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.


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.

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.