Composite decking material in HRM

Composite Decking, Pros & Cons | Halifax All-Craft

“Composite or Natural Wood?” This is the most popular question we’re asked when designing a deck for a client.

Composite deck material has quickly become the first choice for people investing in their outdoor living space. Like any materials used in a renovation, decking materials come in low, medium, and high quality – with pricing to match. When compared to natural wood, composite decking does have a higher cost as it’s more durable and aesthetically pleasing. Naturally, the higher price point might cause homeowners to shy away from the upfront investment of building with it.

An important piece of information we share with our clients is that over time, a deck built with composite material can actually cost less than a deck built with natural wood due to its minimal upkeep and superior durability. Composite materials also improve the longevity of a deck, as they help a deck maintain its original beauty and rich color.

Compositehalifax screen porch design and additionsComposite deck material can combine 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 company has a vast array of colours and styles to choose from.

Let’s have a closer look at the pros and cons of using composite materials before you make a final decision on which decking material to use.

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 which materials best fit your budget and the style you’re trying to achieve. Natural wood looks great when it’s new and has less of an upfront cost. Composite is a luxury decking material that looks elegant for years, but the price-tag of the deck is initially much higher.

A deck is an outdoor living room, providing you with a place to enjoy the great outdoors with your family and friends. When you contact your deck contractor, let them know your vision, and your budget. Everyone deserves to walk out on their deck and love the space, whether it is on natural wood or composite material!

View our gallery to see some of the composite deck designs that we have created at All-Craft.

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Deck Design Questions | All-Craft Planning Your Deck

When it comes to design, there are numerous questions that need answering when building your deck.

A deck is a lifestyle, not just a structure.  Your outdoor space provides you relaxation and a place to make lasting memories. Whether you’re building a small deck or an outdoor living room, this home improvement will provide enjoyment for the whole family.

 

1. What is Your Style? When deciding on a style for your deck, you should always consider the architectural look of your home. For example, a modern deck probably would not look ecstatically pleasing if you have a Colonial home. When building a deck for a Colonial home, you could use elements like white moulded railings with decorative posts caps and incorporate planter boxes and benches.

 

2. What About Railings? Once you have decided what style deck you are going to build, picking your railing choice becomes a bit easier. Budget and purpose are two questions you have to think about. Most people think of railings as the finishing parts of the decks structure, but a railing system is your finishing accessory to tie your deck style together.  You have to take in consideration your view, weather and privacy when picking out your railing system.

If you have a view that you love to admire, you might want to think about a tempered glass railing system or another new option is the Crystal Railing by Regal.

 

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What About Privacy? What you do on your deck is your business, you can enjoy the deck-life anyway you want. With privacy railing you are able to have privacy and protection from unwanted weather elements.

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What Decking Materials?  That “B” word keeps popping up when designing your dream outdoor space, BUDGET. First set a budget, pressure treated wood is your most cost efficient material. But if you are looking for a maintenance free deck and your budget allows for it, a Composite or PVC decking material is the way to go.

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A deck is more than footings and a structure, there are many components that bring the style of your deck together.  When working with a contractor to bring your deck dreams alive, you should ask the following key questions:

Are you insured?

What is your warranty?

Do you provide a contract?

Do you have references?

Behind every stylish deck design should be a good plan and great workmanship. If you are looking at building a deck contact one of All-Crafts Outdoor living Specialists.

 

 

 

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Backyard Lighting Trends | All-Craft Halifax

Backyard lighting is trending in Halifax, NS. The right backyard lighting can transform your patio into an outdoor oasis that sparkles in the night.

Backyard lights can range from wall lights to string lights. Depending on which outdoor space your lighting up will help you make your selection in lighting style and design.

Some tips to keep in mind when designing your lighting layout are:

  1. Take your home’s architectural style into account when choosing your fixtures
  2. Don’t undersize your lighting
  3. Think about the bigger picture
  4. Outdoor elements like weather can impact the condition of your lights

Wall Lighting: Outdoor wall lighting emphasizes your front and back door, warmly welcoming friends and family. Wall lighting provides a warm ambiance, highlighting your homes details. When choosing your wall fixture, look around your outdoor living room, pay attention to your style of your doors, decide what style you are looking for.  Are you looking for traditional, antique or contemporary and always keep your lighting style in sync with the overall architectural style of your space.

