Joseph & Berry Dallas Luxury Remodeling Company On Voyage Dallas

Sharing Our Construction Culture

We were so lucky to be featured on Voyage Dallas and share with the audience our story!
This time, we wanted to spotlight one of our employees, Colleen, Joseph & Berry Luxury Remodeling client manager. She’s the first voice you’ll hear when you call in and involved in every step of the way.

More Than Just A Client

Besides designing and building beautiful homes, Joseph & Berry as a company thrives on customer service. Our company proudly focus on a white-glove experience that can’t be matched. The ups and downs throughout the remodeling process can often feel like a rollercoaster of emotions, and it is our job to make our clients feel as comfortable as a job site can be (and trust us, its’s not).  We take the time to know our clients. We aim to serve them better by providing small gestures like treating them with edible goods after coming back from a vacation to an empty house (and fridge), making sure their pets are comfortable when they visit our office, treating them with toys and love.

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Five amazing Dallas kitchen makeovers [including costs suggestions]

And how much a kitchen remodel should cost in Dallas, Tx area

First thing first!

No matter if you are new to Dallas, Tx area or have lived here for a long time, it is a safe bet to say your home needs at least a refresh if not a full facelift. You are so ready for your kitchen to remodel to start but have no idea how much it should cost? Let’s talk briefly about prices and things to consider when determining which kitchen remodel will fit you best.

Kitchen refresh VS kitchen remodel

If your kitchen has great bones, but needs some TLC like a new backsplash or countertops.  If you like your current layout and needs merely some touch-ups and paint, you may be comfortable with kitchen refresh. You can have new cabinets color, impress your guests with gorgeous backsplash, and brighten up space with new quartz countertops. If you like the sleek look so marble, quartzite or a different natural stone can be a great addition to your kitchen. But before we dive too in, you need to determine what is the right scope of work (SOW) for your kitchen remodel.

Whether your kitchen is too cramped, or you like to entertain but have not enough place for your friends and family or just want to open up your kitchen and have an open space layout, you should consider a kitchen remodel. Tap to see the  lasted trends for a kitchen remodel in Dallas 

Ready to start?

There is more to consider before deciding whether you should go with a kitchen refresh, remodel, or complete custom remodel.

  1. How long you intend to live in your home?
  2. What is your home value?
  3. What year your house was built and when was your home last update or remodeled?
  4. Do you have a level of investment in mind?
  5. Do you have the funds or be using a lender to finance your home remodeling?

If you are not sure what is best for kitchen remodeling, we’d love to help! Scroll up and fill the form. We’ll love to assist you in planning your home remodel.

Kitchen remodel costs in Dallas, Tx

There are no two kitchens remodel alike. You know someone that knows someone that paid $25K for his kitchen renovation, and he likes his kitchen? Perfect! Make sure to ask him a few questions:

  1. How long did it take to complete the kitchen remodel?
  2. Does the homeowner had to coordinate and schedule all vendors and construction team?
  3. What changes were made to kitchen layout or footprint?
  4. How was the design and selection process? Did he make the selections on his own or hired an interior designer to help him with tiles, countertop, knobs, light fixtures, etc.?
  5. Did he buy custom made cabinets or purchased a shelf product?

We witnessed so many conversations like that when the “happy” homeowner makes excuses until he finally says it was a nightmare. If it sounds too cheap, there’s a catch, so don’t be tempted to take the lowest offer, especially if it is far too low than other estimate or budget you set to yourself.  We gathered some numbers for you to review and consider while you think about YOUR kitchen renovation here in Dallas, Tx:

The figures we’re sharing below are referring to remodeling companies or design/build firms that design & manage your kitchen remodeling from start to finish. 

Small Kitchen Remodel – if you love your kitchen layout but you still need to replace cabinets, countertop, backsplash, and more, the recommended starting budget is $65K.

Average Kitchen Remodel – if your kitchen is the average Texan kitchen size (and we all know what they say about Texan size, right?) that you like your layout, then we would suggest considering a starting budget of $80K. If you would like open space concept, raise your stating budget to $95K (due to extra demo and framing work).

Large Kitchen Remodel – if you’re a social butterfly that loves to host, and you are also happy with the current kitchen layout, we recommend a starting budget of $95K.

Are you ready to see our amazing before & afters?

Stunning Before & After kitchen remodels in Dallas, Tx:

From design through complete turnkey, Joseph & Berry are proud to share some of the award-winning kitchen renovations here in Dallas:
(Tap the photos below to see more of our home remodeling projects in Dallas, Tx)

 

Two-tone kitchen with an eye catcher brick wall:
Best color mix award-winning project by Kitchen & Bath design magazine:

 

 

Contemporary kitchen remodel makeover aging in place specialty project – National Award Winner:
Best in America Living Award, by NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), Best kitchen remodel award by Dallas Builders

 

 

 

Elegant white kitchen makeover:
Best whole house remodel by Nari Greater Dallas

 

 

Bright white kitchen remodel makeover:
Galley shape kitchen remodel in Kessler Park, Dallas

 

 

Ultra modern kitchen remodel makeover:
Electronically operated custom made kitchen cabinets, made in Italy

 

If you are thinking about remodeling your home in the Dallas/Plano area, consider us to be your remodeling contractors! We are proud to offer you a free consultation. Meet our team, hear about our process, and have a better understanding of your kitchen remodel. Call us now 800-371-8970 or scroll up and submit the contact us form, coffee’s on us!

If you are looking for more kitchen & bath design inspiration, follow our Instagram feed.

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Kitchen & Bath Remodel Shouldn’t Be A Hussle, Right?

If you are thinking about remodeling and your head starts to ache, we just want to say we feel you! We had so many calls in the past months with clients that asked for HELP! My contractor bailed on me… my house is gutted… my floor is ruined… my shower is leaking. TOO MANY CALLS LIKE THIS.

We decided it is time for homeowners to take control of their kitchen, bath or home remodeling projects, and we are here to help you on that journey by simply providing free knowledge.
We are hosting a free dinner & learn for homeowners in Dallas, Tx. EVERYTHING you need to know about your kitchen & bath remodel but didn’t know who to ask.

Before & After kitchen remodel by Joseph & Berry Best of color mix award winning project

We will discuss the types of contractor in the market, we’ll share the questions you should ask any contractor before they start working at your house and host a Q & A session.

Join us on Tuesday, May 7th, dinner & mingle starting at 5:30 PM, our lecture starting at 5:45 PM.
RSVP required and seats are limited so mark your calendar and reserve your seat today. Tap the link to register: I want to reserve my seat! 

If you have any questions about our seminar, please feel free to contact us at 800-371-8970.

Master bathroom remodel by Joseph & Berry. Tub to double shower conversion

5 Design Trends To Steal For Your Kitchen & Bath In Dallas (And Won’t Look TOO Straining)

If you have been playing with the thought to remodel your kitchen & bath lately but wondered what will have the best impact for your Dallas home in case you’d like to sell it sometime in the future, you are in the right place! Joseph & Berry (yes, they are real people ;)) had the pleasure to participate in the recent kitchen & bath show and the largest builder show that took place in Las Vegas earlier this year. They also brought home an amazing Best in America Living award but that’s for a different blog 🙂

While they were exploring the latest and greatest technology we can now incorporate to your home, they also viewed the latest colors and trends that will fit best for the unique Dallas, Tx design and style that we have here. Remember, it may look phenomenal in that NY apartment you saw on Houzz or in Elle Decore but frankly? It may be way too modern for Texans and it could be a burden in the future if you’ll consider selling your home.

So, what are the kitchen & bath designs that we are going to do when you’ll start your Dallas remodeling journey?

Follow us on Instagram for more kitchen & bath design inspiration and news

Kitchen design and cabinet colors that add flair to your Dallas home:

We see a lot of black and blue shades that are trending right now, but if we need to make an educated guess about your kitchen, we will assume it is some shade of BROWN, is it? As we mentioned, not whatever fits L.A or NY can work in Dallas. A good interior designer will combine the client (you) wants and needs with the local market (Dallas, Tx) styles and population.

So, what do we actually recommend for kitchen & bath design ideas?

White is still the most popular color for kitchen designs, however, we noticed that the colors are warming up a little bit. If you consider remodeling your kitchen than hues of white kitchen cabinets with a combination of dark cabinets for the kitchen island, will definitely add flair to your home,  just like we did in this beautiful kitchen remodel in Dallas:

Eye catching brick wall with blue kitchen island and white kitchen cabinets in Dallas, Tx
Mixed colors kitchen cabinet by Joseph & Berry

 

Gray shades are also warming up this season and we noticed a lot more greiges (gray & beige) in the show, check these selections we did marble hexagon tiles and modern light gray door style :

interior design selections for your home remodel in Dallas by Joseph & Berry
Backslash and tile selection for your Dallas kitchen & bath

 

Statement Countertops For Your Kitchen & Bath

If you feel like a colored kitchen or bath cabinets is too bold for you, you should consider using a bold countertop instead. Joseph & Berry noticed many kitchen & bath designs with bold or darker countertops. You don’t have to go all the way in, simply choose a countertop with darker veins. It’s beautiful, elegant and can pop up the room. Think about a small power room with clean lines, marble backsplash tiles and dark countertop over a white vanity. Elegant and timeless!

 

Looking for kitchen & bathroom design inspiration? Tap here 

 

Blending Designs: Traditional Mixed With Contemporary

We know a lot of homeowners in Dallas, Tx love traditional design but want to update their home to have an updated design. Don’t worry! Shaker style, which considered as a more traditional style, can blend very well with modern light fixtures, pulls, knobs, and modern tiles. Look at this kitchen remodel made in Dallas, Tx using shaker doors in modern gray:

Contemporary kitchen with shaker style cabinet doors in gray and white
Shaker style kitchen doors in modern gray and white kitchen in Dallas

 

LED Lighting

We know you think LED should be used in your backyard or to light up your driveway, well, we have news for you! It is 2019 and if you haven’t done that yet, think about changing your light bulbs to LED anywhere you can. It is a bit more costly at the beginning, but in the long run, it will actually save you money. It’s not just as it’s energy efficient lighting, and eco-friendly lighting solution, as it lasts longer than a regular bulb, and thanks to the talented lighting designers, we have a beautiful variety of LED light fixtures to choose from!

Geometric and Cement Tiles

You may notice that trend in the fashion industry for a while now, and now we are happy to implement those trends to your kitchen & bath! The tile selections that we saw at the kitchen & bath design show and builders show were absolutely mind-blowing! We have designed many areas using printed cement tiles as well as geometric tiles for many rooms like kitchen backsplash and kitchen flooring, entryway, powder room flooring, master bathroom, and mud rooms. Get some inspiration with this modern design that can work very well for your next  Dallas kitchen & bath remodel:

Contemporary kitchen with shaker style cabinet doors in gray and white
Modern bathroom design in Dallas design board by Joseph & Berry

 

Living in Dallas, Tx area and looking to remodel your home? Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation and let’s talk about your needs, wishes, and design inspirations! Tap here to submit your contact info

Feel free to reach out in case you have any remodel dilemma or questions! Until next time…

~ J & B

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Flooring Trends for Home Remodeling in Dallas

Cutting Edge Kitchen Flooring For Your Home Remodeling Project

When remodeling a kitchen from the ground up, the best place to start is with the floor. Throughout the Dallas area, we are seeing homeowners choose kitchen flooring provides a luxurious, custom look that balances durability and functionality. At Joseph & Berry, we can advise on materials, finishes, and styles that will achieve your goals. Whenever undertaking a remodeling project, a design-build team is a key to executing your vision. We put together the top trends we’re seeing in 2018 for how homeowners are getting unique, beautiful looks for their kitchen floors:

Join us to learn how to remodel your kitchen & stay alive!

Herringbone & Chevron Flooring

Kitchen flooring laid in a herringbone or chevron pattern – and flooring laid on a diagonal – is gaining popularity this year. This luxurious option is a bold, high-end statement in hardwood and tile, representing the high degree of craftsmanship needed to install this look. The recent increase in this design speaks to the rising popularity of geometric patterns in the home. Additionally, herringbone and chevron floors are a flexible and beautiful look that complements any style of decor from rustic to contemporary.

Dark & Light Contrast

For both tile and wood kitchen flooring, the theme of the year is contrast. The trend towards both dark extremes (hickory and espresso finishes) and light extremes (blonde wood and white-washed tile) is holding strong in 2018. We’re also seeing more high-contrast variegated flooring. High color variation is a theme for both wood and tile that creates a natural, rustic look. After all, in nature, stone and wood aren’t perfectly uniform! This flooring trend really elevates any kitchen floor into a statement piece.

Green is in

Eco-friendly flooring is a growing section of the market. Increased consumer demand and advancing technologies mean that eco-friendly flooring is really going to have its moment in 2018. More importantly, this trend is proving that going green does not mean giving up luxury. Exotic hardwoods like Tigerwood and Brazilian cherry have Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified options, representing that they meet strict standards of sustainability and environmental responsibility. We are also seeing a rise in custom-made, reclaimed, and recycled options, including flooring made from vintage wine barrels which brings an amazing, one-of-a-kind look to the kitchen (click to learn more about a kitchen remodel in Dallas).

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One-of-a-kind Texture

For hardwood kitchen flooring, in particular, the texture is more prevalent than ever before. Just like with color, high variation is in, meaning we are seeing more hand-scraped looks: long, ingrained scrapes that make each individual plank look handcrafted, unique, and rare. We also see more wire-brushed floorings, which have subtle, intentional scratches for a smoother but exposed look. And last, but not least, distressed floors which is similar to hand-scraped but feature additional “wear and tear” like knots, burns, and wormholes flooring. Incorporating these textures into your flooring naturally makes any kitchen look more timeless.

Mixed-width Kitchen Flooring

Adding flooring of different widths to your home is a subtle detail that adds an extra “pop” to any room and creates a little something unexpected that draws the eye in the kitchen. It’s stylish and contemporary, which is likely why we are seeing it becoming increasingly popular, particularly for wood and wood-look kitchen flooring.

Hexagonal Tiles

We’ve seen a rise in the popularity of hexagonal tile for kitchen backsplashes in the past.  Nowadays, we are seeing it on the kitchen floors. This tile design originates with early 1900s subway stations, which makes it a great choice for creating a classic or vintage look, or in sleek and ultra-modern decor. This is a great way to create a statement in the kitchen and create an on-trend geometric look in the home.

       

Joseph & Berry provides its clients not only with the highest quality custom designs, but stand ahead of other design-build teams by offering a guarantee on all our work. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.

If you considering a kitchen remodeling project in Dallas, TX and would like to speak with a professional designer, contact, the professionals home remodelers at Joseph & Berry Remodel Design Build to schedule a complimentary consultation (800)-371-8970.

 

 

5 Tips For Your Home Resolutions [including budget suggestions!]

There is no better time than NOW

You have been wanting to remodel your home for so long, or recently bought a home that suits your budget but definitely not your style? Make it part of your new year’s resolution and start to plan your home renovation ahead. If you wondered what are typical steps for a home remodeling project, we created this article especially for you! Here are 5 things you need to think about before you start remodeling your house:

Elegant kitchen remodel in Kessler Park, Dallsa by Joseph & Berry

#1: Planning is good. Wait, what should I do first?

First of all, let us tell you that if you have enough time, money, and energy to spend the possibilities are endless, and you can choose whoever you want. If you think your time is precious and you value your hard-earned money, you should really plan ahead.

Start with listing all the things you want to change in your home. We suggested going room-by-room, starting with your kitchen or bathroom and create a detailed list of things you wished to change. If your kitchen lack storage space, you should have it on your list. We even suggest counting your cabinets and storage spaces to have a better understanding of the design plan later on when working with your interior designer.

Everything you desire to change should be on that list. The more specific you’ll get, the more accurate your budget will be.

While working on that wishlist we suggested above,  ask yourself how long are you planning to live in the house?
There are alterations and designs we would steer away from, for the sake of resale purposes. For instance, we know European kitchen is remarkably popular right now (not everywhere, we’re still in Dallas, Tx Y’all) but if you intend to re-sale your home in the next 2-3 years, we’ll recommend a contemporary kitchen design as shown below.

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If you imagine this home as your forever home, fabulous! Now we can include all the latest technologies and updates you desired on that wishlist! (Yes, that TV mirror you always wanted or that man cave you have been dreaming of).

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#2: Let’s talk finance, shall we?

We all saw Fixer Upper in Waco and were given the impression we can have a fully renovated home with custom cabinets and a lavish master bathroom for $50K. Well, sorry to dissolve that dream… it can happen only on television. If you are to hire an interior designer and general contractor to manage all teams together, pull permits and buy quality materials you will spend a lot more.

Think about the amount of money you are willing to invest in your home. When you do so, make sure you are not exceeding the market around you, and you know Dallas’s home market has a large variety to work with.

Be realistic about your budget. If you want to refresh the whole house your starting budget should be around $150K. If you expect electrical work to be done, and possibly plumbing, you should be working with certified professionals to pull permits and go through inspection.
In that case, we will recommend to increase your budget an additional $70K and above to complete your home renovation. [Note: those numbers are relevant for home improvement and remodeling in Dallas, Tx and may vary for projects in other states].

Editor’s Note: When you interview your design build firm or contractor, make sure you have a payment plan that won’t stress you out. A contractor that requires full payment in advance should raise a red flag.

#3: Finding your soulmate (AKA your general contractor, design build or remodeler)

Your design-build firm/remodeling company will be at your house over a significant period of time moreover you should feel comfortable with their presence and rely on them to be respectful of your home, and your personal belongings. You should trust your contractor.

When beginning the process of interviewing potential home remodelers or design-build firms, you should learn about their liability and insurance, permit policy, learn about their labor warranty, and payment plans. Make sure to ask relevant questions about their design team and project managers. Furthermore, be assured that the chosen general contractor/design-build firm is capable to take on your home improvement project and they know how to handle your remodel scope of work. Review closely the contract you are required to sign on and make a note to yourself in case there is something that needs clarification.

#4: Design. Interior Design.

Since we have completed a bunch of multiple projects and have had the opportunity to meet numerous clients, we can tell you one thing. If it is NOT functional, it does not worth your efforts nor the investment you are intending to put towards that upgrade.

Real life example: You are begging for beautiful 24 X 24 white porcelain flooring tiles, you should be minded to the appearance of dirt that shown on sleek tiles so you have young kids or pets and you don’t own a cleaning company, then you’d better skip it.

Yes, we understand you like it clean and fresh.
Trust us, watermarks combined with muddy shoes and grass are anything but clean, nor fresh.

We recommend our clients to keep the floorplan in mind. When you plan your kitchen or bathroom remodel, acknowledge discomfort and pain points you have been experienced in your existing room layout and express it to your designer. They should be able to come up with a better flow for your floorplan and lighting plan.

When you meet up with your assigned designer, make sure to create the full picture for them (not that one you’ve been fantasizing on, the real deal!). Point out all the pain points, all the things that you think that can make your life easier, all the perfect kitchen photos you have been saving on Pinterest in the past 3 years… The designer should deliver a fresh layout and design that hopefully has all your needs & wants.
If you want to be inspired click here!

Trending pastels for 2019 are peach, hues of greens, light pink, and lemon

Editor’s note: We strongly suggest you will keep a copy of your signed design and floor plans for your records. If you haven’t received a copy, then it’s time to ask for one.

#5: Your brand new home (or kitchen or bath…)

Number one myth on home improvement is it would be easy. Is that so? There are so many things that can turn bad so if you intend to perform any DIY, we strongly suggest to include an extra budget for unexpected circumstances, for instance, mold behind your shower walls.

