The Construction Management Pro http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com If you want it built right, you should be our client Mon, 26 May 2014 00:28:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 The Joint Science Technology Institute (JSTI) will be held July 19 – Aug. 1, 2014 in Aberdeen, Md. http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/the-joint-science-technology-institute-jsti-will-be-held-july-19-aug-1-2014-in-aberdeen-md/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-joint-science-technology-institute-jsti-will-be-held-july-19-aug-1-2014-in-aberdeen-md http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/the-joint-science-technology-institute-jsti-will-be-held-july-19-aug-1-2014-in-aberdeen-md/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 00:28:57 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1773 JSTI for Students is a two-week, all expenses paid, residential science technology engineering & math (STEM) program for current high school students in the United States. The purpose of the program is to expose students to scientific research through hands-on projects, to enable students to work with real-world scientists, and to increase students’ awareness of STEM career opportunities. 36 participants will be selected for JSTI 2014.

Eligibility for students:

*Student must be 16 by July 19, 2014
*Student must be a U.S. citizen
*Student must be a high school student in the 2014-2015 school year
*Student must have a teacher recommendation
*Student must be willing to work cooperatively in a group and follow instructions

Students should apply at http://www.orau.org/center-for-science-education/events/ jsti/default.html

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Design Basics for a New Master Bath http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/design-basics-for-a-new-master-bath/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=design-basics-for-a-new-master-bath http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/design-basics-for-a-new-master-bath/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:29:23 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1751
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Your Kitchen – Appliances and Color http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/home-improvement/your-kitchen-appliances-and-color/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=your-kitchen-appliances-and-color http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/home-improvement/your-kitchen-appliances-and-color/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:11:36 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1734 Last time we spoke about kitchen layout. This week we will take it a step further and add visual elements:

Step 3.           Appliances and Color

When I think of a kitchen remodel, the first question I ask is “Do we have to move any of the appliances or change the layout?” You, on the other hand may ask “Am I keeping my appliances or getting new ones?” If you have a poor layout, want to create a more open kitchen or change your appliances, one must consider how the energy (or water) gets to them. Do you want to change that electric range to gas? Maybe you want to get that new induction (electric) range because it’s safer for your toddlers. That new killer refrigerator may need more power than the existing circuit can deliver. Your microwave was on the counter now you want it over the range. All of these decisions have a major impact on the unseen cost of remodeling.

Your appliances and where they are placed have a major impact on how the kitchen functions. Are you left or right-handed, do you bake a lot, use counter top appliances (mixers, coffee maker, food processors) all determine the functionality of your kitchen and how it is laid out.

We are all familiar with energy star guidelines for refrigerators, but don’t forget the ranges, ovens and water use!

When you think of color for the kitchen, you probably think of the cabinets, floors and walls. But your appliances, chairs and backsplash are also ways to introduce  color to the space. My brother has a traditional white kitchen but adds bright red toaster, mixer and tea pot which adds punch to the space.  An island can have chairs that are lime green or purple for a more whimsical look. Be careful to consider lighting. Proper lighting can change the color rendition of your cabinets and counter top. Your light fixtures (pendent lights in particular) can add to the overal color pallet. The point here is to think outside the box when it comes to color.

Houzz.com has some great resources, http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/query/colorful-kitchen

or check out our new website: www.FlamingoConstructionNJ.com

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So You Want to Remodel Your Kitchen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/so-you-want-to-remodel-your-kitchen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=so-you-want-to-remodel-your-kitchen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/so-you-want-to-remodel-your-kitchen/#comments Sun, 16 Jun 2013 03:50:35 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1738 You have been thinking about remodeling your kitchen. So you have gone on line and looked at cabinets, hardware, sinks, faucets and now believe you are ready to negotiate with a contractor. You know what you want and how much it will cost you for materials. So, all you want is the contractor to provide the labor to install it, right!  Well not so fast.

A good contractor is not only an installer, but can solve problems as they arise. A good contractor is a manager of the entire construction process, design consultant, plan reviewer, purchasing agent, material expediter, project manager and trouble shooter. In order to get the best project, we ask questions that will help us meet your needs. By listening carefully we can take the work you have done online and meld it together to create a unified design and construction process.

