These 5 Items Will Transform Your Bathroom

It is possible to turn your basic bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary as long as you add the proper features during your bathroom remodel. Everyone has their own idea of what they want and need in their dream bathroom and your choices will be completely different than your friends, your neighbors, and your family.

Here are 5 items that will transform your bathroom:

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.

Large Shower

Showers are becoming larger and if you have the 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.


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.


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 design and build their ideal bathroom. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream bathroom!

High-End Countertops for Your Remodeled Kitchen

Gone are the days when you have to install a basic countertop in your kitchen. There are so many choices available now and 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 four ideas to keep in mind when choosing your ideal countertop.

Here are 4 high-end countertops for your remodeled kitchen:


Granite has been the number one choice for countertops for a while now, mainly because it is available in a large variety of colors. This material can be cut into longer pieces too, so there are fewer seams when it is installed. The sealant that is used on the counter makes it stain resistant, but needs to be replaced every so often to keep it in excellent condition.


Not too many people want to install wood countertops, because they need to reapply the oily finish every four to six weeks to keep it looking nice. However, these counters are perfect for food prep and baking and the natural beauty adds warmth and style to any kitchen.


The newer concrete countertops are pre-poured and delivered completely finished, so there is no more waiting for the counters to dry during a remodel. The finished product is similar to a slab of natural stone and pigments can be added to the concrete to change the color of the finished countertop. You can even add shells or other objects to the concrete countertop to personalize it and make it more visually appealing. These countertops do not stain because of the sealant that is used.


Most people will not use marble counters throughout their entire kitchen, because the material is quite expensive. However, it does add an elegant and luxurious look to any kitchen space. We do recommend that if you do a lot of baking, that you consider installing a marble countertop in one area of your kitchen. The reason for that is the marble is the best material for rolling out dough for pies and cookies.

Match Your Countertop to Your Cooking Style

It is important to choose a countertop that will work with the way that you use your kitchen. If you continuously drop things, then a concrete countertop might not be the best choice, just like a marble countertop probably isn’t necessary if you do not do a lot of baking. However, the choice is yours and you need to choose the one that will turn your kitchen into the space of your dreams.

Our goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area design and build their ideal kitchen. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream kitchen!

Bathroom Remodeling 101: Where to Begin Your Bathroom Remodeling Journey


Do you dread walking into your existing bathroom? Is the space too small? Too crowded? Or has it just never been a space that you have loved? Many people in the Phoenix area purchase a home that isn’t quite perfect with the intention of remodeling it to perfection in time. That’s where we come in! We want to be your go-to builder for remodeling your bathroom.

First Step – Budget

Once you decide that it is time to remodel your bathroom, you will want to come up with a realistic budget. This amount should be what you can afford and that budget will allow you to get an idea of how expansive your remodel can be. A $5,000 remodeled bathroom won’t be as incredible as a $20,000 remodeled bathroom, but you can still do some pretty amazing stuff on a small budget.

Second Step – Make a List

As soon as you have your budget in mind, you will want to make a list of wants for your new bathroom. This list does not mean that every single item will be in your new bathroom. Instead, this list should be used as a guideline for when you are speaking with contractors about your remodel. After all, you want to have an idea of what you would like the space to look like before you meet with anyone.

You can mark specific things on the list that are must-haves. Must-have items always trump other items and we can help you get those must-have items while cutting the price in other areas.

Third Step – Talk with Contractors

We will be able to tell you how long the project will take and how much labor will cost according to your non-finalized plans. Once you have those figures, you will be able to determine how much money you have left to buy the materials that you will need. Do not be shocked if you end this meeting close to tears, because this whole remodel is going to cost a lot more than you thought that it would. This is why you had a list of wants instead of a list of yes, this is what my bathroom is going to have.

Fourth Step – Start the Planning Process

The next step in the process is planning out the entire project. You will want to take precise measurements of your bathroom and determine where everything will be located. To save money, you can use your existing plumbing and electrical and place your sink, toilet, tub, and shower accordingly.

It is important to know what materials you want to use and purchase them all before the project begins. This will save you time as you won’t have to wait for something that is on backorder because that one item can hold the rest of the project up for weeks.

Remember the Build Order

Make sure that you do the work inside your bathroom in order. There is no point in installing a new toilet if you need to pull it up to put in the new floor a couple of weeks later. The goal is to do everything in the correct sequence so that you are not backtracking and doing more work than necessary.

