The Townhouse Project

I recently purchased a townhome in Naperville. The duplex was built in the 1970s and it is part of a small community of townhouses very close to downtown Naperville. The home was owned by an elderly woman, and it had never been updated. Some would look at it and see a...

A Bathroom Remodel

I just finished a remodel on a nice home that was built in the 1970s. The home had a bathroom style that was fashionable at that time, but it is now very outdated. The sink area was separated from the rest of the bathroom by a wall and door, and the door to the...

How To Frame A Shower Bench And Curb

One of the advantages of remodeling a bathroom is that you get to refine the shower to your needs. Having a bench in the shower gives you a space to sit, or position where you can raise a leg for easier shaving. It does take extra work to construct a bench, but that...

A Bathtub’s Split Personality

I’m installing a luxury tub in a client’s bathroom that I’m remodeling.  The tub is made by Kohler, and it is definitely a quality product. Giant jet bathtubs were popular in homes that were constructed in the 1990s.  However, their use faded because...

Tile Progression

In my last post, I showcased my tile man Joe and the precision work that he does.  He has now spent a number of days working on a customer’s master bathroom and so I thought it might be interesting to show his progress. The photos below demonstrate three stages...

There Is Tile Work, And Then There is Tile Work.

All tile work is not created equal, and I have certainly seen poor quality work in customer’s homes. My tile man, Joe, has 20 years of experience and a lot of natural skill. It is not uncommon to create a mess when tiling. Messy glue application and hurried work...