It's always neat when you get a phone call to tend to project in a historical home - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to be exact. Not just your regular house as none of them are really all that "regular" since all of Gettysburg has some type of connection with the civil war... or simply just a few ghosts of war cruising around. Some more than others want to try and keep the theme in line when … [Read more...] about Claw Foot Bathtub installation with Slate Tile walls – Part 1
Somewhere along the lines... I ended up with this big project outside of Harrisburg, in Thompsontown, PA. Mostly because there aren't really any contractors in that area and they thought I was the coolest one in all of America and the free world! :) All kidding aside and after seeing the photo's you can only imagine the time I spent on this bathroom remodel... so obviously, the homeowner's … [Read more...] about Tile Shower with Boulder Seat and Custom Pebble floor.
One thing that I get a chuckle out of is the mojo presented at online forums or social media groups for contractors... tile guys especially! Just to be clear, I kind of enjoy it because there's a large group of guys around the United States that love to show off their tile showers step by step and spend a lot of time bragging about the waterproofing part. Seems that everyone has their own little … [Read more...] about How your shower should look before Tile gets installed
Because this is such a broad and obscure term I don’t know how well I can answer that for you, however, I can do my best to explain this! If you search for a specialty contractor you will find many different contractors offering different services so you may have to sift through multiple pages to find what you’re looking for. You may find topics like: Driveway Sealing Excavation Fire … [Read more...] about A “Specialty” Contractor – What exactly is that?
After closing out one of our last projects of the year I wanted to blog about this for multiple reasons and touch base on how simple it is to customize a shower. The term “customize” usually equates to spending more money but I look at it like this… When was the last time you purchased a Filet Mignon from the grocery store? Pretty expensive, huh… Yep they definitely are but after you slap … [Read more...] about Project Review: Custom Tile Shower and Bathroom Remodel in Mechanicsburg PA
Many tile contractors have their own preference of products to use for a tile shower and I would say there’s a lot of great products on the market when it comes down to mortar, waterproofing, grout etc… One of my go-to products for grouting is QuartzLock2 for many reasons: Color consistent from batch to batch Pre-mixed in a bucket Longer working time (close the bucket and take a break - … [Read more...] about Grouting a Tile Shower with QuartzLock2 (a premium product)
Many homeowners live by the phrase “If it’s not broke… don’t fix it” but waiting too long to repair your shower facility can do more harm than good. Uncovering walls will bring surprises like damaged framing, rotted subfloors, termites <ick>, mold etc… Here are a few signs that you may need a tub replacement: Soap dish fell off the wall. Missing grout. Moldy grout. MOUNDS of … [Read more...] about 3 Options for a Tub Replacement
It's common these days to hear about a membrane from your local tile contractor. Are they needed… or is it an unnecessary up-sell? Let me give you the breakdown. A tile membrane will offer crack isolation properties when installing tile provided the sub floor and existing structure meets deflection requirements. Deflection is a calculation based on the span of the floor, size of joists (and a … [Read more...] about Why do I need a membrane for a Tile Floor?
A shower faucet can be as simple or complicated as you prefer and like many, focus is steering away from a standard single handle faucet to spa-type configurations with multiple shower heads, spray wands, body sprays etc… (let’s face it, all we do is work nowadays so more time in the shower is a mini-vacation…). Bathroom remodeling is like clockwork for me and after 15 years in the business I was … [Read more...] about Shower Faucets and Body Sprays (Plumbing Rough-In)
After browsing around a few contractor, homeowner and photo-type forums I took notice to some proudly posted photos that I thought were less than desirable based on the tile layout. My first thought was, "What is a proper way to place the tile so that everything matches up nice...?" and thought that would be a good topic for a blog. Anyway, before I can answer that I'll start off with a few … [Read more...] about Tile Shower Layout