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DreamMaker Remodeling Tips

Add a Breakfast Nook to Your Kitchen

breakfast nook

With the New Year come opportunities for home makeovers. If you’re focusing on the kitchen, then we recommend incorporating a breakfast nook. This is a great idea for homes that lack room for a formal dining space. We’ll share some ideas for adding an eating nook while preserving space.

Consider These Breakfast Nook Ideas

1. Add a Tulip Table

A tulip table has a slim base, providing ample room for multiple or larger chairs. Tulip tables with a glass surface are trendy and work well for a contemporary look. An all-white wooden table, on the other hand, goes hand-in-hand with a farm or cottage-inspired design.

2. A Nook as a Divider

In an open design, you can add a nook in the spot where the kitchen ends and the living room begins. This should give you extra room for the nook while the nook also serves as a room divider.

3. Mismatched Design

This idea is a bit more unconventional, though it’s great for making the nook a focal piece. Use mismatched items, perhaps a contemporary glass tulip table with wicker chairs. If the nook is nestled in an alcove, perhaps you can add a small sofa with mismatched pillows.

4. All-White Nook

If you go for an all-white kitchen, then consider an all-white nook as well. This way, the entire room blends together as a single space. This design is the opposite of using mismatched items to make the nook stand out. Read our June post about design tips for an all-white kitchen.

We’ll Design a Breakfast Nook for Your Kitchen

Our team will incorporate a nook or dinette into your kitchen. This provides the perfect spot for meals, homework, or evening coffee. Contact DreamMaker of Huntsville today and kickstart 2018 by adding a breakfast nook as part of the living space.

Kitchen Renovations for 2018

 We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

Historic Home Renovation—Maintain Old-Time Charm with Modern Amenities

historic home renovationThe Huntsville area is home to many modern structures and facilities. However, some properties are older, from the 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, and even turn of the century. These homes have the charm of their respective time periods. You can invest in a historic home renovation, so that your home retains its original look while updating it with modern technology.

Older Homes Require an Update

Older homes have seen several decades of use and wear and tear. Components, such as the foundation, plumbing, electrical, and insulation may all require an update to keep them on par with modern standards.

Updating the Kitchen and Bathroom

These two areas especially require attention. These rooms may need updated appliances and ventilations systems. These updates are essential for keeping the rooms functional. Once you have these out of the way, you can focus on the aesthetics. You can update areas like the cabinets and vanities, using materials and designs that correspond to the look of its original era.

The Kitchen

A wooden hutch cabinet, for example, is a great addition for a 1920s home. Kitchen counters from the era consisted of soapstone or fine-grained schist with light gray or charcoal surface color. As for the sink, this component consisted of a dry sink separate from the main counter.

A simple wooden table can go in the center of the room, right where an island would be in a modern kitchen.

The Bathroom

As for the bathroom, look for chrome or copper fixtures. Replace built-in or walk-in showers with a standalone tub. The vanity can consist of a dry sink similar to the kitchen. For the floor, stick to plain white tiles. Patterns for the tiling can include a basket weave or pinwheel design.

We Renovate Historic Homes

Call DreamMaker of Huntsville if your older house could use a remodel. A historic home renovation will retain the structure’s original look while providing contemporary conveniences.

Beautiful Historic Home Renovations

 

We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

Four Design Ideas for a Transitional Kitchen

transitional kitchenA transitional kitchen is somewhat hard to define. Even contractors in the industry use the term loosely. The term usually describes a contemporary kitchen that incorporates some traditional design elements, or vice versa. We’ll list some ideas that blend a modern backdrop with classical focal pieces.

1. Incorporate Out-of-the-Box Designs

Experiment with design schemes that one would not expect in a kitchen. For example, instead of wood or tile for the backsplash, how about chalkboard panels? This is an atypical design that is also functional; family members can scribble notes for one another. You can do the same for the refrigerator by covering the door panels with a huge chalkboard.

2. Use Décor from Other Eras

If contemporary is the default design, then mix up the scenery by adding some classical elements. Some ideas include corbels, ornate cabinet pulls, or distressed cabinet doors. These are styles you would expect in a classical cottage or rustic kitchen.

