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!



March Springs with Color

March Springs with Color

B & C March 2017 Header

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.

Green glass mosaic tile


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.

bright green kitchen tile

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




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.

Red tile

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!

2017 – Happy New Year!

2017 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  As we look back at all the warm memories in 2016, we are feeling proud of our achievements and ready for another new year with new beginnings. WOW, 2017!  Another 365 days of all that is good… with family members, good friends and new acquaintances.  Happy New Year!

We are excited our monthly blogs this new year. Each year we try to bring you something different. In 2014-2015, we brought you our floor and tile installations highlighting different projects in towns and cities across New Hampshire and Maine. In 2016, we also brought you our floor and tile installations and provided some great ideas by various designers throughout the US.  We captured floor and tile ideas by room of:  kitchens, bathrooms, sunrooms and the like. In 2017, we will bring  you floor and tile installations based on color – we will highlight a different color for each monthly blog.

Our color for this month is white. When we think of January, we think of  white snow and January white sales.   Although white is not defined as a color in physics, it is considered a distinct color in visual art. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence or wholeness. In color psychology white is considered the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak.  So for January 2017, we are highlighting rooms showcasing white tile!

Let’s take a look!


This lovely spa is adorned with a glossy white Lucente ceramic wall tile, 8″ x 24″. It also comes in a 4″ x 24″ bullnose,  8″ x 24″ wave pattern and a 2″ x 2″ Mosaic. This line offers a wide range of ceramic wall tile with coordinating porcelain floor tiles in a variety of colors.

Lucente Tile White


Below is a  porcelain tile series called Drift. It flows freely across the floor creating a comforting, almost lazy sense of contentment. Great for a beach house or an area that you want to create a space that is light and airy. The tiles come in 8″ x 45″ in a natural or polished finish.

Drift tile


This porcelain large-format tile creates a restful backdrop for those seeking to balance modern, everyday living with a crisp, fresh look. Bold and beautiful as a world covered in a blanket of fresh snow; as a gentle reminder of peace and purity…this is the inspiration for Illume. The tile comes in 24″ x 24″ ‘Field Tile, 12″ x 24″ wall tile, 3×24 battiscopa, 2×2 Mosaic COLOR: Super White, Finish: Glossy

Illume Tile

White is the perfect color for any room that you want to create a sense of lightness, an ethereal feeling. You can change the style immediately with accent pieces and accent colors. Don’t be afraid to use the color white in your home.

We hope you enjoyed this month’s blog and again, we wish everyone a Happy New Year!



The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember

The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember

christmas-sleighThe Holidays Are Made up of Special Moments

This year, why not put a casual twist on tradition by creating a comfortable family room where the whole family can relax and enjoy the holidays together. It is the perfect time to start thinking how you will set up your family room for the holidays.

Our suggestion for creating that comfortable family room is adding a new floor in your space. Our wide selection of hardwood, carpet and cork can be chosen to suit any style for your room.  Whether you are going to host a casual, family friendly holiday party or an elegant evening with friends, we have some ideas for you!


Family Room Photo:Julie Ranee Photography                      Photo of Hardwood Samples: B & C Floor Store

Benefits of hardwood floors:

  • They are easy to clean
  • They have a high quality look
  • Wide range of appearances
  • Healthy indoor
  • They are a great long-term investment



Photo of Lush Carpet: B & C Floor Store                             Family Room Photo: Maria Killam

Benefits of carpet:

  • They reduce noise
  • They provide warmth and comfort
  • Cushions slips and falls
  • Wide range of appearances
  • Certified to have low VOC’s ( Volatile organic compounds)



Photo of cork samples: B & C Floor Store      Photo of family room:KCS Design

Benefits of cork floors:

  • They are easy to clean
  • They have a high quality look
  • Wide range of appearances; aesthetically versatile
  • Healthy indoor
  • Durable
  • Safe ( Fire resistant)
  • Comfort
  • They are a great long-term investment

We at B & C Floor Store, hope that your holiday season brings special moments and joy that continues into the new year.

It’s Thanksgiving, Gather Family and Friends

It’s Thanksgiving, Gather Family and Friends

GRATEFUL Gatherings for Thanksgiving

There are many observance days in November but the one that immediately comes to mind is Thanksgiving. It has historical roots in both religious and cultural traditions and was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Today, it is widely celebrated for the same reasons except the majority of us  do not plant or harvest our own food. But we are truly thankful for the abundance of food and give thanks for all the meaningful elements in our lives.

So gather family and friends and join us in our celebration of Thanksgiving traditions. It is a special time of the year where we open our doors to guests, share home-cooked meals and get ready to cozy up to the fireplace.

