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Tips for Bathroom Renovation and Its Key Advantages

Tips for Bathroom Renovations and Its Key Advantages

Getting any space inside the home renovated needs lots and lots of planning and when it is all about the loo, one needs to think about getting the furniture inside replaced, getting the floor cleaned and polished and so on. The basic things of concern when it comes to bathroom renovation are sewage and drainage.

A plumber must be contacted for checking the drainage lines. This space getting cleaned, changed and renovated might involve changing the floor tiles, changing the wall tiles, cleaning, changing the mirror and curtains and so on.

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A systematic planning can easily be done by contacting interior planners, renovation specialists, plumbers and a professional bathroom renovation company. This makes the work easier and it will get done faster. In fact bathroom renovations can also encompass petty things such as, getting the shower mat changed, the taps and showers replaced by new, getting the nozzles clean and so on. In fact taking care of the water heater is important when it comes to looking after the bathroom.

Tips And Tricks to Give the Space a New Look

  • To give the space a new look one can easily think of getting new coloured tiles attached to the wall. In fact the floor tiles can be changed but that involves hard work that too involving architects and masons. 

  • Painting the walls and floors can work well if we want a new look for the space. 

  • A different set of toiletries can be bought and old ones need to be replaced.

  • New curtains are bought to give the space a new look.

  • New glass can be installed for the bathing section. 

  • One can install a separate steam bath section according to requirement.

  • In fact getting the bath tub cleaned or replaced if damaged is a better idea for bathroom renovation.

There are arrays of service providers who can provide the customer with a dedicated team of workers expert in the field of plumbing, cleaning, and masonry and so on. Do not hesitate to contact a dealer to manage the work of bathroom renovation. One can contact them based upon their requirements and the budget too. There are people who actually and solely work for remodelling bathrooms; and for this reason this has become a profession to help people remodel and renovate their older bathroom spaces.

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A Few Modern Hacks That Work Well When It Comes to Bathroom Renovation

  • Replacing the old fashioned pots with the new hidden tank toilets has been a trend, the basic advantage of this being, lesser space occupied by the structure. 

  • The plumbing needs calculations and accurate measurements too. A 2 inch plumbing line has to be maintained for a standard renovation of the drainage lines. 

  • Installing a space for ventilation, say a window is a necessity in a bathroom. In fact we can keep flower pots or small plat saplings in the space. 

  • A bathroom should always be airy and spacious; and for this reason, while a bathroom renovation the space can actually be expanded. 

  • Keeping a bath tub just for show is a complete waste of the space and resources as well. If not required then a bath tub can be removed while a bathroom renovation.

  • To install new towel holders, liquid soap containers, brush holders and so on has been a trend when it comes to refashioning a space.

Bathroom renovation is about improving the aesthetics of the space with better colours and better lightings but one must not forget about the function abilities of the space and the tools there.

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North Vancouver Bathroom Renovations/Chesterfield

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North Vancouver Bathroom Renovations/Chesterfield

North Vancouver Bathroom Renovations - Heilman Renovations, Chesterfield Avenue North Vancouver

Heilman Renovations completed this North Vancouver bathroom renovation with a shower replacement in this master ensuite bathroom including Schluter waterproofing and tiling.

 

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When is the Best Time for a Big Renovation Project

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When is the Best Time for a Big Renovation Project

When is the Best Time for a Big Renovation Project?

 

There comes a time for a homeowner when everything smells like revamp spirit. You know your home needs major kitchen remodelling, you know that you want to style up an old bathroom, and you know for sure that this will finally be the year of patio installation.

What you do not know is when is that perfect, golden moment for a start off. On Monday? In a month? Right after the winter? Unfortunately, no one can tell you with absolute certainty when to catch a renovation train. Any time can be the right time if you are truly ready. However, with so many different aspects involved (like budget, materials, contractors, weather), figuring out this ‘’truly ready moment’’ is not an easy task.

