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’.

Five Suggestions for a Luxury Bathroom Makeover

Cost isn’t the only thing you should focus on when you’re designing a luxury bathroom. Bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects are desirable for the potential return on investment, so luxury upgrades can deliver even more value. This type of makeover gives any homeowner even more options for creating a remarkable space. Some great ideas for a modern luxury bathroom that you can enjoy for many years are:

  • Walk-in Shower:  As far as some people are concerned, no luxury bathroom is complete without a walk-in steam shower. This offers the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. A vapor feature imitates a rainforest setting, something you would usually have to go to a spa to experience. A spa shower should have multiple shower heads that are adjustable. Seating for one or two persons can enhance the experience.
  • High-end Automated Toilet: Toilets have come a long way, and now they offer more features than just water conservation. Many types flush automatically, or come with touch screen controls. Luxury toilets can now wash and dry users. Now you can even find the toilet at night without turning on lights due to special built-in lighting.
  • Entertainment:  Adding entertainment features is important for some remodeling jobs. With waterproof control you can access music or watch videos, or keep up with the latest news. Bathroom tech products now include high-end speakers and electronics that respond to voice commands.
  • Luxury bathtubs: Many luxury bathrooms can fit both a large shower and a spa tub, giving you the best of both worlds. You can make your choices based on style, features or both. A marble tub is elegant, and it can work in any setting. Infinity tubs are perfect for the spa bathroom. Other great options include sunken tubs and whirlpool bathtubs.
  • Heated Flooring: Stepping into a cold floor can detract from your spa-like experience. You will not have to use it in warmer months, but contributes to a relaxing setting in winter. The cost will depend on the type of heating, and the square footage of your bathroom.

In the past, homeowners and contractors alike focused on functionality when it was time to remodel the bathroom. Now comfort and luxury and important hallmarks of these types of renovations. In addition to the changes mentioned above, explore smaller luxury features such as lighting and faucets.

Tri-Lite Builders has been voted the number one remodeler in Arizona for three years running. We’ve also won 2016 contractor of the year for some of our kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. Don’t take a chance on lesser-known contractors when the time comes to remodel your kitchen or bathroom. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 and we’ll schedule an appointment for a design consultation.

Easy Ways to Create a Retro Kitchen

While some people look to the future when they want to remodel their kitchens, others use preceding years or decades as inspiration. Whether or not this makes the project cheaper or more costly comes down to the specifics. In some cases a few minor changes might be enough to give a kitchen a retro look. Some homeowners may want their retro kitchen to take the form of an overall makeover. Here are some ways to achieve a retro look in your kitchen.

  • Blending different textures. Even with modern fixtures in your kitchen you can evoke some old world charm by getting different textures to work together. Instead of sleek metal cabinet finishes, opt for natural wood with metal accessories. Juxtaposing glossy and matte finishes adds warmth and creates an interesting visual as well.
  • Use checkered tile. While this will has to be balanced with other elements of the space, it can effectively create that retro look. You can consider a number of color combinations, but basic black and white works best for many people.
  • Be selective with your hardware. The range of kitchen accessories has expanded dramatically over the years, so choosing retro products can become confusing. Older knobs, handles and pulls often had more ornate designs than the types in use today. Brass, wood and glass were popular materials for accessories in the past.
  • Choose the right color scheme. You will have a variety of color options and blends for a retro looking kitchen. Basic black and white is one of the simplest blends for anyone who wants a classic feel. For the more adventurous, reds, mint or teal combined with whites, will make a bold statement.
  • Try stainless steel lighting fixtures. The clean, smooth look of stainless steel adds the right touch to a retro setting. Candelabra style and pendant lighting fixtures with this finish are understated but effective at creating old world style.

You can use other design touches to create a classic look whether you want luxury, or a simpler kitchen. A breakfast counter with padded stools is one option you can consider. If you are a stickler for detail, you can look around for older style appliances and retro utensils and cookware. If you have to change your cabinets and countertops this can add significantly to the cost of the project. Talk to your contractor about the possibility of making changes to these areas if you would prefer to avoid these major changes.

Tri-Lite Builders has been voted the number one remodeler in Arizona for three years running. We’ve also won 2016 contractor of the year for some of our kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. Don’t take a chance on lesser-known contractors when the time comes to remodel your kitchen or bathroom. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 and we’ll schedule an appointment for a design consultation.

Phoenix Home & Garden Feature of our Remodel in the Historic Willo Neighborhood.


We are honored to announce that Phoenix Home & Garden magazine has just published their October issue featuring one of our favorite remodels in the  historic Willo Neighborhood of central Phoenix. The home’s Spanish Colonial style has been complemented by a number of remodeling projects that we have done over a period of years. This magazine is loaded with beautiful photos that they took just for their article. The following slideshow’s photos are some recent photos that we had taken by Alex Rentzis of Sparta Photo.






SuCasa Feature Editorial of Tri-Lite Builders Gainey Ranch Remodel

Tri-Lite Builders is thrilled to announce that our Gainey Ranch whole house remodel project has been featured in this Summer issue of SuCasa.

Our maiden voyage as an editorial centerpiece highlights our remodeling expertise and design prowess.  This article goes into detail about our clients,  the work they have had completed in their home, and their perspective of the remodel process and outcome. SuCasa feature editorial of Tri-Lite Builders Gainey Ranch remodel in Scottsdale Arizona  

As a Design~Build Remodel firm we pride ourselves on our ability to create an end product that exceeds the hopes and dreams of our clients and their families.  Our team strives to maximize communication and minimize stress.  Our process does not leave the homeowner alone to make this myriad of decisions on their own.  We attempt to provide enough information for clients to make educated decisions and understand our process, from product selection, through construction and follow-up after completion.  We hope you enjoy the article and pictures as much as we do.

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To view the full article visit page 21 on SuCasa’s online magazine