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Home Improvements: Renos that boost your R.O.I.

Renos that boost your R.O.I.

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Renos that boost your R.O.I.

Illustration by Rachel Joanis

So, you’ve decided to sell your home. That means you’ve also likely tossed around the idea of a home renovation to yield the best possible profit. Here are four home renovations that yield the highest payoff.


It’s the beating heart of the home. This is the most-significant and most-expensive room to renovate, but it also gives you the highest return on your investment. There are a few reasons for this. Kitchens are a pain to renovate, from the inconvenience of functioning without a kitchen for weeks (or months) and the effort required to coordinate or complete the work. That means buyers are often willing to pay a premium for a home with a brand-new kitchen. Always choose quality over quantity – a cheap or poorly done renovation can decrease your home’s value.


Much like the kitchen, bathrooms are difficult to renovate, and many homebuyers will pay extra for the convenience of having it done for them. Spa-inspired bathrooms are a common upgrade in older homes when the bath was considered a utilitarian room versus a feature space. A bigger, brighter bathroom with custom elements, such as vanity and countertops, unique tile work, fabulous lighting and extras like a steam shower, make-up area or a meditation zone can bring in the bucks on resale.

Income suite

An income suite is a biggie – especially in pricey urban housing markets such as Toronto and Vancouver. Young homebuyers often look to tenants to help them pay off their hefty mortgage, and multi-generational households can reside together with greater cost-efficiency and privacy. Look at secondary suites for rent in the area to get a feel for what those units look like, and how much they rent for. This will be a great selling point for your home.

In the current sellers’ market, a fairly-priced home shouldn’t stay on the market for too long. Every homeowner is looking to get the biggest bang for their buck, and the quickest possible sale – which translates to even more money in your pocket. Work with your realtor to determine what renovations make sense in the current marketplace, and for some tried-and-true advice on how to get everything done.


Here are some more tips to help sellers keep their eyes on the prize:

  1. Renovate for your target buyer, not for yourself. Your realtor can advise you on the types of renovations that will resonate with buyers in your area, and of the kind of home you’re selling.
  2. Work with an experienced contractor who’s familiar with the type of work you’re planning. Check out their portfolio, ask for references and contact them.
  3. Before any work begins, ensure your contract stipulates precisely what work is being done, what materials and products are being used, the budget and the timeline for completion.
  4. Do it by the book. Don’t try to save on costs by skipping the permits or taking shortcuts in the work. This will only end up hurting your bottom line, not helping.

Heather Hadden, Principal at Hadden Homes, notable top real-estate professional in GTA is focused on providing comprehensive full-service real-estate support for all new and existing homeowners.

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The Home Show: Home Improvement

Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

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Reno & Decor presents Design Intervention at The Home Show – Home Improvement 2020

The Home Show: Home Improvement edition takes place at the International Centre this Feb. 14 to 17. Don’t forget to visit the Reno & Decor booth 263 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Our Design Intervention booth will be the backdrop for design and decor experts offering free 15-minute consultations to our guests. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floorplans to ensure you optimize this opportunity of expert design advice.

This year’s booth will be designed and built by the team from Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home. Here is a little something about our booth partner:

“Renovating your home is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming too. With Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home you can skip the stress, delegate the work and enjoy the fun aspects of updating your home. More than just a flooring company. Remodel Canada is a one-stop shop for all your home renovation and decorating needs. From sourcing quality products to managing your renovation, count on Remodel Canada Carpet One Floor & Home for a smooth, satisfaction-guaranteed remodel experience.”



While at our booth, make sure you sign up for your chance to win an amazing new faucet from Blanco, valued at $785!


Experts appearing at the Design Intervention booth include:

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 – 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Friday, Feb. 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Tile trends for 2020

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Tile trends for 2020

As a homeowner, there’s arguably no greater thrill than planning out and seeing through to completion of a home renovation project. Whether you’re just looking to change things up, update your home’s style, or getting ready to put your home on the market, it’s important to know the current and up and coming trends that will impact the re-model. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the various styles and themes that you can expect to find at your local tile stores.

