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 Are you embarrassed to host a gathering because of your outdated kitchen?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 Outdated appliances.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 If your kitchen is outdated and falling apart, it might stay on the market longer than a home that has a remodeled kitchen.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.

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.

Not Entirely Outdoors – The Record – March 5, 2017

NOT ENTIRELY OUTDOORS

Homeowners look for ways to keep patios, decks away from the elements

MARLAINA COCKCROFT

SPECIAL TO THE RECORD

EASTERN OUTDOOR FURNISHINGS Outdoor living spaces can include a trellis and an underdeck, bluestone floors and even weatherproof flatscreens.

Homeowners want to bring their living spaces outdoors, but not completely outdoors, according to North Jersey designers and contractors.

As outdoor kitchens and living areas become more sophisticated, with couches, fire pits, fireplaces and more, homeowners are looking for ways to keep their patios and decks away from the sun.

“We’re doing a lot of covered patios,” says Glen Lumia, president and chief executive officer of Creative Design Construction & Remodeling in Northvale. Those patios are either attached to the home, detached or part of a cabana, he says. Clients have been asking for sun protection, too. “We’re looking for different, creative ways to block sun without blocking light to the house,” says Lumia, including powered screens that retract when not needed to block the bugs. “A lot of people will ask for the screened-porch option, but then not want to look at the screens all year,” he notes. Homeowners can press a button or their phone to retract them.

Another option Lumia’s company offers is an underdeck – finishing the underside of a second-story deck so that residents can stay out of the sun or remain dry when it’s raining. A house with a walk-out basement can have a full deck on the first floor.

Lumia, three-time president of the Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern New Jersey, says he used to get asked for covered porches maybe once a year, but such requests are now much more common. In the last six or seven years, more people are investing money in outdoor projects. Such projects can take between three and seven weeks to finish, he says, and can range from modest to high end, depending on the materials used.

One high-end project in Old Tappan, for instance, featured a bluestone patio and stone fireplace, and was designed to be maintenance-free. A more modestly priced two-story project in Mahwah featured a trellis meant to shade the deck at the hottest point of the day, and an underdeck with a gutter system. The trellis will periodically need water-stain removal, though the aluminum underdeck won’t need maintenance.

“For myself, I did a cabana with a screened area. It really extended the season,” Lumia says. “We open our pool now in early April, sometimes even late March, depending on the weather. But last year, we put the cover on the day before Thanksgiving.” He also uses a fireplace and small heaters similar to those that restaurants use for outdoor dining.

CREATIVE DESIGN CONSTRUCTING & REMODELING IN NORTHVALE Deck with trellis over an underdeck at a home in Mahwah.

Sun exposure is a bigger issue for people now, says Lumia, who’s had firsthand experience: He and his wife have both dealt with skin cancer. “It’s something that’s happening more and more,” he says. “We grew up in the sun, we were sun worshippers. Now we pay the price.”

Residents can always walk out of a covered area and enjoy the sun, “but you’re not obligated to stay in it,” Lumia says.

The furniture and materials used in outdoor spaces have gotten more stylish as well, says George Vallone, president of the Hoboken Brownstone Co. in Jersey City. His company has created a number of multi-unit residences – including Maxwell Place on the Hudson in Hoboken and Van Leer Place in Jersey City – that feature rooftop decks.

“It’s as comfortable as your living room furniture,” Vallone, also chairman of the board of the New Jersey Builders Association, says of current patio sets. And where his company previously used pressurized lumber for the finish on roof decks, the crew now uses more high-end, durable finishes such as ipe wood or composite materials.

Outdoor kitchens are a booming business, according to Will Evertz, president of Eastern Outdoor Furnishings in Totowa. When the company launched in 2008, it designed eight outdoor kitchens. Last year, the company did 562 kitchens for clients nationwide, from Boston to Key West, and about 300 to 400 kitchens in the Bergen County area. “The trend is just exploding,” Evertz says. “We just find people are spending more time in their backyards, not really going out on vacations or renting the Shore houses.”

Another big trend is fire features. Evertz reports getting a lot of requests for fire pits and fireplaces, saying customers are “getting away from your standard dining room table and they’re creating more of a lounge-y kind of area, where it’s couches, big comfortable chairs outside, surrounding a fire pit.” He says many of their designs lately include outdoor fireplaces with weather-resistant, waterproof televisions above them. The flatscreens range from $3,000 to $24,000, depending on size, Evertz says.

Creative Design also creates fire features, and as part of one recent project, added fire bowls to either side of a pool overlooking a reservoir in Woodcliff Lake. The bowls switch on and off by phone, Lumia says.

Though most fire features (which can be either wood or gas) are designed for visual impact and warmth and not meant for, say, roasting marshmallows, Evertz does offer a fire pit that comes with a pizza stone and grill grates.

