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Homeowners always have a lot of questions when it comes to home renovations. What are the latest trends? How do I find the right contractor? How much will it cost?

RenosGroup’s home renovation blog is the go-to source for all your renovation needs. We provide tips, tricks, and advice from the experts to help you make your renovation project a success. From start to finish, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen, restore your bathroom, or add an addition to your home, the RenosGroup blog has the information you need to get the job done right. We’ll help you save time and money while ensuring that your renovation project is a beautiful and stress-free experience. Let us help you turn your house into the home of your dreams.  Don’t hesitate to contact us (613)727-9427 should you have any questions

Ultimate Guide to Bathroom Renovations in Ottawa

Are you thinking about renovating your bathrooms in Ottawa?  Renovating a bathroom is a considerable investment, so it’s worth doing it right.  That’s why we’ve created the ultimate guide to bathroom renovations in Ottawa.

The last thing you want is to spend thousands on a subpar renovation that looks worse than the original.

Yet, that can easily happen if you don’t know what you’re doing.

That’s why it’s worth doing a little research before getting started. Luckily, we’ve compiled everything you need to know in this handy guide. Read on to learn what it takes to set up a successful bathroom renovation in Ottawa.

 

Start with the Basics: Create a Wishlist


Before you do anything, you need to determine what you want out of your bathroom renovation. You may know that you want renovations but haven’t pinpointed the exact modifications you wish to make. Now is the time to do that, and you can do so with this questionnaire:

  • What do you not like about your bathroom the most?
  • Which modification takes precedent over the rest? (i.e., installing a new shower to get rid of mold is more important than a new sink)
  • Is the layout of your bathroom convenient, or could you make some changes? (i.e., new shelving or layout to make the most efficient use of space)
  • Do you like your current color scheme, or would you like to change it?
  • What would your dream bathroom look like?
  • Does your bathroom have accessibility issues? (i.e., an elderly resident has trouble standing in the shower)
  • How many people use your bathroom, and do they have enough space?
  • Do you want a portion of your bathroom to be private?
  • What aesthetic changes would you enjoy the most? (i.e., new tile, vanity, color scheme, etc.)

These questions will help you narrow things down in terms of renovations. From there, make a list of the modifications that you want the most. That will help you during the next step, which is determining your budget.

 

Be Realistic With Your Budget


This step is easy to screw up, even if it doesn’t seem that way. You’ll want to create a realistic budget within a specific ‘sweet spot.’

You want to pay enough to get quality work done, but you don’t want to go broke in the process. At the same time, going with cheap contractors is never a good idea.

Consider how much money you have available. You’ll want at least $15,000 – $20,000 available for the renovation to achieve desirable results. That’s the average price range for a single bathroom renovation, considering you don’t want to change the layout or plumbing.

Once you know how much money you have, it’s time to start comparing prices for the job. Here are some tips for discovering how much your project will cost:

  • Check out online trade shows and slideshows. Renovation companies often have trade shows/slideshows available for their products. They’re a great place to start researching how much your renovation project will cost. Try to find at least 5 to view the Ottawa area to see how much the prices differ.

     

  • Flip through renovation magazines and websites. There are plenty of publications out there that list bathroom renovation products. You can use them to determine how much sinks, toilets, showers, and new tile will cost.

     

  • Get quotes from contractors. Next, you’ll want to contact local contractors in Ottawa. As with the slideshow, reach out to at least five contractors and more if you can. The idea is to compare their quotes not only against each other but against your prior research. Since you’ve done some digging and know how much the components will cost – you’ll have a better idea of what contractors should charge. 

Taking those steps will help you find contractors that charge realistic rates. Of course, price isn’t everything when finding a contractor. You’ll also want to look closely at their reputation and past work.

Try to find an online gallery containing photos of their completed projects. Also, find several websites listing reviews of their services. The ideal contractor charges fair prices and has an impeccable reputation.

 

Plan for the Unexpected


Our final budgeting tip is to leave a little wiggle room in it. Provide yourself with a 10-20% cushion just in case you run over budget.

Why’s that?

It’s because it’s very common to spend at least a little more than what you planned on renovations. You may find that you want to add extra fixtures and finishes during the process. You can add them without any headaches if you have that budget cushion.

You’ll especially need a budget cushion if you’re making significant changes to your layout.

When the contractors begin tearing down walls – they may find mold or need to do expensive drywall repairs. That’s why it’s always a good
idea to add that 10-20% cushion just in case something pops up.

An Overview of Bathroom Renovation Fixtures and Finishes

You can do and change a lot with a bathroom renovation. Many components go into renovating a bathroom. There are various fixtures, finishes, vanities, cabinets, and more. Here’s a look at the elements you can change with a renovation.

Cabinetry & Vanities (Storage Options)

First, you’ll need to decide what to do with your storage. Does your bathroom have enough room to store all your toiletries and accessories? If not, you’ll want to add additional cabinetry or a vanity.

A vanity should have storage areas for makeup, towels, and a mirror.

Cabinetry is ideal for storing toiletries and grooming items. You can choose from framed or unframed cabinets. Also, it’s possible to hide the hardware and fixes for a more contemporary look.

Next, take a look at the feasibility of your layout. Is there anything inconvenient that you want to change?

An example would be that you have to walk to the other side of the bathroom to get your hair straightener. That’s an inconvenience, and renovating can remedy it. Ask your contractor to install a shelf, medicine cabinet, or vanity closer to your sink.

It would be best always to consider ways to make your layout more convenient when renovating. It’s all too common for homeowners to get hung up on aesthetic and visual upgrades. Yet, renovating for feasibility is just as effective and can make your life easier. Once everything has a space and a convenient layout, you can move on.

Countertops


The countertop for your sink is a mainstay of your bathroom. It’s also one of the first things visitors will notice when they enter the room. That’s why your countertops need to make a stellar first impression.

There are many options for countertops, including:

  • Quartz. This is an ideal material if you want a seamless surface. Quartz has next to no pores, and it’s also resistant to scratches.
  • Glass. If aesthetics are your #1 concern, a glass countertop can look especially stylish. It will take a lot of maintenance to keep it looking sharp, though.
  • Ceramic tiles. You can use ceramic tiles to create brilliant patterns on your countertop. Multiple colors are also available, so you can get as creative as you want.
  • Marble, granite, and limestone. Natural stones are visually pleasing and highly in-demand. A noticeable downside is that they require proper insulation, or they won’t look right.
  • Laminate. You can do a lot with laminate in today’s age, including imitating wood and natural stone. It’s also affordable and won’t scratch.
  • Polished concrete. If you choose polished concrete, it will look stunning, won’t scratch, and will last for years. It’s a tad expensive to install, but there’s a lot of versatility and variety.

You should carefully consider your budget when selecting a countertop material. That’s why doing your research during the budgeting phase is so crucial. The last thing you want is to settle on an expensive countertop material only to realize you can’t afford it.

Floors


Bathroom flooring gets overlooked but is one of the most critical components of the room. Nailing your flooring will go a long way toward filling out the entire space. There are many options for bathroom flooring, including:

  • Hardwood. These can look classy and elegant but need unique coatings to protect them from water. If they’re exposed to water without protection, the floors will warp and become uneven.
  • Vinyl. This is one of the most popular bathroom flooring options due to its water resistance. It also comes in a wide variety of colors and is relatively affordable.
  • Natural stone. A stone bathroom floor can look great but is a slip hazard without proper coatings.
  • Polished concrete. A polished concrete floor will be resistant to water and slips/falls. Yet, it’s rather expensive to install. If you want to go with polished concrete, make doubly sure that you’ve factored it into your budget.  

Remember that bathroom floors tend to get slippery at times. The ideal bathroom floor doesn’t get slippery and still looks stunning.

Bathroom Walls


Your walls can make or break your bathroom. You’ll want to trust the professionals to install new wall materials for your bathroom. If you mess it up with a DIY installation, you could wind up costing yourself thousands in repairs. That’s why it’s worth leaving it to professional contractors with years of experience. Here’s a list of some of the most common bathroom wall materials:

  • Tiles. Wall tiles are a popular choice for bathrooms, and they can even match your floor. You can choose from porcelain, glass, stone, or ceramic tiles. They come in a wide variety of different colors, shapes, and patterns.
  • Traditional paint. This is the most affordable option, but that doesn’t mean it has to lack pizzaz. If you choose a semi-gloss paint with a stand-out color – a painted wall can look amazing.
  • Vinyl covers/plastic panels. Some homeowners prefer sturdy plastic panels on the walls. There are also vinyl covers that provide the same protection but can look trendy and stylish.

It’s up to you what you choose for your bathroom walls. Remember to carefully consider your budget as well as your personal taste when making a decision.

