Are you the proud owner of a new home in which you plan to do remodeling work? Your needs have changed over the years and you consider a major redevelopment of your home by abolishing some walls? All these dreamed plans, as exciting as they are, have some essential construction steps to bring your project to a healthy conclusion, while limiting the expensive surprises that could compromise your project.

 

In which components?

Did you know that residences built before the 1980s are likely to contain asbestos in some of their material components? In fact, asbestos is a natural mineral fiber today recognized as a dangerous carcinogen attacking the respiratory tract that can lead to premature death (lung cancer). Lack of laboratory advances in the era before the 80s, by its thermal priorities, its fire resistance and its compatibility with the chemicals of the various mixtures to which it was added voluntarily, asbestos was formerly recognized as a high-performance element in the construction field. Mostly visible to the naked eye, this undesirable could slyly be found in your original plaster components such as: decorative moldings, original internal walls plasterboard slats and some finishing materials in tiles. Asbestos is also present in some types of roofing shingles, vermiculite insulation in attics, even at the plumbing level with the types of sealant or insulation put in place at the time.

 

Your contractor's role

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Thus, depending on the year of construction of your project, you may be constrained by worker health and safety standards, to perform an asbestos test. Entrusting your renovation project to a general construction contractor will significantly reduce your responsibilities and procedures to follow in the event of contamination of the home. Delegating the asbestos test to your general contractor, you will not only benefit from a better coordination of your work within the same team, but you will also avoid significant additional costs if the execution of the work would require greater asbestos removal due to lack of direction from you before the start of your project.

 

A protocol to follow

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As a first step, samples will be taken from the elements affected by the renovations. Then these samples will be analyzed in an independent laboratory in order to obtain a precise verdict. Investing in the analysis of different surfaces that may contain asbestos is essential because it could save you money on asbestos removal installations and procedures. Once the contaminated area is well identified and quantified, the specialists will carry out decontamination work meticulously equipped with the necessary equipment according to assessed risk levels: low, medium and high. Obviously, the higher the level of risk, the greater the installations and precautions. It would no longer be a simple standardized filter mask, but the establishment of temporary airtight lockers with or without shower and a negative air pressure machine. No matter what level of risk your project faces, your contractor and relevant experts will be able to inform you of the different options available to you in a timely manner.

 

Keep Calm

Be aware that asbestos is not a health hazard if it is not handled, cut or stirred, if it is well covered and your materials that can contain it remain in good condition. Now it's up to you to approach the expertise of your choice to materialize your dreams in your new living space.

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The Art of Residential Design: How do We Plan out a Room?

In residential design, a room’s renovation must always complement the needs and personality of its occupant.

From design right up to the move-in, the goal of our designers is to create a functional and aesthetic space all while ensuring its durability.

The secret? A shared passion with our clients and a relentlessly authentic creative approach.

 

What Makes a Good Residential Design?

A good interior designer inspires emotions and makes you dream. It’s not enough that a renovated room be the perfect match for your daily needs, but it should also be your physical and psychological oasis. In other words, it has to reflect your lifestyle.

This is where customization comes in. With the right general contractor, furniture and decor can be custom made so that, at the end of the day, every piece fits your unique personality.

A sound residential design allows us to adapt spaces and elements to the occupant—not the other way around.

 

So, How Do You Find a Good Residential Designer?

A good residential designer can be spotted personal touch and their ability to adapt.

If we hire a designer, it’s primarily because we want some personalized support and guidance in our choices.

That being said, it’s also important that the expert that’s been selected is an excellent listener who cares about their client’s project. This ensures that the final outcome of the renovated room will match the client’s initial needs.

At Groupe SP Réno Urbaine, we strive to offer a blend of these two features. Since our designers are in fact designer-contractors, all the projects we design are also executed by our team.

Our clients enjoy the benefit of our designers’ expertise and creativity throughout the interior design project. Moreover, our designers make it a point of considering any possible issues that certain renovation choices may implicate, sparing our clients of many headaches.

 

So How Do We Think of a Room?

Consider the Occupant

A room will never be modified only for the sake of its own aesthetic or practical value. On the contrary, the occupant is at the heart of this design/redesign.

Instead of focusing on what could increase a space’s value, the right approach is to start with the occupant. What are their passions? Lifestyle? What can simplify their day-to-day? What do they like, asethetically?

