Creating the Perfect In-Law or Guest Suite Basement

Whether crafting a basement suite for guests or to host in-laws, achieving the ideal basement renovations for Ottawa families demands a thoughtful plan. Ensure comfort and functionality as you transform the space to meet your unique needs. For guest suite basements, sometimes a good place to start is to look at hotel suites or even retirement home layouts, as they share some distinct similarities, such as:

A Living Space

The majority of the
basement should be open for a comfortable living space. It’s essential to consider the needs of your guests occupying the suite. That will help create a living space that they enjoy and appreciate.

If you’re creating an in-law suite in Ottawa, what do they usually like to do? If they’re into movies, including a TV and a sofa is a good idea. If they prefer reading instead, some recliners with ample lighting are the way to go.

Conversely, if you’re designing a granny suite – mobility and accessibility are concerns. You’ll want to make sure the living space contains no trip hazards or items too far out of reach.

You’ll also want to consider building code requirements, ceiling heights, insulation, and more. These will all play a part in your renovations, so it’s crucial not to ignore them. (More on regulations and insulation in a bit.)  

From there, you can then determine if a kitchen is realistic.

Guest Suite Basement


If the space allows, a kitchen is ideal as it will give guests or in-laws complete independence. If you’re limited on space, you may be able to squeeze in a kitchenette. A refrigerator and microwave are all you need for your suite most of the time. After all, that’s what most hotel suites include as a kitchenette.

If you have more space, you can go for a full kitchen. That means an oven, stove, counter space, and possibly more.

If your in-laws/parents enjoy cooking, they’ll appreciate having a kitchen to use. That way, they can prepare their own meals if they prefer not to bother you upstairs.

Common appliances for kitchenettes include:

  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Teapot
  • Hot plate
  • Microwave
  • Sink
  • Toaster

Larger appliances such as an oven will require a special outlet, so bear that in mind. Ultimately, it will all depend on the amount of space you can dedicate to a cooking area. 

If you want to add extra storage space to the kitchenette, think vertically. If you don’t have room for an island or counter – you can add shelving above (or below) the kitchenette. If you have elderly parents, it’s a better idea to include the shelving beneath rather than above. 


Built-ins are a great idea as they can take the place of furniture that might be cumbersome and use up much-needed floor space. You can use
built-ins in a buffet style with a sink and built-in microwave and bar fridge if there is no space for a kitchen. 

A fold-down dining table can also be added for eating as well as recreation. You can also use built-ins around a fireplace or desk space providing shelves for needed storage. Built-ins can be used to hold decorative items or to store collections of movies.

When renovating your basement, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to add built-ins. Try to keep a keen eye open when analyzing your basement space. Could you add a built-in dining table that folds down from the wall?

Or would it be better to add a built-in bookshelf for all your in-laws’ books?

You can create built-in benches that attach to the walls to add more seating. That can add extra seating for a dining room table or just for general lounging/reading.

The catch of a built-in is that you’ll be stuck with it for life. As such, you need to put plenty of time and thought into what you want from a built-in. The last thing you want is to get stuck with a built-in that has no function and is an eye-sore. 

Sleeping Area

If space for a door swing is not practical, you can consider a number of options for privacy in the sleeping area. Pocket or sliding doors offer privacy and take up less space. 

You can also consider using partition walls for separation. If the light is sparse and the bedroom area is near one of the only windows consider using frosted glass partitions so you do not block out the needed natural light.

Whether it’s an in-law suite or granny suite in Ottawa, they’ll need a place to sleep. It’s wise to consult with them beforehand to learn what they prefer bed-wise. Do they sleep best on memory foam-style mattresses? Or can they not sleep a wink unless they’re in total darkness on a water bed?

Once you know their needs, you can begin constructing the sleeping area.

The good thing about a basement is that it stays nice and dark. Yet, that might not be very comforting for some. The lighting plays a big part in the construction of any sleeping area. If your in-laws don’t like total darkness, night lights or lights with dimmers are what you need.

If you don’t want to use an open floor plan – you’ll need to find a way to separate the sleeping area from the living space. Besides partition walls, rugs are a reliable way to separate each area visually. 


Especially in the case of an in-law suite you want to consider the
mobility of your parents. This will play an important role in the type of shower or tub you choose. A good compromise is to add a shower stall with a bench and handheld showerhead so it is easy to bathe, but can also then be used by other family members or guests should your in-laws move.

Every in-law suite in Ottawa needs a bathroom. That’s doubly true if you’re designing a granny suite. Elderly parents often have mobility issues that you need to take into account.

