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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. 

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. 

Toilet


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.   

Toilet


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

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

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, 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.

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.

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.

Creating a Bathroom Spa Oasis

Why are spa bathrooms so popular today?

The lives we lead are busy and stressful at times so we have a greater need to unwind and relax in order to rejuvenate our minds and bodies. While there is a percentage of the population who would head to their local spa, many more frugal homeowners are now opting to save money and create their very own bath retreat in the comfort of their own home.

Beautiful baths offer unique Hydrotheraputic Tubs and Shower Spas and bathroom remodeling products that are destined to turn your bathroom into a personal place to relax, remove stress, and simply enjoy! With a Beautiful Baths One-Day Bathroom Remodel, you can bask in the privacy of your own home in a most practical, affordable way.

You can create a retreat right in your own home simply by adding some wonderfully indulgent, yet inexpensive, acrylic bath and shower replacements. Then, add splashes of color and decorative accents to soothe your mood. Why complete a major renovation of your bathroom to make it into a spa when you can simply update a few things in your existing bathroom in as little as one day?

Eco-friendly, inexpensive updates for your bathroom.

Whether you’re planning to splurge on a full-blown bathroom renovation or you just want a quick fix to liven things up, here are 25 ways to update your bathroom that will instantly refresh a much-used space.
1. Redecorate and update the bathroom with a clear vision. Pick a theme and stick with it.

2. Ornate moulding and panelling, or a Baroque-inspired accent like a large mirror with a detailed frame, is a stylish way to update a contemporary bathroom.

3. Update your bathroom accessories by investing in a new and matching bathroom set.

4. A new bath mat and towels are an excellent, budget-friendly way to reinvigorate the washroom.

5. Peel-and-stick wall decals are making it easier to add interest to blank spaces. Pair graphic walls with ultramodern fixtures for an easy update to the bathroom.

6. A fresh coat of paint or a new, interesting wallpaper instantly rejuvenates walls.

7. Hide unsightly cleaning products and accessories by hanging a convenient over-the-door carry-all on the inside of cabinet doors for extra storage.

8. Use colourful or printed towels for bathrooms with a neutral decor or neutral coloured or white towels for a bold, graphic decor.

9. A new shower curtain and rings is an easy (and inexpensive) way to update your bathroom’s decor.

10. Pretty wallpaper samples sprayed with your favourite perfume make refreshing, personalized scented drawer liners.

11. Add artwork, like a photo of a beautiful beach taken on a recent vacation or a cheap black and white print, to liven up empty walls.

12. Give your shower stall a fresh feeling by cleaning the tile with grout cleaner.

13. Add personality to your cabinets with new hardware like pretty door knobs.

14. Paint the bathroom ceilings a lighter colour than the walls. Consider pale blue, silvery green or buttery yellow to achieve an open and airy effect.

15. Install tilted mirrors, which can be used by people of all heights.

16. Scented candles will create a nice ambiance and provide a fresh scent. Just be careful not to leave them burning unattended.

17. Opt for a floating vanity, which will create the illusion of space in a small bathroom.

18. Consider using antibacterial tile that will kill nasty bathroom bacteria when it is exposed to sunlight or artificial UVA light.

19. Get a luxurious look using dark finished gold bathroom fixtures, like faucets.

20. Clear clutter from the corners of your tub and shower stall by hanging a functional shower caddy.

21. Switch to a low-litres-per-flush toilet that, over the course of a year, can save thousands of litres of water in your household.

22. Consider updating the counters with a subtle, upscale and innovative laminate.

23. Install extra display and storage space by putting a shelf above the toilet; it’s the perfect home for fresh, crisply folded towels.

24. Organizing is one of the best ways to update your bathroom. Throw away old cosmetics and medicines and store items that might be hanging around on the back of the toilet or on the countertop like toilet paper rolls, hair brushes, etc.

25. Update your showerhead with a new multiple-shower or rain-shower spray. These reduce water consumption and provide a well-pressurized shower.

Source: Marissa Liu

What are Client's are Saying...

we’re more than pleased with installation..beyond expectations

C Geddes, Halifax, Nov, 2008 (walk in tub & walls & faucets)

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