Twin Cities Remodelers Honored for Excellence

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The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) RemodelersSM, a council of BATC, hosted a gala banquet Thursday, June 28th, to announce the winners of their 31st  Annual Remodeler of MeritSM Awards (ROMA). At the same time BATC announced the 2012 Remodeler of the Year. More than 200 guests were in attendance.

2012 BATC Remodeler of the Year – Schrader & Companies, St. Louis Park

BATC Remodeler of the Year

The Remodeler of the Year award is one of three most coveted honors given to BATC members (the Builder and Associate of the Year being the other two). This award is bestowed upon the remodeling firm that has received the highest ratings by a panel of 20 BATC members with which they do business. They are evaluated on trust, communications, loyalty and ethics.

2012 BATC Remodeler of the Year:
Schrader & Companies, St. Louis Park

ROMA Awards

In this year’s ROMA awards there were 88 entries in 17 remodeling categories that ranged from kitchen and bath to additions, lower levels, and total house. Designed to honor the professional remodeler members of BATC Remodelers Council for excellence in the work they do, the awards recognize creativity, design, and ability to meet the client’s requirements. Judging for the 2012 ROMA Awards was completed by a panel of professionals from the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, in Portland, Oregon. The judges examined each of the entries, selecting the winners based upon before and after photographs, floor plans, and design statements explaining the challenges and needs of the client, solutions devised by the remodeler, and the success of the project.


“Earning a ROMA Award is a coveted honor for remodelers,” says Bob Michels, 2012 BATC Remodelers chair and owner of Bob Michels Construction, Inc. a full-service building and remodeling firm based in Burnsville and 2011 Remodeler of the Year winner. “Being judged a winner by a group of  fellow remodeling professionals takes your credibility to a higher level when communicating with consumers. Knowing  your project has been judged the best by remodeling professionals is truly rewarding. Our homeowners love knowing that their project was a winner, too.”

Out of 31 remodeling firms which entered the competition, 12 companies took home honors, with four firms earning two awards each. Those include Aulik & Associates for both Total House Over 2500 Sq. Ft and Special-Detail Components; Knight Construction for Bathrooms Over 150 Sq. Ft. and Owners’ Suite-Bedroom; Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build for Interiors-More than One Room and Kitchens Under 200 Sq. Ft.; and Vujovich Design Build for Kitchens 200-300 Sq. Ft. and Kitchens Over 300 Sq. Ft.

Categories and winners of the 2012 ROMA Awards are listed below.


Projects that enlarge a house by adding a new, enclosed space such as a bedroom/bath wing, a family room, or an eating area.

ADDITIONS — Under 600 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
Vujovich Design Build, Minneapolis (Minneapolis project)
Designer: Joseph G. Metzler, SALA Architects


ADDITIONS — Over 600 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
Danberry Building Corporation, Tonka Bay (Spring Park project)
Designer: Mark Behr, Behr Design and Mike Sharrot, Sharrot Design



Adding a bath, replacing old fixtures, resurfacing walls and floors, adding storage and counter space, or enlarging the bath with a bump-out or space from adjoining room.

BATHROOMS — Under 150 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
mackmiller design+build, Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie project)
Designer:  Jane Hampton, Accessibility Designs
Interior Designer: Mary Mackmiller, mackmiller design+build


BATHROOMS — Over 150 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
Knight Construction Design, Inc., Chanhassen (Edina project)
Interior Designer: Kristen Peck, Knight Construction



Outdoor decking, patio, or other exterior construction.

ROMA Winner
Hansen Hometech, Chanhassen (Edina project)
Designer: Gary Hansen, Hansen Hometech



Interiors refer to improvements within the confines of an existing house, excluding the kitchen and bathroom.  Examples might be converting an unused attic into a family room, resurfacing walls and floors, adding architectural details such as alcoves or bays, dividing one large room into two, or removing partitions to combine small rooms into one large space.


ROMA Winner
DiGiacomo Homes, Minnetonka (Golden Valley project)
Designer:  Rocky DiGiacomo, DiGiacomo Homes
Interior Designer:  GiGi DiGiacomo, DiGiacomo Homes


INTERIORS — More than One Room

ROMA Winner
Otogawa Anschel Design-Build, Minneapolis (Minneapolis project)



Kitchen remodeling projects that improve traffic flow, storage, and/or efficiency. Examples include installing new cabinets, counters or flooring; constructing an island, adding a planning center, or adding an eating area.

KITCHENS — under 200 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
Otogawa Anschel Design-Build, Minneapolis (Minneapolis project)


KITCHENS — 200 – 300 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
Vujovich Design Build, Minneapolis (Minneaplis project)
Designer: Joseph G. Metzler, SALA Architects


KITCHENS — Over 300 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
White Crane Construction, Minneapolis (Roseville project)
Designer and Interior Designer: Lynne Pirkl, White Crane Const.



Basement (walkout or standard) level remodeling.

LOWER LEVEL — under 1,000 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
The Landschute Group, Excelsior (Deephaven project)
Designer and Interior Designer:  Jon Monson, The Landschute Group


LOWER LEVEL — over 1,000 Square Feet

ROMA Winner
Finished Basement Company, Maple Grove (Independence project)**esigner and Interior Designer:  Lyndsay Bussler, Finished Basement Company



Remodeled bedroom or bedroom suite.

ROMA Winner
Knight Construction Design, Chanhassen  (Plymouth project)
Interior Designer:  Kristen Peck, Knight Construction



This category looks at the design detail components of a remodeling project of any type.

ROMA Winner
Aulik & Associates, Minneapolis (New Auburn fireplace detail project)
Designer and Interior Designer: Gary Aulik



This category looks at the design of a remodeling project that does not fall into other ROMA categories.

ROMA Winner
TreHus Builders, Minneapolis  (Minneapolis Birthing Center remodel project)
Designer and Interior Designers: Jon Colliander & Krista Zobel, TreHus Builders



The total-house category refers to any remodeling project that involves three or more of the previous categories and must retain 20 percent of the original structure.

TOTAL HOUSE — Under 2,500 square feet

ROMA Winner
Kuhl Design & Build, Hopkins (Edina project)
Interior Designer:  Shauna O’Brien, Kuhl Design & Build


TOTAL HOUSE — Over 2,500 square feet

ROMA Winner
Aulik & Associates, Minneapolis (New Auburn project)
Designer and Interior Designer: Gary Aulik and Charlie Peterson


PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST, including Before & After Photos of all winning remodeling projects.