If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-05-28 | Approximate reading time 8 mins
Often, the garage's primary use is storage: it hides seasonal items, old furniture as well as the random, unnecessary things that accumulate over the years. However, this overlooked space is just as valuable as the rest of the house!
With a little bit of love and support, any homeowner can transform their garage from forgotten mess into full-blown haven! If you're unsure about what to do with this space, here are some ideas for you to explore, consider and potentially implement into your own home.
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If you have been denied the right to renovate or expand your property, but are in desperate need of another room, why not consider turning your garage into an alternative living space? Not all garages are conducive or comfortable enough for hanging out in or, further, sleeping. They are generally not correctly insulated or even heated.
However, there are plenty of options to make this room just as cozy as the rest of the house. Consider installing heated floors or even carpeting over concrete to give the garage more of a homey vibe.
Also, create zones: does your car still need to fit inside your garage? Add a couch and television on one side and let your car rest just behind them on the other. With enough finesse, this room could easily become your new favourite and you won't even notice the giant Chevy sitting to your left. Of course, if you decide to keep your car indoors, please make sure that the garage is extremely well ventilated or else you and your loved ones may experience health problems.
If you're in need of somewhere to send the kids for a few hours so you can take care of business, think about turning your garage into a playroom! The garage is perfect for messier activities that you might not want to take place inside of the house. Arts and crafts anyone? Now you won't have to worry too much about your little one drawing on your new hardwood floor or stark white walls.
Install a desk along the wall for the possibility of working on your laptop while the children are at play. Build lots of extra storage space to hold their toys, craft materials and other miscellaneous things that might otherwise take over more formal areas of your home.
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Is your garage being underused or unused? Has it just become a repository for unwanted things that have piled up and may never be dealt with? A cost-effective and practical solution for the misuse of this room is to turn it into an at-home studio! Instead of building an addition onto the home, repurpose the garage to function as a space for your own creative needs: maybe you've always wanted to take up painting, photography, sculpture, or pottery?
Regardless of your outlet, the garage is perfect for expanding your mind without expanding your home. Invest in some task lighting or install a glass door to add ample natural light to the space. Leave wiring and old beams exposed for a New York Loft feel that will inspire most.
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You never know when guests might pop up for a quick visit! If your home is lacking the space to host parents or friends, use that garage as a place to host and hold those unexpected guests.
Create ample storage so you can continue to keep things you don't need hidden. Also, look for various types of multi-functional furniture, such as a day bed that can be used as a couch or a TV stand that functions as a room divider. Think about innovative ways you can make this space inviting while keeping it functional for both you and your guests' needs.
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Amongst homeowners, a common DIY garage job is the home gym! If you're looking for an excuse to get in shape this year, and are finding you haven't been using that garage space practically, now is the time to take on this renovation project. Luckily, a gym does not necessarily require heating, so don't worry too much about insulating (climate-dependent of course).
Make sure to build or install plenty of shelving to house easy to access fitness equipment as well as other necessary garage items. If the structure allows, hang swings or ropes from the ceiling so the kids can get involved. Grab portable mats for stretching or taking a rest. Maybe this could ignite a hidden passion for gymnastics or at least, if nothing else, you'll get that heart rate up a few notches.
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Sometimes, your home just isn't big enough for a room dedicated to fostering relaxation and togetherness. If you're lacking space but need somewhere for the whole family to unwind, why not try converting your garage into a family room outside of the main home?
Spend some time insulating this room properly to make it extra cozy, this may involve raising the floor height to insulate over the concrete slab. Consider tying into the main house's heating and cooling system, or if this isn't possible, installing an additional one.
This might involve a service upgrade to support the large electrical load, but it will be cheaper than a home addition. Portable heating and cooling systems can also be purchased, so make sure to investigate all options. Add some comfortable couches and a television, even a little reading nook or small library. Luckily, the possibilities are endless in a family room that contains noise outside of the home!
Are you exploring a growing passion for music and interested in recording your debut album? Maybe you're a homeowner whose child wants to play in the school band? Your garage is an excellent space to allow music passions to blossom! Follow some simple soundproofing DIY steps, which can be completed with acoustic tiling or acoustic foams.
If you're serious about it, explore all the options when it comes to acoustical treatments of the space, as the layout will greatly affect the sound you're hearing. Also, make sure you've renovated the garage to allow for electricity and you'll be all set. If the job is done correctly, you'll be able to make sweet music until the break of dawn without your neighbours being the wiser!
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your garage renovation project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with 3 qualified professionals. Fill out the form on our homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from trusted renovation specialists.
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