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Basement Remodeling

Ceramic Tile Removal in a Bathroom Remodel

On this step of removing the ceramic tile it’s going to get dusty so what I did first was remove everything that I could so I wouldn’t have to clean it when I was done. Even though I was not going to reuse the tile, I wanted to be careful because I wanted to put the tile on Freecycle or Craigslist so someone else might be able to use them. The only tools I used were an old flat tip screw driver, hammer and a box cutter.
I should say that the tiles that are offset from the wall about 1/2″ with a mortar mix. The way that the mortar stays on the wall is a wire mesh that is attached to the wall with staples and nails. I started by cutting the bead of caulk around the top edge of the tile being careful not to cut to deep and into the drywall. Now the first tile off is the most critical so you have to be real careful. I just started the screwdriver back behind the tile and pried a little bit at a time at tile I could remove without damaging the wall or the tiles next to it. From that point it gets easier. I worked a line straight down to the floor and then made my way around the room.
Being how we are still using the bathroom I had to work around a few things. The first was the toilet. The tank of the toilet was real close to the tile so it made it difficult to get the tiles off around it. The next thing was the vanity. I should tell you that when they built this house they custom built the vanity and everything before they put up the tile so there is allot of things to cut around. I would have to say that when I got to the mirror I had to be real careful because the mirror was resting on top of the tile. Now I am the kind of guy that if something can go wrong it probable will. I got lucky on this part and didn’t break the mirror.
Another nice thing about doing all the work myself, I get to see how thing’s are built. I am a project engineer for a manufacturing company and I am always looking at how things are built. Okay I better get back to the tile work. Now I mentioned that the tile was about 1/2″ off the wall with a mortar mix. When I got to the door way there was the mortar mix on one side and on the other they built it up with a piece of plywood and used liquid nails to hold the tiles up. Needless to say, I couldn’t save any of the tiles that were glued to the wood. Then I found an area that the tile was glued straight to the drywall. I have to replace some drywall now. Luckily that was the end of removing the tile.
I stacked all of the good tile in a box and threw out all bad ones. Swept up all the debris and put everything back in its place. As I mentioned at the beginning I am going to list the tiles on Freecycle since they are in good condition and hopefully someone else can use them instead of them going into the land fill. As I remodel I’m always looking for ways that I can recycle materials instead of throwing them into a land fill that is already overloaded.
In the next article I’ll be removing the mortar mix and the wire that was attached to the wall.…

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Remodeling

Space Planning For Your Bathroom Remodel

When upgrading your bathroom, the first and most major factor is the dimensions of the space. Have you got the space for a bathtub plus a separate shower cubicle? Just a bath tub and a shower fitting above it? Or if you don’t have the space for the two do you prefer simply a standalone shower? The massive choice on the market could be confusing but also really exciting as almost nothing is as good as a new bathroom with shining white fixtures and sparkling chrome extras.
Selecting new bathroom sinks to integrate within your new bathroom design isn’t as simple as you may think. To begin with you must choose if your sink will be freestanding or fixed into bathroom vanities. And then there’s such a lot of choice aside from the typical white ceramic sink. You’ll find hammered copper sinks which can look attractive and dramatic, particularly with the appropriate bathroom illumination. And then there are numerous types of delightful vessel sinks, that are positioned atop vanities or a bathroom counter.
An important accent for any bathroom is a mirror. A complete wall of mirrored tiles these days seems dated and wrong; however you’ve got a wide range to choose from. On one side of the range are very elaborate bathroom mirrors in the Venetian or Rococo style and at the other are absolutely plain mirrors, in rectangular, square or round forms. An elaborate mirror might look magnificent in a chic smart modern day bathroom.
One factor that can totally change the way your bathroom looks is the bathroom lighting. If you are having your bathroom completely redesigned you might like to add recessed lighting built into the walls or ceiling. Or to give a large bathroom the Wow! factor how about a crystal chandelier? You can combine this with coordinating decorative sconces for an opulent effect. With a small bathroom a full chandelier may well be overpowering however you can achieve a similar impact on a more compact scale using chandelier style lamp shades together with dangling crystal droplets for all the style but not having the risk for tall family members.
An important aspect to note while redesigning your bathroom may be the demands of all of the different people who will be using it. If it’s to generally be your main family bathroom and you’ve got children, then this style and design must be suitable for all of them. In particular, there may be little point in putting in a huge bath if most of the household prefers a standalone shower. For those who live by yourself or the bathroom you are designing is the master bedroom ensuite then you can please yourself over the style and design, bathroom furnishings and accessories.…

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Renovation Costs

Master Bathroom Remodel Options

Different factors must be taken into account when doing a master bathroom remodel than when remodeling any other bathroom. There are two main reasons for this. First, a master bathroom is usually designed so that two people can use it at one time. Second, a master bath is something of a luxury, and so it is usually outfitted with more extravagant fixtures and materials. When you get ready to do your master bathroom remodel, consider many options before you decide.
Bathroom Size
You may want to use the exact space that is already being used for your master bathroom remodel. You might want to increase the size by adding in a portion of the master bedroom. This might be a good idea if the master bedroom is more than large enough and the master bath is very small. This decision is a crucial one. It requires knowledge of the sizes of fixtures, cabinets, and a built-in shower if you want to include one. It also demands experience with framing and other general construction skills.
You must know how much floor space to leave for cleaning and moving around the room. At the same time, you will want to save as much space as possible with a clever floor plan. All this can be accomplished easily by someone with experience in designing bathroom remodels, such as a remodeling expert.
Bathroom Fixtures
A part of choosing fixtures for your bathroom remodel is determining what size and shape your bathroom can accommodate. If you have a small space, you might choose a toilet with a small round bowl. On the other hand, if you have more room in your master bath area, you might prefer a toilet with a larger, elongated bowl for more comfort and style.
You will probably want two sinks in a master bathroom remodel. One question you will have to answer is whether your bathroom can accommodate a vanity with a sink-top, or if you need to use pedestal sinks to save space. If you can have a cabinet under your sink, you have even more options. You might have enough room for a long cabinet with multiple sinks set into the top. An experienced remodeling company can help you get the sink tops and cabinets you want and require, and can install them properly.
Bathroom Storage
Your bathroom will never be organized if you do not plan your bathroom remodel to include places for storage. Every activity you do in your bathroom that requires the use of grooming tools, personal care products or linens must be accounted for in your storage plans. If you do not have a long cabinet under your sinks in which to store your items, you will need to make some other arrangements in your master bath.
You can certainly plan for storage if you do your own bathroom remodel. You can throw in a storage cabinet or shelves here and there with ease. However, if you use a professional remodeling company, they will make sure you use every bit of space available for storage without cutting into the space you need for the other functions of the master bath. You can do a master bathroom remodel by yourself, or you can hire an experienced remodeler to do it for you. It all depends on how professional you expect the results to be.…