With the winter chill still filling the air, the thought of having an in-home steam shower sounds heavenly. But can you be sure your installation will outlast the passing season? Today, we weigh the pros and cons of installing a steam shower in your New Jersey bathroom.

Pro’s

Reduce Your Stress: The number one reason to install a steam shower is to create a place where you can relax and recharge to start or finish your day well. In a way, steam showers are a type of lifestyle therapy, which is all the more true if you pair the experience with aromatherapy, chromotherapy, and music therapy.

Heal Your Body: But steam showers dispel more than just emotional stress—they can also help heal your body. They’re known for relaxing your muscles, easing joint pain, increasing blood circulation, cleansing pores in your skin, and clearing sinuses for those who struggle with respiratory ailments, allergies, or the common cold.

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Save Money and Time: If you already find yourself visiting spas or local health clubs to relax in a steam room, create your personal space to luxuriate at home and save yourself time and money. By pressing one button, you can easily create your own, in- home spa.

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Conserve Water: According to This Old Housesteam showers also conserve water. Whereas 20 minutes under even a water-saving showerhead will use about 50 gallons of water, 20 minutes in a steam shower only uses about 2 gallons of water. Changing your bathing routine with a steam shower followed by a quick rinse will reduce water-usage costs as well as negative environmental impact.

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Conserve Space: Finally, steam showers don’t typically consume as much space as a standard soaker tub, which is also a common luxury-bathing-go-to.

Con’s

Evaluating Use: The pros listed above may make you want to go out and buy your favorite type of steam shower for your bathroom remodel immediately. Before you do so, however, it’s important to realistically consider your use. If you’re unsure how much you’ll utilize your steam shower on a day-to-day basis, try it out first at your local health club or spa.

Upping Electric Bills: While steam showers certainly conserve water, they will increase your electricity usage since the minimal water used does have to be heated (and temperature controlled) to produce steam for your shower.

Hard Water: Many New Jersey towns have ‘hard water.’ Hard water includes minerals that can easily build on the heating elements and cause failures in steam showers. We strongly recommend that a water conditioner/softener is installed with a steam shower to mitigate the minerals often found in the New Jersey water supply.

Finding Experts: Finally, steam showers do produce a large amount of moisture and can cause all kinds of water-damage-related maintenance issues if you aren’t working with an experienced contractor who has experience installing steam showers with proper precautions. Steam showers require different kinds of grouting, caulking, heat lamps, ceiling fans, ceiling sloping, sealing around fixtures, etc. Don’t take installation on without consulting experts.

As the US population continues to age, more and more homeowners are making plans to ‘age in place’. We’ve compiled five accessible design features that will allow you to stay safe and stylish in your home for years and years to come.

Curbless Showers

Curbless showers, also known as a flat shower entry- minimizes your risk of tripping or losing your balance as you enter your shower. Providing universal access, a curbless shower not only prevents you from stepping over a barrier but is also wheelchair accessible.

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Tub Removal

According to this 2018 report, many baby boomers are choosing to completely forgo having a tub in their bathroom. Removing the bathtub not only creates more space, but it eliminates the risk of slipping and falling while getting in or out of the tub.

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Shower Bench

A shower bench is one of the best features to have for aging in place. If you find the need to sit down during a shower, a shower bench if a safe way to do so without the risk of slipping and falling. A shower bench can be tailored to your specific needs and can be installed using a variety of materials.

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Textured Flooring

Textured flooring can significantly reduce the risk of slipping and falling. Choosing a material with a high-slip resistance will go a long way as you continue to age in your home.

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Look for material with groves, or high-friction. For more information on the best (and worst) bathroom floors for seniors, click here.

Grab Bars

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Grab bars provide something for you to grab while you are entering and exiting your shower. Helping to prevent slips and falls, grab bars can also double as a towel rack or a place to hang your robe. Experts recommend hanging a grab bar on the exterior of your shower, as well as on each interior shower walls.

One Week Bathroom can help you design a bathroom that is not only accessible but stylish. For more information on aging in place, we invite you to contact us.

