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Getting the Most Out of Your Basement

The Dream is Within Reach

Basement renovations have become incredibly popular for many reasons, but the main reason has been to take advantage of the extra square footage that you have sitting below your main floor. Basements are being renovated with more sophistication. Whether it is a new home office, gym, bedroom, family room, or even sometimes a kitchen!  The basement has given many families the square footage they need to turn their home into a dream home! With more complex basement renovations, means more opportunities for poorly renovated basements. To eliminate the possibilities of a poor renovation, asking a professional to work with you on your renovation plan is significantly important. A professional can help guide you in the right direction. A professional can also take care of all the stress that is attached to performing a renovation. Most likely you have a budget for this basement renovation, and having a professional show you your options in that price range is important as well. Beginning a renovation that is clearly out of your price range can lead to you spending much more dough than you had originally planned to spend. Hiring professional costs money, but this initial investment will allow you to stick to your budget and to renovate your basement perfectly.

Lighting Changes Everything!

I am only going to discuss one significantly important factor to consider when performing a basement renovation. Many people looking to renovate their basements forget to add quality recessed lighting. This means installing lights into the ceiling of your basement. The reason I am emphasizing this aspect of the basement, is due to the fact that most basements have little natural light. Windows tend to be quite small in basements, therefore giving off a dark and sometimes dingy feel. Adding excellent lighting in your basement will give your basement the brightness it needs to be a welcoming space for your family and friends. Recess lighting also saves a lot of space that would otherwise be wasted on lamp space. Saving on space for lamps will give you the ability to truly take advantage of the extra square footage you are accumulating through your basement renovation.

O Canada

Our next blog will include more tips on basement renovations. Living in Canada may give us a tough winter, but having the extra square footage is excellent for us Canadians. We should all use our basements wisely, and this is why we will be creating another blog on basement renovation! We want to help you create your dream home! Remember, if you are going to dream, you might as well dream big!

Written By: Jake Fortinsky

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Renovation Advice From Professionals

Significantly Safe

When performing home improvements, you must always ask yourself if it is an improvement that you can perform on your own. If it is a renovation that is more complex, hiring a professional is usually the safer way to go. This article will help you know your potential, and when you should call a professional to perform your home improvement.

Electrical Execution

When making electrical changes to your home, it is always best to hire a professional.There are many negative consequences that can result from you performing the electrical changes inappropriately. Hiring a professional will eliminate the negative possibilities such as; over-heated electrical wires, overworked circuit breakers, and many more. To ensure that all electrical standards are met; you will need to have in-depth knowledge of the electrical changes you are performing. Even though performing these alterations without a professional will save you money in the short-run, in the long-run you will need to spend endless amounts of money to fix the mistakes you made previously. It is best to spend more money at the beginning of a renovation and to perform these changes safely, rather than spending more money in the future.

Wild Walls

If you are planning to expand your kitchen, or simply create a more open-concept layout, you must understand which walls are load-bearing walls. Load-bearing walls are the walls that are supporting your home, and ensuring that your home does not cave in. Therefore, a renovation that is as simplistic as knocking down one wall, may lead to your entire home collapsing! I recommend at least obtaining information or advice on which wall you can knock down in your home. It may seem like a small change, but a small modification can lead to a large disaster. Unfortunately many of us do not know which walls are safe to eliminate, and therefore hiring a professional to perform this improvement is highly recommended. A professional will have greater knowledge of the structure of your home. You may be thinking, “Well how can they know more about my home, it’s my home!” It may be difficult to believe, but you do not know many things about your home. The professional will be able to identify a cosmetic wall versus a support wall, therefore notifying you of which wall you are able to eradicate.

Lesson Learned

This article discussed a few renovations that are safer when performed by a professional. There are still many other

types of renovations that you should ask a professional to accomplish.The goal of this blog is to expose you to the dangers of performing renovations without a professional. The lesson to take from this article is that, when you are unsure of a renovation or how it should be performed, contact a professional. The professional will be able to provide you with advice and tips for the specific renovation you are planning to execute. Stay safe, and may all your future renovations conclude in success and happiness!

By: Jake Fortinsky

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Painting Your Interior Walls Successfully

When working on the walls of your home you must decide between two options for your walls. You can choose wallpaper or if you are willing to take on a slightly more difficult job, you can paint your walls. Using wallpaper

Shake Things up in the Kitchen!

Lifestyle Change Needed!

Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home. These next points will help you make the correct decisions for your kitchen renovation! So get excited and get inspired!

Quality is the Answer

Always choose top-quality drawers and hinges, otherwise your cabinet doors may not close properly and they will wear quite quickly. For the interior of all cabinets, you should always use wood veneer. A wood veneer interior is significantly more durable than melamine, laminate or particleboard.

Storage Galore!

Always maximize your storage. Extend your cabinets up to your ceiling, to increase the amount of storage in your kitchen. Although, if your ceilings are higher than eight feet, you should leave approximately 15 inches of space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling. Leaving this amount of space ensures that you will be able to reach the top shelf of all your cabinets. So for anyone who couldn’t reach the top shelf, where the cookies were hidden, now you will be able to!

Paint, Splash, & Have Fun!

