Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom

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If you have ever talked to a real estate agent, you understand that the top two selling features of a home are the kitchen and bathroom. By focusing on these rooms, you will be able to increase the overall value of your home and potentially make a return-on-investment. Today we are going to focus on six ways that you increase value in your bathroom. Let us get started!

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom:

1. Get Fixed on Fixtures.

An easy update that you can do without a contractor is replacing your bathroom fixtures. From the sink to the shower, you will want to replace the faucets with new, chic ones to make the bathroom look its best.

2. Lights On.

Take a look at the current light supply in your bathroom. Lighting can be a significant selling feature without homeowners realizing it. You will want to make sure that there is an ample amount of natural light coming into the space as well as light fixtures. Take a look at your bathroom during the daytime and nighttime and see if your lighting needs to be adjusted.

3. Customized.

Everyone’s home is unique, and no two houses will be the same. That is something you can use towards your advantage. Customizing your bathroom specifically to complement its shape and architecture will help make it more appealing to buyers. Things like custom cabinetry with extra shelving can make your bathroom stand out from the rest.

4. Embrace Neutrals.

Unfortunately, we cannot know exactly what a buyer is looking for in a home. Each buyer is unique and has their own preferences. That being said, your best bet is to remain neutral in a color palette. It is the most generally pleasing palette for a bathroom, and it tends not to turn away buyers.

5. Create an Oasis.

You want to create an experience in your bathroom. To add value to your bathroom, you will want to focus on two areas: the shower and the bathtub. These areas are significant to buyers. Try and make sure that they are in excellent condition with new fixtures.

    • Pro-Tip: You can even set the tone with candles surrounding the bathtub, and play relaxing music during a showing.

6. A Good Cleaning.

You may be surprised by the amount of buyers that are turned away from a home because of its grime. Be sure to give your bathroom a good deep cleaning. Even if you are not putting your house on the market, it is a good idea to do a deep cleaning often to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs.

Are your bathroom floors in dire need of an update? We would love to assist you in selecting new, high-quality floors from Century Tile. Stop by one of our beautiful showrooms or call us for more information. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you! 

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Resale

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You have decided that it is time to put your house on the market. While planning your resale, you notice that your kitchen is decreasing the overall value of your home. You have made the decision that in order to get a full return-on-investment, you want to remodel your kitchen for resale, and we are here to help. With our top six kitchen remodeling tips, we hope to help you make back your return-on-investment and sell your home to the perfect buyer. Let us get started!

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Resale:

1. Ask a Pro.

There is no shame in asking a professional for their expert advice. Even your real estate agent can be a great resource. They understand the current trends and what buyers are looking for in a home. Before you begin your resale remodel, talk to a few industry professionals.

2. Simplicity is Key. 

With your color scheme and your kitchen design, the simpler you go, the better. Try to not be too trendy in your design, or it may go out of style and try to not go too bold in your color scheme or buyers may be hesitant. You want to decide on a simple, neutral design that can be appealing to all homebuyers.

3. Spend Your Money Wisely.

In a resale, there is no need to spend an extravagant amount of money, because odds are that you will not see a high return on investment. Sellers remodel their homes in order to sell the house and make back the money that they put into it (maybe even more).

4. Open Floor Plan.

Open floor plans are great for families and buyers that want to entertain. Most buyers are looking for an open floor plan for their living room and kitchen area because it is more welcoming. If you are not set on the idea, ask your realtor or contractor if it is a good idea for your home. Depending on the types of buyers, you may decide to go with an open floor plan.

5. Granite, Granite, Granite.

If there is one thing that you should take away from this article, remember that buyers want granite countertops. Do not skimp out on your kitchen countertops, because we assure you that the buyers want to purchase a home with beautiful counters. This may be the one area of the room that you decide to splurge.

6. Special Features.

Homebuyers like uniqueness. What makes your home stand out from the other houses on the market? If you do not know, try adding a special feature to your kitchen. From double ovens to a built-in wine cooler, the ideas are endless.

Are you in need of new floors for your remodel? Let us help you choose the perfect flooring to complete your kitchen. Stop in and visit one of our showrooms to learn more.

