Bathroom Refinishing

Pet Spaces in Your Kitchen

    Your old kitchen has gone to the dogs. It's time to rip up the old one and renovate it into a fantastic new space. But this time, be sure to make some space for your furry friends. Many homeowners are taking the time to create special pet areas in their kitchens. This popular new trend trades away some cabinet space in order to accommodate pets.
    The most common addition to a kitchen for a pet friendly design is a drawer for your pets bowls. A low drawer at the bottom of the cabinets can be a place to conveniently house your pet’s food and water dishes. When it's time to eat, simply pull the drawer out and fill it up. 
    A kitchen island or exposed cabinet back is the perfect place to create a nook for your pup. A small alcove in the kitchen can be a great place for a bed for your cat or dog. For bigger dogs, you should consider having a built-in crate to your kitchen island or cabinets. You will be giving up more cabinet space, but you free up the area where your crate currently is. 
    Many homeowners don’t like their dogs under their heels while they cook. Others like to keep their dogs penned into a room or two when they leave the house. For either house, built-in gates take up very little cabinet space, and can extend to close off the kitchen.
    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.

Bathroom Mirrors

    Bathroom mirrors can make or break a bathroom space. Mirrors serve a lot of different functions in a bathroom, besides the obvious. Finding the right style and amount of mirrors can change the entire feeling of the room. Most bathrooms are designed with the mirror over the vanity, and for good reason. This is the most practical spot for it. But it also removes the need for them elsewhere. In most bathrooms, vanity is the only area that needs one. 
    Mirrors can alter the amount of lighting that a room needs. The mirrors can reflect light and spread it out in an effective way. If you plan on using wall mounted lights, do not put them opposite the mirror. Instead, consider having them installed around the mirror. This is better for illuminating the mirror while minimizing glare. 
    Mirrors create the illusion of a bigger room. The reflection of the room creates the feeling of openness or wide space in the mind. This, however, can also make a room feel cold and empty.  That being said, the mirroring should be proportionate to the room itself. Most small bathrooms or water closets should have a single mirror over the sink. A larger bathroom could afford to have more mirrors, but they should not overpower the room. Decide if you would like a frame on the mirror. Frameless designs are sleeker and make the space , but frames can add character or style to the space. Many vanities with built-in mirrors have framed designs.
    Mirrors should, in most cases, be placed on one wall of the bathroom only. Mirrors facing each other create a sense of unsteadiness in a room and can be disorienting. The effect is called sometimes called “Mise en abyme,” meaning ”placed into the abyss.” It alters the balance of the room and throws off the lighting schema. It creates the image of an endless tunnel, and can ruin the style of a room if done incorrectly. This mirror placement is rarely seen in homes, no matter what room it is.
    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.

Bathtubs in Your Shower

    In the past, a common design for full bathrooms would be a tub/shower combination; where you can stand in the tub and send the water to a showerhead instead of the faucet. In more recent years, tubs have separated from showers. A new trend that is becoming prevalent in bathroom design puts the tub inside your shower.
    Modern showers in homes are divided from the rest of the room, and usually take up ample space. Some homeowners and interior designers are choosing to place freestanding or built-in tubs within these larger shower spaces. 
The combination has a lot of benefits. An in-shower tub can often act in place of a shower bench, depending on the design style of the bathtub. For a child’s bathroom, the risk of water all over the floor during bath time becomes a thing of the past. Aesthetically speaking, the design is very stream-lined and has a modern, spa-like feel that many homeowners and potential buyers enjoy today. 
Be sure to check with your licensed contractor to see if this design style is right for your bathroom space. The one issue that some homeowners may face with this trend is waterproofing surrounding the tub. It is important to have your contractor make sure that the area is watertight, and that the drainline and brackets for the tub do not compromise the shower membrane.
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.

Adding a Closet With Your Master Bathroom Remodel

    Many homeowners are opting to add some closet space while upgrading their master bathroom. Creating a walk-in closet while at the same time upgrading your bathroom helps you get the most out of one remodel, without having to worry about changing things around later. Whether you take space away from the bathroom, the bedroom, or a bit of both to set up the closet, upgrading your master suite with a walk-in closet is something you won’t regret.
    When preparing to upgrade your bathroom, you are already in the renovation mindset. You want change, and you are ready for a change in the space. You are already planning for the new bathroom. It is easier to do both in a single renovation; saving you time and money.
    Long-term, adding a walk-in closet not only adds to your convenience in the space, but can add to the overall property value of your home. While this increase may only be a few thousand dollars, in the grand scheme of things, it can be a plus if you decide to move.
    Dream Kitchens and Baths prides itself on quick and hassle-free renovations. Our team will get your new bathroom and closet together in a few days; a small price to pay for a lifetime of added storage and convenience. 
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.

