Creating & Perfecting Your Dream Home

When it is time to remodel your home, you must feel confident in the ability to get it done right. More than that, the project, process and experiences should be enjoyable, even enriching. How do you know how to choose a remodeling contractor?

In the past 36 years, we have found that homeowners like yourselves have “7 Customer Wants” on which we have built our business model:

1. You want us to be the expert, the problem solver, and the professional, experienced team that will lead you through your project.

2. You want us to be trustworthy and dependable, giving you honest answers and follow through with any concerns.

3. You want us to deliver what we said by providing a detailed Agreement of all specifications of the job.

4. You want us to communicate daily as to what we did, what we are going to do next, and what you need to do so you are never in the dark.

5.  You want your job to be a priority.

6. You want us to be sensitive and considerate of your living conditions, property, family members and pets to avoid or minimize any inconveniences to their daily life.

7.  You want us to be friendly and optimistic by being approachable, personable and cooperative.

If these are your wants, then you have found the right remodeler in Cipriani Remodeling Solutions.

Let There Be Light: Lighting Project Ideas

Basking in the glow of warmer weather,  homeowners are ready to tackle home improvement projects that have been hibernating during the winter months.   A lighting project is the perfect solution to enhance the beauty and ambiance of the home.  Light fixtures, coverings and fabrics can inject a creative fusion of personal style and interest.

Here are some simple lighting project ideas that will enlighten any living space:

  • Create a new lamp-If you want to upgrade your lamps but nothing is really catching your eye or fits your taste or style,  then why not consider a DIY lighting project? Hardware stores and home centers sell pre-made kits with all the materials needed to make your own lamp.  Besides using a traditional lamp base, your creative juices flow and craft one from a basket or vase.
  • Refresh your lamp shades: A new lamp shade will make a difference not only in the room but your wallet when it is perched on top of an existing lamp base.  The change in size and shape of a lamp shade will surely give an old lamp a new reason to glow.
  • Touch up with textiles: Apply fabric or wallpaper that matches the style of the room. Stencils and paint are a great and inexpensive way to give an old lamp shade some star-studded treatment.
  • Dim those lights: During the day, natural or artificial light set the scene or the day’s activities but lowering the lights at night create a warm glow throughout the house.  By dimming the lights in the home, it reduces the amount of energy that is being used which can also save money.  It is very easy and inexpensive to install a dimmer and the light can be adjusted at the wall switch or through a cord.

 

Upcoming Design Clinic: Recipe for a Tasty Kitchen Design

See what is cooking up in our showroom on Saturday April 12th.

Award-winning designer, Robert Kramer will be hosting a unique and interactive design clinic “Recipe for a Tasty Kitchen Design.”

Robert will focus on focal points of a kitchen design and give tips on how to infuse creativity into those forgotten nooks and crannies.

Reserve your seat for Saturday April 12th.  Call 856-853-8398 or e-mail us at info@ciprianibuilders.com.  Clinic is from 9:30-11:00.

 

 

 

The Home: A Family Treasure Chest

If the valuables in a home are its family treasures, then the home must be the family treasure chest. The home is also a safe haven, an entertainment spot, cultural center and a power station that refuels its members with energy, vitality and creativity.

Everybody enjoys freedom. Everyone wants to be happy. Owning a home, maintaining and perfecting it is one of the greatest rewards of family life. When individuals find themselves in the position to enhance and bring greater beauty and convenience into their homes it is often a life enriching experience.

The impact of remodeling; puts a great responsibility on Cipriani Remodelers. The investment of energy and resources are not taken lightly. For us, each home is a family treasure chest and each remodeling project is our opportunity to contribute to a family’s true wealth. This we do for each individual in the home. This makes every project a personal and professional commitment to improve society as well as strengthening the bond and potential of the families we serve.

We work hard to make every client a part of our family by being personally accountable for the outcome of each home remodeling project; giving them our best effort during and after every project.

