Hello Smithouse friends & family! We are excited to share recent happenings at Smithouse, which are highlighted below within our Summer 2015 Newsletter. We hope you will take a quick look and check out recent news, our nominated “hero of the house,” and our spotlight on a really cool Maryland-based company.
You can check out more recent happenings at our new website: www.smithouseconstruction.com.
Check out our new team members, projects, and services! Here’s to a sunny and hot summer after a dreary and cold winter.
Word on the Street
Smithouse Construction Named Regional Contractor of the Year by NARI
Baltimore area custom builder secures Southeast Regional CotY win
in Entire House Over $1,000,000 category.
In March 2015, we were honored to be named by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) as the Southeast Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) winner in the Entire House Over $1,000,000 category for our work on a private Baltimore residence.
Each year, NARI presents CotY awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. Judging was done by an impartial panel of industry experts and was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.
We are proud of the quality of workmanship we delivered on this client’s home and are thankful to NARI for the recognition. We look forward to embarking on many more projects like this one and providing exceptional services for our clients.
Design professionals included Architect: SM+P Architects and Designer: Fernhill Design. Trades and craftsman that contributed to the award winning project included, but were not limited to, Luciano Cristofaro Contractors (Masonry); McDonald Electric (Electrician); Nano Tile (Tile Installer); BMore Mechanical (Plumbing); Hensel Road Woodworks (cabinet maker/installer); MC Paint (Painter); Brintnall Deck Works and Craftsman Drywall.
NARI is the source for homeowners seeking to hire a professional remodeling contractor. Members are full-time, dedicated, remodeling industry professionals who follow a strict code of ethics with high standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility. For more information, contact NARI at 847-298-9200 or www.nari.org.
Smithouse Construction Named a Winner of
REMODELING Magazine’s 2015 Big50 Award
Publication names Baltimore-area custom builder a Big50 award winner;
Smithouse among 50 companies from across the country to be given prestigious award.
In May 2015, we were extremely honored to be named among REMODELING’s Big50 and to be selected as one of 50 remodeling firms from across the country to be given this prestigious award.
Every May, REMODELING inducts 50 new companies that have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through smart marketing, exemplary business practices, and making an extraordinary impact on their community or the industry at large. Owner Dave Smith comments. “Truth be told, I was pleasantly surprised that REMODELING wanted to highlight our company’s values and principles on a national level. We work hard to have our company values flow through our daily work because we believe it is the right thing to do for our clients and our long-term success. To be honored for these practices has been pretty neat.”
We thank REMODELING Magazine for the recognition and want to continue providing reliable services to our clients.
Hero of the House
Michael Cox has been nominated as this issue’s Hero of the House! A site superintendent at Smithouse, Michael demonstrated exemplary management skills while providing superb service for a project at the Baltimore Country Club during the harsh ’15 winter season. As the unsung hero of the project, Michael’s attention to detail helped make the project a success. Congrats, Mike!
Champion of the Community
In our summer issue, we would like to highlight a really awesome Maryland-based non-profit (501-C3) organization, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI). NFI was started in 1994 to “reverse our nations destructive trend towards fatherhood absence,” and works to connect fathers with their children. We believe their mission and work are invaluable. Consider the fact that one out of every three children in America is being raised in a home without a father. That’s 24 million kids! The impact of a father’s absence is astounding. Statistically, kids who are raised in homes without dad identify with one or more of the following.
7x more likely to be incarcerated as an adult
4x more likely to live in poverty as an adult
2x more likely to have emotional or behavioral problems
Right now, our city is in a state of brokenness. While the root issues of the brokenness in Baltimore encompass more than father absence, we would be remiss to overlook its tragic effect.
So, what to do? For starters, check out National Fatherhood Initiative’s website and learn more about what NFI does. If you are a father, they have fantastic tips and educational resources to help equip dads with easy ways to develop deeper relationships with their children. Spread the word: For change to take place, we have to first start with healthy dialogue and acknowledgement of the root issues. Check out NFI at www.fatherhood.org, and consider making a donation to help them continue their valuable work: www.fatherhood.org/donate.