“Best of Houzz 2013” Awards: Thank You Clients!

badge_7_2We are honored to announce that for the second straight year, Haddad Hakansson has been selected for a “Best of Houzz” award.

The “Best of Houzz 2013” awards were granted in two categories: “Design” and “Customer Satisfaction.” This year’s award was given in the “Customer Satisfaction” category and was based on a variety of factors, including ratings and reviews by Houzz’s 11 million monthly users.

Here is a sample of what our clients had to say about us on Houzz in 2012:

My experience working with a handful of other designers on kitchen and bath renovations helped me realize just how outstanding Haddad Hakansson designers are. They earned 5 stars with professionalism, exciting and fresh ideas, color expertise, and attention to schedule and budget constraints. I won’t work with anyone else.”

  • Houzz user Joanna K., Client

“I found them to really listen to my “wish list” and was very impressed in how they creatively included them all into a very small space.  They were a delight to work with and made a very stressful project an enjoyable one with their attention to detail and quick response to all my changes. 

I would highly recommend Mark & Kurt to anyone with design needs.”

  • Houzz user gmsassoc, Client

Interior PhotosHaddad Hakansson’s 2012 award was given in the “Design” category, and was based on the number of images added to Houzz users’ “ideabooks.” Fewer than 1 percent of the 32,597 interior design professionals profiled on Houzz have won “Best of Houzz” awards in both 2012 and 2013.

More new project photos coming soon! Follow us on Houzz by clicking here.

Ready to reinvent your own space? Contact us for a free consultation. We would be delighted to meet with you!

“Walnut” Mudroom Project:  Added to over 3600 Houzz ideabooks

Stunning Bath Vanity

Our friends at Counter Edge are featuring this photo for the River White Granite.  We designed the cabinetry and tile for the bath.  The cabinets are stained poplar from Cookshire Cabinetry.  

The Floor Beneath Your Feet

The Floor Beneath Your Feet: Carpet, Hardwood, or Tile?

What kind of flooring should you invest in during your home remodel? Carpet, hardwood and tile tend to be common choices for a few reasons:

Carpet – Carpet flooring is known for creating a much softer look than hardwood or tile, and  it provides actual thermal resistance, meaning it retains warm air longer (an energy conservation benefit).

Additional benefits to carpet include the thousands of styles and colors available, softening of slips and falls – especially toddlers and older individuals and absorption of noise from TVs, phones, computers, etc.

The downsides? Dirt and dust can be easily trapped in carpet, which can aggravate allergies and make it difficult to clean. To properly maintain carpet and keep the dirt/dust low, homeowners should have it professionally cleaned approximately every 6 months.

Hardwood Floors – Hardwood floors can be a beautiful addition to the home that is much easier to stand on and typically less expensive than tile. As About.com shares, hardwood floors are easy to maintain and a fantastic value (hardwood flooring can literally last hundreds of years). They can be kept clean with sweeping and, occasionally, wood floor cleaner.

Hardwood floors also come in a wide variety of colors and styles. In addition to types of wood like oak, cherry and walnut, there are a wide variety of hardwood types like solid hardwood, engineered flooring or laminate (San Jose Hardwood Floors explains the differences on their blog).

The cons of hardwood flooring? It can be a costly option, depending on the type you choose, and can become even more expensive as it needs to be installed over sub-flooring. It also needs refinishing occasionally (more often if it’s a softer wood) and can make a home sound noisy as it helps the sound bounce around the room.

Tile – A great option for those with pets, tile is durable, easy to clean and maintain, and great to use with radiant floor heating (especially in a bathroom). Building Your Green Home also shares that tile is a great non-toxic flooring to use in your home.

Although many people think of tile as “bathroom only” floor, it’s actually great all over the house! It isn’t damaged by water, making it great for the kitchen too, and it’s considered eco-friendly because it’s made with clay, shale or recycled glass.

The drawbacks to tile include feeling colder on your feet (unless it’s used with radiant floor heating), being easier to chip or break, feeling less comfortable to stand on for long periods of time and making the room sound noisier than a carpet would.

Want to know more? We’re happy to share our flooring suggestions with you during a complimentary in-home consultation! Contact us to set one up.

Photos courtesy of Haddad Hakansson LLCGroup 3 and Marlene Wangenheim AKBD, CAPS, Allied Member ASID

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Take a look at our enhanced website. Highlights includes information on our process, services, features and benefits, client reviews, and much more. Check it out at http://www.haddadhakansson.com

We are featured on Houzz.com

We are thrilled to let you know that our work was hand-picked by one of the writers at Houzz.com for a featured Ideabook on the homepage of the site. Enjoy flipping through and seeing our work in “Uncramp Your Small Bathroom”. Be sure to check out #7 in the article.

French Manor – Part 6

We are on our way to completion!  Since the last post, much has happened.  The remaining cabinetry for the bathrooms and laundry room was delivered and installed.  Hardwood floors are underway. The tile currently being installed and the marble slabs have been selected .  Fabrication of the countertops is underway.  To wet your appetite, some of the selections include Carrara Marble for the kitchen and music room bar,

Calacatta Gold Marble and Mother-of-Pearl for the Master Bath, and Ming Green and Thassos marble for the Jack & Jill bath.  Stay tuned for more…

Hot off the press!

We are so proud to have been featured in  Designer Baths & Master Suites ninth edition.  The current issue is available on newsstands now and at bookstores and warehouse stores nationwide.  Produced by Kasmar Publications of Palm Desert, California, Designer Baths & Master Suites is designed to inspire consumers with bathrooms and master suites from the country’s top professional kitchen and bath specialists.  For the first time in history, statistics show that a Master Suite equals or surpasses the kitchen as the number one selling point in home sales.  We hope that our project on pages 84-85 inspires you!

French Manor – Part 1

After the steeply sloped lot was leveled, the framing was completed.  Tons and tons of fill was brought in to level the land and a retaining wall is in the works behind the house to create a wonderful yard.  Now that the house is weather tight, we are currently in the process of final selection of exterior material….Stone or Brick?  Which will it be?  Voice your opinion in “comments”. Stay tuned and find out.

French Manor – An Introduction

Let us introduce you to our next new project.  Currently under construction is this “French Manor” style home with 6400 s.f. of living space.  With 4600 s.f. included on the first and second floors, the walk-out lower level will include 1000 s.f of finished space and the finished attic space adds an additional 800 s.f.

This beautiful house consists of a fully custom,  luxury eat-in chefs kitchen, dining room, music room with a wet bar, a cathedral-ceiling family room, a three-car garage, powder room, and mudroom on the first floor.  The second floor includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a large laundry room.

We look forward to sharing the development of this great project with you over the next few months and posting regular updates with pictures of the construction process and selection of materials.

Pictures Speak a Thousand Words…

When planning a renovation, it is immensely helpful to the designer to have a starting point of your vision.  Although, you may not be able to articulate a particular style or describe a color, developing a photo library of your likes and dislikes is a great place to start. Browse by style, room, or location and keep an online idea book at Houzz.com.

Haddad Hakansson LLC is now featured on Houzz.com.  Check us out!

Houzz is a community of home design enthusiasts from around the world. It’s the online version of cutting pages out of magazines and stuffing them in a folder – but much easier to search, save, and share.

Interior designers can showcase their portfolios, sharing their work with a community dedicated to home and landscape design. 10,000+ professionals have uploaded more than 70,000 inspiring photographs, making Houzz the Internet’s largest database of design and decorating ideas.