This Monmouth County, New Jersey home had an existing wood deck with a screen room on a deck. For combined reasons of aesthetics, usability, durability and longevity the client wanted to redo both. The project was to rebuild the screen room with additional framing, insulation, porcelain floor tile from Best Tile in Keyport, detailed trim, plus energy-efficient windows and doors. The deck was to be replaced with bluestone slabs set in concrete, a stone retaining wall capped with bluestone and lighting plus a custom wood-burning stone fireplace.
The goal was to provide a very high quality result befitting of the home and neighborhood. The client wanted a full service contractor that could design and develop the exterior remodel and depict the result with visual aids before the project started. (more…)
These Monmouth County, New Jersey homeowners wanted to create a space that would provide a shady retreat in their southern-facing back yard. The end result is a true outdoor living space over 500 square feet in size, including separate eating and entertaining areas, a gas fireplace, a TV, porcelain floor, French door, and custom Board and Batten ceiling.
Our goal was to design and build a space that would be an extension of the clients’ style and home’s interior design. We wanted to ensure there was enough space to relax after a swim and sit down to eat with sufficient shade. Finally, we included one solid wall to dampen the sounds from a neighbor’s basketball area set off the corner of their home. (more…)
A backyard deck or patio is the foundation of an outdoor living space, family fun, and entertaining friends. When planning the project and space there are some obvious things to consider. How big to build it? What material will we use? How much will it cost? There are a few more things to consider that may be a part of a deck or patio project, but are often overlooked up front. Having options and decision pop up during or after construction causes delays, headaches, and extra cost; all of which neither a remodeler nor homeowner wants.
Here are five things from the Design Build Pros to consider when planning a deck or patio project: (more…)
If you’ve been thinking about how to add more elegance to your terrace, patio or deck, a pergola could be the perfect choice. This beautiful structure is a wonderful way to define your outdoor space without closing it in. Pergolas are classic, architectural features that often covered the walkways in Italian Renaissance gardens. A pergola makes a versatile addition to any outdoor living area because it can be customized to fit the style of your yard, whether it’s formal or casual. Pergolas don’t provide full shelter, but their openness is what provides that look of simple elegance.
Contact the Design Build Pros today and schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss a possible design build remodeling project for your home or outdoor living space anywhere in the United States. Discover how the unique DBPros project design and development process will save you time and money while providing a pleasant remodeling experience for all!
Here are a few photos from Houzz.com of pergolas that enhance the outdoor living space in great settings:
Outdoor living spaces have become the poster project of staycations. A staycation is a period of time that an individual or family takes time off and relaxes at home.
Outdoor living spaces can be defined by any or all of an outdoor kitchen, patio, deck, portico covered area, screen or sun room, in-ground pool, spa tub, backyard sports or activities, and as much more as you can imagine.
This covered patio, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, designed and developed by the Design Build Pros and expertly constructed by Mark of Excellence Design Build Remodel typifies an outdoor living remodeling project. The newer built home had no overhang or tree shading from the direct sun in the due-south facing backyard. This is a plus for the in-ground pool, but made it uncomfortable to sit and lounge on hot summer days. (more…)
There are many choices of material available to build a masonry patio. Slate is a popular flooring material and it can work great for a patio too. Slate patios are made of this fine type of rock which retains its natural appearance and is smooth and flat. You can get slate in a variety of textures and colors and you can get it at most landscaping outlets.
Slate patios are usually used for entertaining and an outside place to congregate. Complimenting the style of slate you choose with the right surrounding features is important to make the patio look it’s best. You don’t want to waste this patio ideas with an area that is not made to look its finest.
Brick can be used to build patios and can be designed in many colors, textures, styles, and patterns. This is one of the advantages of brick and makes it very popular. You can use your imagination with brick to make your patio as creative as you want it to be. If ten different people set out to design and build a brick patio, they would inevitably come back with ten different patio ideas. (more…)
Summer is perfect for BBQ grills, but vinyl siding is not. Vinyl siding is made from organic materials and can melt when exposed to a significant heat source. Therefore, an outdoor BBQ should be placed a minimum of three feet from any vinyl-sided wall.
I recall occasions that a homeowner would phone in about a warranty claim for their siding warping. Upon inspection, noting that the severely warped area was approximately 3′ wide and 2′ high and 4′ above the deck and patio, it is clear that the cause was a hot BBQ placed too close.
Many times homeowners will pull mobile grills away from a wall to cook, but then move back when done, but the unlit, but still very hot grill can cause similar damage quickly.
Replacing the ruined section of siding is possible, but not an overly simple task. A siding removal tool, nick named a “zipper” is required to unhook and the re-hook the new panel interlocks. Also, due to weathering, color lots, and discontinued material, matching and blending in may prove difficult.
Enjoy your outdoor cooking and entertaining, but please be safe and aware while doing so.
Blue painted ceilings can be found on porches across America, often for different reasons. Historians say the blue porch ceiling was born in South Carolina, where a group of African descendants believed that ghosts, or “haints,” couldn’t cross water. In painting their porches blue, they trusted the spirits would be confused by the water-colored hues and tricked into thinking they couldn’t enter their home. The school of thought became so popular in the South, that no matter the color blue, blue exterior home accents were dubbed Haint Blue.
Even as the ghost legend faded, porch ceilings continued to be painted blue in the South and across the United States. Many homeowners paint their porch ceilings blue as a bug repellent. It’s said that insects won’t nest on blue ceilings because they are fooled into thinking that the blue painted surface is actually the sky.
Others simply paint their porch ceilings blue for aesthetic reasons, whether to emulate the sky and extend the feeling of daylight hours or merely because blue is a beautiful color. My choice would purely be for aesthetic reasons, although I’m not against about warding off ghosts and bugs!
This Monmouth County, New Jersey remodeling project involved two porches. This picture is of the blue painted Azek beaded ceiling of the front entry porch. There was also a rear screen porch that was converted to a three-season room with a gas stove and yes, you guessed it, a blue painted ceiling!
The porch projects as well as a gorgeous kitchen, masonry patio with a custom wood-burning fireplace were all built by Mark of Excellence, a DBP Preferred Remodeler. The design and development work was from the Design Build Pros.
Here are some other blue porch ceiling projects from Houzz.com
At face value, The Descendants would not be my top choice for movie viewing.
No offense toward the Oscar-winning film, George Clooney, and cast, it’s just that I’m more of an action-adventure fan. However, having seen photos of the home featured in the movie owned by Clooney’s character’s family, I may just reconsider and move The Descendants higher on the list.
In our line of work, the Design Build Pros get to see many fabulous homes in person, on the internet, in magazines, and design some envy-provoking projects. If I were granted a wish and got to choose, this home would be the one! The stunning backdrop of Hawaii, of course, is the cherry on top.
Here is a photo tour of the plantation style home from the movie. Let us know what you think.
There is something so romantic about watching movies outdoors. The big screen, snuggling up under blankets when it gets chilly and being able to grab whatever you like to eat or drink from the house top my list of reasons to try this at home. Check out these truly magnificent examples of backyard screening areas, then get outfitted with all the tech gear you need to make this dream a reality.