Published April 18, 2023

Home Renovation: Ideas, Tips & Inspiration For Your Next Project

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Renovating your home not only adds value to your property but also improves your quality of life by creating a more comfortable and inviting space. The problem is, undertaking a home renovation can be daunting, especially if you’re not familiar with DIY projects. 

It doesn’t matter whether you're updating a single fixture, revamping an entire room, or taking on a full-scale reno – there’s no surefire way to guarantee a simple and straightforward reno. There are, however, ways to set yourself up for a greater chance of success. 

This guide will provide tips, tricks, ideas, and inspiration for common DIY and home reno projects. (Click the options below to jump to that section.) 

But before we get to those, let’s take a look at some steps you need to take before diving into any home renovation project. 

Preparing For Your Home Renovation 

Before you start a home renovation or DIY project, you need to have a solid plan. This is the best way to avoid surprises, stay under budget, and keep your stress levels from skyrocketing. 

Here are some steps to take when planning for your next project: 

1. Set Goals 

The first step in planning your home renovation is to determine your goals. Are you looking to update your kitchen or bathroom? Do you want to add a new room or expand an existing one? Knowing what you want to achieve will help you develop a plan that fits your needs, skill level, and budget.

2. Do Research 

Next, you want to do your research and find out what’s involved in your project. Oftentimes, a renovation that seems straightforward can quickly go off the rails. Knowing what sort of obstacles you may run into will help you spot issues early on and ensure you aren’t setting yourself up for failure.

Be sure to research the steps involved, material and labour costs, tool requirements, common issues people run into, what permits may be needed, etc. 

3. Create A Budget 

Now that you know what project you’ll be working on and what’s involved, you need a budget. When determining a budget, always include a buffer to cover any surprises. This amount will depend on the size of the project, the cost of materials where you live, and potential issues. 

Worst case scenario, you planned for the extra expense and delays. Best case, you’ll save some money. 

4. Make A Timeline

Once you have a budget, you need to set a timeline. Breaking your project into smaller tasks with deadlines will help you stay on track. 

Like your budget, you want to hope for the best and plan for the worst when it comes to making a timeline. Be sure to leave some extra space for surprises. 

5. Know When To Call A Professional 

Home improvements have never seemed easier than they do today. Everywhere you look there are shows, online tutorials, and social media groups dedicated to DIY. But not every home renovation is DIY friendly and not everyone has the skills they need to complete every project. 

While many homeowners can easily source materials, complete cosmetic updates, and do minor renos, some tasks should always be left to the professionals. This includes: 

  • Utility repairs and installations (gas, electric, plumbing, etc) 
  • Structural modifications
  • Asbestos removal 

Tips, Tricks, And Inspiration For Common Home Renovation Projects

There are hundreds of renovations you can take on yourself to help improve the look, feel, and value of your home. Below are links to some popular articles that will provide tips, tricks, and inspiration for your next DIY project. 

How To Paint Like A Professional 

home renovation - paint a wall in a room

One of the easiest ways to update any space is to give it a fresh coat of paint. But to get the most impactful transformation, you want to be sure it’s done right. To achieve a professional-looking paint job. 

9 easy steps for a perfect paint finish >>

Budget-Friendly Ideas For Updating Your Bedroom

Budget Bedroom Ideas

Creating a cozy and inviting bedroom doesn't have to break the bank. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can transform your space. Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  1. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint (or Wallpaper): Choose calming colors such as light blues, greens, or purples, or go bold with intense shades that add energy to your space.
  2. Upcycle Your Furniture: Update your furniture with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. For upholstered pieces, consider updating the fabric or using a slipcover.
  3. Make Your Own Headboard: Get creative and make your own wooden or upholstered headboard or use a contrasting paint color or wallpaper to give the illusion of a headboard.

Get more budget-friendly ideas for your next bedroom update >>

15 Easy And Unique DIY Headboard Ideas For Every Budget

DIY Headboard Ideas

Transform your bedroom into a cozy sanctuary with these easy and budget-friendly DIY headboard ideas. From rustic pallet designs to elegant upholstered creations, each project offers a unique touch to complement your style.

