Kitchen Remodeling

Which Countertop is Best For Your Kitchen?

 

Countertops are an essential part of any kitchen. It’s tempting to pick a countertop solely on looks alone, but it’s important to consider the maintenance, cost, and durability of the counter. Luckily, we have provided the most popular countertops, as well as their pros and cons.

1. Granite- The top choice for countertops, Granite is available in many different shades, including white, black, beige, green, gray, and more. Granite can survive spills, heated pots, and more. A con is that Granite requires periodic sealing for stain protection.

2. Quartz- Quartz is a blend of various stone chips and pigments. It’s available in various shades and colors to mimic stone. Quartz has a lasting durability and does not have to be sealed for protection.

3. Solid Surfacing- Solid surface countertops are a man- made mixture consisting of mostly marble and plastic pigments.

4. Carrara Marble- This is the cheaper option between the two marble countertops. Marble leaves your kitchen with a soft, trendy vibe. One downside to marble is that if it’s not kept in pristine condition, staining and etching will occur within the marbles veining.

5. Stainless Steel- This type of countertop is mainly popular with chefs or people who love to cook. Steel is one of the most sanitary types of counters, and have been noted nearly indestructible. They cannot burn or rust, and are impervious to stains. While they are quite durable, pots and pans are likely to scratch the steels surface.

6. Silestone- This stone is made of natural quartz crystals. It is stain resistant, and doesn’t require any sealing or maintenance. One drawback is that Silestone is more expensive than Granite. You can expect to pay $50-$100 per square foot of Silestone, whereas Granite is usually sold between $5 and $20 per square feet.

Choose from any of these luxurious countertops at Dream Kitchen & Bath. 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.

How to Make a Small Kitchen Appear Larger

 

Contrary to popular belief, a small kitchen can be useful in a variety of different ways. Less to clean, and typically more affordable. While there are benefits of a tinier kitchen, there are ways to make your space appear larger.

  1. Similar colors- Keeping the design in the same realm, its best to keep your cabinets the same color as your walls. Lighter and pale colors tend to make your space look brighter and more open.
  2. Keep it neat- A useful tip for smaller kitchens is to keep clutter away from countertops and shelving. If you have a pantry, maximize that space by storing as much as you can in it.
  3. Glass cabinets- Removing cabinet doors and replacing them with glass doors. This will pull the eye to the back of the cabinet frames, making the walls feel as though they are farther away.
  4. Windows- Maximize the amount of light shining into your kitchen with as many windows as possible. Blinds are also a good idea, because they add more depth without blocking the light.
  5. Horizontal stripes- Long, wide stripes have the ability to stretch the space. You can achieve this with broad striped floor tiles or a striped rug.
  6. Mirrors- One of the most common ways to enlarge any space is by adding mirrors.  Place them where the reflection holds the most depth, the natural light will reflect off the mirror, making the room look bigger.

Choose from any of these luxurious designs to make your kitchen appear larger at Dream Kitchen & Bath. 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.

Timeless Kitchen Trends

 

Just like anything else, kitchen trends will come and go. The only difference is that it’s not particularly as easy to switch a trend after an entire kitchen has been renovated. Continuing reading for a few popular kitchen trends that aren’t leaving anytime soon.

Glass front cabinets have been a staple in traditional and modern kitchens. Not only are these cabinets great for adding depth to your kitchen, making it seem larger, but they are an elegant touch to any room. Since the doors are transparent, the cabinet shelves are great to use for storing decoration, or fancier china.

Marble and marble-like countertops have been used as decor for centuries. These counters are heat resistant, which makes them popular amongst chefs and bakers. Depending on the type of marble, it can be cost-effective. Carrara marble, a gray color with softer veins, is usually the cheapest alternative. If you’re opting for a more luxurious stone, Calacatta marble offers more dramatic veining with a whiter surface.

Kitchen islands have also been trending for quite some time. Especially with an open layout design, counter- height islands are more inviting and practical. It creates more of an open space within the kitchen, which encourages interaction. The extra counter space is great for hosting and entertaining.

Choose from any of these luxurious designs at Dream Kitchen & Bath. 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.

Which Flooring is Best for your Kitchen?

 

Choosing the best flooring for your kitchen can be an overwhelming task. It’s a major part of your room, and it affects every other part of your designing plan. The materials and textures of the room will work coherently to tie the room together.

Tile is typically the best option for families with young children or pets. Tile can withstand spills, and doesn’t absorb odors or bacteria that would arise in your kitchen. With tile’s durability, it could be uncomfortable to stand on for extended periods of time, and any dropped glassware would most likely break on impact.

