Is an Open Floor Plan Right For Your TX Ranch House Remodel?

Pros and Cons of an Open Layout For a Ranch House Remodel

After World War II, ranches became a popular and affordable housing choice for veterans looking to expand or relocate with their families. The ranch’s popularity continued into the 1970s, however, in recent years, they’ve been tagged as outdated. Many lack the design aesthetic and amenities modern homeowners seek, including open floor plans. For those seeking single floor living, as a retirement home or as a family home, these mid-century ranches should not be overlooked. Many were built in great neighborhoods and a ranch house remodel can certainly be designed to meet the homeowner’s tastes. At Joseph & Berry, we look at each home remodel project as unique. If you are looking into a ranch house remodel with an open floor plan, here are some pros and cons to consider.

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Open floor plans are desirable

If resale is top of mind, an open floor plan is a good choice. Across the country, real estate professionals say that homebuyers are looking for open floor plans where the family can cook, watch TV and entertain in one large area. Open floor plans also allow for more options to fit the active lives of today’s families, such as creating a large space for entertaining or an open view to the outdoor areas.

Universal design

Universal design a design concept that takes into consideration the needs of everyone and their varying abilities, from special needs children to the elderly to those who are shorter, taller or have different motor skills abilities. Open floor plans call for uniform flooring throughout the area which eliminates tripping hazards and allows for means of assistance to move safely about the space, such as wheelchairs or walkers. There is also the ability to create wider aisles, hallways, and entryways for maneuvering. This is an especially appealing feature for Baby Boomers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who are already looking at ranch homes for the single-floor living. Incorporating universal design into a ranch house remodel will only enhance its value to this market.


Ensuring a structurally sound ranch house remodel

Not every home was designed for an open floor plan. It is important to discuss your vision with a skilled and experienced design-build team before knocking down any walls. In the past, homes used to be designed as separated spaces. The loss of a supporting wall in a ranch house remodel could cause substantial damage and create significant cost. Joseph & Berry provides design-build services that bring with it the structural engineering expertise to ensure a ranch house remodel is done right.

Too close for comfort

Before defaulting to an open floor plan, remember they are not for everyone, especially in a ranch house remodel. Consider a limited opening of space, such as connecting the kitchen and dining room, if you like to keep cooking and dining separately from the TV room. Some families with children love having a place for everyone to congregate, making it easier to keep an eye on little ones. Others prefer the separation as a way to occasionally get a little peace and quiet. Think about how you enjoy using your home today and consider how an open floor plan might enhance (or diminish) that experience.

An open concept ranch house remodel allows for luxury amenities

One of the downfalls of traditional mid-century ranches is they are not designed for high-end appliances or amenities. Small rooms and limited space can be limiting if a homeowner is looking for a professional kitchen set up with high-end range and hood, wine fridge and a wet bar island. Knocking down a few walls is one way to ensure homeowners have the space to fully realize their vision.


Joseph & Berry has significant experience remodeling and creating custom luxury homes. With a project manager on site at all times, we are there to answer questions and help guide you through the remodel process, including deciding whether an open floor plan in your ranch home is right for you. Contact us to schedule your home remodeling consultation! (800)-371-8970

Timeless Colors For Painted Kitchen Cabinets When Remodeling

Dallas Kitchen Remodeling Ideas – Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets are a major focal point in your kitchen. With today’s trend towards open concept living, your cabinets can actually become a major element in the overall style and decor of your entire living space.

While natural wood cabinets are beautiful and can provide a certain stylistic element, the trend today is towards painted kitchen cabinets. Your cabinets take up a lot of space, and you look at them day after day. Choosing the right color is an important element in your overall aesthetic design. There are literally dozens of colors to choose from, from muted neutrals to bright, bold colors, to traditional choices like crisp white.

Here are some tips for choosing the right color for your project along with some of the most popular choices among today’s homeowners.

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Tips For Choosing The Perfect Color For Your Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Because there are millions of color options when it comes to cabinet paint, finding the right one can be complicated. Before choosing something typical, take a look around. Look at your walls, countertops, appliances, backsplash, and floor. If your room contains a lot of colorful elements, consider going with a neutral color or one of the many shades of white. This can help your kitchen to feel bright and fresh. If you are dealing with an open concept kitchen, neutral cabinets can open your design up to other colors in other areas.

If you’re looking to be a bit more adventurous, your kitchen cabinets are a great place to add a spark to your design and have some fun. Yellow, sky blue, mint or bluish greens can all look really spectacular and add just the right pop of color and focus to the space. When it comes to colors, you can choose anything from bright electric colors to muted pastel tones. It depends on your creative vision, style, and aesthetics.

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Color Ideas For Your Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Color can create the vibe for your entire space. Since your kitchen cabinets are a major design element and a huge focal point, choosing the right one can be tricky. With a little research and some creative vision, you can choose the perfect color. If you’re working with an interior or kitchen designer, or design-build remodel firm, seek their advice. They can let you know the most current color trends as well as the pluses and minuses of color families. Here are a few of the most popular choices for today’s homeowners. Click Here for more kitchen design ideas!

