As a homeowner looking to create a new space or renovate an outdated space, it is easy to get caught up in the design of the final product and steer your budget towards finishes and decor.
Remember to spend time thinking about your project from inside - to out, inside is what holds your house together, and keeps it dry, safe, and standing.
Think of your house as a system. It is much more than just four walls and a roof — it’s an interactive system made up of many components including the basic structure, insulation, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical equipment. Each component influences the performance of the entire system.
A renovation provides an opportunity to improve how your house performs. Leave room in your budget to upgrade what’s hidden inside the walls and in your mechanical room, to do it right the first time. Not only will this save time and money down the line but it will make for a cleaner more efficient space for you and your family.
Updating a home to be an efficient home, sometimes means:
*Replacing insulation, vapour barrier or old plaster. Many older homes have high heating requirements because of high rates of air leakage and building envelope areas that are not well insulated. Adequate home insulation can save up to 50% in heating costs.
*Replacing your furnace, hot water tank, electrical, and plumbing fixtures to more efficient units and bring them up to today’s standards. With today’s skyrocketing energy costs, homeowners more than ever are seeking energy saving home improvements
Whether it’s electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roofing, foundations, or even mould evaluation, a licensed contractor is qualified to make sure it meets proper building code and safety guidelines.
A licensed contractor can offer two valuable bits of information: Does the system meet minimum building code standards? If the answer is “no”, what will it cost to bring the home up to safe standards?
Hiring a licensed contractor, home inspector or contacting a licensed energy advisor will ensure that you will get the information you need to think “Inside-Out” and complete the best renovation possible. To discuss your home renovation requirements, contact Allegria Homes at email@example.com.