All posts by Leslie Andrachuk

My new carpet

Adventures in Condo Carpet Replacement

When I bought my condo a year ago, I had neither the funds nor the time to replace the worn carpets that were covering both bedroom floors. What I didn’t realize is that I would soon become so grossed out by the 10 year old carpets that had served two families...

/ February 17, 2017
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Condominium Insurance And Flooding – What You Need To Know

It’s not uncommon for a condo owner to suddenly find themselves calling their insurance company because their unit has been flooded. Whether or not the fault lies with you or with another party, knowing your rights and what kind of insurance to buy is key in remediating the situation. According to Darren...

/ February 17, 2017
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2017 Powder Room Trends

The powder room is the perfect little space to express your inner designer; let loose on that crazy wallpaper or tile that you’ve been wanting to try out. Go for that mirrored vanity, hang that art deco mirror. This public room will be seen and used by guests, so ramp up the...

/ February 7, 2017
Freestanding tub and frameless shower by Chicasa Design

Immerse Yourself in These 2017 Shower and Tub Trends

Let’s face it, bathing is one of those ritualistic things that humans do that bring us as much pleasure as it does a practical outcome. With so much focus on the bathroom these days, we see many real-life bathroom renovations at HomeStars. We’ve pulled out the trends that our community of homeowners...

/ February 5, 2017
Same ceramic tile clads walls, shower and floors for a seamless look

2017 Master Bathroom Trends

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of having their own fabulous ensuite master bathroom? If you’re one of the lucky homeowners who is undertaking a master bathroom renovation this year, read on for some real-life makeovers and info about upcoming trends in bathrooms as seen in our most recent homeowner reviews. You...

/ February 3, 2017
Would you consider small space living if it meant you could live in Coal Harbour?

Celebrating the Best Of Vancouver

It’s time to present the Western Canada 2017 Best of HomeStars Awards! Every year at this time of year, we turn our minds to analyzing and rewarding those in our vast community of home professionals that consistently do fantastic work for our homeowners. To announce the winners, we start on the coast, in Vancouver. We...

/ January 23, 2017
condo kitchen backsplash

6 Backsplash Prices Based Upon Real Projects

A new backsplash can change the look of your kitchen or bathroom in a flash, and depending on the material you use, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg for the impact. At HomeStars we see thousands of backsplash installation projects each year. Here are some that will give you perspective...

/ January 16, 2017
Herringbone backsplash by Vule Tile

4 Things to Consider When Choosing Your New Backsplash

Kitchen backsplashes are definitely having a moment and are now a key design feature of any modern kitchen. With so many choices out there, how do you choose the best option for your needs, and most importantly – your desires? Take into consideration the following when making a decision about what kind...

/ January 16, 2017
handyman repairing a washing machine

Appliance Repair vs. Buying New

These days it seems that appliances — just like cars– have a shorter lifecycle than ever before. In many cases, middle of the road appliances are expected to last about 10 years or so. This leaves many of us having to ponder “repair or replace” when appliances start to break down. Recently,...

/ January 6, 2017
After the renovation

Top 6 Special Mention Projects of 2016 – Editors Pick

At HomeStars we see tens of thousands of home projects during the year that are unusual or worthy of special mention. It was pretty difficult to narrow our choice down to 6 for 2016, but we did it! Here are our favourites. Company: Hunt Heritage Masonry The facade of this...

/ December 20, 2016