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!

Adding Backsplash to Your Contemporary Kitchen

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Are you ready to take your kitchen’s decor to the next level? If so, you might want to consider installing a backsplash. The days are gone when the typical backsplashes were boring, unappealing tile pieces or a thin piece of silver behind the stove area. Intricately designed backsplashes, featuring all kinds of colors and patterns, have become increasingly popular in the contemporary kitchen. 
 
While backsplash can add interest to any style of kitchen, it can really benefit a contemporary-style kitchen. With its stark lines and clean contours, this style of kitchen can feel impersonal and lack feeling; therefore, adding a backsplash will bring some character to the area. Once you have decided to incorporate this into your design scheme, here’s how you can successfully execute it:
 
  • Keep The Backsplash Cohesive with Your Design
If you are simply interested in adding just a bit of style but not necessarily making a bold statement, you will want to be sure that your backsplash blends in with the overall decor of your kitchen while adding a bit of pizzazz. The key is to choose an appropriate material and give consideration to how your backsplash tiles are installed. Nowadays, you can have your tile installed in a variety of designs and patterns to help personalize it more towards your taste. 
 
  • Elaborate Design Scheme
If you really want to make your kitchen pop and make a bold statement, you should select an elaborate backsplash design scheme. For instance, if your kitchen features a lot of neutral colors such as white or black, you can install a vibrant red backsplash. The way the field tiles are placed can also create emphasis. 
 
Just because you are decorating a contemporary kitchen, does not mean that you cannot get creative with your design. When selecting a backsplash, be sure to think outside the box. Your unique ideas can lead to a super stylish kitchen. 
 
For more expert tips, check back weekly at Century Tile
 

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

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Unfortunately, life can get a little disrupted during a kitchen remodel. To help you conquer the obstacles of a kitchen remodel, we created a five-step guide for surviving a kitchen remodel. Let us get started!  

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

1. Designate a Substitute Kitchen Area.

During the remodel, your kitchen will be out-of-use. You can prepare a makeshift kitchen in a separate area of your house. You want to find an area that is free of any dust and dirt particles caused by the construction. Move a microwave, coffeemaker, conventional oven, and mini fridge into this dust-free area to make your substitute kitchen usable. You will also want to move a small table into the space for preparing and eating meals. Lastly, be sure to only use paper plates and plastic silverware so that you will not need wash dishes. 

2. Prepare for Delays.

Materials will be delivered on different schedules and sometimes there are delays. In order to stay sane, you will want to prepare in advance for unforeseen delays. 

3. Wait until Everything is Delivered.

An expert tip that interior designers want you to know is “wait to begin the remodel until everything is delivered.” That includes your counters, floors, cabinets, etc. If you wait, your contractor will be able to knock the project out faster than if they need to wait around for everything to be delivered separately. 

4. Be Flexible.

Remodels can be frustrating and you need to be prepared that some things may not go as according to plan. Even though you may have hired the best contractor, things can get disrupted, fast. Be flexible and willing to discuss any outcomes with your contractor. They are here to help you through the rough patches in the remodel. 

5. Get a Schedule.

Even though we recommend being flexible, you will want to get a general schedule from your contractor. Ask them to provide you with a schedule to let you know what is happening when. This way you can be aware of the current situation in your kitchen. 

Are you looking for perfect floors for your new kitchen? Look no further! With a great selection at an affordable rate, we can help make your flooring dreams come true. Call us or visit one of our beautiful locations to learn more. 

Five Reasons Why Open Shelving is a Must

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If you are anything like most homeowners, you are always looking for ways you can refresh and reinvent your space. Plus, if you are planning on updating your kitchen into something modern or contemporary, you may want to consider a cabinet-free look. The idea may sound a bit crazy but homeowners are jumping onboard with this super chic and functional trend. 
 
You may be wondering, what are some of the advantages of an open shelving concept in your kitchen? We are giving you five reasons why you should consider taking the jump. Let’s take a look! 
 
Five Reasons Why Open Shelving is a Must
 
1. More Storage Options.
Are you always looking for ways to increase your storage options in the kitchen? With the upper cabinets gone, you now have more room for your dishware and appliances. Narrow and deep cabinetry makes it difficult to store larger items and nearly impossible to get them down once you have stored them. Open shelving allows for more space and is much easier to reach your items.
 
2. Adds a Sense of Warmth.
The kitchen should feel warm and welcoming, especially when you are having over guests. Open shelving in the kitchen will make visitors feel like they are at home, and they will not feel like they are being intrusive when they reach for a glass or plate.
 
3. Makes the Space Brighter and Larger.
Removing your hunky kitchen cabinetry will make the space feel much brighter and open. Kitchen cabinetry can make the room feel small, closed off, and dark. When you remove them, the kitchen walls are able to reflect more sunlight which creates an airy feeling, making the space appear much bigger.
 
4. Inexpensive.
Who does not like to save money? Open shelving is the best economic solution that will give you the modern look you are seeking without cleaning out your pockets.
 
5. Simple Cleaning Process.
Kitchen cabinetry requires thoroughly cleaning to remove dust and to prevent mildew from forming. Dust will not accumulate on the shelving as easily because your dishes are constantly being used. If it does, you can simply wipe it clean while doing the dishes.
 
