Design

8 Ideas for Your Basement Remodel

The basement was once the area of the home that was neglected and used to store old items while collecting dust. But after being stuck at home for so long during this past year, homeowners are taking stock of their unused and underappreciated space more than ever. From a dedicated home office space to a playroom for the kids to the ultimate sports and entertainment lounge, you can get creative with your basement and transform it into something you’ll love, appreciate and actually use. Here are our top ideas for your basement remodel

 

An Extra Bedroom

Whether you have a teen who needs their own space or if you have in-laws who like to come and stay with you, the basement could provide extra space for another bedroom. Being tucked away in the basement offers more privacy and comfort. Consider adding built-in shelving if you’re limited on the room you can play with and also opt for carpet to create some additional warmth in the basement.

A Home Gym

If you love to workout and have been missing those trips to the gym, create a home gym right in your basement. With lots of room to spare, you can fit all of the essential pieces of equipment that you desire. To make it more authentic, add full-length mirrors to the wall and make sure to choose a type of flooring that will hold up well against the machines and weights.  

A Wet Bar

Upgrade your basement with a wet bar so you can be the hub of entertainment when the time comes! Unlike a standard bar, a wet bar includes a sink. If you don’t have the means to include this due to plumbing complications, keep it simple without the sink. If you prefer to maintain an open concept, have the bar installed right up against the wall. This way, you can fit in a table or two if you’d like to have more seating options. Include a beer tap and fridge to make it official! 

A Playroom for the Kids

You don’t have to reserve the basement for the adults. Make it the designated kiddie zone instead. A playroom in the basement will give your kids space to have fun and run around without having to worry as much about causing too much commotion upstairs. It’ll also give you more peace and quiet when you’re trying to get work done upstairs. 

Sports Games and Entertainment 

Create your ultimate sports and entertainment area. Add comfy chairs, a large TV screen, and surround sound so you can watch your favourite team on the big screen in your own home. If your basement has the room, consider adding a pool table, foosball table or a classic pinball machine so you can have the best of both worlds with a sports and games room.  

Wine Collection

Are you a wine connoisseur? Why not show off your collection or expand it with a section carved out in your basement just for your wine. With customized shelving, you can decorate a portion of your wall or all of them. This will give your basement that enchanting wine cellar look and feel so you can enjoy sipping on your favourite bottle whenever you please.

Home Office

With more people working from home these days, the basement is becoming the staple home office hub. With a few additions like carpeting, a fresh coat of paint and a modern office set up, it can be the perfect spot at home to focus and get down to business without too many distractions.

Hobby & Crafts Room

Getting creative often requires some personal space so you can get into the creative zone and hone in on your craft. Whether it’s painting, photography, or some other form of hobby, use your basement as your studio so you can focus and get those creative juices flowing in peace.

When you’re ready to transform your basement into something practical and beautiful, contact our team at the Renosgroup. We’ve been helping homeowners throughout Ottawa remodel and renovate their homes for years. No matter what you are looking for, we can offer our expert advice and recommendations. We will help you refine your goals and vision for the project and map out the scope while working within your budget. With our experience and dedication to quality work, you can rest assured that any project we take on will be done professionally and properly from start to finish. Reach out to us today, or give us a call at (613) 727-9427 to learn more about our services, or to discuss your ideas.  

6 Design Trends to Get Behind

Over the past year, our homes have become our safe haven and sanctuary. And with so much time spent in it, many of us have started to reassess and consider new ways to make it more enjoyable, beautiful and fulfilling for our everyday needs. If you’re looking for ideas on how to create a space that’s more conducive for work, play and relaxation, we’ve gathered some of the top design trends to get behind in 2021. Check them out below.

The Ultimate At-Home Office Nook

Gone are the days when the at-home work culture was reserved for a marginal group. Today, having a practical and organized office nook at home is essential. With so much going on throughout the course of this pandemic, many of us have been forced to reshuffle our lives almost instantly, which lead to makeshift office setups sprawled across kitchen tables or random corners of a room where a desk could fit. But now as we come to accept our more indefinite reality, it’s time to consider some unique ways to create a more comfortable and productive workspace at home. Even if you’re limited on space, there are many smart solutions that exist today, such as floating desks and shelves, that can transform any chaotic and messy setup into an organized and professional one. Renovating the basement or even the garage into an office space are becoming increasingly popular options as well.

