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6 Advantages of entrusting the design and execution of a renovation to a turnkey contractor-designer

1- Obtain a preliminary quote before the start of the creative process. 

At Groupe SP Reno Urbaine, you will receive from our designers a detailed quote of your project without even having a plan. The purpose of this preliminary quote is to allow you to qualify and define the parameters of your project, according to your budget. No designer or independent architect can offer you such budget and technical information before you embark on expensive plans that are often disconnected from your financial reality. 

2- Make plans and design according to a predefined budget. 

Once the preliminary quote has been accepted, the design process will be carried out by the same designer of Groupe SP Reno Urbaine, who will take into account all previous discussions about your styles and needs. Do you want to revise the concept to reduce the cost of the project? Or, on the contrary, does your budget allow you to include a few "nice to have's"? No problem! The designer works with you in conjunction with the technical estimator, to develop your project all the while taking into account the target budget. 

3- Ensure a perfect communion between the plans and the contractor's bid. 

The plans are complete and the changes decided in the design process are integrated into the quote. We now have plans that express the same thing as the quote. The traditional path of an independent designer working with a contractor often gives way to documents that do not always match 100%, creating great risks of costly mistakes and conflicts on the worksite.

4- Save on design and site monitoring costs. 

Plans produced and used by Groupe SP Réno Urbaine are produced faster as the level of detail required for internal use is substantially simplified compared to the traditional plans issued for bidding. Therefore, the design costs are significantly less as they are absorbed partially by the entrepreneur who achieves a higher volume of business in offering the service. In doing so, design costs will be much lower than those charged by independent designers / architects. 

5- Obtain a harmonious construction site on which the designer and entrepreneur are one. 

Bringing together the designer and the entrepreneur within the same entity provides a very different dynamic from the traditional approach. Indeed, the communication in case of variation to the contract will be transparent and fluid, since the client does not have to act as an intermediary between the parties who unfortunately usually seek to blame one another instead of finding a win-win solution in the customer's favour.

6- Reduce the time between the beginning of the design and the start of the work. 

In fact, your renovation start date is reserved upon acceptance of the preliminary quote BEFORE the design process begins. This allows you to skip the mandatory waiting period for the plans to be drawn up, the bidding time in order to get several quotes and the choice of the contractor, not to mention the availabilities they may or may not have. You can easily save at least three months in the process with the integrated approach of Groupe SP Reno Urbaine.

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Home Planning Ideas for Working from Home

Like any other interior renovation, if you want to set up a home-based office, the first thing you need to consider are your needs.

 

To help you define them, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Will better lighting make your days more productive?
  • Do you prefer entirely natural light over artificial one?
  • Do you want an office that is easily accessible or a more isolated space?
  • What kind of furniture can help you accomplish your daily tasks?

 

Here are some tips and layout ideas for an office that reflects the professional that you are.

 

Design a Space to Work from Home

Sitting down and getting started with your day is a decisive moment. To stay productive, you need an environment that complements your needs and work style.

 

While there are numerous set-up options available, we’re seeing many more open work spaces.

 

Closed off spaces might still exist, but today we see plenty of home offices located right in the central part of a home. Open basements, kitchens or living rooms can make excellent work zones that will make you feel both inspired and productive.

 

All you need is to make sure the space is set up in such a way so that you can work easily. For example, we can add a computer corner in one’s kitchen without breaking up the fluidity of the kitchen’s overall design.

 

If you tend to get easily distracted, you want to pick a specific spot and clearly mark a physical boundary between your “home office” and your “home”. This division of space is for the benefit of the members of your family but also for you. Shelves, cabinet furniture or even glass panels can help you create those visual partitions. Once this space is properly divided, you can come home while leaving your work at the office.

 

 

Lighting: An Important Element

Nothing helps creativity like a sun-infused space. Fortunately, if you’ve picked the basement for your home office, the right choice of artificial light and colours can make up for the loss of natural light. Warm colours stimulate the brain and cold colours boost creativity:

  • Red increases concentration;
  • Pink stimulates positive emotions;
  • Yellow feeds intellect and increases a room’s lighting;
  • Blue and green have a calming effect;
  • White soothes and opens up a space.

