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Fun Ideas To Liven Up Your Basement

Are you neglecting your basement? Maybe it’s time for a reno to make it more inviting and comfortable to use. Basements are commonly forgotten about and deemed as a place for storage, but there’s so much potential in using all that extra space. Here are some fun ideas to liven up your basement so that you and the family will actually want to use it.

Movie Room

The basement can be a perfect spot to create your very own movie room. With limited natural light, it already has that darkened movie theatre ambience. Add a projector, surround sound, some comfy seating, maybe even a handy fridge to house snack and drinks nearby and you’re set!

Games Room

Whether it’s for the kids or you and your friends, having a games room is a great way to liven up your basement. Imagine having your very own pool table, pinball machine, poker table and more, right in your own home? Best of all, it’s tucked away off of the main level to contain any rowdy noise once the games are in full swing.

Family Room

If you’re short on space on the main level of your home, creating another family room or den for the kids can provide that much-needed extra space. You can get the kids out of your hair, or finally have enough room to lounge together as a family in a comfortable, cozy basement setting.

Woman Cave

Forget about the man cave. Today, it’s all about the woman cave! With your hectic, busy schedule, running around with the kids and everything in between, you deserve to reclaim that basement space and transform it into your own unique personal sanctuary.  Whether it’s a yoga and meditation room or a personal library where you can kick back and relax, make it your own!

Exercise Room

Gyms memberships can be costly, especially when you barely use them. But with your extra space in the basement, you can create your own personal gym right at home. You won’t have to trudge outside or use those excuses any longer! But you can finally stay in shape right from the convenience of your home.

There are endless fun ideas to liven up your basement! So get inspired and get creative to transform it into an area of the home that will be inviting and comfortable for you to use.

When you’re ready to tackle that reno, give renosgroup.ca a call. We can take care of it all for you!

All About our Mobility Renovations

You don’t have to leave your home because of your mobility issues. We can help remodel your home to make it safer and more accessible for you or a loved one. We specialize in mobility renovations and can help you with the design. Here’s more about our mobility renovations and how they can enhance the comfort and functionality in your own home.

More Space

Many homes are ill-equipped for those with mobility limitations. And most homes don’t have the open space that is required for fitting scooters or wheelchairs through doorways. At RenosGroup.ca, we can build wider doorways so that you can get more space to move your mobility equipment in and out of your home with ease.

Better Access

When you have a mobility limitation, it can be difficult to access cabinets, countertops, and tables like you used to. That’s why we offer custom built counters, table tops, and bathroom fixtures, as well as easy to grip handles for doors and drawers that puts everything back in arms reach.

Improved Safety

Routine tasks also become difficult when your mobility is restricted. Things that were once easy to navigate suddenly become complicated. The stairs become a hazard and taking a shower becomes a risk. Thankfully, we can help improve the safety of your home. With brighter lighting for improved visibility, reflective non-slip tape on stairs, and shower stall and bathroom seats, we can help you feel safe and secure in your home again.

Ease of Movement

A renovation can further improve how you get around and enhance your overall movement. Some of the most common renovations include adding handrails on both sides of steps, non-slip floor coverings, and installing handheld shower devices that can provide more independence at home.

Affordable Prices

You don’t have to let your mobility issues cause you to leave your home. We offer affordable pricing and professional, quality service. And you never pay for our consultation service. We will come and access your needs for free.

Industry Knowledge

We have the industry experience you need. We thoroughly understand mobility conditions and what mobility aiding products are best to suit your individual needs. Our team will meet directly with you at your home so we can clearly understand your current limitations and how we can help you overcome them.

At renosgroup.ca, we strive to make your home safer and more comfortable for you. We specialize in mobility renovations and enhancing accessibility so you can enjoy your home for many more years to come. Contact us today for more details!

Top Flooring Trends for 2018

It’s hard to imagine that flooring was once just basic material like sand and stone. Flash-forward to today, and there’s a wide array of modern materials, patterns, and textures to choose from. Over time, flooring has become more about aesthetics and less about function. Today, you can use flooring to transform a space to suit your design needs, enhance the value of your home, provide heat and comfort, and wow your guests.

If you’re curious what the top flooring trends for 2018 will be, let us show you some of the best styles that are expected hit the market.

