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Home Remodeling: Unique Front Doors and Mailboxes

Written by Guest Blogger
June 16th, 2014
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Beautiful wood and glass front door, balanced with light fixtures on either side of it, and a distinctive house number. Notice how the brick arch about the door provides that extra appeal. Photo by Briget Murphy.

When you think about home remodeling, keep in mind that first impressions are very important. Take a look at your front door and mail box to see if they set the right tone for your home. Your entry is the first part of your home that your family and guests see, so you want it to reflect your style and taste. Front doors and front home entrances are also a “teaser” for what is to be viewed inside your home. You do not have to completely remodel the front of your home to change its look. Small renovations can quickly transform your home from blah to wow.

Consider changing your front door. This is the entryway into your personal space, so you want it to be attractive and welcoming. Consider different options for a new front door – perhaps glass-paned, antique-looking or distressed wood, ultra-modern steel – or a combination of materials. A decorative grille on your door adds a special touch. Have your door painted or stained in a complimentary color, or a contrasting color such as deep blue or colonial red. von Gillern can also add brickwork, stonework, wood framing or decorative stucco work around the door frame for added “oomph”. Choices for unique hardware, such as door knobs, hinges, and knockers, are practically limitless. Keep in mind that people unconsciously find symmetry comforting and aesthetically pleasing. Create a balance around your front door with columns, trellises, potted plants and light fixtures.

 

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Photo by Erika Smith.

Next, examine your mailbox and see if it accurately reflects the feel of your home. Gone are the days when mailboxes were simple metal contraptions that were functional, but not too pleasing to the eye. Your mailbox is part of the first impression people receive about your home…and therefore also about you. Have a mailbox installed that compliments your home. With so many choices to choose from, you will be able to find just the right match. If your post box is near the street, consider having a unique brick, concrete or stone custom mailbox built for you, to your specifications. Not only will it function as a depository for your mail, it can be a work of art.

House numbers are often overlooked when homeowners want to remodel the front of their homes. Typically, house numbers are found on the mailbox and on the front porch. Beautiful tiles with numbers can be placed curbside, embedded in your walk, or next to your door. For a distinctive touch, have your house number imprinted into the concrete around your door frame, or have a planter constructed near the end of your driveway with the numbers prominently displayed on it. Remember, your house number doesn’t have to contain just digits: For example, an elegant “eleven4nine” could be used instead of just numerals.

When you are ready to start exterior or interior updates, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, or home additions, contact the Dallas area, award-winning von Gillern Construction. They have years of experience in the Dallas area, including Plano, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Lakewood and Park Cities. For more information about our quality home improvement projects and services, visit the von Gillern website, or call Jack at 972.818.0411 today. Scroll down to see photos of a wide variety of front door ideas! Also, if you have a pet, print out the notice to the fire department below.

 

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Photo by Ken Doerr.

 

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Photo by Briget Murphy.

 

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Photo by Don Graham.

 

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Photo by Gideon Strauss.

 

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Photo by Chris Beckett.

 

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Print this and tape to the glass in your front door, or a front window. By Rossie.

 

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Photo by eric wittman.

 

Photo by Briget Murphy.

Photo by Briget Murphy.

 

Photo by Briget Murphy.

Photo by Briget Murphy.

 

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Photo by Briget Murphy.

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Famed Architect Frank Lloyd Wright used window grilles in his home in Oak Park, Ilinois. Photo by John Delano.

Ornamental window grilles are gaining popularity in Dallas homes. Providing a touch of class and decoration to your home, window grilles also provide extra security for your home. Window grilles have been around for centuries – serving both as decoration and as a security system. Popular in many countries for centuries, window grilles are now a trending item in home construction in the US, and in Dallas in particular. Consider adding window grilles in your home remodeling project.

Grilles can be made from wood, or – in most cases – iron, and come in a wide variety of styles – from utilitarian to elaborate, to modern. They can add a unique, personal touch and enhance the outside of your home. No matter what style your home is, there are grilles that will fit every type of architecture from classic to contemporary. Wooden grilles are usually made from pine, Douglas fir, maple, cherry, mahogany, alder and red oak. You can even create your own design for your window grilles. Wood, aluminum and wrought iron grilles can be painted or tinted in any color to either match your color palette or provide a complementary contrasting addition to your home.

