Renovating houses has never been an easy task; it is both capital intensive and requires at least basic skills of design and spatial arrangement. Read on to find out four rules for combining old and new during the renovation.

Bring Old and New Together in a Renovation

Housing renovation is on the rise in Coquitlam, and the reasons are not farfetched. There are innovative upgrades and smart technologies present today, and everyone is eager to jump on these trends. Secondly, user preference. Whatever the reason, one question is almost sure to arise: “What are the rules around what keeping the old and what to make new?”.

A homeowner should answer the above question before embarking on a renovation project. Times and trends differ; a 100-year-old bathroom cannot possess the contemporary look of today’s bathroom. Today’s lifestyle has called for more eccentric renovations. Hence, contractors and homeowners must decide what’s to stay and what needs to go. Here are the four must-stick-to rules when working around that.

Rule #1: Focus on preservation and restoration

Rather than discard the old research on ways to preserve what was. Renovation is more about improving energy efficiency and aesthetics than doffing out money on new materials. For instance, everyone knows the return-on-investment value placed on items such as windows and doors are high. Factor such as energy efficiency and insulation comes to play when renovating. Energy statistics show that with proper repairs, out-fitting worn out parts such as glass and mullions with insulation materials, original fixtures can be as energy-efficient or better than new.

Rule #2: Get permits

Coquitlam, as well as any other organized urban setting, has regulations and standards regarding renovations and other construction operations. Failure to adhere to these bylaws may result in fines or worst case complete demolition. However, many homeowners and contractors choose to skip permits in a bid to save cost and often it doesn’t end very well.
Ensure you/the contractor checks with your local government agency to make every process legal. There’s a good chance most of the intended renovations require no planning approval at all (internal improvements most times). Always be at peace with the law.

Rule #3: Pay Attention to Details

When it comes to renovation, everything matters. Detailed planning is the key to saving costs and ensuring the functionality of your new space. Negligible factors such as placement of electrical switches and door jamb positions can go a long way to determine the comfort of the occupants after renovation. Always see the space from the user point of perspective; this will allow you detect misplaced functions.

Rule #4: specify all things

Work with measurements at all times. Irrespective of how experienced your contractor is, one un-accounted foot of measurement could cause severe damage and incur unplanned costs. With more detailed and specific analysis you are more likely to save cost and have a successful project. Many mistakes encountered during renovations often stems from lack of or wrong specification.


To cap it up, renovations is one of the most exciting things to do as a homeowner. But when not properly planned can be quite frustrating as well. No matter how much time you put into planning, there will be unexpected hurdles in the process. However, the ultimate rule to getting things done right is proper planning and budgeting very essential in helping you pull through any and all uncertainties.