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4th of July Entertaining !

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Happy Fourth of July!  This is one of our favorite holidays of the year. We love getting the family together, cooking a great big dinner and walking to the park to watch fireworks. We know that most other families have similar rituals with homemade ice cream, sparklers, and plenty of red, white and blue.

 

This year if you are the one having a party, take a look around your house at the areas that are perfect for entertaining and how your guests are using them. For example, are they having trouble navigating tight areas? Is there a playroom for the children? Is the kitchen capable of handling the extra load? And most importantly is there room to sit outside and enjoy the day?

 

One area of emphasis we have been seeing is your grilling area. Over the past five years the demand for outdoor kitchens has gone up to the point where they are quickly becoming standard in home remodels.  But why cook outside? Easy it’s fun, relaxing and you can still join the party while grilling.

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Outside  kitchens are not simply meant for the short term. Consider the fact that outdoor renovations return most of their value when you sell your house.

 

This July Fourth, enjoy yourself and keep a watchful eye. You might have an idea that could transform your home for years to come!

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Tile Limestone

Real Stone Tile

Posted 6/26/2017 by Batman Skywalker
Silver Beige Vein Cut Limestone from Arizona Tile
Silver Limestone

When it comes to choosing the perfect natural stone to use in your home, limestone is a beautiful and classic option. This versatile stone can give your home a stately look and can be used for a variety of applications. Want to know more about limestone? Read on to learn about its history, characteristics and recommended uses.

THE HISTORY OF LIMESTONE

All around the world, limestone rock is composed primarily of calcite minerals from the shells of marine organisms like coral reef. Formed through compression on the ocean floor, this sedimentary rock has a long history. Used for building as long ago as 4,000 BCE, limestone has been a popular choice for architecture due to its strength and ease of cutting. This type of rock is also used as an ingredient in cement and mortar.

The Mollusk is Part of the Natural Creation of Limestone

 The Mollusk is Part of the Natural Creation of Limestone

LIMESTONE’S APPEARANCE, CHARACTERISTICS

Installing limestone tile in your home is a great way to enhance any space and bring some timeless, natural beauty to a room. Limestone tile is available in a variety of colors, from the classic whites and creams to earthy browns and even deeper colors like gray-green and charcoal. For a pure, airy aesthetic, limestone is a great choice.

 Classic Limestone from Arizona Tile

Classic Limestone 

Limestone tile can feature marble-like veins, unique colorations and striking fossilized patterning, and can be polished or tumbled for different looks. Preserved impressions of fossils can also be seen in some limestone, making it a distinctive and one-of-a-kind.

Other than its beautifully rugged and naturally textured appearance, limestone is also gaining popularity for its durability. This long-lasting material will retain its strength and beauty for years, adding value to your home for generations with proper care.

USING LIMESTONE TILE IN YOUR HOME

Limestone floor tile is an elegant yet affordable tile option perfect for virtually anywhere in your home. Choose this durable, earthy stone to make your living room, bathroom or kitchen floors stand out. Limestone is also ideal for fireplace facades, backsplashes, tub surrounds and outdoor applications.

It’s important to properly seal limestone after installing it in your home, since the stone has a porous surface and can be prone to stains if not protected. In addition, since limestone is a softer stone type, it may be subject to scratching or chipping if used in high-traffic areas such as hallways. For a more unique and modern color, our new Belguin Blue limestone tile offers a stylish and sophisticated look.

Belgian Blue Limestone Tile from Arizona Tile
Belguim Blue Tile

Whether you love the look of a polished stone floor or want to add a rugged look to your fireplace, limestone may be the tile option for you.

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