Our Journal

Bathroom Upgrade with a Pearl Tub

This was another “patch and fit” remodel. Although the scope was much larger the tub/shower area still took quite a bit of fineness to finish. The existing whirlpool tub was to be removed and a new Pearl tub was to be installed. New white tile was to be installed and a new tile boarder between […]

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Hall Bath remodel

This bathroom was something of a challenge. No new floor and the tile from the shower was continued around the room as a wainscoting effect. So there was a lot that could go wrong and cause problems. The tile had to be carefully tore out and then the new had to be installed so as […]

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Half Bath Overhaul

This was a recent job we did. The customer wanted the existing door to the bathroom tore out and a new pocket door installed. We were to also install a new toilet, vanity and top, and a new tile floor though out the entry, the half-bath and the laundry room. All went well, we did […]

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A Big No-No

Today we exposed a wall with a live electrical feed buried. This is a MAJOR no-no. It posses a potential fire hazard. It should have been put in an accessible electrical box. We also found several other electrical mistakes (a white switch lead tied to a ground, another electrical wire abandoned behind  door jamb). The […]

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The Rare Shower part 3

After the monster tear out everything went quite smoothly. We again used a KBRS base (http://www.showerbase2.com/). I just really cant say enough good things about these bases. TOTALLY impervious to water. It wont leak. They install easily (each is custom made to fit).  We used concrete board for the  vast majority of the shower walls. […]

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The Rare Shower part 2

During the tear out this is what we found just in the shower base threshold. This wood was more than likely installed when the second layer of tile was added. It was destined to fail, as it would be near impossible to adequately tie it into the original base with out weakening the structure. But […]

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The Rare Shower

You know the felling you get when you eat something you thought was something else? Like a chocolate chip you thought was going to be milk chocolate and it was really “bitter” chocolate…that brief moment where you pause and go “What the…?” Well this shower job was that. From the first examination everything looked normal. […]

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Kitchen Make Over

This was a nice kitchen remodel. Due to space constraints it was mainly a pull and replace. There were some upgrades like pull out shelves, and a few cabinets were sized differently to give better usage of the room. The cabinets are Starmark cabinets in Maple, new top, sink and faucet. The appliances were all […]

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Small Shower Remodel

This is a fairly typical style of shower in the Dayton area (conditions always vary). It’s a simple 32″*32″ poured shower base with 4″*4″ wall tiles. In the before photos you can see “black” in the grout lines, that’s mold.  Mold grows where there’s moisture and the right temperatures (normally in temperature ranges we like […]

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Summer Time Projects

We do a lot of Kitchens, tile work, and Baths remodels, but people tend to forget that Houck Remodeling also does many other remodeling projects. We do windows, doors, decks, fences, and smaller siding projects. We have built sheds to 3 car garages. We normally don’t turn down small repair projects either. Being that we […]

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