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Basement Bathroom Design

When adding a bathroom to the basement, or upgrading a pre-existing bathroom, there are a few important considerations to make. There is a lot of unique and interesting choices that you can add to a basement bathroom to make it feel more comfortable.

Lighting

Bathrooms in basements often have to work with limited or no natural light to create a beautiful space. If your basement bathroom has a window, it is likely a small one near the ceiling, close to the ground outside. In the event that you have a window, do not put the mirror on the same wall as it. You will want the mirror to reflect more of the natural light in the room, and brighten up the space. If you do not have a window, consider adding lights to the vanity in addition to the ceiling fixture. If you want the room to feature darker colors, consider using lighting fixtures with yellow bulbs, which can make the space feel more homey and natural.

Full or Half Bath

When designing a bathroom for the basement; you need to consider both the space available, and the plumbing. If you have the available space and fixtures to add a tub or shower; then you may want to consider these options. Standing showers require the least amount of space. They can often be implemented into bathrooms that otherwise wouldn’t be able to fit a bathtub. Creating a full bath in the basement can be a good way to boost the value of the home. For those looking to live in the home or a long time, adding an extra shower can be a great way to avoid showering conflicts on busy mornings.

Flooring

Proper flooring in a basement bathroom is vital to a successful renovation. It is a good idea to avoid concrete or tile flooring if you do not have radiant floor heat in the bathroom. These flooring options can be very cold in the morning, and especially when used in the basement. Vinyl and linoleum are sturdy and relatively water resistant. They are not as cold or as hard to walk on. Vinyl or linoleum sheets are better than tiles of the same materials in a bathroom space, because there is less space for water to seep through.

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.

Wooden Kitchen Countertops

While wooden cabinetry has been a staple of kitchen design for decades, wood is quickly growing in popularity as a countertop option. Traditionally the countertop of choice for bars and butcher shops; this design choice is growing in popularity for homes. Wood is lighter than most other countertop options, and often costs less to repair.

Adding Warmth to the Kitchen

Many homeowners are moving away from stainless steel appliances because they make the kitchen seem colder. One way to incorporate warmth into a kitchen is by using wooden countertops. The natural colors of butcher block style countertops elevates the space by giving it a warmer, more natural look.

Plenty of Design Options

Wood comes in a variety of different grains and colors; based on the type of tree the wood was taken from. This means that there are plenty of exciting options for your counterspace. Some options include classic oak, deep maple wood, strong cherry wood, or rich walnut. There are also a number of more exotic woods for a kitchen space, such as zebrawood, rosewood, or iroko. Less expensive wood, like birch or beech can cost as low as $12 per square foot. More exotic or expensive woods can cost about $200 per square foot.

Maintenance and Repair

Wood can be maintained well with care. There are a number of oils or polishes made for woods, depending on if it is finished or not. Many of these products you may already use if you have wooden furniture in your home. More exotic woods may require more sensitive care. Any damage, such as scratches or nicks in the wood, can be sanded out or refinished.
Even butcher block style countertops are rarely used directly in meal prep today. Using a wooden countertop like any other, with cutting boards, is important to maintaining an undamaged counter space.

Strong Yet Soft

Wood can be a very strong countertop material, and yet its soft nature can provide a lot of benefits too. Unlike stone or quartz, it is less likely to chip or break dishes dropped on it. Wooden countertops are also great for noise reduction, limiting clatter when plates or glasses are placed on them. Even smaller appliances; such as blenders or food processors are quieter on top of wood than most other options.

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.

Kitchen Trends to Avoid When Selling Your Home

    There are a lot of different ways to design your kitchen space; to fit whatever style you like. But when selling your home, it is best to avoid funky options, or changes that can reduce the value of the space. This article will look at some common kitchen mistakes homeowners make that can actually ruin a home sale. Most potential buyers want a kitchen space that doesn’t require renovation as soon as they move in. 

Mixing Metals

    There are many different types of metal fixtures for a kitchen space; from stainless steel or brass, to copper or pewter. When upgrading your kitchen space, avoid mixing the metals used in the space. Mixed metals are often too eclectic for potential buyers. 

