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Tile for Days

Once again we were very fortunate to have been recommended thru Nextdoor. It never gets old. :)












We're out of Alpharetta and this is a road I always cross but have only be on it once before this job. Isn't that wird?








The homeowner did a good job and bought all her tile from the good people at Floor and Decor. This small pallet weighs a ton (no pun intended) 






One of our concerns is always protecting the flooring, particularly on demo day. 










Here's part of the original bathroom...pretty typical for the area and age of the home. It was time for a an update. 







We demo'd just about everything including vanity you see in the pic. 







Here's our lead, Fernando, making it happen. We only use James Hardie BackerBoard, not fans of Duroc. It's a .5" fiber cement board, seal with cement board mesh tape and Red Gard liquid cement on the joints to prevent leaks.





And what you see here is BAM! This bathroom had a TON of tile (haha, get it?). 




















I think the homeowner did a great job with her vision and tile selection. It really feels like a far away Calgon moment. 


















This is the "before" - notice the window wall?












Bare bones...the window wall now has James Hardie Backer Board instead of drywall for a good reason. 












Oh my goodness...











BAM BAM! The window wall has beautiful tile! Click on the pic for a closer look. 

Beautiful. 


OK Pay Attention...this is unique :-)

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JOHNS CREEK: One vanity, one sink, one wall on the left.
We loved what the homeowner asked us to do...I thought it was cool. 














She asked us to eliminate the wall between the vanity and the toilet/tub room. 










From the tub here's the view with the vanity and wall removed from the left side.






Look close....we added plumbing for a second sink. The tile is a beautiful 12"x12" tile sheet but a pain in the caboose...it requires extra attention because it's flimsy unlike a 12"x12" piece of tile.  







We installed new bead board with trim...looking nice
















NICE!!! Tile looks great, all white with a bit of nostalgia with the floor tile. Nice sink and pedestal sink. 
All the tile came from Floor and Decor... ask for Carmen (Pro Services Roswell) and tell her Mario referred you. 


















BAM!!! This looks really nice. Our homeonwer had a good vision and it turned out nice. We love it. This room is the kids bathroom and is perfect for the girls. 
















The old tile with an inadequate substrate. 













So what did we do? Tore that sucker off...piece by piece!!











A view from the sink side...the far side


















We're getting there....



























Wow!!!!! This is a great looking bathroom in white. Kudos to the homeowner....totally different than what she had. 

Crazy Bathroom (Cute Condo Bathroom I)

EAST COBB: 
This was the second bathroom we remodeled in the same cono (see Cute Condo Bathroom Remodel I).

We took everything out and put all new stuff in. :) 


















Yes, even the toilet got replaced. 
No tub, no vanity, ceiling, no floor....




















So far, new tub, new floors, new ceiling...looking nice.



















Wow! New tub tile with mosaic trim, new water fixtures and NEW PAINT!

















It don't get no bettah....new recessed lights, new vanity and top, & NEW TOILET.....tp was extra.







Cute Condo Bathroom Remodel II

EAST COBB: We were referred to this client (we love referrals) and did a lot of improvements...two bathrooms (here's one of them), the kitchen, all ceilings, recessed lights every where, floors, painting, trim the works. 
To the left is the mast bedroom with a tub...old 80's floor plan. 








The homeowner wanted the tub replaced with a shower and the opening closed in some. 














Here's the bathroom gutted and cleaned....
















We're framing things in to reduce the opening. 











Here it is!!! But there's more....















The homeowner's mum had this nice dresser that has sentimental value to both ladies and by pure luck it fit the space perfectly. 
















Here it is!!! Looks awesome!!

















The pic is little dark b/c not all lights were up... but you can see the progress.





















This is the opposite wall..a niche and a sitting corner. 




















If you look you can see that this toilet is too close to the tub....not centered. 












Well we fixed that too. We couldn't redo this bathroom and not move the toilet. 

















The finished product!!!

Jack and Jill Bathroom

ALPHARETTA: We appreciate very much friends and family selecting us for the their home improvement needs. 

This was small Jack & Jill that we converted from a tub to a shower with  new floor tile, color etc...















Notice the wall outlet by the red towel then see it below on the next pic. 













Notice the outlet how much closer it is to the vanity? The clients decided to keep the same vanity - they repainted the vanity AND raised it. They did a great job.


















The old look

















The New Look: Beautiful floor tile planks, great wall color....nice.



















