Small

Small Bathroom Renovations in Halifax | Planning and Cost

Small bathrooms tend to lack in functionality and spa-like feeling, creating a chaotic room unable to accommodate the needs of a household.

If you are planning a small bathroom renovation here are a few topics you need to consider:

    1. Who is your renovator going to be? How to find a good renovator: Finding a professional renovator can be overwhelming. When researching renovators, look for the following:
      1. Their official website
      2. Testimonials
      3. Are they a member of your local building association (CHBA-NS)
      4. Look for them on social media sites
      5. Do they have insurance, WCB and are they Safety Certified (these are very important factors when hiring a renovator. If your renovator does not have these credentials it means you will be responsible for anyone injured on your property or damages.
    2. Planning a small bathroom renovation: Time to design using every inch of space. Your professional renovator can help you with designing your new space, taking in consideration:
      1. Budget
      2. Determining shower or tub configuration (will you be having a custom shower built or using a freestanding tub or an insert)
      3. Bathroom layout
      4. Materials to be used (for example: will you use a floating vanity or will you want a his and hers vanity)
    3. Cost associated with a small bathroom renovation: Cost of a small bathroom renovation can vary based on what your vision is, ranging from 5k to 20k. Some features that can increase the price of your bathroom renovation are:
      1. In floor heating with digital thermostat under tile floor for constant heating throughout
      2. Custom Showers, tiled with niches and benches
      3. Your choice in faucets. Some people love multipal shower heads, including rain heads and wall jets
      4. A waterproofing system (This is a must in any bathroom renovation that includes the shower area. Your contractor should use a waterproofing system that holds a good warranty. For example: Schluter Systems)
    4. Ideas to improve small bathroom space: From paint color to vanity, lighting and windows, these materials can make a difference in creating an open look for your small space.
      1. Skylights can provide natural lighting, allowing the room to be bright.
      2. Wall mounted toilets provide a sleek look giving you space off the floor
      3. Lighting-task & ambient lighting can provide the feeling of a larger room
      4. Tile flooring-new fresh 12×24 tile gives a bathroom a feeling of fresh, clean and large. If you are doing a custom tiled shower, you can tile down the shower walls and flow it onto the floor with no transitions.
      5. Pocket Doors are great when tight on space, utilizing the wall instead of the bathroom space.
      6. Large framless mirrors always give an illusion of a spacious space.

    Small bathrooms can be a spacious space using new trends and styles.

  1. Have a peek at bathroom renovations done by the All-Craft team, taking a bathroom vision and making it a reality!

    Small

    Small

Composite

Composite Decking, Pros & Cons|All-Craft

“Composite or Natural Wood”, this is the popular question asked when designing a deck.

Composite material has quickly become the 1st choice in decking material for people investing in their outdoor living space. Like any type of material in renovations, materials come in low, mid and high quality and pricing. Composite has a grand price tag attached to its durability and beauty compared to natural wood. This can make homeowners shy away from the upfront investment of building with it.

Over time, a composite deck can actually cost less than a deck built with natural wood because of the minimal upkeep and durability of the material.

Most people when they go with composite, the deciding factor is the low maintenance and longevity of the decking, maintaining its original beauty and rich color.

Composite

This type of decking can chalifax screen porch design and additionsombine recycled plastic, wood chips and sawdust making it environmentally friendly and durable. Some of the most popular manufactures of composite decking material are AZEK, TimberTech and Trex. Each have a vast array of colors and wood-look to their material.

So let’s have a look at the Pros and Cons of composite before you make your final decision on your decking material.

Pros

  • Low Maintenance
  • Longevity
  • Variety of Colors
  • Durable
  • Won’t Rot or Splinter
  • Easy To Clean

Cons

  • Certain Composite Products Can Look Fake and Cheap
  • Can Be Hot
  • Can Be Slippery

When designing your deck, your professional deck builder should be able to help you decide on material based on your budget and what you are looking to achieve for a look. Natural wood always looks fresh when new and has less of an upfront cost.  Composite is a luxury decking material that looks elegant year after year but your price-tag is much higher on your deck initially.

A deck is an outdoor living room, providing you a place to enjoy time outside with your family and friends.  When you contact your professional deck builder let them know your vision and your budget. Everyone deserves to walk out on their deck and take a deep breath, whether it is on natural wood or composite.

Bathroom Remodel

Composite

Renovate

Renovate With A Contract | Get It In Writing

Renovate with ease with a contract, Get It In Writing!

When making that investment in your home to renovate you need to protect yourself by getting your renovator to put it in writing!