Enjoy Your New Bathroom

If you follow these steps, you should find that most of your bathroom remodeling journey will go smoothly. There are always bumps in the road when it comes to remodels, but if you are prepared for anything and everything, you will be able to manage these bumps calmly and efficiently. After all, the main goal is to have a beautiful bathroom that you love to use and you won’t have that until all the work is completed.

Call Tri-Lite Builders today at 480-895-3442 to discuss bathroom remodeling in the Phoenix area. We will help you choose the best materials and furnishings for your newly remodeled bathroom.

5 Incredible Cost-Saving Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project


You may be surprised when you hear that the cost of your upcoming kitchen remodeling project could be at least $20,000 and most likely even more than that. If that number has caused you to flinch a little bit, we want to reassure you that there are a few ways that you can save money while still getting the kitchen of your dreams.

Here are 5 incredible cost-saving ideas for your kitchen remodeling project:

  1. Be fully prepared. Okay that may be impossible, but aim to be as prepared as possible. The more prepared you are before the project begins means less money out of your pocket. You will want to have the design ready and have all your materials picked out and purchased before the remodeling project starts. This will save you money as well as the headaches that may occur when an item you have had your heart set on getting is not in stock and will take weeks before it can be delivered.
  2. Paint your cabinets. If your old cabinets are in fantastic condition and just look outdated, you can choose to cover them in a bright white paint. The paint will make them look fresh and new. We recommend that you do replace the hardware on your cabinets though, because it will enhance the visual appeal. You could even get really creative with your kitchen cabinets and fully customize them. Change the doors, stress the finish, remove a door or two and replace them with glass doors or stained glass for effect. Your options are endless.
  3. Be creative with your backsplash. The backsplash may be an important feature in every kitchen, but you can save money if you choose a low-key tile for the main backsplash and then go all out with a creative design near your sink and stove.
  4. Do not move your plumbing. One of the most expensive parts of a kitchen remodel is moving the plumbing. If you want to save some serious cash, design your new kitchen space around your existing plumbing.
  5. Use remnants. If you have small countertop areas in your kitchen, you may be able to go to a granite supply company and choose remnants for those areas. When you use remnants, you can save hundreds of dollars on your countertops alone. Consider a mix and match style kitchen with different countertops for the bar, the island, and the workspaces.

These ideas should help get you started on saving money during your kitchen remodel. There are many more ideas available and we can work with you to find ways to stay within your budget, without sacrificing the kitchen of your dreams. Call Tri-Lite Builders today at 480-895-3442 to discuss kitchen remodeling in the Phoenix area. We will help you choose the best materials and furnishings for your newly remodeled kitchen.

Take Your Bathroom from Ordinary to Spa-like with these 6 Tips


Off white walls, tiled floors, and shower curtains do not scream spa-like. Instead, they turn your bathroom into a cold, sterile space that you never want to spend time in because it’s so boring. You can achieve a spa-like appeal in your bathroom with just a few modifications to the colors, style, and furnishings.

Here are 6 tips that will take your bathroom from ordinary to spa-like in no time at all:

Use Natural Materials: Natural materials will add texture and visual appeal to your bathroom. Your tiled floor should be replaced with a pebbled tile floor. A pebbled floor feels amazing under your feet at any hour of the day or night and reduces the need to cover the flooring with rugs.

Add a Glass Door to Your Shower: Shower curtains are bulky and can get in the way, but a glass shower door will make your bathroom and shower look bigger. Consider creating a curbless natural stone tile shower so that the transition from flooring to shower is very slight.

Float the Vanity: There are several ways to give the illusion of a larger room and a floating vanity is one of them. The flooring can be seen from wall to wall when your vanity does not rest on the floor, which makes the room appear larger.

Install an Open Vanity or Linen Closet: Spas are always filled with rolled towels and baskets filled with beautiful items. You can achieve this same look when you install an open vanity or open shelving. Since the vanity is open on the bottom, it will automatically make your bathroom space look larger.

Add a Fireplace: There is nothing more relaxing that soaking in a tub while watching a fire slowly burn in a nearby fireplace. To increase the value of the fireplace, we recommend installing one that can be enjoyed from both the bathroom and the bedroom.

Add a Window: Many bathrooms do not have windows and if this is the case with your bathroom, we recommend installing one to introduce natural light to this space. A small window can be installed in the shower, so you can look out and not worry about people looking in or you can install a larger window near the tub. Special glass can be used to prevent anyone from looking in, but you will still be able to see the views of the outdoors.