Have a fondness for oenology? Why not think of a way to express that? If sports are more your thing, how about making your workout equipment an organic part of your space?

The possibilities are endless.

Consider the Space

It’s only then that we begin reimagining the space, in light of the constraints of the room itself or the impact that certain choices will have on the project budget.

Location of walls, furniture, decor and accessories: everything can be revisited according to the space available and your objectives.

For a smaller space, your designer can think up ways to open up or extend it. If the walls aren’t organized in an optimal way, we can rebuild them differently or even join two adjacent rooms.

 

Select Your Design Specialist

Our last piece of advice: pick a residential design specialist that will not only show empathy and transparency but that will be able to get you to dream.

 

At Groupe SP Réno Urbaine, our designer-contractors are trained to do even better than make you dream—they do what it takes to make the dream fit with reality.

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of them or to learn more about our high-end renovation service.

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3 tips for a successful basement transformation

In real estate, the basement is often synonymous with unexploited potential. Forgotten in favor of kitchens and bathrooms, the basement quickly becomes a simple and humid storage place that holds our grandparents' antique furniture, our travel memories or our children when they are not wise (no one is judging you!). However, if done properly, transforming your basement can significantly increase the resale value of your property and become a useful and pleasant living space.

 

So, ready to give your basement a facelift and make it a centerpiece of your home? Before embarking on renovation work, several important factors must be taken into account.

 

 1. The health of the occupants

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Before transforming a basement, a few basic checks must first be done. For example, is your basement habitable according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) standards?

 

CMHC uses 4 criteria to judge the habitable aspect of a space:

 

  1. Do you have to bend over to avoid a beam or duct?
  2. Are there any traces of moisture and mildew?
  3. Do the clothes or objects in storage have a musty smell?
  4. Are there cracks on the walls and floor?

 

In the basement, humidity is a big concern. To overcome this, the walls of your basement must provide a waterproof barrier and reduce the risk of mold. Do not hesitate to call on renovation professionals to find out more about the right approach.

 

2. Energy efficiency

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Transforming your basement is also an opportunity to improve the insulation of your home to reduce your heating bill and reduce shivering in winter. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), there are several things to consider to ensure that your basement does not consume too much energy. Here are some suggestions:

 

  • Improve the insulation of walls and floors.
  • Provide an effective air barrier.
  • Insulate the cold and hot-water pipes.
  • Install energy-efficient lighting fixtures. Provide the lighting concept for work surfaces and optimize the natural light when available.
  • Install energy-efficient windows.

 

3. The resale value of your home

The average recovery rate of your basement transformation work will vary depending on the work: another reason to ask yourself the right questions before you start.

 

What are our current needs? What would be most valuable to potential buyers? All these choices should guide your thinking.

 

 As for the basement transformation project itself, there are many options available to you and here are some ideas:

 

A secondary apartment or "bachelor" apartment

 

Do you want to have a separate place to welcome your friends and (especially) your in-laws? Transforming your basement into a second home can increase the market value of your home while providing you with a higher level of privacy. 

A cellar or wine cellar

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As Epicure so aptly puts it: "Pleasure is the beginning and end of a happy life."  To please yourself, what could be better than to have a cellar built to store your good bottles of wine. However, be careful to insulate this space in order to respect the ideal temperature for storing the wine (10 to 14 degrees Celsius).

A Gym and/or SPA

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Discouraged from having to travel to run on the antique treadmill of your gym?  Maybe it's time to turn your basement into a state-of-the-art training room. Let's look at the big picture: why not have a sauna or hammam built at home? 

A Workspace

Do you often work from home and your home environment is not stimulating enough? Transform your basement into a soundproof home office that perfectly meets your needs for quiet and space.

A Home Theater

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If you are not looking to create a quiet space, but rather a place of entertainment, a home theater can also be a very interesting option. With a home theater, enjoy moments of emotion and greater than life action while staying in the comfort of your home!

As Albert Dupontel so aptly put it: "The goal is not to make cinema, but to make your cinema".

 

The possibilities are unlimited! Would you like to transform your basement to create a pleasant, sanitary and multifunctional living space? Entrust your renovations to the professionals at Groupe SP Réno Urbaine and also benefit from valuable advice for your interior design. Contact us today.

