Crestview Heights Floor Tile

Working with a business friend John Giangrieco from Floor Coverings International to complete a 5 room floor renovation in Crestview Heights. The project got underway with prep work in the sunroom, with rigid foam underlayment to flush height with kitchen floor, and Schluter Bekotec modular screed system panels.

 

rigid foam panels installed to meet existing floor elevations

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Installing the Schluter Bekotec modular screed panels with required perimeter expansion seal

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Panels all installed, heating contractor will insert radiant heat tubes, then we can screed mortar over top, allow to dry then install our tile assembly

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OK, so the heating contractor has installed his heat tubing, pressure tested the system and turned it back over to us.

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Picked up the Laticrete 209 Floor Mud from the warehouse

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Started by dropping in screeds in the 16 x 11 Sunroom addition

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And just when a rhythm was developed, we ran out of material about 70% of the way through. Had to grab 6 more bags.

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We allowed some time for the cabinets to be installed and the rooms painted, Installed a lot of Schluter Ditra uncoupling membrane.

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Installing the 20″ rectified porcelain tile with a lippage elimination system

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Sunroom is completed

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Grandmother’s Bath Update

A business and Facebook friend asked if we could update his Grandmother’s bathroom. Everyone is happy with how this project turned out.

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We got underway with removal of all of the existing blue 4″ ceramic wall tile and leaking cement board installation

20130912_083444 This bathroom had a lead pan without slope, a cast iron drain with non functioning weep holes, cement board without a waterproof membrane.

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After demo we had to dig deep to get the new drain connections made, then installed the Wedi shower pan and waterproof wallboard system.

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Knowing we had to work with a shower curtain and not a glass door, waterproofing the bath floor and wall connections was important

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Once the prep work and shower floor were done, there was a lot of wall tile to be installed

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Solid Blocking behind all the grab bars

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Custom recessed soap dish with matching marble shelves and Schluter Quadec trim.

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Custom bullnosing

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Installed the new vanity, granite countertop, faucet, medicine cabinet and light fixture

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Thanks for a great project Mike and Gloria !

I’m sure Irene will enjoy her new bathroom !

All materials from our friends at Vestal Tile

 

Crestview Heights Bath Remodel

We were asked back into the Crestview Heights home for a second project, another bath remodel. We overhauled the master bathroom in the spring of 2011, it’s time for the main bath to be updated and now it’s for ‘ family ‘ !

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We began with removal of all of the original tile and fixtures

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We had the new tub’s plumbing roughed in

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And set the fiberglass soaking tub in a bed of concrete as required by the manufacturer. We also added insulation for sound and water heat retention

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After removing the old mosaic floor tile and thick mortar bed, we installed a second layer of tongue and groove plywood, then primed the plywood for self leveling cement installation with Mapei products

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And poured the Self Leveling Cement

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We applied 2 coats of Mapei’s AquaDefense waterproofing and crack isolation membrane and began installing the custom floor tile pattern designed by the homeowners and selected at Vestal Tile

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Then waterproofed the tub surround using Wedi products, and installed the 13″ porcelain tile with matching glass mosaic band on the tub and bath walls

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Finished the project up with the brushed nickel plumbing trim, a high end frameless glass sliding door, matching soap niche shelves, safety grab bar and epoxy based grout

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We had Steve from K & S Electric in to rework the bath fan and lighting. We also installed a new vanity cabinet with a granite top, a mirror, towel bars and several other fixtures

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Thanks for a great project Richard and Suzi !! Thanks to Steve and Randy. Thanks also to Rich at Vestal Tile for helping make it come out so well !!

Vestal Bamboo Flooring

We were called on by our friends at Kitchen Concepts to install a strand woven bamboo floor in an upscale home in Vestal.

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After removing the old floorcovering we found a rough subfloor with a few ‘ high joists ‘.

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To install the Bamboo within recommended spec’s we primed and patched the existing subfloor with Mapei products.

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After drying, we installed the vapor barrier underlayment and began with layout of the 3 3/4″ wide tongue and groove Uniclic® Bamboo

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This install continued on into the powder room and pantry.

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We finished by replacing the colonial style baseboard and shoe moldings and a fresh cleaning using the Bona® system.

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Thanks for a great project Clem, Randy, Jim, Jesse and MaryAnn !!

 

Vestal, NY Home Remodel

We have finally begun work on a large remodel project that was out for bidding around Christmas time. We received a 3D rendering of the Master Bath from Robert Kaner, the designer.

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We roughed in the Infinity stainless steel linear drain according to updated architectural drawings.

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Then set the drain body in a mortar bed, started the Warm Tiles electric floor warming system

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After installing the heat cable system throughout the bathroom, we primed the floor,

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And poured Self Levelling Cement

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Once this dried, we double coat with AquaDefense waterproofing and crack isolation membrane available from our friends at Vestal Tile.

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Opened up the first crate of 12 x 24 Walker Zanger marble tile

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Managed to get about half of the bath floor installed using a mechanical floor leveling system

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About a week has passed since posting on this project, we have finished and covered the bath floor and began working on shower prep and wall tile installation.

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We glued in a 2″ Wedi panel for the back of the shower niche

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We made up some grout sample boards for color selection by the designer.

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Finished up the rest of the cement board, taped the seams and corners with thin-set mortar, and applied HydroBan waterproofing membrane

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First of 2 coats of waterproofing on the shower pan sets the pan fabric in place

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Managed to get some wall tile installed

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We have been working on this Marble Master Bath, taking time to make all the details work together.

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This project marks the first time I have ever created extension jambs with any tile around windows. No trim is involved, we are called on by the designer to have mitered outside corners everywhere.

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We have installed most of the Epoxy Based grout

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This project is finally in the home stretch, most of the trades are done now

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Acorn Dr Foyer / Laundry Project

We began a new project today over on Acorn dr. Our client had all the demolition done before we started, so we installed our subfloor and Schluter Ditra© Tile underlayment today.

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Using the Bosch Square Laser to set up the layout, our client chose a straight lay brick pattern.

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We use and recommend TEC PowerGrout©

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Crossville’s Cotto Americana Series available from our friends at Vestal Tile

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Thanks for a great project Martin & Ellen !

 

Foster Valley Master Bath

We were called in for a fourth project on the Foster Valley Home. The Master Bath needed updating. We demo’d the shower, floor and tub splash tiles.

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We poured the self levelling cement underlayment.

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After installing the Wedi waterproof wallboard we began the tile installation. The chosen tile is Sand Cream from the harmony collection available from our friends at Vestal Tile.

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We used 3 different sizes, 2 x 2, 3 x 6, 10 x 20 plus a coordinating glass / stone mosaic we cut into 2 row strips. Thanks for your help with the tile order Rich !

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Part of the project was a rehab of the existing Jacuzzi Bath and splash.

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Custom access panel for the tub faucet.

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The bath floor is a 10 x 20 set with a diagonal herring bone pattern.

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Created a custom recessed soap dish. This one had a center stud that had to be removed and a header installed.

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20130315_092519 Thanks for a great project Steve and Janet !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restore NY

We recently were asked to install a small tiled foyer for a local general contractor working on a Restore NY Program home.

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We have worked on plenty of foyer projects, this one is simple and clean.

 

Straight lay 12 x 12 porcelain tile with a contrasting earth tone stain resistant grout

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We were called in after the carpet was installed, also the carpenter left some wood baseboard trim off until we finished.

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a quick, simple install.

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Thanks for a nice project Chris !