10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 3

If you enjoyed Part 1 & Part 2 we have the final 4 tips for your next Home Renovation project. Let’s get into it!

Plan, Plan, Plan

Have a plan for where your electrical plugs and outlets will be. If the renovation project is creating a Sunroom that you will be using for an office, plan out where you anticipate you’ll want your desk and all of your electronics to be and have your contractor install enough electrical outlets in that area. You will also want to be sure that there are enough electrical outlets in the room that are in different areas so you’re not limited to having your electronics only in 1 area of the room.

Large Spaces

If your looking to add square footage to your home then think big. You want to make sure you are creating enough extra usable space that is versatile enough to be seen as a room with endless possibilities, especially if you plan on selling your home in the future.

Kitchen Reno

If your thinking of re-doing your kitchen, try to maximize the space available and give the kitchen a fresh open modern look. The heart of a home is in the kitchen, that’s where your family comes together to spend time and to eat. Make this space an area that you and your family want to be in.

Home Inspections

This is probably one of the first things you’ll want to do. Having a home inspector do a thorough inspection can give you a heads up on whats going on in your home that you may not be able to see. Completing a home inspection ensures that you are prepared for unexpected situations.

10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 2

And we’re back! We are back to give you the next 3 tips to use on your next home renovation project. These tips are the perfect way to create a checklist before starting your next renovation project and to help you be more prepared for the project if you enjoyed Part 1 then you’ll love Part 2 and be sure to check back next month for the last 4 tips in 10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 3!

Vaulted Ceilings

Having a Vaulted ceiling can prevent water damage to your home during the winter months, especially in areas where there are large amounts of snowfall. Having a vaulted ceiling can also add to the character of your home while also providing a more open feeling to the room.

Paint your cabinets

Dust is less likely to settle on a painted surface than on a wood stained surface. While painted cabinets and stained cabinets don’t have any real benefits in choosing one over the other it’s all based on personal preference. Ensure that when you stain or paint your cabinets you use a high-quality finishing product to maintain the look and durability of the cabinets as well as protecting them from damage.

Install East-facing windows

Having your contractor install windows that are facing the east is the best way to maximize sunlight in your new area. This is also helpful when keeping your room warm during the winter months as we all know that the bright shining sun is very nice and warm, not to mention that you’ll be able to get more natural vitamin D!

We just have so many great tips for all of you that we had to keep this going into a 3 part series! Check back in March for the last 4 Tips for your next Home renovation project. Visit www.greybrucepatio.com for information on all of our products, services, and helpful information.

10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 1

Many people are starting to think about spring renovations. And many of us know a bit about some minor fixes and we probably know our way around a toolbox. However, they are large gaps in the areas where we know absolutely nothing about. We’ve compiled a small list of 10 renovation tips to know before starting your spring/summer renovation project read Part 1 today and stay tuned for Part 2 & 3 over the next 2 months.

Choose classic pieces

Going for classic pieces when furnishing your new area is always the best way to go. Purchasing furniture and furnishing your room with pieces that are “In trend” look great for the first year but these items may not still be in style in 2 years which will make you want to go out and purchase all new furniture. This can cost you a ton of money in the long run.

Quality Flooring

Spend the extra money on quality flooring. This will not only increase the resale value of your home and save you money on repairs and upkeep, but it also looks and feels better. Yes, the initial investment will cost more then maybe you are wanting to spend, but it pays off and will cost you left to maintain.

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Using a Heat Pump Water Heater can cut your costs by 50%! If your unsure of what the difference is between a normal water heater and a heat pump water heater is let us give you a quick rundown of what they are. Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. This is what makes them more energy efficient and passing the savings along to you.

For more tips on your next home renovation project stay tuned next month for 10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 2! Visit www.greybrucepatio.com for more information on all of our products and services & check back next month!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Christmas is either one of your most favorite seasons or just another holiday to get through. If you find yourself feeling festive, then you are probably itching to get your house decorated and a Christmas tree put up already. It can take lots of planning to go all out with Christmas decorations! It’s best to start off by slowly getting into the Christmas spirit by starting to welcome the snow with some Christmas touches throughout your décor.

Festive Candles

The first and easiest way to bring the holidays to your home is by celebrating the smell of the holiday festivities. Start by getting some scented candles and placing them in your sunroom and keep them lit for a few hours on and off. This way if your more in the mood to be festive then grab a book, make some tea light a candle and bring a blanket and cozy up in your Sunroom for a few hours.