Any home improvement project, especially an extensive home remodeling project is a stressing process for all parties involved, not just homeowner. Project managers want to ensure the quality of labor, the interior designer wants to see the exact design comes to life and the homeowner… well, the homeowner wants to have his home back with nothing but a perfect home to live in.
For example, remember the cabinets you approved but freaked out while you saw it inside your kitchen? Yes, those type of things can happen, and you want to have the right team by your side to provide customer service/client assistance that you need so much right now.

Take a deep breath.

We often find it difficult to keep things on track after reviewing so many door styles, hardware, paints, and tiles you are no longer confident about your final home design.
Relax, two weeks later, when you will settle down,  arrange your space and those details will come all together. Then you will fall in love again with every selection you made. Every tile you liked, every light fixture you now have to bright up your space. After all, it was designed for you, with YOU in mind.

Remodeling your home can be challenging and stressful. Make sure to have a professional team on your side.
Contact us today, your home remodelers in North Dallas,Tx to schedule your complimentary consultation for your home remodel 800-371-8970 or submit the contact form.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Color Mix Award By NKBA

Another design award for Joseph & Berry

Honorable mention by National Kitchen + Bath Association is another great achievement that Joseph & Berry can be proud of in 2018.
Along with 4 other Dallas Builder Association awards (ARC awards), this is another significant award for the Dallas based design build firm.

The Kitchen Design

Our white kitchen renovation features high-end, custom made cabinetry coupled with an exposed red brick accent wall. The accent wall features a stunning, old-world, oversized custom made copper range hood. A large kitchen island in a deep royal blue provides ample kitchen storage, allowing the large window to flood the kitchen with natural light. A custom pantry in royal blue to perfectly match the kitchen island creates a warm flow between the two. By opening the space up we managed to create a small, additional sitting area. This area overlooks the kitchen, allowing you to enjoy an afternoon tea while enjoying the outside natural light. To complete this dazzling, regal design, large glass light fixtures dangle over the kitchen island, illuminating its sophisticated beauty.

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Award winning kitchen design by Joseph & Berry

Planning a kitchen remodel?

Here’s a pro tip: Before you start to explore for design inspiration, write down all your pain points. That will allow you and our design build team to make sure we are addressing all the weak points also help us to better design your new space. If you need any assistance, we are here to help! Let’s schedule our complimentary consultation. 

 

 

Interior Design Trends For 2019

Let’s talk about interior design trends in 2019, shall we?

In case you browse a little bit around interior design magazines or seek for interior inspiration, you probably noticed a lot more COLORS. Gray tones are stepping aside and giving away to warm, relaxed and welcoming colors.
However, we are well aware that whatever works in New York or Chicago, doesn’t necessarily works in Dallas, Tx, right? So we came up with the trends as well as design board inspiration to show you how your Dallas, Tx kitchen (that is probably more traditional) can transform in 2019.

Earthy colors: Terracotta and shade of cocoa

Earthy colors are not limited to your walls only but to every aspect of your home. You will notice (if you haven’t, yet) home decor items like decorative pillows, ottomans, and also tiles in those shades.

Design board of earthy bathroom design that you want to consider for your next bathroom renovation. Calm & Stylish look, what else can we ask!?

Natural and soothing pastels

In 2019 you’ll inspect more natural materials when it comes to kitchen & bath design: we’ll notice more natural and clean lines in the bathroom’s vanity, the white kitchens will give away to more natural finishes and light wood tones.

Using soothing, calming colors this year to create a tranquil environment and nourish intimate and family relationships. Sage green, Rose Beigh, Apricot- Peach & Mist Grays are the colors you are going to see A LOT in 2019. Check this kitchen design inspiration board>>

Trending pastels for 2019 are peach, hues of green, light pink, and lemon

Black

Black is always a fashionable color when it comes to clothing. It was just a matter of time until seeing it in our designed bathrooms, right? This time has come!
This year we are going to explore new hardware in matte black like faucets, pulls and knobs and a lot more shower combos in that beautiful matte finish. Don’t be afraid of mixing colors and finishes in case you feel that using black hardware is a bit too much for you.

Powder room design inspiration in black, pastel green, and geometric backsplash

 

Bold walls & statement ceilings

We will see more and more bold accent walls in bathrooms, covered with printed tiles or waterproof wallpapers.
You are used to seeing accent walls in bathrooms & kitchen, how about statement ceilings?
Geo wallpaper prints or ceiling in a different color than walls are really taking off.

 

Follow us on Instagram for more design inspiration.
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Until your next bathroom remodel…

Joseph & Berry
Indulge Yourself.

 

 

Cover photo credit: Italian Bark. Styling by Michelle Maguire

 

 

Your bathroom is more than a just a place to shower

Looking for a Bathroom Remodel In Dallas, Tx?
You are in the right place!

If your bathroom is outdated and need some ‘face-lift’ but you don’t really know where to start, are reached the right place!
As design build firm aka general contractor with all the benefits of interior designers and project managers, we know exactly how to remodel your bathroom (in case you live in Dallas, Tx, and surrounding) while helping you make all the tough decisions.

Yes, we consider tiles and mirrors as tough decisions!

Let Us Do The Hard Work For You

While you know you want to remodel your bathroom but you don’t really know how to point a finger on all those pain points you’ve been experienced, we as professional luxury remodeling firm, know exactly what to ask. We’ll go over your wants and needs, learn your wishes or any inspiration you have been looked into lately (if you are not familiar with Houzz or Pinterest this is exactly the time to start!)

Master bathroom remodel by the award winning Joseph & Berry remodeling firm

Providing you with layout plans, interior design and selections to choose from, this bathroom remodel you want to complete seems so much easier now. Your assigned project developer will oversee your project and will keep constantly supervise your project to ensure you are happy and love the way your home is transforming. Don’t get us wrong, although we try our hard to make sure your bathroom remodel (or kitchen, home remodeling or additions in Dallas, Tx) goes as smooth as it can, sometimes things happen and we are taking full responsibility about any mistakes might happen because of human nature. Don’t worry, we’ve your back! Your home is also insured by our insurance up to $2M while we are performing our job.

We Handle Your Bathroom Remodel From A-Z

One of the most frighting things for homeowners is to manage their home remodel themselves. Calling contractors, missing days at work, worrying about trades… Not with us. We manage your bathroom remodel from start to finish. We design the space, manage the construction including plans, pulling permits, handling city inspections and making sure all our professional staff knows exactly what to do.

Pro’s Tip: Clients tend to inspect the job too early in the process, not allowing their contractor to fix or change whatever needs the extra attention. Talk to your contractor about that before they start to renovate. Open communication is the key to success!

You Deserve More.

Dallas lifestyle can be stressful sometimes. You are busy. Running between meetings to lunches, networking, and clients or maybe driving kids to school, practice, helping with homework, cooking, and bathing… we can imagine how exhausted you are by the end of the day (their day, anyway). Feeling like – STOP THE WORLD! I WANT TO GET OFF.
Almost every person shares that same exact feeling every now and then, don’t feel like you can’t handle it, you got this!

You want to pour yourself a glass of wine, open a bottle of St. Pellegrino with a piece of lime and simply relax in your pampering steam shower or soaking bath. YES! You deserve it! Imagine yourself in an indulging steam bath, where you can sit down or even lay down on your shower bench and relax (just like you did in that fancy spa, remember?). Your towels are waiting for you, heated, on the towel warmer. Dim the lights and turn on some soft music without getting out your shower… even better than a spa! Ugh, what a nice daydream.
WAKE UP! It can actually BE your own bathroom.

In the meantime, don’t wait any longer, turn the water on and fill up that tub. You deserve it.

 

 

If you want to have that pampering bath but not sure how or where to start, let us help you design and remodel your bathroom in Dallas, Tx (Click to see the full list. Couldn’t find your city? Contact us to learn more!)
Call us today at 800-371-8970 or fill the lead form above and we’ll contact you shortly.

 

Joseph & Berry
Indulge Yourself.

Best Dallas Kitchen Remodeler

Best Kitchen Remodelers in Dallas, Tx

Oh, we were delighted to learn that Joseph & Berry Remodel Design Build has been chosen as #1 kitchen remodeler in Dallas, Tx.

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As we try hard to change the notorious stigma of the remodeling industry, this is a great recognition of our efforts.

We’ve all noticed the economic boom in Dallas area in the recent years. Despite the move toward a fast lifestyle, a warm southern hospitality is still a way of life in Dallas and it’s suburbs.

The kitchen is without a doubt, the most important room in the house. After all, it’s where hospitality is best demonstrated, meals are cooked, and great memories are shared. Joseph & Berry – Dallas kitchen remodeling firm, pour countless hours into creating the greatest kitchen designs for our clients. The best kitchens may include state-of-the-art appliances, stunning custom cabinetry, and open floor plans. Large kitchen islands that are reserved for serving up food and fun and a must in Dallas kitchens.

If you’re considering renovating your home in Dallas, we would love to schedule a meeting with you and one of our project developers. They will guide and walk you through our process. Call 800-371-8970 or submit the form to receive your free consultation.

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Interior Barn Doors – This Dallas Home Design Trend Is Popular

Learn Why Interior Barn Doors Are Popular In Contemporary Home Design

Anyone who keeps up with home design trends knows that interior barn doors are massively popular. These sliding doors add a high-end, high-style statement to any home. The key to this interior design trend’s staying power is one thing: sheer versatility. The number of options available for interior barn doors has only grown in recent years, which means that they can now take any room in a contemporary home to the next level, regardless of decor style. Contact Joseph & Berry to discuss your custom barn doors for home designs from modern to rustic.

 

Incorporating Barn Doors into Your Home Design

Because they are an eye-catching focal point, interior barn doors work extremely well in large, open spaces. They can be particularly useful for partitioning empty, redundant space such as that between a kitchen and living room, or closing off the rest of the kitchen from a pantry space when entertaining. While the barn door will likely stay open more often than not, it is the perfect feature to suggest spatial separation. These mobile doors add flexibility and versatility to your open spaces rather than closing them down the way a permanent separation would.

Yet these rooms are not the only ones where interior barn doors can be used. A barn door is a great way to dress up a smaller spot, like a bathroom or closet, or to add sophistication and visual interest to the entrance of a home office, media room, or laundry room.

Keep in mind, barn doors have limitations. They do not work well in areas with limited wall space. They also permit more noise transference from room to room than a permanent wall and are not as private, because they do not lock. These factors must all be considered when choosing to add a barn door to your home remodeling project.

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Barn Doors That Match Your Home Design

One factor that has brought interior barn doors real staying power in the home design world is their versatility. They can be made out of many different materials and come in many different colors and finishes. Although wood has been the traditional choice and adds rustic farmhouse charm to any home, more contemporary stylings are growing in popularity. One option is to get a barn door built from metal or glass – frosted glass, in particular, creates a contemporary look which allows natural light flow from room-to-room while still maintaining privacy.

Homeowners today also have more options for the style of their sliding barn doors than when this trend first became popular. With the help of a professional installer and the right hardware, virtually any door can be hung. By hanging French doors, castle doors, or church doors you can enjoy all the benefits of these elegant double door styles without sacrificing the enormous amount of floor space they require when installed as traditional swing doors.

The Rest of the Room

When installing any statement piece, it’s important to consider how the rest of your decor will coordinate. Interior barn doors in home design can act as art pieces in and of themselves, particularly when painted with a bold, bright color, or are made of reclaimed or exotic woods. If this is the case, you will want the rest of the room to be fairly neutral and simple. Some homeowners don’t necessarily want the barn door to be the centerpiece of the room, therefore a white or neutral finish or natural wood look will make any room appear larger and allow you to use more color and pattern throughout your decor.

Joseph & Berry design-build team has worked with many homeowners in the Dallas area to create a custom look that seamlessly integrates the home design from one room to the next. We guarantee our work, so you can be confident the results will match your vision. We can discuss with you the many benefits of interior barn doors, a style we see only gaining in popularity for years to come.

If you’re planning a home remodeling project 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!

 

 

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5 High-End Tile Manufacturers For A Luxury Home Remodel

Top Manufacturers Of High-End Tile For Your Dallas Home Remodel

Whether it’s in the kitchen, the bathroom, around the fireplace, or in the pool, tile is a vital part of many home remodels. Luxury tile can give your home a unique look whether it’s as a focal point in the kitchen backsplash, your shower surround, or entryway hall. At Joseph & Berry, we work with some of the top tile manufacturers in the industry.

Our clients demand the very best, highest quality materials in their homes and we’ve worked hard to find the best suppliers for our work. Here are five designers and companies creating an incredibly beautiful luxury tile that can be the perfect upscale material for your next home remodel.

 

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Ann Sacks

Based in Portland, Oregon the Ann Sacks factory has been producing incredible ceramic, glass, porcelain and stone tile designs for over 30 years. From prestigious guest designers to their in-house staff of designers, craftspeople, artisans, ceramicists, engineers and manufacturing technicians, the Ann Sacks family is dedicated to producing the highest quality materials for your home.

Ann Sacks in-house collections is comprised of unique patterns, textures, and shapes and features over 150 matte, glossy, and crackle glazes to offer a unique line of tile you’ll find nowhere else! Meticulously hand-crafted using time-honored techniques and the latest modern technology. You can custom color or size tiles to meet your specific home remodel needs.

Susan Jablon

Since its founding in 2000 in upstate New York, Susan Jablon Studio has been recognized for their innovative tile designs. They offer contemporary, inventive tile motifs in stunning colors and designs. Each individually customized for every project. Adding an exclusive Susan Jablon tile design to your home remodel is a great way to personalize your home. Every design they create is exclusive to each customer making your project unique.

Our designers love a tool that Susan developed called the Custom Mosaic Designer. It allows us to custom create tile based on our clients specific creative and aesthetic vision. It’s an online tool with 1000’s of tiles in over 50 different layouts. Using it we can create custom designs unique to our clients.

Waterworks

Founded in 1925 as a plumbing supply company in Danbury, Connecticut, Waterworks has been in the same family since it’s founding. For three generations the company has grown from offering the finest quality mechanical offerings available in 1925, to an industry leading full-service firm featuring unique products for the home.

Their Surfaces Collection are some of the finest materials in their class. With beautiful custom tiles available in ceramic, glass, stone, concrete, wood and porcelain they offer homeowners a wide selection of the finest quality tiles in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes and materials. Waterworks tile is a luxurious addition to any home remodel project.

Modwalls Tile Company

If you are seeking a mid-century and the modern design aesthetic for your home remodel, Modwalls creates a colorful exciting tile to meet your needs. One of the first online tile stores founded in 2005 and based in California, they create the highest quality modern tile that’s perfect for any room in your home. They offer customization of color and size for many of their collections so you can get exactly the look you want.

Modwalls offers tile in a wide range of materials including glass, ceramic, limestone, porcelain, recycled glass and soapstone designed to fit any décor. Whether your home remodel project is in the kitchen, bath, or outdoors, Modwalls offers a great selection of tile to fit any space inside or outside your home!

Walker Zanger

Walker Zanger offer products of only the highest-quality, made by skilled artisans and crafted to offer a lifetime of value and pleasure. They work with some of the finest craftsmen from around the world in places from Europe, and the Central Mexican Highlands to Tunisian. They take their inspiration from historic architecture traditional art forms, and the decorative arts to create tile of stunning beauty from only the finest materials.

Walker Zenger collections include tiles made from ceramic and terracotta, porcelain, cement, glass, and stone. If you’re looking for the perfect decorative element for your home remodel, Walker Zanger offers a wide selection of decorative stone and stone mosaic to add the touch of luxury and elegance that only natural stone can bring to your home.

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If you’re planning a high-end remodeling project and you’re looking for a way to add an elegant and luxurious design element, consider the many choices of tile available. These five artists and manufacturers offer the highest quality materials, created by award-winning artisans and manufactured using old school techniques and state of the art technology.

At Joseph & Berry our designers work with clients who demand the very best. We have established working relationships with the finest manufacturers of all types. If you’re planning a home remodel project and are looking for the highest quality craftsmanship and the finest materials and products available, give us a call  at 800-371-8970 or simply submit the form. Let our designers help you to create your dream home.

Adding a Gas Fireplace To Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

A Master Suite Remodel With a Gas Fireplace

Nothing is quite as romantic as a roaring fire on a cold winter night. Imagine the luxury of falling asleep to a warm comfortable fire every night in your master bedroom. If you’re planning a master suite remodeling project, adding a gas fireplace will enhance the design of the space and create a romantic inviting atmosphere.

Today’s gas fireplace technology has improved from the days of static, anemic blue flames and fake looking logs. Modern gas fireplaces burn more realistically, complete with glowing red embers and tall yellow flames that dance around realistic ceramic- fiber logs that are molded using the real thing.

A gas fireplace requires no tending, needs the occasional dusting, can act as a heat source for the bedroom, and turns on and off at the touch of a button. Nothing is easier to use, more convenient, or more energy efficient than a modern gas fireplace.

Adding a fireplace to your master suite remodeling project is a fairly simple process, although you will need to make sure that any fixture you choose meets your local building codes. If you’re looking for a fireplace for a bedroom, you’ll need to focus your search on direct-vent models as most localities do not allow unvented gas fireplaces in the bedroom.

Three Types of Gas Fireplaces For Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

There are three basic configurations of gas fireplaces. All are available as either vented, or vent-free versions, they are:

  • Inserts, which are used to retrofit existing fireboxes with a unit that is more convenient and efficient.
  • Built-Ins, which are used when there is no existing fireplace in the bedroom.
  • Log Sets, which are basically units that sit in existing, open, fireplaces.

Inserts and built-ins are reliable heat sources that fill your space with a mix of warm air and radiant heat. Log sets are generally used more for their look than for heating. In order to be used in a master suite remodel, any unit you choose must vent the fumes to the outside of your home.

This is critical when choosing your gas fireplace. According to Section 303.3 of the International Fuel Gas Code, homeowners are prohibited from using a model that gets its combustion air from the bedroom. So unvented fireplaces and natural-vent gas fireplaces or wood burning fireplaces with gas logs are typically prohibited. Some local codes actually require the manual to clearly state that the unit is “bedroom approved.”

Building codes and regulations can vary widely. For example, in some states, unvented gas fireplaces are allowed in a bedroom, as long as they are under 10,000 BTUs. Most localities, however, do not allow unvented gas fireplaces in a bedroom, period. Your design build remodeling contractor can supply more information on your local codes.

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Considerations For Adding A Gas Fireplace to Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

There are some considerations if you’re planning on adding a gas fireplace to your master suite remodeling project. As just explained, any fireplace used in a bedroom needs to be a vented unit. Fuel, cost, BTUs, and maintenance are all valid concerns, so here are some facts:

• What do They Cost?

For a heat producing fireplace insert or built-in fireplace, you can expect to pay anywhere from about $2000 to $7000 or more for the unit including installation. This does not include a decorative work like a mantle, tile surround , unique stone surround etc. Costs can vary depending on the scope of work required to properly vent your fireplace.

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• Fuel Choices

Gas fireplaces are available that burn both natural gas and propane. Natural gas is generally less expensive and produces about five percent more heat. When natural gas isn’t available, choose propane.

• Venting Options

There are two venting options available for use in a master suite bedroom.

Natural venting or B vent is used if you have an existing wood burning fireplace with a chimney in the space. A flexible metal pipe is installed in the chimney which exhausts the combustion by-products and the room air out of the house.

Direct Venting draws in outside air for combustion, then expels the spent air back outside through a dual (co-linear) venting system which eliminates the heat loss associated with a conventional chimney. The vent line can be run through the roof, or out the side or back of the house. Direct vent units must have a sealed glass door to maintain proper combustion and proper indoor air quality.

