Uncategorized

What to Consider When Renovating Your Kitchen

There are so many factors that you must consider when making decisions about your kitchen renovation. Most kitchen needs include storage, space, dining areas if you wish to have an eat-in kitchen, and of course decor. In order to start your kitchen renovation, you need to know what you need out of your kitchen. Budget, layout, lighting, and what you can make out of the space you have, are all important factors that need to be decided before getting started.

 

Before choosing materials for your kitchen renovation, you should create a budget. Figure out what areas of the kitchen you are willing to spend more money on and what areas you would like to save money on.

 

Your new layout all depends on the size of your kitchen space. If you have a small kitchen, we can sit down with you and come up with layouts to maximize space and storage. You may want to add space to your kitchen by taking away from another or taking down a wall. These architectural decisions can all be made with the help of your Dream Kitchen and Bath contractor.

 

Lighting is important in a kitchen, from natural to artificial. Light fixtures can complete your new kitchen design, as well as window placement. When choosing light fixtures, think about your kitchen design. And when making window decisions, consider cabinet placement.

To discuss bathroom 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.

2016 Kitchen Trends

If you’re renovating to improve the worth of your home or to update your look, kitchen renovations are a great way to start. There are a wide variety of new trends that the new year has to offer such as customizable tiles, transformative taps, hiding kitchen appliances and cabinetry, modern metals, and new twists on kitchen accessories.

 

With new online programs for custom tiles, you can create your own backsplash tiles. You can choose your own colors and tile patterns that will be perfect for your new kitchen design. There are several websites in which you can design your own tiles. It’s quick and easy, and after your order them, they will be delivered to your home.

 

If you have some extra money to splurge on a faucet system, you can get state of the art transformative taps. New and improved tap systems can now deliver not just water, but sparkling water, and even coffee! Luxury systems such as these are on the expensive side, however, you will never have to buy sparkling water or coffee machines again.

 

Hiding cabinetry and kitchen appliances is another new trend of the new year. Modern kitchen companies offer stylish panels that can camouflage part of your kitchen when you’re not using it. You can prep food in the area, and close it up when guests arrive for a clean cut look in your kitchen.

 

Rose gold is huge this year. Other modern metals such as brass and copper are showing up in kitchens everywhere. From appliances, to kitchen gadgets, these metals are making a comeback. They pair well with almost any cabinet color and are as clean looking as stainless steel. These metals are also putting a new twist on kitchen accessories. You can now find small appliances, pots and pans, etc in your favorite modern metals.

To discuss 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.

Shower Head Selection

When renovating your bathroom, you might forget that a shower head is an important detail. The right shower head can change your showering experience. There are many different options to consider, from single function to multifunction, which can give you different sprays and variations. Rain heads simulate a summer rain and can include color changing lights to enhance the mood. Handheld shower heads have a hose extension and offer massage-like water streams. You can even go green and install a shower head that helps to conserve water without sacrificing style. Taking out some extra time to consider the ideal shower head for you bathroom can create the spa-like experience you’ve been looking for.

Basic shower heads start at about $10, but more elaborate models with many features can be found for over $1,000. An average shower head of good quality goes for about $150. Create a budget and consider the cost of installation.

Next, choose the finish of the shower head that matches the design you’ve chosen for the rest of the room. Options such as brass, pewter, stainless steel, bronze, chrome, gold, platinum, and nickel finishes are all available for your shower head. If you are getting a shower-tub combo, you will want to match the finish on both the shower head and the tub faucet.

Next, choose between a mounted shower head or a handheld shower head. Handheld shower heads are a great convenience and are especially good for bath time if you have young children or pets. They are also convenient for the elderly or the disabled, for easy access and control.

Multifunction shower heads include features such as full spray, massage, rain, mist, and jet sprays that allow you to set the water stream to your preference.

Whatever bathroom remodeling needs you have, Dream Kitchen and Bath is here to help. Contact us for your next remodel at 718-273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

Bathtub Options

When remodeling your bathroom, the bathtub is an important part of the design. Dream Kitchen and Baths has a list of bathtub types to choose from, installation options, and bathtub materials that will make your tub perfect for your new bathroom.

 

There are three types of bathtubs to choose from–standard, whirlpool and air, and walk-in. A standard tub is a basic and affordable option that pairs as a tub-shower combo and can be bought at any improvement store. Whirlpool tubs force water through jets that are placed around the tub, and air tubs force a steady stream of air into the water. Walk-in tubs are ideal for those with mobility concerns because climbing out of a standard tub can be slippery and dangerous.

 

A new tub can complete your new bathroom. If you don’t already have a tub in your bathroom, choosing the right installation method is an important part of the remodeling process. For example, platform installation would be best for whirlpool and air tubs because the platform can hide the extra plumbing, pumps, and hardware behind a detachable panel. Different from a platform installation, tubs installed with an undermount have a rim that is enclosed with a deck top and usually stone or tile that coordinates with surrounding materials. It usually gets it support underneath, rather than dangling from the deck as a platform does.

