Bathroom remodels are still among the most popular home remodeling projects preferred by homeowners, with some choosing to forego a tub/shower combo altogether and focus solely on a unique, luxurious shower. Spa-like bathrooms are also a great draw for potential buyers if you plan on selling in the near future. If you’re considering a bathroom renovation, here are some of the current popular shower trends to think about as you plan its design.

Frameless Glass Shower Doors
Showers doors that are frameless require thicker glass and are therefore more expensive, but the resulting spaciousness and luxurious feel it gives your bathroom make the extra money worth it for many homeowners. With the right design and materials, custom frameless glass enclosures can virtually disappear in your bathroom, but keep in mind that you will have fewer options as far as measurements and installation than with framed enclosures.

Large Showers
For homeowners who have the room, large shower enclosures with a profusion of natural light are gaining ground. If you have enough space to contain the water, you can even forego a shower door altogether. A lip or small step may be used as a barrier to keep water off the bathroom floor.

Multiple Showerheads
If there is a height disparity between the members of your family, placing two showerheads at varying heights will make the showering experience much more enjoyable for taller individuals. This is also a good selling point for prospective buyers. You can even incorporate a hand-held showerhead for ultimate shower versatility.

Mosaic Tiles
These types of tile have become very popular due to their versatility. Bright mosaic tiles can bring the focus of attention to your shower. For a more subtle look, make use of them on the upper half of the wall while using neutral tiles of the same color but different sizes on the lower half and the shower floor. This will help to calm things down and bring balance to the space.

At AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., we have a great selection of tile in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials. If you are contemplating a bathroom remodel that includes a new shower surround, backsplash, or tiled walls or floors, we have everything you need. Just give us a call today at 610-344-7700 to set up a time to meet with one of our experienced designers.

Categories : Bathroom Remodeling

For many years, kitchen remodeling has reigned supreme as one of the most popular home renovation projects. It is also one of the first spaces potential buyers look at when searching for a new place. Here at AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., we know a well-organized, updated kitchen with plenty of storage is a great asset to any home. If you are thinking about sprucing up your kitchen to sell, first take a look at what’s trending in the world of kitchens.

Storage Walls
If you want a more open, spacious kitchen, being smart with your storage is key. One trend that has become popular is the kitchen storage wall. A storage wall takes the place of upper cabinets, which is what opens up the room and gives the kitchen a breezier feel. Another advantage is that it allows you to condense a lot of storage into one spot, which frees up more space for prep work and improves the flow of the kitchen due to the convenience of having the majority of your supplies in one location.

White or Neutral Colors
The demand for white cabinets is still going strong, showing that this kitchen trend has staying power that will probably continue for years to come. White countertops, white backsplashes, and and even white appliances complete the look of a cool white kitchen, with many homeowners preferring white over stainless steel appliances because they are easier to keep clean and smudge-free. If you want a little more color, grey is a neutral option for sunny climates, and it also works well when paired with warm wood and bright colors to bring life to kitchens in cooler climates. Whites and neutrals are preferable if you’re trying to sell your home, as brighter, bolder colors can be a turnoff to buyers who don’t have the same taste in colors.

LED Lights
Another trend that has made its way to kitchens is the use of LED lights. These low-heat, highly energy-efficient lights are extremely versatile. Common places they can be found in kitchens are along crown moldings to give ceilings a soft glow, under upper cabinets to light up countertops, and inside cabinets and hutches to highlight china and other special collections. They also work well to light up the deep recesses of kitchen cabinets, where it can be hard to see into dark corners.

If you are ready to transform your kitchen with a new look, give AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., a call at 610-344-7700. Our remodeling specialists will answer your questions, listen to your ideas, and help you design a gorgeous, functional kitchen.

Categories : Kitchen remodeling

When making a decision on the best material to use for new countertops, flooring or stone elements in your home, the wide selection of options to choose from can be overwhelming. Here at AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., we understand how important it is to homeowners to have all the information they need to make a wise, informed decision. To help with this, we would like to share with you a little more about three of the great products we carry: marble, granite and limestone.

Marble
This timeless classic has long been used around the world to bring beauty to ancient as well as modern structures. The delicate veining and lovely color variations in marble never go out of style, and marble countertops can bring elegance to any room. It must be handled with care, however, as it is easily stained and scratched.

Granite
For those who want a material that is more durable and stain-resistant but just as exquisite, granite is still the stone of choice for homes and businesses alike. It’s very low-maintenance, and comes in so many different patterns and color variations that you’re sure to find just the look you’re searching for. In addition, granite countertops add value to any home.

Limestone
Limestone comes in an assortment of textures and colors that vary based on where it came from. It can be used for backsplashes, bathroom countertops and flooring. Limestone must be treated with care because it does stain and etch. This will change the appearance of the stone over time, though some homeowners feel the wear adds character. If you find that limestone appeals to you, go for it, but be aware that limestone is porous and will need to sealed regularly.

