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Tips for a Smooth and Successful Home Renovation

Tips for a Smooth and Successful Home Renovation

Joe Heilman from Heilman Renovations

Joe Heilman from Heilman Renovations

Home renovations are a complex process and it requires a lot of hard work. However, if you make a good plan, find a professional renovation contractor and stay patient, we promise you that it will be a piece of cake. In order to help you out with this, we’ve prepared a list of the top useful tips for a smooth and successful home remodelling. Let’s take a look and get inspired. 

Establish effective communication with your remodeler

First things first, it’s essential that you and your remodeler are capable of communicating effectively so that you avoid any misunderstandings. In other words, you should make sure that your remodeler listens to your requirements, answers your questions honestly and replies to your phone calls without any significant delays. All this may seem like going into too much detail, but don’t forget that the base for any successful project is effective two-way communication. 

Set your budget before the works begin

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Another crucial condition for managing a successful home renovation is that you set your budget before the construction works begin. This way, you’ll know how much money you’re allowed to invest and thus avoid going bankrupt in the middle of the process. However, don’t forget that many unforeseen expenses can occur, so it’s always advisable to add 10 to 15% to the budget that you initially calculated. Finally, if you don’t find yourself capable of doing all of this on your own, don’t shy away from contacting a professional who can make precise estimations and make your life much easier.

Sign only a well-written contract

Don’t even think about signing a poorly-written contract in which it’s not apparent what the price of the services will include exactly. You should make sure that your contract consists of the following elements: the payment schedule, the prices, a timetable, all the necessary specifications for the materials, permits and insurance information, etc. Furthermore, don’t forget that once the tiles and walls are renovated and the whole project is done, a lot of mess will be left behind, but cleaning may not necessarily be included in the contract. Therefore, make sure to think in advance and hire professional tile cleaners after the renovation. Owing to them, your home will look sparkling clean and ready for you to move in immediately.

Be flexible

Even though we would always advise you to ask your contractor to give you the exact date of when the works will be done, you should keep in mind that they won’t always be able to stick to their promise. After all, many unexpected issues can occur, like delayed shipment of the materials, which can make them postpone construction works a bit. However, you must stay calm and be patient since it’s much better to wait a few more days or even weeks than to end up with a poorly remodelled home just because you were rushing the whole team of workers.

Create enough space

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Finally, don’t even think about starting the remodelling process without making enough space so that the workers can do their job without having to take care of your furniture and similar items. For example, you can either move all your things to the part of the house you’re not renovating, or ask your neighbours to occupy their basement for a short time. Additionally, you should also think about renting a temporary storage space so that you avoid bothering anybody and make sure that your possessions will be kept safe until the renovation is done.

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As you can see, there are some quite useful tips for successful renovation which you should definitely take into consideration. First of all, you must make sure to gather a trustworthy team including a remodeler who will listen to your questions, respect your wishes and be able to give you some useful advice. On top of that, don’t forget to calculate your budget and check your agreement down to the tiniest detail before signing it. Of course, if you feel that you need any help during this project, don’t shy away from contacting experienced professionals who will make sure that everything goes smoothly. 

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North Vancouver Bathroom Renovations/Chesterfield

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North Vancouver Bathroom Renovations/Chesterfield

North Vancouver Bathroom Renovations - Heilman Renovations, Chesterfield Avenue North Vancouver

Heilman Renovations completed this North Vancouver bathroom renovation with a shower replacement in this master ensuite bathroom including Schluter waterproofing and tiling.

 

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Interior Remodeling: Learn to Balance Your Renovation Budget Like a Pro

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Interior Remodeling: Learn to Balance Your Renovation Budget Like a Pro

Interior Remodeling: Learn to Balance Your Renovation Budget Like a Pro

 

Almost every household has a part that could use a major revamp. On the other hand, financing a renovation might look like an invasion on one’s savings. So, one often tends to procrastinate the project until water drops from a leaking ceiling woke one up few mornings in a row.

Jokes aside, remodelling is always going to affect your budget - no one can deny that. However, knowing how to manage finances like a pro will play a huge part. The balance is everything: if you splurge here, you need to save there.

