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High-End Appliances in Your Kitchen

If you’re looking to add something special to your kitchen, high-end appliances might be what you’re looking for. Wine coolers, beer taps, espresso machines, and even commercial appliances will make your new kitchen more unique, and may add value to your home. These higher-end items may cost more, but customizing your kitchen with these  appliances can have many benefits. Installations such as these can also make serving guests and throwing parties easier.

 

Wine coolers can be a minimally expensive upgrade for your kitchen. It is as simple as putting a mini-fridge in a cabinet, or into an island. However, you may need to fix the wiring of your electricity if it isn’t accessible from the location you’ve chosen. Wine cellar cabinets are refrigerator sized wine racks that keep the bottles cool and out of the light. They cost more than a wine cooler, but can make storing wine very easy. These cabinets can store anywhere from 100-400 bottles.

 

Beer keg faucets and taps, cost more than a wine cooler, but less than a wine cellar cabinet. Whether you replace a part of your cabinets, or you put in a bar, this option can be perfect for parties and family events. Some hold multiple kegs, for different beers.

 

Espresso machines can cost as little as $100, and as much as a few thousand. The output from high-end espresso machines is fantastic. If you drink a lot of cappuccinos and espressos, investing in a machine can save you money by making it yourself.

 

For those who cook a lot, have a large family, or entertain a large amount of guests, moving up to commercial appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and dishwashers, can come in handy. Upgrading can cost hundreds extra, but it is very rewarding. It’s important to have a large kitchen if you are going to install multiple commercial appliances, because they take a lot more space. Commercial appliances can add to the value of your home.

Dream Kitchen and Bath can install your high end appliances during your kitchen renovation. 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.

Adding a New Bathroom to Your Home

In almost any home, adding a new bathroom will increase home value and decrease the time it takes for everyone to get ready in the morning. Average-sized bathrooms can be added into almost any area of a home, provided that some space is given up. A small half bathroom can take up as little as 15 square feet; and a full bathroom as little as 24 square feet. The perfect spot for your new bathroom may be easier to find than you think. Talk to and hire a licensed contractor for quality and professional service for this project.

   Long hallways usually end with a window and/or unnecessary floor space, with as much space as 30 to 40 square feet left over. This is plenty of space for your new full bathroom.

   Closet spaces can provide a great place for a bathroom, as long as storage is not an issue. Two back-to-back closets or a walk-in closet can be the right size for a half bathroom. Small walk-in closets are about 16 square feet, as are back-to-back adjoining closets.

   Laundry rooms are close to pipes, so you won’t have to reconfigure any plumbing. With modern stacking washer/dryer systems, there can be plenty of space for a bathroom.

   Staircases can house enough space under them for a half bathroom. Given enough headroom, a hidden bathroom under the stairs can be great for both you and your family to use.

   Existing Bathrooms in a home can often be cut into a slightly smaller space to provide the home with another half bathroom. With plumbing all in the same place, repurposing the extra space in the bathroom for a new one can be an easy addition.

   A bathroom can be added to a bedroom by taking a small corner from a large bedroom. Bathrooms taken from bedrooms can be used as personal bathrooms or whole-home facilities. Depending on the size taken from the bedroom, a full or half bathroom can be installed.

   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.

What to Consider When Renovating Your Kitchen

There are so many factors that you must consider when making decisions about your kitchen renovation. Most kitchen needs include storage, space, dining areas if you wish to have an eat-in kitchen, and of course decor. In order to start your kitchen renovation, you need to know what you need out of your kitchen. Budget, layout, lighting, and what you can make out of the space you have, are all important factors that need to be decided before getting started.

 

Before choosing materials for your kitchen renovation, you should create a budget. Figure out what areas of the kitchen you are willing to spend more money on and what areas you would like to save money on.

 

Your new layout all depends on the size of your kitchen space. If you have a small kitchen, we can sit down with you and come up with layouts to maximize space and storage. You may want to add space to your kitchen by taking away from another or taking down a wall. These architectural decisions can all be made with the help of your Dream Kitchen and Bath contractor.

 

Lighting is important in a kitchen, from natural to artificial. Light fixtures can complete your new kitchen design, as well as window placement. When choosing light fixtures, think about your kitchen design. And when making window decisions, consider cabinet placement.

To discuss bathroom 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.

Bathroom Color Trends

Bold palettes are becoming more popular for bathroom designs. Crisp white palettes and neutral shades will always be common choices because they can easily fit into any design plan for your home, however, even all white bathrooms have brightly colored accents.

 

If bold wall colors aren’t for you, you can add colorful accents to your bathroom for a modern look. For example, you can use brightly colored towels, rugs, candles, and other accessories to brighten the space. These accessories are easy to change with the seasons and allow you to keep up with the times without any major changes.

