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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.

Faucets

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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.

Faucets

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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Faucets

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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Freestanding Tub

Freestanding Tubs Are The Trend | Halifax Bathroom Remodel

Fixture or Furniture, what are freestanding tubs? A freestanding tub has become center stage in bathroom renovations, one of the top bathroom trends in Canada. You can hear words like elegant, curvy and spa-like when describing a freestanding tub. The bathroom has become a place we value, the place where we take the time to relax and recharge. The freestanding tub has replaced the Jacuzzi tub and sunken tub and has become the star piece of furniture in the bathroom.

Freestanding Tubs

Freestanding tubs are more like a new piece of artwork in your bathroom and not just a bathroom fixture. They come in a variety of aesthetic styles, from modern to vintage, not just your basic square-tub look. Tubs also come in a wide range of materials and finishes, such as acrylic, fiberglass and cast iron. Feature accents like old-fashioned claw feet or modern shapes are used to add the finishing look to the tub. When choosing your tub, pick a material that you are capable of maintaining and cleaning.

Freestanding Tub

Freestanding tubs give you flexibility in placement because of their all-sided finish. They can be cornered or even placed in the center of the room, making them the focal point of the bathroom. They are not limited by the need to fit between walls, allowing you to be more creative with the look and shape of your bathroom design.

Some cons that need to be noted when thinking of buying a freestanding tub are:

  • Weight-Freestanding tubs can be very heavy often requiring a reinforced floor. One option is to buy fiberglass, but these tubs can be very expensive.
  • Storage-Because freestanding tubs have no ledge, there is no place to put your shampoo or soap. As well, there is not always the room to build custom shelving around a freestanding tub to hide your towels or store toiletries. An option to overcome storage stress, is to accessorize your space with a bathtub tray or little stylish rolling cart, there is a variety of stylish options. The key is to be relaxed in and out of the tub.
  • Showerless-It is possible to mount a shower to a freestanding tub, but it doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing and requires a wrap around curtain. You can get tubs with a hand-held unit, allowing you to rinse off. Usually if you have space, you can add a stand-up shower to your design.  If you are looking for a unique look, you can have a customized shower designed to compliment your freestanding tub.

If you have the space for a freestanding tub and you love the look of it, you will find a way to overlook the few disadvantages to this new bathroom trend, it is time to spoil yourself with elegance!

For a complimentary consultation, contact the expert bathroom renovators at

All-Craft Renovations

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Shower, Customizing Trends – Halifax

What Is A Custom Shower?

Custom means customizing, so building to your individual specifications, or in design terms, designing to your wants and desires.

Custom showers are the trend of 2016 in home renovations.  Homeowners are craving that spa-like atmosphere when coming home from a long day at work, or even just a place to relax away from every day life.

When day dreaming about a custom shower, you need to think about what you want from your shower. Men and women can differ on this vision.  On average, the man of the house is looking for a place to get in, get out, but lets face it, as soon as he gets a taste of a custom bench with a rainhead shower drenching his body while he sits and relaxes, he will soon be envisioning the same custom shower that the woman of the castle is dreaming about, except she is thinking about the comfort of shaving her legs with a custom bench.

So this vision that leaves you in a tranquil state of mind, it could include trending features like sleek faucets, silk tile, benches, custom niches, speaker systems and could even include a 5 therapy therapeutic care unit.  The features are limitless when considering a new bathroom renovation.

Design is key, starting with showerheads. Self-control is difficult to have when trying to design your showerhead component of your custom shower, and here is where that heartbreaking word comes out, budget. The combinations are endless, from multi-function showerheads to bodysprays and steam showers.  At the end of the day, it all comes down to cost and budget.  A custom shower can be just as luxurious and relaxing with two shower heads than one with a steam shower.

For most of  us day to day bathroom users, we don’t really know what is considered a trendy custom shower. If you are trying to get that tranquil feeling at the end of the day on an everyday budget, you can dream of  a custom bench with a rainhead installed overhead, an adjustable handheld, custom niche, beautiful stylish tile with an accent border and a glass door with bold finishes, usually chrome or brushed nickel, matching your faucet selection. These main components will give you that ‘spa-like’ feeling.

Because of the amazing bathroom material selection available, it is always good to hire a professional renovation company for design/build and material selection assistance to reinsure you are stress-free with your custom bathroom renovation.

Click here for our gallery to see custom shower projects

or if you would like to schedule a quote, please contact the professional at All-Craft Renovations.

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