Monday, 24 June 2019

Top 5 Floor Design Trends for 2019

Floor designs have kept changing over the years, with each year offering homeowners new aesthetics and patterns. So, going with the “Top 5 series” here are the top picks for floor designs in 2019!

      1.  Patterned Wooden Flooring

Placing your wooden flooring in the same horizontal or vertical pattern is out of fashion! This year it’s all about placing them in simple yet artful patterns, be it the shape of an arrow or a zigzag pattern. More popular in the kitchen and bathrooms, the Chevron pattern is coming up in many homes! If you’re not interested in mainstream patterns and want to be unique, you MUST contact Daniel Mackey, because we bring you designer patterns that would make you the only homeowner to have that  particular design in the whole world!

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2. Bleached Wooden Flooring

      The classic brown or tinted wooden floors are not preferred by some homeowners and if you’re one of them, you’re in luck because the bleached wooden floors are in this year! The wooden floors are bleached via chemical treatment to give you a perfect off-white to grey tone. The natural wooden pattern will remain intact with a completely new color! You can get advice from your professional contractor on whether you should bleach your already existing wooden flooring or get new premade bleached wooden floor material.

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      3.  Smoked Wooden Flooring

      Everyone loves a finished piece of wood and this is mostly done by staining the piece  using chemical treatment. Smoked wooden floors are literally processed by keeping the wood in an ammonia rich furnace and subjecting the wood to“fuming”. This will change the color of the wood. The exact color depends on a lot of factors involved in processing, but you can purchase your desired color because everything is made under standardized conditions! Smoked wooden floors give your home the rustic look that many owners deem classy and elegant. Perfect for your wine cellar or basement, these floors are the ones to look out for this year!

      4. Antique Black and White Flooring

Bring  the 50’s back into your house with elegantly patterned black and white tiles! Graphic printed tiles with beautiful designs are very popular this year. Remodeling your bathroom floors with these tiles would give a picture perfect look that will give you a feeling of nostalgia.

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      5. Designer Tiles Inspired Patterns  

Patterns that once started off as designer tiles have become very popular in many homes due to their wide marketing! Big porcelain tiles with a customized pattern on them in the center of the living room are one of the most popular trends this year. Be it an old portrait or geometrical shapes, it can be printed on a large single piece of tile! So if you go ahead with this, share your own designer tile pattern on social media and maybe you’ll inspire another homeowner to get the same pattern!

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

5 Tips for Remodeling Your House When You Have Kids

Letting your kids run about in an active construction or remodeling site is quite dangerous and would hardly be a “Baby’s Day Out” scenario! Very often homeowners would rent a motel and stay there with their families until the remodeling work is complete for the sake of safety of their kids! This ends up costing a lot and these unnecessary expenses can be avoided if you follow these 5 tips to keep your kids safe during a remodeling project!

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It’s gonna get loud

Remodeling work is often associated with the use of heavy machinery .It’s definitely going to get loud around the house and it gets more difficult with babies around! So here is what we at Daniel Mackey do! We would install temporary soundproofing in your baby’s room which is much more cost effective than renting a motel. This will definitely reduce the noise entering your baby’s room and he/she can have a sound sleep. We also provide mufflers for  children who are over the age of 5 to reduce the noise.

Strategize and execute

A good remodeling project should always have a solid plan and execution. Plan your remodel when your kids are off at school so that all the heavy work gets done when they’re not around. When they’re back by noon or eve, you can shift to other parts of the remodel that don’t involve much noise or the use of heavy machinery.

Dust free remodel

Dust is a major concern for all homeowners. At Daniel Mackey, we dust proof the remodeling area and prevent any dust or fine particles from escaping the site. So as long as you or your kids are not inside the remodeling area, you would not have to worry about dust. But, if your kids are interested in knowing what’s going on inside, we will provide them with dust proof masks so that they can watch and maybe learn a few tricks of the trade!

A bad workman blames his tools

Being professional contractors, we never leave our tools lying around during or after a day’s job. If you plan on doing your remodel by yourself, you should be careful with your tools too! Dangerous equipments like nail guns, saws etc. are quite risky when left unattended. Make sure that the tools are kept out of children’s reach and are disconnected from the electric sockets!

