Houzz Posts Renovation Projects

cover-pics-in-community-002-200x300Are you a homeowner looking for ideas for your next renovation project?  Are you familiar with Houzz.com?  If you aren’t you should be!  Houzz.com is the number one most visited Home Design, Decorating and Remodeling Idea website and online community.  It features 8 million interior design photos, home décor, decorating ideas and inspiration for the online user.  It is addictive!    It features ideas from architecture, interior design and decorating,  landscape design and home improvement professionals.   It all started with a home………..

Most exciting for us we are one of the companies that has recently been added to an ideabook that the NAHB put together of remodelers that are Certified Graduate Remodelers (CGR) and Graduate Master Remodelers (GMR) has put together on their site.  Read about how important these certifications really are when you are selecting a contractor/remodeler/builder for your next home project.

WTAE’s Kelly Frey Hosting “Building for Bennett” Open House

dsc_3404Here is the link for the Pittsburgh Magazine Blog that was written for the “Building for Bennett” project.  Remember the Pittsburgh Festival of Homes opens this weekend!  The Open House will take place both weekends from 12-4.  All the details are in the article and our blog.

WTAE’s Kelly Frey Hosting “Building for Bennett” Open House

Festival of Homes Tour “Building for Bennett” Open House

Pittsburgh SkylineAttending the Building for Bennett Open House and Festival of Homes Tour?  Please park in the Pittsburgh’s beautiful West End and hop on board the shuttle service with handicap accessibility provided by Tri County Patriots for Independent Living.  The shuttle will be picking up/dropping off at the Pubic Parking Lot located at the corner of Main Street and Alexander Street between the hours of 12-4pm both weekends.  All guests must park and take the shuttle.  THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE SITE.  After your tour, be sure to relax and enjoy the afternoon in the Pittsburgh’s West End.  Restaurants will be offering drink and food specials.  Shops and boutiques are ready to welcome your business.  And don’t forget to cap off your day with a scenic stop to Pittsburgh’s West End-Elliott Overlook.  Parking available on Marlow Street and Fairview Avenue. This is the best view of our gorgeous city!

On the tour you will be able to see how Prime 1 Builders transformed this home into a handicap accessible home for Bennett enabling  a much better life for he and the family.  The home is now fully accessible!  Come and visit the home and see if there is something we can help you with at your home.

The OPEN HOUSE will be accepting guests both Saturday and Sunday October 3rd & 4th and October 10th & 11th from 12-4.  Any questions feel free to contact as at fb@prime1builders.com or 412-257-0160.

Magazine Features a Prime 1 Kitchen Remodel

Maple Custom Cabinetry With White PaintA New Look With Granite Countertops Brown Fantasy

We are thrilled to share with you the latest edition of Housetrends Magazine September 2015 in which one of our client’s beautifully remodeled kitchen was featured in this month’s magazine with an wonderful article. ” This homeowner knew exactly what she wanted and it came together beautifully,” states owner Dan Meade. ” She envisioned a more functional space for her growing family and that is what we gave them with all the whistles and bells”.  Click the link to view Housetrends Kitchen & Bath issue to read the article and see more projects. 
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Sustainable and Stylish Kitchen Trends


Sustainable and Stylish Kitchen Trends

From fashion and style to cooking and electronics, every year the latest trends and must-have devices are announced, and home decorating and design are no different. As more consumers are willing to invest more into their homes for enjoyment and comfort, the newest products for the home are always highly anticipated.

However, one of the biggest concerns with integrating “the latest trends” into our homes choosing trends that won’t make the home look dated in just a few years. All of us are familiar with the pink tile bathrooms and avocado green appliances from the 60s and 70s, and most homeowners do not want to repeat those mistakes.

When Prime 1 Builders clients go through the process selecting items for their kitchen, we advise them make more timeless choices for the more expensive and harder-to-replace items, such as cabinetry and floors. That way, as home design changes, the small things can be upgraded quite easily to accommodate your newest tastes and keep you satisfied with your kitchen for years to come.

Having said that, here are a of today’s kitchen trends that we feel are full of style and has the staying power for years to come.

  • High grade laminate tiles that look like wood but have the cleanup ease of tile
  • Distressed wood paired with metal in lights and other fixtures
  • Shiny metal on cabinetry and hardware
  • Farmhouse floors (5” wide plank flooring) with a “handscraped” finish
  • Cabinetry hardware in hundreds of styles and dozens of finishes
  • Vintage lighting fixtures tastefully integrated into the room
  • Aluminum framed cabinetry doors paired with frosted glass
  • Geometric shapes used in tiles
  • Painted cabinetry
  • Innovative storage solutions that make use of every square inch of space
  • High-end appliances for the individual chef
  • Specialty appliances such as wine stations and espresso machines


What exciting new trends will you put into your new home or remodeling project this year?

