Where to live during a reno, can I live at home?

where to live during a home reno, can I live at home?

where to live during a home reno, can I live at home?

 

Home renovations are inherently noisy. With hammers hammering, drills drilling and workers scurrying in and out of your space, the noise, hustle and bustle of it all can be overwhelming. During a home reno, your first instinct is probably to find a different place to stay, but, this may not be necessary. In certain situations, staying at home is the best choice. Plus, you get to avoid costs associated with finding temporary accommodation. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to stay at home during your renovation:

 

1. Safety

There are different types of home renovations – some safer than others. The safety level of your renovation is a huge factor when deciding whether to stay put or move out for the time being. Major roof remodeling, wood floor refinishing and asbestos or mold removal are examples of projects that definitely require moving due to health and safety concerns. In cases like these, there’s really no decision to make. Always prioritize your health and safety above anything else.

 

2. Timeline

 Before packing your bags and hurrying into a hotel, you want to consider the timeline of your renovation. Some projects can be completed in less than a month, so you’ll be able to have your space to yourself in no time. However, for bigger renovations like kitchen remodels which take over a month to complete, you may want to look into housing options as it can be difficult dealing with the noise and clutter for an extended period of time.

 

3. Project scale 

It’s important to think about the scale of your renovations. Some projects like a complete home remodel, make it practically impossible to live at home while they’re being worked on, while others only place little restrictions on your movement within the home.

 

4. Access to necessities 

Regardless of the scale of your renovation, you have to consider the access you have to necessities such as your bathroom, kitchen or even your home office. As a general rule of thumb, when a home reno restricts access to any part of the home you consider an integral part of your day-to-day routine, it’s probably best to live elsewhere for the time being.

 

5. Effects on project outcome 

Some homeowners choose to stay at home during a renovation to avoid excess costs. However, in some cases, trying to avoid these costs can actually affect the project outcome. Living at home could extend the timeline of your renovation as workers have to adjust their schedules to accommodate your daily routine – and the longer the timeline, the higher your budget. If your presence in the home stops workers from doing their work efficiently, moving out may be a better choice. Your bank account will thank you for it!

 

6. Personal boundaries

As previously mentioned, renovations come with a lot of noise. Depending on the project, you may have restricted access to various parts of your home. Also, different tradesmen coming in and out of your space could impact your privacy.  It’s up to you to decide whether or not you can deal with the impacts of a home reno on your day-to-day life. This may even be the biggest factor to consider.

 

 

Deciding where to stay during a home renovation isn’t as cut and dry as it seems. However, if your project has a short timeline, is small in scale and affects small unintegral parts of your home, then it’s okay to live in while renovations occur.

Thinking of renovating your home? Get in touch with us today!

 

Do I Need An Interior Designer?

Do I need an interior designer?

Do I need an interior designer?

 

When remodeling their homes, many often ask “do I really need an interior designer?” It may seem like an unnecessary expense up front, or even a bit frivolous, however, if you are spending time and money on remodeling your house, it may very well be worth it. Here are some reasons why.

 

1. Save Yourself Some Money

When doing a remodel, paying an interior designer might not seem like it will save you money, but creating a cohesive look in your home can be a daunting task, and costly mistakes can easily be made. For example, do you know with certainty that the paint colour you picked will work with your lighting and furniture choices? Or if you’re shopping for furniture, are you certain that you’ll be just as happy having it in your home as you were seeing it on the showroom floor?

Additionally, a designer will know how to get the best value out of your design budget. They work with you to ensure you understand where every dollar of your money is going. Plus, they have access to resources and know of products that you may not even be aware of. This will save you endless hours of researching and comparing products and prices, which, of course, is valuable when you have other important things to attend to.

 

2. Increase Your Home’s Future Resale Value

Hiring an interior designer can help boost the appeal of your home when you eventually decide to sell. Their professional touches can add an appealing aesthetic to your home, which translates into an increase in showings. Plus, this increased appeal means your house will sell faster and won’t be sitting on the market for an extended period of time, which means money in your pocket much sooner.

 

3. Receive Invaluable Professional Guidance

A good designer can help you determine your personal style without pushing their own preferences and style on you. While they may give some nudges to help you think of ideas that you haven’t thought of yourself, they’ll be adaptable in integrating your feedback and personal tastes. Also, they are trained to expand on your vision and bring it to life. A lot of designers also offer 3D modeling or sketch boards to help you visualize what your new space will look like. With that being said, it’s always good to choose someone who takes the time to understand your tastes and your lifestyle. If it doesn’t feel like a good fit when speaking with a prospective interior designer, move on until you find someone you can trust and connect with.

