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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. [caption id="attachment_1577" align="alignleft" width="168"]image-5 Guest Bathroom in Stratham New Hampshire[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1578" align="alignleft" width="168"]image-1 Tub Walls: Maine Tile 20" x 20" Porcelain Tile w/ Delorean Gray Grout[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1579" align="alignleft" width="168"]image-4 Bath Floor: Madiera Beige 5" x 31" Porcelain Tile w/ Standard Gray Grout[/caption]          

Warm Ideas for the Cold Season Ahead

Gather Around the Fireplace

B & C Floor Store Hot ChocolateNew Hampshire is a great state to live in especially in the winter. We have great skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snow mobiling, snowshoeing and many more outdoor activities to enjoy our cold season. And there is no better way to end the days activity than warming up to a nice hot fire with a cup of hot chocolate. Before the season hits us with a blast of cold air and snow, now is the time to get your fireplace cleaned and to make any updates to enhance the ambiance as you gather around your fireplace during the cold months ahead. At B & C Floor Store, refacing fireplaces with stone or tile is one of our specialties. Provided below are some installations that we have done for our customers and we want to share them with you. We hope that some of these ideas will inspire you to update the look of your fireplace.             1) The focal point in this open concept family room is the floor to ceiling fireplace. As we have mentioned in another blog,  gray is the new neutral color and in this room our customer chose Ottomano Argento tile (a tile that is in the gray family) 12” x 24” installed in a vertical running bond pattern. A hearth was also installed to give the illusion that this is a wood burning fireplace even though Dockham Builders installed the electric one. The tile and pattern certainly compliments the expanse of the fireplace and lends itself to a sleek modern look. B & C Floor Store filrplace #2 2) In this photo we installed Daltile California Gold Slate Vertex Deco, random lengths for the fireplace surround and Daltile California Gold Slate Vertex Deco 12" x 12" for the hearth. The colors on this slate are spectacular...there is such such a variety of tones that creates a warm feeling in this room even when the fireplace isn’t lit. B & C pattern #2     B & C Floor Store Fireplace #3 3) Who doesn’t love marble? It seems to be one of the most popular stones today. It is widely used in kitchens and bathrooms and what a better way to showcase your fireplace than using marble. Here we installed 12” x 12” marble tiles in a grid pattern giving this fireplace a classic look that will go with any style room.B & C pettern #3     B & C Floor Store Fireplace #44) Our customer was looking for more of a beachy theme in her family room and chose this porcelain tile, 12” x 24” called MGC Traverse, Color: Bone. The universal style, color and movement of the tile was just fitting for the look she wanted in her room. But this particular tile can be used in any style room from traditional to modern to eclectic. B & C pattern #4         Cozy up to your beautiful newly tiled fireplace with family, friends or a significent other and sip on a nice warm mug of hot chocolate (recipe below) that will keep you warm while you admire your fireplace. B & C Hot Cocoa     Delicious and Easy Hot Chocolate 4 1/2 cups milk 8 ounces chopped milk, bittersweet or combination of both chocolates 1 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 tsp. instant espresso or coffee powder Mashmallow fluff or whipped cream to dallop each mug of hot chocolate Heat the milk in a saucepan on medium heat just as the milk starts to bubble on the sides (stirring all the long). Remove pan from the heat and add the chocolate. When melted add the sugar, vanilla and coffee powder and wisk vigorously until all ingredients are combined. Return to heat for a few minutes and serve immediately. Garnisg each serving with a dallop of mashmallow fluff or whipped cream


Gray new neutral head     Gray tile samplesIt was not too long ago when tan, taupe, beige and ecru were the most popular neutral colors. Today interior designers, decorators and stagers are advising their clients that GRAY is the new neutral. Not only does it visually expand the space but when paired with bright accent colors it provides a refreshing space that makes you want to stay. Just as E.L. James novel, 50 Shades of Gray, is flying off the book shelves, so are different shades of gray tile rocking sales at B & C Floor Store! Many of our customers are coming to our showroom asking for marble tile for their back splashes and walk-in showers and we are pairing it with glass or metal accent tiles. Gray tiles, provide a chic and contemporary style. With many beautiful tiles to choose from and complimentary design help from Carol & Brett Burgard you can create a look that is yours and yours alone. Join us as we share with you some of the projects completed using gray, the new neutral! Gray tiled kitchen                

B & C Floor Store in Demand in Hampton, New Hampshire

Gray Tiled Bathroom Bringing this bathroom into the modern era meant that our customer just about started from scratch. A new vanity, walk-in shower, flooring and fixtures were a must so our Hampton, NH customer hired Diamond Hill Builders for their bathroom renovation, and... we were hired for their flooring and tile needs. Not too long ago, we did a few rooms for this customer and we were delighted to have had the opportunity to team up with them again. Diamond Hill Builders worked very closely with the customer throughout the bathroom renovation and we guided them throughout the process of choosing the right tile to the final installation. To balance the soft white cabinets and the light blue painted walls, a warm gray porcelain tile for the floor was chosen: Ottomano Argento 12” x 12”  with Silverado grout. The shower floor was laid with Ottomano Argento Mosaics 2” x 2” tile and we installed a custom corner bench with 3” x 6” Florida tile in Streamline Grey. The decorative tile used in the shower is a Bliss Iceland decorative with Carrara Marble and glass 4”. To tie in all the tiled surfaces we installed a wall cap with Carrara Marble. We were all so pleased with the outcome!      

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. Stratham NH backsplash tile 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! Stratham NH backsplash #2


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).   BC Nov blog bk back BC Nov Blog tile               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)!  BC floorstore blog 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  

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Flooring with a Timeless Presence for Any Kitchen

Did You Know That Cork is Green?

