Finished Basement: Get it right the first time!

I love a basement, in every home I have bought or rented I have looked for a basement. If it wasn’t finished I mentally tallied up the cost it would take to finish it. What kind of flooring I could put there, the lighting, furniture and built-ins I can add. But finishing a basement or taking a portion and finishing it can be costly if not done correctly the first time.

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Cheap Kitchen Countertops

There’s no doubt that a kitchen overhaul can be pricey. From cabinets to flooring to accessories, the final cost of a remodel can be rather large, especially if you aren’t careful with your budget.

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Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

If you’re looking to update your kitchen, just want to upgrade you kitchen backsplash or even install a new one, the first step is to look at the wide range of kitchen backsplash styles and materials available. If you are looking for a understated elegant look or a bold, intricate and eye-catching look, the choices for kitchen backsplashes are huge.

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Selecting Outdoor Kitchen Flooring

When you’re shooting high for a luxury outdoor kitchen, don’t forget to look down first — any stylish, long-lasting, comfortable outdoor room must start with an appropriate floor. Here are some factors to consider when selecting the right flooring material for your outdoor kitchen:

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Bathroom Wall Coverings

The quickest way to transform a bath is to change the look of its walls. When considering your options, remember that a bathroom wall covering must stand up to heat, moisture and frequent cleaning. Mixing and matching materials for their strengths in different areas works well, especially if the room has divided spaces. Here are three options:

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What is the best flooring for your commercial space?

There is a huge difference between a commercial space and your home, your business flooring has a higher volume of traffic. For this reason alone using tiles are a better choice. When you see shops, office suites or restaurants use wood, carpet, vinyl or laminate for their flooring they are aware that portions of the flooring will need to be replaced after years of use.

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Porcelain vs Ceramic: Do you know which is best to use?

When you look at tile most people don’t know the different benefits between porcelain and ceramic just that they are similar but the price can be significant.

The clay used in manufacturing are different, as well as, the temperatures used to bake them. One of the biggest difference is how much water they absorb, this can be very important when selecting which one to install and where. Porcelain absorbs less than 0.5% and ceramic 1 – 3% water.

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Buying Guide for Flooring

Floors impact your life. Whether you’re doing yoga in the den, hosting a dinner party in the dining room, or entertaining the neighborhood kids in your kitchen, you need a surface underfoot that’s comfortable and durable. Since the floor is usually the largest surface in a room, it lays the foundation for the entire look of the space—color, style, texture, and pattern. And a new floor can be a big investment, so you want a surface that will last for years. Your floor choice is about balancing your needs with your style. Here are some considerations to help you pick.

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Flooring Trends

The economy may be keeping a lid on spending, but when it comes to flooring, it’s driving trends. That’s because today’s cost-conscious consumer is more demanding of value than ever.

There’s definitely been a shift from spending to savings. But that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t buying flooring: it means they’re looking for value and comfort. They might not be moving up right now, but they’re still into feathering the nest.

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Zone Your Bathroom, Functionally!

By organizing functional areas around a central space, you give the bathroom plenty of open space no matter its size. While kitchens apply a tried-and-true work triangle, there is no exact prescription for the best bathroom layout.

Space planning all depends on your lifestyle and the way you use the space. However, keep in mind when planning that if you must move the plumbing to accommodate your new design, the price tag of your project will be much higher than if the “guts” of your bathroom can stay put. That said, layout options are more limited when relying on existing plumbing hookups, drains, ventilation, etc. Continue reading