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Acrylic Liners Vs Replacement: How You Could End Up Paying More For Less

The alarm goes off. You lay bleary-eyed from another sleepless night staring into the darkness. No sunlight creeps through the curtains. It won’t rise for hours on this cold winter morning. You linger here, the blaring alarm seems distant as though it were only the last fading wisps of a dream. You know you should rise, but you are lost amid your own gnawing thoughts. Against all reason, you cannot bring yourself to leave the bed, not while it is so close. It is waiting just steps away, at the end of the hall, in the next room, maybe behind that closed door in your bedroom. Lurking just out of sight.

Steeling yourself you rise, taking measured deliberate steps toward the source of your anxieties. You stop outside of the doorway, unable to yet cross the threshold. Bracing one hand on the door you draw a deep breathe as though submerging into endless depths. Pushing it open the familiar shadowed outlines come into view. You wish that you could go about this affair in darkness but you know too well that it cannot be. Flipping the switch, the full scope of horrors comes to life!

Yellowed linoleum races toward your feet, threatening to crawl up your legs covering you with it's faded surface. The corners of aged wallpaper reach down in tattered wisps. The once bright floral pattern faded into the dusty hue of an unkempt lot of an abandoned home. The toilets furred lid sits open, gaping like the rust-streaked maw of some porcelain creature. But undeniable amidst all the rest, like a terrible crowning jewel from a darker age, the tub lies waiting for you. Its quarters are cramped and stifling. It’s colour a historical record, achievable without lead paint. Every surface mildewed and worn. Beckoning you forward you know you must obey.  

Sounds familiar? Might be time for a renovation.

There must be a better way.

Rest easy my friends, this story does not have to suffer a bitter ending. There are options to make that old depressing bathroom beautiful again. If you are unhappy with your bathroom, and particularly with your tub or shower, you might be thinking that the quick and easy solution is to pop an acrylic liner over the old tub. Out of sight, out of mind. While there is no denying that this is an effective solution, you might be putting more out of mind than you know.

Acrylic liners are a suitable solution if you are satisfied with the size and depth of your current tub, as they are custom made to fit the dimensions of the existing tub. They will allow you to choose any colour and style but the aesthetic limitations are not the real cause for concern. If your bathroom looks anything like the one described above then it’s safe to assume your home wasn’t built yesterday, and in a older home you might be covering up more than an ugly tub with that liner.  

Acrylic liners provide a convenient solution to an ugly tub. But are they right for you?

What Lies Beneath.

Like anything, plumbing does not last forever. Over the years, pipes can become blocked, seals will deteriorate, valves no longer hold under pressure. This is the unfortunate reality and all things in the home will require maintenance and repair on occasion. However, the plumbing in your bathroom is often not easily accessible, and should it require attention, consider yourself lucky if you can get away with an unsightly hole in your wall. Many times the entire tub will have to be removed to get at the troublesome area. This is not the idle scenario to face with torrents of water rushing out into the hallway. 

If you don’t want to reenact your favourite scene from The Shining then may we recommend that when you decide to update your bathroom, you opt to replace the old tub with a shiny new one. The cost is only a marginal difference and a full replacement can often be completed in one day. Not only will a new tub or shower offer you the full suite of choices for customization of style and sizing, but we will get to take a look at the structures underneath. 

During a tub replacement we can inspect plumbing & the surround floor & walls for existing or potential issues.

Approaching Problems, Hidden Costs

When we pull out an old tub you truly never know what you are going to find. Thankfully most times all is well. However just about anything could be waiting underneath. Rotten floorboards, corroded copper pipes, busted flanges, improper repairs from the previous owners just barely hanging on, it’s a grab bag of potential issues under there.

But when we get to see underneath we know we aren’t going to find anything that we can’t handle. We know bathrooms floor to ceiling, so whatever the problem we’ve got the solution. With the old tub removed it’s the best time to check for issues that might arise down the road. No point in having a custom liner installed over a tub that falls through the floor a month later because you didn't know that over the years a small leak had rotted the floorboards.

Don't get caught with an unexpected, costly repair. 
Catch problems before they happen.

If you are thinking about a new tub or shower please don’t hesitate to book an in-home assessment with us. It’s no cost to you and you won’t be pressured to buy. But you will get our expert opinion on the state of your bathroom.

If you want to know more, grab a copy of the Bathroom Renovation Guide. It’s a free eBook that has everything you need to know about bathroom renovations before you get started.

Let’s make your bath beautiful together.

Full Size Bathtubs Pose a Safety Concern for Homeowners with Mobility Issues in Nova Scotia


For a homeowner with mobility issues stepping over the side of a bathtub can pose a serious concern. The threat of slipping or falling while unbalanced is a real fear, especially if they are the only ones at home.

Homeowners facing this situation generally no longer use their tub for baths. They may use an antiskid mat or stool inside the tub to provide more safety while washing.

It’s becoming extremely popular for homes to renovate their shower and bath area to accommodate those with mobility issues. People suffering from mobility issues have an increased sense of security when they no longer need to step over an 18”-24” tub wall.

Nova Scotia Bathroom renovation specialist, Beautiful Baths, has seen a big spike in accessibility bathroom renovations in the past few years, and not just for the elderly. Many are for those that have mobility issues whether it be from injury, back troubles or arthritis.

bathrooom accessibility renovation

Popular Accessibility Renovation Options

Most tubs in Nova Scotia homes are 5’ in length. Removing the old tube and replacing it with a walk-in shower base is the most popular accessibility renovation.

The barrier someone with mobility issues is required to get over and into the shower area can be as little as 1”. Far easier to get in and out of on your own when compared with a traditional bathtub.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Swapping your old tub for an accessible shower fitting is a quick renovation to create an accessible shower area. The height of the barrier to get into and out of the shower can be as low as 1″ or less.

accessible shower liner renovation

Grab bars and benches are popular additions for increased comfort and security. Grab bars are installed directly into the studs ensuring they are secure and can handle any accidental slips or falls that could occur.

Handheld showers are a popular option as they can be used standing up or sitting down.

Popular add-ons for accessible renovations:

  • Wall mounted grab bars
  • Handheld shower heads
  • Wall affixed benches or stools
  • Customized shelving systems

Don’t Sacrifice Style for Accessibility

While the home may be getting rid of the bathtub, it doesn’t have to give up on style. There are a variety of wall materials such as textured acrylic or ceramic tile to choose from, and the shower and faucet hardware can be selected to suit the style of the rest of the bathroom.

Costs & Timeframe for an Accessibility Renovation

Cost of an accessibility renovation ranges from $3500 and up. The cost is greatly determined by the materials you would like used when your old tub is removed and replaced. For example, acrylic walls take less time and are less expensive than ceramic tile.

Beautiful Baths offers risk-free in-home consultations to explain your options and design a customized quote for the home.

The time it takes to complete your renovation can be as little as just one day, even removing your old bathtub and walls.

Complimentary In-Home Consultation and EstimateBeautiful Baths offers risk-free in-home consultations to explain your options and design a customized quote for your home. Give us a call today at 902-434-8088 or submit the form here to book a time.

A Before & After Look At A Halifax Bathroom Renovation

Here is a recent renovation we did of an ensuite bathroom. Our client's main concerns were the old dated bathtub and surround, the toilet that had succumbed to hard water stains, and the worn countertop and sink.

This job took about a day and a half from tear out to clean up. This included a full replacement of the wet area and installation of new fixtures and counters. Let’s take a look at each of these areas and see how they looked before and after.

Bathtub & Surround (Before)

The old bathtub and surround were functional, but left a certain something to be desired. The tub itself was in decent condition but was fairly shallow and not the relaxing sanctuary to melt away your troubles that it should be. Matching the substance without style found in the tub, are the faucet and handle. Both in full working order but lacking that visual appeal.

The surround showed its age the most in the patterned tile with the unmistakable floral emblems. A remnant of the 1990’s and a stark reminder of the style atrocities that occurred at the end of the 20th century. Less charming is the mould growth on the grout and caulking, this is nearly inevitable in such a humid environment and difficult to remove once it has taken hold. 

