The National Association Of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)/Metro DC Chapter Names Finesse Design Remodeling a 2020 Capital CotYTM (Contractor of the Year) Winner

Washington, DC, February 8, 2020]The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC Chapter named Finesse Design Remodeling, in Washington, DC 2020 Capital CotY TM winner in the Residential Interior Under $100,000 of its annual awards competition at their “Evening of Excellence” held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Bolger Center, Potomac, MD.

Finesse Design Remodeling is an award winning, residential design remodeling firm with over 50 years of combined experience, owned and operated by Elizabeth Mitchel and Brian Bielski. Finesse specializes in fine renovations and restorations in Washington, DC, providing personalized service, creative designs, expert craftsmanship and meticulous construction. Finesse is dedicated to providing an outstanding remodeling experience while creating beautiful homes that are tailored to each client’s desired aesthetic and unique lifestyle.

Contractors from the vast Metro DC area vie for CotY Awards each year. Judging is based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty by an impartial panel of industry experts.

What was once a bland and basic condo with a small kitchen, a basic bathroom and virtually no storage, has been transformed into an elegant residence that the client loves to come home to.

The Kitchen:

The client has an affinity for white marble and a clean modern aesthetic. Before the renovation, the client stated that the space felt “unfinished and boring.” We redesigned the kitchen to make it more functional by adding a beautiful and versatile kitchen peninsula with a seating area.

The peninsula is crafted with a waterfall edge to give it a clean, simple and unfettered look. The countertops throughout the kitchen are quartz composite material and were selected for their durability and marble like aesthetic.

We selected the Calacatta gold marble backsplash with gold veins cut out for chevrons to maintain clean and sharp lines throughout the space. The backsplash features honed Thassos marble and the vein cut Calacatta gold is polished, adding texture to the all-white kitchen. The Calacatta Classique quartz countertops with gold infused in the vein compliments the backsplash and the repeated gold tones in the cabinet door hardware and the Delta Trinsic champagne bronze faucet and air switch.

The Bathroom:


In the bathroom, we designed a functional space with a luxury walk in shower and a modern aesthetic.

Designing a new shower around the existing penetrations in the concrete while creating a seamless design was challenging. To work around this, we designed a 12-inch bulkhead with LED recessed lighting over a custom inset mirror. For a seamless transition between the shower wall and bulkhead, we pulled the shower wall forward 12” which placed the new wall over the existing bath drain that was needed for the new shower. We extended the drain up and out in a wye angling around the new shower wall. With less than 3” of height to work within, we were able to set the drain just inside the pan and finished with a squared off shower curb.

The luxury walk-in shower features a rain can / hand shower combination that can be controlled via separate thermostatic controls allowing one to control the pressure and temperature independently for both the rain can and hand shower. We installed custom led lighting and speakers in the shower and throughout the home that can be controlled via the client’s cell phone making life more entertaining and fun.

Each year NARI Metro DC presents Capital CotY awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. The entries of this year’s competition totaled more than $26 million worth of remodeling projects.

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. To be considered for a Capital CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.

Finesse Design Remodeling became an active member of NARI in 2014 and has been nominated for the Grand Level Contractor of the Year Award several times since joining.