Actions to Avoid in the Care of Your Hardwood Floors

Most will agree that a well-maintained wood floor is a thing of beauty. If you take the time to learn all the things you need to do for your floor, shouldn’t you also know what you should try to avoid? Hardwood floor care is more than just cleaning and occasionally refinishing. A lot of it involves knowing how these surfaces can be easily damaged. Following is a list of actions to avoid in the care of your hardwood floors and how to protect the beauty of hardwood floors in your home.

Actions to Avoid in the Care of Your Hardwood Floor

Dragging heavy furniture.

Furniture can leave scratches and gouges in floors as you move them. Get some help lifting heavy pieces, or use felt pads. Sweep thoroughly before you move heavy furniture. Dirt that gets trapped under the furniture can leave scratches in your hardwood flooring.

Waiting too long to refinish

If your hardwood floor is beginning to look stale and the finish has worn off, it is time for a refinish. Putting this off will make the work harder and force you to spend more money restoring the surface or replacing the boards. Timely refinishing is especially important for high traffic areas.

Using chemicals

Cleaning a wood floor is easier than most people think. You do not need strong cleaners to do a good job. In fact, many cleaning products can damage the surface of hardwood floors. Purchase products made specifically for wood floors.

Steam cleaning

Steam mops are more suited to use on tiles. Aside from the moisture which is not good for wood floors, the heat from steam mops can cause the top layer of the wood to deteriorate over time. On that note, avoid using too much water when mopping up your floors.

Pet management

Dogs and cats can do a lot of damage to this type of floor in a relatively short time. Keep their nails or claws trimmed to protect the wood.

Welcome mat

Anything that gets tracked on your floors is slowly wearing away the surface. Make sure that you use a welcome mat to keep this to a minimum.

Tacking down rugs

Trying to keep rugs from shifting can be frustrating but tacking them is not always the best answer. When you have to move the rug, some of the adhesives may be left behind. You can also strip off some of the finish as well.

High heeled shoes

Your amazing stilettos might look great, but they are not so great for wood surfaces. They can leave impressions and marks on the wood. This can be even worse if the heel is damaged.

We regularly partner with homeowners to repair or replace hardwood floors during the remodeling process.  We have a historic home in the Willo where we will be replacing the 100-year-old hardwood floors during their remodel. Since these homeowners appreciate real hardwoods, we will be installing a new hardwood floor.  We will proceed that with a good termite treatment to keep them safe from that damage.

Preventing any type of damage to your hardwood floors will actually make maintenance much easier. You cannot possibly protect your floors from everything, but you can help that beauty to last longer by taking several precautions and preliminary measures. Call us at (480) 895-3442 if you are interested in installing hardwood flooring or restoring your existing hardwood floor; we can help!  Our premier, award-winning remodeling company serves those in Phoenix or the surrounding area.

Examples of some of our hardwood floors:

 

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Using Reclaimed Wood in Home Remodels

Using reclaimed wood in home remodels has been an on-trend design element for a few years now. It is an idea that appeals to a lot of people for reasons that extend beyond being solely conscious about the environment. One major benefit is the warmth it adds, as well as texture and character to the look of your home. It can instantly add an aged patina to a brand-new kitchen.

Reclaimed wood has a natural warmth to it that will add balance to an Industrial or Modern-style home.  Each piece of wood is unique with its’ inherent qualities and the natural weathering of the boards. Sliding barn doors, accent walls clad in wood, and ceiling beams are especially popular and it looks as though they will remain so for quite a while. Interior designers are seeing an increase in the number of clients requesting the addition of reclaimed wood into their new remodel. Here are a few things you should know about using reclaimed wood to make your newly remodeled space even more visually interesting.

Old but Not Unusable

The idea of using wood from an old building or shipping crate might lead to some worry about rot or insect damage. Reclaimed wood should always be thoroughly examined for those issues prior to use.  Not all reclaimed wood is equal in its properties.  Old-growth timber generally is denser than new wood harvested from younger trees. Therefore, it would be much better suited for a humid part of the home.  Teak, considered the most rot-resistant wood, is highly resistant to weather and moisture. Along with old-growth cypress, teak is an exceptional wood for use in the damp areas, such as a master bath.

Reclaimed wood may need refinishing and will require some amount of routine maintenance, but it can be well worth the extra effort and expense. One additional perk, by using reclaimed instead of new wood, you will not subject yourself and your family to the potentially dangerous off-gassing from a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) which is found in new wood.

