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Modern Bathroom Renovation Tips

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As one of the most used rooms in the house, the bathroom is also a major selling point. Recently named by U.S. News as one of the top ten home renovations with the best return on investment (ROI), the bathroom is one of the best places to spend money when upgrading your home. If you’re wondering which bathroom renovations would be best in your bathroom space, take a look at the following bathroom renovation ideas from you Mid-Ohio Bath & Kitchen Remodelers.

Adding Tile

Tiled Shower

Because ceramic tiles do not produce mold, dust, or pollen, it is an excellent choice for use in the bathroom, especially for people with allergies. Easy to clean and highly durable, ceramic tile walls and floors are becoming quite popular in modern bathrooms.

Updating your Bathtub

Garden Tub

If you’re looking to modernize your bathroom, which is currently the overwhelming bathroom trend, your bathtub is a great place to start. As one of the most used items, it is often the last to be updated. Consider a simple sleek porcelain tub placed in the center or corner of the room to instantly transform your bathroom into the spa of your dreams.

Adding a Second Sink

Double Sink

A tour through most modern homes will reveal that most bathrooms these days feature double sinks. Not only helpful because more than one person can use the vanity at the same time, but a second sink also affords you twice as much storage space as a bathroom with one sink. Additionally, a double sink is more appealing to the eye because it balances the room.

Upgrading Your Lighting

Modern Bathroom with Upgraded Lighting

For whatever reason, bathroom lighting tends to be worse than any other room in the house, a surprising fact given that women spend an average of five hours a week grooming themselves in the bathroom. It’s no wonder men often complain their facial hair is unevenly shaven because of poor lighting in their bathrooms. Adding more lighting fixtures and upgrading existing fixtures will not only provide better light, it will also make the room appear more spacious. 

Upgrading your Mirrors

Double Sink Vanity with Mirrors

It’s no surprise, lighting and mirrors go hand in hand when it comes to making your bathroom space shine, and yet, they’re often overlooked in the bathroom renovation process. One or more good mirrors in your bathroom will have a significant impact on how bright and open your bathroom appears. Square or rectangular mirrors with sleek lines will create a modern look that will also provide the illusion that your bathroom space is bigger than it is.

Updating your Faucets

Updated Bathroom Faucet

Your bathroom faucets are easily the most used feature in your bathroom. Updating their look is one of the easiest ways to modernize your bathroom’s overall appeal. Your new faucets will withstand countless uses in the coming years, so, in order to avoid plumbing problems down the line, be sure to upgrade them to the highest quality your budget will allow.

Hire a Professional for Your Bathroom Renovation

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Maybe not a renovation idea, per se, but our best advice to ensure your highest ROI is to consult with a professional contractor who will not only be able to offer you the best ideas for your space, but who will also save you money, and a lot of headaches, along the way.

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Need more bathroom renovation ideas? Contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen today to get started on turning your bathroom into the spa of your dreams.

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The Best Kitchen Flooring Options for your Kitchen Remodeling Project 

So you’ve selected gorgeous custom built cabinets and beautifully veined granite countertops, but how much thought have you given your kitchen flooring for your remodeling project? Often overlooked in the budget for a kitchen remodel, floors are among the most important features of an updated kitchen. After all, they create the foundation upon which the rest of the kitchen stands. Take a look at the most common kitchen flooring types as you consider which option would be best for your remodeling project. All these kitchen flooring options are easily cleaned – a simple vacuum or sweep followed by mopping with a damp cloth, avoiding leaving excess water behind.

Linoleum

Linoleum Advantages:

Because this is among the least expensive options for kitchen flooring, this is often a popular choice when doing a kitchen remodel. And with an array of color options, it’s easy to select a design that complements other elements in your kitchen. Durable and easy to clean, this flooring works well in a kitchen with high-traffic. Made from a combination of natural materials – linseed oil, wood flour, limestone, and resin – it offers a nice cushion for avid cooks who stand for long periods.

