Designing a modern kitchen means more than just incorporating the most contemporary design features of the day, it means having the ability to make decisions based off of your desires for design. Integrating chic features into a modern design, while maintaining efficiency in space, and staying true to your character.
Let’s highlight a kitchen remodeling project done by our team, where we brought chic urban style to the suburbs in Mahwah, NJ.
Minimalism in the Kitchen
A minimalist design approach was used to create a contemporary, industrial look and feel for the space. This kitchen design is great for families who cook several meals a week at home, it takes high-capacity usage as well, and keeps the cleaning process down to a minimum. A few great pieces of art can help integrate your character among a minimalist kitchen.
Stainless Steel Features
In this Mahwah, NJ Kitchen we incorporated stainless steel countertops to complement the semi-custom cabinetry in cherry with a chocolate stain and provide contrast. The custom stainless steel hood offers both utilitarian and aesthetic value, flowing seamlessly into the surrounding Gagganau & Miele appliances and cabinetry and facilitating efficient ventilation while cooking.
Last but certainly not least, the spacious island affords ample space for food preparation and a nexus for socializing with friends and family–because after all, regardless of your intentions, company tends to migrate straight to the kitchen. Large islands allow for your family and friends to gather around in the kitchen without everyone having to stand in one place. You can place bar chairs around the island so your guests have a place to sit while you work in the kitchen, or even have a chance to get them involved in the cooking!
With contemporary, or modern kitchens, you get to keep your personal style, without sacrificing efficiency, design, and function.
Trade Mark Design & Build is a team comprised of NJ Kitchen Remodeling experts. We offer high-quality kitchen remodeling in North Jersey and the surrounding area. A specialized team of designer-builders will assist a project director in the design and construction of anything you can think of.
First of all, welcome to the neighborhood. Congratulations on moving to a part of the country that is renowned for its farms, vineyards, culture, community, and incredible landscapes.
So you moved to New Jersey, you relocated the family, bought a house – but you want to make your new house your home. Where to start? Who to trust? What is my budget? What do I want? What are my options? All valuable questions that we can help you with here at Trade Mark Design & Build.
How can the team at Trade Mark Design & Build help you renovate your home? We offer an array of home renovation services, and carry the state’s most beautiful selection of home renovation materials. We offer:
Custom Kitchen Renovation
Cabinets and Design
Wine Rooms and Cellars
Custom Home Bars
But can I trust the team at Trade Mark Design & Build? Don’t take our word for it. Let our collection of 5 star reviews on Houzz tell you more. We absolutely love sharing what we love to do with our community, and hope you will contact us to begin your next new exciting home project!
As the leading home renovation NJ company, our team at Trade Mark Design & Build can help you create your dream home. Whether you’re adding a second floor to your home, designing a new kitchen, or building the wine room of your dreams, we are your #1 go-to for home renovations in New Jersey.
Step 1: Think About What You Want Out Of The Kitchen Renovation
The first step is all about how you use your kitchen. What do you like to do in there aside from cooking? Does your family use it as a hangout? Find the layout and features that best suit your household’s needs and style. There are tons of resources out there to help you. Think about kitchen additions, like islands, pantry storage solutions and task lighting. What about your kitchen footprint, is it easy to move around in? Look for opportunities to create a more efficient Layout, increasing the functionality and storage at the same time. If you like to do a certain type of cooking, for example, you like canning your own jams, is your kitchen layout set up for it? Start saving photos from magazine clippings and online sources that feature your style. It’s a good idea to keep your ideas organized with notes as to what in the photograph appeals to you. Being able to accurately convey what ideas are most important to you to your kitchen designer will go a long way in the end – producing a much better overall finished kitchen renovation.
Step 2: Research and Planning A Kitchen Renovation
While estimating what renovation costs will be is a profession on it’s own, it’ll be helpful to think about your estimated budget. Perhaps you have been saving for an entire year, what are those savings, and are you willing to pull in funds from other sources, thinking about budgeting before the project will ease your worries. As a homeowner, you’re not expected to know what everything should cost, it’s the job of the renovating professionals to educate you on the process, the material, and plan the entire scope of the project.