Cottage At Home

After being cooped up for more than a year amid the chaos of life lately, we’re all craving more comfort from the outdoors. As a result, cottagecore designs are booming, and they’re likely here to stay. This initially started off as a minor, minimalistic trend but has since blossomed into one of the most sought-after styles today. It combines dainty vintage décor with splashes of pastels and floral prints and elegant touches that add just enough modern flare. If you’ve been thinking of ways to brighten up your space and tap into those happier days spent by the lake, consider the rustic and chic charm of the cottage-core aesthetic. Even if you’re nowhere near cottage country, you can bring a splash of that blissful nostalgia into your home with a fun remodelling project.

Spa-like Bathroom Upgrade

One area of the home that’s been under the spotlight for design upgrades this past year is the bathroom. Instead of having it as merely a functional room, more homeowners are taking the time to transform it into a purposeful space that can also serve as a luxurious spa-like getaway. This includes modernizing it with heated floors, a glass enclosed shower, soaker tub, floating vanities and more. If you’ve been missing those pampering sessions at the spa, create your own peaceful retreat at home with luxe and sophisticated features like rain showerheads, wood accents, and playful patterns.

Basement Upgrades

With nowhere to go and nothing to do, homeowners are also investing and upgrading areas of the home that were typically neglected in the past. This includes the basement. Whether it’s a home office, a den for the kids to play, a home gym, a yoga and meditation space or a games room and bar, the basement renovation trend in Ottawa has never been hotter. With the whole family stuck at home together, making use of every square inch just makes sense!

Home Additions

With the housing market on fire and the pandemic still at large, many people who were initially considering a move are deciding to stay put instead of taking on the chaotic and expensive process. As a result, home additions projects are surging this year. A home addition is by no means a minor project or investment to take on. However, the long-term benefits can far outweigh the upfront costs and effort, especially if you love your current home and location and don’t want to move. Some of the most common home additions in Ottawa that we’ve seen over the past year include sunrooms and garage conversions, adding on a second story, and creating bump-outs that expand on an existing room, like the kitchen.

Modern Kitchen with Touchless Features

Remodelling the kitchen is always a hot topic and a priority when it comes to upgrading the home. This year, kitchen renovations in Ottawa are predominantly focused on simplistic, minimalistic designs that maximize storage, efficiency and functionality to help make life a little easier. Modern, practical features like a walk-in pantry with plenty of organized storage space is a dominant focal point. Smart tech upgrades and touchless faucets are also favourite features this year as hand washing and hygiene remain top of mind for many of us. 

Renosgroup.ca has you covered for all of your home renovation in Ottawa. If you’re planning a project and want to implement any of these design trends, get in touch with us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 to discuss your ideas and we’ll help put your plans into action.  

7 Design Trends in Outdoor Furniture

The sunny summer days are here, but we all know they don’t last long. That’s why Canadians are always eager to soak up as much of the pleasant weather as possible by taking full advantage of the backyard. Whether it’s family barbeques, pool parties or just lounging in the sun, we’ve rounded up the top design trends in outdoor furniture 2019 so you can fully embrace the sunshine as you please.

Wicker Sofas

Rustic style, wooden sofas are a popular staple for patio season this year. Wicker, teak or even faux teak have that sultry beachy look that just screams summertime lounging. This style is perfect for an extended sunroom or just stretching out on the porch with friends and family since these chunky sofas can accommodate more people. Add on your favourite cushions and throw for a splash of colour.

Retro Mish Mash

You read that right! Retro styles are always a popular design trend, and now, you can mix and combine different pieces and materials to create a colourful and funky outdoor space. Think 80s and 90s style furniture with unique shapes, bold colours like orange and blue, and big fluffy pillows to tie it all together.

Lights, Lights & More Lights

Any cozy, comfy, and inviting outdoor setting is often created by the strategic use of lighting. No matter what furniture you decide to include in your outdoor space, to devise an intimate and enjoyable atmosphere, the lighting you choose really counts. Whether it’s string lights, garden lights, lanterns or even candles, consider how you can incorporate more light into your space to design the perfect outdoor nook that you can enjoy well into those warm summer nights.

Simple & Lightweight

Minimalism has been sweeping throughout the interior design world this year, and it shows no signs of slowing down. But beyond the interior of the home, this decluttered lifestyle is naturally being infused throughout the exterior as well. Simple, lightweight patio pieces are increasingly popular as a result, with small basic tables, chairs and cushions to set the stage. This is especially useful for those with limited space since you can conveniently move everything around and store furniture away whenever you need to.

