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cultured marble and tile

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to tiling is – “Can you tile over cultured marble in the bathroom?” There are two sides to this question. Technically – it can be done but in practice it is avoided. Covering the cultured marble walls is not a good idea. “Cultured marble” is an acrylic composite and so it will require an epoxy setting material after the surface has been roughed up with either a grinder or sandpaper. Epoxy is expensive but there aren’t any other settings materials that will give you a reliable bond over this plastic... View Article

How to prepare for a remodel

You’re smart to have decided to contract out your major home project (hopefully with Rise Above Remodeling in Phoenix). Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, building an addition, or totally remodeling your home are all jobs that extend far beyond the skill level of most homeowners. If you have ever survived an arduous do-it-yourself project, finding a contractor may give you a sense of relief, as you envision yourself telling the contractor what to do and then having it magically done for you. But while your physical labor will be minimal, a different kind of work is involved in preparing your... View Article

Organized Kitchen

Organizing, to some people, can be a tedious task; while to others, it is a way of life. Once a room is organized the only daily task is maintenance. As long as everything used is put back in the place it originated, you could have an organized kitchen and ensure it remains that way! The first question you need to ask when venturing into the world of organizing is, “what items do I use/access the most and which items are there for the purpose of a specific once-per-year use?” The items most commonly used, such as plates, bowls, serving utensils,... View Article

Downsize OR Remodel

At Rise Above, we recently had a customer who was trying to figure out whether to downsize and buy a new home, or remodel her current home. She absolutely loved the area she lived in, but with the children out of the house, she and her husband were having a difficult time keeping up with the maintenance of the home.  The home also had not been remodeled in the last ten years. We see this situation all the time at Rise Above. Many people are asking us “what benefit does downsizing add to my life”.  Some also ask “how can... View Article

Clean Off Your Metals!

July 24, 2017 Published by

Metals in the bathroom can add a glimmering touch unsurpassed by any other material. But how do you keep from rusting? Check out the below tips if you LOVE metals! Prevent Rust! If the surface of the metal gets scratched rust is sure to follow. This is due to oxidation of the alloy metals. If you get a scratch just take your clear nail polish and coat the scratched surface. The nail polish helps prevent oxygen from getting in to the alloy causing rust. What to do if your chrome gets rust. All you need to do is make a... View Article