How to Plan a Stress Free Home Renovation

How to Plan a Stress Free Home Renovation

Without a doubt, we all know someone who has had a horrible renovation experience at some point in their life. Your renovation design can be underwhelming when not planned properly, and there is nothing like the extreme stress that is caused by huge, unexpected expenses and living in the chaos of construction gone longer than planned.

Whether you are planning a full home renovation, basement or kitchen remodel, or a partial home improvement, let these three rules guide you through.

Your Custom Home Design Guide

Some of the most seamless home renovations in Calgary have been due to the homeowner's fully understanding and allowing us, to guide them through the three steps listed below. A great full-service builder will be able to bring your home renovation design to life, seamlessly and stress-free.

Chances are if you are planning your home remodel you have discussed important topics such as budget and timeline and you will most likely have a Pinterest board full of ideas. But, if your builder does not have a clear understanding of your vision before beginning your project, things can go sideways quickly. Avoid these common pitfalls and have a great experience.

Three Steps to The Best Home Renovation

Here is how we prepare our clients to have an incredible custom design renovation:

  • Get Crystal Clear. It is nice to have a big vision and lots of ideas for your future renovation, but do you know exactly what are must have and what are nice to have? When creating your interior design, it's best to ensure that you take into account everyone's needs now, and in the near future to create a plan that hits all the marks.
  • Know Your Limit and Stay Within It. Setting your renovation budget is important but having an accurate budget forecast is even more important. What is the point of creating your financial plan if your builder does not stick to it? When interviewing your potential contractor, be sure to ask how many projects they have accurately forecasted (and ask for a customer reference, or two!)
  • Plan Your Exit. This is an incredibly important step that many people forget to consider. When planning your renovation budget and timeline, it is important to figure out your plans during the renovation construction. If parts of your home are unusable for any length of time you will need to plan where you will stay, eat and/or shower during those times.

Full Service, Design Build Renovations

There you have it. Having an excellent renovation takes more than just a vision board and a line of credit. Partnering with a custom home builder who has the experience, know-how, and foresight to plan your home improvement project thoroughly and accurately will make all the difference.

Home Renovations: Frequently Asked Questions

The big difference between working with a design-build developer versus going with a renovation company is that we implement the same full-service custom design process we use for our custom homes that we do for our remodels, renovations, and expansions. We find that the best renovation companies in Calgary will take you through the entire planning process, from start to finish to ensure an expertly executed project.

The cost of your home's remodel can vary largely due to the size and scope of your project. A good full-service builder will be able to help you plan your project budget accurately from the start. Part of our service is assessing your home's location, structure, and possible return on investment before we make a recommendation.

Depending on what parts of your home you are remodeling will determine whether, or not, you can stay in your home during construction. For example, you can still live in your home during a kitchen remodel, but you will need to plan for a period where you will be unable to cook. If you are doing multiple bathrooms, we can plan the work so only one bathroom is out of commission at a time to allow you to always have access to a working shower, sink and toilet. Full home renovations can be trickier to work around but depending on your timeline can determine if and when you need to move out temporarily.



Whether you want a beautiful custom home or a multi-unit complex for your investment portfolio, our team of highly experienced building professionals can help you achieve your goals. From initial conversations to design meetings and the build itself, we pride ourselves on being there for our clients right through to handing you the keys and beyond. Headquartered in Calgary, AB we are proud to serve Calgary, Kelowna, and the Columbia-Shuswap Region.


Whether you want a custom luxury home, a stunning lake view spot, or the perfect commercial spot for your new venture, our team makes the process as straightforward, cost-effective, and simple as possible. From planning and design to permits and a third party warranty, we will expertly manage every stage of the process. We take the challenge out of new builds, so you can focus on what’s truly important: achieving your dream.

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