How to Prepare Your Kitchen for a Busy Holiday Season of Entertaining

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The holiday season is upon us. Your to-do list is growing and your calendar is filling up with events. You look forward to most of it, but there’s also an element of overwhelm. How will you get it all done?  With a bit of forethought and time, you can prepare your kitchen for entertaining during the busy season to reduce stress, streamline your routines, and simplify your role as a holiday host.  7 Ways to Prepare Your Kitchen for the Holiday Season Pull out your calendar and to-do list right now and schedule these tasks. You’ll thank yourself later for the time you took to prepare your kitchen for the holidays! 1. Clean out your fridge  When you host guests over the holidays, you buy more food than usual. This season typically involves more refrigerated goods like specialty cheeses and meats for charcuterie boards or appetizers. And if you have out-of-towners spending the night, you’ll want to stock up on … Read more

8 Invisible Bathroom Problems You Can’t Afford to Ignore

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There might be a time for the “don’t-look-at-it-and-it-will-disappear” approach. But when it comes to bathroom problems, ignoring them only makes them bigger. To make matters worse, many serious issues in a bathroom are invisible, so you might not notice them if you’re not  actively looking for them. Keep Your Eyes Open for These 8 Hidden Bathroom Problems As part of a regular home maintenance routine, be on the lookout for these hidden problems in your bathroom. 1. Unsuitable materials The bathroom is a unique room in your home because of the high moisture levels produced in this space. All the materials used to create your bathroom must be sealed or protected against moisture.  Is your drywall water resistant? Is there a vapour barrier between the drywall and insulation? Is the paint mildew resistant? Is the grout water resistant? Is there silicone caulking sealing the edges where your tub and toilet meet the floor? If the answer to any of these … Read more

10 Clear Signs It’s Time to Renovate Your Bathroom

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A bathroom renovation can be a big investment and an inconvenience to your household. How do you know if it’s time to remodel your bathroom and worth the ordeal? In this post, we’ll look at the top 10 reasons to take the plunge and spend money on a bathroom renovation. 10 Reasons to Renovate Your Bathroom The cost of a bathroom renovation is enough that it’s not something you jump into impulsively. Before you start on a project like this, evaluate the cost-benefit ratio and be sure it’s worth the time and energy.  There are definite signs that it’s time to remodel your bathroom. If any of these 10 things apply to your bathroom, a renovation project is in your future! 1. Plumbing Problems Minor plumbing problems like a leaky faucet can easily be fixed without a major renovation. But if there are bigger issues, or if you have a leak behind the walls, ignoring the problem could lead to … Read more

How Much Does A Bathroom Renovation Cost in Calgary?

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If you’re considering renovating your bathroom, your number one concern is probably, “What’s a bathroom renovation going to cost? And is it worth it?”  10 Notable Benefits of a Bathroom Renovation Sometimes it’s necessary to remodel your bathroom for the sake of safety—regardless of the cost. Safety hazards like water leaks, mold and mildew, or rot in the flooring or walls must be dealt with to prevent further damage and to protect the health and safety of your family.  But no matter what you spend on your bathroom renovation, there are always significant benefits.  A bathroom renovation can actually reduce your utility bills when you replace fixtures with energy-efficient and water-conserving models. An updated bathroom will increase your property value. And remodeling your bathroom is an opportunity to create more storage, a more functional layout, and luxurious features.  The benefits of a bathroom renovation are clear, but the question remains: What’s your bathroom renovation going to cost?.  10 Factors That … Read more

Improve Rental ROI With These Top 5 Kitchen Upgrades for Rental Properties

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Kitchen upgrades lead to plenty of valuable benefits for you as a landlord—increased property value, less maintenance, and attracting a better pool of applicants, to name a few. Statistics show that there is always value in a kitchen renovation.  3 Important Considerations Before Upgrading the Kitchen in Your Rental Property Your inclination might be to renovate your rental property kitchen with the lowest possible budget. But it’s important to consider the kind of renters you want to attract and the value of durability. You don’t want to be renovating after every tenant; you want something that can withstand the test of time.  Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean you need to put in a high-end custom kitchen. There is a happy medium that maximizes your investment.  Here are three other things to think about when upgrading your rental property kitchen. 1. Simplicity is key Your tenants want to customize the home as much as possible. They also have a monthly budget. … Read more