3. Streamline the Tiles

How you arrange the tiles is just as important as the type of tiles you use. Tumbled stone tiles, for instance, are a mainstay in classical kitchen designs. However, you can create a contemporary ambiance by setting the tiles in a grid formation rather than in the more traditional basket-weave pattern.

4. Make the Sink a Focal Piece

Consider a farmhouse sink. This is a popular design element in cottage-style homes. However, you can give the sink a contemporary appearance by opting for a stainless-steel basin instead of the more traditional white ceramic finish.

We’ll Give Your Kitchen a Transitional Look

The transitional style is about breaking socially accepted design rules. Look at our gallery for images of transitional kitchens. DreamMaker of Huntsville recommends transitional kitchen remodeling for homeowners who don’t want to lean all the way in one direction or another.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Transitional Kitchen Makeovers

We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

Should You Invest in a Jetted Tub?

jetted tubSpas are a great stress reliever; unfortunately, they’re also pricey. An alternative is bringing the spa to your home with a jetted tub installation. This is a renovation that gives the bathroom the function and look of a hotel-quality spa. We’ll outline the benefits, and a few drawbacks, of a jetted tub. You can be the final judge of whether this addition is right for your home.

The Benefits of Jetted Tubs

The benefit is straightforward—you can melt stress by soaking in a cozy tub. No need to schedule an appointment or shell out exorbitant fees. Some physicians also recommend them for relieving muscle and joint sores. Furthermore, a warm bath also expands the veins and arteries, improving blood circulation.

We can also install jetted tubs as part of a safety and mobility renovation. Seniors and those with mobility issues can certainly benefit from the healthy effects of jetted sprays.

The Not-So-Good Points of Jetted Tubs

Jetted tubs are not a cheap investment. Higher-end models can cost as much as $5,000, and that doesn’t include the installation. The conventional bath tub, by comparison, costs around $200. Jetted tubs are also larger and can consume major space for smaller bathrooms. Our team may also have to rearrange a portion of the bathroom. The crew may have to relocate the toilet, for example, if it’s adjacent to the tub.

Finally, jetted tubs consume more water, or more specifically, more hot water. This means more water consumption and increased stress on the water heater.

We Install Jetted Tubs

We believe jetted tubs are a great investment if you can afford the additional costs. Contact DreamMaker of Huntsville if you’re up for this type of renovation. A jetted tub can turn an ordinary bath into a heavenly experience if you need to unwind for the day.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Functional Bathroom Renovations

We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

Design a Kitchen Coffee Shop For Your Home

kitchen coffee shopSome people just love the cozy setting of a cafe. With a little work, you can create a kitchen coffee shop in your home. A kitchen that mimics the look of your local Starbucks brings about an “all are welcome” ambiance.

Kitchen Coffee Shop Design Ideas

1. Add Greenery

Not all cafés use plants for décor. Some local shops, though, incorporate plenty of potted plants and vines that crawl along the walls. You can actually keep the plants healthy by feeding them some coffee compost.

2. Use Mugs as Display

Display your mugs on kitchen island countertops. You can also hang them overhead or place them in a door-less cabinet or in one with a glass door. Mugs come in various designs and artwork, so you have plenty of options here. You can even display mason jars, since some local shops serve coffee in a glass jar.

You can also show off your coffee beans the same way. Keep them in their original package or display them inside glass containers.

3. Display a World Map

Hang a map on the wall or use wallpaper that shows the globe. Why? Coffee in some iteration or another is available in just about every country. 62 countries even have a Starbucks.

4. Display Books

People hardly go to a café just to sip coffee alone. They are either using the Wi-Fi or reading. This is why you should strategically place books around the kitchen. Use hardbacks with fancy photography or artwork. Books directly about coffee are a smart choice.

We do Theme-Specific Renovations

Our team can remodel a room with a theme in mind. Upon completion, you can add the finishing touches with small décor and other adjustments. Contact DreamMaker of Huntsville today to implement a coffee shop design for the kitchen.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Theme-Specific Kitchen Remodeling

We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

4 Kitchen Designs with Ergonomics in Mind

ergonomic kitchen designsMost homeowners just consider the aesthetics in a kitchen remodeling. However, it would be wise to think about ergonomic kitchen designs as well. The space must be functional, after all. We’ll go over some remodeling tips for an ergonomic kitchen that also improve the room’s appearance.

