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New Home Construction

Building a new house is not something you, or your contractor, should approach lightly. From the all-important basics of square footage, materials, and interior systems to the finer points of flow and custom finishes, planning a space that will become a home requires careful thought, ample experience, and unparalleled workmanship.

OUR THOUGHTS

Every homeowner is unique. That’s why each and every home we construct is different. There may be subtleties that separate one master bedroom from another, or one kitchen island from other — or huge contrasts in style and layout. But there is one unifying factor in each build that Coopersburg Construction is committed to: communication. Our goal in thinking about building your home is to listen to what you are saying. To you, this is more than a blueprint. It’s your baby. And it’s a huge investment. But we also work to be proactive — to offer suggestions that you may not have considered or may not be aware of. To ask questions that head off challenges before they surface. And to involve you as much — or in some cases, as little — as you see fit. We’ve worked with clients who came to the table with a blank slate. We’ve partnered with those who had binders filled with ideas. And we’ve teamed with everyone in between.

With Coopersburg Construction, you are choosing a corporation that will deliver YOUR best quality custom home. Because what makes a home “the best” isn’t the one that’s pictured in the magazine or on our website, or that won an award. It’s the best because it’s what YOU want. What you had a hand in creating. A place that — from the day we break ground to the day you lay down the welcome mat — creates a feeling of comfort, security, and pride.

OUR EXPERIENCE

Coopersburg Construction is a builder known for top quality materials. Unsurpassed service. And for exceeding customer expectations. Whether you are a local client, or heard about us through word of mouth, we approach new construction as you would a first meeting: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Every new home is a “first” for us — and because of that, we view every new build as custom. We care about every interaction. And, because we’d like to serve you (or your friends or family) in the future, we go out of our way to work with others as we would like others to work with us.

Coopersburg Construction was built thoughtfully, and with attention to details — all-important details that have made us known as sticklers for quality and service. That focus has served us and our clients well, and has become the foundation for superior custom homes and an industry-leading reputation.

Years of experience have taught us that new construction is about more than floors, walls, and a roof. It’s about combining wants and wishes with plans and precision. It’s about friendliness and professionalism. But most of all, it’s about bringing your best home to life.

Other companies may claim to be as good, but our long list of distinguished, satisfied clients speaks for itself – they can all attest to our superior building and project management expertise. Interested? Read Our Testimonials!

It’s time to begin your outdoor home improvement projects

Finally, there are some hints of spring. The temperatures are a bit warmer and the forecast is looking like spring weather is arriving soon. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to start my outside projects, and now is an excellent time to begin the planning process. Exterior painting may seem like a simple task. All you need is a can of paint and a brush, right? Well there is more to it than simply going to your nearest hardware store and buying a can of paint and paint brush.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Should I use oil-based or latex paint?
  2. In my situation, what type of paint is the most durable and will last the longest?
  3. Are there different paint brushes for oil-based paints and latex paints?
  4. Is it important to know if the existing paint is oil based or latex?
  5. Do I need a special type of paint if I’m painting a metal or wood surface?
  6. How do I prepare the existing surface for painting?
  7. What I need to know about the dangers of lead-based paint?

If you don’t want to deal with these types of questions, let our courteous professional painters take the worries out of your painting projects. One of our experienced professionals will stop by to discuss your requirements. We will then use our expertise to provide you with the best solution. The work will be scheduled according to your timetable. Our painters will properly prepare all surfaces, use quality materials, protect your property, and clean up after the job is complete.

Call us today at 610-282-0503 and let us help you give your home that fresh new look!

Protect your home from ice damming.

For some icicles are a sign of a winter wonderland or beautiful ice sculptures. Don’t be fooled. Actually icicles are a sign of potential damage to your home. They can be a sign of improper insulation, heat loss which leads to increased fuel costs and eventual costly damage to your home.

This is a pictorial representation of ice damming. Ice forms in your rain gutters, builds up on the overhang of your roof, and acts as a dam which then prevents water from flowing off your roof.

The water is created by the snow on the roof melting because of interior heat loss. This heat loss can be a result of improper ceiling or attic insulation. The lack of proper insulation allows heat to enter the attic, warming the roof and melting the snow. As this water flows down the roof it comes to the portion of the roof that overhangs the outside wall. This area of the roof is much colder and the water begins to freeze and build up creating the “dam”. As the snow continues to melt above the attic area, the water continues to flow and eventually creeps back up under the shingles.

Over time, this leads to water damage to the roof, rafters, insulation and could even result in water dripping from the ceiling and down interior walls. There are a number of solutions to consider. They range from better insulation to exterior heat tape or heat wire.

