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4 Ways to Transform your Bedroom

Renovation tips

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4 Ways to Transform your Bedroom

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Every once and a while, we’re hoping for a way to update the rooms of our homes, adding creative, practical and innovative elements without spending a fortune. The bedroom is a special space in that it needs to be cosy and comfortable but also functional.

A bedroom is not just like any other room in the house. In some ways, it is something of a sanctuary within the home, where you spend your most intimate moments. If you’re finding your bedroom just isn’t cutting it and you’re looking to take on a makeover but aren’t quite sure how to start this project, don’t worry too much!

We’ve compiled a few ideas on ways to breathe new life into your room without spending a fortune.

Here are 4 things to consider when renovating your bedroom

1- Give your bedroom walls a makeover

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You've finally decided that it's time to remove that old wallpaper from your walls or to apply a fresh coat of paint. Hopefully, you won't discover any bad surprises along the way, such as damaged walls, holes, or mould. 

If you’re removing wallpaper or come across any damage to your walls, be sure to fill any holes and smooth out or treat bumps or damage. This is so you’ll be starting with a smooth and even surface. Applying a new coat of paint or a new sheet of wallpaper to a smooth surface will be beneficial for the longevity of the new coating!

Next, clean and remove any traces of dust from the walls. Before you start painting, clear away any obstacles from the surrounding areas, paying careful attention to protect the surfaces won’t be painted. Use masking tape or painting tape around the edges of walls, floors and windows to keep paint off unwanted areas.

For optimal results, start by applying a coat of primer, as this will allow your next coat of paint to adhere to the surface properly as well as helping to hide any imperfections. 

If you don’t have the budget to redo your entire floor, why not consider painting the trim around the room in a bright or interesting colour? You might also want to do an accent wall to give a little pop of visual interest.

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2- Renovating your bedroom floor

If your floor looks worn out or could use an update, it’s probably time to give it a new look! Depending on which type of floor you’re already working with, there are quite a few options to give your floor a chic revamp. 

If you have carpeting, you can rent a carpet washer to give it a deep clean and have it looking good as new. If you’re finding that you’ve developed allergies or that your carpet is quite old, you could consider removing it altogether.

An alternative to carpeting and an affordable option might be vinyl adhesive flooring. If you have a bigger budget, we’d suggest natural wood or flooring as it is a long-lasting and beautiful option that also holds the advantage of being very durable. 

If you go the vinyl route, this material is easy to install and will require minimal skills and time. While the vinyl installation process is easy, wood flooring should be put in place by a professional contractor.

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3- Mini makeovers

Renovating the floors and walls of your bedroom can work out to be a tedious and time-consuming endeavour. Also, not everyone may have the budget for these projects. There are plenty of simpler projects that you might choose in favour of a weekend DIY job.

Think about various cosmetic changes that will make an impact. Why not buy new bedding? Choose something with a graphic if your room needs a creative element. Another excellent option that adds a quick change is to replace the handles on your bedroom door, dresser, closet and windows and add decorative ones. 

This is a small bedroom detail that’s often overlooked, but it can truly add some personality to an otherwise nondescript or boring piece of furniture.

Keep things around the room as organized as possible and this includes clothing, books and so forth. If you just can’t seem to keep things organized, add a statement piece on top of your storage unit, beside your dresser or another area that may be in need of some visual distraction. Hide any clutter in a cute footstool or a stylish set of baskets.

A new set of curtains can also make a huge difference. They can be used to preserve the intimacy of your room as well as adding a touch of colour. Is your room already too dark? Find sheer or light coloured curtains that allow light to filter in while also working to brighten up the space. 

If you’re attached to your curtains, maybe change the curtain rod to match the colour scheme you have instated for your bedroom. Don’t overlook these options, as you can improve your bedroom's general appearance in a major way with these little tricks of the trade!

