Category: Bathroom Renovations

Category: Bathroom Renovations

Home Design Hacks for Your Home Remodel

If you’re planning a home remodel, you should go into it with an idea of what you want by the end. Whether you have experience and are doing the home remodel yourself or you’re hiring Premier Group Contractors, knowing what you want is important. That’s why we’ve put together some home design hacks you can use. Looking to get the most out of your renovations? Here are some things you should consider.

Double-Sided Fireplace

The double-sided fireplace is a genius innovation that has changed the entire way we think about fireplaces. It used to be that fireplaces were primarily put against walls or, in special cases, in the middle of the room. Combining these two locations to get the most out of fireplaces has given us the best of both worlds.

A double-sided fireplace can be placed in a wall between two rooms. This is most commonly done between a master bedroom and a sprawling master bathroom with a tub. This location makes it easy to relax by the fire no matter the occasion. You can lie in bed, in the middle of winter, and watch movies while the fire keeps the room nice and warm. Or, you can move your party to the bathtub and take a long soak while the flames keep you company. It’s a win-win.

Laundry Chute

With time, the laundry chute has become somewhat antiquated and unseen in newer houses. However, there’s nothing outlawing us from having one. For many, the washer and dryer fit nicely into a second-floor laundry room, right beside the bedrooms. This makes the need for a laundry shoot dissipate entirely. However, not all homes have second-floor laundry rooms.

If you have your laundry room on the first floor or in the basement, you’re almost definitely tired of carrying laundry down every couple days. While the trip back up is still necessary, imagine cutting out half of the transport labor! Laundry chutes are not difficult to have installed and can easily be added during a home remodel. And, with that, you’ll be throwing your laundry downstairs instantly in no time.

Island Stovetop

With many a home remodel comes a new and updated kitchen. If you want maximum space and efficiency, you’ll almost definitely end your kitchen update with an island or breakfast bar. Islands help to utilize otherwise unused space and give you more counter space for food prep, cooking, and for casual eating.

If you put your new stovetop at the inner edge of the island, you also have the added bonus of being able to cook for bar occupants. While you can technically cook for bar occupants from anywhere in the kitchen, this is slightly different. Cooking from the island allows you to serve food directly to their plates from the pan. You can also have a chat with them while you’re waiting for their bacon and eggs to cook. 

Reliable Home Remodel Contracting

If you’re in the market for a reliable contracting team for your next home remodel, give us a call at Premier Group Contractors. We love taking on a new remodeling project and we look forward to hearing from you.

Get Exposed Plumbing for Your Interior Design

Do you want an interior that’s both elegant and strong? Exposed Plumbing might be just the thing. Exposed plumbing is one of many fantastic, interior design trends at the moment. There are a lot of reasons why people are crazy for this design choice. Let’s check out a few of them.

Strength in Design

Interior design tends to lean toward elegance quite a lot. To find a strong, somewhat masculine design can be hard. Modernism can be seen as somewhat masculine and so can dark and sleek. However, if you want your home to feel like it belongs in this century and you don’t want everything to be black, what do you choose? Exposed plumbing is a featured element of industrial design – a popular and strong design choice for recent years. 

Accessibility

Another perk of exposed plumbing is that it provides plumbing accessibility. Should you get a leak in your pipes, the puddle will show up on your floor, instead of in your walls. Instead of growing mold in your insulation, you’ll simply have to wipe up the water and call a plumber.

Plus, when the plumber arrives, the accessibility makes it easy to reach and fix the problem. For pipes hidden within walls, a plumber may have to remove drywall to fix a problem. The extra time and work makes the service much more expensive. With exposed plumbing, drywall getting in your way is no problem at all.

Personalize

There is a level of personalization one can do with exposed plumbing. For one thing, you’ll be able to choose what kind of pipes you want showing. For many, choosing pipes that are coated in copper on the outside is a great idea. It helps them blend in with other warm design choices they’ve made.

