Renovate Your Vancouver Dream Home

Renovating Your Vancouver BC Dream Home can be an exciting and educational experience to say the least.  Many prospective dream home remodelers don’t really understand the scope of a major home remodeling project.  If you are in a position to be building or remodeling your dream home you are a very lucky person.  Many people have waited and saved for years to earn enough money to start building their dream home.

How Will You Handle The Stress?

Once the building or home renovation process begins the stress may at times be overwhelming.  Building your dream home takes the coordination of a lot of people and making sure all those people are doing what you want them to do can be a difficult task.  Hiring a well known, and efficient building contractor will help make the process less stressful.

To help manage the stress that comes with this time you can follow these simple steps.

1. Be Prepared – Meet with your builder several times if you have too.  Ask LOTS of questions.  You can never have enough info.

2. Budget – Have a realistic budget and stick to it! One of the biggest mistakes people make in new real estate is not properly planning their budget. Create a thorough list of all your costs and leave a big cushion. You don’t want to get halfway done your dream home and run out of money.

3. Get Professional Help – If you are not an experienced contractor then don’t try to act as your own general contractor. It will be worth your money to hire someone else that is trained and knows what they are doing.  You’ll get quality people working on your project and most licensed contractors can provide you with a warranty on the work completed, or in the case of a new home, your new home warranty coverage.

Sticking To The Timeline

When designing your timeline make sure and leave plenty of cushion for rainy days and other weather related issues that may arise.  There might be mistake with materials that could cause a delay, the idea is to just be prepared.

Ask questions if you are unsure of anything. Discussing the subject openly with your contractors before the building begins will make it easier to develop your timeline. Most contractors are very good at predicting real timelines, but they choose to bid shorter ones to get your work.

For more Great home builder tips contact M. Southin and Sons Contracting today!

Adding Laminate Flooring To Your Home?

There are just so many choices you have when renovating your vancouver BC home that you can find it difficult to keep up with the decisions that have to be made. Flooring is one aspect of home improvement you need to put some thought into.

If you love the look and feel of wood, you should consider laminate flooring, which is cheaper than real wood flooring, and will withstand many problems in the home, while withstanding a lot of traffic in the home at the same time. Laminate flooring is easy to install or you can have a contractor  like M. Southin and Sons Contracting who has more time and experience than you to install the laminate flooring.  The benefit to having a pro install the laminate is you’ll get a warranty, and the manufacturers warranty will be honored.

Laminate flooring can be matched to just about anything in your home. If you have a great wood trim through out your home, you can find laminate flooring that is going to match that color. The laminate flooring colors can be used to match the cupboards in your bathroom, in the kitchen or the end tables in your living room. Laminate flooring colors and shades of colors are going to vary from store to store, and from brand to brand.

Laminate flooring can be installed where you previously had carpeting before. If you are thinking about getting rid of carpeting in your home, you will find that by ripping out the carpeting, and putting down a new sub floor you are going to be ready to install a new laminate flooring in your home. Often times a laminate flooring is going to be a light color, one that is going to make the rooms of your home, where you are installing laminate flooring, seem so much bigger. The laminate flooring installed in your home will be a great change, one that you will enjoy for years to come. Laminate flooring is often times going to last longer than vinyl sheet goods and even be warmer feeling than vct tile or ceramic tile in your home.

Laminate flooring can be installed over radiant heating adding that much more warmth to your flooring. If you are remodeling your home, and you are worried about heat in the floor or the flooring feeling cold, consider installing radiant heating below the flooring, you are putting down. Radiant heating below laminate flooring is going to give your feet a treat, even in the coldest weather.

M. Southin and Sons Contracting can help you choose and install the right flooring for your newly remodeled space.