 

4. Get the Wow Factor

Have you ever walked into a showhome, seen photos online, or visited a showroom and said ‘wow! how did they do that? This looks fantastic!’? Designers are always the ones behind the vision that make people feel an ineffable sense of awe. They are the ones that bring all the components of a room together beautifully. And rightfully so – they do this all the time! They are trained to think differently and can see the overall picture of a room while knowing the little components that pull it together. With an interior designer, not only will you get good design, you’ll also get an attention to detail that ensures everything fits perfectly and is truly unique to you and your home.

 

How to estimate the cost of a bathroom renovation

how to estimate the cost of a bathroom remodel

how to estimate the cost of a bathroom remodel

 

It can be difficult to determine your bathroom remodel budget because of the many components that go into making a bathroom functional and beautiful. There are countertops to choose from, bathtubs to consider, and design styles to sift through. Here are some things to keep in mind when building a bathroom renovation budget:

 

Set a budget as early in the process as you can

Ideally, the bathroom renovation process starts months before the first hammer falls. This ensures that you can come into the process well informed about the products you’d like, and set realistic expectations about how a remodeler can work within your budget. While your cost estimates may change as you learn more about the options and your project goals, having a realistic budget in mind helps guide the entire process.

 

Deciding on the scope of work

Your budget will largely be dependent on your project’s scope of work. Of course, just replacing a bathroom vanity is cheaper than a full gut-and-replace renovation. The scope of work will also affect soft costs – the larger the job, the more time a remodel will take so things like jobsite cleanup, debris removal, and project management will cost more.

Your cost will also be dependent on the amount of design work needed, as well as building permits, especially if you plan on removing walls, rewiring lighting, or rerouting plumbing. If layout changes are required, expect the total cost of the remodel to increase by 10-20%.

 

Which bathroom are you remodeling?

The bathroom you remodel also affects the overall cost. For example, a powder room (or small half bath) will be a lot less costly than a hall bath or master bath because there are less materials, and less hours required to complete the renovation. For reference, a powder room remodel takes 2 to 3 weeks, a hall bathroom takes 3-4 weeks, and a master bathroom can take 6-8 weeks.

 

Average costs for vanities

If you’re looking to update your bathroom for the lowest cost, replacing the vanity and countertop can make a huge difference. This can be done inexpensively with an all-in-one vanity (where the cabinet, counter and sink are included). Alternatively, you can go the custom route.

All-in-one vanities are a great option to save money, but be aware that the quality varies significantly. For this reason, you’ll see whole packages ranging from $200 to $3,000. There are limitations to all-in-one vanities though – they come in limited style and size options that may not work with your personal tastes or bathroom layout.

A custom vanity, on the other hand, is designed and ordered to fit your space, and comes in a multitude of design options, including custom storage solutions and detailing work on cabinet doors. Custom vanities start around $1,000, and go up from there, depending on the level of detail you want. However, unlike all-in-one vanities, you will need a sink (which can range from $50 to over $2000) and a countertop.

 

Average cost for countertops

Every countertop material has its advantage and disadvantages, so it’s a personal decision to weigh price versus quality of materials. Laminate countertops are the cheapest option at $40-65 per square foot, but aren’t as durable as stone options. Granite countertops are durable and versatile, but can run you around $50-$200 per square foot. And unlike laminate, you can’t just buy what you need – you’ll have to buy a slab and have it cut to your bathroom’s dimensions. Resin countertops will cost about $50-$125 per square foot and are very durable – an attractive option if granite is too pricey.

 

Average cost for bathtub and showers

Again, the cost is largely dependent on your choice of materials and style. If you are looking to replace and install a bathtub or shower, it will cost between $1,500-$6,000 plus the cost of labour. There may also be other costs associated with replacing a bathtub or shower, such as moving walls, re-plumbing, and installing a new waterproofing system.

Do you have any questions about how much it will cost to renovate your bathroom? Give us a call today at 289.780.0748 for a free, no-obligation estimate.

How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?

how long does a kitchen remodel take

how long does a kitchen remodel take

How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?

