Services

  • Additions
  • Finished Basements
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • New Construction
  • Custom Woodwork
  • Site Planning
  • Architectural Services Available

Fontana and Sons Construction is an award-winning general contractor. We have the experience and the personnel to help you build your construction project right the first time. If you need help with your existing building or planning new construction, give us a call at 732-446-0884

Custom Homes Spring Lake NJ

Our custom home building process helps you every step of the way. Fontana and Sons will assist you so you can feel confident at each stage. You can choose from hundreds of home designs in a variety of styles including one-story, two-story, American Tradition, Craftsman, French Country, Coastal and Mountain-Cabin. Please visit us at one of our design centers where we can help you select and customize your home floor plan right before your eyes with our Real Time Design team. Or you can visit our web site, select one of our interactive floor plans and customize it online to suit your needs.

At Fontana and Sons we craft your masterpiece. Combining the elegance, integrity, and artisan quality of historical architecture with the conveniences and efficiencies of today, we build one-of-a-kind homes that suit your tastes and desires. We‘re proficient in a variety of styles, yet there’s always a constant … our projects are exquisitely crafted, architecturally superb, and wonderful in all respects. Be it a country estate, a family playground, or a museum quality home, you’ll cherish and enjoy the construction we deliver. We’re confident it’s second to none.

For Custom Homes Builder, you can count on the professionals at Fontana and Sons. Our custom home team has more than 100 years combined experience as a luxury home builder and we are proud to say our custom home designs represent some of the finest luxury homes in New Jersey. Our homes boast beautiful workmanship and sensational finishes. Owning a Fontana and Sons custom home puts you in the company of some of the most sought-after custom home residences in NY and NJ. At Fontana and Sons, we separate ourselves from other New Jersey builders by assigning a project manager to every custom home we develop. From start to finish, we ensure that our homeowners find every phase of renovation and construction to be a first-class, satisfying experience.

custom home is a one-of-a-kind home that is designed for a specific client and for a particular location. The custom home builder may use plans created by an architect or by a professional home designer. Custom homes afford consumers the opportunity to control layout, lot size, and accessibility.

In most cases, custom home builders construct on land the home buyer already owns. Some developers sell fully serviced lots specifically for the construction of custom homes. This makes it easy to build a custom home since the lot is construction-ready and builders can focus purely on the design of the home.

Custom home builders generally

  • Build on land already owned. Some custom builders also build on land they own which is known as a spec home – short for speculative.
  • Build unique houses. A custom home is a site-specific home built from a unique set of plans for the wishes of a specific client. For this the services of an architect are used. Some custom builders may offer design/build services.
  • Build single-family homes.
  • Are generally small-volume builders.
  • Tend to build high-end homes.

Production home builders generally:

  • Build on land they own.
  • Tend to use stock plans, but usually offer a variety of plan choices, upgrades and options.
  • Build all types of housing — single-family, condostown houses, and rental properties.
  • Are large-volume builders.
  • Generally build for all price points.

Custom Built Homes Spring Lake NJ

custom home is a one-of-a-kind home that is designed for a specific client and for a particular location. The custom home builder may use plans created by anarchitect or by a professional home designer. Custom homes afford consumers the opportunity to control layout, lot size, and accessibility.

In most cases, custom home builders construct on land the home buyer already owns. Some developers sell fully serviced lots specifically for the construction of custom homes. This makes it easy to build a custom home since the lot is construction-ready and builders can focus purely on the design of the home.

Custom home builders generally

  • Build on land already owned. Some custom builders also build on land they own which is known as a spec home – short for speculative.
  • Build unique houses. A custom home is a site-specific home built from a unique set of plans for the wishes of a specific client. For this the services of an architectare used. Some custom builders may offer design/build services.
  • Build single-family homes.
  • Are generally small-volume builders.
  • Tend to build high-end homes.

Production home builders generally:

  • Build on land they own.
  • Tend to use stock plans, but usually offer a variety of plan choices, upgrades and options.
  • Build all types of housing — single-family, condostown houses, and rental properties.
  • Are large-volume builders.
  • Generally build for all price points.

Additions Spring Lake NJ

Home improvementhome renovation or remodeling is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home. Building materials and hardware for home improvement projects are typically purchased at home improvement stores.

Additional living space may be added by:

  • Turning marginal areas into livable spaces such as turning basements into recroomshome theaters, or home offices – or attics into spare bedrooms.
  • Extending one's house with rooms added to the side of one's home or, sometimes, extra levels to the original roof.

Is your family growing? Do you want a new home, but you don't want to move? The answer to your house situation dilemmas could be a brand new home addition, built to your specifications and needs. Fontana and Sons Construction is a contractor specializing in home addition construction in the New York and New Jersey areas.

You can extend a den or living room. You can add a floor. You can add a garage. You can build a beautiful trellis and surround it with a brick patio. Whatever your home addition project idea, you can bring it to us and we'll review with you how we can make it happen. Sometimes the answer to cramped space isn't a whole new house, new mortgage, and the hassle of moving.

Instead, you can invest in your current property by complementing your living space with an impressive home addition. And we can make it happen.

