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Why Clawfoot Tubs Are Back In Vogue

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A truly great product can never go out of style and this is true about clawfoot tubs. Many experts in home decoration believe that clawfoot bath tubs add style and glamour to your home and this is why this bathtub is becoming very popular again. These tubs come in different styles but two of the most popular styles are the roll top and the roll rim. Depending on your taste, you can choose the cast iron or the porcelain construction.

One advantage of  selecting a claw foot bathtub in your  bathroom remodel is that it is very easy to install. You do not have to drop it in and no caulking is required. Just select the desired spot in your bathroom, and it will be placed there. In addition, clawfoot tubs are designed for comfort. These tubs are deeper than most drop-in tubs so you have more space to relax in the tub.

Another advantage is that you can choose the perfect finishing for your tub and match this with other fixtures in your bathroom. You can go for polished brass, brushed nickel, antique bronze or chrome. You can also opt for the basic black or white foot style if it suits your style. Use your creativity and reward yourself with the perfect clawfoot bathtub.

At Luxury Bath of Central Ohio we are always happy to work with you to find the best fit for your taste and style.  It’s never forgotten that it is YOUR bathroom remodel.  Contact us to today to start building the bathroom of your dreams and explore the many options available to you!

 

Shedding Light on Your Bathroom Remodel

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During the process of bathroom remodeling, an often overlooked detail is lighting. Adequate illumination is something many home owners don’t think about, when planning for a new bath. But, the bathroom is one of the most functional and widely used spaces in the home. It should provide adequate lighting in key functional areas.

One of the places where adequate lighting is needed in the bath, is near the vanity or sink. Family members will use this area to shave, put on makeup, or style their hair. Poor illumination over the sink can make many of these tasks difficult. In many baths, a single, overhead fixture is simply not enough. The style of the new light fixtures should work with the vanity and the overall style of the bath.   Recessed ceiling lights just outside the shower area can be an effective and attractive option. Combining recessed lights with side or top vanity fixtures is a great way to add the layers of illumination needed for any task in the bathroom.

At Luxury Bath Systems of Central Ohio, we have many design options available to you.  Contact us today to get started on the bathroom of your dreams!

Picking Your Dream Color Scheme

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One of the biggest influences on a bathroom remodel’s success is choosing the right color and color combinations.  Color can enhance the tone of the room and also gives you the opportunity to show off your personal style.  We aren’t just talking about paint either; you can get creative with the ways that you use color in your bathroom.  Bathmats, Towels, all the way down to small items such as your toothbrushes can have a big impact on the overall feel of your bathroom space!

Accessories are one way to add color and accent, but the walls and colors of your showers/tubs will have the largest impact.  Depending on the size of the bathroom that you would like to remodel, dark and light colors can work for or against you.  Dark colors may not be the best choice for a smaller space, while lighter colors can create the illusion of emptiness in a larger sized space.  The color of your tiling and flooring will also play a large part in the initial impact that your coloring has as you enter the room.  Careful consideration of how your flooring accentuates the overall feel that your bathroom conveys is important, and the end result is very satisfying to see it all tie together!

Luxury Bath of Ohio is happy to work closely with you to develop the overall color scheme and think of creative ways to introduce color to your space.  A second opinion never hurts; it’s very easy to get tunnel vision on a certain attribute or style.  Contact us today to get started on your new project, the bathroom of your dreams!

What to Consider When You Remodel

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When considering a bathroom remodel, there are a number of things to think about.  Included among the considerations is whether the remodel will transform the space into a space dedicated to luxury or simply increase the functionality and aesthetics of the room.

Other considerations will involve evaluating how the space is currently used — is it a retreat that will provide solace after a long day of work?  We at Luxury Bath will listen to your vision and assist in transforming it into a space that is visually appealing and functional in a way that fits your life best.  We help you decide what features you need while considering your budget and what you can afford.

While in the initial stages of determining how you would like to improve your existing space, we will work with you to consider the essentials of the space.  Important factors will largely depend on the bathroom that will be remodeled; for example, whether it is the powder room, a child’s bathroom or the master bath.  Each of these bathrooms require their own unique considerations when balancing form and function with your remodel.

