We’ve had plumbers snake our sewer drains before as tree roots have infiltrated the line from our house, but typically when our kitchen and bath sinks clog up we break out the plunger and gently try the clear the line. In a two-sink kitchen make sure you’ve covered the opposite […]
The Japanese soaking tubs (Ofuro) are becoming much more popular in the West due to their convenient size and ease of use and although the ofuro is used for washing it’s primary purpose is relaxation. You should definitely test the tub before buying one. You’ll want to sit in it […]
Anyone who has visited New York is probably familiar with the iconic subway map that was designed by Michael Hertz Associates. Illustrator Christoph Niemann was remodeling his bathroom and took subway tile to the next level. He used this map as inspiration to tile his bathroom floors and walls.
One of the best virtual interior design applications we’ve seen was recently launched by Autodesk Labs Project Showroom. Their virtual showroom has a photo-like quality to it and it renders changes in color and product quickly.
This homeowner just had a new granite countertop installed but unfortunately the contractors used white caulk instead of clear to seal the countertop to the back wall of the kitchen. The caulk has already cured so they’ve decided to take a razor blade to the white caulk to remove it […]
If the sealant in your bathtub has become moldy or is just old and not protecting as well as it should, it may be time to replace it. Even if the process seems straight forward enough, check out this website before you start the project.
This week’s Friday Fix is courtesy of Nathaniel from Garber’s Hardware and was originally printed in the Westview paper. So, your toilet is running. It won’t stop. You tried jiggling the handle. You tried asking your toilet nicely to behave. You tried to get your landlord to send a plumber. […]
Adding a half-bath is almost always a great idea. Typically they are located in areas for convenience and are also chosen for high-traffic areas in your home. But as families grow and areas of your home evolve we encounter issues with installing half-baths because they weren’t selected in original house […]
Sometimes all it takes to give a room in your home a whole new look is to change one tiny detail. If your bathroom has been boring you lately and a complete redesign is out of the question, there’s still hope. Just think how a brand new, bright shower curtain […]
Hansa Stella Faucet The K/BIS 2008 conference and show in Chicago has wrapped up and we’ve pulled together a list of the best coverage. Some of favorite new products include the Fisher and Paykel “gas in glass” range and we welcome a new kitchen countertop material, glass, from ThinkGlass.
K/BIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is under way in Chicago and the cancellation of more than 1000 American Airlines flights hopefully won’t damper the launch of the show although we do know of some folks who are scrambling to find alternative transportation. If you are one of the unlucky […]
Just as you take cues from style experts when building your wardrobe, decorating and design mavens can offer valuable insight into upcoming home décor trends. If you’d like to introduce British flavor into your surroundings without crossing the pond, the UK’s IdealHome magazine presents this year’s bathroom trends.
The final post from our guest blogger this week the DIY Maven is a great how-to article about framing a beveled-edge mirror to add detail and character. When we moved into our present home, one of our bathrooms had a beveled-edge, frameless mirror. It’s not necessarily the most attractive look […]
What if simply changing your showerhead could save you over 2,700 gallons of water per year? With one of the worst years for drought behind us, as evidenced by the extensive California wildfires, water conservation is no longer an option. Lucky for homeowners, new technology is constantly entering the market […]
The glossies have such beautiful spreads that sometimes it’s hard to imagine how your own home could come close to looking like the magnificent rooms shown in the magazines. If you’d like to see the home environments of everyday people from around the world you can now visit NormalRoom.com and […]
Brownstoner is profiling some bathroom remodels and renovations and this one has to qualify as one of the best considering the “before” state was a burned out jumble of porcelain and steel. Here are a couple more that prove that $3,000 goes a long way, and when it comes to […]
You may have picked out your lavatory faucets, clawfoot tub, and subway tile, but beyond those luxury items do you really know how much your bathroom remodel will cost? Remodeling a bathroom costs, on average, $7,000 to $25,000. The first step in creating your budget is to have a bath […]
Well maybe not forever but this simple how-to from Danny Lipford will fix your bathtub leak in short order by simply replacing the washer and sealing the valve threads with Teflon tape.
From the Building a timberframe home from scratch blog we’ve found a great posting of how they used scraps and leftovers from their slate roof installation to tile their bathroom and sunroom. With the help of a wet saw they were on their way. This is a great example of […]
We’ve found that oxygen bleach and water work great for cleaning tile grout but to thoroughly clean your tile you’ll need to take the time to remove the top layer of old grout then re-apply new grout. This is a time consuming process and you must be careful as to […]
The Japanese are seriously cramped for space and their bathrooms suffer for it. But they’ve overcome with some toilet styles that you won’t likely see anywhere else.