4 Ways Kelowna Homeowners Can Start Planning Their Bathroom Renovation

Kelowna homeowners can add a modern, clean touch with a full bathroom remodel.

Kelowna homeowners can add a modern, clean touch with a full bathroom remodel.

Updating a bathroom is probably one of the last things Kelowna homeowners are thinking about as they get ready to shovel snow and winter-proof their homes. But with a new year comes a fresh start. If the caulking on your bathtub has turned an off-putting colour, the toilet has stopped flushing, the wall and floor tiles have faded or cracked, or the taps in your sink are looking rusty, it may be time for a full bathroom remodel. It doesn’t hurt to start planning now. Here are 4 things you can start with:


1. Get your budget in order

Bathroom renovations can set you back from $5,000 to $20,000, depending on the scope and size of the project. Costs can depend on how many major items you are replacing, what the market for said items are, and what your labour costs will be for general contractors and/or a plumber. You can keep costs down if you decide to keep the original floor plan of your bathroom. That way you’ll spend less on plumbing, rewiring light fixtures, and having to put in extra walls or move windows.


2. Fix on fixtures

One of the major costs of a remodelling project is your fixtures, and whether they need to be replaced, moved or repaired.
This includes your:

  • Bathtub and/or shower
  • Toilet
  • Sink/vanity
  • Cabinets
  • Faucets/taps/racks
  • Lights

It’s easy to splurge on any of these items to get the kind of bathroom Kelowna residents love. However, there are ways to save by forgoing the self-flushing toilet, multi-head shower system, or heated towel racks and instead invest in value-engineered products that still look great and get the job done. It’s also best to start shopping for your fixtures sooner than later.


3. To tile or not to tile

This is an age-old question for anyone who has ever installed ceramic or porcelain tiles. Cutting, laying and applying mortar can be a tedious job and one that may need to be farmed out to those who specialize in renovating bathrooms. However, there are some floor and wall tile options to consider that are not only water resistant, but in some cases can save you money in product and labour costs.
For floors, you can try:

  • Engineered wood, laminate or hardwood
  • Vinyl sheets, planks, or tiles
  • Natural stone

For walls, you can try:

  • Bathroom specific paint
  • Peelable vinyl wallpaper
  • Bead or tileboard


4. Start shopping for bathroom renovation contractors

Let’s face it. You’re likely going to need expert advice and labour to get the job done properly. A properly vetted Kelowna renovations contractor will be able to help you with all your remodelling needs. However, most are usually busy, so it’s best to plan and book your renovation months in advance.
When looking for a general contractor, it’s best to:

  • Do your homework.
  • Ask questions
  • Look for recommendations
  • See the work
  • Get a quote
  • Sign a contract


For more information, read our blog on 5 Steps for Choosing Trustworthy Kelowna Contractors.


For bathroom renovations in Kelowna, contact Rafter 4K Contracting. We have the experience, know-how and tools to make sure your bathroom is done right and completed within your budget and timeframe. We can build from the smallest of powder rooms to a full master bathroom or ensuite, or help you remodel your tired, old bathroom to bring it back to life. We can also point you in the right direction when it comes to picking out your favourite fixtures. 


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