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Choosing Bathroom Floors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

Updating your bathrooms can be one of the greatest investments for your home. Whether you are updating it for yourself or a future resale, a bathroom remodel can be a wise investment. The remodeling process will take an extended period of time, but the results are well worth the wait. If you eager to begin your remodeling process, you may have already done some research. From toilets to light fixtures, the decision process will be full of excellent choices. When it comes to flooring, we want to help you make that decision process a little easier. Here is our quick and simple guide for choosing your new bathroom floors:

Best Types of Bathroom Flooring:

Tile. As one of the most popular and versatile options, tile can be a stylish and affordable option for your bathroom floors.

Natural Stone. Natural stone can be a beautiful option for homeowners looking for something different and a little more upscale.

Vinyl. Homeowners love luxury vinyl planking because it has the aesthetics of wood without compromising on water resistance. Both sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl planking come in a variety of color and sizes to match your style preferences.

Things to Consider:

The amount of moisture your bathroom produces will play a big factor into your flooring selection. That is why we do not suggest flooring options like wood or carpet. The types of flooring listed above are the most appropriate choices for your home’s bathrooms.

The color scheme of your bathroom can help you determine the best type of flooring. Take into consideration the color of your walls and fixtures before you make a final decision.

Your budget can affect the type of flooring that you will ultimately choose. Natural stone will be one of the more expensive options while vinyl can be more cost-effective.

Your contractors will give you a general time frame, but delays and unforeseen circumstances can arise. Make sure you give yourself some wiggle room when planning for the remodel.

Our extremely knowledgable staff members are willing to answer any questions you may have. Please call us at (888-TileYou 845-3968) or visit one of showrooms to learn more about your choices. We look forward to working with you.

Ceramic or Natural Stone Flooring?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tile

So what will it be? Beautiful ceramic or rustic natural stone flooring? When making the final decision on what type of flooring material you’re going to install in your home it involves much more than simply how the tile will complement the interior. In addition to style, functionality, durability, and safety should be taken into consideration.

Deciding whether to go with ceramic or natural stone can be a tough decision. That’s why it’s important to understand the disadvantages and the benefits of each flooring material.

Ceramic Tile
Beautiful ceramic tiles are often installed in common areas of the home such as the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic flooring materials are evaluated and rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Standard ceramic tiles have a PEI rating of Class 1 to Class 3. This means that the flooring can handle the moderate impact. The quality and durability of ceramic flooring largely depend upon its classification. So the higher the rating the more foot traffic the tile can stand up too.

Benefits
If you desire a flooring material with a distinguishable design or pattern and color then you’re likely leaning towards ceramic tiles. Ceramic flooring is available in a wide array of rich hues, textures, and sizes. One of the best features of ceramic tiles is that it can capture the look of various flooring styles such as hardwood and stone.

Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain. Its smooth texture allows for sealant and cleaning products to be evenly distributed over the surface. It’s also more resistant to scratches and scuff marks. Ceramic floor materials are affordable with a price range from $3 to $7 per square feet.

Disadvantages
Ceramic tiles are often manufactured in production runs. As a result, there can be drastic size variations between lots. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that the caliber and lot number are the same throughout your order. Resurfacing and repairing ceramic can be a bit difficult to keep that in mind when considering installing ceramic in high-traffic areas. Also, ceramic isn’t considered a high-end flooring choice and can appear a bit plastic. That’s why it’s essential to choose the right type of ceramic flooring.

Natural Stone
Natural stone flooring encompasses marble, slate, granite and travertine floor types. Marble, limestone, travertine, and limestone are derived from compressed fossil remains while granite is an igneous rock.

Benefits
Since natural stone floors are composed of natural materials it is super durable. It’s resistant to harsh weather and extreme wear. Unlike ceramic, natural stone is considered to be an upscale flooring material because the look can’t be simulated with synthetic materials like most flooring types. Installing some type of natural stone floors will increase the overall value of your home.

