Bathroom Renovation Checklist

Bathroom Renovation Checklist

According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), a bathroom renovation will increase the value of your home by 75%-100% of what you’ve spent. When upgrading your bathroom, you should consider different aspects of the project. We have created a handy checklist for your project to ensure the best outcome for your upcoming bathroom Renovaiton project.

Tile & Flooring

Flooring in bathroom reno has one of the most important impacts on users. Different colours, shapes, sizes, and materials can provide a different experience to the users. What you should consider when choosing flooring finishes is the budget and maintenance as they will affect the result. Here are some options for the bathroom’s flooring:

  • Linoleum is a great choice because it’s waterproof and spill-resistant though it requires professional installation as it expands and contracts.
  • Marble is another finish that gives a high-end and elegant look to your bathroom but it can crack and requires maintenance regularly.
  • Ceramics are the best choice when it comes to durability and cleaning, they also come in various colours and forms.
  • Porcelain, a sub-type of ceramics, is a tough yet expensive option.

Materials not only should match your budget and design but also should be able to resist moisture with minimum care.

Walk-in Shower or Bathtub

Deciding between them or installing them depends on many factors. If you have toddlers and young children around, a better choice would be the use of a bathtub, however, elders might opt shower stand. Also, if you are planning a renovation to sell your home, you’d better choose a high-end tub or shower to attract more prospective buyers.

Unless you would be the user, you should look more into something within your budget and preferences.

Toilet

Several factors are involved when changing a toilet such as the location, size of the washroom, plumbing system, style of home, the users, way of sanitation and most importantly budget.

Different types of toilets are wall-mounted, one-piece and two-piece. Also the toilet comes in different height depending on your preference. We mostly suggest Comfortable Height, as they are easier to use more wide range of individual specially seniors.

Sink Fixtures

Choosing a bathroom sink could be challenging with different finishes, styles and shapes available. So probably you need to research thoroughly to find the right sink. Once you decided, make sure you have the right measurements, the sink should be in easy reach of water connections so it fits. Each sink has a different type of installation such as drop-in, wall-mounted, pedestal, under mount, vessel, vanity sink.

Cabinetry & Bathroom Accessories

Having cabinets has become necessary as it changes the overall look and increases the functionality of the space. Size, material, and type are the elements that should be considered when choosing cabinets.

Installing different types of cabinets, mirrored or medicine or corner, depends mainly on types of bathroom. Additionally, hinges and handles should be practical and match the style of the whole bathroom design to present a unified look. Small details like towel racks, faucets, matching lighting fixtures, and cabinet hardware could impact the resale value of your home.

Plumbing and Electrical

In bathroom renovation generally bear in mind if you shouldn’t change or relocate, don’t, otherwise you need to hire professionals as any plumbing and electricals changes should be based on building code and regulations therefore permits are needed. This type of work requires to be done by an electrical contractor or a licensed plumber.

Schedule

To finish off your bathroom, try to schedule your timeline once you have decided on the materials, finishes and fixtures. Make sure to predict the challenges arising during the remodelling process and set deadlines to speed up the process.

Hire a Contractor

If doing all of the above would be a headache for you, you can always ask for help from a professional contractor. They are experienced and know how to recognize and deal with any upcoming challenges during the project.

We at Maserat Developments provide bathroom renovation services for older homes in Toronto, you can book your consultation today to get a proper and accurate estimate from our senior project manager. 

Our Design services are included in all renovation projects, so if you are not sure what material, finishes or colour to use; don’t worry we are here to help you every step of the way. 

Do I require a permit for the renovation?

Do I require a permit for the renovation?

Depending on the scale of your project and what structural impact the renovation will have on the building, you may need permits. Our specialized project managers will discuss your project in detail and would advise you if you do need permits.

To obtain a building permit, a homeowner must submit an application to the district office where the home is located requesting necessary permits. Depending on the type and the size of the renovation there will be fees required to pay before processing the building permit. Once the prerequisites have been met, The Toronto building staff will review your plans in order to make sure they comply with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning by-laws, as well as other applicable regulations.

How to monitor the Building Permit Application online?

The building application process can be monitored online from the city’s website. Building permits are valid for the duration of the ongoing construction. However, if the work hasn’t started yet or has stopped, the permit is valid for up to six months and a building inspector can provide an extension to your permit.

Apart from the building permit — which is formal permission from your municipality to begin construction, demolition, addition, or renovation — there are other special types of permits you might need: 

heating permits, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) permits, plumbing permits, demolition permits, sign permits, or sign variance permits.

When do you need to apply for Building Permits?

In Ontario, you need a permit for the following renovations:

  • Constructing accessory buildings with an area of more than 10 square metres, or an addition to an existing building
  • Constructing attached or detached garages
  • Structural alterations
  • Excavating, repairing or underpinning a foundation
  • Heating ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, or electrical work
  • Constructing one or more new separate dwelling units within a building
  • Finishing previously unfinished spaces within a building
  • Adding new entrances or windows, changing the size of entrances or windows, or closing entrances or windows
  • Constructing chimneys or fireplaces
  • Installing swimming pool enclosures, constructing detached decks more than 60.96 centimetres above ground, or building any deck attached to a building
  • Demolishing or relocating all or part of a building

On the other hand, you won’t need a permit for these renovations:

  • Replacing stucco, siding, or shingles with the same material
  • Replacing doors or windows without altering the opening,
  • Constructing fences (except pool enclosure fences)
  • Patching, painting and decorating
  • Installing cabinets or shelves

If you need help to apply for a building permit, we work with professional engineers who can help to get the necessary documents together for the application.