2016 Main Line Parent LOVE Awards: Best for Families Guide
There is a lot to love about our community. So it’s no surprise that when we ask you each year to tell us who some of the most family-friendly, fun, exciting, delicious, and influential businesses are around the Main Line, you have no problem answering. The next time you need … anything … simply turn to this list of amazing and outstanding companies, as seen in our latest issue.
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Best General Contractor
The Golden Hand
When the to-do list gets out of hand or a DIY project is simply beyond your means, that’s when you need a helping hand. Or, a golden one. The Golden Hand takes the worry and hassle out of repairs and renovations, treating every home as if it were their own. From hanging a picture, to installing a mailbox, to remodeling a bathroom the team always delivers work of the highest standard.
“We connect with our clients on a personal level, building long lasting relationships,” says Alix Friedman, president. “Our work is never completed until our clients are 100% satisfied. We pride ourselves on being available in every way possible, through email, phone call, or in person, and will always get back to clients in a timely manner.”
Larry Basher Renovations
933 Church Road, Springfield
114 Kenilworth Road, Villanova; customwoodcraftinc.com
A busy household can often lead to a dirty household, and little time to fit in the dusting, polishing, and vacuuming. Kustom Klean is a Downingtown-based husband-and-wife team that has made it their business help you keep things spick and span. Specializing in deep cleans, they also provide biweekly service.
“We can customize our cleaning with your life to make it easier on everyone!” says owner Bob Lilley. “We are known for our attention to detail — we take our time and don’t ever get lazy. If your home is on the list to be cleaned, we will be at your house all day making sure everything perfectly suits your needs.”
Busy Bee Cleaning Co.
Best Interior Designer
Kimberly Barr Interior Design
Stop lusting over the interiors you see on Pinterest and make one in your own home. Kimberly Barr Interior Design creates beautiful, stylish, and usable living spaces that reflect how you want to live your life. With a focus on designing functional spaces and bringing unique art and furniture into the home, Barr is available for top-to-bottom renovations or a design board that will push you do the next level.
“I enjoy helping create homes that families can really live in, love, and feel excited about,” she says. “I love being a part of that special moment when my clients home is exactly how they envisioned it, and the only thing left is to enjoy and make memories.”
Ann Decker Design
Best Kitchen and Bath Contractor
JP Custom Home Construction
When it’s time for out with the old and in with the new – and more functional – Main Line families turn to JP Custom Home Construction. Offering assistance with jobs big and small, the firm specializes in stunning kitchens and custom cabinetry and built-ins.
“We are contractors who are hard working, good communicators, trustworthy, and also finish on time,” says Kelly DiJulia, head of operations. “These are traits that are very important but also very hard to come by in this particular industry.”
Malvern Kitchen & Bath
1033 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; malvernkitchenandbath.com
If it’s outside, the team at Extreme Landscaping can take care of it. Offering a full suite of services including property maintenance, landscape design and install, hardscaping, irrigation, and more, they ensure your home is always dressed to impress.
“We take pride in our quality of work and the positive referrals that drive our business,” says owner Daniel Del Grippo.
Gwendolyn Johnson Landscape Design
Whether it’s a one-room refresh or a full overall, locally and family-owned Nolan Painting is an area go-to for painting profressionals – they’ve been serving the area for more than 37 years. Crisp lines and spotless surfaces aren’t their only offerings, though. Nolan pros can help with color consulting, faux finishes, wallpaper, plaster and stucco repair, and wood replacement. Plus, everyone who shows up at your door is a full-time employee – no subcontractors.
“We love taking care of families’ homes,” says Marketing Manager April Torrisi. “One customer told us that Nolan made her fall in love with her house again. We get complete satisfaction knowing we did a job well done in a community where we live and play.”
Dan Collins Painting
Patrick J. McCarthy Painting
Best Professional Organizer
Carrie’s Essential Services
Whether it’s that pile of the kids’ artwork you just keep meaning to get to or a basement overflowing with unmarked boxes of stuff, we all could use a little more organization in our lives. Carrie Kauffman understands, and has a knack for helping people create order in their homes and offices.
“The best thing is making life easier for families…bringing the joy and excitement back to their most loved spaces,” says Kauffman. “Clutter and disorganization can create stress. It’s my job to eliminate that for the families that I work with.”
The Organizing Professionals
Nicole Klein Team
Whether looking for a new place, selling their current, or both, Main Line families feel like their in good hands when they turn to Nicole Klein and her team. Helping clients focus on staging, pricing strategies, and how the overall process works, Klein educates as she helps – calmly walking families through an exciting but often stressful experience.
“Since I am a mom and have been thru the buying process several times, I feel that I can relate to my clients,” she says. “I am involved in the process from beginning to end. I also love that my friends become my clients, and my clients become my friends.”
720 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; nicoleslistings.com
Ben Hardy Real Estate Group
744 W. Lancaster Ave, #125, Wayne; hardyrealestategroup.com
1149 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; realestatebykatiekincade.com