Natural Stone for Outdoor Built in Seating

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If you have a patio space that needs some extra seating, consider built in seating made out of natural stone. This type of seating is not made entirely of stone. It is framed with wood and the exterior is finished with natural stone. Natural stone seating is a great way to create extra seating that will not be harmed by the natural elements.

This project is a great way to create a custom look. It also looks amazing in an outdoor space. The seating fits in well with your patio space and has the added benefit of being custom just for your home.

As outdoor kitchens become more popular, people are realizing they need more seating to entertain in these outdoor spaces. By creating an outdoor kitchen with ample entertaining space is adding an extension of living space to your home. Outdoor areas are the best place to entertain, given the weather permits. It is worry free. There is no need to worry about spilling drinks or creating a mess. Naturally this will create a more relaxed atmosphere if you can let go of the fear of stains!

This type of space is also nice for children and their parents too. Children can run around while the meal is being prepared and then get as messy as they want.  Parents can relax further knowing their children are busy playing outdoors.

The stone used for this type of seating can be any of a wide variety of natural stone.  We are happy to help you select the best for your home.  When selecting the material to use, keep in mind that you want the stone to be comfortable to sit on. Select stone with smooth surfaces and edges. Having a smooth stone makes the seating more inviting. Feel free to add outdoor cushions that can easily be taken inside after use.

Build the patio custom for the yard and your family’s needs. Then simply create the stone built in seats around that. These types of seating or benches look really great when used in a round or semicircle application.

If you have any questions about the best natural stone for your needs, feel free to ask!  At Century Tile, we are always happy to help!

Cold Weather Activities

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Staying active during the cold winter months can be difficult. But it is important to stay active no matter what the outdoor conditions in the winter. Fitness can suffer if you decide to take a break from your normal routine and keeping up with this routine can give you a boost to your immune system to fight off those winter colds. So what are some great ways to stay active?

 

Walking is one way to work around the cold temperatures and snow. Be sure to bundle up correctly so as not to get frostbite or have any discomfort while outside. And if the temperatures are on the cusp of being cold you can always layer so that by the time you start to feel warm on your walk you can peel off one of those layers for comfort. 

 

Another way you can keep up your workout regimen is to join an indoor gym and set yourself up with some goals. With the gym you are able to expand your horizons through classes where you can try new things. This might include yoga or spin classes, which are great ways to get out and socialize in the winter month when shorter days can sometimes make us feel a little isolated. You can mix it up with individual cardio and weights. Gyms are great because they offer large variety.

 

If you enjoy venturing out into the cold, hitting the slopes with your snowboard or skis can help combat winter lethargy. These two activities provide fantastic cardio and are great ways to improve coordination. If you have physical limitations that prevent these more rigorous activities you could look around with local businesses to see if they offer something like snowshoes or sledding. You could even bring the whole family!

 

And finally, the most practical and efficient form of exercise. Cleaning can be therapeutic and cleansing. But when you take to cleaning your entire house from scrubbing floorboards to dusting, loads of laundry and then folding it, vacuuming and mopping. These activities burn calories and at the same time you can feel accomplished at the end of your session when your house is sparkling back at you and you’ve gotten in your daily activity.

 

Getting physical activity in during the winter months can be hard but it is not impossible. Let us know in the comments—what are the unique and creative ways you get your exercise in during the winter?

It’s Officially Fall

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16419295_SIt IS officially fall. You can tell by the brilliant blue sky, the leaves changing colors and the crispness in the air. Soon we will be pulling out the crock-pot and preparing hearty braised dishes for our families. In the meantime, while the kids have settled down to the routine of the school year it is time to prepare the outside of the house for the new season and also to start (gasp) thinking about the holidays.

Here is a quick checklist of chores that should (don’t you just hate that word?), or can be done to make sure that the outside of your home is ready for the coming of winter.