Sinks


A sink is a core component of any bathroom and an absolute necessity. If your sinks don’t work, your bathroom is essentially useless. If you want to change your sink, you’ll have a few options. These include:

  • Sink consoles. This old-school sink can provide a fun vintage look if installed correctly. Sink consoles typically match your cabinetry and have metal or wood legs. It takes a savvy contractor to install a sink console – as you need to find a way to hide the pipes.
  • Wall-mounted sink. If you want to add extra storage space to your bathroom, using a wall-mounted sink is a great trick. It uses special brackets to stay fixed to the wall. Underneath, you can add additional cabinetry for more storage.
  • Pedestal sink. If you have a tiny bathroom, a pedestal sink is ideal. You can install a pedestal sink in a small area, and they come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
  • Vessel sinks. These sinks actually rest above the countertops. It’s an unorthodox style, but it can look aesthetically pleasing to some. It’s not recommended to use vessel sinks in a home with someone disabled, as it’s harder for them to use.

Different sink styles vary in price, so do your homework when formulating a budget. Also, you’ll want to take accessibility into account. If you have someone disabled in your home, specially-made lowered sinks are what you need.

Bathtubs and Lighting


The last two components are your bathtub and lighting arrangement. Bathtubs use various materials, such as cast iron, marble, and acrylic. Of course, each will vary in price and aesthetic appeal.

Size is one of the most significant factors to consider when choosing a bathtub. You’ll want a large enough tub to comfortably fit everyone in your home.

As far as lighting goes, split it up into three parts. They are your task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting.

Task lighting illuminates areas where your regular activities take place. That means lighting up the sink, shower, tub, and toilet.

Ambient lighting is the general light that usually comes from the ceiling. Accent lighting is additional lighting that adds to the feel of the room and pulls focus to certain areas.

In Summary


By now – you should have a better idea of what it takes to renovate your bathroom. You need to identify your core areas for improvement, set a realistic budget, and find the best professionals in your area. For more information on this ultimate guide to bathroom renovations in Ottawa or if you’re thinking about renovating, reach out to us for a free in-home consultation or give us a call at (613)727-9427

Bathroom Renovation Ottawa - Edwin Crescen
Bathroom Renovation Ottawa - Edwin Crescen

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:

 

A Living Space


The majority of the
basement should be open for a comfortable living space. It’s essential to consider the needs of your guests occupying the suite. That will help create a living space that they enjoy and appreciate.

If you’re creating an in-law suite in Ottawa, what do they usually like to do? If they’re into movies, including a TV and a sofa is a good idea. If they prefer reading instead, some recliners with ample lighting are the way to go.

Conversely, if you’re designing a granny suite – mobility and accessibility are concerns. You’ll want to make sure the living space contains no trip hazards or items too far out of reach.

You’ll also want to consider building code requirements, ceiling heights, insulation, and more. These will all play a part in your renovations, so it’s crucial not to ignore them. (More on regulations and insulation in a bit.)  

From there, you can then determine if a kitchen is realistic.

 

Kitchen/Kitchenette


If the space allows, a
kitchen is ideal as it will give guests or in-laws complete independence. If you’re limited on space, you may be able to squeeze in a kitchenette. A refrigerator and microwave are all you need for your suite most of the time. After all, that’s what most hotel suites include as a kitchenette.

If you have more space, you can go for a full kitchen. That means an oven, stove, counter space, and possibly more.

If your in-laws/parents enjoy cooking, they’ll appreciate having a kitchen to use. That way, they can prepare their own meals if they prefer not to bother you upstairs.

Common appliances for kitchenettes include:

  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Teapot
  • Hot plate
  • Microwave
  • Sink
  • Toaster

Larger appliances such as an oven will require a special outlet, so bear that in mind. Ultimately, it will all depend on the amount of space you can dedicate to a cooking area. 

If you want to add extra storage space to the kitchenette, think vertically. If you don’t have room for an island or counter – you can add shelving above (or below) the kitchenette. If you have elderly parents, it’s a better idea to include the shelving beneath rather than above. 

 

Built-ins


Built-ins are a great idea as they can take the place of furniture that might be cumbersome and use up much-needed floor space. You can use
built-ins in a buffet style with a sink and built-in microwave and bar fridge if there is no space for a kitchen. 

A fold-down dining table can also be added for eating as well as recreation. You can also use built-ins around a fireplace or desk space providing shelves for needed storage. Built-ins can be used to hold decorative items or to store collections of movies.

When renovating your basement, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to add built-ins. Try to keep a keen eye open when analyzing your basement space. Could you add a built-in dining table that folds down from the wall?

Or would it be better to add a built-in bookshelf for all your in-laws’ books?

You can create built-in benches that attach to the walls to add more seating. That can add extra seating for a dining room table or just for general lounging/reading.

The catch of a built-in is that you’ll be stuck with it for life. As such, you need to put plenty of time and thought into what you want from a built-in. The last thing you want is to get stuck with a built-in that has no function and is an eye-sore. 

 

Sleeping Area


If space for a door swing is not practical, you can consider a number of options for privacy in the sleeping area. Pocket or sliding doors offer privacy and take up less space. 

You can also consider using partition walls for separation. If the light is sparse and the bedroom area is near one of the only windows consider using frosted glass partitions so you do not block out the needed natural light.

Whether it’s an in-law suite or granny suite in Ottawa, they’ll need a place to sleep. It’s wise to consult with them beforehand to learn what they prefer bed-wise. Do they sleep best on memory foam-style mattresses? Or can they not sleep a wink unless they’re in total darkness on a water bed?

Once you know their needs, you can begin constructing the sleeping area.

The good thing about a basement is that it stays nice and dark. Yet, that might not be very comforting for some. The lighting plays a big part in the construction of any sleeping area. If your in-laws don’t like total darkness, night lights or lights with dimmers are what you need.

If you don’t want to use an open floor plan – you’ll need to find a way to separate the sleeping area from the living space. Besides partition walls, rugs are a reliable way to separate each area visually. 

 

Bathroom


Especially in the case of an in-law suite you want to consider the
mobility of your parents. This will play an important role in the type of shower or tub you choose. A good compromise is to add a shower stall with a bench and handheld showerhead so it is easy to bathe, but can also then be used by other family members or guests should your in-laws move.

Every in-law suite in Ottawa needs a bathroom. That’s doubly true if you’re designing a granny suite. Elderly parents often have mobility issues that you need to take into account.

If they have trouble reaching things in the bathroom, you can lower all the fixtures.

Other modifications, such as adding handicap rails in the bathroom, are a good idea.

If your elderly parents are fragile, you’ll want to make the entire suite as fall-proof as possible. You can add non-slip flooring and cushion sharp edges around the suite.

Another consideration is if you want to include a shower or tub in your granny suite in Ottawa. If so, you’ll need to determine which type you need. If your in-laws don’t have any accessibility limitations – you can go with a regular shower or tub. If that’s too much of an expense, you can have them use the shower/tub upstairs. 

 

Soundproofing Insulation Between Floors


If your in-laws are in the basement cranking their entertainment system to 11, you probably don’t want to hear it. The reverse is also true if your in-laws are trying to sleep and you’re square dancing upstairs.

Sound has a pesky habit of migrating between floors, which can be a pain for everyone.

Luckily, there is a solution to this problem. Installing soundproof insulation between floors will significantly reduce sound migration.

With proper insulation, your in-laws won’t hear your steps, and you won’t hear their sound system.

To block the sound, you’ll need to separate the surfaces. That’s because continuous materials act as an acoustic bridge. In other words, if the same material is on the top and the bottom, it carries sound.

That’s why you need to separate each floor with different materials.

The most common solution is to use a dense material in the joist spaces between the floors. Popular options include Rockwool insulation and fiberglass. To install it, you’ll need to remove your existing ceiling drywall.

From there, place the insulation in the open joist spaces. You’ll have to contend with electrical wires and other obstacles, so be careful. After the installation is complete, you’ll need to add new ceiling drywall. The process can be a bit cumbersome, but the results are well worth it.

 

Soundproofing Material Options


Besides structurally separating each floor, you can also use acoustic foam or polyethylene foam. These won’t achieve as effective results as separation, but they’re better than nothing. A quality acoustical underlayment, for example, will deaden most sound vibrations.

Other options include plywood underlayments and cement boards. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll appreciate the affordability of plywood.

The downside is that plywood is only a semi-effective sound blocker. On the other hand, a cement board is a bit more pricey, but blocks sound better than plywood. It’s crucial to consider your budget and specific needs when selecting a soundproofing material. 

 

Drywall Building Code Requirements for Separate Units


You’re under new building code requirements as soon as you add an in-law suite in Ottawa. You’ll need to stay in compliance to avoid fees and other penalties.

Why are there such strict building codes for two dwelling units?

It all has to do with fire safety. For drywall, you’re required to have 2 layers of 5/8 drywall on both sides of the ceiling/floor for your new unit.

That will provide the one-hour fire rating between both dwelling units. In other words, if a fire breaks out up top, your parents/in-laws will have an hour to evacuate before it gets to them.

