By Wendy McMillan
Photography by Timothy Seibert
There’s no place like home, right? Castles, condos, or cottages, our homes are our havens. We pour our love into them as they become increasingly lived in. But no matter how much TLC we apply, they’re subject to ongoing wear and tear, particularly kitchens and bathrooms. Whether you’ve lived in your home awhile or are simply eyeing a change, you may be considering some remodeling options, looking at new tiles, bathtubs, countertops and more. Before forging ahead, it’s well worth evaluating the benefits of refinishing over replacing. Better yet, check in with Longmont’s Miracle Method. The family-run business makes its mission to provide the information and support that will serve you best, even if it means directing you elsewhere.
Husband and wife team Brian and Lynne Weber began looking into opportunities to build their own business in October 2001. At the time, Lynne worked for Ball Aerospace; Brian was in the semi-conductor industry. “I knew they were getting ready for layoffs,” Brian says. “[Lynne] was reading an article in the Colorado Hometown Weekly about refinishing, and something clicked. We thought, this could really be a fit for us.”
Prior to working in the semi-conductor industry, Brian had spent time in construction.
The potential to restore people’s homes to their original shine and use, while also making helpful accommodations to suit their needs, held appeal. The couple met with Miracle Method and made the decision to start their own store, getting a small business loan and investing in training. In April 2002, they opened their doors.
Over the past sixteen years and counting, Longmont’s Miracle Method has steadily grown. “We started off in my garage,” Brian says. “I was the tech guy, scheduler, sales, guy, everything.” Later, Lynne’s brother joined the team, followed by his son, freeing up Brian to focus more on the business side of things. They relocated to Hygiene, where they kept shop for two years; from Hygiene they expanded to a store in Weaver Park where they remained for nine years, until settling in their current location at 1822 Sunset Place in Longmont where they were able to open up a showroom. “A lot of times people don’t really know what refinishing is,” Brian says. “Our showroom lets people see the real potential of how beautiful and solid it can be.”
So, what exactly is refinishing? “We go beyond coating,” says Brian. “It’s coating and detailing, buffing and polishing to give that glossy, deep look like something brand new out of the box. The surface is smooth, especially great for cleaning purposes; you can’t just put a coating down and leave. That’s a dirt collector. We make maintenance as quick and easy as possible.”
There are numerous benefits to refinishing. Most obviously, it saves time and money. “When we started in this business, an average tub and tile tear out was about $3,500 to $4,000, depending on the materials,” Brian says. “Now that range is about $5,000 to $7,000. With refinishing, our average cost to come in and restore your bathroom is less than $1500 depending on what you choose, and we average life expectancy of twenty years. The math just makes sense.”
Refinishing isn’t just appealing for its practical savings. The results can be simply amazing, particularly with a thorough, skilled, and genuinely quality-oriented crew like the one at Longmont’s Miracle Method.Â Customers can choose from a range of options, choosing to stick with existing colors and patterns of taking a chance on a fresh look and feel. Whatever is selected, the results will look like new. Moreover, refinishing is an option for the majority of materials. “Fiberglass can be repaired,” says Brian. “Steel, cast iron, cultured marble, ceramic tile … all these can be refinished beautifully.”
Longmont’s Miracle Method is now comprised of a team of ten, and has consistently expanded everything from space to services. The company is kept busy supplying services to private and commercial customers, offering a fast, affordable and convenient renovation alternative to replacing baths, showers, countertops, vanities, and tile. Whether surfaces are worn out, damaged, difficult to clean, difficult to access safely due to impaired mobility, or simply the wrong color, Miracle Method delivers quality solutions, to private residences, hospitals, hotels, resorts, military housing, senior living centers and colleges and universities. At the store, they also sell and install quality shower doors in a range of styles with numerous options.
One thing that has not changed at Longmont’s Miracle Method over the years? The ethos of integrity. “From the start [Lynne and I] always thought, let’s run this ethically,” Brian says. “It’s not so much about the sale as getting information out there, whether we end up being the best fit for a customer or not. We all know the experience of a salesperson being pushy and demanding. I hate that. Let a person sleep on their decisions. What’s the difference if I decide today or tomorrow?”
What the Weber’s love most about running Miracle Method, Brian says, is sharing helpful information. “I enjoy educating people on how remodeling works,” he says. “I love helping people to see the cost analysis, referring them to sites that help lay out budget. I like people to do their homework. They usually come back.”
While refinishing surfaces comprise the bulk of Miracle Method’s business, an area that the Weber’s take a special pride in is offering modifications to bathrooms to make them safer and more comfortable for seniors and those with mobility impairments. “We can cut an opening in your tub allowing for easier entry and exit,” Brian says. “We can put in safety grab bars, hand held shower nozzles, curved shower rods for more elbow room, permanent bath mats. We can make a big difference in safety and it will look great.” Miracle Method’s Easy Safe Step walk-in tub allows customers to step through versus over their bath tubs. Easier access significantly reduces risk of slipping and falling incidents, at a fraction of the cost of most alternatives.
“It’s really important to me that we offer everyone the best deal they can get, in terms of both cost and quality,” Brian says. “I don’t want to sell someone on something I wouldn’t do in my own home. In life, we shouldn’t be spending all our time living to work; we should be working to live.”