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Safety and Mobility Remodeling Tips

Simple Renovation Updates to Help Keep You Safe at Home

Do you or a loved one find it more and more difficult to complete regular, daily tasks around the house? The safety and wellbeing of yourself and those you care about is of the utmost importance. Has moving in your home become difficult due to the loss of strength and flexibility associated with aging? If so, it may be time to consider an aging-in-place remodeling project. Whether your goal is to make your kitchen or bathroom more accessible, a remodeling professional can help you with your home renovation. Here are a few aging-in-place remodeling tips to consider.

Safety and Mobility Remodeling Tips

Anti-Slip Flooring

As we get older, the risk of falling increases substantially, as does the possibility of injury. Many areas of your home may have carpeted flooring, which is naturally more slip-resistant. But it’s doubtful you want carpeting in your bathroom or kitchen. Instead, consider installing anti-slip flooring during your next bathroom or kitchen update.

Grab Bars for Your Bathrooms

Another good bathroom remodeling idea is to install grab bars. These bars help prevent dangerous falls. You can place grab bars strategically near the toilet and shower/bathtub to provide additional balance support.

Curbless Shower and Walk-In Tubs

For people who have a lot of difficulty stepping up and over objects, a grab bar may not be enough. Curbless showers and walk-in tubs are great options, regardless of whether you prefer showers or baths. Talk to a remodeling professional to find out which aging-in-place option would work best for you and your specific needs.

Get Help with Your Aging-in-Place Remodeling Project Today

Do you want more help planning your aging-in-place remodeling projects? One of our remodeling professionals at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen would be happy to discuss the various options available to you. Whether you want to make a single room or your entire home more accessible, we can help. You can find additional information on our website. Schedule a free consultation today! 

Update the Lighting in Your Home

Are you looking for a way to improve your kitchen and bathroom lighting?

There are a number of great ways to improve the lighting in your home. Start your bathroom or kitchen update by considering where you need light most. Consider which areas of your kitchen and bathroom are darkest and then decide what kind of light would work best to brighten them. A remodeling professional can help you with the specifics, but to start thinking about what you might want in your home, here are four great ways to easily brighten up the kitchen and bathroom spaces in your house.

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Recess Lighting

Many homeowners love recess lighting because it easily rids a space of unwanted shadows. And this type of lighting isn’t limited to kitchens and bathrooms; it’s perfect for any room in your home.


If you’re a fan of natural light, consider adding a skylight during your next kitchen or bathroom remodel. Skylights are a great way to enhance kitchen and bathroom lighting naturally, without a lot of electrical work. They can have a dramatic impact on any space.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. Ensuring that you have good lighting is important. If you do a lot of cooking, it’s probably worth adding under-cabinet lighting. These lights will illuminate your counters, making food preparation much easier.

Over-Cabinet Lighting

Functional lighting isn’t the only thing you should consider for your home renovation project. Over-cabinet lights can add ambiance and are perfect for illuminating collectables. These lights can be subtle enough not to disturb the entire household at night as well.

Ready to Update the Lighting in Your Home?

If you think your home could benefit from improved lighting, contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen today. Our remodeling professionals offer a variety of home renovation services and are well-trained to assist you in selecting the perfect lighting options for your spaces. Schedule a free consultation today!

A Variety of Metal Finishes for Your Kitchen

Stainless steel is a common favorite among homeowners. We understand the appeal; stainless steel looks pristine, shiny, and clean. However, there are a variety of other metal finishes for the kitchen. Feel free to mix and match the different metals for a rich and diverse kitchen backdrop. We’ll outline some of the metal finish types and the possible combinations.

Types of Metal Finishes

  • Copper Pendant Lights:  We like the look of pendant lights, and a copper finish complements nicely with most backsplashes.
  • Oil-Rubbed Bronze Knobs and Pulls:  For drawer and cabinet handles, we like an oil-rubbed bronze finish. This metal is sprayed with a dark coating to simulate the look of aged bronze.
  • Yellow Brass Nickel Faucets:  For the faucet and other related fixtures, consider yellow brass nickel. This is the type of surface finish that you see in a saxophone or trombone.

