Expert Tips

How to Avoid Mold & Mildew in Your Home

Once your bathroom renovation is complete and your home looks stunning, you want to keep it looking in mint condition for as long as possible. These care and maintenance tips will extend the longevity of your bathroom renovation and help you avoid mold and mildew growth:


What are Mold & Mildew?

Mold and mildew are collections of small organisms (called
spores) which thrive in wet and moist environments – like your bathroom

If you don’t clean your bathroom properly, mold spores start to grow and are eventually released into the air. 

You then inhale these spores into your lungs, which can be problematic for people with compromised immune systems or breathing conditions like asthma. Common health effects include difficulty breathing, coughing, sore throat, and headaches.

Mold causes the most problems during the summertime – as it thrives in humidity. Yet, if the conditions are right, mold can wreak havoc in the winter as well.

Mold and mildew will contaminate your indoor air quality. If you’ve been having trouble breathing inside – mold may be the culprit. Beyond coughing and wheezing, extreme cases can cause neurological issues and even death. That’s why every homeowner needs to take mold seriously.

It’s crucial to know how mold forms and where it can pop up. That will help you prevent mold from forming in the first place, which is always the best solution. Once mold shows up, it can be challenging to get rid of entirely.


What’s the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

While mold and mildew are both forms of fungi – there are subtle differences. For one, mold is a prevalent component in household dust.

Mildew, on the other hand, tends to grow on flat surfaces. It appears on organic materials, such as paper, leather, wood, walls, and ceilings.

The two also differ in appearance and odor.

Mold tends to be black, blue, red, or green. It also has a notoriously slimy texture and can at times contain fuzz.

Mildew starts off as white – distinguishing it from mold. In its later stages, it starts to turn shades of yellow and brown. Instead of slime or fuzz, it’s very powdery in texture.

Both require organic material in order to form. It’s what serves as a food source for fungal growth. That’s why mold and mildew always form on materials such as wood, leather, paper, and textiles.

You can tell the two apart by their smell. Mildew’s odor is pretty mild and smells musty. It’s often compared to damp laundry that hasn’t dried.

Mold’s odor is a lot more pungent and powerful. That’s because as the mold continues to grow, it forms microbial volatile organic compounds or MVOCs.

The final distinction is mildew forms on surfaces while mold burrows underneath. So if you see fungal growth on the surface of your cabinets, that’s a dead giveaway that it’s mildew.

Mold always forms beneath the surface – inside walls and in crevices and holes. That makes mold harder to locate – which can lead to it growing out of control.  


The Conditions Where Mold and Mildew Thrive

Any time there’s high heat, a food source (organic material), and a fair amount of humidity – mold, and mildew can form. For this reason, June through August are the most problematic months. It would be best if you kept a close eye on your walls, ceilings, and underneath sinks during these months.

Yet, if you’re running your heat in the winter and there’s humidity – mold and mildew can form then, too.

If temperatures are between 77° and 87°, and humidity is between 62 and 93 percent, you’re in the danger zone. Bear that in mind whenever you’re inspecting your home for mold and mildew.

Here’s a list of the most common molds that show up in homes:

  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus
  • Chaetomium
  • Cladosporium
  • Fusarium

No matter what type of mold forms in your home, they all have one thing in common – they need to go. All kinds of mold can be dangerous, which is why you need to eliminate them. The good news is there are ways to prevent mold and mildew from forming in the first place.


Areas to Check for Mold & Mildew in Your Home

You’ll need to know where to look for mold and mildew in your Ottawa home. Otherwise, you won’t even know that you have a mold problem. That’s the last thing you want, as out-of-control mold can do some severe damage to your home. Not only that but eliminating it will be a costly endeavor. The best thing you can do is regularly inspect your home to prevent its formation.

Here are the most problematic areas you should check during hot/humid months:

  • Your ventilation ductwork
  • The area surrounding your HVAC system
  • Underneath sinks
  • Areas around sinks and faucets in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Tubs, showers, shower curtains
  • Any area that sees a lot of moisture (i.e., cabinets next to the shower)
  • Dishwashers and laundry machines
  • The areas surrounding your dishwasher
  • In and around your refrigerator

As long as you keep a close eye on these areas – you’ll prevent most mold and mildew from forming. Yet, mold can form inside of your walls and other areas that you can’t see. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn how to do mold testing for your home.


Mold Prevention Tips

All right, now it’s time to learn how to mold-proof your home. After all, that’s the best way to avoid all the headaches that go along with mold and mildew infestations. 

If you do your due diligence – you won’t have to worry about contending against mold or mildew. Here are our top tips for preventing mold and mildew from forming in your Ottawa home.


Keep Your Humidity Levels Down

As stated before, mold and mildew thrive in humidity. If your home or apartment is especially humid – you can bet that mold and mildew are forming somewhere.

Since we know that mold and mildew love humidity – an excellent prevention technique is to keep your humidity levels low.

