HOME REMODELING TIPS-Keeping Your Home Clean During Construction

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You are just about to start your Home Improvement project and your remodeling contractor notified you that the work will start soon. Are you prepared for the work to begin on your home addition, room addition, raised level also commonly called an Add a Level or even a kitchen renovation or bathroom renovation? Before your home improvement contractor begins remodeling, you want to make sure you have your home all set for the dust and contaminants that flow through the air. Get yourself ready by setting up the proper shielding in order to  protect and minimize any potential hazards that lie ahead.

First off, figure out what part of your home will be affected by your remodeling project. If your are installing an addition in the rear of the home, then you are actually lucky. You can prepare only a small portion of your home which means less work for you.

Let’s say you are remodeling your home and installing a new raised level or add a level. Many times this type of remodel project involves opening and removing walls on the 1st floor. Even installing new a new staircase is common so in this type of situation, the work will be spread out all around the interior of your home. That means obviously there is more to protect and cover.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor specializing in home additions, room additions, raised levels and complete home renovations, I have showed up to my customers homes on day one only to find absolutely nothing protected. Other time, the home is protected from top to bottom.

Here are some tips to get your home prepared for the remodeling job ahead….

REMODELING: Protect the floors

If your home improvement project is going to affect most of your home, obviously you would want to remove as much of the contents as possible if not all of it. Many workers will be walking throughout your home. The very first thing you want to do is protect your floors. Floor protection can be achieved by applying surface shields. For rugs, you can apply a plastic roll out that has a one sided adhesive. Some of these plastic sheet protectors will last 30 – 45 days. For hardwood, you can apply similar plastic barriers but these will be a bit thicker with a slight cushion to then. Again, these will have a one sided adhesive. Many of these roll out plastic protectors can be used on tile floors as well. Once finished, they can easily be removed and discarded.

REMODEL: Protect Protect Protect

Here’s a great tip for you. If you are going to have traffic near your bathrooms, kitchens, or even your deck, make sure you cover and protect it properly. For all of the above there are specific shields for each task need to protect.

Let’s take the countertop’s on both the kitchen and bathroom. You would want to install appropriate surface shield’s offering protection especially on marble and granite countertops.

For you bathroom’s, purchase tub liner’s so they will cushion any item’s that may fall and chip the enamel.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Protect large areas

If you have large areas of tile, carpet, hardwood or even a wood deck or lemonade porch, there are other ways to protect. Purchase and install into place protective pvc sheets. These are easy to place down any very light weight. I use these many times when We are working at a site that has an existing deck. We lay the protective pvc sheets down until the job is complete, then remove them. They can absorb a heavy impact well. these pvc sheets can also protect doors, cabinet, walls and furniture.

 

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Install barriers

One of the best ways to protect your home improvement, whether it’s a room addition, kitchen renovation or even a bathroom renovation is to install plastic barriers. A plastic barrier is a temporary wall made of plastic. Just recently, tools were made that make this a whole lot easier such as a zip wall. In minutes, you can create a barrier from floor to ceiling.

On great way to use this system is to put all your belongings such as furniture into a room that isn’t  going to be used. Install the barrier around the furniture, encasing it in plastic. If you need to access the furniture, you can install a zip- zipper attachment to the plastic wall. when you need access, just unzip and go.

You can also use a barrier to block off one part of your home from the other. Works great especially for additions, home additions, raised levels and bathroom renovation remodeling projects.

ADDITIONS: Tarps and Drop Cloths            

Another great way to protect your home from dust and potential damage is to purchase and install tarpaulin’s and drop cloths. If you can’t get your plastic barrier walls installed, make sure you cover everything and anything with basic plastic tarps or drop cloths. Minimize dust issues later on. Ultimately, if you can combine several of these methods, you will be well covered. Covering and protecting will save you a lot of aggravation.

Ask your Home Improvement Contractor for advice before you remodel your home.

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Author:

Mr. David Pangione

of

Pangione Developers Inc.

Note: All this information is 100% original. Every word is spoken from experience of being a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for over 30 years.

