Remodel Tips to Live by…Tip #1

You and your significant other just got done demo - ing the master bath.  The dust from this is about to settle….all over your feather duvet.  You are looking at each other and wondering …. was the old bathroom so bad?  Hopefully at this point you already have the new whirlpool bath waiting in the garage to be carried up to the now empty bathroom.

You would be surprised how often we get calls describing this scene….except the tub is not waiting in the garage.

One key fact to your next bathroom remodel job - the tub or shower must go in first!  The only exception to this is if you have selected a free standing tub.  But even the free standing tubs have special plumbing to be considered - it is easier for your plumber to prepare for the tub if it is on site.  Have the bathtub ready so when you are ready for it - it is waiting and ready to go.

Stay tuned for more tips…we have gleaned a lot of advice listening to our customers!


Ordering Options for your new Laurel Mountain Combo Tub


With a simple search on Lowes.com using the model numbers listed below (Example- LM101), you can order these options to be factory installed on your Laurel Mountain combo bath.

Inline Heater

An electric heater (120V) is factory installed and maintains the temperature of the water between 101 and 104 degrees F. The heater operates when the whirlpool system is in use.

LM300 – Inline Water Heater

Air Bath Water Heaters

Two electric heaters are available, factory installed, a 1500 watt/120 volt and 4000 watt/240 volt. The heaters maintain the water temperature between 101 and 104 degrees F. The operation of the heaters are with an on/off switch and include a 20 minute timer. A low flow/high efficiency pump provides a silent operation. This is a stand-alone heater and will require a second pump/heater location for installation.

LM305 – 120V Heater LM306 – 240V Heater

Whirlpool Trim

Metallic finish trim kits are available to replace color matched trim that is standard on the tub. The 8 metallic finish jet trim rings, 8 jets, on/off button, speed control button, and suction cover are factory installed and are not sold separately.

LM101 – Chrome LM103 – Bronze

LM102 – Brushed Nickel LM104 – Polished Brass

Air Bath Trim

Metallic finish trim kits are available to replace color matched trim that is standard on the tub. The 16 metallic finish air injector trim rings are factory installed and are not sold separately.

LM110 – Chrome LM112 – Bronze

LM111 – Brushed Nickel LM113 – Polished Brass

Deeper Soak Drain & Overflows

An additional 1 ¾” of soaking depth is available with this premium cable operated drain and overflow. The decorative overflow trim is turned to open & close the drain. Heavy duty PVC piping is supplied to complete the installation.

LM200 – Chrome LM203 – Polished Brass LM212 – Almond

LM201 – Brushed Nickel LM210 – White LM213 – Linen

LM202 – Bronze LM211 – Biscuit LM214 – Bone

Aromatherapy

This option uses your favorite pure essential oils and their fragrances to treat your mind and body. A few drops added to a felt pad in the aromatherapy canister provides the scent to relax and achieve your desired mood. Place the cap on the canister and operate your air massage system. The scent is drawn into the air system and blown through the air injectors.

LM526 – Aromatherapy

Chromotherapy “Mood Lights”

The LED lighting system will provide the therapeutic effects of chromatherapy. The system is programmed with ten lighting modes that will sequence automatically or you may choose to stop on a desired mode. The mode sequence is: Magenta, Blue, Red, White, Sunburst, Green, Tidal Wave, Afterburn Fade, Color Burst and Slow Dance. The therapy by general color category is: blue for calming and conversation, green to assist in relieving stress or trauma, violet to help in meditation and intuition, yellow for intellectual stimulation, and red as an energizing color meant to stimulate or excite. Still not sure? Check the youtube link on www.laurelmountainwhirlpools.com to see the mood light at work.

LM522 – Chromotherapy “Mood Light”

Extra Lumbar Jets / Pump Upgrade

Two additional factory installed jets are available with a standard whirlpool. The jets are placed in the lower or mid back area depending on the tub ordered. Two rotary jets are provided with this option. The rotary inserts spin as well as pulse to provide maximum lumbar massage action. The jets may also be adjusted for water volume and direction. Ordering LM500 will add two additional jets, LM501 will add two additional jets and upgrade the pump from 2HP to 2.5HP.

