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Designing the “Fifth Wall”
HomeMasons Details, December 2009

An often-overlooked opportunity in designing an exciting space is what we know as “the fifth wall” – the ceiling!

Too often, less-creative designers just do not give the deserving attention to this most-prominent surface. Throw up some recessed lights, paint it white and call it done. Otherwise, interesting ceiling treatments might be as simple as the addition of an attractive color and thoughtful patterns of creative light fixtures. Continue reading...

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Kitchen and Bath Month • Get Organized
HomeMasons Details, November 2009

If you’re planning a kitchen or bath renovation, remember that what you don’t see is just as important as what you do see for a functional and well-organized space. In both areas, you generally have a routine, and it’s important to have everything you need for each task close at hand. Both rooms can be clutter magnets, but with some up-front planning you can streamline these work spaces to make your routine more efficient and eliminate clutter. Continue reading...

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Capital Trail Unveils First Trailhead; Set for Jamestown
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, November 25, 2008

Biking enthusiasts have been excited for years about the prospect of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 55-miler that links Virginia’s capital cities of Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg. Now that several sections of the trail are at or nearing completion it’s time for trailheads. Continue reading the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily article...

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HomeMasons, Inc. named to 2008 Qualified Remodeler Top 500
Release, September 1, 2008

HomeMasons, Inc. has been named to this year’s Top 500 list of remodeling firms by Qualified Remodeler Magazine. The 2008 award is the seventh time that HomeMasons has been so recognized. The annual listing is published to recognize remodeling firms for six criteria of success: Annual sales volume for the previous year, total number of years in business, association membership, certified employees on staff, industry awards and community service. Each company submitted a letter or audited statement from their CPA to verify their total volume of sales.

Qualified Remodeler August 2008HomeMasons was ranked #266 on this year’s list, and received special 4-star recognition for Association Membership, Certification, Awards and Community Service.

“Particularly in these difficult economic times, with so many new players entering our industry, it is clear that the homeowner is best-served by substantial, experienced and qualified firms. Our repeated recognition in this Top 500 group differentiates HomeMasons — affirming our strength and continuing capability to provide these services at a very high level”, says Mason Hearn, President of HomeMasons, Inc.

Founded in 1993, HomeMasons serves the Central Virginia and Northern Neck / Middle Peninsula areas from their office in Manakin-Sabot, VA.. The award-winning company provides a full range of services for home care and improvement — including architectural design and remodeling services, as well as a Handyman Service Division for repairs, maintenance and replacement work.

The annual Top 500 list has been published in the August 2008 issue of Qualified Remodeler, and on the magazine’s Web site: www.qualifiedremodeler.com.

Founded in 1975, Qualified Remodeler was the first magazine dedicated to serve the residential and light commercial remodeling industry. Cygnus Business Media publishes the magazine, which serves more than 82,000 remodeling firms nationwide.

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HomeMasons wins Professional Remodeler’s “Best of the Best Design Award”
Release, October 17, 2007

Richmond, VA: Professional Remodeler today announced that HomeMasons has been selected to receive the prestigious Best of the Best Design Award. The award is the Platinum Best of the Best Design Award for Kitchens.

“HomeMasons is much honored to receive this prestigious award and recognition from a panel of our peers,” said HomeMasons President Mason Hearn. The Best of the Best Design Awards competition recognizes outstanding design, craftsmanship and functionality in the projects of remodelers across the United States. The judging panel includes a panel of peers with architects, remodelers, kitchen and bath designers, and editors from Professional Remodeler. The HomeMasons award-winning project will be featured in the November issue of Professional Remodeler.

Platinum Best of the Best Design Award for KitchensThe scope of the winning project included a kitchen / breakfast room remodel and expansion. The kitchen work was part of a larger, whole house remodel. The homeowner’s needs and objectives included converting their spaces into a functional, spacious high-end kitchen and light-filled informal dining area.

The homeowner was a restaurant owner who required a thoughtful, working kitchen layout. They envisioned a rich and handsomely colorful palette unlike their commercial kitchens, although fitted-out with professional-grade appliances they knew and trusted.

Although the custom flush cabinets were simple in design, the deep burgundy stain adds a richness of palette, complimented by stainless hardware and professional appliances, engineered countertops, and Italian accent lighting of stainless and glass.

In some ways, this project was a “restoration,” respecting the original fabric of the home, and removing previous poor quality and inappropriate work. The necessary expansion work created new, clean and style-appropriate lines to the rear of the home.

