What to look for in a bathtub style for a master suite design and remodel.

What to look for in a bathtub style for a master suite design and remodel.

One of the most central features of a master suite bathroom is the bathtub. A stunning freestanding tub or whirlpool tub in an alcove can elevate a standard bathroom to a peaceful retreat. Joseph & Berry has a designer on site at all times to work with clients on these details. We have experience in helping clients find the right features that will work for them in their master suite bathroom. We are so confident we guarantee our work.

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When designing the master suite

How often do you plan to take a bath? Do you dream of having a luxurious soaking tub, or are you thinking more long-term about aging-in-place? How you plan to use the master suite bathroom will have a significant influence on what kind of bathtub you choose. Think about any physical constraints you have within the room. A whirlpool tub may not work with the layout you envision, or the area for the freestanding tub may not be the right dimensions. Also, consider your limitations. You may want a whirlpool tub to soothe sore joints and muscles, but will your injuries make it difficult to get out of certain types of tubs?

Bathtub choices for a master suite

Whirlpool or Jacuzzi — Once the standard for any luxury master bath, the whirlpool tub is typically more substantial than a standard bathtub and has jets within the tub walls for massaging and creating a flow of bubbles. While some design magazines feature bathrooms that are moving away from the whirlpool tub, it is still a popular choice for homeowners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where homes often have the space to accommodate this style easily.

Clawfoot or pedestal — For those who dream of a grand bathroom with a traditional aesthetic, a clawfoot tub is an excellent choice. Once a feature in the homes of the wealthy in the 19th century, this style has reemerged in recent years. If you already have an original clawfoot tub, you know they are extremely heavy and require reinforced flooring. Reproductions are made of newer, lighter materials and are easier to come by. These are often freestanding tubs, either near a wall or placed in the center of the room as the main feature.

Alcove — This is the standard variety of bathtub you find in most homes in America. With walls on three sides, this style also usually has a shower feature as well. In a master suite bathroom, alcove tubs can come in various sizes and with jets.

Drop-in — A drop-in bathtub is inset within the floor or a raised platform, where the top of the tub is flush. This is a popular choice for master suite bathrooms, and a standard or whirlpool tub can be installed. This style also includes the over-flow bathtub. Like an infinity pool, an over-flow tub can be filled to the top and overflows into a gutter system, creating a stunning, modern look.

Corner tub — Like the name suggests, this triangular-shaped tub fits within a corner. They can come in many sizes from large and luxurious to compact and efficient. For homeowners who want the option of taking a bath but not a large tub taking up space, this is a popular choice. If you want to focus on creating a luxurious shower space, but still want a bathtub, consider tucking in a whirlpool corner tub for the best of both worlds.

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The right material

Investing in a master suite bathroom means selecting fixtures and features that will last for decades. Here is an overview of the materials on the market.

Enamel-On-Steel — Also known as porcelain-on-steel, these tubs have a classic look that’s easily cleaned and maintained.

Cast Iron — This durable material is also covered in an enamel coating. These tubs will last for decades.

Cultured marble — This engineering stone is made by crushing marble, combining it with resins and pouring into a mold to produce a solid surface, similar to quartz countertops. It is covered with a clear, durable coating making for easy maintenance.

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic and Acrylic — Sometimes referred to as “gel coat” fiberglass reinforced plastic is a common material for making whirlpool tubs, as it is a glossy material that’s easy to shape. Acrylic is another high-gloss choice that’s used for a variety of tub styles. These materials are common but lack long-term durability.

If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a luxury bathroom remodel, 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.

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Remodeling Tips on Kitchen Storage and Organization

One of the best parts of a kitchen remodel is the ability to start over! When remodeling your kitchen, there are so many choices to make from flooring and countertops to cabinets and appliances. One area that you should pay particular attention to when planning your design is kitchen storage.

The typical kitchen is crammed with items that need a good home. From your stand mixer and food processor to dishware, pots, and pans, bakeware, utensils and dry goods, a well-organized kitchen can be a joy to work in. It’s important when planning to take all of your storage needs into consideration and then give everything a place, especially in a smaller kitchen.

As you begin the planning process, speak with your kitchen designer or design-build contractor. They will have information on the latest storage solutions available. You should also visit online sites like Houzz, HGTV, and DIY to gather information and get inspiration. Pull together clips from your favorite home design magazines and make a file to go over with your team, and visit the big box stores to get ideas.

Here are a few kitchen storage ideas to help get you started and inspire you as you begin to plan your dream kitchen!

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Kitchen Storage Ideas For Your New Kitchen Remodel

Pre-planning is the key to success when it comes to designing the perfect kitchen to meet your lifestyle and aesthetic needs. While many storage solutions are kept out of sight behind a closed cabinet door, this one area of your remodel can pay off big when it comes time to get down to the serious business of cooking for your friends, relatives, and family.

1.     Custom Pantry

More than any other kitchen storage, most people dream of a custom kitchen pantry. And why not, it’s the perfect solution for storing everything from dry goods like pasta, flour, and sugar, to appliances, cleaning supplies and even holiday cookware. A well-designed pantry will offer you plenty of visible storage so you can see what’s in there and a way to keep everything organized making shopping a breeze.

