I get so many calls from people who have no idea where to start with their project. The confusion of a first time renovation, combined with the uncertainty of who to hire and what to do yourself can leave you scratching your head! There are so many design professionals that you can enlist the help of, but how do you choose, and who is responsible for what?

Renovation Consultant- That's me! or some one like me. Your renovation Consultant is the person you sit down with to brainstorm and come up with ideas for how to achieve the results you want in your space. You will work together to come up with a plan that fits your space restrictions, budget, and taste. If you are starting from scratch, they can develop a master plan to get you started. As your project progresses, a Renovation Consultant can also act as a coach, helping you problem solve and brainstorm as issues or complications arise.

Interior Designer- These professionals are an amazing resource for both general design input, or whole project planning and oversight. IF you are starting completely from scratch, a consultation with an Interior Designer might be a great way to kickstart your project, or get a fresh set of ideas. IF you are looking for someone to completely oversee your project, including making selections, sourcing product, and hiring managing contractors, an interior designer could be a good fit for you.

General Contractor- This person is the backbone of your project. Their job is to take your vision and make it happen. They work with you or your Interior Designer. They have a roster of either employees or subtrades to look after demolition, framing, drywall, electrical, plumbing and installation. They bill in a few different ways, so make sure you have a clear contract outlining cost estimates, payment schedule and work to be completed. Ask for references, even if their name was provided to you by a friend or colleague. If they haven't done work for at least 3 people who will vouch for their integrity and quality of work, keep looking.

Self-Contracting- If you are incredibly organized, hard working and resilient, then there is the possibility you can self-contract. I say resilient because it is not for the faint of heart. There is a reason many choose to just pay a contractor to set all this up and see it through. That said, if your project doesn't involve moving anything structural, or major electrical/plumbing, you may be able to oversee the work yourself. You'll need a few friends along the way though, and a Renovation Consultant can help coach you through getting the right trades lined up, and establishing a budget and timeline.

DIY- If you are truly hand, crafty, and not working on a tight timeline, you can do a lot of the work yourself! If you have some good quality tools, and don't mind getting a bit dirty, you can do demolition, tile your kitchen floor, patch some drywall and put up some new moldings. A few things I would leave to the professionals include kitchen and counter-top installation, major electrical and plumbing re-fit, and moving heating sources.

The team you have behind you should make you feel good about your project. If you get an off-vibe from anyone, pull the plug. Everyone you bring into your home should have the same passion for your project that you do.

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Would you choose privacy? or a view?

Windows in the bathroom are a tricky subject. They require a commitment to windex and blinds, or at the very least, shutters.

But oh, the light they bring in!

Shutters? Drapes? horizontal blinds? vertical?

how do we treat a window like this?

Well, here is my favorite solution... up and down blinds!

cordless blinds by Select Blinds Canada

What works so great about these, is that you can achieve a bit of privacy, without giving up the light. You can pull the blind up once you are in the tub, or let the light in the top half of the window. while achieving privacy from the shoulders down when getting out of the shower.

Privacy and Light!

Your welcome.

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Yeah. I said it. Renvoations are HARD.

There are decisions to be made, financing to figure out, money to be spent. This stuff is not easy.

So here’s what I can offer you.

We can sit down over a cup of coffee and talk about your project.

We can talk about your family’s unique needs.

We can talk about keeping VS ripping out that drafty, romantic fireplace.

Are you building an addition? or looking for ways to add more functional space in the existing footprint?

We can talk about all this, and more.

And when we get to the point where it’s time to put your new plan into action, we can talk about who to hire and what to do yourself.

Because that is what I do. I help you have the best renovation you can.

I understand this is hard, but I can help.


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