These are just a handful of finishes available; be open to other combinations. Perhaps you may prefer oil-rubbed bronze for the pendant lights instead, or yellow brass for the cabinet handles.

Metal Finish Combinations

Certain metal finishes go better with certain types of backdrops. Here are some of our suggestions, but feel free to experiment.

  • Copper pendant lights with stainless steel fridge and stove
  • Oil-rubbed bronze drawer handles with white or walnut cabinet doors
  • Yellow brass nickel faucets with dark quartz countertop
  • Nickel pendant lights directly above a black-painted island

These remodeling tips represent just the tip of the iceberg. Explore other possibilities to find what best complements your existing or planned kitchen design.

Our Remodeling Professionals Can Help You Incorporate the Ideal Mixed Metal Finish Combinations

Envision what kind of combination will work best for your type of kitchen. Once you have an idea in mind, contact DreamMaker to schedule your free consultation. Metal finishes for the kitchen represent one more way of adding variety to your remodeling plan.

Picking the Perfect Tile Flooring

Do you need new floors in your kitchen or bathroom? Whether you’re planning to do your kitchen update or bathroom remodel right away or in the near future, it’s a good idea to start thinking about what you might like. If you’re considering tile flooring, here are some great tips to help you select the perfect bathroom and kitchen tile flooring for your home.

Identify Your “One” Thing

With so many different tiling options, some homeowners have no idea where to begin their search for the ideal tile. It’s best to start by identifying your “one” thing. Whether it’s a color, material, or design that you love, identifying that “one” thing that you like best will make finalizing other details much simpler.

Simple is Best

When it comes to tile flooring, it is possible to overdo it. Because there are so many color, material, and design options available, it can sometimes be easy to select too many. With tile, however, simpler is often better. Avoid choosing more than three colors or tile types when planning your project.

Consider the Upkeep

Not all tile flooring is the same. It’s not just the appearance that differs; it’s also the material and maintenance requirements. Talk to a remodeling professional about durability and cleaning before settling on a specific tile.

Let Us Help You Find the Perfect Tile Flooring

Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by the process of picking bathroom and kitchen tile flooring. Take your time and find the help you need to ensure your project comes out just the way you’ve always dreamed. For assistance, contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen today to schedule your free consultation! 

Concrete Countertops Are Ideal for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Most homeowners overlook the benefits of opting for concrete countertops. Concrete is, however, an ideal countertop material for bathrooms and kitchens.

Concrete Countertops Are Ideal for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Many homeowners unknowingly overlook the benefits of installing concrete countertops. Concrete makes a wonderful countertop material for both bathroom and kitchen home remodeling projects. If you’re unfamiliar with concrete countertops, your local DreamMaker remodeling expert should be able to provide some more details. To give you a basic understanding of why the material is perfect for kitchen and bathroom countertops, however, here are four benefits it offers to homeowners.


When it comes to durability, there are few things sturdier than concrete. It’s no wonder contractors prefer it for commercial and residential construction projects. With proper care, homeowners can expect their new concrete countertops to last and last with little noticeable deterioration.


Choosing concrete for your countertop material doesn’t mean you’re stuck with drab gray. In fact, many homeowners choose concrete because it allows a great deal of flexibility when it comes to color selection. If you’re interested in adding some extra flare to your kitchen or bathroom, concrete is a great option.


Many homeowners find that stock cabinets and countertops don’t always fit their space or style. One of the greatest things about concrete is that it can be poured to fit custom cabinets as well. You have a lot of flexibility when it comes to the size and shape of concrete countertops in your home.

Reasonably Priced

While concrete isn’t the cheapest countertop material available, it also isn’t the most expensive. The cost of marble and granite countertops can sometimes be daunting, but you can often get comparable results for less when you choose to install concrete countertops. 

Are you ready to take the next step with your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project? It’s time to start discussing your plans with a professional contractor at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. We can help you pick the perfect countertop material for you and your home. Further, we offer numerous bathroom and kitchen remodeling services, as well as aging-in-place updates and general home construction.