Other Notable Points

Even your own home can be a source of used wood if you are removing old cabinets or shelves. A big reason for the appeal of reclaimed wood is the fascinating details it contains. Odd knots, nail holes, and even the imperfections contribute to the character of the pieces. You may be lucky enough to find a rare species of reclaimed wood no longer being harvested. You will usually find reclaimed wood in different lengths and widths, but this is also considered a visual bonus.

Using reclaimed wood does come with a few challenges. Usually, it is best to have a professional deal with this material, even if you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer since many of the pieces are incredibly old, some more than a hundred years. Many pieces of old wood may contain nails or screws that must be removed before refinishing.

Using Reclaimed Wood

You can use reclaimed wood in any part of a home remodeling project that requires this material. Think about an interesting, one-of-a-kind table made from a vintage door. Sturdy and attractive shelves and cabinets can be constructed, as well. Repurposing wood to make your floors will significantly raise your costs, especially here in the southwest, where we have no 150-year-old barns to salvage!

If you have your heart set on the look of reclaimed wood floors, you have two options. You may want to consider using new wood, stain it to achieve the same look, and save yourself some money. The second option would be to use a porcelain plank tile flooring that resembles barn wood. Tile is more durable and less expensive. An accent wall of reclaimed wood would not be as expensive as doing all the flooring and would add a lot of visual interest and a sense of history to your home.

Where to Use Reclaimed Wood

In the kitchen, we would caution you to be careful with where you place wood in relation to wet areas. Using wood for a small butcher block counter is one thing, but having all your counters constructed of wood will be a maintenance challenge. These countertops would have to be refinished every few years, especially near the sink area. Spills would need to be wiped up immediately. This is definitely not a countertop material for everyone!

Some of our clients have asked about using reclaimed wood as their backsplash material. Again, we would caution you about the extra upkeep. It can be done; however, you would need to have the backsplash sealed multiple times with a lacquer type sealant. In a sleek industrial style kitchen, for instance, as a nice contrast, you may want to add open shelving made from reclaimed wood. Pairing reclaimed wood with other salvaged items like a vintage sink also adds drama and interest to your new space.

How about the Living Areas: Great Room, Bedroom, or Entry?

The Great Room is an excellent place to add an accent wall of reclaimed wood.  If you have a fireplace, a reclaimed wood mantle adds warmth and texture to the room. The master bedroom is a great place to add an accent wall of reclaimed wood, you may not even need to use a headboard.  In addition, an entry or a dining room is also a perfect place to add an accent wall of barn wood.

One other thing to be aware of when working with wood, it will swell and contract depending on the ambient temperature and the amount of humidity in the air. It is important to use a flexible silicone caulking for installation purposes.

 

Let Us Help You Love Your Home Again

As a home remodeler in the Greater Phoenix Area, we will help you do the homework to make the best decisions regarding your remodel.  If using reclaimed wood, we will make sure it goes in the right areas and make is visually stunning! Ready? Call us at (480)895-3442 to schedule your free 60-minute in-home or virtual consultation to get started! Our award-winning design team and craftsmen are ready to make your vision for your dream remodel a reality.

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Why You Should Choose High-Quality Materials for Your Remodel Project

After coming up with a plan and a budget to remodel your bathroom, discovering and choosing the various types of materials available become your next step. As a professional remodeler, we encourage you to choose high-quality materials for your remodel project. In this case, it makes sense to spend more to get the best you can afford.  If your budget only allows for a partial remodel, you will find it preferable to buying inferior materials that you may have to replace quickly.

Four Reasons Why You Should Choose High-Quality Materials for Your Remodel Project

Attractiveness. Selecting and spending more money on high-quality remodeling materials will help you get the luxurious look you want. While shopping, you will see that items like granite, natural stone, and hardwood can cause your budget to balloon. However, quality materials are still highly desirable despite the cost because they often defy trends and add classic beauty. They can make any bathroom look elegant.

Durability. When you invest in a bathroom remodel, simply put, you want it to last. A higher price is not the only notable feature of quality bathroom remodeling materials. The durability makes the expense worthwhile for many and spending a little more always pays off for years after the work is done.

Low maintenance. In the bathroom, you use a variety of hair/skincare products as well as having potential water stains. Some less expensive materials, like vinyl, can withstand staining, while porous materials like marble can become stained. Generally, however, high-quality materials offer the advantage of easy maintenance, so you can cut the amount of time you spend on cleaning. Also, because of their durability, you will have fewer repairs to deal with over the years.

