|August 18, 2014||Posted by Rachael under Featured Products|
Taking a bath is a luxury for most of us. To be able to relax with our own thoughts is something most of us can barely spare the time to do. But to take a bath while looking out over a city or the ocean? That is a privilege very few are ever able to experience.
We’ve rounded up 8 amazing photos of bathtubs that all have a five-star view. Scroll below to dream along with us. Or click on the photos or the links below to discover where your favorite tub is located, and book your next vacation!
Which of the above tubs is your favorite?
|August 15, 2014||Posted by Rachael under Thinking Green|
As the heart of the home, kitchens are prone to mess from meal preparation, family gatherings, and general use. Stores are full of a wide array of cleaners, but these cleaners are loaded with chemicals that can be potentially toxic and harmful to your family.
A great alternative? Make your own natural kitchen cleaners. That way, you know exactly what is in your cleaners (no chemicals!) and where they came from. Also, natural cleaners are more affordable than store-bought (most can be made with things you already have in your home!) and smell better.
Read below to learn how to make four of our favorite natural cleaners.
1. Eggshell Scrub
When a countertop spray alone can’t get the job done, create your own scrub! Grind old egg shells and add to a jar along with baking soda, calcium powder, and a few drops of essential oils. This scrub works well on stainless steel kitchen sinks, but can also be used in the bathroom on porcelain, like the toilet, tub, and sink.
2. Clear Clogs The Eco Way
Liquid drain cleaners are full of nasty chemicals, and can leach into our drinking water and oceans. Instead, go natural! Simply pour half a box of dry baking soda down the drain followed by half a cup of vinegar. This will create a natural chemical reaction, similar to a volcano in science class. Quickly cover the drain’s opening with a tight towel or rag. After 30 minutes, pour a gallon or two of hot water down the drain to remove the residue. That’s it!
3. Dishwasher Cleaner
Is the inside of your dishwasher rusted? Pour 1/4 cup of powdered lemonade or orange drink into the detergent cup and run a regular cycle. The rust should disappear!
4. Clean the Countertops
To create a countertop cleaner that uses the power of vinegar without the vinegar smell, just add some fruit! Fill a mason jar or old sauce jar with fruit peels and vinegar (make sure all the peels are immersed in the vinegar to prevent mold). After two weeks, strain the vinegar into a spray bottle, add a few drops of tea tree oil, and a cup of water. That’s it! You now have a countertop spray that both cleans and smells fantastic!
5. Clear the Air
Infuse the air of your home with freshness without the use of a candle by creating homemade potpourri! Simply simmer a few vanilla beans in a pot with 1/2 cup of lavender flowers and a few drops of vanilla extract. Keep the simmer going for a few hours and the smell will last for days!
|August 13, 2014||Posted by Rachael under Thinking Green|
Last week, we showcased five ways to go green in the home. And today, we’re back with more! Read below for five more ways to reuse and upcycle common goods to create products for the household. Just click on the photos or the links below for instructions and advice on how to recreate these projects in your home.
1. Create Your Own Shower Curtain
Save your plastic grocery bags for the ultimate green project! Using tape, string, and plastic bags, you can create an eco-friendly shower curtain for free.
2. Take a Stand!
Collect your rings and earrings in a jewelry stand created from soda bottles!
3. Tea Can Grow Thyme
Once you use up your old tea bags, don’t toss the tin! Tea tins are the perfect size to plant herbs and succulents. Set the tins on the windowsill for ample sunlight and a decorative touch.
4. Put a Lid on It
No lid, no problem! Seal opened bags by using the tops of plastic sports drink bottles.
5. Stick It!
Don’t throw away your old spice tin. Instead, remove the lid and stick a magnet on the back. Now you have a cute refrigerator magnet that doubles as storage.
How do you recycle?
|August 11, 2014||Posted by Rachael under Trend Watch|
We’re about one month away from the crisp air, football games, and warm drinks that indicate fall is here. But when it comes to trends, it’s always a good idea to get a head start. We’ve rounded up five home design trends we predict will be popular this fall. Read below for examples of each.
1. Pink Marbling
From curtains and coasters to corn hole boards, pink marbling is all over the blogosphere. We love this more muted take on traditionally summer colors used to bring new life into accessories for fall.
2. White and Gold
Neutrals are always a good bet for home decor as they place emphasis on the architecture of the room. White creates a crisp, clean appearance while gold as flair and a hint of luxury.
