5 Tips For Your New Home Resolutions

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 ahead. Here are 5 things you need to think about before you start remodeling your house:

Well, 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 make a plan.

Start with listing all the things you want to change in your home. Everything you desire to change should be on that list. The more specific you’ll be the more accurate your budget will get.

Now, 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. If you see this as your forever home, great! Now let’s start with your real wish list! (Yes, that TV mirror you always wanted or that man cave you have been dreaming of).

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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, general contractor to manage all teams together, pull permits and buy quality materials you will spend a lot more. Be realistic about your budget. If you want to refresh the whole house you should be starting at least $150K. If there is electrical work to be updated to meet the code as well as plumbing, you should be working with certified professionals to pull permits and go through inspection. 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.

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 a full payment in advance should raise a red flag.

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,  and you should feel comfortable with their presence and rely on them to be respectful of your home, and 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. Ask the important questions about their design team and project managers. Read the contracts you are receiving and make a note to yourself in case there is something that needs clarification.

Design. Interior Design.

Since we have completed so many projects and have had the opportunity to meet so many different clients, we can tell you one thing. If it is NOT functional, it is not worth your efforts. We all know how beautiful 24 X 24 white porcelain tiles appear, but keep in mind if 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, water spots combined with muddy shoes and grass are everything but clean, or fresh.

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 can make your life easier, all the Pinterest perfect kitchen photos you have been saving in the past 3 years… The designer should deliver a fresh layout and design that hopefully has all your needs & wants.
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Trending pastels for 2019 are peach, hues of greens, light pink, and lemon

Your brand new home (or kitchen or bath…)

You thought it would be easy. Well, we told you, it is anything but.  Remember the cabinets you approved, but freaked out when you saw it in your actual kitchen? Yes, those type of things happen, and guess what? Sometimes you and your contractor are right. Take a deep breath. After reviewing so many door styles, hardware, paints, and tiles you are not sure you like the outcome. Relax, two weeks later, when you organize your space, and all the details come together, you will fall in love again. 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 to schedule your complimentary consultation for your Dallas, Tx home remodel.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

Dallas Home Remodeling Style – Mediterranean Kitchen Design

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

Consider “Reclaimed” Wood

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

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Use Black Hardware in a Contemporary Style

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

Consider Open Shelving Instead of Upper Cabinets

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

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Modernize With Contemporary Lighting

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

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For Contrast, Introduce Modern Furniture

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

Don’t Forget To Accessorize!

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

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

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

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

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.

Dallas Homeowners, Start Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen Now!

Start Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen Now and Be Ready For Summer

Tips on Creating An Outdoor Kitchen Design For Your Dallas Home

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

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

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

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

Outdoor Kitchen Planning: Start at the Beginning!

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

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

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

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Consider Location

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

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

Consider Space Needs

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

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

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Think About The View

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

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Consider Your Materials Carefully

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

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

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

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

5 Of The Most Requested Design Elements When Remodeling a Kitchen

The Top Requests When Remodeling A Kitchen

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

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

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

• A Large Kitchen Sink or Two

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

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

• Kitchen Dining Space

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

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• Plenty of Storage

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

• Additional of Prep Space

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

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• Eliminate Clutter

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

Remodeling a Kitchen with Joseph & Berry

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

Timeless Colors For Painted Kitchen Cabinets When Remodeling

Dallas Kitchen Remodeling Ideas – Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets are a major focal point in your kitchen. With today’s trend towards open concept living, your cabinets can actually become a major element in the overall style and decor of your entire living space.

While natural wood cabinets are beautiful and can provide a certain stylistic element, the trend today is towards painted kitchen cabinets. Your cabinets take up a lot of space, and you look at them day after day. Choosing the right color is an important element in your overall aesthetic design. There are literally dozens of colors to choose from, from muted neutrals to bright, bold colors, to traditional choices like crisp white.

Here are some tips for choosing the right color for your project along with some of the most popular choices among today’s homeowners.

