The Castle Knock Project

Creating usable space in your basement is great way to not only increase the value of your home, but also increase the value in your way of living. Giving yourself a full additional bathroom space can be a tremendous relief on a growing family. Take a look in how we were able to transform this basement space entirely by not only creating a new bathroom, but tying it in with a new laundry and creating a whole new finished space as well.

Before we came into our Castle Knock Project, his basement had a rather large furnace room, an unfinished laundry room, and a tight back storage area. The design concept was to unify the new three piece bathroom, the laundry room and the furnace room into one area, isolating each. We enclosed the unfinished furnace room entirely so the home owners can still have an area for storage, this also allowed us to keep all the mechanical pieces out of the finished space.

Since this space was completely brand new, we needed to install all new drainage under the concrete. New drain pipes were installed for the shower, vanity, toilet, washer and laundry sink. With five new drainage pipes installed, we were able to back fill and lay some concrete. From here, we moved onto finalizing the rest of the plumbing with all the hot and cold water lines. Next, we framed up our walls and door, then closed everything up with new drywall.

With all of the new plumbing and electrical finished up, we were able to focus on the finishings. First we laid down a grey, stacked pattern 12 x 24 tile throughout with a pure white 12 x 24 tile in the shower area. Once we installed the trim and painted, we were able to install the vanity and toilet along with all the laundry appliances.

The new bathroom and laundry area now being complete, we focused back into the original laundry room. Previously, this space was completely unfinished and we were going to install new laminate flooring throughout. The room had a big slope into a drain so we needed to level out the space with a self levelling material to ensure the new flooring material would install correctly on an even base. Once the flooring was installed, we put in new trim, built a new electrical panel and gave it a new coat of paint. This space is now completely usable for anything the home owner would like to do.

Along with giving the rest of the basement a facelift with paint throughout, we were able to completely transform this entire basement into an efficient space from front to back. While being able to maintain plenty of storage space, we also provided new livable and usable space giving the homeowners added square footage to their property and increasing the overall value of their home.

The Allingham Gardens Project

A lot of older Toronto homes have confined, tight bathroom spaces and our latest project was no different. Originally this bathroom had the entrance from a separate bedroom which also had two closets, one for clothing and another as a linen closet, all along the same wall. We eliminated all three doors on that wall and had it fully enclosed, moving the entry for the bathroom into the shared hallway area outside of the bedroom. The original two closets were deleted and the space from those was transferred into the new bathroom.

Once demolition was completed, we moved onto setting up the new layout. With the previous bathroom having a stand up shower where our new entry was going to be, we had to reroute the plumbing to accommodate the relocation of the new tub. The toilet remained in the same location and we moved the vanity over a few inches to give additional, equal space to each side of the toilet. Once all the new plumbing was finalized, as always, we pressure test the tub to ensure there are no leaks along with the rest of the newly installed water lines. With no leaks present, we’re now able to move forward and close up the walls, getting ready for tape and plaster.

For the shower tile, our client went with a clean white, large sized subway tile with chrome fixtures and a nicely contrasting dark grey 12″ x 24″ tile on the floor. With a light grey paint colour, the bathroom flowed quite nicely from floor to ceiling. The vanity and medicine cabinet were reused from the previous bathroom since they were already new and up to date. We added some custom built in shelving in the back corner to utilize the empty space allowing for additional storage for any toiletries, linens, etc.

This space was completely transformed from a very small and cramped bathroom to a larger, more modern and family friendly version for everyone to be able to use. Even though this was a fairly small space, a lot of work went into the removal and set up of the new layout.

The Briar Hill Project

Finished basements are a fantastic way to add useable square footage to your home while also greatly increasing the value of your property.

