If you are like me, you are always thinking of ways to increase your home’s value with remodeling projects, without dipping into the piggy bank and setting yourself back tons of dollars. Remodeling your home can be costly. Try to do the home improvement’s around your home that add value but aren’t very costly or even can be done by you and not an outside contractor.
One of my favorite Remodeling tips is to take a wasted corner or wall area and build a set of shelves. Be creative when it comes to your shelf remodeling project. Take a wall that has a barely used closet behind it and build recessed shelves into this area. It really dresses up the room and more importantly it make the room look a bit more tidier.
    This next Remodeling Tip is on my top 5 remodeling tips list. Building a reading bench or window seat into a corner or under a bay window can really add some character to your room. Additionally, try to get a fabric that matches your upholstery or bedding that is nearby. The window seat will match perfectly. Enjoy a nice relaxing book while resting on your window seat or bench.
    Adding wainscoting can be the best kept secret of many contractors. Dress up your plain walls with one of many styles of wainscoting. You can purchase a kit or you can install the wainscoting from scratch or in better terms piece by piece. With the proper set of tools, you can be installing wainscoting in your home, designing beautiful walls in no time.
     How about a gas fireplace? With the assistance of licensed plumber and electrician, you can have a beautiful gas burning fireplace. Gas burning fireplaces can serve a few purposes . First they are easy  to use. Hit the switch and watch the fire appear . Hit the switch again and it goes off….It’s as easy to use as I just said. Not to mention the fact that gas fireplaces help act as a heating unit. Add a blower to your gas fireplace and it will heat most rooms.


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Mr. David Pangione


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. All material is copyright protected.








As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, I can tell you that choosing the right molding for your home improvement project changes the look of your home drastically. Just by adding molding, your remodeling project will change the entire look of a room or rooms without changing the actual dimensions of  the room. Moldings come in many shapes and sizes. It is possible to add molding to your doors, windows, floor perimeters, ceilings or even walls. Purchasing and installing  moldings can be one of the smartest home improvement choices any homeowner can make when looking for ways to bring your rooms to life.

Trim-A Lost Art

Homes built long ago were created with grandiose molding schemes. If you have ever visited a home built before the 1950’s or so, you understand what I am talking about. Where windows these days are trimmed with 4 pieces of molding, one for each side, back then a window was trimmed with between nine to thirteen pieces of molding. Floors had minimum six inch base molding, a 1 3/4″ base cap and a 3/4″ quarter round where the floor meets the 6″ base. These days, you are lucky to have a 3 1/4″ base molding.

This molding style was lost somewhere in the 1950’s and molding became more simple. Gone were the chair moldings that brought to your rooms so much character. As it created a horizontal divider throughout any room it was in, many times the lower half was  a different color from the top half or one section had wall paper. Inside the lower half many people installed wainscoat  wall treatments which  could have been created in many different styles.


Wainscoting moulding can bring any room to life. With it’s many styles and design’s, you can create so many different variations of patterns with wainscoting. The traditional style of creating the lower 1/3 of a wall with a wainscoting pattern, then the remainder of the upper wall can be painted of wallpapered. As you can see, wainscoting can make any room look amazing.

Are you interested in having wainscoting installed in a room in your home?

Door and Window Trim

Door and window trim has become a very important part of many remodeling. People are now removing old trim and replacing with new moulding assembly’s with much more detail. The focus has shifted from the standard 2 1/4″ window and door trim and the 3 1/4″ floor trim. Homeowners are inquiring and requesting larger, wider more detailed moldings. Rightly so, since the look is much more appealing for all to see. Changing over and installing newer more  detailed moldings is not very complicated. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, we have removed and replaced moldings on thousands of windows and doors. People like the look of a room that is more detailed. Replacing and or installing from scratch, new door and window trim can really make your rooms stand out. The great thing about installing mouldings is that its’s really not that complicated. With the assistance of a book or video, one can learn to trim very easily.

Are you interested in Door and Window Mouldings?

Contact Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor For More Information




Mr. David Pangione


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.




Do you want to learn how to tile? Have a home improvement tiling project that you want to try but you are unsure where you should start? Tiling can be intimidating to say the least. Here I will provide some tips on how to get started and get your tiling project under way. Whether you want to tile in your addition, kitchen renovation, bathroom renovation or even the foyer entry, we will point you in the right direction.


Have you been considering tiling in your home or apartment. Want to tile your kitchen backsplash or install tiling on your bathroom floor? Actually, tiling is very easy to apply and install.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for over 30 years, I have installed tiling in thousands of projects in and around Bergen County NJ. If you have no experience and want to install floor tile, ceramic tiles, wall tile or any other type of tiling for a tiling project, start by getting a “How To Tile Book”. Applying the tile is fairly standard. Wall tiles are applied  one way and floor tiles are applied another. Once you learn the two systems, they are fairly consistent pending the type of tile material you use such as ceramic, marble, porcelain or even granite or slate. For arguments sake and the content of this article, we will stick to the basic ceramic tile for a kitchen backsplash  as we move forward.

               BASIC TILING TOOLS

After you get  your how to tiling book, you will find that various tools are needed for your tiling project. The standard tools would be a wet saw, grinder, trowel. If you plan on completing a few tiling projects then you may want to purchase a basic wet saw. A snap dry cutting saw can be used also and is half the price. Both can be purchased for under $80. Your other basic tiling tools can also be purchased for under $40 together.