10 Tips to Make your Project an Award Winner

You want the end result of a remodeling process to be an award winning project that turns your design dreams into a successful reality.

Here are 10 tips to make your project an award winner:

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Decide on Your Style – Take some time to research magazines for photos of similar spaces that you love. Don’t overanalyze. Just clip them out and create a binder with digital or print images. You will soon see a pattern revealing if your style is eclectic, modern, old world, French Country, contemporary, Rustic, Cottage or Traditional. Knowing your style sets the tone for all your design selections.

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Incorporating Color – The latest trends in colors are spa like for bathrooms, nature tones in kitchens and neutral palettes including grays, blues and greens. The use of your favorite colors can reveal your style. For example if you love bold, vivid and primary colors, you probably like modern or eclectic styles.  Many paint manufacturers have developed “historical collection” colors that look timeless in traditional or contemporary spaces.

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Today’s Textures – Get your scenes involved by combining different textures in the space. For instance, a leathered kitchen island countertop feels soft and subtle next to smooth stainless steel appliances. Shag area rugs add depth when placed on a hand scraped hardwood floor. And don’t forget fabric in curtains, bedspreads, towels and decorative pieces.

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Functionality It doesn’t matter how pretty a space is if it isn’t functional. Determine how you will use your new space. Make a list of needs and wants, who will be using the space, and what you want to change about the current area.

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The Digital Connection-We all love our smart phones and tablet interfaces. Appliance brands have taken notice by integrating easy-to-use touch screens, memory and user customization. Whole home automation from an iPad can control everything from radiant floor heating systems to lighting systems. Search for the latest in technology and design convenient charging stations for all your gadgets.

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Lighting Makes It Shine-Don’t forget the three types of lighting – general, accent, and task. It’s a good idea to understand basic lighting terms and principles. Learn how energy-efficient light bulbs compare to traditional incandescent. Lighting is often an oversight in design.

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Everybody Has Stuff-So where are you going to store it? Every design needs to contain storage areas. Even in small spaces, storage can be found if you use your imagination. Make a list of what you have to store, and make sure there is a place for it.

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Upkeep-Decide how much maintenance you want when making material selections. High gloss countertops and flooring will show more than matte finishes. Tile and wood floors require more upkeep than vinyl flooring. Exteriors can be designed to be maintenance free with composite materials.

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Think Green-Can you use recycled or reclaimed materials? Save energy with high-performance windows, Energy Star Appliances and digital thermostats.

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Deciding on Cost-http://m.remodelingmagazine.com/2013/costvsvalue/national.aspx

 

If the Design Fits…

CHOOSING THE RIGHT DESIGN FOR YOU

While much home remodeling is need driven, a primary purpose of home improvements is to enhance the quality of life for you and your family. In order to gain this you must first address the design. The form, as well as the function, must be carefully considered before delving into your remodeling project. Advice and ideas on planning a remodel can come from many sources: your imagination, pictures in magazines, images and articles on the internet, a friend’s home, a remodeling contractor, an architect, or an interior designer. There are likely too many options for you than too few. When you distill the subject, however, it all boils down to you—to you and your family’s unique way of living. This is not to say, of course, that you’re weird, but that by virtue of being human, you are unique, and so are the people that live with you. Call it “exceptional” if you like.

