Have you ever walked into your bathroom, looked around, and thought to yourself, “Oh no, this simply won’t do,” or something similar to that? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly one-third of all home remodeling projects completed in the past year involved renovations to the bathroom, according to HomeAdvisor’s latest annual State of Home Spending report, making it the second-most popular home upgrade project after repainting walls.
If that trend continues this year, homeowners in the Albuquerque metro area are fortunate to have easy access to the services available at Re-Bath Albuquerque, a division of the locally-owned and operated Poulin Design Center, located at 8600 Pan American Freeway NE.
The Poulin brand established Re-Bath Albuquerque in 1997, and has since become one of the largest franchises for the country’s largest complete bathroom remodeling company, according to Remodeler Magazine 2019 and 2020. They offer a complete remodeling process that will give you a new bathroom that’s affordable, looks great and finished within days.
Re-Bath is the official service provider for bathroom remodeling in both Lowes and Home Depot stores nationwide, and Re-Bath Albuquerque handles bathroom remodeling services for 14 Lowes and Home Depot locations across New Mexico.
At Re-Bath’s headquarters in Phoenix, they manufacture their own line of wall surround panels called Durabath™ SSP and Natural Stone. Durabath™ SSP is a non-porous material that is waterproof, resistant to mold and mildew, and backed with a lifetime warranty. Natural Stone is harvested from 3,000-year-old rock quarries across the globe, which, once sealed, is grout-less, waterproof, resistant to mold and mildew, and backed with a 10-year warranty. For added protection from the elements, the panels are installed over a backer board that prevents watering from seeping through.
Re-Bath bathrooms are the ideal replacements for those that are dated or damaged, in need of additional storage space or safety features, or just aren’t meeting the homeowner’s needs.
“The bathroom typically wears out every 15 years,” says Tom Poulin, owner of the Poulin Design Center. “With an average of two bathrooms per house, this is one of the areas of the home that wears out faster. We remove a lot of tiled showers because of mold on the grout, which means moisture was coming in from behind the walls. For remodeling projects, Re-Bath removes everything in the existing shower system, down to the studs. Before installing the wall systems, we put on a Hydro Ban board — a lightweight, high-density foam backer board. That’s the proper way to do it.”
At Re-Bath, the most popular project is bathtub-to-shower conversions. These include systems especially made for those aging in place, with a low threshold shower base, fold-down seat, strategically placed grab bar (stylish and functional, including some that act as a caddy), rain head or hand-held shower unit, and door. For fixtures and accessories, Tom says he’s seen a trend toward matte black when it comes to remodels.
To get started, customers are encouraged to set up an appointment, either online at Re-Bath.com or by phone at 505-672-5044, for a Re-Bath design consultation at their home or in person at the Poulin Design Center. One of their expert design consultants will measure your space and share solutions for building the bathroom of your dreams. They’ll offer a needs assessment, show the materials that are available, go through the features and benefits of each one, and then help you select products such as wall surrounds and fixtures. Re-Bath even has a 3D virtual visualizer to show customers what the finished product will look like before installation begins.
Once all the products for your new bathroom are chosen, your remodel will be scheduled where Re-Bath’s in-house craftsmen will carefully remove your old bathroom system. Tom says installation can take two to three days to complete. Each new shower system includes a labor and materials warranty, backed by both Re-Bath and Poulin Design Center. As a special offer, Re-Bath Albuquerque is currently offering customers $750 off a complete shower system, plus 12 months same as cash when financing.
Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque got off the ground nearly 40 years ago. “Kitchen and bath remodeling was what we started out with,” says Tom, whose company has since grown to include 5-Day Kitchens, Floor Coverings International and Solar Pro, for kitchen renovations, new flooring and residential solar projects, in addition to Re-Bath Albuquerque.
The current Poulin Design Center location opened in 2016 after moving from its original location, and it continues Tom’s concept of not only providing a showroom but also a design center for homeowners to physically see what products are available and how they will look in their own home. “Customers kept telling us they were tired of driving all over town to get products, getting conflicting information and advice, and just becoming increasingly frustrated,” recalls Tom. “We decided to have pre-selected products and display them in one place so that customers can select everything that they need within an hour and get a quote. Not only did this help customers save and time, it also caused our business to grow.”
As an essential business during the time of COVID-19, Poulin Design Center has remained available to help homeowners with their remodeling projects, regardless of the scope of work. The demand for residential remodeling remains active, says Tom, despite the pandemic. “There is a real need for home remodeling right now,” he suggests. “Because new homes are not being built at the moment, homeowners looking to upsize have decided to just remodel or add on to their existing home.”
Of course, Poulin Design Center follows all current public health orders and recommended COVID-safe practices. This goes for all staff, whether it’s the design team in the design center or the installation team in your home. And all employees of Poulin Design Center divisions are drug-tested and have gone through a rigorous background screening process, so you can trust who is in your home with their team of highly vetted for professionals.
If you’re ready to get started on the bathroom of your dreams, stop by Re-Bath at the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque or Santa Fe. Schedule your free consultation at Re-Bath.com or call 505-672-5044.
Re-Bath at Poulin Design Center
8600 Pan American Fwy. NE