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20 years destroyed in 5 hours

Joe and Kathy B spent 20 years creating a dream home in the heart of a Maine forest. Designed by Kathy and built by Joe, their unique octagon-shaped home sports a giant fireplace in the center of the living room. The master shower was adorned with pebbles from a nearby stream. As rooms were added on over the years, the home grew to 3500 square feet. Guest rooms, a large eat-in kitchen and a library were all appointed with antiques lovingly collected over the years. A wrap-around deck offered a tranquil view of the stream. And then disaster struck. In five hours, a fire devastated the home, destroying all Joe and Kathy's possessions and erasing years of dedicated efforts. Unable to walk away from 20 years of memories, the couple called Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine, a subsidy of Keith Trembley Home Solutions. Although it took 32 weeks of hard work, the PDR team rebuilt the home, including restoring many of the elements that made this home so special. "If not for having God and a great family, life would have been a very different future," Joe said. The fireplace was completely refurbished with a new oak mantle and stone. The kitchen and bedrooms received new wood paneling and white pine wooden beams were custom-made at a local sawmill. The 2400 square feet of new Maine Traditions maple floors offsets the 1000 square feet of new carpet. Three rooms received new tile floors. A new custom shower, with three shower heads, has Chalet tile by Fine, with Mixed Pebbles for the floor, mimicking the original stream stones. Bliss Glass tile provide accents. The kitchen's new Venetian Ice granite countertops complement the Stonecraft Realen veneer stone backsplash above the Kraftmaid Cherry Expresso cabinets. A Viking eight-burner commercial gas stove makes a strong statement in the newly restored space. Other restorations include new Mathews Brothers windows, and new LJ Smith maple stairs and handrails. - Read more: September 2016

Rescued! A lost cause brought back to life

Ask any real estate agent what the most important element is when selecting a home and the answer will be: Location, location, location. Keith and Stacey Trembley's motivation for moving from Freeport to Bangor was location, but for more than one reason. After decades of commuting between Freeport and Portland and Old Town, it was time to make some changes. The Trembleys sold their Portland Paul Davis franchise but retained their Milford location. But it wasn't just the commute to work, it was also the long drive to see their five grandchildren living in the Bangor area. "Our family is so important to us," Stacey said. "We wanted to be closer to our grandkids." The search for the right house in Bangor came up empty time after time. But one late afternoon, while Stacey was on a run after work, she came upon a house that caught her attention... Read more... - Read more: January 2016

Big family, small kitchen! Help Needed!

A call from a long-time Keith Trembley client was a plea for help: "We now have family gatherings with children, grandchildren, bothers, sisters, Gram and Grams, inlays, nieces, nephews, close family trines and the kitchen is just too small!" - Read more: Summer 2013

The addition that replaced the 'rest of the house'

A Brewer homeowner needed more space for family gatherings. - Read more: Summer 2012

Smoke Damaged Books Solutions

A variety of methods used to save books after a fire. - Read more: Paul Davis Spring Newsletter

New state-of-the-art cleaning facility opens

Keith Trembley Builder / Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling Maine has invested more than $250,000 in a new 1800 sq ft space in its warehouse to better serve homeowners who have undergone a fire or suffered from water damage. - Read more: Winter 2012

Milo’s United Methodist Church restored after fire

On June 21, 2009, a fire devastated the 98-year-old historic structure. On Sunday, December 5, 2010, Rev. St. Cyr was able to say “Welcome home!” to her congregation. - Read more: Winter 2011

Officer housing transformed into welcoming home

The owners of a 1950s home, which was built as officer housing for the Air Force, didn’t like their home, in fact, one owner hated it. - Read more: Fall 2010

Milo church restoration underway

When the United Methodist Church in Milo was built in 1911, it’s a good bet that its parishioners never envisioned that a fire would threaten it 99 years later. - Read more: Winter 2010

From design to disaster to delight!

Imagine having spent three months with your home under construction, anticipating a transformation from small and cramped to open and luxurious. Imagine sitting in your new space, enjoying a cup of coffee with your contractor, congratulating each other on a job well done, an end to the mess. Imagine smelling smoke coming up from the basement. Imagine fire trucks arriving and your beautiful new home in flames. Just imagine. - Read more: Fall 2009

A rich kitchen palette

When it was time to redo a dated kitchen—think pink and aqua!—this homeowner knew just what she wanted, with one exception. After selecting a beautiful black granite sink, Merrillat's Masterpiece Collection hickory cabinets, Pepper Ivory Corian countertops, and slate floor, the homeowner agonized over which backsplash would complement her other choices... - Read more: Winter 2009

A client for life

The Anderson remodel began as a kitchen makeover. Kathy Anderson, known for her cooking and turkey meatballs, originally wanted to open up her kitchen, improve the traffic flow, let in more natural light—all the things that define a 21st century kitchen. But once she and her husband, Bob, sat down with 10-year veteran project manager and designer Gary Proulx, the scope of the simple kitchen makeover evolved . . . and evolved... and evolved to include an 8 foot deep, 43 foot long two-story addition. - Read more: Summer 2008

A house with a perfect view of the water

Since 1987, a New Jersey couple has faithfully made a yearly summer trek to Maine for vacation. In 1997, they spotted a small cottage on the water. While interested, they felt it was a bit higher than they were ready to spend for a summer place. However, as luck would have it, on the last day of their summer retreat, the cottage sported a realtor’s sign “Just Reduced!” The couple’s bid was accepted and the purchase made. For another 10 years, the small cottage served as their vacation home. - Read more: KTB Spring 2008

