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

Making changes for a renovation once the work has begun

Making changes for a renovation once the work has begun does not happen often with my clients.  We typically take a lot of time in the design phase to ensure we have thought out everything so that when the work begins, it is full steam ahead. This past week, I was faced with the need to

Basement Development: Preparing for construction to start

When my husband and I built our current home, we were moving from a fully developed bungalow into a two-storey home.  We had developed our basement in our bungalow however in our new home, my husband was adamant that we were not going to do a basement development.  He felt we had plenty of room. 

My Renovation Goal For You

It’s always a risk to post images on Social Media.  You’ll get some lovers and you’ll get some haters.  Case in point, I love to share my renovation projects with everyone.  It is my hope that people will be inspired to get ideas for their upcoming renovation projects and hopefully hire me to help them

An unexpected renovation delay

This past week I received some disappointing news regarding an unexpected renovation delay.  I want to state right off the bat, this post is not a ‘blame-game’ post.  What this post is about is letting you know about this entire scenario, what options were given, and what my advice to my clients was.  You just never know

Timeless or Trendy? The Great Subway Tile Debate

It wasn’t too long ago that I had a conversation with some property investors about subway tile. I was directed to not use subway tile as I was told it was too trendy and they’re sick of it.  Well if you have followed my blog you will know that I am a huge fan of subway tile!

Fixer Upper: The Path to Successful Flipping

This past week I read a blog article that a fixer upper had posted about their own personal journey on renovating a home.  The blog is titled, “Why Chip and Joanna are BIG, FAT, LIARS (But we should all be watching their show anyway…)”.  It’s actually quite a funny read (as I do love the writer’s tone and language she

3 pitfalls in a renovation: Don’t make these mistakes!

I am working with a number of clients who are in, what I like to call, the ‘Discovery Stage.’.  These are clients who have reached out to me to start the discussion of an upcoming renovation.  They are in the process of thinking of doing something in their home, but really don’t know where to

Bathroom Layout Plans

I’ll be the first to admit this:  I’m a visual person.  When I go to a client’s home and see the space they wish to renovate, I immediately start forming pictures in my mind.  I start digesting the things I hear my clients talk about for their wishes for their new space.  If you could

Renovation Survival

Most people cringe at the word ‘renovating’, but as you may know, I love it!  I love hearing that people are going to renovate.  For me, it signifies change and growth.  There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a space rejuvenated and life brought back into a space.  In addition, I always love seeing people’s