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. 

 

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.

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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.

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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 shower head. 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 like 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 form and let us help you create the spa-like master retreat of your dreams!

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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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 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 a 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 comes 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, as well as how they will stand up to daily use. Most cabinets are made from 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.

How To Choose The Best Kitchen Counter top Material for a Remodel

Know Your Options When Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Countertop Material

Best Kitchen Counter top Material
Best Kitchen Counter top Material

For The Best Kitchen Counter top Material just call us now: (800) 371-8970 Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, giving your existing kitchen a facelift, or building a new custom home, your countertops can set the style and tone of the most important room in the house. If your home features an open concept floor plan, it can even carry your design sense throughout the entire living space.

In fact, countertops are almost as important as the layout of your kitchen. Today, you have more choices than ever before. With a huge variety of human-made and engineered products, as well as natural materials available in every possible color and pattern, you have more options than ever!

While it’s tempting to choose your new countertop based solely on aesthetics, picking your kitchen countertop comes down to four criteria; your style, maintenance needs, the material’s durability and of course the cost. Consider each before making a final choice.

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FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: DEFINING YOUR NEEDS

Start by examining your lifestyle. While beautiful white Carrara marble is an elegant, luxurious choice, if you have small children who love to come home from school and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the kitchen counter, marble is probably not a good choice for you. Perhaps an engineered quartz or natural soapstone surface might make more sense.

Do you love to prepare food? Will you be chopping and slicing on your surface? Maybe a hardwood butcher block surface, like natural maple is the answer. Looking for an eco-friendly option? Consider solid surface composites like IceStone, Richlite or Paperstone. They are sustainable and release no VOCs. Are you a baker? Marble countertops stay cool and if you like to bake, it is the perfect surface for kneading dough.

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Best Kitchen Counter top Material
Best Kitchen Counter top Material

KITCHEN COUNTERTOP OPTIONS TO FIT ANY LIFESTYLE

The good news? With so many great kitchen countertop choices available, even if you have your heart set on a particular material like marble, but it doesn’t match your lifestyle, you can find a similar material like manufactured quartz that can match the pattern and style of natural marble.

Let’s explore some of the popular kitchen countertop options available!

GRANITE

Natural stone is a popular kitchen countertop choice and granite is by far the most popular. Granite countertops come in a wide variety of colors, and every slab is unique. It also comes in several different finishes including, brushed, antiqued, honed (which is a matte finish) and polished for a shiny almost luminescent look. Granite’s cost can vary widely with a common variety like Ubatuba being more affordable than the more exotic Labradorite.

NATURAL STONE

While granite is the most popular natural stone, it’s not your only choice. Marble, limestone, quartzite, and soapstone are great luxurious options, but they are not as durable as granite and will require occasional maintenance like annual sealing. Even truly exotic stone like Onyx is available for your kitchen countertop if money’s no object!

ENGINEERED STONE

Another option is engineered stone. Quartz countertops are made by using chips of stone and resin. They offer the look and feel of natural stone, but are almost bulletproof and come in every color imaginable. You will pay for this durability however as manufactured stone countertops can cost twice as much as the least expensive granite!

SOLID SURFACES

If it’s practicality you’re looking for, solid surface materials might be the right choice. Acrylics like Corian, or newer countertop materials like Paperstone or Richlite (made using recycled paper and resin) are easy to maintain and eco-friendly. We rarely use solid surface materials in our kitchen designs, but they are ideal for laundry rooms where value and practicality are important.

CUSTOM-MADE CONCRETE

A hot trend a few years ago, concrete countertops are at home in a contemporary or industrial design. They can be customized with pigment, stained, acid washed, and polished. It can also be delivered with several different finishes including trowel finished,  exposed aggregate or pressed with a tool that replicates marble like veining. Concrete requires upkeep and needs careful maintenance. A sponge left on the surface can leave a stain, acidic liquids can etch the surface, and sudden temperature changes can cause warping or curling. It also needs to be sealed four times a year, and paste wax should be applied every couple of months.

WOOD COUNTERTOPS

Wood is a traditional material that can warm up your kitchen. Wooden kitchen countertops like maple or butcher block are easy to clean, and small scratches can easily be sanded out. Water can be a problem, so you will need to oil them frequently to keep the surface sealed.

