What To Know About Choosing Kitchen Pendants for Island Lighting

Remodeling Advice on Kitchen Pendants for Lighting an Island

With the growing trends of kitchen islands and open concept floor plans, pendant lighting has become a popular choice for homeowners when renovating their kitchens. As the kitchen’s role has changed from a place to prepare meals, into an interior focal point and gathering spot, kitchen pendants can help to define your space, provide comfortable lighting and offer a dramatic visual impact that can establish your home’s decor.

A kitchen lighting plan consists of several different types of lighting, each with its own purpose. Task lighting is placed in work areas to provide adequate illumination. Decorative lighting includes the chandelier over the eat-in-kitchen table, ambient lighting, for example, under cabinet lighting and accent lighting to highlight elements of the room are all included in a complete lighting plan.

In the kitchen pendants are multi-functional. They can work as task lighting. They can also provide ambient lighting and set a mood when controlled by a dimmer switch. Today, you have a wide variety of attractive designer kitchen pendants that can also function as decorative lighting and help to define your space when used in an open concept home.

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Here’s how to choose the perfect kitchen pendants for your kitchen renovation.

Three Tips For Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Pendants

With the wide variety of choices available today, you need to define your needs regarding both form and function. Before you begin shopping:

  • Assess your current decor – Begin by visualizing your space and create a picture of what you’d like to achieve. Modern pendants in a traditional kitchen won’t always work. Look for lights that fit your style, home’s décor and the statement you’re looking to make. Dark colors are easier to clean than lighter ones and remember the size should be proportionate to the room and number of pendants you use.
  • Determine how many lights you’ll need – For space over 4 feet use multiple pendants. 60-75 watts are recommended for every 20 inches of counter space. When hanging lights stick to the “rule of three.”. An odd number of fixtures provides a sense of balance and visual appeal. Of course, if three lights are too few and five is too many, even numbers are ok for practical reasons.
  • How high should you hang them? – The light should be close enough to adequately light the space while providing an unobstructed view both when sitting and standing. As a general rule, this means anywhere from 28 to 38 inches above the table or island. If they are going to hand freely, they should be at least 72 inches from the floor.

Picking Your Fixtures

First, you need to define your needs. Do you need to light a work area or are you looking to set a mood? You can combine functions by placing your lights on a dimmer switch. They can function as task lighting when needed, and adjusted to provide mood lighting when desired.

You have several choices when it comes to both function and design. Low voltage pendants use a smaller bulb and can save on space. They also offer the benefit of being considerably less expensive than full-sized kitchen pendants. If you are seeking task lighting, the low voltage might not be for you. Low voltage pendants are more atmospheric or decorative.

You also have choices in lighting shades. Translucent shades filter light. This means that along with casting light downwards (or upwards) they also “glow.” If you are seeking more directed light, solid shades focus the light better.

LED lighting is a growing trend and may be an excellent choice for homeowners who are looking to add a pop of color to their lighting. LED lighting provides more vivid color, more color options, are extremely energy efficient and stay cool to the touch.

There are three basic types of pendant lighting that offer a significant amount of design flexibility. Downward facing shades can direct light to an area and are excellent as task lighting. Inverted pendants focus the light upwards and can make a beautiful design statement as ambient lighting. And finally, mini-pendants which are a smaller version are more ornamental.

Pendants lights are a perfect addition to any kitchen lighting plan. If you define your needs and consider your space and décor, with a little research, you can pick the perfect kitchen pendants for your remodeling project! If you’re not sure what to choose, speak with your kitchen designer or design-build firm. They can help direct you to the perfect choice for your new dream kitchen!

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

Maximize Your Space With A Garage Conversion

Maximize Space With A Garage Conversion

Maximize Space And Home Value With Garage Conversion

If you are looking for a way to enlarge your home without putting out a lot of money for a full blown addition, converting your garage can add up to as much as 600 square feet of additional space. The good news is that you will spend less of your hard earned money than if you build an addition. The bad news is your car may suffer and your neighbors may not like the idea but our professional remodeling services can put your mind at ease that the final project will be appealing to all.

What does A garage conversion involve?

