According to industry statistics, nearly half of Canadian homeowners took on some renovation project within the last couple of years, and the number of home renovation projects are projected to increase value of residential homes even more in the future. If you are considering any residential home renovation in Calgary or surrounding areas within the near future, you’re certainly not alone. Kon-Strux Developments have the necessary experience and a vast projects portfolio to assist you with your home projects.
Are Home Renovations Worth the Investment?
The answer to that question isn’t as easy to answer as it might seem. If you’re planning on selling, targeted renovation projects may well add value and appeal to the home, but fully recovering the investment isn’t always easy. That’s one reason it’s vitally important to work with remodelling industry experts when deciding which projects to invest in.
However, there is another aspect to consider when discussing home remodelling projects. Many Canadian homeowners have no intention of marketing their properties in the near future—they’re updating their homes to better meet their families’ needs. While budget issues are still important, these families are not as concerned with an immediate return on investment.
Regardless of the reason for a remodelling project, there are many elements involved that need to be discussed and decided on. Since the type of renovation will, to some extent, determine what steps should be considered, it pays to work closely with a remodelling expert throughout all phases of a project.
Full Home Renovations
Many homes are located in areas the owners enjoy and want to remain in. However, ageing properties frequently need considerable updating to meet the evolving needs of today’s families. When an older home looks dated and needs significant remodelling, top area experts routinely suggest considering a full home renovation.
During that type of project, rooms can be reconfigured, walls can be added or removed to make better use of the home’s space, and systems like plumbing and electrical utilities can be modernized. Remodelling professionals stay on top of current trends and help clients determine which types of improvements will best meet a family’s needs.
Of course, that also means looking to the future and anticipating future needs and design trends. While some patterns will be in style for years to come, others won’t be as popular in a few years. Taking the time to evaluate how current trends are likely to remain in vogue now will pay off in the future.
Evolving changes in how people use their homes have led to higher demands for home additions. While adding a bedroom or bath has been relatively common for years, today’s homeowners often add media centres, hobby areas, and exciting new kitchen areas that dwarf the home’s original features. Contractors working with design experts routinely provide homeowners with benefits that were virtually unimaginable only a few years ago.
One of the newer trends is adding space for family members. When ageing parents look for ways to avoid moving to senior housing, children frequently add living quarters designed to meet their parent’s needs and allow them to age in place.
Modern kitchens are no longer the rather simplistic and mundane rooms that were once common. Today’s kitchens tend to be far more extensive and better equipped than those constructed in the past. Also, open floor plans are now the norm, which often means homeowners are looking for ways to remove walls and enlarge the shared living spaces.
Cabinets are routinely replaced during any kitchen remodelling project. While obtaining cabinets from a local supplier is undoubtedly an option, many property owners are taking advantage of customized cabinets. It is to make the most of their kitchen’s spaces. Drawers are replacing deep, inaccessible base cabinets. And upper cabinets are all but disappearing in some parts of the country as people opt for a more open, spacious look.
Of course, countertops are also a concern when updating a kitchen. Granite has been considered the best countertop material for many years, but other materials are now enjoying an upsurge in popularity. During the design phase of the project, take the time to explore the various countertop products before deciding which one to choose for your home.
It also pays to choose the appliances that will be installed carefully. Cooking enthusiasts, for example, may well demand high-end cooking appliances from manufacturers like Viking, Wolf, and La Cornue. The types and sizes of cooking appliances, refrigeration equipment, and even wine coolers must all be considered when planning a kitchen.
Over the years, a home’s exterior will show signs of weathering. At the same time, styles of windows, siding, and doors have certainly changed. That means an older home, even one with a more traditional style, may well appear dated. Exterior renovations update the look of a property, make the home more energy-efficient, and dramatically improve a home’s curb appeal.
The homeowners’ goals are discussed to allow the design team to understand better how to proceed with the project plan. Since most homeowners are not familiar with the many current siding, roofing, door, and window options available, the team will make suggestions based on the home, the objectives of the owner, and the home’s setting. That type of input allows clients to understand their options better and have the knowledge necessary to make decisions.
When comfort is essential, homeowners are strongly encouraged to replace ageing, drafty windows with options designed to eliminate those drafts and, at the same time, take advantage of coatings that minimize the potential for damages to the home’s interior. Of course, new, high-quality doors provide the same types of benefits and enhance the look and feel of a home.
Main Floor Renovations
The majority of older homes have main floor living spaces cut up into numerous small rooms. That typically means someone in the kitchen can’t carry out a conversation with guests or family members in other spaces. Modern floor plans often include open floor plans that make it possible for anyone in the home’s main living areas to communicate efficiently.
Older homes also tended to include spaces that being rarely used. That’s especially true of formal dining spaces that were cut off from other rooms. That’s rare to see today, as most dining spaces are easily accessible from significant room areas and kitchens.
While built-ins are still popular, many more contemporary plans include entirely different styles and designs than older iterations. Entertainment areas, for example, focus on large-screen televisions and associated audio equipment, but that equipment is designed to fit neatly into any space without feeling intrusive.
Fluid traffic patterns are also an essential requirement in modern homes. Whether using a home’s primary, front entrance or rear entry, pathways must be easily travelled and not require unnecessary turns. Careful planning makes it easy for residents to bring the groceries in or move from sleeping areas to the laundry space without feeling challenged when doing so.
Many older homes will have existing floor-plans that are rather easy to update. But other properties may require homeowners to consider other, more extensive renovations. If you’re unsure how to make a floor-plan function, the team is always here to help. The design experts work closely with property owners to develop plans that will work both now and well into the future.
Days begin and end in the bedroom. Newer designs generally incorporate some en-suite to enhance the home’s master bedroom space. Owners are often looking for ways to enlarge an existing bath area, add customized walk-in closets, and update bedroom spaces.
Remodelled bathrooms now commonly use large, walk-in showers and luxurious soaking tubs rather than a traditional tub and shower arrangement. While those elements require adding square footage in most homes, owners can often take footage from adjoining areas to create a new en-suite space. However, the design can include whatever features you’re looking for. There is no reason to put off building that new en-suite area where you’ll genuinely enjoy getting up every morning.
En-suites are also routinely added during full home renovations. Owners have many possible options to select from when updating an ageing home, but contacting a top contractor and design team will be necessary to achieve the best results.
Now Is the Time to Get Started
Since it takes time to craft a design carefully, it’s essential to start a project now so you’ll be able to begin enjoying the results as soon as possible. The design team discusses the homeowners’ plans, drafts preliminary sketches, and addresses those plans with the owner before moving forward.
Since your satisfaction is always essential, everyone involved in the project is dedicated to ensuring your goals are met or exceeded. That isn’t always easy, as some structures are more complicated than others to renovate, but the result is still worth the effort.
Taking the first step is sometimes difficult, but a simple phone call or online message is all it takes to start the process. If you’re looking for a team that’s proven to deliver top-quality results, get in touch today. We’re here to make sure your project flows smoothly, and the results fit your vision.