5 Tips For Your Home Resolutions [including budget suggestions!]

There is no better time than NOW

You have been wanting to remodel your home for so long, or recently bought a home that suits your budget but definitely not your style? Make it part of your new year’s resolution and start to plan your home renovation ahead. If you wondered what are typical steps for a home remodeling project, we created this article especially for you! Here are 5 things you need to think about before you start remodeling your house:

Elegant kitchen remodel in Kessler Park, Dallsa by Joseph & Berry

#1: Planning is good. Wait, what should I do first?

First of all, let us tell you that if you have enough time, money, and energy to spend the possibilities are endless, and you can choose whoever you want. If you think your time is precious and you value your hard-earned money, you should really plan ahead.

Start with listing all the things you want to change in your home. We suggested going room-by-room, starting with your kitchen or bathroom and create a detailed list of things you wished to change. If your kitchen lack storage space, you should have it on your list. We even suggest counting your cabinets and storage spaces to have a better understanding of the design plan later on when working with your interior designer.

Everything you desire to change should be on that list. The more specific you’ll get, the more accurate your budget will be.

While working on that wishlist we suggested above,  ask yourself how long are you planning to live in the house?
There are alterations and designs we would steer away from, for the sake of resale purposes. For instance, we know European kitchen is remarkably popular right now (not everywhere, we’re still in Dallas, Tx Y’all) but if you intend to re-sale your home in the next 2-3 years, we’ll recommend a contemporary kitchen design as shown below.


If you imagine this home as your forever home, fabulous! Now we can include all the latest technologies and updates you desired on that wishlist! (Yes, that TV mirror you always wanted or that man cave you have been dreaming of).


#2: Let’s talk finance, shall we?

We all saw Fixer Upper in Waco and were given the impression we can have a fully renovated home with custom cabinets and a lavish master bathroom for $50K. Well, sorry to dissolve that dream… it can happen only on television. If you are to hire an interior designer and general contractor to manage all teams together, pull permits and buy quality materials you will spend a lot more.

Think about the amount of money you are willing to invest in your home. When you do so, make sure you are not exceeding the market around you, and you know Dallas’s home market has a large variety to work with.

Be realistic about your budget. If you want to refresh the whole house your starting budget should be around $150K. If you expect electrical work to be done, and possibly plumbing, you should be working with certified professionals to pull permits and go through inspection.
In that case, we will recommend to increase your budget an additional $70K and above to complete your home renovation. [Note: those numbers are relevant for home improvement and remodeling in Dallas, Tx and may vary for projects in other states].

Editor’s Note: When you interview your design build firm or contractor, make sure you have a payment plan that won’t stress you out. A contractor that requires full payment in advance should raise a red flag.

#3: Finding your soulmate (AKA your general contractor, design build or remodeler)

Your design-build firm/remodeling company will be at your house over a significant period of time moreover you should feel comfortable with their presence and rely on them to be respectful of your home, and your personal belongings. You should trust your contractor.

When beginning the process of interviewing potential home remodelers or design-build firms, you should learn about their liability and insurance, permit policy, learn about their labor warranty, and payment plans. Make sure to ask relevant questions about their design team and project managers. Furthermore, be assured that the chosen general contractor/design-build firm is capable to take on your home improvement project and they know how to handle your remodel scope of work. Review closely the contract you are required to sign on and make a note to yourself in case there is something that needs clarification.

#4: Design. Interior Design.

Since we have completed a bunch of multiple projects and have had the opportunity to meet numerous clients, we can tell you one thing. If it is NOT functional, it does not worth your efforts nor the investment you are intending to put towards that upgrade.

Real life example: You are begging for beautiful 24 X 24 white porcelain flooring tiles, you should be minded to the appearance of dirt that shown on sleek tiles so you have young kids or pets and you don’t own a cleaning company, then you’d better skip it.

Yes, we understand you like it clean and fresh.
Trust us, watermarks combined with muddy shoes and grass are anything but clean, nor fresh.

We recommend our clients to keep the floorplan in mind. When you plan your kitchen or bathroom remodel, acknowledge discomfort and pain points you have been experienced in your existing room layout and express it to your designer. They should be able to come up with a better flow for your floorplan and lighting plan.

When you meet up with your assigned designer, make sure to create the full picture for them (not that one you’ve been fantasizing on, the real deal!). Point out all the pain points, all the things that you think that can make your life easier, all the perfect kitchen photos you have been saving on Pinterest in the past 3 years… The designer should deliver a fresh layout and design that hopefully has all your needs & wants.
If you want to be inspired click here!

