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Altitude Plumbing

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Plumbing in paradise

Fast Facts:

Company name: Altitude Plumbing and Heating Ltd.

Location: Sun Peaks, B.C.

Founded: 2017]

Number of employees: 4

Website: AltitudePlumbing.ca

David Roberts of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.
David Roberts of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.

More often than not, a contractor gets into the business because a family member was in the trades; say their father, an uncle, or even granddad before that. But that wasn’t the case for David Roberts, owner of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.

After a stint working at U.K.-based luxury car maker Land Rover in his mid-20s, Roberts decided on a career change and went to a local trade school and completed an apprenticeship. “I’m glad I chose plumbing, as it gave me the opportunity to learn a skill that would provide me a lifelong employment.”

While on holiday, the Brit met his future wife, Rachel. Eventually they ended up in Vancouver – Roberts emigrated on a work-sponsored skilled trades visa, before settling in Sun Peaks, a Mountain Resort Municipality with a full-time population of 616 according to the 2016 Census, located about 400 km northeast of Vancouver.

“Living in such a small community we have to provide a large range of services,” says Roberts. On the residential side, his workload includes home and recreational property renovations, new construction, boiler installations, radiant in-floor heating, annual maintenance programs, and 24-hour emergency services. The company’s service area stretches as far as Kamloops, about 50 km away.

“Our first custom home and first new build as a company was possibly our most daunting project, with 4.5 custom bathrooms, full radiant floor heating, along with snow melt on the driveway and deck; it certainly led to a few interesting few months,” says Roberts. “We are always trying to evolve and learn new things every day, there is a lot of time spent keeping up to date with the latest products.”

On the commercial side, he does emergency repair and maintenance work for some of the hotels and other businesses that support the local tourism industry, and recently worked on a commercial/residential development where Altitude did the plumbing for a deli, bar, and cafe.

“I have a background in service, so I enjoy resolving people’s issues and the problem-solving involved,” says Roberts, who also serves as a volunteer firefighter.

While in many ways idyllic, the remote location and small population make it particularly challenging for Altitude to find quality employees. “We definite experience difficulty finding skilled staff. We live in a beautiful resort community; but as a small business we want to find the right fit for the company, our customers, and flexibility for the work we do. You also need to love the outdoors, winter sports, and be hardy enough to rough-in a house at -30.”

After starting off as a one-man shop, he now has three trucks on the road. Make that four – earlier this year Roberts was excited to learn that he’d won the grand prize in Kohler Canada’s “Win. Rinse. Repeat” contest, a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab Custom Trail Boss. “I don’t think I’ve ever won anything in my life,” says an excited Roberts.

His prize package also came with a bunch of Manchester United Football Club paraphernalia (Kohler is a Principal Partner of the hugely popular soccer team and the Kohler logo features prominently on the sleeve of the players’ jerseys), though we doubt that Roberts, a Birmingham City FC fan was as impressed with those items….

Keys please: David and Rachel Roberts with the 2019 Chevy Silverado they won in a contest held by Kohler Canada.
Keys please: David and Rachel Roberts with the 2019 Chevy Silverado they won in a contest held by Kohler Canada.

The timing couldn’t have been better. Rachel, who joined the company last summer as part-time office manager, is expecting the couple’s first child, due around the time this magazine lands in your mailbox, and they were actually in the market for a new vehicle.

Even before winning the contest, Roberts was a big fan of both Kohler and his local Emco distributor, the Emco Ensuite Showroom in Kamloops. (The contest ran through Emco outlets nationwide.) He’s currently building his own home and is installing Kohler products throughout.

“Choosing a plumbing brand and understanding the value of their customer service is similar to insurance: you never know how good it is until you need it,” says Roberts. “Kohler’s support is absolutely fantastic. It’s over and above what I’ve experienced with other manufacturers. We support Kohler because Kohler makes our lives so much easier.”


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SET A BOLD TONE

Caesarstone is launching a new collection featuring four new colours for 2020. The Dark Collection embraces a contemporary trend in kitchens and bathrooms that has recently set a bold tone. From the classic luxury of Empira Black to the matte infinity of Piatto Black via the evocative patinas of rusted Oxidian and weathered Black Tempal, this dark collection presents an intriguing range of captivating hues that bring warmth to the home and an emotional caress to the stone. Shown here, Oxidian.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

DELTA PENDANT RAINCAN SHOWERHEAD

The Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant showerhead establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.