The best design for you may not be the best design for your neighbor. In the most fundamental sense, a good design makes the best use of the space in question. “Best,” however, is a largely subjective term. Outside of a handful of rules, practices, principles, legalities, and ambiguous “rules of thumb,” ” best use” is little more than an opinion. You may be familiar with the “kitchen work triangle,” for example. This is a principle used in kitchen design since the 1940s. It involves the area between the sink, cook top, and refrigerator. With the advent of new appliances, such as microwaves, mixer lifts, pot fillers, dual fuel wall ovens, and multiple sinks, the kitchen work triangle has evolved into a polygon of ever-increasing complexity, with ever-expanding options. Likewise, not so long ago, a 3 piece bathroom was the norm. Now, it’s fast becoming extinct. A basement used to be where we kept our furnace, hot water heater, and stored our old paint. Now, the hot water heater can hang on a wall, the furnace can go in the attic, leaving the basement available for a home theater, bar, game room, master suite, or a combination of all of the above—and anything else you can dream-up. We used to have to go to a place of worship to see cathedral ceilings. Now, we may have one in our sun room, foyer, or any other room that doesn’t have a floor above it. We can have a fireplace and entertainment center in our bathroom if we choose. The emphasis on open space in homes has rendered the clearly-defined division between rooms obsolete in many cases. This is accomplished more today with furnishings and decorating accoutrements than with walls. The options are so endless, it’s hard to know where to begin.  This is not your grandfather’s home improvement project.

The evolution of residential remodeling design has progressed in leaps and bounds in the last few decades, and what formerly were details worked out between a home improvement contractor and a homeowner, (often while the project was in progress) are now refined by remodeling design professionals. A remodeling design professional can help in countless ways: advise you on alternatives, cost-effectiveness, and logistic reality, but it will be you making the final decisions, and it is you that has to live with those decisions. You need to be steering this process—especially early on. It could be a mistake to allow a relative stranger to make such personal judgments. Regardless of your experience (or lack thereof,) you are uniquely qualified to meld the design and your life together. No one can know more about what you need, want and prefer than you.

It’s unwise to put the cart before the horse. Before decisions regarding cabinetry style, flooring material, tile mosaics, paint colors, etc. are addressed, the fundamental spatial layout should be worked out. It’s crucial that the design works for you and your family. Approaching this yourself, beforehand, will save you time, money and much trial-and-error aggravation. Your best bet is to do whatever it takes to get your planning ideas as close as possible to what you envision–to communicate your ideas. Involve your family. Sketch your ideas out on graphing paper. If need be, make scaled, cardboard cutouts of furniture, cabinetry, islands, etc. Move them around until you achieve the desired effect. Clip, or print photos of things you like. Then call an architect, designer, or home remodeling professional for additional suggestions, costing advice, to finalize design, and produce the project, but do yourself a huge favor—start with you and the people that live with you. The best design is the one that best reflects you. 

*Below are the existing layout and 3 basic floor plan options for a bathroom: The object is to gain space in currently cramped area. The homeowners want to do away with the large whirlpool tub and half of a double entry door, replacing the large tub with a stylish claw foot tub that also leaves the option of an expanded shower with a frameless glass enclosure and possibly a second vanity bowl.

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Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

Sure…a post about how to hire a contractor—by a contractor. Pretty self-serving? Pretty biased? Well, it’s not what you think. I’ve been in the home improvement industry my entire adult life, and have heard and seen some unbelievable things. I’m posting this for everyone out there considering a home remodeling project. It is a self-serving effort in the sense that it’s good for the industry that home improvement consumers know what to look for in a remodeler. This does not apply to single trade operations such as roofing, replacement windows, etc. Nor does this apply to those of you who already have a contractor with whom you are comfortable. This is about home remodeling—additions, kitchens, baths, etc.—projects utilizing multiple trades, and requiring the services of a general contractor and intensive coordination. While we’d like you all to hire us, most of you are way too far away, and the logistics alone would almost certainly disqualify us.

There’s a preponderance of material out there on this subject, and most, of course, is somewhat self-serving, and this is no exception. The better educated our potential customers are, the more confident we are that they will see the wisdom in choosing us as their contractor. Also—as you may have heard—there are some unscrupulous people out there looking to make a fast and easy buck at your expense. The presence of these contractors is an impediment for everyone involved. As your home is likely to be the largest and most crucial investment in your life, the greatest care should be exercised when hiring a home improvement company.

