Lili Cement Tiles For Your Kitchen And Bath Designs

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Handmade cement tiles are quickly becoming a popular trend in home decorating. Their bright colors and unique patterns are perfect for creating a beautiful focal point in any kitchen or bathroom design. They are most commonly found being used as flooring or backsplashes, but they are slowly working their way into other areas of the home.

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The Benefits of Cement Tile

It is easy to see why cement tiles are being used in so many NJ home remodeling projects. These tiles combine beauty and function in one durable, long-lasting piece. In fact, a floor created from cement tiles will last longer than comparable hardwoods and ceramic tiles. They also allow you to customize them with your own ideas by changing the layout, colors, or shapes being used.

The Twinkle line from Lili helps you create the look of carpeting while enjoying all the benefits of tile. You can also achieve a traditional look by using their Paris collection or you can go for a bright, bold look with the Crest or Lorraine tiles.

Cement tiles can even help you balance a room perfectly. If you have decorated with neutral tones, a colorful tile like Cle’s Big Spin or Half Moon patterns provide just the right pop of color with a touch of a retro feel.

How Cement Tile is Made

Cement tiles look similar to ceramic versions, but they have definite differences due to the process used to make them. Ceramics are fired in a kiln where as cement tiles go through a multi-step process.

A mixture of cement, sand, and color pigment along with marble powder is poured into metal molds. These molds will give each tile its distinct shape. A dry concrete mixture is then poured over it to form the backing. The layered mixture is compressed under 2,000 pounds of pressure.

The result is a high thermal piece with excellent insulation qualities. Homeowners often experience a savings in their monthly utility bills as well as notice a difference in their level of comfort after installing cement tile s.

Unique Ways to Use Cement Tiles

While these tiles are on trend in kitchens and bathrooms as flooring and back splashes, they are making their way into several other areas of the house. Their strength and durability make them ideal for laundry rooms, and the beautiful patterns add to any living room, dining room, or foyer decor.

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when using cement tiles. The latest kitchen remodeling NJ homeowners are having done include cement tiles on the top of the island as well as underneath it. This makes the kitchen island the focal point of the entire room.

Try arranging these tiles around the face of your fireplace for a unique look. They can instantly create a modern feel as easily as they can provide a vintage look. It simply depends on the patterns you select. Continue the tile up from the mantle all the way to the ceiling. This can replace the traditional painting or mirror as the room’s main artwork.

You will even see cement tile s being placed on the ceiling. This can be just what a plainer room done in neutral colors may need. On the other hand, solid colored, hex shaped tiles will help tone done a bright, colorful space. Some decorators are leaving it off the ceiling, but they are using it in place of traditional crown molding. Cement tiles won’t need to be painted, and they can become an attractive border that draws the eye upwards.

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Cleaning Your Cement Tiles

These tiles are fairly easy to take care of. When used as a backsplash, they simply need to be wiped clean with an all-purpose cleaner. Flooring should be swept daily, and you will want to mop regularly with water and a neutral cleaning solution. If you find that you have stains, use an all-purpose cleaner on the area. Harder to remove stains may require the use of oxalic acid. Rub oxalic acid crystals in small circles with a pad until the stain is gone. Be sure to rinse well afterwards with water and dry the surface completely.

Don’t allow liquids to set on the tiles for an extended length of time. Wipe up any spills immediately. As long as you are properly taking car of your cement tiles, they will last you for many years to come. They will be a beautiful and functional addition to your home that you will enjoy and love.

NJ Home Remodeling With Big Style For Small Spaces

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If you are like most people, you don’t think that big style can be accomplished in a small NJ Home Remodeling Project. When one hears someone talk about a stylish kitchen or bathroom, they automatically envision a large, expansive area. In reality, you will have an easier time creating a stylish space in a smaller home.

Small spaces are simply an opportunity to splurge on high-end finishes since the amount of materials needed is much less than with a large room. For example, hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can cost a fortune in a large great room. Use hard wood flooring in a small kitchen, and you have a designer look without the hefty price tag.

 

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A Small Bathroom Remodel

The more floor space you can see, the larger a room will look. To keep your small bathroom from looking cramped and cluttered, open up the floors. Switch your traditional tub out for a vintage style claw foot one instead, and trade your vanity for a pedestal sink. Allowing your bathroom remodeling contractor to make these simple changes will give the illusion of a larger room instantly.

There are other ways to give your small bathroom the appearance of having more space too. Use mirrors as a surround for the tub, and if all you have is a shower, install a clear glass door. Both of these ideas allow the eye to travel further which tricks the mind into thinking the area is bigger than it actually is.

Make the most of your vertical space, especially when looking for additional storage. Open shelving that goes from the floor to the ceiling provides plenty of room to store towels and bath essentials in decorative baskets. Limit the wall decor. Instead of many separate framed prints, cover one entire wall with tiles arranged in a stylish pattern.

