Do I Need a Building Permit for a Bathroom Renovation?

Do I Need a Building Permit for a Bathroom Renovation?

Whether you’re planning a bathroom remodel or a kitchen overhaul, homeowners need to comply with building codes and local zoning by-laws and regulations. Permits are required for the safety of the occupants and so that the structure is solid and built properly.

The scale of your intended bathroom renovation project will determine whether or not you need a building permit and the type of permit. With a vast knowledge and experience of bathroom remodels, the Nuenza interior design team provides you guidance. Each city has its own regulations. Clients should inquire with their municipalities for the permits.

blue and white renovated bathroom

The National Building Code of Canada

The National Building Code of Canada is developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes. The National Building Code consists of construction guidelines and building practices that take into account a new building’s design and construction, as well as any major changes to older buildings. 

Changes made to the National Building Code are for regional purposes. They’re published as provincial codes, which are what the majority of contractors use for their work. Cities and municipalities may make further adjustments to the National Building Code for local needs, from determining the minimum or maximum height of a fence to the distance of an air conditioner from the property line.

Provincial Permits

In some cases, you need provincial permits. Montreal does not issue permits for the following:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Work
  • Heating (Electrical or Gas)

Residents in Quebec must contact the Régie du bâtiment du Québec to obtain these types of permits.

Montreal Building Permits

Generally, you don’t need a permit for simple renovations that are considered aesthetic work, such as:

  • Changing carpets or flooring 
  • Painting walls
  • Replacing cabinets, counters, sinks, or tubs 

A building permit is required when a renovation project affects:

  • The foundation
  • The building’s structure (i.e., walls), or 
  • Adds square footage to an existing home. 

The homeowner is legally responsible for purchasing and obtaining the necessary building permits unless they work with a renovation company.

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Note: Depending on the type of home renovations you want to do, you may not need building permits. However, you may still require electrical and plumbing permits. Be sure to contact your local building department or local permitting office to ensure that you have the proper permits to complete your renovation project. Montrealers must choose their borough on the city’s website for the correct information.

What Happens if You Don’t Get a Building Permit for a Bathroom Remodel?

Renovating without a permit or deciding to cut corners is never the best way to save money or time. You’re not only risking the safety of your family, but you’re also not in compliance with city legislation. 

In terms of safety, the floor can sag and slope if you remove a wall for a larger space. Maybe the wall you decide to remove is a supporting wall, and without it, the roof can cave in. It’s vital never to take on bathroom remodels that go beyond the aesthetic changes listed above. From updating plumbing systems to adding a dividing wall, it’s also critical that you work with a trusted contractor.

warm comfort bathroom remodel project

Have Your Remodeling Project Completed by a Professional

A new bathroom can be a lot of work, especially if you’re gutting the entire room. When you work with Nuenza’s professional team, you work with a reputable contractor that can handle the permits, so you have peace of mind. 

Not only is it our job to ensure you have a final space that looks and feels amazing, we always make sure your project meets provincial and municipal requirements. And if you’re still on the fence about a bathroom remodel, our team can present many bathroom renovation ideas to inspire you!

Contact our team today to get started.

How Much Do Bathroom Renovations Cost?

How Much Do Bathroom Renovations Cost?

Are you at your wits’ end bumping into your partner as you get ready in the bathroom? And after a hard day, do you dream of relaxing in a spacious, jetted tub? What about adding a little seating area where you can de-stress as you do your nails?

Nuenza is here to help you design, optimize space, and turn your bathroom into an oasis. Whether you want contemporary minimalism, Bohemian chic, or Zen paradise, we guarantee that your bathroom renovation in Montreal is possible with your budget.


What Do You Want to Accomplish with Your Bathroom Remodel?

Before you start hacking away at a wall or buying swatches, make sure you know what the purpose of your bathroom renovation will be, and how to achieve it. Will you be expanding the room and adding square footage? Optimizing the preexisting space? Updating the style?

