Decluttering the Bathroom

Bathrooms are dedicated areas set aside for grooming, health and hygiene, but have an unacknowledged purpose, too — as a repository for inner hopes, dreams and insecurities. Follow these tips to loosen the ties that bind you to bathroom clutter. Continue reading

Small Bathtubs: Ideas and Options

Do you have a small bathroom but still want a bathtub in it rather than just a shower? Maybe you have a half bath that you would like to convert into a full bath for a growing family. With all of today’s small bathtub ideas and options, fear not—it can be done with a little research and creativity. Continue reading

Choosing Bathroom Countertops

Vanity tops must play the dual role of being durable and capable of standing up to water, soap, cosmetics while serving as an ample work surface for morning rush hour in the bathroom. This is no place for delicate, porous (read: easy-to-stain) surfaces. At the same time, the vanity top can be a focal point and a connecting point, where wood cabinets below meet tile wall above, for instance. Continue reading

Extra! Extra! There’s a New PlumbTile Page! Read All About It!

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for something new to come from PlumbTile. With the New Year beginning, we are pleased to introduce our new “Other Brands” page on our website.  We are committed to bringing you the best of the best and that doesn’t stop with materials for your home. Information is a vital player in remodeling your home and the more information we can offer you, the better! Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive collection of Other Brands products on the web. Continue reading

11 Ways to Add Value to Your Bathroom

Bathrooms, like kitchens, are a huge selling point in your home. They’re also the most personal of spaces. Here are 11 ways you can add value to yours through quick updates that make a big difference.

  1. Swap Outdated Fixtures:

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Zone Your Bathroom, Functionally!

By organizing functional areas around a central space, you give the bathroom plenty of open space no matter its size. While kitchens apply a tried-and-true work triangle, there is no exact prescription for the best bathroom layout.

Space planning all depends on your lifestyle and the way you use the space. However, keep in mind when planning that if you must move the plumbing to accommodate your new design, the price tag of your project will be much higher than if the “guts” of your bathroom can stay put. That said, layout options are more limited when relying on existing plumbing hookups, drains, ventilation, etc. Continue reading

Tips for a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

A children’s bathroom isn’t all fun and whimsy—though you certainly can take a light-hearted approach to the décor you choose. A lot happens in the family bathroom: bathing, washing, brushing teeth, playing in the tub. It’s a multi-purpose space that must include plenty of storage, easy-care surfaces, durable fixtures and accommodations for the little people.

It’s easy to get focused on designing a bathroom for little kids, and then in a couple of years, they’re eight inches taller. You can have fun with the design, but think about the fact that your kids will grow up fast, and you might not get back to the bathroom to renovate it when they’re older. Continue reading

Convert Your Tub Space to a Shower — The Fixture Shopping Phase

Before you shop for shower fixtures, it’s important to understand the basics of shower controls. What options are there? What will fit your space and budget best?

There are three basic systems for controlling the water temperature and flow rates:

  • Simple single levers or knobs that control both water temperature and flow
  • Combination temperature controls, which can include two or even three extra fixtures
  • A separate thermostatic control valve (temperature only) and flow valve (volume only)

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Bathroom Surfaces: Ceramic Tile Pros and Cons

Often praised for its durability and variety, ceramic tile is a popular choice for bathroom finishes. If you’re drawn to color and texture, this material can deliver on both fronts. But the sheer variety of ceramic tiles is endless, which can make finding just the right tile very difficult.

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Epoxy vs. Cement Grout — What’s the Difference?

Epoxy grout has become more and more popular among tile contractors and builders. I find new benefits every time I use this product. Unlike cement grout, which is made from a cementitious powder mix, epoxy grout is made from epoxy resins and a filler powder. The grout is extremely durable and almost completely stain-proof. Regular grout isn’t waterproof, so unlike epoxy grout, it can absorb water when it’s wet and stain easily. If you’re tired of scrubbing the gunk off of your grout, epoxy grout could be your solution.

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