If they have trouble reaching things in the bathroom, you can lower all the fixtures.

Other modifications, such as adding handicap rails in the bathroom, are a good idea.

If your elderly parents are fragile, you’ll want to make the entire suite as fall-proof as possible. You can add non-slip flooring and cushion sharp edges around the suite.

Another consideration is if you want to include a shower or tub in your granny suite in Ottawa. If so, you’ll need to determine which type you need. If your in-laws don’t have any accessibility limitations – you can go with a regular shower or tub. If that’s too much of an expense, you can have them use the shower/tub upstairs. 

Soundproofing Insulation Between Floors

If your in-laws are in the basement cranking their entertainment system to 11, you probably don’t want to hear it. The reverse is also true if your in-laws are trying to sleep and you’re square dancing upstairs.

Sound has a pesky habit of migrating between floors, which can be a pain for everyone.

Luckily, there is a solution to this problem. Installing soundproof insulation between floors will significantly reduce sound migration.

With proper insulation, your in-laws won’t hear your steps, and you won’t hear their sound system.

To block the sound, you’ll need to separate the surfaces. That’s because continuous materials act as an acoustic bridge. In other words, if the same material is on the top and the bottom, it carries sound.

That’s why you need to separate each floor with different materials.

The most common solution is to use a dense material in the joist spaces between the floors. Popular options include Rockwool insulation and fiberglass. To install it, you’ll need to remove your existing ceiling drywall.

From there, place the insulation in the open joist spaces. You’ll have to contend with electrical wires and other obstacles, so be careful. After the installation is complete, you’ll need to add new ceiling drywall. The process can be a bit cumbersome, but the results are well worth it.

Soundproofing Material Options

Besides structurally separating each floor, you can also use acoustic foam or polyethylene foam. These won’t achieve as effective results as separation, but they’re better than nothing. A quality acoustical underlayment, for example, will deaden most sound vibrations.

Other options include plywood underlayments and cement boards. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll appreciate the affordability of plywood.

The downside is that plywood is only a semi-effective sound blocker. On the other hand, a cement board is a bit more pricey, but blocks sound better than plywood. It’s crucial to consider your budget and specific needs when selecting a soundproofing material. 

Drywall Building Code Requirements for Separate Units

You’re under new building code requirements as soon as you add an in-law suite in Ottawa. You’ll need to stay in compliance to avoid fees and other penalties.

Why are there such strict building codes for two dwelling units?

It all has to do with fire safety. For drywall, you’re required to have 2 layers of 5/8 drywall on both sides of the ceiling/floor for your new unit.

That will provide the one-hour fire rating between both dwelling units. In other words, if a fire breaks out up top, your parents/in-laws will have an hour to evacuate before it gets to them.

That’s why the drywall needs to be so thick – with two layers of 5/8 drywall. This type of thick drywall is also called fire-resistant drywall, as they’re effective at slowing down fires.

A 5/8-inch thick panel is far less likely to sag between joists than thinner panels. That adds not only fire resistance but also extra durability. You can add a heavy surfacing material, such as popcorn texture, to further reinforce the ceiling.

You’ll want to ensure that you install this thicker drywall before constructing the rest of your granny suite. That will ensure that you’re in compliance, so you won’t have to worry about building codes. 

Adding an Egress Window (Required)

Since we’re speaking of requirements for basement living spaces, an egress window is another necessity.

What’s that?

It’s a window that’s large enough for someone to escape through it in case of a fire. It’s a requirement for any basement that you intend to transition into a living space.

Besides being an emergency escape, egress windows add other benefits. They bring natural light into your basement, as well as ventilation. If your in-laws get hot and muggy, they can always open the window for some fresh air.

Once you install an egress window, you still aren’t done. Beyond the window, you’ll need an egress window well. An egress window well is a lot larger than a typical window well. It’s an excavated portion of the earth that’s typically in a half-circle or rectangle.

Its purpose is to give inhabitants a safe place to escape, protected from dirt, rocks, and moisture. If the window well is especially deep, you must have a ladder for easy access.

Here are some other requirements for an egress window:

  • It has to have an unobstructed opening that’s at least 5.7 square feet.
  • That same opening must be 24 inches tall and 20 inches wide (at least.)
  • The bottom of the opening can’t exceed 44 inches from the floor.
  • It must open and shut without the use of any tools.

You’re good to go as long as your egress window checks all these boxes.

Adding a Separate Entrance

Lastly, you’ll need to add a separate entrance, also for fire safety reasons. Whether you’re constructing an in-law suite or granny suite in Ottawa, fire safety is necessary. Building codes dictate that each dwelling unit needs its own entrance/exit.