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• Care and Maintenance

Expect to pay about $150 annually for a certified technician to come and clean the unit and adjust the burner to keep your fireplace soot free and natural looking.

• BTUs

The heat output of gas fireplaces varies depending on the type and any additional options like a blower fan to distribute heat. Your contractor can help you size the BTU output to match your room size, local climate, and your home’s insulation level.

Along with these basic features, seek out a fireplace that offers you options like a variable height adjustment, thermostatic control, electronic ignition with a battery backup – you’ll love this feature when the power is out. If your unit is meant to act as a primary or secondary heat source make sure it has a built-in fan.

At Joseph & Berry, we can help you to choose the perfect fireplace for your master suite remodeling project. Gas fireplaces are available in a number of sizes, various BTU outputs, and every style from Victorian to ultra-modern. Our design team can incorporate the perfect fireplace to match your aesthetic taste and style.

If you want to learn more about a Master Suite Remodeling in Dallas, call us today through (800) 371-8970 or schedule an appointment and speak with one of our qualified professionals

 

 

 

Dallas Home Remodeling Style – Mediterranean Kitchen Design

One of the favorite features in the traditional Mediterranean kitchen is beautiful ceramic or terra cotta tile work. To get a truly Mediterranean feel you might choose a single color tile with a decorative shape for the floor or colorful tile with a simple design for the backsplash. In a cool colored kitchen, tile offers a great opportunity to add warmth, personality and an exciting focal point into your design.

Consider “Reclaimed” Wood

Reclaimed wood can add warmth and depth to any kitchen. Beams and dark wood elements are often seen in a traditional Mediterranean design. Why not add multiple reclaimed wood elements like shelving, beams, molding, and furniture to create multiple focal points.

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Use Black Hardware in a Contemporary Style

Wrought iron is a staple in traditional Mediterranean design. Often wrought iron decorative elements like brackets and railings are used to accent the wood and tile. For a more contemporary look, wrought iron hardware can add a modern element to a traditional style. Don’t be afraid to use distressed hardware, especially if the other elements are crisp and new.

Consider Open Shelving Instead of Upper Cabinets

Open shelving can add a feeling of openness to your kitchen design. Plus you get the added benefit of introducing other design elements of color and pattern to your space with decorative plates, glassware, and pottery. Floating shelves can add a clean, contemporary feel to a Mediterranean design by providing balance to the larger, heavier details.

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Modernize With Contemporary Lighting

Lighting is the perfect way to update and modernize your kitchen space. Moving away from more traditional lighting elements to ones featuring a contemporary shape can give you the best of both worlds. When shopping for fixtures, look for ones that complement the style of your kitchen using materials and colors that match your choices of color and materials. Make sure to go beyond standard fixtures and consider adding ambient elements like flush spotlights and under cabinet lighting.

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For Contrast, Introduce Modern Furniture

Bright modern furniture can freshen up your space and add an interesting element to a traditional classic style. Swapping out dark wood tables or chairs for brighter more contemporary furniture can drastically change the vibe and style of your kitchen. The simple clean lines of modern design furniture can add a fun element that feels fresh and contemporary to create your own unique Mediterranean style!

Don’t Forget To Accessorize!

One of the wonderful elements of the Mediterranean style is the creative use of eclectic elements to decorate the space. Accessories like interesting ceramic pieces, flower patterns, copper and of course wrought iron are the perfect design element for a true Mediterranean style kitchen.

Consider hanging beautiful copper pots and pans from a wrought iron rack to add visual pop to the central work area. Tapestries, paintings, photographs and other artwork the feature the Mediterranean countryside can provide an old and elegant look for a more rustic approach. Whatever your style or aesthetic taste, the Mediterranean kitchen lends itself to creative personalization.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, consider the creative style that the Mediterranean kitchen design can bring. Whether you’re striving to achieve a dark, elegant, traditionally rustic look, or the eclectic combination of traditional and modern design, the Mediterranean kitchen is the perfect style for you!

If you want to learn more about our Dallas Kitchen Design and Remodeling services, call us today through (800) 371-8970 or schedule an appointment to speak with one of our qualified professionals by submitting the form. 

Selecting Guest Bathroom Lighting Fixtures When Remodeling

A Home Remodeling Guide To Lighting in Your Guest Bathroom

Redesigning a guest bathroom or powder room is an opportunity for you to showcase your home and create a true sanctuary for your visitors. Deciding on bathroom lighting – with consideration to the varying needs of your guests, particularly during the busy holiday season – can be a daunting task. A professional designer can work with you to create a custom bathroom lighting design that will flawlessly serve this problematic space, creating not only functionality but also an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation for your guests. Before embarking on any design-build project, here are some points to keep in mind for your guest bathroom lighting.

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Lighting the vanity

The vanity and sink areas are where the most light is needed in the guest bathroom. This is where visitors will be completing their morning routines and doing tasks like shaving and applying makeup that requires bright, even light.

For this area of the bath, wall-mounted lighting fixtures work best, either to the sides or directly around the mirror. Avoid lighting the bathroom mirror area from above – it creates ugly shadows on the face. Wall sconces at eye level are a classic look that provides the perfect amount of light for getting ready. For a statement option, two small pendants on either side of the mirror are an elegant choice.

If you are remodeling a small powder room or have other space concerns, a bath bar installed above the mirror or two mounted vertically along the sides create bright, streamlined bathroom lighting.

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Bathroom lighting for the whole room

Many homes have out-of-date or inadequate bathroom lighting, so when undertaking a bathroom remodel, an update to the overall wattage or “ambient” light of the room is necessary. The lighting of any bathroom should be functional for bathing and safety, but also to create a mood. Particularly for the guests in your home, a bath is a place of sanctuary, refuge, and privacy, where they can relax after a long flight or drive. Having a mix of fixtures in the bathroom, including the vanity task lighting as well as decorative ceiling fixtures and recessed lighting allows for a combination of options that will satisfy any guest.

The bathtub area is a particularly great space to create comfort and relaxation. Consider a decorative or statement fixture directly above the tub space, with some additional small, recessed lights if necessary. For a romantic touch, have the remodeling team install a wall-mounted candle sconce. Guests will appreciate the thoughtful detail and the indulgent relaxation of a candlelit bath.

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General bathroom lighting tips

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area is blessed with plenty of sunshine. If you’re struggling with a dark bathroom, don’t underestimate the power of natural light. A professional designer can work with you to create a custom design, maximizing the sunlight in your space, and impressing your guests with a relaxing, natural atmosphere.
  • Consider adding dimmers to all of your bathroom lighting fixtures. This allows your guests to comfortably fix their own atmosphere. During the day, they may not want the full force of the lighting fixtures, and at night, having a dimmer is a great way to help them relax and wind down.
  • Make sure your bathroom fixtures are UL damp-rated or wet-rated for maximum durability and safety. Damp-rated fixtures are ideal for a mirror and overhead lighting in the bath, while wet-rated fixtures are needed for any lighting above a tub or shower.Having a professional team to oversee the lighting design and installation will create peace of mind and ensure the project is done right. At Joseph & Berry Luxury Remodeling company in Dallas that offers design & remodel service, we value our clients and believe that every one of them deserves the very best we have to offer. Contact us to learn more about design-build or click for additional read about our process. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Asbestos

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.

 

 

7 Kitchen Design Upgrades For Your Remodeling Wish List

Seven Ideas You Should Add To Your Kitchen Design Wish List

When your planning a kitchen remodeling, a big part of the fun is considering the upgrades you want to include in your all-new space. There are so many options available and some can be pretty expensive, but you should consider upgrades that will not only add to the aesthetics of your kitchen design, but also to its functionality. Of course, your decision should be guided by a balance of what you need, and what you can afford without having to sacrifice elsewhere.

 

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When you’re working with a full-service design build remodeling contractor, you’ll have a designer to take you through the process of creating your dream kitchen. They can help you to focus on which upgrades to including in your remodeling project. Here are seven kitchen upgrades to consider that can be money well spent when it comes to the long-term enjoyment of your brand new dream kitchen!

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1.     Add Extra Storage and Pizzazz to Your Kitchen With Extra Tall Cabinets

Looking for extra storage space in the kitchen? Look up! Standard upper cabinet height is 30 inches, but you can go bigger with 36 or 42-inch uppers. It’s worth the added cost. The height gives you an extra shelf and taller cabinets look better. Plus if you go all the way to the ceiling it eliminates dust on top of the cabinets making cleaning easier.

2.     Store Pots and Pans in Drawers

Pot drawers are deeper than standard drawers. There perfect for keeping kitchen tools close at hand and the drawer depth makes them a great place to store small appliances like toasters, coffee grinders, and blenders free up counter space and keeping clutter to a minimum. It’s a modestly priced upgrade you won’t believe you lived without.

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3.     Go Deep Over The Fridge

Standard upper cabinets are 12 inches deep, and a builders standard over fridge cabinet is the same. Upgrading to a 24-inch cabinet over the refrigerator is totally worth the price. It’s a great place to store large seasonal platters and other seldom used important dishware and cookware.

4.     Make Your Kitchen Truly Your Own With Custom-Painted Cabinetry

Consider requesting that your design build remodeler source a cabinet manufacturer who will spray your cabinets with a unique custom color. This is a great upgrade to a kitchen design that not only saves you the expense of painting them later but also gives your home a unique look. Another advantage is if you choose to add additional cabinetry or an island later, you’ll be able to fit the new pieces in seamlessly by matching and using the same custom color.

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5.     Open Your Kitchen Design With Glass Cabinet Inserts

Glass inserts are typically an upgrade. If you’d like some cabinets to display your treasured family china or other items that are special to you, make sure your contractor includes them in your kitchen design. Including glass panel inserts is best done when the cabinets are first ordered. It can be difficult to do later, especially if the cabinets are custom built. In fact, it’s best if you plan upgrades during the design phase so all of the elements will have matching finishes, plus change orders can create time delays and increase costs.

6.     Consider An Artistic Tile Upgrade

Today, many kitchen designs include subway tile or glass mosaic for the backsplash. While it’s a great clean, modern look, consider upgrading to a more exciting tile choice. Consider upgrading to a more creative design or material like a solid marble or durable quartz backsplash to create a wonderful visual focal point.

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7.     Consider a Built-In Microwave

Every kitchen has one, and typically it’s either taking up counter space or hanging over the range. When designing your kitchen consider adding a built-in microwave. It will free up valuable counter space, and if you build it into the island or a wall, it frees the space above the range for a stylish range fan, which can add another great visual element to your kitchen design. Another great space is building your microwave into a base cabinet with extra deep pots and pans drawers underneath.

Creating your custom kitchen means having the ability to add upgrades that can increase your enjoyment of your space, make it more aesthetically pleasing and improve functionality. These are just a few exciting upgrades that can accomplish all of this and more. Work closely with a professional designer when creating your initial kitchen design. Our design team can incorporate these upgrades and help you to understand all of your options. Simple upgrades like building in the microwave or the inclusion of extra deep pots and pan drawers can improve the functionality of your kitchen space.

If you considering remodeling your kitchen in Dallas, Tx, contact the kitchen design professionals at Joseph & Berry Remodel Design Build to schedule a complimentary consultation (800)-371-8970.

 

 

Choosing Durable Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets For Dallas Weather

Balancing Style and Long-lasting When Choosing Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

Outdoor Kitchen Design Advice

Outdoor cabinets can be an exciting kitchen design element and major focal point that can define your entire outdoor space. Manufacturers today are creating cabinets from a variety of durable materials that can stand up to the extremes of Dallas weather.

Whether your taste runs to organic, rustic look of traditional teak wood cabinets or the sophisticated and durable charm of powder-coated stainless steel, choosing your cabinets gets you one step closer to creating your own private sanctuary.

Outdoor cabinetry is available in a wide variety of styles and materials that provide protection against the elements. Here are some of the most beautiful and functional choices to complete your outdoor kitchen design.

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Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets: Materials

Today, you have some great choices when it comes to durable, beautiful materials for outdoor kitchen use. Here are a few of the most popular choices for homeowners and designers.

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has risen in popularity with homeowners and designers seeking to upgrade their outdoor kitchen cabinetry and appliances. Besides the high-end look stainless cabinets are easier to clean and maintain. They also make creating a cohesive design with a luxurious look coordinating appliances and accessories.

There are a few drawbacks, however. As with indoor kitchens, stainless steel may be pricier than other options. Stainless steel cabinets can also become hot when in direct sunlight and without a powder coat finish stainless can show fingerprints, oils and the effects of weather.

Wood

Although not quite as durable as some other materials, certain types of wood lend themselves to outdoor use like marine-grade teak, cypress, and bamboo. If your kitchen is covered, and you properly maintain wood cabinets they can give you many years of service.

Another benefit is the ease of incorporating them into your design. They can be stained and finished to suit any design style and outdoor wooden cabinetry can be seamlessly coordinated with other adjacent structures like a built-in pergola, stained deck, siding or other wooden structures.

The downside to wood is that it needs regular maintenance and is still prone to fading over time. Dependent upon the species used, some wood can break down over time and experience warping, cracking or swelling. Most high-quality wood cabinets like teak can be an expensive option.

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Polymer Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re worried about the extreme Dallas weather wreaking havoc on your outdoor cabinetry consider installing polymer cabinets. High-density polyethylene or HDPE is an extremely durable material. It’s available in a range of colors and this extremely tough plastic-like substance generally includes UV inhibitors to protect against fading. It’s extremely easy to maintain and while it’s affordable there are some drawbacks.

Depending on the manufacturer, brand, and style, polymer cabinets may not offer the same luxurious look and feel as other materials. Unless it’s specified as “eco-friendly” if you’re concerned with the environment and seeking “green” products, polymer cabinets may contain petrochemicals. The polymer can also warp over time losing their shape and causing issues with the doors.

Some Final Thoughts On Outdoor Kitchen Design

When planning your outdoor kitchen make sure to take careful measurements to ensure that everything fits together seamlessly and compliments your existing exterior decor. Choose appliances carefully and in advance. It’s important to have your appliance selection in place when measuring and ordering cabinets as they will be housed inside built-ins and each component will have to fit according to the items specifications.

Whatever material you choose, be aware that your cabinets don’t necessarily have to be fixed in place. Consider an outdoor island on casters for plenty of movable storage.This will give you flexibility when entertaining and counter space where you need it.

Don’t skimp on storage outdoors. Consider the items you’ll store and plan accordingly. Deep cabinets are great for that portable margarita maker. Mix it up and include some large and small cabinets in your outdoor kitchen design. Cabinet space above and below can be helpful. If you have an exterior wall in your kitchen space, cabinets can add a wonderful visual element to your entertaining space.

Your design-build remodeling contractor can help you to understand your options and provide you with samples. The time to start designing your outdoor kitchen for the coming warm weather is right now!

If you’re considering creating an outdoor entertainment space, give the experts at Joseph & Berry a call. We can help you create the perfect outdoor entertaining space.

The Pros and Cons of an Induction Cooktop In Your Kitchen Design

An Induction Cooktop Matches A Modern Kitchen Design Perfectly.

So, is induction ideal for your kitchen remodeling project?

Induction cooking technology has been on the market for decades. the recent improvements in manufacturing and increased demand has resulted in a larger selection and lower prices. Big industry names like Viking, GE, Samsung, and Kenmore have all introduced induction ranges into their product lines. Designers are beginning to include induction products in their kitchen designs and homeowners who have included induction cooktop or ranges into the kitchen are sold on the technology.

Induction technology is energy efficient and has a growing reputation for power and precision. Induction cooking is the next big thing and it could forever change everyday tasks, or maybe not reach its full potential.

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What is Induction Cooking?

Induction technology uses electromagnets to heat iron or stainless steel. The basic physics behind the technology involve electromagnetic properties. Using an electric current and magnetic field is produced that “excites” iron molecules heating the pan and whatever is in it.

Because iron molecules are vital to the process if you turn on an induction burner and there is no pot or pan present no heat is generated, making them safer. The key to induction technology is the use of pots made of specific metals. You need to use a magnetic pot, meaning cast iron or magnetic stainless steel to generate the electromagnetic reaction that cooks the food.

Like every technology, induction cooking has both pros and cons. Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of including induction technology into your new kitchen design.

The Pros of Induction Technology

Switching your cooking method to induction cooking comes with some great benefits. While the technology is still more expensive than gas or electric, the price reflects the value you can receive by including an induction appliance into your kitchen design.

• Induction Makes Cooking Fast

Because induction technology uses magnetic energy, the response time is fast. In fact, cooking times can be reduced up to 50% over traditional methods.

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• Induction Cooking is Environmentally Friendly

Since induction cooking is fast, it also uses less energy. It generates very little heat, other than heating the pot itself.This means less energy is used and you’ll enjoy lower energy bills.

• Induction is Safer

Because electromagnetic energy is used to heat the physical pan, the burner remains cool throughout the cooking process. Within a couple of seconds of turning off a burner, both the pan and burner instantly cool, making the process is safer. This great if you have kids or pets in the house. Burns are less likely.

• Easy to Clean

Unless you spill, cleanup is easy simply wipe down the cooktop. Because the burner stays cool, even if you do spill, food doesn’t burn and rarely sticks. And oh boy! We hate to scrub!

• Induction Cooktops Look Great in Any Kitchen Design!

They are sleek stylish and modern looking so they make a great addition to any kitchen design. They also are great conversation starters when you entertain!

Induction cooking can save you time in the kitchen, keep your family safer and look great in the process. However, there are some drawbacks.

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The Cons of Induction Cooking

Even though prices are beginning to come down, induction cooking still has some drawbacks. The technology requires some adaptation for even the best cooks. You’ll need to adjust your cooking techniques, for example, if you’re used to pouring olive oil into the pan, then chop the last of the onions while it heats you’re making a big mistake. The heat comes on quickly. It will also require a new understanding of the settings dial. Heat is controlled using a numbered dial so you’ll need to feel it out for a while. Here are a few of the drawbacks…

• It Is Expensive

Even though prices have come down considerably, induction technology is still fairly new. As a result, an induction cooktop or range will cost more than traditional cooking appliances but they are competitively priced when compared to Gaggenau, Wolf and, Le Corneau ranges and cooktops.

• You’ll Need The Right Cookware

Without magnetic or induction capable cookware, the process doesn’t work. That means you may need to replace your cookware, and that isn’t cheap.

• They Are A Bit Noisy

They usually make a bit of a buzz or hum that some critics say resembles the noise of a floor fan set on high. It is usually a combination of the cookware you use and the cooktop itself. Light stainless steel pans and higher settings can produce more noise.

• You’ll Need To Ditch The Digital Thermometer

Electromagnetic energy generates a magnetic field that may affect the accuracy of your digital thermometer. You’ll need to break out the old analog thermometer to get an accurate reading.

Induction cookware offers some great benefits and a few drawbacks, mostly in terms of the complete costs of the technology and possible replacing cookware. In terms of cost of entry, it is still higher than conventional appliances, but the price is dropping as more products come onto the market.

If you’d like to learn more, give Joseph & Berry a call at (800)-371-8970! Our designers can show you the beauty and explain all of the benefits of induction cooking. It’s an exciting new technology and a growing trend our design team is on board with. If you’re planning a kitchen remodeling, give us a call or click here and we’ll call you. 

 

Dallas Homeowners, Start Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen Now!

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Tips on Creating An Outdoor Kitchen Design For Your Dallas Home

A modern outdoor kitchen can be so much more than just a barbecue and a cooler. While most still feature the grill as the main focal point, a truly functional outdoor kitchen is an extension of your living space. It can have the same conveniences as your indoor kitchen, with even more functionality! Custom outdoor kitchens today can include brick pizza ovens, wet bars, fire or water features, side burners, smokers, warming drawers and even roasting spits.