LM500 – Lumbar Jets LM501- Lumbar Jet Package

Hydrotherapy Back Massage System

The eight jet back massage system is the ultimate back massage system. It is powered by a ¾ HP pump and has its own air control, on/off switch, and cycle valve. The eight jets are strategically located along the lumbar area from the shoulder blades to the lower back to provide the user the ultimate in back massage systems. You control both the speed at which the jets alternate up and down the back area, and the intensity of the massage through the air/water mix of the massage. It’s like “magic fingers” of a well-trained masseuse.

LM505 – Chrome LM508 – Polished Brass LM511 - Almond

LM506 – Brushed Nickel LM509 – White LM512 - Linen

LM507 – Bronze LM510 – Biscuit LM513 - Bone

Hydrotherapy Neck Massage

This option replaces the standard pillow with a two jet neck massage pillow. The jets direct a flow of warm water to the neck that improves circulation and relieves stress and stiffness. You decide on the desired massage by selecting a continuous water flow or pulsating water flow and whether the jets will be simultaneous or alternating. You can also adjust the intensity from low, medium, and high.

LM515 – Hydrotherapy Neck Massage

Bariatric / Heavy Duty

The concern of a heavy bather or multiple bathers cracking a tub can be eliminated with this option. The tub will have 50-70 pounds of additional fiberglass and resin reinforcement. The tub will also have an additional ¾” plywood reinforcement under the ¾” OSB.

LM537 – Bariatric

Ozonator

This factory installed option sanitizes your whirlpool, it prevents mold and mildew from getting into the whirlpool system. When your whirlpool system is operating your ozonator is generating ozone which is mixed with the re-circulating bath water. The ozone helps neutralize soaps, body oils and other organic and inorganic materials. This option eliminates the need to run a sanitation solution through the tub’s circulating system.

LM335 – Ozonator

Solo Touch Controls

This option includes a six speed pump with a wave mode that is operated with a touch pad. Also included is a 30 minute timer, low water sensor, digital temperature display, and a high temperature scalding alarm.

LM321 – Solo Touch Controls

Low Water Sensor & Timer

A pneumatic air switch operates the on/off function and a low water sensor eliminates any chance of operating the tub when empty or at a low water level. A 20 minute timer is also included.

LM323 – Lower Water Sensor and Timer

Roman Tub Faucets

The faucets have solid brass waterways, ceramic disc cartridges and include spout, handles and 12” stainless steel rough hook up.

LM600 – Chrome LM601 – Brushed Nickel LM602 – Bronze

Hand Shower

Easy to use hand shower comes with a full spray showerhead, 60” stainless steel braided hose, diverter and solid brass waterway.

LM605 – Chrome LM606 – Brushed Nickel LM607 – Bronze


Laurel Mountain Barrier Free & Low Threshold Showers

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Laurel Mountain has been creating custom baths for many years; and now we are branching out to offer more bathroom options.  Introducing Laurel Mountain Barrier Free & Low Threshold Showers, exclusively through Lowes.

        Laurel Mountain is excited to offer our new shower line in many different sizes and styles to fit your needs.  Whether you are replacing a one piece shower and need a multi-piece unit or exchanging a tub for a shower we have what you are looking for.  Many of our new models offer seats and/or multiple grab bars to help the elderly “age in place” and stay in their home longer. 

        All our showers are American Made and most models are part of our new “quick ship” program and they leave our factory in 2 business days. 

        Need help finding just the right barrier free or low threshold shower for your new home or remodel project? Call the Laurel Mountain Customer Service Department at 1-800-930-0050 or email us at sales@laurelmountainwhirlpools.com .  We have always been here to help make your Custom Made Whirlpool – and now we can help with your Custom Made Shower too!

 


This photo was sent to us from a new customer who recently purchased a new home - while it was installed in 1998 it is still the focal point of this this master suite.  We love the creative way they installed it and still made sure they had access to pumps and plumbing.  This Oakmont Whirlpool makes a master suite a true escape!



I had a customer ask me the other day why should he buy from Laurel Mountain Whirlpools?  Why not buy from the “Big Boys”?  We often hear this question coming from customers on the other end of the line.  No we aren’t part of the “Big Boys” – we tend to play in their shadows.  But we are still hitting the same ball and using the same bat as the “Big Boys” – we just have to try harder to hit it out of the same ball park.

At Laurel Mountain Whirlpools we are making our tubs just like the “Big Boys”.  We make them from the same sheet of acrylic as the “Big Boys”.  We are using the same vacuum heat technology to form each tub as the “Big Boys”.  We are using the same type of fiberglass and resin to reinforce the back side of our bathtubs as the “Big Boys”.   We water test each tub before it leaves our factory….maybe the same as the “Big Boys”?  Our customer service team knows each product well and can answer most questions you throw at them or they will find out the answer and call you back.  Have you heard of the “Big Boys” being so dedicated to each customer?  Or the last time you emailed them you got a form stating your email was received and “someone” would contact you in 48 hours?  Call us and you will get a real person.  

Yes - our company size is smaller and we employ fewer people…but the people we employ live, eat and breathe “Made in the USA” – not always the case with the “Big Boys”.

So why buy a whirlpool or an air bath from the little guy with the big bat?  I think because that is the guy you can trust to bring it home.

I had a customer ask me the other day why should he buy from Laurel Mountain Whirlpools?  Why not buy from the “Big Boys”?  We often hear this question coming from customers on the other end of the line.  No we aren’t part of the “Big Boys” – we tend to play in their shadows.  But we are still hitting the same ball and using the same bat as the “Big Boys” – we just have to try harder to hit it out of the same ball park.

At Laurel Mountain Whirlpools we are making our tubs just like the “Big Boys”.  We make them from the same sheet of acrylic as the “Big Boys”.  We are using the same vacuum heat technology to form each tub as the “Big Boys”.  We are using the same type of fiberglass and resin to reinforce the back side of our bathtubs as the “Big Boys”.   We water test each tub before it leaves our factory….maybe the same as the “Big Boys”?  Our customer service team knows each product well and can answer most questions you throw at them or they will find out the answer and call you back.  Have you heard of the “Big Boys” being so dedicated to each customer?  Or the last time you emailed them you got a form stating your email was received and “someone” would contact you in 48 hours?  Call us and you will get a real person. 

Yes - our company size is smaller and we employ fewer people…but the people we employ live, eat and breathe “Made in the USA” – not always the case with the “Big Boys”.

So why buy a whirlpool or an air bath from the little guy with the big bat?  I think because that is the guy you can trust to bring it home.


Wondering how big that tub really is?  Check the spec sheet for the 2 very important measurements - the outside dimensions and the bathing well dimensions.  Once you know these I recommend using painters tape to tape them where you intend to install the bathtub.  Then take a seat….Is this what you were hoping for??? Or do you need to find a different tub to suit your needs?  It is scary making this big purchase without “trying the tub on for size” but the painters tape will help you get a feel for the tub on your computer monitor.

Wondering how big that tub really is?  Check the spec sheet for the 2 very important measurements - the outside dimensions and the bathing well dimensions.  Once you know these I recommend using painters tape to tape them where you intend to install the bathtub.  Then take a seat….Is this what you were hoping for??? Or do you need to find a different tub to suit your needs?  It is scary making this big purchase without “trying the tub on for size” but the painters tape will help you get a feel for the tub on your computer monitor.


Recycled Bath Room or Sometimes Not…..

A friend of mine refers to her home at the “Recycled House” because they have repurposed so many things to save money.   They wanted a patio but didn’t want to swing the lumber bill so they put out a call for free bricks….many back breaking hours later they were sipping wine on their new patio.

