WHAT ARE BATHROOM & WASHROOM TERMS?
BATHROOMS RENOVATION KEY FACTORS
A bathroom, washroom, & powder room all serve the purpose of personal hygiene activities.
In typical Canadian housing, a powder room refers to a smaller washroom generally located on the main floor, available for guest use, and usually containing a toilet and sink.
The terms bathroom and washroom are used interchangeably and usually refer to a more equipped facility hosting a toilet, sink and either a bathtub or a shower stall or a combination of both. Larger washrooms may also have room for a double-sink vanity, a bidet, and often a small storage cupboard.
Generally speaking, bathrooms (as well as kitchens) require periodic care & updating because they are high traffic areas and generally reflect the style and design of either a previous owner or previous era.
Bathrooms and kitchens make the home. This is where personal space and style converge, where all the available choices of tiles and mirrors, vanities, knobs and handles, colours, fixtures, countertops, paint, flooring and lighting come together to make your unique statement. And when those design elements become dated and stale, it might be time to brighten your home with a fresh bathroom renovation.
When beginning your project keep these key factors in mind:
A clean looking and spacious bathroom might require repurposing some floor space from an adjacent area, such as your bedroom, to make the bathroom larger. Consider your needs carefully because determining the basic footprint is the first decision you’ll need to make.
A licensed & skilled plumber will be required to ensure your project is carried out safely, and with appropriate attention to doing it right the first time. Some handymen will try and convince you of their great plumbing skills, but that’s like asking the receptionist at your doctors’ office for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Professionals know how to build it right to help you avoid future problems with leaks, clogged drains, and low-pressure faucets.
Consider why you are renovating your bathroom and keep your goals, intent, and purpose on track to help you make the best investment choices. For example, you may want something for your personal use that’s a little higher-end than what the local housing market has available. That may be great for you, but you need to remain cognizant about overspending if you’re prepping the bathroom as part of a rental space unit, or if you’re intending to sell your home.
Common terms you should know
Here you can see common terms about bathroom renovation service:
Building a shower base requires specialized skills to create the proper slope towards the drain. This traditional method of building shower floors is performed less frequently today because of the ease of installation and lower cost of shower pans, as well as the long-term wear and tear considerations. If tile grout cracks, water will eventually find its way through resulting in possible shower base mortar cracks and/or moisture & mould problems, and the consequential damage to the floors, ceilings and walls affected by the leak.
Shower waterproofing kits
Tiling the floor
If you must use an exterior wall it is recommended that the wall be built out by doubling the depth of the framing, insulating with 5 inches of 21lb spray foam, and ensuring the water pipes adjacent to the wall are adequately wrapped in additional insulation as needed.
If your shower is below the attic and you intend to use a rain shower, make sure there is sufficient space in the attic space to properly insulate your water pipes which will enter the shower through the attic space. Attic spaces in Canada often reach sub-zero temperatures. The same is true if you are running plumbing through any other unheated area of your home (crawlspace, garage, attic and adjacency to or egress through an outside wall).
Wall-mounted toilet seats
Shut off valves
Make sure to properly insulate the fan vent within your attic space, and extend the venting out through the roof to prevent venting into your attic. Excessive humidity will cause condensation and moisture buildup inside the attic space, making it a prime growing environment for mould. It is always recommended to leave the fan to run for 10 to 15 minutes following a shower, to help evacuate the moist air. Some people recommend running the bathroom fans for 2 hours every day to help circulate stale air in the home.