August 2, 2018

BLOG #3 of 3 IN A SERIES:   COtY Award Entry:  Residential Interior: $100,001 – $250,000  

Our team at Dover was honored by NARI with a 2018 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award: Second Place, Interior Renovation ($100,001-$250,000), for a garage-space-turned-living-space home transformation. For the next few weeks, designer and guest blogger Amy Tilow will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of this award-winning project. Enjoy the fabulous design and the beautiful finishes! 

BLOG #3 of 3 IN A SERIES: 

 COtY Award Entry:  Residential Interior: $100,001 – $250,000  

An all-new laundry room, powder room, mud room—and show-stopping kitchen remodel  

 Picking up from where we left off in our last blog… 

The homeowner wanted a fireplace that could be seen from the kitchen and family room. Where there was an existing wall between the two rooms, a vent-free, see-through unit was installed and dressed on both sides with distressed brick pavers (Marazzi® Urban District BRX 4” x 8” Glazed Paver) and floating wood mantles.   





The fireplace creates unity between the rooms and adds ambiance.  



In the laundry room, we installed grey cabinetry (Reliable Cabinets Waypoint Maple/Stone) with counters in Aventine Quartz in Vogue, and matte white subway tile (Crossville Retro-Active Pure White 3” x 12” Subway) dotted with black glass diamonds (Bliss Black Timber Glass Slate Mosaic Blend).   

The old garage bay gets a new purpose.                 

The original laundry room lacked storage & counter space. 


There is ample storage in this space, with a fold-out ironing board and pull-out drying rack. To give the homeowner the butler’s pantry feel that was desired, we selected a farmhouse sink, Kohler Whitehaven Apron-Front, and pull-down faucet. Both this room and the kitchen enjoy magnificent views of the lake in her front yard. 

A new half-bath was added and built-in shelving was created to display treasures and keepsakes. Incorporating the homeowner’s love of wallpaper gives the bathroom a beautiful finish. A mirror and lights belonging to her mother were installed in the space to complete the look and honor a memory. 



This interior remodel was a uniquely satisfying project because it was such a meaningful journey for the homeowner. This renovation allowed her to update her home and celebrate the memory of her mother in the most beautiful way. I’m honored to have been a part of it.  

If you’d like more information about this remodel, please feel free to connect with me at or call Dover at 440.777.7555.  

 Amy Tilow  

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