Trust The Professionals

The most significant investment that most of us make in our lives is our homes. Trust the remodel and repair  to a professional, someone who works at nothing else but designing and building your new rooms.

At DJ’s Home Improvements, we will help you to fall in love again with your biggest investment: your home.

Kitchens are the heart of the home and should be a safe and comfortable room to work in and make and share family memories in.

TImeless design is designing for you and your likes.

The best designers LISTEN, more than they speak, to your wants and needs. A sense of confidence in your ideas and guide your look to a “cozy” inviting spaces with CAD software, our collaborative ideas on a virtual tour of your new space. Nurture your ideas until they come to fruition.

  • Listen
  • Instill
  • Sense
  • Test
  • Enable
  • Nurture

So remember to hire someone who will design and build your dreams and help you to fall in love with your home again.

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*DJ’s Home Improvements is an award-winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.
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Spring Projects

2011 Contractor Of The Year Award Winning Project
by DJ’s Home Improvements
(Photo Journal)

 

 

A family creates a modern contemporary multipurpose retreat from their unfinished basement. Space includes new gym, stairs, egress window, wetbar, plenty of storage, hidden understairs storage, media lounge, new bathroom, and laundry room..

 

 

 

Contemporary Basement Remodel by DJ's Home Improvements 03

 

 

 

Contemporary Basement Remodel by DJ's Home Improvements 04

 

 

 

Contemporary Basement Remodel by DJ's Home Improvements 04

Please check out our portfolio on www.behance.net/djshome

This is a Contractor of the Year award winning project
by DJ’s Home Improvements

 

 If you are interested in a consultation for your design and build home remodel please call us at #516-775-8696.

DJ’s Home Improvements is an award-winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards. Visit us at www.djshome.com

DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
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Spring Projects That Last Through The Seasons!

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Spring is the time when nature’s new blooms bring to mind fresh projects for your home.

If you’ve been considering sprucing up your backyard by removing your old deck and installing a new one, there are many options from which you can choose which will enhance your outdoor living for years to come.

Choosing the right materials, (do I use wood, or wood composites?) as well as a contractor who provides a finished product that is both beautiful and enduring, is important.

Options for decking include wood, wood composites (and there are many different types in both of these categories), and the new vinyl decking materials.

A popular choice for homeowners has been wood composites, which is a mixture of plastic and wood products. There are pros and cons to traditional wood and wood composites.

Our advice is to do your homework about these decking materials so you can make an informed decision that falls within your budget and timeline.

Whether wood or wood composite decking materials are right for you, we at DJ’s Home Improvements can help with your planning, from inception to completion.

With the first step, we’ll provide you with a photorealistic drawing of your deck that mirrors the finished product. This ensures that “what you see is what you get” and that you are happy for many years to come.

Now is the time to begin planning for your deck if you hope to enjoy it this spring and through the summer season.

Take a look at some of the decks we’ve completed for our clients by visiting our website. These visuals will provide you with good ideas for your spring project.

 

 

 

 

Striking North Fork Bath Remodels

The North Fork of Long Island is a gem in the Long Island landscape which boasts stunning homes and properties, as well as a great deal of history. In its earliest years of new settlement, the North Fork, from Orient Point and the islands in the east, to Riverhead and Wading River in the west, it was called Southold. The land was ideal due to its broad fields and woodlands.

Today, the North Fork, with its spattering of beautiful homes known for their Old World charm, is visited and enjoyed by many for its wonderful wine vineyards, and the interspersing of towns located near the beautiful Peconic Bay.

I had the opportunity to work with a past client of ours who owns a home in Cutchogue, in the North Fork, and was impressed with their sprawling property, complete with a pretty, well-maintained landscape; it was a lovely, comfortable haven for a family that needed upgrades in two of their baths.

The color scheme in the first bath would feature soft, creamy beige and tan colors, while the second bath was completely different. This cheerful white and periwinkle blue-colored bathroom had a light and airy beach cottage feeling, which is exactly what the homeowner was trying to achieve.

