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If the bones of a house are good but the paint is peeling or outdated, the rest of the homes curb appeal can be lost in that error.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.
Home additions are one of the fastest ways to completely change the way a family functions in a home. Imagine not having to use the bathroom in shifts, having more storage space, or creating extra bedrooms for your children. These are just a few of the many problems a home addition renovation can solve. The hardest part of this kind of project is planning how to do it, so in this article, we will break down the process to from start to finish.
There will be some building and property legalities to investigate before ever drawing up a plan. The first order of business is to determine things like building permits and property lines. Reach out to the city planning and building authorities to learn about the process and the fees that could be involved. Also, consider how the addition is going to impact the property taxes paid each year, as that is a surprise no one wants. There may be tax incentives as well, that would help pay or subsidize your project.
The collection of all this information will illuminate any codes that have to be followed, utilities that need to be deciphered, or how long it will take to get the right permit. Neglecting this step could result in fines and costly remodels if the work isn’t correctly done.
An experienced renovation and home building professional will be able to help nail down the right plan to add to the home’s space, design, and value. An expert will be able to identify if other renovations will be required to make the addition work. These are sneaky costs that might not be apparent in the first stages of planning or to the untrained eye.
Things such as relocating ductwork, moving windows, or changing a roofline can get costly. The expert will also be able to determine whether matching the exterior of the home is required or beneficial, and if the materials can be found to do that. By working together, a complimentary look and functional design from the inside out can be achieved.
Get a scope of work from the builder and add any additional costs relating to what is desired or needed for the addition. This can include a materials cost sheet, as well as finishing features like crown molding, countertops, light fixtures and paint costs. These items can be listed out on separate spreadsheets and then compared to ensure the budget isn’t blown. Not only will this part of the process eliminate surprises in the budget, it will keep the addition project on track, so extra costs are not incurred because of bad time management.
Additions can get expensive, and if there are any plans to sell the home within a few years, there are a few considerations to consider. Will the home addition price the house out of the market? Meaning, will there be a realized rate of return on this investment? If the plan is to stay in the home for over 8-10 years plus, then this figure might not be as significant as the home will appreciate over time.
Adding an entirely new section to your home in the form of an addition is no small project. Even experienced DIYers will agree that there are some projects best left to the professionals. By hiring a full-service company for your home addition project, you remove the stress and get to enjoy the fun parts, like picking paint colors and other finishing touches.
Can the team at All Canadian Renovations help you with a residential addition project? Absolutely. We have years of experience and can help plan, manage, and design build your vision. Give us a call or connect with us online and let’s get started today.
Putting an additional bathroom into your home can boost your property value, and it can also make your life a little easier and more convenient. No more early morning hours fighting over who can take a shower first, and no more worrying about what to do if your main toilet or bathtub needs a repair. Having a spare bathroom in the basement can do wonders for your sanity and your home’s value. But is it always a good idea to add a bathroom to your basement renovation project for that matter? There are a couple of factors you’ll want to consider before you invest.
Adding plumbing and running considerable pipework through the basement can be complicated, costly, and sometimes it’s just not feasible. Running pipes through the underground is more complex than adding plumbing into the upper structures of the home.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to contact your local building authority. Starting a new bathroom renovation and running underground piping is often subject to strict local ordinances and zoning laws. If you decide to go ahead with your new bathroom renovation, you’ll want to make sure everything is legal. Ensuring your following codes for any bathroom renovation is important. This will prevent surprise headaches when it comes time to sell the property.
When it comes to choosing the exact location for your new basement bathroom, try to place it as close to existing plumbing and electrical work as possible. Situating the new bathroom directly below your existing bathroom will make hooking up the necessary pipes and electrical work much easier and ultimately, less expensive. This will lower the overall cost of the project and can make the installation go more smoothly and quickly.
Next, consider the size of your new bathroom. While you might think that only your desires and imagination are the limiting factor here, the type of basement you have can ultimately determine the size and type of bathroom you get installed. Even the most skilled contractors can only do so much with a basement that does not offer the occupants dry or cozy conditions.
