Spring Forward
Prepare your home for spring and summer with help from these skilled craftspeople
by Jill Lupine

We all want the big house on the hill, with the perfect backyard of our dreams. Most homes, however, need a little work to get into “game shape”—more TLC than one person can provide, in many cases—especially after a winter as challenging as the one that’s now easing to a close.

Maybe you’re dreaming about the addition of a pool or a patio. Perhaps it’s a new bathroom or kitchen that’s on your mind. It could be a fresh coat of paint, either indoors or out, or the skillful eye of an interior designer. Do you know where to even begin? Our readers have a pretty good idea.

Over the course of several months, homeowners in the Philadelphia area used our website to cast their votes for the home contractors they turn to when it comes time to prepare their homes for the spring and summer seasons. Want to turn your kitchen or bathroom into a sanctuary of sorts? We’ve got you covered. Looking to add a pool or implement landscaping and hardscaping areas to shape your backyard into a true outdoor living space? No problem.

We also spoke with local experts in designing outdoor living spaces, and they provided their best advice for making any home-enhancement project into a success. With some guidance, not to mention a little elbow grease, from the craftspeople employed by the companies found on the following pages, your home will truly be spring ready.

“For any project around your home, check the contractor’s Better Business Bureau Rating. If they don’t have a profile or rating, move on. Next, ask for a few references to call or email of people who have had similar work performed at their homes by this contractor. Again, if the contractor can’t provide this list right away, then move on. … Like everything else you buy or build, [your outdoor living space] requires a certain level of maintenance to protect that investment. Choose a professional with the experience and credentials to handle your maintenance.” —Steve Compton, CKC Landscaping, which specializes in the design, build and maintenance of unique outdoor spaces

“Landscaping and hardscaping can have some of the best rates of return on your property, anywhere from 85 percent to 150 percent, according to a Clemson University study. However , the return on investment is contingent upon the quality of the landscape or hardscape installation. In other words, just because you spent $10,000 on landscaping doesn’t mean you’ll get that money back. It’s important that you find the right landscaping designer or contractor for your project and use only high-quality materials to achieve those returns.”  —Gary Weiss of Green Ridge Landscaping, a full-service landscape design, build and maintenance firm

“It’s like anything else you’re going to have a significant investment in: Do your homework and plan ahead; in the case of a pool installation, plan ahead by six months or more in order to get all the necessary permitting in order. Other than that, it’s about inviting in the right pool professional, because you get what you pay for. Some people sell strictly on price, and some people sell strictly on quality. In our experience, the more you pay up front, it’s cheaper in the long run because a well-constructed pool will have better materials and won’t need to be renovated. We’ve see so many pools that, at 10 to 15 years old, need $10,000 to $20,000 in renovations because of poor materials and construction.”  —Peter Fineberg of Ted’s Pools, a provider of custom designed and installed pools and spas

2015 Top Spring Contractors
ACRE Replacement Windows
610-298-1833 | acrewindows.com
Replacement windows and doors

Amazing Decks
215-654-1886 | anotheramazingdeck.com
Custom deck design and installation

Anthony & Sylvan Pools
877-729-7946 | anthonysylvan.com
Pool and spa design and installation

Archer & Buchanan Architecture Ltd.
West Chester
610-692-9112 | archerbuchanan.com
Architecture design and construction

Architectural Concrete Design
215-946-5039 | acdconcrete.com
Stamped concrete, stained concrete design and installation

Barb-Lin Carpets
215-348-8116 | barblincarpetandflooring.com
Designer flooring and installation

Benner & Sons Painting
610-353-4850 | bennerandsons.com
Painting and wall covering

Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects
Kennett Square and Wilmington, Del.
610-444-2900 | bernardon.com
Architecture, interiors and land planning

Black-eyed Susan
215-794-1800 | besusan.com
Interior design

Blue Haven Pools & Spas
610-363-8007 | bluehaven.com
Pool and spa design and installation

