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VitzReno is one of the Toronto area’s premier home renovation companies. The goal of our custom kitchen, bathroom and basement renovations – as well as our home additions – is to unlock hidden value in your home while creating the space of your dreams. Our designers take a holistic approach to your renovation or addition that ensures the newly renovated or added space meshes seamlessly with your home’s established profile while at the same time enhancing its functionality and aesthetic appeal.
The home of your dreams begins in your imagination and for this reason we work closely with you from day 1. Our job is not to tell you what you want but to use our years of experience to bring your vision to life. We listen carefully, design thoughtfully and work diligently so that the finished product is something you’ll be comfortable in and proud of for years to come.
As a full service general contractor in Toronto we handle all aspects of your renovation or addition project from design to clean up so no detail is overlooked. If perhaps you contracted another firm to create your designs for you, that’s no problem either as we can handle all aspects of the build.
A beautiful, affordable home renovation or addition from Vitz Reno will transform the way you feel, the way you think and the way you live. It will enhance your home’s aesthetic value, increase your home’s resale value and make it the oasis of domestic tranquility you’ve always imagined it could be.
When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the flooring is often one of the last elements to be considered. It’s fun to choose appliances, worktops and cupboards, but the flooring is often selected without much serious thought. This, of course, is a mistake – the flooring is a key part of any kitchen remodeling plan. It’s perhaps the part of your kitchen that will endure the most punishment, too – with people walking on it, spillages and having to support the units and appliances you install. Every year we have more and more options available for different types of flooring materials and designs in Toronto, so it’s not like there is a lack of choice.
The type of flooring you eventually go with in your kitchen remodeling plan should be the optimal choice in terms of both functionality and appearance. If you have a large family, the chances are that you’ll need a floor which is very easy to clean. If a member of your household uses a wheelchair or a walking stick, you’ll want to make sure your flooring won’t get easily marked or damaged. It will also need to fit well with the overall ambience of your kitchen – it’s easy to forget that the floor usually takes up more space than any other element in a kitchen, except perhaps for the ceiling. Here are some tips to help you make sure you get it right:
There are, of course, many more choices of materials, each with their own unique benefits. It’s worth your while learning about all of the options and matching their qualities to your kitchen’s specific needs.
Home renovation projects can be expensive. One way that Toronto residents often try to save money is by taking on some of the work themselves, under the supervision of a general contractor. Using your own time and labour can prevent costs from escalating, as labour usually ends up taking a significant chunk of a remodelling budget. Even if you don’t have any particular trade skills, there’s a good chance you’ll still be capable of basic labouring tasks, which would otherwise require employing another person. However, if you’re planning to do this, it’s essential to make sure you have a good working relationship with your general contractor.
If you have ever worked as a subcontractor, or seen subcontractors work with a general contractor, you will be aware that not everything goes smoothly all the time. This could also be the case if you choose to work under the general contractor, even while employing them. Problems can be solved much more easily if you have a good relationship and mutual respect. The first thing you’ll need to do is sit down with them and have a frank discussion about how it will work. Here are some of the things you’ll need to bear in mind:
If you follow these points, there is no reason why you can’t make a success of your working relationship. Be prepared to work hard, but remember to be friendly, too. Deal proactively with any problems and remember that you are all working towards the same ends.
Once you’ve taken the decision to go ahead with a basement renovation, you need to sit down and start the difficult job of planning the work. Taking the decision is easy – planning and carrying out the work can be full of pitfalls. Many problems that surface during the work period and after, have their roots in poor planning. There are plenty of examples of basement renovations around Toronto that lie in disrepair, their owners having bust their budgets in a big way, in addition to having wasted a lot of time. Getting the planning right is crucial – no matter how good the work is, it can all unravel if mistakes are made at the planning stage.
Basement renovations can be tricky to plan as there is often no adequate blueprint for the work that needs to be done. Basements all over Toronto vary in size, construction materials, plumbing and electrical circuitry layouts and so on. Everything from the type of soil surrounding the basement, to access and health and safety laws, needs to be considered. The type of basement renovation you want to carry out is also important. Creating a simple storage space, for example, is almost certainly going to be less complicated than building a new bedroom with its own private bathroom. To give you an idea of some of the ways things can go wrong, here are some examples:
The examples listed above are not meant to scare you or put you off going ahead with your project. They are simply warnings as to what not to do. Bear them in mind at the planning stage and you’ll be able to avoid the heartache they can bring.
Planning a bathroom renovation is a big enough task whether or not you have an awkwardly shaped room. There are, however, plenty of unusually shaped bathrooms here in Toronto, particularly in some of our city’s older buildings. If you happen to live in a home with a bathroom with a quirky shape, there’s no need for it to give you a headache when it comes to bathroom renovation. Rather than trying to think of ways to get around the problem, it helps if you try to exploit any unusual characteristics. The aim is – rather than having an odd bathroom – to have a space which looks like it couldn’t and shouldn’t be any other way.
Whether your bathroom currently has exposed or oddly-positioned plumbing, a low ceiling or unusual walls, it’s much better to see those features as opportunities, rather than challenges. They present you with a chance to create a bathroom that is truly unique and suited to your needs. There is no one bathroom design that suits everyone, and it would be a dull world if every bathroom in Toronto looked the same! So, no matter what your bathroom looks like, here are some tips to help you make sure your bathroom renovation turns out a success:
There are many different shapes of bathroom, each of which presents its own unique opportunities for design. It may help to take a look at pictures of how other people have optimized similar spaces in their homes, but it is up to you to take advantage of your own bathroom’s quirky characteristics. If you find one design isn’t quite working, consider it again, perhaps with different materials, or with a different layout.
