BLB Custom Building: 2020 in Review
While unlike years past, BLB Custom Building ended an unorthodox year with several accomplishments and memories. Although the office was temporarily closed for 6 weeks due to COVID-19, our team managed 30 active projects and put in a total of 7,500 labor hours.
A majority of our projects, 30% of the total, were kitchen and bathroom remodels, which we like to call our "bread and butter." Coming in second this year were exterior projects, 27% of the total, including decks, garages, and outdoor renovations. Other types included whole house remodels, additions, commercial jobs, and miscellaneous work - including handyman projects, basement renovations, and door replacements.
This year, BLB humbly accepted five awards from five different organizations, including:
The Chrysalis Awards Organization Victorian Remodel - Regional Award Whole House Remodel $300,000-700,000
Qualified Remodeler Victorian Remodel - Silver Master Design Award Whole House Remodel $300,000-700,000
National Association of the Remodeling Industry Eastern Massachusetts Amesbury Family Home - Gold CotY Award Residential Remodel Under $200,000
Builders and Remodelers Associate of Greater Boston Melissa Crowley - Gold Prism Award, Most Valuable Team Member: Associate
Northshore Home Magazine 2020 Readers' Choice - Best of the Northshore (BONS) Crafts/Trade: Wine Cellar Category
Our Victorian Remodel, a whole house remodel added as a stop on the 2019 Newburyport Holiday House Tour and Kitchen Tour, took home two awards, including a Regional Chrysalis Award and a Silver Master Design Award. Our Amesbury Family Home project was awarded a Gold Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award, a project consisting of expanding and brightening the homeowners' living space through a 336 sq. ft. addition. Lastly, our rockstar of an office manager, Melissa, took home a Gold PRISM Award, a superior achievement that reflects the countless hours she has dedicated to BLB and Trades Mill each and every day.
Transitioning from projects and awards to community initiatives, BLB donated over 300 hours back to our local communities. This year, a majority of our community-based time was spent transforming a historic mill building into the soon-to-be Industrial History Center, a new gallery and office space for the Amesbury Carriage Museum. Other community initiatives included creating a scarecrow for the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce's Scarecrow Contest, delivering food to cars during Amesbury's Holiday Drive-in, partnering with local businesses to restore the Amesbury Police Department's balcony. and donating a Carpenter for a Day to the Newburyport Education Foundation's Annual Lighthouse Auction. We continued to show our support to local organizations and programs, including the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Our Neighbor's Table, the Amesbury Public Library, and the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in showing your support to any of these organizations, click the links provided above.
On behalf of the entire BLB Custom Building team, we would like to thank our clients and all of those who have shown support throughout this year. BLB is looking forward to a great 2021 and we cannot wait to begin new projects. If you would like to make your home's vision a reality, contact us today!