For your renovation to go smoothly, it’s always best to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it a master bathroom or a half bath/powder room? A master bathroom includes the shower, tub, sink and toilet while a half bath or powder room has only a toilet and sink, sometimes doubling as a laundry room.
  • Who will use the bathroom? Think of gender and age. A kid’s bathroom will be designed much differently than that for an adult.
  • Are you updating the style? Maybe you’re tired of the floral wallpaper or want to replace that pink tub.
  • Do you want to modernize its functionality? It might be time to remove your shower curtain and install a glass shower stall instead.
  • How do you want the room to flow with the rest of the home? Some homeowners like to have a consistent design theme throughout the house,while others prefer each room has its own distinctive flair.
  • How do you want the room to accommodate your needs? If you and your partner share the bathroom, would separate sinks allow each of you to have enough space to get ready at the same time?

All of the above questions will help to give you a better idea of the renovation costs to expect. Remember that if you plan on renovating more than one bathroom, you will need to apply the above questions to each one.

Depending on the type of bathroom renovation and your needs, the average cost to redo is between 20k and 55k since plumbing and tiling are expensive and the bread and butter of a bathroom. Other factors that will affect pricing are your preferences, materials used, and market inflation.

Work with the Nuenza Team!

To renovate a bathroom, you need a skilled team who knows how to turn your ideas into a reality within your budget. Nuenza can help you save money while still having an inviting and high-end bathroom in the end.

Did you know? Nuenza is one of the top three custom cabinet designers in Montreal, QC. We would like to thank all of our clients and well-wishers for keeping trust in us and choosing us to serve their needs. After a rigorous 50-point inspection, Nuenza became one of the top three companies. The process looked at reputation, history, complaints, ratings, nearness, satisfaction, trust, cost, and general excellence.

We are always happy to discuss your project’s unique details, such as its renovation costs and design elements, so get in touch with our team today to start the process of renovating your bathroom!

Design Ideas to Turn Your Bathroom into an Oasis

Design Ideas to Turn Your Bathroom into an Oasis

Everyone spends a lot of time in the bathroom. 

It’s not only a place where we groom and shower, it’s also a place we go to regain our composure or relax. Many people choose this place out of all of the other rooms in their home because it has a lock on it. You can shut the world out for an hour or two. 

Since the bathroom is such an intimate place, why not customize it to make it as comfortable as possible? IF you find you’re bored with your all-white bathroom or would like better lighting to do your hair, shaving, and make-up, Design Nuenza can help. 

Read on to find out how you can create your own ideal design and create a bathroom environment where you feel like yourself again.

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Wall Materials

Turning your home bathroom into a spa is still very much trending. And part of that trend is using stone for your walls. Depending on your budget, there are a few natural stone choices that will make your bathroom more rustic or luxurious. Limestone, soapstone, and onyx are popular choices. 

Tiles are another way to go. Adding tiles to your walls will provide texture, whether you opt for a geometric or oddly-shaped pattern. 

You’ve most likely heard of marble being used for countertops, but it can also be used for the walls. It will give the room a clean look while providing a natural pattern of colour, such as white with pearl grey tones. 

Remember that you can choose which walls to redo. Some homeowners prefer to renovate only the shower walls in one of the above materials while others do the entire room.


Achieving the best lighting is tricky because the room’s configuration and your needs will greatly affect your lighting choices. For example, if your countertop is at the farthest point away from the window, you will need optimal artificial lighting fixtures. 

Lighting fixtures come in all shapes and sizes:

  • Recessed ceiling lights
  • Ceiling lamps
  • Pendant lamps
  • LED strip lighting
  • Vanity lighting
  • Wall sconces
  • Chandeliers

Because lighting is so difficult to decide upon, a balance of natural and artificial light is essential. Our experts can discuss at length what you’re looking for in order to provide you with the best design results.

comfort room white bathtub


Silver faucets, drawer handles and lighting fixtures are nice, and some people prefer them while others want to find features that pop, particularly if the walls are white.