Green is not just a color anymore, green is symbolic for eco friendly materials. One remarkable eco-friendly material solution for flooring is cork. It is the unique cellular structure of cork that gives it exceptional characteristics and benefits. It is estimated that there are over 200 million microscopic air chambers in a cubic inch of cork that provides comfort, resilence and recovery as well as thermal insulation and sound control. Cork flooring is becoming more and more popular in renovated and newly constructed homes. There are many colors to choose from and it goes well with classic to modern decor. Cork floors are soft underfoot yet durable and easy to maintain. These great features are what sold our customer on the cork floor featured in the kitchen below. It’s soft muted color provides the perfect contrast against the deep chestnut wood accents of the cabinets and compliments the stainless steel appliances beautifully. Each of these elements combined together creates a sense of harmony that gives this room a warm feel.  It allows the light to be reflected gracefully giving a sense of open and airiness. if you are thinking of putting cork flooring in your kitchen, please stop by our showroom so that we can show you many options that are available to you to suit your budget and style. Before                                                                                                                                  After Kitchen tile to cork Before_WM Kitchen cork after_WM

Exeter, NH Bathroom is a BIG Splash

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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.   232323232fp83232>uqcshlukaxroqdfv3564=ot>5;2-=;67=349=XROQDF>28658-849<258ot1lsi 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>uqcshlukaxroqdfv5-53=ot>5;2-=;67=349=XROQDF>28658-8499258ot1lsi 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!

A Sense of Place: A Home Transformed By The Use Of Tile

If redecorating is your way of brightening up the end of a long winter, let us share with you our story of how we did that for a customer with tile! 

Couple with moving boxes.

A lovely couple from Stratham, New Hampshire downsized their home to a condo and updated their new kitchen and two bathrooms with beautiful tile.  

This winter our customer was downsizing from their 4400 s/ft home to a 2200 s/ft single dwelling condo and was thrilled to be making the transition. They loved everything about the condo but wanted to update the kitchen with new cabinets, countertop and tiled backsplash. The 2 bathrooms were kinda stuck in the 80’s and needed updating as well. They wanted to create their sense of place that was their own warm, inviting and functional. That is where we came in. This lovely couple came to our showroom needing some guidance not only with types, styles and different sizes of tiles but with creative placement ideas that would suit their new home and taste. They wanted to do the installation themselves but wanted us to provide the tile, decorative edging, grout. Believe it or not, the kitchen and the guest bathroom was the easiest rooms for the couple. As for the master bathroom... well, we’d like to mention that when they saw their shower tile, they fell in love with it but was struggling to find a complimentary tile for the decorative and the floor.  The shower tile was a strong color so we felt they needed a more subdued floor tile.  They wanted a decorative element but they wanted the wall tile to be the star.  So they chose to add a 2” x 2” decorative row in the shower that matched the floor.  We successfully helped them with their selections after meeting several times and we are thrilled to show you the results!  Our customers couldn’t be happier and we couldn’t be happier! Please click on the video below showcasing the tiles we used in the kitchen, master and guest bathrooms. [video width="854" height="480" mp4="http://www.bcfloorstore.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Condo-Video.mp4"][/video]   Kitchen Anatolia Capri Beige 3 x 6 Tiles with Bronze 5/8” Decorative Tile Edge, Brick Lay Cambria Quartz Countertop Kitchen Williams Backsplash with Cambria Quartz Countertop Kitchen Williams Backsplash with Stainless Switchplates                     Master Bath Shower: Cliffside 13 x 13 Tile, Color: Ocean, Decorative Tile:  2 x 2 Laufen Equinox, Color: Mosaic Mix Floor Tile: 12 x 12 Laufen Equinox, Color: Sienna Grout Color: Tec Pearl #988 Walls: Benjamin Moore, 2141-40 Creekside Featured Wall: Benjamin Moore, 2141-30 Army Green Williams Master Bath Bench Williams Master 2 x 2 Deco Laufen Equinox Color Mosaic Mix Williams Master Cliffside 13 x 13 color ocean               Guest Bath Shower: 12 x 12 tile, Color: Aida Brown, Grout Color: Tec Sandstone #961, Installation: Straight Lay Floor Tile: 12 x 12 Celtic Flare, Color: Beige, Installation: Brick Lay, Grout Color: Tec Light Chocolate #944 Williams 1 Guest Bath Floor 12 x 12 Celtic Flare BeigeWilliams 3 Guest Bath Aida Brown 12 x 12 with Tec Sandstone Grout #961Williams 2 Guest Set on a brick lay, Grout Tec Light Chocolate #944-1  

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 [caption id="attachment_1294" align="alignleft" width="211"]Bamboo floor in kitchen The family’s new kitchen with natural 3” solid strand woven bamboo flooring.[/caption] 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.             ENTRANCE STAIRS - CARPETED  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 - Tile Floor Daughters Bathroom                             GUEST BEDROOM - New carpet installed Guest Bedroom                                                    POWDER ROOM - Cork Flooring Guest Bathroom              


We invite you to visit our showroom, located in Portsmouth,  New Hampshire. Walk through our 2,000 square foot showroom of flooring samples that showcase the best the industry has to offer. At B & C Floor Store, we want you to browse through our flooring displays – walk on them, feel the quality, choose the color, style, finish and texture of your liking. B & C Floor Store feel the quality of our products


The B & C Floor Store is truly a full service showroom. We offer our knowledge, expertise, innovation and resources so that we can lead you, our customer, on exciting new paths to create extraordinary flooring options. We are here to help you throughout the process – always keeping in mind your needs, budget and deadline. We promise to make your experience with us enjoyable from the introduction of our products till the job is completed.  We look forward to working with you work whether it is a residential or commercial space, new construction or remodel, or one room or the entire building. Come visit us!

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