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From start to finish our company is involved in every step of your renovation process. We first begin by introducing our company to you. This is an initial site meeting to find out about your requirements and to better determine the scope of your project. To help you decide if we are the right contractor for you we make available our customer reference list and discuss relevant work from our portfolio. We are proud to provide these references for our work and this is your opportunity to find out firsthand the level of satisfaction our customers experience when dealing and working with us.
This initial meeting is a fact finding meeting to acquaint you with our company and to assist you in determining a beginning working budget for the cost of your project. If you decide to proceed with us, the next step that follows will be of signing a detailed contract that itemizes your project. This is usually a good time to talk about our licenses and credentials.
Once the detailed contract is signed, it governs the work. The major work begins as scheduled and you make any changes or ask for extra work by signing change orders to the contract. As work begins we deal with any questions or concerns through day-to-day communications.
Building Boyz is dedicated to providing our clients with finely detailed projects that reflect our commitment to superior design.
Design/Build is the process by which a single entity provides both the design and construction, thus giving you greater control over the cost of your renovation since design, estimating and construction are seamlessly combined. The ongoing working relationship between designer and construction team allows us to problem-solve quickly when renovation complexities arise. Our 25 years of experience in design and construction mean that we can identify the most appropriate technical solutions to difficult design problems in a timely and efficient manner.
The design/build process has four phases:
In the first phase, we document the existing property and building conditions and identify zoning bylaw and building code issues that can shape the design process and affect the design proposals.
The preliminary design phase begins with our visit to the site to measure and photograph the house and to produce drawings of the existing building. We then present you with a design scheme for your project, based on your wishes, needs, and realities.
The design development phase is to refine the design in more detail. We make plans, elevations and sketches to represent a finished idea reflecting your desires. We begin discussions with consultants to integrate electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems into the design.
In the last phase we resolve construction details and add final dimensions and notes pertaining to the Ontario Building Code. You approve these drawings and they are submitted to the Building Inspection Office. Once we receive the building permit, we begin construction. During construction, the material selection and detailing continue to be refined based on the conditions we find on-site and any changes you requested.
Fix leaky taps
A tap dripping at one drop per second wastes 800 litres of water per month. In most cases, a worn out washer is the culprit. New washers are cheap, and they can be replaced in minutes with a simple wrench and screwdriver.
Install an energy saving showerhead
An energy saving showerhead can reduce your hot water use by up to 30%. In one year, you can save over 28,000 liters (6,167 gallons) of water. You’ll still get brisk showers, and you’ll save a significant amount on your electricity bill.
Insulate hot water pipes
Insulate at least the first three feet of pipe leading to and from the hot water tank with tape wrap or snap-on foam pipe tubing. If your hot water pipes run through unheated sections of your home, insulate them there too. Combined with a water heater blanket, you could save a significant amount on your electricity bill every year. Plastic pipes shouldn’t be wrapped – the extra warmth might soften them.
Wash your clothes for less
About 25% of all household hot water is used for clothes washing. Use cold water washing wherever possible. And always set your washer to rinse with cold water. Cold water rinsing can save you enough energy for about 100 hot baths or 220 showers per year. When you do use hot water washing, be sure to set the water level to match the load. Remove and clean the washer’s agitator once a month. Clean the filters of both water hose inlets on the back of the machine once a year.
Caulk and weather-strip
A few tubes of caulk and some weather-stripping can go a long way to tightening up your house for the winter. Check around windows, vents, and especially the sill plate where your house meets your foundation. Feel for drafts around any pipes and vents and remember to look where the sink drains go through the floor. Also, install foam gaskets and safety plugs in electrical plugs and switches. You may be surprised how much cold air comes in through your plugs and switches. All of these jobs are perfect ‘do it yourself’ jobs for a weekend. Get all the details on caulking and weather-stripping and get to work on a job that really pays off.
Close the chimney damper
If you have fireplaces, be sure the dampers are closed when they are not in use. A fireplace with an open damper acts as an open chimney, taking incredible amounts of heat out of the room.
Use timers for indoor security lighting
To make your house look occupied when you’re out, install programmable timers to turn selected lights on and off. Portable timers plug into a wall, while permanent types replace light switches altogether. LED pot lights are perfect for this due to their low energy consumption.
Turn off the lights
Dad was right. When you leave a room, turn off the lights. This will save you money and energy even if you’re out of the room for just a short time. It’s a good habit to learn, and to teach your children.
