Pet Spaces in Your Kitchen

    Your old kitchen has gone to the dogs. It's time to rip up the old one and renovate it into a fantastic new space. But this time, be sure to make some space for your furry friends. Many homeowners are taking the time to create special pet areas in their kitchens. This popular new trend trades away some cabinet space in order to accommodate pets.
    The most common addition to a kitchen for a pet friendly design is a drawer for your pets bowls. A low drawer at the bottom of the cabinets can be a place to conveniently house your pet’s food and water dishes. When it's time to eat, simply pull the drawer out and fill it up. 
    A kitchen island or exposed cabinet back is the perfect place to create a nook for your pup. A small alcove in the kitchen can be a great place for a bed for your cat or dog. For bigger dogs, you should consider having a built-in crate to your kitchen island or cabinets. You will be giving up more cabinet space, but you free up the area where your crate currently is. 
    Many homeowners don’t like their dogs under their heels while they cook. Others like to keep their dogs penned into a room or two when they leave the house. For either house, built-in gates take up very little cabinet space, and can extend to close off the kitchen.
    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 Mirrors

    Bathroom mirrors can make or break a bathroom space. Mirrors serve a lot of different functions in a bathroom, besides the obvious. Finding the right style and amount of mirrors can change the entire feeling of the room. Most bathrooms are designed with the mirror over the vanity, and for good reason. This is the most practical spot for it. But it also removes the need for them elsewhere. In most bathrooms, vanity is the only area that needs one. 
    Mirrors can alter the amount of lighting that a room needs. The mirrors can reflect light and spread it out in an effective way. If you plan on using wall mounted lights, do not put them opposite the mirror. Instead, consider having them installed around the mirror. This is better for illuminating the mirror while minimizing glare. 
    Mirrors create the illusion of a bigger room. The reflection of the room creates the feeling of openness or wide space in the mind. This, however, can also make a room feel cold and empty.  That being said, the mirroring should be proportionate to the room itself. Most small bathrooms or water closets should have a single mirror over the sink. A larger bathroom could afford to have more mirrors, but they should not overpower the room. Decide if you would like a frame on the mirror. Frameless designs are sleeker and make the space , but frames can add character or style to the space. Many vanities with built-in mirrors have framed designs.
    Mirrors should, in most cases, be placed on one wall of the bathroom only. Mirrors facing each other create a sense of unsteadiness in a room and can be disorienting. The effect is called sometimes called “Mise en abyme,” meaning ”placed into the abyss.” It alters the balance of the room and throws off the lighting schema. It creates the image of an endless tunnel, and can ruin the style of a room if done incorrectly. This mirror placement is rarely seen in homes, no matter what room it is.
    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 Design With a More Masculine Style

     Statistically speaking, it is just as likely for a man to be cooking at home as it is for a woman to do it. Shifts in gender roles, and the popularity of cooking as a skillful, even competitive activity have helped push the design of the home kitchen into a more masculine design style. Males are beginning to take over kitchen design trends, and a lot of these new influences in the style of kitchens are becoming hot on the market in terms of resale value. 
    Men are more likely to spend more on appliances. Commercial ranges, bigger fridges, and commercial range hoods are often the choice for kitchens when picked by men. Males also will choose to add extra appliances more often than women. Males renovating a kitchen are more likely to add extras like a deep fryer, or a salamander (small broiling oven).
 Adding a second sink is also a common choice made by male homeowners. One reason that these are more popular now is the idea of cooking as a couples activity. This is seen more in younger couples, but there is starting to be a higher demand for these appliances and installments in kitchens on the market.
    In terms of cabinetry, the masculine influence in design trends has created more of a popularity of flat-fronted cabinets. For countertops, men often prefer a mitered edge, rather than more curved or bevelled styles that are more popular among female homeowners.
    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.

Bathtubs in Your Shower

    In the past, a common design for full bathrooms would be a tub/shower combination; where you can stand in the tub and send the water to a showerhead instead of the faucet. In more recent years, tubs have separated from showers. A new trend that is becoming prevalent in bathroom design puts the tub inside your shower.
    Modern showers in homes are divided from the rest of the room, and usually take up ample space. Some homeowners and interior designers are choosing to place freestanding or built-in tubs within these larger shower spaces. 
The combination has a lot of benefits. An in-shower tub can often act in place of a shower bench, depending on the design style of the bathtub. For a child’s bathroom, the risk of water all over the floor during bath time becomes a thing of the past. Aesthetically speaking, the design is very stream-lined and has a modern, spa-like feel that many homeowners and potential buyers enjoy today. 
Be sure to check with your licensed contractor to see if this design style is right for your bathroom space. The one issue that some homeowners may face with this trend is waterproofing surrounding the tub. It is important to have your contractor make sure that the area is watertight, and that the drainline and brackets for the tub do not compromise the shower membrane.
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.

Must-Have Upgrades for the Baker’s Kitchen

    If you bake a lot, your kitchen redesign should work to make it easier for you. There are a number of upgrades you should consider for new kitchen to better your baking.
    Marble is king when it comes to baking. Whether you are making pastries, chocolates, or even bread; marble is known to be the best material to prevent sticking without the need for added flour. Marble is a beautiful, natural countertop choice as well.
    Double up on ovens. Dual ovens can give you more baking space, and can be great for when you have to bake two items at two different temperatures. Dual ovens are also usually mounted at more of an eye-level; which reduces back-strain while working in the kitchen.
    A tall but narrow roll-out drawer is a great upgrade for your cookie sheet and baking pan storage. This minimizes the space that they take up while also adding ease-of-access.
    Open shelving for cookbooks and baking essentials like flour and sugar add both function and decor. Wall hooks for hanging bread boards, rolling pins, and cake molds can add character to the room while filling negative space and saving room for storage. 
    Switch out your spice rack for a spice drawer. With a top-down view of your spices, always at arm’s reach; this convenient upgrade is perfect for keeping all of your essential spices organized and ready for use.
    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.

