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Most Common Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Most Common Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Renovating your home sounds like the easiest and most enjoyable process in the world – it’s something that will ultimately lead you to a new home afterward, and that’s always good! However, every renovation takes some time and energy, and you have to be careful if you want to do everything right. Avoiding mistakes people usually make is one of the issues you need to be careful about, so here are a few obvious mistakes you should avoid at all costs

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Be realistic

We all want to live in amazing homes with a ton of space and all sorts of amenities that will make our lives much easier. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible, which is why renovation project seems like the perfect solution to solve problems people face every single day. But, what you mustn’t do is set the bar too high and expect to achieve too much. Define what you’re trying to do, try to be realistic with your goals, and stick to your plans instead of trying too hard and then failing.

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Define the budget

This is another common mistake people make when renovating their home – they don’t define their budget, and ultimately end up spending too much money. Your renovation budget will actually define what you will and won’t be able to do, so making sure you know exactly how much money you have is crucial. If you don’t do that, you’ll just keep investing and investing, eventually spending the money you don’t really have.

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Pay attention to details

If you’re renovating your home and investing time, money and energy into it, try to do it right. This means paying attention to details and taking every little thing into consideration. So, if you’re renovating your bathroom, start with new plumbing, and if you’re remodeling your kitchen, invest in new appliances. If you’re redoing your bedroom, install new windows, but don’t forget about the blinds, especially if you’re living in a hot region. This is something people in hot areas know the best, which is why they might want to talk to experts in blinds who can recommend those protective blinds that will help them control the level of light penetrating their living space, as well as enhance their privacy.

Hire the right people

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Look, doing everything on your own is quite all right, and it’s certainly the best way to save a considerable amount of money, but is it really worth it? Unless you’re a handy and skillful person who knows what needs to be done, the chances are you won’t be able to complete your home renovation project adequately, which is why hiring the right people instead is always a better idea. Find a professional renovation company, and let these people do their job.

Set the deadline

No matter how big your project is, you need to complete it as soon as possible. If you don’t set the deadline and stick to it, you’ll just keep adding more and more ideas you want to spend money on, and you’ll never be done. That’s why you need to know when you want your renovations to be done, and then organize all your actions in accordance with that final date. Of course, you can always push it a bit, but at least you’ll know when you’re supposed to be done and why your renovations are running late.

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Paying attention to these mistakes, knowing how easy making them is, and trying your best to avoid them is one of the most effective paths towards a successful home renovation project, so be careful, and always keep your end goal in mind.

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North Vancouver Home Renovation

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North Vancouver Home Renovation

North Vancouver Home Renovation - Heilman Renovations, 1001 Northlands drive, North Vancouver.

Heilman Renovations recently completed a full home renovation which included renovating kitchen, two bathrooms, laudry room and more.

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Demolition can begin

Demolition can begin

Removing drop on ceiling to modernized new kitchen

Removing drop on ceiling to modernized new kitchen

Wall ready for rewiring and new drywall

Wall ready for rewiring and new drywall

New drywall instalation

New drywall instalation

Drywall mudding and ceiling repair

Drywall mudding and ceiling repair

Ready for new cabinets

Ready for new cabinets

New cabinets instalation

New cabinets instalation

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Countertop

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Joe is working on backsplash

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Backsplash

Clean up

Clean up

After. Beautiful result!

After. Beautiful result!

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North Vancouver Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation

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North Vancouver Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation

North Vancouver Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation - Heilman Renovations, 6th Street E, North Vancouver

Heilman Renovations recently completed a kitchen and bathroom renovation which consider removing an old cabinets and replace with new one.


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Kitchen before

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

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Bathroom before

Removing dividing wall

Removing dividing wall

Joe filing wall with insulation

Joe filing wall with insulation

Drywall repair

Drywall repair

Ready for a new kitchen cabinets

Ready for a new kitchen cabinets

New kitchen cabinets

New kitchen cabinets

New cabinets

New cabinets

Counter top delivery. Ready to install !

Counter top delivery. Ready to install !

New counter top and cabinet

New counter top and cabinet

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Backsplash

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Joe grounding a new tiles

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New lights in dinning room and kitchen in back

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And kitchen after

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Kitchen after

And Bathroom after

And Bathroom after

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Don’t Be Surprised: Things to Expect With Your Remodel

Don’t Be Surprised: Things to Expect With Your Remodel

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Home remodeling is always a bigger project than you might expect it to be. Many homeowners prepare for it, sometimes for months and get sidelined by the problem they didn’t see coming or by the lack of labor in certain areas.

