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:

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#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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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Until your next bathroom remodel…

Joseph & Berry
Indulge Yourself.

 

 

Cover photo credit: Italian Bark. Styling by Michelle Maguire

 

 

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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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. 

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.

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

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

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

If you’re seeking a high-end design builder to remodel your kitchen, master suite or an entire home, contact us at (800) 371-8970 or click here! Joseph & Berry are Greater Dallas’s preeminent design-build firm and has completed hundreds of bathroom projects.

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.

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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!

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%.

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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

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

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 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 agency to go with than the Remodel-Dallas homebuilders?

At our Dallas homes builders agency, 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 affordable prices.Custom Homebuilders Dallas, Just Call Us Now:(800) 371-8970.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 Dallas Just Call Us Now:(800) 371-8970

One of the most important rooms in your home is the bathroom. It is where your day begins and ends. Bathrooms Remodel Dallas0 Call Us Now:(800) 371-8970 The 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. Unfortunately, with time it gets old, and other times the design of the room gets boring and you start thinking of remodeling it. 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? Why let frustrations get in your way? Call us today for a bathroom remodel! (800) 371-8970. Let the Dallas, Texas trusted remodeling professionals help you renovate and restructure your old bathroom to something you will always love.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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!

 

 

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.

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.

Kitchen Island with marble countertop – perfect for preparation

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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 of 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 a 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, even 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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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.

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.

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!

 

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 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!

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.

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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.

Should Smart Home Technology Be Part Of Your Remodel?

Smart Home Technology For High-End Remodeling

If you’re planning a home remodel, you owe it to yourself to consider integrating smart home technology and speaking with your designer about how to plan for the new devices coming on the market. With the popularity of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit and Google Home, more and more smart home devices are being released by manufacturers. Lighting, thermostats, window treatments, door locks and home security, are now common but kitchen appliances, televisions, fire alarms, and even vacuums have recently been released. The key to smart home integration devices is knowing what hub to use–the brain of the system– and what kind of home conveniences should be added. With the full range of smart home technologies currently available, it can be difficult to decide where to begin.

The Smart Home Is Becoming More Common

In recent years, smart homes have grown in popularity. In fact, homes that have recently undergone a renovation are twice as likely to have smart home features installed. The largest percentage of these products are related to home security upgrades (25%), but entertainment devices are a close second at 18%.

More interestingly, homeowners are finally starting to feel comfortable with centralized control hubs for their homes, and about 26% of smart home remodels have added the voice-control feature. Of course, homes that add a central control hub are more likely to have five or more smart devices. Currently, only one in ten smart homes has at least five smart components, but with central hubs becoming more popular, homeowners are expanding their smart home capabilities over time.

The Most Common Smart Home Improvements

While home security add-ons hold the largest stake in smart-remodeling, we found that thermostats like Nest tend to be homeowners’ first experience with smart technology. More than half of all thermostats sold and installed in the last two years were smart devices. A new thermostat can be replaced quickly, but it shows that the trend towards smart homes is growing. Talk to your remodeler about implementing of smart home technology before construction to ensure you get a system that fits your lifestyle and integrates into your home design.

With the added level of connectivity, homeowners are more than willing to pick up smart sensors as well as smart-capable fire detection systems. Perhaps the most interesting finding is how many homeowners are suddenly interested in putting cameras in their homes. In the past, using security cameras required some form of record keeping and storage. With smart cameras, consumers are adding cameras to their homes more than ever.

On the entertainment side of things, most homeowners are choosing internet connected smart TVs as well as streaming devices for both movies and music. Many of these devices have added smart capabilities whether owners are aware of them or not. The trend of televisions in master suite bathrooms is one where being able to control channels and volume with your voice from a shower or tub is not just practical but a luxury.

The Least Common Smart Improvements

Equally impressive is the type of upgrades that we do not see often. For instance, nearly all home remodeling involves a change in the lighting of the room. Asking your remodeling professional to use smart lighting devices and bulbs will enable you to control the brightness and color of the light without leaving the couch. The cost of smart bulbs are considerably more than a standard bulb, but they provide a customized ambiance that you control. Smart blinds and window treatments are also becoming more popular and continue to play a significant role in home design.

For those who choose to add smart home technology for safety and security, smart locks, smart doorbells, and window breakage sensors are a growing trend.

