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Should I Remodel The Laundry Room?

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For a room that is always in use, laundry rooms tend to be an afterthought. Most homeowners do not take the time to design or decorate the laundry room. After all, these utility spaces are often awkwardly shaped and small. Since we tend to spend a lot of time in them, it is time to show it some special attention.  Remodelling the laundry room is a great way to improve function, make it look better and feel nicer. Are you ready to do laundry in style? Here are some features you should think about when remodeling the laundry room:

Function

Often, we do more than just wash clothes in this space. Laundry rooms are usually used to store cleaning supplies, random goods, and they sometimes double as a mudroom. While planning out how you want to remodel the room, make sure you design a space that is able to handle a variety of activities. You might want to implement more storage nooks and shelvings or switch out the flooring for something that is easier to maintain.  

Make Laundry Day Easier 

When remodeling the laundry room, you will definitely want to consider how you do laundry. Yes, the way you wash, dry and fold are important factors because the new design should make these activities more manageable to complete. If you have a large family and you tend to do laundry a few days out the week, implementing individual hampers or basket might be more efficient. If you prefer to fold clothes in the laundry room, adding in extra countertop space would be ideal.  Mounting a television in the laundry room could also make laundry days go by much faster.  

Investing in New Appliances 

Tired of the clunky washer and dryer that just does not work like they once did? If you have decided to switch out your old appliances, you will have to determine what kind of washer and dryer you want. Stacked appliances can save on space, but you might need a stool to reach the controls. Front loading machines allow you to expand countertop space over them.  Many of today’s appliances are manufactured in bold hues which are great for adding style or brightening the laundry room. 

Decorating

Decorating the laundry room does not have to be expensive. Experiment with color, personalize the area with rugs, artwork, and family photos.

Are you planning on remodeling your laundry room? We would love to be your choice for everything flooring-related. Please do not hesitate to call or visit for more information on our selection. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Preparing for Spring with Easy Curb Appeal Ideas

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Spring, beginning March 20, marks the start of when charming curb appeal and magnificent landscaping begin to become a top priority. In the winter months, a home’s landscape and curb appeal can be easily overlooked due to unfortunate weather and other natural circumstances. You will notice that your neighbors have begun to put their best lawn forward and it is time for you to do the same. Here are our favorite curb appeal ideas to transition your home for spring:

Do General Yard Maintenance

Spring is the perfect time to get your yard back into shape. Begin by mulching, weeding, mowing, and planting your flower beds. General yard maintenance can easily transition your house from a winter nightmare into a spring paradise. 

Repaint Your Window Shutters

Older homes may need an extra coat of paint here or there, but you can also recreate your home’s look by repainting your window shutters. All it takes is a little imagination to get your house from boring to alluring. Be sure to do several coats of paint to ensure your window shutters look top-notch. 

Design with Vibrant Plants

Take advantage of different colors in your garden this year. Your yard holds a lot of potential and the items you plant in your garden can make your home stand out from the rest. Go to your local nursery and look through the different varieties of plants and flowers to get an idea of what you want for your home. It is also essential to find plants that thrive in your local climate. If you are unsure, a local nursery worker can be a significant resource. 

Add Decorative Pieces

Decorative pieces can really set a house apart from the rest. If you are trying to take your home to the next level, focus on its “glam” aspect. Include light fixtures in your yard, a doormat by the front door, beautiful containers to hold your plants, and a cozy seating area to create a gorgeous outdoor oasis. 

Spruce up Anything Dull

Winter can be a harsh month on your home’s exterior and garden. Things in your home can become dull or even fade. Try to do a yearly check-up for things that may need an extra coat of paint or maintenance.

  • Check the quality of your house numbers, mailbox, fence, garage door, etc.

Give Yourself a Place to Relax

Take advantage of the serene space you have created for yourself outdoors. Give yourself a place to sit down with guests or a place to read your favorite book. Spending time outdoors can be healthy and renewing.

  • If you live in a neighborhood, having an outdoor spot to hang out in gives you the opportunity to meet new neighbors while you sit outside.

With the weather warming up in the next couple of weeks, now is the time to tidy up your yard! We hope you enjoyed this quick and easy curb appeal updates and if you are looking to update the inside of your home, we are happy to help!

Everything You Need to Know About Armstrong Pryzm Vinyl Flooring

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Are you searching for a flooring solution that will stand the test of time? If so, you might want to consider Armstrong’s Pryzm luxury vinyl flooring. From a unique, weathered wood stain looks to brushed oak, this flooring product is available in a variety of wood finishes that are guaranteed to complement your home’s interior. The great thing about Armstrong’s Pryzm flooring product is that it is much more than just a beautiful flooring option. It has several qualities that are hard to obtain out of most flooring products on the market today.

Why It is The Right Choice?

The vinyl line of flooring created by Armstrong is an ideal choice for homeowners who desire the authentic look of hardwood flooring for a fraction of the cost. The brand has managed to capture the realistic texture wood without sacrificing quality. Plus, you can expect Pryzm flooring to meet your lifestyle demands.

So, What Can You Expect?

Dent Protection – Pryzm floor products have been skillfully engineered to provide commercial-grade protection against dents, scrapes, scratches, and fading. This means that spills and furniture cannot easily damage the flooring.

Stunning Designs – Choose from multi-width planks based on your preference all featuring realistic visuals.

Waterproof – Armstrong’s Pryzm planks are 100% waterproof. You can install them in kitchens, bathrooms and even in the basement.

Easy Installation – Pryzm planks are made with locking planks and a cork underlayment which allows for a DIY installation.

Durable and Waterproof

Armstrong’s Pryzm is a hybrid flooring product. Hybrid floors are manufactured with three layers of materials that are pressed together. Combining multiple layers creates a very hard-wearing material; therefore, you can expect the ultimate durability which will stand up against normal wear and tear from heavy appliances, foot traffic, pets, and children. Your floors will look new for many years to come.

Pryzm wood planks are also non-porous which is why it has excellent waterproofing properties. It does not buckle, swell or corrode when exposed to water.  You will never have to worry about spills staining and damaging your floors.

Are you interested in viewing our selection? Please call or visit one of our showrooms, or see our online collection here.

Expensive Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

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Selling your home and getting a return on investment can be a challenging task.  Many factors go into how quickly and how efficiently your home sells.  You will need to tailor your home to the market to assure the property will sell.  With some renovation projects ahead of you, it is vital to avoid as many costly mistakes as possible.  Fortunately, with proper preparation, you can avoid some of these common renovation mistakes.  Here is everything you need to be aware of going into this project:

Personalize

Renovating your home to be tailored to a broad, general audience is critical. Too often, homeowners are too attached to their homes.  Personalizing your home is great but not optimum for reselling.  Go with neutral colors in your home. Your bold colored walls may look great to you but may not appeal to others.  Home buyers are deterred from purchasing homes they need to invest in right away. Keeping everything neutral will make a home “move-in-ready” for a much larger audience.

Expecting a Return on Investment

Your home’s value is strongly influenced by the neighborhood’s homes’ value.  While some aesthetic projects may look great, do not expect a substantial return on investment.  Invest in everything essential in your homes sale such as electrical and plumbing before aesthetics.  Avoid “overly” improving your home. Substantial investments do not always equal large returns.

Not Accounting for The Unexpected

Start with creating a budget.  Know the price you plan on listing your home.  Any project can open up unexpected issues.  Account for at least an extra ten percent for the unexpected.  Contractors are a safe way to go to ensure everything is done efficiently, but be wary of going with the “cheapest” contractor.  You do not want to find yourself hiring another contractor to fix your prior one’s work.  Find good reviews or recommendations before hire.

As daunting as some of these tasks may seem, with proper awareness of common costly expenses, you can avoid these unwanted mistakes.  To avoid over-optimism, do not expect to sell your house in a week, especially if you have a lot of renovations to finish.  Remember that most buyers do not want to purchase a home with a ton of unfinished projects.  Prioritize, budget, and conquer. Best wishes!

 

Five Ways to Use Coral in Your Design

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With Pantone’s recent announcement of 2019’s Color of The Year, what better time than now to focus on how to incorporate coral into your home’s design. Coral is a warm and summery shade that instantly brightens a room, and though often viewed as a seasonal shade, when used correctly, it can complement your home’s design scheme. If you ready to do something unique with your decor, we are going to show you five simple ways you can use this hue in your interior. Let’s take a look!

Window Treatments 

What better way to add a warm touch to a bedroom than with coral colored drapes? You can even select coral window treatments with a decorative pattern for a chic look.

Walls 

You may have never imagined using such a bold color on your walls, but when you balance it out with complementary colors and the right shade of white, you can pull off coral walls without it feeling overwhelmed by the shade. But if you are not ready to paint the entire room Coral, you can try creating a coral-inspired accent wall. Incorporate a few accessories or pieces of furniture in the color to harmonize the look further.

Child’s Bedroom 

Of course, a little girl’s Bedroom is not complete without touches of pink. Try something different by incorporating Coral as the main color. You can even feature a large Coral colored dresser or headboard for a real “pop.” You can also include accents of coral in the bedding, lampshades and other accessories to complete the look.

The Bathroom  

If you are giving your bathroom a makeover, consider adding coral to the design scheme in a bold way. Drenching the exterior of your bathtub in dark pink will definitely make a bold statement and add some old world charm. Use other soft colors like orchid and a muted yellow to complement your coral colored bathtub.

