LED Wafer Lights

This new kid on the block is getting all the attention and with good reason.  Learn why the wafer, recessed light fixture is the way to go. For years, remodeling companies and electricians have struggled trying to make their electrical layouts work in the field.  There are so many existing conditions that are usually covered up when an initial design layout is created.  “You must always make adjustments in the field to clear joists, duct work, plumbing, a buried body, you name it.  We have seen it all.” Says Kyle Matta with MGK Electric  Unfortunately, many of the field changes that may be necessary are not always the most esthetically pleasing and sometimes result in an unfavorable layout.  Recessed lighting of the past always came with a rough housing that was installed in the ceiling.  Todays wafer fixtures are only ½” tall and will sit flush with the drywall on the ceiling.  They have a remote driver (the brain) that can be installed in a relatively close location but...
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New Gold Standard for Finishing a Basement – Cherry Hill Contractor shows you how!

Is there a new Gold Standard in Basement Finishing? Out with the old and in with the new.  Every contractor catches up eventually but for quite some time, a better method of finishing basements has gone un-recognized and very rarely used in South Jersey.  For over 40 years contractors have been throwing up wood studs over a 6 mil vapor barrier and faced insulation towards the living space.  That method has been proven years later to be susceptible to mold growth and other moisture related issues.  The basement has a relative humidity much greater than the rest of your home.  Concrete is porous and every crack and gap allows even more moisture into your space. Next Level Remodeling cares about your investment.  We want our finished basements to last just as long as the rest of your beautiful home.  This is why we have made the following basement finishing practices our Gold Standard. Wall Preparation:  We begin by testing questionable areas with clear...
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Construction Standards for Residential Remodeling Protection – A Checklist

Construction Standards for Residential Remodeling Protection – A Checklist   For homeowners as well as residential construction workers to be safe, everyone needs to be aware of the minimum standard safe work practices for the construction industry. You can create a residential construction checklist based on the standard OSHA requirements for construction on a residential site from the following guidelines: Analyzing the Safety of the Worksite A construction site must be assessed by the construction team including the managers and workers in order to find any potential hazards that will put workers or a homeowner in danger of being hurt. If any hazard exists, it needs to be safely removed so that the removal itself does not create an additional hazardous situation. Safety and Health Training Before any construction professionals begin work at a site, the OSHA requirements state that all workers must have safety training within the company that they work for that meet the minimum requirements of the environment that they will be working in....
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Easy Steps To Transform Your Kitchen and Bath

Easy Steps To Transform Your Kitchen & Bath The two most used rooms in the house are the kitchen and bathroom. Keeping these rooms inviting makes a big statement. When the time comes to update and remodel, the expense may cause you pause. However, you can transform your kitchen dramatically with a few well-chosen tips from the pros. Here we will share with you, small changes that make a big difference without blowing your budget.   Choose your must haves The focal point in the kitchen and bath is the sink area. Dated and old faucets instantly age the room. This item will go on your must have list. Try a modern faucet from Maestro Bath for beauty and functionality. Now check the rest of the room. Are countertops in good condition? Can you get by without changing the floor? When you have your list of what must be replaced, you can purchase those items and begin the transformation on what is left.   Faux Baseboards Trim...
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Voorhees NJ Kitchen Renovation – You won’t believe these before and afters!

Farrell Kitchen Remodel Joe and Kat were one of the first couples that approached Next Level Remodeling in 2012 looking for a kitchen transformation.  They gave us the opportunity to work with them and trusted that we would be able to deliver a stellar design and execute it in a professional manner.  We loved the creative freedom of being allowed to utilize real estate from their existing dining room and make structural alterations to open up doorways and remove walls.  The end result is spectacular and has all visitors is awe.  Again...A very special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Farrell for giving us a shot and their continued confidence and support. Next Level Remodeling is a design build contractor based out of Southern New Jersey.  We specialize in complex kitchen and bath renovations.  If you are looking for a company to take on a complex or unique project, give us a ring and learn more about what we can offer you.  +...
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New Way to waterproof under your Deck!

