How to Know When It’s Time for Window Replacement

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your summer — driving around with the windows down, or maybe hanging around the house with the windows up. Wondrous things, windows. They allow the pleasantries of the outdoors, inside. Natural-light and warm sun rays are just a couple of the benefits windows provide, not to mention views. So, in essence, these assets are pretty significant to the homeowner experience. But how do you know when it’s time for a window replacement? Today, we’ll answer that question.

Window Replacement: Damages

It kind of goes without saying that if your windows are damaged, they need to be replaced. But what are some of the signs that tell you if your windows are damaged?
Warping
This is solely caused when wood absorbs water and expands, causing the windows to bend. The result is a obvious warped look that is anything but pleasing to the eye. Also, this gives your window more reason to crack and eventually break completely. Imagine a monstrous rainstorm heading your way just as your hear an ear-splitting crack coming from your bedroom window. Bad news, for sure. No one wants those problems.
Deterioration
Over long periods of times and excessive leaks from bad caulk jobs, the wood around your windows will begin to crack and crumble. The most important thing to note when it comes to windows is that water is your enemy. Any cracks that allow water to infiltrate your house need to be resolved immediately. And yes, you can try to repair, but when it hits this extent, the most effective solution is to replace.

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Air Leaks
Run your hands along the sides of the windows. If you feel even the slightest wisp of air seeping through, it’s time for a window replacement. Windows draw in sunlight and let in fresh air, but their main function is to prevent the otherwise harmful weather from entering your house. Air seeping through obviously defeats this purpose, and what’s more, you’re losing money. Cash is literally flying out of the window because this seepage is combatting your efforts in regulating your AC. If you see a gradual spike in your energy bill, this is the reason why.
Painted or Nailed Shut
This is more commonly found in older houses. The windows are painted over or nailed shut, making it darn near impossible to open. I don’t have to go into extraneous detail for you to know why this is a problem, but this means that the windows haven’t been used in so long or they’re so old-fashioned that they’re probably useless.

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Difficult to Open and Close
How your windows open and close should be as fluid as a cool, Summer breeze. If you have to yank, push, or pull with force then it’s safe to say it’s time for a window replacement. No one wants to dread opening a window during a nice day because your window sounds like a two-year-old teething every time it’s opened.

Window Replacement: You Want to Reduce Energy Costs

I mentioned this a bit earlier. Fact of the matter is, some windows are more energy-efficient than others. The windows we carry, Silverline by Andersen, all have the best Energy-Star ratings one can hope for.

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This simply means that these windows, specifically the materials they’re made from, keep the heat and cool inside of the home. For example, wood offers the best insulated value, but the general upkeep and wear-and-tear can be tiresome, whereas vinyl is a practical choice, and is still energy-efficient through tight seal construction and insulated glass.

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It’s no rumor that energy costs have skyrocketed in recent years, hence, the push for such products to be more efficient to stop the crisis. In essence, getting a window replacement now will ultimately result in lower energy costs, meaning more money in your wallet. So, if this is something you’re interested in, I’d HIGHLY recommend a window replacement.

Window Replacement: If You Want to Increase Home Value

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You can’t really appreciate the look of a new window until you’ve replaced your old ones. It can completely change the look of your home, both inside and out. According to Modernize, a home renovation website, “overall, replacement windows are worth the money you’ll spend on them—you’ll recoup about 70 to 80 percent of your costs on your home’s market value. So if you spend $400 on a new window, you can expect that to increase your home’s value by $280 to $320.

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Now, of course, this has a number of variables attached to it — location, the kind and type of window, single – or – double-hung — but as you can see, your windows are a tremendous asset to the overall value of your home.

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So, if your windows show any of these signs or you’d like to cut your energy bill down, or refinance your home — it’s time to take a good hard look at your windows. For a little more information about windows and energy-efficiency, I encourage you to download out our FREE “Windows Buying Guide” E-book! Full of hearty information that will provide you with a little more clarity on how you can cut costs and save money.

Unique Places to Use Tile in Your Home

Hello, everyone! I hope all is well, and you’re enjoying the holidays. Christmas is almost here, and like always, the season of giving never fails to provide a bit of inspiration. Today, I’d like to discuss some ways to uniquely use tile throughout your home. Ya see, it doesn’t just have to go on your floors; you can use it elsewhere, as well.

Tile on a Tabletop

Perhaps you have and old, withering table that’s been begging for a chance at new life. This is the perfect way to achieve that new, refreshing look. You’re also able to get kind of creative with it. Choose a mixture of mosaic tile pieces and display a brilliant pattern, or mix-match a few large format tiles that blend together to get an alluring, two-tone look.

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A few pointers, though. This method works best if you have a square table, simply because of cuts & corners. Don’t let that deter you, though, if you have a circular table lying around. It may take a bit more time, but the finished product will be well worth it.
Also, if you’re thinking of setting tile atop a patio table, be mindful of rainfall and/or water spills. During installation, you can prevent eventual stagnant water by applying just a bit more adhesive on the back of the very middle piece. Not too large of a slope, obviously, but just enough for water runoff.

Tile on a Fireplace

This is an absolutely beautiful look. One of the first things my father did when he bought their house was rip out the standard, mediocre wood trim that flanked the fireplace, and installed a gorgeous collaboration of white and black marble tiles. After crafting an intricate mantlepiece, their fireplace now emulates the Victorian Era, bringing warmth to the room, fire blazing or not.
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Also, and we’ve discussed this plenty of times before, the look of Ledge Stone on a fireplace would give anyone pause. Its stone face provides the appearance of stability, a raw elegance that seems fixed in time. In my opinion, fireplaces tend to capture the eye, as if it calls to be decorated. Using a unique material such as tile, in any style, will not only exemplify this fact, but leave no gaze dissatisfied.

Tile on Columns

If you’re a fan of Roman architecture, then you probably already have this transfixed in your mind’s eye. Columns throughout the home pop-up in the most random of places, usually to mask structural beam supports, like in a basement.
In my parent’s house, my father merely framed around the steel beam in the middle of the basement floor and created a Y-split at the top to add some curvature. He drywalled, primed and painted, but there’s another approach — tile.

Instead of adhering to the mundane (Sorry, pops), you can fasten concrete board to the stud frame and install the tile of your choosing. Think I’m crazy? The effect is brilliant. It always baffles me that a simple switch in building material can completely alter a look, this time for the better.
Like the aforementioned, this combination of an already eye-grabbing feature (the column) and the standard attention tile brings, speaks of strength. A pure, gorgeous, and elaborate ensemble.

Tile on the Ceiling

I know what’re thinking, and that was my first thought, too. The what-if factor comes into play when discussing ceramic or porcelain tiled ceilings. How disastrous it would be if one them fell, right? It’s a thought that throws gravity under the bus, but this is why a right & proper install is of the the utmost importance. I lead with the negative to hit you with the positive, though.

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When it comes to this unique method, I need you to think Italian Renaissance, okay? During the days of Donatello, method de Medici, came the spirit of such revolutionizing art that historians gave the era a name. If it can be done in the 16th century, then it sure as heck can be executed in the 21st.
It’s nearly 2018, my friends, we have pocket computers that scan our faces these days. If we can’t manage a few tiles on the ceiling, are we really progressing?
Okay, not my best argument, but you can understand where I’m coming from. The point is, it’s doable, plus it’s not art for the sake of art. When done correctly, you have something unique above your head. No popcorn or textured ceilings. No foam squares befitting of corporate offices. Tile.

So, to wrap it all up, tabletops, fireplaces, columns, and ceilings. Four unique areas to use tile. When it comes to home remodeling & renovation, the options are endless, and we understand that. But there’s also the other side of the spectrum. How to create a style that no one else has, something truly original. I encourage, no, I dare you to be different. Rough the edges. Go against the grain. Make something really special, something you’re proud of. This is just the start.
Think on it. If you decide on something and plan on doing a kitchen or bath remodel anytime soon, let us know. Click here to setup an appointment, and we’ll throw some ideas around with you. Happy Remodeling, everyone!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, flooring and tile installations, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, quartz countertops, granite countertops, marble countertops, bathroom vanity tops, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients.
We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written by: Chris Chamberlain

Old Windows: DIY Projects To Do With Them

Hello, everyone! Hope everyone is doing well thus far in 2017! I swear, this year has gone by crazy quick. Seems like yesterday that we were all opening presents and watching the snow fall. But make no mistake, y’all, Winter is coming. And with wintry weather, you’ll need legitimate windows. But what do you do with the old windows once you’ve replaced them? Today, we’ll discuss a few of those possibilities!

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Chalkboard Window

I’ve talked about how cool & quirky a chalkboard can be in a design before in a previous post, and this is no different. Not only is it a unique concept, but it’s a fun way to not forget things as a family. You can jot a lists of groceries down, remind yourself about dentist appointments, or even write a little signature of love. All from a window that you were destined to throw out anyway.

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Artwork Backdrop

This idea is perfect for those of you that adore the rustic style. If you have an old window that’s, for lack of a better term, “frayed at the seams,” you can repurpose it to look like an old, worn-out frame and use it as a backdrop to emphasize your favorite piece of artwork in the household. Throw it on the mantle, and it’ll become one of your favorite design elements of your living room.

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Old Window Mirrors

It’s no secret that mirrors add depth to any room. This little project takes virtually no time at all, too. You can grab mirrors and just replace them with the glass ones, and you’re all set. The frame is your to paint, stain, or like the last, rough it up to give a bit of character. Place it on your wall on the way out for a quick-glance before starting your day, or maybe along a hallway.

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Window Bathroom Wall Cabinet

Now, this is a really interesting idea. Essentially, you use your old window frame a medicine cabinet or just a regular wall cabinet. You can store your toiletries in there — TP, candles, cotton swabs, you name it, all in a fashionable manner.

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Picture Frame

This is actually a pretty common concept. You can use your old window as a uniquely-made collage full of your fondest memories. I’ve actually seen this in quite a few of my friend’s homes, and it’s a pretty good look. Definitely attention-grabbing.

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Old Window Shadow Box

In general, shadow boxes are crafty, cool projects. Shadow boxes made from an old window just emphasizes that statement a little bit further. If you’ve noticed, there’s a trend going here. Old windows are a cause for creativity. It’s an abstract element to otherwise fully-functional project.
It brings character to your home, and if you’re like me, that’s what matters most.

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Old Window Serving Tray

I’d say that this project would only work if you’re replacing smaller windows, otherwise it would be a bit of a nuisance. If it were me, I’d sand the window with a real fine sandpaper, apply a couple coats of paint, and then attach another handle to it. And then there ya have it. An sturdy, unique serving tray. And to think, you were going to throw your old windows away.

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Old Window Side Table

Now we’re really talking. We’ve went from having old windows used as potential firewood to complete, full-functionality. If you have a enough old windows, this could be another cool project. Side tables are tremendously useful, obviously. Having one made out of windows just shows your quirky side. For sure.

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets.
In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Chris Chamberlain

If You Want a New Kitchen for Thanksgiving…

 
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Modern designer kitchen with a tile floor and granite island.

  Then it’s best to get a jump on things. Hello, everyone! I trust that everyone has enjoyed their Summer and is looking forward to the coolness of Spring, color change of the leaves, and of course, the holidays that come with it. In this post, we’ll go over how one might get a new kitchen for Thanksgiving, that family-gathering holiday filled with delicious aromas, heartfelt conversations, and the inevitable nap or two.   Contact-Designer-Shop-Ad  

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The Design Stage

In contemplation. getting a new kitchen can seem a bit overwhelming. Questions spring up, a massive overload of what-ifs edge to the forefront of your mind, and it can sometimes lead to a bit of confusion. At Builders Surplus, we know this, which is why we offer a free kitchen design consultation to get your thoughts in order and allow you the opportunities to get your ideas and wishes on paper. The Rendezvous When you do schedule a meeting with a kitchen designer, one of the first things you’ll discuss are your budget. The designer will use several excellent resources to try to determine this. You both will take a look at several different designs, styles, as well as the many cabinet door styles we offer, along with product lines like Waypoint or Wellborn.    new kitchen   Measurements During this initial meet, it’s nearly-necessary to have a rough idea of what you’d like, and if you can manage it, a decent sketch with a few measurements, so your designer can draw up an estimate. This is effective, prudent even, in assuring that everything runs smoothly. Again, we want your time with us to be a free-flowing one, and having a general outline to work with will no doubt speed up the process. In any case, measurements will needed to be done by us to ensure accuracy. An eighth of an inch off, and you’ll see the entire project fold in on itself. Design Completion Once all of the measurements are in and secured, we can begin the design! It’s an exciting time, for sure, to have your dream kitchen displayed on a 42” flat screen tv, seeing it come to life. These layouts are based on the the information given from the previous steps. All of the hard work, heavy coordination, and measurements summed up to a pretty, clear picture of what your kitchen is going to look like.  
new kitchen

interior drawing with material color scheme design

  Note: This first step, the design stage, can take up to 1-3 weeks to complete, depending on how many people are ahead of you for an initial appointment, how accurate your measurements are, and how your schedules align with a proper measuring of our own. If you take all of these steps into the equation, this time frame starts to make sense. Especially if you have changes to make during the review of everything. TIME FRAME: 1-3 WEEKS  

Products Ordered

Ah, this is one of the more exciting parts about the process — ordering the products you’ve picked out. Now, all of the in-stock products you’ve chosen can graciously be taken home, or be arranged for quick-pickup. The other items and materials, the custom order products, will be delivered to your home or our store (depending on your cabinet line) in around 4 weeks.   new kitchen   About a week or so before your delivery date, your designer will contact you to make sure your installation and pick/up delivery is on schedule. One of the more important parts about this process is constant communication. Any misstep or misunderstanding tends to push the overall deadline back a bit. Just like with any relationship, business ones especially, a constant stream of feedback and discussion is vital to making sure your deadline gets met. TIME FRAME: 4 WEEKS  

Kitchen Remodel Installation

Getting down to the nitty gritty now, aren’t we? The installation process is one with many variables as far as time goes, I’ll be honest. Our installation team will be in touch with you around 10 days prior to the estimated delivery to confirm your installation dates with you. Let it be known that where you don’t have to be there for the entire process, you will be required to let the team in and, of course, sign the final paperwork after a review of your remodel. Also, and I have to stress this, unforeseen issues can sometimes happen. Nothing too serious, but sometimes products go on back order, or something of that nature, and it can change the install date.    

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If You Want a New Kitchen for Thanksgiving…

 
new kitchen

Modern designer kitchen with a tile floor and granite island.

  Then it’s best to get a jump on things. Hello, everyone! I trust that everyone has enjoyed their Summer and is looking forward to the coolness of Spring, color change of the leaves, and of course, the holidays that come with it. In this post, we’ll go over how one might get a new kitchen for Thanksgiving, that family-gathering holiday filled with delicious aromas, heartfelt conversations, and the inevitable nap or two.   Contact-Designer-Shop-Ad  

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The Design Stage

In contemplation. getting a new kitchen can seem a bit overwhelming. Questions spring up, a massive overload of what-ifs edge to the forefront of your mind, and it can sometimes lead to a bit of confusion. At Builders Surplus, we know this, which is why we offer a free kitchen design consultation to get your thoughts in order and allow you the opportunities to get your ideas and wishes on paper. The Rendezvous When you do schedule a meeting with a kitchen designer, one of the first things you’ll discuss are your budget. The designer will use several excellent resources to try to determine this. You both will take a look at several different designs, styles, as well as the many cabinet door styles we offer, along with product lines like Waypoint or Wellborn.    new kitchen   Measurements During this initial meet, it’s nearly-necessary to have a rough idea of what you’d like, and if you can manage it, a decent sketch with a few measurements, so your designer can draw up an estimate. This is effective, prudent even, in assuring that everything runs smoothly. Again, we want your time with us to be a free-flowing one, and having a general outline to work with will no doubt speed up the process. In any case, measurements will needed to be done by us to ensure accuracy. An eighth of an inch off, and you’ll see the entire project fold in on itself. Design Completion Once all of the measurements are in and secured, we can begin the design! It’s an exciting time, for sure, to have your dream kitchen displayed on a 42” flat screen tv, seeing it come to life. These layouts are based on the the information given from the previous steps. All of the hard work, heavy coordination, and measurements summed up to a pretty, clear picture of what your kitchen is going to look like.  
new kitchen

interior drawing with material color scheme design

  Note: This first step, the design stage, can take up to 1-3 weeks to complete, depending on how many people are ahead of you for an initial appointment, how accurate your measurements are, and how your schedules align with a proper measuring of our own. If you take all of these steps into the equation, this time frame starts to make sense. Especially if you have changes to make during the review of everything. TIME FRAME: 1-3 WEEKS  

Products Ordered

Ah, this is one of the more exciting parts about the process — ordering the products you’ve picked out. Now, all of the in-stock products you’ve chosen can graciously be taken home, or be arranged for quick-pickup. The other items and materials, the custom order products, will be delivered to your home or our store (depending on your cabinet line) in around 4 weeks.   new kitchen   About a week or so before your delivery date, your designer will contact you to make sure your installation and pick/up delivery is on schedule. One of the more important parts about this process is constant communication. Any misstep or misunderstanding tends to push the overall deadline back a bit. Just like with any relationship, business ones especially, a constant stream of feedback and discussion is vital to making sure your deadline gets met. TIME FRAME: 4 WEEKS  

Kitchen Remodel Installation

Getting down to the nitty gritty now, aren’t we? The installation process is one with many variables as far as time goes, I’ll be honest. Our installation team will be in touch with you around 10 days prior to the estimated delivery to confirm your installation dates with you. Let it be known that where you don’t have to be there for the entire process, you will be required to let the team in and, of course, sign the final paperwork after a review of your remodel. Also, and I have to stress this, unforeseen issues can sometimes happen. Nothing too serious, but sometimes products go on back order, or something of that nature, and it can change the install date.    

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How to Know When It's Time for Window Replacement

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your summer — driving around with the windows down, or maybe hanging around the house with the windows up. Wondrous things, windows. They allow the pleasantries of the outdoors, inside. Natural-light and warm sun rays are just a couple of the benefits windows provide, not to mention views. So, in essence, these assets are pretty significant to the homeowner experience. But how do you know when it’s time for a window replacement? Today, we’ll answer that question.
 