Eastern Outdoor Furnishings uses drawings from the homeowner or contractor to create a 3-D rendering of the design and build the kitchen, then ships the materials to the job site. This condenses the process “from about three weeks to about three days,” says Evertz, who adds that the kitchens range from $4,000 to $90,000.

Tastes in furniture have changed, Evertz says. “Five years ago, everyone was into that teak furniture, and now we find that it’s just declined rapidly. People just didn’t like the maintenance of it, the wear and tear on it. They constantly have to be sanding it, finishing it, if they don’t want that weathered look.” Cast-aluminum furniture is still the most popular, he says. Evertz says his company uses stainless-steel appliances and natural stone, “so there’s really nothing that can go wrong,” and only granite counter tops. “Granite’s been in the ground for millions of years – nothing’s going to happen to it within the next 30.”

Eastern Outdoor Furnishings is a debut exhibitor this year at the “New Jersey Home Show,” which runs March 10-12 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison. Evertz says they’re doing the show “to create awareness and get the ball rolling for all the customers.” Now is the time to schedule outdoor projects, he says. “We’re already back-ordered, probably about 35 outdoor kitchens right now. In the height of our season, we can get back-ordered up to 80 or 90 of them.”

At least three exhibitors will be focusing on patios and decks this year, says Eric Udler, producer of the home show. Customer surveys reveal an increased interest in outdoor kitchens, he says, citing an improved economy as a factor. “Everybody wants to dress up their outdoor space,” he says, and these people are looking for ideas.

Udler says vendors book 80 percent of their business for the year because of the show, which is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees over the course of the weekend. “People are planning now what they’re going to do for their spring projects, summer projects,” he says.

What Makes a Successful Design/Build Project?

The Design Build approach to project delivery uses win-win solutions, including those of having the best balance of cost, function, efficiency, maintainability, and delivery for projects.

For many owners today, the Design/Build approach is the project delivery method of choice, becoming increasingly more popular in the last 10 years. From consulting engineers to contractors, it is important to become familiar with the process.

Several things are needed for a successful Design/Build project:

  • A well-defined and explicit scope of work
  • A specific range of responsibility for each team member, and criteria for measurement
  • A knowledgeable owner who can make quick, sound decisions
  • Experienced, competent team members
  • A cohesive team with members fully committed to the owner’s common needs and goals

Everything comes back to timeliness as the most significant factor in implementing the Design/Build approach. The project moves rapidly, and as such, you must make decisions quickly. This results in a better opportunity for you to make a profit. Most construction people agree that the longer it takes for completing a project, the lower probability involved companies will turn a profit.

The single source of responsibility for the owner is the Design/Build team leader, who is normally the member who is financially and legally capable of entering a contract and guaranteeing completion of work.

The Design/Build team will require detailed needs and expectations from the owner, as well as a good initial scope. Failure to have a fully defined scope of needs and expectation up-front may result with a final product that doesn’t meet the goals of the owner. When Design/Build concepts are implemented, the architect is part of the design team, and the client is the owner.

To achieve success, there must be synergy between the owner, general contractor, design team, and subcontractors. Members should be experienced and capable of coming up with their own solutions to problems and issues – those that can incorporate the best balance of cost, function, efficiency, maintainability, and delivery of the project.

It is essential for the engineer in the Design/Build project to be open-minded, flexible, and willing to consider all options. Then, they can come up with the best design solution that combines safety, function, and effectiveness. This balance can vary for every project and owner.

A must for success is compromise and cooperation, as well as a knowledgeable representative for the owner to the Design/Build process. This person must be capable of making decisions quickly, as without a rapid response from a knowledgeable representative the Design/Build process may stall. This can reduce the time benefits of this strategy, and can result in the process reverting to more of the traditional Design/Bid/Build concept, inevitably resulting in Design/Review/Design.

Making A Big Splash – March 2017

An Old Tappan pool house is a hit all year long, proving that the fun doesn’t end when you leave the water.

A Tennessee flagstone path leads to the covered lounge area of this Old Tappan pool house. Motorized screens are hidden from view but can be lowered to keep unwanted pests from spoiling the party inside.

What happens when the kids outgrow their backyard playhouse and an old shed is underused? For one Old Tappan homeowner, the answer was: Call in the wrecking ball. Well, it wasn’t that dramatic, says Glen Lumia, president and CEO of Northvale-based Creative Design Construction & Remodeling, but replacing those old structures with a one-of-a-kind pool house was a viable solution.

