Source: Fairfax County Times Homes Friday – Sunday, September 14-16, 2018
New remodeling award stresses consistency over 10 years period
By John Byrd SPECIAL TO THE FAIRFAX COUNTY TIMES
A decade is a long time in the lifespan of remodeler. While Northern Virginia boasts many companies that have plied their trade for a generation or more, the fact is that the remodeling business– like most based on contracts– tends to be perishable. The vagaries of the economy, the ease with which competitors enter the field, the challenges of sustaining a reputation, are just a few of the market realities that make it hard for even the best companies to keep at it year after year.
That said, one must marvel at the optimism when the industry’s most prestigious purveyor of best-quality work introduces its first ever “Decade of Excellence” award. To win, according to Director Ken Kanline who developed the Chrysalis awards in 2000, a remodeler must have won at least one Chrysalis every year for the past decade.
“Performance consistency over time has become the critical variable in evaluating remodelers,” Kanline says. “The Decade of Excellence award gets past the question of whether a firm has performed well periodically, and introduces the more relevant long term reliability issue. Our goal is to identify remodeling brands with staying power.”
How many firms in 12 Southern states (ranging from Florida to Virginia to as far west as Texas) have actually received the award?
To date, just one: Michael Nash Design Build and Homes. The 30-year-old full-service firm, headed by president and CEO Sonny Nazemian, has garnered at least one Chrysalis annually since 2009. Moreover, the honors have been conferred in a cross-section of categories ranging from “whole house remodeling” to “additions” to “interiors” and “exteriors”– plus, “detached outbuildings”, “kitchens”, “bathrooms”, “basements.” Adding rigor, the prize also measures the accomplishment within a specific price range (ie. “Best kitchen under $50,000”). Of the awards captured by Michael Nash since 2009, nine have been national; 19 are category-best in the twelvestate South Atlantic region.< Read More >