Fake Open Shelving

    Some homeowners will try to imitate open shelving by removing their cabinet doors. This is not a good idea. Cabinets with doors are not designed in the same way as open shelves. This often makes the space look cheaper. Additionally, If proper care is not put into the removal of the doors, the cabinets themselves can look damaged or shoddy. 

Fake Wood Cabinets

    Vinyl that looks like wood can be a fine choice for flooring in a kitchen, but wood vinyl should not be used for cabinetry. They often look cheap and can detract from the overall value of your kitchen. These “fake wood” materials can sometimes come with more maintenance and repairs than a sturdy wood cabinet. Vinyl can not support as much weight as wood. When it comes to your kitchen cabinets, invest in the best materials possible.

Multiple Colors with Appliances

    Appliance companies have been diversifying the colors they make models in for years. Now your kitchen can have a red oven, a blue dishwasher, and a yellow toaster. But it really shouldn’t. Much like mixing metals, it can be easy to go overboard with these color choices. It is often best to pick simple colors, like black, white, or stainless steel for these appliances. If you do want to add a pop of color in this way, do it with only one or two appliances; and make sure they are the same color. A lot of colors in the kitchen can seem random or chaotic; and can be a turn-off for buyers.

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.
 

Kitchen Trends 2019

    With a new year comes new and innovative design trends. These new trends set the tone for the rest of the year. Here are some of the most interesting kitchen design trends of the new year.

Scandinavian-Style Kitchen

    Modern clean lines, organic shapes, and light, muted colors blend with natural materials to form a Scandinavian-style kitchen. This interior design style became popular a few years ago, and has been steadily on the rise. Scandinavian interior design is a style celebrated for its simple color schemes and focus on function over form. Scandi-style kitchens are often minimalistic yet beautifully one-dimensional; with a predominantly all-white color palette combined with natural neutral colors.

Copper and Brass Fixtures

    Copper fixtures are on top of the trending lists.Designers are even expanding its uses beyond faucets. Many designers are implementing copper for drawer handles, cabinet knobs, and even as part of ovens and other appliances; as one would see stainless steel. Coming in a close second is brass. Brass is brighter, and can blend well in spaces with a variety of colors. 

Fluted Glass

    Fluted glass adds dimension and texture to a kitchen space. Fluted glass allows you to achieve the usual room opening effect with cabinetry without making your plates take center stage. Fluted glass can also be a great aesthetic choice for any kitchen window. Fluted glass allows plenty of light to filter in while providing some privacy screening.

Concrete Countertops

    Concrete is a strong, sturdy countertop material that is quickly rising in popularity. It is strong like granite or marble, for a much lower cost. While it’s biggest downside is it’s cost, there are a number of countertop manufacturers that have released a treated form of concrete that removes the coarseness of the material Treated concrete is more costly than the standard, but it is usually less expensive than quartz.

    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.
 

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019 – Living Coral

Many paint brands choose a “Color of the Year” during the winter for the upcoming year. The colors chosen are often a large part of interior design, fashion, industry, graphic design, and more for the year to come. But Pantone has continuously chosen the color that makes the biggest splash. This year, the Pantone Color Institute chose the color “Living Coral.” This color is described by Pantone as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” The Pantone Color Institute figures out the next big color through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, color consulting, and design strategy.
Living Coral is a vibrant and beautiful color that can be perfect for kitchen backsplashes or bathroom walls. The eye-catching color highlights a space while the golden undertones provide a mellow feel to the space. In nature, coral is vivid, and a reef may have a plethora of colors and hues. Living Coral seems to capture the natural blends and can mesh well with a variety of colors. The color is an interesting way to add vibrance to a space. You may want to consider it during your next remodel.
    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.

Pet Friendly Bathroom Upgrades

Having a pet around the house can be great; but you should take proper precautions to  keep your furry friends safe. When renovating your bathroom, you might want to take your pets into consideration. Many of them will be a benefit to you, as well as your pet.