Many clients who are looking to remodel their kitchen have a date in mind in which they want it completed. If they are a landlord, the completion date might be a time that coincides with a new tenant moving in. For homeowners, it might be before the school season starts, before they have a baby, or before a major holiday, like Christmas, where they intend to accommodate a large group of people. If you have a specific date in mind you can plan backwards to narrow in on a start date, and this will also help your contractor understand your expectations.

 

So how long does a kitchen remodel take?

Whether you’re using the backwards planning method, or just looking to get a kitchen remodel done at any time, you should account for six to eight weeks of construction after the design stage has wrapped up. But keep in mind that the timeline for a kitchen remodel depends on a number of factors including the size of the kitchen and the complexity of the job.  There are also some external factors that can influence the renovation timeline:

  • Depending on the remodel, permits may need to be obtained before work can begin. The building permit submission will require drawings and a floor plan layout. Overall, this process can easily take a couple months before a permit is obtained.
  • If other tradespeople, such as electricians and cabinet makers, are needed for the remodel, you may have to account for their schedule as well
  • A lot of materials need to be ordered, including flooring, lighting, countertops and more. They may be delivered in a timely manner, or sometimes, in the case of custom cabinetry, may take up to a few months to arrive.

 

Steps to a kitchen remodel

To ensure a stress-free kitchen renovation, here are the steps you should account for when planning your timeline:

1. Planning and design. For many people, this can be months or even years before they even consider a remodel. Regardless of how long you plan, the more details you work out before construction begins the more likely it is that you’ll enjoy your new space. Another important point to consider during the planning phase is the fact that your current kitchen will be unusable during the renovation process.  Planning for a temporary kitchen setup in your basement or other location may be needed if you do not plan to eat take-out food the entire time.

2. Order materials. Now that planning is complete it’s time to order all the pieces that will bring your vision to life. The timeline for receiving these materials varies greatly on stock quantity and location. Custom materials may take longer as well.

3. It’s demolition time! This stage involves removing the existing kitchen and inspecting everything that is now exposed. If everything looks good, the remodeling can begin. If modifications or repairs are needed, talk to your contractor to see how long this could potentially take and account for it in your timeline.

4. Electrical wiring. This is when the electrical crew will arrive and install an upgraded electrical system (i.e. new outlets, lighting, etc.) in your kitchen if required.

5. Mechanical installation. New plumbing, HVAC and any new features like built-in speakers will be installed.

6. The ‘bones’ of the remodel are installed. Insulation, drywall, and flooring are completed at this stage.

7. Cabinet and countertop installation. This is when the new kitchen really starts to take shape, and clients get excited when they get a glimpse of the final product.

8. The finishing touches. Next comes the installation of sinks, faucets, backsplash, lighting fixtures, and trim. Finally, the kitchen will be painted to your desired colour(s).

9. Clean up. Your kitchen remodel is now complete! The crew cleans up their work space, and will do any small touch-ups.

 

A key component of sticking to a timeline is clear communication between the client and remodeling company. From the early stages of design to the final light bulb installation, clear lines of communication reduce the chances of misunderstandings and allows the remodeler to meet and exceed expectations. So, be sure to establish who your main point of contact will be, and how communication will take place, whether through email, text, or phone calls.

Are you planning a kitchen renovation and want to discuss your timeline? Get in touch with us today to get the conversation started!

The Challenges of Renovating An Old Home

renovating an old home

renovating an old home

When clients are looking to renovate their older home, they typically want to add modern conveniences while maintaining the look and charm of the original architecture. However, one of the challenges you may encounter while renovating is that there may be issues that reveal themselves only after construction begins. Here are some of things you should look out for if you’re planning to remodel your older home.

Potential plumbing issues

Not every older house has a surprise waiting around the corner, but the most common issue involves problems with the plumbing system. If your home was built before the 1960’s, it’s possible that galvanized pipes were used both within the house, and in the main sewer line. The issue with galvanized pipe is that it corrodes over time and clogs easier than more modern materials such as  PVC or copper. And if you have beautiful, large trees in your yard, the sewer lines will also have to be checked to ensure roots haven’t blocked the lines.

Is the electrical up to code?

