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Top 5 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

It’s finally fall, which means cooler weather, more time spent indoors, and visiting family and friends for holidays. Are you embarrassed to host a gathering because of your outdated kitchen? It might be time for a remodel! Besides the look of your kitchen, here are a few other things to consider when deciding to remodel:

  1. Lack of space. Do your counters provide adequate space to prepare food? Are you cabinets and pantry big enough to store food? Do you have enough space to walk around in the kitchen? If you answered no to any of these questions, a kitchen remodel could be your solution.
  2. Layout disaster. Is your kitchen secluded from everyone else? Do you dream of having an open space to cook, entertain, and easily watch your children? Remodeling your kitchen gives you the potential to open up your space and create that dream layout.
  3. Outdated appliances. Are your appliances stuck in the 70s? You should look into replacing them; it could save you a lot of money in the long run.
  4. Resale value. The kitchen is the heart of the home and it is a huge factor when people are deciding to purchase a house. If your kitchen is outdated and falling apart, it might stay on the market longer than a home that has a remodeled kitchen.
  5. Gourmet kitchen. Although your kitchen is functional, it may not be quite up to your standards. If you would prefer to have a gourmet kitchen with luxury amenities, a remodel can provide that.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling specializes in providing the home of your dreams. Our attention to detail, excellent customer service, and high quality of work has earned us numerous awards. Get inspiration for your kitchen remodel and contact us to bring your vision to life.

Is a Home Addition Right for You?

It’s Monday morning and your family is running around to get ready for work and school. You are one bathroom short and have a ton of things scattered around the house. Is this your reality? It might be time to consider a home addition. Here are some things you should think about:

  1. More space, less cost. Although the upfront cost is expensive, it is typically cheaper to build an addition than purchase a new home that already has the space you need. Adding space to commonly used living spaces can be extremely beneficial.
  2. Room additions are best. When thinking about building an addition, you should utilize your resources wisely. Finished basements are an option, however, it depends on what type of basement you have. If your basement has no windows, you might want to add on a room instead. Something to consider is adding a room onto the house takes away some yard space.
  3. 100% creativity. Adding onto your house enables you to create a personal touch to your home. You are in control of what the space looks like, from start to finish.
  4. Add value to your home. Adding space to your home could increase the value. If that is your goal, it’s important to do some research beforehand.
  5. Luxury living. Creating additional living space allows you to add luxurious items. If you’ve always wanted his and her sinks or a bathtub and master closet, an addition will provide that for you.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling understands that it is a big decision to add onto your home. We have a solid reputation in Bergen and Rockland County for our unparalleled attention to detail. Our experience guarantees that your needs will be met for years to come. Contact us to find out how we can help you build a home addition.

Light The Fire – Qualified Remodeler – September 2017

LIGHT THE FIRE

Fireplaces and fire features can provide a focal point for outdoor spaces as well as extend the outdoor living season in certain regions of the country

By Kacey Larsen

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” as the adage goes, and that is particularly relevant considering the popularity of fireplaces and fire features in outdoor living spaces. According to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Study, 36 percent of the homeowners surveyed who have completed, are currently working on or are planning an outdoor project intend to include a fire pit within their outdoor living purchases. Houzz further breaks it down by identifying homeowners’ locations who have or want a fire pit: 31 percent urban, 35 percent suburban and 40 percent rural.

Another piece of interesting news from the Houzz study is that outdoor projects come in all budgets — nine out of 10 homeowners spent or plan to spend less than $5,000 on minor projects while over two in five homeowners spent or plan to spend $20,000 or more on complete outdoor overhauls. Jarod Hynson, president, Earth, Turf,& Wood in Denver, Pa., can personally vouch for this trend in spending. “We’re a design/build company that specializes in outdoor living. It’s people’s backyards, but it’s a high-end residential market,” he says. “We’ve done projects anywhere from $20,000 to $1.2 million. We’ve probably put a fireplace in about 40 percent of the projects we built.”

Fireplaces and fire features can certainly accommodate a myriad of budgets as they can range in size, material and types of fuel used. In the opinion of Glen Lumia, president/CEO of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling in Northvale, N.J., good, better and best options can correspond to the size of a client’s budget. He considers drop and use (pre-made units) to be good; modular units that provide design flexibility to be better; and full masonry structures with endless possibilities to be best.

