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RE: What is the newest after granite for vanities (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: pharaoh on 08.11.2010 at 04:08 pm in Bathrooms Forum

1. This is from Caesarstone -
It is white quartz in a resin. They have other gorgeous semi precious stones.

2. This is from china. Dont know if you can buy it locally but they may arrange a shipment for you. I would have used for my bathroom walls had I known about it. Instead I used glass tiles.


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RE: What is the newest after granite for vanities (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: maggie200 on 08.11.2010 at 03:32 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Pharoa, I like the top one.Now that I look at the 2nd it is nice too. Can I afford it? I don't know.All of you have counseled me to pick out what I like and not worry what people will say. So, look at this site filled with beautiful choices.
Pharoa, How would I describe this if I called around? Thank you so much for putting this up here for me. I count my blessings with people like you.


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RE: What is the newest after granite for vanities (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: pharaoh on 08.11.2010 at 02:59 pm in Bathrooms Forum

How about semiprecious stone counters if you have the budget for it?

or mother of pearl?


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RE: What is the newest after granite for vanities (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: maggie200 on 08.11.2010 at 02:39 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Palimsest this is beatiful. As Cinnamonsworld said there are more matte colors coming out and this has both matte and gloss which I love. This sets the bar very high but this must be durable if there is a coating over it.
Will look in the DC area for both this and the ribbon glass.
Also want to see what Carrie7 has. I think I will like it.
Thanks so much for your brillance on the subject. Hugs, Maggie


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RE: What is the newest after granite for vanities (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: palimpsest on 08.11.2010 at 10:40 am in Bathrooms Forum

If budget isnt a huge concern, Pyrolave, which is enameled volcanic material that comes in lots of colors. Kohler makes some prefab tops in a limited assortment of colors and sizes/shapes.


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RE: What is the newest after granite for vanities (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: maggie200 on 08.11.2010 at 01:36 am in Bathrooms Forum

Wow, John did it. I am floored.I know I have seen this in a showroom or I dreamed it.Eggplantlady, I have seen your comments before and I agree with the part about John hitting it on the head.

Cinnamonsworld. I saw some cultured porceline (marble sez brother) that I loved. Who said that is not right for a vanity. has this for the floor sez brother. But why not for the vanity John.
Carrie7 that sounds so interesting and would blend, as John said, into walls and the hallway. I'm going to have to look it up but you are in my ballpark.

Who sez travertine can't go on a vanity? Who is going to stop us from thinking out of the box. I am strongly agains "gran it" in the vanity because it looks like kitchen. You all have opened a world of possiblities I have never seen on here. Thanks for getting right to the point everyone. You are who I needed on this post. Now to copy all of you and send to bro.


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New counter tops options in glass (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: johnfrwhipple on 08.10.2010 at 03:42 am in Bathrooms Forum

Maggie check out this site.

It's some pretty stuff...

Here is a link that might be useful: Ribbon Glass


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Choosing a bathroom vanity top (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: johnfrwhipple on 08.10.2010 at 03:30 am in Bathrooms Forum

Maggie this is a tough one. You need to consider who will be using the counter and what types of bath products the counter will be subjected to.

Composite stone is great for spills and natural stone comes in so many variations it can be over whelming to pick one. Choosing a counter top should fit the feel of the home or start a new direction. Counters can be a feature statement or blend away with the walls and tile work.

I am struggling with this same dilemma as we speak for my en-suite and daughters bathrooms. My gut is leaning to an old school tiled top. My budget can't afford solid stone and I think composite stone would look out of place in my home anyway.

If budget was not a concern then a choice slab that both my wife and I loved would be our first pick. Picking a slab is like choosing clothes or perfume - we all have our own tastes. If this is your home buy a slab that makes you smile and one that makes you want to touch it - look at it. Stone is like art and many can even be back lit.

Go shopping - visit 4-5 spots. Bring in your measurements and look for a end piece. If you find the perfect slab - buy it. Even if you have to buy the whole thing...

