From education articles emphasizing the importance of planning and professionals to articles focused on renovation ideas, over the past year the news section of our website has been home to several informative articles. Whether you’re in the middle of a renovation, planning a renovation or in the process of any other home improvement project, we’ve strived to provide you with articles that are not only beneficial but entertaining too.
So as the end of 2018 nears, we decided to take the opportunity to reflect on the year’s blog posts. Continue reading below for a recap of every blog post we published this year as well as a link to each article if you’d like to read the entire original post.
Importance of a Project Manager for Home Renovations
We get that there are always going to be homeowners who choose the DIY— some with more skill than others. But as one of the leading home renovators in the region, we’ve seen our fair share of uncompleted DIY projects that require some professional assistance. One of the reasons these projects tend to remain incomplete is the lack of project management. By hiring a professional, you receive your own project manager who is dedicated to your project. They’ll not only manage vendor coordination, but they’ll also make sure your project stays on time and on budget, among many other things. Check out January’s blog post for a complete breakdown of the importance of a Project Manager.
Why a Chef’s Kitchen is Perfect for Entertaining and the Holidays
A Chef’s Kitchen is the definition of kitchen goals. And contrary to what many homeowners believe, you don’t need an endless amount of space to create a Chef’s Kitchen in your home. February’s blog article was dedicated to sharing how you can create a Chef’s Kitchen in your home and how practical this renovation is for entertaining, the holidays and your home in general.
Basement Renovations Can be Done in the Winter
Winter seems like a less-than-ideal time for a renovation, doesn't it? Sure, you're not entirely wrong, but the key to winter renovations is choosing the right room— the basement. The basement is the perfect choice for a winter renovation for many different reasons. Check out March's blog article for the complete list of reasons why you should plan your basement reno for the winter.
How to Prepare for a Kitchen Renovation
Preparing for a renovation is half the battle when it comes to renovating any room. And even if you've hired a professional renovator to complete your project, there are still many things you need to do before your renovation begins to ensure the process is as easy as possible on you and your family as well as the renovation team. When it comes to kitchen renovations, March's second blog post has everything you need to know to prepare.
The Best Home Improvement Projects for Spring and Summer
Spring and summer are the perfect time for home improvement projects. With no snow in sight, warm temperatures and no worry of letting in the cold, it’s obvious why any homeowner would choose April to August to complete a project. But with that being said, some projects are better suited for the warmer months than others. Sure, every home is different, and that will play a big part in deciding your order of priority, but we suggest checking out April's blog post for a list of projects we feel are best to complete when the weather is warm.
The Dangers of DIY
In the last few years, DIY has become a popular trend in everything from home décor to home improvement projects. And while we're all for homeowners taking a hands-on approach with their home and investing some sweat equity, it's important to understand the dangers of DIY projects regardless of how big or small they are. May's blog post shared the risks of DIY as well as some tips for helping homeowners decide what to handle themselves and what to leave to professionals.
Kitchen Reno Must-Haves That Are Often Forgotten
Any renovation can be a stressful time in a homeowner's life. So, to help make it a little less stressful, we focused June's blog post on kitchen renovation features that people tend to forget, but in the end, wish they had of installed. Working with one of our talented project manager/designers is the absolute best way to ensure nothing gets forgotten, but this list should be a big help if you choose the DIY route or merely to get your mind turning.
The Roles and Responsibilities of Your Renovation Team
It’s no secret that renovations can be expensive. Between the cost of materials, permits and décor, the total cost of your project can add up very quickly. And more often than not, this tends to lead to homeowners choosing the DIY route rather than hiring a professional team. And while it will save some money at first, a professional renovator will provide a lot more value to your project than their cost. Not to mention, they'll probably save you a lot more money in the long run. Consider reading July's blog post for an in-depth look at the roles and responsibilities of your renovation team as well as the value they're guaranteed to add to every project.
Things to Remember When Renovating Your Basement
Basement renovations can be a tricky project. Unlike other rooms and floors in your home, you often have to deal with uneven floors, foundation repairs, increased humidity and sometimes limited ceiling height. To ensure your basement is as inviting and comfortable as the rest of your home, in August we created a list of things to remember when renovating your basement. Check it out.
Winterizing Your Home
Living in Canada, many aspects of our lives have to be winterized to prepare for the harsh weather ahead. These things include our cars, our wardrobe and even our homes. Winterizing your home isn't quite as simple as pulling out the extra warm sweaters or bolting on winter tires, but it is equally as important. Even if you haven't winterized your home yet, there's still time to check out October's blog post and get the work done. While not winterizing your home isn't as deadly as say driving in the snow on summer tires, it's essential to protect your investment and limit the amount of wear and tear your home experiences throughout the winter.
Energy-Efficient Upgrades for Your Home Renovations
Nobody likes to spend more than they have to on things like electricity, heat and gas, but without adding the proper energy-efficient upgrades to your next renovation, you may be forced to. November's blog post was all about saving you some money by suggesting some affordable energy-efficient upgrades to make to your renovation.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our monthly articles as much as we have enjoyed creating them for you. And even though the year is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean the articles are going to stop as well. We have lots of new articles, topics and information planned that we can’t wait to share with you in 2019. Be sure to check back each month for something new.
In the meantime, if you have any home improvement questions or would like to start planning your next renovation, we encourage you to reach out to us by phone, email or even on social media. Our team is ready to help in any way they can.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!