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5 ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home

This is a well-known fact for renovators in Montreal: the majority of houses or plexes built before the `70s have a glaring lack of insulation. Of course this is not ideal for homeowners, as heating and cooling costs become very high in summer and winter.  

 

So, in order to avoid mother nature's unpredictable personality from attaining the inside your home, here are 5 infallible solutions that will allow you to improve the energy efficiency of your property.

 

Energy efficiency: from the cellar to the attic

1-Insulate and seal:

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In more recent homes, insulation is provided by installing an air barrier, insulation (2x6 fiberglass wool) and a vapour barrier. This is often impossible to do on old houses, whose walls aren't the proper thickness (at the time, houses were not designed for optimal insulation). A good alternative is to insulate with spray polyurethane which allows you to obtain an excellent level of performance (achieving the r20 standard) without giving up too much space. This insulation keeps heat inside and cold air outside or vice versa depending on the season.

 

When renovating the basement, it is essential to insulate the foundation from the inside while ensuring that it is protected from water infiltration from the outside (although resistant, stone foundations could suffer from internal insulation if they are not waterproof on the outside).

 

It is very useful to insulate the edge joists with spray polyurethane covered with a fire barrier such as gypsum (spray polyurethane is toxic and potentially flammable). The rim joist surrounds the house and can become a direct air passage to the inside of your home. Hence the importance of ensuring that it is particularly well isolated.

2-Repair or replace your doors and windows:

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Replace your inefficient windows and doors with energy-efficient products (Energy Star rated) with double or triple pane glass, a frame that increases their insulating capacity and multiple weatherstripping.

3-Install or replace your heating and ventilation systems:

Install or replace your heating and ventilation systems, if their age or a change in the heating requirements justifies it...

 

Once you are comfortable with the overall insulation of your home, changing a heating and ventilation system can save a lot of energy. At the same time, you will also reduce your energy expenses.

 

However, it must be understood that a house with a good heating and ventilation system will not have the same efficiency at all if it is poorly insulated. While a well insulated 120 m2 house with a good system can spend between 6300 and 8500 KWH, a poorly insulated house of the same size will often vary between 24 000 and 34 000 KWH in energy expenditure (source: Picbleu.fr).

4-Ventilate the attic:

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Make sure that the insulation added in the attic is placed in such a way that it does not interfere with ventilation. If rising heat overheats the attic due to lack of space for adequate ventilation, there is a risk of water infiltration, condensation and mold (when snow on the roof melts due to excessive heat) as well as ice accumulation on the edges of the roof.

 

It is important to insulate, however, we can see that too much isolation can have some counter-effects. A proper balance between insulation and ventilation is key. Aim to meet thermal insulation standards and you should be in a comfortable situation.

 

5-Insulate the pipes:

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dd an insulating jacket around your water heater and insulation around plumbing pipes to reduce heat loss. They will therefore need less energy to stay at the desired temperature.

 

The worst enemy of your piping system is freezing, which can cause your pipes to burst. Proper insulation can help you avoid the inconvenience of water damage.

 

In conclusion

Here are the 5 solutions to improve the energy efficiency of your home. However, before starting your work, you will find several resources available to you:

  • It is possible to have an inspection of the current condition of the walls, roof, foundations, doors and windows carried out by a renovation contractor specializing in energy improvement (such as Groupe SP Réno Urbaine), who will be accompanied by an independent building envelope specialist. A thermography test (to image the coldest objects with an infrared camera) and a blower door test (to measure the airtightness of buildings) can be carried out to see the extent of the work to be done.
  • Then, always before starting the work, you can apply to the Rénoclimat program of the Government of Quebec for a visit from an energy efficiency advisor. He or she will be responsible for helping you identify the work to be done to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Grants will apply for some of your work.
  • Finally, significant amounts can be deducted from your renovation work if you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your property.  Programs such as Réno-Vert can offer reductions in the form of tax credits. With Réno-vert, renovation work contracted before March 31 and produced before October 31 can obtain up to 20% of the expenses in tax credit (with an amount exceeding $2,500 and up to a total of $50,000). We strongly recommend that you check to see if you are eligible.

 

                                                                                                                                                

GROUPE SP RÉNO URBAINE is a contractor specializing in the renovation and design of homes and plexes in Montreal. Our specialists in structure, insulation and design will offer you a home renovation that will maximize its functionality and energy efficiency, while giving it a fabulous look.

