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The en-suite bathroom is a popular trend throughout West Toronto. Whether you have en-suite or other plans for your bathroom renovation, there are some crucial choices that you’ll need to make. In order to help, here are seven important aspects to keep in mind.

1. Shower or Tub?

Many people associate bathtubs with bathrooms because that’s just the way it is. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, opting for a shower only not only saves you money but considerable usable space as well. If you use your bath a lot, then emphasize it, of course, but if you take a few baths a year at best, then you should really think long and hard about foregoing this traditional master bath feature.

2. Plumbing

Plumbing is another fundamental topic because the choices you make here will determine just how much your en-suite bathroom will cost. Choose fixtures for a wall that doesn’t currently have plumbing and your costs will skyrocket, so be mindful of that. Something else to consider is upgrading to 2-inch drains, which isn’t all that much more expensive and can make life a lot easier down the road.

3. Lighting

Avoid leaving lighting choices for last. The lights you choose and whether they are concealed or not will be fundamental to the look and feel of your master bath. Concealing your lights can be a great way to create a sense of space, and dimmer and color options are always a nice touch too.


Think about windows. There’s a trend toward more windows and larger windows in bathrooms. Allowing natural light in and having the option for fresh air can really have a transformative effect on a bathroom. Many people are even opting for shower windows, which are superb when done right.

5. Wall-Hung Fixtures

Wall-hung fixtures are an increasingly popular choice in en-suite bathroom design, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Sure, there’s usually more upfront cost involved, but the aesthetic is spectacular, and the amount of visual space as well as practical space created is significant. Be mindful, though, that going back to traditional floor-mounted fixtures can be expensive due to the plumbing differences.

6. Recessed and Mirrored Cabinets

Cabinets that are flush with the wall will make a bathroom look a lot bigger as well as provide some additional practical space. Consider mirrored doors for even more visual space, and if the bathroom is relatively small, then a neat design technique is to run the cabinets or just mirrors from one corner to the other.

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7. Storage

How much you’ll be able to store in your bathroom and exactly where you’ll store it is an essential consideration as well. There’s a trend toward vanities with drawers rather than doors. Many designers agree that drawers are not only easier to use but simpler to organize and for storing large items. Whatever your choice, ensure that it suits the room without sacrificing usability.

Alair Homes West Toronto welcomes the opportunity to help you design the bathroom of your dreams. Contact us to discuss your project and schedule a complimentary consultation.