Specific activities will elevate the humidity in your home. In particular, anything that brings excessive moisture will add to the humidity. To prevent this from happening, you should ventilate during the following activities:

  • Cooking hot food (the steam generates humidity)
  • Running a hot shower (steam)
  • Using the bathroom

During these activities, turn on your ventilation fans. If you don’t have fans in these rooms, consider buying dehumidifiers. They’re an affordable option for lowering the humidity in rooms without fans.

If your home has an attic, installing fans up there can significantly reduce the humidity. If you already have attic fans, use them during the hottest times of the day.

Most modern HVAC systems contain humidification systems built into them. You can use them to moderate the humidity levels in your home. Some models even let you know the humidity percentage – which comes in handy for monitoring humidity levels. Running your air conditioner during humid days will also circulate the air and dry it out.  


Let Fresh Air Help You

Unfortunately, our indoor environments are far more polluted than the outdoors. After all, there’s a reason why it’s called ‘fresh’ air. The good news is you can open your windows for some much-needed natural ventilation.

Fresh air is also an excellent way to lower the carbon dioxide levels in your home. If your home has high carbon dioxide levels – you’ll start to notice adverse side effects. In particular, it will decrease the flow of oxygen to your brain.

How long has it been since you’ve opened a window?

If your home has been on lockdown for months – the chances are your carbon dioxide levels are high. You can remedy that by opening a window every day for at least 15 minutes.

Beyond lowering carbon dioxide, fresh air is a great way to prevent mold, too.

Fresh air will dehumidify and dry out damp areas in your home. It will also reduce odors and get rid of stuffiness. If you’re tired of feeling stuffed up – try opening your windows. It may surprise you how good it makes the air feel in your house. 


Remove All Excess Moisture

A great way to stop mold from forming is to regularly dry areas that get wet. It’s common for homeowners to clean surfaces but neglect drying them. Yet, that’s the most crucial step if you want to prevent mold.

That’s why you need to get into the habit of drying certain areas in your home – especially the bathroom.

After you take a shower, a large portion of your bathroom will contain moisture. That includes not only the inside of the shower and tub – but also the sink and cabinets. As soon as you get out of the shower, dry everything with a clean towel. That’s one of the most reliable ways to ensure that mold never gets a chance to form.

Beyond the bathroom, there are other areas that you should dry off, too. It’s common for A/C units to form moisture on the surface.

Whenever you have wet clothes or bath towels out – don’t let them stay out for too long. Either stick them in the dryer or hang them up to dry. If you keep them on surfaces or bundled together – mold and mildew can form relatively quickly.

Leaks are another cause for concern. If you have a leaky sink or pipe – it could spell disaster for your home. All it takes is one moist spot for mold to start forming. If you notice a leak or damp spot on your carpet, you need to clean and dry it within 24 hours. Otherwise, mold/mildew may have already started to form.

Here are a few more tips for removing excess moisture around your home:

  • Clean, dry, and repair all gutters and spout systems. If you have wet gutters, mildew can form quite quickly. Also, check your sprinkler heads and downspout systems.
  • Seal all window and foundation leaks. All it takes is one leaky window for rainwater to get in your home and start forming mold.
  • Install a basement sump pump. A reliable way to keep your basement high and dry is to use a sump pump. It’s a pit that will remove all water that forms in your basement.

As long as you keep your home dry and not too humid – you shouldn’t have trouble with mold and mildew. 


Our Suggested Daily Routine

  • If possible, always leave a window open when showering or bathing. This will allow hot damp air to exit your home instead of building up as condensation on the walls of your bathroom.
  • Turn on an exhaust fan prior to showering, and leave it on for at least 15 minutes following your shower. This will suck up some moisture instead of allowing it to fall on the floors or settle on the walls of the bathroom.
  • After showering or bathing, rinse the walls, floors, and other wet surfaces with clean water. Pat all surfaces try with a towel after showering.
  • Use a squeegee to wipe down the shower glass door after showering.
  • Always leave shower doors and bath curtains open after a bath or shower to allow moisture to dissipate.
  • Hang up towels and allow them to air dry. If they are just stuffed into a laundry hamper or left in a heap on the floor, they may not dry properly.


Weekly Routine

  • Wash and dry your bath mats on a regular basis.
  • Use special cleaning products specifically designed to remove mold and mildew.


Regular Inspections

  • Inspect the caulking around your shower and tub and make sure there are no leaks. If so, it’s important to get them repaired right away before the water has a chance to seep behind the walls.
  • Make sure exhaust fans are vented toward the outside, not just rerouting moist air into your attic.

Your bathroom renovation is a big investment, so you need to treat it right. These preventative measures can help stop mold and mildew in your home, threatening the health of your family.  To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

Where to Stay During a Home Renovation in Ottawa

Are you about to undergo a major home renovation in Ottawa with us at RenosGroup? If so, you may want to find somewhere to stay during the construction temporarily.

Why’s that? Because significant renovations involve lots of noise and distractions.

For example, if we’re adding on to your home, you will hear lots of sawing, hammering, and drilling during the day. Of course, you can choose to stay at home during the renovation process. We’ll do our very best to keep the noise to a minimum, but sometimes that’s unavoidable.

That’s why we’re here to provide you with some suggestions for temporary lodgings.

