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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 top of your list. 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, to upwards of several thousand.

Refinishing and Acrylic Liners

For instance, maybe you have a beautiful soaker 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.

 Refinishing $600 and up
 Acrylic Liner  $3000 and up
 Full Tub and Surround Replacement $3000 and up

Replacement

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.

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.

What’s the best option?

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 specialize 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.

Let’s make your bathroom beautiful again.

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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.”

HIRING THE BEST CONTRACTOR FOR THE JOB

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.

WET ROOM

What is a Wet room?
Wet Rooms are waterproofed bathroom rooms typically equipped with a walk in shower. The wet room itself becomes the shower enclosure, with a shower drain inset into a gently sloped floor in place of a usual shower base. This means that wet rooms have to be fully waterproofed to prevent leaks so this may not be a DIY install. It would be best to have a professional company like Beautiful-baths to do the job for peace of mind and a warranty.
Wet rooms are very practical for people with mobility issues as they eliminate the need to step up into a shower cubicle and over a sometimes steep threshold. They are also considered to be very stylish and so if you want to create a cool, modern look in your bathroom, they could be a good option to consider because there are plenty of design options available.
Another reason wet rooms are popular is because they can help you to save space if you only have a small bathroom. They mean that you don’t need to have a shower cubicle, which can constrict movement in a small room, and you don’t need a bathtub if you don’t want to. Wet room can also be handy for bathing pets which some home owners with dogs like.

MY TOP TEN BATHROOM STAGING TIPS

 

 

 

Top Ten Bathroom Staging Tips
Bathrooms are equal with kitchens in terms of selling a home. They’ve become more than just places to bathe, they’re seen as a retreat for relaxation similar to ones at luxurious hotels or spas.
Bathrooms are often viewed by a prospective home buyer as being expensive rooms to renovate. If they don’t see a appealing bathroom then they will automatically see dollar signs to update it that will come off their offer price or else it can stop them from putting in an offer! For these reasons it is very important to pay attention to your bathroom when your home is up for sale.
Here are my tips on staging your bathroom for the market
1. Clean from top to bottom!
No one likes the idea of bathing in someone Else’s dirt. The bathroom is a high moisture area where germs thrive if not cleaned regularly. When staging your bathroom get out the cleaning gloves and clean every surface from top to bottom. Scrub down those bathroom tiles, wash or change out shower curtains. Once you’ve finished cleaning, keep it clean.
2. Carpets, Toilet Mats :
Carpets may be soft under foot but they hold onto moisture and odors and simply do not belong in a bathroom . Replace carpet with tiles or vinyl flooring. Remove those fuzzy toilet seat covers, tank covers and contoured mats in front of the toilet as they are considered germ traps and old-fashioned.
3. FLOOD THE BATHROOM WITH LIGHT:
If you have a window to your bathroom, clean it thoroughly, pull back the curtains or raise the blind too allow maximum light in .If you have a window over your bathtub area consider having beautiful-baths install a beautiful easy to clean bathroom vinyl shutter.
4. Clear Clutter and DE-personalize :
Remove all personal care items .No one wants to see your razor and soap. Leaving stuff on show distracts buyers as they start to see your lifestyle and not the bathroom.
5. Bathroom Tile & Grout
If the tiles are in good condition and the color works then give them a thorough scrub,. If not contact a company like beautiful-baths to refinish them in a nice glossy white glaze. If the grout is in good condition but discolored then use good old bleach & a tooth brush to bring the whiteness back (wear protective goggles & gloves) .If the grout has cracked and fallen out, pay a company like beautiful-baths to re-tile or re-grout, it will make the tiles look good as new.
6. Mold, Mildew & Mustiness
There is nothing worse than walking into a bathroom that has a musty smell to greet you and small patches of ceiling mold , a mildew bathmat or shower curtain .. If you’ve got mold, investigate by – checking that your ceiling fan is working properly. If you do not have one call a company like beautiful-baths to install one for you and to investigate band leaks and repair them then repaint (use a mold inhibiting paint). Mildew items like bathmats, old flannels, stained shower curtains & face cloths or damp mops and cleaning items should be tossed in the garbage and replaced.
7. Faucets , tub spouts and Shower Heads:
These are prone to scale ,rust and soap scum build up that looks unattractive. Use a quality De-scaler like CLR and bring the shine back to those chrome or metal finishes. Shower heads collect grime over the years so remove them from their fittings and clean them. Use an old toothbrush to really get into the nooks & crannies. If fittings are beyond cleaning, perhaps the metal has worn away, then consider calling a bathroom company like beautiful-baths to install new Moen pressure balanced faucets.
8.Misc fixtures:
As always finish off any maintenance that you have left such as refitting the broken shower curtain, bathroom light fixtures, bathroom towel bars , shelves etc. touch up baseboards. Buyers will see unfinished touches and knock hundreds off the asking price as a result.
9. Attractive Accessories & Smells:

After you have depersonalized your bathroom invest in some attractive bath oils, colorful scented soaps, and candles that will infuse the air with a clean smell. Purchase a fluffy set of towels that work with your color scheme. Add some bathroom loving plants that are appropriate to the space you have. In larger bathrooms palms can work well, in smaller bathrooms a small plant will work better..
10. Keep It Clean & Tidy: Continue reading

SPRING BATHROOM RENOVATION

Have you like me, been experiencing the winter blahs? Well, spring has officially sprung and we all know what that means – time for our annual spring cleaning. Along with the usual spring cleaning tasks, many homeowners have the responsibility of updating and repairing things around their homes.
As more and more homeowners choose to stay at their current residence rather than purchase a new home, many are looking at various home improvement projects to improve the efficiency of their home as well aesthetics to protect their investment. One of the most visited rooms in a home is the bathroom.
A bathroom renovation is reported to provide the highest return on your investment and with spring around the corner, it is the ideal time to revitalize the look of your bathroom before the summer heat hits and visitors come knocking.
Being motivated to a complete a bathroom remodelling project when it’s so beautiful outside can be a challenge especially when all you really want to do is spend time with friends and family doing the things you love to do after such a drab winter.
Let the bathroom specialists at Beautiful baths remodelling eliminate that burden and help make your bathroom remodelling project a stress free and easy one. We can offer many solutions for your budget and best of all, you can trust beautiful baths to do all the work efficiently and professionally while you are out enjoying Spring with loved ones.
To begin the process simply contact Beautiful baths for a free in home estimate .Our professional bathroom consultants will visit and help you create the bathroom of your dreams on your budget.

HOME SHOWS ARE A GREAT PLACE FOR BATHROOM REMODELING IDEAS.

I love Home shows, I especially love the  ones held in March because  it makes me think Spring is on its way.
I enjoy  seeing and visiting all those different booths filled with professional exhibitors offering all the latest products to help give me ideas of what I can do within my home and of course my limited budget.
Visiting a home show is really a fantastic idea place to visit before you move forward in any bathroom remodeling. It is filled with knowledgeable professionals in all areas of home remodeling and bathroom renovation.
In regards to bathroom remodeling, you be able to see the newest shapes in bathroom basins, designer faucets that make a statement, tiles you’ve only dreamed of and loads of new eco -friendly bathroom products and ideas to save you water and energy.

So go ahead plan your perfect bathroom at the Show. There’s no better place to compare the best products on the market and take advantage of great show specials.The Ideal Home show is coming to the Halifax, Forum March 2-4th . Yours truly will be there so pop by my beautiful baths booth to say hello and let me help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

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