New Construction with Natural Balance

New Home Construction Vancouver

Pro Works Painting was selected by Natural Balance Homes for Vancouver home on Chancellor.

Natural Balance Homes is the Grand Georgio Custom Home Builder of the Year

Project Description

  • custom 5000 sqft, 5 bedroom home with elevator
  • all exterior painting
  • all interior painting
  • level 5 drywall
  • stain exterior stairs, custom soffits

Natural Balance Builders

Living Room

Natural Balance Builders
Living Room

Interior Painting Kitchen

Natural Balance Builders
Kitchen

Natural Balance Builders

Dining Room

Natural Balance Builders Dining Room

Paint Kitchen Area

Natural Balance Builders Paint Kitchen Area

Natural Balance Builders

Interior Stairway

Natural Balance Builders Interior Stairway

Natural Balance Builders

New Construction with Natural Balance

New Home Construction Vancouver

Pro Works Painting was selected by Natural Balance Homes for Vancouver home on Chancellor.

Natural Balance Homes is the Grand Georgio Custom Home Builder of the Year

Project Description

  • custom 5000 sqft, 5 bedroom home with elevator
  • all exterior painting
  • all interior painting
  • level 5 drywall
  • stain exterior stairs, custom soffits

Why paint?

Island life brings us an envious lifestyle in a stunning environment, but our buildings take a battering; wind, salt, rain, snow, sunlight and temperature fluctuations will damage your most valuable asset faster than you might think. Paint is your first line of defense. Well-maintained and properly applied, paint can save tens of thousands in structural damage!

First impressions. From the serenity of yoga studios, to fast-paced office environments, corporate boardrooms to luxurious accommodations, paint choices and quality of application speak volumes to your new and existing clientele, staff, professional colleagues and guests about how you value yourself, your services and most importantly them!

Going to market? Did you know that fresh paint is the quickest and most cost-effective way to increase your property’s value? Paint can accentuate features and disguise flaws, modernize dated works and significantly increase buyer appeal. Before going to market, you should assess and seriously consider the benefits and potential dividends of paint.

Investment return. Many Islanders own and generate income via investment properties. Often, at the end of a lease term, despite the efforts of hard-working property managers, it is apparent that the investment has been compromised. In an increasingly selective market, fresh paint will assist you in quickly securing new, quality tenants and achieving maximum return from your investment!

Why ProWorks? Providing a full scope of interior and exterior painting services for commercial and retail buildings, new builds, heritage buildings, family homes, apartment and townhouse complexes, strata complexes and even cottages and cabins, we’ve got you covered!

We bring professional, accurate, prompt and time-efficient services to private and commercial clients. We understand that your time is precious and that disruption can cost you money and trading hours, as well as stress. Be assured our quality teams will carry out your specified assignments with the least amount of disruption. We’ll work around you to meet your needs, even if it means working through the night! We’re a price-competitive Nanaimo based company with a three-year application guarantee, and that separates ProWorks from our competitors. Using only quality paints and stains, we take great pride in your project and our work!

We make your job easier by doing our job well, and we’d love to do business with you!

To find out more about how we can help you with your renovation and maintenance requirements, or to book a free estimate, contact Andy 250 716 6857 Brad 250 488 9487 email us at andy@proworkspainting.com

Exterior Paint Colour Search

I was struck with fantastic colour inspiration while walking with friends this winter. Grabbing a coffee and walking the dogs turned into a great conversation about colour trends in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria and Edmonton (we generalized it as BC, the Island and Alberta). While we each have different personal preferences, we could agree on great colour schemes. In a 2 block stroll we could visualize the plethora of colourful exterior paint motifs in various areas of each of our hometowns. I’d like to look at how we can use a casual zero stress activity to choose paint colours as either professionals or as consumers.
Paint colour is more permanent than the colour of coat we wear; it sticks with us for at least a few years while we change coats daily or seasonally and this level of commitment some find stressful. Combining everyday activities such as grabbing a tea/coffee, a walk and the casual observance of house colours in the neighbourhood keeps things loose and fluid. Our walk had us in an old neighbourhood with original homes, modern infills and an are of new development so many, many styles and colours to see. I often walk Nanaimo streets just to see how people are using colour in their areas. Not all areas have colour combinations that work for me but there’s usually one or two that really stand out.

There is a working assumption in this article, namely that we are not sure what colour or colours we want to use for our house or project. Touring various places to feel out a spectrum of potential is what we are after. There’s a tremendous difference between a monochromatic monolith and a home with 3 body colours and a rainbow of 60 cm (24 inch) butterflies pinned to the body trim board (real house in Nanaimo). I really like the paint schemes on Heritage homes of Vancouver’s Commercial Drive and City Hall areas but they weren’t really what we were after for our old stucco house in Nanaimo. Getting a feel for trends and what’s going on in other areas can help hone your own style.

Picturing your space is key; it’s yours and will be so until the next paint time (or move). Is the space integrated into the landscape requiring almost a camouflage/blending of colours? Do we want the place to pop? Do we need to paint as a backdrop to a great tree or point of architectural interest? Knowing your intentions is key to a harmonious paint choice. I think colour is fun in all its complexity and vastness of possibility.

Turning paint selection into a social event with the coffee-walk at least gets you outside and in the company of friends and great drinks. At best the paint tour eliminates stressful selection pressure. By gathering real world data/evidence/photos and comparing these to the ideas already held, we easily narrow down the choices. Once we have a few combinations selected we can see how these would really work in our space with test patches and/or computer renderings. If all else fails one of PWP’s professional colour consultants can get you there!

Andy Capadouca,
Nanaimo Pro Works Painting

Paint Power for Tiny House

Philosophy plays a strong part in the choice to build, buy or inhabit a tiny house so our paint choices need to be thoughtful too. Economic, environmental and lifestyle are always strongly considered in the tiny build. This instance of philosophy is demonstrated by the diminutive dwelling so make it pop! Translating your ideas into a home is exciting and the feel of the place will help you realize your vision. Finally, the utility of painted surfaces is often increased by protecting and providing ease of maintenance.

Pragmatism isn’t a dirty word with the tiny house paint job. Painted surfaces are often easier to clean than natural wood surfaces; we can wipe then instead of re-sanding. If there are patches that have been needed the paint can help mask or blend these into the final finish making them disappear. Modern paints are often mildew resistant and combat a great enemy of the tiny home, moisture. Since paint stays around for a long time the best application of this pragmatism is to ensure that it makes you feel great.

The paint should put the final touches on your vision. In a friend’s art studio, we needed the paint to backdrop his displays, so cool greys were needed. Neutrals can too often be bland; think of those off white walls that just look a bit dirty. The intensity and temperature of a colour are key to having amazing finishes. It’s a cloudy day in Nanaimo while I write this and the last thing I want to see in my home is a cloud coloured wall.

Using paint to make the tiny house big is a task but one that great design relishes. The perspective, drawing the eye beyond the walls, to open up the tiny house can be done with properly selected contrasting colours. Small design leaves room for big drama and a splash of paint can accentuate features or carry the eye away from less desirable features. Colour will make the mood in the room so let the paint do its work and pick one that tells your colour story.

The little footprint of a tiny house reflects a big heart. The use of zero VOC paints to protect the finishes on a tiny house increases the lifespan of those finishes. The colours will convey emotional content and the eyes wide open home owner pairs the feel of the colour with the home and surroundings. Tiny homes are a big statement so a pop of colour can really anchor the mood and speak to the purpose of the place. These thoughtful domiciles reward the work of the painter well beyond their size

Andy Capadouca, Nanaimo Pro Works Painting

Colour Changes

Of the multitude of reasons to paint your home’s interior let’s just say it’s time for a change. Even if the colours haven’t faded it may be that the love for the colour scheme has. Paint colour influences us in a wide variety of ways. Certain colours will look dirty to us or be loud in a calm area and very often we simply feel that the colour looks tired. To invigorate the paint selection we will need a theme, a few collections of complimentary colours and actual paint in the selected colour palette.