Some people begin their research by visiting our showroom, where you can see everything. We are available to help you with every aspect of the project – from space planning, budgets, shopping and ordering products, choosing finishes and textures, even helping you set up a temporary kitchen while the work is being done, having a professional on your side is absolutely key to the success of your renovation. There are also plenty of online resources available for you to research your kitchen renovation in terms of cost and project, although you do have to be careful because these figures are averages of kitchen renovation and do not necessarily translate to your particular kitchen renovation. Nothing will be as accurate as an actual design and for your space.
Step 3: Kitchen Renovation Design and Development
Once you’ve decided on what your dream kitchen looks like, you can proceed to implementing your design choices. Kitchen cabinetry, backsplash tile, kitchen countertops, floor coverings, plumbing and electrical selections are all detailed in sketches along with space planning, floor plans with cabinet sizes, etc – all these technical factors come in once the design aspects are covered. An in-depth review of the material selections takes place and finishes are assigned to specific surfaces, making your kitchen renovation one step closer to being realized.
Once the development phase begins, you have to make sure your family is well prepared for the transition. It will only be a short while before the kitchen renovation begins so it’s perfect timing to start thinking about how your family will call about daily activities while the kitchen renovation takes place. While we focus on efficient projects, meaning getting the job done properly and in good timing, we always want to make sure that enough time is allocated to ensure a job well done. Each projects build time will vary based on specific conditions but in general a kitchen renovation could take anywhere from 4 to 7 weeks to complete. Prepare your household for a temporary shift in it’s natural habitat. Preparing meals in advance of the kitchen renovation will help ease the transition.
Overall, a kitchen renovation is exciting for everyone with proper planning and guidance. With our selection of kitchen cabinets in New Jersey we’re sure you will find something everyone will agree on. And with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your investment in your home is safe.
During the day that is, and at night, close them up. Closing them at night will help to trap heat inside your home. During the day letting the sun in will significantly change the warmer feel in your house. Ensure that any drafts caused by windows are trapped with thick curtains.
Add Rugs to Bare Floors
Adding a rug to the floor not only keeps your house warmer, but it saves a few dollars in your pocket. According to the National Energy Foundation, it can add up to 10% less heat loss than a bare floor. Luckily, with websites featuring overstocked items, getting large area rugs for your home is affordable.
Reverse your Fans
In the winter, your fan blades need to turn in the opposite direction than they do in cooler months. Fan construction is really quite simple, with a simple screwdriver you can remove and turn the blades to tilt in the other direction. If you have a newer fan, fip the reverse switch on in the fan’s housing. In the winter you want your fans to bring the warm air (because heat rises) from the top of the room down.
Unblock the Heat Vents
Sometimes people design the layout of their furniture without considering the heating vents found along the floors and side panels of a room. If your furniture is too close to these vents you are preventing the heat to properly circulate. Check to make sure none of these vents are prevented from doing their job.
Ok, maybe not everything, but we can’t stress enough how important insulation is for a warm home. Even your water heaters could use a bit more insulation than they already have, this will help save on your home energy costs in the long run. Insulate anywhere where drafts, albeit small ones, are entering your home. Those tiny drafts can turn into heat escapes, and with just a bit of insulation you can prevent the heat from seething out of those cracks.
As a New Jersey Home Remodeling company, our team here at Trade Mark Design and Build knows cold weather. Our goal is make your home efficient, without sacrificing style.
Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
Hawthorne, NJ January 28, 2016 – Trade Mark Design & Build of Hawthorne has won “Best Of Customer Service” for the second year in a row on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Thehome remodeling company was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognizeTrade Mark Design & Build, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
Whether you have a vision for the completed project or are just figuring things out, Trade Mark Design & Build of New Jersey will create something you love. Our secret? You. We believe in collaborating closely with our clients on design that’s anything but one-size fits all. Each remodel design is customized, for an end result that’s uniquely crafted for your family’s taste and needs.
