10 Tips for Bathroom Renovations in Toronto

1. USE QUALITY PRODUCTS

No matter how good the craftsman, if they don’t have quality materials to work with, it’s impossible to construct a functioning, durable, and eye pleasing bathroom. Products for your bathroom should be well constructed, designed properly, suitable for the intended use, and all work well together. Make sure styles and finishes match. Case in point, a client complained his shower base was making a slushing sound. After removal it was discovered not to be constructed of solid material, but containing a solid core of cork. Not suitable for a shower base, and obviously manufactured to save money.

2. BUILD A STRONG STRUCTURE

In some instances it’s acceptable to leave up old drywall in a bathroom and trust what’s behind the walls, but usually not in older homes. Some common elements that need to be addressed are older plumbing drains and supply lines, electrical, HVAC, wood structure, and insulation. It’s super important to insure everything is to code and working well.

3. CREATE ADEQUATE FIXTURE SPACING

Your new bathroom should always take into account the 27 guidelines set by the NKBA, which have been historically reviewed since the 1920’s. From the toilet paper holder to the space between the walls and the toilet, everything should be planned out. It’s always a good idea to have a 3D rendering and floor plan done to visually see what the space will look like. General rule is to allow space and avoid too many items or those that are too big.

 

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4. PROTECT FROM WATER DAMAGE

Do as much as you can to prevent water damage. This includes proper tile backer boards, humitek drywall, and waterproofing membranes such as Schluter Ditra and Kerdi. Proper caulking and inspection of plumbing are also vital to ensuring your new bathroom is protected.

5. INSTALL VENTILATION

If you think skipping the installation of your fan is a good idea to save on costs think again. Ignoring proper ventilation can cause moisture problems and damage materials including creating mold issues. Make sure you install a quality fan and it is vented properly through the roof or exterior wall.

6. CREATE AMPLE LIGHTING

Your bathroom should include, where possible, sconce/vanity lighting, main pot lights on a dimmer, and shower light. There should also be a GFCI by the vanity and a fan on a timer. Any other elements such as a heated floor, additional outlets, or towel warmers are nice but not essential.

7. BUDGET ACCORDINGLY

The budget for your bathroom should be in keeping with the value of your house. However, keep in mind there are minimums required to build a bathroom. Also understand that luxury bathrooms are expensive and time consuming, so allocate the proper amount to get the job done right.

8. USE THE RIGHT TRADES

To ensure you get things done right don’t use a jack of all trades contractor. Each contractor should be specialized in their own trade with the exception of the renovator on the project. Specialized trades are the most experienced in their field and can get the finest details taken care of. Never attempt to do a bathroom on your own.

9. DON’T RUSH YOUR PROJECT

Rushing a project is a sure fire way to create problems. Mistakes and accidents happen and that isn’t good. Instead, slow down and make sure your project is safe and well done.

 

 

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10. DESIGN IT RIGHT

Make sure the elements, styles, and design of your bathroom are planned out from the beginning. It’s much more difficult to correct design flaws during renovations. The best piece of advice is to keep it simple.

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Ashton Renovations Toronto Pool Deck 3D Rendering

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This photo truly represents what you can really do with Chief Architect. Another job that is going to look great using TREX! This program will allow us to create any type of project you can imagine, whether it is a bathroom, kitchen, or whole house interior, we can create it! Exactly as described, is exactly what will happen when we at Ashton Renovations design and plan your project.

This particular design shows in detail in both a top and articulated view what the end project will look like. Especially useful is the placement of furnishings. Even details such as the aluminum black railing.

 

 

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OXO Stronghold Suction – Great for your Toronto Bathroom

Aside from installing a niche in a shower, which can be expensive and requires the entire shower, or bath to be waterproofed, the Good Grips by OXO we have found to be an excellent product for our Toronto Bathroom Renovation clients. They adhere to the bathroom walls exceptionally and are durable and easy to clean. Superior to caddy’s and those units to require drilling through wall tiles that create water penetration issues.

 

 

BENEFITS:

1. No more loose messy soap in the shower, and shampoo containers in shower

2. Easy suction click suction cups

3. Drainage slots

4. Rust resistant metal

5. Durable

6. Easy to clean

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