A kitchen remodel should represent 10 to 20 percent of your home's value.
Add style with lighting, tile and hardware. Granite is resistant to stains, but a sealant should be applied to minimize absorption.
Stainless steel is the most sanitary of the major kitchen materials.
Cabinets typically amount to half the cost of a kitchen remodel.
Remodeling your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make in your home. Survey indicates that you can recoup 88% of your investment in a minor kitchen remodeling.
kitchen island = 32" minimum space between cabinets. 42" is preferred
Preserve the "triangle" design - sink, refrigerator and stove
6 Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid
1. Measure Properly for appliances: Width, Hight and Depth
2. Evaluate Cabinet Strength: Wiggle the drawer a little bit; Put on a little weight while you push them close;
3. Take samples home with you: Play, throw some wine on it
4. Order Attic Stock: extra material that you keep on hand
5. Think about your sink: One sink don't do all, one for food prep another for cleaning
6. Work with a professional
by Jenny Wise
If your child is on the autism spectrum, your parenting style may look different. Children with autism have different needs, requiring more protective home interiors and backyards. Since children with autism can be sensitive to a wide variety of sights, smells, and sounds, it is particularly important to design their bedroom in such a way that it is a peaceful, relaxing place, free of potentially triggering stimuli. Here are some ways you can design and organize the perfect bedroom for your child on the autism spectrum.
Choose a color scheme that soothes your child
The main thing you should be aware of when designing a bedroom for your child with autism is that many children on the autism spectrum experience significant amounts of sensory sensitivity, though the exact amounts and characteristics of that sensitivity are highly individual. For some children, bright colors like the boldest versions of warm reds and yellows can be triggering. Red, in particular, is stimulating color and might leave her awake and energetic well past bedtime. The goal of a child’s bedroom, as with any bedroom, is to create a calm, peaceful space where she can feel safe and comfortable as she prepares to go to sleep. A good rule of thumb is to design your child’s bedroom around soft, soothing colors. Light blues and neutral tones like gray and cream are calming, and that is the tone you want to set. Finally, be sure to choose a paint that is non-toxic and VOC free to keep surfaces easy to wash and safe for your child in the event that she develops the habit of licking surfaces.
Don’t forget to keep the soothing theme going in their bathroom. Choose a tile that’s neutral in color and avoid bold patterns and color breaks. The paint should likewise be as soft as possible since their nighttime bath is likely an important part of their winding down routine.
Ensure your child has clean air to breathe
It’s important to make sure the air your child is breathing in her room is fresh and free from contaminants. However, this is not as simple as installing a garden-variety air freshener because many children with autism are particularly sensitive to smells -- this forum illustrates how severe the issues is. One poster compares being exposed to strong smells as being locked in a port-a-potty; others insist that overpowering perfumes make it almost impossible to function.
Instead, opt for a scentless option like an air purifier. Particularly if you or anyone in the house is a smoker, an air purifier is a great way to eliminate odors and potential contaminants like smoke or allergens from the air to ensure your child experiences a great night’s sleep. As an added bonus, purifiers also will increase your child’s health in general and can emit a low-level hum that your child may find soothing.
Keep the room soft, safe, and functional
As you are organizing and decorating the room, keep your child’s safety in mind. Opting for a frameless bed will help eliminate sharp corners and prevent accidents. Reduce clutter with plenty of low-level organizational options, pushing bookcases and other furniture back against the walls to provide a large amount of space for your child to play. Add a soft but easily cleaned carpet to make play safer for your child. Depending on your child’s needs, preferences, and age, you may want to include other pieces of furniture in addition to the bed like a bean bag chair, small chairs, or a balance ball.
You’ll also need to consider the lighting in your child’s bedroom. Incandescent or the softest, warmest form of LED light is best. LED is particularly beneficial because they don’t get as hot as traditional bulbs. (Be careful, though, when choosing LED lights to make sure they are warm enough for your child’s needs.) Fluorescent lights are not ideal for bedrooms in general; they often rapidly flicker and emit a strong buzz. Your child with autism may be sensitive to both of these, which can add to her stress levels instead of relieving them.
