The Perfect Summer Shade

As the warm weather begins to roll in, many homeowners look onto their backyards in horror at the damage winter has left on their outdoor spaces. Most backyards are the center of a family’s summertime fun. Whether you have a pool to cool off during the over-heated summer days, or a beautiful garden that all your neighbors are jealous of -spring is the time to clean up and revamp your backyard or patio area.

 

A great way to completely change the look of your backyard or patio is to add a pergola. Pergola’s not only offer shade but also a decorative touch to any outdoor setting. With lights, outdoor curtains and even climbing plants – a pergola can be the show-stopper statement in your outdoor space.

Pergolas comes in various shapes and sizes. While a general contractor (like our very own Jerry Burdi) can assist you in drafting and construction – if you are an experienced DIY-er, then a ready-to-assemble kit is in your near future.  The beauty of a pergola is in the customizable appearance and function. A pergola can be used to enhance an entrance, create a sitting area or enhance your garden.

While traditional pergolas have a crisscross effect – you can always space rafters and beams farther apart for a more modern look.

An avid gardener will love hanging baskets and planting vines to grow on their pergola for shade, privacy and function. If you are not blessed with a green thumb, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Adding outdoor curtains allows for extra shade, privacy and adds the illusion of a canopy setting. If you lean towards the artistic side, create privacy and shade with structural posts or artwork alongside the posts.

Allow the pergola to be the base of your creative expression.

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

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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. Visit us at www.djshome.com

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

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Creating a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are a simple trick that can make you look like the designer of the year! By using artwork or pictures you can create a focal wall that is beautiful and elegant.

First you should decide on what kind of gallery wall you want to recreate.

Questions to ask yourself:

Do you want your wall to be a collection of all the artwork you have or family pictures and portraits?

Do you want frames of varying sizes and styles? Or do you prefer a cleaner look? If so then buying a set of the same frame will give you a cohesive look.

Now that you have figured out your style, how do you hang your frames?

There are two methods that I find very helpful.

Puzzle Time

If you are working with varying sized frames than lay the frames on the floor. Just like you were figuring out a puzzle, begin to move the frames around until you are happy with the design.

Map it out!

Cut pieces of paper the same size as your frames. Tape the pieces of paper on the wall. This enables you to see how much spacing you need between each frame and how much of the wall you want to actually cover with your pictures. The best part of this option – only one nail hole in the wall 🙂

If you still need some inspiration, these pictures will get your creative juices flowing

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

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www.djshome.com

                                                                                      

* 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, 2011 and 2012 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards.

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

Using Color To Affect Your Mood

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could transform every room in our space and still remain on budget? Well designer Vita Anne Burdi, CKBD from DJ’s Home Improvements says you can by using color!

When redecorating, most homeowners look into purchasing a new set of furnishing and accessories to transform the feeling in their space.  Purchasing a new set of furnishings is often a more permanent change and not as easily interchangeable as paint color.

By simply changing the color of your space from a cool to a warm tone this will automatically breathe new life into your room and vice versa!

When to use warm, rich colors:

Warm colors are best when you want to make your room feel cozy. Using a rich and bold accent wall will shorten a long or narrow room. In addition, using dark wood furniture such as espresso, mocha and black tones adds visual weight to your furniture pieces and therefore, makes them stand out as focal point in your room. Some designers, when faced with the challenge of working with very high ceilings, use a dark color or heavy treatment to visually lower the ceiling height.

When to use cool colors:

You often see cool and light colors used when a designer is trying to portray a very airy and calm space. Light wood tones or paint colors with little saturation are used to expand a space. This allows the natural sunlight to reflect rather than be absorbed by a darker tone. When a cool-toned paint color is used with white furniture, your eyes are able to pass through the room with ease and not land on a particular piece of furniture or accessory.

When using color as a paint choice or in your furniture selection, think about the natural energy association each color holds. Evaluate if that association agrees or clashes with your room’s mood.



If you are interested in a consultation for your design and build home remodel please contact us at #516-775-8696 or contact@djshome.com

                 

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 33 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 22 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”

Preparing Your Home for Winter

The month of November is usually when the winter weather begins to creep in. Your day starts and ends in darkness, while children are sent to school bundled in layers of clothing resembling mini Eskimos. With holiday planning in full swing, homeowners often forget that pre-winter preparation for the home is essential.

Our masterminds in our offices have compiled a simple checklist with coordinating tips to winter-proof your home every year.