2.     Corner Drawers

When it comes to kitchen design, every square inch needs to be taken into account. Corners can be a particularly tricky area when t comes to cabinet space. Enter the corner drawer. Corner drawers run diagonally into the corner, which makes them deeper than standard drawers, so they offer great storage space for larger items.

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3.     Under Sink Drawer

The space under your sink can easily be an unorganized mess. Adding a sliding under sink drawer can give you easy access to cleaning supplies, paper towels and more. It’s one more potential organization tool to help you keep your kitchen neat.

4.     Pullout Trash and Recycling Bins

Adding a pullout trash and recycling bin can make cleanup a snap. Place it under your island counter or close to where you do your food prep. Just slide food scraps and recyclables right in for quick clean up.

5.     Cookie Sheet/Broiler Pan Drawer

Consider adding a divided deep drawer to your bottom cabinets. It’s a great way to keep your baking supplies, muffin tins, broiler pans, and pot lids organized and easily accessible. If you can’t spare the cabinet space, consider adding wood or metal dividers to the cabinet above the fridge.

6.     Pots and Pans

Pans and pot lids organized and easily accessible. If you can’t spare the cabinet space, consider a narrow pullout drawer near the stove.

7.     Appliance Garage

While the pantry can be used to store those large appliances you occasionally use, An appliance garage is a perfect solution for those appliances that get more use like the toaster, immersion blender and coffee machine. Your appliances are readily available, and when the door is closed, you get to have clutter-free countertops which make your kitchen look beautiful!

8.     Deep Cabinet Organizer

If you don’t have the space for a dedicated walk-in custom pantry, a great second choice is a floor to ceiling deep cabinet with cabinet door racks and pullout shelves. Having storage on the doors and inside can help you stay organized and keeps everything within easy reach.

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9.     Spice Storage

Nothing makes cooking more enjoyable than having the materials you need close at hand when creating a fabulous meal. Consider specialized spice storage near the stove to make adding the right ingredient at the right time easy. This feature can be adapted to your personal style. If you love to cook keep your ingredients close by with plenty of spice storage.

10. Kitchen Office Area

A kitchen command center can be a real plus. Make an area with a desk, computer and mail slots to take care of chores like bills. Include storage for cookbooks, recipe cards, and more. It’s a great way to keep your household organized, makes the perfect place to pay bills, and plan those weekly meals for the family.

11. Dedicated Pet Area

Pets are members of the family, and a popular trend is creating a dedicated area just for pets. Built-in food and water bowls under a cabinet can help to keep your pet from tripping you up when you cook. You may want to add a dog or cat bed, after all, they’re family!

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These are just ten ideas to help get you started. Ask your kitchen designer or design-build firm to help you create the perfect storage solutions for your dream kitchen. At Joseph & Berry, we help our clients to create their dream kitchens every day. If you’re planning a remodel, give us a call. Let us show you the luxury we can create for you!

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A Garage Conversion Is More Than Installing Drywall

Here’s Why This is a Job for a Design-Builder.

Living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, homeowners don’t have to worry about protecting their cars from heavy snowstorms and the frigid cold. Some owners put a full garage at the top of their wants in a new home, while others say they use the garage less for storing cars and more for working on projects, storing yard tools and gadgets, or storing things the family has outgrown and no longer uses.

If you fall into the latter category, you’ve probably thought about how to better utilize the garage into a full-time living space. Home theaters are a popular garage conversion choice, but it takes a lot more than putting up some walls and running a little wiring to create a high-tech home theater that will last for years. At Joseph & Berry, we have a project manager on site at all times to walk customers through the process of a garage conversion and create the custom home theater of their dreams, guaranteed. Learn more about our process >> Click here!

Installing utilities

To ensure the new home theater space has the plumbing, electrical and HVAC infrastructure to accommodate your wish list of features, a contractor will need to inspect the existing garage and work with his team to install utilities that meet any local building requirements. For an attached garage or a garage with a substantial workshop or office area, much of the garage conversion work may be done. But for a detached garage with only the essential outlets, this part of the project could be more expensive.

Garage conversion basics

Garage floors are designed for drainage. They are slightly slanted to allow any water flowing into the space to drain quickly before causing any damage. Converting a garage into a home theater requires an additional floor structure. It is crucial to do this step right if you want to protect your investment. A poorly designed floor could lead to water damage during heavy rains, and no one wants to rip up the floor of a home theater because of a nasty storm.

What to do with the garage door is also a common design question. Some clients prefer to leave the original look of the home intact, so they opt to close and insulate the current door and install a decorative carriage-style door instead. Others choose to close the doors off completely for that movie theater feel, while others opt for a more standard entryway. Our designers can walk you through what option is best for you.

Whether to add additional windows is another consideration. Garages don’t often have many windows, which can be a plus for a home theater conversion. However, you may want some natural light to come into part of the room, and a few windows at the ceiling, or near the entryway are usually enough in a home theater setting.

Sealing the garage

Keeping out moisture is a must, but so is protecting from the heat and noise from the road, especially in a home theater. A skilled contractor can walk you through the process of keeping your new home theater water-tight, and through proper insulation and ventilation, the room can also remain cool and quiet even on hot summer nights.

Garage conversion extras

When you think about your dream home theater, what comes to mind? Plush chairs, epic sound system, huge television are all usually on the list, but make sure to include those little extras. If snacking or drinking a cold beer during a movie or the big game is something you enjoy, consider building a bar, complete with a place to keep ice and beverages cold, and even a keg system. Building storage for snacks bowls for sharing, and other items will keep these out of sight.

