How Do You Save On A Bathroom Remodel?

How Do You Save On A Bathroom Remodel?

A well-accomplished bathroom remodel can give your home a facelift and increase its value. However, the cost of a bathroom remodel can sometimes be a big challenge for a homeowner. The good news is that there are certain steps you can take to save money on a bathroom remodel.

1. Prioritize needs over wants

Once you have started planning for your bathroom remodel, you should differentiate between the things you need and those you want. Your needs will be based on the people using the bathroom as well as the fixtures that can make the room more functional.

2. Don’t change the layout and size of your bathroom

Rearranging, changing, or enlarging the size and layout of your bathroom will cost you lots of money. This is because it will require you to move the plumbing pipes, remake the cabinet, redo the electricity and lots more. So it will contribute significantly to the overall cost of your bathroom remodel.

3. Shop wisely

Bathroom components come in different sizes, designs and qualities. Nevertheless, how and where you shop for these items can determine how much you will spend on them. You will need to shop wisely for every material you need for your bathroom remodel.

4. Go for refinishing instead of replacement

Although replacing your existing bathroom fixtures with newer ones can give your bathroom a facelift, it will cost you lots of money. The cost is not just about getting new bathroom components, but you may also need to demolish and reconstruct certain things. Fortunately, you don’t need to replace all bathroom components, especially the ones in good condition.

You can improve the overall appearance of your bathroom components by just refinishing them without costing you an arm and a leg.

5. Choose prefabricated bathtub or shower

If you have to replace your bathtub or shower, you should choose a prefabricated one. Custom showers and bathtubs are known to be costly. Hence, they are not cost-effective options if you want to save money on a bathroom remodel. Prefabricated ones, on the other hand, are more affordable and easier to install.


How do you plan a bathroom renovation?

How do you plan a bathroom renovation?

Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom and want to do it the right way? Are you searching for tips to plan a successful bathroom renovation? Do you want to renovate and remodel your bathroom without any hassle? Well look no further! Below are the best tips and tricks to a successful bathroom renovation.

Successful bathroom renovation starts with adequate and foolproof planning. Here are some ways to plan a bathroom renovation:

1. Hire a Professional Construction Contractor

If you want to plan and renovate your bathroom without any issues, work with an experienced and licensed home improvement contractor. A bathroom renovation involves several intricacies, which are best understood by construction companies. The contractor will listen to your needs, offer you realistic designs, and provide you with a workable budget. Compliance with essential building codes will also be ensured by the contractor.

2. Utilize Pre-existing Fixtures

Installing new fixtures can be costly and time consuming. Consider using your pre-existing fixtures such as your faucet, shower head and lights to be more budget friendly. Alternatively, to cut down on costs even more, consider leaving existing fixtures in the same place within your bathroom. An experienced bathroom renovation expert can design different layouts that will factor in your existing fixtures, cutting down on additional labour costs.

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3. Prioritize Waterproof Flooring

When it comes to materials to use in your bathroom, it is important to consider the requirements of the space itself. Keep in mind that bathrooms tend to have excessive moisture, humidity and water which is why it is best to choose waterproof flooring.  You can choose from different waterproof flooring materials, such as stone, tile, and vinyl. However, try to steer clear of hardwood floors as they may be affected by the changing humidity levels in the bathroom.

4. Add Luxury Items

If you are looking to invest in your home, consider using high-end materials and luxury items. Luxury items will improve the overall aesthetic and add a dramatic improvement to the bathroom. You can also mix and match by using a combination of luxury items and affordable materials. For instance, you can install a marble wall to transform your bathroom space while going with affordable vinyl floors.

5. Convert Your Bathtub into a Shower

If you have a bathtub in your bathroom, you can think about converting it to a shower. Your bathroom space will maintain its elegance, luxury, and functionality while lowering labour costs of installing a new shower and additional plumbing fixtures. It’s an affordable and versatile way to renovate your bathroom.

