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Custom Cabinetry is a hot topic at the moment. You only have to type this into Instagram to see the beautiful custom kitchens and built-in storage units that have been custom-built.
Before embarking on enlisting the help of a carpenter or starting a conversation with a renovation project management team such as us, it’s useful to consider what type of style cabinetry you’re looking to achieve. For example, there is traditional vs modern. It’s also important to consider what type of wood you would like to use. It’s useful to review what wood is already present in the home. By either matching this or creating a contrast in the same tone it can bring your home together in a cohesive design. Consider if you want Oak, Pine, Maple, etc and you may want to also match this to the period the home was built in.
Another consideration is how you plan to use the space. If your having custom kitchen cabinetry, make a list of non-negotiable needs. For example, do you like having your spices visible? Perhaps you want your coffee machine hidden? You can get a lot of ideas from Instagram and Pinterest for this list.
Consider the additional touches such as handles. Screengrab photos of custom cabinetry that you like and really inspect what you like about it. For example, you might decide you want chrome pull handles, but also consider if you want them all the same size or different lengths. It’s the small details like this that elevate and bring the custom cabinetry to life!
If your considering moving, you might have asked yourself ‘should I renovate before selling?’. When you’re listing your home for sale you want to ensure it looks its best to gain the highest return possible. We recommend speaking to your Realtor. They can provide you with a better understanding of the types of properties that are selling well in your location. They can also provide good insights into what customers are currently looking for when buying. This could range from modern kitchens to updated bathrooms.
It’s certainly recommended, at the very least to fix any repairs before listing your home to ensure these issues don’t detract from the appearance of the overall home. Consider if you have neutral colours or is your home decorated to your specific tastes? It’s best to create a blank canvas to allow people to imagine themselves living in your home.
If you decide to renovate your home before selling, it’s even more important to work with a Designer to ensure they can guide you towards styles that will work for the market. Updates that can add significant value include kitchens, bathrooms, gardens/landscaping, flooring, and appliances.
You should also consider your audience. For example, if you’re selling an apartment you might want to renovate to increase the storage options. Whereas, if you’re renovating a family home, you may want to update the flooring to ensure it’s pet and kid-friendly. It’s another topic to bring up with your Realtor. They will be able to advise who your target market will be.
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Spring is here and it’s a great time to start thinking about your outdoor kitchen space. It’s time to get it ready to fully enjoy the spring and summer months. Check out the reasons we think you should consider investing in your dream outdoor entertaining kitchen.
It’s perfect for entertaining
An outdoor kitchen space is a perfect place to host friends and family year round. It’s super inclusive as it removes the need to squeeze into a tight kitchen. It also allows the kids to play in the garden/patio while you cook a delicious dinner on the grill! With the help of patio heaters you can create a space that you can use all year round.
An Outdoor Kitchen Space increases the value of your home
Having an outdoor kitchen really adds the wow factor to your home and can increase the home’s value. A deck will return about 72.1% of your investment, according to Remodeling 2020 Cost Value Report.
It keeps the heat out of your house in the summer months
Cooking inside when it’s warm outside can make your home feel hot and sticky. Being able to cook outside particularly during the summer months is a huge perk and can help you save on airconditioning costs. Most BBQs and grills heat up quicker than kitchen ovens so dinner time can be quick and easy. Allowing you more time to enjoy the evening sunshine over a nice bottle of wine!
Create your own ‘dine out’ experience
Don’t pay for dinners out at restaurants when you can create the perfect patio environment right in your own back yard! There is no need to run plates of food from the kitchen to the patio when you have an outdoor kitchen.
Comments Off on Should I start with an exterior or interior renovation?
If you’re considering renovating your whole home you might be wondering if you should start with the exterior or interior renovation first. Before you decide it’s important to consider the current state of the home. If you have leaky ceilings or know you want to extend your home before adding in a new kitchen, it’s an easy decision to start with the exterior.
