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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

Trex Deck Builder in North Vancouver

North Vancouver Deck Builder

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West vancouver Renovation Contractor

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West vancouver Renovation Contractor

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

Heilman Renovations completed…

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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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Rethinking Your Bathroom Renovation on a Budget

Rethinking Your Bathroom Renovation on a Budget

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A bathroom needs to be synonymous with hygiene. While the very idea can be seen in some design choices overall, different people ascribe different meanings to the concept of hygiene and cleanliness – which means that you have as many bathroom designs as there are mindsets. Therefore, you can remodel with a professional bathroom renovation contractor or here’s what you need to do if you are rethinking your bathroom renovation on a budget.

DIY Painting

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Painting is the most ubiquitous and easiest part of any remodel. No matter what sort of a project you have organized for your bathroom, something will always need a fresh coat of paint. When one considers that it doesn’t require a lot of skill to execute this task, and that the logistics of it are not all that sophisticated, it becomes easy to argue that approaching painting as a DIY project can save you a lot of money and provide the same results as if the professional did it in your stead. Unless you have never painted anything before, you would be right to assume so.

Rethink your counter tops

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Counter tops are usually very expensive, especially if you are going for more expensive stones such as marble or granite. As an investment, they can be quite unreasonably priced and you’d spend on them just as much as you would otherwise spend on kitchen counters.  Stained slabs with imperfections will cost less and they can look rather interesting as a part of the whole new stylistic approach. Still, you can avoid bathroom sink counters altogether by simply purchasing a new, freestanding sink – which is a popular option anyway. If countertops are in keeping with the stylistic broad strokes of your bathroom, you can simply accommodate your bathroom with a “dresser sink”, which can be found in most retail stores.

Kill two flies with one blow

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Bathroom remodels usually involve a certain degree of wall smashing. Tearing down the wall tiling will probably leave the piping and electrical grid exposed for a while. You can use this opportunity to kill two flies with one blow and invite reliable professionals for bathroom leaks to check out if your piping integrity needs some sprucing up. You will probably have a convenient time window on your hands before the new tiling is placed on the wall, which gives you an ample opportunity to have the pipes checked out. This increases their durability and the overall safety of your bathroom for years to come.

But limit the tiling

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Even though tiling tends to be an integral part of most bathroom designs, a tradition which caught on due to them looking hygienic and being resistant to humidity, they can also cost you a pretty penny. The price can especially turn steep if you hire a professional contractor who will work on every aspect of the project. While it is usually inescapable to do some tiling, predominantly the floor, you can also opt to do something else with the walls. For example, you can purchase different types of vibrant and interesting water-resistant wallpapers and apply them to the blank parts of the wall where you decide not to apply the new tiles. This is a good way to add a modern, refreshing look to your bathroom that can break monotony and save you a lot of money.

Fixture update comes last

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After you have dealt with “broad strokes” of your bathroom renovation, you can redo and update your fixtures. These do not only include light fixtures but also towel racks, toilet paper holders, sink faucets, drawer pulls, etc. All in all, it is not a significant investment, yet it goes a long way when it comes to appearances. It is also a good opportunity to create a consistency of design by purchasing a collection of holders that are made from the same or very similar material. If you go to the closest retailer and purchase a whole package of diverse fixtures, you are bound to find them at a good deal. 

Bathroom remodeling is not a trite project and it is bound to eat up your precious time and money. Furthermore, you will probably have to sacrifice living conditions, at least to an extent, during the project so it is not exactly an upgrade that should come as a light decision. You will have to think the minutiae through, not to mention the careful planning of the budget dedicated to the materials and professional hands. 

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Kitchen & Bath Reno Ideas that Have the Potential to Go Big

Kitchen & Bath Reno Ideas that Have the Potential to Go Big

At the beginning of every year, design experts predict some trends that they expect to rule the next twelve months. Many of these replace with new fashions, but a few come with a staying power to dominate the home decoration scene a couple of years. Let’s take a look at some current design trends that we will possibly be seeing in the future too.  

Dark Window Trims

So far, we’ve seen the trims in either white or other soft shades. However, dark tones, especially black and deep brown, are the perfect choice to accent big windows and doors. Such a bold move is destined to draw the eye and take the attention from the ugly spots of a room. The black trim will make the windows and doors pop and give the place a refreshing look. Moreover, a renovation contractor can use with any style – modern, farmhouse, traditional, Tudor, etc. 