That’s why the drywall needs to be so thick – with two layers of 5/8 drywall. This type of thick drywall is also called fire-resistant drywall, as they’re effective at slowing down fires.

A 5/8-inch thick panel is far less likely to sag between joists than thinner panels. That adds not only fire resistance but also extra durability. You can add a heavy surfacing material, such as popcorn texture, to further reinforce the ceiling.

You’ll want to ensure that you install this thicker drywall before constructing the rest of your granny suite. That will ensure that you’re in compliance, so you won’t have to worry about building codes. 

 

Adding an Egress Window (Required)


Since we’re speaking of requirements for basement living spaces, an egress window is another necessity.

What’s that?

It’s a window that’s large enough for someone to escape through it in case of a fire. It’s a requirement for any basement that you intend to transition into a living space.

Besides being an emergency escape, egress windows add other benefits. They bring natural light into your basement, as well as ventilation. If your in-laws get hot and muggy, they can always open the window for some fresh air.

Once you install an egress window, you still aren’t done. Beyond the window, you’ll need an egress window well. An egress window well is a lot larger than a typical window well. It’s an excavated portion of the earth that’s typically in a half-circle or rectangle.

Its purpose is to give inhabitants a safe place to escape, protected from dirt, rocks, and moisture. If the window well is especially deep, you must have a ladder for easy access.

Here are some other requirements for an egress window:

  • It has to have an unobstructed opening that’s at least 5.7 square feet.
  • That same opening must be 24 inches tall and 20 inches wide (at least.)
  • The bottom of the opening can’t exceed 44 inches from the floor.
  • It must open and shut without the use of any tools.

You’re good to go as long as your egress window checks all these boxes.

 

Adding a Separate Entrance


Lastly, you’ll need to add a separate entrance, also for fire safety reasons. Whether you’re constructing an in-law suite or granny suite in Ottawa, fire safety is necessary. Building codes dictate that each dwelling unit needs its own entrance/exit.

It would be a disaster if your in-laws/parents got stuck in the basement when a fire broke out.

If the exit to the upstairs is hot/blocked, they’ll need another place to escape. Beyond an egress window, you’ll need a dedicated entrance for the dwelling unit.

You’re all set once you have 2 layers of 5/8 drywall, an egress window and well, and a separate entrance. Your new dwelling unit will be in full compliance, and your occupants will be able to escape in case of a fire. 

 

Five-Star Basement Renovations Ottawa Families Can Rely On


The basement renovations Ottawa families require should be laid out with the basic requirements for comfortable living to make guests and in-laws feel welcome and at home.

To reach out, schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427

How to Avoid Mold & Mildew in Your Home

Once your bathroom renovation is complete and your home looks stunning, you want to keep it looking in mint condition for as long as possible. These care and maintenance tips will extend the longevity of your bathroom renovation and help you avoid mold and mildew growth:

What are Mold & Mildew?


Mold and mildew are collections of small organisms (called
spores) which thrive in wet and moist environments – like your bathroom

If you don’t clean your bathroom properly, mold spores start to grow and are eventually released into the air. 

You then inhale these spores into your lungs, which can be problematic for people with compromised immune systems or breathing conditions like asthma. Common health effects include difficulty breathing, coughing, sore throat, and headaches.

Mold causes the most problems during the summertime – as it thrives in humidity. Yet, if the conditions are right, mold can wreak havoc in the winter as well.

Mold and mildew will contaminate your indoor air quality. If you’ve been having trouble breathing inside – mold may be the culprit. Beyond coughing and wheezing, extreme cases can cause neurological issues and even death. That’s why every homeowner needs to take mold seriously.

It’s crucial to know how mold forms and where it can pop up. That will help you prevent mold from forming in the first place, which is always the best solution. Once mold shows up, it can be challenging to get rid of entirely.

What’s the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?


While mold and mildew are both forms of fungi – there are subtle differences. For one, mold is a prevalent component in household dust.

Mildew, on the other hand, tends to grow on flat surfaces. It appears on organic materials, such as paper, leather, wood, walls, and ceilings.

The two also differ in appearance and odor.

Mold tends to be black, blue, red, or green. It also has a notoriously slimy texture and can at times contain fuzz.

Mildew starts off as white – distinguishing it from mold. In its later stages, it starts to turn shades of yellow and brown. Instead of slime or fuzz, it’s very powdery in texture.

Both require organic material in order to form. It’s what serves as a food source for fungal growth. That’s why mold and mildew always form on materials such as wood, leather, paper, and textiles.

You can tell the two apart by their smell. Mildew’s odor is pretty mild and smells musty. It’s often compared to damp laundry that hasn’t dried.

Mold’s odor is a lot more pungent and powerful. That’s because as the mold continues to grow, it forms microbial volatile organic compounds or MVOCs.

The final distinction is mildew forms on surfaces while mold burrows underneath. So if you see fungal growth on the surface of your cabinets, that’s a dead giveaway that it’s mildew.

Mold always forms beneath the surface – inside walls and in crevices and holes. That makes mold harder to locate – which can lead to it growing out of control.  

The Conditions Where Mold and Mildew Thrive


Any time there’s high heat, a food source (organic material), and a fair amount of humidity – mold, and mildew can form. For this reason, June through August are the most problematic months. It would be best if you kept a close eye on your walls, ceilings, and underneath sinks during these months.

Yet, if you’re running your heat in the winter and there’s humidity – mold and mildew can form then, too.

If temperatures are between 77° and 87°, and humidity is between 62 and 93 percent, you’re in the danger zone. Bear that in mind whenever you’re inspecting your home for mold and mildew.

Here’s a list of the most common molds that show up in homes:

  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus
  • Chaetomium
  • Cladosporium
  • Fusarium

No matter what type of mold forms in your home, they all have one thing in common – they need to go. All kinds of mold can be dangerous, which is why you need to eliminate them. The good news is there are ways to prevent mold and mildew from forming in the first place.

Areas to Check for Mold & Mildew in Your Home


You’ll need to know where to look for mold and mildew in your Ottawa home. Otherwise, you won’t even know that you have a mold problem. That’s the last thing you want, as out-of-control mold can do some severe damage to your home. Not only that but eliminating it will be a costly endeavor. The best thing you can do is regularly inspect your home to prevent its formation.

Here are the most problematic areas you should check during hot/humid months:

  • Your ventilation ductwork
  • The area surrounding your HVAC system
  • Underneath sinks
  • Areas around sinks and faucets in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Tubs, showers, shower curtains
  • Any area that sees a lot of moisture (i.e., cabinets next to the shower)
  • Dishwashers and laundry machines
  • The areas surrounding your dishwasher
  • In and around your refrigerator

As long as you keep a close eye on these areas – you’ll prevent most mold and mildew from forming. Yet, mold can form inside of your walls and other areas that you can’t see. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn how to do mold testing for your home.

Mold Prevention Tips


All right, now it’s time to learn how to mold-proof your home. After all, that’s the best way to avoid all the headaches that go along with mold and mildew infestations. 

If you do your due diligence – you won’t have to worry about contending against mold or mildew. Here are our top tips for preventing mold and mildew from forming in your Ottawa home.

Keep Your Humidity Levels Down


As stated before, mold and mildew thrive in humidity. If your home or apartment is especially humid – you can bet that mold and mildew are forming somewhere.

Since we know that mold and mildew love humidity – an excellent prevention technique is to keep your humidity levels low.

Specific activities will elevate the humidity in your home. In particular, anything that brings excessive moisture will add to the humidity. To prevent this from happening, you should ventilate during the following activities:

  • Cooking hot food (the steam generates humidity)
  • Running a hot shower (steam)
  • Using the bathroom

During these activities, turn on your ventilation fans. If you don’t have fans in these rooms, consider buying dehumidifiers. They’re an affordable option for lowering the humidity in rooms without fans.

If your home has an attic, installing fans up there can significantly reduce the humidity. If you already have attic fans, use them during the hottest times of the day.

Most modern HVAC systems contain humidification systems built into them. You can use them to moderate the humidity levels in your home. Some models even let you know the humidity percentage – which comes in handy for monitoring humidity levels. Running your air conditioner during humid days will also circulate the air and dry it out.  

Let Fresh Air Help You


Unfortunately, our indoor environments are far more polluted than the outdoors. After all, there’s a reason why it’s called ‘fresh’ air. The good news is you can open your windows for some much-needed natural ventilation.

Fresh air is also an excellent way to lower the carbon dioxide levels in your home. If your home has high carbon dioxide levels – you’ll start to notice adverse side effects. In particular, it will decrease the flow of oxygen to your brain.

How long has it been since you’ve opened a window?

If your home has been on lockdown for months – the chances are your carbon dioxide levels are high. You can remedy that by opening a window every day for at least 15 minutes.

Beyond lowering carbon dioxide, fresh air is a great way to prevent mold, too.

