If you have a character home in Winnipeg and you’re considering updates to your property, the first decision you must make is whether you’re interested in restoration or a renovation. What’s the difference, and why does it matter? Find out more below!
As the name suggests, a character home restoration is intended to keep the home’s character features, but to also restore the worn-down parts of the house to their previous beauty. This is a good option if you love how your home looks, but it’s older and has been through quite a bit of wear and tear.
Wondering what a character home restoration might involve? Here are a few common projects we’ve done when restoring Winnipeg character homes.
Refinishing hardwood floors and wood features
High-quality wood can easily be refinished to restore its natural beauty and appeal.
Fixing cracked or broken molding, baseboards and other features
Repairing and restoring these original features can ensure that the original character of your home is maintained.
Updating and restoring wood staircases and banisters
Just like flooring, staircases can be sanded, polished, and refinished to ensure they look beautiful.
Adding modern light fixtures that maintain a vintage feel
With the right lighting, you can brighten your rooms and get better energy efficiency while maintaining a heritage look.
Restoring wood-burning fireplaces and their facades
Nothing says “tradition” like a wood-burning fireplace, so restoring a non-usable fireplace and its facade and hearth is a common project, especially in chilly Winnipeg!
Unlike a character home restoration, a character home renovation is designed to incorporate modern features into the character/historical features of the home. While it will still maintain some of its original character features, these renovations are usually much more extensive and leave the house with a more modern and less traditional aesthetic.
When doing character home renovations, it’s especially important to work with an experienced contractor. You do not want your new additions to clash with the existing details of your character home – and balancing modern additions and heritage style is a difficult proposition if you’re not working with a highly-qualified contractor.
Thinking about renovating your character home in Winnipeg? A few common renovations we’ve done in character homes in Winnipeg include:
Opening closed room-specific floor plans, creating open concept space
Many older homes have closed-off floor plans, which can make them feel stuffy and a bit closed-in. A very popular way to address this is by removing interior walls and creating more open floor plans in kitchens and living spaces. Open concept floor plans, since being introduced in the early 90’s, have evolved and never went out of style. If you’re character home renovation includes an open concept plan, chances are, your home’s functionality, usability, and value will increase after the renovation is completed.
Adding more bathrooms
Most older homes in Winnipeg are lacking in bathrooms. Often, finding the space to add a bathroom isn’t the issues – as these homes are typically larger in size and have square footage that isn’t being used to its full potential. But even with an abundance of space, the biggest issue facing the addition of a bathroom is the plumbing required to reach the bathroom’s location. The amount of effort required to create the plumbing infrastructure will usually impact the cost. However, adding an extra half bath or full bath can make your life much more convenient, particularly if you have a large family.
Creating more floor space or larger rooms
Using additions or by knocking down and replacing interior walls, it’s possible to resize living spaces, bedrooms, and other interior spaces in the house. Often, bedrooms are smaller in character homes than their more modern counterparts. However, if you have a home with 4 or 5 smaller bedrooms, plans can usually be made to create 2 or 3 spacious bedrooms.
As well, basements in characters homes were designed to compartmentalize and be used for a single function. In modern home design, rooms are built to be multipurpose. Much like completing a open plan layout on the main floor, a basement renovation can greatly benefit from strategically removing walls.
Furthermore, depending on the style of your home, the space occupying your attic could be put to use to create additional living space within your character home.
Updating plumbing & electrical systems
This is very common for older homes that may have outdated piping or “knob-and-tube” wiring systems. Updated plumbing and electrical systems ensure the safety of your property and your family.
At All Canadian Renovations, we specialize in Winnipeg home renovations – and we can restore or renovate character homes all throughout the city. If you’re not sure which type of project is right for you, we’re here to help. Contact us now or call us at 204.779.6900 to explore your options for character home renovation and restoration services in Winnipeg.
Thinking about a laundry room renovation? Beginning to plan your dream laundry room? Here are some helpful questions you can ask yourself while you begin the process of planning your laundry room remodel.
