Remodeling for the Long-Term
Posted: Thursday, May 21st 2015 in Remodeling
If you are deciding where to invest in your home, it’s important to consider the long-term. The best home investments are those that benefit you now as well as in the future. So when you’re limited by budget or time, make sure to opt for upgrades that will improve your daily life now and provide you with the highest return-on-investment (ROI) later.
The kitchen and bathroom are obvious places to start but if you can’t afford to remodel these spaces completely, there are still changes you can make to spruce up the look and feel of your home and to set you up to resell it in the future without worry over its condition. We’re here to help you through the decision process with ease!
The Best Home Investments in the Mid-Atlantic: Cost vs. Value
Of course the best home investments aren’t the same for every family and every home. You’ll need to ... Read More
Designing Your Perfect Closet
Posted: Tuesday, May 12th 2015 in Remodeling
The closet has transformed from a small nook for some clothes to a spacious room that’s beautifully organized and serves as an extension of the bedroom. When done right, your closet design makes starting each day simple, eliminating clutter from other rooms and giving your bedroom a touch of added beauty.
Closet Design Ideas
One of the best ways to maximize functionality and create the right aesthetic is through your closet cabinets. Walk-in closets offer plenty of space to store everything you need, from clothing to jewelry to shoes, but it’s the cabinetry that makes it organized and beautiful. Consider a combination of open shelving for easy access to your shoes and scarves with more traditional cabinets in place to keep your more intimate apparel. Depending on the layout of your space and your goals for the project, this can mean an island with cabinets in ... Read More
Mismatched Kitchen Islands and Cabinetry: Does It Work?
Posted: Thursday, April 30th 2015 in Kitchens
Mismatched cabinets and kitchen islands have grown popular in Mid-Atlantic home remodels. But is the trend meant to last? Will you still love your colored kitchen cabinets years from now? Or will they look tacky once their popularity fades? Here’s our take on the matter.
The Colored Kitchen Cabinets Trend
While a kitchen island that complements the cabinetry can offer its own appeal, many homeowners find it too “matchy-matchy,” and in some cases maybe even a bit dull, for their tastes. By choosing a mismatched island with colored kitchen cabinets of opposing shades, you can give your space a pop of color that’s unique without going over the top. Whether that means a solid black kitchen island with wooden cabinets or an island in a blue or green shade against white cabinetry, it’s easy to experiment with this trend to find a look that is your own. You can choose ... Read More
Is a Farmhouse Sink Right for Your Kitchen?
Posted: Thursday, April 23rd 2015 in Remodeling
Farmhouse sinks, also called apron front sinks, have become a major design trend for homeowners undergoing kitchen renovations in the Mid-Atlantic. Whether you live in Baltimore, Maryland or Wilmington, Delaware, you may have noticed your neighbors gushing over the latest designs. But while popular, it doesn’t mean this style sink is the right fit for every home.
Is a farmhouse sink a good addition to your kitchen? Let us help you decide.
Pros and Cons of the Apron Front Sink
The apron front sink isn’t just for the farm. It’s also ideal in all types of kitchens from Delaware to Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Maryland. And with a deep, rectangular basin and an exposed front, it is especially appealing in the traditional country style kitchen.
Benefits of installing a farmhouse sink in your kitchen include:
- Unique style that makes an artistic statement
- Numerous material options – porcelain, soapstone, stainless steel, copper, cast iron, and more
- Easy ... Read More
Design Trend: Subway Tile
Posted: Tuesday, April 14th 2015 in Bathrooms
If you are considering installing new tile in your bathroom or a kitchen backsplash mosaic, subway tile is a beautiful choice with unique style. An extremely versatile tile style that can complement nearly any room design, subway tiles make a popular choice in Mid-Atlantic home remodels for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Let’s take a closer look at this timeless trend!
What Makes Subway Tile So Popular?
