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Luxury Bathtubs 101: Choosing the Right Bathtub for Your Bathroom

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Luxury Bathtubs 101: Choosing the Right Bathtub for Your Bathroom

Luxury bathtubs (also known as whirlpools, soaking tubs, garden tubs, and free-standing tubs) can turn your everyday master bathroom into a tranquil space you look forward to using. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to determine which luxury bathtub is right for your bathroom.

We’ve compiled a list of each tub’s pros and cons to allow you to make an educated decision when it comes to choosing the right bathtub.

 

luxury bathtubs

Free-Standing /Soaking Tubs

PROS: Soaking tubs have a minimum of 14/15 inch water depth (with depths reaching 25 inches), ensuring that a person can become completely covered in water without runoff. This can provide therapeutic benefits such as muscle pain relief, better circulation, and better sleep.

luxury bathtubs

CLAWFOOT TUB

luxury bathtubs

SLIPPER STYLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • These luxury bathtubs make a statement and come in a myriad of styles and shapes including clawfoot (the classic style of bronze, gold, silver feet at the bottom), oval, rectangular, slipper style (curved high back which supports neck and head), double slipper style (two high curved backs), and even hourglass.
  • Unlike Whirlpool tubs, freestanding tubs do not make noise and allow users a deep, quiet soak. They are also easier to install as they do not require an electrical connection.

 

CONS: A freestanding tub is not surrounded by a support structure, meaning it is possible for slips and falls to happen since the only thing you have to hang onto is the edge of the tub. This issue can be addressed by adding grab bars within the vicinity of the tub or installing steps or slip resistant adhesives to the bottom of the tub and surrounding floor.  

  • Freestanding tubs can be quite heavy depending on the size and could possibly require a reinforced floor.
  • Because the walls of the tubs are quite tall, leaning over to adequately clean the tub can prove challenging.

 

luxury bathtubs

 

Whirlpool Tubs

PROS: These luxury bathtubs offer therapeutic properties by using water and air to to massage strategic locations on your body. You can choose between air jets (where air is pushed through pinholes that creates a feeling of a complete body massage) or a whirlpool system (which forces water through adjustable jets that creates a pleasant massage at specific areas).

  • Whirlpool tubs are considered a luxury item when re-selling your home and can raise the value of your home.

 

CONS: Cleaning can be quite difficult. Not only do you have to clean the tub, but you also have to clean the jets and the pipes as algae and other waterborne bacteria can grow in these pipes. It is recommended that these pipes be flushed thoroughly twice a month to prevent bacteria.

  • Ventilation can also be an issue. Due to the high heat combined with the whirlpool jets, moisture can build up faster than usual, which could cause mold or wall damage if your bathroom is not properly ventilated.

 

luxury bathtubs

Built-In/ Garden Tubs

PROS: In general, these luxury bathtubs are the more affordable option when it comes to remodeling your bathroom. They come in an array of sizes and are perfect for smaller bathrooms.

  • Garden tubs are smaller and allow easy access for cleaning. Since the tub is built in or has an additional wall surround, you only have to worry about cleaning the tub and the wall surround, and not underneath or around the tub.
  • Because these tubs are built with a ledge or surround, you have more storage for toiletries, plants, candles, or even holding your wine glass.

 

CONS: These limited luxury bathtub options don’t allow for many design choices and usually fit within a predetermined space.

  • These luxury bathtubs are not as popular anymore and could lessen the resale value of your home.

 

If you’d like to learn more information about any of these tub options, call Re-Bath today. Our expert Design Consultants can answer all your questions. Our Free No-Commitment In-home Design Consultations will allow our design team to determine which tub is right for your bathroom and we will give you a guaranteed price on the spot. 


Re-Bath Before and After: Upgrading a Master Bath

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Before and After: Upgrading a Master Bath

Have you been thinking about upgrading a master bath in your home? We tackle master bathroom remodels on a daily basis and know exactly how to create the perfect, modern, master bathroom for your home.

