4 Things to Consider When Doing a Bathroom Reno

Taking on a bathroom renovation can be a grueling project, but one that’s worthy of the effort – especially if you ever consider placing your home up for sale. It can bump up the resale value, and of course, boost the luxury of your interior. But before you begin knocking down walls and removing the toilet, there are some important things to consider when doing a bathroom reno. Here’s what they include:

Do you have an alternative bathroom to use?

Remember, once you begin that renovation to your bathroom, it will become inaccessible for a while. So using the toilet, sink, and shower won’t exactly be an option. That’s why before getting started you should figure out a plan for these important necessities. Whether you have a second bathroom to use, or the neighbour is kind enough to let you use their shower, make a plan for bathroom usage so that you won’t end up stuck when it really matters.

What sort of functionality will you need?

Is this going to be a primary guest bathroom or one more so for your own personal use? This is important to determine so that you can think about the layout and functionality of the bathroom. Are you looking to create a luxurious, spa-like getaway in the comfort of this bathroom, or is it merely an additionally one to free up your primary one during those hectic mornings? This will help you determine whether a bathtub is necessary or not, whether two sinks are necessary or not, along with other design features that will create your desired space.

Will you need storage incorporated into the design?

If you live in a condo or are simply limited on space, you know that any potential for storage is important. Think about how and where areas for storage can be incorporated and how you can optimize space for those essential toiletries.

What is your budget?

Determining your budget is the safest way to keep your expenditures at a range that won’t shock you once everything is completed. A bathroom reno project can quickly turn into one that ends up costing much more than anticipated, especially with all of the high-end décor items and fancy faucets that look so tempting at the home décor store. In order to avoid serious temptation and stick to what you can afford, create a budget before you begin shopping for your remodelling items.

Bathroom renos can be a big undertaking, but they can also be fun! Consider each of these factors first before jumping ahead with your Ottawa bathroom renovation.  To learn more things to consider when doing a bathroom reno, don’t hesitate to contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

Make Your Small Ensuite Beautiful

Who says that size has to limit your design? If you have a small ensuite bathroom, it can look every bit as glamorous as your main bathroom. All it takes is the right elements to optimize the space that you do have and incorporate elements that can provide the illusion of more space.

Follow these design tips to help make your small ensuite beautiful.

All Glass Walk-in Shower

If there’s a shower in your tiny ensuite, it can either make or break the look of your bathroom. The enclosure can really box in the area and make it appear even smaller than it really is. That’s why more modern designs are opening up that enclosure by using glass. This allows more light to filter within the ensuite and doesn’t take away from the size of the space.

Built-in Countertop

Having adequate space for a counter is one of the main problems when facing the design of a smaller bathroom. But by incorporating a built-in shelf within the main wall where the sink will be placed, it can provide that necessary component without having a counter that protrudes and takes up much room.

Floating Sink Fixture

Thanks to floating designs, even the tiniest bathroom can still be practical and look great. You don’t have to take up any unnecessary floor space with the sink. Plus, you can achieve that contemporary “bling” style with chrome piping and dazzling faucets.

Customized Floating Cupboards

Using the space above the toilet is always best for placing either a shelf or floating cupboard. And with the customized designs that are available today, you can store away all of your toiletries without having them on display for the world to see.

Chic Tiling and Flooring

The size of a space definitely shouldn’t hold you back from adding that design flair that you want. There are a wide variety of tiles and added finishes that you can install within your ensuite to bring out your flare and style. So get creative when selecting your tiling and flooring.

Big Mirrors

Mirrors are always a great option to utilize in smaller spaces for allowing light to reflect and give the illusion of greater space.

Don’t feel limited by the small size of your ensuite. With the selection and designs that are available today, you can find just about anything you’re looking for to fully optimize your space without sacrificing your desire for a striking design.

Get in touch, with the Ottawa bathroom contractors at to book a consultation or give us a call at (613)727-9427 to discuss design ideas.

Make Your House Wheelchair Accessible

When it comes to certain home designs, sometimes there simply isn’t enough room to provide accessibility or convenience for wheelchairs. Life can become extremely frustrating when you feel limited even within the comfort of your own home. But with a few renovations, you can provide the necessary space and layout to access every area of the home with ease.  Here are just a few sample ways in which we can help make your house wheelchair accessible.

Improving Accessibility

Wider Doorways

Doorways can be altered and widened in order to provide easy access to each and every room of the home without the challenge or struggle of maneuvering the wheelchair through them.

Lowered Countertops, Tables & Bathroom Fixtures

Being unable to reach countertops, sinks and tabletops is another common challenge that creates limitations for those in wheelchairs. With a few alterations, we can lower those surfaces and provide you or a loved one with the suitable height that removes those barriers and provides access.

