Des Plaines, Ill.— The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards program not only identifies the top remodelers in a variety of project categories but also reveals remodeling trends seen nationwide.

Several CotY-winning projects mentioned reusing items in the home and/or installing reclaimed items. Christopher Risher, CR, of RisherMartin Renovations based in Austin, Texas, is no stranger to this trend, with 90 percent of his clients requesting reuse to some degree in remodeling projects.

“I think people try to save as much as possible; they don’t want to replace everything,” Risher says.

Other CotY-winning projects featured different ways of reuse such as cabinetry, reclaiming barn doors and repurposing a dresser into a bathroom vanity.

“Old is new,” John Albrecht, president of Albrecht Wood Interiors Inc. says. “Clients are consistently asking me to repurpose an old piece of wood into something else or build something new and distress it to look old.”

Other design trends from the 2012 CotY Award Program include pocket doors, sunrooms, subway tile and spray foam insulation.

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