Archive for July, 2019

Advice for a Bathroom Remodel

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Completing a bathroom remodel can be exciting but can also be a little more complicated than you imagined. If you are not sure about what to focus on when remodeling your bath, you came to the right place! Here is our expert advice on beginning a bathroom remodel:

Flooring

Making sure you choose a flooring material that is water-, scratch- and stain-resistant is essential. Water is going to be an issue when you are dealing with a shower stall, tub, and sink. Make sure you install something durable like tile to ensure your floors stay in pristine condition. Natural stone can also be a good choice if properly sealed. If the room used to be more on the dull side, try a uniquely shaped tile choice to mix it up. If you go with the classic tile shape, try installing a border to add character.

Storage

Clutter can ruin a functional space, so take this opportunity to install as much storage space as you need to keep things tidy. If there was too much storage prior to your remodel, try sleeker shelving that will still get the job done. If you are working with a spare bathroom that will not be seeing much use, you can skip the bulky cabinets and go with a more minimal look through open shelves or baskets. These will still hold the necessities for guests while taking up less square footage in the room.

Fixtures

An attractive set of fixtures can amp up the style in your bathroom. To save space in a small spare bathroom, install a pedestal sink with just enough room for overnight guests to fit their travel kits. A claw-foot tub also makes a beautiful statement. For the master bath, try a vessel sink or an undermount sink to create a more unique look. The master can forgo a bathtub and have a beautiful stand-up shower stall with tile from top to bottom and be enclosed with clear glass doors to keep the room looking spacious.

Lighting

Most bathroom lighting fixtures are set above where you would be standing to look in the mirror. This casts shadows downwards and is not the most optimal use of light for getting ready in the morning. Try adjusting the lighting to eye level on each side of the mirror. In doing so, it will help cast the right lighting for makeup application as well as a morning shave.

Ask for Help

Finally, do not be afraid to ask for assistance if there are parts of this remodel that confuse you. It is better to ask for help prior to installation so you can prevent purchasing any inappropriate materials for the space. Feel free to come and visit our one of our showrooms with any questions you might have. One of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not wait; stop in today!

Home Architectural Styles: Contemporary Craftsman, Country & Craftsman

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Since we know how confusing determining a home’s architectural style can be for homeowners, we would like to share with you some essential specifics for the three following styles: Contemporary Craftsman, Country, and Craftsman. Let’s take a look!

Contemporary Craftsman

Craftsman homes were built between 1905 and 1930, and they were representative of the Arts and Crafts movement in England. A high value was placed on raw, natural materials while everything was handmade. This style followed the “Industrial Revolution,” where people from England and America began making items from mass-produced machines, which left a void for beautiful handcrafted items. A lot of focus was placed on wood beams and rafters and how the interior of the home connected to the outside with porches/terraces. In about 1920, the Craftsman style started falling behind, but regained popularity in the 1980s and is still going strong. The term Craftsman Contemporary arose from many homeowners desiring to mix Craftsman with other styles.

Country

In Europe, large homes, mansions, or manor houses were built on substantial grounds. The feudal estate owned the surrounding land, and the landowner owned the house. The lord of the manor resided here, and the country home served as the manorial courts with manorial tenants. Today’s country homes are on a much smaller scale compared to the late medieval era housing nobility. They are typically found in rural areas with a straight-forward appearance.

Craftsman

The American Arts and Crafts movement started in the 19th century and was popular until around 1930. Again, the idea of high-quality handmade items was compared to the Industrial Revolution of mass-produced items made by a machine. With today’s style ever changing and evolving, the presence of handmade items are and always will be adored and cherished. Let’s not overlook using natural organic materials in the Craftsman style home, those being cedar shingles for siding, stone fireplaces, stone foundations, and wood rafters on the front porches of these amazing homes with deep gabled roofs!

Do you notice the key differences in these homes’ architectural styles? If so, let us know what you think makes these homes stand out from another in the comment section.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Installation

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CORETEC PLUS 5″ PLANK – GOLD COAST ACACIA

Vinyl has advanced as a building material over the last century.  From house siding to countertop solutions, all the way to flooring alternatives, vinyl’s versatility and durability are near unrivaled. Many homeowners and businesses have been converting to Luxury Vinyl Planking for its many benefits, making it the fastest growing flooring option in the industry to date.  This high-quality flooring replicates hardwood and can be virtually installed anywhere in your home, including bathrooms and basements.  It is incredibly durable, as well as easy to install.  Unlike sheet vinyl, LVP comes in planks which can be floated directly over your subfloor with no adhesive.  This allows you to save money on prep work, which also makes LVP a very economical solution.  The installation process is simple, involves few tools, and requires light prep work.  If you are looking to install this beautiful flooring option yourself, you have come to the right place.

Tools

CORETEC PLUS 5″ PLANK – RED RIVER HICKORY

Luxury Vinyl Planking does not require any elaborate tools to install.  Typically, most planks can be scored with a utility knife and snapped when making your cuts.  For your tools, you will need the following:

  • Broom
  • Utility Knife
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Pry Tool
  • Tape Measure
  • Right Angle

Prep Work

CORETEC PLUS 5″ PLANK – BLACK WALNUT

When you first get your Luxury Vinyl Planking, put it inside the room which you plan on installing it.  This can allow the vinyl planking to acclimate to the room and prevent unwanted contraction and expansion after installation.  Typically, this floor needs about 24-48 hours to acclimate.  It is natural for your floor to need to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the space.  Next, you will need to do some simple prep work to your room.  If you are installing it in a room that has carpet, remove the carpet, padding, and tackless.  For rooms that have tile, hardwood, or concrete, this floor can be installed directly over these floorings without removing them.   Broom the area you are looking to install your LVP to remove any dust or debris.  You may want to remove your baseboard or undercut it if it is too flush to the floor.  You can do this by using your pry tool.  Write a number on the back of each piece you remove and write the corresponding number on the wall where it was-this will help you reinstall each piece without being confused where each one went. You can also use this technique on quarter-round.

