Bathroom Remodel: Waterproofing Your Shower

The original master bathroom of our 1960 Ventura Home was in need of a major overhaul by the time we purchased the property in 2013. Having been around plenty of construction for flips and property management, I had a good idea of what the project would entail.

Choosing the type and overall style of the bathroom was not the challenging aspect since my wife has always wanted a classic look that stays in touch with the style of the builder’s era. So we went with matte 4×16 white subway tiles laid in brick pattern.  For a modern touch, the shower floor is honed carrera marble but in a honeycomb pattern with matching 2×4 tiles for the two niches. The flooring for the rest of the bathroom will be a distressed antique white inspired by the surrounding rustic, country feel.

Now onto the the reason for this blog. I came across an excellent product that I am extremely happy with the results.  There are different ways to waterproof a shower; however, I gravitated towards the topical method. I think most people are familiar with Redgard which the big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot carry. My contractor-friend, Scott Crawford from No Limits Construction, recommended the product called Ardex, which is a 2-part compound that you need to mix. Once the hardibacker was put up, we used Ardex on mesh for the joints.  Then, we proceeded with two coats of the product rolled on with a standard paint roller.  That simple.

If you are a DIY type, has some good resources to complete your bathroom renovation. If not, I highly recommend Batt Brothers Tile from the Ventura County area.

Happy waterproofing!

Chris Chin |Broker & Owner

September 26, 2014


Grout Sample Board

Are you or is someone you know in the middle of or considering a remodel project? There are so many facets once you dive into a project. I recently spoke with a general contractor, Scott Crawford from No Limits Construction based out of Camarillo, CA who sees a lot of remodel projects.

In our discussion of the local real estate market as related to construction, he mentioned a noticeable spike in construction activity.  This is understandable as not only have housing prices creeped up, but other areas of business have also been experiencing the same price increase throughout Ventura County. Along these trends, with remodels on the rise, I thought a tip on choosing grout colors, though a seemingly small detail in the grand scheme of things, would assist remodelers to nail the overall look desired!

Consider these tips and recommendations from in regards to selecting grout colors to achieve your ideal overall look and style. When choosing a grout color, the color very much determines what the tile will look like when finished.  As seen from the picture, the tile is the same, but why does it look so different in each option?  Whether working with Marble, Stone, Glass, Porcelain, or Ceramic tile, it may be wise to create a tile grout palette. You want to make the right choice the first time because a redo will likely not be an option.

From the example, you can see the black grout darkens the look of the overall glass tiles while the white grout (middle) brightens the look of the glass tiles. The last row, with a grayish color, neutralizes the look of the glass tile and blends the color of the tiles together.

Whether you are remodeling or having a contractor do the work, having a sample board is an easy way to pick out grout colors.  And as a bonus, you can also use the same sample board and brush on paint samples that will match the tile for your remodel.

Chris Chin |Broker

September 2, 2014