For those who love video games, adding a gaming system feature to the theater ensures it’s used for more than just movie night. Storage for systems and consoles should be easily accessible. The seating should also be comfy enough for relaxing while binging a show, but also has adequate height and support for long gaming sessions.

At Joseph and Berry, we work with homeowners throughout Greater Dallas. From planning and budgeting through the design and execution of your project, we are with you during every step of the design-build process. Let us help you create your new media room! Contact us to schedule an appointment for a design consultation!

 

For Tips on Design and Layouts For an Outdoor Kitchen

Building an outdoor kitchen is a great investment for your home. It utilizes the home’s outdoor space almost like an additional room, and it has become a top feature requested for high-end home buyers today. At Joseph & Berry, we’ve worked with clients to create custom outdoor kitchens that seamlessly incorporate both function and design. Here are a few things we’ve learned about creating the perfect outdoor kitchen.

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Choosing the right materials

Outdoor kitchens must be made with all-weather materials to increase the lifetime of the investment. If building on a wood deck or next to your home, protecting against fire and heat damage are also required. Beyond these basics, the most important rule is selecting high-quality products that are made to last. Brick, stucco, and stone are popular choices for the framework, granite, slate and stainless steel countertops are durable and easy to clean. High-quality stainless steel appliances, many which offer a lifetime guarantee, will help protect your investment and keep you from taking time out of entertaining to deal with a grill or fridge on the fritz.

How will you use your outdoor kitchen?

What is your vision for the outdoor kitchen? Is it a place to host weeknight family meals or will it be a place to entertain your 30 closest friends for the game on Sundays?

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For everyday use, a basic grill doesn’t offer enough features to complete a full meal. You will also need side burners or a built-in griddle for preparing sauteuse and sauces. A griddle gives you options for delicate items, like shrimp, asparagus, and finishing diner-style burgers.

For hosting big gatherings, consider a grill larger than 36 inches. No one wants to miss the big play while flipping the hot dogs, so to cut down on cooking time, make sure you buy a grill that fits your needs. If gas versus charcoal is a debate in your family, consider adding two grills to the kitchen. A gas grill can provide quick preparation while ribs, briskets and other types of barbecue can take up space and take hours to cook on a smoker/charcoal grill like a Weber Kettle.

Regardless of how you will use the outdoor kitchen, don’t forget about storage. A place to store paper plates, eating utensils, cling wrap, tin foil, and other tools will keep you from running in and out of the house while guests are there. Having a trash bin hidden in a cabinet by your feet while prepping will make clean-up a breeze and your kitchen tidy, and building custom accessories like a paper towel holder or utensil rack near the grill, come in handy when multi-tasking.

Location, Location, Location

Where you place the outdoor kitchen on your property will influence its overall design. Located just outside the kitchen door means you can skip adding certain kitchen components since your year-round kitchen is located just a few feet away. If the outdoor kitchen is further from your home, such as near a pool or garden patio, additional storage, a full-size refrigerator, sink, large prep area and your other favorite kitchen elements should be added to your wish list.

Outdoor kitchen layouts

Kitchen Island —  A common and straightforward option for entertaining outside. An island can be custom built to accommodate a stovetop, grill and prep area, while central to the entertaining action.

Straight Line Kitchens — This “kitchenette” style goes against a wall and is ideal for smaller spaces. Because it is attached to an existing part of the home, access to plumbing and electric utilities is likely to be easier. Attaching an awning or covering with a roof becomes easier as well, making this type of outdoor kitchen feel more like another room of the home.

U-shape Kitchens — For the home chef and serious outdoor entertainers, the U-shaped kitchen provides everything you need. This style includes a grill, refrigerator, sink and bar area, plenty of storage and can even include indoor kitchen features like a dishwasher.

Tips and Tricks the Pros Use

When creating custom outdoor kitchens for our clients, we’ve seen a few trends emerge, as well as learned a few tips to making the outdoor entertaining experience better.

If you like to chat with friends while you cook, consider a high-top bar with stools built next to the grill. You won’t feel like you’re chained to the grill and guest feel like they are part of the action, comfortable with a drink in hand.

Covering a portion of the outdoor kitchen is also an attractive option. If a summer rainstorm pops up, guests can take shelter inside while the cooking continues uninterrupted. If you like company while you cook, consider an expanded cover to keep guests dry, or keep them cool when the sun is scorching.

When we mention a full-size fridge, some people wonder why you’d ever need that much space — plus a freezer? Think about the last time you entertained and how full your indoor refrigerator was. Then remember what it looked like when the guests showed up. Keeping meats and salads fully chilled and near the action can cut down on running around and headaches. A freezer full of ice and frosted glasses is also much appreciated on the days when the cooler just can’t keep up with the heat.

It’s also helpful to think about entertaining after dark. What kind of lighting will you need to provide late-night snacks and evening cocktails? Is there a place to put speakers for music? These little details can transform an ordinary outdoor kitchen into the neighborhood’s favorite hangout.

Learn How Glass Shower Enclosures Bring Elegance to a Master Suite Bathroom.

