My home renovation – bathroom ideas

Posted on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 by KiM

I am just DYING to have the work on my house started, but we’ve had to redo the plans to try and save a small fortune so my husband can get an extra 16″ of height for his basement “man cave”. While our plans are being finalized once again, we’ve started the quest for interior and exterior finishes and we frankly don’t really know where to begin. It’s a pretty daunting task for 2 people who have never really done any renovations before (except my kitchen a few years ago). We’re going to need pretty much everything – a staircase, windows, exterior finishes, fireplace, bathroom fixtures, hardwood, tile and on and on… You guys help out our readers when they have design dilemmas so I thought maybe this time you could help me out. I am hoping you can give me suggestions on where to shop, design ideas etc. Since I am located in Ottawa some of the products should probably be relatively accessible locally (ie. staircase).

We also have another dilemma. This renovation is going to cost us WAY more than we initially thought, which means we’re not sure we can complete the finishes in all the rooms (and I’m not even talking about furnishing them – there’s talk about leaving the floors with only the sub-floor, completing only one bathroom…). This brings me to my next call for help. If anyone out there would like to help us with some of the finishes by offering great bargains for materials, even freebies (!!!) I’d LOVE to chat  (email me at There would of course be blog mentions/publicity in return.

So today’s post is about bathrooms. We will have a master bedroom ensuite, another full bathroom upstairs, and a powder room next to the front entrance. (For a peek at the plans see this post, keeping in mind the layout of the bathrooms is totally up for grabs). I’d love to have some fun with the powder room and do something really industrial and I have a thing for black and white bathrooms so I hope one of the other bathrooms can be done in those colours. I went through my stash of bathroom photos and found some of my favourites. Any ideas/sources etc. that you can suggest, let me know in the comments or via email! Thanks!

Annette English Martha Stewart
Pappas Miron Design*Sponge
Adela Cabré Hus & Hem
Design*Sponge Design*Sponge


David Mikhail

Living Etc.

Bruce Bolander

Decor Demon

The Selby

Kate Hume

Bolig Magasinet

Liz Artindale

Charles de Lisle

Met Home

Living Etc.

Lorissa Kimm

Micasa Revista

Nuevo Estilo

Oak Management

Style At Home

Country Home


Scott Weston

Caleb says:

I definitely know the feeling you are having. You know it needs to be done, but starting your renovations is challenging to say the least. One thing I have done is handling smaller renovations myself while hiring a professional to handle some of the major pieces of the renovations to help cut on time. I might have to spend a little more but I can usually create a successful budget and try to remain inside my budget range.

Daniel OomQ says:

Thanks for sharing of this Design Ideas, a very organized approach you have!

Baños says:

Great!! I love it! Thanks

Tracy*_* says:

I think good colors choice has a lot to reflect about your personality and using neutral colors can be quite trendy. A friendly bathroom, cozy bedroom, fresh yard and having a door that welcomes; do we really need anything else? Well, I couldn't agree more, thanks for sharing this awesome bathroom ideas.
(PS: I just loved this one; Annette English… so good)

philip gibilisco says:

These are really creative. Thank you for all this ideas.

BHS_Builder says:

Amazing bathrooms! Enjoyed that

Erin Fraser says:

Those ideas are really helpful because I also thing to renovate my bathroom. Thanks for share

Emma Clemantine says:

Nice post. Thanks for sharing this informative tips. This would be really helpful for me for planning to add a new bathroom to my place. Thank you so much.

Emma Clemantine says:

Oh my god…. this is going to be incredible! Love all of your selections and ideas and know that the finished bathroom will fit well with the age of your home and your style.

David Brown says:

Having more ideas than money is common in the world of bathroom renovations. Unfortunately, good bathroom designs do take a lot of money, but it is for a good cause: it is one of the most visited rooms and one that is most likely to be liked by a potential buy in the case of resale.

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