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Building on Hope

 

Artistic Tile was honored to be involved this year with Building on Hope. Artistic Tile supplied materials and installation of tile for a project on the second-floor bathroom at CCCNH.  CCCNH is the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire. CCNH is exclusively dedicated to working with and providing services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, stalking and child abuse.

Building on Hope is a community organization of volunteers who work with builders, architects and designers to provide physical improvements to facilities associated with non-profit service groups. Building on Hope is not a non-profit group, they ally with existing non-profits providing human services to New Hampshire citizens and help them better succeed in their own missions.

Artistic Tile LLC worked closely with Greg Rehm and Liberty Hill Construction to facilitate the bathroom remodel. The bathroom was extremely small, dysfunctional, had poor lighting, zero storage space for towels or toiletries and had no mirror. Also, one thing we learned about this bathroom, it is used by three different families! We knew we had to help make this a more functional and comfortable place for these families.

During the construction phase the chimney was eliminated to make room for a beautiful new closet space and the window was moved to provide more space for the custom shower. Thanks goes out to Quad Construction, as they supplied and installed new drywall for the entire room. The next thing to be removed was a full-sized claw foot tub, and to take its place was a brand-new tub and tile shower installation.

Plumbing and lighting fixtures were provided by FW Webb in Concord, a new 48″ custom vanity was donated by, Norfolk Kitchen and Bath in Manchester and the custom vanity top was donated and installed by Keystone Carving in Hudson.

We are so thankful for the many volunteers who helped to paint, clean and make this bathroom a reality! The space is gorgeous now! It is functional, bright, clean, and beautiful.

We hope anyone who needs to reside at CCCNH feels the love and compassion that was poured into this gorgeously remodeled home. We LOVED being part of this amazing project!

 

Ceramic Tile: The Healthiest of Them All?

When choosing tile, there are so many factors to consider. What color will best match the room? What pattern will you arrange them in? Which material will be best for your needs? And I bet you never thought of this one… Which one is the best for my family and I’s health?

It is no secret that much of the products and materials used today are stuffed with harsh chemicals that are not good for the environment or our health. Luckily, ceramic tile defies these norm, consisting of only naturally occurring materials. The health advantages of ceramic, in conjunction with its timeless beauty and ecological sustainability, make it an optimal choice for your next tile project.

Hypoallergenic

Because ceramic has a nonporous surface, it is resistant to the growth of mold, mildew and other fungi, which thrive in moisture-rich areas. The surface of ceramic tiles also won’t absorb dust mites, pollen or dirt. These particles can easily be wiped or washed away before they become airborne pathogens. Your Indoor air quality can be significantly improved, so those with allergies and asthma will especially appreciate ceramic tile floors.

Formaldehyde-free

Your respiratory system will thank you for this one too. Formaldehyde is a chemical used in many different construction materials such as some wood products. It is associated with different respiratory issues such as asthma and particularly poses risk to the elderly and children. Ceramic is not made with Formaldehyde, alleviating the concern of these health threats.

VOC-Free

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are used in many different building materials and installation products. Long-term exposure to these chemicals can have a variety of negative health effects including headaches, nausea, and irritation to the nose, throat, and eyes. Ceramic tile is one of the few flooring materials that does not contain VOCs, making them an optimal choice for your health.

PVC-free

Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVCs, are often used in vinyl flooring and other installation materials. The chemicals found in PVC may have adverse health effects, and therefore it is best to use a flooring such as ceramic that does not include them.

Safety

In addition to its chemical-free, natural composure, ceramic is a very safe option for use. There are a variety of slip-resistant options to choose from, and it is also non-flammable. Ceramic provides peace of mind to homeowners, with less chance for accident or disaster.

Contact Artistic Tile

For assistance in choosing your perfect tile, the experts at Artistic Tile will be happy to help! Our knowledgeable team will be able to guide you from the beginning stages of selection all the way to installation. Fill out our contact form or call us today at 603.886.1920!

 

 

What Type of Tile is Best for Kitchen Flooring?

When remodeling a kitchen, you may be a bit overwhelmed by the number of decisions that need to be made. Between choosing cabinets, furniture, appliances, etc., it can be difficult to piece it all together. If you’re looking for a place to start, try working your way from the ground up. Begin by choosing a material for your kitchen floor.

Tile is a durable, water-resistant option that will give you plenty of options for design. With an array of styles, shapes, and colors available, you’re bound to find something that will match your aesthetic. So first, which material of tile should you choose?

Porcelain

Porcelain floor tile is composed of a clay mixture with sand, fired at a high temperature to produce a hard, dense and less porous tile. Their tough surface makes them scratch and stain resistant, and therefore a solid choice for high-traffic areas such as your kitchen. Another advantage of porcelain is that it is easy to clean. It does not absorb moisture easily, so spills can easily be wiped up with a damp cloth. For maintenance, it only needs to be cleaned with water and a mild detergent. Porcelain tiles can either come glazed or unglazed. Glazed porcelain tile has a glass-like coating which produces a colored surface, whereas unglazed porcelain has color added to the clay mixture so the color is carried throughout. This means that color will remain the same over time even as it wears down. Overall they are a great choice for both functionality and aesthetics.

Ceramic

Ceramic tiles are a bit softer than porcelain but glazed to create a protective layer that can withstand the wear and tear of regular kitchen activities. Because it is a bit softer, it makes for an easier cut and installation. A quality installation will last typically between 10-20 years, if not longer. They are fairly easy to maintain as well. Dirt, stains, and liquids can all be wiped, mopped or swept away.  They also have a large variety of design options, that can be mixed and matched with patterns and designs to fit your style. They can be cut into different shapes and sizes, leaving you with endless opportunities.

Stone

Stone tiles, as they sound, are made from natural stone, including slate, granite, limestone, travertine, and marble. Because they are made in nature, they are highly weather resistant and durable. They can either be polished or honed. Polished surfaces pose the risk of slippery when wet, but the polish accentuates the beauty of the stone. Honed tiles provide a bit more traction, with a less vibrant look. Either way, these tiles will bring an interesting, earthy aesthetic into your home. 

Contact Artistic Tile

To help choose a tile that will match your aesthetic, and bring functionality into your kitchen, you can rely on our knowledgeable team here at Artistic Tile. Fill out our contact form or call us today to get started!

Cleaning The Ceramic Tiles In Your Bathroom

Is your shower looking a little scummy lately? Floors looking dingy and old? Keeping not only the tiles in your bathroom clean but also the grout can be a difficult task. If the grout has accumulated a layer of dirt, dust, soap, or other particles, this will automatically make your tiles look a bit aged. To give your shower and bathroom floors a quick tune-up, check out some of our professional tips to get the job done.

For the Shower

What You’ll Need:

  • Plastic mesh non-scratch scrubbers
  • Tub and tile cleaner
  • Plastic all-purpose scouring pad
  • Towel for drying
  1. First, you’ll want to remove excess scum from shower doors and the tiles. You can use your plastic scrubber to loosen up any soap scum build-up before even opening your cleaning solution.
  2. Next, pre-treat the whole shower with a tub and tile cleaner, and let it soak for five minutes.
  3. Scrub! At this point, the particles should have loosened up a sufficient amount, so now it’s time for some manual labor. Use the scouring pad to scrub the surfaces until clean.
  4. Rinse. Use clean, hot water to wash off the excess cleaner and scum that you have scrubbed.
  5. Using a towel, dry off the tiles and shower when you’re done is essential so water spots don’t immediately form. This is something you can do often to prevent mold, mildew and soap scum from building up!