If you are planning to turn your leaky, damp Toronto basement into a new living area that all the family can use on a year-round basis, the first and most important thing you need to do is waterproof it. Failure to tackle this step first could result in a number of problems further down the line, the most serious of which are detailed below. In fact, even if you are not planning to remodel your basement in the near future, you should make sure that it is adequately waterproofed because some of the problems arising from leaky below-grade spaces could affect your entire property.
Among the reasons that it is crucial to waterproof your basement before you begin remodeling work in earnest, the following are the most important to consider.
If you live in the GTA and you are currently thinking about remodeling/finishing your basement, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to ask for advice or to request a competitive quotation. We have completed many such projects in the past and would be delighted to help you put your below-grade space to good use in the future.
If you are planning a home addition to your residential property in Toronto, you are probably going to need to apply for a building permit before the construction company you hire can start work. However, not all home improvement projects require a building permit so we have created this handy guide to help you determine if one will be necessary for the work that you have in mind. If after reading it you still have questions about your plans, please feel free to call or email us and we will do our best to answer them. Alternatively, you can contact the Toronto Building team directly and ask them for the information you require.
Among the home improvement projects for which a building permit is required, are the following:
Some types of home additions or improvements do not require a building permit, including those listed below:
For a full list of what type of home additions and improvements require a building permit you can contact the local authorities. Assuming that you need one, you will have to submit a site plan, floor plans, and a roof plan if applicable, along with detailed elevations and sections. If you decide to use VitzReno for your home improvement project, we will, of course, take care of all the necessary paperwork on your behalf.
If you are remodeling your kitchen, one of the most important decisions you will have to make concerns the type of countertop you are going to install. The countertop in your kitchen will set the style for the whole room, which is why you need to ensure that you make the right choice when shopping for a new one. In addition to aesthetic considerations, you also need to think about practical aspects such as how easy it will be to keep clean and how well it will stand up to the rigours of life in a busy family kitchen. With all of this in mind, we decided to put together a short guide to help you choose the perfect countertop for your next kitchen remodeling project.
Take a look around the stores in Toronto and the individual companies that produce custom items for kitchens and you will find a wide selection of countertops, made from a variety of different materials. Below, we examine the main material choices and the implications of each one.
Engineered Quartz – If you like the look of natural stone but would prefer something a little lower maintenance, engineered quartz is a great choice. Available in many colours and no more expensive than granite, this is becoming an increasingly popular option among homeowners in Toronto and worldwide.
Whether you are planning a major kitchen renovation project or you simply wish to replace your existing countertop, VitzReno can perform all the necessary work at very competitive rates. Call today to discuss your requirements in detail.
When you plan to renovate part of your home, or embark on a major remodelling project, there are many challenges to face up to. You need to make sure you get quality materials, a sound design and work which is done on time and to a high standard. By far the most difficult part of all this, is hiring a general contractor. Get this right and you can rely on great results and a straightforward process. Get it wrong and you could be looking at a disaster which runs way over schedule and way over budget. With all the competition in Toronto these days, it’s important to know how to spot a great general contractor apart from the rest.
We’ve all heard tales of cowboy contractors and fly-by-night traders who cause no end of problems for their customers. Unfortunately, as these people know that there is big money on offer, they are likely to continue dragging down the reputation of the majority of honest and reliable contractors operating in the Toronto area. In order to separate the good from the bad, and the great from the good, you’ll need to know what to look out for. Here are some idea which will increase your chances of selecting a great general contractor:
There are, lamentably, no guarantees to protect you completely from unscrupulous traders and cowboys. However, following the advice outlined above will give you a great chance of reducing the risk of ending up with a poor contractor. These tips, plus your own due diligence – checking references, memberships, qualifications and insurance, will help you narrow down the search for the best contractor you can get. Don’t forget about personality, too. While working on your project, the contractor is like a business partner. If you can’t see yourself being able to work well with them, despite their references and qualifications, it’s probably a good idea to consider someone else.
The kitchen is usually one of, if not the main focal point in a home. When it comes to renovations, kitchen remodelling tends to have a greater impact on the overall value of a property, than changes made to any other room. It’s not a job you want to get wrong. As kitchen remodelling has become more and more popular across Toronto, owners have been presented with an increasing variety of interesting options, each with their own price tag attached. Knowing how much to spend on your renovation is key to maximizing the value you get from it.
You will already have an idea of how much money you can actually get your hands on for your kitchen remodelling project, whether you’re planning to use your saving or take out a loan. If you intend to do the latter, make your calculations using the total cost of the loan, rather than the amount you borrow. Once you know what your absolute maximum spend is, you’ll need to make the following considerations:
The last thing to remember about your project is not to compromise too much. You may be tempted to take on work that you are not confident in doing, or settle for materials you don’t really like. Doing so could even end up costing you money in the long run. It’s a much better idea to wait until you can get the job done properly.
