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Product Showcase on bathrooms

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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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

Build a better 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

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Reno Expert: Re-Imagining Home

Reno Expert: Re-Imagining Home

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Reno Expert: Re-Imagining Home

by Jim Caruk

Renovation ideas to treat yourself and to turn your house into a home sweet home

They say that home is where the heart is. It’s also where we spend most of our time (granted, much of that time we’re fast asleep). But, still, shouldn’t your home be a place you love to be in?


I can’t tell you how many times in my career I’ve gone to meet with new clients, and moments after I’ve walked through the door, one of them is telling me how much “we hate our kitchen.” The space is either too small, poorly laid out, dated or all of the above.

One very common option is to remove the wall that separates the kitchen from the dining room to create an open cooking and dining space. With an island in the middle you gain valuable workspace for preparing meals, and a handy spot where guests can sit and chat with the hosts as they prep. Removing load-bearing walls, of course, requires a lot of careful planning to determine the size and location of the beam that will support things once the wall is removed.


Once you’ve opened up the area, rather than some off-the-shelf cabinetry from the local building supply store, I’d recommend custom cabinets if you can work them into the budget. For one, they won’t look cookie cutter. Plus, since everything is built to order, you can fully maximize the use of your space. Finally, you’ll feel difference in quality every time you open a cabinet or drawer.


Kohler's Numi toilet
Kohler’s Numi toilet

If having a spa-like bathroom is your focus, you’ll definitely want to look into the different options for rain showerheads and body spray jets in the shower. Stand-alone soaker tubs add a stylish focal point to the room. And if you’ve got an extra 10 grand in the budget, consider installing Kohler’s Numi toilet. From the motion-activated lid and heated seat foot rests, to the programmable lighting display and built-in sound system, this unit truly is a throne.

Schluter Systems’ Ditra-Heat

A more affordable option for adding a layer of luxury is to install a heated flooring system in the bathroom. Schluter Systems’ Ditra-Heat, for example, is an easy-to-install electric heating option that comes with a thermostat so you can set the ideal temperature for your toes.


If you’d rather spend your budget on communal living areas, you can’t go wrong building a living room around a fireplace. There is a wide range of styles of gas fireplaces on the market, from traditional to ultra modern. Other options include the realistic-looking electric fireplaces that Dimplex is producing. I also recently learned about a very old-fashioned wood-burning fireplace design that’s coming back into style. The so-called Rumford fireplace was designed in the 1700s by a physicist. The tall, shallow firebox maximizes the amount of heat radiating into a room, and the angled sidewalls direct all the smoke up the chimney. It was state-of-the-art technology at the time, but labour intensive to install, so had fallen out of fashion.


Finally, don’t overlook the great outdoors. Sure, it’s buried in snow most of the winter, but when spring rolls around, we love to expand our lives into our outdoor living space.

As I’ve written before, I love the fact that I can retreat to my own piece of paradise—complete with in-ground pool—without having to deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way to cottage country.


While a pool’s not for everyone, an exterior seating area built around a gas fireplace or fire pit continues to be a trendy choice. Taking it up a notch, many homeowners are adding fully functional second kitchens to their backyards, complete with cooktops, fridges, prep counters, and running water for cleaning up.

Finally, if you invest in household versions of the patio heaters used by bars and restaurants, you can start enjoying your outdoor space from early spring until late into the fall.

Jim Caruk, Renovation Editor

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Product Showcases: Flooring

Product Showcases: Flooring

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Product Showcases: Flooring

by Rise Levy


Beyond Marble and Granite is committed to finding the ideal product to suit your budget and lifestyle. Their expertise and personalized approach ensures complete customer satisfaction. Offering a wide range of products from custom cabinetry to quartz and granite countertops to flooring, BMG also has a wide selection of mosaics and backsplashes, porcelain tile, flooring, faucets, sinks, and more.



Through innovative technology, the people at Factory Tile Depot are offering a selection of 6.5mm THIN porcelain material. With pieces ranging in size from 4′ x 4′ up to 5′ x 10′, this collection maintains the integrity and benefits of traditional porcelain tile while greatly broadening the application options.



Using materials that truly stand the test of time, these floors are easily cleaned and are scuff-resistant, keeping the new-flooring look for years after its installation. One of the largest advantages of vinyl is it’s waterproof, unlike many other materials. Vinyl plank flooring is an increasingly popular option for the home because of its versatility, flexibility, affordability, and durability.



Heating tiled floors increases the need for uncoupling to prevent cracked tiles and grout. Schluter-DITRA-HEAT provides both warmer floors and uncoupling in a single layer. Less installation time is needed and the floors are thinner so transitions to other floors are smooth and level. Wires can be placed exactly where needed.



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