Wood is a common choice for kitchens for various reasons. It’s comfortable to walk on, and will match with almost any kitchen design. The wood is durable, resulting in a longer lasting floor.

Pergo Laminate is well known for its elegant style, and multiple layers. These layers fuse to mimic wood flooring. The cost is much cheaper than hardwood, and has the same durability and resistance.

Cork is also a great option, as it’s softness and springiness makes standing for extended  periods of times a bit easier on your feet and back.

Bamboo is an up-and-coming floor trend, as it is ecologically friendly and shares a lot of the same qualities with wood flooring. This material is slightly more resistant to stains and damage than hardwood.

Choose from any of our luxurious floor designs at Dream Kitchen & Bath. 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.

Spring Clean Your Kitchen!

 

With today being the first day of Spring, cleaning might be on your mind. Along with the new season comes the pressure to deep cleanse your home- especially the kitchen. Luckily, we can help you break it down step by step.

1. Pre-cleaning is an important first step! Wash and dry dishes, and put them away accordingly. Wipe down countertops, while clearing off any miscellaneous items that do not belong in the kitchen.

2. Organize! Remove food from the refrigerator, pantry, and cabinets. Check all of their labels and dispose of anything stale or expired. You can even fill up a box for donation if you have any unopened, non perishable items that you want to get rid of.

3. Wipe down the surfaces of the shelves and refrigerator. Once you’ve finished, put all of the remaining food back where it belongs. To make things easier for the future, arrange all like items. Put oldest items in the front; newest in the back.

4. Clean any other appliances. Wipe down the exterior of the microwave, oven, dishwasher, and any small countertop appliances. Wipe cabinet exteriors, and spray countertop with kitchen cleaner.

5. Clean floors. Sweep the entirety of the flooring. Spot clean any sticky, stained, or dirty areas, and then mop.

 

If the stains on your floors are un-fixable, or the spots on your cabinets just aren’t coming out, consider a spring kitchen renovation. 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.

How to Match Counters, Cabinets, and Floors

 

Selecting the perfect color scheme for your kitchen can be quite difficult, especially without a certain theme in mind. With a variety of materials to choose from, it may seem overwhelming.

Decide on a color scheme– Use color charts to determine which colors compliment each other, and which clash. Pick two dominant colors, and one accent color. The dominant colors should be simple and compliment each other. The purpose of the accent color is to tie the three together.

Start with the countertops- It is highly recommended that you choose your countertops first, as this is typically the focal point and base scheme of your kitchen. It tends to be easier to match cabinets and floors to counters, as opposed to the other way around. Review samples to coordinate the finishes with floors, so the textures are unified.

Accessorize and accent- Chrome, brass knobs, and metallics are a great way to highlight and brighten any kitchen. Accessories and decor are the best way to tie up a visually appealing space. If you’re ready to nail down on your choices, contact Dream Kitchen and Bath, and we’ll help you transform your kitchen into a luxurious, beautiful space.

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.

 

Three Reasons Why Every Kitchen Needs an Island

 

An island is an essential part of any kitchen design. They’re convenient, inviting, and can quickly beautify any kitchen. Just to name a few, here are three reasons why your kitchen needs an island:

  1. Additional Counter Space- With everything going on in the kitchen, it’s merely impossible to have too much counter space. An island can ensure the extra counter space you didn’t even know you needed, as well as act as an extremely accessible area from all sides, making it easier to grab anything while heading out the door. Luxurious and expensive countering, have your choice of wood stained, granite, quartz, or any other countertop.
  2. Workstation- Being that an island is such a convenient space in the kitchen, it’s easy to multitask. With a busy, on the go life, it’s important that your family has a close space to sit down and get work done. An island is the ideal spot for parents to make dinner, while also ensuring their kids homework is being done.
  3. Additional Storage– It’s easier than ever to store all your kitchen appliances with an island. You can choose to transform the sides of your islands into cabinets, drawers, or even a place to hide trash cans. With your new island, you can ensure that your countertops are clean, and your objects in place.

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.