All-glass shower enclosures, or frameless glass showers, are growing in popularity in the custom bathroom market. This style of shower enclosure does not need a frame to support their weight or slide on but instead operate by swinging open and shut on hinges. It’s this lack of a frame, and the open, airy feeling the glass gives to the entire room, that has made the frameless glass shower such a popular choice.

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For the custom shower look

Most quality frameless glass enclosures are also custom made, giving homeowners a wide range of styles to choose from. Without frames, homeowners aren’t locked into specific sizes or dated slider doors. With more and more homeowners investing in intricate tile designs or stunning stone showers, a frameless shower helps showcase these remarkable features. A custom glass enclosure will cost around $1,200 or more, primarily because it requires a thick piece of tempered glass not only for the door and frame, as well as sturdy hardware to keep the door in place.

Will a frameless glass shower leak?

Framed shower doors do not have sealed edges to create a seamless connection with the walls and floors. Because of this, the bathroom is more susceptible to water splashing onto the floor outside the shower. The key to preventing water damage is to purchase a well-designed door and invest in a skilled installer to do the work. Joseph & Berry has seen both poorly installed and poorly designed frameless shower doors, and know how to do it right. Large gaps between the door and supports, shower heads aimed in the wrong direction, and other mistakes can turn your dream bathroom into a constant battle to keep it dry.

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Types of glass

Clear — Simple, sleek and classic, clear glass goes well with all styles and aesthetics. It is especially well suited for bathrooms that incorporate pops of bright colors throughout or has a signature tile on the shower wall. Talk to your design team about ensuring hardware does not take away from the clean look of clear glass.

Gray —  Gray glass not only creates a bit of privacy but adds contrast in bright white bathrooms and depth to rooms where stone tile and marble are prominent.

Blue — Whether bright hues or subdued navy, blue glass is a way to add a touch of color. Blues are cool colors, which is always a popular choice for bathrooms. Bold and vibrant colors, like oranges, reds, and yellows can be harsh to the eye and feel more trendy than classic.

Textured — Whether it’s horizontal stripes of frosted glass or vertical textures, a textured panel adds privacy and style. Consider incorporating textured glass into a custom shower if there are are other textures in the room to play off of, such as wood grains or stone.

Frosted —  If privacy is paramount, such as in a guest bathroom or one that will be shared by children, frosted glass provides privacy while also keeping the feel in the room light and bright. Consider adding lights within the shower for the person showering and added brightness in the rest of the bathroom. Frosted glass panels can also serve as a divider around the toilet or create other separated spaces in a shared bathroom.

Clean look with less cleaning

Besides feeling dated, framed shower doors can be difficult to keep clean. Water under seals and within sliders is the perfect place for mildew to breed. A frameless glass door is as easy to clean as a few quick swipes of a squeegee.

Some homeowners we talk to love the look of a frameless shower door but wonder if their bathroom is the right size. Because it is a custom creation, we can work with clients to build the right size and style. Clear glass shower doors also make a room feel larger, opening site lines and allowing you and guests to see the entire room.

Overall, the greatest feature of a frameless shower door is how they look. Sleek and straightforward, they allow the style and design of a bathroom speak for itself.

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The Pros and Cons of 5 Common Kitchen Floor Plan Shapes

The Pros and Cons of 5 Common Kitchen Floor Plan Shapes

Every kitchen remodel is a unique experience thanks to the wide variety of fixtures, finishes, appliances, and styles available to meet the aesthetic and stylistic needs of the homeowner. But while every design is unique, kitchen designers typically stick to five major floor plan shapes when creating a kitchen floor plan. Looking for kitchen design ideas and inspiration? Click here

These floor plans have become standard because they offer homeowners the most efficient use of space and can fit into some remodeling situations. Of course, there are often slight design variations within specific plans. Let’s explore the pros and cons of these five common kitchen floor plan shapes.

The G-Shaped or Peninsula Kitchen

The g-shaped kitchen is the name used to describe a situation in which the cabinetry includes a prep-area peninsula and four walls of storage. It got this name because, on a blueprint grid, this design resembles the letter “G.”

This design is an extension of the popular u-shaped kitchen and is a natural upgrade for homeowners looking to add some additional prep space to their existing u-shaped kitchen design. A g-shaped kitchen increases the number of base cabinets included in the plan and as a result, increases the storage space along with creating a more streamlined cooking area.

Along with the increased storage possibilities, this design is popular because it offers enhanced facility for the home chef by surrounding them with a variety of close counter space options for food preparation and immediate access to cooking tools and supplies. The extra counter space is accessible during the entire food prep process and can make preparing complex meals easier and more efficient. It’s a great design for food prep, cooking, and cleanup with all stations accessible to the central area of the kitchen. This design offers a tighter countertop configuration that’s perfect for larger kitchen spaces.

The U-Shaped or Horseshoe Kitchen Floor Plan

The u-shaped kitchen features cabinets and appliances lining three walls of the kitchen space. It’s an efficient design that’s perfect for freeing up floor space.

The u-shaped kitchen maximizes the use of wall space by using three walls for upper and lower cabinetry and appliances. This design allows the home chef access to various areas of the kitchen without needing to cross the room. If the layout of the space doesn’t provide three free walls, adding an island can serve the same function, but it eliminates the third wall of upper cabinet storage. The u-shaped kitchen is flexible, works in many different styles and the size of the space is not a determining factor. The most critical factor to a successful u-shaped kitchen design is to place the most used appliances within a single working kitchen triangle. This allows for the most efficient use of space.

