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Making an Outdoor Kitchen Out Of Your Deck or Patio

   Hosting an outdoor barbecue is a great American pastime, and nothing makes this pastime more convenient than having a dedicated outdoor kitchen. If you are installing a deck or a patio, or if you already have one, converting it into an outdoor cooking area is a great way to expand your home.

   Almost anyone can create a simple backyard eating area with a portable grill, and a set of rugged chairs and tables designed for outdoor use. But if you really want to streamline the process and wow your guests this summer, consider letting us help you design an outdoor kitchen. Depending on your available space and your budget, these outdoor cooking and eating spaces can have the same functionality and beauty of an indoor kitchen and be used throughout the warmer months.

   The first thing to consider is how much space you have available to work with. Every cooking area should be efficient, but this is especially important for smaller ones. Where you place your grill is important since it needs ample space away from foot traffic to be safe and efficient, and it needs good ventilation so the heat and smoke doesn’t bother your guests or blow into indoor spaces. Next, you will need to choose materials for flooring and countertops that will resist the harsher conditions outdoors. Bear in mind that certain materials become slippery when wet. Materials that become slick should be avoided, rain, splashes, and spills are a fact of outdoor life!

   There are many different kinds of outdoor appliances and fixtures available today. From simple outdoor cabinets, to sinks, stoves, and even refrigerators! Naturally, many barbecues continue into the evening hours so you will need adequate outdoor lighting as well. The amount of space you have will directly affect how many of these conveniences you can install in your new outdoor kitchen. The same rules for making an effective indoor kitchen also apply here. Unless your outdoor kitchen is very big and self contained, you will have to use your indoor and outdoor kitchen in tandem. We will utilize the same skills we do in kitchen design and renovation to maximize efficiency in any cooking and eating space whether it is inside your home or in your backyard.

   Call us today at 718-273-6233 for help with all your kitchen design and remodeling needs.

7 Countertops Worth Considering


    Replacing your old worn out countertops can really upgrade the look of your kitchen. But with so many different options to choose from, selecting the right new countertop can be a challenge. Countertops come in many different materials, each requiring its own type of maintenance to keep it looking clean and smooth. We can help you choose the right countertops for your kitchen, your budget and your lifestyle.
    By far, the most popular types of countertops are solid slabs made of natural stone. Polished granite remains the trendiest of these choices, giving your kitchen a refined natural look. Though expensive, granite comes in a variety of colors that can comfortably match a number of styles. Like most natural stone types, it is a beautiful material that is very durable. Frequent cleaning and resealing are required to keep it looking like new. If you plan on selling your home, most buyers will appreciate well-maintained granite countertops.
    Other types of natural stone materials include marble and limestone which are really two different forms of the same type of stone. Marble has been naturally altered by heat and pressure and has a timeless look, but it can be more expensive than granite and requires more looking after. Other common choices include soapstone, which is less porous than other types of stone and does not require resealing, though regular applications of mineral oil will enhance their look.
    If you are looking for a more regular and uniform material, quartz countertops rival granite in both price and popularity. Like soapstone countertops, they are non-porous and do not require resurfacing. They are also easy to clean and resist wear and tear. In a similar vein, concrete countertops have become a lot more popular in recent years, these countertops are highly customizable and can be molded into almost any shape. They require similar amounts of maintenance as natural stone. For the budget or ecologically-minded consumer, recycled concrete countertops are cheaper and made of post consumer materials.
    For those who are on a tight budget, composite countertop materials such as formica are an inexpensive alternative. Although composite laminates are less durable, they are much cheaper to replace if they are damaged or worn. They also come in a great variety of colors so they can match virtually any kitchen.
    When it comes to countertops, there are many other choices too, laminated or non-laminated wood, stainless steel and tile are popular alternatives. No matter what you choose for your dream kitchen or bath, we are always one phone call away. Contact us today at 718-273-6233.

Kitchen Cabinet Options

Cabinets tie the look of your kitchen together. They provide functionality while bringing additional design to the space. There are a few things to think about when it comes to choosing the perfect cabinets such as color, style, material, size, and hardware. You may also want to consider keeping your old cabinets, and just spruce them up.

-First, decide how big or small your cabinets need to be. This depends on the size of your kitchen, and how much storage you will need. There are many different cabinet styles that maximize storage, such as frameless European-style. Spice racks, Lazy Susans, and pull-out pantries are also options that will provide more storage, as well as organization.

-Next, choose from the wide variety of cabinet materials and styles. Woods can come natural, lacquered, painted, or stained. This is the step that will tie the design of the space together. Think about what kind of color scheme you would like, and choose the right materials for you.

