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J.A.B.A Construction a Trusted Saskatoon Contractor and Renovations Expert answers Saskatoon Facebook Fan questions - PART 1

Planning a renovation in Saskatoon ? J.A.B.A. Construction Ltd. can help! They offer a wide range of General Contracting services for all aspects of both residential and commercial renovations. Their management team will work with you to ensure that you get the services you want, within the timeframe and budget that you determine. J.A.B.A. Construction is professional, reliable and skilled to transform your space into something a little more luxurious, functional or enjoyable.

J.A.B.A are your Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTORS on the Saskatoon Directory

TrustedSaskatoon.com Talk to the Experts – Trusted Renovation & Style show Questions for Dave - JABA Construction:

PART 1:

Leanne Rollheiser: We are going to be redoing our bathroom on main floor. Is there a benefit to use the waterproof drywall for the entire bathroom ? There are five of us so many showers and baths. We do have a fan and a window. Just wondering for moisture.

A: Leanne, Great question! When you renovate a bathroom you want to ensure that the products are suitable for a high moisture area. We use behind our tubs different products when there is a ceramic tile application. We usually ask the tile contractor which products they recommend in that area. You don’t have to use moisture resistant drywall on the remaining portion of the washroom but I like to recommend that we do. The difference in the cost is so minor compared to regular drywall but the peace of mind is what you will get. With that many people using the washroom I would recommend it.

Caleigh Kimber: I have an extremely small basement bathroom, I am looking for suggestions to make it look as spacious as possible while still maintaining functionality. Any suggestions?

A: Caleigh, when you look into making a basement bathroom bigger you have to also remember that you will lose space from another area. It a lot of homes the basement bathroom walls are determined by the location of the main plumbing vent stack. This item goes from the basement floor right out the roof of the home. If you determine it is one of the walls that you want to relocate to give you a larger space then we remove the concrete floor as required to relocate this item and bring it back into the ceiling area and hook it back up to the existing. You can then enlarge your washroom. There are also other items that come into this but unless it is looked at there could be other restrictions or ideas that come to mind.

Julia Herperger: How can I budget for renovations? Any secrets? Many people under-estimate, and then are stuck with money issues.

A: Julia, when you think about renovations naturally the financing comes into the equation. Budgeting is always a factor. When we work with clients we try to discuss all options for their renovation. The budgets we set in our quotes are because in most cases the client has not determined the type or quality of the finish products. This will make for a peace of mind factor for pricing purposes. The main reason the clients go over their budget is because of changes in the contract. The items that are chosen for finish products will have a bearing on the final cost. Unknowns on the project will increase the final cost also but in most cases the contractor should be able to pre-determine the cost and explain the steps to ensure that the renovation goes smoothly. In some cases we explain to the client that they should allow in their budget for themselves after we submit a quote the amount of 10-15 % for unknowns and product change.

Becky Panter Myers: What is better and more cost effective? shingles or tin?

A: Becky, the cost difference between shingles and tin/metal is quite different. Shingles are cheaper and last 20-25 years based on the product. Tin/Metal if it is good quality will last many more years than shingles. In my area and in all the years I have been renovating homes I have never installed a metal roof on a home because of the cost difference. We have done metal roofs on commercial buildings.

Dawn Starblanet: I would like to put in a deck in the summer, What are the costs for lumber? for a few bundles or however you say it?

A: Dawn, when designing a deck you have to think about the different types of decking materials, handrails, etc. All of these items come into effect when looking for prices. We have built decks over the years using all products but we always use treated lumber for the main framing components. The decking and railings that are fastened to the framing is what the cost will be based on as well as the style of the deck you choose to build. Most decking products can be seen at lumber yards.

Laura Ellis: One question for all three experts: In each of your businesses, within the various product lines you carry, is there any focus on eco-friendly and/or Canadian sourced and manufactured materials? As a consumer I am trying to "buy Canadian" and eco-friendly as often as possible, in all aspects of my purchases, and am curious as to whether your product lines offer many options in this regard?

A: Laura, Eco friendly products are available in numerous building products. We as a company don’t carry any line of products for this. We have done projects where it has been requested so we usually ask the client to do their research and specify which products they would like us to use in their new home or renovation. It is cost effective if the client does their research for this.

Larry Hovdestad: How do i determine the size of high efficient furnace....everyone i ask has a different answer....now after many questions and many different answers i am more confused than ever and am ready to leave my 30 year old furnace in my 100 year old house...

A: Larry, we always contact a mechanical contractor to determine the size of the furnace when we design projects. A mechanical contractor should have people on staff that works with you for the new furnace. They have to look into the size of the home, amount of windows; some will look at the age of the home, as well as the ducts in a home of that age. Being 100 years old the home was never designed for today’s ventilation systems or the cost of energy. You might even get recommendations to relocate some of the existing ductwork to other areas of the home.

It doesn’t hurt to get a couple quotes from reputable contractors on this item and ask questions because of the age of the home. 