1. Kitchen Counter Height

As a rule of thumb, kitchen counters should be about the height of your elbow with your arms at rest. This allows you to perform basic tasks, such as chopping, mixing, and other preparations while maintaining an upright posture.

2. Softer Flooring

The soles of the feet become sore when standing on tile or linoleum for prolonged periods. Softer material, such as cork, wood, or rubber, are easier on the lower extremities when cooking for a long duration. If you prefer the aesthetics of harder flooring, then place a rug or rubber non-slip mat over the primary work areas.

3. Pull-Out Cabinets

We especially recommend pull-out cabinets for pantries where you store your canned goods. As you accumulate supplies, the older items tend to end up in the back. Not only are they more difficult to reach, but you tend to forget about them. How often have you pulled out that can of soup that expired six months ago because it’s at the back of the cabinet?

4. Retractable Cabinet Doors

Sometimes, you want to keep a cabinet door open to easily access items while preparing a meal. An open door can lead to a lot of ducking and maneuvering. Just as a pull-out cabinet is useful, so is a cabinet door that you can retract and push inside.

We Know the Best Ergonomic Kitchen Designs

You don’t have to sacrifice appearance for function or vice versa. DreamMaker of Huntsville knows the best kitchen ergonomic designs that give homeowners the best of both worlds.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Kitchen Designs with Aesthetics and Ergonomics in Mind

We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

5 Design Tips for a Spa-Style Bathroom Remodel

 

Spa-Like Bathroom RemodelA spa isn’t just for hotels, cruises, and other get-away retreats. Follow our remodeling tips to create a spa-style bathroom. This way, you bring the spa to your home with every shower or bath.

Spa-Like Bathroom Design Ideas

 

1. Large Tiles

 

A spa is all about evoking feelings of calm and serenity. Therefore, we recommend large, neutral-colored tiles for making the space feel less cluttered and chaotic. The larger tiles can just make up the walls or also encompass the surface of a built-in tub.

 

2. Glass Wall

 

If creating a spa-like atmosphere for the master bathroom, then we recommend swapping out the bathroom door with a glass divider and a supplemental pull-down curtain for privacy. The glass wall enlarges the space and extends the tranquility of the bathroom to the bedroom.

 

3. Large Soaking Bath

 

Make the tub the centerpiece by opting for a large ceramic bath. Complement this with large double-hung windows fitted with café-style curtains. Complete the touchup with honed marble tiles for a finished look that resembles a 1920s-luxury hotel bathroom.

 

4. Slipper Tub

 

A slipper tub rises higher at one end, allowing the user to recline. This is ideal for a spa. Most slipper tubs, though, are rather simplistic in design, so we suggest enhancing the area by opting for additional accent pieces like colorful glass sconces, pendant lighting, and beaded board walls.

 

5. Earthly Colors

 

Earthly colors like brown and green evoke a relaxing mood. Use these colors throughout and add open shelving. Use woven baskets for adding to the mood while also hiding excess clutter.

We’ll Create the Ideal Spa-Like bathroom

 

We believe the bathroom should be a place for you to relax. Our team knows of many design schemes for creating this type of ambiance. DreamMaker of Huntsville can create a spa-like bathroom to turn this section of your home into your own personal retreat.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Spa-Like Designs for Residential Bathrooms

We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

4 Design Ideas for an All-White Kitchen

all-white kitchenWhite is a safe, neutral color. It can also feel a bit bland, especially if every element, from the backsplash to the cabinets, is white. We know of a few good design ideas for an all-white kitchen. These designs are an alternate way to add style if the homeowner wishes to retain a white pallette.

1. Keep the Décor Simple

Don’t go overboard with the décor. Ideas include a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers, or scented pillar candles. All-whitekitchens are appealing because they have a sort of visual serenity. This disappears if you get too fancy with the decorations.

2. Install Chicken-Wire Cabinet Doors

If the cabinet doors are also white, then break up the color scheme a bit by switching out a few of the doors with a see-through, chicken-wire door. This adds a bit of a country flair, especially if you fill the cabinet space with country-style dishware.

3. Go Darker with the Flooring

If everything else is white, then we suggest a bit of contrast in the flooring. Go with a slightly darker color. We personally like wire-brushed wooden floors especially if they’re paired with lacquered white cabinets. You can even stick to white floorboards and just go a few shades darker.

