Amiano & Son In The News
NARI Welcomes new certified remodeler & designer
Tabernacle, NJ , June 2019 – Amiano & Son Construction is pleased to announce that Wendy Amiano has recently achieved the prestigious Certified Remodeler status. We are also pleased to announce that Gianna Sweet has recently achieved the prestigious status of both a Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler as well as a Universal Design Certified Professional.
In order to earn the designations of CR, CKBR, & UDCP an individual must conclude 16 weeks of intense study in their field of designation. They will typically attend virtual classrooms once a week for review and finally need to pass a 2-3 hour exam.
NARI’s CR & CKBR both measure skill and expertise valued not only by other professional remodelers, but by consumers as well. Highly respected by those who have achieved the designation, the CR program identifies professional remodelers who have undergone comprehensive review and testing in areas of business management, ethical conduct, and technical skills. In addition, they must also adhere to NARI’s strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The NARI certification program assess the knowledge and skills of the remodeler in over 20 remodeling task areas including business methods and practices, building codes and construction law, planning and building site layout, and all trades skills required in remodeling your home. The CKBR designation focuses on the codes, services, and overall specialty work involved in Kitchen and Bath remodeling. The UDCP focuses more on the individuals ability to utilize the ADA codes when remodeling a space. It also educates on proper needs assessments that should be done with clients. Universal Design is a unique form of remodeling meant to better one’s living situation through making their space fit their specific needs based on limitations discovered during needs assessment.
“We have been hearing about Universal Design more and more at various trade events. This class was enlightening and educational on all that goes into a Universal Design sale.” , stated Gianna Sweet – UDCP & CKBR.
Amiano & Son Construction allowed these two ladies to take the time needed to study and learn more information in order to make the company better as a whole. “We are a team and we all benefit from the growth of our peers in our company,” said Lou Amiano, owner.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the premier association of remodeling professionals and industry experts dedicated to advancing the professionalism of the remodeling industry and educating the public on the benefits of using a qualified professional. Amiano & Son Construction has been an active member of NARI national for over 15 years.
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Wendy Amiano, VP of Amiano & Son Design-Build came into the company with a background in Marketing. From that she has utilized her business skill set in all facets in the company. She has even worked on a jobsite finishing up final touch ups and overseeing job closeouts. This certification will advance Wendy further into the field of Design-Build.
Gianna Sweet – Head Designer of Amiano & Son has over 20 years of Interior Design Experience. Ms. Sweet has traveled abroad while studying Interior Design. Her specialty has always been in remodeling, a passion for taking what is existing and making it better.
Lumberton, NJ Kitchen Remodel
Lumberton, NJ February 13, 2019 –A Kitchen remodel has won an award for the $50K- $100K Kitchen remodel in the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Award levels, including platinum, gold, silver and Home of the Year, will be announced during the NAHB International Builders’ Show on February 20, 2019.
This kitchen remodel aptly named Kitchen with a view turned this once old, small, dark kitchen into a large, bright kitchen perfect for a growing family. The first goal of the kitchen was to design a window that came all the way down to the countertop so the homeowners could have the best view possible of their backyard. Gianna Sweet, Head Designer for Amiano & Son Construction, designed the kitchen alongside the homeowners. Gianna is a great listener and heard the homeowners great ideas then turned them into a reality.
The entire kitchen and dining room were gutted to the studs. The wall that separated the dining room and kitchen was taken down to enlarge the kitchen space giving the family a kitchen island as well as an eat-in kitchen feature. The light tones used throughout the kitchen made the space look bigger and brighter than it was ever imagined it could be because it is a historical style house. The light tones also complimented the husband’s woodwork he added later onto the center island and a few corner shelves. He made the accents from the original floor that was in the kitchen. The final product was a charming traditional kitchen that gave the family room to cook and entertain.
Now in its 35th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, multifamily, affordable, remodeling, community and interiors. BALA is built on the principle that all great homes start with great design, no matter cost or size.
Buying a home is often the most significant purchase people will make in their lifetime, and BALA winners spotlight what building industry professionals need to know to set their project apart and hit the right mark with today’s highly educated and discerning home buyers.
Award winners will be formally announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nev.
Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at bestinamericanliving.com. The 2018 Winners Portfolio, featuring design trends and project photographs, will be available online beginning February 21, 2019.
Amiano & Son Construction is a full service Design-Build Remodeling company located at 1633 Rt. 206 Tabernacle, NJ. Amiano strives to provide convenience, professionalism, quality, and complete remodeling services to their clients. Amiano & Son preforms every aspect of remodeling from simple exterior remodels such as decks and siding to large entire house remodels.
Purple To Perfect - A Man Cave For a Marine
August 29, 2018
We teamed up with Nation Gypsum and PURPLE® High-Performance Drywall to create an awesome man cave for this Marine and his family. Check out the video below to see a sneak preview and stay tuned for the final unveiling in the next few weeks!
N.J. home makeover: Century-old home gets a new kitchen in a bold color
An antique house is never without challenges, and the kitchen of a 105-year-old Trenton home presented a number of them.
First, there was the wall between the small kitchen and a butler’s pantry. Taking it down would mean the owners, Jeff and Elise, could expand and improve. Jeff, who does the cooking, envisioned a more spacious kitchen, updated without the wall and with a more pleasing design that would correct several issues.