Unexpected Accent 

In a room full of neutrals or a space that uses a specific color scheme, adding a pop of coral in as an accent will make this beautiful color stand out from the rest of the decor. For example, you could use coral draperies that feature bold geometric patterns to accent your room’s focal point: the window.

If you have yet to read about Pantone’s 2019 Color of The Year: Living Coral, we encourage you to do so. Living Coral has many design benefits, and it is said to be the most popular color in the industry this year.

What are your thoughts on Coral? Do you love it or hate it? We want to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

What Does Waterproofing a Shower Mean?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

For many, the thought of waterproofing a shower sounds a bit strange; however, if you plan on installing a new shower in your bathroom, waterproofing can be one of the most important steps, especially when using tile. If you are new to the concept, it is okay! We will give you an inside look at why waterproofing your shower is so important. Let’s take a look!

Why Waterproofing is Important

So, why exactly is waterproofing your shower so important? Waterproofing ensures that you create a watertight seal around the shower area, which provides protection from water seeping down into the floorboards or the small crevices around the wall. When water gets into the floorboards or small areas, it can result in molding and even structural damage.

What many homeowners do not realize is that elements used in constructing showers such as cement backboards, mortar, grout, and sealers are not waterproofed. In fact, cement backboards and backer boards will only provide limited stability in these wet areas.

Drawbacks of Not Waterproofing

When your shower is not properly waterproofed, it can be detrimental to your bathroom. One of the most common mistakes when constructing and waterproofing a shower is a failed shower pan. When a shower pan is not doing its job, you can expect water to get trapped below the tile level.  In essence, the tile may never truly dry up. A failed shower pan can cause water to start buckling the walls behind the tile. Eventually, mold lines will begin to appear in the area where the wall and floor merges. A significant sign that your shower pan is not functioning correctly is when Efflorescence starts to form. Efflorescence is a chalky, white residue that grows out of the grout.

When moisture gets trapped, mold begins to breed. Mold can be harmful to one’s health. Not to mention, insects and termites are also attracted to the moisture. They slowly eat away at the structure causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home.

The Solution

LATICRETE ‘s innovating product line gives “complete system solutions” all the way from the substrate (bottom layer) to the grout for any style of stone or tile installation. The various products help to waterproof your shower with clean lines and easy maintanence for years to come. If you are interested in learning more about LATICRETE, please click here.

Additionally, Schluter Systems are a waterproofing system that is guaranteed to provide the ultimate protection against water.  If you are interested in learning more, please click here to read more about our Schluter products. 

If you would like to know more about one of our waterproofing products, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showroomsWe look forward to helping you create a design that is as functional as it is fashionable. Thanks for reading!

Everything You Need to Know about Wallpaper

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We have said it once, and we will say it again “wallpaper is back!” While many homeowners may be familiar with the rules of wallpaper, others may be mere novices on how to install and purchase it. If you are looking to learn more about buying wallpaper, we are here to help. Listen to our four tips for purchasing wallpaper, and you will be able to transform your space effectively and efficiently.

Tip No 1. Know How Much You Will Need

The amount of wallpaper you will need is determined by the wallpaper’s width; therefore, you will need to calculate how big the wall space is and what the roll of wallpaper’s width is.

  • A pro-tip is to get a little extra wallpaper depending on its width. You do not want to be short 3 inches, but it will be easier if you have 3 inches more than you need.

Tip No. 2: Browse The Metallic Wallpapers

Metallic wallpapers are not only beautiful in appearance, but they open up your space by reflecting light. Plus, metallics are a trendy statement piece that are easy to add into almost any room in your home.

Tip No. 3: Patterned Wallpaper

Patterned wallpaper can be used as a marvelous statement wall. Use the wallpaper on only one wall in your room, and it will create a gorgeous, effortless design. The key is to place the wallpaper on the wall that you want most attention like the wall that holds your bed or the wall that keeps your television.

Tip No. 4: Let It Be Different

Wallpaper is meant to stand out in a room. Try to find a wallpaper that is different from anything you could find in paint. Take some time to explore all the possibilities by visiting local stores and shopping online. There is a tremendous amount of options out there; you just need to find them.

Now that you have updated your walls, it is time to focus on your floors. We encourage you to browse our online catalog to see a wide selection of beautiful flooring. Once you have an idea of what you want, call us or visit us for more information. 

Expert Tips for Choosing Your New Floors

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The time has come, and you are ready to replace the floors in your home.  After a lot of thought, you are prepared to transform your home with Century Tile. But before you begin, we recommend giving serious consideration to the rooms that you are going to be updated. Below, we have shared a few tips to help you get started. Let’s take a look!

Inspiration

Determine what style you love the most. Do you lean towards traditional, contemporary, transitional, industrial, eclectic, or maybe another design theme? If you are unsure, you can read design magazines, scroll through online boards and blogs, and attend home shows for inspiration. Also, consider visiting new home construction sites that are open to the public. This is a great way to see everything new and current in today’s market.

