Kitchen Material Trends: Not all materials are created equally

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Not all materials are created equally, and fashions come and go. So what are the latest kitchen material trends when it comes to designing a kitchen or bath? Melania Holiat is director/designer of Trade Mark Design & Build, based in Hawthorne, New Jersey, and is also a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Here she talks about some of the most fashionable materials being offered today.

Kitchen Material Trends

There are many new up-and-coming materials in the building industry, some of which are just starting to have an impact on the design world; others which have been around for a while but are nonetheless still gaining in popularity. It’s all about getting away from ordinary materials and experimenting with different elements.

Countertops

Some of the newest kitchen material trends in making countertops are:

  • Bamboo: Becoming more and more popular as it grows fast, looks nice, is durable and sustainable.
  • Lava: Fairly new in the marketplace, the lava we use is harvested in France from the mountains there, is cut into slabs and then kiln-dried. Depending on the look that is desired, various glazes can be applied, either glossy or grackle glaze. Interestingly, lava countertops wear just as well as granite countertops, as they have the same type of wear rating.
  • Glass: Countertops made from glass are becoming incredibly popular. They are coming out in variety of thicknesses, textures and patterns, and therefore we are not limited to a plain clear generic focal point. We are also able to put things into the glass – air bubbles and shells, for example – to add interest and texture and create a unique piece.
  • Concrete: Also popular material for a countertop as you can put all sorts of things into it, including branches, heirlooms, coins, keys and knickknacks. They are put inside and then sealed with an acrylic coating to maintain their quality. Concrete countertops can either have a matte or a slightly polished finish, and come in a variety of colors. You can go from any color you imagine, and can even do a countertop that integrates into a sink, which means one piece of concrete is molded downwards seamlessly into a sink.

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Cabinetry

When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, then bamboo, stainless steel and glass are all the most popular when it comes to current contemporary trends. High-gloss acrylic is particularly popular, with the trend leaning toward bright, vibrant colors, including crimson, magenta, chartreuse and anything that is nice and bright. These cabinets are often accented with stainless steel panels or sleek black countertops to give a contemporary look and feel to your kitchen.

Flooring

All types of flooring have come back into fashion these days. Recently, many people wanted to a wooden floor in every room of the house, even the kitchen, where it was not always durable. Now we have cork, which is an interesting material, one that is much more versatile than you might think.

Now we are also seeing a lot of tiles that are made to look like wood planks, so you have the durability and maintenance level of a tile, but the look of an actually wood floor. It looks realistic, in part, because it can be bought in the same lengths that wood flooring come in.

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”!

Small Business Saturday | Hawthorne, NJ | Trade Mark Design & Build

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Small Business Saturday | Hawthorne, NJ | Trade Mark Design & Build

Save Big & Shop Small - 20% Off Home Remodeling Projects (Up to $5,000.00) now through 12/31/2017.
Offer Details - Minimum purchase of $25,000.00 required, Contract must be signed no later than 12/31/2017.

  1. Update your Kitchen Cabinets and get organized for the New Year.
  2. Create a personal retreat by Renovating your Bathroom.
  3. Feel at home with a Remodeled Kitchen.
  4. Stretch out in style with a Home Addition.

Contact us today at 973-636-0100 or "CLICK HERE"  to get started!

This Nov 25, we want to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It’s a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates small businesses like ours. And it wouldn’t be a celebration without customers like you joining us. So mark your calendar for Nov 25 — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — and get ready to Shop Small® with TRADE MARK DESIGN & BUILD of Hawthorne, NJ.

You can help get the word out and celebrate Small Business Saturday by using #shopsmall on Facebook and all your social networks.

Thank you for all your support, and see you soon!

Trade Mark Design & Build  1114 Goffle Road  Hawthorne, NJ 07506

The Perfect Palette: New Products from Schrock

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Today’s trends continue to emphasize transitional to modern lines, and this brings a demand for confidence in color not seen in more traditional styles. Schrock delivers in full on these needs with a carefully curated, invigorating palette of new cabinet door styles and complementary finish colors, as well as new cabinetry products and features designed to bring beauty, convenience, and improved functionality into your life.

New to the Neighborhood: NJ Home Renovation Services

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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
  • Home Additions
  • Wine Rooms and Cellars
  • Custom Home Bars
  • Bathroom Remodeling

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!

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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.

5 Tips for Keeping your House Warm in the Winter

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Keep the Curtains Open

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.

Insulate Everything

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.

Trade Mark Design & Build of New Jersey Receives Best Of Houzz 2016 Award

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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. The home 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.

Best-Of-Houzz

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 recognize Trade 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.”

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About Trade Mark Design & Build

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”

About Houzz

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.

Spring Cleaning: 5 Steps To A Better Home

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Whoever said that spring cleaning was about dusting the rooms, shining the banister, and donating old clothes, never thought about the perks of redesigning your kitchen. At Trade Mark Design & Build, we believe that spring cleaning should be about making your current home into something from your dreams through these simple NJ kitchen remodeling tips.

Top 5 Tips to a Better Home

Did you know that the average American will spend 27 minutes each day making meals? That’s 189 minutes a week, 756 minutes a month, and 9072 minutes a year or 151.2 hours per year in the kitchen. With this in mind, we think that a kitchen should be a work of art – a place where you can enjoy your time with family and friends.

