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Dead corners in kitchens can be one of the most problematic areas in getting your kitchen to work for you.  What’s the best way to easily access that space at the back of the cupboard you just can’t reach? 

If you talk with real estate agents, they will tell you the best way to increase the value of your home is to renovate your kitchen—the second best way is to redo your bathroom.  But there’s so much you possibly can do to renovate!  When you just want...

What makes a walk-in closet perfect is the ability to store your clothes so they remain fresh, along with the feature of being able to easily access anything in your closet without having to search.  Most people think the only way to do this is to...

After a long day at the office, wouldn’t it be nice to come home to relax in your own personal spa?  It’s much easier than you think to make your dream a reality.  Here are some of the most popular ways to do it:

Glass has an obvious function—to provide a transparent barrier.  In keeping with this function, most people only think of using glass for windows or see-through walls.  But glass is a great eco-friendly product.  It can be recycled over and over...

If you have always wanted to add a sauna to your bathroom, it may be much easier than you think.

Many people who live in countries where the winters go way below zero know the benefits to having a sauna to keep a body feeling warm and invigorated. ...

His and hers closets are not just a requirement for a peaceful life—they are a necessity when the way each person stores their clothes differs appreciably.

One thing North Americans expect is a separate laundry area, either in the basement or on the same floor as the bedrooms.  Rarely, laundry areas are in the kitchen, but, unlike many European homes, they are never found in the bathroom.

Our lives are full of stress.  There’s no need to add more when redesigning your living spaces.  Although the process of renovating is never a...

You’ve thought of everyone’s needs in creating your new kitchen, but have you included consideration for how your pet uses your kitchen? 

It’s more than putting in a doggie door to the backyard.  If you want...

There was a time when there was only one option for hanging pants and storing shoes.  Pants were hung on hangers beside shirts on an eye-level rod and shoes were shoved underneath the lower shelf where they often became lost or misplaced.  ...

There are so many options for sink designs these days—both for the kitchen and the bathroom.  Increasing in popularity are sinks as furniture.  These sinks are pieces of art themselves, set into the...

When you start thinking about renovating your kitchen or bathroom you usually consider new cabinets, new appliances and new counters.  Rarely do people begin to think about improving the flow of these spaces.

Promoting good flow should really be your...

Making a green lifestyle an integral part of how your kitchen functions is as simple as making green solutions obvious. 

Design your recycle containers to be in specially crafted drawers that separate garbage into wet and dry recyclables.  As...

When you ask people what type of storage space belongs in a bathroom, there are normally three answers—medicine cabinet, under-sink cabinet, and, perhaps, a linen closet.  Now that bathrooms, especially master bathrooms, are designed to be bigger, why...

Two-storey spaces are wonderful things.  They have a majestic look and allow a large amount of light into a space.  The question is, what’s the best way to design for these spaces?

The answer is to keep things at a human scale.  Whatever...

One of the most often heard reasons for wanting to redesign a bathroom is to add an additional sink.  After years of jockeying for position at the single bathroom sink, couples are learning that the easiest way to improve communication is with an...

Stove hoods are no longer a regretted necessity of the well-designed kitchen.  With so many beautiful designs to complement both your style and the functionality you require, the kitchen hood is now part of the show your exciting new renovation is.

Many people are thinking of under-floor heating when they begin a renovation of their kitchen or bathroom.  Face it, we live in Canada and floors can get very cold in the winter.  Under-floor heating doesn't only...

Creating barrier-free design is something that has become very important in the last decade.  There are many newly designed products that will make working in the kitchen or using the bathroom both safe and enjoyable for every member of your family.

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Do you love an eat-in kitchen?  If so, you will need to decide the optimal seating style for your family.

Eat-in kitchens used to mean there was space for a family of four to sit around a table separated from the...

One of the most common changes people make to their kitchens these days is adding an island to the layout of their kitchen.  When is an island the right thing for your renovation?

First and foremost, you need to have the space to walk around the...

Chefs all agree—the gas stove is the only stove for professionals.  For those with more than a passing interest in cooking, the sentiment usually is to follow what the experts say and shy away from other cooktops.  Gas provides immediate and constant...

Pot lights—they are great for giving directed lighting under bulkheads or other lowered portions of your kitchen ceiling.  But are pot lights the best choice in...

The backsplash is no longer the turned up edge of the counter that stops spills from getting between the wall and the cabinets.  The backsplash has grown, matured, and become a complete, integrated unit for setting off the wall above your kitchen...

These forward-thinking clients wanted to renovate their condo and increase their property's value. We...

There are a number of things you can do to enhance the total body experience of your shower.

People who watch the cooking channel often get the idea that a great kitchen needs the biggest appliances a room can take—a full size fridge, a full size freezer, and at least a six burner cooktop.  Although you will be prepared for any number of guests...

One of the easiest ways to improve the functionality and looks of your kitchen is to replace some upper and lower cabinets and their counter with a large pantry.

Adding floor to ceiling doors to conceal your dry goods and condiments will bring elegance to...

Have you ever needed extra counter space in your kitchen and at the same time wanted a way to serve your guests without having them sit down to a formal dinner?  If your answer is “yes”, consider having a kitchen trolley designed for your specific needs....

One of the biggest problems causing people to consider renovating their bathroom is the accumulation of black mould.  Sometimes it takes only a short time for black mould to accumulate in the corner of showers, on top of bathtub caulking, and where...

Architect owner of Yorkville Design Centre, Thomas Tampold, sometimes tells his clients, "It doesn't matter whether it works as long as it's beautiful!" What Thomas really means by this radical view, is that if the primary interest in design is in preconceived...

Everyone begins as a baby, but not everyone will ever reach the height of a basketball player.  How do you design for those exceptionally tall people—increasing in number in Canada—who have young families?

The answer is that the design needs to...

Often, YDC gets projects that begin with couples saying their space isn't working for them. It could be that they have recently become empty nesters or the opposite, that their family is growing and they need more space.  It could also be that they want...