Is your house scary, not just for Halloween, but all year long? The house pictured at the right, not a DBP client, is a famous fun-scary house from television. Can you name the fictional family that lived there and the address?
Today’s mud room may have more possible uses than any other room in the home. That is why it should not be overlooked or just casually considered when designing a new home or major first floor remodel. Over the past year, wish list requests from homeowners planning construction projects include mud rooms more than ever before.
The homeowners wanted the kitchen with butler’s pantry remodeled before they moved into their newly purchased home in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. The existing cabinetry and finishes did not suit their styles and taste. The main appliances and same footprint were to remain. The changes included the cabinetry and island, countertops, flooring, and lighting. Of high importance to the client was removing the center soffit, reconfiguring the island and countertop peninsula, plus adding soffit cabinets with glass doors to accentuate the ten foot high ceiling. Continue reading
This Somerset County, New Jersey project request was to remodel the master bathroom that had not been used in years because of the small size and awful condition. The homeowners required a larger shower, grab bars and more overall space. To achieve this, an adjacent closet space was included making the bathroom 32% larger.
The plan was to remodel the existing builder’s grade 15 year old kitchen in Somerset County, New Jersey. The homeowner wanted to make better use of the space, add a dine-at island, and take advantage of the 9’ high ceiling with a more aesthetic design. At the initial meeting, the client had one category already finalized. That was the appliances. The homeowners had seen, and fell in love with, Jenn-Air oil-rubbed bronze appliances. Continue reading
The homeowner wanted her existing, 20-year old master bathroom remodeled and re-configured as a contemporary, spa-like bathroom for a personal retreat. In order to create the bathroom plan that the homeowner desired, the space that was a small hall and two walk-in closets located between the master bedroom and bathroom had to be included. The newly defined space allowed the incorporation of all the features on the homeowner’s wish list. Continue reading
A backyard deck or patio is the foundation of an outdoor living space, family fun, and entertaining friends. When planning the project and space there are some obvious things to consider. How big to build it? What material will we use? How much will it cost? There are a few more things to consider that may be a part of a deck or patio project, but are often overlooked up front. Having options and decision pop up during or after construction causes delays, headaches, and extra cost; all of which neither a remodeler nor homeowner wants. Continue reading
Monday, 4/23/12, at about 5:30 PM Connor, my oldest son, asks me to take him to work with him for “Take Your Child to Work Day”. “Sure”, I tell him, “What day is it?” “Thursday”, is his reply. THURSDAY? How am I going to possibly make Thursday work? “Sure Connor, I’ll take you.” “OK, but are we going to sit in front of you computer all day? That’s kind of boring.” That, coming from the kid who could glue himself to a DS, but the thought of watching me design makes school look like the better option.
When it is time for a new kitchen the requests have a common theme: bigger, open, island, and more everything. The Design Build Planners team meets many homeowners seeking to remodel their kitchen seem to have one, unified voice: “We want a larger kitchen, with an open floor plan, dine-at island, more cabinets, more counter space, more storage…more, more, more.” Design-wise, all can be incorporated, but extra home space is required. No one is surprised to hear that kitchens are the most expensive rooms to remodel. Now more space means new space as in an addition. Doubling the space of a kitchen with an addition undoubtedly doubles the cost of the project. After calculating all the items required to fully complete, the homeowner investment most likely well exceed $100,000 for a 200+ square foot kitchen and addition project. Continue reading
When speaking with homeowners about a kitchen remodel, an island is high on their wish list for their new space. Aside from added storage and counter space, an island can contribute to the function of a kitchen in many other ways. It can be a space to have a quick bite to eat, for a someone to sit while you prepare for a gathering, to direct people to other areas of your home (and away from the cooking area), and to simply stage food for your party. Aesthetically, it can conceal your cooking or prep areas from the dinner table or family room as well as add accent materials and colors for your cabinets and counter top. Continue reading