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Pre-project planning for a backsplash tile installation

Your kitchen is the heart of the home. Remodeling your kitchen can improve the look and feel of your entire house – but getting started can be stressful. With careful pre-project planning, you’ll achieve the kitchen of your dreams. Refer to the infographic below as you get ready to begin your remodel.

According to a 2013 Houzz research study, 41 % of homeowners went over budget on their last renovation project, and 18% had no budget specified at all.

Do you know your budget?
Are you open to installing tile yourself to save money on your renovation? If you want to refresh your kitchen, but aren’t ready to take on a full-scale remodel, consider installing a tiled backsplash. Backsplashes are relatively easy projects for do-it-yourselfers, and don’t require taking out cabinets or appliances. They can be completed in a weekend and their designs are limited only to your imagination. Get creative!

Consider your lifestyle
Before beginning your kitchen renovation, consider your lifestyle. Is your kitchen the center of social gatherings? Is your kitchen often messy from creative cooking sessions? If so, your tile backsplash may be subject to lots of stains. Choose a grout that is stain-resistant and try to minimize grout lines.

Have a backup plan
Remember that your kitchen sink, surrounding counter and stove could be out of commission during your renovation. Keep that in mind during project planning. If you want to have access to them again as soon as possible, opt for a fast-setting mortar-grout combination when installing a tile backsplash.

Once you’ve completed the pre-project planning for your tile backsplash installation, the next thing to know is which tile installation materials will help your project go smoothly. You can find a list of materials you’ll need in step two of this “How to Tile a Backsplash” guide.

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Ron Sheldon

Ron Sheldon is a tile and floor installation guru. He has far too much knowledge on obscure topics like grout and floor leveling. A passionate tile contractor by trade, Ron’s spent the past decade dedicated to educating people about tiling, and has great advice on how to perfect your project.

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