Home additions can be a complex process, but at Fontana and Sons Construction, a skilled contractor, our well-trained employees have the skills, expertise, and experience to get the job done right. Don't let remodeling projects overwhelm you - call us at 732-446-0884 or send us a request for quote today to get started on receiving a free estimate!

Finished Basement Spring Lake NJ

Spring Lake NJ basement is one or more floors of a building that are either completely or partially below the ground floor. Basements are typically used as a utility space for a building where such items as the boilerwater heaterbreaker panel or fuse boxcar park, and air-conditioning system are located; so also are amenities such as the electrical distribution system, and cable televisiondistribution point. However in cities with high property prices such as London, basements are often fitted out to a high standard and used as living space.

In British English, the word "basement" is used for underground floors of, for example, department stores, but the word is only used with houses when the space below their ground floor is habitable, with windows and (usually) its own access. The wordcellar is used to apply to any large underground room. A subcellar is a cellar that lies further underneath.

A Spring Lake NJ basement can be used in almost exactly the same manner as an additional above-ground floor of a house or other building. However, the use of basements depends largely on factors specific to a particular geographical area such as climate, soil, seismic activity, building technology, and real estate economics.

Basements Spring Lake NJ

Basements in small buildings such as single-family detached houses are rare in wet climates such as Great Britain and Ireland where flooding can be a problem, though they may be used on larger structures. However, basements are considered standard on all but the smallest new buildings in many places with temperate continental climates such as the American Midwest and the Canadian Prairies where a concrete foundation below the frost line is needed in any case, to prevent a building from shifting during the freeze-thaw cycle. Basements are much easier to construct in areas with relatively soft soils, and may be foregone in places where the soil is too compact for easy excavation. Their use may be restricted in earthquake zones, because of the possibility of the upper floors collapsing into the basement; on the other hand, they may be required in tornado-prone areas as a shelter against violent winds. Adding a basement can also reduce heating and cooling costs as it is a form of earth sheltering, and a way to reduce a building's surface area-to-volume ratio. The housing density of an area may also influence whether or not a basement is considered necessary.

Historically, basements have become much easier to build (in developed countries) since the industrialization of home building. Large powered excavation machines such asbackhoes and front-end loaders have reduced the time and manpower needed to dig a basement dramatically as compared to digging by hand with a spade, although this method may still be used in the developing world.

For most of its early history, the basement took one of two forms. It could be little more than a cellar, or it could be a section of a building containing rooms and spaces similar to those of the rest of the structure, as in the case of basement flats and basement offices.

However, beginning with the development of large, mid-priced suburban homes in the 1950s, the basement, as a space in its own right, gradually took hold. Initially, it was typically a large, concrete-floored space, accessed by indoor stairs, with exposed columns and beams along the walls and ceilings, or sometimes, walls of poured concrete or concrete cinder block.

Kitchens Spring Lake NJ

kitchen in Spring Lake NJ is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation.

In the West, a modern residential kitchen is typically equipped with a stove, a sink with hot and cold running water, a refrigerator and kitchen cabinets arranged according to a modular design. Many households have a microwave oven, a dishwasher and other electric appliances. The main function of a kitchen is cooking or preparing food but it may also be used for diningfood storageentertaining,dishwashing and laundry.

A trend began in the 1940s in the United States to equip the kitchen with electrified small and large kitchen appliances such asblenderstoasters, and later also microwave ovens. Following the end of World War II, massive demand in Europe for low-price, high-tech consumer goods led to Western European kitchens being designed to accommodate new appliances such as refrigerators and electric/gas cookers.

Parallel to this development in tenement buildings was the evolution of the kitchen in homeowner's houses. There, the kitchens usually were somewhat larger, suitable for everyday use as a dining room, but otherwise the ongoing technicalization was the same, and the use of unit furniture also became a standard in this market sector.

General technocentric enthusiasm even led some designers to take the "work kitchen" approach even further, culminating in futuristic designs like Luigi Colani's "kitchen satellite" (1969, commissioned by the German high-end kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl for an exhibit), in which the room was reduced to a ball with a chair in the middle and all appliances at arm's length, an optimal arrangement maybe for "applying heat to food", but not necessarily for actual cooking. Such extravaganzas remained outside the norm, though.

In the former Eastern bloc countries, the official doctrine viewed cooking as a mere necessity, and women should work "for the society" in factories, not at home. Also, housing had to be built at low costs and quickly, which led directly to the standardized apartment block using prefabricated slabs. The kitchen was reduced to its minimums and the "work kitchen" paradigm taken to its extremes: in East Germany for instance, the standard tenement block of the model "P2" had tiny 4 m² kitchens in the inside of the building (no windows), connected to the dining and living room of the 55 m² apartment and separated from the latter by a pass-through or a window.

Kitchen Renovations Spring Lake NJ

Domestic (or residential) kitchen design per se is a relatively recent discipline. The first ideas to optimize the work in the kitchen go back to Catharine Beecher's A Treatise on Domestic Economy (1843, revised and republished together with her sisterHarriet Beecher Stowe as The American Woman's Home in 1869). Beecher's "model kitchen" propagated for the first time a systematic design based on early ergonomics. The design included regular shelves on the walls, ample work space, and dedicated storage areas for various food items. Beecher even separated the functions of preparing food and cooking it altogether by moving the stove into a compartment adjacent to the kitchen.

