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How To Plan A Bathroom Remodel In Texas

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Be sure to take these five steps before contacting a professional bathroom remodeler.
Be sure to take these five steps before contacting a professional bathroom remodeler. (Shutterstock)

But to ensure the results are as you hoped, you’ll want to do some planning ahead of time. Take these five steps before contacting a pro.

1. Plan Your Design

While professional bathroom remodelers will be able to help you make structural decisions, it’s wise for you to know ahead of time what you’d like the end result to look like. Do a little brainstorming to come up with concrete ideas, like, “I’d like a freestanding tub and separate shower,” or “I prefer a pedestal sink to a drop-in model.”

Browse sites like Pinterest for inspiration as to layout, aesthetics, and materials. Save some photos to show your contractor and point out what you like about them.

2. Determine The Contractors You’ll Need

You might think one firm can come in and tackle your entire bathroom remodel. While some can, it is better in many instances to hire a few specialty contractors. Contrary to popular belief, this can actually save money and increase the longevity of your remodel.

So, first think about who you will need: a custom millworker, plumber, bath fitter, etc.


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3. Look Into Necessary Permits

Small-scale bathroom remodels most likely won’t call for any permits. However, large-scale projects may require building permits, which you can obtain through your local government offices.

Also, keep in mind that many local governments require electrical wiring

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Fraternity members, volunteers remodel late officer’s home

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Starr Pavey said her heart has been broken since her husband, Bill, died in June, but a wide smile appeared across her face as she spoke about his personality and gregarious nature.

Bill was a jokester who made everyone smile, even while he was battling cancer for the last five years of his life, Starr said.

“We laughed all of the time until the last month or so. He said it hurt him to laugh,” Starr said of her late husband.

Bill Pavey was well-known throughout southern Indiana for his service to the community. He worked for the New Albany-Floyd County Parks Department for over eight years as a park ranger before serving as a New Albany police officer for two decades.


It was the day of his death, June 3, when Starr said a friend who was at her house mentioned smelling gas. A few days later, she also noticed the smell, and upon further inspection, a serious gas leak was discovered under her home along with about five feet of standing water.

“It’s just been overwhelming stress since before he died. It’s been one nightmare after the other,” Starr said.

She knew some work was needed on the New Albany house, but said Bill didn’t want any interruptions during their last few months together.

But the impact Bill Pavey had on others during his life has been exemplified by what others have been willing to do in his honor after his death.

Pavey was one of the founding fathers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Indiana University Southeast. Over 40 years later, his fraternity brothers are in the midst of an extensive rehabilitation project of his house.

Mark Kruer and Mark Lawrence are co-coordinators of the effort, but it’s been a team

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How to Incorporate Glass Into a Kitchen Remodel Project

Oak City Glass, a small family-owned business serving the metro Raleigh area, focuses on providing customers with high-quality products, services, and support when installing residential and commercial glass and fulfilling remodeling needs.

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Glass is a versatile building material with many applications for every setting and price point. For homeowners desiring to incorporate the design element into a kitchen or bathroom remodel, there are many options to choose from. Oak City Glass offers three simple tips to enhance a kitchen remodel using glass as a design element.

Design Tip: Indoor picnic atmosphere with glass panels for a sun-filled kitchen area

Let the sun shine in through glass panels to create an open, airy indoor living space centered around a spacious kitchen table. Recent events have caused lifestyles to shift to a more home-centered emphasis than in past decades. School, business, and recreation now take place in the great room or dining area around the kitchen table or work area.

Removing traditional windows, enlarging the existing spaces, and filling the areas with any number of glass options to fit any budget can provide ample amounts of sunlight and vitamin D without compromising energy efficiency or breaking the remodeling budget. Some employers will reimburse employees who make renovations to their homes to accommodate work-from-home employment. The design team at Oak City Glass can take an idea and bring it to life.

Design Tip: Glass tabletop

A glass tabletop may give some homeowners pause, but it offers many advantages. A glass tabletop is an affordable option to add space and depth to a kitchen or work area. A glass tabletop lends a casual, relaxed atmosphere to work, virtual school, or play. The surface is easy to clean and adds an elegant dimension to the kitchen. A tempered glass product is sturdy and safe. Consult

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Fraternity members, volunteers remodel late officer’s home

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Starr Pavey said her heart has been broken since her husband, Bill, died in June, but a wide smile appeared across her face as she spoke about his personality and gregarious nature.

Bill was a jokester who made everyone smile, even while he was battling cancer for the last five years of his life, Starr said.

“We laughed all of the time until the last month or so. He said it hurt him to laugh,” Starr said of her late husband.


Bill Pavey was well-known throughout southern Indiana for his service to the community. He worked for the New Albany-Floyd County Parks Department for over eight years as a park ranger before serving as a New Albany police officer for two decades.

It was the day of his death, June 3, when Starr said a friend who was at her house mentioned smelling gas. A few days later, she also noticed the smell, and upon further inspection, a serious gas leak was discovered under her home along with about five feet of standing water.



“It’s just been overwhelming stress since before he died. It’s been one nightmare after the other,” Starr said.

She knew some work was needed on the New Albany house, but said Bill didn’t want any interruptions during their last few months together.


But the impact Bill Pavey had on others during his life has been exemplified by what others have been willing to do in his honor after his death.

Pavey was one of the founding fathers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Indiana University Southeast. Over 40 years later, his fraternity brothers are in the midst of an extensive rehabilitation project of his house.


Mark Kruer and Mark Lawrence are co-coordinators of the effort, but it’s been a team

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Downtown Arlington shops celebrate Abram Street remodel

As Hershey Jones set up his namesake restaurant in downtown Arlington in late 2019, Abram Street was undergoing a facelift of its own.

The arterial roadway, running from downtown to the Grand Prairie city limits, had been under some form of construction since 2014. Workers roped off lanes to install new drainage or sewer pipes or reduced lanes to make space for wider sidewalks or lighting. For Jones’ first several months running Hershey’s Palace at 513 E. Abram St., construction complicated parking and downtown.

“It raised a flag,” he said, “but I saw that it was further completed than from the time that I did what I had to do, that it wouldn’t affect me as much.”

Now, as the city puts the finishing touches on the project, Jones is seeing more people walk around — and passersby are seeing more of the businesses that line the street.

“We want people to get out and see that downtown Arlington has improved,” he said.

Mayor Jeff Williams had a similar message Friday at the intersection of Abram and Mary streets. In front of around 50 officials and business leaders, he said better days are ahead for the city, especially downtown.

“We know that we’re not totally out of the pandemic, but we need to take note of great accomplishments, and definitely Abram is one of those,” Williams said.

The project, which voters voted to fund in the 2008 bond elections, spanned seven miles, from Collins Street to just past state Highway 360. Its completion marks the end of construction-related traffic headaches for downtown businesses and motorists. The six-year project was the largest street rebuild in the city’s history, according to officials.

Along Abram Street’s downtown stretch, businesses have started to see the renovation’s effects.

Natalie Ellis, general manager of the record

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