Bathroom Design + Renovations

ROOMS FOR RITUAL AND RELAXATION

Bathrooms are rooms of ritual and relaxation. It’s where we prepare ourselves to face the day, and where we come to unwind when it’s all over.

We tend to take modern luxuries like a working bathroom for granted, to the point where the magic that happens in a bathroom is barely noticeable any more; water flows our from pipes hidden inside walls with the push of a lever, the temperature easily being adjusted to our preference, and then drains away with even less effort.  The fact that we barely notice how incredible this all is, is a testament to the power of design engineering, which aims to continuously reduce the effort needed for day to day living so that we can focus our minds on higher level thinking.

WHY WORK WITH AN INDEPENDENT DESIGN PROFESSIONAL?

A beautifully designed bathroom can contribute to more enjoyable mornings and more relaxing evenings.  Smart space planning can make your routines faster and contribute to a sense of peace, by discreetly and conveniently accommodating your tools and supplies so the room remains uncluttered and serene. Surfaces technologies are continuously being developed to have anti-microbial and anti-spotting coatings making cleaning a breeze. In terms of luxury bathroom technology, it’s possible to floors that heat up at a scheduled time, hot water on demand, preset shower temperatures, heated towels, mirrors that defog, and voice activated speakers to listen to your favourite music or podcasts. You can even pamper yourself and the environment by installing a bidet or bidet seat that gently washes and dries you, nearly eliminating the need for toilet paper. Evidently a high-end bathroom can easily become one of the most complicated rooms in the house to design and build because there are so many individual elements that need to fit together seamlessly, and because there is a lot of plumbing and electricity involved.  Any changes to plumbing locations must be reviewed by an engineer and require a building permit, therefore developing a set of plans for a new or modified bathroom layout requires professional design services.

As Interior Design professionals, we are trained to think very deeply about how a space is used, finished and how it all goes together.  We are continuously learning about the wide array of products, materials and systems available on the market as part of our ongoing professional development, which enables us to meet design challenges in creative ways.  If you are looking to take advantage of advanced spatial planning skills, product knowledge and trends, then working with an independent design professional will help ensure that your luxury bathroom renovation is an investment that makes your feel pampered for many years to come.

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FULL -SERVICE PROJECT PHASES + TIMELINE

1.0 Discovery

We work to develop an understanding of your project goals and needs, your style preferences, budget and more. The information is used to help us understand if we are the right designer for your project, and if so, what next steps should be taken.

2. Design Planning

The designs are developed through several cycles of inquiry, ideation + decision making, with the details of the project coming into clearer and clearer focus with each cycle.  The ultimate results are production of a comprehensive design package that illustrates how the space is to be built, the materials to be used, and a budget estimate.

The design planning phase takes between 3-4 weeks.

3.0 Procurement

The procurement phase is where the goods and services needed to complete the project are produced and obtained, and often overlaps the construction phase.  In a kitchen renovation, the cabinetry typically the longest to procure, and the start of the construction phase usually hinges on when the cabinets are expected to be ready.

Procurement for most bathroom goods is 2-3 weeks however custom items such as cabinetry can take longer.

4.0 Construction

During the construction phase your space is transformed through the demolition, construction, installation and finishing as the the designers instructions.

Construction for a bathroom renovation normally lasts 4-6 weeks, depending on the extent of work to be done and lead times on project goods and materials.

5.0 Deficiencies

We will address any outstanding deficiencies in a timely manner.

6.0 Furnish + Finesse

Our team comes in to set up the finishing touches like loose furniture, window coverings and more, and our photographer will capture the completed space.

This is normally completed within 3 days after the construction team has wrapped up and removed their tools.

7.0 Reveal + Celebrate

We will welcome you home, walk you through your newly transformed space and celebrate!

8.0 Project Review + Close Out

Here we gather feedback from our clients and our team, so that we can improve our processes and procedures.  We aim to complete the close out within 2 weeks of the project being completed and all deficiencies addressed.

We also provide clients with a digital project binder which has a record of all project related information including, specifications, warranties and maintenance instructions.

