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Awards

 

At Skip Knoll Professional Remodeling, we take great pride in our workmanship. Over the years, the quality and professionalism that we work so hard to maintain has earned the recognition of the Home Builders Association in their annual Awards Of Excellence.

 

Take a moment to view just some of the awards that we have received in the past and just imagine what we can do for you!

 


2014 Winner –Residential Bath Design

 

This Erie couple wanted to create a relaxing sanctuary to complete their master suite. After much deliberation, the decision was made to create the new master bath in a spare bedroom.  The existing bathroom was converted into a walk-in closet with built in custom cabinetry for storage and room for hanging items. The original wood flooring was salvaged from the bedroom and reinstalled in the new closet for a seamless look.  In the master bath a wood look tile floor was chosen to maintain a waterproof barrier and add a warm feel to the space. The wood tones are complemented in the custom wood countertops and Jacuzzi tub surround. The size of the space allowed for a generous tile shower with glass panels and door. The result is an inviting and beautiful space to get ready for the day or unwind at night. 

 

spacious master bathroom with glass shower and jacuzzi tub

 

 

2013 Winner –Specialty Interior Construction

 

This family needed more living space to enjoy with their growing boys. They decided the best way to achieve their needs was to finish the basement. The only existing finished space was a full bathroom; everything else had been untouched since the house was built. Upon completion nearly the entire space was finished, leaving only a utility space and two small storage areas. When descending into the space, the eye is drawn to a focal wall of stone with built-in display shelves on either side. On one side of the staircase a cinnamon stained wet bar was installed, complete with sink and beverage cooler. On the other is the main living area with built-in fish tank and custom built-in entertainment center. The fish tank can be easily accessed and serviced from the utility room. The main support beams of the house were covered with wood to match the trim and the stair details. Now the homeowners have a warm and inviting space to spend time together. 

 

family basement



2013 Winner –Specialty Interior Design

 

This young, active family wanted to be able to enjoy their favorite activities at home, together. The solution: turn their sizable basement full of ‘basement things’ into a dance studio and workout area. While plenty of storage remains, the basement was transformed into a vibrant family activity space.

 

The basement level is the main entry for the family, as the garage is under the house. There was an existing mudroom, half bath and staircase finished with a single entrance to the storage area. A new opening was cut through at the foot of the stairs to create a landing that now connects all of the living space. Once inside the studio, a wood activity floor was installed to provide the necessary cushion for dancing and other activities. The walls and interior doors of the studio were then mirrored and the ballet barre placed, while the workout area was finished with rubber flooring and a chin-up bar. A half wall defines the two uses and creates a good visual break in this long room. The ceiling of the entire area was left open but painted to both mask the fixtures and help to keep the space feeling lighter. Their basement is now a wonderful space to be enjoyed by the whole family. 

 

dance studio and workout space

 

2013 Winner –Residential Kitchen Design

 

The homeowners wanted to update the kitchen of their contemporary home to increase function and looks. To coordinate with the rest of the woodwork, they chose the majority of the cabinets to be a horizontal grain white oak. Bamboo cabinets and soffits are strategically placed throughout to add color and interest. Quartz countertops, linear back splash tiles and sleek hardware continue the contemporary look. While the layout of the kitchen did not change (to salvage the existing flooring) and the new individual cabinets are mostly the same sizes, a few tweaks make a big difference. The most critical update cannot be seen; all of the base cabinets and even some of the wall cabinets have pullout shelves. This allows for easy access and increased organization to utilize the storage opportunities. The pantry cabinets next to the refrigerator were increased in depth and outfitted with pullouts, drawers were installed under the microwave cabinet and a beverage cooler was built-in. Down lighting in the soffits, accent lighting above the soffits and under cabinet lighting offer a warm glow that is both functional and beautiful. This kitchen is a great reminder that small changes can have a huge impact on how a space lives. 