MASCO CANADA

DELTA FAUCET CANADA

ADD A LAUNDRY ROOM WHEREVER YOU WANT!

The Saniswift 1/2-HP pump discharges greywater without the use of below-ground pump systems. It will pump up to 14′ vertically and/or 140′ horizontally (with gravity fall) and features low inlets for easy fixture connection, such as to a P-trap. This compact drain pump is designed to fit directly under a laundry tub and is a cost-effective solution for creating a remote laundry room or for greywater installations.

SANIFLO CANADA

UNIQUELY INNOVATIVE!

MuraLuxe decorative wall panels are quick and easy to install. Choose from thousands of images, patterns and finishes to customize these light-weight, water-proof, made-to-order panels that can be used as shower walls, backsplashes, full wall coverings or even eye-catching feature walls. Gives any project the “wow” factor and keeps your project moving quickly as shower installs can be completed in a day! On display and available only through watercloset.ca.

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EFFICIENT and VERSATILE

Fusion Stone’s thin stone veneer is an efficient and versatile solution that is of significant appeal to contractors and builders. The benefits of Fusion Stone include easy scheduling, no jobsite congestion, and minimal waste. With several profile styles that are available in multiple colour choices, Fusion Stone has proven to be a highly satisfying way to upgrade any home or business.

FUSION STONE

REVOLUTIONIZING MATERIAL PROCUREMENT

RenoRun is revolutionizing material procurement for professional builders with its turnkey technology plus delivery service. As market leaders, RenoRun is the fastest-growing materials supplier, housing more than 20,000 SKUs in its app and delivering to thousands of jobsites on-demand or in advance. Free coffee included; Saturday delivery available!

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EIR INTELLIGENT TOILET

The Eir intelligent toilet exemplifies the art of innovation, and its flowing lines and personalized finish detail will make a statement in any bathroom. With a full complement of convenient features including heated seat, customizable cleansing, night-light, hands-free opening/closing, automatic flush, plus a touchscreen remote, nothing else compares. And the sleek tankless and skirted design combined with a back-to-wall installation allows for concealed connections to make the toilet a beautiful centerpiece.

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DELIVERING VALUE

Procore’s comprehensive platform helps eliminate manual processes and outdated systems, saving you time, money, and headaches. With a robust toolset – complete with financial, productivity, quality, and safety tools – Procore helps you drive production and profitability. Plus, with more than 100 third-party integrations, it helps standardize processes while offering the flexibility you need to be successful.

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Product showcase – kitchens

Product showcase – kitchens

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Small. Simple. Stunning.

The stunning ENA 8 Super-Automatic espresso machine from Jura is defined by its compact design, cylindrical water tank, TFT display and brilliant colour variations. Using whole beans, it’s simple to prepare specialty coffees including cappuccinos, lattes and espresso in just one touch. This compact machine is perfect for small and large kitchens.

FAEMA CANADA

Exotic collection

Every year, Vicostone quartz surfaces introduces new colours to their collections. This year, the Exotic Collection features a unique quartz composition Gan Eden BQ8881, inspired by a sky of floating, puffy clouds of various shapes and sizes. This new addition is sought out by designers looking for an engineered stone that is easy to maintain all the while resembling natural stone, making it the perfect balance of functionality and beauty.

VICOSTONE CANADA INC.

Classic craftsmanship

In the game of chess, you sometimes have to retreat in order to advance. The same is true of design. The new Brizo Rook kitchen collection is a perfect illustration of this: forward-thinking, yet rooted in tradition. Its classic craftsmanship style is reminiscent of an early 20th century esthetic, while contemporary, feminine touches elevate and modernize the look. Offered in five luxurious colours, including the new Brilliance Polished Gold, it is sure to fit any kitchen design. Available at an Ensuite bath & kitchen showroom near you.

ENSUITE

Pretty practical

Soapstone is an excellent choice for countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

Bold statement piece

Drawing on inspiration rooted deep in Americana, Kohler introduces the Graze Kitchen Faucet. This bold statement piece conjures memories of the spikes that built railroads — the steel industry where iron was forged. Breaking from the norm of more delicate smooth round lines, the bold square base and unique strong silhouette is eye-catching on your counter, and a design to complement most every home.