Muted Yellows

If your style leans towards French Normandy Country, yellow is the perfect color. The yellow family is very indicative of a French color palette and works extremely well with wrought iron, copper, and slate. Consider using wrought iron light fixtures and a copper range hood to make your room balanced and lovely.

Dutch Blue/ Blue Grays

Muted blues can add a wonderfully rustic, feel to the kitchen. The lighter side of the blue family looks great with crisp stainless steel appliances. The blue family can create an airy, ethereal vibe that’s perfect for the kitchen. Try pairing it with white accents to complete the look.

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Various Shades of White

White in all of its various shades is still the most popular choice for homeowners. It creates a light, airy feel and is completely neutral when it comes to introducing other colors to the space. White painted kitchen cabinets can also brighten an otherwise dark kitchen space.


Light Gray

Light gray cabinets can create a sophisticated look. The color gray has a subtle authority without entirely surrendering the serenity. It’s a soft look that can both fade into the background, or establish a solid look when combined with complementary wall and backsplash colors.


Bold Bright Colors: Red’s and Oranges

Today designers and homeowners are expanding the kitchen color palette to include bold, bright non-traditional tones like reds and oranges. They’re warm and a bit daring, but in the right setting can add a dramatic splash of color. They can work extremely well in an open concept kitchen done in the contemporary, modern, or industrial styles.

Darker colors: Emerald Green, Cranberry Red, and Navy Blue

Darker colors can make a dramatic statement in the kitchen. They work best in large well-lit spaces as they can tend to darken small rooms. If you simply love the drama and have a smaller kitchen, make sure to balance them out with white walls, and lighter colored accents.


Not your typical choice, black can be as bold a choice as electric red or orange! But in a home with a limited color palette – black, white, blue and gay for example, black painted cabinets fit right in. Black is best used in large open concept spaces and works beautifully in a modern, contemporary or industrial design, but can be adapted to other styles.

Your kitchen cabinets are a major focal point of your kitchen and in an open concept home your living space. Choosing the right color can be a fun experience that can completely transform your space into something truly unique and beautiful. When considering color for your cabinets, make sure to look at the big picture, your overall design theme as well as your own personal style and aesthetic.

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Choosing A Tub Faucet For A Master Bathroom Suite Remodel

Tub Faucet Buying Guide For a Master Suite Remodel

Often, it’s the smallest details that can make a home renovation go from good, to great. When it comes to your master bath, the choice of your tub faucet can add an interesting focal point that can enhance the aesthetic beauty of your space.

Tub faucets come in several different styles that offer different features and add-ons. Choosing the right tub faucet for your project can be challenging. Tub faucets offer different water flow rates, installation types and features like hand showers and thermostatic controls. They are also available in a number of finishes. When planning your bathroom, your designer can help you to choose the perfect tub faucet to match your other fixtures and finishes.


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Five Popular Types of Tub Faucets

While tub faucets offer a variety of styles and finishes, there are five basic mountings available. Often, your choice will be determined by the style of the tub you choose. If you’re unsure which type of mounting you need, consult with your interior designer or contractor.

The Freestanding Tub Faucet

Freestanding faucets are also referred to as floor mounted. This type is anchored to the floor and rises over the rim of the bathtub. Access to the water source is located below the finished floor and typically there are shut off valves a few inches above the floor. If your tub sits on a concrete slab, speak with your contractor to determine if a floor mount is possible, or is cost-prohibitive. Freestanding tub faucets do not attach to the tub, making placement flexible.

Freestanding faucets come in a variety of finishes including chrome, brushed nickel, polished brass, polished nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and even brushed or polished stainless steel.

Deck Mount

This style is mounted to the upper rim of the tub. Two holes are required for installation and the distance between the two can vary by manufacturer and tub style. You’ll need to have a “center measurement” in order to choose the correct tub faucet.

Deck-mounted faucets require water lines to connect them to the water supply. Rigid supply tubes are most common and like the freestanding faucet, connect below the finished floor. It the tub is on a slab and no underfloor access is available, deck mounts can be plumbed through the bathroom wall.

Wall Mount

Wall-mounted faucets are exactly that, mounted to the wall next to the tub. Because the tub needs no faucet holes because this type of faucet doesn’t connect to the tub in any way. The plumbing is run through the wall so it is a good option for slab construction. This also makes it an economical option since additional plumbing is typically not necessary.

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Tub Wall Mount

This type of mount requires holes on the tub wall that are typically closer than deck mounted faucets. The standard center-to-center measurement for a tub wall mount is 3 3/8.” Although this is a standard measurement, you still need to measure the distance between faucet holes to be certain, especially on older tubs. Faucet holes can vary from about 3 1/2” to 8 3/4” on center. Choose a faucet with a small downward spout, or a high gooseneck for a more elegant look.

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Like deck mounts, tub wall mounts source their water from below the finished floor. This means access will be necessary to use rigid water lines. If the water comes from behind the wall, flexible lines may be used.

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Roman Mount

Typically this type is paired with a drop-in tub or jacuzzi tub. Roman faucets are designed to be mounted to a platform or tub surround. This type needs three or more holes one for each handle and one for the spout. Most Roman faucets cannot be mounted to the tub so you will need a platform or surround if using this style with a stand-alone tub.

