7 Things to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is responsible for many things. It needs to accommodate your cooking and baking needs, be functional, and offer enough storage for your lifestyle. It should also reflect your personality and set the tone for the gatherings you want to host. It’s both exciting and daunting to think about remodeling your kitchen and before you go out purchasing new appliances, it’s a good idea to think about some of the primary considerations for a new kitchen design.

No matter the reason for your kitchen remodel, it’s important to look at it as an upgrade, not simply a renovation. An upgrade means that it is meant to boost the quality of your life, improve the function of your kitchen, improve your feelings for the space, and potentially increase the value of your home.

Consider the following points when planning your kitchen remodel.

Your Workflow

When planning your kitchen remodel, it’s important to remember how you work in your kitchen. The kitchen’s busiest areas are the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Having these areas in the right placement in relation to each other will make daily activities in the kitchen much more efficient. Many kitchen designers refer to these three work areas as the “kitchen triangle” because they’re often placed in a triangle format.

The Size of Your Kitchen

You’ll want to make the most of every square inch of your kitchen because there’s almost always room for an efficiency upgrade. Look into adding more space for an additional sink or extra storage, and ways to add additional prep areas like an extendable counter top, a lazy Susan to make use of an awkward corner, or drawer dividers. Even the smallest of details can make a big difference.

How You Like to Use Your Kitchen Most

If your family likes to cook a lot of fresh meals from scratch then you’ll want to have extra counter space for prepping, chopping, and cooking. In exchange for more counter space, you may need less pantry space because fresh ingredients typically get used up more quickly. If your busy family eats a lot of pre-packaged, simple meals then more pantry space and less counter space might be the prefect ratio for you. If you love to bake and do so quite frequently, then design a section dedicated just to baking.

The Style and Materials You Like Most

Your kitchen shouldn’t just be practical, it should also be beautiful and speak to your taste. In addition to the cooking, many homeowners entertain guests in the kitchen. Consider which materials offer durability and practicality as well as the style you love. Cement tiles are incredibly durable, hard-wearing, scratch-resistant, and easy to clean and maintain. They protect the walls from food and water damage, and come in an almost infinite range of colors, patterns, and textures.

Know When to Splurge and When to Save

Knowing your budget is crucial when remodeling your kitchen. Consider your lifestyle to help you be honest with yourself over which features you’ll actually use. While you might not need that 8-burner stove top, you may benefit from a double wall oven. When it comes to knowing when to splurge, designers say that having plenty of counter space and storage is never a bad idea.

Adding Extra Counter Space

Branching off of the last point, adding more counter space where you can will help make prepping and meal time a lot more enjoyable. You can extend your counter tops beyond the island or lower cabinetry by using shelving supports or decorative corbels. Adding on a smaller kid’s-sized counter at the end of an island can add more room for prepping and get the kids involved in helping with meals.

Think About the Décor Details and Color

The final consideration to think about when remodeling your kitchen is to have fun! Don’t forget about the design details and décor you can add to make your kitchen your unique space. Cement tile is a great material to add color and pattern that can work on multiple surfaces, like the backsplash, walls, and the floors. You can mimic the look of a rug or runner in front of the sink or along a walkway, and create a focal point to maximize the wow factor without overpowering the kitchen and spending as much on materials. The result will be a space that is just as beautiful as it is practical!

Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t have to be confusing. Keep these important considerations in mind and take advantage of the help and unique perspective of professionals. Designers can help you tweak your remodel designs and offer ideas you may not have thought of. Our team of customer service representatives at Granada Tile can help you when picking out the cement tiles for your kitchen to help you create a space you’ll love for a very long time.

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Granada Tile’s Burgos Tiles Showers This Outdoor Space With Serenity

Though many people think of cement tiles as colorful and vibrant, they can, depending on their colorway, be calm and tranquil. Witness this outdoor space that sets Granada Tile’s Burgos cement tiles in neutral shades of black, white and grey as the centerpiece of this serene and tranquil outdoor space designed by Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes. Like people, cement tiles have many personalities and many moods.