Many individuals end up being a ‘reno-victim’ because they hire a ‘cash-only’ contractor.  These type of contractors keep it cheap for the homeowner. But without a contract homeowners find themselves paying greatly for the mistake of hiring this type of renovator, commonly known as an “underground” contractor.

Hiring a renovator that is a member of your local Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA-NS) can help alleviate some of the pressure you feel when choosing a Professional Renovator.

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) launched the campaign “Get It In Writing” to help inform homeowners of how to avoid risks when hiring a renovator.

Renovate

You should never take chances when hiring a renovator, always get it in writing. Your contract should have 5 main components.

Description of the projectA detailed description of your project, including materials and products. Your contract should also have your plans that you signed off on and you received a copy of.

Payment ScheduleA payment schedule should be structured and outlined in your contract.  This helps alleviate confusion about payments and amounts.

Approximate Project Dates– In your contract you should see an approximate start date. A reputable renovator works closely with their suppliers and know approximately order timelines. After you have approved your design and material selections, your material can be ordered and a timeline set. Weather elements can affect timelines, so always keep that in mind.

Change Order Information and Process- With any renovation project you can always run into changes once the project commences, from change in materials to opening a wall and finding asbestos. Your Project Manager should always sit you down and go over cost and document a change order.  In your contract you should see a policy for change orders.

SignaturesThis is a must for both parties involved in a contract.  You should always see the signature of the renovator on your contract as well as yours.  This is what will protect you, as well as the contractor. Binding the contract and keeping everyone involved accountable. 

If you are planning a renovation project, always get a contract.  A contract protects you from being a ‘reno-victim’.

DID YOU KNOW: That if you hire a contractor to renovate your home that does not have WCB or Insurance, that you will be responsible for anyone injured on your site or any damage to your property or others.

Bathroom Remodel

Ensuite remodel

Ensuite Remodel Customized To Perfection

This ensuite remodel used all the top trends to make it a stylish and functional bathroom renovation.  With stone being material of choice, this ensuite includes an over-sized custom tiled shower accessorized with a custom 4-ft niche and corner foot shelf to help those ladies on shaving day. A grab bar was installed for the future, to help accommodate any accessibility concerns that may arise. The chrome faucets allow for relaxation under the rain head and still have everyday functionality with an adjustable shower head.

 

The 60” vanity with a trendy Mediterranean trough sink and granite counter top created a stylish space to get ready for your day, providing space for him and her to share.

 

Even the mirror screams “customized”.  This mirror was cut to perfection for the client’s height and accommodated the ability to share with a “Mirror Hog” because of its large size. The light fixture was mounted snug with the cut, giving off the effect that the light was one with the mirror.

 

 

Ensuite bathroom remodels are one of the top renovations for 2016-2017 in Canada.  As the children leave the nest, couples find themselves craving that time alone in a “spa” like feeling atmosphere and the bathroom is the perfect spot to make that happen.

 

 

Who doesn’t enjoy the perks of rolling out of bed and only having a few steps to your very own spa!

Contact All-Craft Renovations For Your Complimentary Ensuite Remodel Design Consultation

Ensuite remodel

Ensuite remodel

Cleaning

5 Mistakes Made While Cleaning Your Deck

1. Using The Wrong Cleaner: Always make sure when you are cleaning your deck to use the proper cleaner.  You want to consider the material of your deck when choosing your cleaner. Take the time to call your local deck builder to help decide which cleaner best suits your deck material.

 

2.Use of a Power Washer: Some people go all guns blazing with their pressure washer when it is time for cleaning the deck. THIS IS A HUGE NO NO! If your deck material is pressure treated wood, using a power washer can remove natural oils. Natural oils protect your wood and can not be replaced with any type of stain. Power washers leave splinters because of the intense power behind the nozzle and they can cause your wood to expand, loosening nails and allowing space for debris to get between.

Cleaning

 

3.Weather doesn’t matter: WRONG! Weather always matters when it comes to your deck, work and play. Always double check the weather as temperature and humidity can have major impact on how your protective seal dries. The ideal temperature is between 15-25 Celsius and it is important that you pick a day where there is no rain in the forecast.

 

4.Gaps don’t matter. WRONG! The dentist always tells you to “floss”, we highly suggest that you clean your gaps. Dirt and leaves in between your deck boards can cause premature rotting of wood, like cavities if you don’t floss. Make sure to clean your gaps thoroughly.

 

5.“I don’t need to clean the deck in the fall” WRONG, prepping your deck for the winter is very important to help maintain the life of your deck. Making sure all of the debris and leaves are clear off the deck prevents mold from taking control of your decks surface.