Also, home remodeling takes time and effort. That means that it might affect your home life for days and sometimes weeks. It’s an expense you’ll need to factor into your calculations. Sometimes it’s better to remodel the home all at once, rather than separating it into projects, so you can get the distraction out the way.

The mess

Everyone will expect their day-to-day life to be uprooted a bit while the construction is underway. That’s normal and everyone prepares for that in one way or another. What’s often overlooked about the work itself is that it leaves quite a lot of mess behind.

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There are two ways to approach this, the first is to include the cost of the cleaning into the work and make sure the work is done from start to finish and the second is to plan for a couple of additional days of disruption.

Materials matter

The price of the materials used for remodeling is probably the biggest percent of the cost. It may seem like it’s easier to purchase the materials and to find labor at the same place. It is the case, but you can save quite significantly, by shopping around for materials.

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Also, deciding to use reused, recycled, and repurposed materials can be beneficial in numerous ways. It’s less expensive, it adds patina to your home and it’s more environmentally sound. This is especially true if such materials could be bought locally, which cuts shipping costs.

The roof

One of the most overlooked parts of the home when it comes to remodeling is the roof. This is a mistake because problems with the roof are usually small until they suddenly turn big and cause serious damages which are expensive to repair. The key to repairing a roof leak is to do it before it’s noticeable.

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A complete roof restoration project will start with cleaning and then go on to replacing the coating if it’s needed at all. Tiled roofs are also the most likely to leak and you should hire a professional to make sure all old tiles are joint together, which isn’t only important for preventing leaks; it also makes the roof look better.

Renovating isn’t always better

For the majority of older homes, there’s a dilemma between renovating and replacing. This is usually where homeowners are trying to save and simply repair what can be repaired instead of buying new materials and making big changes.

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This is understandable, but it’s something to do with considering the specificities of the project. The cost of additional repairs and the quality of the work should be taken into account and you might find that paying more upfront may be a better option for you.

The budget

In the end, budget considerations often come as a surprise for an average homeowner. Almost everyone takes the time to prepare and to shop around before starting the renovation. Regardless of how well you plan things out, there will always be additional, unforeseen expenses.

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The best way to go is to simply add 10 or 15 percent to your initial budget and to use it if something goes wrong. There’s no way of saying if that’s enough, but that’s a good hedge to have.

Home renovations are a big disturbance to both your home and your budget. Planning ahead with a professional renovation contractor and focusing on things that might go wrong before they do is the only way to do it.

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Functional Kitchen Tips from the Pros

Functional Kitchen Tips from the Pros 

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Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or want to spice your living space a bit, finding new decorating and furnishing ideas are always welcomed. From bringing in new living room furniture to redoing your bathroom, all of these things will make your home more visually appealing and welcoming than it’s ever been. Another area people love renovating is the kitchen, but the point here isn’t just making it nicer, but also making it more functional. In order to achieve the maximum level of functionality in your kitchen, here are a few tips from decorating experts that might go a long way.

Declutter Everything First

This is probably the oldest and the most boring way to introduce a change into your life, but it’s also the most effective way to make your kitchen more functional. No matter how good you really are at cooking, the chances are your kitchen is full of things you don’t need – from leftover food to appliances you don’t use – so you have to get rid of these as soon as possible.

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Decluttering your kitchen seems like the hardest thing in the world, but it’s surprisingly easy if you know what to do. Clean the countertops, organise the cabinets, swipe the leftovers after eating your meals, and take out the trash every single day. This way, your cooking space will look bigger than it actually is, but it’s also going to boost your cooking skills and help you prepare tastier food.

Make Everything Accessible

Not everyone prepares their food in the same way, and when you’re insisting on functionality, you need to place everything within reach. This is easier in kitchens that are smaller and already crammed into a tinier space, but just because all your appliances are leaning on each doesn’t mean your kitchen is as functional as it can be. Well, in order to fix this, you have to think outside the box for a while.

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Start by defining the most important areas of your kitchen – the fridge, the island and the sink – because these are also the areas where you spend the biggest portion of your time. So, what you need to do is connect them in the best and most effective way possible. You need to be able to move from one to the other in a matter of seconds, without interrupting your flow and losing too much time. Once you bring everything together, your kitchen will start becoming more functional than ever.

Find the Right Layout

This is probably the most important part of your kitchen organising process and something you definitely need to pay attention to. The layout you choose depends on the size of your kitchen, and those L- and U-shaped layouts seem to be the most popular out there because they give you tons of manoeuvring space and enough storage area for all your necessities. However, there’s another reason behind their popularity – the number of appliances that fit into these layouts.

