Kitchen Flooring Trends for Home Remodeling in Dallas

Cutting Edge Kitchen Flooring For Your Home Remodeling Project

When remodeling a kitchen from the ground up, the best place to start is with the floor. Throughout the Dallas area, we are seeing homeowners choose kitchen flooring provides a luxurious, custom look that balances durability and functionality. At Joseph & Berry, we can advise on materials, finishes, and styles that will achieve your goals. Whenever undertaking a remodeling project, a design-build team is a key to executing your vision. We put together the top trends we’re seeing in 2018 for how homeowners are getting unique, beautiful looks for their kitchen floors:

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Herringbone & Chevron Flooring

Kitchen flooring laid in a herringbone or chevron pattern – and flooring laid on a diagonal – is gaining popularity this year. This luxurious option is a bold, high-end statement in hardwood and tile, representing the high degree of craftsmanship needed to install this look. The recent increase in this design speaks to the rising popularity of geometric patterns in the home. Additionally, herringbone and chevron floors are a flexible and beautiful look that complements any style of decor from rustic to contemporary.

Dark & Light Contrast

For both tile and wood kitchen flooring, the theme of the year is contrast. The trend towards both dark extremes (hickory and espresso finishes) and light extremes (blonde wood and white-washed tile) is holding strong in 2018. We’re also seeing more high-contrast variegated flooring. High color variation is a theme for both wood and tile that creates a natural, rustic look. After all, in nature, stone and wood aren’t perfectly uniform! This flooring trend really elevates any kitchen floor into a statement piece.

Green is in

Eco-friendly flooring is a growing section of the market. Increased consumer demand and advancing technologies mean that eco-friendly flooring is really going to have its moment in 2018. More importantly, this trend is proving that going green does not mean giving up luxury. Exotic hardwoods like Tigerwood and Brazilian cherry have Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified options, representing that they meet strict standards of sustainability and environmental responsibility. We are also seeing a rise in custom-made, reclaimed, and recycled options, including flooring made from vintage wine barrels which brings an amazing, one-of-a-kind look to the kitchen (click to learn more about a kitchen remodel in Dallas).

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One-of-a-kind Texture

For hardwood kitchen flooring, in particular, the texture is more prevalent than ever before. Just like with color, high variation is in, meaning we are seeing more hand-scraped looks: long, ingrained scrapes that make each individual plank look handcrafted, unique, and rare. We also see more wire-brushed floorings, which have subtle, intentional scratches for a smoother but exposed look. And last, but not least, distressed floors which is similar to hand-scraped but feature additional “wear and tear” like knots, burns, and wormholes flooring. Incorporating these textures into your flooring naturally makes any kitchen look more timeless.

Mixed-width Kitchen Flooring

Adding flooring of different widths to your home is a subtle detail that adds an extra “pop” to any room and creates a little something unexpected that draws the eye in the kitchen. It’s stylish and contemporary, which is likely why we are seeing it becoming increasingly popular, particularly for wood and wood-look kitchen flooring.

Hexagonal Tiles

We’ve seen a rise in the popularity of hexagonal tile for kitchen backsplashes in the past.  Nowadays, we are seeing it on the kitchen floors. This tile design originates with early 1900s subway stations, which makes it a great choice for creating a classic or vintage look, or in sleek and ultra-modern decor. This is a great way to create a statement in the kitchen and create an on-trend geometric look in the home.

       

Joseph & Berry provides its clients not only with the highest quality custom designs, but stand ahead of other design-build teams by offering a guarantee on all our work. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.

If you considering a kitchen remodeling project in Dallas, TX and would like to speak with a professional designer, contact, the professionals home remodelers at Joseph & Berry Remodel Design Build to schedule a complimentary consultation (800)-371-8970.

 

 

5 Tips For Your New Home Resolutions

There is no better time than NOW

You have been wanting to remodel your home for so long, or recently bought a home that suits your budget but definitely not your style? Make it part of your new year’s resolution and start to plan ahead. Here are 5 things you need to think about before you start remodeling your house:

Well, planning is good. Wait, what should I do first?

