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RE: Epoxy grout color (help) with LARGE marble 'look' tiles?.. (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: pricklypearcactus on 09.09.2011 at 10:22 am in Bathrooms Forum

If you specify the actual brand and name of the tile, other people may have the same tile and may be able to share the products they used.

I have Daltile Navelli Carrera Star and used Laticrete Bright White (I think Spectralock but I'd have to check the bag to be certain).

Also, if you're willing to buy a few bags of grout, you might take you top choices and grout a sample board (or boards) to see how it really looks with your tile.

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clipped on: 10.26.2011 at 07:39 pm    last updated on: 10.26.2011 at 07:39 pm

RE: working with a cabinet maker? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: cat_mom on 07.07.2011 at 11:03 am in Bathrooms Forum

I just pulled out my folder for the vanities. The original invoice we got was for all three vanities. This included a much larger vanity for the MB than we had him make, because we originally planned to expand the MB by removing a closet in our bedroom. Though we tried to keep track of the changes in costs along the way, it's hard to make sense of it now. If my DH isn't too crazy busy when he comes home tonight, I can see if he remembers what we'd paid. Our guy had a lot of personal issues at the time, so he would drop out of contact (for months) at times. We ended up giving him $, either deducted from the balances due, or extra, just to get the job done.

He did good work, though in addition to his personal issues, there were a few avoidable screw-ups along the way (mis-drilled holes for the handles, wrong size drawer boxes ordered/made, etc.). He'd then disappear while we were waiting for them to be corrected or replaced. In the end it worked out okay, but it was nerve-wracking at the time (esp. when it held up installation and tiling).

Luckily, DH made templates for the sinks for the guy to work with, and took pics of the original Sonia vanity without its sink (thanks to our very helpful salesperson at the showroom), so all the bolts and holes lined up perfectly. We also went over the design details, in detail, so we were able to avoid having larger problems than there were.

My advice to you, is to make sure you know what you want, or put together what you want with your cabinet maker. Go over all the little details, and have it all spelled out on your contract/invoice--if you want full extension, soft close drawer glides, and if you want Blum or another brand, make that known. Want dovetail drawer boxes? Include that, and all other specifics, too. Get stain or paint samples, on the wood species of your choice. We supplied our own handles/knobs (kudos again to our wonderful salesperson for his assistance with finding/choosing those!); decide if you want to supply them or have your cab maker supply them.

Going over all the minute details doesn't guarantee that everything will go perfectly, but it should help avoid at least some of the potential pitfalls along the way.

If I think of more, I'll add more later.

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RE: working with a cabinet maker? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: nycbluedevil on 07.07.2011 at 09:50 am in Bathrooms Forum

(1) First, think about materials. The bathroom gets moist so I would stay away from MDF and stick with wood that has a washable stained or painted finish. We did walnut stained rift white oak which goes really well with our creamy botticino marble. I posted pics of my bathrooms last week but don't know how to link to them (called pics of my new bathrooms I think)

(2) Second, consider drawers versus doors where you can and even under the sink, if you have to do doors, think about pull outs. It is so much easier to look at what you have stored from above than bending down to peer inside a cabinet.

(3) Third, think about what you are going to store in the various places to make sure that your drawers are deep enough. A six inch drawer space will give you only about 4" or so of height, so you need to make sure that your stuff will fit.

(4) I don't know whether this is single or double or what your measurements are, but for comparison, here is what we did. We had only 88" to work with for our double vanity and I wanted lots of drawers and TWO hampers--one for darks and one for lights (one of my best remodeling decisions. So, we did five banks--a 15" bank on the ends(with a top makeup drawer and hamper underneath each side) and in the middle (a bank of four drawers, with the bottom one at 12" deep). We did two 24" sink cabinets on either side of the middle bank with two pullouts. We also waited for the plumbing to be installed before letting them do the cutout for the plumbing so they would leave me maximum interior space under the sinks.

(5) Last, consider framing versus full overlay. This is mostly an aesthetic decision. I personally like framed better, and was able to do that in my other bath because I had enough room but had to do full overlay for the master bath 88" vanity I just described. It still looks great.

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