 

contemporary oak and bamboo kitchen


 

2012 Winner –Residential Kitchen Design 

 

The homeowners wanted to modernize their outdated kitchen and create a more cohesive kitchen and dining area. This one cook family had the desire for company to have the room to gather in the kitchen without crowding the workspace. To achieve these goals, the basement stairwell wall was pushed back and the wall between the kitchen and dining room was eliminated. These two changes open the space significantly and allow the kitchen to flow into the dining area. Additionally, the staircase to the second floor was built into the utility cabinet and above the refrigerator. A large bar on the island gives the rest of the family a great place to watch the meal come to life and is positioned for great views into the backyard. Another great new feature of this kitchen is the custom combination wine rack, microwave and flat screen cabinet. The homeowners truly changed where they live without changing their address.

 

transitional white kitchen

 


2012 Winner –Residential Bath Design

 

This working couple was tired of squeezing into their small master bath to get ready in the morning. Not only was their space undersized, it was compartmentalized into a shower area and lavatory area, vanity area, and closet area. The goal was to create a larger, more usable and open plan with an emphasis on storage to complement their daily routine. In addition to eliminating interior walls, these homeowners were willing to forfeit some of their ample master bedroom space to gain the necessary space for their dream bathroom. The sink cabinets were inverted to gain a usable drawer, the large mirrors hide medicine cabinets on both sides and a large storage cabinet was placed on the vanity for even more space. His and hers built-in wardrobes have pull-down bars for easy reach and double tiered drawers to help keep jewelry and ties organized. Stepping out of their new glass enclosed shower with self draining threshold is much more pleasurable now with heated tile floors. The homeowners truly changed where they live without changing their address.

 

master bath dbl vanity

 


2012 Winner – Major Renovation - Commercial Design

 

This local business had outgrown their current space so. They were able to purchase and renovate the neighboring unit which gave them the additional space they needed.  The goal was to merge the two spaces and make them feel like they had been one all along. The first and second floors are connected with an open staircase overlooking a rock garden with living plants to bring nature in and help create a calming environment. Many steps were taken to build a cohesive and productive working atmosphere. An updated conference room with tabletop data and electrical outlets was a necessity for meetings. The full length glass wall not only looks great, but makes the space feel much larger than it really is. This area infuses a bit of contemporary flare to what was once your average conference room. An efficient space near the copy center was created with a combination of open and closed storage and a long counter to put together bid documents and client binders. The employees were not left out, a new kitchenette was installed to give them a great space to make lunch or grab their afternoon coffee.

 

glass conference room

 


2012 Winner – Major Renovation - Commercial Construction

 

A 60 year old family business was ready to bring their lower level office space into 2012 through a complete overhaul. Nothing was off-limits; walls were eliminated, moved and reconstructed to make the office function and look the best it could. Major changes included turning their existing open space that housed cubicles into individual offices, a bigger and better break room and updated restrooms. A large scale tile floor runs through the main traffic areas and kitchen to increase durability and brings everything together. A soft paint palette of three was used to highlight and complement the hard surfaces in the space. 

 

company breakroom

 


2011 Winner –Residential Bath Remodel

 

A very spacious home with a not so spacious master bathroom was to be redefined into an oasis. Space planning to reconfigure 2 – walk-in closets into one and remove the hall way and makeup area gave us the space needed. Using a diagonal wall as a back drop for the tub doubles for toilet privacy. Large custom tiled shower using cost effective tile with bamboo tile accents randomly placed to give it a one of a kind look. Custom recessed shower caddie and bench.  The showers ½ wall with glass keeps the shower and the bathroom feeling united. The Black granite wall cap is also a window sill and a display shelf. The programmable tile floor heat really does complete the oasis.


2011 Bath Remodel



2011 Winner - Special  Interior installation

 

The tree of life, Tapestry, is displayed over the original brick fireplace in a wall of absolute black granite.  Arches in the granite, and custom mill work blend with other arches in the home. The height of the tapestry called for expanding the granite and mill work past the 8’ ceiling. We installed a barrel vault in the center area with indirect lighting to the tapestry. Raised panel Mill work was extended out onto the ceiling to envelope the barrel vault. A black lacquer finish was used to blend with the granite. Special ordered Asian hardware was installed on the lower case work to really give this an authentic feel.

