Category: General Contracting

Category: General Contracting

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.

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.

Tile Patterns That Might Suit Your Home Interior

Time to upgrade part of your home with some tilework? Whether you’re redoing stone tile or hardwood flooring, redoing a backsplash, or lining a new standup shower, Premier Group Contractors has your back. We want to give you a head start on your project by giving you ideas for tile patterns you might like. Let’s see if we can find the perfect pattern for your home and give you the vocabulary you need to ask for it during consultation.

Linear Tiling

One of the most common styles in tile placement is linear tiling. This is what you call the pattern of squares sitting side by side. It’s used for checkerboard kitchen floors, backsplashes, shower walls and more.

Linear tiling can be somewhat bland in appearance, but it does make a great backdrop if you plan to grab attention with some other interior element. You can also spice of linear tiling by using different tile colors. Try using three palette-adjacent colors and it will give your bathroom floor a little more dimension without complicated tilework.

Brick Bond Tiling

If you want something simple but with a little more character, brick bond tiling might be the thing for you. This is exactly what you think it is. You know how brick buildings implement overlapping rectangles? This is that, but with tile. Brick bond tiling is great for kitchen backsplashes and shower walls.

Hexagon tiling

Want something a little rounder in appearance? Hexagon tiling is a tile pattern that’s full of character. Six-sided tiles fit together perfectly to create a very regular, but lively pattern. This tile pattern also allows a lot of creativity.

Hexagon tiling is great for backsplashes and bathroom floors. One of the best parts about this pattern is that you can use varied colors to personalize it. Try moving from darker to lighter colors the higher up on the wall you move. Because of their hexagonal shape, you can do this without creating a solid line of color across your wall like you would with square or rectangular tiles.

Herringbone Tiles

If you want a tile pattern that’s slightly more interesting and relies on more than just setting things side-by-side, herringbone tiles might be a good choice. Herringbone tiles rely on diagonal positioning, resting on each other to create peaks of varied height. This pattern is most commonly used with brick on sidewalks or patios or with wooden planks inside the home. You can even implement this pattern on the wall, using tiles. Want a backsplash that your guests won’t soon forget? Herringbone tiling is noticeable and memorable.

Modular Tiling

Last, and possibly the most unique, is modular tiling. Modular tiling is what you call it when you create a pattern that is much more complicated than most tile patterns. This pattern type looks more irregular and involves many tiles of different shapes and sizes. You’ve certainly seen this style before, and you probably thought it looked great. It does tend to! It’s hard to go wrong with modular tiling. The most common mistake is using it in a space that really doesn’t need something complicated. It does look fairly fancy, so it’s best used for stone tile on kitchen floors or on large bathroom floors

Why You Should Add a Sunroom or Deck to Your Home

There are a lot of reasons why people renovate their homes. Often, it boosts resale value. Other times, things are outdated and need to be updated. One reason that is often overlooked, yet just as important as the others, is for the joy of making your home into a haven for you and your family. That’s why Premier Group Contractors feels you should consider adding a sunroom or deck to your home. Here’s why:

Relaxation Refuge

People often underestimate the importance of relaxation to our general health. There are a lot of negative effects of stress. Stress can cause aches and pains, colds, and even susceptibility in your immune system. Because stress is such a big deal, people should start taking their relaxation more seriously.

The addition of a sunroom or deck would allow you somewhere in your home where you can take refuge from the day’s stress. Kick back on the deck and enjoy the sunshine on your face while you enjoy a cold drink. Cozy up in the sunroom with some hot tea and a good book and let the stressful thoughts of the day slip away from you.

Patio Renovation

The cool thing about a sunroom renovation is that it’s really easy to do if you have an existing covered (or open) patio. Adding some walls and windows, putting down some flooring, and doing some cleanup of the old exterior is all you need. This renovation is cost effective and makes a patio – somewhere that’s often neglected – into a useful part of the home. Plus, a job like this is easy as pie for a team as varied and accomplished as the one at Premier Group. Therefore, give us a call if you decide this is a good choice for your home.

Indoor Greenhouse

What you might not have considered is how fantastic a sunroom is as a makeshift greenhouse. If you have a soft spot for plants, a sunroom might be just what you need for your leafy friends.

A sunroom is usually filled with large, sprawling windows. They’re perfect for letting in all the light your plants love and need. Line windowsills and shelves with plants to your heart’s desire. You can even set up humidifiers or open windows as needed.

Additionally, an indoor greenhouse is that its only accessible to pets if you want. If you own cats who like to lounge in the sun and mean your plants no harm, let them enjoy the little bit of outside you’ve brought inside. However, if your little beasts are more prone to chomping down on your garden, keep the sunroom door closed.

Backyard Barbecue

The cool thing about choosing a deck, on the other hand, is that it’s great for social gatherings. Want to have a barbecue or hang out with family? A deck is a great place for that. Setting up some patio furniture on your deck can make the long, summer days a little more enjoyable. Watch your children play in the yard while you enjoy the sun from the deck. It doesn’t get better than this.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you want to renovate your home to accommodate relaxation. The job will be a success with us at the helm.

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