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Spring Spruce Up

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

The winter may not have been as harsh as was predicted for us here in South Jersey, but that doesn’t diminish our excitement that spring has finally arrived. As the temperatures rise and we open our windows back up to the fresh air, let’s welcome back the season of growth by embracing the opportunity to look at our homes in a brand new light. What rooms could use a splash of color or some modern upgrades? And remember, as entertaining makes the move outdoors, it isn’t just the inside of your home that might need some love and attention in the coming weeks. Here, South Jersey’s most trusted names in landscaping, home renovation and more give their top tips for what to keep in mind this spring to help you answer what might be the first question on your mind: Where to begin?

A&J Custom Home Remodeling
Andrew McFadden
"Kitchen designing for 2013 has seen a trend toward open floor plans to create a social setting in the kitchen. The overall design includes more storage space and built-in appliances to include induction cooktops and convection ovens. One of the continuing trends is contrasting perimeter and island cabinet finishes. There is huge lean toward lighter-painted perimeter cabinets and darker-stained finishes on islands."
1342 Kings Highway, Swedesboro
(856) 832-4001

American Louvered Roof Systems of Philadelphia
Jane Deal
“Our louvered roof patio covers are designed to transform your outdoor deck or patio into an elegant lifestyle and space. They open and close at the touch of a button. They are manufactured from 100 percent powdercoated extruded aluminum right here in the United States. They lower the temperature of your deck or patio by 15-20 degrees.They allow 98 percent of the sun in when opened and are waterproof when closed. Each unit is custom designed to fit your backyard. Call for a free quote.”
Serving South Jersey
(856) 261-7506

Amiano & Son Construction, LLC
Wendy Amiano
“Amiano & Son Construction understands that you have your own personal flair and style, and we’ll help you incorporate that into your kitchen, bath, addition or remodeling project. We will manage your project from the concept to the last finishing touches. Let us help you improve and protect your biggest investment. Visit our kitchen and bath showroom located in Tabernacle.”
Serving South Jersey
(609) 268-5923

Botanical Lighting
Jeremy Sviben
“Enjoy your beautiful landscape all day and night with outdoor lighting. Its illuminating effects help create a glowing and picturesque scene that allows you to relish the beautiful look of your landscape when night falls. We have the unique ability to craft outdoor lighting that simply and thoughtfully lights up patios, walkways, trees, shrubbery and much more. For a distinctive look in outdoor lighting that meets your needs and budget, call today and light up your world this spring with an outdoor lighting project designed by Botanical Lighting.”
Serving South Jersey
(609) 953-5334

70%: Amount of homeowners with home renovation plans, according to the 2012 Home Decision Report by American Express
$3,500: Average amount they plan on spending

Brindisi Builders
Mike Brindisi
“Checking basement walls is a must. Too many people ignore cracks and openings in the block wall, which is usually caused by poor grading and water buildup. They should be inspected by a professional experienced in this problem and any necessary corrections made this spring season. If this is ignored, it could create more damage and more expense.”
59 S. Maple St., Marlton
(856) 596-8067

California Closets
The Nili Family
From turning a cluttered bedroom into a peaceful retreat, to making the most of your kitchen space with a pantry, to creating storage units for all those DVDs and CDs, or how about a mudroom that offers plenty of space for boots and sporting equipment, California Closets does it all. Whatever area of your home needs to be organized, they will do it in style. The Nili family, owners of the Mount Laurel and Cranbury locations, say one of their consultants will help you analyze your space and create a look that blends perfectly with the style of your home.
Serving South Jersey
(877) 493-4565

Did you know that the No. 1 recommended home improvement project, according to realtors across the country, is simply cleaning and de-cluttering? According to a survey by, it costs an average of $402, with an ROI of 403 percent. Landscaping comes in at No. 4, with kitchen and bath remodels at 9.

Closet City, Ltd.
Janet Stevenson
“For more than 25 years, Closet City has organized and improved home interiors throughout the tri-state area, providing functional and unique storage for closets, pantries, laundry rooms, mudrooms, garages, and home offices. Our skilled craftsmen have earned Closet City numerous awards, including BucksMont NARI’s 2013 Contractor of the Year for a challenging walk-in closet project. From the initial, complimentary consultation and computerized design to the manufacture and professional installation, Closet City strives to make each client’s project an award-winning experience.”
619 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, Pa.
(215) 855-4400
1(800) 342-0070

COIT Cleaning Services
Lori Topiel
“With more than 60 years on the experience curve, COIT brings you top quality in cleaning services that are second to none. Whatever your needs—from carpet, drapery and upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, air duct and dryer vent cleaning to 24-hour restoration services, you can feel confident that we will treat your home as if it was our own. We take pride in all our knowledgeable and reliable technicians and we know they will make your home sparkle.”
Serving South Jersey
1 (800) FOR-COIT

