What to Know When Shopping for Your New Build or Renovation

What to Know When Shopping for Your New Build or Renovation. Grohe SmartControl. Franke Fireclay White Sink. Brizo Litze Freestanding Tub Filler

Whether you are renovating a room or starting a new build, deciding which products to choose can be a time consuming process. At Splashes Bath and Kitchen, we make it easy for you.

We have extensive knowledge and can help you find the tub of your dreams or the kitchen faucet you never knew you wanted! Just a quick trip is sure to inspire new ideas.

In order to better help you, there are minimal details we need in order to provide the right products. Depending on what you are looking for, here is the information we would love for you to bring in during your next visit!

Kitchen Sink

If you are replacing your current kitchen sink with a new one we will need to know your cabinet size. In order to measure this, open your cupboard and take the measurement from the inside right to left. It can also useful to measure your current sink.

If you are completely renovating your kitchen then the countertop will be cut for the new sink you choose. Therefore, size does not matter but the countertop material is. For example, are you choosing stone? Laminate? Just let us know!

Have you looked into Blanco’s Silgranit Sink? The science behind Silgranit starts with quality ingredients that are blended together with precise timing in exact measures. These sinks have beauty, strength and durability.

Or maybe Franke’s Fireclay sink is more your style. Fireclay sets new standards, not only for the wonderful way it looks, but also for hygiene and simplicity of care. The special finish ensures that there’s no need to scrub.


Finding a new faucet requires almost no additional information. We just need to know how many holes you have for it. You could have single hole, three hole, and the sizes vary – 4″ centre or 8″ centre.

You can choose from hundreds of designs in various finishes – single handle – 2 handle or even wall mount options. The technologies and finishes available today are amazing and are changing all the time. Right now, one of the biggest trends is black or gold faucets. Have you considered straying away from Chrome?

The design, technology and style of today’s faucets have significantly changed over the last decade. Faucets even have motion sensors or touch sensitivity. Take this STo MotionSense Pulldown faucet from Moen. This hands-free faucet allows one simple hand movement to trigger the flow of water!

Tub Shower Trim

This is your controller in the shower. If you are retrofitting an existing system, one thing you must know is the brand you currently have! This shower trim can control temperature (most common), water volume, or both!

Your controller can also direct water to different places; the tub spout, the main shower head, and a handheld shower head. Because of the various options, it is important to figure out which type of diverter you have. It may only send water to 2 locations, or it might send water to 3.

If you are doing a new build you have some unique options for your shower!  Whether it’s something as simple as a head only or head and hand shower option. We could also discuss body sprays and rainheads dropping from the ceiling or coming out on a shower arm. Rainheads give you a more drenching experience. Whereas a smaller showerhead would be more intense.

How about something more technical? Grohe’s SmartControl gives you total control at your fingertips. You can choose your preferred spray pattern by pushing a button, then turn the dial to adjust the water volume – from Eco mode to Full Flow. Once you push the button to stop the flow, your volume setting will remain the same for next time.

Bathtub or Shower

If you are ripping out a tub or shower to make space for a new one, there is a few pieces of information we need. First, please measure the length and width of the space for the new tub or shower.

If you are putting in a shower we need to know know where the drain is located. Usually it will be on the right side or left side, but sometimes in the middle too.

If you are putting in a freestanding tub, which would be an excellent choice, deciding on a location is important. You must also decide if the tub filler (spout) will be mounted to the tub, on the wall, or coming up off the floor. 

This is Brizo’s Litze floor mounted tub filler. The floor mounted aspect gives the bathroom a more dramatic appearance.


Delta’s Stryke wall mounted tub filler also gives you various options to create the best design in your bathroom space. These are typically placed with bathtubs that are attached to the wall, but depending on the length of the spout, they can be used with freestanding tubs too!


When searching for a new toilet, you need to know what the ‘rough in’ is. This is where the drain is on the floor. Please measure this from the finished wall to the middle of the bolt area. The typical rough in is 12″, but can also be 10″ or 14″.

Toilets can be 1 or 2 pieces, have a skirted base, have various bowl heights, bidet options, slow close lids, and much more. If you want more information on the different toilets, this is What You Need to Know Before Buying a Toilet.

You can’t go wrong with American Standard’s Studio toilet. The price is competitive and the value is exceptional.

If you are completing a new build, then we highly recommend thinking about a wall mounted toilet. They make the space feel much bigger, you can adjust the exact height of them, and they’re easier to maintain and clean. How about looking at Toto’s Aquia Wall Hung Toilet. 

Finally, have you considered a bidet toilet in your home? Once you try it you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Here is everything you need to know about Toto Washlets.


If you do not understand which information to bring in or how to find it – when in doubt bring in photos! Try to find the brand or the make of the product. We can use all this information to help! But don’t fret if you can’t. Our experts will guide you through any questions you have!

If you are looking for more inspiration, whether you’re looking for modern, transitional, or traditional design, we have ideas in our inspiration gallery! Here, you can click on products and begin planning the project of your dreams. 

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