If you notice icicles forming on your home, let the experts at Coopersburg Construction  examine your home for the best solution. We have infrared technology that can locate heat loss areas and can identify the best solution for your home. Call us today at 610-282-4717.

Other companies may claim to be as good, but our long list of distinguished, satisfied clients speaks for itself – they can all attest to our superior building and project management expertise. Interested? Read Our Testimonials!

Let’s start planning that next renovation

As we approach the holidays, the last thing on your mind is a home renovation project. Who wants their home in the process of being remodeled right before the holidays? Actually, now is the perfect time to begin that project you always wanted to do. The first stage of any project is the planning stage, and to insure that it goes smoothly, you need to put the appropriate amount of time into the planning phase. It’s the time when you work with your contractor to develop ideas, designs, and layouts. It’s the time to visit suppliers’ and contractors’ show rooms to view sample items such as flooring, cabinets, bath and kitchen fixtures, moldings, trim, doors, and windows to name a few. It can take a long time for this process, but it’s a very important part of any project.

 

Let the design specialists at Coopersburg Construction help you plan that next project. We have the latest software design tools for that perfect kitchen, bath, or recreational room. Start the planning now so that colors can be selected, materials can be ordered, and plans and permits can be finalized, so that renovations can begin right after the holidays.

Let’s get started! Call us today at 610-282-4717, and we’ll be happy to use this time to plan that perfect renovation.

 

Other companies may claim to be as good, but our long list of distinguished, satisfied clients speaks for itself – they can all attest to our superior building and project management expertise. Interested? Read Our Testimonials!

Selecting The Right Countertop

Selecting the right countertop for your new kitchen or remodeled kitchen can be a challenging task.  There are many types of materials and colors to choose from in a wide range of prices.  Many years ago countertops were made of either wood or stone.  Then years ago laminate countertops were top of the line.  Today, however, there are many choices from laminate, to solid surface, to engineered stone, to granite and natural stone.  Countertops today are no longer just for preparing lunch for our kids or dinner for the family, they can be the center or showplace of your home.  Consequently you should select the countertop that suits your lifestyle and activities.  Also think about how long you plan to stay in the home.  The longer you plan to stay in the home the more durable and high-end the product.  The cost per year becomes minimal the longer you stay in the home.  A more neutral color, pattern, or design makes it easier to decorate and or remodel in future years without changing the countertop.

Let’s group our countertops into four classifications or types.  Starting with the most inexpensive, we have the laminates.   There is a huge range of colors and patterns available and laminate countertops are relatively easy to maintain.  Unlike other materials, laminates usually don’t require any type of special maintenance such as a sealer to keep things looking nice.  Sharp knives and hot pans will damage the surface.  Simple common sense maintenance such as wiping up spills, using cutting boards and hot pads will keep your laminate top looking great for many years.

The next category is solid surface countertops.  The standard for solid surface countertops was set by DuPont when that company introduced Corian.  Today the term Corian is synonymous with solid surface countertops.  There are, however, other solid surface manufacturers.  Don’t limit your selection options to Corian, shop around.  Other manufacturers may have just the color or pattern that you desire.  Solid surface tops are made from acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate, in layman’s terms, a hard plastic.  It’s non-porous and can be used in special environments such as hospitals and laboratories.  Since these countertops can be installed without seams, you don’t have to scrub away any dirt trapped in a seam.  The material is relatively stain free and scratches or burns can usually be repaired.  Also the sink can be mounted seamlessly beneath the countertop thus eliminating any seams between the sink and countertop.  There is a downside to solid surface material.  It has poor resistance to heat.  Hot pots and pans can “burn” the material.  Don’t place a hot frying pan directly on the surface.  Again common sense says use a hot pad and cutting board.  Also over time the surface may dull and need some buffing to bring back that fresh look.   Depending on the color and material design, it can be a pricey option.  Shop around, you may find a manufacture of solid surface material with a better price and selection.

The next category is engineered stone.  Engineered stone is basically crushed stone bound together by glue or binding agent.  It is made in a factory, polished by fabricators, and assembled at the job site.  It’s the closest thing to real granite or natural stone.  Since the material is basically made of stone, it is resistant to scratching and its non-porous surface is hard to stain.  Engineered stone is typically less porous than stone.  Being less porous, there is less opportunity for mold and mildew than with traditional granite or natural stone.  Because of the way the engineered stone is manufactured, it doesn’t need to be sealed.  As with the other materials we discussed, it’s always a good idea to avoid placing hot pans on the surface.  It’s best to use a hot pad or trivet and a cutting board.  Also, the agents used to bind the crushed stone tend to be a little more flexible and can withstand some movement.  So if you have a very long countertop and there may be some movement, engineered stone should be considered.  These polyester resin binding agents are susceptible to UV sunlight and tend to break down over time if exposed to the sun.  Continued exposure to the sun can cause discoloration.  Therefore, engineered stone is not recommended for outdoor use.  Be aware, however, that you are now moving into the higher priced countertops and since the material is manufactured and distributed in slabs, the installation for your application may require a seam.  Also with engineered stone, your sink cannot be integrated seamlessly with the countertops as it can be with a solid surface material.  There will be some sort of seam between the countertop and sink.

The last and most expensive countertops are made from granite and natural stone.  Granite or natural stone is a very hard surface and is very resistant to heat.  It’s still not a bad idea to use hot pads or trivets and cutting boards, but if you forget, granite is the most forgiving.  This type of surface should be sealed and if done so it can withstand most stains and is even more resistant to heat.  Granite tops are very long lasting and present a very rich luxurious appearance to any kitchen or bath.  Since it is a product of nature, each countertop is unique and no one will have the same countertop as you have.  With your unique countertop you have the option of installing an under mount or drop-in sink.  Since the material is porous it is susceptible to mold and mildew and should be sealed periodically.  The stone can be scratched and if not sealed properly, liquids can penetrate the surface and leave a “water mark” if not cleaned up quickly.  Obviously because of the natural material seams are very evident especially if the surface has a predominant pattern.  If you select a natural stone such as marble, be aware that it stains very easily and is not recommended for kitchen countertops.

There are many moldings out there, how do I pick the best one for my project

Moldings enhance the appearance of any room, but selecting the right material for your project can be tricky.

As you start your molding type and material selection process, first consider where the molding is going to be installed and how you plan to finish the molding.

For interior applications, if your objective is to apply a painted finish, your choices would include, from least to most costly, pre-primed finger jointed pine or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), paint grade hardwoods such as poplar or lightweight plaster type moldings. Pre-primed moldings are relatively inexpensive, easy to finish and come in a large selection of popular styles / sizes.  Many of the more detailed moldings come in the paint grade hardwoods.  These moldings require more prep work prior to painting.  Plaster type moldings have a look like original plaster moldings found in older homes and are installed using drywall joint compound resulting in a seamless finish.  Many large and ornate profiles can be found in plaster type moldings.

If your objective is to see the natural beauty of the wood, you will want to apply a clear finish to the wood, as well as a stain if desired.  Stain grade moldings are available in most profiles and can be custom made if required.  If the moldings are made from a soft wood such as pine, a wood conditioner is required prior to staining to alleviate uneven coloring. Harder woods are not as prone to this problem.  As stain grade woods are more expensive than paint grade, and the installation is less forgiving of inexperienced jointery, it is best to have a professional install these moldings.

Exterior painted applications are typically trimmed with the cellular / PVC moldings (ie: Fipon, Azek) which are able to withstand the elements better than a natural wood product. These products require priming prior to finishing, and a quality exterior finish paint will give the best results.

Fire and Water Damage Restoration Guide

Proven tips for getting great Fire and Water Damage Restoration Service Services, costs and hiring best practices.

When hiring and working with a Fire and Water Damage Restoration, every homeowner needs to know:

  1. What services does a Fire and Water Damage Restoration commonly provide?
  2. What is the best way to find good prospects?
  3. What should I look for when I interview the Fire and Water Damage Restoration?
  4. How do I make sure that the Fire And Water Damage Restoration Service is done right?

Then, use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Not every Fire and Water Damage Restoration has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Fire and Water Damage Restoration matched to the specific requirements of your job. Not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence.

Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Fire and Water Damage Restoration to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

  • Check with local building department to determine if a licensed professional and/or permit is required for your project
  • Develop preliminary project objectives and budget target
  • Collect referrals from reputable material suppliers or local building permit authority
  • Verify license status and license standing history with licensing board
  • Conduct face-to-face interviews with top 2 – 4 candidates
  • Interview topic: what will be done to assure quality?
  • Interview topic: how are change orders handled?
  • Interview topic: work portfolio, design plan examples and project management
  • Prepare final written agreement / contract
  • Job site cleanliness, worker conduct, and rules for use of on-site bathroom, phone, etc.

Important Agreement / Contract Terms
A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Fire and Water Damage Restoration. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Fire and Water Damage Restoration. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Fire and Water Damage Restoration’s standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

  • Project timeline with delay penalties and on-time completion bonus
  • Detailed description of items and material to be installed and all work to be performed
  • Project completion, quality and payment criteria
  • Detailed summary of costs, fees and payment milestones
  • Subcontractor payment and mechanic lien handling / responsibility
  • Change order rules, responsibilities and contract cost adjustments
  • Insurance and bond coverage requirements
  • Warranty on workmanship
  • Responsibility for material selection, purchase, delivery acceptance and storage
  • Job site cleanliness, worker conduct, and rules for use of on-site bathroom, phone, etc.

Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget

A new kitchen doesn’t have to break your bank account to remodel your kitchen. Whether you have owned a home for a long time or just purchased your first I think everyone knows that remodeling your kitchen can be a expensive task.

Let’s face it, your kitchen can make or break your home. If you went looking for a home with a real estate agent, the first thing they show you is the kitchen. Whether you realize it or not if you didn’t like the kitchen, you didn’t like the home.

But keep in mind, a kitchen needs to function. It needs to be comfortable to cook in. It needs to have the appropriate counter space to prep your food, and to work in. If you ever heard anything about remodeling a kitchen the main rule is, make the functioning part of your kitchen a “triangle.” In other words have your stove, sink, and fridge in a workable comfortable triangle. The bottom line is this, a kitchen is the most expensive remodel in a home. It makes the biggest impact of a home.

Below is some simple remodeling in your kitchen that will not break the bank. These are things that you can do to drastically improve the impression your kitchen has on people and will leave a couple of dollars in your pocket.

New Countertops
There are several types of counter-tops that you can replace your old ones with that will add a drastic change to your kitchen.

Paint Your Cabinets
Some people really like painted cabinets. It is definitely a different look. Most cabinets have a varnish, lacquer, stain or all of these on them. Your paint may not take very well to surfaces with those products on them without extensive prep work. In all honesty to really do a good job you will probably want to use a stripper followed by denatured alcohol to make sure the cabinets are free of those chemicals. If you are really after a quality job, you may want to leave this one to the pros. In other words, call your painter.

Tile Backsplash
Adding a new tile backsplash can drastically change, for that matter improve the appearance of your kitchen. A tile backsplash will add a whole new color and depth to your kitchen giving you a totally different impression as you enter. It won’t cost you a lot of money either. A great alternative to investing in an entirely new kitchen.

Replace Your Drawer Pulls
Just changing your drawer pulls can do miracles in updating your kitchen and at the same time save you hundreds of dollars.

Plan it out, talk it over with the rest of the family and go for it. These “quick fix” ideas could be just what your kitchen needed and cost you far less.

Small Spaces Staircase Design Ideas

Storage space is never enough and those who can’t get rid of things easily know what I am talking about. Let’s see how the space under the stairs can be transformed in a new storage area.

Staircases are such things that could be as eye catching as practical. They can connect sever floors of your home and provide some book or other small things storage. They also can be very compact in case you don’t need an additional storage space and your space is at the premium. In case you have a difficult layout situation you might find some interesting staircase design ideas here.

Preparing for the Worst Scenario with Hurricane Sandy

With a severe storm forecasted to be heading our way, Hurricane Sandy could affect our area with heavy rains of up to 12 inches. The weather model predicts the center of the storm being close to our area beginning Sunday and going into Monday. The interaction of these to systems will cause some showers to develop and the winds to start increasing on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday (possibly into Wednesday) is when we’re expecting the worst of the wind and rain from this Sandy/hybrid storm. That would mean damaging winds and power outages as well as major local river and coastal flooding. In preparation for the hurricane, here are some emergency kit supplies to have on hand and things to check for before Sunday in case of a major hit.

Not knowing when or where a hurricane like Sandy will make land is stressful ― but there are ways to be prepared for the worst of the storm. Some ways residents can get ready for bad weather include:

  • Develop a family evacuation plan.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank, as gas stations are vulnerable to power outages.
  • Stock up on enough water and non-perishable food items that could last each person in the home up to five days. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water daily per person.
  • Put together an emergency kit, including flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, and rain gear.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Have enough cash on hand in case ATMs and banks are not open.
  • Keep important documents such as insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, birth certificates or social security cards in a waterproof or watertight container or resealable plastic bag.
  • Keep all of your prescription medicines in a plastic bag, and keep it with you.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Bring your pets indoors.
  • Have at least 3 days’ worth of pet food, bottled water and supplies for your pet.
  • It’s also a good idea to keep emergency supplies in your car.

Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are gearing up for Hurricane Sandy as well. They’re just one of the many companies on standby for the storm. They’ve asked all employees to be ready to come into work, regardless of vacation or other schedules.

For generator or emergency services including waterproofing, drain systems, leaking cracks, or other construction damage, call us at: 1-800-718-1256

For more information about emergency preparedness, go to the Pa. Emergency Management Agency website and the American Red Cross website.