Tom Schiebout’s Tomco Company won two Minnesota Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards Thursday from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
The veteran Andover certified remodeler (CR) took the top, gold-level CotY Award in the Residential Interior Element over $30,000 category for the dramatic porcelain tile and hickory floor it installed at the Blaine home of Ryan and Anna Weispfenning. Tomco received the silver-level award in the Basements $50,001-$100,000 category for the basement it remodeled at the Anoka home of Andrew and Clarice Mugglin.
The Tomco projects were among 73 that Twin Cities area contractors entered in 32 remodeling and landscaping/outdoor living categories. Last year, Tomco took home the top award in the Universal Design (accessibility/aging-in-place) category.
Tomco’s 2015 CotY Award Floor in Blaine
The Blaine flooring project featured a window-pane pattern that spanned the entry foyer, hallways and mudroom. The kitchen and dining room incorporated a hickory border around a solid porcelain tile field. The hickory border also framed the carpeted family room.
Tomco’s used a special decoupling membrane and substituted flexible color-matched caulk for mortar between dissimilar materials to prevent cracking that had plagued the original marble floor.
Tomco’s 2015 CotY Award Basement in Anoka
The Anoka basement combined luxury vinyl plank flooring over DRIcore insulating panels, custom cabinetry, hidden appliances and a river-themed fireplace to create a full-featured kid- and pool-friendly hangout.
NARI members from Milwaukee judged and scored Minnesota CotY Award entries based on meeting client needs, functionality, aesthetics, superior craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty without knowing who designed and built the projects.