Tips for Calgary Home Renovation

Calgary Home renovation is a process of extending, modifying, and transforming its exterior and interior structure and design. You may start from the roofing and go on to the stairs in a sequence of steps. Every step will have sub-sections for every room in your house. It takes detailed planning and preparation. 

Step 1- Design First 

Creating a design model is perhaps the first step for getting ready. You need to contact an architect, an interior designer, and of course, a renovation contractor. It would be better if you can get all the services from a single business entity since coordination will become streamlined. The designer may use software to or drawing board to model the design. 

TDRE Vs Improvement

The first question you have to answer is whether you want to Tear Down and Reengineer or renovation calgary  on the existing structure. In the first approach, you may have to remove many of the exterior and interior architectural and structural elements. 

In the second approach, you don’t have to make any drastic removal and replacement. It may require simple modifications. The emphasis is always on adding new elements. Once you are clear with it, you can go ahead and get the design blueprint from the architect. 

Factors to Consider

The budget could one of the top priorities for consideration before design. It also requires material planning. You may have to consider other factors like labor costs, transportation, utility bills, rental/buying of equipment and tools, etc. But the first factor is material cost. 

Step 2 – Material Planning 

Material planning is the most critical part, which has to start with a detailed requirement for every room. The list could contain furniture and fixture, materials for flooring and ceiling, windows, doors, carpeting, electrical outlets, interior design, etc. You need to have individual plans for the living room, bedrooms, kitchen, bath and toilet, kids’ rooms, dining room, and storage space, etc.  Allocate the budget for every room individually and work within the limits. It can help keep a tab on the excess of material purchase, which may not be required. 

Material Procurement

You can buy the material directly from the store (preferably wholesalers) or you can ask the contractors to do it for you. Then you may have to check the inventory of supplies and compare the prices with the market price for every material. It could be a boring job, but still, you got to do it. The best thing is to get a checklist from the contractor before he makes the purchase. Then you can compare the price, quality, durability, warranty, and other factors with other suppliers and make a final decision. 

Material Storage 

Chemicals, thinners, and paints can last for a long time in storage. Metals and laminated wood can also endure long-term storage. You have to plan the storage of non-laminated wood, cast-iron, cement, etc. It is because they can cause pollution due to heat and humidity. Raw wood can decay and cause the growth of mold and mildew. 

The best way to plan your storage is to control your supplies in steps. Procure limited quantity of materials required for the renovation of each room at a time. It can also keep a tab on the quantity of material you procure, besides reducing waste to near zero. You can use the excess of material for the renovation of the next room. 

Material Utilization 

Keeping control of material utilization could be a complex task, especially when the architects and designers are working with the renovation workers. You may have to monitor every process from the number of paint coats the wall to the number of fasteners used for making a partitioned cabin. So, you will need a reliable person to monitor the renovation process. Make sure the person knows the basics of technical things and has good communication with the contractor and his team members. He can also take care of inventory management and material issues to the workers during the renovation. 

Step 3 – Next Budget Planning 

Once the material planning and process control are in place, you can plan the next stage of the budget. It includes all the other aspects from workforce salaries to interior design, architecture, utilities, furniture and fixture, etc. 

Step 4 – Design and Architecture Comparison 

You can explore the multiple aspects of renovation architecture and design from the same creators or try with other service providers. Your comparison methods can be based on practical, emotional, artistic, and sensual aspects. You have to decide which one is the top priority. Of course, there will be plenty of room for other priorities, within your planned budget. 

Expert architects and designers can create colossal structures and designs with materials within your affordable prices. You have to view their previous sample works to determine how appealing they have been. 

Step 5 – Eco-Friendly Materials

Corefront Calgary Home renovation is much more than aesthetics and designs. It is also about durability, quality, and technical feasibility. First among them is the eco-friendliness. Concrete, Paints, wood, and metals can contain contaminants like asbestos, acids, and other chemicals. The most eco-friendly materials may also contain a certain quantity of contaminants. So, you have to ensure the maximum possible eco-friendliness in the materials you procure. 

Step 6 – Workers’ Evaluation 

You have to ensure the skill and experience levels of calgary home renovation workers are sufficient to match your specific requirements. For example, the architect may have designed the most intricate pattern for your living room ceiling and walls. But it is the worker who will put that design into a practical structure. So, you have to ensure he understands the intricacies in detail. 

The best way of evaluation is to speak directly with the workers in the presence of architects. It can clear all the doubts you and the worker may have. 


By following these simple steps, it is possible to streamline the home renovation process to a considerable extent, once the project starts. You can have control over the management of materials, men, methods and money to a significant extent. The biggest benefit is you can control and reduce waste to near-zero levels. 


Corefront Custom Renovations
1111 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0E6
(403) 457-2673