Fresh air will dehumidify and dry out damp areas in your home. It will also reduce odors and get rid of stuffiness. If you’re tired of feeling stuffed up – try opening your windows. It may surprise you how good it makes the air feel in your house. 

Remove All Excess Moisture


A great way to stop mold from forming is to regularly dry areas that get wet. It’s common for homeowners to clean surfaces but neglect drying them. Yet, that’s the most crucial step if you want to prevent mold.

That’s why you need to get into the habit of drying certain areas in your home – especially the bathroom.

After you take a shower, a large portion of your bathroom will contain moisture. That includes not only the inside of the shower and tub – but also the sink and cabinets. As soon as you get out of the shower, dry everything with a clean towel. That’s one of the most reliable ways to ensure that mold never gets a chance to form.

Beyond the bathroom, there are other areas that you should dry off, too. It’s common for A/C units to form moisture on the surface.

Whenever you have wet clothes or bath towels out – don’t let them stay out for too long. Either stick them in the dryer or hang them up to dry. If you keep them on surfaces or bundled together – mold and mildew can form relatively quickly.

Leaks are another cause for concern. If you have a leaky sink or pipe – it could spell disaster for your home. All it takes is one moist spot for mold to start forming. If you notice a leak or damp spot on your carpet, you need to clean and dry it within 24 hours. Otherwise, mold/mildew may have already started to form.

Here are a few more tips for removing excess moisture around your home:

  • Clean, dry, and repair all gutters and spout systems. If you have wet gutters, mildew can form quite quickly. Also, check your sprinkler heads and downspout systems.
  • Seal all window and foundation leaks. All it takes is one leaky window for rainwater to get in your home and start forming mold.
  • Install a basement sump pump. A reliable way to keep your basement high and dry is to use a sump pump. It’s a pit that will remove all water that forms in your basement.

As long as you keep your home dry and not too humid – you shouldn’t have trouble with mold and mildew. 

Our Suggested Daily Routine

 

  • If possible, always leave a window open when showering or bathing. This will allow hot damp air to exit your home instead of building up as condensation on the walls of your bathroom.
  • Turn on an exhaust fan prior to showering, and leave it on for at least 15 minutes following your shower. This will suck up some moisture instead of allowing it to fall on the floors or settle on the walls of the bathroom.
  • After showering or bathing, rinse the walls, floors, and other wet surfaces with clean water. Pat all surfaces try with a towel after showering.
  • Use a squeegee to wipe down the shower glass door after showering.
  • Always leave shower doors and bath curtains open after a bath or shower to allow moisture to dissipate.
  • Hang up towels and allow them to air dry. If they are just stuffed into a laundry hamper or left in a heap on the floor, they may not dry properly.

Weekly Routine

 

  • Wash and dry your bath mats on a regular basis.
  • Use special cleaning products specifically designed to remove mold and mildew.

Regular Inspections

 

  • Inspect the caulking around your shower and tub and make sure there are no leaks. If so, it’s important to get them repaired right away before the water has a chance to seep behind the walls.
  • Make sure exhaust fans are vented toward the outside, not just rerouting moist air into your attic.

Your bathroom renovation is a big investment, so you need to treat it right. These preventative measures can help stop mold and mildew in your home, threatening the health of your family.  To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

General Contractors in Ottawa: Why RenosGroup is the Best

Are you thinking of undergoing home renovations?

If so, you need to hire reputable general contractors in Ottawa that places your needs and total satisfaction above all else.

That’s how we feel at RenosGroup, which is why we continue to offer free in-home consultations for every new client.

For us, it’s a matter of common decency.

After all, nobody can possibly give you a realistic estimate without setting eyes on your property first – which is something that a growing number of general contractors in Ottawa will charge you for.

Unlike them, we’ll show up at your home completely free of charge. More importantly, we’ll give you plenty of time to let us know precisely what you want. Leave no stone unturned, as we’re never in a rush when we consult with new clients.  Our team will measure everything, answer your questions, and write a detailed estimate for the project’s total costs.

The best part?

The free in-home consultation is completely obligation-free. If you decide that you don’t need renovations (or would like some time to think about it), that’s no problem for us – and you won’t incur any charges.

Thanks to our expertise and years of experience, we provide flawless:

Whether you want to transform your basement into a studio apartment or lower your bathroom fixtures by a half-inch, we do it all at RenosGroup. Read on to learn more about our home renovation services in Ottawa.

 

Ottawa’s Finest Kitchen Renovations and Products


It’s hard to drum up the desire to cook in a kitchen that isn’t:

  • A) Visually pleasing
  • B) Laid out practically

You need a better layout if you have to do three laps around the kitchen to grab pots, pans, and appliances before you can start cooking.

At RenosGroup, the only limit is your imagination. We can incorporate many clever storage options such as open shelving and kitchen islands. Our team will ensure that you have everything right where you want it, even if we have to restructure your kitchen completely.

For visual appeal, no other general contractor in Ottawa can touch the quality of our kitchen products, custom cabinetry, and quality craftsmanship. We also have an in-house interior designer that you can consult with to completely rethink the way your kitchen looks.

 

Top-Tier Bathroom Renovations

 

Your bathrooms are some of the most used rooms in your home, so it’s crucial not to neglect them.

That’s why we offer the whole gambit when it comes to bathroom renovations, including:

  • Countertops
  • Cabinets
  • New fixtures, sinks, and toilets
  • Custom showers
  • Tile

Our team boasts exceptional knowledge of the bathroom renovation process, which tends to be a delicate one. An easy example, we know never to install drywall behind shower and tub surrounds due to its tendency to absorb moisture and grow mold.

Our trained, licensed, and insured professionals know how to safely renovate your bathroom with zero issues or need for repairs.

 

Polished Basement Renovations and Transformations

 

Are you only using basements to air-dry your laundry? If so, you aren’t making the most of your available square footage.

Your basement is a very much usable room in your home, and you can transform it into whatever you want with our help. We’re the best general contractors in Ottawa at turning dull basements into:

As you can see, your basement is more of a blank slate than it is storage space.

 

Helpful Mobility Renovations in Ottawa

 

Do you live with an older loved one that has trouble getting around? If so, don’t wait to reach out to us to renovate your home to make them more comfortable.

We offer all manner of accessibility renovations, including:

  • Raising and lowering fixtures
  • Adding rails
  • Installing lifts and elevators
  • Making showers and tubs more accessible/easier to get into

Our team will go to rigorous efforts to ensure that your home is adequately mobile-friendly to keep your loved ones comfortable and safe.

Our unwavering commitment to our customers is a big factor that sets us apart from other general contractors in Ottawa.

 

Stunning Home Additions

 

If you don’t feel like moving, but your current Ottawa home isn’t cutting it for you, don’t wait to check out the home additions that we offer.

What would make your home more convenient, appealing, and comfortable?

A spacious sunroom where you can entertain guests, or an addition to your garage to add more storage space?

Or would you prefer to add a bump-out to your kitchen to make it more spacious and beautiful?

No matter what you want to add to your home, our talented team at RenosGroup can knock it out at a fair price for you.

 

What Sets RenosGroup Apart from the Crowd?

 

At RenosGroup, we’re trusted general contractors in Ottawa that are licensed, insured, and experienced.

We have a team of renovation professionals, including plumbers, electricians, and even an interior designer.

Every new client gets an obligation-free in-home consultation, and our showrooms are entirely online (we never try to upsell clients using pricey products in showrooms).

We have a flawless reputation, years of experience, and a large gallery of work showcasing our excellence. So if you need a general contractor in Ottawa, don’t hesitate to fill out our form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

Basement Renovation Costs to Be Sure to Expect

Renovating your basement can be a daunting task, and can come with some unexpected costs. It’s all too common to find that a crack in the wall or foundation may require a costly external sealing project or drain installation, or that the best way to open up that dark space would be to cut a window or patio door into the basement wall.

Thankfully, basement renovations can be one of the more economical ways to add value to your home, and the already-present space provided by your basement can make it a viable option for many renovation designs. In order to avoid the burden of unexpected costs or do-overs in your renovation project, it’s best to be prepared for the different expenses you may face, and what you can do upfront to avoid renovations. Here are a few basement renovation cost factors to consider.

Humidity levels


Before designing the layout of your basement, it’s crucial that the basement be properly sealed to prevent excess moisture from infiltrating through cracks in the walls or foundation. Otherwise, you may end up with a newly renovated basement only to find that it will have to be refinished due to humidity or mold damage. The cost of properly sealing your basement can vary depending on the severity of moisture infiltration, with minor dampness only requiring a coating of sealant on the walls, while more serious moisture issues may require the installation of a drainage system or external sealing. Most sealing projects cost an average of $4,334, with minor leaking issues costing little more than $600 to more serious infiltration problems requiring a drainage system installation costing $10,000 or more. Be sure to consult your contractor to make sure your basement is well-heated and guarded from any excess moisture.