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Tips For Choosing The Perfect Color For Your Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Because there are millions of color options when it comes to cabinet paint, finding the right one can be complicated. Before choosing something typical, take a look around. Look at your walls, countertops, appliances, backsplash, and floor. If your room contains a lot of colorful elements, consider going with a neutral color or one of the many shades of white. This can help your kitchen to feel bright and fresh. If you are dealing with an open concept kitchen, neutral cabinets can open your design up to other colors in other areas.

If you’re looking to be a bit more adventurous, your kitchen cabinets are a great place to add a spark to your design and have some fun. Yellow, sky blue, mint or bluish greens can all look really spectacular and add just the right pop of color and focus to the space. When it comes to colors, you can choose anything from bright electric colors to muted pastel tones. It depends on your creative vision, style, and aesthetics.

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Color Ideas For Your Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Color can create the vibe for your entire space. Since your kitchen cabinets are a major design element and a huge focal point, choosing the right one can be tricky. With a little research and some creative vision, you can choose the perfect color. If you’re working with an interior or kitchen designer, or design-build remodel firm, seek their advice. They can let you know the most current color trends as well as the pluses and minuses of color families. Here are a few of the most popular choices for today’s homeowners. Click Here for more kitchen design ideas!

Muted Yellows

If your style leans towards French Normandy Country, yellow is the perfect color. The yellow family is very indicative of a French color palette and works extremely well with wrought iron, copper, and slate. Consider using wrought iron light fixtures and a copper range hood to make your room balanced and lovely.

Dutch Blue/ Blue Grays

Muted blues can add a wonderfully rustic, feel to the kitchen. The lighter side of the blue family looks great with crisp stainless steel appliances. The blue family can create an airy, ethereal vibe that’s perfect for the kitchen. Try pairing it with white accents to complete the look.

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Various Shades of White

White in all of its various shades is still the most popular choice for homeowners. It creates a light, airy feel and is completely neutral when it comes to introducing other colors to the space. White painted kitchen cabinets can also brighten an otherwise dark kitchen space.

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Light Gray

Light gray cabinets can create a sophisticated look. The color gray has a subtle authority without entirely surrendering the serenity. It’s a soft look that can both fade into the background, or establish a solid look when combined with complementary wall and backsplash colors.

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Bold Bright Colors: Red’s and Oranges

Today designers and homeowners are expanding the kitchen color palette to include bold, bright non-traditional tones like reds and oranges. They’re warm and a bit daring, but in the right setting can add a dramatic splash of color. They can work extremely well in an open concept kitchen done in the contemporary, modern, or industrial styles.

Darker colors: Emerald Green, Cranberry Red, and Navy Blue

Darker colors can make a dramatic statement in the kitchen. They work best in large well-lit spaces as they can tend to darken small rooms. If you simply love the drama and have a smaller kitchen, make sure to balance them out with white walls, and lighter colored accents.

Black

Not your typical choice, black can be as bold a choice as electric red or orange! But in a home with a limited color palette – black, white, blue and gay for example, black painted cabinets fit right in. Black is best used in large open concept spaces and works beautifully in a modern, contemporary or industrial design, but can be adapted to other styles.

Your kitchen cabinets are a major focal point of your kitchen and in an open concept home your living space. Choosing the right color can be a fun experience that can completely transform your space into something truly unique and beautiful. When considering color for your cabinets, make sure to look at the big picture, your overall design theme as well as your own personal style and aesthetic.

Your Joseph & Berry design team will work closely with you to help you make a perfect choice. All of our designers are current with the most popular style and color trends in the kitchen. Let us show you your options to help you create the kitchen of your dreams in the heart of your home! Click to schedule your consultation 

Reasons To Buy Professional Kitchen Appliances When Remodeling

Are Professional Kitchen Appliances Necessary or a Luxury?

When planning a kitchen remodel, one of the more fun choices you’ll have to make revolves around your kitchen appliances. We’ve all seen the photos on Houzz or the fabulous kitchen renovation on HGTV that feature stunning, sleek luxury stainless steel professional appliances. They’re beautiful and of course, we all look longly at them and imagine our kitchen decked out with high-end appliances.

