NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: NEW GARAGE IDEAS

NJ  HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: New Garage Ideas

You live in Bergen County NJ and you have been thinking about calling a NJ Home Improvement Contractor and having a garage built on your home? Is your garage old, run down or just too small for your SUV. Do you have too many vehicles in your driveway and possibly you want to get your car indoors from the harsh weather more often. Well let’s look into the different addition options that you have for your home improvement project.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: I ALREADY HAVE A GARAGE:

You own a cape, ranch, split or other and the home already has a garage.
The garage can’t fit your car or truck inside or it’s just too small. Many of the older homes current garages are a bit too narrow. You can pull your car in but opening the door is a task. After you get the car inside, there’s no place for the bicycles or lawn mower.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: BUILD A NEW 1CAR GARAGE

This would solve all your problems. You can knock down your existing garage. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can install a brand new garage attached to your home. A full size single car garage size starts at twelve feet by twenty thru twenty two feet.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: BUILD A TWO CAR GARAGE

If you are thinking of an even bigger garage home improvement or the existing is not up to par, knock down the existing garage and have your NJ Home Improvement Contractor add a new two car garage. If you have an SUV, install an eight foot high automatic opening garage door.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: GARAGE STORAGE

Many times you can make the garage deeper in order to allow for storage. A typical
garage length is twenty feet. Make your new garage at least twenty four thru twenty six feet long. This will make it possible to install shelving and or an area for larger items like bicycles and lawn mowers.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: GARAGE ADD A LEVEL

Another option to consider is adding another floor above your garage. Consult with your NJ Home Improvement Contractor regarding making even a master bedroom suite, or even two or three bedrooms above your new garage. This can really solve  your problem with lack of bedrooms.

Call your NJ Home Improvement Contractor and have your NJ Garage Builder discuss some options that you may be interested in.

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.

NJ KITCHEN RENOVATION: Let’s Get Started

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.

NJ KITCHEN DESIGNERS: Get What You Want

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.

NJ KITCHEN CABINETS: Many Choices

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.

NJ KITCHEN REMODELING: A New Kitchen

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.

NJ KITCHEN CABINET INSTALLER: Cabinet Installation

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.

 

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Addition Tips

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Addition Tips

 

Are you interested in adding a family room to your first floor . Are you thinking of calling a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for your NJ home improvement project. Here are a few tips for your home improvement project.

Before calling a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for a quote, you need to figure out a few things first. Things like what size family room are you thinking of adding. Do you have a lot of furniture you plan on putting in the addition? Can your property still meet your local town lot coverage requirements with the proposed addition to your property? Well, these are just a few things you should have sorted out in your head.

A call to your local building department will help eliminate the coverage and setback calculations. You may even want to visit your local building department. Bring along a copy of your survey. Ask a few questions to the zoning officer. They will be able to steer you in the right direction. Once you have figured out that the addition size that you are interested in can be built, call some NJ contractors to get prices.

Let’s talk about the inside of your family room. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, we offer a family room package that just about covers all the bells and whistles you really need. Our starter package begins at 20’x20′. We include recessed lighting, full 5′ windows, a sliding door with landing out to the back door, a cathedral tray ceiling, hardwood flooring and a full 6′-8′ archway from the original house into the new room. If you decide to build a family room, I highly recommend that you request a quote on these items. All these items together really make your room complete. As an option, you can include a gas or wood burning fireplace.

Are there any other options you may be missing out on? As a NJ contractor, in my experience, many times the homeowners want to add a deck off of the family room. If that was the case and your property conforms to the additional lot coverage’s, we can substitute the sliding door landing with the larger, more spacious deck.

I hope some of these ideas mentioned have helped you along in the decision process for your next NJ home improvement  project. If you have any other questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for advice and answers.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Popular Roof Styles For Raised Levels

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Popular Roof Styles For Raised Levels

During the planning process you consulted with your NJ Home Improvement Contractor because you were unsure about which roof style you wanted to build on your raised level. There is a lot if information to absorb as you and your Home Improvement Contractor prepare to move forward with your new raised level project. The two roof styles used the most are gable style and hip roof style. Let’s take a look.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, the gable style roof is the roof style that I have built the most and happens to be the most requested from my customers. From your street, a gable style roof has a very nice look. When we build our raised level projects, we also accentuate the gable roof style with smaller accent gable roofs which we place above the front upper windows . As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor,we also like to add a new front portico. The portico roof then matches the upper front window accent roofs. From the street, the accents add a lot of character. Ask your home improvement contractor about building a portico for you. Another benefit with the gable style roof is the attic storage space. Since the left and right side walls of your home extend up to the roof peak, you gain this area in the attic as full storage and makes it a better home improvement project in the end. When building a gable style, the builder benefits also because it is an easier, faster style to build. Once your NJ Home Improvement Contractor creates a single rafter template and tests it out, he can then cut the remainder of the rafters immediately. This allows us to complete the framing of your raised level much quicker. Remember, timing is critical when  you are building your raised level. The new roof must be installed as fast as possible so that your NJ Home Improvement Contractor and your house don’t get affected by bad weather.

