Renovation adventures make for lively reading — it’s all the fun of a full-blown home makeover, only someone else does the work and pays the bills!

The family behind Daily Home Renovation Tips sounds a bit like they’ve ended up in the plot of a movie! Just think about it: a major home renovation, semi-DIY style…

One problem….it needed a lot of work. How much work? Let’s just say that after 6 months our renovation continues!

Cheers to the anonymous homeowners for sharing their frustrations and, er, “learning experience” with others who are walking the same road! But we can learn from looking at the success stories, too — the family room makeover, for example, is inspiring:

family room fireplace makeover

So, what happened here?

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From a cold pale blue room dominated by a floor-to-ceiling dark brick fireplace, they created a warm and inviting, yet sophisticated, family retreat in up-to-date earth tones.

A dark espresso-brown hardwood floor anchors the room, now, in place of a dated blue carpet, and a change of wall paint colour means a complete change of mood — but the big news is the fireplace. The secret is heat-proof drywall to cover the top portion of that heavy brick surround, giving a chance to reduce its imposing bulk, scale down, and blend into the room.

Now… the home reno family is down in the basement, struggling with the challenge of home heating and humidity control. As the proud owner of a brand new Biasi furnace, myself, I’ve got a keen interest in what happens next!

Each tip comes from our own personal experiences. We are not contractors. We are not renovation professionals. We are just like the vast majority who are home owners who needed both minor and major improvements to their home but have no experience with renovations.

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