1. Know what you actually want

The very first act you should undertake before even looking for appropriate home improvement candidates is to think about what you actually want, what you can have—and, just as important, to know your financial limitations. The more research you can do regarding the project, the smoother it will all go. The more you know about what you actually want, the sooner you will discover what you can actually have. Of course, the contractor(s) you contact are likely qualified and willing to help you in a multitude of ways, but knowing as much as you can about your ultimate project goals is a huge step in the right direction, and to your advantage. If your project is an addition to your home, for example, it will help a great deal if you have a grasp of how much space you want or need, and if your municipality will allow it. Zoning rules vary from town to town, and you can potentially waste a lot of time engaging in other research or searching for the right contractor for your project, discovering months later you cannot build it. Your local zoning officer can probably answer most of those questions over the phone. If your project includes the adding of a bathroom there may be municipal utility rules to consider as well. The construction of an in-law suite, for example, is prohibited in some municipalities, for fear it will become a rental unit in the future.

2. Qualify your candidates

OK. You have a pretty good idea what you want and what you are able and/or are willing to spend. It’s time to look for your contractor. The wisest thing you can do before you start cracking open the Yellow Pages is to ask around—or look around. If you’ve never hired a home improvement contractor before, chances are you know someone who has. Ask how it went. Narrow the field before you start playing on it. You have a computer, or you wouldn’t be reading this. Use it. Check out the possible candidates as much as you can. Visit their websites. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List—anywhere you can find a review of your candidates.

3. Thinning the Herd

Once you have narrowed the list of potential contractors to as many as you have the time or inclination to interview, you may further thin out the herd through your first contact. A contractor who doesn’t call you back promptly, has questionable telephone etiquette, or is non-committal about scheduling a meeting with you may disqualify them right off the bat—that’s up to you, but it’s absolutely critical that you feel comfortable with your contractor. Those that can schedule an appointment immediately, or at least say when they will call you back to schedule are most desirable. Always, those that keep their promises regarding this first contact should move to the top of the list. Conversely, those who do not keep those very simple promises should be eliminated. If there’s difficulty keeping an easy promise, how many difficult ones will they keep? The promises will become increasingly difficult and complicated as the process develops. What you are looking for is someone you trust. Sure—trust is an intuitive, unverifiable feeling. And…let’s face it; we’ve all made mistakes in trusting people in the past, and trusting people in the course of a commercial enterprise is even more tenuous. Trust, however, is an indispensable prerequisite for any relationship to work, and in this case, for the success of your project. Trust your instincts. You don’t have much else to go by this early in the game. Don’t allow yourself to be rushed. If you feel pushed, push back, or pull away. You’ll have plenty of time to back out if you find your trust was false. You are not signing a contract yet.

4. Legitimacy

No matter how many home improvement contractors you intend to interview, there are a few pieces of information you need to ask of each one. Number 1: “Can I have a copy of your insurance certificate?” Don’t ever—ever let anyone work on your home without producing a CURRENT, valid insurance certificate. Number 2: “Are you registered and licensed in this state (counties and even municipalities in some places)?” A contractor can have all the insurance in the world, but if he is not registered or licensed where you live, he cannot legally work on your home until he is. This should not disqualify a contractor from the neighboring state or county unless they mislead you about it. This is public information you can easily confirm. Number 3: “Can I have a list of references?” If the remodeling contractor you are interviewing is hesitant about this—keep looking. Unless the contractor is brand new, they should have references on hand at your first meeting. If the contractor is brand new, don’t disqualify them solely on that basis, though it can be a risk. If they were upfront and honest about being new, they still may have a wealth of experience and expertise they gained while working for others—and they may be out to make an impression. It could be a good deal, but you’ll have to be lucky. Every home improvement contractor had to start somewhere.

