(ANGIE'S LIST) - The sweet sound of freshly cut tile is music to the ears of homeowner Sandy Schwarz who decided the time was right to update her kitchen after 26 years.
"It was a little bit outdated and I'd seen some beautiful backsplash and countertops out there and I just wanted a new look and I thought it'd be real exciting to do that," Schwartz said.
She found a countertop she loved and paired it with a backsplash she loved designing a unique combination of tile, glass and stone.
"There's a lot more creativity when it comes to a backsplash these days. You're seeing people not only install them between the counter and the cabinet, but also above the top of the cabinets. Additionally, think about how you want it installed. It could be done vertically, horizontally, even diagonally to give it a different look," Angie's list founder, "Angie Hicks said.
Geoff Horen says he didn't used to do many backsplashes during a remodel. Now, it's rare when he doesn't do one. And it doesn't have to be elaborate to be eye-catching.
"Most of the time I tell people: if you're thinking in the range of 18-hundred to two thousand, you're going to get a nice backsplash, and then what you come up with is your own creativity," Kitchen remodeler, Geoff Horen said.
Kitchens are often the heart of a home where each day begins and everyone gathers. Angie says a new blacksplash should reflect your personality with little regard for resale value. Horen agrees.
"I always use the five-year rule. If you're going to be there five years or more, then in my mind, you do what's going to make you happy and resale becomes less of an issue," Horen said.
"I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. No, I love it," Schwartz said.