4. Create a Focal Piece

You can create contrast in the backsplash and countertops even if they’re white along with everything else. Splurge in these areas by making them the focal point. Perhaps you can opt for a modern quartz countertop or traditional marbled stone for the backsplash.

Let Us Redesign Your All-White Kitchen

An all-white kitchen doesn’t have to feel monotonous.DreamMaker of Huntsville routinely remodels kitchens and evenbathrooms that have a uniform, neutral color. We can incorporate beautiful designs to an all-white kitchen while retaining the natural warmth of a white backdrop.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Renovations for Single-Color Kitchens

 

We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

4 Design Ideas for a Shoebox Apartment

shoebox apartmentA shoebox apartment is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a small, rectangular-shaped apartment room, that feels like a shoebox. These types of living quarters often consist of studio apartments designed for a single person. We know of a few design ideas for shoebox apartments. Tenants can implement these remodeling tips. Or the building owner who wants to create a more attractive room for potential renters can employ them.

Trendy Designs for Shoebox Apartments

1. Remove Clutter

Shoebox apartments are small enough as they are. There is no need to make the space feel even smaller by filling it with clutter. Free up as much floor space as you can. As a rule of thumb, any item that doesn’t serve a purpose should not be on the floor. This means no décor items. Keep those on the shelves, table, or walls.

2. Add a Small Dining Table

Shoebox apartments usually utilize an open floor plan. There really isn’t much in the way of a kitchen besides the essential appliances. A small dining table, or even a coffee table, will be right for the transition between the kitchen and living. To conserve space, this table and the work desk should be the only two tables.

3. Use Large Mirrors

Mirrors are a must for small rooms because they make a room appear more spacious. We recommend at least one large mirror opposite the windows because they reflect the light.

4. Avoid Dark Colors

It’s a common strategy to wear a lot of black if you want to appear slimmer than you really are. This is because white and bright colors make things look larger and bulkier. The same principle applies for rooms. Since you want to make the space appear bigger, incorporate more bright colors and avoid too many dark tones.

We’ll Design Your Shoebox Apartment

Our commercial renovations include apartment complexes. If you’re an owner, contact DreamMaker of Huntsville for remodeling work. Many of the shoebox apartment design ideas we outlined also works for smaller homes and condos.

Edited by Justin Vorhees 

Renovations for Studio and Shoebox Apartments

Serving Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green

4 Ideas for a Turkish Style Bathroom

Turkish style bathroomBath houses are a must-experience if Turkey is ever on your vacation radar. Additionally, you can also bring the bath house right into your own home. It doesn’t take a whole lot of interior remodeling to get the bathroom to resemble an authentic Middle Eastern spa room. In fact, here are four design ideas for a Turkish style bathroom that you can implement on an affordable budget. These ideas, by the way, are also suitable for commercial bathroom renovations, especially hotels and restaurants.

1. Use Bowls and Vessels

Incorporate copper vessels where possible. The most obvious choice here is a vessel sink. Other additions include a brass teapot and teacup, which can be used solely for decoration or to serve yourself tea while soaking in a bath. A few other ideas include copper tins or bowls for storing items such as bath salts or wash cloths.

2. Install Hanging Lights

Most bath houses have dome ceilings. Of course, having the entire bathroom roof renovated may be out of your budget. The next best thing is to add hanging lights with dainty cutouts and lots of reflective material. If you light candles, consider mosaic or gold-flecked candle holders.

3. Use Pestemals

Remove all mats and towels in the room and replace them with pestemals, or hamam towels as they’re more commonly called. Aside from adding to the design, the towels are also quite functional. They’re lightweight and absorb water more rapidly than a conventional towel.

4. Install Vintage Faucets and Showerheads

Faucets and Showerheads are ideal components for incorporating brass and copper. Look for vintage designs with double cross-handle levers.

We’ll Rearrange Your Bathroom with a Turkish Bath House Design

Does your bathroom feel bland and uninspiring? Give DreamMaker of Huntsville a call, and we’ll turn it inside out. We’ll make your bathroom anything but ordinary with a Turkish style bath house design.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

180-Degree Bathroom Transformation

We are happy to serve the Huntsville area. Our service area also includes Huntsville, Madison and New Hope. We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

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