What is the cost?
Expect to pay from $13.50-$16.50 per square foot for standard tile flooring. This is labor and material included. Don’t cut corners with your installer or materials. A good installer will take pride in his work- grout lines will be straight and even, and tiles should be level. Underlayment, thin-set and grout should all be installed per the manufacturer’s specifications as well.
How do I maintain my tile and grout?
Many people ask about sealing their tiles. If you have natural stone, the answer is a resounding YES. If you have ceramic or porcelain tiles the answer is no, but you definitely want to seal the grout lines. Most manufactures recommend a cleaning and sealing for grout and natural stone once every 1-2 years. Buy a high quality sealer for less maintenance. If you have floor tiles meeting wall tiles, this seam can tend to crack. Use an acrylic based colored grout caulk to solve this problem.
Why is tile so cold?
Tile has a greater specific heat—meaning it takes direct heat to warm up your floor. Tile also has thermal resistance—meaning it sucks the heat out of your feet quicker than your carpet. This is great for the summers, but not so good in the winters. You can solve this by wearing socks, or have a pair of slippers conveniently located near your tile floors. Most people find that this is a small price to pay compared to the durability, beauty and value tile has to offer.
Have you been thinking about installing tile in your new home? Here are 3 reasons why you should.
Tile is durable
Tile doesn’t warp, bubble, or fall apart from water damage. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are nearly impervious to water thus avoiding stains and water damage. The standard underlayment for tile floors is a cementitious product that holds up to swelling and warping as well. This allows you to be more liberal with your soap and water when cleaning. If breakage occurs have no fear. Since we are dealing with dimensional flooring that comes in sizes ranging from 6”- 16” it is relatively inexpensive and quick when replacing a broken tile.
Tile is beautiful
Ever get compliments on your vinyl floor? Probably not, but you’re more than likely to have compliments on your tile. Tile is attractive. Just ask the millions of people who visit sites and museums around the world that house priceless works of art made with tile! Most people consider tile to be a true material that has historically been appreciated down through the ages, and will for ages to come.
Tile adds value
Laminate and vinyl surfaces are not considered upgrades to your home, but add tile in the mix and you have now added value to your home. This translates to more money in your pocket or equity in your home.
We have a new gallery, or the Ashton Park model built in Renton. This home was built as a spec home (built for resale). It sold in 23 days for $160.86 per sq ft.
The Ashton Park is a triple gable home with the laundry/utility room upstairs, open to below staircase and a rather large kitchen with ample storage. As is True Built Home’s method, we attempt to use the space for the footprint of the Ashton Park to its most functioning, flowing form. To visit the web gallery and see the pictures click here
Tryin to get a home loan? We found some encouraging news in a recent article of USA Today. Lenders are starting to show signs of loosening up a bit in their requirements. Read about it by clicking here:
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently posted an article discussing construction build times throughout the Unites States. We thought that you might find it interesting. You can read it here: http://eyeonhousing.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/how-long-does-it-take-to-build-a-house/#!
Also just wanted to say we couldn’t be happier with our decision to build a home with True Built Home! We did a LOT of research before deciding what builder to go with and you definitely lived up to our expectations. Our Superintendent was wonderful to work with, he had to put up with a lot considering there were three people making decisions and communicating with him on this build (and none of us are easy to please). I worked for two different custom home builders out of Snohomish County and it was rare to ever have a build go this smoothly… I just really wanted to say KUDOS to True Built Homes and please feel free to use us for a reference in the future. We are also happy to show our home if someone in our area wants to see a finished product.
Thanks you Venables Family!
Staff True Built Home
We’ve just posted new photos of our Spokane model home located at 16806 E Valleyway AVE Spokane Valley, WA. To see it click here
The 2068 square foot Branford Park has 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths including a 5-piece master bathroom and a ‘Jack and Jill’ style bath for families. In addition, it boasts a 3 car garage as a standard feature (it can be converted to 2 car if you wish) with LOTS of storage space, as well as a large covered rear porch and front entry deck, and a very open ‘social’ design. The exterior boast of 7 gables, lots of character and charm.
When you build a True Built Home, you have equity. When you live in the home while the market goes up, you gain equity. Its like a double whammy!
According to Freddie Mac,
the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased this week to 3.91%.
That’s nearly 60 basis points higher than the trough at the end of 2012. What
does this mean for banks? http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/06/07/what-rising-mortgage-rates-mean-for-banks.aspx
We just released a new video on You Tube of a walkthrough of our 3176 sq foot Richland model.The homeowner put many upgrades into this particular house including a very nice 2 way fireplace, marble floors in the entry, granite countertops, and more. To see the video click here and enjoy! It’s about 3 minutes long. Once you’re done, why not fill out a contact form if you’d like a cost estimate on this or one of our other fine homes. You may be surprised how affordable a True Built Home can be!