Smart planning early on in your home renovation is critical to ensuring it goes off with the least amount of headaches. Whether it's a small DIY project or a full renovation, you should always start with a clear plan.
Consider these 5 key steps during the planning stage:
1) Identify your goals:
2) Put together an effective team;
3) Do your homework;
4) Develop a realistic schedule; and
5) Prepare a contingency budget.

From my years of experience, here are some tips and tools to get your project off on the right foot, and keep your renovation running smoothly.

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Don’t underestimate the power of a wall choice.

It’s natural to spend a lot of focus on the design and decor of your space, but it’s worth mentioning that it’s just as important to plan for those ‘behind the scenes’ items like walls, electrical, insulation, bracing – all of these are important considerations!

With a large 60″ TV planned to go on the wall in the family room, strong drywall was necessary. We used CertainTeed’s Habito® drywall because it’s very dense, and recommended where there is high traffic, or where heavy objects are going to be hung on the wall. Check out CertainTeed’s drywall calculator tool to help with your shopping needs.

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“I always recommend adding an extra 20-25% contingency to a reno budget, because we all know that the nature of renovating means that unexpected problems and issues are to be expected.”

The Toolbox

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