Reno reality check at the BC Home & Garden Show

Posted by Rumin Mann
March 6th, 2011

Novice home renovators would do well to start the process by talking to those in the know. Because given the ever-growing sophistication of materials and technologies going into the home, getting it wrong can be costly and heart wrenching.

Some people get hopelessly lost, says Peter Simpson, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, citing the would-be carpenter who returns two or three times to the lumberyard to purchase the same piece of wood.

“You have to understand your skill set,” Simpson says of B.C. consumers who, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, will spend $7.8 billion on renovations this year. “There’s a lot of play.” So while the annual B.C. Home & Garden Show March 2 to 6 at the Vancouver Convention Centre is decidedly about buying and selling, it’s also about understanding the home renovation process, and avoiding the pitfalls.

Delta-based Kenorah Construction and Design will unveil a novel “design lab” that demonstrates how the use of creative expertise and skilled trades can make the difference between a beautifully renovated bathroom and one that’s gone awry.

“Visitors will look at two bathrooms and readily see which one has been thought out, and which one has mistakes that are routinely made,” Kenorah’s Jan Rutgers promises. “We’re going to show that do-it-yourself isn’t necessarily the best route.”

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