The result is a well-organized, spacious and handsomely contemporary kitchen. Although it incorporates durable, hard-working surfaces and equipment, it is unmistakably residential.

HomeMasons has been named a member of the distinguished Big 50 as well as has been in the TOP 500 for six years. HomeMasons has also received nationally recognized rewards such as Professional Remodeling’s Remodeler of the Year, 101 Best Companies to Work For, Qualified Remodeler’s Master Design Awards and NARI’s Contractor of the Year Award. For more information, please visit www.homemasons.com or to view the winning kitchen, follow this link.

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HomeMasons, Inc. Receives Recognition at The Remodelers Show
Release, November 15, 2006

Chicago, IL: At the recent Remodelers Show in Chicago, premier residential designer and remodeling contractor, HomeMasons, Inc. was recognized with two nationally acclaimed awards. Their recent projects were honored with Gold awards in both the prestigious 28th Annual Qualified Remodeler (QR) Master Design Awards, as well as the Professional Remodeler Best of the Best Design Awards.

Master Design Awards, Residential SpecialtyThe Master Design Award was granted in the Residential Specialty category, for a particularly creative custom-designed vanity; part of a complete master bath remodel in the Lower Tuckahoe neighborhood. The very special piece was created by local craftsmen from quartersawn oak and walnut. It is reminiscent of traditional furniture, incorporating a skirt and table legs; yet simply detailed in a contemporary manner, with opposing veneer patterns and a clever pull integrated into the faces of the doors and drawer fronts. The design was inspired by the homeowner, an interior designer by training, and highly-regarded collector of 20th century fine craft furniture.

Professional Remodeler gave HomeMasons top honors in the Conservatory/Sunroom category. This project was part of an extensive remodel/addition to Shrubbery Hill, a gracious 1826 plantation home in Montpelier. The owners sought a spacious, light-filled, informal living room that would preserve the integrity of their historic home.

2006 Best of the Best Design Awards, Best Conservatory / Sunroom
The winning design was notable for its particularly inventive, yet historically fitting approach. The challenges of emulating historical scale and architectural detail were met in a manner accommodating the present-day needs of the homeowners.

The Shrubbery Hill addition includes a copper roof and balustrade atop exteriors composed mostly of windows and very detailed pilasters and millwork. The interiors, likewise, included high levels of intricate millwork, such as pilasters and paneled wainscoting, and a fireplace surround design to emulate the 180-year-old existing mantels elsewhere in the house.

Mr. Hearn remarked that “being able to design the client’s dream and see it through the construction process is great. Our objective is always to create work that pleases our client, and adds to the value and enjoyment of their home. Naturally, having that design and craftsmanship recognized at a national level reinforces that we’re performing at a very high level, and we’re thrilled about that.”

In addition to numerous project awards over the years, HomeMasons has also been named in the TOP 500 Remodelers nationwide for five (5) consecutive years by Qualified Remodeler and is also in the Big 50 named by Remodeling magazine.

Winning projects are listed in the October issue of Qualified Remodeler and the November issue of Professional Remodeler.

Follow these links for more information: Master Design Award Residential Specialty winning entry; Best Conservatory/Sunroom winning design.

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HomeMasons Staff Receives Certification
Release, May 18, 2005

Richmond, VA: HomeMasons, Inc., a nationally-recognized design and remodeling firm, has four employees who have received certification through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (“NARI”). Those employees are: Baxter B. Taylor, III, Samuel Negron, Dale Reynolds, and Wayne Wilfong. Their designation is now CLC which stands for Certified Lead Carpenter.

A lead carpenter is involved in tasks and has responsibilities beyond the technical production aspects of a project. He/she is responsible for customer contact and communication, supervision of subcontractors and employees, managing the job site, scheduling, and safety issues. The success of a remodeling project during the production stage is the primary responsibility of the Lead Carpenter.

Certified Lead Carpenter candidates must complete and submit a Qualification Matrix for consideration by the NARI Education Department and Certification Board. In addition, they must have been in the remodeling industry for a minimum five (5) years and must have worked as a lead carpenter, as defined above, for a minimum of two (2) years. At present, there are only twenty (20) Certified Lead Carpenters in the NARI Central Virginia Chapter.

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Mason Hearn Named Business Person of the Year
Release, January 25, 2005

Goochland, VA: At the Annual Meeting of the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce held on January 20, 2005, C. Mason Hearn, Jr., President of HomeMasons, Inc., was named Business Person of the Year for 2004.