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No matter how big your kitchen is, you’ll be able to incorporate anything you need into it if you pick one of the aforementioned layouts. Stacking your sink, your range, your fridge and your dishwasher next to one another is easy in that situation, but you can also add a built-in oven, one of those fire ducts that clear the air, and a massive freezer as well. In short, whatever you want to create is possible if you pick the right layout and plan ahead.

Fix the Floor

Again, it doesn’t matter if you’re moving into a new kitchen or renovating your old one by a kitchen renovation company, you need to make sure your floors are in top condition. You have lots of different materials to choose from, but, if you’re insisting on functionality, not just any flooring will do. So, look into each option carefully and pick the one that seems to be more durable and practical than the others.

Hardwood, porcelain tiles, stone, and concrete floors are among the most favourite choices out there, and they’ll surely prove to be good enough for you as well. Alternatively, you can go with bamboo, laminate, linoleum, and vinyl, as these choices are still good, but much cheaper and easier to install. In the end, be sure to pick a material that goes well with the colour scheme you have going on in your kitchen because that’s the only way to take its overall design to a new level too.

Turning your kitchen into the most functional part of your home is far from being easy, simple and cheap, and you have to invest a considerable amount of time and money into this process. But, if you’re not afraid to do that, you could end up with the most functional kitchen in the world, and that’s something you can’t put a price on.

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Home, Safe Home Vol.1: How to Child-Proof a Kitchen

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Home, Safe Home Vol.1: How to Child-Proof a Kitchen

Home, Safe Home Vol.1: How to Child-Proof a Kitchen

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Childproofing is essential for keeping kids safe around the house, and we would love to share with you our expert advice on the house renovations you should make to reduce the chance of accidents. Since we are talking about the safety of our little ones, it will take a few articles to get you fully covered on the topic (don’t forget to check our blog for future features).

And today we will be talking about what you can do to childproof a kitchen.

Modern day kitchens are often the hub of the house, places where families gather for a meal, but also to socialize. The rise of the open plan living made kitchen once again the hearthstone of the home, and its importance in our busy-scheduled lives keeps growing. But kitchen can also be a very dangerous space if you put toddlers in the picture. Heat, fire, sharp objects and a whole range of different toxins are just some of the dangers lurking in the kitchen. Many experts believe that babies and toddlers shouldn’t be spending time in the kitchen at any cost and that no amount of childproofing can make it safe.

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Even though this opinion has some solid roots, the truth is that following this advice is simply not achievable in real life. Ask any parent and they will tell you, preparing food for youngsters is one of their most often and definitely most time-consuming daily chores. Having someone on hand to take care of the baby while they are busy preparing food is not a commodity many can afford, which makes childproofing a necessity no one can argue with.

There are numerous things you can do by yourself, such as - making sure all hazardous objects and chemicals are put away, using back burners on the stove, installing safety latches or removing tablecloths and runners from children’s reach. We won’t be talking about these simple, everyday measures today, but rather things that require professional help (or at least a handy pair of hands).

Keep Them Away

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If you absolutely need to bring the baby in the kitchen, make sure to set it in a secure place. Easier said than done! Infants will be safe in car carriers, but toddlers will require some extra effort. Placing them on a high chair or in a playpen might work, at least for some time, but sooner or later it simply won’t be enough.

Safety gates can be of extraordinary help for keeping kids away from the kitchen when all of the previously mentioned fail. However, not all kitchen layouts are created equal. In a traditional kitchen with a single point of access, installing a safety gate might be all you need to keep a wandering toddler away, but in an open-plan layout, things get tricky. One safety gate won’t make much of a difference to such a space and coming up with a plan to block off the kitchen area will require more aggressive measures. You can choose to shut down the access to the kitchen entirely, or just cut it down to a small size that will be easier to guard.

Visually, it can get a bit messy, and it will probably ruin you seamlessly designed kitchen, but remember why you are doing this in a first place. Kids’ safety is the number one priority; design comes later. And after all, they do grow up so quickly! You will have your beautiful kitchen back in no time. Much sooner than you’d wish. And in the meantime, you can always paint them to match the rest of the interior.

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Dutch doors are a more pricey, yet way more stylish alternative to safety gates. However, they will become a permanent resident of your household, so make sure they fit well with the environment. When kids grow older, and there is no need for keeping them away from the kitchen, Dutch doors will still come in handy. They will allow you to vent the kitchen while keeping the dog outside of the room.

Do Your Homework

If you are about to remodel your kitchen to make it more child-friendly, pay attention to the materials you select.

