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5 Important Things to Look for When Designing Your New Kitchen

    When our specialists help you design your new kitchen, we know what will help you make the most of your space; to give you the right combination of style and functionality. It is important to know what is best for your new kitchen, we are going to discuss 5 things to look for in a new kitchen, whether you are renovating your own, or moving into a new home.
    In any kitchen, the 3 main areas of use are the sink, stove, and fridge. Known as the kitchen triangle, there should be about 10 to 25 square feet between these fixtures. Less than 10 square feet makes working in the kitchen feel cramped or too condensed into one space. They are too far away at more than 25 square feet, making food prep a hassle.
    Counter space is key. For every kitchen, there should be a good amount of counter space, even after accounting for small appliances like the toaster or blender. Islands can add more surface area than just wrap-around counters can afford. Islands should only be included if your kitchen is about 8 feet by 12 feet or larger.
    Area lighting is important for any kitchen. Lights under the cabinets or pendant lights are some examples of simple area lighting. In areas where you will do the bulk of food preparation, such as the counters closest to the stove, good lighting is a must.
    Backsplashes save time and effort. We mainly think of backsplashes as a nice way to finish off the look of the kitchen, but the practicality of the backsplash is just as important. It is much easier to clean off grease and other messes off of a tile or metal backsplash than to scrub it out of wallpaper or a painted wall.    
    Hire a licensed contractor, to get the job done right. A licensed contractor is insured in case of an accident. An unlicensed contractor puts you at risk if there is an injury or accident. Get quality work you can trust from licensed contractors like Dream Kitchens and Baths.
    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 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

 

Adding a New Bathroom to Your Home

In almost any home, adding a new bathroom will increase home value and decrease the time it takes for everyone to get ready in the morning. Average-sized bathrooms can be added into almost any area of a home, provided that some space is given up. A small half bathroom can take up as little as 15 square feet; and a full bathroom as little as 24 square feet. The perfect spot for your new bathroom may be easier to find than you think. Talk to and hire a licensed contractor for quality and professional service for this project.

   Long hallways usually end with a window and/or unnecessary floor space, with as much space as 30 to 40 square feet left over. This is plenty of space for your new full bathroom.

   Closet spaces can provide a great place for a bathroom, as long as storage is not an issue. Two back-to-back closets or a walk-in closet can be the right size for a half bathroom. Small walk-in closets are about 16 square feet, as are back-to-back adjoining closets.

   Laundry rooms are close to pipes, so you won’t have to reconfigure any plumbing. With modern stacking washer/dryer systems, there can be plenty of space for a bathroom.

   Staircases can house enough space under them for a half bathroom. Given enough headroom, a hidden bathroom under the stairs can be great for both you and your family to use.

   Existing Bathrooms in a home can often be cut into a slightly smaller space to provide the home with another half bathroom. With plumbing all in the same place, repurposing the extra space in the bathroom for a new one can be an easy addition.

   A bathroom can be added to a bedroom by taking a small corner from a large bedroom. Bathrooms taken from bedrooms can be used as personal bathrooms or whole-home facilities. Depending on the size taken from the bedroom, a full or half bathroom can be installed.

   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.

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