Where Smart Homes are Headed

Most homeowners are happy to report that their new smart devices earn reduce energy used for heating and cooling and maximize efficiency. Thermostats have been at the forefront of this movement, but across the board, the point of these products is to make the home more comfortable for the owner, even when the property is unoccupied. These devices are becoming valuable additions to vacation properties and second homes. You can expect to see more and more homeowners adding smart devices as manufacturers stop producing non-smart alternatives. Even without a central control hub, smart options are being widely included as companies like GE, LG, August, Ecobee, Phillips, and Lutron are leading the way in new devices. High-end remodeling clients can be somewhat indifferent about how these smart technologies impact the future resale value of their homes, but early indications are that home buyers are requesting integrated smart home technology more frequently.

Installation of Smart Features

While some smart home upgrades can be done independently, the most successful installations require professional help. From the lighting to the thermostat, you need to know that all of the pieces work together. Coordinating the control of differing systems requires expert knowledge and understanding of how these components work. If a home remodel is in your future, speak with the team at Joseph & Berry about smart home technology. They can help you design your home with an eye towards the brave new world of smart home technology and ensure that your home is smart and beautifully designed.

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

Know Your Options When Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Countertop Material

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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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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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Ten Top Trends in Kitchen and Bath Home Design From The NKBA

Trending Home Design Ideas From The National Kitchen and Bath

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is an industry group which monitors aspects of the trade including current trends in home design. Their annual Kitchen and Bath Trends Report is a must read for all of us in the home improvement industry. It provides members (and homeowners) the opportunity to learn about the current home design trends in both kitchen and bath design including new materials, technologies, and styles of design.

 

Let’s take a look at the top 5 trends in kitchens and bath design that are with designers and homeowners.

The Top Five Trends in Kitchen Design

The latest report confirmed the popularity of transitional style, wood flooring, increased technology and dedicated pet spaces as popular kitchen and home design trends. Here are five more specific trends in kitchen design!

1.     Transitional Style, with Contemporary Elements Emerging

The blending of transitional and contemporary style appeals to both boomers and millennials, and it a trend to watch. Transitional style and clean, modern lines create streamlined spaces that are unique with plenty of room to personalize the space.

2.     White, Off-White and Gray Cabinets

Neutral colors remain popular. In addition to neutral wall colors, gray, white and off-white are the top cabinet choices. Homeowners are also increasingly asking for mixed colors within a space. For example using one color for perimeter colors and another cabinet color for the island.

3.     Innovative Storage Solutions

Storage never goes out of style! Today, homeowners are opting for innovative solutions like pull-outs, tilt-outs, and tilt-ins because these options are functional and conserve space. Add to this garage door style upper cabinets and appliance garages. This is especially popular with homeowners who are choosing to age in place.

4.     Quartz and Granite Countertops

Granite is still really popular, but it has been declining in popularity over the last few years. Quartz has been gaining on granite in the past five years.

5.     Wood Flooring

Hardwood and wood-look ceramic porcelain are the two most popular choices in 75% of survey respondents. Wood look ceramic is especially popular in a herringbone pattern.

Homeowners are also seeking smart home technology, built in coffee stations and wet bar areas, even in smaller kitchens. Also, special pet spaces are a growing trend as homeowners are increasing accommodations for man’s best friend! Hidden slide out food and water dishes are particularly popular home design trends for pets.

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The Top Five Trends in Bath Design

Homeowners are increasingly requesting spa-like bathroom full of luxurious amenities like heated floors, more streamlined layouts and universal design elements as more are opting to age-in-place. Here are five more popular bathroom design trends.

1.     More aging in place amenities

No threshold, curbless showers, higher vanity heights, grab bars, and chair height toilets are leading the way when it comes to bath designs. The trend of aging in place will continue to grow in the coming years as baby boomers hit retirement age. The keys are comfort and safety.

2.     Transitional Bath Designs are More Popular Than Contemporary

Transitional is now the most in-demand bathroom design. Contemporary comes in at number two. A full 80% of respondents specified these two styles as their choice when redesigning the bath.

3.     Neutral Colors Rule

Much like kitchens, bathroom color palettes are a popular choice. White and grays are mosts popular with beige and bone shades the third most popular color choices.

4.     Undermount Sinks Are by Far the Most Requested Style

An emerging home design trend to watch for: 15% of homeowners did a trough sink last year. This figure is expected to rise in the coming year.

5.     When Tubs are Included in a Master Bath Remodel, the Trend is Towards Freestanding

While 67% of respondents reported removing tubs and whirlpools in favor of larger shower enclosures, an equal number added a freestanding tub. Sixty-one percent reported installing a soaking tub.

