A Bathroom Remodel from Start to Finish

At Right Bath by Mosby we specialize in high quality bathroom remodels that won’t cover up any existing issues. The best part is most remodels can be done within a week.

Let’s take a look at a Right Bath by Mosby bathroom remodel from start to finish:

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Here’s the bathroom before remodeling begins. The small tile, outdated vanity and water damage will be a thing of the past once the bathroom is completed.

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The first day starts with the demo of the bathroom including the shower area. The whole bathroom will be taken down to the studs. Any issues with water damage or rot will be corrected.

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Day number two involves re-framing the bathroom and hanging dry wall.

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As day three rolls along and the drywall is finished, the floor tile goes in.

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Hooking up electrical, installing fixtures, and painting are the last steps on day four and five.

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And here’s the finished product. In just a few days this full remodel breathes new life into the bathroom.

Watch Right Bath by Mosby’s own, Julie Giljum, explain the bathroom remodeling process further on Great Day St. Louis.

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Or come to our upcoming seminar to learn first-hand how to remodel a small bathroom the Mosby way.

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RSVP here.

Exploring the Variety of Bathroom Vanities

A bathroom vanity serves a few purposes from just pure aesthetics, to storage, and the housing unit for your sink. There are a variety of options to choose from. Let’s explore a few of them.

Wood Cabinet Vanity

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Wood cabinet vanities are great for those looking to keep a traditional or transitional look in their bathroom.  Along with the variety of finishes and door styles, wood cabinet vanities come in several sizes and are great if storage is a must as they can feature drawers and pull out shelves.  The vanity counter top is an added design element that can be a highlight of the overall look of your bathroom. Counter top materials can range from acrylic materials, man-made solid surfaces like onyx or cultured marble or natural stones like granite or quartz.

Pedestal Sinks

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Pedestal sinks have been a long-standing fixture of bathrooms for decades. They bring a classic feel and are nice for smaller full bathrooms or powder rooms as they don’t take up much space, but still have the same functionality of any other bathroom sink. Just like anything else in your bathroom, pedestal sinks come in many different designs that will fit the overall style of your bathroom.

A Refurbished Vanity from Old Furniture

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Re-purposing old materials and furniture is surging in popularity among home owners and designers.  A great space to incorporate refurbished materials is in the bathroom. The above photograph is a fantastic example of this. The homeowners re-purposed an old kitchen cabinet for their master bathroom to capture the rustic feel they were going for. Refurbishing materials can really help you put your own design mark on the space.

Table Vanities

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Unique table vanities like the one shown above can bring an extra flair to a powder room or a bathroom where storage isn’t a big priority. It still serves a functional purpose while becoming a highlight of the bathroom.

If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom, trust the experts at Right Bath by Mosby. We specialize in streamlined bathroom remodels that only take one week to complete. To book a free consultation, call 314-909-1820, or go online here.

 

Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

Whether you’ve lived in your house for a long time or just moved in, the idea of updating your home will most likely cross your mind at some point. One of the most popular spaces to remodel is the bathroom.  You spend a lot of time in this space, as do your guests so it’s no wonder why people want but to improve it. If you’re on the fence trying to decide what to update in your home first, here’s some reasons to remodel your bathroom:

The Bathroom Has a Water Leak

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Water is an obvious concern for homeowners and an issue that happens in this part of the house due to the amount of plumbing concentrated in one area. Water leaks can cause some serious damage to your bathroom. Many times correcting water leak entails getting into the walls of the room, so this would be a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and remodel the bathroom while work is already being done.

The Plaster or Drywall Is Peeling

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A homes age, a moisture problem, or improper ventilation can cause the walls to peel.  Many times correcting the cause of the peeling and replacing the walls will be the appropriate solution.  As with water leaks, when removing walls is called for, it’s a great time to remodel the whole bathroom.

The House is Outdated

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One of the main reasons people update their bathrooms is because of the age of the home. The design of the bathroom is no longer in style and not visually appealing. Or sometimes the age of the bathroom means the functionality or layout is under-utilized. Replacing the tub and going with a full walk-in shower is a great example of a modern trend in today’s world of bathroom remodeling that benefits you immediately.

Right Bath by Mosby’s upcoming bathroom seminar on Wednesday, August 10th 2016 will explore these reasons to update as well as color and style trends and avoiding common pitfalls. RSVP here for the event. Contact us if you’re interested in remodeling your bathroom or call 314-909-1820.