Raising the floor height to allow for insulation over the concrete slab.
Fully insulated walls and ceiling.
Providing heating and cooling for space, either by tying into the house’s main system or adding an independent one.
Opening up the partition wall between your garage and the house to create an open living space.
An electrical service upgrade to accommodate the larger load.
Replacing garage doors with fully insulated stud walls.
Adding windows and doors.

Converting your garage is the perfect option for people who want add more space without going through a major home renovation. Our design-build team will use our expertise and vast knowledge to create a space you are proud to show off. We will work hard to make sure your garage does not look like a garage but rather an inviting space for friends and family. Not to mention that adding square footage increases the value of your property!

Want to learn more about how to maximize space with garage conversion? read more about the garage conversion process in Dallas.

How To Choose The Best Kitchen Counter top Material for a Remodel

Know Your Options When Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Countertop Material

Best Kitchen Counter top Material
Best Kitchen Counter top Material

For The Best Kitchen Counter top Material just call us now: (800) 371-8970 Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, giving your existing kitchen a facelift, or building a new custom home, your countertops can set the style and tone of the most important room in the house. If your home features an open concept floor plan, it can even carry your design sense throughout the entire living space.

In fact, countertops are almost as important as the layout of your kitchen. Today, you have more choices than ever before. With a huge variety of human-made and engineered products, as well as natural materials available in every possible color and pattern, you have more options than ever!

While it’s tempting to choose your new countertop based solely on aesthetics, picking your kitchen countertop comes down to four criteria; your style, maintenance needs, the material’s durability and of course the cost. Consider each before making a final choice.

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FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: DEFINING YOUR NEEDS

Start by examining your lifestyle. While beautiful white Carrara marble is an elegant, luxurious choice, if you have small children who love to come home from school and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the kitchen counter, marble is probably not a good choice for you. Perhaps an engineered quartz or natural soapstone surface might make more sense.

Do you love to prepare food? Will you be chopping and slicing on your surface? Maybe a hardwood butcher block surface, like natural maple is the answer. Looking for an eco-friendly option? Consider solid surface composites like IceStone, Richlite or Paperstone. They are sustainable and release no VOCs. Are you a baker? Marble countertops stay cool and if you like to bake, it is the perfect surface for kneading dough.

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Best Kitchen Counter top Material
Best Kitchen Counter top Material

KITCHEN COUNTERTOP OPTIONS TO FIT ANY LIFESTYLE

The good news? With so many great kitchen countertop choices available, even if you have your heart set on a particular material like marble, but it doesn’t match your lifestyle, you can find a similar material like manufactured quartz that can match the pattern and style of natural marble.

Let’s explore some of the popular kitchen countertop options available!

GRANITE

Natural stone is a popular kitchen countertop choice and granite is by far the most popular. Granite countertops come in a wide variety of colors, and every slab is unique. It also comes in several different finishes including, brushed, antiqued, honed (which is a matte finish) and polished for a shiny almost luminescent look. Granite’s cost can vary widely with a common variety like Ubatuba being more affordable than the more exotic Labradorite.

NATURAL STONE

While granite is the most popular natural stone, it’s not your only choice. Marble, limestone, quartzite, and soapstone are great luxurious options, but they are not as durable as granite and will require occasional maintenance like annual sealing. Even truly exotic stone like Onyx is available for your kitchen countertop if money’s no object!

ENGINEERED STONE

Another option is engineered stone. Quartz countertops are made by using chips of stone and resin. They offer the look and feel of natural stone, but are almost bulletproof and come in every color imaginable. You will pay for this durability however as manufactured stone countertops can cost twice as much as the least expensive granite!

SOLID SURFACES

If it’s practicality you’re looking for, solid surface materials might be the right choice. Acrylics like Corian, or newer countertop materials like Paperstone or Richlite (made using recycled paper and resin) are easy to maintain and eco-friendly. We rarely use solid surface materials in our kitchen designs, but they are ideal for laundry rooms where value and practicality are important.

CUSTOM-MADE CONCRETE

A hot trend a few years ago, concrete countertops are at home in a contemporary or industrial design. They can be customized with pigment, stained, acid washed, and polished. It can also be delivered with several different finishes including trowel finished,  exposed aggregate or pressed with a tool that replicates marble like veining. Concrete requires upkeep and needs careful maintenance. A sponge left on the surface can leave a stain, acidic liquids can etch the surface, and sudden temperature changes can cause warping or curling. It also needs to be sealed four times a year, and paste wax should be applied every couple of months.

