7 Remodeling Mistakes That Can Avoid By Using a Design Builder

Costly Home Remodeling Mistakes A Design Builder Can Prevent

Planning a home remodeling project can be an exciting time for any homeowner. We all want to create a living environment that meets our needs, expresses our personal style and is the perfect place to create lasting memories with our family and friends.

Planning your project and putting together a team is the most important elements of a creating remodeling. If it’s an extensive project, you may need to hire an architect, interior designer, and general contractor. Or you can choose to work with a design builder and get all three from one firm.

Even a simple home remodeling project can be a challenging and complicated affair. Working with a design builder can make the process run more smoothly and help you to avoid common mistakes that can cost you in both time, and money.

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Here are seven mistakes you can avoid by working with a design builder on your next project.

1.     Your Creative Vision is Unclear

One of the most common mistakes is not knowing exactly what you want. A design builder will work closely with you to understand your creative vision. Their design team will learn about your lifestyle, understand your needs, and help to flesh out your creative vision before hammering a single nail. They will have knowledge of current trends, the latest technology, and will help you to maximize your budget so you can afford the luxuries you dream of while keeping your project on track.

2.     Hiring A General Contractor, Before Considering All The Possibilities

You’ve decided on your project and have begun to vet builders. You meet a contractor and you hit it off. He seems nice and knowledgeable so you sign a contract. Choosing the first contractor that comes along is never a good idea. You should vet several, check their references and their work. A professional design builder is an option that you should explore before signing any contract. Because they can handle every aspect of your project from design, to planning, budgeting and construction, working with a design builder can often be a much smarter choice. Let’s meet up for a free consultation! Submit the form and we’ll contact you by the next business day.

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3.     Choosing A Design Builder Based on Price

Money is always a subject when it comes to a home improvement project. While a contractor can come in with a low price, is it really a bargain? A general contractor may not provide needed architectural services, that’s an additional expense. What about interior design? Another additional cost. Working with a design builder, when you receive a proposal, it will clearly break out all of the services you can expect. You’ll receive a comprehensive project plan and budget, along with contingencies and clear policies for change orders and additional costs.

4.     Not Working With A Designer

If you hire a general contractor, they might not have the depth of design experience that your project might require. The first half of “design-build” is design! You can be sure that when working with a full-service firm that they will have the design experience to understand and define your creative vision and help you to achieve it. They will also have a deep understanding of the latest trends, materials, finishes, and technologies available and can work with you to suggest high-quality alternative materials that can deliver the look you want while stretching your budget.

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5.     Starting a Project Without A Contract and a Plan

This is common sense, but you should never start a project without a detailed plan and a binding contract. When you work with a design builder you can rest assured that every element of your project including costs, the scope of work, the order work will proceed, material costs, design costs, and every other aspect of your project will be clearly outlined and delivered in the form of a formal contract. Your contract will include any contingencies for additional costs like change orders, or upgrades.

6.     Compromising Your Vision

You’ve probably been saving up for your project for years, or you are paying for it with a home equity line or loan that will take years to repay. You’ve developed your creative vision and now it’s time to get started. The last thing you want is a contractor to steer you away from your creative vision towards a finish or layout that is not what you want. Working with a full-service design builder means that your vision and budget will always be top priorities. They can help you to maximize your budget by creative choices in materials or can work to get you discounts so your vision is realized.

7.     Not Staying Involved In The Process

As the homeowner, you’re the most important member of the team when you work with a design builder. From the earliest parts of the process, your design builder will turn to you to learn about your needs, lifestyle, and vision. They will consult with you throughout the design process and conduct regular walkthroughs of the job site. You may be asked to sit in on the planning meetings and scheduling. Your design builder will always be available to answer any questions and will contact you if questions arrive on site.

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

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

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

Construction Hazards A Home Remodeling Professional Can Prevent

A Home Remodeling Professional Will Know How To Handle Asbestos, Formaldehyde and More

Planning a home remodeling project is extremely exciting. Designing the perfect space, whether it’s a new kitchen, and upgraded master bath, or converting your attic, can be fulfilling and is the first step of your project. Once construction begins, there can be surprises, and hazards, especially if you own an older home, that you might not have counted on. That’s why it’s important to always work with a home remodeling professional.

Construction sites can be dangerous. Add to this the potential hazards uncovered during the process and it becomes clear why working with a home remodeling professional is so important. Here in Dallas, we have many older homes that were built in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Often materials like asbestos or lead paint were used, which can pose a serious health hazard to your family if not properly dealt with.

