Renovation Inspiration: Before and After Home Service Projects

Renovation projects are at an all-time high. With people spending more time at home than ever before, living spaces are in flux. Dining rooms are becoming makeshift offices and learning centers. Kitchens are in full swing. Households with multiple family members are operating at capacity with busy bathrooms, loads of laundry, and ongoing clutter. The need to make our homes more livable and enjoyable is currently top of mind. In June of this year, more than 34 million users turned to Yelp seeking service providers to help make that possible.1

Whether you’re in need of a fall refresh or full remodel, Yelp can help kick off your projects in just a few easy steps. The first step is to search for your home service dream team. On Yelp, you’ll find handymen, contractors, painterslandscapers and more. You’ll also be able to see what health and safety measures they’ve implemented. 

Once you’ve located the type of service provider you’re looking for, your next step is to reach out and get a quote. Yelp’s Request-A-Quote feature makes it possible to obtain quotes from several providers at once.

Finally, it’s time for some project inspiration. Yelp has loads of before and after photos you can access. To get your creative juices flowing, we pulled together a few great ideas.


Kitchens are the hub of any home. Beautiful kitchens inspire us to spend more time cooking and baking. A white tiled back splash with abundant lighting gives any kitchen a fresh clean look. Shiny hardware accents and stainless appliances add the perfect touch of glamour. Seek out a kitchen contractor and interior designer for this type of project.

Consider an environmentally sustainable kitchen rehab. The above 1894 farmhouse kitchen is a perfect example. Roof slate was re-honed for use as kitchen flooring. Roofing timber from the dismantled garage was reused to face the kitchen cabinets. Seek out an architect who can draw up some great plans for your next project.


Do you have access to more than one bathroom in your home? If not, chances are your single bathroom is getting a lot of use and could benefit from a renovation. Minor updates like new lighting and a paint refresh can help, but new tile floors, updated cabinetry and a beautiful free-standing tub will make it a bathroom that you don’t mind sharing. Seek out an electrician, tile installer, and contractor for your dream bathroom.

This showstopping bathroom received an entire gut rehab with a fancy free-standing tub and shower. The new double-sink vanity with under-vanity lighting offers a modern day touch. Seek out a pro contractor for this type of project.

This bathroom update required demolishing and reconfiguring walls to make room for a large double-sink vanity. Leave this type of project to the pros and seek out a contractor for extensive renovations.




Is your laundry piling up now that you’re spending more time at home? Consider updating your laundry room to make it more efficient. A great handyman can help add shelving and counter space for folding.




Keeping an organized and clutter-free home is essential. Building custom cabinetry with hidden storage can hide items currently not in use. For the above project, consider hiring a woodworking carpenter.


Give your floors a refresh. A handyman can spruce up your oil-stained garage floors with an easy-to-clean chemical resistant layer of epoxy. Tear up your old carpeting and have wood floors installed. This will add to the value of your property and reduce allergens throughout your home. We recommend hiring a hardwood flooring company for the task.


Consider your outdoor space an extension of your daily living. Fall is the perfect time to finish any last minute outdoor projects. We recommend hiring a team of landscapers to help with your patio installation.

Make the entrance of your home even more welcoming with an added walkway, front patio, and landscaping refresh. For this type of project, we suggest you hire a team of landscapers who also specialize in walkways and patios.


Before the cold sets in, take an assessment of how your home looks from the outside. If it’s time for new siding, we recommend hiring a siding contractor for the job. If your front door needs refinishing, a handyman or painter should be able to help.


Spending more time at home means you can finally take charge of those outstanding miscellaneous projects. For a broken banister project, seek out a handyman.



As always, check CDC recommendations for the most up to date guidelines before moving forward on any project, as the COVID-19 situation remains fluid and ever-changing.

1 Users are defined as an aggregate across all devices (app, mobile web and desktop) which has been individually calculated and not deduplicated.