A simple pool house with four walls, windows, roof and a door just wouldn’t cut it for this property, he says. The yard already featured an in-ground pool with tanning shelf, spa, grotto and waterfall, while an outdoor kitchen, firepit area and trampoline dotted other spots on site. “The owner wanted the pool house to fit in with the character of the outdoor space and be an extension of the main house,” says Lumia, whose company oversaw each stage of the project. Their shared vision evolved from the concept of a Japanese pavilion, from its general shape and form to an interior chock full of upscale amenities and comforts. On the wish list: a full bath with indoor and outdoor showers, a changing room with washer and dryer, a bar with refrigeration, an entertaining area with TV and fire features, and plenty of storage for pool equipment and furniture.

Location played a large role in the intricate design of the building. Because direct sunlight literally hits the spot during summer days, “we designed the roof to allow for the natural process of convection,” Lumia says. Stay-cool Tennessee flagstone is used for patio floors, and the open ceiling—constructed of natural cedar—allows rising heat to escape. A roof transom is installed for function and aesthetics; it aids in the release of hot air while allowing views of summer sunsets.

Motorized screens around the cabana’s covered outdoor entertainment lounge provide protection from nature’s elements (including pesky bugs!).

“This space is important because it allows for more family time, Friday night pizza and movie events or just a cozy romantic night by the fire,” Lumia says. Portable decorative space heaters were added to extend the entertaining season. “Now, all the comforts of the inside can be enjoyed outdoors any time of the year,” he says.

A full indoor bathroom with seeded glass offers privacy, but the available outdoor shower is convenient for those needing a quick rinse.

The bar area includes refrigeration, sink and stone countertops with waterfall detail.

The covered entertainment area with free-floating fireplace and fire table makes outdoor gatherings a year-round possibility. Natural cedar lines the cabana ceiling, in keeping with the designer’s “outdoor organic” theme.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling of Northvale, NJ Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling of Northvale, NJ

Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Northvale, NJ – February 9, 2017– Creative Design Construction, Inc. of Northvale, NJ has won “Best of Design” and “Best of Service” on Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design.

The Northvale, NJ based Design/Build firm was chosen by more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement, and design industry professionals. The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography.

Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Creative Design Construction, Inc.” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Glen Lumia, President of Creative Design Construction, Inc. said, “We are absolutely over the moon to receive these accolades-especially as we have now been awarded Best of Design four years in a row and the Best of Service for a third year running. At Creative Design, we pride ourselves on providing the highest standards of service and design and so we are extremely grateful to the Houzz community for their recognition and support.”

A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals on Houzz. This is a prestigious honor as less than 3% of professionals on Houzz are recognized, let alone for multiple, consecutive years.

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About Creative Design
Serving Bergen & Rockland counties, Creative Design Construction & Remodeling houses their award-winning showroom, state-of-the-art design and workshops and executive offices at 204 Livingston Street in Northvale, New Jersey, 07647. Incorporated in 1988, the firm creates long-term relationships through a complete “Design-Build” process, which takes their clients from design concepts to architectural drawing to completion/build all within the same organization. To learn more about their design-build process call (201) 768-5813 in New Jersey or (845) 634-0132 in New York or visit their website at www.creativedesignconstruction.com.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

 

 

Benefits of Using Houzz

Houzz began in June of 2008 as a side project for founders Adi and Alon. They had just completed a home remodel and after struggling with organizing recommendations from friends and inspiration from magazines, they built Houzz. Now, Houzz is a community that consists of over 40 million homeowners, home designers, and home improvement professionals.

Creative Design Construction & Remodeling is proud to win the Best of Houzz 2017 for Design and Service for 5 consecutive years. In addition, our photos have been shared over 100,000 times! We know what the benefits of using Houzz are, so we decided to share them today.

  • Inspiration. The first step in any construction or remodeling process is to get inspiration! You need to determine what you like and don’t like so you can easily communicate it with design and construction professionals. Houzz provides the opportunity to get inspiration from professionals and save your ideas in your own personal idea book that is easy to share.
  • Tips, tricks, and advice. Houzz has its very own section dedicated to advice and stories. You can learn from professionals on best design trends for 2017 and get answers to home renovation questions you may have.
  • Shopping guide. How many times have you seen a picture online or in a magazine and wanted to know where you can buy it? With Houzz, there are buying guides available for the house. You can find unique décor to reflect your personal style and have information as to where to buy it.
  • Find professionals. Houzz is a great space to find construction professionals to execute your vision. Look through portfolios, read reviews, and find contact information.

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.

Best of Bergen 2017 Awards

It’s that time of year again! Creative Design Construction & Remodeling is proud to be nominated for the Best of Bergen Awards for contractor and kitchen remodeling.

The Best of Bergen Awards is created by Bergen Magazine and has been running for over 10 years. Last year, over 30,000 readers participated in the voting process and awarded over 300 businesses with the Best of Bergen.

Voting ends April 14, 2017, so be sure to place your votes now! The winners will be announced in Bergen Magazine’s September 2017 issue. They will all be celebrated at the BergenFest at The Rockleigh on October 5, 2017.

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.