In the latest edition of the Harth Builders remodeling newsletter, we review how we transformed the first floor of a Montgomery Township home. Located in a wonderful neighborhood, this home had great bones, but a dysfunctional layout. With some careful planning and ingenuity, we were able to reconfigure the kitchen and adjacent areas into a living space that is as beautiful as it is functional. Follow this link to learn more.
Harth Builders is pleased to announce that we have been selected by the Whitemarsh Foundation to renovate its historic farmhouse located at 548 Flourtown Road. Construction planning has already commenced. The anticipated project completion date is late January 2016.
According to Kim Sheppard, President of the Whitemarsh Foundation, Harth Builders was selected as the contractor for the renovation because they were impressed with our attention to detail and interest in preserving the historical integrity of the building. “We selected Harth Builders because they clearly understood the historical significance of the home and were committed to ensuring that the character of the renovations will be in keeping with the building’s original architectural design.”
Located on the Angus Tract of Erdenheim Farm in Whitemarsh Township, the farmhouse was constructed between 1855 and 1860. At 4000 square feet, it is a generously appointed residence that originally served as the estate home for one of the owners of the farm. Although it has recently fallen into a state of disrepair, the building remains structurally sound and features exquisite architectural detail from that period. Faced with the decision to either raze the property or renovate, the Whitemarsh Foundation reached out to the community for support with the “Open the Door” capital campaign. The total campaign goal is $1.1 million with approximately $800,000 earmarked for the renovations. The balance of the funds will be placed in an endowment to support farmhouse operations and educational outreach. Fundraising efforts have been successful, with more than half of the funds committed to date, enabling Sheppard to proceed with renovations.
Modernizing historic homes can be a difficult task. The historical character of the building needs to be preserved, yet significant changes need to be made to modernize and bring the building up to code. We are looking forward to rehabilitating the property to return it to its former grandeur, while making it a functional and accessible workspace for use by the foundation as well as other community organizations.
Look for photos of the completed project in February 2016!
Our design-build remodeling team is committed to making our customers’ homes their favorite places to be. This is much more than just a motto for our company. Ultimately, we want our clients to become such enthusiastic fans of Harth Builders that they will return to us for additional services, and recommend us to all of their friends. Providing them with an outstanding remodeling experience is the key to achieving this mission.
Toward this end, we brought the customer service experts from ZingTrain to our office in Spring House, PA for a day-long training session. Our company has grown tremendously over the past few years. This training session was a wonderful opportunity for both new team members, as well as our seasoned veterans, to review the ingredients necessary for creating customer loyalty through awesome customer experience.
If you haven’t heard of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, follow this link to watch a brief video for details on their amazing story. Suffice to say, they have taken the art of customer service to a higher level. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to learn the secrets to their sauce and look forward to applying these principles to our daily work.
Many thanks to everyone who attended our Ribbon Cutting and Open House event on June 24th. We were blessed with wonderful weather and a healthy turnout. Good food, drinks, and networking were enjoyed by clients, business partners, team members, family and friends alike.
In particular, we want to recognize Kathleen Hunsicker, Vice-Chair of the Lower Gwynedd Township Board of Supervisors, Sean Mooney, President of the Lower Gwynedd Business Association, Pam Kelly, President of the PennSuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County, and Tanya Bamford, Board Member of the PennSuburban Chamber, for their assistance with the ribbon cutting. Thank you all for making the time to help us celebrate this auspicious occasion.
If you were unable to attend the event for a tour of our new addition, please contact Catherine Kurtz, our Director of First Impressions at (215) 654-0364. Catherine would be happy to schedule a tour for you.
Our clients wanted a more elegant and functional kitchen for their 30 year old home in Blue Bell. As people who enjoy cooking and baking daily, they had high expectations for their new space. We delivered the kitchen they were dreaming of–and just in time for their annual holiday baking extravaganza. Follow this link to read all about their “sweet” new kitchen.