It’s our goal to provide you with a seamless experience that doesn’t disrupt your routine. These lodging options will help you maintain peace and quiet while we’re hard at work on your dream home. So if you’re getting ready to hire us for a home renovation in Ottawa, stay tuned to learn where to stay while we work.

Options for Temporary Housing During Renovations

If you don’t feel like living in a noisy construction zone, then you need to find temporary housing. Finding comfy yet affordable lodging can help you stay sane during the day while we work.

At RenosGroup, we offer the best services for home renovation Ottawa has available.

Yet, it’s inevitable that renovations take time, especially ones involving construction. Let’s say that you want to add a bathroom to your basement to turn it into a guest suite. It’s a fantastic idea that will add lots of value to your basement.

In order to get the job done, we’ll need to break down walls, saw, drill, hammer, and more. So if you don’t feel like turning the TV up to max to compete with the noise, here are some housing options.

Short-Term Rental Apartments

Is your home renovation in Ottawa going to take longer than a month? If so, then a short-term rental apartment can be your best bet. You can secure a lease for a few weeks or a few months, depending on your needs. Also, lots of short-term rental apartments come fully furnished.

That can be a big time saver if you don’t feel like decorating a new place during renovations.

After all, it’s only temporary housing, so having existing furniture is a huge plus.

Another perk is that the apartment community will have lots of amenities. You’ll be able to get all your laundry done, as well as work out at the gym, walk your dog at the park, and more. An excellent short-term rental apartment can be a nice change of scenery and even feel like a vacation. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself while we knock out your home renovation in Ottawa. We recommend using to find short-term lease apartments in Ottawa.

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Staying with Friends and Family

If you can’t afford to spend any more money on temporary housing, it’s time to call up your folks. As long as you know someone that has a spare room or couch, you should be golden. You can ask your family, friends, neighbors, and more.

Friends and family come in handy when renovations present unexpected turns.

Let’s say that you didn’t plan on staying outside of your home during renovations. That was until you realized that you and your family couldn’t handle the noise. Another scenario could be that we discover a gas leak or termite infestation, making your home unsafe to stay. That’s when you give your friends and family a call for an emergency place to stay during the renovations. If you don’t feel like putting anyone out or prefer to have your own space, you can use one of our other options.

Try an RV or Mobile Home

Is your home renovation in Ottawa going to render your home uninhabitable? Then why not make a fun camping trip out of it? You can rent a small RV to park in your backyard or across your streets. If you have water and electricity hookups from your house, then that’s even better. That way, you can hook up your plumbing and electricity in the RV.

Your kids will love being able to play outside and then sleep inside of the RV.

What would have been a terrible inconvenience turns into a fun adventure for the whole family. Bear in mind; you’ll need to make sure that your property allows for RVs. If not, then you can still use an RV, but you’ll need to park it elsewhere.

The same is true for mobile homes. If you’re going to be out of your house for an extended period, renting a mobile home can be wise. Not only are they affordable to rent, but they grant you the freedom of mobility.

During your home renovation in Ottawa, you can cruise around the city or even take an extended road trip with your friends and family. Once the upgrades are done, you can drive it back to enjoy your dream home.

Find a Vacation Rental

Here’s another fun option you can use to entertain your family during renovations. If you want to create a fun vacation-like atmosphere, you can turn to sites like Airbnb and VRBO. These sites make it effortless to find temporary housing, even with very short notice. So if you find yourself without a place to stay, you can rely on Airbnb in a pinch.

Most of these rentals will come fully furnished, which is very convenient. After all, you don’t want to pack up your entire home and take it with you on the road. Instead, the vacation rental will have everything that you need for your trip. You’ll have:

  • Kitchenware
  • Linens
  • Sofas
  • Chairs
  • TVs
  • Beds
  • Nightstands
  • Dressers
  • More

Staying in a vacation rental can be an exciting experience. If you’re going to undergo a home renovation in Ottawa, take a look at some Airbnb’s first. That way, you can determine a fun place to take your family during the renovation work.

Another plus is that a lot of vacation rentals have private owners. That means that you could possibly negotiate a long-term rate instead of the standard one. Doing so can save you quite a bit of money, so it’s definitely worth a shot.

Extended-Stay Hotels

Would you prefer to stay at a hotel during your home renovation in Ottawa? If so, then you should know most extended-stay hotels are set up for 30 days max. So if your renovations will take around a month, an extended stay at a hotel is a viable option.

Why consider staying at a hotel? The main reasons are convenience and luxury.

While at a hotel, you won’t have to worry about doing your laundry or making your beds. Housekeeping will come by every day to give your room a turnover to keep it nice and tidy.

If you get hungry, you can always dial up room service for a tasty meal delivered straight to you.

Also, most suites set up for extended stays come fully furnished with amenities. You’ll have a complete kitchen with a full-size fridge, stovetop, and more. Hotels also have internet access, so you can continue to keep up with your work emails. Complimentary continental breakfasts and never-ending coffee are two other perks.

Do you have kids? Then they’ll enjoy playing in the swimming pool and renting movies in the room. Hotels are always close to restaurants and shopping districts too.