KOHLER

Renovators dream shop

Beyond Marble and Granite is committed to finding the ideal kitchen or bath design to suit your budget and lifestyle, offering a wide selection of quartz and granite countertops, BMG also has a wide selection of mosaics and backsplashes, porcelain tile, faucets, sinks, and more. The team at BMG believe that every project deserves to be a masterpiece, whether big or small. Installing quartz or granite countertops adds value and beauty to any room in your home, office or cottage. Visit the Vaughan showroom for all your renovation needs.

BEYOND MARBLE & GRANITE

Custom cabinetry

JH Kitchens is a family-owned business that has been operating for almost 10 years. Their team of experts specialize in custom cabinetry and design, and work with you to meet your every need. From the initial stages of consultation, home visits, followups, and installation, they are dedicated to working with each and every client to achieve exactly what they envision to be their dream kitchen. They offer the highest quality, with a diverse selection of designs, at the best price. Their primary goal is to ensure a customer’s complete satisfaction.

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Set a bold tone

Caesarstone is launching a new collection featuring four new colours for 2020. The Dark Collection embraces a contemporary trend in kitchens and bathrooms that has recently set a bold tone. From the classic luxury of Empira Black to the matte infinity of Piatto Black via the evocative patinas of rusted Oxidian and weathered Black Tempal, this dark collection presents an intriguing range of captivating hues that bring warmth to the home and an emotional caress to the stone. Shown here, Oxidian.

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ENHANCED TRACTION

Deckorators Voyage composite decking features “Enhanced Traction” and the look of interior hardwood flooring. Made with patented Eovations technology, Voyage decking is strong, lightweight, thermally stable, and backed by a 25-year limited warranty, including removal, replacement, and installation in the ground or water.

DECKORATORS

VEIL INTELLIGENT COMFORT HEIGHT TOILET

This compact, streamlined one-piece toilet with integrated cleansing from Kohler showcases flowing and immaculately balanced curves. The Veil one-piece toilet with integrated cleansing functionality epitomizes minimalist and ergonomic design. Its sculpted core provides a suite of precision features finely tuned to offer optimum hygiene and ultimate individual comfort, from personal cleansing to an LED nightlight to hands-free opening and closing. All of the features are easy to control on a touchscreen LCD remote control.

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SMOOTH AND SLEEK

Scratch-, stain-, and heat-resistant, Caesarstone quartz is not only perfect for bathroom countertops and vanities, but also wall claddings, flooring, accents, and more. Pictured here is 4003 Sleek Concrete from Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This smooth surface creates a calming effect in this spa-like bathroom.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

BRILLIANTLY MODERN

Riobel, a distinctive member of the The House of Rohl, invites you to discover Riu, a modern twist of the traditional setting. This simple and modern collection will complement your bathroom for years. Choose a cross or a level handle, Riu is available in five finishes to personalize the bathroom to your client’s taste. Riu is also now available with a square spout.

RIOBEL

STACK THIN STONE

Add the beauty and performance of natural stone with Arriscraft’s STACK thin stone. This dry stack, ledgestone-style material features a split face finish and installs like tile. Return corner units deliver a full-bed look. Manufactured in Cambridge, Ont., STACK is available in more than a dozen colours.

ARRISCRAFT

MATCHING FINISHES AVAILABLE ON DRAINS, SHELVES AND PROFILES

Schluter Systems is providing finishes on their shower shelves and 4″ square shower drain grates that complement the most frequently used tones used in tiled showers. The company’s popular TRENDLINE textured finishes are available on profiles, grates, and shelves so they can all match for a more cohesive overall design. The finishes are: matte black, matte white, stone grey, greige, cream, and bronze.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

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THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

The BLANCO SOLENTA Senso is a new semi-pro faucet that provides the ultimate handsfree experience with a conveniently placed sensor control, located directly underneath the magnetic docking arm. Enjoy instant, effortless water without touching the faucet. A simple hand movement is all it takes thanks to its sophisticated start-stop technology.

