Stebnitz Builders Awards & Certificates

Stebnitz Builders is a nationally recognized and award-winning remodeling firm based in Elkhorn, WI that was founded in 1972 . The tradition of family ownership continues into a third generation as Chris Stebnitz became an owner in 2005. Here are a couple awards and certificates we have collected along the way:

International Listening Association Best in Business

In 2007, Stebnitz Builders was named the International Listening Association Best in Business. More recently, they have been named Best of Walworth County (2011, ’12, ’13 and ‘14), Best of Houzz (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016) and they maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The most important stat they hold is 100 percent of their clients say they would recommend Stebnitz Builders to their friends. GuildQuality, a third party survey firm, contacts Stebnitz Builders’ clients to get an in-depth, detailed report on how they felt Stebnitz Builders performed on their remodeling project. Stebnitz Builders continues to hold a GuildMaster status by receiving responses from 70% or more of their clients that their experience was a positive one. Their current GuildQuality Report can be found here.


Remodeling BIG 50 |

BIG-50-Remodeling-AwardEvery year since 1986, Remodeling has searched for 50 remodelers at the top of their field. This year, they had nearly 250 entries. Their winners embody some of the most innovative strategies to survive—and flourish—in a changing market.

Half of the companies featured on this year’s list are less than a decade old. These remodelers were either just starting out when the market crashed or saw opportunity among the volatility. Others have continued to innovate over the years, with one winner celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Securing a spot on the Big50 isn’t all about size or volume: This year, they featuring eight companies with revenue under $1 million and three with revenue above $10 million. But each featured company is doing something right, from raising the bar for customer service to embracing pioneering technology. Read on to meet each one of our winners, learn their stories, and hopefully find a stealable idea or two.


Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) |

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.

The baby boom generation has many choices as this large population of potential clients for remodelers, builders, contractors and occupational therapists considers where to live – but overwhelmingly, seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes. The CAPS designation offers your potential clients what they need most: reassurance that you’ll help them make the choices that will help them stay in their homes safely and securely.

In addition, the CAPS designation helps you make your clients’ homes more “visitable.” Even if the home owners don’t think they need additional task lighting, grab bars, and other home modifications for their own use, their family members and visitors might. CAPS helps you help your clients make the right choices, and it gives you more security in remodeling market niche that’s continuing to grow in popularity.


Best of HOUZZ Awards |

Best Of Houzz Awards

You may see a new badge or two on your favorite Houzz profile. has revealed their community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2016, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other home remodeling professionals on Houzz. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

To check out the most popular designs, go to

To view our PRO page, go to


GuildQuality’s Guildmaster Award |

Guildmaster Awards

The Guildmaster Awards recognize exemplary customer service among homebuilders, remodelers, real estate developers, and home services contractors. Their annual Guildmaster Awards celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and real estate professions. Each year, GuildQuality gives special recognition to the companies that demonstrate an ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience.

In granting awards, GuildQuality considers two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. Incorporating a high response rate into the calculation enables them to confidently recognize top performing companies, however, in many cases, some companies will receive very high customer satisfaction scores but may not qualify because too few customers responded to a survey.

Since 2005, the Guildmaster Award recognizes companies within the GuildQuality community of quality who consistently deliver exceptional customer experiences.

View our GuildQuality profile page here:


Lakeland Builders Association Awards |

Stebnitz Builders is a 2-time winner of the BUILDER OF THE YEAR at the Lakeland Builders Association awards. LBA was chartered in 1979 and is affiliated with the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). They are a proactive professional organization dedicated to providing quality, attainable housing in Walworth County. They serve their members and the public through education, trade shows, publications, political involvement, and community service activities.

Lakeland Builders Association hosts the area’s Home Expo in February and the Parade of Homes in July/August. They continue to offer educational opportunities to their members, as well as the community. Their community involvement is what makes being a part of LBA so rewarding. Lakeland Builders Association members all have one thing in common, they want to be a part of positive change in our community. So whether you are looking to network and expand your business or you are researching companies for an upcoming home improvement project, Stebnitz Builders invites you to learn more about Lakeland Builders Association. Lakeland Builders Association is a select group of individuals that are committed to being the best at what they do. Be a part of this unique organization!

