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Simple Tips to Make Your Bathroom Luxurious

Simple Tips to Make Your Bathroom Luxurious | Homestead Custom Carpentry

When it comes to home renovations and remodels there are few projects more satisfying than a luxury bathroom. Transforming your bathroom into a spa-like oasis doesn’t need to be time-consuming and expensive. With a few small changes and a little attention to detail, any bathroom can be a place of luxury and indulgence.

Custom luxury bathroom renovations Red Deer | Homestead Custom Carpentry

Custom bathroom renovation Red Deer | Homestead Custom Carpentry

  • Natural Lighting & Unique Light Fixtures:
    • Windows: Natural daylight creates a fresh and calming atmosphere and brightens up the space. Beyond giving you natural light, windows allow for proper ventilation – an essential consideration in a room with higher moisture humidity levels than the rest of your house.
    • Unique Fixtures: Make a statement by replacing your ceiling light with an eye-catching chandelier or add decorative wall sconces making you feel pampered in your own home.
    • Candles: Don’t want to break the bank? Pick your favourite scents and place candles throughout the bathroom for mood lighting when you need to relax and a cozy, aromatic space for you or your guests.
  • Paint & Wallpaper
    • Paint trends: One of the hardest parts of remodelling a space is deciding what colour to paint the walls. The options are endless, but a few current trends are guaranteed to make your luxury bathroom calm and tranquil.
      • Simple whites and greys create a calming environment and are easily accented with stone and tiles for texture.
      • Dark blues and indigos create balance and contrast well with white appliances and marble accents. These colours are fresh, clean and also work well with darker metals like brass and copper for modern statement pieces.
    • Feature Wall: Make your space standout with a feature wall of unique wallpaper. Get creative and let the room reflect your individuality with a funky retro or floral pattern.
  • Flooring & Tile Homestead Custom Carpentry remodeled bathroom with rustic barn door and large showerhead.
    • Natural stone: Incorporate natural stone into your bathroom flooring to create a spa-like aesthetic. Natural stone is durable and has the option for in-floor heating to make your luxury bathroom extra cozy over those long winter months.
    • Tile: There are so many ways to customize your bathroom with tile; flooring, backsplashes, bathroom tub surrounds, custom tiled showers, mosaics and more.

 

  • Accessories – The Little Details Image result for bathroom accessories
    • If you don’t want to start a renovation or remodel project there are other ways to elevate your bathroom. By adding unique accessories that reflect your personal taste, your space can feel fresh and new without a big price tag.
      • Bathmat: Find a unique bathmat that adds a pop of colour or get ultra lavish with a faux fur mat.
      • Storage: Repaint a vintage ladder for a cozy farm-house feel to hang towels on or use as shelves for plants and candles. A practical and visually-pleasing addition to any bathroom.

 

No matter what’s going on in your life, you normally begin and end your day in your bathroom. For that reason, at Homestead Custom Carpentry Red Deer, we believe your bathroom should be a comfortable and inviting place. You can make it luxurious and calming simply by adding candles or completely redesigning the space with radiant-heat flooring and soaker tub for two. At the end of a long day, all that’s important is that you feel relaxed and pampered.

 

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Curved Stairs: Add Eye-Catching Value To Your Home

Curved Stairs: Add Value To Your Home | Homestead Custom Carpentry

Curved Stairs: Add Eye-Catching Value To Your Home

deck and curved staircase stairs

Deckremodelers.com

By Mike Wark

If you’re looking to add some unique flavour to your home or deck, adding a set of curved stairs will bring some serious elegance and style to your next home renovation project. If well designed, curved stairs provide more than just their functional purpose, offering a focal point of design, and a centerpiece of master craftsmanship and artistry. While at first glance, they may appear complex, the design comes down to simple math and a little creativity. Here’s a look at the process.curved stairs

Step 1: Calculating the Numbers and Laying Out the Stringers

curved staircase stairs diagram blueprint

As with any stair, building curved stairs involves calculating the unit rise and run (height and length) of the treads and risers. Similar to straight flights, unit rise is calculated by dividing the total rise of the stair by the number or risers. However, unlike straight flights, curved stairs actually have two unit runs, based on the inside and outside radius of the stair. This is calculated by drawing out a full-sized layout of the stair, based on a radius point set at a given distance from the inside edge of the stair. Oftentimes, the inside unit run is taken as the minimum measurement allowed by building code, which is 150mm (6 inches), but can be calculated by using the radius to find the inside total run of the stair (a percentage of the circumference, based on the total degrees turned by the stair), and dividing this by the number of treads. The outside unit run is found in a similar manner, using the outside radius. Once these numbers are established, we can move on to lay out the stringers, which is done the same as with a straight flight, using a framing square to transfer the unit rise and run to the outside stringer plies.