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REMODELING YOUR HOME- ENERGY SAVING TIPS WHEN YOU REMODEL

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Are you remodeling your home now or  planning to remodel in the future? These days with the costs of natural gas and oil skyrocketing, it is very expensive to heat and cool your home. You may want to consider consulting  with your home improvement contractor regarding upgrading the exterior walls to your home addition from 2×4’s to 2×6 construction for your home improvement project.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, many times when we start a home renovation, we will remodel with 2×6 exterior walls. This is beneficial when building new homes, home additions, raised levels or any time you put up new exterior walls. Up until recently, all exterior walls traditionally have been designed and built using 2×4 douglas fur stud framing. An R-11 insulation would be fitted into the bays between studs placed 16″ on center. This has been sufficient for many years.

With skyrocketing energy costs, rules and regulations have been put in place to make home building procedures geared toward producing more energy efficient homes. These rules and regulations vary from place to place but the idea will work regardless of where you are located. If your renovation project is designed with 2×4 construction, discuss with your home renovation contractor what extra costs are involved in order to install the 2×6 framing.

By upgrading your remodeling project, there will be more upfront costs involved. Obviously, you will be paying for the difference between a 2×4 and a 2×6. This method will only be applied to the exterior walls and not all the walls such as the interior. Since these wall will go from 3 1/2″ thick to 5 1/2″ thick you will now be able to upgrade your insulation from an R-11 batt insulation to an R-19. What does all this mean with your energy bill? Well, that is simple. You will be protecting your interior from any exterior element’s better. Almost 1  1/2 times better which means you will be locking in the heating and cooling.

By applying this strategy when you remodel, you will be paying more to upgrade with the 2×6’s and the better insulation BUT you will be paying less monthly for your heating and cooling bills. I myself have built entire floors for myself and my customers. My own home is amazingly efficient in both the summer and winter. The feedback I receive from my customers is positive as well. So sure, it does cost more to build this way but you will make your money back within 3 years or less in most cases pending the size of the remodeling job.

Another item to remember is that with the larger walls, your home improvement contractor will need to factor in the extra trim material needed to extend your window jambs to compensate for the thicker walls. Not to worry, this is standard procedure. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, I can tell you that the extra cost to extend your window jambs is minimal.

Discuss your remodeling options with your home improvement contractor for your next home addition or home improvement project.

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NJ Home Improvement Contractor- Steps To Help You Find A Remodeling Contractor in NJ

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR- Remodeling Contractors

Are you interested in hiring a raised level contractor, bathroom contractor, kitchen contractor or any type of NJ Home Improvement Contractors? Where do you start, who can you call?

The first thing you have to figure out is what type of home improvement are you looking to accomplish. For example, if you are going to have a new kitchen installed, you  would want to call kitchen contractors. If you are interested in bathroom remodeling contractors, you would call bathroom contractor.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Home Addition Contractors

Let’s say you have decided to go ahead and hire a home addition contractor. You don’t have any friends that had additions built. The same goes for your neighbors. How and where do you start to look for your home addition contractor. The first place I would start would be to search online for local NJ Home Improvement Contractors that specialize in Home additions. Gather  some names and numbers. Develop a list of home addition contractors that work out of your area.

Next, go to your local building department and inquire about some of the NJ home improvement contractors on your list. Ask if they have ever heard of any of the companies on your list. Your building department can provide you with some great information on home renovation companies and who has done work in that area. After you have developed a list of bathroom contractor, remodeling contractors, siding contractors, home addition contractors etc, start to call the contractors you are interested in. You don’t want to hire a contractor that is located to far from your home. Twenty thru thirty minutes the most. Reason being is let’s say If by chance something happens on the job such as a rain storm blows off a tarp, you want your remodeling contractor to be able to arrive at a moment’s notice and be able to cover the job up again at anytime no questions asked. If your home addition contractors are located too far, they won’t be able to arrive quickly in case of emergencies like this.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Other Sources

Here are a few more simple ways to gather information whether you are hiring a bathroom contractor, remodeling contractors, home improvement contractors or even home addition contractors.

Let’s say for instance you are interested in hiring a NJ siding contractor or NJ home remodeling contractors. Go online and simply Google the NJ remodeling contractors name and see what information appears. You can find loads of useful information on NJ home addition contractors…etc. Obviously you can accumulate your research and develop an opinion based on what you see hear. Mostly negative reviews would steer me away while articles, advertisements and postings would show me that that company is clearly working hard at spending time and money to make themselves your home improvement contractor.