In the larger bath, ceramic wall tiles in creamy colors and a decorative listello border, lent a soothing atmosphere to the entire space. Built-in bleached wood cabinetry with plenty of storage space and a matching double vanity with two sinks, showed the natural hues in the wood. Diagonally-set ceramic floor tiles in a slightly darker color contrasted the cabinetry to perfection.

Custom-built shower shelves, and a corner shower enclosure maximized the space. Soft traditional lighting from well-placed wall sconces gave a certain glow to the room, creating an ambience of tranquility.

One of the most delightful aspects about being a professional designer is seeing that sparkle of happiness on clients’ faces when I help them plan and finally choose a design that enhances their homes and works well within their budgets. Since my husband, Jerry and I opened DJ’s Home Improvements 22 years ago, we have lent our design and home remodeling talents to many satisfied homeowners. It has truly been a pleasure to work with them, time and again, and to help them bring their dreams to fruition! We plan to continue to do this for many years into the future.

* Vita Anne Burdi, Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Bath Designer, is the co-owner and vice president of DJ’s Home Improvements, a design-and-build company licensed and insured in Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island, NY, since 1990. Her dedication and experience lends her to create and design, innovatively, all projects in home remodeling, including specialties in kitchen remodels, bath remodels, additions of dormers and extensions, decks, basement remodels, and many more upgrades in home improvements. Vita is a leader and designer of award-winning projects and has been featured and quoted in many local, regional and national publications. She and her husband, Jerry are active members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Please visit www.djshome.com for more information and to view some of the awards designed by Vita.

** More details of the project shown in the videos below and online at our website at http://www.djshome.com. Please contact us at #516-775-8696 or email us at contact@djshome.com if you are interested in remodeling your home. Enjoy!

Conquering Larsen Syndrome With An Accessible Kitchen

See Emily discussing the challenges of and overcoming her spinal condition in the video below.

After meeting a family affected by Larsen syndrome who expressed a desire for a new kitchen, we learned that a member of the family was wheelchair-bound but had a passion for cooking. As we gained a solid idea of what they were looking for in cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and all the other accessories that would enhance the space, we offered our suggestions and put our plans in motion. The kitchen project would not only be aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, it would also provide for safety and universally accessible throughout.

All the new features added up to making the family extremely happy. Where once it was inconvenient for anyone in a wheelchair to reach appliances, cooktop and counters because they were too high, now every newly installed item was easy to access and there was free range of motion in the kitchen.

Universal Design Kitchen – CAD Proposal of New Kitchen Remodel

The previous kitchen made it impossible to reach into drawers or countertops, find kitchen tools, or remove food from the refrigerator/freezer. Since the completion of the renovation, the family has donned their chefs’ hats many times, and is overjoyed to be cooking together.

Using the new drawers is easy when you can roll right up to them.

Emily, a 19 year-old college student, is thrilled to be spending quality family time with her parents in the kitchen. While a good part of the kitchen design concentrated on meeting her needs, her mother, Ellen, points out that while the new kitchen facilitates Emily, it also helps her out tremendously, as well.

Emily is thrilled to be using their accessible kitchen. Although it’s been nearly a year since it was installed, she explains that it is still new and exciting each time the family works together in the kitchen.

Since the renovation was completed, my own abilities have diminished somewhat and recent bouts with a painful foot condition and acute tendonitis made me thankful that our kitchen is so chair-friendly”, says Ellen. “Even better is that we didn’t have to sacrifice beauty and style for function. Vita and Jerry made sure our kitchen was the most attractive and inviting room of our home.

Utilizing Universal Design standards, we designed a kitchen with quality products and special features that took into consideration the structure and environment that would make our clients feel comfortable, regardless of age, ability or situation.

We enhanced the space by creating a separate accessible section with no barriers between the sink, cooktop, and storage areas. Wheelchair accessible toekicks and a lower-placed wall oven, as well as an induction cooktop, were installed with safety features to prevent injuries. Cabinetry and countertops are steel reinforced and provide five feet of clear space for unobstructed wheelchair access.