Here are some colors to consider in your Montreal bathroom remodel:

  • Black and pewter will draw the eye in and help to break up any large expanses of white walls or cabinetry.
  • Gold is subtle, like silver, but it has an extra level of luxe that will make it stand out without being too startling. If you’re looking for gold in a darker shade, then brass is the answer. Both gold and brass will warm up your bathroom’s décor.
  • Brushed nickel is darker than silver and can be the solution for homeowners who want something in the silver palette. It’s ideal for pairing with blues, green, and shades of purples.

You can also mix and match metals. Our experts will provide you with suggestions.

Start Your Bathroom Remodel Today!

Nuenza will help to turn your bathroom into your personalized oasis that’s there for you at the end of every hard day. Our staff makes the process fun and hones in on your style, whether it’s contemporary zen or rustic cottage. We will discuss your budget, expectations, and requirements to narrow down your choices and begin renovating.

Check out our bathroom portfolio, or contact us today!

5 Rules to Follow in Bathroom Feng Shui

5 Rules to Follow in Bathroom Feng Shui

Thinking of incorporating the ancient practice of feng shui into your next renovation project? It’s a great way of introducing a calming feeling throughout your home! But the bathroom is often the hardest area of the house in which to manage the flow of energy. 

Luckily we’re here to help you navigate the ins and outs (and the yin and yang) of good feng shui. Get familiar with the concept, set some objectives, and then let Cuisines Nuenza help make your dreams come true with a perfectly planned home renovation project.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is an ancient traditional Chinese concept linking a person’s destiny to the space around them. Literally translated, the words mean “air” and “water”, and they describe the balance and harmony that those who follow feng shui seek to achieve. 

As a system, feng shui aims to control the flow of energy (known as qi) through the arrangement and orientation of objects and rooms within a space. The goal is to maximize the favourable effects of qi while minimizing its negative effects. 

5 Rules to Follow in Bathroom Feng Shui

Why is Feng Shui Important?

Striking the right balance requires careful thought and deliberate decision-making. Qi that travels through a home too quickly or too slowly is believed to be unfavourable, and it can lead to negative consequences in a person’s life. 

A home with too much fast-moving qi can lead to a persistent feeling of restlessness, with residents having difficulty making decisions or sticking to commitments. On the other hand, if qi is not allowed to flow freely enough, motivation becomes an issue, and communication between inhabitants can be negatively affected.

The goal of creating a well-balanced flow of qi is to perpetuate a feeling of calm throughout your entire home. And that includes the bathroom!

The Rules for Good Bathroom Feng Shui

Bathrooms are generally acknowledged to be a bit of a feng shui challenge due to their tendency to store bad energy. But we’ve got you covered with the best tips for keeping that qi flowing at just the right speed. 

1. Plan Your Layout

When it comes to good bathroom feng shui, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you are planning the layout of your home, do not place the bathroom near the centre of the building. Followers of feng shui say this brings bad luck and poor health to the building’s inhabitants. 

It’s also not advisable to place a bathroom in view of the main entrance of a home, or facing any other important rooms such as the kitchen, dining room or master bedroom. If you already have a bathroom in one of these positions, try placing a screen, curtain or houseplants in between the two areas.

2. Keep It Clean

Ensuring your bathroom is kept tidy won’t do enough to regulate the flow of negative qi. A feng shui expert will tell you that the bathrooms in your home have to be spotless and sparkling.

This is easier to do the fewer items you store in that room. If you have a busy bathroom, be sure to find top-notch organizational solutions to help declutter your walls and shelves. The less of a mess things are in there, the more relaxed you’re guaranteed to feel.

3. Mirror Effect

Mirrors are very useful tools to help balance the energy in your home because they can be used to redirect the flow of qi. Practitioners state that qi can escape from a home through its toilets and its drains, and a mirror placed on a bathroom door helps prevent this from happening.

