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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.

Bathtub Liner Cleaning and Tips for Maintenance

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For normal everyday cleaning of your bathtub liner, we suggest the use of a mild soap and water, with a soft wash cloth. Use of scouring pads or abrasive cleansers will dull the bathtub liner surface. Should you wish to use a product not listed below, test on a small area in the corner of the skirt before applying to the entire bathtub liner. Always review individual cleansers’ instructions and rinse thoroughly after cleaning.

Recommended Cleaner for Bathtub Liner

We recommend using Dawn dish soap and water, Formula 409, or X-IT. Vinegar and water may also be used to soften water minerals. If you require a disinfectant, you may use Clorox Bleach diluted with water to sanitize the enclosure.

Do not use:
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.

Use of the chemicals will cause a dull surface and/or an easily recognizable chemical crack. This will void your product warranty.

There is no need to use abrasive cleaners. Abrasive cleaners dull the gloss over a period of years. In extreme cases where the recommended cleaners do not work, use a Chore Boy or 3M Sponge pad. Make sure you only use the ones recommended for Teflon Surfaces.

Recommended Drain Cleaner for Bathtub Liner 

Liquid drain cleaners are recommended over powders and/or crystal. However, when using liquid drain cleaning agents, bail the standing water out of the bathtub and remove the drain plug. Use a funnel to prevent spills and apply the chemicals directly down the drain. Always make certain that chemicals do not come in contact with the acrylic surface. Use drain cleaners sparingly, so that they do not boil out and attack the acrylic surface.

How to Removal a Standard Drain Plug

Occasionally your bathtub drain may slow down due to hair, etc., in the cross bars. In order to remove the standard drain plug, you must:

  1. Push it down in the closed position
  2. Turn the knob counter-clockwise, and remove it. Under the knob there is a stationary brass peg;
  3. Turn the peg counter-clockwise using a pair of pliers.
  4. When you remove the peg, the drain plug will also come out.
  5. Remove any obstacles from the crossbars.

If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your bathtub liner, please contact us at anytime!

Frequently Asked Questions About Bathtub Liners

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bathtub Liners-tublinersWe often hear questions from our Columbus, Ohio customers about how our bathtub liners work. We answer some of those questions below.

Do I have to remove my old tub?
No. We will be fitting the new acrylic liner into your existing tub for a snug and solid fit. We are the only company that offers over 650 molds dating back to the early 1900’s. With our computer assisted software we ensure your bathtub liner is an ideal match to your existing tub.

How long does installing one tubliner take?
The installation time for one tubliner is just one day! Compare that to the cost and time it would take to replace your existing tub or shower.

Will I be able to use my tub the same day?
We recommend not using the new bathtub until the next day to allow proper sealing of all areas in the installation.

Will my plumbing be affected?
During installation, if you have a local water shut-off we will utilize this to allow the rest of your home to maintain normal water pressure. If there is no local shut-off valve for your bath area, your home water may be off for a few hours during the installation.

Can you repair water damage on my bath walls during the installation?
Yes. We can repair drywall damage as needed. A cost estimate will be based on the total area needing to be repaired.

Top Five Bathroom Design and Remodeling Trends Today

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Top Five Bathroom Design and Remodeling Trends Today-LuxBath-300x169Bathroom remodeling trends reflect a growing desire for a contemporary look with a spa-like feel. Bathroom designers and homeowners are embracing a more open space with a clean, minimalist appearance. Bathroom design is incorporating many natural elements, among other things.

Here are 5 hot trends happening in bathroom design today.

Custom Showers

Custom showers have quickly become a main focus in bathroom remodeling projects. Homeowners are seeking to create a spacious area with low or no threshold, allowing the tiles to flow seamlessly into the rest of the room. Added features like benches are also popular.

Freestanding Bathtubs

For many years, a bathtub or jetted tub was a must on most homeowner’s wish lists. Today, many are opting for the sleek look of a freestanding tub, if any at all. A classic claw footed tub is still in style, creating a focal point for the room.

Natural Materials and Colors

In keeping with the modern minimalist feel, materials and colors are trending towards natural tones. From warm wood grains to glass tiles, outdoor elements are being brought into the bathroom in order to create a zen-like atmosphere that allows for ultimate relaxation.

Efficient Fixtures

Homeowners are seeking to reduce their consumption of water, so efficient faucets and fixtures are in demand. With multiple shower heads and double sinks quickly becoming the norm, it makes sense to use more eco-friendly fixtures.

Freestanding Vanities

Vanities that look like a freestanding piece of furniture are increasingly popular. In fact, shelving and other storage units that are not built in are in demand. Freestanding pieces offer flexibility and allow homeowners to maximize the open space in a room.

For homeowners seeking a fresh look, our Columbus Ohio bathroom remodeling experts can get you started on the path to create a space with a whole new feel. Transform your bathroom into a relaxing retreat and embrace a modern design that will provide efficiency and style for many years to come.

How to Prepare for a Bathroom Design and Remodeling Project

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How to Prepare for a Bathroom Design and Remodeling Project-329759_10151058721269811_2132287485_o-300x198Thinking about remodeling your bathroom? Bathroom remodeling is an exciting home improvement project but can also feel overwhelming at first. Here are a few things to consider to get you started on the right path.

