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.

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5 High-End Tile Manufacturers For A Luxury Home Remodel

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

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

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

 

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Ann Sacks

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

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

Susan Jablon

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

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

Waterworks

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

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

Modwalls Tile Company

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

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

Walker Zanger

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

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

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

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

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. 

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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Choosing A Tub Faucet For A Master Bathroom Suite Remodel

Tub Faucet Buying Guide For a Master Suite Remodel

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

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

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Five Popular Types of Tub Faucets

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

The Freestanding Tub Faucet

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

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

Deck Mount

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

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

Wall Mount

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

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Tub Wall Mount

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

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

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Roman Mount

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

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

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Extra Features and Add-Ons

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

Hand Showers

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

Shower Conversion Kits

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

Thermostatic Temperature Control

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

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

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.

Here at Joseph & Berry, we work hard to build relationships with our clients that last a lifetime. We stand behind the quality and workmanship of every project and we are one of the few contractors in the country that offer our customers a lifetime warranty.

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. So we hold ourselves to a higher standard. We are so confident in our work that we warranty it, for life! 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 world-class experience unsurpassed in the industry and we back up that promise with one of the only Lifetime Warranties in the business.

A TRUE Lifetime Warranty For Remodeling

At Joseph & Berry, we’re always just a phone call away. However, if we don’t hear from you when your project is completed, you’ll hear from us! We always schedule a return visit in twelve months to stop in, say hello and check our work. If you have any issues, we’ll take care of them, for free. In fact, we’ll cover repairs due to material defect for as long as you live in your home. We work hard to build relationships with our clients and our lifetime warranty really does last a lifetime!

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