At the same time, it is said that mirrors double what they reflect. So be mindful of placing any reflective surface in areas where they might mirror dirt, clutter or sharp angles.

4. Windows of Opportunity

In feng shui theory, a home’s windows symbolize the eyes of the adults and the voice of the children. Clean, clear windows with lots of daylight are key to well-balanced qi.

If your bathroom has no window, use green plants and incense to help the flow of positive energy, and install a dimmer switch to better control the light.

5. Show Your True Colours

Cut through the sluggish energy that a bathroom emits by decorating with light, warm colours. Whites, reds, oranges and yellows can all be used to strengthen the area’s qi. Avoid dark colours like grey, blue, or black, since the bathroom is an area already full of yin and lacking in yang.

Let Cuisines Nuenza Be Your Guide

The key to great feng shui is careful planning and mindful decision-making. Mastering the flow of qi in your home can be a daunting task, but breaking the problem down to each individual room will have you restoring calm to the four corners of your house in no time. 

Trust the experts at Cuisines Nuenza to help make any renovation project easier, whether it’s the whole building or just the bathroom! Contact Cusines Nuenza for a free estimate today, and take the first step towards creating good feng shui in your home! 

Top 5 Plants to Use in Your Bathroom Décor

Top 5 Plants to Use in Your Bathroom Décor

While it’s recommended that you have houseplants in almost every room, the bathroom should be one of the first places to consider. Not only are plants beautiful and uplifting to look at, but they also serve the practical purpose of keeping the indoor environment healthy and clean. Whether your bathroom is windowless, in need of colour, or if you have a black thumb, you can still make your sanctuary attractive and healthy if you choose the right plants. Here are the five plants you should consider incorporating into your bathroom décor:

1. Spider Plant

This iconic shooting plant is a natural for your bathroom’s environment, and having it on the countertop will definitely improve your energy. This super easy-going plant enjoys high moisture and does fine with minimal light. Spider plants thrive in bright light, particularly in direct sunlight. However, they can grow adequately in semi-shade and partial direct sunlight. It would also make an excellent floor plant if your bathroom has a low window, or display it on the counter, and it will catch the sunlight during the day.

Don’t worry if you see your spider plant’s leaves start turning brown. While it’s not harmful, you can remedy this by flushing out the excess salt buildup by watering your plant several times in a row. The buildup is caused by the fluoride in water. Make sure your plant is in a pot that allows drainage and that it’s been potted with soil that drains well. To avoid the buildup altogether, try distilled water or rainwater.

The spider plant is susceptible to root rot, so don’t let it get soggy. The best course of action is to let it dry out in between watering sessions. The spider plant also scores highly in countering air pollution within the bathroom atmosphere. It’s one of five plants that can remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air, such as acetone and formaldehyde.

2. Aloe Vera

Cuisines Nuenza recommends this as one of the best plants to have at home. Whether you have artificial sunlight or bright natural light, your aloe vera plant will feel at home in no time. Consider placing it on the counter, on a stool near a window, or on the windowsill. You may need to check on the plant every so often to ensure it doesn’t receive direct sunlight, as it will turn yellow; western and southern-facing windows are preferred. Depending on where you’re located, you can leave your plant outside during the day between the months of May and September.

Aloe vera plants need deep watering, but only on occasion. To prevent its roots from rotting, verify that the soil is dry one to two inches deep before watering. Aloe vera plants commonly have pups or offsets that need to be removed to their own pot for growth, so you will really get your money’s worth.

If you plan to use the plant’s gel for healing purposes, remove the mature leaves from the plant. Slice them lengthwise and squeeze the leaves to apply the gel to cuts or burns.