Adding a Closet With Your Master Bathroom Remodel

    Many homeowners are opting to add some closet space while upgrading their master bathroom. Creating a walk-in closet while at the same time upgrading your bathroom helps you get the most out of one remodel, without having to worry about changing things around later. Whether you take space away from the bathroom, the bedroom, or a bit of both to set up the closet, upgrading your master suite with a walk-in closet is something you won’t regret.
    When preparing to upgrade your bathroom, you are already in the renovation mindset. You want change, and you are ready for a change in the space. You are already planning for the new bathroom. It is easier to do both in a single renovation; saving you time and money.
    Long-term, adding a walk-in closet not only adds to your convenience in the space, but can add to the overall property value of your home. While this increase may only be a few thousand dollars, in the grand scheme of things, it can be a plus if you decide to move.
    Dream Kitchens and Baths prides itself on quick and hassle-free renovations. Our team will get your new bathroom and closet together in a few days; a small price to pay for a lifetime of added storage and convenience. 
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.

Quartz Countertops; Pros and Cons

 

    Quartz countertops are very popular among homeowners. It is among the higher end styles of countertop material. There are pros and cons to designing a kitchen with this material.
    Quartz countertops take the beauty of the natural mineral and use modern treatments to temper and protect it. This process creates a very durable and strong counter. However, some owners feel that this diminishes the natural look of the mineral. Quartz countertops are a contemporary hybrid of natural elements and modern creation.
    Quartz is as durable like concrete or granite, but has more give. This means that it is less prone to chipping or cracking, as it will absorb more of the impact. Quartz isn’t a porous surface like marble or concrete; which means that it is harder to stain. The stain won’t seep into the countertop permanently like it can with some other counters. Quartz countertops are, however, less resistant to heat than some other materials. Use caution when dealing with hot pans and put a barrier between them and the counter. 
    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.

No-Threshold Showers

When renovating a bathroom, many homeowners consider adding a no-threshold shower (also called a curbless shower). A no-threshold Shower reduces the risk of tripping when getting in and out of the shower because it doesn’t have a lip. For stand alone showers, going curbless can be a good option for any bathroom, but it can also raise the value of the home. The design is great for a home with elderly or the disabled. The universal design function for safety of a curbless shower is very appealing for potential buyers. It is also a great upgrade if you live on staying in the home for a long time. Glass walls and the lack of a curb on this type of shower will help make the bathroom seem larger, because there is a less of a divide in the room separating the shower.

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 Kitchen Features for the House that Entertains

    If you entertain guests often, or just have a big family, you will need a kitchen to help you turn out a lot of food. But why should you slave away in the kitchen all day for your party? With these kitchen upgrades, you can cook more food at once, and seriously cut down on your cooking time.
    Double ovens are a must-have for any entertainer’s kitchen. It can take long to cook up a lot of pick-ons or dishes when your oven can only be set at one temperature at a time. With double ovens you can bake at two different heat levels, or cook two batches at the same time.
    Island Cooktops allow you to have plenty of workspace next to and around the stove. It also allows you to cook while engaging in conversations with your guests. Having a stove built right into the island also gives you more freedom to separate the oven from the stove, for stand-alone models or dual ovens.
    Having a bar in your kitchen can be a great way to keep your alcoholic beverages and mixing tools all together. A sleek bar combined with a half wall is a great transition between the kitchen and dining room areas, while affording full functionality to the space. Keg taps, wine cabinets, a bar sink, or a refrigerator drawer in the cabinetry surrounding the bar can be convenient added features for the space.
    Warming Drawers are important for heating up something a guest brought over, reheating hors d'oeuvres, or warming up dips for the table. Nobody wants to eat cold leftovers towards the end of the party.
    A Coffee Bar is a good way to keep all of your hot drink stuff together. A small alcove or corner of the counter space can be set up for a coffee bar. The area should have ample storage for coffees and teas, mugs, and coffee pots. Pick a space with enough outlets for your coffee machines and other accessories. 
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.

Luxurious Design Choices for Large Bathrooms

    Large bathroom spaces can be amazing and luxurious places to relax; if you know how to use the space. When the space is left without being properly used, it can make the room feel colder and uninviting. There are a number of ways to utilize the space more to give you a more relaxing, spa-like bathroom. 
    A great way to use more of your bathroom space is to have a separate tub and shower. This is very common in bathroom design today. Separating the tub from the shower also gives you more freedom to resize the shower. Larger showers are more inviting. Add a built-in shower bench and shelving to the shower, for both convenience and comfort. For the tub, standalone models, especially clawfoot ones, add luxury and elegance to the bathroom space. 
    Fireplaces bring warmth and lavishness to a bathroom space. A gas fireplace can be a great way to fill the space, and make your bath-time relaxation feel cozier. Nothing says “unwind after work” quite like a nice bubble bath and the flickering light of a warm fireplace. 
Go beyond simple floor mats or bare tile floors. Area rugs with beautiful and intricate patterns can make a large room feel cozier by drawing your eyes lower to the ground.
    Tuck away the toilet with it’s own space, whether you incorporate full or half walls. This affords the user more privacy, and can hide the less elegant part of the bathroom. If you decide to go with a full wall, consider closing off the space with a door. 
    A nylon upholstery couch or divan can be a great way to add an extra element to the room. Nylon upholstery is generally regarded as water-resistant, so the material is good for furniture in high humidity areas like a 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.