Ashton Kutcher was born in a small town in Iowa. When Kutcher was in High School, he and his stepfather, Mark, built the home. Mark and his wife (Ashton’s mother) still live in the home today. When Ashton comes back to visit, he stays in the basement. The basement area is very dark and it includes a bedroom with no windows, a storage area that is unfinished, a main living area with exercise equipment, and old memorabilia and recliners. Ashton and Mark wanted to renovate the space as a surprise for Ashton’s mom, Diane. Kutcher is a Houzz user and investor, and this was his main way to go about the project while living in Los Angeles. Continue reading →
If you have a vast collection of books, love to read, and enjoy displaying your books well, you need to create a home library with a reading corner. This special place in your home must create the right frame of mind so that you want to curl up with a book here on a lazy day.
How do you create such a warm and inviting place? Well, there are innumerable design ideas Continue reading →
An outdoor kitchen is a great idea to use the space for get-togethers and parties, family dinners, lunches or just a relaxing afternoon. Your patio can be adorned with appliances like grills and steak-makers, as well as beach chairs and sofas in order to make it more comfortable and welcoming.
The patio can also be covered, and have an inside-fire for rainy days and nights- which can be made more enjoyable with roasting marshmallows inside, while family and friends hunch together for story-telling and tale recounting. Continue reading →
Design Build Pros has been named a winner in the 2014 Contractor of the Year Award (CotY) contest, presented by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Design Build Pros won the award in the Best Bathroom category.
The project, in Rockaway, NJ, was designed, developed, and sold by Design Build Pros. The craftsmanship was from ProSkill Construction ProSkill is a DBP Preferred Remodeler Network.
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →