You have just had your bathroom renovation completed. Everything is bright and shiny, fresh and clean.

Your newly remodeled bathroom is like a showroom and its almost a shame to use it.

You then spy that new deep bath we installed and the amazing new rain head shower that offers massage after a long hard day. We love to enjoy all we have worked for.

By sharing these tips we want your new bathroom to look as bright and shiny in 10 years  time as they do now.

Here are some tips:

Register your warranty

Your bathroom has a lot of moving parts from many different brands. We leave the manuals and instructions in the top drawer of the cabinet for future reference.  Make sure you keep these in a safe place for future reference in the unlikely event that you would need them.

Bathroom fan

Creating good air flow within the bathroom can help to avoid mould. Leaving the window opened, opening the blinds during the day to allow the light in and using your exhaust fan while showering and bathing will all help avoid mould.  It’s a good idea to remove the fan cover plate once every season as you will notice dust will start to sit on the grill.

Drain maintenance

Cleaning the drains on a monthly basis is not only something that should be done for hygiene, it helps to keep your waterproofing system working the way it should.

Sparkling Clean Shower

  1. Rinse your shower walls and shower screen down with water when you finished showering. Shower systems with hand shower are very useful for this.
  2. Wipe your shower screen down w/squeegee. If you have very large, high gloss tiles, use squeegee on the walls as well.
  3. Leave your shower screen door open when you are finished showering. This allows the shower to dry out, reduces humidity and mould growth.

Faucets & Fixtures

Always remember to read and follow the manufacturers recommendations. We recommend that faucets and fixtures be cleaned with a mild, non-abrasive liquid soap, warm water and soft cloth. Never use abrasive products, chemicals, corrosives that are very strong or in powder form, including toothpaste, detergents, scouring products, window cleaners and disinfectants. A mild detergent, warm water and a soft cloth will remove normal dirt and soap accumulations on the surface. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning and wipe with a soft dry cloth to restore original lustre on its surface.

Acrylic-bathtubs, shower bases & walls 

To keep your acrylic looking bright and smooth, use mild liquid household detergents, soap & water or foaming cleansers. Never use aromatic solvents, abrasive cleaners  or other materials that could damage or dull the surface of your walls, showers or bathtub. 

Whirlpool (Jetted) Tub Maintenance

Your jetted tub’s pump and piping should be cleaned out every few months. The tub’s system stays cleaner the more you use your jets. Every couple of months fill the tub above the jets with hot water and add few teaspoons low sudsing automatic dishwashing detergent or a few cups bleach. Run the jets for about 15 minutes, drain the tub, fill again and run clean water through for another 15 minutes. 

Natural Stones

Natural stone is like a sponge – it’s porous. It absorbs whatever is spilled on it. We highly recommend it to be sealed. Sealer breaks down over time and needs to be sealed typically every two years. Remember a properly sealed surface will cause liquids to bead on top of them. If the water  simply disappears and gets absorbed into the natural stone it’s probably time to seal it again.  Not taking care of your countertop can lead to etching and staining. 

Wood Vanity

Use a lint free cloth for regular dusting. Do not use pre-moistened dusting sheets (they may damage the finish). For everyday cleaning, use a damp cloth and dry immediately. To remove general soil or grease, we recommend Murphy Oil Soap Original Formula. It is a great cleaner for all your wood surfaces.

Quartz Countertop

Clean with a soft rag and PH-balanced detergent if necessary. The detergent must be non-bleach and non-abrasive. Wipe away liquids, stains and spills as soon as possible. For dried or heavy stains, use a glass cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge. Spray cleaner over the counter and leave for 8-10 minutes. Then wipe away with the non-scratch sponge. For gum, grease or paint, remove with a plastic knife and then clean the rest with a soft rag.

Toilet 

Wash it with mild, soapy water, rinse thoroughly with clear water and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use in-tank cleaners. These products can seriously corrode fittings in the tank. This damage can cause leakage and property damage.

We hope these tips will help you maintain your bathroom for years to come. If you need any help, feel free to call our showroom and we will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.

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Condo living has been popular in Toronto for a while, at least since the 1980s. However, no one predicted or accounted for the recent surge in popularity. The condo market had a huge rise, leading people to either buy condos or sell the ones they own at jaw-dropping rates.

Whatever the reason for owning a condo, it’s always a good idea to get it renovated. A good place to start would be with a condo bathroom renovation. Let’s discuss why.

Is There Any Need To Renovate Your Bathroom?

There are multiple reasons why you could be opting for bathroom renovation. It could be a matter of renovating the entire condo space so it is ready to be handed to a new buyer. A condo that has been freshly renovated certainly brings in a higher resale price. Since you’re competing with other sellers, the renovation also gives you a chance to have a different design offering than others, which would ensure a sale.

More than anything though, it could be a matter of personal preference. There is a satisfaction to living in a home that’s catered entirely to your taste. You might think there’s no need to renovate a small bathroom if that’s the case, but there is more reason to do so. It will certainly make the rest of your day better if you walk into a brightly lit bathroom that’s been renovated uniquely to your preferences. You can increase storage options and make even cramped spaces feel better this way.

So, it’s not a matter of need as much as the benefits you get from a small condo bathroom renovation.

What Is The Cost Of  A Condo Bathroom Renovation?

It is hard to estimate a cost for bathroom renovation due to the various factors that play into it. A unit can have bad piping, leaks, the material, and the overall scope of the work, which could increase the cost factor and make it harder to determine an overall cost.

 Toronto Bath Centre  offers a free consultation before renovation so you could get no obligation in home estimate or we invite you to visit out showroom and speak with us about your future renovation. 

On average, the Toronto condo bathroom renovation costs touch $15,000. A standard 5’x8 might cost $15,000 and $18,000 for high-end. Luxury designs could amount to $22,000. Then, a large 14’x14’ might even touch the $40,000 mark for a luxurious renovation. To design a small bathroom that’s about 10’x10′, high-end could mean $30,000.

Overall, the price can range from $9,000 to $40,000, depending on how big the project happens to be.

What Requirements Need To Be Made While Making Plans For Renovating Your Condo Bathroom?

A condo bathroom renovation is different from any other renovation in a house because in that case, your decision only affects you and your family. For condos, floors, walls, and ceilings are still shared by other units in the apartment complex. Making big changes without their approval could be hard.

Before you plan a renovation project, you should read up on your ownership boundaries. Whether what you can change is only limited to the interior walls or exterior walls is of massive importance. Your condominium should have come with an ownership document, which would have these details.

Again, an experienced contractor is a huge factor in this case. You want someone who understands the regulations that come with owning a condominium. You need to look at how long they have been in the business and how strongly their service has been recommended. Only depending on the cost is never a good idea. If your contractor conducts some damage to a common shared space with other owners, you are the one who will end up paying the cost of it.

Some other requirements involve gaining an approval letter from the Board of Directors. Seeing whether you have parking and elevator access so the materials can be brought up without a fuss. Checking the working hours so you don’t disturb other condo owners and clean everything up by the end.

Please  book your appointment to talk to us regarding your project

Bathrooms, while practical offer us an escape. Combining functionality and beauty, good designs will create a space that will help wash your worries away.

But before you start prying the tiles off the floors to start your bathroom renovations, it’s time to take a step back and get a good idea of what you are getting yourself into.

That’s why we at Toronto Bath Centre have created a bathroom renovation guide that will help you remodel with confidence and purpose.

Are you ready? Let’s get started.   

Project Breakdown 

Now is the time to consider the scope of your project. Whether you are making a few simple changes or want to do a full bathroom remodel, having a clear understanding of what you want will allow you to create a plan that will help you meet your goals. Consider things such as design, layout, storage, plumbing, lighting,  budget. 

If you’re curious to learn more, check out our blog post 7 Things to Know Before You Start Your Bathroom Renovations before continuing.  

Once you have created a renovation plan, it’s time to get to work.  

What’s Your Budget? 

When considering costs, take a moment to ask yourself these three questions: 

  1. What is non-negotiable? 
  1. What would be nice to have? 
  1. What is an afterthought? 

Bathroom renovations can range from 8,000 to 80,000 CAD depending on your bathroom’s size and what needs to be done. If you are planning on only replacing the bathroom fixtures, costs will be much less than if plumbing, electrical and ventilation work is involved.  

At Toronto Bath Centre we are a full-service agency that can help lighten the load. We offer design assistance and provide installation services to make your bathroom renovations stress free. 

Make an estimate and then add a little extra just in case! 

