Welcome to the Episode Guides! Check out your favorite episodes, complete with Source Guides, to help with your design and renovation planning.

Scott’s House Call: Louise & Alan

Louise and Alan have left condo living behind and are ready to enjoy their newfound outdoor space. Not having had any for quite some time, they’re keen to spruce up the exterior of their home – especially the front porch entrance. They want to add some personality, but aren’t sure the best way to go about it. So they’ve called in Scott McGillivray for some much needed advice.

Do you need to makeover your front entrance but don’t know where to start? Let Scott McGillivray teach you a few easy ways to boost your curb appeal in just one day.

Resources:

How to Create a Renovation Budget – Any home improvement project, no matter what the scope, has a cost associated with it. Before you get in over your head create a budget and determine what you can spend and where the money will come from.

Home Equity Calculator – When financing value-adding improvements to your home, one option is to use the power of your home equity to secure a lower interest rate and help finance your renovation. You can use a home equity calculator to help determine how much you have available.

Front Doors 101 – Replacing an old front door with a new, high-quality model is one of the best improvements you can make on a house. In fact, it’s the #1 source of remodelling return on investment. Make sure you know what to look for before you buy.

Curb Appeal Do’s and Don’ts – When it comes to adding value to your home, curb appeal is just as important as anything else. Aside from the front door, think about all the other easy things you can do to make your home’s exterior look its best.

 

Scott’s Last Word…

“Louise and Alan are doing exactly what they should when it comes to this home. The front entrance was looking a bit sad and it definitely didn’t reflect their style.  This house is full of memories for Alan, but now he and Louise are finding ways to to make it their own – while at the same time increasing its value. Thanks to the new door, some accessories from BouclairTaymor hardware, and the aluminum railing from Discount,  they’ve got the curb appeal taken care of and they can move on to the next phase.”

More to Explore...

How to Choose Hardwood Floors

The number one phrase in North American real estate listings is “hardwood floors throughout.” And for good reason. Hardwood floors are durable, look great, and offer a great return on investment. If you know... Read More »

Smart Playroom Storage Tips

If you’ve got kids you know how their stuff can get absolutely everywhere. If you have space, a dedicated playroom is a great way to separate their stuff from your stuff and... Read More »

Coffered Ceilings 101

One of the best ways to add character and drama to a room is with architectural mouldings. This can be done with traditional crown moulding, wainscoting, panelling and even columns and beams. But... Read More »