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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.

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

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