Hammocks & Hanging Chairs

If you have neighbouring trees that permit or an alfresco dining area, you can embrace this boho-style trend in outdoor furniture this year. You can find an array of sumptuous hanging wicker chairs, outdoor fabrics, and cozy hammocks that are durable, hardy and perfect for lounging in the sunshine with your favourite beverage, book – or both.

Multi-Functional, Modular Furniture

With the desire to easily accommodate guests, friends and family, more homeowners are flocking to modular style furniture that can be used for multiple purposes. Couches can be moved apart and rearranged if needed, coffee tables can provide stools for extra seating, and bench seating can offer extra storage to tuck away the cushions. This versatile style is one of the hottest growing trends this year for both exterior and interior living.

Geometric Shapes & Patterns

Though retro and rustic are still among the favourites, the ultra-modern style is always a popular hit, combining a variety of geometric shapes and patterns. Vibrant colours, over-sized asymmetrical shapes and chic, contemporary pieces create unique, eye-catching statement pieces that are definite show-stoppers for 2019.
Could your home use some TLC before your first summer barbeque? Trust the experts to make it happen at the RenosGroup.ca. We’re your kitchen and bathroom renovation specialists, serving the Ottawa area for years. Get in touch, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 today to learn how we can get your home reno projects done and dusted so you can relax and enjoy the summer.

10 Interior Design Trends Making a Comeback in the Near Future

With the new year well underway, we’re here to start looking ahead at some of the timeless styles of decorating that we can’t get enough of. Just like you see in the fashion world, interior trends can often re-emerge to blend tastefully with more modern techniques. Check out the latest and hottest interior design trends that are making a comeback this year below!

Velvet Furnishings

Even though this unique material was once viewed as a faux paw from the 70s, it’s finally making a comeback with rich colours ranging from deep blue tones to dark forest green. This old fashioned fabric has transformed into a creative and luxurious material that can be used in many versatile ways. That’s why it tops the list as one of the major interior design trends making a comeback this year.

Floral

Floral patterns have definitely been a hot trend in recent years, primarily when it comes to fashion. However, we’re starting to see the trend shift into the interior decorating realm as well with more designers opting for floral features walls and accents.

Brass

Brass was all the rage in the late 80s and throughout the early 90s. But over time, brass was also a material that we quickly outgrew, viewing it as a slightly tacky and old-fashioned look. Today, however, we can welcome it back with open arms, alongside other metallic favourites, like polished nickel and copper. Metals are an integral part of many designs today, and with a modern twist, brass is helping to add a warm, sleek, and vintage alternative.

70s Style

The warm, funky, and unusual pairings of materials throughout the 70s is what we can expect to see more of this year. This includes abstract patterns to bolder colours, shag carpets, and more. The chic and retro boho 70s style adds that wild, funky flair and warmth that so many of us love.

Vintage Trough Sinks

Also known as bucket sinks, trough sinks were a staple throughout farmhouses many years ago. As the love of vintage only increases year after year, these sinks are making a substantial revival with their farm-inspired designs. These timeless pieces paired with polished gold faucets can add a perfect touch of nostalgia to any bathroom or kitchen.

Natural Materials

Incorporating elements from the natural world into the home isn’t something new. Using refurbished and reclaimed wood has been gaining fierce momentum for designers and homeowners over the past few years and is predicted to continue. By mixing items like wood, stone, concrete, and greenery together, it helps to strike a balance between nature and our high-tech digital world today. It’s no wonder this trend is only growing more popular every year. Finding balance and reprieve at home is what interior design is all about.

Bold Colours

Back in the day, we weren’t afraid to go bold with our colour palettes. But then, neutrals swept in and really muted our use of unique pallets. Today, thankfully, it’s all about embracing the colours once again while keeping the home fresh, modern, and stylish. Rich feature walls or bathrooms and bedrooms with colours that pop are ideal for pairing with muted furnishings to liven up your space. Look out for burnt yellows, deep greens, and hot reds.

Black and White

Love the look of black and white? Whether it’s the vintage subway tiles for the bathroom or your choice of couch and pillows, the black and white look is also a favourable trend that’s picking up speed this year. The contrast of these together make it an excellent way to add more depth and visual interest to a room, especially if you’re not a fan of too much colour.