The thing is, basements are often chilly, damp, and sometimes they are moldy. Ideally, you might want a full-size bathroom, with a luxurious soaking tub. But if your basement is chilly for half the year or more and is prone to mold and dampness, you might have to forego the larger bathroom fixtures and install just an additional toilet and sink, or a toilet, sink, and modest corner shower stall. Even if you only end up with a toilet and sink at the end of the project, an extra powder room will make your life a lot easier and still increase your home’s resale value at the end of the day. If you install a shower or can put in a full-size tub, putting in a ventilation fan is an absolute must. You’ll reduce the humidity and potential mold overgrowth. Furthermore, having a ventilation fan is required by building code.
Adding and completing a new bathroom to your basement renovation isn’t a DIY project. You’ll need a skilled contractor to handle this job. An experienced contractor like All Canadian Renovations Ltd. will pull all required permits and will ensure that your bathroom is built to meet code. As professionals, we understand how best to position and construct your new basement bathroom for maximum enjoyment, function, and for potential future resale value. Contact us today to arrange an in-home consultation to determine if you should begin a basement bathroom renovation project.
Thanks for reaching out just prior to our 2-year warranty expired. The family is fine and we are enjoying the renovation work very much!
At this time there is nothing that we can think of that needs taking care of – but we will definitely keep your company in mind for any future work!
We know there are few things in life more exciting than heading into a home renovation that you’ve spent months dreaming. Your imagination has been filled with visions of granite kitchen countertops, jetted jacuzzi tubs, and décor fit for a queen or king. However, even the best-laid plans can go awry. This can be especially true once you start tearing your home apart. Your plans may also end up in shreds! But, have no fear, we’re here to help you by offering tips to avoid common home renovation disasters!
You’re absolutely set on renovating your home a certain way, we get it. It’s your living space, and it should be exactly as you want it. However, it’s important to make sure that you aren’t renovating without research.
Do you know where the sun hits during the day? Where does family member’s laundry, dishes, toys, etc. tend to gather? Which rooms are you spending the most time in? What ways could the room be improved upon versus what you may already like about it? What features are most important to you – and what could you and your family live without?
The answers to these questions will give you a better idea of where, when, and what to bring down the literal sledgehammer onto.
Whether you set your budget below $10,000 – or upwards of $50,000 – or any number – be prepared for a potential 20% increase over the cost of your renovation.
The contractor might come across a beam that has no business being responsible for the structural integrity of a home. Another frequent issue is insulation upgrades – which aren’t visible until the wall has been dismantled. Furthermore, serious health concerns such as mold or decay can be discovered when walls are ripped down. During a renovation, if you’re using a professional (and we highly recommend you do) your home must be up to code. Faulty wiring or plumbing, rot, mold, pests, water damage and asbestos are just a few common issues that can add up quickly!
While your home renovation is taking place, you’re certain to face higher utility bills. This is due to the additional power and water access needed. Don’t end up in a financial home renovation disaster – make sure your budget accounts for the increased costs.
While renovating certain rooms, it’s best if your access to the room is limited or non-existent. This can help the contractor speed up production, as they won’t need to deal with temporary solutions. As an example, if you’re renovating your kitchen, you should forget about using it. Leave room in your budget for dining out or ordering in.
Leave room in your budget to hire a reputable interior designer, especially if the renovation is on the larger side. Even better, don’t work with any home renovation or general contracting company who doesn’t have an interior designer on the team or aren’t able to recommend one they’ve worked with before. The good news is we have several designers who we’ve worked with in the past. We’ll happily guide you through the options and select an interior designer which is right for your job.
Before you decide on a contractor, conduct thorough research and reference checks. Choosing the company with the lowest bid could turn your home renovation disaster, into a long-term disaster. Ensure you’re working with a team that will put your needs first.
Don’t be afraid to ask a ton of questions! You want proof of happy clients and successful renovations. An established, efficiently branded company will serve you well.
A professional crew will keep clutter and dust as minimal as possible. Dust travels so be prepared to run an air filter if necessary.
