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RE: Please recommend a hard wired towel warmer that is effective (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: akcorcoran on 02.27.2013 at 08:05 am in Bathrooms Forum

We have the Warmly Yours Infinity Towel Warmer with hardwire installation in my daughter's bathroom. $319 and it works like a charm! We installed the timer that comes with it and it's great. It's WARM! Their bathroom is on the third floor and we've actually turned it off a few times b/c it was warming the room so much that it got a little toasty!

It does a great job warming and drying the towels - with the caveat that applies to all towel warmers which is they can't be wet and folded on top of each other to dry quickly. It's a little tricky to fit two towels on it but I think that width issue applies to all towel warmers and this is the standard size.

My younger daughter has taken to hanging her school uniform on it so it's warm when she puts it on in the morning. :-)

We're putting in a second one in our master bathroom!

Here is a link that might be useful: Warmly Yours Infinity Towel Warmer

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RE: Extra heating source in master bathroom (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: carpecattus on 02.15.2013 at 06:47 pm in Building a Home Forum

We live in the Seattle area and remodeled our small master bath about five years ago. We installed an electric radiant heat mat under our marble tile floor and it's hooked up to a programmable thermostat. After playing with it the first few months I've found that I prefer to leave it on all the time, at a relatively moderate setting (6 out of 12 levels of heat), only turning it down a little (to 4) during the summer months. The only other heat source in the bathroom is a heat lamp/fan unit, located just in front of our shower - it produces plenty of heat to make me feel toasty in the morning. Because we're just heating a small room, and not the whole house, we've never had a problem with the bathroom feeling too hot or too cold. (The only cold spot are the tiles around the sides and back of the toilet, where we didn't run wires to avoid any condensation problems - those tiles are freezing in comparison! Brrrr!)

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RE: What is your Favorite/Smartest thing you did in your Bathroom (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: lalitha on 11.01.2012 at 07:18 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here is my list -

- Additional blocking in the framing stage to accomodate grab bars, towel bars etc. Additional blocking being the slidebar of the shower also makes it sturdier to use as a grab bar.
- Kerdi board for waterproofing
- Heated wires throughout the floor including the shower area
- Tall niches with shelves sized to fit the costco sized bottles
- Tile that is not too slippery for the floor. Also used epoxy grout to make future maintenance easier.
- frameless shower doors - we did pay a couple hundred dollars extra for the really clear glass
- U-groove frameless
- One of the bathrooms is curbless to accomodate access issues. Has nice looking grab bars and a folding teak shower seat that is ADA rated to 400lbs.
- LED cans (california code)
- Elongated Toto skirted toilets with sanigloss to make the cleaning easier
- the special lutron switches where the fans stay on an extra 20 mins to clear all the steam. we used them with panasonic fans which are much much quieter than what we had in the past
- wall mounted heated towel rods
- hooks instead of towel bars.. I just preferred the more streamlined look of hooks
- plug outlets inside the vanity to charge things.
- wheeled laundry basket with divers to sort laundry has a niche to be tucked in.
- separate toilet stall with a door. We did not do comfort height as we are not overly tall people. Elongated toto toilets with an integrated skirt to make cleaning easier and a GFCI outlet to plug in a washlet.
- paper towel holder from Moen that doubles as a grab bar in the ADA bathroom.
- accomodated for daylight (skylight or a window) in both the bathrooms to help people to wake up in the morning.. I love the daylight.
- radio for listening in the morning. We are big public radio fans
- wall mounted lighted makeup mirror
- mirror defogger to prevent the mirror from getting steamed up..
- vac pan at the floor level that connects to our central vac system to make daily cleanups a breeze. I am picky about hair on the floor
- solid core doors to prevent bathroom noises from being heard outside. I often have to get ready before dawn and the shower noise wakes DH up.
- recirculating pump for our tankless to avoid warm water delays. Ours is integrated into the tankless.
- Hansgrohe ibox to get the thermostatic control to preset the preferred temprature
- Ebbe integrated drain that has a hidden hair snare.
- Handheld shower with a longer hose to make it easier to clean the walls.
- rain shower on a longer arm so that you can stand away from the wall.

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Heated wires throughout the floor
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RE: What is your Favorite/Smartest thing you did in your Bathroom (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: lizb_1772 on 10.28.2012 at 11:49 pm in Bathrooms Forum

1. Wall-mount teak bench that folds down when not in use.
2. Hand-held shower head.
3. Wall-mount lighted magnified make-up mirror.
4. Biscuit 3x6 matte subway tiles in shower. . .simple, timeless, easy on the eyes.
5. No room for water closet, but toilet niche working out fine. Exhaust fan there and also in shower. Moves things out well.
6. Saved $$ by not installing heated floors; just wear bedroom slippers!

