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Creating the Perfect In-Law or Guest Suite Basement

Whether you are designing a basement suite for guests or to accommodate your in-laws, the basement renovations Ottawa families require need a solid plan to make the space as comfortable and functional as possible. For guest suite basements, sometimes a good place to start is to look at hotel suites or even retirement home layouts, as they share some distinct similarities, such as:

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Why Sunrooms are One of Our Favourites

Sunrooms always become a favourite spot in the home each time we install one. But even if you’ve been contemplating an addition, it can be difficult to know where to start since it is a significant undertaking that needs to be done just right. At RenosGroup, we’ve helped many homeowners make their dream projects come to life, and we can help you too! Find out more about why sunrooms are one of our favourites and why we guarantee they’ll be yours too.

Add More Space

Adding more space to your home is easier and more affordable than ever with a sunroom. In addition to adding more value to your home, it will also cost you much less than a standard addition since you don’t have to pay for brick and mortar, which can cost thousands.

It’s Customizable

We can create just about whatever vision you have. There are a variety of design options and materials that you can choose from that give you the flexibility with the design.

A Comfortable Investment

A sunroom is one of the best investments you’ll make when it comes to home projects because they always get used! With high-quality workmanship, including superior glass panes, you can enjoy the outdoors without any of the aggravating aspects, like pesky bugs flying into your food or drink during the summer. Here, you can take in the breeze without being pestered.

Enjoy It Any Time of Year

With weather-sealed windows that can keep the elements out, you can take advantage of your sunroom all year long. During those magical snowy days, you can perch by the window, enjoying the heat while you take in the magical winter wonderland outside. And, of course, during the spring, summer and fall, you won’t have to rush inside during the rain or stay out in the blazing sun. With your personalized enclosure, you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, even when it’s too messy to stroll outside.

Relax and Rejuvenate

It’s no surprise that being surrounded by the outdoors can help us relax, recharge and even lower our anxiety and blood pressure. And sometimes, when you’re feeling cooped up and stressed out, being able to retreat into your sunroom can make a world of difference to help calm you down and fight those winter blues.

Our team provides the best quality workmanship and excellent customer service that you can count on. Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

Mobility Limitations? No Problem.

Most homes are just not suited for people who have physical limitations or challenges. Traditional home builders never thought to consider the needs of the elderly or disabled, which has resulted in many people with mobility limitations feeling unsafe living in their own home. If you’re one of these people and you’ve been recently asking yourself whether it makes sense to relocate, we can help you avoid a painful move altogether. At RenosGroup.ca, we specialize in accessibility renovations that will change the design of your home to adapt to your needs.  Mobility limitations?  No problem.

We understand what you’re going through and want to help improve the safety and accessibility of your home. With a few minor modifications, we can help you feel comfortable in your own home. Here’s how:

Add More Space

There are many people out there who don’t have access to all the rooms in their homes. That’s because most homes were not built to accommodate a walker or wheelchair to move easily from room to room. That’s where we come in! With a few design changes, like wider doorways, we can help create more space and give you access to your entire home.

Provide You With More Accessibility

Our team can help redesign your kitchen and storage areas to give you more accessibility. We can install new counters, table tops, cabinets, and storage areas to make it easier for you to reach whether you’re sitting or standing. Closets can also be adjusted to have a widened door, lowered shelving, and an easy to reach switch.

Eliminate Bathroom Safety Issues

Taking a shower can be increasingly dangerous when you have a mobility issue. We can modify your bathroom to help prevent an injury and improve your overall accessibility in your most private space.

We’ll take the time to learn about your unique needs so we can renovate your bathroom to suit your individual requirements and safety needs. Some of the modifications that are possible include adding more full doors, swing away hinges, easy to grip handrails, non-slip floors, shower stall or bathroom seats, higher toilet seats, hand held shower devices, and lowered sinks, and mirrors.

Visibility Concerns

We also offer a wide range of accessibility and safety products for those with visibility concerns. With a few modifications, we can quickly improve the lighting, especially in darker areas, by using reflective non-slip tape, non-slip floor coverings that will allow you to move around your home with ease.

Finding a contractor who specializes in accessibility renovations and understands your mobility issues is often a challenge. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place! At RenosGroup.ca, we are Ottawa’s only specialist in providing mobility limitation renovations. Mobility limitations?  No problem…..Don’t hesitate to contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427.  Our expert and compassionate team will carefully listen to all your needs and find the solutions that will help improve your lifestyle and ability to live in your home.

Fun Ideas To Liven Up Your Basement

Are you neglecting your basement? Maybe it’s time for a basement reno to make it more inviting and comfortable to use. Basements are commonly forgotten about and deemed as a place for storage, but there’s so much potential in using all that extra space. Here are some fun ideas to liven up your basement so that you and the family will actually want to use it.

