CotY Award Winning Remodel for 2011

Greater Phoenix CotY Contractor of the Year Award

Homework Remodels has been awarded the 2011 CotY, Contractor of the Year Award for an interior project under $100,000  for this remodel.

We are just finishing a unique kitchen remodel in the same home and hope to enter it and others for next year’s Greater Phoenix NARI CotY, Contractor of the Year competition.

Portico Transformation

Historic Willo Neighborhood Remodel

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This Spanish Revival style home in  the historic Willo neighborhood was due for a total remodel of its entry room, or as the homeowners call it, their Portico.

The space just inside the front door pictured to the right was originally a covered walk area or portico with an adjacent courtyard. In years past previous homeowners had covered the courtyard area with a fiberglass roof and at some time enclosed the area with nice windows that matched the existing home.


Historic Remodel Before

This photo shows how the original room had a drab white floor tile, a fiberglass roof /ceiling and a substantial drop down soffit that reduced the potential spacious feel of the room.

The fiberglass roof did not keep the rain out which forced the homeowners to limit how they could decorate and enjoy the space.

Willo Neighborhood Historic Remodel

This after photo begins to illustrate how we transformed the room by bringing in a beautiful new manganese Mexican tile floor set off in a rug pattern after we installed its new roof.


HistoricWillo Remodel Before

This shot shows more of the pre-existing fiberglass roof and the soffit to the left of the photo. The soffit dropped down to just seven foot above the floor about one-third of the room out from the outside wall. This divided the room and greatly reduced the feel of the area.

Award Winning Historic Remodel

This after shot shows how we incorporated four skylights into the room to preserve the brightness of the original space. The room through the door to the right has a beamed ceiling that served as our inspiration for the post and beam details we included in our new space.

You will notice in some of the later photos how we created the flowing steps into the adjoining rooms to replace steps that were purely utilitarian.


Historic Hacienda Remodel Before

Notice the difference in the flooring and steps. You will also see how the room looks and feels larger after we removed the drop down soffit that you see at the top right of the photo.

Historic Spanish Revival Remodel

This photo and the one following show the dramatic difference that removing the drop down soffit made to the room.

In order to remove this obstacle we replaced it with an engineered beam to support the ceiling and then wrapped the beam with hand carved lumber to create the beamed ceiling effect.


Historic Mexican Remodel Before

The vents in the soffit supplied air to the room from an evaporative cooler mounted outside. We removed all the ductwork and installed a ductless AC unit to maintain the inside climate year round.

Historic Remodel Faux Wood Beams

The new beams were all hand made from dimensional lumber and carved to resemble the original beams in the next room.


Historic Remodeling Before

Something that you can’t see in some of the other before photos is the wood rot that was a result of the fiberglass roof allowing water to leak into the room. In this shot you can also see what an overlapping seam of the fiberglass looked like and the wood rot along the wall.

Historic Remodel Mexican Tile Floor

This is a nice shot of the new steps flowing between the two doors leading into the dining room and living room. We also tiled the face and hearth of the fireplace in the living room to coordinate  and be complemented by the tile on the new steps.

You can also see the pattern molded into the manganese floor tile leading up to the step.

Original Steps

Historic Remodel Before Flooring

This original step wasn’t doing a thing to complement the space.

During Construction

Historic Remodel Durring

Sometimes you need to just start over to make a room work. We removed the entire roof from the rear of the space and braced up the front portion until the new support beam was installed as illustrated in the following photo.

During Construction

Historic Remodel Beamed Ceiling

This outside portion of this existing roof shows from the street with its clay tile detail. You can see on the wall to the rear and left side how far down the soffit dropped down prior to removal.

During Construction

Historic Remodeling Renovation

This is a view of the new framework of the new roof. You can see the lines on the wall below the ceiling how we were able to raise the new ceiling and make it level.

Thanks for taking the time to see our portico transformation. It was a one of a kind project in the historic Willo neighborhood.

Contact me to see how we can work with you to create your unique home remodel.


Steve Shinn, GCP