This past month I have been working in Palm Desert off of Monterey Avenue. The project was an attached home remodel. I got involved with the project through a General Contractor I know out of Fallbrook. John Heller Construction and Chad Deiter Company do a lot of projects together. But this time I got to work with Marsha Weaver Designs out of Temecula, CA whom I hadn’t worked with in a while. It was great to work with Marsha again and the end result came out great. The place looks fantastic and has the Tommy Bahama style she was going for.
On this project we had a Master Bathroom and three smaller floors. We installed tile in the entry, guest bathroom, laundry and the kitchen. As well as a nice glass back splash in the kitchen. All of which was purchased out the Arizona Tile in Palm Desert.
First project was the Kerdi System Master Shower which we tiled with Ankara 12×12 as well as a design in the back wall incorporating this new pebble rock that Arizona Tile is carrying. We also took advantage of the Ogee and the Rope Liner that they have available in the Ankara as well. The design in the back wall was completed by cutting down the 12” tile into 6 1/8” for the inside area. This dimension is perfect to achieve full tile everywhere top and bottom as well as side to side. This is very often a place where installers will just put up a 6” not even trying to make the inside full tile. One of things Chad Deiter Construction shoots for is the best layouts possible for the tile designs. And we achieved that on this shower.
Second projects were the guest bathroom floor and the master bathroom floor both tiled with the 18”x18” Ankara. The master floor was just a straight laid floor. But the guest floor was Ankara on a Diagonal with random dots. The dots came from a place in town that makes them called Landmark. These were the resin type and are usually much more cost effective than the real metal ones.
When those two floors were done we went on to tiling the kitchen, entry and the laundry flooring. These all were installed with Cortona Saio 18”x18”. The kitchen and the Laundry were both straight. The entry was on a diagonal but was a fairly small area anyway and needed something different.
Now that these were all completed were started to work on the backsplashes for this project with the first one being the master bathroom. This one was neat and kind of different. After talking with Marsha about the design look that she was after we decided to have the granite installers leave a gap of 2” in between the counter top and the back splash while installing only a 3” Granite Slab back splash. Chad Deiter Company later came in and installed the river rock mosaic in the gap to complete the look that she wanted. I have got to say this was different but turned out very neat and I am looking forward to using this technique on more projects with different materials for the inlays.
The final project of the job was the Kitchen Back Splash. The Cambria countertop had recently been installed and it was time for Chad Deiter Company to install the glass 3×6 and 1×1 mosaics. For this back splash I went with the Custom Mega Lite thin set which offers both non-sag capabilities and has the proper Flex additive needed for a glass tile installation. I have to say that I was impressed by the stuff it worked exactly how it was supposed to and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome of the back splash.
After everything had cured and dried a couple days we went back grouted all the work with Laticrete Permacolor Grout. Honestly this is my go to grout and love the color constancy it dries to.
Well that’s all from Palm Desert on this one. Maybe another one will come up soon it was a nice place to work. 🙂
About three weeks ago we got a call from a customer in Temecula, CA that was going to be remodeling her fireplace and wanted Chad Deiter Construction to bid on it. So we went out and took a look at the project and found out that she wanted to do some stone veneer on this new fireplace. Now keep in mind that the average fireplace is roughly 15-30sqft. This one was 95sqft and I wanted to do the job from the minute I first looked at it. The fireplace as you can see from the pictures had a very different style to it and I knew that with the stone veneer it was going to be beautiful.
So after a couple of weeks I got the go ahead for the fireplace and I started getting the material list together and ordering the El Dorado Stacked Stone in the Alderwood color from RCP Block and Brick in Murrieta, CA. This is a great place for masonry supplies and has a lot to choose from in the way of brick and stone veneer. Matter of fact even being that I’m a tile contractor here in Temecula and I don’t deal with them on a daily basis. They have always been helpful and provided me competitive pricing.
We decided because all of the other bids were for cement board I would bid it that way too. I usually have in the past always done my Stone Veneer on a lath and scratch coat. But for this job I decided I would use Laticrete International’s new MVIS. This is the first that I know of full system for stone veneer installation and provides a 15-20 year warranty. Although the technical aspects are a little different from inside to outside the system still incorporates an innovative thin set that has been designed for the stone veneer and brick veneer.
First step in the installation was tearing out the old brick hearth and fireplace surround. For this I used my Makita HK1810 Tile Scraper which works great. Once that was taken apart I went ahead and installed all the marble for the hearth and the three ledges on the left hand side. Everything that was going to be either stone veneer or marble was first covered with Hardi Backer Board and all the seams were taped and thin-setted. This creates a monolithic structure that will hold the stone veneer for years to come.
This type of manufactured stone is fairly straight forward. It does take some knowledge to make sure that the joints aren’t repeating and that the stone comes out looking as real as possible. Basically it’s just time consuming and you can usually only expect get about 60sqft. installed inside in a day. That number can double if the stone veneer is being installed outside. Since we were using Laticrete’s new MVIS I had got the Masonry Veneer Mortar for the job and that’s what was being used. Great mortar and gives excellent adhesion to the stone veneer. I was very impressed with the feel and usability of the MVM also. This masonry veneer mortar is also non-sag and I’m sure would be great for using with Brick Veneer.
