How to approach a renovation? By Luke Dalinda

Catching up with Ramsin…

Today, we had talked about the common questions of how to approach renovations.
Here are our tips:
1) First meet with your realtor (That’s me!) to discuss the investment you wish to make. For example, renovating your current home or condo might be a good idea, but, in the end, you are still in the same space. With proper guidance, you can decide if that money is not better spent upgrading to a new, larger home or if the investment you intend to make will justify a proper return.
2) Meet with an experienced designer (That’s Ramsin) to properly plan and design your renovation to your budget. This can be broken into two parts, the creation of a timeless design and a thoughtful plan and process for the renovation. For example, you might renovate the bathroom not realizing that the shower liner needs to be replaced. These little things can be costly and experience is what saves you a lot of money in the end, even if it costs a little more in the beginning. Most importantly, you will know it was done right and done to last.
3) Do not follow the crowd. Ignore what your neighbor did, what you saw on TV, or what the Home Depot guy tried to sell you. Good design is timeless, and it considers space continuity, use, form, and function. In the early 2000s, everyone thought Jatoba wood floors were cool. Today, they are viewed like carpet. A good designer will help you avoid fads in favor of timeless solutions. 80-year old homes in Rosedale have stood the test of time better than homes from the 70s because of good timeless design.
4) Top quality is top quality, cheap is cheap, and fast is fast, but you cannot have all three. You also have to be aware of where you are going to compromise and accept those compromises. Maybe you will pick more modest cabinets in favor of a better countertop and better appliances.

Tip of the week: If you are living in a condo, consider installing a central humidification system. Not only is this a critical solution for the protection of your wood floors and cabinetry, but also, most importantly, it will serve your health the most!
Check out: General Air Filters, Elite Steam Series.

Stay tuned for more tips, and you can catch Ramsin on the Marilyn Denis show on CTV or find him at @RamsinKhachi @KhachiDesign @KhachiLife

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Catching up with Ramsin Khachi #2 – Hardwood vs. Vinyl

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Hardwood flooring has become a standard for condominiums these days. However, as longtime condo owners will appreciate, wood is not an ideal material for condominium environments, as it is susceptible to humidity and water. It is also not ideal for soundproofing.

Today, Ramsin Khachi and I had discussed viable solutions for condominium flooring, the best and most interesting being vinyl flooring.

Vinyl flooring has come a long way. It is no longer the vinyl tile from your grandmother’s house. It can look just like wood, offers the durability and versatility that wood cannot, and comes in a full spectrum of options from any wood type to even stone finishes.

Vinyl flooring costs about $3 per square foot, which is much less than traditional wood flooring.

When choosing vinyl flooring, it is critical to look at the overall thickness of the product and the wear layer (the top layer) quality to ensure durability and longevity. It is best to have the supplier of the product install it as well instead of a third party. This will help with any potential warranty concerns.

By far, one of the best choices for vinyl flooring is the LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) collection by Interface, a company recognized not only for its high quality product but for its commitment to the environment as well.

Stay tuned for more tips, and you can catch Ramsin on the Marilyn Denis show on CTV or find him at @RamsinKhachi @KhachiDesign @KhachiLife

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Catching up with Ramsin Khachi…

Catching up with Ramsin Khachi…

As a realtor, staying on top of the latest trends in interior design helps me guide my clients in making the right decisions and investments. Today, I caught up with my friend Ramsin Khachi, one of Toronto’s top design experts.

We spoke about the importance of sound proofing when renovating your condo and compliance with condo rules. Sound complaints have become a major, costly issue for condos. When tiling, there is a new product called Schluter Ditra-sound, which is specifically designed for ceramic and stone tile installations. This innovative new product prevents tile cracking, offers superior waterproofing, and helps prevent sound transmission.

Condos today are becoming smaller and smaller, with these confined spaces, opportunities to renovate to create more space are becoming very difficult. Your realtor and design expert should be able to guide you to making innovative design solutions with impact while avoiding structural obstacles and complex condo rules.

Investing in a well thought out plan and “road map” for your renovation may take some extra effort and cost, but the money that you spend in the beginning pays back big in the end. Stay tuned for more tips, and you can catch Ramsin on the Marilyn Denis show on CTV or find him at @RamsinKhachi @KhachiDesign @KhachiLife

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Did you miss Elevate, Palace Place? Watch these videos!

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For a small experience of all that was Elevate, Palace Place, please watch these short videos. Be sure to keep in touch for future seminars and follow the Elevate Seminar link on this website.
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