TRUSTED SASKATOON RENOVATION EXPERTS and Saskatoon Kitchen Experts and they are waiting to help you with all your home renovation projects.
Here they share a tip on How to Design a Kitchen:
Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, which accounts for a lot of their challenge -- and a lot of their appeal. The same cabinets, appliances, and surfacing materials can look entirely different in someone else's home than in yours. Stock cabinets can be given a unique look with virtually unlimited specialty finishes and a change of hardware. If your budget can accommodate custom cabinets, your choices are even greater. Countertop materials already come in a great array of choices, but they can be customized even further with special routing or inset bands of another color or material. The same goes for flooring, walls, and in-kitchen dining furniture. So even if your kitchen is small and ordinary, it's not hopeless!
You can transform it into a remarkable space unlike anybody else's. Manufacturers and designers have seen it all, and the end result is that you can have all the amenities you want and need, even in a tiny kitchen. Savvy, space-saving products are available for the owner of the apartment-size condo, co-op, or townhouse kitchen. You'll find that convenience doesn't have to come only in the large economy size.
These large windows are the focal point of this kitchen.
To create a distinctive space, your first move is to look at your kitchen with an eye to what might serve as a focal point. A large window, alcove, or long wall can be the start. Take advantage of a bank of beautiful windows with an eye-catching counter that runs the length of the window wall. If you love to entertain and are lucky enough to have ample space, consider setting your room up to include two back-to-back kitchens; one with a full-size range, a fridge, ovens, and a sink, and the other with an ice-maker, a wine chiller, a second sink, a mini-fridge, and a microwave, plus an abundance of storage. Pretty much anything you dream up can be executed with the help of a talented design team. It's up to you!
Whether your space is large or small, and whether the end result you want is pretty or pretty wild, you'll do best if you stick close to the following basic recommendations.
- Try to keep the straight-line distance between the sink, fridge, and cooktop between 12 and 23 feet.
- Position the sink between the other two appliances, since it's used most often. (The sink's location may depend on pre-existing plumbing lines.)
- Allow for 36 inches of counterspace to the right and 30 inches to the left of the range and sink if at all possible; if not, allow a minimum of 24 inches and 18 inches.
- It's tempting to place a tall fridge and built-in wall oven next to each other, but try not to; each needs its own landing space on both sides of the appliance for safety.
- Try to include a minimum of 10 linear feet of both base cabinets and upper cabinets.
- Utilize lazy Susans to make potentially wasted corners fully functional.
- Use pull-out drawers rather than reach-in, conventional cabinets for greatest convenience. If you're retro-fitting existing cabinets, have pull-out trays installed.
- Consider barrier-free design and products. They make life easier for children, pregnant women, and seniors as well as individuals with disabilities. They'll also add to the longevity of your kitchen.
The biggest factor influencing what type of kitchen you come up with will be the shape of the room itself. In the next section, we will explore some kitchen-shape considerations.
Planning a renovation in Saskatoon ?Trusted Saskatoon contractors. can help! They offer a wide range of General Contracting services for all aspects of both residential and commercial renovations. Their management teams will work with you to ensure that you get the services you want, within the timeframe and budget that you determine. Professional, reliable and skilled to transform your space into something a little more luxurious, functional or enjoyable.
TrustedSaskatoon.com Talk to the Experts – Trusted Renovation & Style show Questions
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 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.
Planning a renovation in Saskatoon ?Trusted Saskatoon Contractors can help! They offer a wide range of General Contracting services for all aspects of both residential and commercial renovations. Their management teams will work with you to ensure that you get the services you want, within the timeframe and budget that you determine. Professional, reliable and skilled to transform your space into something a little more luxurious, functional or enjoyable.
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!!
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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.
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.
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