The best option is to try to see and touch the surfaces in person before you make a final decision. Work with a designer and discuss your options. Countertops can be customized with various edge styles. Many designers are their meeting clients needs by combining different materials to create a truly custom kitchen. With all of the countertop choices available and a little help from your kitchen designer, you’re sure to find the perfect kitchen countertop to meet your lifestyle and stylistic needs!

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Kitchen Remodeling & Marble Counter tops, Style & Care Guide

Kitchen Remodeling & Marble Countertops, Style & Care Guide

From the time of ancient civilizations marble has been the luxurious choice of royalty. Today, when it comes to selecting a beautiful natural stone for your kitchen countertop, marble countertops remain the top choice for many homeowners.
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Marble comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns depending on the species and the cut. Nothing is as white in nature as natural marble. It offers a unique color and veining, unlike any other natural stone.

But there are factors to consider. Marble is not a perfect product. That being said, if you take some care, choose carefully and know what to expect, your marble countertops can offer a lifetime of beauty and functionality.

Let’s explore the world of marble countertops for your kitchen, from the different styles available to tips for caring for your luxurious new kitchen countertops.

VARIETIES AVAILABLE

For most people, when thinking about marble, their first thoughts go immediately to creamy white stone with sophisticated natural veining. The fact is there are hundreds of colored varieties available, in all colors including taupe, green, gold, red and black.

While the popular products from Carrara, Italy are incredibly dense and non-porous, marble is a nonfoliated metamorphic rock that is composed of calcium carbonate (the same ingredient used in over-the-counter antacids) or magnesium carbonate. Both of these elements react with acids like vinegar or lemon juice.

Acid on marble can cause etching, a reaction between the acid and the calcium in marble. Even after sealing, etching can happen. That’s why understanding how to care for your marble countertop is important.

On colored marble surfaces, these etch marks are visible as white areas and are much more noticeable on non-white marble countertops. This is why many designers will stick to white when considering marble for the kitchen. While the Italian varieties like Statuario and Calcutta are highly prized, equally beautiful high-quality marble is available in the US including Vermont Danby and Colorado Yule and may be slightly more affordable.

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SELECTING THE PERFECT SLAB FOR MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

Every slab is unique, so the best choice is to work with your designer. There’s an art to selecting the perfect slab. You need to understand where the veining is going to be located on the countertop. The best designers will artfully place the markings so that they flow almost like a painting.

A great designer will consider how the pieces fit together, the longer the slab, the better. It reduces seams and lets the natural beauty of the stone shine. If you do have seams, proper cutting book match pieces so that adjacent pieces will have a mirrored look.

VEINING

Every producer and quarry are different, but certain types of marble can be cut to accentuate unique veining patterns. Crosscut or Feuri, for example, can create slabs with an open flowering pattern, which looks random and is perfect for book matching. Vein cut or Striato slices the block the opposite way to create a linear, striped appearance.

DIFFERENT FINISH CHOICES

Technology has changed the stone cutting industry. Today, homeowners have more finish choices than ever before. Different brushing and polishing techniques can create finishes that can be described as leather, brushed or river washed. The most popular choices, however, remain polished which is glossy, and honed which is a matte finish. If you’re concerned about acid etching, a honed finish can hide etching better than a polished one.

Because of its relative softness, marble can be worked with easily. With the availability of CNC or computer controlled machining, marble edges can be artfully etched and sculpted to create beautiful edge patterns for a unique look.

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Leather Finish Countertop

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Marble needs periodic sealing for best performance, but it’s not foolproof. If you choose a honed finish, etch marks can be well hidden and can usually be removed by lightly scrubbing with Comet paste using a Scotch-Brite pad. If it’s a polished surface, professional care is recommended.

Marble is also prone to staining, but it can often be removed using an alkaline poultice that gradually pulls the stain out of the stone as it dries. Any of these applications will also strip the sealer so, after any intense cleaning, sealer must be reapplied. In cases of severe damage, marble can often be sanded down or polished to return it to like new condition.

At Joseph & Berry, we are experts in the selection and installation of luxury materials like marble countertops. Our designers can help you to choose the perfect slab, create unique, exciting designs and our team of professional installers can help you to give you the countertops you desire in your dream kitchen. If you’re planning a kitchen makeover or complete remodel, give us a call. We’re always happy to show you al of the options available to you for your dream kitchen!

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Is A Framed or Frameless Glass Shower Best For A Master Bath?

