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CONTENTS FEATURES

DEPARTMENTS

ECOR EXPERT 28 DKimberley Seldon’s top 10 tips

FROM THE EDITORIAL 10  DIRECTOR

to making a grand entrance

OVER STORY 30 CHoliday decorating—your

year-round style in stereo

EXPERTS 38 DGlenESIGN & Jamie go with a vintage vibe of Christmas yesteryear

THE GLOBE 42 ATwoROUND Tuscan guest houses offer

a homey stay with an enchanting backdrop

AINT TRENDS 46 PPaint companies reveal their

2017 colour picks; depth and drama are key

For the big moments to the small, home is where the holiday magic happens

IN TOUCH 14 STAY Giveaway: Indigo

Booklovers package

NEWSWORTHY 16  Industry news and events HOME FINDS 18  Our All-I-Want-for-Christmas Gift Guide and our favourite ornaments

ESIGN DESTINATION 26 DRobust expansion in Markham

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ESIGN/BUILD EXPERT 60 DRenovate or build new?

REEN THUMB 58 GMark’s favourite types of

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Find out what makes most sense for you

NDUSTRY FOCUS 64 IThank you to our sponsors

and designers for a successful Fall Home Show

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

WHERE TO FIND IT

ROM THE RENO EXPERT 52 FDotting your i’s and crossing

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RENOMARK DIRECTORY

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 KITCHEN CORNERSTONE Avoid these common design mistakes and get the kitchen of your dreams

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FROM THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Holiday SPARKLE

The spirit of the season begins and ends in the home

Did you know RENO & DECOR is offered free online? renoanddecor.com

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback. Do you have a reno or decor question for our team of experts? Email editorial@ renoanddecor.com

I have written many times about my personal love/hate relationship with Christmas. Many of us share the struggle of making it special while keeping our health and sanity. But all it takes is one evening drive down a glistening street of twinkling lights with Sarah McLaughlin singing “The River” and I’m back in the game. It’s all worth it for the boisterous dinners with family and friends—fancy or comfort—whatever your style. And then best of all, the quiet of the house with only a crackling fire, after everyone’s gone home. The parties of the season are always great fun and dashing through the crowded shops and streets is part of the excitement. But there’s nothing that compares to the feeling of finally arriving home to your own comforts and the creations that make the holidays special to you. And if you aren’t the DIY-crafting-cooking-type, don’t despair, just take a moment to light the candles you’ve been saving; forget hydro costs and turn on every exterior light you have; put a big bowl of red apples in the middle of your table and appreciate your home and all the wonderful people who pass through it. Happy Holidays,

COBI LADNER, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Feel free to write to me about your thoughts of home: cobi@cobistyle.com

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ome for the holidays … just hearing those words makes you feel good. It really is a time of the year like no other to celebrate “home” and all that it means. Never is it more glowing, overflowing, decorated and delicious! Canadians celebrate and enjoy the holidays in so many ways but the one thing we all share is the desire to express, through our homes, the joys of life and everything we have to be thankful for. Fires glowing, doorbells ringing to announce surprise guests, wonderful smells coming from the oven, lightly falling snow outside the window (hopefully), candles lit on the beautifully set table or cosy living room coffee table, holiday music on or someone actually playing the seldom-used piano. It doesn’t matter what your style is, or if the setting is country or city, or what you are celebrating for that matter, the most memorable moments are the same for all of us. Family. Friends. Home. Peace. Love.

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BOOKLOVERS BUNDLE FROM INDIGO

DECEMBER/JANUARY 2017 PUBLISHER Michael Rosset

EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Cobi Ladner EDITOR Silvana Longo ART DIRECTOR Emilie Simpson ASSOCIATE EDITOR Rise Levy

Indigo, Canada’s favourite bookstore, has launched a movement to inspire Canadians to read Canadian literature. With the campaign called “#ReadtheNorth” Indigo aims to inspire booklovers of all ages to fall in love with Canadian authors and their works.

RENOVATION EDITOR Jim Caruk ARCHITECTURE Samantha Sannella SHOPPING EXPERT Vicky Sanderson GARDEN EDITOR Mark Cullen CONTRIBUTORS Jamie Alexander, Larry Arnal, Martha Uniacke Breen, Stephani Buchman, Brendan Charters, Glen Peloso, Kimberley Seldon, Paul Semkuley, Bryan Tuckey

To celebrate, we’re giving away an amazing prize pack which contains Indigo’s exclusive Read the North tote and T-shirt, plus three of the hottest Canadian titles, including: Canada by Mike Myers, Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon, and The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall. Enter to win this booklover’s bundle. Retail value is approximately $135. indigo.ca

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To enter, email editorial.contest@renoanddecor.com by January 31, 2017, and your name will be entered for a chance to win this Read the North book lovers bundle valued at $135. One entry per person, per issue. Include your full name, address and daytime phone number to be eligible to win. Open to Canadian residents only, aged 18 and over. No purchase necessary. Winner agrees to have their name published in an upcoming issue.

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FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY On October 26th, quartz manufacturer, Quartex Surfaces  in Concord, hosted a  Designer Night in celebration of their 1st year anniversary showcasing their new products in their stunning showroom. quartex.com

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DESIGNERS UNITED FOR A “CHAIRITABLE” CAUSE On October 28th, at the south Etobicoke furniture retailer casalife location, design-minded Torontonians mingled with the city’s most in-demand designers at the 6th Annual Chair Affair Gala in support of Furniture Bank. The Toronto-based charity provides support in the form of gently used furniture donations to those transitioning out of homelessness in the city. “Chair Affair epitomizes what Furniture Bank stands up for,” shares Dan Kershaw, Executive Director of Furniture Bank. “The right to sit down, to have a true home and to begin anew. Chair Affair brings together our supporters and all furniture lovers in a celebration of the unique quality of furniture—to bring warmth and dignity to life. The community’s support of Chair Affair will create true homes for over 500 families.” Emceed by celebrated comedian and author, Jessica Holmes, the fundraising gala also featured a live performance by musician Larry Gowan and live and silent auctions of one-of-a-kind chair creations. Culinary indulgences were provided by a variety of chefs including Chef Michael Smith and Chopped Canada’s latest winner, Chef Matthew Kershaw. And let’s not forget the wonderful designers who came together and brought their talent and passion to the cause. “I am thrilled to be participating in the Furniture Bank’s Chair Affair for a third year in a row,” shares designer Jane Lockhart. “It’s a great way to raise awareness and much needed support for this amazing locally-based initiative. And, this year, I get to design a chair with Toronto city councillor, Norm Kelly!”
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ALL I WANT FOR

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The wreath is on the door, the outdoor lights are up, the tree is trimmed, and you are about to settle in for the evening and watch a holiday movie… BUT wait… you haven’t bought one present yet! Let our gift guide inspire you for all the special people on your list—sit back and enjoy the movie—we’ve got this one.

