10 Places to Put the Microwave in the Kitchen

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Wondering where to put the microwave in the kitchen? You are not alone. It’s a common conundrum.  Moving your microwave to a new spot can get complicated quickly. The electrical outlet complicates things. If there’s no outlet in a convenient location for the microwave, rewiring turns a minor location shift into a massive job requiring a professional.  Fortunately, there are plenty of options for ideal microwave placement! Here are 10 places to put the microwave in the kitchen. Elevated Locations  An overhead microwave keeps your countertop clear and saves space. Here are 5 overhead spots for your microwave.  1. Over the range  This is the most common choice in kitchens. Position your microwave above the stove to keep it up and out of the way. This makes access easier and saves space.  Be sure to consider the size of your microwave. Too large, and it’ll overwhelm the space; too small, and it’ll look awkward here.  2. A drink station A … Read more

15 Design Ideas for Small Bathrooms

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Are you frustrated with the lack of storage in your small bathroom? Are you ready to change up the style? Renovating a bathroom can be stressful, especially when space is limited. However, there are plenty of ways to improve the storage and style, no matter how small your bathroom is!  These 15 design ideas for small bathrooms will refresh the space and keep it chic. How to Update a Small Bathroom  1. Mirror a wall or incorporate multiple mirrors Whether it’s a large one that covers a wall or multiples for design, mirrors give the impression of a larger space. The reflection of light gives the room a brighter feel, even if the bathroom doesn’t have a window.  A large mirror that reflects a small bathroom gives the impression of magnifying the room.  2. Use a glass shower door instead of a shower curtain A glass shower door opens up your bathroom and makes it feel more spacious. Other benefits … Read more

Watch Out! Don’t Make These 8 Common Bathroom Design Mistakes!

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Despite the small size of a bathroom, it takes hundreds of decisions to complete a bathroom renovation. Careful planning makes all the difference. If you want your remodel project to be a success, don’t make these 8 common bathroom design mistakes! Mistake #1: Selecting the Wrong Mirror Size A mirror adds more to your bathroom than just a place to view your reflection. It has a significant effect on the look and feel of your bathroom.  Some bathrooms use the mirror as a decorative piece, but the risk is having a mirror that’s too small. The bigger your mirror, the more open your bathroom feels.  A typical bathroom mirror should be approximately the same width as your bathroom countertop. If you have a pedestal sink, or if your bathroom doesn’t allow for a mirror as wide as the countertop, the mirror should be slightly wider than the sink. If you use a mirror that’s too small, it’s not as helpful … Read more

Don’t Make These Top 10 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes!

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Of all the major renovations Canadian homeowners have planned, 24% (a majority in this survey) are bathrooms. Even though it’s the smallest room of the house, a bathroom renovation can quickly get out of hand. Avoid these common bathroom renovation mistakes to keep your remodel project simple and affordable. Mistake #1: No Plan It’s tempting to plunge into a bathroom renovation without a plan. How hard can it be? Replace the tub, shower, toilet, vanity, sink, lighting, and voila! But a bathroom renovation without a plan never goes smoothly. There’s more to planning a bathroom renovation than picking out your design. Electrical regulations and plumbing need to be factored in. Now is the time to reevaluate the functionality of your current layout – maybe it’s time for a change. A professional designer or contractor can help you come up with a plan for the entire renovation, ensuring everything will meet legal requirements and avoid delays or unforeseen costs. Mistake #2: … Read more

How to Save Money on Your Bathroom Renovation

How to Save Money on Your Bathroom Renovation

You’ve seen the signs and decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom. But the average cost of a bathroom renovation in Calgary, Alberta is $13,393. That’s no small chunk of change! So you’re probably wondering how to save money on your bathroom renovation. Why is a Bathroom Remodel so Expensive? Compared to almost any other room in the average home, a bathroom renovation seems expensive especially when you look at the cost per square foot. Why does a bathroom remodel cost so much? Here are a few reasons. Many trades are involved No matter how small your bathroom is, it’s guaranteed to need plumbing, electrical, drywall and paint, flooring, and likely cabinetry, a countertop, and tiling. If you want your bathroom remodel done right, you’ll hire contractors who are specialists in each trade. These professionals have the expertise needed for each component of your bathroom, and they usually guarantee their work. That costs money. Consider this: If you are doing … Read more

5 Key Factors of the Perfect Home Office for Remote Work

5 Key Factors of the Perfect Home Office for Remote Work

  Earlier this year, 39.1% of Canadians were working from home. That was in direct response to the onset of the pandemic, but working from home has become the new normal for many of us.  If you switched to working from home suddenly, you may have set up a makeshift space to work in your home and “made do” for a while. Now that your home has become a permanent place for you to do your job, it’s time to take another look and create a more intentional space for productive work.  Take these 5 factors into consideration to set up the perfect home office for remote work.  1. Strategically Separate Professional from Personal It’s important to keep your professional life separate from your personal life. This is essential for business professionalism, record-keeping and tax filing, but it’s also a means of maintaining mental health and work-life balance.  If you don’t have the luxury of an entire room dedicated to … Read more

10 Signs It’s Time for a Bathroom Renovation

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We sometimes overlook the obvious when it stares us in the face every day. Our homes are where we spend most of our time, so it’s easy to become accustomed to its quirks, aging and deterioration. What others might deem unacceptable, we just think of as “home”.  The bathroom is on the list of top 10 renovations Canadian homeowners made this year. Maybe you’ve gotten used to the current state of your bathroom. Take a closer look for these top 10 signs that it might be time for a bathroom renovation.  1. The Colors Are Outdated The styles of the 21st century tend to favor neutral color schemes. Splashes of color are welcome, but not usually in the paint colors or fixtures. Bright and bold colors are reserved for accents.  If your bathroom walls and fixtures (or both) are still the originals from when you moved in decades ago, it’s definitely time for an update. 2. It Smells Old A … Read more

15 Ideas for Bathroom Storage to Maximize Your Space

15 Ideas for Bathroom Storage to Maximize Your Space

Bathroom storage is a common challenge. Maybe it’s because bathrooms are often small spaces despite the amount of time we spend in them. Or it could be that our bathroom belongings are too numerous. Whatever the case, finding creative ways to maximize your space in the bathroom is a must. Here are 15 of our best ideas for bathroom storage.  Think Vertical There’s a lot of space in your bathroom that typically goes unused. Flat surfaces and cupboards are automatic storage, but it’s time to think outside the box! 1. Use your wall space. Your walls can become valuable storage space while adding some design appeal. Install floating shelves with baskets to hold extra toilet paper rolls and clunky items like hair dryers and curling rods. Even the space over the bathroom door or above the toilet can become storage with a shelf or two. 2. Let a ladder hold your linens. A decorative ladder is a handy spot to … Read more

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