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The Case for Linoleum and Vinyl Floors

So far in this flooring series, I’ve discussed a variety of ceramic tile, plank wood, engineered wood and laminate floors. Rounding out but by no means completing this series are linoleum and vinyl — also called resilient flooring, or sheet goods. Resilient flooring’s a better…

Kitchen Counters: Granite for Incredible Longevity

Granite, the same stone that portions of ancient Egyptian pyramids are composed of, is ubiquitous in the kitchen for good reason. This stout stone that can weather millennia easily stands up to kitchen use and abuse. Is granite right for your kitchen? Have a look. The…

Ready to Try a Larger Tile?

One of my favorite size tiles to use on floors and walls is large-format rectangular 12″x24″ tile. Think really big subway tile. It is an ideal size to try if you are considering going larger but want to ease into it. It may appear large…

Take Your Shower Tile to the Ceiling

Creating illusions for the eye can do great things for design. In this case, a simple trick can make your bathroom feel larger. Most of us don’t have the grand bathrooms shown to us in magazines or in this idea-book. But that’s the great thing…

Top 10 Tips for Choosing Shower Tile

Many factors come into play in choosing the perfect shower tile, and often the shower’s design will dictate the type of tile that can or should be used. For example, if you love a curved shower bench, you will need to use a smaller tile.…

11 Ways to Create Indoor-Outdoor Connections

Forging a strong connection between indoors and outdoors can make your home feel more expansive and light filled, and can encourage flow between indoor and outdoor rooms. You would be hard pressed to find another design change that has a greater impact on the way…

Lower Your Heating Bills With Some Simple Weather Stripping

Leaky spots around windows and doors are notoriously big problems for homeowners in locations with cold winters and humid summers, and they can lead to bigger problems. Even before adding insulation to your house, the most important step in making your house more comfortable is…

Bathroom Surfaces: Ceramic Tile Pros and Cons

Often praised for its durability and variety, ceramic tile is a popular choice for bathroom finishes. If you’re drawn to color and texture, this material can deliver on both fronts. But the sheer variety of ceramic tiles is endless, which can make finding just the…

Choosing Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood—just the word evokes images of charm, richness, and classic looks. Wood floors last a lifetime and gain “character” with age. Given the wide array of flooring options available, you’re bound to find one that fits your lifestyle and budget. Below are some of the…

Hottest hardwood trends

As homeowners search for new hardwood flooring, it’s clear what is uppermost in their minds: Authenticity. An appealing look or style is not enough. While consumers are certainly concerned about a floor’s durability and value, they want something of substance even more. They choose hardwood…