-There are many trends when it comes to kitchen remodeling. For example, some people like to add windows to some of their cabinets to show off wine glasses. Light fixtures can be added to your cabinets to add extra light to the space.

Whatever cabinet needs you have, Dream Kitchen and Bath is here to help. Contact us for your next remodel.

Bathroom Renovations Tips

Bathroom remodeling is no small task. Before you start to tear up your bathroom, get the best advice from professionals who specialize in remodeling. Dream Kitchen and Bath has come up with a list of important tips for getting every detail right for your bathroom.

 

Tile Floors: If you want easy maintenance flooring, try going for porcelain or glazed tiles and avoid porous natural stone tiles like limestone. If the tiles aren’t sealed properly, they’ll absorb drips and spills and become discolored over time. If you are looking for a non-slip floor, pick tiles with textured surfaces, matte finishes, or sand-containing glazes. Small tiles with grout lines are another non-slip option, which give better “grip” than large tiles.

 

Top-Tier Toilets: Maximum Performance testing (MaP) gauges a toilet’s capability to get the job completed with just one push of the handle. Search for a loo with a MaP score of 500 or higher which includes many WaterSense-rated toilets, high proficiency models that use as small as half of the 1.6-gallon-per-flush legal limit.

 

Sinks: Every sink style has its benefits. Select the one that best suits your needs and wants. There are three selections to choose from including a pedestal, vanity and vessel sink. The pedestal sink has a slender silhouette and is a favorite in small powder rooms and half baths, but offers no storage and small deck space. The vessel sink bowl is placed above the counter, so you’ll have more space for drawers and storage below it. Nevertheless, the work surface has a smaller amount of available space and it’s harder to keep clean. A vanity with a sink takes up the most room, but it offers the most value. An average 30-inch vanity has approximately 15 cubic feet of storage and around 10 inches of countertop on each side.

 

Countertop Choices: Three of the most popular options include natural stone, resin-based, and laminate. Natural stone is best for high-end baths that are cared for by attentive homeowners. There is natural beauty in every block, and polished granite is highly stain and scratch resistant. However, natural stone must be sealed frequently. Absorbent types such as marble and limestone, will stain and become discolored. Resin-based is best for countertops with odd shapes or sizes. These can be molded as a single, seamless piece, and they come in a wide variety of colors. Resin-based countertops do not need sealing. Laminate is the best choice for baths on a strict budget. Laminate is affordable and available in prefab slabs at home centers. It’s stain and scratch resistant, and comes in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and textures.

 

Hot Water: If you’re adding a soaker tub or a multi-head shower you might need a larger water heater. Tank-style heaters are labeled with a first hour rating (FHR), an amount of how much hot water it makes in an hour.

 

Proper Ventilation: A fan is a must for your bathroom. For a master bath purchase a quiet unit that won’t wake up your partner during night trips. Be sure it has enough power for back-to-back showers, and place it on timer to let it run for 20 minutes to banish steam after you’re done. For a family or guest bath choose a model with medium noise level and power which will save you a few bucks every month.

 

Dream Kitchen and Baths specializes in bathroom and kitchen remodeling. If you're looking to remodel contact us now at 718-273-6233

 

Spruce Up Your Bathroom

Keep up with the times and spruce up your ordinary bathroom this season. The smallest renovation can transform the space and add value to your home. Let the professionals at Dream Kitchen and Bath help you redesign and update your bathroom to create the space you’ve always wanted.

 

There are so many different style and function options to choose from for your bathroom renovation. Start with a color scheme. Once you have determined what kinds of colors you want in your space, it’ll narrow down the various choices for counters, counter tops, and flooring. You can choose from several types of tile, natural wood, or even wood-look tiles. You may consider a small area rug, to add warmth to the room.

 

Instead of wallpaper, a fresh coat of paint can liven up the space. You could even add some design tiles along the walls, or as a backsplash for a modern feel. These trendy tiles look great and are easy to clean.

 

You may want to consider porcelain fixtures for your renovation. This type of fixture in your bathroom will add a striking element to the overall decor of the space. Stainless steel fixtures are another option can bring a modern and neat look to the atmosphere. These fixtures are also easy to maintain.

The professionals at Dream Kitchen and Bath will work closely with you to turn your thoughts into total visions when redesigning and styling your bathroom. We will work diligently to ensure the end result is to your liking. For more information on any of our services, feel free to give us a call at (718) 273-6233.