Best Flooring Options for Seniors

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When it comes to picking the right floors for older adults, you need to consider a few variables. One, not all floors are alike, and they can all have different positive and negative attributes. Two, some key factors to consider are maintenance, absorption, mobility, slip-resistance, and comfort. We put together a list of several flooring options to consider. You will want to decide what you are looking for out of your floors and what will be the best option for you. Let’s take a look!
 

Cork

Cork is an excellent choice. This floor is a low-maintenance solution to consider putting into your home to accommodate seniors. It offers superior sound absorption and thermal insulation. It is slip-resistant as well as a perfect resolution for wheelchairs, walkers, and canes. Cork flooring has a little more cushion to it to which can help with falls; however, also being so soft, it can easily be damaged. 

Rubber Flooring

Though it is not people’s first thought to add to a home, rubber flooring is an excellent floor for absorption. This is one of the safest options you can get because is both slip-resistant and soft on drops and falls. This comfortable solution can come with a little more of a price increase and has the drawbacks of not a large option of stylish residential designs.

Carpet

Low-profile carpet is good for comfort and provides added protection against getting hurt from a fall. It may be a little bit more demanding on maintenance and cleaning, but it creates a cozy look within a space. Another downfall of carpet is that it may not be easy for maneuverability for individuals who used wheelchairs, walkers or canes.

Luxury Vinyl Planking

This choice is excellent and provides an easy-to-clean solution. It is highly resistant to spills and looks great as well. Luxury Vinyl flooring is great for dust control and extremely durable. It may not be the friendly option for falls due to its relatively hard nature.
 
The Decision Is Yours
Try to avoid tile flooring because they are injury-prone and do not always offer slip-resistance. Deciding the perfect flooring for elderly folks and homes can be challenging. Weigh out the pros and cons of each flooring prior to your decision. Each floor has great benefits to help you make your solution. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our expert sales staff members would love to assist you. 

5 Remodeling Projects You Should Take On Before the Holiday

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Is your list of home improvement projects piling up? If you plan on hosting guests in your home during the holiday season you no doubt want it to look it’s best. Since it can be a huge challenge to get everything done in the nick of time, we’ve created a list of home improvement priorities you’ll need to focus on in order to get your house ready for visitors.

Below are five home improvement projects you should invest in right away.

  1. Refinish the Cabinets
    If your kitchen cabinets needed updating years ago than this will be one of the first home improvements you should take on. Giving your cabinetry an high-end upgrade can give your kitchen the ultimate facelift.

  2. Upgrade Your Kitchen
    Since there will be a lot of food preparation during the holidays you’ll want to ensure that your kitchen is both functional and stylish. Now is the time to invest in a brand new backsplash. Be sure to select a classic pattern with a timeless hue. Also, you’ll want to make room for extra built-in storage. You may even consider adding in a built-in buffet to hold all of the food and drinks your guests will be feasting on.

  3. Install A New Stair Runner
    It’s so easy for a stair runner to look used, worn and even dirty after some time. Therefore, before you have guests in your home you should get rid of that dated, contractor grade stair runner and opt for something with a canvas border or timeless hue. There are numerous style options when it comes to choosing a stair runner.

  4. Make Over the Fireplace
    Who doesn’t love to gather around the fireplace during the holidays? Give your fireplace a modern look by making a contemporary update. Consider building a mantel out of wooden planks.

  5. Create A Focal Point in the Room
    You’ll need to wow your guests a little. This is done by adding a focal point to the room. A focal point could be painting an accent wall a bold color or even a beautiful painting. You can mix prints as well as layer different shades within the same hue.

Choosing Your New Flooring

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If you are in the market for new flooring, you have came to the right place! Choosing flooring may seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but we are here to make things a little easier for you. If you are struggling to find out where to start, we have the perfect guide. To choose what type of flooring you need, all you have to do is ask yourself our five flooring questions.

Five Flooring Questions:

Question # 1: What room do you need flooring for?
Different flooring will work better than others in certain areas of your house. For example, hardwood flooring may be a better option for your living room rather than your bathroom. Whereas, you may choose to use tile in bathroom but not in your living room.

Question # 2: What type of flooring material interests you most?
There is a large variety of different flooring materials available to consumers. Some basic flooring materials are hardwood, laminate, stone, tile or carpet.

Question # 3: What color flooring are you looking for?
Whether you want a neutral tone or a bold flooring color, you have the ability to choose from a wide range of flooring colors. You may want to choose a flooring color that ties into your overall decor of the room.