Are you convinced on the concept of open shelving? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 

Four Tips for Enhancing Your Shower with Tiles

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Designing the perfect bathroom requires that you give attention to two of the most important fixtures in this area; bathtub and shower. While you might be tempted to cut corners and stick to the basics, adding spa like features can make a world of difference. Do you know what else can have a huge impact on the design your home bathroom? Yes, the right tiling in the shower stall and bathtub is essential for further maximizing the overall look.

Selecting the right shower tile isn’t as easy as it may seem. A number of factors come into play when shopping for the perfect tiles. The size and style of the tiles are largely dependent on the shape and size of the area. Here are some tips for picking out the right tile for the bathtub and shower.

  1. Opt for smaller tiles for curves
    If your shower features architectural curves, then it is best that you install small sized tiles. If you’re aiming for a really polished look, smaller tiles will be able to handle the arches and curves without deviating from the design.

  2. Use caution when selecting mosaic tile
    Who doesn’t love mosaic tiles? This is a popular option for the bathroom because it adds style to the area. However, if your plans on using it in the shower or bathtub then you should make sure that there is at least ninety five percent contact from the tile to the backboard. This is important because you don’t want to rely on just glue to keep the tiles intact.

  3. Small or Large Glass Tiles
    Even though glass tiles are trendy they can also be challenging to use. With just a few uses glass tiles can begin to look foggy due to the moisture that gets trapped behind them, This can definitely make the shower look unattractive. Therefore, you should stick to small glass tiles rather than large ones.

  4. Adding A Feature Wall
    If you really want to make your shower stand out consider installing a feature wall. A feature wall will utilize a different tile design from the one you selected to install around the area.

If you need any help with deciding what type of tile is right for your bathroom, contact us or visit us at one of our ten locations and we would love to help you! 888-TileYou (845-3968)

Five Ways Maximize Storage in Your Kitchen

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Are you struggling to keep the clutter in your kitchen under control? If you find that you still need space after tidying up and discarding items that you no longer need, then it’s time to get creative with your storage solutions. Most of us spend a lot of time in our kitchen each day. Therefore, you’ll want to find ways to create storage space that is functional and efficient. Here are some storage ideas you can implement into your kitchen.

Find Ways To Use the Space Available
We all take advantage of our cabinetry, but what about the space below? You can consider installing small shelves into the little space below your lower cabinetry. Flat drawers are an ideal storage location for cooking utensils and baking sheets.

When searching for ways to add more storage options in your kitchen, you should look for ways to maximize the available space, or make what little space that you do have more efficient. The side of the cabinet may be the perfect spot to install shelving units or you can add a pot rail to an empty wall.

What about the storage space under the sink? This area is usually dedicated to dish detergent and other cleaning supplies. You can maximize the space by purchasing an organizer. The right organizer can create additional storage options. Organizers come in different sizes and tiers.

Organize the Kitchen Counter
It’s so easy for the kitchen counter to become swamped with cookbooks, utensils, dishes and small appliances. Organize this area by purchasing an over the sink drying dish rack. You can use the dish racks to store the dishes that you use every day so that you can store your more expensive dishes in the cabinets. Install a solid spice to rack to hold your cookbooks if you don’t want to use your scarce counter space for your cookbooks.

Add More Shelving
Try to squeeze in more shelving wherever you can. Consider the walls near the sink. Yes, a few floating shelves on the side of the cabinet or on the sides of the window above the sink can hold some of the items that your cabinets can’t, like the salt and pepper shakers or the coffee maker.

Five Reasons To Consider Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

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If you’re anything like most homeowners, you’re always looking for ways you can refresh and reinvent your space. If you’re planning on updating your kitchen into something modern or contemporary then you may want to consider a cabinet free look. The idea might sound crazy, but it’s a look that is becoming increasingly popular.

What are some of the advantages of an open shelving concept in your kitchen? We are going to give you five reasons why you should consider taking the jump.

  1. More storage options
    Are you always looking for ways to increase your storage options in the kitchen? With the upper cabinets gone, you know have more room for your dish ware and appliances. Narrow and deep cabinetry make it difficult to store larger items and nearly impossible to get them down once you’ve stored them away. Open shelving allows for more space and it’s much easier to reach your items.

  2. Adds a sense of warmth
    The kitchen should feel warm and welcome especially when you have guests over. Open shelving in the kitchen will make visitors feel like they are at home and they won’t feel like they’re being intrusive when they reach for a glass or plate.

  3. Makes the space brighter and larger
    Yes, removing your hunky kitchen cabinetry will make the space feel much brighter and open. Kitchen cabinetry can make the room feel small, dark and closed off. When you remove them, the kitchen walls are able to reflect more sunlight which creates an airy feeling making the space appear much bigger.

  4. Inexpensive
    Who doesn’t like to save money? If you were planning a kitchen remodel you were likely going to be kicking out thousands of dollars for updated cabinetry. Open shelving is the best economic solution that will give you the modern look you’re seeking without cleaning out your pockets.

  5. Simple Cleaning Process
    Kitchen cabinetry requires thoroughly cleaning to remove dust and to prevent mildew from forming. Dust won’t accumulate on the shelving as easily because your dishes are constantly being used. If it does you can simply swipe clean while doing the dishes.