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Home Improvements

Enhance your home accompanied by a renovation project or two. Whether you’re intending to undertake DIY renovating projects, or you will be choosing a specialist, find all the essential remodeling information you will need to know listed here. Find Saturday or Sunday project how-tos, helpful redesigning tips, and advice on working with contractors, determining Home Improvement costs, and within your budget. Browse our home remodeling pictures for inspiration. Renovation projects can range from replacing floorings or perhaps a faucet, to installing new mouldings or tile and replacing windows. Renovation can also take on the way of revamping or adding a restroom, remodeling a kitchen, overhauling your household exterior for improved curb appeal, or completing an home addition increase your home’s sq footage and add valuable space. Small and big changes can have an impact and will boost the way your residence looks and performs, increasing its value and making it more pleasant for your needs and your loved ones.READ MORE

Home Improvements- Small Home Repairs

As a Home Improvement contractor,  we all have those minor home repairs around the house that seem to never get fixed. You know the ones that I am talking about. A cracked tile, a light switch that needs replacing or even a kitchen backsplash install that you have been meaning to get to. Why is it that these home repairs seem to never get done or better yet we look at them every day and say we will get to them but always pass it up for the first thing that comes up.

First of all, to have someone come in such as a repair man, it can get very costly to have all sorts of items on your home improvement punch list get repaired all at once. Another reason is that you don’t have the experience in making these repairs. Another reason which holds many people back from making the repairs is that they don’t have the tools. If you don’t have the proper tools, that could slow you down or keep one from making any repairs or home improvements.

One popular way to gain the knowledge in order to make the home repair is to simply purchase a repair manual. Repair manuals come in every home repair topic. Or simply purchase a well rounded repair manual that covers a wide variety of home repair topics.

If you are interested in making repairs to your home, make a list of the items that need to be repaired and prioritize them. if you have a missing tile in the shower, you may want to have that item repaired before having a hall way light fixture replaced simply for the fact that you don’t want mold or water damage in the bath area. So I can say that the tile take a higher priority than the light fixture.

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Are you interested in remodeling your home by building an add a level in Bergen County New Jersey. If you own a ranch, cape cod or even a split level, it is very common as a NJ Home Improvement Contractor to remove the existing roof and build an entirely new floor above. Specializing in add a levels and NJ Home Additions, Pangione Developers Inc., a NJ Home Improvement Contractor has built raised levels all throughout Bergen County NJ.

What are the benefits of building an Add A Level? Well as a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, we have found that homeowners wanting to originally move can’t get the asking price that they anticipated. So they remove their home from the marketplace and then start the process of deciding what can be done with their home to increase the foot print and living area.

Building an add a level home improvement is usually one of the most popular choices selected by homeowners. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will remove the roof of your home and then begin the process of building a new floor layout. The main focus is to relocate the bedrooms from the 1st floor and have them now situated into the new add a level. So now that the bedrooms are relocated to the add a level, the 1st floor can then be opened up and that living area will be created into an open floor plan.

Your new NJ add a level layout can have various different layouts but the most common would be 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom as well as a potential laundry. It is all dependant on your home’s existing square footage. If you have an attached garage, you can also gain the living area above the garage as well. If you are lucky enough to have a larger existing floor plan, you can option for a master bathroom along with a standard bathroom. Another option you may want to consider and has become very popular is a 2nd floor laundry. Most times located off the standard bath area, your new laundry location will be a welcomed option for all.

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Master Bathroom Remodeling- NJ Home Improvement Contractor

Do you want to have your own master bathroom suite in your home located Bergen County New Jersey and you are looking to hire a NJ Home Improvement Contractor. One concern is where would you like to build your master bathroom suite. You may need to hire a NJ Home Improvement Contractor to build a home addition in order to accommodate the master bathroom. You may have an extra room alongside your existing master bedroom that would be beneficial for your new master bathroom layout and reconfiguration. Also, if you are planning a new home, you can simply layout a master bathroom into your architectural plans much easier.

The question is, what size master bathroom would be ideal for me? You may want to consult with your NJ Home Improvement Contractor. This is a rather hard question to answer but one major factor that dictates  the size of your master bathroom will be what size is the space you have to work with. As long as the space you have available is at least a minimum of 10’x10′ then you will be able to work within that area. Again this all depends on the homeowner’s needs.
Ask your NJ Home Improvement Contractor what fixtures make a master bathroom suite standout from a standard bathroom and give it more appeal. A double sink bathroom vanity for him and her is probably one of the most requested fixtures for a master bathroom. Also your master sink configuration will consist of a double sized vanity, GFI wall outlets and vanity lights as well. Many homeowners request, if your space allows it, plan on adding both a custom standing shower and a separate Jacuzzi. Usually the shower will be completely custom made from the shower base on up with a frameless shower door to enclose it. To further dress up your shower, install body sprays with separate volume control knobs to turn different body sprays on and off at different times. A steam unit can also be installed and with the press of a button, you will have a all the comforts that your shower can offer.

