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Tile is definitely a top contender for bathroom and kitchen remodels. For backsplashes and showers, it is, in our opinion, the best way to go, but is tile really the right option for your flooring? As per usual this is not a simple yes or no answer, there's a few variables you, the consumer, should consider.

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(Tile pictured: Emerson Wood in Ash white from Daltile)

In Alaska the biggest obstacle for tile is our cold climate. Put simply, tile feels very cold. Due to its conductive nature, tile absorbs the cold from around it, hence why it is such a popular flooring option for warmer climates. For us in Alaska though, keeping our floor cold is usually the opposite of what we are wanting! However...

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Rental properties can be a huge investment. A lot of times when someone comes in looking for materials for their rentals they tell us they want the cheapest option possible. We understand that this might seem like the best option, as most rental property owners anticipate having to replace material frequently. However, we believe that a good quality investment will save you money, and time, in the future. Instead of purchasing a cheap flooring and replacing every 5 years, if you spend a little more for a quality product you can probably put off replacing it at least twice as long, which ultimately ends up being less expensive not only in material, but in labor as well!

We also know that the...

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Thanks to the growing popularity of the show "Fixer Upper" and its stars love for all things farm house, the style has become favored in the past few years. We get a long of requests for the timeless farm house sink, and we can understand why. They are functional, large, and help keep counter top clean up a breeze!

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The good new is we have some really great options available in stock at super competitive prices. The downfall of a farm house sink, is that replacing a standard sink with this type of sink, isn't a simple change. Farm house, or apron front, sinks have an exposed front surface. This means the cabinet is not covering the sink front, like it would a standard sink. Therefore, the cabi...

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Alaskans tend to like their things and homes to be like them, hardy and resilient. So when people look at or choose butcher block counter tops, sometimes we worry that they aren't aware of what these counter tops require. This article will pinpoint some of the drawbacks and benefits of butcher block counter tops, so you can make a well educated decision about your counter top material.

The first thing anyone considering a butcher block counter top should know, is that they are high maintenance! You will want to oil your butcher block regularly. When first installed it should be oiled as frequently as every day, as the butcher block sits it will require less oiling, but you will still want to ...

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When home owners get ready to replace cabinets, it may seem logical to measure the sizes of the existing cabinets. While this MAY work on occasion, it is usually not the most effective way to work for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, depending on when the cabinets were manufactured, the industry standard sizes may have changed. This means the sizes that are existing will not correlate to the new cabinet sizes and it is likely all of the sizes will need to be changed. If the existing kitchen has custom cabinetry, and the homeowner wants pre-manufactured cabinets instead, the sizes will not often be the same, presenting the same issue. Additionally, when a home owner is looking for options that ar...

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We have many clients who come to us when they are getting ready to sell a house. We get it, sometimes remodels get pushed to the backburner when we are living our lives. Before we know it, we are ready to sell and the house is looking a little worse for wear. It's always a shame though, that homeowners often don't get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Here we are going to explore a few reasons you should make your remodeling projects a priority, before you are ready to sell!

1. Less stressful

Often when people wait till they are ready to sell their house to make improvements, they are working on a timeline. In Alaska this can be especially problematic as not as many things are readily avail...

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Let's be real honest, Alaska life can be tough. Not only is it tough on the people who live here, it's tough on our cars, our animals, our houses, you name it. So not only do we have to be tougher than Alaska, so does our home. Aside from our heating sources, one of the most abused and mistreated parts of our homes, is most likely the floor. Snow, salt, silt, dirt, mud and animals all take their toll on the thing under our feet. So our flooring needs to be tough, but we also want it to be warm, and inviting. It is, after all, where we spend a lot of our time in the winter months. So that begs the question, what flooring will meet all of these demands?!

Truth be told, there's not many types...

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Well, the odds are, if you worked with us, the cabinets came first! It's actually a question we address a lot. Homeowners may often wonder which of these items they need to start with, or may be confused about it. Let us explain a little bit more about why and how this works.

There are a couple reason's it is best to put flooring in after the cabinets are set. Firstly, cabinets and counter tops are heavy, the pressure that cabinets and counter tops put on the flooring will often not only ruin the flooring, but void the warranty of said flooring. Secondly, almost no home will have a totally level floor (especially in Alaska, hello permafrost). In order to make the cabinets and counter tops lev...

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Many of our readers will know that Builders Bargains prides ourselves on carrying all plywood cabinets. You may find it surprising then, that our new stock of white cabinetry incorporates an MDF door. Before you write us off as frauds, hear us out, we promise there's a reason!

In case your skin hasn't notified you recently, Alaska has a very dry climate. Wood is very susceptible to changing with the elements. It shrinks in dry environments and swells in humidity. That being said, when you paint a wooden surface, anywhere that joints come together the paint is going to be vulnerable to acquiring cracks when the wood shrinks. In order to combat this issue manufacturers have started MDF which is...
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If you have read anything from us with in the past couple years, you know we are big proprietors of quartz counter tops. We feel that they require much less upkeep than granite and are just as beautiful and resilient.

That being said, we have a lot of clients who come in asking for quartz bathroom vanity tops. The problem with quartz vanity tops is they are not usually very cost effective. We have yet to find a manufacturer that produces pre fabricated vanity tops like we are able to get in granite. In order to create a quartz vanity top we have to order and cut down a whole slab of quartz. 2cm material can be a little easier on the pocket book, but we still find that by the time we cut down ...

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Palmer, Alaska 99645

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2834 Boniface Parkway

Anchorage, Alaska 99504

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