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August 2017

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Steps to Ensure You Have a Stress-Free Kitchen Remodel

Let’s face it, your kitchen is one of the most used and loved rooms in your entire home and it makes perfect sense that you would want to invest in making it beautiful and functional. Many homeowners in Saskatoon dream about remodeling their kitchen one day and fantasizing all of the cool features they would want in their ultimate kitchen.

However, many homeowners hesitate to get started because they think of it as a huge project that requires a lot of preparation and planning. While all this is true, many find that all the time and effort is well worth it once they have a gorgeous new kitchen to enjoy.

Here is a guide of the steps you need to take towards ensuring your kitchen remodel is stress-free.

 

The Right Contractor

This is where Kijenga can play a key role in your kitchen renovation project. 89% of homeowners in Saskatoon are frustrated with the process of finding and hiring contractors. We make it easy as pie with our online matchmaking service for Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Simply post your project. Our project coordinator will contact you to finalize some details before matching you with certified and reputable contractors that specialize in kitchen renovations. We make sure all our contractors have liability insurance, WCB, a valid business license, GST number and references. We do the homework for you. Once we connect you to our verified pros, they provide quotes on your project and voila. We help you from posting your project details to making the hire and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home. Simply post your project for free and let’s get things started on the right foot.

 

The Perfect Design

Maybe you’ve put a lot of thought into the design of your kitchen; maybe you haven’t. If you haven’t, an experienced contractor will also be able to help you discover your desired aesthetic as well as make recommendations based on your kitchen’s existing shape, space, and potential. Let us help you. Check out this awesome offer from Krawchuk Construction in Saskatoon. It includes a 2 hour in-home consultation with an experienced and professional contractor to discuss your project. Together you will customize a plan with a detailed project budget and report tailored for your bathroom renovation. You will receive professional 2D and 3D drawings and blueprints to give you a visual representation of your project. It’s truly the best place to start when planning your kitchen remodel.

 

A Prepared Budget

If you have, in fact, put a lot of thought into your kitchen remodel design, you should have a budget prepared. Your contractor will tell you if your desired specifications will work with the amount of money you are willing to spend. Remember that materials and appliances are significant factors in determining the overall costs of your kitchen remodel.

If you need help planning out your kitchen renovation, it’s best to consult with an expert. As mentioned above, we have a great starter package on our online marketplace. Check it out. 

 

Detailed Estimates

It is recommended that you request quotes from at least 3 contractors when planning your kitchen remodel. Recognize that whoever bids the lowest price doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best company for the job. They might be but do your due diligence. They may be cutting corners or using low-quality materials. This is why you should always ask for a detailed estimate that breaks down all the costs from materials to labour. The estimate should also include the payment schedule and project timeline. Although at Kijenga we certify and verify all our contractor members, it’s best to figure out which contractor is best for you and your project. Once we connect you with these kitchen renovation contractors in Saskatoon, make sure you ask the right questions and leave enough time for them to come by and provide a detailed estimate on the project.

In your first meeting with each contractor, don’t be hesitant to ask for their expected payment schedule and process, how long they have worked with their subcontractors, and a predicted timeline for the project.

 

The Written Contract

Once you have accepted a contractor’s bid for your kitchen remodel project, a written contract should be signed by both parties, and it should clearly state the following:

  • Project description
  • Details of materials used including costs and warranty
  • Permit information
  • Workmanship warranty
  • Lien waiver for subcontractors
  • Payment schedule
  • Contractor’s license number
  • Both of your addresses

Get it in writing!

Before your project starts, remember to prepare the site by moving aside all of the things you’ll need while the construction is ongoing. Plates, kitchen utensils, and other items you use frequently should be moved to another area. Consider transferring your microwave too so you and your family can still use it while the remodeling crew does work in your kitchen.

While a kitchen remodel is considered a major project, it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. If you find a contractor that you can trust, you’ll find the process enjoyable as you witness your kitchen transform as the work progresses.

 

 

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Guide to Keeping Your Plumbing Project on Schedule

Over time, the pipes in your house will gradually corrode, rust, and decay. Your plumbing will eventually get leaks and could potentially cause a flood of water or worse, raw sewage that will cause thousands of dollars in damage to your beautiful home.

There are small plumbing fixes that can be completed in a day or two. However, complex plumbing projects like removing lead or polybutylene pipes or replacing deteriorating pipes will require planning and the skills of a licensed plumber. If your looking for a great plumber in Saskatoon, look no further than Marz Plumbing and you can check out her great offers on the Kijenga Marketplace.

Only a licensed plumber has completed the required government tests and regularly undergoes re-certification testing. This ensures you that they’re competent enough to tackle any plumbing issue and are updated on the building codes in your area. And only a licensed Saskatoon plumber can apply for any of the building permits that your project requires.