For bathrooms, you can also personalize how you expose your pipes. You can have complete exposure of pipes overhead and along walls or you can expose only certain parts. For instance, you could install an old style of toilet that has water pipes come in from the ceiling. Showers can have exposed pipes from the faucets to shower head. Wall-mounted sinks can have their drain pipes exposed beneath the basin. Go big or go minimal – It’s completely up to you.

Hire Someone You Can Trust

If you know you want exposed plumbing in your home, it might be time to find someone to hire. There are a lot of companies to choose from in Toronto. However, here’s why Premier Group Contractors is the best choice.

Premier Group has been providing contractors for almost 20 years. In that time, we’ve built a great rapport with the community at large. Our reputation has always been quality and friendliness. Plus, our team is made up of contractors of all specialties. No matter what you need done in your home, we can send a team with your specific needs in mind. We have someone for drywall. We have someone for lighting. And, we even have someone for plumbing. Many of our team members can do a whole bunch of things.

Whether you’re looking just for plumbing changes or want your entire bathroom or interior renovated, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call if you want to discuss a job with us. We look forward to making your home everything you hope it will be.

Toronto’s All-in-One Bathroom Remodel Contractors

Toronto's All-in-One Bathroom Remodel Contractors

Tired of your bathroom feeling like a chore to use? Bathrooms tend to lose everything but their base functionality after a handful of years in use. Tiles are often put down wrong and end up breaking. Layouts can be an absolute nightmare. Laminate countertops can easily get damaged. Don’t settle for a bathroom that’s been ruined by time. You can count on Toronto’s #1 bathroom remodel contractors, Premier Group Contractors, to give you the bathroom you deserve.

What Can be Done?

The better question is, what can’t be done? Well, we probably won’t have an easy time getting ahold of a solid gold toilet, but aside from that, nothing! Because our team is a group of contractors with varying, individual skillsets, we can band together to make anything happen. Here are some examples of ways we can improve your current bathroom.

Layout

If you’re looking for a full bathroom remodel, you’ll almost definitely want the layout changed. Bathrooms are oftentimes given only a fraction of the space they truly need. Therefore, it’s fortunate they can be expanded and rearranged. With the know how of professionals like ours. Walls can be repositioned and plumbing can be adjusted in no time.

Work together with our team to determine the different possibilities for your bathroom’s layout. There are sure to be many options. This is especially true if your bathroom has a lot of space or if you intend to expand it. 

Fixtures

Next up is fixtures. Your toilet, tub, and sink might not be what they used to be – if they were ever good to start. Having these replaced with better ones can make a massive difference in the appeal of your bathroom. For instance, some people prefer toilets with a more oval-shaped seat. Some prefer a smaller seat. Some showers come with built-in grips and some don’t. Sinks can come in so many different styles, we couldn’t possibly list them all.

Countertop

Along with your new sink, you may want to consider a new countertop. Countertops are one of the first things in a bathroom to need updating. Laminate countertops are quick to fall apart because of their cheap build. Consider changing to a natural, stone countertop or something like Solid Surface, which is also available in Toronto.

Tiling

Cheap tile flooring and backsplashes are so common in bathrooms that people forget they can have quality tiling. For one thing, smaller tiles are faster to break apart. If your floor is made up of small tiles, just know, it can be improved. Large tiles not only last longer, they have a much more luxurious appearance.

Paint

With any bathroom remodel comes a new coat of paint. Whether you go for a new color or not is completely up to you. Just know that we can freshen up your bathroom’s entire appearance with some fresh paint. 

Hire Premier Group

If you want your bathroom remodel done right, hire the best bathroom remodel contractors in Toronto. Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with you.

The Best Places for Mosaic Tile

Have you ever seen a mosaic tile surface before and just been overwhelmed by how beautiful it looked? Us too! Premier Group Contractors knows exactly why people are so hyped up about mosaic tiles. That’s why we want to talk about the best places you can implement them. You’d be surprised by how many creative places you can use them.

