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.
Functionality and aesthetic appeal unfortunately do no always play well together. Some people love vessel sinks, others would rather wash their face with the garden hose. However, there’s no denying the cool look of some of the vessel sinks out there (stone, glass, etc). If you want the place where you brush your teeth and get ready in the morning to be hyper-efficient, vessel sinks may not work in your master bathroom. The hall bathroom, however, might be a different story. Hall Bathrooms usually see less traffic and often only gets used to wash hands. Because of this, it becomes an opportunity to do something fun that looks great.
Symmetry is a trait that is usually more prevalent in traditional designs. However, no one should be shackled by the words “usually more prevalent.” This master bathroom uses both contemporary and traditional techniques. Light colors and clean lines create contrast with the dark mosaic tile, framed by the perfect symmetry of the entire wall.
It seems like today’s family just can’t get enough room. Add that to the fact that the modern family is increasingly centered around the kitchen, and it becomes understandable why kitchen additions are so popular. However, bigger is not always better. You want to spend your money wisely. This client’s story fits that description to a T. They had a small/medium sized kitchen with an expanding family, and needed more room. Their needs were fully met with a bigger, more functional kitchen, which was accomplished by building an addition of just 80 square feet. That’s building smart.
How much do you entertain? If you often have people over for social occasions, having a wet bar is a great idea. If designed right, it can be a beautiful place to store drinks, cold or otherwise. Having a place for your guest to gather can also keep them out of the cook’s way.
Ever feel like your deck gets too much sun? Not enough sun? Retrofitting an existing deck with weather/sun protection can be a big challenge, especially with competing roof lines. A hybrid roof like this project allows light to be filtered on one side, while the other side offers weather protection when needed.
Mudrooms are quickly be coming one of the most requested projects. They make a great “drop zone” for at your entry through the garage or rear door. Big spaces are great, but if designed effectively, you can fit what you need into a small space. This client got a bench, drawers, doors, a place for shoes, coats, bags, and hats all in a space just 44 inches wide.