Explore unconventional materials like vintage shutters, old doors, and copper pipes, or embrace the charm of bookshelves or macramé headboards. These budget-friendly projects not only add flair but also allow you to infuse your personality into your space. Whether you prefer a bohemian, contemporary, or vintage aesthetic, these DIY headboard ideas promise to transform your bedroom into a personalized haven, making your space truly one-of-a-kind.

Find inspiration for your next DIY project >>

Easy Bathroom Updates You Can Do In A Day 

home renovation - bathroom after makeover ideas

Bathrooms are one of the most used spaces in our homes and should be functional and relaxing. But a full-blown bathroom renovation can be expensive. 

Here are small upgrades you can do to make a big impact.

  1. Update Your Cabinets: Replace your vanity or cabinets with a new piece that matches your aesthetic, or give your existing vanity a makeover with a fresh coat of paint.
  2. Give Your Mirror A Face Lift: Swap out your frameless mirror for one with a bold modern frame or add a DIY frame or backsplash to make your old mirror pop. 
  3. Clean Up Your Caulking: If any of your caulking is discoloured or peeling, remove and replace it around your tub, sink, and toilet. This will not only make everything look newer and cleaner, but it also helps prevent leaks and water damage. 

9 easy bathroom makeover ideas >>

How To Design A Stunning Entrance Way 

front entrance design ideas

Sprucing up your home's entrance can be a quick and easy way to breathe new life into your space. Here are five simple design ideas to make your foyer more welcoming:

  1. Upgrade Your Hardware: Refresh the appearance of your entrance and add character by upgrading your hardware. Replace handles and locksets to give your house a new look both indoors and outdoors.
  2. Add Some Greenery: Plants are an excellent way to add life and texture to your space. 
  3. Don’t Forget The Floor: To help make your entrance the focal point of your home, create a walkway leading up to your front door. Inside, try something new and unexpected without overwhelming your home, such as a patterned floor or rug. 

More ways to improve your entranceway inside and out >>

11 Thinks You Need To Know Before Starting A Basement Renovation

Basement renovation

Discover the magic of transforming your basement into a cozy haven for your family. This exciting home improvement project holds endless possibilities, but before you roll up your sleeves, there are important things to keep in mind.

Understanding the unique challenges that come with basement renovations, such as moisture issues and proper insulation, is crucial. Building codes, permits, and legal requirements also add a layer of complexity that demands attention.

By addressing these and more, you can lay the foundation for a successful renovation journey, ensuring that your transformed basement becomes a cherished part of your home for years to come.

What you need to know before starting your basement reno >>

How To Maintain An Outstanding Year-Round Garden

garden maintenance

It can be a challenge to maintain a beautiful garden year-round in Barrie, especially when it's covered in snow for half of the year. Luckily, there are ways to keep your garden vibrant and lively even during the colder months:

  1. Plant for all seasons so that your garden will continue to be colorful and lively. 
  2. Plant each shrub, flower, and tree at the right time to guarantee a proper bloom the following season. 
  3. Consider bulb layering so that you always have new blooms sprouting up. 
  4. Use mulch to improve moisture retention, reduce weeds, protect roots, and insulate in cold weather. 
  5. Take advantage of container gardening to make sure there’s always foliage around your home. 
  6. Remember that garden maintenance doesn’t stop in the winter. 
  7. Take care of your tools. 

Find out more about maintaining a fantastic beautiful year-round garden >>

Year-Round Lawn Care Tips

Year round lawn care results in lush grass

A lush, well-maintained lawn serves as a testament to a homeowner's dedication and care, offering not only a sense of pride but also a tranquil oasis for relaxation, play, and social gatherings.

But cultivating a vibrant lawn that stands the test of time demands consistent attention and thoughtful strategies tailored to each season. As the vibrant blooms of spring give way to the scorching heat of summer, and the golden hues of autumn pave the way for the frosty winter days, your lawn requires specialized care at every turn.

Join us as we explore a comprehensive guide to seasonal lawn care, offering invaluable tips and insights to help you maintain a healthy, vibrant lawn regardless of the weather conditions.