This holiday season, add a layer of cheer and sparkle in a palette of blush pinks, winter whites, and metallic flair. Subtle touches of glam bring a whole new level of holiday spirit to your living room. Glass Disc Chandelier and Flushmount, $499; Sculpted Geo Mini Console – Parchment, $399; Mylo Chair Feather Grey Deco Weave (Natural Oak legs), $399; Mid-Century Double Bubble Glass Vase, Tall, Grey, $39; westelm.com

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GIFT GUIDE for her Whether she is an Audrey or more of a Marilyn, a little indulgence goes a long way‌

Winter Staple

Adobe Style, Geometric, Brass Breastplate Necklace, $223; etsy.com

Mini Doma Earrings, Brass and Turquoise Studs, $65.75; etsy.com

Turtleneck Sweater, $59.99; marshalls.com

Nudestix Matte Eye Shadow in seven new shades: Putty, Terra, Taupe, Fig, Army, Slate, Chocolate (shown here) & Cocoa, $28 each; nudestix.com

Faceted Mirror Box, tall, low or small $99-$269; westelm.com

Cable Oversized Pom-Pom Hat, light pink, $24.50; indigo.ca

Fabulous Flats

RADO Coupole Classic Mini Black, $1,150; rado.com

Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Shupet Flats Silver Cat, $99; thebay.com

Blue and white Porcelain Trinket Box with gold trim, $15; cobistyle.com

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HOME FINDS Men’s Down Jacket, $109.97; walmart.com

GIFT GUIDE for him From George Clooney to George Costanza, find his perfect gift here.

Navy Blue Reversible Scarf in wool, $34.50; chapters.indigo.ca

Stylish and Durable Husqvarna 426LiB Blower, $349.99; husqvarna.ca

Cork and Denim Duffle Bag, $262; etsy.com

Literally the best stocking stuffers

Botanically Based Shave Set, $40; etsy.com

Luxe Cotton Robe, $79.99; homesense.com

Designer Socks, $12.99; winners.ca Nespresso Pixie Titan with Frother, $299.95; crateandbarrel.ca

Ted Baker London Leather Toiletry Bag, $129; thebay.com

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HOME FINDS

GIFT GUIDE for home The holiday madness always melts away once we open the door after a long day at work, or even just a few shopping hours at the mall. Whether it is an urban condo or little house on the prairie, the home lovers on your list will appreciate these abodeenhancing gifts.

Luster Velvet Trellis Duvet & Shams, Regal blue – King $275, King Shams $65; westelm.com

Chantal Copper Kettle, $160US; williams-sonoma.com

A touch of luxury

Kitchen Aid Ultra Power Stand Mixer, $449; walmart.ca  

Emmalyn Tray from the Modern Yet Classic collection, $180 and up, custom sizes available. For more information evelyneshun.com

Agate Coasters with Gold Leaf Edge (Set of 4), $29.99; homesense.ca

Crock-Pot Marble Slow Cooker (6qt). $29.98; walmart.ca 

Bodum 8-Cup Chambord Classic Coffee Maker, $65; amazon.com

Lacquered Boxed Chopsticks, set of 5, $10; cobistyle.com

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HOME FINDS

GIFT GUIDE

Mohair Sherpa Back Throw, $69US; potterybarn.com

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Geometric Card & Photo Holder, $94; etsy.com - These solid brass paperweights provide an elegant display for your photographs and cards. Available as a set of 3 or individually.

Toronto City Map Coasters, set of 4 $42; ago.net Laser cut from 3mm birch plywood; 3” across.

Scented Soy Candle, $6.99; homesense.com

Marble Serving Bowls, $19.99; homesense.com

SIL & EM’S FAVOURITE ORNAMENTS THIS CHRISTMAS

SIL SAYS:

“Although theme-decorated trees are popular, I love a collected-over-time look with ornaments passed down over the generations. These treasures reveal the richness & magic of Christmas past, and the tradition continues as I always like to introduce a special new item each year. Like all decor, your holiday ornaments should reflect your personal style and reveal your passions.”

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“This is our first Christmas with our baby girl and so I am loving the playfulness of these animal figures."

Set of 4 Glass Macaron Ornaments, $9.99; homesense.com SILVANA LONGO EDITOR

EMILIE SIMPSON ART DIRECTOR

BABBO NATALE COMES TO TOWN

“Santa’s image changes slightly from country to country, this year as a tribute to my roots and love of Italy, I am adding Italian Santa to my collection.” Around the World Santa Ornament, $9.95; crateandbarrel.ca

Erika Barratt Rabbit & Fox Ornaments, $14 each; westelm.com

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MARKHAM’S ON THE MOVE Diversity fuels great spots for decor and dining Sleek metals and geometric lines in the Roaring Twenties collection reference the Art Deco design so popular at the time.

The City of Markham is the largest of nine communities in York Region, and a magnet for new Canadians.

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id-morning, mid-week, midSeptember should be a relatively quiet time for a suburban mall in Markham. Still, a steady flow of traffic snakes in and out of the shopping centre that sits at the corner of Highway 7 and Cochrane Drive. The image is an apt metaphor for the region’s growth. Markham has been expanding both in terms of population and diversity, having jumped more than 15 per cent between 2006 and 2011, according to Statistics Canada. Over 70 per cent of residents are part of a visible minority, and 58 per cent are immigrants. It’s fitting that one of the area’s most popular decor stores, the Quebec-based chain Mobilia, is the product of another wave of entrepreneurial immigrants to Canada that followed WWII. Hans, father of current president Johannes Kau, came to Canada from Germany in 1959. A futile quest for modern furniture for his young family’s Montreal apartment and a well-timed trip to a furniture fair in Stockholm convinced Kau to open his own store. Now celebrating its 50th year, Mobilia has eight locations across Ontario and Quebec

Transfers let you travel on any York Region Transit/Viva vehicles for up to two hours and complimentary Wi-Fi make BEING out and about in Markham easy and convenient. that offer a wide range of transitional and contemporary design, art and accessories. While there are interesting imported lines, such as the made-in-Italy “Convertibles” collection of beds that do double duty for sleep, sitting and storage, Mobilia also shines a well-deserved spotlight on Canadian talent, with the likes of Harricana’s line of ottomans trimmed with recycled fur and handsome lighting from Lambert et Fils. Most recently, the retailer teamed up with designer Janette Ewen, who worked on a collection inspired by the Roaring Twenties that launched in stores in November 2016. Collaborating with associates at Mobilia and Parker Barrow, the Toronto/L.A. design studio she co-owns with artist and designer, Jef Hancock, Ewen created designs for new textiles, furniture and lighting. The line will include both new pieces and reimagined textiles and colours.

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There should be no shortage of local homeowners looking for the kind of chic, timeless pieces that define the collection, as real estate development is booming in the area. One of the most talked-about projects is the ambitious 243-acre “Downtown Markham” development at Warden Avenue and Highway 7 that will combine high-density housing, retail, commercial and other mixed-use structures. Developed by The Remington Group, and designed by Quadrangle Architects, it will be ready for occupancy in 2018. If you want to combine a shopping trip with a visit to a restaurant, there are lots of local eateries that reflect the area’s diverse population.

Janette Ewen works with Olivier Gregorio, buyer at Mobilia (left) and Johannes Kau, president of Mobilia (right) on product sketches from the new Roaring Twenties Collection.

