The Chrysalis Awards program, founded in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in fourteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to every professional remodeler and design professional in the United States. Continuing to set new standards of professionalism, 77 companies from across the United States were named winners at the 2019 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure. Basements 4 U/Poehlmann Construction Co. won the 2019 regional award category for a basement remodel over 100,000.00. Pictures of the 2019 award-winning project can also be seen on the Chrysalis website www.chrysalisawards.com.
Our clients report, “You guys really did a fantastic job on the basement and we enjoy it every day. Working with you on this project was great and we also really enjoyed working with your staff. The professionalism and craftsmanship all of you bring to a project really shows through to the finished product. I have recommended you to friends and will continue to do so.”
“Winning 6 Chrysalis awards, 5 of which have been consecutive, demonstrates Basements 4 You/Poehlmann Construction Co.’s ongoing commitment to excellence,” says Ken Kanline, Director of the Awards.
Basements 4 You/Poehlmann Construction Co. won 5 Chrysalis Awards remodeling categories in 2005, were named the 2005 State Remodeler of the year, and were named 2007 National Winner in the Home Theater under 50,000.00 category. “Winning awards in multiple categories is difficult to do. Not only does this speak to Basements 4 You/Poehlmann Construction Co.’s versatility, but to their commitment to quality on every project,” says Ken Kanline, Director of the Awards.
Here is a summary of the project:
A young couple desired a functional yet luxurious extra space to accommodate their growing young family and to entertain friends. The scope of the project included a contemporary look and design basement finish that fit in with the site of the home and blends in with the Colorado lifestyle. Of particular importance to the wife was the need for a wide open space - bright, cheery, and full of natural light.
She also felt the bathrooms should be beautiful and comfortable, yet luxurious. A priority for the husband's wish list was an updated and highly functional media center that would cleverly conceal all their audio equipment that they didn't want in plain sight. We worked with them to design a modern and unique backdrop to their TV, a perfect solution that concealed their audio equipment and beautified the TV wall with a backdrop of rich wood that also provided some architectural interest. The couple wanted to ensure that the basement remodel would not look or feel like a basement.
For example, they didn't want a dark, typical basement stairway that would make them feel like they were in a tunnel. Instead, they preferred a grand stairway that's well lit, roomy and airy, yet has plenty of storage underneath and provides display space for the recreation room items. A beautiful bar and entertainment area was designed and built where the family could enjoy great food and refreshments while watching the big game on TV. The couple also wanted a separate entrance from the basement out to the back yard.
A lot of thought, planning and collaboration between our firm and the clients was required to convert their dark basement stairway into a grand basement entrance. Structural beams replaced walls to create the basement's expansive spaces. In order to provide the exterior door to the backyard, new retaining walls were constructed and changes to the existing foundation added not only a door, but also additional windows so natural light could pour into the basement. Concealing the audio equipment was accomplished by making a few of the random panels behind the TV removable and placing all the audio equipment behind the false wall built behind the TV.
The home was improved dramatically by the addition of a beautiful and updated space loaded with unique features. This couple now has space to have fun while raising their young family. The wife got her cheery, light, bright, open space and the husband got a first class bar and entertainment area to entertain family and friends. The clients say they are over the moon with the design, functionality of the space, and the overall results of a construction project that went smoothly, was on time, and on budget.