Less strain on your budget. It is true that quality bathroom materials are more expensive initially, but it is an investment that pays off!  You will not have to deal with frequent repairs typical to replacements done with cheaper materials. Another point to consider is that a beautiful, well-designed bathroom will not need a quick update. So, you could keep the same look for longer, while others are changing features to keep up with the latest trends. When choosing your materials for your remodel, remember that the bathroom is a high traffic area and a lot of moisture to contend with.

Award-Winning Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

You can always save money when remodeling a bathroom, but you should never try to cut corners when it comes to picking the best materials. Ultimately, this will cost you more and leave you unhappy with your renovation.  As an award-winning remodeler, Tri-lite Builders specializes in remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, and entire homes to increase the overall functionality and design of the home.  Check out our portfolio here! We have helped many Phoenix area homeowners remodel their homes to achieve their ultimate goal.

Free, no-obligation in-home or virtual consultations

Get your project off the ground by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer a 60-minute no-obligation in-home or virtual consultations. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

How to Plan Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget

You have been dreaming about remodeling your bathroom for quite some time or perhaps just in the past few months.  And now, you are wondering how to plan your bathroom remodeling budget.  We can help! Working with a professional remodeler starting at the budget phase, you will find that at the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom knowing you made an educated investment to get the most for your budget.

As You Begin

Research online to answer key questions to identify your needs.  What is the overall aesthetics you want? Houzz and Pinterest are good resources for all things design.  What are the current issues with the space that need to be addressed? Is there a deadline for when the remodel needs to be complete?  What investment are you willing to make?  Are you ready to create a space where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day? First, you need to know how to plan your bathroom remodeling budget so that you align your wants and needs.

Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget

In general terms let’s define budget.  Budget, as a verb in our application, is the amount you allow or provide for an item. The total amount of money you are willing to invest in remodeling your bathroom is the budget. Most of us may have no idea what construction and material costs can add up to when remodeling.

Several factors impact the overall cost: the size of the space, the potential of water fixtures being relocated, the expense of the finish materials, and the labor to plan and execute the project. The budget should include an allowance for everything necessary to complete a remodel of the space.  When creating your budget include the cost for all the finish materials: floor, shower tile and fixtures, shower glass, bathtub and fixtures, toilet, vanity, sink and faucet, mirror, paint, lighting, additional storage, bath accessories, and window treatments. Then the cost of labor.

If the cost of everything added up is less than or equal to your budgeted amount, you are almost ready to start. As a professional remodeler, we always discuss the potential of unforeseen circumstances or last-minute changes that may occur in a remodeling project.  Set aside 5%-10% of your overall cost, depending on the scope of your remodel project, as a good buffer.

What if the Remodel is More Than Your Budget?

If your dream bathroom remodel is going to be more than your budget, you do not have to give up yet.  There may be a way to get the bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank.  As your remodeler, we can show you superior products within your budget that are like what you selected.  For example, Chrome finish fixtures cost, on average 25% less than the same fixture in brushed nickel.  Also, there are several porcelain tiles made to look like natural stone, but they cost less and do not need additional maintenance.

With our help, you will find the materials that will fit your budget.  If there are still budget issues with your dream bathroom remodel, we can also help you cut out some of the little extras that you will not need immediately.  Additional luxury items such as a towel warmer can always be added later.

Last-Minute Budget Decisions

Keep your budget in mind as the remodeling project is being done.  After demolition, many people recognize the potential for the space they had not seen before.  You may need to or want to make some important last-minute decisions. You should work with your Contractor to investigate those last-minute or in progress decision points.  It can be easy to agree to an expensive item when the excitement of your new bathroom remodel is in progress.  However, taking the time to realistically look at your budget can help you invest wisely and get what you want.

Spending the time preparing for your bathroom remodel can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the end. You will be prepared for any last-minute questions and have the answers ready instead of wondering what you should do, which in turn can delay the work being done. By working with a professional remodeler starting at the budget phase, you will find that at the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom without worry.

Let Us Help You Love Your Home Again

We will help you do the homework to make the best decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring for your bathroom remodel. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule your free 60-minute consultation! Our award-winning design team and craftsmen are ready to make your vision for your dream bathroom a reality.

You can also find ideas for your bathroom remodel on our project page here and at our sister company, Homework Remodels.

How Much Will This Project Cost?

Clients deserve a straight answer, but getting it requires an honest conversation.

Everyone wants to get as much value as possible for their investment and that makes the balance between cost and value a high priority for many remodeling clients. Not surprisingly, a lot of people approach the remodeler with costs gleaned from internet articles. Those articles typically say it should cost X dollars for a simple bath, from Y to Z for a full kitchen remodel, and so on.

We encourage people to do their own research, but we also caution that such numbers should be considered a starting point.