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The 5 qualities to be found in a general contractor

Renovation projects in mind? Do you have one or more rooms that are in the running to be renovated? Calling on a general contractor can be of great help in completing your renovation project (s). However, one must first make sure to choose the right entrepreneur to work with. 

Here, to help you make your decision, are the 5 great qualities you should find in your general contractor.

 

1. Is your general contractor well established?


The first criterion to check is whether your general contractor is in good standing with the licenses (R.B.Q. and others) required by law. This may seem trivial, but many people fail to learn about the issue.

Then, it is important to know if the company has a good reputation in the community and on social networks. Do not hesitate to observe the company's social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and the opinions on the web. It can also be very interesting to see if the general contractor has received awards and distinctions, or if we talked about them in the media.


2. Ensure the general contractor is qualified


Find out about the projects done by the general contractor you have chosen. Check out their website and do not hesitate to call them and start a discussion to learn more about the company, their expertise, their successes, etc. Hearing from the person of interest directly about these different elements will give you a good idea about the type of business they represent. A person appearing bored and passionless may approach your renovation project with the same attitude ...

Note that some contractors will even offer to visit job sites in progress in order to help you understand the renovation process. Do not be afraid to take advantage of this opportunity!

 

3.An organization defying all the unexpected


The general contractor is a bit like the conductor of your renovation. Choose a general contractor who works with an entire "orchestra" of expertise: a structural specialist, an insulation expert, a plumber, an electrician and other experienced specialists.

The company must have all the necessary suppliers at its disposal and be able to coordinate them precisely in order to offer the best solutions to its customers, but also to meet deadlines.

A good general contractor should be able to reassure you as to the fluidity of execution of the renovation project. Some even offer 3D rendering technical plans to give their customers a concrete idea of the renovation project before it is started.

 

4.Transparency for trust


A competent and reliable contractor will provide you with all the necessary information in a transparent way. Do not hesitate to ask for a meeting at the office to talk in detail about your renovation projects and get an official quote. It may also be a good time to ask questions about financing your renovation project, if need be.

A face-to-face meeting on their premises will allow you to enter the world of general entrepreneur potential, to see how he presents his business in his own environment and to have a more frank discussion with him.

Let's be honest: a general contractor who owns his business in premises that have been dubiously remodeled (or even unsightly) and who cannot give you clear and precise answers to your questions, should not be a good omen for the rest to come... 

 

5. A proactive general contractor


A proactive general contractor will be able to listen to your needs and meet the specifications related to your renovation project. He can also offer you innovative ideas, both functional and aesthetic.

You can of course have requirements on your side. However, a good general contractor, as an expert, should always remain proactive and looking for the best solutions to your needs.

If a few problems arise, a qualified general contractor will also be able to cope by finding creative and adapted solutions.

 

About Groupe SP Réno Urbaine


Are you looking for a general contractor who will realize your renovation project beyond all your expectations, respecting your specifications, deadlines and budget? Groupe SP Réno Urbaine is the team for you. Our innovative methods, structured and tailored to your needs, will ensure you a spectacular success!

Contact us via our contact form or at 514-524-2362 to present your project. We look forward to helping you create your dream home!

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The smart home: a mix of function, technology and design

We have been hearing about the smart home for many years now. Technology enthusiasts have long talked about it as something possible in the more or less distant future. Well, it's no longer science fiction!

Today, the smart home is an integral part of the daily lives of many homeowners. Home automation is used for the plethora of features it can offer to a wide variety of customers.

Built-in, remotely controllable sound systems, smart TVs or projectors, adaptive lighting for welcoming guests or according to the time of day, motorized blinds, etc. Home automation systems are numerous and appeal to a growing number of people.

 

The smart home at the service of your imagination

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At the beginning of its history, the term "smart home" was used to describe a home that could be controlled remotely and where some systems could be automated (the "automatic home", the "domo-tic" home). However, by the multiplication of applications, an important problem was presented to the consumer: he found himself with an infinite number of gadgets that did not communicate between themselves. The scenario quickly turned into chaos!

Today, with rapid progressing technology, the devices generally communicate with each other, in addition to being able to be controlled from a single interface. Your home becomes, in a way, the extension of your body, which you can manage with voice commands or with the pressure of a finger on your smart device.  

 

The staging of your smart home

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In addition to the control you have on your smart home, home automation can pre-program different scenes and adjustments in advance. 