For fans of Indian cooking, there’s Host (670 Highway 7 East), which cooks up fragrant Tandoori dishes and other specialities. Carnivores will want to try Touro Steakhouse (125 York Boulevard), which offers an impressive buffet-style appetizer bar and a Brazilian-style “tour de carne,” or table-side meat service. If you go, take a look at the delicious decor: it was conceived by R&D regular Glen Peloso. Both spots are within a five minute drive from Mobilia, or just a few minutes longer on York Region’s state-of-the-art transit system, the centrepiece of which are its super-comfortable, Wi-Fi enabled VIVA buses.

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as an important element of the entranceway. This is particularly important in small spaces where no real entranceway exists.

2 A sidesplit or centre hall floor plan most often

includes a prominent staircase. Position a narrow table, small desk or cosy settee against this wall. The addition of furniture creates the impression of a larger room.

3 Wallpaper is the quickest way to provide immediate

impact. Opt for vertical stripes to emphasize height or a dynamic pattern to create energy or visual excitement. As the entranceway is a transition space, it’s fine to make a bold choice to create visual impact.

4 Place a narrow console adjacent to the entrance door. The handy location is ideal for catching keys, mail and cell phones as you enter. Select a low profile (approximately 30” high) to give a small entrance an airier look. Top with a mirror, facilitating last-minute checks on the way out the door. For really compact quarters, install a cantilevered ledge (no visible means of support) and tuck a stool beneath.

with multiple closets and doors. Minimize their appearance by treating the doors identically to the walls. Enhance the walls-only illusion by allowing any molding or wainscotting to run across the closet doors. Further heighten this affect by hanging artwork directly on closet doors. Secure paintings or photos at the top and bottom to prevent banging or bouncing with the movement of the door.

6 Add a chair rail to bare walls,

visually expanding the width of

the room. To create a pleasing proportion, install the chair rail about a third of the way up the wall.

7 Install a full-length mirror,

adjacent to a front door with glass panes. This strategic choice will expand the view and amplify light.

8 As a general rule, larger area

carpets create the illusion of greater space. An area carpet with a central medallion emphasizes the entrance as a distinct room while a border can draw attention to space constraints.

9 Make a statement with bold

artwork in the entrance. While strong artwork may overwhelm a living room where guests linger, bolder choices here are ideal— creating an impactful and dramatic first impression.

10Make sure to create a flexible

lighting plan. Dimmers add cosy glamour to evening events. Table lamps or sconces are the most flattering light as they illuminate the face more directly then overhead lighting.

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the eclectic

Holiday HOME— A REFLECTION OF PERSONAL STYLE

Find your festive style by expressing and building upon the existing decor style in your home

BY MARTHA UNIACKE BREEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARRY ARNAL

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hat’s the secret to making your home truly reflect the joy of the season? According to Toronto designer Evelyn Eshun, it’s not about buying armloads of seasonal decor items, or making it look just like it does in a magazine (even this one). The best holiday decorating scheme, she says, starts with you. “To me, holiday decorating really should express a more festive version of your year-round decor, and your family,” Eshun observes. “It feels much more natural that way.”

BUILD ON WHAT YOU HAVE

Start by just looking around your home and letting your existing style inspire you. If your house is more formal, then a more traditional, nostalgic approach will be lovely. If your design—and personal style —are more relaxed, then let your holiday decor reflect that. “In general, the key is to express yourself rather than try to duplicate what’s in a store window. Having a ‘collated’ look is always much more charming than just buying a bunch of things and putting them out.” Chances are, you have a box (or several boxes) of decor items you’ve collected over the years. If they have sentimental value (and they’re still in good shape!), putting them on display where you can see them will give you pleasure every time you walk in the room.

BACK TO NATURE

There’s no need to break the bank on decor each season, Eshun continues. Natural items, such as pine cones or birchbark picked up on a winter walk or spruce boughs cut from backyard shrubs, are beautiful and don’t cost a penny. Another idea is to add a festive touch to things you already own or keep on display year-round. Small touches—filling a glass vase with glass ball ornaments, dressing a table in the front hall with presents, a small tree or even just a red ribbon, putting branches of dried berries and evergreen sprigs in glasses or other containers—will help expand the festive look throughout your home without a lot of fuss. renoanddecor.com December/January 2017 :: 31

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Evelyn Eshun’s HOLIDAY DECOR TIPS • Start by being authentic to who you are, just as you aim for in your decorating the rest of the year. The holidays are about you and your family, not someone else’s idea of what looks right. • Be resourceful: bring out your favourite vases and bowls and fill them with glass balls, nuts, berries, or tie ribbons on them. • Mother Nature is one of the greatest sources of holiday decorating inspiration: natural cedar and pine garlands, spruce sprigs, birchbark, pine cones. Go for a walk in a nearby park or the woods and fill a basket. • Eshun loves glass balls, and uses them in many more places than just on the tree. “Put a bunch of them in a glass vase, and it’s an instant centrepiece.” • Employ some classic, decorating tricks to pull the look together, such as keeping to a defined colour scheme. Eshun used plenty of white, gold, silver, natural greenery, and touches of red here and there for “pop.” “Repetition, such as the rule of threes, is also very effective,” she advises. “And it works with everything from flowers to candlesticks.” • Have fun in your holiday decorating! Don’t be afraid to add personality and even whimsy. “It’s your home, and it’s a great opportunity to express yourself.”

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THE PARTICULARS

In this family’s home, Eshun says, she confides she had no detailed plan until she had seen the home and talked to the client. “My first question was, basically, how do you want the house to reflect you and your lifestyle over the holidays? Do you want it to be more festive, more formal, do you entertain a lot, or do you want a more casual, homey, cosy look?”

PERSONALITY PUNCTUATED

The home, beautifully renovated to bring out its traditional character, was decorated in a simple, clean design, with plenty of white. The family loves to entertain, and has frequent

gatherings throughout the season. The homeowner wanted the house to sparkle for the season, but also wanted a natural, not-too-formal holiday scheme. These starting points inspired Eshun to create a classic but wonderfully personal look, with touches of silver, gold and white, an abundance of natural greenery, and keeping an eye out for original ways to display (or dress up) existing pieces, such as a pretty birchbark-wrapped planter in the hall. The result is a look that’s festive and welcoming, but for the family, feels completely “at home.” And during the holidays, isn’t that the whole idea?

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PILLOWS, BASKETS, CANDLESTICK HOLDERS, PLACE SETTING, GLASSES, CANDLES AND THROWS: Crate and Barrel, REAL GREENERY: Davenport

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spaces for LIVING The design elements that create the perfect living room

ost urban living room spaces involve creating the visual illusion that they are larger than they appear. By applying the right design strategies, we can make a space that is cramped feel more open. By utilizing the principles and elements of design, which include colour, light, texture and scale, we can create focal points, while increasing the appearance of length and width. Additionally, paramount to the living space is COMFORT. Living spaces should also be conducive to conversation, rest and relaxation—or catalysts for entertainment and fun.

COLOUR

Don’t be afraid of colour! Colour sets the mood of the room. While I typically like to design neutral spaces and add colourful accents that are easily changeable, I wouldn’t hesitate to paint a bold, colourful wall for fun. You can create a focal area through colour and have it act as a backdrop to a feature, such as a fireplace. To make a room appear larger, paint the baseboard and crown moulding the same colour as the wall.

