planning home renovation

5 steps guide on how to plan a renovation project

How to plan a renovation project

So, you’re getting ready to undertake your exciting home renovation project and are looking for ways to plan your remodel. Well, planning for all elements of a renovation project can really make a difference to make sure your house remodeling goes smoothly and efficiently. Whether you’re looking for a simple room addition or are getting ready for a total home renovation; you can blissfully march through the process from start to finish with a careful plan.

A renovation should never be a hassle when you’ve got a vision and a plan to work on. A well-thought-out strategy and thorough research help you prepare, endure, and thrive from a renovation project. It helps you to get involved and be informed by researching and exploring through the process. In such a way you’ll have alternate plans to switch to if a thing or more goes wrong on the way.

So, be aware of your options and plan accordingly to maximize every opportunity you have to make the home that works and is perfect for you.    

5 steps guide

So, are you ready to take the plunge of a renovation project? Let’s see how we can plan through for a renovation project with this step by step definite guide. You can also use this guide as a home renovation checklist in order to achieve your vision without a hassle.

1. Find Inspiration and Outline remodel

Before enthusiasm takes better of you, browse through magazines and the internet to find inspiration and narrow down the finished look you want for your home renovation. Amass information, blueprints, pictures you may find interesting to implement into your design and renovation project and ideas of projects. Because of the immense amount of choices finding inspiration and choosing the finished product can be a bit overwhelming. So, clearly outline your project scope and define the area of changes that need to make to your home. Make a to-do-list stating each item of change and prioritize them by assigning a number. You may need to cut down the works after you’ve defined a realistic budget in the next step.    

2. Identify your goals

Don’t ever jump in home renovation with a blank page. You should be crystal clear and specific about why you want to renovate. If your space is not enough to entertain guests or you want to remodel your kitchen to get more counter space; just figure out what goals you’re looking to achieve and then plan your budget accordingly. After you’ve planned for the works that need to be done, separate the workings you can do yourself. But make sure you have the right tool, equipment, and knowledge to avoid a renovation disaster.

3. Establish a realistic Budget

Are you afraid of bleeding money – like many other homeowners out there? Don’t worry! planning your budget at this stage in depth can avoid homeowner’s sweltering at the end. Because you’re going to spend your hard-earned money, you should avoid overspending by establishing a realistic budget. It’s estimated that almost half of home renovations go over budget. So, make a spending limit and sticking to it will help you plan approximately how much you are willing to spend. Before the project gets underway, make sure to pin down decisions and select materials and finishes beforehand.  

Hire a reputable and professional Contractor

Don’t have handyman skills? Don’t worry you can always hire a helping hand. Well, this decision is foremost important. Hiring a reputable and professional contractor brings in a lot of pros and in contrast, a shoddy contractor can ruin all opportunities. Make sure you hire a professional contractor who understands your visions and respects your budgeting. One more thing, don’t always go for the least-bidder because your home doesn’t deserve cheap works.

Know your alternatives

The only way to deal with the mess of renovation is to know your alternative. Depending on whether you’re tearing your home down to the studs or you’re just trying to remove a wall or two, you must be prepared for due diligence and what you’re willing to tolerate. Make sure to consider your new routine: as it may be difficult to understand, house remodeling may take some time. It is better to plan your day to day activities thoroughly.

The Bottom Line

Home remodeling can at times get complicated, confusing, and frustrating. The only way to survive through the process is through careful planning. With a little prior preparation, you can start your home remodel on the right foot and ensure you’re ready for the project ahead. So, get inspired, decide what you’re going to accomplish, outline your needs, and handover the plan to let him engineer your dream house.

before and after kitchen renovation and design

Clients First Entire Home Renovation

Kitchen Renovation Before/After

The original cabinets and appliances were in worse shape so we decided to start over completely. We installed LED Recessed Lights, Home Depot Supply Solutions cabinets and White Quartz countertops also from Home Depot Supply. The stainless Hardware was from Lowes and includes a Samsung Dishwasher, Samsung Range/Oven, Samsung Microwave and LG Refrigerator. The Large Single Basin Sink and faucet was from American Standard.

kitchen before after
Before and After Kitchen Renovation

Bedroom Renovation Before/After

master bedroom before after
Before and After Bedroom Renovation

Living Room Renovation Before/After

The before picture was shot the day we got access, the carpets were old and HAD TO GO.
We installed LED Recessed lights, scraped the popcorn ceiling, added fresh paint throughout, walls were painted with Valspar Silver Dust Eggshell, the ceiling was painted Valspar ultra white flat, the Trims/Doors were also painted Valspar Ultra White semi-gloss. The old dirty carpet was replaced with Laminate floors: Eternity Floors Frontier Collection, Smoked Almond. Slapped some baseboards from Home Depot. The stairs were changed to Cedar floating stairs
We also added all new Hardware/AC vents/Outlets/switches to the new living room.
We matched the stair stain to the floor laminate.

living room before/after
Before and After – Living room Renovation

In the next image, we can see the newly painted fireplace and a new gas log, Lowes Cedar Ridge Hearth 24in was added.

fireplace before/after
Before and After – Fireplace Renovation

bedroom before after
Before and After – Bedroom Renovation

Great whole house renovation, owners were very happy with this project. Let us know what kind of projects you have in mind.


