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6 Considerations To Efficiently Plan a Kitchen Renovation

How to plan a Kitchen Renovation

In amidst Coronavirus Outbreak, a lot of homeowners are pretty confused about whether to reevaluate and reschedule their kitchen renovation plans or not. Well, frankly speaking, you shouldn’t be in such a perplexing situation because if there’s a chance, and you think you can take benefit from such uncertain times, what’s the harm?

Yes, it’s really uncanny that such a tiny virus has completely taken over our lives but surprisingly the home improvement industry is continuing to thrive in many parts of the United States and across the globe. It’s not just because these kitchen and home remodeling companies are listed as essential services but it’s also because they’re in the process of innovating their business model to fit in the homeowner’s requirements.

Although for some works there are some risks associated but the benefits are more and you can transform your dull days of lockdown into a more like a “black Friday” situation. Because with the mandated stay-at-home order; you’ll be spending most of your time in the kitchen. You’ll be looking to eat a lot and is good as it is the only way to boost up your immunity level to fight against the virus. Hence, it could be the best time to plan and undertake kitchen renovation and remodeling.

Feeling intrigued? Let’s see how we can help you out in transforming your thud kitchen into something super-exciting and awe-inspiring.

Establishing goals and resources

As you’re more acquainted with all the flaws in your kitchen; the outdated kitchen cabinets, the frayed flooring, and that wall finishes, you’re in the perfect mood to establish goals for your kitchen renovation project.

  • Needs & Priorities: Well, this is the first thing we determine during a consultation with our clients. We will find out what your needs and priorities are for your kitchen space and suggest solutions for your needs.
  • Determining Budget – We will also find out what your budget and timeline are. By discussing your kitchen renovation project in detail and gaining a full understanding of your vision, we will have a good foundation to put your quote together begin working on your dream kitchen.
  • Choosing Fixtures & Materials – With you, we will work on choosing:
    • Kitchen cabinets – materials, colors, texture
    • Kitchen appliances – stove or cooktop & built-in oven, fridge, dishwasher, microwave
    • Sink(s), faucet(s)
    • Countertop(s)
    • Backsplash material
    • Floor covering (ceramic/porcelain tiles, hardwood, laminated flooring)

During every stage of the project and especially while planning for the kitchen remodeling/renovations we’d guide you through all possible situations and problem resolutions. We’ll never throw our decision at you rather we’ll help you in deciding what could possibly be the best pick for your needs. We’ll discuss and put forward all the possible ideas and solutions in order to let you get your dream kitchen without breaking the bank.

Electrical work

We’ll help you to get ready for the possible upgrade on your kitchen’s electrical systems. Our certified electricians will help you to create a plan that works for your kitchen. If you’re always complaining about a lack of electrical outlets; we’ll help you in installing more as per your needs for maximum accessibility and practicality. We’ll guide you on adopting/improving the electrical wiring in the light of code requirements.

If you’re planning to replace the kitchen electrical line we’ll help you to bring a new electrical line (from the electrical panel to the kitchen). Besides this, we’ll work through electrical wiring for new positions for lighting (if changed from existing) besides installing new and/or additional lights. If you require an electrical fan we’ll help you get one for the best experience.

Plumbing work

If you’re rather interested in a bit of extensive shifting of kitchen fixtures you’ll probably have to undertake plumbing modifications. That’s where our certified plumbers will be helping you to adopt/move or add plumbing installations for your new kitchen. They’ll work through the water supply and drains if you’re shifting the kitchen sink and for an additional sink, we’ll help you get one installed properly with a water supply and drain line.

Design and choices

Once we have gathered all the information we need to know about the project, we get to work on drawing a proposed design incorporating your needs and wants. When this is completed, we will set up another meeting to present our design plan to you. This is a time to get excited because we’ll be helping you to create a kitchen of your dreams.

Custom items

If you’re more interested in custom made items, we’ll help you to choose. Once you have approved the design plan, we’ll begin to work on manufacturing the custom items for your kitchen. Our expert designers will be guiding you through the process of choosing and delivering all the needed materials. We never hesitate to go that extra mile for your satisfaction.

Installing your new kitchen

In the end, when all your kitchen cabinets and other custom-made items are ready, we will then deliver your kitchen cabinets and begin the installation process without a delay.

Still, confused?

If you’re still not sure about how to go to your kitchen renovation project, we encourage you to call us now and our sales rep will help you out.