As you think about your next home remodeling project in NJ, here are a few tips to guide you towards a beautiful kitchen.

  1. Make room for storage – All too often people complain that they don’t have enough room for kitchen storage. As you begin your NJ kitchen remodeling ventures, be sure to think about what type of cabinets will offer you the most storage space. Do you want to have a built in wine rack or are you thinking of creating wine rooms in your basement? Perhaps you would like to install a hanging pot rack to make your kitchen seem like a professional chef’s cook area? No matter the style, storage space is key!
  2. Add light – If your kitchen doesn’t receive enough natural light, be sure to add in additional light fixtures. No one wants to cook in a dark kitchen. From under-the-cabinet lighting, to hidden light switches and dangling chandeliers the lighting options are practically endless.
  3. Up the ante with counter space. – In our NJ kitchen remodeling experience, the words “too much counter space” have never been uttered. With this in mind, we recommend increasing counter space and choosing a surface that is easy to work with and maintain.
  4. Save room for trash and recycling bins – Have you ever stepped into a beautiful kitchen and wondered why there was a giant trash can huddled in the corner? Chances are, the owners forgot to leave trash and recycling bin storage space.
  5. Think about the small details – When it comes to home remodeling in NJ, we believe that even the smallest of details matter. From hand-painted backsplash tiles, to the quality of cabinet wood, to updating a kitchen’s flooring, no detail is too small.

Well there you have it, five easy tips to help you make your home into a better living space. Stay tuned to our blog as we continue to discuss our future home remodeling in NJ projects and other helpful home advice!

Open Floor Layouts Prove Popular for New Jersey Homeowners

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One thing we have noticed over the years working on NJ home remodeling is the move away from closed layouts to more open floor plans. These have become one of the most popular and sought-after design options available today, and it’s no wonder: these plans are designed to help families stay in touch. Open plans typically limit the number of interior walls to create a cozy nest-like interior that’s ideal for promoting family togetherness – often a rare commodity in today’s “plugged in” society where digital devices can limit a family’s social interaction.

But creating a sharing, nurturing environment isn’t all an open floor plan can do. They also create better flow – both for foot traffic and for conversation – avoiding the feeling of isolation that comes when each room is like its own desert island.

Most open plans involve the kitchen, and the reason for that is simple: As the heart of any home, the kitchen tends to attract the most activity. Plans that join a kitchen space with a dining and family room area keep the cook from feeling they’ve been banished to a land of pots and pans by letting them join in the family fun, whether that means talking or watching a movie together. Combine that open kitchen design with an island or breakfast bar and you offer a convenient – and visible – place for kids to do homework and work on school projects.

Open-plan layouts can also work to open up a space and create a feeling of a larger, more spacious room. This is great for homeowners working with limited space as well. Because open-floor plans limit interior obstructions, they’re also a popular choice for empty-nesters and elderley people as it makes moving around and getting from one area of the house with walkers and wheelchairs if need be a lot easier.

With today’s modern materials, open floor plans are easy to create, even in existing homes. All it takes is careful planning and a skilled and experienced NJ kitchen remodeling contractor to make your home dreams a reality.

At Trade Mark Design & Build, we work with our clients to ensure every New Jersey home remodeling project we complete is tailored to the homeowner’s unique needs. Interested in learning how we can help your home look and feel more spacious and open? Contact us today at 973-636-0100 or fill out our online form and request your free estimate.

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3 Iconic Women Architects

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In the arena of building, architecture and design, female contributors often get lost in the shuffle of a heavily male-dominated industry.  Over the years doing New Jersey home remodeling, we always look to our role models in design for inspiration and ideas. There are many female architects and designers that have contributed so much to the field and created iconic design masterpieces that inspire us today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are a few of architecture’s leading female icons.

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Downtown Buffalo’s historic Hotel Lafayette designed by Louise Blanchard Bethune

Louise Blanchard Bethune – The first recognized woman to work as a professional architect in the United States, Bethune started her own architecture firm in 1881. She was responsible for buildings ranging from stately hotels to school buildings, and pioneered one of the first US projects to use steel framing and slabs of poured concrete in construction.

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Norma Merrick Sklarek’s Pacific Design Center

Norma Merrick Sklarek – One of the first African-American female architects to obtain an architect’s license in the United States, Sklarek operated primarily in New York, though her nation-spanning career would later take her to California. In the 1980’s, she kept her record-breaking momentum going by forming the first architectural firm to be created and run by an African-American woman.

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The interior of the Hearst Castle library

Julia Morgan – Aside from her extremely memorable work on California’s Hearst Castle, Morgan also holds the distinction of being the first female to be granted an architectural degree from the l’Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in 1902. She was also responsible for the majestic Los Angeles Examiner building, as well as a variety of other projects for the Hearst publishing empire.

Has the thought of these trailblazing architectural feats inspired your own ideas at home? Call Trade Mark Design & Build today and let us help you build your own visually stunning legacy at home. This of course is by no means an exhaustive list. Tell us in the comments, who is your design inspiration?

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