Cabinet Organizers

    When most homeowners renovate their kitchens, cabinetry is often overhauled. When upgrading the cabinets, there are a number of organizational and space-saving options available, so you can get the most out of your new kitchen. 
    Organization is one of the most important thing to get out of a new kitchen. There are a number of organizer inserts to cabinets, or specifically designed drawers and shelves, that can keep your kitchen much more together.
    Cookie sheet drawers are one of the most common upgrades seen in today’s kitchens. Tall, thin drawers that can house your cookie sheets and serving trays provide a unique method of space saving. These types of drawers often take up minimal space. 
    Spice rack organizers come in all shapes and sizes, from cabinet door shelves to carousels. Spicing up your spice rack can make it easier to find the ones you need more efficiently. 
    It almost goes without saying that most homeowners want cutlery and utensil organizers. These organizers are vital to any kitchen. Drawers dedicated to your silverware and cooking tools are in almost every kitchen in America.
    Lazy Susans utilize the the corners of your cabinets, that might otherwise go unused. Lazy Susans are rotating circular shelves that allow you to reach the back corners with ease.
    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.

 

Most Popular Changes to the Kitchen of 2017

    A recent survey from home design idea website Houzz led to some interesting insight into renovations from homeowners nationwide. The survey delves into the changes that homeowners like you looked for this year.

Major Changes

    In terms of major overhauls for a kitchen, most homeowners moved towards opening their kitchen space to the rest of the home. 51% of renovations included changes that made the kitchen more open to other rooms. 36% increased the overall size of the kitchen. 20% of kitchens were opened up more to the outside. This may include bigger windows, the addition of doors, etc. 

Countertops

    What were the most common countertops? 41% of renovations added granite countertops to the space. The second most used countertop material was engineered quartz, with a close 40%. The next highest was only 9%, for butcher block and/or wood slab. This wood material is often used in sections of a kitchen, and not overall, which explains the limited percentage. But it seems like granite and quartz are here to stay. 

Walls

    With new innovations in heat and stain resistant paint, it’s no surprise that paint is the number one wall finish in new kitchens this year, at a staggering 72%. Ceramic and porcelain tile is next at 34%, and then marble at 5%. Discrepancies may suggest the mix of paint with tiling for the walls for a unique personal style. 

Add-Ons

     41% of homeowners chose to add on a pantry to their kitchen space. 40% added an island to the room. Breakfast nooks were added into about 23% of kitchens this year. These three design choices continue to be essential to kitchens nationwide, and are generally a good choice to add if the space and budget will allow. Pantries, islands, and breakfast nooks are good ways to raise the property value of the home during a renovation. 

Flooring

     Hardwood was the flooring used in 31% of the renovations. At a close second, ceramic/porcelain tile came in with 30%, up from 23% last year. Engineered wood was the third most common flooring option, with about 12% of homeowners deciding on that option. 

Replacing Appliances

    The number one appliance replaced this year was the dishwasher. 79% of renovations included the removal or addition of a dishwasher. Also high on the list included the refrigerator, microwave, and range. 

   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. 
 

Designing an Age-In Kitchen

Many homeowners decide to design their kitchens for aging in place. This design choice is a way to prepare your kitchen for the long haul; making sure that your kitchen can be wheelchair accessible, safer to use, well-lit, and more. The important thing to remember about this design choice is that it is meant to work for people of all ages and accessabilities, but it ultimately makes it easier to work with as you age. Having a kitchen designed to age in place can also raise the property value. A kitchen that is handicap accessible can make it usable by everyone.

Wheelchair Accessibility

    You can never be too sure if you will ever need a wheelchair. Even just for a temporary use, being able to get a wheelchair into the kitchen is important. Avoid creating narrow spaces, by leaving at least 42-48 inches open in each area, where possible. This will make the room feel more spacious as well. Prolonged standing in the kitchen can be tiring no matter what, so consider putting in an area of countertops with an open space below. This can work as a kitchen desk area for now, but a wheelchair can be pulled up in the future. 

Reduce Bending

    Cabinet drawers and organizers can help reduce the need to bend or stretch to reach things deep inside them. Moving electrical outlets closer within arms reach. For the sink, consider hands-free options for easy access. Additionally, pull-out sprayers can also be helpful. 

Reduce Falls

    Linoleum and vinyl floors are among the most slip-resistant flooring options. They are also softer than tile or stone, so they are easier to stand on for longer. It is less likely for plates to break if they fall on a vinyl or linoleum floor than tile. Smoother and bevelled edges on countertops can reduce the risk of injury during a fall. 

See More

    Glass cabinet doors allow you to see what is inside, before you open it up. This reduces the effort you need to use to get whatever you need. Lighting inside cabinets can illuminate the space so you can see better. Lights built into the underside of cabinets can increase overall lighting and brighten your workspace to reduce injury risks. 

Easy-Use Appliances

    When choosing appliances, look for models with larger displays and controls near the front. This will make them easier to read, and reach. Drawer-style dishwashers are easier to load and operate than the traditional models. 

    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.