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5 steps guide on how to plan a renovation project

How to plan a renovation project

So, you’re getting ready to undertake your exciting home renovation project and are looking for ways to plan your remodel. Well, planning for all elements of a renovation project can really make a difference to make sure your house remodeling goes smoothly and efficiently. Whether you’re looking for a simple room addition or are getting ready for a total home renovation; you can blissfully march through the process from start to finish with a careful plan.

A renovation should never be a hassle when you’ve got a vision and a plan to work on. A well-thought-out strategy and thorough research help you prepare, endure, and thrive from a renovation project. It helps you to get involved and be informed by researching and exploring through the process. In such a way you’ll have alternate plans to switch to if a thing or more goes wrong on the way.

So, be aware of your options and plan accordingly to maximize every opportunity you have to make the home that works and is perfect for you.    

5 steps guide

So, are you ready to take the plunge of a renovation project? Let’s see how we can plan through for a renovation project with this step by step definite guide. You can also use this guide as a home renovation checklist in order to achieve your vision without a hassle.

1. Find Inspiration and Outline remodel

Before enthusiasm takes better of you, browse through magazines and the internet to find inspiration and narrow down the finished look you want for your home renovation. Amass information, blueprints, pictures you may find interesting to implement into your design and renovation project and ideas of projects. Because of the immense amount of choices finding inspiration and choosing the finished product can be a bit overwhelming. So, clearly outline your project scope and define the area of changes that need to make to your home. Make a to-do-list stating each item of change and prioritize them by assigning a number. You may need to cut down the works after you’ve defined a realistic budget in the next step.    

2. Identify your goals

Don’t ever jump in home renovation with a blank page. You should be crystal clear and specific about why you want to renovate. If your space is not enough to entertain guests or you want to remodel your kitchen to get more counter space; just figure out what goals you’re looking to achieve and then plan your budget accordingly. After you’ve planned for the works that need to be done, separate the workings you can do yourself. But make sure you have the right tool, equipment, and knowledge to avoid a renovation disaster.

3. Establish a realistic Budget

Are you afraid of bleeding money – like many other homeowners out there? Don’t worry! planning your budget at this stage in depth can avoid homeowner’s sweltering at the end. Because you’re going to spend your hard-earned money, you should avoid overspending by establishing a realistic budget. It’s estimated that almost half of home renovations go over budget. So, make a spending limit and sticking to it will help you plan approximately how much you are willing to spend. Before the project gets underway, make sure to pin down decisions and select materials and finishes beforehand.  

Hire a reputable and professional Contractor

Don’t have handyman skills? Don’t worry you can always hire a helping hand. Well, this decision is foremost important. Hiring a reputable and professional contractor brings in a lot of pros and in contrast, a shoddy contractor can ruin all opportunities. Make sure you hire a professional contractor who understands your visions and respects your budgeting. One more thing, don’t always go for the least-bidder because your home doesn’t deserve cheap works.

Know your alternatives

The only way to deal with the mess of renovation is to know your alternative. Depending on whether you’re tearing your home down to the studs or you’re just trying to remove a wall or two, you must be prepared for due diligence and what you’re willing to tolerate. Make sure to consider your new routine: as it may be difficult to understand, house remodeling may take some time. It is better to plan your day to day activities thoroughly.

The Bottom Line

Home remodeling can at times get complicated, confusing, and frustrating. The only way to survive through the process is through careful planning. With a little prior preparation, you can start your home remodel on the right foot and ensure you’re ready for the project ahead. So, get inspired, decide what you’re going to accomplish, outline your needs, and handover the plan to let him engineer your dream house.

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Clients First Entire Home Renovation

Kitchen Renovation Before/After

The original cabinets and appliances were in worse shape so we decided to start over completely. We installed LED Recessed Lights, Home Depot Supply Solutions cabinets and White Quartz countertops also from Home Depot Supply. The stainless Hardware was from Lowes and includes a Samsung Dishwasher, Samsung Range/Oven, Samsung Microwave and LG Refrigerator. The Large Single Basin Sink and faucet was from American Standard.

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Before and After Kitchen Renovation

Bedroom Renovation Before/After

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Before and After Bedroom Renovation

Living Room Renovation Before/After

The before picture was shot the day we got access, the carpets were old and HAD TO GO.
We installed LED Recessed lights, scraped the popcorn ceiling, added fresh paint throughout, walls were painted with Valspar Silver Dust Eggshell, the ceiling was painted Valspar ultra white flat, the Trims/Doors were also painted Valspar Ultra White semi-gloss. The old dirty carpet was replaced with Laminate floors: Eternity Floors Frontier Collection, Smoked Almond. Slapped some baseboards from Home Depot. The stairs were changed to Cedar floating stairs
We also added all new Hardware/AC vents/Outlets/switches to the new living room.
We matched the stair stain to the floor laminate.