Framed / Frameless Glass Shower Best Master Bath? Glass shower doors and walls will make your master bath feel spacious and contemporary

Framed / Frameless Glass Shower Best Master Bath?
Framed / Frameless Glass Shower Best Master Bath?

Framed / Frameless Glass Shower Best Master Bath? If you have children, a master bath is one of the most important parts of any home. It is often characterized as the private retreat, complete with a luxurious shower and beautiful decor. When part of a master suite, a master bath be a much-loved luxury. If it’s time for you to remodel your master bath and turn it into the spa you’ve always wanted, glass shower doors should be one of your biggest priorities.

A Glass Shower Allows Light In

Many homes have master baths, but few of them are designed to provide the open, relaxing environment that most people are after. Older styles walk in showers had floor to ceiling tile walls or bathtub and shower combos with semi-transparent sliding doors or opaque shower curtains. All of these options tend to close off a section of the bathroom and make the room feel smaller and darker. Glass shower doors open the room up by adding transparency, allowing you to take in the whole space, and allow natural light into the shower. Even lightly frosted glass gives the room a lighter feel.

Remodeling your master bath into a warm, welcoming room for the adults is one of the best investments you can make. Bathrooms have a high return on investment, and the master bath especially is important to anyone shopping for a home because it is the most private part of their daily routine. The shower doors you choose will make an instant visual impact on anyone who enters the room.

Glass Shower Doors Come in Framed And Frameless Styles

When it comes to designing a glass shower for your master bath, there are two different styles of doors to choose from. First, you can find framed glass shower doors which include chrome or gold hardware. If the movable shower door itself has a frame around it, it is called a framed glass door. Framed glass doors are typically less expensive than frameless doors, and the hardware tends to serve as an accent to the decor.

 

Framed / Frameless Glass Shower Best Master Bath?
Framed / Frameless Glass Shower Best Master Bath?

Which Glass Shower Door Is Right For Me?

Ultimately, the perfect glass shower doors for you will depend on your personal tastes and budget. Seeking for inspiration? Click here!
While frameless glass doors are considered the gold standard in design, they may not be functional for everyone. If you want to achieve a look similar to frameless doors but without the added expense, you can always find framed doors that have a minimalist frame around the edges. This reduces the appearance of the frame and hardware while maintaining a slightly lower cost and ensuring that the door has all of the necessary seals to keep water in.

Once you’ve installed your new shower doors, you will be amazed at how much bigger your master bath appears. Glass shower doors expand the look and feel of the room and make the shower more inviting. There are dozens of glass shower door styles available on the market today. Framed options  You may also want to look at different styles of hardware that will fit with the decor of the room as a whole. If you are preparing to embark on a complete remodel, ask your contractor about the different styles of shower doors available and how you can work them into your new design.

If live in the Dallas/Forth 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.

Top Home Remodeling Projects To Add Value

Top Home Remodeling Projects To Add Value

Top Home Remodeling Projects Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, it is an inevitable question when it comes to Dallas remodeling services. How much value will an improvement actually add? Some renovations provide more return on investment than others.

 

Top Home Remodeling Projects To Add Value
Top Home Remodeling Projects To Add Value

 

Top Home Remodeling Projects Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, it is an inevitable question when it comes to Dallas remodeling services. How much value will an improvement actually add? Some renovations provide more return on investment than others.

Here are projects that provide the most bang for your buck:

  1. Steel Entry Door Replacement
    A new front door adds 96.6% of the amount you spent to the value to your home.
    Wood Deck Addition
    Homeowners who add a wooden deck, which costs an average of $9,539 nationwide, recoup an average of 87.4% of the project’s cost when they sell the home.
  2.  Attic Bedroom – Attic conversion 
    Renovations within the existing home, those that don’t require you to build an addition or expand the roof and the foundation often return more value than building additional rooms onto your home and they are much cheaper.
  3. Garage conversion
    Just like attic conversion, building within existing walls usually keeps your budget modest compared to new construction and eventually increase your home value.
  4. Garage Door Replacement
    Upgrading your garage door can significantly add curb appeal and yields 87.3% return on investment.
  5. Minor Kitchen Remodel
    Updated kitchens still bring a significant payoff, especially at resale time. A minor kitchen remodel adds an average of 82.7% of the project’s cost back to the home’s value.
  6. Window Replacement
    Perhaps it’s time increase the energy efficiency of your windows. Swapping existing 3-by-5-foot, double-hung windows with insulated wood replacement windows costs are not cheap and you can find a big vary of window types & designs but returns an average of 59.3 percent of the amount spent.