Movie Room

The basement can be a perfect spot to create your very own movie room. With limited natural light, it already has that darkened movie theatre ambience. Add a projector, surround sound, some comfy seating, maybe even a handy fridge to house snack and drinks nearby and you’re set!

Games Room

Whether it’s for the kids or you and your friends, having a games room is a great way to liven up your basement. Imagine having your very own pool table, pinball machine, poker table and more, right in your own home? Best of all, it’s tucked away off of the main level to contain any rowdy noise once the games are in full swing.

Family Room

If you’re short on space on the main level of your home, creating another family room or den for the kids can provide that much-needed extra space. You can get the kids out of your hair, or finally have enough room to lounge together as a family in a comfortable, cozy basement setting.

Woman Cave

Forget about the man cave. Today, it’s all about the woman cave! With your hectic, busy schedule, running around with the kids and everything in between, you deserve to reclaim that basement space and transform it into your own unique personal sanctuary.  Whether it’s a yoga and meditation room or a personal library where you can kick back and relax, make it your own!

Exercise Room

Gyms memberships can be costly, especially when you barely use them. But with your extra space in the basement, you can create your own personal gym right at home. You won’t have to trudge outside or use those excuses any longer! But you can finally stay in shape right from the convenience of your home.

There are endless fun ideas to liven up your basement! So get inspired and get creative to transform it into an area of the home that will be inviting and comfortable for you to use.

When you’re ready to tackle that reno, contact us or give us a call.at (613)727-9427.   We can take care of it all for you!

Top Flooring Trends

It’s hard to imagine that flooring was once just basic material like sand and stone. Flash-forward to today, and there’s a wide array of modern materials, patterns, and textures to choose from. Over time, flooring has become more about aesthetics and less about function. Today, you can use flooring to transform a space to suit your design needs, enhance the value of your home, provide heat and comfort, and wow your guests.  If you’re curious what the top flooring trends, let us show you some of the best styles that are expected hit the market.

Blanched Wood

A softer more white-washed look is definitely in this year. Blanched wood is just hardwood flooring that has undergone a bleaching process to get rid of the stained coating and bring out more ashy colours that maintain the natural wood grains. It’s an elegant look that can give your wood flooring a complete transition and help make your darker furniture pop while brightening your room.

Distressed Concrete

As homeowners look for new alternatives to the traditional wood and tile flooring, concrete has started to make headway.  Now seen more and more in industrial and contemporary style condos, homeowners are also starting to jump on the bandwagon and incorporate it into their homes to fashion a more modern and raw look.

Reclaimed Wood Tiles

You can now enjoy the popular look of old barn wood without having actually to step on a farm or worry about splinters. The look of salvaged barn wood has now been recreated into reclaimed wood tiles. This style is becoming increasingly popular because of its colour variations and unique patterns. So if you’re looking for a more rustic and original look compared to faux wood tiles, reclaimed wood tiles are a must.

Environmentally-Friendly Materials

Another top flooring trend is using less toxic materials. More environmentally-conscious consumers are choosing finishes and materials that are safer for the environment. So instead of using oil-based polyurethane, people are switching to waterborne polyurethanes for their floors.

Wire Brushing

If you like the look of distressed wood but not the feel, wire brushed wood may be for you. By using a wire brush, the underlying wood becomes exposed, enhancing the grain of the wood. What you get is a lot of texture without the roughness of distressed wood.

Textured Laminate

With ever more improvements in graphic design, laminates are now coming in a wide variety of amazing textures and patterns. From geometric graphics, irregular patterns, to dots and lines, the laminate flooring of today is far from boring.

Recycled Carpet

If you prefer the look and feel of carpet, you may want to consider changing out your old carpet for a more environmentally-friendly version. Recycled carpets are all the rave, made from eco-friendly nylon that is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Surface Printing

Cork has been around for a while now but it has recently become the perfect material for digital printing. The options are endless, so whatever your design preference is, like stone, wood, or abstract patterns, you can have your favourite medium simulated onto your cork flooring.

There’s a lot to be excited about with these top flooring trends. So when you’re ready to make some design changes to your home, contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427. We can help you change out your old flooring to a brand new beautiful style and at an affordable cost. Call us today to find out more.

Profiling 5 Popular Kitchen Styles

Knowing that your kitchen needs an upgrade can often be a lot easier to determine than knowing exactly how to upgrade and design it. And sifting through endless kitchen design magazines can easily become overwhelming. So to help make it easier and clearer for you to decide, we’ve profiled 5 popular kitchen styles to give you some great inspiration without overwhelming you during the process.

Farmhouse Kitchen Style

Homeowners can’t get enough of the quaint, cozy home-grown vibes of the farmhouse kitchen style – and neither can we! Warm, rich, distressed wood, big basin-style sinks, exposed brick, vintage appliances, open shelving and a big kitchen table for family dinners make this a classic design that will always remain timeless.