Are Custom Cabinets Really Better than Stock Cabinets?

Why Choose Custom Cabinets?

Are you planning to update your kitchen or bathroom? If you’re replacing the cabinetry, you may be asking yourself this question: Are custom cabinets actually better than stock cabinets? While going to the closest home improvement store to pick out and buy cabinets might seem like a good idea, it isn’t actually your best option. There are several reasons homeowners prefer custom cabinets. You should be familiar with all of them before making plans with a remodeling professional. Here’s what makes custom cabinetry so superior to stock.

Superior Quality

As a homeowner, you know that quality is important. A little extra expense in the beginning can have a huge impact years down the road. This is absolutely the case for custom cabinets. Not only are custom cabinets made with better materials, they are also constructed by people who care about the end product. 

Increased Durability

Higher quality also means increased durability. Because custom cabinets are made-to-order instead of put together on an assembly line, they are far more durable than stock cabinets. Choosing features that will last a long time is important for any home remodeling project. 

Better Fit

Whether you’re updating your kitchen or doing a bathroom remodel, fit is important. While stock cabinets are designed and constructed using averages, no two spaces are ever the same. Custom cabinets are built to fit your space exactly, eliminating unsightly cuts or gaps.

Easier Customization

Custom cabinets are just that—custom. You can tailor your cabinets to suit your personal needs and preferences, instead of just settling for something that “will work.” 

Ready to Discuss Your Custom Cabinets with a Remodeling Professional?

It’s easy to see why homeowners prefer custom cabinets over stock cabinets. If you think custom is right for you, start making plans with a reliable remodeling professional right away. Contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen to learn more about custom cabinets and to begin the design process. Let us help make your dream kitchen or bathroom a reality. 

Reasons to Install Hardwood Flooring in Your Kitchen or Bathroom

About Using Hardwood Flooring

Are you planning a kitchen or bath update? If you’re looking to replace the floors in your home, don’t assume your choices are limited to laminate and tile. Most homeowners don’t realize that they can install hardwood flooring in their kitchens and baths. As a result they miss out on a wonderful opportunity. Don’t limit yourself and your home. Here are four reasons to talk to a DreamMaker remodeling professional about installing hardwood flooring in your kitchen or bath. 

Hardwood Makes a Statement

More than any other flooring material, hardwood makes a statement. Hardwood possesses a timeless beauty. You’re sure to never tire of it. Furthermore, hardwood floors are very versatile and can be made to complement your specific kitchen style.

Provides a Seamless Look 

Already have hardwood in your living room or dining room? Make the transition between rooms seamless by installing matching hardwood flooring in your kitchen or bathroom. You’ll be amazed by how much more cohesive your home will feel.

Easy to Protect 

One of the biggest concerns homeowners have with installing hardwood flooring during a kitchen or bathroom upgrade is the threat of water damage. Luckily, there are ways to protect your beautiful floor. Talk to a remodeling professional about how selecting hardwood with microbevels and floating clicks can help protect it from dirt and water damage.

Increased Home Value 

One of the primary goals of any home remodeling project should be to increase the value of your home. Installing it in your kitchen or bathroom will absolutely increase the value of your home. Additionally, because many potential buyers strongly desire hardwood, they will doubtlessly be impressed with what you have done.

Need Help with Your Hardwood Flooring Installation?

If you think hardwood flooring would be perfect in your kitchen or bath, let DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen help you with the installation. Our remodeling professionals will be happy to answer your questions and offer free consultations. 


Choosing the Perfect Color Palette for Your Home

It really doesn’t matter what kind of home project you’re doing; whether you are updating your kitchen or doing a bathroom makeover, the question still remains: what colors will you use? With so many options and possible color combinations to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start. You have hundreds of questions and just as many color swatches, but no sign of an answer in sight. Don’t fret. Here are three answers to questions you’ve likely been asking that will make picking the colors for this home remodeling project a breeze!

Where Do You Start?