The NAKB report is a must-read for design build contractors to stay ahead of home design trends in the coming years. While manufacturers continue to release new technologies, materials, and designs for improved functionality, some trends continue to signal shifts in the way homeowners and designers approach to home design. Aging-in-place and the continuing growth of technology, like the move toward smart home technology, are two trends that will continue to grow as more of us reach retirement age.

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Here at Joseph & Berry, we always stay ahead of the trends to give our clients the best the industry has to offer. If you’re planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel in the coming months, give us a call! Our designers are always happy to talk to homeowners about all of the possibilities. Let us help you design your dream kitchen or new spa-like en suite!

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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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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Kitchen Cabinet Construction | Shop Made or Manufactured?

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TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT CABINETS FOR YOUR HOME.

Kitchen cabinets are a major focal point in any kitchen. They can establish your style while being a functional element of any design. In fact, some of the most important decision you’ll make when remodeling your kitchen involves your cabinetry. What type of wood, what door and drawer style, what accessories do you want, what finish is right for your home?

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One other decision you’ll need to make is the choice between custom cabinets and manufactured or box cabinets. Many homeowners believe that custom cabinets are the better choice, but the truth is, it depends on the construction of the boxes, and the quality of the workmanship.

If you’re seeking a semi-custom or even custom kitchen cabinets that will last a lifetime, consider a large manufacturer. They will have the equipment, skills, and flexibility to craft cabinets that you’ll love!

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CUSTOM OR MANUFACTURED?

Custom cabinets are made specifically to order for your project. There isn’t a catalog of standard sizes or details, they are created to meet the specification and style of your home, and are typically made in a local shop. Custom cabinets can include round cabinets, refrigerator panels, and non-standard heights or depths.

Box or manufactured cabinets are made in standard sizes with a variety of options like interiors and finishes. They’re ordered from a catalog using specific wording to describe each cabinet. They are produced in a factory setting and tend to be less expensive than custom made, of course, this can vary depending on the materials and finish you choose.

The bottom line, the quality, finishes and kitchen cabinet construction along with the stability, consistency, workmanship, and reputation of the factory or shop are the most important considerations when choosing your cabinets.

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KITCHEN CABINET CONSTRUCTION: MANUFACTURED OR LOCALLY BUILT?

Over the past 40 years, the cabinet industry has transformed thanks to the technology available. Today, more durable finishes and environmentally friendly options have made factory-made custom kitchen cabinet construction extremely popular. Let’s look at some of the differences between custom cabinets made at a local shop versus in a larger factory.

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CABINET FINISHES

Factory made custom cabinetry offers some important benefits including:

  • The manufacturing process is controlled, humidity is controlled using misters to ensure the air and wood have the perfect moisture content
  • Finishes are applied in a specific, dedicated area with positive airflow to eliminate the risks of dust.
  • Doors and drawer fronts are sanded with a combination of hand and computer aided equipment to assure the smoothest surface possible before applying finishes.
  • A chemical baking process creates a durable finish that is resistant to staining from most food or liquids and can stand up to heavy use.

Small local cabinet maker’s kitchen cabinet construction process is often very different. Smaller shops tend to:

  • Finish in a room at their site or right on the job site where high levels of dust exist and there are no controls for environmental dust.
  • Use orbital hand sanders and paint sprayers which cannot achieve the same level of consistency, durability, and depth of factory finished cabinets.
  • Often let finishes air dry, which means that never completely cure. Air dried finishes can absorb dirt and food particles, which can give them a gummy look and feel.

Unless your local cabinet shop is equipped with the latest high-tech baking booth technology, their cabinets will not have the same quality as factory-finished cabinets.

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MATERIALS AND QUALITY

Top quality cabinets use the highest quality materials, and like good furniture, are made with the highest standards of care and workmanship. The belief that factory made cabinets are “mass produced” and of lower quality is not the case at all. A large facility will:

  • Use the highest quality materials like hardwood plywood, durable particle board or MDF, high-end panels and premium face veneers
  • Measure and control moisture content before and during manufacturing to ensure the highest standards of materials and construction.
  • Offers doors and drawer fronts in any wood or finish you want.

Small Cabinet makers:

  • Usually, do not take advantage of the many benefits of durable particle board or MDF.
  • Often use lower grade, multi-purpose materials.
  • Do not offer inset cabinet construction because of their inability to control the moisture content of the materials enough to ensure quality construction.

True custom kitchen cabinet construction allows you complete flexibility in your kitchen design and gives you a fitted look that you just can’t get with stock cabinetry. The major difference here between manufactured and locally build custom cabinetry is the choices you’ll have.

