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5 Signs An Open Concept Renovation Is Right For You

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The overwhelming majority of homeowners that purchase pre-existing homes want to do one thing and one thing only the second that they get their hands on the keys. They can’t wait to rip out as many of the interior walls as humanly possible and create a real open concept floor plan ASAP – and it’s easy to see why.

Anyone that has spent any amount of time in homes that were built before the 1980s and 1990s are going to find that they are a little bit tight and some would even say cramped. There are walls everywhere cutting up the space. While that may have been all the rage in the past (we’re looking at you, Craftsman-style bungalows and single-floor ranches), nothing could be further from the truth today.

Open concept floor plans are definitely in vogue today, and here are five signs that you might need to pull off an open concept renovation the first chance that you get.

Open concept renovations open up the view

While you’ll certainly want to make sure that each space in your home is clearly delineated from the rest, and that you have privacy wherever you need it, most people don’t want a bunch of walls breaking up their view of the rest of the property.

Open concept renovations remove a significant chunk of those interior walls, and in turn open up the view.

One large living space provides breathing room

If there are too many walls in a smaller home, you’re definitely going to feel it. When you knock those walls down and really open things up with a new renovation, you’re going to be able to breathe easier. The entire space will just feel larger.

Open concept floorplans are perfect for those that like to entertain

Those that love to entertain are definitely going to want to think about opening up their floor plan as much as humanly possible. There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re stuck in the kitchen always from all the action because there are a bunch of walls between you and your guests.

Knocking out your walls will help you better monitor your children and pets

Multitasking is such an important skill in our modern world and you’re going to have to become a master of it when you need to get things done while watching your children and your pets. Take down as many walls as you can that are between you and where your kids are going to be most of the time, and you’ll be able to get work done without them ever leaving your sight.

The right open concept floor plan showcases your feature highlights

Whether you want to make sure that your kitchen really sings or that people are drawn into your living room, an open floor plan can really help to funnel the action into those specific spaces and frame them in a very positive light.

Remember, a proper open concept renovation is about a lot more than knocking down walls and calling it a day. You need to make sure everything is done properly and the structural integrity of your home is not compromised. Contact Lucas Contracting to bring your open concept vision to fruition.

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6 Benefits of a Green Roof

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Are you looking to upgrade your roof? If so, you should definitely investigate the benefits of a green roof. Lucas Roofing is at the forefront of the green roofing initiative and our team has extensive experience with expert installation. In addition to the tremendous ecological benefits of green roofing, you will also experience many benefits as a homeowner:

Extend Lifespan

Traditional roofing products wear down much faster than green roofing. For one, roofing components like shingles can become damaged over time due to weather and wind. Waterproofing membranes can also experience micro-tears due to temperature fluctuations. With a green roof, there are no shingles to be damaged, and waterproofing membranes do not experience the same temperature fluctuations. If you want to double or triple the lifespan of your roof, then you should choose a green roof installed by a professional Ottawa roofing company.

Save Money

Green roofs significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs. Traditional roofs are the cause of the greatest heat loss in your home in the winter, and reach the highest temperatures in the summer. A green roof greatly reduces both of these effects. According to a 2003 study by the National Research Council of Canada, green roofs lower summertime air conditioning demand by 75%. In the winter, homes with green roofs retain up to 35% more warmth than traditional roofs. What does that mean for you? More money in your pocket every month.

Stormwater Management

Green roofs blend seamlessly into our environment’s water cycle. Rainwater is stored by the substrate. The water is then taken up by the plants and later returned to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation. This advantageous benefit is contrasted with traditional roofs, which often route water down toward your home’s foundation. This could lead to foundation deterioration or water damage in your basement. Stormwater management helps the environment, but it also helps to protect the structural integrity of your home.

Green Space

Aside from the obvious economic and environmental benefits, green roofs also turn your otherwise bland and dull roof into a functional garden space. Especially if you do not have much yard space, this can be a very attractive feature. Hone your green thumb, improve your home’s curb appeal, and increase the value of your home with a functional garden space atop your home.

Join the green movement and help protect the environment while getting some great added benefits as a homeowner. Contact our Ottawa roofing company today for more information or to request a free quote.