Home Architectural Styles: Contemporary Craftsman, Country & Craftsman

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Since we know how confusing determining a home’s architectural style can be for homeowners, we would like to share with you some essential specifics for the three following styles: Contemporary Craftsman, Country, and Craftsman. Let’s take a look!

Contemporary Craftsman

Craftsman homes were built between 1905 and 1930, and they were representative of the Arts and Crafts movement in England. A high value was placed on raw, natural materials while everything was handmade. This style followed the “Industrial Revolution,” where people from England and America began making items from mass-produced machines, which left a void for beautiful handcrafted items. A lot of focus was placed on wood beams and rafters and how the interior of the home connected to the outside with porches/terraces. In about 1920, the Craftsman style started falling behind, but regained popularity in the 1980s and is still going strong. The term Craftsman Contemporary arose from many homeowners desiring to mix Craftsman with other styles.


In Europe, large homes, mansions, or manor houses were built on substantial grounds. The feudal estate owned the surrounding land, and the landowner owned the house. The lord of the manor resided here, and the country home served as the manorial courts with manorial tenants. Today’s country homes are on a much smaller scale compared to the late medieval era housing nobility. They are typically found in rural areas with a straight-forward appearance.


The American Arts and Crafts movement started in the 19th century and was popular until around 1930. Again, the idea of high-quality handmade items was compared to the Industrial Revolution of mass-produced items made by a machine. With today’s style ever changing and evolving, the presence of handmade items are and always will be adored and cherished. Let’s not overlook using natural organic materials in the Craftsman style home, those being cedar shingles for siding, stone fireplaces, stone foundations, and wood rafters on the front porches of these amazing homes with deep gabled roofs!

Do you notice the key differences in these homes’ architectural styles? If so, let us know what you think makes these homes stand out from another in the comment section.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Installation

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Vinyl has advanced as a building material over the last century.  From house siding to countertop solutions, all the way to flooring alternatives, vinyl’s versatility and durability are near unrivaled. Many homeowners and businesses have been converting to Luxury Vinyl Planking for its many benefits, making it the fastest growing flooring option in the industry to date.  This high-quality flooring replicates hardwood and can be virtually installed anywhere in your home, including bathrooms and basements.  It is incredibly durable, as well as easy to install.  Unlike sheet vinyl, LVP comes in planks which can be floated directly over your subfloor with no adhesive.  This allows you to save money on prep work, which also makes LVP a very economical solution.  The installation process is simple, involves few tools, and requires light prep work.  If you are looking to install this beautiful flooring option yourself, you have come to the right place.



Luxury Vinyl Planking does not require any elaborate tools to install.  Typically, most planks can be scored with a utility knife and snapped when making your cuts.  For your tools, you will need the following:

  • Broom
  • Utility Knife
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Pry Tool
  • Tape Measure
  • Right Angle

Prep Work


When you first get your Luxury Vinyl Planking, put it inside the room which you plan on installing it.  This can allow the vinyl planking to acclimate to the room and prevent unwanted contraction and expansion after installation.  Typically, this floor needs about 24-48 hours to acclimate.  It is natural for your floor to need to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the space.  Next, you will need to do some simple prep work to your room.  If you are installing it in a room that has carpet, remove the carpet, padding, and tackless.  For rooms that have tile, hardwood, or concrete, this floor can be installed directly over these floorings without removing them.   Broom the area you are looking to install your LVP to remove any dust or debris.  You may want to remove your baseboard or undercut it if it is too flush to the floor.  You can do this by using your pry tool.  Write a number on the back of each piece you remove and write the corresponding number on the wall where it was-this will help you reinstall each piece without being confused where each one went. You can also use this technique on quarter-round.