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Safety and Using a Professional Home Remodeling Team

Home improvements can bring out hazards whose impacts can be minimized with a little pre-planning and the experience and expertise of a qualified professional builder. Keeping your family safe when your home is under construction is one of the primary concerns of any contractor or design/build firm. Here are some of the top hazards you might encounter during your home renovation, and how your home remodeling professional can work to keep you and your family safe.

In Every Home Improvement, A Little Dust Will Fall…

Dust is the number one nuisance for homeowners and contractors alike. This is especially true in older homes when plaster walls are demolished and sanded. A home remodeling professional will always have a control plan to protect your family. Dust can trigger allergic reactions or asthma, permeate your home and be difficult to stay ahead of.

Your contractor will work to isolate the work area from the rest of your house as much as possible. General ways to control dust include isolation, removing furniture, covering items that can’t be moved and sealing doors and air ducts. Many also use the latest state-of-the-art technology to capture airborne dust before it has a chance to escape.

If Your Home Was Built Before 1976, Lead Paint May Be An Issue

This is probably one of the most common, and most well-known issues in older homes. Prior to 1976, interior and exterior paint often contained lead. If you live in a pre-1976 home, and you have kids, this can be a real problem. Your contractor will test for lead paint in an older home before work begins.

Your contractor will take the appropriate actions to keep your family safe. A home remodeling professional will use lead-safe work practices to minimize lead contamination and any other potential hazards. Research has shown the taking a proactive site-protection approach is more reliable, safer and more cost effective that depending on a good clean up after construction.

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Asbestos

Asbestos was the miracle material back in the 50’s and 60’s. It was used all over the home, from pipe, duct, and furnace insulation, as regular insulation, in popcorn ceilings, plaster, and tile. It is an extremely dangerous hazard that must be removed by a licensed contractor. Make sure yours is certified and licensed to deal with asbestos. They will need to obtain the necessary permits and it must be treated properly or serious environmental contamination can occur that can put your family at risk.

The Dangers of Hidden Mold

Damp or wet conditions inside or outside walls can lead to mold growth. Mold can be extremely dangerous depending on the strain that is present and can cause serious problems to your health. It’s can cause problems for both you and your contractor, as when a mold is detected, it must be professionally and completely removed before any remodeling work can begin. Make sure removal is done by a certified removal specialist, especially if a large contamination is found. Although mold can be killed by a bleach solution, even the dead spores can be extremely dangerous.

Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs can be found in many of the chemicals used in remodeling, especially in spray or aerosol form. VOCs are typically found in furniture strippers, paints, thinners, glues and adhesives. To prevent them from entering your home, many contractors will use water-based or latex paints and other “green” products that have low VOC levels.

In every home improvement project, your first priority is to improve your quality of life and enhance your living space. Your contractor’s first priority is to keep your family safe throughout the process. Make sure that any contractor or design build firm you choose will always approach your project with an eye on safety.

Talk with them about their process, the materials they use and their qualifications in terms of removal of contaminants. Keeping your family safe by avoiding these common hazards will make the remodeling experience more rewarding, and enjoyable and improve the quality and value of your home.

At Joseph & Berry, we’re always just a phone call away. However, if we don’t hear from you when your project is completed, you’ll hear from us when in twelve months to stop in, say hello and check our work.

If you’d like to learn more about our design-build-remodeling process and meet our professional home remodeling team to discuss your upcoming remodeling project, give us a call at (800) 371-8970 or submit the form and we’ll contact you.

 

 

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

An Induction Cooktop Matches A Modern Kitchen Design Perfectly.

So, is induction ideal for your kitchen remodeling project?

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

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

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What is Induction Cooking?

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

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

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

The Pros of Induction Technology

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

• Induction Makes Cooking Fast

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

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• Induction Cooking is Environmentally Friendly

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

• Induction is Safer

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

• Easy to Clean

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

• Induction Cooktops Look Great in Any Kitchen Design!

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

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

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The Cons of Induction Cooking

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

• It Is Expensive

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

• You’ll Need The Right Cookware

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

• They Are A Bit Noisy

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

• You’ll Need To Ditch The Digital Thermometer

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

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

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

 

Dallas Homeowners, Start Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen Now!

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Tips on Creating An Outdoor Kitchen Design For Your Dallas Home

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

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

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

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

Outdoor Kitchen Planning: Start at the Beginning!