Another decision to be made involving fire features and fireplaces is what type of fire fuel will best fit a homeowner’s needs or desires. Lumia recommends considering if there is accessibility to hard piped gas preexisting on-site; if not, direct piping can get expensive and be invasive to the landscape, he says. Maintenance; types of use in terms of heating, ambience, and/or visual interest or focal point; and ease of use should also be discussed. As Lumia points out, “Many clients don’t want the hassle of wood and would rather have the ability to push a button or turn on [a fireplace] from their hand-held device,” which is why an honest conversation needs to be had during the planning and design phase.

Hynson echoes the importance of understanding your client’s wants and needs, but indicates that he does have a personal preference when it comes to fuel. “Personally, I’m a big advocate of firewood because I like the crackling and the popping of the firewood and the heat it throws off. Gas is quick because it’s the throw of a switch and you’ve got a gas fire — you may not have a whole lot of heat from it, but it’s clean, simple and you don’t have to get firewood,” he explains. “The thing we’ve found with outdoor fireplaces is they turn the backyard from one season with a pool into a three-season area. So you could sit out back in October, November to watch Monday night football with a TV over top the fireplace and be very comfortable with a roaring wood fireplace. We always encourage our customers: The bigger the firebox, the more wood you can fit in there, the more heat it will throw.”

Beyond decisions about the fireplace or fire feature, consideration should be given to how it will fit into the overall outdoor living space. “When we design outdoor spaces, we are always conscientious of the views primarily and traffic flow secondary,” explains Lumia. He points to one of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling’s projects involving a pool and spa in addition to a fireplace, as an example, indicating the placement of the pool and spa were intentionally to the left so the placement of the fireplace did not interrupt lines of sight from the outdoor space’s covered area or any of the home’s windows.

An interesting trend Hynson reports is for families to have both a fireplace and a fire pit in their backyard, which can create a destination and separate gathering spots. “At my house, I have a fireplace and a fire pit because the kids always seem to gather around the fire pit. But over by the fireplace, we tend to see that more as an adult congregating area. And we have a multitude of families who say, “Hey, we want to do both,” because in reality a fire pit doesn’t cost that much,” he says. “The fire pit becomes a destination somewhere in the backyard.”

Some homeowners want their fireplace or fire feature to be more than a destination — they want it to be a focal point. Lumia points to a project involving an infinity spa that drops into an infinity pool which drops into a lake, and the homeowners wanted a focal point. So Creative Design Construction & Remodeling constructed fire bowls that cascade water into the pool, have LED light features, and are controlled via pool controls including the homeowner’s cellphones. He explains that the units were “raised to offer a focal point and starting/finishing line for the drop-off edge and patio.” Direct burial materials (PVC piping) is used for the fire features’ conduit.

One important key before and during the design phase, as Hynson points out, is to check and double check all building codes regarding fireplaces and fire features. “We typically research a lot of that before we even begin the design because we don’t want to have a customer fall in love with a design that we can’t build because of regulations.”

STICK TO THE CODES

Awareness of recommendations and codes can aid the planning and placement of fireplaces and fire features to ensure the safety and comfort of homeowners. “Always check with manufacturer recommendations and local building codes to ensure compliance. With so many options available, size and features will definitely impact location choice,” Lumia says. “Generally speaking, electric fireplaces will not need a vent. Wood burning fireplaces will need a chimney — generally 2 ft. taller than anything within 10 ft. It is best to review the manufacturer recommendations for gas units. We always use licensed tradesmen for the utility connections.”

The regulations Hynson indicates his team runs into most often when it comes to fireplaces and fire features relate to distances and heights. “I would say that probably 75 percent of the outdoor fireplaces we build have some type of a pavilion on top. If you want to go the route of having an outdoor TV or other types of electronics, you really want that to be covered. If there’s adequate room, there’s usually an outdoor kitchen which might be under the pavilion as well, so now you’re going to have grill smoke and stuff as well. You’ll want to have a cupola or venting system at the peak of the pavilion to get the smoke out,” he says. “Every township is so different it’s enough to make you go nuts, but we do run into some regulations in terms of distances and heights — sometimes a fireplace has to be so far away from the house; sometimes the pavilion needs certain rooflines.”

