Archive for the 'Baths' Category

After planning for 12 years, a remodeled bath in 5 days

Donna Bankowski has some good reasons why it took her 12 years to remodel the cruddy main bathroom of her Moorpark, Calif., home, a feat she finally pulled off. “I’m taking my time,” said Bankowski, who bought the fixer-upper with her husband, Leroy, in the 1990s. Indeed, since buying the 1970s tract home, the couple [...]

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Is it a grab bar? Or a fashion statement?

It’s true: People don’t generally like the way grab bars look. The industrial feel of old-school grab bars brings to mind an institution of some sort. And so while it would make sense to install grab bars during any bathroom remodel, many homeowners don’t on account of the looks. These are from our friends at [...]

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Casting Call — Do you hate your bathroom?

Or, I guess I should ask: DID you hate your bathroom? And did you do something about it? If so, a new DIY Network television show called “I Hate My Bath” is looking for DIYers who have remodeled their bathroom, taking the room from bland to beautiful. As part of the show, they will have [...]

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12 top remodeling trends for 2011 – from CBS MoneyWatch.com

New year, new list of remodeling projects to start around the house. At least that’s what remodelers and contractors are hoping. So, what remodeling projects are on top of everyone’s list? The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) conducted an exclusive poll of their top builders and developers for us and found that while [...]

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Super Cool Idea: Your garden flowers embedded in resin panels for cabinet inserts

This idea is so unique that we at Kathy’s Remodeling Blog can hardly stand it: You can have your own garden flowers imbedded into resin panels for use as kitchen or bathroom cabinet inserts. See some options here Can you imagine your favorite flowers, that you grew, immortalized in resin panels? You can use translucent [...]

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Volunteers remodel bathroom for paralyzed teen — Knoxville News Sentinel

By this morning, Demario Cornelius will have enjoyed his first real shower in two years. A 2008 shooting left Cornelius, 19, paralyzed and in a wheelchair – which has always been too big to fit through the door frame of the single bathroom in the house Cornelius shares with his mother, grandmother and four siblings. [...]

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2010 Trends — Is contemporary out? Already?

In 2008, I posed this question in a poll: Is contemporary style on its way out? My theory was that hard economic times would propel people into the comfort of traditional styles. I used this June 2008 photo from Architectural Digest to illustrate the shift. Notice the farm style table and warm floors to balance [...]

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The drain that never clogs

The last time my sink clogged up, I tried muscle power and the force of a plunger to unclog the drain. When that failed miserably, I switched to liquid drain cleaner, then graduated to crystal drain cleaner and finally moved up to a thick gel. Nothing helped. At all. Finally, I called the plumber to [...]

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The Future: Machine makes toilet paper from recycled office paper

The Japanese are at it again in the bathroom. This time, we see a large machine that shreds recycled office paper, mixes it with water to make a pulp and then turns it into rolls of toilet paper. This newfangled contraption is currently as large as a bathroom, but I can see a day when [...]

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Ask Kathy: Should we remove the wall between master bedroom and bath?

Dear Kathy: My wife and I are planning several remodeling projects around the house, among them are the usual bathroom and kitchen projects. My wife would like to have a wall torn down (pending code approval of course).  She also tends to do things without proper foresight, i.e., without thinking of the consequences.  This is [...]

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Refinish or replace the bathtub?

Q: My bathtub is a mess, and a friend told me to consider refinishing. I read online that bathtub re-glazing might not be the wisest thing. I've always wanted a clawfoot bathtub, but maybe it's not too practical. To further complicate things, there is a possibility that my mother will come live with me, so [...]

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IMHO — Tile in bathroom art niche should not overwhelm art

I came across a very lovely remodeled bathroom on the site of the Arizona Daily Star. Normally I love walls and floors of tile and stone. And I always love niches to display artwork, either hangings, paintings or sculpture. But this particular niche lined with dramatic slate tile seems to overwhelm the sculpture it's designed [...]

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A new bathroom concept, ready for prime time

Matt Plaskoff has invested 10 years and $4 million into One Week Bath, and after nearly 1,000 fast-turnaround bathroom remodels in Los Angeles since 2004, he’s ready to roll it out across the country. One Week Bath Kansas City, a joint partnership with Jake Schloegel of Schloegel Design Remodel, will have its grand opening – and the [...]

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Do you want your remodel good, quick or cheap?

There’s a common ditty in the remodeling industry that goes like this: “Do you want it done good, quick or cheap? Pick two.” While you may want all three (and maybe you’ve actually done that), there’s a certain amount of truth to the fact that you won’t likely get all three. I’m not saying this [...]

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Save money on a remodel by eliminating bathtub? I doubt it

An article by CNN (see it here) suggests saving money by eliminating your bathtub in favor of a shower only.  I question the numbers here: $2,000 for a tub vs. $1,000 for a shower. The article claims that by eliminating the tub you are saving $1,000. But depending on where you shop and the quality [...]

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Where the Money Went: Fitzgerald bathroom

This bathroom remodel is a little different than most because homeowner Cindy Fitzgerald just happened to have a good friend who happened to be an interior designer who happened to have just redone her own upscale bathroom and who happened to have some upscale materials left over, which she offered to Cindy. We won't all [...]

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Bathroom makeover was due

My latest Pardon Our Dust feature in the L.A. Times, about a small bathroom in Venice, has the most gorgeous photos ever to accommodate one of my articles.  Check out the story here. And check out the photos here.

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Where there was darkness, I brought light

This morning, as I walked down the hallway toward the bathroom, I felt startled when I saw light coming from there and I thought: “Darn it. I left the light on all night.” But the illumination did not come from a light bulb. It was natural light from a high window that, until yesterday, had [...]

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Deadly beds

These kids’ beds, imported by Bayside Furnishings of San Diego, are handsome, no doubt about that. Unfortunately, they are also potentially deadly and have been recalled. Already one toddler was killed in Placer County, Calif., when the lid of the toy chest fell on his neck and trapped him. More than 9,000 of these beds [...]

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Two complete baths in 14 days

How is it possible for a remodeling company to completely gut and remodel two bathrooms in 14 days? Can you even wrap your mind around that? Check out the full story here. (Photos: Rod Foster)

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