Renovating or Remodeling  Your Bathroom 

Remodeling your bathroom is about designing a relaxing space that where you can put yourself first, bring balance to your mind and body. 

At Toronto Bath Centre we have know-how to transform your bathroom into private oasis. 

Once you’ve come up with a plan, it’s time for the fun part!  

Bathroom Fixtures 

While scrolling Pinterest for inspiration is fun, it can also be overwhelming. That’s why we want to help! Here at Toronto Bath Centre with have a wide array of bathroom faucets, vanities, toilets, bathtubs, shower doors  that are sure to make your bathroom stand out.  

Whether you want modern light and airy fixtures or homey cottage vibes, we can help find your style and choose your: 

  • Regular or freestanding soaker tub – they are ideal way to have a bath that relieves stress after working day  
  • Frameless glass in shower that makes your bathroom feel open and airy 
  • Toilets with heated seats, built in bidets etc… 
  • Rain head showers, taps, faucets that will last long time and look beautiful 

To visit our beautiful showroom and see these in person, give us a call and get a consultation today! 

Finish Line 

If you want your bathroom to stand out focus on your fittings and finishes 

Play around with: 

  • Wall mount or stand alone vanities with marble, granite or quartz countertops 
  • Accent pieces such as mirrors, accessories, art and plants to give your bathroom a unique character 
  • Different lighting fixtures like wall sconces, pendant, ceiling, or mirror lights to create a soothing mood 

Once you’ve finished, you’ve reached the most important step of all – enjoying your own private oasis.  

Whether we are your choice for quality products or for the whole bathroom renovation process, we look forward to being a part of your team.  

To get started on your bathroom renovation, click here

The basic difference between floor mounted and wall hung toilets is that the wall hung models  have the cistern hidden inside your bathroom wall. Attached to the wall of your bathroom, such toilets enhance your bathroom aesthetics. Let’s check  advantages and disadvantages of such toilets.

What’s To Think About While Choosing  Wall-Mounted Toilet?

Wall-mounted toilets are space-saving.

One of the biggest advantages of having a wall-mounted toilet  is that they save a lot of floor space. They’re ideal for small bathrooms because they occupy zero floor space and they make the room look more spacious.

You can adjust the height at installation.

Another big pro is the fact that you get to decide the exact height at which to install the toilet so that it’s most comfortable for you. This increases comfort and is a really nice element that allows you to customize your bathroom.

Weight limit

Obviously, weight limit of different wall hung toilets varies from model to model. Here are three of the most popular and best wall hung toilets and how much loads they can support

  • 880 pounds – TOTO Aquia Wall Hung Toilet when used with TOTO in-wall Tank Sustem
  • 500+ pounds  – KOHLER Veil Wall Hung Toilet
  • 500+ pounds – American Standard Glenwall Wall Hung toilet

Correct Installation of Wall Mounted Toilet

You need to make sure that your wall hung toilet is installed correctly onto a sturdy wall and your toilet will be able to handle very heavy loads. It is very important to use all the nuts and washers when you set the toilet and follow the instructions.

Make sure you hire experienced plumber who knows exactly how to install your wall hung toilet model.

They’re easier to maintain and clean.

Because they’re not attached to the floor, you can easily use the mop to clean the area underneath and around them.

The water is concealed behind the wall.

The fact that the water tank of these toilets is concealed behind the wall can also be viewed as a pro and as a con. It looks super sleek and nice but installing it  requires removal of drywall. Such a project is best for a new build or a remodel.

Make sure your wall-mounted toilet comes with an access panel on the wall for easy repairs.

They come with high-tech features.

Usually, wall-mounted toilets also come with high tech features such as automated lids, integrated dryers, illuminated bowls and all sorts of other things.

Should You Choose Wall Hung Toilets?

If you are willing to upgrade your bathroom with a more contemporary look, go for cool, sleek and  modern  wall-hung toilet.

Need more information?

Email us at info@torontobathcentre.ca to book your no obligation in home consultation.

Our day begins and ends with a shower. We jump in the shower in the morning to get an invigorating start to our day or relax in the shower in the evening to wash away the stressors of the day. There is a huge variety of showers, showerheads, and shower systems for you to choose from when renovating your home. When choosing the perfect shower or bathtub faucet, there are few factors to take into consideration including shower valves, the configuration and type, water pressure, and accessories.