A neutral living room with a pop of colour and built-in millwork

Mirrors extend the space and reflect light. Placing a mirror directly across from a window maximizes the light reflection and often brings a bit of nature indoors. Adding a variety of lighting is important. General ceiling lighting, decorative lights and table lamps add ambiance to a room. Consider replacing a solid exterior door with a glass one if you are short on windows.

TEXTURE

One of the best ways to add interest to the living space is through custom millwork. This offers a unique way of storing objects, hiding televisions and housing fireplaces. It adds visual texture to a wall and gives the room organization.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHANI BUCHMAN, LOVE STUDIO (COWHIDE CHAIR)

LIGHT

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Coffered ceilings are a wonderful way to make the space feel more luxurious. I suggest saving these for higher ceilings— at least nine feet and up. Working with a custom crown-moulding specialist can make this an artistic endeavour. Incorporating lighting into the moulding can make this a very distinguishing feature. Drapes add softness to a room and extend the eye upward. I’m a big fan of linen, cotton or silk drapes. They add a natural element to the room and hang very nicely. Mixing fabrics and patterns create excitement in the space and provide variety. Make sure fabrics complement each other through colour choice, hue and vibrancy.

SCALE

DO SOMETHING UNEXPECTED

One of the best things you can do to create a lovely living space is do something unexpected. Consider using an antique as a focal piece, creating a gallery wall, adding a bold patterned chair, working with heirloom pieces, display a collection, mix lights and darks, emphasize art, build in millwork, add a window seat, incorporate a sense of history. These are all techniques that can reflect your personality and give your space the ultimate in comfort.

Add something fun like a cowhide chair.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHANI BUCHMAN, LOVE STUDIO (COWHIDE CHAIR)

When choosing furniture, a small room requires furniture that appears lighter and more transparent. Furniture with legs (rather than skirted) is a good choice for this. As well, some of the new

acrylic or bent-glass tables can make the room seem larger. There is a variety of condo-sized furniture on the market now that are scaled to fit urban spaces. Frequently, I use oversized artwork in smaller spaces to make the walls appear larger in relation to the furniture. Adding a larger rug that the furniture can accommodate makes the room seem larger as well.

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ometimes, the more things change, the more they remain the same. This adage captures the present feel for holiday decorating as we are leaning towards a simpler time—an appreciation for a more rustic, retro Christmas display in the home is trending simply because as time moves forward, there is something that we all love about Christmas past. If you were clever enough to have kept the ornaments from your great grandmother, the ones your children made when they were toddlers, or DIY decor you made when you were first starting out, then you just might have everything you need for your Christmas decor this year.

VERY VINTAGE

The retro Christmas decor is everywhere around us, and filling the shelves of retailers. Let’s start with those vintage ornaments that hung on your grandmother’s Christmas tree. Those delicate glass balls with all of the intricate details of a hand-painted art piece. The idea of family is evoked with these retro items as we think not only of those who sit around the tree this year but also of those who came before us. It is a chance to start our own traditions with vintage-like ornaments evocative of Christmas vignettes from the past etched in our minds.

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A nod to onceupon-a-Christmas decor and how to create this retro look in your home this holiday season

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Handcrafted decor takes us back to the early Canadian Christmas season when decor only existed if someone made it.

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Pine cones and holly on dishware are traditional holiday symbols perfect for your Christmas table.

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To achieve this retro Christmas look, nothing has quite the same heart as those elements that are handmade. Hand-woven elements, which have the sense that your great-aunt knit the stocking that is to be hung by the chimney with care, are important. Ornaments that are reminiscent of vintage sleighs, or hand-knitted tree bobbles all provide the sense of a vintage Christmas. Combine that with the items your own children have already made, a fresh-cut Christmas tree, and voila’, it’s like stepping back in time with that glorious real Christmas tree scent pervading through the home, just like grandma’s house used to have.

OLD-FASHIONED FARE

The traditional knitted “stockings hung by the chimney with care” are back and just like your great- grandparents would have had them.

A mason jar has been preserving foods for generations. Now you can use it to serve everything from juices to stronger things that will “pickle” your guests!

CRAFTS OF CHRISTMAS

Add yuletide touches to your living room with these handcrafted cushions.

No Christmas is complete without the baking. Cookie tins were a big part of an old-school Christmas along with mason jars for preserves. They also make a great decor statement in the rustic Christmas look while providing storage for all your cookies! At your holiday party, remember to serve some of the drinks in these pressed glass mason jars. With drinks taken care of, it’s time for a vintage table setting. Vintage cups and plates with a hand-painted look will give you all the feeling of Christmas morning at the homestead. When it comes to all the shiny decor pieces that predominate holiday decor, you can carry the gold and silver metallics through into the new year, even after you have taken down most of the traditional Christmas decor. Knitted toss cushions are another great way to give the house that vintage Christmas feel and can be incorporated with the pillows that already sit on the sofa. There is no reason you can’t add a faux-fur blanket to give that old rustic and cosy feeling. Combine it all with some of the sweaters that have become so popular at every house party around, some natural pine boughs, pinecones and mistletoe and the stage is set for the ghost of Christmas past to come walking through your front door.

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Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander are co-founders and principals of Peloso Alexander Interiors. They bring 35 years of combined experience to creating environments that merge the client’s lifestyle, personality, and architecture. pelosoalexander.com, twitter @glenpeloso & @glenandjamie, Facebook.com/glenpeloso renoanddecor.com December/January 2017 :: 39

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AROUND THE GLOBE

at HOME in TUSCANY

Quaint guesthouses in the Tuscan countryside take their cue from the comforts of home

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Porcellino Gallery Art Boutique

On a recent trip to Italy this past summer, I found accommodations that not only quieted my reservations but surpassed my expectations. Our first stop was Florence for a four-day stay to tour the city. As far as lodging, I wanted a place that felt like home and not a hotel. The Porcellino Gallery Art Boutique is a mere two cobblestone blocks away from the Piazza della Signoria, with the Medici Palace and Uffizi Gallery just beyond. You couldn’t have asked for a better location, but what made it even more special were the furnishings and surroundings within the 16th century Palazzo Cavalcanti that has been in this Florentine family for many generations.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA VIERUCCI (LOCANDA)

f you crave design and decor inspiration, travel is one of the best ways you can feed your creativity. From the architecture and culture, to indulging in the local food and wine while taking in the sights, one of the key design influences while abroad is the hotel you choose and its surroundings. When in search of accommodations, for some there is always some apprehension. Nagging questions like, “Is there a place to sit other than my bed? Will the bed and pillows be comfortable? Is the furniture new or is it like being in a corporate office setting? What kind of view will I have?” These considerations are key when booking a place to stay.

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The front door of the palazzo is tucked behind the vendors of the Piazza Mercato Nuovo, and is very unassuming (except for the Egyptian sarcophogus). Yet beyond the glass door, the aroma of sandalwood and cedar fill your senses and the surrounding decor starts to delight your eyes. The iron-andstone staircase leads you up to the main common area of this gorgeous guesthouse.