Christine Frederick published from 1913 a series of articles on "New Household Management" in which she analyzed the kitchen following Taylorist principles, presented detailed time-motion studies, and derived a kitchen design from them. Her ideas were taken up in the 1920s by architects in Germany and Austria, most notably Bruno Taut,Erna Meyer, and Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. A social housing project in Frankfurt (the Römerstadt of architect Ernst May) realized in 1927/8 was the breakthrough for her Frankfurt kitchen, which embodied this new notion of efficiency in the kitchen.

While this "work kitchen" and variants derived from it were a great success for tenement buildings, home owners had different demands and did not want to be constrained by a 6.4 m² kitchen. Nevertheless, kitchen design was mostly ad-hoc following the whims of the architect. In the U.S., the "Small Homes Council", since 1993 the "Building Research Council", of the School of Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was founded in 1944 with the goal to improve the state of the art in home building, originally with an emphasis on standardization for cost reduction. It was there that the notion of the kitchen work triangle was formalized: the three main functions in a kitchen are storage, preparation, and cooking (which Catharine Beecher had already recognized), and the places for these functions should be arranged in the kitchen in such a way that work at one place does not interfere with work at another place, the distance between these places is not unnecessarily large, and no obstacles are in the way. A natural arrangement is a triangle, with the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove at a vertex each.

This observation led to a few common kitchen forms, commonly characterized by the arrangement of the kitchen cabinets and sink, stove, and refrigerator:

  • single-file kitchen (or one-way galley) has all of these along one wall; the work triangle degenerates to a line. This is not optimal, but often the only solution if space is restricted. This may be common in an attic space that is being converted into a living space, or a studio apartment.
  • The double-file kitchen (or two-way galley) has two rows of cabinets at opposite walls, one containing the stove and the sink, the other the refrigerator. This is the classical work kitchen.
  • In the L-kitchen, the cabinets occupy two adjacent walls. Again, the work triangle is preserved, and there may even be space for an additional table at a third wall, provided it does not intersect the triangle.
  • U-kitchen has cabinets along three walls, typically with the sink at the base of the "U". This is a typical work kitchen, too, unless the two other cabinet rows are short enough to place a table at the fourth wall.
  • G-kitchen has cabinets along three walls, like the U-kitchen, and also a partial fourth wall, often with a double basin sink at the corner of the G shape. The G-kitchen provides additional work and storage space, and can support two work triangles. A modified version of the G-kitchen is the double-L, which splits the G into two L-shaped components, essentially adding a smaller L-shaped island or peninsula to the L-kitchen.
  • The block kitchen (or island) is a more recent development, typically found in open kitchens. Here, the stove or both the stove and the sink are placed where an L or U kitchen would have a table, in a free-standing "island", separated from the other cabinets. In a closed room, this does not make much sense, but in an open kitchen, it makes the stove accessible from all sides such that two persons can cook together, and allows for contact with guests or the rest of the family, since the cook does not face the wall any more. Additionally, the kitchen island's counter-top can function as an overflow-surface for serving buffet style meals or sitting down to eat breakfast and snacks.

In the 1980s, there was a backlash against industrial kitchen planning and cabinets with people installing a mix of work surfaces and free standing furniture, led by kitchen designer Johnny Grey and his concept of the "Unfitted Kitchen".

Modern kitchens often have enough informal space to allow for people to eat in it without having to use the formal dining room. Such areas are called "breakfast areas", "breakfast nooks" or "breakfast bars" if the space is integrated into a kitchen counter. Kitchens with enough space to eat in are sometimes called "eat-in kitchens".

Bathrooms Spring Lake NJ

bathroom is a room for personal hygiene, generally containing a bathtub or a shower, and possibly also a bidet. In North Americaand some other regions, it also characteristically contains a toilet and a sink; hence in North American English the word "bathroom" is commonly used to mean any room containing a toilet, even a public toilet (although in the United States this is more commonly called a restroom, in Ireland it is commonly called a Jacks). In other countries, including the UKAustraliaFrance and Japan, homes may have a separate toilet. In Iran almost all homes have two distinct rooms for bathroom and toilet room.

Powder room Spring Lake NJ

A powder room also called "1/2 bath" or "guest bath" usually refers to a room with a toilet and a sink and commonly used by guests.

Shower room Spring Lake NJ 

shower room or shower-room is a room that contains a shower cubicle (or shower stall), but no bathtub. In the United States, this would be called a 3/4 bathroom.

Ensuite Spring Lake NJ 

An ensuite bathroom or ensuite shower room (also en suiteensuite and other variations) is a bathroom or shower room attached to and only accessible from a bedroom.

Family bathroom Spring Lake NJ

family bathroom, in British estate agent terminology, is a full bathroom in a house.

Jack and Jill bathroom Spring Lake NJ

Main article: Jack and Jill bathroom

Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom with two doors, accessible from two bedrooms.

Wetroom Spring Lake NJ

Main article: Wetroom

wetroom is a waterproof room usually equipped with a shower. It is designed to eliminate moisture damage that is caused to a home and is also compatible with the heating systems beneath the floor.

