Bathroom remodeling FAQs

Your bathroom may need renovations at some point. There are many questions that clients ask Calgary bathroom renovators before commencing the project. Some questions may seem obvious but others are a bit complex. However, there is nothing wrong with asking questions.

Here are few questions and responses that Calgary bathroom renovators are often asked by the clients. The response given are clear to understand and precise.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Where do we begin?

A: The first step is drawing up the budget that will suit your needs. Take a good look at the current bathroom situation and decide what will be stay and/or go. The second step is choosing the color scheme and basic layout. The choices made will depend on individual preferences. For clients who may not be sure about some aspects such as the layout, it is time to introduce a skilled contractor to your remodeling plans.

Q: Do I need any permits?

A: Yes and No. Basically, it will depend on the type of work being undertaken. Remodeling plans that involve electrics and plumbing, a permit may be needed. However, one can request for such information from a licensed and skilled renovator. Different areas have different regulations. Where a permit is needed, ensure you get one to avoid issues such as tax, fines and insurance troubles.

Q: Do I need to replace everything?

A: It is important to note that different people have different needs. In addition, people operate on different budgets. You may not need to replace favorite bathtub while the Calgary bathroom renovators can easily clean and shine it up. If you feel the need to replace the sink basin with a better model, go ahead. It all depends on the budgets and needs of the individual.

Q: I need a new look but I cannot finance it? Any suggestions?

 A: UPCYCLE! There are so many reusable items that can benefit someone else. Sell the second hand items in your bathroom and get yourself something new. Alternatively, one can shop online for quality and affordable bathroom items that they may need.

Q: Is there any way my old bathtub can be made shiny and appear new?

A: Yes. There is a basic refinishing kit that can make your tub appear new. Some of the items that may be needed include spray gun, paint brushes, sander and a face mask among other tools. The good news is that you can do it on your own.

Q: What should be included and excluded in my remodel plan?

A: For a minute do not be fooled by the TV shows. Work with what you can afford. Do not feel bad if your bathroom lacks a Jacuzzi tub or heated floor tiles. Remember, there is no standard remodeling plan.

Q: When it comes to choosing paints for the bathroom; do we go for semi-gloss or flat?

A: Stick with the semi-gloss if you want to quickly wipe unwanted stains and markings on your wall. The problem with flat paint is that it may require frequent repainting as it wears off quickly. In addition, semi –gloss paint is more reflective thereby giving lighting a boost.…

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Custom Home Builders – Who Should You Hire?

There is no place like home as they often say.  Of course, while this saying is often true, it does not mean that you cannot adapt going to a new home, especially if it is a home that has been custom designed for you – according to your request, requirements, and specification; a home that you’ve worked hard for to afford and buy, one that is built from the ground up.  The truth is that not many people will have the chance of experiencing what it is like to have a new home erected.  For this reason, it is only proper that everything works out fine the first time.

Investing in custom built home is not a simple matter.  A custom home is a very costly investment and it will probably be the biggest investment you will ever make in your lifetime; which is why you need to make everything count as any mistake on your part, such as choosing the wrong contractor or custom home builder may turn out to be a costly affair for you.  This is why you need to do your homework before you hire any custom home builder.

building-a-homeThere are lots of custom home builders everywhere.  Of course, this means there are good ones and there are bad ones. And among the good ones will surely be best and the better ones.  While it may not always work out hiring or trying to find the best ones out there, what is important is that you hire the better of the good ones, or at least not among the bad ones.  Keep in mind that this is a very big investment you are making so it is only proper that you get things done right. There are lots of things to consider and things that could go wrong so it is always important that you are certain that you are not making any gamble with whomever the contractor you hire.

Sadly, the truth is that there are some contractors who will cut corners just to increase their profit.  They will use substandard materials, cut corners, and do run-of-the-mill work all for the purpose of increasing their profit.  These are the types of contractors you should avoid which is why it often pays to do research not only on the good contractors with hirable traits, but also on the bad ones so you can avoid them at all cost.

When it comes to hiring contractors, you cannot always say you know what to look for, especially if this is the first time that you will be doing this.  Just in case you are in need of guidelines, here are some tips on who you should hire:

  1. Experience – experience is a very important factor in construction work as it leaves out the guessing game behind. Custom home builders that are highly experienced are able to implement plans immediately and does not need to do some guess work on what to do next.  This allows them to work more effectively and more efficiently when the plans are laid out to them.  A custom home builder with many years of experience will be able to finish their construction project much faster than those who are still newbie in the construction business.  In addition to this, a well-experienced contractor will be able to deal better with different scenarios or type of construction work.  They also will be able to provide you with better and more accurate estimates or quotes.
  2. License – when hiring a home builder, it is in your best interest to look for one that have the necessary license and permits to work as a custom home builder / contractor. Having permits and licenses means they are duly qualified for the undertaking as they have been given and permitted to work as such.  It means they have the necessary qualifications to work and accept construction contracts as a home builder.
  3. Insurance – this is a very important thing to look for with every custom home builder or contractor that you talk with, and especially the one you plan on hiring. It is in your best interest that the contractor you hire is in possession of an insurance – general insurance, liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and surety bond.  Having these insurances means that you are properly protected as a client.  If anyone gets injured within the construction premises, the injured cannot sue you as they will be properly covered by the worker’s compensation insurance.  Additionally, the surety bond serves as your protection in case the contractor walks out and does not finish the project.
  4. Written Estimates – this should be the amount payable to the contractor and should be part of the contract that you sign up with them. This will show the upfront payment, the terms, the
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Basement Renovations – How To Hire Contractors

Basement renovation is simply the act of renovating the usual basement area into something that is more useful for the household.  Normally, the basement area is a part of the home that is not being fully utilized.  This is because most home builders build basement areas for homes as a utility area – where the home’s utility equipment are stored or installed.  Such utility equipment will include water heating system, HVAC, and other utility equipment or system.