Disadvantages
The uniqueness of natural stone makes it expensive. Natural stone has an inconsistent texture and color. Therefore, it may be a bit of a challenge to get a consistent or uniform look. Maintaining natural stone floors aren’t easy. The unevenness makes it difficult to clean and apply sealant too.

Fall Party Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining

If you are blessed enough to live in an area that experiences the season of fall, you have the opportunity to throw an amazing fall-themed party! Take advantage of the cool, breezy days by having a mini fall festival right in your backyard! We have plenty ideas for you to use at your party that will get guests interacting and having a blast.

Fall Party Ideas:

Pumpkin Carving. Pumpkin carving is a great activity for all ages! You can provide stencils and permanent markers for guests to use on their pumpkins. They can choose to carve the pumpkin or make an artistic design.

Hot Cider. As the temperatures begin to drop, you can pass out mugs of hot cider for your guests. They can enjoy the cider while socializing with other guests.

Apple Bobbing. If you are having kids at your fall party, apple bobbing is a must! All you will need is a bucket of cold, clean water and fresh apples. Make sure to have an adult supervising the area to avoid any accidents or injuries.

Outdoor/Indoor Seating. Unfortunately, weather can be quite unpredictable in the fall. You will want to make sure you have provided enough outdoor seating as well as indoor seating. If you choose to host your party outdoors, provide some blankets and hot beverages.

DIY Centerpiece. A clever centerpiece for your dining room table is to remove the inside of apples and place tea light candles inside of them. Decorate the area surrounding the apples with acorns and other small fall finds.

Fall favorites. With the new season comes new food options, be sure to supply all of the fall favorites. From butternut squash soup to pumpkin pie, your guests’ mouthes will be watering before they arrive.

Bonfire. At the end of the night, your guests can cozy up to a warm bonfire. Make sure to pass out marshmallows and graham crackers for your guests to make s’mores!

Remember that the best way to get guests involved is to participate in the activities yourself. We hope you have an amazing fall party!!

Fall Garden Chores

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Outdoor Living

As the seasons begin to change, there are some essential items you will need to check off your garden chore list. If your area has already begun getting cold, you may want to consider starting these chores this weekend. The last thing you want to do is wait until the first snow falls. So grab your gardening gloves and let us get started!

Fall Garden Chores:

Clean your gardening tools. Come next spring, you surely do not want to be pulling out dirty gardening tools. Now is the perfect time to clean and store your tools for next spring. Scrub off the dirt then place them inside of a bucket with soapy, warm water. Let them sit for an hour then dry them off to prevent rusting.

Take potted plants indoors. Before you bring your potted plants inside, you want to make sure that no creepy critters come with the plant. Experts recommend flushing out the soil a couple of time with water. The flushing can be done over the course of twenty minutes. Wait a couple of minutes before beginning the next flushing cycle. Also, remember to take out any dead or faded leaves from the potted plant. Lastly, you will want to add fresh mulch to your soil’s surface.

Reorganize your shed. Things may have gotten messy or misplaced during the summer. Take some time to reorganize everything before you lock it up for the winter months.

Remove gas from equipment. You will want to drain the gasoline from your power equipment before you store them. Also, this would be an excellent time to check their filters and see if they need replaced.

Rake your leaves. As the leaves begin to fall, you will want to start raking to avoid extra work at the end of the season. Although, we do recommend waiting until the end of fall to remove the leaves from your drains. This will prevent you for having to do it twice. But definitely make sure that you do not wait until the first snow. Snow will only make things more complicated.

Decorate. While you are working in your garden, it would be a great time to start decorating. You can go to your local farmer’s market and purchase some pumpkins and squash. You can even make a fun family night out of carving pumpkins together.

Stay warm and happy fall!

Expert Organization Tips

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

Organization is the foundation to a happy home. A chaotic organization system can lead to more messes and more time spent trying to clean them. To transform your home from unorganized to fully-systematized, stay tuned for our four expert organization tips.

