Posts Tagged ‘Gettysburg’

  • Friday Tile Inspiration

    Date: 2012.08.24 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens | Response: 0

    Happy Friday! We’re kicking off the weekend with these inspiring, ceramic tile ideas from Pinterest. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

    Source: via Tan on Pinterest

  • Heated Tile Floors

    Date: 2011.12.03 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    In the cold, long winter months ahead there is one thing that would make getting out of bed in the morning easier. Installing heating systems beneath your tiled bathroom floor. Most systems are around 1.8″ thick, then a frame is built over top with a tile, stone or even hardwood floor.

    Photo courtesy of

    Another option is to install heating pipes which are covered with screed and then a tile or stone floor.

    Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia. Underfloor heating pipes before the screed

    These are just two ways of installing heating under your bathroom floors. Have a WARM and happy holiday!

  • In the Kitchen: Apple Crisp

    Date: 2011.10.04 | Category: Recipes | Response: 0

    Welcome, Fall! We’re so excited for this season to be in full swing. Fall is the perfect time to think about your home remodeling projects and make sure your home is in beautiful condition for the holidays!

    Since Garretson Tile Company is located in Apple Country USA (Adams County),  we wanted to share a recipe using apples for today’s “In the Kitchen” post. This past weekend and coming weekend, October 7th and 8th, marks the National Apple Harvest Festival. Visit the Festival or an Adams County Fruit Stand to purchase your apples for the recipe.

    One of the quintessential desserts of Fall, Apple Crisp never disappoints!

    Recipe courtesy of

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    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
    Yield: Serves 8


    3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
    1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
    1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
    3 pounds apples, such as Empire, Gala, or Braeburn, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut butter into flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats, and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to freezer to chill while you prepare apples.

    In another large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with topping mixture. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

  • Selecting Tile for Sound Reduction

    Date: 2011.08.19 | Category: Custom Tile, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    When building a home that is adjoining to another, sound reduction is always a concern. Using tile to ensure peace is an option but there are few factors to take into consideration. Here are some terms one should understand when picking out sound effective tiles.

    • STC (sounds transmission class)-the single figure of evaluation used to quantify the transmission of airborne sound through building elements.
    • IIC (impact insulation class)-refers to the positive rating number that is used to compare and evaluate the construction in isolating impact noise.
    • Delta (IIC)-value added to the floor/ceiling assembly for a particular flooring product installed on top of actual floor construction.
    • Fiels IIC (FIIC)-positive rating number used to evaluate the performance of  a floor construction and the associated structure derived from field impact sounds measurements.
    • Sounds Transmission Class (STC)-positive rating number that is used to measure the effectiveness of sounds isolation in regards to audible, air-borne sound.

    Example of suitable products which are thin and provide sound reduction. Photo courtesy of Tile Magazine online.

    When all of these are considered along with tile size, grout and setting material, having a quiet environment is your choice.

    Make sure the sound reduction membrane is suitable for the tile being applied over it. Photo courtesy of Tile magazine online.


  • Tile Next to Hardwood?

    Date: 2011.05.31 | Category: Custom Tile, Tips and Advice | Response: 1

    We get asked questions about placing tile next to a hardwood floor and if it can it work. Sure! The key is to make the transition seamless. If the heights are the same you will just leave a small expansion joint and fill with color matched grout caulk. Be sure edges are clean when using this method.

    Hard Surface Reducer Molding (image courtesy of

    If the two are not at the same level, the best option is a hard surface reducer (metal, wood, stone etc.) This floor trim will nicely transition down to adjoining floors. Either way, do not let using two different materials deter you from creating something very visually appealing in your home.

  • Sausage Ratatouille

    Date: 2011.03.12 | Category: Recipes | Response: 0

    Spring is almost here, but that has been hard to tell during the past couple chilly days in Gettysburg! If the cold weather has you in the mood to stay inside, here is a great comfort food recipe to try this weekend!

    The classic French ratatouille is made by simmering eggplant with other vegetables and herbs. It’s often served as a side or appetizer with bread, but the addition of Italian sausage turns it into a heart meal for cooler months.

    Sausage Ratatouille


    3 to 4 links(about 3/4 pound) Italian sausage

    4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 medium-sized eggplant, peeled and cut into a 3/4-inch dice

    2 small zucchini, halved and sliced

    1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced

    2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced

    2 cups canned diced tomatoes

    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon tomato paste

    salt and pepper

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

    3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


    Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil. Puncture the sausage links several places, then cook them at a low boil until there is not longer a pink center, about 14 minutes. Transfer the links to a plate to cool, then slice them into a 1/4-inch-thick rounds.

