December 20, 2014

Can I buy a shower head that doesn’t plug up with mineral deposits?

So, a few months ago, you had a leaky shower head and replaced it with a new, multi-spray, water massage shower head. It was working fine until it started clogging up and spraying in directions it was not designed to do. Is this the fault of the new shower head? […]
December 13, 2014

Why should I renovate my bathroom?

Stepping into your bathroom, you notice that a couple of the tiles are starting to come off the wall and your toilet seems to be running all of the time. The doors on the vanity don’t close as well as they should and the laminate on the counter top is […]
December 3, 2014

What colour should I paint my bathroom?

As a contractor who has done quite a few bathrooms, one decision that my clients most often struggle with is paint colour. It’s one of those decisions that I try not to give a lot of input on because I feel that colour is such a personal choice. Everyone’s tastes […]
November 6, 2014

What does it cost to remodel a kitchen?

As far as single room renovations go, kitchen remodels are usually up there as one of the most expensive rooms of the home to renovate. Kitchens make up a sizable portion of the footprint of your main floor, they have the added expense of cabinetry, and they also generally have […]
August 29, 2014

Renovations you should never do yourself

In an age where free do-it-yourself advice is either a few mouse clicks away, attending free workshops at your big box retailers, or just dropping in and asking a few questions at the local hardware store, there are still home renovation projects that you should never handle yourself. We’re talking […]
June 14, 2014

Should I reface my kitchen cabinets?

As the beginning of every renovation season starts to get underway, we, over at Nord Alta, start getting calls about kitchen remodels. Without fail, we always have someone who calls in looking for a kitchen remodel where they want to reface their cabinets. Flying in the face of popular home […]
May 21, 2014

Should your contractor supply products?

One question that often gets asked before starting a renovation project is: Who should supply the materials? The client or the contractor? Now, this usually doesn’t come up when we’re talking about plywood or drywall. This situation surfaces when we’re looking at finished products, such as bathroom or light fixtures. […]
May 13, 2014

Renovation Trends: What do you need to know?

It’s an interesting coincidence that I was doing some research into home renovation and design trends for this article when a regularly scheduled newsletter from Remodeling showed up in my inbox with exactly that topic. It seems that a lot of online publications have a lot to say about renovation […]
May 8, 2014

Renovating My Kitchen With Interior Design In Mind

Kitchen renovations, from one project to another, can be a very different experience. Talk to a dozen families that have had their kitchen remodelled in the last few years and you may hear stories like, “This contractor was wonderful to work with.” Or conversely, you may hear something like, “My […]
February 10, 2014

The $5000 kitchen remodel. Is it a myth?

When it comes to kitchen ideas, as a contractor, I’m just like you. I like to check out the big renovation web sites to see if there is anything new and exciting in the world of kitchens. Often, on these sites, right next to the photos of the beautiful palatial […]
January 29, 2014

What kind of paint should I choose for the interior of my home?

Are you in the planning stages of your dream kitchen remodel? Are you looking to put your house on the market and get a good price for it? Or are you just looking to spruce up you home a little bit and give it that almost new feeling? If you’ve […]
January 20, 2014

Why should I upgrade my electrical when I renovate my kitchen?

An often overlooked facet of kitchen remodelling, the electrical, is something that you should consider when it comes time for that kitchen makeover. Although it is necessary to bring any electrical up to code when you crack open a wall, many people forget that while the framing is exposed, adding […]