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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!

Is an Open Floor Plan Right For Your TX Ranch House Remodel?

Pros and Cons of an Open Layout For a Ranch House Remodel

After World War II, ranches became a popular and affordable housing choice for veterans looking to expand or relocate with their families. The ranch’s popularity continued into the 1970s, however, in recent years, they’ve been tagged as outdated. Many lack the design aesthetic and amenities modern homeowners seek, including open floor plans. For those seeking single floor living, as a retirement home or as a family home, these mid-century ranches should not be overlooked. Many were built in great neighborhoods and a ranch house remodel can certainly be designed to meet the homeowner’s tastes. At Joseph & Berry, we look at each home remodel project as unique. If you are looking into a ranch house remodel with an open floor plan, here are some pros and cons to consider.

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Open floor plans are desirable

If resale is top of mind, an open floor plan is a good choice. Across the country, real estate professionals say that homebuyers are looking for open floor plans where the family can cook, watch TV and entertain in one large area. Open floor plans also allow for more options to fit the active lives of today’s families, such as creating a large space for entertaining or an open view to the outdoor areas.

Universal design

Universal design a design concept that takes into consideration the needs of everyone and their varying abilities, from special needs children to the elderly to those who are shorter, taller or have different motor skills abilities. Open floor plans call for uniform flooring throughout the area which eliminates tripping hazards and allows for means of assistance to move safely about the space, such as wheelchairs or walkers. There is also the ability to create wider aisles, hallways, and entryways for maneuvering. This is an especially appealing feature for Baby Boomers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who are already looking at ranch homes for the single-floor living. Incorporating universal design into a ranch house remodel will only enhance its value to this market.

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Ensuring a structurally sound ranch house remodel

Not every home was designed for an open floor plan. It is important to discuss your vision with a skilled and experienced design-build team before knocking down any walls. In the past, homes used to be designed as separated spaces. The loss of a supporting wall in a ranch house remodel could cause substantial damage and create significant cost. Joseph & Berry provides design-build services that bring with it the structural engineering expertise to ensure a ranch house remodel is done right.

Too close for comfort

Before defaulting to an open floor plan, remember they are not for everyone, especially in a ranch house remodel. Consider a limited opening of space, such as connecting the kitchen and dining room, if you like to keep cooking and dining separately from the TV room. Some families with children love having a place for everyone to congregate, making it easier to keep an eye on little ones. Others prefer the separation as a way to occasionally get a little peace and quiet. Think about how you enjoy using your home today and consider how an open floor plan might enhance (or diminish) that experience.

An open concept ranch house remodel allows for luxury amenities

One of the downfalls of traditional mid-century ranches is they are not designed for high-end appliances or amenities. Small rooms and limited space can be limiting if a homeowner is looking for a professional kitchen set up with high-end range and hood, wine fridge and a wet bar island. Knocking down a few walls is one way to ensure homeowners have the space to fully realize their vision.

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Joseph & Berry has significant experience remodeling and creating custom luxury homes. With a project manager on site at all times, we are there to answer questions and help guide you through the remodel process, including deciding whether an open floor plan in your ranch home is right for you. Contact us to schedule your home remodeling consultation! (800)-371-8970

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 

Guest Bathroom Design and Remodeling Styles Visitors Will Love

Guest Bathroom Design and Remodeling Advice

A beautiful inviting guest bathroom can make your guests stay more comfortable, protect your privacy, and is a perfect second bathroom in the modern home. If you have kids, it can make mornings run more smoothly. With tasteful furnishing and fixtures, a well thought out layout and your personal touch, you can transform your small second bathroom into the perfect haven for relaxation for your family and your guests.

Unlike a powder room, which typically contains a toilet and a small washbasin, a guest bathroom opens itself up to many more possibilities and comfort despite a smaller footprint. If you’re considering or planning a guest bathroom remodel or addition in the coming year, here are some considerations to help you design the perfect space.

