Take a Test Drive Before You Buy

WHY VISITING EXPERTS AT A HOME PRODUCTS SHOWROOM IS A MUST

By Sharon McGovern, Editor of NARI NYC/LI Design & Remodel Sure it’s great to do your research online before making any large home improvement purchase – in fact most homeowners search the internet to select products. But do you really know the quality, benefits and features of what you’re getting? Our NYC/LI NARI experts want you to know why it’s imperative that you test drive products before making a major purchase for your home.
“For large purchases you want to make sure you’re spending your money wisely, you owe it to yourself to see the range of what’s possible”
“Most customers think they know what they want, and then they see all the options available and change their minds,” said Jason Ashe, National Sales Manager for WindowRama. “We understand the importance of a customer touching and trying out products – windows and doors can be big ticket items in larger renovation projects,” he added. WindowRama offers 40 different brands of windows and doors, so the product selection process can be overwhelming. “Our showrooms are a destination – customers can see windows and doors in a real world atmosphere – similar to rooms in their own home,” Ashe said.
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Photo Courtesy of Green Art Plumbing Supply

A popular trend in home renovation and design is indoor/ outdoor living. WindowRama’s 6000 square foot superstore in Farmingdale showcases multi-fold patio doors and screens so homeowners can see how these large doors operate. “We want the consumer to be excited about their purchase,” Ashe added. Green Art Plumbing Supply also implements the latest and greatest innovations for the home into their showrooms. Customers can explore possibilities that were merely ideas, until now. Green Art Plumbing Supply’s Huntington Station showroom features exquisite kitchens and baths as functional displays – providing a chance to experience products firsthand before making a decision.
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Photo Courtesy of WindowRama

“We put ourselves in our customer’s shoes,” said Stephanie Kurtzman, Marketing Director for Green Art Plumbing Supply. “Instead of buying online, visit a showroom to make sure the products you’re selecting fit your daily lifestyle and the unique look of your home,” she said. Green Art Plumbing Supply offers customers a truly unique showroom experience at their Huntington Station location – come in a bathing suit and try out a steam shower system in person! Custom closet design is generally an in-home shopping experience, says Bonnie Reich, owner of Symmetry Closets. “We measure, get a customer’s likes and dislikes, and can quickly provide a design and 3-D space plan. But you can’t get the experience of actually seeing materials in person and trying out options, unless you visit our showroom,” she said. “For example, there are all different grades of hardware – sometimes what you see in a picture may not be right for you. You need to engage with the product, and you just can’t replicate that experience.”
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Symmetry Closets Located in Holbrook, NY

Lighting really makes a difference when you’re looking at materials, especially in custom closet and organization design. There’s LED lighting, strip lighting, drawers that light up and motion sensors that light up a space when you open a door. “There are so many lighting choices – cool, warm – unless you visit a showroom, you can’t experience that for yourself,” said Reich. According to Cambria USA spokesperson Aliki Vrohidis, different lighting can also affect the way you read colors, tones and movement in each of Cambria’s natural quartz countertop designs. “Additionally, our HighGloss and Cambria Matte surface finishes reflect light differently, so it’s important to see them both in person and in the correct lighting to see which you prefer,” she added. Cambria’s natural quartz design samples are a small select cut from a slab; they do not fully exhibit all the design characteristics of the final installed product. Variations in the natural quartz stone color, pattern, size, shape and shade are unique and inherent characteristics of the product. “Prior to making a purchase, we recommend viewing a full slab of the design’s movement in one of our showrooms or galleries,” Vrohidis said. Equally important to the experience of the showroom is a great team to work with. “Our incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and dedicated staff provide the best personalized service in the industry,” said Green Art Plumbing Supply’s Stephanie Kurtzman.
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Photo Courtesy of Cambria US

