Have a Merry Renovation

How to have a good relationship with your contractor It’s been said before that the contractor-homeowner relationship is a bit like a marriage: you’re sharing a house, are often asking each other difficult financial questions, and sometimes you just wish the other would go away! Over the years, I’ve worked on countless renovation projects, large

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Bold Bathroom Design

British-Canadian interior decorating guru, television host and entrepreneur, Debbie Travis takes RENO & DECOR to the historic streets of Wandsworth, London, inside her very own 19th-Century townhouse—and the site of a recent renovation intended to breathe new life into this old home. Character Building The bathroom became a focus of Travis’ redesign, thanks to its

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Fall Checklist for Homeowners

After a scorcher of a summer, there’s no denying that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. A wise homeowner knows that they need to take care of a few chores to prepare their house and yard for the winter. Here are some of the key tasks to include on your

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Living In Colour

Designer Rebecca Hay puts her fail proof colour formula to the test in her own vibrant living room Most of us love a space that has just the right pops of colour, it feels inviting and lively. However, many of us find it intimidating to decorate with colour. Where do you start? How do you

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Modern-Rustic Remodel Pays Homage to Home’s Roots

Designer Negar Reihani meshes the best of both worlds in a 1940s home, respecting its original design while incorporating energy-saving features When Negar Reihani, the founder and principal designer of Space Harmony, was tasked with redesigning this 1947 house in North Vancouver, she knew that she wanted to keep the essence of the house by

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Backyard Makeover Tips

Backyard designed with distinctive zones provides hours of summer fun There aren’t many things more boringly Canadian than talking about the weather, but now that warmer days and balmy nights are in the forecast, I have to tell you…I’m doing cartwheels across the lawn at the thought of summer patio season! All Purpose Patio Plan

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Kitchen Trends

Don’t get caught up sporting old trends in the most crucial room of the home The most popular room in every home, the kitchen has become more than a space to simply prepare meals. As a family, we all congregate there, socialize, entertain and fill two of the basic needs of life to sustain our

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Q&A with Custom Home Experts

An architect, designer and builder outline how to create project synergies Embarking on the design and development of a new custom home is a big decision. It requires a clear outline of goals, the assembly of specialists, the management of egos, budgets and a pinch of added stress. Some experience greater success at it than

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Re-imagine Your Home

Renovation ideas to turn your house into a home sweet home They say that home is where the heart is. It’s also where we spend most of our time (granted, much of that time we’re fast asleep). But, still, shouldn’t your home be a place you love to be in? Room for Improvement I can’t

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Condo Kitchen Redesign Sparkles

Condo Kitchen Redesign Adds Substantial Space and Sparkles with Slick Style They say good things come to those who wait, and this gold-touched kitchen is no exception. I’ve seen time and time again that the best results come with a little patience. After all, a kitchen renovation is a major long-term investment, so it shouldn’t

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