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The fact is, that regardless of your budget, you want to choose appliances that will offer quality, value and carefree operation for the long haul. Luxury kitchen appliances offer these qualities and so much more. Splurging on the best appliances you can afford can make your life in the kitchen much easier, and more enjoyable for years to come!

Let’s take a closer look at exactly what luxury kitchen appliances deliver for the price when compared to standard ones.

Luxury Kitchen Appliances Offer Long-Lasting Performance

Typically, luxury appliances offer the highest quality working components that can take their functionality to the next level of performance in the kitchen. They provide greater energy efficiency and advanced technology to deliver professional results. Companies like Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Viking also rigorously test each appliance during the development and production stages to make sure it’s worthy of their name. This means that you can expect a higher level of quality from these makers.

In fact, you can often see and feel the difference in quality with luxury appliances. Open and close oven and refrigerator doors, they’ll feel heavier and more sturdy than standard appliances. Pull out the racks and drawers, examine the interior surfaces and controls. You’ll notice that the luxury appliances have a completely different look and feel than their less-expensive counterparts. They are made of higher quality materials, offer more weight and heft, better sealing and illumination. In short, they’re quality appliances that are built to last a lifetime (Want to learn about our lifetime warranty? Click here!). 

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Extra Features With Purpose

When it comes to luxury appliances, you most definitely get what you pay for. Extras are thoughtfully engineered to streamline your cooking time and enhance entertaining. For example, you’ll find high-end luxury stoves with built-in downdraft ventilation capturing smoke and odors at the cooking surface and removing them without the need for a hood. Or flexible cooking options like combination steam and convection, or microwave and convection ovens.

Often you’ll find oven features like timed start, where you can place dinner in the oven along with a temperature probe and have a timer turn it on and off at precisely the right time so you return home from work to a beautifully cooked roast for your family.

Luxury refrigerators often offer multiple food storage spaces with adjustable temperatures. For example, need extra freezer space? Convert the lower portion of the refrigerator to extra freezer space by pushing a button or even appliances built for entertaining like a large capacity dishwasher that heats plates for when you’re hosting a dinner party.

The High-Quality Fit and Finishes You Want

Luxury appliance makers spend a good deal of attention on design aesthetics so your purchase will offer a timeless look that will last a lifetime. The focus on fit and finish covers all aspects like sleek lines and countertop depth that ensures an integrated look. Appliances that blend into the cabinetry like Sub-Zero refrigerators or Miele dishwashers offer the homeowner the ability to replace the front of the appliance with matching cabinet panels to make them blend in seamlessly.

If you want a more professional look, most luxury kitchen appliance manufacturers offer quality, stainless-steel exteriors, and interiors as well as more aesthetic options to match any design style. Today, even refrigerators are high style with some models featuring glass doors to showcase the food. One model even has a velvety matte black interior complete with LED lighting.

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Luxury Kitchen Appliances Feature The Latest State-Of-The-Art Technology

If you’re an early adopter of new technology, luxury appliances are perfect for you. The high-end makers are usually the first to adopt innovative technologies into their products. With high-end Appliances you’ll enjoy:

  • Induction cooking that’s energy efficient and fast! Boil water in 90 seconds, with no dangerous heat using magnetic technology
  • Intuitively activated vent hoods turn on and off automatically based on need
  • Sensors in dishwashers and refrigerators that monitor and adjust for optimal temperature, humidity levels and even create the ideal freezer environment
  • Internal high-tech components like air purification and a magnetically sealed door to keep food fresher
  • Energy efficiency. A new Sub-Zero refrigerator uses less energy than a 100 watt light bulb

While the initial cost for a luxury appliance may be significantly higher than a standard appliance, the value you receive is much higher as well. Luxury makers use higher quality materials, pay attention to classic aesthetic design, and wrap the newest technologies into appliances that will stand the test of time, and daily use.