Don’t DIY

While it’s tempting for people to DIY mosaic tiles, it’s actually not the best idea for most people. The process of breaking apart glass by yourself very frequently leads to people getting injured. Cutting a hand, stepping on glass, and getting tiny shards of it in your eye is not as difficult as it sounds. Smashing glass can lead to all kinds of complications that many people don’t think about when starting their project.

Not to mention, actually setting a mosaic pattern in a way that looks good and won’t fall apart can be really tricky. That’s why we want to offer our services for mosaic tiling instead. That way you get a mosaic, free of injury, and we get the opportunity to serve new and valued clients. It’s a win win!

Countertops

A great place for mosaic tiles is on the countertop in a bathroom. If done right and coated with a clear resin, your countertop will remain smooth and easy to use while showing through to a beautiful array of colored glass below. Use this as an opportunity to implement more of your bathroom’s accent color. Or, if your bathroom needs a more extensive pick-me-up, we can repaint and retile as well, among other things.

Backsplash

Using mosaic tiles as a backsplash in your kitchen is a great way to add a little pizazz to the room. You don’t have to go with outrageous colors either. Consider some black, grey, and white glass. You can even do greyscale with the addition of a single other color. This combination of glass will allow you to add some shine and color to your kitchen backsplash without making it an eyesore. Plus, even in greyscale, mosaic tiles are much more fun than regular ones and add a lot of character.

Fireplace

A fireplace is such a great centerpiece for a living room. Unfortunately, people often let their fireplace blend into the wall. It’s incredibly common to go for a really bland choice in stone. Why let your fireplace turn into part of the background when you could really make it a centerpiece? Using subdued glass colors, you could surround your fireplace with a mosaic. Browns, blacks, and reds are a great choice for this mosaic.

Hire Premier

No matter what mosaic tile project you want done in your home, Premier Group Contractors is the best choice in Toronto. Our team has years of experience bringing people’s interior design dreams to fruition. You can rely on us to deliver exactly what you want. Plus, we have a contractor for everything. If mosaic tiles aren’t the only thing you’re after, you can hire more from our team to complete any other design tasks you need done as well. Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Tile Patterns That Might Suit Your Home Interior

Time to upgrade part of your home with some tilework? Whether you’re redoing stone tile or hardwood flooring, redoing a backsplash, or lining a new standup shower, Premier Group Contractors has your back. We want to give you a head start on your project by giving you ideas for tile patterns you might like. Let’s see if we can find the perfect pattern for your home and give you the vocabulary you need to ask for it during consultation.

Linear Tiling

One of the most common styles in tile placement is linear tiling. This is what you call the pattern of squares sitting side by side. It’s used for checkerboard kitchen floors, backsplashes, shower walls and more.

Linear tiling can be somewhat bland in appearance, but it does make a great backdrop if you plan to grab attention with some other interior element. You can also spice of linear tiling by using different tile colors. Try using three palette-adjacent colors and it will give your bathroom floor a little more dimension without complicated tilework.

Brick Bond Tiling

If you want something simple but with a little more character, brick bond tiling might be the thing for you. This is exactly what you think it is. You know how brick buildings implement overlapping rectangles? This is that, but with tile. Brick bond tiling is great for kitchen backsplashes and shower walls.

Hexagon tiling

Want something a little rounder in appearance? Hexagon tiling is a tile pattern that’s full of character. Six-sided tiles fit together perfectly to create a very regular, but lively pattern. This tile pattern also allows a lot of creativity.

Hexagon tiling is great for backsplashes and bathroom floors. One of the best parts about this pattern is that you can use varied colors to personalize it. Try moving from darker to lighter colors the higher up on the wall you move. Because of their hexagonal shape, you can do this without creating a solid line of color across your wall like you would with square or rectangular tiles.

Herringbone Tiles

If you want a tile pattern that’s slightly more interesting and relies on more than just setting things side-by-side, herringbone tiles might be a good choice. Herringbone tiles rely on diagonal positioning, resting on each other to create peaks of varied height. This pattern is most commonly used with brick on sidewalks or patios or with wooden planks inside the home. You can even implement this pattern on the wall, using tiles. Want a backsplash that your guests won’t soon forget? Herringbone tiling is noticeable and memorable.

