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4 Ways to Make Your Small Bathroom Appear Bigger

small bathroomExcluding the closets, bathrooms are often the smallest rooms in a home. This can make the space feel cramped and confined. Luckily, some strategic designing can make a small bathroom look bigger. Here are some ideas our own general contractors implement when working on petite rooms.

1. Stick with One Color

It doesn’t matter if you stick with tiles, paint, wallpaper, or a combination of the three. Just stick with one color. Neutral-colored tiles for the shower and a bold color for the walls, for example, visually chops up the space. If you want some contrast, then use a different color for the cabinet to make it the focal piece.

2. Blend the Ceiling with the Walls

Sticking with a single color also applies for the ceiling. This is especially so if the ceiling is sloped or angled. Giving the ceiling the same color as the walls will minimize the impact of the irregular shape. It also reduces the number of intersecting planes and transitions, creating the illusion of a more expansive upper area.

3. Incorporate a Lot of Glass

Consider a clear glass door if you have a walk-in shower. Also, consider a large mirror above the sink, preferably one that reaches or almost reaches the ceiling. Top this off with a lighting source directly above it. This will increase the light’s glow and make the space grow.

4. Add a Recessed Space

You can actually add space, and not just visually, by recessing the walls. It’s much the same way the medicine cabinet is recessed. You can do this for the wall or the shower. Of course, you will need to reframe the wall, but it’s a bathroom remodeling design that’s beneficial both functionally and visually.

We’ll Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Schedule an appointment with DreamMaker of Walnut Creek to begin the renovations. We are familiar with all the design tricks in the book for making a small bathroom appear bigger.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Strategic Remodeling for Small Bathrooms

We are happy to serve you in the Contra Costa area, including Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo.

Is It Time to Remodel the Kitchen or Bathroom?

time to remodelHow long has it been since you last updated your kitchen? Is one of the bathrooms in your home starting to show its age? Knowing when it’s time to remodel a kitchen or bathroom can be tricky. There’s a lot to consider and you don’t want to make a rash decision. If you’re unsure whether it’s time to call a professional remodeling contractor or not, taking note of these four indicators may help.

  1. Your spaces don’t look or function the way they used to

One of the easiest ways to determine if it’s time for a kitchen or bathroom makeover is to take a good long look at the space in question. How does it compare to the way it used to appear? Do cabinets and drawers function the way they always have? If the current condition leaves something to be desired, it’s probably time to start searching for a remodeling company.

  1. There’s no consistent flow from room to room

Feeling a consistent connection between rooms in your home may not be something you’ve thought about before. But thinking about flow can help you know if it’s time for a kitchen or bathroom remodel. This is especially true if you’ve updated other rooms in your house recently. If there’s a stark difference in the look and feel between rooms, consider reaching out to a contractor in your area.

  1. You daydream about additional functionality

Have you found yourself thinking, “I wish …” and “It would be nice if …” while in your kitchen or bathroom? Daydreaming about better functionality, such as more drawers, improved storage, or a larger countertop? There’s a good chance you’d be very happy with a kitchen or bathroom remodel.

Want Help with Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel?

If the signs are telling you it’s time to remodel the kitchen or bathroom, you’ll need to find a reliable contractor who can do the job right. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen at Walnut Creek of Contra Costa can help. We offer a wide variety of renovation and construction services for both residential and commercial customers. It would be our pleasure to help you create the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. To learn more about what we have to offer, visit our website or call (925) 239-4200 to setup a consultation.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

 

Professional Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel

Serving the areas of Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo

4 Features of Quartz Kitchen Countertops

quartz kitchen countertopsWe’ll admit that we have a love affair with quartz countertops. Of course, we supply countertops of all types, but we have a good reason for our bias. Aside from looking absolutely stunning, quartz kitchen countertops are beneficial for a number of reasons. We’ll go over some of the selling points of quartz and why they’re so sought after for kitchen renovations.

Quartz Kitchen Countertops—Why They’re Beneficial

1. They’re Durable

Quartz is the fourth hardest natural substance in the world. Its durability means it won’t easily scratch or warp due to kitchen humidity. It’s even more forgiving than granite. So it will resist chips and cracks. At the same time, quartz doesn’t have the same hardness in the feel, which some homeowners find unpleasant.

2. They Resist Staining

Marble and granite are both porous due to the tiny capillary channels between the microscopic minerals. If you spill coffee or red wine, expect a permanent stain if the liquid isn’t quickly wiped away. Quartz, on the other hand, is very stain-resistant.

3. They Come in a Range of Colors

Quartz kitchen countertops are manufactured in an assortment of colors. Select a hue that complements the backsplash or cabinet doors. Some homeowners even reface the cabinets to match the color of their newly acquired quartz countertop. Other countertop types use artificial dye to acquire their color variety.

4. They’re Hygienic

Higher-end quartz countertops are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation. This reduces the chances that bacteria will grow on the surface, making the area safe for food preparation.

We’ll Renovate the Countertop and Entire Kitchen

Want to make a big impact in the kitchen? Call DreamMaker of Walnut Creek to have your current countertop replaced. Our gallery highlights some of our top kitchen projects. The benefits of quartz countertop are, in our professional opinion, second to none.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Vast Kitchen Countertop Selections

 Serving the areas of Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo

Rock Your Kitchen Renovation with a Wine Rack

kitchen wine rackOne trend we have noticed is the addition of a wine rack for kitchen renovations. There is just something about the presence of multiple wine bottles stored in a rack that exudes sophistication and luxury. We know of a few good ways to incorporate a wine rack for the kitchen that doesn’t require much space.

4 Ways of Remodeling a Kitchen with a Wine Rack

1. Add a Rack in the Kitchen Island

Some kitchen islands come with a wine rack on the end. Others come with a refrigerated cooler built into the island. These often have a glass door that makes the bottles clearly visible. If you add an overhead glass rack and stools, the entire island takes on the look and function of a miniature bar.

2. Add a Wine Rack in Lieu of a Glass Cabinet

It’s a common design style to place a glass cabinet in the dining room for displaying items like expensive china and silverware. Opt instead for a ceiling-high wine rack.

3. Replace the Cabinet with a Rack

Some cabinets come with a built-in wine rack. Cabinet refacing may also include redoing an existing cabinet by removing and replacing an upper or lower part with a rack.

4. Add a Vertical Wine Rack

Vertical wine racks store the bottle with its side facing out. This is a nicer way of displaying and giving attention to individual bottles. Most vertical wine racks are wall-mounted. We especially prefer this type of rack in an open-floor home. You can place it right on the section of the wall where the living room ends and the kitchen begins.

We Supply the Rack; You Supply the Bottles

Call DreamMaker of Walnut Creek to have your kitchen renovated. We also do commercial remodeling and have installed wine racks for bars and VIP lounges. A kitchen with a wine rack creates an elegant look that’s suitable even if you’re not a collector or connoisseur.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Kitchen Remodeling for a Wine Cellar-Inspired Look

We are happy to serve you in the Contra Costa area, including Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo

Cabinet Hardware: Knowing Your Knobs and Pulls

cabinet hardwareWhen you update your kitchen or bathroom, it’s likely you’ll install new cabinets. Picking or designing the right cabinets is important, but it’s not all you’ll need to do. In fact, when it comes to kitchen and bathroom makeovers, the details are often the most important parts of the process. What details are there in cabinetry, you ask? In the case of cabinets, either stock or custom, the selection of hardware can make or break your remodeling project. To help you pick the absolute best knobs and pulls for your cabinets, here are a few tips.

Identify Your Style

The first thing you should do when picking out your cabinet hardware is identify your personal style. Are you someone who likes to match, or does a little contrast in your life excite you? Talk to your remodeling contractor about your personal style preferences, so he or she can find options to suit it.

Use What You Have

Regardless of whether you like it funky or formula, a good tactic is to use what you already have as inspiration. Use the colors in your kitchen or bathroom, lighting fixtures, or countertop material as a base and go from there. Your remodeling company should be able to offer a variety of choices.

Shop Around

Don’t make the mistake of selecting the first intriguing cabinet knob or pull you see. Take some time to shop around. This ensures you end up with something you really like and will be happy with for years to come.

Ready to Pick the Perfect Cabinet Hardware?

Don’t settle for “just alright” when it comes to your kitchen or bathroom update. Picking out or designing the cabinets is important, but don’t waste the valuable opportunity to go a step further by taking the time to pick the right hardware too. Ready to start finalizing your bathroom or kitchen update? Contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen at Walnut Creek today to begin discussing your project. Visit our website to learn more about our company and the many remodeling services we offer, including kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, safety and mobility remodeling, and cabinet refacing. You can also call us at (925) 239-4200 with questions or to schedule a consultation.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Cabinet Hardware Installation

serving the areas of Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo

Remodeling ContractorHave you been wanting to update your kitchen, or have you been meaning to do a bathroom makeover? Keeping your home looking good is a priority for most homeowners, especially if there’s a chance it might go back on the market someday. If your home has work that needs to be done, you’ll need a good remodeling contractor to help. Finding the right contractor for the job is no simple task, however. With so many companies out there, it’s hard to know which ones are reliable and which ones aren’t. Here are four tips to help you find a quality remodeling contractor for your project.

  1. Ask for Help

First, know that you don’t have to find a remodeling contractor by yourself. In fact, the absolutely best way to find a good contractor is by asking for help. Talk with your friends and neighbors to see if they have any individuals or companies that they could recommend.

  1. Hit the Books

Okay, so maybe not literal books … but researching a possible remodeling company is really important. Even if you receive a number of recommendations from others, take the time to do a little digging on each of them before settling on one.

  1. Read Reviews and Testimonials

Reviews and testimonials offer great insight into how previous customers feel about their experience. Take them seriously. Read as many reviews on a given company as possible. If you have trouble finding feedback, give the contractor a call and has for references.

  1. Take Your Time

Don’t ever feel like you need to rush through the process of finding a contractor. Do it right so you know you’ll be getting the service and quality that you deserve.

Find a Reliable Home Remodeling Contractor Today!

If you’re ready to start your remodeling project right away, let DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen at Walnut Creek help. Our company offers a wide variety of quality construction and remodeling services, including kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, safety and mobility remodeling, cabinet refacing and much more. For more information, visit our website or call (925) 239-4200 to speak with a representative.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Home Remodeling Contractors

Serving customers in Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo

Tuxedo CabinetsMany home design trends for 2017 consist of renovations that became popular during the latter half of 2016. Tuxedo cabinets are one such design that recently rose to prominence. This design incorporates a color combination for cabinets that is in high demand for both contemporary and country-style kitchen remodeling.

What Are Tuxedo Cabinets?

A tuxedo style is a simple cabinet refacing design. In it the lower cabinets are painted black or another dark color, while the upper cabinets receive a white hue. In any case, the main idea is having dark lower cabinets and light-colored upper cabinets.

Tuxedo cabinets are pretty straightforward, though you should feel free to play around with the concept and color options. You may opt for the traditional tuxedo concept: black for all lower cabinets, including the kitchen island; the upper cabinets are egg-white. This is a safe option if you feel non-neutral colors are too bold for your taste.

Other homeowners have opted for a tone-on-tone color scheme. This may include something like dark ultramarine blue for the ground-level cabinets and a light Columbia blue for the uppers. For a less distinct contrast, choose shades that are closer together, such as a light gray and dark white combination.

You can even take the concept further and choose matching colored appliances. A black fridge and stove will match nicely with the lower cabinets, while a built-in white microwave complements the contrast of the upper cabinets.

Tuxedo Cabinets for the Bathroom

Although tuxedo cabinets work best in kitchen makeovers, you can also apply the concept in bathrooms. It’s not that common for bathrooms to have both lower and upper cabinets. If yours does, however, then the tuxedo design is just as applicable for bathroom remodeling.

We Do Tuxedo-Style Cabinets

Contact DreamMaker of Walnut Creek to upgrade your kitchen with the latest trends. Tuxedo cabinets are currently the “in” thing, and we can create this popular style for your cabinetry.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Tuxedo Cabinet Designs and More

We are happy to serve you in the Contra Costa area, including Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo.

