Add Value to Your House with a Renovation

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Would you consider yourself a handy-man? Or, maybe you’re a handy-woman? No matter if you’re handy or not though, I think that many home renovations can be done without the help of a contractor. All you need is a box full of tools, YouTube, and a little common sense.

So what is the current condition of your kitchen floor? How about your bathroom floors? Do you still have ugly laminate from the 80’s? Apparently it has withstood the test of time and was worth the price back in the day, but today, not only is this laminate outdated and ugly, but it’s taking down the value of your home.

Think about it. What is the one room that can sell a house? You got it, the kitchen. You could have a moldy basement, but if your buyers are enamored with the gourmet kitchen that you’ve created upstairs, they might just overlook that fuzzy green stuff and buy the house anyway. If, however, you have a laminate kitchen floor will a pretty decent looking basement, the buyers may not be so impressed (since there isn’t anything that wows them) and won’t put an offer in on your house.

Now, if you actually do have mold in your basement, I would suggest taking care of that before tiling, but maybe that’s just me. Today though, tile is absolutely the way to go. It’s classy, it’s easy to install, and it can last you for quite a long time! So what tools do you need in order to rip out your existing floor and lay down new tile? Let’s get into it!

Tools For the Job

To remove your old floor, you’ll first want to rip up the laminate and see what’s underneath it. If you see particle board or plywood, then you most likely have a subfloor beneath that (which is what you want to get down to in order to start laying your cement board and tile). In order to pry those boards up, you’ll most likely need a power drill (for removing screws) and a crowbar (to pry up the plywood).

Once you get down to the subfloor, you’re ready to start building back up! In order to support your heavy tile, you’ll need to install cement board. To do this, you’ll just need some screws and a power driver (or a screwdriver, but that would just take forever). Once the cement board is laid, it’s time to spread your mortar and lay tile! To do this, you’ll need a tile cutter, mesh tape for your seams, a trowel with “teeth” on the leading edge, mortar, spacers, and the tile. Tape and mortar your joints to make the entire surface smooth. Then evenly spread your mortar, place your tile, and space each tile with spacers.

Once all of your tile is laid and your mortar is set, it’s time to lay grout (Topps Tiles is an excellent choice). For this, you’ll need a rubber trowel. Evenly spread the grout over the space in between the tiles and after about 15 minutes (depending on your grout of course), remove the excess grout with a sponge. Once all of this dries, you’ve got yourself a brand new tile floor, and by doing it yourself it barely cost you anything and it added a ton of value to your house!

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