How Choose the Perfect Bathroom Tile

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When deciding to begin a bathroom remodel, we get excited to explore all the different ideas that can be incorporated. We look at countertops, sinks, cabinets, bathtubs, but most importantly, we look for the perfect tile. Tile is a timeless bathroom remedy that can functionally enhance the aesthetics of the atmosphere. We generate a theme from what we have seen before and have liked. Maybe you saw a rustic design at a restaurant, or perhaps your friends’ house has a simply beautiful, all-white design. While we search through a plethora of Pinterest pins and available options in a store, you begin to form an idea of the direction you want your bathroom design to go. To help you guide you during your decision process, here are our top three rules to follow in choosing the perfect bathroom tile.

Design

The first step is that you will need to select a design style that is meaningful to you. Decide if you want dark or light tiles, ceramic or glass, a lot of character or plain, texturized or smooth. Try not to select more than three tile types in your bathroom. Too many styles can feel busy and chaotic. To make your design feel more uniform, you will want to pick a primary tile and secondary tile. Your other tile choices can be used for trim, accent, and added character throughout the room.

Scale

If you are stuck on the size tile, consider the relative scale. If you select a 12×24, you can use it to accentuate the length of a room. You can use a smaller, more symmetrical option like 12×12 tiles too if your bathroom demands more cuts. A smaller tile will mean fewer cuts around plumbing and furniture. If you go with a larger tile, it can make a small room feel larger. Be careful not to go to big in very small spaces, or it can look strange. A general rule of thumb is to never put larger tiles on the walls than the tiles on the floor.

Maintenance

If you are okay with a little more maintenance, natural stone tiles are great for adding character to a room. However, if you do not want to be spending a ton of time cleaning, ceramic and porcelain are your safest options. Glass can make great for accents or walls but is not a good choice for the ground. Look into some mosaic glass designs to add even more character in your showers or bath.

Picking the perfect tile is fun. It is safest to go with your first instinct. All tiles have character, decide how much you are willing to put in a space. Too many high-designed tiles can clash and make the space look busy. Also, do not forget to consider the maintenance and size you want in your home. With these simple guidelines in mind, you are ready to create your dream oasis bathroom.

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.

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!

 

Key Elements to Focus on During a Bathroom Upgrade

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Essentially, adding value to bathrooms will add value to your home. A modern bathroom will increase the resale value if you decide to sell your home in the future. If you want to keep your options open for future resale, there are some key factors to keep in mind when deciding what upgrades to make. Let’s take a look!

Key Elements to Focus on During a Bathroom Upgrade:

Shower + Bath Tub: It is nice to have a bathroom that has a tub and a shower. This is a powerful combination when your space permits. Showers are great for everyday bathing, but bathtubs can be needed as well. Bathtubs are wanted when a homeowner needs to bathe small children and pets. They can also add powerful stress relief to anyone who has come home after a stressful day of work. If someone has sore muscles or is sick, a warm bath can really help. A spacious tiled shower is also a must. It provides easy access for the elderly and has plenty of space to add a tiled bench. Shower benches are fantastic because you can sit down to shave; not to mention, providing a safer bathing experience for an older adult.

Showerhead: When choosing a showerhead, you may want to try a rain shower head. It provides a larger diameter for water spray and makes it easier to wash and rinse. Plus, they add a certain level of elegance and glamour to your bathroom.

Lighting: Bathrooms need adequate lighting. You need to see when bathing, shaving and applying makeup. An underlit bathroom is no help at all. Be sure to update lighting fixtures in the space. Install general overhead lighting as well as task lighting over the sink. Under cabinet lighting is a great way to incorporate accent lighting that can turn into a nightlight for those late night trips to the bathroom.

Flooring: The floors are an essential part of any bathroom. Any floor that is selected should be able to withstand getting wet. Currently, we love the tiles that look like wood floors. They have the look of real wood but are actually a durable tile. This type of flooring is also slip-resistant because it maintains the texture of a rough wood floor.

Storage: If space permits, we recommend installing a double vanity. Multiple people can get ready, and there is much more cabinet storage available. Plus, they look gorgeous and add to the overall decor.

If you are in the market for new floors, please keep Century Tile in mind. With a wide selection, expert sales staff, and high-quality products, you will never leave disappointed. Stop into one of our beautiful showrooms today or contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you.