Getting a basement renovation isn’t something you’re likely to do every year (although perhaps it should be), and that’s what make it really important that you make your project as up to date and trendy as possible. Take a look at the renovations going on around Toronto and you’ll see a mixture of poor, outdated designs, boring generic projects, and then some cutting edge, freshly thought-out ideas that are really going to turn heads and grab everyone’s attention in 2017. If you want your basement renovation to impress people, and not bore them to sleep, you’d better check out some of the hottest trends of the moment.
With the New Year so close you can almost smell it, if you haven’t already begun to make plans for your basements renovation, you’d better get a move on. Forget whatever your friends have done with their renovations in 2016, don’t worry about the remodelling jobs you’ve seen done at other homes in Toronto. We are moving into uncharted territory and you’ll have to look out for other hints and patterns to figure out what is going to cut it over the coming year. What’s sure is that in 2017 we are going to make basement renovations great again, and here’s how:
Get your project right and your basement renovation will be one of the main talking points of the coming year in your social group. Don’t just be prepared to follow trends any more. Your project could serve to inspire those around you and your social standing could take a massive boost.
If your Toronto home has a small, dark bathroom that is frankly quite gloomy and unappealing, this article should definitely come in handy. In it, we are going to give you 7 bathroom remodeling tips to help brighten up your bathroom, without spending a fortune in the process, making it a more pleasant place to be at any time of day or night. Some of the suggestions in the section below may be more practical than others for you to implement in your home but they are all worth considering before you make any concrete plans.
Whether you have a single small window in your bathroom or no source of natural light at all, the following tips will help you to create a bright and beautiful space where you and your family will positively enjoy spending time.
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area and you would like to find out how much it will cost for you to have your bathroom remodeling project carried out by experienced professionals, pick up the phone and contact us today. We will be delighted to answer any question you have and to provide you with a free estimate.
Basement renovations are as popular as ever in Toronto, and it’s easy to see why – an extra bedroom, a media room, a bar and games room – the list of possibilities is long, and each of them seems much more appealing than simply having an unused, unloved space under your house. Whichever idea you settle on, it’s advisable to take each step with careful consideration, and plan the whole renovation as thoroughly as possible. A basement renovation is not a small project, and there are many aspects – both large and small – that could potentially go wrong.
There are a number of obvious questions that you should definitely be asking your contractor before any work is done, such as whether they are insured or not, what qualifications and expertise they have and whether they can give you references and customer reviews or not. These questions should be asked as a standard for any contracting work you have done. There are, however, some questions specific to basement renovations which often get overlooked, sometimes until it’s too late. In order to make sure you are safe, rather than sorry, be sure to ask these questions about your basement renovation:
Don’t be shy of asking any further questions that you feel are relevant. Any contractor worth their salt will appreciate that such a major renovation cannot take place without you being fully satisfied about how it will take place. Ask as many questions as you want, and remember that there are no silly questions – it’s your money and property they are dealing with, after all.
Long after wet rooms became the preferred option in East Asian new builds, they have now come to dominate bathroom remodeling in Toronto and the rest of North America. Wet rooms differ from traditional bathrooms in that the walls and floor are tanked to stop water from seeping out. As their name suggests, they don’t restrict water as much as other bathrooms, instead allowing moisture to drain from the walls and out of the room altogether.
After years of trying to keep water from splashing all over the bathroom, away from towels and toilet paper, why is everyone suddenly in such a rush to embrace the free-flowing moisture of wet rooms? As it turns out, they have numerous advantages over traditional bathrooms, some of which include:
By opting for a wet room when you plan your bathroom remodeling, you’ll join an elite group of Toronto homeowners who have combined practicality with style in one of the most important rooms in the home. You’ll have a wide range of design options – wet rooms lend themselves easily to materials such as wood, stone and concrete, allowing you to keep the overall feel in line with the rest of your home. When it eventually comes to selling your home, you’ll definitely have the wow factor that other, traditional bathrooms lack.
If you’re thinking about home additions, it’s worth keeping an eye on what’s popular and what’s not in the Toronto area – otherwise you never know what you could be missing out on. Even worse, you could end up making changes which eventually have a detrimental effect on your property’s resale value.
Homebuilding trends depend on advances in technology, materials and techniques, just as much as they do on changes in taste. Home additions are no exception to this rule. Keeping up with the latest trends is a good way to ensure you get the most out of your homebuilding and renovation projects. Here are some of the most popular:
Home designs are always changing, and there is no doubt that some of this year’s trends will look decidedly out of fashion in ten years’ time. In order to get an idea of which trends will continue to last, we need to look at economic, social and technological trends. All of these point towards lifetime living spaces – elimination of awkward features such as steep staircases, an increase in storage space and increasing the area of rooms at the expense of their number.
Balancing family life and work can be tough, and things can get stressful if you don’t get any downtime. Everyone needs some free time to reflect and relax – that may be alone or in the company of friends. You might, however, not want to stray too far from home due to inclement weather, low finances, or the fact that doing so could generate even more friction. It’s situations like these that mancaves were designed for, especially in basement renovation. This is a part of the house where you can relax and feel free to do what you want without treading on the sensibilities of others. It’s a place for you to be yourself.
There’s no point having a dedicated space for you to hang out in, if it’s not set up for the things you enjoy. The scope of your mancave is only limited by your imagination – well, that, plus your bank balance and the space you’re using. But even the most modest budgets and limited spaces can be turned into great male sanctuaries. If you’re starting from scratch, with some careful planning you could end up with one of the best basement renovations in Toronto. Here are some ideas to consider:
With some careful consideration and planning, you can create a mancave that you’ll be aching to spend time in from the moment you wake up until the early hours. The rest of the family will never have known such peace and quiet!
