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Have a Fireplace Installed in Time for the Holidays

Fireplaces are a known centerpiece for holiday-related festivities. If this year could use anything, it’s some additional holiday cheer. For many people, a fireplace, where there wasn’t one before, can be exactly the thing they need. So, if you’ve been planning to have a fireplace installed, why not do it now, in time for the holidays?

Beat the Weather

While, normally, it’s already begun to snow this time of year, the change in climate has given us a bit more time before snowfall. Construction of any kind is best done when it’s not as cold and wet. So, before the snow really starts coming down, use this opportunity to get your new fireplace installed. If you beat the snow, you can enjoy the benefits of a warm fire this winter, instead of waiting until next year.

Holiday Benefits

Because the fireplace is so central to so many holiday activities, there are some specific benefits to having one built before winter. Families can gather around the fire for holiday stories. The stockings can be hung from the mantel. As we all know, Santa Claus needs a fireplace to deliver gifts to the kids. Mantels are also a great place to put a menorah. You can even include a runner or other such decorations to help your seasonal affects stand out.

If holiday perks aren’t enough, consider the practical and aesthetic benefits. There really is nothing quite like sitting by a fireplace when it’s cold out. There’s a warm place for the kids to play or read. You don’t have to pay as much in electricity to heat your home. Plus, fireplaces just look really nice. No matter who you are, there’s a design style you’ll love for your home fireplace.

Design Choices

When you think fireplace, you might be thinking of one of those big, square, traditional ones made with brick. The fact is, if that’s not your cup of hot cocoa, there are a million other styles to choose from. When you hire Premier Group Contractors to have a fireplace installed, you don’t have to have one built from stone. If you don’t have anything in mind, consider these three possibilities:

Gas and Electric Fireplaces

There are a number of gas and electric fireplaces in varying designs. However, for some people, buying a plug-in fireplace is very unappealing. The good news is, you don’t have to! Gas and electric fireplaces can be installed inside a constructed mantel and mounted inside the wall. These types of fireplaces  will not have a cord coming out the back and feel a lot less like a glorified heater. Plus, gas fireplaces offer a real flame without needing electricity to function. They can also have certain types of stones layered in the bottom for a very cool visual effect.

Wood Stoves

Not all fireplaces are built into the wall. Some people prefer wood stoves instead. Wood stoves are typically made of metal and stand separate from the wall. They have an exhaust pipe that leads out of the house, in place of a chimney. The only concern with wood stoves is that they are hot on all sides and should be used with caution if there are children or pets in the house.

These stoves come in all kinds of designs. You can get old fashioned ones made of iron, with a flat top to put a kettle or pot on. Or, you can opt for one with more color and a unique shape.

Hire Premier

It doesn’t matter what kind of fireplace you feel a connection with; Premier Group Contractors can help you get it put in before the holidays. Give us a call if you’re looking to have a fireplace installed asap.

How to Tell If You Need New Insulation in Your Home

Occasionally, there comes a situation where one will need new insulation in their home. If you’re not sure if this applies to you, let’s take a look at how to find out if it does. If the answer is yes, You can rely on Premier Group Contractors to help you with new insulation installation.

Signs You Might Need New Insulation

Of the reasons you might be looking into new insulation, the most likely is that your home is not regulating temperature very well. If your heater has to be running nonstop in the winter to keep the house warm, you might have insulation problems. The same can be said for if you need to run the air conditioner or fan all summer to keep cool.

While these signs might point toward a problem with insulating, we have to take a closer look at what’s already there before we can tell if that’s the root of the problem.

Do I Have Insulation?

The first question we need to answer is whether or not your home is insulated already.

If you can say yes to any of these questions, you probably already have insulation:

  • Was your house built by a professional construction team?
  • When you go into the attic, is there a layer of fluff coating the area outside the storage zone?
  • Do you have siding on the outer walls and drywall on the inner walls?

If you can say yes to any of these questions, you probably don’t have any:

  • Is your home a log cabin with the logs visible from the inside?
  • Is your home made of stone or bricks that are visible from the inside?
  • Can you see the wooden supports of your walls from the inside?

