The thing about bathroom renovation is that if done right, you’ll be proud of yourself every single day. However, if done incorrectly, you’ll be disappointed for a very long time – or until you get your bathroom remodeled again.  
There are so many ideas and options when it comes to giving a new look to a bathroom that it is easy to get overwhelmed. Our own lack of experiences and lack of professional opinions only increases the probability of getting things wrong. Let’s acknowledge both problems to set things straight. First, contact people who know what they are doing. Next, learn a few important things on your own:

The Do’s of remodeling your bathroom:
  • Make sure to plan before jumping into action. There are plenty of options, designs and styles you could choose for your bathroom renovation. However, remember that each detail has to compliment the other. Without a plan, the renovated bathroom will just look like something thrown together in hurry.
  • Always make it a point to hide the toilet and separate it from the vanity and sink area. The barrier could either be achieved through a glass wall, furniture or a fixture hanging from the wall.
  • Do take care of the plumbing issues first. Before designing and planning the floor work, make sure that all the line works and plumbing glitches are fixed and taken care of.
  • Do pay attention to the ventilation system. Bathroom fans and windows must be appropriately built and installed.
  • Do take care of the lighting. Bright lights or a sunroof can make the bathroom appear more spacious and open.

The Don’ts of remodeling your bathroom:
  • Unless you have been doing this for years, don’t think that you can renovate it like a DIY expert.  Hire contractors if you really want the end results to look like that page from your home magazine.
  • Don’t forget the storage space. Now that you are finally renovating, think of a sensible storage space for every item.
  • Don’t forget the users. A kid’s bathroom must have a kid friendly layout and colors. The same goes for the guests and master bathroom. A spa is fit to be installed in the master bathroom whereas guests should be accommodated with extra shelves and extra cupboards.
  • Don’t ruin the theme. If a room is all about a retro look and bright colors, make sure to incorporate the same into the bathroom. Similarly, if a room encourages natural colors and plants, then the attached bath should reflect the same tone.
  • Don’t try to save money on the important stuff. For instance, materials for flooring or pipeline must be used in accordance with their quality rather than their cost. Saving money now could mean spending double the amount in the future.
Now that you know a little something about remodeling your bathroom, expect great results and a bathroom to be proud of.
 
 
Have a growing family? Members of the family moving back into the house? Do you require more space for the new furniture that you just bought? You can’t just go and buy a new home for any of these reasons. Fortunately, small house owners in the Calgary area are in luck! Aspire Roofing and Renovations do an excellent job of creating a bigger space for family’s accommodation.

Did this perk your interest? Allow us to dazzle you with some of the most effective tactics to make a small space look more spacious:
1.    Remove The Walls:
Most old homes are just built wrong. There are so many rooms but with so little space in them. One way to make more space is to knock down a wall or two. For instance, if the living room is very small and the dining room next to it is unnecessarily large, double them up by removing wall separating them.

2.    Use The Yard:
The Inside of a house is not the only space that can be used for expansion. There are many houses in the Calgary area that come with with large yards. If a family is short on some lounging space, then a yard is just the thing you need. All it needs is some flooring and some recliners to create an excellent outdoor living room. Adding a door on the side can be used to connect both the spaces.

3.    Get Creative With Storage Spaces:
Storage spaces take half of the living spaces away from the home residents. If a house is small, then the better approach would be to build storage spaces instead of getting furniture. Wall shelves and cupboards under the stairs not only take less space but also give an aesthetic appeal to the house.

4.    Install Skylights:
Brighten up a cramped up room by installing skylights to make the room look more spacious and roomy. With Customized renovation services, it is easier to install skylights in any room of the house.

5.    Fix Mirrors On The Wall:
Pretty sure all of us know about this trick but have we ever tried it? A room with one wall covered in a mirror makes it look twice its size. So if your kids are complaining about getting a stuffy room, try this trick and see them fall in love with it.

6.    Large Windows:
Large windows that cover the entire wall can help you attain that feeling of openness. These glass covered walls not only make the rooms look bigger but also make it fell like you are living outdoors. All the light and open space can work wonders for the outlook of your house.