Bathtub & Surround 

Shallow tub

Grout & caulking moulded

Sink & Countertop (Before)

The existing sink and countertop were both suffering heavily from wear and discolouration. These are common issues that eventually befall laminate and porcelain alike. Here we can see mild rusting of the drain and the seal around the sink.

We did find that the faucet assembly was a recent addition and was going to be to reinstalled in the new sink. 

Sink & Countertop

Worn & Discoloured

Rusting around the drain

Toilet (Before)

The toilet was the biggest point of contention in the bathroom. It had suffered from years of hard water, resulting in the unsightly staining we can see here. Once the inner surface of the toilet has degraded to this state, most times the only solution is replacement. 


Stubborn hard water stains

Bathtub & Surround (After)

You would be hard-pressed to know this was the same space had it not been laid out for you. With a complete replacement, we can see a stunning transformation of the tub and surround. The new bathtub is significantly deeper, with a slight slope to the back to allow you to sink fully into relaxation without sacrificing space. Also, you can see the ledges set in the sides of the tub that allow you to rest your arms without having to remove them from the water.

The new surround benefits from a groutless acrylic surface that gives you the same clean appearance of white subway tile without the hassle and extended drying time that comes with installing ceramic tile. The built-in shelving gives you a place to store bath products that isn’t the ledge of the tub. An often overlooked benefit of this is that water can become trapped along the edge, creating an opportune spot for mould to grow.

The new faucet is a lovely oiled bronze, the same as the existing sink faucet. Creating a sense of cohesion that pulls the overall feel of the bathroom together into a welcoming retreat rather than the utilitarian necessity it was.   

Bathtub & Surround 

Deep soaker tub

Groutless acrylic surround 

Sink & Countertop (After)

The faucet assembly feels much more in line with the elegance brought by the new marble-esque countertop and polished touch the squared backsplash adds. The real star though is the drop-in

sink. In addition to creating a beautiful smooth appearance, this feature makes cleaning the countertop so easy. No more worrying about build up on the seal between the sink and countertop. 

Sink & Counter 

Deep soaker tub

Groutless acrylic surround 

Toilet (After)

A fresh new toilet is always a welcome addition to any bathroom, and this one is certainly no exception. Aside from the obvious bright, clean look this toilet totes a few extra features. The dual flush handle allows for water conservation, and the soft close lid prevents any chance of the lid or bowl becoming damaged from slamming shut.

Most interestingly the lip and seat section attaches to the back of the bowl with a set of quick release clips that pop in and out easily for cleaning.   


Seat & lid unclip for easy cleaning

Dual flush control

If you would like to see a transformation like this in your own bathroom, please book an in-home estimate so we can discuss what we can do for you.

No matter what the current state of your bathroom is, or what your renovation budget might be we will work together to find a solution to make your bath beautiful again. 

3 Ways To Beautify Your Drab Halifax Bathroom

At Beautiful Baths we believe that every bathroom is beautiful.

But we know that there can be a lot of pressure for homeowners to have a bathroom that conforms to “conventional beauty standards”. So if you want your bathroom to look and feel as beautiful as you know it is, we can help.

There’s lots of options available to you to bring out your bathroom’s inner beauty. Let’s take a closer look at the three main types of renovations that we can do for your tub or shower, and surround, what we can “the wet area”.The type of renovation that will be best for the wet area of your bathroom depends on what sort of changes you would like to see.


Refinishing, resurfacing, or reglazing are all names for a quick and easy process that can return a damaged, or dingy tub to a condition just like new. We use a technique developed by tub refinishing innovators, Kott Koatings, that is free of harmful chemicals or acid etching. Make sure that if you choose to refinish your tub that your contractor does not use these sorts of substances as many have been found to be carcinogenic(cancer causing).

Refinishing can be applied to area part of the wet area, tub, shower, surround, tile, or even sinks. So if you are happy with the overall shape and style of the wet area, but perhaps it isn’t in the best condition due to hard water stains or a damaged surface, or maybe the old colour isn’t jiving with your new modern aesthetic, you might consider refinishing to give it an updated look and feel.

Refinishing is also a great way to freshen up your bathroom on a budget. Take a look at some of our refinishing projects in our gallery.

Refinishing Key Points?