Here are the factors that you need to keep in mind to ensure that your plumbing project goes smoothly.

 

Budget

The costs of your plumbing project will depend on what needs repair, renovation, and replacement. Many plumbers will charge an hourly labor rate. Inviting a plumber for an in-home estimate is the best way for you to get the most accurate quote and gauge if your budget is appropriate for your plumbing schedule.

The costs of your plumbing project can range significantly depending on the type of project. Small projects like repairing a toilet, replacing a sink or other bathroom fixtures are jobs that will only cost a few hundred dollars and may be finished in a day.

 

Materials

Fixtures may impact your timeline as they need to be purchased and so do their correlating piping. Communicate with your plumbing contractor regarding any materials that need purchasing so that you can ensure you stay on schedule.

 

Scheduling

You might be considering scheduling your plumbing project around the holidays because it means you have more time to oversee the renovation. However, everyone else may have the same thought, and while your plumber may be able to squeeze you into their busy holiday schedule, the job may be rushed.

And while you cannot predict when you will have a plumbing disaster, it is also best to put off any plumbing projects that can wait until after the coldest time of the year. During the Winter, Saskatoon plumbers are likely getting plenty of calls about frozen pipes.

 

Permits

A plumbing permit is required whenever a plumbing system is being constructed, changed, renewed or repaired. The City of Saskatoon states that “plumbing installations are governed by the Saskatchewan Plumbing Regulations, as adopted and enforced by the Building Standards Plumbing Inspectors.”

To obtain a permit, only a licensed plumbing contractor registered with the City of Saskatoon can submit a Plumbing Permit Application to Building Standards. Inspections are then carried out, with a final inspection required before the new system can be put into service.

 

Project Timeline

Plan your timeline in advance if you want to ensure that your project stays on track. You and your plumber need to agree on your expectations for completion. The timeline should be included in the contract you both have signed.

The timeline should include any work that needs to be done first like unclogging sinks and toilets or other plumbing jobs that are minor.

Keeping your plumbing project on schedule is ideal, but there are all sorts of mishaps that may occur that could throw it off course. Be prepared and keep a level head. If you follow this guide, you will be in a better position to see that your plumbing project is completed on time.

If you’re planning a project, hire a certified professional. Get matched to verified contractors at Kijenga.com  and browse for great offers on our marketplace at shop.kijenga.com 

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7 Landscaping Strategies to Follow For the Perfect Design Plan

Are you one of those Saskatoon homeowners who randomly collects plants and has no real design plan when it comes to their arrangement?

You wouldn’t be the first. However, without a method for the placement of your shrubs and flowerbeds, not only does your front yard lack the cohesion that makes good landscaping attractive but you also risk liabilities that could cause you frustration in the future.

Plants have different optimal growing conditions and not taking the time to get to know their needs or the soil, weather, and light conditions of your site could mean that some of your plants will not fulfill their potential.

Having a design plan will result in a cohesive landscape that is not only beautiful but will last longer. Here are 7 strategies to follow to achieve a smart landscape design.

 

  1. Be Prepared with Equipment Access

You should recognize from the very start that a time will come when you will need to do some repairs or have projects that require the use of equipment. This means having access to everything from a hedge trimmer to a lawn mower or even a chainsaw. If you don’t have what you need, you can always check out The Rent-It Store in Saskatoon.

 

  1. Start With Focal Points and Maintain Them

Whether your focal point occurred naturally or was intentionally placed, it can be an asset to your landscape and draw positive attention to your garden. Your focal point will force your viewer’s perspective towards a particular location. It could be a specimen tree, a fountain or a colorful flower bed.

 

  1. Don’t Overdo Curves

Curves, when incorporated in moderation, can add movement and structure to your landscape design. The aim should be to have continuous flowing lines that use the circumferences of adjacent circles and ellipses.

 

  1. Create and Invite Movement

Breathe life into your garden by adding elements that summon movement. Long grasses, wind chimes, and hanging ornaments that wave and sway in the wind add a touch of whimsy to your landscape. Consider planting flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

  1. Soften the Edges of Your House

It’s amazing how strategic placement of plants can add appealing accents to even the simplest of homes. Thoughtful designs such as a walkway or decorative flowers can accentuate any home.

 

  1. “Right Plant, Right Spot” Mantra

It’s understandable why you’re tempted to bring home a new plant with every visit to the nursery even if you’re just there for supplies. However, remember that plants grow at different rates and bringing home a plant that doesn’t fit into your existing design plan may cost you in the future.

When designing your garden, always take into consideration what each plant’s size at maturity will be, the rate at which it will grow and how much pruning and maintenance it will demand. Also be mindful of their placement beside other plants and outdoor furniture.