Designing a bedroom for your child on the autism spectrum doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few changes, you can design a bedroom that provides a safe, soothing haven for your child. By keeping in mind your child’s individual needs, and using soft, safe colors and pieces of furniture in your design, you will ensure your child can rest comfortably.
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We are working on this project remodeling a master bathroom this week and I just could not get over how sexy this design for a bathroom is. First this mosaic for the floor is so sleek and modern and to my taste simply amazing. What a great choice by the designer to go with something so unique like a basket weave design which it does not feel like a basket weave at all. At least it doesn't look like the basket weave mosaics we have done in the past, which I think it's great! It's not often that tile manufactures come up with things like that and I just love when that happens: It's something but it doesn't look like that something we name it after, so... it's something else! Something new, something no one has seen it yet. A new star is born! Thassos Marble with Gray inserts
Now, what really impresses me is how well it pair with a linear drain by Quick Drain USA. People should really get on board of this train. Even if we do it we a curb it still looks like "OF Course!" How didn't we think of this before? It makes so much sense. I don't know if maybe I'm only really excited with this one pairing so well with the mosaic but it just makes so much sense. That's why I felt inspired to write this post since it's been so long I haven't posted anything.
The process of installing this is really straight forward but very meticulous with making sure waterproofing is well done.
1. We pack the floor with cement making sure the drain is level, straight and well supported.
2. We apply a first coat of HydroBan by Laticrete
3. Add an extra layer of security with Laticrete Waterproofing Membrane. With it we cover everything, including the drain.
4. Then add another rich coat of HydroBan to the whole spectrum.
I Like to apply waterproofing material vigorously, 4 to 5 coats of it. Once it dries it creates 1/8 to 3/16 of inch thick impermeable waterproof membrane, which I like very much.
The next day I have a little trick using blue tape that actually is very helpful for laying mosaics in a smooth manner. Check it out on this little video I made.
Beautiful Thassos Marble with Gray inserts
This is what have done so far, Still waiting on the stones to be delivered so we can finish the curb and the niche, which always bring every else together. Stay tuned!
More often than I would like to I encounter Homeowners frustrated with bad work done by contractors whose present themselves as professionals. They usually have a sad demeanor and a lost look. They think something is off, but they can't really put their finger on it. How come we end up with something so different than what we saw on Houzz?
Well, as a tile setter myself let's say it's a tiled shower stall project they had going on and they're suspicions about. Then they call another contractor to check it out and this is where I come in when I get the call.
The urge to make a face is contained by my subpar sense of etiquette as my eyes gaze upon such unbelievable work of art (not). The look of disbelief once on the Homeowner pales in comparison to the look I'm trying to hide. As someone whose they seek a solution/opinion from, I need to be thoughtful and try to alleviate the situation by restraining my impressions to a brief comment and jump to solutions right away. In regards to tiling the problem might aways be worse than it looks. In a bathroom tile installation project for example aesthetics it's only 50%, the other 50% it's its functionality, its ability to make water go down the drain only and preventing moisture from getting inside the walls.
It seems to me tile setting requires steady hands like no other trade and - here comes the catch - being clean.
This goes for every trade, really, but if you find yourself in a situation where you suspect something is off, pay attention to Cleanliness! I can't stress this enough. Good professionals will be mindful of your home as a whole, not just the area they're working on. If you want to spare yourself of further problems, don't double down and keep on betting on a loose horse. If you notice the contractor is not clean and organized, take action and cut your losses.
Let’s talk tile floors for a moment, here. Tile floors provide that clean, beautiful, natural feel for any room. They’re popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms because they protect the floors from water damage, keep the floors from becoming slippery, and there are plenty of stunning options available for every taste and style. But tile itself is only a portion of the luxury that awaits your new floors.
What is Radiant Flooring
Radiant floors are on everybody’s remodel wish list lately. Radiant heating, in the case of bathroom flooring, is a layer of heating beneath the floor that amplifies the heat from a heating source and distributes it across an entire floor. Examples of these systems can be found from NuHeat and from Schluter. As a result of this wonderful heating system, your bathroom floor is as warm as summer beach sand every time you walk on it. In other words: no more frozen feet in the mornings!
