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How to Plan for a Bathroom Renovation

How to Plan for a Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom renovations are popular with homeowners because they provide a good return on investment. When looking at the overall value of a house, bathrooms, along with kitchens, carry a large majority of both the actual and perceived value. Renovating your bathroom will not only give you a space to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life but also help increase your property value and lower time spent on the market if selling is in your future.

Before You Start

Before setting a budget or picking out fixtures, it’s important to understand why you want to renovate your bathroom. The reasons can help you determine the scope of the project and set goals to stick to throughout the process.

Are you trying to:

  • Make it more modern and functional?
  • Increase resale value?
  • Accommodate a change in family size or use?
  • Preparing to sell the home?

Once you know the reason for your bathroom remodel, you can start to prioritize and plan out your budget, layout, and design.

Creating the Plan

Once you’ve identified the reason(s) for your bathroom renovation, you can start to create your plan. There are three basic categories of information to consider.

Start by identifying what you don’t like about the space:

  • Is it the finishes?
  • Use of space?
  • Lack of storage?
  • The massive jacuzzi tub that only gets used for dirty towel storage?

Next, identify what you’d like to have in the space:

  • Heated floors?
  • Custom tile shower with built-in niches or a bench?
  • Floating vanity?
  • Freestanding soaker tub with a chandelier above?

Finally, identify what needs must be met:

  • How many bathrooms are in the house and how many tubs/showers already exist?
    • Although tubs and tub/shower combos are becoming less common, having at least one tub in the house remains a top priority for home buyers.
  • What will the heat source be?
    • In-floor heat for warmth is great on cold mornings.
    • Baseboards using your existing heat source can help keep your costs low.
  • How many people will be using the space and how often?
    • Perhaps that floating vanity or pedestal sink won’t cut it for a large family with only one bathroom.
    • Consider a double vanity in order to increase storage space and functionality.

The information you identify will inform your final design and help you set a realistic budget that will match your goals. Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, and the latest flip this or your favourite renovate show are great resources for idea starters and other considerations to help plan your bathroom renovations.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Intricate tile patterns involve more labor and tend to be more expensive.
  • Visit a local tile supplier to check prices, you’d be surprised how quickly tile costs can add up and eat away at your budget and remember there will be additional labor costs for installation.
  • Electrical components including pot lights, vanity lights, bath fans & in-floor heat add up quickly and can be costly when completed by a licensed professional.
  • If possible, maintain existing plumbing locations (especially the toilet) in order to avoid expensive plumbing bills.
  • Consider quality and be selective with your fixture selections. A simple rain head can range from $50 to $500, but it’s not much of a deal if it stops working after a short time.
  • Depending on the scope, size, materials, and fixtures, a bathroom renovation can run from $5,000 to $30,000 so do your homework and stick with your plans.

The process:

Regardless of the size of the bathroom or the reason for renovating, the bathroom renovations process should always follow the same steps:

  • Separate your wants from your needs.
  • Do your research on materials and design options.
  • Set a realistic budget and have a plan for adjustment if unexpected expenses arise.
  • Contact a professional renovator to help with the design, budget and product selection.
  • Obtain a permit – if plumbing is being moved, structure changed, or the cost is estimated to be over $5,000 YOU NEED A PERMIT!
  • Enjoy the process – renovations can be stressful but remember why you’re doing it. Keep in mind this is something you will be able to enjoy for years to come.

All-Craft takes the time to educate our clients on the latest trends and styles for bathroom renovations in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It is important that you have all the information before picking out materials, working with a professional renovator will help you plan your bathroom renovations.

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Bathroom Faucets | Style & Function

 

Faucets are the jewels that make your bathroom renovation sparkle. Consider style and function when making your faucet selections.

Before choosing a bathroom faucet, think of it as the bling in your bathroom.  Pick a style the suits the look you want to achieve with your bathroom remodel.  Faucets add definition to any vanity or shower.

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When starting to choose your faucets, you will have to think about a few key considerations like:

1.Are you keeping your current sink or buying a new one

2.Where are the faucet holes

3.What is your budget

4.What surface finish scheme are you using in your bathroom (chrome, brushed nickle, flat black etc)

5.How long a faucet will take to order in

6.Does your faucet size suit your bathroom 

Knowing your options is half the battle when selecting the right faucet for your lifestyle. Some common options you will find with faucets are:

1. Touch-less faucets

2.Temperature controlled faucets

3.Different surfaces (Check out hot trends hitting Halifax like polished brass, matt black, bronze and stainless)

4.Multi-flow technology

5.Two-in-one shower heads

6.Finishes that help keep your faucet cleaner

7.Freestanding faucets

8. Rain heads and body jets

Keeping Your Budget In Mind

Faucets vary in price, from $40 to $500 depending on finish,technology and style. Brushed nickel and Chrome are your least expensive, polished brass or oil-rubbed bronze are your more expensive finishes. It is always a good idea to have a budget in mind when you set out to faucet shop. When buying a faucet, always ask about warranties on the mechanics and the finishes.  When purchasing your fixtures, try to obtain all of your materials from the same supplier to ensure you get the matching finishes.

See the hottest faucets to hit Halifax from popular brands like:

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With every bathroom remodel, All-Craft takes the time to educate our clients on trends and styles.  It is important that you have all the information before picking out materials, working with a professional renovator will help you find the right faucet supplier for your project.

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Accessibility Renovations That Are Affordable | Halifax

Accessibility Renovations That Are Affordable

 

Accessibility renovations  prepare you for life changing events and longevity in your home.

No one can escape the effects of aging, but accessibility modifications are not just to prepare you for aging, they are to prepare your home for life changing factors.

Who should renovate with accessibility in mind? Homeowners that are:

Aging in place without urgent needs: People preparing to living longer in their own home

That have progressive condition-based needs: People with chronic or progressive health conditions

That have suffered a traumatic changes: People that experience a life changing traumatic change who need modifications to allow them to live in their own home.

 

Small accessibility features that you can incorporate into your renovation project are: 

Grab Bars and Rails: Say “good-bye” to industrial looking grab bars and “hello” to stylish and functional grab bars that can coordinate with any bathroom decor.

Lever-style handles: When picking out your levers, whether it is for your faucets, doors or kitchen cabinets you should always select a lever-style handle.

Adjustable Shower Heads: When installing new shower heads, pick an adjustable slider arm with your shower head.  This accommodates a person who needs to sit while in the shower or needs assistance while showering.

Remote Controls: You can now have a smart home. There are home systems for lighting, window coverings, heating systems and more which can be controlled by a click of a button.

Comfort-Height Toilets: The best toilet for accessibility is one with a height of 16-17 inches from floor. This height assists in both somebody helping a person after use or simply making it easier to get up after use.

Shower Bench: A bench is a great feature in a shower. This allows anyone with standing restrictions to sit and relax in the shower.

Bathrooms and Kitchens are two main rooms to think about adapting accessibility features into the design. Don’t make the mistake of thinking “I’m too young” or “I don’t have any health concerns”, prepare for the future.

When hiring a professional renovator you should look for a company that has specialized staff in this type of design.  Hire one that is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.

Did you know that Nova Scotia Housing offers funding programs for accessibility renovations? Click for more info

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