Some clients get fixated on the online numbers but do not take the time to define exactly what products and details those numbers represent, or how closely the products and details match the products and details the clients want in their home. This is a recipe for miscommunication.

We understand the need to simplify a complex subject like estimating costs, but there is also a more fundamental issue at work. Yes, clients want to know if they can afford a given remodeler, but they also want assurance that the remodeler will be a good steward of their budget, their vision, and their home. It is up to the remodeler to provide that assurance.

While a professional remodeling company relies on proven, scientific management systems, creating an accurate budget is still as much craft as a science. No ethical company will quote a hard price before asking for more information, because doing so would risk misleading the client.

The remodeler is tasked with helping the clients realize a very personal vision for their home. Because each vision is unique, estimating the cost of that vision requires the clients to answer some questions.

How much will this project cost?

First, we need an overview of what the project will include. Will the proposed kitchen remodel include relocating walls or removing the ceiling to create a cathedral? Do the homeowners want stock cabinets or custom ones? Do they want the new space to match the other rooms in the home? A colonial-style home with intricate moldings will have different material and labor costs than a modern structure with minimal trim.

We also need to define the level of interior finishes the homeowners want. Generic terms like “medium grade” are not too helpful, but we can clarify expectations by starting with some easy questions, like their preferences between two levels of plumbing fixtures, flooring, windows, or siding.

After creating this baseline, we can then show plans and photos from completed projects. And we can often provide a ballpark estimate of what it would cost to do something similar in their home.

The conversation is also a chance for the remodeler to clarify the clients’ expectations, as well as learning about their remodeling history. For instance, if their last project went over budget, we could explain how taking the time upfront to write clear specifications can eliminate that problem. If their home was not treated with the care they expected, then we can demonstrate how our processes ensure that it will be.

Ultimately, what most people want is the assurance that they are working with someone they can trust. A good remodeler earns that trust by investing the time and effort needed to understand all the variables involved, by using that information to calculate an accurate price, and by making sure all the clients’ concerns are addressed before work starts. Clients deserve nothing less.

We’ve included this link to the review of 2020’s best personal loans by MONEY.COM (June 24, 2020) to help you determine if a personal loan would help you finance your dream remodel. The article is meant to break down what it means to get a personal loan and how to go about getting one while reviewing national lenders.

Award-Winning Greater Phoenix Remodeler

Our goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area love their home again. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream home!

9 Simple Home Improvements That Can Increase Value

Recently, our sister company, Homework Remodels, was cited in this blog by with RedFin Real Estate. We are excited to get to share her blog here about 9 simple home improvements that can increase value.

Keeping up on your home maintenance is an important and crucial part of being a homeowner, especially if you are looking to increase the value of your home. In addition to keeping up on basic maintenance, there are many other projects you can do to help your home potentially sell for more. Whether you live in a city like Atlanta, GA, or a smaller town like Cheney, WA these simple home improvements can increase your home value.

1. Replace the garage door

A new front door or garage door is one of the best returns on investment. A new garage door can increase your home value, as well as improve the appearance of your home. Replacing or having an old garage door fixed is a simple home improvement that can increase your home value substantially.

“Everyone knows that first impressions are important when it comes to a home. Depending on the style, the garage can take up as much as 30% of the front of a home. That’s why when replacing an old garage door with a new, upscale garage door has significant impacts on first impressions and can help you sell quickly! In fact, nationally, in 2020 homeowners can expect up to a 94% return on investment for their garage door replacements on average. In some regions, this return on investment surpasses 100%.” Overhead Door

2. Remodel your kitchen and bathroom

The majority of buyers looking for a home that has an updated kitchen and bathrooms. Updating your cabinets and countertops is a great way to spruce up your kitchen, or even give it a whole new look. Additionally, hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular among homebuyers and can improve the look of your kitchen dramatically. Buyers are also looking for a bathroom with new tiling and modern fixtures. By hiring a team of professionals to do these simple home improvements, and putting some money toward a kitchen and bathroom remodel, you can attract more millennial homebuyers to your property. Not only that, but you’ll probably recoup a lot of your costs in the selling price of your home.

