Things Every Homeowner Should Know about a Home Renovation

Things Every Homeowner Should Know about Home Renovation

Your home is possibly the greatest investment you will make throughout your life. It houses your family, it’s your protection against the elements, it’s an expression of your own personal style and it should be your sanctuary. Sometimes however, life requires you to make changes to the space, whether it’s a growing family, a desire for more functionality or you want to increase the value of your home to sell it and move elsewhere. Whatever the motivation, here are few things to note when you decide you do want to complete a home renovation:

Always Choose a Credible Contractor

There’s many moving parts to a home renovation and you’ll want to know that your contractor has got your back. In addition to assessing the scale of the project, coordinating with suppliers, and dealing with various permits, your contractor will help ensure the renovation stays on budget and on schedule. You’ll want to choose a credible contractor that comes with referrals and positive recommendations from your friends and family. Remember, you’ll be spending a lot of time discussing your new plans with the people building it, so you want to make sure you have a good rapport with your team. 

Quality Always Trumps Cost

A home renovation can be costly and of course, you don’t want to break the bank by choosing the most expensive materials around. However, going for materials that have the lowest price tag, may result in short-term savings but not necessarily long term gains. Quality always trumps cost in this respect. By choosing quality materials like higher rated insulation for example, you save money in the end thanks to longer warranties, better product durability and correct installation. Though it costs more at the onset, it will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the years.

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Finding Mould or Asbestos During a Home Renovation – Now What?

Finding Asbestos Mould During Home RenovationDiscovering mould or asbestos during a home renovation is the last thing a homeowner wants. But surprisingly, it happens more often that you would think. Asbestos in particular was often used pre-1980’s for home building due to its excellent heat insulation, electrical insulation and fire retardant properties. However, it ends up becoming highly hazardous when it is disturbed and its fibres are awakened from their dormant state and well, if you’re going through a home renovation, you know it’s quite a disturbance.

Mould as well, is an insidious environmental toxin that left untreated can cause serious long term health problems. It can cause severe allergic reactions and also aggravate asthma in those exposed to its harmful affects. Thus, you want neither of these present in your home compromising your health or the health of your family. So what do you do next? You get it out of there of course!

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Small Bathroom Renovation & Remodeling Ideas

Whether you’re ready to take the plunge and splurge for an all out bathroom renovation or if you’re just looking for some DIY ideas to revitalize your restroom space, we’re here to help. When space is tight in your bathroom, a bathroom renovation can maximize the space you do have while upping the style ante to create a spa like scene for you and your family.

Smaller spaces invite the opportunity for you to flex your creative muscles and choose pieces and fixtures that perfectly represent your style. Think about it, due to the lack of square footage, you can get great flooring or new tiles without breaking the bank because you don’t need as much in materials!

For those considering a bathroom renovation in a smaller space, here are a few more ideas to help inspire you:  

Scale down to physically save on space

Think about scaling down on the size of things to actually save space within your smaller bathroom. Pedestal Sinks are great for smaller spaces because their not as bulky as a vanity and sink combo. In addition, the silhouette of a pedestal sink lets you see the floor and wall behind which creates an illusion of greater space. Also think about your existing fixtures, are they necessary and do they “fit” the space. If a towel bar is big and bulky and in the way, get rid of it. Patch up those walls, paint and find a smaller fixture that serves the same purpose that doesn’t have you sacrificing your space or style.


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Tips for Surviving a Home Renovation

Home Renovation Survival tips

Embarking on a home renovation is simultaneously exhilarating and nerve racking. Like anything in life where you are invested in bringing a dream into fruition, time, effort and a degree of stress are involved to get there. Add your hard earned money to the equation and well, you have yourself a home renovation.

When the drywall dust settles and the tape and plastic gets pulled down, you get the home of your dreams. All the noise, grit and decision making is worth it. It’s just a matter of getting there and as such, we thought to give you some tips on surviving a home renovation.

Even though your daily routines may get derailed, you can still minimize the inconveniences and give yourself room to collect your thoughts amidst drywall dust, sawdust and weird smelly odors by being prepared.

home renovation planning2Plan, plan, plan.

This is the exciting part where you get to peruse home and décor magazines and websites for inspiration. Take cues from designs that make you happy, that you can envision you and your family spending time in, and create a vision for your own home renovation work. You’ll want to have images on hand when you’re ready to go ahead and…

Assemble an awesome team.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time discussing your new plans with the people who will be building it so make sure you like your team. Architects, contractors, subcontractors and interior designers all may take part in the renovation work you want completed and you need to feel comfortable talking about your wants and needs with them. In addition, you’re paying them to do the work! Remember, the “best” trades aren’t always the most expensive. But, they will definitely have the most referrals and positive recommendations from your friends and family.