Linoleum Drawbacks:

For the same reason it is comfortable underfoot, linoleum’s cushiony characteristic leads to it being easily damaged. High heels, chair legs, and dropped utensils can dent, scratch, or even gouge linoleum. It’s also prone to discoloring, especially when exposed to sunlight. Because it’s applied using adhesive, linoleum is also highly susceptible to moisture. Tiles often lift or become misshapen when frequently exposed to water, as they might be by the kitchen sink or dishwasher. Linoleum also tends to stain, so be sure to wipe up spills with a damp cloth immediately.

Laminate

Laminate Advantages:

This highly durable, easy-to-clean kitchen flooring is popular among homeowners with kids and pets. It mimics the look of natural materials, like hardwood and stone, but with a significantly lower price tag than the real deal. Add to that how stain and scratch resistant its surface is, not to mention how low-maintenance it is, and it’s easy to understand why this has become a popular choice among homeowners for their kitchen flooring. Laminate is often made from recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly option. Engineered with four highly-durable layers and then installed on top of an underlayment, it muffles sound nicely and can even offer a sound similar to hardwood. All those layers have an added bonus of providing a comfortable cushion for avid home chefs who spend long periods standing over the stove.

Laminate Drawbacks:

While it is easy to clean, homeowners need to be careful about excessive standing water, from mopping or ever overspill from washing the dishes or loading the dishwasher. Water can seep down into the seams between the boards and cause swelling that will distort the kitchen flooring and even affect the durability of the surface. Additionally and possibly most significantly, laminate flooring cannot be sanded or refinished like hardwood, so heavily worn or damaged sections must be replaced.

Ceramic, Porcelain, and Stone Tile

Tile Advantages:

With its ability to stand up to heavy foot traffic and be nearly impervious to water, spills, odors and bacteria, tile is a very popular choice among those doing a kitchen remodel, especially those with children and pets. It comes in an endless array of colors, so it is sure to go with any style décor you choose for your kitchen remodeling project. Tile can also be arranged in a vast multitude of patterns, which allows you to make your kitchen floor not only highly functional, but also highly fashionable.

Tile Drawbacks:

Of all the flooring options, this one tends to be the least comfortable to stand on for any length of time, but this is a problem easily remedied by investing in a polyurethane floor mat. While tiles are exceptionally durable kitchen flooring material, they are easily damaged by falling objects. And because your tiles are packaged as a “lot,” replacing damaged tiles with ones that match the rest of your flooring can prove tricky unless you’ve held on to spare tiles from your installation. Stone tiles also need to be resealed once you notice water soaking in, rather than beading on the surface of, your tiles.

Hardwood

Hardwood Advantages:

Often seen as the premier flooring choice, hardwood never goes out of style. It not only contributes to a welcoming atmosphere, but the warmth of hardwood goes beyond its appearance. Hardwood is a great insulator that retains heat, which means your heating bills will be lower and your feet won’t be as cold on those chilly, winter mornings. And as far as value is concerned, homes with hardwood flooring typically fly off the market, with buyers paying top dollar for what they recognize as floors that, when properly cared for, will last a lifetime. With colors ranging from blonde and caramel to deep brown and even black, hardwood flooring can easily complement whatever décor you decide to go with in your kitchen remodeling project. Hardwood is durable, easily cared for, and can be sanded and stained to suit the style of your home as your tastes change.

Hardwood Drawbacks:

While hardwood flooring stands up well to heavy foot traffic, some finishes on hardwood are easily scratched by high heels, pets’ claws, or moving furniture. Additionally, hardwood will deteriorate and warp when exposed to moisture for prolonged periods of time, which means spills and leaks need to be tackled immediately, or you risk damaging your beautiful floors. Hardwood floors also tend to be a bit noisy, but a good muffling underlayment and area rugs can pretty easily mitigate this issue.

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Do you need more kitchen flooring ideas? Contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen today to talk about which flooring options are best for you!

Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen's Favorite Cleaning Tips for your Freshly Remodeled Kitchen

We at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen love to see our happy clients’ pictures of their newly remodeled kitchens. With the granite counters gleaming and the appliances sparkling. But we also know life’s daily grind has a way of making those once spotless surfaces a little grimy. So we’re passing along some of our favorite kitchen cleaning hacks that will make the tedious task of cleaning your freshly remodeled kitchen a little easier. 

1. Quick and Easy Stovetop Cleaning Tricks

These clever tricks do away with the need for harsh cleansers and leave your stovetop sparkly and clean.

2. DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaners

Do you smell something a little funky coming from your garbage disposal? These DIY cleaning cubes will freshen your kitchen disposal up in a jiffy!

3. Granite Countertop Care & Maintenance

 Here are some handy tips on keeping your granite countertops gleaming like new.

4. All-Natural Microwave Cleaner

Want an easy hack for loosening those baked on food splatters and overcoming the dreaded “microwave aroma"? This all-natural cleaning trick will save you time and leave your microwave pristine and odor-free. 

Are you ready to make your dream kitchen a dream come true? Contact us today to get started on your kitchen remodeling project.

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‘Everything is Possible’ – Whole House Remodeling by Mid-Ohio’s DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

One Mid-Ohio couple was so pleased with the remodeling experience in their Copley home, they hired Steve Miller and his DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen remodeling team to transform a second home. 

A Simple Kitchen Remodeling Project Leads to a Whole House Transformation

Nancy Ryland initially hired Steve Miller and his remodeling team to replace the kitchen cabinets in the home she and her husband, William Pepple, had shared for almost forty years. As the team go to work, however, Nancy was so pleased with their results that the project began to shift. Soon thereafter, Nancy’s vision included opening up the space between the kitchen and dining room, installing hardwood floors in the living room, remodeling a bathroom, and completely overhauling the laundry room in her Copley home.

Throughout her home’s transformation process, Nancy was thrilled by DreamMaker’s ability to handle a wide range of projects. “Steve kept saying, ‘No problem, no problem,’ and he was good to his word,” she said. “He did what he promised and it came out wonderful.”

A Second Whole House Remodeling Project Done Beautifully

Nancy was so pleased with her experience with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen that she didn’t hesitate to hire them for a second, even bigger project when she inherited her mother’s home in Akron. Steve began by updating the kitchen, and then the remodeling projects quickly spread throughout the rest of the home. DreamMaker completely gutted and reconfigured some rooms, installed new woodwork in others, or simply applied a fresh coat of paint to the rooms that didn't need much work.

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Nancy and her husband felt completely at ease leaving their home in the hands of Steve and his DreamMaker remodeling team. They had every confidence Steve would make good on his promises to complete the work, and to complete it with a high degree of professional craftsmanship. Beyond that, Nancy says she had no trouble trusting Steve and his team to work in her homes, even when Nancy or her husband couldn’t be present.

One of the best aspects of working with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, Nancy asserts, was the ease with which she and her husband could communicate with Steve and his remodeling team, even though she and her husband were frequently traveling for work. Steve made the projects seamless by communicating via text to alert them as issues arose or to answer whatever questions Nancy or William had along the way.

Bathroom Shower

Victorian Tub

One such issue came up when Nancy found a Victorian tub that she wanted to put in one of the bathrooms. Steve and his crew had to reconfigure where the shower would be located, re-tile, and rework the plumbing to make the bathtub fit. 

“There wasn’t enough room, but Steve took a look at a closet in there and said, ‘We can take 11 inches off the closet, and still keep some closet space,’” Nancy says. “It made such a difference in the bathroom, and I still have storage there.”

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Also Offers a Designer’s Touch

Beyond his ability to accomplish just about anything, Nancy says she appreciated the fact that Steve also brought resourcefulness and imagination to every project he handled. He became the wish grantor who turned her dreams into reality. 

“I had a thought that I wanted the basement to look like a lodge. We didn’t draw up any formal plans. I just talked to Steve about what I wanted and he figured it out.”

