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DRD Earns National Contractor of the Year Award for Morgan Hill Remodel

View of a navy blue and white kitchen with stainless steel appliances
View of the kitchen inside this award-winning whole-home remodel in downtown Morgan Hill, CA.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named D. R. Domenichini (DRD) Construction in partnership with Studio 38 Designs, 2023 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) winner in the “Entire House $250,000 to $500,000” category in its annual awards competition.

For the award-winning project, DRD Construction’s sister company Studio 38 Designs, created a whole-house design plan which included adding curb appeal to the exterior and revamping the interior layout, and modernizing every room in the quaint downtown Morgan Hill cottage.

View from the curb of this small blue and tan cottage with white trim and stone accents
Exterior view of this charming remodeled cottage in Downtown Morgan Hill, CA.

Studio 38 Designs’ owner Gina Varela-Domenichini says, “This was an opportunity to really make an impact on the whole layout. The owners were looking to add a sense of spaciousness and light, and this updated floorplan and design delivered.”

DRD Construction was tasked with executing that design plan for their very important client. The homeowners, David Dindak and Kerry Wallace, are heavily involved in the local downtown Morgan Hill community and the Morgan Hill Downtown Association, where their home and the two remodeling companies are just around the corner from each other.

"Working together with the clients, Studio 38 Designs shares ideas and creates amazing designs. We always enjoy this synergy. However, this job was especially rewarding because the clients are local to our downtown location and are very involved in our wonderful community. This was a fun project, and we are honored to have been able to play a role." says Dave Domenichini, owner of D.R. Domenichini Construction.

Homeowner Kerry Wallace had this to say about their whole-home remodeling project,

“We were at a point in our lives when we wanted to downsize. We had a property in the downtown, and it was in a perfect location. The problem is that it was a fixer-upper - and it was a serious fixer-upper. We knew, right in our own backyard here in the downtown, we had an amazing company, Studio 38 Designs and DRD Construction. Not only did they have an outstanding reputation, but they were very close by here in the downtown with us.”

Homeowner Dave Dindak agrees, “It is almost seamless. (Studio 38 and DRD) were so regimented in their calendar and every week. We would meet and pick out fixtures, pick out flooring, and pick out tile, and they always had everything set up.”

Kerry adds, “And the (DRD) project team was absolutely professional. They took our home to stud, and they rebuilt it, and we had a full remodel in three months, and it was within budget.”

View of the living room showing the dark blue tiled fireplace and the kitchen
View of the living room inside the 2023 NARI CoTY award winning project.

The full remodel included a lot of custom designs and personal touches.

For example, the couple struggled with what to do with a necessary litter box in their beautiful new home when the DRD team came up with a solution to create a custom kitty “outhouse” that is accessible to the house but brilliantly discreet. The fireplace is another custom design included in the project. It’s personal and empathic design touches like these that really make this whole-home remodel a stand-out and award winner.

View of exterior outhouse for the homeowners' cat which looks like a mini outhouse with a half moon cutout
The custom designed "Kitty Outhouse" added a personal touch and solved a real-word problem for the downtown Morgan Hill homeowners.

Watch the Video Featuring the Winning Project

About the NARI Contractor of the Year Awards

Each year, NARI presents CotY Awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. The CotY Awards are the highest form of recognition by industry leaders and peers. For the 2023 National Awards Competition, NARI received nearly 455 entries across the United States, representing over $134 million in remodeling projects.

“National CotY winners represent the pinnacle of achievement in remodeling. Their work is at the top of the industry,” said Tracy Wright, CAE, Senior Director of Membership & Chapter Services at NARI. The judging panel representing industry experts selected winners based on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.

The CotY Awards allow us to celebrate our members who are committed to design, best industry practices, integrity, high standards, and professionalism. Visit for more information about all national winners.

About D.R. Domenichini Construction

D.R. Domenichini Construction is a family-owned and operated general contracting firm based in the greater Bay Area. The company was founded by David R. Domenichini, who has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. D.R. Domenichini Construction is fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and the company offers a wide range of services, including:

  • Kitchen Remodeling

  • Bathroom Remodeling

  • Whole-Home Remodeling

  • New Construction

  • Additions

  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)s

D.R. Domenichini Construction is committed to providing its clients with the highest quality of service at a fair price. The company has a reputation for excellence, and it has been recognized by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) as a National Contractor of the Year.

About Studio 38 Designs

Studio 38 Designs is an award-winning full-service kitchen and bath design center and showroom located in downtown Morgan Hill, California. The company was founded by Gina Varela-Domenichini and David Domenichini, who have been rooted in Morgan Hill for more than 40 years. Studio 38 Designs offers an array of interior design options, from semi-custom cabinetry to countertops, hardware, flooring, and more. The company's kitchen and bath designers work on projects of all sizes, from one-room remodels to whole-home remodels.

Studio 38 Designs is committed to providing its clients with the highest quality of service and the latest trends in kitchen and bath design. The company has a reputation for excellence, and it has been recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as a Kitchen and Bath Design Center of the Year.

Both D.R. Domenichini Construction and Studio 38 Designs are proud to be members of the Morgan Hill community. The companies are committed to giving back to the community through their participation in local events and organizations.


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