Building Permit For Home Renovations

building permit

It seems to be common knowledge that a building permit is required for new construction of buildings and demolition of buildings. However, many homeowners do not realize that building permits are required for home renovations. If you are planning a home renovation read on to learn about the building permit process and ramifications of not obtaining required permits.

As a general guideline, a building permit is required whenever a home renovation will affect the plumbing or the structural integrity of a house. If you are planning bathroom remodeling project that involves moving the plumbing, a building permit will be required. Kitchen renovations that include structural changes to the house require a building permit. If you want to finishing your basement or building a deck you will need a building permit. Building permits are not required Read more “Building Permit For Home Renovations”

Barrier Free Bathroom Renovations

Barrier free bathroom renovations

According to a study conducted by HOUZZ, over half of the homeowners over sixty years old would like to remain in their residence indefinitely. If you are one of these people and your bathroom needs remodeling, read on to learn about senior friendly, barrier free bathroom renovations. When a senior friendly bathroom renovation is completed the new bathroom should be healthy, accessible, and safe.

Alert Restoration’s bathroom renovation process begins with a free consultation in the comfort of your home. We’ll discuss your style, preferences and budget. We’ll also discuss your goals for the future with respect to your living arrangements. Together we’ll come up with a plan for your new bathroom that will meet your needs today and as you age.

Bathroom Mold

Bathrooms have a lot of water and humidity so it is common for mold (also spelled “mould”) to grow in them. Mold has the potential to cause respiratory problems and other health issues. Because elderly people are at a greater risk Read more “Barrier Free Bathroom Renovations”

Hardwood Flooring is a Great Choice!

Hardwood Flooring

If you are planning to renovate your home or finish your basement consider installing hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are beautiful. They are elegant and warm, creating an inviting ambiance in any room. Hardwood flooring is also extremely durable. And hardwood floors are an environmentally friendly flooring option that contribute to healthy indoor air quality. Overall, hardwood flooring is a great choice!

Before I elaborate on the reasons why hardwood flooring is a great choice, I will explain the difference between solid hardwood floors and engineered hardwood floors. Solid hardwood floors are made from Read more “Hardwood Flooring is a Great Choice!”

Basement Mold Prevention Strategies

Basement Mold

It is much easier to prevent basement mold (also spelled “mould”) from growing than it is to remove it once it there. There are many basement mold prevention strategies. I encourage you to learn about these strategies because basement mold is a serious problem! Mold spores contain allergens, irritants, and in some cases toxins. There are many different types of mold. Although not all mold is toxic, all mold has the potential to cause ill health. If that is not enough of a reason to consider basement mold a huge problem, there is another one. Over time basement mold decomposes building materials causing structural damage to houses.

Mold needs a food source and moisture in order to grow. Basement mold is common because basements have many food sources for mold (wood, drywall, etc) and they also have many sources of moisture. To make matters worse, Read more “Basement Mold Prevention Strategies”

Renovating Your Home To Sell

renovating bathrooms

Renovating your home for your own enjoyment and renovating your home to sell are two very different types of projects. When homeowners are planning to live in their house for a long time home renovations are usually personal. Renovation choices are based the family’s needs, style and preferences. When homeowners are renovating their home to sell, renovation choices are based on what they think potential buyers will like. In these situations it is best to chose simple designs and neutral colours that will appeal to a majority of potential buyers. And most importantly, ensure you only invest in upgrades that will increase the value of your house and help it sell fast!

Before making any renovating decisions, compare the condition of your home to the condition of other houses in your neighbourhood. Don’t over spend on designer remodeling if that type of renovating is not consistent with the majority of houses. Because if you do, chances are you won’t recoup Read more “Renovating Your Home To Sell”

Basement Renovation Ideas Are Endless!

basement renovationsFinishing your basement is a great way to add living space to your home! Gone are the days where damp, dark and gloomy basements are used solely for the purpose of storage. Today it is possible to transform your basement into a functional space that is just as warm, comfortable and welcoming as the rest of your home. A place where your family will enjoy spending quality time together. The options for finishing your basement are endless! Alert Restoration would be happy to discuss your basement renovation ideas with you.

Basement Renovation Ideas

When you are thinking of  basement renovation ideas, consider your family’s needs now as well as how they may change over time. Perhaps you have small children and you would like to create a play area for them. Or you may want your basement renovation to include a games room for your teenagers. With telecommuting becoming increasingly popular many people are building a home office. Creating a home gym or Read more “Basement Renovation Ideas Are Endless!”

Basement Apartments Provide Additional Income


basement apartments

The cost of living in the province of Ontario is going up. This makes it more difficult for the average person to purchase a home. Basement apartments can be financially beneficial as they provide homeowners with an opportunity to earn additional income. Some homeowners use the income from their basement apartment to supplement their mortgage payments. Elderly homeowners often use the income from their basement apartment to supplement their retirement income. In addition, basement apartments allow parents a way to provide accommodation to adult children Read more “Basement Apartments Provide Additional Income”

Affordable Bathroom Renovations

Bathroom VanityWe all want our bathroom to be a peaceful spot in our home where we can go to relax and refresh ourselves. Ideally a bathroom is both comfortable and luxurious. If you want to update the look and feel of your bathroom but you are on a tight budget, Alert Restoration can help! We specialize in completing affordable bathroom renovations.

Free Consultation

Alert Restoration’s bathroom renovation process begins with a free consultation in the comfort of your home. We’ll discuss your renovation needs, style and preferences. Together we’ll come up with a scope of work and material selection that fits your budget.

Bathroom Mold

Because bathrooms have a lot of water and humidity it is common for mold (also spelled “mould”) to grow in them. Adequate waterproofing and ventilation will ensure your newly renovated bathroom remains mold free. Read more “Affordable Bathroom Renovations”

Floods are a Major Cause of Mold Growth

Black mold growth behind drywall

Floods are a major cause of mold growth in residential homes. When there is a flood caused by a rainstorm or a massive snow thaw water enters the house through the roof, cracks in the foundation, or the sewer drain. Some people experience floods in their home due to a leaky or burst pipe or because of a sink/tub overflow.

Drying Prevents Mold Growth

After a flood you need to dry your house and everything inside that got wet as fast as possible. You have about 24 – 36 hours to start the drying process and flood water cleanup before mold (also spelled “mould”) and bacteria begin to grow. If drying is not started quickly, having excessive water in your home will give mold a moist, damp environment Read more “Floods are a Major Cause of Mold Growth”

Black Mold is a Health Hazard

Black mold in cold storage room.

According to Health Canada mold (also spelled “mould”) is one of the most commonly found indoor air pollutants. Molds are fungus that grow and spread in areas that are damp with minimal airflow. In a home mold is commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, basements and attics. Mold spores contain allergens, irritants and in some cases toxins. Breathing in mold spores can lead to a variety of health issues including headaches, skin irritation, nausea, respiratory symptoms, allergic reactions, asthma attacks and severe infections in some people. Mold is a health hazard!

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

The type and severity of symptoms caused by breathing in mold spores depends on several factors including the type of mold, extent of exposure and a person’s sensitivity to mould. People with mold allergies, Read more “Black Mold is a Health Hazard”