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Design Tips for an Industrial Style Kitchen

industrial style kitchenMany homeowners are put off by the industrial style kitchen design. They think the style makes the area feel cold and impersonal. However, this is really all a matter of perspective, because some homeowners actually prefer the look. If you happen to be among this group, then we’ll show you some remodeling tips on how to expand on the industrial design.

Characteristics of an Industrial Style Kitchen

The main characteristic is the heavy use of metallic surfaces. This means stainless steel fridges, stoves, and other appliances. This may also include a steel and reflective backdrop, rubber flooring, handle-less cabinet doors, and non-porous and easy-to-wipe countertop surfaces.

While the design is intended more for function than aesthetics, you can still create a visually stunning kitchen with this style.

Design Ideas

What else can you include besides a lot of stainless steel? Here are a few ideas:

  • Built-In Drink Station: Instead of a home coffeemaker, consider a commercial model built right into the countertop. Complement this with a wine fridge with a glass or frosted door.

  • Kitchen Island: If you have room for a kitchen island, consider a model with a built-in sink. Enhance the area with bar-style steel stools. Alternatively, you can consider built-in swivel stools.

  • Floating Shelves: Hold floating shelves in place with thick steel brackets and bolts. Normally, the brackets subtract from the look. However, in this instance, you want them as a focal point.

  • Steel Kitchen Pillars: Install a pillar or two. This gives the kitchen the look of having strong structural support and foundation.

We Do Industry-Style Kitchen Makeovers

Give DreamMaker of Suburban Chicagoland a call if you think your kitchen can use a renovation that would woo even Gordon Ramsey. Our general contractors can create any look, from a homely cottage design to an industrial style kitchen design, or something in between.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Industry-Style Kitchen Makeovers

Exceptional Home Remodeling in Vernon Hills, IL

Install a Tempered Glass Shower Door

tempered glass shower doorWalk-in showers are popular components of contemporary bathroom renovations. This design typically entails a glass shower door that exerts a dramatic influence on the room’s overall appearance. We recommend that homeowners consider a tempered glass shower door.

What Is Tempered Glass?

Tempered glass is more shatter-resistant than standard glass. In the event that tempered glass does shatter, the material breaks into pebble-sized bits, preventing large and dangerously sharp shards. Most auto windshields are made from tempered glass. Some residential windows, patio sliding doors, and even cabinet glass doors are also made from tempered glass.

The glass is also more resistant to heat. Excess heat can cause glass to break apart. Tempered glass can withstand temperatures up to 470 degrees Fahrenheit.

Design Options for Tempered Glass Shower Doors

Aside from better durability, homeowners also have numerous choices in regards to designs. Some options include framed, frameless, or semi-frameless options.

  • Framed Enclosure - The frame around the door provides more durability. Installation also normally costs less. Some homeowners, however, feel the frame subtracts from an open space concept.

  • Frameless Enclosure - Frameless doors have a clean look, almost giving the appearance of a floating door. Installation, however, requires more hardware. The enclosure itself also requires thicker glass, resulting in a higher cost.

  • Semi-Frameless Enclosure - This is the in-between option. This usually includes a frame on the top and bottom portion of the enclosure and an open design on the side.

Whatever you choose, you also have the choice between a sliding door or an enclosure that swings outward. The glass itself can be fully transparent, frosted, or have a patterned design.

We Incorporate all Shower Enclosure Types

Our renovation work is never purely aesthetic. We also consider safety, which is why DreamMaker of Suburban Chicagoland recommends a tempered glass shower door for its durability.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Beautiful Residential Shower Renovations!

 

Exceptional Home Remodeling in Vernon Hills, IL

Left-Handed Kitchen Design

left-handed kitchenLeft-handers are a minority, making up about 10% of the population. Manufacturers design kitchens and appliances with right-handed users in mind. If you’re a southpaw, worry not. We’ll present a few left-handed kitchen design ideas.