The Old Tub 
















Demo-ing the old tub....




















We love the mosaic floor our clients selected. It took almost three times the grout but it turned out nice.




















                           Here it is!!! 





















From a different angle....Notice the red paint? It's a liquid cement to seal the joints of the HardieBacker Board substrate.























                         This turned out great! 

Great Product Selection

ALPHARETTA: There are times when our clients hit a stylish home run and that was this case with this bathroom. We were really impressed with the everything the clients selected....the bathroom turned out awesome...much nicer in person. 















This bathroom had too many walls one both side and it looked dark. 






















We demo'd the entire bathroom, and got busy. What's that red stuff? Liquid cement to seal the joints between the HardieBacker board (another step to prevent water from going where it isn't supposed to go). What's HardieBacker Board - it's a fiber cement substrate (same like HardieSiding) for the tile to be properly secured.













Beautiful dahrling, beautiful....

























Touching things up...















Oh my god, it's awesome.!!!!























The old not too tall vanity

















Vanity gone! Notice the light fixture? Wait to you see the next pic




















Wow. looks awesome
















This vanity is really really nice. 
















I wish I had a pic of the old tub but the boys demo'd it before our photographer (me) arrived. 




















The tub is small but so it the missus....
















It's small but really cute. Notice the fixtures come from the knee wall. We had to move the drain as well. Lot's of plumbing. 












Another before pic I regret not having. There was a wall with a door and made the place look too dark and too small. 




















It's an open floor plan. The window can light up the entire bath. 










A Boatload of Interior Upgrades

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ALPHARETTA: It feels sooo good to be referred to friends and family, it really means a lot to us. 
This new homeowner was referred to us by clients we did work for almost 12 months prior & we appreciate being considered. 


On the left is our lead, Jose and Raul.









































As you can see to the right, this house had walls and walls of wallpaper that unfortunately sucks up a lot of time.




















<--These next three pics are one view of the master bedroom. It had two separate closets with glass bi-fold doors and a dust collector on top of the closet (notice the roof line?)








<--We closed the roof line and a closet door. We also had to prime the walls for the new color because the green was too strong/dark of a color. 













<---What a difference huh? 












 

The old master bath worked but it was just too dated. 













We do a lot of drywall work and here we are making things smooth again.












It's all in the details. 
















The master bedroom and bath from a different view 













Wonder-Twins Power activate!!
















BAM!!













Yes, our homeowner has a lot of shoes. :) 













Check out the walls, corner cabinet and counter top wall














All gone....homeowner wanted a pantry in lieu of what was there.















Bam!!!!













The Old














The Transition















The Almost













The Bam!!!














We're past the first phase on this pic













Something new? Recessed lighting didn't exist prior













The finished product being lived in. 
We tore down stuff, painted, installed engineered flooring, a little floor, made closets bigger, and more. 



Extreme Bathroom Remodel

EAST COBB: We were glad to be hired for the bathroom re-do. The homeowner wanted a bigger bathroom and made a great decision on starting with a new floor plan. The existing floor plan was date with a super tight space in the toilet/tub room. 












The walls came down and a larger bathroom (below) was built. 






























Somehow the only pic for the new toilet.











We only like to use Hardie BackerBoard (same makers of Hardie Lap Siding) - this is substrate for tile. We seal the edges with reddish liquid cement - the drywall has a greenish tint because it's "greenboard" & it's a special mold resistant drywall used for bathrooms.






To the left (shower base) is a rubber membrane that goes up to 6" up and behind the BackerBoard to prevent water leaks. 


















Our lead, Jose, builds showers from scratch.

There's the reddish liquid cement I mentioned earlier....if you don't see it on your bathroom remodel: demand it. 





















Nice close-up






















Looks clean--->>>





















Above: The finished product


<--To the left, barn doors everywhere










CHIEF ARCHITECT

We're always in pursuit of improvement and here we are in Dallas, Texas at a CHIEF ARCHITECT Intermediate Training. We've had Chief Architect for almost two years and use often. Our goal is to become experts and use it daily. 











Lots of points earned got us 1st class seats. 













An example of what Chief can do














In class trying to master things....













You would not believe how comprehensive this software is. When I worked at the National Park Service I used IBM's Maximo Asset Management software and find this program more comprehensive. 








More soaking in....
















Great features for our Kitchen & Bath Division










A little R&R in downtown Grapevine, TX. This litte aea was a real bonus for the trip. Four winery's within 2 small blocks. Awesome. 











