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Recently I took a field trip of a sorts to check out two new kitchen and bath showrooms that opened in Falmouth and to see what they had to offer. First up is Supply New England's Kitchen and Bath Gallery of Falmouth.  They relocated from Main Street Falmouth recently and now reside in the old Falmouth Ford location.  From the exterior, you would expect to see a fairly large showroom yet, once you step inside you realize that the space is not as big as it would seem. The majority of the building is given over to the supply house. However don't let that deter you from visiting as the showroom is actually very attractive as you can see in the picture below.  Read more by clicking the link below:
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How To Spot a Poorly Constructed Bathroom...

Often times I can walk into a bathroom of any age or style and immediately spot the small things that tell me if the bathroom was remodeled the right way or not.

The giveaways...

Tile abuts fixtures, casings and baseboard.  Talk about looking like crap. The grout usually looks messy and when the wood shrinks from seasonal changes, cracks will start to show. Not to mention that the baseboard looks even smaller due to the reduced height.  And don't get me started on tiling in a vanity bottom instead of going under.  If someone wanted to change the vanity at a later date due to a style change, or if it was damaged, they would be stuck trying to match the exact footprint of the old vanity. 

Beadboard paneling installed over the drywall.  This is another save-a-buck detail that drives me crazy. The paneling is usually so thin that it the bead detail is minimal and yet applying it over the drywall flattens any window or door casing profiles.  The proven way to install beadboard wainscot in a bathroom is to remove the drywall from the wall and apply the beadboard directly to the studs. This allows you to install a true beadboard and also keep the profiles/shadow lines of the window and door trim intact.

Tub or shower base is spongy. Just about every tub or shower installed over the last 40 years has been installed without regard to proper support under the base. I can step into and immediately feel if the base is properly supported or not.  It has give and feels bouncy. The correct way to install the base or tub is as follows:

1. Replace or upgrade the subfloor with new and or additional plywood. 
2. Nail down wire mesh under the base or tub foot print. This is to help keep the mortar in place. 
3. Mix and pile mounds of structural mortar over the mesh.
4. Bed the base down into the mortar and confirm that it is level.
5. Install temporary blocking around the rim or top to keep it from moving as the mortar cures. 

Doing the above ensures that when anyone steps into the tub or shower, there is an absolute feeling of solidness. Yes, doing this while installing the tub or base is a pain and takes more time and money and it's worth it.

Cheesy soap dishes or alcoves. This detail absolutely drives me crazy. Below is a picture of a tiled bathtub surround with a molded soap dish just slapped into the wall. Not only does it stick out like a large pimple on your forehead, they placed it right in the middle of the accent tile row.  Down. Right. Ugly.  

Read more about poorly constructed bathrooms here.
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@designREMODELReceives Best Of Houzz Award  Remodeling and Home Design
 Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals


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
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New blog post on changes in the remodeling industry in the last 20 years.
Cape Cod Home Remodeling
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This is a fabulous idea! Especially in a bathroom.
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Sneak peek at almost completed custom bathroom built from scratch in lower level of a Falmouth MA Home.  Shower tile is large format subway and shower base is Kohler Archer 60x60 
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Bringing home a new member of the family. Meet Sheba, future job site dog and quite the love bug!
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Before and after pics of a Falmouth Cape Cod Kitchen Remodel 
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4 months ago
After 17 years of living with 2 white on white on white bathrooms I decided to redo both at the same time. I found @designREMODEL on-line and after my first meeting with John I knew his firm was the right one for the job. Even in the first meeting I could tell he was very attentive to the details and would make the experience go as smoothly as possible. I had an idea of what I wanted but John was great at bringing ideas to the table and his entire team of craftsman were always open to changes and new ideas. And there were quite a few changes. The project expanded to include not just 2 full bathrooms, one of which had to remain somewhat functional as I was living in the house throughout the project, but a laundry area, wood floors in a master bedroom and the replacement of all interior doors. Mike, Adam, Al, Rick and Kemp all did an incredible job throughout all aspects of the job. Everyone John brought in had a similar attention to detail and was always open and accommodating to my last minute changes. They always took care to make sure the house was as put together and clean as possible during the 3 month project. As with any renovation there were issues along the way but they were always handled professionally and solved as quickly as possible. The project is complete and in addition to unbelievable bathrooms I feel like I have a brand new house. I was so pleased with the overall renovation that I have already secured John and his team for another project. It is never easy to live through a renovation but the process and end result were well beyond what I could have hoped for.
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Christine C.
4 months ago
It took me a long time to pull the trigger on some necessary remodeling, largely because the process can be so disruptive to daily life, particularly when one works out of the home. I found John through an online search. I had two projects done by John: a kitchen remodel in a condo, and a master bath remodel in my home. While he did a super job on the kitchen remodel, I didn’t fully appreciate the top-to-bottom quality of his work until I had work done in the same home I live in, and lived with the project day to day. Communication – from our first meeting through each day of the process, John clearly communicated project steps, requirements, and schedules so that I always understood where the project was at, who was coming to the house and at what time, and any concerns that arose. John was a pleasure to work with, and was thorough and articulate in his presentation. There were times I surfaced a concern on a weekend – expecting to hear back from him Monday morning – and received a response immediately. Essentially the general contractor on the project, any questions I had went directly through John and he would notify his team as required. I didn’t have to track down the individual tradespeople myself, John handled all of it, and would check in with me when he wasn’t onsite. In my opinion, this level of communication had an enormous impact on resolution of problems and the successful outcome of the project. Prep – with nearly-white carpet and tile throughout my home, I was very apprehensive about having a half dozen people coming and going in the dead of winter. His first day onsite, John laid plastic sheeting from my back door to the worksite, and covered all the furniture in the room adjoining the worksite. It was laid carefully and lasted throughout the life of the project, saving my floor surfaces from unnecessary damage. Workmanship – John’s team provided quality workmanship, across every trade represented: plumbing, electric, painting, drywall, tiling, glass, carpentry were all performed in a professional manner with excellent results. Everyone was pleasant and friendly, and proficient in their work. The relationships between John and his crew are long-term and proven, and obviously so. Cleanliness – At the close of each day, my home was cleaned up to the degree that no one might have been there at all that day. When John was there, he would vacuum the entire “walkway” from backdoor to worksite at the end of each day. I never had to trip over in-progress work during the process. On Time, on Budget - enough said. Ultimately, I was very pleased with the outcome of the project, and would have John do work again in a heartbeat. The disruption to my life was minimal, and there was no collateral damage which I have unfortunately found to be the case in previous situations with less reputable contractors. I have already recommended him to others who are in turn very happy with his work.
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Daniel Cloonan
a year ago
Fantastic Experience. My wife and I hired John Clark for a bathroom upgrade in our Sagamore Beach home. The overall experience was tremendous. I have dealt with other contractors on Cape Cod and I have the utmost respect for John and his team. The process went flawlessly, he kept me informed throughout the entire project and I am in awe over the quality of the work that was delivered. The project was done on time, exactly what we discussed, and the contractors were extremely professional. Any future renovation, I will always go to @designremodel based on this experience. I cannot thank John and his team enough for making the whole process smooth and worry free.
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Jayne Irvine
a year ago
I cannot thank John enough for our wonderful new bathroom. He did a marvelous job. I wanted something functional and special for my husband's bathroom and John put it together perfectly. John planned in the high function elements thus: lovely shaker sliding door, a great deal of storage space, heated porcelain tile floor, heated towel rack, top quality, solid plumbing fixtures and bidet style seat for commode. He planned in gorgeous, serene design elements using rich porcelain and stone materials with quiet textures, muted colors, recessed lighting, and clean, uncomplicated lines. Having a beautiful outcome is one thing, a good thing of course, but working with John was amazing, he is charming and completely professional. I have to say that he brings old fashioned qualities and, quite simply, good manners, to the process that I haven't found in but maybe one or two contractors I've had for projects in the past. I get overwhelmed by big projects at my house, in this case, though, John's professionalism and skills made the project go very well. It is a pleasure to do business with him. Working with John, to figure out the details of function and design, I found him to be very generous with his time, he is thoughtful and he made it almost seem as if I were his only client. He communicates clearly. He established, and then stuck to, the project timeline. And nothing really seemed to stymie him, no matter how out of the box an idea of mine was, John would step up and figure out a way to make it work. In this project he showed great skill and ingenuity as a problem solver. He gets it done. In addition to the design planning, John does a lot of the hard work himself. Then he contracts with great people too. So my experience with whomever was in my house working on this project was always, always positive. Each of the guys were very pleasant, skilled and considerate. Since this is a review for you to decide about whether to contact John for a project, I say, do it. Go ahead and contact him, once you meet and talk with him, you will be convinced that he is the right man for your job. Do it.
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7 months ago
We just love our new kitchen. It's everything we pictured it would be. The cabinets are beautiful! John went over and above what we expected! He was there when we couldn't be and worked well with the vendors. Every time I walk into our new kitchen it puts a smile on my face! It's like a piece of art! Thank you John!!
Response from the owner - 7 months ago
Karen, Thank you for your kind words. I truly enjoyed working with you in transforming your kitchen. Thanks for been a great client! John
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Laurel F
7 months ago
John was a pleasure to work with and delivered an outstanding kitchen remodel experience. We had estimates from 3 other contractors and he was the only one who carefully worked within our budget and gave us a realistic design that we could afford for a small kitchen. The quality of the materials and installation are excellent and his design gave us a few features that we didn't think we could fit in. He listened and went above and beyond to deliver.
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Barbara Paglierani
11 months ago
John Clark of @designRemodel provided us with an excellent all around experience with the Master bathroom remodel of our dreams. We have never remodelled a room in our home before. John met with us to hear our goals and provided useful suggestions. He then gave us a detailed proposal with three different options, identifying high quality and reasonably priced materials. John guarantees his quoted price unless more expensive materials were selected by us. After setting a start date, John provided excellent communication throughout the project. He expects perfect results or he will make it right! All workers arranged by him were very skilled in their specialties: plumbing, electrical, tiling, etc. They were also on time, worked hard, and were respectful that they were in our home. Anytime there was something unexpected, such as surprise hidden pipes after the demolition work John proactively communicated his findings and the plan with our advance approval. The final result met and exceeded our expectations. We now have a bathroom we love and will enjoy for years to come!
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Kathie Ferguson
3 years ago
John Clark of @DesignRemodel recently completed a beautiful remodel of my kitchen. The project went very smoothly and was completed on time and on budget. John listened carefully and corrected all the things that bothered me about my old kitchen. I now have more counter space where I need it and greatly improved storage, even though the size and layout of the space did not change. Every detail was very well thought out. John is a very competent project manager. All the goods and supplies for the project were on hand before he began. He schedules pleasant, reliable trade professionals for electrical, plumbing, and painting. This is the second remodeling project that @DesignRemodel has completed for me. I was equally pleased with my bathroom remodel three years ago. After that experience, I knew John Clark would be my only choice for any future projects.
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