What’s the Best Flooring for a Kids’ Bathroom?

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If you’re remodeling a bathroom for your kids, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into both the materials and the style. After all, kids can be hard on floors, toilets, and sinks in a bathroom, and you probably want a style that can be both playful and grow with them over time. There are several different options that can make nice choices for a floor in a kids’ bathroom that should be just what you’re looking for.

Mosaic Tiles

One option to consider in a kids’ bath is mosaics. Mosaic tiles are fantastic in these areas for a couple reasons:

• All the many grout lines make the floor non-skid, which is important for young children and spaces where a lot of water may get splashed

• Mosaic tiles can be laid in nearly any shape, color, and pattern so you can create a fun flooring design that is sure to suit your kids’ personalities

Glazed Porcelain

One material to consider for your kids’ bathroom floor is glazed porcelain. It comes in mosaic and larger tiles, and it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t scratch or stain and you can wash it with whatever you want, so no worrying about kids who miss the toilet or drop toothpaste everywhere. You can also find it in a variety of colors, so you can make a cobalt blue or mint green penny tile floor or a fun blue and white checkerboard in large tiles to create a playful bath.

Glass

Believe it or not, glass tiles make great floors in kids’ bathrooms. Glass mosaic floors are non-skid and pretty much maintenance free. You can wash them with whatever you’d like, including glass cleaner or vinegar, they’re non porous and are not going to stain or harbor germs. Best of all, they come in a wide range of different fun colors so you can make a floor that is fun for kids now, and that is likely to hold up to their tastes as they grow older, as well, so you won’t have to replace it with something more grown up down the line.

Can I Use Marble in a Steam Shower?

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Steam showers are a popular way to relax at the end of the day. And with those dramatic glass doors framing the shower area, it’s common to want to install something dramatic and beautiful on the walls of the shower as well. And while there are a number of different materials that work well in steam showers from porcelain to glass, marble and other natural stones should be avoided in this area whenever possible.

Porous Stone

Marble is a natural, metamorphic stone made up primarily of calcite. The stone is porous, and can therefore absorb moisture if it comes in contact with it. Because steam is just hot water vapor, it can easily penetrate the many pores on your marble.

At best, this can cause a temporary darkening of the stone as it absorbs the water, then dries out again returning to normal. Unfortunately, however, your water may contain other minerals and substances that over time could build up in and stain your stone, discoloring it.

Some stones also contain minerals and elements that react poorly with moisture over time. Bianco Carrara, for example, a popular white and gray stone, contains iron. In a steam shower, your white marble may begin to rust over time. Green marble, another popular type of stone, contains the mineral serpentine, which causes the marble to spall or to flake when it gets wet, ruining the surface texture of the stone.

Sealing the Stone

Most natural stone used in a shower area should be sealed with a silicone-based impregnating sealer against the moisture. And while this would certainly help in a steam shower, there are still some issues:

  • The sealer does break down over time, sometimes unevenly so you could never be sure your stone was 100% protected
  • The sealer can be unevenly applied, leaving to small gaps in the stone
  • Moisture can penetrate the stone through the grout joints, which can lead to similar problems as if the stone were not sealed at all

So while marble is a beautiful addition to many bathrooms, avoid using it in a steam shower and use a non-porous material instead.

The Best Storage Solution for a Small Bathroom

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The best place to add storage in a small bathroom is behind the toilet. This wall space being utilized will make the bathroom more efficient and accessible. Find out how to achieve this and what to store here.

Cabinets or shelving can be custom built to fill this space. By doing so you can customize the bathroom to fit in with the rest of the finish selections. Toilets typically come out approximately 26”-30”. The space from the wall, over the toilet tank, can be utilized; 12” deep cabinets can be built in this space. If you decide to put custom cabinetry here, make sure to have the installer place it at least 60” off the floor. This keeps free clearance for a person to stand up. We can help you figure out the best layout for your space, as well provide educational advice regarding different products and finishes.

There is a benefit to using shelving in this area. Shelving allows you to use the space, directly behind the toilet. For shelving consider a 7”-8” deep shelf for the area over the toilet tank. Search for shelving that is close to the depth of your toilet tank. This is clear available space that can be utilized. Custom shelving can be quickly built and cost less than custom cabinets.

Items to keep in this extra storage space is toilet paper, clean towels, extra toothpaste and other items that you keep on hand, like soap. Having these items easily to the toilet and the shower; makes this small space more user friendly, thus making the room more efficient.

Adding custom storage to a small bathroom will be attractive to potential buyers, if there comes a time when you intend to sell. Making a small room more useful is an appealing feature to homeowners and buyers. It is always a good idea to make each room in your house more efficient to use. The smaller areas are the most difficult to approach. Adding built-ins or shelving can add a world of difference to any small space, not just a bathroom. Consider this solution for laundry and mud rooms as well.

Healthy Egg Scramble in a Slow Cooker

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This meal comes from a need for quick, easy breakfasts that keep the family away from quick, sugary morning meals. In order to meet these criteria, the best option is to pre-bake healthy breakfast creations that include eggs (protein) and a healthy veggie (here, we use spinach). Spinach is a wonderful vegetable and very easy to using in your cooking. This recipe can be made easily and is fast to warm up in the morning, by using the microwave in short 15-30 second bursts.

What You Need:

12 Eggs

5 Oz. Chopped Spinach

1 Cup Whole Milk

½ Package of Turkey Bacon

12 Oz. Shredded Cheddar

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Cracked Black Pepper

Directions:

Grease the bottom of the slow cooker with coconut or olive oil cooking spray. Cook the turkey bacon and chop it up into small pieces. Chop spinach finely.

Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the milk and salt and pepper. Whisk these ingredients well before adding the spinach, cheddar and turkey bacon.

Add contents to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with fresh fruit and orange juice.

 

Achieving a White on White Kitchen

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It is no longer considered a faux-pas to decorate a kitchen in many different shades of white. Actually white kitchens are growing in popularity. Find out how to accomplish this clean look in your fresh kitchen remodel!

The key to using different shades of white is to select different white finishes and materials. For example, install white cabinets and pair them with a white marble or quartz countertop. Use white tile for your backsplash, such as white subway tile or white stone with a honed finish. Paint the walls a nice matte white and do not worry about the end result. The key to pulling this off is by using a layering of textures. The different white materials will all have a different texture and different tones, but the white is what will tie all of these different materials together. The various materials will create their own particular palette.

In an all-white kitchen, it generally looks best with a silver or gold metal hardware. Black or oil rubbed bronze can be used but may focus the attention between the white and dark. This will in turn draw too much attention to the hardware. By using a clean gold or silver metal finish, the look is light and bright. The end result ends up being a shimmering touch to a well thought out design rather than one of conflict.

Using mostly white materials and finishes in a kitchen is done by layering different textures and materials. The countertop should have a small amount of veining or subtle flecks of another color. The tile backsplash should contrast with the finish of the countertop. For example, white Carrera marble looks phenomenal with white natural or tumbled stone backsplash. Selecting natural materials in different whites makes it easy to mix and match.

Stainless steel appliances look the best in all-white kitchens. When selecting lighting, keep in mind your hardware selection. Lighting should be of a similar finish as the hardware used. If you would prefer another look, all-glass bulb fixtures look clean and simple in a white kitchen. Remember that the theme pulling together the all-white look is light and bright. 

Which Do You Prefer?

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4 Current Trends In Kitchen Design

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It seems like there was a rather extended period during which kitchen design fell into a status quo. Designs have been beautiful every year, but not necessarily new or innovative. Dark wood with dark colored granite counter tops is still eye-catching, but how many people do you know who have that style of kitchen? Probably a lot! It’s time to step into the new and try some stylish kitchen designs ideas. Here are four that are very of the moment…

