We decided to purchase our vanity online, and did a lot of research first, looking at product reviews and researching the company we were purchasing from. What I liked about Foremost International is that for bath vanities and furniture, the company uses California Air Resource Board (CARB) Phase II compliant wood products which limit urea-formaldehyde emissions. They also only use wood products from managed forest resources, thus discouraging clear-cut logging and the depletion of global rainforests. Plus, their materials are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and even their packaging and marketing materials are eco-friendly.
Our final vanity choice: the Gazette 60-inch vanity. We were thrilled to find a black granite vanity top with sinks to fit this vanity, giving it a custom look, and also chose a matching Gazette Wall Cabinet to go above the toilet and provide extra storage for my many beauty products.
And, I got my dream faucets: a Moen Weymouth two-handle lavatory faucet for each of our new sinks.
We also chose our new toilet, a Serena One-piece dual flush, which we chose because of the water efficiency, elegant look and soft close seats (we do have a little boy, after all).
Our renovation was well underway when our contractor, Scott Hartog (S.H. Contracting) came to us with a small problem: the water pressure in our house didn’t seem to be strong enough for the showerhead we had chosen, and the water was only coming out in a sad little trickle. But, he said, there might be a solution. He suggested replacing our main water valve with an open valve instead of a ball valve, and also explained that, given the age of the house, the valve was likely quite old and the corrosion was probably affecting the water pressure all over the house.
Indeed, once he took it apart, we discovered that it was likely about 95 years old, and almost completely corroded. The replacement valve only cost a few dollars, but we had to call the city to have them turn our water off and then on again, and this cost $150. Still, it was a pretty inexpensive fix, and it allowed us to have our desired showerhead, and better water pressure in general.
Scott also asked us one more time: were we absolutely certain we didn’t want the heated flooring? He had sourced the materials, and it was only going to cost about $400 for Nu-heat flooring in such a small space, plus some additional labour. I consulted with Valerie Clubine (Signature Interiors), our designer. “With heated flooring, the room stays cozy with an even heat that makes getting out of the bath or shower much more comfortable,” she said. “Although technically heated flooring is an indulgence, anyone who has it may convince you otherwise.”
We convinced ourselves it really was a necessity, and decided to go for it, even though it was going to put us slightly over budget. That’s the thing about renovations: once you get going, it can be hard to set limits—but we were sure our toasty warm floors would be worth it.
Next up: The tile and paint!
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