Describes how to dress up even a basic fireplace insert with a mosaic tile surround that will look anything but basic. Perfect symmetry is key to a perfect-looking result, especially when using a contrasting grout color for extra pop. Read on for some mosaic tile wall install tips! Continue reading Fireplace Tile Surround
Explains the whole process of converting a tub/shower combo to a custom walk-in shower. This can be a very helpful and cost-effective way to help your home grow with changing lifestyles. Continue reading Converting a Tub to a Shower: HOW?
There was a snowpocalypse in Austin in 2021, and it flooded homes all over town as burst pipes thawed out a week later. Here’s what to do if you have an unexpected freeze and then hear the sound of water pipes gushing. Continue reading EMERGENCY burst pipe DIY repair
Describes how to install patio tile for a lifetime crack-free guarantee. Daily heating and cooling combined with moisture and seasonal freezing can result in a cracked tile mess. Read on for perfect outdoor ceramic floor tips! Continue reading Outdoor Patio Tile Install
Kitchen renovation projects can be very expensive and take a long time. So plan carefully if you want to work quickly and keep costs low. Here are some tips for kitchen renovations that won’t break the bank. Continue reading How to Save on a Kitchen Reno
Skilled labor is the biggest reno project cost. Here are tips for getting quality bids without inflated labor pricing.
Spoiler alert: Good contractors really like to work for organized clients with clear plans. Continue reading How to Save on a Bathroom Reno
Stone mosaic tile is a popular choice for shower and bathroom floors nowadays. It’s great for adding flair to a renovation design. Using natural stone mosaics can however result in annoyingly obvious seams. Read on for tips to install seamless tile mosaics! Continue reading The Seamy Side of Mosaic Tile
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 for each option. This post has tips to guide you! Continue reading So, Where to Buy Tile?
Explains the differences between types of grout and the pros/cons of each. This post has all the info you’ll need for 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!
This post explains why floor tiles installed on a concrete foundation sometimes crack, how to match and replace cracked floor tiles, and how to ensure that they won’t just crack again. Read on for DIY ceramic floor tile repair tips! Continue reading Fixing Cracked Floor Tile
Explains why tub surround ceramic wall tile can crack and shows how to fix the problem without having to start over from scratch. Want to save some money by repairing your shower instead of having to replace it? Then read on for repair tips! Continue reading Replacing Cracked Wall Tile
Most homes in Austin are built on concrete slab foundations, and a lot of slab foundations in Austin have cracks. This post describes how to properly install new floor tile on an old cracked slab to ensure that there will be no future problems. The cute client dog? Adorbs clickbait. Continue reading Kitchen Floor Tile Fabu
This post describes how to properly install a traditional shower “pan” waterproofed with PVC vinyl or fiberglass. You can DIY this yourself, but it’s best to get expert help. Either way, it’s good to know how to make a properly sloped and waterproofed shower base no matter who does the actual hands-on work. Custom tile shower floors must be done perfectly to last a lifetime. Here are tips to ensure that your custom shower floor is done correctly! Continue reading Shower “Pan” Sloping
Removing a wall is a major project. It takes experience and skill to tear down a load-bearing wall without risking loads of trouble. But it isn’t rocket science. This post explains how even a first-story wall can be taken down safely with some rule of thumb know-how. Continue reading Tearing Walls DOWN!
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