Layout


Once you’ve made sure that your basement is properly ventilated and sealed to prevent moisture damage, you can begin making this space your own. The more elaborate you choose to make your basement, the greater the cost will be, but here are a few options some of our clients have gone with to transform their basement into the living space of their dreams.

  • apartment for a parent or relative
  • homework station for the kids
  • office space for working from home
  • man-cave for watching the big game
  • recreation room for catching up with friends

Many families opt to install a bathroom into their basement, or may have one already and would like to remodel that too. Doing so can be more expensive due to the need for pipes to be run through the home’s foundation, but can still be more economical than adding a bathroom to an upstairs unit, with average basement bathroom renovations ranging from $10,000-$20,000 and main floor  renovations spanning $18,000-$30,000 (bathroom renovation costs). Basic renovation designs for living spaces alone will certainly be less expensive than ornate add-ons like fitness centers or wine cellars, but because of the versatility as a living space that your basement provides, your options for renovation are limited by little more than your imagination and your budget.

Material Selection


Now that you’ve decide what to include in your renovated basement, you’ll now want to get down to the particulars: color scheme, lighting fixtures, hardwood or carpet, etc. Here are three major categories you’ll need to factor in for your budget, and how to to plan for them.

  1. Flooring –  Carpet can be helpful for muffling noise and giving a softer surface if children will be using the space, but is more likely to soak up moisture, which can lead to mold. The resistance of hardwood to moisture infiltration coupled with its more luxurious look typically make it the flooring material of choice, even though it may come with a higher price tag at approximately $10+/sq.ft.

  2. Ceilings and windows – There are 3 primary ceiling styles that most renovators choose: gypsum, suspended, and architectural, with prices averaging $2-$3, $5, and $7+ per square foot, respectively. To increase overhead spaciousness and reduce any claustrophobic feel, consider leaving some piping exposed to make for higher ceiling space. Windows and patio doors are other great options for improving upon natural lighting in a basement structure, but cutting into basement walls to add them can cost upwards of $2,000 – and of course, it would need to be accessible as an emergency exit.

  3. Paint – Sealants and paint coatings are frequently priced according to the size of the basement. While  square footage and the quantity of paint used are usually the determining parameters for the cost of a paint job, we’ve found that the average cost ranges from about $1,000-$1,600

With so many different parameters to consider, basement renovation costs can vary greatly. Overall, we’ve found that most homeowners spend an average of $25,000-$65,000 on their basement makeovers, or $40-$75/sq.ft. More creative renovation projects such as wine cellars or walk-out basements may cost substantially more, but the versatility and availability of your basement makes it a blank canvas to turn your home into the living space of your dreams. Just account for the preliminary steps of sealing it properly, make use of  inspirational basement galleries to get a vision for the kind of layout you want, and choose your renovation materials, and you’ll have a clear picture of what it will take to make your basement renovation a reality!  To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

Considering Turning Your Basement Into a Rental Unit?

If you’re looking for a way to make additional income, why not consider turning your basement into a rental unit? With enough square footage and a few basement renovations, you could get back your initial investment and continue to have extra money to use as you need it. Even if you decide that the rental option isn’t the right fit for you down the road, you can still use it to house an aging parent, your eldest child or even use it as your home office. Before jumping into this project, here are some key factors to think about first.

Make Sure It’s Up to Code


Make sure you take some time to research restrictions and bylaws to see what is legally required and allowed for renting out a basement unit. Different regions can impose different zoning laws and regulations. You’ll need to abide by these, as well as fire escape plans and other safety requirements. Knowing about these prior to beginning can save you a lot of time, money and aggravation in the future.

Consider the Cost Versus Your Budget


Any home renovation in Ottawa can quickly add up if you’re not careful. To avoid overspending beyond your means, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what your basement will need, how much the project will cost and what your budget is. The cost for remodelling the basement can vary quite a bit. This will largely depend on the current condition of your basement and whether it will need a bathroom, kitchen and other essentials installed.

Keep in mind that the average ROI for a finished basement is approximately 70%. So if you ever plan on selling your home in the future, you will be able to recoup a significant amount of that investment in your property value.

Talk to a Contractor


Once you have an idea of what you’ll need and how much you can spend, it’s time to consult with a contractor. They will be able to guide you through the planning phase, all the way to completing the project. During your consultation, they will help to outline the crucial components, such as the exterior entrance, creating a functional layout, installing independent heating and cooling if necessary, plumbing and electrical systems, and adding proper insulation, waterproofing and more. This will give you a better scope of the renovation before diving into it. 

Perform Due Diligence Before Hiring 


Taking on a
basement renovation in Ottawa is a hefty job, and it’s one that you want to ensure is done right. That’s why we recommend doing your due diligence before choosing who to hire. Look for a contractor with ample experience, excellent reviews and a solid reputation for delivering quality work on a timeframe that was agreed upon. A well-established and reputable contractor will be able to thoroughly listen to your needs, offer sound advice and work within the quoted timeline and budget that was agreed upon.

Plan Out the Timeframe


Basement renovations can also vary in their timeframe. This will of course, largely weigh on how much work the unit will need to get it ready and up to code. Make sure you discuss the timeframe with your contractor so you can prepare and make any necessary arrangements so that renovation doesn’t interfere with your regular schedule. In general, you should expect a basement reno to take at least ten days if it’s mostly finished and requires minor remodelling. However, if a separate entrance needs to be installed, along with plumbing and insulation, you could be looking at five to six weeks. 

 

Compare to Other Rental Units in Your Area


It can be helpful to search for other rental units in your area to see what they look like, what they are offering or include, and how much they are charging. You can also get some inspiration for your design and layout, learn how to be strategic with limited space or gain some insight into what’s available and what you will be competing with when looking for tenants.

 

Give Us a Call!


If you want to transform your basement in Ottawa into a rental unit, contact our team at the Renosgroup.ca. We have been helping homeowners across the city with renovations for every area of the home, including the basement. We take pride in delivering high-quality work and professional, transparent advice. We will always be upfront and honest to help our customers make informed and confident decisions for any home renovation in Ottawa. 

If you have questions, concerns or need any advice on your basement project, feel free to contact us! Our team is happy to help.

Home Addition Costs in Ottawa

Do you want to add square footage to your garage, or finish your basement but aren’t sure about the price? Then you’re in the perfect place. At RenosGroup, we pride ourselves on educating our customers. That’s why we’re completely transparent about our rates. We’re also upfront about what you should expect to pay for home renovations in Ottawa.

It’s our goal to educate you so that you don’t get ripped off by shady contractors.

There are many handymen and contractors out there that claim to charge next to nothing. Yet, they often cheat their customers through hidden charges and poor labor. That’s why we’ve created a practical pricing guide for our top-notch renovations.

Basic Room Addition Costs


Are you an Ottawa homeowner in need of some extra space? Maybe you just had a child and need another bedroom. Packing up and moving to a new home is expensive and cumbersome. Not only that but buying a new home just for an extra room is a huge step.

That’s why you need a home addition from RenosGroup instead. We can provide you with an essential room addition to give you that much-needed space.

That way, you won’t have to move or uproot your life just for the sake of an extra room.

So what can you expect to pay for a basic room addition? Here’s a breakdown:

  • $57,000 – $125,000 + HST for the addition of a 15′ x 15′ 225 SF bedroom, up to a 20′ x 25′ 750 SF
  • $275-$300 per square foot
  • Price is for a single room addition only
  • Minimal electrical and structural work included
  • No plumbing included in the price

With our help, you can add an extra room for the new baby without having to move. Beyond that, our room additions are perfect for adding a man cave, extra storage space, and more. If you wish that your Ottawa home had more space, then an essential room addition from us will make that wish come true.

Garage Addition Costs


Is the only thing holding you back from buying a new car a lack of garage space? Then you need to give us a call to add extra square footage to your garage or carport. A more oversized garage will also add to the resell value of your Ottawa home. A garage addition is a fantastic idea if you’re trying to think of upgrades to sell your home for more.

Home Addition Ottawa - Kevin Street

Home Addition Ottawa – Kevin Street

 If you’re running out of space for everything, adding to your garage can solve your storage woes.

 If you’re curious about getting a garage addition in Ottawa, here’s an overview of the pricing:

  • $45,000 – $114,000 + HST for a 12′ x 20′ 240 SF garage, up to a 24′ x 25′ 600 SF two-car garage
  • $190-$200 per square foot
  • Enough room to park another vehicle

There’s a lot that you can do with a garage addition. If you aren’t concerned with parking your vehicle or storage, why not make it a weight room, man cave, or bar? Let us know what you have in mind during our free in-home consultation, and our team will make it happen.