Geometric Patterns

In lieu of the popular 70s boho chic revival, bold and dramatic geometric patterns are nudging their way back into our interior design hearts. Also commonly used as a feature wall accent, the dramatic twist and bold accents can enhance your bathroom, bedroom, or living room in a classic and elegant way.

Matte Finishes

With so many things sporting the matte look these days, it was only a matter of time before it took on as a trend for interior décor. And the improvements to the matte style has made it an even more attractive alternative to the dramatic, high-gloss sheen we usually see on various furnishings and surfaces.

Now that you know about some of the hottest interior design trends that are making a comeback this year, think about how can you best use them throughout your home. When you’re ready to take on your next project, give us a call at the RenosGroup. Our expert teams can assist with the design stage all the way to installation. Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 to learn more about the services we offer.

Winter-Inspired Decor Changes for Your Home

As soon as the temperatures drop and the snow falls, it’s time to make your home cozy with classic winter styles. Think big fur blankets, colourful bows, decorative wreaths, and vibrant plants. There are plenty of winter-inspired decor changes for your home that you can do to brighten up your living space. Here are just a few of our favourites to try.

Porch Decorations

The first thing people see when they come to your home or drive by is your porch, so why not give it a festive touch this winter? You can use planters and fill them with evergreens and pinecones, colourful decorations, and ribbons to give a holiday feel, or you can add beautiful garland around your doorway with pinecones and berries to make your porch really festive.

Festive Potted Plants

One look that we love includes using large potted plants filled with tall Birch branches, bright red bows, and white and silver twigs to fill in all those empty corners throughout your living room and kitchen. You could even make some smaller planters packed with berries and cones to fill up any empty counter space or to be perched on a window sill in order to add more depth and colour to a room.

Candle Lanterns

Beautiful lanterns can add warmth, light, and some coziness to your home. If you prefer making these yourself, try adding some cranberry, pinecones, and faux snowflakes for a more winter-inspired look. You can also use these along your front door and stairs to brighten up the exterior of your home.

Colourful Wreaths

A must-have winter decoration is the door wreath. You can easily pick one up at your local department store, but where’s the fun in that? They are so easy to make, and it’s also a fun way for the family to spend some quality time together. Get creative with the classic Christmas style filled with fresh bows, flowers and pine, or experimental with unique materials and decorations like cork and gingerbread.

Decorative Winter Lighting

Not just for Christmas time, roof lights can be used all winter long to add a touch of light and warmth to your home. Our favourite hues include white and blue lights because they glimmer nicely off the snow. If you want to illuminate a certain area or garden decoration, try adding LED spotlights directed at the area or place twinkle lights in and around it to make it stand out at night.

Branches and Berries

Winter is not winter without the branches and berry décor. If you want to add a classic winter look this season, buy or create a centrepiece made from red dogwood branches and berries for your dining room table. You can also add them around the home to create more atmosphere and a cheery festive feel.

Wall Decals

You should also head over to your local department store and pick up a few winter-inspired wall decals. Decals are a great way to add some real winter scenes to your home. Some come with inspirational quotes and others with designs like snowflakes or lifelike winter landscapes. Best of all, they are removable so they can be interchanged as many times as you wish.

Throw Pillows

Having a few winter-themed throw pillows can make a real difference to your home. By adding winter-themed ones around the home, you can give any dull room a festive look. Wherever you need a little warmth just add one with green, red, or yellow accents. If you want a more relaxed look, there are a number of winter-themed pillows you could purchase in browns, greys, and faux fur.

Soft Warm Blankets

Keep warm, cozy, and in style this winter with soft decorating fabrics like fur and wool. These can be used to snuggle up by the fireplace or can be placed over the side of the couch as a decorative accent that adds more comfort to your home.

Seasonal Plants

There are plenty of vibrant plants that you can use to fill your home with colour. If you want to make a room pop just add a few potted poinsettias to any room that needs an accent or splash of colour. Smaller ones filled with orchids or irises are also a great addition to any bedside, coffee, or dining room tables come winter. The scents will fill the rooms and bring some life to your home during the winter time.

Small winter-inspired changes to your decor can make a big difference to the look of your home. By adding some warm tones and creating a cozy atmosphere, you can really spruce up your home this winter.  Too learn more about winter-inspired decor changes for your home don’t hesitate to contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 today

10 Home Renovations that Increase Your Home’s Value Overnight

Looking for a way to improve the curb appeal of your home and increase its value? Whether you plan on listing your home this year or just adding some value as you go along, here are ten home renovations that can increase your home’s value overnight.