Boring Bathroom to Spa Bathroom Makeover

Turning your bathroom into a spa can be very easy, although it may mean a major renovation. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to discuss what you may be able to do with the space that you have available. You may find that you can create such a wonderful spa-like bathroom, that you may never need to go to a real spa ever again. Okay that may be over exaggerating it a bit, but you get the idea.

5 Appliances Every High-End Kitchen Needs


Kitchen appliances are changing and they are being designed to make your life easier. Fairly soon, you should be able to cook an entire meal without leaving your office chair. Well, maybe not an entire meal, but close enough.

Here are 5 appliances every high-end kitchen needs:

A Refrigerator with Cameras and Adjustable Temperatures

There are numerous refrigerators becoming available that will allow you to see what you have inside it when you are at the grocery store. You will never wonder if you are out of milk or eggs ever again! These refrigerators also feature a touch screen where you can write notes, order groceries, play music, and more. Certain refrigerators even have sections that you can change from a freezer into extra refrigerator space.

Smart Slow Cooker

Crock Pot has introduced a slow cooker that you can adjust the settings on from your office or any other place that you might be. You can use an app to turn the slow cooker on or change the temperature from high to low or even to the warm setting.

Synched Appliances

GE has created ChefConnect, which allows their Profile Series range to communicate with the microwave. ChefConnect is in its early stages, but the goal is to get the range, oven, and microwave to synchronize the cooking times for your entire meal and have everything read at the same time. No more wondering when you should start the microwave to heat up the veggies!

Brew Your Own Beer

The PicoBrew Zymatic will let you brew your own beer whenever you want. You can use an app to keep track of what you have brewed and how you liked each one.

Touch and Swipe Controls

Stoves and ovens are being designed with touch and swipe controls to make it easier for everyone to choose the exact temperature with a quick touch of a button. You will be in complete control of your stove and these controls are easier to keep clean than the traditional knobs.

Wants vs. Needs

We always recommend that people evaluate their needs vs. their wants when we’re designing the perfect custom kitchen. If you have a high-end kitchen, then you need several of these appliances. They are designed to make it easier for you to cook dinner and keep your kitchen organized and full of the foods that you love. After all, the ability to spend more time with your family and less time slaving over a hot range is what kitchen remodeling is all about.

Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to discuss your kitchen remodeling ideas with us. We’ll help you create a kitchen that you can be proud of for many years to come.

NARI National 2017 Spring Business Meeting

NARI 2017 Spring Business Meeting

NARI National 2017 Spring Business Meeting

The NARI National 2017 Spring Meeting is being held in Scottsdale this week.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is the organization we at, Tri-Lite Builders look to corporately for business support, employee certifications, industry partner connections and Government advocacy.    Where this is not all that NARI offers, these are our main motivations behind our long term membership.   The  industry specific business support offered is an invaluable asset for any professional  remodel company.  Online tools and training, along with continuing education opportunities and exclusive industry partner discounts provide  tailored professional support for the general contractor and team. 

This week Remodel Contractors and Industry Partners from around the country will be participating in the NARI Spring Business Meeting, here in Scottsdale.  The annual event provides informative session on building a remodeling  business, workforce development and Government Advocacy.  The conference also integrates personalized presentation from Industry Partners EnerBank USA and Pella with events hosted by Monark Premium Appliances, Cambria, Home Depot and Cosentino.  Buildertrend, Kohler, Sherwin Williams and Caesarstone are also providing support as partners within the industry.

Jeff Devlin, host of Stone House Revival on the DIY Network will be the host of the annual Evening of Excellence where NARI honors professional remodelers from around the country CotY, Contractor, of the Year, Awards for projects submitted in 37 categories.  The competition is steep and the anticipation of the night is who will walk away with NARI Nationals highest award.  This ceremony will be posted live on the NARI National Facebook page.

As members of the Greater Phoenix NARI Chapter, we look forward to meeting peers and making connections with friends from around the country.

If you or someone you know is a remodel contractor and would like to learn more about NARI and the benefits for your business, select this link.   

Come back and see the pictures we will post in the coming weeks of this remarkable event.

Blend Design and Functionality with Recessed Storage


Open floor plans are becoming even more popular among today’s homeowners. It is clear that creative methods will be necessary for keeping clutter out of the way. Most people simply do not want to add another cabinet, build more shelves, or do anything that intrudes on their living space. The solution is the use of recessed storage, and you may be surprised at the many ideal spots in your home where this can be installed.

