New Jersey Realtors, many of the Design Build Planners project inquires are now from families looking to purchase a home and immediately remodel some or all of it. The earlier that we are involved with them, the better we can professionally advise and guide them as far as budgets and time lines. With that, we are planning to put together a team of realtors to network with throughout NJ in conjunction with DBP, our remodeler network and mortgage brokers. Continue reading
Last week a Clark, New Jersey homeowner called a remodeler about getting some work done. The woman asked, “Do you know Neil Parsons?” The 25 year old remodeler answered, “Yes, I do!” She explained that Parsons Construction did work on her home almost 30 years ago.
The moral of the story: In business it is important to build a brand. Be memorable, leave an impression, and hopefully, most often, it’s a good impression. Continue reading
A popular design request of the Design Build Planners for a remodeling project is to remove an interior wall to create an open floor plan. Most typically it is around the kitchen area, but can be for any combination of rooms. The actual space gained is minimal, generally representing less than six inches by the length of the wall to be removed. However, the newly defined space often looks and feels much larger. Additionally, furniture can be spread out more, even encroaching on the adjacent room once the wall barrier has been removed. Continue reading
Each year, the Toms River Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Toms River area a great place to live, work and play. Continue reading
With regard to remodeling and homes, the first impression is usually attributed to the front entry door. As an extension of the door, a lasting impression can also be made by outside are around the door. A common project request homeowner request to the Design Build Planners is a portico overhang. Whether that request is a single remodeling project or a component of a larger design build remodeling project, a front entry portico can dramatically enhance the curb appeal of home. Continue reading
Saturday, February 23rd, 6:00 AM. I was thinking back to the day I registered for the plunge. Over a month has passed. I met my goal for donations, posted about it on Facebook, and spoke to family and friends about it. I cleared my schedule for the day. I had done everything to prepare, except for actual preparation. Later that day, I was going to willingly walk into the Atlantic Ocean as a participant in NJ’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge to support NJ Special Olympics, and I had no idea what to expect, what to wear before, what to wear after, or what to bring.
In the 80’s and 90’s the term “master bathroom” had a standard of expectation that included five fixtures: two sinks, a toilet, a shower, and a jetted tub built into a tiled deck. During that period almost every upscale new single home, townhome, and condo were designed with this master bathroom. The minimum area required to reasonably fit all five fixtures is 80 square feet. Roomier ones exceed 100 square feet. At the same time, a master bathroom upgrade was a popular request for many in homes built earlier. Often the remodeling work would include stealing some space from a bedroom or a closet to achieve the room required.