August 5, 2016

The problem most people with tiled showers face is lack of waterproofing. Even in today's marketplace, where we have access to amazing waterproofing membranes and fabrics, many companies still use nothing.

Your tile is not waterproof, and neither is your grout. The thinset mortar behind it isn't a water...


Custom vanities are all the rage, but few people want to spend $2,500 or more on one. However, there are a variety of options on the table if you want the look of a custom vanity at a fraction of the cost. At Big, Bear, we work with local distributers of semi-custom cabinets, import and domestic. They...

January 22, 2016

About half of our projects are waterproofed with Schulter systems, a waterproofing fabric and preformed pan and drain kit. We still install a lot of 2-stage mortar shower pans, and we use various waterproofing membranes, such as RedGuard. However, the Schluter Kerdi System is the absolutely best way to...

January 2, 2016

While most homeowners don't know the difference between cementitious and expoxy grout, it might supprise you that most contractors don't either.


The problem with most grout you've probably seen is that is stains over time. It can crack, mildew, mold, turn colors,and chip out completely. Most people jus...

December 10, 2015

 The problem with using Retail Box Stores to perform the actual rennovation is that you simly don't know who you are going to get. You may get the premium contactor who is just slow and needs to pick up extra work. However, you might also get Jimbob, who thinks he is God's gift to carpentry simply beca...

November 18, 2015

 There are some really awesome upgrades that can be accomplished for a budget. Painting the vanity and framing the mirror are cost-effective ways to make your bathoom come alive.


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