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Tiny Bath? 8 Space-Smart Color Choices
With smart design choices, even a small bathroom can speak volumes. One of the easiest and most effective ways to amp up a bathroom's appeal is through the judici...
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The Right Way to Plunge a Toilet
People go weeks, months, and even years without giving the toilet a second thought. The instant it clogs, however, th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dual-Flush Toilets
Back in the 1980s, a bright Australian fellow came up with the idea for dual-flush toilets. They've been around for a...
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How To: Install a Medicine Cabinet
Add storage to your bathroom—and in the process, give the space a jolt of fresh style—by installing a medicine cabine...
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10 Scene-Stealing Country Bathrooms
French Country. English Country. Vintage. Rustic. Farmhouse. Country Western. When it comes to decorating, these all define a particular country style. But even t...
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Bathing Beauties, Before & After: 7 Stunning Bathroom Makeovers
Because the bathroom isn’t the first thing visitors see, it often falls to the bottom of the DIY to-do list. But a bathroom shouldn’t stay out of sight and out of...
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10 Design Essentials for the Perfect Modern Bath
Reminiscent of spa resorts, modern baths exude serenity. This look is achieved in part by paring elements in the room down to their essentials. As well, each piec...
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Get the Look: Modern Bath
Think luxury. Think serenity. Think clean-lined, uncluttered space. This is the essence of the modern bath. It's a lo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Bathroom Vents
Bathroom ventilation fans whisk away odors, but their more important job is to draw moisture out of the room. Moistur...
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10 Wow-Worthy Walk-In Showers
Whether your shower is purely functional or a crucial chance to unwind each day, there's no denying the luxury a walk-in shower offers. Added touches don't go unn...
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Pro Tips: The 5 Most Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes
As the host of DIY Network's "I Hate My Bath," licensed contractor Jeff Devlin has seen his share of renovation misst...
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Make Your Own Vanity: 12 Inventive Bathroom Rehabs
The centerpiece of any bathroom is the vanity. It not only holds the sink, but it also provides valuable storage. Its finish and style often help set the palette ...
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30 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas for Your Private Heaven
Bathrooms are spaces that we use everyday, so their importance is far greater than we give it credit for. From bright...
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DIY Tales: Locating a Bathroom Leak
When I returned home from Jack's karate lesson, Sweetie told me I needed to check the toilet in the guest bathroom. It...
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35 Irresistible Bathrooms Boasting a Free-Standing Bathtub
Freestanding bathtubs are quickly becoming a staple of the modern bathroom. Their utility as a centerpiece for a cont...
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18 Bathroom Updates You Can Do in a Day
The bathroom may not be the venue of choice for your next social gathering, but on any given day, it receives a number of visitors—and for that reason alone, it's...
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Bob Vila Radio: Freestanding vs. Built-In Tubs
Freestanding tubs are becoming increasingly popular in today’s luxury bathrooms. Is one right for your bath? Let’s we...
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15 Hottest Bathroom Trends of 2014
Living Walls: A Fresh & Healthy Trend in 2014 In this article we will delve into the wonderful world of bathroo...
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7 Revealing Facts About How We Bathe
As the senior research and development manager for Delta Faucet, Paul Patton conducts frequent surveys and studies to better understand the needs of his customers...
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A Tub with a View: 10 Bathtubs on the Edge of Heaven
A relaxing soak in the tub is one of life's simple pleasures. It's a time to rejuvenate and let your mind wander. Add a scenic view of a picturesque mountaintop, ...
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DIY Tales: DIY Bathroom Vanity
Where to begin on this one…. There was a bathroom vanity in my house that HAD to come out. Was it ugly? Not ...
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Weekend Projects: Make a Shower Curtain 5 Ways
Shower liners are a humdrum necessity. They perform the simple but important role of keeping water in the shower stal...
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What Would Bob Do? Caulking a Bathtub
What can I use to remove caulk from around the bathtub? Also, what is the correct product to use when I caulk the tub...
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Beyond Tile: Fresh Ideas for Bathroom Flooring
Ceramic tile has been the go-to choice for bathroom flooring almost since the advent of indoor plumbing. But today there are many alternative—and stylish—choices ...