Window Replacement: Damages

It kind of goes without saying that if your windows are damaged, they need to be replaced. But what are some of the signs that tell you if your windows are damaged?
Warping
This is solely caused when wood absorbs water and expands, causing the windows to bend. The result is a obvious warped look that is anything but pleasing to the eye. Also, this gives your window more reason to crack and eventually break completely. Imagine a monstrous rainstorm heading your way just as your hear an ear-splitting crack coming from your bedroom window. Bad news, for sure. No one wants those problems.
Deterioration
Over long periods of times and excessive leaks from bad caulk jobs, the wood around your windows will begin to crack and crumble. The most important thing to note when it comes to windows is that water is your enemy. Any cracks that allow water to infiltrate your house need to be resolved immediately. And yes, you can try to repair, but when it hits this extent, the most effective solution is to replace.
 
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Air Leaks
Run your hands along the sides of the windows. If you feel even the slightest wisp of air seeping through, it’s time for a window replacement. Windows draw in sunlight and let in fresh air, but their main function is to prevent the otherwise harmful weather from entering your house. Air seeping through obviously defeats this purpose, and what’s more, you’re losing money. Cash is literally flying out of the window because this seepage is combatting your efforts in regulating your AC. If you see a gradual spike in your energy bill, this is the reason why.
Painted or Nailed Shut
This is more commonly found in older houses. The windows are painted over or nailed shut, making it darn near impossible to open. I don’t have to go into extraneous detail for you to know why this is a problem, but this means that the windows haven’t been used in so long or they’re so old-fashioned that they’re probably useless.
 
 
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Difficult to Open and Close
How your windows open and close should be as fluid as a cool, Summer breeze. If you have to yank, push, or pull with force then it’s safe to say it’s time for a window replacement. No one wants to dread opening a window during a nice day because your window sounds like a two-year-old teething every time it’s opened.
 
 

Window Replacement: You Want to Reduce Energy Costs

I mentioned this a bit earlier. Fact of the matter is, some windows are more energy-efficient than others. The windows we carry, Silverline by Andersen, all have the best Energy-Star ratings one can hope for.
 
 
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This simply means that these windows, specifically the materials they’re made from, keep the heat and cool inside of the home. For example, wood offers the best insulated value, but the general upkeep and wear-and-tear can be tiresome, whereas vinyl is a practical choice, and is still energy-efficient through tight seal construction and insulated glass.
 
 
 
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It’s no rumor that energy costs have skyrocketed in recent years, hence, the push for such products to be more efficient to stop the crisis. In essence, getting a window replacement now will ultimately result in lower energy costs, meaning more money in your wallet. So, if this is something you’re interested in, I’d HIGHLY recommend a window replacement.
 

Window Replacement: If You Want to Increase Home Value

 
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You can’t really appreciate the look of a new window until you’ve replaced your old ones. It can completely change the look of your home, both inside and out. According to Modernize, a home renovation website, “overall, replacement windows are worth the money you’ll spend on them—you’ll recoup about 70 to 80 percent of your costs on your home’s market value. So if you spend $400 on a new window, you can expect that to increase your home’s value by $280 to $320.
 
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Now, of course, this has a number of variables attached to it — location, the kind and type of window, single – or – double-hung — but as you can see, your windows are a tremendous asset to the overall value of your home.
 
 
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So, if your windows show any of these signs or you’d like to cut your energy bill down, or refinance your home — it’s time to take a good hard look at your windows. For a little more information about windows and energy-efficiency, I encourage you to download out our FREE “Windows Buying Guide” E-book! Full of hearty information that will provide you with a little more clarity on how you can cut costs and save money.
 
 
 
 

PRO: Management Tips For Running an Effective Team

What’s up, pros? Once again, I hope business is well, and life is treating you good. We’re nearly at the forefront of Summer, which means long days, and even longer nights – perfect for getting things done.

Today, I’d like to like to give you some tips for running an effective team. Now, as I’m sure you know, finding good help is pretty much a rarity nowadays. Recent generations, mine specifically, are clueless to what a hard-days-work truly means.

But, for this post’s sake, we’re going to assume that you’ve acquired a heartfelt, diligent bunch that’s ready to get to the nitty gritty and make some money while ensuring a quality product. So, with that in mind, what are some things you can to run an effective team?

Management Tips: Lead by Example

This is fundamental with any leadership position. You simply cannot enforce rules without abiding by them, as well. Yes, you’re the head honcho, but if you want to be seen and respected as such, you need to make sure that you’re following the guidelines that you’ve drawn out.

If you tell your crew to be at job site by 8:30, you should be there at 8. If you tell them there are certain deadlines to meet for certain tasks, you should bust your butt to make sure those get done. A leader is defined by the energy and effort put in, not necessarily how well demands can be dictated. Just a little food for thought.

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Management Tips: Create Incentives

With any type of work, in any industry, it’s nice to receive affirmation for your efforts. To be recognized for your dedication and work ethic is something people appreciate. Period. Providing incentives for achieving specific goals is one of those ways to show your team that you value them. If you can, provide bonuses. If a job is met well before deadline then that means you and your team have exceeded expectations, so if you’re willing, dish out a monetary pat on the back.

But showing your appreciation doesn’t have to be by way of additional monies. A simple “Good job” or “Nice work today, guys,” will do just the same. In essence, get creative with your incentives, and I promise that the outcome will be greatly beneficial, on all fronts.

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Management Tips: Allow Your Employees To Thrive

It goes without saying that you should get to know the people that work for you, better yet, with you. In doing so, you gain insight to each individual’s strengths and weaknesses, and the tasks you give to each specific member of your team should reflect your knowledge base. For example, if Tim has vocally said that he cannot stand painting ceilings, then it’s probably best not to give him this task. It’s a fact that people do better when they have a passion, a liking to what they’re doing. 

Take me, for example. I cannot stand math. Words are my staple. If I was given 15 math problems to work out right now, you’d be lucky to get me to even look at them. I’m liable to crumple the piece of paper and practice my beer pong shot. Point blank. Swish.

So, let your employees thrive by assigning them tasks that they enjoy. It’s just a more effective, more efficient way of getting things done. Once again, you’ll appreciate the outcome.

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Management Tips: Why So Serious?

Work is usually just that, work. You rise from your bed, brush your teeth, take a shower, and head to your place of occupation day-in and day-out, and at times, this can seem a bit monotonous. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Give the morale and general atmosphere a bit of focus. Pay attention to your employees, their banter, what they’re saying, their concerns, and what they aspire to do. Truly get to know them, have conversations with them and try to get to a place where you know them on a more personal level. Yes, business is business, but it doesn’t have to be serene 700% percent of the time. It’s okay to cut up, make jokes, rag on each other, and enjoy each other’s company. Think of how much time you all spend together.

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Do you really want it to be a constant state of “business-as-usual,” or would you rather have some fun while getting stuff done at the same time? I thought so.

Don’t be afraid to have a good time with your team. It will instill positivity like you wouldn’t believe, when your employees also become your friends. It’s a matter of respect, loyalty, and communication that will inevitably result into a true, effective nature of the business you run.

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Alright, y’all. That’s all I have for the moment, but I think it would be good for this particular post to be a two-parter. There’s simply so much to cover. Anyway, I hope this enlightened you at least a little bit and that you establish a true connection with your team. Be safe this summer, y’all, and stay blessed!

Bathroom Remodel for Seniors: What to Consider

Today we’ll cover how to complete a bathroom remodel for seniors, or what to consider before starting on this project. Having your elderly or disabled loved ones in the home is very important to many people. To do this requires a bit of planning to make sure that the spaces in the home will accommodate their needs. Here are several things you should consider when planning a bathroom remodel for seniors.

10 Things To Remember in a Bathroom Remodel for Seniors:

Find a Faucet with Levers

Twisting and turning knobs can be difficult for seniors due to arthritis or other conditions that weakens the hands. Plan ahead even if this is not the case at the current time to save money later on. You can find many attractive faucets with levers instead of knobs. You could probably DIY this if you’re handy or you could consult with a plumber if you’re unsure about it.
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Install Textured tile

Because tile can be very slippery, consider installing a textured, or less slick tile on the bathroom floor. This would mean staying away from polished porcelain and other polished tiles. We have a brick tile option that is comfortable on the feet, but provides a good grip as well. When thinking about a bathroom remodel for seniors, preventing falls is of the utmost importance.

Add Bath Mats and Rugs Wherever Necessary

Going back to the same point of preventing falls, take the additional precaution and add rugs and mats wherever possible. This means in the bath or shower for grip, in front of the toilet where someone would be pulling themselves up, or in front of a vanity where you can be standing for an extended period. Not only is it safer, it is easier on the feet. A rug by the bath tub can also be easier for a caregiver who may stay on their needs while assisting their loved one in bathing.

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 Grab Rails are your Friend

Many people hate grab rails, due to their industrial feel. However, they are quite necessary for the elderly. You can disguise some as towel holders or on the side of your vanity, or by the toilet paper holder. It’s important to have them by the toilet to allow someone to safely lower down and pull themselves up. Having one in the shower or bath is also critical to safely entering or holding themselves up if they are feeling shaky. You can also find grab rails in so many colors these days that you can easily make them blend in with the overall design of the bathroom. We recommend texture on the rails as well. These rails will typically support 250-300 pounds. These rails can also be a benefit for caregivers as well.

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Get a sprayer attachment for your shower-head.

Shower heads that detach and spray can make bathing much easier for a variety of reasons. First, you or your loved one can sit down while bathing. Standing for long periods can become difficult for seniors and this would be a great benefit as it means more independence. It also makes it easier if you need to assist in bathing.

Make sure the toilet is high enough

A few inches in toilet hight can be a big deal for seniors that have a hard time lowering down. You can get a taller seat, or a taller toilet in general. This is usually great for everyone in the family!

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Walk-in bathtub and Curbless Showers

These are crucial for those in wheelchairs and those who can’t easily lift their legs. When you have a walk in shower with no curb, it can be a much easier process for the senior and the caregiver. Walk in bath tubs are so easy to get into, and much safer, as you don’t have to step higher than you are comfortable doing. They have many options for walk in bath tubs these days, and qualified contractors can install your shower with ease.

Create Soft Lighting

Sensitivity to light is something many people experience as they age. Make the bathroom a place where your loved one not only feels comfortable, but a place they can easily see. It’s important that if they need to grab a bar or sit down, the don’t have a glare in their way. Well placed sconces can often achieve this goal. You could also consider adding high windows for natural light if you’re doing a serious remodel. Natural light is always easier on the eyes.

Make Sure You Have Space

Space is crucial for easy mobility. Whether you or your loved one have a wheelchair now, you could in the future so it’s always best to plan ahead. Wide doorways and an open space in the bathroom that would allow for easy turning and getting to the areas you need will be a huge benefit to you.

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Make Sure Everything is in Reach

If you’re installing a spraying shower head, you could choose a longer hose with a lower anchor. Buy a shower caddy for the toiletries so you can easily move them around as needed. A folding bathroom seat stored within reach can be helpful if you or a loved one is having difficulty standing up while bathing.
We hope these tips have helped you when planning a bathroom remodel for seniors!

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

Should You Upgrade to Hardwood Floors Before Selling?

Home sellers can get more money for the sale of their home if they can make their home’s interior and exterior as attractive as possible, such as upgrading to hardwood floors. To boost their property’s value, many homeowners will choose to make small renovations or upgrades before selling their home. In many homes, flooring upgrades are one way that home sellers can make their property more appealing to buyers.

Advantages of Remodeling Before Selling

There are many good reasons to remodel your home before selling it!

  • Hardwood floors are attractive and therefore make staging easier.
  • New flooring can boost offers from home buyers.
  •  Hardwood floors are a hot item that can help sell your home more quickly.

ROI of Hardwood Floors

  • Hardwood floors can be expensive to install. For a typical home, installing new hardwood floors can cost around $4,400. However, the majority of home buyers are willing to pay more for homes with hardwood floors, which can make the expense worthwhile. The best ways to maximize the ROI for your hardwood flooring includes:
  • Have the hardwood floors installed by a knowledgeable, experienced licensed contractor.
  • Take good care of the hardwood floors after they’re installed. Use rugs and furniture pads to protect the floor from scratches.
  • Install hardwood floors that look right with the rest of the interior decor.

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Which Homes Need A Flooring Upgrade

You’ll know if your home needs a flooring upgrade if:

  • Your flooring is very dated. Carpet of a dated color or made from a dated style can be a turn off to home buyers.
  • Your home’s current flooring is damaged in some way. Some home buyers are reluctant to buy a home that has obvious cosmetic defects. Others will buy a home with cosmetic defects, but will use the defects as a negotiating tool, which can result in a reduced profit at the time of sale.
  • Your home has carpet and you have pets. Carpet can absorb pet hair and pet odors, which can make a home less desirable for anyone with allergies. Hardwood floor is far more hypoallergenic.

Other homes in your area have wood floors. It’s no secret that hardwood floors top the wish lists of buyers. When competing for buyers, it is important to at least match the desirable features of other comparable homes for sale.

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Getting Started With Your Remodel

  • Once you’ve decided to upgrade your home’s flooring, you’ll have decisions to make. Making smart choices at the time of the remodel can help you maximize your return on investment when it’s time to sell.
  • Pick the right wood stain for your home. You’ll need to choose between a dark, medium or light colored stain in your home. Often dark stains work best in homes with a lot of natural light and light colored furniture. Light colored stains work well in homes with medium or dark colored walls, or in parts of the home with little natural light.
  • Hire a licensed contractor to get the job done right. Hiring a qualified contractor to install your home’s hardwood floors will help ensure a good quality installation that will maximize your investment.
  • Meet with many contractors to get the best bid. Meet with a variety of contractors to get bids from several different companies before picking the right contractor for your needs. Shopping around will help you minimize your expenses during the flooring installation, which will help you maximize your profits at the time of sale.
  •  Get started many months before you plan to sell your home. This will help ensure that you have enough time to get the flooring finished before it’s time to put your home on the market.

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Consult With A Real Estate Agent

An experienced real estate agent will help you decide whether or not new flooring is right for your home. To find out whether or not hardwood floors are right for your needs before it’s time to sell your property, consult with your real estate agent to find out whether or not your home could compete better or bring in more profits with this change.

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By: Preston Guyton
Preston Guyton is the managing partner of CRG Companies, Inc., a custom home design, construction and real estate firm with three locations along the Grand Strand. They offer eco-friendly homebuilding solutions, design services and agents to help with the home buying and selling process.

Jeffrey Alexander Cabinet Hardware: Feel The Luxury

Hello, everyone! Cabinets are, no doubt, one of the most defining features in a kitchen or bathroom remodel, right? Today, I’d like to talk about something that greatly accentuates the look of your cabinets — the hardware — and specifically, Jeffrey Alexander hardware.

The Most Luxurious Cabinet Hardware

Alright, so maybe I’m a bit biased, sure, but cabinet hardware by Jeffrey Alexander has some of the most beautiful styles and collections that I’ve ever seen. And I mean that quite literally. Ever since I was eight, I’ve been working with my father in his home remodeling business, and I’ve come across some pretty neat stuff as far as accessories are concerned, but these collections are downright jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring..you name it. They’re simply wonderful.

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They’re also incredibly unique in their design, too. You won’t find many, if any, cookie cutter elements to these pieces. If you’re wanting to make your kitchen or bathroom standout, enriched in design and elemental enticing aesthetics, then stop what you’re doing. And head here.

Quite Affordable Cabinet Hardware

You all know the old adage: You get what you pay for. If there’s anything I’ve learned to be 100% absolutely true within the past century of my existence, it is that. If you want to go out and buy an $.89 cabinet knob, then so be it. But you can’t complain when it falls off or scratches or the day after you put it up someone says, “yeah, um, those look God-awful.”

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Fact is, if you’re trying to achieve a sophisticated, luxurious look, you’re going to pay sophisticated, luxurious money. Porsche 911’s aren’t $20,000 for a reason. They sport the sleekest designs and have the performance packages down to a literal science. But it comes at a cost. I say all of that to say this, Jeffrey Alexander kinda defies that line of thinking. No, they’re not under a dollar, but they’re pretty affordable, and booyyyyy, do you get what you pay for.

Cabinet Hardware For Days

Definitely one of my favorite things about JA. They have so much, maybe even too much, to choose from. I’m more inclined to go with the former on that one simply because I know that options are always a nice thing to have in the remodeling industry. But seriously, they have near countless collections. Plus, they’re manufactured by certain styles — rustic, contemporary, traditional, and ultra-modern.

So, no matter what the certain style you currently have in your bathroom or what you’re wanting to create, they have one just for you. It’s perfect.

They’re Growing

To top it all off, this line of cabinet hardware isn’t going anywhere. Hardware Resources, the company that manufactures these beauties, is THE fastest growing manufacturer of cabinet hardware in the United States. Sidenote: That’s another plus. They’re made right here in the good ole U.S. of A., which is always an important characteristic in my opinion.

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But anyway, yeah, so the main line just continues to grow and grow, darn near exponentially, which means not only will the current styles be in store for a very long time, but there’s room for more unique, trendy designs to come forth. It’s just nice to know that you can fall and love, knowing they’re jot going anywhere.

So, there it is, folks. Four reasons why Jeffrey Alexander Cabinet Hardware is the best in the business. Also, if you are in the process of doing a kitchen remodel, let us know and we’ll set you up with a free kitchen design consultation with one of our experts! Hope to see y’all in the store sometime soon, but until then, be safe and stay blessed!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets.
In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Chris Chamberlain

Why Should I Buy Quartz Countertops?

Are you wondering if you should buy quartz countertops? Countertops for your kitchen or bathroom can be a major investment, so weighing all the options is definitly in your best interest. There are several different materials that you could choose from when selecting countertops, and quartz is one of the most popular.
Quartz Countertops are made up of natural quartz and other man made materials like resins, polymers and pigments. The end result is a very hard surface that is ideal for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, flooring or accent walls. There are several reasons why the choice to buy quartz countertops is a good one.

