NARI names Knight MN Contractor of the Year

Knight Construction Design has earned two more Minnesota Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The 2016 honors span both indoor and exterior projects and follow Knight’s 2015 National Contractor of the Year recognition.

Photo of Gary Knight and Kristen Peck

Knight won the Gold CotY for Residential Exterior under $200,000 and the Silver CotY for Residential Bath Over $75,000.

The exterior project added curb appeal and accessibility to a home with a daughter who has been confined to a wheelchair most of her life. It featured a covered entry and ramp with decorative metal railing. A tall, side garage addition on the corner lot suits the family's handicap van. And the new roofline enhances curb appeal.

The winning master suite his/hers luxury baths delivered the clients' desired floor plan and quality fixtures despite demanding site challenges (such as demolishing the poured concrete, rebar-reinforced sunken spa tub to make room for the new drop-in air bubble bath. Special care was taken to salvage and match custom millwork and preserve the former fixtures for resale.

“We enter these industry award competitions as much for our clients as for ourselves,” Gary Knight said. “Our projects are a team effort. Our clients are willing to invest in good design, superior craftsmanship and quality materials. We owe these awards to their continued support.”

Gary commended Designer Kristen Peck and Project Manager Jeff Harrison for their award-winning work. Gary and Kristen accepted the awards at the NARI MN CotY Awards Gala attended by more than 300 remodeling industry colleagues at International Market Square on Nov. 17, 2016. Minnesota remodelers entered 89 projects in 26 categories this year. Knight Construction Design won the national CotY title for best entire house remodeling $250,000-$500,000 last year. Read More
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Gary Knight joins NARI-MN Board of Directors

NARI MN Certified Remodeler Gary Knight of Knight Construction Design begins a two-year term this week on the board of directors of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Minnesota Chapter (NARI-MN).

Minnesota is NARI's second largest chapter nationwide. The association is a primary resource for remodeling companies and their clients. It elevates the professionalism of the remodeling industry by expanding knowledge, building relationships and recognizing excellence. This helps property owners identify the most accomplished and reputable remodeling firms in the Greater Twin Cities metro.

Gary’s first official act as board member will be to participate the board’s annual retreat this Thursday and Friday. During the extended planning session, board members will review the association’s five-year strategic plan and discuss how to continue to enhance service to contractors and consumers alike.

Knight Construction has received numerous NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards in multiple categories over past several years, including 2015 National Contractor of the Year for entire home remodeling $250,000-500,000. Gary also has been an active participant in local NARI Roundtables.

“NARI-MN members earned twice as many national CotY awards as the next closest state chapter this year. This speaks volumes about the quality of remodeling design and construction in Minnesota,” Gary said. “I look forward to investing my own design-build experience to help NARI-MN grow as the top resource for homeowners who are choosing remodelers and for contractors who want to certify and be recognized for their skills.” Read More

Knight captures Triple Crown of 2015 NARI CotY Awards for Outstanding Edina Project

CotY entire house 250 to 500N15_pms287 The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Knight Construction Design 2015 National Contractor of the Year last weekend for its outstanding work at a Mirror Lake Drive, Edina, home. The Chanhassen remodeler won in the entire house remodeling $250,000-500,000 category. Seven other NARI MN members won in smaller categories. This is the fourth National Contractor of the Year Award Knight Construction Design has won since joining NARI in 2000. It also holds dozens of Minnesota and regional homebuilding and remodeling awards.


Gary Knight had received NARI Minnesota Contractor of the Year gold honors last fall and then took top prize in the NARI North Central Region 3 CotY Awards in the same category earlier this year to qualify for national consideration.

The triple award-winning project features a 17x32-foot addition, dual-sided Montana stone fireplace, large Marvin windows and doors, expanded mudroom, and enhanced master suite and office.

“The addition modernized the flow of the main level and connected the kitchen and living room to the new sitting/dining room. This made the space much brighter and more comfortable,” explained designer Kristen Peck.

By adding just three feet to the home’s front elevation, Knight was able to match the rear addition roofline and make the whole house look new and appealing.

Gary and Kelley Knight photo

Gary and Kelley Knight are pictured above after receiving the award at the NARI National Evening of Excellence event. Some 160 entries vied for national honors in 36 categories. Judges evaluated the projects on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and presentation without knowing who submitted the entries. Read More