7.    Raised Hearth:
The embarrassment of finding a sitting place for guests can only be understood by small house owners. Even when all the guests manage to be seated, the room still seems overcrowded.  A raised hearth is the magic word to avoid situations like these. A raised hearth doesn’t take any extra space away and provides a good decorative option. Just add a few cushions on the hearth and you have a solution to your dilemma.

Remember that these installations and tweaking requires expertise. So, only contact professionals to do the job for you.

 
 
Building a secondary suite in your house is a smart idea for more than one reason. They add to the value of your home, help with your mortgage payment and bills or just allow you to have a bigger, better and  prettier house. They are also the perfect option when a family begins to outgrow their house and people are unwilling to leave their neighborhood in search of a bigger house. Privacy is another added factor behind these home additions.
1.    Basement suite:
The basement suite is one of the most common and in-demand suites to add to your house. A basement suite can also be completely separated from the main house with its own entryway or it can be integrated with the house. Most people make basement suites for their own family members or as a separate entertainment corner of their house, while others rent the suite to close friends and family. A basement suite is a complete dwelling option with its own kitchen, bath, living room and bed. It is important however to check the use land bylaws of your city before construction. 
2.    Carriage house:
In the old days, a carriage house was a house built above a horse stable. Even when the horses got replaced with cars and stables with garages, the concept and the name remained the same. Modern day carriage houses are the ones that are built above the garage. The space offers a large living area with a separate bath and bedroom. People use carriage houses as a guesthouse or to rent it to people who live alone. It also offers great parking options.
3.    Cottages:
Cottages are detached tiny houses built near the main house. If you have a large backyard that can accommodate a tiny house with its own bed, bath and kitchen facilities, then you can easily get one built. Residents of the Calgary area need a building permit before taking such action. Cottages are excellent for renting as they are very much in demand. Cottages are often associated with warm, cozy and luxurious dwellings and they offer a good rental income. Most families use their cottages as an extension of their own house or to accommodate their own married children.
4.    Duplex:
When two houses are merged into one, it makes a Duplex. Duplexes are large and allow many families to live in it; one or two at the very least. Most duplexes contain double decks and double garages to accommodate both families. A duplex increases the house’s value and serves as an excellent source of income with its detailed facilities and complete accommodations.

If you are living in the Calgary area, make sure that your suites comply with the current land rule bylaws and provincial building codes. Also, hire contractors who are proficient in their job and are well aware of the housing rules of Calgary.
 
 
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A renovation plan is enough to put anyone into a designer frenzy! All the planning, preferences, ideas, and trends can be quite overwhelming. While there is nothing wrong with being enthusiastic about your ideas, danger lurks when all this excitement could lead to wrong decisions. 

The part of the house that is targeted most for remodeling and renovation is the bathroom. When we fail to consider an expert’s opinion, it often brings about bad results. You will want to make sure to stay far away from the following mistakes:
1.    Compact Bathroom:
No bathroom could be worse than a windowless and shutter less bathroom. People put so much attention and detail to the interior decoration of their bathroom that they forget to pay attention to the outside. A bathroom must have a large window or a skylight to make it more comfortable and cozy.  A dark cramped-up bathroom is hardly appealing. If your bathroom does not already have a source of natural light, then get one with the help of your contractor.

2. Acting before planning:
Another very common mistake that people end up making is getting their bathroom demolished before they even have something planned. The first step towards renovation is not the destroying something; rather, think of something creative. Make a checklist, call a contractor, sit down and plan before bringing in the wrecking ball.

3. Overlooking the Heating and Cooling System:
In places like Calgary, where it gets hot in July and really cold in January, it is important not to forget about the installation of cooling and heating systems in the bathroom. Most people completely forego this important factor during the renovation and end up sweating or shivering throughout the year.

4. Poor Drainage:
A mistake like a poor drainage system happens because of a bad choice in contractors. A proper and professional installation of the drainage system is essential while renovating the bathroom. The floor of the bathroom must be made in a way that it slopes slightly towards the drainage so that water never gets a chance to collect. A bad drainage system might also increase the chances of someone slipping and falling which could lead to injuries. 

5. More concerned about space:
When it comes to bathrooms, size doesn’t matter. The functionality, design and the overall appearance of the bathroom is what matters. While renovating, most people opt for a bigger and larger space, which is a mistake. Unless you have lots of extra space in the house, there is no need to go for bigger bathroom.

