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Can You Fix Foundation Problems on Your Own?

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Have you noticed a foundation crack on your home? If it doesn’t look to major, you probably figure you can pick up a DIY kit at Home Depot and call it a day. This “quick fix” could actually make the problem much worse. Here is why you should always call the foundation repair team at Lucas Contracting to resolve all of your foundation issues:

Where’s the Source?

Just because there is an obvious external crack doesn’t mean that’s the only problem. It could be a symptom, not the cause. Your DIY fix might only be a Band-Aid solution at best while the source continues to threaten your home. Our foundation repair experts know what to look for and can identify and fix the source problem, not just symptoms.

Equipment & Tools

You can spend a lot of money on tools and equipment that you’ll never use again, yet it still doesn’t compare to the professional equipment at the disposal of our foundation repair team. We have the equipment to get your foundation repair done right the first time.

Cause Further Damage

If you aren’t particularly handy, you might just waste your time and money trying to fix a foundation problem on your own. Even worse, you could actually cause further damage if you don’t know what you’re doing. Instead of putting your foundation and home at risk, call our foundation repair team to fix the problem right away.

Personal Injury

If you don’t have experience or proper safety equipment and try to repair your foundation on your own, you could end up hurting yourself. Anything from a stubbed finger to electrocution to far worse if you cause a support beam to collapse or wall to cave. Protect your personal safety and trust the experts instead.

Time to Sell

Should you decide to sell your home in the future, you’ll regret your decision to take a DIY approach. Not only is your work probably sloppy, but it isn’t covered by warranty. The buyer will ask questions, and you won’t be able to give a convincing answer about the quality of the work. When you choose foundation repair from Lucas Contracting, our work is guaranteed and you’ll be proud to tell prospective buyers about the quality of the repair.

If you have a foundation crack, don’t put the integrity of your home at risk with a DIY fix. Turn to the experts at Lucas Contracting and get it done right.

4 DIY Projects to Avoid

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Part of being a good DIY-er is being realistic about your own skills. Avoiding the following projects will protect you from costly errors that will affect the integrity of your home:

Window Replacement

Your windows are not only a design element for your home’s exterior. They also play a key role in keeping your home warm and dry. It might seem simple enough to pop out the old windows and install the new ones, however there is much that can go wrong with window installation starting with the proper measurements. You will have to special order your windows and if you measure wrong this can be a very costly mistake. Very few home improvement stores will allow you to return special order items such as windows. The next issue is improper installation. Poorly installed windows can lead to multiple issues from poor insulation to leaks that can lead to structural issues and even the growth of black mould.

Roofing

You have probably seen roofers tearing the shingles off of neighbourhood homes and thought that doesn’t look so hard. However roofing is not only highly detailed work, it is also highly dangerous. Much like windows, roof replacement is a huge job that requires the job be done correctly to avoid costly damage to your home. As well roof work is very dangerous and can lead to serious injury with one misstep.

Structural Changes

One of the main concerns with structural changes is that it can lead to serious issues in a day, or years from now. When knocking out walls you have to understand how it will affect the overall integrity of your home. Whether you are working in the basement, creating an open concept main floor or want a larger master bedroom, it is best to leave structural changes up to the pros.

Electrical Upgrades

If you figure you are going to upgrade that old knob and tube wiring in your home or add a few more circuits, leave it to the pros. Electrical wiring can cause a fire quicker than you can flick a switch. Without a clear understanding of the proper codes to follow you can make some serious errors in judgment that could literally burn your house down.

When it comes to your home, safety should always be your first priority. If you are considering any of the above projects call a contractor and discuss your options.

Adding Character to Your Home

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Many homeowners decide to purchase a newer home and then find once they move in their house lacks character. There are many ways you can add character to your home with the help of general contractors Ottawa homeowners hire as well as a few of your own DIY touches.

