Remodeling projects net Marrokal two design and contractor awards
From Marrokal Reports
The San Diego Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) announced its 2013 Contractor of the Year Awards (CotY) this month. Marrokal Design & Remodeling received two awards — one for Entire House Remodel over $1 million, and the other for Entire House Remodel for projects ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.
Remodeling has been gaining favor among homeowners who want to stay put in a soft real estate market. Despite the now-increasing housing prices, many are still finding their home can become their dream home with a remodel.
Homeowners are expected to increase spending on remodeling, boosting figures to double-digit growth in the first half of 2013. According to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), homeowners’ expected spending would lead to an annual rate increase of $115.1 billion to $134.2 billion.
San Diego is a hotbed for remodelers, but choosing the best contractor has eluded some homeowners. That’s why the NARI has national, regional, and local awards for its members, to highlight the best in the industry.
“It’s an honor to receive these awards. This is a testament to the quality, value, and trusted work we do each day on every single remodeling project for our clients,” said Gary Marrokal, president of Marrokal Design & Remodeling.
These regional awards fall on the heels of Marrokal receiving the Remodeler of The Year Award in 2011 from Professional Remodeler Magazine. This year, the company celebrates 30 years in San Diego, another sign that this design/ build firm is an award-winning company.
The over-$1 million-remodel category found some interesting treasures, including the discovery of a world-class art collection of original Asian masterpieces that were later displayed in gallery exhibitions and auctions. The owner’s mother was an Asian art collector. This “gift” money provided funding for a complete redesign of the home and site, creating the retirement home of their dreams.
The $500,000 to $1 million-remodel award was for a custom home circa 1970. It was originally built for national tennis celebrity Bobby Riggs and located at a then-new golf course. The current homeowners had done only cosmetic changes and wanted an entire renovation while maintaining some original architecture and updating everything from systems, layout, structure, finishes, and interiors/exteriors to reflect a contemporary style.
Paying attention to San Diego’s water issues, drought-resistant landscape was designed for the entire land. Green building practices were used to better insulate the entire home. Careful consideration was used in the design plan for sun angles and prevailing breezes to create a tight-building structure using green material selections.
To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. NARI members represent an elite group of the
approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.
Gary Marrokal started his company 30 years ago, working out of his home. His first project was building a chicken coop. Since then, the full-service, design/build firm has grown larger and better, boasting two locations including a design center in Kearny Mesa. The company services all of San Diego, offering whole-house remodels, kitchen, bath, and bedroom remodels, room additions and outdoor living space renovations for all budgets.
For more information, visit marrokal.com
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