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Popular Home Remodeling Features: An Interview with Nick Schulz of Del Mar Construction

By Nick Schulz

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Del Mar Company is a licensed and insured general contractor located in beautiful New Smyrna Beach Florida. Since 1997, our team has been specializing in residential and commercial construction of all sorts. Our notable skill in conceptual building and creative construction has earned us a reputation as one of central Florida's premiere General Contractors.

Our work has been featured in many residential showcases, industry publications, as well as several notable Internet-based design forums. Our company is staffed with a diverse group of extremely knowledgeable employees that allows us to remain extremely dynamic and stay current with changing building methods and design concepts.

What are current popular remodeling trends or features in the kitchen?

We are seeing a gradual shift from a southern traditional layout to a southern contemporary design. Modern lines and open layouts allow an extremely efficient use of square footage. This is especially critical in beachfront homes and condos where the view is in imperative aspect of any build. Antique whites and light stains on cabinetry are also very popular now and create a feeling of space.

Open layouts create a very warm and family oriented feeling in the kitchen as the members of a household and can easily communicate during dining times without having to be in the actual cooking area. We also have seen an increase in the number of customers who upgrade to natural gas appliances whenever possible.

What are current popular remodeling trends or features in the bathroom?

Bathrooms are trending similar to living space. Virtually all of our bathrooms feature half walls which we compliment with frame-less glass enclosures. We also like to utilize sliding style barn doors wherever we can. Sliding barn doors allow us to create an open layout with very little impact to usable square footage, but also allow for privacy when desired.

The aesthetics of sliding barn doors also compliment wanes-coat and similar southern design features. Rain heads centered overhead have become common to the extent that we consider them a "standard" feature in our master baths. Soaking tubs are also becoming a common alternative to traditional cast iron tubs, and give even a lackluster bathroom a touch of luxury.

What are current popular remodeling trends or features for the overall interior?

Fortunately we see a lot of variety in our interior layouts. This is largely due to our geographic location, both macro and micro. Located in the "south" we have a large number of customers who bring northern traditions and designs concepts with them to their southern homes. These designs often include detailed millwork, formal sitting areas, coffered ceilings and recessed shelving. Located near the ocean, all aspects of a build must be easy to maintain, clean and have resilience to the moisture and heat that South Florida that encounters nearly year round. Smooth finished drywall used to be relegated to commercial build outs, but is finding its way into residential design and provides an easy to clean surface.

Carpet is a rarity and wall-to-wall tile is very popular now, as are engineered hardwoods. Technology is also becoming extremely prevalent in everyday items such as lock sets and lighting. The integration of technology into both new homes and remodels is one of the more exciting new trends we are encountering. We expect this aspect of building to grow consistently as smart phones and tablets are becoming more commonplace across all demographics.

What are current popular remodeling trends or features for the exterior? Please list at least three of each with a simple explanation of each feature.

Again, our geographical location is a large influence on how we design and build homes. It would not be uncommon to see a home with Spanish arches located next to a multistory Victorian layout, next to a single story ranch home. That being said; we do see some building methods and material choices that translate well to various exterior design layouts.

Aluminum roofing has a great resilience to the elements, can be designed to withstand extremely high winds and pressure loads, and provides a pleasant aesthetic finish to almost any home. While the cost of metal roofing is still greater than a traditional shingle roof, the durability of a properly installed aluminum roof makes the expense justifiable in most all cases.

Landscaping in our area is trending heavily with pavers and stone work. The lack of maintenance required with pavers is a huge advantage in the eyes of many home owners. Also, the cost of pavers compared to annual lawn care and water fees is a driving factor for many homeowners looking to invest in pavers. Stone work ties pavers into outdoor cooking areas, low accent walls and planters. We will also transition stonework into the interior of a home which creates a very open indoor/outdoor style that is prevalent in central American build-outs that traditionally lack central heating and cooling.

Cementatatious board or "Hardie" lap siding is a great way to protect a framed home, and also has aesthetic appeal to complement its durability. With a limited amount of real estate on the beachfront, virtually all of our homes include a multistory design to increase living space. This is where we most often see a transition from masonry work to wood framing, and Hardie siding is a great way to tie together the different building methods. Using closed cell insulation in attic spaces also allows us to utilize a vent-less Hardi soffit around the roofline which creates an extremely clean & finished look on the exterior of a build.

What's the best way to contact you?

The contact form on www.delmarcoinc.com is a great way to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable staff members at Del Mar Company.

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