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SUMMER 2018 • Volume 6 • Issue 2

Changing Seasons It was once easier to keep track of the passing seasons; as a builder, time was marked by the inevitable rush of calls after Labour Day for requests to be completed in time for Christmas celebrations (and guests). Then a slower yet steady pace in winter, opening a little extra time to organize and prepare for an influx of calls again come spring. As it becomes more difficult to distinguish the four seasons which we grew up with (did we skip spring this year?), it is also more difficult to predict when there will be a lull in the work. We have been tremendously (and gratefully) busy for over a year and foresee another busy year ahead. Increasingly, the demand to satisfy clients makes it necessary to plan a season ahead. If you have ideas on a project for your home, contact us early on and we can implement a plan to make sure that your project is on our horizon. As they say, good things come to those who wait and we look forward to working with you. Ror y

Modern concrete and steel meet traditional marble and butcher block for an eclectic kitchen.

Heart of the Home Our resident kitchen and bath designer, Catherine, works with each client to create a kitchen which is functional, attractive and tailored to their needs. White cabinets, subway tiles and butcher block are timeless, bright and practical in kitchens so are often repeated but the personality of the owner and the house makes each space unique. Here are a few of this year's favourites.

Century Home with a Modern Twist

Concrete-look ceramic floor tile, industrial sconces, a steel fabricated island and a folding California door to the pool are a perfect foil to the Victorian style farmhouse sink, marble counters, and walk-in pantry, for a young family with modern tastes. The coffee nook and cookbook wall are fun and functional additions and the open shelving shows off an eclectic collection of stylish kitchen kitsch.

Pantry offers plenty of storage and small appliance workspace.


This structure worthy of our outbuilding-obsession in Dunedin near Creemore. Love the symmetry, stone work and brick arch above the doors.

Rory McDonnell build4u.ca 519 275 3250 rory@build4u.ca

Unique display keeps cookbooks handy.

Designated coffee nook adds a bit of colour.

Cheery Victorian Revival A complete rehaul of this Victorian home included a major update to the small back kitchen that had not been touched in decades. The new larger window, white cabinets and gold checkered tiles brighten the space. The integrated refrigerator and pantry was made by stealing two feet from an adjacent room creating ample space for a sit-in dining area. The new configuration allowed for a large farmhouse sink, ample quartz countertop and butcher block prep areas. Photos: Top: Larger window, checkered ceramic floor and white subway tile brighten the space. Bottom: Left: Streamlined pantry and refrigerator. Middle: Reconfigured appliances for more prep space. Right: Outdated, dark kitchen before renovations.

Outdoor Living As soon as the weather cooperated with working outdoors we began our season of building porches and covered decks, planning pergolas, paving patios, building poolhouses and designing outdoor spaces. It seems, everyone is preparing for a long hot summer outside. There are so many ways to take advantage of your outdoor space and make it an extended "living" room. It is amazing how a little bit of coverage for sun protection can make your backyard a lovely space to spend time. Photos: Left: Elegant cedar-sided poolhouse. Right: Poolhouse interior with vaulted ceiling.

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Build news summer 18  

Summer 18 news featuring some favourite kitchens, Victorian with a twist, and outdoor living.

Build news summer 18  

Summer 18 news featuring some favourite kitchens, Victorian with a twist, and outdoor living.