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Make the Most Out of a Limited Guest Bathroom Space With Compact Bathroom Furnishings

As a general rule, guest bathrooms typically come with a limited footprint. But with proper planning and the right furnishings and fixtures, you can turn even a small space into a relaxing oasis of comfort for your family and your guests.

Today, intelligently designed furnishings offer great solutions for small bathrooms.They can make the best use of limited space while still providing an aesthetically pleasing design. Elegant, slender washbasins create a comfortable setting in even the smallest space. Compact toilets with smaller dimensions or toilets with hidden tanks that can be installed in niches can create a feeling of openness.

Choosing a matching vanity and space saving furniture can create a welcoming space for your guests as well as providing plenty of storage. Equipping your guest bath with tub or shower can complete the space. If your space is small, considered space saving designs like a corner shower that can conserve space while providing a relaxing bathing experience for your guests.

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Tips For Making Your Guest Bathroom Appear More Spacious

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With a few simple design choices, you can make even the smallest guest bathroom appear more spacious and luxurious. For example, opting for lighter colored furniture like vanities and linen closets can create the impression of “lightness” in the bathroom. Adding ambient lighting, such as spotlights in corners and indirect lighting can complete the illusion.

Large mirrored surfaces will create the feeling of more depth. If possible, include a window in the space. Along with bringing in natural light, a window can provide additional ventilation. In a bathroom without a window, make sure to include an efficient ventilation system to create a fresh feel for your guests.

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Here are some other guest bathroom design tips to consider:

  • Consider drawers as opposed to doors. They can offer easier access to items stored under the sink
  • Opt for vertical furniture. It will give a greater illusion of height and maximize the space you have.
  • Recess the medicine cabinet and toilet tank into the wall to gain floor space.
  • Go with semi-custom cabinetry to more precisely fit the available space. Make sure you choose quality cabinets to add value
  • Reconsider adding a pedestal sink. While it can provide the appearance of space, but where will guests keep their toothbrush or razor? Consider replacing a pedestal sink with a floating vanity. It adds storage and gives the appearance of more floor space.
  • When you’ve completed your guest bathroom remodel, consider the amenities! Providing your guests with a hairdryer, small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and even extra toothbrushes will make your guests feel even more at home when they visit.

With proper planning and smart design choices, even a small bathroom can become a welcoming space for your guests and family. At Joseph & Berry, our designers can create the perfect guest bathroom. They’re aware of the latest design trends and space saving products available for every element in your space. Let us work with you to provide your guests with a perfectly relaxing and welcoming space in your home. If you’re ready to remodel your guest bathroom, 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. We provide a project manager that remains on site at all times to answer questions and provide you details about our custom designs.

 

 

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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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.

Kitchen Island with marble countertop – perfect for preparation

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Dining Island

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

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Storage in Your Kitchen Island Design

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

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Sinks and Small Appliances

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

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

A Place to Display

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

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

Choosing a Fireplace for a New Home Addition

What’s the Best Fireplace For A Home Addition

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

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

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Think About How You’ll Use Your Fireplace

Consider all of the possibilities. You probably already have some ideas of how you’ll use your new fireplace. Maybe it will be a gathering spot for family and friends or a romantic focal point in the room. Are you looking for the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a cold night? You may even be considering using it as the primary heat source for your new space. Or maybe it’s just a modern addition you’ve always wanted.

Whatever your reasons, defining its use is essential in helping you decide on where you’ll place it, and what style you’re looking to convey.

Location

When thinking about how you’ll use it, you probably also considered where you’d like to place your fireplace. Of course, how you’ll use the same will somewhat determine the location and style. Most commonly, fireplaces are added to a space that is going to be used as a great room or family room. Some homeowners also prefer a romantic fireplace in the master bedroom, and if the addition is for a master suite, it’s an elegant premium that will enhance your lifestyle.