Steve engineered it so that half-depth logs were mounted on most of the walls, with one wall done in cedar to allow Nancy a flat surface for hanging pictures. DreamMaker also redesigned the bar area to fit with the lodge theme and concealed a sump pump so that it was not noticeable, but was still accessible when needed. And when Nancy mentioned she wanted outlets in the middle of the room, rather than just along the walls, Steve and his team brainstormed an idea to hollow out a log without bark to act as an electrical column that looked like a tree.

Lodge Basement

Nancy was astounded by Steve and his remodeling team’s ability to go above and beyond with any project she threw at them. “He had to step up to a whole different ball game with my mother’s house, and he proved he could perform in any arena. I would ask him to take on another project, and he would say, ‘Sure, everything’s possible.’”

Are you eager to transform your house into the home of your dreams?  Contact us today to get started!

Three Clever Bathroom Storage Hacks

When it comes to remodeling your bathroom into a gorgeous retreat from the daily grind and creating a luxurious spa-like get-away, we’ve got you covered. But here are some tips and tricks to keeping that freshly remodeled bathroom neat and tidy.

Bathroom Storage Hacks

1. Double Up the Shower Rod for a Quick and Easy Bath and Shower Caddy

Is your shower littered with various shampoo, conditioner, shower gel bottles and children’s bath toys? Try hanging a second tension rod next to the shower wall to hang baskets for containing the clutter. Your kids will love cleaning up after bath time, and you’ll love not tripping over the mess every time you step into the shower. 

2. Use a Magnetic Strip to Stow Easily Lost Odds and Ends

Random odds and ends cluttering up your bathroom drawers? A magnetic strip attached to the inside of your bathroom cabinet can save you time and frustration rifling through those messy drawers. Bobby pins, tweezers, earrings, and other magnetic objects can be easily stowed and found in a convenient hideaway inside your bathroom cabinet.

3. Use a Tension Rod Under the Bathroom Sink to Declutter and Organize

Spray bottles cluttering up the cabinet underneath your bathroom sink? A tension rod is the perfect solution. Simply hang the bottles by the trigger and enjoy the extra space beneath them for organizing your other supplies. You can even thread a roll of paper towels over the tension rod to act as a conveniently stashed paper towel holder.

Want more bathroom remodeling ideas? Contact us today to get started on designing your dream bathroom.

Bathroom Lighting Tips for  Your Home Remodeling Project

bathroom lightingAre you planning a bathroom remodeling project now that summer is here? There are likely a number of updates you’re planning to incorporate, from new cabinets and countertops to upgraded flooring and tile. Additionally, you should consider adding new bathroom lighting to your to-do list. Bathrooms are one of the most commonly used spaces in your entire home and better lighting is well important. Your family will absolutely love the improvement. Here are a few fantastic lighting tips for you to discuss with your bathroom remodeling contractor.

1. Add a Skylight for Natural Daytime Light in your Home Remodeling Design

Nothing beats natural lighting, especially when it comes to shaving and applying cosmetics. It’s sometimes difficult, however, to add extra large windows into bathrooms because privacy is also important. This is why installing a skylight is the perfect solution. Skylights provide an abundance of natural light during the days while offering you and your family the privacy you need.

2. Incorporate Recessed Lighting In your Bathroom Remodel to Eliminate Shadows

Recessed lighting is another wonderful option for bathrooms. This type of lighting does well eliminating shadows. This is very helpful in a space where people often get ready for work and school. Recessed lighting makes a great home remodeling project for any room.

3. Install Over-Cabinet Lighting for Ambiance in your Bathroom

If you or someone in your family gets up often to use the bathroom at night, consider installing over-cabinet lighting. Not only do these lights add ambiance, but they work well as night lights. Over-cabinet lighting is also a great option if you’re planning to update your kitchen. As this is a space that’s used often at night as well, midnight snackers will certainly appreciate the added illumination.

Ready to Begin Your Bathroom Remodeling Lighting Update?