While creating a renovation spending plan is a very personal endeavour, getting a big picture perspective from contractors can certainly help. Here’s what experts have to say on when it is better to keep your hands in pockets and when you should feel free to treat yourself.

 


 

Let’s Cover Kitchen  

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The appliances you choose for your household have an enormous job, and the cost of operating them is significant. We are not exaggerating when we say that they are the most important features in your kitchen. In order to save some bucks in the long run, it is crucial to invest in quality, energy-saving devices whenever your budget allows. However, if you need to balance your finances, an excellent solution is to prioritise energy efficiency in appliances that are on all day long (fridges, for example).

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High-caliber drawer and hinge hardware are also worth the extra cash, especially if they carry a lifetime warranty (some hardware brands do). After all, they should stand up to use and abuse on a daily basis. Plus, if hardware looks cheap or dated, the entire place can get a similar vibe. When acquiring for a drawer hardware, aim for the greatest load capacity you can afford. Mark our words - you will thank yourself later.

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Furthermore, countertops should be made of quality material that is easy to clean, carries a good warranty, and is water, heat and stain resistant. Oh, and they deserve to be gorgeous since they are highly visible. Nothing beats a quality stone countertop, so engineered stone and natural granite are quite satisfying options.

 

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Kitchen cabinet handles do not have to carry a big price tag in favour of looking stylish and being of a decent quality. Also, stainless steel is not necessary, unless corrosion is an issue in your area. Zinc aluminium alloy is a much more cost-effective material and can be finished in various ways. Custom cabinets are a perfect choice if you can afford them, but there is no logical reason to go crazy here. They consume more than 75% of your kitchen space, and that is, ladies and gentlemen, saving potential too high to be ignored.

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There is no need for blowing your cash stash on the fronts of new kitchen cabinets either. The most important thing with the cabinets is to ensure that both, cabinet internals and doors are hard-wearing and will defy the marching years. You can later change the cupboard door fronts whenever you desire and can afford it.

Similar, quality and classy tiles can be found on a budget. If you want to add up some luxury, you can use expensive ones in a small area.

 

 

What About Bathroom?

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Do not tighten your belt on bathroom cabinets. On a scale of good, better and the best, choose better option at least. You will be opening those drawers and doors all right, and if they are made of low-cost particle board, they will not last in wet surroundings.

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Once again, countertops can truly make a statement. But these surfaces can genuinely cost you much. So decide whether this will be a focal point of your bathroom. If the answer is yes, splurge on the material here.

Heated floors are becoming more and more popular, and they are a smart solution for a bathroom that has no other heat source. The chances are that you will not regret investing in in-floor heating system.

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Now, ventilation might not be a fancy topic, but it definitely is a necessary one. Namely, when poorly done it has a domino effect. It can cause pervasive mould or mildew all over the place. Today's ventilation fans are quiet, powerful, and efficient. There are quality options out there, and it is essential that you install one. That way you can keep calm knowing that you have made an excellent decision.

 

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Yes, the floor in your bathroom must stand up to water and humidity, while being low-maintenance and slip resistant. Yes, your bathroom flooring is exposed to water daily, and over time it can cause mould and long-term damage. And yes, you could go with expensive bathroom flooring styles and materials. However, this is often not recommended for ROI related reasons. In the majority of cases, porcelain or ceramic tiles in a standard layout are the best bet. These materials are economical, practical and they will not be damaged by water if it comes to a leak.

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Like with kitchen, it is possible to achieve a fun, eye-catching tile design in your bathroom on at a bargain price. Ceramic or porcelain tiles are decent competitors to their pricier alternates, like marble or limestone. It is similar with vanities and tubs too. You can find affordable yet chic models nowadays. When you are not in a situation to splurge - acrylic and fibreglass ones will serve you well.

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Changing plumbing lines can cost you a lot. When planning renovation project, shape the new design around the area where plumbing lines already are. This is a cost-effective approach since you will not have to devalue your bathroom.



 

Living Room and Bedroom, Anyone?

 

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One word, four letters - sofa. A sofa is a workhorse of your living room. Quality often does not come cheap with this and the chances are that you will have to give more money on a good couch. Otherwise, prepare for replacing it in a few years. Fabulous sofa is fantastic, but what lies inside matters the most. Search for the one with quality fabric and foam that holds its shape.

