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Little Known Ways to Upgrade a Small Space

When living in a small home, you may feel quickly overwhelmed at not having the square footage you need for daily functions. Small living spaces can lead to stress as well as an overabundance of clutter when not organized properly. By learning how to make simple upgrades to a small space, you can enjoy your home, no matter how tiny. Below are a few little-known suggestions as to how you can enhance your small spaces.

Pocket Doors

One of the best ways to update a small home is with pocket doors. Older homes traditionally included pocket doors in such areas as the dining room or bathrooms and laundry spaces. However, this type of door phased out over the years but has been making a comeback. By installing pocket doors, you can gain wall space for furniture placement or further organization of the home. Consider this. When you have a traditional door in the home, it swings open and closed which eliminates the usable square footage. By adding a pocket door within the wall of the space, you can pick up as much as ten sq ft or more depending on the room size. A renovation specialist can quickly help you determine where a pocket door can be installed to gain space in the home.

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Having additional floor space can contribute to creating a larger feel in a smaller home. When you have bookcases or large storage cabinets in the house, the rooms can feel cramped. To upgrade a small space, consider creating cut-out shelving in between the studs of the wall or adding shelving higher up, even above the door frame. Moving shelving and artwork higher up on the wall will bring the eye up, and make the room appear larger.
Instead of creating traditional shelving in the home for organization, consider adding custom shelving within the walls. Creating built-in’s between the studs can give you more space as the shelving is inside the walls, creating a smooth, flush finish. This is something a contractor would have to help you with but is a short project that can seriously change the look of any living space.

Downsizing Furnishings

Many times, people have larger furniture pieces in small spaces. This can make the room appear smaller. By upgrading your furnishings to smaller items, the home can appear larger. Perhaps trade in your large recliner for a smaller accent chair. Opt for more streamlined sofas instead of larger, cushier options so that the furniture does not take up the bulk of the space in living areas. For bedrooms, consider a Murphy bed installation – a great option for office/guest rooms. A Murphy bed is one that fits into the wall and is brought down when needed; this is a custom project option that a contractor can assist with and quickly makes a room appear larger.

These are just a few options to help your small space seem bigger with simple upgrades. Take time to review your home to see how such changes might be of benefit. At ACR Ltd., such options are no issue for our expert team. They can easily assist with a modern redesign for your home. Contact us today to see how you can renovate your home.

Advantages of Hiring Home Renovators

Rockford - All Canadian Renovations Ltd. - Kitchen Renovations Winnipeg, ManitobaWhen considering a home renovation, often, homeowners try to tackle the job themselves. This can lead to chaos in the home and the need for professional assistance once a roadblock is reached. One of the many advantages to working with the best home renovators is that any barrier can easily be pushed through. Knowledgeable renovators know just what to do when electrical issues occur, load-bearing walls are in the way, or any other difficult situation you may come across. One of the many reasons homeowners use a home renovating company is due to experience and knowledge of home renovation projects.

Experience

The best home renovators have worked on various project types over many years. A team of electricians, plumbing experts, and other specialists come together to get the job done quickly as well as doing it right the first time, whether it is a basement renovation or an addition to your home. Experience helps with avoiding mistakes as well as knowing just what to do if a problem arises.

Quality Work Site

When hiring a team of professionals to complete your home renovation, you will have a quality work-site in your home. Renovations can be messy, but the professionals know how to keep the job site clean and in proper order. Your home may feel a bit chaotic, but in time, you will find the work is well worth it as you get to enjoy the new space in your home. The best home renovators will clean up after a day’s work, so your home does not appear to be a chaotic mess.

Involvement in the Plans

As the homeowner, you need to be involved in the renovation plans. A quality home renovator will insist that you are regularly updated on the project and provide you with information on what needs to be done in regards to the day’s work. By being involved, you can make changes or suggestions as necessary for the space to be just what you desire.

A Beautiful Finished Product

Because you are working with professionals, you can expect to have a fantastic finished product. The new space will be completed on time and budget and be exactly what you asked for. Top home renovation companies want to satisfy their customers. This means no sudden changes to project plans or going out on their own and doing what they think you want. The renovation team will also keep you in the loop and provide a finished product that is beautiful and just what you wanted to see in your home.

When it comes to renovating your home, choose to work with expert home remodeling companies. You will find experts in the field of electricity, plumbing, drywall, painting, etc. that know just what to do to be able to provide you with a renovated home that you will love for years to come. Whether you need help with a home renovation project or need prep assistance for home improvements, contact our team at All Canadian Renovation Ltd. We are happy to assist you with changes needed for your home, helping you get through any home renovation project.

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

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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!

Why You Should Remodel Your Kitchen First

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Have you been trying to figure out which room of your home you should remodel first? It can be a difficult decision. However, if you remodel your kitchen first, it can give you many benefits. Take some time and look around your home. Consider the rooms you spend the most time in, and how much it could help your day-to-day life if you were to remodel one of those rooms to be more efficient. Most people will immediately think of their kitchen.

Benefits of Remodeling Your Kitchen Sooner, Rather Than Later

People spend as much as 75% of their awake time at home, on average, in the kitchen. If you are working with an inefficient room, you could be wasting time that you may not even realize. By taking the time to reorganize your kitchen to be more efficient, you can save yourself time each day to be able to do something else. This time can quickly add up and give you more freedom to do something that makes you happy each day.

