Plan Home Improvement Projects in Small ‘Bites’ to Ease Stress

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As we prepare to enter a new year, it is worth looking at some emerging trends and thinking about what they mean for the future. One of them, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) is the “slimming down”  attitude of American consumers. An analyst from The Futures Co. characterize this philosophy with the slogan, “Live large, carry little.” It’s a mindset that we understand.

The message has to do with a growing desire to “pay one’s way.” Research findings show that consumers, while still wanting nice things, are not willing to be in debt to have them. Economic conditions of the past several years have altered our attitudes. In a way, that’s a good thing. Undertaking the various phases of home improvement in small steps, and paying as you go rather than financing a major project, can be easier on the lifestyle as well as the budget.

If, for instance, you hope to modernize your kitchen, install new eco-friendly windows throughout your home, remodel the master bath and add a screened porch during 2014, you can plan a series of work phases, all conforming to a master plan. Your knowledgeable consultant from Trade Mark Design & Build will be happy to assist you with design sketches, timetables and budget considerations. We will work with you to plan all your projects and take the worry out of the work.

You can plan the improvements in logical phases that will cause as little disruption as possible in your day-to-day life. The kitchen work might be put off until a school vacation, when backyard barbecues, paper plates and informal meals are the norm. Smaller improvements can quickly add up to the home of your dreams without taking a toll on your budget or your sanity.

Trade Mark Design & Build are your go-to experts for home remodeling in New Jersey, with a vast and beautiful portfolio you can view here.

Spend Your Dollars for Function and Enjoyment, But Don’t Overdo It!

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When considering a remodel project, many homeowners ask, “Is it worth it?” The simple answer involves analyzing the benefits for you and your family. While future return on your investment can be a factor in the scope and style of your remodel or addition, it should probably not constitute the primary consideration in making a decision.

There are some basic principles to remember:

  • Design to enhance your lifestyle and meet specific needs
  • Be realistic, and set a realistic budget
  • Consult with a professional

In analyzing your needs, it is wise to consider how long you plan to live in the home. Perhaps a cosmetic update is all that’s required if you plan to move on within a couple of years. Replacing kitchen appliances and bath fixtures and repainting walls are simple tasks compared to adding a room, altering room functions, or finishing out a basement.

Primary reasons for undertaking home improvement projects are to improve function or to gain space. Improving function is generally the easier of the two, and with a qualified designer and a professional builder you can easily achieve realistic goals. Finding additional living space might require an honest appraisal of the relative merits of adding on or moving out. Again, by consulting with a professional and realistically considering your options, you will be able to make choices that are right for your family.

In terms of expected return on investment, Remodeling Magazine has compiled statistics based on averages in different parts of the country. They might help you when you consider a project to enhance your New Jersey residence.

Trade Mark Design & Build are New Jersey experts in home remodeling, renovation, cabinetry and so much more. We offer free consultations to begin the remodeling process. Check out some of our portfolio here.

Kitchen Designs to Look Out for in the New Year

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If a kitchen remodel is on your wish list for the new year, you might be interested in the trending popularity of glamorous materials, jewel tones and lighter cabinet colors. Elle Decor, the harbinger of style and good taste for the home, has just released popular decor choices for 2014, and they include a dose of glamour for the kitchen.

The kitchen is often the heart of the home so it is important  to take time when choosing the decor for it. The style gurus predict more color, more drama, and a dose of polished metal accents and unusual lighting for the well-appointed kitchen in the coming year. Upstaging granite as the countertop material of choice may well be natural-looking manmades such as quartzite and composite materials that simulate malachite or agate. Other designers predict a continuing interest in recycled glass and eco-friendly surfaces for backsplashes.

Metals, including a return to polished brass as well as hammered and antiqued finishes, are expected to adorn backsplashes and utility surfaces and appear prominently in lighting fixtures.

Painted finishes may well be more popular for kitchen cabinets, in a variety of deep-toned jewel colors, but lighter “honey-toned” woods will gain new acceptance, according to style gurus. Natural flooring, including wood, will remain popular, but colors are lighter and more natural.

Function is still vital, however, so if you are considering a remodel for your New Jersey home in the new year, your best resource will be a professional, experienced firm like Trade Mark Design & Build to assist with all phases of the project. Visit our website to view our vast portfolio




Managing Expectations During Renovations

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Renovations are a lot of work and are a financial investment. Much like contractors, homeowners exert considerable attention, energy, and time to the renovation project which often results in stress. There are however a few things homeowners can do to reduce stress during the renovation process.

Be creative but realistic.

Although ambition is typically a good thing, for renovation projects it can sometimes lead to false hopes. This is why you must be cautiously ambitious. Know what is feasible to complete in your home and what isn’t by consulting with a professional designer. A consultation with an expert can let you know if, with the space and resources available to you, you will be able to achieve the specific results you want. With years of experience, they can guide you to the best option for your space. They may open you up to a variety of options you were unaware of, or help you to achieve your desired goals to the T.

Sometimes less is more.

A limited budget or space, when looking at a long list of “do-dos” can be stressful. Oftentimes, the project itself ignites excitement for the finished project which then prompts you to spend more or do more than you actually can. Remember this: Artistry depends on what you make of the items and space you have, and not on how many elements you include. Think minimalism.