Expert Organization Tips:

Tip No. One: Understand The Area.
It can be difficult to organize a room that does not hold a specific purpose. Take time to understand and determine what purpose each room holds in your house. If you have spaces that are unused, give them a specific purpose. For example if you have an extra bedroom that holds an old sewing machines and some random boxes, transform this space into a home office. You will find it easier to navigate and organize your belongings when all of the spaces in your home are defined and definite.

Tip No. Two: Go through EVERYTHING.
You cannot organize your home if you do not go through all of your belongings. This process may take a really long time; therefore, break it up into different rooms and do not move onto a new room until you have completed the current room. Go through closets, boxes, drawers, etc. You will want to sort everything out into four main piles: keep, donate, trash and put away for later. These piles will determine what stays in the room and what does not.

Tip No. Three: Invest in Organizers.
A struggle many homeowners will face is not owning enough organizing containers. You will want to purchase more containers to help you store items. You can buy bins for under your bed, baskets to sit on shelves, closet organizers, etc. There are an array of organization systems awaiting you online or at your local store.

Tip No. Four: Stay Motivated.
Organizing can be boring, let us be honest. To make organizing more fun, give yourself rewards. Once you complete a room, reward yourself with something that is special to you. This can help you stay on task and focused.

These tips are perfect for any room in your home. All it takes is a start date to transform your cluttered home into an organized masterpiece.

Creating A Multi Functional Play Area For The Kids

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Want to give your child a fun and imaginative play area? Of course, as parents, we understand the importance of making sure the children have their playtime. In fact, according to experts, imaginative play helps children develop creativity and thinking skills that they will likely employ later on life. How can you create the perfect play area if you’re short on space?

While in a perfect world you would be able to dedicate an entire room to create a play area with all of your children’s favorite toys in the real world it just doesn’t work like that. In most homes, the main areas such as the living room or the family room have to be able to accommodate both the adults, teens and the little ones in the family. Here are some ways you can create multi functional play areas in your home.

Rework What You Have

It’s time to get creative. More than likely you probably already have the bare bones for the perfect play area. Consider using the long bare wall in your living or dining room. Yes, you can use the walls to create a large bulletin chalk board that the kids can draw and write on. If you have older children in the home you can use your handy skills to install a built in desk into the wall where homework or other tasks can be completed.

Turn Unused Space Into A Playroom

What about the attic that’s just collecting dust or the basement that no one really ever goes into? Consider turning spaces that the family doesn’t really use into a play area for the children. Remodeling such spaces don’t have to be expensive. A deep cleaning and fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.

Define Space

If your living room or family will also double as a play area then you want to separate or define the space. Area rugs can work as a divider to separate the play area. It’s important to not let the kid’s toys clutter the living room. Make use of smart storage solution to design a space with clean lines and also functional.

DIY Sealing Natural Stone Floors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Natural Stone

Love your natural stone flooring? No doubt, selecting the right flooring that would best compliment your home was challenging. Now that you’ve settled on a flooring material it’s time to protect your investment. Unlike traditional flooring materials, natural stone requires special attention so that it keeps its natural glow. Since stone floors are especially vulnerable you’ll need to apply a sealant to ensure that it stays in intact.

Hiring a flooring expert to get the job done is great, but if it’s not in the budget it is something you can complete yourself. Here’s how you can achieve professional results when sealing your natural stone floors.

Materials
Here are some important tools you will need to get the job done:

  • Stone Sealant that has been recommended for your specific stone floors
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cloth
  • A soft bristle brush
  • Residue Remover
  • Pair of gloves

Before you begin sealing your stone floors you’ll have to conduct a thorough cleaning of your floors. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and dust. Be sure to get the corners as well. Next, use a mild cleaning solution to further clean the floors. Instead of using a mop, dip a cloth into the solution and wipe the floors until they are spotless. Using harsh materials during the cleaning process can erode the natural stone.

