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 
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John Whipple 
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Address:
#506 - 1075 Marine drive
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7P 3T6
Canada 
License #:
HST# 870 602 810 
John Whipple - By Any Design ltd. added 1 photo to ideabook: Understanding what is a Shower Design Call - www.No-Curb.com
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"I found you by asking question on terrylove about drain bathtub in shower and waterproofing pipe. I've seen you have done this. Please help. send me email." - R.K. Rockville MD

For this client who bucked up $25.00 I did a simple mock up to illustrate his question. He is the builder on a project where a tub will be located in the shower and he was struggling to find info on this. Like many of the cool projects on Houzz.com much of these details fall outside printed guidelines. Know how and the understanding of how these waterproofing materials work together can help many people out of a tuff spot.

The complete photo process I documented here: http://no-curb.blogspot.ca/2014/05/flood-testing-wet-room-with-tub-install.html

If you have the passcode you can view the album with 30+ pictures. Here is a teaser picture
May 24, 2014 at 9:43am   
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R.K. booked a Twenty Minute Call - Helped him same day!
May 24, 2014 at 9:44am   
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd. added 3 photos to ideabook: How to Build a Red Neck Shower
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How to Build a Better Shower Curb

Work with your contractors and installers to ensure a safe, stylish curb that keeps the water where it belongs Full Story
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You Australians have access to these great blocks from Hebel.
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In Vancouver I cut done regular grey bricks to roughly this size.
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Houzz Products: Bling for Your Bath

Elevate your everyday routine with luxe-looking bathroom accents like bedazzled faucets, crystal lights and holders that shine Full Story
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Don't forget the lighting elements to showcase all the shower bling. The floor lights in this photo are from ACO. The niche lighting is a custom shower niche I built.


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The shower...fearless is fun - and since we'll probably die here (it's our retirement) we don't worry about resale:)
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This piece has inspired me. It's time to remodel my tweens bathroom. The theme will now be diamonds and pearls. I plan to purchase some of the items in this article including the lighting and mother of pearl tiles. I think it will suit her well through high school.
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How to Pick a Shower Niche That's Not Stuck in a Rut

Forget "standard." When you're designing a niche, the shelves and spacing have to work for your individual needs Full Story
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This shower niche is being framed to fit one full tile. The tile size is 12"x24" and the tile will be install horizontally. In this photo tour I show the steps I use for removing a non-load bearing wall stud. In the photo the cement backer board is installed and now I need only remove the middle stud.

I start by drilling tiny holes through the 2"x4" in three directions. Then cut the remainder with my Japanese pull saw. I then pry out the wall stud being careful not to damage the drywall on the other side.

Once this is done and to make the most room I have installed some 1/4 cement board to the back side of the other rooms closet with thin-set. No fasteners. I used for this project Laticrete's 254 thin set.

The final picture shows the wall flat trowel out. That was the end of the day. I'll continue the shower's niche built today.
last Wednesday at 7:30am   
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Next two niche building process photos...
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You can see I used a tiny 3/16" square notched trowel and I mixed my thin set (Laticrete 254) loose. I trowel both the back of the niche and the back of the niche backer board. It the same direction. Then I installed the cement board like it was a tile.

The thin-set is of such quality it traps right away and no fasteners are needed.

Next step is the banding of the seams and corners, followed by the waterproofing process for the shower and niche. The shower base is a custom stone one from Indonessia - this is a fine project and more of the build is being showcased art my blog page no-curb.com
last Wednesday at 7:33am   
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what brand are those shower jets??
January 22, 2014 at 9:26am   
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Not sure - sorry.
July 22, 2014 at 8:31am   
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10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Make washing and drying easier and more comfortable by considering ergonomics, storage and special features Full Story
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All pretty ideas to make the laundry room look nicer or preform better. But what about the real important items?

Like a floor drain?
Like automatic shut offs?
Like proper subfloor preparation for vibration?
Choosing the right thin-set. The right grout?
Expansion room.....

It's not all fluff fluff - failing to look into these issues can make that most beautiful Laundry Room a ticking time bomb of failure.