 

Step 2: Forming the Curved Stringers

curved stairs in development

Once the outside stringer plies are laid out, it comes time to form the stringers to the curvature of the stairs. In order to achieve the desired strength to support the treads and risers, as well as the curve in the stringer, it is necessary to laminate multiple layers of thin plywood together, glued and clamped, and bent around temporary curved walls built in place to support the stairs until the treads are installed, held in place with finishing nails. The on-centre stud spacing on these walls should be no more than 6-8” to ensure a tight curve, and joints in the outer layer of plywood should land on studs.

On a recent stair built for a local theatre company, we used 4 layers of 3/8” plywood per stringer, laminated and held in place along temporary walls. As you can see, make sure you have plenty of clamps!

Step 3: Cutting the Stringers

Once the glue has dried, the stringers can be removed from the temporary walls, and cleaned up using a belt sander to ensure top and bottoms of the plies are flush. Finishing nails used to hold the outside plies to the walls can be cut off with an angle grinder or broken off. After clean-up, a circular saw or jigsaw is used to cut along the layout lines on the outside plies of the stringers, to form the support surfaces for the treads and risers. Once the stringers have been cut, they can be clamped back onto the temporary walls for installation of the treads and risers.

Step 4: Installing Treads and Risers

curved staircase near completion

With the stringers in place, treads and risers now be installed for the curved stairs. It is a good idea to start at the top and work your way down, first installing the top riser, followed by the next tread down, which is glued and screwed to the stringer. By this method, the bottom of the riser is covered by the inside edge of the tread, creating a seamless corner junction. In addition, the stiffness of the riser acts in the same fashion as a beam, providing shear strength between the two stringers, and reducing bounce when weight is applied to the stair.

If the stair will be open on one or both sides, it will be necessary to first install the risers, then remove the temporary walls and support the stair with temporary posts from below, so that a side-nosing on the treads can be accommodated.

Step 5: Finishing and Install

Following installation of the treads and risers, the stair can be removed from the temporary walls, finished with stain, painted, optional veneer on the stringers, or endless other options, and installed in its final location, and handrail installed. With that, you can enjoy your beautiful stair that will receive compliments and catch eyes for years to come!

 

Mike Wark is a guest contributor, and a construction carpenter with Homestead
Custom Carpentry, a general contractor specializing in home renovations, serving the
Central Alberta region. Before entering the field of construction, Mike earned his B.A.
in Political Science from Carleton University, and is currently working towards his
Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, with a focus on construction
management.

 

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LivingStones Church Renovation

church auditorium commercial enovation

Living Stones Church Renovation

auditorium of church with pews commercial church renovation in red deer

LIVING STONES: 8 WEEKS LATER

Over a span of 8 weeks, Homestead has had the incredible opportunity to take on a major church renovation at LivingStones Church in Red Deer. Besides being a great project allowing for some creative design work, we particularly enjoyed this one, as Living Stones has been the home church for both mine and Brent’s families for several years now.
When people ask me what I enjoy most about doing renovations, I always tell them it’s being able to witness the transformation that occurs in every space we work on. Even though a project from A to Z can take time, but it is very rewarding for us to watch our renovation clients take a sign of relief and joy when they see the completed project.

SOME UPDATES

lobby church commercial church renovation in red deer

When we started this church renovation at the beginning of August, in my humble opinion, many of the church fixtures appeared in need of some modern updates, in particular the golden oak chair rail in the foyer, and pink/green carpeted stage in the sanctuary.
Rather than scrapping several hundred dollars worth of hardwood, we elected to have our cabinetmaker, Dave Gollum of Timberwolf Cabinetry, re-purpose the chair rail into some beautiful standing coffee tables for the foyer area. Other foyer renovation updates included new info kiosks, reupholstered and additional acoustical sound panels on the walls and ceiling, new paint, and floor-to-ceiling decorative signage panels added along the north wall.
Expanding and updating the stage was one of my favorite parts of this church renovation.
After framing in the expansion, we one of our business partners, NuFloors, provide and install some beautiful vinyl plank, which created a more modern look, and had the added benefit of helping to dampen vibrations and excess noise, adding to the acoustics of the room. The new sound, lighting and video systems, provided by Big Guy Productions, provided the icing on the cake for the sanctuary facelift. In addition, many thanks to Kevin of High Energy Electric, for great work done and many hours spent running wire through the ceiling, to power it all.

LOOKS GOODcompleted auditorium of church renovation in red deer

As this project drew to a close, I can honestly say being a part of this large church renovation has been a satisfying and enjoyable experience, especially for a place we attend. Homestead Custom Carpentry would like to thank the following business partners, for all their hard work and a job well done on Living Stones Church renovation:
 – Central Alberta Tile One
 – High Energy Electric
 – Timberwolf Cabinetry
 –  NuFloors
 – Big Guy Productions
 – ERA Ventures – Full service drywall and painting corporation