NJ Kitchen Remodeling Tips From Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor

If you are a homeowner or even a NJ Home Improvement Contractor looking for ideas that you can use for your Kitchen Remodeling project in Bergen County New Jersey. Kitchen remodeling can be the most expensive room in your home to remodel. Some people may remodel the entire kitchen and others may remodel a portion such as changing countertops and or appliances.

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to rip apart your entire kitchen in order to make it look good. You feeling relieved yet? Well keep reading then. How about changing the color of your kitchen. You know that having your NJ Home Improvement Contractor apply a coat of paint can go a long way. Also, if you have the old style wood cabinets, you can resurface them as well with a coat of paint.

Do you have the old Formica countertops? Don’t you want to just toss them to the curb. Well now is your chance. Hire a marble fabrication contractor to remove the existing Formica countertops and install granite. Over the years, granite has actually come down in price so if you shop around, you may be able to find a NJ Home Improvement Contractor offering a great deal on granite countertops.

How are your appliances holding up. I bet you would like to trade them in for some new energy efficient stainless steel units. Changing the dishwasher , refrigerator, oven and microwave will really give your kitchen a new look. Pending your budget, you can even purchase today and pay a year later with some larger home appliance suppliers. Here’s another tip. Bring your old appliances down to your local scrap metal dealer and you could get up to $75 – $100 for those old metal units.

What kind of flooring is in your kitchen? Most old kitchens have linoleum. Usually they are 12″ x 12″ squares but other times the linoleum could have been installed in sheets. Have your NJ Home Improvement Contractor get rid of that linoleum and install ceramic, porcelain or even marble tile. Many times you don’t even have to remove the old linoleum. By installing a cement backer board above the linoleum with screws, you can apply the tile directly to the cement backer board. Tile up to the existing kitchen cabinets, apply the grout and there you have it, a new floor.

With these few tips, you can be sure your kitchen remodeling will be looking better in no time. If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor or click on the link below.


Mr. David Pangione
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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If you are planning on installing a new kitchen in your Bergen County NJ Home and want to hire a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

There are homeowners that will hire a kitchen remodeling company to take care of the entire kitchen remodeling project. That NJ Kitchen contractor will remove the old kitchen, provide the homeowner with new cabinet and countertop samples. From beginning to end, the kitchen contractor will do all the legwork. At the same time, the NJ homeowner will be paying a large premium for this service. This service can be up to 40% above the actual cost of the job. You can save money on your kitchen remodeling project if you are willing to do some basic legwork.

Your NJ kitchen installation doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are ways for you to install a new kitchen and not break the bank. Pending the style of cabinetry, you will first want to find out where your local cabinet suppliers are located. If you plan on hiring a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, you may want to ask them which NJ Kitchen cabinet supplier that they use. Many times you can automatically receive a contractors discount if you are working with NJ Home Improvement Contractors that are associated with certain suppliers.

If you really want to save some money with your kitchen remodeling and want to put in the legwork required, once you know the color of cabinetry that you want to purchase, make a sketch of your NJ Kitchen layout and then call local suppliers. Ask them if they can provide a bid on cabinetry for your kitchen design in a cabinetry that they supply that is with your color specs. Provide an email for them to respond and they will provide a simple estimate for the type of cabinets that they can have access to that meets your color and other spec requirements.

At the same time you are shopping for cabinets, you should also ask the suppliers if they can provide an estimate on countertops. One supplier may be offering kitchen cabinets at a high price but may be able to offer the best price on granite countertops. So when it’s all said and done, you may purchase the cabinets from one company and the granite at another.

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




Mr. David Pangione

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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NJ Home Improvement Contractor
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NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Your NJ Kitchen Renovation 1.2.3

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Your NJ Kitchen Renovation 1.2.3

Does your kitchen need a face lift? You have been putting your kitchen renovation off long enough and it’s time to decide if you are going to do it yourself or hire a NJ Home Improvement Contractor to renovate for you. Either way, it’s gotta get done.

Let’s say you pass on doing the renovation yourself and decide to call a NJ Home Improvement Contractor. How does the project unfold from the time the contract is signed until the last screw is set. It goes in stages which are fairly straight forward.


First the existing kitchen will need to be removed. Yes, that means anything in your kitchen renovation within the four walls will be discarded. We have renovated many kitchens. If you hire a qualified NJ Home Improvement Contractor, your kitchen renovation will be completed in no time.


After the kitchen and all it’s contents are removed, you will need to seek out the assistance of a kitchen designer you feel comfortable with. Depending on which NJ Home Improvement Contractor you hire, each has their own method of handling the kitchen design. Some contractors have  a kitchen designer in house and others have kitchen designer’s that they work with from independant  companies. It will usually work out where the homeowner works with the contractor recommended kitchen designer. This way the builder and designer are on the same page as the project progresses.


Now is the time you will sit down with the kitchen designer and go over the kitchen cabinet layout as well as the kitchen cabinet style, and appliances. There are many different styles and choices of kitchen cabinets to select from so this can be a very time consuming process, so be prepared. When this selection of the kitchen cabinet session is finalized, you will be presented with a floor plan and elevations of the new kitchen cabinet layout. Usually the elevation drawings are in 3D.This clears any guessing where the kitchen cabinets, fixtures and appliances may need to be placed.