You’ll have everything that you need to stay comfortable during your home renovation in Ottawa.

Of course, an extended stay at a hotel is a very pricey option. If money is no concern, then it’s definitely the most convenient option. Yet, if you have a tighter budget, you’ll have better luck with asking friends or renting an RV.

Corporate Housing

If you want all the comforts of home during renovations, then it’s time to try corporate housing. What’s that? They’re furnished apartments, executive rentals, suites, and more. They’re full-service housing solutions that are totally set up for you upon arrival.

Corporate housing suites are widely known to be high-end. As a result, you’ll enjoy cutting-edge appliances and scenic views.

Most corporate housing is in large condominium complexes. Yet, there are also single-family homes available. You should shop around online to find the right type of corporate housing for your needs.

How can you find corporate housing in Ottawa? There are several ways to do so. Here’s how:

  • Use the national directory from the National Corporate Housing
  • Search online for a real estate broker in Ottawa specializing in corporate housing
  • Find a local corporate housing company in Ottawa

If your renovations and home additions will last longer than a month, then corporate housing is for you. Extended-stay hotels usually only allow stays for up to 30 days. Corporate housing, on the other hand, is set up for stays of two to three months. So if you’ll be without your home for quite a while, it’s time to hit up the corporate housing space.

You’ll enjoy amenities here that you won’t find at extended-stay hotels. These include:

  • In-unit laundry instead of sharing machines
  • Separate rooms
  • Quiet residential surroundings for peaceful sleep

Temporary Rental Homes

Let’s say that you have a large family of seven that won’t fit into an apartment, condo, or hotel. If that sounds like you, then you should look into a temporary rental home. A full-size house will provide you with the space that you need for your family during your home renovation in Ottawa.

Once again, you can look to Airbnb to find a rental home in Ottawa near you. VRBO and CHBO are other options that you can use to find rental homes. These websites also allow you to filter your results so that you can find larger homes.

So if you want to accommodate your large family during a lengthy renovation, a rental home is where it’s at for you.

Your children will have their own bedrooms, and you’ll have enough space for yourself. You can even filter your searches on sites like Airbnb to find pet-friendly homes as well. That way, you can bring Fluffy or Fido along for the journey without having to pay for boarding.

Comparing Temporary Housing Costs

All right, so now that you know about all the temporary housing options let’s rank them based on price. We’ll classify these from the least expensive options to the most expensive options for your convenience.

  • Least expensive: Staying with friends and family. Obviously, the most affordable option is to stay with a family member or friend for free.
  • Inexpensive: Renting a temporary home or apartment. Renting involves paying a negotiated fixed rate each month. It can be the most cost-effective option for extended stays during renovations.
  • Moderately Expensive: Renting RV’s/Corporate housing. On average, you can rent an RV for about $150 a day. That’s about the same rate for corporate housing, too.
  • Expensive: Extended-stay hotels. Staying at a hotel will end up costing you the most. Yet, hotels tend to offer the most luxurious amenities and conveniences. It’s a give-and-take situation that can be worth it if you have the budget for it.

Closing Thoughts and Why to Choose Us for Home Renovations in Ottawa

There you have our top picks for where to stay during your home renovation in Ottawa. If you’re considering renovating your home, then your best bet is to reach out to us at RenosGroup. Why’s that? Because we offer:

  • Free in-home consultations
  • A team of in-house experts
  • Fair and honest rates/contracts
  • No hidden fees or charges
  • Flawless online testimonials and ratings
  • Clear and honest communication with clients at all times
  • We make sure that we deliver on YOUR unique vision for your renovations

We’re committed to delivering the absolute best home renovations Ottawa has to offer. We won’t stop until we achieve your total satisfaction with our work. No other contractor can compete with our free consultations, expertise, and remarkable craftsmanship. Please don’t wait to get in touch with us at RenosGroup to get started today. To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

How to Control Pest Problems Before During and After Renovation

Home renovation is a demanding project that may include several sub-projects that will improve the appearance and functionality of your home.  In order to efficiently carry out various activities within these renovation tasks, there are several prerequisites every homeowner needs to fulfill in advance.  Taking care of pests, such as bugs and rodents, is one of these important works that require certain care before and throughout the renovation process. Here’s what we suggest on how to control pest problems during renovations.

Removing the furniture

Furniture items usually hide a lot of secrets about pests. Mice, rats, cockroaches, and water bugs like to build their nests behind pieces of furniture and inside them.

When you’re making your renovation plan, you should remove the furniture first. Homeowners need to look behind every closet, armchair, and cabinet to check whether there are any hidden nests.

They’re more common in houses than in apartments. So, if you live in a house, you need to be especially careful in locating and identifying insects, mice, and rats.

If you don’t notice any nests or poops left by pests, it still doesn’t mean that your home is pest-free. Take a look inside all your closets and cabinets because this is where they like to live and hatch.

What’s more, inspect all the wall areas that are usually behind your furniture items. If you notice any holes or damaged parts, it might be a sign that you have some unwanted tenants in your home.

Installing traps and sealing holes

Homeowners who realize that pests are living in their homes need to try to eliminate them before the renovation starts.