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Not only that, but professional-style luxury appliances will add value to your home should you choose to sell. High-end appliances in the kitchen can work to elevate a buyer’s perception of the entire home, meaning you’ll sell quicker and often at a higher price. Brands like Wolf, Viking, Miele, and Sub-Zero are recognized by buyers as a luxury item and they’re often willing to pay up for that luxury.

If you are upgrading prior to selling and budget is a concern, choosing a “designer” range is the best use of your funds. The range is a major focal point in most kitchens and along with the range hood can help to define the entire space. That’s why it offers a big bang for the bucks. Plus nothing is more fun to cook on than a luxury range. They really do work better than an inexpensive stove.

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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.

The Pros and Cons Of Soapstone Countertops in a Kitchen Remodel

Soapstone countertops are beautiful but are they right for you?

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

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About soapstone countertops

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

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

A timeless choice

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

Caring for soapstone countertops

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

Other issues

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

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

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

 


Kitchen Island Design Trends for Home Remodeling in Greater Dallas

Learn What’s New In Dallas for Kitchen Island Design

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

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Kitchen Island Design for Prep

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

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Dining Island

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

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Storage in Your Kitchen Island Design

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

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Sinks and Small Appliances

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

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

A Place to Display

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

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

Choosing a Fireplace for a New Home Addition

What’s the Best Fireplace For A Home Addition

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

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

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Think About How You’ll Use Your Fireplace

Consider all of the possibilities. You probably already have some ideas 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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Fireplace in your new addition

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Remodeling Tips on Kitchen Storage and Organization

One of the best parts of a kitchen remodel is the ability to start over! When remodeling your kitchen, there are so many choices to make from flooring and countertops to cabinets and appliances. One area that you should pay particular attention to when planning your design is kitchen storage.

The typical kitchen is crammed with items that need a good home. From your stand mixer and food processor to dishware, pots, and pans, bakeware, utensils and dry goods, a well-organized kitchen can be a joy to work in. It’s important when planning to take all of your storage needs into consideration and then give everything a place, especially in a smaller kitchen.

As you begin the planning process, speak with your kitchen designer or design-build contractor. They will have information on the latest storage solutions available. You should also visit online sites like Houzz, HGTV, and DIY to gather information and get inspiration. Pull together clips from your favorite home design magazines and make a file to go over with your team, and visit the big box stores to get ideas.

Here are a few kitchen storage ideas to help get you started and inspire you as you begin to plan your dream kitchen!

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Kitchen Storage Ideas For Your New Kitchen Remodel

Pre-planning is the key to success when it comes to designing the perfect kitchen to meet your lifestyle and aesthetic needs. While many storage solutions are kept out of sight behind a closed cabinet door, this one area of your remodel can pay off big when it comes time to get down to the serious business of cooking for your friends, relatives, and family.

1.     Custom Pantry

More than any other kitchen storage, most people dream of a custom kitchen pantry. And why not, it’s the perfect solution for storing everything from dry goods like pasta, flour, and sugar, to appliances, cleaning supplies and even holiday cookware. A well-designed pantry will offer you plenty of visible storage so you can see what’s in there and a way to keep everything organized making shopping a breeze.

2.     Corner Drawers

When it comes to kitchen design, every square inch needs to be taken into account. Corners can be a particularly tricky area when t comes to cabinet space. Enter the corner drawer. Corner drawers run diagonally into the corner, which makes them deeper than standard drawers, so they offer great storage space for larger items.

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3.     Under Sink Drawer

The space under your sink can easily be an unorganized mess. Adding a sliding under sink drawer can give you easy access to cleaning supplies, paper towels and more. It’s one more potential organization tool to help you keep your kitchen neat.

4.     Pullout Trash and Recycling Bins

Adding a pullout trash and recycling bin can make cleanup a snap. Place it under your island counter or close to where you do your food prep. Just slide food scraps and recyclables right in for quick clean up.

5.     Cookie Sheet/Broiler Pan Drawer

Consider adding a divided deep drawer to your bottom cabinets. It’s a great way to keep your baking supplies, muffin tins, broiler pans, and pot lids organized and easily accessible. If you can’t spare the cabinet space, consider adding wood or metal dividers to the cabinet above the fridge.

