Austin Kitchen Remodeling

 

Austin Kitchen Remodeling

Austin Kitchen and Bath experts – VanRossun will take your kitchen remodel to the next level because we know that the kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s everyone’s favorite gathering place and it’s where all of our favorite family memories begin.

At VanRossun Kitchen & Bath, our kitchens are designed with functionality in mind. Whether you enjoy entertaining for large groups or prefer an intimate, peaceful space for your family to enjoy, we can help you toward a kitchen where style meets function and where craftsmanship meets beauty.

Make the kitchen everyone’s favorite room in your home; let Austin’s kitchen and bath experts help make your heart a happy one.

Austin Bathroom Remodeling

Every room in your home should reflect the personality of your living space; the bathroom is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a private, calming sanctuary or a functional space to ease the stress of hectic school mornings, VanRossun Kitchen and Bath has a design to suit your needs. Choose from a variety of brand names and let Austin’s kitchen and bath experts turn your bathroom into the personal spa you’ve been dreaming of.


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Recycled Glass Countertops

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New recycled glass countertops can utilize up to 100% recycled materials and are as durable as marble or granite.  Crushed glass recycled from bottles, windshields, traffic lights and other sources that would otherwise end up in a landfill is mixed with concrete or a resin to give it a beautiful finish and strength to boot.  Not only do you get a stylish countertop, you also help the environment.

Recycled Glass Countertop Styles Courtesy of Domob.com

Courtesy of Domob.com

 

Another benefit of recycled glass countertops is the creative appeal of every countertop being completely unique, utilizing different colors of glass and recycled concrete guarantees a one of a kind look that can be adapted for any room or style.  They are easy to clean with any natural cleaner and are stain and heat resistant as well.  When most people think about glass it doesn’t conjure up visions of durability and strength, but recycled glass countertops are exceptionally strong and resistant to cracking or chipping.  This is due to the cement binder agent used to hold the glass shards together.  They have no environmental impact even after their life span they can be recycled to make another glass countertop.

Currently their are more options that use new glass than recycled but the market is shifting toward the latter due to consumer trends.  The most popular type of recycled glass countertop is made to look like terrazzo marble.  These are manufactured with both post consumer glass chips and recycled concrete.  Other styles include Ceramic tile and contain up to 70% recycled materials.  Ceramic tile with recycled glass provides a scratch proof surface that is both durable and easy to install.  Ceramic is often similar in price to medium grade traditional tile making it good for customers on a budget.

If you enjoy the look of colored glass and want to be environmentally friendly at the same time then recycled glass countertops might be right up your alley.  They offer a unique way to add a creative flair or a splash of color to your kitchen.

Vetrazzo Alehouse

Ceramic Tile for Kitchen, Bath, and More

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If you are planning a remodel in your kitchen or bath, consider tile for its versatility, eye catching aesthetics, and supreme durability. VanRossun is experienced at creating bright, richly textured environments with tile that are durable, water resistant, and easy to maintain. Read on to learn a bit more about your options, and maybe find some inspiration.

Ceramic tile is the most widely used type of tile. It is an easy to use, durable, and works great in the kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas that need surfaces that are impermeable to water and won’t harbor germs. Ceramic tile is good for DIY projects because there are no especially tricky techniques needed for basic projects, and the tiles are widely available in variety of colors and patterns.  Patterned tile has been used for thousands of years, so you can be sure it will stand up to the heat and sun of Austen, making is an especially good option for outdoor patios or poolsides.

 

Durable? This tiled bath is left over from the Roman Empire.

 

Ceramic tile is made from clay, which is formed into a tile and the baked or ‘fired’ at high temperatures to harden it. There are two categories of ceramic tile: porcelain and non-porcelain.

Non-porcelain ceramic tile is made entirely from clay. When not glazed, these tiles have a natural hue that ranges from red to brown, and a rough, porous surface, like a pot in your garden. This changes when they are glazed. The glaze can be any color, glossy or non-glossy, and when fired the glaze melts into the pores in the surface of the tile, giving the tile a glassy, water resistant finish. Non-porcelain tile is a cost-effective and durable option for areas that will need to resist water, which makes them a popular option for kitchens and baths.

Porcelain tile is made from a half and half mix of clay and a substance called ‘feldspar’. Feldspar is what gives porcelain (known as ‘china’ or ‘fine china’ in other contexts) its unique properties. During the firing process, the feldspar melts and infuses itself into the rest of the clay. It binds together molecules, resulting in increased durability, and fills in any gaps and pores that might exist in the tile, making it entirely impermeable to water. Because of it’s increased price, porcelain is usually only used in projects that require a very specific look.

Ceramic tile can be used to great effect in the kitchen because it can go anywhere. The  floors, countertops, and even walls can be tiled, allowing you to create a continuous design for the entire area. Look to unconventionally shaped tiles to provide eye catching patterns and textures.

The bathroom is where tiling can really create an entire environment. Floor to ceiling tiling is easy to maintain, and creates an amazing canvass for mosaic-like designs that utilize tile to the fullest. Check out these examples:

If you are looking to add a distinctly southwestern flair to your home, ceramic tiles are a perfect choice. Bright, repeating floral and geometric patterned tile was featured prominently in spanish architecture in Mexico and the other areas of the spanish colonies in the southwest. Especially if your home already has some traditional accents, like a spanish tile roof, consider using this style of tile to give a bright, colorful, and traditional feel to your Austin home.

Mexican tiles are vibrant and playful

 

Call VanRossun at (512) 263-9244, and let us give you advice and a free estimate for tile in your kitchen and bath renovation.

Credit to the articles listed below for providing some of the information used in this article:

http://buildipedia.com/at-home/floors/tile-flooring-101-types-of-tile-flooring

http://www.hgtv.com/home-improvement/compare-flooring-tile-pros-and-cons-of-each/page-6.html

 

Bath Remodel: Choosing the Right Toilet

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Most people think that toilets are pretty standard items, but they actually vary widely in size, form, and function. Of course, the main reason to get a new toilet is so that you can bring the old one out front and bash it to pieces with a sledgehammer. But you can’t do that until you have a new one selected, bought, and installed. So if you’re puzzled about how exactly to get to the good part of the whole toilet replacement process, read on.

Before deciding on your dream toilet, be sure to consider your ‘rough-in’ distance, which is plumber speak for the distance from the wall to the center of your sewer drain.  The standard is around 12 inches but can range from 10 to 14 inches. You can measure this with a tape measure if you have a toilet that makes the main drain visible. The rough-in determines the size of the bowl and how large a basin it can house.  Most toilet bowls are elongated but round bowls can save some space in small bathrooms.

Standard Toilet - Photo Courtesy of http://www.mfi.co.uk/

Toilet height is the next thing to consider. The average is 14 inches, but if your family is tall you can raise that up a bit for comfort and convenience .  Taller toilets also assist users with mobility issues and increase access by making it easier to sit down and stand up.

There are many styles of toilet. Traditional toilets are two-piece with a water tank attached at the rear on top.  One-piece toilets, on the other hand, are single-mold pieces, and are generally more expensive, but easier to clean because they have no seams or gaps.  Wall mounted toilets add some flair to your bathroom but can be expensive to maintain and cost more to install if your wall does not already have an appropriately placed beam for the tank to be mounted on. Future maintenance can require the wall to be opened up eventually.

Do not forget to consider the flush. New innovations in toilets mean that low flow does not necessarily mean low power. Also look out for dual flush models, which allow you to save even more water by having a .8 gallon flush mode and a 1.6 gallon flush mode.  Over the course of its lifetime this could add up to considerable savings for a family of four.

Dual Flush - Photo Courtesy of www.kudzu.com/blogs/hot-off-the-vine

If your still interested in learning more about commodes go to Choosing the right toilet.

 

 

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