Many choices for bathroom renovations

By Andrey Sokolov, Camrose Canadian Lifestyles Contributor

The options are endless for bathroom renovation projects. Supplied

The options are endless for bathroom renovation projects. Supplied

My wife and I are currently in the process of renovating both of our bathrooms. This means we’re looking forward to two new areas of our home that enhance our comfort of living.


Our bathroom upstairs is the original bathroom from when the house was built in the 1980s. As you can imagine it’s quite dated considering it’s almost 40 years old. As you walk into the bathroom, there’s one spot that creaks really loudly, so every morning I have to avoid that spot, as I’m afraid of waking my son up too soon.

The basement bathroom is a little newer, but started to show signs of water damage on the drywall beside the shower, so we knew it was time to remodel that bathroom as well.

As we go through this process, we thought we would share some information that might help those of you considering a bathroom renovation.


When it comes to our upstairs bathroom, we weren’t really able to change the layout at all. This means the new tub, toilet and vanity are going in the exact same spot they are now. The current layout works and is quite efficient, so we’re happy keeping it as-is.

Our basement bathroom is a completely different story. We are replacing a three-foot by three-foot corner shower with a five-foot acrylic shower with a built-in bench, swapping the location of the toilet and vanity to allow for the extra room that we need to get that shower unit in.

When considering a renovation, it’s a perfect time to think about doing some heavy modifications. For our family, we were sick of a big basement bathroom with too much wasted space. Adding a five-foot shower and increasing the size of the vanity will maximize the space perfectly.


There are many different ways to decorate your bathroom. The vintage farmhouse, spa-like or sleek modern are just a few of the more common themes when styling your bathroom. Of course, the fixtures and final touches you choose will affect your budget, but can create a dramatic effect. You may spend a lot of time in your bathroom and you want it to reflect who you are. For my wife, it is having a simple, clean space to walk into, iceberg white cabinets from Interiors on Main and white subway tiles for the backsplash for the vanities and the tub surround.


I never realized how difficult it could be to pick out a tub, that is until I sat down with my wife and started making a fixture list of everything we needed. Everything you put into your renovation has to fulfil the vision that you have, and this means it might take some time getting everything together to make that happen. The amount of options that are there for fixtures from your tub to your faucets are nearly endless — you can almost get anything you want these days.

It has been a very enjoyable experience to plan out our very own renovation. The challenges of bringing everything together can be daunting, but having a clear vision of what you wantand knowing where you can get it is the key to the success to your renovation.

Andrey Sokolov is the owner of Alair Homes in Camrose. For more tips and information for your next big project go to or you can reach him at 780-678-9484. 

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