Home Builders of Greater Tulsa Names Barry Helms as 2019 Spirit Award Winner

HONOREE: Barry Helms proudly displays his HBA Award. With him from left are Erin DeWeese, 2019 HBA president; Tracie Englen, 2019 HBA Associates Council president and Jeffrey Smith, HBA executive vice president/CEO.

Barry Helms, owner of Renovations by Helms, was selected as 2019’s Spirit Award honoree in recognition a historic 1921 home remodel. The remodel included the second story master bath along with a custom closet expansion. The second phase was a kitchen remodel that included expansion into the sitting room for a walk-in pantry and removal of a twin staircase to improve the kitchen footprint. Helms employed 27 associate members of the HBA through this project.
Helms has been a member of the HBA since 1995. He has served on the Tulsa HBA Board of Directors for 20 years, Executive Committee for three years, as well as serving as the President of the Remodelers Council for three terms. He has also participated in 17 Home Remodeling Showcase events and served as the chair four times. He has also maintained his GMB, CGR, CGP & CAPS designations through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Renovations by Helms has been a three-time HBA Spirit Award winner as well as a three-time HBA Remodeler of the Year.
Renovations by Helms specializes in project design, universal design, whole house remodeling, room additions, kitchens and baths, historical restoration, interior and exterior remodeling, repair services as well as custom home building. From design to final clean-up, The company offers a systematic approach to the remodeling and building process. Helms has been recognized as a National Remodeler of the Month by the National Association of Home Builders and ranked as the No. 1 contractor in the state of Oklahoma in 2019 by General Contractor Magazine. He has been named TulsaPeople’s A-List the last six years and nationally featured on HGTV.
In 1989, the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa began recognizing builders who made the best use of HBA Associate member companies to complete their homes. The Spirit Award is one of the the association’s highest honors, as it symbolizes the relationship between the contractor and the subcontractor and how important it is when building a home to use only qualified craftsmen and suppliers. Each year, many worthy companies enter projects for consideration of this honor, which are then analyzed by an accounting firm to determine which projects involved the greatest percentage of work by HBA Associate members.