Shane Klepko, vice president of Harwick Homes today announced the luxury custom homebuilder won a prestigious 2018 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence.

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in 28 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. Winners are selected for each of four geographical regions of the country. This year more than 80 companies from across the United States were named winners. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure, handling of challenges and cost benefit. The competition is open to any professional remodeler or design professional. There is no requirement to be a member of any specific trade association.

Harwick’s award wining entry in the Residential Specialty Item under $50,000 was selected for its transformation of a three-story staircase in a private Naples luxury residence.

According to Klepko, the staircase is often referred to as the centerpiece or “focal point” of the home because it is such a dominant architectural component and uses large vertical forms of space. Every staircase begins with extensive engineering and design knowledge.

“Re-building a staircase is a unique blend of carpentry and artistry,” explains Klepko.  During the whole house remodel, the owners elected to use their stairs as both a functional necessity and a statement piece – a lighter, gallery-like feel to the space.  The worn but salvageable staircase was a favorite design element, however, in its original state, it made the space in the three-story home so small.

“The “U” shaped staircase was comprised of three flights and two platforms where you turn 90 degrees at each platform,” continues Klepko. “The owners wanted to rehabilitate the stairs into a signature feature for their newly renovated home, seeking to upgrade all stair components including existing iron balusters, matching existing treads and risers, and installing a beautiful new handrail system.”

The open staircase remodel focused on modernizing the existing strong structure, first-level porcelain treads and risers, and decorative curved details on the stainless posts and skirt. The goal was to create a beautifully crafted staircase with strong form and function masterfully blended with timeless style and grace.

Owners decided to refinish and replace traditional-looking staircase components such as the handrail, balusters and newel posts, treads, risers and skirt board. The final details gave the space some much needed character and updated the early 80’s home to a modern look and serves as a beautiful architectural element reflecting the home’s modern and open floor plan.

Two key design challenges were working around existing wood flooring materials and locating a pleasing match to existing materials. In this project, the exposed staircase side required a new skirt board cut to fit and installed over the existing skirt, although the original treads and risers remained in place. The original Mission-style handrail, balusters and newel posts were first removed, refinished and replaced. The stairway was measured on site, hand-cut and fitted and personally installed on the job site.

A custom staircase must reflect the style of the home while being attractive and functional and can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a home,” says Klepko. The craftsmanship that went into this staircase redesign is more of a refined art, a mix of math and carpentry skills, he adds. By selecting thinner treads, open risers and thin metal stringers, the staircase was made more transparent than other types of stairs allowing less obstruction to the view beyond.

The homeowners enthusiastically embraced the new staircase as the perfect way to enhance the home’s new contemporary style. The transformed staircase is more in tune with rest of the home and acts as a great centerpiece. The new staircase and rail blends seamlessly into its surroundings, yet creates just enough visual interest to draw the eye without being distracting.

“To win an award in this highly competitive category is quite an achievement,” says Ken Kanline, Director of the Chrysalis Awards.

Pictures of all 2018 award-winning projects can be seen on Chrysalis website beginning in late June.

About Harwick Homes

Harwick Homes has been creating and remodeling homes of distinction in Southwest Florida for over 25 years, building new luxury homes priced from $1 million to more than $10 million in many of the region’s most exclusive neighborhoods and communities. The company also builds private residences on individual home sites along the Gulf of Mexico and offers full-service interior and exterior renovations, additions and space-planning services.

Harwick Homes is located at 3368 Edge Circle, Unit 101 in Bonita Springs, Florida. For more information, call (239) 498-0801, email or visit online at


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