The second roof style is a hip roof. You see less hip roofs than gable style. A hip roof is also a beautiful style roof that looks very nice from the street. Many times, the hip style roof is built to be higher than a gable roof. Where a gable roof basically has two sides that slope to the peak, a hip roof has all four sides sloping to the peak. Even though the hip roof is usually higher than a gable roof at the center of the attic, there tends to be less storage space since all four sides slope inwards. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor,I can’t stress enough the importance of building your raised level quickly. Weather conditions such as rain and snow can wreak havoc on the interior of your existing basement and first floor if the new roof isn’t installed right away. The hip roof is more labor intensive.  A hip roof takes twice as long to install as a gable roof. More labor means the cost is more as well. So now you can see why there are many more homes that have a gable style roof rather than a hip especially when you decide to build your raised level.

What style roof do you prefer? Talk to your NJ Home Improvement Contractor about your options.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Bathroom Renovation

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Bathroom Renovation

We have renovated hundreds of bathrooms in Bergen County NJ. Many of these bathroom renovation jobs are tied in with entire home remodeling contracts. We get many calls from homeowners looking to just have their bathroom renovated or also the kitchen bathroom renovation combination package that we offer. Home owners have a few options. They can do a quick fix bathroom renovation themselves or call a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for a bathroom renovation.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: A Bathroom Renovation’s Quick Fix

Depending on your budget, there are a few easier and cheaper ways to spruce up your bathroom. If your floor and tub area tile is in good shape as well as your tub, you don’t have  to renovate the entire bathroom. For a fraction of the cost you can remove the toilet, vanity and replace them with brand new fixtures. Add a larger vanity mirror, new light fixtures and now the bathroom is taking on a whole new look. As for the tile, there are a few options. Some companies specialize in refacing tile. For a fraction of the cost, you can hire them to change the tile color. Also they can pull out the old grout and apply a new colored grout. Large home improvement stores like Home Depot supply reasonably priced shower doors that can be installed in a few hours. Don’t forget new crown moulding, chair rail moulding and your favorite paint. For less than $1,000- $2,000, you can have a new bathroom.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Complete Bathroom Remodeling

A complete bathroom remodeling is when the entire bathroom is stripped down to its framing. Then the bathroom is put back together step by step. It is best to hire a reputable NJ Home Improvement Contractor that has experience in this area. When remodeling a bathroom, most times it can be the only bathroom in the home.  In order to remodel a bathroom, that bathroom must be taken out of service for a week. The NJ Home Improvement Contractor must be fast and dependable in order to get the bathroom functioning again.

 

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:Tips for a Larger Floor Plan on Your Raised Level

Are you thinking about modifying your home and adding a Raised Level. You may not realize it but there are different ways you and your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can make your soon to be Raised Level floor plan larger.

Raised Level Above Your Garage:

Have your NJ Home Improvement Contractor recommend ways for you to build above your garage. Let’s take a look at your garage, yes that’s right!!!. Many times you can also build your raised level above your attached single or double car garage allowing you more livable square footage in addition to the area above the main area of your home. If your home was built from the 1960’s upward, chances are the foundation under your garage can support a second level. You cannot be certain unless your NJ Home Improvement Contractor actually digs a few test holes alongside your actual garage foundation. He will be looking to see where the bottom of the foundation ends. Here in the Northeast,many local building codes require the foundation bottom to be a minimum of three feet below grade due to the frost line. This can be verified by having your NJ Home Improvement Contractor call your  local building department. In case your foundation does not meet  the local code depth, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can modify the depth and fill with concrete to meet the needed code requirement. Once this is established, you can start adding the new Raised Level above your garage. With the combined square footage of the area that comprises above your main home and the additional area above your garage, you can have a beautiful new combined floor layout. Best part of this is that many building departments are becoming more strict in regards to the zoning requirements and setbacks within your town. It’s becoming harder to receive a permit when applying for additions to your home based on these new lot coverage requirements. If you slightly exceed these new requirements, the home owner will have to go through a variance meeting that involves usually a two -three month wait where you would go before your town and apply for the right to receive the permit to extend your home. By building above your existing garage for added square footage, you are building above an existing structure that  many times already conforms to your local building department requirements in which you may not need a variance.

