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Learn about our SanSpa OH 5129 no step, sit down, slide in, walk-in tub with loaded jetting package. This top-of-the-line walk-in tub makes bathing at home quick and easy!
Is your bathroom ready for an upgrade? Homeowners are making master bathrooms a priority while building or remodeling. Especially for parents, a master bathroom can be a place to escape and find peace when the rest of the house is filled with noise, toys, and messes. In order to create a sanctuary in your own home, consider making room for a freestanding bathtub.
Freestanding tubs are most often installed in large bathrooms as statement pieces. Some have become more like sculptures with unique curves and lines. As our society’s preferences have moved to showering more often than bathing, freestanding tubs are rarely even used in homes, but the style alone brings a relaxing peace-of-mind. And when you set aside a little time to relax in your tub, it might inspire you to use it more often.
There are many tub styles to choose from, whether you are interested in a traditional clawfoot tub or a minimalist tub with sleek thin edges and long lines. They come in ovals, rectangles and some even have a wall-side so it can create a ledge for soaps or candles as it rests against the wall. Unlike built-in tubs, the options are endless when it comes to freestanding tubs. Traditional white, deep black, or stunning copper can all be found to create something truly unique.
While freestanding tubs are on-trend, drop-in tubs continue to lead the industry for their ability to provide jets, air, and other therapeutic options that can be difficult to find in freestanding tubs. Whatever is your style, don’t overlook the bathtub in your next remodel. We recommend having at least one bathtub in your home for children, dogs, and resale value. The helpful staff at Handy Man will walk you through your options and help you find the right tub for you!
PS. Enhance any bath with Epsom salt and essential oils. The different scents and products have properties that can enhance your day in unique ways. Lavender oils are known to relax people, which means it would be a great addition to your bath right before bed. Epsom salts relieve tension and inflammation in the body when added to the bath water. There are many health benefits of bathing with added products, but most important is the time that is taken to focus on your well-being while relaxing in quiet solitude.
- Straight Sides
Straight sides give you more room to place dishes.
- Flat Bottom
Lets you arrange more glasses and dishes on the bottom of the sink without them falling over.
- Tight Corners
Goes along with flat bottom, leaving more room in the sink for upright dishes.
- Rear Drains
Gives extra flat space in the front of the sink and allows room for more storage under the sink.
- Deep Bowls
Provides for deeper immersion of large pots and pans as well as less splash from powerful faucets.
- Offset Deck
Allows for a larger bowl on one side because the faucet is on the opposite bowl.
- Ease of Cleaning
Some materials hide water spots and food particles better. Others have antimicrobial finishes that help keep your kitchen clean.
Some materials will handle impacts and high temperatures better. BLANCO Silgranit® is scratch resistant and handles heat up to 536° F, making it a safe place to put hot pans.
- Sound Deadening
Some sinks will resonate with loud sounds from dishes and disposers. Some materials absorb the sound better than others. If you are buying stainless steel make sure there are deadening pads on the underside.
Kitchen sinks are often the focal point or “bow-tie” of our entire kitchen. They need to look good!
Debris can be easily swept into the sink from the counter with this no-ridge approach.
After a long workout, the best thing you can do for yourself is to wash it off in a relaxing shower. Some modifications to your existing shower can make a world of difference.
1. The easiest improvement is to install a 2-in-1 hand shower. These hand showers function as both showerheads and hand-held shower wands. Best of all, these affordable add-ons can be installed in just a few minutes and can be used to massage sore muscles, as well as rinse children and wash pets.
2. If you are looking for a more permanent muscle-massaging solution, installing body-jets is a life-changer. You will need a multi-function shower to achieve this, but you can also add a rain head, standard showerhead, and body-jets for a complete shower experience.
3. Another great addition to a multi-function shower is the U by Moen smart shower. You are able to set different temperatures and functions for multiple users or times of day. For example, you can set your morning shower to be 104• with the standard showerhead and set your post-workout shower to be 98• with body jets. This way, you get a perfect shower every time.
4. For the ultimate upgrade, consider creating a luxurious steam shower in your home. Many studies have been done to prove the benefits of steam showers after workouts. Steam showers are great for circulation, stress, skin care, and overall exercise recovery. The steam opens pores and improves circulation by widening your blood vessels, making it the ultimate recovery tool.
As seen in The Hood Magazine 5/2018
We are all busy, running from one place to another. We’re also trying to think of ways to simplify our lives. One of the most hectic places in the home is the kitchen. You know the morning routine, the hustle and bustle as everyone tries to get out the door. Imagine having a touch-free faucet in your kitchen. If your child forgets to turn off the water, or simply can’t reach, you don’t have to worry.
Here are some reasons why you might consider adding a touch-free faucet to your home!
1: Consistency: The handle on the side offers familiar manual operation, allowing you to adjust the water temperature and flow.
2: Availability: Touch-free faucets are always ready. A ready-sensor makes it easy to wash your hands, or fill a cup.
3: Easy cleaning: Because the faucet is touch free, it means less cleaning and will also help prevent the spread of germs in your home.
4: It’s responsive: Simply wave your hand over, or under the faucet for it to turn on.
5: Clean up is a breeze: The faucet will often come with a pull out sprayer, making cleaning up tasks easy in your sink!
Touch-free faucets come in variety of stylish designs and color schemes. Be sure to do your research to find out which one will fit your needs and your space the best.