Most LVPs are manufactured with a built-in underlayment.  Open a few boxes and mix your luxury vinyl planks to assure randomization in the planks.  Select the wall you want to start your installation.  Preferably, select a wall that is connected to the exterior of your home. Also, decide what direction you want your planking to run.  Typically, the length will follow the length of the room; however, this is your personal preference.  Place your planks down and create your first row; you will want a slight gap between the wall and your planks to allow room for contraction and expansion.  You may want to invest in spacers.  Your planks will simply snap together with the interlocking system the manufacturers provided.  For stubborn planks, consider using your rubber mallet to bump each into place.  You can cut a small piece of scrap-plank to create your own tapping block.  Be careful when tapping not to damage the locking system.  For a natural look, make sure your next row is stagger at least 1/3 of a board.   Use your tape measure to get the length you need to cut your last board in each row. You can use your piece from the end of one row to make the starting plank for your next row.  To cut planks, use your right angle and score the boards.  Simply snap them after scoring them.  

Pro-Tip: Luxury Vinyl Tiles can be a little more challenging to interlock.  You may need to use a tapping block more in this process.

The installation process is simple in comparison to many other floorings.  With just a couple of household tools and a little handyman skills, you will be able to install your new flooring with ease.  For more installation tutorials, make sure to subscribe.

Flooring Variables to Ask Before Investing

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It is crucial to have a set of guidelines and principles of what you need and expect in your flooring investment before buying.  Knowing what different floors are capable of and their strengths and weaknesses can help you make your decision.  However, you do not need to know every product’s feature. You should have some simple questions to ask yourself to narrow down your own search.  To help, we put together our top questions to consider when buying new flooring. Let’s take a look!


The cost can play a significant role in some of our decisions.  It is essential to have a general understanding of the cost of different flooring options on the market.  Where carpet may be a more a budget-friendly option, there are always higher end carpets.  Whereas, when tile can be considered a more expensive investment, there are still several budget-friendly options available. 


Another huge factor that goes into your decision making is the amount of traffic your space will see on a day-to-day basis.  There are several categories to consider: carpet, laminate, solid and engineered hardwoods, vinyl, linoleum, and tile.  Even with all these categories, all floors are made differently.  You can purchase carpet that is manufactured for commercial wear and tear or find carpet for moderate to light residential use.  All flooring is made different.  Deciding how heavy of traffic you have in your space can limit what flooring options you should consider.


Where will you be installing your flooring?  Not all flooring can be installed over concrete.  Floating floors are great to have installed over any surface; however, some flooring options may still need to be nailed down.  Know where and what floor you are installing over top.  Some carpets may need to be glued down, and others may allow pad.  Determine what is important to you for your home.  

Decide what type of flooring is best for your application.  You do not need to know every flooring, but it is important to know what questions to ask.  Your sales representative can help make your buying process extremely smooth and help educate you along the way. For assistance, please do not hesitate to call or visit us. One of our expert sales representatives would love to help you in the buying process. Thanks for reading!

What Is Encaustic Tile?

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Tile can add a stunning look to any room while giving it a more elegant, sophisticated, and luxurious feel. There are many beautiful tiles available on the market today, but the attractive look of encaustic tile has been sweeping the market. Encaustic tile is a concrete tile with designs or patterns painted into them with beeswax-based paint. The word encaustic translates “to burn” from Greek. With influxes throughout the history of their popularity, they have once again gained popularity on the market once again, today as a porcelain tile.

Encaustic Tile History

Encaustic tiles were very popular during Henry the Eighth’s reign and later during the Gothic Revival Era. Encaustic tiles were made of clay and typically referred to as inlaid tiles throughout history. However, during the Victorian Era, the name was mistakenly used to identify ceramic tiles that replicated the patterns used on authentic encaustic tiles. These tiles were not created using wax, yet today we have adopted the concept into cement and ceramic tiles as well.


Even though encaustic means “to burn,” not all encaustic tiles are heated today. Cement tiles are compressed and not heated. The designs and colors are hand-poured into the molds. After they have been compressed, they are treated with coats of sealers to protect them. Ceramic encaustic tiles can come two ways: glazed or unglazed. Being made from clays, these typically are set to more earthy tones and less lavish colors.

