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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NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: GENERAL INFORMATION AND REVIEWS

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Information and Reviews

GENERAL INFORMTION:

  Welcome to the beginning of our NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR BLOG for information and reviews. This site will discuss Home remodeling, Home Improvements, Home repairs, Raised levels, Add a levels, Additions, Family rooms , Kitchen renovations and  Bathroom renovations in  Bergen County NJ as only we know it.  Our parent company, Pangione Developers Inc a NJ Home Improvement Contractor is a premier NJ Contractor serving all of the Bergen County area. All opinions expressed forward are those of Pangione Developers ownership and not reflected at nor expressed toward any other entity. Please enjoy the information provided hereon.

About Me

A little about myself. My name is David Pangione. I am the owner of Pangione Developers Inc..a NJ Home Improvement Contractor.

You have probably seen our jobs being built near your home. You may have even seen our white trucks. Well anyway I am a third generation home builder- home renovator.  Both my grandfather and my father were home builders. My father built thousands of homes throughout the tri- state area. I grew up on job sites, lived and breathed home building. Since I came from a household of all boys, mom shipped me off with dad practically every summer day and most weekends from 5 years old up. Summers, winters and everything in between. I learned building inside and out from my father and decided in memory of dad’s recent passing, I would share all the information
that he taught me to anyone that was interested by creating this forum. My company , Pangione Developers Incorporated was created for the sole purpose of providing homeowners with low cost affordable additions, raised levels and complete home renovation projects. We are one of the only contracting companies that only specializes in JUST Raised Levels, Additions and complete Home Renovations. We can also be seen at PangioneDevelopers.com. I will constantly update this site, so if you have any ideas or interests…. Shoot us an email and ill add it to the blog. Categories are to the right so dig in and have a look.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: CALL YOUR CONTRACTOR

So, your family is expanding and that cape or ranch is starting to burst at the seams or the colonial or bi level you fell in love with needs a family room and even a garage. Sound familiar?           

Don’t worry you are not alone. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, we get calls on this all the time, in fact the call we get the most is that a homeowner just took their house off the market and decided to renovate what they have now into a larger footprint open floor house plan. After a 4, 5,or 6 month listing and no offers, they usually realize that for the price they wanted and the offers they were getting , its not worth moving. Their friendly neighbors and comfortable school system is already in place so all that is needed would be to remodel and renovate the existing structure.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: RAISED LEVELS 101

Most usually start off with a raised level or also called an Add A Level which is simply (taking off the existing roof and building a new floor above). But this is just half of the solution. After we move all the bedrooms to the upper level, most cases 3-4 bedrooms and a standard bath as well as a master bedroom bathroom suite, the fun on the first floor begins.       


Your home renovation project is one of the biggest home
improvement investments you can make in your lifetime. When planning the
construction, you want to make sure each room is planned out properly,
especially the first floor living space. In the situation above that involved
building a Raised Level, after we complete the top floor raised level framing
structure, we immediately shift focus to the first floor alteration and
renovation. In most cases we remove several walls eliminating all the 1st
floor existing bedrooms. Removing the existing bedroom walls creates a much
larger open floor living area for your expanding family to utilize.  After we finish off the hardwood flooring process, no one would ever know there were once tiny bedrooms in what is now a larger comfortable living area.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: RENOVATION OPTIONS

Let me express that there are many options when trying to renovate your home. Keeping with the above example, on top of what we stated already, most of our customers package in a rear family room / kitchen expansion off the rear of the home. This added square footage usually solves all the first floor problems. We remove the existing kitchen and

open the entire rear wall of that kitchen. If I were to give an average size most people request for a rear expanded room off of a kitchen it would size out at 20’x20’ for the kitchen expansion. Remember that the original kitchen space will be reconfigured so after the kitchen designer provides the kitchen floor plan layout, most times the new cabinetry will begin from the original kitchen area right along that newly opened wall where the original kitchen and new addition meet. You don’t want a supporting header hanging down below your ceiling in your new kitchen. The trick is too install a flush mount iron supported beam called a flitch plate where the large opening
is created. Simply put, these plates are custom made with the necessary size header material sandwiching an architecturally calculated iron plate. It’s a labor intensive task, but the end result is a smooth flowing ceiling with no breaks. This allows your ceiling to flow nicely into the newly created room. With this, your cabinets will have an unobstructed free flow as well.

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