I recommend brush-painted cabinets, because they tend to last longer and give your kitchen a more unique personality. It also gives you the opportunity to show your personality through your kitchen cabinets. Let your personality shine through your kitchen!

Life on an Island…

Make an effort to choose an island that has an open and airy look. This does not mean keeping the island to smaller dimensions, but simply understanding that a kitchen can become quite busy. Understanding this concept, means that you should consider how many people tend to be in your kitchen at the same time. Based on your estimate, you can determine whether you should be installing a smaller or larger island. If you have many family members. then it is best to create extra space in the kitchen; by either choosing a smaller island, or throwing out half your family!

Written By: Jake Fortinsky

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DIY: Planning on Creating a Plan

Measure Twice, Cut Once

DIY projects have become incredibly popular in recent years. Although there are many home buyers attempting to save money by performing DIY projects, they are often failing to successfully accomplish these projects. It is crucial that every DIY’er has a set plan before they begin their DIY project. As I was once told, “measure twice, cut once”. This refers to the idea that you should never perform your project until you are positive that you are fully prepared. Measure twice; review all your steps more than once, and then when you feel you are prepared to begin your DIY project, begin!

Building a Plan

Many DIY’ers create a plan for their DIY project, except the problem is that their plan is incohesive and unclear. All DIY’ers should build a plan that clearly identifies the goals that need to be accomplished for the project to be done exquisitely. A plan should “paint a picture” in your mind of exactly what you will need and how your room will look once it is completed.

The Vision…

Many times DIY’ers perform their renovations with their friends or family. It is important that everyone involved in the project have the same vision. Again, having a clear and concise plan will not allow for much interpretation and will therefore lead to everyone having the same vision. This ensures that all members know exactly what needs to be done to accomplish each and every goal.

You Snooze, You Lose

If you are the type of person that can lose focus after completing one goal, or losing interest once you are halfway done a project, a great way to keep you focused is to create multiple plans. You can create a thorough plan for each goal, and then once you complete a goal, you can move onto your next plan. This will eliminate the chances of you becoming uninterested in your project when you have not completely accomplished it. Since you will be working with a brand new plan for each goal, you will feel like every new plan is a brand new project, and you will not lose interest.

The Art of Excitement

Since DIY projects can be tough, and can sometimes take months or even years to complete, keeping them fun and exciting is always a great way to make them a more enjoyable experience. People perform DIY projects mainly for two reasons; budget, and the experience of accomplishing something on their own. Making a DIY project a great experience will also lead to it feeling like a fun activity, rather than a chore.

Make your DIY project clear, concise, and fun. Enjoy your next DIY project, and if you want to tell us about your project, please feel free to comment below. Need more tips on DIY projects?! We will be posting more blogs with tips for DIY projects!

Written By: Jake Fortinsky

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Turn Your Home Into A Paradise

Make your Summer Cinematic

Summer is on its way, and you may be wondering if you are actually going to use your backyard this year. Maybe you and your family feel that there is no reason to spend time in your backyard, because there is nothing to do in your backyard. Well, I have the perfect idea for you and your family. Why not make an outdoor cinema?! It may sound like a difficult task, but it is quite simple.

Friends and Family are What’s Important

Want to enjoy many fun nights with your friends and family?! Then this is the perfect DIY project for you. Many of us sit inside most nights and watch movies indoors. Wouldn’t it be incredible to sit outside, watch a movie, and spend time star gazing after the movie?! Many people go to movie theatres for the atmosphere of watching a film with others. The outdoor cinema gives you an excellent atmosphere too.

All you need for an outdoor cinema is a projector, projector screen, your computer, and of course some great movies! I feel an important factor in watching a movie is the people who view it with you. With this outdoor cinema, you can be certain that many of your friends will want to join you for movies.

Friends and family are important, and having an outdoor cinema will bring them together. Who doesn’t like to sit back, crunch on popcorn, feel the summer breeze, and enjoy watching a film with their friends and family? I can assure you, that if any one of my friends had an outdoor cinema I would be there every night with or without them! So get started on this DIY project, and don’t sit inside when you can lounge outside! Savor the upcoming summer, and give me a call when you’re watching your next outdoor movie! Don’t worry, I’ll bring the popcorn!

Written By: Jake Fortinsky

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Organizing your Closet

In the quest of making your home the best possible place to live in, there are many factors to consider. Of course there is the exterior landscaping aspect where the sky is the limit and there is the interior factor where the sky is also the limit. In your home there are many key factors to consider when contemplating improvement. There is the bathrooms renovation aspect, Kitchens, basements and the list goes on. Another aspect to consider when improving your home is the organization aspect.

“Improving your closet entails many options”

One of the most popular areas that can really get messy would be the closet area. Many things are stored in the closet including; clothing, accessories, keepsakes, jewelry etc… Depending on the size of your closet space, there can be many solutions. You can go the route of purchasing closet organizers at your local home improvement store or you may even purchase accessories to add to your closet area. Another way is to have a totally custom closet made for you, which is exciting because the sky is the limit. You can make it interesting by adding secret compartments for those of you willing to get a bit adventurous!

For more information feel free to contact a T-ROC staff member either by phone at 905-554-7000 or email us at info@trocanada.com

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