An additional thought for consideration when planning and selecting a fireplace or fire features with clients is the ability to convert down the road. “I would say that 90 percent of fireplaces we design are wood burning, but you can always convert a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace,” Hynson says. “You can always put gas logs or a gas enclosure in a wood fireplace, but you can’t go the other way.” |
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30th Annual Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards Honors Creative Excellence

Atlantic City, NJ, (April 6, 2017) – The New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) honored the industry’s most creative and successful sales and marketing professionals at the 30th Annual Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards Banquet this evening, at the Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina in Atlantic City. The awards show marked its 30th Anniversary with a spectacular event which concluded the 68th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention. The Sales & Marketing Awards program honors Builder, Remodeler & Associate Members of the New Jersey Builders Association who have made major contributions to the home building industry by displaying excellence in design and marketing.

The SAM Awards Banquet was attended by over 450 advertising, sales, marketing, media, and home building industry professionals. Awards were presented in specialized categories recognizing industry leading sales and marketing initiatives in residential marketing, architectural design, remodeling, and individual creative achievements. Builders, as well as companies that supply products and services to the building industry, are eligible for a SAM Award.

SAM Committee Chair Giovanna E. Pergola of Meyers Research, LLC, stated, “I was amazed by the level of creativity and talent displayed by this year’s award winners. For 30 years, the SAM program has played a critical role in recognizing the immeasurable contribution sales and marketing professionals make to the building industry in NJ. I congratulate all of this year’s award winners on their significant achievement.”

NJBA CEO Carol Ann Short, Esq. added, “Our marketing professionals help our builders in NJ sell homes in a challenging and competitive marketplace. I thank them for their contribution in making our industry a vibrant part of the NJ economy. Congratulations to all of our award winners.”

Creative Design Construction is pleased to be a recipient of the following SAM Awards:
Best Extreme Home Make-over
Creative Design Construction & Remodeling
Design By: Glen Lumia & Sarah Cassidy

Best Specialty Room Remodeling/Renovation Project
Creative Design Construction & Remodeling
Design By: Glen Lumia

Best Bath Remodeling/Renovation Project
Creative Design Construction & Remodeling
Design By: Glen Lumia & Sarah Roy

 

For a complete list of award winners, please click here.

About the Atlantic Builders Convention (ABC)

Now in its 68th year, ABC is the largest building industry trade show in the Northeast, drawing thousands of participants from the Northeast region, including residential and commercial builders, developers, remodelers and subcontractors, plus a variety of manufacturers, suppliers, and consulting professionals. The convention features hundreds of exhibits showcasing the latest products and services to a large and diverse audience of decision makers. Attendees gain up-to-date information about the latest market trends, government policies and technical developments at educational seminars. Additional information is available at ABConvention.com.

About the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA)

NJBA is a housing industry trade association of builders, developers, remodelers, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers, architects, consultants and other professionals dedicated to meeting the housing needs of all New Jersey residents and facilitating their realization of the American Dream. NJBA serves as a resource for its members through continuing education and advocacy. NJBA and its members strive for a better, greener, more affordable housing market in New Jersey. Additional information is available at NJBA.org.

Top 5 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

It’s finally fall, which means cooler weather, more time spent indoors, and visiting family and friends for holidays. Are you embarrassed to host a gathering because of your outdated kitchen? It might be time for a remodel! Besides the look of your kitchen, here are a few other things to consider when deciding to remodel:

  1. Lack of space. Do your counters provide adequate space to prepare food? Are you cabinets and pantry big enough to store food? Do you have enough space to walk around in the kitchen? If you answered no to any of these questions, a kitchen remodel could be your solution.
  2. Layout disaster. Is your kitchen secluded from everyone else? Do you dream of having an open space to cook, entertain, and easily watch your children? Remodeling your kitchen gives you the potential to open up your space and create that dream layout.
  3. Outdated appliances. Are your appliances stuck in the 70s? You should look into replacing them; it could save you a lot of money in the long run.
  4. Resale value. The kitchen is the heart of the home and it is a huge factor when people are deciding to purchase a house. If your kitchen is outdated and falling apart, it might stay on the market longer than a home that has a remodeled kitchen.
  5. Gourmet kitchen. Although your kitchen is functional, it may not be quite up to your standards. If you would prefer to have a gourmet kitchen with luxury amenities, a remodel can provide that.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling specializes in providing the home of your dreams. Our attention to detail, excellent customer service, and high quality of work has earned us numerous awards. Get inspiration for your kitchen remodel and contact us to bring your vision to life.