Takeaway

The tips above are ways to plan a bathroom renovation. Keep in mind that planning a renovation with an experienced bathroom renovation contractor will make the project stress-free and successful. Contact us for help with your bathroom renovation and we promise mind-blowing results from start to finish!


5 Essential Bathroom Remodeling Tips

5 Essential Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Some of your most private moments are spent in a bathroom, it is also an area of your home that will be used by family members and guests alike. There are so much emphasis and care put into bathroom remodels as their aesthetics and functionality are crucial to the comfort, convenience, and satisfaction of everyone that uses it. In the real estate industry, there is a saying “bathrooms and kitchens sell homes”, this alone speaks to the importance of any bathroom. This is also why many homeowners favour a bathroom remodel when thinking about a potential home improvement project. 

If you are planning a bathroom remodel at your home, consider the following 5 essential bathroom remodelling tips before you begin your project: 

1. Set a Budget

There are so many options when planning out a bathroom remodel, it is easy for your expenses to balloon, especially when remodeling a large master bathroom. This is why it is important to have a budget set for your remodel before you begin. Once you decide on how much you can realistically spend the remodel, take 10%-15% off the top to set aside as emergency funds to use towards unexpected expenses. The remainder should be your working budget.

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2. Determine the Scope of the Project

It is crucial to decide the magnitude of the bathroom remodel you want. Bathroom remodelling can be undertaken to alter the bathroom layout, shape, accessories, aesthetics, and functionalities. Planning the remodel based on what type of project you will be completing is crucial for the planning. It is much easier to decide if you are going to complete a full remodel or if you are going to keep some aspects of the original bathroom before you begin.

3. Develop a New Layout

Is there a better layout, that may improve functionality or space? Updating the layout will not only completely change the look and feel of the room, but it can help you improve accessibility, create more space, and make the bathroom more functional. Assess the limitations of the existing layout. Consider the improvement you are thinking of and how creating a new layout will help you achieve your goals. 

4. Prioritize Ventilation

While going about bathroom remodel, do not overlook ventilation. Following the current building code is a must for any remodel. If you are remodeling a bathroom that is decades old, it may not have proper ventilation.  Ensure that your bathroom has a window that meets sizing requirements and/or a bathroom exhaust fan. 

5. Improve Lighting

This is your chance to not only increase the amount of light in your bathroom but also to increase the appeal with some aesthetically pleasing fixtures. You can combine natural lighting with artificial lighting to make the bathroom brighter and airier. 

When upgrading your bathroom, the options are limitless. Having a proper plan in place will help you ensure you have a finished product that meets all of your dream bathroom expectations.   

At KBC Solutions we are experienced with kitchen remodels of all types and sizes. Our designers will work with you to help plan out and design the kitchen of your dreams and our professional installers will bring it to life. Call us today at 647-258-4170 to book your consultation.


5 Bathroom Renovation Ideas

5 Bathroom Renovation Ideas

An updated bathroom has the ability to change how you feel about and how others perceive your home. Your bathroom may be one of the smaller rooms in your home, but it is also one of the most important rooms as well. This is where you spend some of your most private moments, and a place for peace and even relaxation. However, when it comes to bathroom renovations, there are many options and styles you need to decide on. Everything from the style of toilet to the hardware that will help pull the room together. These decisions can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed and perhaps even confused.

To help you navigate this process, we have put together a list of 5 bathroom renovation ideas that will help turn your bathroom into the bathroom of your dreams.

1. Create the Feeling of a Larger Space

No matter the size of your bathroom, you can always make it feel more spacious with a well-placed mirror. Installing a large mirror will not only give the illusion of larger space, it will also help brighten up your bathroom by reflecting more light. A larger mirror will also provide more space when getting ready in the morning or to go out, especially if you share the bathroom with someone else.

2. Not Just Any Bathtub Will Do

Your bathtub is not just where you can lay back and relax. It also has the potential of being the focal point of your bathroom. With multiple designs, styles, and functions available to select from, you need to choose wisely. Consider how you will utilize the tub (do you enjoy a long relaxing soak, or perhaps you enjoy the message jets have to offer, or you may not be a bath person at all) and select a tub that will meet your needs but that will also compliment the interior décor of your bathroom.