10 Tips for an Amazing Ensuite Renovation

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An ensuite renovation can be trickier than a main bathroom renovation. It’s usually a smaller space, and if you share your ensuite with your spouse, coming to agreement on all the design details can be a challenge.  10 Helpful Design Ideas for a Successful Ensuite Renovation To help you experience an ensuite renovation you both enjoy, we’ve made a list of our top tips and design ideas.  1. Think about the future of your ensuite In home design, it’s important to think beyond the present. Tastes change, needs change, and there’s also resale value to consider.  The most practical way to design your ensuite is with a neutral foundation. If you like bold colours or statement pieces, you can play with wallpaper or paint, add accessories that pack a punch, or even get a little wild with your light fixture or mirror. But stick to more timeless looks for the tub, tile, and other elements that are more difficult to … Read more

3 Surprising Things to Expect During the Bathroom Renovation Process

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You’ve finally decided to renovate your bathroom, and you can hardly wait to see your new and improved space. All that stands between you and your dream bathroom is the renovation process. But that process can be painful if you’re not prepared. Do you know what to expect during your bathroom renovation?  What to Expect During Your Bathroom Renovation At first glance, these expectations might seem obvious. But the mistake many renovating homeowners make is not actually thinking through the renovation process, not preparing for it—mentally and physically. This leads to unnecessary stress. Here’s how to avoid that.  1. Expect your bathroom to be unavailable It’s possible to survive a renovation of almost any room while living in the house. You simply modify your routines while your spaces are out of commission. But a bathroom renovation makes this much more difficult—even impossible, at times.  “What’s the big deal?”, you think. “We have another bathroom (or two). We’ll just use those … Read more

How to Make Your Bathroom Look & Feel Luxurious

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For most people, a dream bathroom is one that looks and feels luxurious—whether that means a spa-like space, a room that resembles a 5-star hotel suite, or high-end, state-of-the-art features. Is it possible to transform your own bathroom into a place of indulgence? 10 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Luxurious We believe any bathroom can become elegant and inviting. Here are 10 tips to help you create a luxury bath experience in your own home.  1. Prioritize privacy A luxury bath demands a sense of seclusion. If you’re designing a new home or bathroom renovation, prioritize privacy by locating the bathroom away from the busiest areas of your home. Tucking your bathroom away in a corner of the house turns this room into a retreat.  2. Enhance your tub or shower Decide if you want a tub, a shower, or a tub-shower combo. Any option is the right option if it’s the one you prefer, and all three can be … Read more

Is a u-shaped kitchen layout right for me?

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What kitchen design layout is right for you? Many factors determine the answer to this question. This post focuses on the u-shaped kitchen layout to help you decide if it’s right for you. We’ll look at the pros and cons of a u-shaped kitchen layout and give you some tips to make a u-shaped kitchen work for you.  What is a U-Shaped Kitchen Design Layout? A u-shaped kitchen layout has 3 connected sides that form a “u” or horseshoe shape. This layout provides an open feel, allowing you easy access from the wide open end and plenty of freedom to move around and work in the middle space. 5 Advantages of a U-Shaped Kitchen Layout Why would someone choose a u-shaped kitchen layout? What are the benefits? Let’s look at 5 pros.  1. Abundant Counter Space Because a u-shaped kitchen has 3 connected walls, this layout provides plenty of counter space. This allows multiple work areas and can accommodate more … Read more

7 Ways to Use Custom Cabinetry in Every Room of Your Home & Why You Should

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Did you know custom cabinetry isn’t just for your kitchen? There are no limitations on cabinetry design, and there are valuable benefits of using custom cabinets in every room of your home. The possibilities are truly endless.  3 Benefits of Custom Cabinetry Instead of Furniture Why would someone choose custom cabinetry in the bedroom or the living room or any other room instead of furniture? Here are 3 reasons why custom cabinetry is a superior choice.  Built-in Functionality: Custom cabinetry makes home maintenance easier. For example, you know how awkward it can be to try to vacuum behind or beside furniture? That problem is eliminated with built-in custom cabinets.  Better Quality: Most furniture is built cheaply. Custom cabinetry is much higher quality, which makes it longer lasting and a better value in the long run.  Home Value: Custom cabinets can add value to your home because it becomes a part of the house. It adds storage space, organization features, and … Read more

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