Kitchens and bathrooms… choosing what’s best for you

Of all the rooms that make up a home, it is the kitchen and bathroom that most strongly appeal to our senses. That’s why renovating those rooms demands sound planning, right from the start.

— by Line Goulet, Vice-President, Centre design Réalité

The first step is to determine—together with your spouse if applicable— your current and future needs, the investment that will be required, and the appropriate financing. A young couple or family won’t have the same concerns as a couple with school-aged teens, or an empty-nest couple planning their dream kitchen or bathroom!

Their choice of materials, work surfaces, appliances, bathroom accessories and floor coverings will be different, for different reasons.

For example, if you want to buy a new refrigerator with a water or ice dispenser, you’ll have to plan to extend a water line to supply it. Similarly, if you are opting for a gas or induction stove, you may have to increase the capacity of your power service box, or connect the gas supply to a tank if that service isn’t offered in your location.

If you want to add a multi-jet shower, sauna, hydro-massage bathtub, or heated floor to your multipurpose bathroom, there will be additional costs related to these components, such as hiring qualified labour that’s experienced with sophisticated valves and plumbing, which take longer to install; putting in electronic controls; fitting up heating wire or water pipes; and perhaps, levelling the floor with selflevelling cement or installing a new water heater. And that’s not even counting the lighting etc.

Therefore, it is recommended that, at least 3 to 5 months in advance, you reserve the services of a designer and contractor who can design and execute overall kitchen and bathroom work. This will help ensure that the project runs smoothly and that you invest in the right components and select the right materials.

After all, you wouldn’t let a plumber perform triple-bypass surgery would you?