Insulating Stone Houses and Cabins

If your home has walls made of stone or logs, you might be wondering how you can have it insulated. Having walls that are only stone or only logs provides really bad insulation. The cold and heat can get right through, since there’s nothing holding it off. So, how can you fix this?

The short answer is, you’ll have to have interior walls built. This process involves putting in support beams along the inside of the existing walls, filling the frame with new insulation, and then attaching drywall to said frame. This is a pretty invasive process and will take away a small amount of your interior space on all sides. However, it will save you money and stress when your temperature is better regulated.

Is My Insulation Damaged?

If you’re reasonably sure that you do have insulation, but you’re still having trouble with temperature regulation, the next step is figuring out of there’s something wrong with it. This is something you will need professional help with. Having one of our professionals visit your home to check it out is the first step.

While at your house, our team will check for these common types of insulation damage:

  • Collapse. This is when insulation gets damp and collapses within the wall, leaving the rest of the space uninsulated.
  • Pests. If your home has pests, they can sometimes eat, move, or cause insulation to collapse.
  • Other damage. If there is anything causing your insulation to fail in its job to keep your home insulated, we’ll let you know.

Give us a call if you need the state of your home’s insulation inspected or if you need new installed from scratch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Home Design Hacks for Your Home Remodel

If you’re planning a home remodel, you should go into it with an idea of what you want by the end. Whether you have experience and are doing the home remodel yourself or you’re hiring Premier Group Contractors, knowing what you want is important. That’s why we’ve put together some home design hacks you can use. Looking to get the most out of your renovations? Here are some things you should consider.

Double-Sided Fireplace

The double-sided fireplace is a genius innovation that has changed the entire way we think about fireplaces. It used to be that fireplaces were primarily put against walls or, in special cases, in the middle of the room. Combining these two locations to get the most out of fireplaces has given us the best of both worlds.

A double-sided fireplace can be placed in a wall between two rooms. This is most commonly done between a master bedroom and a sprawling master bathroom with a tub. This location makes it easy to relax by the fire no matter the occasion. You can lie in bed, in the middle of winter, and watch movies while the fire keeps the room nice and warm. Or, you can move your party to the bathtub and take a long soak while the flames keep you company. It’s a win-win.

Laundry Chute

With time, the laundry chute has become somewhat antiquated and unseen in newer houses. However, there’s nothing outlawing us from having one. For many, the washer and dryer fit nicely into a second-floor laundry room, right beside the bedrooms. This makes the need for a laundry shoot dissipate entirely. However, not all homes have second-floor laundry rooms.

If you have your laundry room on the first floor or in the basement, you’re almost definitely tired of carrying laundry down every couple days. While the trip back up is still necessary, imagine cutting out half of the transport labor! Laundry chutes are not difficult to have installed and can easily be added during a home remodel. And, with that, you’ll be throwing your laundry downstairs instantly in no time.

Island Stovetop

With many a home remodel comes a new and updated kitchen. If you want maximum space and efficiency, you’ll almost definitely end your kitchen update with an island or breakfast bar. Islands help to utilize otherwise unused space and give you more counter space for food prep, cooking, and for casual eating.

If you put your new stovetop at the inner edge of the island, you also have the added bonus of being able to cook for bar occupants. While you can technically cook for bar occupants from anywhere in the kitchen, this is slightly different. Cooking from the island allows you to serve food directly to their plates from the pan. You can also have a chat with them while you’re waiting for their bacon and eggs to cook. 

Reliable Home Remodel Contracting

If you’re in the market for a reliable contracting team for your next home remodel, give us a call at Premier Group Contractors. We love taking on a new remodeling project and we look forward to hearing from you.

Kitchen Layout Styles for Your Kitchen Remodel

If you’re planning to get a kitchen remodel done, you should have an idea of the kind of kitchen layout you’re looking to achieve. While no kitchen is exactly the same, there are standard styles of layout that are a good place to start. From there, you can talk with us about anything you want different or what specific elements you want. However, before jumping to details, let’s begin with basics.