6.     Pots and Pans

Pans and pot lids organized and easily accessible. If you can’t spare the cabinet space, consider a narrow pullout drawer near the stove.

7.     Appliance Garage

While the pantry can be used to store those large appliances you occasionally use, An appliance garage is a perfect solution for those appliances that get more use like the toaster, immersion blender and coffee machine. Your appliances are readily available, and when the door is closed, you get to have clutter-free countertops which make your kitchen look beautiful!

8.     Deep Cabinet Organizer

If you don’t have the space for a dedicated walk-in custom pantry, a great second choice is a floor to ceiling deep cabinet with cabinet door racks and pullout shelves. Having storage on the doors and inside can help you stay organized and keeps everything within easy reach.

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9.     Spice Storage

Nothing makes cooking more enjoyable than having the materials you need close at hand when creating a fabulous meal. Consider specialized spice storage near the stove to make adding the right ingredient at the right time easy. This feature can be adapted to your personal style. If you love to cook keep your ingredients close by with plenty of spice storage.

10. Kitchen Office Area

A kitchen command center can be a real plus. Make an area with a desk, computer and mail slots to take care of chores like bills. Include storage for cookbooks, recipe cards, and more. It’s a great way to keep your household organized, makes the perfect place to pay bills, and plan those weekly meals for the family.

11. Dedicated Pet Area

Pets are members of the family, and a popular trend is creating a dedicated area just for pets. Built-in food and water bowls under a cabinet can help to keep your pet from tripping you up when you cook. You may want to add a dog or cat bed, after all, they’re family!

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Custom made dog shower in a new powder room that was built outside kitchen area

These are just ten ideas to help get you started. Ask your kitchen designer or design-build firm to help you create the perfect storage solutions for your dream kitchen. At Joseph & Berry, we help our clients to create their dream kitchens every day. If you’re planning a remodel, give us a call. Let us show you the luxury we can create for you!

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A Garage Conversion Is More Than Installing Drywall

Here’s Why This is a Job for a Design-Builder.

Living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, homeowners don’t have to worry about protecting their cars from heavy snowstorms and the frigid cold. Some owners put a full garage at the top of their wants in a new home, while others say they use the garage less for storing cars and more for working on projects, storing yard tools and gadgets, or storing things the family has outgrown and no longer uses.

If you fall into the latter category, you’ve probably thought about how to better utilize the garage into a full-time living space. Home theaters are a popular garage conversion choice, but it takes a lot more than putting up some walls and running a little wiring to create a high-tech home theater that will last for years. At Joseph & Berry, we have a project manager on site at all times to walk customers through the process of a garage conversion and create the custom home theater of their dreams, guaranteed. Learn more about our process >> Click here!

Installing utilities

To ensure the new home theater space has the plumbing, electrical and HVAC infrastructure to accommodate your wish list of features, a contractor will need to inspect the existing garage and work with his team to install utilities that meet any local building requirements. For an attached garage or a garage with a substantial workshop or office area, much of the garage conversion work may be done. But for a detached garage with only the essential outlets, this part of the project could be more expensive.

Garage conversion basics

Garage floors are designed for drainage. They are slightly slanted to allow any water flowing into the space to drain quickly before causing any damage. Converting a garage into a home theater requires an additional floor structure. It is crucial to do this step right if you want to protect your investment. A poorly designed floor could lead to water damage during heavy rains, and no one wants to rip up the floor of a home theater because of a nasty storm.

What to do with the garage door is also a common design question. Some clients prefer to leave the original look of the home intact, so they opt to close and insulate the current door and install a decorative carriage-style door instead. Others choose to close the doors off completely for that movie theater feel, while others opt for a more standard entryway. Our designers can walk you through what option is best for you.

Whether to add additional windows is another consideration. Garages don’t often have many windows, which can be a plus for a home theater conversion. However, you may want some natural light to come into part of the room, and a few windows at the ceiling, or near the entryway are usually enough in a home theater setting.

