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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 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, 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 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.

Sanded vs. Hand Scraped Wood Floors: A Home Remodeler Discusses

Written by Guest Blogger
January 31st, 2014
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In this whole house renovation, the owners wanted hand scraped wood floors. When the scraped floors are combined with the stone fireplace, a feeling of timelessness is presented

If you are considering any type of home remodeling, including bathroom or kitchen remodeling or a home addition, this is the perfect time to think about having your wooden floors redone. Refinishing floors is done to repair any damage, change the color of the floor, change the sheen and protect the investment of your home.  There are several different methods used in treating wooden floors, but the most common ones are sanding and scraping.

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Sanded hardwood floors in one of von Gillern’s home additions. The smooth finish and medium stain add warmth to this room.

Hand scraped floors, also referred to as distressed, give a home a warm, well-used, antique look. Particularly in older homes, distressing the floors is done to not only refinish the wood, but to have the floor reflect the age and character of the home.  A hand scraped floor has the added advantage of being able to hide any marks or minor damage in high traffic areas. This unique, natural look can be finished in a variety of ways to match the décor, creating a home that is welcoming.

Sanding wooden floors is a popular way to remove any damage or imperfections in order to have an even, smooth surface. The resulting very level, flat surface is perfect for any style of home. Finishes applied after sanding can be modified to match or contrast with the décor and style of the home. Sanding and refinishing a floor can create an entirely new look to your space.

If you are ready for bathroom remodeling, a home addition, kitchen remodeling or other updates, now is the time to think about sanding or scraping your hardwood floors. Award-winning von Gillern Construction, the premier Dallas area home remodeler, is dedicated to providing only the very best craftsmanship to your home remodeling and additions. Serving the Dallas area, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and beyond, we are ready to help you update or redo your home. For more information, give us a call at 972-818-0411, and please visit the von Gillern Construction website.

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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.

Home Remodeling Report 2013: Cost vs. Value

Written by Guest Blogger
December 27th, 2013

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According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, this 356 square foot office addition and deck, constructed by von Gillern Construction, will have a high return on investment.

For the 15th year, Remodeling magazine has queried over 3,900 home appraisers and realtors across the country on remodeling jobs, the types of home renovations, cost, cost recouped and the resale value. Home remodeling has definitely turned the corner from the recession: The 2013 national average cost-value ratio rose to 60.6%, ending a six-year decline.

To get a good bang for your buck-and improve your quality of life-consider an exterior update. Curb appeal pays off – those first impressions count a lot. Among the exterior home renovations that are resulting in the most return on investment are grand entrances, deck additions and porches. For midrange composite deck additions, the average U.S. cost is $34,403, and resale value is $20,532. The cost recouped is 59.7 percent.

Interior remodeling jobs that give a great return on investment are attic bedroom additions, and kitchen remodels. Attic rooms are the least expensive way to add space to an existing home (U.S. average job cost: $47,919, resale value: $34,916, cost recouped: 72.9 percent). According to the report, the numbers on major upscale kitchen remodels and midrange major kitchen remodels are 68.9 percent cost recouped and 59.7 percent cost recouped, respectively. An $18,527 minor kitchen renovation, including appliances,replacing cabinets fronts, counter tops and cabinet hardware – with no structural modifications – resulted in 75.4 percent cost recouped.

According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, the home remodeling market has greatly improved this year, with significant returns on investment. Now is the ideal time to update your home. If you would like to remodel your house with a deck, a kitchen remodel, or home addition, visit von Gillern Construction at their website and give them a call at 972-818-0411. As a Dallas area home remodeler of the highest caliber, Jack von Gillern commits to the highest quality of craftsmanship.

Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

Written by Jack vonGillern
May 7th, 2013

Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

NARI offers tips in honor of National Home Improvement Month  

In honor of National Home Improvement Month this May, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) advises homeowners of the 10 most important steps to take before the remodeling project starts.

“The planning and researching phases of a project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process,” says NARI National President Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR, Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp., based in Mount Sinai, N.Y. “The more knowledgeable and prepared a homeowner is, the more they protect themselves.”

What can a homeowner do to prepare for a remodel? NARI provides a top 10 list of steps homeowners should take before breaking ground on their next remodel.

  1. Research your project. Taking time to research projects on the Internet and will provide a good sense of what is involved such as price, scope of work, return on investment and new product/material options. Also, research property values in your neighborhood to make sure your project is in line with other homes in the area.
  2. Plan project around the long-term. How long do you plan to stay in your home? How might your family structure change over time? Life can change quickly—these questions should be answered early on to ensure your project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete.
  3. Set your budget. Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances to support your project are essential. This number needs to include everything—the project, products, contingencies, etc. Don’t be afraid to share this with your remodeler; professionals are respectful of a client’s budget and will create a plan around it, not over it.
  4. Use advanced search for professionals. The online world makes it easy to gather information about strangers. Ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals and then spend time researching that person online. Professional remodelers take their reputation seriously and hold credentials beyond licensing, such as certifications, memberships in trade associations and additional training. Look for examples of press coverage or involvement in industry presentations or events. Check online reviews and social media to see how they interact with past clients and peers.
  5. Ask the right questions. Time and cost are important, but getting the right information requires the right questions. Ask your professional remodeler about his educational background, training, specialties or past issues with clients. Ask about how the remodeling process will work.
  6. Verify your remodeler. Don’t take their word for it. Check the information given to you such as references, license numbers, insurance information and certifications by calling providers to verify. Request a visit to an active client’s jobsite. Make it known that you are checking on him—a true professional considers that as a positive sign to working with a homeowner.
  7. Review contracts word-by-word. A remodeling contract protects you and your remodeler. Homeowners should review this carefully. Professional remodelers have done this before, and know what should go in a contract. Homeowners are not as familiar with remodeling and should ask about terms if they don’t understand. Pay attention to details about change orders, payment, additional fees, timeline and responsibilities. If it’s not in the contract, it doesn’t exist.
  8. Keep design in mind. Your design guides the entire project. Think about what you dislike about your current space and the intended use of the new space. Use Websites such as and to gather design ideas. Make sure you can articulate specifically what you like about that design when talking to your designer. Professionals don’t recreate a photo—they incorporate accessibility, functionality, ease of modification, style and value into your design.
  9. Make your selections. Deciding on products and materials is a larger process than most imagine. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons for project timelines to get extended. Base decisions on quality, function, price, style and availability. Include selections in the contract to lock down pricing and keep your budget intact.
  10. Create a communication plan. A common downfall in remodeling is lack of communication between homeowners and remodelers. Your remodeler should lay out a communication plan at the beginning of the project. If not, ask them to do so. This plan should clarify roles of everyone involved, communication methods, availability, and frequency of communication that is expected.

The first step to hiring a professional is through NARI, whose members are vetted and approved by industry peers to ensure they live up to the professional standards that NARI sets. “NARI members are proud of their affiliation and commitment to professionalism, and it’s a reputation they work hard to protect,” Donnelly says.

Consumers may visit to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI. This blog submission was supplied by National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI).