By definition, whole home renovation involves modification of at least 75% of the existing house. These changes typically include alterations to both the exterior and interior of the home and may be augmented with additions of varying size. Most often this work starts with collaboration between Sakiyama Construction, the home owners and an interior designer and/or architect. The planned upgrades generally have several objectives. One primary reason for home renovation is to bring the basic utilities of a home up to modern standards. This may involve improvements to electrical, plumbing, heating systems, windows and insulation with an emphasis on energy efficiency and green technology. A second goal is often to redesign the layout of an existing floor plan to make it functional for a modern family. Today's active lifestyle can be accommodated with design changes to basic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and entryways. However, modern family living may be improved with the creation of family rooms, dens, libraries, multi room computer facilities, exercise rooms, home offices and home theatres. The third important objective is to ensure that all changes made will complement the original home yet bring it in line with modern tastes be they traditional or contemporary. All the whole home projects detailed below are examples of the range of expertise that Sakiyama Construction has in performing these Winnipeg home renovations.