Win a Free Interior Design Package from PostBox Design

Did I say  free interior design package? Yep, I sure did! Back in January we introduced Kristin Thompson’s new venture, Postbox Designs on our blog.  From now until March 28th, you can enter to win a $500 interior design package from PostBox Designs. The contest is being offered through Read more

The 80-Minute Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Limited free time and too long a list?  We can help!

1. Buy a case of furnace filters (12) and replace it each month.

2. Deep clean the the inside of the house to reduce allergies.  Hire a pro if needed.

3. Be sure gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves and other debris. Read more

Thompson Remodeling Named NARI 2013 Regional Contractor of the Year

IMG_7546 Grand Rapids, MI, February 6, 2014The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Thompson Remodeling, in Grand Rapids, 2014 East Central Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Kitchen $40,000 to  $80,000 category of its annual awards competition.

“We were very excited to hear that we won this award and couldn’t wait to share the news with the homeowners,” said Ben Thompson, President of Thompson Remodeling. “Our clients wanted to create a kitchen that would become the center of their entertaining areas, allowing guests to socialize with them while preparing meals. Our team at Thompson created a great space to do just that!”

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. National winners will be announced and honored at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM reception on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the New Orleans Marriott, in New Orleans. National winners will be announced via Webcast the evening of March 28, and the Webcast will be available for viewing for 30 days afterward on

All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, “Residential Exterior Specialty.”  Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible.

Thompson Remodeling’s winning kitchen project is in a 1970’s waterfront ranch. The kitchen was dark and closed in by walls separating all the entertaining areas. It was starved for natural light and had no view of the gorgeous lake right behind the house. The new design makes the kitchen the hub of the home.  By removing four walls, the entire first floor opened up and allowed the creation of the perfect kitchen for the social chef.  Guests can flow in and out while taking in a great view of the lake. The kitchen has been used nearly every weekend since it was completed.  In fact, the homeowners hosted a wedding reception for 100 guests and said that the space worked perfectly.

IMG_7465_6_7_tonemapped Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2012, and November 30, 2013, and were not submitted in previous NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty.

To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. The entries of this year’s competition totaled more than $72 million worth of remodeling projects. NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.

About Thompson Remodeling:

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan – Thompson Remodeling is a design/build residential remodeling firm that has been serving Grand Rapids and the surrounding area for 33 years. Our award-winning firm is recognized as an industry leader on the national, regional, and local levels.

Thompson Remodeling partners with you to discover your style and vision for your home. We create a custom design to meet your specific needs that is uniquely yours. Our process ensures that there are no surprises – your custom project will be built on time, on budget, and to your approved project plans. We want to help you Love Where You Live.  For more information visit or call 616.942.1866.


About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry.  The Association, which represents member companies nationwide—comprised of 63,000 remodeling contractors— is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To learn more about membership, visit or contact national headquarters, based in Des Plaines, Ill., at (847) 298-9200.

Homeowners are estimated to spend a total of $150 billion on home improvements in the U.S. through 2014, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. According to results from the 2012 Member Profile Study, NARI members outpace the industry norm in sales, production and employees, when compared to professionals represented in the Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI) 2011 Remodeling Professional Study.

Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI or call NARI National at (847) 298-9200 and request a free copy of NARI’s brochure, “How to Select a Remodeling Professional.”

Three Outdoor Remodeling Trends to Look For This Spring

A great place to extend your living space is in your own backyard with an outdoor remodeling project. In recent years, homeowners have been using their backyard as a blank canvas to create great spaces to spend time with family and entertain guests. The latest trend in outdoor remodeling is designing outdoor versions of your favorite indoor spaces.

The Top Three Outdoor Remodeling Trends for Spring

  1. Outdoor Living Rooms – Think of a room without walls.  Typically they are covered and feature flagstone or porcelain tile floors.  Outfitted with all-weather furniture, televisions, sound systems, lighting, and ceiling fans they are perfect for spending warm weather evenings outside.
  2. Fireplaces – ranging from pre-fab to artfully designed brick or stone masonry.  An outdoor fireplace allows you to extend the use of your outdoor spaces into the chillier months.
  3. Outdoor Kitchens – from simple to elaborate with built-in gas grills, sinks, refrigerators, countertops, and bar seating.

If your thinking about an outdoor remodeling project call Thompson Remodeling to discuss your ideas. We love working with clients to extend their living spaces outdoors.  To view some of our outdoor remodeling projects click here.

Family Room Additions are a Top Trend for 2014

IMG_7537_8_9_tonemapped Does your home offer enough space for informal family activities?  Is your floor plan too closed in? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are not alone.  Today’s families prefer open living spaces that flow from one room to the next, allowing for meal preparation and socialization in one central area.   That’s why family room additions are such a hot trend today.  A family room addition is the perfect solution to open up your home and provide an all-purpose space for all of your activities.

Here are some things to consider incorporating into your family room addition:

  • Position the new space adjacent to your kitchen to allow socialization and good flow
  • An informal dining area
  • A corner office space that can double has a homework station
  • Built in storage areas such as shelves or cabinets to house books, games, or family photos
  • Sturdy and easy to clean flooring to hold up to heavy traffic


If you are considering a family room addition, call Thompson Remodeling. We specialize in designing functional spaces for families. Since 1980, Thompson Remodeling has remodeled hundreds of homes to create spaces that help our clients “Love Where They Live”. Please view our photo galleries to view a sampling of our past projects.