If you’re like most people, finding a unique and heartfelt gift for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day can cause a little anxiety. So, set aside the flowers, box of candy and don’t make those reservations just yet, because we’ve got some great tips on how to ensure this year’s gift will be remembered for years to come.
Being with the person you love is no different than being in a home you love. And there are few things more exciting to a relationship, or a home, than taking something that’s already good and making it even better. Granite Transformations can take your living space to the next level, creating an ambiance that reignites your passion for your living space, and is guaranteed to make your significant other smile.
Kissing the Cook
Every room in your home gets its fair share of traffic and activity, but none more than the kitchen, which is often the heart of every household. It doesn’t matter if you’re living in an older Victorian-style or a newly-built modern home, changing the layout, or just improving the overall feel of a kitchen, can improve more than the aesthetic.
Inspiration for your home can be found anywhere. Whether it’s a show on TV, a spread in a magazine, or a hotel keep an eye out for ideas to implement into your designs. Here are a few rooms that stood out to us from our favorite hotels across the world.
Harbour Rocks Hotel
This gorgeous hotel in Sydney, Australia is a perfect example of how to blend two styles while creating your own distinct look. With rooms ranging from modern to classic, the two aesthetics blend together in the lobby, creating a comfortable yet minimalist space. Every room here is immaculately designed, but it’s the kitchen that stands out to us.
Painted in warm colors and mixing stone, tile, and granite, this room is surprising to the eye. The white granite countertop offsets the darker colors beautifully, and the shelf space is minimally designed and elegant. If you have a lot of space to work with, consider a modern look like this. Bonus points for big bay windows, letting in lots of natural light.
If you’re thinking about remodeling, the kitchen and bathroom are two major areas that can increase the value of your home. Consider upgrading the following key points during your next renovation project.
In an older home, a great place to start is your lighting. While visiting a local hardware or home improvement store, you may see that you have out-of-date fluorescent boxes or fixtures adorning your kitchen. A contractor can remove the old lighting and replace it with contemporary and subtle recessed lighting, or install pendants over islands, tables and sinks for a bolder, modern feel. There are many budget-friendly options that will make a big difference in your kitchen’s look and the value of your home.
Granite Transformations’ mosaic tile is a versatile product suitable for residential and commercial remodeling projects.
When it comes to remodeling projects, it is often difficult to think of design ideas of how to create a unique space. Granite Transformations often solves this challenge by adding our popular mosaic tile in innovative ways to transform a kitchen, bathroom or commercial remodel into an area with a distinctive personality. Mosaic tile is an elegant and smart product to incorporate because of its ability to adapt to nearly any space of your home or business, adding color, depth and character.
Using our mosaic tile for a kitchen backsplash is the most popular use of this stunning product. With a variety of styles and colors to choose from, our tile can fit in seamlessly with any style of kitchen. You can choose a colorful tile to add personality to your kitchen, or choose more of a muted color to add texture. Plus, what makes our product unique is that it arrives to your home or commercial space pre-grouted. This means that the installation is easier, cleaner and faster.
Bath Tub Decoration
Our mosaic tile adds dimension to a typically uninspiring portion of the bathroom: the bathtub. As you can see by the image below, adding our mosaic tile brings attention to the bathtub, while transforming the area to create a spa-like atmosphere.
Due to the variety of colors of our mosaic tile, we can help you create a stunning mural which will stop people in their tracks. Plus, the tiles are also weather-resistant and require little upkeep, making them especially suitable for outdoor design projects
Hiring professionals for major renovations is the smart decision in order to avoid expensive mishaps.
When it comes to DIY home improvement projects involving your kitchen or bathroom, cutting corners by doing projects yourself may come back to haunt you with even bigger costs. Improvement projects in these areas of the home are tricky and require highly skilled professionals to execute properly. At Granite Transformations, we provide you with an expertly completed install with beautiful products at a guaranteed estimate.
A popular reason why homeowners try to attempt home improvement projects themselves is because they believe this lowers the cost of the job. This is not always the case due to unforeseen costs involving the renting or purchasing of the expensive, specialized equipment you need to complete these installations. Additionally, you should consider how much your time is worth since these projects take a lot of time to research and execute for non-professionals. Plus, in the event that a project goes awry, you may end up paying more than you would have in the first place.
Granite Transformations is the perfect alternative to do-it-yourself projects. During your in-home consultation, we provide you with design advice as you choose your desired products and colors to meet your remodeling needs. We can accommodate all your remodeling needs with our large selection of gorgeous granite countertops, recycled glass surfaces, mosaic tile and cabinet refacing. At the end of the in-home consultation, we give you an honest, all inclusive estimate which encompasses the cost of materials and installation. After the materials have been made to fit your needs, a team of our expertly trained installers will install the products in as little as one day!
