How to Save Money on Your Bathroom Renovation

How to Save Money on Your Bathroom Renovation

You’ve seen the signs and decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom. But the average cost of a bathroom renovation in Calgary, Alberta is $13,393. That’s no small chunk of change! So you’re probably wondering how to save money on your bathroom renovation. Why is a Bathroom Remodel so Expensive? Compared to almost any other room in the average home, a bathroom renovation seems expensive especially when you look at the cost per square foot. Why does a bathroom remodel cost so much? Here are a few reasons. Many trades are involved No matter how small your bathroom is, it’s guaranteed to need plumbing, electrical, drywall and paint, flooring, and likely cabinetry, a countertop, and tiling. If you want your bathroom remodel done right, you’ll hire contractors who are specialists in each trade. These professionals have the expertise needed for each component of your bathroom, and they usually guarantee their work. That costs money. Consider this: If you are doing

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Should You Renovate Your Home During COVID-19?

Should You Renovate Your Home During COVID-19?

It’s been a roller coaster of a year. Jobs and spending plummeted with the first lockdown in the spring, but things have changed dramatically. As work from home becomes the new normal, people are spending more than ever on home renovations, furniture, and maintenance. The question is: Should you renovate your home during COVID-19? You need to be comfortable with whatever decision you make. Here we’ll simply explore the pros & cons of renovating during COVID-19. Benefits of Renovating During COVID-19 In a time of many challenges and disappointments, there can be a silver lining! There are actually benefits of renovating during COVID-19 that you would not have at any other time. You have more time to plan & prepare The first phase of any renovation involves time to plan and prepare. You get to dream and create a vision for how you want your space to look when the project is complete. Measurements are taken, research is done, and

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5 Key Factors of the Perfect Home Office for Remote Work

5 Key Factors of the Perfect Home Office for Remote Work

  Earlier this year, 39.1% of Canadians were working from home. That was in direct response to the onset of the pandemic, but working from home has become the new normal for many of us.  If you switched to working from home suddenly, you may have set up a makeshift space to work in your home and “made do” for a while. Now that your home has become a permanent place for you to do your job, it’s time to take another look and create a more intentional space for productive work.  Take these 5 factors into consideration to set up the perfect home office for remote work.  1. Strategically Separate Professional from Personal It’s important to keep your professional life separate from your personal life. This is essential for business professionalism, record-keeping and tax filing, but it’s also a means of maintaining mental health and work-life balance.  If you don’t have the luxury of an entire room dedicated to

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10 Signs It’s Time for a Bathroom Renovation

We sometimes overlook the obvious when it stares us in the face every day. Our homes are where we spend most of our time, so it’s easy to become accustomed to its quirks, aging and deterioration. What others might deem unacceptable, we just think of as “home”.  The bathroom is on the list of top 10 renovations Canadian homeowners made this year. Maybe you’ve gotten used to the current state of your bathroom. Take a closer look for these top 10 signs that it might be time for a bathroom renovation.  1. The Colors Are Outdated The styles of the 21st century tend to favor neutral color schemes. Splashes of color are welcome, but not usually in the paint colors or fixtures. Bright and bold colors are reserved for accents.  If your bathroom walls and fixtures (or both) are still the originals from when you moved in decades ago, it’s definitely time for an update. 2. It Smells Old A

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15 Ideas for Bathroom Storage to Maximize Your Space

15 Ideas for Bathroom Storage to Maximize Your Space

Bathroom storage is a common challenge. Maybe it’s because bathrooms are often small spaces despite the amount of time we spend in them. Or it could be that our bathroom belongings are too numerous. Whatever the case, finding creative ways to maximize your space in the bathroom is a must. Here are 15 of our best ideas for bathroom storage.  Think Vertical There’s a lot of space in your bathroom that typically goes unused. Flat surfaces and cupboards are automatic storage, but it’s time to think outside the box! 1. Use your wall space. Your walls can become valuable storage space while adding some design appeal. Install floating shelves with baskets to hold extra toilet paper rolls and clunky items like hair dryers and curling rods. Even the space over the bathroom door or above the toilet can become storage with a shelf or two. 2. Let a ladder hold your linens. A decorative ladder is a handy spot to

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Is a Kitchen Renovation Worth the Return on Investment?

Is a Kitchen Renovation Worth the Return on Investment?

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to renovate your kitchen, you’re probably wondering if a kitchen renovation is worth the return on investment. Do the benefits outweigh the costs, time, and energy? Let’s explore some points to ponder as you evaluate whether a kitchen remodel is right for you. Does a Kitchen Renovation Increase Home Value? A well-designed kitchen can elevate the appearance and functionality of your entire home. In contrast, an outdated and inefficient kitchen can really bring down the look and feel of the house. The kitchen is considered one of the top 3 most important spaces in your home according to homebuyers.  Here are some interesting statistics about kitchen renovations and home value: A kitchen renovation is the 3rd most popular type of home improvement. General kitchen upgrades are the 2nd. Of buyers who bought homes without certain features, 69% said they would have paid more for new appliances and 55% would have paid more

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