Subway tiles are rectangular tiles that got their name from the New York City subway system. They are used in both kitchen and bathroom applications and are popular primarily because they are:
- Easy to clean
- Stain resistant
- Extremely hygienic
- Light reflective
- Easily customizable in multiple sizes, colors, textures, and patterns
The Subway Tile Backsplash
Subway tile can be an appealing choice for kitchen backsplashes. Not only is it extremely sanitary and easy to clean, making it ideal in an environment where you’re handling food, but it’s easily customizable to ... Read More
Taking the Stress Out of a Home Remodel
Posted: Tuesday, March 31st 2015 in Remodeling
Remodeling projects can be overwhelming and stressful to many homeowners. We’ve seen all different types of renovations since we opened our doors in 1963, and our experiences have taught us a thing or two we think may help take the stress out of your project. Follow the tips below, and focus on all that your newly remodeled space will bring you and your family!
Our Tips for an Easier Home Remodel
To make the process as stress-free as possible, we’ve found the following advice to be extremely beneficial:
Do your planning! We can’t stress the importance of this enough. Make sure you do your research and plan ahead to ensure the success of your project. Look into several contractors in your area to find the right one, taking into account testimonials, referrals (usually given upon request), certifications, and previous experience. A reliable contractor is critical to completing your project on ... Read More
How to Give Your Home Mid-Century Modern Style
Posted: Monday, March 23rd 2015 in Remodeling
Mid-century modern architecture is coming back to home designs all over the United States in a big way. Often characterized by large, glass windows and open floor plans, mid-century modern design originally emerged in the mid-90s with technologies and materials inspired by the World War II era. The trend brought homeowners a deeper connection to nature, encouraging them to go outside with expansive sliding, glass doors and more open setups.
Years later, mid-century homes have become popular once again as a way to give your home unique visual interest in a world where blocks of houses feature the same designs.
Characteristics of Mid-Century Modern Homes
How can you bring mid-century modern style to your Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Maryland home? It’s simple! Choose your favorites among the following characteristics that define mid-century modern architecture today:
- Large, glass windows and sliding doors bring in added light from multiple angles
- Simplistic ... Read More
The Buzz Around Heated Floors
Posted: Tuesday, March 10th 2015 in Remodeling
Do you always wear slippers to avoid stepping on the cold floor? Are you looking for a way to maximize your home comfort? Heated flooring is an effective solution for homeowners looking to combat the chilly winters of the Mid-Atlantic and can help to create a more luxurious interior space. Often found in bathrooms, the heated flooring trend is extending to all rooms of the house.
The Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating
Heated floors are used to create a spa-like experience in the master baths of many of our clients’ homes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. However, they provide numerous benefits aside from luxury, serving as an alternative to traditional heating methods in small applications and as a secondary heating source in larger rooms. Consider the following:
- Radiant floor heating increases thermal comfort, warming not just the flooring itself but the room as a whole. The temperature is higher at ... Read More
How to Create a Universal Bathroom Design
Posted: Friday, February 27th 2015 in Remodeling
Do you have a family member or loved one who needs help getting around? Showering and using the bathroom can become more difficult for the elderly or handicapped, and having a universal bathroom design is critical. It may seem like a daunting task to remodel your existing space for accessibility, but expert guidance from the pros at Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center makes it easy.
We’ve created a list of tips for a handicap bathroom design that not only suits the needs of you and your loved ones, but is also stylish and reflective of your personal tastes.
The Best Handicap Bathroom Design Has:
An accessible shower and/or tub area. One of the biggest challenges for the elderly or those suffering from injury, illness, or disability often involves the shower. Getting in and out can be just as difficult as bathing for many, so it’s important your new handicap bathroom features the right ... Read More
All About 2015 Design and Construction Week
Posted: Tuesday, February 24th 2015 in Remodeling
January brought with it 2015 Design and Construction Week™ (DCW), where an estimated 125,000 industry experts convened at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the largest tradeshow in the field. Consumer Reports has released the hottest trends and products from this year’s show, and we’re here to reveal the findings and expertly implement your favorites into your next remodeling project!
The biggest and best trends revealed at this year’s Design and Construction Week™ included:
- This year’s show saw an increase in hand-less kitchen appliances and fixtures that provide clean, contemporary style and help improve sanitation within this space. Manufacturers are now creating such technology as dishwashers that are enabled by knocking, touch-to-open cabinetry doors, and faucets with hand-less alternatives.
- Many kitchen appliances once popular in commercial settings are now coming to residential kitchens for a simplified cooking and cleaning experience. Sous Vide ovens from General Electric (GE) are one ... Read More