Renovator's Advice

Know why to renovate:

What are the problems you are trying to solve? Use a practical approach - More storage, bigger bathroom, play area for children, office space, basement apartment for extra income.

Evaluate the structure and utilities of the home:

Think long term. What needs to be replaced or upgraded? There might be trade-offs between indulgence and what needs to be addressed.

Work with the strengths of the home:

Can it be upgraded or does it need to be replaced? This can help you work within your budget.

Keep it simple:

Complex designs lead to higher costs. Can a more efficient approach achieve your desired goals?

Don’t focus on upfront cost:

You are adding value to your home. You will gain from the improvement by enjoying the lifestyle you have created and it will help you sell your home in the future.

Don’t cut corners:

Trying to save money by cutting corners leads to expensive repairs that could have been avoided.

Stick to by-laws:

Don’t try to avoid by-laws, they are there for a reason. It often ends in trouble and becomes another expense.


Compliment the neighbourhood and your home. This approach maximizes your return on investment.

Don’t worry about trends:

Trends come and go. Focus on what you want and try to keep it “timeless”. These trends come and never go.