Chic, Clean & Modern Kitchen Style

If clean lines, minimalistic décor and chic appliances speak to you, then the modern kitchen style is the way to go. This is an increasingly popular design preference as more efficient appliances, and cabinetry enter the marketplace. Think of frameless cabinets, simple and sleek hardware, a blend of natural materials and strong lines framing the layout.

Contemporary Kitchen Style

Similar to the modern style, contemporary designs offer more room for playful elements and finishes. This style can blend the sleek, sharp modern form with dashes of warmth from more traditional designs such as a mixture of materials like wood or stone, and colour in the cabinetry or countertops.

Industrial Kitchen Style

Another popular kitchen style is the industrial look. Unfinished concrete flooring, sharp lines, mixed with rustic elements like dark wooden cabinetry, metallic shelving, and exposed lighting features, make this a style a unique yet warm design.

Spanish Kitchen Style

Colourful tiling along the countertop or walls, arched windows, and warm-wooden cabinets make the Spanish revival kitchen style inviting and extremely popular.  If you’re looking to add more colour and character to your kitchen, this is for you!

It can be challenging to take on a kitchen upgrade when you’re unsure of what you really want. And with all of the options available today, it can be more stress-inducing than helpful. But it’s important to nail down your preference of kitchen style before you begin with the reno. Whether it’s modern, contemporary, farmhouse, industrial or something more Mediterranean – figure out which of these popular kitchen styles speaks to you and then contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427.  We have handymen that can take care of it all for you.

Building a Home Studio in Your Basement

Looking to create your own home studio in your basement? Whether it’s for work or play, if you have some free space in your basement you can easily build the type of space you’ve been dreaming of. But knowing how to plan properly and prepare is essential to getting it done right. Soundproofing and utilizing the amount of room that you can play with efficiently to house your equipment, are just a few factors to consider. Before you jump into your renovation, check out our 3 key steps for setting up a home studio in your basement.

Space Requirements

Most home studios require two spaces – one for the sound booth where you capture the music and one area for the audio mixing room where the music mixing and producing resides. The size of the sound booth will depend on how many instruments you want to record from, and it will be different if you plan to house a small band versus just you on the guitar and mic. The mixing room will also need to fit your equipment, which can change depending on whether you want a small or large-scale studio operation. Creating a thorough floor plan before you start the renovation will save you time and money in the long run.

Soundproofing and Acoustic Treatment

Building the home studio in your basement will already ensure some soundproofing from the surrounding foundation and ground outside. However, you want to create additional soundproofing between the downstairs and upstairs. Plus, you want to keep outside noises away that could distort the sound. You can easily install some acoustic foam, sound diffusers, bass traps and reflection filters to keep the noise in and to ensure you can keep distracting ambient noises out.

Purchasing the Equipment

Once you have the sound booth and mixing studio built, you’ll want to add the necessary equipment. To get you started you need a computer, digital audio workstation to mix and edit the music, audio interface to provide all the connections to your music, a quality set of microphones, headphones, studio monitors, a cable to connect the mic and audio interface, along with cables to connect the interface to the monitors. And of course, any of the instruments you would like to use in your studio should also be purchased if not already done so.

Building your own home studio in your basement can provide hours of fun and can help you take your sound to the next level. But if you don’t plan and build it out right you might end up ignoring it more than using it. So let us help! At the RenosGroup, we can help you plan and create your build so that you can easily transform your basement into a studio that gets you pumped to use it every time.  Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

4 Decor Ideas for Your Backyard Coach House

Need some ideas for your backyard coach house? Modern coach house designs have come a long way since housing horse and carriages back in the day. Today, they’re often converted into quaint and characterful domestic dwellings that can be tailored to whatever style or need you prefer. Whether you have aging parents to care for, an older child looking for some independence, or if you simply need some extra quiet space to get work done, here are some décor ideas for you to consider for your backyard coach house.

Home for Aging Parents

When your parents reach a certain age, it’s nice to be able to have them close to home so that you can look after them and help take care of them when needed. A backyard coach house offers the perfect space for them to live, being close to home without invading your space while allowing them to maintain their independence as well.

When designing for this purpose, consider features such as wide doorways or easy, accessible ramps. Also, enhanced safety features like a walk-in shower with handrails and lots of great lighting along the exterior and interior are important.

Apartment for Your Eldest Child

If you have a college-age child that’s eager for some independence, why not convert your backyard coach house into a loft where they can test out their wings before they really spread them? Make it modern and fresh with a great entertainment system, surround sound, and of course, a workspace where they can get all their assignments done.

