About | Tundra Finish Works

Hi Folk's..... It's Erik ........ It is true I strive for high quality installation's from start to finish. I am looking at every detail and focusing on my clients vision,  I am guided by the Tile council of North America ( TCNA) standards and follow ANSI for material specifications. Always meeting and often surpassing local building code.
   Together WE will work to make your project come to life..... I offer custom tile / stone and detailed Trim finish carpentry installation's for the discerning Minneapolis /St. Paul homeowner. I can help you design your custom space, select materials, and better understand the how and why's of the process... 
    As added value we are partnered with A Master Plumber in Trenk Mechanical, and Master electricians at MJ Electric these folks take great care with our bathrooms and are experts at their crafts......You can find some recent client reviews at our Houzz page.........

  Feel free to "Scroll" down thru pages of various projects of our work, there you will find  details of HOW we build and the process in which we work.

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin ...


Is Marble tile trending | 2016 ?

  Isn't it always trending???      We are starting off 2016 with A Marble master bathroom for A very skilled builder in the Lake Harriet area of South Minneapolis......We have been seeing A trending of marble inquiries lately, specifically Bianco Carrara, Calcutta and Marmara...  In this master bath we installed marble sourced from Carrara Italy, Turkey, and China.......... polished and honed! 

    The Tile shop has started carrying Noble Company products here in the Mpls area, we have been installing Nobleseal TS, Nobleflex flashings, and lately Valueseal as our go to shower pan and crack isolation materials for years now. This shower features A Solid concrete shower pan and curb that is waterproofed with Valueseal from the Noble Company......

                 Just putting the finishing grout/caulk touches on this one......    

"12x12 polished Italian bianco Carrara"

"Turkish mini Versaille's honed marble floor"

"Custom Turkish bianco marble shelves" 

 "Polished Hampton Carrara threshold"

"Bianco Carrara pencil w/ linear mosaic inlay"


Relax in travertine

         Taking a look back at our old work.. this one I think, .....from 2011

    Honed Travertine master bathroom project we did for A Minneapolis Design Build firm..... Really enjoy the randomness of this travertine oasis. I am always learning, improving and perfecting my skillset while staying on TOP of the fast moving tile industry You learn so much as you go, Its always neat to go back and look at your old work..........




Random Snapshots of our work

"We install large format Tile"

 " Chromotherapy steam shower"  
"We install FLAT flat flat ! tiled floors"

"We design & build custom steam rooms"

"We install many brands of Linear shower drains"

"We love Subway and hex tile installations"

"100% waterproof tile showers"

"We are custom tile shower pan installation experts"

"Wet area waterproofing"

"We do wood ! Custom Floating vanity & built ins"

"Experienced steam shower installations"

"Yes we install tile backsplash's"

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin ...


Rustic Powder Bathroom

  This Minneapolis area powder bathroom addition was A real design collaboration with A few skilled homeowners. Total gut and reno by Tundra Finish works... Stop over at our  Houzz  site where you can also check some recent reviews of our work!

Thanks To PaperPlane !


Custom Rain Shower

    It was very, very hard "NOT" to pull the cord. Ill bet these vintage rain heads look awesome in action.!!!


Modern Minneapolis tiled bathrooms

Twin cities, Minneapolis, Saint Paul take a look at this amazing custom Bathroom !
      Our clients are wrapping up with the painting...while we wait for doors to be delivered...A big thanks to the homeowners for their amazing patience and adventurous material choices.  "Credit where credit is due"  While we built and realized this complete bathroom remodel, A Lions share of the design and material choices were made by Bianca (homeowner) ......

    This eclectic Master bath features A curbless recessed shower, With A Tile-in linear drain , Hansgrohe fixtures, Marmara marble and large format porcelain tile from porcelenosa. We opted for frameless fixed panel 3/8" starfire glass.

    The floating vanity & counter were re-purposed and made from solid jarro wood ( refinished by the homeowner). Custom birch pantry built ins, and A large slate hexagon tiled floor with matching base........Other finishes from Kohler & Toto.

"Recessed shower design"

"Tile top Linear drain"

"large slate hexagon floor"

"Custom Jumbo shower Niche"

" Recycled custom floating his / her vanity"

"Hansgrohe Rain head shower head and body shower"


Houzz "Best of" Award

  We have been getting more and more clientele thru our Houzz page inquirie's.....very proud to say the Houzz team has given us A " Best of " Award for customer service....... a small step in the right direction

 you can visit our houzz site here:   http://www.houzz.com/badges/user/tundrafinishworks


Shower pan flood testing

     Our client is now tiling her own shower with a little guidance from us and some smart material coices.....she also just left us a glowing review on our Houzz site...Thanks Alison/Tim.

  Another custom neo angle 4x4 flood tested shower pan. In Eurorpe, Canada, Australia and many US cities Tile shower pans must be Flood tested for a 48-72hr period before any tiling can commence. This Guarantees the homeowner there are no leaks.  Tundra finish works is one of the only Tile shower builders in the twin cities that practice these methods...always request a flood test on your shower pans....

"Does your shower smell mildewey? Mouldy?

