Renovation trends reflect the changing needs of Canadian homeowners whether it’s creating room for aging parents, a home work space or simply a more enjoyable living environment. At the same time, quality and long-term value are paramount.
Members of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association Renovation Council keep in close tough with the marketplace. You can expect them to be knowledgeable about the latest consumer trends and able to give you solid advice on appropriate designs, products and regulations.
The younger generation is delaying final departure from the parental home; at the same time, aging parents are moving in with their adult children. Self-contained in-law, or secondary, suites may be accommodated within the existing house or built as new additions. Depending on the regulations in your community, a secondary suite may be used later as a rental unit.
Whether renovating for yourself or adding an in-law suite, it’s a good idea to include accessibility features — wide doorways and halls, grab-bars in the bathroom, non-skid flooring, lever-type handles and so on. Many of these features simply make good sense; they make life easier and safer for everyone at a reasonable cost. Looks for renovators who carry the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist designation.
The Home Office
Canadians are working out of their homes in record numbers, whether they are operating their own business or telecommuting. Renovating your home provides the ideal opportunity to create an attractive and efficient work environment with acoustical insulation, pre-wiring, built-in work station, shelving, storage space and, if possible, lots of natural light.
Upgrading the energy performance of your home is generally less costly when you piggyback energy improvements onto other renovation work. From insulation to energy-efficient heating systems, windows, appliances and lighting, your renovator can advise you on options to reduce energy use and increase your savings. Government programs such as teh EcoEnergy audit will also help to pay for some of this retrofitting.
Healthy Indoor Air
Do you regularly experience headaches, respiratory problems or allergies at home? They could be signs of poor air quality. Professional renovators can help diagnose the problems and improve your indoor air quality, whether it’s fixing a leaky foundation or installing a mechanical ventilation system. They can also suggest healthier products and techniques to minimize air-borne pollution and chemical emissions.