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: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.

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.

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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NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: KITCHEN RENOVATIONS AND ADDITIONS

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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NJ Home Improvement Contractor : Raised Levels

Building a raised level in Bergen County New Jersey? Not sure where to start or which contractor to call?

What is a Raised Level?  

When we use the term raised level or add a level, it refers
to the removal of your existing roof and add a new level.  Usually the new added upper floor consists of bedrooms, bathrooms and even a new laundry.

Can any contractor build a Raised Level?

When selecting a NJ Home Improvement Contractor to build your raised level, make sure they have experience in this niche of contracting. Your contractor should have several raised level references that they can provide. Don’t be afraid to go to your local building department and inquire about your builder of interest. Although most building departments are not inclined to recommend a contractor, if you are a good sense of character and can determine which direction the conversation is moving, you will quickly get a feel for his opinion, even if it isn’t direct.  Pangione Developers Incorporated. was set up to specialize in this area as well as multi level additions and complete homebuilding renovations. When removing the roof, you want a crew that knows
exactly what needs to be done. You may say to yourself that “ they have blueprints”, its all on paper, but once that roof comes down, things are never what they were anticipated to be.  Also the “actual” dimensions that are on the blueprints usually never match the plans. This is the case with existing construction. So if the room sizes are cutting it close, you have to know which direction to move in.

Timing is everything:                                       

Timing is very important. Your home improvement contractor cannot get hung up on an item because weather is always trailing behind you.  When we remove a roof, it moves in very easy to define stages that must be executed precisely. If we are dealing with a Raised level on a cape or ranch, our demolition crew will arrive a few days prior to roof removal. They will strip the entire interior of the upstairs down to its original 2×4 stud walls, ceiling beams and rafters. This is usually completed within one day. Immediately the next day my electrical and plumbing crews will arrive to remove all wiring and plumbing that’s  in the way. Things like excessive wiring, previous owner repairs and we all know what those old timer- do it yourself’r repairs were like need to be adjusted for the new construction. We have to correct any loose wiring and bring these items back up to meet your local building code. Many of these items need to be resolved immediately real time or delays will result. You need to hire a company that works side by side with its electrical / plumbing and hvac crew so when a job begins, they are on alert to respond to immediate requests of change. Its for this very scenario that I set up Pangione Developers. We make this a seamless transaction.

Wheels in Motion:                                     

When the wheels are in motion, its full speed ahead. When the weather shows a good 4 day forecast, we are ready to pull the roof off. To give you an idea of the next stage, from the day the old roof comes off, we have the new roof on within 3 days and that is
shingled. Actually for those that have hired us, most customers and their neighbors
will provide as excellent references and witnesses. We put on a show in a way
that most are just amazed how smooth the operation runs. Listen , we are not
gonna say its absolutely perfect  because I would be lying to you. The thing here is, with existing construction, there is always new surprises.

We have a very extensive portfolio of finished Raised levels. In fact several pictures are post at PangioneDevelopers.comDue to our experience, we make the entire process look effortless. My crews move seamless throughout each stage. Are you thinking about having a Raised level built? What
are your concerns?

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