Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen Range Hood or Fan?

    When renovating your kitchen, you may want to add in a range hood over your stovetop. A range hood is a ventilation system that sucks up smoke, odors, and moisture from the stove and pushes it out of the home through a built-in duct system. The other option many homeowners use instead of a range hood is a range fan, which disperses the smoke and odors. Which is right for your kitchen?

    Installing a range hood usually requires more of a dip into the budget than a fan. The hood must be installed above your range, and a duct  must be added to your home, The hood will channel cooking smoke and particulates out of your home and out of the roof via the duct.

Range fans disperse moisture and smoke from the cooktop. Rather than allowing smoke to build up in the kitchen, the fan helps to circulate the smoke and moisture around the room or to other parts of your home. The fan may filter the air, or simply disperse it. Range fans are usually more cost effective as they usually do not require ductwork. They also take up much less space in the kitchen.

Many microwaves that are meant to be suspended over a stove will have a range fan built into them on the bottom. This can help you cut don on costs and the number of add-ons to your kitchen.

Overall, a range hood is better at removing smoke and other particulates from cooking than a range fan. But the hood and it’s duct can be an additional cost to your renovation. When planning out your renovation, decide if a range hood would be a good choice for your kitchen.

While most residential spaces are not required by law to include a range hood, some form of ventilation should be encouraged. Both range hoods and range fans help mitigate smoke inhalation and Carbon Monoxide build up in a home while cooking. For kitchens with stovetops built into the island, the range hood would have to hang down in the middle of the room, whereas a vent fan can be installed above.

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.

 

Smart Refrigerators in your Kitchen Remodel

The future is upon us, a rapidly growing trend in the kitchens of today is smart technology. What do we mean by smart technology? Imagine being able to preset your oven, or start up a pot of boiling water with just the touch of a screen from anywhere. Companies such as Amazon, Samsung, Google and many more have been developing smart technology for your home and they are now developing technologies for smart appliances. One appliance that is already on the market is the Smart Refrigerator.
The Smart Refrigerator is the epitome of what modern technology has to offer. It offers a wide variety of features such as; touch screen interface, internal cameras, bluetooth connection to other smart appliances, a shopping list that can be synced to your smartphone, and the storage of cook books that will read recipes to you while you cook. Some of the more personal features are the setting of user profiles and personalized notes and to do lists for every member of the family.
Some common questions about the smart refrigerator are whether or not the repairs are more expensive than usual. While this depends on the issue and the manufacturer, the answer is usually no. All of the main parts of the refrigerator are just the same as a standard model. And the smart technology is made to last around 15 years, just the same amount of time that average refrigerator will last.
Another question often posed is whether or not it will become obsolete when newer models come out? Since the appliance is connected to the internet, it will be able to install software updates to keep up with the newer systems on future 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. 
 

Fall Color Trend for Kitchens – Color Pops

    Many kitchen remodels this season are moving away from white and black shades, and moving towards pops of vibrant color. According to Pantone, color trends are moving towards  a small pop of blue, yellow, or red in an otherwise neutrally colored kitchen. By adding these color pops, you can draw the eye to certain parts of the room.  But where do you add the extra color?

Backsplash

    Your backsplash is the perfect place to add color without breaking the bank. Add splashes of color with mosaic tiles or paint. There are many ways you can design your backsplash to fit your home. Color is very easy to incorporate into your backsplash. By drawing the eye to the backsplash, you add depth to the room.

Smaller Appliances

    Toasters, microwaves, and other smaller countertop appliances can come in an abundance of colors. When you are replacing these appliances, there is a great opportunity to add color into your kitchen. You create focal points on the countertops this way, which helps accentuate the color and style of the countertops themselves.

Larger Appliances

    Dishwashers, stoves, and refrigerators can also come in a variety of colors. Adding color in this way draws the eye to an important part of a kitchen. Colored stoves or dishwashers draw the eye down to the counters, while a colored fridge leads the eye to the center of it. 

Open Shelves

    Open shelving has a lot of potential to add color. The shelves themselves can be colored; or you can use cups or plates with color in them. By displaying the color on the open shelves, you draw the eye upwards, making the room seem larger.

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.
 
 

5 Reasons a Kitchen Remodel Might go Over Budget

While not always common, it isn’t unheard of that a kitchen remodel will go over budget. There are a number of reasons why a kitchen redesign goes over the expected budget. The best way to avoid going over is to is to see it as a cap, rather than a goal. Here, we will break down the 5 most common reasons a homeowner goes over budget, and how to avoid that mistake.

Splurging on Your Kitchen

    The main reason why a person might go over budget is because they opt for appliances or amenities that are over their reach. Figure out how much you plan on spending for the flooring, sink, refrigerator, etc. When shopping for each aspect of the kitchen, keep the overall budget in mind; as well as the price you expect to pay. Ty to choose something you like within that limit. It can be easy to go for the fancy, internet linked fridge, but there are many fantastic models without such functions at a better price.

Unexpected Prices

    Sometimes, even with the proper planning, costs can spring up on you. Shipping costs, sales tax, and more can be an unexpected surprise. Shooting under your budget can help give you a safety net to help you stay within your budget.

Changing Direction

    Another reason a renovation may go over the budget is altering the original design plan. Some people may decide in the middle of a renovation to change the color scheme, cabinet style, or replace parts of the kitchen that they were originally keeping. This can put a damper on a budget. The best way to avoid this is to do research and look out for the design that you know you’ll love for years. Being set on how your kitchen should be after the remodel will help you keep from straying from the original plan; which will no doubt cost more. 

Unexpected Construction Issues

    Construction issues can be a big burden on a kitchen remodel. Water damage, termites, or simply working around load-bearing beams lead to added costs or remodelling time. It is important to allocate some of your budget to be ready for some of these issues. Additionally, you should be prepared for additional remodelling time if complications are found during the remodelling process. Building codes and HOA rules may also affect remodels. Be sure to check with your HOA to see if there may be any issues with performing a remodel. Your remodelling service provider should help you with building codes and any associated paperwork.

Poor Service

    Remodels can go over budget if the remodel goes over the anticipated time, or if your contractor’s service is not efficient. It is a good idea to communicate with the managing contractor, to make sure that you are on schedule. You should hire a licenced contractor that you can trust. 

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.

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.