Category Archives: Renovation Tips

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January
2018

2018 Home Design Trends

posted in Bathroom, Kitchen, Renovation Tips

Menno S. Martin 2017 Kitchen Renovation

2018 has arrived meaning there are all kinds of new home design and decorating trends that you can incorporate into your personal home style. Whether you are interested in overhauling your entire home or just want to add in a few fresh updates, here are our note-worthy home design trends for 2018. Continue reading

1
April
2016

Why You Should Hire A Contractor

posted in Renovation Tips

Why you should hire a general contractorIf you recall our previous blog post which gave a good overview of the contracting process, you will also remember that there is a big difference between general contractors and subcontractors.

As we outlined, general contractors are in charge of the entire renovation, including hiring the subcontractors necessary to complete the job to your agreed on specifications. But we find many people wondering if it’s worth acting as their own general contractor and hiring out the subcontractors themselves. We always recommend hiring a general contractor for any renovation, whether large or small, and this blog post will share why it’s advantageous to do so. Continue reading

3
February
2016

Overview of the Contracting Process

posted in Renovation Tips

Overview of the Contracting ProcessHiring a contractor for your renovation and aren’t sure how the process works and what it actually means to hire a contractor? Thankfully, we’re going to clear up some of the fog and confusion regarding renovation contractors and who they work with. So with this being said, here’s a look at renovation contractors and who they work for. Continue reading

8
December
2015

How to Finance a Renovation: Part 1

posted in Renovation Tips

How to finance your renoThe typical cost of home additions can wary widely, depending on what areas of the home you are renovating and the scale of the renovation. With the typical cost of kitchen renovations reaching into tens of thousands of dollars for a full remodel, you might be wondering what the best way to finance your renovation is. In our two-part series of blog posts on financing your renovation, we’ll give you some things to consider and some popular methods of financing the renovation. Continue reading

1
September
2015

Choosing a Kitchen Paint Colour Scheme

posted in Kitchen, Renovation Tips, Tips

Kitchen colour schemeChoosing a paint scheme for any part of your home can be daunting and frustrating. There are so many colours and combinations to choose from! But the kitchen is special. It’s the place where you start your day, and it serves as the cozy heart of your home, so you want the colours to be just right. Luckily, just about any colour can work well in a kitchen if you take certain factors into consideration and follow a few time-tested tips.

First Things First

In most kitchens, the walls actually take up the least amount of visual space. Your cabinets will probably take up almost half of this space, and should be picked out first. Neutral, unstained and unpainted wood cabinets are very popular, and can complement almost any colour. At Menno S. Martin, we’re also seeing a trend towards white Shaker-style cabinets. It’s another neutral option that won’t limit your colour scheme in other areas of the kitchen. Continue reading

1
September
2015

Aging in Place: How to Stay in Your Home Longer

posted in Renovation Tips, Tips

Aging in place

Hand rails help make a bathroom more accessible.

Aging is a natural part of life. People work a lifetime to create and maintain a home that they love. As time goes on, it may become necessary to make some physical changes to a home to support the changing medical needs of owners. Enjoy the comforts of your home longer with a few adjustments.

Have important rooms on the first floor. For many, it becomes more difficult to negotiate stairs and lift and carry loads of laundry, bags of groceries or larger items. In a multi-story home, make changes to have all of the often-used areas on the first floor. The laundry room, bedroom and main bathroom should be reconfigured to be on the first floor. Seniors can continue daily activities without having to walk up and down the stairs. Continue reading

15
July
2015

Renovation Guide: The Complete Package

posted in Renovation Tips

If you’ve been following our Renovation Guide series and want to print out all the handy PDFs at once, this is the spot to do it. Our Renovation Guide covers everything you need to think about before completing a successful renovation. It includes things like considering your family’s lifestyle and use of the space, putting together your design inspiration and the all questions you need to ask your builder before the project begins. You’ll also find a range of other important things you should think about too!

Complete renovation guide

 

If you have any other questions about home renovations or would like to book a consultation with us, please contact us today.

8
July
2015

Renovation Guide: Renomark Guide

posted in Renovation Tips

This part of our renovation guide series is the Renomark Renovation Guide. Inside you’ll find everything you need to know before you renovate. From making a plan, choosing your contractor and following all the building codes, this guide will help you do it all.

Renomark renovation guide

 

Take a look at some of the renovation and construction services we provide our happy clients with so you feel confident in our process and results.

2
July
2015

Renovation Guide: The Pre-Construction Meeting Agenda

posted in Renovation Tips

This part of our renovation guide outlines some important things to consider before starting a home renovation. At Menno S. Martin, our goal is to make the renovation as least intrusive as possible on your family and lifestyle.

Pre construction renovation agenda

 

Take a look at our renovation gallery and see some of our finished projects that our customers have loved!