Ready to start planning for a future home renovation? It’s important to get your project off on the right foot by planning properly and anticipating future costs and complications. In this guide from All Canadian Renovations, we will go through a few renovation planning steps you should definitely think about before you get started.
First, you should make sure that you find experienced Winnipeg contractors like All Canadian Renovations to handle your job. When searching for a renovation company, leave no stone unturned. Check online reviews, ask for interviews with past customers, get referrals from friends, set up interviews, and do your homework to make sure you’re working with a reliable, reputable team of professionals that will make your dream a reality.
There are a lot of places where you can get inspiration and guidance for your future home renovations. A few top websites for this include:
Are you interested in a modern home with a sleek and streamlined interior? A rustic, charming farmhouse style? Something in between? It’s important to take some time to learn more about your personal interior design style.
But it’s also a good idea to stay open to options! Your home renovation team may have some great ideas that may seem “outside the lines” or different at first but will end up being an excellent investment in your home.
It’s important to have a realistic budget for your home renovation. Renovation costs will ultimately depend on a variety of factors. Some of the most common factors are the room(s) you are renovating, the construction of your home, the types of materials you want to finish with that will dictate the cost. Knowing your budget and clearly relaying your budget to our team can go a long way and help with the overall satisfaction of the renovation.
So, think about what renovations you want to be done to your home, and consider the cost of each individual aspect of the renovation. Make sure you have enough money to accomplish your goals – and be sure to build in a cushion of about 15-20% of your budget to cover unexpected costs or to add “nice-to-have” additions during your project!
Renovating an entire house will usually take about 5-10 months, depending on the extent of the project. Individual rooms are much faster – kitchen renovations tend to take about 6-12 weeks, and bathroom renovations usually take about 4-6 weeks. Renovating living spaces, bedrooms, and other areas that require no changes in plumbing, utilities, appliances, etc. may only take 1-2 weeks. However, this is dependent on the scope of work requested.
The best way to get a realistic estimate of your project timeline is to work with an experienced renovation contractor. With a bit more information about what you want to be done to your home in Winnipeg, your contractor can provide you with an informed estimate on how long the job will take.
At All Canadian Renovations, we’re happy to help with renovation planning for future home renovations. As seasoned, experienced contractors, we’ve seen and done it all. Whether you’re renovating a single room or the entire interior and exterior of your house, we’re here to help.
From initial consultations to interior design, project planning, execution, and cleanup, you can trust our team of experts every step of the way. Contact us online or give us a call at 204-779-6900 to get started and get the assistance you need today.
Interested in having your bathroom renovated by a leading, award-winning home renovation company? We can do all types of bathroom renovations – so, talk to us about your powder room renovation, your three- or four- piece bathroom renovation, or your ensuite bathroom renovation. Trust us – you’ll love the finished product! For estimates and any other questions – contact us through our website or call 204.779.6900. But if you are interested in learning more about each type of bathroom renovation we do – read on.
Interested in a Winnipeg powder room renovation? Powder bathrooms are also sometimes called “guest bathrooms” or a “half bath.” They consist of two main elements, a sink and a toilet. These bathrooms are usually located on the first floor of the home and are easily accessible to guests, hence the term guest bathroom.
Powder bathrooms are usually the smallest, so your options for renovations are somewhat limited. You can replace the sink and toilet and change the decor, flooring, and other materials, but you may not be able to do things like adding a shower or tub unless you have some room around the bathroom to adjust the room size with.
Just because this bathroom is smaller doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice style. A recent interior design trend for powder rooms is to use texture, high contrasting materials, or visually impactful wallpaper to make the space outstanding.
A three-piece bathroom has three plumbing elements such as a sink, a toilet, and a shower or a bathtub. Of course, if the shower and bathtub are the same component, the bathroom is classified as a four-piece. Three-piece bathrooms will typically feature either a stand-up shower or a stand-alone tub.
Three-piece bathrooms can be considered a “full bath,” since they contain all the major plumbing fixtures required in a bathroom. During renovations, it’s common for the flooring, major fixtures, and cabinetry to be replaced, and lighting and other elements to be replaced, too.