“It is best to hire a company that not only restores your existing washroom, kitchen cabinets, and floors providing a range of products and options but a company that can also remodel according to your taste! As you are doing renovations, decisions may change due to unforeseeable factors, so it is best to work with a company like Bathtub Guru that can do both restoration and remodeling.” Bathtub Guru

“We believe a remodeled shower adds value to your home – which can be as easy as tiling your shower from floor to ceiling (up to 10 ft) for extra bling. If you are looking to add more of a high-end touch, use exotic granite for the countertops. Lastly, always add a shower door to retain heat and apply “red guard” to your mud set throughout the whole shower for extra seal protection that lasts longer.” –Arlington Custom Builders

“When trying to find the right home service provider for you, search for local companies. Be wary of companies pouring money into promoted ads on the top of your web searches and those sent via “Directories” promising to connect you with the best local home improvement professionals. These companies will end up having a much higher price. We’re a small local company who invest more in our people and processes than our marketing. We can provide a fair price because we aren’t spending an arm and a leg on web leads.” Center Point Renovations

4. Replace windows

It is advised that you replace any old single-pane windows and install dual pane windows instead. If you have the extra money for this, they are very attractive and people really find value in them. Replacing windows can give your home a new look, increase natural light, save your money on heating and cooling, and add value to the price of your home if you are considering selling.

“It is incredibly common that homeowners need to repair their windows to satisfy an inspector’s report, and they always want to do it as cheaply as possible. I would advise settling on a dollar amount to escrow so the new owners can make the decision on what quality level to pursue. That way they can do the cheap fix or maybe decide to replace all the windows or something in between. After all, the inspector has flagged 1 or more windows, and the reality is that all the windows are on a decreasing timeline to needing future repair or replacement.” –Brad AlexanderZen Windows 

 

9 simple home improvements

5. A fresh coat of paint

If you decide to freshen up your home with some new paint, opt for neutral colors on walls, trim, and baseboards. Colors such as light grey, cream, and other soft neutrals are preferred. If you have children and their rooms are all shades of bright green, blue, and pink consider painting those to match the rest of your home. This new paint can bring a more simple, sophisticated look to your home. A freshly painted front door and entryway also make a great welcoming statement for the home and can refresh any interior space.

“Paint your house as soon as you want to list it. Painting your house is the fastest and most affordable way to add notable curb appeal to your home. A painted house will start to generate buzz and put a coming soon sign on the front yard. Make sure to choose a company that gives you a value paint job, not just a cheap paint job.” Tulsa Christian Bros Painting

 

6. Update hardware and fixtures

Just as new fixtures can bring a home into the present, updated hardware can create a new look for a small investment. Updating hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms is a great way to modernize your home. You will want to keep your hardware consistent throughout your home and don’t forget to take looks and function into consideration.

“Look up, replacing old recessed fixtures, outdated ceiling fans and chandeliers can instantly refresh any home. Also consider replacing outdated almond-colored switches, outlets, and switch plates. These are great budget-friendly updates and can help you sell your home more quickly.” –Melissa Frederiksen, Atmosphere 360 Studio

7. Minimize and declutter

Decluttering, paring down, or purging is the first step to clearing away excess clutter so you can start organizing your space. You must declutter in order to open up room in your existing space. This is so critical if you are wanting your home to look better ion listing photos or sell for more. Decluttering is a simple home improvement that can make your home look much better.

“A clutter-free home will sell more quickly and for more money than one filled to the brim. Decluttering will not only enhance your sale but with less stuff, it will also make it easier to organize and maintain your next home. Whether you are downsizing, upsizing or right-sizing, the selling, and moving incentive works beautifully for getting you to evaluate your belongs and release excess clutter.” –Linda Samuels, Oh, So Organized! 

“Installing shelves, hooks, and racks in your garage and basement to store your tools and belongings will make it easy to quickly locate what you are looking for as well as making a huge visual improvement. Using clear bins makes it a snap to find what you are looking for when you need it.  Labeling all of your bins and hooks makes it easy to put things back where they belong. Our preference is metal shelving with wheels: sturdy and functional. It makes entering these spaces pleasant, it’s worth the effort.” –Anna Sicalides, Your Organizing Consultants

“Keep a seasonal maintenance list of everything in your home. For example, in the spring wash your deck and seal it if the manufacturer suggests it. Keep a list with dates of when you sealed it. You will be able to show possible home buyers how well you took care of your deck.” –Vickie Dellaquila, Organization Rules

8. Take care of the exterior of your home

“The best home maintenance tips are not over the top, they are simple ones that keep your home running and looking its best. Clean your gutters, make sure if you have a sprinkler system that the heads never spray on your home, wash your home every year and repaint every 4-5 years depending on your area of the country. Stay on top of these maintenance items so that when you get ready to sell your home, you don’t have to discount your price for all of the deferred maintenance.” –John Rogers, John Rogers Renovations 

9. Service all systems

It is best if you service all systems in the home. This is a great way to show any potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home. It can be a simple home improvement that can add value to your home. If you have any appliances or systems that are more than 10 years old consider replacing them with newer better functioning ones.