Tile styles

Here are a few of the emerging tile styles that are making waves for 2020:

  • Aesthetic: If you haven’t spent a great deal of time looking into the different styles of tile available, you may be surprised to learn that there’s plenty to choose from that represent a far cry from the traditional tile. While a stone-fused aesthetic remains a strong choice for the foreseeable future, other textures resembling wood, concrete, marble, metal, and fabric are also worthy considerations. Several different techniques are used to create these different aesthetics, but inkjet technology, in particular, has been an invaluable tool in creating these hyper-realistic textures. Wire brushing is another popular technique used to artificially create naturally occurring textures found in wood and stone.
  • Colours: In terms of colour options, the hot ticket right now appears to be those taking a more subtle approach. Watch for different greys, lights, whites, blondes, and high variations to take center stage. One great thing about choosing something on this end of the colour spectrum is that it allows accent colours and decor to truly pop in your space.
  • Layout and patterns:  Wholesale tile distributors are stocking up on many different patterns of tile. Subway tiles and checkered tile options continue to be a popular choice for many homeowners, but tiles that display elaborate geometric shapes, mixed width, and chevrons are quickly increasing in popularity as they add considerable visual interest to surfaces that previously held none.
  • Shapes and sizes:  While larger, wider tiles (measure 24 by 48 in. in some cases) are leading the charge into 2020, comparatively smaller styles like hexagon are also a chic, trendy option.

Tile themes

Here are the emerging tile themes to keep an eye on for the next year:

  • Avant-garde:  A modernist’s dream, the resurgence of the avant-garde theme uses geometric composition, intersecting shapes, and colours to create a bold, abstract look.
  • Neon pastels:  Bright but not overpowering, neon pastels are a great way to create a soft, unique look in any room in your home. At the vanguard of this theme, you’ll find that Living Coral and Neo Mint colours to be making the greatest impact. Neon pastels offer a warm reprieve from the less enthusiastic neutral themes and blend modern technology with the natural world.
  • New deco:  Art Deco saw it’s prominence fade midway through the 20th century. New Deco borrows the indulgent style of its roots, combining traditional rounded shapes and curved lines with angular patterns to create a more subdued, if not ever-present opulence.
  • Ink black:  The application of the Ink Black theme won’t play as well universally in your home as some of the other styles, but this theme has been increasingly popular for bathroom renovation projects. Popularized in luxury spas and boutique hotels, the receding effect that black has on the human eye opens up the room rather than diminishing it.
  • Artisanal luxe:  As a way to favour the uniqueness of handmade elements for the home rather than the mass-produced alternatives, this artisanal theme aims to bring the imperfections and character synonymous with one of a kind products. The focus of this theme is all about emphasizing individuality rather than the monotony of the other themes.
  • Homestead:  With relaxation and warmth at its core, this rustic theme is gaining popularity in homes far removed from the ranching lifestyle. Employing the colours and tones native to the great plains of the North American continent, the Homestead theme is inspired by nature and all of its accompanying organic forms. Inspect to come across rich pastel tones and deeply saturated shades.

Though it may feel like a lot to take in, knowing where to look for answers is the best place to start. To learn about some of the other styles and themes of tiles available today, or to learn more about those explored above, check out Sarana Tile today.


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How to Keep Your Home Protected During a Home Improvement Project

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How to Keep Your Home Protected During a Home Improvement Project

If you’re looking to make some changes around your property, ensuring your home stays well protected is crucial. During a home improvement project, debris and dust can spread, so taking precautionary measures from the get-go can help to reduce any mess left around your property. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your home protected during a home improvement project.

