Should I renovate or build new? Clients often come to us with this question. Below is a slideshow and video that we created for The Home Reno Show last year that we hope will shed some light on this topic.
If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact us today about your renovation!
If you plan on doing a home renovation, here are some things to consider.
Do your research: Be sure to visit potential contractor websites to view their portfolio and arrange an in-person meeting to see if they would be a good fit. If possible arrange a time to see a home they've recently completed to view their craftsmanship and speak with the home owners. Always get two or three quotes but be wary of the different price points you may get. In this industry the cheapest or most expensive quotes may not always be the best option.
Hire ONE person to manage your home renovation: Hire ONE company who is 100% accountable for your project. It's always great to have one company take care of the design and build of your home. This can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Remediation: Asbestos was widely used in B.C. as a building material until the early 1990s, and it can be present in many areas of older buildings. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious long-term health issues and even death. If you suspect asbestos is present, hire qualified professionals to safely remove it before work begins.
Changes happen: This is especially true with any renovation. Be prepared to run into some unexpected surprises due to site conditions or city requirements that may require you to make changes.
Write things down & read sign offs: It's important to always read what you're signing off on and understand what you're getting. Don't ever hesitate to ask questions to clarify any details with your builder or interior designer. It's also a good idea to have a recap of decisions or follow up items after every meeting to ensure everyone is on the same page and that nothing gets missed.
You're likely to go over budget: Unfortunately, it’s true. Some things are going to be unexpected and out of your control, and some things are just going to end up costing more than you anticipated. Make sure you don't cut any corners if you're renovating your forever home, but be realistic by prioritizing what's important to you so you know where to spend your money. It's also a good idea to always have a contingency budget for any surprises that you may encounter.
Pay attention to the stairs: This is something to pay close attention to as it’ll impact the rest of your house. You'll have to take the time to think this one through, should you keep the stairs where they are now or should you move them? If you opt to move them, what are the costs associated with this and how will it affect your floor plan? Would it be worth the expense?
You won't always meet your deadline: We endeavor to make deadlines but there are a lot of factors that come into play for example, client decisiveness, product availability, weather, and even manufacturer delays. The important thing is to have a game plan on how to keep moving forward without creating further delays. This is the nature of the beast and it’s just one of those things you have to be prepared for.
It won't always be perfect: Sometimes, it takes a lot time, money, and effort to make something old, look new again. Understand that some "imperfections" may be present and is part of the charm of an older home and sometimes, that's okay.
Don't worry about being matchy-matchy: Don't be afraid of colour or doing something unique to give your home more personality!
Your house is going to be dirty and dusty for months after: Yes, even after a post construction clean, your home will be dusty and will take time for it to clear, this is normal for any new build or renovations.
We hope this shed some light for those who are considering a home renovation. For more information feel free to contact us to discuss your next project.
There are many options out in the market for siding materials today. In this blog post we take a look at the pros and cons of fiber cement siding and why we choose to use the popular brand James Hardie.
As you can see the benefits of James Hardie fiber cement siding greatly outweigh the cons. This is why JDL Homes uses this material on majority of our projects. For more information on this product please visit their website, here.
Walking into a tile showroom can be as overwhelming as it is inspiring. The displays are spectacular, but there are so many options, at so many price points to choose from. Below is a pros and cons list of common types of tiles to help you get a better sense of them and their applications.
What is it? Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile that is fired at a higher temperature than standard ceramic, making it denser and less porous.
Best for: Use stain- and impact-resistant porcelain tiles on floors, walls, backsplashes. It’s easy to clean and comes in a wide variety of styles.
But: It requires a special setting material designed to adhere non-porous materials—DIYers often buy the wrong one. Check with the manufacturer to be sure you’re using the recommended adhesive.
What is it? A mix of clay, minerals, and water, ceramic tiles are fired at high temperatures. Glazed styles are then treated with a liquid glass coating and fired again, creating a hard, stain- and scratch-resistant surface. Unglazed tiles are sometimes referred to as “quarry” tiles.
Best for: Ceramic tile is typically affordable, durable, easy to install and comes in a nearly endless array of colors and designs.
But: Colors can vary from lot to lot and ceramic is not ideal for high impact areas. Handmade or “art” tiles can be extremely pricey.
What is it? Thin pieces of glass sold individually or as a mosaic, sometimes with other types of tile, on a mesh backing.
Best for: Colorful, reflective, easy-to-clean glass tile is best for walls and backsplashes. Some glass tile is rated for use on floors. The wide range of colors gives glass tile great “wow” factor.
But: It can be expensive and difficult to install. Because the tiles are transparent, the adhesive is visible through the tile. Unless you’re highly skilled, getting professional-looking results is difficult for a DIYer.
What is it? Hand or machine pressed one at a time, using mineral pigments, cement, a mold, and an hydraulic press. The pigment composition is a mixture of high quality white Portland cement, marble powder, fine sand, and natural mineral colour pigments. They are expected to have slight imperfections, which give them character and depth.
Best for: Best for accent walls or floors as they typically have a design split between 4 tiles to create an overall pattern.
But: They can be very porous so not recommended for wet areas and may require special sealing products. Because they are cement based they are prone to damage from acids and etching, etc. The patterns may also be "trendy" and may not be as timeless as other tile options on the market.
What is it? Pieces of natural stone—granite, slate, travertine, marble, onyx, sandstone, to name a few—cut into thin, regular pieces, stone tile has a rich, one-of-a-kind look.
Best for: Use stone on walls, backsplashes, or floors. Get the look of a granite countertop for less by using granite tiles instead of a slab.
But: Most stone tile can be damaged by exposure to water, pigment, or acid, so be prepared for extra maintenance. Seal on installation and reseal every 10 years.