Use residue cleaner to remove stubborn stains. After you’ve cleaned the floors you’ll need to make sure the floors are completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Next, it’s time to select a sealant that’s right for your natural stone floors and that fits your personal taste. The sealant should be derived from fluoropolymer technology. Make sure you purchase a sealant that’s compatible with your stone flooring. Do you want to achieve a glossy or matte finish? There are sealants on the market that can provide you with either look.

What type of stone flooring are you utilizing? Yes, the sealing method is largely depending on the stone type. Terracotta, limestone, and sandstone should be sealed before it’s installed and tile grouting takes place. Apply sealant to the front, back and side surfaces. Marble, travertine, and granite have to be sealed at the top and edges. These stone types can be sealed after they have been laid and grouted.

Wearing your gloves, you can apply the sealant solution with a paint brush to the floors. To create a polished look apply the sealant in the same direction. The sealant needs a couple of hours to cure. You can expect the sealant to last for at least five years before you’ll need to redo the process.

Ten Struggles You Face When Redecorating

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

At some point while owning a home, you have went through these ten struggles while redecorating. Redecorating your place seems like a fun, easy task, but in reality, it can be lengthy, overwhelming and down-right frustrating. Before you redecorate, you need to know these ten struggles you most likely will face!

10 Struggles You Face When Redecorating:

  1. Choosing a color scheme. We all have struggled with choosing a color scheme at one point or another in our lifetime. Picking a color scheme is difficult, because there are so many out there! If you are finding it difficult to choose, go online and gain some inspiration. See what other homeowners chose for their space and take their expertise to heart.

  2. Not going over budget. A major struggling while redecorating is sticking to your budget. There will be some tempting decisions you will have to make that will either take you over budget or keep you under your set limit. Learn when to splurge and when to take the cheaper option.

  3. Fitting everything you want into the space. This can be extremely frustrating because we tend to want everything we see, but it is important to stick to your list of essentials. Sadly, the rooms in our home cannot fit everything we may want and a big struggle you will face is saying “no.”

  4. Finding the perfect paint color. A paint color may look amazing in the paint store and sure, the paint chip may actually look pretty nice on your wall, but paint looks different on the actual wall. Before dropping large amounts of money on paint, buy sample cans to test it out on different areas of your walls. Test out the color in different lighting and corners until you are positive that you love it.

  5. Having the time. We all work and have a social life; therefore, sometimes it is hard to set aside time to redecorate your space. Try to set an hour aside each weekend to help you accomplish the project.

  6. Making it a reality. Have you ever had a vision of the perfect room but cannot seem to actually capture it? This is probably the most frustrating struggle of all, because we have this perfect vision for our space but cannot recreate it. If you are facing this struggle, look at store’s catalogs and see how they are setting up the rooms. This can help you decide on how to use the piece of furniture in your own space.

  7. Going with the flow. Things will happen while you are trying to redecorate. Paint colors will look different, furniture may have unwanted scratch marks, decor pieces will break, etc. A hard struggle to deal with is: dealing with it. You have to learn how to go with the flow during your decorating process.

  8. Choosing comfort over style. A super stylish sofa chair may look amazing sitting in the corner of your room, but is it comfortable? There may come a time where you have to decide whether you want comfort or style for your space.

  9. Personalizing the room. Are you a DIY project lover? You may have gained inspiration from a recent video you saw online and want to recreate it, but things may work out differently for you. It is a struggle all DIY-people have faced at one point in their lives. Facing the fact that they cannot do everything themselves and that is when we are thankful for online shopping.

  10. Getting things done. Sometimes, you will need other people’s help. Putting together furniture and painting walls can be exhausting for one person. Do not be afraid to ask your family or friends for help!

With all of these struggles you will face, there is one thing that you can control and that is your new flooring. We have experts ready to answer all of your questions and install stunning flooring at an affordable rate. Contact us today for more information!

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

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile News

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!