If you do not want to completely redo the front of your home, adding window grilles will give your house an automatic facelift. Grilles added to the windows and doors can completely change the exterior of your home with little and minimal cost. Imagine how your home will look with decorative grilles added to the windows – you can accentuate the architecture of your home to create an even more appealing first impression of your abode. Scroll below to see some beautiful photos of window grilles from around the world.

If you would like more information about window and door grilles, or if you are planning exterior and interior updates, bathroom and kitchen remodeling or home additions, visit the von Gillern Construction website or call Jack at 972.818.0411. Award-winning von Gillern has served the Dallas area for years, including Plano, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities and Lakewood, and we are dedicated to providing the very best quality and craftsmanship for all our projects.

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A window grille in Quito, Ecuador. Photo by Allen.

A window grille can also be a handy spot to store your soccer balls! Photo by Ze'ev Barkan.

A window grille can also be a handy spot to store your soccer balls! Photo by Ze’ev Barkan.

 

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A window grille at night, in France. Photo by g4114is.

 

A window grille in Yemen. Photo by Rod Waddington.

A window grille in Yemen. Photo by Rod Waddington.

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A window grille in San Francisco. Photo by Kevin Wong.

A window grille in Damascus. Photo by Verity Cridland.

A window grille in Damascus. Photo by Verity Cridland.

Fancy grilles in Suva, Fiji. Photo by Michael Coghlan.

Fancy grilles in Suva, Fiji. Photo by Michael Coghlan.

Window dressing in San Francisco. Photo by Donna Sutton.

Window dressing in San Francisco. Photo by Donna Sutton.

Fish float back and forth on this lovely window grille in India. Photo by bookminx.

Fish float back and forth on this lovely window grille in India. Photo by bookminx.

Being outdoors in a peaceful nature setting is relaxing. Just being outside and close to the sky, earth, water, and plants can make us feel calmer and more refreshed. In the Dallas area, there are many ways that homeowners can bring a touch of the outdoors into their own homes.

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French doors are an excellent way to bring the outdoors into your home.

One of the best ways to bring a bit of nature into your home is to have large screened windows that allow natural light to flood into rooms, and that can be opened up to let in the fresh air. French doors leading to your outdoor space are a stylish way to connect the outdoors with the indoors, and create a sense of spaciousness. Large windows or doors that look out on your garden, pool area, or plant-filled patio are not only scenic, but also add a touch of nature to the room. Wood frames or shutters on windows can also contribute to bringing the outdoors inside.

Instead of using man-made flooring, which can often feel a bit cold, try using natural materials. Wood, cork and other natural materials are flooring choices that make a room feel warm and inviting. You can expand on this and use natural materials for your furniture as well. Furniture and textiles made from hemp, jute, rattan and wicker are great ways to bring a touch of nature into your home. Using the same natural materials (and colors) in your outdoor view as you have indoors provides an uninterrupted flow and sense of continuity.

Adding natural materials in the architectural elements of your home contributes to the feeling of nature’s calmness. Exposed beams overhead and rock fireplaces are good ways to bring a touch of nature indoors while not disrupting your décor. Kitchen countertops with granite, marble or wood can create a natural feel to your workspace. Shower enclosures and bathtubs can be surrounded by natural materials such as rock, brick, and wood to make the room relaxing and warm.

Of course, adding a conservatory or outdoor kitchen and dining area that is connected to the main part of your home is a wonderful way to bring nature into your living space. And, don’t forget about foliage plants! A variety of indoor potted plants or trees make any home feel welcoming. Plants provide an excellent and natural way to keep indoor air clean and provide more oxygen.

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The addition of just one indoor foliage plant dramatically changes the feel of this room.

If you would like to find out about more ways to bring the outdoors indoors in your home, contact the von Gillern Construction website for more information, or give them a call at 972.818.0411.  We are committed to providing the very best quality materials and work for all your room addition, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, home additions and interior and exterior updates. Award-winning von Gillern Construction is your start-to-finish home remodeler, and has been proudly serving the entire Dallas metroplex for years, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and Preston Hollow.

 

Home Remodeling Tips: Garden Sheds Can Enhance Your Property

Written by Guest Blogger
April 27th, 2014

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Photo Courtesy of Shed King

Many of us in the Dallas area remember the days when a storage or garden shed was most often a metal pre-fab structure that was convenient, but to be honest, not very attractive. Fortunately, today’s potting sheds and outdoor storage buildings reflect the taste and style of the homeowner while also having a practical purpose. If you love to garden or if you have a gardener who comes to take care of your yard, you will need a garden shed to store tools out of sight, as well as having an area specifically designated for the care of your lawn and plants.