Kitchen Renovation Ideas for Left-Handed Homeowners

Here’s a fact: fridges, cabinets, and microwaves are made with the hinge on the left and handle or control panel on the right. This makes it user-friendly for right-handers. This is also why the freezer in most fridges are on the left side.

You can certainly buy customized appliances with the door hinges that open in the opposite direction. Some newer appliances have reversible doors. This is primarily designed for accommodating compact and studio kitchens, though it also makes the item more user-friendly for lefties.

Other Design Ideas

  • Some faucets have a side mount with a pull-out sprayer. The side mount is typically on the right-hand side of the faucet. Install the mount on the left.

  • If you have a dishwasher, install it to the left of the sink. Designers by default almost always install dishwashers to the right.

  • Store smaller items, such as pots, pot holders, and trivets to the left. You may also opt for an overhead pot rack right in the center or over a kitchen island. This makes it easy for users to retrieve items regardless of their hand dominance.

  • Install a double-bowl kitchen sink where the right basin is larger than the one on the left.

  • Store frequently used items in the cabinets on the left side of the kitchen

We’ll Design a Kitchen That Function Well for Lefties

DreamMaker of Suburban Chicagoland designs kitchens with both function and looks in mind. This includes layouts for safety and mobility. Despite living in a right-hand-dominated world, we can design a kitchen meant for left-handers.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Kitchen Renovations for Left-Handed Homeowners

Exceptional Home Remodeling in Vernon Hills, IL

Design Ideas for Stacked Kitchen Cabinets

stacked kitchen cabinetsMore homeowners are opting for stacked kitchen cabinets. This provides extra storage space while filling in the excess space in a high-ceiling kitchen. We’ll go over some design tips for boosting the cabinets’ function and cosmetic appeal.

Why a Stacked Kitchen Cabinet?

Homeowners often request a tall cabinet system to eliminate clearance space between the ceiling and the top of the cabinet. However, a single tall cabinet system can make the kitchen feel heavy and overbearing. Stacked kitchen cabinets help break up that heaviness.

3 Design Ideas

1. Display Case

The most common design idea is to use the upper cabinets in a stacked cabinet as a display case. This makes sense since they are inconvenient to access. Add glass cabinet doors for the uppermost cabinets and install puck lights. This will highlight the displayed items. If you decide against glass doors, use any other design, as long as it differs from the cabinets directly below.

2. Wine Rack

For the upper cabinets, consider an open cabinetry system with a built-in wine rack. We recommend a wine rack for one cabinet and open shelving for displaying wine glasses in an adjacent cabinet. Complement the latter with a mirrored backsplash. We especially recommend this design scheme for kitchens with a built-in bar.

3. Floor-to-Ceiling Cabinets

Double stacked cabinets are the most common. However, triple stack cabinets also exist, as do four and five-stacked cabinet systems that extend from floor to ceiling. Consider these for areas free of obstructions from the counter and appliances. This helps with organization and storing items within their respective categories.

We’ll Install Beautiful Stacked Cabinets

Contact DreamMaker of Suburban Chicagoland to install a new cabinet system. A stacked kitchen cabinet is a trending interior remodeling scheme that provides fresh aesthetics in a practical way.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Stacked Kitchen Cabinet Installations and Refacing

This location serves Lake County, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Lake Forest, Gurnee, Grayslake and Deerfield. We also serve Lincolnshire, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Hawthorn Woods, Long Grove, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Wauconda, Wadsworth and Winthrop Harbor

Lincolnshire Bathroom Remodeling Design Ideas

bathroom design ideasAre you planning a bathroom update this year? There are many design options and alterations to consider. So it can be daunting to know where to begin your Lincolnshire bathroom remodeling project. A professional contractor can provide some excellent insight into popular choices among homeowners in your area. But it’s always a good idea to do some additional research of your own. Here are a number of great bathroom design ideas that you should consider for your 2017 remodeling project in Lincolnshire.

