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Interior Renovations

When we say interior renovations it basically means anything indoors. When we think of renovations often times we think of big projects, but when it comes to interior renovations it can really mean a lot of little things.

Over time our home’s interior requires maintenance, repairs, updating and modernization. Sometimes that means redoing the trim and painting while other times it means busting out a wall and making the place open concept. Let your imagination soar.

Types Of Interior Renovations

RESTORATIONS

Restoration is the “act of returning the structure to it’s former condition.” This is common in historic buildings but is also applied in any major improvement project. Repairing holes in the walls, fixing old fixtures or replacing them with replicas of the originals, and removing old carpet and refinishing the wood floors underneath are all examples of what may be involved in a restoration project

RENOVATIONS

Renovation is “the act of renewing.” In simple terms it’s making a room or entire building look better by fixing what’s already there and adding new elements. Again, depending on the condition of the home when the project begins, this is generally more cost effective than remodeling. Many factors will determine whether renovation is more or less costly than restoration.

ADDITIONS

Also part of an exterior project, a well-planned home addition will pay for itself time and time again. Boost your home’s value and extend its square footage with an impactful home addition. Maximize your investment by selecting the perfect materials and details to enhance your home’s value and character.

IN-LAW SUITE

An in-law suite is basically a collection of rooms designed to accommodate aging parents. It can just be a bedroom with a bathroom, or sometimes even include a kitchen or dinette. In-law suites are also referred to as accessory dwelling units, multigenerational units, secondary suites, or granny flats.

INCOME PROPERTIES

The installation of an income suite (basement, apartment, upstairs flat) in your home. The rent can help you pay off your mortgage and provide a cushion if you ever lose your job. This can be another solution to downsizing a home that has outgrown your family.

BASEMENT REFINISHING

Sometimes the cure for an undersized house is right underneath you. If you’re lucky enough to have a basement, transforming the underutilized space into a playroom, home theater, in-law apartment, office, gym, or some combination of these is a great way to expand your living space.

ATTICS

If you want to use your attic on a regular basis or to store large items, you may need to enlarge the access opening and install an access ladder or drop-down stairs. If the attic has the potential to become a regular living space, special modifications are required by code to legally use the space.

TRIMS & MOLDINGS

The finishing touches of your home, but also some of the most important. No other element in the renovation list requires more skill and accuracy than these finishing touches.

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Popular Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

The body responsible for enforcing Ontario’s Building Code in your area issues permits for the construction, renovation, demolition and certain changes of use of buildings, and for the installation, alteration, extension or repair of on-site sewage systems. Building Code enforcement is generally carried out by municipal building departments, although in the case of on-site sewage systems, enforcement in some areas is conducted by boards of health and conservation authorities.

Under the Ontario Building Code Act, a building permit is required for the construction of a new building, an addition, or alteration of any building or structure with a building area of over 10 square metres (approximately 108 square feet).

You can get an application for a building permit from either your municipality or the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Building Code website under “publications”. (Visit www.ontario.ca/buildingcode.) But it’s a good idea to talk to the staff at your municipality before you apply. They can tell you what information, drawings and plans you’ll have to include with the application and whether you’ll need any other permits or approvals. Note that building permit applications are submitted to your municipality, not to the provincial government.

When you apply, you’ll have to attach drawings, plans, and other documents. You may also have to pay a fee.

The GST/HST Rebate for New Housing Construction is a program administered by the Government of Canada. For your reference, please find links and telephone numbers to the Government of Canada’s Revenue Agency below:

GST/HST New Housing Rebate(link is external)

Forms Line: 1-800-959-2221
Info Line: 1-800-959-5525

Building permits allow your municipality to protect the interests of both individuals and the community as a whole. By reviewing and approving building plans before any work is done, the municipality can ensure that buildings comply with:

  • the Building Code, which sets standards for the design and construction of buildings to meet objectives such as health, safety, fire protection, accessibility and resource conservation
  • the local zoning by-law and other planning controls on buildings
  • other applicable legislation, including conservation authority approvals and certain requirements under the Environmental Protection Act.
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