When planning a storage or garden shed, homeowners must first decide on the location. Some neighborhoods have zoning restrictions, so consider this in your plans. Some homeowners prefer to have a garden shed next to the house for easy access. These structures are often built so that they blend into the home like a tiny extension added out into the yard. Other homeowners prefer to have the garden shed away from the house, sometimes near the pool area or in the back of the property. Since potting sheds are no longer limited to the old time metal structures, homeowners can be as creative as they want when designing their garden shed, as long is it is within any neighborhood restrictions. Built with natural materials, it can blend into the environment or it can be a dramatic structure that is a statement piece in the yard. Some sheds are whimsical, with a touch of fantasy or are even miniature versions of the home. With glass windows instead of solid walls surrounding the shed, the structure isn’t intrusive, and the addition of windows allow plenty of natural light to flood in. Many homeowners prefer a small structure that is open on one side that has a potting bench in the center, and storage space on both sides of the large workbench. There really is no limit to shed styles.

Plenty of work and storage space is important in the potting shed. You want to keep gardening implements out of sight and still have clear work spaces for repotting plants and starting seedlings. You can also use the shed to store everything you need for pool upkeep.

When you are ready to plan your garden or storage shed, contact von Gillern Construction, or give them a call at 972.818.0411. With years of experience in interior and exterior updates, home additions, room additions and kitchen and bathroom remodeling in the Dallas area, von Gillern Construction is dedicated to providing the very best craftsmanship for all of your updates, home remodeling and additions.

What is Houzz? A Dallas Home Remodeler Explains

Written by Guest Blogger
February 20th, 2014

home remodeling dallasAs a follow-up to last week’s blog article regarding von Gillern Construction winning the Best of Houzz 2014 Award, this week’s piece will explain what Houzz.com is and how you can benefit from it.

Houzz is the largest residential design database and community, connecting homeowners and professionals around the world. When you start thinking about remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, entire home, or having a room addition built, all the different choices can be overwhelming. Thanks to Houzz.com, there is an easy way to find ideas, get advice on projects and read reviews of products you are considering using in your own home. As the leading online design website, Houzz provides people with the information they need to make the right choices for their decorating, remodeling and building projects. It can all be easily accessed online or on your mobile device.

Houzz allows you to browse through their database to get ideas for your home addition or remodeling project. There are thousands of images to look through and you can save the ones you like to your personal online ideabook. You can make notes in the ideabook and share your ideas with others to get a definite picture of what work you want to have done in your own home. When you are ready to remodel, you can share your ideabook with your home builder or remodeler, so that they have a very clear idea of your vision for your home.

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von Gillern Construction was awarded Best of Houzz 2014.

The online community is made up of individuals and business owners across the world who are ready to offer assistance, including Jack von Gillern of von Gillern Construction. To access von Gillern Construction’s amazing photos and projects, and to ask Jack questions, click here for their Houzz.com page.

For your kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling and room or home addition in the greater Dallas area, visit the von Gillern Construction website for more information. With years of experience in the area, award-winning von Gillern Construction is dedicated to providing only the highest quality craftsmanship and service for all of your home remodeling and home additions.

 

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This beautifully remodeled von Gillern kitchen is just one example of why von Gillern Construction was awarded the Best Of Houzz 2014 Award.

 

Von Gillern Construction of Dallas Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

 

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

Dallas, Texas, February 4, 2014 – von Gillern construction of Dallas, Texas has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award-winning firm specializing in room additions, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and interior and exterior updates in the Dallas metroplex area, was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. best of houzz award dallas

“von Gillern Construction is honored to receive this award from Houzz,” said founder Jack von Gillern. “We strive to provide every client with the highest level of professionalism, and we stand behind our work.”

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize von Gillern Construction among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like von Gillern Construction, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Follow von Gillern Construction by clicking here: Houzz

Serving the Dallas area for many years, von Gillern Construction is committed to providing the very best quality craftsmanship for all home additions, home remodeling and update needs. For more information, visit the von Gillern Construction website,, or call them at 972-818-0411.

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A log farmhouse von Gillern Construction did in Celina, Texas. Note the beautiful wood ceiling and beams.

Would you like to add warmth and a bit of nature into your home?  When planning a home remodeling project, such as a kitchen or bathroom remodeling, as well as room additions, a rustic style can bring added warmth into your home – and it blends well with many decorating styles.

