Sonnema Tile & Design http://sonnematile.com Sat, 04 Mar 2017 23:25:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Catch us at the 2017 West Michigan Home and Garden Show http://sonnematile.com/catch-us-2017-west-michigan-home-garden-show/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:16:34 +0000 http://sonnematile.com/?p=637 Sonnema Tile & Design is at booth #1040 in the 2017 West Michigan Home and Garden Show at the DeVos Place. This is the largest home and garden show in the area. For more information on the show visit https://www.showspan.com/WMH/ Directions to venue below:

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Sonnema Tile & Design is at booth #1040 in the 2017 West Michigan Home and Garden Show at the DeVos Place. This is the largest home and garden show in the area. For more information on the show visit https://www.showspan.com/WMH/

Directions to venue below:

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New Year- New Bathroom- New You! http://sonnematile.com/new-year-new-bathroom-new/ Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:33:22 +0000 http://sonnematile.com/?p=397 Why not see how a bathroom renovation can give new pizzazz to your home!  Starting your day in a new spa-like bathroom can perk you up for a great day ahead! We can design a place that you will love, whether it means starting from scratch with all new fixtures and gorgeous tile or adding to […]

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Why not see how a bathroom renovation can give new pizzazz to your home!  Starting your day in a new spa-like bathroom can perk you up for a great day ahead! We can design a place that you will love, whether it means starting from scratch with all new fixtures and gorgeous tile or adding to your shower/tub unit by installing tile all around. Adding a niche in it gives a designer look as well as providing more useful space for shampoo bottles, etc. Then add your new tile floor, glass vanity backsplash and VOILA! A new room for the new you!!

 

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Why renovate a bathroom? http://sonnematile.com/renovate-bathroom/ Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:36:38 +0000 http://sonnematile.com/?p=356 Your bathroom is the most used room of the house, and what you wake up to every morning. A beautiful and updated bathroom adds value to your home and is essential if you are selling your home. An updated tile shower (or a unit with tile above it for a custom look and no maintenance), […]

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Your bathroom is the most used room of the house, and what you wake up to every morning. A beautiful and updated bathroom adds value to your home and is essential if you are selling your home. An updated tile shower (or a unit with tile above it for a custom look and no maintenance), a tile floor, new vanity and countertops make a difference. When you remodel, be sure to remove old and dirty parts: never cover them up: replace with new and get those germs and rust out of there! Always replace the plumbing in the shower/tub area. Once the tub or shower is in place there is very little chance to get back into it to change the old plumbing; plumbing behind the walls should be worry-free.

There are many price levels in the faucets and shower heads that you can select from: some feature a temperature lever that keeps the shower water at your favorite temperature… and all can be found in chrome, brushed nickel (the most popular) or bronze. Chrome is always the least expensive, next is brushed nickel (or some call it stainless). Countertops can be a focal point of the bathroom, with granite coming in at top choice. If on a tight budget, molded counter with integral sinks can be found very inexpensively but remember you are at the mercy of pre-fabricated products and you have very little selection other than one sink or two sinks. You can order custom them with changes such as a side sink, but then you are bordering on the same price as custom granite top cut from a remnant piece of granite at the fabricators: then the clear choice is granite. Doing it right, with new plumbing, a good countertop, smart selections on tile and vanity, will give your bathroom a high-end look, and last for many, many years to come.

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Can we get tile from a box store? http://sonnematile.com/can-get-tile-box-store/ Mon, 02 Dec 2013 00:35:57 +0000 http://sonnematile.com/?p=354 Of course you can. You just need to be smart about it. We just renovated our bathroom by putting tile over our builder-installed unit, put in bullnose along the sides for custom built-in look, and tiled the floor. We chose tile from a box store. When we went to pick it up, the guy came […]

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Of course you can. You just need to be smart about it.