Natural materials like marble and granite might look smashing, but they won’t stay that way for long when little hands start spilling food and juices all around the place. Choose quartz or solid surface instead, and you won’t have to worry about stains on your beautiful new counter.

Also, no matter how sleek and modern stainless steel is, keeping it spotless with the curious hands around will become a mission impossible. Actually, avoid selecting anything too shiny, but somewhat muted, or semi-glossy.

Sturdy, durable materials that are not easy to scratch are always the best choice.

Make sure to avoid any sharp edges whenever possible and pay attention to height levels. Don’t make the kids have to climb to reach everything. Choose your battles wisely and allow them to use the table, not the counter while leaving out of reach what needs to stay there.

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Put Away the Trash Can

A built-in trash can that pulls out from a cabinet is something we highly recommend to every family with young children. Not only will it look clean, but it will also be easy to lock away. If kids can’t see it, it won’t raise that much interest in them to go on a treasure hunt. Kids simply adore to rummage through the garbage, and it is not just gross, but can be very dangerous too.

If you are about to remodel your kitchen to suit the needs of your growing family, give us a call, and we will be happy to help you create a safe environment for raising your children. Just keep in mind that no amount of child-proofing can substitute parental supervision.

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Full Home Remodeling or Room-by-Room Renovations

Full Home Remodeling or Room-by-Room Renovations

It is not uncommon to delay remodels due to excessive obligations. However, we can push these delays too far and quite soon we may end up with a household that requires a more “holistic” approach to renovations. Still, one needs to decide on the most prudent method of approaching such an ambitious project – either as a full home remodeling or room-by-room renovations. 

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The trials of living conditions

Remodeling projects can take a while to finish. Sometimes, they can stretch across two months or more, depending on the efficiency of the contractors and how complex it gets in certain areas. The matter that you need to consider is the logistics of your living conditions during a remodel. If you go with room-by-room renovations, it is feasible to stay at home and continue a somewhat normal living routine. If you decide to go with the full home remodel, you’ll have to stay somewhere else – and this can become a budgetary concern. The most painless way to go through this is to crash at your best friend’s place or relatives. 

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Budgetary concerns – stretch a dollar

In the end, it all comes down to budget. If you have enough cash on you to renovate the entire household, you should most definitely go with this approach. It may actually be cheaper in the long run, especially in large cities like Perth where the price of a working hour appears to be skyrocketing on a year-by-year basis. You should utilize the planning phase to the fullest in order to stretch every dollar as much as you can.

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For your living room facelift, you can totally discard the interior designer and outline the aesthetic composition of your home yourself – after all, the custom “boutique” approach is all the rage now. As soon as you find a renovation contractor, see if they will be eager to consider working with recycled or reused materials, which are of the same quality as new ones, but at half the price.

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When it comes to redoing the kitchen and bathroom plumbing, you’ll have to do thorough research of the professionals that work within the area just to find the most efficient plumber you can afford. Keep in mind that time-efficiency factors translate to reasonable pricing. The last thing you need is a plumber who cannot make heads or tails of your bathroom piping and who will waste dollars-per-hour of your hard-earned money and leave shoddy work behind them.

Future-proof

Room-by-room remodel is the best way to renovate if you are not particularly ambitious about refurbishing and you want to keep the entire process painless. Lifestyle changes required by full-on house remodel, as it has been suggested in the first paragraph, can induce a lot of stress. However, when it comes to future-proofing, full home renovation trumps room-by-room for several reasons.

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First of all, there is a better chance full home remodeling will lend your house a cohesive appearance in one grand sweep, and a better flow can make a lot of difference. This also means that your household will have a more lasting “aesthetic integrity”, not to mention that incorporating universal designs and covering every area will grant you the best “mileage” out of your home before the next remodel is required. Simply speaking, it is more convenient, financially reasonable and forward-thinking.

The type of home makes a difference

Of course, the type of your household may dictate your choices instead of you. For example, if you live in an apartment, getting the approval from neighbors can be an issue, not to mention council approval. You will need to submit a proposal. Sometimes, it is better to go with holistic renovations, as other residents of the building may be fairly unhappy with one noisy remodel after another.

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Budget and timing will dictate your approach to household renovations. Beyond that, your decision depends on what you want to achieve. Do you want to spruce up your home just to feel more comfortable in certain areas, or do you want to “prep” it for a sell? No matter what you decide, the ultimate goal should be the improvement of your own quality of life. Stay flexible on the road to achieving this goal, and you’ll end up happier either way.