 

2011 Special Interior Installation



2011 Winner –Specialty Exterior Installation

 

The existing closed in porch was just that… Closed in.  All the patio doors and overgrown landscaping came out. Balcony railing, stone pedestals with custom columns opened up the house like a foyer to the back yard. At night the soft lighting from the Well lights place just enough light on the stone work and columns. The Deck was designed for large gatherings with unobstructed views.  Existing floor tile on the concrete pad was salvaged. A complementary tile and design was added to fill in where the patio doors were once located. The grilling area with flanking benches also help with food prep and serving.

 

2011 Specialty Exterior Installation



2009 Winner - Residential Bath Construction

 

Switching the locations of the shower and the bath makes for a great visual effect when entering the bath. The walk-in barrier free 4'x4' shower is appreciated by any age. The multi-color tiled shower is surrounded by a 3/8" glass enclosure that rests on the deep soaking tub. A skylight was added to the vaulted ceiling. Shop built custom cabinetry divided into three, with open towel storage. What a way to start and finish the day!

 

2009 Winner Bath        2009 Winner Shower



2009 Winner - Residential Kitchen Construction-below $100,000.00

 

A kitchen with 5 - doors and one window doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for a kitchen. Re-working the existing closed in porch to be part of the space opened the kitchen to the rear of the home, also lending enough room for a small 1/2 bath. Keeping the wall cabinets to a minimum and adding tile makes the space feel even larger. The fridge and microwave were moved to the porch area freeing up valuable space for prep work, cooking and clean up. Martin says every time he comes down stairs he can’t believe he's in the same house!

 

2009 Residential Kitchen Construction



2009 Winner - Residential Kitchen Design

 

Keeping an existing pantry closet gave us the inside corner we needed to move the fridge and add a tall storage unit used as an information center and coat locker. Opening the width of the back hall entrance enhances traffic flow. Decorative backlit display over the fridge makes a great visual impact without sacrificing much storage. Color and tile selections were key to enhancing the existing vintage feel of the home.


2009 Residential Kitchen Design



2009 Winner - Major Commercial Renovation

 

Michael Grab Architects' firm had done the original renovation that landmarked this Frontier office building for quite sometime. The new owner, Papa Advertising, had Mike draft the connection from the rear building to the front. Skip Knoll Inc. Professional Remodeling constructed the new breezeway with a matching cathedral ceiling and modern lighting. The back building was renovated to office space and a conference room. The exterior siding and windows were replaced to blend with existing. Skip Knoll Inc. designed and built the new back lit signage with a copper standing seam roof to blend with the existing rooflines.

 

2009 Winner Major Commercial Renovation



2008 Bath

 

Only one person at a time in this bathroom. The homeowners' requests were actually met without expanding the room size. The illusion of a larger bathroom was accomplished by using a glass end wall fit to the angled roof line. This makeover also included a vanity base pull-out for cosmetics and a laundry shoot cabinet with open shelving to house a TV.  All this was done working with the existing tile floor. Changing where you live... without changing your address.

 

2008 Bath



2008 Kitchen

 

Custom cabinetry was designed to take advantage of an existing pantry closet to fit a small bar and microwave area. The dining room wall and kitchen soffets were removed. Kitchen cabinets were done in antique white and connecting cherry cabinets for the dining area. Creating a larger kitchen with an island and maintaining a separate dining room feel, really changed where they lived without changing their address.

 

2008 Kitchen



2008 Kitchen Remodel

 

This original house plan had a small hallway at the garage entry. The wall continued down the interior of the kitchen creating closets for kitchen storage and the refrigerator. The 24' long wall was removed and off-white cabinets were installed. Open cabinetry with accent colors over the fridge and range hood make this design suitable for the up coming years.

 

2008 Kitchen Remodel

 

A small 4th bedroom was opened to the master bedroom to become a walk-in closet. Custom Natural Birch cabinetry provides His and Her sides. A family mirror was recycled and framed to blend with the new closet system.

