March Springs with Color

March Springs with Color

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B & C Spring FLorals

Sit back and relax, we are about to bring you some ideas to update your home!  We hope they will inspire you to think about how you can make over your space this spring using the color green.

Green is such a wonderful color. It symbolizes nature and peace, and evokes a positive feeling. Light green offers a soothing, calm emotion where as a bright green stimulates a more enthusiastic energy. No matter the shade,  the color green is pleasing to the eye and provides a sense of renewal, harmony and freedom!

In the bathroom below, we have Artic white ceramic tiles on either side of the soaking tub area and straight on, the featured wall and the area in front of the tub is a Tropical Mosaic Glass tile. This Streamline Collection offers a  mix of matte and glossy ceramic wall options, colorful glass mosaics, and attention-getting decos and trims, Streamline features a wide option of  design possibilities.

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In the next 3 photos, we featured a textured tile called Waves. It is a 4 x 16″ tile that looks great in both a bathroom as well as a backsplash in a kitchen.

B & C Waves Green TileWaves tile, Color: Ocean Spray

bathroom with green accentsWaves tile, Color: Winter Lake. Green accents adorn this bathroom to give a spa like feeling.

green glass tile kitchenWaves tile, Color: Surf Green. This kitchen is inspiring to eat healthy!

The last image is of a kitchen with green tiles that offer 4 different textured tiles scattered throughout the entire backsplash providing a modern look. The collection of these glossy tiles is called Sheen.

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Wishing you all a Happy Spring and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy this spring month!

 

Red

Red

Welcome to our February Blog!  We have chosen the color red for this months blog in honor of  St. Valentine’s Day. When we think of the color red, we think: PASSION – Red roses, ENERGY – Red sky at night, POWERFUL –  Red stripes in our American Flag.

We also think the color red as warm, positive and energizing. Red excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. On that cue, we would like to present the color red added to different rooms by way of tile and carpet. You will notice in the photos below that red exudes a strong and powerful energy and gives a pop of vibrance much needed in a monocromatic setting.

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Above we have a white kitchen with an accent wall that is “Love at first sight”.  The glossy, glamorous sheen of red, orange and pink captures your attention. As you run your fingertips across the smooth pieces of 5×13 wall tile, you want to secretly whisper to this bold and seductive ceramic collection, “Where have you been all my life?” [The tile collection in this photo is called Sheen|

 

Red tile

The tile above is intense and energetic like a romantic sunset on a clear summer night. It provides vibrant bursts of color converging to create a solar effect; this is the inspiration for this ceramic mosaic tile called Evoke. The red mixed with objects of marine colors (white and blue) provides a contemporary approach, allowing this striking glossy ceramic tile collection to pop and reach your heart.

 

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This family room is sexy, warm and inviting. The architect/designer/homeowners choice of muted colors offers a relaxing atmosphere but by adding a rich red tile around the fireplace, it provides  pop of color to prevent the room from being too vanilla. Who wouldn’t want to share this room with a loved one, enjoying a glass of wine and listening to the piano by a warm fireplace?

Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, PLLCGreenbrier Residence   Photo Credit: Chuck Smith Photography. Red tile on fireplace.

 

Wow, what do you think of when you hear “red carpet”?  Yes, it denotes extremely high status, style and opulence. Please consider us your home’s red carpet guide to floor and tile ideas, stock and installation. We always provide privileged treatment to all of our distinguished visitors and customers.

Red Carpet stair runner

Photo: Allen Construction. Red wool stair runner.

Tine Barclay, Interior Designer

Photo: Tina Barclay, Interior Designer. Wool Area Rug

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

OUR PROJECT SPOTLIGHT FOR SEPTEMBER:
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

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The ENTRYWAY

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The KITCHEN
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The KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

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The LIVING ROOM

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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.

 

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September Project Spotlight:  TILE

 

The GUEST BATHROOM

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

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

 

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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

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

 

The MASTER BEDROOM

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The GUEST BEDROOM

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The LOFT

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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.

