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We were approached by a couple who wanted their Bathroom completely Remodeled from their older concept to a modernized one. Beginning with the demolition process as well as removing and disposing of the site. The next steps began with relocating the plumbing as well as roughing in the tub, faucets and shower. We advised the customers to use Schluter Shower System, which is one of the most advanced shower systems in the market.
Densshield was used for the enclosure and we waterproofed the corners, as well as the base of the shower. Based upon their complaints of a lack of heat in the bathroom, we suggested an electric radiant floor and thermostat. The customers wanted their bathroom to be bright and modern, so we advised them to choose wide, light colored tiles to open up the room. As for the flooring, to contrast those tiles with a darker color scheme. The customers also wanted a drop in tub, so we built a deck for it, with a wooden accent skirt (as per their request).We install thermostatic valve , more convenience faucet which set the right temperature , a wide rain drop and hand held shower .
We updated their fan with a Panasonic Whispering Fan and also installed a chandelier above the tub, as well as a vanity light. To fit the color scheme chosen by the customers, we selected a light colored vanity, with a Calcutta Caesarstone countertop.
Canadian homeowners have seen a huge rise in the commonality of home renovation as opposed to home upgrades through purchases. The current housing market prevents easy purchases, and creates the necessity for home renovation as a means of improvement in space and design. The last decade alone has seen unprecedented increases, reaching billions, in home improvement expenditures within Canada. Renovating your home is an easy way to upgrade your living space, add value to your home and make your life easier. But unfortunately, not every single renovation idea is a good one. While planning a renovation may be difficult, there are experts out there who can make your home renovation easier by helping you plan, budget and design your new living space. Before you consider a home renovation however, there are some steps you should take to ensure that you are doing the right thing. For your benefit, we’ve taken the time to assemble these 5 key tips meant to help you get the most out of your home renovation…. [Read More]
Working on a home renovation can be a stressful, and often times you find yourself grasping for ideas which don’t come naturally to you. In these situations, working with a contractor can help you gain insight into new perspectives into remodelling or renovating certain areas of your home. In fact, simply getting a glimpse into the mind of a contractor often allows you to look at your home in a different way. Often, your vision of a project may be simply unrealistic, and your lack of experience may negatively affect the outcome of the project. For your benefit when planning your next home renovation, we’ve assembled some lessons which can be of help. Here are some of the fundamental do’s and don’t many contractors will list as most important in the success of a project:
- Don’t delay decisions until the last moment: The success of a renovation project depends on careful, precise planning and budgeting. If you want your home renovation to go well, the best thing you can do is make all the decisions before work starts in full. This way you have an idea of how the decision will affect the end project, and how to budget accordingly. Even small issues such as trim, paint, flooring type and appliance selection may affect the timeline and create problems with space and function. Taking in every eventuality with the eye of a contractor is your best bet to avoid delays and issues.
- Do stick with decisions: Though changes are inevitable, avoiding major changes to the plan after orders have been placed or construction has started is the best possible thing to do. Every time you change your mind, you are costing yourself unnecessary money and your contractor extra time. For this reason, it’s best to plan every minute detail before you start construction or place any orders.
- Don’t buy your own materials: Most contractors provide the materials they use for construction at a lower price. While your company or construction worker may mark up the prices for materials, you are assured you are getting quality products that will work with the interior. Always cooperate with your contractor to be assured that you are getting the best quality and choice materials for the job.
- Do listen to your contactor’s suggestions: Though you may have ideas which you will want to stand to, often times a homeowner’s inexperienced eye will cause problems which can be anticipated by experienced contractors. Be open to the suggestions of professionals, though remember that your renovation should be your project and accommodate your specifications.
- Do plan for overhead: The number one mistake made by homeowners when renovating is underestimating costs, and ending up with unfinished or shoddy work. Homeowners have been shown to consistently set unrealistic expectations, and lower than possible budgets for renovation projects. Remember to take into account installation in addition to construction, should you be renewing electrical, plumbing or gas fixtures, as well as any appliances. These costs, as well as costs for new flooring, windows and doors, creep up quickly and suddenly homeowners are faced with the prospect of paying much more than they originally believed. When planning, remember to do research and budget accordingly to costs.
- Do prepare your home for renovation: Generally speaking, living in your home during the renovation is not a good idea unless you are only renovating a single room. Try not to get in the way of your contractors, and allow them to complete the job without having to work around the home’s residents.
- Don’t ever work without a foolproof design: Your project, depending on scope, will require architectural blueprints, complete interior design and a talented builder/team who can help you achieve your specifications and plan every aspect of the renovation. This way, you avoid mistakes and shoddy work, and prevent major changes from having to be made during the project.
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A & R Renovations Inc. is a company dedicated to quality home and interior renovations and remodelling services. Working within the Greater Toronto Area, our company is your number one choice for all forms of renovations and improvements, having served the area for over 20 years. We specialize in bathroom, basement and kitchen renovations, but are completely versed in all manners of renovations and remodelling, offering commercial and residential services. Our unique approach allows us to work one on one with clients, focusing on a single project at a time. This means we are able to invest our complete enthusiasm into your dream renovation.
We ensure to serve our clients with enthusiasm, professionalism and integrity, offering trustworthy skills and reliable staff. Offering a 1 year limited warranty, we ensure that all our work is done to your complete and utter satisfaction and guarantee 100% customer satisfaction throughout the GTA, including Markham, Vaughan, Brampton, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, North York, and other locations throughout. Please visit our website or take a look at our project gallery for more information about what we can do for you and your home today: http://www.aandrrenovations.com. Call us today for a free consultation at: 416-677-9316. We are always happy to answer any and all of your questions regarding our services.
When it comes to home improvements, it’s difficult to know how, A&R Renovations inc. understands that renovating your home involves a lot of decision making and that you can use all the help you can get! On our blog we will post tips and advice to help make the process a little easier.n to do it yourself and when to hire a professional. We have the lowdown on when to draw the line – it usually involves things like plumbing, electricity, expensive materials and renovations that are downright dangerous. So before you try to get handy with a hammer, consult this list to see what you should never attempt yourself.