Unless a shower is used in a wet-room design, an enclosure is needed to prevent the surrounding area from getting wet. In most cases this takes the form of a shower tray and a stall. Screens or shower curtains are used when a shower is above a bathtub. A third option is to create a large, walk-in shower using screens, or tiled or glass-block walls.
This type of shower stall is an option in large bathrooms. A “drying area” separates the entrance and the shower, making a door or curtain unnecessary. A walk-in shower can be installed in much the same way as a standard tray and stall. Alternatively, you can build one yourself. Stud walls are the easiest option. Use water-resistant wallboard rather than drywall for the interior walls. This provides a good surface for tiling and gives a fully waterproof finish. Alternatively, build a glass-block wall.
Plumbing requirements vary depending on the type of shower you choose. A shower stall with an acrylic tray is shown here.
The look and feel of your home largely depends on the type of flooring you choose. Wood offers a classic quality to the home. Carpet can evoke a warm feeling. Laminate flooring looks good, but does not evoke quality. Tile and stone give off a sense of sturdiness and cleanliness, and express a warm climate atmosphere. Once you have settled on the type of flooring that you like, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
You have two choices when it comes to wood flooring. We can install prefinished flooring — which you can walk on immediately after installation — or unfinished flooring, which requires sanding and finishing before use Prefinished flooring has a small beveled edge on every piece to allow for variations on the sub-floor and to stop you from stubbing your toe. Because there is no delay getting back into the room, it is a common wood floor installed in existing homes. Prefinished can be a quality floor, but the discerning homeowner will know it is less expensive.
Unfinished flooring offers a more seamless finish and quality feel. It is more common in new construction since there is a 3-5 day delay to complete the finishing process.
Wood flooring looks great in living areas, kitchens and bedrooms, though not the best choice in wet areas like bathrooms. It brings a nice, classy feel to the room, but also requires some care. You have a large variety of hardwoods and softwoods to choose from, literally hundreds of options. The most common softwood is pine and the most common hardwoods are maple, cherry and oak. Your best bet is to decide on a style you like, and then select the best quality you can afford.
The material cost usually runs $2.50 – $10.00 per square foot.
Installing tile and stone flooring adds value and beauty to your living space, and we are experienced in the design and installation of all ceramic, porcelain and stone material. One of the most important steps in the installation process is to make sure the underlayment, or sub-floor, is prepped properly before laying the tile to prevent cracking.