Quartz Countertops, Rochester, NY

Concept II + Quartz Plus, True Partners in Rochester, NY

by Concept II, January 31, 2017

You have many options when it comes to choosing a countertop for a kitchen or bath remodel. We find that most of our customers are deciding between granite and quartz for a solid surface. In the Rochester, NY area, we have a great resource in Rocky Mountain Granite. The showroom on Basket Road in Webster is my recommended first stop …

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Cement Tile

Cemented in My Heart – The Use of Cement Tile

by Concept II, January 4, 2017

Have you ever been to our tile showroom? I only ask because if you haven’t shopped for tile lately, or if your experience is limited to the big box chains, you aren’t seeing the whole picture in tile. One of the most exciting developments is the supply and demand for encaustic cement tile. Similar to the clay tiles that came …

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Tile Backsplash

Arabesque Affection – The Use of Arabesque Tile Design

by Concept II, November 30, 2016

arabesque noun ar·a·besque Simple Definition of ARABESQUE: • a complicated decorative design made with many lines that curve and cross each other • a ballet position in which the dancer stands on one foot and holds one arm forward while the other arm and leg are held out behind Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary This shape and style has become SO …

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Mud Room Design

Muddie… Designing the Mud Room

by Concept II, August 16, 2016

Ahh…. the suburban American mud room, often it’s a casual (usually secondary) entryway to the house. It is typically intended as an area to remove and keep footwear and other outerwear.  As well as providing storage space through the use of well-designed cabinets, a mud room serves to increase the cleanliness of a house. This is an area of interior …

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Tile Waterfall

Chasing (Tile) Waterfalls

by Concept II, June 22, 2016

The waterfall, as a tiled shower design, termed tile waterfall, is a reaction to the widely used horizontal decorative tile band that has been around since Roman Bath houses.  Sometimes called a listel (French) or listello (Italian) this has been a go-to way to add color/design/sparkle/motif to the wall. Usually this band is narrow, only 3” or 4” wide, installed …

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Tile Flooring Design Examples

Walking Around, Looking Down

by Concept II, May 4, 2016

This drives my family and friends crazy. Everywhere we go, I’m looking at the floors.  I could tell you about the tile flooring in every restaurant and store I go to.  My brain is noting and cataloging every surface, for better or worse.  Of course this goes for hardwoods, carpeting, and vinyl, but I’m really, really looking at the tile.  …

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Shower Niche

The Evolution of the Niche

by Concept II, April 20, 2016

Niche, nitch, notch, it doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, just make sure you mention it as a “want” when prioritizing your next remodeling project.  I can’t think of a space that wouldn’t be improved by having one. The best examples of the usefulness of a niche is in the shower walls.  Here, you can simply build into the wall, …

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