One other way I would like to mention at helping you research  remodeling contractors  would be to call the Better Business Bureau or better known as the (BBB). This simply involves placing a call and asking them if there are any reports or filings on any particular NJ Remodeling contractors. If there are, then chances are the report will be listed at this organization. It’s worth a simple phone call. The agent would let you know over the phone any past cases on that contractors history.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for answers.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor-Tiling Information For Your Remodeling Project

Have you hired a NJ Home Improvement Contractor that is about to tile your bathroom, laundry or kitchen?. What about your foyer?. If you have recently  built a raised level, addition or are just remodeling, you will need to figure out what type of tile products you are going to install throughout your home renovation. We are going to briefly discuss Ceramic, marble and porcelain tile products for your home renovation project.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor- Tiling with Ceramic

Your Bergen County NJ Home Improvement project has been running smooth.  At this time, you will now need to pick out your tile products for each bathroom renovation, kitchen renovation or any other room that will need tiling. Using ceramic tile can be a cheaper more inexpensive way to go when tiling your home.

Ceramic tile is a very durable material and tends to be less expensive than porcelain, marble or slate and easier for the tiling crews to work with as well. It is also highly resistant to staining which makes it very attractive  for your installations.  Tile installers are able to cut and bore ceramic more easily than other exotic material such as marble, slate or porcelain. Ceramic tile comes in many different  colors as well as textures. Different types of edging such as bull nosing can be purchased as a set with your ceramic tile. As an example, when your tile installation gets close to a corner, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will install the bull nosing  which has a slightly tapered end. This will create a nice finish. Since the ceramic tile is easy to work with, its labor costs tend to be cheaper  than when using Porcelain or Marble.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor-Tiling with Marble and Porcelain

Contrary to common thought, porcelain tiles are extremely durable. They also have an absorption rate at 100 times less than most ceramic tiles. Also they can be quite costly as compared to ceramic. Porcelain tiles are formed very similar to ceramic tiles but fired at much higher temperatures. With the addition of extra ingredients as well as higher firing temperatures, porcelain tiles are extremely durable and highly stain resistant. Porcelain can also be polished to a high gloss finish.

Marble tile is a very hard durable stone. Like porcelain, marble can be highly polished for  high gloss finish. Also, it can also be tumbled for a natural, more worn look. Marble is very porous which makes it easy to be stained. Sealing your marble is highly recommended to prevent staining. When installing marble tiling, you can purchase custom manufactured saddles , bath shelving, decorative nosing or any other fabricated pieces you can think of. It can match your  marble tile installations. When my customers are purchasing  marble at my supply centers, I will instruct them to seek out slabs of marble that match the actual marble tile they have chosen. Also, they can use the matching slab to fabricate vanity tops or countertops.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for answers.

 

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Hardwood Flooring In Your Home Renovation

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Hardwood Flooring Installation

Hardwood flooring, sure we install it in almost every job we build. Are you interested in having your Home Improvement Contractor install hardwood flooring in your Bergen County NJ home renovation? Let’s talk

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: New Construction

As a NJ Home Improvement contractor, Many of our customers request hardwood installations in their entire home renovations. In almost all of our new raised level packages, hardwood flooring installations seems to be almost mandatory with the homeowners. We will install new #1 red oak or select grade on the entire upstairs less the bathrooms and laundry areas. We will then treat the flooring with polyurethane and a final buff coat and within 3 days the flooring is ready to walk on. Remember, that was the new top floor or even a new addition area. Everything is new so it a simple procedure for the install. Let’s go to the first floor and talk about your hardwood flooring installation in the existing renovated area.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Hardwood & Your Home Renovation

Many of our complete home renovations  include both a new raised level in addition to a completely revised first floor plan with a first floor extension. The existing first floor usually always has the original hardwood flooring. We will remove several walls during the home renovation. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will then be left with a decision. How  will he be able to repair and install hardwood on the first floor. Remember, the original walls were removed. On the floor will be  4  1/2″ wide gaps from where the walls used to lie. If a twenty foot wall was removed then there will be a 20′ x 4 1/2″ gap in the floor. There  are 2 choices. The first is to remove ALL the hardwood flooring throughout the first floor. Then reinstall the new. If you are not worried about the budget and or the numbers work out, then this option is fine. The second choice is to feather the old hardwood in with the new hardwood flooring. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will use a staggering or weaving process. He will remove the nearest pieces and fill with new hardwood accordingly. When ready, he will sand the entire floor and the weaved areas all together. When completed, your first floor will look absolutely brand new. The positive here is that you  were able to salvage the existing hardwood and saving you a good deal of money.