Sealing the garage

Keeping out moisture is a must, but so is protecting from the heat and noise from the road, especially in a home theater. A skilled contractor can walk you through the process of keeping your new home theater water-tight, and through proper insulation and ventilation, the room can also remain cool and quiet even on hot summer nights.

Garage conversion extras

When you think about your dream home theater, what comes to mind? Plush chairs, epic sound system, huge television are all usually on the list, but make sure to include those little extras. If snacking or drinking a cold beer during a movie or the big game is something you enjoy, consider building a bar, complete with a place to keep ice and beverages cold, and even a keg system. Building storage for snacks bowls for sharing, and other items will keep these out of sight.

For those who love video games, adding a gaming system feature to the theater ensures it’s used for more than just movie night. Storage for systems and consoles should be easily accessible. The seating should also be comfy enough for relaxing while binging a show, but also has adequate height and support for long gaming sessions.

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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.

Learn How Glass Shower Enclosures Bring Elegance to a Master Suite Bathroom.

All-glass shower enclosures, or frameless glass showers, are growing in popularity in the custom bathroom market. This style of shower enclosure does not need a frame to support their weight or slide on but instead operate by swinging open and shut on hinges. It’s this lack of a frame, and the open, airy feeling the glass gives to the entire room, that has made the frameless glass shower such a popular choice.

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For the custom shower look

Most quality frameless glass enclosures are also custom made, giving homeowners a wide range of styles to choose from. Without frames, homeowners aren’t locked into specific sizes or dated slider doors. With more and more homeowners investing in intricate tile designs or stunning stone showers, a frameless shower helps showcase these remarkable features. A custom glass enclosure will cost around $1,200 or more, primarily because it requires a thick piece of tempered glass not only for the door and frame, as well as sturdy hardware to keep the door in place.

Will a frameless glass shower leak?

Framed shower doors do not have sealed edges to create a seamless connection with the walls and floors. Because of this, the bathroom is more susceptible to water splashing onto the floor outside the shower. The key to preventing water damage is to purchase a well-designed door and invest in a skilled installer to do the work. Joseph & Berry has seen both poorly installed and poorly designed frameless shower doors, and know how to do it right. Large gaps between the door and supports, shower heads aimed in the wrong direction, and other mistakes can turn your dream bathroom into a constant battle to keep it dry.

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Types of glass

Clear — Simple, sleek and classic, clear glass goes well with all styles and aesthetics. It is especially well suited for bathrooms that incorporate pops of bright colors throughout or has a signature tile on the shower wall. Talk to your design team about ensuring hardware does not take away from the clean look of clear glass.

Gray —  Gray glass not only creates a bit of privacy but adds contrast in bright white bathrooms and depth to rooms where stone tile and marble are prominent.

Blue — Whether bright hues or subdued navy, blue glass is a way to add a touch of color. Blues are cool colors, which is always a popular choice for bathrooms. Bold and vibrant colors, like oranges, reds, and yellows can be harsh to the eye and feel more trendy than classic.

Textured — Whether it’s horizontal stripes of frosted glass or vertical textures, a textured panel adds privacy and style. Consider incorporating textured glass into a custom shower if there are are other textures in the room to play off of, such as wood grains or stone.

Frosted —  If privacy is paramount, such as in a guest bathroom or one that will be shared by children, frosted glass provides privacy while also keeping the feel in the room light and bright. Consider adding lights within the shower for the person showering and added brightness in the rest of the bathroom. Frosted glass panels can also serve as a divider around the toilet or create other separated spaces in a shared bathroom.

Clean look with less cleaning

Besides feeling dated, framed shower doors can be difficult to keep clean. Water under seals and within sliders is the perfect place for mildew to breed. A frameless glass door is as easy to clean as a few quick swipes of a squeegee.

Some homeowners we talk to love the look of a frameless shower door but wonder if their bathroom is the right size. Because it is a custom creation, we can work with clients to build the right size and style. Clear glass shower doors also make a room feel larger, opening site lines and allowing you and guests to see the entire room.