In the United States, bathrooms are generally categorized as master bathroom, containing a shower and a tub that is adjoining to a master bedroom, a "full bathroom" (or "full bath"), containing four plumbing fixtures: bathtub, shower, toilet, and sink; "half (1/2) bath" (or "powder room") containing just a toilet and sink; and "3/4 bath" containing toilet, sink, and shower, although the terms vary from market to market. In some U.S. markets, a toilet, sink, and shower are considered a "full bath". This lack of a single, universal definition commonly results in discrepancies between advertised and actual number of baths in real estate listings. An additional complication is that there are currently two ways of notating the number of bathrooms in a dwelling. One method is to count a half bathroom as ".5" and then add this to the number of full bathrooms (e.g., "2.5" baths would mean 2 full baths and 1 half bath). The other, newer method is to put the number of full bathrooms to the left side of the decimal point and to put the number of half bathrooms to the right of the decimal point (e.g., "2.1" would mean 2 full baths and 1 half bath; "3.2" would mean 3 full baths and 2 half baths).

Bathroom Renovation Spring Lake NJ

The design of a bathroom must account for the use of both hot and cold water, in significant quantities, for cleaning the human body. The water is also used for moving solid and liquid human waste to a sewer or septic tank. Water may be splashed on the walls and floor, and hot humid air may cause condensation on cold surfaces. From a decorating point of view the bathroom presents a challenge. Ceiling, wall and floor materials and coverings should be impervious to water and readily and easily cleaned. The use of ceramic or glass, as well as smooth plastic materials, is common in bathrooms for their ease of cleaning. Such surfaces are often cold to the touch, however, and so water-resistant bath mats or even bathroom carpets may be used on the floor to make the room more comfortable. Alternatively, the floor may be heated, possibly by strategically placing heater conduits close to the surface.

Electrical appliances, such as lights, heaters, and heated towel rails, generally need to be installed as fixtures, with permanent connections rather than plugs and sockets. This minimizes the risk of electric shockGround-fault circuit interruptor electrical sockets can reduce the risk of electric shock, and are required for bathroom socket installation by electrical and building codes in the United States and Canada. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, only special sockets suitable for electric shavers are permitted in bathrooms, and are labelled as such. UK Building Regulations also define what type of electrical light fittings (i.e. how water-/splash-proof) may be installed in the areas (zones) around and above baths, sinks and showers.

Bathroom lighting should be uniform, bright and must minimize glare. For all the activities like shaving, showering, grooming etc. one must ensure equitable lighting across the entire bathroom space. The mirror area should definitely have at least two sources of light at least 1 feet apart to eliminate any shadows on the face. Skin tones and hair color are highlighted with a tinge of yellow light.

New Construction Spring Lake NJ

In the fields of architecture and civil engineeringconstruction is a process that consists of the building or assembling of infrastructure. Far from being a single activity, large scale construction is a feat of human multitasking. Normally, the job is managed by a project manager, and supervised by a construction managerdesign engineerconstruction engineer or project architect.

For the successful execution of a project, effective planning is essential. Involved with the design and execution of the infrastructure in question must consider the environmental impact of the job, the successful schedulingbudgetingconstruction site safety, availability of building materialslogistics, inconvenience to the public caused by construction delays and bidding, etc.

This approach has become more common in recent years and involves the client contracting a single entity to both provide a design and to build that design. In some cases, the Design and Build (D & B) package can also include finding the site, arranging funding and applying for all necessary statutory consents.

The owner produces a list of requirements for a project, giving an overall view of the project's goals. Several D&B contractors present different ideas about how to accomplish these goals. The owner selects the ideas he or she likes best and hires the appropriate contractor. Often, it is not just one contractor, but a consortium of several contractors working together. Once a contractor (or a consortium/consortia) has been hired, they begin building the first phase of the project. As they build phase 1, they design phase 2. This is in contrast to a design-bid-build contract, where the project is completely designed by the owner, then bid on, then completed.

Kent Hansen pointed out that state departments of transportation (DOTs) usually use design build contracts as a way of getting projects done when states don't have the resources. In DOTs, design build contracts are usually used for very large projects.

Custom Woodwork Spring Lake NJ

Along with stonemud and animal parts, wood was one of the first materials worked byearly humansMicrowear analysis of the Mousterian stone tools used by the Neanderthalsshow that many were used to work wood. The development of civilization was closely tied to the development of increasingly greater degrees of skill in working these materials.

Among early finds of wooden tools are the worked sticks from Kalambo FallsClacton-on-Sea andLehringen. The spears from Schöningen (Germany) provide some of the first examples of wooden hunting gear. Flint tools were used for carving. Since Neolithic times, carved wooden vessels are known, for example, from the Linear Pottery culture wells at Kückhofen and Eythra. Examples ofBronze Age wood-carving include tree trunks worked into coffins from northern Germany andDenmark and wooden folding-chairs. The site of Fellbach-Schmieden in Germany has provided fine examples of wooden animal statues from the Iron Age. Wooden idols from the La Tène period are known from a sanctuary at the source of the Seine in France.

