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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Latest Bathroom Trends

If you want to change your bathroom mood and character, you should install a layered lighting. Hanging single overhead lights is no longer a practice if you want to achieve positive ambience and relaxation. LED technology took the lighting a step further putting a focus on interesting details. The trend for this year is decorative pendant lights and chandeliers. Make sure they comply with Australian standards.

With years, we are witnessing a growing number of intelligent smart bathrooms. Exclusive for these bathrooms are sensor-activated and self-cleaning toilets, electronic touch-screen mirrors, seat wormers, high-tech showerheads. All these products increase the functionality of the bathrooms.

For practical and functional bathroom – the storage is everything. While stowing everything in cupboards, this year displaying your stuff in open shelves is trending. This type of storage is well-known in spas. Put some folded towels, pretty potted plants and essential oil bottles. You can even put some bigger baskets to store your personal things. Obviously, we are talking about a nice and beautiful way to storage, however, don’t forget to keep things clean and not overcrowded.

Mirrors and basins maybe have the biggest focus nowadays. Scandinavian-styled and timber-framed mirrors are among the most popular. Basins come in a variety of shapes, colours and materials. They absolutely can bring drama in your bathroom.

You should know that this process is a long-term investment and requires professionals who care about every single detail. Now, designing or renovating your dream bathroom is just one step to you.

Why People Choose to Renovate

#4 Lifestyle is Important

What was once touted as “keeping up with the Joneses” is now recognized as a legitimate exercise in maintaining value and increasing happiness. In many cases, home improvements, and the subsequent lifestyle increase, tend to add real monetary value to your property, not just the intangible positive feeling of enjoying your newly renovated space. Lifestyle is important – homeowners recognize they’ve worked hard for their money – so it only makes sense they should spend some of it where they spend the bulk of their time… on their property.

#3 “Do It Yourself” Projects Are Time Consuming, Stressful, and (Typically) Done Poorly.

You may have heard the expression “you get what you pay for” more than a few times in the past. This is particularly true in the home improvement & construction industry.

Folks, don’t take our word for it… go online and look around for renovations done by amateurs and you’ll find that they almost always end up looking… well… amateurish. In some cases, home improvements not done professionally can even lead to insurance issues, or even problems with resale. On one basement project years ago, we discovered (upon demolition) that the previous homeowner had wired their basement with speaker wire. This was an obvious fire hazard and ended up being a code issue we were forced to rectify before continuing on with the renovation.

#2 You Absolutely Love Your Location

Some homeowners will keep making more improvements to their existing home because their location is simply too good to ever leave. Renovations in this context often become more cosmetic and for modernization (rather than typical home improvements – for example, where kitchens are enlarged or basements developed for more practical living space.)

#1 Practicality

This remains the top reason customers eventually decide to take the plunge and renovate: it simply makes sense to do so. Perhaps your family has outgrown your outdated bungalow, and you need the basement space for the kids as they get older. Or maybe you love to cook and entertain in your kitchen area many times each week, but you’ve found that the kitchen layout is simply too closed off for these gatherings. Another possibility is a home addition over the garage for an aging relative or just as some additional rental income. Whatever the reason, homeowners have a practical concern which requires a practical solution from a professional renovator.

Remodeling Home Exterior

One important thing that you need to do before attempting an exterior home remodeling project is to fully research what the requirements will be to undertake the project. Some of these things can include:

• Make sure an y remodeling you do is in line with all the building codes
• Do not encroach on the neighbor’s yard, power lines, or plumbing
• Have a checklist of all the materials you will need for the project
• Purchase all your materials and supplies before you start to work on the project
• Doing some basic organizational preparation can help to make it a simple process from start to finish.

Most homes of today are not made of wood or material that requires an overall paint job. Re-paint the trim around the windows and any other trim and replace the front door. Painting the trim can be a fun weekend project along with replacing the door. You can use white to paint the trim or choose a color that would that would set off the windows and other trim such as a soft pastel color or a light color such as shades of yellow or blue. Darker colors would only make the house look strange and all anyone would notice would be the trim and not the house.

You can also a flower garden under the front windows on either side of the front door. If you do not want a flower garden plant some small bushes, rose bushes, or evergreens but none that get so high that they will cover the windows. If you have a walkway leading to the front door, install some solar lights to light the path at night. To help get an idea of exterior home remodeling ideas, at the curb and look at the front of your home picturing what would make your home more appealing. In addition, glance up at the roof to see if it needs professionally cleaned or if the gutters need cleaning.

Tips for Home Upgrades

Contractor. Pick carefully and get three bids. Talk to their clients and tour their work. Ask for their insurance certificate.

Contract. Get a detailed contract and go through it with a fine-tooth comb. A general idea of the work and a handshake won’t do it unless you don’t care what you end up with.

Plan for a few surprises. Surprises are inevitable, but they should be minimal if you did your planning. Set some extra money aside for them – 10% of your remodel budget. If you don’t need to use it, great.

Don’t buy your own materials. If you think you’re going to save money by specifying and buying your own materials, you may be sorry. Contractors don’t like the practice, and they are better at choosing and negotiating than homeowners. Don’t worry; they will allow you to make all the choices but let them handle the transactions and the warranty.

Pack up as much of your stuff as you can in the areas of the house that will get the work. Contractors hate having to negotiate piles of clothes and toys, and the work makes an awful mess.

Stay out of the way. I know it’s fun to watch, and you also want to keep tabs on the work, but contractors will be much happier if you trust them to get the work done without you looking over their shoulder, or worse, trying to help.

Minimize mid-stream changes. In the middle of renovations, we sometimes realize that something needs to be changed on the plan. If you feel strongly about it, it is better to upset the contractor now rather than live with it later.

Have a pro review the work. Even if the remodels are small, have an independent contractor or home inspector review what was done before you write the final check. The few hundred dollars you spend on a consult will ensure your happiness and reduce surprises later.