Aside from being a treat every time you walk into your bathroom or kitchen, radiant heated floors have other benefits as well. For one, they’re warmer than normal flooring, therefore they help keep the floor dry as they help the water evaporate faster. Beyond that, radiant heated floors are also an eco-friendly approach to heating. According to energy.gov, “It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because it eliminates duct losses. People with allergies often prefer radiant heat because it doesn’t distribute allergens like forced air systems can.”
The Difficulties of Radiant Flooring and Tile
There are numerous ways in which people use radiant heat in their home. It can be used in walls, floors, with carpet, and more. But by far, the most common way that radiant heating is used is underneath ceramic tile in the bathroom. Ceramic tile is a popular choice to use with radiant heating because it works well as a conductor for heat (meaning you save energy and have more heat) and actually stores some of the heat so it doesn’t require the heater to continuously run. It’s also a popular choice for the variety of styles, shapes, and aesthetics, as well as for its durability and ability to protect the system below. For the most efficiency and best payoff, ceramic tile is the best bet.
However, installing a radiant heating system in the floor and tiles on top of it isn’t a walk in the park for the Do It Yourself-er. There are numerous reasons why people shy away from taking this task on themselves. For one, there is a laundry list of steps to take to ensure that the system is installed correctly. Any misstep can result in an equally long list of problems, such as appliances and fixture sinking, uneven heating, and leaking, that will likely require replacing the entire floor and heating system. There are also specific products and instructions that need to be obtained, and some of those products like priming and mesh aren’t easily found at local hardware stores. Tile and radiant heated floors are a wonderful combination, but the installation is best left to professionals.
Go with a Pro
When in doubt, it’s best to go with a pro. This is especially true for tricky, detailed projects like radiant floor heating coupled with tile. While it might be above budget for your renovation project, or might bring it close, it’s a lot cheaper to hire a professional who’s going to do it right the first time. The cost of ripping up your new flooring when something goes wrong and needing to get the supplies to do it all over again can over double your project cost. If you’re gifting yourself the luxury of a heated tile floor in your bathroom or kitchen, you deserve to give yourself the luxury of making the installation process somebody else’s responsibility. Life’s a lot easier when you go with a pro!
Tile is easy, right? It seems pretty straightforward, anyway. It’s placing squares on the ground or the walls. How hard can it be?
Tile installation can be easy to do yourself. However, flooring and wall tiling are a major project and no matter how easy they may seem, there are dozens of steps that you may be overlooking. When it comes to tile, there are vital steps to take before laying the tile itself. This is called prep work.
Prep work for tile installation is important for a few reasons, each step holding its own independent value. For example, after you tear up the old flooring and are going to later place down a tile floor, it’s wise to sand and level the subflooring so that you get an even tile placement with no protrusions. Some would say that’s pretty important, no? But beyond that, the most important step in tile preparation is waterproofing. Waterproofing is vital for a number of reasons. Here are a few:
Despite these important and beneficial reasons to waterproof, some people still frequently ask, “is it necessary?”. Technically, no. But neither is paint on your walls or furniture in your home. Are those things important? Yes. Often times, it’s even a requirement per law – and for good reason.
Moisture can destroy homes. It’s part of what makes hurricanes so devastating. The water itself is only part of the problem. What it leaves behind in its tracks is often what results in the destruction of homes, vehicles, and buildings. Moisture is a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria, as well as promotes rot, rust, and breakage. Porous materials like stone and wood absorb water which causes deformities in floors, foundations, structures, and more. When the water eventually evaporates, it leaves behind a slew of problems like cracks, voids, and crumbling structures. But – you don’t need a hurricane for these horrors to become a reality.
Waterproofing is an obvious and easy way to prevent these problems completely. While waterproofing won’t save your home in a hurricane, it’ll stop your house from looking like it went through one after a small leak becomes a massive structural problem because you or an underqualified handyman decided to skip the waterproofing step.