This means that you get the expertise of a professional designer, contractor, installer and more, all for one cost. Plus, because our estimate is guaranteed, there will be no added or surprise costs like with other remodeling services. You also get the added benefit of a lifetime warranty with Granite Transformations products.
Designing for small spaces can be difficult, and nowhere is it as difficult as the bathroom. With a small bedroom or living room space, you can at least choose furniture and create a layout that maximizes the interior space – but that’s not the case when you have a small bathroom.
No matter what, you’re still going to need a sink, toilet, storage space, and a shower at minimum. And unless you’re looking to put some serious dollars into the pocket of your local plumber, the interior plumbing of your home dictates that you’re stuck with the existing layout as well.
Although getting the most out of a small bathroom space can be difficult, you can create the illusion of a roomy space by applying basic principles of interior design and adding a touch of your own creativity. The key is to examine each and every element of your bathroom with an eye towards elimination and integration. Does the item take up more space than necessary? Could its functionality be integrated with another item? Could it be tucked away somewhere else?
You’ll also want to ensure that you eliminate any features that jut out into your already small space – this makes it feel more cluttered and cramped. Combine this with the right color combinations and lighting to create the illusion of a spacious retreat.
Whether you’re looking to remodel your bathroom, or just add some finishing touches, here are some additional DIY ideas that you can implement to get the most of your small bathroom space.
1. Use Narrow Wall Shelves
While your first instinct may be to tuck your storage space into the vanity or in a medicine cabinet and eliminate shelves altogether, narrow wall shelves let you maximize interior space while still looking stylish. They’re also extremely easy to install.
A secondary benefit is that you’ll have your key toiletries easily accessible, without needing a large counter space. Use narrow wall shelves to store your soaps, shampoos, cotton balls, towels, and lotion, while leaving your more private toiletries for the vanity.
There’s certainly a trade off here – on the one hand, a vanity offers hidden storage space and more counter surface. On the other hand, it takes up unnecessary space and makes the bathroom feel smaller. While a pedestal sink may not always be the best choice for your overall design scheme, it’s certainly something to consider.
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3. Switch To A Floating vanity
If a pedestal sink isn’t the right look for you, consider switching to a small floating vanity. This will give your bathroom a more modern and spacious feel, while also giving you some easily accessible storage space under the vanity – a place to tuck your trash can for example.
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4. Use A Clear Shower Curtain/Door
You can’t magically expand your bathroom space – or can you? If you have an opaque shower curtain or shower door, you’re just closing off your existing bathroom space. If you want your cozy little bathroom space to feel a little bigger, just add a clear shower curtain/shower door. Your bathroom will instantly feel a whole lot bigger.
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5. Choose soft, pale color schemes
Choosing softer, pale color schemes will help give your bathroom the illusion of space. This certainly doesn’t mean your bathroom has to be painted a flowery pink or all white, but it does mean you’ll want to avoid using bold, strong colors. For background surfaces like the floor and walls, choose from a palette of white, neutral colors, and pastels. Add some brightly colored accessories and towels for accents in order to add some “pop”.
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Granite Transformations’ recycled glass countertop is one of several eco- friendly options we offer for any remodeling project
As Earth Day approaches and in recognition of National Recycling Month in April, you may be more conscientious of the environmental impact you make on a day-to-day basis. If you’re considering a home remodel, one way to reduce waste while getting a beautiful new space is to choose Granite Transformations for your remodeling needs. With gorgeous, quality products, many of which are made from recycled materials, and an installation process which virtually eliminates waste, you can enjoy an amazing remodel, which is less harmful to the earth.
Countertops: Our recycled glass countertops use up to 72% post consumer recycled material, making it a very earth-friendly option for your home improvement projects. Additionally, both our exclusive granite and recycled glass countertops use 65% less material than traditional countertops because our products are created to be installed over existing surfaces.
Mosaic Tile: Granite Transformations offers many different mosaic tile color and style options made from recycled materials. To find out which tiles are our most eco-friendly, just look for the recycle symbol on our mosaic tiles colors page.
Installation and Manufacturing Process: Because we often install products over existing surfaces, less waste is produced. With this demolition-free installation process, it also means that a home improvement project with Granite Transformations is a convenient and headache-free option. Plus, we use recycled materials whenever possible, which means that our products are created using less energy and consuming fewer resources.