Another common home renovation project is turning a powder room into a three-piece bathroom with the addition of a shower or bathtub. This is a great way to add value and flexibility to your home. A basement bathroom, for example, could be upgraded with a shower to let guests and family members have more options for bathing in the morning. The first step in this transformation is to ensure that you have the space to add either a shower or tub. Our interior design skills will allow come up with creative, yet feasible, solutions if your space allows for it.
Four-piece bathrooms contain a sink, tub, shower, and a toilet. This is the most common configuration for master bathrooms and ensuite bathrooms, which we’ll talk about in the next section. Sometimes the bathtub and shower are combined; in other situations, the shower and tub may be separate. We’ve also seen four-piece bathrooms that include a sink, toilet, bidet, and bathtub or shower; a dual sinks (two), toilet, and bathtub or shower.
Common four-piece bathroom renovations and upgrades include swapping the tub and/or shower for modern models, adding a double sink, and replacing vanities for more storage space. During these bathroom renovations, we frequently change out the flooring, add custom tile surround, new fixtures, exhaust fan, lighting, etc. Depending on the number of bathrooms in your home, your four-piece bathroom maybe the main bathroom in your home. Other common bathroom upgrades include in-floor heating, accessibility features for aging-in-place, and deep-soaker, jetted tubs.
We’ll gladly give you the bathroom of your dreams, but we usually recommend saving the fanciest of features for your ensuite bathroom – if your home has one.
Ensuite bathroom renovations can be the most complex and expensive. However, all it takes is a little bit of planning and preparation for this type of bathroom renovation to go off without a hitch. At ACR, we love renovating ensuites, as they usually are created to as a place of relaxation and luxury for our customers. As part of any ensuite bathroom renovation we commonly have:
While the cost of renovating can be more than other bathrooms in your home, ensuite bathroom renovations – add a lot of value to your home. Having a modernized ensuite bathroom is a highly desirable feature for homeowners.
Whether you’re interested in Winnipeg guest bathroom renovations, or full Winnipeg ensuite renovations for your master bath, All Canadian Renovations is here to help.
To learn more about each type of renovation, get a consultation at your home, and begin planning your bathroom renovation in Winnipeg, just contact us online or give us a call at 204-779-6900. Our team of experienced Winnipeg bathroom renovation specialists is always here to help.
When it comes to how to renovate a basement in Winnipeg, there are a few factors that you should keep at the forefront of your mind. Proper basement renovation planning is essential for a bright, beautiful, and comfortable living space. Here are a few top factors you should consider when you’re beginning to plan a basement renovation.
First, it’s very important to determine the purpose of your basement renovation. The purpose for renovating your basement will dictate the layout of the basement. Do you want a home theatre room? You’ll need to consider where you can place a TV or projector and screen, if you can remove any walls for more seating, and so on.
Or, if you’re building an in-house suite for an older relative, you may need to add a bathroom, kitchenette, and accessibility features like reinforced stairway railings or a chairlift. Building a suite like this requires many additional clearances from the city – especially when it comes to combustible appliances like a stove. You will most likely require a separate electrical panel, and fire rated drywall, as well as a separate heating and cooling system. Make sure your contractor has experiences in building these types of living spaces!
Are you interested in a home workshop? Perhaps, you’ve moved to work from home and now need a dedicated home office? You may need properly-installed power outlets that can handle power tools, computer equipment, phone lines, and additional workshop lighting – and so on.
Whatever the purpose and layout of your basement space may be, you need to have a clear idea of how it’s meant to be used before you start your project – and this can guide you throughout the rest of the process.
A basement bathroom is an excellent addition to your home, particularly if you only have one full bathroom in the house.
Adding a full bathroom or a half bath is a great way to make your home more appealing to buyers in the future – and to enhance your family’s comfort and convenience today.
However, you’ll need to consider a lot of things. Do you want a half bath, or a full bath with a shower or bathtub? Is it easy to access your plumbing systems? Can you add a vent fan to ensure proper ventilation for your bathroom, and prevent moisture damage? A bath fan is required by code in any new bathroom larger than a 2 piece (sink and toilet only).