As most people are aware, the kitchen is one of the key rooms – possible the most important of all – when it comes to making a sale. Old-fashioned, poky or badly-designed kitchens can immediately put people off and ruin what would have otherwise been a great property. However, when your kitchen remodeling is done right, you should be looking at a room which sends your property to the top of the desirability scale in your area of Toronto.
When you start planning your kitchen remodeling, you should be aiming to get a 70% return on investment, or even higher. In order to do so, however, you need to know exactly how to go about it. Simply deciding to change things around with no overall strategy could potentially be a recipe for disaster. Here are some of the most important tips for you to consider when planning your new kitchen:
Whenever you want to make large-scale changes to a property in order to increase its resale price, it is highly advisable to consult real estate professionals who are familiar with your neighbourhood. They will be able to advise you on subtle details which otherwise may have escaped your attention, such as finishing colours and brand names. Kitchen remodeling for resale usually calls for a lot of neutral colours and styles, but even neutral can be applied suboptimally.
Lighting can profoundly influence your mood and even your food. This makes lighting a crucial consideration for your kitchen renovation. The kitchen is where we begin the day in earnest and perform those visceral acts of love for ourselves and those we care about by making that first cup of coffee or a nice hot meal, not to mention being the most popular room at any party! As such, it really behoves us to give our kitchen lighting the attention that it deserves.
The following is a breakdown of ways in which proper lighting can positively affect your kitchen experience and add value to your home:
While there is no doubt that well-placed fixtures or clever layout of appliances and features will allow certain lights to multitask well, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to lighting. Certain types of lighting complement each other to beautiful effect, whereas the wrong pairing will encourage you to just leave them off. Whether you have the kitchen renovation for your Toronto home is all planned out and visualised in your mind’s eye or you think that you could use some friendly expert advice, the professionals at Vitz Reno are always happy to help.
Before you hire a company to complete a home improvement project in your property, you need to make sure they are the right people for the job. The best way to establish that this is indeed the case is to meet with them face to face and to interview them. During the interview, there are a number of important questions you need to ask the general contractor you are meeting with, which we have listed below for your convenience. If you fail to find out the answers to these questions, you will not be in a position to make an informed choice when you have finished your interview. If a face-to-face meeting is not practical, you could conceivably conduct an interview over the phone but if you and the company are both in the Greater Toronto Area, it should be relatively easy to set up a meeting at a convenient place and time.
Before you start your interview, take a look at the questions below and perhaps make a few notes so you do not forget to ask any of them.
Finding the right general contractor is of vital importance when undertaking any kind of home improvement project so don’t give in to the temptation to skip this important stage of the selection process. If you would like to interview the team at Vitz Reno, please do not hesitate to call us to arrange a meeting.
Remodeling your basement could be a great way to provide your family with more living space, without having to move home. There are many competent contractors in Toronto who can handle such projects, including of course the team here at Vitz Reno, but you will need to plan your renovation carefully, to avoid making any mistakes. While basement remodeling is one of the more affordable options for homeowners who wish to increase the amount of usable space in their property, if this type of home improvement project is not handled carefully it can end up costing far more than necessary. Make sure you get it right first time, by following our tips below.
If you can avoid the 7 mistakes that we have listed below, your remodeling project should be a resounding success.
The easiest way to avoid making costly mistakes when remodeling your basement is to get in touch with us today and ask for a detailed quotation covering all of your requirements.
Some homeowners decide to refurbish their kitchens because they are beginning to look a little shabby or outdated whereas others feel that a major revamp is in order owing to a change in their needs or personal circumstances. Whatever your reasons for contemplating a Toronto kitchen remodeling project, one of the first things you will need to consider is whether to stick with the existing layout or whether to start afresh. To help you make this decision, let us consider how the layout affects the way that you use one of the most important rooms in your home.
To answer this question, you need to spend some time thinking about what you need to do in your kitchen on a daily basis, and what you would like to do be able to do with it in an ideal world. The layout you choose will have a big influence on what it is possible for you to do in the refurbished space.
The in-laws fly into town and come to dinner for the first time in years. The mother-in-law excuses herself to use the facilities and, a few minutes later, comes back looking like she’s seen a ghost. What happened? In short, your bathroom happened. Because entropy is an accumulative phenomenon (i.e. things fall apart slowly) you may not be aware of just how gnarly your bathroom has become in the eyes of those seeing it for the first time. It’s a big deal though because if your bathroom is a mess it’s all your guests will be talking about when they leave and if you hope to sell your Toronto house a rundown bathroom is going to result in measurably smaller bids. In this post we’ll look at some of the less obvious signs that it’s time for a bathroom renovation.
At Vitz Reno we help Toronto area homeowners identify and develop the unrealized value in their homes. Bathroom renovation is one of the best, most cost-effective ways of doing this. If you are in possession of an older bathroom that no longer measures up give us a call and talk to one of our highly trained and experienced home interior design experts.
Once upon a time, architectural consistency was imposed by limited materials, construction methods and other practicalities. Nowadays we have countless options in all these regards, but building successful home additions still relies on maintaining consistency with the original structure. Even a well-designed, well-built addition can have a negative effect on the aesthetic and resale value of your house, if it looks out of place. Think of it as similar to cosmetic surgery – don’t try to put Will Smith’s face on Ben Kingsley’s body.