Do you regularly entertain friends at home with a culinary experience? Choose scene # 3 on your tablet. The room will automatically brighten, background music will start playing and the temperature will be adjusted to a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius. 

You don't like when the sun's rays shine too directly into your home? Program your motorized blinds to fit the time of day and let in only the ideal amount of light. 

In the mood for a little romance? Scene # 4 - candlelight dinner - will ignite your electric fireplace, dim the lights and play Debussy's fluid and controlled fingering from your built-in speakers.

 

The smart house for more aesthetics

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The home automation systems make it possible to remove many unsightly elements from inside your home. Multiple switches, miscellaneous cables for your sound and entertainment systems, and other items not required by your new remote control system are no longer necessary. 

One of the great advantages of home automation systems is that it allows you to perfectly combine function and design. The antagonism between practicality and design simply no longer exists. Your interior designer couldn't be happier!   

 

The smart home is scalable

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Home automation gives you the ability to control the features associated with your home with a single command and ensures a certain comfort level. Your smart home is transformed first and foremost into a useful home. 

In addition to all the ease that home automation systems can bring you, these can have an impact on your lifestyle. They can help you, for example, both reduce your energy consumption and increase your sense of security. Here are some other examples of home automation applications:

Temperature 

Air conditioning and heating are the elements that weigh the most on energy consumption, and therefore on your electric bill.

The automation of these prevents repeated oversights. It's no longer up to you to adapt to your systems but up to them to adapt to you, taking into consideration your habits, the time of day, the time of year, etc.

Water consumption 

With a smart home, the water output, irrigation systems and your water heater are configured to maximize their efficiency at key moments or reduce their energy impact at other moments.   

Lighting 

Automated base presets, controlled by sensors or changing according to the time of day, your home's lighting can be managed to adapt to each room while decreasing its energy footprint.  

Motorized blinds or shutters 

Adaptive to the time of day or the weather or the season, your blinds and shutters help you keep the freshness or warmth of your home inside. In winter, your window coverings are programmed to let in more light, and as a corollary, more heat. At dusk, they close automatically to keep in the heat. Conversely, your blinds adjust in the summer to reduce solar glare.

A motorized blind system can be connected to the lighting system, so that they work together to provide you with the ideal brightness.

Your appliances 

Appliances are becoming smarter and are designed to integrate with smart homes. Home automation also provides the ability to control appliances or manage their activation and remote wake cycles.

It goes without saying that we are receiving more and more requests to integrate home automation systems in our kitchen renovation projects.

Home automation to watch over you 

Home automation opens the door to two types of security in the smart home: 

  1. Active security: which concerns reaction mechanisms in the face of an intrusion or a potential threat. 
  2. Passive security: which pertains to prevention and deterrence mechanisms  

No matter what kind of security system you want to implement, there are many tools at your disposal: 

  • Surveillance cameras: combined with a home automation system, they allow the homeowner to remotely observe and be alerted as soon as suspicious movements are detected in and around the house. 
  • Access management: it is possible to give different access codes to the people around you: your family members, employees (ex: cleaning lady, plumber), who will only be able to access your home depending on particular circumstances, such as the time of day or the day of the week. 
  • Alarms: whether silent or audible, connected to a smart home, their effectiveness is increased. You can define beforehand a "burglary" setting which will be triggered when an intrusion occurs.  

Voice command 

You can now manage your home with a simple tool - your voice! Whether using Google Home or Amazon's Alexa, it's now possible to skip your usual touch support and interact directly with your smart home vocally. The smart home experience becomes even more simplified and organic.  

When and how to adopt the smart home lifestyle?

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You can choose to add home automation systems at any time to your home. The complexity of their integration will vary depending on what you want to implement.

It goes without saying that if you are in the process of renovating your home, it may be a good time to think about it. This not only avoids opening the walls of the house several times, but also makes sure your home automation systems are seamlessly integrated into the design of your spaces. An interior designer can easily evaluate your smart home needs and have a holistic approach to the renovation project. 

In a project as important as transforming your home into a smart home, it is important to work with a competent team that is sensitive to your needs. Home automation should not only be a collection of gadgets but an adapted system designed around the homeowners and their particular lifestyle.

