Green Remodeling Tips With Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor

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Are you interested in learning Green Remodeling tips. Green remodeling can be done in any part of your home weather it’s a kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, installing energy efficient windows or low energy appliances. As a NJ home improvement contractor, I can tell you now that there are many ways to go green with your home improvement project.

One of the more popular ways to go green during a home addition project is to increase the R rating capacity of your standard 2×4 wall stud. If you are currently building an addition and the wall studs are being framed with 2×4’s, here are a few tips you can have your NJ Home Improvement Contractor use to increase your insulating value.

Normally when your NJ Home Improvement Contractor installs insulation in a 2×4 wall stud, he can either install an R-11, R-13 or even an R-15 batt insulation. In the past, to achieve a higher rating, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor would need to upgrade the wall framing to 2×6 wall studs which then an R-19 insulation could be installed. The difference would be very costly since the difference in 2×4 to 2×6 studs is more than double and you would also pay the difference for using an R-19 insulation as well.

With the advancement in green remodeling and green energy solutions, you can now have a closed cell spray foam insulation sprayed into the 2×4 bay. One inch of foam in most cases is comparable to an R-6 rating. With that being said, your NJ home improvement contractor can combine a 1″ closed cell spray foam and up to an R-15 insulation if needed. That ultimately will total an R rating of 21 within a 2×4 wall stud.

With the cost of energy at extremely high levels, the more insulated your home is, the better off you will be. Having your NJ Home Improvement Contractor utilize these Green remodeling tips can save your family money with a little preplanning. Talk to your NJ Home Improvement Contractor about any green remodeling concerns you may have. Also contact Pangione Developers Inc .

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Mr. David Pangione

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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NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR- Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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If you are planning on installing a new kitchen in your Bergen County NJ Home and want to hire a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

There are homeowners that will hire a kitchen remodeling company to take care of the entire kitchen remodeling project. That NJ Kitchen contractor will remove the old kitchen, provide the homeowner with new cabinet and countertop samples. From beginning to end, the kitchen contractor will do all the legwork. At the same time, the NJ homeowner will be paying a large premium for this service. This service can be up to 40% above the actual cost of the job. You can save money on your kitchen remodeling project if you are willing to do some basic legwork.

Your NJ kitchen installation doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are ways for you to install a new kitchen and not break the bank. Pending the style of cabinetry, you will first want to find out where your local cabinet suppliers are located. If you plan on hiring a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, you may want to ask them which NJ Kitchen cabinet supplier that they use. Many times you can automatically receive a contractors discount if you are working with NJ Home Improvement Contractors that are associated with certain suppliers.

If you really want to save some money with your kitchen remodeling and want to put in the legwork required, once you know the color of cabinetry that you want to purchase, make a sketch of your NJ Kitchen layout and then call local suppliers. Ask them if they can provide a bid on cabinetry for your kitchen design in a cabinetry that they supply that is with your color specs. Provide an email for them to respond and they will provide a simple estimate for the type of cabinets that they can have access to that meets your color and other spec requirements.

At the same time you are shopping for cabinets, you should also ask the suppliers if they can provide an estimate on countertops. One supplier may be offering kitchen cabinets at a high price but may be able to offer the best price on granite countertops. So when it’s all said and done, you may purchase the cabinets from one company and the granite at another.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor

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Mr. David Pangione

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NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR – Replacement window Tips

Are you are interested in hiring a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for your window replacement project? Window replacements on your home can add value and decrease your homes energy consumption.

Some homeowners that hire NJ Home Improvement Contractors want to replace the existing windows with replacement windows. A replacement window is a window that is made specifically to a certain size. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will measure the existing window opening and have a new replacement window made to order.

Another way to replace your existing windows is to remove the window and increase the widow opening  by having your NJ Home Improvement Contractor change the headers above the window to make your window opening as large as you would like the window to be. This method is more costlier since your NJ Home Improvement Contractor needs to alter the interior and exterior or the window well. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will need to not only remove and replace the header to a sufficient size, but also he will have to reinstall the removed exterior siding and put the interior back together around the window. This will involve reinstalling insulation, sheetrock, and the necessary trim work. For these reasons, installing a larger replacement window can cost more money.

With a standard replacement window, it is a bit easier for your NJ Home Improvement Contractor to install. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will measure all the windows that need to be replaced. Then he will have the replacement windows custom made to the sizes that he has measured. Once the windows are ready for installation your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will arrive on the job location and change many of the windows within one day. Pending the amount of windows in your home, your replacement window project should be finished within one or two days.

When installing a replacement window, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will remove the interior window stop molding. After that, he will then remove the upper and lower sash’s. After caulking the opening to accept the new replacement window, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will insert the replacement window into the window well until it fits flush against the window opening. He will then fasten the replacement window with the necessary screws. Usually four screws will do the trick. Now just reinstall the removed window stop molding and your window replacement is complete.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor

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Mr. David Pangione

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NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR TIPS

. How can your NJ Home Improvement Contractor make your add a level look unique and give you great curb appeal in Bergen County New Jersey. Well first your NJ Home addition should be built by an experienced NJ Home Improvement Contractor. A NJ Contractor that specializes in add a level conversions such as cape cod and ranch conversions.

