JFA Architecture Wins Two Contractor of the Year Awards and Award for Professionalism

January 30, 2012

Joseph F. Augustine, Architect

JFA Architecture, P.C.

Phone: (215) 517-8068

Email: jaugustine@jfa-architecture.com

Websites: www.jfa-architecture.com, www.bucksmontnari.org

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 JFA Architecture Wins Two Contractor of the Year Awards and Award for Professionalism

 Wyncote, PA—Joseph Augustine, owner of JFA Architecture has been honored with a Professionalism Award, as well as two Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards by the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI.) His design work on two residential addition projects in the $100,000 to $250,000 and $250,000+ categories earned JFA Architecture and their contractor partners the coveted CotY Awards. Both of the award winning renovations involved a residential addition featuring a kitchen.

For the addition in the $100,000 to $250,000 category, JFA teamed with Doyle Remodeling to affect an amazing transformation to a circa 1873 twin home owned by the Bower family. For this renovation, JFA was tasked with marrying the old with the new. Prior to the renovation, the Bower residence featured a small, dark kitchen so cramped that the refrigerator didn’t fit in the room. To create the space the family required, Augustine took advantage of an underutilized side porch which provided the square footage necessary to accommodate a spacious kitchen with an adjoining mudroom. By carrying details like period trim and wood mouldings throughout the renovated areas, JFA Architecture was able to create a design that was beautiful, functional and preserved the Victorian character of the home.

The project that received the CotY Award in the $250,000+ category was an addition for the Mauro family. For this award winning remodeling project, JFA teamed with Gemmi Construction. Prior to the renovation, the rooms in the Mauro residence were gloomy and secluded. The kitchen was dated and lacked storage and counter space, as well as many other entertaining-friendly features the homeowners desired. With this in mind, JFA Architecture went to work envisioning a new space to meet their needs.

Fortunately, the Mauro property had available space in the rear which could be utilized to expand the footprint of the home. With this gain in space, Augustine was able to design a large kitchen that could accommodate an ample, furniture-style center island with an extra thick granite top, prep sink, under counter storage and room for four bar stools. The new kitchen also featured a breakfast nook with a beautiful view to the back yard. To enhance the transition between rooms, JFA widened doorways and added transom windows. This also made the rooms brighter by allowing in more natural light.

The Mauro family was thrilled with the outcome sharing, “The end result exceeded our expectations.  The addition and renovated spaces look beautiful and most importantly to us, everything was designed and built to compliment the original character of our home. We could not be happier.”

Judging for the 2012 CotY competition was conducted by an impartial panel of NARI representatives from the Central New Jersey and Del-Chester chapters. These industry experts selected winners based on each entrant’s “before and after” photography and project description.  Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation. This is a stringent selection process. Regardless of the number of entries, CotY’s are only awarded to companies whose work is deemed to be of the highest caliber.

For more information on JFA Architecture and additional photos of this project, visit www.jfa-architecture.com or contact Joseph Augustine at: (215) 517-8068.