One of the big topics up for discussion when you're first planning out a tile shower is how you want the overall design to be and how you will be storing all of your shampoo bottles. It could even blend in with a whole bathroom design because you may want to use the same color granite or quartz from you countertop to compliment some of the accessories in your shower. This is commonly done and … [Read more...] about Marble or Granite Corner Shelves in your Tiled Shower
The best way to get a proper Tile Flooring Installation is to hire the qualified professional right? Of course it is because we all study the right way to do things, learn from other seasoned veterans and douse our brains in the TCNA Handbook for the best references for the various situations that arise. This is something that doesn't happen over night because it takes years in the field to get … [Read more...] about Need a proper Tile Floor Installation? DIY isn’t always the right path…
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)
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?
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
There’s TONS of shower drain options and manufacturer’s on the market today. It can be a challenge just to find a drain that will match up with your preferred style and appearance but here are a few tips when making your selections: Make sure you can match up to your faucet finish (or you could make it easy and choose a tile-top drain…) Choose a drain that is manufactured by a reputable … [Read more...] about Wedge Wire Shower Drains – Bring that shower ALIVE!!!
Does size matter? Well it probably does when it comes to the pocket book but for the most part all bathrooms are small. In fact, (aside from your closets and mud room) bathrooms are generally the smallest rooms in the house. Either way, the topic of this blog is always a consideration when you’re planning to remodel your bathroom and formulating a budget. One of our most recent jobs was a … [Read more...] about My bathroom is small. How much will it cost?
Sure it will! Remodeling can be tough when there’s only one bathroom in the house, but taking proper steps throughout the project will ensure that the toilet can be useable at the end of each day’s work. Many “tile setters” don’t do much with plumbing, so be sure to keep that in mind when selecting your contractor. You will want a company that is competent and well versed in all phases of … [Read more...] about Will my toilet be functional during a Bathroom Remodel?