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See It Before you Build It – Middletown NJ Kitchen

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This Monmouth County client wanted to open their kitchen to the dining area and living room. The new layout provides a better dining space, stool seating at the relocated sink, and more counter space and storage. Partially opening the wall provides the access the client wanted while the rooms remain their own individual spaces. The kitchen has become the heart of the home with direct connections to the family room, living room, pool/rear yard, and stairs leading up to the bedrooms.

White cabinets, Light grey walls and a light counter top combined with great lighting make for a bright, inviting space. Natural oak floors and oil rubbed bronze accents add depth and character to the design.

Do you like an open floor plan for your kitchen?

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Homes Across America Have Been Recycling Incorrectly, and Here Are Some Tips

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Believe it or not recycling has been around for almost 1000 years!  In Japan, paper was collected and re-pulped into new paper and resold as early as 1031AD.  However, it took another 600 years for the process to make its way to what would become the United States when a mill in Philadelphia started manufacturing paper from recycled cotton and linen rags. Continue reading

Before You Dig – from Fences to Additions

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We all know that 911 is the number you dial for emergencies, but what about 811?  This is the number that you need to dial if you intend on digging into your property. The size of the project doesn't matter; from fences and mailboxes to family room and master suite additions, you need to give 811 (a federally designed number) a call a few days prior to starting your project. Read below to find out why.   Continue reading

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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