5. First Meetings

In all likelihood, your first meeting with everyone you have decided to interview will be at your home. Tell the home improvement contractors at each meeting everything you can about your project, give them copies of anything you think may help, i.e. your own sketches, a list of needs, a list of wants, a list of don’t wants—if necessary (if it’s an addition, be sure to have clear, scaled copies of your property site plan for them), give them a walk through, let them measure, photograph, tap on walls, let them look at your electrical panel and utilities, crawl in your crawlspace, climb in your attic—whatever they ask to see (within reason.)  Pay attention—this process will tell you much about the competence and experience of the contractor you’re talking to—especially in comparison with each other. It will be easy to tell who is being thorough and who is not.

A somewhat sticky, but absolutely crucial piece of information you must provide your candidates is your budget. No one can really help you in any practical way without knowing this. Some home remodelers may disqualify you at this point, but the good ones will tell you—right then—if your budget is realistic or not, and offer alternatives if your budget is far too low for the project, and give you the option of continuing or redesigning.

6. The Semi-Finalists

Between your research on the contractors and your first meetings with them, you probably have a good feel for who is still in the running before you even hear their pricing. Don’t forget who’s who, as they all will be estimating the project, and it may be tempting to use the guy who wrote his estimate on the back of his business card while he was at your home for the first time, because he will likely be many thousands less than everyone else. Unless your project is a simple, single operation for one trade, an accurate estimate for most home remodeling projects requires a computer, and at least a half hour; if you have made prior material selections, longer—Illustrations and drawings, longer yet—alternatives—more time. You get the idea. Most legitimate home improvement contractors will take your information back to their office to design and estimate. They will also produce a proposal or two, and generate some drawings, allowing you to see, generally, what is included in their prices. You may never know what was included on the price on the back of the business card, and there’s a reasonable chance that the contractor who submitted the business card proposal doesn’t know either.

It’s wise to keep your own checklist for each remodeler you interview with a 1 to 5 scale, starting with the more subjective impressions to the more objective, such as: How comfortable did you feel? How professional did the contractor seem? How thorough were they? Did they show up on time? Did they seem prepared? How clear were the communications between you and the remodeler? How much time did they spend gathering information? Were they receptive to your ideas and input? Do you feel they can pull this off? Add whatever else you feel is important data for you to make the right decision.

7. The Finalists

For the sake of argument, let’s say you are left with three legitimate contenders. Even though all three have the same information, there is a significant gap between the highest and lowest price, and all three, though they are within your financial wheelhouse, have proposed higher costs than you had hoped. It doesn’t leave much room for what you’ve been advised to keep on hand for cost overruns or eventualities occurring during the course of the project. At this point, the recent education you’ve acquired on home improvements and human nature will serve you well. If all three of these contractors are doing the same, exact project, why is there this cost difference? Look deeper. Ask yourself: “Are they really proposing the same exact project?” “What else could account for this difference?”  “Of the three remaining contractors, with whom do you feel most comfortable?”  “What are the differences between contractors 1, 2, &3?” First of all, contact the insurance company that is on the remodeler’s insurance certificates to confirm they are covered and that the certificate is valid. Secondly, contact some of the references that have had a project like yours completed by the contractors. Once you are satisfied that your candidates are legitimate and competent, you may be left with nothing but cost to consider—or so you may think. Although we all know how important it is to make a wise decision regarding how we spend our money, cost has to be a secondary consideration when considering a major home improvement. For the same reason you will pay more for a name brand appliance than one you’ve never heard of, or the same reason you don’t buy your underwear at the dollar store, you may consider paying the higher price for home improvement services. The differences between the prices you’ve been quoted will usually have to do with; 1. How well their skilled labor is paid. This will have much to do with the quality, duration of the project, and the longevity of the workmanship. Obviously, the company that pays their people more not only will attract the better people, but will be more discerning about who they hire. 2. How sophisticated the support system is. This will have a huge impact on your degree of ultimate satisfaction. When an established company has your project on its schedule, systems and processes are engaged to see the project through from beginning to end. While your project is being produced, you will likely see a few of the same faces every day, however, there are people you may never see that keeps the project running smoothly behind the scenes. Operations such as, permitting, seeing that materials are ordered and on site when they are needed, seeing that everything and everyone involved gets paid promptly, planning, scheduling, etc. 3. How committed the company is to you. This has much to do with the support system, but at the same time, a company can function like well-oiled machine for its own sake. Responsiveness early on is a prime indicator that a company is focused on you and your project. Were your ideas, wants and needs are taken seriously and incorporated in the preliminary design and plan? Were you given an approximate length of time for the duration of the job? Were you offered intelligent options? Were all appointments kept? Do you feel like your contact is engaged in your project? 4. The term of the company’s warranty. While this may seem like a trifle in the broader scheme of things, believe me, it isn’t. New equipment, fixtures, appliances, even windows, doors, stairs and floors can have bugs that are not immediately apparent. Some home improvement contractor’s warranties are for an absurdly short term. All of these and many more factors go into the structure of a home remodeling company, and they all cost money.