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Before and After – Living room Renovation

In the next image, we can see the newly painted fireplace and a new gas log, Lowes Cedar Ridge Hearth 24in was added.

fireplace before/after
Before and After – Fireplace Renovation

bedroom before after
Before and After – Bedroom Renovation

Great whole house renovation, owners were very happy with this project. Let us know what kind of projects you have in mind.


Bokor Renovation Accepting Bitcoin Payments

Montreal company Bokor Renovation has done one transaction with Bitcoin in the “thousands of dollars” and owner Drazen Bokor is eager for more Bitcoin customers.

“The set up was easy,” said Bokor. “I don’t pay any fees. This is a very fast way to get the money.”

MONTREAL – Will that be cash, credit card or Bitcoin?

A small number of Canadian businesses now accept Bitcoin, the digital currency that made its debut five years ago, and has been gaining momentum ever since.

Among the retailers is Quebec bed-and-breakfast operator David Mancini, who expects the payment method will have a practical appeal for foreign tourists visiting his community of Baie-Saint-Paul.

“You do not have to transfer U.S. dollars to Canadian, or pesos, etc.,” said Mancini, 30, who runs the Gite TerreCiel.

Bitcoin transactions are seen as more convenient than other forms of payments as they are sent directly and instantly from one person to another, avoiding processing and other fees usually charged by banks or third parties. Travellers can avoid avoid carrying cash, or paying fees on travellers cheques or for currency exchanges, said Mancini.

Mancini has already convinced a handful of other community businesses _ the local coffee shop, hair salon, gift shop, acupuncture clinic and Tai chi martial arts school _ to accept Bitcoin, too.

“So if there’s a tourist who comes here, they can spend their whole trip in Bitcoin,” Mancini said.

The half-dozen merchants in Baie Saint-Paul are among 143 Canadian businesses accepting the digital currency, according to the Canadian Bitcoin Business Directory.

To use Bitcoins, users must first set up a so-called digital wallet, which gets managed through an app. The transactions involve buyer and seller scanning each others’ smartphones to transfer the Bitcoins.

Vancouver saw its first Bitcoin automatic teller machine go live in a downtown Vancouver coffee shop last fall, followed by Toronto and Ottawa. Consumers can exchange Canadian cash for the digital currency at the current exchange rate.

But there remain concerns for the business community, according to researcher David Descoteaux, who recently prepared a report on the currency for the Montreal Economic Institute.

Descoteaux points out is is almost impossible to have any legal recourse in cases of fraud as, once confirmed, transactions are irreversible.

The volatility of the value of Bitcoins, which is not regulated by any central bank, is also an issue. It jumped 50 per cent on Nov. 18 after regulators signalled that digital currencies could be acceptable but plunged 30 per cent on Dec. 5 after China’s central bank banned Bitcoins as currency, according to the online exchange Mt.Gox.

Fans of the currency say that because there’s a finite supply of 21 million Bitcoins, the currency will continue to appreciate.

But, for businesses, the value of transactions could fluctuate greatly before the Bitcoin transactions are transferred into a hard currency, such as Canadian dollars.

Bitcoin was recently listed at $885 on VirtEx, Canada’s virtual exchange to buy and sell Bitcoin.

Descoteaux said businesses are also wary of the tax implications of using Bitcoin, as any sales would have to be declared as income.

The Canada Revenue Agency has said using digital currency must be included in the seller’s income for tax purposes and the amount included would be the value of the good or service in Canadian dollars. It also notes that digital currency can also be bought or sold like a commodity and any resulting gains or losses could be taxable income or capital.

As Bitcoin becomes more popular banks and governments are likely to step in and regulate it, Descoteaux said, and there will be more fees as it becomes mainstream.

Montreal company Bokor Renovation has done one transaction with Bitcoin in the “thousands of dollars” and owner Drazen Bokor is eager for more Bitcoin customers.

“The set up was easy,” said Bokor. “I don’t pay any fees. This is a very fast way to get the money.”

Major Canadian online retailer has started to accept Bitcoin as payment for the sale of contact lenses and glasses.

CEO and founder Roger Hardy said his company does business in 20 currencies and Bitcoin is now one more.

While it’s still a niche form of payment, it’s got “global buzz,” Hardy said from Vancouver.

The Bitcoin Alliance of Canada makes pitches to businesses and entrepreneurs about the digital currency. Executive director Anthony Di Iorio doesn’t see any downside for Bitcoin right now.

“The price will just continue to go up as more and more merchants start accepting it,” Di Iorio said from Toronto.