Old electrical wiring can be a safety hazard. Since older homes weren’t equipped to handle multiple TVs, new appliances, computers, and entertainment systems, they can be easily overloaded and potentially start a fire. Many older homes don’t even have outlets in the bathrooms to accommodate styling products, so those will need to be added. Or, if outlets already exist, they may only be 2-prong rather than 3-prong, which have a ground wire to prevent electric shocks. Also note that if the previous owner has updated their old electrical system to a 200 amp service, this should be thoroughly inspected before remodeling begins to ensure it is up to current code.

is there asbestos

Is there asbestos or lead?

Asbestos was used in Canada until the late 70s in popcorn ceilings, insulation, siding, and more. Lead paint was also used until it was banned in 1978. While asbestos and lead don’t cause any harm if left undisturbed, both need to be properly contained and remediated prior to undertaking any remodeling project.

Quality of previous renovations

Previously improvements may look well done, but it’s difficult to know the true quality of craftsmanship until remodeling starts. In general, the more times a home has changed hands, the more likely it is that any previous remodels didn’t comply with construction codes, weren’t done professionally, or didn’t work with the original design of the house. While major issues aren’t always found, you should consider a contingency budget in the event that further repairs will be needed.

Accommodating for modern conveniences

If you’re remodeling an old home, it may well be the case that you’re looking for modern features and floorplans. For example, older homes didn’t always have space for a dishwasher, washer, and dryer. In many older homes, you won’t find  an ensuite bathroom or a walk in closet in the master bedroom. And floor plans from over 40 years ago were much more compartmentalized than today’s open floor designs.

With outdated layouts, it can be tricky to expand or rearrange a space. That’s not to say older homes can’t have structural elements changed or removed, but taking out a load bearing wall can be expensive and create a domino effect of “if we remove this, than that feature will need to also be changed”.

Updating an old home can be incredibly rewarding when you see the final product – a mix of original elements with new features. However, before you spend time and money on a remodel, you should first consider the potential issues an older home may have. It may be slightly more expensive than a “typical” remodel, but at least you’ll get the updated, compliant, and functional space you’ve been dreaming of!

 

The 6 Hottest Home Remodelling Trends of 2018

Do you feel like your home could use an update? Whether you’re annoyed with your appliances causing your power bills to soar or you’re tired of looking at outdated pastel walls, 2018 has brought a few renovation trends that will bring your house into this decade and beyond. Here are the 6 most popular trends of this year.

 

1. Universal Design

Universal design, also known as “aging in place” design, makes it possible for people to stay in their homes well into their golden years. In a home with universal design, you’ll see things like wheelchair-accessible open showers instead of bathtubs. There are often also contrasting colours for easy visual navigation and open concept spaces for ease of movement.

 

2. Eco-Friendly Materials

In 2018, homeowners are looking for more than a simple energy efficiency sticker. They’re concerned about the sustainability of product development, the life cycle of products, and how they affect air quality in their home.

One of the biggest changes happening this year is in flooring options. Bamboo is becoming increasingly popular because it grows quickly and doesn’t require as much land to grow as other hardwoods do. This makes it a more sustainable option. Cork is another eco-friendly option gaining momentum, and is great for sound absorption.

Water consumption is also important if you plan to create a green living space. Homeowners are replacing their water-guzzling toilets and showers with low-flow options. They’re also planting native species of flowers and trees that are already climatized and therefore don’t require as much external water or pesticides to grow.

Additionally, we’re seeing more people upgrading their windows to eliminate air leaks; reducing heating and cooling costs. There is also an increased demand for plant-based paints with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to minimize indoor air pollution.

 

3. Luxury Basements

Basements are no longer the damp, cold storage spaces for forgotten household items. The basement has now become a luxurious getaway for homeowners. We’re seeing more requests to renovate basements to be an additional entertainment space, home gym or music room. Adding an in-law suite is also very popular to accommodate aging parents or multi-generational families.

 

4. The Connected Home

2018 has become the year of making technology a staple in any home renovation. The goal of new tech, is to streamline your life.

New tech will also save you time and money. Here are a few of the most popular options:

  • Install USB plugins in the kitchen to charge your phone as you look up recipes or browse the internet while cooking.
  • Get a doorbell equipped with a camera. You’ll save plenty of time not answering the door for solicitors!
  • Install programmable lighting and thermostats. Both allow you to save on utility bills while giving you one less thing to worry about every day.

 

5. Colour

Painting isn’t exactly a major renovation, but it has turned into one of the hottest home renovations of 2018. Homeowners are turning away from neutrals like whites, greys and beiges. Now, they’re painting their walls and cabinets bold statement colours that stand out.