Finished Basement Costs


If you have an unfinished basement in Ottawa, it’s time to change that. Keeping your basement incomplete is effectively wasting an entire room of your home. Sadly, basements are often the most underutilized room in many homes. We specialize in finishing basements at RenosGroup, so don’t wait to give us a call if you want to spruce things up. Beyond finishing your basement, we can also help you renovate and repurpose it.

There are lots of benefits involved with finishing your basement. These include:

  • Increased energy efficiency. If your basement isn’t finished, then it’s not insulated. As a result, cold and hot air escapes, making it harder to maintain the temperature in your home. Finishing the basement will insulate it, saving you money on your energy bill.

  • Increased value to your home. Finishing your basement can provide a 70% ROI due to the value it adds to your home. If you plan on selling your home in Ottawa, you owe it to yourself to hire us to finish the basement. A finished basement is often high on homebuyers’ wishlists. That can not only help your home sell for more but also faster.

  • Added versatility. You can use it as a bonus room when you stop neglecting your basement. We encourage homeowners to turn their basement into a room they wish they had. For example, do you want a home gym or hobby room? Then your basement is a perfect fit, but you need to finish it first!

Here’s an overview of what you can expect to pay for a finished basement:

  • $30,000 – $80,000 + HST for a basement 700-1,000 SF in length
  • $45-$85 per square foot
  • Lower square footage price includes basic finishes
  • Higher square footage price includes higher-end finishes & full bathroom

Kitchen/Bathroom & Multi-Room Addition Costs


For homeowners wanting larger kitchens or bathrooms, we don’t disappoint at RenosGroup. We can add to your current kitchens and bathrooms or build new ones from scratch. Also, if you need to add multiple bedrooms to your Ottawa home, you can count on us. We do closets, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and more.

With our skilled team on your side, you’ll never have to settle for a subpar kitchen or bathroom.

 Do you wish you had an island or an extra area for a pizza oven? Would you love to add a bathroom to the first floor for your guests? It would be best if you reached out to us for a free in-home consultation today.

Here are the prices we charge for kitchens, bathrooms, and multiple room additions:

  • $62,000 – $207,000 + HST for a 15′ x 15′ 225 SF kitchen, to a 25′ x 30′ 750 SF room addition
  • $275 – $300 per square foot
  • Multiple rooms are available
  • Techno posts/Concrete Piers
  • Moderate to high-end finishes
  • Bathrooms, tile, hardwood, closets, and more

Crawl Space/Stem Wall Foundation Costs


Do you want to add to your crawl spaces or stem wall foundation? That’s no problem for us, and both are well within our areas of expertise. Here’s what you can expect to pay:

  • $10,000 – $25,000 HST
  • $25 – $40 per SF of wall space

Full-Height Basement Foundation Costs


Please don’t wait to get in touch if you need a complete basement foundation for your home. That means that the basement will match the perimeter of your home. Full height refers to a ceiling height of 7-feet or above. That will grant you a high enough basement to repurpose into anything. From there, we can finish it and turn it into a spare bedroom, home gym, or anything else you desire.

Here’s a breakdown of what we charge:

  • $25,000 – $60,000 HST
  • $25 – $50 per SF of wall space

Final Takeaways


As you can see, we’re very upfront about our home addition costs. Not only are our prices fair, but our expertise is second to none. If you want a home addition with remarkable craftsmanship, please don’t wait to reach out for a free in-home consultation. To do so, give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

Home Renovation Costs in Ottawa

If you’ve decided to renovate your home, you have a huge decision to make. It would be best to find skilled contractors that you can trust with your most precious asset, your home. This can certainly affect your home renovation costs

If you select poorly, you risk incurring severe damages to your house. These include:

  • Major leaks
  • Unsafe electrical work
  • Damage to your foundation
  • Poor craftsmanship

These are just a few of the things that can go wrong with an inexperienced crew. That’s why you must seek out the best of the best, like us here at RenosGroup. We’re contractors that you can always rely on in Ottawa, and we’ve got the track record to prove it.

So if you want to know what you can expect to pay for a professional renovation, you’re in the right spot.

For quick reference, here’s a table breaking down home renovation costs in Ottawa:

That will give you the gist of what we charge on average. Read on for more detail on what we charge, why, and a complete list of our services.

 

Contractors in Ottawa: You Get What You Pay For


Sure, there are a lot of cheap contractors in the city. Yet, they end up not being worth it for many reasons. For example, here’s a common scenario we encounter all the time.

A client calls us in a panic because their newly renovated kitchen is a total mess.

The countertops look awful, the tile is wrong, and the kitchen sink sprung a massive leak.

Why is it in such disarray? It’s because they went with a cheap contracting service that promised them the world. They claimed they could beautifully renovate their kitchen for next to nothing.

Here’s a quick rule of thumb for contractors and pricing; if it sounds too good to be true, it always is.

The next thing our client knew, their kitchen became the site of a disaster. Not only that but they got hit with hidden fees and clauses. That’s another common trick of untrustworthy contractors.

At the end of the day, they wound up spending thousands more than they would if they had gone with us in the first place. They still had to pay the cheap contractors, plus the hidden fees, plus paying us to fix their mistakes.

Trust us; save yourself the hassle and call us at RenosGroup. We charge our prices for a reason because they allow us to ensure premium quality work every time.

 

What to Consider When Researching Contractors


We like to educate our clients at RenosGroup. Here are our top factors to consider when looking for a contractor in Ottawa or elsewhere:

  • You get what you pay for in the end. Remember, any contracting service can claim meager prices. The proof is always in the pudding, so be sure to check out reviews before hiring them. Pay close attention to what reviewers have to say about the price quoted versus the price charged. Nine times out of 10, they’re in completely different ballparks.

     

  • Price isn’t everything. Let’s say that you can hire contractors for dirt cheap rates. Well, dirt cheap rates equal dirt cheap quality. You’ll long forget about how much money you saved when you have to come home to face your dreadful renovations each day. Save yourself the heartache and hire professionals from the get-go!

     

  • Quality above all else. What matters more than anything is that you receive quality work. When researching contractors, check out user reviews. Please pay close attention to what reviewers say about their craftsmanship. Also, were they professional with the client? Was there a supervisor present at all times to ensure quality?

     

  • Licensing, insurance, and a legitimate firm that pays taxes. This factor is a huge one. If you choose to do your renovations yourself or hire a crew with no insurance, you could end up on the hook for expensive repairs. If they should make a mistake or do damage to your foundation, it’s up to you to fix it. You also need to hire a legitimate tax-paying company to avoid legal issues. At RenosGroup, we’re licensed, insured, and we always pay our taxes. You’ll be in great hands when you choose us for renovations in Ottawa.

     

  • Contracts that feature plain English. Shady contractors love to pull tricks with the wording in their contracts, so beware. If the contract seems a little too vague or ambiguous, it’s likely on purpose. That’s so they can sneak in hidden fees and clauses to get more of your money. As a rule of thumb, never sign a contract that you can’t understand. At RenosGroup, all our contracts feature plain English. We spell everything out in as precise terminology as possible.

     

  • Their level of experience/whether they use subcontractors. When looking for a contracting service, try to find one that doesn’t sub out anything. Of course, we never feature any subcontractors at RenosGroup. That’s because we have a diverse team of experts with varying specialties. If a contractor has to use subcontractors, it’s a tell-tale sign they lack experience. They also give up their quality control whenever they sub out specific jobs. So if you want a fantastic job done no matter what, use us at RenosGroup. Every job that we perform gets done by one of our internal professionals.

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when selecting general contractors in Ottawa.

To save yourself some time and hassle, you can use us at RenosGroup. We have all the factors that you see listed above, plus many more. When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, we provide the most robust craftsmanship and quality work. 

We’ll never cut corners or use subpar materials to save a buck. Instead, all our time, energy, and effort go toward making your dream home a reality.

We’re committed to providing you with superb renovations and home additions at reasonable prices. So if you need the best general contractors Ottawa has available, we won’t let you down at RenosGroup.

Home Renovation Costs in Ottawa Infographic

Our Price Ranges / Home Renovation Costs


Here are our price ranges for the most common renovation services we offer. Bear in mind; these are by no means final prices. Lots of aspects vary from job to job, and they each affect the price.

For the most accurate pricing information, reach out to us for a detailed quote.

We’ll provide one for you during your free in-home consultation with us.

The following estimates are average basic costs only. For the calculations, we used mid-level products. These include supplies, labor, debris disposal, and project management. Also, all per square foot pricing can’t apply to smaller projects as minimums apply.

 

Home Renovation Costs

Bathroom Renovation Costs


Soaker Tub, Tile Shower Walls, Faucet, and Shower Curtain Rod: $8,500+ HST and up

Here, we’ll replace your existing bathtub with an acrylic soaker tub. From there, we’ll replace your shower walls with new tiling. We’ll replace the tub and shower faucet and install a new shower curtain rod. Of course, we’ll diligently clean up our job site each day with a disposal trip at the end. We’ll transport any garbage to the waste facilities on the outskirts of town. The price includes all parts, products, labor, debris disposal, and project management.

