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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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What You Should Know About Travertine Tile

by Chloe Cooper

If you are thinking about replacing the tile in your home, you might want to give travertine tile a try. This beautiful tile is a type of limestone, so it comes from the Earth's surface, but it goes through a heat and pressure process in order to maintain a slightly softer and lighter look. Here are some things to know about this type of tile so you can decide if it is a good option for you or not.

The Color Is Determined By Iron

The colour of travertine is one of the things that attracts people the most. It doesn't have the deeper red and orange colours that are more common in limestone, but instead contains a much lighter look. The typical colours of travertine are various shades of gold, tan and white, light browns and, sometimes, light red shades. If the tile has a deep rusty red or dark browns, it usually means it has a higher amount of iron content. Iron in travertine is what determines what the colour will end up being.

There Are Many Ways to Use Travertine

While travertine is often used as flooring tile, there are many different ways to use the tile in your home. Perhaps you are happy with your current flooring, but would love to add travertine to your bathroom. You can use it in the shower stalls to bring some colour to the space, or even use the tile on the wall in various patterns or as a border in any room of your home. Travertine is also frequently used as pavers outside, such as when creating steps leading out to your garden.

Travertine Lasts a Long Time

While travertine might not be the cheapest type of tile on the market, it is well worth the investment. Travertine is highly durable and hard, so it is difficult to damage and doesn't require a lot of repairs. It is a good tile if you plan on putting heavy furniture on it or you want to use it in an area of your home with a lot of foot traffic, such as a mud room or entryway. The longevity and durability further helps protect your investment since it shouldn't need to be replaced for a long time.

The Tile Doesn't Retain Heat

All flooring options have their drawbacks, and travertine tile is no exception. While this is a beautiful, durable, interesting flooring option, it isn't great if you want warm tile. Travertine doesn't retain heat, so you might be walking around on cold floors a good deal of the time. This is what makes it ideal for entryways instead of bedrooms.