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Is Terracotta Tile Flooring Rustic?

By | Inspirations

We are talking about all that chatter that took place last year about the terracotta tile flooring. It was merely because it gave a great signature rustic look to some of the famous celebrity homes from Ellen DeGeneres to Leonardo Di Caprio.

We are asked the same question whether terracotta flooring is rustic?

Trust us when we say that it is asked about many times. The reason why some cannot decide it to be a rustic style is because of its implication within designs.

For instance, there is a common view that terracotta tile flooring is best for kitchen but questionable when it comes to bedrooms. Let us look at some of the inspirational ideas where terracotta tile flooring has been utilized in different spaces of a home and has touched hearts of the home owners for its rustic characteristic.

Terracotta tile floor in bathrooms

Terracotta tile flooring is a beautiful way to make your bathroom gain a rustic touch for its one of the oldest material present in the list of home construction. It dries up quickly which gives a weathered look which is an obvious trait of rustic homes.

Terracotta tile floor in bedrooms

Many people believe that terracotta tiles are best for kitchens or home exteriors. However, if you bring it to your bedroom, you can get a finished look while maintaining a rustic style. It is obvious that there are many qualities of terracotta tiles available in the market. One can ensure that it is used with gloss when it comes to bedrooms to gain a beautiful finish to your rooms.

Terracotta tile floor in living room and other spaces

We are telling you that terracotta tiles are timeless which makes it a perfect material to be considered for your living rooms. It is obvious that living rooms are there for you to feel cozy. It is that space of the house where you get to spend a lot of time to think and perform tasks. Therefore, terracotta tile flooring fits as a best material for it.

We can help you know more about the quality of terracotta tiles available in the market. Contact us at GoodBrother.

Lighting fixtures can be a conversation starter

By | Inspirations

Lighting fixtures can create a perfect finish to your overall kitchen layout and design but its selection can be complicated. We don’t mean to scare you by telling you that it’s one of the complicated decisions you will make while designing your kitchen.

We rather share with you that there can be endless options to select from. You need to be very wise to include fixtures which are reflective of your design and style. It has to blend in the balance of different elements of your kitchen.

Say ‘Hello’ to Chandeliers

The chandeliers give a very rich look to your kitchen. In some ways, chandeliers can cover the overall pressure of lighting needed in the kitchen.

Just imagine a chandelier which can throw bright rays on your oven you bought for a hefty amount. It means you cannot do it without chandeliers.

Welcome them in the kitchen by switching on the Wall Lights

Trust us when we say that light can create an illusion of a big room if its scattered in a strategic manner throughout your kitchen walls. There are many options to select from when it comes to wall lights.

A high-mounted wall light can further create a balance with your chandelier.

Go creative with Track Lights

Also known as spot lights, allow your beautiful accessories in the kitchen to get the attention by throwing light through track lighting fixtures. There are many options from iron to stainless steel that can be bought. The balance should not be forgotten if you already have a wall lighting fixture and a chandelier.

Sometimes, a lighting fixture can inspire you to re-design the whole kitchen 🙂

Talk to us at GoodBrother and discuss more ways to create illusions using variety of lighting fixtures.

Know Your Countertop Well

By | Inspirations

A crucial decision that we all have to make while designing our kitchen remains one pertaining to countertop. It is mainly because countertops can consume most of your time when it comes to cleaning. In addition, the aspect of maintenance and durability has to be closely evaluated when you are deciding to select a countertop.

There are various kinds of countertops that are available in the market for consumers. However, their usage and characteristics can confuse. Here, we have compiled a list of options of countertops for you.

Stainless Steel Countertops

The option of having a stainless-steel countertop allow you to give an industrial kitchen touch.

  • Advantages: They are heat resistant and durable.
  • Disadvantages: Water marks, dents and scratches can be very obvious.

Concreate Countertops

The variety of concreate countertop patterns and design is massive. It allows your kitchen to gain a modern appeal.

  • Advantages: Unique in style and can be custom-made.
  • Disadvantages: Heavy in weight and difficult to install.

Natural Stone Countertops

There are options of marble, quartz and granite when it comes to natural stone countertops. Each kind of natural stone would require different maintenance and hygiene protocols.

