Best Products for Renovations

Are you planning on sprucing up your home in the near future? Whether you’re changing out a few finishes around the house or painting the walls a new color, it’s important to have the best tools to get the work done. It’s also important to get the best products on the market so you don’t have to redo what you just did in a few years. You want to be happy with the results and you also want it to last more than just a few years. Redoing a deck? Retiling the bathrooms? You’ll definitely want to read on for some awesome product recommendations! We’ve done hundreds of renovations over the years and we’re sharing some of our “must-have” tools and products for renovations with you below.


Ryobi HP 18V Tools

These are three “must-have” tools if you are going to tackle a renovation.

1.18V ONE+ HP Brushless 7 ¼” Circular Saw

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The 18V ONE+ HP Brushless Circular Saw gets 325+ cuts per charge. The brushless motor delivers up to 40% faster cutting compared to P507 when cutting 2”x12” yellow pine. Over 175 ONE+ Tools – All Work With Any RYOBI 18V ONE+ Battery. It has a 0-56° bevel capacity for cut versatility and an adjustable depth for cutting up to 2-7/16″ at 0° and 1-3/4″ at 45°.

2. 18V ONE+ HP Brushless Reciprocating Saw

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The 18V ONE+ HP Brushless Reciprocating Saw’s brushless motor provides more runtime, more power, and longer motor life. It has a “stay-open” blade clamp for quick and easy one-handed blade changes and 60% faster cutting compared to the RYOBI P514 reciprocating saw. The ANTI-VIBE™ handle reduces user fatigue during prolonged use and the GRIPZONE™ overmold with improved microtexture is great for optimum grip and user comfort. It also has orbital action for faster, more aggressive cutting with easy on/off selector.

3. 18V ONE+ HP Brushless Multitool

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The 18V ONE+ HP Brushless Multitool has a brushless motor that provides up to 20,000 OPM. The variable speed dial allows for multiple material applications: wood, plastic, drywall, metal, sanding, etc. It includes 2 cutting blades, 1 sanding pad, and 3 sanding papers. Its 3.6 degree oscillation angle provides up to 30% faster cutting speeds compared to P343B. The compact tool head fits into tight spaces which is very helpful for any home renovation, especially in small rooms. For quick and easy accessory changes, it has a tool-free accessory release. Two extra features that are great are the slide-on power switch for less user fatigue and the LED light for illuminating dark work areas.


1. Tando – Beach House Shake

This is one of our favorite products if you are looking for a natural cedar look! It’s called Beach House Shake and it’s an exterior product that provides the look of natural cedar without the upkeep of cedar. It’s under the Tando brand of shake and composite stone products. Traditionally, the only way to get a look like this would be with authentic cedar shakes – but those require ongoing maintenance due to rot, decay, and insect damage. Beach House Shake is great for an overall shake exterior or for use in gables as an accent with mixed exterior materials. It won’t be damaged by weather, humidity, wind, or pests, and it’s easy to install—even by just ONE person! It’s a rigid proprietary “polymer” material (NOT vinyl or siding) and doesn’t absorb moisture. The lightweight panels are attached to a starter strip, inter-lock into place and are then fastened in place. This definitely beats having to install individual cedar shingles. It also comes in a variety of colors that all look like authentic cedar shakes, so your design dreams can easily come true!

2. MoistureShield Meridian Capped Composite Decking

We are so excited to share this next product with you…it’s the Meridian Capped Composite Decking and is a new product by MoistureShield. We are already huge fans of it! You can build your next deck with the beauty of a natural wood look with minimal upkeep. Sounds awesome, right? The TruTexture Surface gives Meridian a natural wood-grain look, with varied patterns and multi-color depth (repeated patterns often look fake). For the two lighter color options, you can also get the CoolDeck Technology which allows your to stay 35% cooler than composites in similar colors even in direct sun. This Composite decking also resists scratches and moisture (even underwater!!). Meridian Mini-Deck Colors include: Shoreside (a golden, sandy blonde); Mariner (a rich dark brown); and Citadel (gray shade). They are available in 12’, 16’ and 20’ length boards and offered in square edge and grooved. This is available in the northeast now, and will be available in other regions this year.

3. Sakrete Fast Setting Concrete

If you’re using MoistureShield decking, your best bet for deck footings is to use Sakrete! This is Pro grade strength and perfect for the footers, decks, fences, slabs, and walkways. This concrete is way faster than typical concrete, so it keeps the job moving. For instance, it only takes 3 days vs. 7 days to build on and it’s ready for traffic in 6 hours instead of 24 hours compared to standard concrete. For deck footers, mix it up easily with water first. It’s ideal for fence and mailbox posts because no mixing is involved—just pour in the hole and add water! It’s as simple as that!

4. Daltile

Daltile is your one stop shop for whole home solutions…floors, walls, countertops, etc.! Daltile is super convenient to limit the number of places you need to look to complete your renovation. They even provide free design resources to help you get your whole look together! We can outfit an entire renovation with any surface that needs tile or countertops. They even have RevoTile™ (A.K.A – the easiest tile to install ever!). RevoTile™ is real porcelain tile in ultra realistic wood, stone, marble, and concrete looks but it installs as a true floating floor and locks together. You can grout it and then walk on it the SAME DAY! This makes tiling a true DIY project now!

And a special thank you to: Merrell for Chip, Mac, & Mara’s shoes,
Orvis for Chip’s quarter-zip pullover, and Fjallraven for Chip’s jacket.

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