Handrails for Bathroom and Seat for Shower

Don’t risk a slip and fall. Handrails can easily be installed near the toilet or inside the shower stall and tub. In addition, you have the option of having a seat installed inside of the bathtub or shower stall to help make it more comfortable by providing you with a seat as you cleanse.

Non-Slip Floors and Coverings

No matter what type of flooring you have, it can either be damaged from constant wear and tear from a wheelchair or even provide a hazardous surface on some uncarpeted surfaces. Non-slip floorings and coverings can prevent those problems by protecting your floors and minimizing any hazardous, slippery surfaces.

Safety, Space, and Accessibility

No one should feel limited within their own home. Making your house wheelchair accessible can be achieved in a variety of ways. Whether it’s opening up the doorways, installing handrails in the bathroom, or lowering counters and table tops to provide easy access, any renovations that can make life at home feel comfortable and easy is always well worth it.

No matter what your needs may be, we can provide you with the information and expertise that are necessary for improving wheelchair accessibility. We’re here to provide you with the renovations that can help make life at home what it should be – without limitations so you can feel comfortable, confident and gain back your independence.

Here at, we specialize in mobility renovations, barrier-free renovations, and accessibility renovations. Call us at (613)727-9427 or contact us to book a free consultation to learn more!

Remodelling for the Long Term

If you’ve endured home renovations in the past, chances are that you know very well just how gruelling and expensive they can be. What starts as a fun weekend DIY projects turns into months of living in a dusty construction zone. When you start to consider doing some renos on your new home, you want to make sure that you hire a professional general contractor and ensure whatever you’re investing in will give you the most amount of ROI in the future. Before you starting remodelling your home, here are some key factors to consider to get the best return on your investment that will serve you well for the long term.

Neutral or Calming Walls

When you’re in the midst of deciding what colour to throw on your walls, a good idea is to avoid anything harsh or bold. If you want to get the best long-term benefit out of that paint, your best bet is to go for neutral or calming colours. That way, if you decide that you no longer like the designs and accenting features in your home, you won’t be limited by the colour on your walls, or have to repaint them.

Adding Windows

If you’re feeling unsure about knocking down a few walls in order to enhance the natural light in your home, take comfort in knowing that this renovation will serve you and the value of your home well in the future. Adding more natural light to a home is always a smart idea. If you were on the fence about this one – let there be light!

Be Bold Through Accessories

Of course, we still need to incorporate some fun, flair, and colour into the interior design and one of the best ways for doing this through accessories. Accessories such as your cushions, artwork, or even curtains, are all great ways to help add in some vibrant colour without requiring any significant expense or alteration down the road. So if you happen to grow tired of a particular colour that’s dotted throughout your home, you can easily switch it up.

Make Functionality a Priority

No matter what you do, always have functionality as a priority in your design. For example, when it comes to your kitchen, make sure that the location of your appliances, countertops and cupboards all make sense to the flow of the space. That way, even if you have to change any aesthetics in the future, the main bulk layout (and expense) won’t have to be altered.

It’s always important to consider what makes the most sense for the long-term when remodelling your home. So before you begin those blueprints, consider these tips to help you make the right decisions that will benefit you and your home the most in the future.

Looking for home design ideas that will look just as good in a year or ten? is Ottawa’s choice for expert kitchen, bathroom, and whole-home renovation projects with a focus on timeless finishes and design choices.  Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

3 Ideas to Save Space in the Bathroom

Great design is all about optimizing space, especially when it means avoiding a huge bathroom renovation. When it comes to your bathroom, bigger is always better, but not always necessary or practical. Sometimes you’ve just got to work with what you have in order to avoid spending a large sum of money on a costly addition. So if you’re desperate for more space in your bathroom, and want to avoid tearing down any walls, here are three ideas to save space in the bathroom.

Wet Room Layouts

Although you may not have heard about wet room layouts, they’re actually a very popular design throughout Europe and Asia. They’re very practical and space-saving. It’s essentially a waterproof room that combines your shower, toilet and sink, all-in-one. So there’s no need for a separate space for a shower stall. This is a great way at truly optimizing what you’ve got, while giving your bathroom that unique European flair.

And for those who aren’t keen on the idea of a wet room, you can opt for what many others have done instead – create a half wet room where only the tub and shower are included, segregated on the other side with sink and vanity.

Wall Mounts

Wall mounts are one of the easiest ways to open up space in your bathroom and really give that sense of openness – especially for tighter spaces. Instead of having the plumbing and tank of your toilet located on and beneath the floor, it’s placed behind the wall.

