Using Black Marble In Your Home Design When Remodeling

Using Black Marble in Your Greater Dallas Home Remodeling Project

In interior design, black evokes nobility, luxury, and elegance. Although white marble will always be a classic choice, more and more homeowners are looking to black marble to bring sophistication and drama to their home. At Joseph & Berry, we’ve found many homeowners still have questions about how best to use this material in their space. Our professional design-build team can create a customized option that will take your remodel to the next level, whether your look is modern or classical.

What is black marble?

In nature, marble is usually white and gray but may also come in colors including red, pink, blue, brown and yes — black. Black marble most often originates from Turkey but may come from other regions including Spain. The stone usually has a white vein structure, which may be subtle or more dramatic and high-contrast. One important feature of black marble is its ability to reflect its brilliance and shine, as it can achieve a particularly high gloss compared to other shades.

Where can I use black marble?

In the kitchen…

Countertops – Dark stone pairs well with many different cabinet finishes, from deep jewel tones to crisp white. Against light floors and walls, it creates the contrast that adds style and class to any kitchen. On a kitchen island or breakfast bar, black marble creates the ideal surface to showcase your culinary creations. Whether glossy or matte, black marble is sure to make your dishes shine and your linens pop.

Backsplash – For an even stronger statement in the kitchen, go vertical. When installed on a vertical surface, the natural grain of marble becomes much more visible, transforming it into an artwork display. Use black marble as a backsplash throughout the kitchen or as an accent splash behind the stove or sink. Whenever possible, use black marble to accent the metallic touches in your space. Black creates an opulent feel when paired with metallic gold, silver, copper, and brass.

In the bathroom…

Bath surrounds – Just like in the kitchen, black marble can be used in the bathroom to create a high-end, luxurious atmosphere. Particularly in a master bath, black marble can make your regular bathroom feel like a palace get-away. Consider using black marble tiles on the walls, floors, or as a bathtub surround. Be aware that when using marble in a bathroom, it is important to choose a stone that holds up well to moisture and to have it properly sealed and protected. A professional installer can help you sample stone from different manufacturers and select the option that will last in your space for many years with proper care.

In any room…

Tables – As a dining table, a coffee table, or even a side table, black marble creates a focal point in any room. This is one of the most flexible ways to use black marble, so if you love the impressive effect of this gorgeous stone but aren’t sure how to make it work in your space, consider getting a custom-built table. If you are emphasizing sleek, modern, contemporary decor, a square or geometric table is a great choice. If your space is more colorful or features lots of wood or other natural materials, try a round or oval table, which creates a stunning accent piece without making the stone feel heavy or gothic.

Feature walls & fireplaces – Installing marble on a vertical surface isn’t limited to the kitchen. Whether slab or tiled, black marble as a vertical accent is an artistic statement for any room. Because black marble reflects light so well, it makes a great statement beneath decorative or accent lighting or as a fireplace surround.

Regardless of where it is in the home, black marble creates sophistication, elegance, and atmosphere. Joseph & Berry’s remodel team can custom-design a black marble option for you and ensure it is installed properly and safely so that you can enjoy the sophistication, class, and value of your home for many years.

If you want to learn more about Kitchen Remodeling in Dallas, call us today through (800) 371-8970 or schedule an appointment and speak with one of our qualified professionals, simply submit the form and we’ll contact you within 24 hours! 


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7 Remodeling Mistakes That Can Avoid By Using a Design Builder

Costly Home Remodeling Mistakes A Design Builder Can Prevent

Planning a home remodeling project can be an exciting time for any homeowner. We all want to create a living environment that meets our needs, expresses our personal style and is the perfect place to create lasting memories with our family and friends.

Planning your project and putting together a team is the most important elements of a creating remodeling. If it’s an extensive project, you may need to hire an architect, interior designer, and general contractor. Or you can choose to work with a design builder and get all three from one firm.

Even a simple home remodeling project can be a challenging and complicated affair. Working with a design builder can make the process run more smoothly and help you to avoid common mistakes that can cost you in both time, and money.


