Posts Tagged ‘pebble tile installation’

Kitchen Backsplash using Pebble Tile

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

When you think about home values there are three critical areas, the exterior landscaping, the master bathrooms and the kitchen.

Ah the kitchen, it really is the soul of our homes. It is where the happiest moments of family life are spent and where celebrations are commenced and where almost every party ends up . Therefore, every single part of the kitchen should not only be functional but it should also be aesthetically pleasing. It should reveal the homeowners personality and complement the rest of the home’s interior design. Despite its importance, bathroom floors and patios become top priorities when we talk of remodeling and kitchen backsplashes somehow become irrelevant.

Saddly, most homeowners are unaware that kitchen backsplashes are a really cheap fix for brightening and updating a kitchen . They enhance the ambiance of the area and update a kitchen in about two days labor time. Mosaic tiles, glass, stone and ceramic plus stainless steel are the most common kitchen backsplash materials . However,  pebble tiles are a unique option that is not on most peoples radar and that is what makes them so distinctive.

The stones for most pebble tiles are found in Asian and in islands of Indonesia.  100% natural, they offer warm earthy textures yet are remarkably modern. More common for shower walls, and flooring,kitchen backsplashes  have become a new consideration amongst designers.

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How To Install Pebble Tile for Showers

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

If you are ready to make pebble tile shower magic happen then take note of some of these basic tips below.

1 ) Mask the Drain and Edges. Use easily removed painter’s tape to give protection to the drain before starting the tile work. Also place tape around the shower stall just above the height of where the tile will sit to offer protection to the shower surround.

2) Apply the Thinset. Start in a back corner of the shower and spread thinset on the shower floor with the flat edge of a .25″ x .25″ square-notched spade. Then use the nicked edge of the spade to form ridges in the material holding the spade at roughly a 45-degree angle. Cover an area identical to about 3 sheets of the pebble tile.

3) Set the 1st Pebble Tile Sheet. Press the 1st sheet of pebble tile into the thinset, butting the sheet as near as feasible to the walls. Apply a little pressure to the sheet of tiles to settle it in the thinset.

4) Continue Tiling. Continue to spread thinset and add sheets of tile to the floor, aligning the sheets to interlock. Mix thinset as needed. If there is not room for a full sheet, remove stones as needed from the sheet and put aside, then trim the mesh backing with a knife or scissors and set the leftover portion of the sheet as usual. Also use this method to set the tile around the drain. Optionally for a perfectly straight look a wet tile saw can be used to easily cut the pebbles. It helps to turn the sheet upside down during this process.

5) Tap the Pebble Tile in Place. On top of the tile, place a straight, flat board that covers many tiles and carefully tap it with a mallet to thoroughly set the tile and make sure the pebbles are all at the same height.

6) Seal the Pebble Tile. Natural stone pebble tiles must be sealed before grouting. Check the instructions of your selected sealer and be certain to seal the pebble tile before grouting to make grout removal easier in step 8.

7) Apply the Grout. Spread grout across the tile employing a grout float. Hold the float at a 45-degree angle, working the grout into the areas between the stones.

8) Clean the Tile. Taking care not to drag grout up from between the pebbles, wipe away the haze with a wet sponge. Wash the sponge frequently to keep it clean. Let the grout cure completely according to the package instructions. Employ a clean material to wipe any remaining haziness from the surface of the pebbles.

9) Seal the pebbles and grout. It is important to re-seal the pebbles along with the grout to prevent against mildew and stains. This will also ensure easy cleaning of the pebble tile for years to come with any mild household detergent. For the best results, implement the instructions for the explicit sealer used.

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Pebble Tile Flooring

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A house needs to be aesthetically pleasing on the inside and out. From the ornaments, to the walls, ceilings and floors, every part of your living place should complement each other and be as comfortable and attractive as possible. Houses that have floors that are in good condition are visually pleasing and invite a feeling of calm regardless how few other decorative elements are within the room. Floors that are poorly kept, full of stains, and are chipped make rooms look unsightly despite how grand the theme of your house is.

Ceramic tiling is a popular option if you are planning to remodel your floor. They are easy to clean and come in a huge selection of patterns and colors. However, they are quite fragile and become slippery when wet, thereby increasing the chance of accidents taking place. They are also very common and so can give your house that Track Home feel. If you are going to go in that direction, there are some very unique and more durable versions of ceramic, porcelain tiles. These are much more distinctive and durable and as such a more viable option.