So, how do you actually prevent these problems and make a floor or wall waterproof when you’re going to tile it? The solution is simple. There are a few different ways, but the best way by far is to use a waterproof membrane such as RedGard or Hydro Ban. It’s important to choose a membrane that is rated for the area that you intend to use it on. Areas that frequently experience a large amount of water on their surface, such as a shower area, will require a different membrane than that of an area that typically stays pretty dry. In most places, building codes will require waterproofing wherever there’s a shower. This is an obvious necessity. Furthermore, some materials in a certain waterproofing membrane may not be suitable for your specific needs. For example, frequently using heavy duty cleaners and disinfectants may not be compatible with some membranes, as the chemical compounds can react and leave holes for water to seep through.
Waterproofing isn’t expensive. However, it can save you massive amounts of money – even in the short-run. The costs for repairs of a leak or mold problem are exponentially higher than what it costs to grab a tub of waterproofing membrane, and it doesn’t take much time to add a layer of it under where you intend to lay tile. In this case, taking the extra step is wise. Your kitchen, bathroom, foyer, walls, floors, and whatever else you decide to tile will be thankful for it – and so will your property value.
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Nobody escapes 2018 without knowing about Pinterest or considering their next DIY project. Whether you’re a serial DIYer or just trying to save money on your remodel, there’s merit behind considering a professional when it comes to kitchen backsplash installation. So, if you think you might want to do it yourself – read on!
Our kitchens are valuable parts of our home, both literally and figuratively. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. They become centerpieces of our home. It’s where we cook our favorite meals, where we feed our families, where we sit down to do homework, and where we entertain our favorite people. Memories are made in the kitchen. That’s also why a beautiful kitchen is a great selling feature in the real estate world. A home with a beautiful, functional kitchen will sell itself. Therefore, it’s important that our kitchen space be somewhere that embodies clean design, functional space, and an aesthetic that resonates with us and our families.
Now, take your kitchen backsplash. When comparing it to the floor tiling, the counter tops, the cabinets, the sink, and all the ins and outs of a new kitchen remodel, it might not seem like a forefront task. But the kitchen backsplash is a focal feature of every kitchen. It even serves the practical purpose of protecting the wall! Even just re-doing your kitchen’s backsplash can make it seem like you made major remodeling changes to the entire kitchen. It’s powerful! It’s where the eyes are drawn when you walk into a kitchen. The problem with a backsplash is simply that: it’s a focus.
With something that eyes will hone in on in a room, it’s important that the feature be as flawless as possible. This is tough when trying to DIY it. Tiles can slide, especially if the temperature isn’t right, and are tough to get straight and even. It may even be tough to pick the right products. Grout aside, there are a ton of materials to choose from for a kitchen backsplash and you need to make sure that what you have your eye on will work for your kitchen and what you use it for. The last thing you want is to have to be replacing tiles in a month or so!
A professional has the advantage of knowing their way around tiles and walls of all different materials, sizes, shapes, and conditions. They’re not going to show up at your home with the wrong grout or forget a tool at the store. They’re going to help you choose tile that fits your needs, your style, and your budget. They know the latest trends, which are always changing, and their experience allows them to visualize what will fit your kitchen’s style and what won't. You’ll be able to rest assured that your brand-new backsplash is installed straight, even, and has no flaws that your mother in law will see when she visits. Everybody wins!
Better yet, a professional’s work is guaranteed and insured. If you accidentally cause damage while doing a home improvement task yourself, the only person liable for the repairs is yourself. And if you make a mistake, that’s your pocket the mistake comes out of. Hiring a professional guarantees that the work will be done as you planned it to be and at the price you agreed upon. While DIY might seem cheaper, you never know what hidden costs are just around the corner.
However, the biggest benefit of hiring a professional to install your kitchen backsplash is that of your peace of mind. Home remodels, no matter how big or small, are renowned for the amount of stress they cause. Wanting to spruce things up around your home is a noble goal, and one that many home owners dive into without realizing what it entails. These things are stressful. They require intricate shopping lists, learning a new skill, and correcting a lot of mistakes. You don’t need any of that if you go with a professional. Your professional help will be able to work with you from the design stages to the cleaning up stages, and you won’t have to stress about any of it.
