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Winner “Best of Houzz Award 2014″

Remodeling and Home Design

 

Cesario Builders of the Chicagoland Area Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

 Chicago, IL, February 4, 2014 – Cesario Builders of Oakbrook Terrace, IL. has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The  Premier Chicago-land Suburbs Design-Build Firm 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.
“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 Cesario Builders 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 Cesario Builders 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 Cesario Builders on Houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/cesariobuilders/cesario-builders

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 get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

Posted in Blog on February 4th, 2014

Ditch the shovel and salt this winter with heated snow melting systems

Snowy winters can be back-breaking work for homeowners, especially when you have to shovel and salt your driveway, patio, walkway, and stairs what feels like constantly. Designed to be installed directly in concrete, asphalt, or in mortar underneath pavers, a snow melting system will ensure that your heated driveway, patio, walkway or stairs will stay both ice and snow-free. Imagine relaxing by the fireplace in the comfort of your home on a snowy winter day. With snow melting systems, you can do just that. No more driveways to shovel or plow. The paving material absorbs heat from the snow melting heating elements, melting the ice and snow while you relax.

  • Installs in asphalt, concrete, or under pavers in mortar
  • Perfect for driveways, patios, walkways and stairs
  • Snow melting controls offers quick response to cold and wet weather conditions such as snow and ice with fast responsive technology
  • An affordable technology
  • Energy efficient
  • Increases the resale value of your home

For more information, call us to schedule a complimentary consultation! snowmelt

 

 

Posted in Blog on January 22nd, 2014

Frigid Temps = Frozen Pipes! Here Are Some Tips!

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With these frigid temperatures, comes extra maintenance for our homes which can be a headache. Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid having any issues or expensive plumbing nightmares on your hands.

(from the American Red Cross)

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem

Water expands as it freezes.
This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.    A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.
In the US, frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often  can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you the aggravation and expense.

Prevention

There are three common causes of frozen pipes:

  1.  Quick drops in temperature
  2.  Poor insulation, and
  3. Thermostats set too low.

There are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes.  Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze…

Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and immediately call 911.
  • Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 911. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

Posted in Blog on January 7th, 2014

Remodeling to cure the Winter Blues!

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the happiest people face the prospect of the winter blues. By mid-winter, many of us experience mild depression, low energy and lack of motivation.

This year, consider Cesario Builders to tackle a couple of home remodeling projects. Not only will you distract yourself from the cold reality of winter, you’ll often add value to your home which is reason enough to be happy!

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1. Warm it up. Just because it is winter, you don’t have to be uncomfortable. Radiant heat flooring is a perfect way to combat those cold tile or stone floors and enjoy the coziness!

2. Spruce up your kitchen. The kitchen is the center of the house, and your family probably spends a lot of time there in the winter. Make your kitchen more welcoming by redesigning your kitchen with new cabinets. Take it a step further with new quartz countertops which is all the rage right now!

3. Add color. Trade in your white walls for a splash of color! This year’s trendy new colors are in the hues of blues, greens, purples, and even pink!

4. Let the light in. Nothing battles the winter blues like natural light. Install a skylight in dark, closed-in rooms. Dim hallways and bathrooms lacking windows are good prospects for added natural light. Today’s efficient skylights resist leaks and prevent heat loss, and added UV protection prevents carpet from fading.

5. Improve the view. Even summer sun-lovers can enjoy a winter landscape from inside a warm, cozy house. Replace a small window with a larger bay window, and welcome the winter sun. Invest in an indoor fountain, which will provide the soothing sound of flowing water while adding natural moisture to the dry winter air.

Remember, a dash of color and light will go a long way toward perking up your home and your mood, banishing those winter blues along the way and Cesario Builders can help with all of your remodeling needs!

Posted in Blog on January 3rd, 2014

Exquisite New Home Development in Lisle

Red Oak Estates poster The best of both worlds…. is Red Oak Estates in Lisle, IL. conveniently located off Leask Lane close to shopping and entertainment at Danada Square, easy access to I-88, and within the Wheaton School District with the privacy you desire for your family in a beautifully wooded area. Three lots are available to build your custom home with Cesario Homes. For more information, call for a consultation at (630)261-9180.

Posted in Blog on December 12th, 2013

Cesario Builders Teams Up With the “Toys For Tots” Foundation this Holiday Season!

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Please Help Us Spread Joy This Holiday Season to Children Less Fortunate…..

Cesario Builders will be collecting NEW toys and books throughout next week to support the “Toys for Tots” Foundation. Our collection deadline is Friday, December 13th. Please call Cesario Builders to schedule a toy pick up or drop off to our office before Friday, December 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Noelle Cesario. We thank you for your support and wish you a very happy holiday season!

Posted in Blog on December 6th, 2013

How to winterize your home

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Are you ready for cold weather?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and  it’s cold enough to turn the heat on in Chicago this year.  I can guarantee the Windy City’s weather is going to get worse before it gets better.  Make sure your house or condo is prepared for winter by keeping cold weather out and warm air inside with these simple home weatherizing steps.

Inside your home

Clean, inspect, and service your heating units.  Sweep away debris around the units, visually inspect for damage, and replace filters.  Most HVAC Service companies recommend a yearly service, in addition to regular self-maintenance, to maintain the efficiency of your heating and cooling units.  Once the really low temperatures and snow hits, it’s usually too late to get a timely service call, so CALL NOW to schedule your visit.

Take window AC units out, clean them and store them for the winter.  Drain AC water lines of central cooling units and turn off cooling system.  If separate system than heating, consider making appointment NOW for early spring HVAC maintenance.

Repair or replace any broken glass or seals in windows.  Recaulk all trim areas where caulk has peeled or cracked.  Replace or install weatherstripping to areas where cold air is able to enter your home.

Insulate any pipes that are exposed to potentially freezing temperatures.

If you have a fireplace, clean the chimney, check that the damper works properly, and consider installing a chimney cover to keep out rodents and nests.

Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if needed.

Prepare an emergency kit for winter power outages with a flashlight, candles & matches, utility company contact information, blankets, and bottled water.

Outside your home

Clear all gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris.  Make sure downspouts lead water away from your home.  If water is pooling near the foundation, install spout extensions to lead water away from the structure.

Replace or fix any missing flashing or loose shingles on the roof.

Remove dead plants, branches, leaves and debris from the perimeter of your home in order to keep animals and pests from nesting in or around your home and so you can inspect the condition of your exterior.

Seal any cracks or holes in the foundation, steps, or outside walls.

Check outdoor faucets for leaks and drips and repair if needed.  Turn off outdoor spickets for the winter.  Drain garden hoses and store them under cover.

Make sure your snowblower is accessible and tuned up.  Make sure shovels and ice picks are in working order and stock up on salt or ice melt in order to prepare for unexpected ice and snow.

 

By being prepared before winter hits, you’ll be able to enjoy the holiday season by spending more time with your loved ones and less time worrying about home maintenance. Cheers to the new holiday season ahead!

Posted in Blog on November 5th, 2013

Cesario Builders heads to city to help support children in need

Cesario Builders attended the 3rd annual Cocktails for Kenya supporting Yellowhouse Children’s Serivces. Yellow House is a community based multi-disciplinary child development service organization that provides education, therapeutic services and outreach to children with disabilities, and their carers, with the fundamental belief that communication is a basic human right that should be accessible and achievable by all. We had such a great time helping raise money and awareness for such an amazing organization! If you would like to find out more about this organization or make a donation, go to yellowhousechildrens.org today!

Posted in Blog on April 15th, 2013

Cesario Builders attends David Dejesus Family Foundation Charity Event

Cesario Builders attends Strike a Pose: Chicago Cubs players and their wives hit the runway for charity

Guests enjoyed cocktails and food from some of Chicago’s hottest restaurants while listening to the sounds of DJ Kasper K.  The auctions, both live and silent, raised approximately $80K and featured courtside Bulls tickets, a diamond necklace, field lessons with David DeJesus and autographed sports memorabilia.  Runway VIPs included Kerry and Sarah Wood, Darwin and Lindsay Barney, Shawn Camp, Tony Campana, Starlin Castro, Steve Clevenger, Scott Feldman, Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, James Russell, Ian Stewart, Travis and Brittany Wood, Matt Garza and Bachelorette winner Ed Swiderski.

VIP guests included designer Peach Carr (Project Runway Season 8, Project Runway All Stars Season 2), Tom, Pete and Todd Ricketts, Chef Art Smith, Cubs president of operations Theo Epstein and wife Marie Whitney (Two Penny Blue), Patrick Mannelly (Chicago Bear) and Dave Kaplan (Comcast).  “It has been a longtime desire to host a charity event in our hometown of Chicago, said David.  “We felt it was only natural to make our first fundraiser dedicated to raising funds for research, patient care and family support for those suffering from ALS.”

The evening raised more than $180K to help in the fight against ALS.  Kim and David’s dear friend, Brian Schnurstein, is suffering from this disease and the night was dedicated to him.

Posted in Blog on January 25th, 2013

Still Going Strong After 35 Years

Mixing his background as a carpenter with a desire to expand into his own business, Anthony Cesario works closely with his clients to design and subsequently build custom homes. He has built many throughout the area, including several in Oak Brook.

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Posted in Blog on October 23rd, 2012