Large manufacturing facilities have access to a large pool of talented designers giving you a much larger selection of cutting edge designs. They can also custom make decorative pieces and typically have a large selection in stock. Local shops often have much less design experience and training. They may not have a large selection of displays or samples available. Looking for kitchen remodeling ideas and cabinetry selection? Click Here

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DELIVERING YOUR CABINETS

Large manufacturers can guarantee delivery of your cabinets by a specific date with proper lead times. Because they are smaller, if a local shop owner or a member of their team becomes sick or otherwise incapacitated, delays can occur that can hold up your project. Other times, they can meet the delivery time for cabinet boxes, but without doors and drawer fronts, which are completed after installation, and again can slow down your project.

Manufacturers also tend to offer lifetime warranties on the construction of your cabinets while smaller companies will offer more limited warranties. Finally, if you’re concerned with the environmental impact of your cabinets, larger manufacturers are typically more green employing policies for waste reduction and recycling as well as energy conservation. Most local shops can’t afford to sustain earth-friendly processes lacking the resources to provide truly green products.

Your kitchen cabinets are a major element in your kitchen remodeling. When planning your project, consider the benefits of using manufactured custom cabinetry. If you do choose to work with a small shop, make sure that they have the technology available to provide the highest-quality cabinets and that they stand behind their work. Because kitchen cabinetry is such a large part of your project, make sure to do your due diligence and work with a company that can provide you the quality of construction and choice of materials to meet your needs

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What Does a High-End Kitchen Remodel Cost In Dallas TX?

A High-End Kitchen Remodel Cost In Dallas TX? Key Things to Consider When Planning A Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is the heart and hearth of your home. It’s the place where you prepare your meals and share dinners with your family. Where your kids do their homework and where your family and friends gather during the holidays. A kitchen remodel is often the first project many new homeowners consider when they move into their new home. And why not, a kitchen remodel often has the largest payoff regarding lifestyle and boosting a home’s resale value when it’s time to sell, High-End Kitchen Remodel Cost ? just call us now:(800) 371-8970

Of course, a kitchen remodel is also one of the most complicated home improvement projects and can be one of the most expensive. Many factors go into budgeting a kitchen remodel like the size of the room, the quality of materials and whether or not you change the room’s layout.

At Joseph & Berry, we specialize in high-end remodels that include the finest fixtures, appliances, and materials. We start by sitting with the homeowners to completely understand their lifestyle, needs, and priorities, then we outline the project, from budgeting and design, through permitting, scheduling and construction.

Let’s explore some of the factors and costs of a high-end, luxury kitchen remodel in Dallas, TX!

ESTIMATING YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL COSTS

As a general rule, a high-end kitchen remodel will take your kitchen down to the studs and replace everything with new materials including flooring, cabinets, appliances, tile, countertops, sink, fixtures, hardware, lighting and ventilation. You’ll receive an entirely new design and floor plan maximized to meet your lifestyle and aesthetic needs. Often, a luxury remodel can include moving or removing walls, adding an addition for extra space, installing skylights, heated floors and more.

For this scope of work, you can expect to pay between $120,000 to $250,000 or more. Of course, within this budget, you receive the very best professional quality appliances, all new countertops using elegant materials like marble, stone floor tile, high-end custom cabinets, and more. Your remodel can include natural stone materials like limestone flooring and marble, quartzite or soapstone countertops, solid wood cabinets made with exotic woods and custom tile work.

Again, your final budget depends on determining your priorities, needs and wants. When you engage a design build firm, your contractor will begin the design process, and once the design is finalized, they will outline exactly where your budget will be allocated.

The final result of the planning stages is establishing your budget. This is the final arbiter of what you can achieve. Make sure when you set your budget, you stick to it. Add-ons and change orders can do a number on the best budget. Once you have a fixed budget, you can better plan ways to keep your costs in the range you can afford. As you’re developing your plan, you’ll need to consider these three areas, priorities, payments, and predictions.

KITCHEN REMODEL PLANNING: DESIGN PRIORITIES/QUALITY OF LIFE

Once you’ve established a budget range, you then need to decide where to spend your money. This depends on your preferences and goals. Now is the time to really dream big. Write down every aspect of what you envision as your dream kitchen along with a general price for that item or upgrade. Once you’ve got your list together, prioritize your needs and stop when you reach your budget number.

Don’t forget the small costs! For instance, will you live in your home during your kitchen remodel, or will you need to live elsewhere? If you don’t think you can stay in your home (it can be disruptive!), you’ll need to factor in the cost of a hotel. If you’re staying at home during construction, remember to budget for takeout food unless you have a secondary kitchen!