We just renovated our bathroom by putting tile over our builder-installed unit, put in bullnose along the sides for custom built-in look, and tiled the floor. We chose tile from a box store. When we went to pick it up, the guy came out with our boxes of tile with one box completely broken. Still, he brought it to us carefully balancing it in his arms to not lose any of the broken pieces. Really? Of course we could not take that box! He then suggested we take the rest of the boxes and he would order one more. NO again! You must always get the same dye lot of tile or you will see the difference as it is installed. He reordered the entire order, and we were able to put that tile in our bathroom. So you must be very diligent when working with box stores. Know what you are doing, and you can save a little bit of money. We chose to use them this time because we thought the tile was just the color we wanted. There is far less selection than in a tile store but sometimes you will find what you love. Then go for it. Also always use porcelain tile and not ceramic tile. Ceramic is cheaper but is made of clay… it chips and cracks and when it does you will have a dark clay spot forever in your floor. Porcelain is hard and durable and will last for years. When you select your tile, find what you are willing to live with for a long time, because it will last!

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Comparing apples to apples http://sonnematile.com/comparing-apples-apples/ Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:34:38 +0000 http://sonnematile.com/?p=352 When you get a quote for a job, be sure that you are comparing the same things. For instance, many contractors will giving you a low price to get the job, and then balloon it when they have you signed. Be sure that everything that you want from the start is included in your quote. […]

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When you get a quote for a job, be sure that you are comparing the same things. For instance, many contractors will giving you a low price to get the job, and then balloon it when they have you signed. Be sure that everything that you want from the start is included in your quote. Of course, as you go, YOU may decide that you want to upgrade things; that is different. But make sure that all the work is listed as what they will do from start to finish so you know you are comparing the quotes for the entire job.

Also, make sure that all the prep work is going to be done right with the right materials. For instance, there are setting materials that you can get at the box stores for $7 a bag. If he is using those, the price will be much lower than someone like us who uses the ones that cost $26 a bag. The reason is, the $7 bag will last 1-3 years, the better one will last for the lifetime of the tile. If you are putting the money into it, do it right the first time. Your tile is only as good as the base.

When we first moved here from NJ our first jobs were repairs of 2-3 year old floors, whose thin wood base and cheap thin set could not hold the tile. The tiles then cracked, the grout cracked out, and the tiles were actually loose on the floor. We use cement board under every tile floor, the best thin sets, and also use thin set under the cement board as well as nail it to the floor so that the bond is true and strong and squeak-free. It costs a little more but it is the right way to do it. That way you have a job that will last 20-40 years. We build our reputation on doing it right the first time!

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How to select Tile http://sonnematile.com/select-tile/ http://sonnematile.com/select-tile/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:32:35 +0000 http://sonnematile.com/?p=350 Many people have pictures of a dream bathroom or kitchen, and all the details are complete. Others have no idea what they want, and most are right in the middle. Most people have an idea of how they want their new room to feel: that is the best way for me to help you decorate. […]

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Many people have pictures of a dream bathroom or kitchen, and all the details are complete. Others have no idea what they want, and most are right in the middle. Most people have an idea of how they want their new room to feel: that is the best way for me to help you decorate. How do you want this room to feel when you walk into it? Most people are into a relaxing spa-like feel. That can be accomplished with neutral colors with a little movement or shading in it. The more neutral it is, the softer it can be. Then you get your color by little accents- either in tile accents or in towels or rugs or– as in a kitchen—dishware and accent pictures.

Neutral does NOT mean just beige. There are creams and grays and tans and soft greens and soft blue-grays. Keep all the colors flowing: some can be bolder and some lighter and still maintain a neutral tone. Shopping in a tile store can be overwhelming for many people. I love to take samples to our customers after I find out what they are thinking of; or I can go with you and sort out what can be used in the application or not: for example, most glass tiles cannot be used on a floor.

Tile sizes can vary, but usually the best is a larger tile for a floor. Eighteen by eighteen inches is a great size for a floor. Twelve inch tiles can look dated- from the 90’s. Floor tiles in porcelain can start at $2+ a square foot and go up to an average of $7 a foot or more. If you like a retro look, then the 3×6 subway wall tiles can be your thing. Remember that the smaller the tile, usually the more costly it is to install and to purchase. Think of a range of $6 -$15 or so a square foot (some may be about $3 a foot but may be ceramic.) In a shower floor, the tiles should be no larger than 2” x 2” or 3” x 3”, since the floor has to pitch toward the drain. And don’t forget bullnose, the tiles that cap the edges of the shower and tubs. They are always the more expensive tile for the walls but give the finished look that is essential. There is a lot of thought that goes in to planning the tile. But it makes for an awesome result!

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