Basements are a unique case when it comes to flooring. It may feel like carpet is an obvious choice. However, while it can add warmth and comfort in common or living areas of the basement, perhaps, another flooring option should be considered for utility areas. Tile will be less susceptible to water damage and would serve the laundry area best.
Hardwood is not a good choice when renovating your basement. Repeated water damage will warp and destroy the wood, ruining your floor.
Luxury vinyl tile is typically the best option for any basement that needs to be durable. It’s impervious to water and easy to clean, so a little bit of moisture won’t be a big issue. However, you could also consider tile or even an epoxy floor, depending on your preferences.
Lighting is a big concern in basement living spaces. Windows, if present, are usually quite small, and won’t provide a lot of light. You’ll need to install overhead lights, like LED pot lights, to ensure that the basement can be properly lit.
In addition to that, you may want to plan to paint the walls a light colour, which helps make the area feel brighter and airier. Adding multiple large mirrors also helps reflect light and makes the basement feel larger.
At All Canadian Renovations, we specialize in basement renovations in Winnipeg. If you’re looking to expand your living space by finishing your basement or redoing an already-finished basement, our team is here to help.
We work with you closely throughout the entire process of planning your basement renovation, ensuring you get the best possible results. Contact us online or call us at 204-779-6900 to schedule an appointment and get started with your project.
Planning bathroom renovations in Winnipeg? Make sure you take the time to consider your own unique needs, pick the right materials, and build a bathroom that will look great and function perfectly for years to come. Here are a few things you should consider when you’re planning your bathroom renovation.
First, you need to think about the changes you want to make. You can change or replace all of these items for a full renovation – or just focus on a few, like bathroom fixtures, bathroom lighting, or flooring if you’re doing a smaller-scale project.
Reconfiguring bathroom layouts is expensive but can be worth it. For example, you may want to move your vanity and your tub to provide your bathroom with more space and replace your tub with a new shower enclosure.
Replacing bathroom cabinets is a great way to add more storage and refresh the look of your bathroom. Make sure to consider your storage needs both now and in the future to pick the right layout and products.
Replacing bathroom lighting is a great option if you are on a budget. New light fixtures can brighten the room and make it feel more spacious – this is particularly important for bathrooms with no or small windows.
A new tile floor can dramatically change how your bathroom looks. Or, if you’re on a budget, a shower insert or other flooring materials can be suggested for your renovation project.
Common upgrades for bathroom vanities include double sink vanities for master baths or replacing vanities with pedestal sinks in smaller bathrooms for more space. Think about your own unique needs when choosing a vanity.
Replacing bathroom fixtures like bathtub taps, sink faucets and knobs, showerheads, and other such fixtures can help you completely transform the look of your bathroom for a relatively low price.
Do you want a towel warmer? In-floor heating? Under-cabinet lighting? A make-up station? Recessed, in-wall storage? The list can go on! These kinds of special features can make your bathroom a more pleasant place and ensure you enjoy your daily routine to its fullest.
One of the most important things you can think about when renovating a bathroom is the current – and future – size of your family, and your unique needs.
For example, if you have a young child and plan on having more children, you may want a bathtub to help bathe them as they grow, rather than a shower enclosure.
Or, if you are the parent to several grown teens, you may need to build in more storage space for their various bathroom and hair care products. Make sure to think about the size of your family and how you use the bathroom before building your renovation plan.
At All Canadian Renovations, we’re certified aging-in-place (CAP) renovators. If you plan on renovating your bathroom as you age in place in your home or you have an older relative who may live with you in the future, we can help.
We specialize in implementing features like grab bars, lowered counters, zero-entry showers, and other renovations that will allow older adults to get through their day-to-day bathroom routines safely and comfortably – without impacting the overall appearance of the room or making it feel clinical.
Our renovation planners and contractors are standing by to help you get the bathroom you’ve always wanted in Winnipeg. If you’re ready to start planning your renovation, contact All Canadian Renovations today for a consultation. At your appointment, we can discuss your design ideas, budget, family needs, and other details, and begin putting together a renovation plan right away.