Noise travels as well, and it’s unavoidable during a renovation. Proper communication with your crew will allow you to be out of the home on noisier days.
The construction team will do their best to follow an established timeline, but issues can pop up, especially in older homes. Custom designs take longer as well. Always plan for your renovation to take longer than the projected time. This will prevent home renovation disasters in the form of an over-extended timeline. There’s nothing worse than planning to host guests at your home, only to have passed the renovation deadline, but the renovation continued on.
Put your trust in All Canadian Renovations Ltd., for your next home renovation. We thrive on client satisfaction and will work hard to make sure you’re coming home to quality. See our extensive showcase of home renovations and read through our testimonials!
Do you want to upgrade your house? Even small home renovations can be stressful and daunting. Instead of struggling with measurements and getting the right tools, you may want to consider hiring the professionals to do the job.
But the question is, where do you look? Moreover, who do you trust? A handyman or a contractor? Word-of-mouth may not form enough trust if you’re looking for someone who can get the job done right.
These terms may seem interchangeable, but they’re not. Handymen and contractors work in different ways.
Handymen may not be licensed to perform specialized trades, such as plumbing and electrical jobs. This doesn’t seem like a big deal but if you plan on selling your home in the future, paying someone else to redo the work to ensure everything is up to code may not seem ideal.
Contractors, however, are licensed in their specialized trades; if not, they can subcontract to other professionals who are. Watch our video on hiring contractors versus handymen.
We suggest to prevent future headaches, to avoid hiring a handyman service to complete your home renovation. While many of these types of contractors can be talented at their selected craft, they often aren’t great at running a proper business. Without the business side of things looked after, it leaves you and your home exposed to issues. Here are a few of the issues you may encounter, should you choose to use a handyman for your renovation.
The best way to find a contractor is to conduct interviews and lay out the specific idea you’re looking to achieve through your small home renovations. You want a contractor who is willing to work within your budget without overlooking specific requests.
Specifically, we recommend finding a renovator who’s part of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association. Other certifications which can be achieved by companies are the “Certified Master Renovator” and the “RenoMark” approved builders. Finally, you can turn to non-industry specific resources like the Better Business Bureau association or read Google or Facebook Reviews from past clients of the business. With this research, you should be well on the way to finding a reputable contractor to take on your home renovation.
A personable contractor can be great, but if they don’t have all the background paperwork in order, then you may want to pass. Don’t hire a contractor that isn’t fully insured. This is not the same thing as being licensed. You’ll want to find out the specific insurance coverage the renovator has – ie: general insurance, liability insurance, worker compensation, etc. Not having insurance means that if they cause damage to your home, or someone is injured on the job, you might be the one stuck with the bill.
We also feel strongly about checking on the renovation company itself. Ask how many years they’ve been in business. Find out if they offer a warranty on their completed home renovations.
Do they have a website, a physical location, a P.O. Box number? Is their business incorporated or a Limited company? Depending on how you feel about any of the responses you receive or answers you find out to the questions, may be treated as red flags, which you should steer clear.
You’re entering a serious contract when you select a contractor to renovate your home. Here are some other “red flags” to avoid.
Perhaps the easiest way to protect yourself is to receive the contract in writing. The home renovation company should also want to deliver the information in a contract, as it can help them protect their business. The contract acts as proof that the organization is legal, charging GST, and gives assurance the project is done for client ‘x’. All of this information shows the business is managed soundly and you’ll receive an invoice and receipt once the job and payment is complete.
Instead of having your selected contractor come back to your home every time a new job pops into your mind, consider batching the jobs together. Not only will the tasks be completed faster, but you may even save money in the process. It could also allow you to consider which small jobs may be big jobs in disguise. Having a clearer picture before beginning the work will let your contractor estimate with increased thoroughness and accuracy.
Stay on schedule and ask how long projects should take. However, keep in mind that these will be rough estimates and the circumstances of the work may change. Hounding your contractor to meet a deadline will create a negative work environment. It would be best if you asked about timelines but remain patient. Also, if the tasks you hired the contractor for can be broken into chunks – the contractor may not complete all the work in consecutive days. But, in any situation, your contractor should be able to inform you of their schedule in advance.