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How to do Basement Remodeling as good as a Professional Contractor

How to do Basement Remodeling as good as a Professional Contractor

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A basement is often the most underused and underwhelming part of a home. It can also be damp and rather unattractive if you don’t take good care of it. Luckily, with a few renovations and a clear plan of what you want to make of it – you can turn this room into a useful and even beautiful leisure space.

This isn’t just a renovation project that will keep you occupied for a while and make your home better looking and more comfortable. It will actually make your property more valuable and easier to sell, too.

Cleaning

For most households a basement is basically a storage unit. It’s usually not that clean and well-organized and there are items in there which you thought were lost for years. Before you can start the renovations, you should first clean the basement from top to bottom.

It’s best to sell or donate some of the items you find there. That can help you along with the funding needed for the remodeling, but it’s also an easy way to move stuff out without having to hire a crew to do it.

A budget and a plan

When you have a clean basement to work with, you should start seriously discussing what you plan to do with it. It’s often transformed into a workshop of some kind or into an entertainment room, since it’s well-suited to that purpose. It doesn’t need to be if you have other needs for which the basement would be better suited.

Once you have this clear idea, the renovation budget should be easier to figure out and organize. It’s always a good idea to create a bigger budget than you might think you need. There might be mistakes and there are costs of cleaning and putting finishing touches.

Floors

In most cases, floors are the biggest problem and the biggest thing to do when it comes to remodeling a basement. This is best done by a professional renovation contractor because it’s such an important and specific task. The first part of this is to use a laser level to make sure the floor isn’t slanted and that it’s suitable for everyday use.

There’s often a drainage problem with the flooring and the matter of insulation. All of these are considered to be more difficult part of the project and once they are done you can get onto the more fun and creative things to do.

Lighting

Setting up the lighting for the basement is often a difficult and daunting task. Basements aren’t made to be well lit. There usually isn’t any natural light and you’ll have to do your best to set up the artificial one to be both comfortable and to allow you to use the room for its purpose.

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Ambient lights can’t accomplish this in a small and crowded space, so it’s best to set up a few task lights throughout the room to keep it evenly lit.

Carpets


The best way to describe a well-decorated basement is with the word cozy. There are structural problems with turning a basement into an additional room and most of them appear as problems with heating and air conditioning.

Carpets and drapes are an easy and inexpensive fix for these issues. Before you decide on carpeting, you might think about adding a layer of insulation beneath the floor. The color and texture of the carpets does more than just regulate the heat. It can also make the basement appear more spacious and open if you choose a lighter color.

Remodeling a basement is often a complicated and expensive project. Expert contractors are needed to deal with slanted floors and insulation. Other than that, lighting and decoration will be the biggest and most creative tasks.

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The Basics of Starting a Living Room Remodel

The Basics of Starting a Living Room Remodel

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Every household remodelling project is an exciting opportunity, but the possibility of irreparable mistakes and a large number of decisions you have to make can make the entire venture quite overwhelming. What can you afford? Where to begin? Should you listen to yourself or consult a renovation contractor? These are the questions that can haunt you deep into the night as you tussle in your bed with your eyes wide open, but have no fear – here are the basics of starting a living room remodel.

Plan according to your lifestyle

You probably want a spacious, conveniently arranged living room where you can retreat and relax during a prolonged cool-off session after a frantic day. Is the space about to be used for intimate gatherings or do you want a “parlor” where parties can easily be arranged? Knowing what you want in the simplest possible terms is a good foundation for further planning. It also helps if you are about to invest a lot of money into structural changes in your living room.

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Secure the place before the remodel commences

When it comes to renovations, a lot of messy work necessitates additional levels of safety, both for your house and for the contractors that will do the remodelling. First of all, begin these preparations by removing all of the furniture out of the room that is about to be renovated. If the walls are to be torn down, you should remove all the paintings and paraphernalia from the other side of the wall as well. You don’t want extra furniture expenses now that you have invested in a remodel. 

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It would also be smart to move out for the time being. The point is to avoid inhaling sawdust, paint fumes and other damaging airborne materials. Finally, it would be an idea to hire an accredited electrician to on your home, to ensure everything is done properly. These steps should have you covered. 

Consult the professionals

However, there is only so much you can do as a layman to “secure” everything and everyone involved in the remodelling. The rest is up to the contractors and their experience, the should be quite proficient in all departments. Should you get a chance, consult with them before the project commences. 

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If you have envisioned something for your living room, pulling it off might be unrealistic – but this is something only professionals will know. Therefore, keep an open mind and listen to their advice, but don’t be afraid to push the envelope by asking questions back – probing for an approach to get the most out of what you’ve envisioned. 