6. Forgetting about storage:
If we are remodeling our bathroom, then why not remodel it in such a way that it has more storage space? It is essential that every bathroom has storage space. A well-designed bathroom could contain vanity drawers, mirrored shaving cabinets, wall shelves or any sort of tailored space to make more room for supplies. 

If residents of Calgary are on the verge of making some of those mistakes, then better contact the experts at Aspire Renovations for getting the best end-results.

 
 
What is it that makes one house stand out above all the others?  It’s not the size in case you are wondering! It's the little additions in the right spots that do the trick. Our house is our sanctuary and at the end of the day, we want to return to a place of comfort and relaxation. So if you want your house to have that X factor, consider installing skylights.

Whether it is an open space you are looking for, a nice view or just an exotic ambiance in your house; a home addition in the form of a skylight can do all of this. If you are having a hard time deciding where to install this on your roof, then let us help you out

1.    Skylights in the Bedroom:
If you are a resident of Calgary and have always wished to sleep under the stars, then  wish no more! Get a hold of some experienced contractors and get your bedroom fitted with a skylight. A bedroom with a skylight is even better on a rainy day when the pitter-patter of raindrops lull you to sleep. A room couldn’t get cozier and dreamier than this one!

2.    Skylights for Sunrooms:
A sunroom is usually built outside the house. A sunroom is a structure with a full view of the outside world. This look that is impossible to achieve without installing a skylight. If you want to have a cozy, dreamy and snug room right under the sun, then a sunroom is your thing. Whether your sun porch is a dining area or just a lounging space, it will look great with a skylight.

3.    Skylights for Small Bathrooms:
A teeny tiny bathroom can be made to look bigger by installing skylights. A small skylight would stream the sunlight directly in the small bathroom and make it look spacious. It will instantly give character to your bathroom.

4.    Skylights in the Hallway:
If you are thinking of remodeling your house with a wraparound porch, then get a little more creative by installing a skylight all along the porch. With an addition of Georgian stones and plants, your porch will look like the hallway of a king’s abode.

5.    Skylights for the Kitchen:
A kitchen with no windows and no source of natural light doesn’t mean it has to remain closed off. All hope is not lost because there is always an option of installing a skylight. A glass roof will instantly brighten up the kitchen and make it a fun place to prepare and share meals with the family.

6.    Skylights for an Indoor Pool:
It should be illegal to have an indoor pool without a skylight. A combination of the pool with lounge chairs, tiled floors and windows can turn the pool area into something picturesque.
 
 
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Thinking of getting your home renovated? Let me tell you that home renovation projects can be very stressful. However, you can make this project effortless by hiring the best home renovation contractors. When you hire professionals, they will give you ideal home renovation tips and you will get the best home remodeling done.

When choosing the best home renovation contractors, follow these simple steps before you part with your money:

Ask For Referrals
An easy and effective way to do this is to check with your friends who have recently had their home renovated. See what they have to say about their contractor. This is the best way to find the best home renovation contractors for your home. Your friends will be able to tell you how their contractor handled problems and whether they would go for the same contractor again.

Do Some Homework
Before you start making calls to contractors, you should do some research on social media sites. There you will find reviews of a particular contractor which could be helpful for you. Check for any unresolved complaints with the contractor you are looking at. You need to select the one who has little to no record of complaints or the one’s whose complaints have been resolved to the satisfaction of the consumer.

Interview The Contractors
You need to narrow down your list and set up meetings. Meeting with 3-4 contractors should be enough as meeting any more will leave you confused. You also need to see how well a contractor answers your questions. They should ask questions to you as well. This will let you know about their level of knowledge about the job.

Call The References Given By The Contractor
You should always take a look at the other projects done by a contractor. You can also request for references and make calls to the contractor’s former customers to get a review from them. You can ask the following questions to these customers:
  • Was the contractor good enough at executing the project?
  • Were you pleased with the outcome?
  • Was there anything that could have been done better?

Don't Let The Price Be The Deciding Factor
Something to keep in mind is that the cheapest offers often turn out to be the most expensive jobs in the long run. Hence, when choosing the best home renovation contractors, price should not be the deciding factor. You need to understand that price reflects quality. The lowest bid might not always be the best. It could mean that the contractor makes use of sub-par materials or does not have quality workers. You can always take a bid that is not too expensive and not too cheap but is somewhere in the middle.

