From the Outside on In: 4 Overlooked Home Renovations to Consider

The outside of your home can be just as important as the inside when it comes to home renovations.

The outside of your home can be just as important as the inside when it comes to home renovations.

When we think of home renovations in the Okanagan, we often think of the big projects that we think will give us a bigger return on our investment. This includes the full kitchen remodel or the bathroom overhaul. However, there are other projects that are worth looking into that will not only improve the quality of living in your home, but may increase your home’s value if done by properly vetted Kelowna renovation contractors such as Rafter 4K Contracting.

Here we look at 4 overlooked renovation projects to consider:


1. Little Things Can Mean Big Savings

According to HGTV Canada, the most popular renovation trends for Canadian homes are not always the hugely expensive projects. Sometimes it’s the smaller things that matter. This includes installing new fixtures and features that can help you conserve energy while cutting down on your house renovation costs. Before you decide to tear up your entire home, first think about upgrading your home with new:

  • Energy efficient windows and doors
  • Low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets
  • LED smart lights and switches
  • Solar tubing and solar panels
  • Energy saving HVAC systems (some of which involve rebates)


2. Freshen Up Your Floors

Flooring has come a long way since the days of linoleum, shag carpet and scratched hardwood that constantly needs sanding and polishing. Floors now come in all manner of materials, some of which are also sustainable. And best of all, they don’t need much tending to, except for the occasional cleaning. General contractors can help upgrade your floors to freshen up the look of your home, without dipping too deep into your budget. Some flooring materials to consider include:

  • Ceramic tiles
  • Bamboo
  • Engineered hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Berber or nylon carpet
  • Vinyl tiles


3. Improve the Ventilation in Your House

While it may not be seen as an exciting renovation project, as you can’t really see it, improving your home’s ventilation is as important and putting in a new roof or windows. It is especially important in winter, as a poorly ventilated home can cause issues such as moisture build up and mould. A renovation company can help improve the air circulation in your home by installing roof/attic vents and exhaust fans in places of high humidity such as kitchens and bathrooms.


4. Look To The Exterior

The outside of our home is just as important as the inside when it comes to renovations, but we often overlook the exterior. Installing new and colourful siding and tending to other exterior touches such painting, staining, landscaping and even installing a new deck or patio will not only improve your home’s curb appeal but will also make it more inviting for your family to spend more time outdoors. While wood, brick, vinyl and stucco exterior siding still has its place, home renovations in Kelowna can also include home exteriors built with:

  • Cement fibre
  • Aluminum
  • PCV
  • Steel
  • Stone/Aggregate


Read our recent press release on why some Kelowna homeowners are considering home renovations over selling due to the Speculation Tax.


Looking to renovate and need to find a contractor you can rely on? Look no further than Rafter 4K Contracting. We are one the renovation contractors Kelowna homeowners have trusted for more than 25 years. Our Kelowna renovation services include both interior and exterior projects from bathrooms to kitchens to exterior siding and everything in between.


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