 

  1. Discover New Possibilities

Saskatoon is home to many nurseries and garden centers filled with beautiful choices of plants and accessories. Paying one a visit can inspire you to go beyond what you assumed were the limits of what your existing garden could offer.

Here is a little list to help you with your search in Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville.

You may even want to invite an experienced landscaping service to assess the state of your garden and have them create a detailed landscape design for you that fulfills its natural lifespan which will bring you and your family many years of delight. Check out our Kijenga Marketplace for great offers from Panoramic Landscape Design. You can get anything from a one hour consultation to a complete consult and design which includes:

  • One hour consultation with a professional landscape designer to provide inspiration and suggest ideas for your yard.
  • Includes front and back yard design.
  • Measurements of site plan. Please supply RPR (real property report) if available.
  • Presentation of the first concept plan and you as the client will suggest revisions of your preference.
  • Presentation of final plan with 3D Renderings; full plant list and all materials identified.
  • Client provided with 2 printed scaled final drawings and a scaled digital copy.

Best of luck with your project and if there is anything we can help you with, give us a ring at 1-844-KIJENGA.

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The Right Approach to Starting Your Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling the bathroom is the most common home improvement project according to a recent study of Canadian homeowners. It doesn’t come as a surprise to most people. Renovating a bathroom is great for re-sale and it’s a room you use most often in your home. Improving your bathroom can shoot up the value of your house and so you see a lot of real estate investors putting some cash into ensuring the bathrooms are well done. Whether you’re planning to put the house on the market or you’re now an empty nester and looking to create your bathroom oasis, there are a number of reasons that homeowners in Saskatoon are looking to remodel their bathroom. Maybe you have no choice because your bathroom is no longer safe to use or has too many plumbing issues.

Whatever your reason, a bathroom remodel can be fun and exciting when you approach it the right way. If you find the process daunting, here is a guide to getting your bathroom remodel project started.

 

Finding a Contractor

This is where Kijenga can play a key role in your bathroom renovation project. 89% of homeowners in Saskatoon are frustrated with the process of finding and hiring contractors. We make it easy as pie with our online matchmaking service for Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Simply post your project. Our project coordinator will contact you to finalize some details before matching you with certified and reputable contractors that specialize in bathroom renovations. We make sure all our contractors have liability insurance, WCB, a valid business license, GST number and references. We do the homework for you. Once we connect you to our verified pros, they provide quotes on your project and voila. We help you from posting your project details to making the hire and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home. Simply post your project for free and let’s get things started on the right foot.

 

Preparing Your Budget

There are a few factors that determine the cost of your bathroom remodel – size, shape, and materials. The higher the quality of the materials you hope to use, the bigger the budget you should prepare. Your budget will also depend on the level of renovation. Will the bathroom remodel require demolition and removal? Are you gutting the existing plumbing and having them replaced entirely? Are you completely re-tiling?

If you need help planning out your renovation, it’s best to consult with an expert. Luckily for you, we have a great offer on our online marketplace. Check it out. 

You want to renovate your home but you have no idea where to start. You have ideas and the wheels are turning but you aren’t going anywhere. Don’t worry, we know the feeling and you’re not alone.

If you’re planning a home renovation project but you need a professional to come into your home to discuss options, offer advice and be there along the way, this package is a perfect fit for you. It includes a 2 hour in-home consultation with an experienced and professional contractor to discuss your project. Together you will customize a plan with a detailed project budget and report tailored for your bathroom renovation.

 

Requesting Estimates

The recommendation is to request quotes from at least 3 contractors so that you can not only compare pricing but also determine which of the contractors you will have the best working relationship with. Although at Kijenga we certify and verify all our contractor members, it’s best to figure out which contractor is best for you and your project. Once we connect you with these bathroom renovation contractors in Saskatoon, make sure you ask the right questions and leave enough time for them to come by and provide a detailed estimate on the project.

In your first meeting with each contractor, don’t be hesitant to ask for their expected payment schedule and process, how long they have worked with their subcontractors, and a predicted timeline for the project.

 

Signing a Contract

Once you have accepted a contractor’s bid for your bathroom remodel project, a written contract should be signed by both parties, and it should clearly state the following:

  • Project description
  • Details of materials used including costs and warranty
  • Permit information
  • Workmanship warranty
  • Lien waivers for the subcontractors
  • Payment schedule
  • Contractor’s license number
  • Both of your addresses

Get it in writing!

 

Project Preparation

Because your bathroom that is undergoing renovation will be out-of-order for the duration of the project, make other bathroom arrangements.  If you only have one bathroom, set up a temporary bath and toilet somewhere else in your house or ask a neighbor if you can use their facilities.

Whether your bathroom remodel was long overdue and necessary or it was because you simply wanted a change, a new version of your bathroom awaits you once the project is completed. And if you follow this guide, you’ll be able to approach it with confidence.