A New Shower Installation Creates a Luxurious Retreat at Home

A New Shower Installation Creates a Luxurious Retreat at Home

Happy January. It’s time to kick off the new year with a fresh, clean start. And, what better way to do that than with a brand new shower installation from the B & C Floor Store in Portsmouth, NH.

At B & C Floor Store we like to create showers for our customers that are luxurious retreats so you can feel like you’re in a spa but in the comfort of your own home.

There’s so many creative ways to add elements that create unexpected storage, waterfalls, and more. Here’s our top 7 ways to create a unique shower installation in your home – but, rest assured . . . every shower we create is custom, so no two will be alike.

1. Create storage with niches (inserts in the wall) or corner shelves
2. Add decorative elements such as glass or stone
3. Bring in a touch of outside with pebbles on the shower floor
4. Be fashion savvy with large scale tiles and/or subway tiles
5. Add a bench either in the corner or a built in one on a side of the shower
6. Go low maintenance with porcelain or ceramic tiles that look like natural stone
7. Create the illusion of a waterfall with a vertical of glass tiles on the shower head wall
How to Create a Luxurious Retreat at Home with a New Shower Installation. Click for the top 7 ways to create a unique shower installation in your home. From B & C Floor Store in Portsmouth, NH
If you’re curious about the types of tiles you can use in your custom shower installation, here’s a quick run down:
Porcelain Tiles: durable and more resistant to staining
Ceramic Tiles: easy to clean and durable, also resistant to stains, odors and scratches
Natural Stones: eco-friendly option that provides longevity, ease of maintenance, permanence and stability
Metal Tiles: creates visual appealing work of art when combined with glass or natural stone
Glass Tiles: embraces color and light while being impervious to stains and water damage

Are you ready to create your very own Luxurious Retreat at Home with a New Shower Installation?

If yes, be sure to give us a call at The B & C Floor Store and let us help you create the relaxation spot of your dreams, in your own home. You can reach us at 603-436-9686 to set up an appointment or please stop by our showroom to see the latest tile products that just came in.

April Showers

April Showers

April Showers

As the old proverb goes, March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers. Well here we are April 1st, and it is snowing in New Hampshire. But as the month progresses,  the sunshine and April showers will melt the snow away and the sight of the first flowering bulbs will soon be emerging like a jewel!

This month, the month of April showers, we have chosen the color blue as the color of the month.  The color blue is the favored color of most people. It creates a sense of peace and serenity, spirituality and infinity. Did you know that more than half of the flags in the world contain the color blue?  It is the most commonly used color for corporate identity, and of course we cannot forget and blue jeans, they are worn all over the world.

There isn’t a better room to choose to highlight this month than the bathroom, showers to be exact. (A little play on words.) We have provided below, bathroom showers showcasing blue tiles. Which one is your favorite?

Blue Shower #1

The blue tiles in this master bathroom shower encompases the whole shower. The subway tiles installed on the walls are in a brick laying pattern. and the square tiles installed on the ceiling are  installed in a diamond pattern. This lovely shower area is soft and inviting.

The renovation of this master bathroom in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone was done by Ben Herzog, Architect in conjunction with designer Elizabeth Cooke-King. Photo by Michael Lee.

Designer Beatriz from Byrd Design was the project manager for this 1930 Spanish Revival bathroom (below). The layout of the bathroom was reconfigured to improve circulation and adapt the space to a modern lifestyle while keeping the aesthetics true to its Spanish architectural roots. This white and blue bathroom features blue Moroccan tiles, lined with a white lacquered washstand adorned with aged brass knobs topped with thick white quartz and paired with an aged brass faucet placed under a white Mansard mirror. A glass and brass shower is filled with the same blue Moroccan tiles throughout the rest of the bathroom.


This custom designed bathroom by TMD Tamara Mack Design provides a clean and airy feeling. The white ceramic high gloss subway tiles adorned with a blue hexagon border that goes throughout the shower and around the room. The shower floor also matches the border providing a cohesive design.

