John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.


Services Provided
I'm a bathroom specialist here in Vancouver offering up design to both Canadian and US clients. I also proudly sell the ACO shower drains and ship to US and Canada.

I maintain a personal blog site at http://no-curb.blogspot.ca which showcases the more technical side of bathroom construction, linear shower drain installations, LED lighting and Vapour Proofing for steam showers.

Areas Served
Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver ,Whistler, Blackcomb, Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island

Typical Job Cost
$2,000 - $125,000
We provide fixed pricing or time and materials.


Business Description
ACO Shower Drain Sales & ACO Linear Shower Drain installations. One free hour of bathroom design for every client purchasing their ACO drain from me. Yes I do ship to the US (I get asked this every month)

Locally here in Vancouver I also build and design Steam Showers, Bathrooms and can help via phone meetings and emails Globally. Barrier free renovations are my strong point and we have built dozens of them - these types of showers are also called; wet-rooms, no-curb showers, no-dam showers, hobless showers. We also just do bathroom waterproofing & vapour proofing if you prefer to tile yourself but have a pro do the tricky part.

If you just have a few questions you can visit my blog site at http://no-curb.blogspot.ca and make a doantion for what ever length of time you like.

http://www.no-curb.blogspot.ca - “When It’s perfect. It’s good enough.” JW

Certification and Awards
2013 Best of Houzz - Vancouver Design
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2013 Best of Houzz - Vancouver Customer Satisfaction
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2013 Buildex Vancouver - Guest speaker for the NKBA (Steam Showers)
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2012 Buildex Vancouver - Guest speaker for the NKBA (Linear shower drains)
Location:
North Vancouver, BC CA 
Contact:
John Whipple 
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Address
#506 - 1075 Marine drive,
North Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada, V7P 3T6 
License #:
HST# 870 602 810 
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Rockin' Fine Finish
it could also be tanin bleed from the wood
April 13, 2014 at 10:07pm   
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
Is the ceiling buckling a little? IS it flat?

Looks bumpy to me.

Might be a a dead mouse that bleed out?

Did you or your neighbour put out mouse poison a little while back?
April 14, 2014 at 7:10am   
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Room of the Day: A Cocoon for Late-Night Crashing

Moodily masculine and warmly enveloping, this loft bedroom welcomes the owner after his long hours in the music studio Full Story
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What's with the painting above the bed. Looks like - WINTER IS COMING!
April 10, 2014 at 6:52am   
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judithesl
I wouldn't choose that photo personally, but "the artwork has personal meaning" for the homeowner. Maybe it reminds him of a great party or was a gift from a dear friend; who knows? What I like about this space is that it is a contrast to much of the other content on Houzz and that it has a personal touch, however strange it might be to some.
April 12, 2014 at 9:17am   
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luckypooza
I give this article a C- poor photo coverage. I agree with comment that too much orchid talk obviously means not enough images.
April 14, 2014 at 10:46am     
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
I dislike Marble anywhere where it will be walked on, get wet or be soiled from daily use....

Wrote this article last year.


April 7, 2014 at 8:45am     
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Cancork Floor Inc.
The finish (read: sealant) looks to have worn through. It looks as if the maintenance sealant has been "missed". If this were a wood floor, I would say sand and refinish the whole thing. As for marble, I'm not sure what the procedure is for resealing once there is "wear through" like this.
April 8, 2014 at 11:53am     
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santoslhauper
The only way to refinish marble is to uninstall and get it re-polished. Which not only would be expensive, few shops have the equipment. I don't care how much you baby it, I'm with John Whipple. Except the floor, it's fine there as long as you're okay with the patina of age that is going to happen to it.
April 9, 2014 at 5:49pm   
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
The key to this install is working with a waterproofing membrane that can be affected to the waste outlet for the tub. I make custom flashings from Noble Company's NobleSeal TS and NobleDeck for this.

Then a slit tweak to a no hub fitting and your good to go.

Properly prepared you can still preform the flood test with the fixtures or no hub fitting in place.

If you visit http://www.no-curb.com you can make a blog site donation (info top left corner) and I'll call you back with some of the design details I use for this look.

Good Luck.

JW
April 3, 2014 at 6:35am     
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This shower tub combo was part of a large barrier free shower build here in Edgemount, North Vancouver

Entire room flood tested (bathtub area and shower)




In this project we needed to flash around the tub's waste outlet and the tub filler.
April 3, 2014 at 6:39am     
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How to Survive an Epidemic of Walking Dead

Tips to use around the house and garden to prep for the zombie apocalypse Full Story
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Best to train your kids early to use things like spears and chain saws..... My little girls get Zombie Defence Training with out even knowing it.... LOL
April 1, 2014 at 6:47am     
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lilion
Right there with you Becky! Smart network, starting Game of Thrones the week after Walking Dead ends.
April 6, 2014 at 5:45pm     
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klforian
;0)
April 13, 2014 at 10:13am   
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Darzy
@ASVInteriors. Thank you for the kinds words. Funny you mention printing this thread! I was going to print the thread for hubby's bathroom reading enjoyment. :) Then, leave empty comment boxes for guest comments. I've just printed all 39 pages for posterity.