To make the most of your smart home, you have to think about integrating the selected home automation systems into the space. Because it is high tech that can quickly become complex, it is essential to do business with a company that has the necessary knowledge and can provide long-term monitoring.   

Questions ?

Our team of experts is there to help you with any questions related to existing systems to make your home even smarter. Do not hesitate to contact us for a specific project or a complete house renovation!

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Electrical work to do when you renovate your kitchen

Renovating a kitchen can quickly become a rather complex experience. Design as well as functional elements are very important, but can often compete with each other. The devices used are in general rather energy-consuming and the needs in terms of lighting are important.

Considering that we have often discussed the design aspect of the kitchen (eg white kitchen), let's take a moment today to clarify the major electrical issues that must absolutely be considered when renovating a kitchen.   

Introduction to kitchen renovation: the impact of practical and design decisions

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First, the design and functional decisions made will have a major impact on the electrical plans.

In this stage of conceptualization, the intervention of an interior designer can have significant repercussions on the scope of the electrical work to be done.   

Lighting 

If your lighting needs are important, you will most likely add an independent circuit for each new lighting system that will be implemented.

Trending now is in fact the multiplication of light sources. It's not surprising today to be asked to add lights in cabinets, built-into and under the countertops, placed above the island and in drawers, etc. The sky's the limit!

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LED lights are also very popular in the kitchen because they consume very little energy and have a long lifespan. Since these bulbs operate at low voltage (12v), they require the addition of transformers.  

The heating system 

Here we must think of all the details: which heating system to use? Will you have a heated floor? Where will your heating system be located? Will you opt for radiant heating over the patio door?

In terms of wiring layout, these decisions are essential. As there is now a trend towards an open-concept kitchen design, it must be ensured that the heating system will have the ability to heat the entire room.  

Your appliances 

You also have to be aware that the types of appliances you choose can have an impact on your energy consumption. If these cause you to exceed your available energy limit, this may result in other electrical work. 

For example, if you decide to use an independant induction cooktop with a separate convection oven (instead of a range), and a 220v dishwasher (instead of the standard 120v), you may well quickly exceed your available energy capacity.

Plan your home appliance needs as early as possible to be sure to to have the necessary electrical once the kitchen renovation is underway.

Once Upon a Time: Montreal and Old Electrical Systems

As Montreal-based renovators, we've seen it all. Since homes are often quite old, most electrical systems are passed-due and need to be changed.


Not only does it happen very often that systems do not offer dedicated circuits, but the amperage supported by them no longer correspond to today's standards.

It is therefore essential when renovating a kitchen to ensure that the present system meets current standards.

Capacity of your electrical panel

In Montreal, the electrical panel will usually offer 100 amps of energy to homeowners. For larger energy needs, add a sub-panel (to increase the energy capacity) or change the panel completely (more expensive solution).

Race to circuits

The challenge pertaining to electrical work in kitchen renovations is indeed to allocate the necessary number of circuits to receive the desired systems.

With the growing trend of multiplying light sources combined to maximized storage and open concept floor plans, one problem arises: what to do with all the light switches? For some, the solution will be to move all the switches to a more discreet area (such as the garage for example) and use a home automation system to control everything from a smart device.

In addition to lighting that requires a large number of circuits, other gadgets such as automatic "servo-drive" systems to open cabinets or bins automatically will also require some electrical work. To connect these, it will be necessary that power outlets are added.

Take a look at our article on kitchen gadgets if you want to get more inspiration on the subject.

Renovation of kitchen and electrical works: our conclusion

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All in all, as part of the initial choices you make during the design stage, it is very important to target your needs as accurately as possible.

This will eventually lead the kitchen renovation experts to do the right electrical work and make sure all the elements receive the energy they need.

For more information on the electrical work to do when renovating your kitchen, do not hesitate to contact Groupe SP Réno Urbaine.

 

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5 Reasons to Choose Our Montreal Interior Design Renovation Service

Are you looking for that one-in-a-million in interior design in Montreal? Groupe SP Réno Urbaine offers a turnkey premium interior design service to help you plan and execute your renovation project.

Our privileged support service will be there to guide you through all the steps of your project, from the first meeting until that finishing touch. In choosing Groupe SP Réno Urbaine, you will work together with a designer-contractor.

Wondering what the difference is between an interior designer and a designer-contractor?

