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What to Do When Planning
a Bathroom Renovation in Ottawa

Although the bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in your house, there is a lot to consider when it comes to planning and preparing for a bathroom renovation.


From deciding on an aesthetic to choosing whether to get that deep soak bathtub, tackling a bathroom renovation is no easy task. The better prepared you are going into your bathroom renovation the better the outcome you can expect as a result!

How to Plan & Prepare for a Bathroom Renovation

From the budgeting and design stage to the actual renovation, there are a few things you’ll want to consider. Maximize your investment by following Magnolia’s advice for planning for a bathroom renovation in Ottawa!

Budgeting for a Bathroom Renovationa couple planning their bathroom renovation with inspiration from design magazines

The first stage of planning and preparing for your bathroom renovation involves budgeting for the project. Our best advice to homeowners is to be realistic about the project. Take a look at what you can comfortably set aside for the renovation and always budget for surprises.


In older homes, it is more likely for unexpected costs related to plumbing to come up. These are issues we are not always able to foresee until we have started demolishing the existing bathroom. In our experience, we recommend budgeting about 20% to cover any unexpected expenses.


In terms of budgeting for specific design elements, flooring and tiling tend to be the more expensive investment. Other considerable expenses are the fixtures and shower systems that you would like to have installed!


Flooring and tiling may be the more expensive investment, other considerable expenses are the fixtures and shower systems that you want to have installed.

Design Stage of a Bathroom Renovation

Once you have your budget set, the fun begins! The design stage is where you can let your creativity flow.

modern luxury bathroom

Look around for inspiration, whether that be on Pinterest or HGTV, find out what elements you want to include in your new bathroom. Also, consider what you don’t like. If you’re working with a designer, it’ll help them with what to suggest and what to avoid when they provide you with recommendations!


Something else you’ll want to consider is whether you like the layout of your washroom as is, or if there is anything you’d want to change. This will help your contractors understand exactly what is going to be involved in your renovation.

Things to You Can Include in a Bathroom Renovation

  • Updating bathroom fixtures
  • Replacing the floor
  • Re-tiling the walls and shower are
  • Updating plumbing
  • Repainting the ceiling and walls
  • Replacing existing bathroom ventilation
  • Updating / rearranging the lighting

Other options for bathroom renovations

  • Installing a skylight window
  • Installing a bidet
  • Adding a steam shower/jet tub
  • Annexing an adjacent closet to add extra storage space
  • Installing a heated floor

There are tons of ways that you can transform your bathroom and optimize the space! Working with a designer will allow you to maximize your investment to make sure you’re getting the best results.

Preparing for a Bathroom Renovation

Before the renovation begins, you’ll want to prepare the space so your contractors can get right to work! Empty your bathroom cabinets, shelving and drawers of all your items, medications and products. Take it a step further and organize your items in bins so that once the renovation is complete, you can easily move back into the space.


Make sure to also have a plan in place for when the actual renovation is happening. With one less bathroom in the house, you’ll want to make sure you and your family aren’t fighting to get ready in the morning!

Planning a Bathroom Renovation With Magnolia Construction

Our team at Magnolia Construction is here to transform your bathroom into a space you’ll love. From custom showers, steam rooms and tubs to floating vanities, marble sinks and brass fixtures, a bathroom renovation creates a functional space for your family to enjoy for years.white and grey modern aesthetic bathroom


We can help with the design stage to give you a spa-like space so you can relax after a long day. With many years of experience with bathroom renovations, we can provide you with recommendations that will fit within your budget. Our bathroom contractors work efficiently so that your family can start enjoying the renovated space as soon as possible.


Interested in a bathroom renovation in Ottawa? Book a free consultation with our team to get started on making your dream bathrooms a reality!