Notable Benefits of Installing Custom Cabinets

Custom Cabinets for Your HomeIf you’re planning to update your bathroom or kitchen this summer, don’t make the mistake of settling for regular old stock cabinetry. While many homeowners settle for picking cabinets in a store or from a catalog, those stock items simply can’t compare to custom cabinets. Whether you’ve had custom cabinets built in the past or not, it’s important to know that they are superior in both construction and appearance. If you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen remodel, make sure you consult your local remodeling company about installing custom cabinets. Here are just a few reasons why.

  1. Custom Cabinets have Improved Durability

While custom costs more, your new cabinets will be more durable than anything you could pick out in a store or catalog. Not only will your cabinets be constructed by hand instead of on an assembly line, but the materials used will be of a higher quality. You may pay more for them, but your custom cabinets will look beautiful and function perfectly years after the alternative has fallen apart. Continue Reading →

Why Hardwood Flooring is Right for Your Home

hardwood flooringAre you remodeling your home this summer? Is it a big renovation? If so, it’s likely you’ll replace the floors in one, if not all, of the affected spaces. Are you just updating your bathroom, redoing your kitchen, or renovating several rooms all at once? Regardless, installing hardwood flooring should be at the top of your to-do list. Hardwood floors are a favorite among homeowners for a number of great reasons. Here’s why you should consider having your local remodeling company install hardwood flooring in your home.

Hardwood is Timelessly Beautiful

Hardwood flooring offers an element of timeless beauty that few other flooring options can. There is a reason, after all, that so many homeowners prefer it. Do you love hosting parties and inviting family and friends over for the holidays? If so, hardwood flooring has the perfect wow-factor to impress your guests. Continue Reading →

Paint Color Tips for Your Next Remodeling Project

paint color tipsAre you planning a home remodeling project for this summer? Whether you’re updating your bathroom, kitchen, or a bedroom, picking the right paint colors is important. A lot goes into remodeling any space in your home. One of the most drastic and noticeable changes you can make involves the paint. It isn’t as easy as throwing some random color on the wall, however. It’s always a good idea to work with a home remodeling company and put some time into planning your project before starting. Here are several great tips to help you pick the right paint colors.

  1. Limit Your Selections

With so many different color options out there, it can be difficult to narrow down your selection, but narrow it down you should. When it comes to painting, you should strive to pick no more than three colors for your design. More than three is often too much variation for the senses. Continue Reading →

How to Identify Home Remodeling Signs

Identify Home Remodeling SignsHas it been a while since you did a bathroom update? Have you been dreaming about planning a kitchen remodel? Thinking about upgrading features in your home is easy. But how do you know when it’s really time to contact a remodeling company to get a project underway? There are numerous factors to consider. Also, deciding to hire a contractor is no small venture. So it’s always best to think through your reasoning carefully. To help make your decision more informed, here are three easily identifiable signs that it’s time to plan a home remodeling project.

  1. You’ve noticed an overall decline in the way your home looks

Over time, paint fades and floors are scratched. There’s an easy way to know if it’s time to plan a home remodeling project. Take note of the current condition of your house. If you notice peeling paint, gradual wear, or damage, it’s probably time to call a home remodeling contractor.

  1. A particular area or room doesn’t match the rest of your house

Here’s another clue that you should reach out to a contracting company. Check to see if a room (or multiple rooms) no longer fit with the rest of your home. This happens most often when you’ve updated some spaces, but have neglected others. Continue Reading →

6 Exciting Home Remodeling Color Trends for 2017

home remodeling color trendsAre you planning to renovate or update a room in your home this year? Whether you’re planning a bathroom update, some basic new construction, a kitchen remodel, or just a few minor decorative adjustments, you want to make sure the end result is perfect. Even something as simple as a paint job can completely revitalize a space in your house. While a professional remodeling company will be able to help you with the details of your particular project, here are five great home remodeling color trends to consider for 2017.

  1. Red & White

Depending on the shade of red you choose, this combination can produce a number of different atmospheres. Bright red and white, much like black and white, can create a look that is very modern and sophisticated. Opting for maroon, on the other hand, may be a better option for homeowners who prefer a warmer and more natural pallet.