BLANCO CANADA

TAILOR-MADE SINKS

Introducing Kohler’s new Tailor customizable farm-house sinks. The apron-front sink design can be changed to incorporate any countertop, tile or Kohler’s curated apron inserts, which allow the owner a freedom of choice to coordinate the sink with the surrounding materials and offers unlimited creativity. The apron inserts can easily be changed out to match a kitchen refresh or updated design. The Tailor kitchen sink provides innovation, design, and function to any kitchen space.

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SILESTONE BY COSENTINO’S CALACATTA GOLD

A colour made up of a white background through which elegant, wide grey highlights are interspersed with unexpected golden glints. Eternal Calacatta Gold, with its eternal, distinguished appearance, pays homage to a marble, which has been held in high esteem since ancient times. Shown here, the Princess Margaret Lottery Home 2019, Oakville.

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SMOOTH & SLEEK

Scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant, Caesarstone quartz is not only perfect for bathroom countertops and vanities, but also wall claddings, flooring, accents and more. Pictured here is 4003 Sleek Concrete from Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This smooth surface creates a calming effect in this spa-like bathroom.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

NATURAL TIMELESS BEAUTY

Soapstone is an excellent choice for countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

SINGLE PULL-DOWN KITCHEN FAUCET

The Delta Junction kitchen faucet enhances the modern kitchen with its crisp, geometric lines and standout style. Choice of finish includes Chrome, Arctic Stainless and Matte Black.

MASCO CANADA

EXPRESS YOUR STYLE

X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. They offer you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let their knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.

X-TILE CANADA

BRILLIANTLY MODERN

Riobel, a distinctive member of the The House of Rohl, invites you to discover Riu, a modern twist of the traditional setting. This simple and modern collection will complement your bathroom for years. Choose a cross or a level handle, Riu is available in five finishes to personalize your bathroom to your taste. Riu is also now available with a square spout.

RIOBEL

ARTISTIC TOUCH IN EVERY DESIGN

Art resides at the core of Vicostone’s product development and they aim to immortalize artistic touch in every design. With constant innovation and unique know-how, Vicostone are pioneers in “The Art of Quartz.” Pictured here is BQ8881 Gan Eden, which is part of Vicostone’s Exotic collection. People have always seen clouds as an endless source of inspiration – for their exploration, appreciation and sublimation. All of Vicostone’s beauties are fully portrayed in the Sky Series. These premium products will create a luxurious satisfaction for the most discerning customers.

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DeWalt subcompact series

DeWalt introduces the XTREME Subcompact Series tools, a line of five compact and performance-packed brushless 12V MAX tools. The new line offers powerful, ergonomic solutions for a variety of applications, including electrical, drywall, remodelling, automotive, metalworking, woodworking, and masonry applications.

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Express your style

X-Tile is sure to have whatever your clients need to express their unique style. They offer an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic, and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms. Let X-Tile’s knowledgeable and friendly staff help with your renovation or building projects.

X-TILE CANADA

Finally! Beauty, safety, affordability, and independent living combined

Bronte Collection introduces Grabcessories, a complete line of 2-in-1 Grab Bars designed to prevent falls and enhance independent living. Made of non-corrosive stainless steel, Grabcessories 2-in-1 Grab Bars support up to 500 pounds, and feature no-slip rubber grips (shelf excluded). They are available in chrome and brushed nickel. The transitional curved designs seamlessly integrate into any bathroom decor.

BRONTE

Natural timeless beauty

Soapstone is an excellent choice for countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

Durable and edgy

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are perfect for bathrooms thanks to their durability and easy maintenance. Pictured here is 4044 Airy Concrete, which is part of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This industrial surface will add an edge to any bathroom thanks to its unpolished look and feel.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead

The Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant showerhead establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.

DELTA FAUCET CANADA

Tailor Made Sinks

Introducing Kohlers new Tailor customizable farmhouse sinks. The apron-front sink design can be changed to incorporate any countertop, tile or Kohlers’ curated apron inserts, which allow the owner a freedom of choice to coordinate the sink with the surrounding materials and offers unlimited creativity. The apron inserts can easily be changed out to match a kitchen refresh or updated design.The Tailor kitchen sink provides innovation, design, and function to any kitchen space.