While our clients are most often concerned with the style and look of what is to be installed, we must also consider HOW it is to be installed. Only experience and expertise can look at what currently exists and make assessments of how the new materials will be coordinated seamlessly into the renovation. This is often a problem with older homes. The materials used 30 – 40 years ago are often of different dimensions compared to what is used today. Walls are not plumb or square, floors are not level. Making these adjustments add not only to the material cost but add time to the project as well.  These must be considered in the total cost of the project.  And then there are the hidden costs: do outlets need to be adjusted, do electrical connections need to be modified, will the new plumbing fixtures fit in existing fixtures etc.

A remodeling project, especially in an older home, may be more of a renovation project. Not only are you installing new materials, you must also ensure that it matches up with the existing materials. Remember the old saying “You get what you pay for.” It takes experience, expertise and dedication to detail to ensure that the final product has the fit and finish consistent with the excellence you deserve.

For more information, check out our new website: www.FlamingoConstructionNJ.com

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Considering Remodeling Your Kitchen? http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/considering-remodeling-your-kitchen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=considering-remodeling-your-kitchen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/considering-remodeling-your-kitchen/#comments Sun, 16 Jun 2013 01:11:59 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1717 The first step in problem solving is Problem Identification. So, last week we asked you to focus on what is wrong with your kitchen. In this installment we will look at one of the most difficult things to address in kitchen remodleing:

Step 2.           Assess the kitchen layout. Does it work for how you want to use it?

A myriad of non-cooking activities such as watching TV, entertaining, homework and talking on the telephone have been a “but of course” comment for many families when it comes to what is done in the kitchen. Have you ever asked the kitchen designer did they cook? Does your kitchen match your life style? Do you entertain a lot and need the capacity to serve a lot of people. Do you need to cook for a lot of people? Do you like folks to hang out while you cook? Maybe you have kids that like to help out so you want a separate prep space (and sink) for them or whoever is that second cook in the kitchen. Multiple cooks mean multiple work triangles or at least minimize their conflicts. Design and color are wonderful, but if they don’t enhance the cooking experience, then we can never have a truly GREAT kitchen.

So what is a “Work Triangle” and why does it matter? The concept for the kitchen work triangle was developed in the 1940s,  The kitchen was looked at as a space where only cooking took place. The kitchen work triangle connects the three main work areas in the kitchen — the sink, the range, and the refrigerator. As a general guideline, the distance between these areas determine the effeciency and the amount of energy you expend in the kitchen. The total of all three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet. If the distance is too small, the kitchen will feel cramped, too large and you spend a lot of energy going from station to station.

Today, more activities are done in the kitchen, so this concept has changed. In addition to the big three, you may have a clean up area, food prep, serving, computer/homework areas as well. If there are more than one person that cooks, then you have to envision how they will work together in the same space while reducing conflicts and improving flow in and around the space.

Adequate prep space is often forgotten because it’s not explicitly thought about. It’s a good idea to have one prep space near the sink and one near the stove. Put utensils, pots and spices near the stove for easy cooking — it’ll save additional steps. Your clean up space should be near your dish and tableware storage, or maybe you want them near your serving area. In kitchen design, there are no hard and fast rules, it’s how you want and use the space.

While all this is good, do you have the space for making these changes? Do you have the infastructure to support it (plumbing and electric), will the appliances fit, are there structural walls that make it difficult to optimize your design concepts. Now you know why I say this is the most difficult thing to address.

For more information on kitchen design, see our new website: www.FlamingoConstructionNJ.com

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Do You Have an Out Dated Kitchen? http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/construction-managment/do-you-have-an-out-dated-kitchen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=do-you-have-an-out-dated-kitchen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/construction-managment/do-you-have-an-out-dated-kitchen/#comments Sat, 08 Jun 2013 21:16:57 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1708 We at TCAI, LLC have created a Home Improvement Construction company, Flamingo Construction, LLC specializng in upgrading and renovating kitchens.  Our mission is to convert your existing kitchen to meet your needs and lifestyle. Kitchens are the heart and soul of the home. Let us give you the kitchen you envision. Whether it’s changing the layout, cabinets, counter tops, sinks, faucets, flooring or hardware.

