Laticrete & Century Tile Invite You to a Pig Roast! 9/7/17

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On September 7th, Laticrete, Century & CTD are hosting a Pig Roast in the parking lot of our CDC! The Pig Roast is for contractors, decorators and builders, etc. This appreciation event is for the commercial side of our business! Hope to see you there! We can’t wait!

Design Tips and Tricks

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Whether you are a brand new homeowner or you have lived in your current space for years, designing a home is always a fun and exciting process. The design process offers challenging decisions that you have full control over making. This is your chance to let your creativity run wild and set the tone for your space. Now, there is not a rulebook that designers follow to create the perfect space, but there are some general guidelines that you can use to get some amazing results. Here are our top five design tips and tricks for homeowners:

  1. No one likes a crowd. When designing a room, it is easy to get carried away with decor and furniture, but you want to try and make your space feels open rather than over-crowded. Avoid putting too much furniture or decor in your space at least to start off the process. If you feel you need more, you can always add more later.

  2. Center of attention. Every room will need one “wow” factor that will draw attention to it. Whether you choose a beautiful chandelier or an amazing backsplash, try to create a statement piece in every room you design.

  3. Different sizes. Your decor pieces should all vary in sizes. If you choose to do a large mirror over a side table, choose small decor pieces to sit on top of the side table. This will help balance everything.

  4. Rules of rugs. As experts in flooring, we understand the three basic rules of rugs and we are here to share these design rules with you:

    Rule 1. All of the furniture legs on the rug.
    Rule 2. All of the furniture legs off of the rug.
    Rule 3. The front feet of your furniture on the rug.

    These are the three ways of designing your rug in a room that will make it flow well. You will ideally
    choose which design rule to use by the size of the rug. For large rugs, you will want all of the furniture
    legs on the rug. For smaller rugs, you will want to have the back legs off or only the front legs on the
    rug.

  5. Perfect finish. Choose your paint color last! This tip may be confusing at first, but we will explain. We understand that you are so excited to paint your space, but always choose your room’s paint color at the end of the design process. You can pull colors from pieces in your room and you want to choose a color that ties the whole room together. Trust us, you want to finish the design process off with painting.

We pride ourselves on being flooring experts. Let us help you choose the perfect flooring for your home. We have a wide selection available with a knowledge staff ready to answer all your design questions. Stop in today or give us a call at (888-TileYou (845-3968).

Curb Appeal

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Your home’s curb appeal will be the first thing that anyone will notice about your house. The inside of your home could be breath-taking, but some people will only see the outside of your house in their lifetime. Impress your neighborhood this summer with an updated look of your front yard. Engage any driver that may pass by your home. Impress them by making them slow down their cars and say “I love that house” with these simple tips:

  1. Focus goes towards front doors.
    Front doors are one of the first features that people recognize in a house. The front door helps hold together your home’s style. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to update your front door, paint the door a bold color. Then you can incorporate the bold color throughout your plants and flowers to help tie it in with the home.

  2. Decorate for the season.
    Depending on the time of year, your front porch has a lot of decorating potential. Decorations will help add a warmth and “homeyness” to your outdoor area. Around Christmas time, hang some lights and add a dark green wreath to your front door. During fall, incorporate some potted mums, bails of hay, and pumpkins around your front porch. There are endless ideas to keep your house festive during each season.

  3. Add life to your yard.
    There is nothing more sad than driving past a house that has a great size for a front yard, but the owners are not using it to its fullest potential. Whether your yard is big or small, plants can add an exceptional amount of beauty to your outdoor space. Remember that with great plants comes great responsibility. You will have to water them, pull weeds, plant new ones, etc. Let the greenery of your house speak for itself when people look at your curb appeal.

  4. Update the little things.
    Your house numbers draw several eyes when people are looking for a particular address. Buy some numbers that stand out and are different from the standard design. You can even consider revamping your current house numbers with a fresh coat of paint.
    Invest in some solid outdoor lighting. Make sure that you have the necessary lighting around your home. Keep areas well lit for your guests and family members who may be leaving during nighttime. Motion-detecting lights help with the safety and security of your property.

The aftermath: Your front yard has never looked so good! You have impressed all your neighbors and your house is the talk of the town. Your new curb appeal has added value in other’s eyes and you achieved it at an inexpensive price.

Choosing Your New Flooring

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If you are in the market for new flooring, you have came to the right place! Choosing flooring may seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but we are here to make things a little easier for you. If you are struggling to find out where to start, we have the perfect guide. To choose what type of flooring you need, all you have to do is ask yourself our five flooring questions.

Five Flooring Questions:

Question # 1: What room do you need flooring for?
Different flooring will work better than others in certain areas of your house. For example, hardwood flooring may be a better option for your living room rather than your bathroom. Whereas, you may choose to use tile in bathroom but not in your living room.

Question # 2: What type of flooring material interests you most?
There is a large variety of different flooring materials available to consumers. Some basic flooring materials are hardwood, laminate, stone, tile or carpet.