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4- Add decorative accents to create the perfect bedroom atmosphere

Of course, everyone has their own tastes and needs so there’s no perfect recipe to choose the type of decor that is best suited for a bedroom. However, the main focus of your bedroom should be finding ways to promote sleep and relaxation. 

If your bed doesn’t already have one, consider adding a headboard. Creating your very own customer headboard is a DIY project that isn’t too difficult. If your bed already has a headboard, think about adding extra shelving and hidden storage in this area, as it’s a great way to tuck away items that aren’t always in use. 

It can also add character to the style of the room. If your floor is looking a little bare, why not add a chic area rug or small carpet? Adding the right size rug can make your room look bigger.

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If you don’t have the necessary painting materials on hand, you can find paintbrushes and other tools for only $1. A Door for Less Than $90? Absolutely! A 24- to 26-inch (61 cm to 91.4 cm) by 80-inch (203.2 cm) steel door is available starting at $70. Add a door handle with a cylinder and the total for your front door will still only be $82. Interior Decoration Revamp your home’s entire decorative features by investing in floating shelves, storage cubes, and other inexpensive decorative elements. All you need is $6.95 to start shopping. From the kitchen to the bathroom, you can spruce up your decoration without needing to break your piggy bank. Decorative elements for the bathroom: shelves, bath mats, or shower curtains are yours starting at $10.50. You can even drape all the windows in your house with opaque or sheer curtains for only $11 apiece! Moreso, you can choose between a wide variety of colours and patterns. For example, bicolour day/night shades are yours for $35 apiece. Let your imagination run wild on account of used materials at the best possible prices. Are you looking for experts for your demolition project? Fill in this form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Why Are Few House Building Materials Recycled? Source: Canva Several issues surround the recycling of used building materials. It requires: Choosing used instead of new; Demolishing a building in a non-traditional manner; Materials must be free of any contaminants (asbestos, lead, etc.); Upcycling network; Linking supply and demand. The Government of Quebec is working on these aspects, intending to recycle more and more materials derived from construction, renovation, and demolition. However, companies must bridge the gap between supply and demand. To help you find the right companies, here's a list of Quebec-based companies that specialize in salvaging demolition materials and selling recycled construction materials. List of Companies in Quebec/Ottawa Where to Buy, Sell, or Donate Demolition-Issued Materials Company Donate Buy Sell Location Material ÉCO-RÉNO X X Montréal All AIM Recycling X X Charlemagne Steel Artisans recycleurs N/A N/A N/A Sainte-Lucie-des- Laurentians Carpentry Baldwin récupération X Bury Wood (Barns) BF Recycle X X St-Christophe d’Arthabaska All Bois d’Antan X X St-Casimir Carpentry Veser Antique Woods N/A X N/A St-Cyprien-de-Napierville Antique Wood La boutique rustique X X N/A Rigaud Accessories De tout pour tout X X X Terrebonne Metal, Everyday Objects ECOBOIS X X Ste-Marguerite-du-lac- Masson Wood Écocentres MRC de la Rivière-du-Nord X X Laurentians All Éco-Dépôt X X Montréal Furniture Madera éco-meuble N/A X N/A Montréal Furniture RGMRM X X Manicouagan All Material Library X X Îles-de-la-Madeleine Everyday Objects, Clothes Material Library X X St-Cyrille de Lessard Wood Matériaux et surplus Lefebvre X X St-François-du-Lac All Matériaux récupérés de Portneuf X X St-Casimir Wood Écochantier X X Saint-Pascal/Rivière-du-Loup All Les Magasin Habitat pour l’humanité (ReStore) X X Montréal All Habitat for Humanity (ReStore) X X Ottawa All Matériaux seconde vie X X L’Assomption Wood Furniture Matériaux usagés de l’Estrie X X X Sherbrooke All Démolition Panzini N/A N/A N/A Saint-Zotique Demolition On-Site Recycling Québec Aubaines Recycle X X X Québec All Recyclerie des Matériaux X X Ste-Agathe-des-Monts Everyday Objects Recyc-Antique X X Cowansville Barn Demolition Wood Réuse inc X X Sherbrooke Ktichen/Living Room Roger Bois de Grange X X Rigaud Barn Wood Vieux Bois X X Ste-Agathe-des-Monts Demolition Wood The Wood Source N/A N/A N/A Ottawa Wood

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Cynthia Laferrière 01 May 2022

Why Choose a Condensing Boiler for Your Home?

