed. At the rear of the property, a new screened porch was designed to bring the outdoors in. Dark shutters and trim tie everything together.

Precision Homecrafters of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders created this "Porch with a View"

Outdoor Living

Precision Homecrafters (Porch with a View) is the winner of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders.

"This aging deck was not in line with the dramatic city skyline views," he said. Three large areas were carefully designed to create a space worthy of the views, starting with a 475 square foot open deck with a grilling area and a new dining table with seating for 10. A 270 square foot covered porch was built for relaxation and entertaining, with a comfortable seating area. A fireplace was built with Eldorado stacked stones and hearthstones, and a custom cedar mantle from an

"A spacious two-person dining area has been reimagined on the ground floor of the property," said the owner. A new staircase and landing have been made to facilitate the underdeck and backyard access. A wrought iron entrance at the top of the stairs provide a safe place for the owner's dogs to be let out to enjoy the new outdoor space."

J. Manifold Construction of the Lee County Home Builders Association. (Courtesy of the Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Basement Renovation

J. Manifold Construction (A Tight Squeeze Reno) and the Lee County Home Builders Association are the winners.

"Removing an obsolete fireplace and hearth helped transform this old structure into a bunk room for this growing family." A durable shiplap painted white was used to construct the six bunks, while the bunk steps received a contrasting stain. The stairwell leading into the basement was also revamped with drywall, stained wood steps, and an iron railing to add character to the space. A large wall-mounted TV allows guests to sleep nine comfortably.

Precision Homecrafters of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders created this "Lake House Laundry Room." (Courtesy of the Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Renovation/Residential Specialty Project in Space

Precision Homecrafters (Lake House Laundry Room) and the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders are the winners.

Description: These homeowners wanted to transform their 90s laundry room with minimal storage into a new laundry with custom organization and a state of the art washer/dryer. An entire wall of full-height cabinets was designed with custom organization and pull-outs. A new Samsung Flexwash and Flexdryer was added that could accommodate up to four loads at a time.

"A pull-down hanging rod above provides additional hanging space for clothes. A double base cabinet pull-outs to the right of the dryer house laundry supplies. A new sink area was created underneath the feature window to take in lake views while providing a functional folding counter. The sink wall features Calacatta marble hex tile with light gray veining that matches the Shaker-style cabinetry. Warm-toned accents and new lighting brighten up the space."

This "Historic Duplex" remodel is inspired by Trick Construction and Remodel of the Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Preservation of Historic Places

Trick Construction and Remodel (Historic Duplex) and the Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa are the winners.

Description: "The new owner of this 100-year-old property lived there as a college student and had a strong sense of belonging to the property. The overgrown lot was cleared and the slab foundation was restored. The brick on the front was cleaned and shored up. A new outside ceiling was lowered to 9 feet to accommodate a new attic joist and firewall, while providing a way for more efficient heating and cooling.

A fresh coat of paint brightened things up, and new modern appliances and floors were installed in both units of the duplex. The uneven floors were leveled to create a smooth, seamless floor, and new tile was installed. Two exterior patios and storage rooms were added along with a fence at each unit for a small but pleasant outdoor living area.

This remodel project, "condemned to Custom Craftsman," is funded by Willow Homes of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Under $500,000 a Custom Home

Willow Homes (Condemned to Custom Craftsman) is the winner of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders.

The original structure on this lot was not just an eyesore, but it was also in complete disrepair and had been condemned by the city. A new 2,300 square foot, four bedroom house was designed to pay homage to the original design. Plans were drawn with a similar front elevation. Inside, bold paint colors and built-ins throughout the main level play up the Craftsman character.

"The kitchen includes a large island topped with Carrara marble, stainless steel appliances, and designer light fixtures. The primary bath, including a large soaking tub, slate hexagon floor tile, a large semi-frameless shower, and separate double vanities with quartz countertops. The property now feels like it's been there as long as its neighbors."

This bedroom is part of the Eggers Residence, a custom house manufactured by the Baldwin County Home Builders Association. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Custom Home Prices range from $500 to $1 million.

Valere Homes (Eggers Residence) and Baldwin County Home Builders Association are the winners.

The exterior of this European-style house features copper roof accents, woodworking shutters, and steep gables. The grand foyer highlights the 12-foot ceilings that extend throughout the great room and kitchen. An ornate fireplace and a coffered ceiling add dimension to the room. Commercial grade appliances and 10 feet tall cabinets provide an inspiration for any cook.

The primary bedroom and bath have a large sitting area with ample natural light for reading, looking out at the pool, or watching wildlife. The primary bath has separate vanities, a freestanding cast iron slipper tub, and a large shower with three separate spray functions. This is a great experience for homeowners when it comes to retirement.

The Builders Group of the Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa Created this commercial renovation of Sam Jackson's Emporium. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Renovations to Commercial Property

The Builders Group (Sam Jackson's Emporium) and the Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa are the winners.

"At the heart of downtown, this 10,500 square foot building originally served as a grocery, then as a local emporium. The new owners wanted to renovate it to preserve its original character but preserved it as much as possible. The metal awning on the front exterior was removed, and the building's signature church steeple was rebuilt.

The reception area features a custom made, LED color-changing signage, which makes a statement for clients when they enter the building. Both a sitting area and a large conference room are brightened by the upgraded storefront windows. Individual offices were created as well as a large open workspace designed to be used as floating workstations. The use of original materials such as the scraped tin ceiling tiles and brick left exposed throughout help preserve the buildings history.

This house, "Blue Haven," was remodeled following a fire by BMR Homes, Inc. Remodeling & Restoration of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. (Courtesy of Home Builders Association of Alabama)

Restauration of insurance

BMR Homes, Inc., Home Builders, Inc., is a manufacturer of Blue Haven, the Greater Birmingham Association.

This property was ravaged by a catastrophic fire. The restoration offered the homeowner the opportunity to keep her property while making some much-needed changes inside and out. The back stairs were also dangerous, so they were rebuilt to code, making them safer to navigate. The kitchen and dining areas were rebuilt to provide comfortable seating for extended family gatherings. This feature has also greatly improved the homeowner's quality of life.

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