Bathroom Renovations



Overview: Renovating your Bathroom

The Renovation Co-op offers a wide range of bathroom renovations, from economical Retrofits to Designer-Level Remodeling.

If you require more space and want to expand your existing bathroom, we’ll remodel it to suit your budget. And… regardless of the size and/or scope of the work, you most definitely want to get your bathroom renovations done quickly and smoothly, without unnecessary delays.

As per our member policy, all jobs must start and finish…without interruption. This is the pledge made by each of our member-service providers, and one which is kept to a very high standard.

As mentioned within other areas of this website and our radio and billboard campaigns, one of The Renovation Co-op’s key functions is to properly match the type and level of work to the most appropriate type and service level of our contractor-members. This keeps all bid pricing within a stable range.

Bathroom Retrofits

Basic Bathroom Replacement

If you’ve just moved into your home and the bathroom requires a simple “tune-up”, or if you need a quick “fix-up-for-sale”, we’ll get you “up and running” with your bathroom renovation from start-to-finish with no interruptions.

The term “Retrofit” generally refers to the straightforward replacement of fixtures (where they stand) without the need for moving plumbing lines, re-constructing or tearing down walls, etc. Such work is commonly performed as a “refresher” for economical reasons and/or to help sell the home.

Bathroom retrofits are normally performed within homes that are 20-40 years old, and where a previous renovation may have been performed during that same time period.

Full Bathroom Renovations

Full Bathroom Renovations

If you want to expand the size of your existing bathroom, there are structural modifications that can be performed to suit any situation. In today’s world, there is almost nothing that can’t be done.

However, there are several factors that will determine “how far” you will be able to go with your project.

Need extra space in your bathroom…?

Most older homes within the centre of major cities such as Toronto are notorious for having very “tight” bathrooms.

Today, rather than simply replacing fixtures and tiles, more and more families are opting to perform structural modifications to expand the space in their bathrooms, allowing for more comfort and some added luxury.

The Renovation Co-op’s designer-members are highly-experienced in creating structural modifications that will not only maximize the size of your bathroom, but will do so with strict attention paid to the flow of the design and how such modifications will affect the rest of the home.

Making it affordable…

If you need help in obtaining financing for your bathroom renovations or any other type of project, The Renovation Co-op provides access to over $1 Billion in Private Mortgage funds arranged through a wide variety of participating brokers and lenders across Canada.

In addition, there are specialized mortgage products available, such as CMHC Purchase-Plus Improvement Mortgages and several other renovation-related loans available at low interest rates and good terms.

Note: If you arrange a loan through a Co-op-approved broker, you will receive a $10,000 Renovation Credit , which can be used (in portions) toward the cost of future renovations purchased through a Co-op member-contractor.

For further information view our Financial Services.

Basement Bathrooms

Basement Bathrooms

Whether you need a simple basement bathroom fix-up to accommodate occasional guests, a designer-level bathroom, or a newly-built bathroom for  a Basement Apartment, there are many creative and effective ways for The Renovation Co-op to provide such services that won’t “break” your budget.

Building Permits

Do I need a Building Permit?

sample building permit

Some types of bathroom renovations require a Building Permit issued by your municipality.

Structural modifications, where support walls are being torn down or removed will definitely require a permit.

Note: Although the decision to obtain a building permit lies with the homeowner, you should first discuss this with your contractor personally to make that decision. The Renovation Co-op does not and cannot give advice on whether or not a client should obtain a building permit. However, depending on the location and/or type of work involved, our contractors may decline to submit a bid for your project if a permit has not been secured.

If you are already in the middle of applying for a building permit with your own architect, we will be unable to fully process an estimate without first receiving a copy of the stamped, final drawings provided by your licensed designer.

The main reason for this is that our estimating procedures (see Member Bidding System) provide a 30-day price guarantee by those member-contractors who will place their bids on your job. There would be no point to submitting a bid unless the client is “ready to roll” and the “smoke” has cleared with respect to the permit process.

If you do not have your own architect, please visit the Renovation Co-op’s own Architectural Design & Permit Services. When you purchase your drawings through an approved architectural service member, you will not be obligated to purchase the renovations.

However, you will receive an Architectural Rebate of up to $1500 if you later wind up having the renovations performed by a Co-op Member-Contractor.

Notice:  The processing of estimates for projects that require building permits will only take place upon the submission of final drawings by the homeowner to our estimating team. As our estimate procedures include the submission of a bid request to several member-contractors at the same time, the estimate/bid responses they send back must be based only upon final drawings.

It is also important to note that our member-contractors must guarantee their pricing for 30 days following their receipt of the Co-op’s Invitation to Bid for that specific project. Therefore contractor can’t make that guarantee unless the permit is in place.

If you need an estimate for the renovations and you have already hired an architect to complete the final drawings for your project, please submit an Estimate Request or view our Estimating Procedures.

However, if you do not have your own architect or licensed design to provide drawings, please obtain an estimate for the drawings and permit process through our Architectural Design & Permit Services, which are offered separately as a convenient, cost-effective way for you to own your own set of drawings.