 

 

Custom Made Furniture for You

To increase your productivity and preserve ventilation in your work space, the ideal solution is furniture that’s been customized to your needs and personality type.

 

In addition to naturally integrating into your space, this kind of furniture can also help organize your space—and your soul, thus completely transforming your work-from-home days.

 

Large bookcases, for instance, can help you make use of height space while keeping everything within reach. A customized and integrated filing system would also allow you to hold on to important papers without getting buried in a slush pile that will ruin the look of your entire room.

 

A customized desk designed by a cabinetmaker rewards you with a home office space that is all your own and meets your specific needs.

 

Looking for a way to optimize your space? Retractable furniture, shelves and counters can facilitate any daily tasks without taking up all that room.

 

As you can see, there are a ton of options for adapting your home space to your work needs.

 

Now It’s Your Turn!

Now that you’ve read some of our tips for designing a home work space, start having fun with planning out your own! A well thought out project and clear vision will help make your dream home office a reality.

 

It goes without saying that if you are thinking of reorganizing or redoing your home work space, you can’t go wrong with the help of a professional interior designer. A turnkey design service will spare you any unforeseen complications during the process and allow you to maximize all the possibilities that come with your home renovation.

 

If you’re ready to move forward, don’t hesitate to contact our designer-contractors who will give their maximum empathy and transparency throughout the collaboration process.

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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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Interior designer or interior decorator: the differences between both

You have renovation ideas in mind, but you are not sure if they are feasible? Or would you like to know what holds the full potential of your space in order to create an exceptional living space? An interior designer is the best choice for planning and implementing this transformation.

 

Why choose an interior designer over a decorator?

Unlike an interior decorator (who focuses on the arrangement of furniture in a room to increase its aesthetic potential), the interior designer will be able to plan the optimization of your living space by improving the functionality and harmony of the structural layouts.

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Indeed, an interior designer knows the principles of architecture, design, construction and finishing that will allow your project to be updated according to your wishes. They will be able to manage all the work while being able to control costs and deadlines.

As for the interior decorator, they only work around the decoration aspect without planning any changes in the configuration of the rooms. They will work with the spaces in their existing layouts without redefining them, and therefore will not be able to create a coherent architectural unity by tearing down walls, for example, to enlarge a room.

The interior decorator makes a surface improvement, i.e. he improves the aesthetics of the premises by changing the decorative elements (furniture and accessories, wall colour, etc.). They may propose the replacement of flooring, fixtures, sinks or other elements, but are not trained to manage the steps of a complete or partial renovation.

 

Optimization of your living space

Designer vs Décorateur

The interior designer will be able to plan your home renovation project from start to finish. They will take the time to discuss your needs and aspirations in order to offer you a functional living space with harmonious proportions.

 

They will produce an architectural plan that takes into account the structural elements specific to your property. All the while respecting your ideas and offering you many design possibilities.

 

They will be able to tell you the elements that could limit certain structural changes, since they must respect the reality of your home's structure. If only one room needs to be redesigned, the interior designer will take into account the spatial composition of your entire home to maintain balance and overall harmony.

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Knowing the processes of residential construction and renovation, this design expert can also suggest the materials and equipment that will be the most appropriate or advantageous for your situation.

 

As an expert in project management, the interior designer will plan your renovation work down to the last detail, in collaboration with the team leader and all the trades. In the event of an unexpected technical problem, they will be able to find a suitable solution. The interior designer will also be able to ensure that your decorative tastes are respected, while offering you different styles and introducing you to new trends.

 

Services available at Groupe SP Réno Urbaine

The design team at GROUPE SP RÉNO URBAINE can ensure that your renovation project in Montreal is completed, from renovation planning to decoration.

 

Contact our experts with confidence.