 

 

As always, the BEST advice is to choose a TRUSTED SASKATOON CONTRACTOR / TRUSTED SASKATOON RENOVATIONS expert like JABA construction ..you'll be glad you did!

 

J.A.B.A Construction a Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTOR and RENOVATIONS Expert share a tip on Ice Build Up!

Planning a renovation in Saskatoon ? J.A.B.A. Construction Ltd. can help! They offer a wide range of General Contracting services for all aspects of both residential and commercial renovations. Their management team will work with you to ensure that you get the services you want, within the timeframe and budget that you determine. J.A.B.A. Construction is professional, reliable and skilled to transform your space into something a little more luxurious, functional or enjoyable.

J.A.B.A are your Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTORS on the Saskatoon Directory

Here they share a Tip on Ice Build Up:

Ice build up on your roof, Water damage in your home. I have looked at numerous homes this past few weeks and when you are driving around look at some of the homes. It can be dangerous to persons in that area. 

 

How do I get rid of it is the common question. This year for some reason with the amount of snow and the type of winter we have had the ice buildup is causing water infiltration into the homes. Can this be stopped is another question. Nature has to take its course.

What I am finding out is that when the snow on your roof melts the water follows to the overhang ( soffit area) and then it freezes again because of the different temperature on your roof. The water then backs up under the shingles. (yes under the shingles) and then flows into the walls and ceiling areas of your home. Some homes react differently than others and I havent figured out why yet.

The advice I have asked my staff to give is that you have to remove the snow off your roof first. The less snow melting on your roof is less ice buildup. We have looked at electric heat on the roof. Some have asked about salt on their roof (might damage shingles). Remove the snow first but be carefull! Make sure you are tied off so you cant fall!!

 

TrustedSaskatoon.com Talk to the Experts- The Trusted Saskatoon renovation & style show

Trusted Saskatoon.com THE Saskatoon Directory   is proud to be hosting a Talk to the Experts show " The Trusted Show' Monthly on Newstalk 650 ..the first show aired June 9th.  Find them all here in our tips library or on our Trusted Channel on You Tube which is a fabulous resource of Tips , Interviews, Demos and Tours.

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This latest show we are featuring is the TRUSTED SASKATOON Directory  renovation and style show

All of the questions on the show have been submitted by our wonderful Trusted Saskatoon Facebook Fans  and one lucky fans question was chosen by Brent to win the Prize package submitted by the 3 Trusted Businesses worth over $1500!

 

This months ' Trusted Saskatoon Experts' are:

 

Lori from Kitchen & Bath Classics a Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom expert answering all the appliance questions  Lori donated a fabulous high end sink and fixtures worth over $800

Dave from JABA Construction  a Trusted Saskatoon renovations expert - they donated a  ' Ultimate couples night out at the Parktown Hotel' from Jaba Construction ( includes: $40 GiftCert to Riverside lounge or Finns Irish pub, 2 x tickets to laugh shop comedy show, 1 night in Jacuzzi suite, Champagne , Roses , in room couple massage , 2 trad breakfasts or room service, complimentary parking and an extended 2 pm checkout time...)

Tristan & Lana from Palliser rooms a Trusted Saskatoon funiture store - they provided a $300 Gift Certificate.   

 

 

it always pays to be a fan or a follower  ( on twitter @Trustedcanada ) of Trusted! 

Contests and things to be won all the time!

 

J.A.B.A Construction a Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTOR and RENOVATIONS Expert answers a Question on quotes

Planning a renovation in Saskatoon ? J.A.B.A. Construction Ltd. can help! They offer a wide range of General Contracting services for all aspects of both residential and commercial renovations. Their management team will work with you to ensure that you get the services you want, within the timeframe and budget that you determine. J.A.B.A. Construction is professional, reliable and skilled to transform your space into something a little more luxurious, functional or enjoyable.

J.A.B.A are your Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTORS on the Saskatoon Directory

Here they share a Tip on Quotes

 

 

Question: Why is there such a big difference between quotes received from different renovation companies?

There really is a wide variety of factors that will cause you to see different pricing from contractors in the renovation market. In a commercial setting, usually there are drawings with specifications included so that each contractor is bidding on the exact same scope of work and is pricing the exact same flooring and lighting, etc. You can compare these quotes "apples to apples" and the prices usually come in within only a few percentage points apart. The factors usually causing differences in this pricing are influenced by the prices they receive from their subcontractors and suppliers.

Of course, contractors do not request pricing from every company in the city - they usually only request their pricing from a select 2 or 3 companies they trust and work with on a regular basis. Usually whoever comes in with the lowest bid and / or availability to meet the project deadline requirements will be selected.

