Construction/Design Trends for 2018

As 2017 winds down, its time to look ahead to a new year, a fresh start. For those of you looking to build a custom home, renovate or update the interior or exterior of your existing home, or simply redecorate, winter is the perfect time to sit down and plan. 

Planning is one of the most important steps you can take in any process and often can take longer than the actually construction. Check out these trends we expect to make a big impact on construction and design in 2018.

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1. Technology- As the western world advances, new ideas and creations will soon be a new norm within homes. We already have introduced inside/outside cameras that have the capability to hook up to our phones and tablets to view visitors and pets, televisions that have the ability to react to voice commands as well as state of the art garage doors, alarm systems, key-less entries, closet organizers, vacuums, lighting, water and mold senors- all while connected to a hand held device! This trend will definitely continue into 2018 as builders will take consideration to make sure all your new home automations have space and proper hook ups. In the planning process, you will also see a growing trend of being able to view home designs through virtual reality process, where you can actually get a feel for walking through the layout of a home without even leaving your desk by using drones and 3D imaging and printing!

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2. Materials/Labor Shortage- I'm sure most Canadians have heard, but we are near the beginning of a Skilled Labor shortage crisis as well seeing the increase of cost in certain construction materials, especially lumber- but we are also seeing rising cost of paint, siding and roofing. The New Home and Renovation industry has been steadily increasing since 2015 and with over 100,000 skilled laborers expected to retire in the next 10 years, they will need to be replaced. Anyone interested in completing a new home or renovation next year will need to take these factors in consideration when it comes to budgeting and timelines

3. Going Green- Another growing trend that will extend into 2018 is the reducing of our carbon footprint and the update of energy efficiency. Every time we use energy from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, we produce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. This is why it is important for new homes as well as older homes to be energy-efficient and lower the amount of energy we consume as much as we can. As well as the continuous advances in technology, comes the advancement of energy efficient light bulbs, washer/dryers, high performing windows, doors and other appliances and also using eco-friendly products (flooring, insulation etc) within your home. Making some changes to your home can save around $300 in utility costs and could reduce the footprint by 20%.

4. Enlarged Kitchen Islands- As kitchens continue to be the social center of the home, large kitchen islands serve a multitude of roles, from prep station to homework spot to eating area. The growing trend will be to open up the kitchen space to accommodate or enlarge the island to provide comfort and social ability to everyone in the kitchen. Storage is another trend that we are seeing in new and updated kitchens. We are seeing quite a few kitchens moving their dry goods into a dedicated smart pantry off of the kitchen to utilize the cupboard space for mixing bowls, plates and bowls and small appliances.

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5. Geometric Shapes- A design trend that has been surfacing as of late in a lot of homes is geometric shapes. Triangles,  hexagons and a myriad of shapes have taken over in lighting, back splashes in showers and kitchens, wall tiles as well as fireplaces. Adding shapes can give any room in your home a modern and unique look and this trend will be a strong contender in the interior design industry

 

 

If you are planning on building your own home, doing a renovation, or simply redecorating, feel free to give us a call to help start the planning process!

 

Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance

The Fall season is upon us! Pumpkin Spiced drinks are available, we had a good dose of rain on the island this weekend and the weather is cooling down. But is your home ready for the autumn and winter days ahead? Now is a good time to take care of those home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work impossible. And if you do live in an area with intense winters (like the interior or East Coast Canada), take some time this autumn season to update energy efficiency throughout your house and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care.  Tick these items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

Check out this great article from Houzz to make sure every part of your house is covered!

If you have any questions, are looking at starting a project in the Spring and need a General Contractor- feel free to give us a call or contact us via the link below!

Painting- 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Painter

So you are planning to paint the interior and/or exterior of your house! The most important question is do you do it yourself, or do you hire a professional house painter to do the job for you? Painting is almost one of the easiest 'Do It Yourself' jobs that you can do at home but it is also can be a job that is incredibly easy to make a mess of … literally. So before you decide to attack the task of house painting yourself, take stock and make sure you are up for it. Take a read through 10 important items to consider as well as why it could be a good idea to hire a professional painter.

1. Safety-  If you are not in ideal physical condition, or even if you are, there’s no need to risk the safety of yourself proving that you are capable of painting the exterior or interior of a multi-story home yourself. The work can be tough on your body if not familiar with the physical work, tiring, can be nerve wracking if not familiar with balancing on high ladders, and can time consuming if you need to do several layers.

2. Preparation- When it comes to painting, there is a great deal of surface preparation. While applying paint is very satisfying, most exterior painting starts with a lot of scraping and sanding, as well as replacing missing caulk and rotted wood. Preparation is key to a great paint job, you can't just cover up these issues. That’s why our painters are knowledgeable and trained to prep by look out for these items

3.Lead-Based Paint- If you own an older home, there is the suspected presence of lead-based paint. If your home was painted before 1978, it may have lead-based paint, which can cause serious health effects when it’s disturbed by scraping or sanding. Our trained professionals will know more than you about handling the situation, and will take appropriate steps to protect you and your family and dispose of it properly.

4 Primer- Primer is an important step in the Painting process and can be difficult to purchase when you are not sure what type of primer and paint to apply. If you aren't sure what type of paint is on your home, you may not know what type of paint to apply. On top of that, many paint jobs involve multiple types of surfaces and problems that may require different types of “specialty” primers. A knowledgeable contractor is better qualified to decide what types of paints and primers will provide the best paint “system” on your home.

5. Equipment- A large project can often require the use of specialized painting equipment. You might be handy with a brush or roller, but what if the job requires use of a power brush, power sander, power washer, and/or power sprayer? Are you prepared to spend time, money and effort learning how to use the equipment? Are you willing to spend the money it will require to rent or purchase them? Our painting crews come equipped to do the job no matter the requirements.

6. Specialization- Depending on what you want/need painted when it comes to the exterior, it may need special expertise. Some paint jobs require specialty coatings that should only be applied by a painting professional. Example: Elastomeric wall coatings, which are extra-thick paints that are used to span cracks in masonry coatings to prevent water from penetrating into building interiors. Trained professionals have the experience to guide you through the process virtually stress free

7. Timing- If you are thinking of doing a large scale paint job in a specific amount of time, timing can be a major factor. If you have a full time job, using your precious spare time to paint may take quite weeks. Getting a large project done within a time frame can also be tough when you have weather delays, an event coming up or when the proper preparation alone can eat up into the few spare hours a week that you have. If so, let someone else do their job! You, the contractor, and the crew will all benefit from your decision. What may take you weeks or months, will only take a week or two depending on the size. 

8. Size of Project- Depending on the size of your project, a large project could always use an extra pair of hands... or several extra pair of hands. Even if you’re perfectly capable of doing the painting yourself, the extent of the work might be overwhelming mentally and physically. From picking out the right color, to safely painting a ceiling on a ladder. If that’s the case, you could still do some of the work yourself, but augment your effort with a contractor’s painting crew.

9. Presentation- How well a paint job turns out is a huge reflection on your home, inside and out. Odd streaking or dripping, uneven trim lines, scattered paint drops and missed sections can happen to amateur paint jobs. Let our professionals do their amazing job and deliver a stunning product that you can be proud of for years to come!

10. Free Consultations- When you are in the planning stages of your potential job, feel free to give us a call to set up a time that works for you for us to come and take a look at your home to give you a free consultation and estimate. We'll take a detailed look and even help pick out colors or the type of paint you need! The time we spend there initially estimating will never be added into the quote!

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