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Basements

Entertaining Oasis

If you’re someone who loves to host, then this week’s blog post is for you! Check out our top tips to transform your home into an entertaining oasis.

Open concept

Closed-in spaces are not ideal when entertaining. That’s why we love a well thought-out open floor plan. Creating flow between the kitchen and living area with several areas to congregate and different seating arrangements…

Comfortable & Cozy

When the temperature drops, there’s nothing better than gathering by the fire, getting under the blankets and enjoying a cozy night indoors. While spring and summer are all about creating a fresh, airy feel, fall and winter calls for a different mood. This week, we’re sharing our top tips on how to make your home extra cozy!

Lighting

Lighting is often an overlooked addition that can…

Basement Planning 101

A growing family, frequent visitors from out of town and in-laws moving in may have you searching for more space in your home. Before considering an addition, one of the most cost-effective and time sensitive solutions is to renovate your unfinished basement. With a blank canvas, the potential in that sometimes neglected space is endless. As part of our “planning makes perfect” series, this…

To Top it Off

Once the dust settles and the renovation is complete, it’s time to think about the finishing touches – those smaller accents which tie a space together and make the remodel feel complete. Today on the blog, we’re sharing four of our favourite finishing touches.

Shutters

Let’s talk curb appeal. The outside of your home gives the all-important first impression. Presenting a clean,…

Go Green

Did you know Friday, April 22, 2016 is Earth Day? This week on the blog, we’re sharing what you can do to make your home more eco-friendly. When diving into your next renovation, consider these “go green” tips.

 

Soak up the sun.

Open blinds, drapes and shutters for a two-fold eco-friendly solution. Natural light will lessen the need to turn on lamps and overhead lighting. T…

What to Ask Your General Contractor Before the Work Begins

Spring has officially sprung! Around this time of year, many homeowners begin to re-evaluate their abode and make a list of any areas which are in desperate need of improvement. If you’ll be hiring a general contractor for projects big or small, ask these 10 questions first before signing on the dotted line.

What is the timeline?

No matter the project, it’s nice to know how long it w…

Learn the Lingo

You’ve just met with a general contractor who’s given you an idea of what your requested renovation will entail. He or she has spewed out a bunch of random words during your conversation and has left you with a basic contract full of terms that might as well be in French. Before you sign on the dotted line, check out our renovation glossary. You’ll be talking like a pro in no…

True or False?

What’s the final word on permits? Are there right and wrong colours for a small space? From debunked myths to hard-and-fast rules that stand the test of time, we’ve got it all in this week’s true or false roundup.

True or False: Avoid dark colours in small spaces.

False. Dark colours sometimes get a bad rap in the world of interior design – particularly when it comes to sma…

December Home Maintenance Checklist

To prepare for December, i love renovations is making a list and checking it twice. Our home maintenance tasks are fun and festive, and ensure you’ll be warm and cozy all winter long.

Check attic insulation

The attic tends to fall victim to the old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind.” But proper insulation in the attic makes a huge difference on heating your home, not to mention a…

Basement Reno 101

In many homes, basements tend to become that forgotten space. A place where odds and ends are stored and no real use is ever determined. And while this has become the norm for the sad existence that is the unfinished basement, homeowners may be surprised of the great potential in this “wasted” space. Basements are essentially a blank canvas, ready and willing to become something great.

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