Prime 1 Sponsors 2015 SAVOR PITTSBURGH

Prime 1 Builders is proud to once again sponsor Savor Pittsburgh – A Celebration of Cuisine. The event is a blend of food, cocktails and music and will be held on Thursday, August 27 at Stage AE on the Northshore.

Savor Pittsburgh Logo

Savor Pittsburgh is celebrating its 10th year, and this is the fourth consecutive year that Prime 1 Builders has been a sponsor. Culinary leaders from across Pittsburgh provide sweet and savory samplings of appetizers, entrees, desserts and cocktails while competing in THE Culinary Competition for the coveted “Dish of the Year” honors.

Last year, Savor Pittsburgh attracted more than 1,000 guests who sampled 35 different dishes.

100% of the proceeds from this event benefit the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation and their fight to end premature births. Each year, more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States (about one per minute). Babies born prematurely are at a higher risk for chronic lung disease, deafness, blindness and learning disabilities.

Why Prime 1 Builders Is Involved.
After several years of showing her support for the event, Mary Anne Meade, Marketing Director for Prime 1 Builders, was asked to serve on the 2015 Host Committee. While she and Dan were fortunate enough not to need NICU care when their two children were born, they’ve had friends who have gone through that heart-wrenching experience.

“It’s amazing to see these tiny babies and recognize that 10 years ago, they would not have made it,” states Mary Anne. “Families have children that survived because of the research that has taken place at Magee.”

She continues, “But research takes lots of money, which is why I am involved.”

How the Money Is Used.
The money raised the last two years went toward purchasing remote-access video equipment. With this technology, grandparents who don’t live in the area or military parents stationed abroad can use their computer and see their baby 24/7.

“This year, the money raised will go toward educational literature that will guide families through the difficult decisions they are faced with,” explains Mary Anne.

Savor Pittsburgh Details and How to Participate
Date: Thursday, August 27
Location: Stage AE on the Northshore
Hours: The indoor VIP area opens at 5:30pm and general admission is open at 6:30pm

We hope you will consider this opportunity to show your support for the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation by attending this event. To learn more and purchase your tickets, visit Savor Pittsburgh.

Move Over Beige: Gray Is The New Neutral

For decades, designers and homeowners alike have chosen beige as the base color in many home interiors. But there is a new go-to neutral color in town: gray.

First seen at design shows in the late 200s, gray has been slow to gain mainstream popularity until the last couple of years. Today it can be seen in newly constructed and remodeled homes alike across North America. In fact, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association 2015 Trend Report, 77% of designers used shades of gray in designs in 2014, and they expect that trend to continue to have momentum for another three or four years.

Gray has much of the same appeal as beige. It comes in many hues, which means it can complement many different colors and design styles. It is also an earth-tones, which many homeowners desire to make their home feel more relaxing and peaceful. This makes gray a natural backdrop in home and decorating and design.

In Kitchens, homeowners are moving away from wood-stained cabinetry and are electing painted cabinetry. A white hue is often chosen because of the crisp, clean and airy feeling it provides. Gray is often found in kitchens as a well-positioned secondary color-used in stone countertops, backsplashes, wood-look flooring tiles or as an off-setting color for the island or other nook cabinetry.

Bathroom Design is using more gray, as well. From dark gray walls that accentuate the crisp white soaking tub and other bathroom fixtures, to soft gray subway tiles and flooring, this color, often considered moody, will create a sophisticated look.

Another popular space for gray inside the home is in the bedroom. Wall colors, curtains and bedding are all turning gray. People have often found the color to be soothing, earthy and minimal-which are qualities many desire after a busy day.

On The Exterior Of The Home, gray is being chosen more often in deck stains, and siding and roofing manufactures have been adding more shades of gray to their color palette as this neutral color continues to grow in popularity.

We look forward to assisting you with your next project. Please contact us so we can meet with you and discuss how we can make your home look like a magazine photograph.



What’s Happening with the Building for Bennett Project?

The first 60 days
Despite the severe cold temperatures and relentless winter weather, we are more than 60 days into the “Building for Bennett” project, and it is coming along nicely.

Bennett’s mom, Kelly Luhn, has been capturing the entire construction process in photos and video because she wants to help others understand all that goes into building an adaptive home for someone who is handicapped. Here are some highlights from the first two months of construction on this special project.