Be honest with yourself.

Own up to your financial situation and be honest about setting a realistic timeline. With all projects, there may be delays due to backordered materials, weather conditions when exterior work is being done, or trades needing more time to get the job done properly. You’ll also be asked to make more miniscule decisions then you ever thought humanly possible. Say what you want. With respect to your budget, if you find something you love that is too pricey, don’t give it up or go over budget. Just ask your rep for comparisons like different finishes or alternative brands – this can result in big savings and you getting what you want.   

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Best Home Renovations for a Positive Return on Investment


We are in the business of home renovations. It’s what we do every day. We understand that homeowners work hard for their money and when it comes to spending it on home improvement work they want to know that the investment will pay off in the end. Not only with respect to increasing the quality of life those living within the improved space feel but also, with respect to the resale value of the home when it comes time to sell.

As such, we’ve consolidated a list of home renovation jobs that have the best returns on investment. Here they are:


I asked a realtor friend what the most valuable home improvement/reno job is to increase a home’s resale value and she said “definitely painting, then flooring”. Flooring is a huge request made by homeowners and tenants alike in the way of desirables when looking for a new space to call home. Prospective homeowners are looking for hardwood floors because they look amazing, are timeless and are incredibly durable. Carpet is just too much of a commitment to clean and manage, hence the gravitational pull towards hardwood.

Granted, hardwood floors don’t come cheap but fortunately there are numerous options out there to suit your budget. Whether you go traditional hardwood, engineered hardwood, or laminate – redoing your floors instantly creates an updated look, transforming a space and giving the impression of a renovated, redecorated space without tearing out walls and rerouting electrical or plumbing lines.


A little paint can go a long way. It also can also instantaneously change the way a room feels and in turn affect how prospective buyers view your home and how you feel within your space. A fresh coat of paint can erase the nicks and scratches you’ve accumulated throughout your everyday living and take years off your home’s appearance. Whether it’s an interior or exterior paint job, this simple home improvement consistently shows a positive return on investment. It’s an inexpensive way to give your home an update. So long as you stick to colors that are classic, neutral and in keeping with current color trends, this is a great way to enhance your space without shelling out a fortune to do so.

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7 Tips for Designing a Home Office You'll Actuallly Want to Work In


With the increasing flexibility of employers allowing people to work from home or those catching the entrepreneurial fire and starting their very own businesses from home, creating an at-home workspace isn’t a luxury but essential to keep you on task.

Designing a home office can be fun and we’re here to help you consider a few things that’ll ensure your home office space is functional and beautiful at the same time. Whether you’re conducting a full home renovation to make your workspace or repurposing an existing space in your home, here are a few tips to help you create a home office that you’ll want to actually work in:

1. Choose the Right Space

Assess your space and figure out where you want to set up shop. Don’t forget to seriously consider a few things first though. Will the space be too quiet or too noisy for your liking? Does it get too hot or too cold? Is there enough lighting? If you’re receiving clients in your space, you want to ensure there is ample seating room. Remember, you want to minimize distractions so you can focus on what you need to get done.  

2. Corners

Make use of right angles by using corners in your set up. L-shaped desks and arrangements allow you to have two work surfaces, making it easy to optimize your current space (and fit nicely in corners). Also, corners are a perfect place to tuck away a copier or printer so it’s out of the way but easily within arm’s reach.

3. Get a Good Chair

Forget pulling a chair from your dining room table to serve as your work chair. If you’re going to be spending multiple hours on it – get an ergonomically correct office chair in a pretty color or fabric. Your back will thank you for it.  

4. Storage Space a Plenty

De-clutter your desk by having a place for everything. Invest in shelving and consider solutions like attractive storage boxes for the knick knacks that help you work. Floating shelves allow you to maximize space and let you keep things off your desk. If you are a pile maker – buy a desktop organizer so you can easily file papers instead of fingering through piles to find what you’re looking for.  

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7 Interior Decorating Don’ts


Decorating your home is fun, it can change an entire space from ‘blah’ to ‘oh yeah’ and we’re all about that here at Enhance Your Home Renovations.

