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August 2013


In planning to renovate your bathroom or kitchen, most people will tell you that you’ll go over budget and get frustrated. Many online sources will give you tips on knowing your preferences, but our Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres helps to answer your specific timeline questions on how to get it done!


I know my bathroom needs an update; I’d like to arrange it all and get the job done quickly. 


Some jobs are possible to complete quickly, for example, if you would like to swap out a showerhead as a small upgrade.  However, a bigger update where you may require plumbing, furniture or redesigning how your bathroom or kitchen operates, then you will definitely need to allow yourself a complete timeline for planning.


If you don’t want to just grab the random fixtures that might be in stock, but instead wish to pick out the exact finish for that faucet to match your décor, or the bathtub that has the exact orientation – left hand/right hand or seating – then you will need to at least allow yourself 4-6 weeks delivery for just the fixtures.  And this timeline doesn’t even account for the time it might take to make the decision on the right faucet or tub (let alone sink or toilet) that you prefer. If you come by one of our showrooms, you’ll understand how picking out what you want is also a huge undertaking.


I want my bathroom done right.  How long should I allow myself to complete my full renovation?


Many people think that the time it takes to do the renovation is the time your bathroom or kitchen is torn apart.  If you haven’t planned well, the time your bathroom or kitchen is unusable can be extended and will likely create stress.  However, if you plan well, you can considerably reduce the time you are inconvenienced and reduce your stress and frustration. 


Ultimately, your renovation from planning through completion will typically take six full months (longer if it is a major overall such as moving walls). 


Have you heard the saying “measure twice, cut once”?  This carpenter’s principle applies to the planning of your renovation, as most of the time should be spent in the early planning and decision making and not in the actual renovation itself. 


What stages should I have in my checklist?


1.      2-3 Weeks - Determine if your renovation will require a general contractor, plumber, interior designer, or other specialist


Hiring the right contractor to assist with your renovation can make all the difference.  Get referrals from friends, associations and do your due diligence.


 2.      2-3 Weeks - With or without your contractor, decide on your ideal design & functionality for your space


Do you want the full layout of your room to change?  Are you adding new functions?  Do you need anything custom built?  There are three major limitations to consider (a) the size of your bathroom or kitchen, (b) the location of existing fixtures, pipes, & wiring for measurements and (c) what you wish to fit into that space within those confines.


 3.      4-6 Weeks - Hire the contractor or specialist, as you require.


Don’t expect their schedules to be open and available as soon as you call them – the good ones typically are in high demand!


 4.      1-2 Weeks - Decide on your fixtures, furniture, lighting, tile, mirrors, artwork, etc


As you will be interacting with these fixtures many times in a day, it is worthwhile to take the time to get the functions and look that you really want. Don’t overlook key items such as ventilation for the bathroom or proper light in the kitchen.


 5.      4-6 Weeks - Order your fixtures, furniture, tile, etc. – 4-6 weeks


It is possible that some of your fixtures will be ready or available sooner, but if you are doing a full renovation project, it is unlikely.  Ordering what you want and allowing it to all arrive on time when your contractor is scheduled to install it, will allow a smooth transition time.


 6.      1-2 Weeks - Determine your work sequence – start at the top of the room and work down


This type of planning would be done by your contractor unless you are managing the project solely on your own.   Doing what can be done – like the ceiling – before the fixtures are update is important to determine.

 By this point in your project, your initial ideas of when things might come together should be solidifying as you know exactly when your walls, fixtures, tiles, flooring will all come together.


 7.      1-2 Weeks - Allow time for hidden problems, especially for bigger renovations


Depending on the age of your house and the extent of your renovation, these hidden problems can be more or less likely.  However, it is always good to give yourself a buffer of time for the unknown.


8.      1-2 Weeks – Construction and installation of your new bathroom or kitchen


With everything falling into place, your actual renovation pulling out the old and installing the new should take a smaller amount of time versus the overall renovation planning time.


 9.      Timeless – Enjoying your new room after a stress free renovation!



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July 2013


Do you ever look at your shower and think that you could make a simple upgrade and actually enjoy your shower more?  Updating your shower is not as simple as you would think!  Here to explain your options for your shower, Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres helps to answer your questions.


What is the simplest way to update my shower?


The simplest thing you can do to update your shower is to replace your existing shower head - simply unscrew and put a new one on.  This quick change can help you to update to a more water efficient shower head, offer a different spray pattern or give you an option of using a hand shower with a hose that can come off the existing arm allowing you to rinse the walls, yourself, the kids, the dog!


At Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres, we offer shower kits from our various suppliers to meet your needs.  Of course, we can customize this and sell you the components separately so you can co-ordinate the style, or colour of the original pieces, such as in a brushed nickel.



Is every fixture in my shower interchangeable?


No, unfortunately they are not. 


If you want to change the plate and handle that control the temperature and volume of your shower, you must stay with the same brand, for example, Moen or American Standard because you must make sure that the "rough in" or brains of the system behind the wall which matches the fixtures outside the wall. Once the rough in is installed behind the wall, you can't make changes without tearing things down.   With one brand, such as Moen or American Standard, there may be four different rough in set ups.  If you are unsure about what rough in you have, the best way to tell is to take some photos to show us where the screws are on the plate for when you come in to select your new handle and plate.  


If you would like a different shower set up entirely, you will need changes and upgrades with your plumbing in the wall, so you may not be able to replace it and then we should start to plan for a whole NEW shower!

What are my shower options if I want to start over or I’m building a new bathroom?

We highly recommend coming into one of our showrooms to discuss with our consultants on your needs and wants as there are so many options when it comes to showers!  Firstly, it is important to truly understand what type of operation you wish for your shower.  Do you want multiple options - shower head, hand shower, bathtub spout and body sprays?  Do you want to set your temperature and control the volume of water spray?


Choosing a rough in to match your wants is important – do you want to direct the water to one place, multiple places one at a time, or multiple places at the same time.  For example, if you want a 10" rain shower head to pour down onto you with body jets surrounding you, is it important that they can all turn on at the same time?


The benefit to you is that our suppliers have various packages that are able to meet ALL of your shower needs!  For example, Grohe has some complete kits put together with a hand shower on a slide bar, a rainhead and the controls for under $800.00.  Had you purchased these pieces separately, it would cost considerably more.  Along with different configurations to meet your needs our suppliers also offer a variety of styles – traditional or modern - so you can find something that works best for you in both function and look.


Ask your Questions

Are you finding this expert advice helpful?  Submit your questions to us and we will feature them here to help you and others with your bathroom and kitchen fixture decisions.