Doing home improvement tasks yourself always seems like a good idea. All over the internet you can find videos on “how to replace a kitchen floor” or “how to install cabinets”. There’s a video or guide for anything. It’s great to learn and to be interested in expanding your skills. But when your money, your time, and a room as valuable and important to your day-to-day life as your kitchen is at stake, it’s best to go with somebody who best knows what they’re doing. If you’re considering re-doing your kitchen backsplash, consider calling a professional to help you get the job done!
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Tiling can very quickly make or break the interior of a home or commercial space today. With so many different tiling manufacturers and designers working hard around the world right now, it’s common to see many artisans copying designs and styles from other designers that beat them to the punch first. However, with New Ravenna tiles, we are witnessing totally unique designs, shaping, and utilization of space, for a finished wall, ceiling, or floor that is completely luxuriously custom and unobtainable anywhere else in the world.
If you’re in business for luxury, unique tiling designs, here are the 3 reasons why New Ravenna’s custom-made tiles are the comprehensive solution moving forward:
So many companies use machinery and assembly line processes to arrive at their tile products today. What used to be a careful craft has turned over into widespread manufacturing. However, with New Ravenna tiles, it’s a different story. The company handcrafts mosaic designs that are then fashioned into decorative borders, murals, field tile, and medallions. Essentially, through this careful hands-on precision, they are able to craft scenery and pictures that actually evoke emotion – and yes, this is don't through simply tiling. So, instead of just settling for another flat, emotionless tile series, New Ravenna elevates the artistic potential through interlocking patters and always-handcrafted borders.
2. Architectural Awareness
It’s common to see the classic flat, shapeless tile used over and over again in homes, restaurants, hotels, and more. Doesn’t that ever get mundane and uncharacteristically boring to you? It gets boring for New Ravenna, too. That’s why they lift their tile mosaics and patterns away from the wall or ceiling, incorporating an architectural awareness that sees the pattern in a three dimensional type of way. The tile is cut and tumbled, honed, or treated to creative distinctive and totally unique styles with subtle shade variations and texture. New Ravenna tiles don’t see the big picture as one that is flat and static – they see a potential for lifting a pattern or scene out of the wall and into the room.
3. Interior Artistry
New Ravenna doesn’t look at tiling as a form of lifeless carpentry; they see it as a blank canvas with a potential for artistic expression and captivation in each and every room. Tiles can invoke just as much – if not more – emotion than wallpaper or painted design can with careful crafting and artistic vision. New Ravenna, though dedicated to the mechanical element of making the tiles, is part of a love affair with art and design today. Their interlocking fluid as well as geometric patterns is evident of careful artistry from start to finish.
New Ravenna Tiles
There is a luxury uniqueness that comes with New Ravenna tiles today. Exquisite in shape, size, design, and layout, New Ravenna tiles are works of art in each and every way. Perfectly complementing any kind of luxury building, home, apartment, or commercial space, there’s something enchanting about their artistic and architectural originality.
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This week I have come across more penny tiles than I can count. Mostly I have done as a accent border across a shower walls but these last couple of days I have been installing them on floors. My biggest challenge was to make them look seamless between sheets of what it felt like thousands of pennies. But besides that, cutting was a real treat too, If a wet saw used and the brady brunch of tiles get wet, in 5 seconds they all fall apart, piece by piece. At that moment I wondered if it would be feasible to install one by one... Ever wonder how to turn thousands into millions? Yup, I have. Nah, I guess that's out of the question. The straight cutter steps up to the plate and is up to the task if we pair it with the infamous nipper, which turned out to be the best way to do it. I have placed some blue tape across before scoring straight cuts to prevent chips as I was chipping away. It kind of worked.
But then again, how to make seamless transitions? First and most important rule: Keep it square. Make sure you have a perfect 90 degrees angle with the two chalk lines you draw. But the trick thing is that these pennies in a mesh are too flexible, they feel more like some type of fabric which expands and contracts, it's almost impossible to keep them straight. I guess it might be a good option to draw a bunch of perpendicular lines on the floor and go by them, these sheets are not trust worthy.
But the worst thing in my opinion is that you can't tell for sure if they're seamless until you grout. It's very frustrating because you tweak here and there paying really close attention to the joints, making sure they all have the same distance and still after you grout you can tell where one starts and the other ends.