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Advances in manufacturing elements like cabinets, refrigerators, warming drawers and more have made creating the outdoor kitchen even more exciting. Whatever your creative vision, with a little planning and research you can create a fabulous outdoor entertaining space that is the perfect environment for entertaining family and friends.

When planning your outdoor kitchen you’ll need to consider some important factors. Your space will not only need to be functional, you’ll need to consider location, and delineate entertaining, living and cooking areas.

To that end, here are some tips for designing your perfect outdoor kitchen and entertaining space.

Outdoor Kitchen Planning: Start at the Beginning!

While having a good idea of your end goal is important, the process starts with planning. Spend some time hanging out in your backyard and observe your surroundings. It might seem obvious, but walking around your space and asking some questions is the first step. Ask yourself:

  • How much space do you really have to work with?
  • Is there a pool or other existing structure you’ll need to work around?
  • Do you have easy access to power, or will you need to rewire the area?
  • Do you have structures already in place like decks, patios, gardens, etc?

Open your eyes to your space like you are looking at it for the first time. Gaining perspective can inspire you to do something new and exciting! Look for large shade trees, consider the amount of sun you get. Do you need a covered area? Think about colors and materials that would work with your home and existing landscape.

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Consider Location

After looking around, and determining if there are any space restrictions, consider how far you want your outdoor kitchen to be from the main house. Does your home have a “natural” place to locate your outdoor space? For example, are there French doors leading from the living room out to a patio or deck? If you’re planning on having the cooking space close to the doorway, you’ll need to consider ventilation options. If there a little room between the cooking area and the house, it will be easier to add features like a smoker, or wood burning cooking stove. However, you’ll need to consider other infrastructure like electrical and plumbing issues if you’re including a wet bar.

Try to strike a balance of distance for the best of both worlds. This can also help you determine what amenities are necessary. If the cooking area is close enough to the house, you might not need to include a refrigerator or outdoor sink. This can free up money to splurge elsewhere and it can also make potential issues like plumbing less of a problem.

Consider Space Needs

Is your outdoor space going to be used to host large gatherings of family and friends, or smaller more intimate dinners? If you have a smaller space, you’ll want to focus on making it an intimate family area for relaxing where you can feel close. If you have a large space, but still want a cozy feel, consider making the cooking area smaller and creating a larger lounging area with a fireplace, or water feature.

Whatever your entertaining needs, always make sure to plan for sufficient space to place cooked food, and a large prep area. Think about what your indoor kitchen may be missing. This is the time to add those amenities you lack to your outdoor space. This can also play a role in determining the size of your area.

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Think About The View

If your backyard space has a natural view, consider it when designing your space. If not, consider ways you can add character to the area, for example planting a butterfly garden to give your summertime guests a beautiful outdoor experience watching nature. Adding a water feature can create soothing natural sounds your guests can enjoy while dining.

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Consider Your Materials Carefully

While stainless steel appliances are fairly standard, easy to clean and durable, countertops, surrounds, and cabinet materials should be carefully considered. It’s important to avoid porous surfaces or be prepared to periodically seal and maintain them. Granite or natural stone offers a beautiful classic look but you need to make sure that any slabs you choose are UV-stabilized.

Flooring is another area to carefully consider. While natural wood or brick can offer a stunning look, spills can be problematic unless several coats of sealer are applied. Flooring will be subject to not only spills and splatters, but to the elements as well. Consider putting down inexpensive, easy to replace outdoor rugs in areas that a splash prone. It can not only protect flooring, it can add an exciting design element to an otherwise rustic space.

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Let yourself go when planning your space. The design possibilities are practically endless but don’t rush in and box yourself into a design. One of the best benefits of adding an outdoor living space is having the ability to let it evolve over time. Take the changes in seasons into account, speak with your guests and family about future features.

With proper planning, your outdoor entertaining space can evolve over time. Start with a fabulous outdoor kitchen, then add a fire feature like a large free-standing fireplace and seating for those wonderful fall evenings. Or a gazebo with a cedar hot tub. You’re only limited by your space, creative vision and budget. Dream big!

5 Of The Most Requested Design Elements When Remodeling a Kitchen

The Top Requests When Remodeling A Kitchen

Here at Joseph & Berry one of the things we love the most about what we do is helping our clients through the design build remodel process. Remodeling a kitchen is a daunting task filled with a plethora of choices from finishes and fixtures to appliances and functionality.

The first step our designers take when we’re remodeling a kitchen is to meet with our client. We want to learn about their lifestyle, aesthetic preferences, and needs. We always ask about their creative vision for their dream kitchen and we quickly come up with a list of must-have features and a wish list. While wish lists can vary widely, when it comes to must-have features, we overwhelming hear the same thing.

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Here are five of the most requested kitchen feature requests we hear from Joseph & Berry clients remodeling a kitchen.

• A Large Kitchen Sink or Two

Most of our clients specifically request a large single basin sink, typically 30 to 33 inches wide and 9 or more inches in depth. Why is this a common request? Even with a dishwasher, and a double sink, big pots and pans are tough to clean and that’s unacceptable!

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

• Kitchen Dining Space

Whether it’s a smaller kitchen or a huge space, most of our clients request an eat-in component be added to their design. Typically it is in addition to the formal dining room, sometimes just a nook other times a bit more. In fact, this is often in addition to seating at the island. Islands are great for grabbing a quick bite, and formal dining rooms are a bit much for the evening meal. An eat-in kitchen is the best of both worlds. The final design will depend on square footage, but typically we can creatively add an informal dining space to most kitchens.

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• Plenty of Storage

Almost every client asks for more storage. This is especially true with families who often buy in bulk. Fortunately, there are many ways to maximize storage in the kitchen. If you have extra space, or a closet in the kitchen a walk-in pantry is a great functional addition. If you don’t have a spare closet, one of the best ways to add storage is to include a tall cabinet with roll-out drawers to your design.

• Additional of Prep Space

Older kitchens weren’t designed for multiple cooks (is that where the phrase too many cooks in the kitchen originated?) Plus the prep space was generally a limited space next to the sink. Today, the trend is towards larger more accommodating kitchens. It’s not uncommon to have two chef families and that means more prep space. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends a continuous prep area at least 36” wide and 24” deep next to the sink for a primary workspace. Secondary workspaces include islands or peninsulas which can also double as serving areas.

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• Eliminate Clutter

No matter how big and beautiful your kitchen is, it’ll feel a lot smaller with cluttered countertops. Today, a well-equipped kitchen will have all kinds of appliances like high-end blenders, mixers, food processors, toasters, and more. Our clients are creating their beautiful dream kitchen and one of the biggest requests we get is to keep the counters clutter-free. Building the microwave into the wall, or under the island, appliance garages, specialty cabinets, and built-in coffee stations are all design choices that can reduce clutter and keep the kitchen feeling open and improve sight lines.

Remodeling a Kitchen with Joseph & Berry

At Joseph & Berry, our goal is to exceed our client’s expectations when working with them to create their luxurious dream kitchen. These five components are requested by many of our clients and we happily honor their requests. Each of these design elements can be both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Our team of professional designers is always ready to help achieve our client’s creative vision. Remodeling a kitchen can be challenging, let our team help make it easier… and a lot more fun! Contact us and lets schedule your consultation (800)-371-8970!

Kitchen Remodeling – Cooktop downdraft or Island Hood Ventilation

Kitchen Remodeling – Downdraft or Hood Island Cooktop Ventilation

If you’re considering a kitchen remodeling project choosing your cooking appliance is one of the biggest and most exciting choices you’ll make. Whether your project includes a professional range, or a wall oven and cooktop in the island, an important, and often overlooked element of your cooking area is your range hood.

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Proper ventilation is a critical element in a functional kitchen. Your ventilation system removes all of the steam, smoke, food particles, grease and odors from your kitchen. It’s in fact, one of the most important elements of a functional kitchen, especially in an open concept home. If your kitchen features an island, ventilation is even more important and can also be a prominent focal point in your kitchen.

Today, you have a choice when it comes to ventilation options for an island cooktop. A free hanging range hood is functional and can add an exciting focal point to your kitchen design. Your second option is a downdraft ventilation system. Depending on your kitchen design, this is an appliance that can be hidden by flush mounting it with the countertop of your island, and when needed, raised at the push of a button.

Let’s take a look at some considerations when choosing a ventilation option for your kitchen remodeling project.

Your Kitchen Remodeling Project: Ventilation Guidelines

Whether you choose a range hood or a downdraft system there are some guidelines you’ll need to be aware of. When choosing a system, the minimum airflow required will be based on the BTU output of the cooktop. A good general guideline is to divide the total BTU output by 100 to get the flow rate of ventilation in feet per minute.

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For example:

A cooktop with a combined burner output of 70,000 BTUs would require a system that is rated at 700 cubic feet per minute or higher. Generally, electric cooktops, including induction systems will require 200 cubic feet per minute of airflow per foot of cooktop width. For most electric cooktops and induction systems, a minimum of 400 cubic feet per minute is appropriate.

Local building codes may specify how cooktop hoods are exhausted. Some require that your system deliver exhaust out of the house through ductwork rather than recirculating it back into the kitchen. Local codes may also specify materials to be used for ducting, typically galvanized steel, stainless steel or copper. Your design build remodeling contractor will know the local requirements for ventilation systems and can help you to make the correct choice.

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Ducted or Ductless Range Hood Systems

A range hood can be a wonderful focal point in your kitchen. They come in a variety of styles and when used over an island are known as free hanging range hoods. The main distinctions when choosing a hood is the airflow rate and whether they are ducted or ductless systems.

A ducted range hood tends to be more expensive and requires placement of a vent to the exterior of your home, which can increase costs. The system includes a fan which draws air through the hood into the ductwork and exhausts it out of your home. If you are undergoing a complete gut to the studs kitchen remodeling, ductwork would be placed in the ceiling to the exterior of your home. You may be limited by the layout of your kitchen. If this is the case, a ductless range hood might be an option.

A ductless system looks exactly the same as a free hanging ducted range hood. The difference lies in how it functions. With a ductless system, the air is drawn into the hood and then passed through activated carbon or charcoal filters that trap and remove odor, grease, and food particles. The clean warm air is then recirculated back into the kitchen. The main advantage of a ductless system is that it can be placed anywhere, requires no additional construction or venting and is generally less expensive.

Range hoods are available to fit any style kitchen from traditional to industrial. They can be an interesting focal point in your kitchen design and come in a variety of materials from wood and copper to stainless steel and glass to match any design style.

Here is a great example of a copper custom made vent hood that adds elegance and flair to the kitchen design as well as being afunctional.

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Downdraft Ventilation

A downdraft vent is a sleek, modern looking ventilation system that is at home within an island and is a great option in a modern or contemporary kitchen design. Unlike a range hood, a downdraft system, (also known as a pop-up vent) sucks the fumes, cooking grease and food particles down and pushes them out of the house through ducting located under the floor.

They are ultra-modern, typically installed behind or below the cooktop. When you need ventilation, push a button and the vent rises 8 to 10 inches above the cooktop surface. A downdraft system is invisible until engaged, making them perfect in a modern kitchen design where clean lines and a minimal look are popular. Pop-up vents take up significantly less space than a range hood and are great in small kitchens where you may lack the space for a full range hood.

They tend to be a little more expensive than a range hood and are not available in a wide a variety of styles. Because they only rise 10 inches, steam and grease coming from tall pots may be problematic. If you often cook using multiple pots and pans, downdraft ventilation may have a hard time keeping up.

Proper ventilation is a key element to a functional kitchen. When planning your kitchen remodeling and design, work with your design build contractor. They can offer you information and options when it comes to choosing the proper ventilation system for your new kitchen.

If you’re ready to remodel your Dallas kitchen, contact us at (800)371-8970 or click here! Joseph & Berry are Greater Dallas’s preeminent design-build firm and has completed hundreds of kitchen &  bathroom design and remodel projects.

 

Selecting High-Quality Windows For A Home Remodeling Project

 

What Constitutes a High-Quality Window For A Home Addition Project

Selecting high-quality materials for a home remodeling project is key to ensuring your investment lasts for many years. New modern windows as part of a home addition can also bring energy efficiency as well as a wide range of options for bringing light into a space. The builders and designers at Joseph & Berry have extensive knowledge of the top-quality window brands and the best products to create a beautiful home remodeling project.

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Do brand names matter in a home remodeling project?

Well-known high-quality window brands are always a popular choice for any home remodeling project. While there are many smaller, local window companies that provide excellent quality, selecting a nationally known name brand window, like Pella, Anderson, Marvin, Weather Shield or Lincoln, ensures a higher resale value and return on your investment.

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Materials are key to home remodeling

Wood frames are the gold stands in windows among professionals and homeowners. They provide a beautiful look while also providing durability and energy efficiency. However, they do require a fair bit of maintenance, needed an occasional stain or a fresh coat of paint. Some manufacturers like Andersen, offer a frame cladding the wood with vinyl or aluminum. This is a tough, maintenance-free frame on the exterior of the home and a natural-wood interior.

In recent years, wood frames have lost some market share to vinyl because of its low maintenance and affordability, however, homeowners often tell us they don’t like the look.  To get a low maintenance yet higher quality look, fiberglass and composite-frame windows are the newest options. Made from materials similar to those on car bumpers, these options are durable, maintenance-free and more energy efficient than vinyl.

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Understanding the ratings

Standardized window rating systems from the National Fenestration Rating Council help provide homeowners with the information they need to select a quality product. U-factor, based on the number scale of 0.15 and 1.20, will tell you the window’s ability to keep the cold out and the warmth in. The lower the U-factor, or U-scale, the better the quality. R-factor refers to the window’s ability to keep heat out and cool air in. A higher R-factor means higher quality. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, or SHGC, can also provide insight on quality, with the lower the SHGC the better.

Another more simple rating system is the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star label, tagging the most energy-efficient products. Energy Star rated windows are 15% to 40% more efficient than windows that are not. Look for ratings that are specific to the local climate.

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Window style

A home remodeling project that includes a new addition extends far beyond just the construction. An experienced design-build company can also ensure a cohesive style and aesthetic are carried throughout. Part of achieving that goal is selecting the right windows. Traditional homes, like colonial or Cape Codder styles, look better with traditional six-over-six or eight-over-eight windows. Modern and contemporary homes look beautiful with large windows with metal frames. Ranch-style homes use a variety of modern styles, from small out-swing windows to large bay windows in central living spaces. Look for similar style ideas you like or ask your design-build team for examples of recent projects that provide a variety of styles.

What the experts look for

When evaluating window products, our construction team at Joseph & Berry look for frames with uniform color and wood free of imperfections. Joints on vinyl, fiberglass and composite windows should be heat-welded, as opposed to joined with fasteners. The window mechanisms should be easy to use and have a tight fit. Read more about room addition and room conversion.

Joseph & Berry has years of experience in home remodeling to provide the information you need about the best windows for your project. With a project manager on site at all times, we are able to answer your questions quickly, as well as provide the highest-quality products and custom designs for our clients. 

Attic Bedroom Conversion – Remodeling Your Attic For A Master Suite

Tips on Remodeling an Attic Bedroom Conversion for a Master Suite

If you’re seeking to add space to your home, start by looking at existing areas that are potentially useful. For many homeowners, the garage, basement or attic can often easily be converted into usable space. Usually, the attic is the easiest place to start.

When dealing with the attic, everything is already in place. There are no foundations or setbacks to deal with like when adding an addition. Most of the time, there are no zoning laws prohibiting attic conversion, and no concrete slabs to deal with like in the garage or basement.

One popular use of this prime real estate is converting your attic into a charming master bedroom suite. An attic master provides you with privacy, great views, and can add value to your home when it’s time to sell. Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of converting your attic into a master suite.

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Attic Bedroom: Cost Versus Value

While you most likely won’t recoup all of your costs when you sell, according to a recent National Association of Realtors report, an attic bedroom that includes a small bathroom has an average cost of $110,000 and returns 45% of costs when you sell.

While this is a decent return on your investment, the real value of converting the attic is the improvements to your lifestyle. The “Joy Score” is a measure of homeowners happiness with renovation projects. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, homeowners on the average score this project at a 9.4. Creating a private, secluded master bedroom in the attic will add to your quality of life!

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Considerations

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While converting the attic to a master offers homeowners a great improvement in their lifestyle, and is affordable when compared to adding a new addition to your home, it may not be practical. You should discuss the possibilities with your design-build remodeling firm. They will take a look at your home and determine if it is a cost-effective solution.

When designing your bedroom attic, you’ll need to consider:

  • Your local building codes: While you may not need zoning permission to finish the attic, you will need to meet your codes for ceiling height, updated plumbing, and electrical work.
  • Support Structures: Your contractor will need to examine your home’s infrastructure to determine if it is physically able to carry the load of a finished bedroom. You may need to include an engineer and architect if you are not using a design-build remodeling firm. Ceiling height and usable floor space can be created by adding dormers if necessary. But this will add to the cost of your project.
  • Infrastructure Issues: You will need to update electrical, run plumbing (if including a bath) and tie the space into your HVAC system. Some homes keep the air handlers and condensers in the attic. If your HVAC is located there, you will need to move it somewhere else in the home, which can add costs to your project.
  • Access to the Space: Do you have an existing stairway to the attic, or is it accessible through a hatch? Your designer or contractor may need to create a staircase for easier access, and this again may add to your costs.

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When considering your project, make sure that “attic living” fits into your lifestyle. If you’re planning an aging in place addition, ask yourself if the stairs will prove to be a problem as you get older? Also, if you have small children, you may not feel comfortable on a different floor away from them. If you have older kids, the attic might be the perfect getaway solution! Consider your project from all angles.

Your design-build remodel contractor can help determine if there are issues with infrastructure, for example, ceiling height, plumbing, and HVAC. They can provide you with a detailed cost estimate for all of the work involved including any additional costs like engineering. With proper planning and a solid infrastructure, your ROI could be higher than the national average of 61%.

Ideas for Creating Your Dream Attic Bedroom

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When designing your space, consider adding some luxurious amenities. Your designer can help you with options to consider to create a truly unique personal escape.

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Consider adding elements that will bring in natural light. Depending on ceiling height this can include skylights. If adding a shed dormer to increase floor space, consider panoramic windows that can emphasize the view and allow plenty of natural light into your space.

One of the benefits of converting the attic is the beautiful architectural possibilities of the roof line. You can play up these elements with the creative use of paint, lighting, and natural light to create focal points throughout the space.

While adding a tub is always a welcome addition to a spa-like ensuite, your home’s infrastructure is an important element to consider. A soaking tub, especially when full of water, can add a tremendous amount of weight. This may require additional engineering or support work which can be expensive. Instead, consider adding a luxurious large shower.

Your attic may have tremendous potential and value when you’re considering a master bedroom conversion. The important element is hiring the right design-build contractor for the job. Make sure whomever you hire, shares your creative vision for the space, can bring excellent design skills to the project and offers only the highest quality craftsmanship.

At Joseph & Berry, we have created hundreds of spectacular attic bedroom spaces for our clients. If you’re considering converting your attic, whether it’s a master suite, a media room for the family, a play space for the kids, or a home office, give us a call. We’re always happy to show homeowners the possibilities when it comes to creating their dream home!

Reasons A Garage Conversion Makes Sense When Remodeling a Home

Garage Conversion 101 – Reasons for Converting Your Garage Into Livable Space

If you need to add usable space to your home, but don’t have the budget for a full-scale addition, look no farther than your garage! For many families, the garage isn’t even used for the car anymore. Often it ends up becoming a kind of catch-all storage space packed with the kid’s old hockey uniforms, and Christmas decorations. If you’re looking for space to add that media room, exercise room or in-law suite, your garage might be the perfect solution.