Breakfast Nooks

Eat-in kitchens are becoming more popular; homeowners are are including breakfast nooks in their renovation designs. Breakfast nooks are often in a corner or built into the wall. Nooks allow for more space to cook and prep, while also providing an area to sit and eat.

Like an island, a breakfast nook saves space and provides functionality. Unlike an island, however, it is out of the way, rather than being situated in the center of the room. Built in benches are often used for breakfast nooks because they seat more people, and can add storage space to your kitchen.

Because breakfast nooks are often placed in a corner, natural light is important. Bay windows allow for plenty of light to come in, while the window sill could be big enough to be used for a shelf for decor.

To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Wood-Look Tiles

For your next kitchen or bath renovation, experience the warmth and beauty of wood with the resilience of tile. With wood-look tiles, you can achieve the look you want with no risk of the water damage can come with wood floors. The tiles won’t warp, and there’s no risk of water or termite damage. With tiles, you can also get heated floors.

Zen bathrooms are in style, and these designs feature warm, natural wood, whether it be flooring or backsplashes. Although the tiles are imitation wood, it tolerates the moisture of a bathroom while looking like natural wood. With natural wood, there is a chance that it will warp from the moisture.

Tiles can cost a few more dollars per square foot, once grout and installation costs are factored in. However, certain wood floors can cost more, based on the wood type. Smaller grout lines help the wood-look tiles look more like natural wood. Just like with regular wood, the tile finishes will usually have variations, so that they do not look uniformly perfect. This enhances the look of the wood design by keeping it close to the look of real wood

To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Transform Your Bathroom into a Luxurious Getaway

Your bathroom should be a luxurious getaway; it can be a place that promotes relaxation. Dream Kitchen and Bath can transform your bathroom into a spa-like oasis. Here are some easy-to-follow trends that can get your ideas for your new bathroom flowing.
 

Transforming your bathroom into a spa can be easily achieved with a hint of nature. Natural woods, small pops of earth tones, and plants can easily get you the zen look you’ve been wanting for your bathroom. You can incorporate natural wood into your design by installing a honey oak built in for storage, for example. You could also use natural wood to replace your existing cabinets, if you’re not looking to add a built in.
 

Lots of natural light in your bathroom will brighten up the space, and make it feel bigger. Adding bright light fixtures around mirrored areas of the bathroom will make the space brighter, as well. This also helps with daily activities such as shaving and applying makeup. The more light, the better. You may also consider using candles in your bathroom; natural light is the best light.
 

Lastly, installing a vanity in your bathroom can benefit you in many ways. If you’re renovating to sell, a built in bathroom vanity can add value to your home. If you’re renovating to stay, vanities can create a luxury feel. Lit vanities can also add to the room’s lighting, and give you a designated place to get ready in the morning.
 

For more information about transforming your bathroom, contact Dream Kitchen and Bath at 718-273-6233.

The Benefits of a Kitchen Island

Super Bowl Sunday is approaching! This means that people will be raiding the kitchens of relatives and friends for the second one of the biggest food consumptions days of the year. Considering the large amounts of food and guests, a multi-functional and visually pleasing island transforms your kitchen into a social space. An island allows face to face interaction while cooking or preparing food.

A central island continues to be a popular addition to kitchens all over. The size of your kitchen will determine the best and most effective island design plan. With a larger kitchen plan, the island can include stove and range fixtures. This enables a person to cook a meal with access to view the room 365 degrees. Larger islands can also be used as a breakfast bar, which is convenient for quick meals. You also have the option of adding other appliances to your large island, such as an additional sink, built in microwave, oven, or small wine fridge.

For a smaller kitchen an island provides a great area for extra storage. Your island can have extra drawers and cabinets for cookbooks, pots and pans, utensils, etc. When adding a small island, you won’t have to worry about relocating appliances.

Small or large, kitchen islands can add convenience to your kitchen. Extra storage, additional appliances, breakfast bars, and a better view can be yours when you install your new island.

To discuss the island design plan that best suits your kitchen stop by our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave or contact us 718-273-6233.

Zen Bathroom Design

Zen decor is a great idea if you want your bathroom to be a relaxing retreat. This style features natural wood and earth tones to bring warmth to the room. These colors will also make you bathroom look more spacious. Mirrors and natural light can add to the illusion of extra space. With zen designs, less is more. A lot of storage will help with the zen style, in order to keep items hidden away. Small plants and candles can add beauty and a soothing feel to the room. Installing sconces will provide mood lighting for relaxation, especially when paired with candles. Smaller or undermount sinks can save counter space and make the counter look larger.

To discuss kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.