Just look at any paint company’s most popular colour of the year. Benjamin Moore’s colour, Caliente, is a rich red that is sure to make a statement. Dulux’s paint colour of 2018 is the deep hue Black Elegant. Valspar’s is the bold Deep Indigo. It seems that the trend of clean interiors is taking a backseat to a colourful, personalized, and homey feel.

 

6. A Natural Touch

Like in fashion, the 90’s seems to be making a resurgence when it comes to home renovations. Wooden cabinets are back, but homeowners are most interested in reclaimed wood, or wood with a less polished or finished feel. This is different than what was seen over 25 years ago. You’ll also see the more rustic wood look in furniture, cabinets, and wood ceilings.

 

 

Are you looking to update your home with one of 2018’s hottest renovation trends? Schedule a conversation with us today!

 

The Top 5 Renovations to Improve Resale Value

Your home is likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make and if you’re looking to sell, you will want that investment to pay off. Luckily, there are many renovations that will boost your home’s value and appeal to potential buyers. To ensure you get the most bang for your buck, here are five renovations that almost entirely pay for themselves in resale value.

 

1. Replace your garage door

Replacing your garage door is the best renovation for overall return on investment. You’ll not only recoup up to 98% of the cost, but it’ll greatly increase your home’s curbside appeal. Be sure to choose a garage door that can withstand Hamilton’s varying temperatures and weather conditions to get the most out of your investment.

 

2. Fix your flooring

Flooring makes a big impact, and can be a make-or-break for many potential buyers. Take a look at your carpet – is it stained or frayed? If you have hardwood, is it scratched from years of pets roaming around? Also check if any tiles are cracked or if any linoleum is peeling. Regardless of whether it’s true or not, the buyer is likely to assume your house hasn’t been well maintained if the flooring is in rough shape.

When it comes to flooring, hardwood proves to be the best return on investment adding up to 2.5% on to your home’s sale price, but it can be pricey to add to every room in the house. If you’re looking for a less costly solution to appeal to buyers, opt for hardwood in public areas like the living room and hallways, and install new carpet in the bedrooms.

 

3. Give your kitchen a makeover

Many buyers still consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, and therefore the most important room in the house. So it’s no surprise that giving your kitchen a makeover will appeal to potential buyers.

You don’t have to completely gut your kitchen to increase your home’s value. In fact, high end kitchen remodels have a lower return on investment than mid-range remodels. This is because it’s easier to recoup the cost of lower ticket items like appliances and an updated backsplash than it is for custom cabinetry. Also, neutral paint colours have been shown to be the most appealing when selling your home.

 

4. Upgrade the bathroom

Home buyers are typically looking for clean and modern bathrooms. The cheapest upgrade options are lighting fixtures and sink hardware. Though, if your bathrooms haven’t been renovated in over 20 years, it may be time for a more extensive remodel like a new bathroom vanity, sink and tub.

If you have multiple baths and are looking to prioritize what you renovate, master baths and powder rooms are the best places to start since the homeowners will be primarily using the former, and guests will be using the latter. Secondary baths like those found in the basement, hold less weight to buyers. And as with kitchens, buyers have been shown to overwhelmingly prefer neutral paint colours.

 

5. Don’t forget the outside of your house!

Buyers often make their decision whether or not they’ll buy before they even enter your house, so make sure to consider how the exterior of your home looks. For your front yard, there are a number of cheap and easy options to boost curb appeal, like keeping the grass cut, adding a few colourful flowers and trimming overgrown bushes. If your siding is still in good shape, consider adding a fresh coat of paint.

In your backyard, low maintenance gardens and a tree or two can go a long way – buyers value having privacy and some shade. In fact, mature trees can add up to 20% on the sale price of the home.

Are you ready to start renovating your house to attract buyers and boost your home sale price? Schedule a conversation with us today!

 

5 Tips to Keep Your Home Renovation on Budget

Budget

Budget

 

Home renovations are wonderful – you get to update your home to your tastes, and likely increase the resale value down the road. However, renovations are a large undertaking that require plenty of materials, time, and labour, all of which cost money. For this reason, before you even begin to plan the details of your renovation, the first step should be coming up with a budget.

It might not sound like the most enjoyable task, but it will help you avoid taking on unnecessary debts by determining at the outset what you can comfortably afford. And if you love HGTV or thumbing through home renovation magazines, a budget can also help you prioritize what is within your reach. To avoid breaking the bank with your next renovation, here are five tips to help you stay on track with your budget.
 