Quartz Countertops have the largest color selection

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Because quartz is a man made product, the color options are much more robust than you would find with a surface like granite. There are natural looking designs that imitate marble, with a white base and light veining. You can also find the speckled look that imitates beautiful granite countertops. Then, you have your exciting colors, such as neon orange, red, blue, aqua, and even more unique color combinations and patterns. This is a big reason that people opt to buy quartz countertops.

When you buy quartz countertops, your environmental impact is low

Quartz is the second most abundant material found in the earth’s crust. This means that you can find it easily, meaning less excavation time. Many quartz manufacturers, such as Silestone, are GreenGuard Certified for low emissions when creating their quartz countertops. Companies such as Cambria mine and produce right here in the USA, meaning its not only easy on the environment, but good for the economy as well. For some, this is as good of a reason as any to buy quartz countertops.

Quartz Countertops are the hardest of all countertop surfaces

Quartz countertops are the most durable countertop material that you can find. That is because of it’s intense hardness. This hardness comes not only from the materials but from the way that it’s produced. Quartz is a 7 on the MOHS hardness scale, and second only to diamonds. Quartz countertops are much harder than quartz or marble, meaning they could take a beating from pots, pans or anything else you could throw their way and they’ll still look fabulous. This is a great reason to buy quartz countertops.

Quartz countertops are extremely heat resistant

Quartz is very heat resistant. This is important when having them in a kitchen using hot pots and pans.

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Quartz Countertops are stain resistant

Quartz is a nonporous material. Granite and marble are both porous materials. They both have capillary channels between the minerals and if you spill something on unsealed marble or granite, chances are it will stain fairly easily. Quartz has no channels and it never requires sealing, so it’s ideal for wine drinkers, or those who have their fair share of accidents in the kitchen.

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Quartz Countertops are low maintenance

Quartz is extremely low maintenance. You can clean it with a simple soap and water combo, and you’ll be good to go. It is an antibacterial surface and you could cut food right on it’s surface and it would be considered safe. Quartz is used in the majority of commercial kitchens for this reason.  With all of the other housework that piles up, no fuss maintenance is a perfect reason to buy quarts countertops.
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Quartz is the most scratch resistant of all countertop surfaces

As we mentioned above, quartz countertops are extremely hard. Because of this, it is extremely difficult to scratch them. This means you can feel at ease using sharp knives and other utensils, even directly on your countertop.

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When you buy quartz countertops, your ROI is high

Everything we’ve listed about quartz countertops so far, goes into it’s incredibly high return on investment, or RIO. The beautiful colors and low maintenance care are very popular with buyers if you’re looking to sell. It’s been proven in studies that the term “quartz countertops” in home listings help to sell the properties faster, and for more money. The heat resistance, stain resistance, hardness, and difficulty scratching, means that you won’t have to replace your countertops nearly as quickly as you would with other materials. They will stay looking brilliant for decades! The price for quartz can be higher than common granite, but lower than exotic granite. However, you get what you pay for and more when you buy quartz countertops.

Buy Quartz Countertops for the colors

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, flooring and tile installations, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, quartz countertops, granite countertops, marble countertops, bathroom vanity tops, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

DIY: Tiled Shower Surround

A tiled shower simply spells out elegance. It tends to breach the line between what can be considered as an ordinary bathroom to an elaborate one and for a couple of reasons. The obvious one is that it, of course, it just looks better than a vinyl shower, but it’s the very low-maintenance, easy-to-clean properties that sets a tiled shower apart from the rest. Today, I’m going to do a little “DIY” post about how to properly install a tiled shower surround!

Materials You’ll Need for a Tiled Shower Surround

Tiled Shower: Tape it up

Now, it may not seem like it, but you’re going to want to tape some sort of plastic wrap around the shower. This is simply so you can protect your investment and it’s so much easier on pick up.

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Tiled Shower: Setting Up A Base Line

Alright, people this is pretty important. Listen up. It may seem like the best thing to do is start at the ceiling or from the tub, but it’s not. You just don’t know for sure if it’s level or not, and even if you take a level to it, it’s best to just stick on the safe side. So, what you’ll do is center your base line. Measure from wall to wall, and find your center. Draw a horizontal line across. There’s your starting point.
Make sure you account for your grout lines (thickness of the spacers you’re using). From there, I suggest fastening a piece of wood at that line, so your first line of tile is 100% level. Get this right, and you’re smooth sailing. Don’t, and you’re pretty much going to through hell trying to back track.

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In the event that you cant follow the line of the countertops, you’ll want to measure the height of half of your tile. Now, use your level to make a line all the way across. This will give you an even line to follow. You can either build a small wooden ledge on that line to ensure that your tiles don’t slip, or you can make a point to check that they’re not sliding as you work, and adjust them if they are.
When your wall is tiled to the top of your space, you’ll then go back and make cuts for this last half row on the bottom, next to your countertop. If you have a slight angle, that is something you can cut into the tile if needed. This way, the bottom of the tile may be angled ever so slightly on the edge of the countertop, but the row itself will be straight.

Tiled Shower: Time to Tile

Now, you’re going to want to center your tile on previously fixed piece of wood. This is so you can get your staggering down, from wall to wall. Then, on the second row, you’ll just work out from the center of the tile below it.

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Row-by-Row

Go row-by-row on each wall, so you know where you end up on each end. This will also ensure that everything is straight, which by the way, it’s probably a safe bet to get out the a straight level and check your progress periodically. Just for peace of mind.

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Trim-Kit Cutout
This can be kind of difficult to achieve if this is is your first time tiling a shower, but once get used to your tile saw, it’s easy enough. This is another reason why it’s good to go row-by-row, so you’ll know exactly where each tile will be. If you’re lucky like we were, the cutout will end near the middle of a tile.

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Use Edges
If you’re not using bullnose, you’re going to want to put a couple strips on edging (steel bead, pictured below) along the side of your tile at the very end.

Be cautious of the size that you buy, too. You want the round edge to be flush with the side of your tile, ideally.

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Add Mosaic
Adding a decorative, mosaic tile will tremendously enhance the look of your tiled shower. With the process, you can usually start at one end of the other, as you’ll be making cuts regardless, and because of the way the mesh-back is made, this is pretty simple to do.

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A Warning
Don’t press too hard on the mosaic. You can thank me later, but it is extremely difficult to get the excess mortar from between the mosaic lines. Like, really difficult. Save yourself an hour or two and press lightly.

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Tiled Shower: Clean the Grout Lines

Alright, this is also pretty important. If you did as I suggested and gave the tile a day to set, then the mastic is dry. If you look closely, you can see it in the grout lines. It’s time to set yourself up for the perfect grout job.
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Get a razor blade and slice through the lines. Once you’ve done this, vacuum up the excess, and you’re ready to grout!

Tiled Shower: Grout

The lines are clean, and now it’s time to apply the grout of your choosing. Mix it up real nice and float it even better. Now, at this stage, you can throw cleanliness out the window. The stuff is going to get everywhere, and you shouldn’t be conservative with how much you use.

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Clean After Your Grout
Once you’ve finished grouting each line, dampen a sponge and clean the surface. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, so you don’t grab grout!

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Tiled Shower: The Waiting Game Part II

Let the grout dry overnight. Come back in and wipe it all down. Then after, grab a towel and buff the entire shower walls. This will get rid of that haze that was leftover from the initial cleanup.
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Then…you’re ready to seal it in. Scour the entire shower before you do. Once you apply that sealer, it’s a wrap. The dirt and grime that was there will stay there, so be careful. Then step back, and admire your work!
You’re all Finished

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets.
In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Chris Chamberlain

Types of Molding and Why You Need Them

You know you’re just about done with a remodel when it’s time to start installing trim/molding. As we like to call it, you have begun the “finishing stages,” which unfortunately are the most tedious, attention-to-detail tasks that usually end up being very time consuming. But, this is for good reason — think of it as a blending process. Today, I’d like to discuss several types of molding and when and where to use them!
 

Scribe Molding

Scribe is essentially a thin strip of wood that runs along the edges of your cabinet to cover gaps, blemishes, and other inconsistencies where the cabinet meshes against the wall or the ceiling. It’s usually straight on one end and can be curved fit the contour of the cabinet. It’s used as a finishing touch and quite often makes the job look complete when installed correctly. Having gaps or scuff marks here and there may not seem like a biggie to larger remodels, but if they can be prevented or in this case, solved, the product will look near perfect.

 

Crown Molding

A very popular finishing touch that’s installed at the top edge of cabinets (hence, the name), but unlike scribe, crown moulding has an abundance of decorative options that can cater to any style or design. You could go with something simple, a piece with a few beveled edges, or something a little more gaudy, with elaborate, inlaid designs. Obviously, the the more intricate the design, the more expensive the crown is going to be. As far its importance, it’s mainly to bring a more sophisticated look to your design. And trust me, it works.
 
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Baseboard Molding

Probably the most important piece on this list, base molding is used to hide the gaps between flooring/tile and the walls encasing it. That is its main function, but as you can see, it definitely adds a certain decor and can be seen as a beautiful transition from floor to the wall. It hides the cracks, gaps, and drywall fringes and give a modern touch to the whole look.
 