Finally, you’ll need to add a cushion for unexpected costs. It should be about 20% of your total budget. When you’re taking a room down to the studs, you never know what you’ll find. For example, when you remove the old dishwasher you may uncover a leak that has rotted the subfloor, or perhaps you’ll need to rewire to bring your home up to code. All of these surprises can add costs… and there will be surprises, so it’s best to be prepared!

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MAKING PAYMENTS: TALK TO YOUR CONTRACTOR

Once you’ve signed off on your project, you’ll want to go over the financial details. Will you need to come up with a down payment? Does the contract call for milestone payments, for example, 20% down, 20% at completion of demolition, 20% upon passing inspections, etc.? Will you need to make a significant down payment with the balance due upon completion of the final punch list? Make sure you have everything in place before any work begins.

PREDICTIONS: CASH FLOW PLANNING

Finally, complete your budget process by creating a spreadsheet with the final budget and a timeline. This allows you to see the entire picture of how and when money is needed. Track expenses. A good idea is to have a weekly meeting with your contractor to review the costs and budget. That way, costs can be kept in check, and your budget won’t get out of control.

If you don’t like spreadsheets, contact the professionals at Joseph & Berry regarding your kitchen remodel. We work with homeowners through every step of the process from planning and budgeting through the design and execution of your project. Help us help you! Set up an Ideabook on Houzz and begin compiling ideas for your ideal kitchen. It can help us to better understand your vision, and we can work with you to make it a realistic dream!

Let us help you create your dream kitchen! Contact us to schedule an appointment for a design consultation!

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Smart Storage Solutions for the Unorganized

Smart Storage Solutions

Smart Storage Solutions is One of the biggest challenges in organizing any home is managing storage, and even the seemingly best-kept homes are not immune to a buildup of clutter. Without even noticing, the tidiest of places can quickly transform into unorganized heaps of things that once had a different storage spot.

Combating disorganized clutter in the home can be a challenge, and in a fast-paced lifestyle, the best solutions need to be smart and easy to maintain. Whether it’s finding the best way to organize important documents, save closet space, easily navigate kitchen drawers, or any other area of the home, here are some smart storage solutions you’ll want to use immediately!

POTS AND PANS

Opening the pots and pans cupboard can be a risky venture, and often ends with unwanted kitchenware tumbling out, creating an even bigger mess. This sliding holder will keep all your pots, pans, and lids organized and easily accessible.

ENTRYWAY BASKETS

For houses from only two people to large and growing families, the entryway can become a drop zone for anything and everything brought into the house. Crafting personalized baskets like these will help everybody in your house neatly keep track of their essential items.

PEG BOARD BOXES

There are a lot of corners, drawers, and closet shelves in any house that hold things you don’t use regularly but need to keep altogether. Crafting items, sewing kits, and gift wrap are a few things that fall into this category- creating a peg board box is a genius way to keep everything organized and in the same place.

EASY BATTERY ORGANIZATION

Odds are good that there are several drawers around your house holding a few mismatched batteries in a variety of containers. Streamline your battery organization with this piece that will store all types of batteries needed around the home!

SMALL BOTTLE STORAGE

Anywhere that a lot of small items are kept together usually ends up being a disorganized mess. Spice racks, cosmetics, and medicine can all be hard to sort through, organize, and keep neat. Filling a cupboard space with an adjustable stackable organizer will make these areas a lot easier to keep tidy!

SHELF DIVIDERS

Linen closets and clothing shelves are spots that seem easy to keep organized but often end up looking messy with towels, shirts, or sweaters piled haphazardly across the entire shelf. Make smart use of the space by installing shelf dividers to keep everything in its right place.

TUPPERWARE SOLUTION

Tupperware has made life incredibly easier when it comes to saving leftovers, packing lunches, and meal prepping. Storing and keeping all the containers and lids together can be a very difficult thing to maintain. Turn the mess of a Tupperware drawer into an easily accessible storage area with a simple kitchen organizer.

MAGNETIC STRIPS

All women know the hardships that come with keeping track of beauty supplies such as bobby pins, nail clippers, files, and tweezers. Constantly losing and replacing them is a hassle, but keeping them organized on the back of a cupboard door using magnetic strips is a true genius move!

HIDE YOUR PRINTER

The area around computer printers is a magnet for clutter. Extra copies, misprints, and other documents find a home next to the printer that leads to other things being left behind. Eliminate this problem before it happens by hiding your printer until you need it.