Sometimes however, people can get over zealous in their home improvement endeavors and take things over the edge and we want to help you to NOT do that. So here are a few interior decorating don’ts to keep your space looking pretty rather than petty:  

1. Over Accessorizing

While accessories have the potential to liven up a space and bring personality to a room – overdoing it can result in a tourist souvenir shop look (unless that’s the look you’re going for). By keeping things simple, you can actually appreciate the items you’ve selected without distracting the eye and having it rove from side to side to side...Less is more.  Choose your accessories wisely and let them stand on their own. 

2. Fake Greenery

Fair – not all of us have green thumbs but hanging fake vines, using fake flowers – just looks fake. There are great alternatives to get nature’s appeal into your home without having to learn to be a botanist. Easy to care for plants like succulents are awesome, you can also incorporate branches, natural vase fillers, and dried greenery (like preserved boxwood and grasses) into your décor to bring in the ‘green’. 

3. Everything Matching

If your bedroom/dining room/living room looks like you just bought it off the furniture store floor – change it up. Matching furniture sets with matching frames just gets too matchy matchy. You want to bring some personality, interest and depth into your space. You want items to relate to one another with a common motif, mood and look collected but you also don’t want to look like a furniture warehouse floor. Swap out a couple pieces from a different set or bring in a chair from somewhere else in your house to bring interest into the room.

4. Grouping Items in Even Numbers

When grouping items, group them in odd numbers, like groups of 1, 3 or 5 - it just looks better. Trust us. This rule applies to balloons as well (which is something to note when party decorating.)

5. Lots of Little things

This goes in hand with don’t do #1 but to specify, lots of little things do not equal one big thing. Meaning, small accessories can quickly create visual clutter while by simply using a few larger accessories you can create a greater visual impact. If you’re playing the small vs. large game when considering buying a vase, go with the big one (keeping scale in mind). It will fill the space more gracefully than 3 different things trying to occupy the same amount of space.  

6. Pushing Everything against the Wall

Let your furniture pieces breathe and float in the room rather than confining everything to the edges like their shy wall flowers that don’t want to take the spotlight. Your furniture pieces and your space should be inviting.  By creating some room between your furniture and the wall, you create conversation groupings easily and this in turn tempts you and your guests to want to sit down and get comfy. 

7. Lack of Personality or Meaning

Showrooms and model home suites look like they’re unlived in because they are. This is your home. Bring in mementos and personal pieces that reflect your personality because your home should reflect you – instead of looking like a sterile operating room.

Proportion and Scale – Basic Principles of Interior Design – Part 5

Proportion-and-Scale-interior-design-calgaryFor the final post in our series of the basic principles of interior design, we’re discussing proportion and scale.

Proportion refers to the comparative size of elements relative to each other in the overall composition. It can be used to create a sense of distance or demonstrate a difference in size. Disproportionate elements can call attention to an area, like an oversized light fixture sitting above a dinner table – with the intention of drawing the eye there.  

Scale on the other hand, refers to the relationship between two or more objects – particularly with respect to objects compared to our own human size. Think for example of standardized heights created for countertops, chairs and tables – all scaled to fit our bodies. The width and height of hallways are scaled to allow people to comfortably pass one another.

Within your own space you want to keep these principles in mind.


  • Use larger furniture items in larger rooms and smaller furniture pieces in smaller rooms
  • Use plates that have the same shape as the table they are being set on
  • Leave white space in a room to avoid a cluttered look and feel

Emphasis – Basic Principles of Interior Design – Part 4

Emphasis-interior-design-home-renovation-calgaryEducating yourself on the basic principles of interior design is useful when taking on the task of redecorating or renovating your home. Even with the help of an interior designer, you can equip yourself with the lingo that your designer might throw into a conversation or throw it into the conversation yourself.

We’ve already discussed balance, harmony and rhythm. The next principle we are going to address is emphasis.

Emphasis is the creation of a focal point or of a few focal points within a space.

A focal point is the visual centre of attraction in any given room, with all the other design elements leading all visual attention to that centre. It must be dominant enough to draw attention and interesting enough to hold the viewer’s interest. Most often you’ll see fireplaces used as focal points or even flat screen TVs.

No one wants a boring space and by creating focal points throughout the room, you draw and encourage the attention of the viewer. 

Fireplaces and windows make for easy focal points. You can also create a focal point within your space by highlighting a piece of furniture or an interesting piece of artwork.


  • Create a focal point by highlighting a particular piece of furniture or artwork
  • Groupings of furniture, unusual objects, and large objects make for great focal points.

