Should I build or renovate?

If you decide to tear down and build new you will be subject to new set-back bylaws that could mean your home will have to be smaller or not situated on the lot the same as the original home.

Typically renovations can be less expensive than building new, but this depends on the type of upgrades you choose and how much you decide to renovate. You may start out with a budget to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms but later decide to include living spaces which will increase your budget depending on the quality of upgrades.

When choosing to renovate or build new look ahead 10-15 years. Is your family size going to change? Do you plan on living in the home for the next 30-50 years? A quality renovation and proactive design and planning could make this your forever home or a great investment.

Marino General Contracting is here to advise you on whether a renovation or new build is your best choice. Our knowledge and experience in the construction industry gives us the ability to help you understand how your decision will affect your home’s current and future values in the local market.

Do I have to move out during the renovation?

This depends on the size of the renovation. Many large renovations can be done room by room, but this could leave you without a kitchen or bathroom for a period of time. An unoccupied home allows for a faster completion timeline.

Marino strives to be as discrete and non-invasive as possible. We pride ourselves on having professional, efficient and respectful trades and staff.

What is it going to cost?

Cost is always dependent on many factors but Marino will work closely with you to work within your budget.

It’s important to agree upon a scope of work and how you want to handle unexpected costs. We use transparent billing and open communication to ensure spending is on track.

Will the work get done on time?

We are here to help you understand how long projects could take. Working with a designer, an architect, an engineer and applying for city permits can take a few months but if you involve your builder from the beginning we can help lay out a timeline and schedule.

Do I have to use a designer?

We recommended consulting a designer once you’ve decided what work you want to do. They can help you decide if a renovation is worthwhile based on your needs. Designers will create sketches and plans based on your input and ensure you have included all the required details.

We work closely with engineers, interior designers and architects to ensure your project is of the highest quality and meets all your expectations and needs.

Do I have to apply for permits or get special insurance?

All our project sites have liability insurance for the construction work being done. We recommend you notify your home insurer about the work you are having done including the scope and timeline.

Our relationship and knowledge of city hall means we can arrange all the required permits and inspections for your project accurately and efficiently.