Maybe it’s an older home, purchased only for the location. Or maybe you’ve lived in your home for a while, and have decided that it all has to go. Whatever your reasons for planning a whole home renovation, it’s a solution that makes sense. Generally less expensive than building a custom home from scratch, you still have the opportunity to design it your way to suit your lifestyle.
A whole home renovation gives you plenty of options to consider. For example, you might:
- Convert a traditional layout to open concept
- Create an industrial-style gourmet kitchen
- Add a family room or eat-in kitchen with a homework/computer zone
- Build an oversized spa-style bathroom with a Japanese-style soaker tub
- Consider French doors or Shoji screens
- Look at new materials like bamboo or cork flooring
- Add a cozy fireplace
- Build a gorgeous library that doubles as a home office
- Build-in “smart home” features or a home theatre
- Install heated floors in your basement and bathrooms
- Finally get that second storey laundry room you’ve always wanted It’s your dream home, and it’s all up to you.
Check out our portfolio for examples of how some of our clients have made their dreams a reality with an addition. And then, contact Ottawa Home Renovations to start making your dream a reality.
There are a few things you should expect with a kitchen remodel that might help you to better prepare for the experience.
If you are having your kitchen gutted, you might be without a kitchen for a week or so. Electricians, plumbers, cabinetmakers, countertop contractors will need to be brought in.
- Take all of your dishes, silverware, food, spices, and cookware and move them to a spot far away from the remodel so the kitchen contractors can get to work.
- If your pets have food or water bowls in the kitchen, move them elsewhere at least 7-10 days before the renovation is set to begin so that your pets will not wander into the work area once it starts.
- Sometimes the work will bring contractors to a point where they don’t get enough done in a day because doing more means leaving you without a functional kitchen. If they go too far, they end up working too late, make mistakes they have to redo because they were tired, or they get burnt out too quickly. If you won’t be around, they can quit after a full day without worry of the insult to your home life, they can work at a solid pace without going too fast, and they can optimize their work hours to get your kitchen done as soon as possible without leaving it dysfunctional for too long.
Kitchen Remodeling Final Thoughts
If you are not currently occupying the house you are remodeling, then this is no problem. But for many, you have to make great changes to get what you want. Just know that the process is not forever, and the changes you must undergo are sacrifices for a better home, great return on investment, and a better place to cook and entertain. Be patient. The contractors are not trying to make your life miserable. They are there to make it better.
The most prevalent bathroom trend is simple enough: bigger and better. Bathroom remodeling remains one of the most common home projects…
A new bathroom is a great way to add value to your home, as well as adding a touch of luxury to your lifestyle.
Today’s bathrooms reflect the needs, taste and style of their owners. Because this room is so personal, and used so frequently, a good bathroom must be both stylish and highly functional. It must be carefully planned to accommodate structural considerations (soaker tubs filled with water are heavy!), and aesthetics.
When planning your dream bathroom, consider the following elements:
- Do you want a separate water closet?
- What kind of shower do you want?
- Do you want an oversized tub? Built-in or stand alone? Traditional or modern?
- Do you want a whirlpool or Jacuzzi?
- Do you want a fireplace or reading lounge in your bathroom?
- What kind of flooring do you want? Tile? Slate? Marble? Is it heated?
- And what about a heated towel bar?
- How much storage do you need? Built-in, or a stand-alone piece of furniture?
- Are the sinks of your dreams pedestal or part of a vanity?
- Are they vessel-style or undermount?
- Do you want a television or stereo system in your bathroom?
It’s your dream bathroom, and it’s all up to you. Check out our portfolio for examples of how some of our clients have made their dreams a reality with an addition. And then, contact Ottawa Home Renovations to start making your dream a reality.
With the increasing cost of real estate in the Greater Ottawa Area, homeowners are ensuring that every square foot of living space is maximized.
A basement renovation is one of the simplest and most cost-efficient ways of adding new living space to your house. Gone (for good, we hope) is the traditional wood panelled recreation room, replaced by unique and modern living spaces that suit the unique needs of the homeowner.