For the Floors

What you’ll need:

  • Mild bleach solution
  • Toothbrush or small scrub brush
  • Mixture of paste- baking soda and water
  • Nylon brush
  • Detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Club soda
  1. Keeping the grout clean is one of the most important parts of having a clean tile floor. First, spray the grout with either a store bought grout cleaner, or your own mild bleach solution. Allow this to sit for approximately 10 minutes before scrubbing.
  2. Grab your toothbrush or small scrubbing brush to get in the cracks and crevices of the grout. The solution should have helped lift some of the particles to scrub away. For stubborn stains in your grout, you can try mixing a paste of baking soda and water and applying to the stain. You should allow this to sit overnight, and then scrub with a nylon brush.
  3. For tile that has been stained, there are a few different solutions that you can try, depending on the stain type. If the tile has coffee or tea stains, you can use hot water and detergent to scrub, and then blot gently with hydrogen peroxide to lift the stain. For other stains like grease, you can use a natural solution of club soda and water. For ink stains, use a cloth diluted in bleach and lay it on top of the stain until it is gone. As always, rinse thoroughly when finished.

 

Please note: Stone tile has special cleaning consideration.

Choosing Your Backsplash Tile

There are so many decisions to make when it comes to remodeling a kitchen. What color should you paint the walls? Do you want custom or prefab cabinets? Kitchen table or island? What material is best for countertops? And the list goes on! You could spend endless hours on end searching Pinterest, trying to mix and match photos to create your dream kitchen. As you near the end of your remodel, there’s probably a few projects you’ve put off. One that is most important to tying everything together is designing your backsplash. From choosing your material to color and pattern, all the way to installation…We’re here to help!

Color:

Choosing a color is typically the best place to start. You’ll have to decide if you want to make your backsplash colorful or keep it neutral. It’s important to consider the materials and colors used throughout the rest of the space. If you’ve painted the walls a bold color, it may be best to choose a basic tone to not clash. However, if the walls are a neutral color, the backsplash is a good place to add a pop of color to personalize the room!

Material:

The material you select is just as critical as the color. We offer a variety of options: Ceramic, mosaic, marble, glass, natural stone, slate, porcelain, metal and tumbled stone. You’ll want to choose a material that fits in with the overall design style of the room. For example, if your kitchen is clean and contemporary a ceramic tile may complement this style best.

Height:

The next factor to consider is how far up you want your backsplash to reach, as it has to end somewhere. The beginning of the cabinets or first shelf, if you have an open design is a common place to stop. However, if you want to highlight your backsplash as a main focal point in the room, you can even extend it to the top of the ceiling in areas with no cabinets.

Countertops:

You’ll also want to take into consideration that your backsplash will meet your countertops. Being in such close proximity to one another, choosing a material and color that complement the tones of the countertop will make it a seamless transition for the eye.

Pattern and Shape:

With endless options for design, you’ll have to decide if you want to keep your kitchen looking classic and traditional, or add a playful touch with a creative pattern. Your tiles don’t have to be rectangles lined up side by side- They can be rounded, place diagonally, etc. When done right, a fancy pattern can be tasteful and attention-grabbing.

 

Contact Artistic Tile:

With all of these decisions to make, we understand it can be a bit overwhelming! Having the assistance of a professional to walk you through the process can lighten your workload. Contact us today to get started with your backsplash design!

Carl Dubberly, Certified Tile Installer, Distinguishes Qualified Labor

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) was created in 1996 by the suggestion of the Tile Council of North America. The overall goal of CTEF’s activities is to raise the quality of ceramic tile installation. CTEF is an educational institution that offers local, regional, and national training programs for consumers, installers, construction professional, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates interested in the sale and installation of ceramic tile.

Certification identifies an installer as being a dedicated and knowledgeable professional whose competence in installing tile has been verified to meet specific tile industry standards.

The 50th Annual NH Home Builders Show is this Weekend

Produced by the professionals at the New Hampshire Home Builders Association this is an amazing event you don’t want to miss!

It’s your chance, as a home owner or a soon-to-be home owner, to interact with builders, remodelers, decorators, landscapers, and all types of home solutions suppliers.
The newest and hottest in home-related products and services will be showcased!

From mortgages to landscaping, hot tubs to custom home builders, and custom closets to fabulous kitchens and baths!

This weekend! March 17- 19 2017 hosted at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street in Manchester NH!