Modular Tiling

Last, and possibly the most unique, is modular tiling. Modular tiling is what you call it when you create a pattern that is much more complicated than most tile patterns. This pattern type looks more irregular and involves many tiles of different shapes and sizes. You’ve certainly seen this style before, and you probably thought it looked great. It does tend to! It’s hard to go wrong with modular tiling. The most common mistake is using it in a space that really doesn’t need something complicated. It does look fairly fancy, so it’s best used for stone tile on kitchen floors or on large bathroom floors

Give Yourself the Bathroom Remodel You Deserve

After a number of years dealing with the same old bathroom, you may find little things begin to become insufferable. At Premier Group, we completely understand the need for a little upgrade. Say goodbye to all of the flaws you’ve found in your bathroom and say hello to a bathroom remodel.

Ask Us About New Trends

At Premier Group Contractors, we do house remodels all the time. It’s where a large portion of our business lies. Because of that, we see a lot of different design preferences and a lot of different styles. We know what’s trending because we’re the ones bringing trends to life.

If you like staying on top of trends or want to ensure the resale value of your home, ask us about the latest interior design trends. We’ll be able to tell you what’s been popular lately. The most important thing, however, is that you do what’s right for you. After all, you’re the one who’s going to be living with your choice of style so you’re opinion is what matters most.

Match Your Style

Once you’ve gotten some insight into what’s trending(or even if you haven’t), It’s time to decide how it fits with your style. Everyone has their own unique style. Even if you tend to go with what’s popular, you’ve certainly got your own sense of individuality you lend each design choice you make.

Let us know what you like and don’t like and we’ll work together with you to come up with a bathroom that’s just right. By the time we’re done, you should be able to walk into your new bathroom and feel like you belong there. With none of the bothersome traits your old bathroom was harboring, you should feel confident with the improvements.

Hire Professionals

Many folks are tempted nowadays to do DIY work in their homes. While DIY work isn’t inherently bad, some things are best left to professionals. Remodeling is definitely one of them. The risks of damage to your or your home are much higher than if someone with experience is handling the job. Remodeling a bathroom takes a lot of different knowledge. From plumbing to handling electric wiring, there’s a lot you risk doing wrong if you’re not in familiar territory.

Getting the Job Done Right

When you hire Premier, you aren’t risking any of these things. With 15 years of experience under our belts, we know how to get the job done right. Our professionals will be efficient, friendly, and give you exactly what you’ve hired them for.

Not only will you get the bathroom of your dreams, it will be ready to use with no mess left behind. We pride ourselves in doing things right and will leave you feeling satisfied with our work.

Click here to get a free quote on your desired remodeling project. Contact us if you have any questions and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Don’t Want a Boring Bathroom? 9 Ways to Add Personality to the Bathroom

 

 

Even though you have all the right bathroom features to boost your home value, there’s more to do if you want your bathroom to pop with personality. To avoid a boring bathroom, here are 9 areas you can put some pizazz into:

 

The Floor

The ideal flooring for your bathroom consists of water-resistant stone/ceramic tiles or vinyl. After pinpointing the material you need, you can play around with shapes, patterns, and colours to give the unique personality you’re looking for.

 

The Wall

Tiled walls offer the best waterproof protection to your bathroom. They also give you a lot of character-boosting opportunities for the room in terms of tile layouts. And if you’re not a fan of the tiled look, you can always paint the bathroom walls in a colour that suits your style. Then, top it all off with some architectural details as well like wainscoting and shiplap.

 

The Fixtures

Don’t settle for the standard pop-in fixtures! Take the time to source unique claw-foot bathtubs or high-tech toilets, depending on the theme of your bathroom.