No-Threshold Showers

When renovating a bathroom, many homeowners consider adding a no-threshold shower (also called a curbless shower). A no-threshold Shower reduces the risk of tripping when getting in and out of the shower because it doesn’t have a lip. For stand alone showers, going curbless can be a good option for any bathroom, but it can also raise the value of the home. The design is great for a home with elderly or the disabled. The universal design function for safety of a curbless shower is very appealing for potential buyers. It is also a great upgrade if you live on staying in the home for a long time. Glass walls and the lack of a curb on this type of shower will help make the bathroom seem larger, because there is a less of a divide in the room separating the shower.

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.


Bathroom Upgrades to Raise Resale Value

    Upgrading your bathroom can be a good way to increase the value of your home for selling it in the future. Upgrading an existing bathroom, or building on an additional one can be a great boost to the total home value. In some cases, adding an additional bathroom to a home could raise the total value more than just upgrading the one(s) you have. If you are thinking about building on an extra bathroom or powder room, be sure that you have the proper space available. When you are planning the redesign for your bathroom, consider these options as they will help in raising the value of your home more than most of the other choices you need to make in the room. 
    Granite is the name of the game. Nothing says luxury in a bathroom than granite or marble countertops. The appeal for these types of countertops are high, and they will cost less than if you were doing your kitchen counters with them. It is a good way to balance cost with overall value in the end. Marble and granite are available in a variety of colors, cuts, and styles.
    When it comes to the sink; they don’t have to be huge, but they definitely need to be something that the eye is drawn to. Undermount sinks are very popular now for bathrooms. Drop in sinks are not in high demand. With an undermount sink, the faucet becomes an important visual element of the vanity space, as it breaks from the flat counter. Chrome, pewter, and bronze faucets can be striking against a granite countertop, and are all high demand materials for faucets. Gold finishes are also highly sought after. 
    Wood panelling on walls is a great way to increase the value of a bathroom space without going to deep into your budget. Water resistant wood-panelling is a fantastic way to create a spa-like feeling in a bathroom. If you decide to go with tiling instead, be sure to decide what type of grout you want. Epoxy grout will stain less and is more water resistant, but can look like a plastic material to some potential buyers. Cement grout, the more classic option, stains more easily and is less durable. It will need more cleaning and maintenance. Inside a shower, stone tiles are very attractive and are much better suited for the direct contact of water than the wood. 
    Radiant floor heating is a very attractive addition. This upgrade utilizes the hot water going through the pipes to the shower and sink to warm the floor. This is especially helpful for bathrooms with tile flooring. 
    Overhead lighting isn’t as sought after as wall mounts. They add warmth to the look of the room. Be sure to put even lighting around the vanity mirrors. Wall mounts will reduce side shadows, which is great for when you are shaving or doing makeup at the counter.
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.

Whirlpool Tubs – Air or Water Jets

    When renovating your bathroom, many homeowners opt to change out their simple standing tub for a jetted model. Whirlpool tubs can be a great and relaxing upgrade to a bathroom, and can be a great way to soak away the troubles of the day. There are three types of jetted models; water jets, air jets, and combination jets.

Water Jets

    Water jet models use a water pump to propel water out of the jets. These models have the least number of jets but the highest amount of pressure in each one. The water jet system makes this system more costly than air jet models. With a water jet system, you should not use soaps, aromatherapy oils, or bath salts. These can cause build-ups in the system that can be difficult to remove. Water jet tubs require more cleaning than an air jet model. Water jet models have a lot less jets than the other models, usually sporting about 12 or less big jets.

Air Jets

    Air jetted models utilize an air compressor to create the pressure. While there isn’t as much power in these jets as with the water-propelling models, there tends to be more jets per tub. Air jetted tubs are the least expensive of the three. There isn’t a contamination problem with soaps and oils in this type of tub, like there is with a water jet model; so you can use all sorts of products to enhance your relaxation time. This type of tub should be cleaned as often as a regular stand-still model. The number of jets on these models can vary, but there are plenty of models that sport over 100.

Combination Models

    This type of tub uses both air and water jets. Because it requires both types of systems, this style has the highest price point. The water pressure created in this tub is great because you get the low number of strong, powerful water jets combined with a large quantity of lower powered air jets. You will need to avoid using soaps and oils in this type of tub. They need to be cleaned just as often as water jet models.


    There are a variety of upgrades you can make to your jetted tub to make it even better. If you like to relax in the tub for a long time, consider adding an inline heater. Inline tub heaters can keep the water warm long after you fill the tub. Self cleaning models are a great upgrade, especially for the water jetted tubs. Timers are a common addition to Whirlpool tubs; they help prevent you from wasting too much energy, and can be beneficial if you don’t want to be in for too long. Foot stops can be built into the tub or added on. Foot stops are special raised parts to the tub that provide comfort by cushioning and supporting the thighs or feet.

Wood Design in Bathrooms

    While more traditional bathroom design tries to stay away from wood; modern design can make excellent use of it. Innovations in wood treatment give homeowners a lot of options in designing with water-resistant wood for bathrooms. Now more than ever, using wood elements in your bathroom design can be simple and create a spa-like feeling in the room. There are a number of uses for wood in the design that will bring a more natural quality to the room.
    For the walls of your bathroom, wood panelling can be utilized in many different design styles. Darker wood creates a warmer and classier feel; while lighter wood can evoke that of a spa. Natural looking wood, with knots and creases, will make the bathroom look rustic. Wood panels put in horizontally make the room feel bigger, and more natural. Vertical panels create a more uplifting feeling, and make the ceiling seem higher. Diagonal or zigzag lines can create an energetic feel, but can be overbearing at times if overused.
Wooden floors don’t get as cold as tiles, and can make a great floor for a bathroom, especially with radiant floor heating. Wood also makes a great material for your vanity, adding textural elements and a sturdy design.
For the shower and bath area, using wood can provide excellent spa-like elements and a natural, earthy feel. Duckboards in the shower are a non-slip surface that allow for water to drain through. They are generally more hygienic than shower mats. Duckboards hide away the drain, making a more seamless and aesthetically pleasing shower floor. For bathtubs, drop-in models set in wood can be beautiful. A natural wood element for the tub skirt brings the spa to your home.
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.

Bathrooms for the Elderly and Disabled – Universal Design

    Bathroom design for the elderly or disabled is all about ease of access and safety. Often called “Universal Design,” the trend of redoing your bathroom or other parts of the house with safety features for the elderly or disabled can be a major benefit. Other than the safety it provides you, universal design bathrooms can raise the value of your home. 
    Grab bars and rails are a great asset to any bathroom. Available in a variety of colors, styles, and materials; these bars are a fantastic safety plus that help you get in and out of the shower with ease. The shower can be slippery. A bar gives you extra insurance against a slip and fall. Grab bars are helpful for standing in the tub, getting off the toilet, and safely getting in and out of the shower. Adding a few bars to your bathroom can go a long way in terms of safety. 
    Ease of access in the shower can be important. Shower seats can be great for reducing falls. Adjustable or hand-held showerheads provide functionality to the space. Curbless showers are a great step towards safety and smooth design. Curbless showers reduce the chance of tripping while getting in or out of them. But from a design perspective, a curbless shower can make the room seem bigger and more spacious. With a curb, that bump in the tile can visually separate the shower from the rest of the room; making the room seem more cramped.
    For sinks, counters, and vanities, these minor details can make a bathroom a lot safer. Avoid sharp edges. Curved or rounded corners can reduce the risk of bruises or injury. Hanging sinks with panels covering the pipes can make it easier to bring a wheelchair under it. 
    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.

Shower Head Upgrades

    Your shower should be a place to escape. Whether you are washing away the troubles from the day, or getting ready to go out; you need a shower that does the job right. These upgrades to your standard shower set up will make your shower more enjoyable, morning or night. 
    Rain shower heads are wide and provide a downpour effect. This is supposed to be calming and create a more spa-like feel. They are usually mounted on the ceiling. More water is used with most rain showers, because the heads are wider and have more spouts.
    Shower panels are powerful and jacuzzi-like set up. Multiple shower heads that can be opened or closed provide multiple centers of water pressure for a good clean feel. While there are pre-built panels available; custom ones can be made with multiple heads. As long as your pipes and water heater can handle the multiple heads; the water pressure on these styles can be incredible.
    Aerating shower heads provide great pressure with less water. By mixing air with water, this shower head pushes out water with more pressure and less water. They generally cost more in installation, but you save more over time by saving water.
    Many people have smart TVs, but smart shower heads? Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connected shower heads can connect to your cell phone. Play music, track water usage, and control LED lights to light up your shower. Smart shower heads can be a great upgrade. Some of these smart shower heads actually power the lights and speakers with turbines as the water shoots through.
    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.