Ceramic tile and stone for Bath Remodeling and custom Interior Design projects in Manchester, NH.
Mud shower pan construction
Homeowner's husband tried a DIY method for installing tile. Used pre-mixed mastic instead of thin-set mortar to set tile in their shower pan. This isn't a good idea to use this product in a "wet area" as the material re-activates and thus spawns a gooey swamp of movement underneath.
Needless to say, that had to get ripped out during demolition, wherein, found another problem, underneath. The pitch in pan was improper, was not properly waterproofed, and constructed rather unsound.
So I came in to band-aid and remedy the situation.
Tore down the first couple courses of wall tile. Installed new cement backerboard and Schluter Kerdi membrane (for waterproofing.)
Then a level mud shower pan was constructed over a subfloor covered with building paper and metal lathe and sloped to standard towards 2 drain flanges.
Grecco-inspired bath remodel with marble subway tile shower
This bath remodel was custom designed to reflect the homeowners' proud heritage.
We used imported marble tile. And keeping with a Grecco-inspired theme, cut up a rug pattern for the tile floor design with a listello border.
The shower was installed to meet the standard of our signature 10 year warranty. And features a classic subway running bond with built-in wall niche surrounded with a detailed border trim profile. Shower basin was built atop waterproof mud pan and a mosaic tile covering.
New England winters can be frigid. An additional heat source in the bedroom is more a necessity than a benefit.
Some older fireplaces work great, but don't have visual appeal. When this couple wanted to reface fireplace as well as remove stained carpet flooring, we knocked out two birds with one stone (literally), by installing tile. Not a normal (or traditional) bedroom floor covering, but unique and durable nonetheless.
Using different sizes of same tile family, and some creative lines, we created a romantic space with rustic design.
Some people would never think of adding tile to a bedroom floor. But the comfort of natural stone under your bare feet really is warming.
Tile shower repair
A bathroom is no place to cut corners. And time or money saved initially, more often, leads to malfunction, and an expensive disaster.
It's like the ideology behind Murphy's Law, in that "anything that Could go wrong Will go wrong."
Upon arrival to this jobsite, there was water leaking from shower basin onto floor. It was even getting underneath and staining tile with water marks. And water damage to framing and subfloor, seeping into ceiling underneath. Not to mention, an awful stench from the sitting sludge. Water really is an underestimated, powerful force and can work unforeseen damage if not plumbed to drain and shed right.
Homeowner called insurance and helped with gathering funds for a repair.
What we helped with was: demolition of the mess, some carpentry repair on rotted framing, plastic sheating over studs, cement backerboard unit installation and a sloped mud pan over rubber liner within a marble tiled shower stall.
For your next project, think about planning and preparation for creating an installation to stand the test of time.
Travertine backsplash in diamond pattern with stone electric outlet covers
Concerns were about matching stone face plate covers for electrical outlets. So, we found a travertine tile that had such, plus a pencil border detail trim piece to finish off the edge treatment.
At first, I didn't agree with the 4" backsplash piece of granite installed by third party subcontractors above countertops. But, in the end it worked out to our advantage as it made the pattern fit square in between that and the cabinetry. I just needed to adjust the grout width a tad bit bigger for an exact fit.
Master bedroom bath suite
Sometimes a simple design makes a big impact.
Remodeling work done here was for master bathroom of an investment property in a multi-family home rental unit.
For this project we used a family of travertine tile in 12" and 4 x 4 size variations, with a 2 inch mosaic sheet that was ripped into a strip border.
All of the layout is in a diamond pattern.
The detailed task was having the starting point for tile be centered on the shower faucet valve.
Waterproof curbless shower
More about this project later.
Versailles Slate floor
Breaking outside the box, and tiling a floor a little more unique than the normal, 12x12 square tile. This creative design used different sized slate tile in the floor layout. The pattern is known as a Versailles.
It gives depth and intrigue and is becoming more popular. It really has an order to it, and not just random throughout the installation. It’s almost a puzzle to set.