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Paint ColorsWhether it’s been a while since your home was painted or you’re just looking for a change, you want to pick the right colors when it’s time for a fresh coat of paint. Don’t let poorly selected paint colors ruin your kitchen update. With literally thousands of colors to choose from, however, it can seem daunting to pick just one. Or is one even what you need? How many colors should you pick? How often should you use them? Where do you even start? If you’ve got questions about which paint colors to pick for your kitchen or bathroom remodel, this article can help.

1. How Many Colors Should You Pick?

Many homeowners assume they only need one paint color for any given area, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Professional decorators typically incorporate three paint colors into a space, although five or even seven can look nice as well. However many colors you choose, remember that they don’t all have to be paint colors; some colors may work better as accents in the tile or décor.

2. How Many Times Should You Use Each Color?

To keep your color selections balanced, strive to incorporate each one into your designs at least three times. This can be done through paint, wall paper, tile, backsplashes, décor, and even appliances. Ask your contractor for specific recommendations regarding your particular project.

3. Where Do You Start?

This may well be the most difficult question. Knowing where to find inspiration for your remodeling project can be difficult. The best idea is to pull from other rooms of your house that you already enjoy. Try to bring cohesion to your home by choosing similar color pallets as in other rooms.

Need More Help Choosing Your Perfect Paint Colors?

Regardless of whether you’ve selected your three colors or are just beginning to look at swatches, you need a reliable contractor to help with your remodeling project. Let DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Elizabethtown answer any questions you might have about paint colors and brands. We’ll be happy to find the perfect color for you and your home; then you can rest easy while our contractors complete the job. For more information about DreamMaker Bath & Bed, visit our website or call (717) 340-9330 to speak with a representative. We can’t wait to set up your free consultation appointment!

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Answers about Paint Colors

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Kitchen ColorsThe summer season is quickly coming to a close and cooler weather is on the way. With it comes a series of exciting holidays, many of which will bring a slew of guests into your home. Why not host your friends and family in style this season with a newly updated kitchen? Here are four awesome kitchen color combinations to help spruce up your space.

1. Brown & Grey

Brown and grey are perfect colors for cooler weather. While it’s freezing outside, you and your family can enjoy the warm and cozy feel these colors will bring to your kitchen.

2. Blue & Black

Blue is a popular pick for homeowners, but you don’t see it paired with black very often. Together, these colors bring a sense of soothing sophistication to a space.

3. Black & White

There’s nothing more elegant and sleek than a black and white kitchen. These colors are classic. If you’re looking for something a little brighter, consider adding a third accent color to the mix.

4. Green & Silver

This combination has a lot of potential. While it will generally make your kitchen feel brighter and more airy, you can change the effect by picking a lighter or darker shade of green. Forest green and silver screams elegance, while lime green and silver suggests fun!

Don’t feel like you have to stop with your kitchen; consider incorporating these colors into a bathroom remodel or family room makeover. Remember, your home is a physical representation of you and the things are love. Make sure your entire house fits your style and personality.

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Found the perfect kitchen colors for your home? Start planning your kitchen update with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Elizabethtown today! We can get your home ready for the holidays. To learn more about our company and the many remodeling services we offer, visit our website or call us at (717) 340-9330. Don’t forget to ask us about our free consultations!

Edited by Justin Vorhees

 

Perfect Kitchen Colors

 

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Finding a Remodeling ContractorIs your kitchen in serious need of a makeover? If so, it’s likely you’ll be searching for a kitchen remodeling contractor sometime soon. Knowing where to start with a process like this can be daunting. And, the internet is full of horror stories about individuals and companies who didn’t do the job right. Locating the right person for the job is important. Here are six steps to help you find the perfect contractor for your kitchen remodeling project.

1. Ask for Referrals

One of the best ways to find a reliable contractor for your kitchen or bathroom update is to ask friends and family for referrals. If you know people who have used a contractor recently, they can give you lots of information on their personal experience with the company.

2. Do Some Research

If no one you know can recommend a good contractor, you’ll want to start doing a little research. You can begin with a quick search online for contractors in your area. Be sure to keep track of any who you seem like potential winners.

3. Talk to Potential Remodeling Contractors

There’s no better way to know if someone is the right fit than to speak to him directly about your project. It’s best when the contractor you’ll be working with can come see your home in person, but you should at least speak on the phone prior to signing any paperwork.

4. Check Testimonials and References

Many companies will post testimonials from previous customers on their websites, and you should definitely review them. It’s also a good idea, however, to ask for references. You should be able to talk to people about past projects in order to learn whether the contractor would be a good fit.

5. Consider Certifications

Contractors will often have various certification and designations that they have attained over the years. Make sure to ask about these. A good one to watch for is the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) award.

6. Review Potential Contracts Carefully

Don’t let anyone pressure you into signing a contract right away. Once everything has been drawn up, take the time you need to review it and verify it’s exactly what you want. If you need to sleep on it, do so.

