Holiday Recharge: back from holidays and back to the grindstone!

Two years ago I made the committment to blog every week.  There has not been a Monday that I have not posted a blog and tomorrow is no different.  As I sit here on a Sunday afternoon, the day before I publish a new blog, I am finding that I am still on holiday mode.  I have been away for…

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Light Bulb Guide: Before you change to LED’s

Recently in Alberta, our Provincial government announced a new energy program called The Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program.  If you sign up for this program, the government will send an Energy Efficiency Alberta installer to your home.  They will visit your home and conduct a walkthrough to identify potential opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades at no charge. While some may argue that you,…

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Curbless Shower: What You Need to Know

This past week I posted the following picture on my Facebook account with the words: “More and more of my clients seem to be requesting a curbless shower. One that has no step up into it. Would you be requesting one for your bathroom? “ Image source It was very interesting the feedback that I received.  Here are a few…

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The Link Most Investors Miss: Hiring An Interior Designer

I was recently forwarded an article by property investor Kristal Heise, who owns Mahalo Properties.  Kristal sent me an article that she thought would be an interesting read for me. The article was titled: 7 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Flipping Houses.  While the article hit many great points, as I read through it there was one thing that…

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Having found asbestos does not have to mean the end to your renovation.

When meeting clients for the first time to discuss a possible renovation, I typically ask the age of the home.  When someone tells me their home was built prior to 1987 I know the swear word asbestos is going to come up. How do I know?  Because I ask the question: “Has your home been tested for asbestos?”  What typically…

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Conquering Exterior Colour Choices: Making Confident Choices

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Jody Roberts who is the General Manager of SIS Supply and Install Exterior Renovations Specialist.  SIS is looking to add value for their clients in having a designer assist their clients in choosing confident exterior colour choices.  I had previously worked with SIS on a project where my clients were getting new…

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Space Planning: How We’re Getting It Right The First Time

I am currently working on a project where my clients are going to be moving into a new house in the summer.  The new house is gorgeous and has been fully renovated.  So why did my clients hire me?  As the house sits, the design is very industrial and has quite a cold feeling to it.  My clients want the house to be…

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Keeping track during a renovation : A Sneak Peak at my Lists

This past weekend I went on a shopping trip with clients to solidify items for their renovation project.  I don’t typically work on the weekends however this project falls in the ‘special’ category.  What makes this project ‘special’?  This project is on a tight timeline as it is an investment property.  The quicker this property gets renovated, the faster it…

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All I want for Christmas Santa: Kitchen Renovation Timeline

On October 17, 2106, I met my client to discuss a potential kitchen renovation.  One of the questions she asked me is, “Can I have a new kitchen before Christmas?”   As I’m a backwards planner I took a look at my calendar and quickly worked through a kitchen renovation timeline and thought:  It’s totally do-able, but we have to get…

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Creating a master ensuite: From $hitty to stunning!

As you may know if you read my blog, I am currently working in a really cute bungalow that will be totally renovated and flipped to sell.  Last week, I wrote about the overall project and what the home currently looks like.  This week, the focus is on the master ensuite.  Or should I say, CREATING a master ensuite. Creating a…

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