8 Stress-Free Reno Tips For New D.I.Y.-ers

Do you have the drive to take on a new home renovation project yourself? Follow these Pro tips to help you nail down your renovation stress-free and successfully.


1-What’s the plan

It’s worthwhile to do a little research online before rolling up your sleeves, look for handy videos or step-by-step tutorials that will help you create a DIY plan and nail all the steps. While most projects before and after appear fast and easy to complete to the casual eye , there is often more hands-on work than what meets the eye.

2-Get professional advise

If you are considering taking on a home renovation project yourself, to ensure a successful end result, it is always helpful asking for a pro’s point of view first.  Requesting a consultation from a designer or hiring an inspector at home for example can give a unique insight and help you anticipate potential problems in your own home. It is also important to know if licensed commercial professionals and permits are necessary to complete the work, so that you are protected if something goes wrong according to plan, all for insurance and liability purposes.

3-What’s your budget

The last thing a homeowner wants to the is lack of motivation or money in the mid term. Granted, sweat is free, it is always important to create a logical estimate of the materials required and muster a complete budget for your project. A great motivator of a lot of DIY is the possibility to save money by doing some DIY work rather than hiring a professional. Some exhausting or more specialized tasks are well worth your investment in dollars and worth hiring a pro. In the end, your time and efforts are precious and valuable as well.

4-Time evaluation

Whatever the large or small project, even a skilled handymen does not manage to estimate a clear deadline on project completion time. It is important to take a step back before starting a project and to write each sequential move, then to list the materials and costs associated with each move, and then to apply a time estimate to each steps of the project. It is worth adding 10% to 20% more time in case of bad weather and more time to the project than was originally thought to explain the bumps along the way. Ultimately, nothing is worse than a project taking longer than evaluated and having to leave it unfinished.

5-First, be safe

Having safety equipment on hand and taking extra precautions to protect yourself and your home from a potential DIY accident is more important than the actual home improvement project itself. Depending on the project, invest in appropriate personal protections such as safety goggles, work gloves, helmets and steel boots. It is important to avoid wearing baggy clothing that could be caught in power tools and moving parts. Make sure your environment is safe and that valuables are packed and protected with respect to your work environment. A clean and clear work-space is a safe space!

6-Be thorough with your preliminary work

Keep in mind that the preliminary work is probably 90% of the DIY battle. The anticipation of refreshing kitchen panels with a new coat of paint can make it tempting to ignore the still important steps of sanding and priming. The use of essential preparation elements, such as high quality primers to ensure optimum adhesion to the paint, the proper grain of sand paper. In this way the final results will be successful and sustainable are guaranteed

7-Have the proper product & tools

It is important to research and invest in the products and finishes designed for the settings that they will follow, that are all found in renovation centers. There is a product out there for every situation and every setting – you just need to make sure that you choose the best for your specific job. There is a big difference between a piece of wood and a hand saw. Purchasing power tools and quality labor can actually save a lot of time tinkering to complete a project, can minimize material damage, thus saving money and frustration. Many home improvement centers now offer tool rental options and expert advises.

8-Practice does makes perfect, but always know your limit

It makes a difference to take time to practice with the scrap materials before you get to the finished product. Especially if you’re stepping into new DIY territory with a project and skill that you’ve never tried before. Accidents occur when people are apprehensive  or intimidated by a new or uncomfortable task, if you are not 100% sure of using power tools or climbing a ladder, do not do it! To ensure your success in your home improvement adventure, there is help out there for you, workshops are given by experienced and knowledgeable professional that you can find at many local home improvement centers or from your friendly local contractor.



7 Timeless Viable Facts on Tile

There are many places on the web where you can educate yourself on tile, so here I thought of breaking down for you elements you should know!

Timeless architectural element in design.

World wide, tile plays an array of roles, exposing for over thousands of years its durability and flexibility. Tile validates to be one of the most practical building materials to its simplest modesty to the most divine.

Durable and viable

In architecture ceramic tile has been used since the ninth century BC. In the long term, this lasting material results in much less utilization of resources  lessening the environmental impact. Dissimilar to carpet, vinyl, or laminate flooring which have to be systematically reinstalled. While  tiles  on the other end, when accurately installed, will last a lifetime.