How can your NJ Home Improvement Contractor add curb appeal to your add a level? .That is a problem that many homeowners have throughout the planning stage as they review their architectural plans. You don’t want your add a level in Bergen County New Jersey to look as if you had just built a box on top of your home. You know what I am talking about. Having what looks like a box with roof shingle built on top of your ranch or cape. Here are a few tricks to dress up the front of your home.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, that has built hundreds of add a levels throughout Bergen County NJ, I like to add accent gables on the roof just above the 2nd floor windows to accentuate those upper windows. It looks even better if the upper windows are mulled meaning that there are 2 windows put together on the left and right side. From the street , this looks really nice and automatically eliminates that box look.

From here I like to match the roof pitch of the accent roofs with an entry portico just above the front door. Again, from the street, you are now looking at the upper accent gable roof’s and now you have the portico entry roof to match. throw in the portico columns and now this house is getting closer to completion but we are not finished yet.

Next, where the portico roofline ends, we will build what’s termed an eye brow roof just where the 1st floor and 2nd floor meet. The eyebrow will run across the front of the house and break up the front wall. After the eye brow is shingled and sided, between all the above tricks, your home will look amazing and have a great curb appeal.

Contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor if you have any questions or concerns.

 


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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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NJ HOME ADDITIONS IN BERGEN COUNTY NEW JERSEY

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NJ Home Improvement Contractor-Tiling Information For Your Remodeling Project

Have you hired a NJ Home Improvement Contractor that is about to tile your bathroom, laundry or kitchen?. What about your foyer?. If you have recently  built a raised level, addition or are just remodeling, you will need to figure out what type of tile products you are going to install throughout your home renovation. We are going to briefly discuss Ceramic, marble and porcelain tile products for your home renovation project.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor- Tiling with Ceramic

Your Bergen County NJ Home Improvement project has been running smooth.  At this time, you will now need to pick out your tile products for each bathroom renovation, kitchen renovation or any other room that will need tiling. Using ceramic tile can be a cheaper more inexpensive way to go when tiling your home.

Ceramic tile is a very durable material and tends to be less expensive than porcelain, marble or slate and easier for the tiling crews to work with as well. It is also highly resistant to staining which makes it very attractive  for your installations.  Tile installers are able to cut and bore ceramic more easily than other exotic material such as marble, slate or porcelain. Ceramic tile comes in many different  colors as well as textures. Different types of edging such as bull nosing can be purchased as a set with your ceramic tile. As an example, when your tile installation gets close to a corner, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will install the bull nosing  which has a slightly tapered end. This will create a nice finish. Since the ceramic tile is easy to work with, its labor costs tend to be cheaper  than when using Porcelain or Marble.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor-Tiling with Marble and Porcelain

Contrary to common thought, porcelain tiles are extremely durable. They also have an absorption rate at 100 times less than most ceramic tiles. Also they can be quite costly as compared to ceramic. Porcelain tiles are formed very similar to ceramic tiles but fired at much higher temperatures. With the addition of extra ingredients as well as higher firing temperatures, porcelain tiles are extremely durable and highly stain resistant. Porcelain can also be polished to a high gloss finish.

Marble tile is a very hard durable stone. Like porcelain, marble can be highly polished for  high gloss finish. Also, it can also be tumbled for a natural, more worn look. Marble is very porous which makes it easy to be stained. Sealing your marble is highly recommended to prevent staining. When installing marble tiling, you can purchase custom manufactured saddles , bath shelving, decorative nosing or any other fabricated pieces you can think of. It can match your  marble tile installations. When my customers are purchasing  marble at my supply centers, I will instruct them to seek out slabs of marble that match the actual marble tile they have chosen. Also, they can use the matching slab to fabricate vanity tops or countertops.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for answers.

 

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Hardwood Flooring In Your Home Renovation

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Hardwood Flooring Installation

Hardwood flooring, sure we install it in almost every job we build. Are you interested in having your Home Improvement Contractor install hardwood flooring in your Bergen County NJ home renovation? Let’s talk

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: New Construction

As a NJ Home Improvement contractor, Many of our customers request hardwood installations in their entire home renovations. In almost all of our new raised level packages, hardwood flooring installations seems to be almost mandatory with the homeowners. We will install new #1 red oak or select grade on the entire upstairs less the bathrooms and laundry areas. We will then treat the flooring with polyurethane and a final buff coat and within 3 days the flooring is ready to walk on. Remember, that was the new top floor or even a new addition area. Everything is new so it a simple procedure for the install. Let’s go to the first floor and talk about your hardwood flooring installation in the existing renovated area.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Hardwood & Your Home Renovation

Many of our complete home renovations  include both a new raised level in addition to a completely revised first floor plan with a first floor extension. The existing first floor usually always has the original hardwood flooring. We will remove several walls during the home renovation. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will then be left with a decision. How  will he be able to repair and install hardwood on the first floor. Remember, the original walls were removed. On the floor will be  4  1/2″ wide gaps from where the walls used to lie. If a twenty foot wall was removed then there will be a 20′ x 4 1/2″ gap in the floor. There  are 2 choices. The first is to remove ALL the hardwood flooring throughout the first floor. Then reinstall the new. If you are not worried about the budget and or the numbers work out, then this option is fine. The second choice is to feather the old hardwood in with the new hardwood flooring. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will use a staggering or weaving process. He will remove the nearest pieces and fill with new hardwood accordingly. When ready, he will sand the entire floor and the weaved areas all together. When completed, your first floor will look absolutely brand new. The positive here is that you  were able to salvage the existing hardwood and saving you a good deal of money.

 

If you are interested in installing hardwood flooring in your renovation project, Ask your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for his opinion.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR:Tips To Make Your Raised Level Floor Planning Easier.

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

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

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Staircase Option

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

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Chimney Option

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

Talk to your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for more information.

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.