Talk to a Remodeling Contractor about Your Kitchen Project Today

Ready to discuss your kitchen project with a professional contractor today? DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Elizabethtown can help ensure your remodeling project is completed successfully. Take a look at our website for more information about our company and the many services we offer or call (717) 340-9330 to set up an appointment. We offer free in-home consultations!

Edited by Justin Vorhees

 

The Perfect Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

 

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Which Cabinet Hardware is Right?Bathroom and kitchen updates are extremely exciting for homeowners! Soon, you’ll have the room of your dreams ready to show off to all your friends and family this holiday season. Before the showcase, however, your project will require a few finishing touches. Your cabinets, for example, need the perfect hardware accents. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which will suit your needs best. Finding the perfect cabinet hardware for your kitchen or bathroom remodel doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are three tips to help make the process easier.

1. Find Your Space’s Character

Are you and your space funky, fresh, or formula? In other words, what kind of character do you want your bathroom or kitchen to have? If your design is supposed to be classical, choose hardware which adds to that theme. If you’re looking for some funky contrast, pick knobs and drawer pulls that fit the bill.

2. Match Your Cabinets

You should also consider whether or not your hardware matches your cabinets. Talk to your contractor about what kinds of hardware other homeowners typically select to complement the cabinets you’re installing.

3. Tie in the Fixtures and Appliances

It can be easy to make selections that match your cabinets, but not the space as a whole. To ensure the look of your entire room is cohesive, remember to match your cabinet hardware with appliances, light fixtures, and décor as well.

Ready to Pick Your Cabinet Hardware Today?

Think you’re ready to make the finishing touches on your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project? If you’re ready to pick the perfect cabinet hardware for your space, call your contractor today. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Elizabethtown can design, build, and install the best cabinets and cabinet hardware for your home. Visit our website to learn more about our company and the many services we offer, including cabinet refacing, remodeling, and general contracting. Make sure to ask about our free consultation offer for new customers when you call us at (717) 340-9330 to set up an appointment.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

 

Installing Cabinets and Cabinet Hardware

 

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Ways to Update Your CabinetsAre you looking for a fun and inexpensive way to breathe some life into your kitchen or bathroom? Updating your cabinets can make a huge difference. Whole bathroom and kitchen updates can be costly and time-consuming, but you can save time and money by placing all of your remodeling focus on the cabinets. Designing new cabinets is a great start and you can continue your kitchen or bathroom remodeling venture at a later date. Keep these three cabinet improvements in mind when you talk to your contractor.

1. Make Them More Functional

Functionality is important. When creating designs for your home, it can sometimes be easy to overlook function and opt for aesthetic appeal instead. Why not do both?! When working with your contractor to create your exciting new cabinet designs, think about what elements could improve your daily life. Whether it’s adding more drawers for makeup or more storage shelves for canned goods, make functionality a priority in your designs.

2. Incorporate Technology

Technology is everywhere and it makes life easier. If you like watching how-to videos on your iPad while cooking, why not incorporate a stand and charger into your cabinet designs? More and more homeowners are finding ways to add technology into their living spaces. Cabinets are the perfect way to add more charging stations, docks, and storage for electronics.

3. Give Them Some Color

If you don’t want to replace your cabinets completely, consider changing the color instead. A new paintjob can add a lot to a space. It’s also very trendy right now to incorporate exciting colors, like red, green, or even purple, into cabinet designs. Don’t be shy! Embrace your personal style.

Want to Start Improving Your Cabinets Today?

If you’re ready to start your next home project, contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Elizabethtown today! We would love to help you improve the cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom. Visit our website for more information about our company or to view the many services we offer, including cabinet refacing, kitchen remodeling, and general contracting. Call us right now at (717) 340-9330 to speak with one of our representatives or to schedule an appointment. Remember to ask about our free consultation offer when you call!
Edited by Justin Vorhees

Updates for Bathroom and Kitchen Cabinets

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Getting the Most Out of Your Kitchen

 

Even in a town as laid back as Elizabethtown, efficiency can be valued as much as lifestyle. When it comes to the kitchen, where space can sometimes be limited, efficiency might even be valued more. Efficiency in the kitchen used to be measured in steps; now it’s measured in minutes.

 

Mom grabs a muffin as she dashes out the door in the morning. Bobby races home from basketball practice and throws together a sandwich, munching it along the way to rehearsal for the school play. American kitchens have to be equipped to handle this fast-paced, everyone-for-themselves shuffle, as well as other modern needs, such as multiple cook

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s, kids, and crowds. As a result, the 40-year old commonsense concept of the work triangle (a path linking the three major kitchen components: refrigerator, sink, and cooktop) is undergoing revision. Even thought the basic concept is still sound, designers are beginning to talk about designing a triangle within a triangle to handle both large and small meals.