Budget

The first thing you should consider is your budget for a bathroom remodel. Do you have a specific budget you have to stick to? Is there a range you can work within? Make sure you know how much you can afford to spend on your project. And don’t worry, there is a bathroom design for every budget!

Goals

Next you should think about everything you would like to accomplish with the remodeling project. What kind of bathtub do you want? Are you converting your bathtub to a shower? Are you interested in a speciality tub? What sort of bathroom accessories would you like to add?

Other goals you want to consider are things like light fixtures, towel bars and windows. Are they being replaced? What about a dimmer switch? Is the window in your bathroom large enough?

If you need some inspiration, you can always visit your local bathroom design and remodeling showroom to explore complete bathroom setups in person. You will be able to see all the design colors and styles available and pick out what bathroom setup fits your taste, needs and budget.

Estimate

Once you know exactly what you want to accomplish in your bathroom remodel, schedule an in-home estimate with a professional bathroom remodeler. A bathroom remodeling company will let you know exactly what the job will cost and can also provide more details on additional options available to you.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to remodeling your bathroom! Take some time and design a new bathroom you will be happy with.

Preventing Senior Falls in the Bathroom With Walk-in Tubs

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Preventing Senior Falls in the Bathroom With Walk-in Tubs-walk-in-tub-300x222According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), more than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year and 80% of those falls happen in the bathroom. NIA says that equipping homes with necessary bathroom safety precautions can reduce senior falls, keep them out of the emergency room and possibly extend their life.

One important preventative method recommended by physicians is installing a shower or tub that is built around the unique needs of elderly adults. Walk-In Tubs, for example, offer comfortable seating, grab bars, low step up and other senior-friendly features.

At Luxury Bath of Ohio, we are happy to offer walk-in bathtubs to seniors living around Columbus, Ohio. We can replace your current, high-sided bathtub or shower with one that has a leak-proof side door. This allows seniors to still enjoy a soothing soak with easier, safer access and less risk of falling. Our walk-in tubs can be fully customized to specific wants and needs with options like a built in seat, whirlpool jets and safety equipment, such as ADA grab bars.

If you are interested in learning more about walk-in bathtubs, schedule a free estimate with us today!

Full Bathroom Remodel in Upper Arlington, Ohio

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Older homes around Columbus, like those in Upper Arlington for example, present challenges to maximizing space, especially in the bathroom. One Upper Arlington homeowner that we recently worked with wanted to remodel her second bathroom and called us to help her accomplish this.

Jane wanted to fully remodel her second bathroom to create something entirely different. Her and her husband enjoy an updated bathroom in their bedroom and wanted to convert her second bathroom’s old bathtub into a new shower for her kids. Luxury Bath removed the old bathtub, installed a walk-in shower, and moved some walls to add extra space to the bathroom.

Jane didn’t realize the entire bathroom could be remodeled like it was and says it feels twice as big now. Our bathroom remodeling experts were able to come in and suggest updates that she didn’t originally realize were possible. Because of the extra space created, Jane was able to order a larger sink cabinet for her kid’s new bathroom.

Jane has renovated other parts of her Upper Arlington home and wanted to keep a consistent theme with the bathroom remodel. With the help of Jane and our designers, the new bathroom was able to keep with the theme of the rest of the house. The entire remodeling project took about one week with minimal disruption to Jane’s family.

Hear her full story in the video below!

How a Tub to Shower Bathroom Conversion Works

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If you have a bathtub in your bathroom, then you have the space for a walk-in shower.

How a Tub to Shower Bathroom Conversion Works-Grand-16-225x300So many of us use our bathtubs to shower. Converting that tub to a shower just makes sense. A tub to shower conversion is a cost effective way to remodel your bathroom and maximize your space. A standard sized bathtub (5 feet) takes up more space than people realize and provides a nice space to install an amazing shower.

Plumbing

Good news! Your plumbing will not have to be replaced. Bathtubs typically have right or left drains and a shower pan can be installed with a right or left drain as well. Once the shower pan is installed and leveled, they are sloped so they drain properly.

Acrylic Shower Walls

There are 22 different options when it comes to acrylic shower wall systems. They are installed from floor to ceiling and have lots of options for plumbing fixtures – hand held and shower head. The acrylic we use is easy to clean. We use a 4-layer high-molecular acrylic that is the most durable, chemical resistant acrylic available. It also has the added benefit of Microban, which is the same ingredient that Colgate puts into their toothpaste to kill gingivitis. So, not only is it safe to ingest, but it also kills bacteria on contact between cleanings.

With tub to shower conversions, we are able to take out an old bathtub and install a new walk-in shower with plumbing, walls, fixtures and accessories in just one day.

Stop dreaming about the pictures in magazines with amazing showers with multiple shower heads, body sprays, and benches…now you know that you have the space in your  own bathroom to create a shower like this too!

You can learn more about tub to shower conversions by visiting our Shower Units page or by visiting our bathroom remodeling showroom in Columbus, Ohio.

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.