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Let your kids have a go at it

They say curiosity killed the cat! But in this case it’s better to satisfy the child’s curiosity before the remodel starts! So, let them have a go at the tools under proper guidance so that they get bored of it soon and allow the remodel to go on as planned!

So if you follow these 5 tips, not only would you save a lot of cash by not renting a motel, you would also get to monitor the remodeling work!

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2019

Going along with the new  year and a new house idea, let us take a look at some of the new bathroom remodeling trends in 2019
     
          1. Taking it back to the 50’s

      Walking into your bathroom would now feel like walking into a 50’s movie. Black and white interiors are now making a comeback with bold new designs. A mixture of white tubs and toilets with black cabinets, mirror borders and vanities are gaining much popularity and are expected to make big statements this year.
       
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Smart bathrooms

Smart bathrooms are getting smarter in 2019! Motion sensors that trigger and turn on the shower once you enter it, automatic temperature sensors to maintain optimal water temperature, Bluetooth speaker systems to start playing tunes when you are in the shower etc.  If you can imagine this in a bathroom, then it is probably there and we at Daniel Mackey can bring your imagination to life.



          3. Wooden accessories

Nature themed bathrooms are getting more attention this year and homeowners prefer to replace their metal cabinets and shelves with natural wood. The wooden accent goes well with the currently trending black and white styled bathrooms and it is not a surprise that the wooden finish is gaining popularity this year!


     
       4. Hidden storages

Taking inspiration from kitchen storages, hidden bathroom storages are also gaining a lot of popularity this year. The concept of “hiding in plain sight” is fashionable among professional remodelers, not to mention the aesthetic appearance of hidden cabinets! These compact storage spaces can prevent clutter and give a very organized look to the bathroom.

         5.  Lopsided mirrors

      Asymmetrical and amoeboid shaped mirrors and whole wall mirrors have gained more attention this year! When it comes to mirrors, we believe in “the bigger the better” and whole wall mirrors are the way to do that!


         6.  Vintage brass and gold themes

      Gold and brass accents are making a comeback this year that is bigger than ever! Starting from brass taps to golden toilets (believe it or not!) the possibilities are vast. With the right color tone and polishing, you will be taken back to the moments you spent with your grandparents as a child.


          7.  Nature and open themed bathrooms

The concept of open showers or bathrooms, in oneness with nature (in contrast to nature themed bathrooms) is gaining more popularity. Showers not confined within the spaces of a curtain or glass and bathrooms without walls in your master bedroom can be made with simple or intricate designs based on your taste. Bedrooms with open bathtubs or glass showers have gained a lot of popularity this year. Often found in honeymoon suites, this type of design is making its way into many homes.


A few notable trends this year are all pink bathrooms, floor heated bathrooms, patterned tiles on floors and walls etc. If you are interested to know more about other trends in home remodeling , head over to our other posts and go to danielmackeyconstruction.com to see some of our notable works.     

Saturday, 23 March 2019

DIY or a Contractor? – You Decide!

Do it yourself or DIY projects are becoming more popular day by day. Be it arts and crafts with recycled material or renovating your own house, these projects have hooked people on because they seem to be more fun and less expensive. Before you embark on your DIY project to remodel your house, here is what you need to take into consideration:

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1.
 
Safety first:

Your safety and that of your family’s, takes top priority. Undertaking large projects can be quite dangerous especially when it involves the use of heavy machinery. Skilled contractors are vital in this case because they are proficient with handling heavy and dangerous equipments (At Daniel Mackey, we are certified to handle heavy machinery).

Of course, if it involves a very small scale remodeling project like changing your carpet flooring, interior painting etc. you can DIY! But you can never be too careful.

      2. Remodel or destroy your home?

The classic “I don’t need anyone to help me with this” has left many homeowners destroying what they had earlier, and they end up calling a contractor to fix their mistakes and start from scratch. This may cost you more than what you would have initially spent, if you had called a professional contractor in the first place. It all comes down to what you deem, requires a contractor and what does not. But then again, you might be mistaken. So before you start your project, find out what level of skill it takes and how many people are required to complete the job.You can then make an informed decision about whether you need a contractor or not!