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Post Lighting: Outdoor lighting is a dynamic way to turn your outdoor living space in to a nighttime vision. Post lighting provides elegance to walkways, gardens, stone paths and outdoor areas that have beautiful landscaping that loose their appearance once the sun sets. Path lights are a pragmatic way to create ambiance outdoors, lighting the way to the fire or to the gazebo.  Also providing functional lighting for accessibility

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String Lighting-This style of outdoor lighting gives new meaning to the word ‘multi-use’. String lighting works with every season and every occasion! String lighting is a great way to unleash your imagination, personalizing your backyard space. This is an inexpensive way to add creativity to any outdoor space and can be installed with little hassle.

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Homeowners have the choice between using solar or electrical backyard lights. Either choice offers you an abundance of options for beautiful lighting décor. One thought to think about when choosing between solar-lighting and low voltage lighting is how bright you want your light and how comfortable you are installing your lighting if you are installing yourself.

Watch this video to give you an idea of the difference in brightness when with a solar-powered light:

All-Craft is a multi-award winning deck design and build firm servicing Halifax and surrounding areas, focusing on taking your vision and making it a reality.

Contact our Project Development Team for your free design consultation

 

 

 

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Universal Design for the Outdoor Life | All-Craft Halifax

With universal design, top-of-mind awareness is focused on interior design when it comes to renovations, a safe and accessible lifestyle is important inside and out.

Research has shown that spending more time outdoors can boost your immune system, promote positive energy and create a relaxing lifestyle.

Outdoor living has become one of Canada’s top investments for renovations. People want to spend more time enjoying family and entertaining in their backyards. A universal design can ensure that you can welcome company of different ages and abilities.

Thoughtful exterior design considerations like lighting, pathways and raised gardens can help you enjoy your backyard.  But, on a more larger scale, when designing your backyard for the future, implementing the following design features will help accommodate any life changing events.

Pathways with edging– Your pathways should have adequate lighting and have a solid surface to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. A non-slip pathway  helps with stability as well (Pathways should be at least 42″ wide). Edging will help with depth perception.

Ramps, Rails and Lifts– The “deck life” is a summer trend in Canada. Decks are no longer your basic 12 x 12 box. People are investing in a an outdoor living space that can include kitchens, showers, hot tubs and trendy dinning areas.

When designing an exterior space to enjoy, consider mobility and accessibility.  Implementing a ramp, outdoor stair lift or an incline platform will ensure stress-free accessibility.

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Some small modifications that you can do to adjust to different abilities are:

Installing electrical receptacles higher than usual

Adding lighting to walkway paths

Provide wheelchair pull-up access to seating areas and tables

Low thresholds from inside to out

Nobody can predict the future, but you can plan for it. With interior renovations we find that all age groups are putting in grab bars and building with a universal design. Now it is time to plan for the future outside, so that no matter what, you can enjoy the fresh air.

When thinking of renovating your backyard to customize  it to your lifestyle needs, make sure you hire a professional in exterior renovations who has an Aging-In-Place professional with CAPS(Certified Aging in Place Specialist) training working for them.

 

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2018 Consumer Choice Award Winner | Home Improvements Halifax

Winner of the 2018 Consumer Choice Award,

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All-Craft Announces With Great Confidence

Winner of the 2018 Consumer Choice Award 

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To you our valued clients, community and industry leaders, we want to pass on our appreciation for your support and business. 

Your positive comments and the recognition that you provided All-Craft with, resulted in our company being recognized with a very prestigious award.

Each year across Canada, Consumer Choice Award gathers opinions, perceptions and expectations through the responses of thousands of consumers and businesses. All winners go through a rigorous selection process conducted by a third party research firm to ensure only the most outstanding service providers are the winners within their respective industry. 

Winning the “2018 Consumer Choice Award” for Home Improvements, Halifax, means a lot to the All-Craft Family. We work as a team, always supporting each other and we are dedicated to our community, industry and clients, past and future.

All-Craft would like to take this time to thank everyone not only for your business, but for your positive comments, outstanding references and kind words of support.

Brian, Justin, Laura, Murray, Marc, Brad, Jacob, Bernie, Jewdi & Brad

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Bathroom Faucets | Style & Function

 

Faucets are the jewels that make your bathroom renovation sparkle. Consider style and function when making your faucet selections.

Before choosing a bathroom faucet, think of it as the bling in your bathroom.  Pick a style the suits the look you want to achieve with your bathroom remodel.  Faucets add definition to any vanity or shower.