There is nothing in this stunning master bathroom that doesn’t deserve a second look. Its first impression leaves you with feelings of luxury- almost spa-like. This master bathroom is remarkably clean, decluttered, and its elements perfectly positioned.

Spa-Like Elegance

The skylight and chandelier draw the eye to the focal point to of this stunning white bathroom. With beautiful shaker cabinetry and an ambiance of natural light- the aesthetics of this design provide the owners with ample space and room to move around. A separate vanity space with custom shelving allows for additional storage and luxurious space to get ready for the day.

 

The Tub

This freestanding tub is the focal point of the room- adding to the elegance of the design. The skylight above brings in the natural light, and the chandelier adds ambiance and style to the soaker tub for the perfect area to relax. A handheld shower head was added for convenience and comfort.

 

The Shower

This double doored double headed shower is graceful and grand. The dual-headed shower is perfect for those busy mornings, while ample amounts of space ensure everyone gets ready on time. Elegant design aesthetics include smaller tile on the shower floor- allowing for an exceptional contrast to the shower walls. Lastly, the chevron tile accent wall adds visual interest and charm.

 

The Sink

These white shaker cabinets feature beautiful crystal knobs to enhance the elegance of this stunning bathroom. The intricate mirror and stylish wall scones have this bathroom ready for its owners to relax and unwind. The cabinets under the sink provide plenty of additional storage space, allowing for easy access to toiletries and other bathroom products.

Each bathroom has an opportunity- let One Week Bathroom help you uncover it. Whether you’re looking for an elegant master bathroom remodel or looking to overhaul your powder room- One Week Bathroom can help.

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We’re celebrating because we’ve won an award! The Morristown Award program has selected One Week Bathroom as the 2018 Best of Morristown Award in the Home Improvement Category. This is a great honor, and we are delighted to be acknowledged for our quality product and service.

How Award Recipients Are Selected

The Morristown Award Program gathers determining information from research and third-party data. Furthermore, the Morristown Award Program looks for organizations that have achieved marketing success in the local community and their respective business category as well as those who provide a positive image of small businesses through customer and community service.

 

About The Morristown Award Program

Each year the Morristown Award Program honors local businesses for their achievements in the Morristown area. Award winners are recognized for their commitment to best practices and programs that create a competitive advantage and long-term value to the community and to the U.S. economy.

Because so many remodeling decisions are both situational and personal, there’s no “right” answer to the question of whether you should install a soaker tub or a shower in your Middletown bathroom remodel.

There are, however, questions that can help you get to the answer that’s right for your remodel.

How Many Bathrooms Do You Have?

If you’re remodeling your home’s one and only bathroom, you may need to let practicality rule the day. For most, this means sticking with the classic tub/shower combo so that you can have both options available for yourself and future buyers. If, however, you’re remodeling a second bathroom, you’ll want to consider going with whatever your other bathroom doesn’t have.

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How Large is My Bathroom?

It goes without saying that the best answer to the question “shower or bathtub?” is both. If you’re remodeling a master bathroom that has the space to accommodate both a soaker bathtub and a walk-in shower, use it. If you’re remodeling a mid-sized bathroom that’s your only bathroom, a shower-tub combo adds the most value. If you’re remodeling a secondary mid-sized bathroom or a small bathroom, a stand-up, walk-in shower is the most practical option.

Is This My Forever Home?

Perhaps the best question you can ask yourself is how long you plan to remain at your current home. If you plan to resell, you’ll get the best market value by retaining at least one bathtub in the home and converting the others into walk-in showers (or installing a shower/tub combo if space is limited). If you plan to live the rest of your life in your home, you can have more freedom to make a decision that suits your lifestyle.

What Suits My Lifestyle Better?

If you have a family with young children or if your grandchildren frequently visit, a bathtub is absolutely indispensable. If this isn’t a consideration and if you have an on-the-go lifestyle, a shower installation is definitely preferable. If your bathtub is your happy place for relaxation after a long day at work, try to fit both a tub and a shower. If your range of motion is limited or you need to install a universal design bathroom, opt for a zero-threshold, walk-in shower with a bench.

How Much is Water Efficiency a Priority for Me?