8. …And the Winner is…

You’ve considered all of the above, and have settled on the remodeler with whom you have chosen to embark on the remainder of this journey. After all this, you probably feel like you should be further along. Well, if you did a good and thorough enough job at the beginning, the contract is just a few details away. If, however, you are like most mortals, you will need advice on many items and operations. If this is the case, it probably has much to do with the home improvement contractor you have selected. Their decorating and design acumen leads you to believe they can take your, somewhat sketchy vision, and steer it into a plausible reality. There may be many versions of your project discussed, and even more decisions made, decisions scrapped, altered, remade, and fine-tuned before you reach the point to where you are comfortable signing a contract.

9. The Contract is Everything

Hopefully, you emerge from the process with your sanity and goals intact. It’s not an accident that the contract is such a significant document. They don’t call contractors, contractors for nothing. It’s all about the contract. It’s here you need to be most aware. While you may justifiably trust your remodeler, it is of paramount importance that you read and understand your contract.

9a. READ IT!—UNDERSTAND IT!

I have been a home improvement contractor for over 35 years, and it never ceases to amaze me, especially considering the dollars involved, how few people really read and actually understand their contracts. By the time you arrive at this stage in the process, you have likely talked and considered, sometimes literally, thousands of options regarding your remodeling project. It’s easy to assume that since you have discussed something, it is included in your contract. Communications between humans are notoriously flawed, and unless it is in black and white as part of your contract, it is not part of the project scope. Throughout the long life of my company, we have taken great pains to make our contract as readable and as understandable as possible, yet we still have clients asking toward the end of the project; “Where’s my chandelier?” If the chandelier was not part of the electrical fixture scope on your contract, you are not entitled to it. That doesn’t mean you can’t have it—you can. But it will be a change order, and depending on the circumstances and the point of construction where this was brought up, it can be an expensive add-on. Conversely, when a change-work order is requested at the right time, there may be little, or no added cost. Exacerbating the reading and understanding issue is the myriad legalities that are required by law to be in every home improvement contract, and it could be that once legalese is detected amidst any text, our brains turn off. It happens to me, too. It could also be that by this time, we just want to get the deal done and to get started. It is absolutely critical that you know what you are buying. If, while you are sitting at the contract-signing table, there’s something you don’t understand, or aren’t satisfied with, STOP! Make the contractor explain, clarify, change, amend, alter, rewrite—whatever needs to be done to make you 100% confident  ALL of your concerns and questions are addressed to your satisfaction. Otherwise—DO NOT SIGN THAT CONTRACT! A well-composed contract is not only a legal document for your protection, it is a detailed menu of what is going to happen—a crystal ball—seeing into your future, including everything you are going to have. Building the project and keeping the promises made on the contract is the easy part. Getting to that point is far more difficult and you have to be on your game throughout the process.