ROOM WITH A VIEW

With only five guest rooms, there wasn’t anything that said, “Look at me, I am a hotel.” It was more like, “Look, I have my own palazzo for the next four days!” Our room was one of the larger ones overlooking the square where the famous bronze Boar statue sits. With high ceilings and a double-door window, the room screamed old-world charm. But there was something more. It was the combination of the brass-bed frame with a ‘70s-style globe chandelier, zebra rug and low-fringed tub chairs that gave this room so much style and appeal. It could have been a chic bedroom in the home of a design-savvy person anywhere in the world. This was not your standardstyle hotel room. It truly made you feel like you are a guest in someone else’s home…and a palazzo at that…

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA VIERUCCI (LOCANDA)

After four glorious days at the Porcellino Gallery Art Boutique, we headed to our next destination, further into the Tuscan countryside, to the beautiful Locanda al Colle. Located in the green foothills of the Apuan Alps and the township of Camaiore, we settled in for nine nights of perfection. The original house dates back to 1760 and became a five-bedroom guesthouse in 2000, then expanding to 12 bedrooms in 2010. The grounds are meticulously maintained, with olive groves surrounding the property and the panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian sea are breathtaking; rolling hills, clay-topped roofs, olive and cypress trees are bountiful and the air is so fresh and clean.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Locanda al Colle

As we walked up to one of the doors leading into the guesthouse, I once again felt that this is not going to be your ordinary stay. The entrance doors lead you into a seating area that is decorated and appointed with the best mid-century furniture, art and accessories. There is no front desk or check-in area, just beautiful surroundings that you would find in a home. The owner has curated a refined collection of art and furniture from around the globe and it shows how much he cares about his guests as the attention to detail is literally everywhere. renoanddecor.com December/January 2017 :: 43

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AROUND THE GLOBE We were lucky enough to have a small suite for the next nine nights, with a bonus outside terrace to lounge about after being out at the pool or touring nearby Lucca and Cinque Terre. Once again, our room did not fail in wowing us. Filled with a modern and refined point of view, retro and antique furnishings were mixed to combine a magnificent setting. Why would I ever want to leave and go home?… I am home!

BEDDING’S BEST

Besides the sumptuous setting, there is still one more important detail in your home away from home and that is the bedding. We yearn for comfortable bedding and pillows and we know taking a pillow from home takes up way too much valuable suitcase space. Most places that I have stayed at, even the five-star hotels, the sheets are barely tolerable; crispy and course due to the commercial washing and detergents, not the thread count. At both of these outstanding establishments, it was just like nonna had washed the sheets, hung them out to dry and put them back on the bed. They were both sublime, the pillows full and plump, making every sweet dream possible while being away.

Locanda al Colle

HOME… BUT BETTER

Some of us have taken influences from our travels, mostly seen in the “hotel style bedding.” But it seems like these splendid establishments have taken their cue from the comforts of home, and reversed the chain of ideas. By knowing what a beautiful, comfortable home is and bringing those comforts to a paying guest, the chain of influence has gone full circle. These magical guesthouses confirm that there is comfort away from home while you travel abroad. I say continue to take your influences from travel and make your home, your home. This will maintain the cycle of creativity between you as a homeowner and the establishment of the hotels and guesthouses around the world. Now get out there and live. I think I need to call my brother now and ask him for my brass bed back. A little Tuscany in Toronto is in order.

Locanda al Colle

SOURCES

PORCELLINO GALLERY ART BOUTIQUE

Paul Semkuley, A Toronto-based interior stylist and principal of re:source lifestyles, successfully incorporates the client’s existing collection of furniture and family treasures in unique and unpredictable ways. resourcelifestyles.com

Piazza del Mercato nuovo, 4 50123 Firenze, Italy +39 055 288464 info@porcellinogallery.com

LOCANDA AL COLLE

Via la Stretta, 231 loc. Capezzano Pianore 55041 Camaiore, (LU) Italy +39 0584 915 195 info@locandaalcolle.it

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f you could coin a single phrase that would apply to the 2017’s paint palette, it might be something like “stellar sophisticates.” Colours for this year are still complex and understated, but less predictable than last year’s neutrals and soft greyed pastels. After several years of softer, lighter colours, we’re ready for more drama. Rich, saturated jewel tones are in the ascendency now, adding mood and atmosphere to interiors. Even paler tones are more multidimensional: shades like CIL’s “Stone Harbour Greige” and Dulux’s “Grey Leaf” contain a

range of undertones that add depth and interest. Colours like these are quite active: they change in mood through the day and with the light. In fact, that quality was one of the inspirations for “Shadow,” Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year, according to the company’s colour expert Sharon Grech. “We noticed that many architects and designers have been working with shadows and light, so that interplay struck us. ‘Shadow’ is a very interesting colour; it can look very black, but with more depth than true black; or very purple, depending on how the light falls on it and what you put against it.”

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range of moods from adventurous to peaceful, changing according to the colours you pair with them. Nature still continues to inspire, but this year we’re looking beyond the woods, seaside and mountains— way up, to the night sky. Perhaps it’s due to recent predictions that humans will land on Mars within the next 15 years, or the abundance of space-themed movies in 2016, but the universe is definitely having an influence, according to PPG spokesperson Misty Yeomans. But far from being cold and empty, the effect is romantic and surprisingly cosy: an inner odyssey, in place of a cosmic one.

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Shades from the purple and violet end of the spectrum are particularly directional this year. Five of the leading paint companies have chosen their colours of the year from this colour family, ranging from CIL’s soft, greyed Antique Violet, to Dulux’s Starry Sky, a bolder, in your face blue-purple. Benjamin Moore’s Shadow is boldest of all, an eggplant purple-black. Though purple is often considered a challenge for home decorators, these hues are nothing to fear: think of them as an artistic update to last year’s greys. They’re versatile enough to produce a

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ith the holiday season coming, we are all about to gather indoors to celebrate the end of another year and the beginnings of new opportunities. As the festivities begin, we all try to freshen up the house in preparations for parties, and intimate family gatherings. But how fresh is your home really? Indoor air quality in most homes is actually a lot poorer than people think. Most people spend the majority of their time indoors, between office and commercial spaces and residential spaces. Most people don’t know that there are Volatile Organic Compounds floating all around the indoor space. Therefore indoor air quality is actually a lot more important than outdoor air quality. Just think about

it! You sleep at night in your home. You breathe this air all night long and the night is where the majority of the repair happens in the body. This is the time for your body to replenish itself and it is when you need the best air quality, not the worst. This is where Pure Genius is such a pure genius. The Pure Genius finish from Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring cleans your indoor air from the VOC’s that some of your hard surfaces release into the air. Furniture finishes, paint, and even some carpets create VOCs. Pure Genius finish actually changes the chemical composition of these VOCs and turns them into water and CO2. It is like having three trees in your home, breathing in the bad stuff and giving you the good.

So why not bring three trees into the home this holiday season, instead of just one. Indeed a healthier future with a beautiful, stylish, timeless floor from Lauzon’s amazing ambiance and designer collections with Pure Genius is the best present to your family. At M Squared Flooring & Design Centre, we are proud to offer our clients the very best of the hardwood flooring options. Visit us at our 1500 sq ft Showroom at 2050 Steeles Ave West, unit 3, in concord and ring in the new year in a healthy new healthy style. For the list of all of our products and services visit our website at www.msquareddesign.ca.

