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May 16, 2022

How to Blend the Old and the New When Renovating a Property

When the time comes to renovate a property, it can be very tempting to keep some of the many older charms the property possesses. Older properties can have a lot of issues, but it is almost always possible to keep a few charming items of the old property in place as a reminder of the history the property has been a part of. Also, as a property manager you have interests aside from sentimentality that can persuade you to keep some older features present on your property. Many tenants look for things like historical features when looking for a unit, therefore having this charm available on your property will help to increase its demand and value. In this blog we will be going over some tips on how to keep the older more historic features of your property intact while also creating a new renovated property for you and your tenants to enjoy. 

Audit the Properties Features

The first thing you want to do is look around the property and make a list of aspects of the property you would like to keep, and ones you can live without. This gives you a good idea of how much work is needed to renovate the property since you will know where most of the work needs to be done. It is important to take into consideration the condition of certain aspects of your property and if they are worth keeping or restoring. If you really want to keep the original hardwood floors but they are heavily damaged, the work needed to restore them may not be worth it, and you should therefore focus on other aspects of the original property that may be easier and less expensive to keep around. 

Modernize Important and High Traffic Areas

Even if you plan on keeping as many historical features as possible, there are some areas of your home that should be modernized no matter what. The main two areas that should be renovated are the kitchen (if applicable) and the bathrooms. These areas in your office are ones that lose the most functionality due to their age and also have a lot of traffic so wear and tear hits them the hardest. For comfort as well as functionality it is important to give these areas an upgrade whether you want to keep a lot of historical features or not. 

Keep with the Original Design

Keeping with the original design of your property can give a historical feeling to your property without having to keep too many actual historical aspects of the property. This is a perfect technique to use if you are dealing with a property that needs to be fully gutted, however you still want to pay homage to the original design. Even if you do want to and are able to keep a good amount of the historical portions of your property intact, you can utilize this method to give the new property some added charm. You can also try to use materials that are similar to or the same as the original ones used. This can help keep the historical charm intact while allowing the property to have modern design and modern features / appliances.

Uptown Construction

Uptown Construction

Ajax, ON

With over 9 years of experience in the Construction industry my intention is to grow within the industry and build upon my career and provide superior service to my clients. Uptown Construction services mainly multi residential and the commercial sector. We provide services for all phases of your project from design to construction. Our familiarity with projects and our trained employees knowledge of the products and equipment used will ensure efficient service. Uptown Construction is a privately owned construction & restoration company servicing a wide range of clientele throughout the GTA. We build and maintain long-lasting relationships by providing our clients with quality construction and restoration services.

Xcel Construction Ltd.

Xcel Construction Ltd

Etobicoke, ON

Xcel Construction Limited is a corporation with experience in the building envelope and parking structure restoration market within Ontario. Our core business is within the commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential sectors. Our capabilities range from small repairs to large scale restoration projects. Xcel Construction Limited has over 3 decades of experience in the building envelope and parking structure restoration market. Xcel Construction Limited strives to build solid working relationships with property managers, building owners and consultants. Our company strives to provide a high level of service, workmanship and professionalism. We invest in our employees to make sure they are up to date with safety standards and industry standards. We work closely with product manufacturers and distributers to ensure we are using the most up to date technology and products.

Galactic Contracting Inc

Galatic Contracting Ltd

Edmonton, AB

Galactic Contracting Inc specializes in Tenant improvements, Residential and Commercial property maintenance. Our primary goal is to exceed our customers' construction needs through quality workmanship and successful relationships with Property Management teams is evidenced by our expanding base of repeat clients.


Flynn Canada Ltd

Regina, SK

Commercial Building Envelope Contractors covering Roofing, Metal & Architectural Products, Glazing, Emergency Repairs, Inspection services.

Contractor Pass

Contractor Pass

Woodbridge, ON

Contractor Pass aims to provide quality services to all our clients while executing these projects in a timely manner. 15 years experience, fully licensed and insured. 24/7 Emergency response.

Restoration Mate

Restoration Mate

Scarborough, ON

Our team of restoration professionals have been serving Ontario for over 15 years. We take great pride in our excellent customer service, quality work, and our adherence to professional standards all of our team members are fully committed to.

Servcon Inc.

Servcon Inc

Gormley, ON

We have completed many initiatives across Greater Toronto and throughout southwest Ontario. We have the infrastructure required to ensure that your project is delivered on time and on budget. Our team has received recognition from various clients for not only meeting but exceeding their expectations. We are experienced in working with various Restaurant Brands, Federal, Provincial, and financial institutions which have strict corporate and security requirements (that make even the smallest of projects quite challenging). Servcon's strength is in our project administration, management, and execution of service. A well planned and detailed project plan is fundamental for a successful project. We mobilize the staff required to successfully plan, manage and execute on all deliverables of each phase of the process at hand. Our team has the experience and ability to deliver your project on time and on budget. Servcon has provided construction services for firms such as Ontario Provincial Police, York Regional Police, The City of Markham, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Canada Post Corporation, Purolator Courier and numerous hospitality brands such as Fresh Brands, Cara, Burger King, and Timothy’s. Our knowledge of these industries and construction practices ensures that all contractors and staff meet their contractual obligations and timelines.

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