    Over a medium-high heat, warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, deep skillet.

    Add the eggplant and zucchini and saute them, stirring often, until they are lightly browned but not soft, about 7 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a plate.

    In the same skillet over medium heat, warm the remaining olive oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute them for 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sliced sausage and saute, stirring often for 3 minutes more. Stir in the tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini.

    Partially cover the skillet and gently simmer the ratatouille for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, along with the salt and pepper to taste, and simmer 5 minutes more. Stir the parsley and half of the basil. Serve hot, sprinkled with the remaining basil. Recipe serves 6.

    Recipe courtesy of Family Fun Magazine.

    This tasty meal will fill your home with delicious scents to bring warmth on any cold evening! Have a great weekend, everyone. Enjoy!

  • Beautiful Ceramic Tile Makeover

    Date: 2011.01.06 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens | Response: 0

    For all you design lovers out there, Design Sponge is a blog you will certainly want to bookmark and visit often for endless inspiration. They are constantly posting great info about home and product design.

    In today’s post, they shared great photos of a kitchen transformation. We wanted to share this stunning ceramic tile makeover with you here:

    photo courtesy of design sponge

    photo courtesy of design sponge

    photo courtesy of design sponge

    It is amazing what some bold tile can do for a room! The contrast is just stunning!

  • In the Kitchen: Butternut Squash & Gorgonzola Pasta

    Date: 2010.10.12 | Category: Kitchens, Recipes | Response: 0

    Kitchen tiled by Garretson Tile Company

    As part of our blog, we are going to begin featuring some recipes for you to use in your fabulously new tiled kitchen! :)
    In the spirit of  fall, which is now in full swing, here is a great one to try: Stop by your local farmer’s market (There is a great Farmer’s Market in Gettysburg on Saturdays in October on the Square) and pick up your produce!

    Butternut Squash & Gorgonzola Pasta with Sage, Lemon Balm & Pumpkin Seed Pesto


    • 1 lb. fusili pasta
    • 3/4 c. crumbled Gorgonzola
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
    • 1 c. raw pumpkin seeds
    • 1 1/2 c. fresh sage leaves (or a mixture of half sage, half lemon balm leaves)
    • olive oil
    • 1/2 lemon and zest from peel
    • 2 tbsp. capers
    • a couple pinches of salt and fresh ground pepper

    1. Toss cubed butternut squash with a pinch of salt and pepper in a couple tbsp. olive oil, then roast in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes, until tender. Remove from oven and set aside.

    2. In the meantime, toast pumpkin seeds in a couple tbsp. olive oil over medium heat until some of the seeds start getting lightly browned.

    3. Add garlic, lemon zest and a pinch of salt and pepper to the pumpkin seeds and cook for two more minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.

    4. Chop sage (and lemon balm, if using) finely in food processor.

    5. Add 2/3 of the pumpkin seed mixture, lemon juice and 1/2 c. olive oil to the sage, and puree until smooth.

    6. Cook the pasta. When done, drain and stir in the Gorgonzola until fully melted into the pasta, then stir in the pesto, capers, squash and remaining pumpkin seed mixture.

    Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

    Recipe courtesy of  Design*Sponge

  • Welcome to All Tiled Up!

    Date: 2010.07.29 | Category: Custom Tile | Response: 0

    Thank you for visiting our blog! This is officially our first post and we are excited to start blogging about all topics regarding, you guessed it – Custom Tile in your home brought to you by the tile experts at Garretson Tile Company.

    A little about us: Garretson Tile Company has been meeting our clients ceramic tile needs since 1952, serving the residential and commercial markets in Central Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. We furnish and install ceramic tile, quarry tile, marble, granite and slate. All of our craftsmen are certified by the only National Tile Contractor’s Association approved apprenticeship program, Career Craftsmanship. In fact, most of our installers have no less than 10 years experience, not only in ceramic tile, but with Garretson Tile Company exclusively.

    Check back as we will be posting design tips, installation advice, tile inspiration, DIY tile help and tile we love. Tile is our passion and we look forward to sharing that with you through our blog! If you have any questions or would like to see a post about a certain topic please never hesitate to get in touch. Time to get all tiled up! :)