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Best Bathroom TileAre you planning to remodel a bathroom in your home this winter? If so, you might be wondering which tiles you should choose for your space. Even small home remodeling projects, like guest bathrooms, come packed with big decisions. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed or discouraged by the process. If you’re at a loss as to which tiles to choose, try discussing options in depth with your contractor. You can also utilize these three tips to ensure you pick the best bathroomtile for your space.

  1. Pick Your Favorite Bathroom Tile Element

When picking the tile for bathroom and kitchen updates, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the different color and pattern options. Start by sifting through a few choices, setting aside or taking note of the things you like most. Then go back through and identify the one thing, whether a specific tile, color, or material, that you feel you have to include. Once you’ve found that one thing, everything else will fall into place much easier.

  1. Limit Yourself to Three Styles of Bathroom Tiles

Because there are so many different options out there, it can be tempting to select a number of complementary tiles for your bathroom update. More than one is fine, but more than three is usually too much. Narrow your use of tile down to three designs or less to keep your space cohesive.

  1. Remember Tile Maintenance

While designing a new bathroom is undoubtedly exciting, it’s important you keep future maintenance in mind as you do. Some tile types and materials require special tools and cleaners to maintain properly. Keep these things in mind so that you aren’t displeased with your selections later.

Think You’re Ready to Pick the Perfect Tile for Your Bathroom?

If you think you’re ready to make your bathroom tile selections, you’ll need the help of a good remodeling contractor. Take the next step toward completing your bathroom remodeling project by contacting DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Southern Lakes today. We specialize in fine home remodeling services and can help you design and create the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of. From bathroom tile selection to cabinet installation, we’ve got you covered! Find out more about our company by visiting our website. You can also call us at (262) 287-9170 with questions or to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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Kitchen Work TriangleWhen remodeling the kitchen, homeowners often give think so much about aesthetics that they forget about functionality. The kitchen work triangle is a concept which helps maximize the efficiency of your cooking space. It’s a model our general contractors always consider when they begin residential and commercial kitchen remodeling.

The Kitchen Work Triangle Defined

If you were to draw an imaginary line from the sink to the fridge, the fridge to the stove, and the stove back to the sink, you would have a triangle. That area is your “work triangle.” Or, you could call it your “food preparation zone.”

For maximum efficiency, the length of each line forming the triangle should be no shorter than four feet and no longer than nine feet.

Maximizing the Work Triangle

For starters, there shouldn’t be anything that gets in the way of the lines or inside the triangle. For example, items like a wastebasket should be outside the lines.

Kitchens are also much larger now compared to those in the 1940s when the work triangle concept was introduced. Kitchens have practically become a multi-purpose space where people also eat their meals, do their homework, and so on. With this in mind, be sure to keep these functions outside the triangle. If you’re contemplating adding an island, for example, then be sure it doesn’t encroach on the triangle.

One line of the triangle may also consist of the countertop. This area should be free of clutter and only include necessary items and appliances.

We’ll Design a Kitchen with Function in Mind

Call DreamMaker of Southern Lakes to begin the renovation. Our interior remodelers will design a kitchen that is both practical and visually appealing. At the end of the day, it’s about what you want. While we adopt the kitchen work triangle concept, it is by no means an ironclad rule.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Kitchen Remodeling with Function in Mind

Serving home and business owners Kenosha, Racine, Burlington and Lake Geneva. We also serve Pleasant Prairie, Union Grove, Salem, Bristol, Sturtevant, Somers, Paris, Twin Lakes, Brighton and Kansasville

Halloween Decor for BusinessHalloween is just a few days away. It’s still not too late, though, to decorate your store interior if you haven’t done so already. Our general contractors frequently remodel public facilities and know a thing or two about seasonal decor. Here are a few Halloween decoration ideas for your business that our team recommends. Without fail, this will get your staff and customers into the Halloween spirit.

Common Halloween Décor for Businesses

1. Life-Size Creatures

Place a life-size monster, such as a mummy, zombie, or Jason Voorhees next to the store front or by the guest checkout lane. Position it so that it faces and stares the customers straight in the eyes as they are paying for their items or are about to exit the store.

2. Blood and Cobwebs Everywhere

Use fake blood splatter and cobwebs. These normally come in the form of reusable stickers. Place them on the walls, the counter, and windows. Fake blood also comes in the form of a gel-like substance. Consider placing some at the edge of a toilet tank to make it look like blood is seeping out of the tank.

3. Candy Dish

Halloween isn’t complete without candy. Place a complimentary candy dish towards the front and let customers help themselves. Instead of the generic mint or hard candy, add a variety that children and adults actually like, such as Hershey kisses or bite-size Snicker bars.

4. Scary Music

Decorations are not just about the visuals. Incorporate other senses by playing scary music in the background. This can be classic Halloween tracks like Monster Mash. It can also be background sounds of thunder and hooting owls, or music that you would loop in a haunted house tour.

We Handle Long-Term Commercial Renovations

Call DreamMaker of Southern Lakes if you’re thinking about remodeling your commercial bathroom & kitchen or any other section of your facility. The Halloween decoration ideas for your business, though, are easy DIY renovations storeowners can do themselves.

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Fall-Proofing a Home │ DreamMaker of Southern LakesAccording to the National Council of Aging, falls are the leading cause of injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, for senior Americans. If you have an elderly loved one living at your home, then obviously you want to take steps to fall-proof your home. This not only improves safety and mobility but also allows the senior occupant to maintain independent living.

DIY Steps to Fall-Proof the Home

Fall-proofing the home is actually quite simple: consider anything that could cause someone to trip or slip. This includes:

  • Cords; all wires should be secured along the wall

  • Small furniture such footrests or Rubbermaid stools

  • Pet dishes and toys

  • Throw rugs; these should be secured with double-sided tape to remove slack or replaced with non-slip rugs

  • Stairs; install non-slip strips

  • Kitchen and bathroom floors; install non-slip strips or rubber mats

Other Prevention Measures

If you have a permanent senior resident, then it’s highly recommended that you make long-term renovations. A bathroom remodeling, for example, should include grab bars around the toilet and in the shower. Speaking of the shower, consider a walk-in tub.

Stairwells should have railings. This includes areas like the front porch, even if it only has two or three steps. Cabinets should also be installed at a lower height to make items easier to reach. As a rule of thumb, if you have to stand on your toes and the balls of feet to retrieve something, then the cabinet should be lowered.

We’ll Make Your Home Safe for Senior Living

DreamMaker of Southern Lakes believes seniors should be able to maintain their own independence regardless of age or disability. Contact us today to make your home safer for an aging loved one. We also do commercial bathroom and kitchen remodeling for businesses that wish to provide a safe environment for elderly patrons. Fall-proofing a home or business is the first step in forestalling an accident that is almost always preventable.

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Guest Room RemodelingIf you regularly have guests spending a night or two, then you want your spare bedroom to be presentable. You do, after all, want to give your guests that “my home is your home” vibe. Here are some guest room remodeling ideas that you can do yourself or that you can hire a general contractor to do.

The Bed

The bed is the focal point of any bedroom. Use multiple layers of linens with different colors and textures. Aside from the main sleeping pillow, add an extra plump pillow or two along with a fluffy comforter. Finally, consider a storage chest at the foot of the bed.

You can also add a set of twin beds. This makes the room suitable for couples or when guests bring their little ones. For a solo guest, they’ll be able to use the extra bed for laying out their clothing and other belongings.

Sleeper Sofa

Alternatively, you can ditch the bed altogether and opt instead for a sleeper sofa. This is basically a sofa with a hideaway bed. Guests can use the pullout mattress or even just sleep on the sofa, which is just as comfortable and stylish.

Outdoor Access

If you can fit it into your budget, an interior remodeler can add an exterior door or a balcony if the room is on an upper floor. Trust us when we say guests will appreciate this; it will give them some extra breathing space.

Additional Amenities

Include a small coffee table in one corner with a teapot, cup, pitcher, and water boiler. You can even lay out some tea bags or drink mixes on the table so guests have easy access to a beverage of choice throughout the night.

We’ll Remodel Your Guest Room

Let DreamMaker of Southern Lakes handle the renovations. Our team consists of highly professional renovators who can add beauty and functionality to any room. We have remodeled guest rooms for numerous homes and hotels, and we can do the same for your spare room.

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Serving homes and businesses in and around Southern Lakes and Kenosha, Racine, Burlington and Lake Geneva. We also serve Pleasant Prairie, Union Grove, Salem, Bristol, Sturtevant, Somers, Paris, Twin Lakes, Brighton and Kansasville

Decorating Top Part of Cabinet

There are always little DIY ways to enhance the appearance of your kitchen or dining room. One way is to decorate the top part of a cabinet. The same goes for other kitchen furniture like a hutch or china cabinet. If there is ample space, then you can decorate that area to your delight.

When not to Decorate the Top Part of a Cabinet

Before we begin, it should be noted that it’s not always the best idea to decorate the top portion of a cabinet. As a rule of thumb, the space should be left alone if there is less than two feet of space from the top of the cabinet to the ceiling. Items placed in an area with very limited space makes the whole arrangement feel cluttered and forced.

Items to Consider

Even if you do have enough space at the top, it’s best that you keep the decorations to a minimum. This is especially the case if you just recently had the kitchen remodeled. Let’s say, for example, that you just had the cabinet refaced, the floor redone, or added a new countertop. Obviously, you want eyes to be drawn on the new renovation. Excess decorations placed atop a cabinet or hutch will take attention away from the fresh beauty that is your new kitchen.

With that in mind, use a minimalist approach; simple is better. Some items to consider include a hand-woven basket, a selection of handcrafted pottery, or a row of candlesticks. The items should be fairly uniform in color, shape and appearance. In other words, don’t mix and match.

We Can Add the Finishing Touch

Contact DreamMaker of Southern Lakes for a total home transformation; our interior remodelers can create the ideal kitchen. You can add the exclamation point by decorating the top part of the cabinet.

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Serving home and business owners of Kenosha, Racine, Burlington and Lake Geneva. We also serve Pleasant Prairie, Union Grove, Salem, Bristol, Sturtevant, Somers, Paris, Twin Lakes, Brighton and Kansasville

 

Edited by Justin Vorhees

After the era of the show kitchen, it seems functionality won over. In a recent poll conducted by Sub-Zero and Wolf, suppliers of premium refrigeration, wine preservation and cooking equipment, three out of four kitchen design professionals completed more projects for function over form. They focus more on creating a design that fits into the clients’ living and cooking styles rather than designing a “show kitchen.”

The group selected to participate in this poll was comprised of 53 regional and eight global winners of Sub-Zero and Wolf’s 11th annual Kitchen Design Contest, all of whom were polled on trends in kitchen design, products and consumer purchasing priorities.

Now, let’s break down the findings.

Seven out of 10 designers say open floor plans are still in demand. What does this mean? An open floor plan is any floor plan which makes use of large, open spaces and minimizes the use of small enclosed rooms. The best example of this plan is the “great room” which combines the kitchen, dining room and living room into one shared space. It is best to use this in homes with less square footage. There are many pros that come along with this layout such as: more social time, keeping your eye on the kids, increase views and natural light and better for entertaining all around.

Seventy-two percent of designers agree the formal dining room is a thing of the past. When retained, formal dining spaces are becoming part of a different room divided by barn doors or drapery, which allow homeowners to close up the space but keep it open if they choose. This trend; however, seems to focus in on the homes that are 2,500 square feet or lower. Instead, they are making them multi-functional. Homeowners are not willing to give up fully on the formal dining room, but rather find a way to convert it into a library or home office during its off season.