A designer-contractor is a designer who is also a member of a team specialized in general contracting. Our designer-contractors are therefore not only qualified in interior design, but they also boast an understanding of the general reality of a renovation job site.

The following 5 reasons underline why you should choose our interior design service in Montreal for your renovation projects.  

  1. Planning Your Interior Design Project in Montreal

With a thorough understanding of all the challenges that could crop up in a renovation project, our designer-contractors are ready to handle most of the problems from the very first design step. The planning process, therefore, never loses sight of the subsequent phases, and the client can rest assured that all measures are taken from the beginning of the project to make sure that his/her requests and needs will be fulfilled.

In this sense, the design is a part of a turnkey service, and not an element that is kept separate from the work of the general contractor, so many problems that can arise during the project are completely avoided.

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  1. Respecting Your Budget

At Groupe SP Réno Urbaine, we make sure to always respect your global budget. Another difference between an interior designer and a designer-contractor is that a designer will tend to overlook the budgetary variations that can occur during the execution of the design by the general contractor. In other words, not necessarily having a comprehensive idea of all the project steps, the designer will always place emphasis on the design aspect, without making sure that his/her ideas are fully in sync with the contractor’s work.

However, since the work of a designer-contractor is part of an integrated approach, we avoid exceeding any costs, and the designer-contractor shoulders the entire project.

  1. Shorter Turnaround Times

When you work with a designer-contractor, you’ll experience shorter delays at every phase of the project. For a standard project, you could be investing a lot of time alongside a designer working on the concept, only to have to then get quotes from numerous contractors. This can compromise planning in terms of timelines.

When you hire a designer-contractor, on the other hand, the planning of the renovation itself is tied into the design process. This way you will have already determined work dates even before anything has begun.

Your designer-contractor makes choices for your interior design project in Montreal without losing sight of deadlines. The designer’s concept will, from the start, be aligned with all project target dates, so Groupe SP Réno Urbaine clients don’t have to endure three or four interviews with different potential designers and contractors; once the designer-contractor has been chosen, the entire project gets underway with a turnkey process.

Our designer-contractors work closely with the project manager, who is responsible for making sure that the project parameters are always being respected, making for greater fluidity between the conceptualization/design phase and the contractor’s actual execution of the project.

In this respect, a designer-contractor does not merely serve as the eye of the client, but also as the project’s caretaker, making him/her the client’s ally who can provide the latter with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that someone is there to protect his/her vision and needs.

 

  1. In Touch with Montreal’s Issues

 

Our interior design-specialized team is well aware of the challenges associated with the city of Montreal and knows how to manage them. For your interior design renovation project in Montreal, you can rest assured that our designer-contractors can spot any difficulties that may arise during the renovation process, such as:

  • Problems with exterior insulation;
  • Hard-to-change slatted floors;
  • Rubble foundation walls;
  • Adding, changing or moving plumbing columns;
  • Multiplying the number of load-bearing walls;

A designer who is not a contractor is not necessarily equipped to face all of these problems, whereby a designer-contractor is very well prepared to manage all these issues. If everything is not seriously thought out from the beginning, you can be almost certain to run into several issues along the way, which can hurt your final budget.

For more information on our interior design service in Montreal, don’t hesitate to contact Groupe SP Réno Urbaine today or inspire yourself by visiting our page showcasing some Montreal renovation achievements.

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Our Tips for an Optimal Eco-friendly Renovation!

When it comes time for a home renovation project, more and more owners are interested in making it an eco-friendly renovation.

Eco-friendly renovations can make for a healthier living space, in addition to protecting the environment from polluting materials. Groupe SP Réno Urbaine is proud to be one of the first renovation companies in Montreal to offer an eco-friendly renovation service.

Here are some tips from accredited eco-contractor  Groupe SP Réno Urbaine to help you get the most out of your eco-friendly renovation project.

For a Healthier Interior

For the health of inhabitants, the first piece of advice that Groupe SP Réno urbaine can offer you is to make sure that your general contractor knows how to safely remove radon and other toxic emissions. While this natural radioactive gas can infiltrate buildings, it is easily removed with the help of passive sub-slab depressurization.

Don’t hesitate to ask your renovator if the materials being used for your eco-friendly renovation are recycled and if the paint is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

If your home has an asbestos problem, your general contractor should also be able to perform a completely safe decontamination of these areas.

