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How to Renovate a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

Sharing a bathroom with family, especially children, can be a true test of patience. Kids are prone to mess making and typically have a lot of stuff. Here are some of our best tips for a family bathroom renovation, or simply adding ways to make yours more child- friendly.

  1. Make sure your appliances are the right height- Consider lowering countertops and vanities to a lower height. This way, children will be have easy access to the sink, faucet, etc.
  2. Stow away spacing- Kids come with a lot of baggage, and their belongings can easily take over the house, including the bathroom. Opt for a vanity with full cabinets and drawers to keep the clutter hidden. Consider a decorative storage basket to keep extra towels or washcloths.
  3. Flooring- With younger children, it’s important that your picking an appropriate flooring. Opt for non- slip surfaces that are also easy to clean. Textured floor tiling are best for avoiding slips and falls, while ceramic is more durable. Shower and bath floor grips are also a great alternative to ensure your little one doesn’t slip.
  4. Backsplash tile- Kids have a tendency to splash water around while washing their hands and face. A tiled backsplash will protect your wall from getting stained or soggy.

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.

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.

 

The Electronic Bathroom

 

       Technology is one thing that always continues to grow and progress over time, and that doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Whether you’re in the market to update your home’s digital atmosphere, or just browsing for ideas, these new design trends will keep you up to date.

       The programmable shower- with these certain digital controls, programmable showers allow each individual to personalize their own settings, such as pressure and temperature. This luxurious feature is great for large families, and can also track your water usage.

      High-tech faucets- Not only will these faucets track your water usage as well, but the faucet is programmed for certain settings with the appropriate buttons for different functions; such as brushing your teeth, or washing your hands.

     Chromotherapy baths and showers- Chromotherapy uses LED lights in your bathtubs and showers to emit various different colors while you bathe.

     Shower remote controls- Similar to a car keys ‘push to start’ button, these remotes will start your shower or bath without having to even leave your bed.

     Automatic toilet seat- This touchless toilet seat automatically lifts when you approach, and if you wave another time over the sensor to lift the toilet seat for male use, both the lid and seat will close automatically.

Stay up to date! 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.

Quick & Easy Ways to Clean Kitchen Appliances

 

 

Contrary to popular belief, cleaning the kitchen doesn’t always have to be a tedious task. Continue reading for our best and simplest kitchen cleaning hacks.

  1. Get  all of your appliance cleaners together. Dish soap, white vinegar, and a scrub brush or two usually work best.
  2. Sink- Fill up your kitchen sink with warm, soapy water. This will allow any extra residue to fall off the sink.
  3. Microwave- Remove the glass dish from your microwave and let it soak in the sink for a few minutes. While it’s soaking, take a damp cloth and wipe down the inside of the microwave. Once you’re finished, scrub off the glass dish.
  4. Refrigerator- Remove all old, expired foods from your fridge. Utilize the drawers to organize the different products. Don’t forget to wipe the front down with a damp cloth!

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.

 

Why You Should Have A Back-lit Mirror

    When remodeling a bathroom, many homeowners choose to upgrade to a back-lit mirror for their vanity space. Back-lit mirrors bring drama, depth, and of course, light to a bathroom space. They can revitalize the room, and an extra element to the room that helps bring it all together. 
Back-lit mirrors provide great light for the vanity, and help provide even light for makeup, hair styling, and shaving. They reduce shadows that you would normally get from overhead lighting, which helps you make the most of the vanity mirror. The soft lighting of a back-lit mirror makes you look younger, too.
Since back-lit mirrors come off of the wall slightly to provide enough space for the lighting. This adds depth to the room. When other lights in the room are turned off, or dim, the soft lighting behind the mirror can create a dramatic and visually pleasing look.
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. 
 

High Tech Bathrooms

    Technology is always advancing, to make our lives easier both inside and away from home. One of the last places we look for new technologies is the bathroom. A toilet is just a toilet, right? What innovations can truly be found in the shower? It turns out, there are a lot of new and unique changes in our bathroom that can make your bathroom remodel into a true upgrade.

Sinks

    Sink innovations look to reduce the spread of germs and reduce water waste. The most common example of this is the touchless sink. Motion sensor sinks reduce the likelihood of germ transmission, while only running the water while your hands are near the sensor. Unlike the models seen in public places, home motion sensor sinks often have temperature controls as well as a standard control for the water.

Toilets

    High tech toilets are in a league of their own. While some of the higher end models have a wide variety of features and functions, we will explore some of the most common examples of these innovations.
    Heated toilet seats are the most common upgrade to the home toilet. It makes it more comfortable on cold mornings or in the winter to sit on the toilet. This is also common because the upgrade is often on of the least expensive choices.
    Bidets have been popular in Asia and, more recently, Europe because it is more hygenic, and more eco-friendly. There is no need to worry about toilet paper with a bidet. Bidets are also better for septic tanks, which can otherwise have a build up of paper in them.  
    Touchless toilets are great for reducing germ build up on the flushing valve or button. A relatively inexpensive upgrade, this is a good option for children or the elderly, who may forget to flush otherwise. Additionally, there are motion sensor upgrades for toilets that can raise/lower the seat, or even close the lid. 
    Some toilets have self cleaning options. While the technology is not perfect, a self cleaning toilet will be much cleaner than a standard model.

Spa Upgrades

    A bathroom should be a place of relaxation. These upgrades can help provide a spa-like atmosphere and enhance your experience in the bathroom.
    Rainfall shower heads are often noted as the most relaxing shower-style. Rainfall shower heads require less water pressure, letting gravity do all the work. 
    Aromatherapy is becoming more popular in the US, and especially in the bathroom. A relaxing and stimulating aromatherapy scent can be the perfect upgrade to your bathroom space. Many shower heads and toilets on the market now have diffusers built in. 
    Refrigeration in the bathroom may sound odd, but adding a drawer or cabinet with it can be a huge upgrade to keep your wine cool for your evening soak in the tub. Along the same lines, many homeowners are opting to install bathroom TVs, waterproof models that are meant to withstand the steam of the shower or the occasional splash.

    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.