It would be a disaster if your in-laws/parents got stuck in the basement when a fire broke out.

If the exit to the upstairs is hot/blocked, they’ll need another place to escape. Beyond an egress window, you’ll need a dedicated entrance for the dwelling unit.

You’re all set once you have 2 layers of 5/8 drywall, an egress window and well, and a separate entrance. Your new dwelling unit will be in full compliance, and your occupants will be able to escape in case of a fire. 

Five-Star Basement Renovations Ottawa Families Can Rely On

The basement renovations Ottawa families require should be laid out with the basic requirements for comfortable living to make guests and in-laws feel welcome and at home.

To reach out, schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427

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.  

Remodel vs Renovation: What’s the Difference?

You might often hear the words “remodel” and “renovation” being used interchangeably, but there is a stark difference between the two. If you’re planning a home improvement, it’s important to know how a remodel differs from a renovation so that you can better communicate with your interior designer and builder on what you’d like to achieve. Here’s how to tell the difference.


To remodel something is to create something new or alter something to a new state. For instance, a kitchen remodel might include tearing down a wall to open up the space or moving the sink to a different side of the room. In a remodel, something has to be altered. If you were to turn an unfinished basement into a rental unit, this would be an example of something being remodeled from its original state. 

Some common remodel projects include:

  • Finished basement or attic
  • Secondary basement suite
  • Second story addition
  • Property damage repairs
  • New deck
  • New roof
  • Sunroom or enclosed porch
  • Kitchen add-on
  • Bathroom aging in place remodel
  • Historic preservation
  • Bedroom to home office remodel
  • Fireplace installment

Remodel vs Renovation: What's the Difference?


A renovation generally refers to restoring something to its original condition without changing the purpose. This could include any upgrades or repairs to an existing room. For example, in a bathroom renovation project would likely see old flooring replaced and new paint applied. It might also include tearing out old cabinets and outdated shower units and replacing them with new ones. 

Common renovation projects:

  • New paint or wallpaper
  • New flooring
  • Upgraded cabinets or hardware 
  • New vanity 
  • New window treatments
  • Upgraded staircase 
  • Trim replacement
  • Upgraded shelving and closet renovations
  • Energy retrofits and new lighting
  • Games room or home theatre
  • New driveway, walkway, or patio

The Pros and Cons of Remodeling

A remodel is an excellent way to transform an outdated or unused room into something new. With a remodel you’re basically working with a fresh canvas where you can tear down walls, add new features or build an entire new room from the ceiling to the floors. But if you’re on a tight budget, remodeling can often be more costly than renovating, depending on the labour and materials it will take to complete the project.  A remodel can also take a lot longer than planned. And since most remodels involve some form of construction aspect, if you don’t plan accordingly, you could be stuck living without a kitchen or bathroom for quite some time. Fortunately, with a little planning and an expert remodeling crew managing the project, most of these concerns can be greatly mitigated.

The Pros and Cons of Renovating

As mentioned above, a renovation is the better choice if you have a tight budget to adhere to. You don’t have to do a lot to make a big impact, especially if you have a professional designer and renovation team on your side. Simply swapping out older features with new ones, changing up colours on the floors and walls and adding some modern décor can transform a room in a matter of days. Simple energy saving swaps can also help to save you money over the long term. The only downside of a renovation is that it’s easy to get carried away. If you don’t set a proper budget from the get-go and hire a company who knows how to stick to it, you could end up spending tens of thousands of dollars more than planned. That’s why it’s important to do your due diligence and hire a company with a proven track record of finishing projects on time and on budget.

How To Choose The Right Contractor

Not all contractors specialize in both remodels and renovations. That’s why it’s important to know the difference between a remodel vs. renovation when you start looking for a professional for your project. When you find a general contractor in your area, don’t settle until you get a couple of bids from other companies first. Make sure you compare the plans and specifications as well as the labour and material costs before deciding. You should also make sure that you can trust this company before hiring them. So look at their reviews online, call some of their past clients, and do the necessary due diligence to ensure they are the right fit for the job. 

Why Choose The Renosgroup?

At the we offer everything under one roof. From small renovations to major remodels and even mobility modifications, our team can handle your project from beginning to end. You only need to hire us and we’ll supervise all the contractors required to get your job done right on time and within your budget. 

We’re ready to help you with all your renovation and remodeling needs. Contact us today to learn more about all of our services. We also offer free in-home consultations which ensures you are presented a reliable cost estimate from the onset.  To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.