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A Tiny Kitchen Renovation

Professional NJ Home Remodeling Experts can recreate your small kitchen in a way that features well thought out design elements that make this space feel much larger. For example, opening up one wall into the adjacent room will give you more work-space while giving the impression of a much larger kitchen. Replace the wall with a counter. Add seating on the opposite side so friends and family can join you without being underfoot.

Allowing as much natural light as possible to enter a tiny kitchen adds an open and airy feeling to the room. Minimize window treatments. Instead, paint the trim in an accent color to frame the glass. A skylight will also bring the sunshine indoors while giving you the illusion of being in a wide open area.

Just like in a small bathroom, decorative pieces will make the space look cluttered. Find ways to add a personal touch without bringing in artwork or tabletop decor. A stylish tile backsplash replaces wall art while being functional. Switch out old drawer pulls and handles for something new and modern.

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A Compact Custom Wine Cellar

Don’t think that the ability to have a special place to store your favorite wines is a luxury reserved for those in large houses. Even the smallest homes have an empty corner that could be utilized for just such a feature. Even an unused portion of the basement will suffice.

Be creative when it comes to wine storage. The simple addition of floor to ceiling shelving on two walls that meet in a corner can become the perfect place to rest bottles. Arrange two chairs in front of the shelving with a small table between them, and you will have a cozy spot to entertain.

Some homeowners are willing to think outside of the box. Adding a small refrigerator, wine racks, and shelves to hold glasses inside of a closet allows you the ideal place to mix drinks. When you are not serving beverages to friends, the entire wine stock is out of sight. The best part is that it doesn’t take up any of your precious space within your small home.

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The Fitted Custom Home Bar

If you are looking for something more casual for your NJ Home Remodeling Project, you can create a custom home bar in your family room, dining room, or rec room. There are many stylish bar designs available that provide a small counter with bar stools that fit underneath. On the back side, you will have a shelf where you can mix drinks along with plenty of drawers and cupboard space for storage.

Homeowners with small children in the house like to make this spot a family friendly area by incorporating wine racks overhead where the kids can’t reach. Small refrigerators can be placed under the back side of the bar for water and sodas that can be used in mixed drinks but are still safe for children.

To best utilize your limited amount of space, turn the bar at an angle across an unused corner. This leaves the illusion of a larger room, and allows the bar to actually become a focal point, much like a fireplace would. Mirrors hung on the wall behind the bar open up the space further.

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New Caesarstone Countertop Colors 2018

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New Quartz Colors For 2018

Excava 4046 | Topus Concrete 4023 | Airy Concrete 4044

Flannel Grey 4643 | Cloudburst Concrete 4011

Frozen Terra 4601 | Intense White 6011

 

Excava 4046 Quartz Countertop

Quartz countertops are really starting to take on a look of their own. Take a look at this beautiful quartz countertop by Caeserstone, Excava 4046. Copper and brown tones appear as rusted and oxidized concrete in an unpolished finish. This is a first for quartz and it is very well done! Whether you’re looking for a show stopping center piece for your kitchen island or a sophisticated addition to your home bar, look no further. If you’re considering concrete countertops vs quartz and have some concerns about how well the concrete will perform under the stress of families needs, Caeserstone is giving you something to consider. They offer many selections of quartz countertops that appear as if they were concrete, and several new additions are now available for purchase including Excava 4046, Topus Concrete 4023, Airy Concrete 4044 and Cloudburst Concrete. These are in addition to over a half dozen concrete type selections that were previously available.

Airy Concrete 4044 Quartz Countertop

The above image is Airy Concrete 4044 – would you have ever imagined this was a quartz countertop? The range of colors and patterns available make it a prefect match for almost any space you can think of. What makes this material ever more interesting is the fact that they are now offering them in various finish types – polished was the standard but now you will see Honed, Concrete and Rough surfaces as well. Please note the manufacturer states that except for the polished finish, Honed, Concrete and Rough surfaces will require additional daily care due to the nature of the surface design. They also state that the design intent of these finishes is to reveal different qualities making each slab unique so it is highly recommended to view the actual slabs for your project before proceeding.

Quick Guide To 2018 Quartz Color Groups

 

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Home remodel planning checklist

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When planning a home remodeling project, whether you are remodeling a kitchen, increasing the size of your home with an addition or replacing your kitchen cabinets, it is important to plan ahead. Knowing where to start, how to budget, and who to contract for the work can be overwhelming. This home remodel planning checklist below will help you in your project planning.

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Home Remodel Planning Checklist

  1. Create a scope of work "Wish List"
  2. Have a good idea of what you can invest in the project
  3. Obtain price quotes from qualified professionals
  4. Research and interview potential contractors
  5. Establish a project timeline and a production schedule
  6. Choose a home remodeling contractor to start your project!