With hundreds of successful, stunning kitchen renovations completed in Winnipeg, we’ve come across a few major recurring decision points that every homeowner we help needs to make. You’ll end up making hundreds of decisions during the lifecycle of the project. Even with our expert guidance, some decisions will require analysis to ensure you’re happy with your renewed home. However, not all decisions carry the same weight and today we’ll cover the top five kitchen renovation decisions you should start thinking about now. Let’s get started.
Replacing kitchen countertops and cabinets is often one of the costliest parts of any kitchen renovation, so make sure that you choose the right materials and style for your kitchen. While we always recommend investing in high quality stone countertops – laminate can still a good choice. However, with a higher quality material choice, it may be more expensive in the short-term, but your countertops will last longer and will add more value to your home.
In the same breath, we almost always recommend custom cabinetry as a must have. Your kitchen renovation is a unique space, so the use of prefabricated cabinetry usually won’t cut it. We work with local cabinet companies to build high quality cabinets that will fit perfectly into your space. While planning, you should also consider whether you prefer drawers or cabinet doors for your lower cabinets. And, there can be thousands of combinations, but we can help you nail down a look based on your tastes in design and décor.
Replacing your old, outdated kitchen lighting is a great way to modernize your kitchen, particularly if you replace older fixtures with bright, energy-efficient LED fixtures.
The brighter your kitchen is, the more spacious it will feel. So, don’t just replace existing light fixtures but consider incorporating new ones into dimmer corners of your kitchen, too.
During this time, you may also want to consider modern touches like adding under-cabinet and in-cabinet lighting, which is relatively inexpensive. Not only does this make it more convenient to use your kitchen, but it makes it feel more upscale and luxurious.
Are you looking to peel down old wallpaper, or replace an ugly tile backsplash? Your kitchen renovation is the perfect time to make these changes. However, with tile there are many options, colors, materials, styles available. You’ll even need to decide what pattern you want it placed with – herringbone, stacked, two-step, three-step, etc. Can you see why it’s helpful to have expert renovators working with you?
If you’re not sure what design style you prefer for your backsplash and walls, we recommend taking a look at some kitchen renovation galleries online for inspiration. You can check out our kitchen renovation showcase to get started, or speak with our team to get more information about the latest trends in kitchen design.
Kitchen tile flooring is typically the best choice for home renovations, but hardwood, natural stone, and other such options are also available. We recommend choosing a long-lasting, durable material that will fit the style of the rest of your kitchen. Similar to tile, the flooring can be placed into a myriad of different patterns.
By far, this is the first place you should start. The layout you envision and the features you desire will dictate all other aspects of the kitchen renovation. Some of the more common kitchen layout and feature requests we come across are:
If you have some unique ideas for custom kitchen features, make sure to discuss them with the team at All Canadian Renovations Ltd., so that we can incorporate them seamlessly into your kitchen design.
At All Canadian Renovations Ltd., we specialize in kitchen renovations in Winnipeg. If you have big ideas for your kitchen renovations and need a professional to help you design the kitchen you’ve always wanted, we’re the best choice.
So, don’t wait. You can expect the help, input, and design advice you need from our team of professional kitchen renovation contractors. Give us a call at 204-779-6900 or contact us online to schedule your consultation right away.
Over the past few years, we’ve covered a slew of topics – including everything to do with kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, basement renovations, door and window replacement – and including things outside of our services – like DIY tips, renovation survival tips, planning tools, and more. The bottom line is we just want your home renovation to be successful. But we feel the best way to guarantee that success is to have our team be your home renovator of choice. With all the knowledge we’ve shared, we’ve reviewed the article’s performance. As a mid-year recap here are our five most popular home renovation articles of 2020… so far!
While adding value to your home and equity should be a factor in any home renovation you plan, it’s also important to maintain a balance between enjoyment and resale-ability. However, our article titled “How much value does an ensuite bathroom renovation add to your home?” explains the potential ROI along with other things you should consider. This is an especially valuable read if you’re home wasn’t designed for an ensuite.
In one of our more recent articles, we covered the unglamorous world of renovation permits. While it isn’t as exciting as nearly any other part of the home renovation process “Why you need a renovation permit in Winnipeg?” is highly important and vital to the success of your project. Besides the “why”, we give a quick rundown on other information about renovation permits in Winnipeg, like the exceptions when a permit isn’t required and other consequences of not having a permit.