As soon as the kitchen floor plan is in hand, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will install all the necessary utilities where they need to go. The original kitchen layout maybe different from the new such as the sink or oven location. You may have added more utility locations such as an ice maker, pot filler, vegetable sink. These new or relocated utilities will be installed promptly.

This is a great time to add new lighting. The ceiling can get 1 or 2 zones of recessed lights. You may even want to add under cabinet/cabinet lighting. Many times, we install low voltage floor lights or kick plate lights which act sort of like a night light. They look very nice at night.

Once the utilities are set in place, it is mandatory to get the necessary inspections. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will make arrangements for the inspectors to view the work that has been done. For an experienced Kitchen Renovation pro, this process is routine. Within a day or two and the kitchen will receive an insulation inspection also. From here things go back together fairly quickly. You Home Improvement Contractor will then sheetrock the kitchen renovation and spackle. Within three – four days again you are ready to advance.

NJ KITCHEN FLOORING: Hardwood or Tile?

Are you adding hardwood or tile? At this point is when your NJ Home Improvement Contractor would need to know. Your flooring will be installed just prior to the cabinetry. The flooring will be installed wall to wall so your cabinets will rest on a even level surface.


You got the call from the cabinet supplier and your order is in. Depending on whether the home improvement contractor or the home owner is handle the orders delivery, the cabinets will be set up for delivery to the site. Once on location, your kitchen cabinet installation lasts about two – three days. Remember this is only the cabinets and any trim you may have. Also, during this time, there may need to be some coordination efforts made between your NJ Home Improvement Contractor and the utility installation crews such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical. As an example, if you have an island which requires a GFI outlet, the cabinet installation crew must be notified that a receptical and its components will need to be installed in a certain section of the cabinetry. We don’t want wires, piping or HVAC to be covered or installed the wrong way.

NJ KITCHEN RENOVATIONS: Home Stretch             

Okay, cabinets are installed and things are starting to look nice, right? At this time your countertop’s will be measured up and a template will be made. We have installed many kitchens over the years. We will have your countertop templates fabricated and installed inside of one week. After we install the countertops, our utility connections are made. these include the oven and or stove top, dishwasher, refridgeator ,ice maker, microwave etc. These final connections are made within three – four days after the countertop installation.

I believe that about covers it. There are little tidbits that could have been mentioned her and there but for the most part I covered it. If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for any questions.



Kitchen Renovations and Additions


Plan on renovating your kichen? Are you looking to hire a home improvement services company that renovates kitchens in Bergen County New Jersey? Where do we start.

  Not Sure Where To Begin                               

This remodeling project has to be built exactly the way you want but your not sure
where to begin. The kitchen is the one room in the house that gets the most
traffic. Its also one of the most expensive rooms to renovate for your home
improvement project. Think about it, most of the other rooms just need a coat
of paint, put up some crown moulding and add a new rug or sand the hardwood and
its done. In most cases the kitchen on the other hand needs a complete overhaul
from the ground up. New cabinets, countertops appliances and flooring. When
your kitchen is stripped down, it usually exposes all the nonconforming issues
such as dated wiring and faulty plumbing. This needs to be replaced but the
good thing is since the kitchen is now in the planning stage involving possibly
an addition and or replaced where it is now, you can now relocate that kitchen
floor plan to a more effective, sensible layout.

A kitchen planner
A planner is needed to decide the exact location of all the new cabinets and utilities. Most home improvement services companies can steer you in the right direction. You
can go to a custom cabinet maker, a local cabinet wholesaler, Home Depot
or even lowes. At this stage, you will need to decide on the budget you have set
aside for your kitchen expansion and or kitchen renovation. The kitchen planner
will then show you the cabinets that fall into your budget. Once that part of
it is decided, the planner will piece the kitchen together and after your
approval, a floor plan will be generated and printed for your builder to use.
This kitchen blue print will be needed prior to the utilities being installed.

Putting it all Together
After the kitchen has been stripped down, we need to start installing all of our
utilities such as wiring , plumbing and hvac. Now, as explained in a previous
post, we touched on the subject regarding opening the old wall at the rear of
the kitchen and creating an archway into the new extended kitchen. When doing
this, I highly recommend a raised header ( if you read that part, the term was
a “flitch plate”, remember? ) so your ceiling heights match from the old room
into the new room . This gives the ceiling a nice smooth flow and makes it less
noticeable that the addition was put on. We have installed hundreds of kitchens
in Bergen County NJ..  Both new kitchens and kitchen renovations.

What size Kitchen renovation -expansion do I need?

The answer is , every case is different. We have added rooms off the back of homes anywhere from 200 square feet to 600 square feet just for a new kitchen. Every case is different. Your home improvement contractor will be able to help you decide. Most new kitchens have islands now. In order to accommodate an island, the kitchen needs to be
extended bigger than what they used to be years ago. Ninety percent of our new
kitchen floor plans have the island with a rinse sink, microwave and even wine
coolers all built inside the island. When the counter tops are installed, the
top is extended past the lower cabinet so that stools can be placed and now the
island can be used as an eating area. Throw in some pendant light and it’s a
hip station to hang and have a glass of wine Friday night after work.

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