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

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

Now, ask yourself how long are you planning to live in the house? There are alterations and designs we would steer away from, for the sake of resale purposes. If you see this as your forever home, great! Now let’s start with your real wish list! (Yes, that TV mirror you always wanted or that man cave you have been dreaming of).

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Let’s talk finance, shall we?

We all saw Fixer Upper in Waco and were given the impression we can have a fully renovated home with custom cabinets and a lavish master bathroom for $50K. Well, sorry to dissolve that dream… it can happen only on television. If you are to hire an interior designer, general contractor to manage all teams together, pull permits and buy quality materials you will spend a lot more. Be realistic about your budget. If you want to refresh the whole house you should be starting at least $150K. If there is electrical work to be updated to meet the code as well as plumbing, you should be working with certified professionals to pull permits and go through inspection. Think about the amount of money you are willing to invest in your home. When you do so, make sure you are not exceeding the market around you, and you know Dallas’s home market has a large variety to work with.

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

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

Your design-build firm/remodeling company will be at your house over a significant period of time,  and you should feel comfortable with their presence and rely on them to be respectful of your home, and personal belongings. You should trust your contractor. When beginning the process of interviewing potential home remodelers or design-build firms, you should learn about their liability and insurance, permit policy, learn about their labor warranty, and payment plans. Ask the important questions about their design team and project managers. Read the contracts you are receiving and make a note to yourself in case there is something that needs clarification.

Design. Interior Design.

Since we have completed so many projects and have had the opportunity to meet so many different clients, we can tell you one thing. If it is NOT functional, it is not worth your efforts. We all know how beautiful 24 X 24 white porcelain tiles appear, but keep in mind if you have young kids or pets and you don’t own a cleaning company, then you’d better skip it.

Yes, we understand you like it clean and fresh. Trust us, water spots combined with muddy shoes and grass are everything but clean, or fresh.

When you meet up with your assigned designer, make sure to create the full picture for them (not that one you’ve been fantasizing on, the real deal!). Point out all the pain points, all the things that can make your life easier, all the Pinterest perfect kitchen photos you have been saving in the past 3 years… The designer should deliver a fresh layout and design that hopefully has all your needs & wants.
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Trending pastels for 2019 are peach, hues of greens, light pink, and lemon

Your brand new home (or kitchen or bath…)

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

Remodeling your home can be challenging and stressful. Make sure to have a professional team on your side.

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Best Color Mix Award By NKBA

Another design award for Joseph & Berry

Honorable mention by National Kitchen + Bath Association is another great achievement that Joseph & Berry can be proud of in 2018.
Along with 4 other Dallas Builder Association awards (ARC awards), this is another significant award for the Dallas based design build firm.

The Kitchen Design

Our white kitchen renovation features high-end, custom made cabinetry coupled with an exposed red brick accent wall. The accent wall features a stunning, old-world, oversized custom made copper range hood. A large kitchen island in a deep royal blue provides ample kitchen storage, allowing the large window to flood the kitchen with natural light. A custom pantry in royal blue to perfectly match the kitchen island creates a warm flow between the two. By opening the space up we managed to create a small, additional sitting area. This area overlooks the kitchen, allowing you to enjoy an afternoon tea while enjoying the outside natural light. To complete this dazzling, regal design, large glass light fixtures dangle over the kitchen island, illuminating its sophisticated beauty.

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Award winning kitchen design by Joseph & Berry

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Here’s a pro tip: Before you start to explore for design inspiration, write down all your pain points. That will allow you and our design build team to make sure we are addressing all the weak points also help us to better design your new space. If you need any assistance, we are here to help! Let’s schedule our complimentary consultation. 

 

 

Dallas Home Remodeling Style – Mediterranean Kitchen Design

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

Consider “Reclaimed” Wood

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

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Use Black Hardware in a Contemporary Style

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

Consider Open Shelving Instead of Upper Cabinets

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

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Modernize With Contemporary Lighting

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

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For Contrast, Introduce Modern Furniture

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

Don’t Forget To Accessorize!

