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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.

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.

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.

 

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.   

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.

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.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 are 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

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 any 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.

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 over top.

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 setup? 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.

Replacement

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, that’s 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.

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 a 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 bars 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 any leaks that may 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.

 

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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.

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.

Revitalizing an outdated bathroom on a limited budget

A bathroom is one of the places in your home that you can update and be guaranteed a good return on the money you spent. A bathroom remodel is the second most desired upgrades that home buyers look for. You will increase your home’s equity by following some simple steps to renovate a bathroom inexpensively.

Draw out a plan or dream for your bathroom that will best suit your needs.

1. You can save money by completing most of the work yourself. The largest amount of money people spend goes towards labour more than materials. If you can do the work yourself, you would be amazed at how much money you would save. If you are not a handy person, know when to hire. Knowing how to avoid the pipes and electrical wiring when demolishing your bathroom is important to avoid accidents and damages that could add to the cost later. Also, if you do not know how to measure accurately for things to fit properly , do not want all the leg work of shopping around for needed supplies, do not know how to do the plumbing and electrical, hire an expert. You may pay but you will be sure that the work will be done correctly. You will save more in the long run if you have been diligent in checking out references and the Better Business Bureau. Get everything in writing. Make sure they do not subcontract so you know who you are actually dealing with.

3. If you are doing the job yourself you can buy materials directly and shop around for best prices. Remember if you will be tiling, you must purchase a little bit of extra tiles for future repairs, especially if you are buying styles that could be discontinued someday. Discontinued tiles are priced lower since they will no longer be available; just make sure to buy an extra box or two for future needs.

4. Paint your bathroom walls a neutral color, add some accessories such as white fluffy towels, change out cabinetry knobs, towel racks ect; Re-use existing cabinets, toilets, bathtubs and shower doors if they are still in good condition. You can refurbish or refinish them to make them look good again. Do not buy a new mirror if your existing one still works, you can frame it to make it look attractive.

5. Go to yard sales, check out road side Spring clean up events, check online deals through e-bay or Kijiji websites to locate pieces that you can use for your bathroom renovation. For example, claw foot tubs are inexpensive when you buy them at yard sales as opposed to going to antique dealers or to a store that has already restored them. You can also use an old dresser or chest of drawers that you can turn into a sink by drilling holes for your fixtures and plumbing. They would look better than those manufactured cabinets you see at home improvement stores.

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