1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT VALVE

Let’s begin our discussion with the technical issues.

The valve  is the plumbing part that controls the  water flow. You don’t see it because it is covered by the control plate  and  wall plate. The valve controls the pressure and temperature of the water in your bath or shower.

The valve is often called to as a rough in valve  because it’s roughed into the wall frame during construction and welded into the hot and cold water supplies. In new construction or a complete renovation the valve goes into the wall and   the faucet set or trim kit is installed with the handle/control panel covering the valve.

Are you  wondering if you can just install a fresh new trim kit for a quick update?

If you purchase a trim kit, you need to make sure that you have the proper valve installed in the wall to receive it. These are  the basics to know:

  • Most trim kits require a specific model valve from the manufacturer who makes the kit.
  • Over the past five years or so, a number of companies including  Delta, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Riobel and others have begun making universal valves that can take different trim kits—still from that brand only.

What is a pressure balance valve?

A pressure balance valve is designed to supply water to your shower at a  constant temperature, even with pressure fluctuations in the hot or cold supply lines. This means, if someone  flushes  the toilet or using washing machine or dishwasher  while you’re showering, the shower water temperature should not suddenly become scalding hot. 

What is a thermostatic valve?

A thermostatic valve is designed to regulate water temperature for your shower. This is achieved by using a wax thermostatic unit that maintains a constant water temperature even after turning off the shower. The pre-selected shower temperature helps reduce the risk of accidental scalding.  

2. Choose the right configuration

You can still see  the standard  tub/shower combo in the full bath in a majority of houses and condo.

Depending on your choice of shower fixtures these are your options

Tub-only faucets

Depending on your choice of tub, here are your faucet mounting options:

Deck mount:This is a faucet mounted on the rim of the tub itself or in a surrounding deck made of marble, tile, etc.  This category of the faucets is a very popular style which may require a separate valve/rough in.

Floor mount: (also called free standing): This type of the faucet is a perfect  option for a tub without pre-drilled holes, freestanding tub or vintage-look clawfoot  tub. This category of the faucet requires a separate valve/rough in.

Wall mount:  This type of the faucet is an alternative for a freestanding tub that is close to a wall.

Whether you are renovating your bathroom  or building  new house, installing a shower system is a big job.

Our Team will be happy to help you to design your own custom system or to choose the right  prepackaged system.

Book your appointment with us to start to plan your new dream bathroom.

Today we like to talk about  the top faucet trends of 2020. 

This year  you will  see  more streamlined shapes, symmetry, and striking antique designs.  

So, what are the top faucet finishes trends that will be shaping the market in 2020.

1. Matte Black

For decades, matte black has been very popular in  large commercial spaces. Recently, most interior designers have focused  on open spaces with less accessories to create a clean and minimalist design. The best way to create sharp, minimalistic, stylish and sophisticated look in your bathroom or kitchen is to use black faucet. Check out at  these art pieces made by Brizo and Riobel.

2. Elegant Gold

Stainless steel finishes are  being replaced by champagne bronze and elegant gold for a beautiful, high-end look. Using a gold-colored faucet will create a lavish and upgraded look in the kitchen or bathroom. The designers are offering to finish the look by applying royal blue and soft white accents  to the space. These colors work well together to complement one another. The color combination of white and gold keeps the space bright and cheery. Look at these examples from Rubinet.

3. Beautiful Rose Gold

Creativity has no boundaries. Rose gold is a new stunning color that educes warmth and brilliance with a balance between luster and allure. Its  elegant neutral tones give it its unique character and bold look. This color  a wonderful focal point in any interior space. 

4. Classic Nickel

Classic nickel faucets continue to win people’s hearts. Its timeless and versatile designs can be used in any bathroom and kitchen styles. The classic nickel look adds character while keeping the space simple and clean, which is why classic nickel is among the most popular faucet color trends in 2020.

5. Mixing metals 

According to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends study, the majority of renovating homeowners (54 percent) mix metal finishes for fixtures as part of their bathroom and kitchen remodels.

Look at this Riobel Ciclo powder room faucet , with a body that comes in chrome, brushed chrome, matte black or brushed gold. Homeowners can choose to match the handle to the faucet body or select an accent color instead.

Or this Brizo stunning Litze collection for kitchen faucets.