 

Shower Conversion: $10,000+ HST and up


Do you no longer bathe in your bathtub? Has it become increasingly difficult to get over the edge of your tub? Then a shower conversion would be perfect for you. We’ll replace your bathtub with a shower in the same footprint. You’ll get an acrylic shower base, shower faucet, and custom shower walls and doors. Price includes all parts, labor, and more. We’ll perform daily cleanups and disposal trips.

 

Bathroom Upgrade: $18,000 – $22,000+ HST and up


If it’s time for a complete overhaul, you should upgrade your bathroom. We’ll remove and replace the contents of an average-sized, four-piece bathroom. That includes the tub, shower, faucet, tile, toilet, and more. We’ll install brand-new flooring, medicine cabinets, and lighting fixtures. A bathroom upgrade includes a fresh coat of paint and new tile. We’ll ensure that everything new connects to your existing plumbing hookups to avoid any hassle.

 

Minor Bathroom Renovation: $22,000 – $25,000+ HST and up


Here, we’ll gut out your entire four-piece bathroom. We’ll replace absolutely everything, including the shower, walls, toilet, sink, cabinets, and more. You’ll get the chance to select from premium new products for your redesigned bathroom.

 

Major Bathroom Renovation (Higher end or En-suite) $25,000 – $35,000+ HST and up


You get everything that you see in the bathroom renovation listed above. Yet, everything comes with more excellent finishes and higher-end tile, appliances, and fixtures. We also provide a custom-built shower area, custom-glass shower enclosure, and tile flooring. Not only that, but we’ll provide you with brand-new plumbing and electrical. So if you’re looking to pull out all the stops for your bathroom renovation in Ottawa, this is the way to do it.

 

Kitchen Renovation Costs


Kitchen Upgrade: $25,000 – $30,000+ HST and up

 

If your kitchen is essentially the way you want it, save for a few enhancements, an upgrade is ideal. That way, you can only replace your cabinets, countertops, sink, backsplash, and flooring. You can also add a fresh coat of paint to your walls and ceiling. For a kitchen upgrade, we tend to keep everything in the same location for your convenience.

 

Minor Kitchen Renovation: $30,000 – $35,000+ HST and up


If you need a bit more than simple upgrades, minor renovations are wise. We can give you a new layout design, updated electrical wiring, new lighting fixtures, and more. Also, we’ll provide semi-custom cabinets for you. Need a new backsplash? That’s no problem for us. We’ll re-tile it for you as part of the package. If you’re sick of your kitchen floor, why not replace it? We have a myriad of fantastic kitchen flooring options, so don’t be shy. You can do a lot to transform the look and feel of your kitchen with some minor renovations from RenosGroup.

 

Major Kitchen Renovations: $35,000 – $65,000+ HST and up


If your kitchen is in dire need of change, then it’s time to gut it out. We’ll tear everything down so that we can start from scratch. During your free in-home consultation, you can speak with our in-house interior designer. They’ll help you come up with a brand-new layout for your kitchen. By the time that we’re done, it’ll look like a brand-new kitchen. We’ll provide electrical, plumbing, new fixtures, appliances, countertops, cabinets, and more. The sky is the limit for what you can do with your kitchen when our team is by your side.

 

Laminate Countertop – Supply and Install: $1,800+ HST and up

Labor/installation: $600 + $1,200 product


Average size kitchen countertops are 40 square feet. We tend to charge $30 per square foot and up. With our laminate countertops, you can give your kitchen an inexpensive fresh new look. There are lots of options for color and texture.

 

Quartz Countertops – Supplied and Installed by Stone Company: $3,200+ HST and up

Granite Countertops – Supplied and Installed by Stone Company: $2,400+ HST and up


For quartz, approximate charge $80 – $100 per square foot. For granite, approximate charge $60 – $80 per square foot.

Solid stone countertops are a great way to boost your resell value. They also look fantastic and add elegance and sophistication to your kitchen. They’re beautiful, durable, and practical.

Home Renovation Costs

Adding Finished Spaces Costs


Finished Basements: $30,000 – $80,000+ HST and up


We based this figure on a basement that’s around 700 – 1,000 square feet. We charge approximately $45 – $85 per square foot to finish a basement. The lower square foot pricing includes basic finishings. In turn, the higher square foot pricing includes higher-end finishes and a full bathroom. Finishing your basement is a great way to save money on your utility bill. With our team at RenosGroup, we can repurpose your basement into just about anything.

 

Garage Addition: $45,000 – $114,000+ HST

Ex: 12′ x 20′ 240 SF garage, up to a 24′ x 25′ 600 SF two-car garage


We charge $190 – $200 per square foot on average for garage additions. Let us help you add more space so that you can park another vehicle or add more storage.

 

Basic Room Addition: $57,000 – $125,000+ HST

Ex: 15′ x 15′ 225 SF bedroom, up to a 20′ x 25′ 500 SF room addition.


We charge $270 – $275 per square foot on average. The price is for a single room addition with minimal structural and electrical work. No plumbing is included with this price.

 

Kitchen/Bathroom or Multi-Room Addition: $62,000 – $207,000+ HST

Ex: 15′ x 15′ 225 SF kitchen, up to 25′ x 30′ 750 SF


We charge $275 – $300 per square foot on average for these additions. We can do multiple rooms, techno posts with moderate to very nice finishes. We do bathrooms, closets, tile, hardwood, and more.

 

Crawl Space/Stem Wall Foundation: $10,000 – $25,000 HST

Full-Height Basement Foundation: $25,000 – $60,000 HST

Average cost: $25 – $40 per square foot of wall space

 

Closing Thoughts


There you have a full price breakdown of our services at RenosGroup. We charge fair and reasonable rates, especially considering the quality of work that we do. If you have any further questions about home renovation costs, please don’t wait to get in
touch for a free in-home consultation, you can call us at (613) 727-9427.

Poorly Planned Bathroom Renovations

Every Year Thousands of Home Owners are Financially Devastated by Poorly Planned Bathroom Renovations.


If you’re planning on renovating your entire bathroom you may be tempted to hire an independent contractor or a jack-of-all-trades to keep your costs down. Unfortunately, these individuals are often mediocre at many things and experts at nothing. Remember…
just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean it’s a deal!

Hiring a professional bathroom contractor is your best bet at keeping your costs down and protecting your home. A professional bathroom renovation company can provide every service you need and will always be prepared for potential obstacles that may arise, like discovering a rotten floor or mold hidden behind a wall when replacing your tub.

RenosGroup.ca specializes in all aspects of complete bathroom renovations with a team of professionals for every job from designers to carpenters to plumbers.

Many companies who do offer complete renovation services don’t offer low-cost options due to the high overhead tied up in their expensive showrooms. The massive cost difference between the expensive showroom companies and the jack-of-all-tradesmen creates confusion and frustration for homeowners. Poorly Planned Bathroom Renovations

RenosGroup.ca has stepped into the gap as one of the only mid-priced full-service bathroom renovators in Ottawa. Our free in-home consultations will give you a more reliable cost estimate because it helps us to correctly prepare for your specific project. Once we’ve measured and poked around in the renovation space we’ll be able to better implement the designer’s plan and anticipate where problems may arise. Our advance preparation strategy is what allows us to work cleaner, faster, smarter and more efficiently than other renovation specialists.

Making us even more tempting is our online showroom.  Though we don’t sell any products these pages can help with your product selections while your in your own home. We even have our own interior designer to help you match colours and fixtures bringing out the warmth and comfort you want your home to exude.  Design work does come with extra fees, but well worth it when it comes to the final look of the finished product

If you or a member of your household has mobility limitations you may need to have specific renovations done to your bathroom and home. It is imperative you have a professional make these renovations for you to ensure the proper weight specifications are accounted for and future mobility issues are taken into consideration. An independent bathroom contractor will not plan for further mobility limiting problems you or your loved ones may encounter.

Our team of bathroom renovators are experts in installing mobility limitation products for any age group, and almost every conceivable disability. Your free in-home consultation is designed to give us the information we need to install the correct products, in the appropriate location within your home. We’ll also take into consideration future limitation problems you may encounter so you won’t have to go through another expensive renovation down the road.  To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

* This was our original main page page for bathroom renovations

Where to Stay During a Home Renovation in Ottawa

Are you about to undergo a major home renovation in Ottawa with us at RenosGroup? If so, you may want to find somewhere to stay during the construction temporarily.

Why’s that? Because significant renovations involve lots of noise and distractions.

For example, if we’re adding on to your home, you will hear lots of sawing, hammering, and drilling during the day. Of course, you can choose to stay at home during the renovation process. We’ll do our very best to keep the noise to a minimum, but sometimes that’s unavoidable.

That’s why we’re here to provide you with some suggestions for temporary lodgings.