Trending pastels for 2019 are peach, hues of greens, light pink, and lemon

Editor’s note: We strongly suggest you will keep a copy of your signed design and floor plans for your records. If you haven’t received a copy, then it’s time to ask for one.

#5: Your brand new home (or kitchen or bath…)

Number one myth on home improvement is it would be easy. Is that so? There are so many things that can turn bad so if you intend to perform any DIY, we strongly suggest to include an extra budget for unexpected circumstances, for instance, mold behind your shower walls.

Any home improvement project, especially an extensive home remodeling project is a stressing process for all parties involved, not just homeowner. Project managers want to ensure the quality of labor, the interior designer wants to see the exact design comes to life and the homeowner… well, the homeowner wants to have his home back with nothing but a perfect home to live in.
For example, remember the cabinets you approved but freaked out while you saw it inside your kitchen? Yes, those type of things can happen, and you want to have the right team by your side to provide customer service/client assistance that you need so much right now.

Take a deep breath.

We often find it difficult to keep things on track after reviewing so many door styles, hardware, paints, and tiles you are no longer confident about your final home design.
Relax, two weeks later, when you will settle down,  arrange your space and those details will come all together. Then you will fall in love again with every selection you made. Every tile you liked, every light fixture you now have to bright up your space. After all, it was designed for you, with YOU in mind.

Remodeling your home can be challenging and stressful. Make sure to have a professional team on your side.
Contact us today, your home remodelers in North Dallas,Tx to schedule your complimentary consultation for your home remodel 800-371-8970 or submit the contact form.






Interior Design Trends For 2019

Let’s talk about interior design trends in 2019, shall we?

In case you browse a little bit around interior design magazines or seek for interior inspiration, you probably noticed a lot more COLORS. Gray tones are stepping aside and giving away to warm, relaxed and welcoming colors.
However, we are well aware that whatever works in New York or Chicago, doesn’t necessarily works in Dallas, Tx, right? So we came up with the trends as well as design board inspiration to show you how your Dallas, Tx kitchen (that is probably more traditional) can transform in 2019.

Earthy colors: Terracotta and shade of cocoa

Earthy colors are not limited to your walls only but to every aspect of your home. You will notice (if you haven’t, yet) home decor items like decorative pillows, ottomans, and also tiles in those shades.

Design board of earthy bathroom design that you want to consider for your next bathroom renovation. Calm & Stylish look, what else can we ask!?

Natural and soothing pastels

In 2019 you’ll inspect more natural materials when it comes to kitchen & bath design: we’ll notice more natural and clean lines in the bathroom’s vanity, the white kitchens will give away to more natural finishes and light wood tones.

Using soothing, calming colors this year to create a tranquil environment and nourish intimate and family relationships. Sage green, Rose Beigh, Apricot- Peach & Mist Grays are the colors you are going to see A LOT in 2019. Check this kitchen design inspiration board>>

Trending pastels for 2019 are peach, hues of green, light pink, and lemon


Black is always a fashionable color when it comes to clothing. It was just a matter of time until seeing it in our designed bathrooms, right? This time has come!
This year we are going to explore new hardware in matte black like faucets, pulls and knobs and a lot more shower combos in that beautiful matte finish. Don’t be afraid of mixing colors and finishes in case you feel that using black hardware is a bit too much for you.

Powder room design inspiration in black, pastel green, and geometric backsplash


Bold walls & statement ceilings

We will see more and more bold accent walls in bathrooms, covered with printed tiles or waterproof wallpapers.
You are used to seeing accent walls in bathrooms & kitchen, how about statement ceilings?
Geo wallpaper prints or ceiling in a different color than walls are really taking off.


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Until your next bathroom remodel…

Joseph & Berry
Indulge Yourself.



Cover photo credit: Italian Bark. Styling by Michelle Maguire



Interior Barn Doors – This Dallas Home Design Trend Is Popular

Learn Why Interior Barn Doors Are Popular In Contemporary Home Design

Anyone who keeps up with home design trends knows that interior barn doors are massively popular. These sliding doors add a high-end, high-style statement to any home. The key to this interior design trend’s staying power is one thing: sheer versatility. The number of options available for interior barn doors has only grown in recent years, which means that they can now take any room in a contemporary home to the next level, regardless of decor style. Contact Joseph & Berry to discuss your custom barn doors for home designs from modern to rustic.