Bokor Renovation Accepting Bitcoin Payments

Montreal company Bokor Renovation has done one transaction with Bitcoin in the “thousands of dollars” and owner Drazen Bokor is eager for more Bitcoin customers.

“The set up was easy,” said Bokor. “I don’t pay any fees. This is a very fast way to get the money.”

MONTREAL – Will that be cash, credit card or Bitcoin?

A small number of Canadian businesses now accept Bitcoin, the digital currency that made its debut five years ago, and has been gaining momentum ever since.

Among the retailers is Quebec bed-and-breakfast operator David Mancini, who expects the payment method will have a practical appeal for foreign tourists visiting his community of Baie-Saint-Paul.

“You do not have to transfer U.S. dollars to Canadian, or pesos, etc.,” said Mancini, 30, who runs the Gite TerreCiel.

Bitcoin transactions are seen as more convenient than other forms of payments as they are sent directly and instantly from one person to another, avoiding processing and other fees usually charged by banks or third parties. Travellers can avoid avoid carrying cash, or paying fees on travellers cheques or for currency exchanges, said Mancini.

Mancini has already convinced a handful of other community businesses _ the local coffee shop, hair salon, gift shop, acupuncture clinic and Tai chi martial arts school _ to accept Bitcoin, too.

“So if there’s a tourist who comes here, they can spend their whole trip in Bitcoin,” Mancini said.

The half-dozen merchants in Baie Saint-Paul are among 143 Canadian businesses accepting the digital currency, according to the Canadian Bitcoin Business Directory.

To use Bitcoins, users must first set up a so-called digital wallet, which gets managed through an app. The transactions involve buyer and seller scanning each others’ smartphones to transfer the Bitcoins.

Vancouver saw its first Bitcoin automatic teller machine go live in a downtown Vancouver coffee shop last fall, followed by Toronto and Ottawa. Consumers can exchange Canadian cash for the digital currency at the current exchange rate.

But there remain concerns for the business community, according to researcher David Descoteaux, who recently prepared a report on the currency for the Montreal Economic Institute.

Descoteaux points out is is almost impossible to have any legal recourse in cases of fraud as, once confirmed, transactions are irreversible.

The volatility of the value of Bitcoins, which is not regulated by any central bank, is also an issue. It jumped 50 per cent on Nov. 18 after regulators signalled that digital currencies could be acceptable but plunged 30 per cent on Dec. 5 after China’s central bank banned Bitcoins as currency, according to the online exchange Mt.Gox.

Fans of the currency say that because there’s a finite supply of 21 million Bitcoins, the currency will continue to appreciate.

But, for businesses, the value of transactions could fluctuate greatly before the Bitcoin transactions are transferred into a hard currency, such as Canadian dollars.

Bitcoin was recently listed at $885 on VirtEx, Canada’s virtual exchange to buy and sell Bitcoin.

Descoteaux said businesses are also wary of the tax implications of using Bitcoin, as any sales would have to be declared as income.

The Canada Revenue Agency has said using digital currency must be included in the seller’s income for tax purposes and the amount included would be the value of the good or service in Canadian dollars. It also notes that digital currency can also be bought or sold like a commodity and any resulting gains or losses could be taxable income or capital.

As Bitcoin becomes more popular banks and governments are likely to step in and regulate it, Descoteaux said, and there will be more fees as it becomes mainstream.

Montreal company Bokor Renovation has done one transaction with Bitcoin in the “thousands of dollars” and owner Drazen Bokor is eager for more Bitcoin customers.

“The set up was easy,” said Bokor. “I don’t pay any fees. This is a very fast way to get the money.”

Major Canadian online retailer has started to accept Bitcoin as payment for the sale of contact lenses and glasses.

CEO and founder Roger Hardy said his company does business in 20 currencies and Bitcoin is now one more.

While it’s still a niche form of payment, it’s got “global buzz,” Hardy said from Vancouver.

The Bitcoin Alliance of Canada makes pitches to businesses and entrepreneurs about the digital currency. Executive director Anthony Di Iorio doesn’t see any downside for Bitcoin right now.

“The price will just continue to go up as more and more merchants start accepting it,” Di Iorio said from Toronto.