Last Updated on January 6, 2020

When trying to add some “green” to our lives, one of the first place homeowners turn to is the kitchen. There are several ways you can transform your kitchen, including installing eco-friendly appliances and choosing recycled glass countertops.

What about other trends that are sweeping across the nation that can provide efficiency while saving money? Whether you believe in saving the planet or not, some of these trends have solidity behind why you would want to implement them.


Last Updated on May 27, 2022

Does your bathtub beckon you after a long day, or does it leave much to be desired? Soaking in a bathtub can be one of life’s most relaxing moments—when you can escape from your busy lifestyle and bask in the warmth of bubbly goodness. If you find yourself opting for a quick shower instead of retreating to a soothing bath, it may be time to upgrade your tub with a tub surround. It might just be the answer to creating a spa-like retreat in your home while giving you the pampering you deserve. Are you ready to take your bathtub to the next level? Here’s what you need to know.

What is a bathtub surround?

Think of a bathtub surround as a backsplash for your tub. The possibilities are endless. Some homeowners choose to protect the walls just above the tub while others go all out to create works of art and practicality around their bathtubs. While some may choose to use tile for their tub surrounds, the latest trends are diving into more sophisticated looks using mosaic tiles and solid surface materials.

Get ready to take your bathtub remodel to the next level! The countless design choices can get a little overwhelming. With so many styles and materials to choose from, where do you start? To help you kickstart your planning, here are some beautiful tile tub surround ideas from Granite and TREND Transformations to whet your appetite and inspire your design creativity.

Classic Design

To achieve a classic and timeless look for your tub, choose large, neutral tiles for a stunning visual. You can carry the tiles up the full length of the wall or stop part way up.

At Granite and TREND Transformations, we have multiple product lines perfectly suited to achieve this elegant tub surround. Peruse our concrete collection or quartz collection for color.

Marble-inspired Elegance

Marble is elegant and timeless. It’s the perfect way to enhance even the smallest of bathroom spaces. Plus, the possibilities are endless! You can choose to keep solid tiling to showcase the unique veining, or you can accent your tub surround using mosaic tiles.

With marble from Granite and TREND Transformations, you can achieve this look without installing traditionally soft and porous marble. Our marble collection is made from quartz and recycled glass, and will hold up beautifully to bathroom use.

A Work of Art

Let your creativity run wild with a mosaic tub surround and create a show-stopping work of art that never goes out of style. Multi-colored mosaic tiles are an elegant backdrop to soothe your senses and beckon you after a long day. Additionally, mosaic tiles offer a wide range of options to suit every style. So whether you love bright colors or prefer more muted and neutral tones, you will find the perfect fit!

With the wide range of patterns, colors, and styles found in the Granite and TREND Transformations’ mosaic tile collection, you have ample choices. Let your imagination guide you and you’re sure to find the perfect mosaic tiles for your space!


A Perfect Place

Don’t let a small space prevent you from achieving the bathroom of your dreams. You can give yourself a “time-out” in a personally inspired tub surround and create your own personal oasis.

Consider the timeless elegance of travertine to transform your tub into the perfect spot to relax. Granite and TREND Transformations proudly carries stunning travertine tiles perfect for tub surrounds.

Are you still having trouble deciding what decor is right for your space and your lifestyle? We can help! Contact Granite and TREND Transformations to schedule your free in-home design consultation. You could be soaking in luxury sooner than you think, as most jobs can be completed in one day.

Last Updated on April 8, 2019

Did you know many Americans, on average, receive a tax refund of $3,000?  While the first impulse may be to splurge on a vacation or luxury item, savvy homeowners are investing in their biggest asset: their homes. Whether your refund falls above or below the average, there are great ways to use this “found money” on home improvements which can not only spruce up your space, but boost resale value and yield a strong return on your investment (ROI).

Before you spend

It’s easy to get excited about spending your refund, but before you do, ask yourself this question: “How long do I plan to stay in the home?” Your answer will be your guide on how much to spend on home improvements and where to put your money. If you’re planning on staying for a while, then its best to invest in projects that improve your life and your home’s value. Here are some ideas and remember, you can either go all out and spend your return on one project or spread it around on smaller ones. Regardless of which path you choose, you’re sure to enjoy your upgrades and new purchases!

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Reseal Your Driveway

Resealed Driveway

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Upgrade Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen Backsplash

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Accent Wall

Accent Wall

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Outdoor Improvements for Curb Appeal Landscaping


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Window Boxes and Shutters

Window Boxes & Shutters

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Backyard Pergola

Backyard Pergola

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Energy-Efficient Appliances

Energy-Efficient Appliances

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Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation

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Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation

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Are you expecting a tax refund this year? You may want to consider investing in one or more home improvements to increase your home’s value. Contact Granite and Trend Transformations for your free in-home design consultation to see how easy and affordable it can be to enjoy the benefits of your tax refund.