Before you start planning the finer details, you should come up with a reasonable budget for your laundry room renovation. A basic renovation which includes painting, flooring and a few other things could cost just a few thousand dollars, while a full remodel with new appliances, lighting and custom cabinetry could easily cost much more.
Another important thing to consider when you start planning a renovation project is, is this project going to stand on its own? Or do you want to integrate it with other home renovations? For example, you could also remodel the mudroom outside of your laundry room, or other utility areas in your home if some of the walls are already going to be opened, or if plumbing or wiring is being altered.
Some past customers have us renovate a bathroom for their basement bathroom or second floor bathroom, if their laundry room is nearby. Having two home renovations taking place in proximity can help reduce costs a bit.
This may seem like a silly thing to ask, but you should consider all the following factors:
These are all things that could impact your project – and influence the design of your laundry room. We recommend thinking them through, and making a list of your “needs,” and your “wants” for your project.
Do you have enough space in your laundry room? If you want to expand it, can you steal square footage from an adjacent room, or is it necessary to create an addition to the existing space? Adding more space to your laundry room is a great way to enhance its utility and makes laundry more convenient.
Replacing your lighting, redoing your flooring and adding more windows can dramatically change the appearance and functionality of your laundry room, but these changes can be expensive. Consider that when planning your laundry room renovation.
In addition, think about your current laundry appliances. Do you want to keep them? How will they fit into the renovated space? Is it time to shop for new ones? Do you prefer stacked, side-by-side, or platform laundry machines? Will you add more appliances and fixtures, such as a wine cooler, a second fridge, or a utility sink?
Finally, you’ll need to think about how you’ll do laundry during the renovation process. The laundromat is an obvious choice but is not always convenient. You can also ask around and see if friends and family will let you do laundry at their homes.
The most expensive – but most convenient – option is to hire a laundry service. For a week or two, you can hire a service to pick up, wash, fold, and drop off your laundry. It’s a luxury, but it may be worth it if you’re already managing a home remodel and don’t have much time to spare.
At All Canadian Renovations, we specialize in home renovation projects of all types – including laundry room renovations. Whether you’re looking to complete a laundry room renovation as a single project or if you’re adding to a larger home renovation – we can help you! Our highly skilled and experienced team can help you with all aspects of the planning, designing, and building for your project.
To get started, contact us online or give us a call at 204-779-6900 and get a free quote for your upcoming project!
If you’re thinking about working with All Canadian Renovations to renovate your home in Winnipeg, you may have already explored the basics about home renovations. You may have found out that any home renovation in Winnipeg requires approval directly from the City of Winnipeg. But why is this the case? Why is a renovation permit required for changes to your private residence? In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of this policy, and why you must abide by it. Let’s get started.
Yes. According to the City of Winnipeg, a permit is required if you are going to “build, add, renovate or alter any part of your residence” or “…work on the electrical, plumbing and/or mechanical systems of your residence.”
For anything more complex than these above exceptions, you’ll need a renovation permit before you start your project – whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional.
The City of Winnipeg uses the permit system to review plans and audit construction of individual homes, and to make sure that the intended renovations comply with zoning laws, building and electrical codes, and other such ordinances.
This helps reduce the number of renovations and changes that may break zoning and building codes – leading to higher-quality buildings and more consistency between buildings in Winnipeg.
If you do small renovation projects yourself without getting a renovation permit, or worse you hire a professional renovation company that fails to obtain the proper permit, a lot of bad things can happen to you.
First, the renovation may need to be redone if it does not meet minimum Building Code requirements – and this will be done at your own personal cost. If your renovation cannot comply with the Building Code, it must be removed. Again, this will be at your own personal cost.
And, even if you don’t obtain a permit, you will be charged the cost of a permit “after the fact,” and legal action may be taken to ensure that you pay for your permit, and for any associated fees and fines, if applicable.