Blanched Wood

A softer more white-washed look is definitely in this year. Blanched wood is just hardwood flooring that has undergone a bleaching process to get rid of the stained coating and bring out more ashy colours that maintain the natural wood grains. It’s an elegant look that can give your wood flooring a complete transition and help make your darker furniture pop while brightening your room.

Distressed Concrete

As homeowners look for new alternatives to the traditional wood and tile flooring, concrete has started to make headway.  Now seen more and more in industrial and contemporary style condos, homeowners are also starting to jump on the bandwagon and incorporate it into their homes to fashion a more modern and raw look.

Reclaimed Wood Tiles

You can now enjoy the popular look of old barn wood without having actually to step on a farm or worry about splinters. The look of salvaged barn wood has now been recreated into reclaimed wood tiles. This style is becoming increasingly popular because of its colour variations and unique patterns. So if you’re looking for a more rustic and original look compared to faux wood tiles, reclaimed wood tiles are a must.

Environmentally-Friendly Materials

Another top flooring trend of 2018 is using less toxic materials. More environmentally-conscious consumers are choosing finishes and materials that are safer for the environment. So instead of using oil-based polyurethane, people are switching to waterborne polyurethanes for their floors.

Wire Brushing

If you like the look of distressed wood but not the feel, wire brushed wood may be for you. By using a wire brush, the underlying wood becomes exposed, enhancing the grain of the wood. What you get is a lot of texture without the roughness of distressed wood.

Textured Laminate

With ever more improvements in graphic design, laminates are now coming in a wide variety of amazing textures and patterns. From geometric graphics, irregular patterns, to dots and lines, the laminate flooring of today is far from boring.

Recycled Carpet

If you prefer the look and feel of carpet, you may want to consider changing out your old carpet for a more environmentally-friendly version. Recycled carpets are all the rave, made from eco-friendly nylon that is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Surface Printing

Cork has been around for a while now but it has recently become the perfect material for digital printing. The options are endless, so whatever your design preference is, like stone, wood, or abstract patterns, you can have your favourite medium simulated onto your cork flooring.

There’s a lot to be excited about with these top flooring trends for 2018. So when you’re ready to make some design changes to your home, contact us at the Renosgroup.ca. We can help you change out your old flooring to a brand new beautiful style and at an affordable cost. Call us today to find out more.

The Most Common Reno Jobs

Ever wonder what the most common reno jobs are these days? It may surprise you to learn what the top requests are from homeowners.  To find out what renovation projects we do most for our customers, check out our top seven common renos list.

Bathroom Reno

Probably the most commonly requested reno job is a bathroom upgrade. And it’s not really surprising as many older homes are still sporting 80s styled pastels and tacky patterned tiling. With all the upgraded materials and spa-like fixtures available today, you can finally say goodbye to your green coloured tub and hello to a design that showcases your personal style at a price you can afford.

Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so its no wonder why it’s on the list of the most common reno jobs. Adding an island, beautiful countertops, stainless steel appliances, and more cabinet space can go a long way when it comes to style and functionality. But today’s trends focus more on space organization and innovative decorative elements than ever before. Think sleek black stainless steel that hides fingerprints, scratchproof Dekton in place of granite, and stylish adhesive backsplashes that can be changed out in a flash.

Window And Doors

Many homeowners are now focused on finding ways to add more energy efficiency to their homes in order to cut down on their energy costs. Taking on a reno project to incorporate brand new windows and doors is one of the best ways to improve efficiency as well as adding more aesthetics to your home.


Expanding the home and adding another floor or section, is another one of the most common reno jobs today. For families who are expanding, a new addition can save them the pain of finding a new home and moving. It’s also a great way to get a better price on your home when you’re ready to sell.

Finished Basements

A finished basement is another excellent way to add more space to your home. And the best part is that there are endless opportunities for how you can utilize the extra room. Common conversions include creating an income-producing rental unit, a space for a playroom, entertainment area, office, workshop, or even an extra bedroom for an aging parent or the returning college student.


That old plush carpet you have not only starts to look drab over time but can also contain a lot of dirt and mold deep within the fibres. It’s wise to get your carpet flooring replaced every five years or so. Beautiful looking flooring is also a great selling feature. Changing old tile or carpet to hardwood has also become a very popular request. Wood flooring comes in a variety of finishes and laminates, and also provides improved durability and improved aesthetics in any room.

