Renovation Street : Jimmy the Renovator
I would like to introduce myself. I am Jim and I'm a fully licenced contractor. I renovate houses, consult on construction jobs for huge builders and develop land to be developed for sub divisions, commercial and industrial use. I will be writing a column every week about home repairs, renovations and how to fix things. I will guide you will my experience and knowledge of the industry I've been in for the past 30 years. I am direct and blunt in my writing. I won't be sugar coating anything in my column. My industry doesn't. I tell it like it is and it works out better for everybody this way. Construction and renovations is not an easy business and it sometimes will kick you in the head. You need to be strong and be able to handle any problem and adapt. Time delays, financing and setbacks are all a reality in my business, the key is to get up and finish the job with everybody being happy. That's what I do, I make people happy. I will write about my adventures and how to over come problems. So if your still reading this lets get my first column in the bucket.
How to renovate a bathroom the right way:
1 Choose elegant fixtures.
A pedestal sink with graceful lines is more attractive than a blocky cabinet vanity. A classic claw-foot tub is like bathroom sculpture. Even enclosed in a deck, the simple lines of the lip have an inherent beauty that surpasses most acrylic versions.
2 Sit in a bathtub before buying it.
Bigger isn't always better. A 60-inch tub is fine for most people. It offers enough room to stretch out and provides a secure foothold, so you don't float into oblivion when the tub is full. Assess the angled back and lip for comfort and neck support –- a tub for two people slants at either end and has taps in the middle. If you only have enough space for a small tub, buy an extra-deep one.
3 Select durable flooring.
Ceramic, marble and stone tiles are all excellent durable and water-resistant choices for a bathroom. Subfloor heating coils will make these hard surfaces warm. Well-sealed hardwood floors offer natural warmth and act as a foil for the other hard, cold surfaces in a bathroom.
4 Hang a stylish mirror.
One beautifully framed mirror over a sink is more attractive than many surfaces covered with mirror. Supplement it with a wall-mounted adjustable makeup mirror, and consider installing a lighted, mirrored shaving niche in your shower stall.
5 Use found space.
Take advantage of space between wall studs by recessing a tall storage cabinet into the wall to maximize vertical storage while saving floor space. The cabinet should have an interior depth of at least three inches and a door flush with the wall.