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Master suite: the master bedroom redefined

Who hasn't dreamed of living in a dream house where comfort, functionality and style would create a luxurious and relaxed atmosphere... It is now possible to rediscover the splendour of 5-star hotel rooms in your own home, by transforming your master bedroom into a fully equipped master suite! Here's how:

 

Space and convenience

Design master suite

The dream master suite consists of an ultra spacious master bedroom, with an adjoining bathroom of good size. This room would be tastefully furnished and would include very large wardrobes or a walk-in closet, a king size bed, a TV cabinet that can hold a large format television, a couch or armchair as well as a space with a small table and chairs for romantic lunches.

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The bathroom would benefit from a jet bath, an ultra-modern shower with massage jets, a heated floor, a double vanity, large mirrors, sophisticated lighting and state-of-the-art plumbing equipment.

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Intimacy walls (with a multitude of openings that allow light to pass through) or glass panels could separate the different spaces in each room (shower, toilet, etc.).

 

To facilitate relaxation, wireless speakers could be installed in each of the two rooms.

 

Transformation of the master bedroom into a Master Suite

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You can find yourself every evening in the unparalleled comfort of your master bedroom and luxurious bathroom, and wake up every morning in the same inspiring and functional environment. Finally, you will enjoy the relaxation of a space designed to your taste and according to your criteria.

 

Do you also want to redefine your master bedroom?

If your current room seems too small to be really comfortable, we will be able to analyse the situation and propose advantageous solutions. If you have the space on the same floor to enlarge it by removing a wall, we will be able to do so.

We are specialized in urban renovations in Montreal and interior design for many years and we can create the luxurious and spacious bedroom of your dreams.

We offer turnkey services, including:

 

  1. The evaluation of your needs and expectations
  2. Detailed planning of your project, including the worksite management
  3. The management of renovations carried out by our experts in structure, cabinetry, plumbing, electricity, etc.
  4. The complete decoration of your master suite

 

Our dynamic team of designers, consultants, team leaders and carpenters will put their expertise at your service to successfully transform your master bedroom renovation project into a luxury master suite. Contact us for more information and to share your vision!

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Some examples of turnkey renovation projects in Montreal

Thinking of hiring a general contractor for a turnkey renovation project, but not sure which design to go with? Relax and let our ideas guide your next project.

We hope these full renovations, done right here in Montreal, inspire you as much as they did our designers.

The Rockland Turnkey Renovation Project

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Project goals

This project’s mandate was to completely transform the main level of a home in Town of Mount Royal. The client’s sole request? To dream up an idea that would surprise him/her.

Needless to say, getting carte blanche is very exciting for a renovation company like ours, though the privilege does not come without responsibilities.

The renovation process: Create a natural harmony

The layout of the Rockland Project home was ideal for creating an open space bathed in natural light. The space was therefore opened up and windows were completely changed. For materials, we opted for noble ones, such as marble, with added touches of walnut and oak for contrast.

For the floating staircase, we chose steel with a built-in lime wall. A glass wall was installed for greater safety in going up or down the stairs.

The kitchen was not only redesigned but also moved. Now, a window wall offers a view onto the backyard while letting in abundant light, and a freestanding hood placed in the centre offers maximum practicality.  

Anyone taking in this new open space will likely savour its lightness but also its grandeur effect. The blend of noble materials, white-painted walls and the opening to the outdoors afforded by the new windows, strike a harmonious balance between the accessibility of light and the mystery behind the noble materials.

In bringing together these opposites, we have a final result that embodies an urban vibe and nature. The blend of the light and the obscure lends the space an aura of warmth and splendor.

As a final touch, our interior designers also worked with cabinetmakers to design a dining table that perfectly complements the new space.

 

Project challenges

Because everything had to be rethought, this project was particularly complex. Beyond simply freshening up the design, our renovation experts had to also rethink the space, furniture positioning, selection of materials, etc.

An upstream thought process was required to ensure that all the new elements would integrate well with the redesigned space.

In the end, there were plenty of changes. With the exception of the powder room, which, for practical reasons, was left as-is, everything else was changed and moved.

Since the house was relatively old (sixty-ish years old), it goes without saying that it wasn’t spared signs of aging. For instance, the ceiling, floor and walls were not completely square, hence, when it came time to install the long flooring tiles, we had to get a little creative (in the end, they did not easily fit into their full length).

To open up the rooms, we had to remove a load-bearing wall, which was replaced by an 18-inch steel beam that we covered in walnut.