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

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

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

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Consider Location

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

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

Consider Space Needs

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

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

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Think About The View

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

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Consider Your Materials Carefully

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

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

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

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

Attic Bedroom Conversion – Remodeling Your Attic For A Master Suite

Tips on Remodeling an Attic Bedroom Conversion for a Master Suite

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

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

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

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Attic Bedroom: Cost Versus Value

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

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

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Considerations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choosing A Tub Faucet For A Master Bathroom Suite Remodel

Tub Faucet Buying Guide For a Master Suite Remodel

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

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

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Five Popular Types of Tub Faucets

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

The Freestanding Tub Faucet

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

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

Deck Mount

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

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

Wall Mount

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

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Tub Wall Mount

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

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

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Roman Mount

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

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

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Extra Features and Add-Ons

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

Hand Showers

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

Shower Conversion Kits

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

Thermostatic Temperature Control

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

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

How To Remodel and Design A Highly Functional Laundry Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

The Basic Styles of Kitchen Sink Design For A Remodel

Choosing A Kitchen Sink For A Remodel

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

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

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Kitchen Sink Basins and Configurations

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

Large Single Basin

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

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

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

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

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

Two-Basin Sink (50/50 Configuration)

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

Three Basins

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

Choosing the Shape of Your Kitchen Sink

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

The Farmhouse Sink

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

 

Double Farmhouse Sink

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

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Rounded Sides

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

Built-In Drainboard

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

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Accessories

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

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

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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Top Home Remodeling Projects To Add Value

Top Home Remodeling Projects To Add Value

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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10 of the Best Backyard Decor DIY Trends For This Summer

10 of the Best Backyard Decor DIY Trends For This Summer

10 Best Backyard Decor DIY Trends For This Summer The backyard is one of the most versatile places where family and friends can gather together and enjoy good weather. During the summer season, the backyard certainly sees more action with longer nights, cookouts, and roasting marshmallows around a backyard fire pit. There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating, remodeling, and sprucing up your backyard this season. Let’s dive right into the best summer decoration trends and looks.

1. CINDER BLOCK BACKYARD BENCH

Let’s start with seating. When you decide to throw a fabulous party for you and your friends you want to make sure you have enough seating for all. A great DIY tip is to create more seating without blowing your budget. A cinder block bench could be just what you are looking for. Decide on where you would like to place your seating bench and build it from scratch with. By using several pieces of plywood, cinder blocks, nails, hammer and paint you will be on your way to a great looking piece of furniture that all can enjoy.

10 of the Best Backyard Decor DIY Trends For This Summer

2. EASY BACKYARD GARDENING

Gardening is a great way to start sprucing up your backyard. Growing fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruit can give off those down home vibes. Depending on location and space of backyard, your garden can vary on size. If you have a space big enough for a walkable garden, then by all means go for it! Pick that perfect spot, plow, and dig.

We suggest starting off small with basic herbs you may use on a daily basis when cooking. There are so many materials you can grow your herbs in. Wine crates, wooden pallets, mason jars, teacups, and much more. Go with whichever one fits your backyard’s style the best. Pictured below are jars attached to painted and decorated wood which are then hung on a wall in the backyard.

3. DIY BACKYARD BARBECUE STATION / ISLAND

Summertime in Texas means backyard barbecues no matter where you are from. Imagine this scenario; the grill is lit, company is over, but you have no place to put all of your uncooked meats, sauces, and veggies. A barbecue station or island could be a great solution to your problem. Not only will you have a place for food you will be grilling, but you can also add sections for plates, utensils, and possible beverage holders.

Check out Craigslist or other resale websites where you can find yourself a few wooden crates or unclaimed wood to build a custom, unique, outdoor barbecue station. There are websites with tips on building a barbecue station/island like these outdoor kitchen instructions on Instructables or this set of tips on DIY Network.

4. BROKEN RAKE TOOL HOLDER

After you’re done gardening for the day, you probably want somewhere to store all of those tools you used to make such a beautiful garden. If you happen to have a broken or extra rake lying around why not use it for storage. You can recycle that rake into a handy backyard gardening-rack-hanger for all of your gardening tools. Simply hang it on a wall of your patio or shed with the metal rake part pointing out, add rope loops to your tools, then hang them on the metal prongs of your rake. You might want to make sure you hang it higher than head height so no one hurts themselves accidentally. Recycling can be stylish.