Pattern Variety

Encaustic tiles have very tradition styles giving homage to their original look yet can also come in very modern looking styles as well. With cement tiles, you can also have different pigments added to give a large color variety. With such an extensive range, these tiles can work great in any commercial or resident space to enhance your design.

As this style remerges, homebuyers and business are craving to get their hands on these beautiful tiles. If you are looking to add a very creative backsplash or beautiful flooring, consider encaustic tiles. They add an artisan’s touch to any space and design.

Helpful Hints for Organizing Your Bathroom

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Are you tired of looking at the clutter of products hidden inside of your medicine cabinet? Or maybe all the bathroom drawers are filled with all kinds of items. If you really desire a streamlined look, it is important to declutter and organize these areas. Taking the time to organize your hygiene products and other supplies will make your mornings run much smoother. Bring order to your bathroom by implementing these key tips:

Medicine Cabinets and Shelves

Let us start by organizing the medicine cabinet and open shelves. These are important areas and should be considered prime real estate. That means only your daily essentials should reside here. Your medicine cabinets and shelves should hold essential everyday items like your favorite moisturizer, toothpaste, shaving cream, and other items.

Use attractive containers for open shelving units. Makeup, skincare products, hair stores can be stored in pretty pouches, glass jars, and decorative cups. For products that are prone to leaking or spills, you can arrange them on trays, which makes them easily accessible and easy to clean.

Use Organizational Tools

Flexible drawer organizers are adjustable, and they can be easily cleaned by wiping the material. Organizational tools are necessary to keep the bottom drawers neat and clean. Drawer organizers are great for storing toiletries and any other supplies that you use often but do not want to leave out on the counters.

Clear bin organizations also come in handy when decluttering the bathroom. You can place these bins in the bottom cabinets or under the sink. Store extra supplies and products that you do not use all the time such as bulky beauty and bathing items. Be sure to separate each product according to its category and place these items in a bin of its own. Also, by labeling each bin, you will be able to easily find the product that you need without shuffling through a ton of products.

Do Not Forget the Hamper

A good laundry hamper is essential. Having a basket makes it easy to keep soiled towels off the floor and an ideal spot to place your dirty clothes. Opt for a lidded hamper if you want to conceal the items inside. Also, you will want to select a hamper that does not take up much floor space. If you have room in your linen closet, see if you can sneak one at the bottom for easy storage and quick access.

We hope you enjoyed these tricks for bathroom organization. For more tips and tricks, be sure to visit us at Century Tile.

How to Decorate with Copper

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Metallics are super trendy this year; however, copper has taken on a life of its own. Unlike silver, which is sleek and contemporary or gold, which is associated with a more traditional style, copper is fresh, modern, and warms up a space. If you are ready to do something different with your home’s decor, you may want to consider hopping onto the copper bandwagon. There are many ways you can incorporate it into your home’s decor. To help you master them all, here are three must-know design tricks:

Copper Fixtures

The most popular way of using this hue in your home is to install copper fixtures. For example, in your kitchen, you can swap out your fixtures such as the cabinet knobs and the faucet for something that features copper. These simple changes can really make a big statement. What about the living room? Copper lighting fixtures are manufactured in an array of styles and sizes. For a dramatic effect, we suggest a pendant copper lighting fixtures. Pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling and can hang over a piece of furniture. Add more interest to the space by utilizing several copper light fixtures. Warm copper tones also complement wood and marble flooring, and this hue adds a pop against white wall treatments.

Copper Accessories

You can get wrong with a few well-placed copper accessories. This is a simple and subtle way to have fun with copper. From vases, trays, lamps, and pillows, copper accessories can serve as an accent to your color theme. Try placing an intricate copper trinket on the bookshelf, the bathroom, or even your home office for an added twist. Just watch how much style it brings to the space. However, when using copper has an accent through accessories, make you do not overdo it. Too many copper accessories in one room can take away from the look.