 

A secondary triangle, for example, might link a bar sink, the microwave, and refrigerator for frequent quick-fix meals. Some kitchen designers are advocating four separate work centers: a short-term food preparation area for quick meals, a long-term food preparation area, a cooking area, and a cleanup area. 

In all fairness, the work triangle was a great concept when it was developed, but that was when the kitchen was a closed-in room with one cook. Now the walls are coming down. Modern kitchens are actually evolved keeping rooms that incorporate pass-throughs and an adjacent family room.

Everybody’s in the kitchen.

But even the modern kitchen will benefit from the basic principles of efficiency and effectiveness that the work triangle promotes, by minimizing wasted effort and time while cooking in the kitchen. Here are the basic design elements of the work triangle: 

· KKeep the three primary work centers in close proximity 

·      Measurements should be made from the center of the sink to the center of the refrigerator to the center of the cooktop.

·      The perimeter of the triangle should measure no more than 26 feet and no less than 12 feet (according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association). 

·      No one side of the triangle should be greater than 9 feet or less than 4 feet. 

The triangle should not be interrupted by traffic or cabinetry. 

The work triangle may not fit today’s busy lifestyles exactly, but it at least gives you the ability to measure, in one simple method, the effectiveness of a kitchen. That is its strength. 

 

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Why You Need Hardwood FlooringIs it time for a kitchen update or are you planning to redo some of the floors in your home? You’ll want to make sure you pick the right material for your lifestyle! With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know which is actually right for you. Here are five great reasons you should install hardwood flooring in your home.

1. Hardwood Creates High Value

As a homeowner, you know how important it is to keep the value of your home high, especially if you plan to sell it sometime in the future. While most renovation projects, from a bathroom update to adding a deck, will increase your home’s value, one of the best way to attract buyers is by installing hardwood flooring.

2. Hardwood Flooring is Easy to Maintain

Some people shy away from installing hardwood floors because they think maintenance is a nightmare. In reality, keeping hardwood flooring looking good isn’t that difficult. By buying a few different cleaning materials and changing a couple of habits, it can be easy to keep your hardwood floors looking brand new. Talk to your contractor about other helpful tips for maintaining your hardwood!

3. Hardwood Helps Keep Allergies at Bay

If you or someone in your family has trouble with allergies, hardwood floors might be a good solution. Because hardwood is hypoallergenic, meaning that it doesn’t collect and retain dust and pollen like other flooring materials, it might be the perfect addition to your home.

4. Hardwood Floors are Durable

When it comes to durability, there are few materials that do the job better than hardwood. Not only is hardwood flooring beautiful, but it will be a lasting addition to your home as well. As an added perk, once hardwood floors start to show their age, it’s easy (and less expensive) to resurface and restain them than to replace them.

Ready to Install Your New Hardwood Flooring Today?

Sold on hardwood flooring and ready to get started with your renovation project right now? Contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Elizabethtown today to get started! We will help making your dream home a reality. For more information about our company and the many services we offer, visit our website. You can also call (262) 203-9175 to set up a free in-home consultation!

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Installing Hardwood Flooring in Your Home

 

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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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4 Benefits of Cabinet Refacing

Want a different look in your bathroom or kitchen, but don’t want the hassle and expense of completely replacing your current cabinetry? Or maybe your cabinets are still in great condition and you feel it would be wasteful to replace them? You may be in luck. If you’re interested in making a change, consider cabinet refacing. Refacing is a great alternative to full cabinet replacement. Here are four amazing benefits to consider before proceeding with your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project.

1. Cabinet Refacing Costs Less

One of the absolute best benefits to cabinet refacing is how economical it is in comparison to cabinet replacement. In general, you can expect to pay half as much to reface your cabinets as you would pay to replace them. This is an incredible bargain, especially considering how nice the end result will be.

2. Refacing Your Cabinets Takes Less Time

Replacing cabinets can be a big job. Your contractor will often have to dismantle and cut down your existing cabinets before he can begin removing them. The process can sometimes take days. Cabinet refacing, on the other hand, can be done in as little as a single day. 

3. Cabinet Refacing Prevents Waste

If your cabinets are still in good condition, it may be wasteful to throw them out now. What’s more, many cabinets contain construction materials that can be harmful to the environment if left in a landfill. Choosing to reface your cabinets instead or replacing them will cut down on waste and help protect the environment.

4. Refaced Cabinets Looks Brand New

The absolute best part of cabinet refacing is how amazing the end result will look. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the difference and your guests will think you spent thousands on a whole new kitchen or bathroom upgrade.

Talk to a Contractor about Cabinet Refacing Today

Ready to talk to a professional contractor about refacing your current kitchen or bathroom cabinets? DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Elizabethtown is here to help. We can make your drab cabinets shine like new.  Visit our website today to learn more about our company and the services we offer. You can also call us at (717) 340-9330 to speak with a representative or set up your free showroom consultations!

Reface Cabinets for an Amazing Kitchen or Bath Remodel

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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