Wide Plank Wood Floors

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Wide plank wood flooring is gaining in popularity. Styles are constantly changing. This is true when it comes to flooring as well as in other aspects of home decor. Gone are the days of thin planks cut in short lengths. Today’s trends are leaning more and more towards the wider planks laid in long lengths. In fact, wide plank flooring accounted for 55% of flooring sales in 2016 according to the US Floor Report.

Wide plank wood floors are nothing new. Historians have been uncovering this type of flooring in historical homes that date back to over one hundred years ago. Many of these older floors had planks as wide as 18 inches cut in lengths over 12 feet long. The wide plank wood floors currently available have no set standard for their width. Some manufacturers consider anything over three inches to be wide. Most average five inches or more in width while companies like DuChateau offer 7.5 inch wide planks in The Terra Collection and The Heritage Timber Edition.

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The Popularity of Wide Plank Wood Floors

Wide plank wood floors are a new twist on a classic design. NJ home remodeling projects are seeing an increase in the use of wide planks in part because of how this new width gives a room the illusion of more space. Rooms simply feel larger.

Another reason for the spike in popularity is the way wider planks show off the wood’s natural characteristics so much better. The natural splits, knots, and mineral streaks can be seen much more vividly in wide planks as more of the actual board is visible. Narrow planks tend to cut these features short.

Unlike many flooring types, wide plank wood floors fit in with a rustic setting just as nicely as they do in an upscale modern space. This often has to do with the planks a homeowner selects. A consistent, clean, linear look is achieved by using all the same width boards where as a country appearance is easily created by using a combination of widths.

According to the National Association of Realtors, this is a trend that is adding value to homes. Wide planks in lengths of seven to eleven feet long are visually enhancing homes. The appearance of the main room done in wide plank wood flooring is certainly impressive to guests as well as prospective buyers. This is especially true when the softer woods like cork or pine are used in lighter colors that coordinate perfectly with the bright, bold colors being used in home decor.

Applications and Best Practices for a Good Installation

A minor benefit to installing wide plank wood floors is that the install time is quick. Wide planks cover more space per square foot than their smaller, three-inch counterparts. You will be enjoying your new floor sooner, and understanding the basics of installation will take the stress out of the process.

A pre-installation site survey will be completed through your home remodeling contractor before installation begins. Exactly how a wide plank wood floor is installed varies from one manufacturer to another, but one thing remains the same across all brands. This is how the floor will react to moisture.

The extent to which your plank floor will shrink or swell as it gains or loses moisture depends on the width of the boards. This is why each manufacturer will offer recommendations for installation specific to their product. Your contractor will follow them exactly for the best results.

Solid wood floors can be installed successfully on-grade or above-grade, but they cannot be placed below-grade. Your contractor should also be installing the planks perpendicular to the joists or else at an angle for single layer subflooring. It is important to ensure that the environmental conditions and the moisture content of the flooring coincide. There should be no more than a 2% difference in these figures.

The reaction to moisture is additionally handled by leaving a 3/4 inch gap for expansion along the entire perimeter of each plank. The only exception is when the edge of the board sits up against a wall. The length rarely changes. In cases where geographic location, interior climate control, and the time of year effects moisture, your contractor will recommend putting additional expansion features into the subfloor.

Some wide plank wood floors come in a glue down format. The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) strongly suggests using a moisture control system for these situations. An adhesive that is approved by your floor’s manufacturer will be used, and your contractor will follow the installation procedure recommended, including any moisture test methods, open time, working time, trowel size, flash time, and use of rollers, straps, and tape.

You can trust the Trade Mark professionals to help you achieve your dream of a beautiful wide plank floor. With the quick install time, you will soon be enjoying a visually appealing look that gives the illusion of a larger space while adding value to your home.

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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.

Preparing Your Home For Winter

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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.

Fall Home Checklist

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We see the signs of fall all around us. With home ownership comes seasonal maintenance. Know what to do to get your home prepared for cooler weather.

  • Check home safety devices. The batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices should be replaced. Test all devices.
  • Winterize your air conditioning. A central air unit requires a cover on the outdoor unit. Window units should be removed or covered to prevent a blast of cold air.
  • Inspect your furnace. An HVAC professional can check for leaks, heating efficiency and change the filter, in addition to running a carbon monoxide check.
  • Prepare humidifiers. Humidifiers are often used when the air becomes too dry to be comfortable during cooler periods. Ensure that their contribution is clean and safe. Replace any old filters. Clean inner compartments with vinegar or another solution.
  • Clean out the gutters. Remove leaves, debris, and nests from gutters and look carefully for any leaks. You can either do this yourself or hire a service to handle it for you.
  • Check the siding. Look for signs of cracks or holes in the siding. Minor issues can be repaired yourself or you can contract a professional to help.
  • Look over your roof. Perform a visual inspection from the ground. You can use a pair of binoculars to see your roof in more detail or climb up on a ladder to get a good view. Be on the lookout for loose, cracked or missing shingles. Flat roofs might require the removal of built-up debris.
  • Review your water drainage systems. Remove any obstructions from downspouts and make sure that water is able to move away from the foundation of your home, your driveway or walkways. An additional extension may be necessary to direct the accumulated rainwater away from the home.
  • Inspect your sprinklers and irrigation system. Ensuring that the irrigation system is drained and checked is necessary in colder climates. A professional should perform repairs and mark those sprinkler heads close to a snow removal area.
  • Maintain the chimney and fireplace. For homeowners that enjoy a wood fireplace, the chimney needs to be cleaned and professionally inspected.
  • Change and repair windows and doors. Storm windows and doors should replace screens. All caulk and seals need to be inspected around doors and windows. While there, check for drafts as well. Minor caulking can be done yourself.

Ensure the integrity of your investment with seasonal maintenance.

Home Trends in 2015: The Kitchen

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Home design is constantly evolving. As new ideas emerge, new trends are born. While classic designs remain prominent throughout, more modern ideas come forward. As a company that specializes in NJ kitchen remodeling projects, we stay up to date with what’s happening in the field. Whether purely cosmetic trends or new functionalities worked into design, the industry is expansive, and the options – endless.

Today we’d like to take a look at a few kitchen design trends which have been prevalent in 2015:

1. High Cabinets: Classically, we tend to see cabinets that end multiple feet below the ceiling. In recent times, we’ve seen an increase in the demand of tall cabinets which in many cases touch the ceiling of the kitchen.

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2. Island cooktop / free range hoods: We’ve seen a migration in the setting of the stovetop switch from at the wall to on the island. This allows one to create a beautiful look with a free range hood above the island.

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3. Contrasting colors: Another trend many have taken to in recent times is heavily contrasting colors. For example, mahogany cabinetry with a pale to white backsplash in the kitchen.

4. Mixed counters: Whether on your kitchen island or classic counters flush against the wall, mixing materials on countertops has been seen as a recent trend in kitchen design. An island can double as an eatery by splitting between wood and tile. This creates a beautiful aesthetic.

These are just a handful of recent trends. To learn more about kitchen remodeling and different options for your home, get in touch with the professionals at Trade Mark Design & Build today! 973-636-0100

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.

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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.

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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