Where you place your fireplace will determine the fuel. If you’re thinking of a wood burning fireplace, it must be located on an exterior wall, and your contractor must add a chimney. With newer gas and electric technology, you’re not limited to an exterior wall. You can place it on any wall, or even in the center of the room. We’d love to discuss more your project, contact us to schedule your free consultation meeting!

Fireplace Fuels: Wood, Gas or Electric

There are pros and cons to each fuel choice. Choosing the right one for you depends on several factors. If you’re choosing to heat your space, gas might be a better choice than wood for example. Here are some things to consider when determining your fireplace fuel.

Wood – If you’re a purist, nothing beats a wood burning fireplace. They are beautiful, ever-changing and create a cozy ambiance that is unmatched. They will need to be placed on an exterior wall, and you will pay the additional expense of constructing a chimney, firebox, and liner. You’ll also need to clean up after each use.

Gas – While they don’t offer the authentic sound and smell of a wood burning fireplace, gas is far more convenient. There’s no cleanup; the can be turned on with a remote and are self-vented, or merely require a PVC pipe for venting so they can go anywhere. It’s possible to get a blower unit that makes them an efficient heat source.

Electric – The least realistic and they don’t put out much heat. However, they’re the most versatile. They require no venting so they can be placed anywhere, even in the middle of a room. They have a modern look that will fit perfectly in a contemporary or industrial decor.

Consider The Style of Your Home

The style of your home decor should dictate the style of your fireplace and surround. Design options cover the full range from rustic to traditional, classic, modern, or contemporary. Traditional fireplaces featuring stone surrounds give the room a cozy, rustic feel. Brick can also be rustic but can transcend design to be classic chic. A modern fireplace could feature slab marble, or slate, with clean lines and minimalist construction. The firebox offers, even more, choices to add an element of geometric design or a way to introduce contemporary materials into your space.

In between traditional and modern, there is a wide range of styles based on materials, color, and installation of the surround (Click for more design inspiration!). When considering adding a fireplace begin by doing some research. Look at lots of pictures. Read decor and home-style magazines, go online to sites like Houzz and study your options. Consider them within the context of your home’s current style.

Your fireplace will be a beautiful addition to your home that will provide you with many hours of enjoyment and relaxation. Speak with your designer or design-build remodeler about the many options available to you. They can help you to design the perfect fireplace for your new addition.

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Fireplace in your new addition

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Choosing Shower Heads You’ll Love When Remodeling Bathrooms

Choosing shower heads or shower system for a bathroom remodel or master bath design

Today, when undertaking a bathroom renovation or remodel, you have a myriad of choices to make when it comes to materials, finishes, and fixtures. From vanities and countertops to tile, and fixtures you have more options today than ever before!

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One of the more fun and even exciting choices you’ll make is in your shower. The days of the utilitarian shower head are over! When it comes to shower heads, today you have a range of choices from sleek handheld shower heads, to adjustable sprays, steam showers, and stand-up spas there are a tantalizing array of options.

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Showers 101 – Shower, Shower head, or Shower System?

For most of us, the day begins and sometimes ends with a relaxing shower. We jump in first thing in the morning to start our day, and at the end of a long day, relax in the shower to wash away the daily stress.

There are a huge variety of shower heads, and systems to choose from regarding style, finish, and function. The key is to focus on the features you want to narrow down the many choices available to you.

While there are many variations, there are basically two types of shower heads – fixed and handheld. A fixed shower head is mounted to the wall or ceiling as a permanent fixture. They are also the most frequently installed. They come as a single handle, two handle or three handle systems.

A handheld shower head is connected to the unit using a flexible hose or tubing allowing for freedom of motion when in the shower. Handheld shower heads are ideal for older adults with mobility issues and easier bathing of babies and pets. They also make cleaning the tub and shower a breeze!

Along with a fixed or handheld system, you’ll have some other factors to consider that can help you decide which shower, shower head, or system is right for you. Today, for consumers wanting to live a greener lifestyle and lower their carbon footprint, low-flow shower heads are available that, using aeration, can reduce the water used, and as a result save both water, and money on your gas, electric and water bills.