Cabinetry and countertops were also installed at a lower height for convenient access. Additional easily-accessible electrical receptacles and switches were placed below the countertops.

New Cooking Skills in A Newly Accessible Kitchen – “I’m so happy to have a place where I can spend quality time with my mother when I come home from college. With her guidance, I’m improving my cooking skills and making food the whole family can enjoy”, says Emily.

DJ’s Home Improvements received a 2012 CotY Regional award as a “Universal Design Project Recognition” from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for the above-mentioned kitchen renovation using Universal Design principles.

Emily discusses the challenges of and overcoming her spinal condition

* DJ’s Home Improvements is an award winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
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It’s Earth Week: Green Projects Around The Home

Earth Week is upon us again. Although we practice being earth-friendly and green year-round, Earth Week makes this the perfect time to discuss this very important topic.

The Earth Day Flag

More and more people are thinking about ways to save around their homes with “green” projects that also help the environment. Fortunately, greening your home doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly.

We at DJ’s Home Improvements are helping our customers become environmentally savvy through the installation and use of green materials and products in home remodels.

A Few Creative Tips on Recycling and Remodeling the Eco-Friendly Way

There are many things you can do in your abode to lower your environmental impact, which also helps you to live in a healthier atmosphere at home.

Get green in the kitchen: In a recent kitchen upgrade, we saved a good portion of our clients’ oak cabinetry, still in great condition. To provide them with more counter and storage space, we installed an island with large countertop and base cabinets in a contrasting wood color, giving the kitchen an eclectic look.

Before - Green Kitchen Remodel

After - Green Kitchen Remodel

Our clients saved a lot of wood and money, and were happy to hold on to much of their original cabinetry – and we were pleased to have another satisfied customer.

"Green" Corian with Recyclable Glass Tiled Walls - Bathroom Remodel by DJ's Home Improvements

One of our favorite countertop products is Corian, which is not only attractive to the eye, it is an excellent green material that is both endurable and affordable. Corian is primarily used for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, and wall cladding in showers. Because of its non-porous quality, Corian is also approved for use in specialized environments, such as laboratories and hospitals. It is a very versatile material that allows us to use it in interesting ways, and there are more than 100 colors and patterns which can be joined, shaped, and finished into a variety of products that beautify your home.

Green Demolitions: At the request of a recent client, we demolished their kitchen using a green demolition approach. You can salvage lumber, doors, windows, foundation stone, bricks, and fixtures by utilization of this method. If materials can’t be reused they can often be recycled, for example, metals, clean waste wood, and concrete are excellent recyclables.

Recycle Scrap Metal: When remodeling an entire room, there are many parts of your previous space that can be reused. For instance, we like to salvage scrap metal pieces, and bring them to a scrap metal yard. The scrap is used later for autos, machinery, and parts.

Keep Your Home Free from Dust Particles During a Renovation: While we are working on a renovation project, the home is kept clean and free from dust that can settle and cause breathing problems for people with allergies. We utilize a clean air activity program, complete with barriers to prevent dust from becoming air-borne and settling in other parts of the home. An air scrubber is utilized in our projects which cleans and recycles the air using a HEPA filter.

DJ's Home Improvements Protects Your Home: "We Treat Your Home As If It Were Our Own"

You can literally turn your whole house “green” if you choose, and still maintain a home that is functional, durable, and aesthetically pleasing, There are green products for flooring, appliances, skylights (provide natural lighting), cooling and heating (solar panels), cabinetry, insulation, windows, wall coverings… the list goes on and on. So, if you are hoping to do your share to save Mother Earth, you can take advantage of any one, or all of these options.

If you are interested in having an earth-friendly design and build home remodel please call us at #516-775-8696.

* DJ’s Home Improvements is an award-winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards. Visit us at www.djshome.com

DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
Nassau Lic. #H18C4240000 – Suffolk Lic. # 46377-H

See It Before You Build It

We are a design-build remodeling company. Kitchen and bath drawings bring your project to life with our photorealistic drawings. We see it all the time on HGTV and other television programs showcasing remodeling and interior design projects. It’s not a new technology, but many improvements have been made since its arrival. We can do so much more with rendering software these days. More importantly, we can bring it to you.

