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4 Customized Pantry Designs

customized pantry designsDepending on the size of the kitchen, the pantry may range from a single large cabinet to an entire walk-in closet. Either way, you can redesign the space by implementing one of these customized pantry designs. This renovation makes a good follow-up to an existing kitchen remodeling. Due to its small size, a pantry can be totally transformed by making small and affordable changes.

1. Minimize Door Shelf Space

If you have a cabinet pantry, consider limiting the door shelf. The width of the shelf should be no more than one jar deep. This makes it easier to keep items neat and orderly. Too much width makes it too easy to store items in the back where they become lost and contribute to clutter.

2. Add a Metal Book Holder

Decorate the pantry by keeping a metal book holder on the shelf. This keeps a book open and upright; it’s designed for recipe books. Keep one in the pantry with a book opened on a page with a beautiful illustration.

3. Add Some Vintage Décor

For walk-in pantries, add a few floating shelves about two feet from the ceiling. Use this space for displaying décor items. We prefer anything vintage, such as an old-style jewelry box, brass candleholders, or anything you might find from a place like Pottery Barn.

4. Incorporate Cubbies

Instead of just relying on shelves, turn the space into cubbies. This helps with organization by giving each category of item its own cubby. Plus, cubby holes almost have a cutesy look to them with their petite square-shaped slots.

We’ll Customize Your Pantry with Creative Designs

Let DreamMaker of Huntsville completely transform your pantry. Our team has remodeled both cabinet-style and walk-in pantries. We’ll incorporate your input and design a customized pantry that is both a functional and visual standout.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Remodeling for Cabinet and Walk-In Pantries

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

4 Kitchen Island Design Ideas

kitchen island designMore often than not, the kitchen island is the kitchen’s main focal piece. You want an island that not only increases functionality but also complements the room’s surroundings. An island is a critical part of many kitchen remodeling plans. We know of a few kitchen island design ideas that might work nicely with your type of home.

Our Favorite Kitchen Island Design Implementations

1. Choose the Right Size

A kitchen island may not be right in every scenario. Is your kitchen large enough to accommodate one in the first place? There should be a minimum of 42-inches of space between the island and counter/appliances.

There are also small islands, some no bigger than a coffee table. To conserve space, you can also opt for models with open space beneath, allowing you to tuck in chairs and stools when not in use. This is especially good for safety and mobility considerations.

2. Give It a Function

What is the primary use of the island? Is it used for cooking? Some islands these days come with a stove. Is the island the food prep area? In that case, include a sink and add plenty of drawers. You can even add a mini built-in fridge or freezer.

3. Add a Wine Rack

Some islands come with wine racks on the side. Fill the slots with vintage champagne or even inexpensive bottles acquired at the supermarket. This creates a nice look if you’re going for that wine cellar appearance.

4. Use a Contrasting Color

Which part of the kitchen is the focal point? Is it the cabinet, the counter, or the island? If it’s the island, then choose a style with a color that contrasts with the rest of the kitchen. In other words, use a bold color like royal blue if the cabinets are a neutral color.

We’ll Remodel with the Kitchen Island in Mind

Contact DreamMaker of Huntsville if you want to add a kitchen island or make renovations around an existing one. You can look up our gallery to see some of the kitchen island designs we incorporated.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Renovations for the Kitchen Island and the Entire Kitchen

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

Adding More Light to Your Bathroom

More Light to Your BathroomIs your bathroom darker than you’d like it to be? If you can’t see well enough to apply your makeup properly or put in your contacts, it might be time to consider adding more light to your bathroom. Not only is lack of light frustrating to deal with daily, it also detracts from the overall look of your space. A quick bathroom update, however, can fix all your lighting problems. Make sure you discuss specific options with your contractor, but you should absolutely consider these three great ways to improve the lighting in your bathroom.

Utilize Recessed Lighting

If you aren’t familiar with recessed lighting, prepare to be impressed. While there are several variations, all recessed lighting is a flush, clean way to brighten up a space and get rid of shadows. It can be placed nearly anywhere and is a perfect addition to any home remodeling project.

Install Over-Cabinet Lights

Over-cabinet lights are most frequently seen after kitchen makeovers, but they definitely have a place in bathrooms as well. This lighting system doesn’t add a significant amount of direct light, but it does a fine job of providing nice ambient light.

Install Under-Cabinet Lights

If you’re someone who often drops your contact on the bathroom counter or in the sink, under-cabinet lighting might be the answer you’re looking for. This type of lighting is placed so that it lights up countertops. It would also work well under storage cabinets to help provide light on the floor.

Think Your Home Would Benefit from Adding More Light in Your Bathroom?