White is still the most popular color in the kitchen, but design professionals are seeing a rise in the new neutrals and accent colors, with gray, blue and black as the most popular colors. Having a white kitchen allows for versatility with other design elements such as: accent colors, tiles, and appliances while providing a welcoming feel and the illusion that you have a larger kitchen. Now the new colors on the horizon create a sense of calm in the kitchen and are just as easy on the eyes. Even though they do not help create an illusion that the kitchen is bigger, they bring crisp feel to the design front.

Design professionals named convection steam ovens and induction cooktops as the hottest appliances. Integrated appliances are also in demand. The convection steam ovens cook food faster and more evenly than conventional ovens. On top of that, the food retains more nutrients because you are steaming the product. The only downside is that you cannot brown foods the way convection ovens do. Induction cooktops are powered through magnetic induction rather than thermal induction so, no fire or electrical heating element here. This allows for rapid increases in temperature. Integrated appliances are appliances that have been built into the cabinetry and do not take away from the room’s aesthetics.

Wood is the number one material of choice, followed by quartz and stainless steel. Whether these materials are used in appliances, flooring, countertops or anything else you can think of, all of the materials are wonderful selections. It is easy to see how they have risen to be the top materials used. All are durable, easy to clean and create clean lines while bringing a sense of nature into the home through a simple change.

82 percent of design pros say the kitchen island is a must have, while 72 percent point to recycling centers. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? You shouldn’t have to choose. The kitchen island is fundamental necessity in any kitchen because it allows for easy entertaining and food preparation while creating more space for appliances and cabinetry. It is understandable why this percentage is so high. A recycling center is an easy way to remember to recycle. Usually hidden by cabinets, three bins reside; one each for paper, plastic and waste. If you want to go super green, add a green bin for items that will go in the compost pile. You will be surprised with how little waste will actually be headed to the landfill.

More than half the design professionals surveyed agree the outdoor kitchen is becoming more popular.  Outdoor kitchens are the new must-have. When the weather is nice, there is no better way to soak up some rays in the early evening than enjoying dinner in the great outdoors, even if it is in the middle of a concrete jungle. It is an easy way to turn your backyard into a little oasis. You can deck this out with a grill, bar, mini-fridge and so much more. You basically could take your entire kitchen outside.

Children are becoming more interested in cooking and the cooking process, but designers need to figure out how to best incorporate this new demographic. How can we get the kids in the kitchen? Do we create lower snack drawers for them to reach in and grab healthy snacks out of a refrigerated drawer? Do we have a section of the counter that is lowered for them to use as they learn the fundamentals of cooking? There are so many different options to be used and tested to make the kitchen a kid-friendly environment.

Aging Americans are looking for a cleaner design with fewer ledges and grooves. This makes complete sense. Fewer ledges and grooves allow for safer mobility. By creating a space that grows with you, you can stay in the same place for longer without the fear of getting hurt in your own home, allowing you to thrive on a day-to-day basis in the comfort of your own home with a few design changes.

There is a transition to “organic design” in which salvaged woods and recycled materials are being incorporated into the home, not solely in terms of materials but also in living things like plants. Have you seen the tables that have built-in succulent planters? They seem to be all rage at the moment. What about the salvaged woods, upcycled furniture and sustainable materials that are now being used? Here is your moment to shine bright and bring the outdoors in.

While there is a growing interest in the modern aesthetics, the most popular and widely categorized style of kitchen design is transitional. Transitional styling is a combination of traditional sophistication and contemporary simplicity. It combines luxury with minimalism to create a home that radiates tranquility. Transitional style is all about finding that balance between something classic and something a little more humble – it’s the best of both worlds. Colors are inviting and neutral and patterns are discreet in order to create a true place of peacefulness. Instead of using eye-catching colors, textures are relied upon to create visual interest. Transitional style uses a mixture of matte and polished finishes as well as leather furniture, wooden frames and other tactile materials and features.  Clean lines mixed with a pinch of luxury and ornate styling create a soothing and serene transitional home.  

