10 Tips For Your Home Reno Project

It seems that we could all be stuck inside for a while, so why not start planning that home renovation project you’ve been thinking about. To help you get started, we have polled a few people we know who have been through renovations and professionals in the industry to get their best advice. Below are our top 10 tips to help you get through your renovation!

1) Budget, budget & budget!

It will cost more than you think. Unexpected problems will come up that cannot be avoided, so when you make your budget, keep some aside for the unexpected. Also, be prepared to re-assign your budget partway through the project.

If there is something you are dying to have such as a towel warmer, you might be surprised at the reasonably priced options. For example, our Kontour range is quite affordable and luxurious!

2) Make a clean plan but be flexible

Plan your project ahead of time. This should go hand in hand with your budget. Keep in mind the scope of the project and try not to let that creep too big as the project moves along. You don’t want to budget for new floors, then end up paying for a whole new kitchen.

Also keep in mind that plans will change. You might learn that you cannot move that sink where you want or that there is no good place for a wall-mounted toilet paper holder. When that happens, you might have to go back a few steps and re-plan your layout and re-work your budget. In those cases, picking a new sink or grabbing a free-standing toilet paper holder are easy fixes that won’t break the bank. These kinds of issues are more common than people would like, so when it does happen, approach the problem with a rational mind and you’ll come up with the perfect solution.

3) Decide if you can DIY or if you are better off hiring a professional

This one is tricky, it depends on your skill level, the job at hand, your budget and more. Trades have safety codes in place for a reason, so depending on the project bring someone in to do it, or at least to check on your completed work. It doesn’t matter how good the final project looks if it falls apart in 2 years.

Some jobs, however, can be simple to do on your own, if you have the skill, tools, and patience to do it correctly. For example, a handy homeowner can easily install their own bathroom accessory pieces if they feel confident, but if you are more like myself, you would go straight to a professional.

Whatever you decide, be smart and be safe.

4) Protect all surfaces you want to keep… countertops, glass, flooring, etc

Things fall, paint spills, accidents happen so make sure to protect the things you would rather not replace during this renovation.

5) There will be a mess

is going to be intense – be prepared

Everyone knows that renovations are messy, but everyone is surprised at just how messy they can get. Do your best to be prepared. Have a shop vac, garbage bags, dusting supplies, rags and other cleaning supplies ready at hand so you can continuously manage the mess so it doesn’t become unbearable. Cleaning as you go can make the process smoother and easier.

6) Cheap is expensive

That’s right. Hiring the cheapest contractor or getting the cheapest product can lead to costly fixes down the road. Do your research, check reviews and do it right the first time to save money. If you’re not sure and want advice, reach out to your local showroom, they are professionals and work with budgets big and small.

7) Be patient

Everything and I mean everything will take longer than you would like. Delays happen. Even a thing as simple as the wrong product being sent out can put you back weeks. If that does happen, stay calm, yelling at your contractor or the delivery guy will not help your renovation wrap up any sooner. Work together for the best solution. You might end up taking a second look at your local bathroom showroom and finding a better vessel sink than you originally picked!

8) Problems will come up

For real, when you take a wall down, you won’t know what’s behind it until it’s too late and it could be bad. Try not to panic because when you made your budget you planned extra for this exact situation. Whatever the issue, there will be a solution, you just need to think rationally until you find the solution that works for you and your home.

9) Word of mouth isn’t always great

Not every trade person your friends recommend are guaranteed to be good. Especially trades like tilers where so many are self-taught. Make sure to do your own research. You want to hire the best people for you and your needs.

10) If you are a DIY master, measure twice, cut once!

That’s a simple one. Once a countertop is cut, it’s cut for good.

Bonus

We had a lot of people to straight-up say don’t renovate, or if you do, have wine, beer and a divorce lawyer on speed dial!
Of course, this one is a joke, however, renovations are a very stressful time so do your best to keep your cool and have fun with it when you can!

icobath lifestyle bathroom - Kontour

icobath lifestyle bathroom – Kontour

COVID Company Update

Company Update

With the current challenges and times of uncertainty, we want to assure you that ICO is taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure our staff and partners are safe. We are open for business as usual and remain committed to shipping out orders in 2 business days. If you need any assistance you can reach us via phone, email or social networks and we will be more than happy to continue to help with any of your needs. We will keep you updated as any changes come into effect, but at this time we are here to enrich lives through comfort, luxury and design!