Some basement features you might consider for your home include:
- A self-contained apartment for a nanny or family member
- An oversized wine cellar with tasting table and iron gates
- A sensible home office or workshop space
- An entertainment room with cozy fireplace
- A kids play room with a built-in ballroom and plenty of toy storage
- An adult-oriented play room with wet bar, pool table and monster television
- An oversized laundry room complete with custom cabinetry, a steam washer, a folding table and a shirt press
- A cigar and port lounge, with special ventilation
- A home theatre with reclining lounge chairs, surround sound and a drop down screen
- A home recording studio (sound proofed, of course)
- Do you want a television or stereo system in your bathroom?
It’s your dream basement, and it’s all up to you. Check out our portfolio for examples of how some of our clients have made their dreams a reality with an addition. And then, contact Ottawa Home Renovations to start making your dream a reality.
Adding on a four-seasons sun room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or study can be a simple and (relatively) inexpensive way to improve your home and your way of life. Imagine if you and your spouse didn’t have to use the bathroom in shifts, if the kids each had their own rooms, if you had a guest bathroom, or even a home office. Things would certainly change in your home.
The possibilities for a home addition are limited only by your imagination, and of course the bank that’s holding the note. But let’s not get bogged down with the legalities and discuss some of the first steps to adding living space to your home:
First, Determine Your Property Lines
Locate your property lines and develop a plot plan which would include your home, landscaping and the location of the utilities. This is important information because local codes have restrictions with regard to how close you can build to your neighbours home and yard.
Second, Develop a Design that Complements Your Current Floor Plan
Look at the structure and the floor plan of your home. With the help of a professional carpenter, residential designer or architect, develop a plan to provide the most attractive, useful and economical addition to your home. Don’t just think about how you will live in your addition, also consider how it architecturally effects the look of your home from the outside.
Third, Create the Plans
The last step before the renovation work begins is to have detailed descriptions of the materials and the scope of the work to be done. If you don’t tire of decision making, make a list of all the materials, and then include your first, second, and third choices. You might find that your first preferences are too expensive, but that second on your list is acceptable. So figure out what you can’t live without, where you can compromise, and where you can go dirt cheap.
Home Addition Cost
In our experiences homeowners always want to know what home additions cost and how to reduce the final price tag without sacrificing anything they can’t live without. This is a very normal reaction, especially given the size and scope of an adding an addition to your home. The truth of the matter is that unless money is no object, you will likely end up making some cuts to get what you want, so enter this process with that in mind.
The average home addition cost is $41,275. This is an aggregate national number and does not take size, scope, slope of land, or geography into account. The high end of adding an addition to your house is $150,000 and the low comes in right around $14,000, but $41,275 is a good number to get your head around. It might not apply to your particular project, but you can perceive where your expected price should land by starting here.
Add a little extra if you live in an expensive area of the country or have heavy sloping. If your addition is small or will have relatively few bells and whistles, take off some cost.
Keep in mind that no matter who you hire, your builder will have to work off of ideas and plans you have drawn up and so it’s a good idea to get a professional carpenter to work with.
Adding an Addition without Adding too Much…
It is often the case that homeowners try to build that dream four seasons out of their addition—decking it out with great flooring, furniture, electrical advantages, and new paint—only to find that now it doesn’t fit with the rest of the home. Now it feels like you are walking out of one home into another.
This is pretty common, but it’s also something you want to consider before you begin. Maybe you are looking for a complete redesign of your home, and the addition is a bonus on top of that. Great. However, if you weren’t expecting a complete revision of your current space in your total home addition cost, you might develop an intense love relationship with your new home addition.
If you don’t want to update the rest of your home…
Try to match the flooring in the addition with the room leading into it. This will be nearly impossible, unless the flooring in the adjacent rooms is relatively new or repaired. All flooring material fades and gets dirtier with age, so just do the best you can. Really scrutinize the samples in the daylight, in shadows, in room light. Make sure you have a match. The good news is that in a year or two, they will fade to a similar color.
If you want to update the rest of your home…
Hire up our designer. Designers can visualize what you need, and they will also have some great ideas—both for the interior and exterior home—to make sure that this home addition matches the new look and feel of your home. From flooring to paint to wall textures to windows. They won’t miss anything.