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Entertainers Paradise

October 14th, 2015

​Renovating your basement if you’re an entertainer can be very exciting. You’re working with raw space that can be transformed into your own personal entertainment oasis.  Renaissance Builders of Ottawa builds custom bars and basement entertainment spaces to match our customer’s entertaining dreams.  Some clients require a large bar top with tons of storage for glassware, while some want a smaller bar top with large billiard areas and seating areas, and some want both. Working within the restraints of your square footage and shape of your basement foundation, we can create a space that flows and invites your guest to relax.

Some important factors to keep in mind when renovating your basement and designing a bar area is to remember the benefit of a wet bar station with a sink and dishwasher to avoid the hassle of taking stemware upstairs to clean. An icemaker is another appliance that can be highly beneficial when entertaining. There are many types of beverage stations to choose fro
m for bar spaces. Most beverage stations can be integrated into the design of your custom bar and hid behind custom cabinetry or built in to shine.  Wine fridges are great when entertaining but wine cellars can be a showpiece in your basement renovations to put out on display wine collectors or just Saturday night wine enthusiast favourite bottles. 

Basement Renovations
September 22nd, 2015
With the help of Renaissance Builders, dark and dingy basements are a thing of the past. Gone are the days of basements used solely for storage. Even the fully finished basements of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s lacked the general allure of main floor living. Renaissance Builders has been revolutionizing basement renovations in Carp, Kanata, Stittsville, Greely and all over Ottawa for the past 7 years. Why renovate your basement you ask? The answer is simple.  By renovating your basement, you are increasing the usable square footage of your home.  Taking the square footage in your basement and creating comfortable space that meets your family’s needs is paramount to changing your lifestyle and can dramatically increase your property value and your satisfaction with your home. When designing your basement with Renaissance Builders, ask yourself what does our home currently lack that you would want or need? A playroom for the kids, a games room, bar, a nanny suite, family room, theatre room, extra bedrooms, bathrooms or even a wine cellar- the sky is the limit with your basement renovation and even on a modest budget you can renovate your basement to make it bright and functional. Renaissance Builders has a team of associates that can help you to design and build your dream basement.


Basement Flooring Options For Your Basement Renovation

Sept 2, 2015

Ottawa gets cold in the winter and making the right choice of flooring for your basement renovation is very important.  When Renaissance Builders renovates Ottawa basements we work with a wide variety of materials to finish your basement and to meet your families needs. Floors can range in price however regardless of your price range we can help you to find a beautiful flooring solution for your basement renovation. Carpet is always a popular choice for basement renovations. Carpet is warm and comfortable on the feet; it comes in a wide variety of textures and styles along with large price ranges.  One detail often missed by consumers in regards to carpet is under padding. Under padding is a very important element to soft and comfortable carpeting, having a good quality under padding in a basement can help to provide extra comfort and warmth to your basement in turn giving a very rich feeling to a basement renovation. Another extremely popular choice for basement flooring is laminate. Laminate flooring can give the appearance of hardwood but with extreme durability. This product works beautifully in playrooms and bar spaces where spills and messes are bound to happen. Once again under padding is king and having a good one will aid in the performance of our laminate.  Tile is another option for basement renovations, Renaissance builder’s designers always suggest radiant floor heating in tiled areas on basement floors to warm the spaces and avoid the cold harsh feeling that can happen with tile when placed on concrete. Tile is extremely durable and easy to clean and maintain much like laminate. Tile however works beautifully in basement bathrooms, laundry rooms and behind wet bars where water can make its way to the floor easily. A newer product being used in basement renovations is cork flooring it provides warmth, durability and a very beautiful and unique look, which our clients fall in love with.  Whatever flooring choice you make when renovating your basement ask yourself how will we be using the space? Using a variety of materials is beneficial to help visually divide spaces for different uses. Flooring is a very important factor when designing your basement and will affect the overall finished product. Renaissance Builders strives to match the right product to the consumer and their needs both functionally and price wise.  Happy shopping.