#1. Plan, plan, plan

One of the main keys to successfully renovating your home on a predetermined budget is to know as much as possible before the first nail is hammered. It can be easy to look online and make general assumptions about costs, but don’t forget that there can be huge differences in price for things you’d otherwise think were consistent. For example, floor tiles that may look similar in quality can be radically different in price. Small choices like ceramic versus porcelain, or the size of tile can result in a big change to both material and installation costs.

Customizing your selected materials also adds to the bottom line. For example, you may see countertop prices and think you know the price per square foot, but things like non-standard lengths and holes that need to be made for sinks and faucets can add to the cost.
 

#2. Stick to the plan

Once you do come up with a plan, stick to it as best as possible. Last minute changes will undoubtedly extend the timeline of your remodel, which means you’ll be paying more in labour costs. You also run the risk of doubling up unnecessarily on materials if you change your mind and are unable to return your original selections.
 

#3. Budget for additional expenses

Aside from labour and materials, keep in mind that you’ll likely have to pay for drawings and construction permits. And if your home is older, you may have to update things like electrical work that isn’t up to current code. Also, be sure to check if renovating your home means paying a higher tax rate and insurance premiums.

There are also expenses like taxes and shipping on materials, hotel stays and eating out more often which can add a hefty sum to your budget.

Overall, it is a good idea to budget 20% of your initial renovation costs for potential changes, material or design upgrades, and unforeseen costs.
 

#4. Make compromises

If you plan ahead, you can see an itemized list of what will be costing you money. And if one line item seems high compared to other higher ticket items, you can likely find comparable items at a lower cost. For example, while fancy lighting fixtures may look beautiful, they can cost a pretty penny. To reduce costs, see if the same style can come in different materials, in a smaller size, or can be created to be a bit less ornate.

If you’re having a hard time choosing materials or knowing what a comparable alternative is, an interior designer can guide you.

 

#5. Communication is key

When you’re ordering materials, don’t be scared to ask for discounts. Just because they gave you a quote doesn’t mean it’s not negotiable! Or you can always ask your contractor too if they have a recommended supplier – contractors are often repeat customers who do a large volume of orders, so they can have more leverage for price negotiations.

Also, be sure to tell your contractor your budget. Many people assume a contractor asks because they want to upsell you. However, the real reason for this is they need to see how they can best help you. Good contractors will always work with you to hone in on exactly what you want to make your renovation dreams come true within your allotted budget.

If you are ready to renovate your home or have questions about the renovation process, schedule a conversation with us today!

 

6 Tips On How to Avoid a Kitchen Renovation Nightmare

Renovating your kitchen can be exciting – after many months (or years!) of imagining and planning, you’ve decided to move forward with building your dream kitchen. However, even when everything goes smoothly during construction, it can feel like a nightmare when your regular routine is disrupted. Your house is a construction zone, there will be noise and dust, and you won’t have access to all your usual amenities. To help you through this, we’ve made a list of 6 tips to help you survive your kitchen renovation with ease.

 

Set up a temporary kitchen

While it’s inconvenient to not have access to everything in your kitchen, a lot can be done with just two electric burners. Think stir fries, pastas, breakfast foods, and one-pot dinner recipes. If possible, renovate your kitchen during the summer months so you can use your barbeque, and set up near a sink for easy cleaning if you can. And on those days where you just can’t face cooking a meal in your makeshift kitchen, have easy snacks on hand. Dried fruit, trail mix, and classic peanut butter and jam can be filling!

 

Buy paper plates and plastic utensils

Altering how you eat can be challenging enough, especially when there are dishes to wash by hand in a limited space. For easy cleanup, you can buy a pack of 100 paper plates for under $6 and a set of 120 plastic forks, knives, and spoons for under $20. And if the thought of throwing out that much waste doesn’t sit right, there are also compostable options that are made from recycled materials to minimize environmental impact.

 

Create a budget for eating out more often

While you can certainly make do with a makeshift kitchen, it’s understandable if you get sick of stir fries and pastas. Also, it’s nice to sometimes get away from the mess of a renovation. While eating out may not be a regular part of your family budget, it may likely become a bigger portion of your expenses when you don’t have access to a kitchen. So before your renovation even begins, anticipate how many times per week you’ll go out, multiplied by the timeline of the remodel to keep your budget in check.

