While many homeowners reserve tile for floors and backsplashes, tile countertops can be an excellent—and affordable—option. Ceramic tile is impervious to heat and water, and when properly glazed, it won’t stain. Proper sealant helps ensure grout won’t discolor or stain, and large-format tiles cover a lot of area with minimal grout lines. Still most popular out west, ceramic tile is a solid option worth a second look. Continue reading
Not all tile materials are created equal. Each type has pros and cons that need to be considered when planning a tiling project. Here are some popular types and their benefits and drawbacks:
Real marble tiles have a beautiful, unique look like no other surface, with all their whirling patterns and shade variations. But the same patterns that make marble beautiful can be a real headache to match from tile to tile. To ensure that patterns match, the Marble Institute of America recommends having your contractor lay out the tiles over the entire surface before installing so you can approve the result. All your tiles should come from the same original batch. Continue reading
Wooden bathtub designs nourish your desire for a long, warm soaking bath. Their curves and contrasting wood tones maintain evoke a sense of charm and elegance even after (and sometimes because of) extended use.
Rustic wooden tubs have the look of the Old West’s watering troughs or whiskey barrels. Modern techniques provide the rustic appearance while preserving vital ease of use. Continue reading
So you’ve found the perfect site and designed an efficient layout with plenty of storage, now you need to lay the groundwork to make the outdoor kitchen work. It’s time to address your utilities, power, water and gas. This is where it really pays to bring in the professionals, and you’ll probably have to in order to get the inspections necessary for your building permits. Continue reading
It’s a new year, which means it’s time for something new to come from PlumbTile. With the New Year beginning, we are pleased to introduce our new “Other Brands” page on our website. We are committed to bringing you the best of the best and that doesn’t stop with materials for your home. Information is a vital player in remodeling your home and the more information we can offer you, the better! Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive collection of Other Brands products on the web. Continue reading
Before you shop for shower fixtures, it’s important to understand the basics of shower controls. What options are there? What will fit your space and budget best?
There are three basic systems for controlling the water temperature and flow rates:
- Simple single levers or knobs that control both water temperature and flow
- Combination temperature controls, which can include two or even three extra fixtures
- A separate thermostatic control valve (temperature only) and flow valve (volume only)
Imagine a clutter-free space dedicated to luxuriously restful slumber — a room where everything from the flooring to the scent in the air to the sheets is carefully chosen to enhance feelings of relaxation, peace and (yawn…) sleep. You’ve got the blackout shades, now here are 10 little things, from bedtime rituals to smart storage solutions, to help turn your bedroom into the sleek and cozy ultimate sleep cave.
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.