Qualified Remodeler Magazine

OCT 2013

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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PROJECTS: Master Design Awards SILVER Outdoor Living SILENT RIVERS DESIGN + BUILD, CLIVE, IOWA, SILENTRIVERS.COM A free standing structure surrounded by a series of tree-mounted platforms on multiple levels met the requirements of the clients for a play structure catering to children and adults that incorporates play, exercise and relaxation. It includes a rope bridge, cargo net, rope climb, chin-up bar, two ladders, trap door, drawbridge, swings and an 80-ft. catwalk to connect the structure back to the house. The structure's geometry was influenced by personal ties; the edges of the platforms align with headings to locations of bridges the client's company has built, places the family vacations and locations of Olympics Games they have attended. The design and landscaping resemble a ship at dock, an idea reinforced by wood and rope. An existing walking path was used as a border to expand a bed of pea gravel from the original play set. The new area flows beneath the structure, and an additional concrete walkway meanders through the bed of gravel. Few beams and joists meet at right angles; rather, they are skewed to be reminiscent of tree branches and trunks. Architectural and structural computer models helped the team better understand the forms being constructed. Chaden Halfhill BRONZE: Donatelli Builders, Wayne, Ill., donatellibuilders.com For more images of these award-winning projects, visit ForResidentialPros.com/awards GOLD Exterior Facelift GOLDEN EDGE CONSTRUCTION, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF., GOLDENEDGECONSTRUCTION.COM The scope of work involved in a new front entry door, horizontal, staggered shingle siding, exterior paint, hardscaping, landscaping with native Californian drought-tolerant plants and an exterior lighting package. The driveway was widened to accommodate two cars. Front and side yard walkways also were widened. A stained glass front door with matching sidelights allows light into the home and acts as a focal point. Stacked stone installed at the front of the house and real stone at the front steps gives the entry a natural appeal. The garage door and side gate were custom-built to match each other, and exterior lighting illuminates the front entry, garage face and side yard. Several colors adorn the home and are accentuated with white trim. FalkePhoto.com 30 October 2013 QR ForResidentialPros.com SILVER: Donatelli Builders, Wayne, Ill., donatellibuilders.com

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