Archive for September, 2019

How to Showcase Your Home’s Exterior

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Curb Appeal

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your curb appeal is your home’s opportunity to make a memorable impression. It does not take elaborate investments or remodeling to make your front yard look good. In fact, simple tactics and small investments can go a long way with your home’s exterior. If you are looking to showcase your home’s exterior this fall, put your time and energy towards these three areas.

Simple Cleanup

Curb appeal can start with some simple lawn maintenance. Make sure all sticks and leaves are cleaned up, your lawn is well-kept, and flowerbeds are maintained. Install an area to tuck away your garden hose as well as hide your HVAC system. You do not have to have electric boxes and air conditioning units become an eyesore. You can build a box around them to help them blend in with the landscape and give them a more aesthetic appeal.

Windows

Windows can really make or break your home. A little extra attention to your windows can make a stunning statement. In fact, adding a window trim can really give your windows pop and contrast against the home. You can also add window shutters to make your windows look more balanced. Painting window shutters can also give your home more character. Lastly, make your home feel more inviting by adding flower boxes. You can decorate these with your favorite fall flowers and allow them to complement your flowerbeds.

Entrance

Your home’s entrance is one of the most notable qualities that contribute to your curb appeal. Doing simple tricks like refurbishing your doorway with paint or adding décor to your patio is a quick fix. You can also try to add stone veneer to your home as well. This can quickly enhance your home’s appearance giving a much more elegant feel to the property. Just remember to keep your main entrance tidy and well-kept. If anything needs to be fixed or replaced, start here with your home’s exterior. Your entrance can easily influence how your home markets itself.

Paying attention to some of the basic properties to the exterior of your home can go a long way. These simple curb appeal ideas will quickly transform your home’s exterior. Most of these projects can be accomplished on a low budget and done over the weekend.

Pros and Cons of Tile Floors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, entryways, laundry rooms/mudrooms, and great rooms. Tile is placed in these high traffic areas because of the way it is made. The top surface is made of a durable glaze that will not allow any seepage of liquids, making it ideal for areas where water is present.

Ceramic and porcelain tile are easy to clean and have been on the market for years and years. To this day, not many people dislike it. The appearance of tile can take many forms in the way it looks. These tiles are available in mosaic and other decorative styles, but the new tiles look like real hardwood and natural stone. This look has become so very popular because it is an alternative to the more expensive real thing.

Since tile has been used for decades, you may be considering incorporating it in your own home. This durable and functional flooring option has an endless list of pros that heavily outweigh the cons. Today, we are going to focus on tile’s pros and cons to give you a better understanding.

Pros of Tile Flooring 

  • Ultra-Durable – Tile is known for being one of the most durable flooring options on the market. 
  • 100% Waterproof – Glazed tiles are naturally waterproof, with no extra work necessary. 
  • Gorgeous Imagery – Have you seen contemporary floor tiles lately? Not only do they still beautifully mimic the look of natural stone, but they also come in trendy, show-stopping wood looks as well. In fact, wood-look tile is one of the most popular contemporary flooring options. 
  • Zero Maintenance – All you need is the occasional brooming and damp mop to keep your tile looking fabulous. 
  • Any Room, Any Space – There is tile in many homes, where the entire home is tile. It is durable enough for commercial spaces as well. 

Cons of Tile Flooring

  • Cold Underfoot – This can be great in warm environments, but it can be a total bummer to step onto ice-cold floors in the winter. Tile does not retain heat as well as other flooring options and typically requires radiant heat in order to stay warm underfoot. 
  • Hard on Your Feet – Tile is not resilient and offers zero give. Standing on tile for long periods of time may make your feet hurt, and you may need to invest in some anti-fatigue mats for areas where you do a lot of standing. 
  • Challenging to Install – If a tile breaks or becomes damaged, you will need the help of a professional to replace it. 

We hope you have learned more about ceramic and porcelain tile. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a Century Tile sales representative for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Hardwood Floor Patterns

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

Are you in the market for upgrading your floors or perhaps, are you building a new home? If so, we would like to share with you that your hardwood floor installation is the first decision you will make. The pattern that you choose will impact how the overall room looks. If you select the herringbone or diagonal pattern, it will make the entire room look different than the basic straight layout. The floor layout patterns will impact the traffic pattern and how you place the furniture. Below, we have listed a few tips that will help you learn more about placement patterns. Let’s take a look!

Diagonal Layout

Floorboards are installed parallel to each other, but laid at a 45-degree angle to the walls. Changing up the flooring patterns by laying your boards at an angle and not straight, showcases the style and looks expensive. The beauty of your hardwoods will be showcased in a diagonal pattern and brings a wow-factor to the room! This custom look is generally more expensive in labor because it takes longer to install and requires more product. The maintenance of special patterned floors is the same as basic patterned hardwood floors.  