The Cozy Galley

This one is a common kitchen layout for homes built in the late 20th century. A galley kitchen has two straight counters that face each other, leaving you with a long, narrow kitchen. This is great if you have limited space. The kitchen acts as a walkway between a dining room and living room or a dining room and breakfast nook. One of the primary benefits of the galley kitchen is that all cabinet space is as accessible as it gets. There’s no need to deal with corner cabinets, which waste space, when all of your cabinetry is on one of two walls and doesn’t connect to a perpendicular wall.

The Baker’s Island

There are plenty of ways to have an island kitchen, but we want to highlight a kitchen layout that’s ideal for bakers. This kitchen layout is open concept and great for those with spacious homes. The key features of this kitchen are a straight or L-shaped set of counters and cabinets with an island across from them. The island provides extra cooking or baking space and also gives more surface space to install a stovetop.

In this layout, the stovetop is most useful on the island. That’s because, in a baker’s kitchen, we can incorporate two stacked ovens against the wall. This will allow you a lot of extra oven space for pans full of cookies or tins of cake batter that you would like to finish baking at the same time.

The Breakfast Peninsula

Peninsula kitchens are called that because there is a portion of counter that juts out from the wall, forming a type of peninsula. This is most commonly seen in what would, otherwise, be a U-shaped kitchen. It’s one of the more popular kitchen layout styles.

The peninsula counter is a fantastic way to have a breakfast bar. If your peninsula is outfitted with an overhanging countertop, a few bar stools can turn yout peninsula into a place to eat. Serve your kids breakfast from one side of the bar to the other. Host friends for morning coffee and pancakes. You’re only limited by your imagination with such a useful feature.

Hire Premier

When you’re ready to start your kitchen remodel, come talk to us at Premier Group Contractors about your kitchen layout preferences. We look forward to doing a consultation and discussing the future of your home. Give us a call if you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Replace Old Windows Throughout the House

There are a lot of reasons to update your windows. While some newer houses really don’t need the windows replaced, if your home is older than 20 years and still has the original windows, you might want to consider new ones. Here are some reasons to replace old windows and how you can benefit from doing so.

Condensation

If your windows seem to gather a lot of moisture on their panes, or ‘sweat’, you may have a condensation problem. Windows that condensate are not doing their job. When quality windows are made, they’re made with two panes. These panes have a gap between them. That gap is filled with a clear gas that’s heavier than air and helps insulate your windows.

Windows that are single-pane or that are old enough to have leaked out their insulating gases, will not have this insulating ability. This leads to condensation collecting. The same way your cold glass of water will gather moisture from the hot air, the warm interior side of your window will collect moisture against the cold outside weather. This wouldn’t be such a problem if condensation didn’t run down the window and collect on the sill or the window track. Collected condensation can lead to rotting of the windowsill and mold. It’s time to replace old windows if they’re collecting water and leading to mold growth.

Insulation

Do you remember that insulating gas we mentioned? Those gases are a very important part of what makes quality windows quality. If your windows are more than 20 years old, there’s a very high likelihood that they no longer have these gases. That means your windows are not insulated properly. 

Uninsulated windows are a huge weak point in your home’s temperature regulation. On hot days, your windows will leak in heat. On cold days, your windows will leak in cold. Getting old, uninsulated windows replaced will replenish the barrier you have between your home’s temperature and the outside temperature. Do you know what that means? You save money!

If your windows aren’t insulating the way they should be, you’re paying a lot more money to heat or cool your house. The heat or AC you pay for, getting your home to just the right temperature, is literally going right out the window if your windows are outdated.

Professional Window Replacement

If you live in Toronto and you need your windows replaced, Premier Group Contractors is the perfect team for you. Our team has specialists for all kinds of contracting work – including window replacements. So, when you need to replace old windows, give us a call. We’re more than happy to send our qualified crew to help.

Plus, we don’t just do window replacements. We also do remodels and renovations. So, if you want the size of your windows altered, we can get that done right too. We look forward to hearing from you.

What Kind of Kitchen Flooring is Best for You?

Planning a kitchen remodel? Or, maybe your kitchen flooring is just really worn out? No matter what the case, if you need new kitchen flooring, you’ve come to the right place. Premier Group Contractors has flooring experts ready to make your kitchen floors as beautiful as you’ve always wished they could be. But, before you call us up, let’s help you figure out what kind of flooring is best for your kitchen.