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When starting to choose your faucets, you will have to think about a few key considerations like:

1.Are you keeping your current sink or buying a new one

2.Where are the faucet holes

3.What is your budget

4.What surface finish scheme are you using in your bathroom (chrome, brushed nickle, flat black etc)

5.How long a faucet will take to order in

6.Does your faucet size suit your bathroom 

Knowing your options is half the battle when selecting the right faucet for your lifestyle. Some common options you will find with faucets are:

1. Touch-less faucets

2.Temperature controlled faucets

3.Different surfaces (Check out hot trends hitting Halifax like polished brass, matt black, bronze and stainless)

4.Multi-flow technology

5.Two-in-one shower heads

6.Finishes that help keep your faucet cleaner

7.Freestanding faucets

8. Rain heads and body jets

Keeping Your Budget In Mind

Faucets vary in price, from $40 to $500 depending on finish,technology and style. Brushed nickel and Chrome are your least expensive, polished brass or oil-rubbed bronze are your more expensive finishes. It is always a good idea to have a budget in mind when you set out to faucet shop. When buying a faucet, always ask about warranties on the mechanics and the finishes.  When purchasing your fixtures, try to obtain all of your materials from the same supplier to ensure you get the matching finishes.

See the hottest faucets to hit Halifax from popular brands like:

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With every bathroom remodel, All-Craft takes the time to educate our clients on trends and styles.  It is important that you have all the information before picking out materials, working with a professional renovator will help you find the right faucet supplier for your project.

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Accessibility Renovations That Are Affordable | Halifax

Accessibility Renovations That Are Affordable

 

Accessibility renovations  prepare you for life changing events and longevity in your home.

No one can escape the effects of aging, but accessibility modifications are not just to prepare you for aging, they are to prepare your home for life changing factors.

Who should renovate with accessibility in mind? Homeowners that are:

Aging in place without urgent needs: People preparing to living longer in their own home

That have progressive condition-based needs: People with chronic or progressive health conditions

That have suffered a traumatic changes: People that experience a life changing traumatic change who need modifications to allow them to live in their own home.

 

Small accessibility features that you can incorporate into your renovation project are: 

Grab Bars and Rails: Say “good-bye” to industrial looking grab bars and “hello” to stylish and functional grab bars that can coordinate with any bathroom decor.

Lever-style handles: When picking out your levers, whether it is for your faucets, doors or kitchen cabinets you should always select a lever-style handle.

Adjustable Shower Heads: When installing new shower heads, pick an adjustable slider arm with your shower head.  This accommodates a person who needs to sit while in the shower or needs assistance while showering.

Remote Controls: You can now have a smart home. There are home systems for lighting, window coverings, heating systems and more which can be controlled by a click of a button.

Comfort-Height Toilets: The best toilet for accessibility is one with a height of 16-17 inches from floor. This height assists in both somebody helping a person after use or simply making it easier to get up after use.

Shower Bench: A bench is a great feature in a shower. This allows anyone with standing restrictions to sit and relax in the shower.

Bathrooms and Kitchens are two main rooms to think about adapting accessibility features into the design. Don’t make the mistake of thinking “I’m too young” or “I don’t have any health concerns”, prepare for the future.

When hiring a professional renovator you should look for a company that has specialized staff in this type of design.  Hire one that is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.

Did you know that Nova Scotia Housing offers funding programs for accessibility renovations? Click for more info

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Questions to Ask Your Halifax Renovation Contractor | All-Craft

Questions to Ask Your Halifax Renovation Contractor

Hiring a contractor can be overwhelming, but with the right questions you can find the right renovator for your job.

When starting to think about your renovation project, hiring a qualified contractor should be on the top of the list for priorities.

The key question people are always asking is “how do you find a good-qualified contractor?” Here are a few tips when hiring a contractor.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

Do they use contracts? Read why you should Get It in Writing

Are they insured and have WCB?

Do they work with permits and follow code?

Are they members of the local building association (CHBA-NS is located in Bayers Lake)

How are potential work injuries handled? Confirm they have the proper insurance so that you are not held liable.

Do they have a website? Are they on social media?

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INTERVIEW YOUR CONTRACTOR

When hiring a renovator for your project, take the time to interview them like you would if you were hiring an employee. Questions you should ask are:

What is the history of the company?

What services do they offer?

Do they offer a warranty?

Do they use sub-contractors?

Do they have testimonials from past clients?

“Brian, Justin and Laura and their entire team are top notch. From start to finish our project was a total success. On time, on budget and changes worked in perfectly.”

Click here for a copy of Customer Reference Worksheet

 

All-Craft has a passion for renovations, interior and exterior. With specialized teams we have experience in renovations from custom en-suites to full home additions.

We are proud to say we are a multiple award winning renovator including the prestige award of Renovator of the Year 2017 by CHBA-NS and Consumer Choice Award for Home Renovations!