Overall, the greatest feature of a frameless shower door is how they look. Sleek and straightforward, they allow the style and design of a bathroom speak for itself.

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The Pros and Cons of 5 Common Kitchen Floor Plan Shapes

The Pros and Cons of 5 Common Kitchen Floor Plan Shapes

Every kitchen remodel is a unique experience thanks to the wide variety of fixtures, finishes, appliances, and styles available to meet the aesthetic and stylistic needs of the homeowner. But while every design is unique, kitchen designers typically stick to five major floor plan shapes when creating a kitchen floor plan. Looking for kitchen design ideas and inspiration? Click here

These floor plans have become standard because they offer homeowners the most efficient use of space and can fit into some remodeling situations. Of course, there are often slight design variations within specific plans. Let’s explore the pros and cons of these five common kitchen floor plan shapes.

The G-Shaped or Peninsula Kitchen

The g-shaped kitchen is the name used to describe a situation in which the cabinetry includes a prep-area peninsula and four walls of storage. It got this name because, on a blueprint grid, this design resembles the letter “G.”

This design is an extension of the popular u-shaped kitchen and is a natural upgrade for homeowners looking to add some additional prep space to their existing u-shaped kitchen design. A g-shaped kitchen increases the number of base cabinets included in the plan and as a result, increases the storage space along with creating a more streamlined cooking area.

Along with the increased storage possibilities, this design is popular because it offers enhanced facility for the home chef by surrounding them with a variety of close counter space options for food preparation and immediate access to cooking tools and supplies. The extra counter space is accessible during the entire food prep process and can make preparing complex meals easier and more efficient. It’s a great design for food prep, cooking, and cleanup with all stations accessible to the central area of the kitchen. This design offers a tighter countertop configuration that’s perfect for larger kitchen spaces.

The U-Shaped or Horseshoe Kitchen Floor Plan

The u-shaped kitchen features cabinets and appliances lining three walls of the kitchen space. It’s an efficient design that’s perfect for freeing up floor space.

The u-shaped kitchen maximizes the use of wall space by using three walls for upper and lower cabinetry and appliances. This design allows the home chef access to various areas of the kitchen without needing to cross the room. If the layout of the space doesn’t provide three free walls, adding an island can serve the same function, but it eliminates the third wall of upper cabinet storage. The u-shaped kitchen is flexible, works in many different styles and the size of the space is not a determining factor. The most critical factor to a successful u-shaped kitchen design is to place the most used appliances within a single working kitchen triangle. This allows for the most efficient use of space.

The L-Shaped Kitchen

A well-established design, the l-shaped kitchen is ergonomically and sensibly designed and has become an extremely popular choice among homeowners and designers alike. What makes it work so well is that it supports the kitchen work triangle featuring specific food preparation, cooking, and cleanup areas. The l-shape design is perfect for smaller kitchens that cannot fit an island or are not large enough to accommodate a g-shaped design.

The l-shape design is timeless and works well no matter what style or decor the homeowner chooses. The name refers to the fact that this design is built into a corner where two walls form a perpendicular angle. It works best and is most balanced if one wall is twice the length of the other.

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The Galley or Corridor Kitchen Floor Plan

A galley kitchen is a perfect choice for homes with a smaller space for the kitchen that features a space with more length than width. In terms of space, galley kitchens can be economical, but if not correctly designed, they can also be very inefficient. This style is typically found in many apartments. While most homeowners prefer more space, it’s important to note that the galley kitchen is the kitchen layout of choice for many restaurants and professional chefs. The galley kitchen floor plan can be an extremely efficient design to work in if the kitchen triangle is properly incorporated into the layout.

A galley kitchen works best when completed with open shelving and fewer cabinets. Closed cabinetry can visually shrink the space and make it feel more confined. A popular addition to the galley design is to incorporate a pass-through window to facilitate moving food from the kitchen to the dining area. A galley kitchen can feel cramped but can be incredibly functional with proper kitchen design.

The One Wall Kitchen

As the name suggests, this design is placed along a single wall. It’s typically found in smaller homes and studio apartments. The one wall kitchen design is often used to conserve floor space and reduce construction costs.

