Best of Houzz 2014 for the Second Year!

@designREMODELReceives Best Of Houzz Award

Remodeling and Home Design

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design ProfessionalsAnnual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Mashpee MA February 4, 2014 – @designREMODEL of Mashpee, MA  has been awarded “Best Of Houzz”  for the second consecutive year by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.@designREMODEL was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize @designREMODEL among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like  John Clark, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Wow! We're Recognized As Best of Houzz for 2013!

Best of Houzz 2013 @designREMODEL@designREMODEL of Mashpee Receives  Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals 

January 31, 2013 – @designREMODEL of Mashpee MA has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The Cape Cod based bath and kitchen remodeling firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design.Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractorsand other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site,iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

"@designREMODEL is honored to be in the top 3% of Remodeling professionals  chosen on Houzz for their commitment to provide an exceptional remodeling experience.

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize@designREMODEL among our “Best Of” professionals for exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like @designREMODEL but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About @designREMODEL

Located on beautiful Cape Cod, @designREMODEL specializes  in  baths, kitchens and whole house remodels while providing our clients with an exceptional experience by Doing Remodeling Right.

About Houzz

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

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Is Google Trying To Kill Small Business?

Allow me a moment on my soapbox here: My website AtDesignRemodel.com has been very effective at engaging visitors and getting business for my company. More so then any other marketing efforts. I have gotten many compliments about my website from people who have found my very small company by searching online. It's interesting, fun to read, lots of pictures.

It takes a ton of work to create and maintain a relevant and interesting website and in doing so, my website would often show up on the top pages of Google when people were searching for remodeling services in my area.

So we had a kind of a deal Google and I. I would provide a website that has relevant content and be useful for anyone searching for the services I offered. They would find information and tips about remodeling and I would post on my blog REAL content. In turn Google would display my website on the first page of search results for keywords like Bath Remodeling Falmouth or Kitchen Remodeling Mashpee and so forth.

I would also refrain from trying to game Google by not loading my website with keywords and content that would make no sense to anyone but a Google Bot. I would avoid creating false back links to fake websites in an effort to boost my website's "Popularity"

So this deal worked really well until recently, when Google changed the rules again and now my website is now showing up on page 15 of most search results. And page 15 might as well be page 15000 for all the good it will now do my business.

Now on many search results, you see directory listings from yellow page style sites or paid and gamed landing pages that really are paid advertising pitches. Real People with real information are been pushed to the back of the pack by these type of results.

Google can really be Godzilla at times, cluelessly rumbling around downtown killing small business.

Do I think it's intentional? NO. However, I think that the problem is that Google places too much reliance on software to decide who and what shows up in search results.

With that in mind, here is a suggestion for a new service for Google. Google VERIFY. This is a paid service offered by Google that uses a real live person to review and verify the relevance and usefulness of a website by pre-set standards. A Google stamp of approval if you will. Now, this service should not come cheap and any website that gets the stamp of approval will be subject to an audit at anytime with automatic banishment for any website violating the terms of approval.

Any website with a Google VERIFY Stamp of Approval will automatically show up on page one of Google results. I would suggest however that they limit the number of keywords that can be used to avoid any one business dominating.

Now there is immediate benefits in Google offering such a service.

Spam or gamed results are banished. Web Searches become more useful and relevant faster. Revenue is generated and jobs created as Google will need to hire lots of people to review websites.

In the end, customers of small businesses will benefit because they will be able to use a tool like Google VERIFY to connect with providers of the products and services they need quickly and efficiently.

I'm posting this in hopes that someone at Google takes notice and ACTION.

Inspiration Ahead

Pantone offers its 2011 color forecast. According to Pantone, a provider of professional color standards for the design industries, the color trends for 2011 include grape, deep periwinkle blue, cadmium green, antique moss, and gold, silver, and copper metallics. Pantone forecasts nine color palettes for home furnishings and interior design.

The nine palettes for 2011 include:

Simply Stated: Dusty rose, avocado, antique moss, deep periwinkle blue, warm taupe, and angora white.

Style and Substance: Jet black and metallics of gold and silver, subtle blue and frosted gray, purples, and wineish brown.

Clarity: Cool blues and greens, pure white, mystical mauve, violet, and Tibetan red.

Fragments: Amber, grenadine red, hot pink, baked clay, citron, grape, cadmium green, and bright gold.

Mixed Media: Deep teal, aqua, ermine, ochre, berry, metallic gold, copper, and frosted almond.

Pantone Designers can purchase “Pantone- View home + interiors 2011,” a guide that includes swatches of the 77 forecasted colors, at Pantone Paint retailers nationwide for $195.

Reposted from Remodeling Magazine December 2010 Article by Nina Patel

Cold! Very Cold! Remodeling Repeat Weeks 4-5

It's been a busy couple of weeks out on Scraggy Neck, Cataumet. The low temperatures and high winds have combined for some tough working conditions in the last week! Below, we have just started removing the front roof in preparation for the construction of the third floor.

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Back wall is now removed and the winds are starting to howl. Perfect timing!

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Room with a view!

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Men At Work!

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Ultimate Skylight!

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Dusk settles over the open roof...

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Wind block..um wall goes up!

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Framing the third floor.

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Third floor goes up.

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Closing in the roof prior to an expected rainstorm.

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Closing out another day on Scraggy Neck.

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How A "Great Price" Became A Nightmare

Tempted to go with the lowest price? Don’t be. You requested three prices for a kitchen remodel and you have received quotes for $15,000.00, $27,000 and $31,000.00. You get to thinking “Wow! I can get a new kitchen for $15,000.00 and the other guys are ripping me off.” Well, consider what happened to someone who has become a good friend of mine.

Joe* needed a new kitchen as well as some other interior work done on his home. So he asked 3 contractors to look at the project. One of the contractors was the father of one of his son’s friends and had often chatted with him at their son’s sporting events. As it turns out, this fellow had the lowest price and Joe had talked to a couple of other folks who had used him and they said “Oh yeah, he’s pretty good to work with” So Joe decides to go with his friend whom we’ll call the “low-price guy”

Joe meets with the low-price guy about plans for permitting He and this low-price guy hash out what Joe wants to do. Low-price guy says “No problem, I’ve got a buddy of mine who will hand draw the plans cheap.” A few weeks go by and Joe calls the low-price guy inquiring about the progress of the plans. “No problem,” the low-price guy tells Joe, “He is almost done.”

2 more weeks go by and Joe again calls. “Give me another week!” The low-price guy promises that he would have something for Joe. Finally, about six weeks after he had given the low-price guy the go ahead, Joe was going to see what his newly remodeled home was going to look like. Joe and his wife are sitting at the kitchen table as the hand drawn plans are rolled out, and as the low-price guy starts to go into details, Joe holds up his hand and say’s “Wait a minute, this doesn't look like anything you and I talked about.”

To make a long story short, the low-price guy had told the draftsman what HE thought Joe wanted. And to top it off, the low-price guy told Joe, “Oh, well I’ll need more money to pay for the revised drawings”

The project started late and was delayed by the infrequent comings and goings of the low-price guy’s crew and, as Joe told me, he was willing to put up with this as it was still a good deal so far. But it was starting to wear on him and his family.

At a meeting for the granite counter template, the low-price guy and his carpenter were arguing about who should go for coffee while the template technician was asking questions about the countertop. Fast forward to AFTER the installation of the granite countertop: Only then was it discovered that no one had bothered to tell the template tech that there was to be a downdraft unit behind the range. As a result, the granite needed to be RE- CUT to accommodate this unit. The low-price guy told Joe, “No problem, the fabricator can cut it in place”

When Joe called the fabricator to ask him when he was coming back to re-cut the granite, the fabricator chuckled and said “Sure, we can cut it out if you don’t mind us making a big mess with water and dust.”

As it turns out, they had to remove the top to take back to the shop to be cut and in the process the slab broke. The low-price guy tried to get the granite fabricator to glue the piece back together and not tell Joe, who subsequently found out about it. Joe then told the low-price guy that he needed to own up to his mistake and have the slab replaced at his (the low-price guy’s) expense.

About two thirds of the way though the project, Joe decided to relocate to a rental home he owned so that he and his family would no longer be living in a messy construction zone.

The low-price guy told him “Great! We’ll be done in two weeks!” Can you guess what happened next? 2-1/2 MONTHS later Joe and his family finally moved back in. To add insult to injury, the low-price guy presented Joe with a bill for $23,000, (Yes, $23,000 dollars!) for the items not in the original contract.

I asked Joe, “Well, why did you pick this guy?” He sheepishly hung his head and said “He had such a great price and I thought because he was a friend of the family he would treat me right”

I Then asked him, “Would you have been better off with any of the other contractors you asked to quote on your project?” “Absolutely,” he responded. “One of the other contractors gave me a more detailed and complete quote. His price was not far off from what I ultimately ended up paying and his references were impeccable.” I just wish I had resisted the siren call of a lower price. “Believe me,” he said, “my wife reminds me all the time!”

It would be beneficial to consider what Joe went through. In trying to save money, he ended up paying a lot more then he planned, and on top of it, he and his family endured significant stress and emotional turmoil as the project dragged on and on.

While it is tempting, and more so in our current economy, to go with the low-priced guy, inevitably, you will end up paying more: Either for the project or in the toll of stress/mental anguish or both. Don’t Be Tempted!

*Not his real name.