For starters, you can make some eco-friendly insecticides and treat bugs, mites, and other insects on your own.

In case insects have entered your closets and cabinets or woodworms have spread throughout them, think about replacing them with new pieces of furniture.

If you notice that you have rodents in your home, you’ll start wondering what to do to get rid of them.

For starters, you can try using some mouse traps. They might be useful if you have only a few mice around your place.

However, a larger number of mice or rats is a sign that you might have a more serious problem with pests. This is where calling a reputable pest control company that specializes in mice control to help you is a smart choice. A professional rodent exterminator will cope with your rodent problem efficiently and much quicker than a DIY mice trap method, so you’ll be able to continue with your renovation works.

Once you’ve treated the bugs, insects, and rodents, the next thing you should do is to double-check the walls for holes and cracks. When you’re certain that you’ve eliminated all the pests and their nests, you can seal all the cracks, holes, and other damaged parts of the walls.

Inspecting neglected parts of the home

Renovation is the right time to repurpose some of the parts of your home to give them a new life. Many people neglect their garages. Instead of keeping their cars or bikes in them, they use them as storage space. Whenever there’s a lot of clutter in one place, the risk of infestation is much higher. So, when you’re cleaning or transforming your garage, it’s necessary to inspect all its corners and see whether there are any signs of the presence of pests.

What’s more, if there are any water inlets in the garage, clean them with some ecological solutions to make sure that any insects and rodents are eliminated from these areas. If you don’t want to use those inlets in your remodelled garage, seal them.

You should apply the same procedure to any storage spaces you have inside your home. From kitchen storage compartments to workshops and the basement, inspect all the areas, eliminate pests, and seal all the potential holes and cracks through which they could sneak into your home.

Keeping outdoor pests away

If you decide to replace the doors and windows during the renovation process, make sure to prevent insects, flies, and other pests from entering your home. Only one door should be used for entrance/exit to the home. Protect all other empty places for doors with screeners. The entire area needs to be covered so that neither rodents nor flying insects can enter your home.

If you remove all the old windows at once, close the window holes and install new windows one at a time. This will prevent flies, hornets, and wasps from entering your home and making nests inside it during the renovation.

Once the renovation is finished, conduct a thorough inspection of the entire home to confirm that you’ve kept pests away from it.


If not properly controlled and eliminated pests can slow down your renovation process. That’s why you should take all the necessary precautionary measures before, during, and after renovations. Only such an approach will ensure that you enjoy yourself in a remodelled and refreshed home, free of insects, bugs, and rodents.

* To learn more about pest problems during renovations, don’t hesitate to contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427.  For pest control services please contact the author; Pestend

About the author

Luqman has been a pest control technician for over 20 years. He is passionate about solving people’s pest and wildlife control problems through innovative, eco-friendly and humane methods. Luqman currently works for Pestend. He believes that pest control is a science and feels that his function in his community is very important since he helps people live in peace without causing unnecessary harm to animals.

Best Lighting Fixtures for Your Kitchen Renovation

Whether you’re gearing up for a major kitchen renovation or are just looking for ways to enhance and improve the design, lighting is a key piece in any design puzzle. It plays an important role in the overall look, feel and functionality of a room. But choosing the best lighting fixtures for your kitchen can feel a bit tricky with so many options out there today. From blingy statement fixtures to cozy ambient lighting to subtle modern pendant lights – it can feel daunting when you don’t know what you want or need. To help you narrow it down and find the right one, here are some tips to guide you in selecting the best lights for your kitchen.


Fixtures for Ambient Lighting

The kitchen typically requires more light than other areas of the home. And the primary source usually comes from overhead ambient light fixtures. It’s important to be able to see what you’re doing when you’re cooking up a storm, which is why we recommend spending a little time calculating the amount of wattage you’ll need for your kitchen renovation. This way, when you’re shopping around for a light fixture, you can narrow down your scope and make sure you end up with the proper amount of light. Generally, for a larger kitchen, a light fixture with at least 5 light bulbs is ideal for your ambient lighting. Having a light that fills the space really makes a big difference, so make sure to pay attention to the number of bulbs.


Fixtures for Task or Direct Lighting

Beyond the main source of lighting, there are many other types of light fixtures that can add more character and make it easier to see during dim evenings. For example, task lighting can be helpful when you want to place direct light in certain areas. This could include light sconces to see better at night, lamps, or under-the-counter lighting to make it easier to read your cookbook or see which spices you’re adding to your new recipe. Consider these smaller fixtures for any areas where you think you’ll need more direct light.

Decorative Lighting to Accent Features

Similar to task lighting, accent lighting also adds more illumination, but its primary purpose is to enhance the design, highlight certain features in your kitchen, and make it feel cozy. Light installed under the counter plays into this too since it helps to highlight the backsplash. You could also add a light fixture behind one of your glass cabinet doors to show off your fancy wine glass collection, and place a few built-in ones throughout the counter area. If you want your kitchen to have a decorative look and feel, don’t skip out on accent lighting.