What will happen to your dinning room and living room floors if your washing machine craps out?

What will happen to your bathroom floor tile if it's back to back with the laundry room and your dryer is out of balance?

Look deeper into these issues if your are building one time.

JW (no-curb-com)
July 22, 2014 at 8:25am     
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Also didn't want pedestals, because I like the folding space. Small mechanic's rolling stool is godsend. If only they made them in blue!
@uniprokbs love the laundry from around the world pics! You should copyright and sell them!
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pedestals can be great storage...i admit i only fold while watching tv. =)
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10 Top Tips for Getting Bathroom Tile Right

Good planning is essential for bathroom tile that's set properly and works with the rest of your renovation. These tips help you do it right Full Story
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Soak Testing tiles is always a smart move. Preform a soak test !!!

Does the tile smell afterword.
Does the tile break down.
Does the tile change in appearance.

Just some of the things I look for after preforming a soak test.

Managing water below the tile is key. This past year I have been researching many new ways of improving this. Looking into drain mats, candle wick, hemp cord, positive weep hole protectors and on and on. Our cement production is changing. Do to environmental controls and the EPA - I fear this is having a negative effect on the showers we build.

You need to stay current. Plan for failures before they happen.
July 22, 2014 at 8:18am     
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Deanna R. Jones
The tile work in the bathrooms are really gorgeous. My husband is working on installing the tile in our bathroom. I was wondering why my husband was laying the tile from the ceiling down. Now I have a much better understanding in the method behind his madness. He was trying to figure out how to guard against leaks. I should share him this information so that he can lay out the tile in our bathroom correctly. It would be a disaster if we had to remove all of the messed up tile and hire a contractor to finish the job. Thanks for the information!
Deanna R. Jones | http://www.brookstile.com/
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@dlopez1173 We like to use Hansgrohe: http://www.hansgrohe-usa.com
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I'm using these in my shower. You can order them right here on Houzz I think.




I have been using them a week (only three so far) and absolutely love them.
July 19, 2014 at 8:43am   
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
$500 seems like a lot for Body Jets.

These ones like mine are about $40 bucks. From Hudson Reed.
July 19, 2014 at 7:33am   
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Having only had Body Jets for one week now I am so sold. I love them. To share way to much info with you they do a great job of rinsing off your back side (front side too for that matter).

Who needs a bidet for a proper cleaning when you have body jets in your shower!

I think this would be a handy option for people as they grow old.

I got six of these bad boys going in my new master shower;


July 19, 2014 at 7:36am   
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I think those kinds of things always seem cool in the beginning, but useless after a few months. (tub jets, shower jets, etc.)

If you live in hard water area, it is more stuff to clean, and get clogged. Also, use lots of water.
July 19, 2014 at 7:39am   
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I worried about that as well. I ran all three thinking I would be out of water in seven minutes but it did not happen. What I like about the Hudson Reed body jet design is that it can be easily cleaned with out removing the entire body jet assembly.

That was a great design idea.

The trick with the body jets is to run them a second before you get under. I was having a shower with my wife the other night and I blasted her with a cold dosing.... Not a happy Mommy!!! lol
July 19, 2014 at 8:39am   
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6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning

Turn off that cash-guzzling, energy-hogging A/C — these methods of cooling your home and your body are cheaper and kinder to the planet Full Story
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We installed a 4'x4' Velux Sky Light at the top of our home. Really makes a difference when we open it up.
July 19, 2014 at 7:25am     
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ptmatthews
Ugly ceiling fan tip: paint the blades, or even the whole fan, to match the ceiling and the fan becomes much less noticeable. I will be trying several of the tips from the comments section. I would be interested to know exactly how people use the frozen packs when going to sleep.
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ptmatthews: I wrap a freezer pack in a pillowcase, and stick it down by my feet. I guess like in the olden days when they used bedwarmers from the fire to warm themselves. cooling your feet or hands is one of the best ways to cool down quickly (although I do know a trick with an ice-cube- but that's for another forum) ;)
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8 Beautiful Ideas for Floating Shelves

Get clean-lined storage and display on walls, over windows and in nooks using versatile floating shelving Full Story
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I love these floating back lit shelves in a Vancouver bathroom we built a couple years back. A pain in the back side to finish paint and drywall but worth the effort.