3. Creative Curtains
Curtains are a staple in most rooms, especially the bedroom. Jazz up your curtains with gorgeous agate tie-backs (left) or by weaving the tops of the curtains (right). Both are unique ways to add playful details to a room.
4. Concrete Countertops
Rather than replacing aged laminate countertops, homeowners can now use a kit from the hardware store to cover the countertops with concrete! Much easier than pouring your own countertops, concrete-cover kits are inexpensive and can be applied quickly. Click on either of the photos above for instructions on how its done.
5. Industrial Pipe and Wood Shelves
Why buy shelves when you maker create your own using wood and galvanized pipes? These shelves are popular because they can be customized to your needs (like adding a television), can be as tall or wide as needed, and have an industrial-chic look.
Which of the following fall trends are your favorites? Do you think there is a trend that will be big this fall that we missed? Let us know!
|August 7, 2014||Posted by Rachael under Thinking Green|
Fall is right around the corner, and with it comes school days, extra-curricular activities, and increased trash. Reduce your impact on the Earth by upcycling or recycling your trash. Plastic bottles, cardboard, egg cartons, and more can be used in new ways.
We’ve collected five of our favorite quick and easy projects using recycled goods below. Simply click on the photos or the links below the photos for instructions and advice.
1. Create a Bottle Bank
Teach your children young how to save their pennies and their planet!
2. Make an Ottoman
There is no need to break the bank on a designer ottoman. Instead, rest your feet on a tire or bottles that were saved from the landfill.
3. Help from the Hose
If your garden hose springs a leak, don’t trash it! Turn the hose into an outdoor basket or gardening-themed door wreath with a little bit of imagination and some zip ties.
4. Into the Garden
It doesn’t matter if you live in the country or in the heart of the city, you can garden anywhere thanks to old soda bottles. Use like-colored caps to add even more design to the garden wall.
5. Lighten Up!
Have old Christmas lights? They can be used all year long. Just add painted egg carton bottoms or fabric covered cups to create fun lights that are perfect in a teen’s bedroom!
How do you upcycle around the home? Let us know in the comments!
|August 6, 2014||Posted by Rachael under Giveaways|
The dog days of summer are here, bringing a last burst of heat to conclude the summer. Stay cool with a Kichler ceiling fan! Kichler manufactures over 90 ceiling fans in various styles and finishes to ensure there is a fan to meet everyone’s needs.
We’re partnering with Kichler to bring you an amazing giveaway! TWO lucky people will win the Kichler ceiling fan of their choice, just in time for back to school! Read below to learn how to enter.
1. Click Here
2. Earn points
3. Claim prizes. The more prizes claimed, the more chances to win!
4. That’s it!
Winners will be announced August 20th and notified via email. Good luck!
|August 4, 2014||Posted by Lauren under Buyer's Guides|
Are you remodeling your bathroom, building a new home, or simply bored with your bath? If you checked one or all of the above, we recommend Duravit’s refreshingly modern line of bathtubs. Duravit bathtubs consistently set the standard for technological innovations in comfort and style. Here we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions buyers have during the bathtub purchasing process in hopes of making shopping a breeze.
Q: What is the difference between soaking, whirlpool, air, and Combi-System bathtubs?
A: Duravit offers three equally enticing options for bathtubs: soaking, whirlpool, and air.
A soaking bathtub most resembles the traditional bathtub, but is deeper, allowing full body immersion in the water for a complete soaking experience.
Whirlpool bathtubs feature water jets that massage pressure points on the body, relieving stress and tense muscles. Duravit’s most desirable model of whirlpool tub is the Blue Moon series (pictured above), which is designed to bring the bather the sensation of blissful weightlessness in the water.
Air bathtubs have jets that pump delightful air pockets and bubbles into the warm bath, providing either an all-over or an area-specific massage, depending on user preference. The air massage is typically gentler than a water jet massage, and in addition, air jets are easier to keep clean.
Last but not least, Combi-System bathtubs are the masterpieces of jetted Duravit tubs: both whirlpool and air combined. Equipped with twelve air jets and six to eight water jets on each bathtub, every dip in a Combi-System is sure to be the ultimate in bathing luxury.
Q: What customization options are available?
A: Duravit whirlpool and air bathtubs come equipped with a number of ways to customize your bathing experience. Have you ever heard of chromotherapy? If you haven’t yet, one bath in a Duravit bathtub with a chromotherapy lighting feature will have you raving about it to anyone who will listen. As an added bonus, features like lighting and jets can be regulated by a remote control that floats!