Look for cheap hacks

If you are doing a complete living room remodel, you will probably introduce some new furniture elements to the area after the broad strokes are established by the professionals. The bad news is that this means more spending. The good news is that you can look for cheap hacks to make your living room more luxurious than it is. Sleek black elements and framed pop art can easily add the sense of ultra-modern lavishness to your communal space. Make sure the room is always bright and consider adding more greenery to the corners. Rugs, if properly chosen, can also tie your room together in surprising ways. For a deluxe sheen, consider high-pile rugs. 

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If you find the experience too overwhelming, you need to remember one important thing: this is your living room, which means that you are the one who calls all the shots. As questions begin to compile, you should be well aware of the fact that there are no wrong answers but the ones that do not suit your sensibilities. This should help you relax and start making proper decisions for your living room remodel – and beginning is usually the hardest part. 

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Trex Deck Build in North Vancouver

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Trex Deck Build in North Vancouver

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West vancouver Renovation Contractor

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Burnaby Commercial Renovation

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Burnaby Commercial Renovation

Burnaby Commercial Renovation - Heilman Renovations, Roseberry Avenue, Burnaby

Heilman Renovations recently completed this commercial renovation in Burnaby, consisting of remodelling an entire office space and two bathrooms. 

 

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North Vancouver Deck Renovation

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North Vancouver Deck Renovation

North Vancouver Deck Renovation - Heilman Renovations, 8th Street W, North Vancouver

Heilman Renovations recently completed this decking project in North Vancouver, which consisted of removing the old wood deck and replacing it with new tiles. 

 

 

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North Vancouver Bathroom Renovation

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North Vancouver Bathroom Renovation

North Vancouver Bathroom Renovation - Heilman Renovations, Eldon Road, North Vancouver

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North Vancouver Home Renovation

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North Vancouver Home Renovation

North Vancouver Home Renovation - Heilman Renovations, Hendecourt Road, North Vancouver

Heilman Renovations recently completed a full home renovation and remodelling which included renovating one bedroom, one kitchen, three bathrooms, and more.

 

 

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Small Bathroom Design Ideas for Your Next Remodel

Small Bathroom Design Ideas for Your Next Remodel



There are a few things all average homeowners are familiar with: draughty windows, squeaky floors and tiny bathrooms! Even though modern homes almost doubled their bathroom size, old homes are still stuck with the 5-by-8 ones. However, don’t let your lack of space stop you from having a stylish and comfy bathroom. Here are a few small bathroom design ideas to use as inspiration for your next remodel when you hire a bathroom renovation contractor.

Use the paint 

This might seem a bit contradictory, but large-scale patterns look amazing in small bathrooms! So, don’t be scared to grab a paintbrush and slap some wide stripes on the walls. They will not only look extra stylish, but also trick the eye into seeing a larger space! However, try to limit yourself to three colors—anything more than that will make your bathroom feel too busy. Two colors for the walls and one for the accessories is all you need for a clean and smooth space! 

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Eliminate curbs 

If you want to create an illusion of space, try to erase as many boundaries as you can. For instance, you can get a frameless mirror, invest in see-through furniture and build a clear shower enclosure. You can also ditch the curb at your shower to open up the floor space and create one coherent space! Opt for minimal hardware on your shower doors to further eliminate the visual clutter! This minimalist look is super popular, so you’ll be joining a huge trend while giving your small bathroom a much-needed remodel. 

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Opt for the right fixtures 

One of the best ways to maximize the space is to choose wall-hung cabinets and fixtures. Today, there are so many different wall-mounted products on the market and many different styles to choose from. For instance, a stylish wall-hung toilet will show more of the floor and create an illusion of extra square footage. Plus, these fixtures look much more modern and it’s much easier to clean around them! However, if you live at a place that suffers from frequent plumbing issues, make sure to check your piping before you start installing your new fixtures. Luckily, you can always find experts in plumbing who will check for leaks, unblock your drains and conduct any pipe repairs that you require. While you’re conducting renovations, make sure to do them thoroughly and not neglect your plumbing! 

Ditch your old sink

Another unique yet practical fixture every small bathroom needs is a trough sink. They have low profiles and free up a lot of space for foot traffic! Accompany your new sink with a wall-mounted faucet that will not only give your bathroom a modern edge, but also allow for a narrower sink and extra floor space! 

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Boost your lighting 

Another great design trick to improve the look of your bathroom and visually enhance the space is lighting! If you want to boost the square footage of your bathroom, ditch the old-fashioned boob lights and replace them with wall sconces or cove lighting that will up-light your ceiling! You will instantly get an illusion of a more expansive space and higher ceilings. Do you have a narrow bathroom? Illuminate one wall and it will instantly open up the area! 