If you’re sick and tired of making do with a poorly-lit bathroom, it’s definitely time for a change. Your home will look and function better with improved lighting. Talk to a professional contractor at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Hunstville to learn more about how you can improve the lighting in your bathroom today.

While we specialize in bathroom and kitchen remodeling, we offer a variety of other services as well. Have a home construction project you need done, cabinets that should be refaced, or safety and mobility needs? We can assist you with these projects. For more information about our company, visit our website or call (256) 612-5551 to speak with a representative. Make sure to inquire about our free consultation offer!

Edited by Justin Vorhees

 

Improved Bathroom Lighting in Huntsville AL

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

outdated kitchen fashionsNo trend lasts forever; this is especially so in the home renovation sector. The hottest designs today may quickly fall out of favor tomorrow. Of course, fashion is just what is currently popular. If you like a particular design, then go for it; who cares if it’s no longer the “in” thing. On the other hand, if you prefer to keep up with the latest home design fad, then here are some outdated kitchen fashions that will not be in high demand in 2017.

Outdated Kitchen Fashions You May Want to Pass Up

1. On-the-Counter Microwaves

Microwaves that stand on the counter are not only space consuming but also falling out of favor. These days, most microwaves are installed below or to the side of an upper cabinet. Under-counter microwave drawers are also popular.

2. Trash Compactors

Trash compactors were a huge thing in the 80s and 90s. In 2017, however, most people would rather not have to deal with an appliance vulnerable to malfunction and odors.

3. Farmhouse Sink

Our interior remodelers have received very few requests for farmhouse sinks in 2016. We still believe it’s a nice addition, though, for cottage-inspired kitchen remodeling.

4. Colorful Appliances

That red toaster or gold-paneled microwave were considered chic a few years back. However, homeowners these days seem to prefer sticking with neutral colors. Speaking of neutral colors, stainless steel is a default option that never falls out of favor. Even if there is some sentiment that stainless steel has too much of an industrial look, it is always available.

We’ll Modify Your Kitchen with an Up-to-Date Look

Contact DreamMaker of Huntsville and kick start 2017 with a kitchen renovation. We make recommendations based on current trends. Ultimately, however, we always advise clients to go with the look that appeals to them, regardless if it’s an outdated kitchen fashion.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Full Kitchen Makeover Using 2017 Home Design Fashions

 

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

Granite Countertops in BathroomsAre you planning a bathroom update in your home? Bathrooms are some of the most commonly used spaces in your house. Even with a small family, they get an enormous amount of traffic and use every single day. Overtime, that use can really start to show. For this reason, bathroom and kitchen makeovers are two of the best home remodeling projects you can choose to do. If you’re updating your bathroom, you’ll need to select a countertop material that is both aesthetically appealing and functional. Granite is just such a material. Here are three reasons that granite countertops are the perfect addition to your bathroom.

  1. Granite Gives a Pleasing Appearance

If your goal is to impress house guests, installing granite countertops in your bathroom is a sure-fire way to do it. As a naturally occurring stone, granite is one of the most visually appealing countertop options available on the market.

  1. Granite Countertops are Easy to Clean

Concerned about the cleanliness of your bathroom? Bathrooms can host all manner of bacteria, so it’s important to keep them clean. While granite countertops do need to be sprayed with cleaner to combat germs, their smooth surface is non-porous and allows bacteria to be wiped away easily.

  1. Granite Countertops Increase Home Value

Any contractor will tell you that one of the best ways to increase the value of our home is to add granite countertops. Buyers love to see updated bathrooms, but they’re even more impressed when they realize the countertops are made from natural stone. Granite countertops absolutely make your home worth more on the market.

Ready to Add Granite Countertops to Your Bathroom?

Whether you’re updating your bathroom to make your home more marketable or finally getting the bathroom of your dreams, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Huntsville can help. We specialize in many home construction and remodeling services, including bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, cabinet refacing, safety and mobility, and general contracting services. Please visit our website to view additional information about our company and the services we offer. You can also call (256) 612-5551 with questions or to schedule an appointment to receive a free consultation. We can’t wait to make your home remodeling dreams come true!

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Installing Granite Countertops in Huntsville, AL

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

Office Christmas DecorationsThe office can be quite a bland and uninspiring room. The Christmas season is an excellent time for adorning the area with all things Christmas. Office Christmas decorations not only make the work area homelier, they also boost staff morale.

Our Favorite Office Christmas Decorations

Quirky Ornaments

If there is a Christmas tree for the office, decorate it with unconventional decorations. Ideas include computer mice or exposed circuit boards in place of ornament balls. We also recommend using industry related items (i.e. lipstick tubes for a cosmetic company).