 

 
 
 

Quarter Round Molding

It’s only fitting that this type is mentioned next after baseboards because they compliment each other. Yes, baseboards are seen as the transition, but installing quarter-round — which is almost like scribe, but thicker — is installed at the very bottom of the your baseboards, so it hides that gap AND the possible nail holes. Functional and decorative, quarter round is a must do if you’re looking for that perfect look.
 
 
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Chair Rail Molding

This piece of molding acts purely as a decorative and is usually accompanied by wainscoting — wooden paneling that lines the lower part of the walls of a room — but that’s not always the case. It’s also used to break up paint colors, if one is going for the two-toned look.
 
 
 

 

Casing

I’ll be honest with you, if your doors or windows don’t have casing on them, it’s going to look weird. Out of place. You might as well take the door off the hinges and use it as a beer pong table. It’d look better. Seriously, though, all jokes aside, casing is a pretty mandatory piece of trim. It doesn’t just enhance the look, it makes it. So, I have to say, if there’s any piece on here that you actually NEED, it’s this one.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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There ya go, folks. There’s a few very necessary types of molding that are essential to making your remodel legitimately look complete. I do hope I’ve given you a bit of insight into these finishing touches! And remember if you need a little bit of assistance with planning or want to schedule a free kitchen design consultation, click here! Hope to see you all in the store soon, but until then, be safe and stay blessed!
 


 
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets.
In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Chris Chamberlain
 
 
 

5 Best Resources to Help Plan Your Home Remodel

Hello, everyone! Hope all is well, and you’ve found some time to go outside and enjoy this beautiful weather we’ve been having. So, I’ll get right to it. Planning can be a pain, right? Aligning schedules, stacking finances, figuring out exactly what you’d like, and then having to plan for something awry to happen because it almost always does for some reason. It’s because it’s such a pain in the butt that it can be easy to stave it off for a few months….sometimes years, especially with something as huge as a home remodel. Well, today I’d like to make that a little bit easier and discuss five resources that will get you well on your way! After all, it is Spring, a time for fresh beginnings and starting anew. Consider this your official banishment from Procrastination Nation. Leave…and never go back.  

Houzz this for your Home Remodel?

Okay, you’ll have to excuse me for the horrible pun. I simply could not help myself. Blame the incessant sun rays that I can’t get enough of aka Jack Sparrow Syndrome. Maybe a little less rum, though. Anyway, so, Houzz is absolutely fantastic. Think of ‘Pinterest,’ but with a motivated motif of all things home remodeling and renovation. Which is crazy to think about, really. This industry has grown so rapidly in the past decade that there’s actually a database, if you will, purely for its many factions. Very, very interesting.     home remodel   But, yeah, Houzz is pretty much a growing community of architects, contractors, interior designers, landscapers, and the like that congregate and discuss ideas, share photos, and provide inspiration to all that welcome it. Sign-up is free, of course, and once you’ve made yourself a little profile, you can start perusing around, letting your creativity thrive, so you can start planning your home remodel.  

Have I Piqued Your Pinterest?

I’d say about 95.7% of you reading this definitely know what Pinterest is, but in case you’re of the other 4.3%, I’ll tell you. Pinterest is largely a collection of ideas, thoughts, hacks, pictures, recipes, and infographics through a number of categories that work to gain your interest — for  you to pin and repin. It’s an excellent motivator, and an outstanding resource while planning for your home remodel. Truly, there are some epic ideas when it comes to home renovation. I have no doubt that you’ll not only find this site appealing, but extremely informational, as well.   home remodel     Once again, it’s a free sign-up, but I will warn you:  Engaging in this website/app is a time suck. You may sit down, open your laptop, type the appropriate letters in the browser in the afternoon, and the next thing you know it’s eight o’ clock, and you’ve skipped lunch and nearly dinner. Which is a crime.  

We Be Bloggin’

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our blog to you as a resource! Listen, y’all, I’ve never been one to brag, but this IS why we do this. We want to help you with your home remodel! It’s literally our job, and what’s more, is that we love to do it. Each post that we put out directly deals with some aspect of the home remodeling business, whether it’s bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, tile, cabinets, vanities, doors, or windows…we’ve got you. home remodel Just want to throw it out there that we cover a vast amount of ground in our blog posts, and if you ever need inspiration or you’re curious about something, there’s a free resource right in our website. Wanna check it out? Click…….here.  

Tools in the Toolshed

On our website, all the way at the bottom, is an assortment of pretty cool tools that you can use to help you plan your remodel: Find Your Style Quiz: This test, provided by Waypoint, attempts to gather your sense of style by a series of pictures and quizzes. Bathroom Visualizer: This program takes a vanity and let’s you tweak the characteristics, so you can physically see what you’d like or what you wouldn’t like. Kitchen Design Visualizer: My favorite one, by far. Completely design your kitchen, virtually.    

Designated Designers

In addition to some selective tools that we have on our website, we actually have real-life humans that would love to assist you in the planning process for your home remodel! We’re talking top-notch professionals that will personally guide you through discussions of color, style, blending, and personal preferences. For a little more insight on exactly WHY you should speak to a professional about your remodel, click here.         Fact of the matter is, planning these kinds of things can get overwhelming. Something that’s greatly going to benefit you and your home shouldn’t be so stressful, though, so we try make it as smooth as possible. Let us help you by setting up a free kitchen design consultation today! Well, there ya have it, folks! Five of the best resources one can ask for while trying to plan for their home remodel! I really do hope you consider these options this Spring if you become inspired to getting some things done around the house. And when you do, don’t forget about us, alright? Get everything, without spending everything — only at Builders Surplus! Hope to see ya soon, but until then, be safe and stay blessed!  
  Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation! Written By: Chris Chamberlain        

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Most Affordable and Stylish Bathroom Tile

What’s going on, pros? I hope business is well and thriving underneath the warm weather we’ve been having. It’s about time, right? So, if you have a bathroom remodel coming up then you’ll really appreciate this blog post. We’re going to go over a few of the most affordable and stylish bathroom tiles that we have to offer at Builders Surplus. You can legitimately get everything, without spending everything!

Golden Honey Ledger Stone Bathroom Tile

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Ledger Stone has made a major impact in the tile industry, in my opinion. If you’ve noticed, “look-alike” products continue to gain popularity, and Ledger Stone gained its varsity letters before any of them. The one featured below is a fan-favorite, for sure. It’s gorgeous in any setting, but especially bathrooms and, oddly enough, fireplaces, too. Simply stunning. While it does LOOK amazing in the shower, do let your customers know that it is difficult to clean. It needs to be completely waterproof behind the tile or you will get mold.

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So, you can get this stylish, trendy bathroom tile for only $5.99/piece, right here at Builders Surplus. Now, this is one of the priciest product to make this list, but for good reason. If you’re a fan of texture in aesthetics, then this product is for you.

Black Penny Round Mosaic Bathroom Tile

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I’m a huge fan of contract in a bathroom, and the Black Penny Round Mosaic bathroom tile is perfect for setting up that kind of style. I’ve always imagined a white floor tile with this product used as a backsplash. It’s timeless. It’s classic. And so eye-appealing. Plus, I’m a huge fan of curvature during any kind of design, so this pattern hits me right in the feels.
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Right now, you can get this contrast-maker for only $4.99/sq. ft. One more thing about this, though, is its versatility. Where I’m more inclined to install this bathroom tile as a backsplash, it’s fine for a shower floor, too!

Legend Blanco Large Format Tile

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I enjoy the movement in this tile. And it’s a subtle gray, too, ya know? Not too deep, not too light. Just right. Now, this is a Large Format Tile, so the possibilities are pretty much endless, in terms of install. Personally, I think this color belongs on the floor, maybe with a dark vanity top or something of that nature.

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As we proceed, you’ll see that these prices really are unmatched, y’all, starting with this one. You can get this Legend Blanco bathroom tile for ONLY $1.99/sq. ft. Heckuva deal, right? Stylish, moderately-neutral, and all for a good price. Come in and seriously get everything without spending everything.

Portland Beige 18×18 Bathroom Tile

Another large format tile, Portland Beige is another one of my favorites due to its tone and color. But, what’s really attractive about this piece is its price. Right now, you can get this tile for only $0.69/sq. ft! That’s less than three quarters, everyone.

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Whisper White 3×6 Subway Bathroom Tile

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This classic, tried-and-true still does wonders in establishing that a traditional look. Honestly, folks, what’s not to like about it. Remember me talking about contrast earlier with the Black Penny — well — this is its counterpart.
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But once again, the most attractive trait here is the price, everyone. Only $0.22/piece. Yeah, you read that right. LESS THAN A QUARTER. That’s exceptional. Come scoop this up.

These are just a few choices from our vast collection of bathroom tile, everyone. If I’ve piqued your interest, and you’d like to poke around a little bit more, please feel free to head right here! It’ll break our selection down by category, and you can see for yourselves how great these deals are. Hope to see you in one of our stores sometime soon! Until then, stay safe and be blessed!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets.
In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Chris Chamberlain

Home Value: 5 Easy Ways to Increase It

What’s going on, everyone? I do hope you’re well and enjoying the much-anticipated warm weather. Where it seemed like it was a rather mild winter, it felt like ages to me.  If you’re a summer baby like yours truly, then you literally countdown the days until April or May, where you can enjoy a nice drive with the windows down and music up. Plus, now that it’s warm, we can all start working on the most important asset we have — our home. In this blog post, I’ll discuss five ways to easily increase home value. May the warmth inspire and spark creativity, y’all. Let’s begin!