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Simple Lines with Dynamic Details

Thoughtful simplification is something the current homeowners have welcomed with open arms. Flat-paneled furniture void of any rich details is highly favored and is expected to retain the popularity in the upcoming years. Think of flat-front kitchen cabinets and low-key appliances offset by statement trimming, graphic textiles, or eclectic tiling. 

Such an atmosphere will feel welcoming to anyone. Besides, the lack of ornate moldings makes it easier to clean and wipe. Such furnishings in their minimalist form also fit well with modern interiors. Trying to find cheap house renovations ideas? Check out ideas shared by Model Home Makeover.  

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Wainscoting in Bathrooms

Painted wood panel wainscoting has been gaining momentum, and it is likely to enjoy the newfound love for years to come. The architectural feature is a terrific way to boost the visual interest of a room whether you choose the medium to be wood panels or MDF boards with crown moldings. You can pair it up with plenty of design elements – wallpaper, mural, artwork, or some accessories. Painting it with a lovely hue will further help the beautiful feature to stand on its own. 

In addition, wainscoting is also making its place in other rooms of the home. Nowadays, you may find it in anywhere of a modern residence – from the bedroom to family room or the kitchen to the entrance. 

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Satin Brass Fixtures

The brass finish on metal items has made a comeback recently. Home designers adore it for the burnished golden tones that give the feeling of luxury without the high price tag. However, the more muted and warmer tones such as the satin and brushed brass are getting all the love in recent times because of their transitional quality. 

You can throw the fixtures and faucets with a satin brass polish into the mix of various colors and finishes for a more eclectic look. They create a sultry, irresistible style when juxtaposed with a combination of dark and neutral colors. 

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Tiled Walls in Bathrooms and Kitchens

The typical below the cabinets and above-the-countertop backsplash built with tiles are still popular, but the homeowners these days like to be dramatic with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling tile coverage. 

The tiles have tremendous potential because of their ability to fit in various design schemes. You can use them for creating a feature wall, a focal point, or as an element that ties all the items in a room together and gives a cohesive look. They are likely to have a bigger presence in small and medium-sized kitchens and bathrooms. The 3D tiles are another good option for creating a spectacular effect, especially in the bathrooms. They can create the illusion of movement and uplift a place with whimsical quality. 

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People are eco-conscious more than ever and are willing to lead a life without being hostile to nature. So, the sustainable lifestyle will gain more followers in the future. Many homeowners now use energy-efficient light sources, refurbished furniture, and recycled materials to put less burden on the environments and natural resources. The urge of going green is likely to become a massive movement in the coming years, and we’ll see more and more homes embracing the sustainable design and decoration. 

 

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Things to Consider when Planning a Home Renovation

Things to Consider when Planning a Home Renovation

Taking a leap and diving into the renovation of your home is quite an endeavour. It takes a lot of money and planning, as well as good organization. However, we tend to get carried away and let the whole situation get out of our hands. Once you decide to renovate one part of your home, it could go on forever. If you only want to paint the living room, you might start thinking about the kitchen, too. Once the kitchen walls are done, you may realize the furniture is old and ugly or you need a new stove, oven or sink. As long as you’re thinking about sinks, you start reconsidering your bathroom and find many flaws you’d like to repair there, too. This can go on forever. That is why planning is key and we’re here to help.

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Have enough money

Before you start remodelling, make sure you’ve prepared enough money to cover not only the essentials, but some unexpected expenses, as well. You should hope for the best, but still be prepared for the worst, or at least a bit worse than expected. There could be some broken tiles, so you’d have to buy more. Alternatively, the furniture you wanted is out of stock and you need to buy a slightly more expensive set. Not to mention the possibility of your renovation contractor being on holiday or unavailable so you’d need another one. These are all unpredicted expenses, but you should have a backup budget in that case.

Find the right contractor

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When it comes to trusting someone with your home, it can be very tricky. It’s always a risk unless you know and trust someone already. However, most of us don’t have a trusted person or company that provide such services and we often find ourselves in a pickle when it’s time to find them. This is the time to use all your resources such as your friends and contacts, as well as the internet to find a plumber with good recommendations. 

Start on time

Another important notion is to start on time. That means to have the season and weather conditions in mind when you start renovating your house. Give your wall paint an opportunity to dry as fast as possible, which is during the summer or spring. Also, if you’re doing a full renovation of your shed, for instance, do it when you least need it and make sure it’s finished on time before you need to use it again on a regular basis. 