Cantilever Your Raised Level

With the proper planning, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can provide you with a larger floor plan for your raised level by cantilevering the new floor. When we say cantilever, it is simply referred to as an “overhang”. Many times, your new floor plan can incorporate a cantilever for additional square footage. When cantilevering, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can add or sister new floor beams alongside the existing floor beams to create an extended beam that hangs out either past the front , rear , left or right side of your home. The most practical use to cantilever your raised level is in the front or back walls of your home. Many times a cantilever can extend two – three feet. For this example we will use two feet as our model. If you cantilever your front floor area two feet across the front top floor of a home that’s thirty feet wide, you just gained sixty more feet of floor space. Lets add to this example. If you do the exact same for the rear of the top floor you will pick up an additional sixty square feet for a total of one hundred twenty square feet. It a fairly easy way to gain more square footage. The only area of concern here is now you are extending your home towards the front and back property line. This could possibly infringe on these setbacks which would have to be looked at by your architect to confirm validity but for an architect, this is 10 minutes worth of investigating and you will have your answer if you think you are already close with your front yard setback.

As you can see, there are a few possible ways to gain added square footage  on your  new raised level. Discuss these options with your  NJ Home Improvement Contractor and hopefully you will benefit from the items mentioned above.

Building A Raised Level On Your Cape Cod

      

My Cape in Bergen County NJ              

Having your NJ Home Improvement Contractor build a Raised Level on your Cape Cod home has many advantages for you and your family in Bergen County NJ. A Cape Cod home (most people call it a “cape”) usually has two bedrooms on the first floor along with the kitchen, bathroom and dining room. As you open the front door a staircase going upstairs lies right in front of you although some capes also have the staircase located near the kitchen more towards the center of the house. Upstairs, there’s usually one of two choices. The entire top floor either is one large room or it’s broken down to two rooms usually split in the middle.  The trade mark ceiling line inside the top floor of the cape is known for their low lying ceilings maxing out usually at seven to seven and a half feet ceiling height. New home construction ceiling height is minimum eight feet, so these ceilings are considered low. The unfortunate point here is where the knee wall slopes up towards the ceiling, this slanted ceiling area is even more wasted space. It is
difficult to stand, walk and even put furniture in the area near the knee walls. A knee wall is a short wall, usually approximately four –five feet high. These knee walls are built inwards towards the center of the home from the very front and back walls of the first floor.

Raised Level Reconfiguration

The idea of building your raised level is to maximize the space or square footage that
exists on your top floor. The low ceiling height and two knee walls limit the functionality of your existing top floor in your cape. Remember the 4’ knee walls are built inwards from the front and back wall usually a minimum of four feet. This creates a dead space and usually ends up as a tiny storage area that is hardly accessible. We have a mix of different Raised Level packages. Each package is very unique, but more important we have made it possible to really maximize the new Raised Level floor plan. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, we have packages that can be seen here, our experience allows us to offer fast service and excellent quality at unbeatable prices. Again, this is based on our experience. There is no time wasted during the building process. While we are building and home remodeling, our goal is simple; we want to get finished in five to six weeks. As a home improvement specialist, our expertise in Raised
Level and Multi Level renovations helps the customer maximize your Raised Level options to their fullest. We find that most homeowners need a minimum of at least three bedrooms and one full bathroom. At no additional cost, we will install, if possible, a cathedral master bedroom ceiling with recessed lighting, as well as a jack and Jill door in the standard bathroom home remodeling packages. A jack and Jill door is simply a second door into the bathroom. This second door will go from the master bedroom into the bathroom so the owners will not have to go through the hall to the bathroom.                                              

Raised Levels: Offering Bergen County Families More For Less

Although this basic three bedroom, one bathroom is fairly standard, our pricing and
market leadership in Bergen County NJ for Raised Level construction allows us to
offer bigger, better packages for less. Sometimes our four bedroom two bath packages are priced the same as other contractors bids for three bedrooms with one bath. All of our new Raised Levels come standard with eight foot ceilings. In the master bedroom, we package in a ten foot cathedral ceiling for no additional fee.

                                                         Lots of closets In Your Home Remodeling

Would you agree that you never can have enough closets? Our master bedroom package has a standard walk in closet. If room allows us, we will offer for free his/her
separate walk in closets. The remaining bedrooms all have their own oversized bi-fold door entry closet, opening up for full easy access to shelving and or hung garments. In the hall, if possible we again provide a linen closet near the new bathroom locations.

My New Attic, A Home Improvement Must                                              

Since the original capes had low ceilings which were built against the roof rafters on
the slope of the roof, this usually meant that they had little to no attic. Our new Raised Level packages all offer an attic access pull down stair entry. This enables you to simply pull down on a chord attached to a foldable stair unit that collapses when folded. Pull down on the rope, the ladder unfolds and you have access into your new attic. Lift the stairs up and it folds back up into the ceiling. This attic serves a few purposes. In most cases the new furnace components are set up in the attic neatly tucked away. Also, your new attic can be used for additional storage. We provide lighting and the  necessary electric in order to meet code requirements.

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