Incorporating Barn Doors into Your Home Design

Because they are an eye-catching focal point, interior barn doors work extremely well in large, open spaces. They can be particularly useful for partitioning empty, redundant space such as that between a kitchen and living room, or closing off the rest of the kitchen from a pantry space when entertaining. While the barn door will likely stay open more often than not, it is the perfect feature to suggest spatial separation. These mobile doors add flexibility and versatility to your open spaces rather than closing them down the way a permanent separation would.

Yet these rooms are not the only ones where interior barn doors can be used. A barn door is a great way to dress up a smaller spot, like a bathroom or closet, or to add sophistication and visual interest to the entrance of a home office, media room, or laundry room.

Keep in mind, barn doors have limitations. They do not work well in areas with limited wall space. They also permit more noise transference from room to room than a permanent wall and are not as private, because they do not lock. These factors must all be considered when choosing to add a barn door to your home remodeling project.

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Barn Doors That Match Your Home Design

One factor that has brought interior barn doors real staying power in the home design world is their versatility. They can be made out of many different materials and come in many different colors and finishes. Although wood has been the traditional choice and adds rustic farmhouse charm to any home, more contemporary stylings are growing in popularity. One option is to get a barn door built from metal or glass – frosted glass, in particular, creates a contemporary look which allows natural light flow from room-to-room while still maintaining privacy.

Homeowners today also have more options for the style of their sliding barn doors than when this trend first became popular. With the help of a professional installer and the right hardware, virtually any door can be hung. By hanging French doors, castle doors, or church doors you can enjoy all the benefits of these elegant double door styles without sacrificing the enormous amount of floor space they require when installed as traditional swing doors.

The Rest of the Room

When installing any statement piece, it’s important to consider how the rest of your decor will coordinate. Interior barn doors in home design can act as art pieces in and of themselves, particularly when painted with a bold, bright color, or are made of reclaimed or exotic woods. If this is the case, you will want the rest of the room to be fairly neutral and simple. Some homeowners don’t necessarily want the barn door to be the centerpiece of the room, therefore a white or neutral finish or natural wood look will make any room appear larger and allow you to use more color and pattern throughout your decor.

Joseph & Berry design-build team has worked with many homeowners in the Dallas area to create a custom look that seamlessly integrates the home design from one room to the next. We guarantee our work, so you can be confident the results will match your vision. We can discuss with you the many benefits of interior barn doors, a style we see only gaining in popularity for years to come.

If you’re planning a home remodeling project give us a call (or click here and we’ll call you!) and sit down with our designers. Let us show you how we can take your creative vision, combine it with our expertise, and deliver you the kitchen of your dreams!



Photo by Rustica Hardware 

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.


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.


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.


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. 

Selecting Guest Bathroom Lighting Fixtures When Remodeling

A Home Remodeling Guide To Lighting in Your Guest Bathroom

Redesigning a guest bathroom or powder room is an opportunity for you to showcase your home and create a true sanctuary for your visitors. Deciding on bathroom lighting – with consideration to the varying needs of your guests, particularly during the busy holiday season – can be a daunting task. A professional designer can work with you to create a custom bathroom lighting design that will flawlessly serve this problematic space, creating not only functionality but also an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation for your guests. Before embarking on any design-build project, here are some points to keep in mind for your guest bathroom lighting.


Lighting the vanity

The vanity and sink areas are where the most light is needed in the guest bathroom. This is where visitors will be completing their morning routines and doing tasks like shaving and applying makeup that requires bright, even light.

For this area of the bath, wall-mounted lighting fixtures work best, either to the sides or directly around the mirror. Avoid lighting the bathroom mirror area from above – it creates ugly shadows on the face. Wall sconces at eye level are a classic look that provides the perfect amount of light for getting ready. For a statement option, two small pendants on either side of the mirror are an elegant choice.

If you are remodeling a small powder room or have other space concerns, a bath bar installed above the mirror or two mounted vertically along the sides create bright, streamlined bathroom lighting.

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Bathroom lighting for the whole room

Many homes have out-of-date or inadequate bathroom lighting, so when undertaking a bathroom remodel, an update to the overall wattage or “ambient” light of the room is necessary. The lighting of any bathroom should be functional for bathing and safety, but also to create a mood. Particularly for the guests in your home, a bath is a place of sanctuary, refuge, and privacy, where they can relax after a long flight or drive. Having a mix of fixtures in the bathroom, including the vanity task lighting as well as decorative ceiling fixtures and recessed lighting allows for a combination of options that will satisfy any guest.

The bathtub area is a particularly great space to create comfort and relaxation. Consider a decorative or statement fixture directly above the tub space, with some additional small, recessed lights if necessary. For a romantic touch, have the remodeling team install a wall-mounted candle sconce. Guests will appreciate the thoughtful detail and the indulgent relaxation of a candlelit bath.