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

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

A Stroll Through Hardwood in Autumn

A Stroll Through Hardwood in Autumn

Another season is upon us and like you, we cannot believe it is Autumn already. It is such a beautiful time of the year when everything seems to burst with its last beauty. As you stroll outside you can’t help but capture the warm tones of the colored leaves on the trees. You can feel the cool air on your skin as a slight breeze brushes by. As you inhale the beautiful day, you can smell the rich earth as it decomposes the bountiful vegetation of the summer.

Our topic for today is hardwood and there is no better time to talk about it than the present.

As the leaves fall from the trees you can’t help but notice the hardwood much more than the season before. The different bark on the trees are more apparent showcasing the many hardwood (and softwood) options that are available locally. But most of us aren’t Arborists and cannot distinguish the difference of the tree species just by the bark. So just as mother nature saved up all year for the grand finale of the Autumn color burst, we have saved up a few of our best hardwood floors to show you the different hardwood installations we have done in the past few months. Exciting times!!

Solid hardwood adds warmth, character and value to any room in your home. There are a variety of finishes, colors, widths and options to match your style – rustic to modern. Let’s talk about some of those options.

Back in September, we installed a lovely Baltic Oak hardwood floor in a large family room in Kittery, Maine. The method of installation was a floating floor. Unlike traditional solid wood planks that are nailed down, a “floating floor” is where the planks are snapped together. Our customer had a cement sub floor instead of the usual plywood underlay. This was the best method to transform the cold modern look of cement to that of a rich, warm classic floor. No matter what angle we shot the photo or the time of day we took the picture,  the new hardwood floor works beautifully in this space.

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Another hardwood floor project we did last month was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The customer chose Sommerset 7” engineered wide plank hardwood floor Color:Mist for their kitchen, dining area and staircase. The hardwood floor installation was the standard method of nailing the hardwood to the wooden subfloor instead of using the method used above.

The look and feel of these new spaces are light and airy. Have you ever noticed that walking into a brightly colored room can lift your spirits? In the same way, flooring design elements like colors, styles, textures and finishes influence the way a room feels. Vast rooms can be made to feel cozier with matte, warm tone floors. Add sophistication with a dark hardwood floor. Use light colored floors to make a room feel more spacious and airy as was done with this project.

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The third hardwood floor we would like to share with you was in a home in North Hampton, New Hampshire. This month we worked closely with the Powell Builders in Hampton, NH (http://powellbuildersllc.com) and our customer on this hardwood floor project. Our customer chose Maple Natural Bistro, Coastal Grade 3 1/4” wide throughout the foyer, kitchen, dining room, 2 bedrooms, 2nd floor hallway and a sitting room.

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New Tile Flooring Finishes Like Distressed Brick and Wood Add Character and Durability

New Tile Flooring Finishes Like Distressed Brick and Wood Add Character and Durability

Lots of new trends, exceptional products and flooring wow-factors are taking the flooring industry by storm. Talking turkey about the latest and greatest, top-notch tile flooring finishes opens new doors and new tile flooring options in Portsmouth. Ready or not, here they come!

New England Charm Demands Durability

Extreme temperature changes, rain, snow and flooring maintenance concerns can give home owners a lot to think about when purchasing new tile flooring. Durability is a must where foot traffic and seasonal wear and tear come in the picture. Fear not – tile flooring with the designer look of distressed hardwood planks has finally arrived.

The enchanting character that distressed hardwood tile invites into a space offers more than aesthetic appeal. It brings modern style with a rugged twist to the table where no man has gone before. No more warping. No more splinters. No more scratches, cracks and crevices to scrape the dirt and grime from. Owners get nothing but extra tough, traffic-tested, beautiful durability to create the most livable and lovable spaces available today.

Plank sizes come in many different widths and lengths to accommodate the pickiest tastes. Multicolored plank tiles and monotone colored plank tiles each add their own variety of visual and wonderfully touchable textures to suit every space. Grays, whites and browns are just the beginning of appreciated style. A whole host of patina-inspired tiles superbly portrays stunning quality and variety.

Mix It Up with Distressed Brick and Cobblestone Finishes

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Chicago – Old Chicago 8 x16

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Chicago Stateside 9 x 12 Hexagon

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Chicago Southside 9 x 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, tile flooring appreciators are re-awakening to the sophistication and demand for highly functional flooring. Gorgeous, distressed brick flooring adds a solid statement of strength, consistency and energy to any room, patio or driveway.

