Category Archives: Remodeling Industry Information

Are Remodelers Taking a Fresh Look at Siding Options?

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Are Remodelers Taking a Fresh Look at Vinyl Siding?

Hardi Plank - Design Build Pros Remodeler Network (2)Recently, Tess Wittler wrote an article for Professional Remodeler Magazine examining the decline of vinyl siding. According to the article, “Vinyl siding has lost traction in the exterior cladding market every year since 2007. While vinyl siding is still the top choice across the U.S. and Canada, its market share fell from 39 percent in 2003 to 27 percent by 2013.

While vinyl siding is the first thing to pops into your head when considering an exterior remodel, the fast emerging option is Hardi-Plank cement fiber. Including installation, vinyl siding is approximately $100 less per square foot.

So how do Neil Parsons and the Design Build Pros accommodate the desire to move away from vinyl, but still be cognizant of the budget?

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The Case of Formaldehyde and Lumber Liquidators

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wood flooring - Design Build ProsRecently, formaldehyde and Lumber Liquidators have made headlines, after an airing of CBS’ 60 Minutes. This post will look at both sides of the case. If you are interested in reading more about formaldehyde, a post can be found here.

The claim from the 60 Minutes investigations was damning. Lumber Liquidators, a major flooring retailer, was using products that contained an unsafe level of formaldehyde; which is a carcinogen. Unsurprisingly, Lumber Liquidator’s stock went into a free fall. If the testing wasn’t enough, 60 Minutes pushed the envelope even further. On the 60 Minutes special, they aired hidden camera footage from Chinese flooring factories in which workers admitted to falsifying formaldehyde levels in Lumber Liquidators’ products.

As one would expect, Lumber Liquidators came firing back. Their CEO, Rob Lynch insists that the whole thing is being overblown by short sellers on Wall Street. Lynch also took issues with the testing done to the products; stating that what is done in testing does not at all simulate the day to day exposure a person would get to the formaldehyde.

To demonstrate their confidence, and hopefully repair their image, Lumber Liquidators is willing to pay for their own safety testing for those who want it.

There are two more things to consider. First, Lumber Liquidators has been involved in an ongoing class action lawsuit for this issue prior to the 60 Minutes investigator. Secondly, California safety officials have stated that proper ventilation is probably enough

What do you think about this issue?

What is a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner?

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What is a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner?

Ductless mini split heat and AC - Design Build ProsWhen you own a home, you may find that in the summer, it can be pretty difficult to keep things cool. Many people depend on using an air conditioning unit to keep things comfortable but air conditioners can be big and bulky and can look rather unsightly in your home. They also require ducts placed in your window or through a wall and that can be even worse, but fortunately there is a better way to cool your home with an air conditioner and it won’t look ugly. There are ductless mini-split air conditioners available, and while they are a bit pricey, they are worth every penny.

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Strengthening Home Renovation Market Fuels Design Build Pros Continued Growth

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Outdoor Living Project Design from Design Build ProsOver the past six months, Design Build Pros has seen first hand a very strong home renovation market throughout New Jersey and the United States. Even more exciting than that, every indication points to our industry continuing to grow throughout 2015 and beyond.

In New Jersey and through our national remodeling network, we are seeing that homeowners are committing to projects that are both larger in scope and discretionary in nature.

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Design Build Pros of Red Bank, NJ Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

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Design Build Pros of Red Bank, NJ Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Red Bank, NJ, January 19, 2015Design Build Pros of Red Bank has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The project design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Continue reading

How Does a Garbage Disposal Work?

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Garbage Disposal (1)-Design Build ProsHow Does a Garbage Disposal Work?

Many people cannot live without their garbage disposal machine, since it helps keep their kitchen sink smelling fresh, and helps reduce the chances of harmful bacteria that can cause diseases from entering the kitchen. However, what many people do not know is how a garbage disposal works.

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Design Build Pros’ 5 Takeaways from the 2014 Remodeling Show

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On October 22, the Design Build Pros traveled to Baltimore to attend the Remodeling Show, the nation’s largest residential construction trade show.

Whether it’s in Baltimore, Chicago, or elsewhere, we always make the pilgrimage to the show to spend a few days meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.  The show is also a fantastic opportunity to learn about new developments in the remodeling industry and pick up some tips to help us improve our business.

Plus, a few days away from the office and the day-to-day is always reflective and energizing.

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DBP Announces New Location and National Expansion

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Design Build Pros GREEN DBP copyDesign Build Pros is excited to announce our new office location in Red Bank, New Jersey.  After several years operating from our Toms River office, we want to be in a location more central to our core client base.  In addition to being an upgraded office space, the new location will allow us to serve our clients in a more timely and efficient manner, which is one of our core values.

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Interior Wall Removal in Remodeling

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Open floor plan - NJ design build remodeling (1)A popular design request of the Design Build Pros for a remodeling project is to remove an interior wall to create an open floor plan. Most typically it is around the kitchen area, but can be for any combination of rooms. The actual space gained is minimal, generally representing less than six inches by the length of the wall to be removed. However, the newly defined space often looks and feels much larger. Additionally, furniture can be spread out more, even encroaching on the adjacent room once the wall barrier has been removed. Continue reading

Design Build Pros Receives 2014 Best Businesses of Red Bank Award

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Red Bank Award Program Honors the Achievement

Design Build Pros ~ best architect 2014 Red Bank NJRed Bank, October 26, 2014 — Design Build Pros has been selected for the 2014 Best Businesses of Red Bank Award in the Architects and Designers category by the Best Businesses of Red Bank Award Program.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Red Bank 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 Red Bank area a great place to live, work and play. Continue reading