Home renovation is a growing, ever-changing industry. As design trends change, contractors must adapt to stay competitive in any marketplace. Building codes change, materials used in renovations become regulated and have basic requirements put on them, and best practices change.
In cities like Winnipeg where many homes were built 100 years or more ago, renovators often run into problems like knob and tube wiring and asbestos insulation or have confined spaces to work within. As more and more new homes are built for seemingly inexpensive costs, you start to wonder, why do professional renovations cost so much?
Did you know, in the city of Winnipeg, permits may be required for your renovation project? Not only are permits important to ensure safety and other standards are met during the renovation process, but also if you choose to sell your home in the future. Realtors and buyers alike are likely to research past work completed on a home before deciding to make an offer.
Not having permits in place can dramatically impact the cost of a renovation, if work needs to be re-done retroactively. Also, if a permit was required for a project, and no permit was pulled, you – the homeowner – could run into some serious issues with your home insurance policy. For example, imagine you were having electrical upgrades done to your home, and instead of using a licensed electrician, your contractor did the work himself without a permit. Should there be any problems down the road, say, an electrical fire – the first thing your insurance company will ask you is “who did your electrical upgrade? Was a permit pulled?” Should your electrical fail, and cause a fire that damages your home – your insurance company may not cover the costs of repair. The same thing could be said for any major plumbing upgrades, structural work, etc.
At All Canadian Renovations, we ensure proper permits are in place before starting any renovation project. If a permit is required for the project – All Canadian Renovations will pull the required permits. No questions asked. You can learn more about residential building permits on the City of Winnipeg website.
Websites like Houzz and Pinterest provide great inspiration for home renovations. However, neither truly shows the depth of work that is required to achieve the pictured result. While it may look like a coat of paint, some new flooring, and new light fixtures were added, there is often much more that goes into the overall process. In a bathroom renovation, for example, the old plaster walls may have been taken down, insulation upgraded, a proper vapour barrier added, and new mold resistant drywall put in place. Before and after pictures may show the colour of the walls changed, but won’t always show the full depth, or the amount of work required.
When you get into replacing fixtures and appliances your costs can increase quickly – all with a good return on investment. Newer fixtures are designed to use a lower volume of water or less energy, thus saving you long-term in usage costs, and helping the environment! Upfront the cost will impact the overall renovation cost, but in the long run, it is well worth the investment.
New appliances or light fixtures may have electrical requirements that older wiring systems cannot handle, or can but will be pushed close to their breaking point. Upgrading the wiring in your home could be required to meet current fire, safety, and building code standards; this can also happen with old insulation in attics and walls. New insulation is engineered to maintain internal temperatures of the home, while still being safe to have in the home.
The long and short of it is, professional renovators have spent the time and energy to become experts in their field. The planning and consideration that they put into your project, in addition to the manual labour itself, account for part of the cost. The other factor is the long-term outcome. True professionals will put the time and energy into the work the first time around, so you can trust that the results will last long after you’ve stopped thinking about the bill.
Painting a room in your home can be fun and exciting. It is incredible what a change in color can do to brighten or open up space. By simply spending a little money on paint, you can transform a room into a new place to relax and enjoy. When it comes to paint colors, neutral tones are always an excellent choice. Each year, we see new neutral tones take the spotlight, providing a different way in which to enjoy a basic color in the home. Below are a few examples of new neutrals that you can use to transform any room in your home.
To begin, you might be wondering why neutral tones are used in the home. While some people like to be bold with their color choice, neutrals allow you more freedom when decorating, so you are not stuck to one color palette. You are also able to tone down your home when in the market to sell or rent. Overall, neutral tones can create a lovely space that you can enjoy for years to come rather than having to repaint after tiring of a bold color.
Who doesn’t love a creamy cup of coffee? For new neutral tones in 2017, coffee colors are quite popular. From deep caramels to light marble creams, there are many ways to add coffee tones to the home. These beige base neutral colors help to create a perfect backdrop for any decorative color scheme. You can add pops of color with draperies and accents, easily changing up your décor in the future without having to repaint.
Gone are the days when dark or light gray are your only gray choices. Today’s gray neutrals are mixed with blue and purple tints to create lovely shades of gray that go perfectly in any room of the home. You can use such colors and pull out the tones as your accents for a beautiful monochromatic space. Try a light gray-blue in the bathroom for a calming effort or a purple toned gray for your bedroom for a soothing sleeping area.
Another option you can consider for a neutral palette is pastels. We are not talking about your baby room colors but rather lighter than light pinks, blues, yellows and greens for just a hint of color. With the tinted shades of white or beige, you can have a hint of color on the wall without going full-on pink or yellow. These lightly colored shades provide a small amount of color which you can pair with bright accents or printed pieces for a lovely look in the home. Go for a super light shade for a subtle hint of color or go a little bit darker, so the color you choose shines out just a little bit more.
These are just a few of the neutral color options that are popular for 2017. When repainting rooms in the home, try a few samples of your favorite shades and view them in different lighting styles to find the right color for your space.
ACR Ltd. is a top-rated remodeling company that can easily assist with the redesign of your home, including choosing a new neutral color palette. Consult with ACR today to see how you can enjoy home renovations.
When you become a home owner, you quickly learn that there is usually always something to clean or fix. Homeownership can be tough, especially when you have such issues as mold in the home. As a new home owner, you may have no idea as to the early warning signs of mold growth and may end up with a problem that is out of control, before you realize there is a problem, to begin with. By learning to recognize the early warning signs of mold growth, you are better able to handle any mold or mildew issue that can occur in the home. Below are a few examples of early warning signs, so you are better equipped to deal with the problem before it escalates.
Mold is an allergy to many people and can cause allergic reactions such as sore eyes, sneezing, and runny nose. If you find that you are suffering from allergies in the home, you may have a mold growth issue. Think about your allergy issues. Are you having a worse reaction at home? Do you feel better when you are outside the home? If you find that your symptoms are worse at home, you need to have a mold check completed to ensure your home is not affected.
Another sure sign of mold in the home is an odor. Mold has a musty smell that is very distinct. If you smell something odd, do not ignore it. You should have your home thoroughly inspected to find out if mold exists. Mold can easily settle in the walls or under the floors of your home and may not be visible. A full inspection would need to be done to determine where the smell is coming from and action taken if mold is found present in the home.
When mold is discovered in the home, there are visible signs; while most people know what mold looks like, at times, small amounts go unnoticed or are mistaken for dirt. If you see mold growth, no matter how small, action should be taken to rid the home of mold immediately. Small patches can quickly spread and create a much bigger problem. Mold removal services will be needed to ensure that your home is not susceptible to a larger mold colony that could be hidden within the walls of the home.
Moisture problems in the home can also lead to mold growth. If you have had water problems in the home, there is a good chance that mold is present. If you see water stains on the walls, flooring or ceiling, these areas will need to be evaluated. You may see water stains or discoloration in these areas, and the left behind moisture can lead to mold growth.
Overall, if you suspect mold is in your home, you should have the home evaluated. A check of every aspect of the home needs to be completed by a mold expert. This way, a plan of action can be created so that you know your home is safe and secure from mold growth.
ACR Ltd. specializes in mold issues in the home and can easily provide you with the services needed to ensure your home is clean and clear of mold and mildew – call us today to book a home inspection!
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.
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.
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.
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.
When 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
When 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!