In the future, it may also be harder to sell your property, even if the authorities do not find out about an unauthorized renovation. A home inspector, for example, may find the unpermitted renovation while you’re trying to sell the house – and if it does not meet code requirements, this will be reported to the buyer, complicating the sale and leading to potential issues with the City of Winnipeg.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s never worth it to try to save a little bit of money by skipping renovation permits in Winnipeg. That’s why at All Canadian Renovations Ltd. one of the first steps in all our projects is planning for and acquiring the appropriate permits from the City of Winnipeg offices.
If you have an area of your home you’re planning on renovating, contact All Canadian Renovations Ltd. today to get a quote for your project. We specialize in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, and we’re always happy to hear from new customers. To start your next project – call us at 204-779.6900 – or use our contact us form online!
Get excited Winnipeg! With January right around the corner, that means the Winnipeg Renovation Show is nearly upon us! Similar to past years – All Canadian Renovations will be participating in the 2020 edition of the Winnipeg Renovation Show. For all the information about the show, see our full article below.
The Winnipeg Renovation Show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals.
Whether you’re joining us at the RBC Convention Centre with a specific project in mind or just looking for some inspiration, our local home professionals have you covered. With 150+ booths to explore and several unique feature displays to enjoy, this is a valuable event for all Winnipeg homeowners.
We’ve been involved with the Winnipeg Renovation Show for over 15 years! As well, we’ve been a major sponsor for the past 8 years! We absolutely love the Renovation Show! Here are the top reasons we attend:
This event is second to none in Winnipeg. Put on by Marketplace Events, its been a pleasure watching and helping them grow the show to what it is today. Their innovation and ideas are constantly changing, and their customer-focused approach has the same value we believe in as a company.
Our booth is located at number #206! If you want a friendly conversation with a leading, Winnipeg renovation company we highly encourage you to stop by! Curtis, Werner, Gisele and other team members will be at the booth all three days. We’re there for you, the show attendees to ask us questions and to interact with us in a casual, pressure-free setting. If you’re thinking about a renovation project in 2020, make sure you join us:
In addition to visiting All Canadian Renovations at booth #206, there’s also a great line-up of other entertainment and resources available! Also, our booth is kid-friendly so bring the entire family!
Some of the other great features of this year’s show are the stage presentations. Along with Curtis Breslaw’s presentation, which will be at the lifestyle stage – be sure to check out some of the others!
As part of our membership with the Manitoba Home Builders Association, ACR Ltd. is pleased to participate in the “Ask a Renovator” booth. Through the MHBA, we’ll be offering free, 15-minute consultations with attendees. We’ll be able to answer any sort of questions and we’ll be ready with sound advice.
Also, we can’t forget to mention the celebrity appearance of HGTV’s own Bryan Baeumler on Friday, January 10th at 6 PM or Saturday, January 11th at 1 PM.
Like past years, we’re the title ticket sponsor. We believe in the show so much we provide a ticket discount online to all individuals! Be sure to use the online purchase system at the Winnipeg Renovation Show’s website to receive your discount!
If you have any questions, feel free to email us through our website or call us at 204.779.6900. We look forward to an action-packed weekend and meeting all attendees and prospective clients at the show this year!
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Thanks again for a job well done.
People – rational, sober people – have seen “things” in Manitoba. With Halloween just around the corner, there’s something about this time of year that kicks up the spirits and can scare even the bravest of individuals. What makes Manitoba, and specifically Winnipeg, so haunted? We think it might have something to do with the abundance of historic homes in the region. After all, far more people have died in Manitoba than are currently living there – if that’s not enough to give you goosebumps. If you own an older Winnipeg character home, the chances of it having a less than rosy history are increased. Renovating a historic house can quickly stir up those spirits. Worried about home renovation ghosts? We don’t blame you.
Many theories abound as to why renovations can agitate ghosts and ghouls. Spirits were people once, and how many people love change? Hardly any. Renovation ghosts are no different. Old Mildred just loved that gaudy, floral wallpaper she hung herself in your home’s historic parlour back in 1902. Of course, it doesn’t do much to inspire the confidence of prospective buyers now, and it’s no wonder you want to get rid of it and other dated interior styles.
Winnipeg property owners who disturb the aesthetic of a historic building can anger the ghosts who once called it their home. Would you like it if someone painted your bedroom – without asking – a hideous shade of trending chartreuse? Probably not. So have a little sympathy for the poor spirits when they start knocking over paintings at 3 AM and wailing while you’re trying to binge-watch your favourite series after a hard day.
Perhaps your renovation ghosts aren’t annoyed with the new doors and windows you’ve chosen for your historic home’s facelift. Paranormal investigators have other theories for why renovation ghosts can make an unwelcome appearance.
There are two main categories of hauntings. The first is intelligent hauntings. Old ghostly Mildred getting mad at your choice of wall covering and making her displeasure known by spooking you would be an example of intelligent haunting. But there are also residual hauntings that can occur with home renovations. A residual haunting would fit a phenomenon in paranormal parlance called the Stonetape Theory.
The theory goes that if high levels of energy are imprinted into the surroundings, then the energy can be replayed in the right conditions. An example of this would be if a murder occurred in a home during a terrible thunderstorm. The Stonetape Theory suggests that when a terrible thunderstorm blows through, the energy of the murder will be triggered, and haunted happenings will start to occur.
This theory is also how paranormal investigators explain why a newly constructed home can be haunted. If a traumatic or other high-energy event occurred on the land the house was built on, certain conditions can trigger the energy and voila – old-timey ghosts start appearing or making obnoxious noises while you’re trying to sleep in your modern-day home.
With the Stonetape Theory, high frequency sounds from drilling machinery, banging and hammering can also trigger ghostly, residual energy, and hauntings. Why did the ghost cross the room and walk straight through your newly renovated wall? Because that wall did not exist when the ghost was alive. And he needed to get to the other side.
All Canadian Renovations has been renovating homes in Winnipeg for decades. Fortunately, we’ve never witnessed any ghostly incidences. Don’t let the fear of home renovation ghosts stand in your way of calling us. We’ll be with you every step of the process and will never “ghost you”. If you’re interested in starting a project with us – contact us through our website or call 204.779.6900 today!
Whole home renovations, a time to give your home a complete makeover while also addressing those small (or not so small) issues that have been bugging you for a while. As exciting as the new project can be, it’s important not to rush things when it comes to choosing the right team to handle it. After all, we’re talking about your home; you need a team you can trust.
And we’d like to make a case why our team is the right choice for your whole home renovation.
Not to call ourselves old or anything, but we’ve been around for a while. We have decades of combined home renovation experience under our belt. Our core team has over 150 years of cumulative experience completing home renovations.
We know exactly what it takes to see the project you want to be done, even if it means running several different jobs (plumbing, electrical, drywalling, etc.) on the site at the same time. Through our years in the field, we’ve developed a reputation of delivering exclusively high-quality results on all our projects, no matter the scale.
And you may not realize it yet, but our experience is essential to your whole home renovation project. You need a team which is quick on their feet and knows what to do to keep things moving forward. Problems can appear at every corner without proper project management and consideration. We know what it takes to start a project and drive it to completion, within budget and on schedule.
We understand you don’t want just any team to come into your home and start wreaking havoc. That’s why we learned that it’s our job to always prove to our clients they can trust us. From the moment we have an initial conversation to the very last nail that needs to be hammered and beyond.
We like to discuss the exact terms of the job so that you know exactly when we show up, and how long we’re going to be there. No false promises. If we say we can do it in a certain timeframe, we’ll deliver. If we say we can make it look like you want it to, we’ll deliver.
Our services encompass all the different stages of your home renovating process, from its projection and planning to demolition, repairs, and final clean-up. Don’t expect we’ll leave you with piles of debris in the middle of your home. The ACR team is going to make sure everything is in top shape once the job’s complete.
Having a single team accountable is vital as it reduces your risk and downtime.