UNIQUE FILING CABINET

Organizing, managing, and easily accessing important documents is important in any home. A document may only be needed once a year, but being able to easily find it saves a lot of frustration and stress. The smart solution? Utilize a storage bench or chest as a mini office filing cabinet!

 

It’s easy to feel inspired to find smart storage solutions in every area of the home. Sometimes it’s a crafty DIY project and others it’s an inexpensive purchase, but the great thing is knowing even the most unorganized people can be helped. Hopefully, you will soon implement these and be sure to share some of your favorite storage solutions!

Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen and looking for some tips and inspiration – you are at the right place! Here are few points to

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Concealment Of Appliances
Concealment of appliances is one of the newer kitchen remodeling trends that you can try. It has become quite popular over the years thanks to many advantages. Concealed appliances offer an artistic way of saving space. Not only do they improve functionality in your kitchen, but it also prevents the kitchen from looking too cluttered. Hidden appliances, when revealed, are also interesting and will create a lot of attention.

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Color Trends For Appliances
Certain colors of appliances will maintain their title as the most favored choice for the finish of kitchen appliances. Stainless steel is one of them, and it has been a common choice for over a hundred years now. Its popularity comes from the fact that it has a universal appeal and a shiny appearance, which is often associated with luxury. It also provides a more sterile surface than the others.

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Cabinetry
There is a variety of trendy styles of cabinets available for you to choose from. There are floating units, cabinets with touch latch doors, systems that are hidden behind sliding doors, and cabinets with innovative surfaces, such as semi-translucent glass, bamboo, and aluminum.

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Countertops
Countertops with custom touches, such as marble slab inserts and wooden butcher blocks are a big hit. Some homeowners even embed concrete with metal and glass bits.

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How To Plan For A Master Bedroom Addition

Consider these options when remodeling your home with a master bedroom addition

Behind kitchen and bathroom remodeling, the number three most popular home improvement project is adding a master bedroom addition. Maybe you purchased a starter home or an older home that may lack the modern amenities of today’s master bedrooms, or perhaps you’re seeking more space for a larger en-suite bathroom or walk-in closet. Whatever the case, nothing is more wonderful than creating the perfect relaxation getaway for you and your spouse.

A spacious master bedroom with a large modern en suite bathroom and his and her walk-in closets is the perfect way to create the dream home you want! Adding an addition to your home can not only give you the space you may need, increasing the livable space in your home can also increase its value.

Let’s look at a few steps you can take that can make the construction process run smoothly and stay within your budget.

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JOT DOWN YOUR IDEAS FOR YOUR MASTER BEDROOM ADDITION

Before you even consider budget, dream a little! Picture your ideal master suite. Will it have cathedral ceilings, a walkout to the backyard or a private deck? Will your en suite have heated floors, a wall of shower heads and a standalone soaking tub? You might want a giant walk-in closet, or even his and hers walk-ins, or a quiet place to sit, relax and read with a cup of coffee. You don’t have to get technical about your needs, this is just a planning exercise.

Work with your spouse or significant other to determine what’s really important to you. Jot your ideas down on paper or your computer using Houzz Ideabooks or Pinterest, weigh your options and compromise on the perfect master suite to meet both of your needs.

SECOND STEP, SETTING YOUR BUDGET

Now it’s time to come back to reality! It’s important to set a realistic budget for your project. In fact, the budget and planning stage of your addition is probably the most important aspect of the entire project. Your budget will dictate:

  • The size of your addition
  • Materials and finish options

Budgeting is an important step, but don’t let it overwhelm you! Your design build firm can walk you through the steps of planning and budgeting for your project. It’s important to find a firm that understands your creative vision and can offer you options that can meet your aesthetic needs and still remain within your budget. Want to learn more about the design build process? Click Here

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IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN PLANNING A MASTER BEDROOM ADDITION

As you finalize your planning and put together your budget, there are several physical factors to consider. If you are working with an architect,design-buildd firm or contractor, they can help. Here are some factors to think about.

1.     WHERE WILL YOUR ADDITION BE LOCATED?

This is probably the most difficult and complicated decision you’ll need to make. You need to consider how your addition will fit within the physical confines of your landscape as well as its relationship to your home’s flow. Will you be adding your bedroom into an existing floor plan, adding a new separate wing, or creating a second story to house a private suite? This will, of course, affect your budget and the scope of work.

2.     WILL IT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE?

Once you’ve determined location consider its access to the outdoors. In the past, this was less of a consideration, but current trends are favoring a ground floor master suite with doors leading to a private patio, deck or garden.

