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Large Renovations And What You Need To Know

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Key components for a successful renovation

Key components for a successful renovation

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  • 1. Large renovations and what you need to know How good planning will make large renovations easier
  • 2. Planning – Setting Goals
    • Start with your dreams
    • Have a list of your needs
    • Do not prejudge anything
    • Explore the possibilities
    • Know your financial limitations
    • Know your tolerance level
  • 3. Design
    • Choice of designers
    • Traditional design route vs. Design and Build
    • Use of professionals
    • Design contract
      • Timelines and Deadlines
      • # of changes
      • Exploration time for possibilities
  • 4. The City
    • Important player in process
      • Enforcer of By-laws
      • Committee of Adjustment
      • Permit requirements
      • Building inspectors
  • 5. Budget
    • Set an realistic budget
    • Do cost checks during the design
    • Cost overruns in existing buildings Vs new build
    • Have reserves
  • 6. Contractor
    • Criteria to choose builders
      • Do you like them
      • References
      • Cost
    • Contract
      • Comprehensive Scope
      • Timelines/Deadlines
      • Payment schedule
      • Insurance and warranties
  • 7. Construction
    • Live through it vs temporary accommodations
    • Stress reduction measures
    • Importance of project management
    • Communication
    • “ Nasties” found on site
    • Changes to the design
    • Neighbours
  • 8. Grants and Rebates
    • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/renoho/refash/refash_002.cfm
    • http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ECOENERGY-ECOENERGIE/index-eng.cfm
    • http://wobuilt.blogspot.com/2009/04/celebrating-earth-day-striving-to-be.html
    • http://wobuilt.blogspot.com/2009/02/invest-in-your-home-renovations-and-be.html
  • 9. A renovation
    • Started out as a bungalow
  • 10. A renovation
    • Ended up as a two storey home
  • 11. And many steps in-between
  • 12. And many more steps in-between

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