September 2010 Renovation Newsletter
In this issue of reVISION’s Renovation Newsletter:
- A Kitchen for the Modern Renaissance Man
- Don’t Let your Basement Bring you Down
- Asbestos and Your Renovation
- Return on Investment
A Kitchen for the Modern Renaissance Man
2007 National SAM Award Finalist
If you have a love for entertaining, a kitchen design such as this could be perfect for you.
This is great place to bring people together, complete with a large open entertainment space, stainless steel appliances, large 6-burner Wolfe gas stove and a deep commercial style sink. The stone-pebble backsplash, Wenga wood flooring, surround system hidden in the ceiling and the ingenious lighting system add mood to the functionality.
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Don’t Let your Basement Bring you Down
In many homes the basement is an area of untapped potential. By planning carefully with a professional renovator your basement renovation can be a very cost effective approach to adding a comfortable, attractive and useable space.
Let there be light: Enlarge existing windows or add new ones. Push the window sizes to their limit and add mirrors to create the illusion of a larger, brighter space.
Provide comfort to your whole house by improving the energy efficiency: Your renovator will inspect and provide recommendations for insulation, caulking, and draft proofing.
The heating system: Your renovator may suggest moving the heat outlets or registers and adding a cold-air return in order to create a more even distribution of heat.
Air Quality: It’s important to correct any moisture problems before the renovation begins to avoid problems associated with mold. Also remember that proper ventilation is key to healthy air in your basement.
Soundproofing: This will minimize the sound from travelling from one area to another. An intercom system may be an option for easy communication between levels.
Things to think about: Set aside enough room for storage and include a floor to ceiling shelving unit; Rough-in all the connections during the renovation for later installations, ex. Fireplace; Install the wiring during the renovation for any future needs, ex. Cable, alarm system, sounds system, etc.
Asbestos and Your Renovation
Asbestos is a strong fire-resistant mineral fibre that can cause very serious illnesses. If your house was built during or before the late 1980’s, you may want to consider renovating. Your renovator will have a qualified person come inspect and safely remove Asbestos from your home. Some potential sources of Asbestos include but are not limited to the following:
- Duct insulation and tape
- Textured of stipple-coated walls and ceilings
- Acoustical tiles and stipple or popcorn ceiling
- Gypsum board filling compound and patching and joint compound for walls and ceilings
- Soundproofing or decorative material sprayed on walls and ceilings
- Batt insulation
- Loose blown-in insulation such as vermiculite
Return on Investment
If you are thinking of renovating, it’s important to not eliminate options for potential future buyers. Plan your project carefully to ensure you are making a wise financial decision. Below are some renovations that will give you the most bang for your buck:
- An outdoor kitchen addition, if you do it right, is between 150-200%
- A kitchen renovation – 72%
- Bathroom renovation – 68%
- Basement renovation – 49%
- Construct a garage – 70%