 

Birch Cabinetry



2008 Bath Remodel

 

 This very small master bath was increased in size by taking over an adjacent closet.  The shower and vanity were then increased in size. The area of the home was asking for a very simplistic bath with free standing cabinetry and chrome fixtures. The shower door was done in oil rubbed bronze to picture frame the shower with the same tones as the cabinetry. Complimentary tile was used on the floor and shower.


Bath Remodel



2006 Winner- Residential Remodeling Interior

 This 1960's Ranch with a small kitchen was filled with unnecessary walls throughout the kitchen, dining room, living room and foyer. The space was redefined with Skip to create an open floor plan feeling.  The new kitchen has wide plank white oak flooring and tile flooring.  Recessing the refrigerator into the garage was one of the key ideas to the open plan, complete with a recessed flat screen tv.  A newly stained and painted shaker style banister was installed in the foyer. The Lechners truly changed where they live without changing their address.


2006 Winner- Remodel Design $50,000-$100,000 

Owners of Foxwood Estates custom home desired a 4th bedroom guest suite with bath to be installed in the existing large attic space. Existing framing was reinforced.  A new framing shell, walls and vaulted ceilings to follow the existing roof line was constructed.  Foam insulation was used on the walls and new ceiling framing to create an actual igloo independent of the existing roof structure.  The existing 2nd floor hall was enlarged to create a hall to the new space seamlessly blending the additional banister. 4' French doors were installed into the new hall to allow a bright open feeling that was not there originally.  The Cermak's truly changed where they live without changing their address.

 

2006 Honorable Mentions

 This older Brick home at the corner of 38th and Beech had a kitchen cabinet replacement in the past, leaving small spaces and bad traffic flow. This time, a kitchen remodel was in order.  An open floor plan to the dining room with bar and removing unnecessary door openings made traffic flow work.  The original slate foyer was removed and the hall floor was replaced with a hardwood floor to blend with the existing.  Also installed in the foyer was porcelain tile with lestelloes.  The laundry room off the kitchen was the coldest area in the home.  Major work was done to convert it into the warmest part of the home.  Mr. and Mrs Bal truly changed where they live without changing their address.

 

2006 Winner- Remodel Design $50,000-$100,000

Owners of Foxwood Estates custom home desired a 4th bedroom guest suite with bath to be installed in the existing large attic space. Existing framing was reinforced.  A new framing shell, walls and vaulted ceilings to follow the existing roof line was constructed.  Foam insulation was used on the walls and new ceiling framing to create an actual igloo independent of the existing roof structure.  The existing 2nd floor hall was enlarged to create a hall to the new space seamlessly blending the additional banister. 4' French doors were installed into the new hall to allow a bright open feeling that was not there originally.  The Cermak's truly changed where they live without changing their address.

 

2006 Winner- Residential Remodeling Interior

This 1960's Ranch with a small kitchen was filled with unnecessary walls throughout the kitchen, dining room, living room and foyer. The space was redefined with Skip to create an open floor plan feeling.  The new kitchen has wide plank white oak flooring and tile flooring.  Recessing the refrigerator into the garage was one of the key ideas to the open plan, complete with a recessed flat screen tv.  A newly stained and painted shaker style banister was installed in the foyer. The Lechners truly changed where they live without changing their address.

 

2004 Winner- Bathroom Remodeling Construction -$25,000-$30,000

The homeowner wanted granite used in their remodeled bathroom, a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower with glass. No metal channels were used and the glass enclosure was directly set into the granite. The workmanship and attention to detail is superior

 

2004 Winner- Interior Construction $50,000-$85,000

What started out as your typical basement has turned onto extra livable space with a media are, bar, exercise room, office space, laundry room and storage. Just for fun..a new window was installed with obscure glass and back-lit to give the appearance of outside lighting. This winning entry is a party central!

 

2004 Winner- Interior Construction – Commercial $100,000-$150,000

Blending the “old” with the “new”! This interior commercial entry fined tuned the art of keeping part of the history and charm of this building but also created an efficient and up-to-date showroom

 

2004 Winner- Major Renovation Exterior Construction over $100,000

This Cape Cod Stone Cottage has been in the family for many years. Dormers were added along with a hip roof between the dormers, new overhangs, a front porch with pine wainscoting, all new Pella Windows and a new deck to maximize entertaining space. This entry received a winning score for its attention to detail to preserve the beauty of the original home.