Knowing where to begin your color search can be the most difficult step. Luckily, there’s an easy solution. The best thing to do is use other spaces in your home as inspiration for new projects. Think about your home and your favorite rooms. What colors did you use in them? Not only does this give you a good starting point and offer your contractor a reference, it also ties your home design choices together.

How Many Colors Should You Use?

Some people think one color is enough, while others would have a rainbow painted on their walls if they could. The best answer to this question lies somewhere in the middle. A good guide to use is the “rule of three.” Choosing one neutral color, one rich color, and one accent color is a pretty safe plan.

How Many Times Should You Use Them?

This is almost as important as the previous question. Using one of your colors too much can drown out the rest and create an uneven look. One solution to this is to utilize each color three times. Consider which color would work best on your walls, which color would work best for your tiles, and which color could be used as an accent. Carefully select your decor so one color doesn’t overpower the others.

Ready to Discuss Your Colors and Project with a Contractor? If you think you’ve finally found the right answer to your color predicament, don’t hold off on your home remodeling project any longer. Get started today by contacting DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. We would love to make your dream kitchen or bathroom a reality.

How to Choose a Professional to Remodel Your Home

The seasons are changing, and so are many people’s minds when it comes to the “look” of their homes. Many homeowners are currently reevaluating their homes to see if there is room for improvement. And, to help you along the way, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen has tips and advice on what you should know before you hire someone to do the job.

With cooler weather and the holidays right around the corner, you might be looking for ways to improve your home for your lifestyle – whether that be making more space in your kitchen and adding additional cabinets, or remodeling the bathroom for that spa-like feel to take warm baths on those colder nights. But, it’s important for you to do your homework before signing along the dotted line of a contractor’s agreement. 

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry reminds homeowners to beware of unscrupulous people posing as professionals. Be especially aware of those who con people to pay both the contractor and subcontractor – when they should only be paying the contractor. 

To avoid such exploitation, read the following “Do” and “Don’t” list for tips to consider when looking for an experienced professional to do remodeling work in your home. 

In addition, check with the Consumer Affairs Office and/or the Better Business Bureau to ensure the absence of any adverse files on record for the contractor. 

People who do not do thorough research prior to hiring a contractor may, unfortunately, find themselves in bad situations. That is why it is so important to be educated before you have work done in your home. The home is your place of refuge, your sanctuary, and that means you have to make sure those who handle it, handle it with care. 

When Hiring a Professional…


  • Do compile a list of candidates. Ask your neighbors if they have any references and do your research online to put together a list of professionals. Put them all together in a list and when you start making inquiring phone calls, ask questions about their licensing/insurance, experience, references, contracting requirements, and company procedures and pricing. 
  • Do ask for a portfolio of work. You won’t know one’s quality of work until you see it with your own eyes. Ask the candidate if you can see photographs of some past work he or she has done, similar to the requests you are asking for in your home. Better yet, take it a step further and see if there are any references in the neighborhood who are willing to invite you into their home to see the work for yourself.



  • Don’t move forward with a project without references. If you speak with a professional who does not have references or refuses to give you references that is usually not a good sign. Any experienced professional should be able to provide you with a list of people for whom they have done work in recent months. If not, testimonials should be shared. You want to be sure you choose someone who has had a good reputation. 
  • Don’t make verbal agreements. Once you’ve chosen someone you feel comfortable with, you will need to work with them to set a budget for your project. This will allow them to collaborate with you to develop plans and specifications. Don’t move forward with any work on your home until you’ve signed a written contract that you understand and have agreed with, and that has the contractor’s name, address, and phone and license numbers, if applicable. It should also include detailed information about the work being done. 

Remodeling Tips to Make your Kitchen Party Central

That nip in the air means the holidays are approaching, bringing the happy chaos of a house filled with friends and family. You can bet they will all end up in the kitchen – which makes this the perfect time to start rethinking that space. With proper planning and today’s technology, a kitchen can be remodeled to accommodate even the most ambitious entertaining. 