 

If you are interested in installing hardwood flooring in your renovation project, Ask your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for his opinion.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Let’s talk about a Contract

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Let’s talk about a Contract

The moment has come and you are sitting down with your NJ Home Improvement Contractor ready to sign a contract. A bit nervous? A little worried that you are not certain what to look for. I know the feeling. I get that feeling every time I lease a vehicle. I know the dealer is going to slip something in the lease that I don’t want, so my guard is up. Whether you are building a Raised Level, addition, bathroom or kitchen renovation or even a finished basement, a contract is a contract so let’s go over a few items.

INTERVIEW FIRST

Lets break this down. Let’s get down to basics. In the beginning, when you first started calling NJ Home Improvement Contractors for an estimate on  your home improvement job, I’m sure you met with three or four contractors. It is during this time that you needed to start getting a feel for the contractor that you would want to work with. It is basically an interview. Then, when you think you are leaning towards a particular NJ Home Improvement Contractor, then you look into his references, drive past a few of his jobs to make sure you really want to work with his company. After you go through this process, hopefully you can get a sense of comfort and feeing  like you are working with a reliable and trustworthy NJ home improvement contractor. This will make the contract signing a bit more less tense.

READ THE CONTRACT

I have sat down with hundreds of customers for contract signings. The first thing you want to make sure of is that you actually read the contract. No matter what, read the contract. Believe it or not, I would show up to a contract signing and the customer is ready to sign the contract and hand me a check without reading it. Sure, sounds easy for me right? In this scenario, it would eventually lead to problems. The customer would think he is getting this option when he actually is getting something else. Each and every contract signing, I always sit down with my customers and read the “entire” contract from start to finish. This way any items that are cloudy to them,  I will stop and discuss so that each and every item is clear. I recommend that you do the same when you are ready to have a contract signing with your NJ Home Improvement contractor.

PROJECT STAGES

You want to know prior to the work beginning, how long your NJ Home Improvement Contractor thinks the work process will last. It is a law in most states that your contractor must give an estimated time of completion in writing. In our contracts, not only do we have absolutely every little detail from start to finish, included we have a full page of the entire job process listing from the date of contract signing until the very end in great detail. It also states the estimated date of completion. Look for that in your contract, it can eliminate many problems .

WARRANTY

Inside your contract package, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor must provide a detailed warranty. This is mandatory in most states. Your warranty should list the time frame that the warranty is valid and exactly what items are covered in the warranty. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, I like to have our   warranties completely detailed on a separate form. Every area of concern is listed. It eliminates any second guessing. You should go over your warranty and discuss any questions you may have with your NJ Home Improvement Contractor.

CATEGORY BREAK DOWNS

The last issue I want to touch on is the bulk of your contract which will be the individual item categories such as Roofing, Siding, Heating/ Air Conditioning, Flooring, Finishing, Windows etc….  .

A good contract will have individual breakdowns of each of these types of categories, such as the examples above. There will be full detail of material itemized and any possible credits that go to the homeowner for items that they have purchased. I have found that the more detail listed, the better. When we have a contract signing, there is nothing left unmentioned. All material and individual categories are listed from start to finish. It also makes it easy for the homeowner to reference any item in question for the future.

Remember to read your contract, ask your NJ Home Improvement Contractor as many questions you feel are needed until there is no stone left unturned.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: ADDING HVAC TO YOUR HOME

Have you been contemplating adding central HVAC cooling and possibly heating. Anything is possible but more important, where does your budget lie.  As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, I have installed hundreds of systems for my customers. The systems were installed in both new and old construction

 

NEW  CONSTRUCTION

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, when we build, more than ninety percent of our raised levels and addition projects are all installed with new HVAC heating  and cooling systems.  HVAC is a very efficient system and cost effective especially for a family that is on a tight budget. The HVAC systems components are usually installed in the attic which makes airflow and recirculation to your bedrooms in the new Raised Level run effectively and efficiently since the system is just a few feet away from the rooms they are heating and cooling. New HVAC systems are easily installed in new construction projects. An HVAC technician will measure your square footage and size up the proper system that will carry your home’s space accordingly via single or multi zone.