With this project, we came into an already finished basement, however our client was looking to transform the powder room into a full three piece bathroom. We could have kept the size of the bathroom as it was but our client’s vision was clear and we were really excited to turn it into a reality. With a basic storage room behind the existing bathroom, we were able to remove that partition wall and steal some space from there and push the bathroom further back to make room for the new large and spacious shower area. After all of the demolition was completed, we needed to dig beneath the concrete to add in the new shower pan drain. This process took some extra caution on our part as we were dealing with existing in floor heating within the concrete.

Once the new plumbing was competed, we backfilled and laid some new concrete. In the shower area, we poured a layer of self levelling cement to give our prefabricated shower pan a nice and level platform to sit on. We were able to give our client a curbless system which isn’t seen very often in basement bathrooms.

With the concrete floor finalized, framing complete and drywall installed, we were ready for our finishes. A full mosaic floor and wall to wall penny tile wrapping around the whole bathroom gets installed. The sink received a full floor to ceiling smoked mirror along with a matching matte black finished trap which gave it a great exposed finished look. We installed a full length shower niche with a black marble stone. The shower was finished off with more matte black fixtures as well as the fixed black framed shower glass with a door excluded creating a nice big open look.

After the bathroom was all wrapped up, we focused our attention to the main floor area of the basement and the stairs. The existing floor was fully carpeted and our client wanted to go with a cleaner hardwood finish. We quickly ripped out all the carpet and underpad, exposing the concrete. Next we installed a Dri-core subfloor system. This system is great for any finished basement for a multitude of reasons. They offer an air barrier between your finished floor and concrete which keeps your floors warmer and also protects them from water. In most instances, basements aren’t also level and even which was the case here. The subfloor gave a nice even platform to secure the new hardwood flooring to.

Once all the flooring was finished, we turned to the stairs. We capped the existing treads with new oak pieces and also installed new risers. Finally, we stained the treads to match the new hardwood and painted the risers and stringers with a satin black finish. The existing railing will remain for the time being to give our client some time to debate on which type of new system they would like to go with.

All in all the Briar Hill project gave this basement a major facelift and much needed full bathroom. We’re incredibly happy with all the finishes here and more importantly, so is our client!


Project Gladstone

As like many of our renovations, this downtown Toronto home needed to give it’s bathroom an update into our current century.

Our clients for this project had a few design ideas they wanted to follow through on which included a cool and funky concrete patterned tile floor and a basketweave style subway tiled walls. They also wanted to have their wall mounted medicine cabinets to be inset within the wall to create less of an intrusion within their bathroom.

Along with new tiles and cabinets, we removed to old cast iron claw foot tub and replaced it with a brand new, modern style bathtub along with a Riobel three piece shower system. We had also removed the old pedestal style sink and installed a new floating style vanity. This was necessary as this was the only bathroom in the home and added storage space is a must in todays home.

After the demolition, we did the required framing to fit in the new tub and also framed out the exterior wall so we can provide the client with an insulated wall. Once the framing was completed, we installed all the new plumbing and electrical lines to get ready for drywall and plaster. As always, we use a waterproof fibreglass board in all of our shower units.

Next, we lay the concrete floor tiles. With these types of tile, they are very porous and require a sealing stage to be perform prior to any grouting or usage of the bathroom. We carefully applied the sealer and allow it to dry for a full day before we apply a second coat.

Finally, wall tiles get installed, grout gets filled, trim and painting get finished and then we finalize everything with fixture installations so everything ready is ready for delivery to the clients.

Brighten Up!

This small bathroom was simply just in need of a little “personality”

It lacked excitement and just that overall great feeling when you walk into your bathroom. Luckily in this case it was a pretty simple and quick fix.

We removed the existing tile from the floor and walls and replaced it with a beautiful bright white polished porcelain tile on an offset brick pattern layout.

We also rerouted the plumbing system behind the shower controls to accommodate for the new Riobel three piece shower system. The system came with the shower control and diverter in one easy to use component along with a tub spout, 8” rain head and also a hand held piece with 5 different settings.

Needless to say, this simple yet drastic change has improved not only the appearance of this bathroom, but also the functionality of the shower system as well.