In this blog we will discuss and review the many options that will modernize and convert your kitchen into a state of the art cooking and eating area for you and your home.

A Great kitchen is all about a well-planned space that makes the cooking experience a completely interactive and enjoyable one between family and friends.

Step 1. Identify what’s WRONG with the Kitchen

Your first step in considering remodeling your kitchen should be to identify what’s wrong with your kitchen. Now that may sound obvious, but you would be surprised as to how many people start with style and color and never address why they hate their kitchen!! We want you to identify the biggest problem you have with your kitchen. That might be the lack of counter space, storage for food, pots or utensils. Maybe the layout just doesn’t work for your lifestyle or the way you cook.

For additional ideas, check out our new web site: www.FlamingoConstructionNJ.com

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FREE FEMA Residential Coastal Construction Class http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/regulatory-agenicies/free-fema-residential-coastal-construction-class-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=free-fema-residential-coastal-construction-class-2 http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/regulatory-agenicies/free-fema-residential-coastal-construction-class-2/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 20:50:36 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1698 FEMA Building Science, the FEMA New Jersey Field Office, the New Jersey DCA and Rutgers are offering a FREE course in Best Practices in Flood and Wind Mitigation for engineers, architects, contractors, builders and local officials. The course will be offered in three locations:

June 6, 2013 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Holiday Inn at Hasbrouck Heights
283 Route 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

(201) 288-9600

June 20, 2013 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Ocean County Training Center
200 Volunteer Way, Waretown, NJ 08758

(609) 242-8450 

June 25, 2013 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Monmouth County Fire Academy
1027 Highway 33 East, Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 683-8857

To register for classes email: David.Pradell@fema.dhs.gov

For more detailed information go to: www.region2coastal.com

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Christie Administration Announces Launch of “reNew Jersey Stronger” Housing Assistance Initiative http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/christie-administration-announces-launch-of-renew-jersey-stronger-housing-assistance-initiative/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=christie-administration-announces-launch-of-renew-jersey-stronger-housing-assistance-initiative http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/uncategorized/christie-administration-announces-launch-of-renew-jersey-stronger-housing-assistance-initiative/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 20:19:59 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1692 $780 Million Available for Homeowners Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Beginning May 24, 2013, eligible homeowners can now apply for grant assistance at www.renewjerseystronger.org or by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).

The housing assistance programs comes less than a month after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved New Jersey’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Action Plan. The Action Plan details how the State will utilize $1,829,520,000 in federal funding to help homeowners, renters, businesses and communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The reNew Jersey Stronger housing assistance initiative will utilize $780 million of the allocation.

Homeowners will be able to apply online and by phone starting today. They will also be able to apply in-person starting June 8 at Sandy Housing Assistance Centers which will be located in those counties most impacted by the storm. “Housing counselors both at the centers and over the phone can help applicants navigate the entire process by providing support and clear guidance,” said Richard E. Constable, III, Commissioner of the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which will administer the distribution of CDBG Disaster Recovery funds for New Jersey.

Under the reNew Jersey Stronger housing initiative, homeowners whose primary residences were damaged by the storm in the nine most-impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union) may apply for two grant programs. Vacation homes, second homes and recreational vehicles or trailers are not eligible for the programs based on federal restrictions on the use of the funds.

  • Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program: This $600 million program will provide eligible homeowners up to $150,000 in grant funds to aid the reconstruction, rehabilitation, elevation and mitigation of damaged primary homes. The program is intended to fill the gap between the costs needed to repair the home and other sources of funds the homeowner has received to repair their home such as insurance payments or assistance from FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additionally, the program will help homeowners with the construction process by developing repair specifications, identifying qualified builders to do the construction work, and ensuring the quality of the work completed. Seventy percent of the funds will be reserved for low-to-moderate-income households in accordance with federal requirements.

