For the next six weeks, the West Metro Home Remodeling Fair team will be highlighting 2019 fair sponsors in a new feature, Sponsor Spotlight.
First off is DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, a full-service kitchen and bath design/build company specializing in a wide range of services, from quick cosmetic makeovers to full traditional remodels. The small company of six employees has been in business since 1997, and operates out of their St. Louis Park office off Interstate 394 and Louisiana Avenue.
DreamMaker maintains a remodeling design center and offers a complete menu of remodeling services from design to production for turn-key projects. Their mission is to educate the client about kitchen and bath remodeling options, while giving them an enjoyable experience by delivering style and value that truly exceeds the investment.
Why do your customer select you over competitors? What makes you unique?
We are an award-winning design/build remodeling company with a design remodeling center – a one-stop-shop for all types of remodeling projects. Our project management system allows us to complete the best possible projects for our clients in the most efficient way, resulting in less stress and a high degree of satisfaction for our clients.
We also offer more options than the typical remodeler at graduated price points, from simply surfacing room elements, to replacing fixtures in the current layout, to completely redesigning spatial layouts and the room components. This gives our clients control of their investment level through their choice of options. We display examples of these options in our showroom and in our project portfolios.
Have you completed a project for a client you met at the West Metro Home Remodeling Fair? If yes, please describe the project.
Yes. We have met many of our clients through our Home Remodeling Fair participation throughout the years and this one was one of our recent ones.
Contemporary Ranch Remodel:
Our clients soon expanded their plans to update their kitchen cosmetically when we showed them the benefits of a full remodel. Although their U-shaped layout made sense for the space, we made it more functional by adding just six inches to the run of cabinets under the window to move the dishwasher next to the sink (it had been in the peninsula and could not be opened while standing in front of the sink).
We also put in a bigger window over a larger sink and ran the upper cabinets over the range straight to the wall to bring in more light. The pantry cabinets on the opposite wall were cleaned up and refaced, and the door to the poorly organized closet next to them was removed in favor of face frame cabinets.
Formerly on the counter, the microwave was lowered out of the main prep area, so the family’s two young boys can reach it and use it without being underfoot. Two pull-out steps were installed in the cabinet toe kicks for the boys to use when they needed to reach the kitchen counters.
The interiors of all the cabinets were planned to be organized in a way that the kitchen could be used as a kosher kitchen as much as possible given the size of the space.
The family wanted to put personality into their nondescript ranch house. They appreciated their red, white and chrome 50s kitchen table and chairs set, and that became the basis of their design.
The old dark cabinets were abandoned for a new mix of shades: medium-toned striated bases ground the room while white textured melamine uppers and subtly patterned white countertops reflect and spread the light. Color with a sheen was introduced in the “Wired Cobalt” acrylic cabinet doors that reface the pantry cabinets.
The elliptical LED ceiling light fixtures provide generous illumination.
What is the average timeline of a project in your field?
The timelines of our projects vary widely because the size and scope of our projects vary widely. It really depends on how comfortable the client is in making decisions and moving forward within the size and scope of their particular project.
What is the average cost of a project in your field?
Again, it varies widely because the size and scope of each individual project varies widely.
What is your biggest/greatest piece of advice for a homeowner embarking on a new project?
The more decisions you can make up front and the fewer changes you make during the install, the more stable your schedule and your budget will be. That said, you also need to be flexible, because things like hidden problems within walls do sometimes happen.
Describe a favorite recent project and explain why it was a favorite.
Contemporary Condo Kitchen:
This fourth floor condo has floor to ceiling views of the city on three sides. Our clients like to entertain and both enjoy cooking, but the layout of their existing kitchen made it difficult for them to work side by side. We re-designed the layout of the cabinets and the appliances and increased the clearance between the wall of cabinets and the island to accommodate two cooks, and added a wine refrigerator and the raised bar at the island for entertaining. For increased functionality, we planned the cabinet interiors with modern storage units and added a communications center at one end of the island.
The clients wanted contemporary styling with glam elements. We gave them warm grey stained wood cabinets, accent doors of aluminum with etched glass inserts and blue crystal knobs, a striated blue metallic thermofoil communications cabinet, white and charcoal marble patterned quartz, and a backsplash of marble and mirror mosaic tiles. We re-designed the lighting system and installed oak wood flooring throughout the condo.
This was a favorite of ours because we were able to make such a big difference for our clients both functionally and aesthetically.
What are some home trends you are seeing/predicting for 2019?
- Universal design – but it is becoming more of a given than just a trend. Now almost every project includes a conversation about how to make elements of the home accessible to every member of the family living there, now and in the future.
- Smart home technology – the industry is getting more integrated technology-wise, making it more possible to connect components in the home for an easier, more seamless system. Lighting, security devices, appliances, and entertainment equipment are all areas we are seeing connected and digitally controlled.