For those customers who already have a trade professional to work with, the team at WindowRama offers ‘contractor concierge service.’ “We invite customers to come in and meet with a specialist to select products and build a portfolio of features,” said Jason Ashe. WindowRama’s staff then work with the contractor’s measurements to place the order. Need an installer or financing? WindowRama offers those services as well. Working with an expert in person can make all the difference says Bonnie Reich of Symmetry Closets. “There are things you don’t even think of – for example, your height makes a difference in designing a closet. Many times we have to modify standard cabinetry to work for your specific needs,” she said. “For large purchases you want to make sure you’re spending your money wisely,” she added, “you owe it to yourself to see the range of what’s possible!” This article originally appeared in Design & Remodel Magazine

Symmetry Closets—The Long Island Based Custom Closet Company Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Angies List Award 2014

Symmetry Closets has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014. “We are delighted to receive the prestigious Angie’s List Super Service Award—two years in a row,” said President Bonnie Reich. “People invite us into their homes, to customize their bedroom closet storage, or ask us to design closet organizers for their kitchen pantry and other spaces. We’re so appreciative that everyone takes the time to write on Angie’s List about how happy they are with their new built in closet organizers. It truly makes our day!” “Only about 5 percent of the Custom Closet companies on Long Island have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.   Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Symmetry Closets Receives Interior Design Society Award for Charitable Work

Symmetry Closets Receives National Interior Design Society IMPACT Award: First Annual Charitable Design Recipients Announced

 

Snoa Garrigan, IDS and Bonnie Reich, Symmetry Closers

NEW YORK, April 15, 2016 – The Interior Design Society (IDS) announced award recipients for its first annual charitable design competition – the #idsIMPACT Awards – on Friday, April 1. Symmetry Closets is thrilled and honored to receive the Industry Partner IMPACT Award for their work on a charitable project. The Individual and Group IMPACT award winners were selected based on the widespread effect that each project had on its respective community. The Sponsor and Industry Partner IMPACT award recipients were selected based on how each company’s donations of product and/or service helped the group or individual complete the project.

The #idsIMPACT award recipients are:

Industry Partner IMPACT Award: 1st place: Symmetry Closets, donated a custom cabinet with cubbies

Individual IMPACT Award:

1st place (tie): Karen Ferreyra, Karen Ferreyra Interiors, East Meadow, N.Y. Project: Family & Children’s Association, residential home for homeless veterans 1st place (tie): Wendy Lepkoff, Wendy Interiors, Baldwin Harbor, N.Y. Project: Restoring a home devastated by Superstorm Sandy 2nd place: Tanna Edler, Tanna By Design, Snohomish, Wash. Project: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, teen center transformation 3rd place: Kimberly Joi McDonald, Designing JOI, Las Vegas, Nev. Project: Baby’s Bounty, baby nursery and mom’s retreat

Group IMPACT Award:

  • 1st place: IDS Chicago & Suburban Chapter Project: Little Angels, redecoration of two children’s rooms
  • 2nd place: IDS Naples Chapter Project: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, furnishing of a model home
  • 3rd place: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Project: Feeding Children Everywhere, contributed to feeing 8,308 school children on free or reduced lunch plans

Sponsor IMPACT Award:

  • 1st place: Sherwin-Williams, donated paint and tools to four projects
  • 2nd place: Hansgrohe, donated a faucet and shower components
The award recipients were selected by judges Leslie Carothers and Kelli Ellis. These judges both possess backgrounds in interior design and harbor a strong commitment to community. To learn more about the #idsIMPACT projects and to see photographs, visit www.interiordesignsociety.org/impactwinners.  

About Symmetry Closets

At Symmetry Closets we have a passion for creating the best possible space for your needs and budget. We can help you organize your home and bring luxury to your spaces. At Symmetry Closets, we guide our customers through the process of designing a custom closet that’s right for them. As a business that is built on recommendations and referrals, customer satisfaction is our primary concern. We rely on our customers’ recommendations to family and friends. Our company’s foundation is built upon a solid reputation of reliability, and quality. Symmetry Closets is based in Long Island, NY.

About the Interior Design Society

The Interior Design Society (IDS) is an association of professional interior design entrepreneurs focused on helping our members grow their businesses, develop their talents, inspire each other, and impact their communities. One of the country’s largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry, IDS embraces four core values including professionalism, community, influence and growth. The IDS National headquarters is located in High Point, N.C.

