“Home Renovation – Renovate to Radiate!”

Are you a homeowner dreaming of a home renovation – creating a captivating masterpiece filled with charm? In today’s fast-paced world, there is a sense of nostalgia that draws many homeowners towards renovating homes. Home renovations can not only be cost-effective but also allow you to infuse modern comforts, while evoking a unique historical character. However, diving into a home reno project may feel like a daunting task for the unaccustomed homeowner.
That’s why we’re here – in this article, we’ll provide some valuable insights and advice to guide you through the journey, if you want to bring this dream from vision to reality. Let’s begin!

It Starts with a Vision

A great first step for a successful home renovation is to envision what you want your end result to be. Take the time to research different home design styles, browse online platforms such as Pinterest or Houzz to gather design ideas, and consider visiting heritage homes or even creating a vision board to capture your desired aesthetic. Explore architectural styles and aesthetics that resonate with you, and consider the elements you might like to incorporate into your renovation project. This information is not only inspiring, but will help you make informed decisions as you renovate your home – and being clear about your vision from the outset will help drive the project forward, and enable you to communicate effectively with your team of professionals.

Then Comes the Assessment

Evaluating the condition of your home is crucial. Older homes can have hidden issues that require attention, such as outdated electrical systems, plumbing problems, or structural integrity concerns. If you have to undertake this yourself, begin by assessing the condition of the property thoroughly. Look for any structural issues, such as foundation problems, roof damage, or plumbing and electrical concerns. You can create a comprehensive list of necessary repairs and improvements, categorized as immediate needs, medium-term goals, and long-term enhancements.

However, we recommend that you hire professional renovation contractors to conduct a more thorough inspection. Professional, qualified and experienced renovation contractors, architects or engineers will be better able to identify structural issues, electrical and plumbing concerns, and other potential problems that may arise during the renovation. Old homes also often come with outdated wiring, lead-based paint, or asbestos. Tests and inspections by professionals ought to also address hazardous materials, the replacement of unsafe outdated systems, and potential upgrades of security features – the health and well-being of your family should take precedence throughout the renovation process.

These assessments will allow you to anticipate potential challenges and can serve as a road map for your project, allowing you to budget and plan effectively.

And Here Comes the Plan

It’s essential to develop a comprehensive plan. Start by setting clear goals and priorities for your renovation. This information will help you make informed decisions as you renovate. Depending on the scope of your renovation, you may need construction permits or zoning variances. Engage with your local municipality to ensure compliance with regulations and obtain the necessary approvals. An experienced contractor should have the knowledge to help guide you through this process, ensuring that the renovation adheres to building codes.

As well, you’ll want a realistic budget – renovating an old home requires careful budgeting, and establishing a realistic one is indispensable to ensure you don’t overspend or cut corners. Consider all the costs associated with the project, including permits, materials, labor – and unforeseen expenses. You can consult with your renovation contractors and construction professionals to obtain estimates for materials, labor, and how to handle any unforeseen challenges. Once you have the estimated cost, allow for a contingency fund to accommodate the unexpected expenses that may arise along the way. Home renovation loans may also be a viable option for financing your project.

Start by setting clear goals and priorities for your renovation. This information will help you make informed decisions during the renovation process.

Now It’s Time for Some Nitty Gritty

The choice of materials plays a crucial role in achieving a high-quality traditional aesthetic. Opt for timeless materials like natural stone, exposed brick, and hardwood flooring that evoke a sense of character and history. Elements like stained glass windows, ornate mouldings and metal fixtures also contribute significantly to the timeless aesthetic of the property. Select unique, high-quality finishes that enhance your chosen design aesthetic. Lighting fixtures, door hardware, and decorative accents can elevate the ambience, making your old home truly shine. Don’t rush this; invest time and effort into sourcing the perfect elements that reflect your personality and style. Consider also that suitable traditional color palettes applied to both interior and exterior spaces creates a cohesive overall design.

As you renovate, consider implementing energy-efficient upgrades such as insulation, double-glazed windows, and LED lighting. Consider replacing outdated electrical wiring, plumbing systems, and HVAC units to ensure efficiency and safety. These not only enhance your home’s efficiency but also reduce long-term energy costs. And incorporating sustainable, energy-efficient design is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for your home’s long-term value. If you want, it’s possible to prioritize materials and techniques that meet modern energy efficiency standards, while minimizing impact on the home’s traditional aesthetic. Collaborate with your renovation company to find possible modern alternatives that replicate some of the appearance of heritage fixtures, switches, and vents, and remember also that you can create a beautiful space that honors the past while embracing the future. 😉

Extend the aesthetic to your outdoor spaces by investing in thoughtful landscaping. Preserve existing trees and landscaping that contribute to the home’s aesthetics and create natural shade, reducing the need for excessive cooling. Consider incorporating traditional elements like picket fences, stone pathways, and well-curated gardens. Revive your front facade by restoring or replicating period-appropriate details such as porch railings, ornamental brackets, or intricate woodwork.

And Be Water, my Friend

Renovating an old home is a labor of love that rewards patience and flexibility. Unexpected challenges and delays may arise during your home renovation. Embrace these hurdles as opportunities to learn and grow. Keep an open line of communication with your team of renovation contractors and be willing to adapt your plans if necessary. Don’t worry, it’ll be worth it – renovating an old home is an exhilarating journey that combines respect for history with a vision for your future.


With these steps and and a trusted team of professionals, you can create a timeless gem that seamlessly blends the charm of yesteryear with the comfort and functionality of today. Embrace the adventure, and you’ll find yourself with a unique home that truly reflects your vision and personality. Remember to enjoy the process, and revel in the rewards of your renewed space! Transform your home, embrace history, and create a legacy in the process – start your craftsman or heritage-inspired home renovation project today.

Questions About Home Renovation?


Partnering with an experienced craftsman home construction company will ensure your home renovation project is executed with precision and attention to detail. DeVries Construction offers a wide variety of services in Vernon and the North Okanagan to expedite the process for you, while ensuring it is performed at the highest quality. See how!

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