The only thing I would advise is this: If you like this tile, you fell in love with the design and you think it's going to look great on your floor, get really good quality well manufactured tile and - of course it goes without saying but I'm going to say it anyway - get really good experienced tile installers to do it because you can be sure of one thing it really bothers me when I don't get a good quality result and I will strive my best to be happy with it.
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Everybody wants a beautiful home without footing the price of a beautiful home. Does this sound familiar to you? If you’re a home owner, I’m willing to bet it does! We all want to feel comfortable and refreshed in our own homes, and the best way to do that is by having a home that is decorated and designed to resonate with those who live in it. But redecorating or remodeling costs a fortune. So, we’re all wondering what changes we can make that will pack the biggest punch without spending an equally large sum. What’s the secret?
There is a secret. It’s tile. Tile is mainly used in bathrooms and kitchen because the furniture is (mostly) stationary, thus there’s not much risk of scratching or chipping. But there are other reasons, too, aside from tile’s water and mess resilience: it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Tile is a simple way to create a massive impact on the aesthetics of your home, primarily your bathroom. Oftentimes, our bathrooms are an afterthought when we’re considering how we want our home to look and making those changes. But the bathroom is a massive part of our lives. So massive, in fact, that in an average lifetime, men will spend a whopping 855.8 days (or two years and 125 days) in there, and women will spend slightly less at 770.8 days.
So, we’re practically completing an associates degree in our bathrooms. It’s worth it to have it be a place of beauty and comfort then, right? Sure, “beautiful” is not the first word I think of when I think “bathroom”. And it’s not a word that comes to mind for anybody until they’re visiting a bathroom that truly is beautiful.
The best bathrooms I’ve visited had a few characteristics that stood out. The first was space. Sinks with a lot of countertops, especially those with dual sinks, and a big mirror are the obvious thing. Then, the features stand out. There should be ample space to store things on hooks and in drawers, good lighting, and of course, a fancy bathtub separate from the shower is a massive plus, too. But for many families, obtaining that ideal is simply not feasible. The average cost of a full bathroom remodel is upwards of $18,000. Money isn’t the only concern, either, as many bathrooms simply can’t accommodate the ideal.
It’s not bad news if you have a small bathroom, or don’t have over $10,000 to spend on a bathroom remodel. With tile, you can still get a gorgeous bathroom that is a pleasure to spend 855.8 days in (just… not all at once, okay?). Tile floor stands up to the rigors of daily bathroom use better than that of laminate and wood because tile isn’t as porous and has a coating that makes it impenetrable by moisture, stains, and puddles. It’s a flooring and wall covering that is easy to care for, clean, and will protect your bathroom.
There are nearly unlimited options for tile styles, making it a great option for a custom bathroom. But choosing tile isn’t so simple, which is what turns a lot of homeowners away from installing it on their own. Tile installation is best left to a professional anyway, as getting the grooves straight is imperative to tile that accents as opposed to tile that distracts. Plus, a professional tile installer has been around a time or two and knows the best tile type for your specific needs, and may even be an asset in helping with the design process. A tile installer knows how to take your bathroom from drab to beautiful with just a simple material. Of course, with home renovation, DIY is always an option. You should evaluate the pros and cons of going the DIY route, as well as see what’s required for the task, so you can decide if a professional is right for you.
Even if you decide to go with professional tile installation, the cost of sprucing up your bathroom with beautiful tile is miniscule compared to that of a full remodel. The cost of having a tile job done on your bathroom varies greatly from bathroom to bathroom depending on a number of factors, so it’s best to call for an estimate to see if it’s within your budget. But even still, you’re getting a great bathroom at a fraction of the cost!
We all want gorgeous, inviting homes. Even if you’re not the host-type, there’s still no greater feeling than stepping into your home as you want it to be when you get home from a long day at work. Treat yourself and your home to something beautiful that will help with longevity in the long run, and get your bathroom some nice tile and a tile installer to lay it for you. Your 855.8 days will become that much more pleasant in your new, beautiful bathroom.
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