Basement development plan: How we came to the final plan

I have been working with wonderful new clients to help the with the design and create a new basement development plan. I thought it would be fun to take you on our journey of the steps we went through to come to the final plan. Basement Development Plan How we start off When I start

Creating a renovation budget: 3 Steps to ensure success

While creating a renovation budget is not rocket science, it does require skill, knowledge, and manipulation. Ensuring the task list is checked off (known as labour) as well as making sure the functional design is pretty (known as the sourcing), these two key elements are essential to a successful, on-budget renovation. While it is very

Kitchen Backsplash Choices: What I went with and WHY

As you all know, we have a little project on the go that I’ve called, “Love At First Sight”. You can read about this project here, and here. I have had a clear design vision for this home right from the start. There has only been one area that has caused me some sleepless nights:

Kitchen Cabinets: The difference between custom vs IKEA cabinets

Since January, I have started to work on 6 new kitchen designs. In my past kitchen design work, I have worked with both my custom cabinet company as well as with IKEA. When it comes to looking at kitchen cabinets, what is the difference between custom cabinets vs IKEA cabinets? DESIGN When working on a

Spring Ahead: Time to include some beautiful clocks to your home

Are you getting ready to move your clocks forward – spring ahead? For those of you who live in Arizona or Hawaii or Saskatchewan, Southampton Island, Nunavut, Quebec’s north shore and Peace River Regional District, B.C., all I have to say is Lucky bastards! The older I get, the more I detest the time change.  I find it

Creating a Smart Home: Simple home automation solutions

I’ve been home from KBIS 2019 for two days now and scouring through all of my pictures to decide what to report back.  As I looked at all of my pictures, there were some consistent themes I saw. One of the most interesting, and a bit scary for this old chick, is home automation.  While

Planning a New Linear Fireplace – All the measurements you need

I am currently working in a home where every room will be getting some kind of facelift. Thus, I’ve called this project our ‘Full Facelift Project’. While some spaces are receiving some minor work, there are two areas that are receiving substantial work: the kitchen and the adjoining family room. You can read about what

Master Bathroom Vanity Design: How we came to the final design

When it comes to working with clients on their master bathroom vanity design, there are many things we discuss and investigate: The first item we talk about is the ‘pain point’ of their existing space. What do my clients like and dislike with their current situation? What is the hope/dream for the new master bathroom

We’re getting ready to start our next investment property

During the month of November, Robin Spiers with Robin Spiers & Associates, and I were in search for an investment property. I’ve had a few people ask about how this all works so I thought it was perfect timing to let you all in on how it works. Investment Property The Search The entire process