  • Clean and store your patio furniture and summer toys.
  • Wash your windows. This is worth calling someone and having them do it for you.
  • Drain your garden hoses. Store them neatly in the garage. Don’t forget to blow out your sprinkler system to prevent broken pipes during the winter.
  • Clean out your gutters. Again, this is another job that perhaps a high school student would like to take on for you for some extra spending money. After they clean out your gutters have them retouch any peeling paint on your deck, or at least power wash and clean your deck.
  • Check caulk around outside windows and doors. Re-caulk if necessary.
  • Look at your outside doors and your garage door. Do they close and seal properly? If not, get them fixed. You will reap the benefits on your winter heating bills.
  • And finally, clean your chimney.

Although at first it may seem a bit overwhelming, it is really not a long list. Schedule one job a day or a couple of jobs per weekend and before you know it the outside of your home will be holiday and winter ready.

Outside CleanUp

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Make sure to spruce up the outside of your home before the holidays. Give it some extra sparkle starting at the curb. Here are some ideas for cleaning the patio, deck and driveway, organizing tools and more.

Start with power washing the outside of your home. Remove dirt, grime and those yucky spider webs. Follow the directions on your power washer so you use the proper pressure for each surface.

Don’t forget to wash the deck as well. After you are done, apply a wood preservative to prevent discoloration and water damage.

Pressure wash the driveway. To prevent future stains apply a waterproof sealer.

Remove debris from the gutters. Make sure you look for cracked seams at the same time.

Deadhead your flowers, cut back your herbs and add a layer of mulch to the garden.

Clean and put away your gardening tools for the season.

Wash the windows, inside and out. Splurge and find someone to do it for you. It’s so worth it.

Blow out the sprinklers.

Winterize your lawn – fertilize and aerate. Don’t forget to water your trees!

Now your home is ready for winter and looks better as well.

Let’s Hang Out Poolside

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What makes a splash? Are you lucky enough to have a pool at your home, or are you thinking of installing a pool this summer. Should you have this project on your to do list, here are few examples of designer pools to inspire you.

This poolside defines the essence of tranquility. The illusion of concrete slabs floating effortlessly in the still pool mimics characteristics of a Japanese garden. At the rear of the pool, a 14-foot arc of fire highlights a curved stucco wall painted a rich green.

This tranquil space is highlighted by the interplay of light towers and water features, creating the perfect ambiance for entertaining or a serene retreat for solo relaxing. Light emitted from the towers is diffused by horizontal striations on the sides and a cascading waterfall down the front.

A glass-wall system seamlessly merges interior and exterior spaces, allowing the homeowners to enjoy both environments simultaneously.

Built-in stools surround a swim-up bar. Notice the hammock — the ultimate poolside accessory. The use of natural stone adds texture, contrast and a beautiful look to this pool.

Check out this use of refreshing colors and unique materials to accentuate this contemporary poolside. The pool is lined with blue and black iridescent 3M Quartz that pops against the white interior of the pool.

Don’t you suddenly feel like having a margarita and hanging out poolside?

Outdoor Living – Patio Design

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Great patio design, beautiful hardscaping and savvy plant choices combine to create perfect outdoor spaces just in time for the warm summer months.

This terrace went from no-place-to-sit to the ultimate in a resort-like lounge and dining space. When evening comes, the area turns into an extra-comfy place to watch movies. A 3-D water feature and a fire pit table complete the ambiance.

This is a dream outdoor space for a gourmet cook. While this kitchen can accommodate big gatherings, there are still places to lounge in shade or sun.

 

It’s hard to imagine that this Tuscan-style courtyard used to be nothing more than an empty gravel space. New stonework, a bubbling fountain, lush plantings and decorative finds resulted in a picturesque and very livable outdoor space.

This two-tier, curved bluestone patio coordinates beautifully with the home’s color and architecture. This previous empty lawn is now an elegant space for dining, relaxing and informal entertaining.

Natural stone paving ties in with the home’s interior. Thanks to designing on the diagonal, this courtscape looks bigger than it really is. Built-in seating maximizes the space.

Come see how Century Tile can help with your outdoor patio flooring projects. And don’t forget to take a look at our tile specials!

 

Relaxation – Just in Time for Father’s Day

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Spoil Dad and design an outdoor space to lounge or nap in the sun.

