BBQ Taste On a Rainy Day

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kitchen cabinets in new jerseyIt’s finally summer and time to start making plans for outdoor BBQ parties to celebrate the 4th of July and just great weather in general. You’re all set with your favorite grill and, if you’ve been following our advice, an awesome new summer deck! Alas, the heatwave that prompted you to plan your outdoor BBQ was actually just a warning for a week of storms–what are you to do? Fret not, even without a whole kitchen renovation you can still emulate your favorite smokey and grilled taste inside–without the grill!

First off, under no circumstances should anyone try to use an outdoor grill inside their house or even inside the garage; gas and coal emit Carbon Monoxide which is poisonous to the human body in even low levels. Having said that, here are a few options that are safe for indoors:

  • Electric Indoor Grills: With more options than ever, at even better prices, an indoor grill is your best bet. Of course, it’s important to do research before purchasing; a common problem is trapped moisture caused by shallow grates.
  • Smoked Meat: A popular alternative to outdoor grilling is purchasing meat which is already seasoned with the “smokey” flavor we all crave. Naturally, this doesn’t help in emulating grilled vegetables.
  • Indoor Smoker: For the adventurous chef there is always an indoor home-smoker to infuse your food with a BBQ-like flavor. Careful with these, however, or you may end up smoking out your place and needing a total home renovation!

Energy-Efficient Appliances

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kitchen remodeling bergen county njWhen getting through all the aspects and decision making for designs, particularly when it comes to your kitchen remodeling in Bergen County NJ, it can be easy to get caught up with some of the larger issues, like kitchen cabinets.  However, one of the latent and surprisingly important parts of the kitchen layout is your choice in appliances.

Everyone has favorite brands and styles when it comes to appliances, and with a solid Design-Build team you’ll have no problem incorporating any appliance of your choosing. We suggest, regardless of what brand you like, to lean towards an energy-efficient brand. These days, machines that reach a certain standard of efficiency are labeled Energy Star appliances.

Energy Star was started in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency to help create a country-wide standard for efficiency, built off of the Clean Air Act. In recent years, Energy Star has been one of the more successful government programs when it comes to environmental protection mixed with consumer needs. Utilizing independent and third party testing on all machines guarantees an integrity that very few privately owned companies would be able to achieve. Since its inception over 20 years ago, countless brands have partnered with Energy Star to bring savings to the consumer and help save the environment.

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.

Stop Choosing Between Practicality and Aesthetics

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Have Fun With Your Bergen County Kitchen Remodeling Too many folks spend their whole lives living in homes decorated in a way they would describe as “tolerable,” not exceptional. Given the fact that your home is the only place in the world that is entirely yours, it should be a place you love to spend time in. You should spend your days looking forward to returning home at night. One of the best ways to do this is to be a little bold in your decorating choices. If you have decided that the time for a remodeling has come, a Bergen County kitchen remodeling expert can guide you in how to take your kitchen from functional and practical, but boring, to exciting and fun to use.

Many people are under the misguided belief that in order for a kitchen to remain functional and work properly, it must be a little staid. This is simply not true. Adding eye-catching amendments like a bold color on the wall or fun kitchen cabinet handles can be exactly the thing your home needs to take its look from ho-hum to wow! The only question is whether you have the courage to take the leap into this bold new territory.

With a little reassurance from friends and family, Bergen County home remodeling can be an exciting adventure. The key to this is trusting the professionals. Let these people do what they do best and guide you towards a kitchen you will love when the whole process is completed.

Is Contracting in Your Future?

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Bergen County Home RemodelingThe majority of our Bergen County contractors have known they wanted to build things with their hands their entire life. These men and women are the ones who grew up practically glued to wooden blocks, Legos and tree house sets. Taking a pile of sticks and turning them into a home is practically in their blood. Is it in yours?

If this sounds like you, and if you are someone who has been building since the first moment you realized you could, a career in Bergen County home remodeling might be for you. Becoming a contractor is not as easy as one might think, but for those who simply have to work with their hands to feel satisfied, it is completely worth it. Learn the steps it takes to become a reputable contractor, and then call Trade Mark to see if we have room to take you onto our team.

Some contractors work for themselves, others join a team. Either way, you will need to take an honest look at your skill sets. What do you excel at? Where can you grow? Identify the areas where growth is needed and sign up for a class. Then get your documents in order. Write up contracts, send out resumes, gather before and after pictures for your portfolio. Once you have done all of this work, start marketing yourself. Build a website and post the link on social media sites. Then answer every reply. This could be the start of your new life!

Old Appliances: More Than an Eyesore

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Why The Answer To Your Health Woes Might Be In A Bergen County Kitchen RemodelingWhen contemplating Bergen County home remodeling, one of the first factors folks consider is what the process will look like financially. In today’s financially shaky world, people are often operating on a tighter budget than ever. While your budget absolutely should be a deciding factor, there are times when action simply needs to be taken. This very well could be the case with your home’s old appliances.

Many people fail to realize that their old appliances are more than a visual eyesore. They could actually be contributing to a host of health problems for you and your family. Opting out of calling a Bergen County contractor when it is purely a matter of aesthetics does make a degree of financial sense. However, when the problem has become one that is affecting the physical well-being of your family, it makes significantly less sense.

The appliances that have been serving you so well for the last decade are probably rusted by now. This rust can lead to the growth of allergens in the environment, which can lead to chest problems. Additionally, mold is likely to accumulate on appliances that regularly use water. These mold spores can wreak havoc on your immune system. If this is the case for your home, a remodeling job might mean the difference between a healthy lifestyle and constantly being sick. That seems worth it to us!