Timelines can easily become extended if you’re not able to procure a team or company to complete an aspect of the home renovation. As your renovation partner, we coordinate every single aspect of the project, ensuring the timeline moves forward smoothly.
Not being able to use a part of your home during a renovation project can be a huge inconvenience for all members of your family. Imagine having the downtime extended indefinitely – what would that do to your daily routine? ACR Ltd. makes every effort possible to reduce downtime and create a flexible working environment.
Additionally, if something doesn’t turn out just the way you expected, or you’ve had another idea along the way, let us know. We want to make sure the result of the renovation satisfies you and your family.
Communication is key in every relationship, including the relationship between the homeowner and the contractor. We’ll always keep you in the loop, and the team supervisors will always be available to answer any of your questions; we always provide a direct contact number you can use at any time.
You have ideas, we have experience. If one of your ideas cannot be implemented, we’ll tell you, and we’ll explain why. At ACR, we never compromise safety or the integrity of the job just to avoid an argument for the client, so it’s best you know right now that we’ll always give you our honest opinion. You may not like it, but you’re better for it.
Do you have any more questions about All Canadian Renovations Ltd. and our services? Get in touch with us now and let’s have a chat about your whole-home renovation. Contact us to discuss your project – 204.779.6900 or use our contact us form.
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If you’re an aging senior in Canada, you may be interested in aging in place renovations, which will allow you to remain in your home later in life. CAPS stand for Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) and consists of a set of best practices that help make your home safe for you as you age.
Seniors, as well as those with mobility issues and disabilities, can all benefit from CAPS renovation consulting and implementation. At All Canadian Renovations Ltd., we specialize in CAPS renovations that are beautiful and functional. You get all the benefits of CAPS renovations without adding a clinical feel to your home.
Aging in place renovations are designed to help you live a safe, convenient, and comfortable life as you age. Each senior has different abilities and needs, so the process begins with a comprehensive consultation.
A certified aging in place specialist from All Canadian Renovations Ltd. will come to your home to consult with you. Then, your needs will be assessed to determine which renovations may need to be made to accommodate you.
For example, if you are living comfortably in your home but you are concerned about staying stable in the shower, grab bars may be recommended for installation. If you are having difficulties with stairs, small staircases could be replaced with ramps, or a chairlift can be installed.
You are a unique person and have your own unique needs. Your CAPS professional will observe your living conditions and abilities and help determine a renovation plan that will ensure you remain safe and comfortable.
Several different renovations may be recommended based on your needs; these are the most common areas we see that need to be renovated:
Grab bars for toilets and showers are commonly installed in bathrooms. Your bathtub or shower may also be replaced with a zero-entry shower, ensuring that you do not have to step up into the shower.
Hallways may be widened to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, and redone in a non-slip, non-reflective material that makes it easier for you to walk through your home.
Smaller staircases may be replaced with ramps or have additional guardrails installed. Large staircases may require the installation of a stairlift.
Lowered countertops can make it easier to use your kitchen, especially in a wheelchair, and additional storage may be added to the lower areas of your kitchen to make it more convenient to use.
Light switches can be lowered to make them easier to access, and additional lights can be installed to help increase overall acuity.
These are just a few of the potential changes that may be made to your home – the recommendations we make will be based on your current and future health and disabilities, the current safety features of your home, and more.
Because we take your safety seriously. But not only that, we take your pride and your love for your home seriously. Our goal is to balance your needs as you age in place with the beauty of your home. We wish to make your home safer and more comfortable – without giving it the clinical feel many assisted living homes have.
That’s why we specialize in CAPS renovations that help keep you safe but don’t affect the appearance of your home. We take your preferences and tastes into account to develop a CAPS strategy that will allow you to maintain your independence as you age while keeping your home’s unique style and beauty intact.
At All Canadian Renovations Ltd., we are a Certified aging in place specialist company. We can help you stay in your home and live your life without requiring assistance for daily tasks, such as getting into the shower or going up the stairs.