The L-Shaped Kitchen

A well-established design, the l-shaped kitchen is ergonomically and sensibly designed and has become an extremely popular choice among homeowners and designers alike. What makes it work so well is that it supports the kitchen work triangle featuring specific food preparation, cooking, and cleanup areas. The l-shape design is perfect for smaller kitchens that cannot fit an island or are not large enough to accommodate a g-shaped design.

The l-shape design is timeless and works well no matter what style or decor the homeowner chooses. The name refers to the fact that this design is built into a corner where two walls form a perpendicular angle. It works best and is most balanced if one wall is twice the length of the other.

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The Galley or Corridor Kitchen Floor Plan

A galley kitchen is a perfect choice for homes with a smaller space for the kitchen that features a space with more length than width. In terms of space, galley kitchens can be economical, but if not correctly designed, they can also be very inefficient. This style is typically found in many apartments. While most homeowners prefer more space, it’s important to note that the galley kitchen is the kitchen layout of choice for many restaurants and professional chefs. The galley kitchen floor plan can be an extremely efficient design to work in if the kitchen triangle is properly incorporated into the layout.

A galley kitchen works best when completed with open shelving and fewer cabinets. Closed cabinetry can visually shrink the space and make it feel more confined. A popular addition to the galley design is to incorporate a pass-through window to facilitate moving food from the kitchen to the dining area. A galley kitchen can feel cramped but can be incredibly functional with proper kitchen design.

The One Wall Kitchen

As the name suggests, this design is placed along a single wall. It’s typically found in smaller homes and studio apartments. The one wall kitchen design is often used to conserve floor space and reduce construction costs.

A one wall kitchen has all of the cabinetry and appliances place along one wall. This means that the homeowner must perform all of the tasks of cooking in a single linear space. Because of the limited space, a one wall kitchen will also often contain smaller appliances like a compact refrigerator and range. These appliances have typically separated the sink. Modern one wall designs have become more popular with homeowners interested in an open floor plan. Coupled with an island located directly across from the wall, this design allows more workspace while still providing the open floor plan homeowners favor. A one wall kitchen offers the convenience of preparing, cooking and clean up in one single compact space.

At Joseph and Berry, we can help you to choose the perfect kitchen floor plan to fit your lifestyle, space, and needs. Our designers are very familiar with these five common layouts and can work with you to add the luxury finishes, fixtures, and appliances to create your 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.

Choosing Stained or Painted Kitchen Cabinets

From the showroom to home decor and design websites, white kitchens and painted cabinets are everywhere you look. Painted cabinets provide a clean, sleek feel to a kitchen whether the style is traditional or modern, but before selecting painted kitchen cabinets for your remodel, there are a few things to consider.

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What’s your style?

If you have dreams of a classic, all-white kitchen, painted kitchen cabinets is a must. All painted cabinets, whether white, gray, blue or a bright sunny yellow, have the effect of making the room look very polished. Combinations of colors, such as white kitchen cabinets below the counter and a contrasting color of cabinets at eye level, is a popular choice as well. Painted kitchen cabinets give homeowners a wide range of options to customize their kitchen and create the exact look and feel they are looking for.

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However, wood stain finish on kitchen cabinets should not be overlooked. Whether your style is Danish modern or country chic, there’s a wood finish that complements the look. Hardwood with a light stain can fit in beautifully with a traditional kitchen design while a dark, contrasting stain in an open concept home can add depth and dimension. One drawback of natural wood stain is the wood texture. Some wood may have uneven grain patterns that some homeowners love, but may not fit with a particular owner’s aesthetic.

Kitchen cabinet wear and tear

Painted cabinets certainly are polished, but chips and dings can quickly take away from that look. When installing custom cabinets, make sure to discuss with your builder obtaining a paint touch-up kit to ensure any fixes are perfectly matched. If you live in a climate-controlled environment year-round, there’s little need to worry about cabinets expanding and shrinking over time. However, if you enjoy fresh air flowing through your home, keep in mind that seasonal changes in humidity can cause seams in painted cabinets to show over time.

Wood doesn’t always mean dark

Wood kitchen cabinets have a reputation for making a room feel dark and heavy, but as homeowners’ tastes shift toward modern, European-inspired designs, lighter stains have become more popular. Lighter stains can create a bright and open feel to a room, especially when paired with light color choices for paint and tile.

Stained wood can also provide the kitchen with its own unique look. Because you are not covering the grain of the wood with paint, the natural character can shine through. On custom cabinets made with high-quality woods, this can achieve a stunning look. Take, for example, Zebrawood cabinets. The look brings a modern and sleek feel to a kitchen, and with a light, finish provides texture and unique style without feeling too dark.

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Customize your kitchen cabinets

Can’t decide? Consider cabinetry that features both stained and painted finishes. Whether you paint the wood with white or a pop of color, combining wood and painted cabinets creates a unique look. If you are interested in a combination look, it’s important to consult a design-builder to ensure a seamless incorporation of the two styles. At Joseph & Berry, the designs they create are always custom to the client. For this look, we will want to see the other wood elements in your home, such as exposed beams and hardwood flooring, as well as how the color palette will flow from one room to the next. We not only want to create a beautiful kitchen but a room that looks as if it has always been part of the home.