That being said, for some projects certain times are definitely better than others, and knowing how to differentiate them can save you from possible complications. So, here are several things you need to comprehend before deciding when to put big remodelling project on track.
 

Think weather conditions

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A common belief says that home renovations work out best in spring and summer. Spring/summer school of thought has a lot do with the myth that raw materials do not perform well at low temperatures. It is for sure much more pleasant to renovate while the trees are green, under the skies of blue than on days when it seems like the ice age is coming. However, the optimal weather for remodelling highly depends on a project you are planning.

For example, winter can be perfect timing for starting a deck or even room addition. Frozen ground and dry air are better for digging foundations and pouring concrete than muddy ground and humidity. Trench walls are less likely to cave in, thanks to the stiffness that frost offers them during winter months. Plus, you will have fewer rainy days - and nothing can kill a renovation buzz like rain.

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Most of the kitchen and bathroom renovation projects can be done at any time since all the construction will be completed indoors. So, winter is not a bad choice for a kitchen or bathroom renovation neither. As long as you keep workspace and tools warm, jobs like flooring replacement, interior painting, lighting and plumbing can also be done in colder months.

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On the other hand, you should probably save projects like exterior painting or roof replacement for sunny days. External paints that are water-based require specific conditions to dry well, and with the receding of the temperature water in the paint will evaporate more slowly, which affects how the paint holds up over time. Concerning roof replacement, the best time to do it is usually late summer through the fall months. Surprised? Well, the roofing material needs higher temperatures to seal. Furthermore, projects like deck and patio building are also good to plan for this timeframe.

 

Think supply and demand

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To know when to remodel, you need to understand supply and demand relationship. And this one is… Well, it is complicated. The battle between those two might be constant, but you simply need to keep up with all the drama. Namely, a supply-demand ratio has a major influence on your renovation project cost.

The price of building materials like cement, lumber and paint fluctuates greatly throughout the year - depending on the demand. You should aim for times when raw materials are at their lowest cost. As it usually gets in life, materials are quite budget friendly when it might not be the best time of a year to remodel. Isn’t that ironic? Do not despair though. You could plan your project carefully in advance, purchase materials when they are at their cheapest and store them until you are ready to start. For example, in winter, flooring can be easy on the pocketbook, since it is directly related to the price of crude oil. Similar, raw materials and appliances are cheaper prior the holiday season. By the law of supply and demand, you will probably pay the most for materials in a period from April to July.

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Now, the tricky part is the fact that prices are always fluctuating. They are, just like the weather is, uncontrollable. So, be geeky and careful about this one. Plan precisely, know what materials you would like in your house before starting construction. That way you can purchase supplies step by step when the prices are low. Calculated actions will make the renovation process much smoother.

 

Think contractors

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For every virtue contractor, and trust us, you want an excellent one, there are periods when he is overwhelmed with projects. You might have to kill for a reliable professional between August and November. As you can probably assume, contractor’s busy times are not the best times for you to schedule a home revamp. Just as your burger is more likely to come without that extra cheese when you order it during restaurant’s busiest hours, your contractor is more likely to make mistakes when he is balancing several big jobs. Plus, the prices will be higher. Sometimes, contractors have so much on their plate during a busy season, that they are forced to turn away additional work.

Now, entering a project in the off-season can be a foolishly adventurous idea too. For example, installing a pool during a North Vancouver’s winter, when the ground is frozen solid, is probably a bad thought. However, there is no need for being extreme. With early planning and a bit of flexibility, you might be able to start your project in motion before the season rush. That deck you want to spend your summer Sundays on will need to be planned before it is constructed. So, you could contact a deck designer during the winter months. You will likely be the only project he is working on, and you will get an excellent service. Makes sense, right?

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Slightly off-season is a good time to remodel since quality contractors can be hired not only easier, but cheaper. Another great option for homeowners is schedule their remodels in advance, ideally 3-4 months, which prevents putting a project on hold.