Installation is similar to sink faucet installation. Flexible hoses connect each faucet handle to the spout and are also used to connect to the water source. Because these faucets are installed in an enclosed surround, the plumbing is not visible.

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Extra Features and Add-Ons

Some tub faucets are available with added features. They add functionality and can be aesthetically interesting additions. Add-ons include:

Hand Showers

Most faucets designed for a freestanding tub will offer a hand shower connected to a 4 or 5-foot hose. This serves as an alternative to a traditional overhead shower and makes cleaning the kids, pets, and the tub easier.

Shower Conversion Kits

If you need more than a hand shower, conversion kits are available that can transform the handheld shower into an overhead. To install, the hand faucet is removed and a riser pipe with the showerhead. Some shower conversion kits allow you to use both the handheld shower and an overhead by using a two-way diverter.

Thermostatic Temperature Control

Many newer tub faucets now feature a thermostatic mixing valve as opposed to individual hot and cold. A thermostatic valve works as an HVAC thermostat, you can set a temperature and the water exits the spout at temperature.

Choosing the perfect tub faucet for your master bathroom renovation starts with understanding your options. At Joseph & Berry, our design team can explain the choices available, and help you to pick the perfect look to match your style, with the functionality you need. If you’re considering a master bathroom renovation, give us a call at (800)-371-8970 or submit the contact form and let us help you create the spa-like master retreat of your dreams!

What To Look For In A Home Remodeling Warranty

What To Know About Your Design-Build Firms Home Remodeling Warranty

For many homeowners considering a remodeling project, their decision is often based on factors like cost, references and project history. For your next project, when vetting potential contractors, consider examining the warranty they offer as a part of your decision-making process. Often, the warranty alone can point you toward the best choice for your remodeling project.

Think about it. What does an insufficient warranty say about the company behind it? Contractors that are constantly returning to a job site to fix faulty construction typically don’t offer extended warranties on their projects. A remodeling company that offers a warranty that is longer than required by state law, shows that they stand behind their workmanship. Choosing the less expensive company, with the shorter warranty may save you money up front, but in the long run, it will cost you more to hire a second firm to come in and fix their work after the warranty is up.

Choosing a remodeler with an extended warranty covers you both ways. A company that offers an extended warranty typically doesn’t have to come back and fix their work, and when a problem does arise, a good home remodeling warranty protects you by guaranteeing that the problem gets solved at no additional cost to you.

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Here are a few things to look for in both good and bad remodeling warranties.

Get It In Writing!

You wouldn’t proceed on a remodeling project without a written estimate and a contract with your builder. A home remodeling warranty is no different. Make sure they will stand behind their work… in writing! A “workmanship warranty” covers both work and materials, typically the contractor agrees to cover any defect, including both the labor and materials needed to correct a problem during a designated time period. Contractors expect to have to return to a job site for a few issues like caulking that cracks after it dries. For efficiency, they’ll often suggest that you wait long enough to create a list so they can fix everything in a single visit.

A typical workmanship warranty covers anything that was damaged due to poor workmanship, like cracks in a floor or surface that wasn’t properly installed. What workmanship warranties do not cover are materials or appliances that fail on their own. Those are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. You may want to ask your contractor if they will provide the labor needed to remove and replace a failed appliance or fixture that is replaced by the manufacturer.

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What Isn’t Covered in Your Home Remodeling Warranty

What work warranties generally do not cover is any damage caused by the homeowner, although it is still worth asking your contractor to take a look if something breaks after an accident. For instance, if you knock something off of the kitchen counter and it cracks a floor tile, you might have to pay for the repair. However, by contacting your contractor, he may determine that the tile cracked because there wasn’t enough mortar used by the subcontractor. In this case, an honest contractor should take responsibility to fix the mortar and replace the tile.

If you provide your contractor with fixtures or materials for a project, they may not be willing to warrant any work required if those fixtures fail, such as water damage caused by a defective faucet that leaks.

Ultimately, your home remodeling warranty is only as reliable as your contractor. That’s why trust and reputation are important when making your choice. In addition, having a solid well-written contract, confirming that they carry the proper licensing, and are insured and bonded is important. A reliable contractor will have no problem providing you with references from past clients. Make sure you ask for, receive and contact several references before signing any contract.

Most remodeling companies in Greater Dallas, and throughout the country do not warranty their work. At Joseph & Berry – Remodel, Design Build we value our clients and believe that every one of them deserves the very best we have to offer and we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Want to learn more? Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation!

Your home is your biggest investment and choosing the right contractor is a major decision. We’re honored when you choose Joseph & Berry for your home improvement project. We bring our clients award-winning design, attention to detail and the finest state-of-the-art construction techniques to every home we work on. We promise to give every client a white glove experience unsurpassed in the industry.

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Guest Bathroom Design and Remodeling Styles Visitors Will Love

Guest Bathroom Design and Remodeling Advice

A beautiful inviting guest bathroom can make your guests stay more comfortable, protect your privacy, and is a perfect second bathroom in the modern home. If you have kids, it can make mornings run more smoothly. With tasteful furnishing and fixtures, a well thought out layout and your personal touch, you can transform your small second bathroom into the perfect haven for relaxation for your family and your guests.