Known mostly for our kitchen and bath design, Trade Mark Design & Build offers top-to-bottom remodeling for any room in the home, including home offices, entertainment centers, wine rooms, and home bars. Kitchen and bath renovations feature complete custom kitchen cabinetry in addition to custom counters–allowing for a truly one-of-a-kind space. Turn unused or underutilized space into the kind of great, personalized space that makes a home, well, home!
Revamp your home without the hassle. We’ll work within your budget, and stick to a clear, outlined time frame. So go ahead–get excited about redesign without worrying about the hassle. If you need inspiration, check out our gallery of featured projects.
Trade Mark Design & Build. “Home Remodeling Simplified”
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
Whether you’re looking to freshen up a drab kitchen interior or aiming to sell a home on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right cabinet finish. A cabinet finish that coordinates with the rest of the desired kitchen elements and appliances in a tasteful way will help you see the best return on your investment.
Keep in mind these options below as you plan your remodeling project:
Homeowners may choose manufactured wood doors and drawer fronts that are unfinished. This may first appear to be a less expensive choice, but the costs will accrue when homeowners prep and paint them. Any preliminary savings are lost. Keep in mind that any hand painted kitchen requires a coat of acrylic lacquer for protection.
Wood is a versatile option for homeowners. It has a broad appeal and is a classic option. For those looking to eventually sell a home, wood makes a timeless choice. We craft cabinets from many different types of wood. Take a deeper look here.
Paint is heavily pigmented. The underlying wood will not show through. White, cream and eggshell colors are popular. Eggshell is a warm finish that reflects light well and can be easily cleaned.
Stains come in an array of pigments. The wood grain will show through and stains will appear darker on the wood’s natural knots and whirls. Using stain can help modify the appearance of many different types of wood cabints
A glaze is semi-transparent application available to apply over paints. Glazes help provide depth to the cabinetry. Homeowners benefit from more contrast but less consistency. Any details and crevices will be highlighted with a glaze application.
When homeowners select an antiqued patina, they are looking for cabinetry that exudes the appearance of wear over time. These patinas are hand-rubbed and as such each cabinet door or drawer will be unique. Those looking for a more rustic look may consider this type of cabinet finish.
There are a variety of techniques available for homeowners that choose to distress their cabinetry. The wood’s surface will be scored and give the appearance of age and a more weathered patina.
New Jersey residents look to Trade Mark Design & Build for additional insights into the home remodeling process. When you are ready to begin planning our your home remodeling project give us a call! 973-636-0100
We’re excited to announce two Winter Savings events at Trade Mark Design & Build! See below for some awesome cabinet savings to help jumpstart your kitchen remodeling project today!
Promotion #1: Schrock Cabinetry
Ring in the savings this year by enjoying 10% off select styles, and 5% off all other styles from Schrock Cabinetry.
Schrock’s legacy is built on quality craftsmanship and contemporary design. Founded in 1961, Schrock specializes in handcrafted cabinetry from the heart of Amish country. For a limited time only, we are offering special savings on Schrock products, contact us today to lock in these special rates and to get your project started!
Promotion #2: Decora Cabinetry
Winter is a great time to start your home renovation project, and with our savings it’s now easier than ever! Enjoy 10% off select styles, 5% off all other styles of Decora Cabinetry for a limited time only.
Every Decora Cabinet is sustainably handcrafted in Jasper, Indiana, an American woodworking and furniture-making capital since the 1800s.
Our team is excited to help you bring Decora’s quality cabinetry into your home renovation project, get started today!
Many people look at a new year as an opportunity to make changes in their lives. One improvement that many people will make is to complete projects in the home that they have been putting off. One of the most important improvements homeowners can make is redoing their kitchen. A kitchen remodel adds value to a home, and often adds convenience and improves quality of life for homeowners.