Question # 4: What type of activities will take place in the room?
You will need to take into account how durable the flooring needs to be in the space that is getting new flooring. For example, if it is a high-traffic area, you will want to take that into consideration and maybe look at buying laminate flooring. If the area is prone to moisture, you want to look at flooring that handles water well.

Question # 5: What size do you want the material to be?
Tiles and planks come in different sizes and you have the ability to choose what size material you would like in your room.

Do you have more questions that you would like answered? We have a knowledgeable staff ready to answer any question you might have. Feel free to stop into one of our showrooms or call us at (888-TileYou 845-3968). We also have an online flooring catalog available for your convenience. Take a look at what flooring we have available and let us know if you need anything. We look forward to working with you and making all your flooring dreams come true.

Things to Consider When Renovating

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The number one benefit of remodeling is to add more value to your home. Do some research on what improvements will help increase the value of the home. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have!

Upgrading to energy efficient doors and windows is always a good decision for adding value. Doing so will also help save on energy cost in the long run, which will benefit your family and add value to your home.

Fencing in the backyard is always a plus for any buyer. This keeps kids and pets safe, when playing in the yard. A fence also adds privacy, which is appreciated by all.

Renovating the kitchen and master bath will certainly add value to your home. Just make sure the selections you choose are not too wild or crazy. Upgrading the floors will always benefit any home owner.

Decide on an amount for your budget. Add in an extra 5-10% for unforeseen costs. Once you start opening walls up, there may be a problem that needs to be addressed. Never for a second think that unforeseen cost will not arise when doing a renovation.

In order to stay on budget, make a list of what needs to be done and what you want to get done. This will help you prioritize what work should come first. It is okay to do projects in increments. Tackle what needs to be done first and if funds are available then start on desired projects.

Document your possessions. Take photos of possessions and make notes about their value. Just in case a pipe should bust or something gets broken during the remodel, you can have insurance cover these items. It is better to be safe than sorry.

When doing a renovation stay positive and remind yourself that your lifestyle will be enhanced once the renovation is complete. Make smart choices and most likely recover the money spent, if you do decide to sell.

The Importance of Color

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Color is a very important tool in interior design.  Unfortunately, this is one area that many homeowners shy away from. The idea of using too much color can be overwhelming and many designs end up with an overall washed out feel.  Don’t be afraid to incorporate splashes of color into your own space!  Read below to find out how!

Both images above are photographs similar rooms. However, the two spaces are decorated quite differently. The first photograph is a success due to the use of color. The second photograph looks nice but is quite vanilla. It lacks excitement. Excitement and interest keep the eye moving around a space. When this takes place, details are noticed and the room feels complete to the people in it.

The sun inspired mirror has a gold/yellowish finish, which in turn ties together the bright yellow upholstery with the rest of the space. Choose art and accessories that tie together different colors of your color scheme!

The bright yellow adds life to the traditional space. This goes to prove that most design styles can and should be implemented with the use of color. If you are apprehensive to use color, consider selecting one powerful color and keep the back drop neutral.

All colors create a different result. Colors actually invoke different feelings in a person. Yellow, for example, evokes excitement and happiness. If there is a certain mood you would like to achieve within a space, do some research and find out what color will help achieve a your desired mood. For example if the plan for a room is to be a place of calm and relaxation, you can use soft blues or lavender hues.

Do not be afraid of color, simply plan ahead and experiment along the way!

8 Fabulous Ways To Wear a Plaid Shirt

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As school days approach and the weather starts turning colder, you may be looking through your fall wardrobe.  Bring some new life to your older pieces with these tips! 

Plaid shirts are such wonderful pieces to have in a wardrobe because they are funky yet classic, versatile yet relaxed. If you’ve never owned one it might be because the idea of trying to style one is intimidating. So much color and pattern! Or perhaps you’re convinced that there’s no way possible to make one look stylish or chic because they remind you of camping. Fear not! Peruse these ideas and you’re sure to find a few that will make you want to run to the store right now and buy a plaid shirt.