Here are some of the most common light fixtures for your kitchen renovation:


If you love a little decorative bling and need a light fixture overtop of your kitchen table, a chandelier is a popular choice. There are lots of different sizes and styles to consider. If you’re adding other fixtures, we suggest sticking to one particular style and theme.


Pendants are smaller and won’t produce as might light. These generally have only one bulb in them, so they’re not suitable as a main overhead source of light. But they could work well to supplement another fixture.

Flush Mounts

For smaller kitchens that have a lower ceiling, flush mounts might work well. These are the standard light fixtures that you can find in many homes. They provide strong, diffused light. If you prefer something subtle that can blend in with the surroundings, this could be better suited to your kitchen.

Determining Your Lighting Style

Keep in mind that your lighting fixtures will always be on display which is why they should play into the overall theme and design of your kitchen and home. If you have a modern kitchen, it won’t make much sense to add in a light fixture that’s super busy, blingy or traditional. To make sure it will look good and cohesive, focus on other elements of your kitchen – are they predominantly metallic, simple black matte, chic and copper? Whatever the common look is, stick with that as much as possible. If most items are finished in black matte, then look for a fixture that’s similar to that style too. It doesn’t have to be the exact same, but it should complement the other features in the kitchen. 

Lighting seems like a simple afterthought during home renovations and remodels, but when you stop to think about it, it plays a significant role in the overall aesthetics, comfort and function of each space in your home. If you’re planning to redo your kitchen this year, get in touch with our team, or give us a call at (613) 727-9427 at the We can help transform your space and offer our professional recommendations to enhance your 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.  

How to Increase Your Home Value on a Budget

Looking for ways to increase your home value on a budget? We’ve gathered our top suggestions below to improve your design without breaking the bank.

Basement Renovations in Ottawa

Adding more useable space in the basement is actually more affordable than you might think, especially if you already have a finished basement. All it takes is a few extra touches to transform a grungy, dark basement area into a bright and eye-catching secondary living room space, games room, playroom or secondary suite. A basement renovation in Ottawa both adds more value and also increases your family’s overall enjoyment. 

New Energy Efficient Fixtures

Another way to give the value a boost when you’re on a tight budget is to upgrade all of the energy-draining appliances to energy-efficient ones. EnergyStar washers and dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, fridges, and ovens are the most sought-after upgrades by potential homebuyers because they can save hundreds of dollars in energy bills each year. 

Updated Kitchen Furnishings

You don’t have to rip out all the cabinets and completely customize your kitchen space to add value. Even minor changes in the kitchen can yield high returns. Think of new hardware, upgraded fixtures, a cool mosaic tile backsplash or upgraded flooring to give the room a quick update without breaking the bank. Even new lighting fixtures can greatly improve the look and feel for only a few hundred dollars. 

Improve the Wood Trim

Replacing any old worn wooden trim can make your home look just like new again. The trim around the doors and windows can also be upgraded for a small investment. 

Bathroom Renovations in Ottawa

Does your master bathroom look like something out of that ‘70s show? All it takes is a few hundred dollars to give it a well-needed facelift. Taking down old wallpaper and adding a new tub, installing decorative tiling, and replacing the vanity and mirror with a more modern design are inexpensive ways to change up the look and increase the value. 

Upgrade the Ceiling

Do you still have popcorn ceiling? Removing that old bumpy ceiling and applying a fresh coat of paint or a new stylish wood tongue and groove is an easy, budget-friendly fix. It’s also better for your health if you get rid of it since popcorn ceilings are historically known to contain asbestos dust.

Change the Flooring

If you’re looking for a big return on investment, changing up the flooring in the main rooms can instantly enhance the value and entire look of your home. The trick is keeping it within budget.  Fortunately, today there are many affordable flooring options that look just like luxury materials. Take vinyl and ceramic for example. These both come in various styles and colours and can even imitate wood and stone. Sustainable flooring options are also more affordable than ever before. Options like cork will give you some serious bang for your buck.

Improve the Garage

Adding cabinets in the garage is one simple project that can give you lots of extra storage space. But extra space isn’t the only reason to upgrade the garage. Adding slip-proof flooring, for instance, can enhance safety and even add value. Insulating the garage can also be seen as advantageous, especially if you use the garage as a workshop or to store personal belongings.

Repair the Entranceway

First impressions matter for any home, so if your front yard, driveway, walkway, or front door are looking neglected, consider ways to improve them. Minor improvements can go a long way when it comes to increasing the value of your property. New asphalt on the driveway, a more modern front door, and basic hardscaping upgrades are all it takes to change the appearance and boost the price tag of your home.

Add Mobility Services

Planning to age in place? Many seniors are opting out of retirement homes to stay where they are most comfortable. If you or a loved one plans to stay put, some modifications may be required to guarantee your safety. Mobility renovation in Ottawa will ensure that your home has enough space to maneuver and that all the counters, cabinets, storage areas are within reach. Brighter lighting can increase visibility and shower and bathroom modifications can reduce slip and fall incidents. 

Hire someone you can trust to stick to your budget and provide the advice that you can trust. has been assisting homeowners in Ottawa, boosting the value of their properties with beautiful, professional renovation work for decades. Contact us today or give us a call at (613) 727-9427 and let’s start your next project. 