Blue and White bathroom shower


Happy Easter and Passover, we hope you have great month!
We are looking forward to connecting again for our May Blog!



September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

A New Home in York, Maine

We Are Up To Any Big Challenge!

Our project spotlight for this month is a new home in York, Maine. We were hired to provide new tile and floors throughout this beautiful new home. We installed new carpets in the bedrooms and loft area creating a soft, soothing experience under your feet.  New hardwood floors were installed in the kitchen, dining area, living room and entryway offering a warm, rich feeling as you enter each room.  Gorgeous new tiles were selected in the master and guest bathrooms providing an unforgettable spa like feeling.

Join us, as we share with you the different tile, carpet and hardwood installations we did in each of the rooms of this York, Maine home. For your convenience, each photo has a caption detailing the products our customer chose.

September is a great month for tackling big projects in your home. The summer festivities are winding down, the kids are back in school and the weather is getting cooler. It is just a perfect time to get things done. Even if you are not up for a big challenge, contact us here at B & C Floor Store….We Are Up To Any Big Challenge!   We will help and guide you throughout the process.

We hope these new home photos offers you inspiration. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 603-436-9686 with any questions.

September Project Spotlight:  HARDWOOD FLOORS














September Project Spotlight:  The STAIRCASE


Stair Treads Stained to match hardwood, Risers Painted by Customer

Stair treads stained to match hardwood. Risers painted by customer.




September Project Spotlight:  TILE



Guest Bath Lucente 8 x 24 Waves Color White on Shower Walls

Guest Bath: Lucente 8 x 24 Waves, Color: White on Shower Walls


Guest Bath-2


Guest Bath Carrara Marble Threshold

Guest Bath Carrara Marble Threshold


Guest Bath 2x2 Porcelain Carrara Tile with Bright White Grout

Guest Bath 2×2 Porcelain Carrara Tile with Bright White Grout

September Project Spotlight:  CARPET


Guest Room, Master Bedroom and Loft: Shaw Carpet Style; Cashmere III, ccs03-color-106-santa-cruz-2












The Joy of June

The Joy of June

Ah yes, The Joy of June! The month of June brings much joy to everyone in so many ways. Everything is blooming, the school year is ending, summer vacations are close by and we cannot forget to mention weddings. June is one of the most popular months for wedding ceremonies – it is from these new beginning celebrations that we got our inspiration for this months blog. Much time and effort is spent planning a wedding and before you know it your special day has come and gone. We would like to present to you ideas of how to incorporate your wedding theme into your new home renovations.

For all you newlyweds or soon to be newlyweds, we have taken many elements of a wedding celebration and paired them with tile choices to provide you and all our readers with ideas to freshen up any bathroom in your new home. We have used popular June wedding color schemes of wedding invitations, flower bouquets, bride and bridesmaid dresses and wedding cakes as our guiding light.

Let’s start with a wedding invitation.
Below we have a beautiful wedding invitation (designed by Celeste Simpson from Impress Me Designs [impressmedesigns.com], Photography by: Elizabeth Kelly Photography) with the colors of white and teal.  We paired it with a small but stunning updated bathroom with the striking glossy ceramic tile collection of Evoke. The mix of marine colors of white, aquamarine, teal, blue and light blue have been reinterpreted with a contemporary approach.

Teal Bathroom

Next we found photos of a black and white wedding and a white Anemone wedding bouquet as our inspiration (photographs from elitebridal.blogspot.com.au). We paired it to an updated classic bathroom using glossy Medley tiles in an array of accent pieces of  2” x 5”, 5” x 5”, 1/2” x 10”  and  a 2” x 10” tile molding. Don’t you think that every time you would step foot in this fabulous bathroom it would be reminiscent of this amazing black and white themed wedding?

B & W bathroom

Ladies, who isn’t blown away by gorgeous wedding dresses even if you are already married.  We just happened to come across this beautiful wedding gown from modwedding.com. The glamorous fabric draping and surpurb fit with couture finishings just caught our eye.  As we perused our photos of  luxurious  bathrooms to pair with the wedding dress we couldn’t help to think that this bride would love to come home to a bathroom such as this one.

