May 14th, 2013 |
Little by little, Louis Csabay was modernizing and upgrading his Bucks County colonial. A new deck one year, coupled with kitchen renovations and landscaping a couple of years later, had gone a long way toward helping Csabay turn his house into the home of his dreams.
Last year, Csabay undertook a bold, extensive remodeling of his master bathroom. Combining elegance and the latest in technology, the bathroom is a stunning sanctuary. “The old bathroom was fine,” Csabay said. “It had the original builder’s features, and there was nothing wrong with them in particular, but I was ready for something more.”
To carry out his vision of a spa-like retreat, Csabay hired Beco Inc. of Morrisville, Pa. Beco had designed and built Csabay’s new kitchen in 2010, and Csabay was happy to return to them last year with his ideas for a new bathroom.
Beco, family-owned and family-run for more than 50 years, is a trusted provider of kitchen and bath design and renovation in the Delaware Valley. The company’s showroom tops 4,000 square feet, giving homeowners the chance to see the latest offerings in cabinetry, flooring, lighting, elite appliances and more. The company’s design staff, with nearly 60 years’ combined experience, can help launch the process of building your dream kitchen or bathroom.
Beco’s president, Timothy Pesce, is the third generation of his family to run the company. Over the decades, he has seen many trends come and go. “There is a pendulum of popularity,” he said. In recent years, the bathroom has become a room more open to innovation, with daring design and features that make the most of modern technology. The “Jacuzzi-style” tubs that marked most construction in the 1980s and 1990s are falling out of favor, as many homeowners opt for sleek showers, that offer many customized options, and free standing stylish tubs.
With Pesce’s guidance, Louis Csabay chose a Kohler shower that features six shower heads and controls that can be customized to each user’s preference. A mere touch of a button warms the water to the desired temperature and pressure, and once you’ve found the perfect combination, the settings can be saved for future use. It’s not just technology that makes the shower so pleasing to Csabay. In the course of remodeling, Beco took away a slim, vertical window and replaced it with a horizontal window that lets in more natural light and provides a view of the wooded landscape surrounding Csabay’s home.
Another stunning feature of the new bathroom is the egg-shaped bathtub that sits underneath a pair of skylights and alongside a pretty window with stained-glass detailing. The tub can be filled from a fixture in the ceiling. Csabay said the new tub created more floor space with its unique design, and provides an easy way to enter. Its gently sloped walls make for a very comfortable bathing experience, he said. The egg shape is mirrored in a new sink, which replaced a double-sink vanity, another relic of 1990s design. “Over time, the double sink felt like a waste of space,” Csabay said. “The new basin looks nice and gave us more room for other things.”
Another amenity of Csabay’s new bathroom is the heated towel rack, mounted just outside the shower. Csabay also opted for heated floors in the new bathroom. They’re a feature he once felt was indulgent, but after experiencing them at a friend’s house in Detroit, he became a convert. Csabay said that he brought some ideas to his initial meetings with Pesce. However, over the course of planning the remodeling job, Pesce took him to a quarry to help pick out granite, and to a distributor’s showroom in King of Prussia, as well as Beco’s own vast showroom. “Those visits really opened up some possibilities I hadn’t known about, like the egg-shaped tub,” he said. For his part, Pesce said that visiting sites to pick out amenities and fixtures can help the planning process, as clients can get a sense of how the new features will look in their own homes. Pesce said that Beco’s business has benefitted from strong client recommendations based on many years of successful projects. Often, we will get a job based on a recommendation, and in fact, many people wind up asking for a specific installer because they have earned good reputations,” he said. “Our clients recognize the care the installers put in. They’re artists in their own right. Beco offers clients a five-year warranty on its installations. Combined with the warranties offered by most manufacturers, this provides extra insurance that a Beco project will deliver long-lasting beauty and functionality.
Beco is located at 222 East Bridge Street, Morrisville, PA. Phone number: 215-295-7123. Visit them on the Web at beco-designs.com.
May 9th, 2013 |
Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Beco was founded on July 31, 1956 by Joe and Sis Bahelka and was originally located on Liberty Street in Trenton. It continued to grow and expand and moved to its present location in Morrisville in 1973.