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

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

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

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

7 Kitchen Design Upgrades For Your Remodeling Wish List

Seven Ideas You Should Add To Your Kitchen Design Wish List

When your planning a kitchen remodeling, a big part of the fun is considering the upgrades you want to include in your all-new space. There are so many options available and some can be pretty expensive, but you should consider upgrades that will not only add to the aesthetics of your kitchen design, but also to its functionality. Of course, your decision should be guided by a balance of what you need, and what you can afford without having to sacrifice elsewhere.

 

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When you’re working with a full-service design build remodeling contractor, you’ll have a designer to take you through the process of creating your dream kitchen. They can help you to focus on which upgrades to including in your remodeling project. Here are seven kitchen upgrades to consider that can be money well spent when it comes to the long-term enjoyment of your brand new dream kitchen!

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1.     Add Extra Storage and Pizzazz to Your Kitchen With Extra Tall Cabinets

Looking for extra storage space in the kitchen? Look up! Standard upper cabinet height is 30 inches, but you can go bigger with 36 or 42-inch uppers. It’s worth the added cost. The height gives you an extra shelf and taller cabinets look better. Plus if you go all the way to the ceiling it eliminates dust on top of the cabinets making cleaning easier.

2.     Store Pots and Pans in Drawers

Pot drawers are deeper than standard drawers. There perfect for keeping kitchen tools close at hand and the drawer depth makes them a great place to store small appliances like toasters, coffee grinders, and blenders free up counter space and keeping clutter to a minimum. It’s a modestly priced upgrade you won’t believe you lived without.

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3.     Go Deep Over The Fridge

Standard upper cabinets are 12 inches deep, and a builders standard over fridge cabinet is the same. Upgrading to a 24-inch cabinet over the refrigerator is totally worth the price. It’s a great place to store large seasonal platters and other seldom used important dishware and cookware.

4.     Make Your Kitchen Truly Your Own With Custom-Painted Cabinetry

Consider requesting that your design build remodeler source a cabinet manufacturer who will spray your cabinets with a unique custom color. This is a great upgrade to a kitchen design that not only saves you the expense of painting them later but also gives your home a unique look. Another advantage is if you choose to add additional cabinetry or an island later, you’ll be able to fit the new pieces in seamlessly by matching and using the same custom color.

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5.     Open Your Kitchen Design With Glass Cabinet Inserts

Glass inserts are typically an upgrade. If you’d like some cabinets to display your treasured family china or other items that are special to you, make sure your contractor includes them in your kitchen design. Including glass panel inserts is best done when the cabinets are first ordered. It can be difficult to do later, especially if the cabinets are custom built. In fact, it’s best if you plan upgrades during the design phase so all of the elements will have matching finishes, plus change orders can create time delays and increase costs.

6.     Consider An Artistic Tile Upgrade

Today, many kitchen designs include subway tile or glass mosaic for the backsplash. While it’s a great clean, modern look, consider upgrading to a more exciting tile choice. Consider upgrading to a more creative design or material like a solid marble or durable quartz backsplash to create a wonderful visual focal point.

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7.     Consider a Built-In Microwave

Every kitchen has one, and typically it’s either taking up counter space or hanging over the range. When designing your kitchen consider adding a built-in microwave. It will free up valuable counter space, and if you build it into the island or a wall, it frees the space above the range for a stylish range fan, which can add another great visual element to your kitchen design. Another great space is building your microwave into a base cabinet with extra deep pots and pans drawers underneath.

Creating your custom kitchen means having the ability to add upgrades that can increase your enjoyment of your space, make it more aesthetically pleasing and improve functionality. These are just a few exciting upgrades that can accomplish all of this and more. Work closely with a professional designer when creating your initial kitchen design. Our design team can incorporate these upgrades and help you to understand all of your options. Simple upgrades like building in the microwave or the inclusion of extra deep pots and pan drawers can improve the functionality of your kitchen space.

If you considering remodeling your kitchen in Dallas, Tx, contact the kitchen design professionals at Joseph & Berry Remodel Design Build to schedule a complimentary consultation (800)-371-8970.

 

 

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

An Induction Cooktop Matches A Modern Kitchen Design Perfectly.

So, is induction ideal for your kitchen remodeling project?

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

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

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What is Induction Cooking?

