Home Improvement Blogs – Kelowna

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3 Steps to Organize Your Garage and Beat ClutterMany Kettle Valley homeowners store items in their garage that don't have a home in the house, leading to overcluttering and stress as items pile up. When your garage is stuffed full of junk, it's time to go through it and get everything organized. Try these tips to get your garage cleaned out today.

Remove Items from Garage to Declutter

When clutter has been packed away, it's difficult to see how much has accumulated. Boxes hide behind boxes, inside larger boxes, and on shelves that mask the amount of stuff that has built up. That's why it's essential, when there are plans to declutter the garage, to remove all of your belongings from the garage itself to effectively sort through them. Following these steps can make this process less

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How to Create a Backyard Space Everyone Will LoveUpdating a backyard is an investment in the quality of life for residents. So many homeowners don't make use of their outdoor space, even though the yard can be just as valuable as the kitchen or the bedrooms. Those who want to renovate the backyard should keep the following ideas in mind.

Just Add Water

Water in the backyard can come in the form of anything from a birdbath to a rain garden to a fountain. Homeowners can create a relaxing place for people to decompress. Those who want to save their pennies for the larger structure can consider adding a rain barrel or building a system to redistribute the water from the gutters to the garden. This tactic will nourish the flowers and clease the air at the same time. Water works best in the shaded

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3 Window Types Perfect For Your HomeWindows let the light and air into a Joe Rich home. The shape can change a home’s look and give it personality that it didn’t have before. There are many different types of windows homeowners can choose for their home. Each of them have different appearances and features, such as how wide it can open or how it opens. Homeowners who are looking for new windows need to know the different types they can choose from. Here are some of the most popular window types and what makes them great choices for a home.

Double- and Single-Hung Windows

Most homeowners are already familiar with double- and single-hung windows, even if they don’t know them by name. These windows are some of the most popular windows for homes. The difference between the two is that

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What You Need to Know About Deferred MaintenanceTo be safe for human habitation, homes need to be properly maintained. Homes that are not properly maintained may be plagued by plumbing leaks, electrical problems, structural damage and more.

Homes that have a lot of deferred maintenance can decrease in value, because many home buyers are reluctant to purchase a home with serious deferred maintenance. If your home has a lot of deferred maintenance, you may have a difficult time selling your property. Here's what you need to know.

Why Deferred Maintenance Is a Problem

Small problems become large ones when they're not addressed in a timely manner. Plumbing leaks are one of the best examples of how a minor problem can become significant in a short period.

Plumbing leaks can cause wood in the

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Everything You Need to Know About Refurbishing CabinetsOld cabinets can really drag down the appearance of your kitchen. Cabinet replacement can be very expensive, but refurbishment is much more affordable. Cabinet refurbishment can be done as a DIY activity or with help from a contractor. If you're thinking about refurbishing your cabinets, there are many things to know about the process. These tips can help.

Pick a Stain or Color

The stain or color of the cabinets can have a big effect on the appearance of the kitchen. Darker kitchens benefit from lighter colors, while lighter kitchens benefit from darker colors.

Before the homeowner settles on the stain or paint color, it's important to apply samples to a piece of cardboard or wood. Viewing the samples in different lights and at different times

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Home Improvements that Reduce Your Home's ValueMany homeowners naturally assume that any home improvement they make will improve their home's value. This is not always the case. Some home improvements can actually make a home harder to sell, and can lead to lower offers from buyers. If you're a homeowner who wants to improve your home's value, the following home improvements are best avoided.

Altering a Bedroom to Become Something Else

Bedrooms add value to a home, but what happens if the homeowner takes a bedroom away? For example, imagine a homeowner wants to convert their spare bedroom into an office. To do this, they build a desk into the walls. The room no longer qualifies as a bedroom when the time comes to sell the home. This can reduce the value of the house. Homeowners who want

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How to Navigate Your Deck ConstructionConstructing a deck isn't just a regular project for most homeowners. Though some homeowners may try building a deck as a DIY project, most let a professional build it. Tied up in images of backyard parties and barbecues, homeowners can become emotionally invested long before they even get started. This overenthusiasm is normal, but it can ultimately lead to mistakes being made or even laws being broken. Here are a few tips to keep the construction as linear and logical as possible.

Check the Rules

Most homeowners haven't memorized the building codes of Canada or their neighborhood. Some homeowners don't even know they need to ask for permission to first construct their deck. The laws for each home will depend on what province it's located

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Top High-Return Kitchen RenovationsIn the past, over half of Canadian homeowners were planning on undertaking a renovation during the year. Some homeowners will hire a professional while others will do a DIY project. And while some have a relatively conservative budget, others plan to go all out on their next remodeling project. Kitchens are a high-traffic area that is often touted as one of the place to get the best returns on a project. However, is a $60,000 project worth it when looking at the ROI?

Homeowners should feel comfortable that a refurbished kitchen general yields a return of 70 to 100 per cent on a consistent basis. Even though trends change, explore some kitchen renovations project offering homeowners a high ROI upon resale.

Appeal to the Buyer

Homeowners who

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Which Upgrade Renovations Yield the Best Returns?Most homeowners want to upgrade their bathrooms. Homeowners may use a contractor or decide to do a do-it-yourself (DYI) project. Whether it's because their fixtures are outdated or because they're just tired of staring at the same old paint job, the improvements are usually made with the residents in mind rather than the future buyers. But if homeowners can please both themselves and the next people who live in their home, it's definitely the cherry on top of the sundae. Homeowners who want to make strategic moves should keep the following tips in mind.

Think Small

Smaller bathroom renovations tend to have the highest returns. This is because a return on investment (ROI) for a bathroom is going to be highly dependent on the area in which a

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Winterize your home and prevent costly repairs later. Here our some simple tips to save you money.There are some terrific reasons to make sure a home is ready for colder weather. Comfort is one. Energy savings is another. Perhaps the most important reason, however, is ensuring this major investment is properly protected from the elements.

Winter weather can bring frigid temperatures, ice, high winds, rain, snow, and flooding. It can damage roofs and foundations. It can freeze and break water pipes and eventually lead to rotting wood and mold. These can be costly to remediate, so it is best to protect homes from damage by taking appropriate winterization steps.

Clear Gutters and Drainpipes

One major area of concern is in making sure gutters and downspouts are free from debris to allow for proper draining. If leaves, dirt, and twigs

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