Demolition Skills

August 16, 2012 by admin No Comments

How to Remove an Old Bathtub

How to Remove a Toilet

How to Remove an Old Bathroom Sink

Here’s what’s involved in removing your old fixtures before beautiful new ones can be installed. It’s not an easy job, but the videos give step-by-step instructions. If you are handy and have a reciprocating saw, you might be able to save some money on remodeling.

-from www.finehomebuilding.com

Pure Joy: Designing an All-White Bath

August 15, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

Most of us think of white as a classic color that matches everything and never goes out of style. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a popular choice for home decor. At first glance, it might be hard to tell the difference between the many shades of white. But understanding the range of this powerful hue can change the way you use the classic “white-on-white” in your home – specifically in the bathroom.

Popular at least since the early 20th century, the white-on-white bathroom remains strong today. Barbara Kalis, a Seattle-based interior designer and color consultant, says people are drawn to all-white bathrooms because we associate white with purity, health, and hygiene. “It looks so clean,” she says,”and that’s what we do in bathrooms; we get clean.”

If you’re thinking about using an all-white scheme for your bathroom, consider using a broad palette of whites instead of one, and vary texture for the best effect.

“When you’re working with whites, you want to look at honed, brushed, and tumbled, as well as shiny surfaces,” says Kalis. “You can combine those textures relatively easily in an all-white bathroom.”

For example, if your toilet, sink, and bathtub are glossy white, you could use a matte finish tile for the tub surround and backsplash, and perhaps a tumbled stone tile for the countertop.

Fixtures are also available in texturally interesting whites from Kohler, such as Dune, a soft neutral inspired by desert sands, and Honed White, a matte surface inspired by the smooth texture and natural appeal of worn river rock. Other options, like Sea Salt, offer a three dimensional pattern on the smooth surface of enameled cast iron sinks and bathtubs. The combined neutral colors and organic materials add extra depth and character to traditional white fixtures.

Decorative glass shower doors can create variety and additional visual interest. By gently obscuring the transparency of the glass with subtle patterns, the play of light, shadow, steam, and water combine to achieve beautiful effects without a hint of color.

If you’re thinking of combining colors with white – either using colors as an accent in your primarily white room, or using white as the accent in a color scheme – you’ll want to keep warm and cool color families in mind.

“All colors are either blue-based or yellow-based, and whites are the same,” explains interior designer Barbara Kalis. “You can see the difference immediately when you look at the whites together and see that one is very warm and the other is very cool-looking.

Planning to use blue as an accent in your bathroom? Then choose a cooler – or blue-based white. These shades work best with cool colors such as blue-greens, blue-reds, or purples. On the other hand, yellow-based whites are nice complements for warm colors, such as yellow-reds, oranges, and yellow-greens.

If you’re starting from scratch and plan to use white as the main color in your bathroom, make it simple and choose the white you like best. Kalis recommends a softer white, rather than a stark one. Once you’ve selected a white, look for accent colors that coordinate with its yellow or blue base.

Add a blue tile tub surround and countertop, or maybe just a few blue decorative tiles in the backsplash.

Or, you can keep all of your bathroom surfaces white – walls, tile, fixtures, and flooring – and add color with rugs, the shower curtain, towels, and art. That way, you have the option of changing accent colors whenever the mood strikes you.

– from the Bathroom Design section of www.kohler.com

Huge Discounts on Discontinued Items

August 10, 2012 by admin No Comments

Faucets, sinks, toilets, showers, tubs, accessories … in finishes and colors of every description – there are hundreds of items currently being sorted and priced in our warehouse, in preparation for a tremendous sell-off. Most will be sold at or below cost, because they are taking up space that is needed for new items.

Call or visit the showroom to see if anything on our close-out list would be a good fit for your project. Everything is from quality manufacturers whom we trust. There is nothing like a good bargain when you are building or remodeling!

The Ultimate Bath Combines Form, Function, and Indulgence… All While Being as Green as Possible

August 10, 2012 by admin No Comments

Influences shaping bath design trends this year are emerging from all directions. The desire for comfort is driven by our chaotic, time-pressed lifestyles, and the search for a little bit of respite from the ongoing stress. Wellness is becoming a factor in design as we learn about how disturbances in our sense of well-being can become stressors in themselves. There are probably as many definitions of comfort and wellness as there are bathroom users, but in general, it involves outfitting the bathroom with careful planning and a product mix that makes the experience of maintaining the hygiene of the body feel easy, beautiful, calm, and secure.

