Edmonton Fall Home Show: Kitchen and bathroom reno advice

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Renovating can improve the space, the resale value and overall livability of your home. Most people can open a can of DIY-friendly paint, but most seek the help of a professional contractor, especially when it comes to kitchens. This room is usually something people don’t want to tackle by themselves, says Renee Mulrooney, owner of Haven Design and Build in Edmonton.

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“Kitchens are one of our most popular requests. Sometimes the renovation expands from the kitchen because people will say to us, since you’re here, let’s refresh the whole main floor. But the kitchen is a focus. It’s the room that gets the most use,” she says.

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Starting on a kitchen reno with your contractor should be as easy as saying, here’s my kitchen. What can you do with it?

“We take it right from the design stage. That’s an important part of my job. The kitchen has to function first and then we work on the pretty part of it,” says Mulrooney, who was inspired to work in the renovation industry by the PBS program This Old House, which she grew up watching.

In designing a new kitchen, she stays within her customer’s budget and works to ensure that a new kitchen still fits with the esthetic of the rest of the home.

“Budget isn’t a dirty word. It just helps us manage the decisions we make. We want everything to look better, not just the kitchen,” she says.

Bathroom renovations can be done within the current footprint for simple but effective updates. Courtesy, Water Works Bathroom Renovations jpg

Bathrooms are another project not for the faint of heart. Edmonton’s Water Works Bathroom Renovations, a family-owned and operated company since 2007, has the process down pat. But as Water Works owner Warren Jones explains, they do it the easy way by remodelling within the room’s footprint.

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“We take out the old stuff and put in new. You don’t need permits for that and we can do a typical bathroom in seven days or less. Although sometimes you open walls and there’s stuff there that’s not supposed to be there. Then we have a challenge,” he says.

Water Works can do a tub and tile surround for about $7,000 or a walk-in shower for just under $9,000. Some bathrooms can run upwards of $60,000.

Water Works and Haven Build and Design are just two of the 175-plus exhibitors at the Edmonton Fall Home Show, Oct. 13 to Oct. 15 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The annual show gives local contractors a chance to help homeowners by offering free advice, while the show attendees can meet potential renovation contractors face-to-face.

“People enjoy the opportunity to meet someone first and get to know them before they invite them into their home,” says Mulrooney.

The Edmonton Fall Home Show runs Friday, Oct. 13 from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the door or save $2 off regular admission by purchasing online at edmontonfallhomeshow.com.

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