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Kitchen Renovation Trends In Halifax

Kitchen Renovation Trends in Halifax

Why renovate your kitchen, the reasons are endless and so are the trends.

If you are planning on doing some remodeling this year, make sure your kitchen is on the top of the list. Kitchens have become the focal point of the house. The basement use to be the go to place for a party, but now everyone is congregating in the kitchen, having kitchen parties.

Top 5 Kitchen Trends

  1. Stone is still Supreme– Stone is sleek and stylish and also low maintenance.  Coming in a variety of colors and finishes, stone provides your kitchen with a unique look from elegant to chic. Kitchen renovation in halifax
  2. Smart Kitchen-Technology plays a huge part in everyday life, including when you are in your kitchen. From sensor-equipped faucets to talking appliances, one trend to incorporate in your remodel is smart gadgets.Kitchen sink renovation
  3. Color Crazy-Natural wood colors use to be the trend, but now the color palette has expanded.  Grey and white seem to be the most popular colors but you can find black cabinetry being used in large kitchens, you need to have space to pull of black.Kitchen island renovation
  4. Storage Can Be Stylish-A well designed functional kitchen uses all the space available in the room. Storage is always important in a home, but especially in the kitchen. Pull-outs for spices, roll-out trays, caddies and recycling centers are great storage options. If you have space, you can put a pantry in using a trendy decorative door (barn door) as the focal point. Kitchen remodels
  5. Islands with out a beach-The reasons for having an island in your kitchen are endless. Islands can be stationary or mobile providing you options for location and size. An island adds storage and additional cabinetry. It is a place where the kids can sit and chat about their day while you prep for dinner.Kitchen

What To Look For in a Kitchen Renovator

Doing your legwork can go a long way when picking your professional contractor for your kitchen renovation. Finding the right contractor can feel overwhelming but here are a few tips when looking for the right renovator for your job:

  • Ask for testimonials
  • Look at credentials like safety, insurance, are they members of the local building association
  • Take time to interview your candiates
  • Visit their social media platforms and website.  A professional renovator is proud to show off their work.
  • CHBA-Nova Scotia is a great place to find a reputable renovator

Costs Associated with a Kitchen Renovation

On average, Canadians are spending between 25k to 50k on a kitchen remodel. This is where your budget determines your ‘needs’ and ‘wants’.

Cabinetry, countertops, appliances and electrical are the big $$ factors with a kitchen renovation. But these materials are the most crucial aspect of your renovation when it comes to functionality and style. Working with a designer and a contractor will help you get the best quality material for the best price as they usually get contractors pricing.

Where Will the Money Go?

National Kitchen & Bath Association breaks the cost of remodeling a kitchen as follows:

  • Design Fees: 4%
  • Installation: 7%
  • Appliances and ventilation: 14%
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 29%
  • Countertops: 10%
  • Lighting: 5%
  • Flooring: 7%
  • Doors and windows: 4%
  • Walls and ceilings: 5%
  • Faucets and plumbing: 4%
  • Other: 1%

 

In today’s family home, the kitchen is that place where you all meet to chat about the day and what the plans are, you hear the good news and bad news and you celebrate birthdays and anniversaries there.

 

Is your kitchen ready for some attention? 


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The CHBA-NS 2017 Renovator of the Year | NH&R

The night was like no other for the All-Craft Family at the CHBA-NS Peak Awards.

The team was out of their work-boots and into their suits and heels ready to celebrate whether they won an award or not at the 2016 CHBA-NS Peak Awards.

At the Peak Awards you can find the most outstanding professional renovators and builders in Nova Scotia coming together to celebrate the hard work and dedication performed all year long. CHBA Builders and Renovators are recognized for their outstanding renovations and custom homes with CHBA-NS Peak Awards, presented by Peter Kohler.

Winning multiple awards that evening, the night was filled with surprises for the All-Craft Family. The celebrations began but something even more exciting was about to happen for the team.

All-Craft is known for their dedication to the community and the industry as well their dedication to their clients, on the night of the gala this was recognized in a substantial way. To the surprise of the team, All-Craft was awarded one of the most prestigious awards a professional renovator can receive, The CHBA-NS Renovator of the Year Award.

You could find the All-Craft family hugging and even shedding tears, jumping with excitement. That night was special, the team was together for one of the most memorable moments that can happen for a professional renovating company and their team.

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Who is All-Craft?

NH&R captured The All-Craft Family in their 2017 Fall Edition. The story captures the heart of All-Craft and the family behind the success, it tells the story of why All-Craft is Renovator of the Year. Click to read the full story.

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