10. Change Orders

The scourge of home improvement consumers are cost overruns. These are also known as change orders. You may be surprised to learn that they are the scourge of home improvement contractors as well. You may also be surprised that the vast bulk of change orders are driven by homeowners. From a home improvement contractor’s perspective, the perfect project has no change orders. While unforeseen circumstances account for some, most are either the result of clients not following the preceding instructions well—expecting items that were not part of their contract, or from seeing the project evolving in three dimensions and realizing there is something wanting. There are hundreds of possible reasons for change orders, but these are the most common. The costs of change orders can vary wildly, depending on the stage of development, as well as the labor and materials needed. The reason consumers don’t like them, of course, is the cost involved, and the time they can add to the project’s duration as well. Home remodeling contractors don’t like them for how change orders can damage a schedule, and also for the complexities they can introduce to coordination. If you introduce a change order that adds 3 days to your project, it’s likely that someone else’s project will be delayed for 3 days. While that’s not your problem, it is a problem for your remodeling contractor who lives, eats, and breathes schedules. Additionally, the time for research and deliberation on a change-work order is truncated, so the costs incurred by the contractor can often be greater than anticipated. Change orders can, and usually do arise when the impetus for arriving at cost and the decision to move forward or not is vital and immediate.

10a. How to Avoid Them

The best way to avoid cost overruns (change orders) is to follow the instructions above—to KNOW what you want—to choose the right contractor for your home improvement project—to work with that contractor to be as sure as you can that all of the details are addressed—and above all—to read and understand your contract. Moreover, to be aware, that when you decide you want your entertainment center on the opposite wall after the drywall is installed, or you’d rather have your toilet 2 feet to the right after the ceramic tile floor is in, it’s likely to cost you some serious money. No legitimate remodeler looks to make a financial killing on change orders, as regardless of the cost to you, it’s probably costing your contractor more.

Of course there is one, sure-fire way to know you have chosen the right remodeler right off the bat. Look closely at the people that come to your home to compete for your work. Don’t stare though—it can give them the willies. If any one of them has a CIPRIANI REMODELING SOLUTIONS logo anywhere on their vehicle, apparel, or materials they bring, that’s the right one.

A lot to digest, to be sure, but what’s more important than your home? Choose your contractor carefully, read and understand your contract. You won’t be sorry.

2013 Kitchen Appliances to Make Your Life Easier

Life is busy.  With work, school, sports, family, friends and events there is always somewhere to go and something to do.  With tight schedules, don’t waste time working with old appliances.  Technology has grown leaps and bounds since Mom bought her first washing machine. You can replace your kitchen appliances and increase the time you have to do the things you love.

 

Here are some new kitchen appliances that will make your life easier:  Appliances

 

  • Full-Surface Induction Cooktop.  The chef in your family will love cooking on this surface.  It is ideal for people that cook more complicated dishes or have a large family.  There is no wasted space, and you are able to place more pans on the surface.  It also looks really cool with its sleek, modern surface.
  • Smart Fridge.  Technology has evolved so quickly that you can now have a refrigerator keep track of what groceries you need.  One manufacturer is even using LG technology to have your fridge recommend recipes based on the contents of your fridge and families age, weight, and health goals.
  • LG Oven with Smart ThinQ.  This new technology allows you to monitor your range remotely and has robust self cleaning features that make cleaning a breeze.
  • Discovery Wall Oven by Dacor.  This oven is perfect for busy families.  It uses Android technology and has a built in tablet that syncs to an app.  You can select your favorite recipes, tell it the weight of your dish, and the oven will make sure the temperature is perfect for cooking it.  For example if you are cooking the Thanksgiving turkey you simply tell the oven the weight of the bird and it will tell you how long it needs to cook, sending you a text message when it is done.  No more guess work!  It even turns the heat to warm if you don’t take it out in time.

 

You can turn your kitchen into a chef’s dream.  Even the most novice of cooks can benefit from using modern technology in the kitchen.  Your meals will be easier to make.  You will also spend less time in the kitchen when incorporating new appliances into your home remodel.  Call us at Cipriani Remodeling Solutions to learn how we can give you the kitchen of your dreams.