  1. Combining white and wood: Variations include white cabinets with natural wood countertops, natural wood cabinets with white countertops, and natural wood floors with white cabinets. If you want it a little stark, incorporate a shot of black somewhere, for example a painted black wall.
  2. Minimal wall cabinets: Traditionally, high-end kitchens have always featured a substantial spread of cabinetry, floor to ceiling. Now, we’re seeing luxury kitchens that have few to no wall cabinets. If you have sufficient storage space in your lower cabinets and pantry, this is a great way to make your kitchen feel big and open. It works particularly well I you have windows that let in enough light to make all that open space seem airy.
  3. White subway/polished tiles: These traditional tiles are still around for a reason. They offer a clean, classic style and they can be incorporated in myriad design schemes. You could easily use them in a vintage styled bathroom, then turn around and use those same tiles in the kitchen. If you like the idea but are leery of cleaning white grout, simply use a dark contrasting color of grout.
  4. A change in metal surfaces: Stainless steel, brushed nickel, chrome, and silver will always look chic an appropriate in a kitchen. But we’ve seen a lot of that stuff over the last twenty years. Now, on trend homeowners are opting for warmer tones such as copper, bronze, and even gold. Or, you might also want to consider matte black metal for things such as faucet handles. 

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What Type of Flooring Should I Use in a Modern Kitchen?

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Modern kitchens are some of the most unique looking places around. Homeowners creating a modern kitchen often choose extremely avant garde materials to create some of the most interesting styles available. This use of innovative materials extends right to the flooring, which must match the rest of the style of the kitchen to help complete the design.

Tile Floors

Tile is one of the best materials for use in a kitchen simply because it’s so durable and easy to care for. You can drop a jar of spaghetti sauce on it and it’s unlikely to get hurt. That said, not every type of tile is going to be right for a modern kitchen. In fact most types of tile would look completely out of place, so what to use instead? Here are a couple different tiles to consider in order to complement your space.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is made of compressed clay dust that has been fired to extremely high temperatures making it extremely durable.  It is highly resistant to stains, scratches and chips. It also comes in a wide range of styles, many of which are perfect for modern kitchens.

Look for large format porcelain tile of at least 18-inches in size to make the most of the space with relatively few grout lines. Porcelain that is designed to look like metal, concrete and glass are all great choices for the modern kitchen because their clean lines and unique surface textures complement the space around them.

Quartzite

You’ve probably seen quartz and recycled glass countertops, but did you know you can get this same material in a tile? Many of these tiles have bold colors and complex textures that are perfect for use in a modern kitchen

Modern kitchens demand floors that can keep up with their low-maintenance, high-style needs. Consider these options for your modern kitchen to bring out the best in the space.

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At What Point In The Kitchen Design Do I Pick Out The Backsplash?

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Many homeowners in the process of designing a new kitchen wonder when they should tackle the backsplash. After all, the backsplash is one of the most purely decorative elements in the kitchen, and often the most personal as well. If you find yourself half way done with your new kitchen design and find that you still haven’t picked out the backsplash, don’t worry; this is one area of the kitchen that can wait.

Backsplashes were once considered a functional part of your kitchen designed to keep the walls in good condition by protecting them from splashes and splatters. With the advances in washable paints, however, as well as newer cleaning supplies and wall building technologies, backsplashes no longer need to be functional. Instead, they have become purely decorative.

Think about it for a minute: You couldn’t use your new kitchen without cabinets, counters, flooring, or appliances, right? But you can use it without the backsplash, so if you want to take your time in this one area, it will not affect the kitchen’s use.

In fact, in many cases, the best thing to do is wait. Unless you know exactly what backsplash you plan to install and it’s merely a question of finding the right tile, sometimes waiting lets you live with the kitchen and your choices for a little while. You get to see what it is the kitchen is lacking, such as color, whimsy, light, or movement. For example, a kitchen that turns out too dark would benefit from a glass backsplash that could reflect light, while a kitchen that is a little too neutral would benefit from a pop of color.

Therefore, wait until you have all the other components of the kitchen picked out first before choosing the backsplash. This way you can ensure that the colors and style of the backsplash matches your other choices. You can also wait until the kitchen is installed to pick it out so you can see if there is an element lacking that the backsplash could provide. It isn’t uncommon for new kitchens to go without a backsplash for as long as a year as the homeowners make up their minds. Take your time and don’t rush; the backsplash could end up being the keystone that pulls the whole design together.