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Be prepared

Being prepared is key to any successful endeavour. For example, if you need to renovate your bath tub or shower, know that it won’t be functional until the end of the process. That is why you need to know how long the renovation is going to last, as well as make arrangements regarding where you will be showering in the meantime. Also, do your best to make it easier for yourself and the workers and do anything you can in advance.

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To sum up, the most important thing about renovation is good organization and a rational mind. Always be aware of your financials and the ongoing expenses, as well as the time. Keep track of whether or not things are happening according to the plan or you need to make some alterations. Anyways, the more in control you are, the better.

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5 Things to Do When Planning a House Renovation

5 Things to Do When Planning a House Renovation

Doing a house renovation is a process that is bound to occur at least once in the life of every single homeowner. You can do so in order to improve your living conditions, increase the value of your asset or, at very least, improve the functionality of your place. Still, this is also a project that requires great involvement on your side. You have to invest time, resources and effort, not just in the active work but also in terms of organization and management. This task, however, starts long before the work. So, here are five things you need to do when planning a house renovation.

1. Know the purpose of the remodel

In the introduction, we talked about boosting your home’s value and the improvement of its functionality. Well, these two things are not one and the same. Fixing the roof or replacing windows with double-glazing ones is a smart investment for a home you intend to stay in. However, it doesn’t yield a great home resale value. In other words, you need to know the purpose of the remodel in order to know which remodeling project is a bad investment.

2. Find good help and visit the site often

Once you get in touch with the remodeller you find qualified, you need to do some research in order to see what kind of reputation they hold in the industry. Even the best experts are known to slip up from time to time, which means that your work doesn’t end once you make an arrangement. In fact, you should visit the site as frequently as possible in order to ensure that everything’s going according to plan.

3. Inspect your home

While renovating your home, you need to improve some of the systemic flaws in your plumbing and your electrical grid. Regardless of your ambitions, get a skilled local expert to do some examination. For instance, once you talk to a renovation contractor about your home, you might also want to consult a skilled electrician to do an inspection of their own. For a bathroom remodel, it’s vital you get in touch with a plumber of great renown.

4. Make a temporary camp

Another thing you need to understand is that the project itself may not allow you to stay in your current quarters, which is why you may have to move. Staying with friends and family is a lucrative option. However, it’s easy to overstay your welcome, should there be any unforeseen delays. The best course of action would be to rent a place for the duration of the renovation, yet, this is also something you need to add to the list of your expenses.

5. Open communication and thorough contract

In order to get the end result you need, you need to clearly state your intentions both before and after the renovation. State your intentions from the start and put them on paper in writing. Just watch out for the terminology and fine print, seeing as how any ambiguity usually gets interpreted in favor of the party that didn’t compose the contract. 

Conclusion

At the end of the day, you need to understand that the value you get out of this remodeling project doesn’t have to be financial or that easy to quantify. Some improvements have a personal value or may change the way in which you use your living space altogether. A construction of a personal office may give you a chance to earn from home, while the same can be achieved by remodeling a part of the house you intend to rent out. Either way, you need to learn how to see a bigger picture.

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RENOVATING YOUR KITCHEN? 7 IDEAS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER

RENOVATING YOUR KITCHEN? 7 IDEAS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER

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Regardless of the size of a family, a kitchen is undoubtedly the most important space of the house. This is where food, drink, and spontaneous conversations happen. A kitchen needs to be compact and yet offer all the flexibility required to work in. For this, it needs to be functional space as well as look neat.

There are several possibilities when it comes to kitchen remodeling options. You could work with the space you have and add more functionality to it, or it could be a change of looks. If you’re looking for ideas to spruce up your kitchen, then we’ve got quite a few of them for you!

7 Kitchen Renovation Ideas To Share

We’ve collected different kitchen renovation ideas, some big others small, which can help inspire you to better kitchen renovation ideas. These ideas help you get the most out of your culinary space and will definitely add to the oomph factor in your house.

1. Theme It Light

Dark is out, and light is in – contrary to earlier trends, kitchen spaces are a lot lighter themed these days. This helps maintain a feeling of airiness and space throughout. People suggest woody hues to go with muted or pastel shades which makes your kitchen feel a lot more warm and open. Cabinets and countertops ideally should be a different color compared to the walls to give your kitchen more variety.

