Remodeling Industry and Community Awards

Since 1987, magazines like Washingtonian, Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeler, as well as professional associations such as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, have recognized Merrill Contracting & Remodeling as one of the area’s leading general contractors for creativity, historic preservation, craftsmanship, professionalism and active participation in the Northern VA community.

Although Merrill has won some of the remodeling industry’s top awards, we’re still one of the most approachable and easy-to-work-with builders you can find. That’s because our goal isn’t to win home remodeler awards for ourselves, but to delight our clients with home remodeler projects that turn out even more wonderfully than they’d hoped. And perhaps that is why Merrill consistently wins the recognition we value the most: the coveted Guildmaster Award recognizing superlative customer satisfaction with every aspect of working with Merrill, from concept through completion.


Most Recent Grand Award Contractor of the Year Award (CotY) From NARI Metro DC Chapter. (For exterior remodel over $200,000)

Home Remodeling Industry Awards

Guildmaster Award

Guildmaster Awards
The leading independent customer satisfaction survey firm for the remodeling industry, GuildQuality, gathers input from every Merrill client. These third-party surveys regularly document our superlative ratings. Our ratings have been high enough (98-100% in virtually all categories covered by the survey) that we have been awarded the prestigious annual Guildmaster Award for top achievement among general contractors and home remodelers across the nation. Our awards include:

  • 2014 Guildmaster with Distinction Award
  • 2013 Guildmaster with Distinction Award
  • 2011 Guildmaster Award
  • 2010 Guildmaster Award
  • 2008 Guildmaster with Distinction Award

September 2018 – 50th customer in a row said we deliver exceptional service!
What does this mean? 50 customers in a row gave Merrill Contracting & Remodeling the highest possible score in response to GuildQuality’s  “Likely to Recommend” question.

Chrysalis Award

Chrysalis Awards
Merrill has won both national and regional Chrysalis Awards for remodeling projects recognized as some of the best in the nation by judges who are editors of publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day’s Home Remodeling & Makeovers, Southern Living and Sunset. Merrill’s award-winning projects have been for home additions and whole-house renovations, including in Best Addition Over $250,000 (awards for South Region and a National Award) and Best Whole House Renovation $100,000-250,000.

  • 2010: Best Addition Over $250,000
  • 2009: Best Addition Over $250,000
  • 1997: Best Whole House Renovation $100,000 – $250,000
Contractor of the Year Awards from NARI

National Association of the Remodeling Industry CotY Award
Merrill has been earned multiple Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards which recognize NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. Merrill’s award-winning remodeling projects have been in the categories of Entire House Remodeling $250,000-500,000 (two awards), Home Addition $100,000-250,000, and the Grand Award for Residential Exterior Under $100,000.

  • 2015 Grand Award: Residential Exterior Over $200,000
  • 2013 Merit Award: Residential Exterior $100,000 and Over
  • 2007 Regional Award: Entire House $250,000 – $500,000
  • 2006 Grand Award: Residential Exterior Under $100,000
  • 2000 Finalist Award: Addition $100,000 – $250,000
  • 1996 Finalist Award: Entire House $250,000 – $500,000
Named in Remodeling Magazine

Ranked Among Top US Remodelers
In its annual rankings in 2009, Remodeling magazine recognized Merrill among the top full-service remodelers in the entire United States.

  • 2009: Ranked 130 of the Top 550 Full Service Remodelers in U.S.
Remodeling Magazine

Lifetime Big 50 Award
One of the most coveted awards in the remodeling industry, Remodeling magazine’s BIG 50 Award can only be given once to any remodeler, and each year just 50 remodelers are honored nationwide. Merrill has held this lifetime award since 1997 in recognition of the firm’s role in taking the industry to new heights through extraordinary management, marketing, design, and customer service.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine

Qualified Remodeling Magazine Top 500
Merrill’s professionalism and good business practices have consistently placed the company on Qualified Remodeling’s list of the Top 500 Biggest Remodeling Firms — the longest ongoing recognition program in the remodeling industry, including five consecutive years from 2004-2008.

  • September 2008
  • September 2007
  • September 2006
  • September 2005
  • September 2004

Local Recognition & Awards

Best of Arlington Award - Remodeling Contractor

Arlington Magazine
Voted one of the Best Builders by the readers of Arlington Magazine

  • 2013: One of the Top Vote-Getters in Best Builder Category
Washingtonian Magazine

Washingtonian Magazine
Three times, Washingtonian has named Merrill one of the area’s top design-build remodeling firms.

  • October 2007
  • October 2003
  • October 1998
Arlington County Preservation Award Winner

Arlington County Preservation Design Awards
Merrill has twice been honored by Arlington County’s Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board for local remodeling/renovation projects that are sensitive to historic preservation, design, and craftsmanship.

  • 2007: Residential Exterior Restoration/Renovation
  • 2004: Residential Restoration/Renovation

Green Remodeling Recognition & Awards

Arlington Green Home Choice Award

Arlington Green Home Choice Award
Through Arlington County’s Green Home Choice program, Merrill has been recognized for excellence in creating green remodeling solutions that save money, provide healthy indoor environments and reduce environmental impact.

  • 2009: Green Home Choice Award