"here we are flood testing the shower pan"

"Protecting weep holes is critical"

Call Tundra finish works today to discuss your shower pan project!


Curbless or Barrier free custom showers Minneapolis / St.Paul

"Behind the scenes of A recent project  !! "

   If you are in the Minneapolis St.Paul Twin cities area and looking to build a curbless or "barrier free"  waterproof tile shower with or without a Linear drain Tundra Finish Works can help. !
  On this project we were hired to prepare the master bathroom for tiling. Screeded mud floor, recessed shower pan,  linear drain, and the showers waterproofing getting this barrier free bathroom thru city inspections and "Tile ready" for our clients to tile.

   We worked with a very skilled and experienced builder/Architect that had custom designed this master bathrooms framing to facilitate a 4'x7' barrier free curbless entry with a linear drain placed at back wall.  

 "Bonded thermal break & heated floor"

" Hand mixed 32 bags screed mud onsite"

 "Finished floor screed and shower pan"

"Flood testing linear drain shower pan"
"Waterproof barrier free & Linear drain shower buildout"

  90 sq.ft. mud floor screed over a heated substrate that flows into a custom recessed shower pan and finally into the 46" linear drain placed at the back wall. A project like this takes a lot of preparation and forethought. Luckily our client had done all the necessary designing well in advance...

    Just A few of the ways we can help:

* Our field experience can help you save time and costly mistakes.
      - ( Streamlining your project )
* Planning for and preparing the substrate
       -( Recessing and raising subfloor )
* Customizing the bathrooms grading & shower pan
      - ( Mud screed / ridgid materials )
* Drain choice and placement 
      - ( linear trench drains or standard primary)
* Customized waterproofing
     - ( CPE sheet and liquid applied membranes)
* Flood testing our work
     - ( We flood test our shower pans guaranteeing no leaks )
* City Inspections 
     - ( We can help you get thru your city shower pan inspections)


Porcelain Wood Floor Tile

  "Minneapolis area wood look tile installation"
    We have been installing more and more Faux Wood look plank Porcelain Tile lately.

    Look close at the tile you purchase, These tiles are famous for being cupped or "Bowed" and can result in tile lippage or high low points throughout the installation...... The Imaging quality also varies greatly and is usually reflected in the purchase price. Many MFG will specify the percentage of stagger recommended for their tile that will yield the best results.. we cant always set these random, sometimes they need to be set at 33% offset......


Basement tile Steam Showers : Always a challenge

            Winter is here in Minnesota..........Its a good time to hunker down on a challenging "Custom" basement linear drain steam shower.. These ( low 7' overhead ) basement shower pans often times have to be recessed  6+  inches in order to maintain code compliance with  7' of  headroom.. Theres A lot of dirty structural slab work and plumbing groundwork that happens deeper...you only get one shot at this costly plumbing layout and you must do your math ( we suggest : measure 3 times,  cut once!!)

          Although we cant always get the drain p-trap as low as we want.......on this Steam shower, thanks to our plumbing/mechanical crew ( and our clients budget ) we will end up gaining 4+" of  much needed headroom to create a "curbless" drop in or "barrier free" linear drain steam shower..............

          There is a good amount of pre project math, layout, and dozens of decisions that need to be made before all else....This shower will have.... steam, chromatherapy lighting,  linear drain,  diverter to A rain head,  long bench,  niches, grab bars, etc......... this all requires extra pre project planning and layout.(experience and know how).

  Here:  Tundra finish works  handled all the pre project design / project planning  for the homeowners based on their visions........We lucked out with a neat well informed residential client couple  that has the budget to realize their dream steam shower as these buildout's are tricky time consuming and expensive.


Wedi tiled shower Minneapolis St. Paul

"Recent Wedi shower installation"
 "3'x4' Honed Travertine walk in shower"

Heres a very nice yet basic travertine tiled shower for our happy "Repeat client" in Bloomington, MN.

This shower was flood tested for 3 days prior to tiling.

    There is an overwhelming amount of ways to build waterproof Tile showers. Every shower is custom and different and Tundra Finish Works can adapt to every situation via experience! 

   While Wedi waterproof showers are not the best for every situation, they can equate to speed and quality plus a full system warranty.... If you are in a hurry  to get your bathroom back ! Wedi just may be the system for your home. ( this is an ideal choice for condo/high rise & fast track situations as well).
    Some tile contractors offer up 1 way of doing things. Tundra Finish Works is experienced in 100% waterproof custom tile showers and steam showers. 
  When Installed properly Wedi can give you, the homeowner "peace of mind" knowing that when water gets thru your grout or porous tile (and it will if you do not maintain your investment) it simply has nowhere to go but directly down to the drain  never having a chance to penetrate the wall or ceiling cavity.    


Linear drain tile showers

  Tundra Finish Works has installed many brands of linear or trench shower drains. This shower build is A complete laticrete Hydroban waterproof shower system. Elongated subway ceramic from Olympia tile and carrerra mosaic shower floor with honed marble threshold....

"Hydroban linear drain"
 "100% concrete shower waterproofed with Hydroban"
"Custom basement bathroom lake of the isles"