Linoleum

If you’re considering linoleum for your kitchen floors, you should know a few things about it first. The first thing you need to know is that there’s a chance you have linoleum mixed up with vinyl. A lot of people use linoleum as a catch-all term for synthetic flooring that goes on in sheets. However, linoleum and vinyl are very different flooring types.

Linoleum is a pretty thin flooring that is cut to shape just like vinyl or carpeting. However, it differs from vinyl in that it’s pretty hard to the touch. There’s not much cushion in it. Instead of denting or tearing from damage like vinyl might, it’s more likely to split or get deep scratches in it.

This flooring is cheap and fairly simple to replace as a whole but it doesn’t come with a simple repair solution and it doesn’t last many years in a kitchen without sustaining unsightly damage.

Vinyl

Vinyl, on the other hand, is made with multiple layers of differing materials. They each serve a different purpose. These multiple layers allow for some more cushion when walking across your kitchen floor.

Vinyl can come in multiple forms. There’s sheet vinyl, which is cut to shape like linoleum or carpeting, and there are vinyl tiles. The most popular of these tiles are luxury vinyl tiles, or LVT. LVT are a lot thicker than sheet vinyl and are comparable to laminate flooring. They’re typically high quality, thick, durable, and look beautiful.

LVT come in both tile and plank shapes. This allows you the choice between LVT that mimics tiling and LVT that mimics wood flooring. That’s not all, though! The plank shape can even come in different wood grain textures to make your kitchen feel even more luxurious.

One of the benefits of LVT is that, while it’s not cheap to replace the entire floor, you can replace one rile or plank at a time. Any damage your kitchen floor acquires can be repaired easily with a spare piece.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a timeless classic, both inside and outside of the kitchen. If you’re a fan of hardwood, it’s no doubt on your list of flooring types to consider for your kitchen remodel. However, does hardwood really make the best kitchen flooring?

While hardwood looks stunning just about anywhere you put it, using it in the kitchen comes with a number of expensive risks. For one, it’s very easy for hardwood to retain water damage when used in the kitchen. Plus, you can’t use harsh chemicals to clean hardwood flooring, so if you cook a lot of grease-producing foods, your floors might be hard to  get adequately clean without damaging the wood.

Hire Premier

No matter what flooring type you settle on, our team of experts is here to help. Give us a call when you’re ready to do your kitchen remodel and we’ll give you the quality results you deserve.

Convert Your Unfinished Garage into a New Room

If you have an unfinished garage that you don’t usually use for your vehicle, you’re missing out on a huge part of your home’s potential. The garage is one of the most underrated and underappreciated rooms in the house. That’s because, more often than not, the garage is completely unfinished and turns into a storage room. And, it’s not even a good storage room if it’s unfinished. The lack of seal from the outside allows for bugs, moisture, and temperature damage to anything stored inside. So, Premier Group Contractors suggests you convert your unfinished garage into a space that’s worth a lot more.

The first question that’s probably popped into your head is, “What can I do with an unfinished garage?” The answer? Just about anything! Here are some rooms you can convert your unfinished garage into.

Studio

While garage bands, historically, involve shoving whatever instruments you’re using into the existing garage space, why not take it a step further? You can turn your garage into a finished studio. It can be any kind of studio you want.

  • A music studio will give you the space necessary to set up drums, guitar stands, sound equipment, and more. If you’re a musician with a lack of space, this might be the perfect solution.
    Turning a garage into a music studio can be done easily. Clearing out the garage, putting in insulation and drywall, and adding appropriate lighting is all there is to it. Turn the blank walls into a gallery for your favorite artwork, records, and band merch or paint them over. It’s all up to you.
  • A paint studio is a fantastic choice for your garage. By finishing the garage and sealing any cracks that might let in moisture or bugs, you’ve got a large room of the same quality as interior bedrooms.
    The big difference is, in a garage studio, you can open up the garage door and let in a little bit of nature when you’re feeling it. Enjoy the fresh air and take some inspiration from the sunset right outside.
  • A darkroom for your photography is also completely possible by renovating your garage. Use the abundance of space to set up for the development process. There’s plenty of room for hanging up photos to dry. Plus, there’s plenty of wall space for your favorite photos to be displayed.

