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Bathroom Tile Tips

Bathroom Tile Tips for that remodel you’ve been dreaming of in the dizzying world of Tile..

  1. Keep Size and Maintenance in Mind 

Lets start off with first step of selecting bathroom tile, the size of tile your bathroom will attain. If you use large tile in a small bathroom, they create fewer grout lines, which make the floor and your walls feel more like one continuous surface rather than broken up by multiple tiles therefor creating the illusion of a bigger bathroom. There is also less tile up-keep with the option of larger tile. Smaller tiles, such as mosaic tiles, are a great option for designs irregardless of the size of bathroom but require more grout maintenance when used in spaces that are constantly wet.  Select a size and maintenance route that works for your bathroom’s size and your lifestyle. 

  1. Balance the Type and Dimension

Most bathrooms you see probably have a few different tiles that are used together to create a cohesive look that still has visual interest. When selecting your pieces, try and limit yourself to no more than three different tiles. In smaller spaces, too many types, colors, and sizes will seem overwhelming. If you’re selecting a few different tile sizes, try and make sure that they’re multiples of each other (perhaps a 12in X 12in. floor piece with a 4in X 4in. inch wall selection, and a 1in. X 1in. border accent.) This easy tip will put your mind at ease knowing all your tile is aligned.

  1. Opt For a Neutral Floor and Ceiling

In today’s modern style, most people have been using neutral tiles on the floors because an eye-catching color will draw the eye downwards rather than allowing it to see into the space. A neutral floor then works like a subtle base, allowing you to experiment more with accent colors on the walls or a simple accent design on the floor. Depending on your space allowed, opt for a complementary color for your accent. A white or neutral ceiling will have a similar effect when going this route. Such as below shows a neutral base color on the floor with a white ceiling and accents halfway on the wall and floor.

 

  1. Color & Texture

Developing a color palette is often the most challenging part of a bathroom remodel, so a good starting point is to begin with a neutral palette, and then find one piece you absolutely love and build around that. It might be a relatively simple piece that you can use nearly everywhere, or it might be an expensive, striking option that you’ll end up using more sparingly as an accent tile. Either way, once you have that piece picked out, it will be easier to decide on complementary tiles as necessary. The bathroom requires frequent cleaning, and while smooth, glazed tiles are easy to wipe down, they can also be a slipping hazard, especially in the shower. For that reason, it’s prudent to choose a slightly textured tile for the floor and a smoother tile for the walls. You may also find that a textured piece under your feet feels nicer, or is a little warmer on a cold night, than a glossy finish.

 

5. Remember, Grout Is the Finishing Touch

As we mentioned, you’ll want to think about maintenance with grout, because it is more difficult to clean than most tiles, but you’ll also want to consider color. If you are using a darker tile, white grout lines will contrast sharply, while a grout with a similar tone will be more subtle and, if desired, can almost blend in with the rest of the tile. One trend we’ve been seeing is people opting for very simple, neutral tiles, like a while subway tile, and then using a brightly colored, eye-catching grout in a fun color for an unexpected, playful touch. Shown on the left is dark tile with white grout for contrast and the right is showing white subway tile with different colors of grout ranging from white, neutral and dark grout.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to tackle bathroom with these pro tips? Please feel free to contact our office at  (623) 255-4489 or submit a project request with your dream in mind….

 

Tile Flooring Can Be Better Than Wood

 Wood or Tile Flooring-Can You Spot the Difference In These Photos?

