Add to Your Home’s Living and Entertaining Space Without Costly Construction and Renovation

With more and more homeowners trying to maximize their home’s living space, it is no wonder home construction and renovation companies are recording record profits. But by assessing what you have and with a little creativity, new living and entertaining spaces can be had without spending thousands of dollars.

Late winter and early spring are great times to assess how space is used in your home. Often, decks and patios go unused or underused. Places you wouldn’t normally think of for use in entertaining – flat, shady spots in the yard, for example – may also lie empty. Many times, there are ways you can create “backyard retreats” in these underused areas without much trouble or cost, and truly bring the “indoors out.”

One such way of designing your new patio, deck, or garden living space is with a furniture grouping that matches aesthetically. Furniture that looks as if it belongs together can help bring unity to your new “outdoor rooms.”

Another way to expand your outdoor living space is to create a sheltered area that can work in different seasonal conditions. A retractable fabric awning is a great, affordable choice for creating a covered area on your deck or patio, and can keep your outdoor “room” cool in the sun, and dry in the rain. Another great option is a patio cover, which can act like a permanent “gazebo” to keep your outdoor space dry and cooler whether or not the space is directly adjacent to your house.

A third, and very popular, option is to consider a sunroom. Sunrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and Lifestyle is THE expert specialist in creating additional living space to suit your needs.

Whatever option you consider, take some time to give Lifestyle a call and let us know what you’re thinking of. Our design experts will be happy to sit with you and work out a plan that will guarantee you make the most of your outdoor living space and your budget!

New Georgetown Sunroom Installation

Here is a brand new custom sunroom installation in Georgetown, Ontario. Check out how seamlessly the design fits with the character and design of the original building, right down to the integrated staircase to the yard. Also note the custom siding added to the skirting of the sunroom, making it a fully architectural addition to this beautiful bungalow:

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To find out more about how Lifestyle Home Products can fit the perfect addition to your home with one of our industry-leading sunrooms, use the form to contact us, or give us a call toll-free at 1-800-465-0593. Whether you’re looking for a complete four-season addition or a three-season mudroom to expand the entrance to your home, our design experts will be happy to help you get the most out of your reno budget and set you up with the perfect sunroom addition.

9 Tips To Selecting A Good Contractor

 

When it comes to home repairs or improvements, many people find themselves at a loss because they are either unable to complete the needed repairs or they simply do not have the time. In either situation, the best thing to do is to hire a professional contractor. But, what qualities should one look for in a contractor and how can you be sure that he/she will be the best person for the job? These are common questions and should be answered prior to hiring a professional contractor.

Below are 9 tips that will help guide you through the process of selecting the best man, or woman, for the job.

1) Before hiring a contractor, find out how long they have been in business. It’s best to look for an established company and make sure to check out their reputation with the local Better Business Bureau for any outstanding or unresolved complaints.

2) Always make sure that a contractor is licensed to work in the state in which the work is to be done. The best way to find out about your province’s licensing procedure is to contact your local building department and/or consumer protection agency. If your state requires that a contractor be licensed, always ask to see a contractor’s license prior to hiring him/her for the job.

3) When considering potential contractors, ask for a list of recently completed projects that are similar to the one you are in need of help with. Hiring a contractor that is experienced in projects similar to yours will help to ensure that all goes smoothly and that the job will be done correctly.

4) Be sure to ask your contractor, prior to the commencement of work, whether or not the job will require any type of permit. All permits must be obtained before the actual work begins, when required, or the homeowner may face a fine. It is best to discuss who will be responsible for obtaining permits, either you or the contractor, in the beginning.

5) Always ask for the name of the individual who will be in charge of the project, often called a supervisor, and the names of those who will be working on the construction crew.

6) Once you are familiar with the supervisor, ask him/her about their crew. You will need to know whether or not they are trustworthy and make the decision as to whether you want them working on/in your home. Will they need keys? If so, you need to know that they are honest and can be trusted near your family and/or children.

