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The Home Renovation Survival Guide

The Home Renovation Survival Guide - All Canadian Renovations Ltd. - Basement Renovations WinnipegHaving a home renovation done can mean a lot of chaos in your household. Which can be compounded if you are not prepared for the realities that come along with home improvements. Changing around your home will help your home become more functional, but it may mean living in a messy construction zone until the renovations are complete. Here are a few things to remember when living with home renovations that can make the experience a bit easier.

Have Realistic Expectations

Don’t go into home renovations expecting them to be clean and dainty. There is nothing dainty about renovating a home. There are going to be messes, there may be service interruptions with some of the functions of your home here and there, and there are going to be loud noises. Going into the process knowing what to expect can make the entire project less stressful for everyone involved.

Talk with the Contractors When You Have Questions or Concerns

Many homeowners do not want to communicate with the contractors very often because they believe it could be a distraction or will slow things down. While it could do both of those things, if you plan for frequent conversations, neither of these should be a concern. When you hire a contractor, make sure you have it known that you want them to be available to you. That way, if you have any questions or concerns, you can address them. Just make sure you do it when appropriate, so no one gets hurt or caught off-guard.

Protect Yourselves During the Renovations

During nearly all home repairs, there is going to be dust flying around, plus scents from many of the materials used. Make sure you speak with the contractors ahead of time so you can determine when it is safe to be in your home, and when you should be elsewhere for a day or two. Also, make sure you know what type of ventilation is going to be used to prevent odors from lingering after the renovations are complete.

You also want to make sure to protect your belongings during the renovation process. Move out what furniture you can, and find out how you can seal off rooms that are not a part of the renovation. The more preparation you do ahead of time, the less dust and debris will invade your home where the renovations are not taking place. Preparations ahead of time can make cleanup much easier.

If you want help either with home renovations or preparing for home renovations, give us a call at ACR Ltd. We can help you get your home and life ready for when you start your home renovation project. Just remember, soon enough, your home is going to be even more beautiful and functional than it was before. At that point, all of the chaos you endured will have been worth it!

Get Rid of a Cramped Basement Once and For All


Do you love your home, but your basement is so cramped that it drives you crazy? If so, then you are not alone. Many people wish they could regain control over their cramped and cluttered basement, just like you. If you want to be able to open up your basement and make it usable, you have a few options. It only depends on what your ultimate goals are.

Starting Small with Organizing Your Basement

If you only want to begin a small undertaking, you should start off by going through and organizing your basement. Take out anything you don’t use and either toss it or sell it. Things you only use now and again can get stored in the garage, attic, or even an outside shed. The stuff you use on a regular basis can then be managed through totes, storage shelves, and hanging them up.By taking out the stuff that you do not use at all, or often, you open up space in your basement. This helps it feel less cramped and gives you the option of being able to use more of the space. This is an easy project to do on your own, but it can also involve the help of a contractor if you want shelves built or the basement of your home finished off to be more livable.

So Now It’s Time to Renovate

The proper way to do this of course – is to hire a reputable contractor. While you may feel that a basement reno can be a “DIY” project – did you know that the average time it takes for a homeowner to renovate their basement completely is SEVEN YEARS? Yes – SEVEN YEARS! By hiring a professional, your timeline will be significantly reduced! And, to properly renovate a basement, you could be looking at close to 10 different tradespeople working in your home! From the demolition crew (if your basement is already finished, or partially finished), to framers, drywallers, tapers, spray foam insulators, electricians, plumbers, flooring installers, painters, and finishing carpenters!

When You Want to Go Big, Add to Your Basement

pamela-21-1024x681When you want to remove any cramped feeling from your basement, you can always extend your basement. This involves pouring a larger foundation, knocking out a wall, and having a bigger basement built out. This can give you a lot more room, plus leave your home open to an addition above the new basement down the line if you so choose. You will have to work with a contractor to get this done, as the walls and location must be selected very carefully not to impact the structural integrity of your home.
To find out what options come along with your home and property, give us a call at All Canadian Renovations Ltd. today. We can help you figure out ways of opening up your cramped basement and extend the parts of your home that you can comfortably live in.

Carole and Lorne

A big thank you to all of the folks who worked on our project. We are very happy with the finished bathroom. It has been a pleasure dealing with you all!