Clear the Area

Before any work can begin on your property, it’s important to clear the area first. Things such as furniture, decorations, or clothing can easily get damaged, so ensuring you have a room that’s spacious and empty is key. What’s more, the last thing you want is to cause any damage to your belongings, so taking precautionary measures before you get to set to work can help to reduce any dust or debris from spreading.

Cover Your Belongings

If you have any furniture that cannot be moved out, you will need to ensure that they are covered and protected during a home improvement project. No matter the size of the work being carried out, it can be hard to control debris, dust and paint, so you may want to visit websites like Trimaco who offers a wide selection of protection products for floors and other areas, helping to keep your home and belongings safe during home renovation.

Keep the Area Separate

If you live in a busy household, let others in your property know what area of the home is being worked on. Sealing the area off will not only let those in your home know not to enter the room, but it can reduce the risk of any injuries from occurring. If you have hired a contractor to carry out work, they can give you more advice on what you can do to make sure this area is strictly out of bounds, such as affixing plastic sheeting to your doors.

Throughout a home improvement project, it’s important that contractors can get to where they need to work without any problems. To prevent mud spilling into your property, laying down a path made from materials like carpet scraps can be a good place to start. Once work has finished, make sure to go outside with the scraps and shake them to ensure any debris or mud is removed.

Keep on Top of Things

Whether you’re making a few subtle changes or a large renovation project, dust and debris can cause havoc in your home from the beginning, therefore, it’s crucial that you keep on top of things by doing regular cleaning. Ensuring that your home is not only safe for you, but also your contractors, is important. If you have excess dust, knowing how to minimize this mess can be a huge help.

Whether you plan to go down the DIY route for your home improvement work, or hire outside help, keeping your property protected throughout is a must. Whether it be covering your furniture, sealing the area off, or regular cleaning, there are various things that you can do to ensure the task is completed accordingly to plan (and without too much mess!).


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A Rising Trend in Home Renovation: The Home Elevator

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A Rising Trend in Home Renovation: The Home Elevator

With more and more Canadians opting for a home improve over a home move, homeowners are starting to integrate home elevators into renovation projects to create multi-functional, inter-generational homes that can last a lifetime.

Whatever your real estate goals may be, modern home elevators have come a long way in terms of design and technology in recent years and this is reflected in the demand.

Some of the most advanced elevators are slimline, fast and slot into the tiniest of spaces, giving your overall design choices room to breathe.

Home Elevators Explained

If you’re planning to renovate or build your own home, chances are you’ll want your new house to meet your needs both now and in the future. Here are some of the key features that you can expect to enjoy when you factor a modern home elevator into your renovation plans.

Small Footprint

These days you can purchase a home elevator that comfortably carries two passengers and yet has the most compact footprint, protecting valuable floorspace. The small footprint also means there are almost limitless spaces where your lift can be installed, which has minimal impact on your design plans.


If you opt for an elevator with a self-contained electric motor so you can completely avoid noisy hydraulics or vacuum systems. Some even plug straight into a normal 13-amp power socket with no external power packs required.

Fast Installation

Personal home lifts, which arrive in modular sections, are particularly flexible because they pass under doorways and ceilings easily, which dramatically reduces installation time. In some cases, your home elevator can be fitted in just one day.

Power Consumption

Home elevators that plug straight into the wall only draw a maximum of three amps on ascent, making them low on power consumption and very economical.

Unique Guide System

If you want minimal building work, home elevators are available to purchase with self-supporting systems. The Stiltz Home Elevator, for example slots straight into its own parallel and vertical guides, which bear the entire load. There is no need for a lift pit, shaft or separate machine room. There is also no need for load bearing walls.


Personal elevators are no longer clunky and noisy and some are designed with style in mind right from the drawing board. With slender, ergonomically designed cabins, owners can choose from different colours and add their own bespoke touches to blend seamlessly with their own choices of interior design.

Whether you are renovating your home to add value, future proof or accommodate changing needs, a home elevator is a practical and attractive home modification that immediately creates an accessible living space for everyone.


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