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.


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 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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.

The Hottest Fall Home Renovation Trends

Whether it’s fashion or home design, one thing’s for sure — trends are always changing. If you’re looking to spice up your home this coming season, we’ve got all of the hottest fall home renovation trends to look out for. Check them out below.

Smart Kitchens

Technology is creeping into just about every area of our lives these days, and that includes the home. You’ll see an influx of trendy modern kitchens with more Smart upgrades than ever. With the diversity of sensors and gadgets, homeowners are integrating smart home technology into coffee makers, refrigerators, lighting fixtures, and more. No matter your age, tech-savvy kitchens can help add more ease and convenience to your home design.


One of the hottest fall home renovation trends is the minimalist look. Homeowners are starting to shed their excessive clutter and embrace the concept of minimalism, both in design and in their everyday lives. That means you can expect to see more simple and basic design concepts with little accessories, bright, natural lighting on the eyes, and clean lines. Whether it’s a single focal mirror on the wall, or a modern white palette in the kitchen, or a contemporary vase suited for an entire table, less is more.

Natural Elements

Nature never goes out of style, which is why year after year, wooden features will always be present in the design world. It’s rich, warm, versatile, modern, vintage and any style you want it to be.

Gold and Brass Fixtures

Who doesn’t love a little luxury throughout their home? Gold and brass work really well with grey tones, and they also pair exceptionally well with both industrial designs or rustic wooden styles. They are classy, they offer an extra-polished look, and they’re easy to keep clean.

Enhanced Outdoor Living

Having to endure winter for several months of the year is just downright depressing, which is why another popular trend that’s popping up in the home design world lately is sunrooms. Why hibernate in darkness when you can embrace and even enjoy those mystical winter wonderlands? By extending your outdoor living space with an enclosed patio, it can let you feel like you’re outside soaking up that vitamin d while staying cozy, all at the same time.

There are so many hot design trends to embrace and inspire you this fall. And when you’re ready to get started on your home renovation project, give us a call! At the, our handy team are experienced, professional and reliable. We can tackle just about any project that you need. Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 to learn more about how we can help you transform your home this fall.

5 Interior Design Themes That We Love

With so many different design styles and themes out there, it can often feel challenging to figure out which one really suits your home and lifestyle best. To help you determine this, here are five interior design themes that we love, and maybe you will, too!


When it comes to one of the most popular interior design themes today, the modern style is always on top. Many homeowners love incorporating the simple pallets, clean, sharp lines, and sleek materials like glass and metals throughout the home. The modern theme works well if you love that future-forward style that focuses on minimalistic design with little clutter or patterns.


Industrial designs have been gaining momentum over the past few years and are extremely popular today. The industrial look combines elements of wood, iron, and steel, drawing inspiration, of course, from the industrial, loft-style warehouses from back in the day. If you’re someone who works in photography or in the arts, this is an ideal (and often a favourite) style for those with a flair for the arts. These designs usually include floor-to-ceiling windows, which give ample amount of light, along with old timber feature, dangling light fixtures and rich, warm palettes mixed with cool metals, dark leather and exposed brick.


The boho look in both fashion and interior design represents a care-free spirit without any rules to follow but your own, which is why it’s on our list of interior design themes that we love! The bohemian trend is all about following your own heart and style. In these homes, you may find a blend of old vintage textiles and rugs inspired by cultures from around the world. Vintage furniture and fixtures are also common here, along with earthy tones and colourful, unique touches like cozy floor pillows for meditation.


The old rustic cottage or farmhouse interiors have been a favourite in the interior design world for many years and aren’t going away anytime soon. We love the raw and unfinished elements that draw inspiration from nature. Whether it’s an old stone fireplace or wooden shutters and a big oak table, this design theme exudes a distinguishable amount of warmth, coziness and quaintness. You can also commonly find different natural accessories paired with bright off-white pallets that keep the space looking fresh, clean, and charming.

Hollywood Glam

While some like the rustic old-world charm, others like the idea of living in luxury with a little Hollywood Glam. This style is all about the glitz and glam, incorporating as much opulence as possible throughout the home. Here you’ll find plush rugs, shiny fixtures, bold colours, and velvet furnishings. This is perfect for the homeowner that loves being a little over the top and who doesn’t mind making a statement with their design.

With so many themes and features to choose from these days, it’s exciting and often overwhelming to figure out what to incorporate into your home design. At the RenosGroup, we can help! Our handy team of experts can guide you in your design and help transform your entire home with any renovation project. Contact us today to get started!

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