We’re proud to serve the Columbus, Ohio area and help make the remodeling experience fun, easy, and customized to your needs!  Contact us today to get started.

 

Prepare For Bathroom Remodeling With This Checklist

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Remodeling a bathroom can be overwhelming. You have to decide how much you can spend, select the right products, and determine if you’re going to change the layout.

And that’s often before you call a contractor.

To ensure that your bathroom remodeling projects runs smoothly, here’s a checklist to keep your project on track. Remember: A successful renovation is all about smart timing!

6 Months Out

-Get inspired. To figure out what you want your new bathroom to look like, tear pages out of magazines and catalogues, and make a scrapbook or inspiration board. Designer Holly Rickert tells clients to use Post-Its to note why they like each bathroom. Later, she recommends flipping through the photos to find commonalities, and select similar tiles and fixtures.

-Ask around for contractor recommendations. While it’s not necessary to talk to a contractor yet, it’s a good time to start poking around for recommendations from local hardware stores, friends, and professional business associations. Then, when you’re ready to make the call, you’ll have a ready list of names.

-Start sketching. It’s essential to consider layout early on. Spend time thinking about what works about your bathroom’s layout—and what doesn’t. Consider storage needs: Could a closet be turned into a custom cabinet offering lots of stash spots?

Lastly, would you like to move the toilet, sink, or bathtub, and if so, what is feasible plumbing-wise? Are you going to expand the size of the bathroom or simply improve its aesthetic?

Keep in mind that the most expensive thing to move in a bathroom is the toilet. Also, if you plan to install multiple body sprays in the shower, it’s likely that your bathroom will require more rough plumbing work, so the cost will be higher.

3 Months Out

-Finalize your budget. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association , the average person will spend about $11,000 renovating a bathroom. Once you’ve figured out what you can spend, you should count on spending about two-thirds of your budget on labor. Then you’ll have a clearer sense of what you can spend on tile, fixtures, and extras, like a glass shower door.

If the remaining amount seems low, don’t fret: Thanks to a wide range of tile and fittings options, you can often replicate a high-end luxury look for less. For example, a tile that costs $10 per square foot can substitute for $100-per-square foot tile.

-Hire a contractor. With a few months to go before demolition, it’s a good time to bring in a licensed contractor. Ask a few to look at your drawings and make sure your plan—adding two shower heads, installing a Jacuzzi tub, etc.—is possible. Review estimates, check references thoroughly, and sign contracts. At this point, the contractor should commit to a start date, create a timeline of when he needs materials, and estimate when the project will be complete. Most bathroom renovations take about six weeks from start to finish. Don’t let any work begin without a signed contract.

Be sure to talk up front about the pay schedule: Often, you’ll pay a third up front, a third at the halfway point, and a third when the project is complete to your satisfaction.

Find out exactly how many days you’ll be without a shower, especially if you’re renovating your home’s only full bath. Make alternate plans in advance.

Two Months Out:

-Purchase tile and fixtures. While some tile orders can be fulfilled in two to three days, handmade or hand-painted tiles could take 12 weeks. Play it safe and make sure your tile orders are placed at least eight weeks before your demo date.

Fixtures should also be purchased early. Even big-name manufacturers can take three to four weeks to deliver products. High-end products often take as long as six to eight weeks to arrive.

If you’re ordering custom-built vanity or cabinets, check with the manufacturer to make sure that they’ll be there when the contractor needs them. Light fixtures can also take several weeks to arrive, so give yourself plenty of leeway when ordering.

One Month Out:

-Prep for contractor’s arrival. Clear out medicine cabinets and bathroom closets, and set up a temporary grooming space where you can get ready out of sight of contractors.

-Shop for accessories. With most of the hard planning over, have fun shopping for towel bars, towel hooks, a toilet paper holder, and the perfect soap dish. If you have a new color scheme, pick out your new shower curtain or towels.

-Select a paint color. Once the tile is up and the flooring is down, you’ll be able to get a sense of what color to paint the walls. It’s difficult to pick anything before that.

-Check in with your contractor often. Every day, when the contractor arrives, ask what will be done that day and mention any project hiccups and concerns you might have. Keep the lines of communication open. Make sure he knows where to store materials and how to get into the house if you’re not there. Keep pets and children away from the work site.

