How to Choose the Best Bathroom Layout for Your Home

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No matter what size your bathroom is, the layout makes all the difference. You can have beautiful fixtures, perfectly coordinated colors, and a luxurious feel, but if your layout isn’t good, the whole space will be frustrating because it won’t be functional.  So how do you choose the best bathroom layout for your home? In this post, we’ll look at:  Key components of good bathroom design 5 essential bathroom layouts Tips for choosing your bathroom layout Whether you’re renovating your bathroom or building a new home, use this as your guide to creating a bathroom you love to be in. 4 Key Components of Ideal Bathroom Design As you’ll see later in this post, there are some common bathroom layouts that work well in most bathrooms. But there’s room for creativity, and some bathrooms have unique dimensions, which makes the usual floor plans tricky to use.  That’s where the key components of good bathroom design come into play. When you … Read more

3 Inspiring Concept Board Ideas for Your Bathroom Remodel

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Is it time to renovate your bathroom? Planning is the crucial first step, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Have some fun and create a concept board to inspire your bathroom remodel.  Whether your goal is to maximize the space in your bathroom, simply to make your bathroom look better, or a complete overhaul of your bathroom, a concept board is a good place to start.  What is a Concept Board? If you’ve spent any time browsing for interior design ideas online, you’ve likely seen a concept board. In addition to inspiring your home improvement projects, It’s a tool for visually communicating design concepts, ideas and potential products you’d like in your space. Each concept board is unique. Your concept board is a collection of things you like and that inspire you, including patterns, colors, textures and images. It’s a visual representation of the look and feel you want your bathroom to have. Physical concept boards can simply be … Read more

9 Simple Ways to Make Your Bathroom Look Better

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Is your bathroom looking a little drab? Do you want to make it look better without too much drama? A bathroom refresh sounds exciting, but maybe the reality of what’s involved seems daunting to you.  This post will assure you that a new look for your bathroom doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Here are 9 simple ways to make your bathroom look better. 1. Get rid of clutter  Decluttering your bathroom is a great way to start improving its dull state. Eliminate what’s unnecessary in your bathroom to make the space look cleaner. This gives you a better idea of the space you have available for items you actually need or want to keep.  Does decluttering seem like a big job? Start small. Remove nearly empty bottles of lotions, creams, shampoos, and other toiletries you haven’t used for the last month.Focus on one unnecessary item at a time, and before you know it, your bathroom will be clutter-free!  2. Change … Read more

5 Obvious Things People Don’t Tell You About Bathroom Renovations

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You have your dream bathroom in mind, and you’ve decided it’s time to renovate your bathroom. But even with the most detailed plan, there’s bound to be a few surprises. That’s the nature of bathroom renovations.  To help you be even more prepared, here are 5 things about bathroom renovations. They seem obvious at first glance, but upon closer inspection, are valuable tips to make your remodel project less stressful. 1. Contractors are not mind readers  Effective communication with your contractor is crucial to a successful bathroom renovation. What you really want and what you really mean can easily get lost in translation.  Whether you are talking to a designer or a contractor, it’s vital that you clearly communicate your vision. In the planning stages, the more detail you can provide, the easier it is for your renovation team to understand your wants and needs.  You might think it’s over-communicating, but in addition to sharing what you want, tell them … Read more

10 Places to Put the Microwave in the Kitchen

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Wondering where to put the microwave in the kitchen? You are not alone. It’s a common conundrum.  Moving your microwave to a new spot can get complicated quickly. The electrical outlet complicates things. If there’s no outlet in a convenient location for the microwave, rewiring turns a minor location shift into a massive job requiring a professional.  Fortunately, there are plenty of options for ideal microwave placement! Here are 10 places to put the microwave in the kitchen. Elevated Locations  An overhead microwave keeps your countertop clear and saves space. Here are 5 overhead spots for your microwave.  1. Over the range  This is the most common choice in kitchens. Position your microwave above the stove to keep it up and out of the way. This makes access easier and saves space.  Be sure to consider the size of your microwave. Too large, and it’ll overwhelm the space; too small, and it’ll look awkward here.  2. A drink station A … Read more

