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Warm & Dry Bathrooms

Keep your bathroom warm and dry

Ever wonder what is was like a hundred years ago when homes didn’t have central heat or plumbing? These remain a luxury item for millions of people around the world while most Americans are able to take a nice, hot shower (or bath) every day.

Our bathrooms take good care of us, so we should take a few minutes to consider the care our bathrooms need from us. We make lots of short trips to the bathroom so this room gets more wear and tear than any other room in our house. Your bathroom has lots of moving parts – the... 

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Bathroom Remodeling: Cost vs Value

Bathroom remodels are popular from painting to bathtubs and showers

Remodeling a bathroom is different for every home owner, as we have different lifestyles and needs. For some people making over their bathroom might mean a fresh coat of paint and new towels. For another home owner it could involve taking the walls down to the studs and rebuilding a dream bathroom with a walk-in shower, tile surround and marble floors.

You get to decide how much you want to spend on your bathroom remodel and some research will help you pick the most appropriate features, ones that fit your lifestyle and give you the highest payback when it’s time to... 

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Bathrooms, Bathtubs and Showers

Old fashion clawfoot bathtubs are becoming popular again

We all lead pretty busy lives so unless you’re a lover of bubble baths, chances are you take showers and the bathtub in your master bathroom rarely gets used. As homeowners start to plan a remodel of this bathroom then, the big question is whether you can take the bathtub out to free up space for a large, spacious shower?

You’ve probably got another bathtub in the hall bathroom so the kids will always have a bathtub. Americans though are still reluctant to remove the master bathtub in fear that it will make it more difficult to sell their home. Unfortunately... 

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Installing Bathroom Tile: Easy or Not?

Most homeowners can handle small tile projects with a little help cutting the tile

Bathroom tile projects might seem like the perfect place for a novice to get some practice installing tile? Be careful before you start something you can’t finish because bathrooms are small but more difficult for many projects like painting and tile. That’s because there are so many objects requiring you to cut around – faucets in the bathtub or shower, behind the toilet and the floor around the toilet and vanity. Here are some tips for ambitious homeowners and don’t forget, we’re just a phone call away if you get stuck and want help.

Bathroom Tile Tips

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Replacing Washing Machine Hoses

Buying a new washing machine is fun but pay careful attention to how it

Washing machine hoses? Just as important as picking the right (energy efficient) washing machine, is making sure your new washer is installed and maintained properly.

We get interesting questions from our customers and many of them are things every homeowner should know, so we wanted to share this advice with you.

A recent email from a customer asked if she should replace the rubber hoses to her washing machine to avoid dry rotting, as someone had recommended. She also asked about the right type of metal hose to use … so here’s the answer, and if you’re not comfortable making this... 

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Why Did My Water Pipe Freeze?

Water pipes can freeze when they

Water temperatures drop, water freezes it expands and in a pipe it might burst the pipe depending on the amount of pressure. When plumbing pipes burst, water escapes and goes in many directions with a good chance there will be serious damage and repairs. The worst case is when the pipe bursts inside a wall, where you can hear it but can’t see it. That’s when you need to shut your water off as quickly as possible so if you don’t already know how to shut your water off, read Home Emergencies: Shutting Off Your Water here on our blog.

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Technology to Try Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

From web design, to all fixtures needed for a bathroom remodel shipped in one box

Many homeowners want to update their bathroom but have no idea how to get started. Here is a really cool website that makes the process really simple. The website is a great tool for many reasons:

On the company website, you audition different designs with a wide range of vanities, mirrors, lighting, different wall and floor colors, decorative trim like crown molding and … you get the idea. Even better, you can order everything online from one place, bathsimple.com. Guess what … everything arrives together so no running around to various stores, collecting fixtures for months before you’re ready to start the project. This... 

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Tips for Installing Tile Floors

Floor tile is great for bathrooms, and you can have lots of fun with the color and design of the tile floor

Tile floors are beautiful although you’re usually looking at them from a standing or sitting position, not laying on the floor like this photo view. It was fun to bring you down low as tile floors are installed by hand, and this is the view that the installer sees when laying each and every tile although the grout gets added at the very end.

There are lots of tips to designing and installing a tile floor, with some surprises for the novice. If you’ve been considering tiling a floor in your home, this article is for you.

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Hot Water Heaters @&%?!?

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You see your kitchen appliances every day. There are many other fixtures in your home, ones you don’t see frequently but they’re just as critical to your home running smoothly. Your hot water heater is one of the fixtures you never see although you use it every day taking a shower, running the dishwasher, etc.

Think hard – how long would you be comfortable staying in your home without hot water? Probably not very long. That’s why it’s important to maintain your hot water heater properly just like you do your heating system.

When to Replace Your Hot Water Heater?

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Bathroom Mirrors, Medicine Cabinets and More

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Bathrooms are probably the most complicated room in our homes. They’re the smallest rooms yet they pack a lot of punch with functional features we take for granted every day. The name bathroom began with the bathtub although today the definition is used more loosely to embrace bathrooms with showers or half baths that only contain a toilet and sink.

Mirrors Expand Visual Space

Most trips to the bathroom are for short periods of time so rarely do we allocate a lot of square footage to these rooms. They are simply … small! Only master bathrooms are larger when they’re designed as... 

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