Grohe also added finishes to its Essence kitchen faucet collection. 

Start planning your dream bathroom or kitchen. Book your design consultation with Toronto Bath Centre.

If you’re going forward with a bathroom update, there are many things you need to consider before moving forward with this demanding project.

At Toronto Bath Centre we have come up with a list of things you should think about before starting your bathroom reno project!

Here are 7 things to consider before starting your bathroom renovation!

1) What are you replacing?

What needs to be replaced and what can be maintained? Carefully look at the area and choose fixtures and appliances based on what can be left and what needs to go.

You don’t want to have to renovate again in one year’s time because you left an old tub behind! Think about paint, tiles, flooring and accessories. How will the old work with the new? It’s important to think about functionality as well as design and style before purchasing anything!

2) Plan, Plan, Plan!

If you already know of how much money you’re planning to spend, now is the time to sit down and consider everything. Spend a good portion of time carefully researching fixtures as well as appliances to construct a budget.

Planning includes choosing and purchasing products, renovation duration and steps leading up to it.

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3) The Layout of the Bathroom

Correctly measure the room and have all the specifications recorded is the key to smooth renovation. Careful measurements will allow you to know the size of the materials you can accommodate.

At Toronto Bath Centre we help to sketch a layout of your new bathroom

4) Bathroom Storage

What type of storage does your bathroom need? Is there room for a closet, shelving unit, counter space ? When it comes to the bathroom more storage is always better.

Also, storage needs to be functional as well as easily accessible. Did you think about how to style it?

At Toronto Bath Centre we can help you to come up with the ideas of innovative and interesting ways you can accommodate more storage without sacrificing design!

5) Bathroom Lighting

As with storage, the more lighting the better!

At Toronto Bath Centre we help you to maximize the natural light, add task lighting around the shower or under counters as well as overhead lighting accordingly.

6) Walls

Bathroom is the space with high humidity.

At Toronto Bath Centre we help you to choose proper materials for the walls, ceiling, and floor.

7) Bathroom Ventilation

One of the most important aspects of a bathroom renovation or remodel is installing proper ventilation.

We help you to choose and install the exhaust fan of your choice.

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Despite the apparent simplicity of the bathroom, it is very  multifunctional and demanding room.

So, what materials are the best to use  in the interior of the bathroom?

Ceramics is the oldest material for decoration

Ceramic tile is the oldest and most common material for decoration. The secret of its popularity for bathroom decoration lies in the properties. It does not absorb moisture, easy to care for. The variety of its design allows you to create any interior for every taste.

To create an interesting interior in the bathroom, you can use several simple tricks. It could be a fully tiled room. For this purpose, we recommend the use of tiles for floors and walls with the same design, and you can combine tiles of different sizes.  

To decorate a large bathroom, you can use several types of finishes to delimit the space. For example, in the shower area, lay out the walls with mosaics, and near the bathroom make panels with mosaic elements.

These are the new trends in tile shown in Cersaie 2019

Digital Printing

Using a new digital printing technique that does not require high-temperature firing, digital slabs feature colorful custom designs. Fired after decoration, the ceramic surfaces are stain-resistant and highly durable. 

Flora and Fauna 

Flower and plant motifs bring sensory experiences to engage both sight and touch. These new tiles were aptly inspired by nature. 

Holographic

Iridescent glazes allow light and shadow to refract from new holographic finishes. This playful treatment allows the color of the glossy tile to change given the light.  

3D

New ceramic wall tiles adorned with 3D relief patterns add texture to otherwise flat vertical surfaces, bring color, dimension, and a little pizazz.

Mosaic – a material of creative natures

The history of the mosaic extends from the depths of centuries. Its first traces were discovered in Mesopotamia. Later it appeared in Mexico and other regions of the planet. Various techniques for its manufacture were created. The most difficult was the Florentine. But that was in ancient times. Progress has greatly simplified the manufacture of mosaics. Now the mosaic is made of porcelain, ceramics and glass. The walls covered with mosaic are absolutely moisture resistant and durable.

Wall panels are modern attribute of room decoration

Nowadays,  one of the popular  material  is wall panels. They can be plastic or ceramic, or made of artificial marble or even quartz.  They are very practical to maintain.

These are only few examples and  there are more material that can be used to build your dream bathroom.

Please visit our showroom for your design consultation