Large renovations and what you need to know 2010

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Large renovations and what you need to know 2010

  1. 1. Large renovations and what you need to know How good planning will make large renovations easier
  2. 2. Who we are <ul><li>A Design and Build General contractor with a vision: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>leading quality building company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>innovative design and construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>using projects as a means to helping women, the community and the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>educating the public about good practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making the trades more acceptable as a career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“To be the best builder while doing good” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What are going to talk about <ul><li>Planning – Setting goals </li></ul><ul><li>Design – Important guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>City - Application process </li></ul><ul><li>Budget – Main points </li></ul><ul><li>Contractor – Choosing one </li></ul><ul><li>Construction – How it can effect you </li></ul><ul><li>Grants and Rebates – Possible help </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and sample renovation by Wo-Built </li></ul>
  4. 4. Planning – Setting Goals <ul><li>Start with your dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Have a list of your needs </li></ul><ul><li>Do not prejudge anything </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Know your financial limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Know your tolerance level for disruptions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Design - General <ul><li>Choice of designers to make sure you have the same design vision </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional design route vs. Design and Build </li></ul><ul><li>Expect to engage professionals for structure and heating and air-conditioning design </li></ul>
  6. 6. Design Contract <ul><li>Design contract </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timelines and Deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li># of changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploration time for possibilities </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Design - Content <ul><li>Wow Factor </li></ul><ul><li>Green Elements – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LEED, Energy/Resources savings, Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donate and Upcycle </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design for your needs and not for resale </li></ul><ul><li>Trendy versus enduring design </li></ul>
  8. 8. Design – Most important <ul><li>Know what is important to you </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize your wish-list </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on budget you have to make choices </li></ul><ul><li>But - Do not settle for Compromises for Elements that are important to you. You will not be satisfied with the end result. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The City <ul><li>Important player in process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enforcer of By-laws </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee of Adjustment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permit requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building inspectors </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Application Process <ul><li>Possible complications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have building permits been issued for your home for previous extensions/renovations? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expect to have to legalize grandfathered alteration – including non-conforming tenanted areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees have rights – expect to have to pay deposits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expect lengthy Process time </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Budget <ul><li>Set a realistic budget </li></ul><ul><li>Do cost checks during the design </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding cost implication for building in existing structures Vs new build </li></ul><ul><li>Expect Cost overruns </li></ul><ul><li>Have reserves </li></ul>
  12. 12. Contractor <ul><li>Criteria to choose builders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you like them – Remember a renovation is like a marriage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet several times – do you still like them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References - only as a final check </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost – Get informed before you asked for prices. Ask questions. Remember: lowest bidder may not be able to give you what you want </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Contractor <ul><li>Contract </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive and detailed Scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timelines/Deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Payment schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insurance and warranties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statement of accountability for both sides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exit clauses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for fairness </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Construction <ul><li>Live through it vs temporary accommodations: Added stress if staying due to dust, dirt, crammed spaces since you have to empty out the rooms, contractor’s tool storage, noise, intrusion into your life – OK for a week </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of project management – will reduce your stress and result in Better Communication </li></ul>
  15. 15. Construction – Added costs and stresses <ul><li>“ Nasties” found on site, especially electrical, structural, mold, asbestos etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Changes to the design resulting in more time </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the Neighbour factor – including renting part of their property for access, dealing with complaints, demands and threats etc. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Grants and Rebates <ul><li>Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/renoho/refash/refash_002.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>For Landlords: http://wobuilt.blogspot.com/2010/06/does-your-rental-property-need-repairs.html </li></ul><ul><li>ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes Grant: http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ECOENERGY-ECOENERGIE/index-eng.cfm </li></ul>
  17. 17. Interesting reading by Wo-Built Inc <ul><li>http://wobuilt.blogspot.com/2009/04/celebrating-earth-day-striving-to-be.html </li></ul><ul><li>http:// wobuilt.blogspot.com /search/label/green building </li></ul><ul><li>http:// wobuilt.blogspot.com /search/label/building renovation </li></ul>
  18. 18. A design and build renovation by Wo-Built Inc <ul><li>Started out as a bungalow </li></ul>
  19. 19. The end result <ul><li>Ended up as a two storey home </li></ul>
  20. 20. And many steps in-between
  21. 21. And many steps in-between for the exterior
  22. 22. And the interior
  23. 23. A renovation we can be proud of
  24. 24. For more information call

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