Category: The Trades


Why Does My Tile Estimate Say “Straight-Set Only”?

At times, it's necessary to draft our agreement or estimate before you finalize your tile orders and layouts.  You may see phrases like, "straight-set" or "porcelain or ceramic installation only".  Why? We start our estimate based on the simplest layout and easiest product to work with.  We keep it honest and don't inflate our price, "just in case".  We will write an addendum to your agreement when final choices are made. Why should this matter to you?  Your design may quickly drive up... read more


Lighting Design 101 – The Essential Rooms

We've compiled professional advice for lighting the most critical areas of your home.  Before it's too late and the sheetrock goes up, make sure you have the perfect lighting layout for your home. Kitchen A flexible “1-2-3-4” lighting scheme is a must for every kitchen.  (1) Ambient lighting from ceiling pendants, (2) General task lighting from recessed lights or track lighting, (3) Added task lighting under cabinetry, and (4) Sparkling or glowing mood lighting from behind glass doors,... read more


REMODELING Magazine Names Joseph Episcopo & Sons in Nation’s TOP50

Summit, NJ – May 15, 2012 – Joseph and Dean Episcopo, owners of Joseph Episcopo & Sons, Inc., have been selected by Remodeling magazine to join the Remodeling Big50. The Big50 awards were presented at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD on May 11, 2012. The 2012 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of Remodeling, a national trade publication read by more than 80,000 professional remodeling contractors– a market that reached $278 billion in 2011 Since 1986,... read more


Figuring a Chandelier in the Bathroom

Can you solve this design math quiz: (Chandelier/Bathtub)  is equal to (Electricity + Water). This equation is an important one and we’d like to take a minute to explain how it prevents you from installing that gorgeous chandelier over your tub.   Who would ever think about preventing you from your dream of filling the tub with bubbles, dimming the lights and looking up at a kaleidoscope of crystals as you soak your cares away?  Simply put, the NEC Building Code... read more


Family Values- Set in Stone

Did you know that the Episcopo crew has over 100 years of combined experience in masonry services?  In fact, owner Dean Episcopo is often seen swapping his pen and note pad for trowel and mudpan.  “I still drive past walls that my father, brother and I built together over 20 years ago.”, says Dean, “Taking the time to work alongside my sons and crew is one of the most rewarding things I enjoy.  One day I want my kids to drive past these projects and say, ‘30 years ago we built that... read more