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Maybe you have decided it is time to renovate your outdated home, add some additional space or perhaps you’re looking into New Jersey kitchen remodeling.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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Managing Expectations During Renovations

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Renovations are a lot of work and are a financial investment. Much like contractors, homeowners exert considerable attention, energy, and time to the renovation project which often results in stress. There are however a few things homeowners can do to reduce stress during the renovation process.

Be creative but realistic.

Although ambition is typically a good thing, for renovation projects it can sometimes lead to false hopes. This is why you must be cautiously ambitious. Know what is feasible to complete in your home and what isn’t by consulting with a professional designer. A consultation with an expert can let you know if, with the space and resources available to you, you will be able to achieve the specific results you want. With years of experience, they can guide you to the best option for your space. They may open you up to a variety of options you were unaware of, or help you to achieve your desired goals to the T.

Sometimes less is more.

A limited budget or space, when looking at a long list of “do-dos” can be stressful. Oftentimes, the project itself ignites excitement for the finished project which then prompts you to spend more or do more than you actually can. Remember this: Artistry depends on what you make of the items and space you have, and not on how many elements you include. Think minimalism.

 

 

Home Automation: The Future Is Here

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home renovation njWe all remember the days when the talk of the town was Bill Gates’ amazingly technical home automation system. Rumors about the different characteristics were everywhere, from changing the temperature upon entry to having personalized lighting options for each member of the household. Well, we can’t promise you a recreation of the billionaire tech-giant’s home, but your NJ home remodeling experts can, and proudly do, offer you home-based technologies to help simplify your lives!

Our go-to interface is made by Crestron, and it makes home automation much more practical than the past, integrating your whole house to one major hub. Naturally, the best time to integrate your home with this automatic software is during a house addition or general remodel; we can, however, install this at any time! Take advantage of technology and check out some of the things you can do with home automation:

  • Lighting Control: Automated lights by time of day? We’ll take it!
  • Climate Control: Advanced climate control systems allow for personalized settings for time of day and outside temperature readings.
  • Security and Surveillance: Nothing is more important than keeping your family safe. With this monitoring system, it has become easier than ever!
  • Digital Media: Want your music to follow you room to room? No problem!

These characteristics are only a small portion of the possibilities that come with home automation. Contact us today to learn more about home personalization!

Increase Your Living Space, Love Your Home

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NJ home remodeling Our overall goal as your design build company is to, quite simply, make you love your home. We’ve previously discussed how a kitchen renovation or kitchen cabinet redesign can improve your home, but you have plenty of other options for home improvement everywhere around your home.

  • Add-A-Level: One of our larger-scale projects, adding a level is a great way to increase the value of your home and create a massive amount of extra space! Whether you want to add one room or go all out with a three-room addition, you’ll immediately love your loads of extra room.
  • Basement Renovations: You may not realize it, but your unfinished basement is a diamond in the rough! Clear out the clutter of your basement and finally turn it into a home office or entertainment area (you can even toss a bar down there!).
  • Master Bedroom: So, the kids are finally out of the house and you have an extra room or two? Perfect. Knock down a couple walls and create the master bedroom of your dreams (you deserve it).
  • Wine Rooms: We previously wrote about custom wine rooms for your home—in essence, they give your wine collection a safe place of its own and keep your bottles out of the kitchen.

Deck Material Options

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home renovation njHouse additions can be a bit daunting when looking at the big picture, from planning to finding a proper home additional remodeling team and picking out the materials; it’s most definitely stressful. Decks are no different. There are a multitude of options for materials that vary from metal and wood to composites. How can you wade through all this? Well, do some research on your own and work with your design-build team to figure out the best deck for your needs. In the meantime, here are some popular deck materials.

  • Pressure-Treated Lumber: Generally seen as the most economic option, pressure-treated lumber is used on over half of new decks made and continues to be popular. Routine maintenance is required to avoid swelling and cracking.
  • Hardwoods: Hardwoods are much more expensive than pressure-treated lumber but are seen as a much more visually appealing material. Generally darker and richer, hardwoods are also naturally resistant to moisture, making maintenance less of an issue.
  • Aluminum: The advantages of metal over wood are pretty clear: no rotting, warping, splinters, or cracks. However, making a metal deck look good attached to your home comes with its own set of difficulties.
  • Composites: Composed of fiber and recycled plastics, composites are a fast growing sector of the deck industry. Namely on account of its diversity and cheaper cost than regular wood.