There is no wood flooring in any of these photos! Let me tell you why you might consider “wood-look” tile, which has become one of the most popular flooring options in the last year. It just might be a better choice because of durability-scratches, scrapes, gouges, nicks, dings-these are a less likely to occur with either ceramic or porcelain wood look tile instead of actual wood because it can be softer. Unlike wood, tile doesn’t take on moisture; there’s no warping, cracking, expanding or staining AND you can use it in places like the bath or kitchen, mudroom or even outside! Tile stands up very well outdoors, taking on the natural elements with ease. The maintenance on an indoor tile floor is far less than wood, with the use of minimal grout joint sizes, or even no grout styles decreasing it even more. Mopping with plain water on a regular weekly occasion with a deeper clean monthly with soap is all that’s required to keep your tile floor clean and shining. There are lots of available sizes, widths and lengths of plank style tile with every possible color, texture and finish imaginable. Think Rustic, Distressed, Weathered, Cherry, Oak, Pine, etc. Because wood look ceramic or porcelain tile is made from fired clay, it beautifully mimics the grain and finish of wood. Tile is also an excellent heat conductor, a perfect floor if you’re considering radiant floor based heating. Tile also cools off quickly, potentially utilizing your air conditioning and keeping your house cooler in the warmer weather. Unlike wood, ceramic and porcelain flooring really holds up to kids, pets and any kind of high traffic. Slip and abrasion resistance varies among manufacturers and will be another consideration in your flooring choice.  Consider the difference flooring can make to the overall “look” of a room-a new kitchen can have a lovely “aged” look by using weathered, hand scraped tiles-white cabinets can be beautifully offset by a warmer weathered floor. Painted cabinets look great with wood-look tiles because they add a contrasting and organic feel to the room. A bathroom with a white tub and/or walls can resonate warmth and an inviting feel with the use of these water resistant wood look tiles. We can design your perfect floor, utilizing the combination of colors, textures and finishes that will bring your living space to beautiful life! Tile floor installation is in of itself a skilled and very precise craft with wood look tile planking even more difficult. Here at Resco Group Inc., we have a crew with years of experience to lay down your perfect floor.

 

 

 

Sustainability in the Bath

Sustainability and water conservation have been in the forefront of the news, educating us to these important concerns. The bath space consumes the most water in the home. Did you know the toilet alone accounts for nearly thirty percent of indoor water consumption? The toilet then is one of greatest opportunities to decrease water consumption in the home.  Low flow toilets and manufacturers focusing on greener ways to save water is seen in many toilet brands.  With the right high efficiency fixtures and fittings, saving water becomes second nature.  There is no sacrificing form for function here-modern designs look sleek and fashionable while conserving water. Another water conservation area is the shower-the “rain” shower heads use only two gallons per minute and are forward thinking in both style and design. These shower heads mimic rainfall in every aspect-imagine coming home to stand beneath gentle raindrops washing away the worries of the day! Designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity to shape the individual raindrops, the nozzle geometrically produces drops that build in speed and strength until the shower not only looks and feels like a summer rainstorm, it sounds that way, too! The center zone of the shower head is rain-free while the remaining area provides full coverage-an idyllic setting where you breathe easy while being immersed in a calming summer rain. Ready to rinse off soap and shampoo? Touch a button for a drenching cloudburst of water that’s positively exhilarating-you can even pair these showers with steam and sound!  Bath manufacturers are clearly using innovation to save water and reuse water in other parts of your home when applicable. Contact us at (623) 255-4489 for all your bath remodeling needs. We will sit down with you and assist in the design of your new bathroom and discuss the various options in taking advantage of the high efficiency fittings that will look beautiful while remaining environmentally conscious.

Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

Space

Kitchen Islands are a huge trend in modern day kitchens and can have a resounding effect on the atmosphere of your kitchen. Now the most crucial step in designing the kitchen island is making sure there’s enough space. Things to keep in mind are: the walking clearance and the appliance clearance for refrigerator doors and things of that nature-a comfortable clearance for walking and functioning around the kitchen is recommended for 36” or 3 feet. Always make sure the designer keeps in mind to measure out the clearance of the refrigerator door, oven door, pantry door, wine coolers and other things that may need to be taken into consideration, but that should sum up most considerations.

 

Function

Now the big exciting part of a kitchen island is figuring out what you want it to look like and what you want it to provide. The golden rule is “Form Follows Function”; meaning you want to know what you will be using it for. Islands can have multiple uses such as being a sink, a table, a counter, a seating area, a stove, food storage, etc. This will help determine the shape of your island and how you want it to accommodate you.

Social

The island can be the center of everything, meaning that’s where most social events can happen. Keeping that in mind, implementing seats and outlets in the island is a plus to cater to anyone. This can inspire a second-tier countertop, or even a rounded countertop to make everyone feel more socialized. There are even islands with a sofa designed into it!

Material

After deciding the layout of your Kitchen Island, the last step is the material being used to make it. If it is being used for any hot surfaces, make sure to use a durable surface that is going to be able to handle it. Integrating cutting boards is also a popular trend for people that love to cook. Easy to wipe down surfaces is also a great consideration for the area that is used more socially. Hopefully, with this, you are inspired to consider a kitchen island for yourself.   

If there are any questions or you would like to chat about the possible ideas, please reach out to us here at Resco Group. With 30 years of excellence, we are confident we can build you whatever kitchen island that your imagination can handle.