Chief Architect Experts. I wanted to bring one home for a week of personal training. All the instructors know sooo much. 










This is a rendering created by us for the deck below. 

Complete Remodel

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<--To the left is the original bathroom footprint with a very dated design. It was too cramped and the new condo owner wanted to add a shower. 










To the right is the new floor plan. We removed the closet and the wall that separated the vanity and toilet from above and off we went.











<--- All of the subfloor came off in order for us rearrange the water flows. 














Here's the new shower where the old closet once was. We installed the Hardie BackerBoard (same people that make Hardie Siding. Notice the rubber membrane on the shower base? It goes up about 6" behind the wall - yet another step to prevent water from leaking out. 




















Here's our lead, Jose, installing the tile selected by the homeowner. 























We love the full sheet mosaic trim versus two-three rows. All the tile came from Floor & Decor. The building materials from Home Depot.






















This corner turned out nice with two shelves plus the soap dish on the left of the water valve. 



















The shower glass door really makes it look classy (this pic doesn't do any justice)





















The new tub is install and since we knew the homeowner wanted tile around the tub we installed Hadie BackBoard as the substrate (can't install tile on drywall because it'll peel off). Above the backer board is "green" drywall - green is used for bathrooms because it's mold resistant drywall. 









Looking nice....












It's coming together nice. Here's also the vanity.














Sooo much more space with the wall in the middle. 














What a great view. 

















There once was a vanity here but now it's the rough-in for the new toilet. 





















The middle phase....everyone likes to see this 

























The finished product. Tile floors that look like wood floors. 








Referral Business is Great Business

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This was a bathroom remodel in Kennesaw and the clients were great people. 

Scroll down...lots of pics.  

Small Bathroom BIG Plumbing Work

Alpharetta: Sometimes we drop the ball and this was one of them times. We only managed a few pics but none how I like them. 
We were referred to this client (love being referred) to renovate this condo bathroom. 









Above  is the tub as we're installing - the laser level identified an uneven floor - we had to adjust

To the right is the finished product...turned out real nice.








Take a close look at the plumbing. The drain is coming out of the wall and the water lines from the floor. We tore up the drywall worked ALL the plumbing to come from the back wall as it should be. Why? To prevent cutting into the side of the vanity AND to prevent water line leaks as is common when they come from the floor. 

Come On In!!!

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a) A new tiled shower and door
b) Out with the tub sliding doors
c) Bead board all around
d) New color!

Porcelanosa a Step Down?

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We made the ceiling adjustments when the client called with what really was a good idea (just a lot more work). They bought just about the entire bathroom from Porcelanosa - 13x33" tile (three different types - two whites for the walls, one black for the floor) and 4x12"for the shower area + the shower tile.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LEFT: The idea came from the folks at Porcelanosa. They recommended a step-down into the shower versus the traditional step-up. Guess what? We had to raise the subfloors in order to step-down into the shower.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           RIGHT Here you see the big heavy tile being placed on James Hardie 1/2" backer board (a fiber cement product similar to HardiePlank siding). Installing tile directly onto drywall is kind of a big no-no, especially with large tile.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             LEFT: The small glass tile installation really challenged the guys as glass is more difficult to work with than traditional tile. Why? It's harder to cut, in fact three hours were spent just on the nook.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 RIGHT: As you look at the shower area floor you can see where the user will actually step-down on the upscale Porcelenosa product.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 LEFT: Great pic that illustrates the four (4) different types of tile used. The clear white is smooth & installed horizontally. The other white is patterned installed vertically with a chrome separator edge. The floor, like the horizontal white is a brick pattern as is the shower tile. The rest below is beautiful history. 
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Bathroom(s) Remodel

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Love to be involved in bathroom redo's. On this particular situation we were not the original contractor; we got involved after he left. 

We jumped in essentially into a gutted bathroom and finished installing the tub, insulation, backer board, wall tile, some floor tile, toilet, and 4" vanity.


We also finished the wood floor on the foyer bath, along with its vanity and toilet. Replaced some acoustic tiles in the basement and honestly a few other things like ceilings fans etc...












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We were fortunate to be asked to redo the half bath downstairs. 



We repaired some drywall above the window and on the bottom.

We installed new tile floor, vanity, mirror, and toilet. In addition, we also painted the walls and ceiling and replaced the old base boards with new and added 1/4" shoe molding.

Yes, we're appreciative of the opportunity.

3 Doors Down

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Well three doors down from our previous bathroom remodel is the location of this remodel. Bada-bing, bada-bang, here were are. :)




Although the plumbing wasn't as involved as the previous one, the small space and long hallway prevented us from moving as quickly as we would've liked.. 






                                                                



This remodel included gutting out all the old sheetrock (all the previous repairs on the sheetrock would've clashed with the new sheetrock). 








We removed the ceiling and walls, base boards, bathtub wall tile, tub, vanity, medicine cabinet....everything,  









Out with the old...













In with the new Kohler deep dish (tub)...










...converting the old plumbing to match the new (e.g. mixing valve)...









...the new tub is installed (adjusted/tweaked/aligned the drain pipe to match the new) & covered the new tub because we didn't want to scratch it an d buy a new one :) - notice the new 2x4's? we had to plumb the walls to ensure our tile lines would meet at the corners.






...installed, taped, pasted, sanded the new drywall (sheetrock). Smooth walls take 2-3 days of pasting and sanding ...









...same for the tub area except that we used 'greenboard' (green mildew/mold resistant sheetrock)...










...cut a hole in brand new sheetrock! No worries, it was planned, we framed the opening prior to installing the sheetrock for a recessed medicine cabinet...







...after the greenboard we installed 1/2" backer board (a firm/rigid underlayment designed to support tile installations) and then sealed the area with a liquid water proof membrane...









...client opted for beautiful  extra large tile (reminded me of an upscale resort sauna tile)...








...plus a nook for her shampoo and soap...









...almost doe with the tub tile, wrapping things up...













...next was the floor tile. Used 1/4" backer board as the underlayment...










...brought Leroy back to help install the fixtures....





















...and to lean and look at Sergio do all the work...










....the light at the end of the tunnel is shining bright, tub's done, tile looks awesome, vanity looks sharp, mirror was a breeze....










....finally Leroy's working and we're the bystanders. Actually, Leroy's instrumental to our success....







...why is she here? Well we're not perfect. Brought the cleaning crew to help us look good. Even though the blankets protected the carpet, the sheetrock work generated a lot of dust. You'd be surprised how far and where dust travels....






...now that we're done I couldn't get the camera to produce one quality picture of our finished product (the glare's killing me)....









...all this bathroom lacks is the clients great touch to make it feel spa-ee, and warm....











..,.this pic does not do this incredibly nice looking tile any justice. 

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We were so lucky, if not the luckiest, to been hired by one of the nicest clients ever.  





Our client wanted more space, a shower instead of the tub, taller vanity and toilet.  The toilet/tub area was cramped, however, the vanity area used about 3' of space that could serve a better purpose. 









On this particular remodel we gutted everything and started from scratch all over. We 'scooted' things to the right by moving the toilet about 10". 

As you scroll down you'll see that we removed the vanity, wall mirror, wall, toilet, tub, wall and floor tile, as well as all the wall and ceiling sheetrock.





















































We then went to work on converting the plumbing from tub to shower (including moving the shower drain to match the new shower) as well as cutting into the subfloor to literally move the toilet. 




















After things were ok'd we started with installing all of the sheetrock (taping, pasting, sanding etc). Sheetrock is a process you can't rush. It typically takes three rounds of mud (paste) to have a smooth looking wall. . This means letting the paste dry 24 hours before you can sand and apply more.


















Once the joint compound (mud) process is complete we primed the walls for sheetrock proctection (mildew) and adhesive purposes (so the paint sticks/grabs/holds well). 


















Right around this time we're all smiles as we're past the halfway mark with the finish work commencing. We used a satin finish paint from Sherwin Williams as a satin finish helps resist moisture. 































Our client opted for tile flooring with a slight decorative look. We used 1/4" backer board on top of the subfloor & thin set prior to installing the tile. The tile was spaced with 1/4" spacers for a nice look when we applied the grout (and sealed afterwards). We found nice small tile pieces that matched well with her 36.5" h cherry vanity. 






























Next came assembling and installing the new shower. After the prep work we used a safe adhesive to glue the panels as recommended by the manufacturer. We then started with the framing, panels and polished trim until the shower was erect and secure. 























































































The porcelain piece was next along with the light fixtures and other accessories. 








Conclusion? To us the real magic occurred when our client put her touches and made the bathroom feel warm all over again. 

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