Our blog topic for this month is dining rooms, chosen of course because of Thanksgiving. We want to open up our doors to you with some ideas to infuse rich colors and textures of the harvest season into your dining room.

Everyone here at The B & C Floor Store is especially grateful to our customers for allowing us to be part of their memorable home improvement floor and tile projects.

Here are some photos in celebration of the harvest and gratitude:

Thanksgiving Dining Room stone-creek-buildersDining Room Photo: Stone Creek Builders
dining-room-photo                               Dining Room Photo from: Edmunds Studios Photography
dining-room-2                                                                                              Dining Room Photo from: Sebastian Paszek and Christina Bull, Ealing Broadway, London

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to join us for December’s Blog… The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember.

Small Projects Done in 1 Day

Small Projects Done in 1 Day

Transform A Space In No Time, Just 1 Day

Summertime has left us and fall is settling in. As the cooler weather arrives, we start to spend more time indoors and this is the perfect time to tackle small projects in your home, We are talking about small projects that can be done in 1 day! Oh yes… how about a new backsplash for your kitchen or bathroom, a new mudroom floor, spruce up entryway with new hardwood or tile or add a new stair runner to the stairs. Other great ideas would be refacing your fireplace or prettying up a powder room with new tile on the floor or accent wall. It is true, each of these projects can be done in a day and we are excited to show you some ideas we have in mind for you.

Lets start with backsplashes –
When we think of a backsplash we automitically think of a kitchen, but why not a bathroom? Here we have a bathroom backsplash installed with classic white subway tiles that are versatile and easy to find. But it is not your average installation with straight grout lines. Here the designer from Studio Z Design suggested this layout to her her clients so that the tile corners formed right angles. It is like a traditional herringbone pattern set on a diagonal.

bath-backsplash                             Bathroom photo from: Studio Z Design

Next let’s talk about mudroom floors. We suggest using a tile or natural stone for your mudroom. These products stand up to standing water and are the most durable. If you want hardwood be sure to put a mat or boot tray at the entrance to keep the wear and tear at a minimum.

Refacing a fireplace can make such a statement in a room. There are a lot of options to choose from but here is a stunning tile that might spark your interest!
We hope you enjoyed this months blog! Our topic for next month, November, will be dining rooms.  We thought it was appropriate for Thanksgiving time. We hope you join us!
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














Sunrooms were believed to be first constructed in the 16th century in Italy. At that time they were referred to as Giardini Botanici which in English translates to Botanic Garden. It was used to house exotic tropical plants that were brought back into Italy by explorers.

As time went on, sunrooms became favored with nearby countries and before you knew it,  sunrooms spread throughout Europe. In England, they were called conservatories because they were used for conserving flowers and plants. In France, they were used for keeping oranges from freezing and they were called orangeries. As the demand of pineapples increased, they were called pineries.

It was popular belief that sunrooms proved to add value to the human health and then was created for human use. They were given the name solaria, derived from the Latin word sol, meaning sun. Sunrooms were built on homes and were constructed of 3 walls of windows from floor to ceiling. Solaria (sunrooms) became a common feature in hospitals as well and they were used as places where patients would sit and focus in recovering from illnesses. Whether the patient suffered from a terrible cold, pneumonia or tuberculosis, doctors often advised patients to spend quality time in these rooms as often as they could to get well.

Today, sunrooms, are a popular addition to our homes in the United States. Not only do they increase the value of your home, but they also increases your own personal enjoyment of your home. It gives you additional living space for relaxing, dining or entertaining that can be used all year long. For those with a green thumb or a love for exotic plants, it will allow you to plant a variety of plant species regardless of our cold winter conditions here in New England.

Depending on your use of your sunroom, there are a variety of floor options to choose from. If it used as additional living space you can choose anything from carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, laminate or vinyl. If you are going to use your sunroom as part of the outdoors in the warmer months or use it as a type of greenhouse the best choices are tile, natural stone, laminate or vinyl.

We have provided below inspirational images of sunrooms that hopefully will give you some ideas for your sunroom update.

B & C Serenity

Notice the stone brick flooring. A durable but classic look!
Photo: Houzz, Richard Leo Johnson from Historical Concepts.


B & C Carefree

The tile floor adds warmth from the sun coming in and the color choice is lovely!
Photo: Houzz, Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource


B & C Joyous

The hardwood floors provide warmth and is a natural element in this sunroom. The scatter rug offers color, personality and style!
Photo: Houzz, Diggs Design Company


B & C Cheery

This sunroom also has tile in a neutral tone allowing the the furniture to make the statement.
Photo: Houzz, Elizabeth Swartz Interiors Seaside Residence

Garden Style Sunroom

Natural stone is a great choice for a sunroof that contains plants.
Photo: Houzz, Dennison and Dampier Interior Design