Shower heads are also available specifically designed for homes with low water pressure. Installing one can fix the issue of low water pressure and provide you with a perfect experience. Shower heads are even available with lighting that can be adjusted to set the mood and some even contain wireless speakers making your daily shower more pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable!

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Top Five Shower Head Styles

Choosing a shower head for your bathroom remodel comes down to three factors: style, features, and budget. Shower heads are available in a range of materials and finishes to match any style from transitional to industrial. Depending on your wants, you can have anything from a standard fixed shower head to a multi-jet spa-system that has LED lighting and wireless sound. Handheld and sliding bar systems are perfect if your planning on aging in place, or have young kids or pets. Define your wants and needs before shopping. Every shower head provides a different look and a different bathing experience.

Here are the five most popular shower head styles with today’s homeowners.

Classic: Antique, or classic fixtures in brass or bronze, plain or with ornate curves, can add a rustic feel to your bathroom. Mixing chrome fixtures and porcelain handles can create a mid-century modern vibe. It all depends on your style. Your designer can help you to choose fixtures that will match your aesthetic vision.

Rainfall Shower Heads: A rainfall shower head provides a relaxing rain-like experience. Usually fixed to the ceiling, it will typically have a large surface area with a large number of perforations. This gives the

Choosing shower heads or shower system for a bathroom remodel or master bath design

Today, when undertaking a bathroom renovation or remodel, you have a myriad of choices to make when it comes to materials, finishes, and fixtures. From vanities and countertops to tile, and fixtures you have more options today than ever before!
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One of the more fun and even exciting choices you’ll make is in your shower. The days of the utilitarian shower head are over! When it comes to shower heads, today you have a range of choices from sleek handheld shower heads, to adjustable sprays, steam showers, and stand-up spas there are a tantalizing array of options.

Let’s explore some of your options and the best way to pick the perfect shower head for your bathroom renovation.

Showers 101 – Shower, Shower head, or Shower System?

For most of us, the day begins and sometimes ends with a relaxing shower. We jump in first thing in the morning to start our day, and at the end of a long day, relax in the shower to wash away the daily stress.

There are a huge variety of shower heads, and systems to choose from regarding style, finish, and function. The key is to focus on the features you want to narrow down the many choices available to you.

While there are many variations, there are basically two types of shower heads – fixed and handheld. A fixed shower head is mounted to the wall or ceiling as a permanent fixture. They are also the most frequently installed. They come as a single handle, two handle or three handle systems.

A handheld shower head is connected to the unit using a flexible hose or tubing allowing for freedom of motion when in the shower. Handheld shower heads are ideal for older adults with mobility issues and easier bathing of babies and pets. They also make cleaning the tub and shower a breeze!

Along with a fixed or handheld system, you’ll have some other factors to consider that can help you decide which shower, shower head, or system is right for you. Today, for consumers wanting to live a greener lifestyle and lower their carbon footprint, low-flow shower heads are available that, using aeration, can reduce the water used, and as a result save both water, and money on your gas, electric and water bills.

Shower heads are also available specifically designed for homes with low water pressure. Installing one can fix the issue of low water pressure and provide you with a perfect experience. Shower heads are even available with lighting that can be adjusted to set the mood and some even contain wireless speakers making your daily shower more pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable!

Top Five Shower Head Styles

Choosing a shower head for your bathroom remodel comes down to three factors: style, features, and budget. Shower heads are available in a range of materials and finishes to match any style from transitional to industrial. Depending on your wants, you can have anything from a standard fixed shower head to a multi-jet spa-system that has LED lighting and wireless sound. Handheld and sliding bar systems are perfect if your planning on aging in place, or have young kids or pets. Define your wants and needs before shopping. Every shower head provides a different look and a different bathing experience.

Here are the five most popular shower head styles with today’s homeowners.