1. Improve Your Storage

Practicality is something every homeowner should prioritize for their home renovation project and there’s nothing more practical than storage. Make improving storage space a priority for your Lincolnshire bathroom remodeling project. One great way to do this is by installing floor to ceiling cabinets to take full advantage of vertical space.

2. Utilize Classic White

The color you select for your Lincolnshire bathroom remodeling project is important. While there are a lot of options out there, one of the most popular colors among homeowners is classic white. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with incorporating white into your bathroom design plans. In fact, white continues to be a favorite for kitchen remodels as well.

3. Make It Easy

As a homeowner, you already know that easy is better. Easy cleaning, easy maintenance, and easy use are all trending bathroom remodeling elements in Lincolnshire. Consider installing a no-threshold shower, a comfort-height toilet, and a side-mount faucet in your new bathroom. Depending on your current living situation, it may be prudent to ask your contractor about aging-in-place remodeling for your home.

Need Help with Your Lincolnshire Bathroom Remodeling Project?

Do you need professional assistance with planning your Lincolnshire bathroom remodeling project this year? If you’re looking for a reliable contractor, contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Northeast Suburban Chicagoland today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and offer new customers a free consultation. Visit our website for more information or call (847) 232-6700 to begin finalizing your Lincolnshire bathroom remodeling project plans today.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Lincolnshire Bathroom Remodeling

Gurnee Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2017

kitchen remodeling trendsDo you have a kitchen renovation on your agenda this year? If you’re planning to update this ever-so-important space in your home, it’s likely you’ve been on the lookout for great design ideas to incorporate into your project plans. The possibilities for your kitchen are limitless! There are so many amazing upgrades you can choose from, it may seem difficult to narrow down your preferences at first. Your professional contractor can help generate ideas. And, here are several great Gurnee kitchen remodeling trends for 2017 you might want to consider.

1. Install More Windows

Bright and airy spaces are becoming a favorite among homeowners. When you begin making plans for your Gurnee kitchen remodeling project, make sure you incorporate the installation of new windows. Large door windows are great for patio access, as are floor to ceiling windows for even more natural light.

2. Select Grey Instead of White

White, when used appropriately, can be a stunning addition to any kitchen or bathroom update. But, designers today encourage selecting grey instead. Grey is a particularly good choice for cabinetry. It is also a great color for countertops, floors, hardware, and backsplashes. Definitely keep this color in mind for your Gurnee kitchen remodeling project.

3. Value Function over Aesthetics

One of the primary goals of any home renovation project is to add more function to your space. Functionality is even more important in your kitchen. Luckily, there are several hardware manufacturers that are making functionality a priority as well. Talk to your contractor about installing easy-close doors and cabinets. This style cabinet opens and closes with a touch of a button.

Want to Talk to a Professional About Your Gurnee Kitchen Remodeling Project?

Would you like to speak with a professional contractor about your Gurnee kitchen remodeling project? Contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Northeast Suburban Chicagoland today with questions and to learn about our free consultation offer. Find out more on our website or call us at (847) 232-6700 to speak with a representative about your Gurnee kitchen remodeling project today.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Gurnee Kitchen Remodeling Trends

this location serves Lake County, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Lake Forest, Gurnee, Grayslake and Deerfield. We also serve Lincolnshire, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Hawthorn Woods, Long Grove, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Wauconda, Wadsworth and Winthrop Harbor

Accessory Dwelling Unit Design Ideas

accessory dwelling unit designIf you’re looking to increase the size of your home, you have other options besides just physically expanding the existing house. You can also add an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). This is a detached, secondary guest house that rests on your property. Our general contractors have worked on these types of units and know some good design ideas for accessory dwelling units.

