CONGRATULATIONS TEAM!!!

The following is press release that went out to announce the recognition of Gehman Design Remodeling as a local and regional NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) award winner.
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“Gehman Design Remodeling Earns NARI CotY Award”

Harleysville, PA – Dennis Gehman, president of Gehman Design Remodeling (GDR) is pleased to announce that they have been recognized by the Bucks Mont chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for doing exceptional work.  GDR was in the running for a CotY (Contractor of the Year) award in the category, Residential Interior under $100,000 at the annual Bucks Mont NARI “Evening of Excellence” dinner.

 

 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Bar-left-end-vertical-for-web-199x300GDR was awarded a first place CotY award in the category Residential Interior under $100,000.  The project that won the award was designing and installation of a Bar in a Basement.  The client wanted the bar to feel elegant, warm and inviting, and to not have a commercial bar feel. Details such as the tin ceiling, wood soffit and lighting coordinate to make the bar meet and exceed the client’s expectations. A regional CotY award was also given to this project.  The project is now in the running for a national CotY award. The national award winner will be announced at the “Evening of Excellence” being held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Dennis Gehman, president of Gehman Design Remodeling said, “We are honored to be noticed by our peers within the remodeling industry for these projects. Our focus is to provide first class design and craftsmanship for each of our clients whether we win an award or not. Satisfied clients are the future of our business.”

Two other projects by Gehman Design Remodeling were recognized as “Meritorious” award winners this year as well.

Congratulations is in order to our entire design team and our outstanding craftsman.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Bar-sink-feature-final-for-web-236x300You can see this and many other projects that haveproduced awards and satisfied clients by visiting our portfolio page located on our website.

Don’t hesitate to contact Gehman Design Remodeling for your next remodeling project. Who knows? It could be the next award winning project.

Happy Remodeling!

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Planning Your Basement Space #6: Enjoy Your New Space

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Welcome To Your New         New Basement Plenty of       Your New Basement Dance

Basement                               Space                                  Studio

 

Sitting in your Kitchen, you notice something strange. Things are quiet downstairs.

No more hammers, no power saws, no drills.

None of the workers came up to get their cup of coffee and the plate of cookies has not been touched.That is when it hits you…it’s Monday morning and the painters and carpenters finished up the project on Friday afternoon.  The weeks of construction noise, dirt, dust and inconvenience are over! You get your privacy back again. And now you get to claim the new space as your own.

Hopefully, the project has gone the way that you and the contractor had planned. Even more importantly, the space has turned out better than expected.

After the contractor has handed the project over to you, you should take the time to do the following:

1. Take a walk through the space with your contract in hand, along with any and all additional work orders. Review the finished product in light of the project as proposed. Note any discrepancies or deviations that you need to address with the contractor.    

2. Review any outstanding items that may be contained on a short “punch list.” These are items that are outstanding and need to be completed at a time yet to be determined. You should receive this detailed list in writing, accompanied by a financial commitment and a time frame for completion, as well as who is responsible for the completion of each of the outstanding items.    

3. Visit each space. Whether it is the Game Room, Craft Room, Kitchen, Living Room, Home Theater, etc., to confirm the idea of the environment that you want to create in each space. This will continue the interior design process that was started when you picked the paint colors and the flooring way back during the selection process. Remember, don’t clutter every space with furniture right away.    

4. Move in. Don’t be afraid to use the new space that is what you designed it for!     

5. Throw a grand opening party. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing guests enjoying the environment that you created. 

Let yourself enjoy the new spaces. You endured the inconveniences of the construction, now grant yourself the freedom to spread out and grow into the expanded floor plan that is your new finished Basement.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time…What To Do With All The Old Stuff?     

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YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

Planning Your Basement Space #5: Egress, Friend or Foe?

If you live in a fairly new home, this topic may not be an issue in that most new homes have some type of secondary entry way. In older homes, such as we deal with in our area quite frequently, a second entry to the Basement was not an important feature. Most homes, new or old, will have some type of exterior entrance to the Basement, a stairwell, a Bilco door unit, a walk out Basement door, etc. However, depending on what you are using your newly finished Basement for, you may be required to provide more egress than just two exit points.

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Different Types of Egress

Many families, when finishing off their Basement, are looking for a guest room or additional sleeping quarters. If you add a Bedroom to your Basement, this room will be required to have its own source of egress to the outside. This could be a door or a window, but this would be in addition to the main egress points in other parts of the Basement.