Remember the old saying ‘fortune favours the bold’? We feel bathroom renovations also favours the bold! We’re discussing some of our favourite interior design choices and bathroom design-build styles, materials, textures and layouts in the article “Our boldest bathroom renovation interior design tips”. With these tips and ACR’s expert team as your bathroom contractors – we’ll strike the perfect balance of bold and breathtaking together!
Winnipeggers love their character homes! And, we love the challenge of a character home renovation! While character homes can have some challenges, our entire team agrees that the charm of these homes is worth restoring. We have countless customers in River Heights, Wolseley, Lord Roberts, Old St. Boniface and St. Vital – and we can appreciate each home for its classic beauty and design. But, sometimes change needs to happen – for a variety of reasons – with the biggest factor being the safety of you and your family. So, when you’re starting, read “What things should you consider for a character home renovation or restoration?” and know you’ll have a truly seasoned team pointing you in the right direction!
We give you some insight into our process for creating beautiful basements! When you’ve run out of space or you just want to add more livable square footage completing a basement renovation and finishing your basement can be the best way to satisfy your needs. DIY’ers take note – in this article, we walk you through all the steps, aptly named “Basement renovation and finished explained”. Of course, we can’t divulge all of our secrets, nor can we translate our immense experience into a single article – but this is a great start! Alternatively, you can just hire us to conduct the basement renovation of your dreams! Easy as that!
Close to the top five but not quite on the podium – however, it’s too important of your home’s system not to share. Our comprehensive post “Replace your windows and doors to boost curb appeal” gives you more than enough reasons to. From the added savings in energy to the Manitoba Hydro incentives, to the boost in ROI – why not? All Canadian Renovations is the team you’ll want for this project – with an abundance of experience and problem-solving skills – we’ll address any unexpected items that come up. But, windows and doors is a project best completed during the spring, summer, or fall months! So, if you’re thinking about it – start the discussion with us today!
To say the year 2020 has been eventful would be a drastic understatement! COVID-19 has us staying at home and indoors more. We feel your home should be a place you love to be! Whenever we approach a new home renovation for our clients it’s one of the several questions we ask – what makes you (or will make you) love your home?
If you enjoyed the articles we put out on our blog – imagine how much fun we’re to work with? We feel that the crew here at ACR are some of the most qualified and experienced people in Winnipeg when it comes to home renovations. Over the years, we’ve managed and completed hundreds, if not thousands, of home renovation projects in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a Master Renovator for your next home renovation – give us a call today! We’re ready to discuss your exciting project with you – phone 204.779.6900 or use our website to request an in-home consultation!
If your Winnipeg home has worn-out windows and doors and you’re thinking about replacing them, now is the time to do it! During summer – May through September – is the best time to complete your window and door replacement project.
Why? In this article, All Canadian Renovations will explain why you should hire our contractor team to replace your windows and doors in the summer. Let’s get started.
If you wait to have your windows and doors replaced until early autumn – October, November – you may have some trouble dealing with the temperature. Depending on the size of your home, it could take up to 2-3 days longer to finish your window and door replacement renovation. And during this time, it’s best to have your A/C or heating turned off so that you’re not wasting money. While our team doesn’t necessarily mind working in the cooler temperatures – most heating systems won’t be able to keep up and the home will be much cooler inside as we complete the work.
You’ll also benefit from longer days – our work crew will be able to work longer hours without artificial light, which means that your project can be completed much more quickly.
Don’t underestimate the cost of drafts. A 1/8th inch gap around a door can allow as much air into your home as a small window that’s halfway open – and if you have drafty windows and doors throughout your home, you’ll have trouble keeping yourself comfortable in the summer and winter.
Not only that, but you’ll pay more in heating and cooling bills. But by replacing your windows and doors in the early summer, you can save quite a lot of money while running your A/C unit – and you’ll continue to see savings when the weather cools down.
The caulk and sealing compounds used to insulate doors and windows does not set quickly in freezing temperatures. During the process of door replacement or window replacement, the compound will take a lot longer to seal properly in these conditions.