Lifestyle 

This topic is so crucial in determining your flooring choice. Are there children and pets in the home? Do you spend a lot of time outside? Do you have a pool? Is your yard grass, natural, sand, rock, or mulched areas? Think about the outside debris that is tracked inside of your home. Are you a clean freak or a hit and miss housekeeper? Does anyone in the home suffer from allergies or asthma? Once you gathered answers to these lifestyle questions, make sure you choose a floor that will withstand and last according to your household. If you are unfamiliar with the choices that match each type of lifestyle, no need to worry! Century Tile has an expert sales staff ready to answer any and all of your design questions.

Lighting 

Lighting, natural and artificial, affects everything in the home from flooring to paint to fabric and even furnishings! The best advice for choosing your flooring regarding lighting is to take samples home and lay them out on your floors. Take a look at how the sample looks in daylight and in the evening with interior lights. This will help with not only color, but with surface finish, and the texture of the floor. You will be surprised how much lighting can affect the overall look of your home!

For more information on the selection process, please do not hesitate to call or visit us.

Why You Should Consider a Tubless Bathroom

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While a bathtub is a common feature in a traditional bathroom, they do not always get a lot of use. In fact, according to research, most people prefer a shower over a tub for bathing. That is why most homeowners are choosing to leave the bathtub out of their bathroom remodel project. The annual Home Design Trend survey revealed that as much as 65% of people desired a stall shower without a tub. If you have been considering eliminating a traditional bathtub from the equation, here are five reasons why it might be ideal for you:

Make Room for Your Dream Shower

If you are thinking of building the large shower of your dreams, you should consider going tubless. By eliminating the bathtub, you can make room for a spacious shower stall.

Increase the Space in a Small Bathroom

Does it feel like your small bathroom is overcrowded? This can be especially so if you have a freestanding tub. In many small bathrooms, the shower enclosure is tucked into the corner of the bathroom and hidden by a shower curtain. A bathroom occupied by a sizeable, clunky tub takes up most of the square footage. If you desire a lighter and airer space, going tubless can help such a small space feel and look bigger than it actually is.

Tubless Shower Stalls are Super Functional

Many homeowners choose to eliminate a tub from the bathroom for a freestanding shower tub because it increases functionality. In homes with elderly or disabled residents, freestanding showers are mobility friendly. Shower stalls without a tub enclosure provide a low entry-way making it easy to get in and out of the space.

It Does Not Have to Be Expensive

If you are not ready to take on an expensive full bathroom remodel project, no worries. You can go tubless without moving your shower. You can seek out contractors who have experience performing tub to shower conversions to save money. Look into your options, and you may be surprised by the possibilities.

Feature gorgeous tile inside of your shower by visiting us at Century Tile. We have a wide selection of affordable, beautiful pieces for any style. Please do not hesitate to stop into one of our showrooms for more information.

DIY Project: Painting Furniture

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Why buy brand new furniture when you can reinvent your current furniture pieces? Before you go out and buy all new pieces, we suggest that you try painting it first! Painting furniture is not as easy as throwing one coat of paint on it and loving the outcome, but if you want an easy DIY project for painting furniture, keep reading!

Supply List:

    • Piece of Furniture
    • Painter’s Tape
    • 220-Grit Sandpaper
    • Paint Primer (Multipurpose)
    • Oil-Based Paint in Preferred Color
    • Paintbrushes

Step One:

Take your piece of furniture outdoors if the weather allows. This way you will not get paint on anything inside, and it will give you room to move.

Step Two:

If the furniture piece is a dresser, take out all of the cabinets. With painter’s tape, mark down which cabinet goes with which drawer to avoid confusion.

Step Three:

Begin lightly sanding the piece of furniture and drawers whether it is old or new.

Step Four:

Brush away any dust from the recent sanding then start priming the piece of furniture and drawers with your multipurpose primer. Let it sit until it is dry.

Step Five:

Grab your sander and begin sanding the furniture and drawers once again to take away remaining dust and raised wood fibers.

Step Six:

Paint your piece with oil-based paint starting from the top to the bottom.

Step Seven:

Apply as many coats as necessary. The more you paint, the richer your color will turn out.

Step Eight:

Let the piece dry completely before moving it back indoors and return all the drawers to their proper home.

Step Nine (Optional):

If you are painting an old dresser, try replacing the door handles with new ones to complete the dresser’s look.

See, was not that easy? With all the money you saved on furniture, you can begin investing in new flooring for your home. We have a wide selection available in different colors, textures, and patterns for customers to get their dream flooring. Do not hesitate, come visit us for more information.

We look forward to the opportunity to work closely with you! Hope to see you soon!