Last Updated on December 8, 2021

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With tax season upon us, some homeowners are feeling the pinch as they scramble to find deductions to lower their tax burden. Did you know there are some home improvements that can yield a tax deduction on capital gains? While some improvements might be considered repairs, others are considered allowable renovations that may help your bottom line. Here’s what you need to know:

How long have you lived in your home?

Before you get excited about taking advantage of the tax deduction, you need to know the facts. To be eligible for a tax deduction when you sell your home, you must have lived there for two of the last five years. Let’s say you’ve lived in your home for that long. You are eligible for up to $500,000 of your profit tax-free ($250,000 if you’re single or married, filing separately.) So, what does that mean? Simply stated, the remodeling cost can be deducted from your capital gains, providing the renovation was an eligible capital improvement.

What is a capital improvement?

Learning the IRS lingo is the first order of business to ensure you’re spending your money in the right places. A capital improvement increases your home’s value while a repair returns something to its original condition. Here’s what you need to know. A capital improvement must:

  • Last more than one year
  • Add value to your home
  • Prolong your home’s life or adapt it to new uses

It’s easy to confuse capital improvements with repairs. Here are some examples of how they’re different:

Repair (Non-Eligible)                                              Capital Improvement (Eligible)

Replacing a few roof shingles                                    Replace entire roof

Replace a broken window pane                                Replace the window

Home improvements- like painting your house or replacing worn out gutters- might spruce up the look of your home, but they are not considered deductible home improvement expenses. Here are some examples that are:

Qualified Additions

We’ve broken it all down with some popular examples of how homeowners are improving their homes as they enjoy the tax benefit of their renovation. Here are some home additions that qualify as capital improvements, according to the IRS Publication 523:

Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

  • Installation of a new heating system
  • Installation of a new central air-conditioning system
  • Water filtration system
  • Central humidifier
  • Fireplace

Miscellaneous Interior Improvements

  • New plumbing systems
  • Air filtration systems
  • New insulation, including pipes and ducts
  • Home security
  • Intercom system
  • New water heater
  • Installation of new septic tank
  • Attaching soft water system

Outdoor Improvements

  • Landscaping for curb appeal
  • New driveway and/or walkway
  • Fence or retaining wall
  • Swimming pool

Major Remodeling and Repair Projects

  • Remodeling a kitchen
  • Adding a new bedroom
  • Adding a new bathroom
  • Adding a garage or porch
  • Installing a satellite dish
  • Extensive repairs due to a fire, flood or other serious incidents are also deductible.
  • New siding
  • Major flooring improvements
  • Storm windows

Medically Necessary Upgrades

If you have to add a medically necessary upgrade to your home, that work falls under an entirely different category. The projects are deductible but technically fall under medical expenses. A few examples of work that may qualify for a medical expense deduction are:

  • Installation of bathroom handrails
  • Stairlifts
  • Ramps
  • Widening doors and hallways
  • Plumbing

Energy Efficient Upgrades

There are two categories of energy-efficient upgrades you can make to your home. You can tap into one (or both) credits depending on your needs and the goals you have for your home.

Energy Tax Credit (for homes not used as businesses)

This tax credit is for standard energy-efficient upgrades. A few things to note are that there is an upper credit limit, and the items need to be approved by the Department of Energy in order to qualify. For this credit, taxpayers are eligible for a 10 percent nonbusiness energy property credit for the cost of:

  • Installing home insulation
  • Replacing exterior doors
  • Replacing a furnace

Renewable Energy Tax Credit

The second tax credit program revolves solely around renewable energy. This program runs from 2019-2023 and is a step-down program. What a step-down tax credit program means is the amount you are eligible for gets reduced every year.

Here, taxpayers are eligible for a big one-time tax credit for energy-efficient upgrades to their home. They can write off a percentage of the cost for labor and installation of any solar, geothermal, wind or fuel cell technology. (Note: Fuel cell only applies to a primary home.)

There is no upper limit for solar and wind, but there is a limit on fuel cell technology. That limit is based on kwh usage, so you will want to make sure you know what those limits are before you dive into an upgrade.

Home Business or Rental Property Loophole

Home-based businesses are gaining popularity and don’t fall under the same guidelines for capital improvements.  If you’re a businessperson working from home, or own a rental property, then you need to know that all repairs, improvements and additions to that property  are tax deductible. The catch: You must declare the expense as depreciation to cover the cost.

There is a catch: You must declare the expense of any major upgrade, or larger renovation project, as depreciation to cover the cost. This effectively spreads the cost out over the course of many years.

One added bonus: If you install a new air conditioner or water tank to your home, you can depreciate 15 percent of the cost, providing you’re using 15 percent of your home for office space.

One Last Tip: Document all Expenses

Remember, you can only deduct expenses that you can prove so be sure to save all your records and receipts for at least three years – even after you’ve sold your home. If you’re in doubt, find out. For guidance specific to your situation, contact your tax advisor or visit the IRS website.

Are you considering a kitchen or bath renovation in your home? It could save you money in the long run. Contact Granite and Trend Transformations for a free in-home design consultation. With most jobs completed in as little as one day, you could be on your way to a beautiful new space in no time.