Santa Hats

Santa hats can be used a number of ways besides wearing them on the head. Place one on top of the generic wall clock, prop one on a fire extinguisher case, or secure one on top of the exit sign (without covering the word, of course).

Ceiling Ornaments

Most offices have a drop ceiling. Those are pretty generic. Hang items from the ceiling, such as: ornament balls, mistletoes, and plastic snowflakes. You can also suspend Christmas lights or wrap them around the pillars.

Ornaments for the Cabinets

Decorate the cabinets in the office and/or breakroom. For metal filing cabinets, use magnets with Christmas designs. For all others, use reusable wall decals. You can even let your workers express their creativity by using sticky notes with hand-drawn Christmas illustrations.

Door Decorations

All doors in the facility can be decorated. There are two choices we recommend: Cover the surface in wrapping paper, or wrap it in construction paper and decorate it with drawings and props. The latter is a common classroom decoration where students come up with their own décor. The same concept can be applied to the outer portion of an office cubicle or door for a bathroom stall.

We Do Commercial Offices

Contact DreamMaker of Huntsville for commercial remodeling work. Our team commonly tackles commercial offices. With some Christmas decorations for the office, your workspace will be infused with the holiday spirit, thereby raising everyone’s morale.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

 

Commercial Office Remodeling and More

 

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

Laundry Room DesignsUtilitarian spaces like the laundry room probably aren’t the first priority when it comes to renovations. Nevertheless, the area is still a room and still deserves some love and its own unique charm. Interior remodeling, after all, should include every living space. We know of a few good design tips for the laundry room that will make the area just as aesthetically appealing as it is functional.

Laundry Room Design Ideas

Add a Chandelier

A chandelier may seem out of place in a laundry room. Its presence, however, gives the room a dynamic and elegant look. It also draws the eyes upward, making the room appear taller. This is a plus considering that laundry rooms are usually cramped and undersized.

Be Choosy with Your Accessories

We personally love all things wicker, including baskets and storage boxes; they fit right in for a laundry room. We also love mason jars and think they make stylish containers for your detergent.

Use Bright Colors

If you have a cabinet set in the room, then we suggest bright colors for the cabinet doors. One color we especially like is candy apple green. While this color is a bit risky for the kitchen, it’s perfect for the laundry room and makes the area look fun and inviting.

Incorporate a Chic Design

For a chic style, add some additional décor. Here are a few suggestions:

  • An empty, dome-shaped bird cage suspended from the ceiling

  • Colored potion bottles

  • Vintage posters from a previous generation

  • Kit-cat clock with a swivel tail

We’ll Bring Personality to Your Laundry Room

Get in touch with DreamMaker of Huntsville for some renovation work on the laundry room. We remodel this room all the time, usually as part of a whole-house renovation project. We also do commercial remodeling and can remodel laundry rooms for apartment complexes and university dorms. Our laundry room design ideas will give this normally bland utilitarian space its own charm.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Full-Scale Remodeling for Utilitarian Spaces

 

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

Master Bedroom RenovationThe master bedroom is the largest bedroom in the home and the one normally occupied by the owners. If the home is your sanctuary, then the master bedroom is your personal oasis. This is also the room that has extra amenities you don’t find in an ordinary bedroom, such as a bathroom. If you’re renovating the master bedroom, here are some suggestions our team often recommends to clients.

Considerations for a Master Bedroom

Large Windows

Give your master bedroom large windows to let in ample light. If privacy is a concern, then choose ceiling-level windows, or place them a minimum of five feet above the floor.

Bathroom

Adding an additional bathroom for the bedroom is a huge investment, but the room will feel so much more luxurious. Our recommendations? A large shower stall fitted with a bench and body sprays installed at different heights. We also recommend placing the toilet in an alcove. This separates the toilet from the rest of the room so you can have some privacy if someone else is also using the restroom.

Walk-in Closet

If it’s a shared closet, a space of 10 X 10 feet is best. 7 X 10 feet will do for a single person’s wardrobe. This will give you enough space to dress inside the room and/or enhance the spot with a mirror and dressing chair.

Fireplace

A fireplace for your bedroom is the ultimate indulgence. This can be a built-in fireplace or a stand-alone unit. We recommend an electric fireplace because it doesn’t require a chimney.