Why didn't I think of this???  What an easy way to create a dry space under your deck.  I love it and the company is based in South Jersey! www.dexerdry.com Description: Easy to install: Comes in convenient sizes to match your deck requirements You no longer need to use a spacer One additional tool required – a rubber mallet!   Easy to maintain: Power wash up to 3000 psi; Designed for the rain, sun and elements.   Economical: Dexerdry is the cost effective solution to under deck dry space Dexerdry increases your living space and now gives you access to those areas under your deck.   Even more benefits: Eliminate debris getting trapped between deck boards Eliminates odors on ground level decks Eliminates insect breeding grounds Creates storage space Dexerdry is made to handle the sun and elements Made in the USA.  ...
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See then Sign! Stressing the importance of Visual Aids in Home Remodeling

Visual Aids     How does a Home Improvement Specialist convey their concept to a homeowner? A:  You do it through communication and Visual Aids like 3d Rendering software.  Theses programs have come a long way in the last few years and we are now able to show our Homeowners a fairly accurate interpretation of their new space prior to building it. Why is this important? A:  Well most of us are not able to comprehend how something will be positioned through speech alone.  If everyone possessed this skill, most if not all designers, Architects, decorators and design/build contractors would not be in such high demand.  Our Homeowners deserve a full description of what they are paying for and the picture to back it up. Are changes easy? A:  If you would like to see an array of different options, our team will be able to accommodate most changes on the fly.  Our team is well versed in the presentation software and will most likely recommend their...
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Shamong NJ Kitchen Remodel

Warm colors brings closure to this Shamong NJ Home How do you know when its time for an update? A:  When the finish on your kitchen cabinet doors start to peel. We all don't have the same answer for the above question, but everyone has their own idea when its a good time to update their current space.  Our homeowners always intended to replace their builder grade kitchen, but like most of us, life got in the way and other things took priority.  Timing is everything and updating your kitchen is no different.  When finances, kids, and careers are all in tune and going well, we allow ourselves to reflect on things that have been put off and check them off this list. This kitchen was one of the last spaces our homeowners had to tackle before they felt some renovation closure with the builder finishes they had been replacing over the years.  Next Level Remodeling was glad to help.  We did not feel like a dramatic...
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Window in the Shower! Just one of many unique features in this Cherry Hill Bathroom Renovation.

Bathroom Summary: Our Cherry Hill couple approached us at the 2013 Philadelphia Home Show looking for a Home Improvement Contractor that would be willing to gut their 1970's bath and start fresh.  They were looking to eliminate the existing tub for a more suitable shower and remodel with premium finishes.  A quality job was top of mind and they were really looking for some design guidance in pulling all the finishes together.  We were able to recommend various combinations until we landed on the above flavor.  Our homeowners are thrilled with the end result and we are so excited to see this bathroom completed to perfection. Project Highlights: Window in shower Large format Porcelain floor and wall tiles Full overlay, premium vanity, solid maple, dark stain Granite countertop with rectangular undermount sink Custom built mirror frame to match vanity Recessed medicine cabinet American Standard Cadet 3 Toilet, comfort height (Best in class flush) Semi frameless shower doors with frosted glass Solid, metal Kohler shower base Brushed Nikle Grohe plumbing fixtures Recessed bath fan/light combo Special Note: Windows...
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Project Ground Rules

  Review the following questions with your contractor prior to construction:   If there are pets, where will they be kept during construction? If there are children, what rules apply to them around the work site during working hours? What dust containment procedures will the contractor employ? What kind of cleanup will take place at the end of each day? What restrictions, if any, are there on your contractors' use of your bathroom? Is there a designated eating or smoking area? Are there any parking restrictions the contractor should be aware of? Does any landscaping need to be moved or protected? What time will daily work begin and end? Can work be scheduled on weekends? If weekend work is an option, are there any special restrictions? If there is an after-hours emergency, who do you call? Who will you talk to about change orders?  What is the best number to call? Who do you go with day to day comments and suggestions?   Special thanks to David Lupberger for the great form!...
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