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The typical two-car garage conversion can add as much as 600 square feet of living space to your home. Because there is some infrastructure already in place like a slab floor, exterior walls, a pass through into the house and electrical wiring, the costs of converting the garage can be significantly less than adding an addition.

Let’s look at some of the practical reasons for a garage conversion that is designed for additional living space makes perfect sense.

First, The Cost Factor

As we mentioned above, because a garage already has a foundation, walls, a roof and some electrical, using the existing structure costs around half of what a new addition can cost. Depending on the level of finishes, you can expect to spend anywhere from $35,000 to $50,000 or more to convert the typical two-car garage into functional living space. If you’re planning on adding a bathroom, expect to pay an additional $20,000 to $30,000.

What To Expect: Garage Conversion Scope of Work

A garage conversion involves a fairly extensive scope of work. While much infrastructure is in place, it can still take 4 to 6 weeks to complete depending on the fixtures and finishes. A typical garage conversion can include:

  • Raising the floor height to insulate over the concrete slab
  • Insulating the walls and ceiling
  • Tying the space into the home’s main HVAC system, or adding an independent system, like a ductless mini system.
  • Electrical work including wiring and upgrading service to accommodate the larger load
  • Opening the space to the main house
  • Replacing the garage doors with windows, or fully insulated walls
  • Adding additional windows and door
  • Tying into the home’s plumbing if including a bathroom

To prevent your garage conversion from looking like well…a garage conversion, you’ll need to remove any evidence it was once a garage. That means possibly adding rooftop design elements like dormer windows, or skylights,  additional windows and interior trim. Your design build remodel firm can add architectural elements to help transform your garage into a functional space that fits in with your existing home’s design.

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The Benefits Of A Garage Conversion

There are many benefits of converting your garage into living space rather than building an addition. Including:

  • Additional useful space – Whether your family is growing, or your in-laws are moving in, your garage conversion can become anything you need. The top five choices for conversion projects are creating a guest suite, home office, fitness room, playroom for the kids, or a much-needed man cave. The truth is, whatever your creative vision, a good design build remodel firm can create the perfect interior space to meet your needs, whatever they are.
  • It’s a Budget Friendly Way To Add Space – Life changes. If you find yourself needing additional space, and are working with a limited budget, a garage conversion can cost half of the price of adding an addition. With a little creativity and a decent budget, a conversion can solve your family’s need for space.
  • Adds Value To Your Home – Creating additional living space will not only offer the immediate benefit of more space, it can add to the value of your home. Often, depending on the space you create, especially if it includes extra bedrooms with a bathroom, you can more than make up the cost when you sell.

If you need additional living space and are weighing your options, give the experts at Joseph & Berry a call!
We can show you the cost benefits of converting your garage, and our design team can create the perfect space for your family. We can handle the entire project from designing your space to securing permits and constructing a beautiful, functional space that will blend perfectly into your lifestyle.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Black

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Electric

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

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.

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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.

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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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Choosing a Range Hood That Looks Fantastic And Works Even Better

Choosing a Range Hood For A Kitchen Remodeling Project

Over-the-range hoods are a stylish and practical feature for the home cook’s kitchen. Because of the popularity of this feature, and the various makes and models, adding a professional range hood to your kitchen is more accessible than ever.

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Why do you need a range hood?

Range hoods prevent your home from being overwhelmed by odors and grease from the cooking you do each day. Cooking foods like lamb chops, bacon and even a slow-simmering sauce, yield odors and grease into the air that stick to walls, art, furniture and other fabrics. One way to draw these fumes outside of the kitchen and away from areas you’d like to keep smelling fresh is a range hood. Because this feature involves ductwork and venting, there are often regulations and building requirements when it comes to installing range hoods. Our designers have ample experience in kitchen design and know the requirements in the Dallas Fort Worth area. If your planning a kitchen remodel (read more about our kitchen remodeling in Dallas, Tx), give us a call to find out how these rules apply in your town (800)-371-8970 or Click Here to submit your details and we’ll contact you.

Right-sizing a range hood

There are basic rules of thumb to pair the cooktop’s energy production with the hood’s oil- and grease-sucking power. For every 100 Btu, you need 1 cfm of ventilation power. For example, a professional-grade range with 90,000 Btu would require a range hood that has 900 cfm.  The recommended cfm reflects what is needed to properly vent the cooktop burners, so if your cooktop includes an indoor grilling component, you should choose a hood with more power.
When it comes to the physical size of the unit, it should be larger than the cooktop area, especially if you are looking at professional-grade ranges. If you are going to the effort to install a professional range hood, don’t skimp. In this case, going bigger is better.

Venting

Many kitchens opt for a duct-free range hood installed under the cabinets. These include a fan, typically with two speed, that draw fumes from the range through a filter and back into the kitchen. These units do little to reduce smoke or odors and we do not recommend this style for regular home cooks.

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Proper kitchen ventilation requires ductwork that draws fumes and odors outside of the home.  Depending on the location of your range, you have some choices as to how this is done. Ductwork can be routed through a chase, soffit or chimney.If the range is located on an exterior wall, ductwork can be installed to vent to the outside directly behind the range hood. Island hoods can be vented through ductwork in the ceiling.

A downdraft hood is another option, which aims to remove the smoke and fumes through an exhaust system on the floor. As most people know, heat rises and there’s little evidence these units are as effective as they claim. For that reason, we do not recommend this kind of product.

All-in-one or insert and shell?

Here comes the fun part. Choosing the type of range hood will determine the exterior look. Do you envision a classic stainless steel or a dramatic shell? Your decision could impact the kind of range hood you buy.

There are two kinds of range hoods. The all-in-one hood comes with the blower fan and outer shell built together. These typically have a classic kitchen look, made of durable and attractive materials like stainless steel. Insert and shell allows customers to choose the interior blower components with the shell they want separately. This is handy for homeowners who want extra power, but also have a specific shell in mind. Typically, companies that produce insert and shell models are higher-end products, giving homeowners even more options. Manufacturers like Broan, Zephyr, Viking and Wolf offer high-end professional grade products that are both highly functional and stylish.

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If you are planning a kitchen remodel and have questions about what range hood is right for your kitchen, contact Joseph & Berry. Our kitchen designers are available to talk to you about your plans and answer questions. Call us now at (800) 371-8970

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Custom Homebuilders Dallas, One of the most fulfilling dreams in someone’s life is building a custom home. It doesn’t matter whether you are doing it for your family, or your friends, a custom home is a reflection of a futuristic vision. Building one elevates your quality of life, and, apparently, the decision is an enormous one with emotions and finances attached.

Those are two major reasons why you want a firm near you. One that you can trust, a trusted homes builder that understands and shares in the specific details you want your house to have. You want homebuilders that will construct a house as if they were doing it for themselves. And which better company to go with than the Remodel-Dallas homebuilders?

At our Dallas homes builders company, our main priority is to ensure that all your preferences and specific needs are met. It doesn’t matter how technical or far-fetched they seem to be. We are dedicated to delivering the best we can at Custom Homebuilders Dallas and well educated on the working process of working with architects and other interior designers.

Custom Homebuilders Dallas
Custom Homebuilders Dallas

Our Dallas, TX business has, for a while, been built in the USA by referrals, high-quality services, and our strive to put customer needs first. We are popular around Dallas and most of its environs because of the quality work we do. Visit our website or call us now on (800) 371-8970 to get free in-home estimates, or for an appointment to check our custom home models.

Style Doesn’t Limit Us – We Build from Traditional to Modern Styles

We have built a wide range of styles during our projects throughout Dallas, Texas. From family homes to heritage-style and modern houses, we can build them all. Even the simple ones with timber frames, beams, and posts akin to the types found in upcountry are no challenge for our team of professionals.

Our fully licensed and insured professionals will create everything from simple to the most technical, and all with meticulous and precise attention to every detail. Whatever you can dream, we will build it!

Custom Homebuilders Dallas
Custom Homebuilders Dallas

We are With You Every Step of the Way

When you decide to build your home with Dallas homebuilders, we will be with you from the beginning to the end. From the moment the planning begins during the design stages, to the final stages of landscaping and check in after the work is completed, we will not leave your side.

We offer you the freedom to do whatever you want during all the stages for the betterment of the project. Whether you want us to join you during the design meetings, we will be there, and upon the beginning of the project, we will tirelessly give it our all to ensure your vision becomes a reality.

The reason we will be with you from start to finish is also to ensure that any problems that may arise are handled beforehand. Our local contractors are well versed in the industry and are expert problem solvers. They offer creative and practical solutions with ease and convenience. The team is only a call away. Reach out through (800) 371-8970 today!

We Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Budget

Our experience and skill in the industry will help you maximize your particular budget for the best possible return. We are talking about quality, curb appeal, value, and comfort of your dream home. This is why as a homes builder firm in Dallas, we are reviewed & trusted by homeowners like you. While at it, we will give you honest advice on where we think you should spend, and where you should cut on cost to save money without having to sacrifice the quality. Our aim is to ensure that you enjoy the best services that are worth the value of your money.

You have Our Undivided Attention

All of our contractors are local and independent. What this means is that our services are personalized and tailored towards your preferences. We do not build lots of custom homes that will give us little time to pay attention to your house. Rather, we are fully dedicated to ensuring that our team offers unsurpassed craftsmanship to meet the schedule we’ve set aside to complete your project.

We Prioritize Quality Work

Often times, you might hire a contractor who will spend many months while designing your home, in a relationship that is rather unpleasant, stressful, and incomprehensible. This is why hiring us, Dallas homes builder company is the best option. We are fully licensed, insured, and geared towards providing quality works. We value satisfaction, solutions, and professionalism. Most importantly, we stand behind our work with a warranty. Call us today Custom Homebuilders Dallas, Just Call Us Now: (800) 371-8970 to have your dream house built.

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Kitchens Remodel Dallas

If You Looking For The Best Kitchens Remodel Dallas Call Us Now:(800) 371-8970

Kitchens Remodel Dallas, A kitchen is the heart of every home. This is one special room where you get to cook delicious meals, entertain your family or guests, or eat meals apart from retreating into it for a midnight snack. Sometimes, it potentiality extends to being a place of sharing stories and doing other memorable things during the holidays. It is the throb, the life of your home, day in day out. This is the reason why the kitchen should be designed in a way that all your preferences come to life.

The decision to carry out kitchen remodeling is an overwhelming task. However, it doesn’t have to be. The first thing to give consideration is how it 00will look like eventually. The specific model of how your kitchen should look like is way different from, let’s say, a living room. So many factors come into play. Sadly, they are unchangeable and the need for a professional remodeler is inevitable.
The decision to carry out kitchen remodeling is an overwhelming task. However, it doesn’t have to be. The first thing to give consideration is how it 00will look like eventually. The specific model of how your kitchen should look like is way different from, let’s say, a living room. So many factors come into play. Sadly, they are unchangeable and the need for a professional remodeler is inevitable.

Kitchens Remodel Dallas
Kitchens Remodel Dallas

Why Contact Us?

Kitchen remodeling shouldn’t be hard. If you are in the USA and residing in Dallas, TX and its environs, here is our number (800) 371- 8970 calls us today and we will eliminate the frustrations of you having to go through countless considerations to get the job done.

Apart from being homebuilders in the Greater Dallas region, and specializing in other services like bathroom renovation and remodeling, and luxury homes, we are also a full-service kitchen renovation and remodel firm. Working with any of our remodeler guarantees premium quality projects as well as customer satisfaction.

Our Dallas, Texas team will meet you in person, specifically in your home, to fully determine and fathom the amount of work your kitchen will require as well as all the purposes you intend for the room. Our contractors are local, fully licensed, honest, and trustworthy. As such, your experience with them will be nothing but pleasant. Call us today! (800) 371-8970.

When the need arises for your kitchen to bring your family closer, or to churn out limitless culinary experiences, or simply serve as an entertainment hub, Dallas kitchen remodelers can deliver whatever variation you prefer, depending on your budget.

We pride ourselves in working with reputable suppliers for the most durable, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing and high-end remodel materials. We know that you want the best, and that is what we will offer after you contact us on (800) 371-8970.

Kitchens Remodel Dallas
Kitchens Remodel Dallas

Kitchen Services We Offer

We are not limited to renovation and remodeling only. Call us today through (800) 371-8970 and get to enjoy all the vital components that are ideal for a state-of-the-art kitchen. Rich in experience and expertise, we are a 5 star rated contractor positively Reviewed & Trusted By Homeowners Like You. The perfect vision of your dream kitchen is what any of our remodeler experts will bring to life. Our Dallas kitchen remodelers specialize in:

• Electricity and lighting

• The duct work, radiator work, as well as heating

• Flooring and tiling services

• Plumbing

• Windows, doors, cabinetry, millwork, and trim

• Countertops

• Framing

• Gas fitting

• Drywalling

• Soundproofing and insulation

• And many more custom services!

It doesn’t matter whether your kitchen is unattractive, the finishes are worn out, or that all the other accessories and kitchen parts are outdated, Dallas kitchen remodelers will work with you from beginning to the end. We will match your needs, lifestyle, interior décor, and your budget to create a stunning kitchen.

Our kitchen remodel process is simple. It is a four-step process that begins with your participation in a meticulous planning stage and ends with your dream kitchen being an actual reality. If you want all of your needs as well as preferences to be delivered on time, call us today on (800) 371-8970.

What Should You Expect from the Kitchen Remodel Project?

At Dallas remodeling firm, we look forward to working with you during the creation of your new and restructured kitchen. We understand that individual needs vary. Every homeowner that our remodeler has met has a specific idea in mind while others are overwhelmed with the considerations and choices to make.

We are the solution if more space is what you are looking for. The end result will also be a stunning and breathtaking appearance. New cabinets and appliances, all the necessary accessories, and much more are some of what you should expect from our fully licensed and insured firm upon calling us For The Best Kitchens Remodel Dallas at (800) 371-8970.

Even though what each person is considering varies, one thing remains constant, the need for a new kitchen. The one thing that most homeowners have in common is that each wants something that the current kitchen cannot provide. That something is what Dallas remodelers will help you find and build it.

To know more about our other types of remodel services, don’t waste time. Call us today at (800) 371-8970 or reach out to us through our website for appointments and free quotes.

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Bathrooms Remodel Dallas

If You Looking For The best Bathrooms Remodel company in Dallas Just Call Us!  (800) 371-8970

One of the most important rooms in your home is the bathroom. It is where your day begins and ends.

Your Bathrooms is more than just a place where you rush in and come out as you get ready for work. It is also a place where you can allow yourself to relax and refresh however you want; soaking in your lux tub or refreshing up in your steam shower.  Naturally, with time your bathroom gets old, and other times the design of the room gets boring and outdated that’s when you start thinking of remodeling it and all the things you find annoying or dysfunctioning in your bathroom. It is a great idea that saves you lots of money while at the same time bringing elegance to your home.

When you are considering a bathroom remodeler, two things will occasionally worry you: the general appearance of the bathroom as it were, and whether every fixture and accessory in it work after the project is done. Nothing is more frustrating as having the most beautiful and breath-taking bathroom with a sink that doesn’t work as it should. Similarly, walking into a bathroom that is dull and unappealing conjures certain levels of disappointment!

Bathrooms Remodel Dallas
Bathrooms Remodel Dallas

Well, of course, you could take matters into your own hands and try to remodel the bathroom yourself, and spend insurmountable periods of trying to figure out what should go where and waste lots of money during the process. Or, you could hire homebuilders Remodel-Dallas through (800) 371-8970 if you are in Texas to do the job for you!

It makes all the difference when your bathroom is remodeled to fit all the required specifications and attention to detail. If you are in the Greater Dallas, TX region, you are in luck. We understand all your remodeling and renovation needs, which is the reason why by calling us today Bathrooms Remodel Dallas (800) 371-8970, you can eventually own the bathroom remodel you have always desired.

Remodeling doesn’t need to be such a hard task. Our contractors are local, fully licensed, and are well versed in the field. Any of our remodeler team will get the job done in no time. The high-quality work and the way they are with you every step of the way will ensure that the work of our Dallas, Texas company conspicuously reflects what you had in mind. With the as little interruption of your day to day life, our remodelers will be there for the shortest time possible and pull off a one of a kind project.

Why wait? Don’t let frustrations get in your way. Submit our contact form and we’ll contact you asap. Let us, the Dallas, Texas trusted remodeling professionals help you renovate and restructure your old bathroom to something you will always love.

Bathrooms Remodel Dallas
Bathrooms Remodel Dallas

Why Us?

We are a 5 star rated contractor that has been constantly Reviewed & Trusted By Homeowners Like You. Consequently, we have worked with other homeowners like you to remodel and renovate their outdated bathrooms for many years now. Our team of professionals is experienced, fully licensed and insured, and can help you create a bathroom that exceeds all your expectations. This way, you get to elevate the value of your home and get the most out of the available space. Simply pick up the phone and call us Bathrooms Remodel Dallas (800) 371-8970.

Apart from our licensed and insured remodel experts, you can also feel confident that you are getting the best kitchen, bath & whole home remodeling service that is up to par with the industry standards, and we are proud to share our recent national award Best in America Livina (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builder.  Contact us today, your Dallas, TX home remodeling company (800) 371-8970.

Some of the needs homeowners approach us with include:

• Master suite, guest bathrooms, hall bathrooms, children’s bathroom customization, Jack & Jill bathroom

• Vanity, shower updates, and tub replacements as well as any other partial replacement

• New flooring, and even better, heated floors if you desire

• Tub conversion to a spa custom showers

• Decorations or decorative shower and tub accessories

• Better use of space by changing bathroom or kitchen layout, organization and use efficiency

• Enlarging the bathrooms

Basically, our bathroom remodeling projects and services include:

• Custom shower styles and custom glass doors

• Partial bathroom remodel or bathroom refresh

• Full bathroom remodel

• Tub and or shower replacement

• Vanity replacement

• Master Suite and children’s bathrooms remodeling

If you are unsure of what to consider during the remodeling process, there are things we can help you factor in when you simply dial 800 371-8970 and reaching out to us. They include:

• Who is the room meant for? What is its purpose? Is it particularly focused on adults? Are you remodeling for your kids? Guests?

• Accommodating modern features in the available space

• What to keep and what to replace. Are you ready for tub conversation into pampering double standing shower?

• The specific type of tub that will let you enjoy good service. Here, we will allow you to explore the several types of tubs whether therapeutic, traditional, or decorative.

• All the necessary accessories including shower surround and tub materials

• The ideal theme that compliments your home perfectly

• The type of lighting you should go with

• The type of finish as well as the decorative touches that aren’t easy and highly appealing

Bathrooms Remodel Dallas
Bathrooms Remodel Dallas

These and much more are some of the things our remodelers will help you with. Don’t hesitate. We are only a call away. Contact us through (800) 371-8970. Our unique design build process will ensure your home remodeling project will fulfill your needs. We will turn your dreams into reality.

If you want to learn more about Bathrooms Remodeling Dallas, call us today through (800) 371-8970 or schedule an appointment and speak with one of our qualified professionals

 

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Luxury homebuilders Dallas

If You Looking For A Luxury homebuilders Dallas Call Us Now:(800) 371-8970

Luxury homebuilders Dallas, so you have the money, and a dream house in mind, but you do not know which home builder company to go to Dallas, TX. The answer is simple. Remodel-Dallas is the best option. It doesn’t matter the type of house you have in mind. Whether it is a romantic one with log walls or a compact, fully furnished house with brick walls, we can build them all!

