LED lighting has been around for a long time, but it’s not until recently that the technology in residential lighting has been acceptable. Pricing is also no longer unreasonable.
Within kitchens and bathrooms, LED lights are suitable for general lighting in potlights and task lighting in undercounter applications. They give off a crisp clear light and have advantages over other types of lights. Firstly, energy consumption is much less. Instead of using a 50 watt halogen for a potlight, a 9 watt LED can be used. As well, LED’s don’t give off a lot of heat, so when the lights come on it puts less strain on cooling in summer seasons. Lights that give off a lot of heat are not good for cabinets and can burn someone by touch when used on a fan. We now use LED’s on all our projects in Toronto where possible. Clients may pay a little more compared to xenon and halogen lights, but they achieve the same objective with less energy and heat.
Did you know there are 27 Bathroom Planning Guidelines available to ensure that your bathroom is constructed to code and designed to function. Is your shower big enough? Is your toilet too close to the tub? Is your vanity too far from the wall? There are actually very specific answers to these questions and others that will ensure you end up with a functioning bathroom.
Developed over 50 years (with many revisions to date) the National Kitchen & Bath Association makes these guidelines available to its members, and they should be an integral part of your renovation during the planning stages. Ashton Renovations in Toronto includes an assessment of these guidelines during its planning and design process and provides a written copy along with all the pertinent planning documents.
Examples of guidelines:
Clear opening of at least 32″ between open door and door stop. If normal structure precludes changing the opening then a 24″ door is acceptable.
2. Door Interference
No entry or fixture doors should interfere with another, and/or the safe use of the fixtures or cabinets (Code)
3. Ceiling Height
Bathrooms should have a minimum floor to ceiling height of 80″ over the fixture and at the front clearance area for the fixture (Code) Shower or tub with a shower head should have ceiling to floor height of 80″ and a minimum area of 30″ x 30″ at the shower head (Code)
4. Clear Space
A minimum clear floor space of 21″ in front of a lavatory, toilet, and tub (Code) A minimum clear floor space of 24″ in front of a shower (Code) A recommended clear floor space of 30″ in front of a lavatory, toilet, tub, and shower.
5. Single Lavatory Placement
The minimum distance from the centre line of the lavatory to the wall should be 15″ (Code) The recommended distance from the centre line of the lavatory to the wall should be 20″. The minimum distance between a wall and the edge of a freestanding, or wall hung lavatory should be 4″.
Taps Bath Centre is one of Ashton Renovations preferred suppliers for kitchen and bath products. They are conveniently located near Toronto’s Design District, and perfect for visiting other stores in the area in search of products for your renovations. You can visit their site for regular sales promotions throughout the year.
We are regulars there and they know us by name. Call before you go and speak with Dominic.