Makes plans, get cost es­ti­mates be­fore ren­o­vat­ing

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

If you live in an older house, chances are that you will want to up­date or re­place cladding, doors and win­dows at some point. Ex­te­rior ren­o­va­tions can give new life to a “tired” home and re­duce main­te­nance sig­nif­i­cantly.

At the same time, you can im­prove the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, se­cu­rity and gen­eral com­fort of your home.

When you are ready to be­gin plan­ning, talk with a pro­fes­sional ren­o­va­tor to get ideas and a sense of cost. Make sure it’s some­one who is ex­pe­ri­enced in ex­te­rior ren­o­va­tions and can of­fer you both sound tech­ni­cal ad­vice and de­sign as­sis­tance. and match” ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate at­trac­tive, cus­tom-tailored ex­te­ri­ors.

Re­plac­ing your doors and win­dows can make a big dif­fer­ence to the over­all ap­pear­ance and bright­ness of your home. With the huge se­lec­tion of win­dows and doors on the mar­ket, your best bet is to con­sult with your ren­o­va­tor:

Which styles, ma­te­ri­als, sizes and types would work best? Can you add more win­dows? Should you in­crease the num­ber of win­dows that open and close for a bet­ter air flow? Can you add a side­light to your main door­way for a more wel­com­ing en­trance to your home?

The pos­si­bil­i­ties for up­grad­ing or adding a porch, a deck, over­hangs and dec­o­ra­tive fin­ish­ing touches are al­most end­less. View­ing other peo­ple’s homes and check­ing mag­a­zines is a good first step. adding a layer of rigid or semi-rigid in­su­la­tion or in­stalling an air bar­rier to re­duce leak­age. An ex­pe­ri­enced ren­o­va­tor will also know what to avoid—trap­ping mois­ture be­tween two vapour bar­ri­ers, for in­stance. Your ren­o­va­tor can also ad­vise you on the right glaz­ing for your new en­ergy-ef­fi­cient win­dows to cap­ture the sun’s heat on the north side, to block out sun­light and ex­cess heat gain on the south side and to cut glare. and next to sheds or garages. A pro­gram­mable timer or lights that are photo or mo­tion sen­si­tive of­fer ad­di­tional se­cu­rity when you get away from home.

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