  1. Behind the door shoe storage. It can be difficult to find the ideal space for all your shoes. Lateral, open storage behind your bedroom door can make shoe selection easy, and you will always know where to find them.
  2. The kitchen. This space offers a wealth of opportunities for recessed storage. Hidden panels can secure items you will not need to use often. The special tableware that you save for special occasions doesn’t need to be kept on the min shelves. You can even put in a hidden pantry in your kitchen.
  3. The bathroom. Keeping your bath products in the bathroom saves time, and ensure that you have access to them when you need them. Recessed storage in the bathroom also helps to keep the space tidy. This type of storage can also work for a bathroom that lacks a medicine cabinet.
  4. Children’s bedrooms. Kids have a hard time keeping their rooms tidy, so recessed storage could be the perfect solution. They can put away books, toys and other items, and they can decorate the door with posters and artwork.
  5. The blank walls of your home’s hallways can be put to good use. The thickness of the walls will limit the kinds of items you can store, but it can still help to keep your home organized. Ideas for utilizing these spaces for storage are jewelry, books, stationery and various knickknacks.

Creating Recessed Storage

Determine the extent of your storage needs before you start planning where your new storage area will live. Mark the locations where you want to keep certain items for the sake of organization, and to ensure easy access. Before any work starts, you need to know the location of electrical wires, pipes and vents. You will be using a wall cavity, so there should be no obstructions.

It is unwise to attempt this as a do-it-yourself project if you lack experience with this type of work. Give us a call or message us on Facebook to talk about ways to create hidden storage. If you are planning some work like an addition to your home, this is a good chance to look at, and deal with your storage needs.

Tri-Lite Builders is a premier builder and remodeler in the Phoenix, Arizona area. We provide top notch remodeling services to homeowners throughout the greater Phoenix area. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 if you would like to discuss your upcoming remodeling project in detail or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Countertop Ideas to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen


Kitchen remodeling is exciting. We enjoy watching homeowners consider one idea over another one, this color or that? The individual choices you make for each area of your kitchen are what set it apart from every other kitchen in the neighborhood. Eventually, you will have to choose the right ceiling, lighting, backsplash, wall color, cabinets… but for now, let’s start with the countertops. Here are 15great countertop ideas that may help you make that final leap into the remodeling arena.

Countertop Ideas to Consider When Remodeling Your Home –  Wood

  • Reclaimed Wood – Wood from your great grandfather’s old barn that you love is a great way to bring a piece of history into your kitchen. However, please be aware that reclaimed wood should be thoroughly examined for pests and rot before use. It is more expensive than many other countertop choices and installation cost will be higher. Maintenance of this type of material may drive some people crazy. These counters need to be routinely re-sanded and refinished to keep up with the porous openings inherent to the wood.
  • Butcher Block – Using butcher block as a part of your countertop is an excellent idea. It is extremely durable for cutting and placing hot plates. Butcher block is easy to maintain by using a little mineral oil on it regularly.
  • Mahogany – This reddish tented wood carries a rich, subtle beauty that will make your countertops pop. The richness of color has a timeless appeal. Be aware of maintenance issues, as with all wood products.
  • Teak – Bring a bit of the ocean into your home with teak countertops. Teak works especially well in the bathroom. Shower seats are often constructed of this material.

Countertop Ideas to Consider When Remodeling Your Home – Metal

  • Zinc – Zinc is an incredible metal that provides an industrial appeal and develops an amazing patina in time. Zinc naturally resists mold and mildew and it is anti-bacterial. On the down side, zinc warps and scratches easily, so it is imperative to use trivets and cutting boards when working on this surface.
  • Stainless Steel- Another metal that is perfectly acceptable tp use in the kitchen. Millions of commercial kitchens use this surface. Stainless steel is resistant to water, heat and stains. It is non-porous, so germs, mold and bacteria have no where to hide. Stainless steel looks perfect in a modern kitchen, although some people feel it looks cold and industrial. There are a few draw backs to using stainless steel as your countertop material. For one, it will scratch. Two, it can dent. Three, it is noisy. These problems can be lessened by; using a cutting board to prevent scratches and investing in a heavier gauge stainless and have it professionally installed over a hardwood substrate. As for the noise level, if you find the clanging pots and pans to be extremely annoying, this may not be the countertop material for you.