Are you ready to get your bathroom remodeling project started? If you have questions about lighting upgrades, as the experts at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen located in Wooster, Ohio. Visit our website for more information about our services. You can also call us at (855) 971-1151 to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to ask about our free consultation offer!

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Bathroom Remodeling Lighting Upgrades

 

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When is the Best Time to Remodel your Kitchen & Bathroom?

Have you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? Do you keep putting it off for an ever-elusive “better time”? The housing and remodeling market in Wayne County is primed to make this the absolute best time to remodel!

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A Rare Opportunity in a Rebounding Economy

As the economy rebounds from one of the worst downturns in recent history, homeowners are offered a unique opportunity to reap the benefits of a stagnated market. While the housing market strengthens, homeowners are seeing a much higher return on investment for major remodeling projects. Not only are homes selling faster than ever, butsale prices in Wayne county saw a 6.3% increase over the last year. Add to that the fact that the price of building materials -- from lumber and cabinets to countertops and flooring -- is still down, but expected to see a 2-3% growth in the next year. Homeowners are taking advantage of this opportunity to draw on record low home-equity interest rates to get the most bang for their buck doing kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects.

Before/After Kitchen Remodel

A Chance to Enjoy your Home Renovations

We frequently think of nothing but the return on investment when we consider remodeling our kitchen or bathroom. But let’s not forget the reason updated kitchens and bathrooms are so marketable is because people enjoy the end result. People dream of cooking in a kitchen with quartz counters, a spacious island, and gorgeous, plentiful cabinets. Buyers delight in the thought of enjoying a luxury shower or indulging in a long soak in a garden tub. Why not remodel now so that you can have time to enjoy these renovations? Homeowners are finally realizing they don't need to wait until they're ready to sell their home before doing major home remodeling projects. And in fact, completing kitchen and bathroom remodels a few years prior to listing a home for sale will give potential buyers confidence you took care of your home along the way, whereas more recent upgrades can look as if they were done to promote a quick sale.

Contact your Wayne County Professional Remodeling Contractor Today!

Are you ready to start living in your dream home? DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Central Ohio Remodeling proudly services Wooster, Fredricksburg, Seville, Orrville, Massillon, Ashland, Medina, Wadsworth, and surrounding areas. Contact us here to get started on your remodeling project! 

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Advice from a Central Ohio RealtorKitchen & Bath Remodeling Advice Before You Sell

The summer housing market is beginning to warm up, leading homeowners to consider what remodeling projects they should complete before listing their homes for sale. We asked Central Ohio realtor, Carie Kurtz, for some remodeling advice homeowners should follow to increase the value and appeal of their home to prospective buyers.

Hire a Professional Remodeling Contractor

Carie’s biggest piece of remodeling advice is for homeowners to hire a professional contractor rather than attempting to complete major improvement projects themselves. Perhaps in an effort to save money, homeowners who don’t hire a professional often end up with a finished project that detracts from the value and appeal of their home, rather than adding to it. A professional contractor will offer a remodeled project that features higher quality products and exceptional craftsmanship that will encourage prospective buyers to bid on your home.

Focus Your Efforts on the Kitchen and Bathroom Updates

It’s been said that the best place to spend money in a home is on remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. In fact, Remodeling magazine’s recently published data on the return on investment for home remodeling projects agrees, showing a 65-81% return on investment for bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects. When asked about the motivating factor for most buyers, our Central Ohio realtor said that “80%, if not higher” of homebuyers’ decisions are based on the state of the kitchen and bathrooms. Her remodeling advice is to replace worn countertops and cabinet hardware, and to shy away from busy tile backsplashes and outdated color palettes.

The Top Three Tips Before You List Your Home

Remodeled Contemporary Kitchen Central Ohio Carie encourages homeowners to do three things prior to listing their homes for sale. First, update the electrical system. Circuit breaker panels only last about 25 years. If your breaker trips frequently, the lights dim when you turn on major appliances, or you have to use extension cords or adaptors to create extra “outlets” in your home, it’s time to update the electrical system.