 

Choosing the right material is an important step in creating the perfect tub for your bathroom. You can choose from material options such as acrylic, fiberglass gelcoat, composite, or cultured marble. Acrylic is a plastic material that has a high-gloss look that is similar to enameled cast iron, but weighs much less. This option offers simple repairs and has an easy-to-form nature, perfect for whirlpool and air tubs. Fiberglass gelcoat tubs have a glossy, easy to clean surface and is cheaper than acrylic. however it is not as durable. Composite tubs are made of an engineered material that is coated with enamel. This option offers the heat retention that a cast iron tub has at a third of the weight, making it perfect for bathrooms on the second floor. Cultured marble tubs are solid-surface bathtubs made from crushed marble that is set in resin and covered with a clear gelcoat. Scratches can be buffed out, but cracks cannot be repaired.

For more information about bathtubs and installation, contact Dream Kitchen and Baths at 718-273-6233 or come visit our showroom and we will gladly help you! 711 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302.

Bathroom Counter Top Choices

The counter tops in your bathroom can look good and serve its purpose. Delicate and porous surfaces can break and stain easily, so you’ll need a durable surface that can survive your morning rush routine. Also the tops of your counters can serve as the focal point of your bathroom, as well as a connecting point between cabinetry and tile. The counter surface that you choose depends on your taste and budget. Here are some options to choose from for your bathroom counter tops:

Granite – A granite counter surface gives your bathroom a sleek look, and if you’re renovating to sell, it definitely attracts buyers. Today there are affordable grades of granite available so that you don’t have to spend a fortune on your counter tops. This surface can handle heat, wear, stains, and looks great.

Solid Surface – Quartzite materials are very low maintenance. These counter surfaces are extremely durable–they can endure heat, stains, and scratches can easily be buffed out with fine-grade sandpaper. The cost of quartzite materials are comparable to granite and marble.

Laminate – Laminate counter tops are available in a wide range of finishes, including some that look like granite or solid surface. This economical choice is a popular pick for counter surfaces because it stands up to water and is relatively stain-proof.

Metal – Metal counter tops, while expensive, are very strong. Metals used in countertops include stainless steel, pewter, copper, and zinc. These surfaces are heat and stain resistant as well as anti-bacterial. These counters may be susceptible to dents and slight scratches. The other metals are also weaker than stainless steel.

Recycled Glass – These counter tops are eco-friendly, as well as beautiful. It can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. This countertop material may be hard to find, but it is durable and easy to clean. It is heat and stain resistant. Chips and scratches are a downside of these surfaces.

Tile – Tile counter tops come in a wide variety of colors and finishes that can be laid out in many different patterns. Custom artistic detail can always be added. Although this type of counter top comes with a lot of maintenance, it’s a popular pick for counter surfaces and a durable choice.

Wood – Wooden counter tops are porous, however they can be sealed to prevent water damage. This choice will add a warm, inviting look to your bathroom.

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 Styles

Renovating your kitchen? Kitchen cabinets are a huge part of the kitchen renovations. Cabinets take up most of the space and can set the style that you want. So how do you know what kind of style you want for you cabinets? There are two main categories when it comes to kitchen cabinet styles: modern and traditional, however, there are many subcategories to choose from:

 

Antique – Antique kitchens display particular features from an early period that bring a feel of age and beauty into the home.

 

Asian – Asian kitchen designs are becoming very popular in the U.S. This style brings a fresh look to the kitchen with beautiful range of materials and colors.

 

Contemporary – This style became popular in the mid 20th century and includes clean lines, flat surfaces, and minimal ornamentation.

 

Country – Country style kitchens are cozy, and comfortable and feature glazed cabinets, farmhouse sinks, panelling, and other country details.

 

Victorian – This design includes ornate detailing of intricate carvings and elaborate, gothic orientation.

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.

Getting Started With Your Bathroom Renovation

1. Focus on Style and Function – Think about what kind of use you want to make out of your bathroom. Do you want to soak in the tub for a few hours and red a magazine? Or do you shower and run? Plan your renovations around how you use your bathroom and what you would like to get out of it. As for style, bathrooms are quite a personal space. You want it to be a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Focus on a style that you’ll love.

 

2.  Assessing Costs – Create a budget. Set the areas where you feel comfortable splurging a bit, and the areas where you can find the most cost effective options. Know how much you are willing to spend on your bathroom renovation and know how you want to spend it.

 

3. Space Planning and Storage – Evaluate the space existing space in your bathroom. Do you have enough space for what you need? Or do you want to create more space with the renovation? Consider different layouts and space saving options if you are looking to change the amount of space provided in your bathroom. Consider installations that will maximize storage.