For Smarter Consumption

Another advantage of an eco-friendly renovation project is that it allows us to reduce our energy and water consumption. For instance, in the case of a bathroom renovation, the standard plumbing accessories can be replaced by others that minimize water use. Sustainable water consumption levels are considered to be less than 4.9 litres for the toilet, 5.6 litres per minute for the faucet and 7.5 litres per minute for the shower.

In terms of energy consumption, for an optimal eco-friendly renovation, your contractor should be able to offer you:

  • Energy-efficient lighting solutions such as LED lightbulbs.
  • Air-sealing solutions to reduce your heating costs and energy consumption. An air leakage test should be done to make sure there are no problems in this regard.

When a contractor works on a large-scale renovation project, he should be able to prove that he has improved your EnerGuide score by at least 5 points.

Encourage Recycling

As an eco-contractor, Groupe SP Réno Urbaine understands the importance of recycling during an eco-friendly renovation project. There are several ways to recycle, but the most important, obviously, are using recycled materials and having overall better waste management. In the case of Groupe SP Réno Urbaine, we always make sure to use the most scraps in addition to sorting waste to send to the ecocentre, so that the majority of unused materials can be recycled.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the eco-friendly renovation service at Groupe SP Réno Urbaine. A member of our team will be happy to answer your questions.

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How to prepare a basement renovation?

Is the family expanding and in need of an extra bedroom? Want to add a modern home theatre or do your teens want to have a cool hang-out place with their friends? Renovating a basement is likely the ideal solution for any of these needs and also spares yourself a move.

 

However, before undertaking this type of renovation, there are several important points to consider.

 

What needs to be checked before starting a basement renovation?

 

Most newer homes have basements in relatively good shape that require fewer modifications than pre-1950 homes. If your house is on the older side, it’s critical to ask yourself the following questions:

 

Is the current space safe?

  • Check for any water infiltration, cracks in the foundation, mold or other environmental factors such as asbestos.
  • Is there an exterior French drain and, if so, what shape is it in?
  • What’s the condition of the concrete floor?
  • If there are ventilation ducts and pipes in the ceiling, are they exposed or hidden above a suspended ceiling?

 

What is the municipal regulation for the layout of one or several rooms?

  • Required window dimension, minimal height for ceiling, etc.
  • What will be the finished height, once the ceiling, floor and subfloor are installed? Is this sufficient? If not, is it worthwhile to dig to add more height?

 

What is the basement’s accessibility?

  • Does the exterior exit, if existing, need to be modified? Oftentimes the doors tend to be low—several feet off the ground—and accessible by concrete steps on the inside (which isn’t helpful if the door in question leads into a room you want to renovate). 
  • If the space is not accessible from the upper floor, will you need to install a staircase?
  • If you’re planning to install a bathroom, in what shape is the plumbing, and is it easily accessible?
  • Get more information on access safety on the CAA Québec website.

 

Depending on the scope of work involved, these factors can have a major impact on the decision to renovate a basement or to simply move.

 

If you elect to stay and increase your living space, you want to have the work done according to industry standards and regulations, in order to get the most out of the renovation.

 

If it’s well done, a basement renovation can have a significant impact on your property value, which is why we strongly recommend turning to the professionals to get the renovation job done.

 

Maximize use of your space

 

When it comes to a basement renovation, it’s important to plan out the space so you can get the most out of it, while taking into account constraints of any fixed elements, such as the exterior exit, the staircase, and the furnace room with concrete walls.

 

A sound plan will allow you to evaluate several options and pick the best one.

 

Use good materials

 

In the case of high humidity levels, you want to be sure, for instance, to choose a flooring that will be less affected by this condition. In other words, engineered wood versus hardwood. Spray polyurethane foam insulation versus mineral wool. A honeycomb membrane beneath the subfloor can help in the case of minor water leaks.

 

Be sure to insulate and soundproof

 

If you’re redoing all the ceilings and walls, now is a good time to rethink insulation and soundproofing. This can translate into a considerable drop in your electricity bill while boosting your comfort. In certain cases, such modifications while installing the new concrete slab can reduce humidity levels coming from the ground.

 

In short, this unused space can greatly improve your quality of life by providing more room and storage. It can also prove lucrative if you’re creating a new dwelling in the process, provided you get the okay from your municipality.  

 

For more ideas, don’t hesitate to check out our previous article on basement layout.

 

Happy renos!