Remodeling on a Budget

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Regardless of where you go or who you hire, kitchen remodeling is an expensive proposition. When it comes to one of the single most used rooms in your home, you do not want to skimp on quality or craftsmanship. You also cannot afford to break the bank with your New Jersey Kitchen remodeling project. Instead of giving up on the idea entirely, or going for broke, there are a few ways to remodel your kitchen on a budget.

  1. Replace Your Countertops: The simple, and relatively inexpensive (depending on the material you choose), act of replacing your old countertops with new ones will add a drastic change to your kitchen.
  2. Paint Your Cabinets: Most cabinets do not come painted (some dislike the look). Painting them yourself can add a pop of color and an additional interesting element to the overall design.
  3. Add a Tile Backsplash: Tile backsplashes can add a whole new color and depth to your kitchen and give you an entirely different impression as you enter.
  4. Replace Your Cabinet Hardware: The incredibly simple move of replacing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets can revolutionize your kitchen and add a burst of newness to an otherwise old room.
  5. Minor Kitchen Remodel: Although this one is still a size-able investment it comes at a much lower price point than a major kitchen remodel. What’s the big difference? Only remove what is absolutely necessary to make way for the new components, limit the rough mechanical work that needs to be done and decrease the overall time it takes to complete the project.  This all translates to big savings for you without sacrificing the overall integrity of the project.
  6. Semi Custom Cabinets: The single largest line item in a kitchen remodeling proposal belongs to noe other that than the star of the show, you guess it, the kitchen cabinets. No need to break the bank and go all out on full custom cabinets. Semi custom cabinets now offer many features that rival the offerings of their full custom counterparts.

With all of these ideas, and any others you come up with on your own, be sure to hire a Bergen County contractor to oversee it all.

Add Interest with an Island

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Adding an island to your kitchen is certainly not a new idea. Kitchen renovators have been doing it for years. The popularity of the island has increased over the last decade. The reasons behind this are not too hard to imagine. Adding an island to your New Jersey kitchen remodeling plans is an easy way to automatically increase storage and working space, add visual interest and depth to the room and establish a décor and style schematic. Additionally, islands work with almost every kitchen style out there–making them incredibly easy to work into your plans.

Planning Your Dream Island

Before you start planning your dream island, take the time to measure your kitchen carefully. You must allow at least three feet from your cabinets to where you would like your island to begin. This is the absolute minimum, and more space in between is actually preferable, but not too much or you will decrease the effiency due to all the extra steps you will have to take form one side of the kitchen to get to the island. Another consideration is to plan the negative space around the island to be in balance with the remainder of the room so the kitchen island does not feel lost in the room.

Once you know the measurements you are working with, establish the function of the island. Is it purely decorative? If so, you have few considerations to worry about. However, if you plan to use it to house a microwave or something akin to that, you will need to make sure it has the appropriate outlets, etc. careful planning needs to take place to ensure the appliance will fit and operate both safely and correctly in the new kitchen island cabinets.

Finally, leave the kitchen. Go to the adjoining room and imagine how the island will look from that room. Many forget this step and end up with an unappealing visual. Advance consideration eliminates this risk.

Finally, call in the New Jersey home remodeling experts here at Trade Mark Design & Build and let us guide you.

Choosing A Kitchen Designer

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Choosing the design scheme, cabinet décor and overall appearance of your kitchen is a big task. It can seem daunting to even the most decoratively inclined of us. If this is the case for you, you are not alone. New Jersey Kitchen Remodeling is one of the most complicated home renovation tasks around. For this reason, and for your own personal sanity, it is often best to part with a little extra cash and hire a designer. This will cost you a little more, but will save you a real headache!

Hiring the right kitchen designer for your project goes a long way, not only will it make your life easier for the duration of the project, it will also produce a much better kitchen remodeling project that will stand the test of time. A good kitchen design plan coupled with expert care and craftsmanship it a great recipe for a successful project. As a side benefit, and a big one, your project will stay on budget and on schedule with a single source of accountability so you can rest assured knowing your investment is protected.

