+ " We build to code, meet TCNA and ANSI specs.......it's A well thought out process to us." +

24.7.14

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.  

"Waterproof barrier free & Linear drain shower buildout"

 "The builder had recessed the bathroom's framing "

" Bonded 1/2" thermal break & heated floor"

"Setting linear drain and screed ledger"

"Hand mixed 32 bags of 50#  Mud"

"Finished screed for barrier free entry"

"Nobleseal TS flood tested shower pan"

  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)


29.4.14

Travertine Tile Twin Cities

      
     Just a few examples of  some of the more basic Tundra Finish Works travertine installations....There's many types of  travertine and we feel it can be A timeless material choice.  All natural stone is not created equal 
and travertine is one of the softer stone materials. Special attention to installation materials and techniques are  required specifically in A flooring or wet area application like a shower. 
     

"Flat lippage free In plane walls"

"Our corners are plumb and square"

"Flat lippage free floor with tight grout joint"

"The substrate below the tile is just as important"

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28.3.14

St. Paul Linear Drain Steam Shower


"Underneath it all is whats important here.  How was your steam shower built from point A-Z ?   What methods and materials?  What standards, code and mechanical specs were followed? Steam showers require many special details " 

" More pictures coming ...client is finishing basement !"










"A Big thank you  to Paul, Jodi, Nick & Felix !"

     Tundra finish works recently finished this recessed / barrier free linear drain steam shower in the Como Park neighborhood  of  St. Paul. Our clients had a small prefabricated steam shower previously and thought a little extra elbow room was needed! They can now lay down on their 7 ft bench !! and bask in the soft chromatherapy lights and steam all winter long!!

    Function over fashion ?  ( see our detailed post below on the build details of this project )

     this 4 ft  x 7 ft custom steamer has a few bells and whistles......The best vapourproofing available, bold low vitrosity 24 x 12 porcelain from florida tile throughout with black travertine accents.  Amrec Steam and chroma lights, custom proline linear drain,  Rain head &  Hansgrohe handheld, 7 ft long wall bench,  custom shelves / window sil,  niche,  3/8"  frameless glass & transom. 

    Custom tile steam showers require A more detailed design and installation approach, product knowledge and skill set. Additional detailed framing, specialty vapor / waterproofing, electrical and plumbing concerns /requirements are just a few.

   Call us today BEFORE you get ahead of yourself in the decision making process. Our experience can save you valuable time, eliminate costly mistakes, as well as help streamline your custom tile shower project....


Tundra Finish Works can help you with all your steam shower details  952-239-0084



8.3.14

Porcelain Wood Floor Tile

 
   We have been installing more and more Faux Wood Porcelain Tile lately, and as you can see some of our clients like to get creative with their grout color choices!

    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 and can effect the end result.




26.2.14

Tile Shower Tune Up!

   
     Here Tundra Finish Works  repaired 2 failed curbless or barrier free tile showers....... Simply put the grading at the entry was inadequate.... It takes special attention to details at the grading stage to achieve a proper curbless entry.
 
  Our client had been fighting these shower entry leaks , resulting in a runaway  pool of water outside the showers after each use. Many drywall and perimeter repairs later we were asked to come up with a creative repair approach.

  YES YOU GUESSED IT !!!   From curbless to Shower Curbs!  These showers had both failed in the same way and the Bldg.Association  Mgmt. / client wanted a  topical non evasive repair Without compromising the concrete slab or tearing out the shower pan. ( this cannot always be achieved) .... 

  Both showers were in bad shape, WE first did a thorough vapor/steam cleaning of all grout and tile, we then treated the shower pans for bad efflorescence buildup, and finally we added topical waterproof curbs. We then let both showers dry out for weeks before resealing the grout and adding 100% silicone at all changes of plane.

    A cost effective repair solution for our happy client! 

rough tile work, bad efflorescence, and lack of silicone joint

 New low profile curb and tune up.

New low profile curb and tune up!

Call Tundra Finish Works today for all your custom Tile shower needs @ 952-239-0084




14.12.13

Basement tile Steam Showers : Always a challenge

Steam showers Require many details, like this sealed slip joint at the ceiling

Flood testing shower pan

Verifying layout is critical

We prefer to Frame our own showers

 form work / pouring bed slab for shower pan


            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.