As seen in ‘Hood Magazine January 2018
The days of using a rubber “floor pan” and tile shower floors are over. There is a much better way.
In the never-ending pursuit of “taking things up a notch,” Handy Man is more excited than ever to tell you about the opportunities we have to help you build your perfect custom shower!
A typical Handy Man “custom shower” consists of a shower base and one or more wall panels. An endless variety of custom shower configurations are possible from simple rectangles to elaborate walk-in designs. You can use complete shower systems or choose a base and do the rest in tile. Steam showers are also gaining in popularity and are an easy addition to your existing bathroom during construction or remodeling.
A popular item is the Onyx shower base that truly stands up above the rest. Onyx custom shower bases are a single unit for easy, worry-free installation. With no seams in the base for you to caulk, you will never have to worry about leaks developing in the future.
For a distinctive look, several different trim options are available, as well as contrasting stripes, borders, and even graphic inlays to enhance the beauty and uniqueness of your shower.
When we say “customize” we mean it. At Handy Man, we can help you with rain shower heads, body/massage spray heads and any other shower head you desire. In our showrooms alone, we have over 60 different shower heads to choose from.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and visit Handy Man’s “waterpark” and physically feel and see these custom showers at work. Handy Man has a qualified staff that can walk step by step with you to help you design your own shower. We pride ourselves on our uniqueness and our customer satisfaction when it comes to bringing you a “Custom Shower System” like no other!
When you are looking to update your bathroom, you tend to think of the big remodeling projects you might need to do, like a new shower or vanity. Instead, think of replacing your bathroom mirror. The right mirror can completely transform the look of the space and bring your drab bathroom back to life.
It is important to measure your vanity counter before shopping for a mirror. The mirror should not be wider than the vanity, but it can be smaller. By coordinating the mirror to the width of your vanity you will create a balanced look in your bathroom. If you cannot find the exact size for your bathroom, choose one that is 70-80% smaller than your vanity so it is still large enough to be functional, but creates enough contrast to make it look purposefully done.
Width isn’t the only measurement you need to consider – also measure the height between the light fixture and the top of the vanity. If you need to replace your dated light fixtures, now is the time. When hanging a mirror, be sure to consider every user. The best way to hang it is to give 12-inches of space above and below the eye level of all users.
Double-bowl or extra-wide vanities are a popular trend in bathrooms and provide a few different mirror-style opportunites. You can either hang one large mirror that will cover the width of the entire vanity or hang multiple pieces, emphasizing the walls and shape of the room. When you hang one large mirror, it will reflect more light and make the room feel larger. This is a personal preference, but also can be important when designing ambiance for different spaces. For example, a powder room might benefit from soft lighting and a smaller mirror whereas a master bathroom that gets used for makeup might benefit from a larger feel.
When using smaller mirrors or multiple mirrors, make sure you leave room for sconces on the sides. Many people prefer this type of lighting due to it giving off softer lighting and less harsh shadows. Take it into consideration when measuring the size of the mirror and vanity so they don’t feel crowded.
Frameless mirrors are common in bathrooms because they are easy to clean, are less expensive, and give bathrooms a modern look. Framed mirrors, on the other hand, can become statement pieces. They often help tie together a traditional style, but many can have modern frames as well. A simple frame in a solid color with limited texture will work in any space if you are feeling overwhelmed with options.
Rounded mirrors soften spaces and look excellent above pedestal sinks. If you have a unique wall color or feature wallpaper, more of it will be visible with the rounded edges of your mirror.
If your bathroom is short on storage space, you may want to forego a mirror and opt for a medicine cabinet. The practicality cannot be beat. Medicine cabinets come in many different styles and can bring either a modern or classic look to your bathroom.
If you’re really looking for a unique piece, look into replacing your standard mirror with a lighted mirror. They provide excellent lighting and are incredibly stylish. Lighted mirrors are a stunning statement piece for any bathroom. They come with a higher price tag, but you can forget about buying the extra bar lights!
Since the water flows down the sewer, leaking toilets don’t necessarily leave any signs of a leak, until you get the bill. The average leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day. That’s over 6,000 gallons a month for just ONE leaking toilet!
Check your toilet for leaks by following these easy steps.
- Remove the toilet tank lid
- Drop one dye tablet or 10 drops of food coloring into the tank
- Put the lid back on and wait 10-15 minutes
- Check back and see if any of the food coloring has seeped into the bowl.
- If so, you have a leak.
What causes toilet leaks?
The most common cause of a leaking toilet tank is when the flapper fails to seal properly and form a tight seal. This lets water leak from the tank into the bowl. Leaks may also be caused by the flapper being out of position.
How do I clean my flapper seal?
Turn off the water at the shutoff valve, flush the toilet and hold down the handle. There may be a little water left in the bottom of the tank, but don’t worry about it. Wipe the flapper seal with a clean cloth to make sure it is free of debris, and check it for cracks or splits. If the flapper is damaged, pick up a new one (they are inexpensive).
What causes toilets to run intermittently?
A toilet that runs on and off by itself has a problem that plumbers call a “phantom flush”. The cause is a very slow leak from the tank into the bowl. This problem is almost certainly caused by a bad flapper or flapper seal. You can try the above information to fix the problem, but if it continues to occur, please call your local plumber to fix it for you.
It is your responsibility to monitor your water use!
Article originally printed in Minnehaha Community Water Corporation newsletter 2017