You may want your NJ Home Improvement Contractor to install a Jacuzzi in your master bathroom. The smallest size Jacuzzi you would want would be 5′ x3′. Your Jacuzzi can be installed with an apron or as a deck mounted version. The deck mount version is where your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will build a landing to support the Jacuzzi. A hole somewhere in the middle of the deck will be cut and the Jacuzzi will be lifted and then lowered into the hole. The landing would be tiled as well as any walls that are exposed. You NJ Home Improvement Contractor would need to create an access panel so that the motor and pumps could be worked on if needed.

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Building a home addition can give you and your family the extra needed room that you have been looking for. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor in Bergen County New Jersey, we have made custom room additions, home additions and home remodeling projects of all sorts and sizes. Are you interested in building an addition on your home? If so, here are a few items to think about.



Do you live in a home that needs a room addition or home addition. What type of addition are you looking to install? Well there are lots of questions we could ask you to pin point the exact type of room that will work for you and your family. Home remodeling these days usually consists of remodeling your home plus adding an addition of at least 400 square feet or more. We are seeing a huge trend in families adding multi level additions to their homes. What the rooms are usually comprised of is mostly the same from family to family. The multi level addition consists of a rear first floor family room and an upper bedroom addition. Most times the upper bedroom home addition will be a master bedroom suite. The suite will have walk in closets and a separate area for the master bedroom. The original master bedroom usually is the larger of the original bedrooms. That room usually gets downsized and renovated to allow an access hall into the new master bedroom suite.


Home additions can be an expansion of any existing room or the creation of an entirely new wing to your home. Whether you own a cape, ranch, bi-level, split level etc., you can add an addition to your home and enlarge that part of your home as long as it conforms to your local building department regulations. Kitchen expansions along with master bedrooms suites and family rooms seem to be the way that the home additions trend is moving in these days. The real estate market is dictating that it is harder to sell during these times so homeowners opt to take their homes off the market and go the route of  a home remodeling. A home addition will bring their home up to par and make it a more livable environment for many families.


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. 

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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

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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.





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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Building an Addition to your Home



Being a Bergen County New Jersey home improvement contractor, I am always asked what type of home renovation do I think would increase functionality to their home. One of the more popular choices would be an addition also commonly call an extension.

First floor additions can have many uses. Some of the more common uses for an addition are family rooms, kitchens, mother daughter space, garages, living room, dining room or even an entertainment room. Most families need more space, especially on the first floor. We get many calls for a free consultation. When we arrive to their
Bergen County New Jersey home, it’s obvious that the floor space is limited. Adding
an addition can answer all your problems. Whether its one floor or a multi level addition, adding that new space couldn’t happen fast enough. One of our best home improvement sellers is the sunken family room with 10’ cathedral ceiling. Add a bunch of windows and a French door to the rear yard and now you have a great area for the family to meet.

Your home improvement addition would solve a lot of your homes problems. In fact we usually add at least enough square footage space to include a family room and a kitchen extension when building behind the existing kitchen. This new area is usually built off of the original kitchen. Something to think about also is in most cases we add above this new square footage space extending the second floor with usually a master bedroom / bathroom suite or even standard bedrooms utilizing both upper and lower area of your multi level home improvement project.

When adding an addition such as a new family room, dining room or kitchen, many times we add a full basement below. This basement space can also become comfortable living space if planned properly. Many times we build entertainment rooms, media centers or even just plain storage which you can never have enough of. If a basement is not affordable, then a crawl space would be substituted. A crawl space is exactly what the name says, ( a Crawl space).  A crawl space is the area underneath the 1st floor finished room. It’s an open storage area usually anywhere from 24” to 48” high, more towards the lower number. A cement slab covers the floor and the walls are masonry block. Its fully enclosed and weather proof. Usually an access panel to this area is either on the outside or a panel is installed in the existing basement into this crawl space for access in the future. You never know if you need to access piping or wiring for the future. Either way, both access holes have a door to close off this area. If
the grade of your property is high, you may instead need a cement slab or concrete slab as your floor. An easy way to determine this is when you walk out your back door and there are only 1 or 2 steps to the ground outside, you may only need to have a concrete slab for the 1st floor which would be poured between your masonry foundation walls. Usually a shoe block would be used to create the perimeter of the addition.

What would be a great home improvement extra for your addition?  Many family rooms are built with fireplaces. We also install several inside the master bedroom suites.  We install many gas and wood burning units. I have a gas fireplace in my living room. There is nothing easier than grabbing that remote control, turning it on and within a minute or two it is producing heat while a beautiful flame is in front of you burning like a normal wood burner. Also, most gas burners can have an optional blower unit installed which
pushes the hot air out into the room. Great feature and wouldn’t install one without. For a few hundred dollars, you can get the blower and remote as an additional feature… well worth the expense for your home remodeling project.

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