The Lucente tile line comes in glossy ceramic wall tiles and glazed textured porcelain floor tiles. The ready to satisfy every color comes in neutrals to bolds and whites to pastels. The sizes come 8” x 24”, 16” x 16” and 2” x 2” mosaic. This bathroom is perfect spa retreat for this newlywed!

white & tan bathroom

The bridal party of June weddings are usually dressed in pastel colors. The bridesmaids are wearing green Miracle Dresses by Vanessa Lundborg (photo by Brides.com) a very popular color for 2016. I think we paired the bathroom below very well with the theme of this bridal party. The Streamline by Florida Tile offers the hottest new colors for inspired interior design. With a mix of matte and glossy ceramic wall options, colorful glass mosaics, and attention-getting decos and trims, Streamline features a full gammet of design possibilities. The tile used in this installation is 3” x 3” Artic (glossy) and the mosaic tile called Tropical comes as 1/2” x 1/2” mosaic.

green bathroom

FOLLOW THE PEBBLES… Many destination weddings are oceanside and we found this photo of a sculptural three-tier cake featuring a layer of real summer blooms by Sweet Indulgence and photographed by Amilia Photography to be just that. This photo looks to be one of those oceanside destination weddings where you follow the pebbles to a lifetime of happiness.

To pair this destination wedding theme, we discovered this beach retreat bathroom with arduously arranged mosaics seamlessly united in visual perfection. Every pebble set rightly in its place. Sensible and pristine, this collection comes in sliced, round or oval formats. Undergo these captivating transformations in your home with Pebbles stone tile. Ah, you can hear the water splashing as you lift your foot from the tiled floor into a sea of tranquility.

pebble bathroom

Well, we hoped you enjoyed this month’s blog! Next month’s topic will be kitchens and entertaining. Until next next time… Enjoy all that June has to offer. Congratulations to all you June brides!

Yes, Fashion for Your Home

Yes, Fashion for Your Home

Fashion is about inspiration, aspiration, change and creating various innovative trends. It is about a blend of different things coming from all different directions – color, style, material, manufacturing, technology, and cost.

Fashion is not only for the haute couture world, it is also for your home. When we think of fashion for our customer’s home we think in terms of tile, carpet, hardwood floors, stair runners, area rugs, vinyl, eco-friendly and natural stone.  In order to guide and provide our customers with fashion for their home we need to ask the important questions:  How does our customer live? What is their daily routine? What is their style? Do they like a simple modern look, traditional maybe or ornate? What colors are they drawn to? How much light is in their space? What is their budget?

The home fashion dreams of our customers and the concept of putting it all together does becomes an art piece when the project is done. For us it’s not just a job, it is a joy – we make it new and create something different for and with each customer, this is what we live.

So this is our moment to share with you some fashion dreams and end results of tiled kitchen backsplashes and tiled bathrooms.

Fashion for Your Home, Kitchen Backsplashes and Bathroom Showers

Kitchen backsplashes are trending in the gray tones.

backsplash 8

backsplash 9

backsplash 10

backsplash 11

backsplash 12

backsplash 13




Niches are the rave in bathroom shower areas now-a-days. Gray tones are also the go-to colors for the bathroom as well.









We hope you enjoyed this months blog. Stay tuned for next month, we will be talking about spring inspired, fresh ideas for the bedroom!

Natural Stone

Natural Stone

Every year stone and tile companies continue to challenge themselves when it comes to the design of new products. They are continuously improving and expanding their product lines be it a new pattern, shape or size. But no matter how many tile product lines are added, there is one constant and that is natural stone. Who doesn’t love the look and feel of natural stone? Most do and there are many benefits! It’s natural, eco-friendly, it looks modern and luxurious at the same time and it adds a certain elegance that captures everyones heart.

When you visit our showroom, you will notice we showcase many tile samples of both natural and manmade stone. At a glance, it is hard to tell the difference…. but which one should you choose? Typically, it is your budget that will lead you to the right path of natural vs man made stone.

We are so excited to share with you a project we just finished in North Hampton, New Hampshire. Chris Howlett from Diamond Hill Builders spearheaded this project remodel. It consisted of a master bathroom all in natural stone and 2 other bathrooms (one for each daughter) in man made stone. Can you tell the difference?

We thank Diamond Hill Builders (http://diamondhillbuilders.com) again for thinking of us as their tile and installation company of choice!

The master bath is all Crema Marfil Marble, 12 x 12 on the bathroom floor, shower ceiling and shower walls, some set straight and some set on a diagonal separated by a bursa beige mini brick decorative. 1 x 1 tiles are on the shower floor and there are also 2 pencil rails,  2 corner shelves and 2 wall niches. Grout Tec: Unsanded Pearl with Grout Boost: a grout protector.

Master Bath in Natural Stone

Master Bath After


The 2 kids bath have Alaska White 3 x 6 tiles on the tub walls with Bright White Grout, 1 Niche each.  The floors are Roca Bianco 12 x 12 with Antique White Grout.

Kids Bath before

Kids Bath After

Kids bath after #2

Exeter, NH Bathroom is a BIG Splash

Exeter, NH Bathroom is a BIG Splash

232323232fp83232>uqcshlukaxroqdfv7524=ot>5;2-=;67=349=XROQDF>28659423;4258ot1lsiA Mother and Daughter Team Up to Design a Bathroom

A homeowner of Exeter, New Hampshire lived in a condo prior, and a few years ago purchased a home on a cul-de sac with a beautiful yard and lots of privacy. Living in a detached home was a big change from condo living but a welcomed one. The bathrooms needed updating especially the master bathroom. This homwowner/mother teamed up with her daughter to design a bathroom similar to one that was on a design show. It is true that necessity and budget will drive the project,  but magazines, TV home shows and your local floor and tile store will offer much inspiration.

It was important to our Exeter, NH homeowner to keep her home up-to-date for both personal and resale reasons and we were happy to assist her! She wanted something current, yet classic with a contrast between the walls and floor.

The homeowner had the walls painted in the Ben Moore, Color Navajo White. The tiles we used in the

Carrera Bathroom

Master Bathroom:
Master Floor:  12 x 24 Dark Gray Tile installed running bond w/ charcoal gray grout providing a contrast with the walls
Shower Floor:  Dark Gray 2 x 2 matches the bath floor for a rich cohesive look throughout the bathroom
Shower Walls:  Mediterranea Statuario Venetino 3 x 6 Running Bond (similar to white carrara) with 4 rows of Anatolia Bliss Iceland Random Decorative. We customized a corner shelf ideal for sitting or for the lady of the house a great shelf to shave your legs. The shower nook is a perfect decorative solution for storing shampoos and conditioners.



Guest Bathroom:
Daltile Veranda Color Rock 12 x 24 with Tec Delorean Gray Grout installed on a running bond horizontally across the room to give a wider feel in this guest bathroom.






232323232fp83232>uqcshlukaxroqdfv3345;2-=;67=349=XROQDF>28658-849-258ot1lsiPowder Room:
Daltile Veranda Color Rock 13″ x 13″ with Tec Delorean Gray Grout installed on a straight lay for a simple clean look. This was the best choice pattern for this small powder room.

Our customer is so pleased with her new spaces.  The tile feels clean and soft where everything felt gritty and old before.

A lovely transformation!

Wood Textured Ceramic Tiles Provide NH Homeowners With Durability in High Traffic Areas

Wood Textured Ceramic Tiles Provide NH Homeowners With Durability in High Traffic Areas

The Benefits of Ceramic Tile with the Beauty of Wood – Wood Textured Ceramic Tiles

Replacing your home’s floors can be stressful and expensive, but it can result in gorgeous new floors for you and your family to enjoy.  With the amount of time and effort you spend replacing your home’s floors, you understandably want to make a decision that will result in floors that you can enjoy for years to come. While there are many materials options available for you to consider, many homeowners are overwhelmingly making the decision to install durable wood textured porcelain tiles in their high traffic areas.

There are many lovely flooring materials that you may be interested in installing in your home, and some of these include real wood and carpeting. Each type of flooring has its appeal, but also has drawbacks that should be considered. A common issue with some flooring materials stems from the fact that they do not hold up well in high-traffic areas, such as family rooms, hallways, entryways and kitchens. You may love the warmth and beauty of real wood, but you may cringe at the thought of your wood floors showing wear due to foot traffic, scratches from your pet’s toenails and more. Carpet is another option, but can show wear patterns in high traffic areas. More than that, carpet also is prone to staining, and it may hold onto odors from drink spills, pets and more.

Why Wood Textured Ceramic Tiles Are the Best Option
With these factors in mind, you may rule out options like hardwood floors and carpeting from contention, but you may discover that wood textured porcelain tiles are ideal for these areas of the home. These are specially engineered ceramic tiles that offer all of the benefits of durable, affordable ceramic flooring coupled with the beauty of real wood. Some homeowners believe that these tiles will not give the same overall look as real wood however wood textured tiles carry the same sheen, texture, size and shape as wood. And they will not scratch, stain or show other signs of wear.  Grout lines can be minimal and can be matched to the surface of your tile.

Wood textured ceramic tiles are becoming increasingly popular for use in New Hampshire homes today because of the durability, affordability and overall style of the tiles. The good news is that the popularity of this material has led to even greater color and style options. If you want to enjoy the benefits of ceramic tile with the beauty of wood, you can take a closer look at some of the beautiful wood textured ceramic tiles available today.


Guest Bathroom in Stratham New Hampshire


Tub Walls: Maine Tile 20″ x 20″ Porcelain Tile w/ Delorean Gray Grout


Bath Floor: Madiera Beige 5″ x 31″ Porcelain Tile w/ Standard Gray Grout






A Natural Selection – Bamboo

A Natural Selection – Bamboo

Dover NH FamilyThe Family of Dover, NH
This wonderful couple’s family home had a fire that destroyed the upper level of their house. It was such an unfortunate and devastating experience for them but in the end it had a positive outcome. They were able to reconfigure their kitchen and their master suite to what they always dreamed of and their house became a home once again.

As soon as the renovation started so did the healing process. And we were thrilled to be part of it.  We replaced all of their flooring using cork, bamboo, tile and carpet. We are delighted to share photos with you of all the rooms we installed flooring and tile but we really want to talk more about bamboo and the wonderful benefits and qualities it offers, it is a natural selection!


Bamboo floor in kitchen

The family’s new kitchen with natural 3” solid strand woven bamboo flooring.

The growing popularity of bamboo floors is used as an alternative for flooring due to its similarities to hardwood and its unique renewable source of material. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. As a grass, bamboo grows much faster than wood and can be harvested without the need to replant because the root system is left intact. It has a comprehensive strength that is higher than wood, concrete or brick and has a tensile strength that measures up to steel. Not only is it eco-friendly, strong and durable, it now comes in a variety of colors and is easy to install.

We used natural 3” solid strand woven bamboo flooring in the this new kitchen. The warm contrast of the natural bamboo floor against the dark cabinetry makes this kitchen welcoming for family and friends.

We have provided below some of the bamboo floor choices available. There are many more to choose from and we hope you will stop by our showroom to look at the options available to you. You will not be disappointed!

Bamboo floor hand scrapedBamboo floor acorn Bamboo floor natural








Here are the rooms and products we used in completing the Dover family home.

 Dover home entry carpet





                                DINING ROOM
Dining Room







MASTER BEDROOM – Carpet installed in bedroom and walk-in closet
Master bedroom







Master Bathroom – Tile throughout the bathroom (shower, shower floor and bathroom floor)
Master Bathroom







DAUGHTERS BEDROOM – New Carpet Installed
Daughter's Bedroom










Daughters Bathroom






                  GUEST BEDROOM – New carpet installed
Guest Bedroom








                                     POWDER ROOM – Cork Flooring
Guest Bathroom