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Licensed contractor Amy Matthews shows how to install tiles in a bathroom shower area and the walls to transform a tired old bathroom into a classic Art Deco retreat.
Step 1: Plan Project and Select Tiles
In our project, we brought an old ’70s bathroom into classic Art Deco style. We removed a wall where an old single vanity used to be in favor of a double vanity. To get the plumbing ready for the new vanity, a vented T was added and the drainpipe extended.
Since the backerboard is already installed around the tub, the tile is ready to be installed. In our project, the homeowner met with a tile expert for design advice and was impressed by handmade 3×6″ subway tile. Compared to mechanical or machine-made tile which are lower priced, handmade tiles feature more pooling of the glazes at the edge and appear more textured.
In our project, the homeowners decided to go with machine-made subway tile (about $2 to $4 per square foot) versus handmade tile (approximately $13 to $30 per square foot). Machine-made tile is easy to install yourself because the tile is beveled out. As a result, you don’t have to use tile spacers. Both the subway tile and accent tiles we used are self-spacing in this way so they don’t require spacers. These tiles have a small lip that creates a uniform gap between the tiles, forming perfectly spaced grout joints.
Note: Finishing options include top caps, called listellos, and the use of accent tile between the top cap and field tile. Field tiles are those in the main field of a floor or wall and they’re flat in contrast to trim tiles which are shaped. Border tiles border around field tiles while accent tiles are used to add interest, usually intermixed with field tiles. Read more »
Luxury touches such as beautiful solid wood vanities and exotic granite countertops will add an elegant contemporary look to your room. Vanity lighting for a bathroom is another area that you can bring a unique decorative feel to the space. Professional designers agree that bathrooms are a very important measuring tool when determining the value of your home. Incorporating unexpected lavish touches in your remodel will add to the stylish relaxing feel of your space and drastically increase the value of your home. For example, browse home boutiques for trendy water bowl art and then mount it to a bathroom vanity for a vessel sink that can be found at many home improvement warehouses. A well-crafted vanity with storage in a bathroom is another unique luxury feature, especially in a master suite. When designing this feature, be sure to install bathroom vanity lights with mirror to give the lady of the house the ultimate personal dressing area. Look at our online galleries for bathroom vanity combo set ideas and inspiration to bring the best of bathroom luxury into your own home.
Budget remodelers that do not want to invest in new bath vanity cabinets with tops have several alternative options. For example, learning bathroom colors for 2014 include cabinets as an easy way to transform your existing pieces for very little cost. Be sure to choose a waterproof or high gloss paint that will be easy to clean and hold up to damp conditions. Lighter colors such as a pale grey or white double sink vanity are better than black cabinets because the do not show dirt as quickly and hide chips or paint job imperfections. This is especially important in a kid’s bathroom. Another great money saving option is to purchase cheap bathroom vanities and sinks that are unfinished and then paint them yourself. You can also find vanities without tops for a lower price then install on your own existing sink. New granite bath vanity tops are quite costly so this is a great way to revamp your space while still staying in budget. Take a look at our online guides for tips on how to replace a bathroom ideas 2014 countertop yourself so that your installation looks expertly done.
Beside the porcelain tiles ceramic tiles also offer you a wonderful option for flooring your bathroom. If you want something interesting to put on your walls in the bathroom which is also durable you should certainly consider the ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are very robust and durable plus these tiles are not vulnerable to dampness. It’s also quite easy to keep these tiles clean, and the best part is they’re not really that expensive. You have the option to buy very expensive ceramic tiles, however you can also buy quite inexpensive ones. Ceramic tiles have been used to decorate bathrooms for decades mainly because of their durability. Ceramic tiles are available in the market in many different shapes, sizes and designs. You can get simple rectangle, square, circular or even hexagonal tiles.
If you want to use bathroom floor tile that is not slippery then you should be careful when you are purchasing them from the market. To get a non-slippery bathroom floor you may try to use unglazed ceramic tile, these have quite a rough texture, and so are better for wet areas. The only bad thing about these tiles is that they absorb far more oil which means they need to be cleaned more regularly. To create a dramatic look for your bathroom you should think about using white tiles with a colored grout.
A white or cream tile with blue grout will look truly unique. You must seal the grout so that it doesn’t wear too quickly or lose its color. You may use the hand painted ceramic tiles in your bathroom walls for an added beauty and glamour. Read more »
If you’re looking to add a walk in bathtub to your home in USA, KBC Bath Solutions has the expansive selection and outstanding customer service you need. All of our walk in tubs make it easier to enter and exit the bath because they have lower thresholds. Compared to a traditional raised tub, this bathtub style helps reduce the risk of slipping and falling when bathing – an especially important benefit for people with accessibility concerns.
Safety isn’t the only reason to consider installing a walk in bathtub. Our inventory includes products from Jacuzzi, Rane, American Standard, and other industry-leading companies, so you’ll also be able to bathe in luxury. Imagine entering your bathtub with no trouble, sitting on a comfortable raised seat, then relaxing in a warm bath complete with massaging hydrotherapy jets. KBC can help make that dream a reality as we help you choose the best tub to fit your needs and the dimensions of your bathroom. After you make your decision, we’ll install the tub with the professionalism and expertise.
In addition to our wonderful walk in bathtub options, we offer a range of other products designed to enhance your bathroom, including:
- Tub liners
- Shower liners
- Accessibility items
- Plumbing fixtures
- And more
Matt Renouf is able to make your bathroom is the perfect functioning room, whether you want to lay back and soak in the suds after a busy day in the office, or want to grab a quick shower after a Sunday morning sail on Lymington River, he will ensure your bathroom is a room the whole family can enjoy.
- Bath, Showers, Toilets and Sinks fitted
- Taps and Shower units replaced
- Electric towel rails installed
- Bathrooms tilled to your design
- Custom built cupboards to hold your bathroom essentials.
Downstairs Toilet or En suite required?
Have you always wanted an extra toilet or your own privacy? Putting in an extra toilet and hand basin, or an en suite is not am impossible dream and Matt Renouf will guide you through the project.
- All plumbing work undertaken
- Tiling, wallpapering and decorating your new room
- Stud walls built as required, or under sink cupboards created for that extra storage.