Exterior Siding

Whether it’s time to replace old or damaged aluminum siding or to switch up the materials to a more modern style of stucco or cedar, exterior siding remains a prevalent reno project among homeowners.

And there you have some of the most common reno jobs that we tackle for homeowners today. When you’re ready to take your home to the next level with a transformative reno, we are your go-to renovation company in Ottawa. We handle a wide range of projects from the kitchen, bathroom, basement, exterior and additions. No matter what your vision, we can help you design your dream home. Call us today!

Types of Renos Which Do Always Increase Your Home’s Value

No two renos are equal when it comes to increasing your home’s value. And in our last article, we showed you how some of the most popular renos don’t really make the grade when it comes to adding more value to your home. So now it’s time to dive into the second part to tell you the types of renos, which will always increase your home’s value.

Here are the top five improvements that we believe make a real difference in the purchase price.


The kitchen is often the place a family will spend the most time in. It’s considered to be the heart of the home where people cook together, eat together, and congregate throughout the day. It’s also the room that has a variety of renovation opportunities that can greatly increase the value of your home. Improvements like adding more functional space, an island, energy efficient appliances, more counter space, and bigger cabinets, all can be done to transform your kitchen into a space that buyers will pay more for.


The bathroom is also a room that gets a fairly decent return on investment. And a simple reno can provide lots of added worth without requiring extensive costs. Updating your dated bathroom with some fresh paint, a new floor, a functional vanity and modern fixtures can go a long way.


A shiny modern floor can really catch a buyer’s attention. So if your current flooring is made up of cracked tiling or dingy carpeting, it might be time to replace it with new materials. A picky buyer who puts design and aesthetics near the top of their list will be willing to pay more for a home that has beautiful flooring. To get the most bang for your buck, try using trendy materials like wood tiles, stone, and cork that looks much more expensive than they are to purchase.

Finished Basement or Attic

Adding more space to your home is one of the best ways to improve your home’s value. By finishing your basement or renovating your attic into an extra living space, you can change your home from a 2 bedroom to a 3 bedroom and bring an even larger return on investment, especially if it can be used as a rental suite.

Windows And Doors

Improving your home’s curb appeal and adding energy efficient features can attract more buyers too. Replacing your windows and doors is one of the best ways to achieve both factors. Buyers like to know they will be saving on their energy bills right from the get-go and won’t have to replace any dated materials in the near future.
When you’re ready to make a new home transformation, we can help you design it and build it.

At Renosgroup.ca, we are your one-stop shop for complete home renovations. Call us today and let us tell you more about how you can improve your home value with a reno project this year.

Types of Renos Which Don’t Always Increase Your Home’s Value

If you’re thinking about renovating your home this year, you should first ask yourself why. If your answer is to increase the purchase price, then you should first understand that not every renovation will add value to your home. That’s why it is wise to talk to a professional first to make sure you’re making the right decision for your goals. But until then, here’s a little information to help you get a better idea of what renos you might want to avoid when focusing on increasing your home’s value.

Swimming Pools

Many potential buyers see a swimming pool as a danger to their children and also an expensive item to maintain. Inground swimming pools are also very expensive to put in and fill, which is a cost that you may never recoup when you go to sell your house.

High-End Remodels

Before you decide to do a pricey remodel to make your house the biggest and nicest on the block, you need to consider the average sale price in your neighbourhood first. For instance, if the largest house on your block sold for only $150,000, you probably won’t be getting much more than that when you sell, especially if the others homes in the area are much smaller. If the only reason you’re adding a large second story or new addition is to improve your sale value, you should maybe think again.

Expensive Carpeting

Beautiful carpeting can transform the look of your home, but it doesn’t always increase the value. Not everyone likes carpeting. Some people prefer natural hardwood or tiles. It is also a very personal design choice, and the colour and style you choose may not suit other people’s preferences. And considering that carpet is expensive to buy and install, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to recoup the cost by the time you go to sell your home.

Gardens And Landscaping

Another type of reno that doesn’t often increase your home’s value is landscaping. Not everyone will enjoy the same selection of plants and design choices that you do, and they may even end up seeing a garden as an actual drawback or burden to upkeep.

Bold Design Choices

Trying to be trendy isn’t always be easy to pull off. Bright wall colours, abstract patterns, and custom designs can turn off potential buyers that don’t share your tastes. Instead, keep wall colours and patterns as neutral as possible if you plan to sell your home in the near future.