We’ll Make Your Master Bedroom Fit for a King/Queen

Contact DreamMaker of Huntsville for a full bedroom remodel. We also do commercial remodeling and can renovate master bedrooms for hotel and bed & breakfast suites. A master bedroom renovation will turn an ordinary room into your own private haven.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Residential and Commercial Bedroom Remodeling

 

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

bathroom, bathroom remodel, bathroom remodel Huntsville bathroom makeover budgetA bathroom remodel can turn an old space into your ideal calming escape. A successful redesign from DreamMaker Bath & Kitchenwill also add storage, create added functionality, increase space, and improve your home’s value. Usually, the countless options available in a makeover project can be overwhelming. These questions will assist you in getting the most out of your bathroom remodel.

 

Which bathroom should I choose?

Before beginning, decide what the scope of your makeover project will be. Will you be remodeling your downstairs half-bath which is only used a few times a week, or the master bathroom used daily? The bathrooms that are used most often require larger budgets, as they generally contain more amenities.

 

What’s the bathroom makeover budget?

Decide what your budget will allow after deciding which bathrooms need work. Remember, it’s essential to maintain a budget that will benefit you, the contractor, and the design team to ensure everyone is on the same page. This will also prevent any future misunderstandings during the remodel project.

 

How much energy do you use?

One of the most important factors to consider before choosing to remodel a bathroom is how much energy you and your family use, and if you could use less. Eco-friendly designs have grown in popularity in the Huntsville, AL, area during recent years. Remember that you don’t have to sacrifice water or energy to be “green”. For example, energy efficient appliances help to save water while flushing the toilet and also control the temperature of the shower, so you save both water and heat. An eco-efficient remodel could lower future energy bills and bring peace of mind knowing you’re contributing to conservation efforts.

 

What amenities are important, and how do you use the bathroom?

Beyond the basics, everyone has individual needs for a bathroom. For some, a calming spa-like tub where they can relax after work is essential. For others, a double vanity is important to allow family members to get ready simultaneously. Also consider features for safety and mobility, such as a walk-in tub or a zero-barrier shower. Discover the problem areas of your current bathroom so your contractor can best address your needs when helping plan your remodel.

 

Your bathroom is an essential component to your Huntsville, Alabama, home. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen’s specialists are trained to ask you all of the important questions during your free consultation, ensuring that you receive the result you desire. With our renown artistry and trend-proof styles, a bathroom or kitchen remodelupdate is sure to last for years, giving you the best return on investment. So, don’t wait any longer to have the interior remodelof your dreams for your home or commercial property—call or email ustoday!

 

 

Top Tips Before Starting a Bathroom Remodel in Huntsville, AL

 

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

In this day and age, building materials, labor and just about everything seems to be raising in cost. Building a new home is nice, but the price seems to be doubling daily to do so. Why not just look at the beauty and character already established and embrace the past? Your style taste can always update the interior, so here are a few reasons to buy or keep a Mid-century home.

1. Sloped roofs add drama and are practical.

Pitched roofs are the roofs that range from a slight to drastic slope. They naturally do not accumulate snow because it slides off. They require smaller structural members and do not retain water at all, keeping the house watertight! From a design viewpoint, the roofline can be built to accentuate the topography pf the area, whether it be pointing skyward or perfectly nestled into the trees.

2. Architecture can be a natural climate control.

Yes, you heard correctly. Architecture can be a natural climate control. Hello, lower utility bills! In the 1950s, it was normal to not have an air conditioner and retaining heat in the winter was key. These houses were structured to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter with very little help. Windows are usually placed on the southern walls with overhangs that create shadows like a brim on a hat. This allows the windows to remain cool in the summer and guide warmth into the home during the winter months. It is also normal for the homes to have doors on opposing walls to create air flow through rooms or the house has whole house fans that help create air flow! This also will lower your carbon footprint, if you live a green lifestyle.

3. Straightforward layouts create interest and understanding.

The layout of these homes is divided into “zones.” Due to this type of layout, it is easy to see and understand the architect’s thought process in building. It essentially guides you in decorating and makes it easy to pick out where everything was meant to be placed. Large open spaces are a norm in this style of home which allows for large spaces to entertain and create continuity. If you have a wall of windows, make sure to use the wall as a focal point.

4. Simple materials provide more creative flexibility.

This is so true. In the 1950s, builders used mainly aluminum and wood siding. Building materials have come a long way since then. Opt for cement board, plastic or PVC. All of these are durable and have a painted finish that is easy to maintain. Most likely, you will be giving the siding a fresh coat of paint to go with your sense of style. Make sure the materials beneath it are just as durable for an easy upkeep. 

5. Minimal frills can accentuate details you might want to otherwise hide.

The staircase, usually in the main entryway, is not an easy thing to hide; especially, when they are free-standing. The craftsman made the staircase as a way to show off their craftsmanship and the latest trends in new materials for the time. Embrace this structural piece of art, and you will learn to love it.

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