Kitchen Remodels

A kitchen transformation can greatly increase the value of your home. Adding in new kitchen countertops, more functional space, a beautifully-tiled island, overhead racks, and modern cabinets can improve the overall design of your home. Considering the kitchen is where people spend most of the time, it’s one area of your home that is worth investing in.

Bathroom Upgrades

Does your bathroom still have 1990’s style tile and fixtures? If so, then it’s time for an overhaul. By simply changing the vanity, replacing the tiles, and updating the toilet and shower design, you can give your bathroom a fresh new look. In fact, the return on investment in a bathroom reno is decent, and even the simplest upgrades can provide more value.

New Flooring

The flooring in your home is one element you can’t ignore. It’s also the one thing that people notice as soon as they enter your home. So if your current flooring is outdated, scratched, or stained, then you can bet it’s going to impact the value of your home. New flooring can give you some real bang for your buck. With all the new materials out there today, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to transform the entire look of your home. Faux wood and stone laminate look just like the real thing but at half the cost, which means you get a nice ROI when you go this route.

Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

By switching to energy efficient window and door designs, you can increase your home’s value overnight. Plus, you’ll get enhanced comfort, lower energy bills, and heightened security with the newer models on the market today. Home buyers prefer purchasing a home that already has energy-saving fixtures installed because they can reap the instant benefits without having to spend money upgrading them. Replacing your windows and doors is a sure way to attract more buyers and quickly improve the aesthetics of your home.

Finishing the Basement

As soon as you add more space to your home, you get a boost in value. One place that is easy to renovate is the basement. There are plenty of things you can do with a finished basement use it as a fitness room, dance studio, kids playroom, office, or even another living space that you could rent out.

New Deck

An old, cracked, and faded deck is not only an eyesore, but it can also reduce the value of your home. You might think it doesn’t weigh heavily on your property’s worth because it’s hidden in the back, but a buyer who loves entertaining will consider this an important aspect of the home. By replacing an old deck with a new one, you can transform your entire backyard.

Landscaping

Although landscaping is a personal preference, a well-landscaped home will be worth more than a home with an unkempt and unsightly yard. If your home exterior has been neglected, now’s the time to add some simple features that won’t break the bank. We’re not talking about adding a gazebo, but rather a basic garden space with some flowers, some stone interlock, and a nice seating area on the patio can make a big impact without costing you an arm and a leg.

Energy Efficient Fixtures

The older your appliances and fixtures are, the more money they will end up costing you in the long run. Installing new energy efficient appliances in your kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom can also improve the look of your home and attract more buyers. The main ones that make the most difference are the dishwasher, laundry machines, and a fridge and freezer. When purchasing, look for the ENERGY STAR® logo as these are guaranteed to reduce your bills and save you money.

New Insulation

Insulation isn’t usually on the top of most people’s renovation lists. However, it has one of the greatest returns on investment. Poor insulation in your walls and attic will allow your home to lose heat and force your HVAC system to work harder than it should. Thanks to the low cost of installation, you can get a return of over 100% when you install newer insulation throughout your home.

Siding Replacement

Dingy, cracked, or faded siding can turn your beautiful home into an ugly one. Considering the exterior is the first and last thing people see, it’s worth the money to improve it every few years. With all the latest advancements on the market today, you can get the style and colour you’ve been dreaming of for a fraction of the price it would have cost you a decade ago.

Our team at RenosGroup are experts at home renovations that can increase your home’s value overnight. When you’re looking to give your home a facelift, we can help provide the advice you need to get the most value for your reno.  Don’t hesitate to contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

Woman Cave, Anyone? Here are Our Thoughts

Imagine having a place all your own where you can unwind, kick back, and enjoy some time all to yourself. Well, why not turn that dream into your reality by creating a woman cave? That’s right! As one of the busiest members of the household, it’s time for the man caves to move over because it’s our turn to claim the garage, spare room, basement, or whatever area of the home is ready for the taking. After all, why should men have all the fun? Create your perfect little nook at home with some of our top tips for transforming your space into the ultimate woman cave.

