2019 Awards: Best of Houzz & NARI Regional CotY

At Knight Construction Design Inc, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best possible craftsmanship, design, and service. This dedication has helped our team win several awards from many different organizations over the years. We couldn't be more proud to add three new awards to our collection. We'd like to extend our gratitude to both Houzz and the National Association of Remodeling Industry, as well as our amazing clients for helping us achieve these honors.  

Best of Houzz 2019 Design

  Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design has awarded us, "Best of Design." Our team was chosen by the more than 40 million unique monthly users that make up the Houzz community and was selected from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals. best of house 2019 - design badge Each year, the Best of Houzz badge is awarded in three different categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Winners of the Design category are chosen based on whose work is the most popular among the Houzz community. As winners of the Design category, our Houzz profile will feature a "Best of Houzz 2019" badge. This badge will act as a symbol of our commitment to excellence and help homeowners identify us as a popular and top-rated design build company in the Twin Cities region. “Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.” In previous years, Knight Construction Design Inc has received an additional 14 "Best of Houzz" badges.

Best of Design, 2012-2019 Best of Customer Services, 2012-2018

Find us on Houzz here.  

NARI 2019 Regional Contractor of the Year Awards

  We're excited to share we have won two awards from the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI), a source for homeowners seeking to hire a professional remodeling contractor. Each year, NARI presents CotY awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. This is the highest form of recognition by industry leaders and peers. There were over 350 entries for this year’s competition, totaling more than $97 million worth of remodeling projects. Contractors from seven regions around the country 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. NARI named 154 Regional CotY™ Winners from the 2019 competition plus 24 team members. Regional CotY Winners will now advance as finalists at the National level. NARI 2019 Awards_Res Interior $75k-150k_Regional Winner_Color

Knight Construction Designs, Inc. has been named 2019 CotY Regional Winner for Region 3 North Central for Residential Interior $75,000 to $150,000.


NARI 2019 Awards_Res Kitchen $60k-100k_Regional Winner_ColorKnight Construction Designs, Inc. has been named 2019 CotY Regional Winner for Region 3 North Central for Residential Kitchen $60,001 to $100,000.

Since 2009, our team has been awarded several CotY honors. To see the full lists, visit our awards page. Interested in working with our award winning team? Get in touch with our team to learn more about how we can help you design the home of your dreams! Read More

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