In order to get your home addition right, you will need to plan contextually. This means designing home additions to be in harmony with the original building. At Vitz Reno, we strive to help home owners in Toronto design and build an addition that looks like it ought to have been there in the first place. You’ll need to consider such things as:
When it comes down to it, there is no magic formula or algorithm for designing the right addition to your home. Every property is different, as is every family. Coming up with the right design involves finding a way to create the space you want, while maintaining the integrity of your building in terms of character, style and space. Perhaps the only rule of the game is, the more successful the architecture of the original house, the more care will be needed when making an addition. Vitz Reno is here to make sure that Toronto remains known for its beautiful homes – not architectural misadventures.
If you have been thinking about home improvements recently and have come to the conclusion that now is the perfect time to remodel the main bathroom in your Toronto property, there are a number of key factors you should consider before you get started. These factors will play a big part in deciding whether your bathroom remodeling project is a success or a failure so you need to pay close attention to each one when you are considering exactly what you would like to do to your bathroom.
Make sure that you give due consideration to the following factors and you cannot fail to succeed! Each one is a key component of any successful project.
If you would like some help with the planning of your bathroom remodeling project, please feel free to pick up the phone and call us at any time. On the other hand, if you already know exactly what you want, we would be delighted to provide you with a competitive quotation for the work in question.
Toronto is the nation’s biggest city and space is at a premium here. It makes sense for people to maximize their use of the space they already have, before expanding. Basements tend to be relatively large and open spaces, which makes them ideal for various different renovation ideas. In order to make the best use of this space, it’s important to keep your family needs at the heart of your planning. It’s also wise to estimate the impact your Toronto basement renovation will have on the resale value of your home, particularly if the renovation will be a major investment.
Each type of renovation will serve your family, and impact your property in a different way. As each family is unique, only you can decide what would be the best use of the space available. However, there are several types of renovation that are more popular than others. These include:
Depending on the size of your basement, you might be able to leave part of it unfinished, either for storage purposes, or for further remodelling in future. This is a good option for young couples who may still be planning their families. Whether you do this, or decide to remodel the entire space, the important thing is that you chose your basement renovation based upon the needs of your family. At Vitz Reno, we help people in Toronto make the best use of their spaces, by listening to their needs and using their input in our designs.
The prospect of remodeling your basement and bringing it into the domestic fold is an exciting one loaded with possibilities that will reverberate for years to come. Basement remodeling is also a complex, expensive proposition and if you plan on doing it yourself now might be a good time to rethink that strategy. Building out a basement so that it’s up to code and up to the design and construction standards of the rest of the house is not a DIY project.
Who will be doing the work is an important question but it’s just one of several you need to ask yourself before work begins on your basement renovation. Answering these questions will help provide perspective and, hopefully, insight on the upcoming project.
Basement remodeling will add substantial bottom line value to your home and open up entertainment possibilities that were previously closed to you. At Vitz Reno in Toronto we specialize in basement remodeling projects and are more than willing to answer any questions you may have about the process. Give us a call today.
A bathroom renovation while complex from an execution perspective is, from a planning perspective, a fairly straightforward endeavour. At least it can be if you’re dealing with a bathroom that has lots of elbow room. If you’re of a mind to renovate a smaller bathroom however it can be difficult no matter how you look at it. You want to bring it to life and make it an oasis of calm and rejuvenation, but the lack of space means everything you know about standard bathroom renovation has be tossed out the window in favour of pragmatism and inventiveness.
If the bathroom you’re about to renovate is a tight, cramped space where you need to stand at a weird angle to open the door you’re going to need a contractor like Vitz Reno in Toronto with the talent and imagination to find space where none seems to exist. There are several ways to do this. Below we’ll outline a few.
A tiny bathroom doesn’t have to feel that way. By utilizing these and other fundamental design principles we can turn even the most cramped WC into a space that feels like a full size bath. Call Vitz Reno Toronto for more information about bathroom renovation for smaller rooms.
The DIY craze took root about 40 years ago and since then has blossomed into a formidable industry with hundreds of related books and magazines, scores of Toronto TV shows, thousands of DVDs and downloadable videos and more dedicated websites than you can count. That’s great because the more things people do themselves the more they learn about the house they occupy and that can only be a net positive in the long run. However there are times when even the hardiest DIY veteran has to stand back and ask themselves if it’s time to call a general contractor (GC).
One of the most important skills a smart DIYer will cultivate is knowing when to stand back and let the professionals take over. It’s important to know your limits and here’s why:
As a general rule of thumb any project that would require 2 or more contractors is not a DIY project and should be overseen by a general contractor like Vitz Reno in Toronto. Our job is not to prove that you can’t do it, but to help ensure the safety of your home’s inhabitants, the quality of the finished work and the long-term value of your largest single investment.
The kitchen is the social center of the home: the place where people meet as they come and go, where families share meals and where you can enjoy a quiet cup of coffee as you watch the fog waft through the yard at sunrise. And let’s not forget the kitchen is the go-to room at parties and during the preparation of big holiday meals. Those things that make the kitchen special are the same things that drive the increased home valuation you can enjoy by undergoing a kitchen renovation.