Most economical option

Shape and style cannot be changed

Acrylic Liners

This is a more well known option to most of us, but if you are unfamiliar the idea is simple. A new acrylic liner, and sometimes surround is custom made to fit the dimensions of the existing tub and fitted right overtop.  

We’ve all seen it offered by most bathroom contractors, and it’s easy to see why. What could be easier than slipping a brand new beautiful tub over that old unflattering set up? Well it certainly is an easy solution to get a new tub quickly with installation in just one day.

Our acrylic liners are custom made to fit perfectly over the existing wet area, and come with a lifetime warranty. Our liners can be made in many different colours and a variety of styles. However with an acrylic liner you will not be able to gain any depth, as you are limited to the exact dimensions of your current bathtub.

So if you want the feel of a luxurious soaker tub, or maybe you are looking for something more accessible, you aren’t out of luck just yet.   

Acrylic Liner Key Points

Custom made to fit your existing tub or shower

Shape and style cannot be changed


This is our most requested renovation as it allows the most flexibility as to what can be achieved for the look, and function of your bathroom. When we replace the wet area of your bathroom, we remove everything and rebuild from the ground up with your vision in mind. So whatever you want to have in your new bathroom we will work with you to bring that dream to life.

If you are looking to have a larger deeper tub, because we know there’s nothing quite like lighting some candles, pouring a little wine (or a lot, we’re not here to judge) and taking a nice, long hot soak with some essential oils, and epsom salt, to ease the stress and tension of a long day. If that sounds like your kind of night, we’ve got you covered.

Maybe you aren’t the type for baths, thats okay. We can remove that old tub and replace it with a brand new shower, whether it’s a stall style to maximize space in a small bathroom or you want a spacious shower with a rainfall head, and body sprayers to take your shower experience  to the next level, we can do it all.

Replacement Key Points

Full range of customisation options

Catch potential problems before they happen

Typically a slightly higher cost than a liner

A growing concern for many homeowners is accessibility in the bathroom. If you or any members of the household have, or are developing mobility restrictions we can redesign your bathroom with ease of use in mind. We have a number of showers that have lower barrier or even barrier free entry. We can also fit the new wet area with ease of use accessories such as benches, or grab bar that are attached directly to the wall studs for added safety and security.  

This has a number of benefits aside from allowing you to get exactly the bathroom you’ve been dreaming of. When we remove the existing wet area we can inspect the condition of the surrounding walls and flooring for potential damage and replace if necessary. Most importantly though this allows us to evaluate the plumbing for leaks have happened, or might be on the horizon. This is particularly important for older homes.

When compared to installing an acrylic liner, it is only a small increase in cost to completely replace the wet area and can most often be completed in one day as well, but the true value lies in the peace of mind knowing that you aren’t sitting on top of a possibly very expensive issue underneath the tub that would require a full replacement after all.

In the end, the option that leaves you satisfied and loving your new bathroom is the one that's right for you. But if you aren’t sure we would love to give you a complimentary in home estimate, where we can go through your options together, or grab a copy of the Consumer's Guide To Bathroom Renovations a wonderful resource where can learn more about these types of renovations.

How Much Does a Bathroom Renovation Project Cost in Halifax?

If you are like most homeowners you probably have a lot of questions when it comes to bathroom renovations, and cost is likely at the forefront. Unfortunately there is no short, or easy answer.

There is a multitude of factors that must be taken into consideration when you think about renovating your bathroom. Depending on what you feel needs updating or replacing in your bathroom, your costs could run from hundreds of dollars, up to several thousand.  

Refinishing and Acrylic Liners

For instance, maybe you have a beautiful jacuzzi  tub that you adore but the dusty rose colour just doesn’t match your modern subway tile backsplash. You don’t need to abandon it just yet, you could simply fit an acrylic liner over the existing tub giving you a fresh new feel with a modern look.

Alternatively, you could breathe new life into that old tub through a process of refinishing the surface using a time proven method by Kott Koatings, free from any carcinogens or harmful chemicals.

The cost of an acrylic liner and tub surround starts around $3,000 and increases depending on the style and design of walls and shelving you’d like installed. To refinish your current tub the cost starts around $600.