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BRILLIANTLY MODERN

Riobel, distinctive member of the The House of Rohl, invites you to discover the Azure kitchen faucets collection. It is synonymous with formal simplicity, stylish yet functional. With its two-jet boomerang hand spray system with integrated swivel, it is both modern and transitional. Its offered in four finishes: stainless steel, chrome, brushed gold and black.

RIOBEL

DELTA PENDANT RAINCAN SHOWER HEAD

The Delta Pendant Raincan Shower Head with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant shower head establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.

DELTA FAUCET CANADA

PERSONALIZED FAUCET

Putting the freedom of choice into the hands of consumers and specifiers, Kohler’s new Components line of interchangeable faucet elements offer a wide range of modern, minimalist options for composing a finished product. To create a personalized faucet configuration tailor-made for any environment and decor style, consumers and specifiers can customize their faucets by choosing the spout, handle and finish.

KOHLER

PRETTY PRACTICAL

Soapstone is an excellent choice for bathroom countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

A TOUCH OF STYLE

Passepartout is a collection of glazed porcelain stoneware available in trendy pastel colours. This collection is available in two unique patterns, allowing for the creation of various combinations. Passepartout will certainly add a touch of style to the walls of your contemporary projects.

CIOT INC.

SLEEK MINIMALIST VIBE

More than ever before, designers and homeowners are embracing matte black as the hottest finish for its sleek and minimalistic vibe. Doors & More is the first “all inclusive”shower door company to offer the ability to add a black frame to any of their shower doors. They offer innovative and stylish products, custom sizing and a warranty on all of their products.

DOORS AND MORE

DURABLE & EDGY

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are perfect for bathrooms thanks to their durability and easy maintenance. Pictured here is 4044 Airy Concrete, which is part of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This industrial surface will add an edge to your bathroom, thanks to its unpolished look and feel.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

EXPRESS YOUR STYLE

X-Tile Canada, with three locations in Toronto and Mississauga, offers a wide range of ceramic, glass – X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. They offer you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let their knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.

X-TILE CANADA

BE BOLD

Be bold with the new Kohler Artist Editions Dutchmaster Midnight Floral sink for your bathroom. Dark hues and bold, dreamy floral patterns are sure to bring that daring yet romantic look to your space.

ATLANTIS BATH CENTRE

SHADES OF GOLD

We have noticed a shift from the shinier ‘polished gold’ finish towards a more toneddown ‘brushed gold’ finish. These Amati faucets come in different shades of gold that complement the lighting in your space. Check out the ‘Shop Finishes’ collection on the Amati website.

AMATI CANADA

LATITUDE HAS ARRIVED

This new sliding shower door provides the very “au courant” look of a grid shower door, with none of the inconvenience. Thanks to its silk-screening method, the door has a virtual grid appearance making cleaning hassle-free. It is available in matte black for in-line, walk-in, two-sided and tub versions. Made with S.R.T. treated glass for added safety.

FLEURCO

STAINLESS STEEL SHOWER SHELVES

Shower shelves are often constructed using tile. Schluter-Systems’ brushed stainless steel shower shelves bring a unique design element to tiled showers. Made from 5/32-in. thick stainless steel, the sturdy shelves result in a sleek, clean finish. They fit between rows of tile and don’t use fasteners which can damage waterproofing.

SCHLUTER

STATEMENT PIECE

The MOD + Collection by Graff is a modern way to customize your faucet. This widespread faucet comes in 15 finish options, three spout styles, three Tuscan marble handle options, and has a sophisticated knurling design to finish it off. Perfect for the customer who wants a unique statement piece for their bathroom.

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Build a better bathroom

Bathrooms are second only to kitchens in terms of which room homeowners most-often renovate, and the amount of money they’re willing to spend on them. The next time you’re ready to renovate a bathroom, keep these five features in mind to elevate your space.

Séura Smart Mirror, courtesy of Séura.
Séura Smart Mirror, courtesy of Séura.

The heat is on

For millennia, builders have used tile flooring in rooms where there’s a high risk of water damage. Whether you opt for slate, marble, or ceramic tiles, the material is impervious to water. Unfortunately, stone and tile are cold to the touch. That’s fine – and actually quite desirable – in the summer, but can be an unpleasant shock during a mid-winter, midnight trip to the bathroom.