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3. Pick Your Porcelain Wisely

The importance a toilet plays in your bathroom renovation should not be underestimated. Just like your bathtub, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a toilet. Style, design and function are the main differentiators. From low flow toilets designed to conserve water consumption to toilets with built in bidets for that extra clean feeling, your choice needs to be made on what features are important to you. A few other options that you should give some consideration to are if you like the look of a one-piece or two-piece toilet, and if you are more comfortable sitting on a round or elongated bowl shape?

4. Hardware

The hardware you choose for your bathroom renovation will add the final touches to the room. Choose cupboard handles, knobs, towel racks, toilet paper holders, and faucets that help accentuate the room. No matter if you choose a classic look or a more modern design, choosing hardware that doesn’t mesh well together will leave your bathroom feeling chaotic and take away from the tranquil ambiance you are looking for.

5. Increase Storage Space

You can always use extra storage space for all the items we all store in our bathrooms. Installing a floor to ceiling cabinet as well as cabinet organizers in your bathroom will help you store towels, toiletries, extra toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and everything else you need access to properly.


5 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

5 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

Who doesn’t get excited about planning a bathroom remodel? After all, your bathroom is where many of your most private moments take place. And for some, it is the only truly alone time they have. So, having a bathroom that combines style and function is ever so important. We understand that bathroom renovation projects can turn out to be a challenge at times. This is why we asked our designers to share some of their tips and tricks to help keep your bathroom remodel planning, fun and exciting.

We look to inspire you to invest your budget wisely while still designing a stylish, relaxing space!

1. Avoid Positioning the Toilet in Front of the Door

Something that all of our designers had in their notes was to avoid placing the toilet directly in front of the door. You may think this tip is based around privacy, and even though this is true, the reason for this is many people keep their bathroom door open when the room is not in use. As a result, your visitors will more than likely be staring at your toilet at some point, as they walk around your home. No matter how nice your toilet is, you do not want it to be a focal point. Instead you can redirect their attention with a vanity with an ornate mirror positioned in front of the door. This will provide a welcoming vibe to your bathroom, when the door is left open.

2. Ensure the Space is Well Lit

Lighting can do wonders, especially if you have a small bathroom. Another popular tip from our designers is to include multiple lighting sources in your bathroom redesign. This will ensure the space is well lit. By utilizing a warmer light tone, you create a spa-like ambiance, with an extra touch of style.

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3. Pay Close Attention to Your Sink’s Height

A common mistake in bathroom remodel, is positioning the sink at an incorrect height. Most countertops are set around 32 to 34 inches from the floor. But, with the popularity of above counter mounted sink bowls, the additional height of the sink needs to be taken into consideration. Otherwise, you may find that your sink is at an uncomfortable height, and younger family members may not be able to reach the faucet.

4. Choose an Oversized Shower Over a Small Tub

If you have limited space in your bathroom, a large soaker tub is definitely not an option. But, before you consider having a smaller tub installed with a shower head above, think about if you will really enjoy the smaller tub or even use it. Instead, choose to have an oversized shower with multiple shower heads installed. This design will offer up additional space, without removing the benefit from the spa-like amenity. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy relaxing under a waterfall shower head in their new bathroom?

5. Add Some Extravagant Touches

A great renovation project is always pulled together by the smaller details. We are not saying to blow your budget on high-end finishes, but rather find those unique pieces that will give the room character. Consider upgrading the hardware on your vanity or installing luxurious walls sconces or even incorporating ornate window coverings. There are so many possibilities to add a touch of character and class to your redesigned bathroom.

Planning a bathroom remodel may have you a little tense, but the thought of the finished product should excite you. There are many design tips available to help you with your planning, but if you are finding it difficult to come up with a design that meets your needs and wants, our team at KBC Solutions will work with you to help build a plan and design that brings your dream bathroom to life. Call us today at 647-258-4170 to book your consultation.


What are the Hot New Trends for Bathroom Remodels?

