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4 Reasons to Consider a Walk-in Shower Without Doors

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4 Reasons to Consider a Walk-in Shower Without Doors


A walk-in shower without doors is the latest feature in luxury bathroom design. These custom designed showers are great for universal design, require minimal maintenance, and can make your bathroom look and feel larger.

walk-in shower without doors

Sometimes referred to as Roman showers, the walk-in shower without doors resemble those early, unenclosed spaces in the middle of the city squares that Roman’s bathed in.

If you’ve been considering installing a walk-in shower without doors in your bathroom read this post to decide if it’s right for you.

 

1) Unique Shower Design

 

A main advantage of a walk-in shower without a door is their one-of-a-kind design, creating a truly unique space that will be the envy of all your friends. These lavish and luxurious showers can be designed to fit in any space, whether in a corner, taking the place of a large garden tub, or even in small bathrooms.

showers without doors

Most people would think their smaller bathroom couldn’t accommodate a walk-in shower without a door but we’ve been able to install many walk-in showers in smaller bathrooms because of our creativity, ingenuity, and experience.

While any showerhead will work within a walk-in shower without a door, it is recommended to use an overhead mounted showerhead, commonly known as a rainfall showerhead to minimize splashing. A wall-mounted shower head should be placed at least 5 feet from the shower opening to prevent splashing.  You can also install a handheld, personal shower head to make it easy to clean the shower.

 

2)Perfect for Universal Design

 

 Universal Design is the practice in which environments are designed that are inherently accessible to older people and people of all ages with or without disabilities.

walk-in shower without doors

Walk-in showers come in three entry varieties, or entry levels:

  • level entry (a seamless transition between the floor and the shower)
  • no threshold (no barrier to walk over)  
  • low threshold (a small barrier to walk over no more than 3” in height)

 

This allows homeowners to choose the entry design that is right for them and their needs.

These showers are designed with a gentle slope towards the drain to contain all the water within the shower area. Tile shower bases and precast shower bases are considered slip-resistant however if you are concerned about additional safety you can always add slip-resistant adhesive strips to the floor or the base.

 

3)Cleaning and Maintenance


The biggest challenge with any shower or bathtub surround is cleaning. A walk-in shower without doors fixes this problem. By removing the door, you are eliminating 50% of the cleaning.

walk-in shower without doors

However if you choose to design a walk-in shower with glass you will still have to squeegee the glass, however coatings can be applied to the glass to reduce water spotting and keep the glass cleaner longer.

 

4) Visual Space

 

Shower doors break up space and can make your bathroom appear smaller. Removing the shower door will create more visual space which makes your bathroom appear larger. In an entry-level design use the same tile on the floor as the shower base to give it a seamless look.

walk-in shower without doors

Think your bathroom is too small for a doorless walk-in shower – take this amazing bathroom above for an example. By installing water-resistant flooring and tile walls, homeowners are able to shower and bathe in the same location within a small space. This design would be perfect for smaller master bathrooms or stylish guest bathrooms.

To find more inspiration on how to incorporate a doorless shower into your home, visit here.

Endless configurations of these unique and spacious walk-in showers are possible and we’d be happy to help you design one to fit within your space. Our experienced design consultants are available to answer any questions you have and would love to visit your home and give you a Free In-Home Consultation and give you a Guaranteed Price on the spot. Give us a call today and we can start designing your new bathroom tomorrow!

 


5 Hottest 2017 Bathroom Trends of the Year

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5 Hottest 2017 Bathroom Trends of the Year


2016 is finally over and with a new year comes new changes to the 2017 bathroom trends in design and composition.  From new colors to smart storage ideas, and even getting a little funky with dimensional tile, we are bringing you the best 2017 has to offer when it comes to designing your bathroom.

1) Colors of the Year: Every year Pantone, the experts in color, create a color matching system to best fit the latest trends and styles of the upcoming year. This year “Greenery” was chosen as the Pantone color of the Year for 2017.

Green is a great way to bring nature into your bathroom, whether through paint, plants, or décor. Its complementary colors combine dark and moody tones including emeralds, ruby, and navy. They also contrast with pastels to be used as accents offsetting the bright whites that never go out of style, or to give a pop of color to neutrals, or to tone down dark colors.

2017 bathroom trends

 

2) Smart Storage: Storage is essential in the bathroom but with the creation of new designs storage is more than just the usual sliding drawers. Some of the most popular creative storage options are long and lean vertical drawers, open storage on the side of cabinetry, drawer dividers, and specifically designed pullouts to fit your space.

Newer medicine cabinets are more decorative and make a statement, combining the necessity of a mirror with the functionality of hidden storage.

2017 bathroom trends

 

3) Organic Elements: Elements from nature such as wood, stone, metal, and ceramic will never go out of style. These classic designs add warmth to any room and mesh perfectly with whites, neutrals, and grays. Most people find that organic elements bring a sense of tranquility to their bathroom and are usually paired with plants.

If budgetary restrictions prohibit you from adding high-end items such as furniture-like vanities, copper tubs, or marble tile don’t fret. With new technologies many products are available that look identical to these must have items but only cost a fraction of the price. 

2017 bathroom trends

4) Farmhouse Décor: With the popularity of HGTV shows like Fixer Upper, farmhouse décor is popping up in stores, design catalogues, and even in the bathroom. Farmhouse décor is an interior design trend that represents the simplicity and beauty of rural living and the simplistic ideas of the past, incorporating freestanding tubs, large basin sinks, rustic ladder towel holders, woven or metal baskets, open storage, exposed beams and an abundance of wood. 

Of course, no farmhouse décor would be complete without shiplap, the inexpensive wooden siding used commonly for exteriors that has been making it’s way into homes the past few years. Shiplap can be seen in the photo above to the right, and is primarily used as a feature wall or to bring texture into the bathroom.

2017 bathroom design trends

 

5) Dimensional Tile: Tile that creates movement and depth are making waves in the bathroom. In the same way wallpaper adds dimension, tile can create an entirely new room. As the same way wallpaper can be bold and overwhelming, same goes with dimensional tile, use this technique for an accent wall, behind a vanity or toilet area. When working within a budget use these tiles as a mirror surround or as a feature strip in the shower.

2017 bathroom trends

If a new bathroom is one of your resolutions give Re-Bath a call! We offer a free, no-commitment in-home design consultation with a guaranteed quote on the spot. We’d love to bring your remodel up to speed with the best 2017 bathroom trends with these or other great elements.


Making a One-of-a-Kind Bathroom

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Re-Bath Remodels: Going the Extra Mile to Make a One-Of-A-Kind Bathroom


Re-Bath believes that every customer is different and strives to create bathrooms that reflect our customer’s personalities. Because of our ability to cater our designs to the needs and style of our customer, we are able to create one-of-a-kind bathrooms that homeowners can’t wait to show off. Our Design Consultants, Installers, and Production Mangers go the extra mile for our customers to guarantee that their bathroom will have the exact look and feel that they’ve envisioned.

This latest Re-Bath Before and After shows the lengths we will go to make sure the customer receives the bathroom of their dreams.
one-of-a-kind bathroom remodeling

The original bathroom was a large rectangular shape, split by an oversized and outdated vanity. A neo-angle gold shower stall sat in the corner and nothing separated the toilet from the rest of the bathroom.

one-of-a-kind bathroom remodeling

Re-Bath’s redesign removed the garden tub and replaced it with an extravagant walk-in shower designed with a zero threshold entry, half glass wall, shower seat, in-the-wall niches, dual showerheads, and a custom tile design.

The homeowner knew she did not want the average tile design having an adversity to straight lines prompting our installer to combine small and large squares to create a one-of-a-kind geometric pattern. Even the feature strip and the tile flooring were installed with a unique pattern in mind.

one-of-a-kind bathroom remodeling

The vanity was replaced with a natural wood grain, quartz top, and square sink bowls. A half-wall was built to separate the toilet from the rest of the bathroom to create privacy. With the addition of shelves, the half wall created extra storage space within the bathroom.
one-of-a-kind bathroom remodeling

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind bathroom design, call us for a Free, No-Commitment, In-Home Consultation today. We offer a multitude of wall systems including our grout-less solid surface DuraBath wall system, natural stone, and custom tile. Our design consultants would love to create a unique bathroom just for you.


Is a Bathtub liner Your Best Option?

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Is a Bathtub Liner Your Best Option?

When beginning the bathroom remodeling process the amount of options may seem overwhelming and it may be hard to determine what is the right fix for your bathroom. One option is a bathtub liner, an one-piece acrylic shell that fits over an existing tub. While these are a cheaper and faster option than a complete remodel, there are very few instances where bath liners are advantageous.

 

cheap-tub-liner

(A one-piece shower/tub liner that fits over existing tub)

 

Pros and Cons of Bathtub Liners

There are many reasons to like the idea of a bathtub liner. They require no permits, can be installed in a day, and create very little noise, debris, or hassle of a demolition.

bathtub liners

(Water Leakage and Improper Installation of a Tub Liner)

 

With these “easy” remodels, there can be some serious problems with bathtub liners. Water leakage is a huge problem with bathtub liners. If a liner is not sealed properly (in most cases means replacing the walls) water can get caught between your liner and your existing tub creating mold, mildew, and create holes in your liner.

 

It’s not just water leakage under your tub that can be an issue, without a complete remodel there is no way to look under or behind your walls to see if any water leakage has already occurred. When Re-Bath remodels your bathroom, we make sure to check for any water damage and replace rotted wood to create a stable and code-approved bathroom.

Another serious issue that can occur with tub liners is that “spongy” feeling you get when you step into your shower. If you’re stepping on uneven or unstable surfaces in your liner, you could be causing cracking or leakage. That’s why it is best to have a tub or shower replacement instead of a liner.

bath liners

(A walk-in shower or tub replacement with Durabath)

Cost of Bathtub Liner vs. Bathroom Remodel

Overall a bathtub liner is comparable to a tub/shower remodel. Most bathtub liners cost around $5,000-$8,000 in the low to mid range while a Durabath shower remodel from Re-Bath costs around $5,500-$8,000 in our low range replacements. This comes with a tub replacement and Durabath surround or a walk-in shower with Durabath surround.

If you’re interested in discussing your options or need more information on bathtub liners, tub replacements, or shower replacements please call our office, we’d be happy to give you a free, no-commitment, Home Consultation with a quote on the spot!


How to Make the Most Out of a Small Shower

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How to Make the Most Out of a Small Shower

Many older homes have small bathrooms and home owners and prospective home buyers are often discouraged by small showers. But, not to worry, Re-Bath has creative ideas for small bathrooms. Our experienced Design Consultants think out of the box to create unique showers that take advantage of small spaces. If you’ve got a small bathroom, here are some ideas to make the most out of a small shower and make it look and feel big.

make the most out of a small shower

A corner shower may be your best option for a tight space. Corner showers offer accessibility in tight spaces where you wouldn’t think a shower would be possible. A corner shower can be installed in a corner as small as 36″ x 36″. And you can install a vanity or a toilet closed to either side of the shower. A glass enclosure makes the shower almost disappear into the corner.

make the most out of a small shower

Tub/shower combinations in small bathrooms offer an opportunity to create a spacious walk-in shower without taking up any more space. Regardless of the size of the tub, a shower can be designed to fit the space. A standard shower base will fit most tub/shower combinations, but custom shower bases are available. A shower with a glass enclosure makes a small bathroom look and feel larger.

make the most out of a small shower

Many master baths were designed with a small bathtub and a small shower leaving the bathroom feeling cramped and unusable. Most soaking or whirlpool tubs are rarely used and the space they take up could be better used. Using the space of the tub and shower to create one large shower is a much better use of space. These days, fewer people take a bath, so replacing the tub with a shower can actually be a plus for the value of the house. A large walk-in shower is much more attractive and usable than a cramped tub and shower.

make the most out of a small shower

Cramped claustrophobic elbow-banging walk-in tile showers are all too common. Using one of these showers is a horror movie in the making. Any horror movies come to mind? Removing a couple of the walls and raising the ceiling will make a world of difference. Taking up no more space, a larger shower can be designed and using a frameless shower enclosure will make the bathroom feel much larger.

No matter how hopeless your bathroom space, Re-Bath can give you creative design options that you may not have considered. We’ve designed over 18,000 bathrooms in the past 20 years. Let us show you how we can design a bathroom that will make you smile every time you walk in the door. Call us today and request your free in-home Design Consultation.


Re-Bath Before and After: A Regal Remodel

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Re-Bath Before and After: A Regal Remodel

Almost every bathroom designed in the late 1990’s has two main components; a garden tub & a tiny shower stall. One of our most popular remodels is removing this design and replacing it with an extra large walk-in shower that generally leaves an unused space in place of the shower stall. This homeowner decided to utilize their space and keep a tub while still upgrading the features in a dramatic before and after remodel.

rebath before and after

Removing the garden tub and wall surround completely opened up the space of this bathroom. Even when installing an oval oversized freestanding tub, this bathroom feels larger and luxurious. An extra special addition to this design was the wainscoting around the walls, which makes the bathroom feel regal and pristine.

outdated bathroom

Before

The shower stall was removed and replaced by a semi-frameless, all glass walk-in shower stall. This stall is a little larger than the original, but the all glass design makes this shower appear more spacious and clean.

rebath before and after

The stone slab walls in “White Calcutta” inside the shower resembles marble, making this bathroom appear luxurious and expensive. The final upgrade for this remodel was removing the dingy, white vinyl flooring and replacing it with a charcoal-colored floor tile, making the crisp whites in this bathroom pop.

rebath before and after

Taking this bathroom to the next level, the homeowners chose a regal blue paint color and added extravagant features such as a chandelier above the bathtub.