Strategic landscaping can cool your house
Deciduous trees, trimmed high to allow breeze to pass underneath and circulate around the house, will contribute to cooling the house exterior. They are also effective in keeping sun from the windows and if they grow tall enough, they will help shade the roof. Trees provide natural cooling inside and out. In the winter when the trees have no leaves, the sun will help to heat your home. Think about this when you’re considering the landscaping of your property.
Draw the curtains on heat
Windows with southern and western exposure will likely allow the most sun to shine in. There are a few ways to treat windows that will help you keep your home cooler.
The most obvious thing to do is to close the drapes, blinds, or curtains during the day. By doing this, and keeping the windows shut, you will be able to keep the house closer to the temperature it was first thing in the morning. A more permanent solution would be the addition of window shades or awnings.
Put your ducts and vents to work and save heat
If you have a larger house and aren’t using one or more rooms, be sure to shut the heat off to those rooms by closing the vents or turning off the heaters. Check your basement and attic to see that you’re not heating areas that aren’t occupied. Consider spot ventilation. If most of the humidity comes from the bathrooms and kitchen, install exhaust fans with timers. In the kitchen an exhaust installed right over the stove will take moisture out of the room quickly. Make sure that these fans are vented to the outdoors and not the attic or a crawl space.
Cleaning and maintaining your furnace
It’s important to clean your furnace regularly to keep it operating efficiently. It also reduces the dust in your home. You should do this at least once a year.
A construction project is a journey you take with us, preparation is everything.
Notify your neighbors
Talk to your neighbors well in advance if you are planning a major renovation. They’ll appreciate knowing about potential construction noise and when to expect extra vehicles parked on the street.
Set a timeline
Talk to us about the various steps and stages of the renovation. Usually, with an addition, the foundation is dug first, then the floors and walls are roughed-in and the roof is shingled before breaking through to the existing part of the house. Be aware that exterior work goes fairly quickly relative to the more detailed work inside.
Get an outline of work involved
Ask us to outline what the work involves and present a realistic timetable. We know to build in a time-cushion for the unforeseen, and you should include a 15-percent cushion in your budget as well.
Try to move out
If possible, move out during major construction or part of it. Perhaps you could you live with relatives or rent a place nearby. It might be a good time to take a vacation or send kids to camp. Also, consider boarding your pets at a kennel or having them stay with friends until your house is settled.
Plan your meals ahead of time
Set up a temporary kitchen with a hot plate, microwave and a small fridge. Many people choose the laundry room so they have a water source and can wash their dishes in the sink. Plan your meals ahead of time, especially if you are having a kitchen renovation, even if you are not, there will be days you cannot bear the clutter and disorder and will not want to cook. Make food ahead and freeze it. Stock up on plastic and paper products so you do not have to worry about clean up. Call family and friends to plan meals out of the home
Try not to make any major life changes, such as starting a new job or having a baby, during a major renovation. If a big change does occur just before a planned project begins, consider postponing the work. Involve older children in the planning stages so they feel part of what is going on.
Work with us
Make sure you have solid communication with us. You trusted us with your major asset and your sanctuary. You need to know that we will be there for you if a problem arises. Be sure to check in with the site supervisor if needed. If you have a partner, run all major questions by each other before giving t us a final answer. Discuss concerns with us as soon as they arise. Don’t wait for ‘the right moment.’
Keep up communication with us
It is easy to get frustrated, when your home seems to be inside out. We surely want a satisfied client, as well as a job well done. It is your responsibility to express any concerns you may be having right away. Then be open to what we have to say. There are many variables that go into building: it is not a science, it is an art.
Make choices in advance
Choose everything before the work starts: sinks, cabinets, toilets, tiles, colors. You don’t want to have to take time off work at the last minute to run around to design stores. Are you considering talking or hiring an Interior Decorator – we offer Interior Decoration and Color Consultation Services, we can advise you on how to choose paint colors that harmonize with tiles and cabinetry, and how to ensure color flows from area to area.
Post plans and keep an objective mind.
It is very easy to lose sight of the end product when going through a renovation, so tape up your plans so you can remind yourself why you are putting yourself through what feels like a calamity. It is so easy to lose patience over how long a project is taking or not wanting to wait the extra week for the perfect vanity. However, when you keep in mind the expense of constructions and the amount of YEARS you will be enjoying the new room, level, etc… it is important to do it right the first time.
Construction dust is inevitable.
On most large jobs, we will build a temporary wall and put in a plastic doorway between the new and existing part of a home. But don’t expect it to keep out all of the dust. Take down your drapes and cover, or even store, your good furnishings.
Take pictures of your home
Be sure to take pictures before you remodel and the throughout the renovation process, and of course after the project is complete. This is a good way to keep your spirits high during the renovation, and a great way to show off your new premise after the construction is complete.