That’s why heated floors are becoming a must-have for mid- to high-end bathroom renovations. If your home is heated by hot-water radiators, it’s fairly easy to add a run of piping below the floor before laying the tiles. If not, there are a number of electrical mats that can be installed directly underneath the flooring.

And to take this luxurious warmth to the next level, consider installing a towel warmer. Who wouldn’t want a towel at the ready that feels like it just came out of the dryer when stepping out of the shower? Again, you can buy models that are heated by water from the boiler or via electricity.

Ditra-Heat System courtesy of Schluter Systems
Ditra-Heat System courtesy of Schluter Systems

Reclaim the throne

By now, we all know the importance of swapping out old, high-water consumption toilets for low-flow, dualflush models that reduce the amount of water wasted with each use. And now you can be both eco-conscious and luxurious when it comes to choosing a commode.

Bidets are still relatively rare in North America but once you get over the novelty of them, they are a very hygienic option. Rather than having to take up precious floor space installing a toilet and a separate bidet, a number of companies make combined two-in-one units, or replacement seats that include the washing function.

Still not sold on a bidet? There are a number of other luxurious upgrades you and your family might enjoy – from heated seats and lids that open and close automatically, to built-in nightlights and even speakers for streaming music.

Soak it in

Once upon a time, a shower consisted of a single fixture, hung directly overhead. But with homeowners increasingly seeking a spa-like experience at home, manufacturers started increasing the number of ports and jets for water to shoot out from in the shower. While an overhead “rain” soaker and a hand-held fixture are fairly standard now, the next-level upgrade includes a column of body jets lining the walls of the shower enclosure to literally soak you from head to toe.

Photo courtesy of Kohler
Photo courtesy of Kohler

Divide and conquer

Back in the 1980s, his-and-her sinks were all the rage in master bathrooms. The trend more or less faded away when homeowners realized that 95 per cent of the time they just used one of the sinks, leaving the other one spotless. One of today’s trends takes the separation to the next level: his and her bathrooms. Yes, dual ensuites for the man and woman of the house. Obviously you’ve got to have enough space and a big enough budget to even consider this upgrade, but can you imagine the ease of opening the drawers or vanity without having to wade through your partner’s lotions and creams to find your toothbrush buried in the back?

Add some A/V

Singing in the shower is a pastime for many. But it’s even better when you have something to sing along to. You could simply buy an extra wireless speaker, such as a Sonos or Google Home, but the excessive moisture – particularly during the colder months when the windows are closed – can damage these electronics.

Ideally, you’ll find waterproof, wireless speakers for your audio entertainment. One option is Kohler’s Moxie, which combines a showerhead and wireless speaker in one.

To truly turn your bathroom into a home entertainment centre, consider a mirror with a built-in TV or smart touchscreen so you can catch up on the news and weather, plan your commute time, or update your calendar while getting ready in the morning.

CAPTION: Photography courtesy of Margaret Mulligan

Jim Caruk, Renovation Editor

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback. Do you have a reno or decor question for our team of experts?

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Product Showcase: Bathrooms

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Express your style

X-Tile Canada, with three locations in Toronto and Mississauga, offers a wide range of ceramic and glass. X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. The company offers you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let the knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.

X-TILE CANADA

Timeless & elegant

Special thought went into the details of this bathroom renovation designed and executed by Tapestry Decor. The classic marble used for the floors and walls adds texture, and the Caesarstone blizzard white used for the countertop on this custom floating vanity adds not only elegance but function for the space.

TAPESTRY DECOR

Brilliantly modern

Riobel, distinctive member of The House of Rohl, invites you to discover the Azure kitchen faucets collection. It is synonymous with formal simplicity, stylish yet functional. With its two-jet Boomerang hand spray system with integrated swivel, it is both modern and transitional. Offered in four finishes: Stainless steel, chrome, brushed gold and black.

RIOBEL

Pretty practical

Soapstone is an excellent choice for bathroom countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

Personalized faucet

Putting the freedom of choice into the hands of consumers and specifiers, Kohler’s new Components line of interchangeable faucet elements offers a wide range of modern, minimalist options for composing a finished product. To create a personalized faucet configuration tailor-made for any environment and decor, consumers and specifiers can customize their faucet by choosing the spout, handle and finish.

KOHLER


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