Average Cost Of Common Renovations

Refinishing $600 +

Acrylic Liners $3,000 +

Replacement $3,000 +


Perhaps your entire bathroom is hanging on to the era of feathered hair, or bell-bottoms and you however, are ready for an updated look. We can replace tubs, toilets, faucets, vanities, anything and everything you need to update your bathroom’s style to match your own.

While both refinishing and acrylic liners  save you time and money as opposed to replacement,tub and surround replacement is still the most popular option for our customers as it allows us to see exactly what is happening below the surface.

 When we install a new tub for you we remove the old tub and surround, including the old drywall, and drain assembly. This lets us see if there have been any leaks, or if there has been any other damage that will require our attention. This option provides you with the longest lasting results, and is the only option that is sure to address underlying issues.

Key Benefits Of Replacement

Allows for full suite of customisation options 

Catch hidden problems before they happen

Cost is only a small increase compared to liners

The cost to remove your old tub and surround then replace it with a new tub and surround starts around $3,000 and goes up depending on the style of tub, type of surround (acrylic, tile, stone) and any accessories you choose.

When it comes to your bathroom, you have a lot to think about. Are you looking for a quiet sanctuary? Are you always on the go and just want a quick stop to freshen up? What’s your budget? Do you have small children, or anyone for whom accessibility would be a concern for in the home? These are all important questions to keep in mind when you are thinking about renovating your bathroom.

At Beautiful Baths we specialise in bathrooms, and we’d love to discuss your options with you during a free in home estimate.  To book now call the number above or submit the form on this page and we’ll arrange a time that works for you.

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Master ensuite 2015 design trends

Remodelled bathrooms add real value to a home so discerning home owners are creating spaces that reflect their personal style, add some unique charm and fit their lifestyles . Ten design trends we are seeing for 2015 are :
1. Larger Master suites : If you’re going to have all the items a luxury bathroom entails, you definitely need the space. Features such as a free standing tub, separate shower with recessed lighting , rainfall shower head, wall jets and a custom bench.Plus a beautiful custom vanity with dual sinks, stunning countertop, custom storage solutions, natural lighting , chandeliers and matching faucets are all important. Many people want their bathrooms to be a place of peace and relaxation with luxurious surroundings. A large tub could potentially mean romantic baths or luxurious alone time to soak away the days stress. Two sinks can mean you and your partner each have your own space and can get ready at the same time.
2. New porcelain tile : Harder than ceramic ,Porcelain tile is a popular choice for bathroom floors. Porcelain is easier to clean, a denser, more porous, harder option that offers greater stain and water resistance than ceramic tile. It also hold up to a lot of foot traffic so will last for years. Also, it’s suitable for radiant in-floor heat to keep feet toasty on cool mornings. Porcelain also offers unmatched design versatility. Tiles can mimic natural stone varieties, such as granite and limestone.
3. Walk in showers :A stand alone shower no longer means a glass door on a track. Now it means a frameless, doorless shower, sometimes called a wet room that can showcases tile work and can accommodate an elaborate, spa-like shower system.A lot more people are requesting European themed showers they can walk right into. Also a great option later on if mobility issues surface.
4. Infloor heating: For added luxury, installing in floor radiant heat keeps your bathroom warm and it feels wonderful on your feet on a cold am.
5. Multiple shower heads: This is the next best thing to actually being in the rainforest . Set into the ceiling, the 24-by-19-inch huge rain shower head drizzles and sprays like natural rainfall. Choose from a deluge spray that forms a curtain of water around you or a central spray that pours down and soaks you entirely and jets that spray water from the sides to massage your back.
6.Free standing bathtubs:Freestanding bathtubs are all the rage in home design right now.They are simply elegant and styling making them the focal point and centrepiece of a luxurious bathroom.
7.Custom vanities: Many discerning homeowners like to personalize their bathroom with specially designed custom bathroom cabinets. to both impress visitors and to walk into their space and feel relaxed .
8.Quartz counter tops: Quartz counter top surfaces are practical, durable and attractive. Quartz is perfect for a bathroom countertop or back splash. With its huge range of colours and finishes, Quartz gives you the freedom to create your perfect space.
9. Frameless hinged shower doors :The unique and sophisticated curved silhouette gives this door an attractive European flair.
10. Glass shower enclosures: A unique high end frameless shower enclosure will enhance the appearance of any bathroom and add to the beauty and value of your home.

