6 Things You Need To Know

Before Remodeling Your Space

A home remodel should reflect your unique personality and style. It should be a comfortable retreat from life and it should suit your family. You should find your home an oasis from the stresses of the world and regardless of whether or not you're changing the floors or the wall colors, or if you're doing the kitchen or bathroom, there are many things that you should consider. Heilman's Renovations can help you if you're in the North Vancouver area.


Flooring is one of the first things that people see when they enter your home. Floors can take a serious beating between walking, playing, standing, sitting, children and pets, they can really be put to the test. Each and every room of your home has a floor and chances are if you walk through your home you can see areas of wear and tear that you've made a path through with plenty of foot traffic. You'll want to ask yourself it the area that you're considering replacing the flooring in has a lot of traffic? Does it have pet traffic? Children? All of these questions will help you to choose a durable or maintenance free option for your flooring.

Hardwood floors can lend a warmth and a traditional look that only the classics can offer. They'll require some maintenance and you'll have to keep in mind that if you're in a humid area they require more care to prevent warping. If you're installing a hardwood floor in humid areas, you'll have to use a moisture barrier to help protect it.

Ceramic and even natural stone tiles are ideal options for kitchens and bathrooms. They're strong and durable and will help to increase the resale value of the home. Vinyl will be resilient and versatile as well and can easily be installed over many other types of flooring such as concrete, wood or ceramic. Vinyl is also very water resistant so you can install it in any room.

Options such as linoleum and laminates can also be used. Of course, there is also wall-to-wall carpet that will lend a warmth to your room as well as some soft comfort. Before you make your flooring move, ensure that the drywall is properly installed.

Wall Paint / Wallpaper

If you're going to be changing the paint, or the wallpaper, you'll instantly transform the look of a room. You can choose lighter colors for an airy look or you can use dark colors to make rooms warmer and cozy.

It can be challenging at best to choose from wallpaper and paint. Paint is generally less expensive than wallpaper and it's also much easier to apply. You can find textured patterns and even high end finishes as well. Of course, the wallpaper will last longer, in some cases, as long as 15 years and it will withstand washing and even scrubbing. Depending on what you need, you'll find many options. You can even choose a professional to assess the situation and help you decide. Also, if you choose a professional, you can also hire them to install it.

Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen area should accommodate what you require for cooking, dining, storage and anything else that you require for the kitchen. Aesthetically pleasing kitchens add value to the home and are a great perk. Don't forget the cabinets. Hire a professional to help you choose and do the installation and you'll free up your time for other more important things.

If you desire an island, a professional can help assess the size and shape of the island as well. Higher end countertops? Ask your professional what your options are, you'll be surprised at the options they can show you. Your kitchen should be open and easy to use and very comfortable. Don't forget that you'll need the proper electrical outlets and the proper plumbing. If you wish you could also opt for a prep sink and proper lighting. Plumbing has to handle the washing as well as a garbage disposal.

Bathroom Remodeling

A bathroom renovation is often done just to add value to a home, however, that's not the only reason someone should do a bathroom renovation. Bathroom renovations are vital to helping you relax. You can also use them to meditate. Water is in a bathroom and it can cause issues if you don't have proper traction and ventilation. Molds and mildews can cause illness so this is vital. Children and elderly can easily slip and fall if you don't make sure that there is proper protection in your bathroom. It should be well lit and have plenty of safety features to protect young and old alike.

Thankfully, if you prefer a long shower or a deep soaking tub, you can splurge and add these to your new bathroom. Large mirrors and new fixtures can all help to update the look and make it more luxurious. Don't forget potted plants if you have plenty of sunlight, these will help to clean the air and lend a light airy look to your bathroom.

Basement Remodeling

Don't forget the basement. It doesn't have to be a storage area with creepy cobwebs and lighting for horror flicks. Turn it into a comfortable area for a guest room, office, recreation room or master suite. There are many possibilities here.


Proper lighting is vital to your home remodel. A remodel is the time to ensure that dark areas are well lit and to add new lighting features if needed. Paint light colors on the ceiling to make it look larger and taller. If you're making a basement bathroom check to ensure that the main drain is underground or above ground. If it's at basement level, you're going to have to install a grinder and pump to get the water to properly run. Remodeling any area will take time and expertise.