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Taking a behind the scenes adventure into an ingenious upscale tiny home

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Taking a behind the scenes look at a luxury tiny home

Are you fascinated by tiny homes and tiny home living? The shows on TV about this micro home building movement are exploding. When I got approached a year ago by Kristi and Rafael Bugajski to supply decorative shower wall panels for the luxury bathroom in the tiny home they were personally building (also known as the Tiny House Escapade) I was intrigued and excited to participate, roll up my sleeves and learn more. I thought to myself, “Cool, this will be fun!”

In this article I’ve asked Kristi to take you and I “behind the scenes” into their tiny journey. Building a tiny home is NOT at all like buying a production home from the (fictitious) national builder Crank It Out Homes Corporation. With a production home the builder makes 95% of the decisions for you. Building a tiny home is an intensely personal (and can be an emotionally draining) experience designed around the new lifestyle and tiny home owner(s). We’ll look at “the why” they built this home, their overall design goals, and take a peek into their “multi-purpose” bathroom and kitchen. Lastly – I’ll sum things up with some life lessons any of us (whether we’re planning to build a tiny home or not) can learn from Kristi and Rafael’s tiny home building adventure.

This tiny home experience for Kristi and Rafael had its’ share of twists, turns and ups and downs but in the end they blazed new trails and created a home (and most importantly – a lifestyle) which works for them.

Let’s hop aboard the Tiny House Escapade.

4 Sure-Fire Strategies for Shower Walls which Last

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

4 sure fire strategies for shower wall surrounds which will last | Innovate Building Solutions

 

Updated March 3, 2019

Shower walls which are spongy, mold infested, cracking, have dirty tile joints or out of style are a real bummer to look at. What’s even worse is bad shower walls may be messing up your families’ health. For many people the options in shower walls are largely unknown, and in many cases their contractors and builders just want to install the “same old same old.” The common materials your contractors will often want to use are one-piece fiberglass shower surrounds (which are usually flat-out ugly – especially as your home ages) and/or tile (and you know the contractor who installed your tile IS NOT the guy who has to worry about cleaning it – that would be YOU!).

Whether you’re looking to do a DIY remodel on your bathroom or hire a contractor it will pay you (especially in lower maintenance bills) to know how to make sure your shower walls are built to last (whether you’ve decided on a tile surround, fiberglass unit or one of many grout free shower wall panel systems). In this article I’ll give you 4 sure-fire strategies to make sure your shower walls will stand the test of time. Let’s dig in!

3D Luxury Shower and Tub Wall Panels – Coming to a Bathroom near You

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

3D Luxury Shower and Tub Wall Panels Coming to a Bathroom Near You

There is a fascination with 3D. 3D printing is becoming popular to shorten prototyping and manufacturing. The kids want to get you to the latest 3D movies (even if you hate those funky glasses you have to wear!). You can’t stop seeing more 3D walls and wall tiles at trendy urban hotels and in upper-end interior designs. So what’s the next frontier for 3D? Entering stage left is 3D luxury shower wall panels.

At this point you might have some questions like, “What exactly are these 3D shower and tub walls panels and why would I want them in my home? Are they difficult to clean? Can they be paired with smooth shower wall panels?” Let’s get a sneak preview of these panels (and get your questions answered) and see why 3D (along with smooth) walls could be hotter than buttered popcorn for your shower or tub enclosures.

3 Steps to Add Trim and Borders to DIY Shower Wall Panels

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

 

3 Steps to Add Trim To DIY Shower Wall Panels

Updated January 26, 2019

So you’ve decided you’ve had it with cleaning the grout of your tile shower or don’t like how flimsy your builder-grade fiberglass surround is and want to upgrade to a decorative shower wall system you can install yourself. What’s nice with today’s product offerings is you don’t have to sacrifice style with a DIY shower panel installation (you can finally go beyond the plain boring white smooth panels). The classic, fun and decorative affects you find in tile (like border and accents) or even wood (crown molding and wainscoting) can now be added in durable and easy to install shower and tub wall panels.

The challenge is choosing the best system which will provide you with the look, functionality and price which fits your budget. Below I’ll look at 3 steps to guide you through this process (note: in this article I’ll focus on 3 system I’ve found are the easiest for DIY owners to work with (1) PVC composite system which looks like natural stone (2) solid surface panels and (3) a luxury Serica composite wall material.

3 Steps to Add Style to a Tiny Home or Houseboat Shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

3 Steps for a Tiny Home Houseboat Shower

You’ve seen this nightmare look before. Flimsy plastic shower panels in a tiny home which look like they belong in a beat up old RV – or a yellowing fiberglass shower pan in a houseboat that screams “I got a cheap home center clearance special!” Just because you own or are building a home where you need lightweight materials which will “travel” well doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality or style.

Whether you are a DIY enthusiast looking to build an efficient tiny home to live off the grid or are having an upscale houseboat professionally built you can rest assured that lightweight and innovative building materials are no longer mutually exclusive. In the article below I’ll take you on a mini-journey (this “journey” will go from the shower pan up to the shower wall panels and finish with the glass enclosure) to show ways to add style to a tiny home or houseboat shower…without busting your budget.

Does thickness matter in shower wall panels?

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Does shower wall panel thickness matter

Updated September 15, 2019

If you’re a do it yourselfer, or a homeowner or rental property owner looking eliminate the hassle of a tile shower you may be looking at grout free shower wall panels. Like many things these days the choices can be varied and complex. How do you figure out which is best for you? Here are some options which may be on your list:

 

  • Thin (usually 1/8″ or thinner) and inexpensive shower panels made of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or fiberglass or acrylic wall panels.

 

  • Slightly thicker(1/4″ thick)  and moderately priced panels including PVC backed faux stone panels .

 

The question becomes do thicker and more expensive panels automatically make the best choice? In my opinion, the short answer is no. In the article below let’s explore 5 factors – which along with material thickness – can help you make your best choice. While it’s not bad to have thicker panels, there should be more ‘features’ you’ll want to dig into to choose the best choice for you.

Are shower wall panels cheaper than tile? 7 factors you need to consider.

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

 

Updated July 20, 2019

Question: Are shower wall panels cheaper than tile?

Answer: It depends.

You’re probably saying that answer is a cop-out….and you’re partially right. As the owner of a company who installs tile showers locally and wholesales 4 different types of grout free shower panels on a nationwide basis I know the answer to this question is not a one size fits all proposition. So let’s check out 7 factors to help you get your arms around this question for your shower.

5 Things Nobody Tells You Shower Tub Wall Panels

5 Things Nobody Tells You about Shower & Tub Wall Panels

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Things Nobody Tells You Shower Tub Wall Panels

Updated July 21, 2019 

If you’ve ever been subjected to an in-home sales presentation from a hard-selling acrylic shower or tub wall salesmen – you know some of the “facts” surrounding grout free shower and tub wall panels “spun” quite a few ways. These reps may tell you their system is the only right one for your bathroom, or they have the only “one-piece” system or that it’s not possible to install grout free shower and tub wall panels yourself. As the owner of Innovate Building Solutions (we wholesale and install 5 different lines of tub and shower wall panels) I can tell you choosing the right system for your project is not a “one size fits all” situation. There is no one product which is “the best” (note – if there was one best solution we would not offer 5 lines ourselves!).

The best product for you is simple the best one which you LOVE to look at. It’s one which fits your needs. It’s a product which won’t have you on your hands and knees begging to chuck the scrub brush which seems permanently fixed to your hands. And most importantly works for your budget.

My goal in this article is to shatter  the myths and half-truths being told by high pressure, sleezy, ,’dirt-buckety’ (not sure that’s a word!) sales people who have one goal in mine for your project….their commission! Read on to blow up the myths and mysteries regarding grout free wall panels.

I Hate Grout Joints in the Shower – Winning the Battle vs. Grout

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Cleaning supplies for grout joints

 

Updated August 18, 2019

I wish I had a dollar for every homeowner who called complaining about the hassle of their tiled shower or bathtub. In most cases the problem is not the tile, it’s the nasty grout joints between the tile. Cleaning, scrubbing and getting on your hands and knees in a bathroom is no one’s idea of a good time! Regrouting and resealing the grout joints can temporarily “fix” the problem – but you will eventually end up with the same maintenance dilemma. The article below provides 5 strategies to help win the “battle of the grout joints.”

5 Guaranteed Tricks for Choosing Shower Wall Panels without Busting Your Budget

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Waterproof laminated shower and bathroom wall panels in a Mid-Century modern bathroom| Innovate Building SolutionsUpdated September 15, 2019

Options in shower wall panel systems can be daunting. These systems are available in various sizes, textures, colors, budgets for decorating styles ranging from traditional to contemporary to even cool new styles like Modern Farmhouse. However, the selection process is overwhelming . It can be simple to choose a panel system if you have unlimited funds – however, most of us don’t fall into that category. So in this article my goal is to tackle 5 guaranteed tricks (or strategies) to help you choose shower wall panels without busting your budget (or making your kids return all their Christmas gifts so you can afford this bathroom remodel. 

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