  1. Blue & Black

Any home remodeling contractor will tell you that blue is a very popular color choice for homeowners, no matter the room you are updating. Pairing blue with black is becoming increasingly popular as well. This pairing creates at atmosphere that is both polished and suave. This makes it a good fit for families, but also perfect for single individuals as well. Continue Reading →

How to Revamp Your Bathroom Cabinets

bathroom cabinetsDoes one of the bathrooms in your home need a makeover? You can increase functionality, physical appeal, and the overall worth of your home by making some minor enhancements. For instance, deciding to place your focus primarily on your bathroom cabinets will go a long way towards creating a completely new look. Here are several great design trends to consider incorporating into your bathroom update project.

  1. Change the Color

Whether your bathroom’s current color is bright or mild, you can make a drastic impact on your space just by making small changes. Have a favorite color or want to incorporate a color from another room? You can have your home remodeling contractor repaint, refinish, or reface your cabinets to suit your personal tastes.

  1. Increase Functionality

In your bathroom, functionality is everything. While you obviously want the space to look nice, its purpose is primarily one of daily function. Keep your and your family’s needs in mind. Focus on things like additional drawers or cabinets for storage, as well as countertop space. Have a list of functional improvements ready to discuss with your remodeling company. Continue Reading →

Searching for a Home Remodeling Contractor

Home remodeling contractorThe cold weather of winter is finally here, and there’s no better time than this to begin those much-needed home remodeling projects. Whether you’re updating your kitchen or planning a bathroom makeover, this is absolutely the time of the year to do it. If you know your home needs some work done, don’t put off finding a reliable home remodeling contractor. Starting your search early means an earlier completion date for your project. Here are three suggestions to help you in your search.

  1. You Can Ask For Help

Ready for some good news? Finding a reliable home remodeling contractor is not something you should do alone. One of the best ways to find a good contractor in your area is to ask family, friends, and neighbors for referrals. It’s a good bet someone you know can recommend an individual or company they’ve used in the past. Continue Reading →

One Great Product for the Bathroom

linear shower drainOver the past few years we have turned to the linear shower drain when designing many of our clients’ bathrooms, for a couple of reasons.  For this type of drain, the shower curb can be eliminated and the bathroom floor tile can be seamlessly brought through onto the shower floor regardless of the size of the tile, resulting in a sleek continuous look.  Especially when used together with an open shower entry or a clear glass shower door, this no-threshold type of shower is perceived as an inherent part of the whole room rather than a separate closed-in space, resulting in a larger feel to the room.

The second benefit is that the lack of a curb makes this an accessible shower easy for people of all ages and abilities to use, as no one will have to struggle to step over (or, in the case of a wheelchair-bound person, wheel over) a barrier to the shower.  It is also easier for the user to balance on a floor sloping in one direction on one plane than on the traditional bowl-shaped slope.

As designers, we appreciate the choice of patterns in the stainless steel drain cover.  Or we can choose to have no pattern at all — the tile-in, in which inch-and-a-half thin strips of the floor tile are cut to fit in the drain cover, for the most seamless look.  The drains are available in 28 inches to 68 inches wide, and can be placed anywhere in or around the wet area (we usually install them at the front entry to the shower or along the back shower wall).  And they are easy to clean with everything removable.

A Designer Afternoon

1-asid-lunch-n-learn-7-12We are proud to be an Industry Member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, just one of the four industry organizations to which we belong.  The designers in this group are knowledgeable, industrious, creative, and fun, and all of those attributes were on display one afternoon this week when we welcomed 21 of them into our showroom for a Lunch & Learn.  Fortified by Quiznos and Haagen-Dazs, we all spent an inspiring couple of hours exploring some new kitchen and bath products on the market and how they can be creatively incorporated into our projects to add value for our clients.  We have installed some of these products in our showroom displays and more are to come.

We value our collaborations with other designers; over the years we have worked with many of them on kitchen and bath installations through our company designer program.  By pooling our resources and sharing expertise and experiences, we can design a better kitchen or bath.

The Best Countertops

A common question for us at DreamMaker is “What is the best countertop to use these days?”  We understand the question; technology changes the options and trends tend to change our style.  But we always reply, “The answer is as individual as you are.”  How you use the countertop, how you want (or don’t want) to keep it up, how long you expect it to last, your budget, your perception of “green” materials, the style of your home and your personal style…these are just some of the things that will give you your answer.