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Artisan Contracting’s Home Renovation Guide

Although ordinarily worth it, in the end, the home renovation process itself usually involves a lot of time, energy and financial investment.

To make your renovation plans go as smoothly as possible, clear expectations are needed from the beginning of the renovation process. Here are three key factors to consider before you begin any home renovation project.

1. Know the Cost Involved in Home Renovations
Most homeowners set unrealistically low budgets for their home renovation projects which can lead to unnecessary stress and upset.

It’s important to do your homework before starting any renovation work. Get project estimates from at least three different contractors or if you’re doing the job yourself, shop around various home improvement stores.

Depending on the renovation you’re completing, sometimes an unexpected issue can crop up. For example, you may be renovating your bathroom when you notice that the wiring is all outdated and now needs to be replaced.

Since unexpected problems can always arise (or you may change your mind on your initial plans), it’s always a good idea to add at least a ten percent cushion to your budget.

2. Create a Clear Plan of Action
Consider the needs of your household to determine what type of renovation would work best. Is it to improve the functioning of your home? To provide more comfort to family members? Or to add more convenience to your household’s daily living?

Once you determine the reasoning behind your renovation quest, you will need to examine what needs to be done to achieve that goal. For example, if your kitchen is currently too small for your family’s needs, you need to figure out what your dream kitchen would entail.

Be sure to pay attention to three important aspects when creating your plan of action: use of space, light/brightness and movement of people. Considering all three factors will help ensure your planned renovation will be suitable for your household’s needs.

3. Have Realistic Expectations throughout the Renovation Process
There’s no denying the fact that renovations are messy.

Although you may know that going into a renovation project, it becomes entirely different when the project begins in your home. You may start to get anxious about how long the project is taking and urge your contractor to hurry up so that your home can get “back to normal.”

But remember, quality renovations take time and should not be rushed. Plus, if a problem arises throughout your renovation project, you need to be prepared for your initial deadline to be pushed back.

Consider Hiring a Contracting Professional

The best way to avoid as many headaches as possible throughout a home renovation project? Hire a home renovation professional!

Artisan Contracting has over 35 years’ experience working diligently with customers to bring their dream renovations to life. Besides having access to suppliers equipped with the best in renovation materials, our quoted price is firm (barring any unforeseeable issues).

Contact us today for a free consultation!

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Renovating Your Bathroom? Follow these Tips to Save Space

As the smallest room in your home, your bathroom’s surfaces can quickly become cluttered with toiletry items, hair dryers and more. But it doesn’t need to be that way! With some careful planning and reorganizing, your bathrooms can quickly become more space efficient. Here’s how!

  1. Get Organized
    In some cases, a lack of organization in your bathroom can lead to space limitations.

    Before completing any bathroom remodel, do a major overhaul of your bathroom’s contents. What is needed? What can be donated or discarded?

    Who knows? Reorganizing the space may open up some extra room without needing to spend any extra time or money on an upgrade!

  2. Give the Illusion of More Space
    Soft, pale colours on your bathroom’s walls and floors can make your cramped bathroom space appear bigger.

    The same logic applies to the glass. By replacing your shower curtain or frosted-glass shower doors with clear glass, an illusion of a bigger space can be achieved.

  3. Install Custom Cabinetry for Bathroom Storage
    Storage is the biggest issue in a bathroom which is why so many vanities end up covered in clutter.

    Finding space-saving storage solutions can be achieved with some custom cabinetry created by a design professional. Custom cabinetry is especially useful in bathrooms with unusual dimensions and “wasted spaces” that aren’t suitable for standard cabinets.

    Choose from a variety of sizes, styles and finishes to best complement your bathroom space.

  4. Make Full Use of Your Bathroom’s Space
    Even if you already think your bathroom space is maxed out, think again! Can you add recessed shelving behind the door or a wall? This type of shelving can provide an efficient space solution without taking up any more floor space.

    Oftentimes, space higher up is underutilized. Consider adding some storage in the form of shelves up on the walls.

    Not only will high shelves provide a great space saving option, but they will also help make your bathroom feel less cramped.

  5. Open Up More Space
    From replacing a tub with a compact shower to adding a sliding door, there are many different ways to streamline your bathroom design.

    Gone are the days when a square vanity sink is your only option – check out the curved, flat or under-mount sinks that can easily add more counter space. A floating vanity is another great option that can free up floor space underneath to be used for basket storage.

    Still want a tub but tight on space? Instead of purchasing an oversized tub, opt for a standard size to leave more room for cabinetry and larger vanities.

    In a lot of cases, adding square footage is not an option when it comes to your bathroom renovation. But by choosing to implement a few changes like those above, a large amount of space can be gained!

For even more bathroom remodel and storage tips, contact Artisan Contracting today. 

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How to Choose a Perfect Bathtub for Your Bathroom Renovation

If you're remodelling and looking to add a new bathtub, find out what options are available for bathtub types, installation and materials to find the perfect tub for your budget. The bathtub is a statement piece in your bathroom that sets the tone for the rest of the fixtures, so it’s good to do a bit of research.