Backyard Features

A brand new backyard deck may add to the aesthetics, but it might not be exactly what the buyer had in mind. So don’t go overboard with backyard features. If things need repairing, you should definitely spend the money to fix any cracks or deteriorated items, but don’t spend thousands of dollars on something that may not appeal to the next homeowner.

Don’t make the mistake of spending thousands of dollars on a renovation hoping it will add more value to your home without talking to an expert first. A bit of extra time researching and seeking the advice from the experts can end up saving you a lot of time, money and aggravation.

Your Fireplace is Your Best Friend During Winter

A fireplace without a doubt becomes one of your best friends during the chilly wintertime. With its cozy and romantic setting and reliable warmth, it’s no wonder why it’s among the favourite of home amenities.  If you’re on the fence about whether it’s a worthy investment for your home, here are just a few of the many benefits of having a fireplace in your home.

Cozy Warmth

There’s no denying how cozy a fireplace is. Fireplaces offer a warm, focal place to curl up beside with a book or loved one, or a cheerful place to gather around with your family or friends. It creates the type of cozy, inviting warmth that simply cannot be created by anything else.

Reliable Source Of Warmth When The Power Goes Out

Beyond the sultry, romantic setting that a gas fireplace offers, it’s also a very reliable and practical source of heat. When you’re hunkered down with a nasty winter storm outside and all of a sudden the electricity goes out, it could make for a very cold and uncomfortable environment until the power can be restored. But with a fireplace, you don’t have to worry. You can still keep warm and cozy with plenty of light to read a good book or find other ways to pass the time, comfortably until the power is back up and running.

Reduce Utility Costs With Efficient Zone Heating

Rather than having your heating warm every room in your home – including ones that are rarely or are never used at all – gas fireplaces offers a more efficient alternative. With zone heating, fireplaces provide heat for where you actually need it. By turning down the thermostat and allowing your fireplace to warm up the areas you need it, you can enjoy energy savings of up 40 percent. So you can keep your home warm while reducing your overall consumption and expenses.

Enhance Décor Element to Any Room

Fireplaces today are available in just about any style you can imagine, and can easily be installed in any room in your home. So whether it’s the bedroom, living room, basement or even bathroom, you can find the style you want and enhance the beauty of any area of your home.

Fireplaces give you the opportunity to reduce your consumption and become more efficient with zone heating. And beyond the benefits of your monthly heating costs, there’s simply no other appliance that can offer the kind of cozy and romantic setting that a fireplace can. So when you’re ready to crank up the coziness of your winter nights at home, call RenosGroup.ca.

Take Advantage of Your Attic – Renovate It

The attic is a reservoir of untapped space. Aside from using it to store away forgotten treasures and old junk, you can take advantage of it by creating a functional space that you and your family can actually use and enjoy. All you need is a little imagination. So if you’ve been eager for more space at home without the hassle of moving or placing a new addition onto your home, here are a few inspiring ideas that show how the attic can become the perfect space to use.

Take Advantage of Existing Space

If you’re looking to expand your space, it’s always best to look up before you start looking outside and elsewhere. Taking advantage of your attic means you can also avoid having to add on an additional roof and walls that would be necessary for a home addition. This makes it a much easier renovation project to conduct and can often be completed in much less time.

Take Advantage of Energy Savings

We all know that attics, for the most part, are very neglected. After all, they’re not exactly the most inviting space to use prior to being renovated. And even though most attics have insulation, the reality is that it’s often not enough to really keep your home airtight from energy leaks. But by renovating your attic space, insulation will need to be bulked up in order to make it comfortable for you or your family to use and enjoy it. With the increased insulation, that equates to fewer drafts and a more comfortable home, which can lower your monthly energy bills.

Take Advantage Of The Natural Light

The attic also usually offers an abundance of natural light, and by installing a sunroof or two, you can really maximize it and create a bright, fresh and inviting space.

Get Creative

You can really get creative with the attic space, especially with the unique design, thanks to the roof. You can create your own luxurious Zen room where you get to relax away from the kids and noisy television. Or, you can explore so many other options like a new bedroom for your eldest child, or even a play den for the kids to enjoy. The options are endless!

