So, Where to Buy 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 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?

Let’s Talk about GROUT!

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!

Kitchen Floor Tile Fabu

This is a post that describes installing large format porcelain ceramic tile for a 200-ft2 kitchen space on a concrete subfloor with some significant fractures. If you want to make sure that your expensive new 12×12 inch or larger tile doesn’t crack, then there are several things you can do: Make sure the substrate (concrete slab or plywood subfloor) is sound and flex-free. If the … Continue reading Kitchen Floor Tile Fabu

Shower “Pan” Sloping

Here’s a detailed description for how to properly install a traditional PVC vinyl or fiberglass “pan” to waterproof the base of a custom tile shower install. It is possible to DIY a shower pan for yourself, but most homeowners will want to get an expert. Either way, it’s a real good idea to know how to make a properly sloped and waterproofed shower base no matter who does the actual hands-on work. This will ensure that your project is done right. Continue reading Shower “Pan” Sloping

Flat, Pitted, and Leaky …

… is no way to be if you’re a shower floor! So, here’s the deal. I usually try (sometimes unsuccessfully, but at least with a try) to be charitable (or at least polite) towards previous contractors whose work I’m often called on to repair or completely redo. Sometimes mistakes happen for explainable reasons, after all. But sometimes you come across some work that can only … Continue reading Flat, Pitted, and Leaky …