If you are ready to upgrade your countertops, flooring or other home element by bringing the beauty of natural stone into your home, give AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., a call today at 610-344-7700. We offer a FREE in-home consultation with one of our excellent designers.

Categories : Blog, Kitchen remodeling

AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., has proudly served the West Chester, Pennsylvania, area for over 30 years. With our outstanding products and our talented designers and remodeling teams, it’s not hard to see why our company has been so successful. To help you learn a little more about us, here are some of the most common questions we get asked by our customers.

How does AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile stand out from similar companies?

At AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, we endeavor to make every job personal by treating your home like our own. We strive to customize our work to fit the needs of each individual customer, and will walk you through every step of the installation process so that you always feel comfortable with us and know what’s going on.

What are some of the different designs and features you offer?

While we specialize in providing exceptional granite, marble and tile, we also provide a variety of other stone products. Having a large selection of stock and custom products to choose from allows us to widen our customer base, individualizing each installation project to meet the needs and desires of the homeowners we work with. In addition to marble, granite and traditional tile, we also offer paver tiles, quartz, travertine, soapstone and limestone.

Why is AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile the best choice for my stone fabrication needs?

When our customers come to us, they are looking for more than just a pretty countertop or fireplace surround. They want to invest their money in something that will make an impact on their home and help create rooms that are beautiful and inviting, where they can relax with family or entertain guests. At AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, our commitment to quality along with highly-trained craftsmen and a courteous, professional customer support team help make this dream a reality.

If you are ready to let us transform your home into a showplace, just give us a call for your FREE in-home estimate. Contact us at 610-344-7700 to find out more.

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For many people, after several years of having things in their home a certain way, they get bored with the status quo and start to get the itch to try something new. If you have a love/hate relationship with your kitchen, here are a few ways to get things back on track.

Clear Off Your Counters
Cluttered countertops do nothing for your kitchen. They look messy and unorganized, make meal prep a hassle, and even cause the room to look smaller. Relocate items to cabinets or pantries, leaving only essential items like cooking utensils, knives, seasonings, and one or two of your most frequently used appliances. Your kitchen will look bigger and cleaner, and after-dinner cleanup will go much more smoothly.

Reface the Cabinets
If you have kitchen cabinets that are sturdy, functional and well-designed, there’s no reason to spend big bucks on the purchase and installation of custom cabinets just to get a new look. Refacing your kitchen cabinets will give you the same result at a fraction of the cost. Choose a new color or finish and buy some attractive hardware and accessories, and when you put it all together your kitchen cabinets will look like new.

Add Some Under-Cabinet Lighting
The shadows cast onto countertops by your cabinets can make prep work difficult. Installing LED lighting under your cabinets is a great economical solution to this problem. LEDs are very energy efficient, emit little heat and add a nice ambiance to your kitchen. They also work great to light the way when you need a little midnight snack.

Upgrade Your Flooring
In most homes, the kitchen is hands down the room that gets the most wear and tear, so the kitchen floor has to be tough enough to stand up to the abuse. If you are thinking of upgrading your kitchen floor, consider replacing it with ceramic or porcelain tile. While both are good choices because they are attractive, durable, and easy to clean, porcelain is the better of the two. It is denser, so it can handle heavier loads, and unlike glazed ceramic tile, the color goes all the way through, so chips won’t be as noticeable.

If you are ready to love your kitchen again, pick up the phone and give AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile a call at (610) 344-7700. We are happy to offer FREE consultations and share our expertise.

If you associate your kitchen only with an endless cycle of cooking, cleaning and washing dishes, resolve to start the new year fresh! These small changes will give you a new view of your kitchen and make it a place of comfort and belonging.

Clean the Slate
With any room transformation, it’s important to start with a clean slate. Begin by giving your kitchen a deep cleaning: scrub down cabinets and countertops, thoroughly mop the floor, and dust the tops of upper cabinets. This is also a great time to get rid of junk that has been cluttering up your cabinets. Splurge a little on some matching dishware or flatware, or if your taste is a little more eclectic, check out local thrift stores to build your own unique collection.

Dress Things Up with Baskets
If you have a lot of open shelving, try utilizing pretty woven baskets for storage and organization. This is an easy way to take care of cluttered counters and shelving. Simply gather up similar items that you want to store together, toss them in a basket, and find a good place to display it. This will help you become more organized while adding nicely to the look and feel of your kitchen.

Add Personal Touches
People have certain ideas about what kitchens are supposed to look like, but if you are going to be the one spending the majority of your time in it, why worry about what other people think? Try adding some personal touches to give the room some personality. If you’re into gardening, place fresh-cut flowers in vases around the room, or start an herb garden on your windowsill. If you are an artist, find the perfect spot for one of your paintings, or use your creativity to spice up an accent wall. It doesn’t really matter how you choose to do it; just make the space your own.