At luxury homes builder Dallas, we know it well that you have a particular kind of design in mind when you want to own a prestigious house with all sorts of possibilities and features. Call and talk to us today through (800) 371-8970. We will go with your pre-defined plan and transform your imaginary home to a perfectly ambient and elegant reality.

Luxury homebuilders Dallas
Luxury homebuilders Dallas

If you have a precise idea or a vision of the kind of a luxury home you desire and you need help bringing it to life, homebuilders Dallas, Texas will offer you more than the typical specifications other companies will offer. As a fully licensed and insured company, our unique all-in-one architecture, design, and engineering, we are dedicated to providing you with high-quality services and craftsmanship possible.

We prioritize work smoothness and your satisfaction. We also give you a wide range of unique and high-end construction services that are unmatched in the industry. By picking up your phone and dialing (800) 371-8970 or contacting us through our website, you will get Free In-Home Estimates or quotes that fall within your budget.

Luxury homebuilders Dallas
Luxury homebuilders Dallas

Advantages of Hiring Us

By calling us through (800) 371-8970, you can keep your luxury home dreams alive and explore unlimited potentials we offer just for your convenience. Here are other benefits that you will get to enjoy after hiring homes builder Dallas, TX.

• Any Model of a House is Possible – We understand that whenever you are looking to remodel, renovate, or build a luxury home, you have a set of specific ideas in mind. Consequently, at our company in Dallas, we harbor unique and bespoke luxury home styles that are particularly tailored and customized towards specific preferences, to meet all your wants.

Whether you want us to go with your idea, or make renovations on an existing model, we guarantee that we will offer you our exclusive planning services that will bring a smile to your face. Call us! (800) 371-8970.

• You can’t Compromise – Our Dallas, Texas company offers you everything you want, which negates the need to settle for a construction model that falls short of your expectations. Our contractors are local, and for that reason alone, you can be guaranteed of a model that is no cookie-cutter. The features you want will be included by the remodelers as they renovate, restructure, or when they are building your house.

We have an uncanny ability to steer away from the predictable models and build you a home that will be the envy of others. Everything that a modern home carries is included in the design features that you will be free to sample and choose. Schedule a free consultation through with our home remodeling developers (800) 371-8970 today!

Luxury homebuilders Dallas
Luxury homebuilders Dallas

We Give You all the Prestige You Desire – Because we customize everything for you, you are assured that the exact specifications you desire will be met. Unlike any other contractor in the market, our possibilities are unlimited. We have no boundaries in terms of the options you decide to go with. Whether it is to remodel or renovate certain areas of your home, whether you want to choose the flooring, tiles, fixtures, countertops or fittings, there’s no other 5 star rated contractor and homes builder like ours.

Talk to us today Luxury homebuilders Dallas call now: (800) 371-8970! We are only a call away and ready to be of service to you. You say it, we do it.

High-end Home Materials – At Remodel-Dallas, our team of professional general contractors & homebuilders understands that the construction process isn’t the end of a custom home. For this reason, we offer a variety of other services like kitchen, bath, and whole house interior design, as part as your Dallas home remodel, to fit all your ideas and features without compromising space, quality, or the general appearance of the building.

We have high-quality materials from reputable manufacturers to ensure that your home is there to stay. You can order custom fixtures or any other exclusive item. All in all, upon contacting us through our ever line (800) 371-8970, you are at liberty to choose unmatched quality and the best homebuilders services that will bring harmony to your new house.

The Building Process is Seamless – Because all our contractor is local, you will get a chance to work with one team from the initial stages of design your home to completion. We incorporate several design aspects in any project we work with to ensure you get personalized service. Enjoy all these by calling us today Luxury homebuilders Dallas at (800) 371-8970!

Are you in the USA, the state of Texas, particularly the Dallas region, and you want complete and truly unique homes builder services? Give us a call today through (800) 371-8970. Don’t let your dreams go to waste.

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Homes builder Dallas

If You Looking For The Best Homes builder Dallas Just Call Us Now:(800) 371-8970

The decision on whether to buy or build a high-end home often varies from person to person. However, one thing remains, a home is fundamentally the largest investment you can make. It often occurs that you might not find exactly what you are looking for when you are thinking of buying a home. With a custom-built home, all your specific needs, the features, and attention to detail will be met. A new home is convenient in terms of design and energy efficiency in Homes builder Dallas.

A custom home is a solution to defining your lifestyle, and if you want your dreams to become a reality, work with Remodel-Dallas. We are an award-winning, licensed and insured homes builder company in Dallas, specializing in high-end luxury homes. Reviewed & trusted by homeowners like you. We are a 5 Star Rated Contractor in Dallas, Texas. We are ever dedicated to providing you with outstanding and innovative design service. Call us at (800) 371-8970.

Homes builder Dallas
Homes builder Dallas

We have a track record of superior quality that speaks for itself. It doesn’t matter what your needs are. Whether it is a mansion, a bungalow, an exclusive house with a swimming pool, a gym, or a Jacuzzi among others, our team of professional interior designers, general contractors, and project managers in Dallas has you covered. From the development stages, the appearance until the completion of your home, we pay attention to every little detail, and we take great care of your project unlike any other contractor in the market.

If you are in the USA and living in the greater Dallas, TX, contact us through (800) 371-8970 to get Free In-Home Estimates or to let us know of the style, the size, as well as any other specific requirement you want to be included. Whatever the idea you have, we will be with you every step of the way and make sure that your house is exactly the way you want it to be.

Why Choose Homebuilders Dallas?

• As a custom house builder specializing in various design aspects including modern luxury homes, we strive daily to validate our credibility and the trust you bestow us. No other company guarantees an uncompromising commitment to building high-quality structures. Your project will receive every attention it deserves, and with our aim of ensuring your expectations are exceeded from conception to completion, nothing should stop you from picking that phone and talking to us through (800) 371-8970.

• Regardless of whether you have every detail figured out, or you are oblivious of where to begin, our team will adhere to all your needs. Nevertheless, we have a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary designs with flexible spaces for entertainment or living. We can also design state-of-the-art bathrooms and kitchens as well as private spaces, which are incredibly quiet and cozy. Home office or an activity room, talk to our team through(800) 371-8970.

Homes builder Dallas
Homes builder Dallas

• We are a value driven company with great lasting relationships with all our customers. We offer premium quality building materials with equally the same standards of quality at the best prices possible. We stand out from our competitors through our unsurpassed high-quality craftsmanship and elegance with timeless appeal. Our single point accountability and a cooperative team approach is another goal we deeply invest in. This is another good reason why speaking to us through our line(800) 371-8970 is the best option for you.

• We handpick the best suppliers for the materials used to build your dream home. This way, your project is built with the utmost skill and to the best standard. All our contractors are honest, licensed, and faithful. With a rich knowledge and expertise in the building industry, they will accomplish every task without much of a hassle. They take their time to ensure that the outcome is nothing but satisfactory.

• Our prices are highly competitive. Give us a call through (800) 371-8970 to get a quote or Free In-Home Estimates. The line is always open and if you are wondering where to find homebuilders company near you, we are your rescue team.

• We have based in north Dallas, Texas, USA. What this means is that if you live in the greater Dallas area, you should look no further. Contact us today through (800) 371-8970. We would be happy to talk to you about your ideas and better ones if there are any.

 

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Homes builder Dallas

Contact Us  For The Best Homes builder Dallas

To get to know more about what Remodel-Dallas services offer such as unique and exclusive homes builder ideas, renovation, remodeling, and construction, fill the contact form or call us now: (800) 371-8970 for the best Homes builder Dallas.

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How To Remodel and Design A Highly Functional Laundry Room

Advice on designing an easy to use laundry room that looks fantastic

For many families, the laundry room is kind of an afterthought. You probably don’t spend a lot of time in the laundry, unless of course, you have a house full of kids, then the time you do spend in there needs to be quick, easy and efficient.

We all need to do laundry eventually, and if you have a washer/dryer in your home, it’s often tucked away in a utility closet or a corner of the basement. Creating and designing a functional, dedicated laundry room takes some thought. Once you’ve set up a counter to fold clothes, some storage for supplies and maybe room for an ironing board and hanging clothes, you’ll begin to understand all of the benefits of creating a designed and dedicated space to do this most mundane of chores. In fact, with a little planning and thought, you can have a laundry room that’s not only functional but fun! Looking for home design inspiration? Click Here

Here are some tips and elements to consider when creating the perfect laundry room!

• Don’t Overlook Storage Space! – Detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, stain spray, bleach, irons, ironing boards, clothing steamers all are used in the laundry. You’ll want to store them, and you’ll need cabinets and shelves to do it! Don’t forget to include hanging racks for ironed shirts and drip racks for sweaters and drip dry clothing.

• Make Sure You Include Proper Lighting – Laundry rooms are often located in a spare utility room or closet, or in the basement many times without any windows or natural light. If you’re only dropping your clothes into the washer, you might just need a small light, but if you’re planning on sorting, cleaning stains, or ironing, you’ll need some task lighting. Natural light is always the best, so if you’re considering converting a spare room into a laundry room, natural light is best. Overhead or recessed lighting is the next best thing.

Remember to Consider the Water! – It’s necessary and often not thought about, but you don’t only need it to do the wash, it can pose a danger as well. If there’s a plumbing problem, you can experience extensive damage to your home. If you’re converting a room or starting from scratch, always make sure to keep the drain accessible, and include an emergency water shut-off valve or system and make it easy to find and operate. You never plan on a flood, but if you have one, make sure you plan and have proper precautions in place.

• Consider Your Work Flow – Your design should take into account how you work and focus on assisting you with the task. Before you, design and layout typically space, consider how laundry will flow into and out of your space. Will you use laundry baskets, or install a chute system from the second-floor bedrooms, bathroom or hallway directly into the laundry room in the basement if possible. Think about how you normally work and your family’s needs. Then create a space that will work out with your normal flow.

• Install Proper Ventilation – Your dryer requires proper ventilation to operate. Usually via a hose that vents out of your home. However, ventilation fans and windows can help to keep your laundry room cool and dry. The combination of water, heat and the action of your washing machine can cause increased humidity in the room. Without proper ventilation, you can be susceptible to mildew or worse, mold! Even with modern appliances. Make sure to take ventilation into account when designing your space.

Creating a formal, well-designed laundry room is a great addition to any home. While you can have fun with the design and make it an aesthetically, exciting part of your living space, make sure you prioritize functionality over anything else. The thing to remember is that the function of your laundry room is to make your chores easier and provides plenty of space to work. Whether you’re building a new laundry room or remodeling an existing space, make sure your design team has the experience in place, and the understanding of your family’s lifestyle to ensure that you will create a space that is functional and you enjoy working in! Schedule a complimentary consultation and start your home remodeling project now!

 

 

The Basic Styles of Kitchen Sink Design For A Remodel

Choosing A Kitchen Sink For A Remodel

When it comes to your kitchen, few fixtures will see as much use as your kitchen sink. It’s a vital area for food preparation, cleaning, and more. In fact, it can be argued that choosing your kitchen sink is one of the most critical choices you’ll make when you remodel or update your kitchen.

The model, size, and style you choose will affect your daily life for many years into the future. So what are your choices? Let’s explore some features to consider when selecting your sink, like basin configurations, shape, and accessories.

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Kitchen Sink Basins and Configurations

Single basin, double basin, shallow, or deep, you have a few choices to consider when choosing your kitchen sink. Each configuration has pros and cons. Start by reflecting on how you use your sink and what shape will best fit the way you work in the kitchen.

Large Single Basin

On the plus side, a single deep basin gives you the flexibility to soak a big pan and the space to prep lots of food. However, rinsing veggies while soaking a large casserole might require some juggling.

In the past few years, sinks have gotten wider, deeper and more flexible. Today, many homeowners and designers are opting for a single, deep basin sink, typically 33 to 36 inches wide and 8 to 10 inches deep. It’s an incredibly versatile size that works for both prep duty and cleaning duty at the same time. Many manufacturers are adding lines of accessories like fitted rinse baskets that make pulling double duty easier.

Two-Basin Sink (60/40 or Offset Sink)

The two basin sink allows you to separate tasks like food prep and cleaning efficiently. A 60/40 sink, typically has two basins, an 18 inch and a 14-inch side by side. The idea is that you can clean up in the large side and prep food in the smaller one. The large side may include a garbage disposal unit making clean up even more efficient. Dual basins are also handy when you have non-dishwasher safe items. You can use one for soap, and the other to rinse. The downside? A smaller basin makes it harder to wash and soak large pans and casserole dishes.

If you want some flexibility, a two-basin sink is a great choice. While the most common configuration is the 60/40 style, thanks to modern manufacturing the customization options are nearly limitless, so you can get exactly the size you want and need.

Two-Basin Sink (50/50 Configuration)

The same concept, pros, and cons of the 60/40 configuration, but this features two equal sized basins. If you love symmetry in design, this configuration is a great choice.

Three Basins

Usually configured as two equal sized large basins with a smaller basin and garbage disposal in between. This is a nice set-up because it allows you to use the disposal independently of the sink. While it’s not the most convenient set-up for just sweeping food scraps off the counter and into the sink, there are many accessories like cutting board inserts that can make this a convenient configuration.

Choosing the Shape of Your Kitchen Sink

The shape of your kitchen sink is one option that is about form over function. While rounded sinks can be a little easier to clean, the shape of your sink is more about design aesthetics than anything else. You have several choices including:

The Farmhouse Sink

Most are simply a single large basin sink. The distinctive feature is their apron front which offers a real vintage vibe that works in almost any style kitchen from traditional to modern. If you choose porcelain or enamel, there are a wide number of color options which can add a focal point to your kitchen. The only drawback is that a farmhouse sink makes a definitive design statement, if your tastes change, this can be a problem.

 

Double Farmhouse Sink

Same benefits as any other double basin sink, and it offers the same design statement. The only real con is that because it is “non-traditional” a double basin farmhouse sink doesn’t offer the “true” vintage look of a single basin.

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Rounded Sides

Many homeowners consider a rounded sink easier to clean than one with angular edges. While it offers a distinctive look, a rounded sink may not work in a more minimalist or modern kitchen design. Manufacturers are now offering sinks that have crisp, angular corners at the top of the sink where it meets the countertop, with rounded edges near the bottom offering a more “modern look” while keeping the benefits of easier cleaning.

Built-In Drainboard

These are great for draining dishes, so if you hand wash your dishes, it’s a convenient feature. It also allows you space to dry fruits and veggies after washing or prep. The only drawback is that this style is much wider than a standard sink and can take up extra counter space so it might not be a great choice for smaller kitchens.

Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Accessories

Today manufacturers offer a variety of accessories to enhance the functionality of your sink. From colanders and cutting boards the slip over the basin, to built-in dish drying racks, produce baskets, and stainless steel racks that fit over the bottom to prevent scratching, manufacturers are adding new accessories all the time.

When choosing your sink, speak with your designer, or design-build remodeler to discuss your options. You should also educate yourself. Create an idea file online, read the home decor magazines, and visit stores to see and touch a variety of options. Today, you have a variety of choices when it comes to colors, styles, and sizes. With a little research, you can find the perfect sink to meet your needs and fit your lifestyle!

Looking For Unique Home Designs When Remodeling? An Ideas Guide

How to build a resource of unique home designs when remodeling or building a custom home

You want to change the look of your home beyond simply redecorating, but you’re not sure where to start. Anything you design needs to look great for a number of years, yet needs to complement the existing features of your home. Remodeling projects, when well thought out, can transform your living space.

To get started, you need to consider your lifestyle. Is this a project that you want to undertake, or something you need to do? For example, are you expecting a new addition to the family, or is an aging parent coming to live with you? Do you love to entertain in the kitchen and want to improve the space to allow friends to gather? Maybe you’re thinking of improving your master suite by adding a stand alone whirlpool tub, or a deluxe shower. The best way to begin is to do some research.

Compiling a file of unique home designs and ideas has never been easier. From TV networks like HGTV to websites like Houzz, here are some great places to look around, get some ideas, and compile a master list of ideas while you consider your next project!

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Where to Look: Ideas For Unique Home Designs

We live in a media rich society where it’s easier than ever before to find information. Whether it’s 400 TV channels, websites and blogs online, or a visit to the bookstore, there are plenty of information sources, ideas and unique home designs you can access to help you turn your house into the home of your dreams!

TV Shows/Networks

Networks like HGTV, DYI and FYI offer a wide range of shows full of interesting ideas. Whether it’s a simple home improvement project or a complex down to the studs remodel, shows like “Property Brothers”, “Curb Appeal” and “Kitchen Crashers” can offer up a wealth of ideas. Many of these networks also have websites where you can watch archived shows.

Websites / Blogs:

Surfing the web is a great resource for ideas and the best way to research projects. Many remodelers, manufacturers, magazines and TV networks have websites that feature project ideas, photos, buying guides and product information. Web directories like the NAHB Remodelers Directory can help you find a contractor, and websites like Houzz and Pinterest can help you compile extensive photo files of inspirational ideas. There are also plenty of DIY blogs, design blogs, product pages and other info that can inspire you! Click to see more of our inspirational projects !

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Magazines

There are plenty of magazines that cater to home improvement, lifestyles, and remodeling that can be great sources of inspiration. Consider publications like Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Country Living, Architectural Digest and Southern Living. They can help you to identify materials, designs, and projects for your home.

Bookstores

Plenty of bookstores have well-stocked home improvement sections that can provide you with ideas. Be careful of books that tell you to be your own contractor. Most remodeling projects require a level of skill and work outside the scope of books. Look for inspiration, but always hire a professional to execute the work.

Manufacturers and Suppliers

They are the perfect source for information about new products and how to use them. Most have websites and run ads in the home magazines. Lumberyards, hardware stores, and other suppliers can all offer valuable information. Many even offer home planning centers where you can browse materials, look at samples and gather information to share with your designer or contractor.

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Unique Home Designs: Trends To Watch in 2017 and Beyond!

In 2017 unique home designs are all about creating lush living spaces by taking traditional design ideas and updating them with unique colors, textures, and materials. Consider this year’s top color choices including grays with warm beige undertones for living rooms and kitchens and bold reds and caramels for bedrooms. In the coming years, homeowners are looking towards upgrades that make day-to-day life more convenient and luxurious. Trends, like built-in bars in the kitchen, retro appliances, hexagonal tile backsplashes, marble surface beyond simple counter tops and black steel and glass in the bathroom, are hot and getting hotter! Watch for these trends and consider them when planning your own home project!

Master Bathroom Design & Remodeling – Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile

Choosing Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile For A Master Bath

Tile manufacturers have products for nearly every use and personal taste today. With so many choices, deciding on the product right for your master bathroom can be overwhelming. We’ve put together a quick guide to help decipher the characteristic of ceramic vs. porcelain tile to make this process a little easier.

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Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile — The Basics

Ceramic and porcelain tiles both are kiln-fired at very high temperatures to ensure hardness, but they are made from slightly different materials. Ceramic tiles are usually made of white or red clay and typically have a glaze finish that gives the tile its color and pattern. Porcelain tiles are made of white clay in what is called a “dust pressed method,” which provides a much denser tile.

The big difference when it comes to ceramic vs. porcelain tile is in its water absorption, as defined by the Tile Council of North America. Porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5 percent of water, while ceramic tiles absorb more than 0.5 percent water. For this reason, porcelain tile is often the preferred choice for areas with high exposure to water — like a master bath.