Installation

CORETEC PLUS 5″ PLANK – CORVALLIS PINE

Most LVPs are manufactured with a built-in underlayment.  Open a few boxes and mix your luxury vinyl planks to assure randomization in the planks.  Select the wall you want to start your installation.  Preferably, select a wall that is connected to the exterior of your home. Also, decide what direction you want your planking to run.  Typically, the length will follow the length of the room; however, this is your personal preference.  Place your planks down and create your first row; you will want a slight gap between the wall and your planks to allow room for contraction and expansion.  You may want to invest in spacers.  Your planks will simply snap together with the interlocking system the manufacturers provided.  For stubborn planks, consider using your rubber mallet to bump each into place.  You can cut a small piece of scrap-plank to create your own tapping block.  Be careful when tapping not to damage the locking system.  For a natural look, make sure your next row is stagger at least 1/3 of a board.   Use your tape measure to get the length you need to cut your last board in each row. You can use your piece from the end of one row to make the starting plank for your next row.  To cut planks, use your right angle and score the boards.  Simply snap them after scoring them.  

Pro-Tip: Luxury Vinyl Tiles can be a little more challenging to interlock.  You may need to use a tapping block more in this process.

The installation process is simple in comparison to many other floorings.  With just a couple of household tools and a little handyman skills, you will be able to install your new flooring with ease.  For more installation tutorials, make sure to subscribe.

Flooring Variables to Ask Before Investing

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It is crucial to have a set of guidelines and principles of what you need and expect in your flooring investment before buying.  Knowing what different floors are capable of and their strengths and weaknesses can help you make your decision.  However, you do not need to know every product’s feature. You should have some simple questions to ask yourself to narrow down your own search.  To help, we put together our top questions to consider when buying new flooring. Let’s take a look!

Budget

The cost can play a significant role in some of our decisions.  It is essential to have a general understanding of the cost of different flooring options on the market.  Where carpet may be a more a budget-friendly option, there are always higher end carpets.  Whereas, when tile can be considered a more expensive investment, there are still several budget-friendly options available. 

Traffic

Another huge factor that goes into your decision making is the amount of traffic your space will see on a day-to-day basis.  There are several categories to consider: carpet, laminate, solid and engineered hardwoods, vinyl, linoleum, and tile.  Even with all these categories, all floors are made differently.  You can purchase carpet that is manufactured for commercial wear and tear or find carpet for moderate to light residential use.  All flooring is made different.  Deciding how heavy of traffic you have in your space can limit what flooring options you should consider.

Subfloor

Where will you be installing your flooring?  Not all flooring can be installed over concrete.  Floating floors are great to have installed over any surface; however, some flooring options may still need to be nailed down.  Know where and what floor you are installing over top.  Some carpets may need to be glued down, and others may allow pad.  Determine what is important to you for your home.  

Decide what type of flooring is best for your application.  You do not need to know every flooring, but it is important to know what questions to ask.  Your sales representative can help make your buying process extremely smooth and help educate you along the way. For assistance, please do not hesitate to call or visit us. One of our expert sales representatives would love to help you in the buying process. Thanks for reading!

What Is Encaustic Tile?

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Tile can add a stunning look to any room while giving it a more elegant, sophisticated, and luxurious feel. There are many beautiful tiles available on the market today, but the attractive look of encaustic tile has been sweeping the market. Encaustic tile is a concrete tile with designs or patterns painted into them with beeswax-based paint. The word encaustic translates “to burn” from Greek. With influxes throughout the history of their popularity, they have once again gained popularity on the market once again, today as a porcelain tile.

Encaustic Tile History

Encaustic tiles were very popular during Henry the Eighth’s reign and later during the Gothic Revival Era. Encaustic tiles were made of clay and typically referred to as inlaid tiles throughout history. However, during the Victorian Era, the name was mistakenly used to identify ceramic tiles that replicated the patterns used on authentic encaustic tiles. These tiles were not created using wax, yet today we have adopted the concept into cement and ceramic tiles as well.

Today

Even though encaustic means “to burn,” not all encaustic tiles are heated today. Cement tiles are compressed and not heated. The designs and colors are hand-poured into the molds. After they have been compressed, they are treated with coats of sealers to protect them. Ceramic encaustic tiles can come two ways: glazed or unglazed. Being made from clays, these typically are set to more earthy tones and less lavish colors.

Pattern Variety

Encaustic tiles have very tradition styles giving homage to their original look yet can also come in very modern looking styles as well. With cement tiles, you can also have different pigments added to give a large color variety. With such an extensive range, these tiles can work great in any commercial or resident space to enhance your design.

As this style remerges, homebuyers and business are craving to get their hands on these beautiful tiles. If you are looking to add a very creative backsplash or beautiful flooring, consider encaustic tiles. They add an artisan’s touch to any space and design.