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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?

Fixing the WORST, part deux!

This post describes the process of fixing perhaps the worst shower install imaginable. If you’d like the gory background for this project, then check out this previous post. If you’d instead just like to see how to apply a very creative (but still fully guaranteed) fix for a bizarre leaky shower problem, then read on! The Problem (abbreviated version) A previous renovation contractor had installed … Continue reading Fixing the WORST, part deux!

Kitchen Reno: maximizing condo value

The Challenge? How to make an outdated kitchen in a 750ft2 2/1 apartment condo shine without making the rest of the condo look terrible in the process. This is a pretty common problem, especially apparent if you make a habit of looking at rehab house open houses. To save the cost of full remodels, folks focus on renovating just the bathrooms and/or kitchen to focus … Continue reading Kitchen Reno: maximizing condo value

Custom Shower Creating

Walk-in Showers — the BEST! Seriously, it’s great to live like Roman nobility. In other words, it’s great to live in the 20/21st century. This client was looking for someone to finish a medium 3’x5′ shower that had a traditional fiberglass waterproofing pan installed but not much else. The space was converted from a former smaller bathroom that had had a large 80s vintage whirlpool … Continue reading Custom Shower Creating

Kitchen Reno: the full kind

The upside of a bad kitchen … … is the low bar for making it better! These folks had a quite outdated 1980s vintage kitchen space that was nicely large and worked okay, but didn’t have much else going for it. Dark, uninspired, and not completely functional for a growing family: A full to-the-studs complete renovation redo for a large ~200ft2 kitchen with lots of … Continue reading Kitchen Reno: the full kind