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If live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a kitchen remodel, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you create the kitchen of your dreams.

Building A Master Suite Addition On Your Existing Home

Designing A Master Suite Addition For Your Home

A master suite addition includes a new build-out attached to an existing home that consists of a bedroom and full bathroom. Whether you are adding on to an older home or are creating a private retreat away from the kids, a master suite addition not only increases enjoyment of a home, but it adds value too, especially if you live in a neighborhood where master suites are the standard.

A master suite addition requires a quality design-build team

As a homeowner, you will need to make many decisions about the project, such as whether it will be a first-floor or second-floor addition, the orientation of the master suite to maximize privacy and minimize noise from the surrounding area, exits, and entries, and restrictions in your neighborhood and requirements for permitting.  Joseph & Berry has project managers in-house who have worked in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for many years and are available to discuss the many aspects of undertaking a project of this size. Want to know what makes us different? Read more

Make your wish list

All of Joseph & Berry’s designs are custom, so we’ve seen a wide range of master suite configurations and amenities. Before meeting with a builder, sketch out your vision for the room and make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves. Here are a few of the amenities and features we’ve seen in recent master suite additions. Looking for interior design inspiration for your next project? Click to see more!

Ample windows — Whether it’s skylights to let in the morning sun or floor to ceiling windows overlooking a private garden, large windows, glass doors, and skylights are one way to make the room feel light, airy and open. If too much morning light or privacy is a concern, work with a design-builder to create custom shades and window treatments.

Dressing rooms — Walk-in closets are a must in every home, but a dressing room elevates the closet to its own transitional space between the bedroom and bathroom. Dressing rooms have the shelving, drawers, and storage needed as well as features like a make-up vanity and sitting area.

Shower and tub — Luxurious showers are replacing the whirlpool tub as the centerpiece feature in a master suite bathroom. People with busy lives find they have less and less time for a bath and are looking to shift their focus on creating a high-end walk-in shower they will enjoy every day. Of course, master suite bathrooms can be designed to include both a luxurious shower with multiple shower heads, bench seating, frameless glass doors as well as a roomy whirlpool tub if you like having options. Consider whether tile or stone is your style if you want an elaborate design or clean and simple lines, the color you want and the location of the tub and/or shower. These choices will largely inform your other decisions.

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Bedroom layout — Have you always dreamed of a bedroom fireplace or waking up to a beautiful view? Would you like a discrete entrance to a garden patio for morning tea or coffee? Do you see yourself in an open-concept master suite addition with a sitting area adjacent to the bed and nightstands or a more cozy feel where the bed faces a fireplace or built-in television? Let your design-builder know, as they can add these features and discuss how they would fit into the larger master suite addition layout. If there are any restrictions on your property regarding property lines or buildable land, the project manager can discuss how this could impact the orientation and size of the addition and how best to incorporate your bedroom layout goals.

Bathroom amenities — Cabinetry, heated flooring, dual sinks, enclosed toilet area, mirrors and lighting, and towel warming drawers are just a few of the many decisions homeowners will need to make when creating their dream master suite addition. High-tech options like integrated sound systems and mini televisions are also popular features in a master suite bathroom. When it comes to creature comforts, let you’re imagine run. Looking for bathroom remodeling inspiration? Click here. 

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A luxury master suite and bathroom remodel is an investment that will provide you with the perfect place to relax. With Joseph & Berry, you will not only get the bathroom of your dreams, you’ll be working with highly competent professionals who understand the remodeling process and work hard to make it easy, fast, and cause less disruption to your daily life. Give us a call and let us bring your creative vision to life! Call us now: (800) 371-8970

Freestanding VS Built-In Appliances Best for a Kitchen Remodel

Choosing Between Freestanding or Built-in Appliances for a Remodel

Today’s sleek and stylish kitchens often utilize built-in appliances. This style of an appliance is part of the permanent construction of the kitchen and creates a seamless look within the cabinetry. Built-in appliances are not only aesthetically pleasing; they add value to a home. At Joseph & Berry, we find they are a popular choice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and our professional design team has used them frequently in creating both modern and traditional designs. Here are some things to consider when shopping for built-in appliances.

Full granite backsplash in this modern kitchen remodeling by Joseph & Berry

What makes it a built-in appliance?

For many years, free-standing appliances were the common choice for home kitchens. These appliances are entirely transportable and interchangeable, making it easy for homeowners to move them to a new area, as they are not attached or are superficially attached to the end of a counter or on its own, like a stand-alone refrigerator.

Slide-in appliances are commonly found today. A space for a range or refrigerator is built into the cabinetry, and the appliance slides in. This allows for more of the transportability of a freestanding appliance with a look more in line with a built-in.

Built-in appliances are fixed into place. A wall oven, microwave above the range, or stovetop installed into a countertop are all built-ins. More recently, building refrigerators and other appliances into the cabinetry have increased in popularity.

Best uses for built-in appliances

Dishwashers, ranges, and ovens should always be built-ins for a simple and consistent kitchen design. Microwaves are also a good choice because it frees up valuable counter space. Smaller appliances not traditionally built-in can also keep a kitchen looking neat and tidy if properly installed within the design. Here are some recent trends that Joseph & Berry designers have seen in recent kitchen remodels.

