Basement Renovation Project: Behind the scenes with Yuri

Basement Renovation Project: Behind the scenes with Yuri

It’s been 6 years since Miracle Dream Homes started this basement renovation project. At the time our focus was on creating a beautiful functional space for our awesome customer. We didn’t have time to write blogs about it or make Facebook posts, we simply worked hard to complete this project and create something that was a product of our vision and passion.

Today, I’m sitting at my kitchen table having a morning coffee reflecting back on those many project and great times they brought into my life. The people we met, the friends we’ve made and the memories that will always remain with us. See the beauty about doing what we do is that we don’t just renovate basement bathrooms or finish basements, no we build memories, both for us and for our loyal customers.

I feel thankful for all these times and people.

But to get back to our project, it was a bare bone naked basement. One of your typical builder’s specials with some framing that we had to redo and some plumbing that had to be completely relocated. Thanks to our business partner John The Plumber, boys did a fantastic job moving those rough plumbing connections under what later on became a lower cabinets of a basement bar set up.

We spend quite some fun time mudding and sanding the drywall and both Alex and I were looking like ghosts for the rest of the day. Good times, good times.

These days are different, I don’t get to use the miter saw much at 7am nor do I run around with a Pasload nail gun. I’m here at my kitchen table writing this small blog while my well trained crews are doing what really matters. But I sure miss those real moments of putting our ideas into action and fun they brought alone.

The thing most people don’t realize is how much fun it can be to work along side of great people. How much laughter we had and utter silliness that came long. There’s a stigma about contractors being grumpy and unhappy, and I’ve seen some of those folks too. But you should visit our basement site to see the way “we roll” it’s a professional environment infused with elements of theology and stand up comedy.  Those of our clients that know us sure know what I’m talking about

There I’ve deviated yet again from the subject of my writing. 6 Years ago we’ve started this basement renovation project, 4 months later we had a finished basement with bar/kitchen, bedroom, gym, full basement bathroom with custom shower and some amazing finishing’s.  See for yourself.

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    Kitchens are complex renovation projects and often require a significant investment. Needless to say, a successful custom kitchen renovation adds tremendous value to your Ottawa home. Based on our experience installing kitchens in Ottawa, your preparation work, which would include walls, flooring, electrical, and some plumbing for an average size kitchen start from about $10,000. Your kitchen cabinets for an average size kitchen usually would start from about the same amount of $10,000. There are exceptions to this. We have installed many kitchens in basement apartments that cost less. The best thing is to reach out to us to discuss your project in detail. Below you will see some before and after pictures of kitchen renovations. We have also provided short descriptions of what was done and rough costs of the projects.

    To ensure the ease of the process for you and us, we remove the stress of all the supporting materials selection and simply leave it up to you to choose your finish materials. Even with that, help is available if you need to choose the right style of the cabinets or the functionality that will meet your needs. We can help you design your kitchen cabinets, or you can use one of many kitchen companies that will design and sell the kitchen cabinets to you. Perhaps you have already designed and purchased the cabinets and installation of them, such as the Ikea kitchen cabinet, and simply need to prepare the space for your new kitchen. We offer complete and partial kitchen renovation services, where you can have us handle the entire project, or we can do a partial preparation for your kitchen and a kitchen manufacturer will come in to install kitchen cabinets.

    At Miracle Dream Homes (MDH), we have been renovating, remodeling, and redesigning bathrooms and kitchens, and finishing basements in the Ottawa area since 2004. Our experience ranges from updating older homes to restyling newer ones, renovating for aging-in-place requirements, expanding smaller spaces for greater convenience and comfort, personalizing home designs and layouts, and much more. Our customers across the Ottawa area count on our skilled crews and the experience of our team to complete their home renovation projects on time and on budget.

    It takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. Tradespersons such as plumbers and electricians, when going through an apprenticeship program, take at least 5 years or 8,280 hours before they are fully ready to start working on their own. DIY enthusiasts often feel excited about projects such as bathroom renovations, kitchen remodels and basement renovations. Of course, it is exciting to think of a home makeover! However, it’s important to know that whether you renovate your bathroom, basement or kitchen, getting professional help will not only save you time but potentially thousands of dollars.