This home Morris County New Jersey home, built in 1992, had a kitchen with lacquer cabinets and laminate countertops which was a modern look at the time. Twenty years later, the new owner wanted her own vision and version of a modern kitchen. The project plan also included a makeover for the great room, including a wet bar, and built-in cabinetry for the adjacent family room.
To incorporate the homeowner’s wish list item of a large dine-at island instead of the existing peninsula the plan included removing the rear, structural wall and extending the kitchen two feet into the existing great room. This was not an easy task. Obviously a header beam was required, plus the floor framing needed to be extended, but also reconfiguration of the heat/cooling ducts, electrical, and plumbing was necessary. The change in the ductwork lead to installing an LG separate ductless mini-split heating and air conditioning unit to supply the great room on its own thermostat. Read the rest of this entry »
Countertops are one of the primary components and a major decision for a new kitchen or a kitchen remodeling project. The material choices and price ranges vary greatly. All information, options, questions and answers about kitchen countertops can certainly fill up a book.
Stone countertops have been the mainstay of 21st century kitchens with granite being the most popular selection. Granite is mined from the Earth in large sections, and cut into slabs. Some slabs are honed, a process designed to create a matte finish, while others are polished to a reflective gloss. After this finishing process, the slabs are sent to a selection yard or design center for final selection. It is always recommended that your individual slab(s) be hand selected and not chosen from samples alone Read the rest of this entry »
The existing Colts Neck, NJ home had the benefit of a large kitchen space with 9′ high ceilings, but the homeowners definitely did not have the dream kitchen they wanted. This project included custom designer cabinetry from Royal Cabinets, a 200 square foot elevated sunroom conservatory, and oversized floor tile throughout the kitchen, sunroom, foyer and hall. Read the rest of this entry »
The homeowners of this 1950′s ranch style home in Little Silver, New Jersey wanted and needed a new kitchen. The existing floor plan created a few design challenges. A professional design build remodeling approach uncovered some unique possibilities.
This Monmouth County remodeling project required more kitchen space without the possibility of an addition because of the existing back sunroom. The required room depth for the island was gained by reframing the structural wall and taking two feet from the living room. The wall to the dining room was also removed to create an open floor plan. The kitchen featured cherry cabinets, granite countertop and backsplash, stained glass overlay, and decorative moldings. The existing fireplace was refinished and divided lite doors were installed closing off the kitchen and foyer from the hallway for reduced sound to the children’s bedrooms when entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »
Is your house scary, not just for Halloween, but all year long? The house pictured at the right, not a DBP client, is a famous fun-scary house from television. Can you name the fictional family that lived there and the address?
The Design Build Pros can show you your home’s true potential. If you are happy and comfortable in your neighborhood, the only thing more frightening than a scary house is the thought of moving. “Move or Improve?” is a question that many homeowners face. Not only does moving have many costs and fees, there is the fear of the unknown. What will the neighbors be like? Will the children like the new school? Plus, existing home sales are a remodeler’s best economic indicator. Most people that relocate to an existing home purchase a major home renovation in the first year. Read the rest of this entry »
Sadly, a West Keansburg home was destroyed by fire. Fortunately the family of three, Mother and two grown children, survived. Fire fighters from six towns responded as well as the Hazet First Aid and Rescue Squad and the Hazlet Police. A special “thank you” goes out to all the first responders. The cause of the fire was determined to be a second floor lamp. This family was not new to tragedy having lost their father/husband a little more than a year previous.
New owners of this 45 year old home in Morris County wanted to have some work completed before they moved in. On that list was the original hall bathroom. It was outdated, in disrepair, and there were indications of rotted wood in the outer wall and floor.
The project is a direct replacement, hall bathroom makeover project. The existing bathroom was gutted to the studs. Rotted wood was replaced and the outer wall was insulated. The new fixtures were placed in the same locations as the previous. The product selections were modest, yet stylish. Read the rest of this entry »
This family needed an in-law suite for their colonial style home in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The space over the garage was a perfect location for the bedroom suite. The project included a large bedroom with a sitting area, two closets, and a roomy, three-fixture bathroom. The new space has access from the existing hall and stairwell plus a rear entrance from the first floor deck below.
The access steps leading up to the suite had to come of the existing stairway landing. The placement of the rooms in the space also had to be done with consideration of the rear door and exterior stairs to land properly on the existing first floor deck. Read the rest of this entry »
If you buy a new bicycle you take it for a ride. When you buy a new baseball glove you break it in having a catch. Well, then it makes sense that if you have your kitchen remodeled you christen it with a neighborhood cocktail party! That is exactly what happened at Sue and Scott’s home in North Plainfield, New Jersey. The Design Build Pros designed and developed kitchen and bathroom remodeling plans for their 1960′s ranch style home in Somerset County. ProSkill Construction, a DBP Preferred Remodeler, performed the renovation expertly according to the designs. Read the rest of this entry »
With regard to remodeling and homes, the first impression is usually attributed to the front entry door. As an extension of the door, a lasting impression can also be made by outside are around the door. A common project request homeowner request to the Design Build Pros is a portico overhang. Whether that request is a single remodeling project or a component of a larger design build remodeling project, a front entry portico can dramatically enhance the curb appeal of home. Read the rest of this entry »