House Additions the Right Way: Design and Build

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Getting into a home renovation or home addition project can be a stressful experience, from finding a design company, locating a team to successfully implement that design to cutting through all the red tape. Thankfully, the design & build process eliminates many of these common issues. Stemming from the idea that everyone is on the same team and working towards the same goal, team members handle different tasks simultaneously and with open communication, eventually finishing any job more efficiently and with up-most quality.

When you work with Trade Mark Design and Build, we do just that: design and build. We work vigorously with homeowners to see their vision become a reality.

Remodeling To Make Room for Ailing Parents

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home addition for ailing parentsOne of the hardest decisions that adult children face is whether or not to put their parents in a nursing home. And, if so, at what point? How do you break the news to them? Is it really necessary? Will they be devastated? Can you trust the facility? These questions, and more, can keep us awake at night for weeks on end. We want to do right by mom and dad, but their health needs are more than they can manage on their own and our homes are not big enough for them to move in with all the needed medical supplies.

The care of your parents is an intensely personal decision. But, before you decide where to have mom or dad housed, consider a Bergen County home remodeling. If you would love to move your ailing parents into your home and care for them the way they did for you all these years but do not have enough space, a home addition might be a viable solution. This gives you more space and lets mom or dad have a little privacy. Additionally, it costs significantly less than moving to a bigger home. And over the long run, a home addition ends up being less expensive than paying a monthly fee for a nursing home and all the services it provides.

Think it over and talk to your family. This might just be the solution you have been searching for.

Spring Into a Home Remodel

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kitchen long shotTraditionally, spring is the time of renewal. All around us nature is renewing itself. Thousands of folks are embarking on epic spring cleanings. Something about the season sparks a desire within us to make the changes we have been thinking about all winter.

The same goes for our homes. After being trapped indoors while it snows and sleets all winter, many of us have taken a good look around our homes and have realized we are in desperate need of a Bergen County home remodeling.

Perhaps the weather has gotten the best of your home’s insulation? Or you have realized the kitchen cabinets that worked so well last year are looking a little ragged now? Either way, you have come to the distinct conclusion that your home needs remodeling. Thankfully for you, spring is the best time to embark on such an endeavor! Do your online research. Browse through the different styles of kitchen cabinets, take a peek at home design magazines to see what others are doing and then give a Bergen County contractor a call to discuss the details.

If you act now, you will have a fully remodeled home to show off during summer barbeques and Fourth of July gatherings.

Visit our site and then call for a consultation today.

Adding a Bedroom

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bed room additionWhether you are about to have a baby or want a place for guests to comfortably call their own, sometimes the reality simply is that our homes are not as big as we need them to be. One solution is to up and move. Find a bigger house and relocate. Anyone who has owned a home even once knows that this is not the easier, softer way. Selling and buying homes is expensive, emotionally and physically exhausting and downright hard to do in today’s housing market. And that does not even begin to take into account the emotional attachment you have to your home.

By far, the easier solution is to do some research into home addition remodeling. A reputable remodeling contractor like Trade Mark will be able to come to your home, assess the foundation and surrounding area and lay out a plan of action that gives you the bedroom addition you need without the cost, stress and disturbances that come from moving.

While significantly easier than moving, adding a room is not something that deserves little or no thought. You will have to work with a contractor to draw up blueprints, plan for ventilation, insulation, windows and plumbing. Once all this is done, you get to embark on the fun of decorating an entirely new room from scratch.

Call Trade Mark today and talk to our home addition experts to see if this is the solution for you and your family.

Planning Your Home Addition

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home additionYou have decided that a room addition would make sense. Perhaps your family is expanding or you have decided to work from home and now need a home office. In theory, adding a room to your current home is the easiest solution. Now your mind is awash in questions, concerns and general planning chaos. Take a deep breath. Then sit down with a pen and paper and do some serious planning. Getting everything you need to do down on paper in black and white will go a long way towards slowing the racing in your head.

Home Addition Planning Checklist:

  1. Study the pros and cons of adding a room to your house. It might be easier to convert an existing room. Consider how much space you need and how you plan to use the room in the future. If you decide to embark on adding a room, continue with this list.
  2. List the things you know how to do yourself. For the rest, start doing research into hiring a home addition contractor. (We at Trade Mark do offer home additions in NJ!)
  3. With our guidance, create a floor plan. It might help to obtain a blueprint of your home’s current design to use as a starting point. Be sure to plan out all the features ahead of time.
  4. Sit down with a professional and map out what the process will look like in terms of time, money and labor.

Use this information to consult with your family and plan accordingly.

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