As you would expect, designing a Home Addition in Toronto can be a time-consuming process. As it is a large task, it is critical not to rush the planning step to guarantee that everything is done correctly the first time.
Whether you want to add a sunroom, a formal dining room, a home office, or any other sort of home addition, proper planning is necessary. This will save you money and time in the long term. It can also help you become aware of any potential issues along the way and help you to prepare for them.
While there will be numerous decisions to be taken, the planning process may be divided into three major and crucial phases.
Phase 1: Define property lines
Before creating a floor plan, it is important to determine where the ownership boundaries are. It is important to make sure you know exactly where your property line starts and ends between your neighbours and the municipality. This will give you an idea of the amount of space you can use when creating your floor plan.
How do you know where the boundary of your land is? Usually, if the previous owner has an official survey from the property they would have passed the copy to your lawyer. However, if you don’t have access to it, it can be obtained by hiring a professional survey company to complete a survey from your property.
The process of preparing and stamping an official survey copy can take 3 to 5 weeks. It is important to hire an experienced survivor to complete this portion of jobs properly, as many of your following decision will lead from here.
Phase 2: Design a plan
Now that you know how much space there is, you can start arranging the floor plan of your home addition. Following are what you need to pay attention in the process of designing:
City By-Laws and Legality
Even though you have the ownership of your property in full, The city’s by-law has a section on how far you can use your back and front yard as a living space. This is a critical point, as you can not add as much as you like to your home.
Functionality and Return on Investment
While you do not need to create a design, as one of our designers at Maserat Developments can assist you, you should think about how you will use the space.
You’ll want to plan something that not only is inside the area but also works great with the design of your existing home. The layout of the new space is another important aspect that can be dictated by your goals and needs in future. Through our consultation meeting with our clients, we always emphasize both the client’s needs and future Returns. You have to understand the needs of the market, so you can plan your addition in a way that your future prospective buyer finds your property fuctional.
Phase 3: Building permit
Once the layout and structure of your project are defined by the designer and structure engineer, then it can be submitted to the city to apply for a building permit. At the city, a zoning officer will review the proposed plan to make sure it will comply with all city’s By-Laws, if it does then upon his approval you will be issued with the building permit.
Phase 4: Choose material
The final stage in designing a home addition is to develop a material selection list. It is a good idea to think about second and third options for materials because your initial pick may be too pricey or unavailable. Our Design and Senior project manager will assist you with this stage as well, to make sure you can benefit from our past experiences.
Decide your must-have design choices and the areas where you’d be prepared to sacrifice if necessary. The above steps can be complicated and time-consuming, that is why at Maserat Developments we will help our clients to apply and get a building permit before the home addition project starts. We are a Home Addition Contractors in the City of Toronto.
We will arrange and schedule a professional engineer to visit your property to produce all necessary components. Contact us today to arrange a hassle-free consultation.
Bathroom renovation can give a new feel to your home. Improvements could be tearing down or easily replacing a shower or vanity to enhance the look of your bathroom. It all depends on the result you’re looking for, and more importantly your budget.
Increase the Value of Your Home
If you have a plan to sell your property in future and want to make a quick sale, one way is improving your bathroom. Renovated bathroom can increase your Return on Investment (ROI), Homes with renovated bathrooms have shown to be sold at a higher price. A new bathroom not only let the owner enjoy the fresh look, but also is a great investment.
Updating old fixtures and pipes will help you to prevent facing any problems like water leakage or broken pipes, leading to rotted floors and growing molds. These are the most common problems that our clients refer to us for bathroom renovation.
A Place to Store
Many homeowners use bathroom spaces for storage and increasing the capacity by adding more cabinetry allowing you to reduce clutter. Also, you can opt for mirrored cabinets which is perfect for both storage and create visual appeal.
If your bathroom seems small, you can ask our expert and specialist to see if there is a possibility of expanding your space based on the building codes and regulations by using adjacent spaces like unused storage area, a walking in closet or a passageway.
Facelift for bathroom
Bathrooms could be embellished by change of color or laying new colors or even adding accessories. Different color scheme like neutral or light hues can make the room looks spacious and creates a relaxing ambiance. Change of cabinet numbs or light fixtures like sconces on top of a brand-new vanity could improve the look of your bathroom as well.