Granite Countertops for KitchensWhen buying a house, sometimes it’s necessary to settle for certain things with the idea that you can update them later. This often happens with kitchens. Are you’re finally upgrading to the kitchen of your dreams? What are your must-haves and what might you be able to do without? If you haven’t done so already, make sure you add granite countertops to the top of your list. A kitchen makeover would simply be lacking without them! Here are several reasons why installing granite countertops in your kitchen should absolutely be part of your next home remodeling project.

  1. Granite Countertops are Highly Sanitary

Kitchens are where you prepare meals for you and your family, so keeping them clean is often a top priority. One of the main reasons granite makes such a good countertop material for kitchens is that it’s non-porous. This means it’s easy to clean and bacteria can’t hide on its smooth surface. This quality also makes granite an ideal material for bathroom updates.

  1. Granite Counters are Incredibly Attractive

In addition to being highly sanitary, granite countertops are also very pretty to look at. If you’re hoping to impress your friends and family with your shiny new kitchen, they’re sure to be impressed with granite countertops. What’s more, you’ll cerrtainly find a design you love. Ask your contractor for help locating the perfect piece for your space.

  1. Natural Stone is Extremely Sellable

While the fact that you’re planning and creating your dream kitchen is a pretty clear indication that you don’t plan to sell your home anytime soon, it’s never a bad idea to invest in your own property. Who knows, you could decide to upgrade homes soon, too! Granite countertops will not only increase the worth of your home, but they will make a great selling point for your realtor.

Agree That Your Kitchen Needs Granite Countertops?

If you agree that your dream kitchen just wouldn’t be right without the addition of granite countertops, make installing them a priority. You’ll want the help of a professional contracting company like DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Contra Costa. We can assist you in selecting and installing the perfect granite countertops for you kitchen. Remodeling more than just your kitchen? We can help! We offer a variety of quality contracting services, including kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, cabinet refacing, safety and mobility, and general contracting. Visit our website for additional information about our company or call (925) 239-4200 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Granite Countertops for Kitchens in Walnut Creek, CA

Serving customers in Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo

update the bathroomPart of being a good homeowner is knowing when it’s time to update the kitchen and bathroom. Unfortunately, there’s no magical “update me” light that appears when it’s time to call a remodeling contractor. There’s no clear guideline for timely home renovations. However, as one of the most frequently used rooms in your home, it’s a good idea to update the bathroom somewhat regularly. When deciding if the time is right for your bathroom makeover, consider these four factors.

  1. How Old Your Bathroom Looks

Bathrooms see a significant amount of traffic, so it’s not uncommon to see minor signs of wear. One good sign that it’s time to call a remodeling contractor is that your bathroom has really started to show its age. If you have flaking paint, a discolored tub, or broken tiles, it’s probably time for an update.

  1. How Your Bathroom Compares to Other Rooms

Have you updated other rooms in your home? If you’ve been busy working in other spaces and unconsciously neglected your bathroom, you might notice a stark difference in style and/or functionality. Speak with a remodeling company to find out how to give your home a cohesive and fluid feeling.

  1. How Your Bathroom Functions

Functionality is imperative, especially for such an important room in your home. If you and your family prefer showers to bathtubs or need a double vanity to make your morning routine easier, consider updating the bathroom. Impaired function is a clear sign it’s time for a remodel.

  1. How Soon You Plan to Sell

Buyers love to see newly renovated bathrooms. In fact, the state of a bathroom can literally make or break an open house tour. If you’re planning to sell your home soon, it’s a good idea to update the bathroom now, so it shows better.

Think It’s Time to Update Your Bathroom?

If you think it might be time to update the bathroom, you’ll need to find a reliable home remodeling contractor to help. Contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen at Walnut Creek today to start discussing your project. For more information about DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, visit our website or call us directly at (925) 239-4200. We make your project our priority and offer a variety of services, including kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, safety and mobility remodeling, and cabinet refacing. Don’t wait to call; we’re standing by to make your dream bathroom a reality!

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Update the Bathroom

Serving Walnut Creek, Concord, Moraga and Danville. We also serve Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo

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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