May 4, 2016

What to expect from my home renos?

Reality TV is great; especially Home Renovation shows. In 30 minutes, minus the time for commercials, an army of workers comes marching through someone’s front door and exits through the back, leaving a perfectly remodeled home. As someone in the renovation industry, I strive to be just like that, but […]
January 13, 2016

Home Remodelling Trends in Edmonton

  The start of 2016 promises to be great for those looking to remodel their home. Whether you’re looking to refresh and revitalize your bathroom or evolve your kitchen into a functional work of art, there is no better time to get started on your dream remodel project. Here are […]
May 24, 2014

New Deck Ideas for this Summer

With the May long weekend behind us, we can expect (hopefully) warmer weather and longer days. Deck building season begins and whether you hire a reputable renovation contractor or do it yourself, there are a few options out there for decking materials. Here are some popular choices: Pressure Treated Wood […]
May 13, 2014

Renovation Trends You Need To Know

It’s an interesting coincidence that I was doing some research into home renovation and design trends for this article when a regularly scheduled newsletter from Remodeling showed up in my inbox with exactly that topic. It seems that a lot of online publications have a lot to say about renovation […]
May 8, 2014

Kitchen Renos With Interior Design Ideas

Kitchen renovations, from one project to another, can be a very different experience. Talk to a dozen families that have had their kitchen remodelled in the last few years and you may hear stories like, “This contractor was wonderful to work with.” Or conversely, you may hear something like, “My […]
February 28, 2014

Is my home renovation eco-friendly?

As a kid growing up, I remember being taught (mostly through TV) about the four ‘R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover. Our family received a small blue plastic box in which we were told by the City of Edmonton to put in newspapers, soup cans, and other recyclable materials. Our […]
November 27, 2013

Applying Permits For My House Renos

The value of building permits taken out in the city of Edmonton. Each municipality, county or governing body has different rules in place on how they treat the permitting process for renovations. So how do you know what is required? The first step is to find out who you have […]
November 7, 2013

Entryway Doors For Easy Accessibility

Here are a couple of snapshots of a front entry door, a deck, and a garden door we finished just last week. This project was special in that the doors were installed with accessibility in mind. The new garden door is wider than the old one, which allows for easier […]
October 28, 2013

Tips on how to minimize the dust during renovations

  Getting a home remodeled can mean a bright, clean, new area for your home. But what about the rest of your house? During a renovation, a lot of dust is made, and despite best efforts by contractors, no renovation is ever dust-free. Here are four things your contractors should […]
September 26, 2013

Insurance Tips to Get You Reno Ready

Research from TD Insurance has found that the majority of homeowners are not considering the insurance implications of their renovations. Only 6 percent checked their policy to ensure they were covered during the upgrades and just 16 percent asked their insurer if their policy needed an update following their last […]
September 4, 2013

Renovating vs building new. Why it’s more expensive.

Interestingly enough there are many good reasons why it costs more to renovate vs building new. Economy of Scale  Certainly most remodels are small and compact in nature and if you had to bring in each specific trade to do their own work, that little Reno could seem to cost […]
August 16, 2013

Renovation Quotes (Three) Might Not Be Right

Every website, newspaper or magazine that discusses renovations and hiring a contractor insists that you get in touch with at least three contractors to get quotes. What they don’t tell you is how you should proceed to make a decision based on these quotes you receive. So, more often than […]