Although showers are the fastest way to get clean when you're on the go, the bathtub can be a relaxing alternative. Bathtubs can be a soothing reward, a meditative reprieve and a truly personal experience.

There are many options to choose from, so before you jump into purchasing any old bathtub, you should consider these features first.

Types of Tubs

  • 3-wall alcove: tub-shower combinations are the most common tub type and designed to maximize space. The unfinished ends usually get sandwiched between an exterior wall and a handy built-in storage cabinet.
  • Drop-in: Drop-in tubs are the tub shell only. They're fitted inside a framed enclosure that's finished to match bathroom cabinets or tile.
  • Under Mounts: are drop-ins destined for floor-level installation. Flooring, such as tile, covers the lip of the tub.
  • Corner: these tubs are variations on the alcove and drop-in designs. Their large proportions are conducive to dual bathing.
  • Freestanding: feature a sculpted bathing bowl on a solid base or a cradle.
  • Claw Foot: invoke images of a grand Elizabethan era of soaking. The signature legs support tubs that are especially deep and feature a high back for supporting the head and neck.

Features to Consider

Jets & Bubbles:

The whirlpool tub lives on with:

  • in-line heaters that warm water as it circulates, preventing heat loss
  • silent motor technology that greatly reduces the sound of the jets
  • multi-speed settings to adjust the vigour of the jets
  • foot massage jets mounted on underwater footrests
  • bubble-only jets providing warmed air throughout the tub
  • micro-bubble jets that fill the tub with champagne-like effervescence

Chromatherapy: Underwater LED lights change colour to suit your mood. From peaceful pink to soothing blue, the choice is yours.

Music: Resonant speaker panels attached to the tub send sound through the water so you can feel the vibrations on your skin. Sync to the playlists you have on your computer.

Digital controls: Make it all happen with a built-in touchpad—control temperature, jet direction and flow, colour and music.

Construction Costs

  • Acrylic and fibreglass: these are the least expensive options, readily available at home improvement centers. There’s a wide selection of colours. Priced from $400 to $1,700. Top end: $18,000.
  • Cast-iron: Enamel finish offers many cool colours. Heavy cast-iron is a great heat sink, keeping bath water warm for long periods. Priced from most popular: $400 to $1,200. Top end: $11,000.
  • Copper: The ultimate in fine bathroom couture. You'll invite people over to look at your tub. Price: $4,000 to $50,000.
  • Enameled steel: Moderately priced tubs with a well-deserved reputation for toughness that includes resistance to scratching and staining. Colour choices are usually limited. Priced from most popular: $350 to $1,000. Top end: $8,000.

Total Luxury

The bathroom is a sanctuary for many people to relax and partake in a soothing soak with a few luxurious bells and whistles. To get the most out of your sanctionary of peace and solitude, pick the bathtub that best suits your needs! 

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Tips to Consider During a Kitchen Renovation

When you renovate your kitchen, it’s almost as if you have a blank slate and you can do (almost) anything that you like with it.

Didn’t like where your cupboards were? Didn’t have enough storage space? Didn’t like where the fridge was? Everything can be changed and moved to another location. There might be some things, though, that you haven’t thought about changing up, but you should consider. When it comes time to renovate your kitchen, here are a few items on the list that you should be thinking about.

Outlets

If you have an older home, chances are that you often find yourself struggling to find outlets for all your appliances. During a kitchen renovation when everything is coming apart, why not use this is as a time to install more outlets along the backsplash of your kitchen. You could even put in a charging station complete with USB and standard outlets. Now you’ll never struggle to find a close outlet when you’re cooking or entertaining guests.

Colours

Avoid painting your kitchen a darker colour as it can make your kitchen feel and look small. Instead, choose light and bright colours to make your kitchen look larger. If you do not plan on replacing cabinets during your renovations, consider cabinet re-facing. By taking the doors off, sanding and painting your current cabinets, it will look as if you have brand new cabinets.

Islands

Do you have an island in your kitchen? Do you want one? If you do end up incorporating an island, it’s important to determine its function. Is it primarily for meal prep and cooking? Is it for eating? No matter what you want to use the island for, you’ll have to plan space accordingly. For those who want to use the area for both meal preparation and eating you will likely need more space so that the prep area is separate from the eating area. Thinking ahead to what you want to use the space for will help to determine how you should design the space and what you’ll need.

Landing Spaces

This term refers to the area of countertop of either side of appliances like a fridge or a stove. This area of space allows for you, and your family, to work comfortably around an appliance without having too much going on in that area. It also allows somewhere for you to quickly place items.

Easy Reach Areas

If you have children in your home who are old enough to get their snacks or even help prepare meals, then this will make sense for you. Having a drawer (or two) that kids can reach filled with the items they use most: snacks, juice boxes, their own plates and utensils will help to keep them away from the areas you don’t want them around (like a hot stove) but still allow them to help out in the kitchen and keep them involved in cooking or baking as a family activity.

 

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