Updated: Mar 24
Duplex or Triplex Conversion into a Family Home.
Have you always wanted to transform your building into a more spacious home? Have a unit that its all yours, where no one else can hear you or you hear them?
Will you be welcoming your aging parents into a home, but you want to keep your privacy?
Whatever your project might be, you'll need the right team of players by your side to guide you towards achieving the results you want and need.
You'll have to look into a team of experts, such as: Architects, Engineers, General Contractors and more.
Here are the stages you will want to think about in order to be prepared and ahead of the game. If you're prepared, you are less likely to stumble across professionals that don't fully know what to do and could make you lose a lot of money.
Step 1 - Permits:
If you are planning on extending your home, moving partitions, opening walls or even demolish and rebuild, you need a construction permit given by the city you live in.
You need to contact them first to know if there are any restrictions to the plans you have in mind. You wouldn't want to get your architect to draw some plans for you and have to redo them completely.
The city will also be the ones issuing the permit, once your plan is completed with your team of experts.
Step 2 - Plans:
Having a rough idea of what you want is a great start. However, you will need a lot more to get started.
Get referrals for a good architect. They will draw up the plans for you, to create your magic on paper. They will also work closely with engineers to confirm that viability of the vision, for all structural aspects. You want a house that will be strong and sturdy for the many years to come.
Step 3 - Quotes:
You now have your permit in hand, your plans drawn up and you are ready to move ahead with finding out how much your project will cost. You could even get an idea of a cost before you do Step 1 and 2.
Find 2-3 referred contractors in your area and get them to take a look at your project and give you an estimate for the work.
Make sure you compare all estimates and that they have all the same elements in them. Revise each quote with each contractor. It's your money after all. Make sure you are spending it wisely.
Step 4 - Financial aspects:
This is the last part before you can get started. Make sure you have all the funds ready. Most contractors will invoice you every week, for the labour and the materials used. Don't be scared to ask for some details on your invoice. The contractor should have no problem to be transparent and give you details on demand.
Step 5 - Get the work started:
You have chosen your contractor, you have your plans, the money required for your project and permit in hand? You are now ready to get started!
Follow your project closely, as changes and modifications cost money.
Better safe than sorry.
A few more things are important to know, so you don't get a nasty surprise during the work...
- Renovations mean dust, discomfort, noise, change. Be ready to have all of those happen during the process or even most of the time.
- We recommend that you live somewhere else, if you can, during the work. It will be more comfortable and a more pleasant experience.
- It is a stressful time. Take it one day at a time. Stay close to your budget, because lacking money can get you in an uncomfortable situation.
But Remember, this is a project you want and will be completely WORTH IT in the end. You will finally have the space you want and need.
Home Conversion Companies
Finding the right contractor, that fits with you and has good testimonials, is important.
Lineaire General Contractors have a team with over 20 years of experience and thrive in making their clients happy.
Home Conversions, Home Extensions, Multiplex Conversions and Home Remodel are their specialty.
Quality, Passion and Honesty is their moto. Contact us Now for more information: 514-686-0661 or www.lineaireconstruction.com
We look forward to working with you!
From the Lineaire General Contractor team, Happy Renovations!!