How to Lay a Stone Tile Floor

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If you are thinking about laying a stone tile floor, there are a few things to consider before you begin.  Naturally, you should have already measured the area where you will be setting the tile, and add 15 percent more to allow for cutting and fitting pieces around the edges. Then, think about whether or not your stone tile floor is going to be in a high-traffic area. Continue reading →

How to Create a Craftsman-Style Kitchen

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A overview of how easily build Craftsman style kitchen in your own home.

One of the more popular choices when it comes to designing or redesigning your personal food preparation sanctuary is the theme of a Craftsman style kitchen. While its elegance and class are highly sought after while remodeling the area with this stylistic theme, it is possible to create the aura and energy of this trendy set up on your own. With a few key components, a little creativity, and a clear vision of your dream setup, you can easily turn this beautiful scene within your mind into a tangible and fully functional reality in no time.  Continue reading →

How to Install Tin Tile Backsplash

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The luster and shine of steel, brass, copper and chrome are not just for the ceiling anymore!  Metallics go with every design trend and are now fashionably showing up on walls, cabinets, backsplashes and more.   Adding a tin tile backsplash to your kitchen will add a whole new dimension to its style!  Let’s not forget that it’s also durable, lightweight, fireproof, and easy to clean.  Continue reading →

How to Install Tile to Bathroom Showers

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There are ten(10) easy steps to installing Tile in Bathroom Showers. Please use this blog as a guideline for your project.

1. Demolition/Preparedness: Upon the completion of demolition of the old tile, install a cement backer board in the shower area. In most cases you would have a professional install the shower membrane and shower pan appropriate for the space.  Continue reading →

Powdering the Powder Room

Half bathrooms can be a challenge for any homeowner, how to add style and organization along with functionality!  Powder rooms typically will serve not only your family but also any guests that arrive to your home.  With a few simple tips and ideas you can take your powder room from boring to amazing!

ORGANIZATION

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A small space DEMANDS organization in order for it to function as the space it needs to be.  Organization comes in many forms, but in the powder room one of the most under-utilized space is above the toilet.  Use the vertical space for storage and you will be able to maintain organization in a small area. There are large variety of bathroom accessories such as towel racks, towel bars and rings, towel shelves and racks and even robe hooks that can make organization and functionality work in a powder room.   Continue reading →

Choosing Your Kitchen Countertop Tile

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Kitchen countertops are the pride and joy of any great kitchen, which means picking the right countertop material, is an important task.  Asking yourself (or the cook of the family) some important questions will help in the search for the perfect countertop.   What is the priority in the kitchen; style, durability, usability, green factor or maintenance.  All of these items should go into choosing the correct countertop for your new kitchen.  Continue reading →

How to Repair a Tile Backsplash

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After months and months of searching, you have finally found your dream home. You’re walking through the kitchen, and you’re thinking of all the wonderful dinner parties you will have, in your new, beautiful kitchen.

As you’re walking around the kitchen you see three broken tiles near the base of the wall. You think to yourself, “I can fix that”, nothing is going to stand between you and your dream home.

The first thing on your ‘to do’ list, after you purchase your home, is to fix those three broken tiles. Now where to start, how to get them out, without breaking any other tile? Follow these simple steps, and before long you will be having your first dinner party.  Continue reading →

How to install A Tile Backsplash

For a homeowner, there is nothing more satisfying then to walk in to a room, and see a beautiful finished home improvement project. A project, that you, the homeowner, completed yourself.

Fed up with looking at that same old tired paint on the wall? Want something beautiful; elegant that’s also easy to clean? Install a tile backsplash, a backsplash that makes your kitchen or bathroom look fresh and new.

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From Galley to Gourmet: Efficient Galley Kitchens

Having a galley kitchen does not mean that you need to sacrifice style, efficiency or dreams of gourmet bliss.  While a galley kitchen can be short on space, when laid out correctly it can meet all of your needs and exceed expectations.  Because a galley kitchen is small on space, using high end products can be accomplished at a smaller price than a larger kitchen.  Always dreamt of a farm style sink but never thought it was something you could fit into your budget?? Having a galley kitchen with a smaller space to update might be the key to your dream sink, backsplash and tiles.

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USING THE TRIANGLE

The triangle (fridge, sink and range) is the most important factor in any kitchen, but more so in the galley style.  To maximize space a great trick is to use a microwave on top of the range instead of the typical hood which can be aesthetically pleasing but not a necessity when a microwave can double as a hood.  The ideal triangle will place the range and fridge on one wall with the sink being on the opposite wall.  Another way to “add” space is to choose a full range instead of a cooktop and wall ovens.  Continue reading →

Turn Your Outdated Bathroom To Green!

With a few easy steps and updates, you can turn your old and outdated bathroom into a new and environmentally green one.  There are many ideas and products you can add to your bathroom to make it an Eco-Friendly part of your home.  In return, you will dramatically reduce water, reduce the chance of mold and mildew, and do your part in preserving our environment.  Continue reading →