Award-winning Kitchen Design, Photorealistic

Kitchen Remodel by DJ's Home Improvements, Completed as Proposed

We can also create design renderings of your addition project, dormer, extension, basement, deck, custom interiors and upgrades, etc. Take the guess work and any doubts out by letting us present you with our ideas and design on paper.

Award-winning Basement Design

Basement, Completed as Proposed

We collaborate with you, the homeowner, to bring your project to life even before the remodeling begins. You can be rest-assured of the results. Designs and ideas can be conveyed through photorealistic drawings and even video walk-throughs of your new space.

Check out our new web page “What You See Is What You Get” where you’ll find our extensive showcase of some great examples of successfully completed work through careful planning and design. Keep checking in or subscribe to our updates for new drawings and completed project photos.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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Low Vaulted Ceiling?

It never ceases to amaze me what great work can be done with a lot of planning, discussion and when a group of people make what seems to be impossible into a dream come true as the end result. Of course, I’m speaking of our team at DJ’s Home Improvements.

The usual problems with most bathrooms were very present in this bathroom as well. Typically, our homeowners call when they feel their spaces are too small, sometimes even too big, too outdated, not user-friendly, lacking storage, damaged, or unfinished.

Not only did this bathroom have all these issues, but in addition, the bathroom’s ceiling is fitted into the pitch of the roof and slopes from 8 feet to just 6 feet high.  So, now we’re working with a small outdated bathroom, with little storage and a low sloped ceiling. This also being the only bath for the whole family and guests to use, we encouraged the homeowner to renovate all these problem areas.  We assured them we would work hard to adhere to the schedule and a budget to once we start designing and then building the project.

Here’s a photo of what we started with:

The bathroom vanity area – Before

Now, to put our thinking caps on and design this bath remodel.

Our new bathroom design incorporated:

  • new stylish fixtures,
  • additional shower lighting, hi-hat and sconce lighting,
  • a new ventilation system,
  • additional storage from a new vanity cabinet with new countertop space,
  • a new glass-enclosed tiled bathtub shower with corner shelves,
  • and a beautifully framed new vanity mirror to enhance the elegance of this small bathroom.

We came up with some drawings to present and they fell in love.  The work started after we scheduled the project. Here are some of the drawings we came up with for the homeowners:

Toilet wall Drawing

Tub wall Drawing

Vanity wall Drawing

Our wonderful crew tackled the work. With these fine drawings and a well thought out plan and schedule, the end result is now a beautiful bathroom for the homeowner and their guests to use.

Here are some images of the resulting bath remodel project:

Representation of new vanity area

Elegant framed mirror fits snuggly above the vanity, reflecting the tiled tub area.

Drawing of tiled shower and tub area with shower head, decorative tiling and new shower doors

New tub area now includes convenient corner shelving, beautiful new fixtures and tiling

New tiling, corner shelf and fixtures are worth enjoying while spending time in the shower

Drawing of the toilet area with glass shelving

The toilet wall image after completion of project

The homeowners are currently enjoying their new main bath and we at DJ’s Home Improvements are certainly happy with the results as well. Another project completed, on time and on budget. If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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Kitchen Upgrade Brings New Light

MAY is National Home Improvement Month!

MAY is National Home Improvement Month!

Summer is finally here and so is the peak season for home improvements. NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, has named May “National Home Improvement Month”. Also, did you know that May 10th was “National Clean Up Your Room Day”? I didn’t find that out until today so that means we have a lot of work to do around the house.  Having a “Clean Up Your Room Day” allows you to clean out your closets and assess your home organization needs. This is the perfect time to not only do some of that spring cleaning, but to contact a certified professional (certified remodeler), to help you create custom units to fit your home needs.

