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Better By Design LLC

Ocean Gate

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Better By Design LLC

Ocean Gate

(32)

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J
23 March 2019

Ms. Hyams, and her company (Better by Design) is nothing less than amazing. Ronda at the start took the time to really get to know me and my desire for our renovation. She took pride and she devoted the time needed to perfect the design. Her dedication did not stop there. She managed every phase of the project as though it were her own home. We had many unique design element encompassing the moving of plumbing lines, electrical hookups and introducing gas into the kitchen. Lighting changes to include the addition of 14 recessed lights, under cabinet lighting and LED strip lights in our upper glass cabinets. Our kitchen transformation also had us removing a load bearing wall and installing a carrier beam to support the ceiling. During this process we added a tongue and groove ceiling in the kitchen, which Ms. Hyams took in stride and had it installed without affecting the time line of the project. Ms. Hyams takes design work seriously with a level of dedication to detail unmatched by others, all of this and her highly skilled team at a very fair competitive price. More...

K
21 March 2019

I personally recommend Better By Design, LLC. Ronda understood our vision and came up with a plan for built in bookcases around our fireplace. Her drawings were creative and spot on. Quality was exceptional and priced fairly for the work and detail. From start to finish Ronda was professional, reliable and took pride in her work. Due to our positive experience, we are moving forward with a bathroom and kitchen remodel. I can confidently recommend Better By Design! You won't be disappointed! More...

L
8 October 2018

Ronda was patient and flexible working with us as our family remodeled a kitchen and bathroom, while dealing with medical emergencies and snow days.

She has a very creative eye and had fantastic suggestions for color and design across the board. We had a great experience.
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7 October 2018

STOP! Before you plan your next home project, contact Ronda Hyams, at “Better by Design.” We have learned on multiply occasions that Ronda can solve any of our family’s remodeling and decorating challenges.

Our first experience with Ronda was after interviewing three other interior decorators with credentials. We asked her to look at our home, in general, and offer suggestions to improve the flow, decorations, windows, etc.

When Ronda walked into the eating area of our kitchen, which, at the time, had an oversized dinning set we had purchased with our last house in mind. She suggested extending our small island with cabinets, quiet close drawers and creative niches; some custom sized for our appliances and other kitchen items. She brought us different design ideas, which she created, to choose from. Other than that, we didn’t have to do anything except select between options she provided for cabinets, countertop, lights, etc. With each selection Ronda educated us and it helped us to choose wisely for our needs.

Not only did Ronda come up with a genius design she managed the project. She worked well with Steve Thompson from “Thompson Remodeling LLC” to ensure the job was completed on time, within our agreed budget, and with quality; actually it 'all' was – “Better by Design!”
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C
20 May 2018

We hired Ronda to design an entertainment unit and desk area for our family room. We absolutely love the way it turned and Ronda was a pleasure to work with. We wouldn't hesitate to use Ronda for future remodeling projects. More...

P
17 May 2018

Better By Design provided design services for our kitchen renovation. Ronda was a pleasure to work with! She listened to our wants and needs. She expertly managed some differing ideas between husband and wife and delivered a kitchen design that we are both thoroughly enjoying. She was patient, detail oriented, and not the least bit pushy. She was a great help in navigating which design aspects of the project to focus on and when, ensuring that work moved forward without delays. We highly recommend! More...

C
5 May 2018

Ronda was great to work with! She held my hand through the entire process of my kitchen renovation, which was a new experience for me. She is an incredibly reliable source, presumably because of all of her experience - from the quoted budget and timeframe for the renovation, everything went pretty much according to the initial plan. She has wonderful contacts and taste. I love how my kitchen turned out - better than I had initially envisioned! More...

C
20 February 2018

Ronda is a wonderful and meticulous designer! Our complete kitchen renovation turned out perfectly because of her. We met several times over the course of planning and she listened to every question we had and always had the answers. This was a very large project for us and we honestly didn't know where to start. Ronda figuratively and literally held our hands throughout the entire process and she made our choices and decisions very simple and easy.
Better By Design will always be at the top of our list.
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F
15 October 2017

Ronda is a great designer! Her professionalism and knowledge made it a pleasure to work with her. I recommend her highly.

K
15 October 2017

Ronda was an absolute pleasure to work with putting together my small laundry room. She gave great suggestions on the style and types of cabinets we needed and color suggestions for the counter-tops. Ordering and scheduling everything with Ronda was a breeze, and I would make sure any other rooms in my house that need be designed, would definitely go through her once again. More...

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22 September 2017

Ronda helped design our new kitchen and great room and provided samples of cabinetry and hardware. She went with us to choose the granite and wall tile. She also helped us to select the tile pattern and created the backsplash design behind the range top. Ronda is a pleasure to work with and knows her line of work very well. She advised us regarding our decision on colors for the hardwood flooring and paint. She accompanied us to stores and helped us choose the style, color and fabric for the dining table and chairs, bar stools, sectional and area rug. Ronda also suggested the fabric and design of the drapery for the patio door and large window in our great room. The kitchen and great room came together very nicely and we are extremely pleased. All the colors blend so well and complement each other with the granite, tile and furniture. We're just in awe whenever we step into the room. We would highly recommend Ronda! More...