During the hottest months of the year, let the summer breeze pick you up with a swing on this hammock. Make your outdoor swinging bed even cozier by throwing a down comforter on top. It’ll be more comfortable in the summer, and will be warm enough to extend hammock season into spring and fall.

Ample throw pillows make these outdoor beds ideal for leaning back to take in the view. Flowering vines add color and charm.

Whether meditating or enjoying a cup of green tea, this daybed set amidst a bonsai garden is designed for ultimate relaxation.

This bed takes sleeping outdoors to a whole new level. Flannel sheets make the bed extra soft, while flowy curtains block stray sun rays and prying eyes.

An outdoor daybed is possible even in the city. If you’re an urban dweller looking for cushioned grass for your afternoon naps or picnics, this grass-filled daybed might just be perfect.

Have we given you some good ideas to make a relaxing retreat for Dad? Happy Father’s Day!

Decor – Outdoor Living Spaces

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We’re gearing up for BBQ season, but that doesn’t mean just grilling your dinner. Here are some backyard kitchens that may inspire you to cook an entire gourmet meal al fresco.

Italian inspiration – Look at this outdoor dining space that’s built around a wood-fired pizza oven. The trough cut from the center of the Italian-inspired marble table can be used to display cut flowers or chill bottles of vino.

Super fancy – A blown-glass vessel sink, marble counter tops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen.

Ultra Modern – In this kitchen the rough, organic feel of the stone walls mixed with stick-straight cabinetry give the space interest. A copper vent hood and built-in flat-screen TV add a wow factor.

Gather by the fire – An open-air chiminea is the heart of this backyard oasis. A gas grill and cook top gives the host ample food prep area, while the L-shaped bar creates room for guests to hang out with the chef.

Rooftop kitchen – This rooftop deck’s natural gas five-burner grill has stainless steel cabinets to store grill utensils and spices. A glass fence stretches in front of the adjacent seating area to preserve the city view.

Are you hungry yet? Let us help you get started designing your outdoor kitchen today.

Ways to Make Your Home Worth More

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We all want to get the most out of our home, especially in this economy. Here are a few suggestions that will help you with resale. Heck, when you get done making these improvements you may not even want to sell your house.

Curb appeal – you may be sick of hearing this word but it’s just so true. Make sure your front door is a stunning showpiece.

Paving your sidewalks is always a nice touch. So is having a floral oasis outside your front door.

Your foyer should be neutral in color and have updated lighting.

In fact modern lighting in all your rooms is a great investment.

Quick updates in the bathroom, including new facets, mirrors, light fixtures and cabinet hardware make a big difference.

Refresh your kitchen by simply repainting your cabinets.

Creating an outdoor entertainment space lets your potential homebuyer imagine the good times they’ll have.

And there you have it, simple ways to update your home so you can get the highest purchase price.

Out of the Ordinary Patio

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This great space works for outdoor entertaining or just a small family evening. The overall look is dramatic and inviting, with some twists in the design that take this space out of the ordinary.

Start with the most obvious element – the thatch roof. This roof is beautifully crafted, using skills that are almost impossible to find today. But the search for competent craftspeople was worth the effort, and the roof is fabulous.

The rest of the design grows out of that roof. The rattan furniture echoes the weaving and natural fibers above them, with colorful cushions to add the only spot of color in the space. The frame of the patio area is a studied contrast in both texture and color. The light smooth look is accented by evenly-spaced square openings under the eaves.

The flooring works perfectly in this space. Tile always works well outside, and this large-scale pattern set on a diagonal adds movement to the area. The light tones work with the framing, and the occasional darker tiles built into the design add character and interest. Using a dark brown grout connects floor and ceiling.

Tile serves another purpose in this outdoor space. If you look toward the back on the left, you can see a delightful piece of art – actually a tile mosaic mounted on the wall. By creating art with tile, the look is sophisticated and interesting while the materials can handle whatever the weather has to give.

Whether you’re having a large party or a small family gathering, this space is ready to support your plans. Think of taking an unusual approach to ceiling, flooring or furniture when you plan an outdoor space, and let your style shine!