After my friend Sara made a comment on yesterday’s post saying she was doing a little renovation work, I thought I’d take a look at Costco’s website to see just what they have available in that area. And I was truly amazed at the amount of home improvement type items you can order.
For instance, did you know they sold glass tile? Me neither. And not just one type, but several different styles (I count 8 ) with many different colors. They also have those tile mosaics that look like pebbles, as well as some metal tiles. Are they a super bargain? I honestly can’t say, I was just amazed at the selection and felt I should mention it here. Here’s an example of available tiles and pricing:
KoreL Stone & Glass Mosaic Tiles – You can get them in 3 different colors, white, black, and brown. It’s a neat way of getting the natural stone look with the more modern and sleek glass tiles. I love them and think they’d be great in a bathroom or as a kitchen backsplash. They do say you can use them for floor applications as well though, so I guess that’s another way you could go with them. You get 11, 1 square foot sheets per order for $139.99, and that does include shipping and handling.
KoreL Tumbled Finish Glass Tiles – Here’s an example of a slightly cheaper all glass mosaic tile that you can get at Costco.com. The finish that they have allows them to be used on the floor too (obviously, from the picture), but they would look really nice in a bathroom or kitchen on the walls too. In any case, they are a little cheaper than the previous tiles at 11, 1 square foot sheets for $99.99, including shipping.
For a look at more of Costco.com’s tile selection, click here. Also, you can often find a small selection of tile in your local warehouse. In Austin, we often have granite, marble and ceramic tiles in the 12″ size.
If you’re tiling your floor, or even if you’re putting down laminate or a floating wood floor, you might want to consider adding some underfloor heating, as well. If you’ve ever been in a space that has this you know how much more inviting it can make a hard surface floor to have it nice toasty warm. At Costco.com you can get the mats in 5′ to 15′ lengths (they’re all 30″ wide) for $129.99 to $269.99, this price doesn’t include shipping though.
With regards to flooring, you can often find laminate or floating wood flooring products in your local warehouse too. I really love the bamboo flooring, but I just don’t have anyplace to put it in my house.
And now for some behind the scenes things. How about some water and energy conservation things?
Watts Premier RA-28 Tankless Water Heater for $599.99 – This total surprised me when I browsed to this one. We’ve been interested in getting one of these for a while (there’s apparently a lot of plumbing involved and that’s been our sticking point). So, if you don’t know what these do for you, I’ll try to explain. Basically, instead of having that big tank of hot water hanging around in your attic or your basement just waiting for someone to turn on the hot water tap, this little box helps to instantly heat the water on demand…so, just when you are actually wanting hot water does it use the energy to make hot water. I’ve heard you can save considerably on your heating and water bills and since being green is what all the cool kids are doing these days, you might consider getting one.
Solor Powered Attic Ventilator – We actually have some of these in our house that we just installed a year or two ago. I think they’ve worked really well and reduced our electricity usage because they work more effectively and reduce the load on our air conditioner. Also, if you’re handy you could definitely install these yourself. I wish they would have had these, or I would have known they did, when we bought ours because they were about $200 more expensive per fan! These are only $339.99, including shipping.
I feel like I’ve already blabbed too much about Costco.com’s home improvement things, however, just so you know they also have things like: