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.

 

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: RAISED LEVEL

The time has come and you want to call a NJ Home Improvement Contractor to build a Raised Level on your home in Bergen County NJ.. You and your spouse have a budget set, financing secured but you are not sure which NJ Home Improvement Contractor is going to build your Raised Level Renovation project. Also, you are not sure how all the small details are going to play out. You need to iron out some of these details early on so here are a few important things that you will need to go over.

DECIDING ON A NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR:                

Deciding on which home improvement contractor to hire for your raised level project in Bergen county NJ can be a difficult decision. Everywhere you look, there goes another contractor vehicle but which one is a good fit for you. The only way to really know is to actually call some NJ Home Improvement Contractors, set up appointments and meet them for an interview….yes you read that correctly. An interview is exactly the way you must treat this as.

Meeting New Jersey Contractors

Remember a crew of workers is going to be literally taking over “YOUR HOME” for roughly three months. They will be coming and going, in and out all day long. If you live onsite as the construction is going on then you will be right in the mix. You want to meet the owners that run their crew of workers.  Feel him out to see if you think he is the type of person you want to have running throughout your home with a crew of workers. Does he seem like he can handle a crew responsibly?  It’s much better if you get along with the contractor since he will be at your home and more importantly will be the person that you communicate daily with.  Will he manage even the small elements as good as the larger daily functions?  I am a great judge of character. You give me five minutes and I can determine if a person will be able to accomplish the tasks that I ask him to be responsible for. If you can do this as well then it can save you lots of potential problems while the job is underway.

Who’s Providing the Architect for your Raised Level Renovation?

When it comes to your architectural plans which will be needed to apply for a building permit, the homeowners have a few options.

The first option is simple. Hire an architect, meet with him and have him draft your ideas into a set of architectural drawings. The architect will meet with you several times
and go over your ideas. This is a very one on one scenario. He is listening and accumulating your feedback and input then transferring it into preliminary plans. This is great if you want to be in direct communication with the architect. Remember, he is being paid by the hour so this option tends to be very costly. The other thing worth mentioning is you may not even like what the final product is after several meetings. At that point you may be $4,000 dollars and counting in the hole already. When it’s finally over with, the price may be up to $5,000-$8,000 for a raised level based on all the hours
spent going back and forth. On a positive note, your ideas expressed will be on paper for all those contractors to view and bid on.

The second option is the one that I have used with my customers throughout the years. Some contractors will provide their own architect. We have our own in house
architect that we provide to our signed customers. The way this works is simple and we can use my system as an example. You would call us for an estimate. When a representative arrives, we will listen to what your ideas are then within a few days we would provide you with a proposal. In most cases, people will call us a few times with the standard questions that most homeowners ask and we would answer them accordingly. Once a homeowner decides to move forward we would set up a contract signing. After the contract signing was completed we will provide a date within 2-3 days after the contract signing where the architect will arrive at your home. The day the architect arrives, he would be handed a package of information only pertaining to YOUR job. This information is everything stated in the contract which was signed days earlier. He would simply measure your home where the raised level or home improvement project will be built, then within 1 week you will be provided with a set of preliminary drawings. To speed up the process, we usually send the plans via email direct to the customer. The customer will then notify us of any changes. In
most cases, this usually goes back and forth one or two times. Once the homeowner approves, we will finalize the plans and then submit the drawings to your local building department for a zoning review. This system is usually included in our home improvement pricing plan and works out to save the customer thousands of dollars. Not all contractors have an in house architect nor work side by side with an architect but it is important to ask if they do, it can save you thousands of dollars.

Another Cost Saving Tip           

After stressing the savings you realize when hiring a contractor that has their own in
house architect, I can’t stress even more the savings you realize by working with a contractor that has its own architect especially if unexpected problems develop while building your Raised Level.

When building your raised level, many times things pop up that is not expected. When
this is the case and yes this happens a lot with existing home renovations and construction, an architect will be needed immediately to verify the findings and make adjustments to the plans. For instance, let’s say a raised level is being built and in the early stages while the new second floor is being framed the builder realizes that the original floor beams are not what they were thought to be or even let’s say the existing chimney which runs through the new second floor plan is off and in actuality falls inside the new upper bathroom by six inches. These items need to be addressed now. Not tomorrow nor the next day. Any hold ups can mean another day your top floor is not covered properly making it exposed to the outside weather conditions. When working with a contractor that has his own architect, most cases that architect is on call and
will arrive to verify and remedy the situation with an alternate plan of action that meets your local building department codes. If there are any fees for the unexpected issue changes, they usually are minimal. When we are hired, I usually make sure no extra architect fees are charged to my customers.

The opposite is usually the case when hiring an outside architect. I also found that the homeowner provided architects were slow to respond to emergency calls. These delays are very costly for the homeowner. In most cases where this has happened, I found that the overcharges directed at the homeowner were usually very excessive.

These are just a few of the things to consider when hiring your NJ Home Improvement
Contractor to build a raised level for your family.

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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