Festive Center pieces

This is a simple and easy to do DIY. All you’ll need are a bunch of various sized vases or jars, water, American & Michigan holly & floating candles (the candles are optional). Simply fill the jars with water and stop just a few inches below the brim then place a branch or 2 of holly in each jar. Add some floating candles for a warm bonus. Adding some of these centerpieces to your kitchen, living room or Sunroom will bring in the festive spirit and add warmth to each room without going overboard.

Mini Christmas Trees

Now, you might be thinking by adding some Christmas Trees will bring you into full on Christmas spirit, but done right these trees can add some greenery and a small amount of holiday spirit to your home. All you’ll need to make this decoration is a small wooden box, cranberry garland, mini Christmas trees and some battery operated fake candles. Depending on how big your wooden box is put 1 – 3 mini Christmas trees spaced evenly apart with the candles in the middle of them and take the cranberry garland and wrap it around the trees and candles. Once you’ve made 1 you can continue to make a few more and place them all around your house.

For more great ways to decorate your home & Sunroom this holiday season contact Grey Bruce Patio. If you have any ideas of your own, let us know! We’d love to hear your ideas.

Get your Home Ready for Fall – Part 2

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year with all the changing colours of the leaves and the sun shining through while still being warm enough to spend a few hours outdoors without being to cold. The one thing that we all dread is what follows after all the leaves have fallen off the trees… winter & snow.

Check your windows

If you have violent winter storms it might be a good idea to make sure you have good windows. If you are worried still you can always install storm windows or doors. Be sure to check the caulking and seals around the window and repair anything you may be unsure of.

Stock up on Firewood

If you have a fireplace or are planning on getting a fireplace for the winter now is a great time to start gathering fire wood. Make sure you stock up enough for the winter and store it in a cool dry place away from your house. You will also want to make sure you clean your fireplace and chimney before it’s to late.

Sunroom prep

Closing your Sunroom for the winter is one of the moments you probably leave for last, but it is still just as important. Cool drafts can sneak in from your Sunroom just as easily as having a small draft around a door. Regardless of when you plan on closing your Sunroom for the winter, there are still a few things you may want to do now to help you prolong the enjoyment of your Sunroom. Add an area carpet to keep the floors warmer, or bring in an extra heat source like a heater with a couple of heated blankets. You will still want to ensure that the entrance from your Sunroom to your home is well insulated so make sure there are no cracks or drafts around the door.

For more helpful tips and ways to get your home & Sunroom ready for winter contact an expert at Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures at 519-376-9241 or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com.

Build A Beautiful Retaining Wall in your Landscape

A retaining wall is a large part of planning your backyard oasis, and not many people think about the design of them until it’s already in and they are looking at it after and are unhappy with that one part. Plan ahead and make sure you are happy with the end result. We have put together a few ideas to help you design something you will enjoy for many years.

When it comes to the overall look and feel of your backyard oasis the design step is one of the most important – and probably takes the longest. When deciding what to think about and look for when you start to design your wall consider this:

  • What is the best wall type for your needs?
  • What type of material should you use?
  • Think of how the wall will look and fit in with the rest of your design or existing landscape
  • Think about hiding your wall behind other plants or screens
  • Think about how to use the wall to maximize your outdoor area

How to turn your Retaining wall into something beautiful

Many of you may think that all the retaining walls you have seen aren’t very attractive, don’t worry we have some great ways to help you make your retaining wall a piece of art that fits perfectly into your dream landscape.

Here’s some food for thought that will help you to design a beautiful retaining wall:

  • What do you like/dislike about retaining walls?
  • How much do you want to spend on one?

There are many benefits of adding a retaining wall to your property, they add a focal point to your garden and they add equity too. There are many ways to make your retaining wall a piece of art, literally. Paint a mural onto it, use outdoor tiles or incorporate your plants into it with some climbing Clematis Montana or Clematis Armandii.

However you decide to build your backyard oasis be sure to think through everything and consider the benefits of adding a retaining wall. For more great ideas and ways to spruce up your property contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures via our website or call us at 519-376-9241.

New Year, New Kitchen?

With the New Year upon us, why not start fresh with a Kitchen remodel project? Many of us don’t think that the winter months are the best time for a renovation, when in fact, it is probably one of the best times to start a renovation or remodeling project.

Although, the winter may not be an ideal time to add a home addition to your house or replace your windows, there are many other home improvement projects you can still do to spruce up your living space. Why not start with a kitchen remodel, nothing to drastic but start with giving your cabinets a facelift or replacing your cabinets. Another great project to start during the winter is finishing up your basement, no matter what you may be thinking spend the winter getting you and your home ready for the warm weather and spruce up your home.