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Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile — The Upkeep

When it comes to care, cleaning and upkeep, ceramic and porcelain come out even. Both types of tile resist dust, dirt and residue, making them a good choice for both the floor and walls of a master bathroom. They also retain their like-new look for many years, making them a solid investment. Ceramic and porcelain tile are also stain-resistant, and because the colors are fired into the clay or glaze, they will not fade. These tiles also resist allergens, do not absorb fumes or odors, and are typically placed in spaces where good hygiene is desired.

Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile — Special Uses

Do you have dreams of an outdoor shower just outside your master bathroom? Thinking of adding a small, intimate patio off your master suite for coffee in the morning? Tile can be a way to seamlessly bridge indoors and outdoors. However, a durable tile is a must. Because porcelain is so dense and virtually waterproof, it is the preferred option when it comes to outdoor use. Ceramic does have a higher chance of water permeability. Over time and in areas prone to frost, it can cause the ceramic tile to expand and break.

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What About Flooring?

Deciding on what material is best for your bathroom floor isn’t always an issue of ceramic vs. porcelain tile. Both stand up better over time than wood, laminate or carpeting. However, if you are looking for top marks on strength, porcelain has the edge. When shopping for a porcelain tile, be mindful of the PEI or Porcelain Enamel Institute ratings, which will tell you the proper use of specific tiles. Based on a scale of zero to five, a score of zero means it’s for wall use only. Class one and two are for very low and low foot traffic, respectively, which makes them OK for bathrooms in most houses. Class three is for moderate traffic like in kitchens, while classes four and five are for the heaviest foot traffic, like mudrooms and restaurant flooring.

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Consider the cost

For some, the price is no object when it comes to the bathroom of their dreams. For others, there are things that top the priority list and others that are less important. When selecting options for your master bathroom, you may have your heart set on some big-ticket items. If tile is not your passion, choosing a less expensive option could be a way to trim a bit of the cost for use on other luxury items. In general, ceramic tile is less expensive than porcelain, at less than $5 per square foot for the top-end products. You can still find beautiful, durable, high-quality ceramic tile that works well in a bathroom setting at a cost that’s less than top-quality porcelain tile, which is usually $6 per square foot or more. When it comes to ceramic vs. porcelain tile, there is a big difference in the cost.

If you’re ready to remodel your master bath, give us a call at (800)371-8970 or click here! Joseph & Berry are experienced design-build firm in the Dallas Fort Worth area that has completed hundreds of master bathroom projects. With a project manager on site at all times, we are here to answer questions and provide you details about our custom designs. At Joseph & Berry, our designers are aware of all the latest bathroom tile options available and can help you to choose the best one for your project. Let us help you create your dream master bath by providing bathroom tile samples and providing you with the knowledge you need to make an informed choice.

The Pros and Cons Of Soapstone Countertops in a Kitchen Remodel

Soapstone countertops are beautiful but are they right for you?

There was a time when granite countertops ruled the day, but as tastes change and trends emerge, homeowners often look to other materials to give their kitchen a beautiful and unique look. Soapstone countertops are a high-quality choice for the homeowner looking for a high-end kitchen remodel. Durable, impervious to stains and bacteria, and beautiful to look at, soapstone fits well with any kitchen style and design. At Joseph & Berry, we've seen some beautiful kitchen designs incorporate soapstone in the Dallas area. Our in-house project managers are well-versed in using the material and can answer your questions on this attractive countertop option.

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About soapstone countertops

Soapstone is a steatite stone that consists fo the minerals chlorite, magnesite and dolomite. Most of the varieties of soapstone contain a considerable amount of talc which gives it a milky or powdery look and feel to the stone. For centuries, it has been used in architecture and by sculptors for its workability and durability. While its soft enough to work with, it is durable enough for fireplaces and kitchen uses.

Soapstone has emerged as a high-end choice for countertops because of its unique properties. It is not affected by chemicals. Soapstone has a soft feel, yet stands up great to heat, so there's no need to worry about finding a trivet for a pot or baking dish fresh from the oven. It is very dense with light veining similar to marble. Its density protects against stains and bacteria, and the gray color compliments many different kitchen styles. Looking for kitchen inspiration? Click Here

A timeless choice

In parts of the country where older homes are more familiar, it's not unusual to find a soapstone sink from the 1800s still in use. Soapstone countertops will last a lifetime. The color is complementary to a variety of cabinet finishes and room colors and can be found in both traditional, country and modern style kitchens. For those looking for a timeless look that will stand up to years of cooking and washing, soapstone is a great choice.

Caring for soapstone countertops

While soapstone countertops are durable, it will scratch. When scratching does occur, a light sanding will make the scratches disappear. Keeping the countertop well-oiled will provide extra protection against scratching and discoloration. This wear is often questioned by homeowners, but once they have it in their home, find it adds character to the kitchen.

Other issues

A well-oiled soapstone countertop will darken from gray to a charcoal gray or even black over time. For some, this shift in color does not fit with their aesthetic. While durable, it is susceptible to scratching chipping and gouging. These imperfections can be repaired, but for some, this could be a bit more maintenance than they're looking for. The color can also be a limitation. It can vary from light gray to black often with a slight green hue. Those looking for a pink or brown accents will not find it here.

For those interested in sustainability, soapstone is not a material that can be locally sourced. Once found in Vermont and the hill of Appalachia, most soapstone is mined in Brazil today, meaning significant travel from source to your home. However, we've seen stone sourced from around the world, and having a beautiful slab from afar can also be a significant selling point.

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If you would like to know more about the versatility and look of soapstone countertops, our team can discuss options and answer your questions about this beautiful countertop option. The professionals at Joseph & Berry Remodel Design Build specialize in custom kitchen design and have remodeled many award-winning homes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Call us today to schedule your consulting meeting with our professionals! Call us now: (800) 371-8970

 


Kitchen Island Design Trends for Home Remodeling in Greater Dallas

Learn What’s New In Dallas for Kitchen Island Design

Kitchen islands are among the most popular features in today’s kitchen. Because of their popularity, designers have found a way to incorporate dozens of innovations into the space, from large to small. When considering your kitchen island design, think about how you would use the area, how you use your kitchen today and how the design might meet the most of your needs. Looking for design inspiration? Click Here

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Kitchen Island Design for Prep

One of the most frequent requests we hear from homeowners who want a kitchen redesign is more room for preparing food. Kitchen counters often get cluttered with coffee makers, toasters, knife blocks, so a kitchen island design that’s clutter free gives homeowners plenty of room for kneading bread, chopping vegetables or displaying foods for a holiday party. These can have the look of a farmer’s table with a wood countertop, or more tradition marble or quartz.

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Dining Island

Fewer and fewer homeowners want to eat meals in a formal dining room and instead ask for seating options in the kitchen area. Incorporating dining seating into your kitchen island design is one way to accomplish that goal. The island can be counter height, bar height, or multi-level. High-top chairs or bar stools are easy to tuck away after use. Kitchen island seating is a place for the casual family meal, as well as a place to entertain friends.

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Storage in Your Kitchen Island Design

Home cooks have come to realize that dishwashers, ovens and other big appliances built within a kitchen island take up a lot of space, leaving less room for extra storage, a seating area or other functions. If your plans include a large island as the focal point of your kitchen, include cabinetry to store items you use for entertaining, baking or large cooking projects in your kitchen island design. Since the top will likely be a space where people gather and food is prepped, and later displayed, having the tools and dishes for these jobs at your fingertips saves time and steps.

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Sinks and Small Appliances

If you love entertaining but hate leaving the action to do prep or clean up after, consider a sink at one end of the island. A small prep sink can be used for washing vegetables or serve as part of a wet bar. A larger farmer’s style sink can be used for rinsing dishes and washing items too big for the dishwasher. Friends can gather with drinks and refreshments at one end of the island, keeping you company both before and after the big meal.

Small appliances are also showing up in the latest kitchen island designs. A beverage fridge keeps the pressure off of your main refrigerator when entertaining, and a microwave stored just below the counter gives the whole family easy access to this handy kitchen appliance.

A Place to Display

The island side that faces your kitchen work area is usually functional, with cabinets and drawers for storage, but consider a kitchen island design that has shelving for displaying some of your favorite items facing the rest of the room. Whether it’s a collection of vintage cookbooks or your favorite yellowware pieces, having a spot to show them off in your new kitchen will add character and a personal touch to the design. Some homeowners also use the kitchen island as a place to display their own style. Consider a design that features a pop of color, or a natural wood accent to offset the look of the rest of the cabinets. In an all-white kitchen, a bright yellow island base makes the room feel less matchy, and a deep wood stain can give the room a cottage feel while keeping with the overall design.

Joseph & Berry have experienced staff on-site to help you create a custom kitchen island design, as well as many other home features. Serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Joseph & Berry provides top-quality design-build services and expert advice. Contact us today and let’s schedule your free consultation meeting!

Choosing a Fireplace for a New Home Addition

What’s the Best Fireplace For A Home Addition

If you’re adding an addition to your home, including a fireplace is an excellent choice. Whether it’s a large communal space or a master bedroom addition, a fireplace can add value to your home, and an intangible benefit to your quality of life. Nothing beats gathering around the fireplace with your family and friends or enjoying a quiet afternoon with a good book. While it’s possible to heat a room with a fireplace, typically a fireplace adds ambiance to your room and creates a focal point in your decor.

Here are a few factors to consider if you’re planning on adding a fireplace to your new addition.

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Think About How You’ll Use Your Fireplace

Consider all of the possibilities. You probably already have some ideas on how you’ll use your new fireplace. Maybe it will be a gathering spot for family and friends or a romantic focal point in the room. Are you looking for the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a cold night? You may even be considering using it as the primary heat source for your new space. Or maybe it’s just a modern addition you’ve always wanted.

Whatever your reasons, defining its use is essential in helping you decide on where you’ll place it, and what style you’re looking to convey.

Location

When thinking about how you’ll use it, you probably also considered where you’d like to place your fireplace. Of course, how you’ll use the same will somewhat determine the location and style. Most commonly, fireplaces are added to a space that is going to be used as a great room or family room. Some homeowners also prefer a romantic fireplace in the master bedroom, and if the addition is for a master suite, it’s an elegant premium that will enhance your lifestyle.

Where you place your fireplace will determine the fuel. If you’re thinking of a wood-burning fireplace, it must be located on an exterior wall, and your contractor must add a chimney. With newer gas and electric technology, you’re not limited to an exterior wall. You can place it on any wall, or even in the center of the room. We’d love to discuss more your project, contact us to schedule your free consultation meeting!

Fireplace Fuels: Wood, Gas or Electric

There are pros and cons to each fuel choice. Choosing the right one for you depends on several factors. If you’re choosing to heat your space, gas might be a better choice than wood for example. Here are some things to consider when determining your fireplace fuel.

Wood – If you’re a purist, nothing beats a wood-burning fireplace. They are beautiful, ever-changing and create a cozy ambiance that is unmatched. They will need to be placed on an exterior wall, and you will pay the additional expense of constructing a chimney, firebox, and liner. You’ll also need to clean up after each use.

Gas – While they don’t offer the authentic sound and smell of a wood burning fireplace, gas is far more convenient. There’s no cleanup; the can be turned on with a remote and are self-vented, or merely require a PVC pipe for venting so they can go anywhere. It’s possible to get a blower unit that makes them an efficient heat source.

Electric – The least realistic and they don’t put out much heat. However, they’re the most versatile. They require no venting so they can be placed anywhere, even in the middle of a room. They have a modern look that will fit perfectly in contemporary or industrial decor.

Consider The Style of Your Home

The style of your home decor should dictate the style of your fireplace and surround. Design options cover the full range from rustic to traditional, classic, modern, or contemporary. Traditional fireplaces featuring stone surrounds give the room a cozy, rustic feel. Brick can also be rustic but can transcend design to be classic chic. A modern fireplace could feature slab marble, or slate, with clean lines and minimalist construction. The firebox offers more choices to add an element of geometric design or a way to introduce contemporary materials into your space.

In between traditional and modern, there is a wide range of styles based on materials, color, and installation of the surround (Click for more design inspiration!). When considering adding a fireplace begin by doing some research. Look at lots of pictures. Read decor and home-style magazines, go online to sites like Houzz and study your options. Consider them within the context of your home’s current style.

Your fireplace will be a beautiful addition to your home that will provide you with many hours of enjoyment and relaxation. Speak with your designer or design-build remodeler about the many options available to you. They can help you to design the perfect fireplace for your new addition.

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Fireplace in your new addition

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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.

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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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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.

Choosing Shower Heads You’ll Love When Remodeling Bathrooms

Choosing shower heads or shower system for a bathroom remodel or master bath design

Today, when undertaking a bathroom renovation or remodel, you have a myriad of choices to make when it comes to materials, finishes, and fixtures. From vanities and countertops to tile, and fixtures you have more options today than ever before!

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One of the more fun and even exciting choices you’ll make is in your shower. The days of the utilitarian shower head are over! When it comes to shower heads, today you have a range of choices from sleek handheld shower heads, to adjustable sprays, steam showers, and stand-up spas there are a tantalizing array of options.

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Let’s explore some of your options and the best way to pick the perfect shower head for your bathroom renovation.

Showers 101 – Shower, Shower head, or Shower System?

For most of us, the day begins and sometimes ends with a relaxing shower. We jump in first thing in the morning to start our day, and at the end of a long day, relax in the shower to wash away the daily stress.

There are a huge variety of shower heads, and systems to choose from regarding style, finish, and function. The key is to focus on the features you want to narrow down the many choices available to you.

While there are many variations, there are basically two types of shower heads – fixed and handheld. A fixed shower head is mounted to the wall or ceiling as a permanent fixture. They are also the most frequently installed. They come as a single handle, two handle or three handle systems.

A handheld shower head is connected to the unit using a flexible hose or tubing allowing for freedom of motion when in the shower. Handheld shower heads are ideal for older adults with mobility issues and easier bathing of babies and pets. They also make cleaning the tub and shower a breeze!

Along with a fixed or handheld system, you’ll have some other factors to consider that can help you decide which shower, shower head, or system is right for you. Today, for consumers wanting to live a greener lifestyle and lower their carbon footprint, low-flow shower heads are available that, using aeration, can reduce the water used, and as a result save both water, and money on your gas, electric and water bills.

Shower heads are also available specifically designed for homes with low water pressure. Installing one can fix the issue of low water pressure and provide you with a perfect experience. Shower heads are even available with lighting that can be adjusted to set the mood and some even contain wireless speakers making your daily shower more pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable!

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Top Five Shower Head Styles

Choosing a shower head for your bathroom remodel comes down to three factors: style, features, and budget. Shower heads are available in a range of materials and finishes to match any style from transitional to industrial. Depending on your wants, you can have anything from a standard fixed shower head to a multi-jet spa-system that has LED lighting and wireless sound. Handheld and sliding bar systems are perfect if your planning on aging in place, or have young kids or pets. Define your wants and needs before shopping. Every shower head provides a different look and a different bathing experience.

Here are the five most popular shower head styles with today’s homeowners.

Classic: Antique, or classic fixtures in brass or bronze, plain or with ornate curves, can add a rustic feel to your bathroom. Mixing chrome fixtures and porcelain handles can create a mid-century modern vibe. It all depends on your style. Your designer can help you to choose fixtures that will match your aesthetic vision.

Rainfall Shower Heads: A rainfall shower head provides a relaxing rain-like experience. Usually fixed to the ceiling, it will typically have a large surface area with a large number of perforations. This gives the

Choosing shower heads or shower system for a bathroom remodel or master bath design

Today, when undertaking a bathroom renovation or remodel, you have a myriad of choices to make when it comes to materials, finishes, and fixtures. From vanities and countertops to tile, and fixtures you have more options today than ever before!
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One of the more fun and even exciting choices you’ll make is in your shower. The days of the utilitarian shower head are over! When it comes to shower heads, today you have a range of choices from sleek handheld shower heads, to adjustable sprays, steam showers, and stand-up spas there are a tantalizing array of options.

Let’s explore some of your options and the best way to pick the perfect shower head for your bathroom renovation.

Showers 101 – Shower, Shower head, or Shower System?

For most of us, the day begins and sometimes ends with a relaxing shower. We jump in first thing in the morning to start our day, and at the end of a long day, relax in the shower to wash away the daily stress.

There are a huge variety of shower heads, and systems to choose from regarding style, finish, and function. The key is to focus on the features you want to narrow down the many choices available to you.

While there are many variations, there are basically two types of shower heads – fixed and handheld. A fixed shower head is mounted to the wall or ceiling as a permanent fixture. They are also the most frequently installed. They come as a single handle, two handle or three handle systems.

A handheld shower head is connected to the unit using a flexible hose or tubing allowing for freedom of motion when in the shower. Handheld shower heads are ideal for older adults with mobility issues and easier bathing of babies and pets. They also make cleaning the tub and shower a breeze!

Along with a fixed or handheld system, you’ll have some other factors to consider that can help you decide which shower, shower head, or system is right for you. Today, for consumers wanting to live a greener lifestyle and lower their carbon footprint, low-flow shower heads are available that, using aeration, can reduce the water used, and as a result save both water, and money on your gas, electric and water bills.

Shower heads are also available specifically designed for homes with low water pressure. Installing one can fix the issue of low water pressure and provide you with a perfect experience. Shower heads are even available with lighting that can be adjusted to set the mood and some even contain wireless speakers making your daily shower more pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable!

Top Five Shower Head Styles

Choosing a shower head for your bathroom remodel comes down to three factors: style, features, and budget. Shower heads are available in a range of materials and finishes to match any style from transitional to industrial. Depending on your wants, you can have anything from a standard fixed shower head to a multi-jet spa-system that has LED lighting and wireless sound. Handheld and sliding bar systems are perfect if your planning on aging in place, or have young kids or pets. Define your wants and needs before shopping. Every shower head provides a different look and a different bathing experience.

Here are the five most popular shower head styles with today’s homeowners.

Classic: Antique, or classic fixtures in brass or bronze, plain or with ornate curves, can add a rustic feel to your bathroom. Mixing chrome fixtures and porcelain handles can create a mid-century modern vibe. It all depends on your style. Your designer can help you to choose fixtures that will match your aesthetic vision.

Rainfall Shower Heads: A rainfall shower head provides a relaxing rain-like experience. Usually fixed to the ceiling, it will typically have a large surface area with a large number of perforations. This gives the effect of water “raining” down in a large quantity, at lower pressure. Rainfall heads are often combined with other fixtures for a luxurious spa-like experience.

Shower Panels: Shower panels typically consist of several different jets on a single panel, or strategically distributed throughout the shower area. This is a modern technological experience that can be exceptionally relaxing and invigorating!

Multifunction: Multifunction shower heads provide a customizable bathing experience. Typically handheld and adjustable, the provide multiple settings that can be changed, including settings for pulsating massage, and low-flow pressure. This style is ideal for families.

Handheld: If you’re planning on aging in place, consider a handheld shower head. These heads detach from the wall allowing them to reach anywhere in the tub. These are perfect for people who suffer from injuries, arthritis, or mobility issues. They’re also perfect if you sit when bathing. They typically have higher water pressure than a rainfall head so if you like s hard stream of water, this could be the right choice for you.

Choosing a shower head can be a lot of fun! Do your research. Visit plumbing stores, gather information online, speak to a remodeling expert and make sure that your home’s plumbing system can accommodate your choice. Some larger systems may require additional plumbing or drainage so speak with your design build contractor before you buy anything.

Here at Joseph and Berry, our designers are on top of the latest shower technology available. If you’re not sure about your options, give us a call at 1 (800) 371-8900 and we can explain them to you. We are specialists in creating luxurious bathroom remodels for homeowners seeking a spa-like experience. If you’re considering a bathroom remodeling, give us a call and let us help you create the bathroom of your dreams!

effect of water “raining” down in a large quantity, at lower pressure. Rainfall heads are often combined with other fixtures for a luxurious spa-like experience.