Herringbone & Chevron Layout

Chevron-installed boards meet in a perfect point like a long string of arrows, while herringbone boards look slightly staggered. Hardwood floorboards are laid in a diagonal, zigzag pattern resembling twilled fabric. Herringbone/Chevron floors have been popular in Europe for hundreds of years. You must make sure that your installer is comfortable with this installation pattern so that errors and frustration are not a part of the equation. Again, the labor installation for this pattern is more costly due to the skill and time plus will require more product. All we can say about this pattern is simply a stunning and beautiful custom floor! 

Straight Layout

The most common installation pattern is straight. With the length or width of the room, wood flooring boards are installed parallel to each other. The straight installation will allow the beauty of the hardwood boards to be appreciated but is also the least expensive to install. More specific patterns like diagonal and herringbone are more costly to install because they take more time to install and require more wood.  

As always, please drop us a line below in the comment section and let us know which floor pattern you love and why. Thanks for reading!

Dining in Style

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Whether you are hosting a dinner party or preparing a special dinner, these are the perfect tips and tricks for staging your dining room table.

Commercial Office Flooring Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring

Commercial flooring is built to last with extreme durability and longevity. Picking the best commercial flooring for your office space can be a bit challenging. Some businesses may prefer a more aesthetic and warm look while another company may be more concerned with cost. Each flooring comes with its own set of pros and cons. Commercial flooring is no exception. Though, extremely durable, each flooring option thrives in different atmospheres. Here are the top commercial office floorings to consider with their own list of pros and cons:

Commercial Glue-Down Carpet

Commercial carpet is typically very low, leveled looped. It can withstand heavy daily foot traffic and office chair with ease. While you may not traditionally think that carpet is durable, it is important to remember that carpet is actually used in high-traffic areas such as malls and airports. Plus, it can be one of the most cost-effective ways to floor your office. You can also invest in some matching carpet bases to help give your space a more complete and aesthetically-pleasing look.

Carpet Tiles 

Just like glue down rolls of carpet, carpet tile is another excellent choice. Carpets biggest downfall is its susceptibility to staining. With carpet tiles, you are able to remove damaged tiles with new ones and with ease. This can help you save money in the long run. However, carpet tiles are typically a more expensive route to go. Many commercial carpet tile manufacturers have thousands of high-quality designs and patterns to accommodate any space. 

LVP (Luxury Vinyl Planking)

Luxury vinyl planking has climbed the charts and become a very common flooring option in homes and offices. This high-quality plank flooring can give the illusion of hardwood. Luxury vinyl planks are waterproof as well as very durable. If your office has traffic coming in from wet areas, you may want to consider this flooring. LVP is made to last and is one of the most aesthetically pleasing commercial floors to consider. 

Whatever flooring you choose, try to consider if it is applicable for your office. While some solutions may be great for others, it does not necessarily mean it is right for you. From carpet to hard surfaces, there are thousands of flooring solutions to explore. Make sure to ask your Century Tile sales representative what is best for you.

How to Have a Successful Open House

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

Preparing your home for the market can feel like a daunting task. You can no longer set your home’s priorities to be tailored to your needs, but instead, you need to customize it for the housing market. Open houses are the perfect opportunity to allow more potential homebuyers to look at your real estate. Plus, they are essential for recognizing that first impressions go a long way. Most individuals will look at several properties in a short amount of time. Having your property seem like the most ideal candidate can take a little time and effort but will help you sell your home more quickly. If you are looking to have an open house, here is everything you need to consider:

Livable Dynamic 

The first thing home buyers are subconsciously considering the whole time is if they can picture themselves living in your home. You need to create an atmosphere that is livable and appeals to the masses, not tailored to your family. Having rooms set up as functional as possible is ideal. You may have a large bed in a small room which can make the space feel overcrowded. Perhaps, you do not have adequate seating in your living room, or maybe your master bedroom is lime green. Making these changes to accommodate everyone’s neutral preferences will help you move your home off the market quickly and effectively. A great rule of thumb is less is more! 

Advertising 

If nobody knows about the hottest new product, it will never sell. Word of mouth is only so effective. Consider investing in a newspaper article as well as getting signs. Continue to advertise your open house prior to the set date. Simple signs may have your neighbors spread the word to their friends. You can also put up digital ads using social media and craigslist. 

Pets, Valuables, and Personal Items 

For the day of your open house, make sure to remove your pets. While you may love your fur babies, a potential buyer may not. You also do not know who will be visiting your home. Lock up any valuables like money, jewelry, and other personal belongings because it may be best to take with you. You should also consider removing any personal pictures of your family and loved ones from the home. This helps the buyer envision themselves in your space.

Remember, open houses can quickly enhance the probability of selling your home. Spend a little in creating the perfect open house. With some simple preparation, your home will thrive on the market.