The same thing goes for your sink.  So if floor space is limited, and the idea of a sink and vanity consumes the majority of space available, you can have mounted faucets and vanities installed as an alternative to the traditional designs.

The Toilet-Sink Combo

Not a fan of mounted fixtures? Why not try the toilet-sink combo. It may sound odd, but for those extremely tight spaces, it can sure be practical. The sink is in essence, attached to the tank of the toilet where fresh water comes out of the faucet and then drains into the tank for flushing.  It’s simple and pragmatic.

So if you have a master bath or guest bathroom that you’re eager to optimize, think outside of the box and consider these three practical solutions. Wall mounts and even a toilet-sink combo are ideal for those looking to free up more floor space. And wet rooms are increasingly growing in popularity not only for that unique European touch, but for the practicality of them as well.

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Partner Profile: Grant’s Marble

As a leading home renovation company in Ottawa, we are proud to partner with the best manufacturers and supplies of quality materials for your home, kitchen, and bathroom. From custom-built cabinetry to tiles to assisted living modifications to window shutters, we seek out partners who embody the values of quality, dependability, and impeccable design. Many of our suppliers are based right here in Ottawa or the surrounding area. Today, we are excited to profile Grant’s Marble, a manufacturer of engineered marble and granite products.

What is Engineered Stone?

Engineered stone (also known as cultured stone or synthetic stone) is a blend of cast polymers – typically fiberglass, limestone, and resin – combined with pigment to create natural-looking colours and patterns. Cultured marble looks indistinguishable from its natural counterpart, but it also has many advantages. For one, because it is engineered you can request any colour or pattern of your choosing, rather than being limited by nature. Engineered marble is cast in moulds, allowing you to create custom shapes, lengths, and widths for shower surrounds and countertops that would not be possible with slab marble. Finally, engineered marble is the far more economical choice for homeowners who want luxury design at an affordable price point.

What are the Advantages of Engineered Marble?

Engineered marble is maintenance-free and a breeze to clean. Unlike plastic shower bases and walls, the material never cracks. As a bonus, it’s much easier and quicker to install than tile. With roll-in or low threshold options available, it’s a great choice for accessible/mobility friendly bathrooms, and recessed shower niches were also recently added to the product line.

We spoke with Paul Grant, owner of Grant’s Marble, who explained the compelling advantages. “Our synthetic marble products make great bathroom choices. Our shower bases are solid when you stand on them, and when combined with our one-piece wall panels it is said they will outlast the customer! If they are looking for a shower that will never leak, easy to clean, and last – this is it. Oh, did I mention that both have a lifetime warranty? And with 52 colours to choose from, you can always find the perfect colour. We also make custom shower bases to fit different sizes and drain locations. Custom bases offer a low profile threshold that is only 2 1/4” high and is most desirable.”

Marble & Granite for Your Renovation Project

Grant’s Marble is based in Elginburg, ON, a small village just north of Kingston, about a two-hour drive from Ottawa. Grant’s Marble specializes in synthetic marble and granite products for bathrooms, including shower bases, wall panels, seamless vanity tops, and tub decking/skirting. They also make engineered marble accessories, like shower seats and caddies that integrate flawlessly with the rest of the shower. All of their shower bases and wall panels are covered by a robust lifetime warranty.

Grant’s Marble has a very active Facebook page, and we’d like to share some of their creations to give you a visual idea of what is possible with cultured marble.

Custom Shower

Custom shower with marble panels with grey swirl and ceramic tiles

Glass Shower

Glass shower with marble shower base, wall panels, and custom caddy

Marble Tub

Marble tub decking and skirting

Granite Vanity

Engineered granite vanity top

Manufacture Marble

The manufacturing process: a marble wall panel in the factory

If cultured marble from Grant’s Marble sounds like the right fit for your bathroom renovation project, get in touch with! Quality installation, quality materials, and quality customer service is what we’re all about. To see some of our other great partners, check out our Online Product ShowroomContact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

Bathroom Renovations That Make A Real Room

For many years, homeowners in Ottawa neglected bathroom renovations, redesigns  and upgrades. After all, most people don’t spend anywhere near as much time in the bathroom as they do the rest of the house. But over the years, bathroom renovations have been the subject of fascinating new trends, all of which are designed to bring comfort, style, and luxury into the room. If you’re looking for ideas for bathroom redesign, continue reading for five designer tips to get you started.

“More Than The Bathroom Sink”

When doing bathroom renovations, think bigger than what you’re accustomed. Nowadays, homeowners are turning their bathrooms into areas where you can listen to music, relax and read a book, and effectively store reading material and entertainment items. There’s no shame in adding some furniture into the bathroom, especially if it fits well with the style and theme of the room.

