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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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Small Bathroom Renovations in Halifax | Planning and Cost

Small bathrooms tend to lack in functionality and spa-like feeling, creating a chaotic room unable to accommodate the needs of a household.

If you are planning a small bathroom renovation here are a few topics you need to consider:

    1. Who is your renovator going to be? How to find a good renovator: Finding a professional renovator can be overwhelming. When researching renovators, look for the following:
      1. Their official website
      2. Testimonials
      3. Are they a member of your local building association (CHBA-NS)
      4. Look for them on social media sites
      5. Do they have insurance, WCB and are they Safety Certified (these are very important factors when hiring a renovator. If your renovator does not have these credentials it means you will be responsible for anyone injured on your property or damages.
    2. Planning a small bathroom renovation: Time to design using every inch of space. Your professional renovator can help you with designing your new space, taking in consideration:
      1. Budget
      2. Determining shower or tub configuration (will you be having a custom shower built or using a freestanding tub or an insert)
      3. Bathroom layout
      4. Materials to be used (for example: will you use a floating vanity or will you want a his and hers vanity)
    3. Cost associated with a small bathroom renovation: Cost of a small bathroom renovation can vary based on what your vision is, ranging from 5k to 20k. Some features that can increase the price of your bathroom renovation are:
      1. In floor heating with digital thermostat under tile floor for constant heating throughout
      2. Custom Showers, tiled with niches and benches
      3. Your choice in faucets. Some people love multipal shower heads, including rain heads and wall jets
      4. A waterproofing system (This is a must in any bathroom renovation that includes the shower area. Your contractor should use a waterproofing system that holds a good warranty. For example: Schluter Systems)
    4. Ideas to improve small bathroom space: From paint color to vanity, lighting and windows, these materials can make a difference in creating an open look for your small space.
      1. Skylights can provide natural lighting, allowing the room to be bright.
      2. Wall mounted toilets provide a sleek look giving you space off the floor
      3. Lighting-task & ambient lighting can provide the feeling of a larger room
      4. Tile flooring-new fresh 12×24 tile gives a bathroom a feeling of fresh, clean and large. If you are doing a custom tiled shower, you can tile down the shower walls and flow it onto the floor with no transitions.
      5. Pocket Doors are great when tight on space, utilizing the wall instead of the bathroom space.
      6. Large framless mirrors always give an illusion of a spacious space.

    Small bathrooms can be a spacious space using new trends and styles.

  1. Have a peek at bathroom renovations done by the All-Craft team, taking a bathroom vision and making it a reality!

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Renovate With A Contract | Get It In Writing

Renovate with ease with a contract, Get It In Writing!

When making that investment in your home to renovate you need to protect yourself by getting your renovator to put it in writing!

Many individuals end up being a ‘reno-victim’ because they hire a ‘cash-only’ contractor.  These type of contractors keep it cheap for the homeowner. But without a contract homeowners find themselves paying greatly for the mistake of hiring this type of renovator, commonly known as an “underground” contractor.

Hiring a renovator that is a member of your local Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA-NS) can help alleviate some of the pressure you feel when choosing a Professional Renovator.

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) launched the campaign “Get It In Writing” to help inform homeowners of how to avoid risks when hiring a renovator.

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You should never take chances when hiring a renovator, always get it in writing. Your contract should have 5 main components.

Description of the projectA detailed description of your project, including materials and products. Your contract should also have your plans that you signed off on and you received a copy of.

Payment ScheduleA payment schedule should be structured and outlined in your contract.  This helps alleviate confusion about payments and amounts.

Approximate Project Dates– In your contract you should see an approximate start date. A reputable renovator works closely with their suppliers and know approximately order timelines. After you have approved your design and material selections, your material can be ordered and a timeline set. Weather elements can affect timelines, so always keep that in mind.

Change Order Information and Process- With any renovation project you can always run into changes once the project commences, from change in materials to opening a wall and finding asbestos. Your Project Manager should always sit you down and go over cost and document a change order.  In your contract you should see a policy for change orders.

SignaturesThis is a must for both parties involved in a contract.  You should always see the signature of the renovator on your contract as well as yours.  This is what will protect you, as well as the contractor. Binding the contract and keeping everyone involved accountable. 

If you are planning a renovation project, always get a contract.  A contract protects you from being a ‘reno-victim’.

DID YOU KNOW: That if you hire a contractor to renovate your home that does not have WCB or Insurance, that you will be responsible for anyone injured on your site or any damage to your property or others.

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Ensuite Remodel Customized To Perfection

This ensuite remodel used all the top trends to make it a stylish and functional bathroom renovation.  With stone being material of choice, this ensuite includes an over-sized custom tiled shower accessorized with a custom 4-ft niche and corner foot shelf to help those ladies on shaving day. A grab bar was installed for the future, to help accommodate any accessibility concerns that may arise. The chrome faucets allow for relaxation under the rain head and still have everyday functionality with an adjustable shower head.

 

The 60” vanity with a trendy Mediterranean trough sink and granite counter top created a stylish space to get ready for your day, providing space for him and her to share.