If you’re interested in improving your home or think you want a change, consider contacting us – 204.779.6900 or through our website’s contact us page. At All Canadian Renovations Ltd. we treat each project and job site with the same respect, fairness, and common-sense no matter the amount of the work. Whether you need small home renovations or a complete remodel, be sure you’re working with experienced and insured contractors like us.
The repairs to our bathroom are done and the bathroom looks brand new again. Wade did a really good job and we are very pleased that the wall and the other items could look so good again.
We are grateful that you went over and above the call of duty to remind us of the upcoming expiration of the warranty. We don’t know of any other company that would have done that let alone come and do the repairs.
We will recommend your company to anyone who needs renovations and hope that this will in some way repay you for all you have done for us.
Thanks again, Curtis. Much appreciated.
Renovating the kitchen can breathe new life into an old house, making your time at home more enjoyable and comfortable, and boost the resale value of your property. But kitchen renovations aren’t as easy as simply slapping a new coat of paint on the walls and cabinets and calling it “done.” For most homeowners, they will need to hire a reputable contractor to give them the kitchen they want that fits their budget. Finding a contractor requires homeowners to get an accurate quote on how much the work will cost, and how long it can reasonably expect to take. So how do kitchen renovation quotes work, and what can you expect? The expert home renovators at All Canadian Renovations Ltd. are happy to explain.
It depends. If you’re renovating with the goal of selling the home or renovating for your own comfort and enjoyment, your plans will reflect your ultimate goals for a kitchen renovation. For reselling, you’ll want to renovate the kitchen with buyer expectations in mind. You’ll want to aim for either what’s trending in the kitchen or go with simple, traditional styles.
If your kitchen renovation is personal, then your needs and desires will be an integral part of your plans. You might want light-colored cabinets, or a new tin backsplash installed. Before contacting a professional for a consultation, have your ideas in mind for what you’d ultimately like to see in your new kitchen. At this stage of the process, you’ll want to decide on your final budget.
When you meet with a professional renovator, they will sit down with you and find out exactly what you need and want for your new kitchen. A licensed contractor should listen carefully to your needs, and brainstorm ideas with you. The consultation should be highly personalized. Depending on how in-depth and large of a kitchen renovation you’re looking for, the consultation and planning process can take several hours, and possibly span several days.
After the plans are finalized between you and the renovator, the quote process will begin. In most cases, this can take between seven and ten days. Drawings for your personal kitchen design may take a little longer, depending on the complexity of your kitchen! The final estimate will include the cost of the entire renovation, but will not include the cost of appliances. That is something you will also have to consider during your planning, and with your budget!
At Canadian Renovations Ltd., our initial consultation/visit to your home for a kitchen renovation is available to you at no charge. If you’re looking to renovate and breathe new life into your old kitchen, please call us at 204.779.6900 or contact us today, and we’ll be happy to brainstorm a highly personalized kitchen design for you.
For most families, the kitchen is the heart of their home. If it isn’t leaving you inspired to cook meals or host friends and family, it might be time to consider some updates. One of the most jaw-dropping ways is to makeover your kitchen cabinets. There are several creative solutions when it comes to turning your outdated kitchen cabinets into a chef’s paradise. We have summarized some transformative tips and options below.
If you have structurally solid kitchen cabinets that are in good shape, paint might be a great alternative to updating your dated cabinet doors. This isn’t necessarily a “difficult” project. But truth be told, it can take a good bit of time depending on the size of the kitchen you’re working with. There is a process to do this properly and we would be happy to do the work for you.
Pulling down old kitchen cabinets and replacing them can be a costly decision. However, if you want to save yourself some money and are satisfied with the layout and size, maybe the fix is as easy as replacing what is in view. A cabinet refacing project can be the perfect compromise that will leave you swooning over your kitchen. Refacing kitchen cabinets is a fast way to make a big impact.
