Tom Schiebout is a Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR). Tomco bathrooms are known for their smart designs and high craftsmanship. We start by ensuring that the space will be functional and efficient. That can mean moving a wall, rearranging the plumbing fixtures, replacing a seldom-used jetted tub with a large shower or creating twin custom vanities for working couples. We also will explore opportunities to increase storage, improve lighting and ventilation and extend privacy where needed.
Count on Tom to go beyond the minimum Building Codes to make your bathroom accessible and safe for however long you remain in your home. As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Tom supports use of stylish grab bars, adjustable hand showers, permanent shower benches, comfort height toilets, wide doorways and slip resistant flooring.
We understand that bathrooms are private retreats. If you are thinking of an elegant freestanding tub, a steam shower or distinctive tile and stone details, Tomco has experienced designers and skilled installers to do it right. However, if you just need to replace the toilet and vanity in a powder room, we’re not the best fit for your project. We make an exception for past clients. In that case, consider Tomco your complete remodeling source for life.
We expect a lot of our bathrooms. Efficiency when we are rushing to get ready for work. Escape at the end of a stressful day. Accessibility when our mobility is limited. Privacy when we are taking care of business. And above all safety and comfort throughout the year.
Adding a bathroom will relieve pressure on overburdened facilities. But upgrading existing bathrooms is just as important to get the most from what you have.
Begin your bathroom remodeling planning by considering what bothers you about your current facilities. If you share a bathroom, dual sinks and separate storage will double efficiency and ease space squabbles. But don’t stop there. Consider heated mirrors and better ventilation so the other person’s shower doesn’t cloud your view. Perhaps even build a heated mirror into your shower tile for shaving or removing makeup there.
Sinks and toilets have gotten taller over the years for added convenience and ergonomic functionality. Try a 17- to 19-in.-tall comfort-height toilet and 34 or 36-in.-tall vanity and see for yourself what difference a couple of inches can make. For true comfort you can feel, consider a heated towel rack, tile floor or bidet seat. All put warmth right where you need it during the long Minnesota winters.
Although the whirlpool tub was the rage in the 80s and 90s and still has therapeutic value, research suggests they are seldom are used. Instead, many homeowners now are opting for quiet soaking tubs and larger, upscale showers with nice tile, heavy glass (frameless) shower enclosures and adjustable hand showers. Free-standing tubs are stylish if you have the room. And curbless showers with integral seats and coordinated grab bars offer the ultimate in accessibility.
It’s hard to overstate the benefits of a well-designed bathroom that balances natural and adjustable light with privacy needs and functionality with beauty. It’s the first room you see in the morning and the last one you experience at night. It’s where you and guests can gather your thoughts. Make it special.
For all their aesthetic considerations, bathroom also must meet stringent building codes to protect you and your family from electrical shocks, scalding water, mold and falls. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets, pressure-balanced shower controls, proper ventilation, slip-resistant flooring, well-positioned safety bars and effective lighting will make any bathroom safer.
Tomco’s Tom Schiebout is certified as a Kitchen and Bath Remodel Specialist and as a Certified Aging In Place Specialist by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Trust Tom to design and build a bathroom that fits your lifestyle, makes the most of your budget and serves you for life.Bathrooms FAQ
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