Three Small Bathroom Problems Solved

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Do you feel you like you barely have room to move around in your bathroom? If you are tired of bumping into the sink every time you hang up a towel, it may be time you employ techniques that enable you to increase your sense of space. From smart storage solutions to visually enhancing your space, you can turn a small, awkward bathroom into something comfortable and chic with just a bit of planning.

Problem # 1: Lack of Storage

Is your bathroom vanity cluttered with products? Does it seem like there is no place to store extra towels, toiletries and cleaning supplies? We understand that there is nothing like a clean, streamlined bathroom, but finding space to store those extra items can seem impossible.

The Solution

Steal space from territory that has not been used in the bathroom. This can be the blank walls next to your vanity mirror, the area above your toilet, or corners that go unused. You can even consider building recessed shelving units inside the shower so that you can keep soap and shampoo off the countertops and floors. Also, be sure to use baskets to keep small toiletries and items neat and organized. Lastly, do not forget about the space behind the toilet. Perhaps, you can add some style and storage with a beautiful shelving system or cabinet.

Problem # 2: Tiny Blueprint

Are you adding a master bath to your bedroom but find that there is little room to add in a toilet and sink? Do not worry this is a common problem that several homeowners will face.

The Solution

Try expanding the sense of floor space by keeping everything off the floor. Opt for a floating toilet and sink. By suspending these items, it will help make the room feel much bigger. Additionally, keep furniture to the minimum. Furniture and bulky items can create an overwhelming atmosphere. Opt for lightweight, smaller pieces to create a sense of balance in your small space.

Problem # 3: No Room for Separate Shower Stall

Do you want a separate shower enclosure but there is no room? If your home has one main bathroom, you may find that keeping the bathtub is necessary.

The Solution

You can turn that small space between the bathtub and the sink into a shower stall by installing wet-room flooring. Use a frameless shower stall to avoid making a visual interruption, or you can do something traditional by combining the bathtub and shower.

If you are looking for the perfect wet-room flooring, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our locations. We would love to provide more information to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

Should I Use a Shower Door or a Shower Curtain?

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When it comes to personalizing your bathroom, a few ideas always come to mind on your must-have list: the colors, the materials, and the lighting. Another important decision for this area is whether to use a shower curtain or shower door. There are pros and cons to each so it may not seem like too easy of a choice just yet, but read on to find out which one sounds more appealing to you.

Looks

Going with the obvious reasons, we all have our preferences for the way a feature makes the room look. This is no different when it comes to the curtain/door debate. A shower door makes a simple, understated impression while a shower curtain provides a little visual movement to the space. A shower door, while not easily changeable, provides a more sophisticated look to your bathroom while a shower curtain injects a little fun with its possibilities since curtain designs can be switched out at any time. Choosing a shower door would mean committing to the look it will provide the room while a curtain would be able to be updated on a whim if you become bored with the color scheme.

Maintenance

The next issue to think about when choosing this bathroom feature is how much time you want to invest in its maintenance.  A shower door requires daily wipe downs to keep stains from building up on the glass.  If it slides open and closes on tracks, these also need attention since mildew can easily be built up in this difficult to reach space. If the door opens and closes, be sure that the hinges are cleaned regularly to avoid a similar problem in that space as well.  A shower curtain can be low maintenance for the simple fact that if you notice the inner or outer liner is starting to stain, the material can easily be restored through mild cleaners and a sponge or a cycle in the washer if it is fabric.  If stains are particularly stubborn, usually at the bottom where water is most likely to come into contact with it, you can simply throw it out and purchase new materials.

Cost

When it comes to affordability, shower curtains end up being the less expensive choice while a shower door requires more of a commitment and investment. If you feel that you are not ready to commit to the idea of a shower door, a curtain may be for you.  If you are willing to put aside a little extra money in your budget to add an elegant touch to your bathroom, consider installing a shower door.

Either choice is an excellent idea. It truly depends on your personal style and what tone you are trying to set for the space. We think that there is something effortlessly elegant about a shower door, but shower curtains offer homeowners with more design freedom.

What are your thoughts on the debate? Are you team shower door or shower curtain? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

What Does Waterproofing a Shower Mean?

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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!

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.

