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What Could Go Wrong in a Home Renovation?

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Top Home Renovation Mistakes

(And Tips to Avoid Them)

There are so many things to keep in mind when renovating your home. You have to juggle budgets, materials, labour, time and more. It’s no wonder that it can be easy to fall into tricky, costly and time-consuming mistakes. As a custom home carpentry company on Red Deer, we have seen a lot of these mistakes made by DIYers and less experienced contractors. We’ve compiled a list of the top mistakes we see, how we at Homestead avoid them in our renovation projects and how you can too. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep your home renovation on-time, on budget and safe.

The Top 3 Home Renovation Mistakes

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1. Setting an unrealistic budget & timeline

This is one is by far the most common renovation mistake we see homeowners make. Home renovations invariably cost more than expected and often unforeseen circumstances lead to a longer build time than you predicted.

How You Can Avoid this Mistake

We recommend padding your budget and timeline from the start. About a 20% buffer for unexpected costs and 2 weeks to account for any issues that may delay the work slightly should give you enough wiggle room.

Homestead’s Solution

From the very beginning, we are up-front about all foreseeable costs involved and will present you with a detailed and easily understandable budget for your project. This helps prevent unexpected future frustrations and cost overruns. Further, to avoid cost overruns, we set aside a reserve budget to handle unplanned contingencies alongside the budget. Proper planning and accurate projections are important from the beginning to schedule scope and scheduled baselines.

2. Choosing the cheapest contractor and materials

When you decide to bring in professional help, one of the first things you should do is collect estimates from a handful of reputable contractors. It can be tempting to try to save money and go with the lowest quote you receive. However, you truly do get what you pay for. By selecting your cheapest option, you may be cutting corners or missing out on some important services that are worth the extra expense.

How You Can Avoid this Mistake

From the beginning, make sure your contractor understands what you want. Ask lots of questions about materials, layout and the construction process. Don’t select based on price alone but on references and the feeling that you could work well with them.

Homestead’s Solution

Homestead Custom Carpentry is a member of the Canadian Home Builder’s Association and RenoMark and subscribes to the highest standards of professionalism in the renovation industry. In fact, The Canadian Home Builders Association of Central Alberta (CHBA-CA) presented Homestead with the Home Builder of the Year in 2012 and The Safety Leadership Award for Renovations. We are proud of our reputation for quality workmanship and for the high-quality materials we use. Alongside the manufacturer’s warranty on the products we offer, we back our work with a guarantee against all product and installation defects for our own work and that of our sub-trades. We seek to avoid the necessity of call-backs wherever possible.

3. Underestimating the safety risks

Neglecting your own safety will not only impede your project, but it can also cause you serious physical harm. We see this a lot with DIY projects. Home renovations can be expensive  – it’s no surprise that many think that going DIY is the solution. However, it’s only the right choice if you have the proper skills and experience. If you’re going mainly on guesswork, you could end up causing major problems to the structure of your home and to your own safety.

How You Can Avoid this Mistake

Before deciding to make your home renovation a DIY project ask yourself: Have I done any large-scale home maintenance projects before? Do I have the specialized knowledge required to tackle tasks like electrical work and plumbing? If you answered no to any of those questions, you should probably bring in the professionals. If you feel confident in your DIY abilities – always wear protective clothing such as work boots, safety goggles, hearing protection and gloves when working.

Homestead’s Solution

Homestead follows a strict adherence to Red Deer home builder safety guidelines. We are fully insured, to protect our employees, sub-trades, and your home and family. Our employees attend safety certification courses and are committed to maintaining a safe and organized job-site.

A well-thought-out home renovation should give you the aesthetic and space you’re after. We hope this list of mistakes to avoid will help you achieve a safe and successful renovation – before you start swinging hammers and tearing out drywall.

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How to Spruce Up Your Living Room

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Your living room is one of the areas in your home that your family spends the most time in. For a lot of us, it’s where we host friends, have our morning coffee or play games and watch movies on family nights. If your current living room isn’t designed for how your use – maybe it’s time to consider a living room remodel.

As it is such an important room in your home – this can seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry! At Homestead, we’ve seen a lot of living room remodels in Red Deer. With everything we’ve seen we’ve compiled a few tips to help you spruce up your living room and design a space perfect for your whole family.

Before You Begin Your Living Room Remodel

First things first, to ensure the final product is just how you want it, take these three things into account before you begin your living room remodel.

Research and plan

One key step in a successful renovation is doing the research so you know what you want and what you need to do to get it. This is especially important if your remodel includes structural changes to the room. Look online, get inspiration and make a plan!

Consider your lifestyle

As you create your living room remodel plan, consider your lifestyle. Do you enjoy hosting large parties? Would you rather have a small intimate group over? Or, is your living room mainly just for relaxing as a family? Also, consider the stage of life you’re in and the one to come. What you need from the room may change in a few years. If you can plan with your future needs in mind – you can save yourself future expenses!

Consult a professional

Once you have an idea of what you want and a rough plan, talk to a professional. Talking to a custom finisher or renovation company like Homestead about your Red Deer living room remodel can help you gather lots of important information. You will get a clearer idea of a timeline, what you need to budget and what you will need to hire a professional for.

Once You Start – Living Room Remodel Ideas

Once you know what you want and how to get there – here are some ideas to ensure you get the most of our your space.


Create more space with an open floor plan. If there is an adjoining room you don’t need or don’t use often – remove an interior non-load-bearing wall and take over the area!

New  Windows

Living rooms are where the action happens with your family and guests. Brighten and liven it up by replacing your old windows with new ones to let more light into the room.

Can’t expand? Create the illusion of more space.

  • Paint the ceiling white to make it seem higher.
  • Place a large area rug with 10 to 20 inches of bare floor space between the edges of the rug and walls. If the rug is any smaller it will make the room feel less big than it is.
  • Mount shelves high up on your walls to pull the eye upward.
  • Add a statement piece! A large statement piece like a chandelier captures the eye and makes a room feel larger.

A living room is often one of the most used areas in the house because of all of is uses. It’s where we entertain guests, relax, play games and socialize. Some living rooms are also used for watching television, eating and homework. We hope our tips and tricks have offered you some insight as to how to spruce up your own living room and make it perfectly suited for whatever you need.

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