That same thriftiness can be applied to a bathroom remodel.  The goal is to freshen the tired room with the least cost.  So pick your purchases carefully and plan the work hours even more carefully.  When I remodeled my 1966 bathroom all was original except the 1990’s wall paper which was falling off the walls.  The cast iron tub was rusting and after some research I discovered it would need to go.  There was no sense putting a lot of money into the room only to need to pull the tub 2 years after it was done.  The brown toilet liked to use more water in a single flush than most people used in a long hot shower.  It to needed to go.  I was quickly discovering there was nothing worth saving.

My next step was to find the best price on the big items.  We found the tub at Laurel Mountain (that is how I got this job).  The toilet came from a local supplier.  The sink and faucet both were found online – I searched out coupon codes so I didn’t pay shipping and got a % off!  All items were purchased and ready for install – then we got busy and this is how we saved the most.  The family wanted a new bathroom – the family would demo and build a new bathroom.  Two teenage sons are very good at hauling old drywall and tile out the back door and manning the bon fire to burn the old cabinets.  Once the room was down to the stud walls we installed the new drywall and I got to work.  An unemployed, newly relocated mother of two can do anything she puts her mind to….even dry wall.  I watched a few U-tube videos and I was mudding the wall and doing a lot of sanding to make it perfect…..many hours and much dust later I was painting.   I am blessed with a handy husband who built my custom vanity, installed my toilet and with the help of those strong teen boys installed the Laurel Mountain Whirlpool too.  For the cost of materials we had our new bathroom.  When adding up what subs would have cost us we estimated our savings to be around $3500.

There are some key things to consider to save some money. Start by doing the things you can do well yourself.  Demo is a great place to start, just remember if you have to pay someone to fix your mistakes you didn’t save anything.  If possible don’t change the footprint of your bathroom.  Moving plumbing and electrical can get expensive quickly and often require permits and inspections.  Choose your materials carefully.  Marble is beautiful but is it really worth the price tag attached to it?  Or would Marble tiles give a similar effect without a similar price tag?  And if there are pieces in your bathroom that will look fine with a coat of paint or just by receiving new surroundings….Keep them!


Thinking about a new bathtub?

Wanting something a little more than just a soaking vessel?

Not sure what the difference is between a whirlpool and an air bath?

Let us help!

At Laurel Mountain Whirlpools we specialize in making the tub you might not have known you were looking for! 

If you are needing some gentle circulation stimulation an air bath maybe all you need.  The air baths use a blower (think hair dryer) to send air into the bathtub water.  The air moves the water around the bather offering water movement without jets hitting the bather’s body.  Many people with very tender skin prefer the air baths for their gentleness.  One thing to remember - when you push air through water (even heated air) it will cool the water down.  An independent water heater installed on the bathtub can help with this or be prepared to add hot water from the tap often.

If you are looking for the bathtub that will help you ease the pulled muscles, the sore back, the results of thinking (or acting) like you are younger than you really are…..then you are looking for a whirlpool.  The whirlpool baths use water jets to recirculate the water in your bath.  The jets are adjustable and can be pointed in the direction most needed.  Most whirlpool baths include lumbar jets in the backrest area which are key to helping to soothe aching back muscles ……  Because sometimes us parents should admit we can’t keep up with our teenage sons – but that is like admitting defeat – I think I will just enjoy a long soak in solitude in my whirlpool bath after that day of the skiing black diamond trails I should have left for the boys!

If you still aren’t sure which bathtub will best meet your needs you can always go the route of the indecisive teenager….just get both!  As in a Combo tub that includes the whirlpool and the air bath in one tub.


SALE ALERT!!!! Never before has Laurel Mountain Whirlpools offered 7% off their bathtub AND the options!  Now you can order the tub of your dreams and save 7% — Plus you can add the Hydrotherapy Back Massage and save 7% off it too!  Plus many other options - see all the tubs and options at www.laurelmountainwhirlpools.com then go check out all these savings at www.Lowes.com