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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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Basement

Planning a Basement Renovation in Halifax | All-Craft

Basement renovations have become one of the top renovations in Canada.

Games room, spare bedroom, ‘Her’ bathroom, these are just a few rooms that make renovating your basement well worth the investment.  Finishing your basement adds dollar value to your home, increasing your usable space without the expense of changing the footprint of your home.

WHY REFINISH

Most unfinished basements can be damp and cold causing mold to grow.  A finished basement helps protect you from problems like toxic mold, leaking and moisture issues. A moisture free basement means a mold free life.

Health and safety are always top priority, but finishing your basement can also be fun and exciting. Adding more living space to your home means you have room to grow or more storage to shop!

BASEMENT DESIGN

A basement design can include many rooms or one big open space for entertaining.  Your design needs to accommodate your lifestyle. A basement renovation needs a well thought out design, thinking about things like how to utilize every inch of space, functionality and creativity of space.

Man-Cave to a playroom under the stairs, you will find people are renovating their basements for many reasons.

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DIY or HIRE A PROFESSIONAL?

When renovating your basement here are some questions you should think about before trying to do a DIY renovation:

  1. Will your insurance cover your work should something happen?
  2. Do you know code?
  3. Can you find the cracks, is their leaks or places where moisture is getting in?
  4. Do you have the required time and skill to do the project?
  5. Does your project include plumbing or electrical?

A professional renovator takes on the responsibility for the project, from design to build to safety and insurance. You have to consider the cost of material, equipment and labor when deciding whether to use a contractor or doing it yourself.  Sometimes homeowners get in over their heads when starting a renovation project on their own, which in the end can sometimes leave them with a hefty repair bill, costing them more than the original project quote.

Click and find out why people in the Greater Halifax Area are choosing All-Craft to be their basement professional renovator!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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Cleaning

5 Mistakes Made While Cleaning Your Deck | Halifax

There are 5 common mistakes you can make when it comes time to clean your deck.

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

 

2.Use of a Power Washer: Some people go all guns blazing with their pressure washer on their decking. THIS IS A HUGE NO NO! If your deck material is pressure treated wood, using a power washer can remove the natural oils that protect your wood. These oils can not be replaced with any type of stain. Power washers can 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.

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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”, and 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.

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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 contact the Pros at 

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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.

 

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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’

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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.

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She-shed

She-Sheds Make Their Debut In Halifax | All-Craft

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

She-Sheds provide a place where women can escape from the chaos 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.

 

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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, let’s 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 that 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

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

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