Travertine Tile Showers

The bathroom is one of the most common rooms in the home that gets remodeled.  Bathrooms can be taken to a new level with the use of travertine tile showers. This beautiful stone adds a new level of elegance to any bathroom. Travertine has different finishes available and certain finishes are more appropriate for certain areas in the home; honed and filled tiles are the most effective for use in the bathroom. Honed and filled travertine is ideal for the bathroom because during the finishing process many of the pores and holes in the stone are filled, which makes the stone more durable for the type of wear and tear it will be under when installed in the bathroom.

While installing the shower a travertine tile bachsplash would add the perfect complement to complete the bathroom look. Although the backsplash tile is not under the same extreme conditions as the tile in the shower it is still a good idea to use the honed and filled travertine tile. This not only adds continuity to the look of the bathroom, but the upkeep is the same for both tiles making it easier to mainitain the beauty of your new bathroom.

Many people think travertine is not recommended for use in the bathroom because it is a porous and soft stone that tends to absorb moisture. But if the right finish is chosen and the tile is sealed then it is perfectly acceptable to use travertine in your bathroom and possible to keep it beautiful for many years to come. When sealing your tile make sure that a professional does it and that he offers a warrently to give you peace of mind that your tile will last free of stains and blemishes. Travertine tile is a beautiful, natural stone that will add a new level of elegance to your new bathroom.

Take a look at the various travertine tiles for sale.

Saving on Carpeting Expenses

When you are getting new carpets for your home, be prepared to be spending more than you originally thought.  Carpeting is a rather large expense, even though it might not seem that way when you are first looking into the project.  When you are in the store, browsing Karastan carpeting samples and the like, it doesn't always sink in just how much this project is going to cost.  With carpet prices being just a few dollars for each square foot, it might seem inexpensive at first glance, but realize that those numbers quickly add up to a nice long tally.  And once you add in installation costs, your bill will just grow even larger.

There are however, a couple of things that you can do to cut down on costs.  The first is to look for discounted carpeting instead of paying full price.  But make sure however, that you are not skimping on quality for price.  A good carpet will last twice as long as a cheaply made one will, so you are really not saving if you go with a product that wasn't made well.  But there are always carpet patterns that are being discontinued and are on sale for less, so as long as you make sure that you have enough to carpet one room, you can really save by taking advantage of this option.

Another thing that you can do to try and cut down on costs is to do some or all of the work yourself.  Even if you are not a real "do it yourself" kind of person, you can still ask how much it will reduce the costs if you rip up the old carpeting yourself instead of having them do it for you.  And you may be able to hire a local handy man to do the installation for you at a lower price than what the carpet dealer is offering.