Tag: Renovation

What I Did In My Spring Renovation

“Anyone that’s ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.” – Ronald Reagan My wife and I out to do our best to prove Mr. Bonzo is wrong – you see, rather than go south this year, “we” decided...

/ April 7, 2009
Unique green barn door by Rain City Renovations

A Home Renovation Advisor Bridges the Gap Between Homeowner and Contractor and/or Designer

There’s ‘renovating,’ and then there’s ‘RENOVATING.’ The difference is in the size of the jobs. Renovating a powder room is one thing. There are bills for one sink, one toilet, a new mirror, a light fixture, maybe some new flooring, a plumber, a painter and an electrician.  You can eyeball...

/ March 3, 2009
Incredible use of small space. This is the set for the tv show "Girls", created by © Laura Ballenger Design

Home Decor Trends for 2009: Where to Save and Where to Splurge. Tips from Vicky Sanderson

Vicky Sanderson, Columnist for the Toronto Star and writer of two blogs, “On the House” and “Conversation Piece” will be appearing at the National Home Show  which opens this Friday, February 20, 2009. If you aren’t familiar with Vicky’s blogs, take a peak. “On the House” is full of useful information on the latest in...

/ February 17, 2009
Over the stove cabinetry by Raywall Kitchen Cabinetry.

Sometimes Great Companies Can Have Bad Luck…

I have had a lot of compliments on my kitchen and dining room over the past few years. We renovated the kitchen in 1998 – wow is it that long ago – and then followed up around 2002 with built-ins in the dining room. Now when the topic comes up,...

/ February 9, 2009

Lowe’s Survey: More Canadians to Renovate Thanks to Home Renovation Tax Credit

Lowe's Canada and Angus Reid Strategies conducted a survey about whether or not Canadians were going to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit. The short answer is almost half of home owners will renovate their home in some fashion.

/ February 5, 2009
Safety first! With Greater Vancouver Gutters Inc.

Two-Thirds Of Canadians Will Take On A Home Renovation Project In 2009

According to an HGTV sponsored Angoss Reid Survey nearly 2/3rds of Canadians will embark on a home renovation project this year. Also, 9 out of 10 Canadians believe their home is a better investment than the stock market.

/ December 15, 2008
Kitchen Renovation by Rain City Renovations

Great Kitchen Planning Websites

I confess I am a bit of a kitchen junkie. I like to dream about the “perfect” kitchen and I’ve got books and magazines galore to prove it. The good thing about constantly planning a “dream” kitchen is that if you look back on some of the choices you made...

/ November 10, 2008

The Style At Home Show is On Friday Oct 17-19

The new Style at Home show starts Friday October 17 through Sunday October 19. Judging by their website and the quality of their magazines: Style at Home, Canadian Gardening and Canadian Home & Country I’m sure it will be an excellent show. They have excellent exhibitors such as: Cadillac Custom Shutters Home Decor...

/ October 16, 2008
Kitchen Renovation done by Newview Renovations

Renovation Meta-Planning – An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

The whole purpose of HomeStars, of course, is to help homeowners make planning decisions about home improvement. So what do we think of companies whose job it is to help with those planning decisions? Hey, that’s not for us to say – yes, we can certainly opine, but… – ultimately...

/ March 6, 2008
Scale in small spaces via Freshome.com

Drywall Horrors

Last summer we moved into a brand spanking new house. Until now, all of the houses we’ve lived in have been a minimum of 50 years old. In fact I got very used to hearing “wow, I’ve never seen plumbing/electrical work/heating and cooling systems like this,” from the tradespeople. I...

/ February 12, 2008