Vancouver Fall Home Show Coming Soon

Clearly autumn is nearly here.  The cooler, rainy days have returned, kids are back at school and the days are getting shorter. Seems like autumn, by its very nature, causes us to turn our attention towards our interior spaces and cozying up our homes.  It’s the perfect time to be thinking about that bathroom renovation you have been considering, and the ideal timing to ensure its completion before the holidays are here! 

Again, this year WE DO BATHROOMS will have a booth at the Vancouver Fall Home Show, which runs from October 18 – 21 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  Why don’t you plan to stop by and meet with us, perhaps bring a sketch or a photo of your bathroom and together we can discuss the renovation options you are considering.  It’s a perfect time to get inspired, consider all your possibilities and take a step towards the perfect bathroom you have always wanted. 

We will be located at Booth 1140, and we look forward to meeting you!

 Photo by adogslifephoto/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by adogslifephoto/iStock / Getty Images

Quartz is where its at!

Years ago, the only real option for countertops was arborite.  It could be found in kitchens, laundry rooms, garage surfaces and of course, on bathroom countertops.  Although it was a popular product in its day, there are now a wide range of possible choices for surfaces.  Over the past several years, countertop options have included tile, granite, marble, concrete, laminates, and even glass.  All of these products offer certain advantages and characteristics and represented a growing interest in bathroom décor.

By far the most popular countertop choice in recent years is quartz.  Quartz has the look of natural stone, without the maintenance.   Made from a combination of mineral, color and resin, it is non-porous, extremely durable, and can be moulded into virtually any shape or size.  One of the most exciting features is its consistency in color, unlike other natural stone choices such as granite or marble, and is available in a vast array of hues and patterns.  It also does not require the maintenance of sealing, and is very easy to clean.

We have an excellent source for quartz products, and our Clients are guided through the process of choosing the ideal color and pattern for their bathroom renovation project.  As a note, we usually recommend that tile is chosen first and then look at various countertop options.  It is much easier to match a quartz product to tile, which generally covers the largest surface in your bathroom.

So Many Choices... Where To Begin?

 

Often when we meet with folks to discuss a bathroom renovation, their first comment is “we just don’t know where to start!”  It is not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the millions of choices out there for fixtures, tiles, paint colors, and accessories.  The options are virtually unlimited.

A great place to begin, is to browse through decorating magazines, websites (such as houzz.com) or home publications to zero in on bathroom photos that appeal to you in some way.  Once you find one you like, take the time to scrutinize what it is that draws you to the photo.  Is it the color scheme, the size or shape of the bathtub or shower, or perhaps the tile design?  In time, you may begin to see a pattern in the types of bathrooms that you enjoy.  This will help to determine the style of room that most fits with your preferences, be it contemporary, traditional, or eclectic.  Once you zero in on a particular “look” that appeals to you, it will undoubtedly make all of your choices much easier.

At We Do Bathrooms, we are fortunate to partner with a number of excellent industry resources, who are leaders in all areas of bathroom products.   They are happy to work with you to discover the perfect combination of options that will result in a bathroom that will truly be exactly what you envisioned at the start of your renovation project.  This includes assistance with design, colors and coordination of tile options and help to determine the perfect fixturing that will fit with both your budget and style.  Our cabinetry and vanities are custom designed and built to your specifications, handmade from 5/8” plywood and stained or painted to the color of your choice.  Glass is carefully crafted by local experts, who can create the perfect size and shape of shower, mirrors, and shelving. 

We treat every project individually, with the utmost care to each detail, as we understand that embarking on a renovation can be a challenging undertaking for the homeowner.  We are very happy to help you wade through all the choices and options available.  Our professional renovation team looks forward to meeting you and working with you to create the bathroom of your dreams!

 Photo by Chris Amaral/DigitalVision / Getty Images

Photo by Chris Amaral/DigitalVision / Getty Images

The Importance of a Bathroom

A bathroom is the unsung hero of a home’s décor.  It is the place we begin our day - with a facewash, a shave or to brush our teeth, and also end each day – doing much the same thing, perhaps finding solace in a tub filled with bubbles, or to enjoy a mind clearing hot shower.  It is the place where many significant decisions are considered daily – what to wear, what medication to give little Johnny for his sore throat, if one is in need of a haircut.  It doubles as a dressing room, a medication dispensary, a home spa, and in some cases, an exercise space.

It is the one room in our homes that every one of us uses many times a day, and the room we let friends (and sometimes strangers) lock themselves into for the most intimate, private moments.

Although our bathrooms usually have no additional furnishings or many personal extravagances, they easily bely their own persona – be it romantic, contemporary, spa-like or bohemian.

And yet often very little time, consideration, or value is given to choosing details for this under-rated room.  We seldom contemplate the length of one’s bathtub, or whether the lighting is sufficient.  Do we consider the height and flushing capabilities of our toilet, or if the vanity would be more conveniently used, if it were slightly higher (or lower)?  And what about heated floors, tiled walls, or warming towel racks?  The choices go on and on that would make our bathrooms truly unique, and perfectly suited to our personal needs and style.  Perhaps it’s time to really examine this important room, and give it the attention and investment it deserves. 

After all, it’s where we all begin and end each day!