Creating a scope of work for your home remodeling project

A scope of work is basically your home remodeling “wish list” with some additional defined criteria that will help you later on when its time to get bids for the work. The natural progression of a scope of work would begin with the demolition, followed by rough framing, rough mechanicals, insulation, sheetrock, Floor coverings, finish carpentry/cabinetry, countertops and end with painting.

How to budget for a home remodeling project

Armed with the scope of work you are now ready to get some pricing for your project. The bidding process will vary depending on what type of home remodeling project you’re looking to have done. Smaller projects like a countertop replacement can be can be quoted by going directly to the countertop supplier of your choosing and supply them with your requirements. Larger home remodeling projects like a Home addition or a kitchen remodel will require multiple sources (appliances, plumbing fixtures, tile, ect.) and you’ll need to hire a home remodeling contractor that is familiar with your type of project.

Finding the right home remodeling contractor

At this point you have a good understanding of what it is you want to remodel and how much you are willing to spend on the project, now it's time to choose a home remodeling contractor to work with on your project. Look for a good online presence, read their reviews of what others have said about them, review their portfolio to see their past work - make sure it meets your expectations and goals. Some places to check for this info are as follows; Google Business listings, Houzz and Yelp Business listings. Houzz is a great place to read reviews and view portfolios. Navigate to the "Find Professionals" at the top of the page, select the type of professional you are looking for, then set the parameters for the geographical search area. This is also a great way to qualify referrals you may have received from family and friends. After you have decided on a few home remodeling contractors to interview, don't forget to ask for some past clients contact info so you can speak to them directly.

Home Remodel project timeline and production scheduling

During your interview with the home remodeling contractor be sure to ask how long the proposed project will take based on similar past projects. There are many factors that contribute to how long a home remodeling project will take - town requirements, custom cabinets, back ordered items, ect. so each project will have its own timeline that will need to be calculated by the contractor before the work begins. Generally speaking a kitchen remodel would be considered very fast with a production schedule at 5 weeks and typically takes about 7 weeks to complete.

Trade Mark Design & Build offers free quotes and kitchen design plans with no obligation, contact us at 973-636-0100 to get started on your kitchen project and learn why we are known for making “Home Remodeling Simplified”!

5 Reasons To Consider A NJ Kitchen Remodeling

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Most people have at least one thing they’d like to change about their home. Regardless of how content you are with your space, it’s human nature to always crave improvement. One room which we find people often like to see improvements in is the kitchen. The kitchen can be seen as the heart of the home, and a Nj kitchen remodeling job can bring it to life.

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Let’s look at three reasons why you should consider upgrading your kitchen.

1. Added home value – While your family will see a great deal of positive aspects of a kitchen remodeling job, so will your home’s value. Any improvement to a home increases it’s worth. That’s why investing in home upgrades is such a smart idea. Down the road, if you ever go to sell your home, you can bank on it being worth more than it was previous to the job.

2. People migrate to the kitchen – I’m sure you’ve noticed this. Whether you’re working with a closet-sized space or a grand eat-in kitchen, company will migrate towards that room. Take note at the next gathering you attend and you will see that people love the kitchen. So, why not make capitalize and make it the best kitchen possible!

3. Cooking in a cluttered kitchen is the worst – Have you ever tried to cook meal with family members or friends in a kitchen with a poor layout? If you have, you know that it’s terrible. Undergoing a NJ kitchen remodeling can make group cooking a far more enjoyable experience.

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3 Tips to Saving Money on Home Renovation

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Worried you’ll remodel yourself into bankruptcy? Don’t!

Doing research on ways to save money during home remodeling can mean the difference between adding value to your home or spending away your hard-earned equity.

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Tips for Saving Money on Home Remodeling:

  1. Pay Your Taxes with Trash: Donate unwanted materials to a nearby Habitat for Humanity chapter. Not only will this get your refuse picked up for free and help your environment by saving landfill space, but it will also earn you a charitable tax credit.
  2. Leave the Paintbrush at the Factory: Clapboard siding (wood boards that make up the side of a building) can be purchased pre-primed and pre-painted for roughly 15 cents extra per foot. Short-term this will cost you more, but long-term this will save you on future paint jobs. The factory paint job will last two times longer than a normal paint job. This is because factory paint jobs are done on dry wood under optimal conditions with no precipitation or interfering elements.
  3. Be Your Own Cleanup Crew: Cleanup by a construction crew adds up fast. Handling the cleanup yourself is free! Use the money you save to get nicer countertops installed in your kitchen, or pay for some other service you can’t do yourself.