About #idsIMPACT

#idsIMPACT is a community-engagement initiative of the Interior Design Society that was launched at 2015 IDS National Conference. Commitment to community is a core value of IDS. Beginning in 2016, IDS strongly encourages each member to report the number of hours per year provided in pro bono design services to benefit their community. The work can be of general benefit for the community such as a park or community center, or the work can be for a non-profit, religious, or other charitable cause.

Media Contact: Sheree Jeanes-Marketing Consultant 631-553-2775 sheree@symmetrycloset.com

Symmetry Closets Receives 2014 Best of Huntington Station Award

2014 Best of Huntington Station AwardHUNTINGTON STATION November 25, 2014 — Symmetry Closets has been selected for the 2014 Best of Huntington Station Award in the Residential Construction category by the Huntington Station Award Program. Each year, the Huntington Station Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Huntington Station area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Huntington Station Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Huntington Station Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Symmetry Closets Joins Team Shenanigans, Great Strides Walk 2018

Team Shenaigans, Symmetry Closets' to join in Great Strides Walk 2018Bonnie Reich, President of Symmetry Closets will be joining Team Shenanigans in the 2018 Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk May 20th, 2018 at Jones Beach State Park. Registration starts at 9am and the walk starts at 10am.

Bonnie and her closet design team met John “J.J.” Byrne and his family while on the set of George to the Rescue (NBC) in the fall of 2017. Interior designer Rose Ott and her team invited Bonnie of Symmetry Closets to help her deliver a very special surprise for a deserving family in need of a “rescue”. The Byrne’s had part of their Island Park home renovated by George Oliphant and his team of amazing helpers in honor of John “JJ’ Byrne, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was 7 years old. “JJ” is extremely active as assistant to the mayor of Island Park, and also with his church’s community initiatives. “JJ” may have CF but that hasn’t stopped him from making a lasting impact in his very own hometown. While the construction and design teams renovated the office and kitchen, “JJ”‘s mother, Tara Byrne participated in some local promotional efforts with Bonnie, closet designer Sheree Jeans, and interior designer Rose Ott. Over the time of the filming and renovation they each got to know each other better and the invite to walk with Team Shenanigans came naturally. Bonnie and Sheree will both be participating in the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk on May 20th, 2018. They are so proud to be walking in this upcoming local event, and they can’t wait to be there to support Team Shenanigans Great Strides Walk 2018!! Great Strides logo Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Symmetry Closets Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018 – Third Year In A Row

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 “Best Of Houzz” – Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

HOLBROOK, NY, January 22, 2018 – Symmetry Closets of Holbrook, NY has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 8-year old custom closet design company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“It’s exciting to be recognized by Houzz for excellent customer service for three years in a row – we couldn’t be happier!” Bonnie Reich, president of Symmetry Closets.
“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.” Follow Symmetry Closets on Houzz www.houzz.com/pro/symmetryclosets/ About Bonnie Reich Symmetry Closets began in 2010 as a recommendation and referral based business. Bonnie wanted to start a company that put professional space planning first, paired with excellent customer service. Our closet designers love working with interior designers, contractors and builders because we value relationships that put people first. Bonnie is very proud of all the growth and changes Symmetry Closets is experiencing and our continued commitment to providing the highest quality of service to our customers. About Houzz Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com. Symmetry Closets Awarded Best of Houzz 2018 badge

Symmetry Closets Recognized: Best of HOUZZ 2016

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SYMMETRY CLOSETS of NY Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

January 29, 2016 Announcing The “Best Of Houzz 2016″ Award Winners The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016″ badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition of our commitment to design excellence and customer service,” 

said Bonnie Reich, President,  SYMMETRY CLOSETS 

“We’re honored that our design-loving friends and clients voted for us—and we look forward to enjoying another beautiful year together.”