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Fight the temptation to rush through the final steps of a project

• Are all the walls painted, without any drips, splotches or brush marks showing? • Is all the trim in place and painted, with any holes or gaps filled? • Have all the handles and draw pulls been installed on all the cabinets? • Are there any gaps in grout lines? • Is the shower or tub caulked with an even bead all around? Finally, I’ll share a little anecdote about a guy named Ramsin Khachi who does some gorgeous, high-end design/build work in the Oakville area. After his company wraps up a project, one of his team members goes into the house with a lengthy checklist to make sure the above-mentioned details, and more, are taken care of before they consider the job done. One of the items on the list is to check all the light switches and electrical outlets in the home, specifically, the tiny little screws that hold them in place. He makes sure the slot in every single one of them matches, running in a perfect vertical line. Now that’s attention to detail.

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hen facing a major renovation, the demolition part is usually fairly quick and easy. When properly coordinated, framing, plumbing, wiring, and insulation can all get done in a timely manner. It’s the finishing touches—the last bits of trim, paint, caulking, and other little details— that can seem to drag on. For a perfect finish, make sure you don’t rush those steps. If you’re doing a DIY job, it’s easy to let the little things slide. Contractors get a fair bit of work from frustrated homeowners who give us a call after a well-meaning spouse has let an ongoing project stall for too long. And along the lines of the cobbler’s kids going shoeless, one of the guys I work with jokes about how he’d replaced most of the flooring in his house when he moved in, but he never got around to re-installing the baseboard trim until they decided to sell the house—five years later! Whether you’ve hired a contractor or enlisted your partner to do the job, you want to make sure that every last detail is taken care of. I’d recommend doing a room-by-room spot check. Here’s a checklist of items to look for:

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veryone knows the kitchen is the most important room in the house. We start our day there making coffee and breakfast, it’s where we spend time preparing our meals and cleaning up afterwards and, inevitably, it’s the spot everyone congregates at during a party. In my years of building and renovating kitchens I’ve seen a lot of mistakes that negatively impact functionality. Here’s my list of the most common mistakes people make when planning a kitchen.

LACK OF LIGHTING

There are three kinds of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting is how the whole room is illuminated, task lighting is focused on a specific area to complete tasks, such as chopping your veggies, and accent lighting is used to highlight a particular feature, say a piece of art. In the kitchen, ambient and task lighting are the most important, particularly for older homeowners who may have impaired vision. You need to be careful where you place overhead pot lights. If they’re too far back from the counters, your body will cast a shadow over your work area. Lights mounted under upper cabinets are a great way to add task lighting, and trim can be added to hide the light boxes.

SINK OR SWIM

In terms of strategic placement, your sink should be your number one priority. Everything revolves around access to the sink. Once you’ve rinsed something, you don’t want to walk halfway across the kitchen to get it on your stove. If you have your sink built into an island, try to position your stove directly across from it to minimize walking distance between the two. That said, I’d advise you to put the two together, particularly if you have young children or pets in the house because, Murphy’s Law, the space between the two will become the path everyone else wants to use as a major thoroughfare. Similarly, your dishwasher should be close to the sink. While modern dishwashers are powerful enough to clean the dirtiest of plates, you’ll still likely find yourself rinsing a few items off before loading them. Over time, a steady stream of water droplets from the sink to the dishwasher will cause the finish on your floor to bubble or scuff.

MECHANICAL MELTDOWN

There’s nothing more annoying than a smoke detector that goes off every time you try to cook something on your stovetop. For one, you don’t want to mount it in the kitchen. It should be placed as far from the stove as possible, while still in a central location on the main floor to ensure it works when needed. But a more likely cause of frequent false alarms is a stove vent that’s undersized and isn’t able to draw enough air. You’ll also want to ensure you have enough electrical outlets for all the countertop appliances you’ll be using, and for a handy place to charge your phone or a laptop while you’re surfing online for recipes. Any receptacles close to the sink must be GFCI outlets that have a built-in fuse to prevent accidental shocks.

NON-COMPLIANT APPLIANCES

Built-in microwaves are great for freeing up counter space, but make sure it’s mounted at a level that’s comfortable to access. If mom or dad are on the shorter side, you don’t want them reaching too high to remove things and risk burning their hands or spilling hot liquids. One common mistake people make is to undersize the fridge without thinking about the future. A young couple may only need a small fridge but, once two or three kids come along, they’ll find their storage space insufficient. After the cabinets and counters are in place, however, it’s an expensive fix to try to make room for a larger icebox. The other appliance that’s often poorly placed is the dishwasher. I did say you want it to be close to the sink, but keep the door swing in mind. If you have the dishwasher diagonally across from the sink on an L-shaped counter, you may not be able to stand at the sink with the door open.

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enovating is a great way to add value to your home, increase your quality of life and enhance the look of your neighbourhood, but the process can be tough on your neighbours. Be considerate of the people who live around you when planning a renovation, as you could be subjecting them to months of dirt, noise and additional

program is a great resource to find a professional. Visit the RenoMark website (renomark.ca) to locate a RenoMark contractor in your area. All RenoMark renovators agreed to a renovation-specific code of conduct, which includes providing a written contract; offering a minimum $2 million in liability insurance; having two years

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY RENOVATION FOR YOU, YOUR RENOVATOR AND YOUR NEIGHBOURS IS SAFETY. vehicles. Before the hammers start swinging, be sure to discuss your renovation plans with those next door, behind you, across from you and further down the street. Spend some time going door to door to talk about your building plans. Whether you are building a deck, adding a second storey or rebuilding your home, your neighbours will appreciate knowing how long the renovation will take and who to contact if potential issues arise. A professional renovator can accompany you on these visits and help guide you through working with neighbours. The national RenoMark

warranty on all work; and carrying all applicable licenses and certificates. A professional renovator can help answer any questions your neighbours may have, from architectural design to zoning bylaw compliance. Keeping your neighbours fully informed will make them more supportive of the renovation. The city of Toronto recommends posting your building permit in a prominent area on your property. A common concern for people is curb appeal so bring your drawings to show what the final product will look like. A good design will put a lot of people at ease. Another great way to avoid disturb-

ing your neighbours is to ensure you adhere to your municipality’s noise bylaws, rules that restrict the hours of operation for construction equipment or activity. Your professional renovator will follow a proper waste removal process and keep the construction site clean to avoid fines and prevent health and safety hazards. Some municipalities require you to obtain a Street Occupation Permit should your dumpsters or construction bins extend beyond your property line. A professional renovator will be familiar with all bylaws and requirements. The most important part of any renovation for you, your renovator and your neighbours is safety. Every municipality has its own unique set of Property Standards and Property Maintenance bylaws. These may include things like putting a fence around the property, placing portable toilets far away from your neighbour’s homes and ensuring that proper safety equipment is worn by all workers. Professional renovators know to comply with these bylaws and avoid potential fines from the municipality.

Bryan Tuckey is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association and a land-use planner who has worked for municipal, regional and provincial governments. Follow him on Twitter @bildgta, facebook.com/bildgta, and bildblogs.ca.

