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Make an Impression with these Main Floor Renovation Features

The main floor of your home will often set the tone for your entire dwelling. It is undoubtedly the area of your home that is most often seen by guests, and as such, when people make ground floor renovations, they often want to include features that will make an impression.

Here are a few features you may want to consider when making ground floor renovations:

Open Concept

Gone are the days of small segmented kitchens and living rooms! Not only are open concept spaces more modern and inviting, but they are also great if you like to entertain a more significant number of family and friends. Gatherings can spill from the living room into the kitchen, and open concept design allows you to still interact with your guests even if they are in the living room and you are busy putting out a food tray or mixing drinks in the kitchen.

High-End Flooring

Especially if you have a main floor with large open spaces, it is important that your flooring is attractive. Hardwood flooring in warm hues are a great choice, but tile is also becoming more popular. The idea is to have a style of flooring that will pull your entire décor together.

Wall and Ceiling Mouldings and Beams

To add a touch of drama, you can add features such as wall mouldings and ceiling beams especially if your space has higher ceilings, which help draw the eye upward and provide some visual interest.


Nothing beats natural light!  If you are lucky enough to live in an area with a great outdoor view, then you should have windows that make the most of this view. No view? No problem! There are many lighting options that can help you make your main floor bright and cheery. Consider pot or track lighting or even some funky fixtures. Think of the type of ambiance you would like to create and then choose a lighting style to match.

Built-in Storage

Another great feature to include in your ground floor renovations is some built-in storage space. This may consist of shelves and cabinets where you can display your books or collectables, or it could be that perfect kitchen island which is both a workspace and place to keep those special bottles of vino.

A Statement Fireplace

Having a fireplace to cozy up to during the colder months is always lovely. But if you are going to have a fireplace, why not have one that makes a statement! Choose a good quality brick, stone or tile to put around the chimney area. And remember, a nice mantle makes a great spot to display artwork or other items.

Smart Technology

Smart homes are becoming increasingly common, and many people who are making renovations want to know how they can include some of this technology in their own homes. You can now have fully wired systems which allow you to control all kinds of things from the convenience of your smartphone. This includes controlling the lighting, temperature, music and more!

Whether your ground floor renovation is large or small, by including some of these features, you can have a space that is both functional and beautiful. To discuss how you might incorporate these and other elements in your ground floor renovation, contact Artisan Contracting today. 

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Mistakes to Avoid During Bathroom Renovations

Bathroom renovations rank as the second most popular restoration for an excellent reason. The bathroom is one of the essential rooms in the home regarding usage. It is also notable that today’s trends lean toward people remodelling the space into a spa-style bathroom. The preference towards separate showers and tubs, double sinks, and even seating areas make this area a luxurious retreat.

The bathroom can also be one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate because the costs depend mainly on the design, products, types of additions and accessories you want to add. In addition to the expensive elements involved, such as cabinetry, tile, and fixtures, there is the cost of hiring a professional contractor who is knowledgeable about design, plumbing, tiling and electrical work. It is unquestionably a high return on investment and increases the value of your home. However, creating a beautiful bathroom into a place of elegance doesn’t just happen overnight. 

Several pitfalls may be encountered during the many phases of remodelling. It’s crucial that homeowners need to be aware of what they are and how to avoid mistakes during bathroom renovations.

Clear Plan

Before you jump into this renovation project, make sure you have a clear plan that takes into account precise measurements, anticipated costs, all materials, and your taste. Map out your plan for family members or contractors who will be helping you with the remodel. 


It’s also important to be realistic about your budget. Hoping for a $20,000 renovation when you have only $10,000 to work with results in cutting corners at the end of the project, and you won’t be pleased with the results. Take a careful look at your finances and get a realistic number established and stick to it.

Limited Ventilation

Once you have established the Clear Plan and Budget, one of the first mistakes you want to avoid during the renovation is low ventilation in the bathroom. You want to invest in a good ceiling fan to reduce the amount of humidity in the room and prevent your ceiling paint from bubbling.

Often, people will overlook this crucial element, which is a huge mistake. Without proper ventilation, humidity builds up on surfaces. Over time this moisture will cause paint and grout to deteriorate and mildew to form.

Choose Ageless Materials

While other places in the home can be designed with trendy styles, the bathroom is not the place where you want to install the current trends. Avoid the pitfall by using styles, materials and accessories that are evergreen and not outdate your bathroom in just a few years.

This applies to fixtures and finishes too. Keep it simple. Never mix more than two types of finishes in the bathroom such as metal, wood and tiles. By keeping the look in the bathroom classic, you will have a room that appeals to everyone over time.

Improper Space Usage

Your layout is crucial for determining what and where your vanity, tub, shower, toilet, etc. will be placed in the room.  Avoid the mistake of overcrowding the space and jamming your bathroom with items too large for it because, in the end, you will not enjoy it.

If you have a contractor, the measurements need to be precise for placement, especially pipe connections. You should also purchase fixtures and accessories that use a limited portion of the bathroom space.

Get It Right The First Time

Renovating your bathroom can be a fun and exciting endeavour; however, you need to do your research, plan and follow some simple guidelines for achieving the success you desire. By preparing ahead of time, you will attain a beautiful space to enjoy for many years to come.

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3 Tips to Follow When Completing a Main Floor Renovation

The main floor plays a significant role in setting the impression for the rest of your home. It’s also usually the most frequented space in a household as well as the area first viewed by visitors.

Although deciding to complete a main floor renovation is an exciting time, it can also be a time filled with decision-making. Here are three tips to follow to help your main floor renovation go as smoothly as possible!

1.    Consider the Floor Plan

The best place to start when completing a main floor renovation is to make a plan of action.

Begin by considering your main floor as it is just now. What do you currently like about it? What doesn’t work for your lifestyle – and why? What would make your main floor more functional for hosting and entertaining guests?

Next, think about some main floor plans that you admire. From friends’ and families’ homes to Pinterest boards, drawing on the inspiration of others can add a lot to your own main floor renovation plans.

If you’re working with a qualified contractor, their design team will have numerous suggestions on how to improve your main floor living space.

Spending some time deciding how you will customize your main floor is important. Completing this renovation project is a rare opportunity to make your home’s most frequently used living space exactly what you want. Making the right decisions now will provide years of enjoyment for you and your family! 

2.    Choose Unique Features

This renovation is the perfect time to create a main floor that suits you and your family’s individual needs. Choosing some unique features will enable that to happen!

Have a collection of books that you’ve always wanted prominently displayed? Consider a wall of built-in bookshelves.

Want a conversation piece that also adds ambience? A two-sided fireplace may be your solution!

Always wanted a statement staircase? Have a staircase installed that’s impressive from the moment you step inside your front door.

3.    Outsource when Needed

There are so many options when it comes to completing a main floor renovation. Try not to get overwhelmed by all the decisions!

Although you may initially think that you can handle the renovations yourself, completing a main floor renovation is extensive. In many cases, it’s easier, quicker and less worrisome to outsource the work to an experienced contractor.

When that’s the case, do your research to choose a contractor who is knowledgeable on main floor renovations. Ask to see a portfolio of their work and testimonials from recent customers.

Artisan Contracting is one of the highest regarded Canadian home renovation companies in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville and the surrounding area. We have years of experience completing beautiful, functional main floor spaces that homeowners appreciate and love.

Our business is built on honesty, planning and craftsmanship. Let us help you complete a main floor renovation project in your home! Contact us today for more information about our contracting services.

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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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