3.     WINDOWS

Will your space be flooded with natural light, or perhaps offer skylights for a personal view of the night sky from your bed?

4.     VIEWS

Does your property offer stunning views? If so you’ll probably want to take advantage of them. Even if you don’t have amazing mountain or ocean views, looking out onto a beautiful garden, or your in-ground pool can also be pretty dramatic and relaxing!

5.     WHAT SPECIAL FEATURES WILL YOU WANT?

A common trend today is to include a sitting area within the master suite. Designs can be elaborate, like adding a formal living room, or intimate and quiet, for example, a meditation area or in-home office space or reading nook. Perhaps a fireplace?

6.     THE CEILING

The ceiling can be a wonderful way to add interest and drama to a space. Imagine a cathedral ceiling with a wall of floor to ceiling windows, or exposed beams, or even a lit coffered ceiling. This can be a wonderful area to add detail and interest.

7.     LIGHTING

The bedroom offers plenty of opportunities for creative lighting. Typically you’ll rely on several different sources of light, for example, you may want a beautiful crystal chandelier on a dimmer over the bed or recessed cans in the ceiling. Cove lighting can also provide a romantic glow and can highlight architectural details.

8.     ENTERTAINMENT

You may or may not want to include a TV or music system in the bedroom. It can be as simple as hanging a TV on the wall, and adding a couple of blue tooth speakers, or including an elaborate entertainment system. Again, it’s all up to you and your budget.

When planning your master bedroom addition, start by dreaming! After all, this is your private sanctuary, why not splurge a little! Once you’ve determined the must-have features for your master bedroom addition, begin to develop your budget, and then focus on the actual location and amenities. Work with your design build firm to achieve your creative vision. They can help you with everything from creating blueprints to seamlessly integrating your new space onto your existing home, to helping you choose finishes. With a little work, you can have the master bedroom of your dreams!

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10 Ways To Create Your Own Insanely Awesome Man Cave

10 Ways Create Insanely Awesome Man Cave

Whether it is a place to unwind at the end of a day or gather with friends, man caves are a great addition to any home. When they are done well, a sophisticated man cave offers premium relaxation and entertainment options, and a classy room that adds to the style throughout your home will always get the wife’s stamp of approval.

If you are looking to upgrade your existing man cave or planning a remodeling project and want to add one to your home, these awesome features can help inspire you to make yours truly great.

1. SHOWCASE PERSONALITY

When done well, a man cave should highlight a mix of interests and hobbies, and that should be reflected in the style and design. Choose decor that works with the different areas and you can build a room with multiple themes that doesn’t feel disjointed. This man cave keeps neon signs near the bright lights of the arcade games while keeping a classier, relaxed feel right next to it with the bar area.

2. OPEN UP THE ROOM

If the designated area for your man cave is smaller than you’d like, you can still do a lot to make the space work. Focus on designs that allow for only a couple purposes, such as making a drink and having a good place to read or converse, to avoid crowding the room. This room makes great use of wall texture and large windows to help make a smaller space feel open and comfortable.

3. MIX UP THE WALLS

One great way to make the area feel like a special retreat from the rest of the home is to highlight different wall textures. This man cave maintains a rustic, luxurious feel while balancing the wood and brick walls. Whether it’s to highlight an HD golf simulator, another gaming area, or a theater room, the brick can work as framing for a key feature of the room.

4. A SENSIBLE SPORTS ROOM

If you are a sports fan and collect memorabilia, it can be tempting to turn the man cave into your own personal sports bar. While there is nothing wrong with that, you can easily create a room that works well for watching the big game as well as entertaining the family. By highlighting only a few jerseys here, this room showcases the owner’s fanship but keeps a sophisticated feel.

5. LIGHTING IS IMPORTANT

Focusing on the right lighting fixtures can really open up your man cave and make it more inviting. Different styles of lights can highlight components of the room, as seen here with focal points at the pool table, wine rack and sink area. When done well, your man cave lighting system fixtures will feel like a natural part of the overall design.

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6. TIE THE SECTIONS TOGETHER

Your man cave may be spread into separate sections, and the design can work well if they are marked with different flooring options. Use the pieces in different areas to tie it all together, as found in this room. The carpeted area creates a home-like sense of comfort, while the couch color and wooden TV stand connect the theater area to the poker room to tie the whole area together.