Choose the Right Space

If you’re lucky enough to have a few different options for where to manifest your own little nook of the home, take some time to consider which area will be best suited to your needs. If the garage is a possibility, it can be a great amount of space to utilize, but it may also require a little more work to make it cozy, warm, and inviting. If there’s a spare room as a potential, think about whether you’ll have the quiet space you need away from the kids or if the basement might give you more of the reprieve and creative space you’re looking for. Don’t rush this process as it’s always better to take some extra time now rather than regretting your decision down the road. Remember, you want to create a space that you’ll actually use and enjoy, so choose carefully.

Think About Its Purpose

The best part about creating a woman cave is the fact that you can design the space for whatever you need. When considering where to place your designated space, think about how you want to use it too. Do you envision hosting wine and cheese parties for girl’s night, or having a relaxing reading nook with a plush lounge chair? Maybe you prefer the idea of a colourful room full of arts and crafts where you can get messy and be creative. Or if you’re going for gold with your design, you could install a bar and comfy seating in your basement with all the fixings set for hosting your weekly poker night. Many of these different concepts don’t require much space at all. But whatever you prefer, don’t be afraid to let loose with your concept and create something all for yourself.

Choose a Theme

Does your style of preference reflect more of a cottage, rustic look or something more chic and modern instead? Do you imagine having a bright, airy, and beachy theme where you can escape to during those dull, wintery, Sunday afternoons for a pick me up? Choosing a theme is equally important if you want your space to look cohesive and well laid out once it’s complete. This will also make it much easier to know what design you’re aiming for once you have an idea of what type of look you’re aiming for. Starting any project without this nailed down can make it drag on much longer and even cost more than you had budgeted for. Whether it’s a dark and sultry wine room, a cozy reading parlour, or a bright and colourful room decked out in your favourite seaside palettes, think of your hobbies and how you enjoy spending your spare time to help you pinpoint the kind of theme that’ll express your personal tastes.

Think Outside of the Box

If you have the urge to go a little crazy with your space, go for it! If you want a wall full of wine, add it in there! The whole point of a woman cave is to be a little selfish and make it into whatever you want it to be. So never think of it as a waste of money and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. As a busy woman in this day and age, you deserve to have a space that’s all yours.

Hire the Right Team

Once you’ve gotten out the graph paper and started to really plan out your space, you, of course, need the right team of contractors to help make your new space just as you envisioned it. At RenosGroup.ca our family-owned and operated business has been serving the Ottawa area for more than 25 years! And we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional quality workmanship and customers service to each and every client.

Stop dreaming and start planning today! Contact us or give us a call at (613)727-9427 — we’ll be more than happy to assist with any questions and help you create the ultimate woman cave in your home.

Turn Your Heated Garage Into the Man Cave of Your Dreams

If you lack a space to call your own, don’t fret! You can easily create the space you need by turning your heated garage into the man cave of your dreams. All you have to do is think outside of the box a little to imagine what it could look like beyond the piles of boxes and other junk that are currently in the way of your potential dream vision. Transforming the garage into a comfortable and usable room is becoming more popular than ever, whether it’s for hosting the big game with friends or just having the ultimate area to lounge in comfort. Here are our top ideas for creating the perfect man cave in your garage!

Clean It Out

Before you get started, the first step on the list is clearing out all of that junk that’s been accumulating in there for years. You need a blank canvas to begin creating the man cave of your dreams, so spend some time beforehand sorting through your items, de-junking and donating what you don’t need, and giving it a good, thorough cleaning.

Add Lighting

Since the garage tends to be a dark space without windows and much natural light, you need to brighten it up and make it more cozy with sufficient lighting. Having one dangling light bulb isn’t going to cut it during poker night. Even if you place a few tall lamps throughout the space, you’ll be surprised how much it can improve the look of it.

Make Sure It’s Cozy Enough

With the garage door and lack of insulation, drafts can become a problem when you’re trying to lounge in comfort, even for heated garages. So don’t forget to consider adding some extra insulation so you’re not sweating in there during the summer or freezing during the winter. This is especially important since you’ll be spending a lot more time in there! This should include the walls, floors, and garage door.

Get Painting!

Since garages aren’t exactly a welcoming space, adding on a fresh coat of paint is always necessary to hide all of those dirt and scuff marks from bikes tires and tools and everything in between. Whatever your colour of choice is, adding a few fresh coats is always well worth it.

Enhance Security

When you’re going all in on your garage transformation, you better be prepared to heighten your security once you install your big flat screen in there. Since valuable items like this will be added, ensure that you’re using a good quality, specialized garage door lock. That way, once your neighbours and friends learn about your new project, you can feel confident that your man cave will be safe and secure.

