Wyncote, PA—JFA Architecture was recently honored with Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards in three categories: Whole House Under $250,000; Historic Renovation; and Residential Exterior Under $100,000. The awards were presented by the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) at a ceremony held at the Manor House in Horsham, PA on Friday, January 28, 2010.
“It is a tremendous honor to have our designs recognized by this highly respected group of professional remodelers”, remarked JFA’s Joseph Augustine, owner and president of JFA Architecture. “Receiving an award in three categories is well beyond expectations and a testament to our clients and their wonderful projects”, commented Augustine. During the awards ceremony, Augustine was also presented with a professional distinction when he was named Committee Chairman of the Year.
NARI Chapters are not-for-profit trade associations committed exclusively to the service of the professional remodeling industry. The NARI remodeling contractor is pledged to uphold the Association’s Code of Ethics and is dedicated to the professionalism and integrity of the remodeling industry. Each year, the Bucks-Mont NARI chapter awards contractors for their exemplary work in a variety of categories, depending on project type and cost.
The award for Whole House Under $250,000 was for a new home built on the existing foundation of a condemned Levittown house by Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. JFA Architecture designed the four bedroom, raised roof Cape Cod as part of a Habitat program that provides an opportunity for low-income families to increase their independence and well being through home ownership. The project is an excellent example of green building, the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient. The energy efficient home received Energy Star® certification indicating it meets strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and includes energy-saving features that typically make a home 20-30% more efficient than a standard home.
The award for Historic Renovation was received for a project in which JFA Architecture teamed with Gemmi Construction and Conti Design to enlarge the kitchen of a classic circa 1825 Italianate style home. The project involved the removal of a dilapidated porch/mudroom and the recreation of a new room on the old porch’s original foundation to allow for expansion of the kitchen without removing the existing 18 inch load bearing wall. All of the aesthetic elements of the newly combined space are harmoniously unified to respect the character of the original historic home.
This is not the first time this pair has been awarded for their work. In 2010, the JFA Architecture and Gemmi Construction team received a CotY Award for their collaboration on a project in the Entire Home Remodeling category valued between $250,000–$500,000.