Looking to increase your home value for resale porpuses? Contact our project developer specialist, and learn how to do it right and hassle free!

Searching for remodeling and design trends? Check this article >> Kitchen design & layout tips

Source: http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/8-home-remodeling-projects-that-are-worth-the-money/8

Wine Cellar Construction | Keeping Your Collection Safe in Texas

Wine cellar construction tips for home,  Wine Cellar Construction | Keeping Collection Safe.

Heat is enemy number one for wine, and temperatures higher than 70° F will age a wine more quickly than is preferable. With a record high of 113° F, and an average daily high of 77° F, the greater Dallas, TX area is an ideal one for installing a wine cellar in your home. Proper wine cellar construction is crucial for your collection.Wine Cellar Construction | Keeping Collection Safe call us now for your free consultation meeting: (800) 371-8970

WHERE TO PUT A WINE CELLAR

The ideal temperature for wine storage is 55-57° F, and 55-75% humidity. The closer you can get to optimal temperature without too much artificial cooling, the better. Typically, a wine cellar is best built in a basement, as it’s cooler. If your home lacks a basement, it’s still possible to construct one above ground, but you’ll need a larger-size cooling unit. A dry environment also requires more frequent introduction of humidity. In general, a wine cellar should be located where there’s adequate ventilation, no direct sunlight or heat, and at least one external wall.

If you’ve dreamed of building a wine cellar in your greater Dallas, TX area home, here’s what you need to know to bring your vision to fruition:

 

CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE VAPOR BARRIER

Frequent or sudden fluctuations in wine cellar temperature and humidity are detrimental to the aging process of wine: the resulting excessive oxidation makes wine turn bitter before it can achieve its peak taste. That’s why it’s important to ensure your wine cellar keeps the ambient temperature inside lower than the area outside it. A vapor barrier separates the two environments. On interior walls, a vapor barrier is created by wrapping polyethylene around the studs and applying it to the surface behind the insulation.

INSULATION DURING WINE CELLAR CONSTRUCTION

Think of your wine cellar as a room-sized refrigerator. Proper insulation is key to controlling the temperature and protecting your walls and ceiling, as well as your wine. Thick insulation – a minimum R-22 rating – is best for interior and exterior walls. A minimum rating of R-32 is best for the ceiling. If the walls are concrete, blown-in insulation is recommended, and if the floor might have an impact on the room’s temperature, insulation there should also be considered.

CELLAR WALL AND CEILING COVERING

The wine cellar’s interior wall and ceiling is determined by the overall theme of your cellar. Regular drywall is typically adequate, but if you have humidity concerns, consider moisture-resistant drywall instead. Always use a low VOC latex-based paint to prime and paint the walls and ceiling. If you prefer the look of redwood tongue and groove material, be sure to use rot-resistant wood. Never use cedar, as its strong aroma will taint the wine. Some people also use granite or other stone as a wall covering.

CELLAR FLOORING

All types of flooring are used in wine cellars, with the most common being tile, slate, hardwood, marble, and concrete. Never use carpet, as it will mold in the cool, damp conditions. Choose flooring that matches your overall theme and make sure it’s applied to a level surface.

CELLAR DOORS

For proper temperature and humidity control, wine cellars need to be a sealed environment. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a continually running cooling unit, which shortens its life and increases your energy costs. Use an exterior grade door with weather stripping on all four sides. Some environmentally minded homeowners choose reclaimed wine barrel doors.

CHOOSING AND PLACEMENT OF COOLING UNIT

How large a cooling unit you’ll need depends on your wine cellar construction, cellar size, the ambient climate, construction plans, and more. Ideally, it should be mounted on an interior wall. A wood frame is typically constructed to hold the unit, which on average weighs between 50 and 120 pounds. At Joseph & Berry, we’ll help you find the cooling unit that’s right for your cellar.

VENTING

Ventilation keeps your cellar at the optimum temperature. The cooling unit blows cool air into the cellar, which then pushes warm air to the ceiling. That warm air must be moved to a properly-sized exhaust room, or the wine cellar temperature will get too hot. The ideal exhaust room has a fresh air intake that regulates temperature and provides continuous air flow.