 

Think budget

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Homeowners often underestimate the cost of a big renovation project. The main suspects are hidden issues. Your home might look excellent on the outside, but huge imperfections could be lurking beneath the surface. You never know what is going to happen once you start knocking down kitchen walls.

Home renovation budgeting is pretty much like any other budgeting. You need to separate needs from wants. Take your time to make a detailed survey of your home. Be smart, be patient and prepare yourself well. It is rare for any big project to go completely without trouble. Always add at least 10 to 20 percent to your initial remodelling budget for unforeseen expenses.

The bottom line is that your budget is the main star in this home revamp play. Time of the year could be pitch perfect, contractors available and ready to rock, but if the budget is even remotely unstable, the show simply must not go on.

 

Think Opportunity Cost

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Big renovation will unsettle you and your family in some way. You will have to devote energy, time and money to a project, and it will affect your schedule and lifestyle. This is known as Opportunity Cost. Let us say that you are a full-time housewife with three kids. Being without a place to cook during a major kitchen remodelling might cause inconvenience and stress. Solution? You could time to renovate your kitchen before or after the winter months so that your family can use outdoor kitchen rather than eating every meal in a restaurant.

Make sure to be honest with yourself and figure out when this Opportunity Cost is the cheapest. It might be a strong indicator when you should take on home renovation. A perfect moment to start any big project is, undoubtedly, after a project has been completely thought out!

 

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How to do a Bathroom Renovation in Pictures

How to do a Bathroom Renovation in Pictures

The first thing to do in this complete bathroom renovation project was remove the toilet. Put it in a garbage bag to keep clean.

 

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Remove the old bathtub

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I used the reciprocating saw to cut around and remove the tiles around the bathtub. A pry bar came in handy to remove the tile parts. 

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Then, we removed the drywall which left the studs exposed. A little bit of drilling job was required to get rid of the old floor tiles. Every bathroom renovation needs a little elbow grease! 

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We added a showerhead. I determined the appropriate height at which the new showerhead should be installed by using myself as a model. Before, there used to be a shower curtain and a rather old-fashioned showerhead.

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After the bathroom renovation plumbing was sorted out by R and B Plumbing and Heating, we turned out attention to electrical installations by Coast Mountain Electric. My renovation electricians wired the electrical outlet and ceiling fittings.

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I employed a mixer to stir the drywall mud. Here, you have to be a bit careful and press the trigger gently. 

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I measured everything thoroughly in order to figure out how much tile, mortar, grout, and backer board I needed. The tile cutter was used to make tiles fit the specific layout of the bathroom. A Schluter anti fracture membrane with in floor heating attached to concrete slab provides sturdy foundations for tiles.

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I applied a layer of Mapei self levelling mortar to the floor.  I had to wait 24 hours for it to dry. After that, it was possible to add a waterproof tile membrane over the subfloor. Finally, I could place the tiles and fill the spaces between them with grout.

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Once you lay the groundwork and do the math, you make certain that the stage of laying tiles plays out nice and easy. So, do not overlook a single detail such as having to cut the tile and make it fit the shape of a drain in the floor.

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One of the tasks was to handle the plumbing infrastructure for the shower. We assembled pressure-balance and anti-scald valves. They were installed between the wall studs.

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As for the area around the tub, it is advisable to go for tiles. The porcelian ones we used are strong enough to endure years and years of splashing and high water exposure. Again, I had to pay attention to the layout and how the tiles will fit the sections around the window.

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It was time to put a maax bathtub in place. First, I installed a new tub drain and plastic pipes and ensured that the tub sits level.

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At last, it was time to deal with fixtures. We placed a new, double sink and two faucets. The new counter is custom made and drawers provide much-needed storage space.

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That is all folks, roll up the sleeves and have a great success with your bathroom renovation or contact us at Heilman Renovations!

North Vancouver Bathroom Renovation
North Vancouver Bathroom Renovation

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