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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 3/17/2020


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The word is out! Tile is back, and we couldn't be happier. No other medium finishes the look of a kitchen like a tile backsplash. And regardless of your skill level, with a little patience, almost anyone can create a stunning tile backsplash. Here's how it's done!

What you'll need

  • Tile of choice
  • Grout
  • Trowel
  • Thin-set mortar
  • Level 
  • Rubber float
  • Sponge
  • 1X4" ledger board
  • Spacers 

Choose your tile

Tiles come in all sizes, mediums and configurations. When choosing a tile, consider how well it fits within your overall kitchen style, any maintenance requirements and installation difficulty level.

Some materials include:

  • Natural stone
  • Ceramic
  • Concrete
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass

If you're looking for less of a challenge or are short on time, you can take shortcuts and still create a durable and beautiful backsplash you'll love. Look for tiles that are peel & stick such as subway tiles or groupings of small tiles bound together in a grid. 

Prep the area

Look under cabinets and across the wall to see if dust, grease or cobwebs linger. You'll want those out of your way before you begin. Let the wall dry entirely if you need to use a damp cloth.

If the backsplash isn't resting against the back of a countertop, use your level to align and nail a temporary 1X4" board to the wall to support the lowest layer of tiles while they cure. 

*Pro tip* Read instructions provided by the tile manufacturer. They may have additional prep and installation advice specific to their product. Don't ignore it!

Plan your layout

Before you lay a single drop of mortar, plan and measure. Make sure you have the right number of tiles, including cut half tiles, if necessary.

Mix & apply the mortar

Always start at the bottom and work your way up, leaving 1/8 inch gap at the bottom to allow for expansion. Apply the thin-set with the trowel in a wavy motion, covering only a small section at a time.

Then begin placing your tiles with a slight twist to engrain the adhesive. Use your rubber float to press down on tiles evenly and then add a spacer between each to both hold them in place and ensure they're equally set apart. Repeat until your entire tile backsplash is in place.

Set & grout

Let the backsplash cure for at least 24 hours from the moment you set the last tile. Then remove your spacers and mix up your grout. Completely cover the tiles, ensuring it works its way between them. After 10 minutes, clean the surfaces of your tiles with a moist sponge, leaving the grout behind.

And you've just created a tile backsplash. For more fun and affordable ways to enhance your home, follow our blog.




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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 3/13/2020


54 Fuller Shore, Lakeville, MA 02347

Single-Family

$539,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to Lakeville! IT HAS ALL BEEN DONE !!Totally renovated 4 Levels of Living. Colonial Style Home with 2 car attached garage. This home features: Kitchen (Chef's Kitchen) Custom soft close Cabinets, Quartz Counters, Subway tile, Center Island, all new lighting, flooring and appliances (Stove, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave.) Large Dining Room, Fireplaced Living Room, First Floor Laundry. Second Level features: Large Master Suite with full bath with tiled shower and glass doors. Two additional bedrooms and a full bath complete this level. Third level features HUGE Bonus Room with all new lighting and flooring. The Basement is finished with all new flooring and sheet rock. Fresh Paint through out. New Roof, New Central Air and Mini Split System. Brand New Septic System. Lets make mention, of how AMAZING your Summer will be, HOME is part of Fuller Shores Association which gives you access to Long Pond (Full Recreation Pond) or enjoy your Inground Pool w/cabana.
Open House
Sunday
March 15 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
All Are Welcome
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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 3/11/2020


11 Beaver Dam Road, Carver, MA 02330

Single-Family

$459,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Welcome to Carver! This home sits way off the road, Privacy Galore! This Garrison home with two car attached garage has so much to offer. First floor features updated eat in- kitchen with granite and solid cherry cabinets and newer appliances custom built matching desk. A family room with vaulted ceiling, full bath, and Still More, large living room with pellet stove and hardwood flooring leading to dining room with wet bar. (Family and Entertaining describe this house perfectly) Second floor features Large bedroom with walk in closet and access to the full bath with two additional bedrooms (all good size with great closet space). Third floor is finished and could be used as a master suite as there is another full bath on this level. The exterior of the home is freshly painted, the back yard is fenced, there also is an Inground Pool for all your Summer Fun! Plenty of Land for your own horses or family farm! A very special HOME! A Must SEE!
Open House
Saturday
March 14 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 3/11/2020


11 Beaver Dam Road, Carver, MA 02330

Single-Family

$459,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Welcome to Carver! This home sits way off the road, Privacy Galore! This Garrison home with two car attached garage has so much to offer. First floor features updated eat in- kitchen with granite and solid cherry cabinets and newer appliances custom built matching desk. A family room with vaulted ceiling, full bath, and Still More, large living room with pellet stove and hardwood flooring leading to dining room with wet bar. (Family and Entertaining describe this house perfectly) Second floor features Large bedroom with walk in closet and access to the full bath with two additional bedrooms (all good size with great closet space). Third floor is finished and could be used as a master suite as there is another full bath on this level. The exterior of the home is freshly painted, the back yard is fenced, there also is an Inground Pool for all your Summer Fun! Plenty of Land for your own horses or family farm! A very special HOME! A Must SEE!
Open House
Saturday
March 14 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Send your buyers (Great Property)
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 11 Beaver Dam Road, Carver, MA 02330    Get Directions

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Posted by Monica Kavanaugh on 3/10/2020

If you work from home part or all of the time, chances are you have a specific place in your house where you go to work to be free from distraction.

Many people spend a lot of time thinking about the decor of their home office. They decide how much light they want to let in, what they need on their desk, and which distractions to keep out of the room entirely.

Surprisingly few people, however, consider the ergonomics of their home office.

What is ergonomics?

Simply stated, ergonomics is the study of peopleís efficiency in the workplace. When it comes to office work or working at home, that means studying things like posture, desk height, eye strain, and much more.

In this article, weíll talk about some ways you can improve the ergonomics of your home office to prevent injury and to make your office a more productive and less stressful place to work.

Choosing a desk chair

Letís begin with one of the most common complaints in offices and home offices around the world: chairs.

You could spend several hundred dollars on an ergonomic office chair. But in reality it only needs to meet a few criteria that you can often find in inexpensive computer chairs. When buying a chair, look for the following:

  • Lower back support what will help you keep a straight spine

  • Adjustable heights for the chair, the backrest, and the arm rests

  • A firm, but comfortable cushion that you wonít slide down on

Picking the right desk

The most important ergonomic factor of a desk is that you can easily fit your legs under it and donít have to crane over it to write.

Regardless of where you keep your keyboard, it will help if your arms can fall on it naturally and at a close to ninety-degree angle.

Screen height and distance

The vast majority of work performed at home is done with the use of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

Ideally, the height of your screen should be adjusted so that you can view it straight on, and not have to look down or up at it. This will help protect your neck from strain.

For eye strain, itís a good idea to keep the monitor a couple feet from your eyes and to adjust the brightness so that itís easy to read but not too bright.

The best thing you can do to avoid headaches and eye strain is to set reminders for yourself to look away from the screen every twenty minutes or so or get up and go for a walk.

Take more breaks

Speaking of taking breaks; sitting in one position for too long can contribute to muscle and joint pain. If youíre working at home, it should be easy to get up and stretch or move around every half hour or so.

You donít have to take a long break; even a minute or two is sufficient enough to help take the strain off of your tired eyes and stiff back and neck.




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