3 tile feature options for your bathroom

Nothing looks better than ceramic or porcelain tiles for your bathroom, whether you are wanting to accomplish a fabric, wood, or stone appearance.  Ceramics also offer a wide variety of colors and an astounding number of patterns.  Ceramic tiles are easier to maintain than natural stone, however may be less comfortable than vinyl (but who really installs vinyl in San Diego bathroom remodels these days?).

Ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are both made of a fired clay material called ceramic.  Porcelain tile as a higher density and has more durability than ceramic tile.  Porcelain tile is also more water-resistant than other types of tile because the high temperatures fired on the clay leave the tile dense.

Tile works well in Southern California bathrooms because they cool the space down during the hot summer months.  Ceramic tile is not as easy to install as vinyl so expect the cost of installation to be higher.  One advantage of ceramic tile is they are harder than clay-based tiles and many times have through-body color which is an advantage if a tile is chipped.

What type of tile feature appeals to you?

linen-wall-tile-choudior-showerLinen tile:  This textured tile comes in various colors, and looks stunning in small or larger tiles. The look overall gives the appearance of a spa and offers some tranquility to your space. The texture of the tile seems to scare some away however it can be cleaned like any other tile and it give your shower a beautiful aesthetic look.


tile-that-looks-like-woodPorcelain wood tile:  A soft grey color is usually chosen to give a shower a modern look. This tile can go in as is or liners can go in to give it a unique look. A popular flooring option is using pebble tile. You can choose a pebbled rough texture or a cut pebble texture for the flooring. This look is very much on the rise because of its neutral soft tones.


Shower remodel Classic Home ImprovementsStone Tile:  Porcelain tile that has a natural stone look offers the beauty and variation of stone, but without the maintenance required of real stone.  The engineered porcelain tile is designed to have rough or polished finishes to resemble rough, gauged slate or smooth, polished marble.


Get creative with your bathroom, take the time to look at different styles.  You may find that you like something you never would have imagined.  We also suggest taking the material to your home (most places will allow you to take home a sample) because the lighting in your space will make a big difference on how the product looks once installed and store lighting is never the same as home lighting.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.


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When to Order Material for your Bathroom Remodel

Once you have decided to remodel your bathroom, the planning begins.  Most homeowners start off with a general theme and style they want to accomplish for their new bathroom.  Once they have decided on those two things, many homeowners do not really know where to start.

It is important to understand that when you are building a custom or semi-custom bathroom, the sequence in which you order material plays a very important role in the project because delays in receiving material essentially means delays in starting (and completing) your project.

This is an exciting time but once you get started, product selection can be overwhelming.  Here are the 7 core products, and the sequence you need to purchase them in, to ensure you keep your sanity (we have excluded accessories, trim,  and paint in this particular article):

1.  Select your vanity.


Do not delay on selecting your vanity, some are custom made or are not in stock and can take several weeks to receive.  You do not want your finished bathroom to be delayed while you wait for your vanity to arrive from the manufacturer.  Most contractors will not begin work on your project until all the materials have arrived so this is a priority.

2.  Select your bathtub and shower glass doors (if applicable).


Bathtubs, like vanities, can have a long delay in shipment depending on where they are coming from and if they are in stock.  There are a variety of different sizes and options for bathtubs including type of material, depth, length, with or without jets, and handles.  Becoming popular are the walk in tubs meant for aging in place.

3.  Select your faucets and trim to be installed.

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Selecting your faucets and trim is an essential part of your shopping.  There are “rough” parts to the shower fixtures which will be installed behind the drywall and under the tile floor.  Without those parts, you will be delayed in the middle of your project.  Be sure to match your tub and shower trim to your sink faucets, many times they are paired in a “family” of products such as Kohler’s “Memoirs Collection” .

4.  Select the tile for your shower and backsplash.


Tile is just as important as your vanities because its such a large piece of the bathroom.  You will be selecting tile for your shower and backsplash so you will want to consider how well they coordinate with one another.  We tend to guide our clients against “matchy – matchy” with the different products to avoid a “washed” look.  For example, we might suggest not using white tile with white cabinets.

5. Select your toilet.


When it comes to toilets, the choice may seem simple, however, toilets are getting more and more sophisticated!   There are toilet options that are designed to be green and save water depending on which flush option you choose.   Additionally, there are a variety of style and color options. Manufacturers such as Kohler have families of sink, tub, and toilets which have the same style, making your product selection choices a little easier when you want them to match.

6.  Select your lighting.

Zen bathroom remodel San Diego

Don’t forget to consider your lighting options…there are so many to choose from.  Not only do you have to decide between canned lights, pendant lights, or light bars – you also need to decide what you want out of your light switches.  For example, do you want to have a dimmer, is it important to have a built in night-light?  Those types of questions will lead you to the light that will fit your family’s lifestyle.


7.  Last, but not least, select your flooring


Flooring is your last and final piece to your master piece. Ditch the linoleum and select flooring that works with your design.  If you love wood but don’t want the hassle of maintaining a wood floor, there are now porcelain wood tiles that can give you the look of wood flooring.  Travertine flooring along with ceramic tile are also popular choices.


Your bathroom has the potential to look amazing.  The world of design and remodeling have endless capabilities to turn the idea of your space to a wonderful masterpiece. Start getting inspired by looking at local design build contractor’s website or better yet look to see if they have a Houzz profile.   Anything is possible no matter the size of the space.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

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