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Where the Stars Go: 11 Big Celebrities' Beautiful Bathrooms
Hollywood Stars: They're just like us! They laugh, they cry, they go grocery shopping... and they, um, use the bathroom. For some, that's just a beautifully desig...
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Brighten Up Your Bath: 7 Tips From the Color Pros
Regardless of whether it’s modern or traditional, grand or petite, every bathroom deserves some color. If you are shopping for a new hue to refresh you bath—and ...
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How To: Tile a Bathroom Wall
Here are some tips to help you tile a bathroom wall. For better moisture protection, apply cement board to your walls...
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20 Bathroom Designs with Vintage Industrial Charm
Every morning when we get up, the bathroom is one of the very first places we visit. Each night after a long day at w...
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How To: Install a Toilet
If you're updating the bathroom, you'll need to know how to install a toilet. Apply a new wax seal over the waste fla...
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DIY Tales: Installing Bath Hardware in Tile
******* When you work in bathrooms, the occasion will arise when you will need and want to mount something into til...
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DIY Tales: Board and Batten Wainscoting
Board and batten wainscoting for your bathroom Are you a board and Batten fan? Today’s post is picking up on part ...
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Quick Tip: Cultured Marble
For an elegant look in your bathroom, try using cultured marble.  It's easy to work with, because it's made of real m...
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Talking Toilets with Chip Wade (or, How to Choose a Toilet)
"With subtle style differences and various makes and models available, a toilet is a pretty simple machine designed t...
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Buyer's Guide: Tubs
Equal parts meditative and functional, today’s bathroom has been transformed into a spa, a place to unwind and refres...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bath Venting
The bathroom is the most humid room in your home. Tubs, showers, and sinks all produce moisture, which can lead to pe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Whirlpool Tub Considerations
Do you dream of reclining in a whirlpool tub as the warm water bubbles around you, washing away your cares? If so, ma...
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How To: Drill Through Tile
Here's how to avoid cracking a tile surface when you need to drill a hole. Mark your point, then gently score the til...
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Bob Vila Radio: Small Bath Sinks
Choosing a sink for a small bath can be challenging. Choices are limited, and even if you find a sink that physically...
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How To: Replace a Toilet Seat
Though certainly not cutting edge, toilet seat design has witnessed a tide of innovation in recent years. So if you a...
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7 DIY Bathroom Storage Solutions
You don't have to renovate! First, try out some of these smart, do-it-yourself storage solutions to make better use of the bath you have.
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The Well-Appointed Bath: 10 Touches for Style and Comfort
Not every bath needs to undergo a gut renovation to become a lavish retreat. Here are 10 products from Bellacor.com that can add a touch of luxury to any bath—inc...
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Love the One You're With: Bathroom on a Budget
Hello!! I'm so very excited to share the client condo makeover I've been working on - it really turned out lovely! As I ...
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17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love
While they’re short on space, these small bathrooms make the most of their size with interesting designs, features and storage solutions.
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How To: Install Shower Valve Trim
A fast and easy way to freshen the look of your shower is to install new shower valve trim. If your trim resembles mi...
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Bath Fans Do More Than Clear Odors
Humidity is not only uncomfortable, it is damaging to your home, particularly indoors where it can lead to peeling pa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bathroom Storage Plans
I bet you’ve never heard anyone complain that his bathroom has too much storage space. If you’re about to renovate, h...
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Supersize Your Small Bath with These 8 Pro Tips
Working within your current bathroom's footprint can be challenging, but it's not impossible. Here are 8 ways to maximize the beauty, function, and charm of even ...
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How To: Install a Shower Head
Installing a new shower head is not quite as easy as changing a light bulb, but almost. MATERIALS AND TOOLS- New show...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bath Mistakes
Before you plan a bathroom renovation, listen up to a few suggestions that will help you avoid some all-too-common re...
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Bob Vila Radio: Humidity Gauges
An exhaust fan is a must in a bathroom, because it whisks away the humidity that can allow mold and mildew to grow. N...
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Shower Heads 101
Gone are the days of the utilitarian shower head. Today's spigots are anything but standard. From sleek handheld unit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Shower Seats
Making a bathroom safe for everyone doesn’t mean making your home look like a hospital. Listen to BOB VILA ON SHOWER ...
