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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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The CHBA-NS 2017 Renovator of the Year | NH&R

The night was like no other for the All-Craft Family at the CHBA-NS Peak Awards.

The team was out of their work-boots and into their suits and heels ready to celebrate whether they won an award or not at the 2016 CHBA-NS Peak Awards.

At the Peak Awards you can find the most outstanding professional renovators and builders in Nova Scotia coming together to celebrate the hard work and dedication performed all year long. CHBA Builders and Renovators are recognized for their outstanding renovations and custom homes with CHBA-NS Peak Awards, presented by Peter Kohler.

Winning multiple awards that evening, the night was filled with surprises for the All-Craft Family. The celebrations began but something even more exciting was about to happen for the team.

All-Craft is known for their dedication to the community and the industry as well their dedication to their clients, on the night of the gala this was recognized in a substantial way. To the surprise of the team, All-Craft was awarded one of the most prestigious awards a professional renovator can receive, The CHBA-NS Renovator of the Year Award.

You could find the All-Craft family hugging and even shedding tears, jumping with excitement. That night was special, the team was together for one of the most memorable moments that can happen for a professional renovating company and their team.

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NH&R captured The All-Craft Family in their 2017 Fall Edition. The story captures the heart of All-Craft and the family behind the success, it tells the story of why All-Craft is Renovator of the Year. Click to read the full story.

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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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Do the Research Before you Renovate

Do The Renovation Research!

Renovations start with prioritizing, and prioritizing means doing your research, starting with how to find the right professional renovator.

 

More than 3 out of 4 Canadian homeowners renovated their homes in 2014 or plan to renovate in 2015. Homeowners top priority is to enhance the design and function of their homes, and in doing so, the confusion and stress becomes overwhelming. The renovation process can present many questions and decisions that a homeowner can’t answer. Time for RESEARCH!

 

Unfortunately, with homeowners watching reality renovation shows, they are left thinking a quality renovation can be complete in days and they think the renovation costs they see on television should be roughly what to expect for their renovation, but, T.V. shows do not include labour costs,  leaving false misrepresentation of professional renovations and costs.

 

So, are you wondering how to not be one of those “reno gone wrong”? The key is to research, use technology to find out information and use some old fashion reading to find out who is the right fit for your project.

 

4 key questions you have to ask yourself when you are starting your renovation process, whether it be a small room like your bathroom or an entire basement renovation:

  • What – Your house is your castle, when you walk through your front door you take a deep breath and feel a sense of relaxation. When you look around, your always thinking about what to change, so first step is to make a definite decision on what you want to renovate.
  • Who – Biggest question of your renovation. We all have heard horror stories, and seen them. One way of finding a renovator is through your local home building association and through BBB. The internet is another source to view renovators portfolios, through social media and their professional website. Always, and that means, always, hire a professional with the following, WCB, Insurance, Warranty’s, and that provide written contracts.
  • When – When hiring a professional, it is the norm that a good renovator is booked months in advance.  If you have a renovator that can start your project ASAP, think twice.  Renovations are a process, starting from design to material selection.  So never rush. Pick a time frame that is feasible to your schedule for working with your professional on color and material selection.
  • Why – Dated, Damage, Want, Needs….these are all reasons to renovate. Now, it is you that has to decide the reason to renovate.  Whether it is for energy efficiency, a home addition because the family is growing or just for a trendy new living space, you need to decide before starting your journey. Usually budget plays a role, it helps determine a “need” from a “want”.

It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Nothing is more rewarding than watching your vision become reality, watching your space transform into a new, improved living space. It is just icing on the cake when you can do it with peace of mind that you have the top professional renovator working for you.

 

If would like to receive a quote for a renovation project, please contact the professionals at All-Craft Renovations.

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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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