To read some past articles about our Expo experiences, go to


Certified Remodeler
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Homeowners who hire a NARI Certified Pro can be assured they have chosen a professional with specific experience, dedication to training and a commitment to ethical conduct.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. NARI’s focus is on professional conduct, continuing education, training, and fair and ethical treatment. NARI certification serves as the association’s recognition of remodeling pros who have met stringent criteria for experience and pledged to commit to a high standard of practice and NARI’s strict Code of Ethics. Before hiring any remodeling contractor, check references for similar projects that he or she has completed. This allows Stebnitz Builders to ensure your complete satisfaction with the process and final product.

NARI Certified RemodelerThe NARI Certification program is designed to establish professional standards for the remodeling industry and to improve the products and services to customers. Certification provides special recognition to those contractors who, by fulfilling prescribed requirements of performance and conduct, have demonstrated a high level of competency and ethical standards in the remodeling industry. Those receiving the CR / CRA status are required to complete and pass an extensive written examination. In addition, the participants’ past records of training, education, experience and accomplishments are documented and evaluated by the national NARI Certification Board.

The Certified Remodeler (CR) or Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA) is awarded to those individuals who have served the home improvement industry for a minimum of five years, upheld the standards of the NARI Code of Ethics, and have demonstrated competence in the basic areas of remodeling. When you hire a professional to do remodeling work on your home, you need to know that the remodeling contractor you choose is a full-time, dedicated remodeling professional. NARI’s certification programs offer this assurance through its extensive screening and testing process. You can be assured that any time you hire someone with a NARI certification, you are hiring an individual who has made a strong commitment to his or her business.

What Does NARI Certification Mean To You?

National Association of The Remodeling Industry: NARIDeciding to remodel your home is a big decision. Apart from of buying your home, it may be the single biggest investment you make. You need to know that the remodeling contractor you choose is a full-time, dedicated remodeling professional. NARI’s certification program offers this assurance through its extensive screening and testing process Only full-time, professional remodeling contractors are eligible for certification by NARI. You can be assured that any time you hire a NARI certified remodeling contractor, you are hiring an individual who has made a strong commitment to the professionalism of the remodeling industry and to his or her business. And because remodelers are not eligible for certification until they have been actively involved in the remodeling industry for at least five years, you know that the NARI certified remodeling professional you hire has had a number of years to develop the experience and skills that can only be gained through extensive hands-on-practice.


Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)
National Association of Home Builders

nahbRemodelers with at least five years of experience in the industry can apply for the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) educational designation. Courses in the CGR curriculum are designed to emphasize business and project management skills as the key to a successful remodeling operation.

More and more remodelers are discovering the advantages of CGR and the marketing advantages it brings as clients recognize the “CGR initials” as the mark of professionalism in their remodeling contractor. The CGR curriculum helps you run your business more efficiently by teaching job cost procedures, accounting principles and basic contract law. Other topics covered include design, estimating and scheduling – but depend on the results of the Professional Remodeler Experience Profile, which CGR candidates complete before assembling a curriculum.

Choose Wisely: Hire a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)!
Your home is probably the most significant investment you’ll ever make. You need the very best to plan and execute your remodeling or renovation project. Look for a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) CGRs have earned professional designations from NAHB specific to the remodeling industry, and many are members of a local Remodelers Council, which are affiliated with NAHB Remodelers. When you hire a CGR you are doing business with an individual who is committed to continuing education and professional growth and will bring exceptional skill and knowledge to your project.

To become a CGR, a remodeler must have at least five years of experience in the industry, take a qualifying exam and successfully complete a pre-set curriculum of courses specific to the remodeling industry, including project and business management.


Certified Green Professional (CGP) |

The Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction. Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.

Also known as sustainable or high performance construction, green building incorporates construction and development techniques, materials and designs intended to minimize a home’s impact on the environment and conserve natural resources. Green building is a practical response to a wide range of issues affecting all consumers. These include such concerns as rising energy costs, the need to ensure clean water and minimize water usage, and the need to improve air quality. In short, home builders strive to maximize efficiency and sustainability in every aspect of new home construction and in home remodeling.

NAHB supports sustainable, high performance new home construction and remodeling, encourages its members to build green, and works pro-actively to facilitate their efforts.

Why It Matters
Green building/high performance building is important to the home building industry, consumers and the nation because it promotes lower total ownership costs through utility savings and increased durability as well as an improved indoor living environment. It also encourages environmental awareness and stewardship and more efficient use of increasingly scarce resources and helps to conserve them for future generations. Voluntary, non-prescriptive green programs provide builders and consumers with the flexibility that they need to construct homes that are sustainable, affordable, cost-effective and appropriate to the home’s geographic location.


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