Designing a Walk-in Closet for A Master Suite Bedroom and Bath

Design tips for a walk-in closet that makes a master suite more functional and less cluttered

One home improvement that can add real convenience to your life, and value to your home when it comes time to sell is a luxurious walk-in closet in your master suite. Whether you’re remodeling your master bedroom, adding an addition to create a luxurious master suite, or considering converting a spare room, a large walk-in closet can help keep your clothing organized, make getting ready for work in the morning, or cocktails at night a more pleasurable, efficient experience. And your clothes will last longer too!

Let’s look at what you’ll need to consider before turning that spare room or extra space in the bedroom into a master suite walk-in closet.

Your Walk-in Closet: Layout And Space Needs

You’ll need to do a little planning to determine how much space you’ll need. Start by assessing your storage needs. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Start with Your Clothes – This is important. You want to make sure that you’ll have enough space to gently and comfortably store your belongings. The depth of your cabinets and racks will range from 14 to 24 inches to accommodate your clothing. Most items including shirts, blouses, jackets, and coats will require at least 24-inches. Anything less won’t properly fit your clothing.

Base your design around the clothing you own. For example, folded sweaters and shirts will need between 9 and 15 inches of linear space; coats can require 68 inches of vertical space, pants and jeans need 50 inches of vertical space and skirts can require 45 inches.

  • Figure Out How Many Double and Single-Hang Sections You’ll Need – to maximize storage in your walk-in closet, take inventory of how many long dresses, winter coats and jackets you own to determine single space needs. Then look at skirts, shirts, pants, blouses, and slacks to make sure you have enough double hung space.
  • Think About The Corners! – Corners are tough. They can be utilized for additional storage with proper planning. Corner shelves can help you to use this space. Consider hanging ties or handbags, or even store suitcases. When you’re investing in your closet, you want to utilize every possible inch of space. Don’t forget the corners!
  • If You’re Converting A Spare Room, Consider an Island – If you have enough room, an island can be an excellent addition to your walk-in closet. Ideally, you’ll need 36 inches of space on each side of the island, but you can get by with as little as 24. The more clearance space you have, the more functional you can make your island. With 36 inches of walk around space, you can include pull out drawers which can house sweaters, delicates, jewelry or more.
  • Don’t Forget the Cubbies – Cubbies are an excellent addition that can house sweaters, shoes, handbags, and other items. If you have lots of boots, remember to include taller cubbies on the bottom to accommodate storage.
  • Think About Fun Functional Additions When Planning – Benches, dressing tables and makeup mirrors, specialized storage, a full-length dressing mirror and other functional touches can personalize add a level of luxury to your space. Don’t forget proper lighting, ventilation, and decorative touches like art or hidden speakers for your enjoyment.

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Think About Location

Unless you’re planning a master suite addition, proximity is important. While technically you can put your walk-in closet in any unused or unusual space, like the attic, your first choice should be to keep it attached to the master bedroom.

Ideally, using the bedroom closest to the master bedroom is the best option. This allows you to close off the room from the rest of the house and create an opening in the master bedroom as an entry. Closing off a room and creating a doorway is an easy renovation that can be reversed to convert the closet back into a bedroom if you decide to sell in the future.

The most important thing to remember, no matter whether you’re taking space from the existing master, building an addition or converting a bedroom, is to make sure you have the minimum space available. Most master walk-in closets range between 5 to 12 feet (or more) in width. The minimum width allows you to have a 3-foot hallway if you hang all of your clothing on one side. Depth can vary from 5 to 17 feet of depth depending on your situation.

The room’s dimensions will help to determine what amenities you can include. For example, f you’re converting a bedroom, the windows can reduce the hanging space available, however adding a dressing table can be a great option. Natural light is perfect for applying makeup or getting a real feel for a piece of clothing’s color!

Adding a walk-in closet to your master bedroom is a great project that can make your life more organized and increase the value to your home. If you’re unsure where to start, or need ideas, contact us and speak to one of our designers. They can review your existing space and explain all of your options. At Joseph & Berry, we are experts at designing functional walk-in closets for master suites four our Dallas area clients. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.

 

Seven Subway Tile Substitutes For a Kitchen Renovation

7 Kitchen Renovation Ideas For Something Other Than A Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash.

Today, many kitchen designers are using subway tile in their kitchen renovations. A subway tile backsplash offers a clean, modern look and it comes in a variety of colors that can work to create a beautiful focal point in any kitchen. While subway tile is functional and looks great, if you’re looking for something a bit different, yet just as functional, today you have more choices than ever before. From natural stone to beautiful mosaic, to the latest photo-printed glass, the possibilities are almost endless!

Your backsplash is one of the most important elements in your kitchen design. It’s a focal point that is not only functional but can establish the style of your entire room. Whether your backsplash goes to the bottom of your cabinets, all the way to the ceiling, or somewhere in between, the following materials can work to add an exciting, unique look to your kitchen renovation.