 

If you want to go with bold wall colors, you can choose timeless colors so that they won’t go out of style. Pigments such as peach and rose are classic bathroom colors that never seem to go out of style. Also, spa-like colors are a popular choice, such as soothing blues, greens, and lavenders that promote relaxation.

 

To discuss bathroom 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.

2016 Kitchen Trends

If you’re renovating to improve the worth of your home or to update your look, kitchen renovations are a great way to start. There are a wide variety of new trends that the new year has to offer such as customizable tiles, transformative taps, hiding kitchen appliances and cabinetry, modern metals, and new twists on kitchen accessories.

 

With new online programs for custom tiles, you can create your own backsplash tiles. You can choose your own colors and tile patterns that will be perfect for your new kitchen design. There are several websites in which you can design your own tiles. It’s quick and easy, and after your order them, they will be delivered to your home.

 

If you have some extra money to splurge on a faucet system, you can get state of the art transformative taps. New and improved tap systems can now deliver not just water, but sparkling water, and even coffee! Luxury systems such as these are on the expensive side, however, you will never have to buy sparkling water or coffee machines again.

 

Hiding cabinetry and kitchen appliances is another new trend of the new year. Modern kitchen companies offer stylish panels that can camouflage part of your kitchen when you’re not using it. You can prep food in the area, and close it up when guests arrive for a clean cut look in your kitchen.

 

Rose gold is huge this year. Other modern metals such as brass and copper are showing up in kitchens everywhere. From appliances, to kitchen gadgets, these metals are making a comeback. They pair well with almost any cabinet color and are as clean looking as stainless steel. These metals are also putting a new twist on kitchen accessories. You can now find small appliances, pots and pans, etc in your favorite modern metals.

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.

Kitchen Organization

Kitchens can easily look messy or cluttered with small appliances, cooking utensils, pots and pans, and other kitchen necessities. Keep your kitchen organized by creating a space for all of these items can look out of place when left out on your countertops.

 

The installation of an appliance garage, a small compartment with a sliding door, is the perfect solution for keeping small appliances out of sight. You can easily hide toaster oven, blender, food processor, or other small appliance inside the garage and take it out for use. Your kitchen countertops won’t look cluttered if your appliances stay hidden.

 

Adding a coffee bar to your kitchen can also solve countertop clutter problems. A coffee bar is a small nook in the kitchen for all coffee necessities, such as your coffee machines, mugs, beans, etc. All of your coffee supplies will stay neat and organized on your coffee bar, away from the rest of the countertop area, to avoid a cluttered look.

 

A common problem for small kitchens is a lack of storage. Sometimes you can never have enough cabinet space. Pots and pans take up a lot of room in kitchen cabinets. In order to store other items in your cabinets, you may consider adding your pots and pans to your design. Installing a rack for your pots or utensils, you can automatically get more cabinet space while adding a modern and professional look to your kitchen.

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.

2016 Bathroom Trends

If you’re renovating to improve the worth of your home or to update your look, modern bathroom renovations are a great way to start. There are a wide variety of new trends that the new year has to offer such as subway tiles, modern metallics, contemporary zen designs, and new technology.

 

Subway tiles are making a comeback, and modern wall tiles with bright colors and designs are in. Subway tiles are great for your bathroom because they’re durable, water resistant, and appealing to the eye. If bright colors and florals aren’t your style, you can choose subway tiles from a neutral pallet.

 

Faucets, sinks, and shower heads are important details in the renovation design. Choosing the right finish can tie your vision together. Bronze, nickel, are two popular choices, and brass finishes are making a comeback. These modern metallics will give your bathroom a high-end look for a fraction of the price.

 

Zen style bathrooms have quickly risen in popularity. Homeowners want to create their own oasis right in their own home. The zen style bathrooms are developing a contemporary twist for 2016. Large spa-like showers with clear glass, and large. relaxing tubs with zen elements can transform your bathroom and add a luxury feel.

 

Technology is evolving! Keep up with times and have water resistant music systems installed in your bathroom and new streaming Bluetooth systems can be added. Also, look into the new flushing technology that cleans your toilet as it flushes.

Whatever bathroom remodeling needs you have, Dream Kitchen and Bath is here to help. Contact us for your next remodel at 718-273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Shower Head Selection

When renovating your bathroom, you might forget that a shower head is an important detail. The right shower head can change your showering experience. There are many different options to consider, from single function to multifunction, which can give you different sprays and variations. Rain heads simulate a summer rain and can include color changing lights to enhance the mood. Handheld shower heads have a hose extension and offer massage-like water streams. You can even go green and install a shower head that helps to conserve water without sacrificing style. Taking out some extra time to consider the ideal shower head for you bathroom can create the spa-like experience you’ve been looking for.

Basic shower heads start at about $10, but more elaborate models with many features can be found for over $1,000. An average shower head of good quality goes for about $150. Create a budget and consider the cost of installation.