Countertop Ideas to Consider When Remodeling Your Home – Stone

  • Quartz – Quarts countertops are extremely popular because of their durability and the extreme variances in color and veining. It is one of earth’s strongest materials and the second most common mineral in the world. Quartz countertops are comprised of 93% crushed quartz crystals and 7% polymers. Along with other duties, the polymers allow color transitions making quartz available in a wide variety of gorgeous colors. This work surface is heat resistant, stain resistant and almost scratch proof. Quartz countertops practically pay for themselves as they are so popular and add a great deal of value to your home. Quartz comes from the Alps, Madagascar, Brazil, Japan, New York and Arkansas.
  • Quartzite – Quartzite is a very dense natural stone that can be cut into a pretty amazing countertop. It is actually harder than glass and can cut into it. Quartzite, in it’s purist form,  is often mistaken for white marble. Impurities add incredible patterns and colors. A true quartzite will not etch from acidic foods. Quartzite can withstand more wear and tear than other countertop materials. It is more expensive than granite and comes from quarries in the Appalachian Mountains, Texas, Utah and Minnesota.
  • Granite – One of the most popular, durable and elegant countertop materials available, granite is both heat and stain resistant. It can take a lot of abuse and is a perfect material for families with young children. Granite countertops are available in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns. Granite will continue to look gorgeous years after it has been installed, as long as it is sealed. It will also add to the resale value of your home.

Countertop Ideas to Consider When Remodeling Your Home – More Stones

  • Marble – An all-time favorite in some of the most beautiful kitchens in the world, marble is truly timeless. The variation in colors and veining make each piece very unique. Marble is distinctive, elegant and stunning. There are drawbacks to using this material on a countertop, especially in a kitchen. Countertops take a lot of abuse in a kitchen setting and it is common for marble to etch, chip, scratch and stain. It is rare for a marble countertop to look as good as when it was installed, even in as few as 1-2 tears after installation. Stains are difficult, if not impossible to remove and they will occur even if the stone is sealed. Marble is often used in a bathroom setting, please be aware that it will etch from shaving creams, toothpastes, soaps and make-up.
  • Soapstone- It actually contains talc, among other minerals and some varieties will leave talc on your skin when you touch it. Soapstone holds heat and retains it for long periods of time. It is stain resistant, non-porous and can handle high heat. When quarried, it is a pale gray in color with light veining. A richer, darker gray color can be achieved by either using mineral oil or letting it naturally age with time. You can easily tell if the counters need to be re-oiled if a water spill leaves a mark after being wiped off. Minor scratches will go away with an oiling, but major ones will need to be sanded out with a fine sandpaper. Never use harsh abrasives on soapstone, as it would damage the surface.

Countertop Ideas to Consider When Remodeling Your Home – Solid Surface

  • Corian- This is the oldest and most popular manufacturer of solid surface materials for countertops. The composition is approximately 33% binding agents and 66% minerals, making it both non-porous and stain resistant. The manufacturer does recommend using a trivet under hot pans to prevent warping. Color pigments give Corian a great variety of color/pattern options. One of their series has complex, non-repeating patterns that emulate natural stones like granite and marble. Another series has flecks of silver and gold that give it reflective qualities that can make your counters “pop.” The latest series called “Charging Surface” uses an adapter attached to your mobile device that then allows you to charge the device by simply placing it on the countertop. Corian can be easily cleaned with soap and water, commercial cleaners, even ammonia based cleaners. Be aware that window cleaner will leave a residue behind that dulls the finish of Corian. Hard water stains are easy to remove with a non-abrasive pad.


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Give us a call or message us on Facebook to talk about these countertop options or others you may be considering. Tri-Lite Builders is a premier remodeler in the Phoenix, Arizona area. We provide top notch remodeling services to homeowners throughout the greater Phoenix area. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 if you would like to discuss your upcoming remodeling project in detail or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Phoenix Home and Garden 2017 Garden Tour


Phoenix Home and Garden 2017 Garden Tour is on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.


First of all, this exciting event hosted by the esteemed Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, is not to be missed. Valley residents and visitors alike will have an exclusive opportunity to tour some of the amazing gardens here, in the Valley of the Sun. In addition to a self-guided tour, you may run into professionals in the industry of Landscape Design, Gardeners, Magazine Editors and even some plant lovers! The tour will take place, rain or shine, in and around Paradise Valley. Finally, come out and have your gardening interests piqued. As a result, you may become a philanthropist, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Desert Botanical Gardens.


Follow the link below to purchase tickets on-line.

Come back and comment as to your favorite feature of the Garden Tour.

In conclusion, here are some pictures of Gardens in the Valley of Homework Remodels clients’.