“Looking to reduce utility cost; maximize energy efficiency and improve the performance of your HVAC system, we encourage homeowners to increase their attic insulation. Depending on the age of your home the guidelines for maximum energy efficiency could change from what the builder provided and overtime blown insulation can compact. Additional attic insulation can range from a straightforward DIY project with Batt Insulation to professionally installed Spray Foam Insulation. ” – Sheila Lanier, Homework Remodels 

 

Award-Winning Greater Phoenix Remodeler

Tri-Lite Builders’ goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area love their home again. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream home!

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!

Five Items That Will Transform Your Bathroom Into a Spa

Have you pictured yourself in a high-end, luxurious spa, wishing you could emulate this experience in your very own home? Creating a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom could do more than just give you an escape after a long day; it could increase your home’s value should you decide to sell your home down the road.  The benefits are endless, so if you’re looking to turn your bathroom into a relaxing oasis, check out these five items that will transform your bathroom into a spa.

Large Shower

Showers are becoming larger and if you have space, we recommend that you install one that will fit two people. Dual rainforest showerheads allow everyone to be under the water at once and full-body jets will add a massage-like experience during every shower. Plus, these showers can come in handy in the future if anyone in your family needs assistance while showering.

Chromatherapy

Ambiance lighting has always been necessary for long and relaxing soaks in the tub, but chromatherapy takes this a step further. The water in your shower or tub can be programmed to turn one of eight colors, depending on your mood for the day.

Heated Towel Drawer

Warm towels, warm robes, and warm pajamas can all be yours when you install a heated towel drawer in your bathroom. There is nothing better than stepping out of the shower or the tub and surrounding yourself with warmth as you are trying to forget about the long day you just survived.

Heated Floors

If you dislike waking up in the middle of the night and walking onto the cold floors in your bathroom, then we recommend that you install heated floors during the remodeling process. The radiant heating mats are placed underneath the flooring that you choose and will keep your feet warm even if you have the air conditioning on full blast.

Bar

Not every bathroom has a bar in it and yours can be one of the first to have this wonderful feature. You can use this space in many ways including a spot for your coffee maker, wine, or other beverages that you want to enjoy while you are relaxing in the tub, getting ready in the morning, or unwinding at the end of a long day.

Create the Bathroom You Deserve

We recommend that you dream big while planning your bathroom remodel. Instead of only thinking of your current needs, we suggest that you think long-term and plan for the future as well. Our goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area love their home again. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream bathroom!

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!

10 Top Kitchen Countertops in 2020

In our last blog, we talked about how unique backsplashes can transform your kitchen.  Just as backsplashes are far from plain and simple, there are so many choices for countertops available now.  Many of them will give your kitchen the high-end look that you have always dreamed of. The only thing standing between you and your dream kitchen is that first step. Are you ready? Here are the 10 top kitchen countertops in 2020 that will help you choose your ideal countertop.

How to decide?

The kitchen countertop is one of the most crucial elements of most kitchens. It is where we plan meals, prepare food, and clean up and often eating meals on that countertop.  Having one that is stylish and upscale makes it enjoyable. When it comes to choosing the right kitchen countertop, there are many questions need to be answered:

  • What is the best countertop for your money?
  • How much does kitchen countertop cost?
  • What is the most durable countertop?
  • What is the best material as a kitchen countertop?

If you are looking for some budget material, laminate countertops may be a good deal for you. In this article, we’ll only focus on countertops made of natural stone.

How much does it cost?

If you are renovating your kitchen or just decide to replace your kitchen counter, you may want to check the price tag first. In general, the most expensive ones are the granite countertops. They range from $70 to $300 per square foot. The others such as quartz countertops have a price tag ranging from $60 to $175.

If you are looking for something high-end, elegant, stylish, and sophisticated which will add a positive spirit to your kitchen, you may consider buying a granite countertop. Of course, while you choose the countertop, kitchen cabinets play an important role because the color, the feel and look of the cabinets must be consistent with your material.

Replacing a countertop will cost around $4000 in material (the fabrication and installation depend on the fabricator, but will be, at least as much as the material itself). While an inexperienced person can install some type of countertops, materials like granite and marble will definitely require expert installation. Trying to save money can be more costly if you don’t know to handle such precious natural stones.  *Price costs edited by Homework Remodels

Durability of Countertops

There are many trendy kitchen designs nowadays. Fashion may influence our choices but durability is also very crucial. Granite is the most durable material among other countertop options. Quartz comes second in terms of durability. Other materials follow these two.

