In any renovation what goes behind the walls is just as important as what's in front of them. In fact, it's even more important.
Because if you don't get it right the first time you could be setting yourself up for some pretty expensive fixes down the road. During the build proces, keep a calm head and always keep longevity in mind. Here you'll find tips, tricks, and my personal advice about how to create the right foundation for a successful and (relatively) stress free renovation.
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Are you speaking the same ‘reno’ language as your contractor?

Punch list.  Scope of work.  Single Pole.  Duplex.

If these terms sound like a different language, check out these handy tools in our Resources section to help understand your Electrical and Floor plans.  Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor about anything you don’t understand.  In an unfinished space, use painters tape to lay out cabinetry and furniture to get a feel for flow and function, and think about where you need outlet positioned.  Making changes before the work starts will save you money and headaches!

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"Don’t underestimate how stressful renovations can be. Mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation."

Order fixtures and fittings before you start work on your bathroom or kitchen renovation, & make sure you know the delivery window. Some items can take weeks!

The Toolbox

All the essential tidbits and tips to help make your renovation project a success.