Happy Shopping Maggie


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What is the newest after granite for vanities

posted by: maggie200 on 08.10.2010 at 01:24 am in Bathrooms Forum

I would like an elegant look for the vanities. White with a little swirl of color. Have looked at soapstone and others sold near granite. If everything becomes passe in a few years what say you would help me stay current. Granite has a definite statement and don't want a whiney couple saying "oh but they have granite." I will be selling in a year and a half.


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RE: What is the newest after granite for vanities (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: maggie200 on 08.12.2010 at 12:54 am in Bathrooms Forum

Bill, I think the same way you do.Had a question about
vessels on here and got the thumbs down as being passe. You missed it and I know you are on here helping out all the time. I have a 50 inch sink and brother living in house in TX said no way because it is too small for it. Here in Alexandria,VA they are all around. I like the flat sink too. I want to look for smaller vessels and that sink again. Furniture vanity. Neighbors have done that with antique furniture -stunning. You got it all. I just talked about that. I live in a really nice size condo where people have done a lot of high end things. People in houses keep talking about making our rooms look bigger when that is so unimportant for us condo dwellers. No need to fool the eye. I say play with it.John Whipple has done that with lighting and niches. Very cool.Wish he would show that picture here. Thanks,and yes minmalist plumbing features. My contractor had that idea too. He's waiting 4 these "issues" to come back into focus. You are the best Bill.Thanks.
Pharaoh, thanks for taking the time to look up the addresses. It is so beautiful. I have my decorators right here and I love it. You all keep me going. It is true.


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RE: Are glass blocks used in showers in style. (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: maggie200 on 07.11.2010 at 07:50 pm in Bathrooms Forum

John and Lee, did I tell you I wanted to start a new posting about realtors and HGTV. You two are better writers than I am and have put the message out for me on this post that has become quite popular. I love you guys.
Let me say that I am sick of seeing potential buyers in North America EXPECT a place to be perfect. Lee you created a beautiful post filled with common sense..Right on about stainless steel in the kitchen.You will see these lookers whine that the kitchen isn't in stainless. Then replace it yourself, whiners. Pedestal sinks,how did that ever become popular? You are right. No space. Crazy. Berber, that my cats can ruin with one nail.And they didn't clean up well."Oh, I they don't have hard wood floor." These whiners complain about the paint color. Well, I am sick of them. Everyone is supposed to dig into their savings and do it completely over because the realtor sez it will/might sell better.In these times of the biggest depression ever only those who have the tons of dicretionary money can fork over $100,000 dollars to satisfy the whiners and realtors. And they too can lose their shirt and their sanity.
John, with your beautiful work even YOU tell us that we can embrace our homes as is and enjoy the memories of love and happiness in it. I adore you even more for the beautiful letter you just wrote. The realtors are looking at their commission and the unconfident sellers are many times risking their finances on money they don't have.
YET, I have seen buyers on HGTV who want to live in, say, Italy compare old shacks with no comfort and buy them and fix them up themselves. I say "Sellers Beware." and like you all have told me - do what I like. Yes, I will, but I still will be here with more questions.
This posting has been therapy to me. I xave met the best of people who are strangers but I embrace you all It keeps getting better and better with many twists and turns. Hugs and more hugs. Maggie.


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Well said Lee (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: johnfrwhipple on 07.11.2010 at 10:53 am in Bathrooms Forum

I would side strongly with Lee here on his input onto listening to your relator. As a rule I will not work for someone "Flipping a House" I have tried this before and it is no fun.

I prefer working for clients who are building a dream space for themselves or their family. If a client suggests things that are out of "Wack" I will try and make them see my point or the "John Q Publics" views of late.

That said if the client wants it - it will happen.

These are "Your" homes people. Do with them as you like. Paint colours on the wall that make you happy or remind you of happier times and places. Put carpet on the floors that you can nap on and don't match the drapes.

One realtor said this to a client about an half hour through a walk through "Chances are if you remove that bathroom to make your walk in bigger the suggest list price would drop because you are losing the small ensuite - that said the bathroom is ugly and a stunning walk in would sell this place." We where talking about removing a bathroom to make the closet bigger.

How many people are like this. Not a lot - but chances are even if you make all your changes - just the way you like; when the days comes to sell - your design twin is out looking.

If you loose an extra $40,000 on the sale. Does it matter since you triple the homes worth over 40 years and all that time you loved that "Shag Rug" and "Glass Beads".

As I type this I'm staying in the home of my youngest daughters friend. They are away for a month and we are still not finished our home. Last week in was another house and another set of cats and plants to look after, The difference in the homes night and day. One 6,000 square feet build with $300 - $350 per square foot budget, pool, water rock slide, hot tub, basement dance room, and on and on. The other build in 1956 and with little to now work done.

It took me 30 minutes just to rig up the shower head last night and figure out the curved shower rod. The shower rod is an old tent rod. I had to reassembly the shower head because it looks someone tried and wreck the O ring. I found the extra coat hangers and with all the hooks everywhere figure out how to keep water in a bath tub that I was convince my wife had "Pranked Me" and I was waiting for a film crew to jump out from behind the door.

But no - this is our friends home. As is. They warned us that staying at their home was like camping and it sure is. The home reminds me of my Grandma's cabin at Boundry Bay. So much character. The lady of the house teaches art and the home is all orange, blue and primary colours.

I slept like a rock - so did my kids. It will take all my will power not to start fixing up this place. I have spotted a couple serious concerns that I will fix - or be faced to not let my little one come over. That is not going to happen because these two girls are good mates.

When the young ones grow up and Mom and Dad reflex on their lives - this home will have happy memories. And for the record my kids are jealous that they are not allowed to draw on their homes walls.....

Makes you think about what really is important in life. Does it matter really what anyone thinks about "Your Home"

I think Not. Go with your gut and what makes you smile...

My thoughts.

John Whipple


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RE: Are glass blocks used in showers in style. (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: lee676 on 07.11.2010 at 05:41 am in Bathrooms Forum

No offense to your daughter, but my decades of renovation work have left me to conclude that most realtors are full of themselves when it comes to design and fashion and their effect on homebuyers. They can't look beyond what the current year's trade journals are pushing. A dozen years ago, every bathroom had to have a pedestal sink, that wonderful affectation that eliminates countertop space and cabinet space in one fell swoop. Only a few years nobody would be caught dead installing pedestal sinks, having moved on to vessels, then glass sinks, than those smooth shallow things whatever they're called. Meanwhile, any glass block installed then still looks great today.

I take anything real-estate agents say with a grain of salt. They're constantly seizing on the fad of the year, pushing whatever they deem to be fashionable on buyers (and sellers) who wouldn't have noticed these items had they not been pointed out. During the height of the housing bubble, numerous agents were convinced that buyers' choice of which $900,000 house to buy would be influenced by the presense of $80 worth of crown molding. I remain quite convinced that few buyers would have even noticed the stuff had every home seller not pointed skyward and said "hey look - it has crown molding!".

For whatever reason, in the last few years there doesn't even appear to be consensus amongst realtors anymore. Are stainless-steel appliances still trendy or have they run their course? Are rain showers still where it's at? Berber carpet?

I reiterate: good design is timeless, and if you follow the fad of the moment, it will look dated by the time the house goes up for sale. Buy what you like yourself; you never know what future buyers will like anyway.

Anyway, glass block evokes the 1930s if anything, not the 1980s.


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Using glass blocks in a curbless shower or wet room (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: johnfrwhipple on 07.09.2010 at 08:57 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I would love to draw this out for you but there is many variables involved.

What I can do is show you how I did mine and then offer any guidance in altering my technique to meet your local code or your particular set up.

The key point to consider is that with your curbless shower your entire bathroom should be a shower pan. your primary waterproofing protection should be graded at least 2" above the drain's elevation.

Vanities, toilets, cast iron radiators, floor heat and many many other things all come into play. So does floor deflection and on and on. All that said - look this stuff up and check with your inspectors...

What I do is prep the floor and install my drain. We heat the room with cable heat and then do a mud job to grade the entire bathroom floor. Your glass blocks need to be secured to the floor with rebar or possibly stainless strap tie (or equivalent). This creates the weak point.

I like to form a 2.5" wide x 2" + "X" tall curb out of concrete with these Stainless strong tie straps coming out on their exact mark ("x" = height needed to get exact ceiling height fit). We can then bring the waterproofing up and over this mini curb and with a little effort you can set your wall tile level with the glass block thickness (4" I used).

I posted a sketch some time ago and not sure where it went.

I will gladly sketch out my thoughts for you if you provide me with all the details. Please post it here so others can offer second and third opinions on my idea or your install.

4&quot; x 4&quot; Black Italian Marble

A picture of the curbless shower floor with the glass blocks. The waterproofing comes up and over under the blocks. I used some redguard over the kerdi where the straps came through the concrete. I had one strap for every grout joint and we pinned in some of the tiny rebar beside.

A fussy job getting the measurements right and setting the first two rows. Once your base is solid it goes up a little like lego - but with a rubber mallet...

Vancouver Bathroom Renovation


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Glass Blocks used in Vancouver installations (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: johnfrwhipple on 07.09.2010 at 03:39 am in Bathrooms Forum

The Glass blocks are not expensive. Many of them purchased through Rona here in Vancouver.

They are made by Pitt's Burgh Corning. I'll post a link below.

Installation is tricky but my setter made short work of them. He started the first day with just the starter course and then one extra layer. The next day he built it up to about 3 - 4' and then he let it rock up over the weekend. On the following Monday the block wall was finished to the ceiling tile detail.

Using the glass blocks and having no curb can create a tricky tie in point. Plan to use at least a 2" low curb below your blocks so you can create your waterproof floor and still anchor the starter course of glass blocks with the mini rebar lengths.

Here is a link that might be useful: Glass Blocks


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Glass Blocks in bathrooms. Shower Style. (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: johnfrwhipple on 07.09.2010 at 02:01 am in Bathrooms Forum

A copy of examples from my projects here in Vancouver. Both these bathrooms feature this glass block element into a traditional character UBC Home


You can see the two end walls sparkle in the Roburn Medicine Cabinet's mirror. These two walls have no door and the room is a curbless shower featuring Italian Marble.


A work in progress...


The curved end blocks are a nice touch. Careful with your curb construction!


The glass blocks need less day to day cleaning and get by with out a daily squegee. Insure that the mortar is packed tight and that all the installation instructions are followed - there is special rebar, spacers, expansion gaskets, etc. Don't try and build these walls in one day. Take three.

Good luck.

I like them. What do you all think of these two bathrooms?


John Whipple

"When it's perfect. It's good enough."


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RE: Are glass blocks used in showers in style. (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: live_wire_oak on 07.08.2010 at 01:58 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Not everyone is a fan of the "clear glass box" that today's glass shower enclosures provide. I think that glass block can provide the light translucency (without transparancy) that glass walls do, with the structural integrity of a tiled wall. I'm a fan. But, I like the Deco look of the old buildings with curved glass block walls too, and I live in a ranch style house where a touch of mid century "datedness" is appropriate.


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Are glass blocks used in showers in style.

posted by: maggie200 on 07.06.2010 at 01:30 am in Bathrooms Forum

Yup,people I do need help. My brother says they are passe.
I want a walk in shower and would like your experiences and help. He lives in Texas and I live in near Washington, DC.

The next message carries on our still sorta friendly dicussion. Please help. I need your feedback.


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