Shower Panels: Shower panels typically consist of several different jets on a single panel, or strategically distributed throughout the shower area. This is a modern technological experience that can be exceptionally relaxing and invigorating!

Multifunction: Multifunction shower heads provide a customizable bathing experience. Typically handheld and adjustable, the provide multiple settings that can be changed, including settings for pulsating massage, and low-flow pressure. This style is ideal for families.

Handheld: If you’re planning on aging in place, consider a handheld shower head. These heads detach from the wall allowing them to reach anywhere in the tub. These are perfect for people who suffer from injuries, arthritis, or mobility issues. They’re also perfect if you sit when bathing. They typically have higher water pressure than a rainfall head so if you like s hard stream of water, this could be the right choice for you.

Choosing a shower head can be a lot of fun! Do your research. Visit plumbing stores, gather information online, speak to a remodeling expert and make sure that your home’s plumbing system can accommodate your choice. Some larger systems may require additional plumbing or drainage so speak with your design build contractor before you buy anything.

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Here at Joseph and Berry, our designers are on top of the latest shower technology available. If you’re not sure about your options, give us a call at 1 (800) 371-8900 and we can explain them to you. We are specialists in creating luxurious bathroom remodels for homeowners seeking a spa-like experience. If you’re considering a bathroom remodeling, give us a call and let us help you create the bathroom of your dreams!

 

How To Avoid Future Problems When Designing a Kitchen Layout

Avoid these all too common mistakes when designing a kitchen layout

Kitchen layout and design have always been part art, part science. While there are plenty of aesthetic choices to make when designing a kitchen, the actual functionality comes down to some hard and fast rules. Every professional designer and design build contractor have at some point had to deal with poor design. Whether it’s due to the home owner’s unwillingness to compromise, or simply an oversight on their part, they’ve pretty much all “been there, done that.”

Think about it for a minute. The kitchen is the one room in the house that truly has multiple functions. We cook, eat, clean, drink and socialize in the kitchen. It’s where we share meals with our families, and where the kids sit after school to do their homework. That’s why it’s the heart of your home and the one room that needs to be beautiful as well as functional.

Regardless of your design style, proper kitchen layout and organization are essential. Avoid these common mistakes to achieve a functional, elegant, and practical kitchen design!

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Obstructing “The Triangle” in Your Kitchen Layout

When designers refer to the kitchen triangle, they are speaking of the relationship and placement of the sink, stove, and refrigerator. This is the area of greatest activity in the kitchen, and it requires careful planning and unobstructed access. The sink sees the most action, and you should have easy access to the refrigerator and stove as well as counter space for chopping and preparing food.

The placement of your sink is somewhat dependent upon your plumbing. If your sink is in an inconvenient location, it’s worth the expense to move it for functionality. No matter what size your kitchen or what shape (L-shape, galley, etc.To) the sum of all three sides of the triangle should not be less than 10 feet or more than 25. If it’s too small, it can be cramped for more than one person. Too large and food prep can be a tedious task.

Inefficient or Wasted Storage Space

Kitchens are usually chock full of stuff! Pots and pans, appliances, dishes, plates, silverware, dry goods and more. It all requires storage and some items like food processors or stand mixers can require a lot of space. Because built-ins can be expensive and overall space may be limited, one major design flaw is not planning for enough storage space. Every kitchen layout has some wasted space, but with a little planning, it can be minimized.

If your kitchen is smaller, consider using extra tall upper cabinets with molding. You can place lighting or plants along the molding to create a focal point. Always include cabinets above the refrigerator. Not including cabinets here is a waste of space. It’s the perfect place to store those large platters that only come when you’re entertaining.

Not Enough Counter Space

One major complaint among many homeowners is a lack of counter space. Considering everything that takes place in the kitchen from food prep, to eating, to homework, plus all of the appliances that live there like the coffee maker and toaster, you’ll need plenty of counter space. Whenever possible, consider a kitchen layout that incorporates an L-shaped counter, or if you have the room, an island.

Inadequate Lighting

Lighting is an essential element in every kitchen. It’s not only about design and ambiance, but you’ll be preparing food using sharp knives and other kitchen utensils. There are three types of lighting you should add when designing your kitchen layout, task, decorative and accent lighting.

Task lighting provides general lighting and should be bright enough to work by. Overhead lights on a dimmer can function as both task lighting and accent or ambient lighting. Accent lighting light pendants or mini pendants over the island or counters can add a pleasant ambiance. Pendants on dimmers can act as both task and decorative lighting. Under-cabinet lighting can not only add a wonderful design element to your kitchen, but it can also illuminate countertops providing additional lighting when working in the kitchen.

Skipping The Back Splash

A backsplash is often a place that homeowners choose to skip to save a little money. Sometimes it’s left out of the planning altogether. This might save you a few bucks in the short term, but in the long-run, it will cost you a lot of time.

The kitchen is full of steam, water, and grease. Putting a backsplash above the cooktop and counters can save you a lot of clean up time and keep your kitchen looking fresh. It’s a lot easier to clean grease off of a backsplash than it is to clean it off a painted or wallpapered surface.

Work With Professionals When Designing Your Kitchen Layout

The best way to avoid these common problems is to work with a professional design build firm. They can assist you with every aspect of your project from the initial design to creating the budget through construction. The designers at Joseph & Berry are on top of all of the latest trends and information available. We work with our clients to understand their lifestyle, needs, and creative vision and then create a plan to help them get there. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel or would like more information, give us a call. We’re always ready to help you achieve your dream!

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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

Discover The Types of Wood Being Used in Kitchen Cabinets

Learn the characteristics of wood being used in kitchen cabinets today.

Kitchen cabinets are the major focal point in every kitchen. Cabinets must strike a balance between style, support, and functionality. Choosing the right material and quality of workmanship is paramount to creating an aesthetically pleasing design that will stand the stresses of everyday use for many years. Here’s a look at some of the most common cabinetry materials used in the construction of kitchen cabinets.

Quality, Workmanship, and Materials Create Kitchen Cabinets That Last

Professional cabinet makers are artists that create stunning, classic, sophisticated cabinetry using select hardwoods and beautiful veneers. A quality cabinet maker creates kitchen cabinets that showcase the unique beauty of the materials used, and offer durable construction as each cabinet is crafted, joined and finished. For many homeowners, the variations of color and grain meet their creative vision. Others who seek a more uniform look favor paints and stains for a more consistent appearance.

Here are some of the most popular wood choices being used to create kitchen cabinets. (Looking for kitchen design and inspiration? Click Here!)

Popular Cabinet Woods

  • Oak – By far the most popular choice for solid wood cabinets, oak offers a strong “flowery” grain that is visible through any color stain. If you are looking for a lighter, less red patina, consider white oak. If you want more depth of color, red oak will take a darker stain. To truly enhance the grain of red oak, consider using a cherry stain.
  • Pine – The only “softwood” commonly used in kitchen cabinet construction, pine is a pale yellow color and often shows knots. It’s stunning in distressed or antiqued finished in a rustic kitchen. It’s often featured in English, French and American country kitchens. Eastern and Western white pine is sometimes used in select semi-custom cabinetry.
  • Cherry – Cherry is durable and resists knocks and marring. It’s an elegant wood that is often used in formal cabinets with raised panels. Cherry offers a versatility that can provide a contemporary personality for your kitchen.
  • Hickory – Hickory offers a similar grain pattern and strength to oak while being a “lighter” wood. Its rustic style means that it’s a rare choice for semi-custom and custom cabinetry.
  • Birch – A very pale, durable wood that accepts stain well, birch is often used in contemporary cabinets that feature raised and recessed panel doors.\
  • Ash – Another wood that is similar in strength and durability to oak, it has a lighter color and very little noticeable grain. It’s often used in cabinet interiors and takes both veneer and stains well.
  • Hard Maple – While hard maple takes stain well, it’s a light color and fine grain is often naturally finished to provide a light contemporary look in the kitchen.

Common Natural Grain Patterns and Characteristics

Wood is a common choice for kitchen cabinets because it brings warmth and texture that stands apart

from the other elements in the kitchen like modern stainless steel appliances and tiling. All-natural wood offers unique and defining natural characteristics that enhance its beauty and those “imperfections” can be brought out by using stains and glazes.

  • Bird Pecks – small marks in the grain caused by birds. No, really!
  • Burls – swirls or twists in the wood caused by a “disease” that affects the wood during growth. Burls do not contain knots.
  • Gum Streaks – Mineral like streaks of color only found in cherry wood.
  • Heartwood – The mature, darker wood that extends from the sapwood to the pith.
  • Sound knots – solid knots across the face that show no signs of decay.
  • Mineral Streaks – Color, usually olive to blackish-brown that typically follows the grain pattern of the wood.
  • Sapwood – The lighter colored parts of the wood that grows from inside the bark to the heartwood
  • Wormholes – Small holes in the wood that range in size up to 1/16th of an inch.
  • Sugar Tracks – yellowish to dark brown streaks that run throughout the wood.

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Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing between custom, semi-custom and stock cabinetry generally come down to your budget. Your family spends a lot of time in the kitchen and your cabinets are one of the most used elements in your kitchen so it makes sense to opt for the highest- quality, most durable cabinetry you can afford.

Custom cabinets will last the longest and usually come with a longer warranty, but you can mix and match, for example, using custom cabinets for hard to fit areas or as focal points in your design.

The wood you choose for your kitchen cabinets affects their aesthetic look – meaning your overall kitchen design, as well as how they will stand up to daily use. The most popular choice for cabinets materials are solid hardwoods, but to lower costs, the woods are often applied as veneers over another layer such as plywood.

A design/build contractor or kitchen designer can help you understand your options when it comes time to choose your kitchen cabinets. If you are considering a kitchen remodel or home renovation in Greater Dallas, contact us to learn more about our design-build services. We will take into account your lifestyle, how you use your kitchen, and your budget to help you choose the cabinets for your dream kitchen renovation!

Is it Possible to Live In Your Home During A Kitchen Renovation?

We hear that question so often, we decided to help you and make a brief article with our 2 cents.

How To Stay At Home During a Kitchen Renovation

A kitchen is often the most used room in your home and beginning a kitchen remodel is not only exciting but it can also be fun. After all, you’ve probably waited a long time for this. Picking the perfect tile, shopping for appliances, and finding the perfect slab of granite for your countertop and imagining just how wonderful the new space will be is enjoyable. Once the planning and design stages are over, the intrusive work begins.

The first decision you’ll need to make just before demolition starts is – should you stay or should you go? Remodeling can be an incredibly disruptive process when it comes to your family’s day-to-day routine (Click to learn more about our awesome process!). On the one hand, if you stay, you get to monitor the project’s progress, but you and your family will have to deal with the lack of privacy as you’ll have workers in the house, plus the dust and noise are a nuisance.

If you choose to move out, rental costs and eating out for the six to eight weeks of your project can add thousands of dollars to your costs. Naturally, most homeowners opt to stay put. If you do decide to stay, make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting into, and how to stay safe in a construction zone.

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Here are a few tips to help you get through your kitchen renovation with flying colors.

Stay or Go? Some Factors to Consider

While most homeowners choose to stay, there are some advantages to moving out. Especially if you have family or close friends to stay to reduce or eliminate the cost of a hotel or short-term rental.

Advantages of Leaving

  • Avoid the Noise and Dust – A construction site is noisy, disruptive and dirty. It will definitely get messy and be noisy.
  • Live Comfortably Without Disruption – Hotels, family and vacation homes are much more inviting than living on a construction site.
  • Leaving Can Accelerate Your Timeline – Without your family in the way, professionals can get the job done faster.
  • It Can Actually Be Cheaper Than Staying – Some companies charge more if you stay in your home. Plus if they finish early it can save considerable cash.
  • Everyone Could Use A Vacation – Time your kitchen remodel around a holiday and come back to an HGTV style “big reveal.”

Of course, there are always two sides to every story

Advantages of Staying

  • It’s Usually Less Expensive Than Leaving – Hotel and food costs can add up to a considerable amount depending on the length of time the project takes.
  • Monitor Your Project – There is some peace of mind that comes from knowing where your project stands.
  • If Questions Come Up, You’re Available – Problems will arise. The faster your contractor addresses them, the sooner they’re resolved. If you’re there, you can make decisions instantly.
  • You Don’t Have To Eat In A Restaurant Every Night– With some pre-planning, you can still cook and eat at home. Of course, it depends on the scope of work.

There are some cases in which you will have to leave your home. For example, if your roof is compromised your safety may be at risk or if you live in an older home and have asbestos that will need removal. Your design build contractor will inform you if problems that require you to leave arise.

Deciding To Stay: Tips For Surviving Your Kitchen Renovation at Home

Now that you’ve decided to stay, here are a few tips to help you survive your kitchen renovation. With planning and a little patience, you’ll get through with flying colors. The primary goal is to minimize disruption, remain safe and stay sane!

  • Have A Construction Schedule – There are points where you might need to leave for a short period. For example when your water is shut-off for plumbing, or when the floors are being refinished.
  • Turn off the HVAC – Blowing air will blow dust throughout your home, even in you tarp off the construction zone. Contain the dust as much as possible and consider adding an air handler to filter the air.
  • Remove Breakable Object and Art – Stuff can break if it’s near the construction zone. Remove all fragile objects.
  • Keep the Pets and Kids Out of The Way – Having children and pets underfoot can cause delays and is potentially dangerous.
  • Plan Your Renovation During A “Stay at Home” Vacation – Or during the summer, grilling can be fun, and you can still eat at home! If you do leave, make sure your design build contractor can get in touch if problems come up.
  • Consider Setting Up a Temporary Kitchen – With a little planning, the laundry room or another area can become a temporary kitchen. You can move the fridge, set up a counter with a portable burner, convection oven, and microwave.
  • Stock Up On The Paper Plates – While it’s not the “greenest” way of life, paper plates, Solo cups and plastic ware that can be thrown away for easy cleanup helps. Remember, it’s only temporary and the energy and water you’ll save with you all new energy efficient appliances will more than makeup for it in the long run!

With a little pre-planning and some grit, you’ll get through your kitchen renovation. Most contractors will work with you to make the process as smooth as possible. Here at Joseph & Berry, we plan every day of your project before we begin and we have a dedicated project manager overseeing your kitchen remodel. We’ll let you know well in advance if you should plan on leaving for a few days. We also work with your throughout the process to minimize the day-to-day disruption to you and your family. Always remember, no matter how difficult the process, the day it’s over you’ll have your dream kitchen ready to enjoy for many years to come! To learn more about the design-build remodel projects we have completed in Greater Dallas or to ask questions about kitchen renovation, contact us to speak with one of our designers.

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

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

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

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

Your Walk-in Closet: Layout And Space Needs

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

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

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

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

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Think About Location

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

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

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

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

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

 

Seven Subway Tile Substitutes For a Kitchen Renovation

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

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

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

The Most Popular Alternatives To Subway Tile for your Kitchen Renovation

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

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

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

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

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

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Of Course, There Are Other Types of Ceramic Tile…

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

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

 

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What To Know About Choosing Kitchen Pendants for Island Lighting

Remodeling Advice on Kitchen Pendants for Lighting an Island

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

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

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

Island light fixture – By Joseph & Berry remodel-dallas

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

Three Tips For Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Pendants

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

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

Picking Your Fixtures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attaining The Perfect Home Remodel | A Planning & Process Guide

Are You Planning a Home Remodel? Here Are Some Tips to Get You There Successfully!
Attaining Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

Home remodeling can be a bit overwhelming. It’s a complicated job filled with product and color choices along with the task of maintaining a budget and finding the right design-build firm to complete the work.

Whether you’re considering a kitchen remodel, creating the perfect master suite, or adding an addition, with planning, research, a developed creative vision, and the right contractor, you can complete your project successfully and create the perfect space for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.

Modern kitchen design that combines glass doors with gloss lacquer doors fold-in and electronically operated.
Ultra-modern kitchen remodel in Dallas. Tx design & remodel by Joseph & Berry

The following steps can help you to plan and execute a successful home remodel.

FIRST, DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE VISION

Even before you seek out a contractor, have a plan. Start to develop a creative vision for your project. Your entire project from planning, design, and budget comes down to your knowing exactly what you want at the beginning of the project. Be prepared to answer questions like the following;

  • What is the overall style you are looking to achieve? Choose something you’ll want to live with for years to come. (Traditional, Contemporary, Country, Vintage)
  • Will I need an addition or is my current footprint large enough? (Where will you put that soaking tub?)
  • Am I looking for the best materials and appliances or will the standard be good enough? (6 burner Wolf cooktop with an in-wall oven or 4 burners GE Cafe range?)
  • Will my home remodel require taking down walls and moving the kitchen or bathroom locations? (Moving mechanical systems will add to the cost.)
  • What type of flooring fits your lifestyle and aesthetic? Hardwood, natural stone tile, carpet?)
  • Are you seeking a statement home with custom exotic wood kitchen cabinets with a hand rubbed finish or something more conventional?

Make a master file and start clipping photos of spaces that you like regarding design, style, and décor. Go through home, design, and architecture magazines. You can also do a lot of work online. Sites like Houzz allow you to create digital “Idea-books” that you can fill with relevant photos from the site.

This pre-planning research can work in your favor when you begin the process of building your team. By giving your designer your master folder, you can develop a commonality of vision and language right from the beginning of your project. By choosing “must have” elements from your files, you can begin to develop your budget. Your designer may have ideas that can meet your aesthetic needs while keeping you within your budget.

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WORK WITH A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER

To successfully execute a significant home remodel, you need a detailed plan and scope of work. Hiring an architect, interior designer, or better yet, a design-build firm is a significant step in the process. Each can play a role in your project.

While every company does things a little differently, many designers work on projects that don’t involve major structural work. They can also offer assistance with materials and colors. Architects may take on an extensive range of work, or specialize for example, only working on floor plans and permits leaving the electrical plans and plumbing to the contractor.

Choosing to work with a full-service design/build firm can mean a single source for your entire project. A design/build firm handles every phase of your project all in-house from the physical design of your space to planning and permitting, creating a realistic budget, construction, and even interior design. When you’re considering your project, look at all of the possibilities, including hiring a design/build firm!

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Elegant bathroom remodel with oval marble tiles
Elegant bathroom remodeling in Dallas, Tx by Joseph & Berry

SELECTING THE RIGHT TEAM FOR YOUR HOME REMODEL

Hiring the right people can often be the difference between a smooth, minimally disruptive home remodel and a major disruptive project that can turn ugly! When interviewing firms, there are several things to take into consideration before you sign a contract. The process of vetting can take several weeks, depending on how many companies you are interviewing. Make sure you are prepared for any meetings. Have a good idea of what you are looking to accomplish, have a general budget in mind, and develop a list of relevant questions to ask each prospect.

You will usually start with an in-person meeting. This is your opportunity to understand the services that each firm offers and make sure they understand your aesthetics and creative vision. It is critical that you have a budget in mind and that you can communicate your expectations to the firm you hire. Make sure you feel comfortable with anyone you choose to work with. Having a good rapport in the interview process is a good first step.

Remember, depending on the scope of work, the workers from the company you choose will be in your home for some time. Working with a company that you can communicate with, understands your needs and design style, and can keep disruption to your home to a minimum can go a long way towards a successful project!

We are proud to share that Joseph & Berry recently announced as Best in America Living (BALA) award winners, by the national association of home builders. So if you live in the Dallas Metroplex and you’re planning a home remodel, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to assist you in designing a home that will meet your needs for years to come.

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