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.

Break Bread In Style

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For centuries, the kitchen has been the most sacred room of a house. This is where we break bread with those we love. Whether or not you use the term in a religious sense, the act of sharing a meal with someone is an intimate and personal experience. Inviting someone into your home for a meal is a clear act of inviting them into your life. It is a display of love and affection. This is one of the primary reasons why the kitchen is so frequently the room that gets the most traffic from visitors.

Therefore, when considering where to start on your home remodel, the kitchen makes the most sense. After all, if you are going to have friends and family come in and out of this important room on a regular basis, you want it to look spectacular. Additionally, focusing on one room gives your budget a little room to breathe.

Hiring a Bergen County kitchen remodeler to handle the overseeing and execution of your kitchen remodeling project is the surest way to ensure that the backbone of your friendships comes out looking and feeling elegant and inviting. While challenging yourself with a DIY project can produce wonderful results in some instances, a task like a kitchen remodeling is not the place to start breaking out your construction skills. Call and hire a professional who does this work day in and day out.

Then, invite friends over and break bread in style.

Pristine and White

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New Jersey kitchen remodeling trends come and go. Cozy and rustic was all the rage for a couple of years. Then modern and stainless comes into favor. As a homeowner, it can be hard to keep up with all these changing preferences. And the last thing you want to do is fork over all that money for a NJ home remodeling and then have to replace the style a few years later.

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White Kitchen Cabinet Variations & Options

White kitchens save the day here. Whether they are paired with black for a classic black and white look or warmed up with dark wooden tones, white is here to stay. It is the epitome of timeless and classic. While it might at first seem like your style options are limited with such a basic color, this is not at all the case. Many options for white kitchen cabinets exist, from whites that are cool tones to whites that are warmer tones – creamy neutrals to grey whites and everything in between. You will be surprised at how many different types of white kitchen cabinets are available. The hardest part may just be which one to pick!

What To Look For When Choosing A White Kitchen Cabinet

Now that you are aware of how many options are out there for white cabinets in may seem overwhelming to select one. Look at a large sampling of the different choices available, lay them all out side by side – right away you should see some you can exclude based on the color direction you have in mind. Then think about how the remaining choices may pair with some countertop options, if you color scheme is close in color, like a white on white, it’s best to view these samples against the actual countertop choices as well to ensure the two do not clash. Then take your final choices along with you countertop samples to the tile store to select the tile backsplash, here is where all the items will come together to create a beautiful symphony of color and textures, make sure to select a tile that pulls it all together.

Here are two of the most timeless styles you might want to try.

  1. Black and White: Adding black accents (such as appliances or tiling) to a white kitchen instantly imparts class to the room. Or, opt for a tiled black floor and keep the rest of the kitchen pristinely white. Regardless of what you choose, this is sure to be a stunner.
  2. Accent with Wood: Using wood accents in your white kitchen is the perfect way to warm up the room. Try a wood trim to your countertop or add solid wood trim around the windows in a dark, saturated color.

Need help choosing a white for you kitchen?

Give us a call at 973-636-0100 to get started.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

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Cost Saving Ideas For A NJ Kitchen Remodeling Project

Kitchen remodeling projects can range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands. The final price tag depends on the size and scope of the remodeling. Revamping a set of cabinets will be far less financially burdensome than scrapping the entire kitchen layout and rebuilding. Alternatively, keeping most of the room in tact is another great way to shave cost – the way it works is by not having to replace insulation, drywall, update electrical wiring or plumbing which would be required by the town if you opened up the walls. The idea is to just open up as much as you need to make the changes for the new kitchen design plans.

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Planning A Kitchen Remodeling Project

With advance planning, the cost of your Bergen County kitchen remodeling project can be broken down into the cost of labor, mechanical costs and needed fixtures. Plan for these costs, and leave funds available to cover unforeseen costs. Work with a contractor who is very detailed from the onset of the relationship with the initial proposal through the final proposal and cabinetry order listing all the prices of the various materials and services that are to be provided by the kitchen remodeling contractor. This will also help when it comes time to make changes to the scope of work, no hiding behind a vague proposal with a lump sum at the end with no certain way of know what an items costs.

Hiring A Professional Bergen County Contractor

While it might seem like yet another cost, hiring a professional Bergen County contractor is absolutely required. In today’s busy remodeling market it is very difficult to find a qualified kitchen remodeling contractor, here’s a great article to help you avoid being ghosted by the contractor. We will help you assess what needs to be replaced, what can stay and what needs an upgrade. Once you have this information, we can begin drawing up the plans. If you are experienced in repairs, save money by making the needed repairs yourself. If this is something you have never attempted before, now is not the time. Taking on a large scale project without the proper know how will quickly become a disaster which may further complicate hiring a professional since they may not feel comfortable pick up where you left off.

Once you have covered repairs, start shopping for cabinets, tiling and appliances. A trick here is to look for discounted or warehouse models. This simple step does not take very long and will save you a bundle in the end. Work with a contractor who will provide you with their trade discounts to even further stretch your remodeling dollars. Trade discounts are typically passed on at tile, countertop and plumbing stores – higher end contractors also get discount on appliances, furnishings and much more which is a value added benefit to consider when hiring a larger firm.

Finally, be clear about what you do and do not want to avoid any add-ons that you were not planning for. Clear and direct communication is crucial here. Changes tend to add cost and time at a higher rate than if it were planned from the start so take the time to work thru the details from the start.

Try these tips and see what your total ends up being. Surely, you will have saved quite a bit.

Need help planning your kitchen remodeling project?

Give us a call at 973-636-0100