By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

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.

Set the Tile Rail

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 »



bathrooms designs for the ages

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

A bathroom should be a sanctuary, an escape from your hectic daily life. There is no difference when it comes to universal bathroom design. A universal bathroom is designed with style while accommodating the needs of everyone.

When renovating your bathroom considering the family dynamics will assist in creating a space that is user friendly for all of the household participants. Adding a bath tub that is accommodating for an elderly parent can be useful in the future.

Keeping the future in mind when renovating your bathroom can be quite cost effective. Incorporating sinks with single handle faucets as well as cabinetry that will accommodate the possible need for a wheelchair is something to consider for your new bathroom design. You can accomplish the stylish bathroom you desire by using materials that will make your room design unique.




New Compact Black Freestanding Bathtub

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Black bathtubs always look very elegant and refine. Such bathtubs attract an attention and make people to dream about bathing in them. Castello offers a new black freestanding bath – The Petit. This oval bathtub is made of composite material with the appearance and beauty of natural stone, but without the drawback of excess weight. This material is very pleasant to touch and provides the perfect and extremely comfortable bathing. The Petit has a quite compact size, that’s why it ideally fits for those people who want a beautiful and luxury bathtub but don’t have very big bathroom. It amazes but its excellent combination of simple shapes and opulence of black stone. This small freestanding bath could become an amazing centerpiece of any luxury and stylish bathroom. More information about it you could find on Castello site.

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Beautiful Freestanding Bathtubs for Opulent Bathroom Design from Recor

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

The Recor company has been founded in 1958 in Portugal and takes one of the leading places in production of different kinds of contemporary cast iron bathtubs. It will present its latest models on prochain Mosbuild 2010. These models are awesome freestanding baths for elegant luxury bathroom designs. They are made of qualitative material and decorated by amazing patterns. Gold finish and sophisticated shape of elegant legs create an atmosphere of beauty and opulence. Any bathroom with one of such charming freestanding bathtubs could remind a royal room and give a lot of pleasure to its owner. The cast Iron bathtubs from Recor could become a proud part of any classic bathroom designs. If you like less opulent models with more modern designs then you also could find the right freestanding model among other products of this company.

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Good Looking and Flexible Collection of Bathroom Products – Axor Bouroullec

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

The latest bathroom furniture and sanity ware collection for Axor is designed by french designers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The Axor Bouroullec consists of 85 bathroom products, including: mixers, wash basins, bath tubs, solutions for shower areas, and so on. The main point of the collection is to allow home owners to create very personalized and individual bathrooms that will suit all their needs and wishes. Even individual elements like a wash basin could be personalized – you can locate the mixer and handles almost everywhere around it. The whole collection is an excellent, good looking solution that gives enough flexibility for everyone. { Axor }

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