Saving Energy Means Saving Money

Your kitchen is full of appliances. Think about it. Your kitchen likely has a fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, maybe a trash compactor, and possibly even a garbage disposal. If you were to go through and remodel your kitchen, updating these appliances, you could be earning back a lot of your investment through energy savings. You can spend less on water bills with updated appliances, giving you more of your investment back. Each appliance that you upgrade can help you save money each month, making it a wise investment to make.

You may also want to speak with a local contractor about what type of energy rebates you may be eligible for if you remodel your kitchen. This can give you access to other funds that may make your renovations even easier and less expensive. Don’t go into a kitchen remodel without help, however. As the aid of a local contractor can give you a lot of insight! Remember – they do this every day! They may be able to make your remodeling dreams come true!

For help with your kitchen remodel, consider the expert opinions of ACR Ltd. We can help you plan out the best way to organize your new kitchen so that it works for what you need.

MHBA 2017 Spring Parade of Homes

All Canadian Renovations was honoured to be a part of the judging team for the MHBA 2017 Spring Parade of Homes.

Along with CJOB’s Richard Cloutier, (centre), Dana Downey (right – Royal LePage), Donald A. Leith (far right – President – Business Council of Manitoba), Curtis Breslaw (left – All Canadian Renovations), Mike Moore (far left – President – Manitoba Home Builders’ Association)

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5 Useful Tools for Planning Your Home Renovation

5 Useful Tools for Planning Your Home Renovation - All Canadian Renovations Ltd. - Bathroom Renovations Winnipeg, ManitobaWhen you have a home renovation in mind, planning it out can become a tedious and frustrating prospect. You don’t necessarily know how to go about renovating your home; you just know what you want. Luckily for you, there are some great free tools that you can use to help give you an excellent idea of what your renovation is going to look like. Take a look at these options and give them a try, so you can better plan for your renovation.

Planner 5D

If you want to be able to see what your renovation will look like in high detail, then Planner 5D may be the perfect solution. It allows you to input a lot of information, and it gives you a rendering of what the room will look like upon completion. You can put in a lot of little details, which can help give you an idea if your renovation will work the way you are hoping it will in your mind.

Design a Room

Another great free tool is Armstrong’s Design a Room. It lets you visualize a bunch of different combinations of materials, all in three dimensions. You can pick the sizes of the room, the cabinets, shelves, flooring, lights, and more.

The Home Renovator

If you want to be able to compare different types of projects, then The Home Renovator is for you. You can make choices between adding a three-season room or adding an enclosed deck to see which would suit you better, as one example. Take the time to put in your dimensions and desires into the program, and get a list of things to consider, including the tools you would need to do any part of the project yourself.

Sweet Home 3D

For those who like the ability to see a simple recreation of a room, but also have the option of using more advanced options to give the room more detail and realism, then Sweet Home 3D is perfect for you. You can take a look at the basics of what a new room would look and feel like, plus you can add in more details to help you see if it would flow right for your needs.

Smart Draw

Most people know Smart Draw because of its ability to create unique presentations, but under the tools for flow charts, there are also room designs that can be used to plan out a home renovation. You can add in information to help you plan out a new room or a new addition that includes several rooms, all for free during the free trial. If you like how it looks and how the program works, you can then decide if you want to buy the full program.

For help planning your home renovation, make sure to call in experienced professionals. While these tools can help, they are not as good as a human in terms of being able to bring up things that may otherwise be overlooked. Give All Canadian Renovations Ltd. a call today!

How to Solve Your Room Flow Problems with Minimal Renovations

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Having rooms that flow together is important. It allows any sized house to feel more like a cohesive home. You can even make a smaller room feel larger simply by having the right flow. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get your current home to flow better if you know where to look.

Here are a few tips to helping your home flow better without breaking the bank.

Give Your Home More Open Space

One simple way to give your home better flow is to give it a bit more of an open feel. Go out and buy a few storage units that meld with your home and rid each room of anything that clutters the space. You can then store those units in the room if they match, or in closets or the basement if you want them out of sight.

Add Cohesive Lighting Throughout Your Home

The flow isn’t just the furniture. Find a style of lighting you like, and that makes your home look great, and add that type of light into the different rooms of your home you want to flow better. Lighting is an inexpensive way to update your home, and if you get one style put up in your home, it also boosts the cohesiveness between the rooms.

Utility Details Can Give More Flow

Think about how many rooms in your home have cabinet doors or drawers. What would it do to your home to make all the cupboard door handles match, and then to make all the drawer pulls match? You can have all the same details in your bedrooms, bathrooms, utility rooms and your kitchen, to give your home a better feel of cohesion, which adds to the flow.

Use One Piece to Focus the Room

When you want a room to flow better, use one part as the room’s focal point; then, once you have that focal point picked out, set up the rest of the room around that area. For example, if you want your bathroom to flow better, you could use a new bathtub as your focal point. That way the renovation cost is relative to that central point and the small details that you get to perk up the room.

Paint Can Go a Long Way to Improve Room Flow

One of the most commonly overlooked ways of improving flow is through paint. Not only should you find colors that complement each other in the different rooms of your home, but you should also find colors that you can use both inside and outside your home. Flow does not mean only inside your home. The outside of your home can, and should, flow, too. Find colors that you like, and extend the flow of your home into your outdoor space as well.

Should you need any help with renovations to improve the flow of your home, find a renovator with experience relevant to the work you are looking to have done. That way, you can get the result you want without paying a ton for it.

Erica

Curtis and his team were knowledgeable and easy to work with.  My bathroom reno went smoothly and it looks great!