How Contractors Can Keep Your Home Clean During A Remodel

Remodeling can be a dusty and dirty process. Unfortunately, it’s just a part of the undertaking. When it comes to deciding to remodel and choosing a contractor, make sure you pick one that will respect the cleanliness and organization of your home.

Here at Right Bath by Mosby there are certain ways our production crew helps mitigate the dust and disturbance:

Hang Up Plastic Walls

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Often times our crew puts up plastic walls to keep the dust in the project area only.

Lay Cardboard On The Floors

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Cardboard is put down to protect the floors from tools, fixtures or other items that may inadvertently fall onto the ground.

Cover Vents

Covering the intake and exhaust HVAC vents helps prevent the any dust or dirt from circulating in the house and getting into other areas of the home not being worked on.

Put On Shoe Covers

Shoe covers are sometimes necessary when hauling in equipment and products from the outside to the inside of the home to stop unwanted dirt from being tracked into the client’s house.

Watch Out For Pets

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For most of us, our pets are part of your family. A remodel can be a disturbance in your pet’s usual day to day habits. Respecting pets and their needs is something we pride ourselves on.  We’ll feed them, let them out to go to the bathroom, and keep them out of harm’s way. Choose a contractor that will make sure your pets are a priority and wont’ be lost in the construction around them.

Lead Safe Work Practices

In 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required remodeling and construction contractors to be certified in order to remove lead-based paint from homes built prior to 1978. The contractors need to discuss lead safe practices with the homeowners before works starts. Be certain to choose an EPA certified contractor. You can read more about lead safe practices here.

Clean Up Each Day

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A professional contractor will clean up after themselves after each work day ensuring you don’t come home from work to a disorganized and dirty space. The last thing you want to do is spend money on a remodeling project and have to clean up after the crew that you’ve paid to keep things tidy.

Right Bath by Mosby is a one week bathroom remodeling company dedicated to respecting your home in all facets during the remodeling process. We are an EPA certified contractor that will make sure you and your family is safe during remodeling. To schedule a consultation with us call 314-909-1820 or click here.

Upgrading Your Electrical When Bathroom Remodeling

When planning a bathroom remodel one thing to consider is if the electrical components of the bathroom need to be updated. Most full bathroom remodeling projects require a building permit in St. Louis County. This building permit triggers plumbing and electrical permits. Depending on the age of your electrical systems, updates may be few or many.

20 AMP Circuite

First, according to St. Louis County Code, a 20 amp dedicated circuit needs to be installed. This means your electrical panel needs to have space for an additional circuit. Older homes often have 100 amp panels. Here at Right Bath we recommend you expand to a 200 amp panel which can be accomplished by adding a sub panel. Your electrical panel must have a main shut off.

 

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A lot of older homes have Federal Pacific electrical panels which Right Bath recommends you replace because they have been shown to be potential fire hazards. The new panel to be installed needs to be listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). UL is a safety testing laboratory approved by the United States Office of Safety and Health and Safety Administration.

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If your electrical lines are above ground, the electrical mast must be a certain angle and height from the ground and roof line depending on municipality. Some municipalities require above ground lines to be moved underground.

If you thinking of remodeling your bathroom; turn to the experts at Right Bath by Mosby. Right Bath always pulls the necessary permits and follows the current building codes to make sure your home is safe.  To schedule a free consultation, call our office at 314-909-1820 or go online here.

Stored Away: Small Bathroom Storage Solutions

Among all the important things to consider when remodeling your bathroom, storage is an important detail that could greatly the affect the functionality of your bathroom. For some, the ideal bathroom would be a big space with nice large linen and walk in closets. Unfortunately, this is not reality for a majority of homeowners with smaller bathrooms. But smart planning can allow you to have the maximum amount of storage in a confined space.

Here are some ways to increase storage in your small bathroom:

Vanity Cabinets

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Pedestal sinks are a classic bathroom design feature but don’t serve much of a purpose when it comes to storage. Having a vanity cabinet not only allows ample space to store your bathroom items but it also can be a style focal point of the bathroom. The vanity top can play off the shower surround and the vanity cabinet can be a nice accenting feature for the bathroom walls or flooring.

Toilet Toppers

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The space above your toilet is another valuable area that can be utilized for storage. Toilet toppers like the one above are cabinetry hung above your toilet.  The cabinetry delivers additional space to store items and also can complement the vanity cabinet for added continuity of style.