It’s our goal to provide you with a seamless experience that doesn’t disrupt your routine. These lodging options will help you maintain peace and quiet while we’re hard at work on your dream home. So if you’re getting ready to hire us for a home renovation in Ottawa, stay tuned to learn where to stay while we work.

Options for Temporary Housing During Renovations

If you don’t feel like living in a noisy construction zone, then you need to find temporary housing. Finding comfy yet affordable lodging can help you stay sane during the day while we work.

At RenosGroup, we offer the best services for home renovation Ottawa has available.

Yet, it’s inevitable that renovations take time, especially ones involving construction. Let’s say that you want to add a bathroom to your basement to turn it into a guest suite. It’s a fantastic idea that will add lots of value to your basement.

In order to get the job done, we’ll need to break down walls, saw, drill, hammer, and more. So if you don’t feel like turning the TV up to max to compete with the noise, here are some housing options.

Short-Term Rental Apartments

Is your home renovation in Ottawa going to take longer than a month? If so, then a short-term rental apartment can be your best bet. You can secure a lease for a few weeks or a few months, depending on your needs. Also, lots of short-term rental apartments come fully furnished.

That can be a big time saver if you don’t feel like decorating a new place during renovations.

After all, it’s only temporary housing, so having existing furniture is a huge plus.

Another perk is that the apartment community will have lots of amenities. You’ll be able to get all your laundry done, as well as work out at the gym, walk your dog at the park, and more. An excellent short-term rental apartment can be a nice change of scenery and even feel like a vacation. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself while we knock out your home renovation in Ottawa. We recommend using Rental.ca to find short-term lease apartments in Ottawa.

Kitchen Renovation Ottawa - Lorraine Ave

Staying with Friends and Family

If you can’t afford to spend any more money on temporary housing, it’s time to call up your folks. As long as you know someone that has a spare room or couch, you should be golden. You can ask your family, friends, neighbors, and more.

Friends and family come in handy when renovations present unexpected turns.

Let’s say that you didn’t plan on staying outside of your home during renovations. That was until you realized that you and your family couldn’t handle the noise. Another scenario could be that we discover a gas leak or termite infestation, making your home unsafe to stay. That’s when you give your friends and family a call for an emergency place to stay during the renovations. If you don’t feel like putting anyone out or prefer to have your own space, you can use one of our other options.

Try an RV or Mobile Home

Is your home renovation in Ottawa going to render your home uninhabitable? Then why not make a fun camping trip out of it? You can rent a small RV to park in your backyard or across your streets. If you have water and electricity hookups from your house, then that’s even better. That way, you can hook up your plumbing and electricity in the RV.

Your kids will love being able to play outside and then sleep inside of the RV.

What would have been a terrible inconvenience turns into a fun adventure for the whole family. Bear in mind; you’ll need to make sure that your property allows for RVs. If not, then you can still use an RV, but you’ll need to park it elsewhere.

The same is true for mobile homes. If you’re going to be out of your house for an extended period, renting a mobile home can be wise. Not only are they affordable to rent, but they grant you the freedom of mobility.

During your home renovation in Ottawa, you can cruise around the city or even take an extended road trip with your friends and family. Once the upgrades are done, you can drive it back to enjoy your dream home.

Find a Vacation Rental

Here’s another fun option you can use to entertain your family during renovations. If you want to create a fun vacation-like atmosphere, you can turn to sites like Airbnb and VRBO. These sites make it effortless to find temporary housing, even with very short notice. So if you find yourself without a place to stay, you can rely on Airbnb in a pinch.

Most of these rentals will come fully furnished, which is very convenient. After all, you don’t want to pack up your entire home and take it with you on the road. Instead, the vacation rental will have everything that you need for your trip. You’ll have:

  • Kitchenware
  • Linens
  • Sofas
  • Chairs
  • TVs
  • Beds
  • Nightstands
  • Dressers
  • More

Staying in a vacation rental can be an exciting experience. If you’re going to undergo a home renovation in Ottawa, take a look at some Airbnb’s first. That way, you can determine a fun place to take your family during the renovation work.

Another plus is that a lot of vacation rentals have private owners. That means that you could possibly negotiate a long-term rate instead of the standard one. Doing so can save you quite a bit of money, so it’s definitely worth a shot.

Extended-Stay Hotels

Would you prefer to stay at a hotel during your home renovation in Ottawa? If so, then you should know most extended-stay hotels are set up for 30 days max. So if your renovations will take around a month, an extended stay at a hotel is a viable option.

Why consider staying at a hotel? The main reasons are convenience and luxury.

While at a hotel, you won’t have to worry about doing your laundry or making your beds. Housekeeping will come by every day to give your room a turnover to keep it nice and tidy.

If you get hungry, you can always dial up room service for a tasty meal delivered straight to you.

Also, most suites set up for extended stays come fully furnished with amenities. You’ll have a complete kitchen with a full-size fridge, stovetop, and more. Hotels also have internet access, so you can continue to keep up with your work emails. Complimentary continental breakfasts and never-ending coffee are two other perks.

Do you have kids? Then they’ll enjoy playing in the swimming pool and renting movies in the room. Hotels are always close to restaurants and shopping districts too.

You’ll have everything that you need to stay comfortable during your home renovation in Ottawa.

Of course, an extended stay at a hotel is a very pricey option. If money is no concern, then it’s definitely the most convenient option. Yet, if you have a tighter budget, you’ll have better luck with asking friends or renting an RV.

Corporate Housing

If you want all the comforts of home during renovations, then it’s time to try corporate housing. What’s that? They’re furnished apartments, executive rentals, suites, and more. They’re full-service housing solutions that are totally set up for you upon arrival.

Corporate housing suites are widely known to be high-end. As a result, you’ll enjoy cutting-edge appliances and scenic views.

Most corporate housing is in large condominium complexes. Yet, there are also single-family homes available. You should shop around online to find the right type of corporate housing for your needs.

How can you find corporate housing in Ottawa? There are several ways to do so. Here’s how:

  • Use the national directory from the National Corporate Housing
  • Search online for a real estate broker in Ottawa specializing in corporate housing
  • Find a local corporate housing company in Ottawa

If your renovations and home additions will last longer than a month, then corporate housing is for you. Extended-stay hotels usually only allow stays for up to 30 days. Corporate housing, on the other hand, is set up for stays of two to three months. So if you’ll be without your home for quite a while, it’s time to hit up the corporate housing space.

You’ll enjoy amenities here that you won’t find at extended-stay hotels. These include:

  • In-unit laundry instead of sharing machines
  • Separate rooms
  • Quiet residential surroundings for peaceful sleep

Temporary Rental Homes

Let’s say that you have a large family of seven that won’t fit into an apartment, condo, or hotel. If that sounds like you, then you should look into a temporary rental home. A full-size house will provide you with the space that you need for your family during your home renovation in Ottawa.

Once again, you can look to Airbnb to find a rental home in Ottawa near you. VRBO and CHBO are other options that you can use to find rental homes. These websites also allow you to filter your results so that you can find larger homes.

So if you want to accommodate your large family during a lengthy renovation, a rental home is where it’s at for you.

Your children will have their own bedrooms, and you’ll have enough space for yourself. You can even filter your searches on sites like Airbnb to find pet-friendly homes as well. That way, you can bring Fluffy or Fido along for the journey without having to pay for boarding.

Comparing Temporary Housing Costs

All right, so now that you know about all the temporary housing options let’s rank them based on price. We’ll classify these from the least expensive options to the most expensive options for your convenience.

  • Least expensive: Staying with friends and family. Obviously, the most affordable option is to stay with a family member or friend for free.
  • Inexpensive: Renting a temporary home or apartment. Renting involves paying a negotiated fixed rate each month. It can be the most cost-effective option for extended stays during renovations.
  • Moderately Expensive: Renting RV’s/Corporate housing. On average, you can rent an RV for about $150 a day. That’s about the same rate for corporate housing, too.
  • Expensive: Extended-stay hotels. Staying at a hotel will end up costing you the most. Yet, hotels tend to offer the most luxurious amenities and conveniences. It’s a give-and-take situation that can be worth it if you have the budget for it.

Closing Thoughts and Why to Choose Us for Home Renovations in Ottawa

There you have our top picks for where to stay during your home renovation in Ottawa. If you’re considering renovating your home, then your best bet is to reach out to us at RenosGroup. Why’s that? Because we offer:

  • Free in-home consultations
  • A team of in-house experts
  • Fair and honest rates/contracts
  • No hidden fees or charges
  • Flawless online testimonials and ratings
  • Clear and honest communication with clients at all times
  • We make sure that we deliver on YOUR unique vision for your renovations

We’re committed to delivering the absolute best home renovations Ottawa has to offer. We won’t stop until we achieve your total satisfaction with our work. No other contractor can compete with our free consultations, expertise, and remarkable craftsmanship. Please don’t wait to get in touch with us at RenosGroup to get started today. To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

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