Once all of the stacked stone was installed and dry we grouted up the honed marbled with some non-sanded Winter Gray grout. Because this is a stacked stone there was no need to grout in between all the rocks only the two sides and around the fireplace insert.
Stone Veneer is a very good choice for upgrading both interior and exterior focal points of a home. It also has increasingly become more and more popular in the last few years. Not only can Chad Deiter Company provide all of you tile needs. We can also install stone veneer on outside columns , inside-outside fireplaces, interior-exterior walls and anywhere else that you decide it will increase the wow factor in your home.
We just finished up the tiling of a Schluter Kerdi Tub Surround in the Temecula Wine Country. The Kerdi Shower System is a great waterproofing system that has been developed for tile guys and gals to use. It incorporates a specialized floor drain and a polyethylene sheet membrane that is installed over the chosen substrate i.e. drywall, cement board or a cement floated shower wall /shower pan. Contrary to popular belief the drywall in this case is the suggested substrate since the membrane adheres really well to it. Plus with the membrane installed no moisture at all even steam can penetrate it. All the corners are addressed with Kerdi-Band which is basically the same just a little thinner to limit the amount of build up than comes from the 2 inch overlapping that is required while doing the walls and shower pan.
For this project the Drywall was already in place so that’s what we used as the substrate. We used 100% silicone to seal the joint between the tub and the drywall prior to the Kerdi Membrane being installed. That connection point between the two is the most important in a tub surround shower.
After the membrane we installed all the tumbled marbled along with some nice Spanish Style inserts that we got from Different by Design located here in the Temecula Valley. All the rest of the tile came from Arizona Tile also in Murrieta, CA. After all the 12×12 tumbled marble were set with a Laticrete 252 a slightly modified thin set it was all grouted with Custom’s Linen Sanded grout. Then after letting the shower and floor grout dry out a couple of days it was sealed with Miracle’s 511 Sealer.
There you have a completely waterproof shower that will be beautiful for decades to come until someone wants to upgrade or remodel the next time.
Recently about three weeks ago I got a call from a home owner that was having some issues with the tile being installed in his house. Now I’m not gonna down talk the installers work because to be honest it was pretty good. The problem I think stemmed from the communication not being there between the installer and the homeowner. So in turn the homeowner’s weren’t getting what they wanted. So anyway long story short I looked at a few things in the house put together some numbers and ultimately did the job for them. Now they are happy as can be and ready for paint and to move in.
So back to what this blog was about. Part of the project was brick fireplace in the family room. Originally supposed to be real brick but when I talked with them I realized that’s not what they really wanted. So we had the bricks cut down to veneers and went ahead and installed it.
First step in the process after the carpenters framed it out. Was to cement board the framing and tape the joints with mesh tape. Mesh tape insures that the structure is sound and will not crack through to the brick later on.
Second step was the installation of the brick. I use a modified thinset but this isn’t necessary for brick. The thin set I used for the brick was Laticrete 252 gray. I really like this stuff and it’s reasonably priced also.
Third and final step was just to grout bag the fireplace with Type-S brick mortar and strike the joints with a joint tool. You do this step with a grout bag kind of like the ones they use in cake making but much stronger. After the cement is bagged in you have to let the spec-mix set up quite a bit before you can tool the joints. Dry enough that when you put your thumb into it the cement the thumb print stays but nothing sticks to your thumb. Takes some getting used to but when it’s done right the stuff that falls out during the striking can just be swept off without staining the rest of the bricks.
So that’s the basics of it and as always if your interested in any tile work just fill out the contact form and we will be in contact. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post.
About six months ago we looked at a job for a couple who had a fiberglass pan that was leaking. So after some tracking down by the homeowner of the tiles we finally have repaired the leaking pan for them. We tore out the old fiberglass pan and made it a tile shower pan. I’m gonna post some pics of the progress from beginning to end of the project.
Chad from Chad Deiter Company
Here at Chad Deiter Company we recently got a call from a homeowner that had some tile work done when he moved into his house. Our company did not do the original tile work but he was referred to us from a local tile store. So we took a look at it and came up with a plan of what we could to make this shower the way the homeowner wanted it to be. Below are the steps of what it took to get the job to finished.
Step 1. This involved cutting the existing grout joints and removing all the old tile and thin set all the way down to the cemented walls. This is a very tedious process but it has to be done to ensure that the new tile is flat.
Step 2. This was the tiling step. Chad Deiter Company went ahead and re-tiled a portion of the 3×6 sub way tile and the added a nicer 6×6 diagonal border at eye level.
The homeowner also had us re-tile the shower pan because the original was white and he wanted something a little easier maintenance wise.
Step 3. Finally all the tiling was complete we just had to grout everything up.
I wanted to do this write up because sometimes you feel that your stuck with what you have and think that it’s gonna be really expensive to spruce up your existing shower. Honestly it is tricky but it can be done. Just look at the difference Chad Deiter Company made for this homeowners Master Shower in just a day and a half.