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A Re-Bath Before and After
In this example, the original bathroom had outdated vinyl flooring, an unused garden tub, a dated vanity, and a dark, cramped shower stall. In most cases when we remove garden tubs, we use that space to install a walk-in shower. However in this case, the homeowners wanted to leave the space open to incorporate plants and other natural elements while upgrading their master bath.

upgrading a master bath

To create a relaxing environment, the homeowners chose a neutral color scheme throughout. This color scheme was incorporated through large, Luxury Vinyl tile flooring, a bronze shower frame, tan ceramic tile shower walls with a brown and granite tile feature strip, and a chestnut vanity.

upgrading a master bath

 

We removed the wall that boxed in the shower stall, this allowed the natural light from the window to enter the shower. We also installed glass walls to add natural light and to give the shower a modern look.

The inside of the shower was tiled with large, square tiles and a glass tile feature strip, soap and shampoo niche, and grab bars. The shower head is equipped with a removable hand-held shower arm. These additions bring class and style into the shower.

upgrading a master bath

The last piece of upgrading a master bathroom remodel for this family was the chestnut vanity with his and her medicine cabinets and sinks. A towel bar was added on the side of the vanity. The homeowner added wooden benches to display their plants in the space where the garden tub used to be bringing the outdoors inside.

upgrading a master bath

 

If you’re interested in upgrading your master bathroom give us a call. We’d love to come out and help you design your master bathroom. Our In-Home Consultations are always Free, with No Commitment, and we always give you a guaranteed price on the spot!

 


Creative Bathroom Lighting Design Tricks

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Creative Bathroom Lighting Design Tricks

Every room in the house can be improved with more lighting, and the bathroom is no exception. For privacy reasons, bathrooms don’t tend to have large windows but there are still plenty of ways to brighten up a bathroom. In this post we will describe the various ways to brighten your bathroom from task lighting to reflective lighting, strip lighting, sconce lighting and more. Read below to find out which creative bathroom lighting design tricks would work best in your bathroom.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

What Kind of Light Do You Already Have?

Standard bathrooms typically have two main kinds of lighting, general lighting (a light in the center of the ceiling) and some form of task lighting (a light over an area such as a mirror or the shower.) While these light sources are adequate they don’t always provide ample lighting.

If your bathroom is only equipped with general lighting, we suggest adding task lighting. Examples of task lighting would be lighting above a shower, mirrors, makeup area, and over a stand alone tub.

Another quick fix can be replacing your old incandescent lightbulbs with LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. LED will give you a brighter light compared to incandescent; you will also save money as LED is energy efficient and lasts longer. With LED lights you can choose between a whiter light for cool colors or a yellow light for earth tones.

To improve the lighting in your bathroom, try one of these options below:

Reflective Light

You can increase the amount of light in a room by using reflective surfaces. Metal, mirrors, glass, and even white or light colored paint can reflect light to make your bathroom appear brighter and larger.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

LED Strip Lighting

LED strip lighting is a great addition to any bathroom due to its versatility. LED strip lighting is a long string of lights, (some are bendable while others are stationary) that can be added around the edge of a mirror (like pictured above) or medicine cabinet, above wall cabinets, or inside wall cabinets with glass doors. They can also be installed under a floating vanity or above the vanity toekick, making them one of the most versatile and creative bathroom lighting design tricks.

led strip bathroom lighting

Image Courtesy of MadebyMood.com
 

Sconce Lighting

When adding light near a mirror, you want to avoid direct light above your head. Overhead lighting will fall directly on your head and cast a shadow on your face making grooming difficult. The addition of sconce lights on either side of the mirror lights your face evenly.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

Dimmers

Dimmers can be a very simple fix to change the feel of your bathroom. Instead of having to turn on a bright light at any time of the day, you can vary the intensity of the lights. Dimmers allow for a softer light in early mornings and late nights.

 

If you’re in the market for a bathroom remodel let the pros at Re-Bath help ensure your beautiful new bathroom will be well lit. We offer Free No-Commitment Home Consultations with a Guaranteed Price on the Spot – so what are you waiting for – give us a call today!


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?


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