 

The Lights

A bathroom needs a combination of bright lighting around the vanity mirror for makeup convenience as well as dimmable lighting throughout for ambience. So as long as you have those requirements down, the sky is the limit on the style of light fixtures you get. You can choose from luxurious chandeliers to contemporary pendant lights.

 

The Storage

It’s always a good idea to add extra storage in the bathroom. Try doing that with style by converting vintage dressers into beautiful vanities are putting in a custom cabinet for a personal touch.

 

The Seating

Seating is often neglected in bathrooms so yours will definitely stand out if you think of that. You can simply place an eye-catching chair or stool in a corner. Or better yet, create your own built-in bench!

 

The Mirror

You’re guaranteed to spend time in front of the mirror every day so why not make it look inviting? Be sure to frame the mirror or include a border around it in your wall design.

 

The Hardware

There’s a subtle way to add personality and that’s to just swap out the hardware with ones you fancy. Consider what you can do with changing up the vanity drawer handles, the towel rods, and even the toilet paper holder.

 

The Décor

As the clincher, get creative with small things like chic dispenser bottles, bathmats, and plants or artwork that can handle bathroom humidity.

 

For a room where you start and end your day with, it deserves a little more personality!

The Best Spring Renovation Projects for Your Home

 

 

Just when it seems like winter will never end, it’s finally looking a bit like spring out there! With a change in season comes the task of deciding what renovation projects to tackle next for your home.

 

Here are the ones that make the best use of the weather warming up:

 

Backyard deck or patio

Although you technically can always wait till the start of summer to do this, the benefit of finishing it early in spring is that you’ll get a lot more use out of it when BBQ season rolls around. In any case, the ground is usually easy enough to dig into once the spring thaw starts happening.

 

Landscaping

Landscaping work goes on into the summer as well, but it begins right at spring. Again, the soil is soft enough by this time to work with. Preparations for spring landscaping means first cleaning up the yard from debris that had been buried in the snow all winter. Next, move on to planning out how you want the landscaping to look for the rest of the year. If a garden is part of the design, then you also have to start planting seeds.

 

Repair winter damages

The winter season can wreak havoc on your house if you don’t keep an eye on things. Most winter damage occurs from the expansion of ice crystals where water tends to accumulate. So as soon as spring arrives, re-seal all the doors and windows to fill in any air leaks. That will also help your air conditioners work efficiently in the summer.

On the outside, make sure the gutters are clean and that there aren’t any junk blocking the drainage path. On the inside, get a professional to check on the plumbing and fix damages.

 

Renovate bathroom

If the plumbing needs to be repaired anyway, it’s a bonus reason for bathroom renovations. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to put in bathroom features that will boost your home value. Doing your bathroom renovations in spring will also prepare your bathroom for heavier use during the hot summer season.

 

Refinish hardwood floors

Now that winter is on its way out, you won’t have to deal with dirty slush tracking all over the floors. By taking advantage of this time to refinish your hardwood floors, they will actually stand a better chance of looking nicer longer.

 

Let’s roll up our sleeves and prepare for the arrival of May flowers soon!

7 Changes to Make Your Bathroom Slip-Resistant

 

 

It’s one thing to waterproof your bathroom; it’s entirely another to make it slip-resistant. Over 235,000 people get hospitalized every year from bathroom injuries and a third of them happen around the bathtub/shower area.

 

What can you do to prevent slip-and-fall incidents in your bathroom? Here are 7 changes you can make to its environment:

 

Radiant floor heating

Not only is this a must-have feature to boost home value, but it’s also crucial in keeping your bathroom floor dry. Even if the floor is just lightly heated, it’ll make a big difference in drying the floor that much quicker. Besides, there’s nothing quite like stepping out of the shower onto a toasty warm floor!

 

Non-slip flooring

Whatever flooring you decide to go with, make sure that its material is ideal for the bathroom. You should also choose floors that have a non-slip surface texture just to be on the safe side.

 

Efficient ventilation fan

The steam that builds up in the bathroom during showers will make the whole room slippery if it’s not well-ventilated. Install an efficient ventilation fan and keep it running during the whole shower to eliminate steam build-up as quickly as possible.