 

Even the mirror screams “customized”.  This mirror was cut to perfection for the client’s height and accommodated the ability to share with a “Mirror Hog” because of its large size. The light fixture was mounted snug with the cut, giving off the effect that the light was one with the mirror.

 

 

Ensuite bathroom remodels are one of the top renovations for 2016-2017 in Canada.  As the children leave the nest, couples find themselves craving that time alone in a “spa” like feeling atmosphere and the bathroom is the perfect spot to make that happen.

 

 

Who doesn’t enjoy the perks of rolling out of bed and only having a few steps to your very own spa!

Contact All-Craft Renovations For Your Complimentary Ensuite Remodel Design Consultation

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Toilet to Throne | Custom Bathrooms in Halifax

Toilet, commode or commonly known as “The Throne”, never forget to take care of your tushy when you are picking out bathroom materials for your bathroom renovations.

Never assume a toilet isn’t important when picking out custom bathroom materials for your bathroom renovation, toilets are more than just a ceramic bowl, they add style and functionality to your bathroom and should never be ignored during a bathroom remodel.

With all the new toilet tech, you might want to think about whether you want the ‘Rolls Royce’ of toilets or the standard ‘Sedan’.  The new upgrades available in what we consider an eye sore in a bathroom can transform your toilet into a luxury throne. There are endless bathroom renovation trends to choose from!

The best toilets are the ones that take that one flush to do the job, conserving thousands of water a year while still delivering a clean bowl. You have to look at options including different heights, bowl shapes and flushing technologies when making your selection.

 

So the question is “how do I choose a commode?”

Start with the basic needs:

Toilet Shape and Height: Standard toilet height is around 14 1/2”. This height is preferable for children, so a standard size would be a choice if the bathroom is going to be used by the children of the house.  In recent years toilet bowl height has increased to 16 1/8” floor to rim to assist people with back and leg problems and those with physical disabilities and/or the elderly. This height is also ideal for taller people. Sitting high has become the popular choice and is also a great choice when your renovation is based on a universal design.

Toilets come in round and elongated sizes. Round is ideal for ‘squeezy’ spaces and elongated provides more sitting room and provides comfort.

The style you select is a matter of personal taste, and you can choose from a variety of styles, ranging from contemporary to traditional.

If you are looking to make your toilet the talk of the tushy, some accessories you can add are a seat heater, toilet illuminating strips, hydraulic hinge (avoiding any 2 a.m.toilet slams) and, though the common lever is chrome plated, you can change it up to match all of your faucets and finishes of your bathroom.

Design: The three basic designs you will hear are 1. One-Piece (Tank and bowl are fused together), 2. Two-Piece (Tank and Bowl come as two separated pieces and 3. Wall Mounted(Mounts to the wall and eliminates need for a toilet foot or base).

One-Piece: May save space, easy to clean and is sleek.

Two-Piece: Most common type, easy to find replacement parts, generally more economical.

Wall-Mounted: Ideal for accessibility, wheelchairs or walkers, does tend to be on the more expensive side. With this style toilet, the drain must be on the wall rather then the floor.

All toilets can come in different colors and shapes, its a personal preference what you desire as your throne. WHITE never goes out of style, so it is a safe color to go with.

When you are shopping for your toilet of choice, always ask about water efficiency and flush performance.  A toilet with a higher flush performance will ensure that all waste is cleared within one single flush, and minimizes the chances of clogging. “What is the MaP Score”?-this is what your question should be to the Sales Associate. Basically, these scores indicate your flushing performance, it is safe to say any toilet between 600-1000g will provide you great flushing.

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Dual Flush Toilet vs. Single Flush, oh decisions!

Dual flush and single flush can be misleading, the terminology actually refers to the mechanisms on the toilet itself. When talking dual-flush, you will notice two buttons on the top of your toilet, usually with symbols of a moon, representing liquid waste and solid waste. Dual-Flush toilets are known for their ability to save water consumption. But before making that upfront investment in the dual-flush system, you need to do some research, learn ‘fact’ from ‘marketing’.

“FLUSH” is the flow of water that removes the waste and leaves your bowl clean and sparkling and pushes the waste through your pipes…you don’t want it sitting there waiting for the next flush!

Before making the PLUNGE in the dual flush system, you need to take in a few considerations, starting with hygiene. Dual-Flush toilets tend to hold less water in the bowl, in which case can cause streaking and can leave waste on the sides of the bowl to harden. Multiple flushing to clean the streaks defeats the purpose of a dual-flush system and actually ends up using more water than a single flush toilet. Though streaks are not aesthetically pleasing, most importantly, they also provide a place where germs can hibernate.

User Friendly, this is another important consideration to think about. Dual-Flush toilets tend to have buttons that can be difficult to push, for most users this isn’t an issue, but for users with physical limitations and users that suffer from painful health conditions, this is a barrier in flushing.

Most single flush toilets today are low-flush, but can still use more water than a dual-flush. When deciding on which flushing system to use in your bathroom reno, weigh in some factors, like family size, age groups in the home (children tend to play with the buttons on the toilets more then just a simple flush on a single-flush toilet) and initial cost of the appliance, including installation cost.

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Do The Deed and Do The Research!

If you are looking for a bathroom renovator in Halifax, then please contact the professionals today!

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