Best of Home & Garden - Your Picks for the Best Home and Garden Businesses




Your picks for the best home and garden businesses in Hampton Roads.

This reader's poll contest was based on electronic votes received in the Best Of Home and Garden Contest from August-November 2010 on www.HamptonRoadsMagazine.com

BEST PLACE FOR ART
Winner:
Blue Skies Gallery
www.blueskiesart.com
Blue Skies Gallery—"Where You Can Always Meet the Artist"—turns 21 this year, celebrating its "something for everyone" approach with a grand range of abstract and realist, modernist and traditional fine art and fine craft.

Painting and photography and sculpture; glass and clay and rare woods and precious metals; wearable fiber art, jewelry, glass, ceramics and mixed media all join in a rich array of pure artwork and decorative objects. The 65 artists who share Blue Skies' big downtown Hampton space are themselves widely viewed award winners, whose works include public sculpture seen all over the state and even chosen for our Governor's Mansion and the White House.

Runners-Up:
Shore Gallery and Designs, Nancy Thomas Gallery

Honorable Mentions:
Gallery at York Hall, Skipjack Nautical Wares, Olde Towne Art, Black Dog Gallery

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY
Winner (tie):
Rose & Womble
www.roseandwomble.com
Rose & Womble is the does-it-all, and does-it-all first-rate, real estate company that gives buyers, sellers, renters, builders and investors the benefit of nearly three-quarters of a century of local experience. Relocation experts—with special emphasis on the military and the corporate customer—mortgage, financing and title services, plus new home and property management divisions are just some of the company's extra areas of expertise that reassure every Rose & Womble customer through every step of his or her real estate decisions.

The Rose & Womble Foundation, a nonprofit supporting the needy and providing scholarships, is one more example of its commitment to doing things right.


Abbitt Realty Company
www.abbittrealty.com
Professional integrity goes hand in hand with client satisfaction at Abbitt Realty Company, Hampton Roads' family-owned real estate leader since 1946. Abbitt's proud 65-year history and decades of continuous leadership form the foundation of its commitment to the future of the whole region, its many communities and its residents. The slogan "Connected to the Past ... Committed to YOUR future also means making a positive influence right now. The knowledgeable, smart and well-trained agents serve every client personally, whether that client is selling, buying, investing, or getting ready to build a brand new home.


Runners-Up:
William E. Wood at the Mall, Greg Garrett Realty Agency

Honorable Mentions:
Prudential Towne Realty, Long & Foster

 

BEST OVERALL FURNITURE COMPANY
Winner:
Havertys
www.havertys.com
Fine furniture from Havertys has been turning houses into warm, inviting homes for more than 125 years. The traditions of personalized, friendly service, affordable prices and high-quality furniture—all three guaranteed—are just as strong throughout their 100+ stores across the nation as when the first Havertys store opened its doors.

That means thousands of pieces of the highest quality furniture in a vast array of styles, every one offering excellent value. It means professionalism and salespeople whose customers feel as welcome in Havertys as guests in a finely furnished home. It means that Havertys stands behind everything it offers and that customers stand up to choose Havertys.

Runners-Up:
Decorum, Ethan Allen, Espirit Décor, Haynes

Honorable Mentions:
Carolina Furniture, Value City Furniture, Crockin's, Willis Furniture, Ashley, La-Z-Boy, Rooms, Blooms and More, Thomasville

 

BEST PATIO DESIGN AND INSTALLATION
Winner:
Dreamscape Designers
www.dreamscapedesigner.com
"When ordinary isn't satisfactory," awardwinning landscape architect firm Dreamscape Designers is the one to call for expertise with patios, pathways, poolscapes, gardens and all sorts of outdoor environments. Landscape Architect Thomas M. Rozier and the whole Dreamscapes Designers team bring better than two decades of experience to fine-tuning every imaginable element that perfects the look and the sound and the scent of a unique, multiseason landscape.

Landscape design means more than beauty—paths and walkways, borders and beds—enhance the traffic flow of when people socialize outdoors, and with a Dreamscape Design, the patio might just be the best room in the house!

Runners-Up:
Versatile, Westwood Contractors, John Spears Landscape

 

BEST BATHROOM DESIGN AND BEST KITCHEN APPLIANCE COMPANY
Winner:
Ferguson Enterprises
www.ferguson.com
Ferguson Enterprises wants customers to know that "Nobody expects more from us than we do." That's a lot for the largest plumbing wholesaler in North America to say, but anyone who has visited a Ferguson retail outlet knows—you get personal service from helpful professionals who know their business and who understand how to listen to customers and stay under budget.

Home kitchens that would do justice to fine dining spots, quality appliances at the right price, and careful consultation with customers are specialties of Ferguson. It's close personal attention backed by the company's resources that make the difference.