With any tile be sure to follow the manufacturer's installation guidelines for wall preparation, setting materials, & setting technique used. Ultimately if a product isn't installed properly it will fail. Be sure to hire a professional to ensure it gets done right the first time around!
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Fall has arrived and we're setting our sights on the following trends.
1. Relaxing Retreats: Create a cozy atmosphere with a mixture of comfortable furniture and woven textiles. You can add a chair to a corner to create an instant reading nook or hang a hammock with layered blankets. Make sure to keep the room tech-free to create the ultimate sanctuary. A calm space where one can relax and unwind from daily stresses never goes out of style!
2. Velvet Furniture: Velvet feels luxurious and welcoming for fall and winter, and when combined with rough natural textures (think reclaimed wood and woven baskets) and smooth metals and ceramics, it adds visual interest and tactile coziness to a room. If you don't have the budget for velvet upholstered furniture you can get a similar look by using velvet pillows!
3. Blush Accents: We've been seeing a lot of blush in the fashion scene and it's made it's way to interiors.
Blush is the latest trend and we can see why. Soft, feminine, and pairs nicely with brass accents! If designing your whole room around this trend is too much, try incorporating the colour through artwork, throw pillows, an area rug, or even a piece of furniture to be the focal point.
4. Dark Paint & Brass Accents: This season is all about DRAMA! Not only are we seeing more and more walls with dark moody colours, but we're coming across millwork with the same affect. Brass is the new copper and it's pairs beautifully with a dark painted cabinets giving the ultimate luxe feel.
5. Statement Ceilings: Adding to the drama of dark paints mentioned previously, statement ceilings are becoming a more popular feature in many homes. Whether textured wallpaper, tin or embossed foam ceiling tile, shiplap, wooden beams, or a bold paint color, homeowners are adding texture to the often overlooked "fifth wall".
Why buy vinyl flooring?
With advances in design and performance features, vinyl is a stylish, easy-to-clean flooring choice for any home. It fits every budget and there are an array of patterns and colours to choose from. When installed correctly over the proper subflooring, vinyl is extremely resistant to dents, scratches, and stains. Below are additional pros & cons of vinyl flooring to consider.
While vinyl flooring is low maintenance and highly durable, there are also a number of drawbacks that are associated with this material. Of these, its ecological impact on the personal and world environment may be the most notable.
In a lot of instances, it is common to have hardwood flooring on the main and upper floors while vinyl plank is installed in the basement. This offsets the cost of hardwood flooring and ensures that the flooring is easily repairable if it gets damaged by tenants in the suite.
If outdoor entertaining is a priority for you and your family here are some ideas to incorporate into the design of your next home or renovation that will be sure to catch everyone's attention.
1. Bring the outdoors in: If the budget allows, installing folding doors or a moving glass wall system off of your living space is a great way to maximize your living space and increase natural light. It showcases stunning views and will make a bold statement in any home.
2. Comfortable furniture: Dedicating a seating or dining area with cozy furniture is a must for anyone who loves entertaining outdoors. Be sure to select furniture suitable for exterior applications which have exterior grade fabrics for easy maintenance and can withstand the elemental forces e.g. sun and rain.
3. Stay warm: You may want to consider incorporating a fireplace or fire pit into your outdoor design. There are also some instances where recessed or ceiling mounted infrared gas soffit heaters are installed for a clean look. For an extra level of comfort, be sure to have blankets or throws handy so the party can go on throughout the night!
4. Lush landscaping, water features, & lighting: Incorporate some nice landscaping or a water feature to bring a nice tranquil vibe to your outdoor space. Be sure to account for exterior lighting that will give you mutli-level lighting which provides a nice backdrop for any get together.
5. Clear unobstructed views: If your home has spectacular views consider having frameless glass railings for optimal unobstructed views.
6. Outdoor Kitchen: If you like to cook consider having an outdoor kitchen equipped with a BBQ and sink. It's true what they say, most parties often end up in the kitchen! It's another great place where people can gather and socialize.
For more ideas contact us to discuss your next project, we'd love to see how we can make your dreams a reality!
JDL Homes has been diligently working on getting our portfolio updated with our latest completed projects! Below are three projects that we had recently photographed by John Bentley.
The downtown Vancouver sub-penthouse project was for a repeat client of JDL Homes. It features a modern fully renovated kitchen with custom veneer matched walnut cabinets, all new appliances and plumbing fixtures, a glass backsplash, and under-counter programmable LED strip lighting. We also renovated the bathroom, which features two fog-less shave mirrors, a new vanity, and all new plumbing fixtures!
The Langley estate equestrian barn was a new build by JDL Homes. You may remember the framing photos from our previous blog here. We finally got around to photographing this competed project. It features gorgeous over-height barn doors and a fun colour scheme!
The Capilano Highlands Craftsman is a new build project designed and built by JDL Homes. Completed in late 2016 this home boasts beautiful North Vancouver views through their windows. It features all the amenities for a growing family in a busy household. The neat thing about this home is all the bedrooms are on the main floor while the main living areas are on the 2nd floor of the home.
Stay tuned for more recently completed project updates! We're constantly working to have our work updated on all of our social media platforms!
Don't hesitate to contact us today to discuss your next project and it could be featured on our website & blog! We'd love to work with you on projects of all sizes and design styles!
Greater Vancouver Home Builder's Association (GVHBA) Home Reno Show Seminar - To Renovate or Build New?
JDL Homes Vancouver had the pleasure of presenting the "To Renovate or Build New?" seminar at the Greater Vancouver Home Builder's Association (GVHBA) Home Reno Show this past weekend. Here's our slideshow presentation in case you missed it!
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