If you follow all of the above-mentioned steps, you will be able to make a good choice of contractors to get the best home remodeling done. If you miss out on any of the steps or you might end up wasting your time and money.
 
 
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One of the great ways to enjoy your yard throughout the year without rain water and bugs entering your home, but enough light illuminating your space, is to add a sunroom. Having a sunroom can be awesome as it offers a versatile place for entertaining guests, can be used as a lounge, and used to enjoy the outdoors without being disturbed by glaring heat and pests. If you are thinking about adding a sunroom to your home, you should know the following things before you do so:

Advantages of a Sunroom
One of the most common advantages of having a sunroom is that you get to enjoy the outdoors inside your house without having to deal with the weather conditions. As the sunrooms are screened in, you can keep the insects outside and enjoy nature’s light inside your house.. If you add a sunroom to your home, you will get an extra room that can be used to suit a variety of purposes. Having a sunroom is one of the best home renovation ideas and it does upgrade your lifestyle.

Best Sunroom Designs
Often sunrooms are custom-designed in order to suit the house that they are attached to. The sunrooms are generally located at the side or back of the house. For most sunrooms, backyard patios are used as a base. While for the others wood or brick base is used in order to support the large plastic panels or glass that allows sunlight to beam into the room. You can choose to install sliding glass doors if you would prefer to open up the room and let the fresh air come inside your room.

Theme-Based Sunrooms
Often sunrooms are used as sitting rooms where one can entertain guests or enjoy reading books. However, you can have a theme-based sunroom design. This will turn the room into an activity area that reflects your interests. One idea is to turn your sunroom into a theater room where you can watch movies or celebrate birthday parties along with your family while you enjoy the outdoor environment.

Sunroom Décor
You can select the best sunroom décor based on its utility for which you have designed the sunroom. You can always add decorative fans that will help cool the room down and also add a touch of style. You can add more comfort without disturbing the outside view by having small plants, tables, and outdoor-style seating. When you choose the décor for your sunroom, you will have to select the artwork and decorations that enhances the room, and at the same time also resists fading and wrinkling due to humidity.

It doesn’t matter if your home is small or big, if you add a sunroom, you will be able to create a space that is one with nature. So consider having a sunroom, as it is one of the best home renovation ideas.
 
 
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Are you thinking of a home remodel? You don’t have to break your head searching for home renovation ideas. Getting your home renovation done can be very easy. Sometimes, minor changes make a huge difference. Aspire Renovation professionals have given out their secret home renovation ideas which you can use to give your home a new look.

Paint Your Walls
One of the most common ways to renovate your home is to change the color of the walls. Painting the walls will rearrange the appeal of your home.

Add Moldings
Crown molding adds value and charm to a home. One advantage of adding molding is that it will get done quickly, leaving more time for other remodeling processes.

Install Stair-Runner
Installing a low cost stair runner will not only make your staircase look pretty but it will also give a good grip to your slippery stairs. This could be a good non-slippery upgrade for your home.

Renew Old Flooring
Refinishing the flooring might be expensive. You could update the space by painting the floor in a light checked pattern instead.

Add Interior Shutters
You can avoid the sunlight streaming through the windows by adding interior shutters. This will also increase privacy in rooms. Or you can opt for shades, but swinging shutters look more beautiful.

Refresh The Kitchen Cabinets
You do not have to replace the old kitchen cabinets to give your home’s kitchen a fresh look. You could just clean them up and add some brighter color.

Get More Flowers
Adding some flowers will help fill up empty spaces and give your home a pleasant feel. You can choose to have any flowers of your choice but artificial ones that complement the color of your walls would look the best.

Upgrade The Front Door
This is one of the most important home renovation ideas to consider. Most of the Calgary home renovations start with revamping the front door. You can turn your wooden door into a stylish one by changing its handles and locks, or by painting it.

Paint The Bedroom Closet
Instead of having the usual white backdrop and chrome rods, you can give your closet a more luxurious look by painting it in a dusky color and hanging clothes on brass rods.

Hang a Wind Chime
You can add a wind chime inside your home in a place where it can catch the breeze. This will fill up the empty ceiling area and give out a melodious sound when you open your windows.