Rhythm - Basic Principles of Interior Design - Part 3

Rhythm-home-renovations-design-calgaryPart of a home renovation entails thinking about how you want to revamp your interiors. Getting acquainted with the basic principles of interior design, enable you to don your own designer cap and envision the space you’d like to create and live in. We’ve covered balance and harmony so far, and this month we are going to discuss the concept of rhythm. Rhythm in interior design denotes creating visual interest throughout your space by repeating and contrasting visual patterns. Like rhythm in music, rhythm in design brings a sense of movement to a space. It carries the eye along a path at a pace that is comfortable for the viewer.

In order to achieve rhythm in your own home’s design, you’ll have to think about repetition, progression, transition and contrast. Incorporating these mechanisms into your interior, you’ll be able to create a sense of movement, leading the eye from one design element to the next within your home.


Repetition is one of the easiest ways to create a sense of rhythm in a space. Simply put, it is using the same element more than once throughout an interior. You can repeat patterns, colors, textures, lines or any other element within a space.

Tip:  Create rhythm by using a color throughout with pillows, paintings, rugs and accessories.


Progression is taking an element and decreasing or increasing one of its qualities. For example, using a gradation of colors or using a series of objects that go from small to large in a gradual manner.

Tip:  A group of candles with varying heights is an easy way to create rhythm through progression.


Contrast uses two elements in opposition to each other and alternates these in a pattern that creates a sense of rhythm. You can create contrast with patterns (light and dark) and with shapes (circles and squares). A common example is alternating black and white pillows on a sofa.

Tip: Use opposite elements such as black and white pillows to create a rhythm.


Rhythm through transition gently leads the eye through a continuous, uninterrupted flow from one area within a space to another. For example, curved lines are generally used to lead the eye along a desired path.

Tip: Use an arched doorway or winding path to lead the eye where you would like it go.

Harmony - Basic Principles of Interior Design - Part 2

creating-harmony-home-renovations-calgaryHome renovations require you to assess your current home’s interior design and what you hope to achieve in your rebuild. As such, we’ve decided to talk about the basic principles that govern interior design.

Last month, we addressed the principle of Balance

This month, the next principle we are introducing is the concept of Harmony.

Harmony describes the repetition of design elements within a space - the colors, textures, shapes and forms that express your interior’s theme, style and mood. In combination, these elements of design work together to create a feeling of harmony; that everything is just as it should be

Unity is what brings cohesion to a space, suggesting a kind of “oneness” through adhering to a color scheme or keeping the style of furniture consistent. By selecting fabrics and accessories that have similar colors and textures, you can create a unified design that again, creates a feeling of harmony.

It should be noted that variety is also essential to keep the eye roving and stop a space from looking too “the same.” By contrasting soft and hard materials, or combining new and old furniture or architecture, you can incorporate some variety into your space. However, you want to make sure that whatever is contrasting, still compliments your existing theme. Sometimes too much variety can make a space look confusing or cluttered.


  • Use color schemes to unify a collection of spaces
  • Create harmony by using a color with varying shades, shapes, sizes and textures

Balance - Basic Principles of Interior Design - Part 1

balance-in-home-renovations-calgaryYou can envision your new space and you’re taking the next steps to renovate or redecorate your home. Choosing the right furniture items, the right place for them, the right fabric to reupholster your grandmother's chair –can seem like quite a task. Understanding a few of the fundamental interior design principles can help you create a beautiful space.

In an effort to inspire some ideas, we’ll be rolling out a list of interior design basics that may help you think about how to move forward with your design.

Balance is the equal distribution of visual weight in a room.  

There are 3 different types of balance:

Symmetrical balance refers to items repeated or mirrored along a central axis. For example, two matching side tables partnered with the same table lamps, flanking either side of a sofa is a familiar type of symmetrical balance. This type of balance is reflected in nature and in our own bodies, so we are innately comforted by this type of symmetry. 

Asymmetrical balance is achieved when dissimilar objects have equal visual weight or eye-appeal. This type of balance suggests movement and spaces of this type tend to feel more dynamic. Lines, colours, forms and textures are balanced in a space without duplication. For example, when you see a sofa with a floor lamp on one side, while the other side hosts a side table with a table lamp – this is an example of asymmetrical balance.

Radial Balance is almost circular with items arranged around a central point extending either inward or outward.  Think of a circular light fixture or chairs centered around a table – these are examples of radial balance. If you want to create focus on a central item, using radial balance to draw attention inward is a great way to achieve this.


