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Randall’s Bathroom

Randall’s Bathroom Before 

Randy (Randall) had an extra bathroom which had suffered from years of neglect. The bathroom plumbing developed a leak and the water was shut off in lieu of a repair at the time. Subsequently this bath became a catch all for storage and the bedroom it was a attached to also saw little use for guests. That was all about to change.

 

 

 

Randall's Bathroom Before 2

Bryan Holloway, President of Quinta Contractors, LLC  met with Randy to redesign the bathroom and make the most of the small 5′ x 10′ full bath. Upon initial inspection of the existing foot print, it was determined that the claw foot bath tub would be discarded in favor of a walk-in shower. A full wall mirror had been used behind the tub in order to give the appearance that the room was larger; this too, would certainly be removed as this would be the new rear wall of the shower.

Randall's Bathroom During

Repairs were made to the damaged plumbing; then the rebuilding began. A pocket door  was selected in order to lessen the disruption to the new bathroom. Ceramic tile was used on the floor and walls alike. The tile was enhanced by a matching tile border used at approximately four feet from the floor. The new shower was built to have a curtain rod extended from a six inch wall on left and right separating the shower from the rest of the bathroom.

 

 

Pocket Door Install (above)

 

Randall's Bathroom During 2

Vinyl Replacement Window Installed in Shower (right) with Durrock Installed on Walls Prior to Tile

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randall's Bathroom After

Randy selected and purchased a free standing vanity which resembled a piece of furniture and had an above mounted wash basin. Polished chrome was used on the light fixture, sink faucet, and shower fixture. Since the existing window would be included in the shower area, a vinyl replacement window with obscure glass was installed in order to keep the room as low maintenance as possible. Crown molding was installed in the entire
bathroom. The room was completed by the installation of a low profile porcelain toilet. Randy was finally proud to invite guests to stay over, again.

Randall's Bathroom After 2

 

 

 

by:

Bryan Holloway

Keep Those Gutters Clean!

A little maintenance goes a long way

Gutters are one of those components that easily get overlooked.  That is until, they begin to backup and overflow with heavier rains.  Often times the gutters have some form of guard preventing leaf and trash build up, but even these usually still require some maintenance.

I can tell you that I have seen many a gutter growing “vegetation”.  That’s right enough trash has built up to allow plants and even small trees to grow in the gutters.  When trash is allowed to build up in your gutters you are asking for trouble.  First the flow of water from the roof during a rain shower is affected.  The blockage can quickly move to the downspouts which escalates the problem.  Second the additional weight of the trash, some of which is granules from the asphalt roof shingles, can actually cause the gutters to sag away from the cornice work.  That’s where the real problems begin.  Now you can find water getting into the sub fascia and primary framing to the structure.  The repairs at this point are often very costly.

The good news is with some routine maintenance, you can avoid the damages described above.  You should have the gutters on you home inspected by a professional at least once a year for proper flow.  Most of the time this inspection includes removing any debris retained in the gutters and downspouts and then flushing the same with a stead flow of water to ensure proper drainage.  Your home is one of your best investments; take time to look around today if you spot leaves or debris covering the gutters give Quinta Contractors a call at 901.368.5609 or at 615.609.7966 in Nashville and we will gladly perform these services and much, much more.

By:

Bryan Holloway