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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.

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.

Bathroom Flooring Options for 2015

There are many options for your bathroom flooring, and it is important to find the right one for your budget and needs. The most used flooring in bathroom designing today is vinyl sheet, linoleum, ceramic tile, vinyl tile, stone tile, glass and/or glazed ceramic tiles.

Vinyl is an inexpensive and durable material for a bathroom floor. Vinyl flooring comes in many designs, and can even be made to mimic stone or wooden flooring. Vinyl tiles can leave seams where water can seep through and damage the area below. Vinyl sheets come in rolls and are virtually seamless except for where the sheets come together. With less seams, they are easier to seal and maintain. Vinyl is very durable, and can last about 20 years. Smooth vinyl can be slippery when wet, but there are textured varieties of vinyl that provide better traction. Vinyl is good for a child’s bathroom because of it’s damage resistance, stain resistance, and the amount of design options available with it. Vinyl costs about $1-5 per square foot, plus installation.

Linoleum is a durable and water resistant tile option made of biodegradable materials such as cork and linseed oil. This “green” flooring option has returned to popularity because of its versatility and environmental awareness. The drawback of  linoleum is that it can stain easily, but many manufacturers add protective coatings to resist scratches and stains. Linoleum costs about $2-5 per square foot, plus installation.

Ceramic tile is the most popular choice for bathroom flooring. It is durable, comes in many shapes and sizes, and is available with tons of custom patterns. Most designers look towards ceramic tile for bathroom flooring. Ceramic tile is resistant to chips, scratches, and cracks. The downside to tile is that it can be cold to the touch, especially in the morning. Radiant heating under the tile is a quick remedy to the issue. The cost of ceramic tile is about $1 to $20 per square foot; plus installation.

Glass and glazed tiles are durable and provide the most traction. Smaller tiles create more grout lines, for increased traction. Glass tiles are not ideal for the shower stall, because they dull with heavy cleaning. When designing with glass tiles, use a thin, lightly colored set behind them to allow them to reflect light better and sparkle more. Glass and glazed ceramic tiles cost $1 to $20 per square foot; plus installation.

    Stone tile is often a high-end option for a bathroom, but there are less expensive choices in stone tile. Stone is durable, beautiful, and water-resistant. Polished, smooth stone is more expensive and can be slippery when wet. Textured stone is more skid resistant. Marble looks beautiful in bathrooms, but can change color if the veins have a lot of iron. To check if the marble you are choosing for your bathroom has a large amount of iron, soak a sample in water for 2 days, then wait 2 more to see if it changes, and how drastic it is. Stone can cost anywhere from $2 to $100 per square foot; plus installation.

    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 Design Tiles

wood tile   In your next kitchen or bathroom remodel, get the warmth and beauty of wood with the resilience of tile. Many people love the look of wood floors in a kitchen or bathroom, but do not want to risk the water damage. With tile, there is no risk of warping, water or termite damage; and tile works more efficiently with radiant heat floors than wood.

    Many zen bathroom designs utilize wood backsplashes or floors to add to the natural feel of the room. While the imitation wood is not as natural as wood, it holds up to the moisture of a bathroom much better than actual wood. Tiles will not warp from the amount of water in a bathroom.

    Modern kitchen designs often go with dark colored woods to make the kitchen feel less hot. The coolness of tile, along with a dark wood design can add to that effect and play into the decor of the room seamlessly.

    Tiles can cost 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” tiles look more authentic. Just like with regular wood, the tile finishes will usually have variations, so that they do not look uniformly perfect. This enhances the natural beauty of the wood design by keeping it as close to how real wood looks.

    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 Flooring Options

interior beautiful bathroomThese days there are numerous options when choosing a new bathroom floor. Whether your decision is based on consistency, functionality, the temperature of the floor or overall ambiance, the answer is within the range of flooring materials from tile and vinyl to stone and glass.

 

If striving for consistency, your best option is tile. The plethora of size, color and design of tiles enables usage in flooring and walling without appearing homogeneous. The functionality of tilework allows the appearance of luxurious marble, contemporary stained concrete, or the more traditional ceramic. Importantly, it should be noted that many bathroom tiles are topped with a texture to prevent slipping.

