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…)
This Monmouth County, New Jersey project started with tearing down the detached garage and then adding approximately 2,400 square feet including a two-car garage with a game room above, a master bedroom suite, powder room, laundry room, and mud room. The existing kitchen was completely remodeled. The exterior received a new dimensional roof. The exterior siding was redone with vinyl and stone. New steps and a portico were added to the front entryway. A second floor terrace was built that overlooks the backyard and connects the entries to the master bedroom and game room. The game room has a spiral staircase down to the mudroom.
The goal was to add additional space and completely update the home. We wanted to create a unique, elegant luxury home both inside and outside.
The challenge was to create a design that didn’t look boxy or cookie-cutter. Also the entire project was to be done while the clients remained living in the home. (more…)
Franca and Jason discuss remodeling in the Design Build Pros booth
Home shows are a fantastic venue for homeowners to see items for their home, get ideas, and meet the people and contractors that provide home improvement products and services. In today’s virtual world many lose sight of the fact that we do business with people and not websites. A personal touch may not be important when purchasing copy paper or an automobile part, but a home renovation or modification affects much more than the sticks and bricks of the structure. Whether the project takes one day or one month or more, the procedure affects the whole family (including pets) and will have a lasting impact. (more…)
Although there are many people and companies available to help homeowners begin to repair or rebuild their damaged homes, there are unfortunately as many, if not more, out there looking to take advantage of homeowners in need. Before you hire someone to work on your home, be sure to check their credentials first, even though you may be tempted to hire the first person that knocks on your door.
The first thing you should do is document all your damage using still pictures and video. It is best to have the most accurate depiction of the damage, so taking detailed notes will help as well. Next, contact your insurance company or broker. Understand what your policy covers, what your deductible is, and what the next steps towards repair should be.
Creating illusions for the eye can do great things for design. In this case, a simple trick can make your bathroom feel larger. Most of us don’t have the grand bathrooms shown to us in magazines or in this ideabook. But that’s the great thing about this trick: It can work in any size of bathroom. Whether large or small, taking your shower tile entirely to the ceiling will lift your space and make it feel larger.
I believe there are no rules in design, so there is no right or wrong way in laying your tile in this matter. It’s a trick I use and have been happy with the outcome. In some instances it works; for others, it may not be the best solution. Each homeowner should discuss preferences with their designers or contractors in order to install a shower that works best visually for them.
The Design Build Pros can design and develop a porch that makes sense for you, your family, and home. Contact us today and take the first step for a professional remodeling experience.
Whether you bring work home from the office or have an office in your home, it’s hard to get motivated when your home office is uninspiring. Learn how to freshen up your workspace with these professional designer tips. Soon you may have an office that’ll actually make you look forward to working.
This beautiful Italian villa is located on the island of Capri, just off the shore from Naples, Italy. An island known for its sapphire blue skies and endless ocean views, it’s hard to think of a more perfect setting for spending a summer.
The Design Build Pros cannot place you and your home on an island, but we can design and develop an outdoor dining space that makes sense for you, your family, and home. Contact us today and take the first step for a professional remodeling experience.
Recently, the Design Build Pros met with Nanci McCarthy to discuss a few projects currently in design and development. We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions. Nanci, one of our favorite Trade Partners, is the Branch Manager for Best Tile. Best Tile has been providing tile material, accessories, and supplies to homeowners and trades people for 50 years. They have showroom locations from Vermont to North Carolina.
DBPros: What is the newest, hottest trend in tile?
Nanci: Gray is coming back! Although most still favor the warm beige tones, we’re finding more and more
people coming around to the “cool” side with the soft gray tones and larger format tiles. Plank tiles (6” x 24”) are also becoming a huge favorite with many for both walls and floors!
DBPros: What are your personal thoughts on different material such as glass, metal, stone?
Nanci: Personally, I love the mix of the elements and the depth that using these products can offer to a tile design.
DBPros: What common mistakes do homeowners and/or remodelers make regarding tile?
Nanci: “This tile is too big for the space” is a very common misconception made by both home owners and remodelers. The fact is “Large and Light” is the objective to make a seemingly small space appear bigger.
DBPros: What should we know or ask about tile decisions that most people don’t know or ask?
Nanci: Stone and grout maintenance seems to be one of the largest concerns and misconceptions people have in regards to tile usage. What is of the utmost importance for everyone is comfort and confidence that their stone and grout products will be relatively low maintenance. QSEAL, a fabulous product that I highly recommend, provides stain and chemical resistance for stone tile. Grout products themselves, such as Tec Power Grout, and additives like VanHearron Grout Once make the grout maintenance free. People should definitely not be afraid to use stone and/or light colored grouts these days!
If you would like a free 15-minute phone consultation regarding your next remodeling project contact the staff at Design Build Pros to schedule.
Nanci McCarthy works from the Keyport, New Jersey Best Tile showroom. If you live locally and tile is required for your next remodeling project, make certain to visit Nanci. Simply tell her that Jason or Neil Parsons referred you and she will apply our professional discount where applicable.
The staff at Design Build Pros will be hosting a free, live webinar on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. From the convenience of your own computer and internet you can view their unique “Remodeling Design and Development Process.” For scheduling convenience, there will be two separate sessions, both covering the same content. The first session will begin at 1:00 PM EDT and the second at 7:00 PM EDT. The webinar will last approximately 90 minutes, including a question and answer session at the end.
This free webinar’s objective is to illustrate the Design Build Pros approach to residential remodeling project design and development. Tips and strategies that pave the way for a pleasant remodeling experience will be offered for both homeowners and remodelers. (more…)
Homeowners personalize their home rather than move; Design Build Pros reveal new trend during National Home Improvement Month.
Toms River, New Jersey, May 1st, 2012—In honor of National Home Improvement Month this May, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) reveals that homeowners are personalizing their space during a remodel as the tough housing market forces more people to stay, rather than move.
According to a poll on NARI.org, 26 percent of respondents are planning to stay an additional 16 to 20 years in their homes because their home values have decreased during the recession. Twenty-three percent reported they are going to stay an additional six to 10 years in their homes.
This in turn, has sparked a new remodeling trend that centers on making homes better reflect individual lifestyles and tastes as people decide to live in them longer. “Homeowners are less concerned today with the impact on re-sale value and more focused on making their home useful, enjoyable, and personalized for the needs and desires of their own family for years to come,” Neil Parsons stated. (more…)