So you can upgrade your showerhead to an eco-friendly design that makes water usage more efficient while offering just as much comfort. You can even enjoy a hot bath in surround sound as companies like Delta offer upgrades for built-in stereo equipment. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be just as comfortable in your bathroom as you are elsewhere in the home.

Add Colour To Dull White

You’ll find it difficult to meet someone whose bathroom isn’t painted white. That’s because white is often believed to be a peaceful and soft colour suggesting tranquility and comfort. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with colours to redesign your bathroom to look the way you really want. You can finish the job quicker by simply painting the walls a new colour. Generally, brown, tan, or other natural colours are most popular. Feel free, however, to embellish your environment with turquoise, forest green, or even red or blue. To successfully incorporate colour into the home, consider browsing the internet or design magazines for ideas. Remember, what you see in your head may not look the same when you begin redesigning. So take your time and think carefully about the colour you add.

Combine Different Materials

Glass, wood, stone, and china should cross your mind here. Bring some shine into the bathtub with glass tiles. Stainless steel is very popular and you can try this for sinks, bathtubs, and shower walls. The trick for remodeling is to take a simple design idea, be creative, and make the room stand out. Experimenting with both colour and materials gives you the chance to turn your bathroom into a beach. Use wood and some plants, then add some brown and green colours and your bathroom is now a quiet spot in a calm forest. The more you look around and think outside the box, the better design ideas you’ll come up with.

Declutter The Bathroom

Sometimes too much is just as bad as too little. That said, it doesn’t hurt to take things out of your bathroom before redesigning, especially if the room is particularly cluttered. Instead of keeping cosmetic products stacked around the sink, use cabinets and containers to store combs, brushes, toothbrushes, shampoo, lotion, etc. Use some of the materials mentioned above rather than buy cheap, flimsy containers.

Dim The Lights

One way to turn a relaxing environment into a torture shack is using extremely bright lights. Bright lights make your eyes hurt and take away the comfort of a soothing bathroom.

Whatever ideas you have, it’s always ideal to work with a trained designer, preferably one you trust if he or she is available. With so many beautiful design options to choose from, there’s no limit to what you can to redesign your bathroom for comfort and style. Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 today we’d be happy to take your dull bathroom into a relaxing retreat with our bathroom renovation services.

The Risks Of A DIY Bathroom Renovation

When treated right, your home becomes a valuable investment that will serve you well for years to come. With many people looking to improve the quality and price of their home, things like interior repairs and renovations are becoming increasingly popular. As much of this work is being done by the homeowners themselves, an entire cottage industry of “do it yourselfers” (or DIY) has emerged.

While DIY is a great way to save money and invest your personal time in your house, it is not without its risks. In particular, work done to renovate bathrooms can be particularly challenging. If you are considering DIY work regarding your bathroom, then let’s take a moment to review some of the risks you should consider.

1. Underlying Pipes

Changing up or expanding a bathroom means dealing with the underlying pipework necessary for running water in and out of your bathroom. While this may seem simple on paper, there is a lot to learn when it comes to pipework and water that few people consider. From proper water pressure to running the lines correctly, there are many chances to accidentally flood the bathroom and your home if you are not careful. As always, be sure to turn off the water line into your home prior to removing water fixtures as you may end up with either leaks or flooding.

2. Time

People prefer DIY home renovations because it saves them money. However, what it saves in money it will cost in time. If you have more than one bathroom in your house, then this won’t be a problem. However, if you need to rely on the bathroom that you are renovating, then prepare for the hassle that will come with utilizing a space that is transitioning. This means increased risk of potential damage to both you and your bathroom during this time.

3. Off-Centre

While minor, there is the risk that your eventual plans are going to be off when practically applied to the space due to limitations that only become apparent once you are knee-deep in the bathroom renovation. While some people live to problem solve, others will find it frustrating when a fantastic concept falls to pieces due to unforeseen limitations on placement. With this in mind, be sure to provide everything you use in the bathroom with its necessary space. One of the most common problems seen with DIY bathroom renovations is a tight clustering of different things around a particular spot.

To avoid all of these DIY mistakes altogether, enlist the help of a professional bathroom renovations contractor like  Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

Biggest Bathroom Renovation Trends

Every year, the home and garden website Houzz conducts a survey measuring the behaviours and interests of North American homeowners. So, what trends do we see in bathroom renovations this year? Are homeowners expanding bathrooms or working with the existing footprint? What are the biggest bathroom renovation trends?

Supersize Showers

Even if the footprint remains the same, homeowners want supersized showers, especially in the master bathroom. In fact, 84% of homeowners upgraded their master showers during the bathroom renovation. 30% of master bath showers were increased by 50% of more in size.

Mobility Renovations

The Baby Boomer generation is three times more likely to install grab bars and other accessibility features than younger generations. However, other features of mobility renovations like hand-held shower heads, shower seats, non-slip flooring, and thermostatic mixers were popular regardless of the age of the homeowner.

What Matters Most in Terms of Design

Most homeowners reported that they wanted their renovated bathrooms to be stylish and beautiful (83%) or to have a spa-like atmosphere (41%). Other popular design elements include a reflection of personality (38%), abundant natural light (34%), making a statement (23%), being energy efficient (22%), being eco-friendly (8%), and being romantic (7%).

What Matters Most in Terms of Function

55% of homeowners wanted a bathroom that was easy to clean (55%), while 53% of respondents wanted easy storage. Other important functions include good lighting (47%), compatible for two people (46%), easy to get ready in (36%), relaxing (34%), and making the homeowner look good (2%).

How Often Are Bathrooms Renovated?

According to the survey, 46% of homeowners last upgraded the bathroom between 16 to 30 years ago. 30% of full baths were last upgraded more than 30 years ago! Some homeowners have the renovation bug, though, with 4% of full baths being remodeled under five years after the last renovation.

What Style is Most Popular?

Contemporary is the most popular style (25%), followed by traditional (21%), and transitional (18%). Other popular styles include modern (10%), eclectic (5%), craftsman (5%), and beach (3%).

Flooring & Walls

Ceramic was the most popular title choice, followed closely by porcelain. Other common flooring options included marble, wood, travertine, and linoleum. Paint was the overwhelming favourite wall finish (71%), but other common choices included ceramic tile, porcelain tile, marble, wood, travertine, and wallpaper.


Many homeowners placed an emphasis on good lighting in the bathroom. The most common options were wall sconces (60-64%) and recessed lighting (44-61%), followed by lighted mirrors (14-16%), chandeliers (5-15%), and pendant lamps (9-12%). However, in 12% of masters and 17% of family baths, the lighting was not upgraded at all.

Whether you want to follow the popular trends or set out on  your own path, is here to help make your bathroom renovation dream a reality. To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

7 Surprising Things to Consider During Your Bathroom Renovation

There are many reasons why Ottawa homeowners decide it’s time for a bathroom renovation. Maybe they want to upgrade an outdated bathroom, improve the functionality of the space, create more storage, accommodate changing family needs, or increase the value of the home. No matter the reason, here are seven surprising things to consider for bathroom renovations:

The Importance of Prioritization

When planning a bathroom renovation, it can be easy to lose your head in the clouds, dreaming of heated floors and a wood plank feature wall and vintage clawfoot tub. This is all well and good until you realize you didn’t leave enough room in the budget for the thing you needed most, a new toilet. Make a list of your priorities and budget accordingly. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to get lost in the details.

Find a Balance

When planning a bathroom renovation, you have to balance an investment of time, money, energy, and quality. Going with a DIY approach may save you money, but it will “cost” a lot in terms of time, energy, and worse results. That’s why turning to a professional bathroom renovation contractor offers the best balance with outstanding quality delivered on time and on budget.

Contingency Fund

Once you calculate what you can afford to spend, take at least 10% to 20% of this budget to use for a contingency fund. If you allocate every penny of your budget, any delay, damaged material, or unexpected surprise behind the walls will spell trouble. Be prepared so your project can continue smoothly.

Out of the Bathroom

Consider the bathroom a “no go” zone when it’s under renovation. Move all of your bathroom essentials like toothbrushes and razors to another bathroom if possible, otherwise turn your kitchen into “bathroom central” until the renovation is complete.

Create a Sketch

Don’t just visualize your remodeled bathroom in your head. Even just a rough sketch of the layout is a good start, but then take exact measurements and get drawings or a 3D model to get an accurate picture.

Measure Twice…

This should go without saying, but the old adage “measure twice, cut once” holds as true as ever. Haste makes waste, so work slowly and accurately so you get better results. Even better, hire a bathroom renovation contractor for perfect precision.

When Replacing Flooring

If you are replacing the flooring in your bathroom, use the opportunity to replace the underlayment as well. This will provide an even, watertight surface for your flooring, and you’ll be able to undo any water damage that has gathered over the years.

Save yourself the headache and turn to the bathroom renovation professionals at We do it right the first time so you end up with a beautiful, functional, and durable bathroom to enjoy for years to come.  To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427

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