Final Days:

-Be flexible. If a project runs a few days over, try not to get frustrated. If that’s the biggest problem you’ve had, you got off easy.

-Inspect the contractor’s work. Chances are you’ll do this every day, but if anything seems amiss, try to address it before the job is completed.

-Celebrate. Throw down your new bath mats, unpack your toiletries, and sip a glass of Champagne.

This article originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com.

Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

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A small budget shouldn’t stop you from having the bathroom of your dreams!

Here are some things to consider:

Buy Supplies Yourself

Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget-DSC_0561-300x198The cost of bathroom remodeling materials can definitely add up. These costs can easily be reduced though by doing the shopping yourself. Also look for special deals and closeouts on discontinued items. These will be much cheaper and can save you big time on budget!

Start With a Small Project 

Simply a new coat of paint can bring new life to your old bathroom. It can even make a cramped space feel bigger if you use the right colors. Make sure you spend some time thinking about what colors you like best because this could be a starting point to choosing a whole new color scheme for your bathroom and accessories!

Another option is a beadboard. This is easy to install, is inexpensive and can even offer extra protection to the lower half of your bathroom walls. A beadboard can also jazz up an empty bathroom wall. Remember to consider your color scheme here!

Look For Coupons or Special Deals

Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget-250offDon’t be shy about asking about special deals and looking around for coupons to save even more money. We offer a special coupon to our customers to save $250 off a bathroom remodeling project in Columbus, Ohio.

Accessories and Hardware 

Tired of your old towel bars or robe hooks? This bathroom hardware is easy and inexpensive to replace. You can even buy a whole matching set to pull your theme or color scheme together. Also, think of other ways to add functional accessories to your bathroom. A shelving unit or cabinet above the toilet looks nice and provides extra storage for towels. If you already have several cabinets and shelving units in your bathroom, consider refinishing them to add a fresh look to your bathroom.

Bathtub Liners

Installing a bathtub liner is a great, inexpensive alternative to purchasing and installing a whole new tub. Remember, it is best to work with a professional to install a bathtub liner to get the best installation and warranty. Bathtub liners are custom fit to your bathtub and look and feel like a brand new tub!

See, bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to cost a small fortune! We hope these tips will help you create a brand new bathroom in 2014.

For our readers in Columbus, Ohio, we invite you to visit our bathroom remodeling showroom for more ideas and inspiration on planning your new bathroom.

Bathroom Remodeling: Building a Better Bathroom With the Onyx Collection

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Bathroom Remodeling: Building a Better Bathroom With the Onyx Collection-IMGP1105-300x225Beautiful. Elegant. A touch of class. A sense of style. These are the words you want to hear from friends and family when they see your newly remodeled bathroom. But there’s one other word that will bring you peace of mind as you prepare to remodel – durable. A beautiful bathroom is a sight to behold, but what good is it if it’s not built to last? That’s why we want to introduce you to a long-lasting option you’ll want to consider when you are planning your bathroom remodeling project – the Onyx Collection.

The Onyx Difference

The big deal in bathrooms these days is tile. And why not? Tile adds the right touch of elegance to an area. Our Onyx Collection goes the extra mile because Onyx has the look of tile combined with the ease of installation and cleanup of an overlay. Onyx products have very few pieces, so installation is a breeze. And by eliminating grout lines, the possibilities of leaking and cracking are reduced. And even better, The Onyx Collection is made in the USA!

Onyx Can Make Your Bathroom Beautiful

One of the best aspects of bathroom remodeling is the fact that the only limits are your imagination and budget. We’ll help you work within your budget, and the Onyx Collection allows you to let your imagination run wild. Grab some remodeling magazines, picture yourself in one of those luxurious bathrooms you see on TV, go online and print out some pictures of stunning bathroom spaces. Then, head on in to our bathroom remodeling showroom in Columbus, OH and see how the Onyx Collection can bring your imagination to life!

Want a sparkling, polished, shiny look? Go for the gloss finish. Need something softer and more natural-looking? Make it a matte finish. Color your world with a choice of hues from Snowswirl to Storm. Shower bases, wall panels, window sills, table tops, bowls, sinks…you name it, we’ve got it. We can even custom fit our products to meet your specific spacing needs.

