4 Rules for Blending the Old and the New in Your Home Renovation

There are two ways to go about renovating an older home: you could take a preservationist’s approach and go for a purely historical renovation, or, you can go for a blending of the old with the new, which is what we usually find to be more desirable.

Layers of old paint, uneven floors, bad lighting, layouts that don’t work for modern families — older homes can have a lot of issues. But, there are usually some charming elements worth preserving, like custom crown moulding, fireplace surrounds, pocket doors, and other remnants of a bygone era when carpentry gems like these were more common.

Here are four rules for renovating an old house so you keep the best of the charming bits while updating your home for 21st-century living.

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Easy-To-Make Mistakes When Doing Kitchen Renovations

en doing home renovations, the kitchen is usually the first room to be renovated. Although an upgraded kitchen often improves the value in the home significantly, it also contributes to the flow, look and feel of the home. However, this type of project can become hindered, difficult, and even a bit complicated when the following simple mistakes are made:

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Benefits of Home Additions

With a growing family, you may find yourself needing more space or additional rooms to keep everyone happy and peaceful. While moving may be the first thought that comes to mind, there are certainly other options to consider. Home additions, such as adding an additional room or floor, can provide a solution to your special crises. Below are some of the benefits of creating a home addition:

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3 Things NOT To Do Before Hiring a Contractor

Your new home renovation or construction project is a huge investment, and requires significant planning and preparation. At Jedan Brothers, we have given advice on our blog about what to look for in a contractor, however we have learned that giving advice on what NOT to do can be equally valuable. If you are considering hiring a general contractor, here are 3 things not to do before you choose your company.

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Testimonials

You were very responsive and a great communicator about how and when things were going to happen.

Linda S.

My wife and I hired Jedan Brothers to build an addition and completely remodel our house. I have 13 years experience in the commercial construction market and have dealt with hundreds of contractors. Dan and Jesse are far and away the best I have dealt with. They gave us a very detailed and accurate quote at the outset of the project. Throughout the project they were always available to answer questions and meet on site to go over the smallest details. Both Jedan Brothers Contracting and their sub trades take great pride in producing high quality work. We have no reservations in recommending them to anyone doing a renovation project.

Brian

A key component to an excellent renovator (in addition, to superior workmanship) is to listen and to communicate. Jedan Brothers Contracting, fulfilled all those roles. They kept me up-to-date on the project progress and did not hesitate to touch base with me over the smallest details. Their tradespeople displayed excellent workmanship. My neighbours (I live in a condo) were impressed with their attention to noise, cleanliness and security.

Jaqueline

We had Jedan Brothers Contracting renovate our basement from a storage room to a media room and they did an outstanding job. Any friend we have asking for renovation general contractors we highly recommend them. The work was high quality and timely and all of the subcontractors were scheduled effectively and great at their crafts. Small issues inevitably come up and Dan handled these issues smoothly and effectively. We will be using them again for our next renovation.

Meagan

Jedan Brothers Contracting helped us design the right basement for our budget.

Pat T.

A key component to an excellent renovator (in addition, to superior workmanship) is to listen and to communicate.  Dan, of Jedan Brothers Contracting, fulfilled all those roles.

Carolyn M.

We had Jedan Brothers Contracting renovate our basement from a storage room to a media room and they did an outstanding job. Any friend we have asking for renovation general contractors we highly recommend them.

Meghan H.

We were very pleased with the work done. Dan was professional in every way and the sub trades were friendly, helpful and efficient. The work was completed on time and Dan always returned my calls immediately.

Marthy M.

I feel like I have a new home! The open kitchen, dining room and living room make it feel twice as big. Our kids (and neighbours kids) love the new playground and backyard.

Nicole K.

We were very pleased with the quality of work, the fact that it was done in a timely fashion, and within building codes.

Eric M.