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MARK CULLEN

in FAVOUR of REAL

The real vs. artificial Christmas tree—Mark breaks the silence on the subject and reveals his favourites

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THE TREES

My favourite cut Christmas tree is the Fraser fir (Abies fraseri). It has a lovely evergreen scent, the needles are soft to the touch, and the Fraser fir holds moisture in its needles longer than most species reducing ‘needle drop,’ which further prevents a lot of clogged vacuum cleaners around New Year’s. My second favourite tree is the Balsam fir (Abies balsamea), for many of the same reasons I love the Fraser, but the needles are shorter and therefore you won’t hang as many ornaments on it. The Scots pine (not ‘Scotch’) (Pinus sylvestris) is a native of Scotland, with long, stiff needles. The trunk is often not straight, though a good specimen can be. Needle retention is average. A generation ago it was number one on the market by far but now represents a fraction of it. White spruce (Picea glauca) is a problem indoors. If you are going to bring one home for Christmas, do yourself a favour and keep it outdoors until a couple of days before Christmas, and take it back out a couple of

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t never fails. Every year I receive emails asking if I recommend the use of real trees vs. artificial for Christmas. This is an opportunity to finally set the record straight on a red-hot issue (in my books). In my opinion, real Christmas trees are the winner, hands down. The fresh-cut Christmas tree that you buy off the lot, or from a reliable retailer, is plantation grown, not cut from the wild. It is planted, nurtured, and harvested like any agricultural crop. This one, though, takes up to 10 years to produce a marketable specimen (try explaining THAT to your banker when you ask for a business loan to plant up a field of Christmas trees). The tree that is planted in the ground is three to four years old at the time. Therefore, the tree that you buy may be up to 14 years old from seed germination to the day that you decorate it. Fresh-cut trees are, well, fresh. They are cut in late fall and trucked to retailers across the country in early November. They do not ‘dry out’ while they are outdoors but they can dry out in your home quite quickly, which is why it is important that you place your tree indoors only when you are ready to enjoy it. It is also imperative that you use a tree stand with a large water capacity and that you keep it filled with water at all times. The land on which Christmas trees grow (about 40,000 acres in Canada) is generally ‘marginally’ productive farmland. You would not want to grow a food crop on much of it, as it is rocky, acidic, and often hard to access (as in, way up north or buried in the bush somewhere). Deer and other wildlife forage through Christmas tree farms. They enjoy the protection that they provide and many songbirds use the trees for nesting.

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days afterwards. The needles drop like rain when they become dehydrated, which won’t take long. I spray Wilt-Pruf on my cut Christmas tree before I bring it indoors as this anti-desiccant helps to hold moisture in the needles, reducing needle drop and fire hazard. For many Canadians, a fresh-cut Christmas tree can be recycled by just leaving it at the end of your driveway for municipal services to pick it up. You paid for this service when you paid your taxes. Wise people take advantage of it. Much of that mulch is used in public parks in the spring to protect the root zone of permanent trees and shrubs. So, fresh-cut Christmas trees look good, smell nice, are environmentally the right choice, they produce jobs for Canadians and habitat for wildlife while growing. I rest my case.

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THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

FRESH AND CLEAN A new

build means every facet of the home from the foundation to the roof is brand new and designed to today’s building code standards.

An in-depth look at the variables which determine whether you should be renovating or tearing down and building new

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OUT WITH THE OLD Demolishing an existing home can also take away unique features such as property setbacks and building features which may be irreplaceable.

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What problems exist in the home that need repair (i.e. leaky foundation, old wiring, mould, drafts, just plain ugly).

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What is the main structure composition? (i.e. solid masonry, steel frame, wood frame, straw, etc.) Start thinking about lifespan of the original home, and could there be any hidden issues within the structure?

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How much of what you are planning is cosmetic and how many changes are major structural alterations? (i.e. blowing out load-bearing walls versus refinishing hardwood floors)

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How afraid are you of the unknown? Renovations typically have the ability to produce a surprise or two, more so than when building new. We need to factor that into the comparison.

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his question is one of the most common we receive when people are taking stock of their old (60- to 100-year-old) city homes and weighing their domicile options. This question is second only to “do we renovate or move,” a topic we just recently covered in an earlier issue. While they often say “never answer a question with a question,” in this instance, it is necessary to delve a bit deeper into the core issues with the existing home— or pain points—in order to arrive at your answer. What is driving the need for change? More space? Greater efficiency? A nicer esthetic or just general repair and upkeep? First off, it should be understood that adding new space to a home always costs more per square foot than building new (assuming you are building with the identical methods and finishes—all things being equal). One loses the economy of scale in a larger project when adding to an existing structure and tying the two spaces together carries costs unto themselves, which skew the equation. Also, the labour component on the demolition side is much higher as you are not just smashing with a machine to remove and dispose of the building, but rather working to preserve and later tie into a part of it. In order to come to a conclusion on which is best for your specific situation, I need to ask some key questions that apply to every case: 60 :: December/January 2017 renoanddecor.com

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People always want to know where costs are currently running per square foot in residential construction. Those numbers are almost impossible to accurately estimate without a plan and a detailed scope of finishes. Our new construction home projects typically fall in the $250 to $350 per-square-foot range, plus the cost of the lot itself and finish landscaping. Recently, the lowest I have heard quoted from other firms was $190 per s.f. and the highest, at $450 per sq.ft. I am sure some people have built for less, and we all know there are homes which cost more than this, but based on a mid-range of typical systems and finishes, this is a current rough guide. The average GTA custom build would be in and around $275-$300 per sq.ft. for loose budget purposes. Therefore if you are looking for the average 2,500- to 3,000-square-foot home, you should assume the average range

to be between $700,000 to $900,000. Site conditions, access and other challenges could adjust these numbers up. Adding new space to an existing home is generally 15 to 30 per cent higher per sq.ft. than new construction for larger additions, and could easily be 50 per cent higher if the addition is small (like a mudroom or front vestibule). It should be stated that there is usually value in the existing home that you have, which should not be immediately discounted. To rip it down and dispose of it will add roughly $20,000 to $30,000 to the budget…and that’s just to get rid of the old. One of the big tipping points of shifting away from renovation and undertaking a new build is if you are looking to completely gut and remodel the interior, add significantly to the existing footprint and begin to either waterproof from the exterior or affect ceiling heights

RAISE THE ROOF Difficult to do in a renovation, setting new, much higher ceiling heights in a new build is relatively easy, making spaces feel grand.

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“RENOVATIONS TYPICALLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE A SURPRISE OR TWO, MORE SO THAN WHEN BUILDING NEW.”

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IT’S A FORMALITY Converting unused spaces into the home

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of the existing home (either underpinning a basement or raising a floor or roof structure for example). A good exercise is to list out everything you want changed, fixed or worked on and work backwards to create the list of what’s left of the original home. The value of the remaining structure will help lead you to the financial difference of the two options. If comparing similar-sized, system-outfitted and finished spaces—one new and the other an addition/remodel, we have found the new build is usually about $100k to $150k more in fees and costs, but at the end absolutely everything is new—which could be better—but may also not be. There is also the matter of zoning approvals, permits and taxation. Renovations are inherently different than a new home in that regard. Do some research in your local municipality on the impact of tearing down the existing home. You don’t want to lose some of the privileges the existing home may have ‘grandfathered’ to it by way of its current positioning on a lot. Changing to a new home can mean a whole new set of rules and regulations and fees to the various government bodies involved, some of which continue in perpetuity (like property taxes!).