What to do:

  1. Seal the leaks
    • The best way to keep the inside of your home warm and toasty is to keep the cold out. Step one is to caulk the inside and outside of your windows. On the outside, seal all edges of the sills with a water-resistant product; while on the inside, use a temporary silicone caulk around all moving parts of the window.  The silicone will break loose and easily in the spring when it’s time to open everything up again. The additional bonus is the silicone won’t damage any paint or varnish.
  2. Replace Air Filters
    • A clean air filter will reduce the amount of dust inside your home as well as reduce the amount of energy it takes for your heater to work. Use a handheld vacuum while the filter is out to get rid of dust and cobwebs that may have accumulated in or around the filter slot
  3. Duct and Cover
    • The ductwork in our homes carries the heat from room to room. Ductwork that’s not well-insulated, disconnected, or dirty impedes air flow and makes your heating system work harder. Check ducts in the attic and basement, vacuum them out, and seal loose connections with a metal-backed tape.
  4. Protect your pipes
    • Like the ductwork in your home, any pipes that carry water need to be insulated from below-freezing temperatures. If you have a crawl space under your home or a basement that’s not insulated, wrap your pipes with fiberglass insulation or use pre-molded foam rubber sleeves that you can pick up at most home improvement stores.
  5. Turn ON the fan
    • Ceiling fans are a great way to help cool your house in the summer, and they come in handy during the winter months too. In preparation for colder weather, reverse the direction of airflow on your fans. Since warm air rises, the fan blades will push the air down and help keep the toastier air in circulation. How do you know if your fan is rotating in the right direction for winter? Here’s the trick — turn your fan on and look up. For winter, your fan’s blades should be moving clockwise.
  6. Let it Shine
    • You don’t have to invest a lot of money to enjoy some of benefits of solar energy. Leverage passive solar power during the day by leaving your curtains and drapes open. Your rooms will soak up the heat and release it at night.

     

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

 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”

Hurricane Sandy Recovery for Homeowners

We are happy to announce that all staff and employees of DJ’s Home Improvements are safe! Thank you to all those who left lovely voicemails, Facebook comments, emails and keeping us in your thoughts.

We are all very excited to be back at work after two weeks of waiting for power restoration in our offices. And we realize there are many homeowners and businesses who are still suffering the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy.

So in an effort to always be a reliable informational resource we have provided some helpful links and tips to those still affected by the storm.

Restoration

Be weary of contractors who are immediately available to repair your home. During a devastating disaster home-owners are very distraught and become the victims to unreliable contractors. These types of contractors either take your deposit and run or only address the visible damage.

TIP: Use a restoration company. A home restoration company is specifically knowledgeable in the beginning steps of reclaiming your home.  They will evaluate the visible damage and also address the non-visible damage like mold and foundation structure.

TIP: Expect a longer wait time for professional contractors and restoration companies. Remember Sandy has claimed millions of victims, so patience is key to ensure your home is restored in impeccable condition.

Renovations & Remodels – Glass half full perspective

Look at the bright side, now you can get that kitchen you always wanted!

While unexpected disasters are never a happy surprise, remember that you can always transform a negative into a positive. Once your restoration is complete transform your problems areas into a masterpiece by scheduling a consultation for your design and home remodeling needs. Please call us at #516-775-8696 or email contact@djshome.com.

Helpful Links

Long Island

Hurricane Sandy Information

Sandy Recovery Resources

Food & Water Distribution

Pet Shelter

FEMA Housing

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

NYC & the 5 Boroughs

NYC Restoration Center Locations

FEMA Disaster Assistance

Locations where prepared food is available

Shelter Locations – NYC

Daytime warming center locations

Mobile medical van locations

To volunteer, visit NYC Service

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.
Nassau Lic. #H18C4240000 – Suffolk Lic. # 46377-H”

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Kitchen Designs for the Active Family!

The kitchen is the main room where family and friends gather, not only because of the delicious aromas that come from this hub of the home but also because of the activities and conversations that flow from this space.

In the past, the kitchen was designed for the designated chef, and typically relegated to a closed-off area of the home, often away from other family members. It was where the cook planned, prepared and cooked all of the meals.

kitchens for the active

Today’s kitchen has become a casual, inviting, friendly place to cook, chat, entertain guests, and share stories. To put it simply, it is a very social area, the focal point of our lives and homes.

To accommodate families who enjoy the social aspect of this room, designers/remodelers like DJ’s Home Improvements can create kitchen designs for the active family.

For many young families, the kitchen is also the heartbeat of the home, so a few essential “ingredients” and extra touches will ensure that it operates smoothly when many little hands are congregating.

For instance, you may want to install cabinet shelves and drawers where each child can place their own things.

In addition, kid-friendly surfaces such as the quartz countertops from Cambria will resist stains and scratches more easily than other materials, keeping maintenance to a minimum. Choosing surfaces with rounded corners as opposed to sharp-edged will help prevent minor accidents.

Whether you are designing a kitchen from the ground up, or just sprucing up the old one and adding new elements, it’s important to plan for ample space for easy traffic flow, especially from the work space where meals are prepared, to the dining areas where meals are enjoyed.

 

For a kitchen consultation for your ever burgeoning active family life, contact DJ’s Home Improvements for an appointment by calling # 516-775-8696 or visit their website at www.djshome.com for more information.

 

 

 

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”