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Plumbing Upgrades That Bring the Bling

Not ready for a full-on home renovation but want to give your home a makeover? Here are some tips on how to add a touch of luxe with some plumbing upgrades.

Update Your Bathroom Fixtures

It’s only logical that a lot of plumbing bang for your buck can happen in the bathroom. A coat of paint, a new shower curtain, a new bathmat and towel set can significantly improve the space but if you want to take it a step further, get new fixtures installed too.

Open white coloured bathroom with dual sinks, a toilet, and shower

Consider the age of your toilet. Unless you haven’t swapped it out since the ‘90s (hint – it’s avocado-green,) it is probably low-flow which is the standard in Canada. This technology has improved, and there are now dual-flush toilets that are even lower-flow than required. They look stylish, will help you conserve water and yes, they flush very efficiently.                                                                            When choosing the right toilet for the bathroom, you should also consider the different comfort options available. Comfort height toilets are between two and four inches higher than traditional toilets, reducing the distance needed to bend to reach the seat.

A fresh seal around the sink, a shiny new faucet, and a new soap dispenser can also help lift a bathroom from drab to fab.

Don’t forget the shower head – or shower heads! Not just for you but nosy guests or prospective buyers peeking past the shower curtain. Get the fancy hotel spa feeling at home by combining a rain AND handheld showerhead. Don’t forget to reseal the bathtub area at the first sign of separating or mould. You can easily do this with a trip to the hardware store for caulking, and it can help make a bathtub look new.

Everything AND the Kitchen Sink

Give the kitchen a good clean, clear away any clutter off the counters, stand back and have a good look. What could you do to upgrade this room without doing a total renovation? There are a lot of fun videos online that have great ideas on how to refresh cabinets with paint or how to add adhesive tile to create an inexpensive but flashy backsplash.

Male hugging female as she is washing vegetables in the kitchen sink

New appliances are always a great way to bring some excitement to the kitchen but don’t overlook the sink and faucet. There is an assortment of beautiful sinks and taps on the market, from farmhouse apron ones to shiny hammered copper and tall, elegant faucets that turn on and off with a simple wave of the hand. You may even ENJOY washing pots if you have a fancy new sink and tap!

Pro-tip! Relocating a sink can be a big job requiring a professional plumber, and it’s always a good idea to have all your plumbing fixtures professionally installed to help guard against leaking issues.

Don’t Forget the Backyard!

Outdoor kitchen with stone counters and appliances built inWant to add a little L.A influencer style to your home? An outdoor shower might be just the thing for you. They are super handy if you have an outdoor pool for quickly rinsing off after a swim but equally effective at cleaning off muddy dogs and kids before they head inside. And also just nice to have on a hot day if you don’t have a pool!

Outdoor shower head spraying water

While we’re out here showering, might as well add a kitchen! Outdoor kitchens have been increasing in popularity and saw a boom during the pandemic when people were home trying to make the most out of every space. The lonely barbeque is now joined by an outdoor sink, range, cabinets, countertops, and a fridge. Enjoy entertaining and feeding your guests without having to keep going in and out of the house. This could also positively impact the resale value of your home – not that you’ll ever want to leave it.

Interested in learning more about how you can improve your home with some plumbing upgrades? Just Call on Reliance™!

Want to learn more about your home’s plumbing? Read our Ultimate Plumbing Guide.

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