Kitchen Colors: Top Picks

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Undergoing a NJ kitchen remodeling project is a very exciting process. We love taking customers’ visions and  turning them into realities. While the entire project consists of many many steps, including the gutting, design, and materials acquisition; today we wanted to focus one aspect and one aspect only – color.

When choosing colors for your kitchen, you must take the feel of your home into account. The general theme of the kitchen should match that of the home. Let’s take a look at a few different colors and their properties below. This will help you get a better idea of which colors you may chose when it comes time for a remodeling.

White: White is one of the most prominent and classy selections when it comes to kitchen color. The white kitchen features a pristine and classy feel. Pairing white walls with white appliances maximizes effect.

Gray: Gray can be seen as one of the most neutral colors. In the kitchen, gray is the best choice when you are dealing with many dark colored appliances and perhaps a dark backsplash. A lighter gray is also a good choice when you are dealing with a minuscule amount of natural light.

Red: We have seen an increase in the amount of red used within the kitchen in recent years. Using red along with stainless appliances can really spice up the room.

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Blue: Shades of blue, while not a very common kitchen choice, can be brought to life in the right conditions. For example, if your kitchen features solely northern exposure, it can compliment the cool feel from the indirect light a great deal.

While incorporating exciting colors in the kitchen is a great way to spice things up, keeping the kitchen neutral is more often than not a safe and smart choice, especially when torn between multiple options. Get in touch today to start planning your perfect kitchen! 973-636-0100




Home Trends in 2015: The Kitchen

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Home design is constantly evolving. As new ideas emerge, new trends are born. While classic designs remain prominent throughout, more modern ideas come forward. As a company that specializes in NJ kitchen remodeling projects, we stay up to date with what’s happening in the field. Whether purely cosmetic trends or new functionalities worked into design, the industry is expansive, and the options – endless.

Today we’d like to take a look at a few kitchen design trends which have been prevalent in 2015:

1. High Cabinets: Classically, we tend to see cabinets that end multiple feet below the ceiling. In recent times, we’ve seen an increase in the demand of tall cabinets which in many cases touch the ceiling of the kitchen.


2. Island cooktop / free range hoods: We’ve seen a migration in the setting of the stovetop switch from at the wall to on the island. This allows one to create a beautiful look with a free range hood above the island.


3. Contrasting colors: Another trend many have taken to in recent times is heavily contrasting colors. For example, mahogany cabinetry with a pale to white backsplash in the kitchen.

4. Mixed counters: Whether on your kitchen island or classic counters flush against the wall, mixing materials on countertops has been seen as a recent trend in kitchen design. An island can double as an eatery by splitting between wood and tile. This creates a beautiful aesthetic.

These are just a handful of recent trends. To learn more about kitchen remodeling and different options for your home, get in touch with the professionals at Trade Mark Design & Build today! 973-636-0100

Gutter Cleaning 101: The Basics

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Spring is in full swing and many home owners have been partaking in the normal cleaning routine for the season. One aspect of spring cleaning often overlooked? Gutters. Failing to clean your gutters properly can result in home damage, particularly your roof. Additionally, unattended debris can serve as a structural and fire hazard.


Here are some guidelines to help you get those gutters cleaned and your drainage operating properly this season:

1. Collect your supplies: For the standard job, you should only need a ladder, a bucket, a hose, and any sort of small plastic shovel or scoop to help you along the way. (Optional – a brush and some non-toxic cleaning solution)

2. Set up your ladder in a secure fashion: We recommend always having a spotter at the bottom of the ladder just in case it slips loose. The last thing you want is to get injured while cleaning.

3. Take one initial pass down the side of the home: Move your ladder in the appropriate direction each time you extend to arm’s reach (don’t overextend). Scoop out debris and place it in the bucket.

4. Dispose of debris: When finished removing the initial debris, add it to your compost pile or find a space on your property to dispose of it in a convenient manner. (If you don’t have a compost pile, gutter debris would make a great start to one!)

5. Clean off buildup: Those of you concerned with the appearance of your gutters can make another pass along using the same bucket, but this time filled with cleaning solution. Scrub your gutters to get rid of any buildup.

6. Rinse your gutters: This will ensure they are draining properly as well as wash off any cleaning solution if you decided to move forward with scrubbing.

We hope these instructions were helpful. Though a relatively easy task, it’s one forgotten far too often.

If you are interested in partaking in a bit more than a “sprucing up” this season, contact us for all of your NJ home remodeling and home addition project needs!

3 Reasons To Add A Deck To Your Home

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Ah, the weather as of late has been absolutely beautiful! We have been busy at work helping clients get their homes ready for the warmer months. Between our NJ kitchen remodeling projects and home additions, we have been proudly turning home owners’ visions into realities.

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Today we wanted to take some time to share with you the beauty of adding a deck to your home. Take a look at 3 reasons you should consider a deck addition to your residence:

  1. Extra Space – This is the most prominent of reasons. Having a deck allows you to make the most of unused space. Your home deck can be a mini-getaway of sorts. Having a deck adds extra space to your living quarters – beautiful outdoor space you can use for reading, sunbathing, and recreation.
  2. Family meals outdoors – Make the most of the warmer months by expanding your dining capabilities. Not only would a deck provide a perfect space to have dinner all together as a family, but to also host barbecues with all of your loved ones and friends!
  3. Increased value – While this holds true for most home remodeling projects and additions, a quality deck in most cases will increase the overall value of your home.

Check out this awesome recent deck we worked on in NJ:

If you have any questions at all or would like to set up an appointment to discuss adding a deck to your home, don’t hesitate to reach out! 973-636-0100