Get the Most out of Your Next Renovation:
I am a designer-builder: I do turn-key renovations that lend charm to small spaces.
You may have already planned your renovation or you may be only thinking about it.
I can assist you either way: by executing your plan with sensitivity and attention to detail; in developing a design for you that builds on the best features of your house.
Make Yourself More at Home in Your House:
With the emphasis on your house.
With any renovation you want to freshen your décor, replace what is worn, let in the light, decrease clutter and improve flow.
Just don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Because your house has its own inherent logic, not to mention its bearing walls, plumbing and HVAC.
Be wary of permanent innovations that are at odds with the original architecture of your house. Resist the temptation to compromise comfort or practicality for style: you don’t want the view from your elegant dining table to be the dirty dishes.
Understand that what is modern is by definition stale-dated. Do you want your home to be recognized for its own particular character or its best-before date?
It’s a wise homeowner who looks to the ultimate resale of the family home. The key is to leverage the inherent value in your house at the same time as you enhance its comfort and utility.
You want it to feel like home. Your home. You don’t want to feel like you are living in someone else’s house.
There are also bottom-line considerations. We have all heard the expression, ‘less is more’. Less intervention can be more. Less intervention can also cost less.
How to Get the Most out of Your Next Renovation:
In the rough-and-tumble world of home renovation, it isn’t enough just to know what you want. You have to spell it out. Contractors abhor risk and their response to uncertainty or any sense a client is heedless of detail is to raise their price.
The way to avoid paying the premium for uncertainty is to arm yourself with an explicit specification for your renovation, based on a plan, ideally one which reflects a contractor’s understanding of the construction of your home. This will allow you to seek competitive quotes.
Home renovation can be disruptive but to have a plan is to have the peace of mind of knowing your bottom line. Designing and planning are one and the same. They are an essential first step to getting the most out of your renovation, and your investment in your house.
I’m a Lot Like You:
I’m a lot like my clients: university-educated, 25 years a professional and business manager, home-owner and father of two boys.
I am unlike most of my clients, being very manual and a born designer. Planning and executing home renovations has always been my idea of a good time.
At one point in my career I was managing product development for a manufacturer of baths and showers and providing advice on occasion on challenging installations. I enjoyed the rapport with the contractors I advised and decided it was something I wanted to do myself.
It made sense: both my education (engineering and industrial design) and professional experience (project management) were relevant; I could already frame a wall or tile a bathroom as readily as I could calculate a beam or draft a budget. My intention was, and still is, to bring a higher level of professionalism to renovation with better planning and design.
That was in 2003. My experience has proven there will always be a discriminating clientele looking for renovation services on a higher plane.
Despite the forgoing I am not dogmatic. My role is to facilitate what you want to do with your house. Perhaps the most important advantage I can offer is my sensitivity to my client’s concerns, because they are my own. My own house needs renovation.
Glen Williams Town of Mount Royal 2016