Speaking of custom design and fitting your home needs, these months have flown by so quickly that I haven’t had much time to look back on one of the many projects we at DJ’s Home Improvements have successfully completed. (By successfully completed, we mean ON TIME and ON BUDGET!) One of my favorite remodeling projects was a kitchen upgrade in Franklin Square. Simply put, the style of the kitchen was outdated and even though the cabinetry was in good condition the layout of the kitchen entry was not working for the homeowner anymore. Also, a few other items were switched out and installed thanks to our design expert at DJ’s Home Improvements, Vita Anne Burdi, CKD, CBD, everything came together beautifully.

Take a look at what was done in this kitchen project and maybe this is just the kind of doctoring your kitchen needs to breathe new life into it as well …

Before the remodel, the kitchen entryway did not flow and was an inconvenience.

After the kitchen was remodeled, the entry had elegantly arched doorways, traffic was corrected and natural sun light was able to travel further into the room.

The kitchen, before, was in need of updated style, new appliances, countertops and a new window to overlook the outside.

Fresh look with countertops replaced, new appliances, new lighting and other upgrades – A seamless design to incorporate the original cabinets… Another project, on time and on budget.

* Call DJ’s Home Improvements for a consultation on your next home improvement project at 516-775-8696, or visit www.djshome.com to see other projects we have completed. DJ’s Home Improvements is a design-build remodeling company licensed in Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island New York.

Tips on Aging In Place

Many of our projects come to fruition to serve the needs of the ever growing and changing family. A household grows or downsizes and incorporates young and old. That’s why remodelers stress the importance of right-sizing your home as well as incorporating Universal Design into your home to accommodate the needs of different age groups residing under one roof.

(below are some notes by Louis Tenenbaum)

What is Aging in Place?

Aging in Place is a housing and care option that integrates design, equipment, and services to provide the opportunity and ability to remain in the home of your choice indefinitely.

The Mechanics of Healing (10)photo © 2008 Nazareth College | more info (via: Wylio)
Aging in Place works best when people prepare their home environments in advance of accidents or injuries using Universal Design to preserve independence and create safe care environments.

Aging in Place relies on a comprehensive and dynamic management system to use human, financial, and medical resources efficiently.

Aging in Place preserves housing stock, fosters community continuity, and strengthens families.

Aging in Place empowers older citizens with Choice and Control, Dignity and Independence – the essentials of happier homes, better lives and more economical housing and care.

What should you do to Age in Place?

  • Take care of yourself FIRST.

Remodel your home to preserve independence and create a caregiver safe environment. Preparing your home results in reduced falls, allows earlier returns from hospitalizations and rehabs and safer and easier assistance from paid and informal caregivers.  This is all win-win because the benefits you appreciate also save healthcare dollars. Currently you have to make this investment in YOUR future. I hope subsidies and incentives will help out soon. Independent Showerphoto © 2007 Nancy Hugo, CKD | more info (via: Wylio)
Grab bars and railings are modest investments. Removing throw rugs costs nothing. More extensive remodeling also enhances your lifestyle and increases property value when done attractively and well. Maybe I should say win-win win!

Exercise. Wellness – combined cardio, strength and flexibility training is the single most important factor you control about your own future. Exercise is the key to falls prevention and falls steal dreams. The evidence is mounting but there is already enough. If you are not exercising 30 minutes three times a week get started. There is also good, but less clear evidence that brain exercise helps avoid the scourge of dementia.  Most communities help with training, testing and social exercise opportunities to get you started and keep you on.

  • Take a look at Aging in Place 2.0 to see what could lay ahead for us in Universal Design and Aging in Place.

My design and build company, DJ’s Home Improvements, has experience and success in remodeling homes with Universal Design and designing for the aging in place lifestyle.

* You can call DJ’s Home Improvements if you would like a consultation on your home improvement project at 516-775-8696, or visit www.djshome.com to see other projects we have completed. DJ’s Home Improvements is a design-build remodeling company licensed in Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island New York.

** Are you thinking of how to pay for your remodel? One option is reverse mortgage. Call Layla Corrochano, a Wells Fargo Reverse Mortgage consultant, for more information at (347) 256-9959.