To stay up to date on this always changing situation please check official sources such as the Government of Canada Website.

Welcome Katie

Welcome Katie!

We are very excited to introduce Katie Shuparksi, ICO’s newest employee! Please join us in welcoming Katie to the customer service role.
Katie brings with her an enthusiasm to always learn and improve. She has a strong background in customer service and is excited to share her skills with the ICO team and our partners. In her personal life, she is a self-titled foodie who enjoys exploring Saskatchewan’s food scene. She is a true animal lover and currently shares her home with 3 cats, a chinchilla, a hamster, and 3 fish!

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Introducing Free-Standing Volkano Accessories

Volkano free-standing bathroom accessories are finally here! The full range is available in chrome and matte-black to ensure a great style choice for any bathroom.

We are also excited to introduce new towel hooks, towel bars and toilet paper holders from a variety of Volkano lines of accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

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All About Calma Vessel Sinks

The Calma Collection

Sophisticated, Whimsical, Elegant, Classic, Dramatic… The Calma family of sinks evokes all these responses – and more.

Modern cast-marble technology allows us to create opulent shapes, structures and surfaces that until now were impossible. Consisting of approximately 75% crushed dolomite, this natural, environmentally friendly mineral rock is infused with bonding resin content, creating a strong and smooth material.

Exquisite

Breathtaking styles to impress at first glance, with craftsmanship that extends to even the smallest details: every form, edge and radius is crafted with absolute precision and accuracy.

Smooth

The natural rock retains its sleekness while accumulating heat, offering a luxuriously warm feeling on contact. The smoothness and noise-absorbing properties of each basin replicate the gentle, soothing sound of falling water.

Durable

Capable of withstanding years of regular use without losing its magnificence.

Environmentally Friendly

The processing of dolomite rock, the key ingredient of cast marble, does not require large amounts of energy, thus lessening environmental impact.

UV Resistant

A superior UV resistant Gelcoat containing molecules that capture solar energy will defy signs of wear and aging by preventing the breakdown of pigment over time.

Hygienic

A wise choice for the family, the non-porous, non-irritant, material resists dirt and soap on the surface, preventing the growth of bacteria.

Effortless

The perpetually smooth, dirt-resistant surface needs less frequent cleaning. Surfaces may be cleaned with standard non-abrasive cleaning agents.

Calma Vessel Sink Brochure

Find the vessel sink that matches your style in our ever-growing Calma Collection today.

 

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Brand New Shower Stool

A new stool is joining the ICO shower stool line up! This one brings a unique edge with designer cutouts making it a stand out piece in any room.

IDS 20 Thank You

IDS Is A Wrap!

What a weekend! #IDS20 was a roaring success and we have the show attendees and our customers to thank.

We loved seeing the reactions and joy on everyone’s face as they touched a towel warmer for the first time and realized just how warm and cozy they are. Each smile and giggle made our day.

On the accessory side, we had amazing feedback on the quality of our solid brass accessories from Volkano. One designer stopped by to check out our table samples and was shocked and impressed with how sturdy our Volkano accessories really are.

We were able to leave our booth for a brief moment to explore the show floor and experience IDS ourselves and we were blown away with the creativity and quality of every single booth there. We hope to see you all again next year!

Brushed Gold In Stock

Brushed Gold Now In Stock!

You heard right! Brushed gold dark and brushed gold light Volkano bathroom accessories are now IN STOCK at ICO! See below or download the sell sheet for the list of items available in brushed gold.

Brushed Gold Price List

 

Toronto IDS 2020

IDS Toronto 2020

IDS Toronto 2020 is happening January 16-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We’ll be onsite at booth # 1652 and we hope to see you there!

You’ll be able to check out all of our newest Volkano bathroom accessory lines, each with unique and exciting designs. While you are admiring the accessories, warm up by feeling the true warmth and comfort coming from one of our Tuzio or Kontour towel warmers.  Also, check out our newest addition to the Volkano range – now introducing freestanding accessories!

Design Your Future at #IDS20. Bringing together the most compelling trends and provocative thinkers, we’re excited to take part in this year’s fair. Visit us Jan 16-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. Buy tickets here.

 

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Happy Holidays

We wanted to share our warm wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year.

We will be closed a few days over the holidays to celebrate with our family and friends.