Another option you might have in mind is to use hardwood tiling materials. Because of its naturally beautiful finish and timeless look, a lot of homeowners are using this type of tile. On the downside, hardwood floors are subject to fading, do not hold moisture, and can easily be scratched. If you have pets, it isn’t advisable to use this kind of tile. Ask anyone who has  kids or pets who has had hardwood ( typically engineered) for any time and they will express regret.

There is no truly indestructible tile, even natural stone; so it is up to you to decide what type of tile fits your needs. You must always keep in mind that for every condition, there is a different type of tile that is suitable for the job. Nonetheless, there is one type of tile that has the qualities of durability, versatility, and style in one.

Pebble tiles have long been used as floor tiling since the time of the ancient Greeks. They are so durable that even under extreme duress they survive. In fact there are ruins of homes with pebble floors  which still stand today. The ease in pebble tile installation is also worth appreciating since a homeowner does not need professional skills and expensive materials. In fact, it is up to the homeowner”s imagination on how he would like to install them. Most of all, the greatest quality it possesses is the comfort it gives to the person walking barefoot on it. Unlike ceramic glazed tiles and hardwood, the pebble tiles mimic a light foot massage with its natural texture. With or without grout, pebbles are properly sorted so that homeowners are assured that the thickness is consistent enough to create a level surface. It”s as if you”re getting a free spa treatment just by walking across the room.

Java pebble tile shower-Design-4-Less

Java Pebble Tile Shower Spa

As much as spas are concerned, pebble tile floors create a relaxing, tropical hotel appeal, once they are installed. The islands of Indonesia, where the largest supply of river pebble stones come from, benefit from the export of world-class pebble stone tiles. However, some people think that environmental destruction is an issue to be concerned with. This is definitely not true. More legal jobs are actually created and the stones are collected from shallow bedrock in the mountains so there is no negative environmental effects.

So if you are looking for a very durable and unique flooring material that will also enhance the interior design of your home then consider pebble tile.

Amber Pebble Tile Master Bath

Stunning master bath using Amber Pebble Tile

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11 Ways to Go Green in your Kitchen and Bathroom

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Follow these simple steps to an environmentally-conscious home:

BATHS


1. Fix a drip.
Drip, drop, drip, drop. That leak in the bathroom sink is not just annoying. It’s costing you loads of cash in water and energy bills and wasted gallons. Get it fixed ASAP, and if you can’t get the plumber scheduled right away, use this old trick: Tie a string on the faucet and allow the drops to dribble silently down into a cup or small bowl. Use the collected H2O to water your houseplants.

2. Get clean.
Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners in favor of natural cleansers (soap, water, vinegar, baking soda). You’ll do a favor for the environment and yourself.

3. Be water wise.
Low-flow toilets have come a long way. New models max out at 1.6 gallons of water per flush, but the very latest models can use even less.

4. Be water wise some more.
Tankless water heaters are a great energy saver. There’s no reason to keep a giant tank of heated water at your beck and call all day and night. Bonus tip: Go the extra mile when you turn on the shower by placing a bucket or other container under the showerhead. In the few moments it takes for the water to heat up, you can gather enough for the dog’s bowl and the houseplants. Don’t waste a drop!

5. Smell Sweet.
Cut down on harmful chemicals and gasses released into your home by using low- or no-VOC paints when giving the bath, or any other room, a fresh color.

KITCHENS


6. Be water smart.
A simple hardware store doo-dad called an aerator on your kitchen (or bath) faucet cuts down on water consumption, sacrificing very little if any water pressure. For less than $15, you can install one of these yourself and save up to 500 gallons per year.

7. Vent a little.
Proper ventilation in the cooktop hood of your kitchen keeps bills down and air quality up.

8. Think small.
The kitchen is the energy gobbler of the home. If you’re planning a remodel, building new, or just replacing an old appliance, remember that bigger isn’t always better. In addition to looking for energy-efficiency ratings on your new purchase, consider going for a smaller model that uses less energy to begin with. Bonus tip: New drawer-style dishwashers help cut back on water use for smaller loads.

9. Lighten Up.
Opening up a kitchen with skylights and windows that allow natural sunlight to stream in not only helps your mood stay perky, it is a natural, free way to light your space. No budget to add windows? At least let the light in by removing heavy, lightblocking window treatments.

10. Divide and Conquer.
Dedicate a little space for recycling bins or bags to make living green convenient for the whole family. You can purchase color-coded units with separate compartments and lids, or create your own recycling center with inexpensive bins from the home center or discount store.