Really. Who decorates their bathroom for Christmas?

It’s the most used room in your home.What about your guest ? Why not spread a little

Christmas spirit?

The  best thing about decorating your bathroom for Christmas is that it’s so easy to

Make a huge impact  and have fun with little effort. Just add festive towels, festive shower

Curtains, add seasonable pictures, candles , pepperment scented soaps  and bath mats.

One can even purchase festive toilet tissueand decorative garbage cans and. tissue holders.

A dream bathroom vrs reality

There’s often a division between the bathroom of your dreams and the reality of what you presently have ,but it doesn’t have to remain that way. With a little imagination and a few creative basics, you can achieve the look you want at an affordable price, easier than you might think.
In design , there is never just one way to do things, there’s only the way that’s right for you.Finding it isn’t hard.Just trust your tastes and follow your instincts.Be creative in our choices of the little things ,and keep in mind that it doesn’t  take much to make a dramatic change in a bathroom. From the smallest powder room to the largest ensuite , every space offers individual opportunities for style.Updating a bathroom is as much a process of planning as of decorating.The fact hat your space maybe limited can be an advantage because it means that even the smallest details will go a long way.

Don’t trust the under the table bathroom renovator

Always trust a professional to do your bathroom renovation.At Beautiful baths our Installers are often called to  rescue customers who have fallen victim to an underground contractor. In this terrible situation,the so -called  installers (usually doing business from their trucks with a cel phone , without credentials  or a business address  provide their services on a cash-only, no-paperwork basis. While the initial price may seem like a bargain, the stress and additional expenses of a poorly installed job far outweigh any apparent savings.

Paying strictly in cash with no written agreement can pose a number of significant risks to homeowners. According to a recent report prepared for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), these include:The contractor may charge fees for work the homeowner didn’t agree to.
The homeowner has no means to back up his/her claims in court should a dispute arise after the work is completed.
The contractor may not be insured properly, which means his insurance policy might not cover damage to the home – or that of a neighbor.
The contractor may not follow building codes or municipal regulations.
The homeowner will be responsible for paying any additional costs necessary to bring the equipment installation up to the correct standards.
If there is an injury on the job, the homeowner could be held personally liable for medical or rehabilitation costs.

According to OHBA policy and communications manager Norma Kimmins in the Hamilton Spectator, January 18, 2011, “The consequences of paying cash under-the-table can be dire for homeowners. Consumers often do not have any legal recourse and could be subject to significant liability if an accident happens within the home. Illegal renovations introduce health and safety risks to construction workers and the homeowners who hire them.”


There are two common reasons why some BATHROOM RENOVATION projects get “out of control”:
•Many home owners accept a BATHROOM RENOVATORS estimate without checking out the BATHROOM RENOVATORS “track record” first. This process involves a few simple steps to determine if the BATHROOM RENOVATOR has both the skills and experience needed and a history of satisfied customers. Making sure that a BATHROOM RENOVATOR r consistently delivers professional results to customers is the best way to avoid hiring someone who “seems like a nice guy” but turns out to be the wrong person for the job. Contact the BBB and ask for references from previously satisfied customers.
BEAUTIFUL-BATHS has a A+ rating and all our BATHROOM INSTALLERS are factory trained.

• Often home owners, hoping to save money, hire non-professionals or a local handy man who offers to do the work without a contract, at a lower price, or to “forget the HST” if paid in cash. Not surprisingly, individuals who operate this way frequently short change customers by delivering shoddy or incomplete work and no warranty. And without a written contract, there’s not much the home owners can do about it. Get everything in writing for your protection and to eliminate miscommunication on the scope of the work to be done.
Avoiding these two mistakes will help you find the right BATHROOM RENOVATOR for your job.

What are Client's are Saying...

“extremely pleasant, punctual, knowledgeable, hard working and made us feel quite at ease with what could have been a stressful project” …

M Heard, Dartmouth, (new tub, walls, flooring,etc)

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