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

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

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

The Pros of Induction Technology

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

• Induction Makes Cooking Fast

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

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• Induction Cooking is Environmentally Friendly

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

• Induction is Safer

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

• Easy to Clean

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

• Induction Cooktops Look Great in Any Kitchen Design!

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

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

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The Cons of Induction Cooking

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

• It Is Expensive

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

• You’ll Need The Right Cookware

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

• They Are A Bit Noisy

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

• You’ll Need To Ditch The Digital Thermometer

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

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

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

 

5 Of The Most Requested Design Elements When Remodeling a Kitchen

The Top Requests When Remodeling A Kitchen

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

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

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

• A Large Kitchen Sink or Two

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

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

• Kitchen Dining Space

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

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• Plenty of Storage

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

• Additional of Prep Space

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

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• Eliminate Clutter

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

Remodeling a Kitchen with Joseph & Berry

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

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

Increasing Kitchen Space When Remodeling – Kitchen Expansion

Kitchen Expansion Ideas For Increasing Space

You probably loved your house when you first found it. It had great space, a beautiful master suite, and a great kitchen. Fast forward a few years and things have changed. You have kids, maybe the in-laws have moved into your home, suddenly, your great kitchen feels small or less functional. Sure you can add space by building an addition if you have the room and the budget, but building a new addition isn’t always feasible. That’s why it’s a good idea to be aware of some less costly alternatives. After all, the money you save by not building a full addition can go into upgrades in lighting, cabinets, countertops, flooring, fixtures, and appliances – things that make for the perfect dream kitchen!

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Here are a few kitchen expansion ideas to consider.

Kitchen Expansion via a Bump Out

One great affordable solution is the bump out. A bump out consists of bumping out the exterior wall by 24-inches. That’s the maximum space that you can bump out without having to add a foundation and more costs. It might not seem like a lot, but in a small kitchen, it’s a game changer! A 24” bump gives you plenty of space for a wall of cabinets and appliances along with an extra two feet of space in front of them.

This option isn’t always available. For example, if the floor joists run the wrong way. In this scenario, a section of the exterior wall is removed and replaced by a laminated header to support the new roof. The old floor is cantilevered outward, and a new outer wall is built along the perimeter of the new floor. The extension is covered with a small roof, and you gain space without the additional cost of a foundation.

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Borrowing From An Adjacent Room

In some cases, removing the wall enclosing a small breakfast area can extend the length of the kitchen. Adding a breakfast bar and peninsula would accomplish the same function and take up less space.

However, the best expansion solution is removing the wall between the kitchen and an adjacent room like a formal dining room. This sound pricey, but the truth is typically it’s an inexpensive solution. The cost can be as low as a few hundred dollars, and the results can be pretty spectacular. Make sure to work with a qualified design-build remodeler Like Joseph & Berry. Interior walls can be structural carrying walls, and they can hide infrastructure like electrical or plumbing, which may need to be moved increasing the complexity of the job.

Other kitchen expansion ideas include using dead space under a stairwell as a pantry, realigning doors for better flow and relocating windows to maximize cabinet space.

If the flow in the kitchen is tight, one bank of cabinets can be made smaller to increase floor space. If the issue is limited counter space, but you have the room, countertops can be made deeper than the standard 24” depth. Talk to your designer about the viability of these options.

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Hide the Clutter

It should be the first step in any remodeling before you swing a hammer! Clutter can make your space seem smaller and impact functionality. Small kitchens seem to accumulate stuff on the counter because there’s just no place else to put it. Clutter breaks up the lines of your kitchen and can make your room feel small. Efficiently organize your space with built-in storage solutions. Consider adding space saving and organizational items like a lazy susan, appliance garage, or roll out shelving to make your existing space more useful. With a little planning, additional cabinets can add out of sight storage to reduce clutter and open up sight lines. If you have more stuff than storage, it might be time to re-evaluate and move unused items to the basement, attic or garage.

Kitchen Expansion: Opening Up The Room

Partially opening up the wall to an adjacent room doesn’t expand the physical space, but it can create a sense of openness by extending the view and giving the perception of a larger space. Sometimes this simple solution can help, at the very least it allows the cook to feel less confined, plus, everyone knows that cooking is a spectator sport so open the wall and let your guests in!