The inspiration for the paint colours or the theme can come from many sources. Architecture for some is the inspiration; Tudor, contemporary, modern and eclectic are a few styles that help hone a paint palette. Locations such as the beach or forest also inspire a selection of colours. For some a favourite colour will lead the way for other colours to flow. For the pragmatist it is often a central piece of furniture that will anchor the colour inspiration. This theme, wherever found will help limit our selection from the thousands of available colours to a few dozen.

Converting a theme into actual collections of complimentary colours can be as simple as reading an issue of a favourite magazine or online posting to see what is trending within an architectural style. More or less abstract themes will alter the ease of choice. For a beach theme comparing driftwood greys or the glaucous green of wild grass to colour fans will bring the wind swept space into the real world of colour codes. Once one or two colours are selected it is rather simple to find complimentary colours. In any room there are colours for: ceiling, trim, doors and walls.

Painting becomes very personal when the colours come into the home; lighting effects both natural and artificial add hues or highlight undertones that are site specific. Painting an interior only to discover that the paint colour was a favourite only in the paint store is a huge amount of wasted effort. Colour boards and computer renderings are simple to make but limited by size, the graphics capability of computer and screen resolution. Ideally with a colour board and rendering, paint selection will be a 90% certainty. The test patch or sample wall, demonstrating true paint colour in the home will solidify the choices made or lead to only slight modifications.

Inspirational paint choices will have each room colour accenting the next and providing the mood for each room and the living space as a whole. Following a simple process to uncover the desired colour effects in your home will make painting fun and rewarding. Professional help is not always needed but it usually speeds things up and increases the rewarding bits. Keeping records of colours will help future projects as well as helping out all your friends who will be asking what that great colour is.

Andy Capadouca, Nanaimo Pro Works Painting

DIY or Hire A Professional Painter?

Painting is a big impact, low cost way to improve your home. Doing it yourself (DIY) makes the cost as low as possible but cost isn’t the only consideration when thinking about painting. Size, complexity and safety are important considerations with a DIY project. Finishing the job is a near certainty with a reputable paint contractor but we all know DIY-ers who constantly leave projects “almost” done. Safely completing a DIY paint project in a reasonable amount of time will really depend on your skill level.

Planning and executing a painting project involves a few different skill sets. Comparing your desired outcome with your skill set and that of your paint contractor is important. Paint colour and type selection for the rooms being painted is a big first step. A time and materials estimate will organize the work so that real progress can be tracked. A painting contractor will tell you how long prep, painting and clean-up will take so that you know how long you are without full use of the space. Furniture and flooring protection, brushes, rollers and number of gallons of paint are a few of the materials to factor in. Determining if you can paint at a level that will make you happy is the final factor in skill assessment.

The scope of work that both the professional painter and the DIY painter can accomplish is determined by their expertise. The preparation stage involves sanding (sometimes exposing hazardous materials such as lead), filling of holes and cracks with spackle and/or caulking and sometimes repairs. Using ladders is almost a prerequisite for any paint job and is the number one job hazard in this profession. Some people, even with all the right planning and tools in front of them, just cannot put on an even coat of paint; If you’ve ever tried to make a gingerbread house from a package you know that just because all the materials are in front of you, you don’t necessarily get a finish like the front of the box.

Many DIY painters are skilled paint applicators but so-so at prep and clean-up, usually due to patience, attention span and scheduling. Each stage of the project takes time, from moving pictures and sofas to waiting for paint to dry between coats; How many hours per day can you devote to painting? Your painting contractor will be putting in as many as are needed to complete in the time allotted. Putting paint on poorly prepared surfaces will cause it to fail if not immediately then over time. Rolling out walls is a very simple task (my 2 year old loves it!) but the real painting happens around the details and the attention devoted to them. The size and scope of work really will determine how long it takes to complete the painting while skipping steps just leaves the job not really done.

The impact of a completed paint job is enormous. While many home owners have the skill needed to apply paint, the desire is lacking. Scope, time and quality of work should be the main considerations in deciding between DIY painting and hiring a paint professional. If it seems like a chore that won’t be finished, start interviewing paint pros and have them convince you that it’s better to hire than to DIY.

Andy Capadouca, Nanaimo Pro Works Painting