Rustic Home Tips

Rustic Home Tips

  Rustic houses have their own unique environment as soon as you step foot into the place. Like all other things though, it’s either loved or it’s not. The rich natural touch in a rustic environment is not an easily accomplished look. There are a handful of pointers to keep in mind that can help take a house from average to gravitating. The biggest things that really affect the whole setting are the materials used, the floors, and the walls. These are the biggest parts to giving your home a solid foundation and adding to it to your liking. In this day and age, you may want to consider the timeless style.   FLOORING:  Now to narrow down on the floors, there are multiple different material variations for the floors, given that it can be done with wood, stone or tile. Each has its own perk, but they are all timeless, durable, and easy to maintain. One thing about tile is that it can be printed to duplicate natural stone or wood, giving you more options. Wood is the best to go with to create a rustic feel given the richness of wood floors. Stone stays cool even on those hot days of summer, and who can really complain about that?   WALLS: Now the walls really help give the room its mood, making it seem gloomy or alive. Most rustic homes have earthy colored walls and some even have texturized paint. A really unique addition to walls is inserting wood panels to it which in any other style of home would just look out of place.   MATERIALS: Finally, materials used on the cabinets, countertops, and appliances give the rest of your room its body. Just like the floors, wood and stone are great options to go with. Good tips on the materials are making sure they look natural. This could mean the wood remains unpainted, leaving it at its most natural state. Bulkiness also gives rich character to the atmosphere. One thing to consider is making sure metal objects are dull as opposed to shiny. The combination of all these makes a satisfying foundation to your home.   RUSTIC DECOR: The rest of the planning comes with the little things you add in the cracks. Popular additions to rustic homes are big bulky wood beams in the ceilings, animal hide, and even woven baskets for decor. Little things to emphasize the texture of your home. Warm lighting also makes a huge difference depending on the material used. Being rustic based designs, there are a lot of innovative things being done, such as driftwood chandeliers and sliding barn doors. In retrospect, anything you think of in your home can be made with a rustic twist. Please call Resco Group with any questions or a personalized quote

Personal Safety Remodeling Tips

Personal Safety Remodeling Tips

Personal Safety Remodeling Tips

Introducing personal safety remodeling tips. In time it happens to us all. The hands of time slow for no one. Societally, we have considerably slowed down the aging process with attention to nutrition and exercise, etc. That being said, our customers are happier and live safer with informed remodeling considerations.  We can add value to our home as well as ergonomics, especially in the kitchen and bathroom areas. There is good news. Some items can be implemented without a complete remodel.

Personal safety remodeling tips for seniors and the handicap

In the Kitchen

No matter the scope of your project, considerations include more ergonomic wall ovens and cooktops as opposed to having a conventional range, space permitting. For those in a wheelchair, French doors are helpful. Consequently, utilizing cabinet accessories such as a Lazy Susan in blind corners, and slide or swing out shelves.

Another small but useful addition is to use padded mats in front of work areas of sinks and food prep areas. This is especially helpful in other tile areas where the pad will help relieve joint pain. You can even add in a seated workspace for more common kitchen and cooking tasks.  LED lighting is also another item to consider helping light up the spaces.

Personal safety remodeling tips for seniors and the handicap

A Resco built handicap access bathroom

In the Bathroom

Undoubtedly, bathroom vent fans are sometimes overlooked. Builder grade vent fans tend to be noisy. Ultimately, you can replace it with a quieter, humidity-sensing model. To this end, you will never have to remember to shut it on or off. Moreover, LED lighting is an upgrade. Replace the standard lighting with LEDs which have multiple bulbs. By doing so, you light more of the bathroom area, making it easier for things like reading the labels on your prescription bottles and supplements.

Replace fixed shower heads with a hand-held model. The ergonomic benefits are obvious. You can even add a shower seat for added safety. Seats constructed of stainless steel or beautiful teak wood are an option.

One of the most obvious safety features you can add to the tub and shower area is grab-bars. Without a doubt, installing grab bars will add an immense level of safety. Undeniably true for those with balance problems. Add to that some non-slip stick on pads for the bottom of your tub and shower areas and your next tub experience will be a much more enjoyable experience.

Equally important to your remodeling project is the selection of your contractor. Resco Group has been in AZ construction for three generations. We will help you with your next ADA designed bathroom or kitchen. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any question you may have.

 

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