WINE RACKS

Racking varies widely, but common woods include redwood and mahogany, as well as reclaimed wine barrels. All are resistant to rot in a cool, damp environment. Some people prefer wire lattice, modular storage, or fully customized wine racks. It all depends on your budget and the overall look you want your cellar to have.

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CELLAR LIGHTING

The goal with any wine cellar lighting is minimal heat output and 0% UV rays. A recessed ceiling can light are popular wine cellar choices, and they should be put on dimmers to control brightness. Timers and motion detectors can also help avoid having the lights left on, which can heat up the cellar over time. LED rope lighting is an attractive choice for highlighting racks.

At Joseph and Berry, we work with homeowners through every step of the wine cellar construction process from planning and budgeting through the design and execution of your project. Let us help you create your custom wine cellar! Contact us to schedule an appointment for a design consultation!

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Installing A New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs

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

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

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

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

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

INSTALLING A NEW TOILET?

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

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

 

 

PRACTICAL OR PAMPER?

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

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

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

THE FUTURE OF TOILETS IS HERE!

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

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

 

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

A FEW HURDLES WHEN INSTALLING A NEW TOILET

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

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

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

Installing New Toilet Master Bath? New Smart Designs

Let’s talk OUTDOOR LIVING!

Spring is here! Let’s talk OUTDOOR LIVING!

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR AWESOME-TO-BE DALLAS OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

Spring let’s talk OUTDOOR LIVING!R LIVING!  Attention Dallas, Tx homeowners!It is THE perfect time to prepare your outdoor for the summer when family and friends gathering will start to be much more frequently! Check our Pro’s tips for the ultimate Dallas outdoor living space:

(BTW – Did we mention we won Dallas Best Contractor of the Year 2017 for one of our outdoor kitchen & bar? 🙂 SO! Spring is here, let’s talk about OUTDOOR LIVING!

PIZZA LOVERS!

Let’s say the truth, we LOVE to eat and the grill is usually the best reason to spend time outside so the first thing we’ll spend our money on we’ll probably be new kitchen gadgets! Take an extra look on a pizza oven and a smoker. It’ll not only impress your friends, it is life changing! Promise.

CONSIDER STAINLESS STEEL IN YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING

We strongly suggest to have a stainless sink for your Dallas, Tx outdoor kitchen or bar. It’s easy to maintain and highly durable facing the sun and extreme weather change. You can even style up your backyard and collaborate stainless cabinetry in your entire outdoor living.

10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready

COOL OFF YOUR BACKYARD

Summertime in Texas can be a little harsh. No matter if you live in Southlake, North Dallas or Park cities, we suggest that you’d try the misting system in your backyard, It can help air to cool down up to 30 degrees! And when the day reaches the 100’s – we NEED it! too much of an effort for you? We suggest adding as much as shading as you can. You can have huge patio umbrellas or build a well isolated patio with water fans on ceiling. If you are looking to cool your backyard the botanical way, we’d defiantly suggest planting plants that keep the air cool like Aloe Vera & Fern.

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SET UP THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT

Don’t forget to accommodate proper lighting for after-dark-cooking in your outdoor kitchen and living space. It can create and define your space; romantic, vocational or masculine. You will also want to incorporate music in your outdoor bar or a TV so you can watch the Maverick’s game while you are relaxing in your pool.

SAVE ON CHEMICALS

Your Dallas, Tx home has a pool? You can save some money by using baking soda as part of your cleaning and maintenance routine. sodium bicarbonate helps control alkalinity levels of water without drastically reducing the PH levels. You can find Sodium bicarbonate in regular baking soda – just visit your nearby grocery store instead of the regular pool (and more expensive) stores.

HERBS & VEGETABLES BACKYARD GARDEN

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Create your own little herb or vegetable garden. It is a great activity for your grandkids and kids, the ultimate way to spice up your foods and salads and the chic way to color up your Dallas outdoor living space. BTW Basil is easy to grow and it adds so much flavor to food!

Bonus: Easy Mojito Ever! (We promised to share it with our Plano ,Tx neighbors!)

  1. In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon superfine sugar.
  2. Add the few mint leaves, mashing them against the side of the glass.
  3. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum.

      TA DA!

Spring let’s talk OUTDOOR LIVING!

Is A Kitchen Remodel Right For You?

Is A Kitchen Remodel Right For You?

