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Kelowna Home Revitalized: A Dive Into Home Upgrades

You’ve likely chosen to call Kelowna home for the same reasons so many others are flocking to this area: stunning landscapes, natural beauty, four season playground, alluring local, award-winning wineries, a plethora of golf courses, plus the expansive Okanagan lake. As homeowners, in this picturesque city, you may find yourself considering a home remodelling project to enhance both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your living space. In this blog post, we will explore the exciting world of home renovations, offering insights, inspiration, and practical tips to help you embark on your journey toward a dream home.

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1. Inspiration from Kelowna’s Surroundings:

Kelowna’s natural beauty can serve as a rich source of inspiration for your home renovations. Consider incorporating elements that reflect the region’s lakes, mountains, and vineyards into your design. From earthy color palettes to panoramic windows that capture the scenic views, let the essence of Kelowna guide your creative choices.

2. Popular Renovation Trends:

Explore the latest home upgrade trends that are gaining popularity. Whether it’s open-concept living spaces, energy-efficient upgrades, or the integration of smart home technology, staying informed about local trends can help you make decisions for your renovation project while assisting you to build value into your home.

3. Choosing the Right Contractors:

A successful home renovation in Kelowna starts with selecting the right contractor/builder. It’s important to research and ultimately hire a professional with experience and a solid reputation in the local market. Be sure to vet your list of prospective contractors by checking references and reviewing their portfolio of past work and ensure they understand the unique considerations of Kelowna’s building codes and climate before you make any commitments. You want to ensure that whomever you pick, has a strong team to support the success of your project and the ability to complete the work on time and on budget.

4. Navigating Permits and Regulations:

Kelowna, like any city, has specific building codes and regulations and with upcoming changes to BC zoning codes, it’s important you partner with a knowledgeable expert. By ensuring your chosen contractor/builder has strong knowledge of zoning and BC Building codes, it will help you to avoid potential setbacks and delays.

5. Budgeting and Financing Your Project:

Renovations come with financial considerations. It’s important to establish a game plan for how you are going to pay for your renovation. Will you be paying cash, taking out a loan or perhaps consider a HELOC? You’ll need to have this figured out and be able to confidently know you have the funds to cover the cost of the renovation.  Equally important is to have a solid, reliable budget that you’ve built with your contractor/builder. The budget should detail all the anticipated costs as well as allow for contingency monies for any unforeseen expenses. Renovating isn’t the same as building a new home.  There can be expenses that crop up that even the most experienced contractor couldn’t have anticipated, so be sure to factor into your budget a contingency line item; better to be safe than sorry and be scrambling to find funds you hadn’t anticipated you’d need.

6. Local Success Stories:

Align West Homes has been building new homes and renovating existing homes in Kelowna for decades. We love helping homeowners with their renovations; allowing them to modernize and improve the layout of their home, while continuing to love where they live. We are an Okanagan Housing Awards of Excellent winner in the Residential Renovation category and can offer you inspired design concepts, high quality craftsmanship and open lines of communication through the entire renovation process. Our San Michelle residential renovation was a full scope project that culminated with homeowners that are thrilled with their newly renovated home and an OHAE 2023 Gold Winner Award. Most recently we are proud of our OHAE 2024 Silver Finalist Award for our O’Reilly Farmhouse Kitchen Comfort project and we are crossing our fingers for the Gold Winner Award announcement that will come in early 2024.

7. Kelowna Home Renovation Resources:

Align West Homes’ team combines an award-winning interior designer with experienced project managers, red seal carpenters and trade partners. Our preferred partners stand a head above the crowd and are an extension of our in-house team which all our clients have an opportunity to work directly with. Our goal is to provide our clients with introductions and options to best fit with their renovation project and personalities.


Embarking on a home renovation project is an exciting journey that allows homeowners to create spaces that truly reflect their lifestyle and preferences, without having to sell their home and purchase a new one. By drawing inspiration from the local surroundings, staying informed about trends, and collaborating with experienced professionals, you can turn your vision into reality. This blog post aims to guide and inspire you as you embark on the transformative process of renovating your Kelowna home.

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Dave Pfuetzner