By Monte Burch Butcher-block kitchen countertops have traditionally been very popular and these days are often used as companion tops with other materials, such as solid-surface tops. In addition to their aesthetic appearance, they can receive hot pans without damage. You can make up your own butcher-block countertop, or the same technique can be used […]
Laminate countertops are attractive, affordable and you can install the material yourself.
Shop smart when choosing new appliances for a kitchen remodel.
You’ve done it. You’re about to move into your new home and your new kitchen is just sitting there waiting to be outfitted. With just a little thought and planning, you can have a kitchen that is as functional as it is beautiful. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Measure the square footage of your new […]
For those new to laying tile, the temptation is to pick the straightest wall and start laying the floor along it. While that may work with other flooring materials, tiles must begin from the center of the room. This gives you plenty of space to work outward to the walls and ensure a symmetrical pattern. The first and foremost rule […]
Give your countertops a new look with laminate.
From classical to contemporary, options abound for kitchen cabinet design.
Get your creative juices flowing by installing ceramic tile in your home.
Ceramic tile allows the flexibility to create one-of-a-kind designs for walls, floors and countertops. The wide range of tile styles, shapes and colors means the look of the final layout is limited only by creativity. However, tile has one annoying drawback: grout. Due to its porous nature, tile grout can be the “Achilles’ Heel” of a ceramic floor. This porosity […]
Q: Can you lay new tiles (saltillo) on top of old ceramic tiles? A: Yes, but only if the existing tile surface is in good shape without cracks or loose tile. The tiles need to be cleaned of any grease, oil or other bond breakers. Use a belt sander or angle grinder to scuff the glazed surface of the […]