 

4. Choosing Materials – Shopping and picking out the right accents will give your new bathroom charm. Consider backslashes, lighting, cabinets, vanities, flooring, fixtures, countertops, and special features that you can picture in your renovated bathroom. All of these details are important factors that will tie the space together when it’s completed.

5. Getting it Done – Dream Kitchen and Bath can create the ideal bathroom for you. From planning to installation and renovation, we will be there to help you through the process and get it done the right 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.

Tile vs. Hardwood Flooring for your Kitchen

 

1bigstock-Home-interior-with-hardwood-fl-16224221The kitchen is the most popular room in the house. You’re always cooking, cleaning and eating with family and friends there, so it has to be looking its absolute best. Choosing the style of your kitchen floor can essentially come down to two options — tile flooring or hardwood floors. At Dream Kitchens and Baths, we design exquisite and upscale kitchens. With our help, you will have a kitchen that will be the envy of all of your friends.

 

Hardwood floors in the kitchen look amazing when done. They give off a sophisticated, clean and rustic ambiance to the setting of your kitchen. Hardwood floors in your kitchen can also increase the overall value in your home. There are endless options of wood that can be installed in your kitchen: Ash, walnut, and mahogany being just a few examples. Maintaining your hardwood floor is a breeze; vacuum and dust regularly, and clean using a microfiber cloth. Try to avoid heavy cleaners that can damage and discolor the floor. Placing area rugs underneath the sink/dishwasher area, help to prevent possible moisture damage to the floors. Hardwood floors are a more modern style in kitchen floor designs and is a rising trend.

 

1bigstock-Luxury-Kitchen-With-White-Cabi-7271555Tiles are the standard and classic flooring of choice for the kitchen. With many different style options: cut, color, and design, you cannot go wrong when choosing tiles. Tiles offer your kitchen a polished and neat look. Tiles, like hardwood floors are easy with maintenance, but unlike hardwood flooring, there wouldn’t be any moisture concerns that could cause damage to the tile.

 

Whichever style of flooring you choose, it will definitely leave a stylish impact on your kitchen.

 

For more information on kitchen design and flooring installation, please call our office at (718) 273-6233.

 

Restyling Your Bathroom

bigstock-Modern-Bathroom-Interior-With--72801796Liven up the look of your bathroom this summer with help from Dream Kitchens and Baths. We turn any ordinary bathroom into a setting with style.

There are an ample amount of trends that you can get inspiration from when remodeling your bathroom. One of the simpler trends is to change up the tile in the bathroom; tiles with distinct patterns or a pop of color instantly refreshes the overall look.

bigstock-Clean-modern-bathroom-with-ter-73338472Marble, mosaic, and even wood furnishings in your bathroom add a polished and classic element to your bathroom. These types of furnishings not only look great, but are a breeze to maintain. Clear glass showers are also a big trend this year, as it serves as an additional classic and clean element to your bathroom.

Another interesting element of design to revamp your bathroom is to add plants anywhere in the setting. Whether it's a big potted plant in the corner or a small cactus perched on the sink, plants give off a modern and fresh flare to your bathroom.

Dream Kitchens and Baths gets any job done in a quick and efficient amount of time. With proper planning, you can have a newly updated and revamped bathroom in just three days.

These are just a few of the hottest bathroom trends for this year, so be sure to inquire us for more information on how we can help you remodel your bathroom. Call our showroom today to get more inspiration for your bathroom redecorating (718) 273-6233.

 

Summer 2015 Kitchen Trends

Kitchen With Cherry Wood CabinetrySummer is slowly approaching, and so are the newest trends for your kitchen.The professionals at Dream Kitchen and Bath will transform your kitchen visions into reality.

A hot, up-and-coming rising trend for the summer is having lots of spacious cabinetry. The accumulation of more appliances lead to the need for more space in your cabinets. Larger cabinets allow for awesome features like lazy susans for easy access, pull-out cabinets that hold waste receptacles including recycling. Some examples of companies that provide with the latest trend include: Thomasville, Kraftmaid, Kitchenaid, and so many more. By having this feature, it not only serves the purpose of having ample room for storage, but it gives your kitchen an overall sleek finish to it.

The Modern Kitchen DetailsNew Colors are another kick starter trend for the upcoming season. Although, it isn’t through the common backsplash or paint job, but more like wallpaper. By adding gold and yellow-toned wallpaper to your kitchen, it adds a warm and comforting appeal to the space. More cool tones like darker blues and grey add a sleek and clean appearance, and with either color, it is a sure fire way to shine the light on one of the most appealing areas in your home. Wallpaper is also great for the kitchen due to it’s versatility and simple appliance and maintenance.

The kitchen professionals at Dream Kitchens and Bath are here to help make your kitchen look its best for the new upcoming season. They are also up-to-date with the latest in kitchen design and outlook. For more information on how we can help you model the kitchen of your dreams, feel free to give us a call at (718) 273-6233.