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About Quality by Design Custom Homes/Real Cooking Kitchens

Quality by Design Custom Homes - Specializing in residential additions, custom kitchens, and renovations and baths, from blueprints through construction. From Greater Boston to Cape Cod and Providence, RI to the "Gold Coast" of CT, we're serving all of the Tri-State (MA, RI, and CT) areas with our partner builders. We provide a guaranteed quality with our in-house, traveling crew.

Real Cooking Kitchens - "For those who love to cook"
We offer major kitchen renovations with our exclusive: custom "built-to-order" and "built-to-size" kitchen cabinetry.

We are a licensed, lead-safe renovation contractor.

* Hands-on builder with in-house crew
* We travel to any location in the New England area
* Reliable, licensed, and insured local sub-contractors
* Fully insured and licensed in MA, RI, and CT
* 30 years of construction and design experience
* 1,200-sq. ft. millwork shop for custom fabrications (built-ins, library walls, kitchen islands and cabinetry, bath vanities, and more)
* AIA design services are also available

Joseph F. Yencho is a design builder and a kitchen design expert.
New Bedford Design-build Firms


419 Sawyer Street
New Bedford, MA 02746

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  • 5/5 stars

    I would like to let everyone know what a terrific job Joe did for us on our kitchen. We (Dave and I) had been looking for years to modernize our small cramped kitchen. Either the kitchen suppliers wanted just to sell new cabinets ( not solving the problem) or several local Contractors wanted to add a large addition to make more room (very costly), but could only refer us to the cabinet salesmen at their lumberyard for the design (who just wanted to sell us new cabinets). At first I was not sure about contacting Joe, he looked very expensive. But after a very long initial meeting, and several follow-ups to tweek the design, we fell in love with the plan. He completly changed the layout, added a >small< bump out to one wall, and 3 months later, we are using our dream kitchen!~ Dave and I would highly recommend Joe anytime!

  • 5/5 stars

    Joe completed an add-on kitchen/bathroom on our 100+ year old house in 2008-2009. I explained that I wanted it to look like it had always been there. He worked within our limited budget to create the room of my dreams, along with a farmer's porch for my favorite rockers. He moved on to do over our upstairs bath and the old dining room. When we searched for just the right cabinets, floors, storage shelves and library shelves and we didn't find them, he just went ahead and built them! I couldn't be more satisfied with his work. Many visiting handymen and carpenters have appreciated his skill and attention to detail, as we have.

  • 5/5 stars

    Joe completed a gorgeous custom kitchen for us in March of last year. Our previous kitchen was outdated, cramped and barely functional. A full bath and a peninsula took up most of the floor space in the kitchen, and a "window" overlooking the adjoining family room took up valuable wall space. Joe worked with us to design a functioning kitchen that fit our lifestyle with the limited space we had. After seeing our options on paper, we ended up reducing our bathroom to a half bath, filling in the window, and pushing a wall over a few inches to achieve our dream kitchen - in fact, its the picture for his website.

    I was very impressed with his skill and timeliness. Joe completely reshaped and renovated the bathroom, gutted the kitchen, ran all new electrical, installed new flooring, installed a new ceiling, built us a new wall, installed all the appliances and custom cabinets, installed a beautiful tile back-splash and did all the finishing touches (crown molding, painting, etc.) all within our predefined schedule. This was my first experience with a major renovation project, but I've heard horror stories from others of delays and hiccups along the way - we had none of that with Joe! Everything came together perfectly. He has a natural sense of knowing what will and will not work within a design and seemed to always be thinking one step ahead.

    It is clear that Joe's experience has given him an eye for quality without sacrificing value. Our custom cabinets were incredibly well priced and exquisitely handcrafted to our specifications - something a run-of-the-mill home improvement mega store would never have been able to do for us. He was also able to get us a fantastic price on the perfect piece of soapstone for our counters. He's got a good list of contacts up his sleeve and he knows how to use them!

    It's one year later and there isn't anything that has popped up that I would want to change. I could not be happier with the finished product that Joe provided us. I highly recommend his services.

