Home Renovations

5 Reasons Behind Unexpected Renovation Costs & How to Avoid Them

Investing in internal house renovations can often end up costing more than you think. While you get quotes for the labour and material costs, it is common to overlook unexpected renovation costs that might come up. Here are five common reasons you might encounter unexpected renovation costs with tips to help you avoid them. 1. […]

Which Home Renovations Require a Permit?

In Ontario and Canada, homeowners and renovation companies require permits for several different kinds of renovations. Of course, different cities also require different permits, but starting with the national and provincial permits is wise. What Home Renovations Require a Permit? A huge range of home renovation projects require a permit. Essentially, you need to get […]

Lower Your Monthly Bills With These Energy Efficient Swaps

Our houses provide shelter, protection and a place to call home. All this comes with a price. One that is often higher than it has to be. Energy efficiency in our homes can be achieved. Finding ways to make our homes more energy efficient will make living in our homes even more enjoyable. Here, we […]

How A Design Helps Speed Up Your Project (and Keeps it On Budget)

Almost every home renovation project has a design of some kind. But the clearer and more comprehensive that design is, the better the renovation process goes. We find that projects with the best planning are completed on schedule and under budget. But why, and how can you get that quality planning for your own project?  […]

Things to Consider When Planning to Renovate Your Home

Where should you start renovating your house? Even renovating a single room may be a huge task, but you don’t have to do it all at once, or alone. Use this guide to better understand how to start renovating a house and get a glimpse at the things you will need to consider when you […]

How to Plan When Building Your Dream Home: Tips from the Pros

Whether you’re building your dream home from the ground up, or looking to take your existing home to new heights of sophistication, it all starts with a well-designed plan. Planning out your renovations properly will allow both you and your contractor to work towards a shared vision and a stellar final product. When getting ready […]

Which Home Renovations Add The Most Value? And Which Don’t?

Original article posted Jan 15, 2018. Content updated Apr 24, 2023.    As homeowners contemplate the various renovations that can improve the look and feel of their homes, they quickly discover that not all renovations are created equal. One of the fundamental questions you might ask is: how likely will I get a return on […]

How to Make Your House Brighter

You’ve bought the house of your dreams surrounded by large mature trees. You consider this place your heavenly oasis with lots of shade on hot sunny days, right?  Unfortunately, after you move into your new castle, you discover that all of those big trees cast a dark shadow over the house. The interior is darker […]

Top 6 Home Repairs to Make Before Listing Your Home

If you’re thinking of selling your house, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in tip-top shape to attract buyers. In addition to a thorough cleaning or staging, fixing minor problems, and making repairs or upgrades, will help you polish your home’s overall look and appeal. You want to make a good first impression for […]

Top 10 Home Renovation Mistakes

Completing renovations on your home can be really exciting: you get to pick out new fixtures and appliances, new paint colours and potentially all new furniture. In order to get the maximum return on your investment, it’s important to make sure you avoid these 10 home renovation mistakes. 1. Incorrectly Measuring for Cabinets This is one of […]