Maintain a healthy lawn with these tips for every season of the year >>

Everything You Need To Know To Start Your Own Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds

Have you ever thought about starting a garden? Gardening has always been a beloved activity for people of all ages, but now, with raised garden beds, it's even more accessible and fun! Raised garden beds have become a go-to for both expert and novice gardeners because they provide a variety of benefits over traditional gardens.

With raised garden beds, you can enjoy improved soil quality, better drainage, and less weed growth. Plus, they're way more ergonomic and you can build them with tons of different materials like wood, cinder blocks, or galvanized steel to fit any space or gardening style.

Whether you're a seasoned green thumb or just starting out, this article has got you covered with all the essential information you need to start your own raised garden bed.

Here's everything you need to know about raised garden beds >>

How To Choose The Right Kind Of Bird Feeder (And Food)

How to choose the right bird feeder and food

There's something truly magical about observing a colorful array of birds in our own garden or backyard. The careful selection of a well-designed bird feeder serves as more than just a feeding station; it acts as a gateway to a delightful birdwatching experience that captivates enthusiasts of all ages.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll help you find the perfect match for your personal bird paradise. From understanding the diverse types of feeders available to deciphering the preferences of different bird species, we'll delve into the nuances that make your feeder a magnet for feathered friends.

We'll also explore the art of strategic placement and the many ways you can attract birds to new feeders.

Find out what bird feeder is perfect for you backyard >>

What You Need To Know About Building A Deck 

home renovation tips to help you build a deck

If you’re considering building a deck, there are several factors to consider before getting started. From determining if you need a permit and selecting the right materials to design for functionality and privacy and thinking about weight distribution, there are many things to keep in mind.

9 Important Things To Remember When You Build A Deck >>

7 Tips For Staining Your Deck (Or Fence)

Staining a deck or fence

Your wood deck and fence add a touch of natural beauty to your outdoor spaces. But they’re incredibly susceptible to wear and tear since they are constantly exposed to the elements.

The good news is, there’s an easy way to maintain their aesthetic appeal and prolong their lifespan – staining. 

Learn how to make your deck and fence stain last >>

Creative Deck Ideas To Enhance Your Outdoor Space 

home renovation DIY deck Ideas

Looking to transform your deck into an outdoor oasis for summer? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Add comfortable seating and outdoor cushions to create a cozy space to relax.
  • Install lighting to extend your deck's use into the evening hours.
  • Incorporate plants and greenery for a natural and inviting atmosphere.
  • Consider adding a pergola or umbrella for shade and protection from the sun.
  • Use outdoor rugs and decor to add personality and style to your deck.

Don't let a messy or neglected deck stress you out this summer. With a little creativity and effort, you can create the perfect outdoor space to enjoy all season long.

More ways to update your deck >>

How To BBQ (Almost) Anything On The Grill

how to grill different foods

Unleash your inner grill master with these tips, tricks, and precise cooking times.

“There are no rules for grilling … there are many ways to achieve grill greatness. So try out different recipes, use different spices, and try different grilling techniques.” — Rob Snoulten, District Sales Manager for Broil King (and a BBQ aficionado)

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, this guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to impress friends and family.

Get tips and tricks for grilling >>

How To Build An Outdoor Fire Pit

home renovation - backyard fire pit

If you enjoy outdoor entertaining, a fire pit is a must-have. They elevate your space, act as a focal point, and extend the seasonality of your backyard so that you can gather outside any time of year. 

But before you start building an outdoor fire feature, you need to learn some building basics. 

How to build the perfect fire pit for your home or cottage >>

Outdoor Games To Make At Home 

Outdoor games diy - cornhole

Outdoor games are another great addition to any outdoor entertainment space. While there are lots of pre-fab games available, many can be made at home with a few basic tools and supplies. 

5 easy-to-make outdoor games (with instructions on how to build and play them) >>

Whether you are updating a bedroom, giving your bathroom a quick refresh, or enhancing your outdoor space with a new deck or fireplace, the ideas and tips provided in this guide can help you get started.

Good luck with your home renovation journey!

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