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Range Hoods: Choosing The Right One

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Upon taking on a NJ kitchen remodeling job, many aspects come into play. In addition to the design of the room and fixtures such as cabinets, additional pieces of hardware have a big role in both the functionality and appearance of your room.

Today we’d like to take a look at one fundamental piece of the kitchen which can really pull the room together, the range hood.

Now, the range hood serves a very important purpose. It works as a ventilation system to clear the area in which you are cooking, and to consolidate grease and smoke from those actions. Besides being a staple to your kitchen hardware, the range hood can serve as a beautiful focal point.

Let’s take a look at some different types of range hoods:

The Wall Mount Hood

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Pictured above is a distressed mantle wall mount hood we used in a recent kitchen remodeling job. The wall mount hood is perfect if your stove is placed adjacent to your wall and you have ample space for storage in other sections of your kitchen. This also allows for an easy method of ventilation, either straight above or back through the wall.

 

The Under Cabinet Mount

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The under cabinet mount allows you to maintain some storage above the range hood. This is useful if you are tight on space. Choosing an under cabinet mount also takes attention away from the cooking area as it blends in with the rest of the kitchen fixtures quite well.

The Ceiling Mount

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If you decide to go with an island stove, this is a must, and a beautiful option for a range hood. The ceiling, or island mount, is the go-to modern kitchen choice.

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3 Easy Ways to Upgrade your Kitchen

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Many people’s kitchens have become the focal point of their homes. From socializing to cooking to spending the mornings together, the kitchen is the perfect meeting spot. But what about an old kitchen, or perhaps one that is cluttered? Is there a way to improve the feel and look? Absolutely, and it starts with simple renovations.

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Give your kitchen floor a makeover

The floor in your kitchen is one of the first things to endure lots of wear and tear, so it’s no wonder that you’ll want to give it a makeover as part of your NJ kitchen remodeling project. We highly suggest cork flooring material. This resilient flooring material is available in an assortment of colors as well as different textures, so you can rest assured that there’s a cork floor to match your kitchen.

Paint your kitchen cabinets

There are many homes have kitchen cabinets in New Jersey that are in need of new paint. In fact, sanding down cabinets and painting them a new color is an excellent way to bring life into any kitchen without actually replacing the cabinets; this can save a lot of money. Best of all, there are many paints available that can result in the appearance of neat characteristics, such as looking like real cherry or maple.

Install a dishwasher

One of the easiest ways to keep your kitchen clean and make it look better than ever before is by using a dishwasher. If you don’t have one, there’s no need to fret. Here at Trade Mark Design & Build, we offer full kitchen remodeling services, including the installation of dishwashers. We can rearrange your current kitchen set up so that a dishwasher will easily fit.

If you would like more information on the many kitchen remodeling services that we provide in New Jersey, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Back To School: Time for Home Improvement!

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That special time of year has come. The kids are back in school and your home has some room to breathe (until around 3 or 4 anyways). Now, while some may be a bit disappointed that summer is finally over, we must view the positive aspects of this change and take advantage of the conditions which it brings.

Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to get back to improving your home. Not only are your hands less full, but there’s more time and space for a crew to come in and finally get that NJ home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming up started.

Trade Mark Design and Build’s team of professional craftsmen have years of experience turning peoples home visions into realities, and will work with you to create the addition or partake in the remodeling you’re looking for. Regardless of which room you’ve been considering, we have what it takes to get the job done. From wine cellars, to kitchens, to home theaters and complete additions – we got your covered. Take a look at some of our recent work below:

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4 Quick Ways to Upgrade Your Living Room on a Budget

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We all want the home of our dreams, but sometimes it just isn’t in the cards at the current time. Often when one plans to have a gathering in the near future, the thought “oh man, this room looks awful,” can run through the head and cause havoc. Luckily, their are some relatively quick fixes you can make to your room until you are ready for that NJ home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming of.

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1. Rearrange the furniture: Many rooms can become cluttered over the years. People get stuck in their ways and tend to keep the layout of their living room the same for long periods of time. If you have never tried moving things around, you can’t see the full potential of the room. Try shifting the furniture to create a more open feel, you may love what you find.

2. A basic paint job: Your room may have dull old paint, or could use a brighter color to open the space. Take a Saturday or Sunday and give your living room a fresh paint job. It’s amazing what it can do.

3. De-clutter: Go through the room. There may be some items which you don’t need anymore, or would work better in a different space in the home. Take inventory of your items, see what you truly need, and free up some space!

4. Try a new rug: While rugs can run a bit pricey, you can find a basic area rug that won’t break the bank. Purchasing a rug that goes well the the color of the walls as well as the furniture can really pull the room together.

While these quick fixes can serve as a temporary solution for your home needs, when you’re ready for a home renovation, we’re the guys for the job. Visit us online at https://www.trademarkinteriors.com or give us a call today at 973-636-0100