If you are concerned about how to clean your deck,

feel free to ask the professional deck building company, All-Craft Decks & Sunrooms

Cleaning

Cleaning

Front Porch

Halifax Front Porch Design | All-Craft Decks and Sunrooms

A front porch is the face of your home, providing curb appeal and adds a place where family can gather and enjoy the outdoors.

Front porches use to be the place where you would gather with your family on the swing, sipping on a cool drink while the sunset.  Over time, people have lost the vision of what a front porch represents. But the trend is back and it is time to bring the living room out side, front and center.

In the past, people focused on their backyard, creating a private space away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the street. But Along the way, people lost their feeling of communal sense, shifting the focus back on front porches.

Front porches make a great addition to a home, adding that space where special moments are created, like that moment you meet the “boyfriend” for the first time, or that day when you need to just sit and swing. So many moments happen at the front door, those “firsts” that are never forgotten.

Like all home designs, there is an abundance of styles, from traditional to contemporary and every other style in-between. It is always a good idea to keep with the architectural feeling of your home when adding a front porch, complimenting your home’s existing style and allowing the porch to blend into your home seamlessly.

Adding a front porch can separate your home from the other homes on your street when selling, just that little bit of extra outdoor living space can increase your homes value and turn heads of the buyers. If you are looking for a front porch design or addition, please contact the deck building experts.

 

Front-Porch

Screened Porch

 

 

Outdoor living

Why a Screened Porch | Design and Build Halifax

Why build a screened porch in Nova Scotia…

That old fashioned meaning of “porch” has been reborn. Introducing the new trending outdoor living room, the ‘Screened Porch’

Screened porch Screened porch

A screened porch enhances your ability to enjoy your outdoor space. Protecting you from weather elements like rain and wind and provides you a place to escape the scorching sun.  Screen porches are designed to provide a functional yet beautiful living space, constructed with a roof, a structure and than screened in, usually adding a screen door.

There are various looks that a screen porch can provide depending on what your budget allows for and the design you envision. Homeowners sometimes like the idea of removable screen panels because of the screen blocking out the natural light.  If lighting is a concern, you can install sun tunnels skylights, providing natural light. Another option for a screened porch is vinyl sliding windows, providing you with a sleek look.

Some trendy ideas that you could incorporate into your screened porch design, making it welcoming and stylish are:

Modern screen porches are considered an extension of your living space. They provide you an that extra living room, just outside. Your goal when designing your porch is to make the transition seamless from the main structure to the porch area, keeping with the original architectural appearance.

Depending on the ambiance you desire, your porch can be your private cozy space or your entertaining space surrounded by gardens, lighting and decor of choice.

In Nova Scotia, a screened porch is a great investment to your homes value. Investing in your outdoor living space with a screened porch will leave buyers excited, adding one more room to the overall homes footprint.

All-Craft is a custom design and build firm, specializing in outdoor spaces. We have enjoyed building beautiful screened porches for families all over HRM, providing them a chance to enjoy 3 seasons. If you would like to receive a quote for a custom screened in porch. Contact your local deck building company,  our division All-Craft Decks and Sunrooms.

Screened porches

Screened Porch

Screened Porch

Shed

She-Sheds Make Their Debut | All-Craft

She-Sheds, now the backyard trend in Halifax for 2017.

She-Sheds provide a place where women can escape from the chaoticness of everyday life, taking the high heels off and enjoying backyard bliss. These super cute tiny cottages provide a place for women that want some downtime to unwind to read a book, garden or even just to take an afternoon nap.

You can find She-Sheds in many styles and designs, full of color and accessories, making it “hers” not “his”. Clever décor defines the style space she wants, from paint colors to light fixtures to sofas and throw pillows, the imagination can run endlessly.

 

sheds

So how do you get started on your backyard hideaway?

  1. Start by staking claim to that shed that has been abandon or forgotten about. If you don’t have a shed, time for you to call your local design and build team.
  2. If your shed is sitting there with cobwebs and clutter, time to clean it out!
  3. Once it is cleaned, time for you to take a step back and use your imagination. Pick out colors to paint, giving it a fresh look. The color of your she-shed will also help determine the colors used for your accessories and décor.
  4.  Now, lets think about what you want to use your she-shed for. She-sheds can have many purposes, a gardening retreat, a place to host book club and even a cute little office for those “work-from-home” days. It will be her getaway place.
  5. Once you determine the use of your special spot, time to decorate and get comfortable.  Adding features like a daybed and lots of throw pillows or a deep comfy chair will make it feel warm and relaxing.
  6. Last but not least, never forget the outside.  Add luscious greens and beautiful colors to the outside of your she-shed, providing a positive energy around the petite haven you have designed.

