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Fairest for Your Feet: The Best Flooring Choices for Condos

You’ve decided to install new flooring in your condominium, or update the flooring before you move in. But what to buy? With condos you have to take a lot more into consideration than simply how the floor will look. First and foremost, there are the neighbours, and it’s not just how much they might hear you, but how much you …

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Probing Questions to Consider When Hiring a Renovation Company

With so many different renovation companies and Design Builders out there its hard to compare one to the next. Below are a set of questions to ask yourself and then to ask the firm you thinking about hiring. To make it easy, we’ve put down our answers for you.

1. Is it important to you that your contractor is truthful and transparent with construction costs?

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Into the Home Renovation Unknown

I’ve written about typical things people miss in their renovation construction budget. There are also costs which we call unknowns. Unknowns are costs that we renovation contractors can sometimes predict but can only confirm by taking your home down to the studs and checking with local building bylaws. When going into a renovation, consider a contingency for unknowns. Value your contingency at approx 20% (above your renovation budget) for single family and 10% for condominiums. The older the building, the higher the percentage.

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Your Home Renovation Budget is Too Low

Talking about renovation budgets (or even thinking about them) can be very painful to most of us. However they become even more painful when your home renovation is complete and you’ve gone 50% over the original estimate. You started with the best intentions but the construction bills are coming in and now you may have to eat mac and cheese for the unforeseeable future. So what can you do? Well lets start from the beginning before the renovation even starts.

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Lets be Honest…You’re Probably Going to Freak Out

Three things are certain, death, taxes and a renovation freak out.

You consider yourself as being a pretty level, reasonable and normal person. So let me give you a scenario: Your living in what used to be your house, its been messy for two months, things dangling from the ceiling, different people going in and out, a bar fridge and microwave have been your kitchen, no matter how much you clean there is always dust, your contractor says its going to take longer then expected, you’ve spent more money then you expected, everything looks unfinished….so how do you feel now?

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Want to Love Your Renovation and Wow Your Friends? Part Two

Here it is… part two of the straight goods on how to have an award winning home renovation at a similar cost to many of the bland renovations you see today. The key is to hire a designer. Missed part one? Click here

2. Style. A designer that can do everything can do nothing. Look at their portfolio very carefully and get a sense of their style and see if that matches what you want. You also want a designer that can push you a little too.

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Want to Love Your Renovation and Wow Your Friends?

Every year we have a few projects that win awards and often I get comments like “wow the clients must have spent a lot of money” or “wish we could afford to do our kitchen like that”. Well the straight goods is that many of our award winning projects are no more expensive then many of the bland renovations you see today. Those projects, like all our projects, are designed by our in house team

So my advice to you is to hire a Designer (a real one).

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Who needs a permit for a renovation?

Every now and then, I will visit a prospective renovation customer and they will ask if a building permit is necessary. I find it a bit curious, considering the amount of construction horror stories on TV, that people would still ask. Even more interesting is that many of these homes are well over a million dollars and the homeowners are willing to shortcut and risk their home for a renovation.

One big myth is that the renovation project will cost more….

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reVISION is Celebrating – Open House on May 20th

Come on by and celebrate with reVISION!

reVISION is having an open house and your invited. Were celebrating our new office space along with an amazing award season. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 20th at the reVISION Office located at #202 338 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, BC. Doors open at 4:00pm.

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GVHBA Names reVISION Custom Home Renovations Winners in 2 Categories

Wow! What a Saturday night and what a great award season. We are ecstatic to announce our winnings of the 2015 GVHBA Ovation Award in the following 2 categories:

Best Renovation $100,000 – $299,999 – Nip and Tuck
Best Townhouse/Condominium Renovation: Under $200K – Petite & Chic

GVHBA describes the star-studded 2015 Ovation Awards Gala as an evening of smooth jazz, flowing champagne centerpieces, industry friends and fun. The Ovation Awards honour excellence in the design and construction of new single-family and multi-family homes as well as the renovation of existing homes.

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