Home Office Space

If you have a work-from-home career, you can create the perfect work zone that’s away from the distractions so you can get down to business. For this, you’ll need lots of built-in storage, large expansive windows to give you plenty of natural light, and product-inspiring colours for the walls like blue, yellow, or orange.

Rental Unit

If you’re eager to make some additional income, you can create a cozy rental property with rustic wooden floors, fresh, bright kitchen cabinetry, and even a few sunroofs to brighten it up if you find that you coach house is overshadowed and dark during the daytime.

Having a backyard coach house is a great additional space that can come in handy when you need it the most. So if you’ve been neglecting yours, let these ideas get you inspired to create an additional space the serves your needs well.

At RenosGroup.ca, we can help make your vision a reality. With our knowledge and expertise, you can trust us to take care of any home reno projectContact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

Make Your Small Ensuite Beautiful

Who says that size has to limit your design? If you have a small ensuite bathroom, it can look every bit as glamorous as your main bathroom. All it takes is the right elements to optimize the space that you do have and incorporate elements that can provide the illusion of more space.

Follow these design tips to help make your small ensuite beautiful.

All Glass Walk-in Shower

If there’s a shower in your tiny ensuite, it can either make or break the look of your bathroom. The enclosure can really box in the area and make it appear even smaller than it really is. That’s why more modern designs are opening up that enclosure by using glass. This allows more light to filter within the ensuite and doesn’t take away from the size of the space.

Built-in Countertop

Having adequate space for a counter is one of the main problems when facing the design of a smaller bathroom. But by incorporating a built-in shelf within the main wall where the sink will be placed, it can provide that necessary component without having a counter that protrudes and takes up much room.

Floating Sink Fixture

Thanks to floating designs, even the tiniest bathroom can still be practical and look great. You don’t have to take up any unnecessary floor space with the sink. Plus, you can achieve that contemporary “bling” style with chrome piping and dazzling faucets.

Customized Floating Cupboards

Using the space above the toilet is always best for placing either a shelf or floating cupboard. And with the customized designs that are available today, you can store away all of your toiletries without having them on display for the world to see.

Chic Tiling and Flooring

The size of a space definitely shouldn’t hold you back from adding that design flair that you want. There are a wide variety of tiles and added finishes that you can install within your ensuite to bring out your flare and style. So get creative when selecting your tiling and flooring.

Big Mirrors

Mirrors are always a great option to utilize in smaller spaces for allowing light to reflect and give the illusion of greater space.

Don’t feel limited by the small size of your ensuite. With the selection and designs that are available today, you can find just about anything you’re looking for to fully optimize your space without sacrificing your desire for a striking design.

Get in touch, with the Ottawa bathroom contractors at RenosGroup.ca to book a consultation or give us a call at (613)727-9427 to discuss design ideas.

Remodelling for the Long Term

If you’ve endured home renovations in the past, chances are that you know very well just how gruelling and expensive they can be. What starts as a fun weekend DIY projects turns into months of living in a dusty construction zone. When you start to consider doing some renos on your new home, you want to make sure that you hire a professional general contractor and ensure whatever you’re investing in will give you the most amount of ROI in the future. Before you starting remodelling your home, here are some key factors to consider to get the best return on your investment that will serve you well for the long term.

Neutral or Calming Walls

When you’re in the midst of deciding what colour to throw on your walls, a good idea is to avoid anything harsh or bold. If you want to get the best long-term benefit out of that paint, your best bet is to go for neutral or calming colours. That way, if you decide that you no longer like the designs and accenting features in your home, you won’t be limited by the colour on your walls, or have to repaint them.

Adding Windows

If you’re feeling unsure about knocking down a few walls in order to enhance the natural light in your home, take comfort in knowing that this renovation will serve you and the value of your home well in the future. Adding more natural light to a home is always a smart idea. If you were on the fence about this one – let there be light!

Be Bold Through Accessories

Of course, we still need to incorporate some fun, flair, and colour into the interior design and one of the best ways for doing this through accessories. Accessories such as your cushions, artwork, or even curtains, are all great ways to help add in some vibrant colour without requiring any significant expense or alteration down the road. So if you happen to grow tired of a particular colour that’s dotted throughout your home, you can easily switch it up.

Make Functionality a Priority

No matter what you do, always have functionality as a priority in your design. For example, when it comes to your kitchen, make sure that the location of your appliances, countertops and cupboards all make sense to the flow of the space. That way, even if you have to change any aesthetics in the future, the main bulk layout (and expense) won’t have to be altered.

It’s always important to consider what makes the most sense for the long-term when remodelling your home. So before you begin those blueprints, consider these tips to help you make the right decisions that will benefit you and your home the most in the future.

Looking for home design ideas that will look just as good in a year or ten? RenosGroup.ca is Ottawa’s choice for expert kitchen, bathroom, and whole-home renovation projects with a focus on timeless finishes and design choices.  Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

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