Vanity Cabinet Tower

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If you have a larger vanity but don’t necessarily need the extra space on the vanity top, vanity towers are a good choice for those needing more capacity for toiletries, or maybe for bathroom cleaning items that can be moved out of the reach of small children.

Shower Caddies

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Shower caddies are another way to add storage to a small bathroom. Many times the caddies can be recessed into the shower walls as to not get in the way of the homeowner while showering or bathing. Multiple caddies can be added to create as much storage space as needed.

Medicine Cabinets

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Medicine cabinets can act as both a storage space and an additional mirror. Sleek, streamlined medicine cabinets like the one above blend into the environment to make you feel like it’s not even a cabinet.  Today’s medicine cabinet options are endless and can fit just about anyone’s style.

Built in Storage

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Another storage solution to consider is adding built in storage. In the photo above the client used an existing closet outside the bathroom and created an access point for them to get into the top part of that closet from inside the bathroom.  This allowed them to easily get toiletries and supplies without having to leave the bathroom.

At Right Bath by Mosby we’ll help you with your bathroom remodeling needs. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at 314-909-1820, or go online here.

 

Spring Cleaning Areas You May Be Missing

Spring signifies rebirth and starting anew. The cold of the winter has been traded for warm sunshine, flowers are blooming and grass is getting greener. And while it’s looking fresher outside, it’s a good time to start looking indoors. Around this time of year many homeowners get prepared to tackle spring cleaning chores and the bathroom is always a priority.

Besides the obvious areas to focus on, there are some other areas that often aren’t thought of that could use some TLC:

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A study from the University of Colorado showed that 30% of shower heads had high levels of bacteria that could cause lung infections. This could especially affect those with compromised immune systems, so cleaning this area of your bathroom can be an important chore to keep up on. The above video demonstrates an easy way to clean your shower head.

Exhaust Fan Cover

Your exhaust fan is not something you look at every time you go into the bathroom, so it’s not surprising it’s often over looked when cleaning. Just like anything else in your bathroom it can collect dust. The quick video above demonstrates how to take apart and clean a common exhaust fan cover.

Faucet Aerator

Faucet aerators are found on the tips of sink faucets. They are used to create a steady stream of water, as well as prevent splashing. Over time the aerators can become calcified because of the minerals in tap water. Regularly cleaning this part can prevent that. Many aerators can be unscrewed by hand or with a wrench.  The YouTube clip above shows you how to do it.

Re-Caulking Your Tub

Over years of use, the caulk around your tub can become worn down, dingy and peel. It’s important to caulk around your tub to keep moisture from seeping into the walls and causing problems. If you’ve never caulked before it might seem to be a little challenging. Luckily the Internet is chock full of helpful videos like this one that can show you how to re-caulk, step by step.

If your bathroom needs a little bit more than a spring cleaning, turn to the experts at Right Bath by Mosby. Right Bath is a full bathroom remodel service that can typically be performed in one week. All work is code compliant and does not cover up any existing issues. Contact us at 314-909-1820 or click here.

Add Style & Safety with Accessible Design

As we get older our bodies tend to not have the same stability and reflex as they once had. This can affect your day to day life and even simple tasks like showering have now become a possible danger. Bathrooms are high risk areas for slips and fall and it’s an unfortunate reality that a lot of homeowners have accidents in bathrooms that lead to injuries. However, you can make your bathroom safer by incorporating accessible features in them.

While making bathrooms safer and more accessible, homeowners typically don’t want to sacrifice style.  We’ll take you through some great options that accomplish both style and accessibility.

Grab Bars

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Grab bars don’t necessarily ooze style but there are options out there that incorporates design with functionality. Take the Invisia collection for example.

This Invisia Collection grab bar not only acts as a stabilizer for one’s balance but as a functional toilet paper roll holder.

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This design is also carried over in a sleek grab bar/towel holder combo and grab bar/soap dish combo (see above).

These bathroom accessories are a great compromise that serves multiple purposes in one product and is a trend that will most certainly evolve and become even better.

Comfort Height Toilets

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Comfort height toilets are toilets that sit higher up so the average person’s seated position is at a 90 degree angle making it easier to go from sitting to standing.  An added perk is that this change in height isn’t really visible and shouldn’t affect the overall design of the bathroom.

Low Profile Showers

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More and more homeowners are ditching their tubs for walk in showers. It’s a hot design trend but also is done to make the bathroom more accessible with the ease of walking in and out the shower versus stepping in and out of tub. The curb of the shower can be tailored to the homeowners liking.

