Should I DIY My Kitchen Renovation?

It’s important to remember that professionals have training, experience, time and suppliers. We know what to expect and what to do. It’s often the small, simple little tricks that will make your life much easier or much worse down the road. Bryan Baeumler kitchen reno advises that you can certainly take time to learn, put the effort in and spend the money on the extra material you’ll need if you make mistakes. But you have to be honest with yourself about your skills and how much free time you have. At the end of the job, it has to look good, it has to be put together well and it has to be built properly or you’re actually creating a liability in your home, not really an asset. – Bryan Baeumler will appear in Season 4 of Home to Win, premiering on HGTV Canada this fall.

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Should I Renovate My Kitchen Before I Sell?

At my open houses, people tend to congregate in the kitchen. If you’re on a limited budget, focus on modernizing as opposed to gutting and renovating. Paint or replace your cabinet doors, purchase new appliances, update the light fixture, faucet and sink or install new countertops and flooring. Finish off with a fresh coat of paint and ensure the room is spotless and free from clutter. Just before that first open house, bake a fresh batch of cookies! – Devon Owen,

What Are Some Specific Electrical Consideration When Designing A Kitchen?

A proper electrical plan is crucial to creating a fully functional kitchen. Each appliance requires dedicated feeds and different gauges of wire. Built-in appliances such as built-in vacuum systems should be considered as well.

Lighting is also important, both to highlight the features of the kitchen and provide a safe working environment. Since the kitchen is often used as a space to entertain, accent lighting and dimmers should be included, allowing you to create mood lighting as needed. Another consideration that is growing in popularity is home automation. Planning for automation in advance will open up more options for seamless integration. – Hotwire Electric,

Quartz VS Granite

Quartz is an engineered stone using 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resin and this is a great choice for a contemporary, upscale look. The main benefit of quartz is its low-maintenance qualities. It resists stains and does not harbor bacteria or germs. It is also heat resistant.

Granite, on the other hand, is a 100% natural stone. Because no two countertops are exactly the same, granite is a great choice for a unique finish. It should be cleaned daily with soap and water or a mild cleaner and resealed once a year for longevity.

If you’re still not sure which is best for you, we have over 20 years experience and can walk you through the options to ensure you have the best countertop for your new kitchen or bathroom! – Lucy Cortese,

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