Lounge

Those who work from home or have space-intensive hobbies aren’t the only people who can use a finished garage. For those of us who love hosting friends, the garage can be turned into a really stellar lounge.

Place some couches and other seating, a bar space, a coffee table, and any other hosting furnishings you can think of. When your friends come over, you’ll have somewhere less formal to retreat to. Plus, as always, theres the wonderful perk of being able to open the garage door. This makes a lounge the ideal use for the garage if you live somewhere that gets nice and warm for part of the year. Letting in the summer sun while you and your friends crack open a beer just can’t be beat. 

Bedroom

That’s not all though. You can also convert the garage into a pretty fantastic bedroom. Whether you’re looking for an upgrade to your current master bedroom or you’re looking to make room for kids, the garage is there for you.

No matter what you plan to do with your garage, Premier Group is here for you. With our team of excellent and varied contractors, we can have your garage finished in no time. Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Renovate Your Attic into a Functional Room

Do you have an attic that’s just collecting dust? Turn it into something useful for your home! The attic, for many people, is one of the most underused rooms in the house. This can be for many reasons. For some, it’s the lack of accessibility. For others, it’s that they don’t need a large storage space, so it goes unused. Premier Group Contractors wants you to know that you can make your attic a useful part of the home. Here’s how you can renovate your attic into a functional room.

Improve Accessibility

For many people, the attic is inaccessible because it doesn’t have any stairs. These attics are often in the garage or top floor, depending on how many floors your house has. If your garage has no stairs, you might be able to add some. During the renovation process, adjusting the location of the attic entrance can be done fairly easily. This gives us the opportunity to add stairs or a permanent ladder that makes going into the attic easy.

Walls and Floors

The first thing that must be done to renovate your attic into a functional room is adding walls and floors. Attics typically have no flooring, or may have a small area of plywood flooring. This won’t do for a finished space. Our team can put up standard drywall, insulation, and wood flooring. This is really what makes an attic feel more like a regular room in the house.

Electrical

The next thing that you’ll need to feel at home in your new room is electrical. For one thing, you’re going to want some lighting that’s more than just a bare bulb. Premier Group has electrical specialists on our team and can have your attic room outfitted with lighting and outlets, easy.

Window Changes

If your attic space is attached to one of the outer walls, we may be able to add a window as well. Attics may even have existing windows or vents. In this case, we’ll make changes to them if necessary. After all, we want your attic room to have light and the potential for fresh air, but we don’t want it exposed at all times like it is with a vent or a badly sealed window.

With the potential for a new window comes the potential for a window seat. Adding a window seat to your attic room will give it additional charm and comfort.

Even further, you could potentially have a balcony added to this room. If your attic space opens out onto the roof, implementing a balcony isn’t actually that hard. The supports are already there. All we have to do is  reinforce them, build the balcony where it’s desired, and ensure the shingles are sealed properly so as not to leak water into the attic.

Choose A Use

This attic space can be used for just about anything once it’s done being renovated. Use it as an additional bedroom, a higher quality storage space, an office, a reading nook, and so much more.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you want to make your attic a valued part of the house. We look forward to hearing from you.

Get Exposed Plumbing for Your Interior Design

Do you want an interior that’s both elegant and strong? Exposed Plumbing might be just the thing. Exposed plumbing is one of many fantastic, interior design trends at the moment. There are a lot of reasons why people are crazy for this design choice. Let’s check out a few of them.

Strength in Design

Interior design tends to lean toward elegance quite a lot. To find a strong, somewhat masculine design can be hard. Modernism can be seen as somewhat masculine and so can dark and sleek. However, if you want your home to feel like it belongs in this century and you don’t want everything to be black, what do you choose? Exposed plumbing is a featured element of industrial design – a popular and strong design choice for recent years. 

Accessibility

Another perk of exposed plumbing is that it provides plumbing accessibility. Should you get a leak in your pipes, the puddle will show up on your floor, instead of in your walls. Instead of growing mold in your insulation, you’ll simply have to wipe up the water and call a plumber.