Add Furniture

What’s a man cave without some comfy furniture to relax on? Whether it’s a big leather couch, snazzy bar stools for the bar, a sectional, or a few big leather recliners, make sure to include enough seating for all of your friends. That way, you can all kick back and relax while enjoying your man space in utter comfort.

Don’t Forget About the Bar and Fridge!

Of course, every man cave needs some extra fixings to make it both comfortable and convenient. So don’t forget to install a bar and fridge in your space. That way, you can keep the fridge and bar stocked so you won’t have to travel far when it’s time for a cold one.

Add Some Special Personal Touches

Don’t forget to add in some special, personalized items, like your old trophies or memorabilia to truly make it a space to call your own. If you have some classic jerseys that you’re proud of or have favourite movies or hobbies that you enjoy, don’t be afraid to include those specials items throughout your space to really make it your own. After all, it’s a space where you can let loose and get creative!

Give Us a Call!

When you’re ready to turn your heated garage into the man cave of your dreams, you can leave all the hard work up to us! At the Renos Group, we are a family-owned and operated business that’s been serving the Ottawa area for more than 25 years.

Our team of experts can take on just about any home project you need, including interior and exterior projects. Contact us or give us a call at (613)727-9427 today to learn more about our services or to get a quote!

Functionality vs. Appearance — How to Strike the Perfect Renovation Balance

Whether you’re getting investment advice or purchasing a new car, there are always important questions you need to ask in order to strike the right balance between functionality and appearance. Questions about your lifestyle, family growth plans, work habits, and more can help you determine the best decision for your needs and style. This is especially important to do when you’re planning to remodel and renovate your home. Learn how to strike the perfect renovation balance with these helpful tips below.

The Kitchen

Functionality

Since the kitchen is such a fundamental part of the home, the functionality of this space is essential. This is the most used room in the home where all of the cooking, holiday baking, family get-togethers, and everything in between happens. That’s why it’s important to take the time to think about the best way to utilize the space you have, and how you can enhance it. When remodelling, consider questions about the amount of counter space you need, the ideal location of the sink, the cupboard space, and the general layout and whether it flows.

Appearance

Although it’s important to have a kitchen that you can move around and cook with ease in, it’s also the focal point of the home that everyone notices. So you want it to be aesthetically pleasing to look at, too. Adding new flooring, cabinetry, and swapping out old appliances for energy efficient ones, are well worth considering. We also recommend updating countertops to material like quartz or granite since they dramatically improve and modernize a kitchen while boosting the value of your home.

The Bathroom

Functionality

We all know that the bathroom is used for a few specific purposes. Therefore, the functionality is pretty straightforward. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t improve the overall space. If your bathroom is smaller in size, there are some great ways to free up more space, like with a floating vanity or shelves.

Appearance

With a few minor remodelling touches, you can transform your dated bathroom into your own personal spa-like retreat. You can combine different elements, like a modern vanity with a raised bowl sink, eye-catching faucets, sleek glass tiling, or a rain-style showerhead. Simple upgrades can spruce up your bathroom dramatically.

The Bedroom

Functionality

The master suite is where you can let loose and create a space for you and your partner to enjoy. Think about what you really need to make those weekday mornings flow easier — maybe it’s a walk-in closet or a more minimalistic design that lets you find what you need without a hassle. Alternatively, maybe you’ve been dreaming of having a personal reading nook in the bedroom where you can catch up on your latest book during those chilly winter evenings. When you’re considering function for the master suite, make sure you’re clear about your needs and wants before getting started.

Appearance

Whether you prefer retro and vintage or modern and chic, there are endless options when it comes to designing the appearance of your bedroom. Whatever you choose, just make sure it flows with the overall design of your home.

The Basement

Functionality

If your basement has been collecting dust over the years, now’s the time to turn it into a functional space that you and your family can use and enjoy. The functionality will depend on the purpose of your basement remodel. If you’re installing a games room, kids room, family room or a woman’s cave, plan it out carefully and think of how it will also serve your family best as an extra room in your home.

Appearance

The basement is one of the best areas of the home to renovate because it’s removed far enough from the main level to give homeowners the freedom to really get creative. Whether you decide to install a personal gym, a den for the kids, or an entertainment room with a bar, think about the amount of storage and space that you’ll need to make it work, and how you can turn it into a cohesive design that’s warm and inviting.