The following is a breakdown of how the different elements of a kitchen renovation impact the return you’ll see on your project.
You can still enjoy a considerable boost not only to the overall look and feel of your home but to its market value as well by doing a partial renovation of your kitchen. In a full renovation you’d likely tackle all the items listed above and maybe rewire the whole kitchen while you’re at it. With a partial you can pick and choose items buffet style and still enjoy a value boost provided the work is top quality.
To achieve the highest quality results for a kitchen renovation in Toronto call the professionals at Vitz Reno. We can handle any size renovation project from buffet-style to tear down the walls and start again. Give us a call today to discuss possibilities.
A Toronto kitchen renovation project for your home may involve a lot of hard work and planning but it can be enormously satisfying when you see the end result. To make sure that you are completely happy with the work that is done, there are a few decisions you will need to make as early as possible, 5 of which we consider to be the most important and are therefore going to discuss in this article. Once you have considered all the factors we cover, you should be in a position to make the best decisions for you and your property.
Think about the following 5 decisions carefully then write down your ideas on a notepad before you get in touch with us to discuss your requirements!
1. How Much Do You Want to Spend? – The first decision you need to make is how much to spend on your kitchen renovation project. Without a budget to work with, it will be almost impossible to make any other decisions concerning the work you would like to have carried out in your kitchen, or the fixtures, fittings, and appliances you are going to buy. It is unwise to start without any idea of the amount you are willing to spend as costs can easily get out of control when such an approach is taken. In the worst case scenario, you could run out of money before the job is finished and be forced to borrow or live with a half-finished kitchen until you have more funds available.
2. Who You Are Going to Hire to Do the Work? – If you are a highly skilled DIY enthusiast with years of experience, bags of confidence, and a full set of tools, you might consider doing the work yourself. If not, you will almost certainly want to hire a team of professionals to handle your kitchen remodeling project so you will need to consider which of the local Toronto firms is best equipped to meet your needs.
3. What Type of Design Do You Want? – You don’t need to make a final decision on the interior design of your new kitchen before you get in touch with local contractors to ask for quotes and advice but you should think about the type of design you might like: traditional, contemporary, ultra-modern, minimalistic, or whatever takes your fancy. If you have some idea of the direction you would like to take as far as the design is concerned, it will make it much easier to choose a firm to perform the work, and to start choosing appliances that will go well with the general theme you have chosen.
4. What Colour Scheme Would You Like? – Again, as with the design, you don’t need to be precise at this stage. Just knowing that you would like to use yellow and green, for example, is enough. You don’t need to choose the exact tones until you meet with the painters and decorators who will be responsible for this part of the Toronto kitchen renovation project.
5. What Kind of Countertops Will You Install? – Depending on the materials used, the countertops you choose could use up a fair portion of your overall kitchen remodeling budget so it is a good idea to make this decision at a fairly early stage.
If you are not sure about any of these decisions, we will of course be delighted to help you make the best choices for your home and your household. You can contact the team at Vitz Reno by calling us by using the contact form on our website.
The high percentage of properties in Toronto that feature spacious basements, together with the upward pressure on house prices that we have seen recently, has led many people to consider a basement renovation in Toronto for their homes instead of moving to a larger property when the need for more space arises. However, this type of project involves a considerable investment on the part of the homeowner so the question that many want answered before committing to renovating their basements is how much of their investment they can expect to recoup in the event they sell their property at a later date and how the ROI for this type of home improvement compares to that for others.
While it is not possible to quote precise figures concerning the return on investment for any particular home improvement project in Toronto, owing to the many variables involved, we can look at countrywide trends to get a rough idea of what you can expect.
1. Roof Shingle Replacement – You might think a renovation project that offers both cosmetic and practical benefits would score highly in terms of ROI but in the case of roof shingle replacements you could be wrong. Returns as low as 25% are not unheard of, making it a home improvement project that you should only really consider if it is absolutely necessary or means a lot to you personally (or if you have no intention of ever selling your home of course!).
2. Landscaping – Although it is sometimes possible to make a good return on your investment in backyard and garden landscaping, you may be disappointed, with figures around 25% again not out of the question. If you are lucky, you could recoup as much as 50% of your investment or more but this is perhaps not the best type of project to undertake if your main priority is to increase the value of your home. A basement renovation, as you will discover further down this list, is a much better proposition.
3. Central Air Conditioning – Anybody who lives in this city will agree that some form of air conditioning is essential if you are to make it through the humid summers unscathed but the ROI for installing a centralized system in your home could be anywhere from 25%-75%, making it a bit of a lottery as far as those who are keen to sell their property in the near future are concerned. However, were you to combine this type of home improvement project with a well executed basement renovation, you could look forward to a significantly better return.
4. Home Theatre Room – Home theatre rooms sound like a great idea and if you want one for your own personal pleasure, and that of your family, they certainly can be. Nevertheless, the ROI for such a project is likely to come in at well under 50% in many cases. On the other hand, if a home theatre room is part of your basement renovation plans, a higher return can be anticipated.
5. Basement Conversion– A quality basement conversion or renovation, performed by a professional contractor, could yield as much as 75% ROI when you come to sell your property. This makes it an excellent choice for homeowners who may well wish to move at some point in the future.