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Equivalently, a bed is the first thing you see when walking into a bedroom, and the bedding you choose sets the pace for the entire space. So, these two are worth splurging on if they will suit your style and be of a high-calibre. While we are here, let us not forget mattress. Out of all the pieces in your home, this one is probably the most splurge-worthy. After all, mattress plays a significant role in your physical comfort, sleep quality and therefore your health and well-being.

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Unlike small ones, large area rugs need to be of a good quality, and that usually means a bit of a splurge. Cheap rugs tend to decay quickly and they definitely do not feel good on bare feet.

Wall paint is relatively inexpensive to begin with, so do not try to save additionally here while sacrificing quality. Shortsighted thinking is not a good attitude when purchasing paint for your home, no matter what the project is. High-quality paint provides a smoother, more-uniform look and it can end up lasting twice as long as a cheap one.

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Finally, you might want to consider a good set of custom window treatments, to ensure the best fit for your space.

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Trends come and go, but knocked out wallet will take a long time to heal. If you desire to have the an in vogue piece in a living room, buy it on Black Friday. There is no need to go into spending frenzy here. Splurge on classics, but save on trends.

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Sure thing, you do need comfortable, supportive and chic pillows. What you do not need is to waste a fortune on them. Plus, this way you can easily switch them out from time to time and give your room a fresh, modern look.

When shopping for furnishings that are meant to be decorative or that will be used lightly, feel free to choose less expensive items. Rest easy, table destined to be jazzy, or eventually hold a magazine and a cup of coffee will not come apart pretty soon.

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Luckily, modernistic lamp or ceiling fixture that adds a wow factor to space is not hard to found at a discount price too. Bear this in mind when searching for them.

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In the end, whatever you do - never ever save on contractors. Hiring cheap ones can actually be a mistake you will pay off for many years to come. If you have found your perfect remodelling company, breaking the budget is totally reasonable. They are about to build some of your dreams, so you might as well pay them in the same manner.

 

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Top 7 International Houzz Designers 2017 

Top 7 International Houzz Designers 2017

Houzz Head Office

Houzz Head Office

Houzz https://www.houzz.com has established itself as a booming designer hub, source of information, inspiration, and ideation. People seeking to remodel, spruce up and renovate use it as an indispensable resource. After all, a sublime touch of a professional home designer makes all the difference in the interior landscape.

Whether you are a renovation contractor or an eager layman, there is much to be learned and gained from the best of the best. No one is more capable of honing flawless style and capturing its essence than the following design connoisseurs:

Jodie Rosen, Jodie Rosen Design, Toronto Canada

Jodie Rosen, Jodie Rosen Design, Toronto Canada

Jodie Rosen, Jodie Rosen Design, Toronto Canada

Jodie Rosen, with 44 Houzz reviews and a Houzz rating of 4.9/5 is one of those designers who have managed to win many accolades both in the area of customer satisfaction and home design greatness. Her dazzling success is a reflection of her capacity to blend personal tastes with the principles of top-notch organization and functionality.

As a Toronto-based home designer, she has mastered the art of architectural details, superb decorating, and material utilization. Jodie Rosen Design is a prominent player in residential and commercial design, continuing to shape the timeless, sophisticated portfolio.

Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige, North Vancouver Canada

Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design, North Vancouver Canada  

Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design, North Vancouver Canada  

Reisa Pollard is the founder of Beyond Beige which has 26 Houzz reviews and a 4.7/5 rating. Reisa is a creative visionary, and a prolific home designer. Beyond Beige Interior Design had humble beginnings. It was, in fact, the name of her assignment in art school. Over time, however, the idea has evolved into a concept, and then into a reputable home design business in North Vancouver.

In a nutshell, Reisa has the ability to set her own preferences aside and listen to her clients. She adapts to their wants and needs, and the result is a mixture of prime elegance and unparalleled design versatility.

