Month: July 2021

It’s not finished until it’s done right

Written by EcoRenew Contracting Ltd. in Edmonton

  

As a general contractor in Edmonton, as in life, mistakes are never mistakes… so long as you learn from them.

Prior to establishing EcoRenew Contracting, as a general contractor’s assistant and during my own home renovations, I had very high standards for quality that would last. This is because I truly believe when one does something, it’s always better to do it right the first time. As Mike Holmes would say “Make It Right”.

Flooring installation re-done

Recently, I “held my feet to the fire” as it were; just after an Edmonton home renovation that involved a flooring installation for a full laundry room renovation. We decided we would remove the flooring that we had just laid – including pulling back the washer, dryer, and newly installed vanity. There was nothing wrong with our installation. However, the issue was that we were laying a vinyl plank tongue and groove flooring system over a concrete floor with a substantial slope towards the drain.

If the grade/plane of the floor is not relatively even throughout, there is a possibility of the flooring releasing from the “click”, with use over time, as the system is not evenly supported. I had already, or so I thought, taken this into account and extended the drain up. Doing so smoothed out some (but not all) of the grade. However, once the floor was installed, a noticeable softness or squishiness in the floor was still evident just around the drain area.

Always do it right

Rather than letting it be, hiding it from the clients and hoping for the best, I informed them immediately that we would be removing the floor and reinstalling it. Initially, they were apprehensive. I assured them that there would be no additional cost associated, and talked through what measures I would be taking to alleviate the issue. Then I explained to them the ramifications of an unevenly supported floor. After learning this, they were more than happy to let me rinse and repeat. I say this only to point out that doing it right the first time is not always possible, but you can leave the project ensuring it is finished correctly, and in my opinion, that is doing right.

Contact EcoRenew Contracting for your next home renovation. 

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Getting Ready for Back to School, Cleaning up Virtual Schooling Space

Organize and Improve Your Home Classroom or Repurpose Rooms for Back to School

For many students, virtual schooling is coming to an end with the approach of an in-person school year this fall. Whether that is true for your kids, or you are beginning the year virtually, there are several ways to get ready for back to school in your home. 

Virtual Back to School

After the fun of the summer and the time spent relaxing, it’s important to reestablish the purpose of the designated school spaces in your home. If your child studies in their bedroom or has a separate space in the house for online-school meetings, it’s time to make sure it is all about school again. Over the summer, the space might have been used for activities and crafts but its important to clean it up and put away what is not school related in that area to minimize distractions.

You can reflect on the last school year to see how these spaces can be improved too. Do you need shelving to keep supplies on or places to store items not in use? Custom-built shelving can be an ideal solution to this. Maybe installations such as better lighting, sitting by a window, and more can make the space more comfortable as well.

 In-Person Back to School

If your children are going back in person, any spaces in the home that were repurposed to become a study space can be reverted to its old use. Local craftspeople can help if it was projects such as building additional rooms in the garage, in unfinished basements, and more. Remove unwanted walls, get a new coat of paint, and more to bring your rooms back to normal.

In the end, having a study space improved or your home returned to a little bit of normalcy, your children will be ready no matter what to go back to school. With these tips their study spaces can be returned to their original use or can continue to promote quiet and productive workspaces.

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Three reasons to consider radiant heating in your home

Hydronic heating, commonly known as radiant heating, has many benefits to homeowners. From increased savings on heating bills to a better option for people with allergies, it’s easy to see why people choose it. There are more versatile options for radiant heating, such as in cooler rooms like basements or bathrooms.

Denrite Mechanical in Edmonton shares a few reasons why homeowners should consider hydronic heating in their homes:

Increased efficiency

Hydronic systems are one of the more energy efficient and comfortable options for heating a home. The notable savings on utilities compared to running a forced-air heating system increase the larger the home’s square footage. Water is a better conductor of heat than air, and due to the system’s mechanics being a closed loop system not much is lost through the process.

More versatile options

One of the benefits of hydronic heating is the flexibility to do almost anything you can think of. The list is endless from tubing embedded in concrete (typically in basements or garages) to overpour (lightweight concrete topping usually 1.5″ thick), staple up (under floor joist with tubing attached to the underside of the floor with heat transfer plates) to radiant walls and ceilings. This can be extremely beneficial for rooms that have typically colder floors, such as basements or bathrooms. Basements are typically cooler than the main floor of houses, but that problem and more can be solved with radiant heating in the basement.

It can also be nice on those cold winter mornings in bedrooms with hard flooring instead of a rug. Another bonus is that hydronic heating is used for extra features such as heated towel racks. This type of home heating is popular because the systems can be designed to suit a homeowner’s needs.