Once you determine what you want to tile, estimate the square footage of the area you are going to be tiling. That is simply achieved by multiplying the length by the width and you will get your square foot allotment. Figure slightly more for waste. If you are purchasing the tile from a local supplier, then leave the excess off, you can always  go back for more.

Make sure to purchase to appropriate amount of grout. Pending if you are installing floor tile or wall tile, the grout you use will be determined upon this factor. Inform your supplier as to which application it will be for so you get the appropriate type.


A tiling professional will not start tiling until he determines his starting point. When you look for a “How To” tiling book, make sure it explains how to determine tiling quantities and starting points in detail. Also, get a book that show many pictures detailing each step as you progress. This will be helpful and informative.


You may want to purchase a tiling book that only pertains to the type of tiling project you want to achieve. For example, if you are going to tile a backsplash, purchase a book explaining only that subject. If you are going to tile a floor, get a book explaining how to tile flooring. This way you will have more of your questions answered prior to starting your tiling project. If you purchase a tiling book that discusses many types of tiling projects, there may be less detail on what you are looking for because they are only touching on the subject.

If you have any questions, you can ask your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for advice

Additional Resource For Your Tiling Project:

1) How To Tile Floors

2) Quick & Easy Home Tile Repairs

3) How To Keep Your Home Clean During Remodeling

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.


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.



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.



Mr. David Pangione


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.







               NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR             

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.










Home addition packages that can’t be beat!!!

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, we have built hundreds of additions throughout Bergen County NJ. If you are interested in home improvement remodeling and specifically  are looking to have an addition built, call Pangione Developers Inc.

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What type of room addition are you interested in building? A single level or multi level addition. Pangione Developers can create a home addition package to suit your needs. Remodeling a home? Call us, here’s why

What seems to be the trend in New Jersey Remodeling?

We have seen a spike in addition building. Home owners are not in a position to move. The alternative is to call New Jersey home improvement contractors like Pangione Developers Inc. . We will send a representative to your home. We will evaluate the site and determine what size home addition you will be able to build pending your needs for the addition. Within 2 days you will have a full written estimate.

We offer 2 specific addition packages for Bergen County NJ residents. Package #1, a 400 sq. ft. addition that is a big seller for us. At $29,900, this price can’t be beat. Take a look here for more details.

The 2nd addition package we offer is a 500 sq.ft. home addition. At $39,900,you get a lot of room for the money. You can see it here

Both rooms are unbelievably priced. You can create a family room, kitchen extension-Kitchen renovation, dining room, or even an office or in-law room.

Additions- NJ  

Just when you thought it was good, it gets even better. We have found a market for the multi-level home addition so we want to offer to New Jersey residents our best selling multi level addition. We are going to give you 800 sq. ft., 2 floors , 400 sq. ft. per floor for $70,000,  $65,000, but $60,000. Many of our customers purchasing this package opt for the 1st floor open family room and for the top floor we usually create a master bedroom of additional bedroom.

We are seeing a  trend for many NJ home owners whom are now building additions onto their homes. It’s fast, reasonable and at the prices we are offering, you would be crazy not to.

Are you interested in building a home addition and you are in need of some ideas for your home improvement? Take a look through our addition remodeling carousel for a top selling book that will provide tons of information and ideas on your next addition.




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This NJ Home Addition is a raised level where we added 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms to this home. Included is a master bedroom suite with a walk in closet and master bathroom. As a NJ Remodeling Contractor that specializes in home additions, we provide excellent quality home additions for very affordable rates. The new raised level framing only took us 2 days before we installed the new roofing shingle.




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


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.


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.


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:Tips To Make Your Raised Level Floor Planning Easier.

Are you planning on hiring a NJ Home Improvement Contractor in Bergen County NJ to build a raised level as well as renovate your entire home? If you are planning on a complete home renovation then here’s a way to help make your floor layout planning a little bit easier.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, many times when we renovate an entire home, we have to design the floor plan around the existing chimney as well as the staircase. If in fact you are completely renovating your existing first floor in addition to adding a new raised level, you have a few options to make your floor planning a bit easier.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Staircase Option

First, ask your NJ Home Improvement Contractor if it is more beneficial to relocate your existing staircase. Sometimes the location of the existing staircase which leads to the basement puts you at a slight disadvantage as far as the new raised level floor plan falls into place. If it is possible to relocate your staircase to a more centralize area of the home such as more towards the center of your house then you can have a more evened out raised level floor plan. More than likely your home improvement contractor is going to renovate your first floor by opening and shifting existing walls. Now would be the time to relocate your stair location. The end result is that it will create a better flow on both your first and second floor

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Chimney Option

Another way to make your floor layout planning a little easier is to consider relocating your chimney. A few things have to be considered here. The chimney is used to direct the fumes released from the utilities that are connected to the chimney. They are usually located in the basement such as the hot water heater as well as the furnace. Many times when we renovate a home, we include installing a new furnace and hot water heater. What happens here is that if you can replace these utilities with new high efficiency utilities, you can install direct vent systems. The direct vent systems directly are vented to an outside wall that must be certain distances from openings such as windows and doors. Now, since the systems are now directly vented ( Direct vent), the existing chimney can be removed. This now opens up the ability to move the layout around a bit easier. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will remove the entire chimney from the roof down to the basement. It now eliminates any obstacles in the basement , first floor and the new second floor.

Talk to your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for more information.