Coffee makers are a must for most households and also take up counter space. For those looking for as sleek a kitchen as possible, a built-in coffee maker, or coffee maker/espresso machine combo, might be a good choice. For the serious home chef, having a blender/food processor unit installed into the countertop is a convenient tool. Pitchers and containers can be attached to the blending mechanism for quick prep and fewer machines in your cabinets.

The microwave is moving from above the range to below the countertop. Some homeowners are opting for a microwave built in below the counter or within a drawer that slides out for use and then returns out of site. Another quick cooking tool is the warming drawer. The size of a standard drawer, this below the counter tool can keep food warm while your guests arrive, or while waiting for teens to get home from after-school activities.

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Look for the microwave drawer! Can’t see it? Means we did a good job! 🙂

Before you go all built-in appliances

Before you decide on a kitchen full of built-in appliances, here are a few things to consider. Free-standing and slide-in appliances are often more affordable and are easy to move in the event of a repair. Typically, they are found in standard sizes and can be easily replaced if you decide down the road for a different style.

There are significant benefits to the built-in appliance. They are fully integrated into the kitchen, giving homeowners a dream look. They are also more customizable, coming in a wide range of sizes, depths, and colors. We’ve also seen that built-in appliances last longer than free-standing options.

If you have questions about built-in appliances, please contact us. Joseph & Berry is one of the few custom remodelers specializing in high-end construction.  Every project has project manager on-site and our designers are always available to discuss your custom options.

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Choosing Master Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures When Remodeling

How to select master bath plumbing fixtures that look great and will last a lifetime

Are your master bath plumbing fixtures looking old and showing a dull, pitted finish? Or, do they just look dated and out of style in your new bathroom remodel? Then it might be time to replace them!

Today, you have a wide range of choices in a myriad of styles and finishes to choose from. From $200 dollar faucets with five-year warranties to multi-head shower walls that can clean parts of your body you didn’t even know you had, the choices are nearly endless!

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Tips For Choosing The Perfect Plumbing Fixtures

The best fixtures carry a lifetime warranty when it comes to finishes, so if you’re happy with yours but it’s looking a little dull, you should contact the manufacturer and check their warranty policy. If you’re new to selecting finishes and fixtures, it’s a great idea to get all of your master bathroom plumbing fixtures and accessories in the same finish. Some like chrome and brushed nickel are somewhat universal but be careful, different manufacturers can produce fixtures using the same finishes that are not a perfect match and can cause design issues.

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The best way to ensure that you’re getting the exact same finish is to purchase all of your fixtures from the same manufacturer. Most will offer complete en suite sets that include tub spouts, shower heads, faucets and temperature handles that match in both style and finish. If you are keeping some fixtures and replacing others make sure to bring the current one with you to make sure you can match the style, color and finish.

Don’t Skimp on Price: Quality Matters!

If you’re spending tens of thousands of dollars on a master bathroom remodeling, the place to save is not on your fixtures! When it comes to bathroom plumbing fixtures you definitely get what you pay for. In terms of style and finish, every manufacturer offers lower end models that are stylish and look great, at least for a little while!

What separates a quality fixture built to last a lifetime is much more than style and finish. It starts with the material it is made from. Start by looking at the body which includes the spout and controls. Solid brass bodies are best. They will last the longest and require the least amount of care. This is especially important if your home has hard water, which can corrode lesser metals. While solid brass construction costs the most, you get what you pay for in terms of quality and durability. If you’re not sure if a fixture is a solid brass, pick it up, it will feel heavier than other units.

Faucets with zinc alloy die cast bodies cost less and are durable. Zinc is the most common metal beneath most brass and chrome plated fixtures. Zinc will corrode when it contacts water so these faucets may only last a few years before needing to be replaced. Finally, stay away from low-end faucets with plastic bodies or components. While their inexpensive price may look good, plastic doesn’t hold up at all and you’ll be replacing your fixtures every two years.

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Popular Finishes for Master Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures

Fixtures come in a variety of finishes to meet every taste and style. Here are few of the most popular choices of many homeowners and designers.

Polished Brass – Perfect if you’re looking for a vintage feel, but it also works in eclectic traditional and modern bathrooms as well.

Satin Brass – Satin brass offers homeowners an elegant brushed-gold look that is understated yet elegant. Its perfect for contemporary, modern of traditional designs and is incredibly durable.

Oil Rubbed Bronze – If you’re looking for a traditional look and are not interested in brushed nickel or chrome, oil-rubbed bronze is the perfect compromise. It’s perfect in Mediterranean or Tuscan themed baths and is easy to clean.

Satin Bronze – If you love the look of oil-rubbed bronze or copper then you’ll love satin bronze! At home in Mediterranean, traditional and eclectic designs it’s a lighter alternative to oil-rubbed bronze and easier to maintain than copper.

Polished Nickel – Darker than chrome, but with the same luster, polished nickel can change color depending on how it’s lit. Perfect in eclectic, traditional, contemporary and modern bathrooms. It can be expensive but is extremely durable.

Brushed Nickel – Another popular choice, brushed nickel is at home in any style bathroom and is extremely durable. It never shows wear, water spots stains or fingerprints.

Copper – Copper fixtures are bold, luxurious and look simply amazing when paired with a marble vanity top. Copperworks in steampunk, Tuscan or farmhouse settings and it ages beautifully creating a unique and beautiful patina over time.