  1. Hip length plaid shirt, top it with a neutral cardigan with the sleeves scrunched just below the elbows and the cuffs of the plaid shirt flipped back over the cuffs of the sweater, skinny jeans, a chunky, flashy watch, and dressy flats.
  2. Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, buttoned up except for top two buttons, statement necklace and chunky bracelets, skinny dark denim, animal patterned pumps.
  3. Thigh length plaid shirt with cuffs loosely rolled back between elbow and wrist, black and white rock band t-shirt, high waisted cutoff shorts, funky black tights, bangles, and ankle boots.
  4. Hip length plaid shirt buttoned up and sleeves loosely rolled to just below the elbow, infinity scarf, skinny distressed blue denim, fancy flats.
  5. Form fitting, brightly colored plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons, tucked into distressed indigo skinny jeans, chunky leather belt, pop colored suit jacket, statement necklace worn on the outside of the shirt collar, chunky ankle boots.
  6. Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, top it with a funky, textured vest in a neutral color, straight leg jeans with large cuffs at the bottom so your ankles show, light colored neutral booties.
  7. Oversized, boxy plaid shirt with ¾ length sleeves buttoned, loosely tucked into structured, flared skirt that sits at natural waist and is color coordinated with the shirt, black or dark navy tights, and pointy flats.
  8. Long sleeved, form fitting plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons at top and shirt cuffs buttoned, tucked into dark denim whisker washed skinny jean, pop color skinny belt, statement necklace and ballet flats.

Smart Ways to Get Rid of Clothes After You Do a Closet Purge

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Sure, we’ve all donated clothes at some point, or had a garage sale and parted ways with old garments for a few bucks. If you’ve recently cleaned out your closet you might have discovered that many of the items you no longer want still have a lot of life left in them. Perhaps you even paid a lot of money for them and you can’t stand the thought of them ending up in a garage sale box. If so, consider these great suggestions.

Donate

“Old-reliables” such as Goodwill and ARC are always a great place to start. But there are some more specific organizations out there that would find women’s clothing especially beneficial. Look for career development organizations that empower underprivileged women to find stable, well paying jobs. They need career wear to help these women look their best on interviews and at work.

If you have beautiful gowns or dresses hanging around, look for organizations that serve underprivileged teens who have hopes of attending formal dances in high schools. Even if the dress isn’t the exact style they have in mind, it might be a great starting piece that can be reinvented at the hand of a crafty seamstress who donates her time.

You should also consider women’s shelter in general. They often provide haven for women and children who had to flee without the opportunity to bring along personal belongings. If you’re not sure where to find these organizations try online resources such as Charity Watch or Charity Navigator. Not only will you feel great about taking the time to find someone truly deserving, you can also keep a record and report them as a write off at tax time!

Host a fabulous swap party at your home or a local restaurant

The only imperative part of this is that you give everyone plenty of notice. Think about how much work it is to clean out your closet! Your guest will need enough time to get their closet purge project done before attending your party. Other than that, this is a super easy and fun way to de-clutter your closet. Simply invite everyone and serve a few goodies and beverages. Devise a basic system for the trade process and let the fun begin!

8 Creative Ways To Use Your Fireplace During Warm Months

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If you’re fortunate enough to have real, working fireplace in your home we say bravo! They are rare occurrences in newly built homes. But many older homes feature traditional fireplaces and wood burning stoves. During cold months the fireplace is often the central gathering point in the home, but once it goes defunct in the warmer months it seems like an out-of-place element that distracts from the harmony of a room. Rather than let it sit empty and looking a bit forlorn, we suggest trying a creative way to use it as an architectural feature. If you want to get especially creative with it, try more than one of these ideas at different times. For example, try #1 during Spring and Fall, and try #8 in the months between!

  1. Multi tier expanse of pillar candles
  2. For a special event arrange dozens of symmetrically aligned tea light candles
  3. A large, ornate flower arrangement that fills the majority of the space, both laterally and vertically
  4. Install a temporary curtain rod and hang a pretty curtain to cover the opening; opt for a solid color which will then serve as a backdrop for anything you’d like to set in front of it
  5. Using the wood that will go unused until it’s time to light fires again, create an interesting sculptural formation; refer to the game Jenga for inspiration
  6. A focal point piece of artwork on an easel
  7. Print a favorite photo on a stretch canvas frame that is slightly larger than the opening of the fireplace, then simply set it in front of the opening
  8. If you have a glass walled wood burning fireplace insert a tray the size of the base and plant a terrarium – when it’s time to use the fireplace again you can easily slide it out and display it elsewhere