Nothing captivates that old-fashioned feel more than brick and cobblestone touches. Days of old fashionable and alluring detail with charismatic flooring appeal.

Clay brick tiles sporting natural color sprays within each brick is nature’s way of providing tough, yet stunning flooring capacities. Cobble stone flooring choices exhibit another breed of fabulous flooring options all their own. Adding the flair of authenticity by donning a well-worn look delivers a daring yet hopelessly romantic magnetism to all types of living spaces. Various textures, colors and sizes make for truly intriguing flooring design.

Today’s flooring selections offer more promise and satisfaction than ever before. With savvy style and superior tile durability on your side flooring problems are no longer under foot. It’s time to get creative using the newest and greatest tile flooring finishes you’ve been waiting for. The only distress you will experience is the amazing tile finishes you love.

KITCHEN BACKSPLASH IS A HIT

KITCHEN BACKSPLASH IS A HIT

Sharing Our Customers Experience

We usually don’t put testimonials on our blog, we save them for our testimonial page but we thought we would make an exception for this one and share it with you.

Dear Carol and Brett, 

I cannot thank you enough for all your help and patience throughout the process of choosing a new backsplash for our newly remodeled kitchen. You did such a great job on our foyer that there was no question that we had to use B & C Floor Store!

I am not one to write a recommendation as I am about to do right now (although I regularly compliment those face-to-face who provide us with great service.) But I feel the need to do so for you and your crew for another outstanding job. I hope that you are able to post this testimonial where many can read it because we feel that it is important that your readers  know what an amazing company B & C Floor Store is.

I know that this has been such a busy season for you and I just want to refresh your memory a bit on our project. My husband and I were torn between two backsplash ideas we found on Houzz – #1, a  black vertical tile and #2 a herringbone Carrera Marble. Carol, we were thrilled you were able to locate and also send us a sample of these tiles so that we could match it up to our cabinets, countertop and paint choice. When we received the samples we were able to narrow down our choice to the Carrera Marble. Although the photo of the black backsplash looked stunning, we wouldn’t have been happy with the dark bold look of it. Thank goodness we had the sample to help us come to best backsplash choice for us – the Carrera Marble. My husband felt the black was too bold and we both loved the Carrera Marble. Although we were madly in love with the herringbone pattern, we were a little reluctant to choose this wondering if it was going to be too trendy (the herringbone pattern goes way back but not necessarily for a tiled backsplash).

 

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We wanted to send you photos of the finished backsplash and a close up of the tile installation. Just beautiful!! We couldn’t have done it without you! The standard, classic 3” x 6” honed subway tile in Carrera marble with Carrera marble 12” bull-nose trim, honed with white grout was the best choice for us… we couldn’t be happier!  Thank you so much for the level of service we received. Your attention to detail and customer dedication cannot be beat,  and your expert installer far exceeded our expectations.  Every person that has come to visit our newly remodeled kitchen raves at our backslpash (and kitchen too)! 

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We cannot thank you enough, Carol and Brett, and we would like to tell everyone out there that is in need of tile and flooring, PLEASE give B &C Floor Store a call, you will not be disappointed!

We looking forward to working on our next project with you!

Kathy & John N
Windham, NH

To our Readers:  Brett and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post this testimonial but our real intent is to let our readers know that we are here to help you throughout your flooring projects. If you are searching the internet and find a look you like, we can help you replicate it or find something similar just like our Windham NH customer.

We are very particular with the brands we carry, always keeping in mind availability, versatility, durability and affordability. Please visit us, our showroom has a gallery like setting with an open floor plan so our customers feel right at home.

Carol & Brett

 

Making a Statement in Your Kitchen with Just a Backsplash

Making a Statement in Your Kitchen with Just a Backsplash

Stratham, New Hampshire Couple Chooses a Beautiful Backsplash for their Kitchen

Some rooms simply function and others tempt you never to leave. Whether you are remodeling or just thinking of making a transformation to your your kitchen that offers richness and texture – we suggest tiling your backsplash as your captivating feature.

Our Stratham, New Hampshire customer has lived in their beautiful neighborhood for about 10 years. And for them, resale value is always considered when doing any renovation project to their home. They always try to balance what is best for resale and what they like sometimes this can be a difficult task. When we met them they were ready to take on a new project.

As many of us homeowners know there is always something that needs attention in the home, and it is always good to have some extra cash at hand for those projects. Our customer had built up their slush fund and decided that their next project would be a new backsplash for their kitchen. They were tired of the paint on their backsplash and wanted more of a pop to give more personality to the space.

They love working as a couple and they both searched the internet (no particular site) looking for tile ideas that would look good with their dark cabinets and Galaxy black granite counter-tops. They both love natural stone and neutral colors but they also wanted something that cleaned up easy. The husband loves to cook and wanted something with a bit of a commercial feel, maybe using a stainless steel element on the backsplash. His wife wanted to stay traditional. They wanted to keep it simple but did like having a design feature over the stove and decided that is where they wanted to add the stainless.

We worked very closely with them on this project. We guided them on the size of the tiles to choose – to be in keeping with the dimension of the area, we kept within their budget and offered suggestions to combine their styles. We provided them with several tile samples to take home to make sure it was exactly what they wanted for their kitchen.

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The final choices were Porcelain Tile Marmol, Color Cr.me Brulee 4 x 4 & 2 x2 with Tec Grout, Color Birch, Natural Stone Switch plates for all their outlets, Color Sand.

The majority of the backsplash was 4 x 4 tile installed on a straight lay. Over the stove we switched to a 2 x 2 set on a diagonal surrounding the Daltile Urban Metal 6 x 6 Stainless Tile which is centered in the middle. The Daltile Ellipse Stainless Liner .” x 12” encircles the area around the porcelain 2 x 2 tiles & 6 x 6 stainless tile.

Our customers were most pleased with our installers Steve and Sonny. The wife felt comfortable being around them while she was home alone with the kids and they were great with her older dog. Both of which are very important to her. She loved the fact that we were flexible and easy to work with and most important we were able to help her put her vision onto her backsplash. We truly enjoyed this project!

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Cork Flooring

Cork Flooring

 

Cork flooring is one of the most sustainable types of flooring our customers can buy.

Cork grows on a species of oak tree that’s native to the Iberian peninsula. It makes up the tree’s outer layer. The remarkable thing about cork is that it can be harvested from the tree without damage. Cork is taken from the tree about every nine years or so. After that, the cork is simply processed and ready to be installed.

The top cork layer on the planks is laid over several layers that are bonded together under high heat and pressure. This makes them very strong and resilient.  Also available but not as popular are 12″ x 12″ cork tiles but do offer flexibility of design.

Cork planks are considered floating floors and are installed like laminate, clicking together.   The cork is placed on top of a subfloor but not secured to it. The floor beneath it needs to be a hard surface and relatively flat.  Cork should never be laid over carpeting.  Cork tiles are glued down to the subfloor.  We recommend that the cork planks or tiles be left in the room where they’re going to be installed for about 72 hours. This gives the cork time to acclimate to the room’s humidity.

Another great thing about our cork flooring is that they come in a wealth of colors. They range from blues to grays, greens, reds and an amazing palette of browns. This makes it versatile product that will complement the decor of any room.  Cork is also naturally fire resistant and resists moisture, though it does expand and contract a bit according to the humidity in the room. Though it shouldn’t be cleaned with a soaking wet mop, customers shouldn’t be afraid of having cork installed in their kitchens!

We at the B & C Floor Store are pleased to offer our customers in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area the beauty, durability and comfort of cork floors. For more information about our cork floors, feel free to visit our showroom or give us a call at (603) 436-9686.

 

A Natural Selection – Bamboo

A Natural Selection – Bamboo

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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!

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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!

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

            ENTRANCE STAIRS – CARPETED
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                                DINING ROOM
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MASTER BEDROOM – Carpet installed in bedroom and walk-in closet
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Master Bathroom – Tile throughout the bathroom (shower, shower floor and bathroom floor)
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DAUGHTERS BEDROOM – New Carpet Installed
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DAUGHTERS BATHROOM – Tile Floor
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                  GUEST BEDROOM – New carpet installed
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                                     POWDER ROOM – Cork Flooring
Guest Bathroom