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Arlington Remodeler Wins Three CotY Awards
Arlington Remodeler Wins Three CotY Awards

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Arlington, VA  Michael Sauri, founder and president of TriVistaUSA in Arlington, VA, won awards for three remodeling projects at the Capital CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards presented on January 29, 2011, by the Metro DC Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Two of the projects are residential exterior renovations and one is a complete renovation of an historic 19th century farmhouse. One of the projects - a porch - was featured on the website of remodeling guru Bob Villa in August 2010.

Prize-Winning Porch

The porch created by Sauri replaced an old, poorly designed two-level deck, which did not lend itself to the outdoor lifestyle of the clients. Reusing the framing of the existing deck and with minimal waste, Sauri designed a larger, upper deck, opening from the living room/breakfast nook space of the house and screened in on three sides. Sauri designed a soaring butterfly roof, which rises to 16 feet at its maximum height, well beyond the adjacent roof heights of the house, and allows sunlight to flood the porch and the house as if there were no roof at all.

Hidden Patio

Sauri's second award-winning residential exterior included a large outdoor patio and entertainment area created in formerly unusable space beneath the parking deck of a five-story modern house. The house sits on a lot which slopes down from the street at a nearly 45-degree angle so that three stories of the house are above ground from the street and another two stories are hidden below the hill. Beneath the parking deck, which connects the road and the main (3rd) floor of the house, Sauri created a beautiful stone patio, digging out and installing a two-tiered retaining wall covered in flagstone to resemble a bench, and incorporating and lighting the wooden piers of the deck into the overall design. He built flagstone steps into the hill, running down one side of the parking deck to allow access to the new patio and gravel-floored storage space underneath the deck. He and his team opened the existing brick wall of the house to insert a full glass door from the second floor office out to the patio space.

An Historic Renovation

Sauri's third project was the renovation of an historic home built in the early 19th century. Sauri and his team removed an historically insensitive addition from the mid 1980s and added a new three-story addition in keeping with the historic significance of the house. The addition incorporates an enlarged and modernized kitchen and family room on the first floor, daughter's bedroom and full master suite with walk-in closet, luxury bath and upstairs laundry room on the second floor, and a finished office/play area on the third floor. Sauri brought back historically accurate crown moldings, floor finishes and paint colors. On the outside he added a wrap-around porch and changed the siding from a tired beige to a rich Williamsburg "Booth Bay Blue," in keeping with historic era the house represents.

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