Second, clean and declutter! Buyers need to be able to imagine their stuff in your home. And they don’t want to have to look past bathtub scum or dust bunnies to do it. Here are some wonderful tips on decluttering and staging your home!

Thirdly, remodel the kitchen. “People want a nice, clean kitchen with granite or quartz countertops and newer, but not necessarily top of the line, appliances,” Caries says.

Contact DreamMaker Kitchen & Bath Today

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Central Ohio Remodeling proudly services Wooster, Fredricksburg, Seville, Orrville, Massillon, Ashland, Medina, Wadsworth, and surrounding areas. Contact us here to get started on your remodeling project! 

Organize your Kitchen

Our Wooster, Ohio Showroom is a great place to see all of our kitchen organizing ideas, but if you can't make it to our showroom in Wooster,  we hope you will take a look at our top 3 tips for organizing your kitchen.

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3 Kitchen Organization Tips to Consider When Remodeling a Kitchen

There are many options you can pick for your kitchen remodeling project.  Central Ohio DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen would like you to consider choosing creative storage organizers in your remodeling plans.  Here are 3 tips for kitchen remodeling organization that ever kitchen should have.

1. Multilevel Kitchen Drawers

Yes, you can now buy kitchen cabinets that have multiple drawers within a drawer.  Many people like this option as it allows you to have your pot lids in a shallow drawer a the top, and your pans below, taking the fun out of the game called "where did the lid go?  Another option for this feature is in a silverware drawer.  This is a great option for kitchen organization. 

2. Pull-Out Pantry Organizers For Your Kitchen

Never again will you have to take the items from the front of your pantry out to see what is located towards the back.  Pull-out pantry shelves now give your kitchen even more usable storage space.  This solution is ideal for those who have smaller kitchen footprints, or for those who really like to have access to every can and box at your fingertips.  This organization idea gives your kitchen vertical storage space, and you can customize the pull-outs to fit your kitchen needs.

3. Spice Rack Kitchen Cabinets

Forget about losing your spices on the shelves in your upper cabinets!  This kitchen organization idea is great for the chef in your kitchen, allowing you to have a lot of storage in a small space.  You get the depth of the lower kitchen cabinets with the convenience of being able to see everything quickly.  

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Kitchen and Bathroom Tile Made Easy

kitchen and bathroom tileWhether you’re planning to update your kitchen or redo your bathroom, picking the perfect tile for your space can be really difficult. With so many different colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from, you may not even know where to begin. You can always seek assistance from your professional home remodeling contractor. But, right now, here are three helpful tips to make picking the right kitchen and bathroom tile much easier!

1. Start with What You Love Most

When redesigning your kitchen or bathroom, it’s best to start with a single element you love and expand the project from there. Take some time to find your one thing—whether it’s a color, a specific texture, or a shape you think is charming. Once you’ve identified the element you love most, your remaining tile selections should complement it.

2. Simple is Sometimes Better

With any home remodeling project, it can be easy to do too much. Sometimes, simple makes a bigger and more attractive statement. If you’re planning to use multiple tiles in your space, don’t choose more than three. Three different tile designs is usually the maximum, especially for bathroom remodels.

3. Pick a Single Show-Stopper

If you’re someone who enjoys lots of color and eccentric designs, you may be drawn to a number of exciting looking tile options. As a general rule, however, you should limit yourself to a single show-stopping tile. Having too many clashing elements can actually detract from the way your space looks. Instead, pick one flashier tile and a couple of additional basic tiles to accent it.

Need More Help Picking the Perfect Kitchen and Bathroom Tile?

Do you think you could use some additional help picking the right kitchen or bathroom tile for your home? If you’d like to speak with a professional contractor, contact DreamMaker of Central Ohio today. We’re here to answer any of your questions about tile, as well as offer assistance with all of your kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and general construction needs. Visit our website for more information about our company or call (855) 971-1151 to schedule a free consultation appointment.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Kitchen and Bathroom Tile

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