Interesting Articles about construction and remodeling

Lakehurst Kitchen Remodel

Our Lakehurst kitchen remodel was a great project.  From the owners to the architect, the designer to the crews that performed the work, this project was a success! The main reason that the project was a success is how all parties worked together as a team.  Like all remodeling projects, you never know what you will find once you open up the walls.

This project was no different, we found where a previous owner’s contractor installed hardwood flooring in the dining room and didn’t dispose of the scrap wood or sawdust, but piled it ALL in a cavity betweens the walls.  This is something that would not happen with Nix Group.  We preform a project cleaning before we insulate & sheetrock to try to ensure that this does not happen.  Usually at this stage of the project there is a lot of saw dust and debris that’s accumulated.  However, finding the scrap wood and sawdust wasn’t the biggest issue on this project.

The major issue on the project was that the original gas lines in the house were not up to current code.  The house originally had the gas lines run under the concrete slab and the gas lines were not in the proper casing (lines run like this are more susceptible to getting holes in them and leaking.  In the end, they leak gas under the houses slab.  NOT GOOD AT ALL).  Since our project was to only touch the kitchen, utility room and dining room this created some challenges because we had to get new gas lines to the fireplace in the formal living room and 2 heating units in the attic above the 2nd floor, which were in parts of the house we are not going to be working in.  Once Nix Group was made aware of the issue, we were immediately focused on finding a solution to the problem.  By the end of the day, we had a couple of different options to present to our clients.  When something this major happens, it can really delay the project if not addressed and rectified right away.  Our clients were great in understanding that we were working hard to get a cost effective solution that wouldn’t delay the project any more than it had to.  At the end of the day, we had to get our plumber, carpenter, sheet rocker and painter involved to get the plumbing to code and, most importantly, to get the home safe for our clients.  Communication was key to coordinating all of the information back to our clients so they could make a very informed decision. This also says a lot about the crews that we have working for us; they all we able to become familiar with the issue and get pricing back within the day.  It’s great to know that you have great crews that are there for you when you need them the most.  Our group of crews right now is spot on and I’m very happy with them.  Our clients were very understanding of this issue and understood that there was going to be additional costs and a couple of days delay to correct the plumbing.

In the end, the kitchen turned out amazingly!  Our clients did some very nice cabinetry pieces.  Take a look at the pictures below and be sure to notice the very large pullout pantry to the right of the fridge.  Also, look at the appliance garage custom made for our owner needs.  I really like the large duel-fuel range!

I wish I had before pictures for you, so you could see how this kitchen was truly transformed.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Steve

D Home Best Builder 2015

Wow!  It’s a great honor to receive this Award.  This is the second year in a row now, and once again we are truly humbled to receive this.  Larry and I talked about how it’s a true blessing to have a job that you love doing, it doesn’t feel like work sometimes!  The issue will hit news stands in May.

Very thankful,

Steve

Nix Group D Home Best Builder Award Page
Nix Group D Home Best Builder Award Page

Beachside Construction

I was very fortunate to take a family vacation to the Beach this last month and noticed some very  interesting construction being done at beachfront home.  I wondered the construction site trying to wrap my head around what they were doing and why they were doing it.  (I don’t know if it’s a vacation area thing, but every time I go to the beach or mountains I can never find any workers working on the houses I see under construction.  This is something Nix Group strives to do, is to keep the project scheduled to have workers working continually on the project.)  This home is in the foundation stage and what I can gather is that they have 2′ diameter piers with a slab on top, this is the main level.  Then they have 1′ diameter column/piers going up 10′ to the second floor with a second level concrete grade beam,  I’ve not seen this done in the residential world before.  I don’t know if it’s built this way because of the storms from the ocean or if they plan to park cars under the main house or not, I have no idea.  I watched this house sit for an entire week with no work happening, I wanted to talk with someone to find out why they build it like this, I new there was a reason.  Something I took away from this is to have signage or contact information on all of you projects so you can be contracted if there is an emergency or question.   I hope to make it back to the beach in the next couple of years to see the completed home.  The owners of this house will have an amazing view.  Here are a few pictures of the house in it’s current state.

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Looking For A New Home???

Two great Nix Group homes have recently come on the market!

One home was constructed 8 years ago and the other 6.  Building these homes was amazing and both currently have great families in them.  I love getting the chance to get a peek at the inside of homes that we have build after a few years.  It’s great to see how they stand the test of time, busy lives, along with kids, and pets.  I think both of these homes show the quality of home Nix Group builds.  They both are beautiful!

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Brass Is Back

We are loving this brass hardware that clients are considering for a kitchen update. They will be a great vintage, yet modern addition to the beautiful kitchen that they are designing. Which is your favorite?
Brass accents look great with the marble, white and grey combinations that are so popular currently.

Brass Hardware

D Home Best Builder 2014

This was a GREAT SURPRISE to find in my email.  Nix Group is truly honored to receive this award.  Thank you to all of our clients who have trusted us to work with their homes. 

Dear Larry and Steve:

On behalf of D Home, congratulations! You have been selected as one of our Best Builders – for 2014!  The coveted list will be revealed for the first time in the upcoming May/June issue and consists of the most prominent and respected home builders in our area.

Go get at copy today!

Very Thankful!

Steve Gillis

 

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2014 Confidence In Construction

2014 has been different than the past 6 years for the Nix Group.  The confidence current home owners have is great.  They’re wanting to remodel their current home, construct additions and build new homes.  This was not the case for the past 3 or 4 years, and we are very thankful for the work we have.  It is great to see people excited again about updating, building, or improving their homes!  We are getting busier and the size of project is becoming larger and larger.  I’m very grateful for what the 1st quarter of 2014 has brought us and very excited for what the rest of 2014 has to come.  If you have any construction needs please let us know.

Have a great day!

Steve Gillis

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