Category Archives: Wholehouse

Living Room and Master Suite Expansion


This is the second major project Renovations has engaged for this client. The first was a very successful kitchen redesign and build. The clients wanted to expand their living room and master suite by claiming the space in the garage. The main home entry was relocated; the garage reclaimed for living space and a new garage is being constructed.  Watch how this transforms.

 

Style and Design in your Home: Goals

As with anything you want done right, having clearly defined goals before undertaking a remodel can be the difference between a shoddy project and a professional job. Not only does style and design change over time, but so do our preferences and needs during different stages of life.

 

Likely you already have a fairly clear and well thought out idea of how your current kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom could be improved, but meeting with a professional remodeler can provide invaluable insight prior to commencing any work on your home.  With years of experience under our belts, the Renovations team can help make any dream remodel a reality by combining yours ideas with our practical knowledge and background.

Be it a more open floor plan in your kitchen with more counter space, or a second sink in the bathroom for your spouse, we can assist you from concept to completion in any of your remodel dreams.

Preparing Your House for Winter – Step 3: Proper Roof Insulation

Though often overlooked, no pun intended, the roof can accountable for nearly 25% of the heat lost through a home, and it doesn’t take a professional to recognize whether or not you have a problem. Next time it is cold enough to leave frost or snow on the rooftops in your neighborhood, take a step outside before it melts.

If your roof is melting quicker than your surrounding neighbors, it’s a sure sign that your house is losing heat quicker than theirs. Also look to see if you can see lines where the roof supports would be, if you can see outlines of each board, the insulation may not be adequate enough.

Having quality insulation can mean cheaper heating and cooling bills and in turn prevent water from leaking through the shingles and damaging the roof.

If you re-insulated your roof with approved insulation before December 31st, 2013, make sure you receive your tax rebate credit through the federal government. The rebate is for up to 10% of the materials cost if the insulation qualifies, though it does not include installation fees. Typical insulation products such as such as batts, rolls, blow-in fibers, rigid boards, expanding spray, and pour-in-place all qualify for the rebate.

How to Give Your Bathroom a Facelift

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Nothing dates a house more quickly than a bathroom that time has forgotten.Yet drab or outdated bathrooms can be dramatically revitalized. Bath products abound that can give you as lavish a bathroom as you could possibly want. Many homeowners want their bathrooms to be totally utilitarian, but others want rooms in which to pamper themselves. How about you? Bathroom_Facelift

Your answer, and your budget, will determine the best way to remodel. Do you want to work within the existing space of your current bathroom? Do you want to expand by taking room from somewhere else? Would you rather build an addition to accommodate your new bath? These are are just a few options which vary greatly in cost.

Renovating your current space is usually the least complicated and least expensive option. While the layout of your existing bathroom can be altered to some extent, moving major plumbing fixtures is the most costly aspect of a remodel. Local building codes require minimum clearances between, beside, and in front of fixtures to allow for use, cleaning, and repair.

If you have an extra bedroom, you could move the bathroom to this space or expand a current bath into a portion of it. This will mean moving the plumbing but it will also add a modern, spacious bathroom to your home which will increase the resale value. An addition or even a small bump-out could be the solution. This requires the largest investment but will give you just what you want.

If you’ve decided to remodel, start with an analysis of your existing bathroom:

· What is the condition of the sink, toilet, and tub/shower? If it’s an older, wall-hanging toilet, you might update the look, perhaps with a low-water consumption style. If your tub is basically sound, consider re-glazing it. However, many homeowners are moving up to whirlpool style tubs.

· Does the sink have a vanity for storage? If it does, but you just don’t like it, consider replacing it with a one of the many beautiful varieties that are available today.

· Does the sink have independent faucets? If so, you know how inconvenient this can be. Why not switch to a single operating lever which is easier to use and gives a better mix of temperatures?

· Does your tub include a shower? One can easily be added with a combination tub-shower valve.

· Think about reinforcing the walls, adding grab bars, and widening doors for visitors with physical disabilities or for your later years.

· Is your medicine cabinet small and outdated? Consider the various styles of newer cabinets, perhaps with recessed or decorative lighting.

· How is the tile? If it is chipped and cracked and matching tile is not available, replacement or re-glazing may be your best option.

· If a wooden window is suffering the effects of humidity, it may be best to replace it and older metal windows with new vinyl windows. Deco glass block has made a comeback and is a good option for adding light and design flair to a bathroom.

· Many older bathrooms don’t have adequate ventilation. You may want to add a fan to avoid moisture build-up which can deteriorate materials and promote the growth of mold and mildew.

· Are electrical outlets a problem? Face it, the number of electrical appliances we use in our daily rituals has multiplied since the time many houses were built. That means that you probably want more outlets. New and replacement ones should be protected ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets that are made to shut off automatically when they sense water.

Today’s bathroom can be all you want it to be. Enjoy the opportunity to explore the variety of materials, styles, and colors available to you. In the end, you’ll have a well-designed bathroom that functions as beautifully as it looks.

Call us or emails us any questions.  We are always happy to assist you.

Preparing Your House for Winter – Step 2: Clean Gutters

Whens the last time you stood on top of your roof and checked to make sure the gutters were free from leaves, critters, and branches? Whether you’ve simply forgotten to or are not physically able to, having a professional gutter cleaner can prevent structural damage to your house from leaks.

Though gutter screens and other prevention methods can stop some obstructions, it is still recommended to have them thoroughly cleaned biannually. A clogged gutter that is not directing water away from the foundation and walls of the house can lead to two major issues.

One, it can quickly lead to a leaky basement, as the water will overflow and pool around the basement when it rains or snow begins to melt. This pooled water can frequently crack foundation cement and find its way into the basement.

The other main problem is weakening of the framing and fascia near the perimeter of the roof. Soaked wood can quickly begin to break down, and many homeowners have spent thousands of dollars replacing rotting wood due to broken or clogged gutters.

While you are outdoors checking your gutters, also pay special attention to any exterior pipes that are not insulated. As soon as the temps dip, any residual water will quickly freeze and expand, leading to cracked or broken pipes.

Save money by insulating them yourself with prefabricated insulation from your local hardware store. Unless you know for certain you have a frost free hose bib (the faucet you connect garden hoses to on the outside of your house) wrap and insulate it.

Preparing Your House for Winter – Step 1: Double Paned Windows

Homeowners, in addition to putting on snow tires and breaking out the snow boots, have the added responsibility of preparing our houses for winter each fall. Just as you put a thicker jacket on your body, putting a thicker barrier around the exterior of your home can help protect you from the elements this winter. This is where double paned windows come into play as a very cost effective home improvement.

Double-paned windows feature two plates of glass and frequently have argon gas sealed in between the two, which conducts heat much less so than air. To see if your house is a good candidate for double paned windows, a simple test can be conducted. Simply run your hand around the sides and cracks of the windows and doors to feel if there is cool air coming through anywhere, or if the temperature near the windows is significantly lower than elsewhere in the house.

Not only do double paned windows help keep the save money by keeping the heat in, they minimize the amount of carbon you’re emitting into the atmosphere by decreasing the amount of fuel burned. Professionally installed, double paned windows can cost on average between $250-400 each. Though the initial investment can be substantial, try subtracting 25% from your current energy bills and multiplying it for the next ten years to see if they will pay themselves off.