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What does a life look like that is designed with love? Margaret inherited her mother’s house with the words, “Make this house a home.” Margaret is finding out what that means.
(Continued from chapter 4) Ceramic, glass, porcelain, cement, cork… Margaret remembers retiling the kitchen floor of her apartment when she was in college. She just went to the local hardware store and got marble tile that was adhesive. “Was it vinyl?” she ponders as she looks through the website of modern tile that is definitely not anywhere close to vinyl. It’s bright and colorful and doesn’t look like it’s applied by peeling off the backside.
The only way Margaret managed to “retile” her floor back then, was with her friend Christine’s help. And by help, she means bringing cigarettes, a bottle of wine, and lending her moral support. “I think you need to trim it with an Xacto-knife.” ‘I forgot to buy one,” says Margaret. “Here,” Christine unclips a small pocket knife that her boyfriend (now husband) bought her. “Try this.” When that didn’t work, Christine would stomp on it with her Doc Martins’ boot until did – sorta. “Perfect,” she’d smile.
Christine is now in Hawaii raising her kids, surfing and running a health collective with the aforementioned husband. She is a common sense kind of person who says things like, “Just call the store and tell them what you want.” Margaret is embarrassed to tell Christine that she doesn’t know what she wants and worse, she maybe kinda doesn’t trust herself to pick the right thing. I mean, what if she makes a mistake and ruins her mom’s house? “It’s your house now, and anyway, you won’t ruin it,” says Christine. Margaret looks at the walls in her kitchen.
“But I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s not like I’m an interior designer.” “You don’t have to be,”says Christine. “Just do the next right thing. Keep it simple. Don’t get overwhelmed.” “Ok.” Margaret pauses. “And what’s the next right thing?” Christine laughs, “You tell me.” Margaret thinks for a minute. “Dig the donuts out of the trash?” “No.” “Get back in bed?” “No.” “Call the store.” “Bingo! And do that thing that your friend Toni does.” “What thing?” “That thing with calling the universe.” Toni likes to imagine that when she’s making a phone call (or answering one), the universe is on the other line with a beautiful message.
“Do it and then call me back.” Margaret looks at the phone number of the tile company. Ok universe. Be nice. Give me someone nice on the other line. Someone helpful. Who doesn’t make me feel stupid. Or like I’m wasting their time. And universe, I know this might be a lot to ask, but give me someone who knows that this is more than just a remodel, more than just another project, more than just another customer. Give me someone who knows how to make a house a home. And maybe, if you’re up for it, show me the beauty. The beauty in everyday. She takes a breath and picks up the phone.
This is the fifth installment in a weekly series about aspirational living. Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.
We get asked this great question quite regularly:
“I LOVE my new tile, but I need some advice…What should I do with the electrical outlets that fall within the kitchen backsplash area?”
Good news! We’ve got several creative solutions for you – yay!!!
These little necessary items can possibly ruin your beautiful, and often pricey backsplash! We are confident that if you consider the locations ahead of time, you will improve the finished look of your kitchen or bathroom.
Details on outlets…
It’s required by law that you have electrical outlets within your kitchen – which is a good thing!
Your kitchen has many electrical needs: major appliances, small appliances, built-in appliances, lighting, exhaust fans, and basically anything you might want to plug in or switch on while you’re in there.
In regards to your kitchen or bathroom, the National Electric Code requires:
- Small appliance circuits feeding countertop receptacle outlets are required to be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected
- Any countertop wider than one foot requires a receptacle outlet
- Receptacle outlets must be installed every four linear feet at minimum – more is totally fine too
- Countertops separated by range cook top, refrigerators, or sinks are considered separate countertop spaces
Are you in the planning phase of your new kitchen or bath remodel?
If you are planning your kitchen or bath remodel, congrats(!), you are thinking ahead! Here are some helpful questions you can ask yourself and discuss with your electrician regarding your kitchen or bath’s electrical needs:
- What fixed/portable appliances do you plan to install/have in your kitchen? What are the locations and their power requirements?
- What kind of lighting do you want/need: Ceiling? Under cabinet? Toe kick? Pendant or chandelier? Recessed? Surface Mount? Ceiling fan?
- What kind of lighting controls do you need?
- Where do you want your light switches and appliance outlets?
- What materials/installation practices do you need to comply with National Electric Code requirements? Hint: ask your electrician
- Do you have special requirements due to disabilities and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act?
- What are the brand specification of all fixtures you want? Have your electrician check these out too.
After you discuss your electrical needs with your electrician and have a final layout in mind, the electrical outlets and switches can be located and installed. Don’t worry if you already have your outlets in place, it’s really easy to move them around and make adjustments before the installation of your backsplash.
There are several different ways to approach this without ruining your backsplash with a bunch of ugly, poorly placed outlets and switches. Here are some creative solutions as to how you can address the outlets & switches within your backsplash.
Implementing Creative Solutions…
#1 – Flip your outlets horizontally to coordinate with the pattern of your backsplash (but if your backsplash has a vertical pattern to it, keep you outlets vertical too)
#3 – Install the outlets or switches on or within your cabinets…(some additional planning involved).
#4 – Install your outlets where you know you’ll need them!
#5 – Install custom pop-up grommet outlets where you know you’ll need them!
#6 – Specify outlet and switch plate covers to coordinate with your material selections: making them a design element instead of an eyesore!
#7 – [Bathroom specific] – Install the outlets or switches within your bathroom mirror and trim with a mirrored cover…some additional planning involved. Look closely for them!
Q: Have some other creative outlet and switch solutions? Share them with us and we’ll add it to this blog!