Series 3 - Talking Shop
In this series, we interview key players from all the trades involved in the renovation process. Scroll down to find a topic that you're interested in learning more about!
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In case you missed it in the first series, Episode 1 is an introduction to your hosts, Brandy Kawulka (The Boss Lady) and Paul Keller (The Wood Magician).
Whether you're a first time home buyer or already own your own home, it's often confusing to figure out what your options are for financing potential renovations. In this episode, Brandy interviews Krista Klein, a top-performing mortgage broker from Vancouver, to try and make sense of all the possibilities.
What are some of the investment strategies that you can use to raise the money that you need to renovate your home? Brandy interviews Glen Dodd, a financial planner at The Dodd Financial Group, to find out what the best options are.
Brandy interviews a local realtor, Roland Kym, to talk about which renovations actually add value to your home and which ones you should avoid. Also, what should the timing of your renovations be if you are planning on selling in the future, and what are the current trends that buyers are looking for?
People can get caught up in the excitement and planning of the renovation process but how do your renovations affect your current homeowner insurance policies and do you need extra insurance to cover the changes? What about your contractor? Brandy interviews Sonja Blackburn from Shaw Sabey Insurance Brokers to find out what you need to know before you start.
Brandy interviews Josephina Serra-Puharich and Lauren Webb, interior designers at Form Collective, to explore how clients can benefit from hiring their services when planning their renovations, where they find their inspiration, and what the current design trends are for 2021.
Switching over to a tankless hot water on demand system, or combining your space heating and domestic hot water with a Navien combi boiler system can have real benefits. It saves energy, which then saves you money! There are also incentivizing rebates from Fortis BC to consider. Brandy interview Matt Gyorfi, from Pro-West Sales, to explore the benefits of switching to these systems.
Every homeowner should have a basic tool kit. This week, Paul the Wood Magician goes over what you should include so that you're prepared for most of the simpler repairs that come up around the house.
aka The Wood Magician
People often don't know how or where to start packing up their homes for a renovation. Brandy interviews Linda Chu, owner of Out of Chaos, specializing in professional organizing solutions. Linda discusses the types of materials you need, how best to pack different types of items, where to store everything, and what to consider keeping readily accessible if your items are going into storage.
Brandy interviews Victoria Ballantine of Allegiant Inspections to find out the circumstances under which people should engage a home inspector, what things are looked at during an inspection, and what is included in the report. They also discuss some small, inexpensive things that homeowners can do to maintain parts of their home to mitigate damage, as well as some red flags to look for when purchasing a home.
Electric vehicles are becoming more and more common so Brandy interviewed Quinn McLaughlin from MJR Electric to find out more information about the logistics of charging one up. How do the three levels of charging work, and what do you need to do to make sure your home has the capability of taking on that kind of power draw?
Renovating can be a stressful process, especially if you and your partner don't agree on what you want out of your space. Brandy interviewed Susan Semeniw, a professional matchmaker and love coach at Divine Intervention, to find out how to advocate for yourself effectively with your contractor, and how to emerge from the renovation process with your relationship intact.
In this episode, Brandy discusses a recent renovation that was done to turn a basement suite in West Vancouver into a rental unit. A lot of people worry about scope creep, how that impacts the budget, and what happens when something in the house creates a problem that we have to deal with. There’s a lot of fear around the unknown, and this case study showcases that yes, sometimes things happen, but there are ways that we can address it and at the end of the day, we still get a project done.
Testimonial Video from the Client
In this episode, Brandy and Grant discuss some of the most common types of flooring choices: engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl tile (LVT), carpet and underlay, and eco-friendly options such as cork and Marmoleum. What are the maintenance requirements of each type? Are certain types of flooring more appropriate in certain rooms than others?
A surprising number of home elevators are installed across North America this year, for a variety of reasons ranging from mobility concerns to the pure luxury of having one in your home. In this episode, Brandy interviews Graham Kawulka and Calvin Austrom from Good Gate, a company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that manufactures residential elevator carriage gates. She wants to know what things there are to consider about their design and aesthetics, how much they cost, and are they safe?
Have you ever wondered what exactly an architect does and how they do it? In today's episode, Brandy interviews Danielle Berwick, of Berwick Architects, to find out how the role of an architect differs from that of a designer, how much input clients actually get, and what the process looks like after you have engaged an architect to help with your project.
Brandy goes through four easy ways to renovate your home that don't necessarily require a lot of time or money but have a big impact:
1. Paint, 2. Replace Doors and Hardware, 3. Lighting, and 4. Flooring.
In today's episode, Brandy interviews Heather Davidson, a landscape architect from Heather Davidson Design in Vancouver. They discuss how her job differs from that of a landscape designer, and the concept of natural materials playgrounds. Heather also provides some ideas for which plants you could consider putting in your garden to maximize the look throughout all the seasons as well as ones that will survive better as the climate changes.
Plant Hardiness Zones
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PLANTS THAT WERE MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:
Western Sword Fern
New Zealand Flax
Dwarf Mugo Pine
Blue Oat Grass
Coral Bells foliage
Coral Bells in flower
In today's episode, Brandy interviews Michael Barillaro, the owner and operator of PWPC Electrical Services. When renovating your home, what do you need to consider from an electrical standpoint? Does your house have enough power to accommodate all of your needs? What is the big deal around the discovery and subsequent removal of knob-and-tube and aluminum wiring in your house? And an answer to a frequently asked question - how many pot lights should you have in your kitchen?
A Simple Electrical Circuit
A helpful video for understanding how electrical circuits work in your home
Brandy and Paul discuss how unrealistic reality renovation TV shows actually are, and then talk about a couple of shows that they really enjoy because they show a much truer experience, but are still entertaining to watch.
Brandy chats about picking up some weird and wacky mementos from their travels and how that can add a personal touch to your home décor.