Universal Design Bathroom Tips

Universal design, also known as aging in place design, is the concept of designing a space that is safe and functional for the many years ahead of you. Often times, people are concerned about the aesthetics of universal design features making a home feel unattractive. We are here to tell you not to worry! These spaces can be functional, safe and beautiful. Below are five of our favorite features to prove just that. 

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Open Concept?

Even without expanding your kitchen, updating the layout, style and design can make a big difference. Opening a wall or increasing the doorway between your kitchen and adjacent rooms helps create the feel of a larger space.

We have all heard this buzz word “open concept” and many family kitchens are heading in this direction.  But is it for you?  For some of us the thought that the entire world will be able to catch a first glance into the room that gets more action than any other space in the house is frightening. But for others it is a great way to keep that promise of having “eyes in the back of your head” being able to cook while you assist with homework and attempt that food network recipe for dinner!

Think about your priorities: how many people will be cooking and gathering? Could you use your adjacent living room or dining room as an extension of the kitchen? Possibly forgo the formal dining room and convert it into informal dinning with homework stations? Would you benefit from having an island where you can do your prep work and also double as a serving area? These changes can help make your life much easier as you attempt to integrate many tasks into one central location. Read More

Custom Tile for your Bathroom

Monochromatic and Achromatic:

Bathrooms often have a lot happening in a small space.  There are fixtures, towels, and accessories that fill the room, so often a monochromatic or achromatic color scheme can create a background palate open to many different styles.


The bathroom below uses a Monochromatic color scheme with the same white marble tile on the floor and shower walls, a white/gray/faded blue-green accent mosaic, alongside a white contemporary craftsman style vanity cabinets and white counter-tops. Bringing a touch of the faded blue-green paint color to the walls, gives this room just enough color and airiness to keep it child friendly.

A Monochromatic tile design can also be done in a very Traditional and/or Transitional Style. It does not always have to give a cold, clean feel to the room. Read More

Custom Tile Designs

Tile is used in so many places in your home, the floors, the kitchen back-splash, the shower, the bathtub, the walls.  So it offers a very important design element that can shape the style and visual appeal of your home.  There are many different types of tile and ways to incorporate them into your home.

Tile can add just the right amount of detail and color to your home.  It can be used to add bold punches of color, a mix of colors in a coordinating palate, or add simple accents with minimal color through texture, finish and size.

Tile comes in many forms: ceramic, porcelain, glass, natural stone, glazed, etc, as well as many colors, textures, and finishes, so your choices may seem overwhelming at times.  The best way to start out is to determine the style you want in your space and how many different colors, textures, types and sizes of tile you want to incorporate into your design to achieve that end result. Read More