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Wall-mount lighted magnified make-up mirror
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RE: What is your Favorite/Smartest thing you did in your Bathroom (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: cat_mom on 10.26.2012 at 11:03 am in Bathrooms Forum

gina_w--We used Nu-Heat mats (custom shape/size). Our tile guy likes installing their mats (cloth-like, fabric easy to lay/install), and DH was very impressed with their technical assistance/customer service. Ours are on timers as well, though I keep the temp constant throughout the cooler months; I'm home a lot during the day, and I'm up once or twice at night (!).

Best, too-late for us advice, have TWO sensors installed. You only have to connect one to the timer/switch, but you will have a back-up if the first one ever fails. I don't know how often that happens, but the sensors are cheap enough and better to have it and not need it....simple thing to do.

When that tip was posted here, by stacyneil I think (after we had completed our reno's), DH kicked himself for not thinking of it while ours were being installed.

Ours were installed by our tile guy as well.

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RE: What is your Favorite/Smartest thing you did in your Bathroom (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: wi-sailorgirl on 10.25.2012 at 10:50 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I'd have to look at what we used, but it was the only one our tile setter said he trusted. It was installed by the tile setter but the electrician makes the final connection so it required some coordination between those two. Ours takes a while to heat up but we have it on a timer thermostat so by the time we're up it's toasty warm. Our cat now sleeps in the bathroom most nights (or at least early in the morning when the floor heat kicks in).

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Towel warmer, heated floor
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RE: Ikea? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: jrldh on 07.02.2012 at 11:32 pm in Building a Home Forum

While Ikea has some cheap, questionable quality furniture, their kitchens are on the same quality level as extremely expensive European luxury brand kitchens (without the high price and with limited stock sizes & door styles). And this is not a subjective opinion but objective fact because the materials are exactly the same (laminate particleboard cabinets, solid wood doors (available)) with hardware from the same manufacturer.

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RE: Ikea? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: lzerarc on 07.02.2012 at 11:11 am in Building a Home Forum

we were just there this weekend looking and considering. We want to put all of the money into the shell, and we have a really hard time justifying some of the high costs of "custom" or some of the brand name items. Some of their items are good quality. Their kitchens are backed by a good warranty and I have yet to hear anything bad about them. A neat thing is you can always change out the door styles later to either upgrade to a custom door or completely change the look of the kitchen (dark doors vs white doors for example). If you like their door options and can work with standard sizes (new kitchen, should be able to), then they are a good, cost effective way to do a kitchen. My wife mainly likes the interior organization they have.
We plan for sure to use their closets in our master, but are undecided about the kitchen and bathrooms. You can put it in now and use it for a few years and always change it out later if need be. We have a couple ikea pieces now in our bedroom that have been inuse for a few years. They still look and function like the day we bought them.
I helped a friend install a 2nd kitchen in his basement last year. He went with ikea there. I have never assembled things that went together so easily. Smooth, super tight and sturdy. They installed very easy as well. Blum makes their boxes and hinges. Super high quality and used by the top custom cabinet shops.

If you can overcome the stigma of Ikea in your home, then you can dance all the way to the bank. Dress the cabinets up with quartz or granite, nice appliances and a backsplace...no one will ever know (unless they open the drawer and see the ikea tag on the side!)

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RE: FYI--Carrera Marble Look Alikes (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: pps7 on 07.16.2010 at 09:11 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We used the Catarina. The bath's not done yet, but here are a few pics:

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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: carolyn53562 on 09.24.2007 at 01:33 pm in Building a Home Forum

Kohler products (but only toilets with the new flushing system)
Andersen 400 windows
Carrier Infinity Furnace
Kitchenaid convection oven
Hubbardton Forge lights
Kitchenaid sxs refrigerator with ice in the door
Silestone
Dura Supreme cabinets
Blanco stainless steel sink
Certainteed fiber cement siding (prefinished)

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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: zone_8grandma on 09.20.2007 at 10:37 am in Building a Home Forum

Good point Jason,
Our last home had Milgard windows. When we put the house on the market (it was 15 years old), I called Milgard to come fix a couple of small items. They came out and fixed them - no charge. The windows are guaranteed for life. I was very impressed.

Current windows are Certainteed. Haven't needed to use the warranty, but we're happy with them. Milgard had raised their prices too much, so we went with Certainteed.

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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: sierraeast on 09.20.2007 at 10:03 am in Building a Home Forum

Ditto the maze nails. Hand nailed our framing w/ maze double hot dipped galvanized ring shank nails and will always believe that is why it stayed tight sitting through the winter of '05 with only the roof sheathing felted and the exterior walls sheathed.When making a mistake, i pulled out the sawzall and cut them rather than trying to pull them as their holding strength is awesome.

Not limited to andersen or pella. We went w/ weathershield and feel they are a notch above andersen/pella.All are quality but we got a better u-value/r-value that andersen/pella didn't offer.

Mcfeeleys rocks as well.

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weathershield windows
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RE: Beekeeperswife (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: pipdog on 02.03.2013 at 11:33 am in Kitchens Forum

hobokenkitchen, we have Calacatta marble shower and we used white quartz (Caesarstone Pure White) for the threshold, niches and the tub surround. Our counters are white Caesarstone, so we just used leftover pieces.

We had to buy a whole slab of quartz b/c we needed it for the counters, but if you just need a threshold, you should check around at fabricators to see if you can find a remnant. Our guy had a lot of white quartz leftover in his remnant pile.

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RE: decent calcatta marble-like tile (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 12.30.2012 at 07:36 pm in Bathrooms Forum

jules they don't have a shine. If you contact MS&T they will send you a sample.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mission Stone & tile

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RE: decent calcatta marble-like tile (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 11.05.2012 at 10:25 am in Bathrooms Forum

I'm a little late, but I did my master bath in the 18x18 tiles from Mission Stone & Tile. $4.35 sq. ft.

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Michelle16 used the same tile in her laundry and she loves it too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Calacatta Porcelain

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decent calcatta marble-like tile

posted by: kcts on 10.09.2012 at 03:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hello. I am in the process of remodeling my bathroom due to water leaking. Because I did not expect this happening, I cannot afford to use expensive, real marble tiles that I like. Could you recommend good quality, but not expensive alternative? I like the look of calcatta gold marble. I checked the past forum discussion, but I found only expensive alternative. Thank you for your advice!

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Calacata Sllver porcelain - photos!

posted by: blondelle on 01.15.2013 at 09:00 am in Bathrooms Forum

Has anyone seen this in person? It's by Porcelanosa and they make very good quality tile. I'm not sure how long this has been out but it's stunning. Also comes in Calacata Gold which has softer veining. There's also a small square matching mosaic that's reasonable. They come in 23 X 23 and 17 X 17, and I think there's also a rectangular size with a matching honed floor tile.

The original photos showed the veining a bit darker in color. What do you think?

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Porcelanosa, Calacata Silver

YIKES!!

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RE: decent calcatta marble-like tile (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: meaves on 01.08.2013 at 06:33 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Floor and Decor has beautiful, well priced marble like porcelain tiles. The product I've linked to also came in a 12x24 and 3x6 subway. I was in store today and they are very nice in person--at least worth a sample if you are going for this look. Another plus is this particular tile wasn't super glossy/slick. They had a lot of different marble like porcelain tiles, most of which were super slick/polished.

Here is a link that might be useful: Marble like Calcutta porcelain tile

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12x24 and 3x6 subway
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RE: Bathroom done - photos (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: monicae on 09.28.2009 at 10:19 am in Bathrooms Forum

Thank you for all of the great feedback. Truthfully, I still can't believe that bathroom is in my house. Everytime I walk by I have to sit and ponder it a little bit!

The floors are really neat. They are called Fibra Grey and look a bit like linen. The manufacturer is Atlas Concorde. Ann Sacks has a similar tile and a few times the cost. These were $8 a sq ft. Here's a link so you can see a bit more detail: http://www.mosaictileco.com/atlas_concorde_fibra_grey_porcelain_tiles_options.htm

The wall tiles are Porcelanosa Cubica Blanco. I don't think I can photograph them to capture just how nifty they are. They almost look like a mosaic and have a faint metallic sheen to them.

The deco strip in the shower is a brushed stainless tile stick tile with varying sizes. That was my big splurge tile wise.

The shower floor is 1 x 1 tumbled carrera marble.

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http://www.mosaictileco.com/ZOOM_Atlas_Concorde_Fibra_Grey_Porcelain_Tile.htm
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Bathroom done - photos

posted by: monicae on 09.27.2009 at 09:52 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I didn't do much posting but did take in a lot of the advice from the various threads (this is a great resource. This is a relatively small master bath and the toilet is in a tiny alcove so you'll just have to trust me that there is a toilet in the room. :-) Please excuse the before photos, I think I was so sick of the room I gave up on tidying it up.

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PORCELANOSA in shower
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RE: Pic of espresso cabinet, carrera, chrome fixtures, memoirs si (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: pps7 on 06.29.2011 at 05:16 pm in Bathrooms Forum

The only things that are real marble are the counter tops, slab for the bench seat and the shelf in the cubbies.

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Pic of espresso cabinet, carrera, chrome fixtures, memoirs sink

posted by: pps7 on 08.03.2010 at 04:27 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I can't find the thread where someone was looking at all these components. Here they are together:

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RE: Pic of espresso cabinet, carrera, chrome fixtures, memoirs si (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: pps7 on 08.20.2010 at 10:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Thanks everyone. I love my master bath-the window treatments are in!

The tile is AO catarina white. I think our shower is 4x5.

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"marble tile" for shower
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