Superb Remodeling & Luxurious Vacation Home Projects Win Prestigious Awards


Hawley, PA – The Pike County Builders Association recently awarded Joybeck Builders of Hawley for their superior quality, innovative ideas, and stunning grandeur of both their Remodeling and Vacation Home Projects in 2009.  Joybeck Builders is well known for crafting the most majestic, high-end quality homes of all sizes, and unparalleled customer service, making it easy to understand why their reputation reigns supreme throughout the Lake Region.

“We are excited to have won these awards,” states Ethel Schmitt, who is the principle designer and creative force behind all Joybeck Builders projects, and has more than 22 years of experience in the residential construction and interior decorating.  “Joybeck Builders is an integral part of bringing dreams into reality. We take great pride in all our projects, to create something unique and memorable, with endless possibilities that fit our customer’s needs and lifestyles.”

The builder’s remodeling project of the year, dubbed ‘The Lake House’, was, originally, a dark, cramped, three bedroom cottage on the lake with outdated kitchen and bath fixtures. The small home also didn’t take advantage of the lake views it offered, nor did it accommodate visits from extended family and friends.  Joybeck Builders took the tiny home of yesteryear and turned it into a glorious, present day paradise.  The prize of this makeover masterpiece are the beautiful cathedral ceilings which showcase the floor to ceiling glass, designed to draw in the sparkle and light of the magnificent lake view and guaranteed to take your breath away.  Pebble and other stone floors, soapstone sinks and tubs, antique wood plank flooring, and geothermal heat, are amongst the list of magnificent amenities. Four master suites, two extra bedrooms with a shared bath, a spacious, gourmet kitchen, cabinet filled loft, pub and pool room with natural stone walls compliment the unequalled craftsmanship Joybeck Builders incorporated into this amazing transformation you just have to see for yourself to believe.

‘The Lodge,” a 8,500 square foot pristine vacation home that awaits you, is the crown jewel in Joybeck Builder’s designer cap, and winner of the ‘Vacation Home of the Year’ award. The home features radiant heat coming from under the reclaimed, antique Chestnut, wide planked Heart Pine, and rustic Cherry wood floors, just perfect for those chilly mornings and makes this more than a ‘summer’ vacation home. A log living room, kitchen with rich, Knotty Alder wood cabinets, two islands, and elaborate, commercial grade appliances, fifteen in all, are ready to entertain for a truly royal Fourth of July or Christmas party. With a 48’’ glass cook top stove, steam tables, espresso machine, and so much more, you can rest assured your ‘court’ would be well accommodated for their every individual taste and gourmet wish.  An exercise room is ready for your health-conscious Queen; an office, so your never far from your throne at work, game room to entertain your Prince and Princess, and stone patio and screened in porch with a floor to ceiling fireplace standing ready to enhance a royally romantic night under the stars, are all inclusive to this extravagant vacation home. If that is not enough, how about a wine cellar, indoor swimming pool with log and stone detail, four master suites, a maid’s room, and six master baths that feature all glass, walk in glass and stone steam showers. These details are just a taste of the incredible, exquisite design that went into this ultimate, four-season vacation home.

“Joybeck Builders integrity and genuine care about each and every client, employee, and contractor has enabled us to assemble a talented team of committed professionals, architects, draftsmen, and administrators,” Says Pete Helms, who is the founder, owner, and president of Joybeck Builders. “Whether residential, commercial ground-up construction, or remodeling, each and every project is matched with the most qualified team, and given the utmost professional service. Our goal is to always provide the Poconos of Pennsylvania with top notch quality, and to be unmatched in construction, contracting, and designer services.”

Galleries, innovative ideas, and 3-d tours of designer rooms can be found on the website for Joybeck Builders, which is , or you can visit them at their office in Hawley, located on Rt. 6, across from the Lake Wallenpaupack overlook dike.  Their phone number is 570-226-6138.

Photo caption:  From left to right: Tom Hogan (PCBA Life Director), Ethel Schmitt (Joybeck), Anthony Brand (Joybeck), Colby Dunn (PCBA Board Director)