OLD  CONSTRUCTION

Many homeowners ask us if it is possible  to install an HVAC air conditioning system in their home. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor ,we get many calls from homeowners that already have hot water or steam heating systems. They want us to install a new HVAC system but there are a few considerations to think about first.

How old is your current furnace? This is a biggie because you don’t want to install a new HVAC cooling system then in two years your steam or hot water furnace goes down due to old age. So consider the age of your current furnace, it’s cheaper to install an HVAC furnace WITH your cooling system at the same time then at separate times.

If you are just looking for a single HVAC cooling system, in most cases it can be installed. It is very rare that your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can’t install an HVAC system. If you live in a ranch for instance, most of the components can be installed in your attic such as the blower and duct work. Install the compressor  outside and its finished. This type of install is easy, but when you install in a multi level  home, running the duct work sometimes gets tricky so you may need to have a dual system installation. Consult with your NJ Home Improvement Contractor.

What can your NJ Home Improvement Contractor tell you about a Gas Fireplace!

What can your NJ Home Improvement Contractor  tell you about a Gas Fireplace!

Whether you are building a raised level, an addition or even just an interior renovation, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can help you decide if a direct vent gas fireplace will be able to be installed in your home renovation.

FRAMING             

Depending on which unit you choose, each model has its own individual framing requirements. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will need to know what the opening will be for the unit. Your renovation contractor will frame around the insert (which is the actual fireplace itself) and this is where the fire place will be placed. The insert will be framed on an outside wall so the exhaust fumes can directly be vented outside. The easy part about this is there is no need for a chimney to be extended above the roof. The insert installation crew directs the exhaust fumes through the wall “Directly” behind the insert. With the appropriate fittings, your fireplace is ready for its utility connections

 

NEW CONSTRUCTION

Ultimately, installing any item in new construction would be cheaper and faster since the construction is open and exposed.  With that being said, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can run the necessary utilities quicker and more direct. This obviously would be more beneficial to you.

EXISTING CONSTRUCTION

Anytime you have to make an installation, in this case a gas fireplace, if you are working with existing or “old” construction the price will be higher. The simple reason is that the utilities need to be installed and ran to the appropriate spots. When the walls and floors are closed up, then running the utilities is more labor intensive for your NJ Home Improvement Contractor.

 

 

WHAT UTILITIES ARE NEEDED

Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will arrange for a licensed plumber and electrician to make the necessary connections.

Gas Line

When installing a gas fireplace, most models will have two utilities that will need to be extended to it. First, a gas line will need to be connected. Depending on the size of the unit, the proper gas line will need to be extended directly from the gas meter to the gas fireplace. Your licensed plumber will usually run the necessary flexible gas line in one run meaning there are no breaks in the line except at each end where the connections are made. Before connecting, an inspection will be needed to make sure the gas line has no leaks. After the inspection, the plumber can install the gas line to the fireplace and turn on pending the electric connection.

Electric

The other utility needed will be an electric line. Again, pending the size of the unit, you will have a licensed electrician run the proper electric line to feed the unit. The electric is used for the lighting mechanism. Many times in the area very close to the unit, the electrician will mount a switch that you will use to turn the fireplace on or off.

 

FINISHING

After the utilities are connected, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can finish  off with sheetrock, spackling and paint. Many times the insert’s manufacturer will sell specific mantles, surrounding and screening as options. Other times you can install stone or your favorite tiling.

 

FIRE PLACE ACCESSORIES

Pending the size of your fireplace and  its BTU output, a nifty option that is very affordable is a blower fan. The blower fan simply takes all that heat that is produced and when the blower switch is on, sends the hot air out into the room. This option is worth every penny. In a matter of minutes, your room is feeling nice and comfy.

