Best Bedroom went to DM Hardwood for its 3,000 sq. ft. installation of solid parquet using several exotic species, including Black Walnut and Wenge. Featuring a custom hand-scraped design, the flooring includes a large medallion set near a main hallway.
Universal Floors garnered an award for the installation of unique factory finished flooring in a Levi’s & Strauss store. Inspired by the company’s signature button-fly jeans, Universal inlaid the floor with brass and copper pieces that spell out “Original since 1873,” the year of the company’s first blue jeans patent. The solid plank Red Oak flooring seems to shimmer with the addition of these metals, according to the company.
“These awards are our Oscars, and the installers take them very seriously,” she says. “The only prizes are a trophy, a certificate, and a pin they can wear on their badge. Plus the winners get a full-page feature article in our magazine. And bragging rights!”