Unlike a powder room, which typically contains a toilet and a small washbasin, a guest bathroom opens itself up to many more possibilities and comfort despite a smaller footprint. If you’re considering or planning a guest bathroom remodel or addition in the coming year, here are some considerations to help you design the perfect space.

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Make the Most Out of a Limited Guest Bathroom Space With Compact Bathroom Furnishings

As a general rule, guest bathrooms typically come with a limited footprint. But with proper planning and the right furnishings and fixtures, you can turn even a small space into a relaxing oasis of comfort for your family and your guests.

Today, intelligently designed furnishings offer great solutions for small bathrooms.They can make the best use of limited space while still providing an aesthetically pleasing design. Elegant, slender washbasins create a comfortable setting in even the smallest space. Compact toilets with smaller dimensions or toilets with hidden tanks that can be installed in niches can create a feeling of openness.

Choosing a matching vanity and space saving furniture can create a welcoming space for your guests as well as providing plenty of storage. Equipping your guest bath with tub or shower can complete the space. If your space is small, considered space saving designs like a corner shower that can conserve space while providing a relaxing bathing experience for your guests.



Tips For Making Your Guest Bathroom Appear More Spacious

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With a few simple design choices, you can make even the smallest guest bathroom appear more spacious and luxurious. For example, opting for lighter colored furniture like vanities and linen closets can create the impression of “lightness” in the bathroom. Adding ambient lighting, such as spotlights in corners and indirect lighting can complete the illusion.

Large mirrored surfaces will create the feeling of more depth. If possible, include a window in the space. Along with bringing in natural light, a window can provide additional ventilation. In a bathroom without a window, make sure to include an efficient ventilation system to create a fresh feel for your guests.


Here are some other guest bathroom design tips to consider:

  • Consider drawers as opposed to doors. They can offer easier access to items stored under the sink
  • Opt for vertical furniture. It will give a greater illusion of height and maximize the space you have.
  • Recess the medicine cabinet and toilet tank into the wall to gain floor space.
  • Go with semi-custom cabinetry to more precisely fit the available space. Make sure you choose quality cabinets to add value
  • Reconsider adding a pedestal sink. While it can provide the appearance of space, but where will guests keep their toothbrush or razor? Consider replacing a pedestal sink with a floating vanity. It adds storage and gives the appearance of more floor space.
  • When you’ve completed your guest bathroom remodel, consider the amenities! Providing your guests with a hairdryer, small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and even extra toothbrushes will make your guests feel even more at home when they visit.

With proper planning and smart design choices, even a small bathroom can become a welcoming space for your guests and family. At Joseph & Berry, our designers can create the perfect guest bathroom. They’re aware of the latest design trends and space saving products available for every element in your space. Let us work with you to provide your guests with a perfectly relaxing and welcoming space in your home. If you’re ready to remodel your guest bathroom, contact us at (800)371-8970 or click here! Joseph & Berry are Greater Dallas’s preeminent design-build firm and has completed hundreds of bathroom projects. We provide a project manager that remains on site at all times to answer questions and provide you details about our custom designs.



Reasons To Buy Professional Kitchen Appliances When Remodeling

Are Professional Kitchen Appliances Necessary or a Luxury?

When planning a kitchen remodel, one of the more fun choices you’ll have to make revolves around your kitchen appliances. We’ve all seen the photos on Houzz or the fabulous kitchen renovation on HGTV that feature stunning, sleek luxury stainless steel professional appliances. They’re beautiful and of course, we all look longly at them and imagine our kitchen decked out with high-end appliances.

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The fact is, that regardless of your budget, you want to choose appliances that will offer quality, value and carefree operation for the long haul. Luxury kitchen appliances offer these qualities and so much more. Splurging on the best appliances you can afford can make your life in the kitchen much easier, and more enjoyable for years to come!

Let’s take a closer look at exactly what luxury kitchen appliances deliver for the price when compared to standard ones.

Luxury Kitchen Appliances Offer Long-Lasting Performance

Typically, luxury appliances offer the highest quality working components that can take their functionality to the next level of performance in the kitchen. They provide greater energy efficiency and advanced technology to deliver professional results. Companies like Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Viking also rigorously test each appliance during the development and production stages to make sure it’s worthy of their name. This means that you can expect a higher level of quality from these makers.

In fact, you can often see and feel the difference in quality with luxury appliances. Open and close oven and refrigerator doors, they’ll feel heavier and more sturdy than standard appliances. Pull out the racks and drawers, examine the interior surfaces and controls. You’ll notice that the luxury appliances have a completely different look and feel than their less-expensive counterparts. They are made of higher quality materials, offer more weight and heft, better sealing and illumination. In short, they’re quality appliances that are built to last a lifetime.



Extra Features With Purpose

When it comes to luxury appliances, you most definitely get what you pay for. Extras are thoughtfully engineered to streamline your cooking time and enhance entertaining. For example, you’ll find high-end luxury stoves with built-in downdraft ventilation capturing smoke and odors at the cooking surface and removing them without the need for a hood. Or flexible cooking options like combination steam and convection, or microwave and convection ovens.