All applicants under the RREM Program must have registered for assistance with FEMA and must have a household adjusted gross annual income of less than $250,000. Priority will be given to homes that are deemed “substantially damaged” (damages exceed 50% of a home’s assessed value) as a result of Sandy.

  • Homeowner Resettlement Program: This $180 million program is aimed at encouraging Sandy-impacted homeowners to remain in the nine counties that were most seriously affected by the storm. This program will provide $10,000 grants to eligible homeowners to encourage them to resettle in their existing home or resettle in the same county and in so doing will help to restore home values and stabilize many devastated communities. Homeowners must agree to remain in the county of their damaged residence for three consecutive years following the grant award. Sixty percent of the funds will be reserved for low-to-moderate-income households in accordance with federal requirements.

All applicants under the Resettlement Program must have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and must have sustained at least $8,000 in damages or more than one foot of flooding on the first floor as a result of Sandy. There is no formal deadline for accepting applications, there will be an initial application period that will run from May 24, 2013 to June 30, 2013. All completed RREM and Resettlement applications received by June 30 will then be in the first group to be processed. Once the application period closes, selection will prioritize those homeowners with the most damage (i.e., substantial, severe and major), whose homes are in the most impacted counties (i.e., Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean), and who are of low- to moderate-income.

In early July, applicants will be notified of their place on the list and whether they will receive an award out of HUD’s initial allocation of funding. Anyone who is not successful in getting an award will be placed on a waiting list pending a future allocation from HUD. An announcement on future allocations is expected in September.

Applications will continue to be accepted after June 30, 2013, but these applicants will be processed only after all the most impacted homeowners from the first group have been served.

For more information on the reNew Jersey Stronger housing assistance initiative, including details about the application process, determination of eligibility, and award calculation, visit www.renewjerseystronger.org or call the hotline number 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946). Locations and directions to the Sandy Housing Assistance Centers that are opening June 8 will be posted at www.renewjerseystronger.org as the information becomes available.

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FREE FEMA Residential Coastal Construction Class http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/construction-managment/free-fema-residential-coastal-construction-class/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=free-fema-residential-coastal-construction-class http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/construction-managment/free-fema-residential-coastal-construction-class/#comments Sun, 19 May 2013 22:31:47 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1687  

FEMA Building Science, the FEMA New Jersey Field Office, the New Jersey DCA and Rutgers is offering a FREE course in Best Practices in Flood and Wind Mitigation for engineers, architects, contractors, builders and local officials. The course will be offered in three locations:

June 6, 2013 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Holiday Inn at Hasbrouck Heights
283 Route 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

(201) 288-9600

 

June 20, 2013 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Ocean County Training Center
200 Volunteer Way, Waretown, NJ 08758

(609) 242-8450 

 

June 25, 2013 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Monmouth County Fire Academy
1027 Highway 33 East, Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 683-8857

 

To register for classes email: David.Pradell@fema.dhs.gov

For more detailed information go to: www.region2coastal.com

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Now Available: Stronger NJ Business Grant program http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/construction-managment/now-available-stronger-nj-business-grant-program/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=now-available-stronger-nj-business-grant-program http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/construction-managment/now-available-stronger-nj-business-grant-program/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 19:47:32 +0000 tacohen http://www.constructionmanagementpro.com/?p=1684 Now Available: Stronger NJ Business Grant program 

Source: New Jersey Builder’s Association

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is accepting applications for the Stronger NJ Business Grant program. This program provides up to $50,000 per impacted location and up to $250,000 per entity to eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations which sustained a minimum of $5,000 in physical damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Governor Chris Christie has tasked the NJEDA to administer $460 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to support the recovery of storm-impacted businesses. Of this total, $260 million will fund the Stronger NJ Business Grant program.

For more information regarding the Stronger NJ Business Grant program, including eligibility information and application instructions, please visit: http://application.njeda.com/strongernjbusinessgrant.

The NJEDA Office of Recovery Superstorm Sandy hotline is also open at 1-855-SANDY-BZ to answer any questions you may have regarding the program and application process.

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