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Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling August 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Freestanding shower

So we are doing a bathroom renovation in a Victorian house. The old bathroom was completely gutted to bare wood on the floor/beams on the walls and ceiling. We’d like to put in the freestanding shower (tile the inside of the shower and glass doors on 2 sides, the shower is in the corner) and put basketweave tile on the floor. Our contractor is not living to our expectations, so I want to make sure whether he’s doing things correctly: for the shower area (walls and floor) he installed the cement board (Durock), the walls in the bathroom are blue wonderboards. What else should be put on the shower floor to make it completely waterproof? what needs to go on the floor before putting the tiles (now it’s old wood with a couple of holes, the floor in uneven). Any insights would be highly appreciated!

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling July 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm

artisanal sink repair/ refinishing

We have a great small powder room sink in our house we would like to refinish. Anyone know of a good/economical refinisher?

We also need a great craftsman to repair 1 inch chips in an antique ceramic sink.

Thanks so much.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling July 11, 2014 at 7:41 am

How do I know if my fixture(s) are in need of resurfacing?

How do I know if my fixture(s) are in need of resurfacing?

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling July 10, 2014 at 2:40 am

Slidebar in Victorian-style bathroom

Greetings all!

I’m working (slowly) on a bathroom and am trying to finish up the plumbing. I’ve got all the parts but one: the slide-bar and all the bits it’s attached to. I’m looking for something in brushed nickel, Victorian in feel, and very long. I’ve not had any luck, but perhaps someone here knows a secret site that would be helpful.

As to the long part, I would like 36-42 inches. Yikes! I know, let’s just see if I can make it any more difficult.

I thought I had a picture of the wall of fixtures, but apparently not, so here is a mock-up I did in Google Sketch Up. The fixtures in the mock-up are very modern in style, but that’s because they were handy. I’ll post the actual fixtures tomorrow. Anyway, here is the mock-up:

Mockup of shower fixtures

The tub/shower is very wide (40″) and I didn’t want to be leaning in so far to get to fixtures in the middle, so I put them on the side next to the door.


1) Are slide bars all the same thickness (i.e., can I put switch out the slide bar and put in a longer one if I can find it)?

2) Are there custom fixture makers?

3) Are the handheld “stems” all the same? Will the handheld holding part hold any make of handheld shower?

Thanks so much for any help you can give me,

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling July 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm


Looking for experienced & reliable contractor for framing & tiling bathroom. Thank you.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling June 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Question: how to seal steam pipe gaps?

What product should I use to seal the ceiling & floor gaps where my 1950s coop’s steam pipes pass through? They are exposed pipes, and I intend to keep them that way, just want to paint them. I know I’ll need to find escutcheons to make it look better, but first want to seal the spaces where bugs can travel between apartments/floors.

BTW, I’ve had water come spilling down my bathroom steam pipe 3 times in the past year, from a neighbor upstairs who is apparently prone to overfilling the bathtub or (help me, God) plugging up then flushing their toilet… I am a bit worried about where future leaks from the Mystery/Inconsiderate upstairs neighbors will go once I seal that open gap.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling June 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Excellent bathroom renovation by Chris Lombardi

I found Chris Lombardi through good reviews on this website so I thought I should come back to say thanks and that not a single good word was exaggerated.

Our job was the renovation of an old 8×10 bathroom, with laundry set-up, that had mold behind two of the walls. It had to be gutted and we wanted the tub replaced by a walk in shower.

We were given a reasonable estimate in keeping with this area, a detailed description of the work which reflected our requests and the building’s needs, and a time frame that was around a quarter of what we had been told in the past. I was sure that at least the last part was a daydream. However, Chris did everything he said he would do and more, when he said he would do it, and for what he said it would cost. He was a great pleasure to work with.

