Mirrored backsplashes were extremely popular in the 1980s. However, as we know, styles run in cycles and this style is making a big comeback! Due to the fact that the mirror treatments have advanced significantly, a mirror backsplash can add a “light and bright” quality to a wet bar area or kitchen.
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?
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not sure whether to MOVE or IMPROVE?
Our team can provide valuable information that will help you and your family decide which is best.
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
100% of the fee is credited with the next step services provided
Let 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:
- 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
- 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
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.