To further beautify your bathtub, Duravit offers paneling in colors ranging from their signature White Alpin finish, a distinctive warm rosewood, or cool ebony, just to name a few.
Q: What is EasyClick Paneling?
A: EasyClick is really just as simple as the name implies: with a few rotations and some snapping into position, these elegant panels are in place and in style. Later on, if you need to remove them for repairs to the internal bathtub parts, EasyClick panels come off just as easily as they went on. That’s a huge improvement over busting through tile or having to install an unsightly access panel door! EasyClick paneling is available for 2nd Floor, Starck 3, Vero, Blue Moon, and Seadream bathtubs.
Q: What bathtub shapes does Duravit manufacture?
Whirlpool tubs are produced in rectangular and square shapes, and air has corner, rectangular, and other specialties to offer. Duravit also produces tubs that comfortably fit two people. With over one thousand options available at National Builder Supply, you’re sure to find the ideal bathtub for your space.
Q: What is a Duravit pool?
A: Duravit’s Blue Moon series has a special tub that no other series has, and thankfully, you won’t have to dig a hole in your backyard to enjoy this pool! The Blue Moon pool has a Combi-System design with twenty-four air jets, which is double the traditional Combi-System. In addition, each side measures 70 7/8″, which per side is an extra 15 2/3″ than the standard Blue Moon. The Blue Moon promise is to create a sense of weightlessness in the water, because only the user’s shoulders need to touch the pool to support the body – the water and unique shape do the rest. All of this makes the Blue Moon Pool truly the most indulgent tub on the market.
Q: What kinds of jets are available, and how do I take care of them?
A: Jets in whirlpool tubs are concentrated to shoot water in one direction, but are adjustable, offering flexibility in where they point and how deep the massage is. Water jets require cleaning after each use so that bacteria does not grow where water might be left behind. Usually, a simple wiping of the jets and tub with a cloth will be sufficient, and twice a year compatible cleaners should be utilized for a more thorough clean.
As mentioned before, air jets shoot air rather than water, hence the name air bathtubs. This design creates a very pleasant bath of bubbles, and a more tranquil, quiet environment. Air jets can also be amplified to provide a more powerful stream of bubbles, which will massage more like a water jet. Because they do not expel water, air jets are easier to clear out. After the bath is over, turn on the jets for a minute to allow them to blow out any residual water. We also recommend that you wipe down the tub and develop a yearly cleaning regimen.
Q: Does Duravit produce bathtubs with in-tub heating systems?
A: Yes, certain models of whirlpool and air tubs come with in-tub heating systems. In particular, this is a nice feature for air bathtubs, because the bubbles cause heat to escape faster. Having a heating system in the bathtub will ensure that the water maintains the perfect temperature throughout the bath.
Q: Do Duravit bathtubs have any health benefits?
A: Of course! Duravit bathtubs not only refresh the body, but the mind as well. Baths rejuvenate tired senses after a long day and cause the stress of the day to melt away. As far as physical benefits go, Duravit bathtubs ease aching muscles with air and water jets and provide a safe environment for recuperating strained backs, to mention a few benefits.
Q: What is sanitary acrylic?
A: Duravit produces all of its bathtubs with its innovative sanitary acrylic. Called sanitary acrylic due to its ability to repel dirt and its effortless cleaning process, this finish is a gift to anyone who has spent hours on their hands and knees scrubbing a bathtub. Acrylic is also a highly recommended bathtub material because it is quite durable and long-lasting, meaning your investment will continue to delight for years to come.
Q: Can my children use my new Duravit bathtub?
A: Yes, absolutely! As with every situation when bringing children around pools of water, exercise caution and supervise their activities to ensure safety.
Q: What installation options are available?
A: Duravit offers bathtubs in four different installation options. Each is designed to fit a specific look and set of needs, so carefully consider which installation will work best for your bathroom.
Recessed (or alcove) installation is generally the most common variety of bathtubs. This design leaves plenty of valuable floor space in the bathroom and makes installing plumbing a breeze. Recessed tubs are installed on three walls, only leaving one side exposed, which cuts down on finishing costs.
Corner installation is similar to recessed installation, except it cannot always accommodate a showerhead. Corner installation is also great for space-saving.
Drop-in installation means the tub is “dropped-in” to a raised platform or a cavity in the floor. This style is generally more difficult to install and repair due to being enclosed, but often this style is the most customizable and beautiful. Drop-in bathtubs also typically take up more room than other styles do.
