A (relatively) quick intro for who the audience is for this blog and what you can get from reading some posts. Plus, some bio info! Continue reading What’s This Site All About?
Kitchen renovations can get very expensive very quickly. And, unlike a bedroom or bathroom or other kind of reno project, most homes have only one kitchen. So you’ll want to both keep costs down and also plan carefully to speed everything along once the reno work starts. This post has tips and tricks for speedy kitchen makeover ideas that won’t break your bank. Continue reading How to Save on a Kitchen Reno
You ideally want to get the best results for the lowest price on your bath remodel project. Careful shopping and smart design can help keep the costs of fixtures and tile and other materials low. But contractor labor is the biggest cost for any full reno. This post has ideas for how to get quality bids without inflated labor pricing. The bottom line? Good contractors really like to work for organized clients who have clear plans. Read on to find out why and how! Continue reading How to Save on a Bathroom Reno
Tile can be expensive, and finding tile that you like can be hard. There are lots of retail options for buying tile but there are also lots of pros and cons to consider like selection vs markup, easy returns vs online availability, etc. It’s a good idea to know where residential reno tile comes from even if you’re working with a pro designer. Knowledge is power after all, and some tile buying intel can be a powerful cost savings tool. So this post has some tips! Continue reading So, Where to Buy Tile?
Here’s some info about different types of grout and the pros/cons of each. This post doesn’t have detailed instructions for installing grout yourself, but does have lots of details about what kind of grout to use if you are wanting to do a DIY project. It also has all the info you’ll need to have a clear and informed discussion with an installation pro about what’s the best specific grout to use for YOUR particular tile reno project! Continue reading Let’s Talk about GROUT!
Trick question since the answer is always YES, definitely put some nice niche goodness in your new custom shower or tub surround! Including well designed in-wall niche storage in your custom tile project can be stylish in addition to practical. Niches are like super fantastic closets for your shower. They can also substitute for ledges or benches as a convenient footrest for leg shaving, etc. This post has lots of design ideas for adding value to your custom tile shower or tub surround install. Continue reading To Niche or Not To Niche?
There are several different ways to properly waterproof a custom tile shower. Unfortunately there are very many more ways to screw up shower waterproofing. Sometimes, an improperly waterproofed shower will start obviously leaking right away. Most of the time, unfortunately, it takes several years for moisture from a leaky shower to start causing visible symptoms like swelling baseboards or moldy wall cavities. This post describes how to ensure that YOUR custom tile shower waterproofing is done correctly. Continue reading Tile Shower Waterproofing Basics
If you’re in Austin or just about anywhere else in Texas right now, you may be facing an urgent problem as your frozen pipes start to thaw. If your copper water pipes have burst, then you’ll start to get a gusher as the rest of the pipes in your home thaw and water starts flowing again. Here’s what to do if water starts gushing. FIRST, … Continue reading EMERGENCY burst pipe DIY repair info!
This post gives a detailed description for how to install patio tile for a crack-free lifetime guarantee. If you want to cover an outdoor concrete patio slab with ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone tile, then you need to consider how daily and seasonal heating and cooling can cause the tile and concrete below to expand and contract at different rates. This combined with freezing and thawing moisture often results in an eventual cracked tile mess. Here is a step by step guide for making a perfectly tiled outdoor space. Continue reading Outdoor Patio Tile Install
This project was for clients who wanted to turn a very blah builder-grade 1990s -era master bath into a stylish contemporary space while still keeping to a pretty tight budget. As realtors, they understood that bathroom remodels do add to a home’s value and definitely reduce time on market when selling. For example, which of these two bathroom showers would YOU rather buy? And as … Continue reading Shower and Garden Tub Re-do
This project was typical with a twist. It’s very common to upgrade a bath renovation with a new tub, tub surround tile, floor tile, etc. It’s less common to also add a window or replace every bit of drywall. But, if you’re already going mostly to the studs on a renovation project anyway, then it’s usually only an added incremental cost to go ahead and … Continue reading Tub Surround Replacing