Remodeling Green

Nearly everyone recognizes that green is good. But what does a green remodel really mean? - Read more: Paul Davis Restoration Feb. 2008

Drew's Dream

Twelve-year-old Andrew (Drew) Fahey is a sick young man with a very special dream—to see the basement of his family’s home in Glenburn converted into a recreation room and study area, where he could work on his computer, play chess and other games, and watch TV. - Read more: November 2007

New deck

For more than 25 years, Keith Trembley Builder/Paul Davis Restoration has recognized that the best customer is a satisfied customer. After all, when a customer is happy with a completed project, he’s likely to tell his friends and neighbors—and he knows who to call for his next job. - Read more: July 2007

Parkside Children’s Learning Center renovations completed in 10 weeks

On Thursday, January 18, a ribboncutting ceremony marked the official opening of the ParksideChildren’s Learning Center, a professional day care center located in the Maine Business Enterprise Park in Bangor. - Read more: April 2007

KTB offering ‘Total Basement Finishing’ for homeowners in central, southern Maine

- Read more: January 2007

Keith Trembley Builder completes phase 2 at Hews cottage on Sebec Lake

- Read more: October 2006

KTB and Northeast Pain Management: one project leads to another

- Read more: July 2006

11-year-old Hampden girl saves house by shutting bedroom door

- Read more: April 2006

Keith Trembley Builder/Paul Davis Restoration restores 19th century colonial in South Freeport

- Read more: November 2005

Keith Trembley Builder/Paul Davis Restoration restores fire-ravaged Chester Animal Hospital

- Read more: April 2005

Keith Trembley Builder installs 50 Pella® windows, 3 doors at MMA President’s House

- Read more: February 2005

Paul Davis Restoration crew completes mold removal at John Travolta’s house in Islesboro

- Read more: September 2004

Governor’s Restaurant: New sign, new entrance, new siding

- Read more: April 2004

Bradstreet Restoration Project: saving an 1860 landmark in Searsport

- Read more: November 2003

Hews Job: Within budget, and no compromise with original vision

- Read more: August 2003

News Items

Survey Results

According to a Demand Institute survey of more than 10,000 households, homeowners will spend $700 billion renovating their homes during the next five years. The Housing Satisfaction Gap: What People Want, But Don’t Have survey identified energy efficiency, updated kitchens, and homes suitable for aging in place as the top three homeowners desires. Read more

Aging in Place

March 2016: According to the U.S. Census Bureau nearly 40% of adults age 65 and older have at least one disability. At least two thirds of those adults report having problems with walking and climbing. Many of the challenges that our parents are having with independent living can be eased or solved entirely with simple modifications you can do yourself or with the help of a building contractor. Read more

Getting a raise in retirement

March 2016: I am one of the 76.4 million baby boomers in the U.S. who is nearing retirement age. Many people have a financial plan in place, but what about those unexpected costs you that arise from owning a home? My wife and I realized that the best time to tackle our big “to do lists” on our home was while we were still working and earning salaries. Read more

Comfort vs. Efficiency

March 2016: Recent article from Keith Trembley Read more

Top 500

Keith Trembley Builders named to Top 500 of Qualified Remodelers list compiled by Qualified Remodeler Magazine's five years in a row.

KTB is featured in Jan 2009 magazine issue

"From House to Home" featured a home built by KTB in its Jan. 2009 magazine. This home was also featured in our Summer 2008 issue of our newsletters.

PDR of Central Maine receives national award

Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. has honored Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine, a subsidiary of Keith Trembley Builder, with an Outstanding Customer Service Award. The award is based on evaluations conducted by an independent firm that interviews customers at the end of their restoration projects. One of the most important questions asked is: “Would you recommend this firm to a friend?” PDR of Central Maine has one of the highest ratings in the entire national PDR franchise network. “It’s a testament to the quality of our team members and their desire to please our customers that we have won this award,” Keith Trembley, owner, said. Keith Trembley Builder and PDR of Central Maine specializes in remodeling, new home construction, mold remediation, and providing emergency services for properties that have been damaged by water, storms, fire or vandalism. Team members are trained in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for inspection, cleaning and disaster restoration. IICRC is a non-profit certifying body which includes expertise in flooring inspection, floor covering, fabric cleaning and disaster restoration of fire and water.

Historical Society

The following are the 2004 Maine Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Awards, presented to people and communities by Maine Preservation to honor the work done to help safeguard our heritage. Below are brief stories about the recipients: • The Camden Public Library (Camden) • The Baxter Memorial Library (Gorham) • The Captain Phineas Griffin House (Searsport) • The Captain Charles Ranlett House (Thomaston) • The Cornish (former) Texaco Station (Cornish) • The William Hoit House (Portland) • 11 Houlton Street (Portland) • The Hallowell City Auditorium (Hallowell) • The Maine Friendship House (International Award, Jaffa American Colony, Tel Aviv, Israel) • The Buxton-Hollis Historical Society (Buxton) • The Maine Downtown Center (Statewide) • Arron Sturgis (Preservation Trades Award) • Senator Olympia Snowe (Preservation Champion Award) Read more

Featured in two magazines

Keith Trembley was recently featured in Qualified Remodeler magazine and Professional Remodeler magazine, both in the January 2003 issue.

Ranked No. 6

Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine, a division of Keith Trembley Builder was ranked No. 6 out of all the PDR franchises in 2002 for high sales. It also ended the year with a 92 score out of 100 on its customer service surveys!

Franchise of the Year

Keith Trembley Builders' restoration division, Paul Davis of Main, was named Franchise of the Year for customer service scores in New England 2001 and highest in the country.

Builder Architect

Keith Trembley was featured in an issue of Builder Architect. Read more