Brent Poole

Brent Poole
Home Improvements

"At the end of the day, it is always up to you, there is no right way or wrong way it’s a matter of taste. Your uniqueness is what makes it count."

Is an idle mind really the devils workshop? If so, he must be really good at home renovations. Its easy for many of us to fall afoul, sticking with what is old, tried and tested. We do all tend to get stuck in our own
little ways. Is it fear of change? Perhaps, but without starting we will never move on.

With it being the new year, my thoughts are on all things new, so why not look at the new trends for 2023 in renovation continuing to improve on the return on investment.

Top trends for 2023:
More windows, larger windows

We all know windows let natural light in. But there is so much more to it. New windows can make a statement. Be bold with your ideas. Consider floor to ceiling windows, focal points, what about adding windows to a somewhat dark room.

The big trend this year is bringing as much natural light into any and all rooms. This not only makes your home more beautiful, but it can make rooms feel that much larger. The latest new style windows are security driven, have the latest UV blocking technologies built in leading to lower lighting requirements
which may help reduce energy costs.

Wallpaper, it really is on the increase

It was the heyday of the 1970’s wherever you went wallpaper was there, and yes, it is making a comeback in a huge way. We know that painted accent walls are on point, but so too is bold designed wallpaper. Currently interior designers around the globe recognize the impact this new fad is having on homes both old and new.

From small cloak rooms to large living areas, bold new styles of wallpaper create the impact you want. The eye-catching contrasts can fashion a huge statement, you may want to complete the design in one room, or one wall of a room “fun” is what is implied, after all it is the current trend right. Not only will it catch the eye of whomever enters but applying it can be easier than painting. Bonus, it can be very economical also, helping you keep on budget.

Mudrooms made simple

What do you do when you enter your home? The term ‘drop zone’ springs to mind. We all need a place where we transition from outside to inside. A place for shoes, outdoor clothing, coats toques cloves etc.

No matter what space you have, try installing a closet and shoe racks, space can sometimes be an issue, but making this space available will help not bring the outdoors indoors.

Built-in storage

Today’s modern trend is to have plenty of built-in storage keeping your personalized paraphernalia organized, handy all the while keeping your home uncluttered and welcoming.

Think open shelving in bedrooms and bathrooms for a little décor and storage. Behind the door hooks, built-in storage. You always get to decide the look of your home. It is really simple to make use of open walls giving yourself more storage, adding a sense of style without taking up too much space.

Islands and what they bring to the kitchen

Yes, kitchen islands have been around for years, but these days they are used for many things. The trend with homeowners nowadays is to install dishwashers, sinks, garbage pullouts in islands leaving more room throughout the kitchen for other devices.

Bonus, the island is also a crowd pleaser when entertaining guests, who tend to sit at the island while you finish prepping or simply enjoy their company.

At the end of the day, it is always up to you, there is no right way or wrong way it’s a matter of taste. Your uniqueness is what makes it count. Consideration should be given to what lifestyle you live, budgetary constraints and personality that best befits who you are. Whatever alterations you create when it comes to selling your property there will be a good return on investment. The happiest homeowners are the ones who spend time developing spaces that best fit the way they want to live.

Happy New Year may your year be full of fun, laughter, and lots of DIY.


Brent Poole is the owner operator of Handy Hands Construction, which he has run with his father Jim since 1997. A carpenter by trade, Brent enjoys all types of projects. “We’re not happy until you are happy!”