How To Choose A NJ Kitchen Designer

The question then becomes how to pick a kitchen designer who will help you make your dream kitchen a reality. Here are a few tips.

  1. Do some preliminary research. Explore your tastes and educate yourself on what is out there. This will give you a starting point when you talk to designers.
  2. Learn what actually goes into a NJ kitchen remodeling. Read magazines. Watch youtube videos. Be educated. Do not walk in unaware and ready to be taken advantage of.
  3. Ask for referrals from friends, coworkers and retailers.
  4. Ask to see qualifications and photographs. You can gather more information than you would imagine by looking at photos.
  5. Be prepared to pay for experience. It is worth it!

Beyond what we have discussed here already, there are a myriad of material selections, cabinet options, product offerings, appliance integration and countertop options that will come up along the way to name a few, it’s best to have someone who can help navigate the path to a beautiful new kitchen, someone to bounce ideas off of. It’s not so easy to make decisions for your own home, having an objective opinion is very reassuring when making such large decisions, no need to go at it alone!

Need help planning your NJ Kitchen Remodeling Project?

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Kitchen Cabinet Styles

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Choosing the cabinets to go with your NJ kitchen remodeling is not as simple a matter as it seems. Given that kitchen cabinets can add up to over 50 percent of your kitchen remodeling costs, doing your research and going in a knowledgeable customer is absolutely vital. This post will highlight NJ kitchen cabinet door styles since that is likely the first decision you will have to make. It will also set the tone for the rest of the remodeling.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

  1. Raised Panel: Raised panels are most often made of hardwood, although wood veneer is growing in popularity. Four wood strips form the frame of the cabinet door. A solid wood panel is fit into the door frame. This panel will have a center section that has been cut to appear elevated, and the edges of the center section can be cut in a variety of shapes and designs.
  2. Recessed Panel: These have a similar construction to the raised panel options, but the center panel is flat.
  3. Slab Style: These doors are made from one solid piece of wood. They may have decorative routing around the edges, or the edges might be smooth and plain. These are least expensive options available.
  4. Glass Cabinets: These are constructed like the recessed panel cabinet doors. They have a wood frame made of four joined wood strips, but they have a decorative glass insert making up the center.

Combining Modern and Country in Your Kitchen

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These days the first decision that you will have to make when planning New Jersey kitchen remodeling is whether you want to go for the modern or country home look. These are two of the most popular kitchen designs today and are often described as being polar opposites. While both have their advantages and disadvantages, it really comes down to a matter of personal taste and the general overall décor of your home. Look through our portfolio, design magazines and the Internet and get a feel for each style to see which resonates more with you. If, however, you cannot decide between the two styles, mixing them is significantly less challenging than imagined. And, has gained popularity in recent years. If this sounds like something you want to try, here are a few guidelines.

  1. Contrast appliances and furniture. For example, combining modern, stainless steel appliances with more traditional country kitchen cabinets of New Jersey can be an effective way to bring together the two design styles.
  2. Combine country and modern lighting techniques. Modern track lighting can be wonderfully combined with country-style lamps.
  3. Choose colors wisely. Design your kitchen so that the wall colors are neutral (modern) and are accented with bold reds and golds (country).
  4. Combine modern and country fixtures and sinks. Farmhouse sinks are hallmarks of country style design and can work well with modern countertops and stainless steel appliances.

By following these tips, you can have the best of both worlds.

Planning Your Dream Bathroom

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Before calling in a New Jersey home remodeling company, you will need to take both practical and design considerations into account as you plan your dream bathroom renovation. While, initially, the task might seem overwhelming, it truly does not have to be. By creating a budget, researching the newest trends in bathroom renovations and planning useful added features, you can transform your bathroom in just a couple weeks. To make it even easier, we have highlighted some general guidelines.