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Got mines from an old house, it doesnt exist any more, but it still remains at my room.
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Floating shelves are so convenient, modern. i need help. we're painting our lounge and i am thinking of also painting the skirtings black. walls will be a beautiful soft sandy colour, fireplace and floating shelves darkest varnish possible. will that work?
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Why to Put Your Tub in the Shower

Save space, cleanup time and maybe even a little money with a shower-bathtub combo. These examples show how to do it right Full Story
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One thing to consider when adding a tub to a shower in an under-mount installation (where tub is topped with stone or composite slab) is the angle of the tub itself. I'm seeing a growing trend in using regular deck mounted tubs for this type of project.

Look at this tub I worked on yesterday's cross section.
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You can see the shadow is almost 1/4" on the left edge of the tub top. I used a tile profile here to level out this angle. The real nitty gritty work pictures are on my blog post.


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In the photo above you see that now the tile profile meets the high side of the tub's deck. This makes this connection stronger....
July 19, 2014 at 7:21am   
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I think this idea is great! We are going to do this in our house. Our master shower is 3' x 3', barely big enough for one person. I love the option of a shower or a bath, my husband wants bigger shower. The former shower space will become an additional closet.
These pictures are from a condo in Austin where there is not room for a separate tub and shower.
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For fun I have a Red Neck Shower Discussion shown here: http://www.houzz.com/discussions/1074001/How-to-build-a-Red-Neck-Shower
July 18, 2014 at 6:30am   
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When we where in Mexico the hotel room we had had six body jets. Thats going to be the next Red Neck Set up.
July 18, 2014 at 6:20am   
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Current set up with three body jets. The way it's pipe the lower two jets have more power than the top one slightly.


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How to Place Shower Controls for Bathing Bliss

Body jets, handhelds and showerheads are only as good as their placement. Here's how to get it right Full Story
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Also want to make a point about water usage: Here on the Monterey peninsula, fresh water is at such a premium that each home is allowed just a certain number of water credit "units." It's a complicated system, but basically it prevents owners from installing water-guzzling fixtures ad nauseam. If you want an extra hand-held spray in the shower, for instance, you may have to forgo something else, like that deep soaker tub in the master bath or a vegetable sink in the kitchen.
February 14, 2014 at 11:26am   
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Some on my thought process showcased here. I'm designing a six body jet set up for my home in North Vancouver.


July 8, 2014 at 6:29am   
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Hudson Reed
Hi, the water restrictions can be removed by simply unscrewing the body and pulling them out, they look like a small colored disk with holes in it. However, we must recommend you keep them in as this could invalidate certain product certifications or prevent the products passing building inspection. Kind Regards, Hudson Reed
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Thanks for the tip. I better wait until after inspection to remove them.....
July 8, 2014 at 6:13am   
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Jason Clark - Hansgrohe, Inc
The gasket/membrane is actually only a secondary waterproofing barrier - it's use isn't required to waterproof the shower. We recognize the tile installer won't always utilize the part and/or install it incorrectly. The primary barrier is to caulk/silicone between the plastic mud guard and the finished tile surface.
July 2, 2014 at 5:41pm   
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
Really - that's your primary barrier. You know grout is not waterproof right. It is far simpler use a compression fitting made from NobleSeal CIS, NobleSeal CIS, Noble WallSeal and the like. Then a little bead of NobleSealant 150.

A rubber gasket sounds to me a poor choice. How does this get affect to the walls or tie into a topical waterproofing product?

The US and Canada are miles behind the Australians and European systems. I think your North American divisions should understand this and find a system that works here. I've waterproofed dozens and dozens of your fixtures with ease.

I would trash the rubber gasket idea myself. So many easier ways....
July 3, 2014 at 7:51am   
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