NJ Home Remodeling With Big Style For Small Spaces

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If you are like most people, you don’t think that big style can be accomplished in a small NJ Home Remodeling Project. When one hears someone talk about a stylish kitchen or bathroom, they automatically envision a large, expansive area. In reality, you will have an easier time creating a stylish space in a smaller home.

Small spaces are simply an opportunity to splurge on high-end finishes since the amount of materials needed is much less than with a large room. For example, hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can cost a fortune in a large great room. Use hard wood flooring in a small kitchen, and you have a designer look without the hefty price tag.

 

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A Small Bathroom Remodel

The more floor space you can see, the larger a room will look. To keep your small bathroom from looking cramped and cluttered, open up the floors. Switch your traditional tub out for a vintage style claw foot one instead, and trade your vanity for a pedestal sink. Allowing your bathroom remodeling contractor to make these simple changes will give the illusion of a larger room instantly.

There are other ways to give your small bathroom the appearance of having more space too. Use mirrors as a surround for the tub, and if all you have is a shower, install a clear glass door. Both of these ideas allow the eye to travel further which tricks the mind into thinking the area is bigger than it actually is.

Make the most of your vertical space, especially when looking for additional storage. Open shelving that goes from the floor to the ceiling provides plenty of room to store towels and bath essentials in decorative baskets. Limit the wall decor. Instead of many separate framed prints, cover one entire wall with tiles arranged in a stylish pattern.

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A Tiny Kitchen Renovation

Professional NJ Home Remodeling Experts can recreate your small kitchen in a way that features well thought out design elements that make this space feel much larger. For example, opening up one wall into the adjacent room will give you more work-space while giving the impression of a much larger kitchen. Replace the wall with a counter. Add seating on the opposite side so friends and family can join you without being underfoot.

Allowing as much natural light as possible to enter a tiny kitchen adds an open and airy feeling to the room. Minimize window treatments. Instead, paint the trim in an accent color to frame the glass. A skylight will also bring the sunshine indoors while giving you the illusion of being in a wide open area.

Just like in a small bathroom, decorative pieces will make the space look cluttered. Find ways to add a personal touch without bringing in artwork or tabletop decor. A stylish tile backsplash replaces wall art while being functional. Switch out old drawer pulls and handles for something new and modern.

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A Compact Custom Wine Cellar

Don’t think that the ability to have a special place to store your favorite wines is a luxury reserved for those in large houses. Even the smallest homes have an empty corner that could be utilized for just such a feature. Even an unused portion of the basement will suffice.

Be creative when it comes to wine storage. The simple addition of floor to ceiling shelving on two walls that meet in a corner can become the perfect place to rest bottles. Arrange two chairs in front of the shelving with a small table between them, and you will have a cozy spot to entertain.

Some homeowners are willing to think outside of the box. Adding a small refrigerator, wine racks, and shelves to hold glasses inside of a closet allows you the ideal place to mix drinks. When you are not serving beverages to friends, the entire wine stock is out of sight. The best part is that it doesn’t take up any of your precious space within your small home.

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The Fitted Custom Home Bar

If you are looking for something more casual for your NJ Home Remodeling Project, you can create a custom home bar in your family room, dining room, or rec room. There are many stylish bar designs available that provide a small counter with bar stools that fit underneath. On the back side, you will have a shelf where you can mix drinks along with plenty of drawers and cupboard space for storage.

Homeowners with small children in the house like to make this spot a family friendly area by incorporating wine racks overhead where the kids can’t reach. Small refrigerators can be placed under the back side of the bar for water and sodas that can be used in mixed drinks but are still safe for children.

To best utilize your limited amount of space, turn the bar at an angle across an unused corner. This leaves the illusion of a larger room, and allows the bar to actually become a focal point, much like a fireplace would. Mirrors hung on the wall behind the bar open up the space further.

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Home remodel planning checklist

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When planning a home remodeling project, whether you are remodeling a kitchen, increasing the size of your home with an addition or replacing your kitchen cabinets, it is important to plan ahead. Knowing where to start, how to budget, and who to contract for the work can be overwhelming. This home remodel planning checklist below will help you in your project planning.

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Home Remodel Planning Checklist

  1. Create a scope of work "Wish List"
  2. Have a good idea of what you can invest in the project
  3. Obtain price quotes from qualified professionals
  4. Research and interview potential contractors
  5. Establish a project timeline and a production schedule
  6. Choose a home remodeling contractor to start your project!

Creating a scope of work for your home remodeling project

A scope of work is basically your home remodeling “wish list” with some additional defined criteria that will help you later on when its time to get bids for the work. The natural progression of a scope of work would begin with the demolition, followed by rough framing, rough mechanicals, insulation, sheetrock, Floor coverings, finish carpentry/cabinetry, countertops and end with painting.

How to budget for a home remodeling project

Armed with the scope of work you are now ready to get some pricing for your project. The bidding process will vary depending on what type of home remodeling project you’re looking to have done. Smaller projects like a countertop replacement can be can be quoted by going directly to the countertop supplier of your choosing and supply them with your requirements. Larger home remodeling projects like a Home addition or a kitchen remodel will require multiple sources (appliances, plumbing fixtures, tile, ect.) and you’ll need to hire a home remodeling contractor that is familiar with your type of project.

Finding the right home remodeling contractor

At this point you have a good understanding of what it is you want to remodel and how much you are willing to spend on the project, now it's time to choose a home remodeling contractor to work with on your project. Look for a good online presence, read their reviews of what others have said about them, review their portfolio to see their past work - make sure it meets your expectations and goals. Some places to check for this info are as follows; Google Business listings, Houzz and Yelp Business listings. Houzz is a great place to read reviews and view portfolios. Navigate to the "Find Professionals" at the top of the page, select the type of professional you are looking for, then set the parameters for the geographical search area. This is also a great way to qualify referrals you may have received from family and friends. After you have decided on a few home remodeling contractors to interview, don't forget to ask for some past clients contact info so you can speak to them directly.

Home Remodel project timeline and production scheduling

During your interview with the home remodeling contractor be sure to ask how long the proposed project will take based on similar past projects. There are many factors that contribute to how long a home remodeling project will take - town requirements, custom cabinets, back ordered items, ect. so each project will have its own timeline that will need to be calculated by the contractor before the work begins. Generally speaking a kitchen remodel would be considered very fast with a production schedule at 5 weeks and typically takes about 7 weeks to complete.

Trade Mark Design & Build offers free quotes and kitchen design plans with no obligation, contact us at 973-636-0100 to get started on your kitchen project and learn why we are known for making “Home Remodeling Simplified”!

Artistic Tile: Slab Gallery Opening in Secaucus

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We recently had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of Artistic Tile’s slab showroom in Secaucus, NJ. Artistic Tile is one of the largest wholesale distributors of luxury stone and tile in the United States. And, as one of our trusted suppliers of tiles, we were very excited to attend.
Upon arriving at the event, we couldn’t believe the sheer number of different materials and variations on display. Ranging from glass, to ceramic, to a large assortment of different stone, we had quite the time taking a look at their various offerings.
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Bathroom Remodeling: Tile – Calacatta Gold with Mother of Pearl from Artistic Tile
The new showroom features 25,000 square feet of slabs. As a home remodeling company that works a great deal tiling kitchens and other rooms in the home, it felt like being a kid in a candy store.
Choosing the right supplier for your projects is a very important aspect to any renovation or remodel. They serve as the bridge between the intial vision, the planning, and the production.
Looking to renovate a home in your room? In need of some extra space? Get in touch. We’d be happy to help. 973-636-0100

 

Surviving Your Remodeling

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You bit the bullet and decided to remodel the kitchen. Congratulations! Ideally, you have hired a professional NJ kitchen remodeler to do the job (us of course). Remodeling an entire kitchen is not a DIY job. Hiring respected and competent professionals will ensure that the process goes smoothly from start to finish. Still, home remodeling of any kind is a significant disruption to your daily living. Surviving a kitchen renovation requires preparation. Therefore, here is your cheat sheet for living to tell the tale of your renovation.

Staying Sane Through Kitchen Remodeling:

  1. Accept the fact that it will almost invariably take longer than you planned for. If you know this going into the process, you will suffer less sleepless nights.
  2. Isolate from the dirt and noise. Seal off the doorways and openings. Get a portable toilet for the workers to use. Keep the rest of your life away from the mess and chaos of the New Jersey home remodeling.
  3. For their health and safety, keep children and pets away from the debris.
  4. Set clear start and end times for the workers. Having a set schedule you can work around will go a long way towards helping you stay sane throughout the process.
  5. Set up a room as a temporary kitchen by moving your old appliances to that location.
  6. Finally, be nice and professional with everyone, even the workers. You get what you give in life. The same goes in renovations. The nicer you are to people, the more they want to please you.

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.