Another factor that will affect the bottom line is the cost of the company's overhead, contingency allowances and what profit margin they apply. In the residential setting, the components of the renovation are not usually yet specified. This is where you often see a large difference in pricing from one company to the next. Components such as kitchen and bathroom cabinets, countertop surfaces, flooring, fixtures and lighting can vary wildly in cost. The estimating process is comprehensive and detailed involving a number of meetings between you and the contractor to determine budgets, level of finishes, products required etc. Usually, the end product of the estimate will usually based on the estimator's understanding of your sense of style, purpose & function of the renovation and the existing conditions that is exposed by the naked eye. One contractor may allow a budget for low quality fixtures just to get the price down where the next contractor may include fixtures based on conversations with the homeowner that has expressed a higher level of quality which would help to avoid additional costs for upgrades during the construction. Homeowners need to educate themselves to find out exactly what they are getting for that bottom line. Again, subcontractor & supplier prices, differences in the overhead, contingency allowances and profit margins will further increase the gap between the prices received amongst different contractors.

"Buyer Beware"

In the construction industry, anybody can start a business and do renovations. However, with other trades such as plumbers or electricians, there must be certification. This is where "buyer beware" alert comes in to affect. When you invite somebody in to your home, it is best to ensure you have a qualified, insured TRUSTED contractor that has good referrals. These contractors are often a bit more money because they are paying for offices, employees, insurances, etc but they will often be much more knowledgeable, experienced and trustworthy. These companies ensure that they do the work by code and they know when building permits are necessary and they actually call for them when they are. Some of the "cash market" contractors will purposely not get building permits because it allows them to cut corners and they do not have professionals coming to inspect their work. Often, they do not carry WCB or liability insurance so if something should happen during the renovation, the homeowner gets stuck with the costs. Some of them do not even do renovation contracts.

Be sure to do your research and do not give in to the temptation of the lowest price - you often will get what you pay for.

 

As always, the BEST advice is to choose a TRUSTED SASKATOON CONTRACTOR / TRUSTED SASKATOON RENOVATIONS expert like JABA construction ..you'll be glad you did!

 

 

Stay Trusted my friends..SAFE & TRUSTED of course!

 

Trusted Saskatoon kitchen cabinet expert share a Tip on Kitchen design

TRUSTED SASKATOON RENOVATION EXPERTS and are waiting to help you with all your home renovation projects.

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Tips on the Positioning of Kitchen Cabinets

With the wide array of modern kitchen cabinet designs, homeowners can easily choose models that complement and enhance their lifestyles. Picking out the style and color of your kitchen cabinets is easy. But it can be a little more difficult to decide the best way to arrange your cabinets. When positioning kitchen cabinets, it's best to balance functional workspace while keeping an eye on design. In addition to traditional kitchen cabinets, specialty items, such as wine racks, foldout pantry cabinets and slide-out drawers, allow homeowners to combine good looks with functionality. Here are a few home improvement tips to consider when laying out your kitchen design and cabinet positions.

 

Positioning Kitchen Cabinets:

Envision a work triangle. You may be using your kitchen design to decide where cabinets should go, but you may also want to consider how people will be moving throughout the kitchen. When positioning kitchen cabinets, keep in mind the distance between different appliances and elements used in food preparation. You want your kitchen remodeling to improve function. Map out a "work triangle" formed by lines connecting the sink, the range and the refrigerator. To minimize excess walking, this triangle should be as small as possible while still being practical. Kitchen-cabinet positioning should accommodate and enhance the work triangle. For example, placing a lower cabinet next to the open-door side of the refrigerator will make it simple to take food items out of the fridge and set them on the counter. Separating the three elements of the work triangle by lower cabinets also allows the cook to remove hot items from the stove and place them on the countertop, and provides counter access near the sink for dirty dishes. In addition, an upper cabinet set above the dishwasher simplifies the task of putting away clean dishes.

 

Consider standard kitchen cabinet sizes.

Standard cabinet size is a factor when determining how to arrange your kitchen cabinets. The standard height of a base cabinet is 34.5 inches. After allowing approximately 0.5 inches for the thickness of a countertop, the finished counter height is approximately 35 inches. Lower base-cabinets are typically 24 inches deep. When positioning base cabinets, consider the remaining walking space in front of each unit. Leaving at least 4 feet of open floor space in front of cabinet doors, drawers and the stove will give the cook room to move with ease. Upper kitchen cabinets are only 12 inches deep, and they vary in height from 30 inches to as small as 12 inches to accommodate placement over a range or microwave. Both upper and lower kitchen cabinets offer large corner units, sometimes with installed "Lazy Susan" rotating shelves, to lessen the need to reach into far corners of the cabinets.

 

Focus on kitchen design.

While function is important, you want your kitchen to look stylish as well. Utilize symmetrical appeal by positioning upper cabinets of similar size on either side of your sink and range, if space permits. Place a tall, pantry-type cabinet next to the refrigerator to camouflage the side closest to your living area. Consider installing a base cabinet or an island cabinet with an attached eating bar on the backside to provide an attractive eating space without taking up lots of floor space in a small kitchen.

 

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