If you’re interested in turning your drab bathroom into something fabulous, give Re-Bath a call. Schedule a free, no commitment, in-home consultation today and get a quote to the penny on the spot. We’d love to help you take your drab bathroom to something fabulous!


Quiz: What Color Is Best For Your Bathroom?

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Quiz: What Color Is Best For Your Bathroom?


Choosing the Right Shower Wall Material

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Choosing the Right Shower Wall Material

Choices for shower and tub wall surrounds have grown over the years and with a little research; you can find the right shower wall material that suits you best. Depending on your budget and taste, you can choose from plain and practical to exotic and stunning.

shower wall surrounds

 

Re-Bath offers the three most common types of shower wall surrounds: tile, stone, and the Re-Bath patented DuraBath Wall System.

Here’s How the Top Three Stack Up:

Tile Shower Wall Surrounds:

Tile has been the standard for quite some time because it’s durable, comes in a myriad of colors and styles, and can be arranged in many different ways to create a unique look.

 

Tile is manufactured in ceramic, porcelain, and glass and can be made to resemble wood and stone. Tile is a designers dream come true because of all the possibilities that can be created by using different patterns, colors and textures. There are also many features that can be incorporated to give you a one-of-a-kind design including oversized tile or feature strips.

Oversized Tile Wall Surrounds:
One of the newest styles is oversized tile. These tiles are great for large walk-in showers and come in a variety of sizes ranging from 12×24 inches to as large as 32×32 inches.

shower wall surrounds

 

Feature Strip Shower Wall Surrounds:
Use a feature strips to create a contrast or complementary pop of color.

shower wall surrounds

One of the major cons of tile is upkeep. Spaces between tiles are filled with grout, which must be maintained regularly. Grout stains easily, is hard to clean, and can crack, causing leaks inside the walls. However, if tile is the look you prefer, use a quality grout sealer to reduce maintenance and keep your tile shower clean.

Click here to read more about Re-Bath’s tile options

DuraBath Shower Wall System:

Re-Bath offers their own-patented material called DuraBath. Made from a nonporous polymer that is both mold and mildew resistant, it is so durable it comes with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. DuraBath wall systems are panels, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns resembling stone and tile.

shower wall surrounds

DuraBath is the best option if you want to upgrade a bathroom for aging in place design because it requires little upkeep. By using mild cleaners, DuraBath can keep its original shine and beauty effortlessly.

shower wall surrounds

The only negative to DuraBath is that you cannot incorporate unique designs such as a feature strip. However you can incorporate shelves, in the wall niches, and other shower accessories.

shower wall surrounds

Click here to read more about Re-Bath’s Durabath options

Natural Stone Shower Wall Surrounds:

One of our most desired and attractive offerings, stone makes a profound statement. With a wonderful selection of travertine and marble Re-Bath can design a majestic shower for you.

Re-Bath uses state of the art technology that reinforces each natural stone panel to give it 800% more strength at a fraction of the weight. We adhere the stone to a strong durable backing system, creating large-scale panels with the durability of stone slabs.

shower wall surrounds

The only deterrent of Natural Stone is that it is on the higher end of the price scale and can require more maintenance than tile or DuraBath. Stone must be sealed regularly to maintain its beauty, although newer sealing systems have been created to make this process easier and last longer. Most agree the style and sophistication of natural stone is worth a little extra effort.

Check out our Natural Stone options here


If you need any extra help when it comes to making a decision about which wall surround is right for you, come visit us or give us a call. We offer free, no commitment, design consultation with a guaranteed quote on the spot. We’d love to discuss the pros and cons of each of these options with you and help you determine the right product for you.