Kitchen trends in 2016
Shaker style kitchens: Shaker kitchens have minimalist look with clean lines and an uncluttered feel. Shaker cabinets tend to be simple without as many elegant looking trims that draw the eye. The natural wood qualities of a cabinet come through, although often these cabinets are painted a simple white. If molding is included in the cabinet design, they are not ornate.
Gourmet kitchens: As long as food television networks are popular, people will be willing to try more complicated food fare. Gourmet kitchens can make that process easier. Kitchens in this style, through ease in the kitchen layout, enhance the process of meal preparation. Often, these kitchens require more space and higher-end appliances, but people who opt for this style love it. Featuring modern elements with natural earth tones, we have seen a rise in this style over the past year.
Transitional style kitchens: The transitional style kitchen is a new(er) fusion that has been growing in popularity. Featuring the warmth and welcoming feelings of a traditional kitchen paired with simple lines and contemporary elements, this style offers the best of both worlds. When blended together, these two styles have created a stylish space. Lazy Susan’s and open shelving are often incorporated into this style of kitchen so that foods and ingredients can easily be found and accessed.
Added work or home office spaces: One of the most common trends in new-built homes from last year was adding a desk or some other home-office space as part of a kitchen’s design. This provides children with a great place to do homework while a parent is preparing a meal, and it provides anyone with work to do a place that is quiet most of the time after meals have been prepared.
If a new kitchen is on the to-do-list for 2016, consider one of these forward looking designs. Even if you don’t fall in love with one particular design concept, we will help incorporate aspects to build the kitchen of your dreams.
Unless this is your first year in New Jersey, you know what’s coming this winter. Once the fun of the holidays pass, the cold, snowy days of winter begin. As a local NJ home remodeling company, we know what you’re facing each year — and have prepared some tips to help you get ready. Prepare now and you’ll be ready for cold winter storms this year:
Clear your Gutters
If you take the time to clear out all of the debris lurking in your gutters now, you’ll avoid trouble later. The leaves that didn’t end up on your lawn could clog the gutter; a single winter storm could cause significant roof damage if ice forms inside the gutters. Allowing water, slush and melting snow to freely flow to the ground ensures that your roof stays intact this winter
Care for Outdoor Plants
Cold weather brings dormancy for your outdoor landscape and garden, so take advantage of this time to prune any shrubs or trees on the property. Clearing away dead limbs and overgrowth can also prevent problems later this winter. A dead branch may be fine in the fall, but the sheer weight of snow and ice could topple any unhealthy trees around your home.
Prepare Pipes and Sprinklers
If you have an irrigation system or a well, preparing your pipes for winter – or turning off the pump entirely can keep your pipes from bursting this winter. Water expands when it freezes, so draining these systems can keep them safe from harm.
Get a Heating Checkup
Have an HVAC pro check out your home heating and furnace and make sure everything is ready to run. This will help you avoid an unexpectedly frosty home when the cold truly arrives and ensure that your system is operating at peak efficiency, too. If you have a fireplace and didn’t do routine maintenance in the fall, have it swept and cleaned by a pro to ensure it will operate safely this winter.
Do a Final Check for Drafts
Since about half of your home energy costs come from heating and cooling your home, checking for drafts before the coldest months arrive can cut your costs. If you can see light under an exterior doorway or feel a breeze around your windows, warm air could escape this winter. Weather-stripping or even caulking can help fill these gaps.
Stock up for Snow
The last two years have been particularly tough for snow, so storing an ice or snow melt product and the tools you need to make your home and driveway safe in bad weather now will save you an emergency trip to the store later. If you have hired a snow removal company or plow in the past, get in touch to make sure they are still in business and cover your area.
Preparing your home now for cold weather can help you enjoy the first (and second, and third) snowfalls this year – without worrying about your roof, pipes or grounds. There is still time to prepare your home for the cold weather months and to make sure you stay warm all season long.