Mr. Hearn was lauded for the many industry awards he has earned over the past twelve years he has been in business in Goochland County. Among those being Remodeler of the Year on the State and National level in 2001 and his company named to 101 Best Companies to Work For. Mason has also contributed to such local charities as the Children’s Hospital, the YMCA, Maymont Foundation and Caritas, to name a few. He is presently working on a project with Goochland Fellowship and Family Services for the design of a renovation of their building in Goochland.

The presentation was made during the Annual Meeting which was held at Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, VA.

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HomeMasons, Inc. has won a Bronze Award, Best of the South Design Award in the Outdoor Living Category
Release, October 29, 2004

Manakin-Sabot, VA: This year, Professional Remodeler introduced its Best of the South Design Awards competition. The program recognizes outstanding design, quality construction and exceptional value in the projects of remodelers working in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

This year, editors from the Building/Remodeling/Kitchen and Bath division of Better Homes and Gardens® Special Interest Publications along with remodelers and architects who work in the South (but did not submit projects to the contest) teamed with Professional Remodeler to judge entries. The panel critiqued entries in five areas: visual appeal; value for price charged; workmanship; functionality; and to what extent the project met the needs of the customer.

2004 Best of the South - Outdoor LivingHomeMasons created an outdoor living space and screen porch that was both functional and looked as if it had always been there. Keeping within the same style on a renovation is an art and this company has a reputation for being the best at that task.

This is not their first award, by any means. They were named Professional Remodeler of the Year in 2001 nationally, the Chrysalis Remodeler of the Year for the State of Virginia for 2001, Big 50 in 2003, Top 500 for the past 4 years in a row, just to name a few.

The awards ceremony took place the afternoon of Friday, October 8th at the Remodeling Show in Chicago.

You can see this winning project currently featured in the October issue of Professional Remodeler.

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McGuire, Hearn & Toms is now HomeMasons
Release, October 22, 2004

Richmond, Virginia: McGuire, Hearn and Toms, Inc., a nationally-recognized design and remodeling firm, has changed its name to HomeMasons, Inc.

The company’s new name and graphic identity reflect the many improvements made since company president Mason Hearn became sole shareholder in 2002. “We’ve evolved from an Owner-guided practice into a firm with a team-managed approach,” said Hearn. “The name reflects that leap, along with my ongoing personal commitment to the business.”

Along with the new name and graphic identity comes a new tag line, “Design, built.” to reflect the longstanding emphasis on quality architectural design. HomeMasons will continue to focus on turn-key in-house design and construction packages, as well as providing traditional construction services for high-design projects designed by independent architectural firms.

Lisa Cumbey of Design Manifesto and strategist Karen Batalo, both of Richmond, led the efforts to establish the new identity package. “The extent of study and planning was unusual in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by homegrown practices. We recognized that to achieve a successful result, we had to describe who we are and what we do, and remain connected with our established brand equity. I am more than pleased with the outcome, and look for the HomeMasons brand to be well-received,” continued Hearn.

In an industry where new business and growth depend primarily on word of mouth, changing a company name is no small feat. A communications audit of staff, key customers, influencers and industry partners was conducted, as well as a strategic branding session and informal focus groups to test name and design options. New materials will include a web site, collateral materials, signage and livery. The entire process took approximately one year to complete.

The new name was announced internally at an employee party October 1. Employees received a box with apparel with the new logo, a hat and other items. The new name was announced externally at a party for clients, trade partners, professional associates and employees October 2. To build excitement, invitations were packaged in paint buckets with the McGuire Hearn & Toms logo on the outside and shredded blueprints on the inside, and all attendees received a range of gifts with the new name and logo, from scarves to mouse pads to pens.

In addition, The Homie Awards were presented to clients in categories such as Best Editing, Most Creative Production Finance, and Award for Outstanding Stunt Coordination. For example, Ginny and Andy Lewis received the Award for Outstanding Stunt Coordination, aka; The Never Fear, Gaston is Here Award for bravery beyond the call of duty, having the walls and roof of their house removed just prior to the advent of tropical storm Gaston.

“The new name is fabulous, and the party was the perfect way to announce it,” said Ginny Lewis. “The presentation, food and music made a great evening.”

The company has been presented many awards over the past 11 years, including Virginia Remodeler of the Year; National Remodeler of the Year; 101 Best Companies to Work For; Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50; QR Magazine’s Top 500; as well as many Chrysalis Awards and Master Design Awards. HomeMasons is located at 286 River Road West in Manakin-Sabot. For more information about HomeMasons, call (804) 784-1200 or visit www.homemasons.com.

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