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How To: Replace a Toilet
There are many reasons to replace a toilet. Maybe it’s old or avocado green. Or maybe it rocks more than the Red Hot ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bathroom Square Footage
If you’re planning a remodel and are hoping to squeeze an extra bathroom into your home, there are a few things you n...
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Waterproof Gadgets to Revolutionize Your Shower Experience
Whether you want to watch TV, write a screenplay, or simply enhance your shower experience, these high-tech upgrades are sure to propel your bath into the 21st ce...
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Small Can Be Beautiful—Even in the Bath
When it comes to bathroom remodeling, small can be beautiful. With smart planning, a petite bath can be attractive, e...
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The Basics of Bathroom Design
The fun part of bathroom remodeling is ogling vessel sinks, walk-in showers, towel heaters, translucent tiles and gra...
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Bathroom Floor Tile: Which Is Best for You?
Don't miss Bathroom Floor Tile: 14 Top OptionsBathroom floor tile is available in a surprising number of materials. C...
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Bathroom Decorating Ideas
Whether you consider it an in-home escape from your hectic day or simply somewhere to wash up, the bathroom is one pl...
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Bathroom Remodeling 101
One of the most common home renovations is the addition of a bathroom. Most older houses were built with no more than...
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Bathroom Flooring: A Wealth of Options
When it comes to bathroom flooring, you’ll find a wealth of options to fit any budget and style. Keep in mind the nee...
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Bathroom Essentials: Tubs, Showers, and Sinks
Lifestyle is an important consideration when selecting tubs and showers. For instance, while people often fall in lov...
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Quick Tip: Budget-Smart Bathroom Remodeling
As with any home improvement project, it’s smart to approach bathroom remodeling with special attention to budget—par...
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Planning Guide: Bathroom Remodeling
Bathrooms continue to top homeowners' lists of popular rooms to remodel—and for good reason. As more Americans are ca...
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2011 Bathroom Trends
Cleanliness, conservation, and comfort—welcome to the 21st-century bathroom, which was highlighted prominently by man...
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Low-Flow Toilets 101
The EPA declares that an estimated 4. 8 billion gallons of water are flushed down the toilet every day. According to ...
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Green Bathroom Makeover
From water conservation to efficient lighting and green cleaning, the bathroom is an ideal room to make eco-friendly....
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Bathroom Trends
Home spas, water conservation and ornamental accessories on a budget are some of the bathroom trends being spotted by...
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Childproofing the Bathroom
Bathroom AccessChildproofing a room begins with some common-sense approaches. “So much of it doesn’t cost a cent,” sa...
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Top Tips for Using Glass Tile
Why Use Glass Tile?Glass tile brings depth, luminescence, and a liquid character to indoor, outdoor, or in-ground poo...
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How To: Install Tile
Find the CenterWhen you install tile, you want the finished surface to appear symmetrical, even if it isn't. To accom...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy Style Makeovers for Your Bathroom
If the average person spends 30 minutes a day in the bathroom, and they live to age 75, they will spend 1. 5 years in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Medicine Cabinet Options
Medicine cabinets provide efficient storage in a room where space tends to be at a premium. If you’re in the market f...
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How To: Fix a Running Toilet
Nowadays, we don’t give much thought to our toilets, but there was a time when answering nature's call involved such ...
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How To: Replace a Crusty Old Tub Spout
A tub spout does two things: It provides a decorative cover for the pipe stub delivering water to the bathtub, and it...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Medicine Cabinet
When you stumble into the bathroom in the morning, does your medicine cabinet look as tired as you feel? Maybe it’s t...
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Designers Tell All: Today's Top 10 Bathroom Trends
Get the lowdown on today's most popular bathroom design trends from top designers Jill Goldberg and Kate Singer.
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10 Dream-Worthy Showers to Give You Bathroom Envy
Showering doesn’t have to be a chore! By mixing comfort with visually-striking design, these showers deliver a luxurious look and experience.
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How Do You Shower? 7 Revealing Facts About America's Bathing Habits
As the Senior Research & Development Manager for Delta Faucet, Paul Patton conducts frequent surveys and studies ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Toilet Flappers
Are you tired of jiggling the handle to stop your toilet from running? The noise and inconvenience drives you crazy, ...
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Fighting with a Cabinet Door that Just. Won't. Close.
