Your Bathroom Renovation

The Vancouver Fall Home Show ended this past weekend on Sunday, and it was such a pleasure to meet so many great folks considering a bathroom renovation.  It seems like many of us turn our attention to the inside of our homes at this time of year, and plan to either update before the holidays are upon us, or soon into the new year.  In either case, it is an excellent time to book your bathroom renovation to ensure you are slated on our upcoming project schedule. 

Once we visit your home and provide a detailed quotation for the work you are considering, we will enter into a simple “fixed price” contract with you for your project.  You will know the cost of your renovation, receive direction on making the perfect fixturing and tile choices for your bathroom, and together we will decide on the timing that works best for you. 

This week I uploaded several new photos to our “Inspirations” page on our website.  It was so enjoyable to select these photographs from the hundreds taken from recent renovations we have completed.  Each one represents a unique desire or a personal dream from one of our Clients.  Every single bathroom we complete is entirely original and custom created for each family and home.  It is very rewarding to help people fall back in love with their bathrooms.  After all, it’s the place we begin and end each day!  We look forward to working with you on your renovation project.

 

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Bathtub Bliss

There are certainly some wonderful bathtub choices available now, and few things can rival the restorative pleasure of a long, leisurely soak in a tub after a hectic day.  Current trends for master bathrooms lean towards deeper, freestanding soaker bathtubs, no longer necessary to be placed against a wall.  Wherever these stylish tubs are situated in a room, they look beautiful and elegant from all views. 

Other bathtub choices include those designed to be used with surrounds made of tile, quartz, marble, or a host of other finishes.  These would include drop in models, ideal for alcoves and available in a multitude of sizes, or stylish undermount tubs, which have a seamless, flat top edge and appear to be “built in” to the top slab. 

Of course, the traditional combination of a tub and shower is still available with modern upgrades.  These often suit smaller spaces or secondary bathrooms where size, cost, and practicality are main considerations.  Adding stylish fixtures can make a huge difference to a simple bathtub and shower.

There are limitless options for upgraded features to bathtubs, including multiple jets, elaborate lighting, hydrothermal therapy, audio features, and an endless list of other possibilities.  Of course, the more “bells and whistles” included, the more the Client can expect to pay for these extraordinary tubs.

A great idea when considering a new bathtub, is to visit a supplier showroom.  Here you can consider and compare various style options, view fixturing, and often even “sit” a tub to see if the size is correct for your needs!  After all, a new bathtub is one of the largest visual components of your renovated bathroom, and one of the greatest pleasures you will enjoy!

 Photo by adogslifephoto/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by adogslifephoto/iStock / Getty Images

A Bathtub or A Large Shower?

The popularity of glass enclosed, walk-in showers has grown tremendously in recent years.  It is a common renovation plan to remove a smaller bathroom shower and replace it with a larger version, often with multiple jets, a rain head, and a handheld shower wand on a sliding bar.  Most times these expanded showers accommodate a built-in bench, a shampoo niche, a modern looking frameless glass shower enclosure, and feature larger format porcelain tile.  An increased shower space when renovating a bathroom is an affordable luxury for most of us.

To accommodate the trend towards these bigger showers, some folks make the decision to eliminate their bathtub altogether and replace this space with an expanded shower.  We are often asked if this is a wise decision.  The answer is simple… if you have another bathtub elsewhere in your home, it is perfectly fine to replace a tub with a spacious, walk-in style shower.  In most cases, a large, luxurious shower is considered an important upgrade to an updated bathroom.  Conversely, if there is only one tub in your home, re-sale considerations may come into play.  Many folks still consider having a bathtub somewhere in the home a necessity, whether it be for bathing their child or a pet!

Whatever your favorite way is to begin or end your day – whether it be with a refreshing, rejuvenating shower or a lingering soak in a bubbly bathtub, we would be very happy to help you decide what the best fit is for your home, your lifestyle and your budget!

 

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!