  • Balance a room with heavy objects or multiple light objects that are visually equal
  • Objects that are larger, brighter, highly textured, or complexly shaped are visually heavier

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3 Simple Ways to Update Your Space

Forget not the power of accessories in your home. If you’d dress up an outfit with a scarf or a necklace, why wouldn’t you do the same for your living space? Accessories are a simple way to update your interiors and liven up a room without shelling out a fortune.  Here are 3 simple ways you can fancy up your space via accessories:  

1. Throw in some Throw Pillows

throw-pillows-home-design-calgaryIf your bedding or sofa is looking for an update, adding throw pillows or a blanket can brighten things up and change the whole look. With a countless number of colors, textures, prints and designs to choose from, you can take your couch from zero to hero by simply adding a cushion to rest your head on. Same goes for throw blankets, with all kinds of textures and colors available - you can liven up a bland couch while having something within arms reach to keep your toes warm.







2. Art

art-interior-decorating-calgaryIf committing to a color for your walls causes too much anxiety for you – then art is your answer. A piece of art can set a mood, inspire you, reflect what you cherish most or simply fill up that wall that you keep thinking “needs something.” Whether it’s a statement piece or a collage of images that create a gallery-like feel – art is an easy way to bring up the eye-appeal in your home. No moving of furniture necessary.







3. Hardware

Updating hardware to cabinets, walls and drawers is a simple way to dramatically breathe new life into your existing space. With options ranging from traditional to modern, in all kinds of finishes – you’re bound to find something to satiate your design hunger. Don’t forget about your switch plates and outlet covers, these details get overlooked but can make a huge difference in the feeling of a room as quickly as flicking on a switch.

Happy decorating!

Chrome, Nickel and Stainless Steel - What's The Difference?

kitchen-renovations-calgaryDetails make all the difference – your hardware can take cupboards from traditional to modern in mere seconds. Although predominately found in contemporary interiors, chrome, nickel and stainless steel are great choices for your kitchen cabinetry that all fall into the white, silver-grey color category.

What then makes them different? Why choose one over the other? Understanding the differences between these hardware options, allows you to make an informed choice to suit both your decorative and practical needs.


Chrome-kitchen-renovation-calgaryChrome is the short form for chromium. Chrome is metal core plated with a thin chromium veneer. Standard chrome hardware has a polished surface that shines like a mirror and reflects light in the same way. As such, surfaces of this nature show fingerprints and scratches more readily. There is also satin or brushed chrome, which gives the appearance of a matte surface. Chrome plating will not rust, however when it is damaged - it can appear dull. The metal core can rust if plating is lost through accidental damage or with natural wear over time.





Nickel-kitchen-renovation-calgaryNickel is metal core plated with a thin nickel veneer. Nickel hardware options can go from highly polished or satin finishes to having a darker, weathered, antique appearance. Nickel provides a toned down, softer look that often appears in transitional style kitchens. Though nickel is resistant to corrosion and wear, over time it can become dull and start to tarnish. Nickel is often lacquered in an effort to help keep dulling at bay or at least, slow down this process.





Stainless Steel

StainlessSteel-kitchen-renovation-calgaryGenuine stainless steel hardware is typically made from a metal alloy that does not need plating. It is not as shiny as chrome plating, which may assist with hiding fingerprints – if that’s what you’re hoping for. Its composition can contain chromium or nickel which increases its durability. Quality stainless steel hardware is tarnish resistant, scratch resistant, and corrosion resistant.

It should be noted that for all 3 types of hardware you should keep in mind that:

  • Polished surfaces will require more attention because they easily reveal scratches and fingertips
  • Depending on the quality of your hardware and how you care for it, plating peeling or flaking can occur
  • Where your kitchen is situated in relation to windows or sun-exposure can cause glare issues, reflecting off one’s hardware

The Psychology Behind Colors

The Psychology Behind ColorsWhen renovating your home, deciding what colors to incorporate can bring about excitement or downright anxiety. The psychology of colors has largely been incorporated by interior designers, marketers and artists alike to evoke emotions - both positive and negative. Certain colors can increase your blood pressure, increase your metabolism or cause eyestrain. As such, learning a little bit about the psychology behind colors may help you make a choice that sets the right mood for the intended areas in your home.  

OrangeOrange symbolizes energy, vitality and optimism.

It has been known to stimulate the appetite and encourage social communication. 




Green represents mental stability and balance and growth.  

It has been known to have a calming effect and can help to relieve stress. 





Blue instills feellings of calm, peace and trust. 

It is the most preferrede color by men and has been shown to improve productivity. 



Purple-color-psychology-calgary-home-renovationsPurple has been associated with royalty, wealth, wisdom and creativity.

It promotes harmony of the mind, the imagination and mental stability. 

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