2. Splurge On The Backsplash

When it comes to adding style and an element of chicness, you really can’t go wrong with splurging on the backsplash. And it makes sense too because it’s a small area and you don’t really need to break the bank to break up the monotony of plain walls. There are several design elements that you can incorporate to elevate the style factor of your backsplash – upcycled bricks, patterned tiles or even a trendy, solid slab can make a huge difference.

3. Floor It

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Changing the flooring is a fantastic way to get a whole new look for the kitchen. Choosing something that goes well with the rest of the house or using it as the basis for a new kitchen theme – both work wonders. When it comes to selecting kitchen flooring, you have to make sure that the material is both water and humidity resistant. Something that will always look trendy is hardwood flooring. You can choose any color and pattern you want. They are functional and look great with all sizes of kitchens and decors.

4. Lighting it up

Lighting is a critical part of every kitchen space. You need to make sure that you’re layering your lighting and not just put the same lights around and be done with it. Recessed lighting that is not too bright adds ambiance to your kitchen. Couple them with spotlights in places where visibility is required like your kitchen island or under cabinets. If your kitchen is big enough, you could also add decorative lighting like pendant lights or even a chandelier.

5. Sink the upgrade

When it comes to upgrading the functionality of the kitchen, the sink and faucet are things that are central to everything in the space. There are several you can choose from but make sure that you get both of them at the same time so you can match the hole configuration. Your choices range from simple single-hole faucets to more functional wall-mounted faucets.

6. Better furniture

Kitchen furniture is usually underplayed, but we think you can add personality to your kitchen when you opt for more stylish furniture. If you have space in your kitchen, you could opt for a kitchen cart where you can store your most used dishes, oil, or seasonings. Barstools on high kitchen islands add a bit of pizazz to the setup.

7. Revamp cabinets

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Proper cabinet placement makes kitchens work. If you think your cabinets are too far high or deep to reach comfortably, you might want to look at a makeover. Incorporating Lazy Susans or pull-out organizers (if you don’t have them already) can increase your kitchen’s ability to be functional. Kitchen specialists can help sort out more options for you to consider.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are a lot of options when you need to increase the style and functionality of your kitchen. People use different materials to furnish their kitchen or even totally renovate it. Hardwood is a great alternative which is durable, wallet-friendly and free from maintenance. If you’re thinking of getting the entire kitchen done up with wood, you could take a look at Hamill Creek's selection of timber floor plans to get an idea of how you could add a modern yet warm touch to your space.

Not all kitchen renovations are expensive, a lot of them are effective but can work for frugal budgets as well. Considering the fact that kitchen renovations add so much more to the home, it’s quite alright to spend a bit once a while!

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Office Renovation Design Tricks for a Highly Productive Workspace

Office Renovation Design Tricks for a Highly Productive Workspace

We all spend a lot of time at our workplace, so it’s not surprising that office renovation design has become an important topic in the business world. After all, it has been shown that it can influence our mood and have a huge impact on our productivity and readiness to give our 100%. Having this in mind, we’ve prepared a list of several amazing tricks for creating a highly productive workspace. Feel free to take a look at them and come up with even more innovative ideas. 

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Choose the right colour palette

First things first, when designing for an office renovation, one must put a lot of thought into choosing the right nuances for the walls. This is essential since colours can greatly affect workers’ mood and productivity. For instance, if you want for you and your colleagues to feel relaxed and be able to start each day with enthusiasm, you should opt for some neutral tones like white, classic grey or beige. On the other hand, if you’re feeling that you could use more positive energy around the office, bolder shades like tangerine and lemon yellow will definitely spark your imagination and inspire your creative side as well. Of course, these vivid colours are better introduced by incorporating smaller details since you don’t want your workspace to look overcrowded and incoherent.

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Opt for the most adequate floor plan  

Before you start dealing with certain details of your workspace design, you should decide on the best floor plan for your office. The main dilemma here is whether to opt for an open floor one which promotes collaboration, or to stick to traditional secluded booths that provide workers with more privacy. Even though both options have certain advantages and disadvantages regarding their impact on workers’ productivity, we believe that the combination of these two styles would be the best. 

After all, while it is great for your employees to be close to each other, they should also have a quiet place where they can work individually. Furthermore, in order to have this project completed in a timely manner, you should make sure to hire an experienced renovation company. On top of that, opting for the practical prefabricated steel frame solutions will accelerate the renovation works and allow you to move in your brand new office in no time.

