Choosing Bathroom Countertops

Vanity tops must play the dual role of being durable and capable of standing up to water, soap, cosmetics while serving as an ample work surface for morning rush hour in the bathroom. This is no place for delicate, porous (read: easy-to-stain) surfaces. At the same time, the vanity top can be a focal point and a connecting point, where wood cabinets below meet tile wall above, for instance. Continue reading

Bathroom Surfaces: Ceramic Tile Pros and Cons

Often praised for its durability and variety, ceramic tile is a popular choice for bathroom finishes. If you’re drawn to color and texture, this material can deliver on both fronts. But the sheer variety of ceramic tiles is endless, which can make finding just the right tile very difficult.

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Epoxy vs. Cement Grout — What’s the Difference?

Epoxy grout has become more and more popular among tile contractors and builders. I find new benefits every time I use this product. Unlike cement grout, which is made from a cementitious powder mix, epoxy grout is made from epoxy resins and a filler powder. The grout is extremely durable and almost completely stain-proof. Regular grout isn’t waterproof, so unlike epoxy grout, it can absorb water when it’s wet and stain easily. If you’re tired of scrubbing the gunk off of your grout, epoxy grout could be your solution.

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The Case for 2 Kitchen Sinks

While the majority of American kitchens have only one sink, the trend toward two is growing quickly in new construction and major remodels. Why would you possibly need two kitchen sinks — that is, if you are in the fortunate position to be able to afford this luxury? In a nutshell, for better kitchen workflow.

Why Having Two Sinks Is So Great:

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Choosing the Right Entry Door

When installing a new entry door, you might think that choices are limited to steel, wood or fiberglass. That’s generally true, but within each of those three categories there are some variances that will affect how the door performs and how long it will stay looking great. Along with that fabulous new door choosing the right hardware and knob to accentuate the door can be a bit challenging.

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Is Ductless Heating and Cooling for You?

Ductless HVAC systems (or mini-split systems) are beautifully efficient and provide consistent room comfort. No more walking into a cold kitchen or bathroom because it is in the back of the house and the furnace or ac system isn’t strong enough to push the air. But the decision to install is different for every homeowner.

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The Kitchen and Dining Trends to Look Out for in 2018

Who else scrolls through Pintrest, creating dream boards of all of your favorite kitchens dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms? Whether they come to fruition or not is beside the point – either way, you have the perfect home pictured in your mind.

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Cheap vs. Steep: Bathroom Countertops

Countertops are expensive. It’s as simple as that. Countertops can easily be one of the most expensive components of a bathroom remodel. If you are considering changing out your bathroom countertops, look below to find which options may fit into your budget. Continue reading

Small Kitchen, Smart Design

Kitchens are the center of a house for some people. If the kitchen is small, then it is so hard to enjoy all the perks that come with a kitchen. Clever layouts and storage solutions prove that small kitchens can be functional and fabulous. Below are several ways to design your small kitchen to make it suddenly seem like it isn’t so small after all.

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“Scent”sational Smelling Bathroom

At the end of the day, where do you go to unwind? A spa-like bathroom can be the remedy for a stressful day. Your bathroom is beautiful, so it should smell beautiful too! Mold, mildew and waste can make this a daily challenge. With use and over time, these smells seem to grow stronger. Continue reading