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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? 

LED lighting is a new form of eco-friendly, low voltage lighting that is set to replace those ugly mercury vapour bulbs that were suppose to be the solution to the expense and energy inefficiency of incandescent bulbs.

Unlike other bulbs, LED lighting...

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:

During the 1960s there used to be a TV commercial that advised “Why wait ‘til spring, do it now.”  At that time, winter renovations were a rarity.  Nowadays, you’ll just as often see people starting a major renovation in the winter months as in the...

These days you can turn on the DIY Network, Slice TV or HGTV and see kitchen and bathroom renovations 24 hours a day.  That’s a lot of renovations.  One of the things these TV shows seem to demonstrate is that you can do fantastic renovations in no...

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. ...

One of the ways you can tell the difference between a space that has been designed by a professional and one that has been put together by an amateur is whether or not sightlines have been taken into account.  This means that not only does the space look...

Common knowledge has it that if you want to maintain the resale value of your home, these are the colours to use when you renovate:  off-white for walls, medium wood colour for cabinets, stainless steel for appliances and dark granite for counters. ...

Ask real estate agents and they will tell you—when buyers are paying top dollar to purchase a home, they expect the kitchen to have stainless steel appliances.  Is this just a trend or are stainless steel appliances really so much better?

Hardwood is the solution to flooring that many people find attractive.  But is it always the best option?

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The picture of mother looking out the window while doing the dishes for her family may have represented quintessential, mid-century home life, but these days mother...

One thing that stops many allergy-prone people from making changes is the anticipated release of toxins into their homes during a renovation. ...

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...

When people think of making a luxurious bathroom, often their first thought is to use marble tiles for the flooring.  Each tile of marble is uniqueit's gorgeous and enduring.  Despite being...

Door handles or knobs seem like a natural part of any renovation.  They add interest to cabinetry and provide the obvious place to go when you want what’s inside.  However, they aren’t always the best solution for how to open a door.

When you...

In Canada, we take many things for granted in how rooms are constructed.  One of these things is the need for baseboards to finish a room.  The question is, why are baseboards necessary?

Although with solid wood flooring, baseboards play a role...

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...

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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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...

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

There are basically two types of indoor grill: the open grill and the folding contact grill. The open grill is similar to an outdoor grill. These electric appliances have a heating element and a grill-like cooking surface. The experience of grilling is...

You have chosen your designer and your kitchen with care to give you the kitchen best suited to your needs.  How can you be sure that the kitchen installer is just as well suited?

Just like a good chef, an installer should keep his workstation in...

You’ve designed the right flow, the right lighting and the right colour combinations for your new renovation—but have you remembered to keep the noise level down from your microwave oven and dishwasher?  The sound of microwave turntables going around and...

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...

Have you ever wanted to have fresh, homegrown food for your meals, but didn’t have an outdoor space in your home to grow them?  If you've ever wished to taste the fruits of your labour, there are easy solutions.

The first thing is to know that some...

In recent years, more and more concern has been given to childproofing kitchen and bathroom spaces.  Cheap plastic objects abound for ensuring junior can never get that cupboard door or drawer open. 

Once you’ve spent good money on your new...

One of the reasons people often have for renovating their kitchen, adding a bathroom, or creating more closet space is accommodating their children.  The needs of a new baby or growing children can tax the ability of your home to function well.  But...