Rebecca Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchel Interiors, Montreal Canada

Rebecca Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell Interiors, Montreal Canada

Rebecca Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell Interiors, Montreal Canada

Rebecca is the proprietor of Rebecca Mitchel Interiors which has 46 Houzz Reviews and a 4.9/5 Houzz rating. Rebecca leads a team of creative home designers in Montreal. She is a daring individual, who does not shy away from bold accents and striking colors.  She excels when it comes to creating custom, open-concept home designs. 

One of her most famous works is a music room for a family in Montreal. This space has enough room for both family members and guests to immerse in the splendor of sound. This example is just a small fraction of possibilities Rebecca Mitchell brings to her clients.

Christina Britt Lewis, Redesign Company, Davidson USA

Christina Britt Lewis, Redesign Company, Davidson USA

Christina Britt Lewis, Redesign Company, Davidson USA

Christina Britt Lewis is the founder and creative director of the Redesign Company which which has 108 Houzz Reviews and a 4.9/5 Houzz rating, Christina is a unique figure in the design realm. Her philosophy is embodied in the mantra ”Love coming home”, a concept which is to some profound and to others self-explanatory.

The Davidson home design company company could be better described as a collective of status quo antagonists and passionate life artists. Namely, Cristina aspires not to redesign just your living environment, but your whole world and life as well.

Martha O’Hara, Martha O’Hara Interiors, Austin USA

Martha O’Hara, Martha O’Hara Interiors Austin USA

Martha O’Hara, Martha O’Hara Interiors Austin USA

Martha O’Hara is the principal of Martha O’Hara Interiors which has 169 Houzz reviews and has a 4.9/5 Houzz Rating. O’Hara provides Austin Texas home design services homeowners and builders across the States.  It is also the leading interior design enterprise on houzz worldwide. Such an exalted position is the result of years of hard work and gallons of creative juices.   

Regardless of whether you want to update your furniture, do a kitchen remodel, renovate a bathroom, or reconfigure a floor, Martha and her award-winning home designers are up to task. Their main goal is nothing short of uncovering the fine threads that connect life and style.

Jane Brown, Jane Brown Interiors, Bellevue Hill Australia

Jane Brown, Jane Brown Interiors, Bellevue Hill Australia

Jane Brown, Jane Brown Interiors, Bellevue Hill Australia

“Creation of beauty is art”, and the living proof resides in Bellevue Hill Australia, home designer Jane Brown who is the owner of Jane Brown Interiors which has 31 Houzz reviews and a 4.9/5 Houzz rating. Her creative genius shines the brightest when she needs to seamlessly blend several styles, eras, and personalities into one striking amalgam.

This is rooted in her career as a flight attendant, a path that took her to distant horizons, vibrant cultures, and diverse philosophies. She believes that your environment is the reflection of who you are, and we could not possibly disagree.

Anoushka Allum, Smart Space Interiors, Sydney Australia

Anoushka Allum, Smart Space Interiors, Sydney Australia

Anoushka Allum, Smart Space Interiors, Sydney Australia

Smart Space Interiors was founded in 2012 and has 30 Houzz reviews with 4.9/5 Houzz rating. Since then, Anoushka Allum has managed to spark much interest in the limelight of the design world. Few would dispute her status as a swell paragon of residential interior design and master of decoration projects.

Through play and pristine craft, she brings most incredible solutions to life: Anoushka takes clients on a journey of self-discovery and reaches new design heights together with them.  She may be focused on home design in Sydney Australia, but she is quite active digitally.

Magicians, lovers, and builders

Renowned designers are able to translate even the vaguest of ideas into reality and make the magic happen inside the four walls. They distil tastes, clarify visions, and assemble a space that is both spellbinding and functional.

This is a unique opportunity to put together a cohesive, captivating look that speaks volumes about the style and personality. A home is not just a place to spend the days in, but also a personal sanctuary where love and passions are celebrated and cherished. 

 

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5 Tips for Avoiding Kitchen Renovation Disaster

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5 Tips for Avoiding Kitchen Renovation Disaster

5 Tips for Avoiding Kitchen Renovation Disaster

Five tips to help ensure a successful kitchen renovation, including assessing abilities, staying on budget, electrical ideas, and more. These tips are important for anyone thinking of starting a kitchen renovation project.

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