Copper Furniture

If you are really ready to take a leap, you should invest in quality copper furniture. You can find a copper coffee table, dining chairs, dressers, and host of other types of furniture in many home decor outlets. Be sure to purchase pieces that have classic shapes so that your items will outlast the trend.

How would you use copper in your home design? Let us know in the comment section!

How to Transition Your Home for Summer

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Summer is here and so is the heat! With every season, we love to make little changes to our home to facilitate and embrace the weather. For winter, you put up your tree, use the fireplace, and pull out the cozy blankets, yet summer calls for a more refreshing protocol. Finding simple home improvement projects each season can make your house feel more like home. Here are three ways to get your home ready for summer!

Fireplace Candles

Your fireplace can add a beautiful aesthetic look to your home; however, summer is no time for a fire. Or is it? Instead of creating a hot, roaring wood burning fire, clean out your fireplace. You can still get the visual beauty without the warmth by adding a plethora of decorative candles. You can even find sweet summer scented candles to help enhance the atmosphere in more than one way!

Comforter Delete

During the warmer months, the heat can be brutal. You can always crank the air conditioning or make do with a little extra heat. This summer change out your bedding. Delete the comforter or fold it at the end of the bed. Find cool sheets like bamboo or silk to add more comfort. Add some summer throw pillows to the room as well!

Patio Furniture

Once the spring rain has come and gone, you will be spending a lot more time outdoors. Time to spruce up the patio with some patio furniture. Get some seating and end tables to make your patio feel more welcoming. By adding a grill to your patio, you can meal prep outside as well! You can even invest in a firepit for the nights as well. Patio décor and lighting options are endless. Tailor your space to your needs and wants!

Take pride in your home this summer. Simple summer turnaround tricks can make your home always feel ready and adapted to the season. The warm months can be brutal. Be proactive and make the best of them. For more fun tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe. What are your favorite ways to get your home ready for summer? Let us know below in the comment section.

How to Master Your Home’s Design

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Designing your space can be tricky. While it is always great to get inspiration from other’s designs, creating your own design is the best way to tailor your space to you. Mimicking is the highest form of flattery, so use design themes as guidelines. However, when creating your own design, you should consider different elements. Everything plays a role in your space, from functionality to aesthetics. If you are looking to create a new design in your space, here are three rules to consider:

The Rule of Three Colors | 60:30:10

Color is a powerful element to add to any space. Whatever colors you add to your home will directly affect the mood and overall feeling of your home. While certain colors can create hard contrast and others can subtly complement one another; generally, you should not add more than three colors. Your first color will be your primary. The primary color can be used in 60% of the space. Your next color is the secondary color. This will be used in 30% of the space you are creating. While lastly, your accent color can be used to fill the remaining 10% of the room. This color rule will allow colors to pop and dynamically affect the space and the ambiance.

Types of Lighting

Lighting is also essential in a room to create a mood. There are three types of lighting to consider in each room. Your first lighting option is your general or ambient lighting. This light is whatever you choose to use to illuminate your space. The light should make basic mobility easy and cover the entirety of the space. The next style of lighting to add is your task lighting-this is for more intricate tasks like reading or preparing food. Lastly, your accent lighting-this is used to help derive interest on a focal point. It can be achieved through track lighting or recessed light fixtured.

The Power of Plants

Colors and lights are a surefire method to add life to your home. Another key factor to consider is adding plant life. Plants can freshen up the atmosphere and improve air quality. Put large plants in open areas and add smaller plants to accent a room. Plants are also an excellent way to splash more color back into the atmosphere.

With all this being said, rules are meant to be broken. If the design you envision breaks these rules, follow your heart. Your home should reflect your passions and interest. Let your design represent you. The greatest part of interior design is that nothing is wrong. Art is all perception, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Make your house feel like home by tailoring it to your desires!