If you are looking to remodel your bathroom to become more accessible, choose the experts at Right Bath by Mosby. We specialize in small bathrooms remodels completed in one week.  All work is code compliant and will not cover up any existing issues. To schedule a free consultation, call 314-909-1820 or click here.

What To Look For In A Remodeler

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Taking the leap to do a remodeling project at your home can be an exciting and stressful experience all rolled into one. A lot of decisions need to be made along the way and perhaps the biggest decision is finding the right contractor to hire. While there are many companies to choose from, there are some distinct qualities you should look for when hiring the right remodeler.

How long have they been in business?

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A company’s track record can speak volumes about the type of business and work they perform. It can show you how dedicated they are to performing quality work in order to grow their clientele.

Is the contractor insured and licensed?

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Insurance is important for the protection of your home and your safety. It should be a warning sign to you when a contractor doesn’t keep to this good business practice.

Timelines

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No one likes a long drawn out project, especially when it deals with something as personal as your home. Choose a contractor who can give you an accurate time line and has a history of finishing jobs on time.

Does the contractor offer a warranty?

A workmanship warranty helps insure quality craftsmanship and installation. Typically, material warranties are covered by the manufacturer. But a good contractor will stand behind their work. This is vital to building trust between the contractor and client.

Does the contractor handle permits/follow building codes?

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In order to complete work up to local building codes, permits need to be issued. A contractor that handles obtaining permits takes the burden off the homeowner and ensures a more accurate and efficient process. Your contractor should be knowledgeable of local building codes and perform work up to those legal requirements.

Does the company subcontract out work?

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Hiring a company that uses an in-house crew can greatly speed up the process. Not to mention it helps every one stay on the same page and can avoid costly miscommunication errors; an occurrence not uncommon when a job is subcontracted out to various parties.

You get what you pay for.

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It’s an age old adage but rings true in the remodeling industry.  If the company you’re looking at matches the criteria above and you’ve received good answers to your questions, a written contract and work scope then the project will most likely be worth every penny. The benefit of paying for quality is that you pay for it once. Correcting bad work requires double the time and money, sometimes surpassing the original quote from a company that strives to do it right the first time.

Right Bath by Mosby is a division of Mosby Building Arts, a family-owned, full service remodeling servicing the St. Louis metro area for more than 65years. Right Bath specializes in small bathroom remodels completed in one week.  We will always pull permits and perform work up to local building codes. We also stand behind our work with a 10 year workmanship warranty. Our professionals are experts in design and installation and can help you accomplish your bathroom remodeling needs.  To schedule a free estimate, call 314-909-1820 or go here.

 

 

Guide To Heated Flooring

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It’s a cold morning in January; the winter frost is in full force. You get up to start your day and head to the bathroom. You step foot onto your bathroom floor and your met with the instant chill of the tile. Talk about a wakeup call! While some may like this morning jolt, most would prefer a warmer start. The answer for those seeking warmth could be heated flooring.

While heated flooring is becoming more and more popular, it’s actually an ancient building technique that goes as far back as the Roman and Greek Empires, who built heating systems to keep their bath houses and other buildings warm.

So how do you achieve this heated haven in your bathroom? To begin, a heat source has to be chosen. The two most common heat sources are electric or hydronic.

Hydronic Floor Heating

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Hydronic heating deals with a system of tubing where warm water is pumped through tubes from the water heater or boiler beneath the flooring.  This type of heating can be an increased cost up front, but you won’t see an upwards in your energy bills, and in some instances, it may decrease throughout the life of the home.

Generally speaking, the hydronic system is more effective for a larger area or even the entire house and can act as a primary heat source. The system is installed between the subfloor and the new flooring. The system is run constantly during the winter to keep an even temperature.

Electric Floor Heating

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This system uses electric wires that run underneath the flooring to radiate heat. The electric wires are usually controlled by your home’s thermostat. It’s great for smaller areas of the home and can be set on a timer, perfect if you want it warm in the morning and cool in the afternoon.

While electric heated flooring is customizable, it can be costly to run and you will probably notice a difference in your electric bill. However, that may be a small price to pay for a luxury many would love to have.

Flooring Materials

Both heating types work best with flooring that conducts heat. You’ll want to stick with stone or ceramic tile. Wood flooring will dry out and crack and carpeting will insulate the heat restricting the warmth you’re looking for in heated flooring.

Right Bath is a one week bathroom remodeling service.  Our experts can help you achieve your bathroom needs, including heated floors.  Give us a call for a consultation at 314-909-1820, or contact us here.