      3. Time is money:

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The unspoken truth is that, saving time costs a lot of money. If you have a lot of time at your disposal and if the remodel you want to do is relatively simple, you can take your own time and finish the remodel. However, if the project involves the replacement of a bathtub or complete bathroom remodeling, you need to finish the project as soon as possible and this requires the help of a contractor. Complex remodels take more than one person to finish and it is always wise to have experienced contractors taking care of them

      4. Getting permits:

The use of some heavy machinery requires permits, and different cities have different rules. The difficulty level of obtaining them and the costs may vary accordingly. Certain permits cannot be acquired unless you work with certified contractors. Fortunately for you, at Daniel Mackey we have permits for all the machinery you may need to use for your home remodel and we will take care of getting new permits if any. You will just have to sit back and relax while we get your house ready in no time.

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At Daniel Mackey we put the safety of our customers first and we make  imaginations into a reality. Do not hesitate to contact us to get your house remodeled today! Look at some of our earlier projects to get a taste of what we can do!

Friday, 22 February 2019

Hot Tub and Indoor Pool Remodeling Designs

Coming home after a long day’s  work can be exhausting and can definitely be made better when you have a really good hot tub or an indoor pool to cool yourself ! If you have some extra space in your house you can remodel your house and get a good indoor pool. Here are some new indoor pool and hot tub ideas for your home. 

1. Infinity pools 

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Infinity pools give you the sense of floating in a peaceful never ending ocean. They can also come with inbuilt currents that give you the effect of waves and give your home a very exquisite look.Often seen in resorts and classy hotels, these pools can make your home look like something out of a Martha Stewart Living issue. 

2. Glass Walled Pools


 
If you have a backyard that you do not use, an indoor pool with glass walls would give you the perfect balance between aesthetics and privacy.The glass walls give you the sense of being outside whilst still remaining indoors. Glass walls can be tinted and you can have a trellis for a door and pergolas for a roof. Our professional contractors can design your glass walled structure with skillful designs. 

3.Exercise Pools


 
These pools take cardiovascular health and metabolic conditioning to the next level. Perfect for anyone who is health conscious or those who want to develop their athletic skills, exercise pools come with jets that provide resistance to movement and will make swimming more challenging. Our remodeling contractors can give you the perfect design and jet control for your exercise pool. 

4.Hot Tubs in your Gym


 
A dip in a hot tub for half an hour can soothe your body and relieve muscle tension. After a hard workout in the gym, you can relieve stress, reduce muscle ache and improve blood circulation to your muscles. Hot tubs in your home gym will not take up a lot of space. With the perfect set up, you can look forward to a weekly stress buster.

5. Below the Ground Spa Tubs



 
Spa tubs below the ground level will blend in perfectly with the environment and with the right setup you can make it look like your very own pond. It takes up lesser space and adds a great aesthetic look to your house. The preliminary work maybe a bit of a hassle, to dig below the ground level and to provide proper water proofing, but the end result makes it worth the time and trouble.  

6. Classic Jacuzzi


 
A Jacuzzi is the epitome of relaxation. Picture water jets strategically placed in your tub with varying pressure and a glass of wine in your hand on a Friday evening with your favorite TV show or movie running in front of you!! Weekends cannot get better than this. The fastest way for you to stop picturing this and making it a reality is to contact us!

At Daniel Mackey, we put your needs first and make your remodeling dreams come true. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Kitchen Remodeling Trends in 2019

Everyone is very conscious about their “new year, new me” motto and you may be one of them too! In view of bringing about a new change to you this year, what better place to start afresh than a brand new, remodeled kitchen? Because, good food can soothe the soul and all you need is a beautiful kitchen to get started. Here are some of the new kitchen remodeling trends of 2019 to help you get going with the new year.


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1. Smart kitchens

Technological inventions are at their peak and new inventions are being made in various domains as you read this. The entry of tech into the kitchen domain has gifted all of us with marvelous inventions starting from smart refrigerators to motion sensing faucets.Thermal detection, Internet of things etc. has made a smart kitchen look like something out of a fantasy movie. Microwave ovens can be programmed to heat your food just as you enter your home or refrigerators can tell you when you are low on produce etc. and everything can be controlled  using simple apps on your phone. Smart kitchens are something to look at in 2019.

 2. Updated storage cabinets

Homeowners are looking at modern designs for cabinets that have more partitions that can reduce clutter. Latest cabinets can be completely hidden and will open out by just using a simple pushing mechanism, or can be pulled out with cut out handles. Cabinets on the walls are getting outdated and more homeowners prefer cabinets below their counters for the aesthetic appearance.


3. Color Palette

The all-white kitchen is slowly going out of fashion and more natural neutral shades are making their way into the market. Dark shaded cabinets and floors with light shaded tops are becoming very popular. Shades of green, black and navy are being used and the color palette gives the homeowners a feeling of luxury and sophistication. Dark colored themes are the one to look for this year.

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4. Tasteful appliances


The aesthetic looks of appliances have vastly improved with no loss in function. Dark and neutral colored appliances, to go with your kitchen theme are becoming more popular. Glass door refrigerators, touch sense stoves and microwaves, wall ovens, steam ovens etc. are a must have for a lot of homeowners.

      5. Going old-school
   
    Old-school is back in fashion. Bright colors, hardwood and ceramic flooring are getting more attention. Ceramic tiles, single block kitchen tops, designer wooden chairs etc. are making their way back into 2019. Quartz and hardwood flooring are being designed to mimic natural stone. Ceramic floors are also back into fashion and are preferred by homeowners who wish to have low maintenance type of floors. Old fashioned kitchen islands which have been tastefully redesigned by professional contractors  are popular in 2019.



These are some of the major trends this year. Contact us today and learn more about kitchen remodeling. Get 2019 on track and start your year with the perfect remodel!

Monday, 24 December 2018

You Love Your House….But It is Time You Change It…

The funniest thing about life is that you get too used to things around you too soon.  Did I hear “Familiarity Breeds Contempt”?  It looks like that.  Otherwise you cannot be bored with things you loved so much years ago, spending many days planning.

But things are what they are and the biggest problem with living is the need to satisfy one’s own mind, which demands change on a daily basis. But often change is nice and spices up your life.  

What happens when the house you built with so much borrowed money, time you stole from office work to liven up years back and when the children demanded all the time you had?  The same house now looks sad and so out of place for your needs.  This doesn't necessarily mean a change in taste. 

The pity with modern living is that you manage with a small apartment to start with, when your capacity to buy or build one with your scarce resources is very limited and that too with so many demands.  The house slowly gets a full makeover somewhere in the middle and you have almost fulfilled your dream for the extended family.


Children grow up, parents disappear, uncles and aunts stop visiting and neighbors are too bored to spend time with you.  The same house which entertained so many people and which had seen hundreds of parties that stretched deep in to the wee hours, stops being alive.  

It is but natural that at some point in your life you want a different house.  Pushed by the demands of changed circumstances or just by the compulsions of advancements in  house designs and inventions of latest gadgets, you find things, which no longer fit into your thirty-year-old house.

But the enthusiasm you had when you built the house has vanished.  Though time is not a big deal it is now the difficulty to be in touch with modern trends that is taxing.

 Now you slowly start thinking of remodeling your house taking so many factors into consideration. The house is both too old and too much out of date.  Now that the children have grown wings and moved into their own places, family gatherings have given way to more of meeting with friends. The demand on the host changes dramatically.

Anything is possible in the remodeling industry.  As the years roll by and your views on lifestyle changes, the demand on the house becomes more. The living room needs a completely different transformation. The gadgets in the kitchen are out of date and call for a total change over. The restrooms require an entirely redefined touch up.  It is time to start talking to a remodeling agency to find out how the house could be modified to suit your current needs.  

The remodeling industry plays a much bigger role in satisfying your needs than the builders who execute plans from scratch. You have the liberty to be choosy in the task of remodeling.  You can opt to do as you want, the places that you think which need improvement. This way you can always have an eye on the cost while asking for the alterations you want.

Remodeling changes the way we look at life and at ourselves.