  • Advantages: They are durable and variety of options are available in market.
  • Disadvantages: Natural stone may chip or crack if heavy objects fall over them.

Butcher-block Countertops

Butcher-block countertops are traditionally preferred ones. You may find such countertops installed in many kitchens because they are good for food preparation.

  • Advantages: Allows natural reduction of noise while cutting or chopping.
  • Disadvantages: Requires regular cleaning.

At GoodBrother, we consult our customers to pick a countertop that can live up to ten years at least. With design, it is important to closely look at the quality of the countertop. For further consultation, talk to us by visiting GoodBrother.

Kitchen Re-design Essentials

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Are you planning to re-design your kitchen because its time you are expanding your family or might want to reflect your personality in your kitchen layout? Whatever the reason may be, re-designing kitchen is an important process. There are some of the essentials when it comes to re-designing kitchen which each one of us must consider integral right from the beginning. Let us help you with those essentials and make it a process worth it.

Pick a shape

The best part about re-designing your kitchen is that you get to select from different shapes of a kitchen. There are many types of kitchen layouts you may find in the lifestyle magazines or websites. Some of the common layouts include L-shape, U-shape, single wall etc. The selection of the shape is directly related to the manner of your space consumption or how you function in the kitchen on a daily purpose.

Pick a shape

The best part about re-designing your kitchen is that you get to select from different shapes of a kitchen. There are many types of kitchen layouts you may find in the lifestyle magazines or websites. Some of the common layouts include L-shape, U-shape, single wall etc. The selection of the shape is directly related to the manner of your space consumption or how you function in the kitchen on a daily purpose.

Work-Triangle Equation

The most important areas of the kitchen are where you place food panty or refrigerators, prepping station/ stove, and cleaning basin or dishwasher. If you can connect and measure the difference between the three connecting stations then you can get yourself an interesting and effective work-triangle equation for your kitchen. There can be double triangles as well in your kitchen if you have a bigger space dedicated as a kitchen. It allows the people to hangout and cook at the same time.

With the three essentials mentioned in above, we are sure you will say “Re-designing kitchen has never been so easier”. At GoodBorther, we provide complete consultancy before discussing about our kitchen layouts and products. Let us consult you for your next kitchen re-design by visiting GoodBrother.

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Why should you select a linear kitchen?

By | Inspirations

We see many inspirational kitchen designs in the lifestyle magazines and websites with longer and narrow sections in the kitchen. The linear models of kitchen island or preparation sections are there for a reason. Have you ever wondered why featured celebrity kitchens have longer or linear kitchens? Let us take a look at the few reasons why linear kitchens are preferred in the contemporary times:

They make room for tool units

Those who love to cook and spend more time in preparing healthy food are automatically addicted to tools that make cooking easier. In order to place all those tools in a handy manner, it is important to have sections and units which are space-friendly as well. Therefore, linear kitchen design allows all your tools to settle in stylish manner.

They make the room appear bigger

The characteristics of a liner kitchen is that the design is longer in dimensions and narrow when it comes to height. It leaves a lot of space for the room to look emptier but bigger. It is one of the ways to make your kitchen look minimalistic which is a present or modern way of kitchen interior design.

They suit your lifestyle better

We are in the age of fast-pace and technologically advanced way of life. It means that we are on the go and we need little distractions. Linear design of kitchen interior allows inhabitants to ensure less time is spent in cleaning. Traditionally, a lot of shelves and boxes needed a lot of attention when it came to cleaning and maintenance. Usually, linear design of kitchen allows less compartments and open spaces allowing tools or units to settle with no clutter.

So, now we know why contemporary is minimalism and remains synonymous to linearism. Do we need more reasons to select linear design?

We at GoodBrother have a variety of linear kitchen design to browse and select. Let us consult you for your next big move; selecting linear kitchen interior by visiting GoodBrother

Let’s brighten up our homes with all that sunshine and a handful of summer…

By | Inspirations

Summer is here, and boy could we all use a bit of sunshine!