Typically we recommend, renovating as much as possible at the same time. It’s a large upfront cost but ultimately it’s cheaper in the long run to only have to call out trades such as plumbers or electricians once for a project rather than multiple times. With that said, we understand that whole home renovations can be costly, and therefore you may need to approach it in stages.
Make a list
You want to consider all the tasks you will need to complete during your renovation and make a list in the order you would logically have to approach them. For example, you wouldn’t install new flooring before changing the shape or layout of a room. Once you have made this list you may find you have to start with the structure of the home before the interior. If not, you have the luxury of deciding what to tackle first. Consider your current savings. For example, right now, you may have enough to paint the exterior of your home but not enough for a brand new kitchen.
You may also want to consider the season. For example, if it’s the start of winter, it would be best to start with your interior and save the exterior work until the warmer, dryer months.
Renovations feel more productive and rewarding when you can start ticking projects off quickly. To build the momentum you could add some smaller tasks such as interior paint to the start of the project list to get ‘the ball rolling’ in the right direction.
If you’re considering an exterior or interior renovation and don’t know where to start our Project Managers can help advise and provide a free quote. Reach out for an estimate today.
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Getting prepared for your home renovation regardless if it’s big or small can feel overwhelming. The preparation time can change depending on the scale of the renovation. Furthermore, if you plan to live in your home during the renovation or not. We’ve put together a checklist to help you get prepared, so you can swap that anxious feeling with excitement.
Decide what you need to pack
Decide if you just need to cover your furniture with drop cloths or if you need to remove items from your home. For example, if your renovation includes flooring, you may want to move furniture out of the way. This will include finding storage facilities and or somewhere to live for the duration of the renovation. If you can’t move your furniture, decide what needs to be covered or if you have a room in your home that will be renovated later in the process and can be used for storage until then.
Create a ‘Project Base’
This base might be a kitchen wall or a dining table. You will likely need samples on-site, paperwork, a timeline, paint samples etc lots of these items can be stored on your laptop but there will also be a need for physical samples. Ensure you dedicate a space for everything you or your contractors might need.
Clear the walls and shelves
It’s important that you remove what you can to avoid items getting lost or breaking. While contractors always try to be careful, accidents can happen. Contractors might also need to gain access to walls so items like mirrors, artwork etc should be removed. That’s said, speak to your Contractor or Project Manager for confirmation.
Consider your living situation
If you are unable to live in the property during the renovation you will need to consider where you and your family can go. Some clients try to renovate before they move into their home, however, we understand this isn’t always possible. If rooms such as your kitchen or bathroom is going to be renovated, or you work from home it might be best to consider living with a friend or family member or renting an airbnb or short-term rental for the period of the renovation. Don’t forget to tell the neighbors.
If you are considering a renovation and want to know more regarding getting prepared for your home renovation, please feel free to reach out to us today to chat.
Comments Off on Is it time to replace your windows?
With the wetter weather (hopefully) behind us. It might be time to replace your windows. Not only do your windows keep the heat in, but they also allow airflow throughout the home. Windows are also a statement that can be seen from inside and outside of the home. Tired, old windows impact your energy bill, the look of your home, and your home’s value. Updating your windows makes an instant impact on your home environment and style. There’s a range of styles, sizes, and locations to consider. Our personal favorite was a ‘backsplash’ window we created. It allowed our client to bring the outside in when cooking!
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You’ve completed your renovation and are looking to elevate it with your furniture selections. It doesn’t matter if it’s a condo, a townhouse, or a family home. Furniture can make or break a renovation. Ensuring the furniture doesn’t contradict or distract from the design is really important. Check out where our Designers like to go shopping locally for furniture for our projects.
EQ3 defines itself as a “modern Canadian approach to furniture.” EQ3 offers a timeless, West Coast design that can easily slot into your home without drawing attention away from the design of your home. They steer away from ‘trendy’ pieces so you can rest assured that your items won’t look tacky or dated anytime soon. They also provide the option to customize items such as chairs and sofas.
You can’t really go wrong in West Elm. An American brand with its own design team that creates interesting pieces for your home. The style is modern and minimalist and typically leans towards younger customers. When purchasing big-ticket items we feel it’s important that they are timeless and well made, which West Elm has nailed.
Another Canadian brand that started in Montreal. It’s the perfect place to pick out pieces that you don’t want to spend a small fortune on. The price is much more affordable some some of the other names on our list so can be perfect for picking out smaller items such as vases, pillows etc. It’s also a really great option if you need to furnish a rental property or in-law suite on a tighter budget.
Pottery Barn has more classic pieces that typically work better in larger homes. Their furniture is timeless as it leans more into the farmhouse, traditional neutral style. If your looking for larger items such as king size beds, super size sofas this is the perfect store.
If you looking for more unique pieces Moe’s is a really great option. They have a wide range of styles and their showrooms almost feel like an art gallery. Here you can find many unique sculptures and home decorations.
Homesense is the ultimate furniture treasure hunt. It’s a potluck and if you’re not confident with your style or what your looking for we would suggest staying away as it can pull you in all kinds of directions. However, If you looking for something in particular, such as bedding, a long mirror etc it can be the most affordable way to find a quality deal.
It might be tempting to cut corners and take on all projects as DIY. However, there are a number of projects that are better left to the professional. The end results, safety, and resale value of your home can be impacted if you decide to take on the below projects on yourself.
Cutting corners on plumbing can be costly in the long run. Unless you’re are trained plumber, mistakes can easily be made that can impact you and your neighbors. Leaks can be costly to fix. For larger projects, it’s best to leave your plumbing tasks to a professional who understands all of the rules and regulations and can carry out the work safely. That said, smaller projects such as unblocking a pipe are easier to take on yourself.
It might seem tempting to try and rewire and install a new light fixture location yourself but electrical work can be really dangerous. We recommend leaving all electrical work to the experts. In addition to electric shocks, there is a greater chance for a fire to occur when repairs are not completed correctly. For peace of mind, leave it to the experts.
Removing a wall
We recommend that you don’t take this project on yourself. Typically you’ll need a structural engineer to evaluate the wall before knocking it down and possibly even city permissions. Making major changes to the structure of the building shouldn’t be decisions made on a whim and experts should be consulted.
Homes built or renovated before the year 2000 could have asbestos insulation. It’s recommended that if asbestos is found that an expert removes it and it must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
While we don’t want to discourage you to take on smaller DIY projects such as adding shelves, hanging pictures etc. We understand the value of having experts such as ourselves managing the larger projects. Let’s have a chat about your next project.
Comments Off on Are you still working from your ironing board? It’s time to create a home office
When the pandemic hit none of us could have predicted that we would still be working from home. Hopefully, it’s not too much longer before we are able to get back to ‘normal life’. In the meantime, the new year brings a fresh beginning, and an opportunity to spruce up your home office.
When we first got sent home many of us thought it would only be a few weeks or months maximum. Because of this many of us ‘made do’ with a makeshift home office.
When the world returns to the ‘new normal’ it’s likely that many offices may pivot and allow you to work from home more often. We’ve put together some ideas to help you create an ideal office environment.
The Spare Room Home Office
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room it might be time to consider transforming it into a home office. If you still need it to act as a guest bedroom there any many compact ways to approach this. You can add a desk that doesn’t have to interfere with the floor space. Adding a built-in desk with storage and a chair that can be tucked away provides you with a clean and tidy working space. An alternative is investing in a murphy bed which has a desk on the back when the bed is put away.
Under the Stairs
For many families, the spot under the stairs is used as a dumping ground. Why not turn this area into a practical desk space which doesn’t take up any of your floor space.
In a Closet
Another clever way to avoid losing floor space is to renovate an old closet by adding a desk and working space. This keeps your desk area tucked away and typically tends to be in quiet areas of the home.
A Corner of a Room Home Office
Pick a corner of a room which you don’t currently utilize and create a dedicated working space. By adding a corner desk, small set of draws and some shelves you can have a productive corner which doesn’t interfere with the rest of the room.