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OUR BATHROOM DESIGN SERVICE PACKAGES

We have packaged our design services so they are easy to understand and purchase. For those looking for end-to-end service, we are happy to offer our clients a full design-build project, however, we realize that not everyone needs that from us, so we have broken down the design phase into packages which can be purchased sequentially for a complete bathroom design, or you can engage us for any of the design steps individually, after an initial consultation. If you are looking to take care of the procurement and project management yourself, then these packages can help you get the design information down on paper for easier decision making, pricing and ordering.  Alternatively, if you are a contractor, you can bring us on board to walk your client through the design and selection process so that you can focus on other things.  In cases where we are charged with making it all happen for you, then we will happily bring our trusted trades and vendors on board.

Step 1 – The Design Consultation

The first step in our renovation design process is an initial consultation for up to 90 minutes where we will discuss:

  • Your design challenges.
  • Your wish list.
  • Layout ideas.
  • Your design ideas + style.
  • Your timeline.
  • Who is going to do the work.
  • Your Rough Order of Magnitude Budget (accuracy is +/-50%).
  • The best next steps for your particular situation.

If you plan to handle the bulk of the design, pricing and procurement work yourself, and simply need our input from time to time, you can schedule one of these consultations any time you need input.

FEE $347 + HST

Step 2 – Bathroom Layout Package

This package will allow us to explore the possibilities for new bathroom layouts.  We will start with some sketches to illustrate our ideas, eventually developing them into scaled design drawings.

Bathroom Layout Package to include:

  • Site measure up.
  • As-Built Drawings.
  • Further assessment of your needs and preferences.
  • One set of preliminary design sketches (up to 2 layout options) + review to determine preferred option.
  • Further  development of preferred layout, culminating in final Bathroom Layout design consisting of:
    • Basic 3D model.
    • Wall locations with doors + windows.
    • Cabinetry locations.
    • Plumbing fixture locations and basic dimensions (for engineer review).
    • Lighting + electrical locations.
    • Demolition Drawings for walls to be removed, if applicable (to be reviewed by engineer).
  • Preliminary Estimate spreadsheet (accuracy is -15% to +50%) illustrating costs of  at least 3 levels of quality/finesse to direct next phase of decisions (detailed specs).
  • Includes 2 design review meetings (one to include contractor + our engineer) + up to 2 rounds of design revisions, plus one final review of completed information package.

STARTS AT $747 + HST

Step 3 – Bathroom Details Package

Working with a completed Bathroom Layout design, we can create a Bathroom Details package to include:

  • Further assessment of your needs and preferences.
  • Room Design Details including:
    • Room dimensions.
    • Cabinetry locations + specifications (for prefab items).
    • Plumbing fixture locations + specifications.
    • Paint Plan with selections for for walls, ceiling, trim and room doors.
    • Finish materials for walls + flooring (includes up to 3 tile specifications +1 tile trim for the room; additional selections extra).
    • Lighting locations + fixture specifications.
    • Exhaust fan locations (specs by others).
    • Power locations (plan + elevation).
    • Bathroom hardware specifications (locations by others).
  • Updated 3D model (not photo-realistic).
  • A digital Style Board showing materials and fixtures together.
  • Budget Estimate based on specifications (accuracy -10% to +25%).
  • Includes 2 design review meetings and 2 rounds of revisions, plus a review of completed design package.

STARTS AT $1497 + HST

Luxury Add-Ons

These design elements add finesse to a space and we will be happy to add them to your project at your request.

  • Additional revisions.
  • Additional tile specifications.
  • Construction details for custom elements such as:
    • Complex tile patterns
    • Shower base, curbs, benches, niches, glass etc.
    • Designer cabinetry with materials, finishes and hardware.
    • Other built-in furniture + storage.
    • Counter top design drawings + material specifications.
    • Architectural details (ex. tray ceiling, false beams, window trim)
  • Loose furniture + decor selections (stools, chairs, tables, window coverings).

PRICING UPON REQUEST

FULL SERVICE DESIGN PROJECTS

For those clients who are looking to pass the entire project off to a set of trusted hand who will ensure that every little detail is taken care of, we offer a full service process where we will construct, furnish and finesse the space so that on the day of the reveal, you have nothing to worry about except enjoying yourself. In such instances the next steps after the designs are finalized are outlined below.

Step 4 – Trade Day

We will prepare all of the design information and meet with our trusted trades on the project site, to review the design information, discuss their availability and any foreseeable issues, and they can prepare preferred pricing for us.

Step 5 – Pricing Presentation

We will present a comprehensive design + pricing package that accounts for all of the goods and work required to complete your project as specified, and educate you on next steps!

BATHROOM DESIGN INSPIRATION

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