Thank you all for your comments, suggestions and voting. It really helped my case. I'll let you know any progress.

@Deborah. I told my husband a Houzz Buddy golf offer came along but I told you how terrible we are at golf. He said, "Hey - I'm getting better at golf. I can almost hit the ball as far as I can throw the clubs". (Joking of course)
April 7, 2014 at 8:32am     
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deborahjarman
Sounds like Ben has a great sense of humor. Comes in handy when your "rustic, piece of art" fireplace is being attacked from all sides!
April 7, 2014 at 9:22am      Thanked by Darzy
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ACO Linear Drains - Best in Class - Easiest to clean.
March 29, 2014 at 8:47am   
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aulven
I love the look of tile walk in showers, but I've heard they are hard to keep clean. What else can I use and kind of keep the same look?
March 29, 2014 at 12:15pm   
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bubbasgma
Showers are hard to keep clean, period. Depending on your budget and the look you wish to achieve, you might want to consider a solid surface material. There are a lot of "Walk in shower" images available to start an ideabook with.
March 29, 2014 at 1:14pm   
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Eco Building Solutions
The question you need to ask yourself is what are you trying to emphasize?

Vertical would add height and horizontal would add width. If the ceiling is short or the shower is wide I would recommend vertical, if the shower is small then horizontal would make it appear wider and more luxurious.

Another consideration would be placement of any built in nooks and how the tile is applied around the openings.
March 29, 2014 at 5:51am     
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What ECO said.
March 29, 2014 at 8:46am   
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Room of the Day: Wings, Wind and Water Inspire a Bathroom

Birds soar through the shower of this bathroom for a girl, while gorgeous blue stone keeps it grounded Full Story
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
Love the bird inlays. Looks amazing.
March 28, 2014 at 8:15am     
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Svietka Rivilis
absolutely stunning!
April 4, 2014 at 3:57am   
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Joanne Cannell Designs
Beautiful! I love the stone & the tile/birds. I would have preferred sconces for lighting though, to avoid shadows.
April 9, 2014 at 10:04am   
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
I think bathroom waterproofing is called "Tanking" like they do in the UK. The Australian waterproofing code is outstanding. I have a blog post on the subject here:
http://no-curb.blogspot.ca/2013/07/as3740-waterproofing-showers-bca.html
March 27, 2014 at 8:42am     
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eightpondfarm
one of our restrooms is has a separate toilet room….actually, the bath tub and toilet are further inside that general room, with a window, cabinets and a door that can be closed. Sink room is the anteroom . one person can use sink/vanity without disturbing other person on toilet or in tub. works well for us.
April 11, 2014 at 6:31am   
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pilbarapink
@hevva9 I think you have your Aussies and Kiwis confused!! ;-) Sweet As is as Kiwi as hokey pokey ice cream, Buzz bars and jandals!!!
April 11, 2014 at 6:58am   
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Two words !!! - SOAK TEST
March 27, 2014 at 7:57am     
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debnsync
love your comments! These are very smooth, and grout will be good for traction.
March 27, 2014 at 8:32am   
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
A water Jet Cutter is ideal.
March 24, 2014 at 6:05am   
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ProSource Memphis
Suggesting million dollar equipment, John? Really? A Fein Multimaster is probably a pretty good tool to own for projects like this. Even the Harbor Freight knockoff will get you started with using one until the name brand can be acquired. It's only around $30 anymore there. Then a nail and a string and some butcher paper for a template for the circumference with the multi tool can knock it out easy.
March 24, 2014 at 7:00am     
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erock523
cool, thanks guys
March 24, 2014 at 6:38pm   
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John gave me the benefit of his professional expertise and his own (may I say very Canadian) congenial encouragement to persist in my quest for a professional i...
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I am doing the work to tile a shower and tub surround in my new home. After searching the internet for tiling best practices, I found John Whipple. I had a co...
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After designing our master bath remodel and wanting a steam shower, we contacted John via Houzz since where we live is in a semi rural area of California, and w...
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Contacted John about building a steam shower after seeing all his posts. Paid for a consultation. Got some great advice, even some good design ideas for the bat...
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John was able to give me some great advice after I got into a pickle with a project. Fortunately, the problem can be fixed, unfortunately, it will cost me mone...
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By Design Custom Remodeling is one of my favourite renovation companies to follow online. Brian and Michelle have like me been specializing in linear shower dra...
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