The main thing that stood out for me in the reviews I read here was that Chris and his crew do one job at a time until it is finished. The time frame reflects that. It also allows Chris to do the skilled work himself and it is very clear that he takes great pride in its quality. The workmanship in every aspect of the job is exceptional. The design details were beautifully executed, high quality fixtures well installed, and everything behind the walls was done exactly right. Mold is now ameliorated and encased, we have a new water heater, poorly routed plumbing is corrected, wiring is upgraded, we even have straight and square walls for the first time in the building’s history. Chris also introduced me to Venetian plaster, which he does brilliantly, and I now have bathroom walls that I should never have to paint again.

Chris told me not to “write a book” when I told him I was going to leave my own review here, but I have to add something else I particularly appreciated. As you can see from the pictures below (if they attach) I love bright colors and am fond of Mexican tile. Every contractor I had spoken to in the past told either told me that the uneven tile was too difficult to install or that the colors would make the apartment hard to sell. I was prepared to use more neutral shades, which would also been lovely, but Chris saw my old plan and helped me go ahead with it. It was a challenge to find the materials but they were much more fun to put together and I LOVE my bathroom, so I guess I’m never selling the apartment!

Pictures below (curtain rod only until glass doors are installed)

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Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling June 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

Little Wolf Cabinets and Cabinet Finishers

We’re renovating our tiny kitchen and are thinking of using this Upper East Side custom cabinet shop called Little Wolf, and I was wondering whether anyone on here had any experience working with them.

One of the things about how they work is that they do the installation but they don’t do the cabinet finishing themselves. So we’re also looking to find someone with experience doing fine finishing work on already installed cabinets. We have a pair of very large french doors that need finishing as well.

Any thoughts?

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling May 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm

adding shower to small half bath

I want to add a small shower to a tiny toilet and sink bathroom. This will require taking a chunk out of the kitchen so that there is enough room for the shower. Does anyone have a good contractor to recommend for this? We are on a very tight budget, apartment is located in Manhattan. Thanks!

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling March 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Custom Kitchen Cabinetry

We are beginning a kitchen renovation in our brownstone and we have been collecting bids from several custom cabinet makers. The prices vary widely and I am having trouble discerning the difference between all the choices. Does anyone have any experience with the following cabinet makers; Honeybrook, Cabico, Crown Point, Rutt Regency, or Plain and Fancy? Or perhaps you could recommend one that is not on our list. Any help would be appreciated.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling March 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm


Anybody has experience with PureKitchen? Any idea about the pricing? would really appreciate any information. thanks.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling January 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Can you suggest a good handyman/woman for a small kitchen and bath renovation?

Hi, I’m in the process of purchasing a small apartment with popcorn ceiling throughout that supposedly has asbestos. We plan on testing this to confirm but would like to find someone who could renovate a kitchen (new cabinets, countertop, appliances but no moving of walls) and a bathroom (new floor, toilet, sink & cabinet and changing from a tub to a walk-in shower so we’ll need some tiling). The idea would be to not touch the ceiling if, in fact, it has asbestos so the work would have to be done without disturbing it. Additionally, we’ll need some floor sanding and painting. Any leads on a reliable, reasonably-priced and licensed handyman/woman who would be able to do this job would be great. The job is not a large one. Thanks!

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling January 17, 2014 at 11:51 am

Quartz seam acceptable?

I should be used to all the mediocre work that has been going on in my house but just wanted some opinions if I should go back to the installer on this. I had my new quartz master countertops installed and it fit poorly so the seam was cut with a hand tool on site. The resin in not flush the the surface and even missing in one spot. Some friends have said just to move on with the rest of my renovation disaster- I’m still bothered by the seam.

Any thoughts?

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Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling January 13, 2014 at 6:46 am

Which is good…..

Im palnning to redo my kitchen but im confused b/w granite and caesarstone…..has anyone had any experince of using it.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling January 2, 2014 at 3:06 am

looking for IKEA type of priced kitchen options.

This might be a silly question to ask, but I am looking for a kitchen with very small budget. I would probably go with Ikea, however I am seeking more options. Did anyone find any similar $$$ kitchens in Brooklyn? I heard there are some Chinese stores that do a good job and not a bad quality either. Please any help would be appreciated. Looking for modern contemporary design.

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