Summer is a season that brings different colours into play and helps us bid goodbye to the dullness of winter by welcoming positive energy and lots of sunshine. From glittery undertones to pastel colours reminding us that ice-cream parlour we once visited ages ago. It is summer that brings colours such as blue and indigo into amalgamation. We know that summer calls for lavish lunch and dinner parties where we bring our tableware out for the best garnishing of smoothies. Bring your guests home to a new décor that will define your summer goals. You don’t have to say it for they will believe it and appreciate your sense of style. We always keep you updated with the latest trends. Let us take you on a quick tour of summer trends for your perfect summer home look. The following trends are your way of redecorating your summer’18 home:

What’s up with wallpapers and tiles?

Undoubtedly, it is geometry all over again. The usage of geometry is a smart move for it creates an effective decorative membrane allowing the light to balance furniture, walls, and accessories.

To our surprise, we had seen geometrical patterns on cushions and rugs in 2017. And now, we see it in 2018 as well with a deepened grasp in the form of tiles and wallpapers. You may give your kitchen a touch of geometry in the form of tiles or within your living room by buying a wallpaper a beautiful geometrical pattern.

Catalytically blue

The warm browns of winter furniture should now be replaced with inky blue. We suggest you think about welcoming inky blue shades in your home in summer. Why? It’s time to bring a new set of colours to display a perfect room full of sunshine. It is important that your home is able to use the summer sunshine. Therefore, using inky blue in the form of vases and other important home accessories can bring a beautiful new look to your home.

Gelato adds chills in summer, so are its colours:

Beat the heat of summer with ice-cream and its colours. Bring home the trendy gelato colours in the form of paints. Many paint colour producers have colour matching technology in their stores for its customers to select from a diversified pallet of paints.

You don’t have to necessarily stick to one colour. Bring about a whole new look at your home by selecting multiple gelato colours. Home accessories in gelato colours can easily be found at the interior stores. Match your walls using gelato colours depending upon accessories.

Say hello to embellishments:

To be honest, tassels and feathers are so summer-friendly that they can become symbols of summer. As we see snowflakes imprinted on bedsheets and home accessories for it is the symbol of winter, fringes, and tassels are synonymous to summer.

Bring the summery tassels and feather in the shape of cushions, throws, and rugs. In addition, you would like to try Macramé accessories in summer. They bring about a different appeal giving your home a fresh look.

Transform your indoors with outdoor:

In the world of green living where everyone is trying out eco-friendly solutions, it is time that we bring plants inside our homes. The health benefits of plants indoors have been promised in the new research studies. There is nothing stopping you from bringing a lot of plants indoor because they make homes become lively.

Place them in the shelves or in the corner of the room. Plants will make dead places become alive. Summer is a perfect time to water some leaves and bring greenery in every nook of your home.

Colour therapy in summer is a must

Don’t we all know the beautiful appeal of shades of different colours forming an illusion? When we recall words such as dreams and illusions, we are definitely talking about summer. Let us stop using riddles to surprise you.

Ombre is a perfect colour therapy that you may let your home have this summer. The right approach to incorporate ombre colour therapy is to select a wallpaper by matching it well with accessories.

As gold as the sun in summer

We have seen amazing trends in the summer of 2017. We saw it in the form of finishes and frames. This year, we can foresee glittery gold to be everywhere in our homes. It will allow the summer heat to turn into a shimmer bringing beauty to your home. The frames of mirror are likely to look better in shades of gold. The interior experts have seen niche market of interior to receive demand of gold. Hence, accents of gold are available in accessories, furniture and fittings.

We suggest you give an addition to your home by incorporating gold in the form of facets in your bathroom fittings, handles for your doors and table finish to make your home summer-ready. Furthermore, a slight addition of bronze to cut down the flattering glitter is another possible way to adjust the golden hues at your home.

Every home deserves a pop of colour

What is fun in not bringing popping colours at home in summer. Turn the sunshine towards your home and welcome it with colour pops. The brightness of colours accommodates sunshine and bring a fresh appeal to your home. For summer’18, choose the trend of colour pops for ensuring a design-oriented look to your home. The trend of colour pops allows people to bring individualistic nature to home’s decor by selecting colours that are their favourite.

