Tips for inexpensive home improvements

Talking to the experts on how to properly retile your bathroom walls.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - You bought a new home or maybe you're just ready for some change; either way you cannot wait to start renovating. Before you do, there are a few things you should know.

There are ways to make your home seem newer, bigger and more open without breaking the budget. A carpenter, Corey Schaefer, says there are simple upgrades you can do.

If you feel like your bathroom or bedroom is too small, there are things you can do before you start knocking down walls.

“Doing a lighter color on the floors can make the room seem bigger, dark colors make a room feel smaller,” said Schaefer, “Another thing you can do is raise the height of your blinds. Believe it or not, take it from right over your windows to up to the ceiling, that will actually make the room feel a lot taller.”

Bathrooms are the number one home renovations that homeowners want, particularly their bathroom wall tiling.

We had an expert take us through step-by-step on how to properly re-tile a bathroom.

A lot of people have the assumption that tile and grout are waterproof, but Cory Schaefer from Trinity Home Renovations says they are not.

Overtime, water can get behind the tiles.

He says, before you do anything, you need to install the paint on a waterproof membrane. There are two layers to a certain thickness, which ensures that no water ever gets behind the tile or your grout.

Then he moved onto the tile installation.

“We use a thin sought, a modified thin sought and that adheres our tiles to the wall,” said Schaefer.

Schaefer uses lasers on the wall to set up straight lines that allows him to get the tiles perfectly lined up every time.

He says when you pop the tile on the wall, give it a little shake back and forth to give a better bond.

Schaefer says you should wait 24 hours before grouting.

You mix the material together to about the consistency of peanut butter.

"Pack it into the joints, nice and tight, we want to make sure that we are running not square to the joints. It will wind up taking material out but we run at an angle," said Schaefer.

Then you scrape off what you can, let that sit for about 15 minutes before taking a semi-dry sponge to the tile for a light wash.  

If the room doesn’t feel big enough, then here’s how you can tell if a wall is able to be taken away.

When you're trying to determine if it's a load-baring wall or not, one of the first things you want to do is look at the direction in which your floor joists and rafters go, anything going parallel with your floor joists generally in non-baring.

Doing home improvements on your own can save you a lot of money, but it's important to talk to the experts to make sure you do it right the first time.

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