Comments Off on Renovating a vacation home: Things to consider
Owning a vacation home is the ultimate dream for many people! Somewhere you can escape to with friends and family, or alternatively rent out to create a second income stream.
Think about a time you have stayed in a hotel or airbnb that has blown you away. That’s the feeling you want to create when you or your guests stay.
For many, this means renovating your vacation home to ensure it’s the ultimate luxury pad. To help you achieve your dream vacation home we have put together a list of considerations before you begin your renovations.
Decide who you’re renovating your vacation home for
If you don’t plan to rent your vacation home out, it’s simple, you’re renovating for your own taste. However, if like many owners, if you do plan to rent it out, you will need to consider your guest’s tastes and needs too.
It’s important to establish who typically stays at your vacation home. Is it a one-bedroom or a family home? Do you need to consider adding an office or facilities for children? If you’re been renting your home prior to renovating, did guests provide any feedback that you can use when deciding how to approach the renovation?
Put yourself in your guest’s shoes. Guests want to feel considered and taken care of. For example, having a good number of washrooms vs bedrooms. Furthermore, having a full kitchen to provide guests with the option to eat in. Even smaller touches such as providing a mirror and convenient power outlets in each bedroom will go a long way when pleasing guests.
Consider your curb appeal
While renovating the interior of your home is likely the priority, it’s important not to neglect the exterior. Making a good first impression is important. Your guests want to be wowed from the moment they arrive.
Even if you don’t plan to rent it out, we think improving your curb appeal will help you enter ‘vacation mode’ from the moment you arrive.
Improving the landscaping around the home or brightening the paint colours can make a big impact. When renovating an apartment we understand that these changes are harder to achieve. With that said, adding a welcome mat or small plant by the door can make the home feel welcoming.
Consider your fixtures and fittings
Tailoring your finishings to the home’s planned usage will help the renovation look fresh for longer. For example, if you plan to have high foot traffic and suitcases rolling across the floors every week, it’s important to consider durable flooring. However, if the home is for personal use, you might see this an opportunity to ‘splash out’ and select finishes that you might not have in your full-time home, such as marble worktops.
Consider options that elevate your home such as having two sinks in the bathrooms, adding large mirrors or even a wine fridge will make the home feel more luxurious.
Making it easy to clean
With high foot traffic, or in some cases the home sitting empty for some time, you want to ensure the vacation home is easy to clean. Selecting surfaces that are easy to wipe clean, or paint finishes that are scuff proof can keep the home looking fresh for longer.
When you’re renting, you may hire a cleaner to clean between visits. You want to make their job as quick as easy as possible to keep your costs down. For example, if you’re renovating an apartment, consider installing or upgrading a washer and dryer.
It’s important to consider the balance of luxury and durability when renovating a vacation home. Working with a Designer allows you to consider all your options. Our Designer could bring to light something that you hadn’t already thought of. Working with a Project Manager ensures that you don’t have to be at the vacation home 24/7 to ensure the project gets completed on time and to budget.
While renovating a vacation home is exciting, it can also be overwhelming without support from a company in the local area. If you’re considering a renovation in the Greater Vancouver area we would love to help.
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I would be happy to speak with any future prospective customers on your and your companies behalf.
Larry D, Vancouver
We have undertaken several projects over the past couple of years using your company’s services and have found you to be attentive to our needs and concerns, responsive to our requests, and as efficient as the busy construction industry can under existing conditions.
Christopher T. Wilson – President, Faireharbour Strata NW 649, Tsawassen
When our renovations were complete, we were very pleased with the quality and detail of the work that had been done. Also the estimated time in which Todd quoted at the beginning was accurate.
Peter M., Richmond
Todd is very organized and detail-oriented as well as being incredibly reliable…Todd represents a high level of professionalism within the work being done as well as on a personal level.
David C., Vancouver
A special thanks is due to Todd for seeing to it that the work progressed efficiently, with materials and trades people arriving when needed.