At first, the phrase ‘rustic style’ can conjure up images of old 18th century farmhouses. But, in reality, rustic style is simply home décor that uses natural materials such as wood, stone and marble to create a warm, cozy home. It blends well with many decorating styles in a home – from minimalist to modern, from French country to shabby chic.

Rustic style incorporates natural materials in a variety of ways. Wood floors, exposed rough-hewn beams, stone fireplaces and hearths – the options are almost limitless. We all know how well wood can add depth and warmth to any room. Likewise, stone masonry adds unique texture to rooms, bringing a touch of the outdoors inside. A stone wall or fireplace quickly becomes the focal point of a room.  Light shades of natural materials will make a room seem more spacious and airy, while darker materials will add to the sense of coziness. Usually, natural earth-tones are used for painted surfaces.

Award-winning von Gillern Construction has years of experience in room additions, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home additions and interior and exterior updates. Serving the Dallas area, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities and Lakewood, von Gillern is ready to help you create your dream home. For more information, visit the von Gillern Construction website, or give them a call at 972-818-0411.

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This year, the NARI Pavilion will present “The NARI Contractor Showcase” at the Dallas Home & Garden Show.

NARI is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The National Remodelers Association and the National Home Improvement Council joined together and formed NARI in 1983. NARI currently has 58 chapters nationwide and is headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois. NARI is dubbed “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry”.  The organization’s goals are to promote and advance the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.

The home and garden show provides solutions, information and resources to homeowners on various topics such as gardening, home décor, green energy living, outdoor storage solutions, as well as kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling. Be sure to visit von Gillern Construction, the premier home remodeler in the Dallas area, in the NARI Contractor Showcase, near the front entrance!kitchen remodeler dallas

Watch the NARI contractor’s award -winning Coty Award projects on TV monitors, view von Gillern Construction’s before and after photos, listen to live home improvement presentations, gather great ideas, and receive complimentary consulting on home remodeling projects including home additions. Von Gillern Construction is the recipient of 2014 NARI Greater Dallas Contractor of the Year (CotY) for Residential Addition 100K – $250K. Visit the von Gillern Construction website to learn more about them, or call them at 972-818-0411.

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Dallas Market Hall

2/21/2014 – 2/23/2014

Gutter Problems and Solutions: Tips from a Home Remodeler

Written by Guest Blogger
January 10th, 2014

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Time-tested gutter screens, when properly installed, can prevent a lot of structural water damage to your home. 

When planning home remodeling or home additions, it is important to remember your gutters. While gutters are generally thought of as simply an effective way to funnel water off the roof and away from the building, they actually do much more. Properly installed and maintained gutters can help prevent leaks in basements and crawlspaces, prevent rot from setting in, reduce erosion around a home and even serve as a way to collect runoff rainwater for future use.

home remodeler dallas Many people are not aware that having improperly maintained gutters can be worse than not having any gutters at all on their home. To give you an idea of the damage that improperly maintained gutters can create, here is a case that von Gillern Construction dealt with and corrected. A client recently purchased a home and the real estate inspector noted evidence of rot around the garage entry door.  At first, misdirected sprinkler heads were suspected as the root of the problem. However, while working on a rainy day, water was noticed coming into the garage.

waterAfter further inspection, the water was discovered to be coming from above. A check of the gutters found them completely full.

As a result, the door and jamb needed to be replaced. In addition, the gutters were completely cleaned out and properly screened in order to avoid future problems.

Gutters need to be cleaned regularly and undergo proper maintenance. Gutter screens will allow water to flow smoothly while keeping leaves and other debris from clogging the gutter. It is important to keep the gutters clean so that water does not back up, which can lead to a soaked foundation, roof damage and even become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even with gutter screens or guards, all gutter systems should be inspected twice a year and cleaned or repaired if necessary because fallen branches on the roof, loose shingles or poor installation can affect their performance.

full guttersWhen having home remodeling or room additions done, it is important to have your home remodeler check the gutters. Any problems should be addressed immediately to avoid future damage, which can be costly if left untreated.

If you are planning a room addition, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home addition, or interior or exterior updates, visit the von Gillern Construction website or call us at 972-818-0411 for information. Von Gillern Construction has served the Dallas area for many years, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities and Lakewood. Committed to providing the highest quality craftsmanship, von Gillern Construction received the 2014 National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI),  Greater Dallas Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Addition  $100K – $250K category.