Cozy, vintage, floral or even fluffy are words that can be used when describing your she-shed

No more of the “Man-Cave” rules so “she-said”

Shed

Contact the experts at All-Craft for your She-Shed design

Bathroom Remodel

 

Freestanding

Freestanding Tubs Are The Trend | Bathroom Remodel

Fixture or Furniture, what are freestanding tubs? A freestanding tub has become center stage in bathroom renovations, one of the top trends in Canada. You can hear words like, elegant, curvy, and spa-like when describing a freestanding tub. The bathroom has become a place we value, the place where we take the time to relax and recharge. The freestanding tub has replaced the Jacuzzi tub and sunken tub and has become the star piece of furniture in the bathroom.

Freestanding Tubs

Freestanding tubs are more like a new piece of artwork in your bathroom and not just a bathroom fixture. They come in a variety of aesthetic styles, from modern to vintage, not just your basic square-tub look. Tubs also come in a wide range of materials and finishes, such as wood, copper, and enamel, and often feature accents like old-fashioned claw feet or organic, modern shapes. When choosing your tub, pick a material that you are capable of maintaining and cleaning.

Freestanding-Tub

Freestanding tubs give you flexibility in placement because of their all-sided finish. They can be cornered or even placed in the center of the room, making them the focal point of the bathroom. They are not limited by the need to fit between walls, allowing you to be more creative with the look and shape of your bathroom design.

Some cons that need to be noted when thinking of buying a freestanding tub are:

  • Weight-Freestanding tubs can be very heavy often requiring a reinforced floor. One option is to buy fiberglass, but these tubs can be very expensive.
  • Storage-Because freestanding tubs have no ledge, there is no place to put your shampoo or soap. As well, there is no place to build shelving around a freestanding tub to hide your towels or store toiletries. An option to overcome storage stress, is to accessorize your space with a bathtub tray or little stylish rolling cart, there is a variety of stylish options.  The key is to be relaxed in and out of the tub. If you are looking for a small bathroom renovation then perhaps a freestanding tub might not be the best choice
  • Showerless-It is possible to mount a shower to a freestanding tub, but it doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing and requires a wrap around curtain. You can get tubs with a hand-held unit, allowing you to rinse off. Usually if you have space, you can add an inexpensive stand-up shower to your design.  If you are looking for a unique look, you can also have a customized shower designed to compliment your freestanding tub.

Freestanding Tub

Freestanding TubsIf you have the space for a freestanding tub, and you love the look of it, you will find a way to overlook the few disadvantages to this new bathroom trend, it is time to spoil yourself with elegance! Contact the expert bathroom renovators at All-Craft Renovations
Freestanding Tubs

Bathroom Remodel

Shower, Customizing Trends – Halifax

What Is A Custom Shower?

Custom means customizing, so building to your individual specifications, or in design terms, designing to your wants and desires.

Custom showers are the trend of 2016 in home renovations.  Homeowners are craving that spa-like atmosphere when coming home from a long day at work, or even just a place to relax away from every day life.

When day dreaming about a custom shower, you need to think about what you want from your shower. Men and women can differ on this vision.  On average, the man of the house is looking for a place to get in, get out, but lets face it, as soon as he gets a taste of a custom bench with a rainhead shower drenching his body while he sits and relaxes, he will soon be envisioning the same custom shower that the woman of the castle is dreaming about, except she is thinking about the comfort of shaving her legs with a custom bench.

So this vision that leaves you in a tranquil state of mind, it could include trending features like sleek faucets, silk tile, benches, custom niches, speaker systems and could even include a 5 therapy therapeutic care unit.  The features are limitless when considering a new bathroom renovation.

Design is key, starting with showerheads. Self-control is difficult to have when trying to design your showerhead component of your custom shower, and here is where that heartbreaking word comes out, budget. The combinations are endless, from multi-function showerheads to bodysprays and steam showers.  At the end of the day, it all comes down to cost and budget.  A custom shower can be just as luxurious and relaxing with two shower heads than one with a steam shower.

For most of  us day to day bathroom users, we don’t really know what is considered a trendy custom shower. If you are trying to get that tranquil feeling at the end of the day on an everyday budget, you can dream of  a custom bench with a rainhead installed overhead, an adjustable handheld, custom niche, beautiful stylish tile with an accent border and a glass door with bold finishes, usually chrome or brushed nickel, matching your faucet selection. These main components will give you that ‘spa-like’ feeling.

Because of the amazing bathroom material selection available, it is always good to hire a professional renovation company for design/build and material selection assistance to reinsure you are stress-free with your custom bathroom renovation.

Click here for our gallery to see custom shower projects

or if you would like to schedule a quote, please contact the professional at All-Craft Renovations.