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Unique and Interesting Entry Doors

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Would YOU consider a truly unique entry door for your home? We all know the importance of making a great first impression. Project designers and realtors talk about curb appeal. It often starts with a wonderful entry door. While there are hundreds of stain or paint finishes available as well as many decorative glass options and hardware selections, most door styles are standard. All manufacturers work with stock "door blanks" then finishes and glass are the options.   Continue reading

Bowling Alley for Your NJ Home

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If you had the space...and money, would your family enjoy a basement bowling alley? A regulation lane with equipment requires approx. 88' in length. A nice seating area will need another 12' or so. The cost will vary depending on whether the equipment is new or used as well as the selections of decorative features and lighting. A per lane cost might be as low as $25K and can exceed $50K. A mini bowling lane can be half the length or less. In 1947 President Truman had the first bowling alley installed in the White House.
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National Red Wine Day

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Apparently October 15th is National Red Wine Day! CHEERS! While people don't usually need an excuse to  drink red wine--today is a day to celebrate it! It has been proven over many studies that a glass of red wine packed with antioxidants may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks Read below to see some great usage of red wine! Continue reading

Media Room Seating Options

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Media Rooms are a popular request by homeowners. Media rooms are more focused on serious TV/movie viewing than a family room, but they are not quite a fully closed theater room. The biggest choice is seating as far as theater seats or couches/sectionals. With either, a rear pub height table is desirable for added seating in a small space. It also offers a place to dine while keeping the new, expensive seats clean. Read about some more seating options below. Continue reading

Choosing a Counter Depth Refrigerator

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How to choose the best counter depth refrigerator? This question was asked to Jason Parsons, DBP's Chief Designer, by an online magazine. Here is his answer: Because of their size and frequency of use, refrigerators are generally a focal point in the kitchen. If you have decided on a counter depth unit, there are several factors to consider when choosing the best model for you. First, most people do not realize that only the body of the refrigerator is counter depth. Doors and handles extend beyond the counter. In addition, the hinges are designed to have the doors open outside of the refrigerator width. You need to ensure that there is enough clearance to open the doors a minimum of 90° from the refrigerator not only to access your food, but to remove all drawers for regular cleaning. This will require anywhere from 3” – 6” on each side of the unit. Be sure to choose one that will work with the space that you have.
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Exposed Beams in Remodeling Projects

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Exposed ceiling beams are sometimes requested in remodeling projects to create an industrial look. It is more common in basements where covering the ceiling evenly can be problematic because of ducts and pipes. However, homeowners are now requesting for the main living space and kitchens as well. It can be done as raw or stained wood, painted white or black.

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Vanity Light Options

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Vanity lighting is an important, but often overlooked component of bathroom remodels. The right lighting can make all the difference! With the bathroom often being a place to unwind or recharge, don't underestimate the importance of the lighting. Below, you will find more information on the technical aspects of bathroom vanity lighting.

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Move or Improve in NJ

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Not sure whether to MOVE or IMPROVE? Our team can provide valuable information that will help you and your family decide which is best.

THE TEAM: Realtors and Project Designers

THE SERVICE INCLUDES:

-MOVE or IMPROVE options detailed in a report illustrating Dollars and "Sense" -Two comprehensive meetings with two team members

THE GUARANTEE:

100% of the fee is credited with the next step services provided

Let professional realtor Jacki Venezio and the DBP team professionally help you and your family decide whether it's best to MOVE or IMPROVE.

THE MOVE OR IMPROVE PROCESS:

First consultation is to discover the family’s desires and considerations. $250 fee   If hired ($1,200 with the initial consultation fee applied), a written report is prepared by the Move or Improve team which includes:

MOVE Analysis:

 
  • Current market value
  • Comparable neighborhood listings and sales
  • List of need to fix and update task items for preparation to show the home
  • Remodeler’s cost estimate
  • Strategy plan for marketing and selling the home
  • List of local (or desired town/area) homes to buy that already have all the desired features and upgrades
  IMPROVE Analysis:
  • Personalized list of desired upgrades
  • Remodeler budget ranges
  • Design and architectural fee estimate
  • Perform a simple feasibility study regarding local zoning codes for exterior and/or addition projects
  • Provide a macro timeline illustration of estimated Design, Pre-production and Production durations
 

Second consultation is to deliver, discuss and review information and options.

100% of the fee is credited toward the next step, MOVE or IMPROVE services provided

MOVE or IMPROVE in NJ is a division of Design Build Planners LLC

Jacqueline Venezio is a NJ licensed real estate agent and the CEO of Design Build Planners LLC

One Floor Living in New Jersey

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While some people dream of large mansions, others prefer single floor living. These are known as ranch-styled homes. Ranch homes are deeply rooted in American history and have appeal to homeowners for many different reasons. Firstly, ranch homes are often less expensive. Further, for families with elderly (or aging) like the ability to have them avoid having to use the stairs. Read below to get the takes from Jacki Venezio and the Design Build Planners team.

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