Monday, April 29, 2013

Remodel the Master Bath the Right Way

Remodel the Master Bath the Right Way

The master bathroom is a big deal! At D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling, we are seeing a serious uptick in homeowners looking to make the space their own. If you are wondering where to start, David Juarez, owner of D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling recommends, “Identify the problems and then find their solutions.” Once you understand what you don’t like or want to change in the master bathroom, it will be easier to come up with a design that will fulfill those needs!

Look at the Big Picture
What you don’t want to do is a patchwork remodel. What we mean is this: You may know that you don’t like the faucets and other plumbing fixtures and you don’t like the tile either. While the plumbing fixtures may be the easy thing to replace now, you may be working yourself into a corner in terms of design when you go to replace the tile later. By all means, you can remodel a little at a time, but decide on an overall goal and design so that the end product is exactly what you want.

Consider your Style
You may already know your style, but when you look at the big picture of a bathroom remodel, consider the style you’ll want to convey in the end. D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling believes it’s important to be aware of how colors and textures will come together and what that result will be. Again, if you have the big picture in mind, you will be able to make choices that match what you end goal is and will achieve your very own style in the master bath.

Look to the Future
When you are looking to remodel the master bath, you want to consider long term livability. This will affect you and your spouse if you intend to remain in the house for years to come, but will also affect prospective buyers! So let’s admit that we have some birthdays with some bigger numbers coming in our future. You’ll want to consider accessibility and comfort, but, these days, you can have comfort and accessibility as well as sleek and modern style!

Choose your Luxuries
When it’s time to remodel, you’ll want to consider which luxuries are important to you and how they will fit into your grand plan. Many homeowners are making the move toward larger, more airy showers, room for a dressing table, smart storage and use of space, and audio-visual features in the master bath. Keep these in mind as you plan your remodel so that your final plan incorporates all the luxuries you want to be included.

At D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling, we cannot stress enough how important it is to think ahead in your life as to what you will need, consider the style and features you want, and to look at the big picture before beginning a bath remodel and we can help with that!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Paint Color in the Master Bedroom

Bedside Manner

If you are looking to make your master bedroom complete, pay attention to the color that you choose. Consider the atmosphere that you want to achieve and start with the right color family. Dave Juarez, owner of D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling, says, “Once you know if you want bold or neutral, light or bright, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices from there.” So what do you want in your master bedroom?

Drama, Drama, Drama
If you have bold style, go for a bold color in the master bedroom! This is probably not a direction for those with a smaller space, but if you’ve got the right layout, a deep tone can create a dramatic effect and a bold atmosphere in the master bedroom. Pick a passionate red, a luxurious purple, or an authoritative blue. If you want to get bold and a little creative, paint the walls white and put a deep shade on the ceiling.

Cool and Collected
If bold and bright aren’t your thing, never fear! There are plenty of paint palettes that offer a more calming effect. Light shades in blue or green can promote feelings of tranquility. A light yellow will provoke cheery, optimistic feelings. Picking a soft tone can work for numerous themes while adding some color into the mix.

Neutral like Switzerland
Maybe you’d rather stay a little more neutral on the matter of color. There are plenty of whites, beiges, grays, and everything in between to accommodate your needs. Still want a little color in there? Pick bright accessories or bedding! Create visual interest with the furniture design! There are so many possibilities.

Many homeowners leave the master bedroom to last because ‘no one but us sees it,’ but that’s the point! Juarez of D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling says, “Make room in your budget for the master bedroom projects, even if it is just a change in color. It will allow you to create your own haven.”

Monday, April 15, 2013

3 Reasons to Bring the Front Porch Back

3 Reasons to Bring the Front Porch Back

You may not have realized, but the novelty of the front porch is fading as culture and architecture move in different directions. People used to spend an afternoon sitting on the porch, waving to the neighbors, chatting, and enjoying a refreshing drink. It’s rare to see this scene today. Many have moved that party to the backyard, but D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling wants to remind you that there may be a few reasons left to focus on your front porch.

Curb Appeal
Depending on the year your home was built and its distance from the street, a front porch may not be an option, but a front porch can create a beautiful, traditional look that will make your home more inviting from the street! Dave Juarez, owner of D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling says, “The front porch is seen on older homes, but can give your home a welcoming, traditional look that can make it a little more welcoming.

Receptions and Homecomings
Having a front porch will give your kids a place to anxiously wait for grandma and grandpa to arrive for their visit or to receive longtime family friends from out of town. Imagine your kids standing on the front porch peering down the street as they wait for that special guest to arrive! It’s a place to welcome them and a place to visit with them when they arrive even before moving inside.

Lemonade, Rocking Chairs, and Watching the World Go By
We at D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling understand how hectic your schedule is! A front porch gives the opportunity for you to sit back, enjoy a cold drink, and watch the world go by. If you’re daring, you could wave to a neighbor or two! The front porch is not completely in the past, but if you’re not a fan of bringing it back, we can help you make your backyard serve the same purpose! Check out our article on creating an atmosphere in your backyard for family and friends to create memories together!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Under your Stairs

Uses for that Space Under your Basement Stairs

Your home is full of different rooms and spaces. D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling wants to help you make the most of every nook and cranny! Make the space under your stairs another space you can be proud of! We have some ideas!

Play Area
You may not appreciate when your little ones play on the stairs, but under the stairs can’t hurt! Create a playhouse or even a playroom or just devote a little space to their toys and games.

Organized Storage
You may already be using the space under your basement stairs for storage, but if things are just thrown and stacked underneath, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Drawers and cabinets can be made to fit precisely in that space and give you a little extra organization.

Bar Area

Need a place for a sink and a small fridge in the basement for when you entertain? There’s room for that! Use the space under the stairs to make a small version of a bar that will let you be the perfect host!

Display Area
You don’t have to have entirely practical purposes for the under-the-stair area, but you can still use the space by creating ways to display things and make the space look full rather than void.

Need an extra seat or a reading nook? Put a bench with comfy cushioning underneath the stairs. It will create the perfect place to lounge with a good book. You could even include a bookshelf in the space design!

An Extra Bed
Maybe your kids have all their friends over and sleep in the living space in the basement when they settle in for movies and popcorn. Create an extra sleeping space with a built-in daybed underneath the stairs!

It’s entirely possible to put nothing below the stairs! If the architecture of your home will accommodate, open the area so that people can pass below the stairs. it can act as a transition between rooms or spaces while being an eye-catching design!

Pet Apartment
Do Spot or Felix need a space of their own? Creating the right space under the stairs can keep their pet living space out of the way and the right design can make it a cute addition to your basement!

Whichever idea would suit you best, D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling just wants you to have a home where every space works for you! It doesn't have to be the basement stairs! You can take these ideas and transform any staircase in your home!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Making Everyday Objects Decorative

Making Everyday Objects Decorative

Instead of agonizing over how to decorate your home and what pieces to use, simplify your life by using everyday objects in your home as the decoration. D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling thinks that objects already in your home can serve as d├ęcor if you take advantage of what you have!
A book doesn’t have to just sit on the shelf. It can complete the shelf! By layering the books and positioning some horizontally in stacks, you can create lines that are appealing to the eye. Place a small ceramic piece on top of the stack and create interest rather than just a wall of solid books!

You can keep your throw pillow in a corner of your couch or you can allow them to stand out! Picking textures and colors make them a noticeable accent piece rather than a boring piece of fluff that fades into the background. Juarez, owner of D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling, states, “It’s simpler to play with colors and textures in objects like the throw pillows because those are so easily changed out. Experiment and see what you come up with that suits you!”

Strategic placement of framed photos and paintings can enhance the look of the room by making the walls look full. A lone picture on a wall may seem out of place, but there are a lot of ways to place the frames so that they take up the best amount of space. There are also a lot of creative ideas out there for displaying pictures and not just hanging them on the walls! Layering them on a shelf can create interest and allow you to be creative with your wall art!

The same goes for mirrors! You may need a mirror in an entryway to do a last minute check before heading out the door for the day, but you can have a practical use and still make it decorative. Use a mirror with a decorative or brightly colored frame. Or, you can use multiple mirrors to create an interesting design on your wall.

Collectibles and Keepsakes
If you have a collection of beautiful plates or teacups or vases, put them out where people can see them! Find a good way to display the items, whether it be on a shelf or on the wall. Juarez says, “The same is true for things you collect or keepsakes that have been passed down-they are a part of you and you can let others people see what you value by working them into the decorations in your home.

D.J.’s Painting and Remodeling things everything in your home should be about the extraordinary people who live inside, so make it reflect you and make it easy on yourself! Use what you have to complement your style!