Is A Kitchen Remodel Right For You? You probably have a lot of questions to consider before coming to a conclusion of investing in an all new kitchen. Is this something you’ve wanted for more than a couple of days? What would you change about your current kitchen? Are you ready to add value to your home? Our Dallas kitchen remodeling team can give you the kitchen of your dreams. Consider these reasons below:

Customized and tailored to your measurements
One of the best reasons to remodel your kitchen is to make the kitchen that came with the house more customized to your personal preferences. It is time to step up and realize that you should take control of your kitchen’s style and functionality.
Add Value To Your Home

What many people may not know about kitchen remodeling is that hiring a design build firm can actually save you money and eventually be more affordable. It is also an exciting adventure that will boost your house’s look so you’d wish to go through this journey with the right people that fulfill your dream kitchen plan exactly as you wished. Kitchen remodeling adds more value to your home and enjoyment to your day to day life. The cost benefit rest assured investing in a kitchen remodel will not only add financial value to your home but also add to your personal enjoyment.
Conserving electricity by remodeling your kitchen you can make plans to add more natural light with windows and skylights. This helps you save money and energy! You can also invest in energy saving appliances during your remodel.So, what are you waiting for? Let us transform your kitchen today. Your friends and family will love the new entertaining space!

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Top 10 Dog Friendly Remodeling Features For Your Home

Top 10 Dog Friendly Remodeling Features

Top 10 Dog Friendly Remodeling Features Planning a remodeling project for your home is an exciting time. Everybody in the family has a chance to include features they’ve always dreamed of, and you can let your creativity shine with great additions.

Your upcoming project can also be a great opportunity to spoil the furry friends in your family. Approximately 40% of families own a dog, and there are plenty of ways to keep your pooch happy with a dog-friendly component to your renovation. Here are some of the best ones we have seen.

1. UNDER THE STAIRS

There are a lot of creative ways to utilize space under staircases, but it can make a great sanctuary for your dog. Fashion a small doorway and turn the area into an indoor dog house with their favorite toys and a bed. You can keep the exterior wall simple like the one found here or add some tasteful decor.

2. FOLDING DOG BED

Keeping a dog bed around is optimum for their comfort and keeping furniture clean of dog hair, but they can be a hassle if they are in a main walkway. You can solve this problem with a folding dog bed. When you don’t need it, they can fold up and become a practical accent to any room with some bonus shelf space.

3. ISLAND DOG BOWLS

If your renovation project includes a kitchen, you can use an island to create an all-in-one serving station for your dog. Design a recessed wall to let you keep bowls for food and water off the ground and out of the way. You can also add drawers to store food and treats like the one found here in the picture.

4. A COOLING POOL

If your pet isn’t a swimmer or not allowed in the family pool, you can still create an outdoor haven to keep them cool in the summer heat. Build in a small wading pool like this one to give your dog and his friends that visit a place to take a refreshing dip.

5. CREATIVE CRATING

Whether it’s leaving for work and school or just a couple hours on the weekend, many owners crate their dogs when away from the house. Metal crates are bulky and can be a hassle to move around, but you can solve that problem with your next renovation. Creative designs can let you build a crate into a wall that also lets you build in windows so your furry friend can keep an eye outside waiting for your return.

6. A SEPARATE BATH

Bathing your dog may always be an adventure, but you can help reduce the headache with a separate bathing station. One of the downsides is leftover dog hair in your own shower, but you can eliminate that with an addition to your laundry room or garage. Along with adding storage for dedicated dog towels, you can install custom water fixtures to make bath time even easier.

7. A SHADY RETREAT

If you don’t have a pool, you can still find ways to help your dog beat the heat. A shady area like this one works great for humans and animals alike, and can be a standalone feature or added to an existing patio or deck.

8. REPLACE YOUR GATES

Pet gates can be a great help to keep your dog both out of a crate and out of unwanted areas. They also serve double purpose as a safety measure if you have young children. If you know the areas you would normally use them, you can use a remodeling project to build them right into the house. Pocket gates combine style and function and will leave you wondering why you hadn’t used them before.

9. FOOD CUPBOARD

This is more simple addition that will make feeding the dog easier and cleaner. Install a small custom cabinet that can be fitted with a container for dog food. For bulk food, this storage solution will eliminate keeping large bags stored in the pantry that are prone to spill when trying to fill the food bowl.

