Assessing Bathroom Remodel Needs

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Assessing Bathroom Remodel Needs This is a guest blog done by Kathi Fleck of LoneStar Property Solutions. “The most important aspect for remodeling your home is to have the look and feel that works best for you.” – Kathi Fleck, Renovate, Remodel… Relax! Have you been wanting to transform your bathroom into a space you and your spouse can retreat to? Have you been saving pins, searching the internet for concepts and purchasing small items here and there? Are you ready for a change, but not sure how to start the process? If you answered yes to even one of these, you may be among the large percentage of homeowners who hold off on starting their bathroom remodel. Continue reading

Memories of Mom ~ Rosemary Parsons

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A sad and tragic memory, but a very peaceful one now: On February 10, 1987 we were in the limo going from the funeral home to the church for my paternal grandmother's funeral and my pager beeped. Of course I knew what it was about. We stopped at the first pay phone and I called my maternal grandparents who were back at our house in Clark with my Mom. Her time was up. We immediately left Jersey City to head back home. We never made it to Grandma Parsons’ funeral mass, but I heard that it was quite beautiful, as the priest spoke about both her and my mother together. Continue reading

Neil’s Simple, Lazy, Chicken Soup Recipe

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Chicken soup will never go out of style. Chicken soup serves as an amazing "get well" component when under the weather. However, it can also be a simple and effective meal option. It is a staple of Neil Parsons' weekly food regimen in the Fall and Winter months. Chicken soup is healthy, yet satiating and tasty--perfect for those watching their food choices! Below are the ingredients and recipe directions for Neil's Simple, Lazy, Chicken Soup. Continue reading

Dream Kitchen with GOLD!

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Kitchen Design Trends With Staying Power This is a guest blog done by Kathi Fleck of LoneStar Property Solutions. “The most important aspect for remodeling your home is to have the look and feel that works best for you.” – Kathi Fleck, Renovate, Remodel… Relax! Continue reading

Who Will Build Your Next Remodeling Project?

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Design Build Pros works as project designers taking our clients through the design and development portion of a remodeling project. This includes the conceptual design using dollhouse overviews and CAD, written scope of work with line item pricing, +/- options, design appropriate product selection allowances (along with introductions to Design Build Pros  Showroom Partners), and calendar schedules outlining project timelines. At that point, approximately 70% of our clients elect to use one of our full service, turn key, Network Remodelers. You can read about what separates our remodelers here. How do the other 30% of our clients get their projects completed? There are three options:
  • Build it themselves
  • GC it themselves
  • Use a remodeler outside of our network
Below are two reviews from clients who used DBP's design and development services, but chose a remodeler outside of our network. As you can tell, this option certain adds some variability to the situation. While DBP works for the client and NOT the remodeler, most clients find that our "ground rules" for our network remodelers along with our vetting process goes a long way in terms of getting the project completed in a manner that leaves all parties happy. Continue reading

Upper Cabinets for Your Kitchen Remodel

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Many kitchens don’t have upper cabinets occupying the space reaching the ceiling. They provided multiple purposes such as increased storage space and give the opportunity to display items, all while provided a more finished look to the kitchen.  Upper kitchen cabinets, or stacked cabinets are perfect for seasonal cookware or other appliances that get very little use annually. Also ideal for those of you with a collection of cooking utensils or silverware. How often can one complain about having too much storage space? Continue reading

Induction Cooking in Your Kitchen

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Induction cooking ~ Design Build ProsInduction cooking is a two-part system. The first is a coil of copper wire and when the electric current flows through the coil it creates energy. The second part is the pan itself. Not all pans will work on an induction cooktop. Pans that consist of 100% copper, 100% aluminum, or 100% non-magnetic stainless steel will not work.  The bottom of the pan must have an iron base in order to work, easiest way of checking is to hold a magnet to the bottom of the pan. With a traditional radiant cooktop, the entire element would heat with the surface glowing red. But not with the induction cooktop, all the electromagnetic energy passes through the cooktop and into the pan which causes the iron molecules to vibrate creating the friction that heats the pan. Continue reading

Instant Hot Water Dispensers

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Instant Hot Water Dispenser - instahot Instant Hot Water Dispensers (Instahot) are not complicated by any means and are very useful. They consist of a miniature electric water heater and a storage tank that are both installed under the sink. Many are connected to water filters, and some models even provide cold and hot water from the sink. Water flows up the supply line into the filtration system guaranteeing the freshest water possible, from there it travels up to a 2/3 tank where it is instantly heated to around 200 degrees. While the water is heated it is replaced by fresher water and with the fast recovery system it can deliver up to 60 cups of boiling water per hour. Continue reading

COREtec Flooring for Your Remodeling Project

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Core-tec flooring - Design Build ProsCOREtec is a new innovative luxury vinyl flooring. COREtec combines style, performance, and comfort that is hard to be matched by anything else. COREtec is offered in 50 different colors and styles, imitating both tile and wood floors. Further, COREtec’s unique structure help it stand apart from others in the industry. It is made up of recycled wood, bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC. These materials combine to make the flooring very strong and stable. Continue reading

Midcentury Modern Style for Your Home

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Midcentury Modern Style for Your Home Mid Century Modern House DesignToday’s modern day homeowners are beginning to feel nostalgic for the beautiful architectural designs that the 1950s have to offer. They are now taking modern-day homes and propelling them back in time. Many of the homebuyers in today’s market are looking for beautiful mid century homes and unique, modern gems. Simply put, the average homebuyer today is getting tired of our prefabricated, mass-produced society. They want something unique and original to show the world that they are interested in more than our overly simplified world has to offer. Continue reading