Question # 3: What color flooring are you looking for?
Whether you want a neutral tone or a bold flooring color, you have the ability to choose from a wide range of flooring colors. You may want to choose a flooring color that ties into your overall decor of the room.

Question # 4: What type of activities will take place in the room?
You will need to take into account how durable the flooring needs to be in the space that is getting new flooring. For example, if it is a high-traffic area, you will want to take that into consideration and maybe look at buying laminate flooring. If the area is prone to moisture, you want to look at flooring that handles water well.

Question # 5: What size do you want the material to be?
Tiles and planks come in different sizes and you have the ability to choose what size material you would like in your room.

Do you have more questions that you would like answered? We have a knowledgeable staff ready to answer any question you might have. Feel free to stop into one of our showrooms or call us at (888-TileYou 845-3968). We also have an online flooring catalog available for your convenience. Take a look at what flooring we have available and let us know if you need anything. We look forward to working with you and making all your flooring dreams come true.

Different Ways to Style Glass Tiles

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Glass tiles have been a major aesthetic component in homes all across the world. We’ve seen the beauty of accent glass tiles as backsplashes in our kitchens and we love how distinct they make our shower walls look. Since glass tiles are extremely versatile they can be applied in almost any area of the home.

Glass tiles can be purchased in all kinds of finishes including opaque and reflective glasses. Since glass reflects light and can visually expand a space and it can keep a room brighter for an extended period of time it has several advantages. If you think you’ve exhausted the ways you can use glass tiles in your home, here are some additional ideas.

Designing the Hearth
Make the fireplace the focal point of the room by decking the hearth out in mosaic glass tiles. The hearth may be the last place you thought seeing glass tiles but it makes for a durable and simply breathtaking surrounding. Imagine watching the light from the fire dance in the glass. To make this look unique you should invest in tiles with different color blends and designs.

Glass tiles are ideal for the hearth because the maintenance process is relatively simple. It doesn’t stain, it can be easily wiped clean and when grouped together glass is extremely durable.

Wrap Around Accent Wall
Take the backsplash concept a bit further by extending glass accent tiles across the entire wall. If you’re feeling adventurous you can carry out this concept in an area other than the kitchen or bathroom. You can create a mural across the length of the wall. Don’t limit the design to the traditional subway pattern. Instead, you can create a transitional look by spinning the tiles. Use glass tile that complements the decor of room for an outstanding effect.

Tiled Headboard
Can’t seem to find the perfect headboard? Consider creating your own massive headboard using glass mosaic tiles. Adhere them to the wall behind your bed. Get creative and form tiles to create a specific design. Use tiles featuring different colors and accents to really make the headboard stand out.

4th of July

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July 4th is nearly upon us and with it comes all of the celebrations, fireworks, backyard barbecues we are accustomed to. The holiday is uniquely American as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our country. It is a holiday where we remember the sacrifice and loss that we as a country sustained in the name of our freedom. As such, the 4th of July is filled with celebrations as well as symbolism in our traditions. There are many ways to celebrate this 4th of July and to honor the men and women who fought so bravely for our country and its independence.

One way American cities do this is to celebrate with parades. These can range from small to large, but they generally honor our troops with a show of military units, floats, horses and flag bearers stepping to the tune of a marching band. These are great family friendly events that offer a fun way to honor our military.

A more community oriented tradition is throwing a family or neighborhood barbecue. When it’s summertime everybody loves to get outside and grille up some meat and veggies. Enjoying burgers, hot dogs and veggie kabobs while sharing time with your neighbors is a great way to build community on a day where our independence was won through camaraderie and sense of common goal. Hey, the food doesn’t hurt either!

One of the most famous celebrations of our nation’s independence is when families flock to their communities fireworks show. These are often loud and beautiful and choreographed to patriotic music. The fireworks symbolize the shots of gunfire and cannons that were heard throughout the war as our young nation fought for its freedom and commemorate and honor those that fought for our victory.

These are just a few of the ways that Americans have traditionally celebrated our great nation’s independence day. Whether you are grilling up a storm and sharing time with friends and family or getting to your favorite fireworks viewing spot early for the best view, we hope that you have a wonderful 4th of July celebration this year!

Bringing the Indoors Outside

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We always encourage bringing the outdoors inside your home with plants and succulents, but have you ever thought about bringing the indoors outside? When you are designing your backyard and patio, try incorporating designs that translate into the style of your home’s interior. You may think: how do I do that? We have three tips for creating a continual flow from the inside of your house to the outside of your house.

Tips for Bringing The Indoors Outside:

Understand Your Style.

Before you begin designing your backyard, you need a better understanding of your home’s interior style. Take some time to evaluate your home’s design, patterns, flow and stylistic choices. What are your favorite features of the home? After you have a better understanding, you can begin to plan your exterior’s design. You want to create a continual flow from the home’s interior design to the exterior design without being obvious.

Determine Your Color Scheme.

Your exterior color scheme does not need to be the typical colors found outdoors. You can use a color that you have subtly used throughout your home as your primary color outdoors. If you are having trouble choosing a color, pick a decorative piece to put outside and build a design off of it. For example, if you have a beautiful aqua vase that you want in your exterior design, start with it and begin shaping your designs around it.