  • 5/5 stars

    september 13, 2011

    I have used Joseph Yencho on numerous projects in my home.
    He has done my kitchen at a very affordable price, he redid my old sunporch and transformed it into a useable dining area which gave me much more space in my kitchen. He has also installed doors , cabinets, windows and floors for me. He is someone who makes sure that what you want is what IS WHAT YOU GET! He is a perfectionist and his work is impecable. He will listen to what you say and lay out the plan according to your wants. I have seen alot of his work and I recommend him all the time. He is truly a professional. I can also say without a doubt that his prices are affordable. Joe's work will leave you saying "WOW " I got a beautifully redone kitchen, bath or a totally new home at this price"?
    His work outshines the price!
    Joseph Yencho will leave you with a smile on your face.


  • 5/5 stars

    I had a very tricky kitchen design problem, because we needed to work around an existing addition. Joe came up with a galley kitchen design that I absolutely love, with custom cabinets, tile, & all within budget!

  • 5/5 stars

    Joe did a fabulous job finishing over our basement. He is a perfectionist and it shows in his work. We needed ceilings, walls, trim, stair work and he did it all. He went above and beyond in helping us with this project and we will not be looking any further for someone as we continue to work on our home.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Real cooking Kitchens! People are not going out as much, and after a long wait, the housing market is now stabalizing. Functional (and stylish) kitchens are now being recognized as the one investment that really pays off! Also, expanded family rooms (not complete additions) , master bedrooms with full baths and sitting areas (think computer desk and overstuffed reading chair) , first floor guest /in-law bedrooms . Functional is very big right now. A mudroom area off the kitchen with 1/2 bath, laundry room, and walk -in closet with a bench seat completely changes how you "live" in your house.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Having some basic ideas about what your looking to do.Many times people feel they would need"more space" to accomplish thier goals,when renovating and utilizing what currently exists quite often delivers the results they were hoping for. So take some time and see if you can define what you really need and want. Are you looking to "pretty up" that kitchen or bath? Or make serious changes to solve the problems you have accomodated for years?Once you know what this is..it may be time to talk to a professional. Remember..getting exactly what you -want & need- will prove to be the most economical project to do. And the one you will be most happy with!

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. As a Design-Builder with 29 years experience and over 80 major clients, each with their individual tastes and styles, I have had the opportunity to construct a wide range of projects, each different than the last. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the finest Architects in both Fairfield,Conn. and Boston Mass.This is evident in my picture gallery. I have built for young families starting out, middle aged "empty nesters", single moms, business people, retireries.The list is as diverse as the projects. So when I work with a new client, this wealth of knowledge is an invaluable resource. And being a "HANDS-ON" BUILDER, the quality of work is always consistant.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Working with the customers. Whether with young , growing families needing more space,or established professionals looking to take their lifestyle to that next level. Every design is a challenge to utilize every inch of new space the client needs while staying within their given budgets. It's that design goal which keeps each project exciting.And when the project is finally complete, knowing you helped your client in realizing a better living environment while helping them achieve a better economic foundation for their future as well. Over my 30 years, I have seen the financial rewards of many a well thought out, planned, and executed project!

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. "what is your square foot price"

This is answer I recently sent to a new client-----------
Good morning Jane..
Seeing what you have in mind for your project would be the way to get things started. Saturday mornings work for me, ( as early as is convenient for you). Once i have an understanding of your ideas, it is fairly easy to give a "ball park figure" . One nice thing about Design/Build is that once you have that "ball park" , you can set a budget that will be designed into.. . As for square footage costs.. every project is different in some way..and the cost per sq. ft will vary. A good example .. a 12ft by 14 ft simple room with just a doorway from an existing wall might cost less over all than an 8 ft by 10 bathroom bump out. In this case..the "square foot" cost of the two projects may be different by almost double .Price per square foot works best for new house construction where there is more an "apples to apples"situation. When it comes to highly individual and unique addition projects such as yours,it's best to take a look first, then see if a basic budget amount meets your goals.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Real Cooking Kitchens now available throughout New England! Utilizing designs that are as functional as they are elegant. A common sense approach to kitchen renovations that stress actually COOKING in a fun and pleasing enviorment, not just another showroom stage.Being a cook myself, nothing gets the creativity going like an easy-to-work-in kitchen. And being a Builder and General Contractor allows for greater flexability in those designs. No longer is the need for a separate designer, general contractor and builder, each with their associated costs. The farther your budget travels, so does your imagination!

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. Experience, Experience,Experience. Being a Connecticut Yankee with 20 years design-building along the "Gold Coast", and now, 10 years in the greater Boston Area (This Old House's backyard), the wealth of knowledge gained working in the different parts of New England - I believe- far exceeds any I could have gained staying in one location.

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