First, plan a realistic timeline. You should allow about two days for demolishing the old bathroom and two days eachfor carpentry, plumbing, flooring and drywall. Tiling usually takes the longest: about three days. Elements such as cabinets, fixtures, insulation, drywall and electrical work usually do not take more than a day. You are looking at roughly two weeks, but allowing for extra time is never a bad idea when it comes to NJ home remodeling.

Decide on tiling, wallpaper styles and a color scheme. Whites and grays tend to give bathrooms a sleek, modern appearance that some find appealing. Others, however, want a bathroom full of rich colors like red or lavender.

The last step is to draw a sketch. Consider the placements of lights and mirrors, take accurate measurements of your bathroom space and draw your plan to scale. This will help the professionals carry out your vision.

Take these steps and your bathroom renovations should be a breeze.

Calling In the Professionals

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Picking out cabinets for your newly remodeled home is not as easy a task as it sounds. Not only can cabinets add up to 70% of New Jersey kitchen remodeling cost, but the options are endless. There is also the issue of color and staining. These cabinets need to hold everything you have to store, but also need to fit in the space you have. They need to blend into the existing kitchen décor, yet stand out enough that they are visually appealing. The conundrums can be never ending, and–often–just when you think you have a handle on s situation, something else pops up. Thankfully, there are people who do this every single day and we are ready and willing to help with your decision making process.

Do not be hesitant to employ the help of professionals in this matter. We can help you narrow your style and component choices down to what will actually work. We will guide you through the process of analyzing your daily habits and meeting those needs. We will also be able to save you from buying unnecessary NJ home remodeling accessories. While it might cost a little extra money laid out up front, the professionals here at Trade Mark will save you extra cash in the end. Gather ideas of what you want and then give us a call.

Kitchen Remodeling Prep

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Whether you are considering NJ Kitchen Remodeling for your own personal visual pleasure or because you are thinking about selling your home, kitchen remodeling is a daunting prospect. Between the number of decisions that need to be made and the amount of money that will be spent, it is enough to scare anyone off. To make the process easier for you, we have compiled a list of five things to consider when remodeling.

Kitchen Remodeling Prep Checklist

  1. Wants Versus Needs: Before embarking on what could be an expensive proposition, decide what is necessary and what is cosmetic. What needs to be done is different than what you would ideally like to see happen. Make a list of the needs and then use the leftover funds for those things
  2. Layout Planning: Are you redoing it entirely? Scrapping everything? Or working around the existing? If money is not an issue, than the sky is the limit. If your budget is a concern, you might have to work around existing wiring and plumbing. Be sure to plan accordingly.
  3. Measure and Keep Handy: Measuring your space is a no-brainer. But keeping it with you is not something people think of. This will save you worlds of headaches.
  4. Get Professional Help: For the jobs you cannot do yourself. New Jersey kitchen remodeling is not the time to experiment with DIY’s. Call the experts.
  5. Understand Your Warranty – Save yourself money in the long run by knowing what’s covered.

Follow these tips and you should be well on your way.

Welcome To Our Blog

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Almost no one walks into the house of their dreams right off the bat. We all have ideas about home improvements that would make the place truly “perfect.” Even as we get closer to one version of perfect, our tastes evolve or styles change and we once again consider kitchen remodeling or expanding part of our home.

When you are looking to do some New Jersey home remodeling, you are definitely going to want some expert consultation. You are going to want to talk to the kinds of people that understand what you want but also know how to see things that perhaps you have not. Trade Mark Design & Build have just this kind of service to offer. We are experts on everything from NJ kitchen remodeling to putting in home additions.

Over the coming weeks on this blog we will talk about the projects Trade Mark Design & Build excel at while also offering our thoughts on the latest NJ home remodeling trends and advice for home owners. Hopefully we will entertain and educate. Most importantly, we want to highlight the fact that Trade Mark is here with all of our experts ready to consult and help you make your home all the more perfect every single day.