Remember our medicine cabinet that wouldn't close? And it still wouldn't close even after we put those little magnets i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Unclogging a Toilet
You’re in the middle of a party, enteraining a houseful of guests, and the toilet acts up. Are you ready to spring in...
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Top Tips for Refinishing a Bathtub
Want to replace your vintage cast iron bathtub? You may be surprised that a comparable antique tub, or even a period-...
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Helpful Hints for Cleaning Bathtubs
There is nothing like a long, leisurely soak in a luxurious hot bath to soothe away the stresses of the day—that is, ...
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Replacing a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Both of our bathroom exhaust fans are shot. The one in our guest bath was a beast at one time; it sounded like an F-16 a...
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10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Faucet
Does shopping for a bathroom faucet make you feel like a fish out of water? Expert tips simplify the selection process.
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How To: Choose a New Bathroom Faucet
In the overall scheme of a bathroom, the sink faucet might seem like an incidental detail, but its design can set the...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Replace a Shower Head
Replacing your shower head is a simple fix that can spruce up the look of your bathroom, save water, and even add a l...
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The Easiest Way to Clean Shower Doors
It's always a challenge to clean shower doors, but that doesn’t mean you have to use powerful cleansers made with amm...
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5 Simple Ways to Modernize Your Bath
Without a major renovation, it might not be possible to create the minimalist, modern bath of your dreams, but you ca...
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How To: Choose an Exhaust Fan
Indoor air quality can be problematic at any time of year, but it is especially a concern during the winter months wh...
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7 DIY Bathroom Storage Projects
If your vanity and medicine cabinets are anything like mine, they're (1) too small, (2) too cluttered, and (3) work j...
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Bob Vila Radio: Barrier-Free Showers
If you’re thinking about a bathroom remodel, there’s no better time or place to think ahead. Something as simple as t...
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It's All in the Flush! Low-Flow Toilets' High Impact
Average Americans are flushing money down the drain.  Oh, maybe not literally money—but most US homes still have one ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vanity Lighting
Bathrooms are small rooms, but they require lots of attention to detail—and great lighting. Listen to BOB VILA ON VAN...
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6 Simple Bathroom Storage Tips and Tricks
My wife and I have a very small bathroom. The tub, toilet, and sink are lined up shoulder to shoulder along one wall....
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12 Easy Ways to Boost Bathroom Storage
Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the second most important room in the house. No matter who you are, chances are the time you spend each day in the bathroom i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Low-Flush Toilets
Did you know that you could save 20% on your water bill just by replacing your toilet? Most conventional toilets hog ...
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Bathroom Floor Tile: 14 Top Options
Modern bathrooms are so much more than they used to be. They’ve gone beyond the practical and utilitarian purpose they were originally designed for, and serve as ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tub Caulking
Even tiny gaps between your tub and the wall tiles can let enough water in to damage your walls and host mold. Since ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Toilet
If you’ve got an older toilet, you’re probably paying for twice the water you need for each flush. But never fear: to...
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The Benefits of a Jack and Jill Bathroom
Do you know what a 'Jack and Jill' bathroom is? If you grew up watching The Brady Bunch in the 70’s, you may already ...
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Free-Standing Tubs: Soaking Up the Luxury
From cast iron to resin, copper, and wood, today's free-standing tubs may be the ultimate home bath luxury.
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Free-Standing Tubs: Pros and Cons
To take the edge off the pressures of daily life, many Americans are cultivating ways to relax and de-stress in their...
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Delta Innovation: Then and Now
Recognize this faucet? Chances are you had—or still have one—in your home or apartment. Or perhaps you remember it fr...
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Biggest Bang for Your Buck? The Bath
If you only have so much time and money to spend on a remodeling project, you'll stay more on trend by investing in t...
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Vessel Sinks: 10 Works of Art
While they may have been inspired by the traditional dresser-top wash basin and pitcher, today's vessel sinks are nothing short of works of art.
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Bathroom Sinks That Rise Above the Rest
Unlike standard bathroom sinks, vessel designs sit above the counter surface. Reminiscent of historical bedroom washs...
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Top Tips for Adding Cabinets in the Bathroom
[bobsays_inset]Traditionally, bathroom cabinetry was limited to small medicine cabinets above the sink and sink vanit...