         "Call us today to discuss your Minneapolis St.Paul recessed basement tile shower project"


12.9.13

We Do Wedi Showers !


Recent 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.  Here are just a few systems we endorse and use regularly.

 + Laticrete + Noble Company  +  Schluter  Kerdi  + Wedi +



Before


A pretty good fit w 2x2 Travertine


We tiled her floor a year ago

 Almost After!

   Installed properly any of these systems 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.


   Please call us today @ 952-239-0084 to discuss your  Minneapolis or Saint Paul and surrounding area tile shower .
       



10.8.13

Glass mosaic tile shower considerations





    



"Different than a traditional full mortar bed shower, Thinbed showers retain little to NO  water and have the ability to dryout between uses, thus "minimizing"  stagnant water that can allow and facilitate mildew/mold growth."


     There is a lot to consider when installing Glass Mosaic tiles.....especially on A shower floor, curb or threshold ....    You MUST use the proper thinset mortars for the specific glass and substrate in question  ( in this case a water submersible flexible mortar).... also consider expansion , contraction, and deflection..


  It's also important to educate the homeowner on maintaining their investment with simple measures such as using a small window squeegee after each shower use. This takes the user  less than one minute and can greatly expand the life cycle of the shower.


Weep divot

Ready for the Topical Membrane..

9.7.13

Laticrete's Hydro Ban Linear Drain

A complete waterproof system = Laticrete

http://laticrete.blogspot.com/

This recently completed Hydro-ban shower is Located in The Lowry Hill / Lake of the isles area of Minneapolis . Thanks to Laticrete, and of course the client/homeowners  Peter/Marla .... 
                                                        

   
            

            



  



                              
 

                        Call us today to discuss your Custom tile shower needs. @ 952-239-0084




29.5.13

Riverstone Salon & Spa..........

riverstone salon spa
 
    Visit our friends at   http://riverstonesalonspa.com/   in South Minneapolis and check out their brand new location and recent renovation..... (and  take a few pictures for me please!).

     Riverstone is a family affair and this family project came to us through referral..... Say Hi to Tamie, Scott, Angie, Art and Ben for us.!

   Riverstone has A new 1300 sq' laminate wood cutting floor, and a neat gauged rough slate floor with ceramic and glass mosaic wainscot walls in their tiled bathroom.... recently installed by Tundra Finish Works.... on this project we were able to work within our clients buildout budget and use materials they had already chosen....... 

  When were not building a custom tile shower.....Tundra Finish Works does smaller creative commercial projects such as restaurants & storefronts in addition to mostly residential tile and stone installations as well as laminate and hardwood flooring and finish trim work.
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12.5.13

Minneapolis Shower Pan Contractor


    Maybe you want to build your own tile shower...Yes ....you are still gonna need a "Flood testable" Shower pan built to code.... YES...You may consider this the most important step of Tile shower preperation. It takes a certain skillset, experience, product knowledge and know how.

    Tundra Finish Works can build you either A Thinbed (preferred) or A Full mortar bed shower pan with A 100% concrete curb. We can work with std. clamping drains, kirdi drains...

   We can help you source and install many brands of  linear drains.................

   The City of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs are cracking down on Tile shower pan  inspections. (In most states every shower is flood tested for 24-72 hrs prior to moving forward with tiling the shower.

 " Flood testing.....Yes it slows down the  project."

 ......I recently did A tear out of another leaky shower pan that was never inspected or Flood tested. It took a few months before the problem was evident to the home owner, (water trickling down from the ceiling to the dinner table).......

  "Homeowners" that have had to go thru this horror.....  Understand and have no problem paying for quality skilled shower buildouts".

  In the end The price wasn't right. They lost over $3800 in wasted labor and materials. Their handyman assured them he can build a tile shower for under half the price of their bids from Qualified Licensed contractors  .......

 


  

   Recent Linear glass  mosaic shower.....
                                                   

 Call Tundra Finish Works today to discuss your tile shower pan needs @ 952-239-0084