“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.

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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

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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Living in The Big Apple

Working in a smaller space is both challenging and thrilling.  We love to work in New York City and love to develop a space to its maximum potential.  There are many positive elements to this loft-style space:  new construction, high ceilings, ample storage, and walls of glass.  Ironically, while lots of windows are an asset, we were left with little space for furniture and art and very little privacy.  Living with no window treatments for a while, the client enjoyed the view of The Empire State Building along one wall of the living room, but it was the other wall that afforded no view other than the condo’s balcony and adjacent apartments. We needed to think outside the box for the perfect complement.  Upon our first visit we quickly realized that no window treatments were not an option, but, while heavy draperies would add drama to the space and afford the needed privacy, they would close out the light and diminish any of the good views.  The solution became clear. Using a dual-sided, motorized, sheer shading system, we were able to maintain views of the skyline while providing privacy within the apartment.  The sable/charcoal color scheme of the shades blended perfectly with Benjamin Moore’s Fairview Taupe accent wall in the living room and bedroom.  The custom cornice board was made of the same shading fabric, hiding the motorization and giving the product a tailored look.


In the bedroom, the wall of glass measures 12′ wide by 8′ high.  Again, while letting in beautiful light, the lack of privacy became paramount.  Using a Duette Duolite™  Shade from Hunter Douglas provided the best of both worlds.  Duolite™ feature offers maximum light control by using two separate fabric panels to achieve a ‘day/night’ level of convenience, providing limitless options for privacy and light control.


Hear what they are saying about us!

“We have been working with Kurt and Mark for over 5 years on a variety of jobs, both small (carpeting in a bedroom) and large (total kitchen and bath renovation). They make it all so easy with their expert advice, “can do” attitude, and professional contacts. Every suggestion they make is backed up with research, experience, and a keen sensibility of us and our lifestyle. We are a busy household, and we appreciate their organized and creative style.  They are the best!!”

Wellesley, MA

St. Thomas Villa: The Master Bedroom

Here we are at the end of our tour.

In the master bedroom, our goal was to be as clean and simple as possible. With white marble floors, a white bed, and just a little punch of color from the upholstered chair and art work, this bedroom is peaceful and serene.

Master Bedroom - After

Master Bedroom – After

As with the rest of this home, the transformation is dramatic.

Master Bedroom - Before

Master Bedroom – Before

We hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual tour as much as we did working on this wonderful project.

St. Thomas Villa: Guest Rooms

Guest Room 1 used to be connected to the master bedroom with a door.  We took this door out, giving both rooms privacy and allowing for better furniture placement in each.  We used the same marble for the flooring and painted the walls a soft pink.  This room is a favorite for the owner’s granddaughter.  A twin bed with a trundle underneath lets the room comfortably sleep two.

Guest Room 1 - After

Guest Room 1 – After

Here is what it used to look like:

Guest Room 1 - Before

Guest Room 1 – Before

Guest Room 1 - Before

Guest Room 1 – Before

The second guest room has the only piece of furniture saved from the original house:  an antique four-poster bed that has been handed down through the generations and was originally in the master bedroom.  This room is done in a soft sky blue.

Guest Room 2 - After

Guest Room 2 – After

Quite the change from before!

Guest Room 2 - Before

Guest Room 2 – Before