The Most Popular Alternatives To Subway Tile for your Kitchen Renovation

While ceramic tile in all its forms remains the most popular choice for a kitchen backsplash, there are many alternative materials that offer the durability and functionality of tile along with a unique look. Your choices range from manmade materials like glass or stainless steel to natural stone. Here are some of the most attractive alternatives to subway tile for your kitchen’s backsplash

  • Tumbled Travertine — Tumbled travertine or tumbled marble is a material which is created by tumbling the stone along with sand to create a softened look. Because each stone tile is unique, these tiles offer a less uniform appearance that can add a strong visual element to your kitchen design.
  • Full Granite — Granite provides a smooth surface that is virtually seamless when created using the same slab as your countertops. It offers a continuous flow from the counter, up and is an excellent look. Other natural and engineered stones like Silestone, Quartz, and soapstone are also common. For a more exotic look consider elegant marble or onyx for your backsplash!

    Full granite backsplash in this modern kitchen remodeling by Joseph & Berry
  • Glass — For a wonderful contemporary look, that’s on the cutting edge of modern design look no further than glass! Glass tile and glass mosaic has been increasing in popularity either as part of a mixed material backsplash. For modern kitchens, a solid slab glass backsplash can be custom made to fit any wall, and it looks stunning!

    Glass backsplash in contemporary kitchen remodel in Dallas by Joseph & Berry
  • Metal — Decorative metal like copper, tin and metal tile is also a growing trend. Metal tiles often come with pressed patterns or sleek patinas that can make them overpowering so be careful.
  • Wood — As long as you avoid the areas behind the sink and cooktop, wood can provide a warm, inviting appearance. For a country or cottage style kitchen renovation, consider a beadboard backsplash for a period look.

    Wood backsplash in transitional kitchen remodeling in Dallas made by Joseph & Berry
  • Stacked Stone – In a rustic kitchen, nothing seems quite as appropriate as a stacked stone backsplash. It can add a real impact and is available in some different stones like slate, marble, bluestone and more.

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Of Course, There Are Other Types of Ceramic Tile…

…besides subway tile! Ceramic tile is easy to install, easy to maintain and easy to clean. It’s available in a wide variety of shapes, styles, sizes, and colors. You can use tile to create patterns, mosaic designs, murals, and abstract designs. While subway tile is a popular trend, with ceramic and porcelain tile you have a wealth of options that can add a unique focal point to your kitchen renovation and design.

The best thing you can do is educate yourself when it comes a time in the kitchen renovation process to choose your backsplash material. Look online, visit tile stores and big box home improvement stores to get gain an understanding of the options available. Then speak with your designer or design-build contractor. They can help to match your taste and style to your kitchen design and narrow your choices.

 

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What To Know About Choosing Kitchen Pendants for Island Lighting

Remodeling Advice on Kitchen Pendants for Lighting an Island

With the growing trends of kitchen islands and open concept floor plans, pendant lighting has become a popular choice for homeowners when renovating their kitchens. As the kitchen’s role has changed from a place to prepare meals, into an interior focal point and gathering spot, kitchen pendants can help to define your space, provide comfortable lighting and offer a dramatic visual impact that can establish your home’s decor.

A kitchen lighting plan consists of several different types of lighting, each with its own purpose. Task lighting is placed in work areas to provide adequate illumination. Decorative lighting includes the chandelier over the eat-in-kitchen table, ambient lighting, for example, under cabinet lighting and accent lighting to highlight elements of the room are all included in a complete lighting plan.

In the kitchen pendants are multi-functional. They can work as task lighting. They can also provide ambient lighting and set a mood when controlled by a dimmer switch. Today, you have a wide variety of attractive designer kitchen pendants that can also function as decorative lighting and help to define your space when used in an open concept home.

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Here’s how to choose the perfect kitchen pendants for your kitchen renovation.

Three Tips For Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Pendants

With the wide variety of choices available today, you need to define your needs regarding both form and function. Before you begin shopping:

  • Assess your current decor – Begin by visualizing your space and create a picture of what you’d like to achieve. Modern pendants in a traditional kitchen won’t always work. Look for lights that fit your style, home’s décor and the statement you’re looking to make. Dark colors are easier to clean than lighter ones and remember the size should be proportionate to the room and number of pendants you use.
  • Determine how many lights you’ll need – For space over 4 feet use multiple pendants. 60-75 watts are recommended for every 20 inches of counter space. When hanging lights stick to the “rule of three.”. An odd number of fixtures provides a sense of balance and visual appeal. Of course, if three lights are too few and five is too many, even numbers are ok for practical reasons.
  • How high should you hang them? – The light should be close enough to adequately light the space while providing an unobstructed view both when sitting and standing. As a general rule, this means anywhere from 28 to 38 inches above the table or island. If they are going to hand freely, they should be at least 72 inches from the floor.

