Perhaps they are elderly and have difficulty stepping in and out of a normal height tub. This can be risky and unsafe, given the slippery wet floors.
Maybe they have arthritis or other ailment that needs relief from the ability to sit and soak comfortably. Sometimes bending all the way down and getting back up with a traditional tub can cause further pain, rather than relieving it.
A person with a physical disability that impairs them from actually being able to step over and into a regular bathtub would appreciate the benefits of a therapeutic tub.
Why can a therapeutic bathtub benefit you?
They are built with a bench or seat
Allows for a full body soak in a comfortable position
Eliminates the need to lower oneself all the way to the floor for a soak
There is a swinging door for easy access into the tub
The door opens into the tub allowing the person room to sit down and then easily close the door comfortably
The door seals completely to prevent leaking
There is a conveniently located grab bar for maneuverability while adjusting to sitting and/or standing positions
Leone Plumbing installed one of these beneficial tubs for a customer in need while remodeling their entire bathroom. We also installed a grab bar and a larger vanity with mirror to create a far more functional and therapeutic bathroom experience!
During the late 1980’s, whirlpool tubs with smaller showers were quite popular as a therapeutic way to relax or relieve joint and muscle pains. However, these days, people have found that they lack the time to use a whirlpool as it was intended in this fast-paced world. Additionally, with the amount of space that whirlpools take up, many feel they aren’t very practical or comfortable in most bathrooms.
A local Rochester, New York area couple decided that their master bathroom was simply no longer practical or functional. In this case, the whirlpool took up most of the space leaving a 36-inch space for a shower. They reached out to the Leone for help to design an elegant, fully functional master bath.
We were able to re-design the bathroom incorporating a large, more comfortable shower complete with bench and large recessed niche to hold plenty of product from tall to short. We were also able to incorporate a much larger vanity with two sinks and two mirrors with plenty of counter space in-between for all their needs.
Some of the work performed to reach this customers’ goals were:
Remove existing shower and whirlpool tub
Relocate plumbing as needed to eliminate the tub and add a walk-in shower
Relocate toilet, vanity and drain for shower to accommodate new layout
Install one GFI outlet for vanity
Build custom walk-in shower
Install new vanities – one dual sink with double mirrors for the couple, one sinkless vanity to be used as the make-up area
All new tiling, flooring, and paint throughout
An additional cabinet for linen and make up storage
By the time the work was completed, the customers now had an extremely functional master bath! As a bonus, we were even able to incorporate a matching free-standing linen cabinet for additional storage. Together with the espresso finish and brushed nickel for all the matching pieces, this fully functional bathroom became a work of art!
Every member of the Leone Team strives to ensure that each customer feels like they are an active member in the remodel projects we handle for them. We encourage them to choose their own styles, colors, and materials so that we can ensure they will be satisfied with the work performed.
After living in her home for many years, our customer decided that it was time for a change. Her bathroom was of a typical style with a tub, sink with mirror, and toilet. All of which was rather outdated, and she desired a more comfortable and modern look for her bathroom.
To achieve this, she hired Leone Plumbing to perform a complete bathroom remodel, which included the following work:
Convert standard bath tub into a walk-in shower with all new faucets, a handheld shower spicket, and grab bars
Installation of new subfloors, moisture resistant drywall
Installation of tile, not only on the shower walls, but also the entire bathroom flooring
Relocate plumbing as needed and provide electric as well as a GFI for the new vanity
Build a corner bench within the new stand-up shower
Installation of tile backsplash from floor to ceiling with mosaic
Paint the entire bathroom where tile was not installed
The result of the Leone Team’s diligent work and the customer’s unique selections in colors and tiles is absolutely stunning! A vertical mosaic backsplash up the back wall of the shower really brought a touch of class to her new modernized bathroom. The vanity, with matching backsplash, provided the ultimate finishing touch to tie in all the elegance and style she had been longing for.
She was extremely satisfied once the Leone Team had finished their work, saying “I give your company a five star rating. Had a great experience remodeling bathroom from start to finish. From tearing out old bathroom (replacing tub with walk in shower) to finish, work was completed in a professional, neat, and systematic manner. I was not afraid to ask questions which were always answered.”
As you live in your home for an extensive period of time, you may have found that your lifestyle tends to slowly change. With this, the functionality of your home can become less and less useful. There are several things that can be done to enhance your home or bathroom’s ability to serve your lifestyle. One of those is a handicap/wheelchair accessible remodel.
What makes your bathroom handicap/wheelchair accessible?
36 inch doorways
Ramps for any change of elevation
5 foot turning radius in bathrooms
No thresholds to enter and exit showers
Sinks should not be mounted more then 34 inches from finished floor
Sink knee clearance of 27 inches from the finished floor
Sink should be 30 inches wide
Insulation around exposed plumbing
48 inch clearance from toilet to finished wall in front
42 inch clearance from center of toilet to sink
36 inch toilet compartments
Grab bars installed between 33 and 36 inches off the floor behind and next to toilet
Grab bars installed in shower between 33 and 36 inches off the floor
Shower have controls between 38 and 48 inches off finished floor
Shower head/hand held minimum 18 inches off of the side wall
Although a fully handicap accessible home can entail a large number of modifications, it does not necessarily mean that all of them need to be made to accommodate your needs. Typically, our bathroom remodel customers choose a subset of the above specifications to fit their needs.
