• November

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    Bathroom Gut or Upgrade

    Bathroom Gut or Upgrade

    Is your bathroom in need of a renovation? You can approach it two ways – either a cosmetic upgrade or a complete gut. If you’re just looking to give an old bathroom an updated look, then making cosmetic changes will accomplish this. Simply by adding a new color to your walls and switching out your

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    Specifications and Scope of Work

    Specifications and Scope of Work

    Now that the drawings are complete it’s time to consider the type of finishes you’d like in your home. The level of finishes is a contributing factor to the overall cost of the project.  For your Renovator to be able to give you accurate pricing, he needs to know, specifically, what you want.  For this

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    How the Trades and Suppliers Contribute to Your Project

    How the Trades and Suppliers Contribute to Your Project

    It’s critical to the flow of your project that both suppliers and trades share the same values as the renovation company. Relationships are the key.  If renovation companies are constantly changing, it does not provide adequate time to build a solid relationship which lends itself to loyalty between companies.  When people consistently work together on

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    Scheduling

    Scheduling

    Once you have your permit, the project may commence. Deposits need to be made to secure delivery times for windows, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, flooring, countertops, and so forth. Trying to coordinate schedules of numerous suppliers and trades to complete your project. Need to see if your proposed schedule fits with the suppliers and trades, give

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    To Permit or Not Permit

    To Permit or Not Permit

    Generally, permits are required but you need to check with your municipality to confirm this.  Permits cover two areas—the Building Code and Municipal Bylaws. Items that fall under “Repair & Maintenance” generally do not require a building permit. Repair & Maintenance would include but not be limited to the following: •    Changing out windows if

    • April

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    DIY or Hire a Renovator?

    DIY or Hire a Renovator?

    If doing it yourself, your level of skill and knowledge should be the guiding factors in making this decision. Do you have what’s required? Do you understand permits? Are you familiar with codes? If your project is of a ‘cosmetic’ nature, has no element of structure, electrical, plumbing, and you are skilled, you’re probably safe

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