Here are seven mistakes you can avoid by working with a design builder on your next project.

1.     Your Creative Vision is Unclear

One of the most common mistakes is not knowing exactly what you want. A design builder will work closely with you to understand your creative vision. Their design team will learn about your lifestyle, understand your needs, and help to flesh out your creative vision before hammering a single nail. They will have knowledge of current trends, the latest technology, and will help you to maximize your budget so you can afford the luxuries you dream of while keeping your project on track.

2.     Hiring A General Contractor, Before Considering All The Possibilities

You’ve decided on your project and have begun to vet builders. You meet a contractor and you hit it off. He seems nice and knowledgeable so you sign a contract. Choosing the first contractor that comes along is never a good idea. You should vet several, check their references and their work. A professional design builder is an option that you should explore before signing any contract. Because they can handle every aspect of your project from design, to planning, budgeting and construction, working with a design builder can often be a much smarter choice. Let’s meet up for a free consultation! Submit the form and we’ll contact you by the next business day.


3.     Choosing A Design Builder Based on Price

Money is always a subject when it comes to a home improvement project. While a contractor can come in with a low price, is it really a bargain? A general contractor may not provide needed architectural services, that’s an additional expense. What about interior design? Another additional cost. Working with a design builder, when you receive a proposal, it will clearly break out all of the services you can expect. You’ll receive a comprehensive project plan and budget, along with contingencies and clear policies for change orders and additional costs.

4.     Not Working With A Designer

If you hire a general contractor, they might not have the depth of design experience that your project might require. The first half of “design-build” is design! You can be sure that when working with a full-service firm that they will have the design experience to understand and define your creative vision and help you to achieve it. They will also have a deep understanding of the latest trends, materials, finishes, and technologies available and can work with you to suggest high-quality alternative materials that can deliver the look you want while stretching your budget.

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5.     Starting a Project Without A Contract and a Plan

This is common sense, but you should never start a project without a detailed plan and a binding contract. When you work with a design builder you can rest assured that every element of your project including costs, the scope of work, the order work will proceed, material costs, design costs, and every other aspect of your project will be clearly outlined and delivered in the form of a formal contract. Your contract will include any contingencies for additional costs like change orders, or upgrades.

6.     Compromising Your Vision

You’ve probably been saving up for your project for years, or you are paying for it with a home equity line or loan that will take years to repay. You’ve developed your creative vision and now it’s time to get started. The last thing you want is a contractor to steer you away from your creative vision towards a finish or layout that is not what you want. Working with a full-service design builder means that your vision and budget will always be top priorities. They can help you to maximize your budget by creative choices in materials or can work to get you discounts so your vision is realized.

7.     Not Staying Involved In The Process

As the homeowner, you’re the most important member of the team when you work with a design builder. From the earliest parts of the process, your design builder will turn to you to learn about your needs, lifestyle, and vision. They will consult with you throughout the design process and conduct regular walkthroughs of the job site. You may be asked to sit in on the planning meetings and scheduling. Your design builder will always be available to answer any questions and will contact you if questions arrive on site.

Talk to us to learn more (800)-371-8970 about your home remodeling in Dallas! 

Partnering with a design builder for your next home improvement project is a smart move. You can often stretch your budget because all services are provided in-house. That means no additional costs for architects, engineers, or designers.

Because all services are in-house, your budget can be maximized. Decisions can be taken at quickly when the architect is down the hall from the builder (or maybe even the same person!). They work closely with you to make sure that your creative vision is met and have the talent, expertise, experience, and knowledge to provide the highest quality craftsmanship and deliver your project on time and on budget.

If you’re seeking a high-end design builder to remodel your kitchen, master suite or an entire home, 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.

Construction Hazards A Home Remodeling Professional Can Prevent

A Home Remodeling Professional Will Know How To Handle Asbestos, Formaldehyde and More

Planning a home remodeling project is extremely exciting. Designing the perfect space, whether it’s a new kitchen, and upgraded master bath, or converting your attic, can be fulfilling and is the first step of your project. Once construction begins, there can be surprises, and hazards, especially if you own an older home, that you might not have counted on. That’s why it’s important to always work with a home remodeling professional.

