Need Some Advice????

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Posted by: from Ottawa
1/25/2011 at 2:16:38 PM

We bought a home about 5 yrs ago. We are now trying to determine wether to repair or rebuild since there seems to be alot of repairs needed. The House was built in the 1950's we have no basement. We live in the Alta Vista area of Ottawa, Ont. The property is a very good size and it is in a prime location. Why I am asking is that we have no idea what to do, if you could steer us either on rebuilding or fixing the home and how we go about doing one of them. Also how do we get started it would be greatly apppreciated.

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Date/Time1/26/2011 at 1:28:25 AM


I am an architect with 20 years experience in renovations and new home construction. Every renovation project we do starts with a discussion about the merits of renovating vs building new. The answer in each project is different because there are many factors to consider. Perhaps i could help with your decision.

Please send me an email if you want to learn more about this.



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Date/Time1/26/2011 at 7:31:38 AM

There are a number of factors to consider when contemplating whether to renovate or sell. Aside from location, neighbourhood etc and concentrating on the financial side it is important to consider the value of your house after the renovations vs the value of similar type homes in your neighbourhood and how it would be positioned in the market place.

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Date/Time1/26/2011 at 8:09:11 AM

Hi Brenda,

Par-Tek Construction Services is a Design/Build/Manage renovator with over 28 years of experience. Although you are out of our normal service area, we can help you with your decision. Not a simple, cut and dried matter, but we can discuss over the phone and exchange images via email to help you reach the best solution for your needs.

Please feel free to ring me directly on my cell.

Andrew Parker, owner

416 504 9455

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Jean from Bruj Construction in Ottawa
Date/Time1/31/2011 at 6:52:49 AM

Hello Brenda;

The best thing to do right now is to sit down with someone (husband , friends ) and discuss what you would like in view of changes in your home. The last thing you need is having someone -contractor/designer- pushing expensive things onto you.

Once you have an idea of what YOU would like, then it`s time to communicate with your FIRST contractor and get a feel of what he or she suggest in view of cost and time.

Get an estimate and start making changes based on his/her ideas and suggestions.

Then, Start the process all over again.

YOU must have at least 3 estimates to give yourself a ball park figure.

Once you got your contractor (after having asked and checked a few references), sign a contract (make sure the start date and completion date (this last one may change upon the difficulties encountered during the project) Then the fun start! Be involved in the day to day operation, ask question, insist on getting the answers you need so that YOU understand.

And the most important thing is:

Have fun, Renovating does not have to be a nightmare for everyone!

Hope this was more helpful than a sales` pitch.



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King Concrete in Gloucester
Date/Time2/10/2011 at 9:42:55 AM

Im with Jean.

The only thing I will add is: Make sure you do your homework on prospective contractors. Get some references and see their past work if possible.

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Date/Time2/10/2011 at 10:47:21 PM

Hi Brenda,

If considering to repair: get some quotes base on your needs from experience contractors. Check references and follow the steps Jean has provide.

If renovating completely and size of the existing lay out is good. Hire a Design and Build company or hire a designer that will work with you every step til completion. Get all permits and drawings even if you are removing an interior wall and changing the kitchen layout. This will be very valuable when reselling.

Wish you the best.

Miguel Benitez

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Shawn from Arrow Contracting in Vaughan
Date/Time2/15/2011 at 3:23:49 PM

Hi Brenda, I am going to assume given the options to repair or rebuild that the repairs required are extensive. You and your loved ones residing there need to decide if the home is currrently what you already love, if so have a professional in to assess the repairs required and the cost associated with them. There may be only certain things about your home that you wish to change. You really need to know what you want to do and how much money you are willing to invest into your home. Repairs can often cost more than renovations but if it's something original that you love than sometimes it's worth it. On the flip side renovating gives you a blank canvas to work with and the ability to change and create whatever you like. To make old new again so to speak. Really it all depends on what you want and only you can decide that. Good luck with your project and please do not get pressured into anything you do not want to do.

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