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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.

Walk-In Closet Ideas

Walk-In Closet Ideas

Is a walk-in closet part of your remodeling package? Or are you just dreaming of the day when you will finally get to have the space to store all of your shoes, clothes, and accessories? We’ve rounded out some of the best walk-in closet ideas for your dream space!

  • Display your favorite items. What’s a walk-in closet if you don’t have space to showcase your favorite things? Whether you love your shoe collection, enjoy handbags, or have that favorite outfit you feel great in, make sure you create a spot to display them all!
  • Make the most of your space. A walk-in closet doesn’t have to be in your bedroom. Utilize the attic space and convert it into your dream space. Another solution is to use a corner in your room and design a faux walk-in closet.
  • If you have extra space, take advantage of it! If you fall on the opposite end of the spectrum and have more space in your home than you know what to do with. Truly create your dream walk-in closet. Add backlit storage, your washer and drier, and plenty of space to house your clothes.
  • Experiment with design in your closet. Your closet is a space that you can go all-out creative with. Try innovative colors and wallpapers on the walls. Add that unique chandelier. Make a statement with your closet.
  • Model your closet after your favorite store. If you enjoy spending time in a certain boutique, design your closet with that store as your inspiration. Add lighting and interesting features to the space.

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.

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Five Remodeling Lessons

Remodeling a home is exciting and a bit stressful. Once your home remodel is complete, you most likely will not want to deal with construction noise in your house for a long time. Here are five remodeling lessons we thought we’d share with you.

  1. Chose a layout that is timeless. One of the main reasons why people remodel their homes is because it is outdated. If you would like your home remodel to last, chose a layout and design that is timeless. Doing so will ensure that you will be happy with your remodel for years to come.
  2. Create a home that you would like to live in. We all can get carried away with extravagant designs and features. However, remember that at the end of the day you are actually going to be living in the space. Ask yourself if the space you are designing is comfortable and is one in which you actually want to spend time in.
  3. Keep storage in mind. Another reason why people renovate their homes is because they do not have enough storage. Keep storage in mind when renovating and come up with creative solutions to keep objects out of sight.
  4. Design a home that fits with your lifestyle. If your family enjoys playing soccer in your backyard, make sure you have plenty of space to play. If you enjoy crafting or playing music, design a room in your home to accommodate your hobbies.
  5. Bring out your home’s character. If you live in an older home, don’t hide its unique features! Instead, draw attention to focal points of the room by accentuating them with furniture and accessories.

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.

Kitchen Remodeling Contractor NJ

Kitchen Remodel Tips – Part One

Have you been dreaming of remodeling your kitchen? Are you unsure about where to start? Check out our two-part guide to kitchen remodels.

  • Be patient. If you are hoping of completing a phased remodel, be patient with your efforts. Don’t buy, change, or knock down anything. You might decide down the road to change the layout of the kitchen completely and if you buy new countertops before you decide to move the sink to be by the window, you will end up spending a lot more money. If you purchase new appliances now, they might not end up fitting in with the new layout.
  • Seek out the help of an experienced professional. Kitchen renovations can be extremely overwhelming, that’s why you should seek the help of an experienced professional. A builder can help you create and execute a design plan for your dream kitchen.
  • Create a plan for the project. An important aspect of a kitchen remodel is creating a plan for the project. Determine what needs to get done, who will be completing it, and when it needs to be completed by.
  • Pick out the materials and appliances you want to use. In order to create an effective budget, you need to actually pick out the materials and appliances you want to use. Guesstimating is not good because you might think that products are a lot less than they actually are.
  • Prepare for construction. Lastly, you need to mentally prepare yourself for construction in your home. A kitchen is the heart of the home and as such, you will need to figure out where you will be preparing meals for the family. Think about the final product while dealing with limited or no space to cook inside of your home.

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.

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Kitchen Remodel Tips – Part Two

After you have planned and designed your kitchen, now comes the fun part! Detailing the project and creating a budget for it. You will need to be extremely organized during this stage of the remodel. Follow the tips below to help keep your remodel organized, on budget, and on time.

  • Scope of work. A contractor will prepare a formal document of the scope of work, which will explain all of the work that is needed to complete the project. The more detail the document contains, the better the accuracy.
  • Updating plumbing. If you change the entire layout of your kitchen, you will need to account for plumbing changes. Changing the location of the sink, adding a sink, or moving the dishwasher will require the assistance of a plumber. Do not attempt to do that yourself.
  • Creating an electrical plan. Sometimes, your architect or designer will spend time discussing an electrical plan with you. If you are adding new fixtures, lighting layouts, and appliance locations to your kitchen, your electrician cost will increase. On the other hand, if you are replacing old lighting fixtures, the cost of the electrician will be relatively low.
  • Cabinet design. If you are not switching up the layout of your kitchen, a simple coat of paint to freshen up your cabinets should be all the work you need to complete. However, if you are changing the entire design and layout of your kitchen, you will most likely need new cabinets. Be sure to account for cabinets in your scope of work.

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.

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What is Design-Build?

Also known as design/construct, or single source responsibility, “Design Build” is a method of project delivery where one entity (the design-build team) works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services.

This is just one entity – one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion.