Pet Friendly Showers

    Showers that make it easier to give your pet a wash can be very helpful, and very modern. A curbless shower reduces the risk of tripping; for both you and your pet. This type of shower is safer, because it reduces the risk of falls when you take your everyday shower; while also making it easier when it is bath time for your pet.
    Non-slip surfaces in the shower will help you be safer in the shower, while helping your pet feel less nervous at bath time. Pets that don’t like baths are often afraid of getting hurt on the sleek floor.
    Detachable shower heads help you get all the hard to reach places; but they also make cleaning your cat or dog easier. A detachable shower head gives you greater control when getting the last of the suds, or avoiding water in their ears.

Litter Box Nook

    A litter box is a necessary but unsightly part of cat ownership. When renovating your bathroom, consider adding a litter box nook. Transform part of your bathroom cabinetry into a nook for your cat’s litter box. This way, the litter box is out of sight but is still accessible. 

Tile Floors

    Tile floors are the best choice for a pet-friendly bathroom. Tile is durable, easy to clean, and waterproof. It makes it easier for you to clean up after your dog shakes off his wet fur to dry off. Tile is also available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and designs; so you can find ones that fit your style.

Toilet Lids

    Not every homeowner opts for a toilet seat lid. But if you have a pet, it can be helpful in a number of ways. Toilet seat lids can be used to sit more comfortably when washing your pet in the tub. But they can also be used to protect your pet. We all know the common trope of a dog drinking out of the toilet. But this can make them extremely sick, or even poisoned; when you use toilet cleaners. For smaller, more agile pets, like cats, an uncovered toilet can be a potential drowning hazard. Cats can sometimes fall into the toilet, where the cupped edge and funnel-like interior can be difficult to escape from. Toilet seat covers can be helpful in protecting your pet’s health and well-being. If your pet continues to access the toilet, consider adding a child-proof cover.

Locking Cabinets

    Locking cabinets can keep your children, and your furry friends, out of your beauty products, cleaning chemicals, and medicines that they can otherwise access. If your pet gets into those items, they can easily make a mess of them, or get sick. Protect your children, pets, and your products from each other with locking cabinets.

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.
 

Designing a Kitchen to Age in Place

Many kitchen upgrades are done because the homeowner wants to change the design for aesthetic purposes; while others might do it to raise the value of the home. But for some people, especially those planning to stay in their home for the long haul; the kitchen remodel is done with ease of access in mind. Preparing your kitchen to “age in place” is a good idea for homeowners who plan on living there well into their elderly years. An elder-friendly kitchen is created to make your life easier now, as well as when you are much older. Elder-friendly kitchens can help support your independence in your later years, while making your life easier now. Upgrades will focus on safety features, ease of access, and better organization.

Non-Slip Floors

Slip and falls can be a dangerous hazard for elderly people. When choosing flooring, you should choose one that is slip resistant as well as soft for landing. While some tiles can be considered “slip resistant,” falling on a tile floor can cause a lot of damage to your body. Safer flooring options can include laminate, bamboo, and vinyl. Avoid using area rugs or floor mats in the kitchen, as they can offer potential tripping hazards.

Reduce Edges

Along with non-slip floors, a kitchen that ages well will have less sharp edges. Countertops should be designed with rounded or bevelled edges; which will help mitic\gate injury during a fall. 

Easy Access Cabinets

From reaching up high, to trying to find what you're looking for, cabinets can be a problem for some elderly people. Windowed cabinet doors can allow you to better determine where an item is before you start checking the cabinets. Cabinet organizers, lazy susans, and pull-out drawers can help reduce bending and reaching. D-style pull drawers and lever handles can be a lot easier for elderly people to use.

Lots of Lighting

Light up your kitchen. As you age, your vision can become more impaired. Area lights, lights inside cabinets, and undermount lights can help illuminate important areas of the kitchen to make your life easier. 

Leave Space for a Wheelchair

You may never need a wheelchair, but it can be a good idea to prepare for it. Creating a space where you can pull up a wheelchair to work in the kitchen can be a good idea. If you don’t use a wheelchair, the space can still be used with a chair. Breakfast nooks can easily double as a seated prep space. 

Easy Use Appliances

Appliances for a kitchen meant to age with you should have easy to reach controls and easy to read displays. Drawer style dishwashers can reduce bending and strain. Keep microwaves on the countertop. Wall-mounted ovens can allow for baking without bending. 

 

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. 

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.