Stylish Shower Replacement, part deux!

This post describes the process of fixing a remarkably badly done shower install. If you’d like the demo diagnosis background for this project, then check out Part Uno. If you’d instead just like to see how to install a completely watertight shower, then read on! The Material Challenge Folks often mistakenly believe that tile is waterproof. While some types of tile are indeed nearly waterproof, … Continue reading Stylish Shower Replacement, part deux!

Stylish Shower Replacement, part uno!

This post describes yet another ‘custom’ tile shower install fail. It was almost one of the most strangely bad shower construction installs I’ve seen. While I’d previously encountered shower installs done with no waterproofing at all and the most bizzare ‘waterproofing’ imaginable, this job was another first. How do you use all the (mostly) right ingredients to construct a shower that is completely wrong? Read … Continue reading Stylish Shower Replacement, part uno!

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How to Save on a Kitchen Reno

Six Tips and One Bottom Line: DON’T SKIMP ON EASY UPGRADES! A kitchen is the most expensive room in a house to renovate. In addition to all the trades (carpentry, electrical, plumbing, tile, paint, etc), large appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher, etc), and costly fixtures (sinks, faucets, lighting, etc), you’ll also need to deal with cabinets and countertops (which can cost $10k alone for a 10’x10′ … Continue reading How to Save on a Kitchen Reno

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How to Save Money on a Bathroom Reno

Four Tips: Plan beforehand, Demo (some) yourself, Schedule ahead, and BE OPEN TO TIPS This post gives some tips for getting the lowest-cost bids for typical full bathroom remodels, ones where existing wall locations and major plumbing locations are kept intact. For example: simply replacing a tub surround instead of converting the tub to a walk-in shower, or taking everything to the studs but keeping … Continue reading How to Save Money on a Bathroom Reno