A renovation or remodeling project in the winter has many benefits, such as:

  • Saves you money, contractors are not as busy right now and will usually have some promotions on to encourage homeowners to purchase
  • Less stress, your contractor will have more time to spend with you ensuring you get exactly what you want

These are just a couple of benefits to renovating your home during the winter, and once summer comes and all your neighbours and friends are worried about their kitchen renovation or the construction going on to have their basement finished you can sit back and enjoy the warm weather.

Contact Grey Bruce Patio today to get your next home improvement project started, or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com for more information on our products & services.

Replacement Windows for Winter

It’s that time of the year again, everyone is all excited getting ready for Christmas and the holidays! One thing we all aren’t happy about is the cold weather that comes along with it, and what comes along with the snow? Increased heating bills and bundling up to keep warm.

Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures wants to help you keep warm through these cold Canadian winters. Contact Grey Bruce Patio today for great tips and ways to keep your house warmer this winter and your energy bills down. A great way to start saving you money is through your windows, many homeowners get the best windows when they build their home and never think of them again. Maybe you just bought a house and are unsure when the windows were replaced last or if they have been replaced at all.

Knowing when you need to change or replace your windows

This is the tricky part, there is no set number on how many years after you have installed your windows should you replace them. Many factors go into determining when you need to replace your windows, such as:

  • Materials the windows were made with
  • The walls and frame around the window
  • How old your house is

These are just some of the factors that go into figuring out when your windows need replacing. Although there are many other easy to spot signs that you need new windows, things like cracks in the windows and rotting wood around your window. The best way to find out if you need your windows replaced is to contact a professional and find out the current condition of your windows.

Replacing your windows is a great way to save your home on energy costs and with all of the new material and technology constantly being created, upgrading your windows can help your home last that much longer.

To find out more information about replacement windows and to see if your home could benefit from new windows contact Grey Bruce Patio or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com.

Get Your Home Ready For Winter

As the cooler weather starts to approach, you should start thinking about ways to get your home ready for the white stuff. Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures can help you winterize your home to ensure you stay warm this winter.

Porch Enclosure

Have an existing porch or backyard patio with a gorgeous scene, ask Grey Bruch Patio how turning your existing Patio or Porch into a Porch Enclosure or a Four Season Sunroom is a simple way to enjoy the winter view while staying warm and cozy inside your home.

Windows

Replacing your windows is a great way to keep your house warm and save you on your energy bill this winter. With our line of North Star Windows, Grey Bruce Patio will help you install your windows to ensure they are done correctly and in a way to save you money. Changing your windows is a simple way to prepare your home and give you a picture perfect view on those days where the snow looks beautiful. Enjoy the view and stay warm using Grey Bruce Patio and North Star Windows.

Roof

Your roof is a huge part of your home and keeping everyone inside your home safe, you want to ensure that your roof is in tip top shape before the first snow fall. Fixing small crack and leaks in your roof now can save you a huge amount of money come spring when you will need to fix the leaks and cracks because they have now become holes and caused some mold build up. Grey Bruce Patio can ensure your roof is in great shape for winter with our General Contracting Services.

For more information on ways to winterize your home and other products and services offered by Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures visit www.greybrucepatio.com.

Why Aluminum Decks Are Better Than Wood

Your Deck is an extension of your home; a place to make memories, enjoy the weather and share laughter with family and friends. You may be wondering why you should upgrade your wood deck and switch it up for something new. Well, here are some reasons of why Sunspace Alumadecks are the perfect option for your home:

Safety First

Old decks can be a serious safety concern for your children as some contain arsenic from pressure treated wood. If your children love to crawl around and play on your deck it may be time to upgrade your outdoor space by installing non-toxic aluminum powder coating or by replacing the boards with Alumadeck. Alumadeck is not only versatile, but is non-skid and slip resistant making it the safest choice for your family!

Maintenance-Free

Alumadecks, unlike wood, never need to be treated or stained as it will not rust, crack, fade or rot from harsh weather conditions. This allows you to enjoy your outdoor space without having to put in the back-breaking work of staining and refinishing a wood deck.

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Clear Views

Sunspace Aluminum and Glass Railing Systems are not only elegant, modern and stylish but practical as well. They allow you to have a crystal clear view of the lake, garden or backyard all year.

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For more information on Grey Bruce Patio Enclosure products and services please visit, www.greybrucepatio.com.