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Splurge-Worthy Selections for Your Bathroom Remodel

Picture your dream bathroom. What does it look like? Does it have a luxurious spa shower or a modern soaking tub? Maybe you envision a floating vanity with a gorgeous granite countertop. Does that vision fit into your budget?

When it comes time to make all the selections for a bathroom remodel, things can start to add up. Thompson Remodeling knows how important it is to keep your project on budget and we have a few tips on which items are worth splurging on for your bathroom remodel. Read more

2017 Tile Trend Report

Coverings is an annual trade show that showcases the latest tile and stone products. Earlier in April, the show was held in Orlando and featured 9 miles worth of trends and exhibits. Wow, that’s a lot of floor and wall coverings! Although we didn’t attend, we’ve done our research to keep up with the latest innovations and how designers and trendsetters are using tile. Since the majority of our remodeling projects include flooring and sometimes wall coverings, tile is a material we talk about every day. And if you are planning a remodeling project, it’s probably in your future as well. So, take a look and check out the trends that were spotted at this year’s Coverings show below. Read more

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Get Inspired by Today’s Tile Trends

Without a doubt, tile is one of the best ways to put your individual stamp on your remodeling project. With endless possibilities to choose from, you can find the exact color, texture, design, shape and finish to suit your personality. Read more

Tips for Installing a Glass Tile Backsplash

Glass tile is a beautiful addition to any home, but installing it can be tricky. Follow these tips below to make sure your work is as beautiful as your vision.

1. Each tile needs to be “back-buttered.” Setting material needs to be smoothly applied to the back of each tile for 100% coverage.

2. Cut glass tiles using a high quality diamond wet saw. If you don’t own one… RENT one! The glass is very brittle so cut the tile face down and cut painfully slow. The adage is true, let the saw do the work and don’t force it. Your patience will be rewarded.

3. Use a belt or bench sander to smooth each cut edge of the tile to minimize the appearance of chips.

4. Use tile spacers for vertical applications. Some people bury space in the corners of each tile. We don’t recommend this because it’s too much of a fight and often you’ll have problems grouting. Instead, just stick one leg of the spacer between each course of tile (2 per tile for horizontal joints, 1-2 per vertical joint). Remove the spacers after the tiles set (usually 24 hours) and then grout.

5. Sealing grout is such a pain in the butt. Consider using a grout product like TEC XT Grout that resists staining therefore does not require grout sealer. Remember, when grout joints are <1/16″ use unsanded grout.

Favorite Room

What is your favorite room of your home?  For those of you whose answers came easy enjoy that luxury.  You love parts of your home.  Let me say it again, “YOU LOVE PARTS OF YOUR HOME!”  For those of you who struggle with your home not fitting your expectations don’t worry.  It’s okay.  You attack this problem in two ways:

1) Like to Love – Take the room you like the most and pick one or two things to change about it.  Maybe it’s a new lamp or a new side table.  Or it could be adding crown molding and repainting the walls.  Small actions can push a room you like to become a room you LOVE!

2) Hate to Love (or Like may be good enough) – Remodel the room that causes you the most pain.  Maybe it’s the bathroom with green tile.  Believe it or not, some of us feel totally fed up with a house when really one room is the problem.   Remodeling can help this.  Now, be forewarned, when you start this process of doing a major shift one room at a time that you are destined to keep moving your way through the house.  It will feel so good that in a year or two you’ll want to take on the next room.

My goal, as you know, is that you will Love Where You Live!