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What Makes A House “Green?”

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 Green Products

When people think of green, some may think the color green, and some may think Earth.  Some people just don’t know that when you “Go Green, you will be saving money on bills by cutting back on water, electricity, energy, and even building materials. Another phrase to use besides “Go Green,” is “Eco-friendly,” Read More

Make Your Bathroom Eco-friendly

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Eco-friendly products and practices continue to grow around the globe. Applying these green products and practices to your bathroom can be easy and inexpensive.

Plumbtile: Go GreenGoing green not only saves you money by reducing energy and water costs but also help save the environment by reducing consumption. From simple fixes to replacement of fixtures and bathroom furnishings, plumbtile.com is here to assist.  Read More

Facts on Choosing a Faucet

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Plumbtile: Altman Faucets

A faucet is a device for delivering water from a plumbing system. It can consist of the following components: spout, handle(s), lift rod, cartridge, aerator, mixing chamber, and water inlets. When the handle is turned on, the valve opens and controls the water flow adjustment under any water or temperature condition. The faucet body is usually made of brass, though die-cast zinc and chrome-plated plastic are also used.  Read More

Modernize Your Kitchen and Bath With Hands Free Faucets

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Plumbtile: Brizo Hands Free Faucet

We have all been there….prepping dinner, cutting up the chicken and we realize we need to grab something else.  With chicken juice all over our hands we grab the faucet and turn it on…defeat, we have now spread chicken juice and germs everywhere.  There is however a quick and luxurious fix to this problem; hands free faucets.  Plumbtile.com carries many brands and options to elevate this problem and add style to the function of your kitchen or bathroom.  Read More

Varieties of Eco-Friendly Tile

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Eco-Friendly Tile

If you are re-modelling or finishing up a new space, no doubt you will be looking for options when it come to tile. Many people are very interested in green or sustainable options for everything they do and there are several very good choices “eco-friendly” choices when it comes to tile. There are many good reasons to choose eco-friendly tile for your application. Among them are the fact that some eco-friendly tile is made from recyclable materials which cuts down on material waste that is shipped to land fills. It also reduces mining of some materials that are used to manufacture conventional tile. And they look great too. So let’s take a look at some of the attractive choices you have for your tiling needs.

Cork Tiles

Some of the advantages and good qualities of cork are that it is a natural wood product that is lightweight, resilient and has good insulation properties. Most of the cork flooring and wall tile products are made from recycled cork materials. Even though cork is porous there are also eco-friendly finished that make it more durable and easy to maintain. Cork comes in many sizes and colors and can be used for flooring as well as walls and ceilings.

Coconut Tiles

Coconut tile is made from coconut shells and chips. They are a new and unique application for materials that would no doubt go to waste otherwise. Coconut tile has a warm tropical feel and is good for use in kitchens and bathrooms. They are often made with sustainable adhesive and finishing materials as well. Cork comes in a variety of colors and textures and can be used to add contrast to a room or for a subtle complimentary look.

Pebble Tiles

pebble-tileUsing actual pebbles and small stones adhered to mesh backing, Pebble Tile gives a highly textured and natural look that can be used in a variety of situations including kitchen and bathroom flooring and wall covering, bathrooms, shower decks and patios and many more. Pebble Tile has interlocking patterns that give a seamless and custom look but can be somewhat more difficult to install. An experienced professional installer should be considered when you are using Pebble Tile.

Teak Mosaic

Reclaimed Teak wood is one the newest and most popular materials for tiling. It is very eco-friendly since it is reclaimed wood and it comes in a very wide variety of colors, shades and sizes. Because different sizes, shapes and grains can be used in many unique ways, Teak Tile truly does have a mosaic look and feel. Teak Tiles come in different sizes depending on the application and gives a seamless rustic yet modern look and feel.

Stone Tiles

Stone TileStone Tile has been used as a flooring material for a very long time. It is durable, wear resistant and has a variety of shades, colors and applications. Wall Stone Tiles are also often used in as complimentary features in a room. Stone wall tiles can subtlely accent a feature or bring an effective contrast. There are several different materials used in stone tiles. Some of the more popular are: slate, travertine, marble, granite, limestone and sandstone.

Two Kitchen Products By Franke, Win Awards

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Franke Sinks, Stainless Steel, Granite Sinks and Kitchen Accessories. Franke USA is one of America’s largest sink manufacturers. A company where technology dominates in the production and manufacture of sinks.

Franke said his Steel Series kitchen faucet and its Planar 8 stainless steel kitchen sink have been recognized by Design Journal with platinum 2015 Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX).

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New Fixtures & Fittings With Dornbracht Line

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Are you taking time this season to spruce up your home? One way to do easily to this is by installing new kitchen fixtures in your home. Plumbtile can help you in your search for the perfect faucet, or fitting you have been searching for. Take a look at these amazing options from Dornbracht fixtures. They will blow you away. Read More

2015 Color of the year: What will be your favorite design?

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With winter upon us most of us are thinking about getting through the long days of winter but as we spend more time indoors we start to think about redecorating and sprucing things up. So what are the trends for the Spring 2015? Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green and Classic Blue along with Toasted Almond, Strawberry Ice, Tangerine, Custard, Marsala and Glacier Gray a mix of cooler color and warm tones. We also can’t leave out a nice mix of muted brights, pastels and nature-like neutrals to draw the eye to your favorite spots in your home.

2015 interior design and decorating ideas reflect the trends in architecture and art while emphasizing your individuality, simplicity and Green living ideas. Decorators are creating new, bold and fabulous designs by mixing traditional and contemporary, ethnic and retro, glamorous and rustic, and chic and barbarism.

You are now able to be completely free and creative to design a room that has both antique and modern bathroom furniture, ceramic and colored glass to create a warm cozy and inviting room one that you will find you will spend most of your days. Or you can take the distressed look of exposed brick walls and concrete surfaces mixed with soft and chic fabrics, delicate floral designs and the rich shine of polished metal to create a spectacular living space that will give you the look and feel of stepping into the past while remaining firmly rooted to the present.

When you are wanting to go green in your decorating don’t pass up reclaimed wood for your wood floors or walls, think about using old wood doors or even pallets to create interesting tables that will surely be the topic of conversations. You cannot go wrong or be too over the top in 2015 with your colors, textures or fabric styles, be creative and experiment to create your hidden oasis!

Blanco Photo Caption Contest

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BLANCO Photo Caption Contest

Blanco Sinks and Faucets, a family owned company since 1925, is teaming up with artist Kerstin Hiestermann for a photo caption contest. Users can enter their captions for the photo of the week and have a chance to win an iPad Mini. There is a new winner each week. Read More

Newest Kitchen Trends

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When it comes to the latest trends in kitchen remodeling, consumers find that they have many available choices. Depending on their individual taste and budget the following suggestions are just a few among the 2014 kitchen trends: Read More