Riverdale Home Renovations
Woodsmith Construction is a Toronto-based design and build company that specializes in home renovations. As residents of the Leslieville area ourselves, we understand the importance of preserving the historical charm of Riverdale homes while ensuring they can last for another 100 years. Our team has prepared a Riverdale Home Renovations Checklist to help you plan your next renovation project.
Riverdale Home Renovations Checklist
Always plan to remove as much interior cladding as possible. I.e. wall plaster, wood lathe etc.
This is because you need to see what is behind your walls to ensure what you are about to put in front of them will stand the test of time. Many Riverdale home renovations try to skate over this point and repair crumbling plasterwork or drywall over it. Unfortunately, this will only serve as a band-aid solution because what you don’t know or can’t see in any home renovation can and will hurt you.
If you have brick, take care.
In many of the Riverdale homes, brick has been used in the front or the entire house. Now although the brick might be a little worse for wear, it is still worth the money to restore it to its former glory. Riverdale home renovations must always try to preserve as many historical characteristics as possible. This does not mean the home can’t have modern finishes, but a brick façade is in keeping with the neighborhood and will give a great return on investment.
Your bones are not standard.
Many people forget with their Riverdale homes that 100 years ago, we didn’t have quite the same standards with milling lumber. Rough-sawn lumber is the staple for most homes in the area, and a new set of challenges comes with rough-sawn lumber. Mostly, they are not a dimensional standard, which means they are not the same size. So you must factor in that when you renovate your Riverdale home, you will have to straighten every wall or floor to have them accept any drywall or new subfloor. If you don’t do this, there is a good chance that your walls and floors will have a few humps.
At Woodsmith Construction, we specialize in home renovations in Toronto. Our team of expert renovators has the experience and knowledge needed to bring your Riverdale home renovation dreams to life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see how we can help you with your next project.