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When you have an older home, layers upon layers of “updates” can be found when you start the process of renovation. We’re talking layers of wallpaper and linoleum found as you scrape away years and years of well-intentioned updates. (And sometime those well-intentioned updates were inferior products to the original that were simply a fad!)Bianco Carrara Natural Stone Marble In Laundry Room While it can be interesting to see these old styles and products, you are faced with an opportunity to restore your home to its early glory. And earning some equity while you are at it! While it is best to restore to the original in your home, unfortunately sometimes, the original flooring or tile can get damaged and sometimes become unsalvageable.  They can be found, but it can be rare to find countertops and backsplashes in original conditions based upon the high-traffic use of a kitchen. So homeowners are often faced with updating these areas. Fortunately, there are tile and countertop choices which are new, relatively inexpensive, and fit the look and feel of an older home without sacrificing modern convenience.Luxe Black Hexagon Porcelain Mosaic Tiles

Tile Can Be the Easiest and Most Elegant Upgrade

Nowhere is this more easily done than through tile. Tile has been used for centuries in homes. From small homes to palaces, while styles are constantly being updated, certain tiles are always in vogue. From marble to hexagon mosaics to subway tile, classic is classic. Marble is timeless as a natural stone. When you choose white marble, the color is a neutral that will last and last without looking dated. It can be used in flooring, walls and is especially nice in countertops. Porcelain tile is a classic. It works in homes that go back hundreds of years, to today. Hexagon mosaic tiles fit into homes that date from the turn of the century to mid 1900’s. Yet, they still look great in contemporary homes as well and in all black can look masculine and modern.

Functional Soapstone Making a Comeback

Green Soapstone Countertops Soapstone is an amazing product for countertops and fire surrounds. This amazing product can withstand putting hot pots directly on the stone, so they are ideal for countertops. This product is making a comeback and looks great in homes from the early 1900’s. The kitchen and bath usually add the most bang for your buck towards equity. And as you can see, it is easy to find products that can restore a home to its original style while not spending a fortune to do so. Some jobs are even simple enough for a DIY’er to tackle. They don’t call work done on a home a “face lift” for nothing. Updating a kitchen or bathroom can add years to its life and design plus add serious equity at the same time.  Green Iron Soapstone Honed Slab   We invite you to Pin your finished projects to Pinterest and put “@ArizonaTile – Tile Install” in the comment section so we can enjoy your creative handiwork too! Want to see what your kitchen would look like in Marble or Soapstone?  Check out our free Just Imagine Design Tool.  Take a picture of your kitchen or bath, load it into the interactive software, choose your surface, and voila! You’ll instantly see your creation and decide if that is the look and style you want.

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