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 remodeling 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

Remodeling 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 favorite features this year as hand washing and hygiene remain top of mind for many of us. 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.  

Our Guide to Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning isn’t just an annual ritual for sprucing up your home – it’s also a necessity for maintaining it, especially after the long and intense winter months. Enduring all of that messy, wet winter weather can wreak havoc on our exterior surfaces, and being cooped up with the heat blaring for months means there’s likely plenty of dusty crevices inside to address. To help you get your home ready for the warmer months ahead, here’s our guide to spring cleaning.


Wash the Windows


After the winter season, there’s no area that tends to look quite as grimy as the windows. All of that snow, rain, and dirt can do a serious number on them, making your entire home look grubby and unkempt. Plus, it can darken your interior by buffering out the natural light. So, the first task to tackle on your spring cleaning list is scrubbing away that winter grime on your windows. To get them sparkling, you don’t need to use harsh chemical cleaners. A simple solution of soap and water and a microfiber cloth will clean them up even better than standard cleaning agents. Use a squeegee for the best, streak-free results and keep a damp cloth on hand to wipe up drips and clean out those sliders. If it’s a really sunny day outside, it might be best to wait until it’s cooler and cloudier since the heat can cause the cleaning solution to dry out faster and leave streaks behind. While you have the soap and squeegee handy, you can tackle two birds with the one stone by running them over your sliding patio doors too.


Baseboards, Doorframes, and Walls


Being stuck for such a long period of time inside during the winter can desensitize us to the areas throughout the home that need some attention, but often get overlooked. That’s why we recommend having a family member or friend who has an honest, critical eye to point out areas that may not register on your cleaning radar. Some commonly neglected areas include the baseboards, doorframes, kitchen cupboards, and even the walls. To get rid of the handprints and dirt, soap, water, and a sponge will do the trick.


Clean the Carpets


If you have carpeting throughout your home, or even just some rugs, the springtime is ideal for giving them a deep, thorough cleaning. The is particularly important to do at least once per year if you have pets in the home. Their hair and dander can become deeply embedded in the fibers which can provoke allergy symptoms – something we’d all rather avoid. You can hire a professional carpet cleaning service or rent out a deep cleaner to do it on your own.


Vacuum Under Furniture, Along Vents, and Crevices


With the windows sealed up and the heating roaring continuously during winter, vacuuming is a must during your spring cleaning. With the help of your spouse, friend or family member, make sure to get into those not-so-easy-to-access areas – under the couch, under the rugs, under appliances, around your vents, and in any crevices. If you have central air conditioning, it’s a good idea to eliminate as much dust as you can from your air ducts before it’s time to switch on the cool air.


Refresh Your Kitchen


As the warmer spring-like weather emerges, it’s also a popular time for homeowners to re-examine their interior and give it a refreshed look. If your kitchen, bathroom or even the basement could use an updated look, now is the perfect time to do it. Hop online to get ideas of what you like, then consult with a designer, find a reliable contractor, and lock in your dates so you can have it done in time to enjoy the summer.




We’re all guilty of buying things that we don’t need or barely used just to add it to another junk-filled drawer. If this sounds familiar, why not embrace the brighter, sunnier months with a fresh slate? Dejunking may feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The secret is to chip away at it gradually, focusing on one area or room at a time. Sorting through your belongings and eliminating excess clutter not only makes your home look and feel airier and inviting, but it also will make you feel so much better without seeing junk piled up in every corner.


Safety Inspection


Spring cleaning is also a good time to perform a few safety inspections. Check the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide alarms and replace them if needed. And if you don’t have a fire extinguisher on hand, it’s worth your while to purchase one, learn how to use it, and always keep it nearby the kitchen in case of a fire. has you covered for all of your home renovation needs. If you’re planning to overhaul your kitchen, bathroom or basement this year, reach out today, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 to discuss your ideas and vision so we can get it done in time for the summer.

6 Reasons to Get Behind the Minimalistic Design Trend

From the interior design world to graphic design – minimalism is taking over in a big way, and for good reason. Focusing on space and simplicity, it can be seen just about everywhere. Today, it’s becoming more deeply embedded in our modern lifestyle as it teaches us how to curb excess clutter while learning to use and appreciate more of what we have. This concept promotes simple living in our everyday lives, encouraging us to choose and purchase only what we need and use on a regular basis while lessening our waste and footprint on the environment. To learn more about this modern way of living, here are a few key reasons to get behind the minimalistic design trend, and how to adapt it into your everyday life.

Tell Me More About This Minimalistic Lifestyle

As mentioned, minimalism is all about promoting a simpler way of living. It aims to encourage people to think more about their decisions on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean throwing away everything you own and having a boring, muted interior. It’s about learning to create more space, both physically and mentally, so we can appreciate what we do have. Designing a minimalistic home can offer many different benefits that can actually help to improve your own quality of life. Specifically, when it comes to designing your home interior, it’s all about incorporating pieces of furniture that are quality made and will last. Here’s how this can benefit you:

Keeps Your Home Organized

Staying organized is a common struggle for many of us – especially as we try to juggle what feels like a never-ending list of tasks during our busy days. But with less ‘stuff’ crowding your environment, it becomes so much easier to place items away in their proper places, which makes organization a practical and easy concept to achieve. Simply put, with less junk and clutter in the way, you can store items where they should be and locate them without having to tear the house apart or stressing out during the process.