7. DON’T FORGET COMFORT

No matter what design you are looking for, your man cave should be established as an area to unwind and relax, so comfort is key. Choose inviting, comfortable furniture that works well for lounging but can also be moved around to accommodate guests.

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8. MIX WORK AND PLAY

If you have a home office, bringing the workspace and elements of your man cave together can create a great multi-purpose area of the home. Once you retire or stop working from home, you’ll have room to expand and adapt the office into a full blown man cave. This room achieves an inviting sense of comfort that would help any man focus on work and relax comfortably at the end of the day.

9. DO ONE THING WELL

If you have one thing you are very passionate about and wish you had an area of the home dedicated solely to that, do it incredibly well. The most relaxing man caves will feel like a spot to completely escape and unwind. By creating a wholly dedicated area you can enjoy your favorite things, such as wine while creating an environment to share with friends.

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10. USE THE BARN OR A CABIN

If you are renovating part of a barn or your cabin into your man cave, you can use the natural features to your advantage. The design naturally lends itself to a rustic, classic feel that you can accentuate throughout. Rooms like this, though they may not be in your regular home, will feel like even more of a getaway when done well!

There is a lot to consider when planning the design for your man cave, but if it serves as a relaxing space that reflects your style and personality you can’t go wrong. What are the must-haves for your own man cave? We’d love to hear what you plan to include in your project!

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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!

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

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11 Things to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

11 Things Consider When Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

11 Things Consider  Planning Outdoor Kitchen ,An outdoor kitchen is one of the most popular remodeling projects that homeowners are incorporating into their homes. While cooking outdoors is not a new concept, an outdoor kitchen takes it to the next level. Equipped with cooking appliances, stunning weatherproof countertops, seating, refrigeration, and storage, this home improvement project elevates both your culinary and entertaining experience, while sophisticatedly enhancing your backyard.

While planning an outdoor kitchen is exciting, it can also be overwhelming and a bit intimidating. There are so many

 

different outdoor kitchen ideas and components to consider, all while making sure the entire project fits into your budget and available backyard space. Although you may not be able to get every item on your wish list, you don’t want to overlook something important only to wish that you thought of it while planning. Luckily, there is no wrong or right way to plan an outdoor kitchen. However, there are certain considerations that you want to make during the course of planning. Here is a checklist to help guide you as you create the blueprint for the perfect outdoor living space for your needs.

1. SEATING

Of all the different parts of your kitchen, seating is one of the most important ones to consider. After all, once your remodeling contractor has completed your outdoor kitchen, you’ll be eager to send out your first evite for a backyard party; and your guests will need somewhere to sit. No matter how awesome your grill is, not everyone is going to want to stand around it while you cook. Instead, make space in your plan for outdoor living furniture or ask your remodeling company about including a built-in bar with bar seating.

2. WEATHER

Especially in Texas where the weather is not exactly predictable, you need to be prepared for every environmental situation – rain or shine, hot or cold. In order to enjoy your outdoor kitchen no matter what Mother Nature throws at you, including a shady area somewhere in the design. A patio cover or gazebo is a stylish way to keep your kitchen and guests sheltered from harsh sunlight and rain.

Like all home remodeling projects, building an outdoor kitchen is an investment. After all of the time and money that you spend planning the design and layout, you want to be able to use it beyond just a few months in the year. A heat source, such as permanent or portable space heaters, allows you to extend the season for enjoying your outdoor kitchen into even the cooler months. Depending on the style of your backyard, a built-in fire pit or outdoor fireplace are also great options that add character while keeping you and your guests warm and cozy.

Tip: While shopping for outdoor living furniture, look for an ottoman or seating with built-in storage. Throw in a few blankets to have handy when you’re entertaining in the fall and winter months.

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3. COOKING

What are you going to cook in your outdoor kitchen? Your answer to this question can help you prioritize the kitchen appliances that you’d like to include in your design. For example, if you don’t plan on preparing gourmet meals for large groups, you probably don’t need state-of-the-art equipment built in. That being said, don’t to limit yourself to just a grill either. Pizza ovens, refrigerators, and Kamado style cookers are all wonderful options that allow you to prepare a wide variety of foods. If you don’t plan on preparing food at all, leave out the big appliances and spend your budget on built-in refrigeration, an ice maker, counter space, and bar seating where you can prepare and serve cold drinks and finger foods.

If you plan on using smaller countertop appliances, such as a blender, juicer, toaster, or convection oven, be sure to inform your home renovation contractor so they know to include enough electrical outlets that are easily accessible.

 

Don’t miss the second part of our 11 Things to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Kitchen next week!

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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.

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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!

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