If you would like details of our basement renovation services or perhaps a quotation that you can base your decision on when choosing your next home improvement project, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
If you are running out of space in your current home but you would much rather extend than move, home additions are the only practical solution to your need for more room. Whether you choose to build a ground-floor addition or add another storey to your property, you will need to find a competent and competitive Toronto contractor to carry out the necessary work on your behalf. To help you make the right choice, we have listed 6 questions we think you should really ask each contractor you approach, before you commit to hiring one of them to complete your home addition.
When meeting with local contractors or discussing your requirements over the phone, don’t forget to ask the following questions of each one.
1. Can You Give Me a Start and Finish Date? – Finding out when a contractor is available to start work and how long they anticipate it will take to complete your addition is of vital importance. There is no point in hiring a firm that has an excellent reputation and can meet all your needs if they cannot start the work until next year or they anticipate taking far longer than you would like to complete the project.
2. Can You Provide an Itemized Estimate? – A reputable home additions contractor will be able to specify prices for materials and labour in their quotation. If they are unable to provide you with a detailed breakdown of the overall cost, it is probably better to hire another contractor who is able to do this. If there are overages in any area, having unit prices to hand will be invaluable.
3. What Times Do you Start and Finish Work? – This might seem like a fairly unimportant question when compared with some of the other factors you will need to consider but you should bear in mind that the home additions team you hire will be in or around your house for weeks, possibly months, before the job is completed. You need to make sure that their regular start and finish times will not interfere with your daily routine too much.
4. Will You Prepare a Comprehensive Written Contract? – Even with the best will in the world, verbal agreements are not enough when you are spending thousands of dollars on extending your home. For both your own and your contractor’s peace of mind, you should make sure that every detail of the project is written into a contract that you both sign before work commences.
5. Will You Handle Any Building Permit Applications That Need to Be Made? – Applying for a permit to build home additions in Toronto can be a very time consuming and confusing process, especially if you have never done it before. For this reason, it is a good idea to choose a contractor who is willing and able to handle this side of things for you.
6. Who Will Supervise the Work? As anybody who has ever tried to save money on building work by hiring individual trades people and leaving them to their own devices will already know, a major job like a new addition needs to be properly supervised by an experienced professional. Make sure that a senior member of the team will be around to supervise the work at all times.
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If you would like to receive a quotation for home additions from a contractor that can provide satisfactory answers to all of the above questions, please do not hesitate to call Vitz Reno whenever you have a moment to spare.
It may be the smallest room in your home but it is also one of the most important as far as the majority of people are concerned. It is for this reason that so many Toronto homeowners are keen to remodel their bathrooms: following designs that help them to create a pleasant space in which to wash away the stress and worries of work at the end of the day and to spend time pampering themselves before heading out for a night on the town with friends. If your bathroom has seen better days but you don’t have a lot of money available for bathroom remodeling in Toronto, take a look at the tips below: you may be surprised at just what you can achieve on a small budget.
Once you have read the suggestions that follow, get in touch with your friendly local renovation team to discuss exactly what you can do on the money you have at your disposal.
• Reduce the Amount of Tiling – When redecorating, consider reducing the total surface area of your bathroom walls that is tiled. Focus on areas where water is most likely to be splashed, such as above the sink and the floor and walls inside your shower enclosure. Good quality tiles and the skilled trades people that are required to apply them cost a substantial amount of money so you can lower the cost of your bathroom remodeling project significantly if you reduce the amount of tiling that needs to be done.
• Clean or Replace Caulk and Grout – If your tiles are still in relatively good condition, you could refresh your bathroom décor by cleaning or replacing the caulk and grout in between them rather than laying new ones. Considering the relatively small amount of work involved, you might be surprised at just how much difference clean caulk and grout can make to the overall appearance of your bathroom.
• Shop Around for Granite Countertops – While granite countertops used to be the preserve of big budget bathroom remodeling projects, nowadays they can be picked up for very reasonable prices. If you take the time to visit a number of showrooms across Toronto, you are sure to come across some real bargains in this department. While granite surfaces may be considerably more expensive than the low-cost MDF countertops available in local stores, they will look good for far longer, thus proving to be a more economical choice in the long run.
• Install Crown Moulding – You can give your bathroom a facelift for very little outlay by installing MDF crown mouldings. While MDF may not be as hardwearing as natural stone as far as countertops are concerned, it is an excellent choice for mouldings owing to the fact it will not contract and expand as humidity levels rise and fall. If you are a keen DIYer and you have the right tools, you may be able to install it yourself; if not, pay a bathroom remodeling professional to do the job for you.
• Paint the Walls – Hardly a revolutionary idea but painting the portion of walls that is not tiled is one of the easiest ways to refresh your bathroom décor and one of the least expensive too.
Whether you decide to follow all of the above suggestions or just a select few, we are sure you will be happy with the results. If you are not confident in your abilities to tackle a bathroom remodeling project without any outside help, please feel free to call Vitz Reno and ask for a competitive quotation for the work in question.
A major home renovation project is not something that should be approached in a casual fashion, for obvious reasons. There are so many factors that need to be considered when starting a big residential refurbishment, each of which could have a major impact on proceedings should you neglect to take care of them. As far as the majority of Toronto homeowners are concerned, the easiest way to ensure that their renovation work is an unqualified success is to hire a company that has many years of experience of managing such projects to take care of all the details. Some of the major advantages of doing just that are outlined below.
The following list includes some of the main benefits of hiring a company that specializes in residential property renovations to manage a major home improvement project.