To learn more about our renovations and the benefits of aging in place, please contact us – call: 204-779-6900 – or use the contact us page on our website. We’d be happy to set up a consultation and provide you with more information about how we can help you stay in your home and maintain your independence for years to come!
First impressions are tough to change once established. For homes, the first impression comes from the curb appeal they offer. Even if a home is beautifully renovated and tastefully decorated inside, it lacks a certain special something without a high level of curb appeal.
If you’re looking for some ways to increase the curb appeal of your home but you aren’t sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Here are several ways of increasing curb appeal that don’t require major overhauls!
The front door is an opportunity to showcase a home’s indoor aesthetic to the outside world, and it can be used as a great accent piece to set off other elements of curb appeal like landscaping or a patio.
If a front door is damaged or dated, it’s worth considering a replacement. If the door is in good condition, you could opt for updating fixtures or painting it to create a fresher look. Adding simple accents like layered rugs and boot mats, or potted plants, are simple ways to make your front door more welcoming.
Older homes can often look dingy due to ageing windows. Whether the frames or the glass itself need attention, new windows are a functional update that can both help save on power bills and increase a home’s curb appeal.
Even updating a few strategic windows at the front of the home can make a big difference if curb appeal if your budget doesn’t allow updating every window in the house. Manitoba Hydro offers a rebate program to help with the costs of replacing old windows and doors.
House number signage is another easy way to infuse a little personality into the curb appeal. Unique numbers or stylized stand-alone signs make a home easily recognizable and give passersby a taste of the house’s aesthetic; they also make the home more memorable if you are trying to attract potential buyers.
There’s a lot to be said for the power of nature in framing a home’s experience. Trees, shrubs, and flowers create an inviting environment when coordinated properly. Think about your home’s aesthetic holistically, including the landscaping, so that the two complement each other.
For example, if your home is a craftsman with an asymmetrical front porch, you may want to frame it with rows of flowers running down your front sidewalk or around the front stairs to further this organized appeal.
If the bones of a house are good but the paint is peeling or outdated, the rest of the homes curb appeal can be lost in that error. A fresh coat of paint is a simple way to give a home a facelift, and it also allows you to lean into current trends or show more of your personality, if you should so wish.
Increasing your living space to include an outdoor area gives the home a feeling of thoughtfulness. A deck or patio can be a great place to show some accenting style, like creative pavers, mosaic tiling, or an interesting stain on the wood.
A quality deck or patio can be elevated further with pleasing outdoor furniture, like Adirondack chairs or wrought iron patio sets. Some homeowners use their outdoor area to create a summer “outdoor living space” complete with a kitchen-dining-living room type setup. Many stores now sell sectionals like those seen in many homes but build with materials designed to withstand changing summer weather and sun exposure.
Perhaps the biggest project on this list, new siding is the most dramatic way to revamp a home’s curb appeal. Nothing drags down an exterior aesthetic faster than dirty, damaged, or worn-out siding.
Opting for new siding is a great opportunity to explore interesting color palettes or look into some of the newer siding materials. This update could also prove a valuable tool for preserving your home’s integrity. Many new siding products are made of durable, recycled materials designed to last longer than traditional siding.
ACR Ltd. is fully equipped to install doors and windows in a variety of styles. We can work with any existing home and we’ll help find windows and doors to reach a solution for your home. As previously stated in this article new windows or new doors can have a huge impact on your home’s resale value. Talk to our window and door experts – they will be able to assist you to make the best decision for your home’s windows and doors upgrades.
Whichever way you choose to go about increasing curb appeal, you’re not alone! Reach out to All Canadian Renovations ltd. to discuss the different ways we can help increase the curb appeal of your home. From siding to windows to doors and any update in between, to the creation of an addition, our team is Winnipeg’s top rated, comes with a wealth of experience working with exterior renovations. We’d love to help boost your home’s curb appeal! Contact us today – 204.779.6900 – to request an in-home consultation.