For most homes, the basement area is an uninhabitable part of the home as it is often the place in the home that is dark and creepy.  Even so, the basement area is still provides overall square footage for the home.  If fully utilized through basement renovations, the basement can add living space for the home that can be very desirable to stay at.  Unless the basement area is fully renovated and developed, no member of the household will usually want to stay and hangout in the basement.

banner_photoWhen a basement becomes fully renovated, it will act and look very much like any room around the home, but of course for a more particular purpose.  This is because you can have your renovated basement area designed into any space that you like.  It can be an additional living room, a family room, additional bedrooms, home office, gaming room, home theater room, or a combination of what has been mentioned and a lot more if the basement space is relatively big.  Of course, when the basement gets renovated into a desirable space, you can expect family members to be competing on who gets to occupy the area the most.

Regardless of who will occupy the area, it is very important that the basement renovation gets done right first.  Renovating the basement is a major home improvement project so it means it is not going to be cheap.  Since you will be investing a lot of money on this type of home improvement project, it is in your best interest that the basement gets done right; and the only way to make sure the renovation work is done right is by hiring the right contractor for the job.  Getting the right contractor is the safest way in ensuring that things get done right.  So how do you hire the right contractor?

  1. Ask for Recommendations – if you are not in the constructions business, it’s kind of hard to know whether a particular contractor is good or not. The best way in finding a suitable contractor is by asking for recommendations.  You can ask friends, relatives, or colleagues.  If you know an architect or a real estate developer, you can ask them if they know of any good, reliable, and trustworthy renovation contractors in your area.  It can help if the contractor you will be hiring is experienced in doing basement renovations
  2. Ask for Estimates – once you find the renovation contractor you are looking for, notify them of your interest in hiring them for a particular project. You can do this initially on the phone and then progress to meeting them face to face.  Give them a tour of the basement area that they will be developing so that they can make their measurements and do some tallying on renovation and development materials needed and cost so they can provide you with an estimate of the work they will be doing.  Although the estimate is not final, it gives you a rough idea on how much it will cost you to proceed with the renovation project.
  3. Ask for a Contract – if you are decided in hiring the renovation contractor, then the contractor will need to provide a contract that you can review. The contract will contain all the terms of agreement, including the timeframe in which the construction job is estimated to be completed, and the amount of money you need to pay them for the job.  The amount will include downpayment and succeeding installments until the full turnover of the renovated basement project to you.
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5 Tips For New Home Owners

Around the time when all the racket of construction is finished, when the team of home builders is finally heading out your driveway and what you finally have left is the amazing structure of a home that you have always dreamed of, this is when the true work of being a home owner starts.

bannerYou would have surely made sure to look into different home designs, all those different styles for your entire living space and may be even took the liberty to find a professional to help you populate your home with wonderful fixtures and furniture.

If you are part of the increasing percentile of new home owners, you should be considering some of these quick and easy steps just to get you started with dealing with your home, even if you do not have any prior experience.

Look Into Space 

There would be suggestions for you to take your home living to the next level and buy all of your furniture and other home decors before hand, but remember to get into this detail when you have figured out the exact space you would be filling up.

Nothing would be more tragic than having wonderful home appliances and decors then finding out that none of it fit appropriately with your home space, so before getting all excited with designing your space, keep in mind to carefully have measurements with you to point out the exact pieces you need.

Find Enough Function 

Nowadays one of the major characteristics of a lot of home pieces is function and truthfully so because it provides home owners with the chance to additional space to move around as well as enough practicality of purchasing a fixture that works more ways than one.

These days there are a lot of furniture that work as storage, from sofas to chairs and even fabulous looking beds, designers have seen that space inside a home has become a necessity to there are those who have turned furniture addressing several different concerns and rolling all of these into one piece.

Stay Within Budget 

Whether you have the money to spare or are really tight on your savings, overhauling your funds over furniture and household items that do not necessarily need to be expensive may turn out to be problematic for you in the future.

As there are a lot more that come with keeping your home, like paying your bills every month, watching out for unnecessary expenses should be kept at a minimum, so try to keep it a challenge too by decorating your home even with a limited budget.

Have Willingness to Learn 

As a new home owner it is wise to be sensible and well aware of everything that goes into living as conveniently as possible in your new abode, which is why it is best to always be on top of every need that must be addressed.

So have the time to learn how to operate simple tasks like checking your heating system, plumbing as well as your electricity lines, this way you have a hold as to repairs that need to be done or if units need to be replaced.

Be Well Prepared

Your new home is your investment and it has cost you quite a lot of money, which is why it is always important to always be prepared for any future circumstances that could happen.

Look into having enough security features installed for your own safety and you should also seek for additional options to prevent any property damage in case natural disasters strike – have enough responsibility and knowledge about the different needs that have to go into your new home.…

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