Choose big tiles 

Sure, small metro tiles are super cute and trendy, but they will not look good in your small bathroom. So, if you want to replace your old tiles, consult with your contractor and opt for larger tiles with thin grout lines! Place them diagonally for extra interest! 

Do you suffer from Small Bathroom Syndrome? These design tips will rid you of your bathroom issues in no time and provide you with style and comfort! 

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Outdoor Living Space Renovation Ideas

Outdoor Living Space Renovation Ideas

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 There are many benefits of outdoor living spaces, from increasing your home’s value to providing you with joy, room for relaxation, and entertainment. However, in order for your backyard to actually be suitable for all those things, it needs to be properly designed. With that in mind, here are some renovation ideas that might help you turn your garden into a perfect living space.  

Create different sections and levels

First things first, in order to renovate different areas of your backyard, you must first define those areas. So, divide your backyard into different sections according to their function. A great way to do that is by creating rooms on different levels. It would provide you with more options, and it would emphasize the boundaries between the areas.

Spice up the lights

Of course, you need to be able to see what you’re doing, but lighting is not just about practicality; it also plays an important role in creating the right atmosphere. It can transform an average-looking living space into a real artwork, and it can also create a sense of intimacy, romance, and warmth. Plus, it doesn’t have to be expensive either – there are many affordable lighting options that are perfect for outdoor areas, like string lights and lanterns. 

Design an outdoor kitchen

You can’t really call it a living space if it doesn’t have a functional kitchen. After all, it’s the heart of every home, so it’s safe to say that an outdoor kitchen would be the heart of your garden as well. Depending on how many people you plan on entertaining, you can choose to create a simpler kitchen, or you can splurge and build a kitchen worthy of a master chef. 

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 Build an outdoor bathroom

Just like you need a kitchen, you also need a bathroom. It’s especially necessary if you have a pool, as you wouldn’t have to wet the floor on your way to the indoor bathroom just to take a shower. Of course, you’d need some privacy in order to use the bathroom, so keep your environment in mind and opt for more natural materials, like bamboo. If you think you could use some help designing a perfect outdoor bathroom, you should consider hiring a professional renovation company and leaving the more complicated tasks to them.   

Cover it up

Since you are building an outdoor living space, you need to think about the rain and the sun too. When it comes to cover options, pergolas have become very popular, and it’s not hard to see why. They are very versatile, which means that they can match any décor style, and you can also combine them with other types of covers. For instance, beautiful commercial shade sails would go well with a pergola, as they would provide you with shade, style, and privacy. 

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Create a focal point

If you want your outdoor living space to look stylish and modern, consider creating focal points. They would make your garden look more organized and balanced, and they would definitely increase the sense of style. There are many different ways to create a focal point. For instance, you could install a calming waterfall, or you could build an outdoor fire pit. After all, is there a better way to spend an evening than by gathering around the fire in the evening while roasting marshmallows and telling stories? 

Add some color

As relaxing as outdoor living spaces can be, sometimes, they can also become overwhelmed by the earthy colors. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, if that’s the theme you’re aiming for. On the other hand, if you want something a bit more “indoor-like”, add some soft pillows in different patterns and textures, and plant flowers in colors that match the chosen accessories. It would increase the feeling of modernity, and it would make the space feel cozier. 

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Instead of dreaming about going on a relaxing vacation, why not turn your own garden into a paradise? This way, you’d be able to enjoy all the comforts of a modern lifestyle while being surrounded by peaceful nature and fresh air. 

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Renovations Rescue Small Kitchens

Renovations Rescue Small Kitchens

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Some of us are just not that lucky to have a large, airy kitchen, but does that mean we should despair? Of course not! Although we have to be realistic and accept that there are certain limitations imposed on us, we can still see them as challenges that need to be overcome. So, if you’ve just moved to a place with a “space-challenged” kitchen or you’ve had enough of spending time in a claustrophobic environment, you need to know that there is an answer to your problem and it’s relatively straightforward – renovation.

Focus on the positives

A smaller kitchen might mean that you gain more space elsewhere. Even if that’s not the case, you should know that the smaller the kitchen, the less expensive it is to remodel and furnish. So, if you’ve decided to do something about making the most of the limited space available, make sure you approach the project in the right mindset.

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Provide as much light as possible

We all know that confined spaces don’t benefit from darkness, which is why you need to avoid dark colours and opt for bright ones, which will add a touch of space, since they reflect a lot of light. This refers to all elements, from walls and floor tiles to cupboards.

