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:
Functionally, interior window is the transition and gap covering of the space between a window frame (jamb) and the interior wall covering (typically drywall). Aesthetically it is an outlining adornment like the frame and matting for a picture.
The trim material is available in various wood species, sizes, and profile detail. It can be finished to match the window finish or contrasting. These choices, like any other accessory will greater change the interior look of the window, wall, and entire room. (more…)
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…)
In designing and developing many several home addition projects, requests to the Design Build Pros for a home library to be incorporated has increased. Some designs have been for full rooms, while others just a nook. Others have requested built-in cabinetry for book storage and display in great rooms.
Research has shown that many Americans read less these days. Plus those that read often opt to do so electronically via a computer or a Kindle, Nook, or other reading device. Others turn to audio books as a multi-task time saver. We even have a client, who is an avid runner that has replaced her iPod music with Fifty Shades of Grey. (more…)
No matter what the weather’s like in your part of the country, seasonal rooms and sunrooms can be a welcome and flexible addition to your home’s layout. Whether the sunshine is constant or only an occasional visitor, get inspired by one of these spaces to create your own sensational sunroom, full of natural light.
Sunrooms tend to be a very popular, bonus room in a home. Regardless of the planned use, a sunroom becomes place of relaxation and enjoyment.
We invite you to visit the Design Build Pros Houzz.com profile page which features a fabulous sunroom converted form an out-dated screen room. Just click the Houzz icon:
Here are 10 ideas from Houzz.com for a soothing sunroom in various settings, styles, and with different materials:
There’s just something about a room that has a fireplace and a mantel that changes the entire feeling of a house. Transforming it from a place to hang a hat into a real home, a warm fireplace with a beautiful mantel can be a wonderful sight to behold at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, a lot of fireplace mantels are just plain ugly, unusable or in a state of disrepair – especially in older homes.
Fortunately, there are lots of great fireplace mantels that can be used as replacements and even those that can be handcrafted to add an extra touch to a room. Those looking to replace their fireplace mantels will find there are lots of ideas out there. They include:
* Pre-made wooden mantels. These designs can be found in locations where fireplace equipment is sold. They are typically designed to fit over standard fireplaces and can come in all sorts of colors and designs. They are great choices for those who don’t want to make their own. They can include full frame mantel designs or single shelf creations.
* Custom made fireplace mantels. These creations are generally made by special order to include any level of intricacy and design a buyer might want. This is a great choice for those who want a one-of-a-kind mantel that’s made to fit a particular fireplace to the letter.
* Stone. Stone fireplace mantels can be very beautiful creations. From granite and slate to quartz and beyond, these mantels tend to be a lot heavier than wood and they are by design fire proof, which can be a good thing. The only problem with matching stone mantels will be the design of the fireplace itself. If it happens to be made of brick, a marble design, for example, might not look all that great.
* Brick. Speaking of brick, it’s possible to craft or have crafted a new mantel that works well with the design of the fireplace. When bricks are used the fire prevention of stone is appreciated and the blending is often much easier, unless the fireplace is crafted of stone rather than brick.
* Composite, molded fabrications. These can be good options, too, but a lot will depend on the style of the fireplace and the homeowner’s personal tastes.
If fireplaces are starting to look a little run down, the addition of a new mantel might do the trick. Replacement mantels are fairly easy to find and they can even be custom ordered or handcrafted at home. Changing out a mantel, too, can be a great way to give an older room an entirely different look without having to replace the entire fireplace.
Providing a focal point for above the fireplace, mantels are often seen as one of the keys in making a house feel homey. They are fantastic storage areas for family photos, keepsakes and other treasures. During the holidays, many use them to hang stockings and more. When a beautiful mantel is combined with special decorator touches, a room can be transformed into a showplace.
Here are 10 beautiful, colorful mantel photos from Houzz.com to inspire your own projects:
Basement finishing design calls for a highly specialized set of skills. Because of the qualities unique to a basement, such as the absence of natural ventilation or lighting, a professional specializing in basement remodeling would have to consider a lot more than one who does ordinary rooms.
Training for basement finishing design may be achieved by enrolling in a design school with course specific to basement finishing design principles, or by working with professionally trained individuals who have had years of experience in this field.
Things To Consider:
There are certain considerations a basement design professional must keep in mind when dealing with basement finishing design, as these are situated at the bottom of buildings and houses and are therefore either built underground or just slightly aboveground. (more…)
Many factors come into play in choosing the perfect shower tile, and often the shower’s design will dictate the type of tile that can or should be used.
For example, if you love a curved shower bench, you will need to use a smaller tile. That might seem like an easy task, but remember, you need a tile that is suitable for floor and wall use. This same tile also needs to be approved for a wet location. So when it’s installed, 95 percent of the back side of the tile needs to be in contact with the thinset (tile concrete). Often, thinset is installed with a notched trowel, and not all tiles — such as many mosaic tiles — can reach 95 percent coverage.
Using a large-format tile is great for barrier-free design and aging in place. But is that tile safe? Smaller tiles offer more grout lines and slip resistance, so if you’re searching for a large tile, look for one with a good slip-resistance rating. A tile with an A or B rating is far safer than a tile with a C slip-resistance rating. (more…)
Homeowner requests for game rooms in newly built space and existing room remodeling is on the rise again. Game rooms can be the center of many potential activities: poker, darts, video games…etc. The most desired item is a pool table. An important early consideration should be table size and adequate room size. A “regulation” pool table is 4.5′ wide and 9′ long. Many styles are available, typically in six inch increments, and a smaller, but common size is 3.5′ by 7′.
For calculating a comfortable room size for a particular pool table know that a standard cue is approximately 58″ long. Double that length and add to the width and length of the table to determine an ideal room to table scenario. Therefore, the standard 4.5′ x 9′ pool table should be in a room that is at least 14’1″ x 18’6″. The smaller 3.5′ x 7′ table could be placed in 13’1″ x 16’1″ room. (more…)
One of the most important questions that we all have about trim is, What size should it be? Getting the size and proportions of trim correct can make a huge difference in how a room is used and enjoyed. If the trim is too small or too large, it can be like a clown wearing a minuscule hat or supersize pair of shoes.
While there are some guidelines, they are, in fact, just guidelines. No rule should replace what you like and what you feel is right. Start out selecting your trim by first defining the story you and the room want to tell. From there, purchase some samples and have mock-ups built. This is all a small price to pay for getting your trim right.
Here are some guidelines from Houzz.com and Bud Dietrich, AIA — for sizing the trim in a room.