Picking Your Fixtures

First, you need to define your needs. Do you need to light a work area or are you looking to set a mood? You can combine functions by placing your lights on a dimmer switch. They can function as task lighting when needed, and adjusted to provide mood lighting when desired.

You have several choices when it comes to both function and design. Low voltage pendants use a smaller bulb and can save on space. They also offer the benefit of being considerably less expensive than full-sized kitchen pendants. If you are seeking task lighting, the low voltage might not be for you. Low voltage pendants are more atmospheric or decorative.

You also have choices in lighting shades. Translucent shades filter light. This means that along with casting light downwards (or upwards) they also “glow.” If you are seeking more directed light, solid shades focus the light better.

LED lighting is a growing trend and may be an excellent choice for homeowners who are looking to add a pop of color to their lighting. LED lighting provides more vivid color, more color options, are extremely energy efficient and stay cool to the touch.

There are three basic types of pendant lighting that offer a significant amount of design flexibility. Downward facing shades can direct light to an area and are excellent as task lighting. Inverted pendants focus the light upwards and can make a beautiful design statement as ambient lighting. And finally, mini-pendants which are a smaller version are more ornamental.

Pendants lights are a perfect addition to any kitchen lighting plan. If you define your needs and consider your space and décor, with a little research, you can pick the perfect kitchen pendants for your remodeling project! If you’re not sure what to choose, speak with your kitchen designer or design-build firm. They can help direct you to the perfect choice for your new dream kitchen!

If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a kitchen renovation, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you design a home that will meet your needs for years to come.

Should Smart Home Technology Be Part Of Your Remodel?

Smart Home Technology For High-End Remodeling

If you’re planning a home remodel, you owe it to yourself to consider integrating smart home technology and speaking with your designer about how to plan for the new devices coming on the market. With the popularity of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit and Google Home, more and more smart home devices are being released by manufacturers. Lighting, thermostats, window treatments, door locks and home security, are now common but kitchen appliances, televisions, fire alarms, and even vacuums have recently been released. The key to smart home integration devices is knowing what hub to use–the brain of the system– and what kind of home conveniences should be added. With the full range of smart home technologies currently available, it can be difficult to decide where to begin.

The Smart Home Is Becoming More Common

In recent years, smart homes have grown in popularity. In fact, homes that have recently undergone a renovation are twice as likely to have smart home features installed. The largest percentage of these products are related to home security upgrades (25%), but entertainment devices are a close second at 18%.

More interestingly, homeowners are finally starting to feel comfortable with centralized control hubs for their homes, and about 26% of smart home remodels have added the voice-control feature. Of course, homes that add a central control hub are more likely to have five or more smart devices. Currently, only one in ten smart homes has at least five smart components, but with central hubs becoming more popular, homeowners are expanding their smart home capabilities over time.

The Most Common Smart Home Improvements

While home security add-ons hold the largest stake in smart-remodeling, we found that thermostats like Nest tend to be homeowners’ first experience with smart technology. More than half of all thermostats sold and installed in the last two years were smart devices. A new thermostat can be replaced quickly, but it shows that the trend towards smart homes is growing. Talk to your remodeler about implementing of smart home technology before construction to ensure you get a system that fits your lifestyle and integrates into your home design.

With the added level of connectivity, homeowners are more than willing to pick up smart sensors as well as smart-capable fire detection systems. Perhaps the most interesting finding is how many homeowners are suddenly interested in putting cameras in their homes. In the past, using security cameras required some form of record keeping and storage. With smart cameras, consumers are adding cameras to their homes more than ever.

On the entertainment side of things, most homeowners are choosing internet connected smart TVs as well as streaming devices for both movies and music. Many of these devices have added smart capabilities whether owners are aware of them or not. The trend of televisions in master suite bathrooms is one where being able to control channels and volume with your voice from a shower or tub is not just practical but a luxury.

The Least Common Smart Improvements

Equally impressive is the type of upgrades that we do not see often. For instance, nearly all home remodeling involves a change in the lighting of the room. Asking your remodeling professional to use smart lighting devices and bulbs will enable you to control the brightness and color of the light without leaving the couch. The cost of smart bulbs are considerably more than a standard bulb, but they provide a customized ambiance that you control. Smart blinds and window treatments are also becoming more popular and continue to play a significant role in home design.

For those who choose to add smart home technology for safety and security, smart locks, smart doorbells, and window breakage sensors are a growing trend.

Where Smart Homes are Headed

Most homeowners are happy to report that their new smart devices earn reduce energy used for heating and cooling and maximize efficiency. Thermostats have been at the forefront of this movement, but across the board, the point of these products is to make the home more comfortable for the owner, even when the property is unoccupied. These devices are becoming valuable additions to vacation properties and second homes. You can expect to see more and more homeowners adding smart devices as manufacturers stop producing non-smart alternatives. Even without a central control hub, smart options are being widely included as companies like GE, LG, August, Ecobee, Phillips, and Lutron are leading the way in new devices. High-end remodeling clients can be somewhat indifferent about how these smart technologies impact the future resale value of their homes, but early indications are that home buyers are requesting integrated smart home technology more frequently.

Installation of Smart Features

While some smart home upgrades can be done independently, the most successful installations require professional help. From the lighting to the thermostat, you need to know that all of the pieces work together. Coordinating the control of differing systems requires expert knowledge and understanding of how these components work. If a home remodel is in your future, speak with the team at Joseph & Berry about smart home technology. They can help you design your home with an eye towards the brave new world of smart home technology and ensure that your home is smart and beautifully designed.

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Ten Top Trends in Kitchen and Bath Home Design From The NKBA

Trending Home Design Ideas From The National Kitchen and Bath

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is an industry group which monitors aspects of the trade including current trends in home design. Their annual Kitchen and Bath Trends Report is a must read for all of us in the home improvement industry. It provides members (and homeowners) the opportunity to learn about the current home design trends in both kitchen and bath design including new materials, technologies, and styles of design.

 

Let’s take a look at the top 5 trends in kitchens and bath design that are with designers and homeowners.

The Top Five Trends in Kitchen Design

The latest report confirmed the popularity of transitional style, wood flooring, increased technology and dedicated pet spaces as popular kitchen and home design trends. Here are five more specific trends in kitchen design!

1.     Transitional Style, with Contemporary Elements Emerging

The blending of transitional and contemporary style appeals to both boomers and millennials, and it a trend to watch. Transitional style and clean, modern lines create streamlined spaces that are unique with plenty of room to personalize the space.

2.     White, Off-White and Gray Cabinets

Neutral colors remain popular. In addition to neutral wall colors, gray, white and off-white are the top cabinet choices. Homeowners are also increasingly asking for mixed colors within a space. For example using one color for perimeter colors and another cabinet color for the island.

3.     Innovative Storage Solutions

Storage never goes out of style! Today, homeowners are opting for innovative solutions like pull-outs, tilt-outs, and tilt-ins because these options are functional and conserve space. Add to this garage door style upper cabinets and appliance garages. This is especially popular with homeowners who are choosing to age in place.

4.     Quartz and Granite Countertops

Granite is still really popular, but it has been declining in popularity over the last few years. Quartz has been gaining on granite in the past five years.

5.     Wood Flooring

Hardwood and wood-look ceramic porcelain are the two most popular choices in 75% of survey respondents. Wood look ceramic is especially popular in a herringbone pattern.

Homeowners are also seeking smart home technology, built in coffee stations and wet bar areas, even in smaller kitchens. Also, special pet spaces are a growing trend as homeowners are increasing accommodations for man’s best friend! Hidden slide out food and water dishes are particularly popular home design trends for pets.

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White and Gray custom kitchen cabinetry and diagonal hardwood flooring in this transitional kitchen remodeled by Joseph & Berry

The Top Five Trends in Bath Design

Homeowners are increasingly requesting spa-like bathroom full of luxurious amenities like heated floors, more streamlined layouts and universal design elements as more are opting to age-in-place. Here are five more popular bathroom design trends.

1.     More aging in place amenities

No threshold, curbless showers, higher vanity heights, grab bars, and chair height toilets are leading the way when it comes to bath designs. The trend of aging in place will continue to grow in the coming years as baby boomers hit retirement age. The keys are comfort and safety.

2.     Transitional Bath Designs are More Popular Than Contemporary

Transitional is now the most in-demand bathroom design. Contemporary comes in at number two. A full 80% of respondents specified these two styles as their choice when redesigning the bath.

3.     Neutral Colors Rule

Much like kitchens, bathroom color palettes are a popular choice. White and grays are mosts popular with beige and bone shades the third most popular color choices.

4.     Undermount Sinks Are by Far the Most Requested Style

An emerging home design trend to watch for: 15% of homeowners did a trough sink last year. This figure is expected to rise in the coming year.

5.     When Tubs are Included in a Master Bath Remodel, the Trend is Towards Freestanding

While 67% of respondents reported removing tubs and whirlpools in favor of larger shower enclosures, an equal number added a freestanding tub. Sixty-one percent reported installing a soaking tub.

The NAKB report is a must-read for design build contractors to stay ahead of home design trends in the coming years. While manufacturers continue to release new technologies, materials, and designs for improved functionality, some trends continue to signal shifts in the way homeowners and designers approach to home design. Aging-in-place and the continuing growth of technology, like the move toward smart home technology, are two trends that will continue to grow as more of us reach retirement age.