Onyx Goes On and On and…

Bathroom Remodeling: Building a Better Bathroom With the Onyx Collection-onyx3-206x300Forever. That’s a mighty long time. And it’s a word we take seriously. Every product manufactured in the Onyx Collection carries with it the following guarantee: “Yes!  Guaranteed Forever”. How can we make that claim? Simple. It’s all in the science.

Our Onyx bathroom remodeling products have a composition of two-thirds alumina trihydrate and one-third polyester resin. Basically, the same stuff that makes up the roofing material and electrical wire coating on your house and the plastics in your car are at work to bond your bathroom materials together.  It’s tough stuff…but it’s also easy to clean. Non-abrasive household cleaners will do the trick. You can even use kitchen dishwashing soap to keep your new Onyx bathroom sparkling.

If you’d like, we can get started right away. Give us a call here at Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH to schedule a free in-house estimate or stop by our bathroom remodel showroom to see how the Onyx Collection can bring a touch of elegance and style into your bathroom space.

Columbus Bathroom Remodeling: Pick Acrylic to Do the Trick!

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Options. That’s what we’re all about here at Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH. When it comes time to remodel your bathroom, we want you to know that there are a number of choices you can make to build the perfect bathroom. One of those choices can be made right at the foundation – what material will you choose to beautify your bathroom space? In this article, we want to highlight a choice that is proving to be fast, cost-effective and long-lasting…acrylic.

The Science of Acrylic

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Here at Luxury Bath, we are the area’s exclusive provider of Luxsan multilayer and single layer acrylic bathroom remodeling products. These are the finest acrylic surfaces you can find and their composition is nothing short of amazing.

The Luxsan 3000 series features a four-layer construction. The adhesion layer is topped with a layer of ABS plastic which is impact-resistant and extremely durable. On top of that is a high-molecular acrylic layer pigmented with your choice of color. A clear high-molecular weight acrylic layer tops it all off. With the Luxsan 4000, you have an added layer of granite particulates. For the single layer Luxsan 5000, your choice of color runs all the way through the durable 150 gauge layer.

What Can You Do With All of This Acrylic?

Just about anything you can dream up! Instead of tearing out an old tub, save money and time by having an acrylic tub liner custom fit right over top of the old tub. Feel like having a luxury shower installed? You can easily convert your current tub space to an acrylic shower or have a separate tub and shower space installed to accommodate whatever mood you’re in. You can even opt for a walk-in tub in order to meet the special needs of a loved one.

Benefits of Your New Bathroom

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, you are more than likely experiencing some issues such as cracking, leaking, mold and mildew. With acrylic, those problems are a thing of the past. Acrylic is a non-porous material, the products are custom-fit and they feature Microban, which helps prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. No caulking, leaking or cracking. And clean up is a snap! Just try some simple dish soap and water to bring sparkle and shine to your space.

Once your dream bathroom is a reality, you’ll find the time you spent worrying about maintenance is now spent admiring the beauty of your new acrylic products…and relaxing in your beautiful tub or shower.

Be sure to schedule an in-home estimate or drop by our Columbus, Ohio bathroom showroom to check out the wide variety of styles, colors, textures and products available in our acrylic line. We’re sure that once you see what we have to offer at Luxury Bath, you’ll be ready for a stunning new look for your bathroom!

Bathroom Remodeling: Keep It Looking New

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We certainly hope you’re enjoying a newly remodeled bathroom thanks to our team here at Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH.  If you are, or even if you’ve seen the dazzling examples of dream bathrooms in our showroom, you’ll notice that one of the reasons our bathrooms are so stunning is that they are immaculately clean.  You’d be surprised how many people neglect this one simple step in maintaining a beautiful bathroom space.  In this article, we’d like to present some helpful hints to keep your bathroom in tip top shape.

Cleaning – Make it a Habit

How often do you find yourself scrubbing and spritzing right before friends and family stop by?  Don’t worry – we’ve all been guilty of that.  Unfortunately, by letting the bathroom cleaning go unattended for a while, you’re just making the work that much more difficult.  Bathrooms should be cleaned weekly at a minimum.  We also recommend taking a few minutes each and every day to do some minor cleaning (wipe down the counter and products, pick up clutter, put towels in a laundry hamper or basket) so your weekly cleaning doesn’t become overwhelming.

