These Monmouth County, New Jersey homeowners wanted to create a space that would provide a shady retreat in their southern-facing back yard. The end result is a true outdoor living space over 500 square feet in size, including separate eating and entertaining areas, a gas fireplace, a TV, porcelain floor, French door, and custom Board and Batten ceiling.
In almost every kitchen remodel, “more outlets” is a part of a homeowner’s needs list. Going a step further, we look to provide efficient outlets whenever possible. When designing an island, you can have a 2-tier (sometimes referred to as a waterfall) or a 1-tier island design. In a 2 tier design, the main cooking/prep area is 36″, while the seating area is 42″. This island allows the placement of outlets along the small wall between the two counter tops. Continue reading
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
Although there are many people and companies available to help homeowners begin to repair or rebuild their damaged homes, there are unfortunately as many, if not more, out there looking to take advantage of homeowners in need. Before you hire someone to work on your home, be sure to check their credentials first, even though you may be tempted to hire the first person that knocks on your door.
The first thing you should do is document all your damage using still pictures and video. It is best to have the most accurate depiction of the damage, so taking detailed notes will help as well. Next, contact your insurance company or broker. Understand what your policy covers, what your deductible is, and what the next steps towards repair should be.
The planning and budgeting phase of any remodeling project is over loaded with decisions to be made. These decisions are mostly the design elements and product selections. However, remodeling, unlike building a new home, almost always involves patching and renovating to an existing area. Ideally, the remodeled and unaltered areas will meet at the transition from one room to another at a door or doorway.
While the look and style are always a major concern, there is much more that needs to be considered when designing a steam shower. The tile, grout, and adhesive must be able to withstand more moisture and higher temperatures than a typical shower. A bench seat should be positioned for comfort and safety. The steam head should not be directly facing where a person’s legs would be placed. The glass shower door should go to the ceiling to maximize the effects and efficiency of the steam unit, but then must have an easy access vent hatch built in. Continue reading
Outdoor living spaces have become the poster project of staycations. A staycation is a period of time that an individual or family takes time off and relaxes at home.
Outdoor living spaces can be defined by any or all of an outdoor kitchen, patio, deck, portico covered area, screen or sun room, in-ground pool, spa tub, backyard sports or activities, and as much more as you can imagine. Continue reading
If you are new to the world of wine drinking, here are a few guidelines that will help you enjoy your red wine:
Knowing Your Red Wines: Red wines are most simply differentiated by what is known as their ‘body’ type. Light-bodied red wines offer a less intense taste that does not last as long on the pallet and full-bodied red wines supply a much heavier taste that lingers on in the mouth. There are also several versions of medium-bodied red wines that fall somewhere in between. Continue reading
We had the pleasure of sitting down to discuss cabinetry design and trends with Kathleen Abrams, a Kitchen Designer with Direct Cabinet Sales. Direct Cabinet Sales has locations throughout NJ and in Boca Raton, Florida. Direct is one of our Preferred Trade Partners, and Kathleen has helped a number of our clients finalize their cabinet plans with great success.
DBPlanners: What are some items that have recently become popular to include in a kitchen design?
Is a chandelier in the kitchen too much? Is it a bit over the top? As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Typically, a chandelier or mini-chandelier is a consideration of a larger kitchen as far as floor space and/or with ceiling heights over eight feet.
Regardless of your personal taste or preference, lighting is an extremely important aspect of a kitchen for both task and accent. Do not make lighting an after thought and do not skimp on the amount and quality. Continue reading