Kitchen Remodeling

Upgrading Pre-Existing Cabinets to Save Money

    Not all homeowners have new cabinets designed for every kitchen renovation. There are a number of ways to upgrade your already existing cabinets. Upgrading cabinets in this manner can save you money for the renovation. Cutting costs this way can allow you to use those funds for the rest of your remodel.

Paint

    Paint colors can revitalize your old cabinets and can drastically change the way the room looks without breaking the bank. 

Remove the Doors

    Taking off the doors from your cabinets can add depth to the space. When the doors are removed, cabinets can look surprisingly different.

Changing the Doors

    If you are not changing the cabinets, you may want to consider creating or buying new doors for the cabinets. Altering just the doors can cost a lot less than reconstructing the entire cabinetry.

Add Molding

    Consider adding molding to where your cabinets reach the ceiling. This can bring strong visual elements to your kitchen space, without adding much to the final costs. Alternatively, if there are no doors on the cabinets, consider adding a molding to the inside of the cabinet. This will add a strong visual break while keeping the same level of depth to the cabinets.

Add Undermount Lights

    Lights built into the cabinetry can be a great help in the kitchen. By adding them to your pre-existing cabinets, they will seem less refurbished, and more modern. Undermount lighting for cabinets can be inexpensive and incredibly helpful while cooking or doing prep work.

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 Kitchen Trends

 

    Now that Spring is in full swing, it’s important that your kitchen is in-season as well. Considering it isn’t necessarily practical to remodel tour entire kitchen for a new season, we have provided the best ways to make your kitchen feel trendier. 

Mixing metals

Decorating with an assortment of copper, brass and stainless metals can give your kitchen more of a rustic feel. There are many small ways to incorporate these metals into your kitchen without a full remodel. You can easily achieve this look by replacing decorative plates, cabinet knobs, curtain rods, hooks, and light fixtures. 

Bold colors

Yellow, bright green, pink, and lavender are on-trend for this season. The best way to incorporate these colors into your kitchen would be to pick a color scheme, and match the rest of your decor to fit it. 

Marble

This stone has been popular for a while, and still trending. Carrara Marble is  also huge right now, and more affordable. If you’re not ready for a new countertop or backsplash, you can still include the stone into your kitchen with a side table, plant stand, or even trinkets to decorate with.

Floral artwork

A popular trend this spring is framed botanicals. Designers are framing dried plants and flowers, and putting them in shadow boxes. This is a great way to incorporate spring into your kitchen, or anywhere else in your home.

    Choose from any of these luxurious designs to make your kitchen trendier 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.
 

Using Dark Cabinets in a Small Kitchen

    Traditionally, darker colors like black or chocolate brown should be avoided in smaller kitchens; because they make the space feel smaller. But by designing around this fact, you can get the color you want without making the room feel cramped. Designing a smaller kitchen with dark cabinetry give you a unique and stunning space; if done correctly.

Natural Lighting

    The easiest way to make a space feel bigger is natural lighting. Windows, skylights, and solar tubes can help enhance the brightness of the space, cut down on electricity costs, and make the room feel more open. Skylights and solar tubes are often very helpful in small kitchens because they d not take up much needed cabinet space.

Glass Doors on Cabinets

    Glass doors in the cabinetry adds depth and makes the room feel a bit more spacious. While glass cabinet doors are often used with lighter colors, they can still have the same effect. Glass doors give you an added visual length to the room of about a foot of distance. If you do not like having the contents of your cabinets on display, consider frosted or etched glass. This will add designs to the space, while still adding some depth; and keeping things lighter. 

Open Shelving

    Open shelving takes the concept of glass cabinet doors a step further, by clearing out some extra space and opening up the area. By pairing dark-colored open shelves with a lighter backsplash, you can create visual transitions that separate the space.  You do not need to have only open shelves or only cabinets. By interspersing the two, you can still have the storage space you need, while keeping the room open.

Add Contrast

    White and black go together well for a reason. Offset the dark cabinetry with a lighter backsplash and countertops. This will add contrast and depth to the kitchen. Lighter areas will also reflect more light, making the space seem brighter.

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 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.