 

 

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Any home renovation project can be overwhelming if not approached appropriately. That’s why it’s so important to think through all of the details before starting the project. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, take time to consider every aspect before calling your contractor. Here are five questions you should answer for yourself to help get you started.

1. Who Is the Bathroom Remodel for?

Will it be only you and your significant other using the space, the entire family, just guests, or are you creating a bathroom for an elderly person in your home? Knowing who the bathroom remodel is intended for will help direct all your other decisions.

2. How Many People Will Use the Bathroom?

More people using the bathroom means a greater need for storage. You’ll likely need more closet space, cabinets, and possibly an additional sink if it will be a high-traffic area of your home.

3. Do You Need a Shower, Bath, or Both?

Depending on the intended purpose and size of your bathroom, you’ll likely need to decide whether you want a bathtub or shower. If you’re dealing with a larger space, it may be possible to include both, but make sure you consider ease of mobility and how frequently either would be used.

4. How Much Counter Space is Needed?

Kitchen renovations aren’t the only projects that require you to consider counter space needs. You should think about this for your bathroom remodel as well. How much counter space do you need and is there enough room to accommodate?

5. What Kind of Lighting Fits Your Lifestyle Best?

Will the newly renovated bathroom require bright lighting for things like shaving and applying makeup, or would you prefer softer and more relaxing lighting? Keep in mind the bathroom’s primary purpose when choosing lights.

Need to speak with someone about your bathroom remodeling project? Our certified contractors at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Southern Lakes are here to help. Let us walk you through the process to finalize the plans for your new bathroom. Visit our webpage to learn more about the many services we offer. Call us today at (262) 287-9170. We also offer free showroom consultations!

 

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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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When most people think about cabinets, the assumption is that they’ll be installed in kitchens or bathrooms. Cabinets, however, have a plethora of uses and can be designed to fit in a multitude of different places. In fact, cabinets just be the final touch you’ve been looking for in some of the other spaces in your home. Here are seven spaces you can improve by asking your contractor to add cabinets.

1. Cabinets for a Media Room

Want a home theatre space or media room for you and the kids to watch a movie? Consider adding cabinets to help display and store your favorite movies, video games and consoles.

2. Home Office Cabinetry

If you or someone in your family work from home, cabinets can be a very useful addition to an office space. Not only do they offer extra storage space, but office cabinets will help your office stay clean organized as well.

3. Master Bedroom

Not everything can be hung in closets and dressers can be extremely bulky. If you’re looking for an innovative and trendy way to add more storage to your bedroom, adding custom cabinets may be the perfect solution.

4. Basement

Finishing your basement? Consider including an updated kitchen or bathroom. You’ll get far more use out of the space and you can give guests more privacy if they have a mother-in-law style apartment space.

5. Entertainment Room

If you host often, a wet bar with cabinets and stone countertops might be a functional and impressive use of space. Your entertainment room or man cave will be the talk of the town!

6. Garage Cabinets

Tired of tools laying around and the utter lack of organization in your garage? Adding cabinets can help keep your garage clear of clutter and add functional and attractive storage space along the walls.

7. Hobby Room

Hobby rooms are great, but they’re best when they’re organized. Every avid crafter knows the importance of having space to keep supplies neat. Cabinets can certainly do the trick!

Custom Cabinetry & Other Home Remodeling Services

Want to have cabinets installed in one of the rooms in your home? DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Southern Lakes can help. We’re happy to help you find the perfect cabinets for your space. For more information about our services, visit our website. You can also schedule a free showroom consultation or speak with a representative by calling (262) 287-9170 today.  

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