Renovation7 min

Remodeling 101: A Complete Guide to Renovation Planning

Most home renovation shows you see on TV depict more of an expectation versus the reality. They show remodeling projects as no-hassle, fun-filled endeavors that are completed on time and under budget. But in the real world, home renovations are usually not that simple. They require careful research and planning to ensure the process runs smoothly.

So, how do you know where to start? Cue our comprehensive renovation guide that breaks it all down with easy-to-follow steps. Whether you’re a seasoned home improvement veteran or tackling a renovation for the first time, there’s something in this guide for you. Let’s break down some of the highlights.

The Power of the Three-Ring Binder

Step 1 of a renovation is setting a realistic budget. Although we live in a digital world, don’t overlook the power of a good old-fashioned binder to plan your budget. This three-ring binder will be your go-to resource where you can store your final project timeline and budget.

Maximize Your Renovation

You’ve finalized your renovation timeline and budget, and now it’s time to plan how you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Choose building materials that are long-lasting, making them more cost-effective than cheaper materials you’ll have to replace just down the road. Products like LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding are engineered to withstand strong winds and hail impact while resisting damage from high humidity, termites, fungal decay and freeze/thaw cycles.

What Are You Waiting For?

Click here to download our resource-rich e-book. Beyond the highlights above, you’ll find a wealth of information on how to work harmoniously with your remodeler. For more information on how LP® SmartSide® products can help make your renovation a success, visit LPSmartSide.com, call 888-820-0325 or find a remodeler near you.

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Maintenance6 min

Cold-Weather Checklist: 8 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… Before the temperatures drop down near or below freezing, you will want to take certain precautions to prepare your home for winter weather. This will help you avoid costly repairs, uncomfortable conditions inside the house and extravagant utility bills.

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Renovation5 min
The Key Differences Between Tract, Spec and Custom Homebuilders

When it comes time to house hunt, there are three primary categories of residential homebuilders to choose from: tract, spec and custom builders. There are many aspects that set each apart, but here are the basics potential homebuyers should consider to ensure they’re investing in the type of home that best fits their preferences, budget and stage of life.

Outdoor Living5 min
Building an Ice Fishing Shed Demands Durability

Ice fishing has long been one of the most popular winter pastimes in Canada and the northern U.S. All you need is access to a solidly frozen lake because a flowing river doesn’t freeze thick enough. Ice fishers typically sit in simple enclosures that protect them from the elements. These go by interchangeable names like ice shack, ice shanty, fish house or ice-fishing shed. Some enthusiasts are taking things up a notch by building deluxe sheds featuring dining areas, office space and even electricity for TVs and microwaves.

Curb Appeal5 min
Best Siding Choices For Colonial Homes

Colonial-style homes have endured among America’s favorite architecture designs since they first appeared in the late 1700s, about the same time as the birth of the United States. There’s no mistaking a classic Colonial design with other styles. Clearly identified by its two-story rectangle shape, moderately pitched roof and front door built squarely in the center, Colonial-style homes are stately, symmetrical and practical.