Often you’ll find oven features like timed start, where you can place dinner in the oven along with a temperature probe and have a timer turn it on and off at precisely the right time so you return home from work to a beautifully cooked roast for your family.

Luxury refrigerators often offer multiple food storage spaces with adjustable temperatures. For example, need extra freezer space? Convert the lower portion of the refrigerator to extra freezer space by pushing a button or even appliances built for entertaining like a large capacity dishwasher that heats plates for when you’re hosting a dinner party.

The High-Quality Fit and Finishes You Want

Luxury appliance makers spend a good deal of attention on design aesthetics so your purchase will offer a timeless look that will last a lifetime. The focus on fit and finish covers all aspects like sleek lines and countertop depth that ensures an integrated look. Appliances that blend into the cabinetry like Sub-Zero refrigerators or Miele dishwashers offer the homeowner the ability to replace the front of the appliance with matching cabinet panels to make them blend in seamlessly.

If you want a more professional look, most luxury kitchen appliance manufacturers offer quality, stainless-steel exteriors, and interiors as well as more aesthetic options to match any design style. Today, even refrigerators are high style with some models featuring glass doors to showcase the food. One model even has a velvety matte black interior complete with LED lighting.

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Luxury Kitchen Appliances Feature The Latest State-Of-The-Art Technology

If you’re an early adopter of new technology, luxury appliances are perfect for you. The high-end makers are usually the first to adopt innovative technologies into their products. With high-end Appliances you’ll enjoy:

  • Induction cooking that’s energy efficient and fast! Boil water in 90 seconds, with no dangerous heat using magnetic technology
  • Intuitively activated vent hoods turn on and off automatically based on need
  • Sensors in dishwashers and refrigerators that monitor and adjust for optimal temperature, humidity levels and even create the ideal freezer environment
  • Internal high-tech components like air purification and a magnetically sealed door to keep food fresher
  • Energy efficiency. A new Sub-Zero refrigerator uses less energy than a 100 watt light bulb

While the initial cost for a luxury appliance may be significantly higher than a standard appliance, the value you receive is much higher as well. Luxury makers use higher quality materials, pay attention to classic aesthetic design, and wrap the newest technologies into appliances that will stand the test of time, and daily use.

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Not only that, but professional-style luxury appliances will add value to your home should you choose to sell. High-end appliances in the kitchen can work to elevate a buyer’s perception of the entire home, meaning you’ll sell quicker and often at a higher price. Brands like Wolf, Viking, Miele, and Sub-Zero are recognized by buyers as a luxury item and they’re often willing to pay up for that luxury.

If you are upgrading prior to selling and budget is a concern, choosing a “designer” range is the best use of your funds. The range is a major focal point in most kitchens and along with the range hood can help to define the entire space. That’s why it offers a big bang for the bucks. Plus nothing is more fun to cook on than a luxury range. They really do work better than an inexpensive stove.

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Types of Radiant Heating For A Dallas Home Remodeling Project

Choosing Radiant Heating For Your Dallas Home Remodel

Sometimes it is the unseen elements in a home remodel that take the design from excellent to extraordinary. When winter comes around, there is nothing quite as luxurious as walking into a bathroom or kitchen in bare feet and feeling the warmth of a radiant heating system.

There are some options for adding the luxury of radiant heating to your home. Systems are available that supply heat to walls as well as floors. A radiant heat system relies on radiant heat transfer – it delivers heat directly to the room via infrared radiation. It is the same principle that allows you to feel the heat from a hot stovetop from across the room.

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The Advantages of Radiant Heating

Radiant heating offers homeowners some advantages. It is more effective than baseboard heating and almost always more efficient than forced-hot-air because it eliminated heat loss through ductwork. For homeowners with allergies, radiant heating is perfect because it doesn’t distribute allergens like forced hot air, plus there’s never any expense for filter replacement.

Hydronic systems (liquid-based systems) use little electricity which is a benefit for homeowners off the grid or in areas with high electricity costs. Hydronic systems use a variety of energy sources to heat the liquid including standard gas or oil furnaces, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters or any combination.

Radiant floor heat relies on the concept of convection. This is the natural circulation of heat within the room as the air warmed by the floor rises. Radiant floor systems are very different than the radiant panels used on walls. Let’s look at each of these options.

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Radiant Floor Heating

The two general types of radiant floor heating are electric and hydronic. These two types of systems can be further categorized by the installation method used. There are two different types of installation. Those that use the large thermal mass of concrete slab floor or lightweight concrete over wood are called “wet” installations. Those that are installed either between plywood subfloor or attaches tubing under the finished floor is called “dry” installation.

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Let’s explore each of these systems a little more in depth.

Electric Floor Systems

Electric systems consist of electric cables built into the floor. These systems cover the wires with electrically conductive plastic mats mounted on the subfloor below the finished tile or hardwood floor. Electrical costs can be high in certain areas, and as a result, electric radiant floors are most efficient if there is significant thermal mass, like a thick concrete slab. If the floor’s thermal mass is large enough, the heat stored in the slab will keep a home comfortable for eight to ten hours with only minimal electrical use. Electric radiant floors are also an excellent choice for a home addition where it is impractical or cost prohibitive to extend the heating system into the new space.

