Wood is Still the Responsible Building Choice

Renewable Source Of Building

Renewable Source Of Building In Minnesota, we are definitely in the building season right now and along with that comes the process of clearing trees for homes to be built. As we are conscious about the removal and try to keep as many as we can, it does help us revisit what builders and developers across the nation are doing to sustain our forests and replenish our sources of wood.

 In North America,  90 percent  of our homes are built with wood because it is plentiful and is a renewable green product making it still a great source for building material. In fact,  the building industry is making educated decisions about the products that are used to make environmentally friendly choices and wood sources continue to be one of them.  Bob Villa has an article about how wood is still a good building material source because the United States and Canada has regulated and developed programs for renewing our forests to keep them from disappearing. This article is a great source for understanding how builders and lumber companies are building responsibly and are looking for ways to use every part of a tree to reduce waste and replant at a high rate to ensure sustainable forests. Click here to read more. 

Designer Tips For A Stunning Backsplash

Design Tips for backsplashes in the kitchen or bath. www.meiercompanies.com

Design Tips for backsplashes in the kitchen or bath. www.meiercompanies.com

Many decisions need to be made when you’re building your home or remodeling. It seems overwhelming to decide how your choices will go together and hope that everything ends up having that designer look. If you follow a few designer tips, you will create a stunning backsplash that will get noticed.  Below we have put together a few photos for inspiration for your kitchen backsplash.


Mosiac Tile On A Backsplash

Here you will see mosaic tiles that enhance a gloss white subway tile. Backsplashes can range in price depending on what you choose. To keep in a budget, consider using inexpensive subway tiles and adding glass mosaic pieces intermittently throughout for a subtle yet beautiful look.

white subway tile

Enhancing your backsplash with different colors of grout will change the look and feel of the tile. Here, a simple addition of black grout changes the all white appearance and provides a pleasing and updated look.

Brick Backsplash

On this backsplash we chose a white washed brick for the backdrop. With the black granite counters and white cabinetry, the matte brick is stunning and different creating a modern farmhouse look.

Lantern tile backsplashes are a simple and timeless idea for a kitchen backsplash. Here the grout color is a dark gray to enhance the tile from across the room.

From glass, stone, mosaics, metal, and ceramics to color choices, shapes and patterns, the options for designing your backsplash are endless. You can be innovative or stay with classic style.  Take a look at inspiring photos on Houzz and Tilebar and come up with your own design that will showcase who you are and what your unique style is. Make is a show-stopper!