Plus, when the plumber arrives, the accessibility makes it easy to reach and fix the problem. For pipes hidden within walls, a plumber may have to remove drywall to fix a problem. The extra time and work makes the service much more expensive. With exposed plumbing, drywall getting in your way is no problem at all.

Personalize

There is a level of personalization one can do with exposed plumbing. For one thing, you’ll be able to choose what kind of pipes you want showing. For many, choosing pipes that are coated in copper on the outside is a great idea. It helps them blend in with other warm design choices they’ve made.

For bathrooms, you can also personalize how you expose your pipes. You can have complete exposure of pipes overhead and along walls or you can expose only certain parts. For instance, you could install an old style of toilet that has water pipes come in from the ceiling. Showers can have exposed pipes from the faucets to shower head. Wall-mounted sinks can have their drain pipes exposed beneath the basin. Go big or go minimal – It’s completely up to you.

Hire Someone You Can Trust

If you know you want exposed plumbing in your home, it might be time to find someone to hire. There are a lot of companies to choose from in Toronto. However, here’s why Premier Group Contractors is the best choice.

Premier Group has been providing contractors for almost 20 years. In that time, we’ve built a great rapport with the community at large. Our reputation has always been quality and friendliness. Plus, our team is made up of contractors of all specialties. No matter what you need done in your home, we can send a team with your specific needs in mind. We have someone for drywall. We have someone for lighting. And, we even have someone for plumbing. Many of our team members can do a whole bunch of things.

Whether you’re looking just for plumbing changes or want your entire bathroom or interior renovated, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call if you want to discuss a job with us. We look forward to making your home everything you hope it will be.

Why a Deck is the Perfect Summer Home Addition

After a while of living in the same place, things can get pretty boring. Now you’ve got the financial stability to improve your home and make it a more enjoyable place to be. If you’ve been looking for a home upgrade and can’t decide what you want to do, Premier Group has the perfect solution. A deck is the perfect summer home addition. Here’s why.

Sun for the Soul

A lot of people have a natural love of the outdoors. After all, what’s better than sitting outside, the smell of fresh air in your nose and the warmth of the sun on your skin? However, for many people, the outdoors is just not that impressive. They’ve got everything they need inside.

Well, there’s one angle you may not have considered. Sun is actually really good for you! Did you know that over 40% of people in Canada are not getting enough vitamin D? Vitamin D is responsible for a number of functions in the body. When you don’t have enough of it, you can become depressed, fatigued, have trouble sleeping, and have lower skin quality.

Having a deck built allows you to enjoy the sun and outdoors with a little more ease. No need to lie in the grass. Putting out some deck furniture can make it easy to spend some time outdoors each day. Even ten minutes of sun a day can raise vitamin D levels, improving both your mental and physical health. So, grab yourself a mixer and a good book and sit out on your new deck for a little while.

To Each Their Own

The really great thing about having a deck is that you can use it for pretty much anything. Everyone has their own preferences in how they spend their time. Use your deck in whatever way suits you.

Some may want to throw a barbecue or other kind of party. Gather friends, sit in camping chairs, and share a beer while you enjoy the sun. 

Others may prefer less social uses. Bring some blankets outside and watch the stars without the hassle of dewy, wet grass. A deck provides a dry space to set up and also distances you from many of the bugs that enjoy your lawn.

And, of course, there are those of us who have a passion for plants. If you love growing flowers, herbs, or any other kind of leafy friend, a deck will be your new favorite place. We can even build in plant benches for you along the outer edges of the deck. This allows tiering of your plant pots. You can line up all of your plants and water them with ease this way. Plus, once you’ve got the deck covered in beautiful foliage, you can use it as your own little oasis.

A Safe Staycation

Lastly, because of COVID-19, people have had to cancel a lot of their summer plans. Try not to lament the loss of travel. You can have a fantastic staycation right from your own backyard. A deck provides a lot of lounging opportunities. Whether you have kids, live with your partner, or are all by yourself, a deck can improve your summer staycation.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you want to talk deck building for your summer home addition. We look forward to hearing from you.

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