The Best Ways To Increase Home Value

Focus on the Entry Door

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that curb appeal is a monstrous factor when it comes to home value. The front door simply further emphasizes this incredibly significant factor. Essentially, it pulls the eye in and acts as a main focal point to the entire house. Think about it, when you have guests over, what is the first course of action? Walking through the front door. So, naturally, that’s what the eye is going to be attracted to.     home value   Don’t be afraid to get a little quirky when it comes to your front door, either. Want to make it a crazy-cool color? Do it. Want to splash some sort of design on it? Go ahead. I encourage you to make it your own and let it standout. Because, honestly, it’s going to anyway.   home value  

Upgrade the Kitchen

Now, listen, I know those three words can seem a bit vague, and even once it’s broken down, it can still be a bit overwhelming. So for all intensive purposes, I’ll just name two components of a kitchen. Also note that your kitchen is arguably (but who would argue) the most important room in the entire house. Because of this, simply renovating a few things will no doubt increase home value. For sure. Cabinets: You may be surprised to know that simply switching out the cabinets in your kitchen will do wonders as far as aesthetics. Maybe you’re tired of the type of cabinet and color, or you’re like me and get antsy when you’ve staring at the same scenery for far too long. I encourage you to take a good, hard look at your cabinets and see if you’d like to make some changes. Remix it up. home value   Countertops: In my opinion, countertops can make or break a kitchen’s overall look. With this in mind, if you’ve been preparing your meals over, say, formica countertops then I think you’d really enjoy a granite or quartz countertops. They’re both sleek, modern-looking, and the characteristics for both are far more superior — in strength, durability, accident-resistance, and maintenance.   home value  

Beautify your Bathroom

Kitchens and baths, y’all, that’s where it’s at for value’s sake. These rooms allow a person to express themselves artistically and make a style their own. Like I mentioned before, don’t be afraid to go above and beyond. After all, IT IS your home. Do what you will. However, if you’re going to be selling in the near future, keep the style one that will appeal to a broad range of buyers. Vanities: A bathroom doesn’t call for as much space as a kitchen does, sure, but I’d be lying if I said that these pieces aren’t essential to your bathroom design. Take the same advice I gave you about your kitchen cabinetry and recreate a different design — use interesting colors, textures, and styles and make things harmoniously blend. home value Vanity tops: Much like your kitchen countertops, a vanity top can make or break the design. Now, if it were me, I’d take a look at our cultured marble tops, in addition to our large selection of vanity tops. We truly have some beautiful colors that will blend nicely with any design. I promise you.    

Watch your Windows

Windows may seem like a small aspect in home design, but I’m telling you, replacing the old with the new will greatly increase your home value. At Builders Surplus, we carry Silverline by Andersen windows, and they’re true beauties. Available in different designs and styles, these babies will quite literally make each room brighter.   home value   Another thing I kinda like about windows is that they’re two sides of the same coin. We talked about the importance of curb appeal before, and windows sort of add to that enhanced focus, but they’re also very endearing on the inside, as well.   Plus, if you’re kinda crafty, you can enrich the look and put a beautiful set of moulding around each window, achieving that ‘craftsmen’ style perfectly. Just a little food for thought if you want to really increase home value.     home value  

Spruce Up the Outside

This probably goes without saying, but a well-maintained, neat, and even colorful yard is going to get some looks. If you want to increase home value, this is definitely an area I’d focus on. Curb appeal, remember? If your grass is as green as a golf course, there’s a nice blend of trees, flowers, and bushes — all neatly clipped — and everything looks proper and perfect, don’t be surprised to see a car come to a slow crawl, peeking in.   home value     Having a yard that’s pleasing to the eye is going to get you those seriously-this-just-went-on-the-market kind of offers, and who doesn’t want to be in that driver’s seat, no pun intended. Just don’t make it TOO busy, you know what I mean. Keep it nice. Keep it neat. Keep it complete.   home value     I hope these five things gave you a bit of insight and, hopefully, some inspiration to make some renovations to increase home value. Change isn’t all bad, people! Remember that, and keep on enjoying this weather! Hope to see y’all in here soon, but until then be safe and stay blessed!  
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation! Written By: Chris Chamberlain

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Bamboo Flooring Shopper's Guide

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So, I probably know what you’re thinking. Bamboo? And just when I thought I’ve seen it all. And, honestly, I’m right there with you in that assessment, but bamboo is actually some pretty legitimate stuff we’re talking about. Today, I’d like to talk to you a little bit about some things you should consider when shopping for this awesome, abstract, type of flooring. So buckle in for a bit, and let me learn you a thing or two!

Why Bamboo?

Right? Like, whoever thought of taking this plant and manufacturing it into something that people can actually walk on is definitely on a completely different mental wavelength than I am, but I applaud whoever did it. So…why?
 

 
It’s ‘Green’: Well, for one, it’s environmentally-friendly. If you’re anything like us over here at Builders Surplus, that is definitely something to be valued. To put it in comparison, the trees that are used to make hardwood floors can take 20-25 years to reach full maturity. Bamboo, on the other hand, only takes a mere 5-7 years to reach its adolescence. Then it’s ready to go.
 
 

 
 
Strength: Secondly, it’s stronger than most of the hardwoods you’ll find beneath your feet. I know this can’t be the first time you’ve heard that bamboo is a rock-solid, so imagine that intensifying strength covering your living or dining room. Pretty cool, right?
 

 
 
Durable: This stuff can take a beating. For example, let’s say it’s Christmas, okay, and you and your cousin are playing your version of “Hot Potato,” with a snow globe. Game’s going good and then one of y’all messes up and the globe passes slips through a set of fingers, descending to your brand-new bamboo floors — everything’s in slo-mo — someone may or may not dive for it, I don’t know. The globe hits the bamboo with a loud ‘thud,’ and you fear the worst. Then you look….and nothing. Nothing at all. Yeah, guys, this stuff is like THAT.
 

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Where To Put Bamboo

High-Traffic Areas: This type of flooring was literally meant to be installed in those main areas where people congregate or walk through – living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and hallways. Because of its strength and durability, you’ll achieve that same look you did when first laid it down, no matter where you put it. I told y’all. This is some long-lasting stuff, for sure. It doesn’t swell. Or contract.
NO Bathrooms: Okay, now this is some pretty excellent material, for sure, but it’s not superhuman, okay? It’s kryptonite is water, and bathrooms simply hold too much moisture for it. You don’t want those kinds of problems. Trust me.
 

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Who Would Love Bamboo Flooring?

People with Allergies: For all intensive purposes, it’s safe to say that this type of flooring is hypo-allergenic. Meaning, it can’t be penetrated by the usual, common allergens such as pet hair, pollen, dust, and the other crap that makes me want to yank my nose off.
Those Who Hate Cleaning: When I say this stuff is super low-maintenance, I mean it. Literally, all you need is a broom and a vacuum cleaner. But, I guess, if you’d like to get semi-fancy, you can grab a Swiffer broom. To each his own.
 

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Colors of Bamboo

At Builders Surplus, we custom order bamboo flooring. It’s available in a variety of stunning colors, fourteen in total. The pictures that you see throughout are just a glimpse of what we have to offer. From darker tones like ‘Obsidian’ to lighter tones like ‘Frosted Pearl.’
 

 

Installation and Specs on Bamboo Flooring

Below is a chart that details the type of installation and some specified specs about bamboo flooring. You’ll notice that the installation isn’t any different than putting down regular hardwood floors. The glueless locking system is extremely easy. It also details some of the warranties, which is obviously pretty important.
 

 
 
Well, folks. What do you think? Pretty interesting stuff, isn’t it? I encourage you to not just take my word for it. Come on in to any of our two locations, and we will gladly give you as much info as you’d like on this outstanding product. Until then, stay safe and be blessed!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets.
In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Chris Chamberlain

Our Favorite Stains For Unfinished Hardwood Floors

If there’s one thing I know, hardwood floors simply give that feel of class, sophistication, and beauty that can only be described as timeless.
Today, I’d like to discuss one of the aspects of unfinished hardwood floors – its versatility. I am, of course, speaking on the fact that it can be stained to a color of your choosing, and in this blog post, we’ll go over a few of my personal favorites that I’ve come across while working for my father at his home remodeling business.
 

 

The Product & Its Many Colors

My father holds the brand, Minwax, with the highest regard. In fact, that’s literally the only stain he uses, no matter what the piece. Now, I can go ahead and tell you that this is for good reason. It just coats SO darn well.
To be specific, the product he uses has been coined Minwax Wood Finish™, and it is available in no less than 26 colors. Talk about a variety, right? Sidenote: Where it does coat beautifully with just one application, for best results you should apply two. It will bring out the richness in the color, and you can just thank me later.
 
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Dark Walnut Stain

There’s something about darker hardwood floors that I really appreciate. To me, Dark Walnut brings out the texture in this style of flooring. It’s rich. It’s long-lasting. It exudes that feeling that I mentioned earlier.
And, let me tell ya, if you’re one to open up the windows on a warm, gorgeous days, the way natural light hits this color is simply mesmerizing. Dark tones, bright smiles with these stains. Outstanding.
 