These are some of the many home easy renovation ideas that the professionals at Aspire Renovations have. You can always get in touch with these professionals to get any type of home renovations done. Contact the Aspire team for your future Calgary home renovations.
 
 
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Updating the existing roof of your home is one of the best home renovation ideas. It adds value to your home and gives your home a new feel. When thinking of changing the roof of your home, you will have to decide on a particular type of roofing material. With several types of roofing materials available on the market, this decision becomes very difficult.

Types of Roofing Material

Asphalt Shingles
This is one of the most common types of roofing material used. The asphalt shingles are not very expensive and can be installed easily. They can be reinforced with organic materials or fiberglass without changing the look of the shingle. One best thing about Asphalt shingles is that there are a lot of colors available. However, Asphalt has a short lifespan as compared to other roofing materials.

Clay and Concrete Tiles
These tiles add elegance and texture to a roof. Concrete is not very expensive but it certainly is heavy. Clay tiles have a long life but they also are very heavy. Another thing to remember when installing clay tiles is that you cannot do it by yourself. You will have to call the professionals to install them for you.

Metal Roofing
Metal roofs have good resistance over any weather conditions. They are available in the form of shingles and panels. The metal roofs can come in copper, aluminum, zinc, and stainless steel. Metal roofing is the most expensive type of roofing material but it is highly durable and offers great solar resistance. It is lightweight and can be recycled. This type of roofing material looks great on bungalows and cottage-style homes.

Tips to Choose The Best Roofing Material
Whether you are replacing your existing roof or buying a new one, professionals at Aspire Renovations can help you in selecting the best roofing material for your home. Here are some questions that you need to consider when choosing the perfect roofing material for your home:
  • Will this material require special framing?
  • How heavy is the material?
  • Is there a variety of colors available that would complement my home?
  • Does the material adhere to the fire codes in my area?
  • Will this material be able to survive in extreme weather conditions?
  • Is this roofing material suitable for my budget?
  • What is the estimated life span of it?
  • Do I get a warranty for this type of roofing material?
When you ask the above-mentioned questions, you will be able to decide on a particular type of roofing material for your home. Aspire Renovation professionals can help you answer all of these questions as they have a lot of experience and expertise in Calgary home renovations.
 
 
Bathroom remodeling can be a fun and exciting task. If you are going to take up a bathroom remodeling project, take the time to prepare as a lot of planning goes into a bathroom renovation project. Start with thinking about how you want your finished bathroom to look. This will help you to move ahead with planning of your bathroom remodel. Consider the following bathroom renovation tips, to prep for your bathroom design:

Make a Budget
Before you start any project, you have to decide on how much money you are going to invest. The area of your bathroom, the quality of material you are going to use, and various other factors will affect the cost of your bathroom renovation project. When you have figured out how much money you are willing to invest in the project, you will be able to focus on the details.

Plan Time
You might assume that renovating a small bathroom will take less time than renovating a larger bathroom. This is usually not the case. The time required for remodeling will largely depend on the number of items in your bathroom you are planning to change. This step is very important to consider for people who have only one bathroom in their home as it will affect details of your life (such as taking a shower and using the toilet) while the remodeling is occurring.

Measurements
You need to have the proper measurements of your bathroom if you choose to shop for your own bathroom renovation project. This will be very beneficial as you will be able to buy the material that fits perfectly in your bathroom. If you do not have the proper measurements with you, you might end up buying either too much or too little of the material needed which leads to added costs and waste.

Using a Contractor
Although you could do the bathroom remodeling project on your own, you should let the Calgary bathroom renovations professional do it for you. When you do the task by yourself, there could be a scope of errors. To save yourself a lot of time and frustration, you should let our professionals do the work.

Other Bathroom Renovation Tips
Get all your materials at once and have them ready for use. This will help you save a lot of time and numerous shopping trips. Here is a list of things you may need to have before starting the bathroom renovation project:
  • Plumbing fixtures and features
  • Tiles
  • Wall paint or wallpapers
  • Lighting
  • Accessories

Keeping all these bathroom renovation tips in mind, you will be able to complete the renovation project in a limited amount of time and within a set budget. You can also call the Aspire renovations team for complete satisfaction on your bathroom renovation as we have a lot of experience with Calgary bathroom renovations.