Granite Countertops

Because it is a natural stone that can absorb heat easily and resist scratching and staining. This stain-resistant stone is also easy to clean. Most granite countertops come in 1 ¼” or 3cm sizes up to 10‘x 6‘. These sizes make it quite functional to use as a seamless piece of material in kitchens for countertops and kitchen islands. This is one of the best solid surface countertops on earth.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz can be found on earth easily. It is very abundant material. There are different types of quartz. The usage of quartz as a surface covering material is after the technological advances in natural stone cutting and mixing technology. This artificially created countertop is a cheaper alternative to marble and granite. It consists of resin and raw quartz.

Marble Countertops

Marble is a timeless and classic natural stone. It was once a symbol of luxury and richness. It was used in ancient cities to build temples, houses, statues. It is still a beloved and very popular natural stone that will add value and character to your kitchen.

Travertine Countertops

Granite is by far the first material that comes to mind when speaking of countertops or kitchen islands. But if you want to try something different, we have a wide selection of different travertine slabs as an alternative to granite. Travertine resembles marble rather than granite and its installation requires a technique called precision edging. It has a more tiled look than granite. Its maintenance is easier and it gives a more historical look to countertops. Because this stone dates back to days of the Roman Empire. Many sections of the Colosseum in Italy were made out of travertine.

Limestone Countertops

Limestone slabs are quarried as limestone blocks. It is mostly used to make kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, and other design elements. It is a sedimentary rock. It has been used widely throughout history in different buildings such as the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is elegant, beautiful, and tames bold colors. Of course, there are some disadvantages to this sensitive stone. It requires more care than granite or marble when it comes to care and maintenance of this natural beauty. You have to be careful when you put a hot pan on it or be careful not to scratch it.

Onyx Countertop

Onyx is a stone that has had many definitions applied to it over the centuries. Traditionally it will present as having distinctive bands… but not always. As a rule, it is somewhat exotic in appearance and therefore Onyx Slabs bring a level of desirable luxury into any modern space.

Exotic statements of nature… Onyx is a magnificent gift of nature. it is a gift of warmth that includes an incredible depth of color. The stone is formed by nature into translucent layers of marble. They provide a focal point wherever they are used. The onyx color palette goes from a rich neutral to exotic depths of color. Define your living space, your statement of design, and your appreciation of truly natural art. Enjoy entirely unique this gift of nature.

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is a sedimentary stone that has a talc-based component. Soapstone Slabs are easily worked into kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops. The material enjoys a depth of color and texture that allows for a highly stylized visual image inside the modern home.

Porcelain Countertops

For people who are looking for more alternatives, porcelain countertops may be the solution. Made from non-porous ceramic clay which contains minerals like kaolinite and silica, this material looks very elegant as a kitchen countertop. It is highly resistant to scratching, cracking, and heat. The only main downside of this elegant countertop is about its patterns. Patterns on porcelain countertops are only surface deep, meaning they lack the look of depth.

Slate Countertops

Slate is a metamorphic stone. It is usually quite fine-grained and can be found in basic grays, greens, and blacks. Also, more exotic color ranges exist that bring to space a uniqueness of spirit rarely found elsewhere. Slate slabs yield exquisitely interesting kitchen and bath tops.

Quartzite Countertops

Finally, we have reached the end of our list. Quartzite is one of the harder more durable building materials that you might choose. Quartzite Slabs contain very high quartz content and with that comes density, stain resistance, and minimal care requirements. A modern kitchen countertop is a perfect place for this material. The main difference between quartz and quartzite lies in its creation. While quartzite is 100% natural stone, quartz is a man-made material that is engineered with quartz crystals and strengthened by resin.

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Contact us at (480) 895-3442 if you are interested in remodeling your home and adding to the unique appeal you enjoy from your living spaces.

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Unique Backsplashes for the Upscale Kitchen Remodel

A backsplash can be defined as a panel behind a sink or stove that protects the wall from splashes. Although simply defined, here at Tri-Lite Builders, backsplashes are far from plain and simple. A creatively designed backsplash can transform your kitchen – leaving all of your dinner guests in amazement. Take a look at some of our all-time favorites!

WARM AND BOLD

Handmade Mosaic of Emperador Dark, Crema Marfil, and Rojo Alicante Marble come together to create this marvelous view. The warm colors of the backsplash, granite countertops, and Cherry Chocolate cabinets make a bold statement sure to leave guests in awe.

A POP OF COLOR TRANSITIONAL

This Multi-color glass mosaic backsplash made of 1×2 subway tile complements the deep espresso color of the cabinets and the orange highlights of the Quartz counters.

