Glass Tile on a Budget

When we were building the house, I had a file full of designs I loved. One of the recurring themes was glass tile. Especially glass subway tile. I'd seen it in about every home design book and magazine I'd read through, and had fallen in love with the look. In our...

Cleaning Granite Countertops

Upon moving into our custom home, the prospect of maintaining and caring for all the new surfaces and materials became our responsibility. Our granite countertops were one of the bigger materials investments. But online advice for cleaning and care vary widely. Many...

Appliances Installed

One of the final steps in a custom home build is installing appliances. Appliances are a major purchase, one that you'll be living with for a long time, so making the right choices is essential. After selecting our appliances, it was time to get appliance bids and...

Granite Remnants

If you're looking for gorgeous granite countertops, but looking to keep the granite costs down, I have just the thing for discount granite countertops: granite remnants. On our first house, the granite fabricator required us to purchase entire slabs of granite. When...