If you live in the city, or anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area, and you would like to work with a highly experienced general contractor who specializes in residential property renovations, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your requirements. We would be delighted to provide you with a detailed quotation and to answer any questions you may have about the way that we work.
Remodelling your kitchen to make it more attractive and functional may not sound like an incredibly difficult proposition but there are a number of potential pitfalls you will need to avoid if you don’t want to end up spending far more money than is absolutely necessary. To make sure you approach the task fully prepared, we have put together a list of mistakes that are commonly made. Hopefully, being forewarned will help you to complete your renovation project without making any costly errors in the process.
Below, you will find 7 of the more common mistakes that homeowners in Toronto and elsewhere make when remodelling their kitchens, along with our tips on how to ensure you do not make them.
There are many more mistakes that are made every year when kitchen renovation projects are tackled by inexperienced contractors and DIYers. To make sure that your Toronto kitchen renovation project is a complete success, call VitzReno today. We have the knowledge and experience required to guarantee first-class results every time and our prices are among the most competitive in Toronto.
The bathroom is normally the smallest room in a house, which can make fitting enough storage space into it something of a challenge. However, with the tips and tricks in this article, you should have no problem storing everything you need in the smallest room in your home. If you are planning to remodel your bathroom in the near future, bookmark this page or make a note of the suggestions and pass them on to your designer. Whether you live right here in Toronto or further afield, they are sure to come in handy.
If you follow the tips below, you won’t have to worry about finding somewhere to keep your toiletries and towels after your renovation is complete.
These are just a few of the many space-saving ideas that can be incorporated into a new bathroom design. If you would like to find out what it is possible to do with the space at your disposal, please feel free to call and speak to a member of our bathroom renovation design team. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, we can manage the whole renovation project for you, at a very reasonable cost.
One of the problems that homeowners in Toronto often run into when converting their basements is the lack of natural light in these below-grade spaces. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the approaches you can take to ensure that there is adequate lighting in your remodelled basement and that whatever you install will suit the overall design. The best choices for your home will depend on exactly what you want to do with the new living space you are creating once it has been completed.
Before you go out and buy any new lighting fixtures, or make any definite plans with your design team, have a look at the following ideas and see which ones might be suitable for what you have in mind.
If you want to find out more information about the different types of lighting that can be deployed in a basement renovation project, please do not hesitate to call or email us at your convenience. We have successfully completed many below-grade remodelling projects in the Toronto area and would be more than happy to help you with yours. As an experienced and reputable contractor, we can provide all the skilled labour you need and oversee the entire project while you relax and get on with your day-to-day life.
If you are about to embark on a major renovation project and you would like to know what’s in and what’s out in the world of bathrooms in 2016, this is the guide for you. In it, we are going to look at some of the most popular trends this year and discuss how the average Toronto homeowner can include them in their renovation plans. You won’t necessarily be attracted to every single design idea that is currently in vogue of course but at the very least, you will have some new ideas to mull over by the time you have finished reading this article.
From our position, within the industry looking out, we have a unique perspective on what is happening in the world of bathrooms. So far this year, the following trends appear to be among the most dominant.
If you would like to discuss using popular 2016 design trends in your own home, please feel free to contact us during business hours. As bathroom renovation specialists with many years of experience, we would be delighted to help you create a beautiful new space in your home that will give you many years of pleasure.
If your Toronto home has a very small kitchen, you may think there is nothing much you can do about it but when it comes to kitchen renovation of smaller size, there are a number of ways in which you can make better use of the available space. In addition to various ideas that will help you to make the most of your small kitchen, this article contains a couple of tips on how you can make your kitchen feel bigger than it really is. If you have any questions you would like to ask, you can of course call us and we will be more than happy to discuss your plans in detail.
When you are planning your kitchen renovation project in Toronto, think about incorporating some of the ideas below to make sure you can do everything you want to in your new space, and to ensure that it does not feel too cramped.
If you would like to discuss your Toronto kitchen remodeling project with our team of experienced professionals, please do not hesitate to call us on 647 407 4499.
Whether extending your existing home is the best solution to the issues you are currently facing will depend on a number of factors that are unique to your personal circumstances. To help you decide what to do, we are going to take a look at some of these factors in detail, and discuss how they might influence your final decision. We will also take a look at the alternative – moving home – to see whether it might be a better option.
The following points all need to be taken into consideration when deciding what is best for you and your family.
If you would like to obtain a competitive quotation for any type of home additions you may currently be considering, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your plans in detail. Once we have established exactly what you need, we will be only too happy to provide you with a comprehensive proposal that you are sure to find of interest.
Many houses in Toronto have a basement: a space which is often underutilized by property owners in the city. With land prices increasing in most areas, along with the cost of building home additions, a basement renovation can be a great way to create extra living space for a minimal outlay. If you are currently using your basement to store your dirty laundry, or perhaps not using it at all, take a look at the ideas below to see if there is one that appeals to you. For a very reasonable cost, you could transform a dark and gloomy part of your home into a beautiful space where it is a positive pleasure to spend time.
Whether you live alone or have a large family, there are sure to be one or two ideas in the following list that appeal to you.
If you would like some help with your basement renovation in Toronto, or perhaps a comprehensive quotation covering all the necessary work, call the Toronto specialists today. We are ready and waiting to help you in any way we can.