MID-CENTURY MODERN

Mid Modern Century Backsplash

Pure Wool Mix Glass Mosaic accents the look of this Mid-Century Modern Kitchen. The linear shape and long lines give this kitchen a bright, clean look.

A TOUCH OF SPARKLE

A Touch of Sparkle Backsplash

Silver Travertine with Amethyst and Silver glass jewels add just the right amount of sparkle to this Elegant Gray Transitional Kitchen.

WOW WORTHY QUARTZITE

Marble Backsplash

The vein in this quartz was our inspiration. Two book-matched slabs of Mardi Gras Quartzite create this breathtaking backsplash. We could stare at it for days!

WARM GREY NEVER LOOKED SO COOL!

Warm Grey Backsplash

The Fleur-Gray Arabesque glass tile immediately draws attention to the stovetop, inviting you to appreciate all the details. Mixed-Stone and Glass Linear Mosaic backsplash along with a Quartz countertop made to resemble marble add brightness against the Cherry Bordeaux cabinets.

MULTI-COLORED MARBLE BACKSPLASH

Marble Mosaic Backsplash

This multi-colored marble backsplash ties the kitchen together and the new pass-thru into the living area.  It contains both the white from the taller cabinets and white quartz countertops and a pale grey, resembling the stainless steel appliances.

 

INSPIRED ASIAN BEAUTY

Monochromatic Texture Backsplash

This kitchen was reinvented with all-white cabinets and integrated texture and color with a counter to ceiling backsplash in a matte white large-scale textural tile, and floating oak shelves. It is complemented with a high-end laminate that gave the counter a marble look.

Greater Phoenix Area Award-Winning Remodeler

A backsplash adds color and personality to your kitchen.  You can choose to use anything from traditional tile to rustic wood – the options are endless!  Do not let your remodeling ideas be limited by tradition; think bold and unique. Contact us at (480) 895-3442 if you are interested in remodeling your home and adding to the unique appeal you enjoy from your living spaces.

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!

Creating Space We Can Enjoy

As 2020 settles in to be an extraordinary year with unprecedented times, there is a desire to seek out beauty and to find the positive in our lives. And nothing helps more to delight us than design and creating a space we can enjoy.  This year we are exploring bold new creations and unique possibilities regarding our homes. It is the year to be free, experimental, and create new things and reinvent not only yourself but your home. So many trends, some new and others coming back into style, for home renovations are being seen on a regular basis. Here are 8 impressive and unique remodeling ideas, the best part about most of these, they are relatively inexpensive to accomplish even when you are sheltering in place!

8 renovating and decorating ideas in creating a space we can enjoy

  1. Empty space under your stairs? Turn it into a home for your dog, a playhouse for your child, a book nook or even a storage closet.
  2. Decorate your boring blank walls. If you are tired of plain old walls or floors, just add stenciled art, stamps, lace or even paper art to add character to your plain surface.
  3. Put in a hammock where there’s space. Here is one of the craziest ideas that produces amazing results. If you have an extremely high ceiling in your home or empty space above your staircase, simply add a sturdy hammock across the area. Instantly create a space to relax or even sleep.
  4. Wide-open spaces. Turn an empty room into a home mini cinema or entertainment center that you and your guests will absolutely adore. You can even turn that room into a pillow room, where you can relax and read or even sleep depending on the types and size of pillows you have in the room.
  5. Create an indoor pit: While renovating, create a “pit-like” area in your living room; this area can be a hollowed-out area in the ground, much like an indoor pool. This will be turned into a conversation pit when sofas or pillows are added to it. This may not be everyone’s taste, but if you have space, it can turn a room into a major conversation piece.
  6. Create a unique space: Create a hidden room behind a movable staircase or bookcase for escaping into your own private study when you need time alone. Search online for unique ideas that you are certain to fall in love with and give us a call.
  7. Make your walls magnetic: This will make it easier to hang items and it removes the need for unsightly screws and hooks. Do not go for the cheapest option if you use metallic wall boards; choose the sturdiest and most durable option instead.
  8. Utilize your kitchen island for storage: Another unique renovation idea is to place a mini-fridge or wine rack in your kitchen island. Also, consider putting the trash and recycling in the kitchen island. Add trap doors at the top of the island for access.

These are just a few amazing renovation ideas to try next time you are remodeling your home. Do not let your remodeling ideas be limited by tradition; think bold and unique. Contact us at 480-895-3442 if you are interested in remodeling your home and adding to the unique appeal you enjoy from your living spaces.

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!