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DreamMaker Remodeling Tips

Be a Part of Our Huntsville Open House Event

Huntsville open houseAll Huntsville residents and visitors from surrounding cities are cordially invited to our Design Studio grand opening. This is a Huntsville open house event for homeowners and business owners contemplating any degree of renovation. We invite you to visit our studio.

Location: 2340 Pansy Street, Huntsville, AL.

Date: Tuesday, May 8

Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

The open house begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. We would be delighted to see prospective customers and past clients come by for this celebratory moment. After all, it is you, our clientele, who have made this moment possible. We will have light refreshments and finger foods available. We anticipate a good showing and a pleasant social gathering. Our staff will be on hand to answer industry-related questions or just to make small talk.

Our Showroom

We will have some of our finest craftsmanship on display. This includes multiple showrooms with samplings of cabinets, countertops, flooring, age-in-place installations, and more. Our samplings cover mostly kitchens and bathrooms for both residential and commercial renovations. This covers an array of design schemes, from traditional to contemporary.

Please check out our existing gallery for similar samples of what you can expect at our showroom.

We are a full-service remodeling company and work with clients from the design phase all the way through to project completion. Please see our code of values to learn what distinguishes us from other interior remodelers.

Please Drop By

Please save the date. This is a historic moment for DreamMaker. If you’re considering a renovation or have contracted with us in the past, please come by. We consider you extended family. Even if you can’t show up for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, at least come by at your earliest convenience. You can still partake in our open house in Huntsville or speak with a member of our dedicated team.

Be Present for Our Huntsville Open House Event

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

Dining Table or Kitchen Island? Which Should You Choose?

kitchen island dining tableBoth a dining table and kitchen island are useful for kitchens large enough to accommodate either one. With that in mind, which is the better option? We’ll weigh the pros and cons to help you make a decision when renovating your kitchen space.

Dining Table Vs. Kitchen Island

In our experience, homeowners tend to lean towards a kitchen island. While more expensive, they find it to be a more functional investment. After all, with an island comes additional amenities, such as an extra sink, storage space, and trash disposal.

The Pros of a Table

We would like to point out, though, that a dining table can also be quite functional as a prep space. Although, the table needs to be within the work triangle, that is, within a few feet of the stove, sink, and fridge.

Another argument for a table is that the kitchen is increasingly becoming the main living hub. With that in mind, a table has that natural homely feel to it. Children can do their homework, or parents can do an arts and crafts project with their little ones. Of course, you can also do this on an island, though to some, an island may have an industrial feel.

The Pros of an Island

We recommend an island if storage is a priority. Extra cabinet space is always a big plus. Islands are also higher off the floor, making it more efficient for working while standing. Being higher off the floor also means seating often comes in the form of barstools, which some homeowners prefer.

We Renovate with Both Tables and Islands

Ready for a spring remodel of your homestead? Contact DreamMaker of Huntsville to renovate a single room or the entire house interior. See our gallery for inspiration. Both dining tables and kitchen islands work well for either contemporary or traditional kitchens. 

Full Renovations for Contemporary and Traditional 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.

Give Your Kitchen a 1950s Makeover

1950s kitchen makeoverThe 1950s evoke a lot of images, such as jukeboxes, poodle skirts, and the greaser look. Since this era is so noteworthy in American history, why not incorporate a 1950s kitchen makeover? Take this part of your room back in time to an iconic period.

Stylish 1950s Kitchen Makeover Ideas

Use Bright Colors: Neutral colors are the safe and popular choice. However, bright colors were the norm in a 1950s kitchen. Such colors as bright yellow and lime green for the cabinets or backsplash were a mainstay.

Incorporate a Lot of Steel: Not everyone likes steel appliances because this gives the room an industrial look. Steel, though, was commonplace in kitchen fixtures during that time, due to the thriving steel industry. Consider brightly colored steel appliances.

Add Linoleum Flooring: Manufacturers began introducing linoleum to residential homes in the 1950s. By the 1960s, sheet vinyl took over in popularity, though linoleum is starting to make a comeback.

Pair With Laminate Countertops: Linoleum pairs nicely with laminate sheets for a countertop surface. The surface is easy to clean and also available in an assortment of colors. Countertops of this era also had a metal banding around the edges.

Make the Kitchen Ergonomic: Kitchens in those days were smaller than they are today. For this reason, contractors designed space-saving kitchens. Some ideas here include a small breakfast nook, roll-out garbage cans, and built-in diner-style barstools. If space allows, consider a small dining table in place of where you would place an island in a modern kitchen.

We’ll Transport Your Kitchen Back in Time

Going retro with a renovation is always an option. Our team does retro-style remodeling all the time. Your choices aren’t limited to traditional, contemporary, and transitional designs. DreamMaker of Huntsville can do a 1950s kitchen makeover if you’re willing to get creative with this part of your home.

Retro Residential Home Designs

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 Ideas for a Pink Bathroom

pink bathroomWe realize that a nearly all pink bathroom may not sit well with some of the men in the household. However, this design scheme may work well for a girl’s in-bedroom bathroom. A redesigned bathroom just might encourage your young daughter to take pride in her room as a whole.

Four Pink Bathroom Designs

1. Pink Vanity

A pink vanity is certainly a bold move. This certainly makes a statement. Since pink is such an eclectic color, consider balancing the room by using some neutral colors, such as white or beige. You can also go a bit further and use pink tiles or wallpaper for the vanity-facing wall.

2. Pink Mosaic Tiles

Use miniature tiles to create a mosaic design scheme. Use a tone-on-tone palette of various pink shades. The mosaic tiles can encompass the entire bathroom or just a single section, such as the side with the shower.

3. Go for Peach

Is pink too bold for you? In that case, we suggest peach tiles or vanity. Peach is a safer color and closer to a neutral palette. If you would still like to incorporate pink, then consider pink accessories, such as pink shower curtains or a pink toothbrush holder.

4. Consider Rose Pink

Another color consideration is rose pink, also known as muted warm pink. This color is a lighter shade, not very different from peach. This color goes well with traditional and historical places, and is a mainstay in Victorian-inspired designs. This color fits nicely with vintage and antique bathroom accessories.

We’ll Turn Your Bathroom Pink

Aside from a pink bathroom, DreamMaker of Huntsville can even do pink kitchens. The latter might be suitable for an all-female-occupied residence. See our gallery for inspiration. It doesn’t contain any pink bathrooms, but it might kick start your imagination about possible design schemes.

Creative Bathroom Design Schemes

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.

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.

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