But in the summer, especially in the mornings, early summer or late summer, the temperature is just right for the chemical reactions that harden and seal caulk and other similar joining compounds.
Of course, we understand replacing windows and doors at your home can be an expensive proposition. However, with any home renovation project, it’s important to weigh the upsides and benefits. When your window and doors are replaced, your home will immediately become more energy efficient. As well, you’ll receive an instance return-on-investment as window and door replacement is one of the top home renovations that result in ROI.
So, no matter your situation – whether you plan to move or if you’re staying put – it makes sense to have your windows and doors replaced. As well, with any renovation project that results in the improvement of energy-efficiency within the home, we encourage our clients to look for potential rebate and grant programs, like Manitoba Hydro. On the Manitoba Hydro website, they have a window and door replacement program – which could help with the financing for your project in a big way!
At All Canadian Renovations, we’re always here to help you get the window and door replacement services you need in Winnipeg and the surrounding area. Our experience and knowledge of any aspect of renovations is unmatched. For any project, including window and door replacement, your project will be in good hands.
Now is the best time of year for this project, so don’t wait – contact us now to get an estimate, and get started with All Canadian Renovations today!
Are you thinking of renovating your bathroom? Or are you looking for some tips on different design styles and features? While most home renovations remain relatively understated, bathrooms can be different. In a bathroom, it’s a lot easier to get away with bold designs and features that are typically not used in kitchens, living spaces, and bedrooms. Want some bathroom renovation interior design tips that bold, trendy, and modern? Look at our bathroom interior design guide from All Canadian Renovations Ltd. to get inspiration for your bathroom renovation.
Are you ready to go bold? Consider wallpaper and other printed wall coverings – and don’t be afraid of using lots of colours and big prints in such a small space. The bolder, the better! You can create a truly unique bathroom that fits your style and get as extreme as you want. To take things to the next level, you can even break common interior design rules and do things like paint the ceiling!
In contrast to the previous idea, you can also choose to go completely monochrome – and choose a completely white or grayscale bathroom. Choosing monochrome tile, bathroom finishes, decor, and plumbing appliances is a great way to provide your bathroom with a unique, sleek, modern look. This is a particularly good idea for bathrooms that lack much natural light and are small – since they will look larger and airier when finished in a single, light colour.
If you’re feeling bold, you can always pick coloured fixtures instead – blues and greens can be beautiful in the bathroom and provide a calming effect or a spa-like feel.
Depending on your home, you could choose to use exposed materials – such as brick – for the entire space, rather than just an accent wall. You could also choose to apply natural materials, such as stone tile or bamboo, throughout the entire space. Both of these options can create a unique look, especially compared to traditional bathroom designs that may use these materials only as a feature or accent wall.
Forget plastic tubs – if you want to make a statement and go bold, you can choose from a variety of different alternative materials including copper, stainless steel, concrete, marble, and much more. These tubs are sure to make your bathroom stand out.
Why settle for the layout your bathroom has already had for years? While renovating, you can move plumbing appliances and fixtures around and create unique, one-of-a-kind arrangements.
For example, you could put your sink under a window. Place a corner vanity in a cramped area that would otherwise have been an awkward “in-between” space. Other options could include reconfiguring the placement of your bathtub, shower, or toilet.
Unexpectedly configuring the space during your remodel can create some unique effects! However, this may add more costs to your project, so make sure you discuss it with your Winnipeg contractors before your project begins.
You don’t have to just go bold when it comes to walls and ceilings. You can also choose over-the-top flooring or wall tiles. Similar to boldly printed composite, mock wood look tiles, large tiles with painted graphics, and so much more.
This is a feature you won’t find in many bathrooms. But if space allows it, a bathroom is a great place for a make-up vanity. Its location in the bathroom makes it more convenient than a vanity located in a bedroom or living area.
Investing in a bathroom renovation? Consider going bold with one of our interior design tips. Not sure where to start? Get in touch with us today! We’ll help you find the perfect balance of bold and breathtaking – all while working within your budget. Our Winnipeg renovators and interior designers can work with you to create your dream bathroom! Contact us online or give us a call at 204-779-6900 to get started.
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 estimate for your upcoming project!