17 01, 2020

8 common home renovation myths

By | 2019-12-17T16:11:55-08:00 January 17th, 2020|Renovation Tips|

There are a number of home renovation myths that are floating around. While some of them are benign, others can lead to big trouble if you believe them. That is why you need to read this myth-busting blog before starting any Vancouver home renovation.  Vancouver home renovation myths… busted!  1. Permits are optional This is one of the most dangerous Vancouver home renovation myths out there. That is because people can start their renovations thinking they do not need permits when nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, you always need to have permits. These are not optional – and not getting them could lead to fines or Stop Work Orders.  2. Whatever money I spend on remodels I will get back when I sell  Not all remodels add value or enough value that you will get the

17 05, 2019

How to make your Vancouver home renovation look timeless

By | 2019-01-25T14:09:19-08:00 May 17th, 2019|Renovation Tips|

When it comes to your Vancouver home renovation, being on trend can be a blessing and a curse. What may seem fabulous today may not age well in the years to come. If you are worried about this, you may want to consider a Vancouver home renovation with a more timeless feel. But how do you create that? Start with these simple tips! How to create a timeless look with your Vancouver home renovation 1. Keep wall colours neutral When a lot of people hear this, they think of drab, boring colours. Neutrals do not have to be that though! For example, navy blue is considered a neutral shade. Neutral colours are just colours that are easy to work with and that do not demand all the attention. But what about personal style? We are all for expressing yourself. If

6 07, 2018

7 flooring trends to use in your home renovation in Vancouver

By | 2018-06-25T08:39:45-07:00 July 6th, 2018|Inspiration|

Flooring is central to the overall style of each room in your home. Sometimes, though, flooring can be lost in the shuffle of picking other design elements. That is why we have put together a list of seven of our favourite flooring trends to help inspire you for your home renovation in Vancouver. 7 flooring trends to consider for your home renovation in Vancouver 1. Bleach it out Photo credit: SEBRING Light flooring is in for home renovations in Vancouver this year. Consider going with a light stain or bleached look. If you are on the more adventurous side, you could also consider pickled wood. 2. Harden up Photo credit: The Flooring Girl Hardwood is the biggest flooring trend of 2018. New homes are going for hardwood – everywhere. An elegant look like this is the

11 05, 2018

The top tile trends you should use for your Vancouver home renovation

By | 2018-04-24T13:13:19-07:00 May 11th, 2018|Inspiration|

Tiles are on trend right now when it comes to a Vancouver home renovation. With a seemingly infinite number of tile options though, how do you choose the patterns and styles that are right for you? Here are some of our favourites to get you started… Our favourite tile trends for every room of your Vancouver home renovation 1. For the kitchen Photo credit: Home Bunch Subtle texture is very on trend for Vancouver home renovations right now. We love the high gloss version as it highlights the texture. This look is perfect for the kitchen as it’s subtle, but creates visual interest. Get it in a light colour like crisp white or dusty pink to open up the room! 2. For the bathroom This look is a fun blend of two trends. The first is the alternate

30 03, 2018

Where to splurge and where to save on your Vancouver home renovation

By | 2018-03-21T14:12:07-07:00 March 30th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

A Vancouver home renovation can be a lot of fun, but your costs can easily spiral out of control. That is why, if you are working within a budget, it is important to know where to save and where to splurge so you get the biggest bang for your buck.   So what are the top savings and splurges to go for? Where to save on your Vancouver home renovation The top place to save on your Vancouver home renovation is with your flooring. There are now many beautiful flooring options that are also affordable. It is also easy to scratch a floor, especially if you have pets or children in the home. Flooring is also generally not a make or break issue for renters and home buyers, meaning splurging on it will not help you with your property value.

23 03, 2018

5 spring home renovation ideas for your Vancouver home

By | 2018-03-23T08:48:49-07:00 March 23rd, 2018|Renovation Tips|

The end of winter is finally here – and you may find yourself looking forward to planning a spring home renovation. But what are trendiest new looks for spring? If you need a little inspiration for your spring home renovation, we have you covered…   1. Marble Photo credit: @parkandoakdesign Classic and classy, light coloured marble brings an elegant look to your Vancouver home. Pair it with warmer colours or wood to keep your space inviting. If you love the look of marble but find it out of your price range, consider Laminam as an alternative. This new Italian porcelain product can the style of marble to your spring home renovation, without breaking the bank. Ask your renovation professional about porcelain as well. 2. Skylights Photo credit: Velux Spring is a time for brightness, including in

9 03, 2018

4 ways a renovation can make your Vancouver home more energy efficient

By | 2018-03-15T17:19:18-07:00 March 9th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

Worried about climate change? What about skyrocketing electric bills? One way to help with both is renovating your home to make it more energy efficient. Not sure how to do that? Here are a few easy ways to get started… 4 ways a renovation can make your Vancouver home more energy efficient 1. Get more natural light   A renovation can add well-placed windows and skylights, maximizing the natural light in your Vancouver home. That natural light will decrease the number of lights you need on during the day, allowing you to use less power. As an added bonus, you will get more natural light throughout the year, which will help you fight the Vancouver winter blues. The other way to make your lighting more energy efficient is to change your incandescent light bulbs to LEDs. LED bulbs are much

16 02, 2018

Unique window coverings to finish your Vancouver home renovation

By | 2018-01-22T12:42:37-08:00 February 16th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

Adding a little bit of personality after you finish your Vancouver home renovation with unique window coverings can really bring your style to life. However, it can be easy to end up with the same old options. This is why we have put together a list of unique window coverings to help inspire you as you finish up your Vancouver home renovation. Six unique window coverings to consider after your Vancouver home renovation 1. Chic Roller Blinds Photo credit: House Beautiful Blinds with a bright, chic pattern can be a simple way to freshen up your window coverings without straying too far from a more traditional look. With a wide variety of patterns and colours available, it will be easy to find blinds that are the right fit to finish your Vancouver home renovation.   2. Frosted Glass

9 02, 2018

Six countertop materials to consider for your Vancouver kitchen renovation

By | 2018-01-22T12:03:14-08:00 February 9th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

When it comes to kitchens, the countertop is king. It is the focal point of the room - and its design. That means the material you choose for your countertops can make or break your kitchen. Not sure what the perfect material is for your Vancouver kitchen renovation? We have gathered together six of our favourite materials to launch your hunt for the ideal countertop… Six of our favourite countertop materials for your Vancouver kitchen renovation 1. Soapstone Photo credit: Remodelista Want a splash of colour with a stylish twist? Soapstone can give you that blend of boldness and sophistication. As soapstone is non-porous, it is easy to clean. It also has more flexibility than many other natural countertop materials, making it less likely to crack when pressure is applied to it. Soapstone is softer than many other

13 01, 2018

Trends in Vancouver home renovations for 2018

By | 2017-12-16T00:47:57-08:00 January 13th, 2018|Inspiration|

While there are some classic looks that never go out of style in Vancouver home renovations, every year also has its own trends. We can already see that, when it comes to home renovation trends, 2018 is shaping up to be a great year. Whether your style is more classic or whimsical, there’s a trend for you. So let’s jump in with a few of our favourites… Our 6 favourite trends in Vancouver home renovations for 2018 1. Preppy Intellectual styles are going to be all the rage in Vancouver home renovations in 2018. An easy way to test the look is with your paint. Try choosing soothing, sophisticated colours, like lavender or slate. If you like that, take the style even further with decor pieces with cursive writing printed on them. Photo credit: DigsDigs 2. Bright, whimsical