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12 "Decorator Worthy" Bathroom Vanities
Today's bathroom vanities can make a bold statement in any bathroom, and here are twelve examples we found to be "decorator-worthy."
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The New Apron-Front Sinks
[bobsays_inset]Apron-front sinks, once a great spot to scrub a deep pot, soak dirty dishes, or even wash the baby or ...
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Nate Berkus on Updating a Dated Bath
Editor's note: Since bathroom remodeling is an expensive undertaking, we reached out to Nate Berkus—TV host, designer...
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A Little Goes a Long Way: Using Decorative Tiles
Many people say their ultimate fantasy as a child was the idea of being allowed to run amuck in the toy store. Once y...
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9 Designer Tips to Maximize Small Bathroom Design
Small baths can live large when designed with care. Choosing the right materials, fixtures, and fittings is key, as i...
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Quick Tip: Replace a Toilet
The Case for New Toilets Because it’s one of the things we use the most, there are lots of reasons to replace an olde...
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Quick Tip: Unclog a Toilet
We all know that life would be very different without that wonder of modern science: the toilet. But when it acts up,...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bath Flooring Options
Bathrooms are, like it or not, wet areas. Even if the rest of your house has gleaming hardwood floors, they’re not th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bathroom Flooring Options
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Quick Tip: Bathtub Installation
The bathtub has become a dominant consideration when it comes to designing a bathroom. Before shopping for a bathtub,...
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Fun with Plumbing: Creating a Personalized Shower Experience
I must admit to a certain hedonistic streak when it comes to bathing, be it a long hot soak in the winter or a wonder...
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Bathroom Renovation: The Hammonds' House, A Case Study
In 1742, when Thomas Gray wrote, “where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise,” he couldn’t have been referring t...
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SPA-oritize Your Bath in 15 Steps
Here are 15 ways to create a spa bath at home, without the high cost or inconvenience of construction.
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20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big
If you are saddled with a small bathroom, consider one or more of these space-enhancing products.
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Quick Tip: Laying Bathroom Tile
While many people consider laying bathroom tile a do-it-yourself project for money-saving reasons, there are many fac...
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5 Small Bathroom Space-Busters
The bathroom is often the hardest and most expensive room to remodel. Plumbing lines are set so the location of the t...
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Quick Tip: Master Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget
The master bathroom is quickly becoming one of the most popular getaway rooms in the house. People are incorporating ...
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How To: Choose Tile
Evaluate Your Needs Choosing tile is not as easy as walking into a showroom and picking the right color or pattern. F...
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Adding a Basement Bathroom
Adding a basement bathroom adds value to the home, but installing toilets and sinks in a belowgrade environment takes...
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Top Tips for Choosing a Rain Shower Head
I hate my shower! Well, actually, it’s my shower head that I don’t like. Granted, it's better than the standard fixtu...
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How To: Create a Spa Bath at Home
Consider these 10 ways to add "spa style" to any bath—even yours.
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Easy Bathroom Makeover
 When I first purchased my weekend house in Upstate New York, I knew that the bathroom would need to be remodele...
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Master Bathroom Tub, Tile, and Low-Flow Toilet Installation
In the master bath, Bob reviews the appropriate design choices made by homeowner and contractor Nick Beasley for this period home. A new low-flush toilet is insta...
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Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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Finishing Touch: Installing a Vintage Tub in a Child's Bathroom
The unusually shaped room with original beadboard that sits under the roof’s eaves will be adapted from its prior use as a home office to be a child’s bathroom wi...
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Tour of the Finished Nursery and Master Bathroom
A peaceful nursery and childproofed home await the baby, and an elegant new master bath and powder room greet family and guests.
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Finishing Touch: Master Bath Custom Corian Tub Surround
A Corian tub surround is installed in the master bathroom, custom fit through a digital photo template system. Steps are taken to prevent water seepage and bacter...
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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Installing Custom Shower Doors, Bath Hardware, and CO Detectors
Bob reviews the bathrooms, discusses the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, and highlights some fun touches in the basement, such as his mini wine cellar an...
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Repairing Plaster and Installing Ceramic Shower Tiles
Bob heads to the library to discuss the plaster patchwork in progress, and then visits the second floor, where ceramic tile is being installed in a guest bathroom...