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Here at Joseph & Berry, we always stay ahead of the trends to give our clients the best the industry has to offer. If you’re planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel in the coming months, give us a call! Our designers are always happy to talk to homeowners about all of the possibilities. Let us help you design your dream kitchen or new spa-like en suite!

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TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT CABINETS FOR YOUR HOME.

Kitchen cabinets are a major focal point in any kitchen. They can establish your style while being a functional element of any design. In fact, some of the most important decision you’ll make when remodeling your kitchen involves your cabinetry. What type of wood, what door and drawer style, what accessories do you want, what finish is right for your home?

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One other decision you’ll need to make is the choice between custom cabinets and manufactured or box cabinets. Many homeowners believe that custom cabinets are the better choice, but the truth is, it depends on the construction of the boxes, and the quality of the workmanship.

If you’re seeking a semi-custom or even custom kitchen cabinets that will last a lifetime, consider a large manufacturer. They will have the equipment, skills, and flexibility to craft cabinets that you’ll love!

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CUSTOM OR MANUFACTURED?

Custom cabinets are made specifically to order for your project. There isn’t a catalog of standard sizes or details, they are created to meet the specification and style of your home, and are typically made in a local shop. Custom cabinets can include round cabinets, refrigerator panels, and non-standard heights or depths.

Box or manufactured cabinets are made in standard sizes with a variety of options like interiors and finishes. They’re ordered from a catalog using specific wording to describe each cabinet. They are produced in a factory setting and tend to be less expensive than custom made, of course, this can vary depending on the materials and finish you choose.

The bottom line, the quality, finishes and kitchen cabinet construction along with the stability, consistency, workmanship, and reputation of the factory or shop are the most important considerations when choosing your cabinets.

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KITCHEN CABINET CONSTRUCTION: MANUFACTURED OR LOCALLY BUILT?

Over the past 40 years, the cabinet industry has transformed thanks to the technology available. Today, more durable finishes and environmentally friendly options have made factory-made custom kitchen cabinet construction extremely popular. Let’s look at some of the differences between custom cabinets made at a local shop versus in a larger factory.

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CABINET FINISHES

Factory made custom cabinetry offers some important benefits including:

  • The manufacturing process is controlled, humidity is controlled using misters to ensure the air and wood have the perfect moisture content
  • Finishes are applied in a specific, dedicated area with positive airflow to eliminate the risks of dust.
  • Doors and drawer fronts are sanded with a combination of hand and computer aided equipment to assure the smoothest surface possible before applying finishes.
  • A chemical baking process creates a durable finish that is resistant to staining from most food or liquids and can stand up to heavy use.

Small local cabinet maker’s kitchen cabinet construction process is often very different. Smaller shops tend to:

  • Finish in a room at their site or right on the job site where high levels of dust exist and there are no controls for environmental dust.
  • Use orbital hand sanders and paint sprayers which cannot achieve the same level of consistency, durability, and depth of factory finished cabinets.
  • Often let finishes air dry, which means that never completely cure. Air dried finishes can absorb dirt and food particles, which can give them a gummy look and feel.

Unless your local cabinet shop is equipped with the latest high-tech baking booth technology, their cabinets will not have the same quality as factory-finished cabinets.

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MATERIALS AND QUALITY

Top quality cabinets use the highest quality materials, and like good furniture, are made with the highest standards of care and workmanship. The belief that factory made cabinets are “mass produced” and of lower quality is not the case at all. A large facility will:

  • Use the highest quality materials like hardwood plywood, durable particle board or MDF, high-end panels and premium face veneers
  • Measure and control moisture content before and during manufacturing to ensure the highest standards of materials and construction.
  • Offers doors and drawer fronts in any wood or finish you want.

Small Cabinet makers:

  • Usually, do not take advantage of the many benefits of durable particle board or MDF.
  • Often use lower grade, multi-purpose materials.
  • Do not offer inset cabinet construction because of their inability to control the moisture content of the materials enough to ensure quality construction.

True custom kitchen cabinet construction allows you complete flexibility in your kitchen design and gives you a fitted look that you just can’t get with stock cabinetry. The major difference here between manufactured and locally build custom cabinetry is the choices you’ll have.

Large manufacturing facilities have access to a large pool of talented designers giving you a much larger selection of cutting edge designs. They can also custom make decorative pieces and typically have a large selection in stock. Local shops often have much less design experience and training. They may not have a large selection of displays or samples available. Looking for kitchen remodeling ideas and cabinetry selection? Click Here

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DELIVERING YOUR CABINETS

Large manufacturers can guarantee delivery of your cabinets by a specific date with proper lead times. Because they are smaller, if a local shop owner or a member of their team becomes sick or otherwise incapacitated, delays can occur that can hold up your project. Other times, they can meet the delivery time for cabinet boxes, but without doors and drawer fronts, which are completed after installation, and again can slow down your project.

Manufacturers also tend to offer lifetime warranties on the construction of your cabinets while smaller companies will offer more limited warranties. Finally, if you’re concerned with the environmental impact of your cabinets, larger manufacturers are typically more green employing policies for waste reduction and recycling as well as energy conservation. Most local shops can’t afford to sustain earth-friendly processes lacking the resources to provide truly green products.

Your kitchen cabinets are a major element in your kitchen remodeling. When planning your project, consider the benefits of using manufactured custom cabinetry. If you do choose to work with a small shop, make sure that they have the technology available to provide the highest-quality cabinets and that they stand behind their work. Because kitchen cabinetry is such a large part of your project, make sure to do your due diligence and work with a company that can provide you the quality of construction and choice of materials to meet your needs

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How To Plan For A Master Bedroom Addition

Consider these options when remodeling your home with a master bedroom addition

Behind kitchen and bathroom remodeling, the number three most popular home improvement project is adding a master bedroom addition. Maybe you purchased a starter home or an older home that may lack the modern amenities of today’s master bedrooms, or perhaps you’re seeking more space for a larger en-suite bathroom or walk-in closet. Whatever the case, nothing is more wonderful than creating the perfect relaxation getaway for you and your spouse.

A spacious master bedroom with a large modern en suite bathroom and his and her walk-in closets is the perfect way to create the dream home you want! Adding an addition to your home can not only give you the space you may need, increasing the livable space in your home can also increase its value.

Let’s look at a few steps you can take that can make the construction process run smoothly and stay within your budget.

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JOT DOWN YOUR IDEAS FOR YOUR MASTER BEDROOM ADDITION

Before you even consider budget, dream a little! Picture your ideal master suite. Will it have cathedral ceilings, a walkout to the backyard or a private deck? Will your en suite have heated floors, a wall of shower heads and a standalone soaking tub? You might want a giant walk-in closet, or even his and hers walk-ins, or a quiet place to sit, relax and read with a cup of coffee. You don’t have to get technical about your needs, this is just a planning exercise.

Work with your spouse or significant other to determine what’s really important to you. Jot your ideas down on paper or your computer using Houzz Ideabooks or Pinterest, weigh your options and compromise on the perfect master suite to meet both of your needs.

SECOND STEP, SETTING YOUR BUDGET

Now it’s time to come back to reality! It’s important to set a realistic budget for your project. In fact, the budget and planning stage of your addition is probably the most important aspect of the entire project. Your budget will dictate:

  • The size of your addition
  • Materials and finish options

Budgeting is an important step, but don’t let it overwhelm you! Your design build firm can walk you through the steps of planning and budgeting for your project. It’s important to find a firm that understands your creative vision and can offer you options that can meet your aesthetic needs and still remain within your budget. Want to learn more about the design build process? Click Here

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IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN PLANNING A MASTER BEDROOM ADDITION

As you finalize your planning and put together your budget, there are several physical factors to consider. If you are working with an architect,design-buildd firm or contractor, they can help. Here are some factors to think about.

1.     WHERE WILL YOUR ADDITION BE LOCATED?

This is probably the most difficult and complicated decision you’ll need to make. You need to consider how your addition will fit within the physical confines of your landscape as well as its relationship to your home’s flow. Will you be adding your bedroom into an existing floor plan, adding a new separate wing, or creating a second story to house a private suite? This will, of course, affect your budget and the scope of work.

2.     WILL IT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE?

Once you’ve determined location consider its access to the outdoors. In the past, this was less of a consideration, but current trends are favoring a ground floor master suite with doors leading to a private patio, deck or garden.

3.     WINDOWS

Will your space be flooded with natural light, or perhaps offer skylights for a personal view of the night sky from your bed?

4.     VIEWS

Does your property offer stunning views? If so you’ll probably want to take advantage of them. Even if you don’t have amazing mountain or ocean views, looking out onto a beautiful garden, or your in-ground pool can also be pretty dramatic and relaxing!

5.     WHAT SPECIAL FEATURES WILL YOU WANT?

A common trend today is to include a sitting area within the master suite. Designs can be elaborate, like adding a formal living room, or intimate and quiet, for example, a meditation area or in-home office space or reading nook. Perhaps a fireplace?

6.     THE CEILING

The ceiling can be a wonderful way to add interest and drama to a space. Imagine a cathedral ceiling with a wall of floor to ceiling windows, or exposed beams, or even a lit coffered ceiling. This can be a wonderful area to add detail and interest.

7.     LIGHTING

The bedroom offers plenty of opportunities for creative lighting. Typically you’ll rely on several different sources of light, for example, you may want a beautiful crystal chandelier on a dimmer over the bed or recessed cans in the ceiling. Cove lighting can also provide a romantic glow and can highlight architectural details.

8.     ENTERTAINMENT

You may or may not want to include a TV or music system in the bedroom. It can be as simple as hanging a TV on the wall, and adding a couple of blue tooth speakers, or including an elaborate entertainment system. Again, it’s all up to you and your budget.