The simplest way to to achieve a soothing environment is the use of soothing colors and clean, uncluttered design elements. The proper flow of colors in all facets of the room, and throughout the house for that matter, creates a sense of well-being as occupants are not constantly having to re-adjust to their environment, it is just peacefully and subtly “there”.

These spaces tend to be of simpler design; uncluttered clean lines dressed in neutral tones with soft accents that compliment natural materials. The green movement continues to spur a return to nature with materials that are associated with tranquility, such as honed and acid washed stone, pebble rocks, simple mosaics, and woods such as bamboo and bird’s eye maple. A big trend that is having an impact in current bathroom design is the use of “found” objects and reclaimed wood, in the sense that they offer some eco-friendliness, are fun and expressive, and cultivate a feeling of personal space.

Where color can be introduced we are seeing it done often with glass tile.  The color has a delicate, airy quality because it is transparent. Light blues, soft turquoise, or sage green are timeless choices because they evoke both the stillness and the energy of water. Other tiles being chosen are natural stone, and porcelain or ceramic that resembles natural stone. They are a good flooring material to combine with glass wall tiles, which can’t be used for floors.

Since frameless glass shower enclosures started gaining in popularity several years ago, they have become standard equipment, unparalleled for adding an open feeling and enhancing the contemporary look of the space. Curbless showers are also a growing trend, not only for their accessibility, but for their clean aesthetic. Alcoves and shower benches are also key to modern shower design.

The features that facilitate trans-generational use of the bathroom, are comfortable to use, and are of enduring quality also happen to be the epitome of green design, for when a bathroom functions well it’s life is longer, reducing the need to replace it.

Gorgeous New Kitchen Ideas From Kohler

March 28, 2012 by admin No Comments

Lots of interesting uses of contrasting surfaces and finishes can be seen in these kitchen designs, fresh from Kohler’s online design gallery. Click on the thumbnails to view full size. With one of these looks in mind, it’s easy to put together all of the elements of the kitchen so the end result pops! See many of the faucets in person at Buffalo Plumbing Showroom.

Can Stainless Steel Rust? Expert Advice on Avoiding Stainless Steel Sink Problems

May 27, 2011 by admin 6 Comments

John Oldach, Buffalo Plumbing Showroom’s representative for Elkay sinks, has a favorite phone call that he regularly receives. It starts out,”My Elkay sink is rusting. I need a replacement.” When he responds that stainless steel sinks do not “rust”, the usual rejoinder is,”Well, if you don’t believe me, come out and inspect it. Then give me a new sink.”

The stainless steel that Elkay sinks are made from is known as Type 304, or 18-8. It is distinguished from other types by the percentage of chromium (18%) and nickel (8%) that is added to the other metals and elements that go into the product.

Type 304, or any other type employed in the manufacture of sinks will not stain, but it will corrode when it comes in contact with certain chemicals. Most common is pitting that results from bleach. Occasionally chemicals used on a construction site, like hydrochloric acid or calcium chloride, can ruin stainless steel. One substance that can cause rust-like eruptions if left in contact for an extended period of time is Triclosan. Triclosan is an organic chemical made up of three chlorine molecules that is used in most anti-bacterial soaps, such as Dial. The fact that it can corrode stainless stainless steel may be of concern not just for your sink, considering it is regularly used on your skin!

Actually, something as simple as table salt or garlic salt can also cause corrosion, if left on the surface for a few days. The key to keeping your sink like new is to wash it regularly. Stainless steel resists most adverse chemical reactions because it develops an inert surface layer that protects it from the environment. Regular washings remove contaminants, and allow the natural passive layer to renew itself.

The best news is that once these rust-like eruptions occur, they are easily removed with a maroon Scotch-Brite pad and a cleanser such as Barkeeper’s Friend or Bon Ami, available at most large grocery or home improvement stores. For severe cases, Elkay makes a cleaning kit (#LK34) that can be ordered –  the consultants at Buffalo Plumbing Showroom can have it sent directly to your home at your request.