For some, the question comes down to what’s best for the environment and the pocket book. Energy-efficient shower heads use water at a rate of two gallons per minute, so if you take a ten-minute shower, that’s 20 gallons. The average bath, on the other hand, requires 36 gallons of water to fill the bathtub. If your average shower is only 8 minutes in length, that means you can save about twice as much water in a shower versus a bath.

Summary

In sum, while the decision of whether to install a bathtub or shower is ultimately situational and personal, these facts remain true: homes with higher resale values have both baths and showers. Bathtubs are valuable for households with children. Showers save water and have a smaller footprint. Ultimately, many of the factors  that determine whether a shower or bathtub is right for your remodel are situational practicalities.

Remodeling a bathroom is a big decision for a family and can be a challenge as a homeowner. There are several aspects to consider such as design, material selection, colors, lighting, and fixture selection.

Because remodeling your bathroom is a significant commitment, it’s essential to hire a New Jersey Bathroom Remodeler you can trust to produce quality work, on time and within budget. You’ll also want to ensure you find a remodeler who is confident, professional and friendly.

At One Week Bathroom, we believe that your bathroom remodeling project should be a quick, painless, and enjoyable experience that leaves you exuberant about your new place to relax and unwind. To make sure you can trust your bathroom remodeler to deliver on your bathroom remodel, make sure to consider these three things.

As a division of Hofmann Design Build, One Week Bathroom has the depth and skill to manage the creative process, budget and schedule of your bathroom remodel with ease. We’ve been specializing in the design and construction of residential alterations and additions, custom homes, historic restorations and light commercial construction for more than 35 years.

Your satisfaction is our top priority, which means we are listening to your ideas and concerns from the very first meeting. As we collaboratively take on your bathroom project, we will walk you through our recommendations based on your dream, timeline, budget, and quality expectations until we have a design that is perfect for you and your family.

We know it can be challenging to find someone you trust in New Jersey who has the same care and attention to detail as you do for your home. We communicate with you every step of the way, so you’re always informed about the process and quality of your bathroom. We are true to our word and design and build each bathroom as if it were our own.

Hofmann’s expertise and our designer’s creativity makes us a team that can reach beyond the ordinary and create spaces that are the embodiment of you and a perfect fit for your family. Let us serve you on your journey to take your bathroom from dated to designer.


Casting the Vision Right Away

One of the wonderful things about working with a design-build remodeler is that you and your designer will determine what you want for your home very early on in the process. After an initial meeting, you’ll receive a design agreement from us so that we can begin collaboration right away.

Our lead carpenter, designer, electrician, and plumber will all visit your home so that everyone’s on the same page in knowing what to expect when they begin construction; this in turn reduces unexpected costs later in the process if anything needs to be repaired during your home’s remodel.

Next, our design and construction crew will meet with you as a team to make sure they’ve gathered all the pertinent information to create a plan for your remodel. Again, the great benefit to this team meeting with your design-build company is that all parties are able to communicate quickly, accurately, and collaboratively.

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Making Material Selections Early

During these initial meetings, our designer will of course be working with you individually to ensure we understand your goals, to help you define and refine your ideas, and to propose solutions tailored to your lifestyle. Casting your project vision early helps eliminate unexpected costs, confusion, and stress later.

While solidifying your vision, you and your designer will make material selections for each part of your home affected by the remodel. For instance, if we’re working on a bathroom remodel, you’ll work together to select flooring, fixtures, lights, sinks, cabinetry, etc. up front.

Accurate Pricing Estimates Up Front

Not only does early material selection give you the confidence that all components of your design work well together, but it also enables us to give you an accurate bid with line item estimates at the outset. We believe in transparency, which means our bid is designed to help you understand exactly where your money is going and to rest assured that there won’t be unexpected price increases unless you change your mind on a material selection or an unforeseen issue arises.

Enjoying the Process and the Results

Every stage of our design-build process is carefully and consciously crafted to foster transparency and trust, to make sure all involved parties are on the same page from the very start, and to assure you, our client, that your home is in good hands. At Sand County Contracting, our goal is to alleviate stress during the process and deliver satisfaction upon your project’s completion.