When planning your master bedroom addition, start by dreaming! After all, this is your private sanctuary, why not splurge a little! Once you’ve determined the must-have features for your master bedroom addition, begin to develop your budget, and then focus on the actual location and amenities. Work with your design build firm to achieve your creative vision. They can help you with everything from creating blueprints to seamlessly integrating your new space onto your existing home, to helping you choose finishes. With a little work, you can have the master bedroom of your dreams!

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Learn Latest Granite Countertop Trends & Colors

Considering a kitchen remodel? Learn what’s popular in granite countertop trends and Learn Latest Granite Countertop Trends & Colors

Granite remains one of the most popular choices among homeowners and interior designers for kitchen and bathroom countertops… and it’s no surprise! Granite is durable, luxurious, and comes in literally hundreds of colors and patterns. Because it’s a natural material, each slab of granite is unique, Learn Latest Granite Countertop Trends & Colors

With so many potential choices you need to think about and define your personal style. Whether your taste runs toward swirling patterns of light colored granite that mimic the luxury of marble or the contemporary look of solid black granite with a honed matte finish, there’s a granite to match every style and taste.

While small samples can be helpful in matching color and style to your existing kitchen elements like cabinets and flooring, they’re generally not the best example of how a finished countertop will look. Whenever possible, try to choose your granite by viewing full slabs at a stone yard. This will give you a more “true” sense of the actual pattern.

Granite is also available in a few different finishes. Polished granite offers a glossy, luxurious look. Honed granite is a matte finish and is great if you are searching for a more “natural” look. And finally, “flamed” granite which is heated to extremely high temperatures using a controlled process, offers a rougher more muted look. Flamed granite is not typically seen in interior spaces but is an excellent choice for an outdoor kitchen or island. Want to learn more about how to choose the right countertop for your kitchen? Click Here to read more.

One place to start your search is by considering the most popular colors that homeowners are installing in their kitchens right now. So let’s take a look today’s five most popular color choices.

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THE TOP FIVE GRANITE COUNTERTOP TRENDS BY NAME

Countertop trends along with homeowners and designers taste and style often changes. These five granite species are extremely popular right now. Several have spent a few years on the top five list! The beauty of using a natural stone product is that because it is created by nature, every piece is unique.

TAN BROWN

Tan Brown is a relative newcomer to the top five list. The past few years have seen an increasing trend towards darker countertops being paired with clean, crisp white cabinets, so it’s no surprise that Tan Brown has become a popular choice for homeowners and designers. It offers a dark rich color palette that incorporates many color variants of cooler grays and warmer browns which keep it to an overall neutral tone that can fit in any kitchen from traditional to contemporary.

 

NEW VENETIAN GOLD

New Venetian Gold has been a top five favorites for many years. Featuring a lighter neutral golden cream color that works with both light and dark colored cabinets, this species features metallic flecks that add a little sparkle and a modern flair to any kitchen design. New Venetian Gold works especially well paired with darker cabinets and a simple backsplash that allows this dynamic counter top to shine!

 

SANTA CECILIA

Like New Venetian Gold, Santa Cecilia features a light neutral tones color but with a lot of movement. While it doesn’t sport the same metallic flecks or golden sheen as New Venetian Gold if features more variants of brown within the stone. This is a classic granite option that’s perfect for the picky homeowner. Because it features a neutral color palette, it works well with any color cabinets, and its natural movement will keep you loving it for years to come.

 

UBA TUBA

Funny name for a fabulous variety of Granite, Uba Tuba is a darker color that’s a recent addition to the top five list! As the trend towards lighter cabinets continues to grow, countertop trends are shifting to darker more dramatic colors, and Uba Tuba fits the bill perfectly. While the name hints are visions of blue and green, Uba Tuba is much more refined. It has a cool, dark black base color that offers rich gray, purple and gold undertones throughout. If you’re seeking to make a bold statement or looking for the perfect focal point for your kitchen, Uba Tuba may fit the bill.

 

BLACK PEARL

The final entry in the top five is another from the family of dark granite countertop colors! Like Uba Tuba, Black Pearl starts with a deep black base color that features purple as a secondary tone and offers a great sense of natural movement. But unlike Uba Tuba or Tan Brown, Black Pearl features more speckled variants than patches or swirls. It also features an undercurrent of bright iridescent flecks within the granite that adds serious sparkle if you’re looking for a little bling!

 

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EVOLVING COUNTERTOP TRENDS

While trends in granite countertop colors, patterns and styles may change, one thing is certain; homeowners prefer granite as their number one countertop choice in the kitchen and the bathroom. These are just five of the hundreds of granite species available, and a great place to start. If you’re interested in learning more, visit your local stone yards, or speak with our kitchen design team.

