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Latest Tile Trends

cevica-antic-specialHave you ever visited a place and then been inspired to bring some aspect of the place home with you?  Many people do, and this trend is reflected in the many new varieties of tile available today.  Due to the increased interest in tile, manufacturers are keeping pace with the latest consumer demands by making advances in tile styles, designs and composition.

Current trends include vintage/retro designs, wood grain tiles that emulate salvaged materials and geometric designs intended for making a statement.    Warm tones and neutral color schemes are huge right now as well as Art Nouveau design elements.

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Your tile choices can say a lot about who you are, including motifs that evoke classic or contemporary art design, pop culture, nature, or almost any other design element you can think of.  Also, there are many applications that are increasing in popularity such as tiling an entire wall in the kitchen in a geometric pattern.  This emulates wallpaper, also a popular trend.

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By taking into consideration you home’s current style, budget, trends and personal taste, a professional designer is your best bet to help you weed through the multitude of choices and select the perfect tile application.

 

Energy Efficiency and the EPS Score

 

Basement Remodel

This basement remodel, featured on the 2013 Tour of Remodeled Homes,  had a Home Performance Test conducted on it before the remodel began so we knew how to improving it’s energy efficiency.   After adding  (2) new high-efficiency furnaces, all new windows, all new ductwork, sealing all cracks, and adding extra insulation and soundproofing in the entire basement, we had the home tested again.  Now we can see, in the form of a score, what a huge difference these upgrades made:  The EPS or Energy Performance Score.

What is an EPS? 

This year, Energy Trust of Oregon has really begin to  promote this enery scoring system.  All new and existing homes are eligible to receive an EPS.  This new tool according to Energy Trust of Oregon “provides a standardized estimate of a homes energy use and associated carbon emissions.  The score also allows for comparisons of one home’s energy use to another, without the influence of varying occupant behavior. Homeowners can also use the tool to compare the typical energy use of the house in its current state versus what it could be like after energy upgrades”.

We believe this will become a vital tool for homeowners to decide whether to purchase a home or not based on the EPS.  Also, it is a standardized, tangible method that offers results in writing.  Most importantly, it is another way to feel good about improving your home’s energy efficiency and value.

 

Green Remodeling: Less Waste on the Job

Reducing waste and being mindful of the environment is important to Mosaik Design & Remodeling. Here are a few ways that we practice Green Remodeling and help keep waste minimal on remodeling jobs:

  • We recycle as much as we can on the job, and try to eliminate potential waste as much as possible.
  • We properly store building materials so they are not ruined, therefore preventing us from having to replace them.
  • We salvage what we can on remodeling jobs. Not only does this help maintain a sense of the former homes character, but it helps keep cost down, as well as environmental impact.
  • We specify high quality, long lasting green materials whenever possible.  This includes no VOC paint, recycled quartz countertops, Marmoleum flooring and locally sourced cabinetry and project materials.
  • We encourage clients to look at using their existing unused spaces before adding on, therefore conserving the original footprint of the home.  This is not only sustainable, but budget friendly.

These are just a few ways we minimize our footprint when building or remodeling your home. If you would like to talk more about how Mosaik Design & Remodeling green building practices, please call us at 503-726-2222 or contact us.