Bathroom Organization to Save Your Home

A perfect bathroom is a combination of style, luxury and most of all function. Most homeowners struggle with creating or updating an existing bathroom to include storage for the wife’s makeup, the husbands facial essentials, the kids’ bath soaps, daily toiletries and cleaning supplies; all in a stylish and easy to find way.

Many will look at their bathroom and think “if only I had a bigger bathroom, then I could organize better”. But some of my favorite bathrooms have been those with the smallest square footage. The size of the bathroom is not important – don’t get me wrong it helps, but as they say, the greatest things come in the smallest packages.

Bathroom organization is about being creative as using unexpected places to create a grand storage space that not only functions but looks A-MAZ-ING!

The first and easiest way to create storage is acquiring a vanity with ample storage underneath. Most standard vanities in your bathroom have a single storage space with a double door opening. These often get turned into a “throw it and hide” space as you usually just toss things in and close the door to hide the mess. Obtaining a vanity with multiple drawers where you can separate your items by category will be a huge stress reliever when searching for a particular item.

Along with an enhanced vanity, why not use the space along your mirror or medicine cabinet. Most medicine cabinet spaces are notorious for being a messy dump ground. But by building storage shelves at an angle on both sides of the mirror it saves time and uses space ordinarily forgotten and unused.

Making your bathroom look elegant is the key to organization. Beautifully placed built-ins will not only enhance your space visually but you will also want to keep the storage unit nice and tidy. Built-ins allow you to showcase your style with colorful towels and baskets which can be handy for a family with multiple children or even overnight guests.

DJ’s Home Improvements is an award-winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards. Visit us at www.djshome.com

DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc. Nassau Lic. #H18C4240000 – Suffolk Lic. # 46377-H”

Laundry Room Organization

This is my DREAM LAUNDRY ROOM!

Don’t you love it?

But like 95% of the general public, I don’t have a massive room to dedicate to my laundry area. While not a huge room like the inspiration picture above – I am lucky enough to have a designated area for my laundry. My laundry room works great but only because I find ways to use up every space in the most optimal way.

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If you have a big family then create a shelving space where you can fold clothes and separate each persons pile into their own basket. This is a great idea for young kids. They pick up their basket, go to their rooms, store everything away and bring the basket back. Saves mom some time and kids get chores done fast.

If you love the picture above but aren’t the “handy-type” and don’t feel like hiring a handy man – don’t worry, there is another way!

This picture shows you a great cost-effective alternative! Go to your local Big Box Store, get your laundry baskets and two wide shelves with hanging attachment.

Your assembly will be (bottom to top):

        1. baskets on floor
        2. shelf
        3. baskets on shelf
        4. shelf

If you lack horizontal space, like me - go VERTICAL! You can either get smaller individual shelves and build up or buy a free-standing drawer/shelf unit. Check places like Target or the Container Store, they always have fantastic options.

Love to air dry your clothes but its snowing outside – hang a ladder! I love this idea instead of buying one of those plastic drying racks. Keeping storage off the ground makes your space feel more open aka bigger!

Is sorting your laundry a headache? Before this nifty idea, my floor would be covered in a dozen little piles. Now tossing laundry into the baskets is a fun little game and best of all – it looks clean!

If you are interested in a consultation for your design and build home remodel please call us at #516-775-8696.

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* DJ’s Home Improvements is an award-winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards. Visit us at www.djshome.com

DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
Nassau Lic. #H18C4240000 – Suffolk Lic. # 46377-H”

DIY: How to Build Sink Storage

Yes!! Finally! Thank you storage gods for creating an amazing storage solution. Yes, it is true! You can have organization under your sink. Yippe!

Special thanks to our friends at The Family Handyman, for this amazing tutorial.

Why should you follow this tutorial? Because:

  •  It is a simple weekend project
  • No major construction tools needed
  • Variations included for better fit in your own home
  • Cost: $50-$100

For exact instructions, visit our friends at The Family Handyman

Weekend DIY project: Under-Sink storage

 

If you are interested in a consultation for your design and build home remodel please call us at #516-775-8696.

* DJ’s Home Improvements is an award-winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards. Visit us at www.djshome.com

DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
Nassau Lic. #H18C4240000 – Suffolk Lic. # 46377-H”

 

Kitchen Designs for the Active Family!