This event was a huge success last year as over 8,000 people enjoyed the home show! With the 50-year mark, it makes the longest running home show in New England and we are so excited to part of it!

Carl and Diane will be there Friday afternoon doing some volunteer work! They would love to see you!

Here is some information on the show hours and admissions.
SHOW HOURS
Friday, March 17 1pm – 8pm
Saturday, March 18 10am – 6pm
Sunday, March 19 10am – 4pm
ADMISSION
$9.00 Adults
$6.00 Seniors 62 and over
Children under 12 FREE
MILITARY DISCOUNT
$5.00 with Military I.D.

As per the NH State Home Show website you can receive a discount if you bring in a non-perishable food item, socks, or toiletries for Harbor Homes you will receive $3.00 off the admission fee. No double discounts will be accepted.

We hope you get a chance to come down to the Radisson Hotel Manchester NH this weekend!
See ya there!

Introducing the Michael Aram Collection

Artistic Tile is so excited to introduce and now carry the Michael Aram Collection!

A little bit about Mr. Aram:
Michael Aram is an American born artist who works primarily in metal. After studying fine art and living as an artist in New York in the late 1980’s, Aram took what would later be a life-altering trip to India where he discovered rich metalworking traditions.

Aram’s high-style designs are infused into the very finest ceramic tile available.

The line is inspired by some of Aram’s well-known existing collections such as the, Molten, Botanical Leaf, and Gotham, transforming their distinct aesthetic into a series of high quality decorative ceramic tiles. Each pattern is glazed in metallic bronze, silver, or gloss white. This tile collection is just absolutely breath taking!

We have samples available in our showroom so stop by 650 Amherst Street in Nashua NH to see this gorgeous collection!

Helpful Tips

Artistic Tile offers one of the largest selections of unique tiles found anywhere in New England, including high-end, designer and specialty tile brands. We also provide a friendly, comfortable atmosphere in our showroom. We want you to think of it as an extension of your living room, a place to sit, relax and let your imagination run where it will.

We have a team of expert designers ready to help you with your project.
Here are some helpful tips on a successful design appointment:

1. Bring any samples you have with you to your appointment that you’d like to match (cabinet door, granite sample, fabric, paint colors, etc.) Samples are a perfect way to assist your designer with a “point of reference”

2. Make sure to bring measurements, sketches, or blueprints of your ideas. This can be extremely helpful when searching for the perfect tile for your home. There are so many tile choices. Glass, stone, ceramic, mosaic…etc.
3. Photos of the space & a folder of images/styles you love.

4. Be prepare to answer some questions- for example: What will the space be utilized for? What colors do you love? What colors do you hate? Is there something you have, or have seen, that you want to serve as your color inspiration? This is where your folder of images would come in handy!

5. Be honest with your designer about what you want and what you can invest in your project. Once we understand the scope, goals, and priorities we can talk to you about how those investment dollars would best fit into your project.

Fun Shapes and Colors in Porcelain Tile Becoming More Popular.

Porcelain tile patterns and shapes are not just for walls and backsplash; they are now taking over floors in 2016 as well. The geometric tile patterns, colors, and options are endless! Brick-look, cement, metallic and wood styles! So many porcelain choices and all are so amazing, fun and inspirational!

Porcelain tiles are made from fired clay but porcelain is baked for a longer period of time, which results in a firmer and denser material that is also more durable and scratch resistant.
Porcelain has many added benefits that make it an exceptional choice for your home.

Since the color of the tile’s ‘body’ is usually similar to the color of the surface, chips and wears are less likely to be noticed.
The lower absorption of porcelain makes it ‘freeze proof’, meaning that water can’t enter the ‘body’ of the tile and crack the tile if it freezes.
Porcelain is resistant to both mold and mildew.
Some historic examples of rooms decorated entirely in porcelain tiles can be found in several European palaces, including the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing.

Come down to 650 Amherst Street – Greystone Plaza – Nashua, NH 03063 and visit us while leisurely browse our showroom, and have a chat with one of our design and installation experts. We look forward to working with you.