 

Top 10 Dog Friendly Remodeling Features
Top 10 Dog Friendly Remodeling Features

10. AN ALL-IN-ONE STATION

If space allows and you want to fully spoil your dog, consider adding space to have an all-in-one dog care space in your home. This one includes a bed, food, and water, a bathing area, and storage for food, treats and more. When done correctly it can be seamlessly integrated into your existing design scheme and will look great.

Dog owners know that you can never do too much to spoil your best friend, and these home renovation ideas will certainly help. There are plenty of other great ideas we’ve seen implemented throughout the home – we’d love to hear about some great ones you’ve seen and help you plan your next pro

6 Signs It’s Time for a Home Remodel

6 Signs It’s Time for a Home Remodel

6 Signs It’s Time To Remodel Your Dallas Home!

Homeowners find themselves asking this question desiring a clear yes or no answer when many times there is none. However, if you listen closely, the walls of your home could be shouting the answer to you already. Here are 6 signs that your home is longing for remodeling services.

6 Signs It’s Time Home Remodel
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1. You want a change, but don’t want to move

There are two types of home renovation clients: those who intend to sell their homes (see #6) and those who love their homes but desire a change or upgrade. The latter type of client does not want to move out 36of their home because of location, comfort, schools, jobs, and/or sentimental value. The best way to upgrade a home that you already love is home remodeling. This can include a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, exterior home remodel, or just general home improvement.

If you fall under this category, it may be difficult to know where to start. Consulting with a home remodeling company is the first step on the path of upgrading your home. They will schedule a walk-through of your home during which they can tell you exactly what your home needs to reach its potential. You can both exchange your home remodeling ideas and decide on a timeline of completion for each project. A home remodeling contractor will also be able to help you set a reasonable budget for the entire job.

 
2. Your home feels too crowded

Are you expecting another child? Is a family member moving in? Do you feel like your home bursting at the seams? Chances are, your family has outgrown your home. Before you start house hunting for a bigger place, consider the option of expanding your current home. Depending on the amount of space you need, knocking down a few walls to open up the living room, attaching a new bedroom, or adding a complete second story to your home can help accommodate your growing family and changing circumstances. Ask a Dallas remodeling company for an estimate.

 3. Your home feels empty

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the family home that has raised young children, watched them grow into adults, and has now sent them off to college. Initially, a house can feel bare after the youngest has moved out; but it doesn’t have to.

For many parents, this is one of the first steps into a new phase of life – retirement. For years, your home has accommodated your growing children at every stage of their lives. You’ve watched your list of home improvement ideas move lower and lower on your list of priorities. Now is the perfect chance to turn your house into the dream home you have always wanted. Whether it’s an office suite, a painting room on the porch, or a state-of-the-art theatre room upstairs, a home remodel can transform your “empty nest” into a relaxing resort that is your favorite “staycation” spot.

4. Your home is a blast from the past

If your home is still covered in floral, pistachio-colored wallpaper or thick shag carpet, your home is a few decades out of date. Just because you purchased your home with these features does not mean that you have to live with them until they are back in style again (assuming that will ever happen). With a few remodeling ideas and suggestions from a general contractor, you can move your home out of the 40s/50s/60s/70s/80s and into the 21stcentury.

Does your home look dated from the outside as well? Exterior renovations can restore your home’s curb appeal.

6 Signs It’s Time Home Remodel
6 Signs It’s Time Home Remodel
 5. Your home’s infrastructure needs remodeling

Although many home renovation project ideas are born for cosmetic purposes, there are cases in which a house remodel is necessary for the structure of the home. Cases like rusty plumbing, poor electrical wiring, or foundation problems pose a safety risk for your home and family and must be addressed by a remodeling contractor as soon as possible.

Although an infrastructure remodels is less exciting than a cosmetic one, it’s actually a great opportunity to cross off your decorative renovations as well. Scheduling them concurrently will be much more cost effective than doing them separately. Plus, with home remodeling contractors in your home already, it just makes sense to “hit two birds with one stone”.

 6. You want to sell your home

If you plan on moving, prepping your current home to sell takes more than just a simple call to a real estate agent. A kitchen remodelingbathroom remodel, room addition, home exterior remodel, and/or just a few simple enhancements are often necessary before putting the house on the market. Since you will be moving to a new home in the near future, you have probably grown unattached to your current home, which can make it difficult to find inspiration or excitement in the renovation process. However, a remodeling company will be able to give you great tips on the projects that will boost the value of your home to attract buyers that are willing to pay top dollar.

 

6 Signs It’s Time Home Remodel