Bob Root Landscapes LLC
610-906-2911 | bobrootlandscapes.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Calvitti Pools & Spas Inc.
215-996-0900 | bluehaven.com
Pool and spa design and installation

Caparro Awning Company
610-416-0604 | caparroawning.com
Awning installation and service

C&C Heating & Air Conditioning
215-799-0515 | cc-hvac.com
Furnace repair and air-conditioner service

The Cedar Roof Company
610-647-3099 | cedarroof.com
Cedar roof installation, preservation and repair

Chapman Windows and Doors
West Chester
610-431-8980 | chapmanwindowsdoors.com
Replacement windows and doors

Chester County Bamboo
610-888-4900 | ccbamboo.com
Bamboo management, installation and removal

CKC Landscaping
West Chester
610-436-1810 | ckclandscapinginc.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Closets by Design
610-644-4143 | closetsbydesign.com
Custom closet design

Closet Factory
800-838-7995 | closetfactory.com
Custom closet design

Closets for Less of Bucks
215-504-5898 | closets4lessbucks.com
Custom closet design

Colonial Marble & Granite
King of Prussia | Philadelphia | New Castle, Del.
610-994-2222 | 215-732-7800 | 302-947-3000
Stone fabrication and design

Concepts in Concrete Inc.
215-245-7360 | conceptsinconcrete.net
Decorative concrete and epoxy specialists

Coronado’s Pool Plaster Inc.
215-723-5885 | coronadospoolplaster.com
Pool plastering, renovations, tile and coping

Costa Custom Construction
610-990-5823 | costacustomconstruction.com
New home construction, additions and renovations

Creative Nook
610-644-6665 | creativenook.com
Kitchen and bathroom design and installation

C. Raymond Davis & Sons Inc.
610-933-8908 | craymonddavis.com
General contracting and construction

Dean’s Landscaping LLC
West Chester
610-793-2386 | deans-landscaping.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Dear Garden Associates Inc.
215-766-8110 | deargarden.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Deck Pros
484-437-7988 | deckpro-ofcc.com
Deck design and construction

Des-Carr Doors Inc.
215-340-0344 | descarrdoors.com
Residential and commercial door installation and repair

Diamond Kitchen & Bath
Huntingdon Valley
215-752-4400 | diamondkb.com
Kitchen and bathroom design and construction

Dilworth’s Custom Design Inc.
610-917-9119 | dilworthscustomdesign.com
Kitchen and bathroom design and construction

Doug’s Tree Service
610-763-8409 | dougstreeservice.com
Tree maintenance and removal

E.C. Trethewey Building Contractors Inc.
484-593-0334 | ectbuilders.com
Custom home construction

Gale Nurseries
215-699-4714 | galenurseries.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Garage Craft Interiors
215-443-0458 | garagecraftinteriors.com
Custom garages

Gardner/Fox Associates Inc.
Bryn Mawr
610-525-8305 | gardnerfox.com
Home renovations
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Global Home Improvement
877-711-9850| globalhomeinc.com
Roofs and home renovations

Green Acres Nursery
215-822-3334 | greenacreslive.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Green Ridge Landscaping
610-222-4733 | green-ridge-landscaping.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Green Stone Energy LLC
866-274-9389 | greenstoneenergyllc.com
Energy audits, insulation and energy-saving upgrades

GroundTec Inc.
215-322-7669 | groundtecinc.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Holland Floor Covering
215-357-0909 | hollandfloor.com
Carpeting and flooring

Home Trimwork
Huntingdon Valley
610-287-1100 | hometrim.com
Moldings, built-ins, stair work, flooring and bathroom remodeling

Hugh Lofting Timber Framing Inc.
Kennett Square
610-444-5382 | hughloftingtimberframe.com
Timber framing and architecture

Jake’s Greenhouse
Sinking Spring
610-670-0650 | jakesgreenhouse.com
Landscaping and garden center

JMT Awnings
215-659-5239 | jmtawnings.com
Awning installation and service

KS Greenday
215-702-9876 | ksgreenday.com
Custom pools and spas, decks and patios