So if you’ve been looking to expand your current living space, the answer might be right above you. Take advantage of your attic by renovating it into whatever space you need. And when you’re ready to get started, contact the RenosGroup.ca. Our handymen experts have the knowledge and expertise to transform your attic into a warm and inviting room in your home.

Our Thoughts on the Exposed Brick Style

The exposed brick style is more popular than ever among interior designers – whether it’s for a home or commercial space. With the stunning texture, colour, charm and surprising warmth it adds to a space, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular. But before you jump into adding this to your interior design, there are a few important factors to consider before you begin the renovation process.

Here are a few of our thoughts on the exposed brick style and what you need to know before moving forward.

Prepping The Brick

It may seem like a fairly simple DIY project where you rip off the plaster concealing the brick, seal or paint it and it’s good to go. However, it’s not quite that simple. First, you have to prep the brick. You can do this by cleaning it thoroughly with some soap and water-avoid any using acidic solutions. Using the soapy water, be sure to wipe away any dirt and white residue that can often linger on the brick. If you notice any signs of mold, then apply a weed killer to eliminate it. Using vinegar or bleach is not recommended on the porous surface. Allow the brick wall to fully dry before moving forward.

Sealing Brick

When you expose the brick, what you’re usually left with is a porous surface with gaps and cracks in the mortar and other incomplete factors that can make it easy for moisture to enter. It’s important to prevent moisture from getting in since it can cause the brick to deteriorate over time. Sealing or painting from the interior won’t be enough. You’ll need to seal any of these discrepancies along the wall and use a good exterior insulation to seal the exterior and protect the brick.

Staining Vs. Painting

If you decide to add a colour to your exposed brick wall, our advice is to go with a stain. Since the brick is porous, it will allow the paint to cake on the surface, leaving noticeable bubbles and certain areas bare. Hiring a professional to apply stain to your wall is always an investment that’s worth it since they are experienced and know the correct method and products to apply to produce a stunning, long-lasting final product.

There’s no denying just how beautiful and inviting the exposed brick style is. But it’s important to understand that it can involve a number of important steps in order to have a final product that won’t lead to a damaged, crumbling wall in the near future. If you’re ready to give your wall a facelift, give the RenosGroup.ca a call instead of turning it into a DIY project that can easily end up costing you more money down the road to correct. Our team of professionals are experienced and can take care of the entire process for you. Contact us today to get started!

5 Signs You Need a Home Addition

Feeling a little cramped in your home? Looking for a way to increase your property value? If your current home isn’t providing you with the room you need, a home addition may be the best answer. There are a lot of reasons why people choose to renovate their current home. Often it’s because they run out of space when their family has grown, or they’d like supplemental income for their financial goals. Whatever the case may be, if you are experiencing any of these 5 signs, then you might need a home addition to solve your problems.

You’re Out Of Space

Often the home you buy as a couple doesn’t serve the same purpose when you have a family. When you’ve run out of space, a new home addition can help you get the room you need without having to move. Say goodbye to waiting for the bathroom, tripping over each other, and sharing closet space with your spouse. With a renovation, you can build an addition with an extra bathroom, a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, a spacious and functional kitchen, and much more.

You’d Like Rental Income

Need to supplement your income? Adding a separate apartment to your home for a potential renter can be just what you need. With a long-term tenant, you can get stable monthly cash flow to use towards other things, like a much-needed vacation, home upgrades, or to put towards your children’s college education.

Your Eldest Has Moved Back

Speaking of college, more and more graduates are moving back in with mom and dad after school. When they return they often come with more stuff than when they left, making it difficult to fit them back into your already cramped space. The easiest way to move them in and give you both the space you need for your sanity is a home addition. And when they eventually move out there’s no loss – a temporary on-suite can be later used for an aging parent or tenant, making it worth the investment.

You’re Looking For More Resale Value

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, a home addition can provide a lot more value to your home. Every home improvement and reno that you make adds to the price tag. And when it comes to the rate of return on money spent, adding a bathroom, family room, or expanding a kitchen can ensure a high rate of return on your investment.

You’d Like To Work From Home

Whether you’re starting a new business or planning to work more from home, you need an area to conduct business without distraction. The kitchen counter often won’t do the trick when your kids are around. What you need is your own personal office, a space you can be productive and efficient. A home addition for an office space can get you all the space you need to work from home.

If any of these points resonate with you, then a home addition is the perfect answer. Call us at Renosgroup.ca – our professional team is ready to help.