We recently put our design-build remodeling expertise to work for ourselves with an 800 sq. ft. expansion of our office located at 952 Penllyn Pike in Spring House, Pa. The photo here shows the addition under construction. We are happy to share that it is now complete and we are inviting our valued customers, vendors and friends to come and celebrate the opening of our new space.
Join us on Wednesday, June 24th from 4 to 7 p.m. for fun and festivities including:
- Ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 5 p.m.
- Networking with local dignitaries and business owners
- Tasty hors d’oeuvres
- Frosty beverages
- Tours of our new and improved space
So that we may plan effectively, the favor of your reply is requested. Please call Catherine Kurtz, Director of First Impressions, at (215) 654-0364, or email your RSVP to Catherine directly.
For the third consecutive year, Harth Builders has been awarded Best of Houzz honors. Their awards in the Design and Customer Service categories are the result of feedback and overall popularity among users of the web based home improvement community.
Boasting 25 million unique monthly users, Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing consumers with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. From interior decorating, to complete home renovation, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home improvement professionals across the United States and around the world.
In selecting the 2015 Best of Houzz Customer Service Award winners, several factors were weighed, including the number and quality of client reviews professionals received in 2014. Harth Builders currently has 16 five star reviews on Houzz. The 2015 Best of Houzz Design Award winners’ work was the most popular among Houzzers. Best of Houzz winners receive a special badge to display on their websites and Houzz profiles. The badges help Houzzers and homeowners in general select remodeling professionals who are committed to excellence.
Harth Builders has been serving the residential remodeling needs of homeowners throughout eastern Montgomery and central Bucks counties in the Greater Philadelphia region. In addition to receiving Best of Houzz recognition, their design-build team has received numerous local, regional, and national awards including the 2014 Angie’s List Super Service award, the Chrysalis award, eight consecutive GuildQuality GuildMaster awards, and several national Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards. With a creative design team that includes architects, engineers, interior designers, and contractors, Harth Builders helps clients bring concept to reality while being mindful of their construction budget.
We are pleased to announce the addition of two new employees to our company and the promotions of two team members. Increased demand for our services prompted the restructure. By growing our team, we can continue to provide the excellent customer service for which we are well-known.
Our new hires include Rachael Latas, Design Assistant, and Anthony Modestine, Carpenter. Team members Jeremy Riggall and Dave Keebler— both NARI-certified remodelers—have earned promotions. Riggall, formerly our Production Manager, is now the Operations Manager. Keebler, former Lead Carpenter, has filled the position of Production Manager. Congratulations Jeremy and Dave!
So where do you keep those bulky non-perishable items? Hmm…depends…how tall are the kids? We all have a pantry storage area. Maybe a single wall cabinet. Maybe a full on walk-in closet. It depends on how much food, and what type of food, your household eats. No one’s pantry is particularly organized, especially when the kitchen is in full production on Turkey Day. This is the reason that no one designs a pantry with glass doors. There are at least two other things you also want to think about. You want full access, not only to reach things, but to actually see what you need to get. The other is to keep it shallow. Unless you have small appliances to store that you don’t use a lot, a pantry that is too deep often only results in things getting lost in the back. Full height, shallow cabinets often satisfy all these issues, with the bonus of blending in with your kitchen cabinets.
Making good use of space is important in any remodel. Getting the maximum amount of storage, countertop surface, or deck space are all common goals among homeowners. However, its important not to make aesthetics the forgotten child of design. No one wants to live in a warehouse that is built around efficiency…save for maybe an engineer (no offence to our engineer friends!). People who frequently take relaxing baths will appreciate this design. We used the back of a closet to create an arched recess adjacent to the soaking tub. Finishes include mosaic tile, thick moulding, and picture frame tile, all lit by lights in the ceiling of the recess. Could there have been shelving there? Yes. A cabinet? Sure. Would it have looked as cool? No way. Leaving space for aesthetics can make your home your favorite place to be.