5. SIMPLE PATIO STORAGE SPACE BINS

Do you have a hard time finding places to store all your outdoor supplies or necessities? If that answer is “yes” then this project is perfect for you. Toys, balls, gardening supplies, and bug spray can all be stored in organizational bins. Patio or no patio you can purchase versatile shelf and storage bin systems that are deep and sturdy enough to hold most everything during all types of weather.

This simple organization system will keep your things from laying around everywhere, leaving your backyard looking nice and tidy. This tutorial on Build-Basic.com shows you how to build a nice backyard storage bench. You can build the storage bin and shelf (pictured below) by getting a standard metal wire kitchen rack, painting it, then getting metal or plastic bins, decorating as your desire, and placing them on rack.10 Best Backyard Decor DIY Trends

6. HANGING CANDLE BACKYARD LIGHTING

As the sun sets and you want your backyard to shine. A pretty ambiance can go a long way during a summer’s night. Lighting for your landscaping, patio, trees, or other creative ideas could be just what you are looking for this summer to set your backyard apart from everyone else’s.

One style trend is to take mason jars, place candles in them, and tightly tie twine around the rim of the jar. Then hang them from the edge of your patio roof or low hanging branches. Be sure that the candle hangs far enough below the patio roof or the tree branch that the candles flame won’t start a fire, you can use tea lights to help alleviate this.

You can also always pick up some outdoor all-weather string lights from your local hardware store and string those around trees, poles, or criss-cross over a section of your backyard. 10 Best Backyard Decor DIY Trends

7. METAL BUCKET HOSE HOLDER

Any homeowner knows that keeping your yard in mint condition takes time and patience. The summer heat in Texas can play a big part by determining if your backyard can continue to keep green or surrender to the weather with its white flag. That means there’s a good chance that you or your kids will be using the water hose a lot. Instead of leaving it lay in the grass where it can leave odd marks or scare you thinking it’s a snake, just like your gardening tools you want to keep the water hose stored in a safe place and out of the way.

A cool idea to consider is to buy a large enough tin bucket to place your hose in. Another great use of this bucket is to mount it on an outdoor wall with the bottom facing the wall. Then have the hose wrapped around it and use the bucket as a holder for your sprinkler.

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8. METAL TUB PATIO TABLE

An excellent table can be a wonderful addition to your backyard style. This functional and beautiful piece of furniture can create hidden storage space for your backyard. It’s a simple enough build, you want to start by obtaining the metal tub. Look for a galvanized metal tub at least 17 gallons or larger from a hardware or tractor supply store, this will act as the base of the table. Once you’ve picked out and purchased your metal tub, measure the radius of the top lip of your tub and cut out a circular piece of wood that is at least 3 inches larger in diameter. You’ll want to get some sort of fastener to hold the wooden top to the metal tub base, use whatever you like and drill out the holes in the metal base and the wood table top. Then stain the top with your desired stain and you have a gorgeous piece of homemade outdoor furniture. When putting food or other things on the table make sure the table top is latched or fashioned to the metal tub base.

You can add this table as a patio piece or if you have extra seating add this table and a few chairs elsewhere in the backyard with this smart and attractive idea. Add a round rug underneath the table to add more color and style to your patio.

10 Best Backyard Decor DIY Trends

9. INSTALL A BACKYARD FIRE PIT

Nothing says backyard fun the way a campfire-like setting in the comfort of home does. Gather your family around a backyard fire pit and share stories while you roast yummy marshmallows, then go inside to your air conditioning. This can be a super simple DIY project as easy as picking up a readily built fire pit at your local hardware retailer and maybe decorating it with a little gravel or some rocks.

To build the brick fire pit like the one pictured below you’ll probably want to consult a professional as laying brick and building something as complex as this can be difficult without the right experience. Remember to always be careful with flames in your backyard, make sure no matter how you build your fire pit that it isn’t close enough to your house or to any trees or other things made of wood. Always keep a water pale and fire extinguisher close by your fire pit, just in case, 10 of the Best Backyard Decor DIY Trends For This Summer

10. REMODEL YOUR BACKYARD PATIO

You want to use design elements and landscaping to make your patio the central focal point of your backyard. Remodeling isn’t easy or inexpensive, make sure you take time to plan this out and discuss with your loved ones the function your backyard will play for your family in the years to come.

A great backyard patio has room to relax, attractive and functional storage space, good and unique lighting, and adds a new level of design aesthetic to the home.

Many of the tips we offered above will help you design and personalize your patio if you want us to help you design and remodel your patio and your backyard, get in touch. We’d love to help!

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