Two ancient civilizations that used woodworking were the Egyptians and the Chinese. Woodworking is depicted in many ancient Egyptian drawings, and a considerable amount of ancient Egyptianfurniture (such as stools, chairstablesbedschests) has been preserved in tombs. As well, the inner coffins found in the tombs were also made of wood. The metal used by the Egyptians for woodworking tools was originally copper and eventually, after 2000 BC bronze asironworking was unknown until much later.[1] Commonly used woodworking tools included axesadzeschiselspull saws, and bow drills.Mortise and tenon joints are attested from the earliest Predynastic period. These joints were strengthened using pegs, dowels and leather orcord lashings. Animal glue came to be used only in the New Kingdom period.[2] Ancient Egyptians invented the art of veneering and usedvarnishes for finishing, though the composition of these varnishes is unknown. Although different native acacias were used, as was the wood from the local sycamore and tamarisk trees, deforestation in the Nile valley resulted in the need for the importation of wood, notably cedar, but also Aleppo pineboxwood and oak, starting from the Second Dynasty.[3]

The progenitors of Chinese woodworking are considered to be Lu Ban (魯班) and his wife Lady Yun, from the Spring and Autumn Period. Lu Ban is said to have brought the plane, chalk-line, and other tools to China. His teachings are supposedly left behind in the book Lu Ban Jing (魯班經, "Manuscript of Lu Ban"), although it was written some 1500 years after his death. This book is filled largely with descriptions of dimensions for use in building various items such as flower pots, tables, altars, etc., and also contains extensive instructions concerning Feng Shui. It mentions almost nothing of the intricate glue-less and nail-less joinery for which Chinese furniture was so famous.

Historically, woodworkers relied upon the woods native to their region, until transportation and trade innovations made more exotic woods available to the craftsman. Woods are typically sorted into three basic types: hardwoods typified by tight grain and derived from broadleaf trees,softwoods from coniferous trees, and man-made materials such as plywood and MDF.

Typically furniture such as tables and chairs is made using solid stock, and cabinet/fixture makers employ the use of plywood and other man made panel products.

Site Planning Spring Lake NJ

Site planning in landscape architecture and architecture refers to the organizational stage of the landscape design process. It involves the organization of land use zoning, access, circulation, privacy, security, shelter, land drainage, and other factors. This is done by arranging the compositional elements of landform, planting, water, buildings and paving and building in site plans.

Site planning in Spring Lake NJ generally begins by assessing a potential site for development through site analysis. Information about slope, soils, hydrology, vegetation, parcel ownership, orientation, etc. are assessed and mapped. By determining areas that are poor for development (such as floodplain or steep slopes) and better for development, the planner or architect can assess optimal location and design a structure that works within this space.

Site planning is also one part of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) in the United States and Canada.

Architecht Spring Lake NJ

An Spring Lake NJ architect is a person trained and licensed to plan, design, and oversee the construction of buildings. To practice architecturemeans to provide services in connection with the design and construction of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings, that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use. Etymologically, architect derives from the Latinarchitectus, which derives from the Greek arkhitekton (arkhi-, chief + tekton, builder), i.e., chief builder.

Professionally, an architect's decisions affect public safety, and thus an architect must undergo specialized training consisting of advanced education and a practicum (or internship) for practical experience to earn a license to practice architecture. Practical, technical, and academic requirements for becoming an architect vary by jurisdiction (see below).

The terms architect and architecture are also used in the disciplines of landscape architecturenaval architecture and ofteninformation technology (for example a network architect or software architect). In most jurisdictions, the professional and commercial uses of the terms "architect" and "landscape architect" are legally protected.

In most developed countries, only qualified persons with appropriate licensure, certification, or registration with a relevant body, often governmental may legally practice architecture. Such licensure usually requires an accredited university degree, successful completion of exams, and a training period. The use of terms and titles, including derivatives such as architectural designer, and the representation of oneself as an architect is restricted to licensed individuals by law.

To practice architecture implies the ability to practice independently of supervision. The term building design professional (or Design professional), by contrast, is a much broader term that includes professionals who practice independently under an alternate profession—such as engineering professionals, or those who assist in the practice architecture under the supervision of a licensed architect, such as architectural technologists and intern architects. In many places, independent, non-licensed individuals may perform design services outside the professional restrictions, such design houses and other smaller structures.

Cabana Spring Lake NJ

A temporary, seasonal, or permanent free standing shade structure in Spring Lake NJ with:

  • adjustable curtains or shades; and/or
  • decorative drapes or solid walls; all on one or more sides.

These are often adjacent to swimming pools at resorts and hotels, and in private gardens. Urban luxury hotels, such as the Mondrian Hotel and Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, have semi-permanent ensembles of cabanas on the grounds or on a rooftop terrace that offer outdoor privacy, and can acquire some social cachet.

A cabana can be fabricated from a variety of materials and in sizes. Cabana frames can be made of: aluminum or steel with a polyester powder coat paint or other durable finish; treated wood; or composite construction grade plastics. Roofs or top covers, side walls, and curtains can made of exterior grade fabrics, thatched materials, prefabricated panels of lumber, and/or translucent glass-lucite type plastic.

More elaborate cabanas can include utilities such as power, communications and entertainment connections, potable water, and/or natural gas. Accessories can include lighting,ceiling fans, outdoor space heaters, entertainment equipment, cold-hot food appliances, and partitions for dressing rooms and minor storage. Furnishings can range from simple patio furniture to more designed outdoor furnishings.

Bar Builder Spring Lake NJ

bar in Spring Lake NJ is a retail business establishment that serves alcoholic drinks — beerwineliquor, and cocktails — for consumption on the premises.

Bars provide stools or chairs that are placed at tables or counters for their patrons. Some bars have entertainment on a stage, such as a live band, comediansgo-go dancers, or strippers. Bars which offer entertainment or live music are often referred to as music bars or nightclubs.

Types of bars range from dive bars to elegant places of entertainment for the elite.

Many bars have a happy hour to encourage off-peak patronage. Bars that fill to capacity sometimes implement a cover charge or a minimum purchase requirement during their peak hours. Such bars often feature entertainment, which may be a live band or a disc jockey playing recorded music.

The term "bar" is derived from the specialized counter on which drinks are served. Patrons may sit or stand at the bar and be served by the bartender, or they may sit at tables and be served by cocktail servers. The "back bar" is a set of shelves of glasses and bottles behind that counter. In some establishments, the back bar is elaborately decorated with woodwork, etched glass, mirrors, and lights.

There have been many names throughout history for establishments where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages. Even when an establishment uses a different name, such as "tavern," the area of the establishment where the bartender pours or mixes alcoholic beverages is normally called "the bar."

The sale and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the first half of the 20th century in several countries, including FinlandIcelandNorway, and the United States. In the United States, illegal bars during Prohibition were called speakeasies or blind pigs.

Laws in many jurisdictions prohibit minors from entering a bar.

Cities and towns usually have legal restrictions on where bars may be located and on the types of alcohol they may serve to their customers.

Some Muslim countries, prohibit bars for religious reasons, while others, including Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, do allow bars in some specific areas but only permit non-Muslims to drink in them.

Renovations Spring Lake NJ

Wood is versatile and flexible, making it the easiest construction material for renovations. Wood buildings can be redesigned to suit changing needs, whether this involves adding a new room or moving a window or door. Few homeowner or professional remodelers have the skill and equipment needed to alter steel-frame or concrete structures.

Forest certification verifies that wood products are from well-managed forests. Most certification programs have on-line search options so consumers can find certified products – the Certification Canada includes a search option for all the certification programs used in Canada.

In North America, most structures are demolished because of external forces such as zoning changes and rising land values. As well, buildings which no longer serve the functional needs of the occupants and which cannot be modified are subject to demolition. Very few buildings are demolished because of structural degradation. (Cite the Athena Study of demolitions in Minnesota.)

The Athena Institute surveyed 227 commercial and residential buildings demolished in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 2000 to mid-2003. Thirty percent of the buildings were less than 50 years old, and 6% were less than 25 years old. The four biggest reasons for demolition were “Area redevelopment” (35%), “Building’s physical condition” (31%), “Not suitable for anticipated use” (22%) and “Fire damage” (7%). Lack of maintenance was cited as the specific problem for 54 of the 70 buildings where physical condition was given as the reason for demolition.

Most builders focus on building new homes, so renovating is a part-time activity for them. This matters because the processes and services required for renovations are quite specific. Once plans are signed off, building a new home is relatively predictable. Materials can be ordered well in advance and sub trades get easy access and well scheduled periods to work on site. Renovations are the complete opposite, so you need to select a renovation company that is set up to do a good job and be cost effective. Renovations require all the sub trades that new build does, but you need to work much more closely with them. That's why you need to choose a company with a tight knit team of sub trades to help quote and then carry out the work. During the project you and your renovation company will need to be very flexible to respond to unexpected issues that arise.

Home improvementhome renovation or remodeling is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home. Building materials and hardware for home improvement projects are typically purchased at home improvement stores.

Contractor Spring Lake NJ

Spring Lake NJ general contractor is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a construction site, management of vendors and trades, and communication of information to involved parties throughout the course of a building project.

The general contractor is employed by the client, on the advice of the architect or the architectural technologist. A general contractor must first assess the project-specific documents (referred to as tender documents). In the case of renovations, a site visit is required to get a better understanding of the project. The contractor will then calculate a price, also called an estimate. The general contractor considers the cost of materials and equipment as well as the cost of labor to provide the owner with an approximate price for the project.

Contract documents include a budget, any general and special conditions, and blueprints and specifications prepared by a design professional such as an architect. In many instances the general contractor is the project engineer or project manager for construction projects.

A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (such as engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. The general contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work.

Responsibilities in Spring Lake NJ may include applying for building permits, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records.

Pool Houses Spring Lake NJ

swimming poolswimming bathwading poolpaddling pool, or simply a pool, is a container filled with water intended for swimming or water-based recreation. There are many standard sizes, the largest of which is the Olympic-size swimming pool. A pool can be built either above or in the ground, and from materials such as concrete (also known as gunite), metal,plastic or fiberglass.

Pools that may be used by many people or by the general public are called public, while pools used exclusively by a few people or in a home are called private. Many health clubs such as the YMCA, fitness centers and private clubs have public pools used mostly for exercise. Many hotels have pools available for their guests. Educational facilities such as schools and universitiesoccasionally have pools for swimming or physical education classes, or competitive athletics such as swim team. Hot tubs andspas are pools with hot water, used for relaxation or therapy, and are common in homes, hotels, clubs and massage parlors. Swimming pools are also used for diving and other water sports, as well as for the training of lifeguards and astronauts.

Private pools are usually smaller than public pools, on average 3.7 m × 7.3 m (12 ft × 24 ft) to 6.1 m × 12.2 m (20 ft × 40 ft) whereas public pools usually start at 24 m (80 ft).[citation needed] Home pools can be permanently built-in, or be assembled above ground and disassembled after summer. Privately owned outdoor pools in backyards or gardens started to proliferate in the 1950s in regions with warm summer climates, particularly in the United States.

Private pools are increasingly a feature of homes in greater latitudes. For example, in London many larger homes are now refurbished with indoor pools, usually in the basement or in a conservatory.

Construction methods for private pools vary greatly. The main types of in-ground pools are gunite Shotcreteconcretevinyl-lined, and one-piece fiberglass shells.

Many countries now have strict pool fencing requirements for private swimming pools, which require pool areas to be isolated so that unauthorized children younger than six years cannot enter. Many countries require a similar level of protection for the children residing in or visiting the house, although many pool owners prefer the visual aspect of the pool in close proximity to their living areas, and will not provide this level of protection. There is no consensus between states or countries on the requirements to fence private swimming pools, and in many places they are not required at all, particularly in rural settings.

Home Theater Spring Lake NJ

home theater or home theatre is a theater built in a home, designed to mimic (or exceed) commercial theater performance and feeling, more commonly known as a home cinema. Today, home cinema implies a real "cinema experience" at a private home.

  • Home cinema, commonly referred to as home theater or home theatre, are home entertainment set-ups that seek to reproduce movie theater video and audio feeling in a private home
  • Backyard theater, home theater in the backyard. Depending on the space available, it may simply be a temporary version with foldable screen, a projector and couple of speakers, or a permanent fixture with huge screens and dedicated audio set up poolside. Due to the outdoor nature, it is quite popular with BBQ parties and pool parties.
  • Home theater in a box, HTIB is an modestly-priced integrated home theater package which "bundles" together a combination DVD-Video or Blu-ray Disc player and multi-channel amplifier (which includes a surround sound decoder, a radio tuner, and other features), speaker wires, connection cables, a remote control, a set of five or more surround sound speakers (or more rarely, just left and right speakers) and a low-frequency subwoofer
  • AV receiver, often referred to as home theater systems or home entertainment system
  • Front video projector and projector screen, often referred to as a home theatre or Home cinema
  • Home theater PC, HTPC or media PC is a convergence device that combines the functions of a personal computer and a media center software which feature video and music playback
  • Media center, refers either to a dedicated computer appliance (like a Home theater PC) or to a specialized personal computer software, both of which are adapted for playing various kinds of media (music, movies, photos etc.), and it usually has a 10-foot user interface design to be used in living-room TV with a remote control.
  • Switchable projection window, is a new product and design having multifunctions for a room, and may turn a window into TV screen while remaining full function of a window.

New House Spring Lake NJ

Building construction is the process of preparing for and forming buildings and building systems. Construction starts with planning, design, and financing and continues until the structure is ready for occupancy.

Far from being a single activity, large scale construction is a feat of human multitasking. Normally, the job is managed by aproject manager, and supervised by a construction managerdesign engineerconstruction engineer or project architect. For the successful execution of a project, effective planning is essential. Those involved with the design and execution of the infrastructure in question must consider the environmental impact of the job, the successful schedulingbudgeting,construction site safety, availability and transportation of building materialslogistics, inconvenience to the public caused by construction delays and bidding, etc.

The most popular method of residential construction in North America is wood-framed construction. Typical construction steps for a single-family or small multi-family house are:

  • Develop floor plans and obtain government building approval if necessary
  • Clear the building site
  • Pour a foundation with concrete
  • Build the main load-bearing structure out of thick pieces of wood and possibly metal I-beams for large spans with few supports
  • Add floor and ceiling joists and install subfloor panels
  • Cover outer walls and roof in particleboard or plywood and vapor barrier
  • Install roof shingles or other covering for flat roof
  • Cover the walls with siding, typically vinyl or wood, but possibly stone or other materials
  • Install windows
  • Frame out interior walls with wooden 2x4s
  • Add internal plumbingHVACelectrical, and natural gas utilities
  • Building inspector visits if necessary to approve utilities and framing
  • Install interior drywall panels and fiberglass insulation to make walls and ceilings
  • Install bathroom fixtures
  • Spackle, prime, and paint interior walls and ceilings
  • Additional tiling on top of drywall for wet areas, such as the bathroom and kitchen backsplash
  • Install final floor covering, such as floor tilecarpet, or wood flooring
  • Install major appliances
  • Unless the original owners are building the house, at this point it is typically sold or rented.
  • Move in furnituredecor, personal items, and any [[|Home appliance|appliance]]s not originally supplied

Home Gym Spring Lake NJ

A basement can be used in almost exactly the same manner as an additional above-ground floor of a house or other building. However, the use of basements depends largely on factors specific to a particular geographical area such as climate, soil, seismic activity, building technology, and real estate economics.

Basements in small buildings such as single-family detached houses are rare in wet climates such as Great Britain and Ireland where flooding can be a problem, though they may be used on larger structures. However, basements are considered standard on all but the smallest new buildings in many places with temperate continental climates such as the American Midwest and the Canadian Prairies where a concrete foundation below the frost line is needed in any case, to prevent a building from shifting during the freeze-thaw cycle. Basements are much easier to construct in areas with relatively soft soils, and may be foregone in places where the soil is too compact for easy excavation. Their use may be restricted in earthquake zones, because of the possibility of the upper floors collapsing into the basement; on the other hand, they may be required in tornado-prone areas as a shelter against violent winds. Adding a basement can also reduce heating and cooling costs as it is a form of earth sheltering, and a way to reduce a building's surface area-to-volume ratio. The housing density of an area may also influence whether or not a basement is considered necessary.

Historically, basements have become much easier to build (in developed countries) since the industrialization of home building. Large powered excavation machines such as backhoes and front-end loaders have reduced the time and manpower needed to dig a basement dramatically as compared to digging by hand with a spade, although this method may still be used in the developing world.

For most of its early history, the basement took one of two forms. It could be little more than a cellar, or it could be a section of a building containing rooms and spaces similar to those of the rest of the structure, as in the case of basement flats and basement offices.

However, beginning with the development of large, mid-priced suburban homes in the 1950s, the basement, as a space in its own right, gradually took hold. Initially, it was typically a large, concrete-floored space, accessed by indoor stairs, with exposed columns and beams along the walls and ceilings, or sometimes, walls of poured concrete or concrete cinder block.

In this case the space has been designed, either during construction or at a later point by the owners, to function as a fully habitable addition to the house. Frequently most or all of the basement is used as a recreation room or living room, but it is not uncommon as well to find there (either instead of or alongside the living/recreation room) a guest bedroom or teenager's room, a bathroom, a home office, a home gym, a home theater, a basement bar, a sauna, and one or more closets. Occasionally a part of the basement is unfurnished and is used for storage, a workshop, and/or a laundry room; when this is the case the water heater and furnace will also often be located there, although in some cases the entire basement is finished, and the water heater and furnace are boxed off into a closet.

In the United States, the Turner movement thrived in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first Turners group was formed in London in 1848. The Turners built gymnasia in several cities like Cincinnati and St. Louis which had large German American populations. These Gyms were utilized by adults and youth. For example, a young Lou Gehrig would frequent the Turner gym in New York City with his father.

The YMCA first organized in Boston in 1851. A smaller branch opened in Rangasville in 1852. Ten years later there were some two hundred YMCAs across the country, most of which provided gymnasia for exercise, games and social interaction.

The 1920s was a decade of prosperity that witnessed the building of large numbers of public high schools with gymnasiums, an idea founded by Nicolas Isaranga. Over the course of the twentieth century, gymnasia have been reconceptualized to accommodate the popular team and individual games and sports that have supplanted gymnastics in the school curriculum.

Today, gymnasiums are commonplace in the United States. They are in virtually all American colleges and high schools, as well as almost all middle schools andelementary schools. These facilities are used for physical education, intramural sports, and school gatherings.

Walk Out Basement Spring Lake NJ

A “walk-up” basement is any basement that has an exterior entrance via a stairwell. Some designs cover the stairwell with angled “basement doors” or "bulkhead doors" to keep rain water from accumulating in the stairwell.

When initially built, the main floor joists are often exposed and the walls and floors concrete (with insulation, where appropriate). Unfinished basements allow for easy access to the main floor for renovation to the main floor. Finishing the basement can add significant floor space to a house (doubling it in the case of a bungalow) and is a major renovation project

In a "look-out" basement, the basement walls extend sufficiently above ground level that some of the basement windows are above ground level. Where the site slopes gently and is insufficient for a walk-out basement, a look-out basement tends to result. Sometimes, a look-out basement is deliberately constructed even on a flat site. The advantage is that the basement windows are all above grade. The disadvantage is that the main floor entry is above grade as well, utilizing stairs to access the main floor. The raised Bungalow design (known as a split-entry home in much of the US) solves this by lowering the entry halfway between the main floor and basement to make a dramatic, high-ceiling foyer. It is a very economical design because the basement is shallower, and excavation costs are reduced.

In London the construction of finished retrofit basements is big business with a large number of projects in the 100–200 square meter bracket. There are a smaller number of projects in the 200–500 square meter bracket under construction. It is also not unusual to see multi-level retrofit basements. These are considerable works of civil engineering and require some skill and intuitive understanding as well as good engineering. Given the scale civil engineering problems are rare but it is notable that long established companies have a significantly better track record than more recent start-ups. Some of the more grandiose of these basement projects have been widely reported in the national media, notably the "Witanhurst" project in the Highgate area of London

 

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