CPI Construction Specialties
Matt Dowling
“As the season changes, it’s easy to start thinking about ‘having fun in the sun.’ When you think about enjoying your deck, patio or yard in the shade or on the rainy days, think about calling us about a sunroom or retractable awning.”
2007 Route 130 S., Burlington
(609) 387-5066

ONE planted tree = removal of 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere = 11,000 less miles of car emissions

Gill’s Landscaping, Inc.
Ed Swietanski
“We are all ready for the cold weather to go away and to begin enjoying the warmness that spring brings. There is nothing like a beautiful deck or pavered patio where you can enjoy that warmness in style in your own backyard. Increase your outdoor living space with an outdoor kitchen or outdoor fireplace for spending even more time in the sunshine or under the moonlight this spring and summer. If it's unique curb appeal you want, update your walkway with pavers or lighting. Adding the right mix of trees and shrubbery is certainly an easy way to achieve an updated look for your home’s landscape as well as add style to it. For design, creativity, quality and personal service, give us a call today.”
240 Commissioners Pike, Mullica Hill
(856) 223-9770

Green Lea Garden Center & Patio Furniture
Rob Dougherty
“Spring is the time to furnish your backyard oasis, and Green Lea has the latest trends in outdoor living. From curved sofas to go around your firepit, to outdoor beds for you to sunbathe and sleep on, we are stocked with the largest selection of outdoor furniture in New Jersey.”
204 Route 73, Voorhees
(856) 767-4413

Are you a baby boomer, born between the years 1946 and 1964? If so, it’s likely you’re going to take on a remodel project, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, which shows boomers are expected to account for more than 45% of remodeling spending this year.

Home Trimwork
Igor Szczerba
“Enhance the beauty of any room in your home with unique, beautifully crafted, custom crown molding, wainscot, archways, window moldings, picture frames, raised panels, fireplace mantles, bookcases, stairs, iron balusters, wood floors, interior painting and more. The possibilities are endless.”
Serving South Jersey
(800) 888-4467

Landmark Home Improvements
Howard Christine
“When remodeling your home this spring, be sure to ask your contractor if they use Energy Star products. We offer these appliances to our customers along with other new, green technology that will result in lower utility bills. If you’re in or around the tri-state area and you’re seeking home designers for your remodeling and drawing needs, contact us today for excellence in home design throughout the New Jersey area and beyond.”
Serving South Jersey
1 (888) 565-4700

30%: Home water usage accounted for by toilets, according to the EPA.
$2,000: Amount the average family could save by upgrading to a WaterSense-labeled toilet over the product’s lifetime

Rettinger Fireplace Systems
Alexis Rettinger
“Once you enter our gorgeous showroom, you will realize immediately what we mean by our motto: Where Details Make the Difference. We offer a wide selection, from wood, gas and pellet fireplaces, stoves and inserts, custom mantles and built-in cabinetry, and marble, granite and slate fireplace surrounds. Stop by the Voorhees Design Center Showroom and work with our knowledgeable hearth experts.”
476 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees
(856) 783-5501

Rooms in Bloom
“Want your home to sparkle in the spring? Edit and purge your space of everything you don’t need or never use. Now, open, lighten and brighten spaces. Tie back draperies and let the sun shine in, clear overcrowded surfaces, remove heavy fabrics like throws and replace throw pillows and centerpieces with lighter, brighter fabric objects and colors. A fresh new coat of paint works wonders, so be fearless with color choices. Call Rooms in Bloom for help with all these things and more.”
202 Bridgeboro Road, Moorestown
(856) 722-1505

Sila Heating & Air Conditioning
Sila provides heating and cooling systems of all kinds, including furnaces, boilers and heat pumps; geothermal heat pumps; central air conditioning; “whole home” backup power generators; and 24/7 service plans. They are locally owned and operated since 1986.
Serving South Jersey
(888) 491-9030
(610) 491-9400

Not only do energy-efficient windows and doors save on energy costs, but you can also get a tax credit amount of 10 percent of the cost, up to $500 for doors and $200 for windows.

SLS Landscaping, Inc.
Sam Waddell
“SLS Landscaping, Inc. presents custom designs in landscaping, hardscaping, outdoor lighting, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, paver patios, walkways and more, guaranteed to make your home stand out from the rest. Our full-service landscape management company is committed to quality work, no matter what your project is. SLS also offers turf fertilizer programs and plant health care programs to keep your home’s curb appeal for many years.”
641 Eayrestown Road, Lumberton
(609) 518-5263

Swim-Mor Pools & Spas
Michael P. McCool Jr.
“With spring around the corner, as part of your backyard cleanup, it is time to update your pool with some of the newer features that are available today. Whether it be a new salt water chlorine system, iControls for your pool equipment, or renovating the pool itself with attractive EP Henry Coping or a stunning and affordable quartz finish, don’t wait till the tulips are blooming. Plan ahead.”
Serving South Jersey
(856) 456-3332 ext. 202

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 1 (March, 2013).
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