Bathroom renovation tips from the pros at Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating in the greater Vancouver area

In over sixty years of serving North Vancouver, Burnaby, and the rest of the Greater Vancouver Area as plumbers, we at Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating have heard it all when it comes to bathroom renovation. Whether they’ve just started thinking about renovation or are in the middle of the job, our customers love to drop by our store for a cup of coffee and some advice from our experts.

Here are a few of the most common pieces of advice we’ve given over the years when it comes to renovating a bathroom:

Getting started:

A lot of projects can get into trouble before they’ve even begun if the planning stages aren’t done properly. When you’re thinking of starting renovation be sure to keep these things in mind:

  • Establish your needs
    Planning a renovation can be a lot of fun. With all of the fixtures and features you can find in our store, the number of possible bathrooms you can create is endless. You (and whoever else will be using the bathroom) should, however, fully agree upon exactly what it is you want out of your renovation. A lot of people get into trouble later on in a project when they discover they had never actually decided what they wanted to do and start adding to the idea.
  • Always budget 10% more than you think you’ll need
    Although you should be as exact with your budget as possible, unforeseen expenses always happen in one way or another. Being prepared for the unexpected will save you worry down the road.
  • Renovation doesn’t need to be costly
    When people think renovation, they tend to think complete overhaul. At Hillcrest Plumbing, we can recommend a few limited, strategic renovations that will keep costs down but make your bathroom look new.

Know where to invest:

  • Faucets are essential
    Faucet fixtures are one of the main attractions of bathrooms and a real investment. Hopefully, you won’t have to repair or replace a faucet for years. Be sure to make a great choice and build the rest of the bathroom around that.
  • Toilets should be practical
    There are a lot of new features being added to toilets these days. Unless you enjoy the novelty, however, these can often be more of a burden than a benefit. Having a dual flush, model, however, is one of the few newer features that are worth your time.
  • Be careful with your floors
    Be sure to avoid floors made of hardwood, laminate, or other materials that are affected by moisture. Ceramic or porcelain tiles are a classic look that won’t be damaged by the water in your bathroom.

Everyone needs a little advice sometimes, especially if you’re tackling a big project like a bathroom renovation. Contact our plumbers at Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating for any advice for plumbing issues in Surrey or anywhere else in the Greater Vancouver Area.

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