Design-build successfully has delivered office buildings, school, stadiums, transportation and water projects across the country, and around the world with superior results.

As an alternative to design-bid-build, or construction management projects, design-build project delivery system use has greatly accelerated in the United States over the past 15 years. It has become one of the most significant trends in design and construction today.

Contract, One Integrated Team

With just a single contract between the owner and the design-build team, project delivery is a seamless process, saving money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders. This helps to form an alliance which can foster collaboration and teamwork that is united from the outset of every project.

The Design-Build Advantage

Owner/Agency Benefits

  • Faster Delivery – Work is completed faster and with fewer problems with a collaborative project management effort.
  • Cost Savings – With an integrated team, tasks can be geared toward efficiency and innovation.
  • Singular Responsibility – Only one entity is held accountable for schedules, costs, and performance.
  • Better Quality – With design-builders, needs are met based on performance, not minimum design requirements, often developing innovations to deliver a better project than initially imagined.
  • Decreased Administrative Burden – Owners are able to focus on the project, rather than managing contracts.
  • Risk Reduction – The design-build team assumes additional risk.
  • Litigation Claim Minimized – Closing of warranty gaps owners virtually eliminates litigation claims.

Creative Design Construction, Inc. Receives Two Best of Houzz 2016 Awards

BestofHouzz2016Northvale, NJ – January 12, 2016 – Creative Design Construction, Inc. of Northvale, NJ has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2016 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The Design-Build Firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2016 in North America, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented, competent and service-oriented professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to join our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts in recognizing our “Best Of Houzz” professionals around the world.”

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 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.

To see the most popular designs: http://www.houzz.com/best-of-houzz-2016 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.

29th Annual Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards Honors Creative Excellence

news-sam-squareAtlantic City, NJ – March 31,2016 – The New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) honored the industry’s most creative and successful sales and marketing professionals at the 29th Annual Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards Banquet this evening, at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. This gala event was the grand finale of the 67th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention. The SAM Awards honor excellence in design and marketing programs in New Jersey.

The SAM Awards Banquet was attended by over 450 advertising, sales, marketing, media, and home building industry professionals. Awards were presented in 85 categories recognizing “Best in Class” 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 Sam Pauls stated, “Every year the sales and marketing professionals in our industry deliver outstandingly fresh and creative concepts that excite customers and drive sales. I congratulate all of this evening’s winners on receiving these prestigious awards.”

NJBA CEO Carol Ann Short, Esq. added, “The SAM awards are presented to some of the most talented individuals in our industry. Marketing is an often underappreciated aspect of the building industry and I’m proud our association is able to honor the individuals who play a critical role in helping our builders sell homes and drive growth in NJ. Congratulations to all of our award winners.”

Creative Design Construction is pleased to be a recipient of the following SAM Awards:
Best Kitchen Remodeling/Renovation Project
Creative Design Construction & Remodeling
Design By: Glen Lumia & Sarah Cassidy

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

Best Specialty Room Remodeling/Renovation Project
Creative Design Construction & Remodeling
Design By: James Borenius

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

About the Atlantic Builders Convention (ABC)
Now in its 67th year, ABC is the largest building industry trade show in the Northeast, drawing approximately 6,500 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 nearly 400 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

28th Annual Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards Honors Creative Excellence, Industry Achievement

sam-awardsAtlantic City, NJ – March 26, 2015 – The New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) honored the industry’s most creative and successful sales and marketing professionals at the 28th Annual Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards Banquet this evening, at the Resort Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. This gala event was the grand finale of the 66th Annual Atlantic Builders Convention. The SAM Awards honor excellence in design and marketing programs in New Jersey.

The SAM Awards Banquet was attended by approximately 450 advertising, sales, marketing, media, and home building industry professionals. Awards were presented in 85 categories recognizing “Best in Class” 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.

“We live in a competitive marketplace where brand recognition and marketing are more important than ever,” said NJBA President George Vallone. “Our award winners have gone above and beyond in their efforts to truly establish themselves as industry leaders and I congratulate them on this significant achievement.”

Sam Pauls, SAM Committee Chair added, “The prestigious SAM Awards we presented tonight honor some of the most talented sales and marketing professionals in our industry.”

Creative Design Construction is pleased to be a
recipient of the following SAM Awards:

Best Kitchen Remodeling/Renovation Project
Creative Design Construction
Designed By: Glen Lumia

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

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

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

About the Atlantic Builders Convention (ABC)
Now in its 66th year, ABC is the largest building industry trade show in the Northeast, drawing approximately 6,500 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 nearly 400 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.

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 www.NJBA.org.

Creative Design Construction, Inc. Receives Two Best of Houzz 2015 Awards

2015-twinNorthvale, NJ – January 19, 2015 – Creative Design Construction, Inc. of Northvale, NJ has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2015 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The Design-Build Firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Service and Design. Customer Service honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,”

“Houzz connects people with the best home professional for their project by providing the only 360-degree view of a professional, from their portfolio, client reviews, awards and accreditations to their work style and expertise based on their participation in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Creative Design Construction, Inc. for the third consecutive year among our “Best Of” professionals for design and service.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

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 (www.houzz.com) 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 room to building a custom home, 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 powered by social tools, 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, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com.