The window changes were also a little tricky, because we had to get all desired modifications approved by the borough of Town of Mount Royal.

For more information on the project, visit the Town of Mount Royal Home Renovation page.

 

The De-Repentigny Project

Projet de Repentigny

Project goals

To renovate a single-family dwelling with 3 closed bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, while including a kitchen, dining area and living room that are suitable for a family of three.

Since the family consisted of two teenagers and an adult, it was obviously important to come up with a design that appealed to all tastes.

The renovation process: When a design creates space

Our interior designers worked with unusual materials such as cement tiles and called on the expertise of cabinetmakers.

The kitchen and living room layout was rethought. By opening up an old room at the back of the house, our designers were able to extend the living room. This extension allowed us to replace the main window in the living room to let in more light, as well as increase the kitchen space and have it also benefit from the light from the main room.

The basement bathroom was given a more teenage-friendly dynamic design, whereas the upstairs bathroom was redone more conservatively to fit the needs of mom. In the interest of aesthetics, functionality and meeting housing standards, some ventilation ducts and an electrical panel had to be moved.

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Project challenges

In light of the limited budget for this project, keeping an eye on expenses was crucial. Since we had a clear view from the get-go of the costs associated with the project, our turnkey renovation project service allowed us to avoid exceeding expenditures.

To create the basement bathroom, we had to organize the space in such a way to allow for a shower and toilet. It was therefore necessary to break the concrete slab to reorganize the underground plumbing to ensure optimal drainage. A washer and dryer were added, so to avoid humidity, a strong yet aesthetic ventilation system was installed.

The aesthetic challenge with this project was to please grown-ups and teens alike. To this end, the adult-only spaces were given a modern touch while the downstairs bathroom was given a bold do-over.

For more information on the project, visit the Rosemont Duplex Renovation page.

 

The Saint-Laurent Project

Projet St-Laurent

Project goals

Our challenge was to transform a barely-used 3rd floor of a Ville-Saint-Laurent home. Though the original plan was simply a bathroom, office and a desk and bed for guests, in the end, our designers and the client chose a very different solution.

After numerous discussions and brainstorming sessions with the client, we decided to transform the 3rd floor into a master suite. The goal was to make the homeowners feel like they are in a hotel, not a house.

The renovation process: Create a hotel at home

To recreate a design worthy of a five-star hotel, we freed up the most space possible. We separated the toilet from the rest of the bathroom, windows were replaced by frosted ones, we installed motorized blinds and built a small closet for clothing in the bathroom. To adhere to this uniformity, even the TV was built into the furniture.

All the room’s elements (furniture, mirrors, benches, shelves, lighting) were also integrated in such a way to refine the space as much as possible.

In terms of materials, we chose cherrywood for the floor and lacquered MDF for the nightstands to counter-balance the leather king size bed.

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For the bathroom, we decided to separate the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. A 12-foot-long shower, including a linear drain, was installed. When turned on, the shower releases a steady rainfall.

The tub is freestanding, the floor is heated, the hickory vanity is custom-made, lighting is integrated, etc.  Again, every effort was made to give the space a glamour effect usually reserved for hotels.

From now on, the design and integrated accessories will make this floor a living space adapted to the high-paced life of today’s professionals.

 

Project challenges

Since the air conditioning and heating did not optimally reach the 3rd floor, we installed a new independent ventilation-heating system. The insulation was not originally thought out to serve as a sound buffer between the 3rd and 2nd floors. We therefore set out to integrate a floor sound insulation system.

In addition, installing a 12-foot-long shower is no easy feat. The floor had to be completely redone. Moreover, to ensure a proper flow of water towards the drain, we added a six-foot incline on each side, making sure we had exactly the right height difference.

For more information on the project, visit the Ville-Saint-Laurent Master Suite Renovation page.

 

Questions ? Want more inspiration ?

If you want more information regarding our services in turnkey renovation projects in Montreal, don’t hesitate to contact us today. An experienced member of the Groupe SP Réno Urbaine team will be delighted to discuss further with you and answer all your questions.

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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.