Runners-Up:
Accent Kitchens, East Coast Appliances

Honorable Mentions:
Kitchen & Bath Expo, Shawels, Southland Appliances, Sears, C.H. Smith Appliance

 

BEST HOME BUILDER
Winner:
Ainslie Group
www.ainsliegroup.com
Building one dream home at a time, Ainslie Homes, Cohen Homes, Crestline Homes, Wendell Homes—which make up the Ainslee Group, along with Crestline Realty—come to their work with a culture of passion, integrity and commitment. Ainslee Group does it all. Production homes, custom building, town homes and affordable homes with value built in, neatly fit onto small pockets of land, are all typical projects. Each one is the product of a lasting relationship with the homebuyer, a careful, personal co-operation that carries through with their lifetime warranty. "We stand behind our homes forever," they promise, and no builder could make a stronger promise.

Runners-Up:
Randy Turner & Son, Marque Homes

Honorable Mentions:
Wayne Harbin, Terry Peterson Residential, Definitive Homes, Ocean Bay Homes, Joe Gaita Contracting

 

BEST FLOORING AND BEST TILE COMPANY
Winner:
International Tile and Marble
www.internationaltile.net
International Tile is the flooring source of choice for architects, designers and homeowners. This family-owned company, now 27 years old, can supply anything from a simple floor border for a foyer to the most detailed mosaic wall murals. Their ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles come from factories across the US and from manufacturers in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Mexico and Canada. They look worldwide for styles, sizes, colors, finishes and compositions of tile that perfectly fit the homes of Hampton Roads. What they can do is limited only by the limitless human imagination.

Runners-Up:
Mill End Carpet Shop, Young's Flooring

Honorable Mentions:
Pro Source, Carpet Mill Outlet, Dominion Floor Covering, Lumber Liquidators, Versatile, Mill End Carpet Shops, The Tile Shop, Mosaic Tile Company

 

BEST GARDEN CENTER, BEST UNIQUE HOME AND GARDEN AND BEST LANDSCAPING DESIGN COMPANY
Winner:
McDonald Garden Center
www.mcdonaldgardencenter.com
With 65+ years in Hampton Roads, the three locations of triple-winner McDonald Garden Center are the ideal source to find plants and planting supplies, garden art, water features, furniture and all sorts of garden accessories. The accessories range from "whimsical to classical, Williamsburg to the Fairy realm."

McDonald also offers a full-service design and installation department, devoted to making every residential landscape a place where nature reigns, where beauty lives, and where living is pleasure. It all adds up to McDonalds being a National Nursery Retailer of the Year. Get involved with plants—it's natural!

Runners-Up:
White's Nursery, Smithfield Garden Center, Jack Frost Landscapes, Painted Fern Landscape Architecture

Honorable Mentions:
Bowman's, Anderson's, Countryside Gardens, Atlantic Nursery, Williamsburg Antique Mall, Elements, The Garden Gazebo, The Globe, Basnight Land and Lawn, Heart's Ease Landscapes & Garden Design, Dreamscape Designers, Williams, Southern Belle Lawn & Landscaping, Moonlight by Design

 

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN COMPANY
Winner:
Accent Kitchens
www.accentkitchens.info
"You deserve the best" is the motto of Accent Kitchens. With a staff that gives the customer seven decades of design experience, a devotion to doing a great job on time and at a guaranteed price (without sending the work to subcontractors), theylive up to that motto every time. Whether the project is brand new construction or remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms, you know you're going to get the comfort and convenience, best value and top-notch style. That's what you can expect with Accent on the job.

Runner-Up:
Ferguson Enterprises

Honorable Mentions:
Kitchen & Bath Expo, Virginia Maid Kitchens, Colonial Kitchens, Kitchen Emporium

 

BEST IN-GROUND POOL COMPANY
Winner:
Polynesian Pools
www.polynesianpools.com
Polynesian Pools, Hampton Roads' oldest pool company, brings 40 years experience to pool design, installation and maintenance. With more than 7000 in-ground pools installed, their experience is unsurpassed. Voted the best in Hampton Roads' cities year after year, they are known industry wide for their string of national awards from professional associations and publications. They install spas and hot tubs too, carry outdoor furniture and supply everything the pool owner needs, including top-notch service. Polynesian Pools offers the only pool wall with a lifetime material and labor warranty in the industry, and they proudly proclaim, "The only thing stronger than our walls is our commitment to your satisfaction!"

Runners-Up:
Aqua Leisure Pools, Sage Pools, Anchor Pools

 

BEST OUTSIDE LIGHTING COMPANY
Winner:
Moonlight by Design
www.moonlightbydesign.com
Moonlight by Design requests, "Let us light up your night." Their carefully planned, individualized outdoor lighting systems make the finest houses look even more special, providing the welcoming reassurance of a warm, inviting home, while adding beauty and value to a property. A family-owned company that draws on 30+ years of experience, this is Hampton Roads' professional choice for architectural and landscape lighting because lighting is all they do. Their tight focus on one and only one specialty means the customer's lighting needs get 100 percent of their attention, energy and devotion to quality.

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