The Best Kitchen Sink Brands You Should Know Before You Buy

A kitchen sink is an essential component in your kitchen and so is their quality. Many companies have emerged in the plumbing business and the competition is quite stiff. Therefore, it is upon you as the consumer, to ensure that you purchase only the best kitchen sink brands. Don’t fret, below are listed the top kitchen sink brands out there!

How can you ensure that you purchase a commendable kitchen sink? First things first, material. It would be very disappointing to spend less buying a sink that will rust shortly after using. The best material, for example stainless steel, may not be as “cheap’ but its durability is long term, hence why it may be worth purchasing. Secondly, the brand. Always buy from who you can trust. Research more on the brand and most importantly, know what others say about it and what other types of products they have. They don’t have to necessarily have been in the industry for decades to qualify as a trusted brand.

  1. Kraus Sinks: Kraus has, over the years, been very successful when it comes to kitchen faucets. Their product creativity is endless hence their great success in the industry. They bank on bronze and steel, ensure elegance and lifetime durability of their products.
  2. Swanstone Sinks: Some of us put our trust in companies that have been in business for years, assuming that they understand consumer needs. For those who go by that theory, Swan and Swanstone is the brand for you. The company has been in the industry for over 40 years and their products are definitely amazing from the physical outlook to material.
  3. Houzer Sinks: Houzer has also been in the industry for quite some time and are known for their variety of designs that embrace classic to country feel and more. Their sinks are made of high quality materials with sculptural details. What is best about their sinks is that they have a lifetime warranty.
  4. Blanco Sinks: Apart from being quite reputable internationally, mainly in Germany and Australia among other countries, Blanco has been in the industry for over 8 decades. It is the biggest sink manufacturer in Germany and its products’ variety, quality and reliability is beyond imagination.
  5. Kohler Sinks: This top kitchen sink brand believes that living graciously is enhanced by great taste, generosity and charm and they sure do maintain these three in their products and designs as seen in some of their products.

Save money on a kitchen remodel! Part 2

Part 2 of Kitchen Remodels

Forget about those pricey accessories! Instead of roll-outs in every cabinet, just put one at the bottom of the most used boxes. Silverware drawers are often the most expensive from the manufacturer, but instead of paying the higher price think about using really nice inserts purchased online or at home stores (that are removable AND washable) for a fraction of the cost. Continue reading

Save money on a kitchen remodel! Part 1

Have you been putting off that kitchen remodeling project? Well join the club! Every home owner has a long list of changes and upgrades they want to make to their home. But the biggest obstacle is the lack of time and budget that stops them from making these upgrades. Continue reading

Bathroom Updates that Won’t Break the Bank

You may find yourself wanting to update your bathroom, but the off putting part of updating bathrooms is the cost. Would you be more willing to update that bathroom if you were sure it wouldn’t break the bank? Below are 7 bathroom updates that won’t run you dry, but will change your bathroom’s overall appearance. Continue reading

Plumbtile Vows to Help Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims Rebuild

Our nation is still picking up the pieces after the natural disasters that occurred in Florida, Texas and now Puerto Rico. Thousands of homes were lost in the storms and residents are just beginning the long process of rebuilding. At Plumbtile.com , our hearts ache for these families and we want to do our part in helping them move forward and rebuild; that’s why we’ll be offering special pricing and discounts for residents of the affected areas damaged by the hurricanes. Continue reading

Combining Elements Together in Your Home

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Ancient civilizations believed that the four elements made up up everything in the Universe. While modern civilizations may not hold the same beliefs, there’s no denying that the four elements have remained very important to our lives and our sense of style for thousands of years. Continue reading

Give Your Kitchen the Blues

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The kitchen is the center of the home. It is where daily meals are planned for our family. It is the place where families come together. Truly, kitchens are a place for sustenance of all kinds. That’s why featuring the color of blues and white will give your kitchen the feeling of cleanliness, which will result in your room having an uplifting feeling.

The Nautical. You can bring together cobalt blue glass tiles for the backsplash walls and for the floors, you can add stripes. This will bring that bold but beautiful nautical look. White cabinets and quartz countertops is an ideal contrast in creating this clean, fresh and organized kitchen.

Deep Blue. A deep blue kitchen is completely exquisite. Merging deep blues with the natural and light colored countertops is a splendid combination. Cork floors or light colored hard wood would wrap this color sequence together nicely as well.

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French Country. I love the grouping of warm buttery yellow walls with a backdrop of blue accents. Faux painted blue cupboards, French blue-and-white curtains will make your kitchen a cozy European kitchen.

Blue hues. Don’t just pick one hue of blue. Mix and match your blues!  You can achieve this by using  multi-colored blue tiles for not just your floors but also for your walls as well. Having two different blue focal walls would be a nice way to incorporate different colored blues.

The blue and white combination has been a long time favorite for many homeowners. Whether it is in the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. There are so many different hues to choose from to accent your room. Blue tiles, cupboards, drapes, walls, backsplashes and counter tops can dress up your kitchen. Don’t forget to also bring in the blues with other accessories such as lamps, vases, picture frames and rugs.

Stop by Plumbtile.com to see how we can bring the blues to you!