Often, kitchen expansion is achieved using a combination of these solutions to produce the best result. A small expansion along with careful cabinet placement can make your kitchen more functional without breaking the bank. Add better lighting that emphasizes the rooms horizontal lines and your kitchen will appear bigger than it really is.

If you’re looking for ways to improve the functionality or add space to your existing kitchen, speak with our kitchen designer in our design-build firm. They can assess your current situation and offer creative solutions that are not only affordable but effective! Submit the form and we’ll contact you!

The professionals at Joseph & Berry Remodel Design-Build specialize in luxury kitchen design and are the remodelers of choice for quality design in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.  Contact us today to schedule your consulting meeting with our professionals! Call us now: (800) 371-8970

Choosing a Range Hood That Looks Fantastic And Works Even Better

Choosing a Range Hood For A Kitchen Remodeling Project

Over-the-range hoods are a stylish and practical feature for the home cook’s kitchen. Because of the popularity of this feature, and the various makes and models, adding a professional range hood to your kitchen is more accessible than ever.

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Why do you need a range hood?

Range hoods prevent your home from being overwhelmed by odors and grease from the cooking you do each day. Cooking foods like lamb chops, bacon and even a slow-simmering sauce, yield odors and grease into the air that stick to walls, art, furniture and other fabrics. One way to draw these fumes outside of the kitchen and away from areas you’d like to keep smelling fresh is a range hood. Because this feature involves ductwork and venting, there are often regulations and building requirements when it comes to installing range hoods. Our designers have ample experience in kitchen design and know the requirements in the Dallas Fort Worth area. If your planning a kitchen remodel (read more about our kitchen remodeling in Dallas, Tx), give us a call to find out how these rules apply in your town (800)-371-8970 or Click Here to submit your details and we’ll contact you.

Right-sizing a range hood

There are basic rules of thumb to pair the cooktop’s energy production with the hood’s oil- and grease-sucking power. For every 100 Btu, you need 1 cfm of ventilation power. For example, a professional-grade range with 90,000 Btu would require a range hood that has 900 cfm.  The recommended cfm reflects what is needed to properly vent the cooktop burners, so if your cooktop includes an indoor grilling component, you should choose a hood with more power.
When it comes to the physical size of the unit, it should be larger than the cooktop area, especially if you are looking at professional-grade ranges. If you are going to the effort to install a professional range hood, don’t skimp. In this case, going bigger is better.

Venting

Many kitchens opt for a duct-free range hood installed under the cabinets. These include a fan, typically with two speed, that draw fumes from the range through a filter and back into the kitchen. These units do little to reduce smoke or odors and we do not recommend this style for regular home cooks.

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Proper kitchen ventilation requires ductwork that draws fumes and odors outside of the home.  Depending on the location of your range, you have some choices as to how this is done. Ductwork can be routed through a chase, soffit or chimney.If the range is located on an exterior wall, ductwork can be installed to vent to the outside directly behind the range hood. Island hoods can be vented through ductwork in the ceiling.

A downdraft hood is another option, which aims to remove the smoke and fumes through an exhaust system on the floor. As most people know, heat rises and there’s little evidence these units are as effective as they claim. For that reason, we do not recommend this kind of product.

All-in-one or insert and shell?

Here comes the fun part. Choosing the type of range hood will determine the exterior look. Do you envision a classic stainless steel or a dramatic shell? Your decision could impact the kind of range hood you buy.

There are two kinds of range hoods. The all-in-one hood comes with the blower fan and outer shell built together. These typically have a classic kitchen look, made of durable and attractive materials like stainless steel. Insert and shell allows customers to choose the interior blower components with the shell they want separately. This is handy for homeowners who want extra power, but also have a specific shell in mind. Typically, companies that produce insert and shell models are higher-end products, giving homeowners even more options. Manufacturers like Broan, Zephyr, Viking and Wolf offer high-end professional grade products that are both highly functional and stylish.

