Gallagher Remodeling Wins TWO Remodeling Awards for Belmont Projects

Belmont-based Gallagher Remodeling has just been awarded TWO awards from the Building & Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. The prestigious awards were announced at the PRISM Award Gala, held virtually this year in November. Held annually, the PRISM Awards recognize the finest projects and outstanding achievements of professionals in the home building industry. 


The first award received was for Best Residential Restoration/Remodel (under $250,000) for a project that re-envisioned the kitchen, dining and entry way/mudroom of a 1930s Belmont home.

Before (left) the dining room was closed off from the kitchen. Gallagher Remodeling replaced the wall between the kitchen and formal dining room with a support beam.  Today, the dining area is open to the kitchen and used daily.

Originally defined by its small rooms, the home today has an open floor plan that unites the spaces into one large, inviting area that accommodates meal preparation, both casual and formal dining, and a hang-out space so the whole family can be close while doing different activities.  

Today, the home’s open floor plan includes a combined dining and kitchen area with coffee bar, a re-designed family/entertainment room, plus a new mudroom.

After – The new family room.
After – The new mudroom is spacious and has plenty of storage.

Gallagher Remodeling was also presented with the Silver Award for Best Residential Landscape. The winning project transformed an overgrown, wet backyard into a multi-season entertainment space.

Before (left) the yard was overgrown and wet due to a brook that formerly ran through the property. Today, the new bluestone patio is large enough to accommodate socially-distanced gatherings with family or friends.

The Gallagher team worked on a tight timeline to transform the backyard into the perfect entertaining space so the client family could host a graduation party there.  

First the lot was re‐graded and leveled. A water mitigation system was also added to redirect water that soaked the area (from the house roof, grade runoff, and from the underground brook).

The landscape design was completed with a variety of natural materials including bluestone, river rock, sod, and plantings specifically chosen by height, breadth, soil type, etc.

AFTER – In addition to the trench drainage, the landscape architect designed a stone‐lined water garden basin to serve as a repository for excess water. Plantings that thrive in wet conditions were chosen to help absorb the water and to give the area visual interest.