According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), a bathroom renovation will increase the value of your home by 75%-100% of what you’ve spent. When upgrading your bathroom, you should consider different aspects of the project. We have created a handy checklist for your project to ensure the best outcome for your upcoming bathroom Renovaiton project.
Tile & Flooring
Flooring in bathroom reno has one of the most important impacts on users. Different colours, shapes, sizes, and materials can provide a different experience to the users. What you should consider when choosing flooring finishes is the budget and maintenance as they will affect the result. Here are some options for the bathroom’s flooring:
Linoleum is a great choice because it’s waterproof and spill-resistant though it requires professional installation as it expands and contracts.
Marble is another finish that gives a high-end and elegant look to your bathroom but it can crack and requires maintenance regularly.
Ceramics are the best choice when it comes to durability and cleaning, they also come in various colours and forms.
Porcelain, a sub-type of ceramics, is a tough yet expensive option.
Materials not only should match your budget and design but also should be able to resist moisture with minimum care.
Walk-in Shower or Bathtub
Deciding between them or installing them depends on many factors. If you have toddlers and young children around, a better choice would be the use of a bathtub, however, elders might opt shower stand. Also, if you are planning a renovation to sell your home, you’d better choose a high-end tub or shower to attract more prospective buyers.
Unless you would be the user, you should look more into something within your budget and preferences.
Several factors are involved when changing a toilet such as the location, size of the washroom, plumbing system, style of home, the users, way of sanitation and most importantly budget.
Different types of toilets are wall-mounted, one-piece and two-piece.Also the toilet comes in different height depending on your preference. We mostly suggest Comfortable Height, as they are easier to use more wide range of individual specially seniors.
Choosing a bathroom sink could be challenging with different finishes, styles and shapes available. So probably you need to research thoroughly to find the right sink. Once you decided, make sure you have the right measurements, the sink should be in easy reach of water connections so it fits. Each sink has a different type of installation such as drop-in, wall-mounted, pedestal, under mount, vessel, vanity sink.
Cabinetry & Bathroom Accessories
Having cabinets has become necessary as it changes the overall look and increases the functionality of the space. Size, material, and type are the elements that should be considered when choosing cabinets.
Installing different types of cabinets, mirrored or medicine or corner, depends mainly on types of bathroom. Additionally, hinges and handles should be practical and match the style of the whole bathroom design to present a unified look. Small details like towel racks, faucets, matching lighting fixtures, and cabinet hardware could impact the resale value of your home.
Plumbing and Electrical
In bathroom renovation generally bear in mind if you shouldn’t change or relocate, don’t, otherwise you need to hire professionals as any plumbing and electricals changes should be based on building code and regulations therefore permits are needed. This type of work requires to be done by an electrical contractor or a licensed plumber.
To finish off your bathroom, try to schedule your timeline once you have decided on the materials, finishes and fixtures. Make sure to predict the challenges arising during the remodelling process and set deadlines to speed up the process.
Hire a Contractor
If doing all of the above would be a headache for you, you can always ask for help from a professional contractor. They are experienced and know how to recognize and deal with any upcoming challenges during the project.
When planning the layout of a space, you should determine the function of each room to pick the right finishes. For instance, materials and fixtures in a kid’s bathroom are different than those in a master bathroom both functionally and financially. Thus, below we discern the differences between types of bathroom.
Powder rooms or half baths are mainly used by guests to freshen up. A sink and a toilet are the only features provided in powder rooms. They usually are situated on the first floor of the house near the entryway. This type of bathroom tends to be small and the standard size is about 15-25 sq ft. However, there are special measurement and specifications which should be based on the building codes and regulations.
Master bathrooms or Ensuite bathrooms are the focal points of selling your home. Since master bathrooms need to be expanded a lot of works are involved in the bathroom renovation project such as moving walls, plumbing, electrical and architectural and engineering which each of them needs inspection approval and regulations to be followed.
That is why master renovations are the most expensive among other types of bathrooms. Also, as they are situated adjacent to the bedroom many concerns should be considered. Noise for instance could be prevented by installing a modern inlet valve or if the level of moisture is high, you can either install an exhaust fan or add a window. Privacy is one of the key elements of en suite bathrooms due to their proximity to the master bedroom. If you do not have a master bathroom, you can convert a large closet or you can build one from scratch.
Jack & Jill Bathrooms
Allocating space to bathrooms takes up the floor plan and costs a lot. Sharing one bathroom between two bedrooms saves money and space. This type is a shared yet private space which normally shared between siblings.