WOOD COUNTERTOPS

Wood is a traditional material that can warm up your kitchen. Wooden kitchen countertops like maple or butcher block are easy to clean, and small scratches can easily be sanded out. Water can be a problem, so you will need to oil them frequently to keep the surface sealed.

The best option is to try to see and touch the surfaces in person before you make a final decision. Work with a designer and discuss your options. Countertops can be customized with various edge styles. Many designers are their meeting clients needs by combining different materials to create a truly custom kitchen. With all of the countertop choices available and a little help from your kitchen designer, you’re sure to find the perfect kitchen countertop to meet your lifestyle and stylistic needs!

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Remodeling Tips For Designing an Aging In Place Home

Remodeling Tips For Designing an Aging In Place Home


Aging in place tips for homeowners over 50 years old who are considering a home remodel

Baby boomers have always been an independent generation, and as they age, that trait is continuing. Many of us are opting to stay in our homes as we grow older. Independent living is a growing trend and to continue to live in your home safely and comfortably may require some design adjustments and enhancements to your home.You need to take future conditions like mobility issues, fading eyesight, and arthritic joints into consideration when planning home remodels after age 50 if you’re planning on staying in your home as you age. In response to the massive wave of boomers entering retirement, all sorts of products and design ideas are popping up that are catering to the 50 and over crowd.

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Let’s explore some of the growing design trends to keep us in our homes as we age.

BUILDERS ARE ON BOARD!

Before we jump into design ideas, even the construction industry is beginning to jump on this growing trend. The CAPS program is an NAHB certification that has remodelers, architects, designers, builders and even occupational therapists buzzing. CAPS stands for Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist.

This program goes far beyond universal design ideas. Independent living principals are sweeping changes and retrofits designed to allow you to continue to live in your home safely and comfortably as you age. CAPS designs focus on elegant, aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free environments. In fact, these changes can add value to your home, according to Realtors.

Economically, aging in place retrofits and modifications are a no brainer. Consider that the typical cost of moving to an assisted living facility can be up to $60,000 per year or more. The cost of modifying a bathroom, widening doors, putting in safety bars and adding a no-threshold roll-in shower typically costs under $15,000, and it’s a one time expense, not a yearly drain. As an additional bonus, aging-in-place changes that are medically necessary (such as a roll-in shower and wider doorways) are tax deductible if backed up by a letter from your doctor.

WHAT CHANGES ARE NECESSARY FOR AGING IN PLACE?

The overall goal is to make your home safer, more barrier-free, and easier to maintain. Changes can be applied to every area of the home to achieve that purpose. From a zero-step entry with a wider entrance door to pull-out shelves in the kitchen, smart design changes can make aging in place affordable, safe and comfortable.

Here are a few specific changes you can make when remodeling your home for independent living.

CHANGES TO YOUR HOMES ENTRY

  • Better outdoor lighting from the driveway to your front entry
  • Attractive ramps, or zero step entry into your home
  • A package shelf near the front door to prevent bending over
  • Handrails by existing steps or porches
  • Wider front entryway to accommodate a wheelchair or walker
  • Sidelights by entrances for improved security
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CHANGES IN THE KITCHEN

Simple changes in your kitchen can make for easier meal preparation and eating.

  • Lever handles for faucets with a pull out spray nozzle
  • Raised appliances, wall mounted ovens, raised dishwasher (in the laundry room consider raised front-loading machines to make clothes washing easier)
  • Pull-out shelves, revolving corner shelves
  • Pull out cutting boards
  • Side opening ovens
  • Adjustable height sink
  • Larger cabinet and drawer pulls

CHANGES IN THE BATHROOM

Most accidents in the home happen in the bathroom. Simple safety changes can look attractive and help keep older homeowners safe.

  • Attractive shower grab bars
  • Lever handles on faucets
  • Inset shampoo nooks
  • Curb-less showers so there are no steps. (can be designed to allow future wheelchair access as well.)
  • Anti-scald temperature controls for safer bathing
  • Widened entry doors
  • High toilets with slow-close lids
  • Slide bar showers to accommodate standing or sitting

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MOVING THROUGHOUT THE HOME

Virtually every room and space in your home can be improved including hallways, closets and even the garage. Here are some ideas to help you move around the house.

