Morse Constructions Named "Best of Houzz" 2017 for Customer Service

badge_41_7@2x.pngMorse Constructions is honored to receive "Best of Houzz" recognition for the fifth consecutive year. Morse has won "Best of Customer Service 2017" on  Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The recipients of the award were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016.  “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Morse Constructions,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Morse Constructions has been dedicated to transforming Boston area homes with thoughtful renovations since the company was founded in 1976. "We believe a successful renovation or addition is about so much more than the end result. It is also about a collaborative, enjoyable, clear process that features attentive listening, frequent communication, and great care and respect for our clients, our team and the environment. We are grateful that our clients took the time to share their experiences on Houzz and helped us earn the "Best of Houzz" recognition," comments founder Paul Morse. 

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Dogs and Home Renovation

We were delighted to have one of our projects featured in a slide show and article put together by Houzz called "Good Dog! Cute Pooches at Home". We've embedded the whole slide show at the end of this post, but here's a screen capture of our project (and its pooch) from the very lengthy article.

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We're dog lovers here at Morse Constructions and are happy -- and accustomed to -- renovating with dogs in the home. Just keep in mind that home renovation can be even more stressful for pets than it is for their human homeowners. Strangers in the home, noise, and changes in the living environment can be very unnerving. Here are a few tips to help your dog stay safe and a little calmer throughout the process:

  • Prevent an Accidental Escape: Workers need to be able to come in and out of your home without fear that your dog will make a run for it through an open door. Keep your dog contained, ideally in a room far from the renovations. Your dog will appreciate having a calmer environment and your construction crew will be able to work freely.

  • Establish a Safe Place: Construction equipment, debris, tools, paint, glass, wire ... renovation is filled with items that could harm your dog if they are swallowed, stepped on, etc. It is important to set up a safe zone for your pet where he or she can stay out of harm's way and feel safe. Acclimate your dog to the safe place before construction begins and provide all of his or her familiar toys and bedding. If all parts of your home will be under construction, you may want to consider boarding your dog or using doggie daycare during the construction process.

  • Stick to a Routine: Home renovation is unsettling. Provide some stability for your dog by adhering to his or her regular routine for feeding, walking and sleeping, if at all possible. Be sure to spend lots of quality time with your pet to make him feel loved and protected!

With lots of TLC, your dog will probably do just fine during a renovation. For proof, just take a look at all these happy pets in the Houzz photo flip of dogs at home. Most of these spaces have been recently built or renovated!

 

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Morse Constructions Named "Best of Houzz" 2016 for Customer Service

Best_of_Houzz_2016.jpgMorse Constructions has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Morse Constructions was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
 
"Best Of Houzz" for Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015.  A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
 
“Anyone building, remodeling or repairing looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Morse Constructions, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
 
Morse Constructions is honored to receive "Best of Houzz" recognition for the fourth consecutive year. Since 1976, Morse Constructions has transformed Boston area homes. Using a thoughful, well-communicated process, Morse's design/build  team collaborates with clients to create beautiful home additions and renovations that enhance daily life.

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Home Remodeling Tip: Where to Put the TV

When Paul and Karen Morse remodeled the first floor of their own home, they were faced with a common dilemma: where should they put the TV?  They enjoyed having friends over to watch movies or slide shows from recent travels, but they did not want the TV to be a focal point. Our solution was to mount a flat screen TV on a recessed wall mounting bracket that extends and swivels for optimal viewing positions, yet rests flat against the wall when not in use.  A DVD player, cable box and other attachments remotely connect to the TV from a storage location in the kitchen desk area.

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As TVs get bigger and bigger, the old solution of hiding them in a wall unit or armoire is often not feasible. At the same time, many homeowners don't want their TV to be the first thing visitors notice when they walk into a room. Fortunately, there are many creative solutions to this design challenge, ranging from sliding panels that may be tucked unobtrusively into a wall, to stashing the TV in the ceiling. This slideshow from Houzz.com offers great inspiration (just click the arrows at the bottom to scroll through the slideshow or anywhere on the sliders to read the full article).