Granite is a classic countertop choice that is extremely durable, functional and luxurious. Your kitchen designer can help you to narrow down the many colors and finish options you’ll have when choosing the perfect granite countertop. But whatever you decide, rest assured that granite the right granite countertop will provide you with years of service and enjoyment! Want to see more kitchen remodeling ideas? Click Here
Unlike most kitchen remodeling contractors, with Joseph & Berry, you have a dedicated project manager on site every day until your job is complete. If you live in University Park, Kessler Park, Bishop Art, & greater Dallas, Tx area and are planning a high-end kitchen remodel call Joseph & Berry!

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Installing A New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs

Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs, What features to look for when installing a new toilet in a master suite bathroom.

SMART TOILETS, TOILETS WITH BIDETS AND SELF-CLEANING TOILETS ARE HERE!

Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs
Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs

Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs ,Technology has reached the bathroom, well at least it has in Japan, but it’s coming to America and it’s pretty amazing! Toilet manufacturers in Japan have been manufacturing and selling “hi-tech” smart toilets for several years and today, three out of four toilets in Japan include a bidet and other smart features.

By contrast, U.S. bathrooms are pretty far behind (sorry!) but toilet manufacturers are betting that Americans installing a new toilet are ready to embrace the bidet and the many other advantages and options smart toilets offer. Today, smart toilets have lids that open as you approach them, play music or white noise for privacy, offer a heated seat, deodorizer, self-clean and sanitize, glow in the dark, and even wash and blow dry. Looking for bathroom remodeling ideas? click here

INSTALLING A NEW TOILET?

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel and installing a new toilet, it’s worth your time to at least check out the innovations in toilet technology. For many homeowners, the toilet is not the first place they think of when talking about home technology. Companies like Kohler have been introducing new customers to their smart products and the general response when they try the product, is that it’s “life changing.” In fact, introducing customers the product has increased Kohler’s smart toilet market by 50% last year alone.

Even without the bells and whistles, smart toilets are a practical choice as well as a luxury item. As more Americans are opting to age in place, smart toilets are useful for helping those with a limited range of motion and in the future will be important for those who want to age in place. Along with their benefits for those with limited motion, they are ecologically beneficial. Self-drying bidets require no toilet paper which means less waste and use of natural resources, and their self-cleaning ability means less time and effort spent cleaning your home, and fewer potentially harmful chemicals entering the water supply.

 

 

PRACTICAL OR PAMPER?

Toilets generally are a practical item that is rather utilitarian in its function. Today, technology has raised the bar and your toilet can actually save money, time, and even protect your health.

Imagine, it’s the middle of the night and you have to go to the bathroom. As you enter your bathroom, the toilet, which has motion sensors, lights up and begins to play your favorite pre-selected music. The lid rises and a light shines on the floor next to the toilet.

You tap the lighted area with your foot and the seat rises. After you’re through, you turn to walk away and the toilet flushes. Because you raised the ring, it knows that it can use less water. If you had sat down for longer than a minute, the toilet would have used a longer flush and then initiated the self-cleaning mode.

THE FUTURE OF TOILETS IS HERE!

Manufacturers are already working to develop smart toilets for the American market. Kohler is selling a model called the Numi which is a one piece design with lots of features. It offers a heated seat, integrated bidet with temperature control, an air dryer, a deodorizer which pulls the air back into the unit through a charcoal filter and exhausts out the back, music, a foot warmer and it’s self-cleaning. All controlled from an integrated touchpad screen!

Kohler also produces another model called the Veil Intelligent. Other makers include the Japanese company Toto, which produces the Washlet, and as the market continues to grow, more makers like American Standard are designing, developing and offering smart toilet technology.

 

Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs
Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs

A FEW HURDLES WHEN INSTALLING A NEW TOILET

The price is one hurdle that many homeowners can find off putting. Smart toilets can cost anywhere from $600 to $10,000 depending on the features involved. Of course, as more consumers embrace the technology the price will come down. In fact, American Standard offers a unit called the Acti-Clean which is a self-cleaning model that is priced in the $500 dollar range. Other manufacturers are opting to create add-on units like Tushy’s bidet attachment which can be added to existing units in as little as 10 minutes, costs around $70.00 and required no additional plumbing or electrical work.Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs

The other factor that homeowners can address during a remodel is that all smart toilets currently available require electricity in order to function. As many homes do not currently have outlets near the toilet, this needs to be addressed if you are planning on including a smart toilet in your remodel. If your unit includes a bidet, you may also need to add additional plumbing.

As the technology continues to improve and become more commonplace, prices will come down and features will increase. In the future, biometric features could analyze waste to help diagnose health issues early and the technology will begin to address older users, bedridden patients, and disabled children. As technology improves and becomes pervasive in every part of home design, installing a new toilet, one that self-cleaning capabilities will be just one of the options available when considering updates to your master suite.

Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs