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Showing posts with label economical. Show all posts
Showing posts with label economical. Show all posts

Monday, October 28, 2013

     fire place natural stone /tile installation in Lynfield mass
 Started out with a plain brick fireplace and using a natural stone tile transformed it into
the focal point of the living room. It was tiled hearth to ceiling ,the hearth being face with
stone and the top is 12 by 12's. The corners and the face of the fireplace are covered with
the natural stone tile. The labor cost of this job was $500 well below the cost of masonry
stone. The customer saved about a $1000 over a pro stone mason and got the exact same look.
I used marble and granite medium bed mortar(picture above) to install the stone tile and the  12's
on the top of the hearth. And sanded grout to fill in the gaps and grout the tile on top of the hearth
below are pictures of the job from start to finish.


Monday, January 28, 2013

I ask you what would you rather have inside your shower Wood or concrete?Seems like a no brainer to me.But surprisingly most tile guys are making their inside tile benches out of wood framing only because its easy.But the price of wood is high and wood is greatly effected by water.Concrete blocks on the other hand are very cheap and last forever inside your shower.Cost effective and long lasting

concrete block is the only way to go when a bench is built inside a shower. So when getting quotes to build your shower insist on concrete benches in your shower and If your tile guy cant do it find someone who can  and get a 100+ year bench in your shower

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