B
19 September 2017

Although my project is currently still in progress, I can say that working with Ronda is nothing less than a great experience. She is always there for me whenever I need her and she has the best design ideas for my project. I have used her in the past and will continue to do so in the future. More...

S
8 March 2017

We hired Better by Design to update the front lobby of an office
building we own. Ronda was excellent! Very professional and easy to work with. She was conscientious about cost and completed the
project in a timely manner. We were delighted with her work and
would recommend her highly.
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L
20 February 2017

Very professional. Designs the entire project from picking colors , layout , shopping at the suppliers outlets with us and communication with our contractors. Would use again. Money well spent.

M
20 February 2017

We're very happy with the service provided by Rhonda, a specially attentions to the details and design ideas. Rhonda helped us with all project stages - design, order, reference to appliance suppliers.

J
10 January 2017

From the moment we met Rhonda, we knew we were in good hands. First she listened and then went to work making suggestions and changes to provide us with everything we wanted. She practically held our hands through all phases of the kitchen project and made sure we were happy with what was taking place. She was in contact with the contractor, through out the project, even spotting potential problems and having them corrected before they became real problems. We have another project coming up and will be calling on her expertise and and concern for her clients, to again get us through this easily and successfully. It certainly was a lucky day for us when she became our designer for our fantastic kitchen. More...

O
9 January 2017

I literally bumped into and subsequently met Rhonda at a home remodel convention. We struck up a conversation as to why I was there and it quickly became obvious that she had a vast knowledge of home remodeling and design. My wife and I sat down with her in about 45 minutes she had a very clear idea as to exactly what we wanted to do our home which was located in Mobile Alabam. She went well beyond the normal consultation. She was able to set up a video conferences as well as do the design based on measurements that I was able to provide her. Ronda was also willing and did fly to Mobile Alabama to do the consultation prior to the purchasing of any of the cabinets. Her knowledge of the shipping and installation process was also very reassuring to us that we in fact were well taking care of. This was an entire remodeling of a large laundry mud room. Ronda's ability to see tile, paint selection is remarkable. She helped in the selection process of a qualified installation company who clearly understood quality workmanship. My wife and I could not be more thrilled with the way it came out and more importantly the service and attention to detail Ronda put into our profect. The project was done on time and on budget. More...

D
12 December 2016

Our home is 28 years old and we were finally ready to remodel our kitchen and bathrooms. Our contractor, AW Martin - East Windsor, NJ highly recommended Ronda Hyams (Better by Design) to help us redesign our new kitchen.

The kitchen project involved the removal of a load bearing wall between the kitchen and our family room (see picture of open concept view – our table is now located where the wall used to be), the removal of a bay window in the kitchen, the removal of soffit above the old cabinets for additional cabinet space to our ceiling, and the installation of a new patio door. We re-used two of the bay windows (see patio door picture) to install on the left and right side of the patio door which saved us money compared to purchasing a much wider patio door and it worked beautifully for us. The overall design provided us with additional cabinet space, more room for our kitchen table with a wonderful view of our pool and back yard, and a much larger island.

We selected our granite counter tops (Cold Spring) at Onur Marble & Granite, and our wood patterned tile flooring at Avalon Flooring, both located in Langhorne, PA. Ronda suggested the darker wood designed tile floor color to complement our white cabinets. She also helped us pick the backsplash tile to complement our granite counter top, and a decorative tile pattern we found at Home Depot.

We met at Ronda’s display studio in Ewing NJ to come up with a cabinet design, style and color we were looking for. Ronda also helped us pick out our wall and trim paint colors to use in our kitchen, bathrooms and hallways to complement our new design.

Ronda responded promptly to our email and text messages for a quick reply to our questions. She came to our home many times before, during and after the project to ensure everything ran smoothly. She even stopped by when the cabinets were delivered to make sure everything was there.

We couldn't be happier with our new kitchen renovation. Everyone says it looks like a designer showcase and we just love it! Ronda was very helpful throughout this project and it was wonderful working with her.
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S
31 August 2016

Ronda helped us design our new kitchen for a complete remodel. She listened to our ideas and what we needed, and she also had her own ideas that we didn't think of and were very helpful. She has an excellent eye for design. We went tile and granite shopping with her. She had many layouts for us to choose from, and she worked with us to figure out what was best for us. We used her contractor, Steve, who did a great job with his friendly and professional crew. This was our first remodel, and we were a little nervous about the process, but they kept us informed the whole way. There were 1 or 2 minor issues during the reno, but solutions were found for them. We went away during the last week of the renovation, and they emailed us daily with updates. At the end of each day, they would clean up before they left, which we appreciated. The end result is beautiful! We were so pleased with them that we plan on using them again for a bathroom remodel! More...

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1 June 2016

Ronda is a consummate professional. Her plan for our kitchen renovation was brilliant and gets incredible reviews by all those who see it. More importantly, her access and support throughout the long project was a blessing. I always felt comfortable calling her with questions and I always received honest and professional feeback from her. I would recommend Ronda Hyams enthusiastically and without reservation. More...