Hydronic Floor Systems

Hydronic systems are the most popular and cost-effective choice. Hydronic radiant heating systems pump heated water through tubing laid under the floor. In some systems control of the flow can be controlled using zoning valves and thermostats to regulate room temperature. The cost of installation can vary depending on the size and location of your home, the floor covering and labor.

Floor Coverings

Ceramic tile or natural stone is the most common and effective floor coverings to use with a radiant heat system. It can be used with vinyl, linoleum, carpeting or wood, but if the floor covering insulates the floor from the room, radiant heat efficiency is decreased.

Radiant Panels

Wall and ceiling mounted radiant panels are typically made of aluminum and can be either electrical or hydronic. Hydronic systems for homes can raise concerns about leaking with some homeowners. Most commercially available panels are electric.

Like any form of electric heat, panels can be expensive to operate but can be an excellent source of heating in areas that don’t experience extended periods of cold weather, like Dallas. They can provide supplemental heat in some rooms, can be used to heat an addition when extended the existing heating system can be impractical or not cost effective.

Panel systems have the fastest response time of any heating system, and panels can be individually controlled for each room. These features can make them extremely cost and energy efficient compared to other systems. When entering a room, you can increase the temperature setting and be comfortable within minutes.

Radiant heating can be a luxurious addition to your home remodeling project. Imagin never having to step on a cold kitchen or bathroom floor again. Using heat panels throughout your home can create comfort zones that can be adjusted as needed and can be efficient to operate both environmentally and financially. If you’re looking for a solution to supplement your existing heat, or need to add heat to a space in your home, but have been prevented by the cost of extending your system, consider installing a radiant heat system.

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Greater Dallas Dallas Kitchen Remodeling – 2018 Kitchen Trends

Remodeling in Greater Dallas? Discover Kitchen Trends For 2018

When it comes to design trends, they often start in other rooms in the house, but they always make their way to the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it often dictates the style and atmosphere of the entire living space. Especially in modern open living concept design where the kitchen colors, shapes, materials and functionality can be used to tie the whole look together.

Let’s take a look at some of the hottest trends in kitchen design and furnishings for 2018/2019, so you’ll have some reference for when you’re planning your upcoming kitchen remodeling project.

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Kitchen Color Trends

White has dominated kitchen cabinet design for the past decade. It was a natural choice that offered a timeless quality and always worked to brighten up space. As a neutral color, white cabinets work with a range of colors, from cool, blue walls, green pulls, and knobs, warm yellow counters or even red curtains.

And while white will never go out of style, a couple of color trends are picking up steam. There’s been a shift towards gray. Gray shares many of the properties that home owner’s love about white, but in a more subdued way. While gray is not a “bright” as white, some lighter shades come close. Gray works with warm or cool accent colors.

On another front, dark blue or navy painted cabinets are starting to become more popular. Unheard of just a couple of years ago, navy cabinets have taken off! Not quite as flexible as neutrals like gray and white, navy cabinets seem to work with any style or decor. Especially popular have been “two-tone designs, for example, combining navy island cabinets with light gray or white perimeter cabinets.

For the more eclectic homeowner, choices like neutral, oak, petrol green and charcoal with black accents and even more exotic colors like sage, or orange are trending strongly. These colors are being seen more often in stunning modern, contemporary and industrial designs.


Kitchen Trends: Cabinet Materials and Finishes

Along with the new trends in color, when it comes to design there’s a visible trend in the palette of materials being used in cabinetry and appliances. Blending a sophisticated color palette along with high-quality materials like wood, concrete, quartz, glass, ceramic, stone or metals all in different shades are influencing and being used to create unique, stunning designs. The play between textures and styles – matte and glossy, classic to modern, dark and light and glass doors or open shelving, designers are making some daring choices, which rely on density, texture, and appearance.

This approach is leading another trend towards industrial style kitchens. Designers are combining textures like dramatic black marble countertops with warm oak surfaces that add a rustic charm to a contemporary composition. The combination of robust, substantial dark materials with warm woods is a winning combination when it comes to kitchen design!


Quartz Countertops

Granite is timeless, and still the number one choice for most homeowners. Granite is durable, comes in a wide range of colors and patterns and each slab is unique. However, granite’s one great flaw is its porosity. Unless regularly sealed, a spill can soak in, and become as timeless as the stone itself.

Quartz came onto the design scene a few decades ago with the promise of a solid, durable non-porous surface. The drawback to quartz in the past was its lack of variety and style. But times have changed! Modern manufacturing techniques have given us quartz that delivers when it comes to style, design, and flair. Manufacturers can replicate the beautiful flowing veining of exotic marble and granite in a non-porous engineered product. As a result, quartz is the fastest growing choice for homeowners and will continue to grow in popularity in the coming years.