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It’s for preparing food

Forget about having a multifunctional space where you can prepare and eat food, entertain guests, have the kids do their homework etc. A small kitchen should focus on its main purpose and that is preparing food. The design should make it possible for you to use it for this role and cater to other needs only if it’s not too inconvenient.

Rethink the sizes

It may not be wise to stick to a 12-foot-long counter-sink combo if your kitchen is tiny. Instead, try to use the corner, for example, to store your appliances or ingredients you need often, while sequestering the sink in its own area. Remember that you don’t have much room to waste.

Consider the cost of repositioning appliances

While you’re remodelling your kitchen, you may need to move some appliances around. That can be a problem, since you might need your remodeller to move the installations as well. Whatever you do, make sure you safely connect gas, since you don’t want to risk any leakage.

Waste no space

Probably the biggest problem with kitchens with limited space is storage. We all know how important it is to have all the pots, ingredients and utensils at hand when preparing food, so we need to make space for them in the kitchen. One of the ideas is to install narrow filler cabinets with sliders, where all those smaller items can be kept. Also, consider making pantry cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling. It may not be the most pleasing sight, but practicality and functionality have to take precedence.

Tiles

No matter how much you may like small tiles, they make any space look even smaller and more cramped. That’s why you should go for larger ones, which make the kitchen larger and airier. The only exception might be galley kitchens, which may look too odd because of their narrow centre floor.

As you can see, there is a lot to be gained from a kitchen renovation, provided you do it properly with a kitchen renovation company. With so many ideas shared online, you really shouldn’t have problems finding inspiration for your project, though your budget may impose strong limitations. However, since everyone needs a functional kitchen, regardless of its size, there is no reason why you shouldn’t explore the option of making the most of the space available.

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5 Reasons to Renovate Your Home

5 Reasons to Renovate Your Home

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No matter how spacious and new your home is, it could certainly use an update or two every once in a while. However, most of the changes people generally want to introduce are expensive and time consuming, and not really worth the investment in the long run. That’s why you need to focus on ideas that are frugal and efficient because these things make the biggest impression on your guests and make your life much easier. If you’re still unsure which projects to pick, here are five ideas that might help you.

Repaint everything

People are usually afraid of change, but that’s just because they don’t realize what a simple paint job can do to your home. Just pick a nice soothing color for your walls and learn some of the basic painting techniques, and you’ll have a brand new home in a matter of hours. You can also repaint your cabinets, bookcases, window frames and even your front door, thus creating a really significant change every member of your family is going to enjoy.

Reuse and recycle

Using old furniture instead of new one and giving it a brand new purpose is the best way to save a ton of money while furnishing your home. You can reupholster old chairs and sofas, turn an old table into a desk for your home office, and use the wood from your old doors to create some new countertops. Also, don’t be afraid to buy things on a yard sale or at a flea market, and then simply fix them up a bit – these are two amazing ways to get new furniture that’s both cheap and durable, so give this idea a thought as well.

Spice up your deck

Living in a house with a backyard and a deck is much better than being stuck in a tiny apartment with no outdoor space at all. However, even the best of decks require some attention, and you should maintain them properly if you want to be able to use them in the years to come as well. Depending on the size of your deck, consider using heavy-duty adjustable pedestals, for example, as these will provide your deck with all the support it needs, and turn it into the focal point of your entire backyard.

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Find the right contractor

As you can see, you can do some of these things on your own and save a lot of money that way, but other projects are just out of your league. You shouldn’t mess with more complicated renovations because about a million things can go wrong in a matter of seconds, so finding the right renovation contractor and trusting them to renovate your home is the way to go. Talk to your friends who have recently had their home renovated and you’ll find the right person for the job easier than you think.

Fix your bathroom

Bathrooms are usually the smallest spaces in our homes, and people generally don’t consider them when thinking about renovating their homes. However, this is the worst decision they could make because renovating a bathroom can be rather easy and affordable, and it will do wonders for the atmosphere in your home. Some of the things you could do include laying new tiles, updating fixtures, adding a few eco-friendly upgrades and purchasing second-hand material that’s just as good as new one, but much cheaper. This way, your bathroom is going to become the nicest space in your home and your personal oasis where you can relax after a long day at the office.

There are lots of ways to renovate your home on a budget, and even more reasons why you should do so as soon as possible – your home might not be as new as it once was, you might be thinking about selling it, or, in the end, you might just want to create a nicer and more comfortable living space for all members of your family.

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