How to Make The Most out of a Galley Kitchen

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Do you dream of having a large, open kitchen space, but in reality, you are working with a galley kitchen that provides limited counter space? Although many homes feature large kitchens, there are some that feature small counter space, limited storage, and compacted rooms. If you own a galley kitchen, do not fret, it is not the end of the world. By employing a few simple design elements, your galley kitchen can be just as efficient as any other space:

The Galley Kitchen Layout

The galley kitchen layout has become so popular because it is ideal for smaller spaces. It consists of two walls, opposite of each other accompanied by a single cooking station and small countertops that are opposite of each other. Galley kitchen designs also feature a narrow walkway. Traditionally, these style of kitchens are basic in design and are not equipped with the advanced components that more modern kitchens have.

The limited space and functionality of galley kitchens often make homeowners feel stuck; however, by making a few changes, you can create an efficient and stylish space. This article will serve as a guide to ensure that you get the most out of your money when renovating:

Visually Expanding The Space

No doubt, your priority in designing your galley kitchen is to maximize space. There are several tricks you can employ to expand the space that you are working with visually. The best way to add visual depth and width to your galley kitchen is to start from the floors. To help visually open up the space, you can install your floorboards horizontally. This will make the kitchen appear longer than it actually is. If you want to add more height to the kitchen, slightly raise your appliances off the floor so that you can create the illusion of depth.

Color Scheme

Selecting the right color can be challenging. In this scenario, it is best to go with colors that are light and airy. Lighter colors tend to open up small spaces, whereas darker hues will create a claustrophobic feel. Neutral tones, pastels, and bright colors will help to brighten your small space and reflect any natural light.

Lighting

Everyone knows that good lighting can enhance the color scheme, further open up a space, and set the mood. Small galley kitchens should be well-lit. You will want to go with bright overhead lighting as well as a few task lighting over the countertops. It is ideal to bring natural light into the space, but if you do not have that option, artificial lighting can do wonders.

Are you in the market for new floors to finish off your galley kitchen? We would love to help you at Century Tile. Stop by one of our beautiful locations or contact us for more information.

We look forward to working with you.

Ways to Spruce up The Space Above Your Toilet

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Do not let that empty space above your toilet go unused and unnoticed. Take advantage of the open space by filling it with one of our awesome ideas. Let’s take a look!

Ten Ways to Spruce up The Space above Your Toilet:

Delicate Mirror.
Mirrors are always a fantastic decor choice. Not only can you look at yourself in them, but they open up a space by reflecting light. If you have a small bathroom, a mirror above the toilet may be a good option for you! For a unique twist, you can purchase several small mirrors in different styles and place them in a design above the toilet.

Artsy Wine Box Planter.
Do you have an extra wooden wine box and you are looking for a fun do-it-yourself project to start? Repurpose the wine box by making it into a planter to hold your succulents. Plus, you will find that succulents are a great plant option for bathrooms because they do not need to be frequently watered!

A Plant’s Haven.
If succulents are not your game, you can add other plants above your toilet. There are a variety of different plant styles for you to choose from:

  • Hang a plant from the ceiling.
  • Line up three small plants on a shelving system.
  • Place an overgrown plant on the shelf, and have the leaves falling off a bit for a stylish decor look.
  • Mix plants with other decor pieces for a trendy look.

Wall-Sculptures.
Take your love for 3-D and use it in your bathroom decor. Wall sculptures can be a fun, interesting decor piece that will work perfectly above your toilet. Just be sure to find one that is the right size for your space.

Repurposed Ladder.
Do you consider yourself a thrift store guru? Then this challenge is for you! Find yourself a used, rustic ladder and transform it into a toilet shelving system. You can use the steps of the ladder for shelves and create a timeless piece for your bathroom’s decor.

Wired Basket.
Wired baskets have always been a bathroom classic. Whether it is holding your toilet paper or your magazines, wired baskets are a fun and fresh idea to spruce up this space. Plus, the open concept will help you to keep your bathroom tidy.

Amazingly Abstract.
If you love art, try adding in a piece of your favorite abstract artwork. Abstract artwork can add a unique twist to traditional bathroom decor.

Bold Gallery-Wall.
Take your design skills and create a gallery wall with fun pictures and wall decor! Be sure to mix in several different decor pieces to create the perfect look.

Fresh Flowers.
Nothing is quite as beautiful as fresh flowers. If it is within your budget, adding fresh flowers to your bathroom can be a glamorous finishing touch. If it is not within your budget, you can dry the flowers out and still use them as a unique piece of decor.

Glassware + Vases.
For a more minimalistic approach, you can simply put a few decorative pieces of glassware and vases above your toilet. This creates a clean, sleek look without overwhelming the space.

You will find that these ideas are perfect for small bathrooms that need a little flavor in them. Half bathrooms and tiny bathrooms can rejoice! You have found the holy grail for bathroom decor ideas.

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.

How to Update Your Powder Room Like a Pro

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You may not realize it, but your home’s powder room has made a lot of impressions over the years. From your neighbors who just stopped by for a visit to your son’s soccer friend, your bathroom has seen it all. If you are remodeling your home, do not forget to update your powder room. The powder room is one of the main places your guests will see; therefore, it is essential to make it look nice. To help you transform your space, we have some useful tips for updating your powder room. Let’s take a look!

How to Update Your Powder Room Like a Pro:

Have a Special Feature.

Whether you decide on doing an entire wall in glass tile or hanging an extravagant chandelier, we recommend having a special feature in your bathroom. Since the space is so much smaller than other rooms, you want to take advantage of every square inch. If several special features are within your budget, by all means, add as many as you can afford! You can buy luxurious appliances, a gorgeous mirror, an amazing light fixture, etc. Just make sure you stick to a budget because things can add up quickly.

Think Function.

Make sure you consider the main necessities before you move on from your powder room remodel. It would be a bummer to find out after your mini-remodel that the powder room has no power outlets for you to use. Make a list of things you use every day in your master bathroom and see if any of those items need to be added into your powder bathroom.

Get The Air Flowing.

Make sure your air is moving properly to avoid unwanted odors and others issues in the future. If possible, consider adding a window into the space. A window can transform a space by adding beautiful natural light while adding a breath of fresh air.

Stackable Storage.

Since you do not have a lot of space to work with, you may find it useful to incorporate storage that goes up your wall. Vertical storage can work well in spaces that do not offer a lot of wiggle room. You can also buy a storage shelf that sits over your toilet for extra space or you can add some open shelves for decorative pieces. The best part about powder rooms is that they do not take a whole lot of work because they are small and simple.

Finish off your powder room with new flooring from Century Tile. At an affordable rate, we can help you find your dream floors without breaking the bank. Stop in today to learn more or visit our online showroom for our beautiful selection. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

How to Decorate & Create a Modern Kitchen

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A modern style home capitalizes on clean lines and simplicity. The minimalistic style within this style of kitchen leaves the choice open for the homeowner to carry out a modern look or add interest through colorful decor. If you are looking to feature a modern-look throughout your kitchen, we have four tips for decorating. Let’s get started!

How to Decorate a Modern-Style Kitchen:

Simplicity.

In a modern-style kitchen, you will find the concept of clean, sleek lines carried throughout the entire space. There is little to no customization featured inside of modern kitchens. The cabinets have sharp angles with no hardware or hardware that is very minimal and not overbearing.

Small, Colorful Appliances.

To keep things simple, modern style kitchens focus on small, chic appliances. Some homeowners use their appliances as a chance to add interest and uniqueness. You can incorporate appliances in colorful options to spice up the space and make it more lively.

Polished Surfaces.

In modern-style spaces, homeowners like to keep things sleek and sharp with polished surfaces. Be sure to keep your countertops clean and clutter-free to maintain a modern look. A few items can be placed on your countertops for decor, but those items tend to be small appliances or cooking utensils. They countertop decor is very minimal if any in a modern-styled space.

Visually-Unique Artwork.
If you are looking to add uniqueness to your modern space, you can do so through artwork. Artwork can be hung on your walls to help add interest and design. Modern artwork can be a great place for you to start. The modern art movement featured posters from old movies and historical events, old-school clocks, and famous or vintage pieces. You will want to try to find this type of art to compliment your overall design.

Finish out your modern-style kitchen with sleek and sophisticated flooring from Century Tile. With a wide selection, we can guarantee that you will find something you love! Visit one of our showrooms or call us to get started! We look forward to working with you!