Inevitably, when we bring up the subject of egress requirements with our clients, we are asked “how can we get out of complying with the code?” And mostly this question comes up in the discussion of budget. Adding an additional means of egress to a Basement can easily add $5,000 or more to the cost of the project. Here is the answer that we give to the issue of complying with the egress requirements of the code. We try to get our clients to understand that the code is there to address the safety of their family and guests in the case of an emergency, such as a fire. We try to get them to look at the situation from the other side of such an event. Do they want to be able to say that everyone got out safely? Or, heaven forbid, they are lamenting the fact that someone got trapped in the Basement because they chose not to comply with the building codes that were there to enhance the safe use of their new space.

In relation to the scope of the project, the topic of egress in the eyes of a client can be a budget buster. However, as far as egress being “friend or foe”, I can promise you that it will be your friend when it counts the most. In the end, we recommend that you hold the safety of your family and guests in the highest regard and do not skirt the code requirements when it comes to egress. You will not be sorry.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… Planning Your Basement Space #6: Enjoy Your New Space

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

 

Planning Your Basement Space #4: Developing a Floor Plan

We are now ready to start placing walls into our blank canvas and commence developing the floor plan for the new Basement space.

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Maximize Space on Exterior Wall

The exterior walls can be seen as a given or pre-defined. These are the walls that are covering up the foundation walls. It is best to keep these as far against the outside walls as possible as to maximize the usable floor space. Items that need to be considered are plumbing and water pipes, electrical wiring and the need for access panels.

One of the first interior walls that are generally placed is for the Utility Room. Hiding the utilities is priority. Remember to take into account the code requirements for service space in front of and around the units.

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Stairwell walls; Open or Enclosed?

Next, establish the stairwell. Generally, you will need to decide a few things around the stairwell. One, will it be an enclosed or open staircase. Second, how will the space under the staircase be used? Will it be closet? Will there be shelving there? In any case, remember that most codes require the underside of the staircase to be drywalled.

After these few walls have been placed, stand back and take a look at the remaining space. My recommendation is to refrain from going wall happy. Too many walls (rooms) will restrict the use of the space and make it feel confining. Of course you need to accommodate certain spaces such as powder rooms and bathrooms, bedrooms and other private spaces, however, be careful not to chop up a nice open floor plan.

Kitchens and entertainment areas do not necessarily need interior walls. Playrooms and craft areas may need walls to accommodate closets and storage needs.

Perhaps one of the best investments at this stage would be a roll of masking tape. You can use the masking tape to layout the placement of interior walls and try to get a feel for how the walls will impact the space. Also another tool to help you plan your space is a good professional interior designer. If your builder does not employ or recommend someone, do your homework and find one to help with floor plan layout. If you are doing this project yourself, invest in an hour or two of designer time to bounce your ideas off of. This is the time to make adjustments and perhaps consider some things that you didn’t think of.

Remember, don’t give in to the tendency to chop up the floor plan with walls. Words like open, spacious and usable are music to your ears when describing the finished product.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… Planning Your Basement Space #5: Egress, Friend or Foe?

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

Planning Your Basement Space #3: Dry Up

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Not A Good Start: Water marks, stains, efflorescence all need to be addressed.

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This is a good start to a Basement finish project. Dry floor, structurally sound walls, etc.

 

Utilities (check); structural elements (check); before we go any further, we need to address a big concern…

Is your Basement dry?

If your answer to this question is anything but “yes”, not “most of the time”, not “we only get water in winter”, not “we haven’t had water lately”, only a solid “yes, we never get water leakage,” will do. Anything other than “yes” will need to be addressed prior to starting the process of finishing of your Basement.

These are a few, non-exhaustive, tell tale signs of water problems:

1.      Water marks or stains on floor and/or walls

2.      Efflorescence on walls or floors

3.      Musty/moldy smell

4.      Mold growth on items stored in Basement space

5.      Rotten wood framing members; especially those that are in contact with masonry surfaces

6.      Cracks in walls or floors

If any of these signs are present, you need to be very diligent in remediating the presenting issue prior to moving forward. There is never a more cost efficient or effective time to address water problems than before you start the finishing of your Basement. Trying to have water problems fixed after the fact only adds exponentially to the cost of the project. Do not delay!

We recommend getting professional help in addressing water problems in your Basement. Now, whether that means you hire a competent professional waterproofing company or you choose your cousin Vinny who “has done this before”, is totally up to you. But just remember, ask for references and if at all possible, talk to their clients and ask to come see their work. Check to see how long the job has been installed and how it is performing. You need to do your “homework” in this phase, because just to warn you, there are many subpar Basement waterproofing systems out there on the market that do not perform up to their billing. BE CAREFUL. You only get one chance to do it right the first time! After that, the redo’s get awfully expensive.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… Planning Your Basement Space #4: Developing a Floor Plan

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

 

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