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English Chestnut Stain

Ah, the traditional approach. Whenever I think of a stained floor, this is what comes to mind because it seems like the “tried and true” approach, if I’m being honest.
Not to say that it’s boring or timid in showing its flavor, but it’s just been known to get the job done — which is simply to accentuate the grain of the unfinished hardwood — much like the “Natural” stain color would, if you know what I mean. A bit of a reddish hue, this color works wonders in colonial-style houses. Lovely.
 
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Ipswich Pine Stain

I have to admit, every time I read the color of this stain, I think of the movie, “The Covenant,” an extremely underrated movie about a batch of brothers who are considered descendants of the  “Witches of Ipswich.”
Anyway, sorry for that little tidbit, just sayin’. Back to the blog. This color has a yellowish hue to it that I really admire. It’s nearly like “Natural” because of how light it is, but it exhibits something different, a lovelier feel in my opinion. This stained floor will work wonders underneath darker furniture. Oh, yes.
 
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Jacobean Stain

Ah, my favorite, which is why I saved it for last. Now, remember how I mentioned that I like darker colored hardwood floors? Well, this is IT. No, not the clown. Let’s not go down that road. We’ll stick to these floors.
Number one, how legit is that name? Go ahead and say it, like, three times. Jay-CO-Bean. So cool. I just love how incredibly RICH this color is. The dark swirls, smooth blend of lighter tones, and it’s ability to go anywhere.
 
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Alright, folks, there’s a little insight into some of my favorite stain colors! If it were me, I’d STRONGLY consider the Jacobean if it blends well with the style of your home and everything.
For something a bit lighter, hit up good ole Ipswich, or throw all of my words in the trash and pick from the other 21 colors. But I will say and will suggest once more, Minwax is definitely the way to go. Have fun this Spring, be safe, and stay blessed!
 


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of  kitchen cabinets, tile, flooring, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design comes as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients, home improvement pros & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement, we hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written by: Chris Chamberlain

 

5 Bathroom Styles You Must See Before You Remodel

Okay, before you start the demo phase, which is incidentally my favorite phase, you absolutely positively have to look at these five bathroom styles. Now, I understand that if you have a sledgehammer on deck then you’ve probably (hopefully) already have your design plans in order and you’re quite ready break ground on this bad boy, BUT that doesn’t mean that you can’t allow of a few minor adjustments. Today, I’d like to discuss a few bathroom options, putting everything into perspective in terms of style, including vanities, tops, plumbing, sinks, and tiles.

Traditional Bathroom Styles

The tried-and-true style, as I like to call it. Some call it ordinary, some call it plain, I simply see it for what it is – classic. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going back to the roots without the fancy-shmancy accommodations that some other styles may provide. I’m not knocking other styles, I’m just saying that going the “traditional” route is almost like going to your hometown after a years and years from settling elsewhere. It’s comfortable. It’s safe, and it still provides that warm glow deep in your soul that filters throughout. Simply put, it’s home. And it’s as they say: There’s nothing wrong with going home.

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Modern Bathroom Styles

We’re talking glass showers, sleek sink fixtures, lone freestanding tub, large windows, and as much space as you can manage with this style. The greatest thing about the modern-style is how sleek everything looks. The picture below is actually identified as “modern-minimalist,” and when you get a good look at it, you’ll understand why, but as it is, every element of the bathroom is tasteful, sleek, elegant. It’s easy on color to give away its rich texture. In all of these bathroom styles, this has to be my favorite. Especially since it’s low-key minimalist themed as well. Very sophisticated.

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Hamptons Bathroom Styles

Something I’ve actually very recently been doing a bit of research on, is the Hampton-style. As you can see in the picture below, this style boasts very neutral colors, the majority being white and prides itself on chicness. Subway tile is usually infused in the mix or marble, one of the two. As far as the vanity goes, the shaker style is what’s best for the Hampton look. Usually, again, white to emphasis it’s standout, bright aura. Another added note with this style is the sconce lighting that usually hangs on either side of the mirror, or in the middle. The tapware is usually chrome or nickel-plated. Definitely more of a traditional feel when it comes to the fixtures. Anyhow…I think it’s pretty cool. What do you think?

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Contemporary Bathroom Styles

Similar to the modern style, contemporary brings you an extremely sleek design. Notice how the colors are all very neutral save for one, small accent wall in the background. The fixtures aren’t your common, typical ones, either. They’re fixed to the wall, which completely eradicates any “traditional” style make-up in this design. The look it portrays clearly defines as it a style that lives in the now, in the present, but still establishes room for variation. For example, you could accompany these tones with that of a Hampton-style and still get the same effect, if that makes sense. It’s not my favorite, I admit, but I do appreciate the bold nature of this type of style. For sure.

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Rustic Bathroom Styles

Ah, the rustic look. Who doesn’t like this kind of style is my question. This style of bathroom gives you many options to explore your creativity and allows you to antique some aspects of your bathroom and really push forth that rustic, classically-aged look that I like. In the picture below, I really really like the door style. It’s a craftsman style door setting, but it fits in with the rest of the bathroom. To make a project out of it, you could find an unfinished alder cabinet and reclaim the wood to give it that aged look. This style can usually be found in your country-themed houses, as it really works well with that design. What do you think?
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Chris Chamberlain

Family Friendly Remodeling Materials

It doesn’t matter if you have a bigger family or a smaller one, accidents are just going to happen. Someone is going to knock over the grape juice all over the kitchen countertops, muddy footprints will trail the floors all the way up to the culprit’s bedroom, someone’s going to neglect the “clean bathroom” chore for weeks at a time, leaving soap scum and grime to everyone’s displeasure, spices will be misplaced or unfortunately found in the fridge, and crumbs will layer the living room floor no matter how many times you vacuum. Families and messes go together like the mop and the broom in the closet down the hallway. It’s inevitable. BUT…there are some remodeling materials that you can use in your renovation that will alleviate some of the stress that these messes bring, some even eradicating them altogether. In this post, we’ll detail some of these remodeling materials, which you’ll undoubtedly think about the next time you’re wiping up spaghetti sauce that’s dribbled down the cabinet door.  

Remodeling Materials – Quartz Countertops

So, there’s a term that I need to say here, and at first glance I, too, was like, “Uhhhh…is that a word?” Wipe-ability. I hyphenated it for your sake, but apparently, this is a thing. It means exactly what you think it does, and it goes in context with the first remodeling material I have for you today. Quartz countertops are undoubtedly the easiest surface to maintain. It’s a non-porous material, so there’s no chance of anything staining. It’s also extremely durable; it won’t chip, crack, scratch, or scuff.     remodeling materials   remodeling materials      

Remodeling Materials – CoreTEC Flooring

New-age technology combined with a stunning, jaw-dropping look, CoreTEC is a flooring like no other. It’s best characteristic and the main reason it makes this list? 100% waterproof. Not water-resilient. Water. Proof. You could dump an entire gallon of whatever on these floors, leave for the weekend, and you’d come back to it staring right back at you like, “What? Was that supposed to phase me or something?” It doesn’t warp. It doesn’t buckle. It doesn’t act like your typical hardwood flooring at all. Too legit. And we have these lovely remodeling materials right here, in store, ready to be installed. Click here to check out our inventory.     remodeling materials

Remodeling Materials – Tiled Shower Walls

In general, tile is your safest bet when it comes to having a low-maintenance floor. But tiled shower walls exemplifies this characteristic. Heavily. As opposed to fiberglass shower walls, soap scum, dirt, and grime are easier to clean and maintain with a tiled shower wall. It can be as simple as purchasing an After Shower cleaner and wiping the walls down each time. Easy as pie. SIDENOTE: If you do tile your shower walls, refrain from using white grout. Those are TERRIBLY difficult to clean and you’ll curse the day you ever decided that. And chiseling out grout is no fun. Trust me. I know. To check out some of our tile options, click here!         remodeling materials  

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Remodeling Materials – Kitchen Organizers

Everything just seems to run smoother in the family when you can find the things you’re wanting when you need them. Kitchen organizers are an excellent way to sort out all of your cooking essentials and save some space. Cause after all, counter space can be scarce within any family and in the morning when you’re frantically trying to make breakfast or make lunches for the day, you need as much space as you can get. Installing one of these inexpensive kitchen organizers makes for one of the best remodeling materials on this list. They’re handy and have a way of revolutionizing your organizational patterns in the kitchen. We have an abundance in stock, as well. Head here to shop! remodeling materials  

Remodeling Materials – Kitchen Island

A kitchen island can be used as one of those hot spots in the house, ya know? A place where people gather to do homework, eat meals, and discuss their day. To me, a kitchen island is one of those assets that just bring together AND they’re one of the most functional tools in a kitchen design. More space. More storage. Less hassle.   remodeling materials   It’s in my hopes that these researching materials will meet your family friendly needs. Once again, we have most of these beneficial products in store! So, come on down to one of our two locations in Louisville and Cincinnati, and get started on your renovation today!  
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of  kitchen cabinets, tile, flooring, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design comes as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients, home improvement pros & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation! Written by: Chris Chamberlain      

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