 

Protect your valuables from dust

While we do our very best to minimize dust in your home during the renovation process, we can’t eliminate all dust and it can travel through the vents. Be sure to cover up your furniture and other valuable items to keep your home as dust-proof as possible.

 

Order as much as possible before the job starts

One of the frustrations that many people fear during a remodel is a delay in the timeline. The construction phase of a kitchen renovation takes an average of 6 weeks, sometimes longer depending on the extent of the remodel. Don’t forget the complete timeline – it can take weeks or months to plan and order supplies before construction even starts. Things like faucets, cabinets, handles, and lighting fixtures can take weeks to arrive, so it’s best to have these items on hand once the remodeling begins to minimize delays in construction.

 

Remember the big picture

While the noise, dust, and inconvenience can be frustrating, just remember that this a very short period of time in the grand scheme of home ownership. The temporary hassles of a kitchen renovation will be a blip on the radar when you look back on those times from your beautiful new kitchen!

If you are ready to remodel your kitchen, or have questions about the kitchen remodel process, schedule a conversation with us today!

 

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Remodel Your Kitchen

 

Kitchens are the heart of the home and the centre of your family’s day to day living. But when you start to notice that it’s not as functional as it could be, or it has simply become outdated, it may be tempting to take a sledgehammer to everything in sight.

There are so many variables that go into planning a kitchen remodel and you need to truly understand how you would like to live, work and entertain in a new kitchen. So, before you pick up that sledgehammer, here are five questions to ask yourself to make sure you get the kitchen of your dreams.

 

#1. What bothers you about your kitchen?

Is there a cabinet and drawer that can’t be opened at the same time? Does the refrigerator door open away from your work area? Is your dishwasher too far from the sink? Not enough storage space?

If this is the case, you have a functionality problem. Luckily, there is a concept called the kitchen work triangle that makes it easy to understand how to get an efficient kitchen layout. Here are the principles:

  • Each “side” of the triangle (e.g., the distance between the sink and fridge) should measure between 4 and 9 feet, and the three sides of the triangle should not exceed 26 feet in total.
  • The work triangle should not cut through an island or peninsula by more than 1 foot.
  • If the kitchen has only one sink, it should be placed between or across from the cooking surface, preparation area, or refrigerator.
  • No major traffic patterns should cross through the triangle.

If your kitchen is perfectly functional and you feel like it just needs to be updated, what exactly needs to be updated? Would refinishing the cabinets give your kitchen the look you want? Or would you have to completely change the cabinets, flooring and countertops?

Decide if there’s anything in your kitchen you’d like to keep – this will be easier on your wallet too!

 

#2. What are your must haves?

Some people are entertainers who enjoy gathering their friends and family together for happy hour and appetizers and then moving to a big dinner table. If this is you, perhaps installing a kitchen island with comfortable bar stools and extending the dining space is important.

If you’re big into preparing everything from scratch and have all sorts of kitchenware, your kitchen remodel would prioritize storage so your dutch oven and canning supplies don’t take over your counterspace.

Maybe you’re the type that sees the kitchen as just a means to an end for cooking a simple meal with as little hassle as possible. If this is you, look into lighting options and personal touches like a pop of colour in the backsplash to make your space more appealing.

 

#3. What is my style?

Interior design can be tricky. Once you decide what design style suits you (e.g., traditional, contemporary, mid-century modern, etc.), you’ll need to determine what colours, textures, and materials best suit that style to pull the look together. Hiring an interior designer can take a lot of the guesswork out of this step!

 

#4. How much do you want to budget for your kitchen remodel?

A kitchen remodel can cost in the low five-figures for a small kitchen or a kitchen refresh, while a full gut and replace with new appliances and high quality materials can cost well over $50,000.

While you may have an extensive wishlist for your kitchen remodel, it may have to be pared back to fit within your budget. To get an idea of how much you should budget, check out this Ontario Contractor’s guide.

 

#5. How long are you planning to live in your house?

A lot of people ask us how remodeling will affect future resale value. While this is great to think about, you should remodel for your needs if you plan to stay in your home long-term. If you are simply looking to update your kitchen before putting it on the market in 12-24 months, consider what is selling in your area and use neutral colours.

If you are ready to remodel your kitchen, or have questions about the kitchen remodel process, schedule a conversation with us today!