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Reviewing the Landscaping Plans
Landscaping architects Rick and Nancy Lamb present their ideas to Bob for converting the landscape and creating urban spaces.
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Installing Wall Paneling in the Entranceway and Visiting the Completed Tiled Shower
Inspired by designs found in the Isaac Bell historic house, paneling is installed on Bob’s entrance door to the living room. Bob looks at the completed tiled show...
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Installing Tumbled Marble Tile in the Shower
Tile is installed in the master bathroom’s shower area. A flashback reviews the waterproofing work that was done to prevent leaks.
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Reviewing the Front Porch, and Installing Interior Columns and a Vanity
Bob reviews the Victorian design elements of his front-corner porch and the interior columns that echo the exterior ones, and then watches the turn-of-the-century...
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Touring the Kohler Showroom and Factory in Kohler, WI
Bob tours the showroom with the founder’s great-granddaughter, and then visits the factory to see how the vitreous china is manufactured.
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Installing an On-Demand Hot Water System
Bob talks with the installer of a new on-demand tankless water heater that is more energy efficient than tank water heaters.
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Removing Unwanted Junk and Debris
Bob discusses the best ways to discard debris and unwanted items before starting a renovation.
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Installing a Basement Half-Bathroom
Bob discusses the installation of a basement half-bathroom, including wiring, plumbing, and radiant heating.
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Building a Template for a Kitchen Countertop
Scott Lawyer makes a template for a Corian kitchen countertop and installs the sink section, Andrea Johnson discuss Corian colors.
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Installing a Soaking Tub With Jets
Bob joins Dan Gerry to install a jetted soaking tub in the master bath.
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Plumbing Fittings and Faucets, Energy Star, Whole-House Surge Protection
Bob works with Bob and Dan Gerry to install kitchen sink fixtures. Then the ceiling fan is put in and a Square D All House Surge Arrester is installed.
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Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
Lenora Campos shows Bob a Toto energy-efficient toilet.
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Installing Bathroom Fixtures
Bob meets with Lenora Campos of Toto USA, the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Toto's Mercer line of residential fixtures, giving speci...
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Toto Low-Flow Toilet
Bob meets with Lenora Campos from Toto USA, a leader in water technology and the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Bob to the dual-flush...
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Antique-Look Bathroom Sink, Soaking Tub, and Quartz Tile Installation
Bob watches over the installation of a few bathroom fixtures, including a custom vanity countertop and undermount sinks from Toto USA, as well as an acrylic soaki...
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Demolition Review and Shower Installation
With much of the demolition having been completed, Bob walks through an open, loft-like space, which was dark and cramped feeling pre-demolition. Carlos Leuchtman...
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Fitting a Vanity Top and Sink
Ernie Wernecke of Princeton Custom Cabinetry shows Bob how to customize the vanity countertop so it fits snugly against a bulging wall.
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Installing a Toto One-Piece Toilet
Bob watches the installation of a low-flow Toto toilet with a sleek design. The installation is simple, thanks to a special flange that reconfigures the tradition...
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Installing Moen Faucets in the Bathroom Vanity
Carlos Leuchtmann of Blue Ridge Plumbing joins Bob to install a faucet and handles from the Moen Kingsley line.
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Touring the Master Bedroom in the Modular Home
Bob and contractor Michael Sheils discuss the use of gusset plates to tie in the walls. They then tour through the master bedroom and bathroom.
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Installing Plumbing Loop and Fixtures for Multiple-Head Shower
Bob tours the master bath with an eye towards the luxury appointments, including the double vanity fixtures, granite countertop, and Wellborn cabinets.
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Trimming Out Bathroom Windows
Bob checks in with Ryley, who is trimming out the two windows over the vanity in the first floor master bath.
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Crown Point Bathroom Cabinets Installation
Ryley installs the built-in vanity from Crown Point Cabinetry in the downstairs master bath.
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Applying Glazed Wall Tile in the Bathroom
Rob Shedrofsky from Davinci Stone explains the tiling process to Bob as the Porcelanosa wall tile is installed in the bathroom
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Installing the Dishwasher, Sink, and Garbage Disposal
Plumbing and heating contractor Doug Buchanan is ready to install the Kenmore Elite dishwasher and the Kohler Dickinson sink (with garbage disposal).