3. Lucky Bamboo

Complete your stylish spa sanctuary with lucky bamboo. This indestructible houseplant is a winner since it’s always happy at any level of natural light and will be fine in a vase of water. Make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight because it can’t handle the heat. This plant is prone to algae, so change the water and clean the vase every two or three months. If you want to add some décor to your plant, it won’t mind sharing its vase with pebbles or glass chips.

Lucky bamboo shares a commonality with spider plants: they are both sensitive about salt in their water. If you want your lucky bamboo to stay alive and unharmed, use distilled water. Remember that yellow leaf tips are a sign of salt buildup and age; brown tips can be a sign of dry air in its environment.

The attractive curly-cue stalks can reach a substantial height, so if you cut down a can, it won’t grow any taller. On the other hand, if you trim the foliage, it will grow back. As a top bathroom renovation company in Montreal, we recommend this plant for a dramatic touch in the corner; lucky bamboo will lean towards the light.

4. Orchids

Orchids, without a doubt, add colour and elegance to any countertop. This plant is also fairly easy to keep alive and requires minimal maintenance. They may be a bit finicky, but your bathroom’s steamy atmosphere will offer them the ideal home. These plants also do well in both artificial light and indirect sunlight. Since they enjoy higher humidity levels, having them beside your tub will eliminate dampness.

Why do orchids love the humidity? They’re tropical flowers and grow in bark instead of soil. Keeping soil damp results in rot and algae, whereas bark needs to be damp. Keep your eyes out for these common bathroom orchid varieties:

  • Dendrobium
  • Phalaenopsis
  • Paphiopedilums

5. “Eternity” Plant

Native to Africa, the Zamioculcas zamifolia—or ZZ plant—got its nickname because it will survive in the hands of the worst plant caregiver. It requires very little water and low to medium light, but it gives the impression of a fully independent being in a well-lit bathroom. Just keep it away from direct sunlight and complete shade.

It’s important to be wary of this plant; if you can into contact with the leaves’ juice, it can cause skin irritation. Keep pets and children away from the plant, as well. Whenever you’re doing work with it, be sure to wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly once you’ve completed your work.

Start Renovating with Cuisines Nuenza

Our experts can redo parts of your home, or do a full makeover! We have so many ideas, and welcome your preferences, so your space is customized exactly to your liking. Upgrade your bathroom, redesign your kitchen, or create a unique living space with us! Contact Cuisines Nuenza today, and get a free estimate!

Top 5 Bathroom Trends for 2019

Top 5 Bathroom Trends for 2019

Are you expecting guests? Do you want to transform your bathroom into your own personal oasis? Whatever the reason, redecorating your bathroom can be fun and rewarding. Here are new bathroom trends for 2019.


Among the newest bathroom trends for this year, neutral colour palettes can give your bathroom a classic feel. Monochromatic (the use of one colour) elements on tile and cabinets are all the rage this year. Natural wood floors are great additions to the neutral colour palette as well.


Adding fine art to the walls of a spacious bathroom makes a bold statement and adds personality. Just adding a nice painting over the tub can make you feel like you’re bathing in luxury.


Looking to add some modern design to your bathroom? Installing a wall-mounted toilet can do the trick. If you’re going for a minimalist, contemporary look, a wall-mounted toilet can be the perfect addition to your bathroom. You can also save more space with wall-mounted toilets, which means more space to add your favourite pieces.


Add charm to your shower and sink with exposed hardware. This is especially great for the industrial design fans out there. It brings back an old trend seen in antique homes. Pair this with white, modern marble, and you’ve got yourself a beauty.


Yeah, we know. Concrete and plaster don’t exactly scream trendy and fun. But you can achieve a refined bathroom design with these materials if you have the right elements. You can incorporate concrete or plaster on your countertops, in your shower (replacing tiles), and even on your walls. These materials can add a sleek and seamless design to your bathroom and make colourful items stand out.

Ready to get started on your bathroom renovation? Need a helping hand with your bathroom remodelling experience. Contact Cuisines Nuenza today for a free estimate!