1. Minimalist Design

Minimalist-inspired designs are ideal for smaller units. Essentially, less is more. The rules are quite simple:

  • Keep clutter to an absolute minimum

  • Avoid placing items on the floor that don’t have a functional application, such as large plants

  • Use no more than one accent piece

  • Maximize wall use by installing floating shelves or floating cabinets

2. Create a Bed Nook

Most ADUs are similar in structure to a studio apartment due to their small size. This means an open floor plan with no separation between rooms other than the bathroom. A bed nook is a great way to add some semblance of a bedroom for the sleeping area. You can do this by adding a bed canopy with drapes. Anything you can do to separate the bed and/or a portion of the space will work.

3. Use Large Furniture

It may seem counterproductive to use large furniture in a small living space. However, we recommend having a few larger furniture pieces than multiple smaller ones. The latter can make the space feel cluttered and busy.

4. Brighten the Room

Make the room appear as bright as possible; this will make the space appear larger and airier. This can be accomplished by:

  • Using a uniform bright paint or wallpaper

  • Incorporating large windows

  • Removing furniture or décor that may partially block the window

We’ll Design Your Accessory Dwelling Unit

DreamMaker of Suburban Chicagoland believes ADUs and guest houses deserve just as much attention as the main home. Some small touchups will make the unit just as homely. Call us for constructing your accessory dwelling unit.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Accessory Dwelling Unit Renovations

We are happy to serve the NE Suburban Chicagoland area. Our service area also includes Lake County, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Lake Forest, Gurnee, Grayslake and Deerfield. We also serve Lincolnshire, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Hawthorn Woods, Long Grove, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Wauconda, Wadsworth and Winthrop Harbor.

Picking Backsplash Tile

for Your Lake Zurich Bathroom Remodeling Project

backsplash tileIs there a bathroom update in your future? If you’re planning to update your bathroom this summer, there’s a lot for you to consider. One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is which backsplash tile you intend to install. With so many different materials, sizes, shapes, and designs to choose from, this can be a very difficult element to finalize. Speak with your contractor in order to end up with the perfect tile for your Lake Zurich bathroom remodeling project. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you discuss your options in detail.

1. To Match or to Contrast?

This is a common consideration for any home renovation project. Do you want your backsplash tile to match the colors in your bathroom or to provide contrast? If you already have a color pallet for your Lake Zurich bathroom remodeling project in mind, making this decision will be even easier.

2. Spacing

Whether homeowners are planning a bathroom or kitchen remodel, they often assume that the backsplash can only extend between the cabinets. Fortunately, this isn’t actually the case. You can install backsplash tile all the way up to the ceiling if you so desire. You’ll need to decide where exactly you want to install backsplash tile before starting your Lake Zurich bathroom remodeling project.

3. Material Types

One important thing to remember about backsplash tile is that it is available in a number of different materials. You can choose from a plethora of options, including ceramic tile, glass tile, brick tile, and porcelain tile. Make sure you keep this in mind when selecting the tile for your Lake Zurich bathroom remodeling project.

Want Help Picking Tile for Your Lake Zurich Bathroom Remodeling Project?

Would you like some professional assistance picking the tile for your Lake Zurich bathroom remodeling project? The contractors at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Northeast Suburban Chicagoland will be happy to discuss options with you, as well as answer any of your questions. Visit our website to learn about our free consultation offer or call (847) 232–6700 to get your Lake Zurich bathroom remodeling project started today.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

 

Lake Zurich Bathroom Remodeling

Serving the locations of Lake County, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Lake Forest, Gurnee, Grayslake and Deerfield. We also serve Lincolnshire, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Hawthorn Woods, Long Grove, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Wauconda, Wadsworth and Winthrop Harbor

Faucet Styles for Your

Buffalo Grove Kitchen Remodeling Project

faucet styleAre you planning a kitchen renovation this summer? There’s so much that goes into a kitchen remodeling project. With so many different choices to make and options to consider, the process can be very time consuming. One of the smallest but most important decisions you’ll make regarding your Buffalo Grove kitchen remodeling project. The faucet you choose for your space makes a huge impact on the way your kitchen looks and functions. To help you pick the perfect faucet for your home, here are several different faucet styles to discuss with your contractor.

1. Center-Set Faucet

Center-set faucets are common for both kitchen and bathroom updates alike. This is what many homeowners consider a standard faucet. It requires three holes in your countertop, one for the spout and one each for the two temperature adjusting handles. These faucets come in a variety of styles and are perfect for any kitchen remodeling project in Buffalo Grove.

2. Widespread Mount Faucet

Widespread mount faucets are very similar to center-set faucets. They too require three holes and are set up the same way. Widespread mount faucet handles, however, are generally separated by at least eight inches, instead of the standard four inces. Are you planning to install a large sink in your new space? A widespread mount faucet may be exactly what you need for your Buffalo Grove kitchen remodeling project.

3. Single-Hole Faucet

Another faucet style you should consider for your Buffalo Grove kitchen remodeling project is the single-hole faucet. Single-hole faucets are becoming much more popular for home renovation projects. Unlike the previous two options, this faucet requires only a single hole in your countertop. They take up less space and work particularly well in smaller kitchens and bathrooms.

Need Professional Assistance with Your Buffalo Grove Kitchen Remodeling Project?

Do you need professional assistance with your Buffalo Grove kitchen remodeling project? If so, contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Northeast Suburban Chicagoland to schedule a free consultation. Visit our website for more information or call (847) 232-6700 to get your Buffalo Grove kitchen remodeling project started today.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Buffalo Grove Kitchen Remodeling

Anti-Slip Flooring for Your

Deerfield Bathroom Remodeling Project

Anti-slip flooringIf you’re a parent of young children or caring for an elderly person in your family, you already know how dangerous even a minor fall can be. Your bathroom, especially after a bath or shower, is a particularly hazardous area in your home. Many bathrooms have tile flooring which, when wet, can be extremely slick. To keep your loved ones safe, consider asking your contractor about anti-slip flooring during your next Deerfield bathroom remodeling project. While your professional remodeling specialist can provide a lot of great information, here are several important reasons to consider adding non-slip flooring to your bathroom remodeling plans.

1. Safety

Aside from maybe your kitchen, the bathroom is the most frequently used space in your home. It sees a lot of traffic so it makes sense to take precautions when necessary. Because bathrooms typically have tile flooring, which can be particularly slick when wet, installing anti-slip flooring could go a long way toward keeping your entire household safer. Depending on your circumstances, it may be worth considering anti-slip flooring for your next Deerfield kitchen remodeling project as well.

2. Installation

Home renovation can be a serious hassle, especially when focused on high-use areas within your home. Flooring is particularly tricky, often taking days or even weeks to install. Luckily, non-slip floors are easy and fast to install. Your contractor should be able to complete your Deerfield bathroom remodeling project relatively quickly. Then you and your family can get back to your normal routines.

3. Expense

Bathroom remodeling in Deerfield might seem costly, but it’s nothing compared to the potential expense associated with an accidental fall. Medical bills are no joke, even with fantastic insurance. When you pay to have non-slip flooring installed, you’re not just getting a new bathroom floor; you’re receiving peace of mind.

Need Professional Assistance with Your Deerfield Bathroom Remodeling Project?

Do you think non-slip flooring is right for you? If you’re looking for professional assistance with your Deerfield bathroom remodeling project, contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Northeast Suburban Chicagoland today! Visit our website for more information and to learn about our free consultation offer. You can also call us at (847) 232-6700 to discuss your Deerfield bathroom remodeling project with a professional right away.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Deerfield Bathroom Remodeling

Serving the communities of Lake County, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Lake Forest, Gurnee, Grayslake and Deerfield. We also serve Lincolnshire, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Hawthorn Woods, Long Grove, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Wauconda, Wadsworth and Winthrop Harbor

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