  • Improved lighting in common areas and hallways
  • Lever handles on doors and windows
  • Lower light switches and thermostats
  • Raised outlets
  • Adding blocking in the walls to accommodate a future stair-mounted chairlift
  • Wider doors to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers

These are just a few ideas that can make aging in place possible for older adults. At Joseph & Berry, we are always ready to work with our clients to accommodate all of their needs including independent living renovations. We start all our projects by sitting with homeowners and talking about their needs.

If you are in the last home you will build or considering a renovation project like a kitchen or a master suite bathroom remodel, consider adding aging in place amenities. They can keep you in your home safely and comfortably as you age. Give us a call and let’s talk about your upcoming project!

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Thinking of a Remodel? Kitchen Design & Layout Tips

Thinking To Remodel? Kitchen Design & Layout Tips

Remodeling your kitchen is a great investment that can not only increase the value of your home but can add aesthetic appeal and improve your quality of life. For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we gather to share meals, discuss the events of our day, entertain family and friends during the holidays and relax with a cup of coffee after a long day, Thinking Remodel? Let us help you with more kitchen design & layout tips from our professionals, call us to schedule your free consultation : (800) 371-8970

High-end renovations can cost anywhere from $80,000 to $250,000 or more depending on the size of your space and the scope of the work.Working with a design-build company means you can expect to end up with the kitchen of your dreams. While kitchen design and aesthetics are important, functionality is the driving factor behind successful kitchen renovations. Good design is more than a professional Wolf range, exotic zebra wood cabinets, and high-end Ann Sacks backsplash tile.

The process begins by assessing your needs. Visit kitchen showrooms, see products up close and begin to assemble ideas and outline the top priorities for your new space. Good kitchen design is the most critical part of the process, more so than any room in your home. What follows are some tips for your kitchen design and layout. These ideas will help ensure a successful kitchen remodel.

PRELIMINARY SPACE-PLANNING AND SCHEMATIC DESIGN

The planning and schematic design phase is the most important aspect of any kitchen remodel. Your kitchen can be filled with top of the line appliances, beautiful materials and custom built, solid-wood cabinets, but if the layout doesn’t work, it’s not a good design. In the kitchen, more than any other room in your home, a solid space plan and flow are crucial. Anyone who has ever struggled in a poorly designed kitchen knows this.

Your kitchen design can include moving or opening walls, adding an addition and relocating infrastructure like plumbing, windows, electricity, and doors. A qualified contractor will take the time up front to create a schematic plan and an accurate estimate of all costs. This allows you to adjust both the design and budget as needed before construction begins.

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FOUR STEPS TO A SOLID KITCHEN DESIGN

Your kitchen design should encompass four stages before construction begins. By taking the time to plan and budget properly, you can eliminate change orders which can be costly and delay your remodels completion. Here are the four steps for an effective design.

1. Develop a plan for space. Start with a wish list and inspirational images. You can go to sites like Houzz for inspiration. This can help you get started and can give you a starting point for discussions with your design-build contractor. Start by focusing on the space itself, before you get caught up in what it will look like aesthetically. The function should come first! Will you be opening walls? Do you want an island or an L shaped counter? Or a galley kitchen? Where the pots and pans will go isn’t important…yet.

2. Put together your budget. Once you have a space plan begin to establish your budget. This is the point where it will all start to come together. The more accurate your space plan, the more accurate the preliminary budget will be. At this stage, your budget can change as you select materials for cabinets, countertops, tile and flooring. Want to learn more about kitchen remodeling in Dallas? Click here

3. Blueprints, elevation plans, and 3D renderings. Now that your plan is solid, work with your designer to flush it out aesthetically. Drawings can help you visualize what the finished space will look like, cabinets, flooring, countertops, hardware, fixtures, etc. This is beyond the functional; this is the stage to be creative.

4. Choose materials and finishes. Now that you’re at the drawing stage you can begin to visualize what materials and finishes will go in the space as well as the proportion of those materials.

By the end of the kitchen design process, you should have a final budget, scope of work and schedule for construction.

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KITCHEN LAYOUT TIPS

Your designer will understand all of the technical aspects of kitchen design. Your space will be designed to maximize safety and functionality. Keep these National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) guidelines in mind when working with your designer.

