Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Understanding ADA single bathroom requirements

Understanding ADA single bathroom requirements

We are currently doing a commercial remodel for a large yoga studio and one of the requirements is that is has an ADA bathroom and shower. I have been doing research to make sure the bathroom is compliant and thought I would share my research to help other people . The space as a whole has to allow 5 feet of turning radius for a wheelchair to do a full 360....

Replacing that old diverter faucet in your tub area

Replacing that old diverter faucet in your tub area

Eventually it happens, the tub fixture looks like it was dragged behind a car during rush hour and it needs to be replaced along with the handles.  This is an easy fix and you can easily purchase a remodel kit that does everything you want to update the freshness of the tub area. As always, please make sure and turn off your water.  Almost all older tub...

Fixing Bad Floor Joist During a Remodel

Fixing Bad Floor Joist During a Remodel

Its time to finally remodel that failing bathroom with the 50 year old tub and toilet. As I frequently see and warn my clients about prior to demolition, we may run into a few bad floor joist as we demo out the bathroom. I thought I would give a few tips to dealing with this situation. Commonly, the floor joist tend to rot out around the tub from years of water...

Installing Cement Backer Board on a subfloor

Installing Cement Backer Board on a subfloor

Installing Hardibacker or Durock Cement Panels are a pretty easy and straight forward process. I have installed both materials several times and prefer durock over hardibacker because hardi seems to come apart in layers much too easy for my taste, so I use Durock. Installing over a wooden sub floor ( i.e. a pier and beam or second floor) means laying the sheets...

How to Caulk a Bathtub

How to Caulk a Bathtub

Every tub needs to have a nice bead of caulk at the base of the tile to keep water from getting behind the tile. If you have an old tub you likely have old, moldy, cracked caulking around the tub, or worse yet, no caulking at all. To fix this situation you will need a few things: 5 n 1 tool or caulk removal tool caulking gun mildew resistant caulk in either a...

Which trowel sizes to use for what tile

Which trowel sizes to use for what tile

A common question we get is how do I know what size trowel to use for my tile choice. The answer is common sense when you think about it. You will want to use smaller teethed trowels with smaller tile. So a 3/16 x 5/32 V notched trowel is good for up to 2″ tile.  At the opposite end of the spectrum are 12×12 tile and above. those tile logically need...