Open It Up

If you live in an older home, you may be dealing with the kitchen of the June Cleaver generation – a U or G-shaped space sequestered from the rest of the house. Today the kitchen is the hub of the home and has to serve multiple purposes. If you entertain a lot, you need flexible-use spaces within your kitchen that can accommodate various people, whether young kids or friends or visiting relatives. 

Islands are usually recommended for kitchens at least 12 feet wide. Consider an open galley kitchen with an island and a bank of cabinets against the back wall, or an L-shape with peninsula or island. Such open layouts allow the cook(s) to chat with kids doing homework or guests gathered around the island, which serves as a makeshift desk, buffet, wet bar and dining area. 

Make the Island Multitask

Islands are requested in most new kitchens now, and for good reason. Not only do you eat most of your meals there, it also serves as a traffic cop, keeping people close at hand but out of the way of the food preparation area. A lot of kitchen projects these days involve ripping out the wall between the kitchen and dining room and replacing it with an island, so that the kitchen can be expanded into one larger space. This allows better access and traffic flow for entertaining. 

Adding a sink to the island is a great idea. You spend 80% of your time in the kitchen at the sink, so you should put it where you want the most interaction. For entertaining and dealing with family, an island sink is the best use of that space. 

Choose Spill-Resistant Counters

Granite is still the first choice for counter and island tops, but engineered stone or quartz countertops are gaining fast. There is more variety available now, and more consistency. Since the quartz products are ground-up stone suspended in resin, you get what you see in the showroom. Granite, on the other hand, is a solid chunk of natural stone, so coloration and texture can vary. Choose granite slabs at the fabricator so you can see exactly what you’re getting. 

If you do a lot of entertaining, it’s important to note that quartz repels stains better than granite and requires less maintenance. Granite needs to be sealed a couple of times a year, while quartz counters come pre-treated and don’t require upkeep. Granite is also more porous. Spill a glass of red wine on anything but black granite and it will get into those tiny pits and stain. Red wine will not penetrate quartz materials. 

Consider Ceramic

A hardwood floor with four coats of water-based acrylic finish will wear well and it is fairly easy to buff and refinish. But for frequent entertaining, ceramic tile is the preferred choice. Hardwood will scratch and discolor with a lot of spills. Ceramic tile can be costly, but it’s nonporous, so it resists stains and wears like iron if installed properly. This means laying tiles directly onto subflooring. Installing over older vinyl can leave a void beneath, causing the ceramic to crack with the first dropped jar. 

Add Storage

One of the merits of creating flexible spaces is that you don’t have to keep everything in one spot. If you have multiple people cooking, you may need more than one workstation. The way we buy groceries has also changed. People use home delivery services more now and shop in bulk at mega stores like Costco and Wal-Mart, which tends to demand the older-style pantry storage in an adjacent or secondary area. Installing a butler’s pantry is a good way to store items ordinary cabinets can’t accommodate – and comes in mighty handy when you’re stocking up for company. Another great storage option is the appliance garage. They’re great for hiding bulky appliances like blenders and mixers – big things you need to access easily. 

Bring in Backup

For homeowners who do serious entertaining, consider installing extra-large, professional ranges or ranges designed for specialty cooking with woks or grills. Also think about adding a second sink to use as a serving bar or quick rinse for wine glasses and, possibly, a second dishwasher and mini-refrigerator combinations. We see a lot of under-counter wine cooler/refrigerator combinations. While ice machines come standard in most refrigerators now, you might want an under-counter ice maker placed where it’s more convenient. Full-height wine coolers are particularly popular, and are handy for cooling pots and serving drinks at large dinner parties. Another great idea is to add a warming drawer if you plan to bring in caterers or have multiple types of food, some warm and some cool. A warming drawer can also be used to warm towels. 

Turn Up the Party Lights

A well-planned lighting arrangement allows for function as well as ambience. Consider putting your lighting on dimmers so it can be adjusted for brightly-lit work areas and a quiet, intimate meal at the same time. Recessed overhead lights provide an even wash over the entire room, while under-cabinet lights illuminate food prep and cleanup, and decorative pendants cast a romantic glow over the island.

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