So one thing I take pride in, is planning a project thoroughly. So that when it comes time to execute, I have all the pieces of the puzzle ready to go together. Recently I completed a bathroom for a friend in the business; he is an electrician. He provided me with all of the material for the tile floor and tub surround, or so i thought. I went along with my normal routine like usual.
Hardibacker the walls and floors. There was an extra step for this one, as we installed a in floor electric heating system.
Tape and seal seams.
Install waterproof membrane.
Set ledger board layout tile and start tiling.
This was all going off without a hitch; no problems whatsoever, not a cloud in the sky. Or so I thought.
Here is were my lesson was learned. I got about 85% finished and realized that the border they supplied me was short by 4 pieces!
Okay remain calm, call customer to inquire about the tile. He told me, “Oh call mohawk tile, that is were we got it.” Well sure enough they can’t identify the tile, can’t tell me who can, and don’t know what to do, double DOAH!
So what am I left to do but chip out what I already installed and replace it with something new. Now, the finished project turned out great, maybe better than it would have with the tiles originally supplied by the customer, depending on your taste.
Bottom line is always make sure you have enough material to finish a job prior to starting. Or at least know you can get more of it if you run short.
Here you see version 1.0 of the shower surround.
An Array of photos of the finished product. The customer wanted to continue the bullnose on the edge of the shower surround to the floor as baseboard. I was skeptical but it turned out great. Even got to do some mitered corners for the tile baseboard, a first for me.
The winter months take a toll on your skin. Cracked, dry, moisture-less. The reason why this happens is because heating the air removes all moisture from it. So you are left feeling dried out.
Did you know that dry air is less efficient to heat, because there is no moisture content and moisture content retains heat, making the heating process more efficient. Simple, right?
With most of our winter days spent inside, the effects of this heated air are felt throughout the cold months. As soon as you turn on your heat, your home is robbed of moisture. Installing a humidifier system reintroduces moisture content into your air, making being inside tolerable.
Here’s Some Tips on Installing a Humidifier to Your Forced Air System:
1. Identify the type of heating system. Not all systems are compatible.
2. Locate a water source, an electric source and a drain source necessary for installation.
3. Shop around. Find a system that fits your budget. They tend to range from a hundred dollars to a few thousand.
4. Read the directions carefully, as you will need to cut into your duct work. Measure twice, cut once definitely applies!
5. If the task seems a bit out of your comfort zone, call a professional to install.
6. Enjoy your new quality of air!
This Conshohocken powder room was a quick and easy way for the owner to add a lot of value to his home.
The powder room was located in the refinished basement, a place where the owner hung out a ton. There wasn’t anything wrong with the bathroom, besides the aesthetics and a bit of chipped tile, so replacing the toilet, sink, adding new tile and a fresh coat of paint took this drab powder room into a really nice second bathroom.
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to turn a room around. Give me a call to see how you can do the same to any room in your home!
These bathrooms were in a 180 year old house in Wyncote, Pa
This bathroom was located on the second floor of the home.
This was a entire gut and remodel bathroom.
Finished tub surround
They say Kitchens and Bathrooms sell a house. That being said, they’re often the first two areas discussed when its time to renew your space. The project below started with a 7 year old townhouse in Conshohocken that had no visible or underlying problems to speak of. On paper, the bathroom had good bones, but no ‘WOW’ factor. The owner didn’t want to gut the space, due to cost, but knew the space needed refreshing. M.A.S. was called in and in 3 days, a fraction of the cost of a complete gut, the bathroom became a ‘WOW’ space.
The split sink, while spacious enough, was constantly cluttered and framed with a huge and boring slab of mirror. A quick conversation about needing space quickly turned into a custom cabinet in between the two sinks. Now, clutter was no longer an issue, and the bathroom had a unique and functional feature.
Crown Moulding & Recess Lighting
By adding crown moulding to the space, it was instantly transformed to a polished master bathroom. Removing the previous light fixtures cleaned up the wall space and added a warm, soothing lighting to the space.
The original mirror was big and unframed and just laid there. M.A.S. took the mirror off the wall above the sinks, hung it above the soaking tub and framed it beautifully. You never would be able to tell what this mirror used to look like!
A couple of Custom vanity mirrors to match and paint on both mirror and she’s done!
Formica has come a long way! If you didn’t know it was a laminate product, you might mistake it for a much much more expensive granite countertop!
Cast iron sink will make one happy dish washer.
M.A.S. Construction owner Mike Smith can do it all. From renovating a 30-year-old master bathroom, to completely gutting a kitchen, to leveling a sub-floor for a beautiful hardwood floor job, M.A.S turns an ‘OK’ space into a Gorgeous one.
Master Bathroom, West Bradford, PA
Significant water damage was present once demolition was completed. This was a result of a leaky old shower allowing water to penetrate for years.
Kitchen Remodel, West Conshohocken PA
Hardwood Floors, Pottstown PA
This floor had very serious issues to begin with. You can see the decking removed in the photo below. This was necessary because the floor has sank over 1″ in the area by the stairs. In order to correct the problem the decking was removed, the floor joists were sistered to the existing framing and then new decking was installed. The result is a beautiful LEVEL floor!