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”!

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.

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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: https://www.trademarkinteriors.com/portfolio/decks

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

Becoming The Host With The Most

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Everyone wants the perfect home with the most amazing layout and the most admirable qualities. Many times, getting there can be a long process. One driving force within the desire to enhance your space is the yearning to have complete hosting abilities.

Especially with the weather beginning to warm up (slowly but surely), many families will begin to host their friends, family, and associates at their residences. A common roadblock many experience when hosting is the lack of room or cluttered layout of the home.

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Today we’d like to provide our readers with some tips on how to enhance their homes as to improve their hosting capabilities:

  1. Play with furniture: The layout of a room such as the living room can make or break the flow of the space. Do some research on different interior design theories and spend a day moving around your furniture. What once may seem like a cluttered room can be transformed into an open space conducive to having company with just a few alterations.
  2. Remodel your kitchen: The kitchen, whether intended or not, is the room in the home most guests will migrate to during a gathering. Ensuring you have ample space to both prepare food and socialize in this room will ensure guests are comfortable. To learn more about our NJ kitchen remodeling capabilities, give us a call.
  3. Make use of the outdoors: Expand your gathering into the yard. Simply purchase some lawn furniture to transform your lawn into an area to comfortably enjoy company and the great outdoors. For those with a budget, consider the addition of a deck to the back of your home!

Enjoy the warm weather! Get in touch for any home remodeling or home addition related inquiries: https://www.trademarkinteriors.com/contact-us/

Treat Your Home To A Holiday Gift

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The holiday season is finally upon us! It’s time to spread love, gather with family, and show your affection for others in the form of gift giving. For some, this time of year is purely joyous and warm. For others, it may become stressful. Ensuring you purchase or create the perfect gift for the special people in your life can become a bit unsettling.

While many people give gifts to individuals, why not give a gift your entire family or household can appreciate?

While more pricey than a trinket or gift card to your favorite coffee shop, a NJ home remodeling job is a gift that will last and will add value to your home. If you’ve been considering a home addition, kitchen remodeling job, or home entertainment room, now’s a great time to act!

Take a look below at some of our favorite services and offerings in New Jersey:

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Your kitchen should be a place you want to be in. A perfect place to work on dinner with your family and converse. If your kitchen is cluttered or has a bad layout, it may be time to make some changes.

Home Theaters

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Everyone has had their dream of a home theatre. It’s more obtainable than you think! Upgrade your living room or transform your basement into the entertainment area you’ve always dreamed of.

Home Additions

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Sometimes no matter how you rearrange your home or re-do your space, you run out of room. Growing families and growing ideas require more space.

Happy holidays to all. Feel free to reach out and set up an appointment whenever you’d like. We can be reached via telephone at 973-636-0100. You may also schedule an appointment via our website at https://www.trademarkinteriors.com.

Back To School: Time for Home Improvement!

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That special time of year has come. The kids are back in school and your home has some room to breathe (until around 3 or 4 anyways). Now, while some may be a bit disappointed that summer is finally over, we must view the positive aspects of this change and take advantage of the conditions which it brings.

Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to get back to improving your home. Not only are your hands less full, but there’s more time and space for a crew to come in and finally get that NJ home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming up started.

Trade Mark Design and Build’s team of professional craftsmen have years of experience turning peoples home visions into realities, and will work with you to create the addition or partake in the remodeling you’re looking for. Regardless of which room you’ve been considering, we have what it takes to get the job done. From wine cellars, to kitchens, to home theaters and complete additions – we got your covered. Take a look at some of our recent work below:

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4 Quick Ways to Upgrade Your Living Room on a Budget

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We all want the home of our dreams, but sometimes it just isn’t in the cards at the current time. Often when one plans to have a gathering in the near future, the thought “oh man, this room looks awful,” can run through the head and cause havoc. Luckily, their are some relatively quick fixes you can make to your room until you are ready for that NJ home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming of.

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1. Rearrange the furniture: Many rooms can become cluttered over the years. People get stuck in their ways and tend to keep the layout of their living room the same for long periods of time. If you have never tried moving things around, you can’t see the full potential of the room. Try shifting the furniture to create a more open feel, you may love what you find.

2. A basic paint job: Your room may have dull old paint, or could use a brighter color to open the space. Take a Saturday or Sunday and give your living room a fresh paint job. It’s amazing what it can do.

3. De-clutter: Go through the room. There may be some items which you don’t need anymore, or would work better in a different space in the home. Take inventory of your items, see what you truly need, and free up some space!

4. Try a new rug: While rugs can run a bit pricey, you can find a basic area rug that won’t break the bank. Purchasing a rug that goes well the the color of the walls as well as the furniture can really pull the room together.

While these quick fixes can serve as a temporary solution for your home needs, when you’re ready for a home renovation, we’re the guys for the job. Visit us online at https://www.trademarkinteriors.com or give us a call today at 973-636-0100

Home Lighting and Your Mood

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Did you realize how big of a difference lighting has on your mood? According to an article by American Family Physician, about 4 to 6 percent of people suffer from winter depression and up to 40 percent may have some changes in mood during the winter months. While this is based on the body’s reaction to sunlight (or lack thereof,) interior lighting can affect your mood as well.

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Different Lighting for Different Rooms

Each room in your home may have a different “mood” associated with it. In your kitchen or an office, you want something bright and inspiring. However, in your dining room you may want something soft and conducive to good conversation. Do not just look at the “big picture,” look at the room’s purpose and decide on the right option based on this.

Lamps

One way to give yourself flexibility in mood is by utilizing lamps. Sometimes you may want a bright overhead lighting to encourage you to get work done while in other cases you may only need soft mood lighting. While you can accomplish this with adjustable overhead lighting, adding a lamp may be easier, and you get the benefit of the decorative aspect too.

Lighting is a very important part of your home’s overall appeal and interior feel, and it can affect your mood. Because of this, it is imperative that you put a lot of thought into your lighting choices, especially during house additions. Starting a new piece of your home with the right mood will benefit your project greatly.

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5 Reasons to Consider Home Automation

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The wave of the future has truly arrived with home automation, and there are at least five firm reasons why you should ride this amazing wave. Home automation lets you control your home’s electronic equipment and systems with the easy push of a button or simple voice command instead of having to physically and manually interact with each piece of equipment or system. Home automation holds many benefits, and can be incorporated into your house addition or next remodeling project.

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Simplification

Home automation systems let you easily keep track of various components in your home through a single and simple user interface. You’ll be able to tell at a glance which lights are being used, the temperatures in specific rooms and which electronics are turned on or off.

Protection

Home automation systems typically include a home security and surveillance system so you’ll always know what’s going on – even if you’re miles away. You can access your system through your mobile device to monitor activity and receive alerts if anything is amiss.

Entertainment

If you love the music you’re listening to in the kitchen, you can program your home automation system to have that same music follow you in the living room, basement or den. You’ll likewise be able to control and integrate your video and home theater options throughout your entire home.

Comfort

Climate control climbs to a whole new level with home automation, letting you program in your ideal temperature settings that can also follow you from room to room.

Savings

Precise control over your home electronics and systems can end up saving you money on your energy bills. Additional energy savings can come from home automation options such as shade control, which adjusts the amount of incoming sunlight.

The total savings can add up, eventually offsetting the initial home automation investment while giving you the simplification, protection, entertainment and comfort every home deserves.

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Three Tips to Protect Yourself During a Home Improvement Project

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Home Remodel Planning Checklist

Maybe you have decided it is time to renovate your outdated home, add some additional space or perhaps you’re looking into New Jersey kitchen remodeling. No matter what project you have in mind, it is important that you take precautions before you begin—so you can avoid hassles later down the road. Before you start any type of home improvement project, keep the following in mind:

  • Research Building Codes – Building codes can vary wildly even from one city to the next. You may be able to find building codes online, but these can be a complex tangle of jargon for those unfamiliar. Consulting an expert who is familiar with your area and has a highly regarded reputation is probably your best bet. Remodeling without the necessary building permits is obviously not recommended and can be very costly at a later stage.
  • Plan for the Future – Before you begin a renovation or remodel project, think about what you may want to do in the future. For instance, it may not make sense to install new cabinetry now if you plan to rewire the kitchen in just a couple of years. Consult with an expert as to what is the best way to go about the home improvements.
  • Don’t Overextend Yourself – Everyone likes to complete a do-it-yourself project. However, some things are simply too much to take on alone. You may find it is actually more affordable to hire a professional than it is to fix all the issues you cause by taking on a project you are not qualified to complete.

It is important that you take proper precautions before you start a project. Research your job ahead of time and make certain you leave no stone unturned. If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Trade Mark Design & Build. Our team of New Jersey home remodeling specialists is always happy to work with you and address any concerns you may have.

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