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Industry Expert: Prepare to Succeed

Industry Expert: Prepare to Succeed

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Industry Expert: Prepare to Succeed

by Bryan Tuckey

Preparation is key to managing disruptions during renovation

Almost every renovation project will come with some disruption to the homeowner, but there are a number of things that you can do to minimize the disarray.

Some people don’t want to live in an active construction site and opt to vacate their homes and live elsewhere for part of, or the duration of their renovation. However, for most people, living elsewhere for several months is not financially viable, so they must find ways to live in a home under renovation.

Planning ahead and preparing your home, your stuff, your family and yourself, are important steps you can take to minimize the disruption.

As part of the overall planning of your renovation project, work with your renovator to devise a project plan that best accommodates you and your family, and always be sure to work with a professional RenoMark renovator.

BILD created the RenoMark program in 2001 to help homeowners differentiate professional renovators from underground contractors. RenoMark renovators abide by a Code of Conduct, which includes providing written contracts that carry at least $2 million in liability insurance and offer a minimum of two years warranty on all work. You can find a RenoMark professional at renomark.ca.

Photography: bigstock.com
Photography: bigstock.com

Talk to your renovator about your household’s daily schedule, any vacations that you have planned, or any special circumstances that need to be accommodated so that they can be factored into the work plan and schedule for your project. That way, particularly disruptive or messy parts of the project, such as refinishing hardwood floors, can be arranged for when you are away or can make alternate, short-term living arrangements. And busy on-site work times can be aligned with your family’s schedule so crews won’t be hammering away while you are trying to feed your kids breakfast.

Make sure you discuss which parts of your house will be impacted by your renovation project. Depending on factors like plumbing and wiring, your renovator and work crews may need access to more than just the immediate area being renovated.

Clean out the areas that will be impacted by the renovation and consider temporarily removing valuables such as art, from other parts of your home that could be impacted by vibration. Depending on the scale of your project, you might want to rent storage space nearby, or bring in a portable storage container. If you are storing things in boxes, be sure to label the boxes with an inventory. That way when you need something, you can find it.

Make a plan for how you will live in your home while it is under construction. Kitchen renovations can be especially challenging. Figure out where your temporary “kitchen” will be and what you need to make it work for your family.

Plan and stock up on meals that can be easily prepared in your temporary kitchen. Look at how you might be able to utilize your small appliances and your BBQ when you don’t have access to your oven. You will likely be without running water in your short-term kitchen, so make sure you consider how you will clean up after food preparation and wash dishes.

When you encounter trying moments, and you probably will at some point when you are living in a home under construction, just think about how great your remastered space will be or what it will be like to cook in your new kitchen.

Bryan Tuckey is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association and a land-use planner who has worked for municipal, regional and provincial governments.

Follow him on Twitter @bildgta, facebook.com/bildgta, and bildblogs.ca.



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eNewsletter - April 2017

Inside a Condo Interior Design Project

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Inside a Condo Interior Design Project

Renovating a condo after you’ve bought it and before you move in is a common exercise.

Putting some personality and personal touches into your new home sometimes requires having a condo interior design team help you with that project, which is like the icing on the cake.

Kandy Outdoor Flooring Toronto recently had the opportunity to work with High Street Design on a condo upgrade project in Toronto’s Thompson Residences, located in the trendy Bathurst and King Streets neighbourhood. Here’s the Q&A Kelly from Kandy did with Sarah Broderick of High Street Designs on the project.

Q: Can you talk a little bit about the Thompson Residences? Who lives there, what “feel” is there in the building? In the neighbourhood?

A: The Thomson Residences is a higher-end building with lots of urban professionals. The neighbourhood is fun and eclectic. It’s in the heart of King Street West with lots of bars and restaurants steps away, including the Thompson Hotel rooftop bar, patio and restaurants.

Q: What problem was the customer looking to solve? What was the objective for the project?

A: It was a new condo. It had a large but cold urban patio with a ton of potential. The clients were downsizing from a home in the suburbs. They have a cottage they love in Muskoka and wanted to warm up their outdoor oasis downtown and add some pizazz to the interior. Kandy’s real wood deck tiles offered the perfect solution. It’s warm, natural and softer to the touch than the concrete below.

Q: What did the space look like before you got started? How would you describe the decor and the state of the suite in general?

A: The balcony was a blank slate of concrete with black siding on either side complete with black framed glass railings. It is approximately 6-feet deep by 26- feet wide. Inside it was a typical new white-washed condo with beech coloured engineered hardwood flooring. The kitchen had white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. It was a great blank slate for us to work with.

Q: Describe the consultation process with the client. How did you help him see and buy into the vision you had for the design?

A: The owners of this penthouse were a dream to work with. They were extremely trusting of our vision and process. We talked about the plan for the suite and of course the balcony. I’d already chosen Kandy Outdoor Flooring as the best option aesthetically and they agreed. Kandy’s product and design stood out from the rest as being much higher end, especially when we saw it in person. We debated natural wood over manufactured or composite. Although slightly more high maintenance, the look and feel of the wood was hard to beat and helped us accomplish the urban oasis we were striving for. Kandy also sold us on their product support and maintenance package. Well worth it to extend the life and many aesthetic benefits of real wood.

Q: What did your condo interior design entail? What were you changing? What were you replacing? What was going to stay? What were you buying, both new and antique or retro?

A: The condo design can be described as curated and eclectic. It’s a real mix of high-end furniture and finishes to accomplish a traditional meets contemporary style. We sourced unique pieces from a lot of different suppliers to appear as though the homeowners had collected them over time, like their extensive artwork collection. The entire design and gallery-like colour palette was envisioned to complement and enhance their unique artwork. Everything was repainted. We added wall-to-wall trim in the foyer and staircase, all new lighting, furniture, rugs and accessories. We upgraded some of the cabinetry. The homeowners are big wine connoisseurs so one of the biggest challenges was fitting their 250 bottle wine fridge up the condo’s narrow stairs. It was fun designing around their art collection.

It was important that the outside terrace complement the curated design inside while still blending with the building’s urban surroundings and exterior. We chose a mix of outdoor furniture from different suppliers, including Andrew Richard Design and Jardin de Ville. The concrete pebble coffee table was another fun and practical find from West Elm. On the balcony there are three zones: a BBQ area for food prep, a six to eight person dining area complete with benches, and a lounge area with a loveseat sofa, coffee table and two chairs that double as extra seating when hosting people for dinner. We added planters and greenery, too, to warm up the space.

highstreetdesign.ca

kandyoutdoorflooring.com


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Five tips to help plan a home renovation

Five tips to help plan a home renovation

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Five tips to help plan a home renovation

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New year, new renovation budget.

Now, before you go off on a rant about how foolish it is to renovate a home, stop. Not every home renovation project is a good investment — nor it is a good use of disposable income. But not every remodel project is a bad idea. That sort of black and white blanket statement just isn’t helpful, particularly when we all know someone who renovated and sold their home for top dollar.

http://www.moneysense.ca/spend/real-estate/renovations/5-tips-to-help-plan-a-home-renovation/


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