Home Renovations – Kitchens

Are you thinking about embarking on a home renovation?  You’ve probably heard of some renovation horror stories that sound incredibly painful…why would someone even take on a reno unless they have unlimited time and money to burn?!  It doesn’t always work out that way, however…especially if you plan ahead!

Where To Start?

Kitchens are a great space to renovate in your home.  Chances are your family spends a ton of time there and kitchen renos have one of the highest Return on Investment of any home renovation/upgrade.  Renovating the kitchen gives you the opportunity to lay out the floor plan to exactly how you work in it, maximizing efficiency and making your life easier!

Do Your Research

There are tons of great resources online (Houzz, Pinterest, etc.) to help you get inspired on the type of design aesthetic you want for your kitchen.  Making a “wish-list” is also extremely helpful so you can prioritize your needs and your wants.  One of the first things you should do is to research and select your appliances.  The kitchen is designed around these and they also make up a large portion of your budget.

Controlling Budget – Be Prepared

Being prepared with a detailed set of plans will save you money and time.  Try to make all your changes ‘on paper’…moving walls/changing the layout on paper during the design phase is much more economical than moving and changing the real thing!    Also, if you’re budget-conscious, try not to make too many structural changes…these can add up in a hurry!

Where To Spend Your Money

That $40/sq. ft. tile may look absolutely amazing, but if your budget doesn’t reach to the sky, picking a flooring that is more economical, but still durable and aesthetically pleasing is a good idea.  Try to spend your money between your ‘knees and your shoulders’ and on the things that you’re always touching/using (appliances, faucets, slow-close drawer/door hardware, etc.).  Also, make sure to work with a great designer and a great builder/contractor.  They can help you get some great pricing on your products and materials and they’ll make the kitchen of your dreams into reality!

 

 

Have A Look At Our Latest Renovation!

Balancing practical living space with a social lifestyle can seem precarious at the best of times, but the fantastic design elements in this combined kitchen and living area have done a great job complementing both aspects of the lifestyle.

Stainless steel appliances are complemented by brushed stainless trim, sink fixtures, and cabinet pulls. Meanwhile, the cabinets themselves were built using sustainable, fast growing bamboo, tying the modern design to a traditional look and feel.

The kitchen island provides additional storage, and workspace. The bar area adds to that counter space, but separates the social area from the kitchen by lifting the bar countertop away from the kitchen counters. This kind of intuitive design makes hosting simple and fun by giving guests a clearly defined space to relax, all while keeping them close to the action.

Dark granite was used for the countertops themselves, and dark hardwood flooring was chosen to cover the whole area from the kitchen into the living room. The connected look and feel of both rooms gives the perception of additional space, and makes it an ideal spot to entertain.

The custom shape to the windows in the living area uses every inch available for more light, and an additional sense of connectivity in the design. This was a really great architectural feature of the room, allowing us to build something unique for the homeowner.

It feels great to be able to showcase such a beautiful design as we launch the site. If you think your own home has some unfinished potential, let us know. We’d love to hear your ideas.

Nu-View Homes has a New Builder Blog

There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a project come together after all the hard work is done. The new website is finally here, and we’re very excited to have a new way to communicate with our clients.

Community is an important concept to us at Nu-View, so we will be using this site in a way that hopefully benefits you, and gives a little something back.

We’ll keep you up to date on local developments within the community, and how they may affect you. If we can offer a helpful suggestion for a DIY project, we’ll write about it here. We’ll also post pictures of renovations and new housing projects.  Maybe you’ll pick up on a few ideas for your own projects.

Don’t have time to check for a Nu blog every week? Nu-View is also going social with accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Keep us in your feed, and we’ll keep you updated on all the neatest residential projects in Victoria. Looking forward to a lot of good times in the future here in Victoria, and around the Web.  See you there.