Next, choose the finish of the shower head that matches the design you’ve chosen for the rest of the room. Options such as brass, pewter, stainless steel, bronze, chrome, gold, platinum, and nickel finishes are all available for your shower head. If you are getting a shower-tub combo, you will want to match the finish on both the shower head and the tub faucet.

Next, choose between a mounted shower head or a handheld shower head. Handheld shower heads are a great convenience and are especially good for bath time if you have young children or pets. They are also convenient for the elderly or the disabled, for easy access and control.

Multifunction shower heads include features such as full spray, massage, rain, mist, and jet sprays that allow you to set the water stream to your preference.

Whatever bathroom remodeling needs you have, Dream Kitchen and Bath is here to help. Contact us for your next remodel at 718-273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

Bathtub Options

When remodeling your bathroom, the bathtub is an important part of the design. Dream Kitchen and Baths has a list of bathtub types to choose from, installation options, and bathtub materials that will make your tub perfect for your new bathroom.

 

There are three types of bathtubs to choose from–standard, whirlpool and air, and walk-in. A standard tub is a basic and affordable option that pairs as a tub-shower combo and can be bought at any improvement store. Whirlpool tubs force water through jets that are placed around the tub, and air tubs force a steady stream of air into the water. Walk-in tubs are ideal for those with mobility concerns because climbing out of a standard tub can be slippery and dangerous.

 

A new tub can complete your new bathroom. If you don’t already have a tub in your bathroom, choosing the right installation method is an important part of the remodeling process. For example, platform installation would be best for whirlpool and air tubs because the platform can hide the extra plumbing, pumps, and hardware behind a detachable panel. Different from a platform installation, tubs installed with an undermount have a rim that is enclosed with a deck top and usually stone or tile that coordinates with surrounding materials. It usually gets it support underneath, rather than dangling from the deck as a platform does.

 

Choosing the right material is an important step in creating the perfect tub for your bathroom. You can choose from material options such as acrylic, fiberglass gelcoat, composite, or cultured marble. Acrylic is a plastic material that has a high-gloss look that is similar to enameled cast iron, but weighs much less. This option offers simple repairs and has an easy-to-form nature, perfect for whirlpool and air tubs. Fiberglass gelcoat tubs have a glossy, easy to clean surface and is cheaper than acrylic. however it is not as durable. Composite tubs are made of an engineered material that is coated with enamel. This option offers the heat retention that a cast iron tub has at a third of the weight, making it perfect for bathrooms on the second floor. Cultured marble tubs are solid-surface bathtubs made from crushed marble that is set in resin and covered with a clear gelcoat. Scratches can be buffed out, but cracks cannot be repaired.

For more information about bathtubs and installation, contact Dream Kitchen and Baths at 718-273-6233 or come visit our showroom and we will gladly help you! 711 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302.

Bathroom Counter Top Choices

The counter tops in your bathroom can look good and serve its purpose. Delicate and porous surfaces can break and stain easily, so you’ll need a durable surface that can survive your morning rush routine. Also the tops of your counters can serve as the focal point of your bathroom, as well as a connecting point between cabinetry and tile. The counter surface that you choose depends on your taste and budget. Here are some options to choose from for your bathroom counter tops:

Granite – A granite counter surface gives your bathroom a sleek look, and if you’re renovating to sell, it definitely attracts buyers. Today there are affordable grades of granite available so that you don’t have to spend a fortune on your counter tops. This surface can handle heat, wear, stains, and looks great.

Solid Surface – Quartzite materials are very low maintenance. These counter surfaces are extremely durable–they can endure heat, stains, and scratches can easily be buffed out with fine-grade sandpaper. The cost of quartzite materials are comparable to granite and marble.

Laminate – Laminate counter tops are available in a wide range of finishes, including some that look like granite or solid surface. This economical choice is a popular pick for counter surfaces because it stands up to water and is relatively stain-proof.

Metal – Metal counter tops, while expensive, are very strong. Metals used in countertops include stainless steel, pewter, copper, and zinc. These surfaces are heat and stain resistant as well as anti-bacterial. These counters may be susceptible to dents and slight scratches. The other metals are also weaker than stainless steel.

Recycled Glass – These counter tops are eco-friendly, as well as beautiful. It can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. This countertop material may be hard to find, but it is durable and easy to clean. It is heat and stain resistant. Chips and scratches are a downside of these surfaces.

Tile – Tile counter tops come in a wide variety of colors and finishes that can be laid out in many different patterns. Custom artistic detail can always be added. Although this type of counter top comes with a lot of maintenance, it’s a popular pick for counter surfaces and a durable choice.

Wood – Wooden counter tops are porous, however they can be sealed to prevent water damage. This choice will add a warm, inviting look to your bathroom.

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.