Construction sites can be dangerous. Add to this the potential hazards uncovered during the process and it becomes clear why working with a home remodeling professional is so important. Here in Dallas, we have many older homes that were built in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Often materials like asbestos or lead paint were used, which can pose a serious health hazard to your family if not properly dealt with.


Safety and Using a Professional Home Remodeling Team

Home improvements can bring out hazards whose impacts can be minimized with a little pre-planning and the experience and expertise of a qualified professional builder. Keeping your family safe when your home is under construction is one of the primary concerns of any contractor or design/build firm. Here are some of the top hazards you might encounter during your home renovation, and how your home remodeling professional can work to keep you and your family safe.

In Every Home Improvement, A Little Dust Will Fall…

Dust is the number one nuisance for homeowners and contractors alike. This is especially true in older homes when plaster walls are demolished and sanded. A home remodeling professional will always have a control plan to protect your family. Dust can trigger allergic reactions or asthma, permeate your home and be difficult to stay ahead of.

Your contractor will work to isolate the work area from the rest of your house as much as possible. General ways to control dust include isolation, removing furniture, covering items that can’t be moved and sealing doors and air ducts. Many also use the latest state-of-the-art technology to capture airborne dust before it has a chance to escape.

If Your Home Was Built Before 1976, Lead Paint May Be An Issue

This is probably one of the most common, and most well-known issues in older homes. Prior to 1976, interior and exterior paint often contained lead. If you live in a pre-1976 home, and you have kids, this can be a real problem. Your contractor will test for lead paint in an older home before work begins.

Your contractor will take the appropriate actions to keep your family safe. A home remodeling professional will use lead-safe work practices to minimize lead contamination and any other potential hazards. Research has shown the taking a proactive site-protection approach is more reliable, safer and more cost-effective that depending on a good clean up after construction.

If you’re looking to paint and your home, give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule our Lead paint certificated specialist to help you with your home remodeling project! Or simply fill the contact form and we’ll contact you.
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Asbestos was the miracle material back in the 50’s and 60’s. It was used all over the home, from pipe, duct, and furnace insulation, as regular insulation, in popcorn ceilings, plaster, and tile. It is an extremely dangerous hazard that must be removed by a licensed contractor. Make sure yours is certified and licensed to deal with asbestos. They will need to obtain the necessary permits and it must be treated properly or serious environmental contamination can occur that can put your family at risk.

The Dangers of Hidden Mold

Damp or wet conditions inside or outside walls can lead to mold growth. Mold can be extremely dangerous depending on the strain that is present and can cause serious problems to your health. It’s can cause problems for both you and your contractor, as when mold is detected, it must be professionally and completely removed before any remodeling work can begin. Make sure removal is done by a certified removal specialist, especially if a large contamination is found. Although mold can be killed by a bleach solution, even the dead spores can be extremely dangerous.

Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs can be found in many of the chemicals used in remodeling, especially in spray or aerosol form. VOCs are typically found in furniture strippers, paints, thinners, glues and adhesives. To prevent them from entering your home, many contractors will use water-based or latex paints and other “green” products that have low VOC levels.

In every home improvement project, your first priority is to improve your quality of life and enhance your living space. Your contractor’s first priority is to keep your family safe throughout the process. Make sure that any contractor or design/build firm you choose will always approach your project with an eye on safety.

Talk with them about their process, the materials they use and their qualifications in terms of removal of contaminants. Keeping your family safe by avoiding these common hazards will make the remodeling experience more rewarding, and enjoyable and improve the quality and value of your home.

At Joseph & Berry, we’re always just a phone call away. However, if we don’t hear from you when your project is completed, you’ll hear from us when in twelve months to stop in, say hello and check our work.

If you’d like to learn more about our design-build-remodeling process and meet our professional home remodeling team to discuss your upcoming remodeling project, give us a call at (800) 371-8970 or submit the contact form.