Lighting

Dull and boring light fixtures can make a home lack style and personality. A simple DIY project is to install new light fixtures such as charming chandeliers in your foyer and dining room and stylish pendant lighting over the island in your kitchen. The general contractors Ottawa homeowners hire can also come in and do some major updates such as recessed lighting and even accent and task lighting under your kitchen cabinets.

Welcoming Foyer

Your foyer sets the tone of your home. To create a more welcoming entry you can make some changes such as hardwood for floors and staircases, hanging a new chandelier, adding wainscoting and a more substantial floorboard. You can also use furniture such as a chair and hall table with an accent lamp or two.

Add Built-ins

Look at unused space such as a corner or bay window ideal for a cozy window seat with storage. The fireplace is ideal for built-in shelves and cabinetry. A den is ideal for a “library” look with custom shelving. The general contractors Ottawa homeowners hire can offer many suggestions from walk in butler pantries to dining room banquettes.

Architectural Detail

Architectural detail can add character such as crown moulding, framing around windows and doors, higher floorboards and new doors. You can also consider major changes such as coffered ceilings, a skylight or cupola. You can add decorative chunky feet to lower kitchen cabinets, beadboard to the front of an island and even filigrees and molding to cabinets or bulk heads.

Fireplaces

Many modern fireplaces don’t have a hearth or mantle. The addition of a wood or marble mantle and surround can add a substantial, historical feeling to your home. A marble hearth will also add charm and substance. You can choose to go modern with less detail or use reclaimed wood to add rustic charm.

Staircase

Give your staircase a makeover. Remove tired old carpet and replace steps with hardwood. You can also update your banister and rails or add a new decorative runner.

Adding character to your home will make it more welcoming with a unique sense of style.

Creating a Plan before the Renovation

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People have a tendency to underestimate the materials and timeline needed for a simple renovation, and a more complicated and detailed renovation can take over an entire home for a long period of time. Although you may have started with a quick and easy renovation making last minute changes can cause the reno to become extremely detailed, intricate and costly. The best way to avoid this from happening is for both you and your general contractors to come up with a detailed plan before beginning. Here are some tips to help you create a plan for your upcoming renovation:

Specific Idea

If you plan to stick to one given area of the home, do just that. For example, if you’re planning on redoing the kitchen don’t get side tracked by thinking the dining room would look great with wainscoting, or the windows may need replacing. Ultimately you started with the one room that needed it the most, so chances are all other changes can wait. Outline exactly what you think needs to be changed and stick to that plan. Once you have finished the renovation you had in mind, you can always look to your Ottawa general contractor for further projects.

Budget

Have a set budget with a contingency fund so you avoid throwing a lot of money at just one project. A contractor will be able to give you a pretty good estimate of how much the renovation for the kitchen, bathroom or extension will cost. With a strict budget you know exactly what you can afford and what you cannot. Your Ottawa general contractor will do their best to keep everything within budget, making you one happy home owner. A contingency fund is always a good idea in case unforeseeable problems occur such as water damage, plumbing issues or structural challenges for your layout.

Upgrades

As the project progresses it will be tempting to start adding changes and upgrades. This is the fastest way to go over budget. Stay in contact with your general contractor to make sure things stay on budget and to let you know if and when your budget will carry any upgrades.

Schedule

Your plan should include a start and end date so you aren’t left in the lurch. You need to pin down the date the crew will show up and mark milestones such as when deliveries are scheduled and when each stage is expected to be complete. A plan with your contractor will keep your renovations on track and save you money.

Ottawa METAL Roof (Part 1)

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In this article we will address common questions relating to Ottawa Metal Roofs. This is due to the several inquiries we’ve had over the past year or so, asking the same questions. In order to save you time and help you find the right contractor for your Ottawa metal roof, we have compiled this list of questions with the appropriate answers.

Is an Ottawa Metal Roof more expensive than a regular (asphalt shingle) roof?

In the short-run, yes; In the long-run, no way! Here are some things to consider when contemplating the purchase of an Ottawa Metal roof. Read More