11. Go, greens!

Try your hand at going green by growing herbs or salad greens in the kitchen. Bringing in a natural element adds some coziness to your home’s busiest room, and naturally cleans the air you breathe. (And of course, nothing beats adding your own fresh basil to that pasta at the dinner table.

Source: www.hgtv.com http://www.diynetwork.com/remodeling/11-ways-to-go-green-in-your-kitchen-and-bathroom/index.html

Written by: Suzanne Morrissey

By PointClickHome.com

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DIY Kitchen Backsplash Install!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

I have been getting a lot of requests for DIY kitchen backsplash guidelines. I found this easy to follow guideline that anyone can use!

Materials and Tools:

bucket
bleach
sponges
laundry detergent
rubber gloves
level
tape measure
grout floats
putty knife
wide trowel
toothed trowel
wet saw or tile cutter
safety glasses
grout
tiles
pre-mixed tile adhesive
caulk and caulking gun
grout sealer
paintbrush

Steps:

1. Clean the surface thoroughly first to remove all grease and residue. Mix together 1/4-cup laundry powder, 1/2-cup bleach and one gallon of water and scrub the wall with a sponge. Wear rubber gloves when scrubbing.

2. Use a putty knife to scrape off stubborn, built-up grease stains

3. Measure the length of the wall and mark the midpoint.

4. Dry-fit the tiles, starting in the middle to get an idea of how things will fit. If you’re fitting tiles in below a window, bring tiles up to the bottom of the window. Use a level to extend the window line along the wall.

5. Since the row just below the window will be made up of full tiles, measure the remaining space to the counter to determine how wide to cut the tiles.

6. Put on safety glasses and cut smaller tiles using a wet saw.

7. Spread grout along a section of the wall using a wide trowel. Go back over the grout with a toothed trowel to smooth everything out.

8. Start sticking tiles to the wall. Press and twist just a bit to set each tile in the adhesive. Stagger the tiles to make the pattern more interesting.

9. Once the last piece is in place let the adhesive cure overnight. Come back the next day for a grout party.

10. Apply the grout with a rubber grout float. Hold the float at an angle and force grout into the joints.

11. Don’t worry about smearing grout all over the tiles. Come back with a clean grout float and sponge and remove as much as you can.

12. Once all the joints are nice and full of grout, use a damp sponge to remove any remaining grout from the surface of the tiles.

13. Let the grout dry and polish tiles with clean, soft cloth to buff away any remaining haze.

14. Rub a damp sponge along the grout lines for the next few days so the grout cures properly. Also run a bead of caulk along the bottom and top of the tile backsplash.

15. After another week or so, paint the joints with grout sealer.

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Unique Bathroom Installation!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Check out this unique bathroom installation by our client David B! Such a creative combination of the Ocean Pebble Tile (shower pan), Standing Spring Rain (wall border) and the IPE Wood Deck Tile as the edging! By combining all of these natural elements David not only created a serene atmosphere but really proved that eco friendly does not = boring design. Using the larger rectangular ceramic in white on the walls gave the space a contemporary twist. The wood vanity with the copper sink is to die for! Great job David, we love your bathroom!

Unique Bathroom Installation

Unique Bathroom Installation

Unique Bathroom Installation!

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Small Bathroom Design Ideas

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Just because a bathroom lacks square footage doesn’t mean it can’t be both functional and beautiful. There are many ways to maximize space in a small bathroom and make it unique. If you have a small bathroom in your house, you should focus on the design ideas that will create the illusion of more space. Maximize your bathroom with these tips and ideas for small bathroom spaces.

Glass Enclosures

Glass shower enclosures give the illusion of space in a small bathroom by allowing you to see from one end of the room to the other.

Glass Enclosures

Floating Storage

A floating vanity takes up less space without compromising style. Wicker canisters and concealed cabinet doors keep things organized and clutter-free in this elegant master bath.

Floating Storage

Lengthen The Countertop

Get creative when square footage allows for only a single, small vanity. We recommend extending the countertop material over the toilet to create a shelf. It may only be a place for a box of tissues or container of cotton balls or another decorative item, but it creates the illusion of more surface area.

Lengthen The Countertop

Reflective Quality

Adding a large mirror is a simple solution, but it truly makes such an enormous difference. The goal is to increase the amount of natural light that bounces around the room. By adding one large mirror you create the illusion of a longer wall.

Reflective Quality

Lighten Up The Paint

A lighter and brighter color will always make your small bathroom appear much bigger than if you painted the room using a darker and more intensive color. The color that you choose will most likely convey whether someone sees the bathroom as being large or small.