• If your kitchen has three work centers, the sum of the distances between them should be no more that 26 feet. No leg of the work triangle should be less than four feet or more than nine feet. The distances between the three primary work centers (cooking, clean-up, and prep) from the “kitchen triangle.”

• No major traffic patterns should cross through the kitchen triangle.

• The width of the work aisle (between the perimeter counter and island for example) should be at least 42 inches for one cook, and at least 48 inches for multiple cooks.

• If your kitchen only has one sink, locate it adjacent to or across from the cooking area.

• Never separate work centers. A full-height and full-depth objects like a pantry cabinet or refrigerator should not separate two primary work centers.

If you are planning a luxury kitchen remodeling make sure you choose the best team for the job. Joseph & Berry understand the idiosyncrasies of high-end kitchen design. Their approach is equal parts form and function and their design team is current with all of the latest kitchen design trends and amenities available. They work closely with their clients to understand their lifestyle and needs to produce the perfect dream kitchen.

Unlike most contractors, with Joseph & Berry, you have a dedicated project manager on site every day until your job is complete. They are also one of the only firms in the country to offer a lifetime warranty on their work. If you live in the greater Dallas, Fort Worth area and are planning a high-end kitchen remodel call Joseph & Berry!

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Let’s talk OUTDOOR LIVING!

Spring is here! Let’s talk OUTDOOR LIVING!

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR AWESOME-TO-BE DALLAS OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

Spring let’s talk OUTDOOR LIVING!R LIVING!  Attention Dallas, Tx homeowners!It is THE perfect time to prepare your outdoor for the summer when family and friends gathering will start to be much more frequently! Check our Pro’s tips for the ultimate Dallas outdoor living space:

(BTW – Did we mention we won Dallas Best Contractor of the Year 2017 for one of our outdoor kitchen & bar? 🙂 SO! Spring is here, let’s talk about OUTDOOR LIVING!

PIZZA LOVERS!

Let’s say the truth, we LOVE to eat and the grill is usually the best reason to spend time outside so the first thing we’ll spend our money on we’ll probably be new kitchen gadgets! Take an extra look on a pizza oven and a smoker. It’ll not only impress your friends, it is life changing! Promise.

CONSIDER STAINLESS STEEL IN YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING

We strongly suggest to have a stainless sink for your Dallas, Tx outdoor kitchen or bar. It’s easy to maintain and highly durable facing the sun and extreme weather change. You can even style up your backyard and collaborate stainless cabinetry in your entire outdoor living.

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COOL OFF YOUR BACKYARD

Summertime in Texas can be a little harsh. No matter if you live in Southlake, North Dallas or Park cities, we suggest that you’d try the misting system in your backyard, It can help air to cool down up to 30 degrees! And when the day reaches the 100’s – we NEED it! too much of an effort for you? We suggest adding as much as shading as you can. You can have huge patio umbrellas or build a well isolated patio with water fans on ceiling. If you are looking to cool your backyard the botanical way, we’d defiantly suggest planting plants that keep the air cool like Aloe Vera & Fern.

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SET UP THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT

Don’t forget to accommodate proper lighting for after-dark-cooking in your outdoor kitchen and living space. It can create and define your space; romantic, vocational or masculine. You will also want to incorporate music in your outdoor bar or a TV so you can watch the Maverick’s game while you are relaxing in your pool.

SAVE ON CHEMICALS

Your Dallas, Tx home has a pool? You can save some money by using baking soda as part of your cleaning and maintenance routine. sodium bicarbonate helps control alkalinity levels of water without drastically reducing the PH levels. You can find Sodium bicarbonate in regular baking soda – just visit your nearby grocery store instead of the regular pool (and more expensive) stores.

HERBS & VEGETABLES BACKYARD GARDEN

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Create your own little herb or vegetable garden. It is a great activity for your grandkids and kids, the ultimate way to spice up your foods and salads and the chic way to color up your Dallas outdoor living space. BTW Basil is easy to grow and it adds so much flavor to food!

Bonus: Easy Mojito Ever! (We promised to share it with our Plano ,Tx neighbors!)

  1. In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon superfine sugar.
  2. Add the few mint leaves, mashing them against the side of the glass.
  3. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum.

      TA DA!

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