In December, an older couple that has lived in the Rochester area for their entire lives contacted us because their powder room was not functional according to their needs anymore. The bathroom’s design created a space that lacked in wheelchair accessibility.
Some of the work done for this bathroom remodel included the following:
A complete tear out of the existing bathroom
Relocation of the door side to accommodate the new ramp built from the kitchen to the living room
Relocation of a wall to accommodate the new walk-in shower
Reversal of where the toilet and vanity were originally
Grab bars installed on the walls next to the toilet and inside the walk-in shower
Upon completion of the remodel, the Rochester couple provided us with feedback that they were extremely satisfied. They mentioned that they are able to make use of their bathroom in a much more convenient and practical manner.
See One of Our Bathroom Remodeling Jobs in Rochester, Up Close and Personal
At Leone Plumbing and Heating, we’re really proud of the work that we do. In addition, we’re pleased as punch when our customers love it, too. To help you understand the value of our services, we’ve filmed a video which includes plenty of pictures of a recent bathroom remodeling job in Rochester.
By comparing the before and after shots and tracking the progression of the project, you’ll be able to see exactly how much we have to offer! Now, let’s talk about this job and how we approached it, with a mind to getting a smooth, seamless, functional and beautiful end result!
We Listened to the Client
Before the job, we inspected the bathroom, which, as you can see from the “before” pics in the video, had quite a dated and washed-out appearance. Obviously, this bathroom featured plumbing, fixtures and flooring which were anything but sleek, stylish and modern!
The client wanted a major upgrade and we were able to recommend some fine materials and components, with a mind to giving him a very fresh look, as well as top-notch plumbing and heating systems which offer the ultimate in low-maintenance performance.
The client’s wishes are always paramount, so our second, post-inspection task as a bathroom remodeling team is just to listen. We give the customer a voice in everything. After listening to our client, we prepared suggestions which fit the client’s needs. We considered every variable here, from the aesthetic to the practical and the moved forward.
Before we begin work, we offered detailed plans to the client for his or her approval. If you hire us, you’ll find that we give you the very same consideration and that we take care to meet your needs to absolute perfection.
We serve Rochester, NY and surrounding areas and we have a fine reputation as a company. So, we do hope that you get in touch today. We can give you the same stellar results that we gave this happy customer.
Whether you want a tiled shower stall with a stone floor, as the client did, as well as an ultra-modern sink and toilet and radiant heat, or something entirely different, you’ll find that we have the right skills for the job. Our expert workmanship, knowledge of plumbing/heating systems and sense of design all play a role in our stunning results.
Let us turn your bathroom into a thing of beauty which may also increase the value of your home. Get in touch today to find out more!
If you look at where you can find added value in a home, there are a short list of answers near the top: kitchens and bathrooms. Even though we, proportionately, don’t spend that much time in our bathrooms, a good bathroom can add a huge amount of value to the house. However, many older homes in particular, don’t have bathrooms to be proud of and many homeowners are looking for a renovation, both for increased home value and more personal comfort. If you are considering a bathroom remodeling renovation and you aren’t sure what to do, here are a couple tips.
Bathroom Renovations in Rochester lead to Better Utilization of Space
Many older bathrooms were about function rather than form. It showed in the layout of the bathrooms. Space wasn’t used very well and it can make the room seem small and cramped, definitely a negative in terms of home value. If you think outside the box in terms of fixtures, storage and appliances, you may find ways to make the bathroom feel more comfortable and spacious and utilize the space of the bathroom better. Consider shelving instead of bulky cabinets to open up the floor space. Don’t set yourself against moving the toilet or other features around if it can provide you space. Anything is possible and, when done right, you tend to see a huge return on value when you spend money on bathrooms.
When Updating Bathroom Fixtures, Go Energy Efficient
Going green and showing concern for the environment are both key buzzwords today and they sound good to a potential homebuyer in Rochester, NY. Of course, they can also help lower your utilities bill. If your bathroom renovation requires some new fixtures, consider spending a couple more dollars and getting new, energy efficient fixtures. Some great bathroom remodeling trends an options include low-flow or dual flush toilets. These can greatly reduce the water use in a household, make the house more environmentally friendly and give the bathroom the look of being newly renovated all at the same time.
Using these tips, and others, you can turn your boring bathroom into something that you will be proud to showcase and add value to your house to boot. If you don’t want to do it yourself, you should certainly shop around when looking for bathroom renovation contractors in Rochester, NY. Most should give you a free estimate and let you know how much time and money will go into your bathroom project. However, when done well, it is usually money well spent!
Leone plumbing and heating is great! They have helped us with a variety of plumbing issues in our home, most recently renovating our shower. What I really appreciated the most is that they don't try to convince you that you need all the extra bells and whistles.They will tell you what needs to be done and fix it for a fair price. Highly recommend!
I made an appointment to have Leone come out to repair my toilet fill valve and shower spigot. They had some truck issues but Andy communicated timing to me as best he could. Jamison came out and knew right away what needed to be done to repair both problems and had both issues repaired in about an hour, including running out to grab a part and coming right back. Jamison was very helpful and professional. Would recommend to friends/family.
Leone Plumbing and Heating consistently provides the best value for all of the services offered. I have had my mainline sewer snaked, water heater replaced and a complete new handicap accessible bathroom installed. The skill, workmanship, quality and flexibility of Andy, the office and all of the technicians has been top notch. Thank you all. I can always count on you in an emergency and for scheduled work.