 

Another option for your gas fireplace is a remote control for the unit. The remote is used to operate the fireplace. Rather than having to get up  to turn the system on and off, this function can be controlled with our remote. Also some remotes have digital read out showing what the room temperature is at.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: GENERAL INFORMATION AND REVIEWS

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Information and Reviews

GENERAL INFORMTION:

  Welcome to the beginning of our NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR BLOG for information and reviews. This site will discuss Home remodeling, Home Improvements, Home repairs, Raised levels, Add a levels, Additions, Family rooms , Kitchen renovations and  Bathroom renovations in  Bergen County NJ as only we know it.  Our parent company, Pangione Developers Inc a NJ Home Improvement Contractor is a premier NJ Contractor serving all of the Bergen County area. All opinions expressed forward are those of Pangione Developers ownership and not reflected at nor expressed toward any other entity. Please enjoy the information provided hereon.

About Me

A little about myself. My name is David Pangione. I am the owner of Pangione Developers Inc..a NJ Home Improvement Contractor.

You have probably seen our jobs being built near your home. You may have even seen our white trucks. Well anyway I am a third generation home builder- home renovator.  Both my grandfather and my father were home builders. My father built thousands of homes throughout the tri- state area. I grew up on job sites, lived and breathed home building. Since I came from a household of all boys, mom shipped me off with dad practically every summer day and most weekends from 5 years old up. Summers, winters and everything in between. I learned building inside and out from my father and decided in memory of dad’s recent passing, I would share all the information
that he taught me to anyone that was interested by creating this forum. My company , Pangione Developers Incorporated was created for the sole purpose of providing homeowners with low cost affordable additions, raised levels and complete home renovation projects. We are one of the only contracting companies that only specializes in JUST Raised Levels, Additions and complete Home Renovations. We can also be seen at PangioneDevelopers.com. I will constantly update this site, so if you have any ideas or interests…. Shoot us an email and ill add it to the blog. Categories are to the right so dig in and have a look.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: CALL YOUR CONTRACTOR

So, your family is expanding and that cape or ranch is starting to burst at the seams or the colonial or bi level you fell in love with needs a family room and even a garage. Sound familiar?           

Don’t worry you are not alone. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, we get calls on this all the time, in fact the call we get the most is that a homeowner just took their house off the market and decided to renovate what they have now into a larger footprint open floor house plan. After a 4, 5,or 6 month listing and no offers, they usually realize that for the price they wanted and the offers they were getting , its not worth moving. Their friendly neighbors and comfortable school system is already in place so all that is needed would be to remodel and renovate the existing structure.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: RAISED LEVELS 101

Most usually start off with a raised level or also called an Add A Level which is simply (taking off the existing roof and building a new floor above). But this is just half of the solution. After we move all the bedrooms to the upper level, most cases 3-4 bedrooms and a standard bath as well as a master bedroom bathroom suite, the fun on the first floor begins.       


Your home renovation project is one of the biggest home
improvement investments you can make in your lifetime. When planning the
construction, you want to make sure each room is planned out properly,
especially the first floor living space. In the situation above that involved
building a Raised Level, after we complete the top floor raised level framing
structure, we immediately shift focus to the first floor alteration and
renovation. In most cases we remove several walls eliminating all the 1st
floor existing bedrooms. Removing the existing bedroom walls creates a much
larger open floor living area for your expanding family to utilize.  After we finish off the hardwood flooring process, no one would ever know there were once tiny bedrooms in what is now a larger comfortable living area.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: RENOVATION OPTIONS

Let me express that there are many options when trying to renovate your home. Keeping with the above example, on top of what we stated already, most of our customers package in a rear family room / kitchen expansion off the rear of the home. This added square footage usually solves all the first floor problems. We remove the existing kitchen and

open the entire rear wall of that kitchen. If I were to give an average size most people request for a rear expanded room off of a kitchen it would size out at 20’x20’ for the kitchen expansion. Remember that the original kitchen space will be reconfigured so after the kitchen designer provides the kitchen floor plan layout, most times the new cabinetry will begin from the original kitchen area right along that newly opened wall where the original kitchen and new addition meet. You don’t want a supporting header hanging down below your ceiling in your new kitchen. The trick is too install a flush mount iron supported beam called a flitch plate where the large opening
is created. Simply put, these plates are custom made with the necessary size header material sandwiching an architecturally calculated iron plate. It’s a labor intensive task, but the end result is a smooth flowing ceiling with no breaks. This allows your ceiling to flow nicely into the newly created room. With this, your cabinets will have an unobstructed free flow as well.

More on this subject to come . If you enjoyed this post from NJ Home Improvement Contractor, let me know.

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