A better option for allergies

One of the negative aspects of forced air heating is pushing around dust and allergens when the air blows through the ducts. This isn’t the case with radiant heating. Instead, the heat is spread through piping in the walls and routed to where it’s needed. Thanks to the heat being powered by water and natural gas, hydronic can better suit people who have allergies. The ability to heat specific points of the house due to the homeowner’s specifications means that there are fewer drafts or hot spots.

Hydronic Heating in Edmonton

Over the past fifteen years, Denrite Mechanical has become one of Edmonton’s leading hydronic heating companies. They use premium materials and offer high-quality workmanship. You’ll receive top-of-the-line installations and systems which last. When it comes to hydronic heating in Edmonton and the surrounding areas, choose Denrite Mechanical.

Contact Denrite Mechanical for your hydronic heating system today.

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How to Deal With Uneven Cabinets for New Countertops

In older homes, uneven kitchen flooring is a common dilemma. Even a slight slope in the floor—which is commonly due to foundations or beams that have shifted over time—can cause a noticeable difference in the height of the base cabinets and countertops at the opposite points of the kitchen. However, it is not an absolute must to have a flat, level floor for new countertops to turn out even, especially if the slope is minor.

new countertops

How to Level New Cabinets With Shims

If you already have installed floorings, such as wood or tile, then leveling the floor may not be the soundest idea. In this case, the fundamental step for getting flat and even countertops is to level the base cabinets. This technique is ideal for homes where old cabinets can be detached and repositioned.

During installation, new cabinets can be carefully leveled using shims, which are thin strips of material meticulously sloped from one end to the other for precise control over spacing. There are times when multiple shims are needed to hold the cabinet up. Once the top of the cabinet is even, the base is then secured to the floor or wall as instructed by the manufacturer.

How to Level Countertops on Sloped Cabinets

If your base cabinets are already secured in place and repositioning them is not an option, simply choose to level the top of the cabinets. This can be achieved by applying shims along the top portion of the cabinet below the countertop. Position the shims to support the lower section of the countertop and lift it so the height is uniform with the elevated side before securing the countertop in place.

You can count on Handyman Connection of Grapevine for general home maintenance solutions, including remodeling, flooring, and painting. Our certified professionals are committed to delivering high-quality workmanship and outstanding customer service to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of our customers. Call us at (817) 527-3600 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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Make your home renovation stand out with unique features

A lot of homes were built similarly in the suburbs, so how can you make yours stand out? Adding unique features during a major renovation can help show your personality and also increase your home’s resale value.

When undertaking a major renovation, Four Elements Construction in Edmonton is well versed in creating beautiful spaces. Their experience with significant renovations will help improve looks, function, and resale value. Here are some ideas if you want something special in your home renovation plan:

Lighting and glass

These are things that aren’t typically considered in a home renovation on their own, but the importance of lighting can’t be overstated. The effects it has on the comfort and functionality of the room are essential. A lighting plan should include ambient, task, and accent lighting. Fixtures need to be well placed while also suiting your personal style. Using glass throughout the space can help enhance lighting while also showcasing other features.

Beams and posts

Showcasing ceiling beams and posts can be done in several different ways. A range of materials from finished wood to stone or brick exist depending on design choice. The ceiling is sometimes called the fifth wall but can be overlooked in the renovation plans. Use the space to showcase a rich centerpiece. Let your creativity fly when considering your unique ceiling options.

Windows and doors

Don’t forget about the opportunity that windows and doors have in a major renovation. Not only can they be incorporated into the interior design but will boost curb appeal outside too. An upgrade to the windows and doors currently found in your home can also help increase your home’s energy efficiency. This can go a long way in reducing utility bills while improving the value of your home, making a window replacement a cost-effective decision.

When you’re renovating, Four Elements will make sure all aspects of the home’s design will be considered. They’ll help you choose finishings, fixtures, and colour schemes that will best suit your taste and lifestyle.

Major renovations in Edmonton

Four Elements exists to create beautiful spaces; tailored to the needs and wants of homeowners in the Edmonton capital region. They are proud of exceeding their customer’s expectations and are committed to providing a better renovation experience. If you’re ready to overhaul your home, they’ll help create a design plan that considers looks, function, and value. Unique features in your home will help show off your personality and increase the enjoyment of your home.

Make your home stand out with Four Elements today.

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Enhance your home with customized interior doors

When thinking about interior doors, there’s no reason why you have to stick to the traditional doors you see in every home. You can add style by choosing customized options that might work better in your home. From doors that fit small spaces to those that allow more natural light, there are several options for doors for you.

Hallmark Doors in Edmonton have several options to consider for your home interior needs and wants.

Bifold doors

These lightweight doors fold inward while simultaneously sliding open. Their most common use is in bedroom closets or to cover smaller sizes laundry areas. Since the doors aren’t completely solid, they’re typically thin which means they’re light to maneuver. They aren’t a great option to block sound, so keep that in mind when installing them in your home.

French doors

Choosing a door with panes of glass, like a French door, gives off a charming style. It’s also a way to have a door that doesn’t completely close off the room. This is a great option for an office, nursery, or dining room where maintaining a line of sight could be important. It’s also a great way to let light into a room which might not typically get any. Use the natural light another room might benefit from to light up a darker interior space.

Barn doors

Barn doors have become a trendy option in the last several years. This is a great option space to create separation by creating a wall when the door is closed. A barn door is mounted on rollers which leads towards a stylistic choice depending on hardware. Choosing a barn door can create a focal point in a room while being a creative way to create temporary space when needed. Read more about different types of interior doors.

Doors in Edmonton

When deciding on interior upgrades, you want to go with a company that you can trust. With over forty years of experience in quality doors, Hallmark Doors is the right place for your door needs. They provide a high-quality product while maintaining competitive prices for all their customers. By going above and beyond during the construction process, their doors are sure to last for years.

Call Hallmark Doors today.

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What You Need to Know About Porches and Porch Maintenance

How to Maintain and Improve Your Porch with Porch Maintenance Services

The warm weather and the comforts of home can all be found on your porch. These outdoor spaces are great in between the inside and outside of your home. If you have a porch and are looking into how to maintain and improve it, keep on reading to see what you need to know about porch maintenance.

What is a Porch?

A porch is a framed deck on the outside of your home. Porches can be open or screened in, depending on your tastes or needs. A porch allows you to enjoy that outdoor air without the heat of the sun, keeps you out of the weather and rain, and screened in porches will keep the bugs out too. If you are looking into building a porch for the first time, be sure to check with your local building inspections department to obtain a building permit, if needed.

Porch Maintenance and Improvement

To maintain your porch, it is important to keep it out of harm’s way when it comes to inclement weather and the rain. After a rainstorm, make sure there is no standing water, as this can lead to wood rot and moisture seepage or water stains. Just brush the water off once the storm is done.

Improvement for your porch can be projects such as creating a screened in porch or updating the existing amenities from new railing, posts, installing a porch swing, staining, or sealing the flooring, updating flooring, and more. There are many options, and you can complete projects depending on if an update is needed or it you want to create a new look.

There are many customizable options to a porch while updating. It is important to keep up with porch maintenance to keep it in good shape. Enjoy the outdoor spaces of your home with your porch. If you need help, reach out to local craftspeople to update your porch.

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Adding value in a basement renovation

When thinking about a home renovation, adding home value is typically at the forefront of a homeowner’s mind. A basement renovation can add a significant return on investment compared to other home updates. As one of the more cost-beneficial renovations, there are ways to increase that value when preparing or thinking about resale options.

DNA Renovations in Edmonton has a few suggestions on basement renovations to improve home value.

Think about the big picture

Instead of converting a basement into a specific space, you will add value by appealing to a wider audience. If you are thinking about resale value, it can be difficult for a potential buyer to be interested when space is renovated for a specific purpose. When considering selling soon, a family room or extra bedroom could be a bigger selling feature than a home spa or gym. If selling isn’t on the horizon, then consider what suits your needs or wants best.

Don’t overlook the staircase

A great way to add space and brighten a dark basement is by opening up the staircase. Installing a more traditional, opened-themed set of stairs will improve the first impression when entering the basement. It also helps to make space feel larger and airy instead of dark and closed off. Let your staircase be a focal point of the room instead of a necessity.

Go with a concept to better suit your needs

Open-concept floorplans have been popular on main floors for the past few years, it’s popular in basements as well. Renovating a basement to have more usable space doesn’t have to mean adding rooms. Adding a second family room can be more beneficial for your needs, or an open concept games room.

A spare bedroom and bathroom are valuable additions, but try to keep a large portion of the basement open. This will help create a blank canvas for potential buyers while allowing you to use the space how you want to in the meantime.

Basement renovations in Edmonton

DNA Renovations is a full-scale renovation company serving Edmonton and surrounding areas. With over 20 years of experience, they are committed to customer satisfaction and providing high-quality work. Whether you’re renovating the basement to increase living space, build a secondary suite, or to increase the value of your home, they can help.