What are the Hot New Trends for Bathroom Remodels?

As we are nearing the half way mark of 2020 we can look back and reflect on the year so far. I know what you are thinking, but what I am referring to is this year’s design trends. More specifically the top bathroom remodel trends we have seen so far in 2020.

Bathroom renovations can be complicated, your design should marry form and function, but you are also looking to wow guests and enjoy the tranquility of the space yourself as well. There are a lot of choices to make including the design, colour and materials for showers, bathtubs, sinks, vanities, tiles, and finishes. To help you find some inspiration for your bathroom remodel, we are sharing our top 6 bathroom design trends of 2020 so far. No matter your style, these trends are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

1. High-Tech Bathrooms

Smart lights and smart toilets have been incorporated in bathrooms for the past few years. This year the bathroom is getting a technological makeover, from smart mirrors to smart showers and built-in sound systems there is no holding back when it comes to the most private of rooms. Smart showers can be set to automatically start and be at the perfect temperature before you even enter the room, smart mirrors can display the weather and allow you to view the top news stories as you are getting ready for work, some even incorporate a touch screen and TV streaming within the mirror. Built-in sound systems allow you to enjoy your personal playlist throughout your home, including the bathroom. There is also a slew of voice activated features available that include voice activated lights, towel warmers, and heated floors. As technology continues to creep into our bathrooms, the experience becomes more relaxing and convenient.

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2. Simplified Storage

Under sink bathroom cabinets tend to be jam packed, and unorganized. A trend we have seen this year is to simplify bathroom storage by utilizing space more efficiently and eliminating open storage spaces. Floor to ceiling cabinets and shelves will help keep your toiletries and towels organized. Keeping the countertop, cabinets, and hidden storage areas more organized will help the entire room look and feel more open and provide a more relaxing environment.

3. Floating Vanities

Floating bathroom vanities have been popular for some time now, and they continue to be in demand. With new designs and built-in compartments for organizing and storage, you do not need to give up important storage space to achieve the refined look floating vanities provide.

4. Black Is In

Grey was an extremely popular bathroom colour choice over the past couple years, 2020 has seen darker shades move up as the popular colour choice. Black is bold and pops just the right amount when mixed in with a classic white bathtub, sink, or tile. Everything from faucets to towel racks, mirrors and beyond are now available in black, and people are loving it.

5. Colour Accents

If you are now quite ready to embrace black in your bathroom, another popular trend for 2020 is to leverage bright and colourful accents in the bathroom. Teal, pink, blue, and green are all popular choices as the pair up effortlessly with neutral shades. These bright pops of colour are a fun way to break up an otherwise plain room, but still, maintain a classic look. Specific colours can even help enhance your mood, if you are looking to relax, or perhaps boost your creativity, pops of certain colours can help.

6. Not Just Your Standard Mirror

Unique mirror shapes and designs have increased in popularity and are available in a variety of forms and sizes, allowing your imagination to run wild when it comes to incorporating a visually appealing mirror into your bathroom design. However, asymmetrically shaped mirrors are not where the trend stops. We mentioned smart mirrors in the technology section above, mirrors are now more than just delivering you your reflection, they incorporate touch screens, built-in speakers and USB charging, they can let you see what you would look like with a different hair colour or outfit, and one of the most popular options are mirrors with built-in lighting to ensure you always have the right amount of light to get ready, putting function back at the top of the list of features available with today’s bathroom mirrors.


When is the Right Time for a Bathroom Remodel?

When is the Right Time for a Bathroom Remodel?

When considering the right time to complete any major renovation project in your home, there are multiple factors that you need to pay attention to. Contractor availability, project timeline and price are three of the most important factors that can affect your project. A full bathroom remodel would unquestionably fall into the category of a major renovation project, and so we will explore each of the above factors in relation to bathroom renovations below.