 Invest in quality lighting options

 Spending time in a poorly-lit room can leave serious consequences on one’s mood and make them feel absolutely depressed and devoid of any motivation. So, if you want to avoid this kind of feelings from occurring in your office, remember to install some quality lighting fixtures. For instance, LEDs have gained in popularity immensely due to their energy-efficient quality, as well as the natural atmosphere they help create. Not only, will they provide your workers with a boost of energy, but they will help you save significantly on your energy bills as well.

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However, aside from seeing to it that your workspace is well-lit, you must let enough sunshine in as well. As you probably already know, natural light has proven to be extremely beneficial to both our mental and physical health. Therefore, when hiring a renovation company to redesign your office, talk to them about opening a few more windows and other possible solutions for boosting employees’ access to daylight.

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Give minimalism a try

Last but not least, nothing can suffocate a person’s creativity easier than an overcrowded and messy place. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance to keep your workspace neatly organised and de-cluttered. Having this in mind, it’s not surprising that minimalism has become a true craze among office designers. What it offers is elegancy and sophistication which is not overburdened with too many details. So, instead of stuffing your office with too many furniture pieces and accessories, you should try to keep it simple and choose just a few focal elements.

As you can see, designing a workspace that is employee-friendly doesn’t have to be a difficult task. You just need to get rid of everything that can possibly hinder your workers’ productivity and focus on choosing the design solutions that have been shown to boost one’s creativity and readiness to give their best. Good luck with the project!

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Green Bathroom Remodel: The Essentials

Green Bathroom Remodel: The Essentials

With any kind of bathroom renovation, the key is to remove all the potential problem spots and bumps in the road in advance. Careful planning is nowhere as important as it is in incorporating eco-friendly and energy-efficient bathroom elements in your remodelling project. A detailed strategy will help you stay in focus and complete a green bathroom that will save your and the planet’s resources, while ensuring that you finish the remodel on the schedule.  

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Timing is everything

The more ideas and design concepts you accumulate beforehand, the more quickly and cost-effectively you can execute and implement them. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing an item you want and not being able to order it from supplier who is out of stock. So, make sure you move fast and purchase the materials and fixtures on time. Even if it’s just a picture of a colour scheme, the shape of a tub or shower, or even an overall feel of the bathroom, save it so you can show it to your designer, North Vancouver Bathroom Contractor, sales person, etc. 

Set up the budget

You need to ensure you have a realistic budget for the project. Professional remodels will start at $20,000 and if you do it yourself, the top cost shouldn’t be above $10,000. Bear in mind that the majority of the budget accounts for labour costs, but even if you decide to DIY, you need to calculate the time you need to spend off your profession. Another big chunk of the budget goes to the actual materials used. 

Consider green fixtures

Today’s market is brimming with green innovations; however, for you to tell the gimmicks from truly energy- and water-efficient products, best stick to proven designs which are constantly improving. Inexpensive and easy to mount, low-flow shower heads can restrict water flow to 5-7 litres per minute, cutting water consumption by 50-70%. Definitely the most cost-effective option long term, a modern hot water system produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electric hot water systems, and often has lower usage rates than electric boilers. 

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Eco-friendly materials

Although they will compensate their cost through the savings they provide, keep in mind that many green materials are more expensive at the front end than regular ones, and some of them need to be ordered specially. On the other hand, virtually every bathroom item nowadays is available in an eco-friendly, more sustainable version. 

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Renewable bamboo

A champion of green choices, bamboo is noteworthy for its fast growth and renewable properties, as well as for its number of uses. It can be used for stunning bathroom-friendly wood flooring which won’t mind an occasional splash, as well as area rugs and bath mats made out of woven bamboo fibres. The versatility of bamboo doesn’t end here, as it’s equally popular for window treatments, blinds and shades, as it is for treated countertops and vessel sinks. 

Lay out the timeline

While you’re shopping for items and ideas, look into the calendar and estimate the best time to complete the renovation. Depending on the scope of remodelling, whether you have all the materials or not, a bathroom remodel can take from a long weekend, to a couple of weeks for complete overhauls with several teams of contractors working at the same time. Whichever category you fall into, it’s important to plan the renovation during a time you’ll be at home and able to oversee the project from beginning to end. 

An eco-friendly bathroom is one that reduces emissions, conserves water and energy and incorporates sustainable and recyclable materials for its fixtures and furnishing. However, it is also the place where the idea of living green is alive, so don’t forget to add actual greenery to your new space. 

 

 

 

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