7 Ways To Turn Your Bathroom Into a Home Spa

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7 Ways To Turn Your Bathroom Into a Home Spa

 Many people regard their bathroom as a place to escape the pressures of the fast-paced everyday world; an oasis—a peaceful place to be pampered and let the worries of the day dissolve. Creating a relaxing bath is easier and less expensive than you might think. Luckily, you can relax in style and turn your bathroom into a home spa in just a few simple steps. Here are some tips to create an atmosphere of calm and relaxation in your bathroom:

Plush Throw Rugs

A soft cushiony rug underfoot gives warmth and comfort to those tired achy feet. Say goodbye to your cold tile floor!

turn your bathroom into a home spa

Soothing Colors

Color makes or breaks the feel of a room. To achieve a tranquil feel paint your bathroom with soft blues or greens. Neutral colors such as white, gray, or beige will work as well. Vibrant colors energize, which is the opposite of what we want.

turn your bathroom into a home spa

 

Plants or Flowers

Bring nature inside. Plants add a soft texture to the room and have been shown to have a calming influence and to improve people’s moods. Some plants have aromas that relax the senses. Just be sure you choose a plant that thrives on the natural light levels in your bathroom.
turn your bathroom into a home spa

Soft Luxurious Towels

Nothing feels better after a hot bath or shower than to wrap your body in a cottony soft bath towel. A good quality towel does not cost a lot more, but it feels so much better against your skin.
turn your bathroom into a home spa

Mood Lighting

Soft lights set the mood. An easy way to control the light is to add a dimmer to your existing lighting. A dimmer allows you to set the lights low for a comforting ambiance. You could also add a small table lamp for some mood lighting.

turn your bathroom into a home spa

Art Work

Add a piece of artwork that evokes the serenity you seek. This does not have to be an expensive piece of art by one of the masters; it just needs to speak to you. One of my favorite pieces of bathroom art is Ansel Adam’s Bridal Veil Falls. You can buy it online without a frame for $32.
turn your bathroom into a home spa

Candles

Nothing creates a Zen feeling like some well-placed fragrant candles. Scented candles freshen up the air and the flickering flame creates a soft glow that’s easy on the eyes.

turn your bathroom into a home spa

None of the above items are expensive. Bed and Bath stores carry everything you need to turn your bathroom into a home spa and build that comforting retreat that will provide hours of relaxation and peace. Put Create A Relaxing Bathroom on your to do list this weekend and start you relaxation journey.


Before and After: Trendsetter Bathroom

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Re-Bath Before and After: Trendsetter Bathroom

Did you check out our post on the Top 5 Bathroom Trends for 2016? Although this Re-Bath remodel was completed at the end of 2015, it seems that these homeowners were ahead of the game, having incorporated 3 out of the 5 trends into their trendsetter bathroom remodel.

• Bringing nature into the bathroom,
• Using timeless grays and whites
• The use of classic tile

2016 trendsetter bathroom
Since this trendsetter bathroom was already spacious, the homeowners were able to keep their existing bathroom layout while upgrading all the features. Foremost, they wanted to get rid of the ugly, dark wooden cabinetry, bathtub surround, and outdated gold hardware.

2016 trendsetter bathroom
2016 trendsetter bathroom

Ditch the Outdated Style

They chose a white wood cabinet, with a double sink and a quartz top, and used dark bronze hardware to create contrast. They also replaced their gold light fixtures with modern chrome fixtures. Another great design choice was swapping out the large, one-piece mirror for two smaller framed mirrors. These choices gave their bathroom a stylish, fresh and trendy look.

A key feature to redesigning this bathroom was creating space between the tub, the vanity, and the shower. These features were connected by tile and wood, which made the room feel boxed in. By separating them, the bathroom appears open, larger and spa-like.

 

Due to the additional visual space in the room, choosing the right flooring was an important decision. Removing the outdated, oversized, square tile, the homeowners chose a large, gray, rectangular Vitra Best Tile, in a wood grain. The gray flooring pairs nicely with the white tile, vanity, and walls, a big trend for 2016.

2016 trendsetter bathroom
2016 trendsetter bathroom

One of our favorite features in this bathroom is the Fleurco freestanding tub and bronze Delta floor-mounted faucet. The placement of the freestanding tub underneath a window lets natural light in, illuminating the room and creating a sense of tranquility.

2016 trendsetter bathroom
2016 trendsetter bathroom

The shower received a major upgrade. With stone flooring, white tile, a rainwater showerhead, and a frameless glass door this shower appears larger and incorporates another 2016 trend of bringing elements of nature into the bathroom.

If you would like to incorporate some of the trends for 2016 into your own bathroom remodel, give Re-Bath a call. We’d be happy to give you a free, no commitment, in-home design consultation, with a guaranteed price on the spot. We love sharing these Before and After’s with you and hope that your bathroom could be the next one we feature!


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