Glass Cabinet Doors

For homeowners who are not ready to make the transition to open shelving (another hot trend), designers have begun using more glass front cabinets as a middle ground between solid cabinets and open shelving. While your plates, glasses, bowls, and cups will be on display for all to see, glass doors create the illusion of more space, yet keep everything protected inside. This gives you the benefit of a more modern, open look but without all that dusting!


Minimalism: Hiding Accessories and Appliances

With our cluttered modern lives, minimalism has found its way into our homes via the kitchen counter. The trend for the coming year is moving stuff off of the counters and into dedicated areas. Toasters, coffee machines, blenders, mixers, cutting boards and even microwaves are moving off the counter and into specialized storage cabinets. The appliance “garage” is becoming one of the most requested design elements in today’s kitchen, and this trend is anticipated to continue to grow.

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Transitional Style or “Urban Rustic”

Transitional style has been a staple in kitchen trends for years. They offer a great opportunity to vary texture and material in dynamic combinations that offer designers freedom of expression. Mixing vintage, classic and contemporary design elements along with unexpected materials and shapes allow for a combination of traditional and modern design. It’s a trend that’s picking up steam. You can have a rustic kitchen with your trendy open floor plan. We expect that the trend in transitional kitchens to continue.

Thanks to new technologies and materials and some innovative designers, there are many exciting new possibilities for unique kitchen designs. When choosing one for your home, consider your lifestyle, location, and sense of style. The possibilities are truly infinite; from small and functional jazzy urban compositions to the trend towards more rustic design and recycled materials, when planning your dream kitchen, the sky is the limit!

Here at Joseph & Berry our kitchen design team is up to date with all the latest trends and materials. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, give us a call (or click here and we’ll call you!) and sit down with our designers. Let us show you how we can take your creative vision, combine it with our expertise, and deliver you the kitchen of your dreams!


Luxury Master Bath Remodeling – Choosing Towel Warmers

Towel Warmers Are A Luxurious Master Bath Must Have

If you’re undertaking a master bathroom remodeling project, one of the most luxurious items to add to your wish list is a towel warmer. Once relegated to hotels and spas, today, the towel warmer is an affordable comfort item for homeowners that you won’t believe you lived without!

Advances in technology, design, engineering, and manufacturing have brought homeowners highly efficient, effective, affordable options for any application and any taste. Let’s take a look at a few of your options to help you find the perfect unit for your new master bathroom.

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Before Choosing Towel Warmers Consider Your Needs

Asking and answering some fundamental questions can help you to narrow down your search. Speak with your designer and contractor. They will have information on the latest models, and technology available and can help you to choose the right unit to meet your needs and budget.

Ask yourself:

  • Which type of unit will fit my budget? Conservative, or luxury?
  • There are two types available, electric and hydroponic, what’s the difference?
  • Are there benefits when choosing between hardwired or plug-in installation?
  • Which style will better meet my needs, freestanding or permanently mounted?
  • Should I go for the simple, sleek design or a more artistic design?
  • What finish will compliment a high-end decor?
  • Should I choose a towel warmer with or without a timer?

Price Range

Manufacturers are producing towel warmers to fit any taste and budget. Whether you’re seeking a simple, functional unit, or one with a sophisticated aesthetic design, towel warmers are available to fit any budget.

Depending on the style, size, installation type and more, warmers can vary widely in price with budget-friendly units available for under $300 and impressive, designer units that can run $4000 or more. Do your due diligence. Look at online reviews, speak with your designer and remodeling contractor, and take a trip to your local kitchen and bath store to see models in person. Remember, browse with your budget in mind.


Electric Vs. Hydroponic Towel Warmers

There are two styles of towel warmers, electric and hydroponic. Both are available in a range of prices, and both are extremely energy efficient.


Today, electric towel warmers typically use about as much electricity as a 60W lightbulb, so they’re very energy efficient. Electric models use one of two methods to heat towels. Some use a low-wattage dry element. Others use an element to heat mineral oil within the unit. Electric warmers are available as both hardwired, permanent units, and plug-in movable ones. Both types can be operated using an on/off switch or with a timer. Some larger units can provide supplemental heating to the room.


Hydroponic models typically use hot water from your plumbing system to heat the unit, much like a radiant heat system. Hydroponic warmers are among the most energy efficient, but they can be the most difficult to install, if not included in the original construction during a remodeling project or new build.

Today, all towel warmers incorporate safety features like thermostats and automatic shut-offs, so safety is really a non-issue. Towel warmers also have no moving parts to wear out, so they are very reliable.

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Wall Mount, Floor Mount or Freestanding?

These are the three primary mounting options when choosing towel warmers. By far, the easiest to “install” are freestanding units. Just place them near an electrical outlet, plug them in and turn them on! They are portable and easily moved.

Wall mounted units are great for bathrooms with limited floor space, and can even take the place of traditional towel bars. Both electric or hydroponic units can be either plugin or hardwired. All hydroponic systems are either wall or floor mounted as they need to be tied into your home’s hot water heater or radiant heat system. Wall or floor mounting depends upon your bathroom design and is a personal choice. Your designer or contractor can provide you with the best solution.