C
29 May 2016

We had a wonderful experience working with Ronda. Our project, finishing our master suite, was a small one, but Ronda enthusiasticly listened to our ideas and brought her expertise to the table. I love how it turned out and would recommend Ronda to anyone. She is absolutely professional, but it felt as easy as working with a friend! More...

C
1 March 2016

Ronda from Better By Design helped us wioth our kitchen renovation. She was incredibly helpful in getting us to understand how the kitchen should be laid out, how cabinet space was enough, opening walls, etc. ... She helped us find the perfect contractor, as she was able to recommend several she had worked with in the past and trusted for the type of project we had. It was a pleasure to work with her and I would hire her again for future projects. More...

G
3 February 2016

We hired Ronda Hyams of Better by Design to stage our house before we put it on the market. It's a fairly small house, so staging it was a challenge, but Ronda very quickly came up with great suggestions for almost every room. Her ideas were all very doable, and they made a wonderful improvement in how the house showed. From rearranging furniture to adding accent pieces to staging the kitchen and bathrooms, she had so many ideas that never would have occurred to us. Ronda is a great communicator, and working with her was really enjoyable. The results: our house was on the market for just 11 days, we got six offers, and we sold for substantially more than our asking price! We're sure that her staging made a crucial difference. A great experience, with truly amazing results. We would give her more than five stars if we could. Thank you, Ronda Hyams! More...

M
19 December 2015

Ronda did an amazing job. She staged our house and did it so well we are sure that is the reason it sold immediately. For the work she did and how effective it was we feel we actually underpaid her. She moves fast and decorates with artistic skills. We definitely felt like she knew her stuff so we let her do the entire project the way she wanted to and we are so glad we did. More...

M
14 December 2015

Ronda helped us with designing a new kitchen. She was super knowledgable, extremely helpful, understanding about our wishes, very nice and pleasant to deal with, and she has great taste. Altogether we had top-notch dealings with her, but one event in particular stands out. The carpenters had finished a cupboard and mounted it on the kitchen wall. But it wasn't the way I wanted it or what we had conveyed to them. I was pretty upset and called Ronda, even on a Sat. afternoon, and just told her how disappointed I was. She came to my rescue: she understood exactly where I was coming from, told me she'd take care of it, and indeed she did. The cupboard was taken down and fixed according to our wishes, and is now beautiful and just the way I had dreamed it would be. So . . . Ronda's wonderful! More...

M
29 December 2014

Ronda was a great resource for a small kitchen project. Very knowledgeable, very responsive and friendly. I definitely recommend her company, better by design.

H
10 November 2014

We've worked with Better By Design on multiple projects and Ronda has been nothing but helpful, professional, and insightful. Her innovative thinking when it comes to home design is wonderful and she truly works with the client to create exactly what they want. We hope to continue working with Ronda and kitchen designs for years to come. More...

T
24 September 2014

Ronda provided color and design consultation for my new home.

She took her time to understand my likes and dislikes and helped me to select the perfect colors and furniture layout to achieve the look I wanted. I could not have done this without her help!!!

I am super pleased with the final results….
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S
16 September 2014

We enjoyed working with Ronda on our recent kitchen renovation. We interviewed several designers and contractors for this project and Ronda was the only one who really listened and gave us a design that met our needs where the others tried to ‘force’ us into design elements we simply did not want. We appreciated Ronda’s enthusiasm for our project and her ability to interpret what we were looking for and turn that into reality.

Ronda was available to us throughout the project if we had any questions and she coordinated everything with the various contractors, which reduced our stress level. Even when there was a hiccup (there were very few!), Ronda jumped right in to get it straightened out for us.

Ours was a fairly large project that involved gutting two rooms, removing two walls, installing a full kitchen and replacing our HVAC. From the first day of demo to the last punch list item, the project took about 8 weeks, which was within the time we were promised. That’s pretty important when you’re living without a kitchen!

We’ve lived with our new space for several months now and we are extremely pleased with the way it turned out. Thanks, Ronda!
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M
15 September 2014

Ronda worked with us previously on a bath remodeling project, so of course we thought of her when it was time to choose new carpeting and make a few other changes to refresh our older townhouse. Ronda really listens and gives you choices, but not too many to overwhelm you. She's very willing to work with your budget and find other options If something turns out to be too expensive. If you decide an idea is something you don't want to pursue, she's fine with that. We love our new carpeting and were very pleased with the installer she works with. She helped us choose a new armchair, lamp, some overhead lighting and a side table. Everything is stylish, but not overdone. The overall effect is just what we had hoped for. We will certainly consult her the next time we need interior design advice. More...

A
12 September 2014

Ronda was fantastic! She helped explain things every step of the way and enabled me to make the right choices for our kitchen. My wife had to travel during this period because of an emergency and we would never have been aable to complete the project without Ronda's suggestions. She even went out of her way to select samples and drop them off at our house.

I recommend her most strongly.
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C
12 September 2014

Ronda is always prompt in returning calls and does an amazing job choosing colors. Professional and a always a pleasure 10 Stars!