1. Contractor Availability

Most homeowners tend to lean towards the spring and summer months to complete their home renovations. This seems to be the best time for them as the weather is nice, so if windows and doors are left open or removed you are not disrupted by the cold weather. The downside of waiting for the weather to warm up, is that contractor demand is high. So, you may not be able to hire the contractor you wanted, or you may end up waiting weeks or even months before the project can begin. Materials also become a bit of a concern at this time, as many contractors are putting in their orders, there may be a delay in delivery and there is also a higher chance of a mix up with another order. Reaching out to your desired bathroom renovation specialist in fall, winter or early spring, will increase your chances of being able to get the job done in a timely fashion.

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2. Project Timeline

Planning for your bathroom renovation ahead of time, will help shorten the process when it comes time for the work to actually begin. If you have a date selected or a special event that you need to have your renovation completed by, you could find yourself in a bind if you did not plan ahead. Let’s say you want to complete your new spa inspired master bathroom by your 10th wedding anniversary in July. Selecting a company in early winter to come look at the space and design your new bathroom gives you enough time to ensure your deadline is met. The crew and material will be booked well in advance. As mentioned above, most contractors are not as busy during the winter months, so chances are they will have more time to discuss your vision and plan for the renovation. On the flip side, if you begin your search in May for a July deadline, you need to be willing to accept what options are available at the time, or you risk missing your deadline.

3. Price

Most contractors have their own pricing model that they follow when providing estimates to potential clients. If the contractor has a hefty workload with plenty of jobs coming up, they may be less inclined to negotiate the price. But, if you find the contractor during a slow period or when they are looking to fill in their schedule, they may be more willing to negotiate the price to get the job. Material costs may also fluctuate due to demand. The same way that Christmas decorations are drop in price on December 26th, some materials may be less expensive during slower times. However, the same way that the availability of decorations will be lower on December 26th, waiting for a slower season may mean having a smaller selection material.

At KBC Solutions we understand that the right time to complete a bathroom remodel is subjective to each individual’s needs and wants. We will work with you to help plan out and design your new bathroom, and try our best to meet your timeline. Call us today at 647-258-4170 to book your consultation.


Things to Consider when Renovating your Bathroom

Things to Consider when Renovating your Bathroom

If we are being honest, bathrooms are the last part of the house we think about when it comes to renovation, except if there are major damages. Nevertheless, bathroom renovations can be exciting and extremely fulfilling when executed properly.

As with all home renovations, in order to achieve the right results, there are certain things that you should consider carefully when you decide to renovate your bathroom.

Here are five things that will help you make the right decisions for your bathroom renovation.

1. Budget

The first step for any project is the budget and there is no difference when it comes to renovating your bathroom. Decide on a budget that will allow you to get the best quality for installation and manual labour without breaking the bank. Your budget will then help you streamline spending to only the essential needs with a little wiggle room for unexpected expenses.

2. Size of New Fixtures

Your bathroom may seem bigger than it really is so when you are shopping for bathtubs, showers and sinks, you may want to take new measurements to make sure the size of the new fixtures will fit. Be sure of the size of what you are installing and the space available for it before concluding on any purchase to avoid a waste of money and time.

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3. Old vs. New Theme

Your bathroom theme is very important because the bathroom is the place where most thought processes and relaxation take place. You may really like the old theme you have going and see something in an interior décor store that catches your eye but would disturb your current theme. This is typically when you start debating old vs. new. The solution is simple, you can either do a completely new theme, after all, it’s a renovation, or you can find the perfect blend between the new fixtures and the old theme that would create an excellent blend in your bathroom.

4. Bathroom Usage

The frequency of your bathroom use and the number of users is another thing to consider while making choices for your bathroom renovation. If it’s for only one or two people, you can splurge on a fancy bath and shower combo since there is no need for a lot of room. However, if more than two people use the bathroom, you may want to use a shower as space won’t be very personal.

5. Maintenance

The dedication to maintaining your bathroom in terms of cleaning and use can be a deciding factor when it comes to renovation. If you, or other occupants, have terrible maintenance habits, it is best to go for regular fixtures that don’t require extra maintenance.

Your bathroom renovation can be literal perfection if you take the necessary things into consideration to avoid wasting your resources.