Contact DNA Renovations for your basement upgrade today.

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How to find the right landscape maintenance company for the job 

Yard work and care takes a lot of work, planning, time, and cost. That’s why working with a professional is a great way to ensure your property is handled right. But when looking for the right company, there’s the matter of finding the right company for your needs and goals.

Phoenix Landscaping in Edmonton is a professional and qualified landscaping maintenance company. They share more about how to find the right landscape company for your needs:

Know what you need 

Before you can hire a company to help, you need to know exactly what you need. Is it a full yard makeover that requires heavy machinery, skilled labour, a design plan? Do you want seasonal property maintenance so you never have to worry about it? Or you just want help now and again with lawn care or clearing away snow in the winter months. Whatever your needs may be, start with narrowing down your goals, needs, and how much you can do alone. That way, you can easily sort through companies and find the right one.

Look at specialties

Specializations are another great way to both find your perfect match but also find qualified companies. A company that has taken the time to train itself in a specific area like fall and spring cleanup or parking lot maintenance. You can take a look at past clients to see how their properties have turned out and get an idea from there.

Ask away!

Don’t be afraid or hesitate to ask questions before hiring a contractor. You don’t have to pick the first company you come across, and the more questions you ask, the better feel for their work you’ll get. Find out how long they have been in business and what qualifications and insurances they have. Ask how they can help with your project, about the cost, and how long it would take. If you’re opting for an ongoing lawn and yard care service, make sure you know exactly what is included. The more information you have, the easier that final decision will be.

Do your research

Look at past reviews, portfolios, and ask around to see what others say about the company. Don’t just focus on costs either, and be sure you aren’t picking the cheapest option without considering others. Even a higher-cost landscape project can easily have a better payoff in the long run and a bigger value boost for your property. A well-maintained property will also retain or increase its value.

Landscapers in Edmonton

Phoenix Landscaping proudly provides the best service, quality, and appeal on every project. Their goal is to leave their customers completely satisfied with their work, so there’s no regret or dissatisfaction. They offer a range of services from seasonal cleanup, fertilizing, ground maintenance, and more.

Contact Phoenix Landscaping today!

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Home restoration and renovations after damage

Accidents and natural disasters happen. Whether your home was impacted by fire, water, hail, or other weather events, you need a trusted general contractor who can help with restoration and renovations. 

Davian Construction in Winnipeg is a full-service renovation company. They specialize in restoring homes after damage from weather, water, or fires. Here’s what you can expect from using their services after disaster strikes. 

Fire damage

Fires can be detrimental to many aspects of a home, including its structural integrity. Before beginning the fire restoration process, Davian Construction will ensure the safety of the site, stabilizing any areas that require it. After clearing out any remaining belongings in the affected area, their team will get started on their assessment.

They’ll begin making a plan for the steps moving forward. To start, this could mean repairing or rebuilding walls and ceilings. Then you might have to choose materials for paint and flooring, and installing any other features that may have been lost. They’ll also provide proper ventilation of the space, and work to remove the smoke odour from the remaining parts of the home.

Water damage

Water damage can come from many sources. It could be problems with the roof, the siding, cracks in the foundation, or a burst pipe. Or, the neighbourhood could have been flooded from an extreme weather event. Excess water can lead to more serious problems down the road, like mould, rot, or the worsening of cracks in your home’s foundation.

If you notice water damage anywhere in your home, address it as soon as possible, in order to prevent further damage from occurring. Davian Construction knows what to do when water damage occurs. They drain and dry the space, remove any areas with mould growth, and work with you to make the necessary repairs to your home. 

Hail damage

Hail can cause lots of damage to your home’s exterior. Windows, doors, siding, roofing, and eavestroughs are common aspects of your home that may need to be replaced after a hail storm. You’ll need an experienced general contractor that also offers exterior renovations. In some cases, portions of your exterior can be replaced. In others, you might have to redo the entire exterior. Davian Construction will do an assessment of the damage and make their best recommendations. 

Vehicle damage

Though uncommon, damage to homes and property can occur from vehicle collisions. Usually, it a moment of distraction or underestimating the distance in the side mirror. Whatever the case, Davian Construction’s team knows accidents happen. Once stabilizing the affected area, they can repair the area and replace the siding materials. They can also fix fences, decks, or other exterior structures if they’re damaged. 

General Contractors in Winnipeg

Davian Construction provides repair and renovation services to business, commercial, and residential properties. They have many years of experience and can help with a range of projects. Whether it’s a home remodel, minor renovation, or restoration after damage, their expertise and quality service will ensure a smooth project. 

Contact Davian Construction today!

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