7) Every professional contractor should carry a certain amount of insurance coverage, including personal liability, property damage and worker’s compensation. You will need to request copies of all insurance certificates and confirm that they are current before work begins. Do not do business with a contractor who cannot provide this documentation as this may result in your being held liable for any injuries and/or damages that occur during the project.

8) Always check with the contractor’s references before deciding to hire him/her for your project. This is important for all of the obvious reasons and will give you an idea as to their work ethics and end results.

9) When you and your contractor come to an agreement on payment terms, get everything in writing and have the agreement signed and notarized. All parties involved should have a copy of the agreement for future reference.

Right now, through June 30, you can get 0% financing or cash back on select Lifestyle Home Products installations, as well as a chance to win $2,500 towards your home improvement. Visit our current promotions page to find out more, and talk with one of our certified design consultants. We’ll make sure your home reno project gets done right the first time, guaranteed!

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Whitby Sunroom – Start to Finish!

Here is a start-to-finish installation of a great Lifestyle Oasis Plus sunroom in Whitby, Ontario. You can see clearly how we were able to attach this room to the house, surrounding the patio doors and making a great addition room off the patio entrance. There’s still a bit of remedial landscaping to around the install site, but we think it’s a pretty fine looking sunroom (if we do say so ourselves!).
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To answer all your questions about our signature Lifestyle three and four season sunrooms, CLICK HERE to get your free information kit.

Between now and June 30, if you request a quote on a new sunroom, or any Lifestyle Home Products installation, you could WIN $2,500 towards your renovation! Just click the button below to book your free consultation and enter for your chance to win:

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10 Easy Tips To Refresh Your Space For Spring And Summer 2016

It’s the time of the season, friends!

1.Time to paint those bland winter walls! Neutral tones are just fine, but add in some of the cool blues and greens that are making a statement this Spring. Pastels and Ultra Brights are the spring and summer trend for this year.

2. Clear the clutter! Time for spring cleaning. Get to those scary spots (under the bed, closets, storage) and throw away all that old junk that you don’t need. A good philosophy to follow is ‘The things you truly need will come to you’. This will reassure you when you come across that shoebox of old trinkets that you would probably be too embarrassed to put on display anyway.

3. Splurge on some new artwork. Whether it’s a light hearted oil painting, a sleek sculpture, or a Monet piece you’ve been eyeing for a year, reinvent your space!

4. New accessories! Reframe your photos with more interesting casings. The heavy woods and metals are out for the spring. Change up that china vase, try blown glass, recycled glass cobalt, or topaz! There are a variety of colors and shapes to choose from. Throw pillows can bring any color into your room or out of your artwork.

5. Change your window treatments. Lighter fabrics such as satin, chiffon, hand painted or dyed silks, are all in this spring. The colors are zesty and the look is fresh!

6. New rugs can change the entire look of your space! Move away from the heavy traditional patterns and textures and look for stripes, polka dots, and Kandinsky-esque styles.

7. Love your furniture but looking for a change? Slipcovers are still the way to go! Solids are always safe, but if you want to branch out, a lot of the light colored damasks are coming back in. Again, if you want to be trendy, go with greens and blues–light to bright colors. If you know your taste, then just be creative with it!

8. If you can manage to swing it, change out a few of your side tables with lighter colored woods or glass tops. If not, cover up the winter table tops with some light colored scarves or placemats. Work with what you’ve got, it brings out your most creative self!

9. Change your dishware for the season! Use fun, bright colors and chic designs on pottery or glass. Tangerines, ocean tones, hot pinks and purples! Check out Issac Mizrahi’s line.

10. If nothing else, open up your space and add a splash of color with fresh flowers. They are at their best now and the colors are the inspiration for modern color trends. House plants and foliage of any kind (even if it’s faux) are a must in your spring space!

So there you have it! Spring-summer 2016 is the time for reinventing and refreshing! Use your invigorated senses to inspire your dwellings. Happy Spring!

And remember, if you really need help getting your space refreshed for the spring and summer, call us in for a free quote or inspection and you could WIN $2,500 towards your new Lifestyle Home Products Installation!! Just click the button below to find out more!

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