15 Design Ideas for Small Bathrooms

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Are you frustrated with the lack of storage in your small bathroom? Are you ready to change up the style? Renovating a bathroom can be stressful, especially when space is limited. However, there are plenty of ways to improve the storage and style, no matter how small your bathroom is!  These 15 design ideas for small bathrooms will refresh the space and keep it chic. How to Update a Small Bathroom  1. Mirror a wall or incorporate multiple mirrors Whether it’s a large one that covers a wall or multiples for design, mirrors give the impression of a larger space. The reflection of light gives the room a brighter feel, even if the bathroom doesn’t have a window.  A large mirror that reflects a small bathroom gives the impression of magnifying the room.  2. Use a glass shower door instead of a shower curtain A glass shower door opens up your bathroom and makes it feel more spacious. Other benefits … Read more

Watch Out! Don’t Make These 8 Common Bathroom Design Mistakes!

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Despite the small size of a bathroom, it takes hundreds of decisions to complete a bathroom renovation. Careful planning makes all the difference. If you want your remodel project to be a success, don’t make these 8 common bathroom design mistakes! Mistake #1: Selecting the Wrong Mirror Size A mirror adds more to your bathroom than just a place to view your reflection. It has a significant effect on the look and feel of your bathroom.  Some bathrooms use the mirror as a decorative piece, but the risk is having a mirror that’s too small. The bigger your mirror, the more open your bathroom feels.  A typical bathroom mirror should be approximately the same width as your bathroom countertop. If you have a pedestal sink, or if your bathroom doesn’t allow for a mirror as wide as the countertop, the mirror should be slightly wider than the sink. If you use a mirror that’s too small, it’s not as helpful … Read more

Don’t Make These Top 10 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes!

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Of all the major renovations Canadian homeowners have planned, 24% (a majority in this survey) are bathrooms. Even though it’s the smallest room of the house, a bathroom renovation can quickly get out of hand. Avoid these common bathroom renovation mistakes to keep your remodel project simple and affordable. Mistake #1: No Plan It’s tempting to plunge into a bathroom renovation without a plan. How hard can it be? Replace the tub, shower, toilet, vanity, sink, lighting, and voila! But a bathroom renovation without a plan never goes smoothly. There’s more to planning a bathroom renovation than picking out your design. Electrical regulations and plumbing need to be factored in. Now is the time to reevaluate the functionality of your current layout – maybe it’s time for a change. A professional designer or contractor can help you come up with a plan for the entire renovation, ensuring everything will meet legal requirements and avoid delays or unforeseen costs. Mistake #2: … Read more

How to Save Money on Your Bathroom Renovation

How to Save Money on Your Bathroom Renovation

You’ve seen the signs and decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom. But the average cost of a bathroom renovation in Calgary, Alberta is $13,393. That’s no small chunk of change! So you’re probably wondering how to save money on your bathroom renovation. Why is a Bathroom Remodel so Expensive? Compared to almost any other room in the average home, a bathroom renovation seems expensive especially when you look at the cost per square foot. Why does a bathroom remodel cost so much? Here are a few reasons. Many trades are involved No matter how small your bathroom is, it’s guaranteed to need plumbing, electrical, drywall and paint, flooring, and likely cabinetry, a countertop, and tiling. If you want your bathroom remodel done right, you’ll hire contractors who are specialists in each trade. These professionals have the expertise needed for each component of your bathroom, and they usually guarantee their work. That costs money. Consider this: If you are doing … Read more

5 Key Factors of the Perfect Home Office for Remote Work

5 Key Factors of the Perfect Home Office for Remote Work

  Earlier this year, 39.1% of Canadians were working from home. That was in direct response to the onset of the pandemic, but working from home has become the new normal for many of us.  If you switched to working from home suddenly, you may have set up a makeshift space to work in your home and “made do” for a while. Now that your home has become a permanent place for you to do your job, it’s time to take another look and create a more intentional space for productive work.  Take these 5 factors into consideration to set up the perfect home office for remote work.  1. Strategically Separate Professional from Personal It’s important to keep your professional life separate from your personal life. This is essential for business professionalism, record-keeping and tax filing, but it’s also a means of maintaining mental health and work-life balance.  If you don’t have the luxury of an entire room dedicated to … Read more

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