Our Process

Pre-Design Phase

Our team will help you get a handle on what you can do with your home. During our initial consultation you will receive advice and recommendations on your options, how to stretch your dollar and get the most of your renovation.

Renovation Services - Pre-Design Phase
Renovation Services - Budget Preparatio

Budget Preparation

A scope of work and budget document will be drafted based on the Pre Design Phase. Both an Interior Designer and Project Manager work hand in hand to develop a budget, your project manager builds the construction and labour portion, while the designer works on developing the product and design portion. Being able to mirror the design and construction side allows us to build a budget tailored specifically to you.

And the dream begins...

Design & Construction Phase

Your 1st meeting will be with your interior designer when they will spend the necessary time with you to build your package exactly the way you want it.

Materials are ordered and Construction Begins...

You'll get to know your project manager well, as he is frequently on site doing site inspections, ensuring all necessary precautions have been taken, answering any questions, handling problems or schedule changes and making sure your renovation runs smoothly...

But not to worry our trades are the best in the city... Most have been with Designers Edge for over 10 years and they currently already work with some of the most established home builders in the city...

And then it's over almost as quickly as it began...

Renovation Tips

Why Renovate?

There are many reasons to renovate beyond just increasing the convenience and comfort of your home; and many reasons to build additions beyond just creating more space. Many projects will make your home more attractive, safer, easier to maintain as well as more energy-efficient and less costly to operate.

CAREFULLY PLAN YOUR PROJECT

Always have a budget in mind BEFORE you start to renovate.

What kind of time line do you have in mind?

Do you want to live in your home while the renovation is taking place, or would you prefer to move out during that time?

Do you have children and/or pets? And if so, where will they be during the renovation?

Have you thought about your design and color choice??? Or contacted a designer?

Do you have a Contractor?

What are your expectations from your contractor?

Some renovations and additions, such as converting a bungalow to a two-story home, will require that you move out during construction. Others projects, such as an addition above an attached garage or a refurbished kitchen, may allow you to live with the building project – but there will be inconvenience and disruption that you'll have to plan for.

Major projects may require the services of an architect and other professionals such as engineers and heating contractors. Their drawings are not only required to obtain building permits and other municipal approvals, but they provide the basis for your renovation contractor to price the project.

Be realistic about the time a project will take to get started and to complete; understand all the costs associated, including at least a 10 per cent contingency for changes and unexpected conditions; and the impact the project will have on the daily operation of your home and family activities.

If your project is likely to last more than a few weeks, it's wise to discuss your project with neighbours. In addition to unavoidable noise and dirt, there will be vehicles parked on the street, disposal bins in the driveway, and plenty of truck deliveries. Most neighbours will be understanding and accommodating, especially if notified first.

Include a requirement for daily clean-up in your contract, so that your home, your street and nearby lawns don't end up resembling a construction site.

SELECT A REPUTABLE RENOVATOR

Look for a renovation company as your assurance that you have hired a professional who will provide high quality services.

Ask about the company’s experience with projects similar to yours. We recommend that you get the names of homeowners who have had equivalent work done and ask them about their experience.

Your design professional or your renovator should be able to provide rough sketches satisfactory to give you confidence to proceed or to refine your plans. A preliminary sketch and a general indication of the quality of materials and workmanship you seek (the "specifications") will allow the renovator to give you a budget estimate and an indication of the time it will take to finalize design, obtain building permits or other approvals, and complete the project.

Your renovator will select and manage experienced trades people for specific elements, such as electricians, plumbers, painters, or those who apply drywall, brick or stucco. Your designer will select products and materials with you to make your sure that it all comes together.

GET A WRITTEN CONTRACT

When you make your decision to hire a renovation company, get it in writing. Include the precise scope of work; the price or budget price, including a schedule of payments; a reasonable timetable for completing the work; and any instructions for protecting parts of the house not under construction.

Avoid renovators who offer to do work without a contract in an attempt to avoid payment of the GST. This type of renovator may also not be paying worker's compensation or carrying adequate insurance, leaving you at financial risk.

CHECK ON PROGRESS

Regular communication between you and your renovator may avoid problems.

During the course of a renovation or addition it is common for the homeowner to request changes or ask for additional work. These requests may affect the cost and time it takes to complete your project. It is important that you have a signed change order for all changes.

Make sure that you are aware of additional costs and that these changes are added to the contract. Better still, try to think of these things during the planning stage – you don't want to be ordering additional flowers on the wedding day!

DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS

Raise any concerns you may have without delay. Schedule meetings with your renovator when he or she can address your concerns without distraction.

Your renovator will discuss any concerns that you may have with the project or items that do not meet your expectations. But be flexible when minor changes occur that do not affect either the appearance or function of the job. Note any changes that are made as a result of such conferences, and do so in writing.

The Appraisal Institute of Canada regularly surveys its members to find out which renovation projects are most likely to result in "payback" when the house is sold.

In order, the following projects add value that may be recovered:

  • Renovating a kitchen
  • Upgrading the flooring
  • Adding a main floor family room
  • Renovating the basement
  • Renovating a bathroom
  • Replacing windows or doors
  • Adding a fireplace
  • Upgrading the heating system

Understand whether your project will increase the market value of your home or is just for your own pleasure and convenience.