Granada Tile's Burgos cement tiles washes serenity over this outdoor space designed by Judy Kameon of Elysian LandscapesSet a warm and tranquil mood in your space with Granada Tile Company’s cement tiles. Many of our most popular concrete tile designs, like the Fez encaustic tile in black and white pictured above, are in stock and ready to ship out to you immediately! The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles the choice of award-winning coffee shops and hot restaurants around the country — along with their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home tile project, whether used as patio tile, porch tile, kitchen floor tile, kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, shower tile or laundry room tile. Start by visiting our cement tile shop to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and then call us today at 213-788-4238 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with them before the grout even dries!

Tips For Choosing The Best Grout Color For Your New Granada Tile Cement Tiles

Now that you’ve received your Granada Tile cement tile, it’s time to install it.  Before you do, there’s one other thing to think about: what color grout should you choose?  This article on InsideOut walks you through the pros and cons of picking.  Complementary, contrasting or colorful, which should you choose?

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Many of our most popular concrete tile designs, like our Cluny concrete tile, our Badajoz cement tile, our Fez encaustic tile in blue and white and in black and white, and our Serengeti cement tile are in stock and ready to ship out to you immediately! The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles the choice of award-winning coffee shops and hot restaurants around the country — along with their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home tile project, whether used as patio tile, porch tile, kitchen floor tile, kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, shower tile or laundry room tile. Start by visiting our cement tile shop to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-788-4238 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

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From Pop Sugar, Lessons From A DIY Bathroom Renovation

 

What were some of the important lessons that Tanya of Dans Le Lakehouse learned when she tackled her bathroom renovation?  Her biggest lessons were that cheaper is not always better. Instead of spending a little bit more on tiles that would’ve make her smile, she went with the simple white tiles included in her bathroom package, thinking that they would not only be cheaper but more appealing to the mythical home buyer she would eventually be selling her home to!  To learn from Tanya’s mistakes, check out the full article on PopSugar here.Granada Tile Fez cement tiles in close-up in a simple white bathroom

Many of our most popular concrete tile designs, like our Cluny concrete tile, our Badajoz cement tile, our Fez encaustic tile in blue and white, seen here, and in black and white, and our Serengeti cement tile are in stock and ready to ship out to you immediately! The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles the choice of award-winning coffee shops and hot restaurants around the country — along with their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home tile project, whether used as patio tile, porch tile, kitchen floor tile, kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, shower tile or laundry room tile. Start by visiting our cement tile shop to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-788-4238 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Granada Tile’s Cluny Cement Tile Pops In A Burbank Kitchen

Like the sun, yellow is a bright color, outshining almost everything it’s paired with.  That’s why Granada Tile’s Cluny cement tiles in black and white were such a perfect choice for this vivid kitchen in Burbank designed by architect Conrad Skinner.  

Granada Tile's black and white Cluny cement tile holds its own in a bright yellow kitchenThe black and white tile pattern — used as kitchen floor tile in this contemporary kitchen — harkens back to the history of this 1930’s bungalow.  The black and white color scheme and the strong, classic design ground the bright color scheme.  The concrete tile design’s swirls mimic the femininity of the space’s curving counters and handles.  For more information about this project, see the full remodel on HouzzGranada Tile's black and white Cluny cement tile holds its own in a bright yellow contemporary kitchen by architect Conrad Skinner, from HouzzMany of our most popular concrete tile designs, like our Cluny concrete tile, our Fez encaustic tile in blue and white and in black and white, our Badajoz cement tile, and our Serengeti cement tile are in stock and ready to ship out to you immediately! The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles the choice of award-winning coffee shops and hot restaurants around the country — along with their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home tile project, whether used as patio tile, porch tile, kitchen floor tile, kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, shower tile or laundry room tile. Start by visiting our cement tile shop to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-788-4238 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

How To: Install A Cement Tile Floor

Now that you’ve decided on your pattern, how do you install a tile floor to ensure it will be beautiful for years to come?  A recent article in SF Gate that can also be found on Houzz, walks you through all the questions from how to pick your cement tile installer to how long the job will take.  See the whole article here.

