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Designing a Guest Bathroom

    When designing a bathroom for use as a guest bathroom, there are a lot of small upgrades that can make all the difference. Here are a few add-ons to your guest bathroom that you can make to better your guests’ stay.

Spa Designs

    Spa-style design can go a long way in creating a comforting space for your guests. Bamboo cabinets, natural lighting, and natural stone can help create a zen space.

Decorative Toiletries

    You can make it easier for guests to access toiletries by using them as decor. Use decorative baskets or built-in shelves to give them easy access to toilet paper or other necessities without compromising on style.

All-Inclusive Vanities

    Vanities in a guest bathroom should have some extra items that a visitor might forget about when staying the night. Having a few extra items, like a magnifying mirror, or some extra beauty products can go a long way in making your guests feel more welcome in your home.

Guest Showers

    Showers in a guest bathroom should have some extra safety features. You don’t want guests to get hurt. Worse, you don’t want to be sued. Add in some handrails, use a curbless shower design, and slip resistant tile to help protect your guest’s wellbeing.

Relaxing Scents

Candles, potpourri, or reed diffusers can go a long way in creating a relaxing bathroom space for a guest. It doesn’t take much to add more to the room that way.

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. 
 

Steam Showers

    Steam showers are often seen as only for spas or gyms. But today, many people are installing them in their homes. A home sauna is a great way to relax and unwind after work. Steam showers can use up a small fraction of the water of a traditional shower, and have many health benefits.

Benefits

    Steam has amazing benefits to your body. Steam can clear your sinuses. Steam can moisturize your skin, whereas hot showers can actually dry out your skin. Steam showers use up very little water. While a 20 minute traditional shower can use up about 50 gallons of water, a steam shower may only use 2 within the same time period.

How Do They Work?

    Steam showers use a generator that heats up the water separate from your water heater. The generator heats the water to a boiling point, and allows you to control the temperature of the steam as it comes out. Many steam showers also allow you to mix in essential oils or refreshing scents like eucalyptus or mint. 

Installing Steam Showers

Steam showers should be installed by professionals. They are supposed to be moisture-sealed. The power required of the steam generator depends on the volume of the steam shower, and the type of tile used. Stone tile rooms require more energy than ceramic tile. Steam showers often replace ordinary shower stalls, but can also be installed in addition to them. Some homeowners will build a traditional shower system into their steam shower. For larger bathrooms, steam showers can be their own section of the room.

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 Plants That can Thrive in a Bathroom Without a lot of Natural Light

    House plants often thrive in  or near window sills. Bathrooms are also common spaces for house plants, but they are often very different from plants that grow in the living room or kitchen. Bathrooms have less light and more moisture than most rooms in your house. Adding a plant to your bathroom can add a splash of natural color, help purify the air, and add a peaceful quality to the space. We will be discussing a few of the most popular, low maintenance plants can thrive in a bathroom environment.
The Cast Iron Plant is a favorite for many homeowners looking to add green to their bathroom. This plant thrives in temperatures of the average home, while looking for a bit more moisture than most plants. They don’t require much watering; and are great for those who are notorious for letting plants die off. They are a good starter plant for new homeowners, and are often housewarming gifts. They are often used in bigger pots that can be situated on the floor of the bathroom, near the vanity.
    Lucky Bamboo is another plant that requires little effort to take care of. It is a much smaller plant, and can easily fit on your vanity or toilet tank. Lucky Bamboo is probably the least expensive option on this list. It grows fast, but a few cuts every now and then can keep the little shoots at the height you like.
    Spider plants are among the most highly rated plants by NASA for air filtration. They require very little sunlight, and the high moisture environment of a bathroom suits them well. They are usually available in two styles. One is solid green, and the other has a pale yellow outline to the green leaves. 
    Orchids are the best flower for a bathroom. They naturally grow in low to medium light, thrive in moist environments, and come in a wide assortment of colors. They prefer indirect or artificial sunlight, so they can adapt well to a bathroom with a small window. 
    Ferns grow where light is low and soil is moist across most of the world. Ferns have been around since before the dinosaurs, and for good reason, they are sturdy and hearty plants, that can adapt well to their environment.
    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 Bathtub: The Major Focal Point of Your Bathroom

 

The bathtub is the major focal point of just about any bathroom. As time goes on, the bathtub has become more than just a tool used to clean oneself. We use it as a method of relaxation, to soak, to clean ourselves or our children, or even as a romantic indulgence. The first step in designing your dream bathroom should be choosing the correct bathtub to suit your every need.
Nothing shouts the important elegance of the classic clawfoot tub. This design has been one of the most popular designs for many years. It is a free standing tub with 4 feet at the base resembling claws. Their vintage design is a great way to accent your bathroom if you are going for a classical design.
Jetted tubs bring a more sleek and modern design to your bathroom. These tubs have massaging jets that will bring the relaxation of a trip to the spa right into the comfort of your own home. Most also offer a jacuzzi option which makes these tubs even more enjoyable to almost anyone. Jetted tubs are growing in popularity and are a great accent to a more modern bathroom design.
With a look of elegance a freestanding tub will bring an accent of luxury to your bathroom. A lot like the claw footed tub it is free standing except it is not raised off the ground with legs. They normally have a sleek, curvy, and almost flowing design that will give a very luxurious accent to any bathroom. 
Soaking tubs are a very common choice in modern bathroom renovation. With a very basic yet aesthetically pleasing design they are one of the most popular choices in today's day and age. They offer a deep design so you can fully submerge yourself and they have a comfortable interior designed just for you.
Choosing the correct bathtub for your bathroom is a very important factor in bathroom design. The trends in bathroom design are ever changing as people come up with more creative ideas to make your bathroom pop. One way people have been improving their bathrooms is by putting their tubs on an elevated platform. This adds a more modern and classy design to any bathroom and showcases the major focal point of any bathroom, the bathtub.
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.
 

Creating a Glorious Bathroom Spa

Ideally, we like to think of our showers and baths as a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy a calming experience. We want our customers to view their bathrooms as a relaxing retreat, especially after a long day of work. Continue reading to learn how to transform your bathroom into your own personal spa-area.  
     Soothing Colors- Lavender, pale gray, cool blue, and light pink are just a few of the top rated soothing colors that have proven to be calming. Paint your walls light, cooling tones and accessorize appliances with white and gold. This will allow your bathroom to be a light, calming room.  

     Natural Granite- Granite in any room can always make the area look more clean and modern. Consider a simple granite shower seat for your next bathroom remodel. 
     Glass Doors- Glass sliding shower and bath doors have the ability to make any bathroom look more chic and serene. They are also extremely easy to clean and maintain. 
     Houseplants- Not only do plants look great in a bathroom, but they can actually make your bathroom feel warmer, too. Plants are a natural way to add color and style to the space.
     Bamboo Rug- Bamboo flooring is not always suitable for a bathroom, as untreated bamboo retains moisture. A bamboo rug gives your bathroom a spa ambiance with an alternative style.

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.