Environmentally Friendly Remodeling Ideas

Environmentally Friendly

 

Home owners concerned about the environment can make their home more eco-friendly through creative design ideas.  Modern technology has made it possible to reduce the carbon footprint of your home in ways that are beautiful and functional.  Previously it was expensive to “go green”, making it difficult for home owners wanting to make environmentally friendly design decisions.  Prices have reached a point where you can buy products that are better for the environment without blowing your budget.

 

Here are our top environmentally friendly remodeling ideas:

 

  • Solar.  Solar panels are an excellent way to generate electricity, and with state and company financing incentives it is possible to lease solar panels with little or no money down.  Those that suffered from Hurricane Sandy remember what it was like to go without electricity.  Solar panels can generate energy to run your home and generators so that you can have heat and lights in an emergency.
  • Bamboo.  We can replace your existing flooring with bamboo.  This type of wood flooring is beautiful, durable, and sustainable because it grows so quickly.
  • Recycled Countertops.  Glass countertops can be stunning, especially when used in small spaces.  Several manufacturers are making them from recycled material that will give your counter a 100% custom look.
  • New Windows.  Keep the summer heat out and the winter heat in by having new windows installed.  This will reduce the amount of energy you use and improve the overall look and feel of your home.
  • Reuse Materials.  You can find gorgeous materials that were previously in buildings that were remodeled or torn down.  For example, an old barn door gives your room a creative look that is unique and fun.  Crown molding from historic buildings can look fantastic in your living room, and wide planked wood floors add historic charm to your kitchen.

 

If you are looking for design ideas on how you can make your home more environmentally friendly give us a call.  Our team at Cipriani Remodeling Solutions will pay attention to every detail and identify ways for you to “go green” while keeping your home beautiful and functional.

 

Easy Remodeling Ideas for Fall

Easy Remodeling Ideas for Fall

 

 

 

 

The kids are back in school, and the cool of fall is in the air.  This is an excellent time to tackle some basic home remodeling projects.  You can freshen up your space, making it look new again, with a complete home remodel or small and subtle changes.  Sometimes the little things like changing the bathroom fixtures or replacing the kitchen counters can make a world of difference.  With the holidays right around the corner you can get your home ready for company by starting your remodeling project now.

 

Here are some easy remodeling ideas for fall:

 

  • Build a window bench with built-in storage.  Cool fall and winter evenings are the perfect time to get cozy with a good book.  Create a warm and comfortable reading nook by building a window bench with storage.  Use soft cushions and pillows to make it even cozier.
  • Custom tile work. You can add character to your bathroom or kitchen with custom tile work. This is an excellent way to showcase your personality and incorporate your favorite colors.  We can install a custom tile backsplash that will make your room pop.
  • Replace your doors.  Swapping out your old doors for news ones is an easy way to make your home look newer.  Doors are often neglected and can go decades without being changed.  This inexpensive and quick solution will freshen up your space.
  • Lighting.  Dark rooms can be depressing.  Soon winter will arrive and with it shorter days and less natural light.  Make sure you home has all the light it needs through clever lighting solutions.  We can analyze your rooms and make recommendations that enhance your home.
  • Staircase.  Your staircase doesn’t have to be made of single pattern poles in a solid color.  You can turn your staircase into a show stopping design element by utilizing multiple colors, custom banisters, and wooden patterns build right in.
  • Fireplace.  Turn a boring fireplace into a destination.  We can use natural stone and elegant materials to make your fireplace the centerpiece of your family room with built in seating.
  • Install a bar.  You can turn your family room into the gathering spot by installing a bar complete with a sink, refrigerator, dishwasher, and storage.  You can throw parties all year round.  No matter how cold it gets outside you can have hours of fun indoors.  This is an easy way to make your home an entertainment destination.

 

Remodel your home this fall so that you can enjoy spending time indoors this winter.  Simple changes can make a significant difference in how comfortable and functional your home is.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we have been helping home owners for decades.  Let us show you how we can turn your home into a destination you and your family will never want to leave.