Classic: Antique, or classic fixtures in brass or bronze, plain or with ornate curves, can add a rustic feel to your bathroom. Mixing chrome fixtures and porcelain handles can create a mid-century modern vibe. It all depends on your style. Your designer can help you to choose fixtures that will match your aesthetic vision.

Rainfall Shower Heads: A rainfall shower head provides a relaxing rain-like experience. Usually fixed to the ceiling, it will typically have a large surface area with a large number of perforations. This gives the effect of water “raining” down in a large quantity, at lower pressure. Rainfall heads are often combined with other fixtures for a luxurious spa-like experience.

Shower Panels: Shower panels typically consist of several different jets on a single panel, or strategically distributed throughout the shower area. This is a modern technological experience that can be exceptionally relaxing and invigorating!

Multifunction: Multifunction shower heads provide a customizable bathing experience. Typically handheld and adjustable, the provide multiple settings that can be changed, including settings for pulsating massage, and low-flow pressure. This style is ideal for families.

Handheld: If you’re planning on aging in place, consider a handheld shower head. These heads detach from the wall allowing them to reach anywhere in the tub. These are perfect for people who suffer from injuries, arthritis, or mobility issues. They’re also perfect if you sit when bathing. They typically have higher water pressure than a rainfall head so if you like s hard stream of water, this could be the right choice for you.

Choosing a shower head can be a lot of fun! Do your research. Visit plumbing stores, gather information online, speak to a remodeling expert and make sure that your home’s plumbing system can accommodate your choice. Some larger systems may require additional plumbing or drainage so speak with your design build contractor before you buy anything.

Here at Joseph and Berry, our designers are on top of the latest shower technology available. If you’re not sure about your options, give us a call at 1 (800) 371-8900 and we can explain them to you. We are specialists in creating luxurious bathroom remodels for homeowners seeking a spa-like experience. If you’re considering a bathroom remodeling, give us a call and let us help you create the bathroom of your dreams!

effect of water “raining” down in a large quantity, at lower pressure. Rainfall heads are often combined with other fixtures for a luxurious spa-like experience.

Shower Panels: Shower panels typically consist of several different jets on a single panel, or strategically distributed throughout the shower area. This is a modern technological experience that can be exceptionally relaxing and invigorating!

Multifunction: Multifunction shower heads provide a customizable bathing experience. Typically handheld and adjustable, the provide multiple settings that can be changed, including settings for pulsating massage, and low-flow pressure. This style is ideal for families.

Handheld: If you’re planning on aging in place, consider a handheld shower head. These heads detach from the wall allowing them to reach anywhere in the tub. These are perfect for people who suffer from injuries, arthritis, or mobility issues. They’re also perfect if you sit when bathing. They typically have higher water pressure than a rainfall head so if you like s hard stream of water, this could be the right choice for you.

Choosing a shower head can be a lot of fun! Do your research. Visit plumbing stores, gather information online, speak to a remodeling expert and make sure that your home’s plumbing system can accommodate your choice. Some larger systems may require additional plumbing or drainage so speak with your design build contractor before you buy anything.

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Here at Joseph and Berry, our designers are on top of the latest shower technology available. If you’re not sure about your options, give us a call at 1 (800) 371-8900 and we can explain them to you. We are specialists in creating luxurious bathroom remodels for homeowners seeking a spa-like experience. If you’re considering a bathroom remodeling, give us a call and let us help you create the bathroom of your dreams!

 

Learn Why Design Build Remodeling Is A Better Choice for Homeowners

Learn Why Design Build Remodeling Is A Better Choice for Homeowners

A design build remodeler re-consolidates the functions of design and construction under one roof rather than parceling it out between an architect or designer and a building contractor. A design-builder is not appropriate for some homes.  Large-scale high-tech, designer homes may still require the talents of a registered architect. But for the rest of us, design-build is the ideal way to build — combining design creativity and building expertise in one source for absolute coordination of effort, maximum efficiency, and lowest cost. If you desire to learn more about our 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