Are you asking yourself if and why you should install a condensing boiler in your home? Is investing in a new heating system really worth it? Condensing Boiler: Method of Operation First off, don't get me wrong : people have a tendency to confuse a boiler with a furnace. So, let’s clear it up: a boiler heats water or uses steam, while a furnace heats existing air and blows it out into air ducts. Condensing boilers' popularity is growing, especially given their high-energy efficiency and consistent heat distribution for maximum comfort. Their mechanism is not that different from that of conventional models. The fundamental principle of a boiler is to burn gas which, thanks to a heat exchanger and its reaction to air, produces carbon dioxide and water in the form of hot steam. As it cools down, this vapour is transformed into liquid water. The energy used in the process is converted to heat your home and generate hot water for use. The difference with a condensing system is that the steam does not escape through pipes or chimneys. The water generated by the cooling process is recovered and reheated, so the energy is recycled to power the heating system. Photo: Flickr Installing a boiler is a rather complex task and often requires the help of a professional. Expect to shell about $3,500 to $12,000 for installation. The price does vary according to the system that is taken out and the one that will be installed in its place. Are you looking for experts to tackle your air conditioning or heating system project? Fill out our form to receive quotes from certified contractors! Where to Install the Condensing Boiler? Boilers are usually located in low-use rooms or in secluded areas, such as a basement, attic, laundry room, or garage. Truth be told, you can install your boiler just about anywhere. However, there are a few standards that must be met. The room in question will have to reach a minimum height which varies depending on the boiler model. In addition, there are models which are wall-mounted and designed for small spaces, and which cannot be fixed on a thin partition. Photo: Flickr Also, make sure that the boiler isn't installed in the same room as an appliance that could alter the airflow, and that the area has adequate ventilation. Choose rooms of 8m³. Energy Savings A condensing boiler can save you up to 15 to 20% on your annual electricity bill, since it recycles about 11% of the energy normally wasted with a non-condensing model. So the investment is indeed worthwhile, provided that you choose a high-performance system, of course. To maximize your energy savings from your condensing boiler, it is imperative that it be installed on a heating system that allows the condensed water flowing back into the tank to remain at a temperature lower or equal to 55 degrees Celsius. We recommend a system that provides temperature control through access to an exterior sensor. Energy Saving Financial Aid Programs Government agencies as well as power companies have put in place assistance programs to encourage people to adopt energy-efficient or low greenhouse gas emission appliances. It is increasingly important to facilitate the transition to green energy and to lower energy consumption, to protect our planet. Among these types of incentive programs, Energir offers grants ranging from $900 to $25,000. Subject to certain terms and conditions, the amount awarded varies according to the energy capacity of the appliance you choose. For example, if you use natural gas instead of certain heating oils, you’ll have a smaller environmental footprint, since the smoke from burning natural gas isn't harmful. It's ideal for LEED projects! *The assistance awarded differs from one region to the next. Your power provider or heating expert will be able to better inform you on the subject matter. Condensing Boiler Maintenance Since the efficiency of the system depends largely on keeping it in good, working condition, you will need to have a professional come out to check up on your condensing boiler annually. They will verify its general condition before cleaning it and perform a more detailed inspection of all the components of your unit and your heating system. The technician will ensure that the settings of the combustion process are optimized to improve efficiency, reduce external losses and ensure your safety. If necessary, they will calculate the carbon monoxide level in the air. Maintaining your heating equipment, whatever it is, is important to avoid accidents, breakdowns, damages and heat loss. All of which are important, financially, as well as for your health.

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