Some of the essential features in Jack & Jill bathrooms are two sinks, Locks on both doors, Storage and accessories.
A guest bathroom as its name represents is primarily for the use of guests who stayed at your place. There is no specification for renovating them, only your personal preference in choosing finishes and fixtures.
Renovating Your Bathroom
If your home requires an additional bathroom or the one you currently have needs a facelift, we can discuss your project further in detail. Maserat Developments provide bathroom renovation services for older homes in Toronto, you can book your consultation today to get a proper and accurate estimate from our senior project manager.
Our Desing services are included in all renovation projects, so if you are not sure what material, finishes or colour to use; don’t worry we are here to help you every step of the way.
Changing your condo flooring will be an important update that will give the condo suites a new feel. There are various types of condo floorings available in the market, here we have discussed some of the best condo floorings along with various pro and cons of each:
Laminate is a great option compared to hardwood: they are affordable and emulate a well-finished look. Installation and maintenance are easy, and you can use underlayment for soundproofing as per of condo regulations. However, you must know that laminates could not be refinished and laminate boards are not as durable as hardwood floors.
Made of milled using a single layer of timber, hardwood flooring stands out in the list of other wood floors. Hardwood flooring is known for its durability and easy maintenance. Also, you can sand them multiple times for a fresh look in the future. If you are looking for a luxury look and warmth, Hardwood is the answer. However, they won’t be a great option when it comes to soundproofing. Yet they are one of the most expensive and best flooring options.
This type is made of veneers of wood binding with adhesive to make a plank. They are manufactured in bigger width and lengths as opposed to hardwood. They have more stability due to layered structure and they may not be affected by temperature changes and humidity as much. If the installation is done properly without any gaps they will last longer. On the other hand, Engineered wood gets darker with age. They are also sensitive to water spillage, and they have to be cleaned immediately.
Vinyl is the recent popular flooring because they are low maintenance, water-proof, and soundproof flooring which costs less and lasts longer. It can tolerate sand, dirt, and mud, making them a great option for condos. This type of flooring comes in a variety of high quality and beautiful finishes either hardwood or stone look. In addition, it gives the feeling of comfort with a balance of firmness underfoot.
Carpet comes in a variety of colours and styles so they are a smart choice. Carpets give a cozy and warm feeling to the condo. They are mainly used for the bedrooms and living rooms of condominiums. However, using them in doorways, kitchen and bathroom wouldn’t be wise as foot traffic will wear them out easily. Since soundproofing in condos is important, carpet flooring is a great option in the prevention of echoing. Having said that carpets are durable unless you have little kids or pets in the condo as they get stained easily, cleaning would be hard.
Mounting floorings require an experienced professional to install them properly. When choosing flooring types, you must bear in mind several factors such as durability, maintenance, and cost. Thus, you should also do thorough research and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of your choices. Above mentioned floorings are the popular choices in the Toronto market. If you’d want to improve your flooring consult with a professional to make the right decision along the way.
At Maserat Developments, we strive to help our client to optimize their spaces and create their dream home. If you are considering updating your condo flooring, you are a click away from a detailed consultation with our experienced senior project manager.
Unfinished basements are often left abandoned or are not utilized for best use. Finishing or remodelling your basement can boost the value of your property. Here are some benefits to finish a basement. However, finished basements have several advantages that we will point out here for you.
Extra Bedroom for Family & Friends
Adding a bedroom to your finished basement is a perfect addition if you often have visitors from out of town. Having a dedicated area for visitors gives them more privacy and can also provide them with access to a private kitchen and bathroom. This basement extension is also ideal if you have elderly parents who need a quiet place to stay.
Additional Income Source
We can help you to obtain permits and drawing to convert your basement into fully legal suite, which can help to generate rental income from your basement.
Remodelled basements could be used as a private entertainment area which is a perfect option for Torontonians, as during the cold season it will be easier to bring the cinema or gym in rather than going out. Home theatre, gym, gaming room and many other possibilities are one of the reasons you need to remodel your basement. Think about the money you will save in the long run.
As remote working from home is a new trend during a pandemic, adding a home office to your basement is essential.
At Maserat Developments, we offer Basement renovation services. we strive to help our client to optimize their spaces and create a dream home.
If you are considering renovating or finish your basement, you are a click away from a detailed consultation with our experienced senior project manager.