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Overview of Bathroom Remodel     

     Like the kitchen, the bathroom is an essential space of the home. A typical person spends around 20-30 minutes a day for bathroom related activities. Unlike other spaces, privacy and comfort are the two keywords that stood out when remodeling the bathroom. In this article, we will focus on three areas, function, aesthetics, and storage.

    The first step is identifying the type of bathroom you are looking to remodel. The bathroom type can be easily identified by the number of fixtures in the space.

2 pieces bathroom- Also known as the powder room. The 2 pieces include toilet and vanity.

3 pieces bathroom- The three pieces include toilet, vanity and shower room/bathtub. Please let your remodeler know if you are planning to get a shower or bathtub for your 3 piece.

4 pieces bathroom- The four pieces include toilet, vanity, shower room and bathtub.

Once the type of bathroom is determined, the next step in the planning is budgeting next. As any remodel, there are two factors that influence the remodel cost, labor, and material. 

Most homeowners will replace the plumbing fixtures but keeping the placement the same. Relocate plumbing fixtures to a new location will add extra cost based on distance and complexity. 

Once the placement of the plumbing fixture is determined, flooring is next. For any bathroom flooring, it must be moisture resistant and therefore only two options, vinyl, and porcelain tiles. Vinyl will be cheaper to supply and install, while porcelain takes more time. The porcelain tile also requires moisture resistant underlayment like ditra products. After tiles are placed, grouts need to be applied and clean. It usually takes 2 days to tile a bathroom while vinyl-only takes a single day. Certain sizes of flooring will take longer to install and therefore adds to the cost.

Bathroom Shower

There are a few options for a shower, prefab shower, handcraft, and custom mixed. 

Prefabricated Shower

Prefab shower, as you can tell from the term is a shower unit that has been mass-produced at a factory. They are usually made of less expansive material such as plastic, acrylic or fiberglass for the wall panel. Many do provide built-in shelving and tile look. They are built in standard sizes. The benefit of using a prefab bathroom shower is cost saving. They are usually within a thousand dollar range for a small to medium size shower and over thousands for larger ones. A homeowner who seeks quick and standard bathroom remodel should definitely look for these at home improvement stores.  While these are prefabricated, quality isn’t too much of a concern for most brands. It usually comes with a limited lifetime warranty for base and door, one year warranty for the other. 

Handcraft Shower

Handcraft shower, on the other hand, is not for most DIYers. The price tag is higher due to the amount of labour is involved. However, it does add to the house value when putting the property on sale. The full handcraft shower should be handcrafted from three components, custom glass, custom shower pan, and custom wall panel. The pan and the wall need to be carefully handcrafted to ensure moisture and mold resistant. With a handcraft shower, there are more options for different textures and colours. There is a slight downside to handcraft which is the warranty. Most remodeler offers one to the five-year warranty for part of construction instead of the limited lifetime for prefab showers. This is not a sign that quality is lacking but the nature of the industry as a whole. 

Mixed Construction

The mixed construction model is a growing popular method when building a bathroom shower. The shower pan will be prefabricated for factory quality while everything else, panel, tile, niche etc is all custom made. This method takes the best of the two in terms of the warranty and customization with the caveat for its size. The price for mixed construction varies depending on the amount of customization homeowner is looking for. Essentially, more labor will equal to more cost.

Bathroom Toilet

The bathroom toilet is more than just a water tank and a bowl. There is common toilet like gravity feed, or the new duel flush or double cyclone. In terms of style, there is one piece and two-piece. To keep things simple, we will focus on the essentials. You can always speak to our Burlington location experts to get more detail.

One-Piece or Two-Pieces

The core benefit of the one-piece design is ease of installation and maintenance. Bowl and tank are seamlessly attached together and therefore easier to clean. Two pieces toilet on the other hands is slightly harder to clean as bowl and tank are detached. However, the lifespan of two pieces are usually longer and commonly seen in most Canadian households.


Common toilet height is around 17 inches from seat to bowl rim, however, there are chair height toilets few inches higher. A homeowner who has back or knee injuries should go with the higher to reduce the bending of the joints. There are also custom toilets that can be mount to the wall for easy height adjustments.

Bowl shape

There are three common bowl shape, the elongated, compact elongated, and round. The elongated toilet is slightly longer in length while the round is a common oval shape. The elongated toilet is more modern and comes with slightly higher price tags. The homeowner needs to try both to determine which is more comfortable.


When selecting vanities, the homeowner usually faces many decisions. Floating or classic, double sink or single sink. depending on the location of the space, these decisions play a key part in the process. Take the master bedroom, for example, a double sink is great for couples who seek intimate bathroom, while the single sink turns the bathroom into a private space. The size of vanity also matters. A larger vanity can be used as a makeup station and smaller vanity is a quick cleanse.

The same cabinet principle applies to vanity. Low budget range vanities use thermofoil door, and melamine interior and higher quality use painted mdf or maple with plywood interior. 

Bathroom Tub

Like all things seen in this article already, bathroom tub also available in different types. Common tubs is five feet long, 30” wide, and 14-16” high. These can be installed using, alcove and freestanding methods.

Alcove Tubs

The most common bathtub installation option is the alcove bathtub. These tubs are installed between three walls, with an open space on the fourth side. Since three sides are installed along a wall, these tubs only have one finished side. Alcove tubs often include the option of adding a showerhead and faucets as well. These are generally the most affordable option and, in many cases, will be the easiest option to go with if you’re replacing an old bathtub with a new one. This installation method also allows the home owner to install tile surrounding fit around the tub.

Freestanding Tubs

Freestanding tubs like the name are designed to not attach to the wall. Instead, they stand either on feet, as with clawfoot tubs, or on a base designed to support the tub’s full weight. These take up more space than most of the other tub installation options since they aren’t tucked into a corner or space in the same way that built-in tubs are. If you have the space available though, many consumers like the stylish options available in this category.


Bathroom remodel is not an easy task, it takes time and patience. Hestia Hearth Design experts at the Burlington location can help guide you through the process.