 

 

If you are considering a home remodeling project, please call us at 617-666-4460  or contact us online to find out how we can help you enhance your home.
 

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Morse Constructions Honored with Best of Houzz 2014 Award

MA Renovation Best of Houzz Design award  MA renovation Best of Houzz Satisfaction award


For the second consecutive year, Morse Constructions has been honored to receive a "Best of Houzz" award for both design and client satisfaction. Houzz.com is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, with 16 million monthly users.

Best of Houzz recognition is given to firms and professionals whose exemplary work or reviews have stood out for Houzz users. Morse Constructions has been recognized for both our design work and client satisfaction.

According to Houzz, design award winners' work was the most popular with Houzz users, who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site. Client satisfaction awards were granted to Houzz pros based upon client reviews.

We are honored that 22 clients or professional associates took the time to post reviews of Morse Constructions on Houzz. Thank you to everyone who helped us earn the Best of Houzz designation!

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Home Renovations for Readers: Innovative Book Storage Ideas

Boston is known for its highly educated population -- which means that even in this era of e-readers, homeowners tend to have a lot of books. It is not unusual for book storage and display to play a role in our home renovations for clients. In one recent project, we actually had to create a basement library before we could proceed with renovation plans for first and second floor spaces. The books were occupying as much room as the furniture!

Our most popular photo on Houzz.com is this simple bookcase tucked into a hallway.

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We've designed and built some very creative solutions to the book storage dilemma, but we're always open to new ideas. We found some in an inspirational Ideabook on Houzz.com called "Bye, Bye Bookcase: Inventive Ways to Store Your Reads". Take a look!

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Morse Constructions Named Best of Houzz 2013 -- Plus Hot Houzz Trends

We were delighted to receive a Best of Houzz 2013 award for both customer satisfaction and design. If you're not familiar with Houzz, you can check it out here. Houzz is the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design and has 11 million monthly users.

According to Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz, “the ‘Best of’ winners are professionals recognized by our community of homeowners and home design enthusiasts for delivering exceptional customer service and results, and for creating the most inspiring and innovative residential designs in the past year.”

Customer Satisfaction award winners are selected based on reviews from homeowner members. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among Houzz users. We couldn't be more thrilled to be named Best of Houzz in both categories! View our Houzz profile

Hot Trends
By analyzing professional images added to the most ideabooks on Houzz over the past year, Best of Houzz 2013 also serves as barometer for decorating and remodeling trends across the U.S. and around the world. Here's what the Houzz editors discovered:

  • Houzzers want to make a statement from the moment you open their front door. Popular entryways feature elaborate wall treatments such as stone, board and batten and creative storage for shoes and coats.

 

  • Kitchen favorites include bold pendant lighting over islands and specialized built-ins to help keep cooking essentials (like spatulas and baking pans) neat and tidy. Houzzers are also drawn to architOversized shower by Morse Constructionsectural details like crown molding, trim and breadboard, tray and coffered ceilings, as well as neutral color palettes and shaker-style cabinetry.

 

  • Must-haves for the bathroom are open shower spaces with glass doors, an abundance of natural light and bold tiles that are either very large or very small in size.

  • Laundry rooms are getting a makeover with bright, bold hues and special touches to make the room feel less industrial and more homey such as stained glass and wallpaper.

  • Firepits and outdoor fireplaces top wish lists for outdoor spaces. Stone and paver pathways and patios are also favorites. Houzzers are maximizing outdoor spaces for entertaining.

  • Garages are no longer just for cars and storage. Houzzers are finding inspiration in garages transformed into a potting shed, playspace, man-cave or home office.

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Cambridge Renovation Featured on Houzz Story on Color

A few years ago, we completed a colorful renovation for a family who wanted to make the most of the space in their small Cambridge home. You can see photos of the renovation and learn a little more about it in our Small House Transformation gallery.

We were delighted to see a photo from the project featured in an article on Houzz.com entitled "Color Guide: How to Work with Primary Colors." Take a look at this slide show from the story! Just click on a photo caption to go to the full story on Houzz.com and move the slide show forward using the arrow button at the bottom. (Our photo is this one)

 

 

 

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