For most people, using colour pop strategy may be bold. As a matter of fact, the mix and match of colours allowing the basic bold colours to become lively. The neutral walls and the usage of blue detailing can recreate your home’s look. There are many other options from rugs to curtains that can be used to apply the colour pop strategy.

Adding layers to your details

Interior designing and that too for your own home is a dream and risk altogether. It takes a lot of budget for one to redecorate your home. However, with the right approach, you can make use of effective trends pay off your money in the form of people appreciating your sense of style. You can trust when we suggest you that bright colours teamed with golden hues will definitely redefine your choice and interior of your home.

We are talking about your kitchen table where you can use tableware with coloured linens. It is all about layering your home with the effective decorative pieces. The prints and patterns of tropical motifs are sure to set you in a summer mood. Before winter strikes again, you have got to redesign and reapply trends of tropical layering. We also think that the trend of getting tropical designs over your home accessories will take you to a whole new level of freshness. Nobody likes a dull home and hence, bringing abstract prints is the right way redesign your home.

Iridescence your way to catching light

Winter can be dulling for many people and thus, sunlight move them and bring a positive energy in your home. Open your doors and windows to the sunshine that must drop on an iridescence surface. The new concept of using iridescence carpets has changed the way people have imagined their floorings. The popular tend this summer’18 is to use as much bright flooring as possible.

It will work as a prism allowing the rays to touch your coloured walls and wallpapers. The distinctive layering of your home accessories could not have been possible if it was not for the iridescence flooring and carpeting. Take lighter colours to bring that mix and match pattern in your home décor.

At Good Brother, we provide the complete guide to your home décor. We have the best catalogue for you to skim and select your favourite summer home look. Let summer’18 be a memorable one. Contact us at 091-766637 for talking to us more about the trends that suit dimensions of your home and above all, your personality.

Why is it taking so much longer than planned…?

By | Inspirations

Welcome to the world of building your own home. If you haven’t done this before it can be the most exciting and frustrating process to ever challenge a person.

Once you commissioned a builder and they tell you everything you want to hear, the architect has recommended them and the QS is giving you everything you want and all within budget you literally couldn’t be happier… well maybe not!

As we see regularly on building shows such as Room To Improve is that it’s really rare that things go directly to plan, it takes longer and costs more!

Have a rock-solid plan

From finding a suitable lot to build on, to getting all the required paperwork and permissions in order, to finding a building contractor, to selecting a design and finishing scheme, pretty much every aspect of the construction process must be planned for well in advance.

Create a comprehensive action plan with budgets and timelines for every desired outcome and leave nothing to chance. Don’t just plan for the expected – plan for the unexpected as well.

What happens if your builder accidentally cuts through a water mains during construction? What if certain permissions do not come through on time? What if certain materials are not available? Planning for every eventuality is perhaps the most important step toward eliminating delays and keeping things on plan.

Be intentional and decisive

When you make a decision after giving it due thought and consideration, make sure to stick with it and follow through on executing it. The easiest way to create delays and bottlenecks in your house building project is to change your mind about something midway through. So you chose ceramic floors, but midway through you start to wonder whether hardwood floors would work better even though it wasn’t part of your plan. Don’t. Do. It. Really.

Apart from the fact that you can expect to tack on a few more weeks onto your construction schedule, even a tiny change can have all sorts of unintended consequences that can dramatically escalate costs or even threaten the entire project altogether. Once you decide on something with your builder, follow through on it single religiously.

Make sure you have all the money you need

This is a surprisingly common mistake that home builders often make during the planning stage. Even if the bank has committed to crediting your mortgage account on a particular date, or you are expecting a payment before a specific date, do not plan as if you already have that money.

Wait for all payments you are expecting to come in first and then you can start to execute your budget.

The last thing you want is to be left red-faced with a returned cheque or failed debit, struggling to explain to a supplier or tradesperson that you’re really not trying to stiff them, but there must be a mistake from the bank…

 

Ensure that everything you will order is available

This is particularly important for materials that are key to your build, or cannot be replaced easily. Weeks before commencement, you should do a spot of research to confirm that all the materials and items you will order in the course of the build are available in the quantities that you need.