A one wall kitchen has all of the cabinetry and appliances place along one wall. This means that the homeowner must perform all of the tasks of cooking in a single linear space. Because of the limited space, a one wall kitchen will also often contain smaller appliances like a compact refrigerator and range. These appliances have typically separated the sink. Modern one wall designs have become more popular with homeowners interested in an open floor plan. Coupled with an island located directly across from the wall, this design allows more workspace while still providing the open floor plan homeowners favor. A one wall kitchen offers the convenience of preparing, cooking and clean up in one single compact space.

At Joseph and Berry, we can help you to choose the perfect kitchen floor plan to fit your lifestyle, space, and needs. Our designers are very familiar with these five common layouts and can work with you to add the luxury finishes, fixtures, and appliances to create your dream kitchen! If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a kitchen renovation, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you design a home that will meet your needs for years to come.

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 peocess Click Here, if you prefer to have in-person consultation where you can ask any questions you have Click Here 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.
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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 who understand the design build process and work hard to bring you the best possible service. Give us a call and let us bring your creative vision to life! Call us now: (800) 371-8970

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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Joseph Tsedaka Nominated for the Remodelers Advantage IMPACT Award 2016

Joseph Tsedaka Nominated Remodelers Advantage IMPACT Award 2016

Joseph Tsedaka Nominated Remodelers Advantage IMPACT Award 2016 ,Local remodeler Joseph Tsedaka was announced as a nominee for the Remodelers Advantage IMPACT Award earlier this month. Joseph Tsedaka is the Co-Founder and the lead designer for Plano, TX based Joseph & Berry – Remodel | Design Build. His passion for upscale home construction and interior design can be seen throughout his work. To Joseph every design is an inspiration and a blend of his travels and creativity. This nomination recognizes his selfless leadership and commitment to the remodeling industry as well as his community, and puts Joseph in the great company of only 43 other nominees in the country. He is one of only 4 other construction and remodeling experts in Texas nominated for this prestigious award.

The Remodelers Advantage Impact Award recognizes a distinguished nominee whose unwavering dedication and passion for their work is recognized by Remodelers Advantage Roundtables; the largest, most successful peer group program in the industry. One of the largest award ceremonies in the remodeling industry, nominees are chosen by their peers. Impact Award nominees must exhibit the utmost generosity and commitment to help others in all areas of their lives.

The winner for the 2016 award will be selected Wednesday, October 26th at the Remodelers Summit Awards Gala in Kansas City, MO.

Joseph Tsedaka Nominated for the Remodelers Advantage IMPACT Award 2016

Winners for the prestigious award can receive:

  • A Complimentary, 3-night stay at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center for the 2016 Remodelers Summit.
  • The IMPACT Finalists Swag Bag with an assortment of gifts and goodies.
  • The stunning Polished Crystal IMPACT Award. Equal parts art and prestige.
  • A feature article in Remodeling magazine.
  • A one-year membership to any Remodelers Advantage TACTICAL Roundtables program.
  • Social media recognition across all Remodelers Advantage channels.
  • A complete press kit including a press release, a badge for your website, and photography from the Award ceremony.

More information on this award can be found at https://www.remodelersadvantage.com/.

Joseph & Berry – Remodel | Design Build is an award winning firm who specializes in high end remodeling and construction such as kitchens, bathrooms, room addition, outdoor spaces and custom homes. At Joseph & Berry, you will find a one stop shop for all your design and remodeling needs, from the initial concept through the design and all the way to the construction and final cleaning.

Attaining The Perfect Home Remodel | A Planning and Process Guide

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

Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide
Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

A home remodel can be a bit overwhelming. It’s a complex job filled with product and color choices along with the task of maintaining a budget and finding the right design build firm to complete the work, Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

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

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

FIRST, DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE VISION

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

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

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

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

WORK WITH A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER

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

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

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

Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide
Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

SELECTING THE RIGHT TEAM FOR YOUR HOME REMODEL

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

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

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

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

Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide