If you have been to the DreamMaker Design Center, you know that we enjoy a nice atmosphere. We are deliberate in design and want your visit here to be both enjoyable and informative. So after a year and half in this new location on Wabash Avenue, we moved to the outside of the building to dress up the landscaping. We chose the “do-it-yourself” option as we rationalized that 1.) we have a decent amount of experience and knowledge of plants, 2.) we have the muscle needed and 3.) it probably wouldn’t take too much time. We bought nice plants, put…Read More
Okay, be honest… does the term “professional designer” intimidate you a little? Does it make you think of “expensive” or “high end”? Well let’s dig into these thoughts and see if we can dispel the myth that having a designer equates to not affordable. We all approach the world and interpret events, words, titles, etc., from our own perspective with our own life experiences shaping the filters of our minds. So for some people, like a recent caller to the DreamMaker Showroom, talking with a “designer” caused her to pause a little. She quickly confessed that she felt like…Read More
Taking down walls and opening up the existing floorplan of a home is quite the trend in home remodeling. Frequently, older homes have kitchens that are very segregated from the rest of the home and no one wants to be alone in the kitchen while others are enjoying time together. Or perhaps, the 80 year old home that you have only has one bathroom, and it is located on the second floor (yes, this is real).Read More
So what do painter's tape and sidewalk chalk have to do with kitchen and bathroom design? They provide easy and effective ways to help our human eyes imagine size and scale of items that are not physically present at the current time. This is especially useful in the beginning stages or sometimes in small projects where 3D renderings might not be worth the added time to implement. We have two real instances of how these easy tricks clarified and brought the designer and the homeowner's visions together into one cohesive strategy.Read More
... and the DreamMaker Solutions for these Fears.
Home remodeling invokes a range of emotions and unfortunately, fear is often one of those feelings. If you are an easy-going personality, always going with the flow and have an unlimited budget, then this article may not be relevant to you. Many people, in fact most people, tend to feel a little anxiety when considering a remodeling project in their home. Let’s look at 4 Remodeling Fears and the DreamMaker thoughts/solutions to each.Read More
The kitchen and bath industry, like so many others, is changing very quickly. It’s safe to say that materials and best practices are not the same today as they were just 2 years ago. It is so important to keep up with products, technology, tools and changing client needs and expectations.
Here at DreamMaker, we are big believers in continuing educationRead More
It’s here! It’s here! The 2017 National Cost vs. Value report is here!
And your response is…”so what exactly is that and how does it benefit me?” Good question. The “Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report” (www.costvsvalue.com), is made available via Hanley Wood, LLC, each year and can be useful to both remodelers and homeowners in evaluating which home remodeling projects will yield the most return at the sale of a home.Read More
Likely, your mom was like our moms and preached the attitude of "working with others" well. Truth is, that principle works well in most everything in life. Here at DreamMaker, we call it collaboration. When a homeowner visits with one of our designers for the first time regarding a remodeling need, there are certain bits of information that they know (like what problems or difficulties they are having in their home), possible solutions that they think they know (maybe a new kitchen layout that looks more functional on paper), and a fair amount of questions about what they don't…Read More