During the first week, the project ran into a slight delay when we discovered that a holding tank for the 120-year old home was located where we needed to pour concrete for the new foundation. Once that was removed, we discovered another “gem”-a 100+ year-old brick cistern underneath. While these were unexpected, this is one of the things that makes remodeling in Pittsburgh so interesting-discovery and problem solving.

A storm producing several inches of snow halted construction during the end of January, but we’d already poured the foundation and laid several feet of concrete block before the storm hit.

By early February, the weather finally let up long enough for us to dry out the foundation/crawl space and place the large beam that will support the addition.fb_img_1430314568296

About a month into the project, it really started taking shape. Walls went up, and insulation was on. It is always a primary goal to get the project “under roof” so materials don’t get wet and construction can continue no matter what it is doing outside.

Mother Nature made construction a slow-go for the last two weeks in February, but by early March, we topped the two-story addition with trusses and tied the addition into the house.

A few days later a quick look at the roof lines. They have an incredible view of Pittsburgh from the West End.

Stay in touch with the day-to-day happenings on the Building for Bennett project by liking the Facebook page.

All the photos used in this article are courtesy of Kelly, and more photos and videos on the Building for Bennett Facebook Page, which we hope you’ll follow, support and enjoy. https://www.facebook.com/BuildingForBennett

Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project

1. Will I receive a written contract? Does the contract contain the mandatory provisions and language from the PA State Attorney General’s Office as required in the Home Improvement Contractor Act. Ask for the contractor’s Home Improvement Registration # and verify it with the State Attorney General’s Office.

2. When will you start? How long will my project take? What is the projected finish date?

3. Do you have references? How long in business? Experience? Have you done similar projects?

4. Are you properly licensed and insured? The state of Pennsylvania requires that home improvement contractors
register with the Attorney General’s office and display this registration # on all of their written documentation

5. What is our payment schedule? This varies which each individual business. Ask!

6. Do we need a building permit? Who will get this? Who will pay for this?

7. Does my home need to be tested for lead based paint? Homes built before 1978 may contain lead based paints and are required to be tested for the presence of lead based paint by an EPA licensed contractor. Test results should be shared with the homeowner

8.Do you employ your key personnel or are they subcontractors? Who will be here on site every day? Ask your contractor direct questions about who will be responsible for opening and locking up, who will supervise subcontractors on site and who to call daily with questions.

9. How do we communicate? Who do I communicate with if I have questions after hours or in an emergency? Email is the best form of communication during business hours or by telephone if preferred. You will be given the foreman’s contact information as well as the owners in case of emergency.

10. What is the scope of work? What is and what isn’t included in the job?

11. What will happen if there is a change order? Change orders should be handled in writing where the change in: the scope of work, the schedule and price are all noted. We require that change orders are signed off on by the homeowner (s). Make sure you have a plan in place to document the unexpected changes that can and often do happen along the way. Photos of unknown or hidden conditions are our preferred method for documenting unexpected/hidden conditions on a job-site.

12. What happens when the job is finished? What is the procedure for preparing a punch list? Who will perform this work and who will confirm it is completed?
You should receive a list of subcontractor contact info at the end of project for all trades that worked on the project.

13. Closing documents should include a copy of the final inspection and certificate of occupancy from the local building inspector as well as any other 3rd party inspectors that may have provided jobsite inspections. You should also get a final release of liens from all contractors if the contract included this provision before you make you final payment to the contractor(s)

14. How will you protect my property?
This conversation should occur before any demolition even occurs. There are a number of dust-containment measures that can be taken. Homeowners will be aware of how they will be able to move through the construction zone. It is helpful to remove all delicate items from the wall, bookcases and within the construction zone just to be safe. Homeowners should be aware that despite every measure to keep the area clean, there will be some dust.

This is a good start. Any really good and experienced contractor will help guide you through this process and he or she will be available to answer your questions as your proceed. 2015-01-12 23.53.04

Houzz Announces “Best of Houzz 2015” Winners

Prime 1 Builders in Pittsburgh, PA Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Pittsburgh, PA, January 26, 2015 – Prime 1 Builders in the South Hills of Pittsburgh has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The “ high end addition and renovation company started in 2004” was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz commuity “Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Prime 1 Builders among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Prime 1 Builders on Houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/prime1builders/prime-1-builders

About Prime 1 Builders

Prime 1 Builders was started by Dan Meade in early 2004. He wanted to provide high end craftsmanship to his clients and great customer service. He started working independently but as his reputation grew he started adding employees. The company specializes in high end addition & renovation projects and now custom new home construction. After all these years, the company still prides itself on providing excellent customer service to its clients! We are humbled and honored to have been chosen again for this award.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com