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Other Considerations

Once you’ve decided on the type and installation of your towel warmer, there are a few other options to consider. There is truly a towel warmer for every bathroom style. From contemporary to classic, artistic to traditional, even antique-style there is a towel warmer to fit every decor. When choosing a towel warmer as a focal point, what’s most important is to reflect your personal style.

While many homeowners choose to stick with standard finishes like polished brass or chrome, many manufacturers offer finishes like oil-rubbed bronze, antique gold, satin nickel and more. Your designer can help you to choose the perfect finish to match your other fixture choices.

Some units offer options like a shelf for storage or a robe hook. Towel warmers come in a wide range of sizes. Consider your needs, your overall design, and of course your style and budget.

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Finally, modern towel warmers are extremely energy efficient, and the best way to use them is to keep them turned on. The energy used to initially heat them is significantly more than the energy used by keeping them on. Most manufacturers still include an on/off switch. Some manufacturers offer built-in timers on the unit, while some offer this as an option. Others use a thermostat, just like your home heating system.

A towel warmer is a luxurious addition to any bathroom remodeling project. They are affordable, energy efficient, and reliable. If you have any questions regarding towel warmers or need advice on how to remodel a luxury master bath suite, give us a call. Our designers can explain your options and help you to choose the perfect towel warmer for your home. Once you’ve experienced the elegance of stepping out of the shower and wrapping a perfectly warmed towel around your body, you’ll never look back!


Increasing Kitchen Space When Remodeling – Kitchen Expansion

Kitchen Expansion Ideas For Increasing Space

You probably loved your house when you first found it. It had great space, a beautiful master suite, and a great kitchen. Fast forward a few years and things have changed. You have kids, maybe the in-laws have moved into your home, suddenly, your great kitchen feels small or less functional. Sure you can add space by building an addition if you have the room and the budget, but building a new addition isn’t always feasible. That’s why it’s a good idea to be aware of some less costly alternatives. After all, the money you save by not building a full addition can go into upgrades in lighting, cabinets, countertops, flooring, fixtures, and appliances – things that make for the perfect dream kitchen!

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Here are a few kitchen expansion ideas to consider.

Kitchen Expansion via a Bump Out

One great affordable solution is the bump out. A bump out consists of bumping out the exterior wall by 24-inches. That’s the maximum space that you can bump out without having to add a foundation and more costs. It might not seem like a lot, but in a small kitchen, it’s a game changer! A 24” bump gives you plenty of space for a wall of cabinets and appliances along with an extra two feet of space in front of them.

This option isn’t always available. For example, if the floor joists run the wrong way. In this scenario, a section of the exterior wall is removed and replaced by a laminated header to support the new roof. The old floor is cantilevered outward, and a new outer wall is built along the perimeter of the new floor. The extension is covered with a small roof, and you gain space without the additional cost of a foundation.


Borrowing From An Adjacent Room

In some cases, removing the wall enclosing a small breakfast area can extend the length of the kitchen. Adding a breakfast bar and peninsula would accomplish the same function and take up less space.

However, the best expansion solution is removing the wall between the kitchen and an adjacent room like a formal dining room. This sound pricey, but the truth is typically it’s an inexpensive solution. The cost can be as low as a few hundred dollars, and the results can be pretty spectacular. Make sure to work with a qualified design-build remodeler Like Joseph & Berry. Interior walls can be structural carrying walls, and they can hide infrastructure like electrical or plumbing, which may need to be moved increasing the complexity of the job.

Other kitchen expansion ideas include using dead space under a stairwell as a pantry, realigning doors for better flow and relocating windows to maximize cabinet space.

If the flow in the kitchen is tight, one bank of cabinets can be made smaller to increase floor space. If the issue is limited counter space, but you have the room, countertops can be made deeper than the standard 24” depth. Talk to your designer about the viability of these options.


Hide the Clutter

It should be the first step in any remodeling before you swing a hammer! Clutter can make your space seem smaller and impact functionality. Small kitchens seem to accumulate stuff on the counter because there’s just no place else to put it. Clutter breaks up the lines of your kitchen and can make your room feel small. Efficiently organize your space with built-in storage solutions. Consider adding space saving and organizational items like a lazy susan, appliance garage, or roll out shelving to make your existing space more useful. With a little planning, additional cabinets can add out of sight storage to reduce clutter and open up sight lines. If you have more stuff than storage, it might be time to re-evaluate and move unused items to the basement, attic or garage.

Kitchen Expansion: Opening Up The Room

Partially opening up the wall to an adjacent room doesn’t expand the physical space, but it can create a sense of openness by extending the view and giving the perception of a larger space. Sometimes this simple solution can help, at the very least it allows the cook to feel less confined, plus, everyone knows that cooking is a spectator sport so open the wall and let your guests in!

Often, kitchen expansion is achieved using a combination of these solutions to produce the best result. A small expansion along with careful cabinet placement can make your kitchen more functional without breaking the bank. Add better lighting that emphasizes the rooms horizontal lines and your kitchen will appear bigger than it really is.

If you’re looking for ways to improve the functionality or add space to your existing kitchen, speak with our kitchen designer in our design-build firm. They can assess your current situation and offer creative solutions that are not only affordable but effective! Submit the form and we’ll contact you!

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