Neighborhood contractor Metro Remodeling and Construction Inc. recently won a national award for renovating a house on the shore of White Rock Lake.

Metro Remodeling was chosen Contractor of the Year for 1995 by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a seven-month job on the Victorian house at 4415 W. Lawther, built in the early 1900’s.

“It’s kind of like the album of the year award at the Grammy’s,” says Bob Curry, Metro’s sales manager. “It’s very hard to get.”

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house originally was occupied by Morris Levy, the founder of Levy Plumbing, and his daughter, Orien Woolf, a former member of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ board of directors.

Now, Woolf’s daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Julien Devereux, live in the house with their two daughters, Andrea and Michelle.

“It’s just a gorgeous house now,” Barbara says. “It’s exactly what we’ve always wanted. Before, it was old and crumbling.”

The remodeling began in February 1994 and was finished in August. Renovations included expanding the dining room and adding a large verandah, along with a steel turret. Metro added about 1,800 square feet to the house, Curry says.

“We completely rebuilt the existing house,” Curry says.

The national chapter of NARI awarded Metro “Contractor of the Year” in the category of large remodeling projects, which are projects costing more than $25,000.

Metro Remodeling also was named Remodeler of the Year by the Dallas NARI chapter in 1994.

News & Notes

NORTH TEXAS COMMISSION PRESIDENT JOINS RE/MAX: Neighborhood resident Dean H. Vanderbilt is resigning as president of the North Texas Commission to join his wife Missy at RE/MAX Associates of Dallas. Vanderbilt will remain at the commission until a replacement is hired, the date of which is targeted for late June. Vanderbilt joined the commission as executive vice president in September 1989 and took over as president in September 1991. The commission, founded in 1971, is a non-profit regional consortium of about 400 cities, chambers of commerce, universities and businesses in North Texas that works to promote the economy of the Metroplex.

REAL ESTATE REFERENCE BOOK AVAILABLE: The ANSWERS reference book published by Electronic Realty Associates L.P. is available to the public for free at ERA-Phil Ross Realtors, 10103 Shoreview. The book addresses 90 questions about buying and selling a home. For information call 341-0240. The book can also be obtained by calling 1-800-862-7537, an ERA customer service line.

ERA also has a Team Tuesday telephone network to answer consumer questions, which Phil Ross Realtors recently joined. One evening each month; ERA employees make no-obligation calls to consumers to answer questions.

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