The kitchen is the main room where family and friends gather, not only because of the delicious aromas that come from this hub of the home but also because of the activities and conversations that flow from this space.

In the past, the kitchen was designed for the designated chef, and typically relegated to a closed-off area of the home, often away from other family members. It was where the cook planned, prepared and cooked all of the meals.

kitchens for the active

Today’s kitchen has become a casual, inviting, friendly place to cook, chat, entertain guests, and share stories. To put it simply, it is a very social area, the focal point of our lives and homes.

To accommodate families who enjoy the social aspect of this room, designers/remodelers like DJ’s Home Improvements can create kitchen designs for the active family.

For many young families, the kitchen is also the heartbeat of the home, so a few essential “ingredients” and extra touches will ensure that it operates smoothly when many little hands are congregating.

For instance, you may want to install cabinet shelves and drawers where each child can place their own things.

In addition, kid-friendly surfaces such as the quartz countertops from Cambria will resist stains and scratches more easily than other materials, keeping maintenance to a minimum. Choosing surfaces with rounded corners as opposed to sharp-edged will help prevent minor accidents.

Whether you are designing a kitchen from the ground up, or just sprucing up the old one and adding new elements, it’s important to plan for ample space for easy traffic flow, especially from the work space where meals are prepared, to the dining areas where meals are enjoyed.

 

For a kitchen consultation for your ever burgeoning active family life, contact DJ’s Home Improvements for an appointment by calling # 516-775-8696 or visit their website at www.djshome.com for more information.

 

 

 

DJ’s Home Improvements is an award-winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards. Visit us at www.djshome.com

DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
Nassau Lic. #H18C4240000 – Suffolk Lic. # 46377-H”

Striking North Fork Bath Remodels

The North Fork of Long Island is a gem in the Long Island landscape which boasts stunning homes and properties, as well as a great deal of history. In its earliest years of new settlement, the North Fork, from Orient Point and the islands in the east, to Riverhead and Wading River in the west, it was called Southold. The land was ideal due to its broad fields and woodlands.

Today, the North Fork, with its spattering of beautiful homes known for their Old World charm, is visited and enjoyed by many for its wonderful wine vineyards, and the interspersing of towns located near the beautiful Peconic Bay.

I had the opportunity to work with a past client of ours who owns a home in Cutchogue, in the North Fork, and was impressed with their sprawling property, complete with a pretty, well-maintained landscape; it was a lovely, comfortable haven for a family that needed upgrades in two of their baths.

The color scheme in the first bath would feature soft, creamy beige and tan colors, while the second bath was completely different. This cheerful white and periwinkle blue-colored bathroom had a light and airy beach cottage feeling, which is exactly what the homeowner was trying to achieve.

In the larger bath, ceramic wall tiles in creamy colors and a decorative listello border, lent a soothing atmosphere to the entire space. Built-in bleached wood cabinetry with plenty of storage space and a matching double vanity with two sinks, showed the natural hues in the wood. Diagonally-set ceramic floor tiles in a slightly darker color contrasted the cabinetry to perfection.

Custom-built shower shelves, and a corner shower enclosure maximized the space. Soft traditional lighting from well-placed wall sconces gave a certain glow to the room, creating an ambience of tranquility.

One of the most delightful aspects about being a professional designer is seeing that sparkle of happiness on clients’ faces when I help them plan and finally choose a design that enhances their homes and works well within their budgets. Since my husband, Jerry and I opened DJ’s Home Improvements 22 years ago, we have lent our design and home remodeling talents to many satisfied homeowners. It has truly been a pleasure to work with them, time and again, and to help them bring their dreams to fruition! We plan to continue to do this for many years into the future.

* Vita Anne Burdi, Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Bath Designer, is the co-owner and vice president of DJ’s Home Improvements, a design-and-build company licensed and insured in Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island, NY, since 1990. Her dedication and experience lends her to create and design, innovatively, all projects in home remodeling, including specialties in kitchen remodels, bath remodels, additions of dormers and extensions, decks, basement remodels, and many more upgrades in home improvements. Vita is a leader and designer of award-winning projects and has been featured and quoted in many local, regional and national publications. She and her husband, Jerry are active members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Please visit www.djshome.com for more information and to view some of the awards designed by Vita.

** More details of the project shown in the videos below and online at our website at http://www.djshome.com. Please contact us at #516-775-8696 or email us at contact@djshome.com if you are interested in remodeling your home. Enjoy!

Michael S. Smith “Kitchens and Baths”

I recently went to the Ann Sacks Tile Showroom, in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan, for the book signing of Michael S. Smith’s newly released book, Kitchens and Baths. It was a little chilly that day and after a drive into the city a nice glass of wine at the showroom was a welcoming touch. Including being a world renowned designer, the interior designer to the Obamas in the White House and author, Michael S. Smith is just the nicest person you could ever meet. If I look and sound like a fan, it’s because I am.

This is a third book by Michael S. Smith. “The newest book from acclaimed designer Michael S. Smith showcases his exceptional take on kitchens and baths, the busiest yet most personal rooms in a home. Legendary designer Michael S. Smith has stories to tell about kitchens and bathrooms – those he has designed himself, and those that inspire him. In this fascinating and inspirational book, Smith, who has his own line of kitchen and bath fixtures for Kohler, explains how these rooms define a house. “

Kitchens and Baths by Michael S. Smith

The book is a great inspiration to me, as a Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bath designer. The book is also split into different categories like “Beach”, “Town” and “Country”, each bringing the reader into a different but equally stunning experience. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy at the bookstore or online. Share with me your feeling of inspiration, from Michael S. Smith’s Kitchens and Baths book, to redesign the most utilized and most important rooms in your home.

* Vita Anne Burdi, Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Bath Designer, is the co-owner and vice president of DJ’s Home Improvements, a design-and-build company licensed and insured in Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island, NY, since 1990. Her dedication and experience lends her to create and design, innovatively, all projects in home remodeling, including specialties in kitchen remodels, bath remodels, additions of dormers and extensions, decks, basement remodels, and many more upgrades in home improvements. Vita is a leader and designer of award-winning projects and has been featured and quoted in publications such as The New York Times, Newsday, Remodeling Magazine, Remodeling News, and Lowes for Pros. Vita is also an active member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Please visit www.djshome.com for more information and to view some of the awards designed by Vita.

Ins and Outs: New Kitchen and Bath Ideas

As a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer I scour articles on kitchen and bath design every day, looking for innovative ideas and products. Here’s a look at a some emerging, and fading trends in kitchen and bath design.

Kitchens

Fading Out: Distressed finishes dropped significantly from a year ago, when they were used by 16% of designers, to just 5%.

Emerging: Dark Finishes… Dark natural finishes are chosen over medium natural, glazed, and white painted finishes

Fading Out: Too much effort and budget into the design of the exterior with little thought to the interior where people spend most of their time.

Emerging: DO give some attention to your ceilings by installing a coffered or tray ceiling, and even add color with paint. Treat it like a fifth wall.

Fading Out: Incorporation of wine refrigerators, gadgets like built-in espresso makers, beer tap dispensers, independent ice-makers (systems that take a fair amount of energy and planning but return very little usefulness.)

Emerging: to continue incorporating wine storage into kitchen design, unchilled wine storage is growing in popularity.

Fading Out: Freezer-top refrigerators were only specified by 8% of designers as 2010 drew to a close.

Emerging: According to the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) french door refrigerators jumped from 67% to 78% as the type most often specified by its members.

Fading Out: Commercial stoves and over-sized exhaust hoods. Oversized exhaust hoods can depressurize a home causing back-drafting down chimney flutes, etc. Bad air can get sucked from your garage or down your chimney.

Emerging: Instead of the commercial stove, try an induction cooktop. It is closer to 85% efficient in terms of usefully applying its input energy into heating your food. Gas cooktops are still the most specified.

Fading Out: Incandescent lighting and halogen lighting, even CFL’s due to poor quality of light produced.

Emerging: Designers are clearly opting for more energy-efficient lighting options. LED (light-emitting diode) lighting has increased from 47% to 54%.

Bathrooms

Fading Out: Using all and any green products. Thoughtful design with use of the right green materials and applications are more appropriate and green.

Emerging: Quartz continues to take away market share from granite in the market for bathroom vanity tops.

Fading Out: Fireplaces in the master bath and master bedroom. They are found to be rarely used when installed.

Emerging: Green bathrooms (the color green). While white and off-white palettes are up, beiges are down as well as browns. Other common color tones include blues, grays, and bronzes and terracottas.

Fading Out: Oversized tubs in master bath. “You get much more use of an oversized shower, especially if it has access to an outdoor private courtyard.” – Ed Binkley, AIA

Emerging: Under-mount sinks continue to dominate newly remodeled bathrooms. however, vessel sinks have become the clear second choice among designers.

Fading Out: Brushed nickel faucets and stainless steel (in bathrooms).

Emerging: Satin nickel faucets, as well as bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome and polished nickel are still high in popularity.

These were just a few of my observations from the kitchen and bath design industry. What do you think of this list?

I’d love to hear from you…

- Vita Anne Burdi, CKD, CBD

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New Mixed Material Tile

Anaki, part of the Metal Series by Maniscalco Tile, available at Old Country Ceramic Tile

Well, we made it – the second snow storm of the new year.

At least this time it wasn’t a blizzard, just a regular Long Island snowfall (if there is such a thing). But let’s look on the bright side. There are only 11 more weeks of chilly, snowy, blustery, toes-fingers-nose numbing, my-car-really-needs-to-be-washed and it-gets-dark-so-early weather until Spring.

So while you’re shoveling out the car, getting ready for the weekend and looking forward to Spring think about all those projects that need to be done in the Spring, i.e. Spring cleaning, painting, organizing, getting work done on your home… having that family room addition made so that next winter you won’t all be cooped up in a small formal living room; turning that unused basement into a great media room so that all of the video games and paraphernalia can be out of sight on the first floor and you can be at peace in your cozy living room; finally having a master bath with a walk-in closet for just the two of you; enjoying entertaining with a more open floor plan; and let us not leave out enlarging the kitchen to accommodate the entire family comfortably; right-sizing your home for your family’s needs.

While sitting on all these delicious ideas, I’d like to introduce you to a a new tile out by Maniscalco Artisitic Stone, a family-owned tile manufacturer of glass, stone and metal. They have released a new product in their line of Maniscalco Tile.

In remodeling a home, many homeowners get stumped on what to choose as their tile. Tile can be beautiful as well as functional. It serves to compliment the other elements in your space as well as create style with color and texture. Also, tile will protect your walls from moisture, wear and tear.

With so many options out there it is hard to narrow your choices down…

That is what makes this new mixed material tile line, called Anaki, so great. Without having to choose, you get stone, metal and glass all in one tile and in the great tones of yellow, orange and brown.

Use this tile as an entire backsplash, accent and trim, or make a huge statement when it is applied to an entire wall. It is available in 1×1, 2×2, or in a waterfall pattern so the application options are endless and will take you as far as your imagination will go.

This tile would be perfect for any room such as a kitchen, bath, family room, den, a study and even used on a fireplace.

Contact us and we will help you with three dimensional pictures of the proposed changes to your home – even a virtual walk through of the new space we will create for you.

Please call DJ’s Home Improvements at 516-775-8696 or visit our website for some photos of our work: www.djshome.com

A Beginner’s Guide to Updating Your Kitchen – Cabinetry Style 02

Continued from : “A Beginner’s Guide to Updating Your Kitchen – Cabinetry Style 01″

First of all, Everyone, Happy Holidays! Best wishes to you and all of your friends and family!

Now that we have discussed some of the steps in designing your kitchen and choosing a direction in your style of cabinetry, let’s take a look at some of the cabinet finishes you will be deciding on.

We are using examples from the Kraftmaid cabinetry line, a line I use often for its beauty, durability and affordability.

Line of Kraftmaid cabinetry

* Please click on the names to see an example

Stained Finishes – enhances the inherent beauty of each wood type

Highlighted Finishes - a base stain hand-rubbed for maximum absorption

Glazed Finishes – a base stain is applied and then a coat of glaze, emphasizes subtle variation in color

Antique Glazed Finishes – for an heirloom look

Burnished Finishes - creates the warm traditional look of fine furniture

Painted Finishes – heavily pigmented for beautiful color

Vintage Finishes - labor-intensive finish process creates the heirloom look, distressed and over-sanded

Thermofoil – for flawless silky smooth surfaces

These are just some finishes, but there are also many other things to consider in selecting your new cabinetry. To see some of our completed projects using some of these cabinetry finishes, please visit our kitchens portfolio on http://djshome.com/kitchens_portfolio.html.

More to Come on Cabinetry Style, the Beginnings of Updating Your Kitchen…

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