Posts

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility

Accessibility

Kitchen

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? 


Kitchen

Bathroom Remodel

Kitchen

Portfolio Items