General bathroom lighting tips

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area is blessed with plenty of sunshine. If you’re struggling with a dark bathroom, don’t underestimate the power of natural light. A professional designer can work with you to create a custom design, maximizing the sunlight in your space, and impressing your guests with a relaxing, natural atmosphere.
  • Consider adding dimmers to all of your bathroom lighting fixtures. This allows your guests to comfortably fix their own atmosphere. During the day, they may not want the full force of the lighting fixtures, and at night, having a dimmer is a great way to help them relax and wind down.
  • Make sure your bathroom fixtures are UL damp-rated or wet-rated for maximum durability and safety. Damp-rated fixtures are ideal for a mirror and overhead lighting in the bath, while wet-rated fixtures are needed for any lighting above a tub or shower.Having a professional team to oversee the lighting design and installation will create peace of mind and ensure the project is done right. At Joseph & Berry Luxury Remodeling company in Dallas that offers design & remodel service, we value our clients and believe that every one of them deserves the very best we have to offer. Contact us to learn more about design-build or click for additional read about our process. 

Using Black Marble In Your Home Design When Remodeling

Using Black Marble in Your Greater Dallas Home Remodeling Project

In interior design, black evokes nobility, luxury, and elegance. Although white marble will always be a classic choice, more and more homeowners are looking to black marble to bring sophistication and drama to their home. At Joseph & Berry, we’ve found many homeowners still have questions about how best to use this material in their space. Our professional design-build team can create a customized option that will take your remodel to the next level, whether your look is modern or classical.

What is black marble?

In nature, marble is usually white and gray but may also come in colors including red, pink, blue, brown and yes — black. Black marble most often originates from Turkey but may come from other regions including Spain. The stone usually has a white vein structure, which may be subtle or more dramatic and high-contrast. One important feature of black marble is its ability to reflect its brilliance and shine, as it can achieve a particularly high gloss compared to other shades.

Where can I use black marble?

In the kitchen…

Countertops – Dark stone pairs well with many different cabinet finishes, from deep jewel tones to crisp white. Against light floors and walls, it creates the contrast that adds style and class to any kitchen. On a kitchen island or breakfast bar, black marble creates the ideal surface to showcase your culinary creations. Whether glossy or matte, black marble is sure to make your dishes shine and your linens pop.

Backsplash – For an even stronger statement in the kitchen, go vertical. When installed on a vertical surface, the natural grain of marble becomes much more visible, transforming it into an artwork display. Use black marble as a backsplash throughout the kitchen or as an accent splash behind the stove or sink. Whenever possible, use black marble to accent the metallic touches in your space. Black creates an opulent feel when paired with metallic gold, silver, copper, and brass.

In the bathroom…

Bath surrounds – Just like in the kitchen, black marble can be used in the bathroom to create a high-end, luxurious atmosphere. Particularly in a master bath, black marble can make your regular bathroom feel like a palace get-away. Consider using black marble tiles on the walls, floors, or as a bathtub surround. Be aware that when using marble in a bathroom, it is important to choose a stone that holds up well to moisture and to have it properly sealed and protected. A professional installer can help you sample stone from different manufacturers and select the option that will last in your space for many years with proper care.

In any room…

Tables – As a dining table, a coffee table, or even a side table, black marble creates a focal point in any room. This is one of the most flexible ways to use black marble, so if you love the impressive effect of this gorgeous stone but aren’t sure how to make it work in your space, consider getting a custom-built table. If you are emphasizing sleek, modern, contemporary decor, a square or geometric table is a great choice. If your space is more colorful or features lots of wood or other natural materials, try a round or oval table, which creates a stunning accent piece without making the stone feel heavy or gothic.

Feature walls & fireplaces – Installing marble on a vertical surface isn’t limited to the kitchen. Whether slab or tiled, black marble as a vertical accent is an artistic statement for any room. Because black marble reflects light so well, it makes a great statement beneath decorative or accent lighting or as a fireplace surround.

Regardless of where it is in the home, black marble creates sophistication, elegance, and atmosphere. Joseph & Berry’s remodel team can custom-design a black marble option for you and ensure it is installed properly and safely so that you can enjoy the sophistication, class, and value of your home for many years.

If you want to learn more about Kitchen Remodeling in Dallas, call us today through (800) 371-8970 or schedule an appointment and speak with one of our qualified professionals, simply submit the form and we’ll contact you within 24 hours! 


Photo credit: Sefa Stone