Floor mounted installation creates a freestanding bathtub. As the name suggests, freestanding tubs do not require any support from a wall or an enclosure. Because every side of the bathtub needs to be accessible, these tubs often take up considerable space in the bathroom, but make gorgeous focal points.
Q: What measurements should I take before I start shopping for and ordering my new Duravit bathtub?
A: Particularly if you are remodeling an existing bathroom, measuring the space that your current bathtub takes up would be a good start. Do you want the new tub to take up more, less, or the same amount of space? Consider the width, height, and length of the space you want to fill. Remember that if you want a drop-in bathtub, you will need to factor in space for the deck it will sit in as well. Many people overlook how wide the doorways in their homes are, only to order a bathtub that won’t fit through them! Be sure to measure any doorway that the tub will have to travel through on its way to the bathroom so this does not happen to you. Also be sure to note whether you currently have left or right hand drains in your bathroom. Getting a bathtub that matches measurements for what you already have will make installation much easier.
Q: How difficult is it to install a Duravit bathtub?
A: Depending on the complexity of the bathtub, you may be able to install your Duravit bathtub on your own. A simple soaking tub can be installed carefully if you have basic plumbing knowledge and a little help. For any job where you need to rework plumbing or with the installation of whirlpool or air bathtubs, hiring a plumber will ensure the job is done quickly and expertly.
Q: What kinds of faucets and drains will work best with Duravit bathtubs?
A: Duravit and Hansgrohe have an impeccable business partnership, so Duravit recommends the use of Hansgrohe faucets with their bathtubs. National Builder Supply proudly distributes Hansgrohe tub faucets and showerheads, so check out our selection to complement your new Duravit bathtub.
Additionally, Duravit produces its own drains.
Q: How does shipping a bathtub work? Do I need to pick it up?
A: No, National Builder Supply and Duravit work together to ensure your new bathtub is shipped safely and directly to you.
|July 28, 2014||Posted by Rachael under Trend Watch|
One of our most popular blog articles explores how homeowners use wallpaper in unique ways. Now we’re back with even more unusual uses for wallpaper! We hope to inspire the design of your home (both owned and rented), showcasing how thinking out of the box can result in beauty.
Don’t Discount the (Shelf) Bottom!
In our first wallpaper in the home round-up, we showcased wallpaper along the backs of bookshelves. But what if you have floating shelves? Cover the bottom of the shelves in wallpaper! This adds visual interest and pattern to the room, in addition to drawing your eye upward.
Change the Coffee Table
IKEA furniture is affordable and (somewhat) easy to assemble, but mass produced. To avoid having the same coffee table as everyone else in her building, Lizzie used wallpaper to customize her table. Throw in some decorative nail head trim, and you have a table that is one of a kind!
Dress Your Drawers
Dressers and wardrobes are often neutrally colored, especially when they are made of wood. Change it up by adding wallpaper to the sides of the dresser drawers! That way, every time you open a drawer, you will see an unexpected pop of color and pattern.
Stick It to the Ceiling
We admit, we covered wallpaper on the ceiling in our last round-up. But this idea is so fantastic, we can’t help but share it again! We love how the owners of this home used a branch and butterfly motif to draw the eye upward. This also makes the room appear taller, as your eye is tricked into noticing the colorful ceiling first and the neutral walls and cabinetry second.
Make Your Furniture One of a Kind!
Just like the IKEA coffee table shown above, dressers and cabinets can also be boring and mass produced. Break out of the mold with wallpaper on the front of dresser drawers! The combination of painted wood and a whimsical wallpaper selection (as shown above) coveys the homeowner’s style immediately. You can even create your own wallpaper pattern to customize your furniture even further.
Pattern in the Pantry
Wallpaper along the back of upper kitchen cabinets is a fantastic way to add pattern and color to a room that is often decorated in neutrals. Even better with glass front doors, the wallpaper design peeks out from the dinnerware to add warmth to the room. This is also a great solution for renters that would like to customize their rentals.
Is wallpaper reserved for the walls of your home, or do you use wallpaper in a unique way as well? Let us know!
|July 24, 2014||Posted by Rachael under Giveaways|
Mirror, mirror, on the wall….mirrors reflect our best-selves and are great for grooming. But mirrors themselves can also add style to a room. Hang in the bedroom over a vanity, in the bathroom, above the couch in the living room, or in the dining room. The possibilities are endless! Mirrors also make small rooms appear larger, a great tip for apartment and condo dwellers.
We’re giving you the opportunity to reflect your own personal style at home. One lucky person will win the decorative mirror of their choice (under $500) from National Builder Supply’s selection! That’s over 475 mirrors to choose from! Read below to learn how to enter.