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize SYMMETRY CLOSETS, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Symmetry Closet Receives Super Service Award: Angie’s List 2015

Super Service Award: Angie's List 2015

Symmetry Closet Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award Reflects Symmetry Closet’s consistently higher level of customer service

Symmetry Closet has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“We are honored to receive this celebrated recognition of our commitment to customer service and excellent storage,”

said Bill Kahn, Vice President, SYMMETRY CLOSETS

“We love working with our Angie’s List clients, and we look forward to building beautiful home offices, laundry rooms, pantries, garages, mud rooms, entertainment storage, and of course closets, for many years to come.”

“Only about 5% of Custom Closets companies in the New York Metro Area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks.  “It’s a really high standard.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Symmetry Closets Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care.  Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local services experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Supporting the Community

Both Bonnie and I feel that it is important to give something back to the community, especially where it concerns children and families in need. I recently had the honor to be asked, through NARI, to help out with some renovation work at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park, NY. I say honor because my experience there has given me a new perspective on the impact that the charity has on people. Vanity The funding for the Ronald McDonald House charity is donated, and much of the “staff” are volunteers. The families served are not charged for the time they stay at the house. They simply have a need to be close to an ailing child who is in the hospital; the house provides that and more. It becomes a sanctuary during a time of extreme stress. The house has a kitchen open to all, and provides “home cooked” meals for their guests. They provide wifi, and even video games. This year’s remodeling effort covered more than 20 rooms, and most of the materials were donated by everyone from lumber yards, flooring companies and supply houses, to designers, electricians, carpenters and their friends and families. My family helped with the installation of flooring in two rooms. We were all affected by the experience, and the satisfaction of knowing that our efforts went to such a worthy cause. Thinking of the experience now literally brings tears to my eyes. The aches and pains we felt over the few days after we worked there became a badge of honor.
 
About a week later,Hanging doors, closet, Built in closet, Custom built ins, Barn door, sliding door Symmetry was approached again. This time by Kelly Dall, and our friends at Artisan Design Build Remodel, to help finish a room by giving the guests a simple and attractive way to organize their belongings during their stay. The collaboration resulted in a closet and storage solution that is functional, attractive, and blends seamlessly with Kelly’s design. I’m sure it will be appreciated by anyone who stays in the room. I was grateful for the opportunity to be able to give more than just my time, and to partner with both a gifted designer, and a remodeling firm that always provides impeccable work. I truly believe that the sum of the work far exceeded our expectations. Bill Kahn – Vice President / General Manager
       

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Spring Cleaning For Storage Spaces

After this long and cold winter, we’ve become accustomed to the collection of gloves, scarves, hats and the pile of shoes by the door. However, once the good weather finally arrives, it’s time for spring sports and all the accompanying muddy gear. Worst of all, this mess is the first impression people have when they arrive at your lovely home. One of the most overlooked essential areas is the coat closet. These closets tend to have a hanging rod and maybe a single shelf. By simply adding some shelves you can create space for boots, shoes, and other gear. If space permits, you can store hats, caps, winter scarves and gloves by adding drawers or baskets that slide out. Closet baskets and drawers are great to have near the bottom of the closet, around a small child’s height, making it easier for the little ones to put away their own stuff and to grab their toys or mittens before running out the door. These are also an excellent place to store the dog toys, leashes, and other gear. Our dog takes his own leash out of the bin when it’s time to go walking! While some homes don’t have a convenient coat closet or have already fully utilized that storage space, many of us have an area that can become a mud room. In this space you can find room for kid’s jackets so that the coat closet can be more formal for dedicated adult use. A mud room can include hooks for hats, scarves, or other grab-and-go items. Alternatively, an attached garage can provide mudroom type storage. The garage is a great way to grab extra space while containing the clutter discretely. The key is to install custom storage that will protect any expensive sports equipment, like storage shelves, drawers and baskets. Shelves can handle the boots, shoes, and cleats; while standing storage bins can hold bats and longer gear. Hooks can also be added to any storage area to catch the baseball hats, dog leashes or other frequently used items. Cabinet doors add a beautiful finishing touch. Spring is almost here—and it’s time to store the winter away while planning for warmer weather. A well designed storage solution can take your gear away from your door, and leave you more time to stop and smell the daffodils. Enjoy!