Flipping Houses Checklist: Things to Remember

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Flipping homes can be extremely lucrative. When looking at the market and deciding what home to buy, you want to find one you can buy for a low price and sell for a high price. Most of these homes will need work done to help get them appraised for a higher value on the market. In order to get your home to sell for the best price, you need to look at other homes in the area. Look at what they have in them that your investment may be lacking, and remember not to personalize this project. You want to tailor it to the market, not you. In order to keep on this path, we created a comprehensive checklist for you to follow. These investments and repairs are the essentials to look at in your home. Keep in mind that going above and beyond may not always lead to a higher selling price. It is best to strategize and know the neighborhood.

Create a Template

Make a list of areas you will need to inspect in the home. There will be areas you can generally look at and get the idea but prepare to hire an inspector. Several areas will be critical to making sure you will not need to invest in fixing:

  • Home’s Foundation
  • Roofing
  • HVAC
  • Exterior
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Appliances
  • Basement
  • Flooring
  • Interior Walls and Ceilings
  • Exterior Siding
  • Countertops

Take note of any odor, molding, or water damage. If you can find out when things were last updated in the home, you can have a better idea of the property’s prior maintenance.

Hire an Inspector

Anything you notice you may need to fix, take note. Your inspector can further scrutinize areas and make sure there are no underlying issues to the home. Avoiding the unexpected can be a gamble but do your due diligence and avoid properties with extensive repairs that you cannot flip at a reasonable buying price. When you get your inspector report, you need to do your homework and see how much you will invest in repairs.

Budget Solutions

This can be where the buyer makes their worst mistakes. If you need to hire a contractor or installer for different areas, calculate this into the price. You want to have a budget set, and determine if your repairs can fit into your budget. Look at what is moving on the market in the area, and tailor the home to that style for it to sell quickly.

After going through your checklist and budgeting, you should be comfortable investing in the property. If anything does not feel right, go with your gut. You need to be extremely wary of projects out of your comfort zone as well. Get multiple quotes and have a good understanding of the market.

Tips for Upgrading Your Outdoor Patio

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We spend a lot of time and investments in improving our homes. If we expect guests or company, we will straighten up and make our kitchens and living rooms more welcoming and inviting to our guests; however, with warm weather here, you may be spending more time outdoors. It is easy for our patios to become neglected and outdated, yet these are the perfect areas to invite friends and family. Styles are changing, and it is time to upgrade your patio. Currently, many people aspire for their patio to look like a resort. To help you embrace the relaxing resort lifestyle, here are the three key elements to keep in mind for achieving that dream oasis look:


Before investing in the aesthetics of the patio, make sure your patio is up to par. Repair all crack, chips, and age damage that you may have, and remove all weeds and overgrown shrubs. You will want a clean slate before beginning your patio upgrades. You may even decide to tile your patio or install composite deck tiles–this can really enhance the space and show you care.


The furniture and lighting you add to your patio can create the overall ambiance. Try to find patio furniture that follows a theme–this can help your patio feel connected and balanced. Your patio can have more than just chairs, so consider adding any of these to really help give your patio a more resort getaway sensation:

  • Umbrellas
  • Barstools
  • Chairs
  • Hanging Lightings
  • Pergola
  • Plants
  • End tables
  • Firepit
  • Gazebo

All these and more can help really influence the space. Look for furniture that complements each other and do not neglect the lighting. Let your party fade away into the night with proper lighting to help set the mood. If you live where bugs may be, remember to invest in tiki lights or other alternatives to monitor pest control.


Finally, consider your patios a source of entertainment–this can be a focal point of the night or just help enhance the atmosphere. You can make this as extravagant or relaxed as you desire. Some activities and entertainment ideas to consider could be as follows:

  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Pizza Oven
  • Grill
  • Outdoor Bar
  • Firepit
  • Speaker for music
  • Television

The list can continue forever. If your property has the privilege of a unique landscape, consider using this to your advantage. Lakes are great for boating and fishing or ad open backyard may be a great place to migrate to a firepit.

Consider upgrading your patio because it can transform the level of entertainment you can have when entertaining. Having this option also allows you to host larger gatherings. Investing in your patio can be a fun way to facilitate the outdoors of your home. Have fun this summer and let your patio be your new hangout.