Landscaping by Gaffney
610-942-4122 | landscapingbygaffney.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction, pool design and lighting

Let’s Get Stone’d
215-491-7814 | lgsgranite.com
Stone fabrication and design

Luce Architects
215-674-5950 | lucearchitects.com
Architecture, interior design and land planning

Main Line Gardens
610-644-2300 | mainlinegardens.com
Landscape and hardscape design and construction

Main Line Waterproofing
610-642-4444 | mainlinewaterproofing.com
Basement waterproofing, foundation repair and mold/mildew treatment

Matus Windows
Ardmore | Glenside
610-642-0900 | 215-576-6555
Window and door installation

Michael Emro Painting Contractors Inc.
Titusville, N.J.
609-397-8710 | michaelemropainting.com
Interior/exterior painting and design services

Milanese Remodeling
610-384-5820 | milaneseremodeling.com
Home remodeling

N-Hance Revolutionary Wood Renewal
Middletown, Del.
855-642-6230 | nhance.com
Cabinet and floor renewal

Paramount Plumbing
610-321-1788 | paramountplumbing.net
Plumbing and water conditioning

PDN Home Improvements
Home improvements

Period Architecture Ltd.
West Chester
610-719-0101 | periodarchitectureltd.com
Home additions and renovations

Peter Zimmerman Architects
610-647-6970 | pzarchitects.com
Home architecture, property design and historic preservation

Pezzotti Brothers Landscaping & Tree Service Inc.
610-647-1028 | pezzottibros.com
Landscaping and hardscaping design and construction, tree service

Pine Street Carpenters Inc.
West Chester
610-430-3333 | pinestreetcarpenters.com
Home design and remodeling

Precise Builders LLC
717-768-3200 | precisebuildings.com
Custom home construction and restoration

Remodeling Concepts
215-343-5557 | remodelingconcepts.net
Kitchen and bathroom remodeling

Rolf Schroeder General Contractors Inc.
215-672-0829 | rolfschroedergc.com
Custom home renovations

ShutterTech Inc.
West Chester
800-272-9934 | shuttertech.com
Shutters and window treatments

Signature Quality Pools
215-588-7046 | sqpools.com
Pool construction and maintenance

Skippack Tile and Stone
610-222-8151 | skippacktile.com
Ceramic tile and natural stone design

Steelway Cellar Doors
King of Prussia
610-277-9988 | cellardoors.com
Custom cellar doors and egress systems

Stoltzfus Enterprises Ltd.
610-286-5115 | stoltzfus.com
Custom home construction

Sugarbridge Kitchen and Bath
484-318-8367 | sugarbridge.com
Kitchen and bathroom design and installation

Sweetbriar Cabinetry & Design Inc.
610-847-5851 | sweetbriarcabinetry.com
Kitchen and bathroom design and installation

Tague Lumber
Multiple area locations
800-668-2483 | taguelumber.com
Custom millwork and construction materials

Ted’s Pools
Newtown Square
610-359-1301 | tedspools.net
Pool and spa design and construction

Thomas K. Fischer Builders/Developers
Upper Makefield
215-860-8053 | tkfischerbuilder.com
Custom homes and renovations/historic renovations

Thornbury Services
West Chester
610-793-2933 | thornburyservices.com
General contracting and landscape design

Total Custom Contractors
King of Prussia
610-994-9900 | totalcustom.com
Home additions and renovations

T.P. Fisher General Contractors/Remodelers LLC
Chester Springs
610-458-3568 | tpfisher.com
General contracting and remodeling

Turpin Landscaping Inc.
610-380-1119 | turpinlandscaping.com
Landscaping and hardscaping design and construction

Victory Gardens
215-443-5665 | victorygardensinc.com
Mulch, topsoil and stone

Waterbury Kitchen and Bath
Kennett Square
610-444-9190 | waterburydesign.com
Kitchen and bathroom design and installation

Water Damage Solutions
888-527-9911 | waterdamagesolutionspa.com
Emergency water-damage cleanup\

Weaver’s Mulch
Mulch and landscaping services