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Installing a Pedestal Sink
Mario Taormina of N. Pagano Plumbing installs the Totl pedestal sink in the bathroom of the Manhattan Brownstone.
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Reviewing the Bathroom Tile and Fixtures
Bob looks at the finished wall tile from Shaw in a second-floor bathroom at the Vermont farmhouse project site.
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Finished Brownstone Bathroom, Bedroom, and Patio
Bob and Chris Vila continue the walk-through of the Manhattan Brownstone with a look at the new bathroom.
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Interior Framing and Bathtub Installation
Much of the space on the first floor has been opened up to give the house a 21st-century lifestyle feel. The framing of the new addition is ongoing, and the Kohle...
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Installing the Medicine Cabinet
In the master suite, general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski is finishing up installing the Robern medicine cabinets.
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Master Bathroom Tour, Sauna Installation, and Window Blinds
Bob tours the master bathroom, noticing the finishing touches and pointing out the features. Also, Bob checks out the Finlandia sauna, before reviewing te Crysta...
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Bathroom Fixtures Installed
Dave Kohler installs a Kohler lavatory in the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build project house.
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Preparing a Shower Pan for Tumbled Stone Tile Installation
Bob observes the tile setter Tim Galvin build a shower pan.
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Limestone Tile Installation
Bob talks with contractor Tim Galvin, who is installing limestone tile over a heavy bed of mortar.
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Installing a Granite Vanity Top
Bob looks over the shoulders of Rick and Brian (from Star Granite Interiors), as they install a granite vanity top in the first-floor bathroom.
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Tiling the Shower
Bob touches base with Eddie Zywusko, the mason and tilesetter, working in the loft apartment's L-shaped shower.
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Kohler Shower Installation
Bob meets Eli and Greg, who are installing the finish kit of the Kohler shower tower.
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Marble Countertop Installation
Bob checks in with Greg Rockland, the plumber installing a marble countertop in the loft conversion unit.
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Installing a Mirror and Glasswork
Bob observes Bill Brody (from Classic Glass) installing a large mirror, a glass shelf, and a glass partition wall.
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Wheelchair-Accessible Toilet Installation
Bob talks with Gerry Folan, the plumber who is installing a specially designed wheelchair-accessible toilet. Phil Boggs (from Kohler) discusses the unique feature...
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Installing a Bathroom Grab Rail
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley put up a grab bar in the bathroom to facilitate a wheelchair-bound person's maneuvering.
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Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Plumbing Installation and Creating a Tile Mural
In the second Elmwood project house, a Colonial Revival, a new Kohler tub is installed, while homeowner Pat Simons, a ceramic artists, creates a tile mural.
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Installing Insulation and Plastering
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Tim Grether (from Owens Corning) install insulation and vapor barrier in the bathroom. And Jim Larson (from Georgia Pacific) installs a sp...
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Final Tour of the Completed Second Home in the Project
The second home in the Elmwood project, a Colonial Revival, is complete, after the second-floor bathroom gets a new vanity, new doors for the laundry closet, and ...
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Installing the Skylight, Acrylic Block Panels, and Cooling System
Remodeling of the attic floor continues with the installation of Hy-Lite acrylic walls, an HVAC system, and insulation.
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Installing High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets and Surell Countertops
Cabinetry and countertops are brought in for this attic conversion project, and fiber-optic lighting is installed.
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Discussing the Home Spa and Replacing the Finial on the Turret
The spa is installed in the third-floor exercise room and the finial section is put on the turret roof.
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Preparing the Turret Room for the Spa Tub
The turret has been reframed and the floor is prepared to receive the spa tub.
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Installing the Hot Tub
Bob joins contractors Ed Weller and Laez Wilent to observe the installion of a custom-made hot tub.
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Plumbing in the Bathroom and Wiring in the Kitchen
Plumber Kevin Hanley reviews the installation process for a pedestal sink and antique toilet in the new half-bath. And electrical wiring is pulled through the wal...
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Restoring the Vintage Bathtub With Synthetic Porcelain
Bob discusses the chemicals and process used to clean and restore the home's vintage bathtub. And a new finish of synthetic porcelain is applied to the pedestal s...
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Installing Porcelain Mosaic Tile in the Bathroom
Bob meets with contractor Cortney Lofton, who is installing porcelain mosaic tiles with acrylic mastic over an existing bathroom mortar bed.