 

Handrails in and around bathtub/shower area

You should have handrails mounted securely on the walls within the bathtub/shower area as well as around it. This area is naturally the most prone to slip-and-falls so installing extra handrails is an excellent precaution.

 

Bench

Whether you get a portable one or have it built-in, a bench is a great idea in the bathroom. With somewhere to sit down to dry your feet, you won’t have to try hopping around on one leg and risk slipping on the floor.

 

Bathmat

A bathmat right outside the bathtub/shower area will soak up 80% of the source of water puddles in the bathroom. Just remember to stay on the mat while you dry yourself. Most importantly, you should only get proper bathmats where the underside is made with a non-slip material.

 

Regular maintenance

This is a proactive way to keep the bathroom safe for the next person who uses it after you. Immediately wipe down the bathtub/shower area after each use and mop the floor dry of any water puddles. Also, set a reminder for yourself to clean the bathtub/shower area every week to get rid of slippery soap scum collecting on the surface.

 

You spend time in the bathroom to relax and bookend your days. So keep it that way and avoid the stress of dealing with slip-and-fall injuries that can be mitigated through simple changes in the bathroom.

Don’t Make These 7 Mistakes If You Want to Attract Homebuyers

 

 

There’s so much you can do to attract homebuyers that you can get sidetracked by the small details. Sometimes, it’s just easier to figure what not to do first:

 

Missing out on renovations that increase resale value the most

If you’re going ahead with renovations, make sure you focus on the rooms that will bring you the most return when you sell your house. The kitchen is, by far, the most crucial room to renovate and it’s definitely worth it to make that the priority. The bathroom is next on the priority list and will boost your home value with the right attractive features. The basement is another golden opportunity as long as you renovate it into a practical space.

 

Sweeping issues under the rug

It’s only going to come back and haunt you because those issues will inevitably get uncovered upon inspection. Then it’s back to the negotiating table again or worse, the buyer just walks. The bottom line is if it’s an issue you would want to know about if you were the buyer, then be upfront about it. Either fix the issue before putting the house on the market or disclose it to buyers and lower the price accordingly.

 

Forgetting to boost curb appeal

First impressions are everything so if the front of your house doesn’t look inviting, no one will want to come knocking. Take a moment to cross the street and really scrutinize objectively how your house looks from that vantage point. Could it use a new coat of paint? Do you need to replace the front door or any of the windows? Does the yard need some landscaping work? The curb appeal effect will stay with potential homebuyers as they view the rest of your house.

 

Neglecting a regular decluttering routine

This is to lessen the amount of mad scrambles you have to do every time there’s a house showing because your house is already practically show-ready. It’s easy to maintain a tidy house if you keep up with decluttering regularly. As soon as you let it lapse though, that’s when everything starts snowballing downhill.  It only takes 15 minutes to declutter each room in your house. On your calendar, set each day of the week to tidy up a different room. Then all you have to do is find a 15-minute window in the day to declutter that room.

 

Leaving a house smell to linger

We often forget our houses have a smell until someone drops by and mentions it. It may not be a bad smell, but then again, not everyone has the same tastes. So don’t leave it to chance! Start dealing with the kitchen scents first and use similar techniques in other areas of the house.

 

Forgoing the help of professionals

Whether that’s hiring a general contracting company for renovations or a real estate agent to market your house, it’s the professionals who’ll give you peace of mind that everything is done properly. Selling your house is a major life-changing decision and it makes a big difference to have some of the workload taken off your plate.

 

Getting emotionally attached to your house

You love your house and understandably think very highly of it. But if you are open to selling it though, you have to check your emotions. Emotions will lead to an instinctive clinging to prices or conditions that are beyond what the current market favours. In the end, you’ll only shoot yourself in the foot by leaving your house stuck on real estate listings for too long, which will further alienate homebuyers.

 

Avoid these mistakes and you’ll be ready in time for the next home buying season!

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