Chrome – Chrome is a universal finish that goes in any style bathroom. It’s also the most budget friendly. If you’re looking for durability and a finish that works in any decor, chrome is the perfect choice.

Colored Fixtures – White, Black Red, etc. If you’re looking for a pop of color, today, fixtures are available in any number of colors and styles. Often available with a plastic finish or porcelain. Whenever possible, choose porcelain, it’s more durable, easier to clean and is a definite design statement!

Choosing your perfect bathroom fixtures can be fun and exciting! Today, you have choices to fit any style, taste, and budget. If you’re working with a designer or design build firm, they can help you to understand your plumbing fixture options and guide you towards the best choice for the look you want. It’s best to always go for the highest-quality materials your budget allows. Do your research, speak with our designers and come up with your perfect style and you’ll find the perfect fixtures that will last a lifetime!

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If live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a master suite bath remodel, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you create a master bath you will love for years to come.

Learn Why Design Build Remodeling Is A Better Choice for Homeowners

Learn Why Design Build Remodeling Is A Better Choice for Homeowners

A design build remodeler re-consolidates the functions of design and construction under one roof rather than parceling it out between an architect or designer and a building contractor. A design-builder is not appropriate for some homes.  Large-scale high-tech, designer homes may still require the talents of a registered architect. But for the rest of us, design-build is the ideal way to build — combining design creativity and building expertise in one source for absolute coordination of effort, maximum efficiency, and lowest cost. If you desire to learn more about our process Click Here, if you prefer to have in-person consultation where you can ask any questions you have, fill the contact form, and we’ll contact you soon!
Here are the reasons design build is better.

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Improved Accountability

A key feature of design-build is that it fixes one source of responsibility. This concept is known as “Single Point of Accountability.” Single Point of Accountability requires you to deal with one and only one entity. Your design-builder representative is present at every meeting and is the channel for all communication. Where design and building are split between designer and separate builder, there are multiple points of responsibility, and in the event of a misunderstanding or dispute, you may end up becoming the mediator between the designer’s plan and the builder’s implementation — a role for which you are ordinarily not well prepared.

Design Build Time Savings

Because design and construction are overlapped, and bidding periods and redesign time are eliminated, total design and construction time can be significantly reduced. Design-build is ideal for the application of “fast-track” construction techniques. Procurement and construction work begins before the working drawings are fully completed. The resulting time savings translates into lower costs and earlier occupancy. On average, design build remodeling is 33% faster that traditional design-bid-build projects.

The Value of Design Build Remodeling

When design and crafts people work jointly on a plan, the designer has the benefits of the craftsman’s knowledge of how things get built, and can early on find more efficient ways of building, and cost-saving material substitutions. This process, generally known as “value engineering” is easier to accomplish when builders and designers work as one team. And the results can be plugged into the budget earlier so that savings in one place can result in added features in another. The cost savings resulting from the process are real allowing you to invest in higher quality materials like custom kitchen cabinetry.

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Reduced Administrative Burden

Because design-build is a fully integrated process, your administrative burden is much reduced. You are not required to coordinate and arbitrate between separate design and construction providers. This reduces the inevitable stress of remodeling and permits you to focus on what is needed to speed the project to completion, like making the timely decisions that are certain to be necessary at various points in the construction process.

Accurate Project Estimating

Firmer cost estimates are known far earlier in the process. The design-builder can be estimating construction costs at the same time he is formulating the concept designs. In fact, they must have a good idea of these costs, because a big part of a preliminary design is trading off features to reduce costs. This gives you an early opportunity for a “go, no go” decision. If the project is proving unaffordable, it can be scrapped or radically redesigned before proceeding to the much more expensive working drawing phase. This early cost forecasting is not available in the design-bid-build process. Actual costs are not known until bids are received. Before bids can be let, the final construction blueprints must be drafted. So the process is much further along before firm cost figures are available.

Design Build Reduces Errors

When the design has an error, it will be caught in the construction stage, but often not soon enough to be fixed inexpensively. For example, the architect has specified a 30″ cabinet where only a 24″ cabinet can fit. The builder has ordered the cabinet based on the specifications but comes time to install it, the mistake is discovered — it won’t fit. Not only is the right cabinet going to have to be reordered, but also there is no refund on the wrong cabinet (after all the cabinet maker made the cabinet he was instructed to make), and there is going to be a time delay until the right cabinet arrives. Now the finger pointing starts. The builder says the designer should not have made the mistake. The architect says the builder should have remeasured before he ordered the cabinets, and could have caught the mistake early on. You, caught in the middle, usually end up paying most of the cost of the error. With design-build, the great majority of such errors are caught very early, so they don’t slow down the construction, and any errors that do occur in the design or building process are solely the responsibility of the design-build team. The design-builder pays for errors, not you.

A high-end, custom-designed kitchen or bathroom is a major investment. With Joseph & Berry, you will not only get the home of your dreams; you’ll be working with professionals general contractors that provide and understand the design-build process and work hard to bring you the best possible service. If you consider remodeling your home in Dallas historic districts, Kessler Park or Bishop art district or elsewhere in Dallas, Tx, and suburbs, we invite to take advantage of our free consultation! Give us a call and let us bring your creative vision to life! Call us now: (800) 371-8970