Design an Easy-To-Clean Bathroom

Bathrooms seem to be the one area of the house that are the most frustrating to clean. Not everyone has a housekeeper, so when you are the one who has to do the cleaning, your design choices will make an impact on you every day. Implement the strategies below and you will end up with a bathroom that looks and feels like a dream bathroom, but cleans as easily as a no-nonsense public restroom.

Just say no to grout. Scrubbing grout lines has to be one of the least favorite chores when it comes to cleaning a bathroom. Using a solid-surface choice for your walls will save a lot of elbow grease. Consider using stone slabs, which have few seam lines and are very thin. Other options include: caesarstone (which can be used alone or in a combination with tile), vinyl wall coverings, and back-painted glass. In areas where your walls don’t have to be tiles, paint it a great option. Use one specifically formulated for bathrooms for its resistance to mildew. If you can’t eliminate grout lines entirely, then reduce the number and thickness.

Buy a (quiet) fan. Yes, buy a fan for your bathroom and put it on a timer. This may not sound like a design strategy for making your bathroom easier to clean, but it is. If you have a fan that sounds like a jet engine, you will be less likely to turn it on and that will lead to an increase in mildew- which means more cleaning. A whisper-silent one is so quiet that you’ll need a timer so you won’t forget to turn it off.

Select a linear drain. Installing one of these drains means that your shower floor will have a flat slope in one direction. You will be able to run your large-format floor tile right on into the shower instead of using little mosaic tiles to accommodate multiple directions of slope.

Say good-bye to glass. Cleaning glass is almost as bad as cleaning grout. Instead, strategically plan your shower around a corner in a wet zone. This will eliminate the need for a glass partition. With large-format tiles and a slab countertop as well, the bathroom would be very low maintenance. You may go even more extreme and create a fully watertight wet room. The handheld showerhead lets you hose it down and go. In fact, handheld showerheads are a real help in cleaning your shower, even if you have a more conventional-style bathroom. Get one with a long hose. If a wet room isn’t for you, consider a shower curtain and its waterproof liner in the washer to clean it. A bonus to using a shower curtain is the visual warmth fabric it adds to the décor.

Go frameless. The aluminum frames around glass shower doors are a magnet for gunk. Going frameless on your glass gives you a simple sheet to clean. There are a number of options for coatings on glass that also help it to repel water and soap scum. Check with your glass shower door manufacturer for factory coating options. Many recommend Rain X.

Get everything off of the floor. Getting on your hands and knees to clean a toilet crammed into a narrow space with that horrible, convoluted shape on the side is not a fun task. Wall-mounted toilets are easier to reach all the way around. They also make cleaning the floor easier. Mounting your vanity on the wall will also make the floor easier to clean. If you choose to not install a wall-mounted toilet, then at the very least, choose a skirted model. The smooth sides don’t catch as much as dusk and gunk.

Wall-mounted faucets are a better choice than deck-mounted ones. Gravity is working for you, carrying the soap and water residue away from the faucet instead of having it all collect at the base. Wall-mounted facets also keep the counter clear, making it easier to wipe down.

Choose tile placement carefully. If you absolutely love tile and want to have some in your bathroom, then place it where it will need the least amount of cleaning. Try to place tile out of any splash zone.

Have a place for everything. One thing that makes it easier to clean a bathroom is to have a spot for what you want to put away. No thinking about where to place it or having to organize a messy drawer to make room.

 

Flooring Trends for Fall Renovations

Fall is upon us, and as we begin to hear the crunch of fall leaves under our feet as we walk, it’s time to get home interiors up to date with the new season. Flooring trends change year to year due to homeowners acquiring new tastes and technology allows a larger variety of flooring designs for their remodeling project. Below are some flooring trends for this fall:

Fumed Wood Flooring:

Almost all types of wood flooring undergo some kind of staining to given them the desired final finish. Fumed wood flooring gets its rich color and grain without having to get any sort of staining. Instead, the wood is put through a process called fuming. This involves placing the wood in a chamber where airborne ammonia is then released.

The wood reacts with the ammonia and undergoes a color change. The reaction does not always result in the same changes. The final look depends on a number of factors including: the type of wood, the outside environment, and the atmosphere itself. Generally, fuming gives the wood rich dark tones and enhances the natural grain of the wood. The final look is much more appealing and feels deeper than what you would get with stained wood flooring.

Distressed Wood and Concrete Tiles:

The distressed floor style has been around for quite some time, but has become even more popular just recently. Next year, it is expected to see more homeowners opting for that aged look in their flooring. Distressed flooring undergoes artificial aging and styling processes that give it a slightly worn finish. In preparing distressed wood flooring, carious actions are taken depending on the degree and style of “distress” desired.

The edges of each wood plank are hand scraped, swirl and kerf markings are added to imitate historic wood and the planks are brushed to remove glossing and give them a soft worn texture. If wood flooring isn’t your style, you can opt or the increasingly popular distressed concrete flooring.

The distressed concrete floor style will begin to receive more attention as homeowners begin to look at alternatives to traditional wood flooring. As with distressed wood, distressed concrete goes through artificial processes to minimize the highly polishes look and produce an enhanced worn at patina. Distressed concrete flooring can be integrated into most types of decors but works best in industrial and contemporary home styles.