 

2003 Winner- Bathroom Remodeling over $50,000

Simple elegance with modern convenience describes this beautiful bath. Marble tile, glass enclosed shower, an antique vanity and built in Jacuzzi tub are just some of the features in the winning bathroom.

 

2003 Winner -Major Addition over $50,000

A perfect way to enjoy the seasons of Erie! And a perfect score! A bow window and cathedral ceiling with electric skylights and oak trim are just some of the many details.

 

2003 Honorable Mention for Interior Construction $25,000-$50,000

 

Interiors 2001 

Winner - Interior Construction

A growing number of grandchildren and a desire to accommodate everyone at the holidays and other family events, led these owners to enlarge their existing den. The result was a 20' X 30' space. Sliding glass doors were replaced by heavy oak pocket doors, and a new closet and deacon’s bench helped add space to the foyer. This addition also included a full basement and crawl space area. Other special details in this project include a corner wood stove with brick surround, wood beams and deep archways. The room also created a great place to display a variety of hunting trophies. 

 

2001 Interior Construction

Winner - $20,000 to $30,000  

This winning entry solved a problem of space related to a narrow staircase and second floor hallway. The correction involved the removal of part of the second floor wall to create the feeling of a landing. Carpet and vinyl from the bathroom was replaced with deep, mahogany-stained maple hardwood flooring in order to tie the bath, hallway and staircase together. The bathroom was gutted and renovated in a Victorian style and lots of upstairs details were added throughout the second floor to tie together the entire project. 

 

2000 Interiors

Winner - Interior Construction

The traditional basement in this home had an existing entry leading to the backyard pool. This space was remodeled to create a family room with bar area, full bath, and an extra finished room that could be an additional bedroom or home office. Custom cabinetry was designed to blend with the bar and a double-hung window was installed and backlit to give the lower level a 'first floor' feeling. The judges were impressed with the warmth and functionality of this newly created living space. 

 

2000 Exteriors

Winner - Exterior Construction 

This typical 1960's ranch home had deep overhangs on the eave side of it's roofs and no overhangs on the gable ends. The house and it's garage were not cosmetically attached. In this external facelift, colors were chosen that blended well with the existing brick. Overhangs were added to the gable ends and a new porch was built. All new dimensional sizes were increased to give this home the curb appeal it really deserved.

 

Major Renovation 2000

Winner - More than $250,000

Outstanding workmanship, creativity and design were among the comments of judges in this project. The original farmhouse, which had been remodeled twice before, was ready for this final effort. Renovation included a garage, as well as the removal of one of the previous additions and the creation of new living space on all four sides of the home. Care was taken, however, to maintain the integrity of the original exterior trim designs. Renovation included:

  • Greenhouse/Sunroom
  • Master Suite
  • Kitchen/Dining Area
  • 3.5 Baths
  • Sewing and Laundry Area
  • Den with Balcony
  • Rear Deck and Additional Front Porch 


1995

Winner - Recreational Construction

This impressive lakefront deck on a 65 foot bluff behind a Walten Woods home presented many unique challenges. Even after seeking advice from the Army Corps of Engineers, whose recommendations were not encouraging, these homeowners decided to go ahead with construction of this massive deck which required the assistance Erie Weld Products. The three-level deck consists of sitting area at the top, from which steps descend to the middle level, complete with built-in benches. From there the stairs descend to the lowest level, a 20' by 30' deck which has access to the water by way of a retractible steel ladder developed by Erie Weld. Landscaping on all sides was completed by Jim Brainard Custom Landscaping.


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To Whom It May Concern: This very “fussy” senior highly recommends Skip Knoll Professional Remodeling Company. They replaced all of my windows in my 60 year old house. The employees were very professional and the job was completed in a timely fashion. After each day’s work, the job site was…
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