Lighten Up The Paint

Lighten Up The Paint

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Bathroom Remodeling: Add Value to your Home!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

You’ve probably heard that bathroom remodeling and kitchen remodeling are the home improvements that are most likely to add value to your home. Whether you are planning to sell your home in six weeks, six months, six years or never, increasing its value can be a highly desirable outcome from any home improvement or home remodeling project. There are many great home improvement projects you can do, but remodeling the bathroom can be one of the most valuable in terms of the average home’s resale value. Consider the overall feeling of the space in your bathroom when planning a remodel. You probably already have some factors to work with. If you have limited space, you should innovate when it comes to storage. If you have a skylight, emphasize your bathroom’s light-filled airiness, and choose peaceful colors accordingly. If your bathroom has old fashioned features, you can still get modern faucets with antique grace that will add to your bathroom’s charm and functionality. Give your bathroom a new face by adding a new set of tiles. This can have an incredible effect on the value of the home. There are many wonderful tile designs that can have a significant impact. Simply changing the color or style of the tile in your bathroom can be a remarkably effective, and a remarkably inexpensive way to redesign your bathroom. As your bathroom remodeling plans go forward, it is important to give the room a unified look and feel. It is important that the colors, styles and designs you choose for your remodeling project fit well with each other, and with the overall design of the home. It is important to choose a single theme for the bathroom, be it contemporary, classic, modern or antique, and stick with it for all parts of the project. Taking the time to decide on a theme will make finishing the project a great deal easier and less of a hassle as well. A unified look and feel will also present a more attractive picture to all those potential home buyers. Here are some beautiful bathroom remodels that I am totally inspired by:

Frosted Blanco Bathroom Remodel

Cork Mosaic Bathroom Remodel

White Rapids Bathroom Remodel

Otago Grey Bathroom Remodel

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Bathtastic! Pebble Tile Video

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Bathtastic has a great “Quick Tip” Video on installing the pebble tile.  The best tip in the video is how to make a pastry bag for the grout so that you can avoid using more grout than you need to and keep it super clean.  Definitely going to be passing that one on to people from now on!

This is a good “How To for Pebble Tile Installation” as well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAWJNCougfc

Check out the video on DIY’s website…

Bathtastic Pebble Tile Video

Bathtastic Pebble Tile Video

There are also still images with written instructions.  Including project budget and completion time,  See Step by Step.

Another link leads to a list of all the materials you will need,  See Product List.

Hope this is helpful!

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Outdoor Showers! by Ana Morales

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

An outdoor shower is not only practical, its a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want to rinse off after a day at the beach, be in touch with nature or just simply relax, there is an outdoor shower design just for your needs. Deciding what the best location for an outdoor shower depends on how you will use it. For beach goers it’s a convenient way to spray off the sand before going inside,  for pool owners it’s great for a post swim rinse and for nature lovers it is a great way to be at one with the outdoors. One thing is clear, outdoor showers must take advantage of the natural beauty of their surroundings. In regards to materials, you  want something that can withstand any weather conditions. You want something durable, that you typically find outdoors, like natural stone or wood.

Wood
For shower walls, floors and fixtures, choose weather-resistant materials. Enclosures made of pressure-treated wood, IPE wood, cedar or teak will hold up well outside. When buying imported wood, look for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification, which means the boards were sustainably harvested. Wood should be treated periodically to prevent mildew and fading.

IPE Hardwood Outdoor Shower

Natural Stone

A stone wall or floor requires less maintenance such as tumbled river rock or slate. It is a great natural look that helps you connect with nature at a deeper level. Natural stone is something durable that can be exposed to any type of weather and is simply beautiful in any outdoor setting. Stone should be sealed with a quality penetrating stone sealer every 2 to 3 years depending on use.

Standing Java Pebble Outdoor Shower

Fixtures

Bronze or copper fixtures are recommended because they develop a natural patina as they age. Brass also works well, but avoid anything too shiny, because the gloss will fade. In seaside locations, where salty air can damage most metals, corrosion-resistant stainless steel with a 304 rating is typically the best choice. To keep stainless looking new, wipe it down every couple of weeks with warm soapy water, rinse, and then wipe it dry with a soft cloth.

Bronze Shower Fixture

Stainless Steel Shower Fixture

Remember….

Always remember outdoor showers have two purposes. To help you connect with nature and people and, of course, to get clean. Any design you pick should blend in with the landscape. The shower should be close enough to your home that you will use it often. Finally, there is a romantic element to outdoor showers. The enclosure should promote nature, romance, and fun.

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