“It wasn’t fun to be in the old kitchen, he said. “It had these little tiles that were a nightmarish pink-purple. They were constantly coming off the walls and the countertop. The drawers were so old that it was impossible to fix them because they were out of square. There was linoleum, and it was curling up at the edges. It was depressing to be in there even though I like to cook.”
But Elise worried about the possible repurcussions of taking down a wall in a century-old house.
“She didn’t want to do it because it was a load-bearing wall,” said Jeff who asked that their last name not be used. “She was concerned about the effect on the rest of the house.”
As with many couples, their response to the home improvement quandary was inertia – even though they had already saved money to renovate the kitchen over the nearly 15 years they’d lived in their home.
“We ended up not talking about it. Then one day she said ‘just take the wall down,'” Jeff said.
They hired Amiano & Son, a design-build firm in Tabernacle (Burlington County), and they worked with project manager Joseph Clymer and kitchen designer Gianna Sweet who helped with the solutions that would transform their now 214-square-foot kitchen.
Of course, even for an old house with good bones, caution was in order.
“We didn’t know exactly what the framing was or how it was put together because codes were completely different back when the house was built,” Clymer said.
The kitchen had been remodeled decades prior, and, luckily, no hazardous knob-and-tube wiring or structural problems were found.
With a load-bearing wall removed in the gut-renovation, a structural beam was installed at the ceiling to help support the weight of upper floors in the three-story house with five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The beam is concealed within drywall.
In place of the wall, Jeff and Elise gained a peninsula-style island, built at 48 inches tall so it works behind the high back of their existing Fisher and Paykel range. The renovation benefits included a new door with glass panes that allow more light into the kitchen from the neighboring sun room. But the couple also faced a sloping kitchen floor and design options on which they didn’t always agree.
“It wasn’t easy choosing orange,” said Jeff.
While their kitchen designer had guided them in the resale-value-protecting choice of white cabinets, white wall tiles and grays for their counters and flooring, Elise knew that a white kitchen can feel cold and sterile. She wanted a pop of color. Her inspiration was the orange from a classic Hermes scarf.
“We tried at least 10 different oranges so I could be satisfied,” said Jeff, for whom the Hermes orange was too bright. “We went out and got big paint chips, and they were all over the kitchen. It looked like some kind of Stanley Kubrick movie. I felt like I was in Burger King. I couldn’t do it.”
In the face of a color that might bring visions of Whoppers and “Clockwork Orange,” Jeff would tip away to the paint store to seek alternatives. Elise and a neighbor friend said “a very fresh green” he proposed wouldn’t work for a kitchen.
“I tried a really creamy yellow; that was rejected. I was really upset for a few days,” he said. “Elise doesn’t cook, which was another reason I was upset. I’m the one who spends time in the kitchen.”
Jeff says they showed him rooms where orange was used successfully in the design.
“But it was never a lot of orange,” Jeff said.
What finally moved him toward acceptance was the fact that orange would not be used on every wall.
“I was able to live with it,” Jeff said. Still, he had a subterfuge mission. “I spent a lot of time looking for art that would cover up the orange.”
He’d say to himself, “I will get great big prints, and I will cover this up.”
In one case, a large panel of stainless steel pegboard makes an attractive place for pots and pans hung against the orange backdrop.
Sweet, their kitchen designer, says their choice of Determined Orange from Sherwin-Williams was crucial to the kitchen’s design.
“A different orange would not have worked,” she said.
She notes that all their design choices were made with the goal of complementing the home’s age and architecture. There are prominent moldings throughout the house and, in the kitchen, three layers of molding are stacked to recreate the effect. The cabinets have the clean lines of Shaker-style doors, and they avoided high-gloss finishes that wouldn’t have been period-appropriate.
“We did want to contrast the white,” Sweet said. Fortunately, Jeff and Elise had previously purchased stainless steel appliances to help improve function in their old kitchen. The appliances are complemented by the steel-gray granite selected for the countertops. The “leathered” granite finish brings in texture, as does the grain pattern on the stone-colored matte stain on the bamboo flooring.
A floating floor was recommended to help minimize the slope in what had been the butler’s pantry. At its lowest point, the floor was about two inches lower than in the kitchen area. Because the low point is near an exit door, they could not reframe the subflooring to make it completely level. However, installation of the floating floor has minimized the variation.
Jeff is quite happy with the finished kitchen.
“It ended up just working really nicely,” he said.
Both he and Elise work in communications and dine out frequently, but he says they both spend a lot more time in their new kitchen.
“The kitchen is updated and has modern points to it, but it also has old-fashioned points,” he said. “It’s just a pleasure to be in.”
What they renovated
The kitchen of a three-story 1913 house
Who did the work
Amiano & Son Construction, of Tabernacle, with associated trades.
How long it took
About 9 weeks, between January and March 2018
What they spent
More than $50,000 but less than $70,000
Where they splurged
On a custom roll-out pantry and “leathered” granite counters
How they saved
“By resisting the urge to buy custom cabinets and engineered countertops,” Jeff says.
What they like most
“There’s a nice island where a wall used to cut our kitchen in two,” Jeff says. “I sit there now with coffee and the newspaper thinking of what I’m going to cook next.”
What they’d have done differently