Never assume that a supplier must have something in stock because on the off-chance that they don’t, you could be facing expensive delays to your project while you run around sourcing it from elsewhere.

Communicate constantly!

After selecting a winning bid, your communication with the contractor has only just begun. It’s not a good idea to assume that “they know what they’re doing so I’ll just stay out of their way”.

In many cases, you need to be in constant contact to properly communicate what you want and how you want it. The contractor’s job is to render their services and get paid – not to read your mind. If you don’t get your builder to observe your vision, they still end up with a cheque regardless, while you end up with an unsatisfactory house.

 

If you would like any more info please give us a call or call to our brand new showroom based in Briarhill, Galway.

It’s better to think earlier than later when it comes to finishes…

By | Inspirations

Because it takes a lot of time!!

Paint colours, carpet, counter-tops…for many people, choosing the finishes and selections for their new home is the most fun part of the building process! This is the opportunity to make the home truly yours. The best part of choosing finishes for your home is that you can be as creative or conservative as you wish—it all depends on your personal style, and how you want to live in your home.

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your current one, finishes are like the icing on the cake. If you’re feeling intimidated by the thought of choosing the perfect home selections and finishes, never fear! These five tips will inspire your creative juices.

Your choice should reflect your personality

If you’re going to live in that house with your family and have your friends over from time to time, you probably want to put a few customising touches on it. It should reflect you, which in turn helps you feel more at ease.

If you’re a quiet indoors person, soft colours and comfort-first furniture should be right up your street, but if you’re the more extroverted type and you’re likely to have a house party every now and again, you probably want a bold colour scheme with artsy, visual furnishings.

Use the Internet to get a second opinion

A number of design and photo-sharing websites give you a gateway to a world of options and design concepts. Your builder might possibly be less than thrilled to you second-guess their opinions based on something you saw on the internet, but remember that once their job is done, they don’t have to live in the house – you do.

Always make sure you have seen a good number of options before making a choice, so that you don’t see a kickass concept on Pinterest two weeks after moving in and then start having regrets. While you’re doing this however, keep in mind that you should probably…

Limit your options to keep your sanity

Now it’s all well and good poring through hundreds of options on Pinterest, trying to decide on a single design that fully encapsulates your desires but keep in mind that the number of available options is literally unlimited. If your decision is dependent on going through all the options you can find on the Internet, you will probably never get round to building your house.

To avoid the paralysis of excessive choice, consciously limit your options to a manageable number and then start eliminating them one by one. When you are down to two or three options, you can also involve your builder to help you make a selection.

Always keep your budget in mind

It is very easy to get carried away by the euphoria of creating your own living space and overseeing how it is put together. So easy in fact that you might end up several €000 out of pocket if you’re not careful! When making your merry way across photo sharing internet sites and examining options with your builder, always have your budget in mind as your primary selection parameter.

Never make the mistake of telling yourself, “I’m sure I can squeeze out a few extra €00 for this…” because it will not stop with just that one item.

Reduce your time window and just do it!

As a rule, the more time you have to get something done, the more likely you are to procrastinate or vacillate without actually achieving anything, which ends up in either a rushed decision at the last minute or changing your mind several times during the period.

To avoid creating unnecessary stress for yourself and your contractor, it is better to simply give yourself a reasonable time window to make all decisions and lock them in. Once you are done making your choices, force yourself to move on and attend to other things.

To avoid the paralysis of excessive choice, consciously limit your options to a manageable number and then start eliminating them one by one. When you are down to two or three options, you can also involve your builder to help you make a selection.

If you would like any more info please give us a call or call to our brand new showroom based in Briarhill, Galway.

Your kids will love you for it…

By | Inspirations

We all know the feeling of when we were younger when our parents embarrassed us or we were slightly embarrassed about bringing our friends to our home because of what they might see. Research has shown that these days, kids are a lot more aware of their social status, with the huge rise of social media, images, brands, fashion etc.

A recent study in the UK shows that children aged between 11-16 years old were very aware of their surroundings at home with regards to feeling proud or in some cases ashamed of where they live.  It shows that kids that are happier to invite their friends around have better and stronger bonds with their family and therefore spend more time at home both alone and with their friends…

The place is a mess!

