Kitchen remodels are one of the most popular home remodeling projects that we experience and have the pleasure of working on with our clients. Kitchen remodels are not for the faint of heart – they require a lot of planning and time management in order to make sure that your remodel goes off without a hitch. If you are planning a remodel, you might be excited about picking finishes and getting to cook in your new kitchen, but there are lots of things to consider before you get to enjoy the remodel. Let’s look at how something as simple as choosing the right tile for your kitchen plays into a remodel planning process.
Many homeowners want to cut right to the chase and start talking about design. The truth is that good design needs good foundations in order to stand out and function properly. So when you are thinking about your kitchen remodel, be patient with the planning process. Your tile will stand out and stand the test of time, when it is properly prepared on a solid foundational plan.
There are many options for tile selection for your kitchen, but we’ll focus on two: flooring and backsplash. Flooring needs to be durable, easy to clean, and something that you really like looking at because once tile goes down, it’s not easily removed and replaced. Backsplash is also something that people will see every day and you want to ensure that you choose the one that is going to be pleasing to the eye, easy to clean, and durable.
Let’s start with flooring: when choosing a tile for your kitchen floor, you want to avoid simply picking the cheapest flooring. Many people complain about how standing on ceramic tile for long periods of time hurts their feet and back. This is usually because ceramic has no give and is very hard. Other tiles are available that are settled on cushion and are easier on the body when standing at the kitchen sink doing dishes, for example. We can help you identify how you use your kitchen and what tile is right for those kinds of activities, traffic amounts, and cleaning routines.
When thinking about your backsplash, many people want to make an impact, but we always caution homeowners to think long-term. While these tiles can be removed, it is much easier to choose a design and style that will stand the test of time. Think of it like getting a tattoo – if you think you are going to want to change the tile in 3-5 years, choose another tile. It’s a good rule of thumb to follow because you don’t want to be living in the middle of renovations every few years.
Tile comes in all kinds of finishes, including, of course ceramic, which is what most people think of when they imagine a kitchen tile. But there are also porcelain tiles, travertine, slate, marble, granite, onyx, quartzite, and so much more. Tile is vertistile, durable, and can last for many years when its taken care of properly. Grouting is also available to match or contrast any color you can imagine so you can have a lot of fun creating a kitchen that is uniquely you.
Ready to talk tiles? Contact Eakman Construction to talk about how we can help you make your kitchen renovations a reality.