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If you are planning a kitchen remodel and have questions about what range hood is right for your kitchen, contact Joseph & Berry. Our kitchen designers are available to talk to you about your plans and answer questions. Call us now at (800) 371-8970

Home Renovations | Quartzite Countertops Kitchen & Bath

Home Renovations | Quartzite Countertops Kitchen & Bath Consider Quartzite for Your Kitchen and Bath

When it comes to natural stone countertops, one of the up and coming materials is natural quartzite. With veining reminiscent of the most expensive marble, quartzite is rapidly gaining in popularity with homeowners who are looking for the beauty of marble and the durability of granite. Today, it’s used for everything from kitchen and bath countertops to feature walls, Home Renovations | Quartzite Countertops Kitchen & Bath just call us now today:(800) 371-8970 

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Many homeowners, even some professionals use the terms quartz and quartzite interchangeably. The fact is, they’re entirely different materials. When speaking about countertops, quartzite is often shortened to quartz, and as a result, it can be confusing.

Quartz is an engineered stone product that is made using 93% natural stone and stone dust combined with 7% resin, which is then rolled into slabs. Quartzite is a natural stone that offers unsurpassed durability and refined elegance.

Let’s clear up the confusion! Here are some frequently asked questions about quartzite, answered for homeowners in the market for a beautiful, unique natural material as a statement piece for their homes!

WHAT IS QUARTZITE?

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed in two steps. It begins its life as sandstone. Over centuries of intense pressure and heat, this sandstone gradually fuses and crystallizes into a single rock. The end result gives us quartzite. It is ideal in the kitchen and bath of busy homes and it delivers the beauty of marble combined with the durability of granite.

IS IT AVAILABLE IN MANY DIFFERENT COLORS?

Like fine Italian marble, quartzite is predominantly white or gray with hints of black and brown veining. It does come in other colors with hints of pink, red, blue, green or yellow as a result of imperfections or minerals that were present during the fusing process when the stone was formed. For example, the iron oxide present in the sandstone can give quartzite red or pink highlights.

Every slab is a one-of-a-kind piece of natural beauty that gives your home’s kitchen and bath a unique and elegant look. The stones neutral color palette complements any design style or décor and the natural veining gives it a subtle sense of movement. It is luxurious and unlike any other natural stone.

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CAN QUARTZITE HOLD UP TO DAY-TO-DAY USE IN THE KITCHEN AND BATH?

Unlike soapstone or marble is a hard stone that resists scratching and etching if properly sealed. Most natural stone can handle some heat. Quartzite is in fact, harder than granite and is completely impervious to heat. While you can put hot pots and pans on quartzite with no danger, it’s always a good idea to use a pad or trivet for safety.

IS QUARTZITE DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN?

Quartzite is a hard stone, but it will require occasional resealing. All natural stone, with the exception of soapstone, is porous and should be periodically sealed to avoid etching and staining. Quartzite should be resealed annually. When cleaning, always use cleaners specifically made for natural stone countertops. Even though it is tough to scratch, avoid using abrasive cleaners to keep your countertop looking new.

WHAT IS MORE DURABLE, GRANITE OR QUARTZITE?

Granite is an igneous stone and Quartzite is a metamorphic stone, so they each have their own unique qualities. Granite has years of data about its durability while quartzite is a relative newcomer. That being said, both offer outstanding durability. While granite is durable, quartzite provides the durability of granite combined with the veining, luxury, and elegance of marble. It’s the best of both worlds!

IS QUARTZITE EXPENSIVE?

This is the big question homeowners ask! Natural quartzite is at the higher end of the price scale when it comes to natural stone kitchen and bath countertops. It is comparably priced with other stone materials, but it offers an unparalleled look and offers tremendous quality for the cost. The size and configuration of your questions will influence the final price. Natural Quartzite is extremely hard and as a result, must be precisely cut using a diamond saw blade and needs experienced professional installation. This can increase the installation cost. Rare natural white quartzite which contains few impurities and is even harder than common quartzite. As a result, it is more expensive.

Quartzite is a newcomer to the world of kitchen and bath countertops. It rivals granite’s durability and offers the elegant look of fine Italian marble. If you’re looking to add a fabulous focal point to your kitchen or a unique design element for your bath, quartzite is an excellent choice!

The professionals at Joseph & Berry, are very familiar with quartzite and have installed it in many of our Dallas area clients homes. Speak with our designers to learn more and see samples of this incredibly beautiful stone!

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