1. Click Here
2. Complete tasks to earn points
3. Claim prizes to be entered in the grand prize drawing
4. That’s it!
Winner will be notified via email on August 6th. Good luck!
|July 22, 2014||Posted by Lauren under Featured Products|
Warm, relaxing showers at the end of the day have the power to melt away worries, relieve tense muscles, and induce a tranquil state of mind. In the morning, showers invigorate the sleepy senses and provide a quiet space for you to prepare for the day ahead. A showerhead with massaging jets can even relieve sinus pain! The simple addition of a new showerhead can elevate your bathroom from blah to spa! There are few elements of your home that pamper you like your showerhead does, so if recently your showerhead has been a bit lackluster, let National Builder Supply’s stock of over 500 luxury showerheads come to your rescue!
National Builder Supply carries showerheads from respected brands like TOTO, Moen, and Delta, so no matter your price point, you can rest assured that your new showerhead will be beautiful, durable, and indulgent. Here we’ve highlighted a sampling of our best-selling showerheads to inspire the interior designer in you.
Sleek design and sophisticated innovation made the Hansgrohe PuraVida showerhead an instant best-seller. Available in chrome and white chrome, this modern fixture is equipped with Hansgrohe’s eco-friendly Air Power technology, which infuses air into the water as it cascades from the showerhead. This enhanced water thoroughly saturates hair and covers the skin in layers of soothing water without running up the water bill. To seal the deal, the PuraVida showerhead features elastic silicon nozzles that reduce limescale buildup, and its QuickClean guarantee ensures that a gentle rub with a soft cloth is all you need to keep the Hansgrohe PuraVida sparkling.
If you’ve ever imagined the bliss of rinsing away the cares of the day in your own personal rain shower, the TOTO Legato showerhead is about to make your imagination a reality. Mounted directly in the ceiling and with a ring of softly glowing LED light, it’s a gentle rainfall without the clouds. The TOTO Legato also features a huge eleven inch polished chrome spray face and a 2.5 gallons of water per minute capacity while still carrying on TOTO’s eco-commitment to saving water. When you’re remodeling your bathroom, remember the dream of pure, cleansing rainfall, and invest in the TOTO Legato.
Moen is one of National Builder Supply’s most consistent best-sellers, and the Envi showerhead is no exception to this rule. An incredible value, starting at just over $170, the Envi is certain to live up to its name. With three finish options, including the handsome oil-rubbed bronze, and a LifeShine guarantee to never tarnish or corrode, the aesthetics alone are enough reason to put the Moen Envi in your cart right now! To delight the green consumer, the Envi showerhead is also EPA WaterSense certified, without sacrificing any functionality to maintain this high standard. The Moen Envi is an Immersion rainshower, which means it has three times the power of a standard rainshower: simply adjust the lever on the showerhead to go from soothing full spray to a concentrated massaging rinse, all while saving money!
No, it’s not the airline company, but this Delta showerhead will take you to cloud nine! The Vero showerhead is available in four gorgeous finishes: chrome, Venetian bronze, brilliance stainless, and champagne bronze, and has an amply sized 85/8 inch spray face that drenches you in bliss. The nozzles are evenly spaced and equally pressurized to provide a consistently rejuvenating shower experience and even help relieve sinus pain, making the Delta Vero a must-have for every home.
Take one look at the GROHE Freehander showerhead and you’ll know it’s not your ordinary showerhead. The arm pivots 180 degrees, the double heads individually spin 360 degrees and each have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons of water per minute, ensuring perfect water pressure at any angle. Because the Freehander is so accommodating, it is ideal for showers used by both tall adults and small children. Wall mounted, lockable for safety and convenience, and equipped with GROHE’s SpeedClean anti-lime protection, if versatility is your desire, purchase the GROHE Freehander today.
The Axor Citterio showerhead has a classic design packed with modern luxury. While it looks unassuming, turn the Citterio on and you’ll see it’s anything but. Featuring three spray modes: full spray, pulsating massage, and soft spray, Axor promises every person’s preference is expertly catered to with the Citterio showerhead. In addition, its QuickClean finish will appeal to anyone who has spent hours cleaning limescale off bathroom fixtures. Fashioned to assimilate neatly into any style of bathroom and available in both chrome and brushed nickel, this showerhead will enchant consumers looking to spend a little but get a lot.
Like what you see? Check out National Builder Supply for these and other marvelous showerheads today!