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Installing a Wood Kitchen Countertop
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton install a counter around a new apron-front Kohler sink.
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Adding Adjustable Legs and Toekick to the Bathroom Vanity
Bob meets with contractor Bill Wilcox, who is assembling the bathroom vanities, giving them legs and a toekick.
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Solid-Surface Bathroom Vanity Top Installation
Bob helps Steven Nyz install a Surell one-piece vanity top and sink. No screws or nails are used, just some silicone caulk. Surell is totally non-porous, making i...
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Bathroom Floor Installation
Bob visits with Butch and Dennis LeDonne, who are using thin-set epoxy to install an aggregrate product from Rover Tile on the master bathroom floor.
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Marble and Venetian Glass Aggregate Bathroom Floor Tiles
Bob and Bob Ingram (from Rover Tile) discuss the tile that's going into the master bath and children's bathroom. The tile is a combination of marble chips, Veneti...
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Applying Mortar Scratch Coat for Shower Wall Tiles
Bob visits with plaster sub-contractor Mike Bennet, who is floating mortar bed walls in the shower space of the beach house bathroom.
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Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. ...
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Shower Stall Installation
Bob joins the plumber as he installs a shower stall in the kids' bathroom. After drilling the drain hole, the plumber demonstrates how to properly attach a metal ...
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Building a Medicine Cabinet
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley hand-craft a medicine cabinet using a radial arm saw, Dado blade, router, screws, and carpenter's glue.
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Installing a Cement Backerboard in the Bathroom
Bob meets contractor Larry Landers in the master bathroom, where a cement backerboard is cut and attached to the walls with galvanized screws.
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Laying Glazed Ceramic Floor Tiles
Floor tiles are installed in the bathroom after the underlayment has dried and chalk reference lines have been drawn. Tips on cutting and laying tile are given.
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Installing the Lavatory
Bob observes plumbing contractor Steve Bottazzi install a lavatory (faucet and sink) in a bathroom vanity.
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Demolition of the Bathroom
Plumbers gut the bathroom by removing the tub, sink, tile, and toilet.
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Installing New Bathroom Fixtures
Since the bathroom has been gutted, plumbers begin to install new fixtures.
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Replacing the Storm Windows
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley replace the storm windows on the Plymouth project house, and the newly designed bathroom needs tiles.
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Installing the One-Piece Vanity
Bob helps carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley install a new one-piece acrylic vanity.
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Installing Cultured Marble Shower Walls
Bob helps install cultured marble panels in a bathroom. The tile professional on the job, Jack Miklaus, shares information on fabricating the panels and tips on i...
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The Merchandise Mart
Bob heads to the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, the largest wholesale design center in the city, to see a selection of bathroom fixtures at K & B Galleries...
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Replacing the Toilet
Plumber Dan Macias replaces the old toilet with a new, high-efficiency model.
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Joining Copper Plumbing
Plumber Tom Higham demonstrates how to join copper plumbing for the bathroom lavatory.
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Building the Bathroom Vanity
Carpentry contractor Bob Ryley builds a bathroom vanity, as Bob goes over some of the floor work with artisan Terry Maiche.
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Applying Bathroom Floor Tile
Bob looks on as tile setter John Boardman applies bathroom floor tile at the Cape Cod project house.
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Tiling the Bathroom Floor
Tile setter Roger Short performs a “mud job” on the bathroom floor before laying the tile pattern.
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DIY Light Fixture
General contractor Ron Gan builds an inexpensive do-it-yourself lighting fixture in the bathroom.
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Installing a Whirlpool Tub
Bob helps install a whirlpool tub in the master bedroom.
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Touring the Remodeled Interior
Bob and general contractor Tim Berky look back on the numerous aspects of the finished job. Then Bob tours the remodeled mudroom and bath, plus the new open kitch...
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Installing Fixtures in a Tiled Bath
Bob checks out the handmade tiles and selected plumbing fixtures in the remodeled bath. When general contractor Tim Berky drills into the tile, he stresses the im...
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Sink and Faucet Installation
Frank Lowry of FJ Lowry Plumbing and Heating installs the a Franke tri-flow Corinthian faucet, now that the countertop and sink are in place.
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