Add in Interior Pieces.

There are several features in your home’s interior that will work perfectly in your backyard’s design. Focus on adding items like:

Lighting. String lighting can create a romantic outdoor escape for you and your loved one. Try hanging them from trees in your backyard and connecting them to your house to create an intricate design.

Furniture. A lot of your indoor furniture can translate into your outdoor design. Make sure to choose furniture that can handle your area’s weather like glass or iron.

Decor. Your interior decorative pieces can be used to design your outdoors. Try pulling some items from inside your home to decorate your backyard. Always finish off with fresh flowers to add a nice fragrance.

Did you know you can add flooring outdoors? Porcelain Tile or Outdoor Carpet are great for designing your backyard. If you would like to learn more, call us at 888-TileYou (845-3968) for more information or visit one of our many locations.

Adding Value to Your Home

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From selling to staying, the value of your home is important to you. We have six simple ways to increase value in your home this summer.

Six Ways to Add Value to Your Home:

Upgraded: It is important to take into consideration all the small features that may need updated and replaced like faucets, door knobs and light switch coverings. These small upgrades can actually add more value to your home in the eyes of a buyer.

One Step at a Time: When remodeling your home, it is important to take it one room at a time. Create a list of the things you would like to accomplish in each room and then start working on it one at a time. This way you can save your time, energy and even money. If you start with your most important projects, you can cover unexpected circumstances/costs without having to worry about finding extra money in the budget.

Establish Curb Appeal: The exterior of your home is extremely important when considering a home’s value. Before you put your house on the market, make sure to do all necessary yard work, clean up the leaves, trim the bushes, touch up exterior paint, etc. You want to make sure that the first thing potential buyers see makes a good impression.

Quality Kitchen: Kitchens are one of the biggest factors considered in home value; therefore, they should be your top priority during a remodel. If you do not have a lot of money to spend, update what you can and do a “mini remodel.” Any updates can help increase a home’s value even if they are small.

Buyers Love Bathrooms: Bathrooms are another selling feature of homes. Make sure your bathroom is in tip-top shape before you put it on the market. Again, we recommend updating as much as you can afford in the bathroom because it is important in increasing your home’s value. If you have extra money in the budget, try adding heated floors!

Inspection: Inspectors can give homeowners a good idea of what needs fixed in their home. If you are planning on selling, schedule an inspection before you put your house on the market. This way you are not blind-sided with house issues that you did not even know existed. Even if you are not selling, scheduling a home inspection can be a good idea to catch issues before they get expensive. If you get something fixed now, you may save money before it got worse.

Finish your remodel off with the best way to add value to your home: new flooring. We have a wide selection of flooring ranging from carpet to hardwood. Stop in and visit our showroom at 915 Rand Road
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 for more information, pricing and design inspiration. We look forward to working with you!

6 Hacks to a Cleaner Home

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Have you ever been to a friend’s house and it seems like they have it all together? Their house is always perfectly organized, clean, and surprisingly spotless. You want in on their secret! They have kids, a hectic schedule, and work full-time, so how do they possibly do it? There is no need to wonder, because we have six hacks to help you keep your home clean and organized.

6 Life Hacks to a Cleaner Home:

Hack #1: Make Your Bed.
Make your mama proud and always make your bed! This is a great life hack to help homeowners start their day off right. Plus, you will be so excited to come home to a made bed each night.

Hack #2: Eat then Clean.
This is one of the most difficult tasks on our list, because we all get tired. We say that the dishes can wait until tomorrow, but you never know when you will have an unexpected guest. Always clean up after dinner and you will thank yourself tomorrow. Try to wipe down your kitchen surfaces and load the dishwasher every night after dinner.

Hack #3: Learn to Love Laundry.
You are probably already rolling your eyes at this one, but laundry can be made easy. All you have to do is wash one load of laundry every night. The worst part about laundry is spending endless hours on your off-days washing, drying and putting away all of your clothes. You can eliminate the piles of clothes left around your house by simple learning to “love” laundry. You will appreciate how much time you will save yourself. After you put the kids to bed, throw in a load of laundry. Added bonus: you can watch your favorite show while the washing machine does its work.

Hack #4: Beautify your Bathroom.
Anytime you or your family uses an item in the bathroom, put it away. Have everyone wipe off the counters each night to remove toothpaste and other stains.

Hack #5: Straighten up.
If you see items laying around, pick them up and stash them away in their proper place. It is that easy! The more that you clean up after yourselves, the less you will have to clean in the future.

Hack #6: Once a week.
We all have a lengthy to-do list that never seems to get done, because our time is consumed by minimal tasks we did not do throughout the week. Now that you have focused your energy throughout the week on these smaller tasks, use your off days to check off one item from your to-do list. Whether you are organizing your master closet or cleaning out the garage, accomplishing one giant task a week will make you proud of your home.

We hope you enjoyed these 6 hacks to a cleaner home!