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Where To Start in Your Next Home Renovations Project

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Home renovations take a lot of time, money, and energy to completely changing the space you want, most commonly are bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and backyards. So, if you are planning to build something from scratch, knock down walls to expand current living space, or change the layout of the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or backyard, that is a renovation. Looking at Toronto, Canada, a backyard renovation is much more different and difficult than in a usually sunny area as snow and ice cover the space most of the year.

If you are planning a major home renovation project in your family home or one you have roots set in already, this article has more to offer you. First, we will look at some major and minor home renovation projects you can embark on to make your home or space feel like new, and then focus on the backyard, bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen renovations, look at how to find a local, reliable and competent renovation contractor, as well as a fully-furnished suite in the Yorkville, Toronto area.


Major and Minor Renovations

Major and minor home renovations can sound and have similar services depending on some aspects like the price of the job, the time it takes for the renovation, and the kind of renovation.

As you already know, renovation is a means to restore something old or out of date to a new, better state, and can start from scratch. Some examples of major home renovations include enhancing your outdoor space with a patio or balcony, updating your home ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC), or doing a major change in your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or even basement area.

You can find more information about major and minor home renovations for your backyard, basement, bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom space, as well as local contractors and how to pick the right one in the Toronto area at Everything to Know about Home Renovations Short-term Stay in Toronto. And How To Find the Right Contractor for Your (Bathroom, Kitchen, Master Bedroom) Renovation for searching the right contractor in your area to help you in your next home project.


Backyard & Porch

Depending on the depth of the expansion or backyard/porch project you want to have renovated; the cost can range from a couple of thousands for basic landscaping to tens of thousands of dollars. However, keep in mind that if you really want that dream backyard of yours renovated, it can drastically increase your home resale and market value later.



An efficiently running bathroom will save you money and energy in the long run and renovating your bathroom gives you that chance to change out old pipes and fixtures saving your water and hydro bill. Small changes you can have done include changing the lighting, sink, toilet, or showerhead, tub or bath walls, and flooring. You can use this chance to fix any plumbing issues and get rid of mold and mildew. In the end, it will increase your home resale value, home efficiency, and sustainability, as well as safety for everyone.



Your bedroom is the most private space you have in your home and is the place you go home to rest. This is why when it is time to renovate your bedroom, there are many factors to look at before you start. And this can be simple, like what furniture you want to keep or buy new, are you repainting the walls, changing the curtains and lighting, room decor, windows, or closet space. Keep in mind that your bedroom space may have a built-in closet, wall charging outlet, or blocks of wall space that would want to be changed or is difficult to change.



If you are considering renovating your home kitchen to increase value or marketability, you can try an energy-efficient upgrade, adding in certain appliances, or making more space. A new kitchen layout can remove bottlenecks like corners and spaces that are hard to reach and limit the time you waste. Some ideas of kitchen renovations include adding a kitchen island, a pantry, a second sink, more cabinets, installing a wine fridge, pull-out appliances, or even a water and soap dispenser.



While an unfinished basement is great to use as extra storage space for your seasonal goods, your basement can be much more efficient after a renovation. If you have a basement kitchen and bathroom remodeled as well, you can rend out your basement space to pay for utilities and for extra income to pay your mortgage. Not only will it give your home a major boost in home resale value, but you can use the space as a home office, gym, family room, children's playroom, or guest bedroom.

If your home was recently damaged or destroyed due to natural causes, you can visit the Avalon Suites Yorkville Guide: Temporary Insurance Housing Options Until My House is Ready.


Local Contractors

Tips and Tricks when looking for your local Toronto or Greater Toronto area home renovator for when you do not know where to begin.

For more information on questions to ask your home renovator, visit the Avalon Suites Yorkville Guide: Questions to Ask in Your Next Home, Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen Renovation Contractor.

  1. Ask for referrals from friends and family, positive word of mouth is a good indicator of people rehiring the same contractor in the future

  2. Do your research online, compare different reviews and photos up on their websites to see if they suit your needs

  3. Look for credentials, and make sure they have certifications for the province of Ontario, nationally for Canada, and any other associations they are a part of.

  4. Call and have them survey your home in person before asking about price as nothing over the phone is a guarantee and should be trusted

  5. Ask questions about the space you want to be renovated, the cost, space, time, material, and if it is possible.


Avalon Suites Yorkville

Whatever your is major or minor home renovation, Avalon Suites offer fully furnished suites with 2x the living space and amenities found at home. Avalon Suites offer suites ranging from an Economy Suite to a Presidential accommodation, there is one best suited for your relocation housing needs.

Avalon premium luxury suites offer a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an in-suite washer and dryer, allowing you to feel just at home being able to do your own laundry.

Additionally, Avalon Suites have an in-building fitness center and gym, and conference room safely available to be booked, alongside 24/7 concierge services. Located in the heart of Yorkville intersecting Yorkville Avenue and Avenue Road, you are located minutes to premium dining experiences, shopping departments, tourist destinations, and a Wholefoods supermarket for your in-suite cooking needs.

Check out our blog for even more information.

Contact us at 416.731.1372 to learn more about our suites and to book!

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