Attached is a photo of the existing shower/tub that my brother wants to replace. Together we're going to replace the tub and then tile around it using either ceramic or porcelain. The questions is this, what type of tub material should we use (e.g. cast iron, fiberglass, etc.)? I've read the Americast Tub by American Standard is a great option but wanted to get everyone's opinion on this renovation. Thanks :)
Commented on May 03, 2013
To echo Bob (Woodbridge), we have put in close to 50 of the Americast product tubs from
American Standard without an issue. It goes without saying, the best product out there isn't worth a hoot if it isn't installed properly... Tim
My husband and I have gutted our master bathroom and we want to put in a glassed shower. We are looking at a quartz base and one glassed side will be the door with the other two sides tiled to the ceiling. Advise/cautions.
Commented on Feb 25, 2013
Cyndi, When you say a quartz base, are you referring to some sort of cultured marble product?
Also, is it a true three-sided shower or is one side layed out in a neo-angle design? Tim
Kathy, The first thing I looked for when I read your post is where you are from. I now live in
Virginia Beach, but I grew up near Syracuse and went to college in New Hampshire. Creative ideas that work well in Phoenix may not do as well in snow and sustained cold temperature parts of the country. Make sure your plans incorporate not only the right materials, but the correct installations that make it easy to "shut it down" in preparation for the harsh winters. Tim
A DIY "remodel" was done on our 1930s bathroom, and it looks like they just layered tile on top of the original. It doesn't look BAD exactly, but I wondered if there's any way to remove the top layer and save the original. Any chance? Thanks!
Commented on Feb 11, 2013
Amy, You can't get three more qualified folks on any site to give you advice on the subject
than these three.
If you have the time and aren't going to be furious after you have struggled all day, only to find the bottom layer can't be saved...then give it a shot.
We are meeting with the cabinet makers on Wed to discuss kitchen and bathroom cabinets. ONe of the things I want to ensure is that all lower cabinets have pull out drawers or shelves as
we want to grow old(er) in this home and with bad backs, bending gets tougher every year. :) I heard recycling and garbage in one cabinet is good... anything you are dying to tell me before I meet with the makers would be great to hear.
Commented on Jan 29, 2013
Don't let the one on the car lot with the sexy paint job and the cool rims get your heart
racing. Spend the money and get quality, functional, well-built cabinets...they are worth every penny. I am talking about the cabinets themselves. That special finish or glaze that you are crazy over may require much more time to apply that can easily increase the cost by 25-40%. It isn't hard to think you are buying a high quality unit when in fact you have purchased a low-end cabinet with a high-end finish.
So what's my point? Concentrate on the quality/cost of the cabinets themselves before paying extra for the upgraded finishes. Tim
I am getting ready to do some updates/remodels in my main bathroom. I really want an electric fireplace but my bathroom is very limited on space. After doing some contemplating, I came up
with an idea I really like but not sure it is possible. Has anyone ever seen or made a custom bathroom vanity with an electric fireplace on the front?? I am thinking fireplace in front, storage behind. What do you think?
Commented on Jan 11, 2013
Kelly... I applaud you for thinking out of the box... but I must agree with Bob.
If it is ambiance you are looking for, how about a flat screen and one of those fireplace dvds somewhere on the wall?
As we talk with potential clients these days we find there are several questions we hear often.
In this article, we will address one of those common questions: Is there a difference between a design-build remodeling contractor and a new home construction contractor?
New home construction builders use architects and/or "stock" plans and new home contractors to build your home. If an architect is involved, he/she usually imposes a personal style onto the design and develops the concept drawings and plans on paper. Most architects are not builders – they can conceptually draw the plans, but it takes a quality builder to see the architect's plans and know if the concepts can be transformed into practical, effective solutions without costly alterations during the project. What works on paper doesn't always convert smoothly to the building process. Also, having more "cooks in the kitchen" can cause confusion, a loss of the client's vision, and unclear communications, all areas which lead to significant disappointment during the process of a remodel or addition.
When done right, remodeling design is thoughtful and complex. Designing a new home easily allows you the opportunity to trade square footage and budget between bathrooms, kitchens and other rooms in your home. If you want a larger kitchen, you can add the square footage to the kitchen and decrease the square footage in your dining room, for instance. Quality remodelers know how to reconfigure rooms to fit in your existing home by utilizing the space to its maximum potential.
Jeff Titus explains, "Many people don't realize that there is a lot more involved in remodeling a home than new construction. When remodeling, there are several factors you need to contend with, such as taking precautions for safety and cleanliness when the home is occupied, working with conditions that are not square or plumb, matching existing materials such as tile, flooring and moldings, and creating designs that will enhance the home as if the new renovation was always there. When moldings need to be matched and suppliers no longer carry the product, Titus Built mills the molding to match the existing detail. When a tile type is no longer sold off the shelf, we contact our suppliers to find a match. It takes years of experience and connections to products and subcontractors to produce fine quality renovations."
Commented on Jan 11, 2013
Good article. Having experienced both sides of the fence, I am of the opinion that remodeling
is generally much more of a challenge than new construction for the reasons already stated and more. I have heard remodeling compared to a tailor attempting to work on your expensive suit while you are wearing it; a pretty good analogy. Finding an experienced contractor with the personality and skills to handle the extra stressors inherent in remodeling, is critical to the success of your project.
Is the space for the car a tight fit in your garage where every inch counts? Here's an easy way to get the car in the right spot every time ...
Commented on Jan 08, 2013
We always had one of these installed in our garage..back when we had room in the garage for a
vehicle. They worked great for parking the car...but the tough part was to keep the kids from "playing" with it when the car wasn't parked there...especially when they were going thru the t-ball stage...:)