 

Vinyl is a common option due to its low cost and practicality. Additionally vinyl offers safety, comfort and ease of maintenance. With vinyl available in a variety of looks it is easy to find the style suitable for your bathroom. A separate flooring which contains many qualities of vinyl is laminate. While hard-wearing and easy to clean, laminate is not as moisture-resistant.

 

Another popular choice is natural stone. Many times the decision of stone, whether marble granite, limestone, or slate, depends on cost. Natural stone is available in numerous colors and textures including cleft, tumbled, sandblasted, etched and flamed variations. An exotic marble flooring is able to reflect natural light as well as the light of soft, internal bulbs.

 

Prior to deciding on a specific flooring you want to consider the size of your bathroom. While all flooring can be trimmed and cut, smaller mosaic and pebble stone tiles are suitable for bathrooms with minimal dimensions. Mosaic tiles, available in materials such as aluminum, and mixtures of metal-glass and stone-glass, provide a modern and contemporary appearance while a slip-resistant pebble mesh tile enhances a rustic, alfresco ambiance.

 

If you would like to discuss the bathroom flooring best for your circumstance please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

The Benefits of a Kitchen Island

bigstock-Bar-stools-at-breakfast-bar-in-49170038On Super Bowl Sunday people will raid the kitchens of relatives and friends for the second biggest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. In addition to the 1.25 billion chicken wings and 48 million take out pizzas that will be consumed, the internet is full of recipes for Super Bowl party foods. Considering the amount of food and people a multi-functional and aesthetically pleasing island turns your kitchen into a social centerpiece. An island allows face to face interaction while cooking or preparing food and not staring at a wall.

Previously believed to be a fad a central placed island continues to be a desired and popular addition for kitchens. 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. Also available at this size is an island for use as a breakfast bar, which is convenient for a quick meal and is easy to clean. Additional options include a second sink, oven or dishwasher.

For a smaller kitchen an island provides a great area for extra storage. The use of open and closed storage provides shelves for cookbooks, pots and pans, and drawers for utensils, lids, silverware and dish towels. Even without changing the location of a major appliance, a small kitchen can be used for food preparation or as a breakfast bar.

A kitchen island ensures that a host can cook and clean while socializing with party guests and family. It also allows a family to watch their young children while preparing a meal. The ability to relocate an integral part of the kitchen to an island increases personal interaction between family and friends.

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.

Kitchen Flooring Options

bigstock-Open-plan-kitchen-with-living--48713600While weighing your options of the best floor type for your kitchen you need to be sure the flooring is durable, easy to clean, and aesthetically pleasing. With many options to consider your selection should adhere to the style of the kitchen furniture and the ambiance of your house. It should be noted that each floor contains pros and cons.

 

Ceramic tile is extremely durable and available in assorted color and styles to fit all budgets.  If dirtied of water, soda, sauce or mud, the low maintenance of tile allows a damp mop. Ceramic tile are available glazed or unglazed. Unlike glazed tiles, the most often used residential flooring, unglazed tiles need to be sealed annually and as often as 3 months in high-traffic areas. The hardened density of tile results in the shattering of glasses and dishes. Additionally, moisture increases the chance of slipping and the temperature of tile tends to remain colder.

 

Laminate is designed to imitate the look of wood or tile. It is hard-wearing and resists scratching, denting, fading. The durability and polyurethane padding make laminate a great choice for a house with small children or pets. Unfortunately laminate cannot be refinished and needs to be replaced when it begins to age.

 

Wood is versatile enough to be used in a contemporary or traditional setting. Many people believe wood, natural by existence, creates a warmth to their house. The ability to alter the tone and color of the wood to fit the appearance of the kitchen provides customers the opportunity to feel actively involved. At a time when style changes every other year, wood never goes out of style. Should a drink spill, the flooring needs to be wiped immediately as liquid can damage wood. While not as hard as a concrete or ceramic tile floor, it's not as resilient as vinyl. laminate or cork.

Vinyl’s main advantage used to be price. However, these days the range of designs and finishes, from the mimicking of stone, wood and ceramic tile, provides a pricey material look at a fraction of the cost. Vinyl resilient flooring is comfortable on the feet and easy to keep clean. The biggest complaint from customers is vinyl's susceptibility to scratches from dirt and grit as well as tears from sharp objects. Further concerns are the form of bubbles, curls, or dents and color fade from direct sunlight.

If you would like to discuss the kitchen flooring best for your circumstance please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.