Sometimes it’s not the look of the kitchen cabinets that is the problem but rather the function of them. Instead of ditching your whole kitchen why not solve the problem with a solution by using your cabinets as your starting point. Pull out shelving inside your cabinets brings a level of high-end luxury which you tend to find in homes in newer designer homes. We can install this upgrade in some of the most cramp kitchens. The new shelving solution will leave you with more than double your storage.
Another way to transform your kitchen is with the use of light. Kitchens are notoriously known for having bad lighting and nothing looks good in bad lighting. You can completely change the look of your kitchen with some simple under cabinet lights. We have installed these in many homes. It really adds an element of sophistication to every kitchen.
How about adding something that will be the center of your creative kitchen works and food preparation? The addition of a custom island isn’t just a functional way to add counter space to your home, but also storage that can complement your existing kitchen cabinets. Having our team create your kitchen island will allow us to match the finishes and materials for a harmonious look.
If the ideas above won’t suffice, perhaps it’s time to tear down and start from the studs. A full kitchen renovation refresh will give you the most options, flexibility, and creative freedom to design-build your kitchen precisely the way you have only dreamed of. Colors, finishes, textures, lighting, storage space, location and positioning can all be incorporated into your new kitchen design. All Canadian Renovations Ltd. has a fully-equipped team – from interior design experts to general contractors, to experienced sub-trades – taking your ideas from conception to completion.
Make 2019 the year you love your kitchen again! All you need to do is take the first step and call us for a kitchen renovation consultation. Reach ACR Ltd. via 204.779.6900 or visit our website to contact us to set up your appointment for a consultation.
When you become a homeowner, you quickly find out that your home needs constant attention. It is not uncommon for home renovation needs to pop up. Sometimes, you can take care of the renovation yourself, such as painting your home’s interior. Other times, it’s best to hire a contractor, as some home renovations require a contractor. Licensing is required to complete certain home renovations. Specialized contractors need to be licensed to complete technical work within your home. As the consumer, you need to be sure the company you hire for your home renovation is the right person for the task at hand.
There are specialized trades, such as electrical and plumbing work, that require licensing to compete. The contractor will have the licensing needed to do the job correctly and in a legal manner. With licensing, the individual or company completing the work will be insured. Having insurance helps to hold the company liable if damages were to occur during your home’s renovation.
There are risks to not hiring specialized trades which aren’t licensed. If you hire an individual that is not licensed and damages or an issue occurs during the repair work, you could have to pay more to have the issue fixed than the cost of the original repair. When an individual is not licensed, and they do not meet local code requirements, then it will cost more to fix the issue as well as code violations.
If the work is completed without damaging your home, you could still be liable should a future accident ever occur. As well, if the work isn’t completed to local requirements, you may have to disclose this information when you purchase home insurance or during the resale process of your home. Not having a professional contractor complete your home renovations can keep costing you well after the work is completed.
Some larger home renovation projects that will require more time, machinery and several workers to complete. If you are completing a major kitchen renovation or bathroom remodel where repairs are needed with plumbing work or electrical, a contractor will be needed. HVAC needs also fit into the contractor category. You want a licensed professional helping you with the project to ensure all protocols are followed, protecting any warranty you have on your unit during the repair service.
Along with the reasons for hiring a contractor for your home renovations mentioned above, here are some suggestions when your home renovation will require a contractor:
Think about the scope of your home renovation project. Should you have experience or a background in construction, using tools, etc. and feel confident in your skills, perhaps completing the home renovation yourself is the right call. However, if your renovation project requires professional knowledge and experience, don’t hesitate to hire a contractor. With the help of an expert team like All Canadian Renovations Ltd., your home renovation project can be planned, budgeted for, and set to ensure that the changes you need are completed promptly, with all codes followed and permits pulled – following our proven home renovation process.
When you choose to do it yourself or hire an individual that is not licensed, you can cause yourself more trouble in the long run. We encourage you to work with our team of professionals, or at very least, reach out to us to learn more about how we could work together to make your next home renovation project a success. To discuss your next project with us – simply call 204.779.6900 or visit our website and contact us via our online form. We look forward to hearing from you!