Home and Garden

These Folks Will Help Your Home Be Its Best Self

Our 2018 Best of Philly service providers can help you declutter, clean up, get organized, go green and transform your home into the place you've always wanted it to be.


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Want your home to be so eye-poppingly gorgeous the design magazines come calling? Or do you just want a neat, clean, attractive, well-organized place? The Best of Philly service providers you’ll find below can help you achieve any or all of these goals.

Best Carpenter: A-K Custom Interiors

“My goal is always to design something that works in the space so well you can’t imagine it not being there once we’re done,” says Kevin McCarthy, owner of this Kensington custom woodworking shop. They do it all, from Colonial detailing to contemporary bookshelves to custom doors to knockout bathroom vanities, and they do it all right there at their shop in Kensington. 2011 N. Howard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19122; 215-839-6659; akcustomcabinets.com.

Best Small Project Designers: Design on Demand by Widell + Bochetti

Want that Architectural Digest look but don’t have a bundle to spend getting it? This duo can get you there on the installment plan. For as little as $1,000 per room, they will create a mood board and layout for a room in your home, then pick out the objects that will create the mood you want. You choose what rooms to tackle and when, and they’ll give you the dynamite design you’re looking for. 267-702-3820; widellboschetti.com.

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Best Garage Organizer: Dream Garage Remodeling

Do you dream of actually being able to park your car in your garage again? Lenny Kelman at Dream Garage Remodeling can make your dream come true. He has storage systems that will fit your space and get everything up off the floor, no matter what it is that’s on the floor. Then, after he’s done organizing, he can also cover that floor with commercial grade flooring that will make your garage look sharp enough for Architectural Digest — that is, if AD did photo spreads on garages. Serving Philadelphia, Wilmington and Bucks and Montgomery counties. 215-874-6563; 11 Portsmouth Court, Suite B, Holland, Pa. 18966; garagesolutionsphiladelphia.com.

Garden Guru: Edwin’s Glorious Gardens Etc.

What began a little more than 20 years ago as a side hustle for college student Edwin Peake has blossomed into a full-service landscaping and outdoor design firm. Whether you’re looking to turn your postage-stamp patio in the back of your rowhome into a little pocket park or you want your Main Line estate to capture some of that Chanticleer magic, Peake and his team of designers and landscapers will give you eye-pleasing results. Serving Philadelphia and adjacent areas in Delaware and Montgomery counties. 215-605-5829; edwinsgloriousgardens.com.

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Best On-Demand Housecleaner: Scrub!

If you live in “Greater Center City,” Fishtown, South Philly or University City, you can make more time to do the things you enjoy doing by having the bonded, licensed and insured professional cleaners at Scrub! do the dirty work for you. They have cleaning down to a science, use environmentally friendly products and guarantee outstanding results every time. They hire and train staff who have a passion for cleaning and follow up to make sure you’re satisfied. If you’re like all the people who have raved about them on the various rating sites, you probably will be. 215-821-9484; scrub-it-clean.com.

You can read more about outstanding service providers throughout our region, and all the other 2018 Best of Philly winners, here.



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