Getting the most out of your living space, whether it’s the interior of your home or the exterior, can be a challenge.
If you’re having a tough time deciding whether to renovate your current home, build new or maybe sell and move to a different home, a good first step is to consult someone with experience in transforming homes.
“You may have lived in your home 15 or 20 years or more, you’ve raised your kids there, so there’s that emotional connection. You love your place and the location, but you just want to have a fresh look,” says Reto Marti with RPM Masonry.
His company has undertaken a wide variety of projects, from kitchen or bathroom makeovers to more significant whole home renovations, that leave homeowners smiling. “Doing a renovation means you don’t have to part with the property, and it can feel like you’re in a new house, but in a new setting.”
The cost factor favours the renovator
One of the first things to consider before making a decision is how much you expect to spend. With the cost of materials, labour, professional services, permitting and even environmental concerns factoring into a new build, Marti says, choosing to renovate can make good financial sense.
“Often you can spend half the money and make your older home look newer, especially if the home’s structure is still sound,” he says. Adding in the disposal costs of teardowns, he adds, “it can be a valid proposition to refurbish and rejuvenate your home.”
Creating your open floor plan is easier today
Advances in construction technologies over the years have allowed owners of older homes to create contemporary new layouts. But what will work best for your home?
“People ask me, what do you think we can do with that space or project?” Marti says. “We’ll talk to you about designs and can help you make those decisions.” For example, going from a traditional floor plan to a more open concept is possible today because of new building materials that weren’t available in the 1950s or 60s. “With increased spans and load capacities, it allows for open floor plans that were previously not doable,” he says.
Link your outdoor and indoor spaces
Drawing on more than three decades of experience transforming outdoor and indoor living spaces – in some cases, blending the two together – Marti and the RPM team work closely with you to make your vision a reality, or provide you with ideas that have worked for other homeowners. Ask RPM about examples of their work that relate to your project!