Before starting their design work for kitchen remodeling projects, the Design Build Planners team has their clients fill out "profile checklists". The lists give the DBP team insight into how a client plans on using the space as a family unit. One thing that has been decreasing in recent years in the desire for a family dining area.
Most families are operating on very different schedules and finding an agreeable time for a sit down meal is often a difficult task. However is it an endeavor that requires more effort?
1. What do find most rewarding about your career as a Realtor?
The most rewarding part of my job as a Realtor is showing my buyers beautiful properties and helping them find their dream home. Being with them thru this exciting but stressful process and being able to hand them the keys to their home, knowing they will be making lifetime memories there. For my sellers, having the privilege to guide them on their path they take in their lifestyle change and help them make their dreams come true!
One thing the Design Build Planners always leave their clients with at the design reveal appointment is an architect’s ruler. Design plans are created to scale and the architect’s ruler allows clients to determine the actual dimensions of the space in the project. Architect’s rulers are most frequently triangular so that you are able to use multiple scale ratios if need be. Read more below on using an architect’s ruler.
Benjamin Moore and other paint brands offer paints that are known as "low or no VOC". VOC refers to "volatile organic compound". VOCs can negatively impact the health of your family. VOCs are carcinogenic and as a result, long-term exposure to VOCs can impact the health of your liver, kidney, and central nervous system.
Hotel bathrooms are often the inspiration for guests planning a renovation in their own home. What are some wish list options that YOU would want in your bathroom?
This bathroom in the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City features the following...
Good Morning DBP. Hope all is well. I was wondering if you can guide me. We are doing our kitchen over and I’m just confused as to where to place the island. Two kitchen people say one way one says the other. If I sent you my floor plan and a picture of the two designs can you give me your honest opinion. I’m so nervous to make the wrong decision as it’s a lot of money.
DBP: Yes, send us floor plan and pix. We will be glad to offer suggestions and advice!
Homeowner: Hi DBP Team, I totally appreciate you taking a quick look for me. Below is my floor plan as well as pictures of my current kitchen. I am confused whether I should go with the Island facing the family room or facing the kitchen table area. It's an odd layout. I really wanted an updated look and most contractors or telling me to go with an rectangular island. I currently have a U-shape very small. So, I have three plans. Island facing living room, island facing kitchen table area or L shape. Can you please give me your honest opinion.
Many are familiar with the popular doorbell system; Ring. These are wireless doorbell systems capable of reaching speakers located within the home. With strategically placed speakers, there is no way to have not have heard the doorbell ring.
Furthermore, many doorbell systems are now coming equipped with cameras. This allows you to see exactly who is at your door. They also store footage so you can be on the look out for any potential theft.
On this post, we discussed how drones photography can be helpful in the roofing industry. But drones are also very helpful with real estate! With drone photography and video, realtors and potential buyers are able to see a panoramic view of the outside of the home.
Regular photos taken from the ground level do not always give the best depiction of the area. DBP owner and Weichert real estate agent Jacki Venezio is a strong proponent of the application of drones in listings. You can find a quote from here below.
The following is a quote from trusted DBP remodeler, John Hogan of Blue Nail Exteriors.
I like drones because they are safe, efficient, and fun to use! Homeowners should not allow anyone on their roof without a contract in place and their certificate of insurance. Without a contract, they are responsible for any injuries that may occur to the estimator while on the roof.
For your next project, consider the use of drones for photography and video for roof inspections.
The following is a quote from the founder of DBP, Neil Parsons:
In the mid 70's as a kid, long before I entered the construction industry, I remember reading about Geodesic Homes. They are considered the "perfect" home design...highly energy efficient, able to better withstand storms and earthquakes, less expensive to build material-wise and allows for an interesting, open floor plan.
Read below to find out more about Geodesic homes and how they may be the right fit for you!