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Many of our most popular concrete tile designs, like our Fez encaustic tile, our Cluny concrete tile and our Serengeti cement tile are in stock and ready to ship out to you immediately! Or you can have any of our cement tile designs custom colored for your tile project, like the Badajoz cement tile above, which has been custom colored in black and white. The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles the choice of award-winning coffee shops and hot restaurants around the country — along with their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your home tile project, whether used as patio tile, porch tile, kitchen floor tile, kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, shower tile or laundry room tile.  Start by visiting our cement tile shop to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-788-4238 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

A Granada Tile Normandy Cement Tile Floor Brings Elegance To A Luxury Bathroom Renovation

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Depending on their color and pattern, Granada Tile’s cement tile designs can fit style sensibilities ranging from the bohemian to the traditional, from modern to elegant.

Granada Tile’s Normandy cement tile pattern definitely falls into this last category.  With its quatrefoil shape suggestive of Gothic design, Normandy concrete tile has a great traditional feel but, because it’s been pared down to its essential elements, this encaustic tile also feels very modern, making it a great choice for a contemporary space.  And, in the subtle pairing of pale grey and white, in stock colors which are available in our cement tile web store, these cement tiles wash a space with quiet elegance.

In this bathroom renovation, the idea was to stay true to the Arcadia, California home’s original Spanish Mission vibe.  Because of their matte finish, making them non-slip even when wet, extending these concrete tiles into the shower floor as floor tile extends the bathroom.  As designer Jaimee Rose points out, “Any time you can extend the bathroom floor tile into the shower, you make your bathroom look that much bigger.”  Keeping things simple, Rose chose a simple cream bathroom wall tile, letting the Normandy concrete shower floor tile be the star.

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Vintage touches like the mirrors and a fabulous Empire-style chandelier pick up the Normandy cement tiles‘ antique qualities while simple white Shaker-style cabinetry brings out its more modern side.

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For more about this renovation including the before, check out interior designer Jaimee Rose’s full piece on her blog.

The qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop floor tile or restaurant tile floor — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tile is long lasting, easy care, low maintenance and less apt to be slippery when wet — are the same ones that make it perfect for your home, whether used as bathroom floor tile, shower wall tile, kitchen tile backsplash, kitchen tile floor, patio tile floor or fireplace tile surround.  Start by visiting our cement tile web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tiles would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom Renovation: Fez Cement Tiles in Wills Casa’s Shower Stall

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In their otherwise black and white bathroom, Nick and Amber Wills of Wills Casa installed our Fez concrete tiles in their shower stall to perk things up and because they’d loved the pattern since they came across at Intelligensia Coffee in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles.

Because their shower stall area is actually not the square you might think from the photo above, there was some debate as to which way to lay the cement tile, square to the entrance to the shower or angled?

Fez-Bathroom-WillsCasa5In the end, they decided to lay it at an angle to the entryway to the shower because it would be squared off to the main footprint of the shower stall:

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We love this use of our tile.  Like a installing a cement tile backsplash in a kitchen, using cement tiles on just the floor of a shower stall can add color and pattern and make a big impact with lower cost and commitment.  Plus, as we noted last week, using concrete tile on the floor in a wet room like a bathroom or kitchen is a great idea not only because it looks good, but because it feels good on the feet and is apt to be much less slippery than porcelain tile.   For a closer look at all the changes that Nick and Amber made to their bathroom, check out the full blog post here.

The same qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, Granada Tile concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Start by visiting our web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

A Cement Tile Backsplash At Potted Store In Los Angeles

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At the very modern and very cool gardening store Potted, located at 3158 Los Feliz Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, co-owner Mary Gray created this vivacious cement tile backsplash for the store’s utilitarian sink.  Using a clever mix of concrete tiles from our Echo collection — including black and white Fez concrete tile, Bordeaux, Philadelphia, Sofia, Nashville, Serengeti, SeattleHouston, Nashville, Cluny and Ardoz cement tiles — she created an exuberant patchwork of color and design that brings a touch of fun and whimsy to a utilitarian space tucked into the back of the store.  You can create a similar look by ordering some of our sample cement tile from the Granada Tile webstore.  Save the cement tiles that you’re considering to My Portfolio and use the Granada Tile layout tool to mix and match your selection of concrete tiles until you find a design that pleases you.

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The same qualities that make Granada Tile’s cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop, restaurant space or gardening store — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, Granada Tile concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — are the same ones make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Start by visiting our web store to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles and call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.