When you share a space with your family, it’s hard to escape that well-meaning chaos that results in the living room, bathroom and other communal spaces. Toys, keys and clothes find their way all over the house in some sort of systematically chaotic non-formation and when Callum brings his friends round, he might get very self-conscious about it. He has after all, seen what a respectable middle class family house is supposed to look like on TV and Netflix…

The colour scheme is tacky

One of the things about belonging to a different generation from your children is that your ideas about style and design are generally about 15 years out of date.

The neighbourhood isn’t great

Much as you may try not to show it, kids know when they live in the ‘wrong’ part of town. Apart from your overprotectiveness whenever they have to step out of the house, the other kids at school are probably brutally honest about their thoughts on where they live. To your eyes, it may not quite be Boys In The Hood, but in his opinion you might as well be living In the ghetto…

The house is too small

Emma watches TV and goes to school with people who live in plush 5-bedroom houses with nannies and helpers. You might not realise it, but even at her early age, she can tell that there is a bit of a difference between her house and Caoimhe’s house. Enough to make herself conscious about it.

Why We Won’t Be Beaten On Choice, Quality or Price!

By | Inspirations

Living in 2017 and being what we like to think a modern day kitchen company we have decided to be a fountain of unbiased knowledge when it comes to selling our kitchens.

As mentioned in a previous blog, nearly all kitchen suppliers across Ireland are supplied by the same handful of suppliers when it comes to doors, counter tops & accessories. This means that nearly all companies can supply you with the exact same kitchen (literally) as the competitor up the road. We are about to let the cat out of the bag and think more about the customer than ourselves!

This month, we are going to trial an offer that see’s us guarantee you, the customer, a like for like price match from any competitor and we will cut the cost to you even further. We are aware that people shop around, we know that buying a kitchen whether it’s for your new build, renovation or simply for a rental property, most will shop around trying to get the best deal possible. This is not a scam, nor is it a marketing ploy, it’s a simple offer that allows you to get the best possible value for your money.

Let’s talk about the 3 areas mentioned:

Choice..

We have the same suppliers and manufacturing capabilities as every other kitchen company in Ireland. This means we can provide you with exactly what anyone else can in terms of style, design, door type, carcass & accessories!

Quality..

We work only with the best quality material. Our doors, carcasses, counter tops (Stone or Laminate) and even down to drawers and hinges are of a quality that cannot be argued with. We are very picky about who we allow supply us because we genuinely want you to receive the best quality product your money can buy! We have a lifetime warranty in some cases on our product and that means the world! Our fitters are the best in the businesses and are highly meticulous when it comes to fitting your kitchen.

Price..

The age old story. People are hardwired to get the best price they can for whatever they buy and we are no different.  While all businesses are here to make money there is a cutoff point. Again nearly all kitchen suppliers have the same cost to buy or build the material of which inevitably ends up becoming your kitchen. The cost of the kitchen material is practically the same to everyone.

With this in mind, why would some companies be more expensive than others?

There are 3 very simple reasons;

  • They are pricing you for a different spec kitchen with different doors with more units and more work required to fit.
  • They have bigger overheads than the other guy! Why should you foot that bill?
  • They are trying to take advantage of you! This should never happen!

We want to remove all of the toing and froing for customers. In fact, we are suggesting that people go and get other quotes to compare. If the price is different it’s because of one of the three reasons mentioned above.

What we will do is if you have visited a showroom in Galway and you have received a quote for your dream kitchen but haven’t yet visited us, we invite you to come into our showroom in Briarhill with your quotation and allow us to give you our price of that exact same kitchen. Let’s put it this way, we haven’t lost a kitchen to price yet!

You can get in touch with us in many ways, we have tried to make it easy for everyone…

  1. Book an appointment: CLICK HERE
  2. Send Us Your Plans & Quotes: CLICK HERE
  3. Call Us: 091-766637
  4. Email Us: [email protected]

NB: Please note, coming to us with a basic email with no detail only a guide price will not give us enough information to price like for like so be sure that you have a breakdown of the spec of everything you are being quoted for.