If your kitchen floor or countertops are in serious need of an upgrade, give AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile a call at (610) 344-7700. We offer FREE consultations that will start you on your way to the kitchen of your dreams!

The bathroom is where we prepare to face the world every day. While some may say that how a bathroom looks doesn’t matter, having an inviting space to start or end the day is becoming more important to the average person. Whether your bathroom needs a complete overhaul or just a few changes here and there, let AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile help make 2017 the year you finally turn your bathroom into your own private retreat.

 

Refresh the Room with New Paint
Painting remains one of the easiest and least expensive ways to update a room, and bathrooms are no exception. If you’re tired of looking at your bathroom’s current drab walls, freshen things up with a new coat of paint. Look for gloss or semi-gloss paint, which are more resistant to mold and mildew. Try to avoid bright, bold colors to promote a feeling of calm and relaxation. As a rule, softer, more soothing colors will do a better job of creating the atmosphere you’re striving for in your bathroom.

 

Update Your Lighting
It’s essential to have plenty of lighting in the bathroom to brighten up key areas, like in front of the mirror where good light is important for shaving or applying makeup. One light fixture doesn’t cut it in the bathroom, so invest in a few different kinds of lighting. For example, wall-mounted sconce lights on either side of the sink work well for shadow-free task lighting. For general lighting in the bathroom, recessed lights paired with a dimmer switch are a good option that allow you to adjust the brightness for a relaxing bath or a late-night bathroom visit.

 

Invest in New Flooring
A change in flooring can totally change the look of your bathroom, especially if you’re going from worn and torn linoleum or vinyl to something from AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile’s wide selection of tile flooring. Decorative concrete flooring is also an option that has been coming into style as of late. If you are a fan of hardwood floors, bamboo is a reasonably-priced, environmentally-friendly option that looks great in any room. Just make sure that the floor is properly protected and sealed after installation to prevent moisture damage.

If a bathroom remodel is not something you want to tackle on your own, don’t hesitate to contact us at (610) 344-7700. Let AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile help you design and build the bathroom of your dreams.

Another Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone, and it is around this time that our phones seem to be ringing off the hook. Why is this? Because all over the West Chester region, families have hosted large groups of friends, relatives and coworkers for festive get-togethers, and all those holiday parties really put our homes to the test. Big holidays are often the time when you learn that you could really use that extra sink or oven, your floors aren’t very good at hiding wine spills, or that you’re simply overdue for an upgrade.

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The modern American home is constantly evolving, and while some trends go in and out of style, others take their place in the design arena and stick around. The trends that last are often those that allow people to live more comfortably and get more use out of their home.

When it comes to home remodeling, kitchen and bath renovation projects still remain at the top of the list for most homeowners. But what are people demanding from these upgrades?

Here are a few trends we’ve seen in 2016 here at AAA Hellenic Marble, (and we expect many of them to stick around!):

  • Light and Shadows – Deep, dark finishes for cabinets paired with lighter shades of tile and countertops were all the rage this year. This dramatic look of light and dark offers an eye-catching, elegant contrast. For lighter shades of countertops, you could try Blanco Romano granite or White Carrerra marble. We also carry many varieties of tile and other materials for the perfect backsplash to match.
  • New Colors for Quartz – Quartz countertops continue to become more and more popular in homes, and for good reason. Quartz is a durable stone that is impervious to scratches and chips, and now there are even more choices available for your next project.
  • Kitchens with Style – Kitchens used to be all function, no form, but recently families have been moving toward creating stylish kitchens that marry the look and feel of the rest of the home.
  • Cool and Calm Bathrooms – Your bathroom should feel like your own personal spa, and there are so many design options available to help you find calm in these rooms. Cool tones for countertops, fixtures, flooring, and bath/shower surrounds were a big trend for bathrooms this year, and we expect to see these trends continue.

When you glance around your home and see spaces that look old, outdated, or simply not the right look for your family’s lifestyle, give us a call. AAA Hellenic Marble has been providing outstanding marble, granite and tile products to customers in West Chester and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. Our team of designers looks forward to talking with you about your goals for home design in the new year.

Give us a call for a free in-home estimate or visit our showroom to see our wide array of options for your next home improvement project!

What a fabulous time of year it is here in the West Chester area! Our town and towns all over Chester County and along the Main Line look amazing from the moment the leaves begin to turn and all through the holiday season. This Thanksgiving we are especially thankful for our fantastic customers, our dedicated staff and great relationships with vendors and business partners here in the Delaware Valley. Speaking of businesses, we would be remiss in not reminding all of you to join us here at AAA and other small businesses throughout our communities for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26th. There is always much to be made each year of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we ask you not to forget your local small business person this time of year! Shop local!