Keep Your Supplies Close

It’s easier to clean a bathroom when the cleaning products are handy.  Each bathroom should have a scrub brush for the toilet.  They’re inexpensive and you are much more likely to clean the commode often if the brush is on site.  Organize your rags, scrub brushes, glass cleaner, soap and tub cleaning products so that they’re not cluttered.  Be sure to keep them out of the reach of children and make sure the cleaning products have child-proof caps.

Luxury Bath Products Make Cleaning Easy!

If you’ve remodeled using Luxury Bath products, you already know how easy it is to clean the bathroom.  For normal everyday cleaning, we suggest using a mild soap, such as dish detergent and water with a soft wash cloth.  Avoid using scouring pads or abrasive cleansers as they will dull the surface over the years.

Other recommended cleaning products are Formula 409 and X-IT.  Vinegar and water may also be used to soften water minerals.  If you need to use a disinfectant, try Clorox Bleach diluted with water to sanitize the enclosure.

We do NOT recommend using the following:  Original Clean Shower, Clean Shower for Plastic Showers and Glass, Soft Scrub, Dow disinfectant cleaner, Lysol disinfectant cleaner, acetone, Lestoil, ammonia, fingernail polish remover, aerosol cleaners, or scouring pads.  Again, these products can dull the surface and could even void your bath product warranty.

Should you have any questions about cleaning products, feel free to contact us here at Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH.  Our friendly, knowledgeable team can provide some further assistance about the best ways to keep your Luxury Bath products sparkling. By following these guidelines, you’ll never have to be embarrassed when friends or family decide to make an unannounced visit.  When that doorbell rings…you’ll always be ready to show off your beautiful bathroom!

Making the Decision to Remodel Your Bathroom: Choosing a Remodeler

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Life is full of choices.  Some really have no major impact on your life (Paper or plastic?  Regular or premium?)  Other choices can be life-changing (Get married or stay single?)  And somewhere in the middle lie the choices you make as a homeowner.  Choosing to remodel your bathroom can be a big undertaking both in terms of cost and time spent.  So you don’t want to make this decision lightly.  Selecting the right remodeler will go a long way in making your bathroom remodel a successful one.  Here are a few reasons why you should make the choice to go with our team at Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH.

Are You Experienced?

We are!  Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH was established in 1995.  Just think – since the dawn of the World Wide Web, we’ve been active here in the Buckeye State making our customers’ dream bathrooms become realities!  And we plan to be around for a long time, so you can count on us to be here when you need us.

No job is too big for our team of professionals.  From planning to design, from floor installation to wall installation, from counter top expansion to tub-to-shower conversion…we handle it all.  There’s no need to deal with multiple contractors.  And because our business is exclusively bathroom remodeling, you can be sure we know each and every method of getting you the best value for your budget.

Plus, we’ve been remodeling bathrooms for so long, we can often finish the job in as little as one day.  That means you’ll be enjoying your brand-new bathroom almost no time at all!

Our Price is Right!

Speaking of budget, that’s something you’ll never have to worry about with Luxury Bath.  We can start off with a free in-home estimate (yes, we make house calls!) to assess your needs and start the planning process.  Once you take a walk through our expansive showroom, you’ll see the wide variety of affordable accessories and materials available.  We’ll put our prices up against anyone’s and you’ll find that we are extremely competitive when it comes to working within your budget and achieving your goals.

Designed With You in Mind

From the first visit, our production manager is thinking about what your bathroom will say about you.  What statement do you want to make…and how can we help you make it?  Once the design is in place (again, no charge!), we go into action.  By going with Luxury Bath, you’re getting some of the most specialized materials in the business.  Our tub liners are made out of high molecular acrylic for durability, style and ease of maintenance.  Our acrylic is the most scientifically advanced in the industry.  And talk about a perfect fit!  Each Luxury Bath system is custom cut on site to work specifically for your space.

Bathroom remodeling is our specialty.  Simply put, this is what we do.  This is who we are.  We remodel bathrooms better than our competitors.  If you want the best, put us to the test.  We’ll pass with flying colors.  And you’ll be confident that you’ve made the right choice by choosing Luxury Bath of Columbus, OH.

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