When you purchase your drawings through a Co-op member-designer, you are under no obligation whatsoever to purchase the renovations through our General Contracting Services. The drawings become your property, and you will be able to seek estimates from any contracting company.

However, as an incentive offered through The Renovation Co-op, you will be entitled to receive an Architectural Rebate of up to $1500 that will be applied toward the price of the renovations (if you purchase them through a Co-op member-contractor).

For further information see Subsidies and Discount Programs

Whirlpool Baths

Whirlpool Baths

bathroom renovation with whirlpool bath

Custom-built whirlpool units installed in larger bathrooms. Complete with electrical &, framing and plumbing.

If your bathroom is small and can’t be expanded, try a straight tub-size, acrylic whirlpool bath. A perfect addition to your bathroom renovations.

Whirlpool Baths are normally installed in an area of the basement, but can also be installed as part of a 2nd floor bathroom. For more information see Basement Renovations

Estimating Procedures

Renovation Management Platform

To help its member-contractors and architects submit quick, yet accurate estimates to homeowners, The Renovation Co-op has developed a proprietary Renovation Management Platform that incorporates cutting-edge technology with sensible, step-by-step procedures that streamline and simplify the entire process for both member-services and homeowners alike. In addition, the system is designed to work with all types and levels of projects.

Member-Bidding System

At the core of this unique process is the Co-op’s cloud-based Member-Bidding System. This secured, online portal enables selected, member-contractors to place their bids on a specific project.

Step 1: Initial Site Visit

A designated, Senior-Level Contractor is selected to conduct a visit to the property, which includes personally reviewing the final drawings and the proposed work with the client, which gives the contractor a more personalized idea as to exactly what the client wants. The contractor then records and submits all of the information regarding the work to be performed throughout the project.

Note: The “viewing” contractor accesses a remote, secured data system developed by The Renovation Co-op that helps create the detailed “Scope of Work” (descriptions of all items to be performed as part of the project).

Step 2: Bid Preparation

Step 2: The information is submitted to the Co-op’s Bid Preparation Team. The group reviews the information and then creates a targeted list of those contractor-members who regularly perform the same type and level of work required to fulfill the client’s project, and who would be best-matched to work with that client.

The selection of each contractor in this targeted group of contractors is also determined by each contractor’s stated, preferred geographical radius to the location of the work, as well as his/her own posted availability on the system.

Step 3: Invitation to Bid…

Upon determining the targeted group of member-contractors, a Bid Request Package (also called an “Invitation to Bid”) is submitted to each of these contractors, which includes copies of the Final Permit Drawings, the Scope of Work and any additional comments entered by the viewing contractor.

Step 4: Contractor Bidding

The effectiveness of the process ensures that every contractor will submit a bid price for the same, detailed information that was originally entered by the viewing contractor.

Note: When viewing the project, the senior contractor accesses a secured, remote data entry system that precisely describes the Scope of Work (Description of the work required to complete the project).

Unfortunately, too many contractors in the industry will rely solely on the statement “Perform work as per drawings…” in the wording of their contracts, which over-simplifies the contract and leaves too much room for confusion and arguments when it comes to performing the actual work.

With our estimating system, all of the details are entered into the contract.

Each bid request contains a date limit by which the contractor must enter his or her bid.

This “Bid Response Time Window” is determined by the size and scope of the work. However, the targeted group of contractors must be given enough time to check availability and pricing from their sub-trades, suppliers, etc. before they commit to a price.

Note: Each responding contractor must guarantee their bid price for 30 days following his/her bid submission.

This is one of the main reasons why the Co-op will not process an estimate until the drawings and permit processing are completed.

Step 5: Subsidy Funding Request

Upon completion of the bidding process, an automatic request is sent to The Canadian Renovation Funding Program to seek any subsidy funds or rebates that may be available to credit towards the project. In addition to its role as a free loan advisory service

The Program is also responsible for the fiduciary management of all Subsidy and Rebate Programs on behalf of The Renovation Co-op.

The granting of subsidy funds for each request normally takes 4-6 hours, and is largely based upon the availability of funds at the time of the request, the geographical location and the type of project.

Step 6: Online Estimate Review…

An appointment is arranged between a Renovation Co-op Service Rep and the client to simultaneously review the completed estimate through our secured, web-based system.

During this 5-minute review, the rep must verify that the client fully understands what is being presented, and that the client can properly navigate through the sections of the estimate. See example below…

Subsidy Withdrawal Policy:

As stated within each estimate, if there are Subsidy Funds being offered within the estimate, those funds are withdrawn after 5 business days following Estimate Review.

Note: Once the automatic request for subsidy funds has been approved, those funds are placed on hold and set aside for 5 business days pending a deposit or contract between the selected contractor and the homeowner. If there is no deal signed between the two parties at the end of those 5 days, the subsidy amount is withdrawn from the estimate, and the funds are placed back into the main Subsidy Discount Fund.

If the client accepts the deal, the subsidy discount amount is deducted from the final sale price, and the contractor is later credited (“subsidized), with the same discounted amount by the Funding Program.

The 5 business-day withdrawal period, during which the funds are segregated and held, virtually guarantees to the contractor that those funds have been set aside and will be available if there is an agreement signed with the client.