Living Room

Functionality

The living room is also frequently used, but the functionality of it will depend on your lifestyle and family needs. If you have children or if you’re planning to, you may want to consider a comfortable layout that can free up more floor space while also providing extra storage for toys. Also, having any delicate furniture or décor pieces might be best left out of the design. If you’re a single bachelor or a couple who loves to entertain, think about factors like how your living room can best accommodate more seating space when it’s your turn to host board game night.

Appearance

The living room is usually where you get to lay out in comfort, watch movies, or host a good Friday night get-together with friends. So having comfortable and functional furniture is essential. Consider items that can double up as extra seating options while keeping with your design theme.

The reality is, both functionality and appearance are essential when you’re remodelling your home. Spending a little extra time thinking through your remodel and determining your needs and wants can help you strike the perfect renovation balance between both. To learn more about how to strike the perfect renovation balance, contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427. Our team has been helping homeowners for over 25 years, and we can help with any of your dream designs, too!

8 Ideas for Your Future Dream Basement

Do cold concrete floors, old Christmas decorations, and boxes with items for storage come to mind whenever you think of your basement? Although it can be challenging to see past the bare bones and clutter down there, you’d be surprised at how easily you can transform that space into your new favourite room in the house. With a few renovations, you can create your own personal haven or an area for the kids. Get inspired to take charge of your underutilized space with these ideas for your future dream basement.

The Entertainment Den

If you’ve been secretly dreaming about having a personal entertainment lounge in the comfort of your own home, the basement is the perfect spot to make that dream come true. Since it is below the main level, you won’t have to worry as much about noise. And, with so much blank space to play with, you can really let your imagination run wild and design it exactly how you like. Add a giant flat screen, surround sound, lazy boy chairs, and whatever you need for ultimate comfort. You can even install a beer fridge so you can sit back and relax while you watch the game. The options are endless for creating your personal entertainment den at home.

The Games Room & Bar

Speaking of beer fridge, you can go the extra mile and create a games room and bar alongside your entertainment den. There’s no better way to celebrate the Superbowl or kick back after the busy work week than by inviting friends over for some fun. Imagine having a retro-style pinball machine, a billiards table, poker table, dart board, and a cool bar that’s designed just as you like it. Whether your style is modern, vintage, or something in between, you can get as creative as you like!

The Yogi Sanctuary

If you’re a yogi and have been struggling to stretch out or find the peace and quiet that you need to enjoy your practice, this room can become your perfect sanctuary. With plush carpeting, earthy tones, and plenty of room, you can throw down your mat and set up your space as you wish. A few candles and soothing music can finish it off to create the perfect calm and inviting atmosphere to help deepen your meditation and practise.

Multi-Purpose Space

Who says your basement should serve one purpose? Creating a multi-functional space can offer several benefits. If you have plenty of room to utilize, you can consider redesigning it to include a home gym, alongside an entertainment area, or just an extra living room where you and the family can lounge out and enjoy the space together.

An Extra Bedroom

If you have kids, an extra bedroom tucked away in the basement can be ideal for your eldest child once they’re eager for more space from their younger siblings. This can keep them out of your hair while giving them more independence before they officially ‘fly from the nest.’ It can also come in handy whenever there’s a visitor or two visiting from out of town.

Woman Cave

In this day and age, women deserve to have their own personal space to relax and recuperate from the world. Whether it’s a reading room with a cozy setting, your own games room, or just a calm and comfortable oasis where you can listen to your music and chill out in, make it your own and think of how you can create the best space to serve your needs.

Family Room

When you’re entertaining guests, do you dream of having an extra family room where your kids can escape and entertain themselves for a few hours? Creating another family room is ideal. You can let the kids go downstairs and watch movies or keep busy while you enjoy the company of your guests. It’s a win-win scenario!

Playroom for the Kids

Alternatively, if your children are young and you’ve been feeling cooped up together without enough room for them to run around, you don’t have to consider moving. Although it may be difficult to envision your basement looking like something beyond a storage room, there are endless possibilities that can serve the purpose you need it to. A few minor renovations, like fresh, bright colour paint, carpeting, and kid-friendly furnishing and toys can be all you need to spruce it up and turn it into the perfect den and playroom for your children.

When you’re struggling to see beyond the concrete and boxes in your basement, remember these ideas for your future dream basement and how it can serve you and your family’s needs best. And when you’re ready to get started, contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427. Our wide network and handy team of professionals can take care of all of your home renovation needs.

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