The Professional Remodeling Organization of New England (PRO New England) awarded BLB Custom Building, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, the 2021 PRO Award in the category of Residential Basement Remodel for our Man Cave Makeover project.

The homeowners were looking to remodel and modernize their dark, outdated 1891 Victorian basement into the ultimate man cave. Partnering with Vesta Architecture and locally-renowned interior designer, Ivory & Bone, the team was tasked with creating a fun and dynamic space for our clients, the basement included a billiard room with a custom NFL helmet wall, a separate exercise room, bar area, and game room equipped with a projector and pull-down screen. To enhance the design and elevate the space, textured wooden panels sourced from Europe were applied to the ceiling and custom duct wraps fabricated by Carriage Hill Craft Metals were installed to conceal unsightly HVAC venting.

BLB was presented the PRO Award at PRO New England’s Virtual Evening of Excellence event on Wednesday, June 2nd. This year, there were 75 projects submitted for PRO Awards across sixteen categories. A panel of eleven independent reviewers judged the project entries in a blind evaluation. Projects were judged on a 70-point scale with points awarded for how well the project met the client’s needs and enhanced the functionality and aesthetics of the space, innovative uses of materials and methods, the ability to overcome obstacles creatively, the craftsmanship displayed in the work, and the presentation of the project. Watch the awards here or view the list of winners.

After receiving the Gold Award, Ben Becker had this to say:

It’s an honor to be recognized for this award alongside so many exceptional companies and industry professionals. This project was truly a collaborative effort between the architect, designer, and builder.

BLB Custom Building, a Design-Build company and member of PRO New England, is committed to quality craftsmanship, outstanding customer services, and exceptional results. Specializing in residential and local commercial projects, ranging from remodels to complete builds, we are recognized as one of the premier builders of choice through the Greater Newburyport area and north-of-Boston suburbs. Led by owner and general contractor, Benjamin Becker, our crew is comprised of skilled master craftsmen and a dedicated in-office team who prioritize perfection and attention to detail for each project.

Photography by Kate McNamara, Freebird Photography