5 Questions to Ask Before Doing an Addition

Are you constantly dreaming about a home that isn’t cluttered, a morning routine that isn’t hectic, and a space to relax in or hang out with your family? A home addition might be the answer for you. No matter if you are just starting to think about adding onto your home or you’ve been dreaming about it for months, here are some questions to ask yourself prior to starting the project.

  1. How would you build your dream house? No house is perfectly the way you imagined it, if you didn’t build it yourself. Building an addition to your home allows you to create a space the way you’ve pictured.
  2. Will the project add value to your home? Always consider the resale value of your home, even if you don’t have immediate plans to sell it. Additions are very expensive, however, they could provide some value to your home.
  3. Could you receive the benefits at a lower-cost? If adding onto your house proves to be too expensive, there are other options. Sometimes all it takes is reimagining a space or finishing an attic or basement to create the extra space you need.
  4. Are there zoning restrictions? Before building an addition, you need to research zoning restrictions. Most towns have restrictions as to how far and high your building can be. Be sure to check the requirements before getting too invested in your dream home.
  5. How will the extra space tie into the house? You don’t want your addition to stick out like a sore thumb. Adding space to a home needs to look like it fits in with the general style of the home.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling knows that homeowners want to receive the highest return on their investment with an addition. We have been designing and building homes since 1988 and are capable of taking on your project. Need help answering any of the above questions, contact us and we can assist you!

Bathroom Remodel Levels

So you’re planning to remodel your bathroom – updating the look, adding some value, more functionality, maybe more storage and amenities. Sounds simple enough?

The scope of your project will depend upon a variety of factors. Of course, the big one is your budget. You should also consider how long you’ve been in your home, and how long you plan to stay.  Remodeling a bathroom from the 90’s will be a completely different task than overhauling a 1920’s bathroom.

Mid-to-Upper Range Bathroom Remodel

$10,000 to $35,000

Location, materials, cost of labor, and project scope play a role in how much the remodel will cost. For example, the average bathroom remodel in New York will cost just over $32,000, while in Mississippi it is just under $14,000.

You can also make a few more adjustment with respect to your bathroom layout. For example you could swap in a slightly smaller bathtub for a larger shower, or relocate a sink.

Countertops: A custom piece of granite, marble, or quartz

Cabinets: Semi-custom pieces with higher-end finishes, glazed instead of just stained, and decorative details like cabinet legs or intricate door panels.

Plumbing: Moderate adjustments can be made to the plumbing at this level, like moving the faucets or shower, however the toilet will likely need to remain in the original spot.

Fixtures: Fixtures with higher quality copper or bronze inside will last longer and are available.

Tile: You can upgrade to porcelain, which is more durable than ceramic and is also slip resistant. This will also afford you more size, color, and design options. You can also have the option of doing more interesting borders and accent tiles.

Walls: Add a real bead-board, or use your creativity with some different materials.

Who to Hire: You will likely need a team that includes a designer, plumber, tiler, painter, and other specialists that are not typically done by the average self-remodeler.

The Deluxe Bathroom Remodel

$30,000 – $100,000

This would be considered a “Full Gut Job.” Toilets, showers, sink, and vanities can be re-arranged and even adjacent rooms can be accessed to add space.

Cabinetry: Solid wood construction with custom finishes is available.

Tile: Granite, limestone, or natural marble are all more labor intensive and difficult to cut.

Plumbing: Use of high-end finishes and parts.

Amenities: Saunas, steam showers, and radiant floor heating can be integrated into the design.

Who to Hire: Depending upon the scope of your project, you may need an architect to ensure you footprint is properly engineered. A variety of subcontractors would also be possible, from masons, tile layers, plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. For this size project, it’s a good idea to hire a General Contractor with some experience in handling such a large endeavor.

A deluxe bath remodel is good fit if you have the funds, as you are getting the bathroom you really want. If you’re planning to stay put for some time, putting this type of money back into your house will make it more enjoyable for you.