Granite Transformations can help your kitchen and bathroom blossom this spring
Spring has officially arrived, and you know what that means—spring cleaning is here. As you get rid of the old and bring in the new, you may be considering a home remodel. You can simplify your spring cleaning routine for years to come with Granite Transformations’ gorgeous yet low maintenance products which come in a variety of styles and colors. Plus, don’t forget to take advantage of our kitchen and bathroom remodeling services, including our in-home consultation, to help design the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams.
Our stunning, exclusive granite countertops are infused with ForeverSeal, eliminating the need to apply a granite seal every year. In fact, our granite countertops are virtually maintenance-free and can be cleaned on a day-to-day basis with soap and water or a mild, ammonia-free household cleaner. Backsplashes made with our extensive collection of mosaic tiles can also be wiped clean with soap and water.
If you’re looking for a beautiful update to your bathroom, we have a multifunctional line of products which look amazing and can cut down on your spring cleaning. When it comes to shower walls and vanity surfaces, combat mildew and stains with our low-maintenance and grout-free granite surface. Our cabinet refacing services offer a large selection of cabinet styles and colors to add the perfect touch to your bathroom. Plus, you won’t have to worry about steam ruining your new cabinets thanks to our moisture-resistant surfaces.
While you may think you don’t spend a lot of time in your bathroom, according to a Bathroom Habits Survey from MaP, the average person spends 30 minutes in the bathroom daily. That is more than 182 hours per year for each individual, and many find themselves spending more time than the average.
Make the most of your time in the bathroom by creating a spa-like sanctuary, a place that is both beautiful and functional.
A bathroom remodeling project is a perfect project for fall as you’ll be spending more time indoors than outdoors. What better way to get ready for spring and summer entertainment than bathroom improvements?
Whether your remodeling project is big or small, Granite Transformations provides a fast and reliable service every time. You can chose from our Trend Stone or Trend Glass walls, beautiful mosaic wallpapers or accent pieces, vanity countertops, cabinet refacing and more.
Worried about the longevity of our products? Rest assured, we offer a lifetime warranty on our products and installation! The products are heat, stain, scratch, mold and mildew resistant, so your new bathroom will stay in first-rate shape for years to come.
Feel free to contact the showroom near you to get started on your new bathroom project. Our design consultations are free and we will come to your home so that you feel comfortable with the direction and colors used in your bathroom design.
Many homeowners who have an older bathroom desire something more modern and appealing; however, a complete renovation may not be practical or affordable. Installing new tile in a bathroom is a project that most homeowners can do themselves and it does not have to be as costly as they may think.
Installing New Bathroom Tile
The most time consuming part of the project must be tackled first, which is the removal of the bathroom fixtures, large and small. This includes the shower stall, vanity, light fixtures, sink and commode. Upon removal of the shower stall, it may be necessary to repair the wall after installing the new shower base. This should be accomplished through the use of water resistant sheet rock. The new shower base should then be installed and the plumbing reconnected.
Preparing the Sub Floor
Removing the existing floor covering is the next step. Depending on the type of floor being removed, it may be necessary to install cement board over the old sub floor, and its surface must be clean before beginning the installation of the new floor. Cement board can be installed over the old flooring, but if one chooses this route, he or she must keep in mind that this will raise the height of the floor by an inch or more, making it necessary to plane the bottom of the bathroom door.
Laying the New Tiles
It is necessary to mark the starting point prior to laying the new tiles, which should be made with a pencil precisely in the middle of the room. Next, one must use a trowel to spread a generous layer of glue on the sub floor. As a general rule, the area covered with glue should be equal in size to the amount one can tile in a half hour or less. This ensures that the glue will not dry out before the tiles are put in place. Grooves should be made in the glue by holding the notched side of the trowel toward the outside of the area where the glue was placed.
One should begin by positioning the first two tiles, which should be installed on either side of the pencil mark. A spacer tile down should then be positioned in the corner where the first two tiles meet, and the tiles should be pressed together firmly in the direction of the spacer and towards the floor at the same time. Completing this step correctly is essential, as this will determine how snugly the tiles fit together. An adequate amount of time should be allowed for this step, as it does little or no good to finish the task quickly, but end up with loose fitting tiles that look sloppy and unattractive. It is also imperative to start in the middle and work outwards to avoid becoming “tiled into a corner.”
When all of the tiles have been installed, the grout should be added. When the grouting has dried, the bathroom fixtures should be carefully reinstalled, and any excess glue or grout should be wiped up with a wet sponge. The tiles should be allowed to set for 48 hours, and the grout should be polished with a damp cloth or according to the directions on the container of sealant.
Tracey Roper is a content contributor for floorwarmers.co.uk, an electric underfloor heating company based in the UK