More Breathing Room

Aside from cluttered homes looking untidy and unwelcoming, they’re also not good for our wellbeing. Studies have shown a correlation between living in clutter and negative impacts on our mental health. Whether it’s piles of clothing stuffed in the closets, junk in the drawers, or too much furniture and items consuming the floor space, a cluttered home environment can have a big influence on how we feel in a daily basis. It increases feelings of anxiety and depression, reduces our energy levels and our ability to focus, and can promote chronic stress.  Many of us are guilty of having items around the home that are never touched or used, but we often cling to for their sentimental value or comfort. Letting go of the excess which doesn’t serve you any good or useful purpose can create a healthier home environment overall. Dejunking creates more space in your home, improves airflow, eliminates negative energy, and gives you more room to breathe and relax at home.

Easy to Keep Clean

Did we mention how much easier it is to keep your home clean? It’s true! This is one of our favourite reasons for adopting a minimalistic lifestyle and design. With ample storage for what you need, and less junk strewn across tabletops, cleaning becomes quick and easy. You won’t have to dedicate your entire weekend to catch up on house chores from the busy week. And since you’ll only have what you love and need, you won’t have to fuss about stuffing items in drawers, only to have to deal with that “hidden” mess at a later time. 

Finding Things is so Much Easier

When you need to find the keys, important documents, or the strainer for spaghetti night, you can pinpoint where they are in a pinch. This makes dinner prep time and even busy mornings so much easier when you know exactly where to find what you’re looking for.

Less Impact on the Environment

Minimalism and environmentalism go hand in hand. In fact, it’s one of the main driving forces for this way of living. And today, homeowners are more eager than ever to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle, and that includes their home design. A minimalistic home is less wasteful as it encourages us to think twice about our actions as consumers. It also helps us spend less and save more.

When you’re ready to adopt a minimalistic design in your home, contact us or give the Renos Group a call at (613)727-9427   From the kitchen to bathroom to everything in between – our experts can help you design and transform your home with quality workmanship that you can count on.

How To Increase Your Home’s Value in 3 Steps

Your home will be one of the largest investments in your lifetime. There are many things you can do for your home to increase its value. Here are some of the suggested ways to do so.

Increase The Footage

The size of your home will increase the value of your home. If you have a larger home, you will be able to appeal to more buyers. There are ways to make your home feel larger than it is. Adding large windows and vertical blinds or shutters let the sunlight enter a space making the room feel more spacious. Ensuring that everything in your home as a spot is crucial, if it doesn’t it is time to get rid of it. Clutter can make an area feel extremely small but by adding a shelving unit or home extension this will avoid cluster and will ensure organization. By simply adding footage to your home, buyers will notice and will increase the property value. Buyers tend to look at homes that have more bedrooms than their family requires therefore, converting an attic or basement into a bedroom can help in the future. By knocking down a wall, adding an island in the kitchen and sanding the floors this creates an open floor plan, a look that homeowners and potential buyers love. 

Fresh Coat Of Paint!

Applying a fresh coat of paint will go a long way. This is a very cost-effective method to enhance the value of your home and gives an updated look to future buyers. Even if you are an amateur painter, you will be able to practice your skills by painting your home. You can buy a gallon of paint, rollers, painter’s tape, drop cloths and brushes for around $100. Neutral colours are the best paint selections as it appeals to many people making your house more attractive.  

Update The Bathroom and Kitchen Space

New homebuyers don’t want to spend their time re-modelling their bathrooms and kitchen space. Many have noticed that making renovations to these spaces are the most impactful as they are high-traffic and highly used rooms. Homebuyers spend more time looking for the updates made in these rooms in comparison to anywhere else in the house. The kitchen’s will give you the biggest return in investment and will increase the value of your home. Replacing old appliances with matching ones, replacing outdated cabinets and by adding a backsplash will add value to your home. For the bathroom, simple renovations like changing the vanity, toilet and fixtures is a great way to enhance the look of your space.

How To Increase Your Home’s Value in 3 Steps

Curb Appeal

You want your home to be as beautiful on the outside as it is in on the inside. Landscaping is a great way to enhance your curb appeal and will make people turn their heads when they see your home. For homeowners, this is one of the most affordable ways to increase the value of your home. By adding perennial foliage, planting native trees and young shrubs will cut costs and is very low maintenance. 

Are you looking to increase the value of your home? By doing these steps, you will surely increase the value of your home. At RenoGroup there is no project that is too large for us to handle. Our process is to plan out the perfect design, plan out the groundwork for the entire project, execute the renovation and deliver the result. We make sure that the homeowner is satisfied with the outcome of the renovation, contact us, or call us today at (613)727-9427 to discuss the next steps to your worthy investment! 

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