Ceramic tile requires minute maintenance to keep neat and in good standard, unlike textiles and other organic materials. Achieved by using components and procedures that have a low cost and little environmental strike, lowering maintenance costs over its lifetime. Also, tile is simple to clean and highly scrape-resistant.

Energy saver

Compressed raw materials like sand, clay, and glass  are what ceramic tile is composed of. All easily recyclable, and as naturally inexhaustible  resources, produce a low environmental impact. Cooling because of its exceptional thermal mass, tile can reduce the consumption of energy needed for heating .


Highly resistant to weathering, ceramic tile are as impotent and unaffected by hazard of  fire, water, and even UV emissions. When exposed to high temperatures tile exude no toxic clemency substances , which in the event of a fire can become one of the main risks. Ceramic tile will never fade nor be affected by UV rays because of it’s natural minerals composite fired at over 2300 degrees F temperatures.


Horizontal or vertical surfaces, flat or curved, indoors or outdoors, in wet or dry areas, ceramic tile can be utilized. It can have materials and colors that absorb radiation to naturally regulate the temperature or have reflective surfaces to improve lighting. The tile versatility makes it a prime choice in commercial and residential flooring and wall coverings plans .


Considering that tile is fired in kilns to excessively high temperatures, there are no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the air we breathe from the finished product. A wide variety of health problems  attributed to VOCs , significantly the causing of “sick building syndrome.”  There are, in addition, adhesives and grouts accessible consisting of none, or very minor VOCs.

In summery, tiles a part of our daily lives and it possesses more value then what we think of at first glance.

Let us know what you think!

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Renovation Treasure

What you do not expect to find in renovations!

It was on the very first day in the masking elements of renovation. When floors, debris and old wood are being ripped, do you not expect anything but mold and bad surprises. In this case, in a 150 year old house, this was an unforeseen surprise of a gold fish inlay.

Made out of an antique mesh and vinyl composite floor, cut out and perfectly integrated into the unity of the floor. This fish design dates back to the 1930’s, ended up being hidden under the sub floor and forgotten for us to find. It is fascinating the little the art piece but yet such a strange connection to the past history of this home.


Could it be the design of a one of our great Canadian artist? Maybe a signature for a bigger hidden golden design? Why only a single fish in the center of this washroom floor? Which is quite unusual to see this kind of design, without any  rhythm or pattern style.

Make note that most antique home possesses a secret for you to discover. Finding a piece of it made us feel like kids looking for a treasure under a stone!1fish-floor


Variety comes handy

We are equipped to do large-scale projects, from simple layouts to intricate detailing. 

What we can do for you;

-Corporate logo tile floor inlay or plaque

-Family Crests mosaic inlay

-Custom walls/wall-hangings mosaics

-Mosaic tile table/counter tops

-Kitchen or bathroom back-splashes

-Flagstone pathways

Property maintenance, extended features

Frebetoa has the experience in tile materials of many kinds; mesh inlays, ceramic, porcelain, V.C.T., natural stones, your preference for renovations/decorations or innovating.

You want to have a look of your own on your renovations by getting your tiles done with a specific design of your choice. By having your logo/crest or design on mesh, we are able to place into your existing floor or wall. Giving an undeniable feel of class and wealth to your industry or to your home. It will portray quality and that your are there to stay.

Just tell us, where ever your imagination takes you, Frebetoa wants to help you achieve it.

Price of the commission for tiling

To give you an idea of how much it would costs to undergo a basic renovation or  a complete overhaul, we outlined how much you can expect to spend for the project you would like to undergo.

You are looking to tile your kitchen, washroom, lobby or any surfaces. In that case, you are considering porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, maybe a natural stone or a custom mosaic.

  1. With respect to material and labor, are your natural stone options at approximately $5.50 to $12 (or higher) per square foot material, added $10 a square foot for installation.
  2. Tiles like ceramic and porcelain will cost you roughly $3 to $8  a square foot, and likewise $6 a square foot in labor cost.
  3. Custom Mosaic Tiling are hand-crafted and the cost go from $100 per square foot up to $500. Taking in account how detailed your design and on how many colors are applied.