4 Benefits to Remodeling Your Home

Is your home stuck in the 80s? Are you living in a space that doesn’t reflect your personality? It might be time to consider remodeling your home. There are many benefits to renovating here are 5:

  1. Increase value. Upgrading your home to match your style or revamping it to have a modern look will increase its value. Not only will it improve the layout or size of your home, it will make the space more functional. This could prove beneficial when choosing to sell your home.
  2. Customize your home. If you are thinking about remodeling your home, chances are you don’t have the features or amenities you had hoped for when purchasing the space. Altering your current home to fit your style is a lot easier, and cheaper, than moving.
  3. Reduce costs. At the first sign of a problem in your house, you should look into fixing it. Starting an improvement project at the beginning of a problem will save you from additional expenses. Replacing windows and doors will provide security and improve energy efficiency.
  4. Higher quality of living. Improving the functionality of your home will provide a higher quality of living. If you remodel your bathroom, you’ll enjoy the space every time you use it. Kitchens are usually the heart of the home, so remodeling it increases the value for the whole family. Knocking down a wall could create the open living space you’ve always wanted. The possibilities are endless to what you can do with your space.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling has been helping make people’s home dreams a reality since 1988. Our attention to detail, excellent customer service, and high quality of work has earned us numerous awards. View our previous projects to get inspiration for your home. Contact us today to learn how we can help remodel your home.

Top 7 Ways to Expand Your House

After living in your home for a few years, you might start to find that it is not big enough for your growing needs. It’s not as though you hate the space, you are just frustrated with the lack of space. The last thing you want to do is move, this is where building an expansion to your home helps. Here are the top 7 ways to expand your home.

  1. Build out into the backyard. This is probably the most common addition. Typically, extending out into the yard means a bigger kitchen or family room is added. The modernity of contracting today enables you to take advantage of indoor-outdoor living.
  2. Take into account the scale. A large addition might be disproportional to the existing space if you don’t take into account the scale. You should break down the additional spaces into parts that relate to the original structure of the home.
  3. Create a jewel box. This addition allows you to enjoy the outdoors, inside. Building a space with a lot of windows is very beautiful and unique.
  4. Express yourself with a small statement. You don’t have to get stuck with building the same cookie-cutter addition on the back of your house. Instead, get creative and express yourself in a new way with a unique addition.
  5. Go big. If you have a large budget, you can go all out with a large addition. It can be modern, your style, and perfectly usable.
  6. Add a pavilion. If you have a big home lot, you have the opportunity to build a pavilion away from the existing structure. This enables you to be creative and build something new that complements the original structure.
  7. Build up. Another option is to add a second floor. This is useful if you have a smaller lot and can’t build out.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling has been helping make home dreams a reality since 1988. Our attention to detail, excellent customer service, and high quality of work has earned us numerous awards. View our previous projects to get inspiration for your home. Contact us today to learn how we can help remodel your home.

7 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

You moved into your dream home, the only problem is the bathroom needs to be remodeled. If you are thinking about doing it yourself or want to consult a professional, you should be aware of these design tips:

  1. Cost. Although you have a vision of what you hope the bathroom looks like, you need to establish a budget. Take a look at the size of your bathroom, the quality of materials you want, and if you will be doing the renovation yourself when determining the cost.
  2. Hide the toilet. You don’t want to place the toilet front and center of the bathroom. The reason being, bathroom doors are most likely left open when not being used. If you have guests at your house you don’t want the first thing they see to be the toilet.
  3. Incorporate a vintage touch. If your bathroom has some vintage tile, it might be easier and cost efficient to keep the tile.
  4. Learn standard bathroom dimensions. Understanding dimensions for a standard bathroom will help when planning your remodel.
  5. Choose your vanity wisely. Think about how much space you need, the size of your bathroom, and countertop material. This will help save time in the morning and keep maintenance issues at bay.
  6. Splurge on luxury. Everyone is on a budget; you’ll find that you can work around it to incorporate luxurious items. If you add one thing that is a bit pricier to a small area in your bathroom, you’ll make the space feel a bit more luxurious.
  7. Check your tile size. Double and triple check your tile size. The last thing you’ll want is to order the wrong size.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling can help you with your bathroom remodel. We will analyze the size and shape and incorporate the needs of your family to create a beautiful and functional bathroom. Contact us today to find out how we can remodel your bathroom.