At the end of the day, there are numerous additional factors that will need to be weighed to make your final decision. Some include architectural style or significance of the existing home (historical preservation), environmental impact, sentimental value, and others. Strict, financially driven decisions don’t always provide the best answers. Go through the questions above and you will come closer to your decision. Ultimately, you will be the one living in the home and it needs to be the right choice for you and your family. Either way you decide to go—be sure to start with a professional designer or architect and speak with professional builders. Either a renovation or new build can be an awful experience if you don’t pick the right crew to create your new or remodelled space.

Brendan Charters is co-owner of Toronto Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments – 2016 BILD Renovator of the Year. Visit eurodale.ca or follow Brendan on Twitter @EurodaleHomes

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Booth designer Yvonne Whelan

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hen asked to design RENO & DECOR’s Design Intervention Booth for Toronto’s recent Fall Home Show, I was excited, challenged, nervous and honoured. I realized it would be a big job with tons of challenges but also opportunities to let my creativity and work ethic shine. I was also fortunate to have some amazing sponsors who generously provided gorgeous furnishings; UpCountry, Custom Wallpaper; Bespoke My Place, Paint; Benjamin Moore, Flooring; Bousada Flooring and Artwork (including mirrors) from Renwil. So let’s just say I was off to a good start. Designing the booth is like designing an 800-sq.-ft. condo from the ground up. Erecting walls, creating rooms, colours, furniture. There is a great deal of planning that goes into any well thoughtout design. The rooms all served different functions. We had a

dramatic living room painted in Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue with some brushed gold accents, a jaw-dropping art piece above the sofa and the stunning mustard and gold chairs that were the inspiration of the room—very en pointe to what is happening now in design. The other rooms were a little more subdued with a mid-century appeal to them and some incredible wallpaper—thank you Bespoke. I also had the privilege of speaking at the show about what is trending in the world of Interiors as well as being on a group panel speaking about Reno Do’s and Don’ts. I would say the highlight of the weekend was meeting so many amazing people at the booth. They came prepared with their questions, pictures and floor plans. We enjoyed helping answer their questions and hopefully put them on the right track for their reno and decor projects.

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HOME ELECTRONICS DISARMINGLY SIMPLE

It’s time to take control of your home with Grand Alarms Smart Home security. Arm and disarm, view your live camera, lock and unlock your doors, adjust your thermostat, and even control your lights—all from your mobile device, tablet, or laptop. 

GRAND ALARMS grandalarms.ca

MORE THAN JUST A PIANO

More than just a piano, Yamaha’s DGX-660 lets you jump right in and enjoy playing music at any level. Contemporary and versatile, the DGX-660 has something for everyone. Simply connect a microphone to the DGX-660 to sing along as you play, or with pre-recorded files. Three convenient presets are provided for different vocal performance situations, and you can even create and save your own.

YAMAHA CANADA yamaha.com

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FAUCETS, SINKS & COUNTERTOPS INSTANT GRATIFICATION

Looking for quartz gratification? Quartex Surfaces delivers! With industry-leading, book-matching colours and patterns, their quartz slabs have been engineered to show a continuous vein pattern and a mirroring effect that looks amazing in a large kitchen, bathroom or commercial walls. Visit their beautiful showroom for a closer look.

QUARTEX SURFACES INC. quartex.com

TRIED & TRUE

DURABLE & DESIGNFORWARD

The BLANCO IKON apron-front sink truly reflects BLANCO’s commitment to innovation. BLANCO introduces the world’s first apron-front sink made of natural granite composite, SILGRANIT material. The BLANCO IKON will not scratch or stain, is exceptionally easy to clean, and will maintain its beauty for many years. With its slightly angled apron design, the BLANCO IKON adds an architectural element to any kitchen. This collection is available in three SILGRANIT colours: Anthracite, Café and White.

BLANCO CANADA INC. blancocanada.com

Innovating since 1979 with well over 50,000 countertops fabricated and installed in Ontario, Latitude is one of the largest residential suppliers of custom countertops and designer surfaces in Ontario. They feature Caesarstone Quartz and Natural Stone with a 25-year stainproof technology and warranty as well as custom solid surfacing.

LATITUDE COUNTERTOPS latitudecountertops.ca

SILKY SMOOTH OPERATION

The Eurocube Joy collection features an award-winning cubic design that is a joy to behold with tap operation that is as light as a feather. The new Grohe FeatherControl joystick cartridge features state-of-the-art coated ceramic discs, and a wider volume and temperature angle to deliver precise control and silky smooth operation. Experience the beauty and superior performance that is Eurocube Joy. Available in S, M and XL sizes.

GROHE CANADA grohe.ca

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FAUCETS, SINKS & COUNTERTOPS PRETTY PRACTICAL

Soapstone is an excellent choice for bathroom countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The naturalhoned matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY greensvillesoapstone.com

CONVENIENTLY ALIGNED

The new Align spring faucet from Moen delivers a more convenient experience with a modern design to make it the focal point in any kitchen. In addition to its industrialinspired style, Align features a pull-down hose that extends deep into the sink and Moen’s Power Clean technology. Now users can clean dishes faster while containing splash and minimizing mess.

MOEN CANADA moen.ca

THE NEW SPECTRUM BROUGHT TO SURFACE

A combination of trendy and classic, Caesarstone surfaces upgrade any interior with its presence. Offering a wide variety of quartz surfaces with natural-looking textures that are durable, hygienic and easy to maintain. Bring Caesarstone to your surface, shown here, new 5143 White Attica. 

CAESARSTONE CANADA caesarstone.ca

THE FAUCET IS THE STAR

The new Sylla floor-mount tub filler will look great in your bathroom. It will marry perfectly to the style you want, whether it is classic, modern, or transitional. Its coaxial cartridge allows you to get a stable water temperature and eliminates the diverter so it is now easier than ever to switch from the tub spout to the hand shower!

RIOBEL riobel.ca

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a collection of beautiful ideas for your home accessories I drapery I fabric I furniture I lighting cobistyle.com cobistyle products are available at specialty stores and boutiques across Canada. Visit cobistyle.com for more information.

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FLOORING MATCH STYLE & BUDGET

‘Tis the season to renew and refresh with beautiful new flooring. Carpet One Floor & Home’s expert consultants will help you choose the right floor that matches your style with your budget. From hardwood and tile to carpet, luxury vinyl tile and more, you can expect more without paying more.

CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME carpetone.ca

TILE MAKEOVER

FABULOUS FINISHES

Porcelanosa specializes in large size wall tiles with rectified edges that allow for minimum grout-joint installations. Large-format, realistic stonewall tiles, marble wall tiles, fabric wall tiles, or modern metallic and textured floor and wall-tile finishes are achieved due to the ongoing efforts in research and development. Full line offered exclusively at Factory Tile Depot.

FACTORY TILE DEPOT factorytiledepot.ca

X-Tile Canada, with three locations in Toronto and Mississauga, offers a wide range of ceramic, glass,metal, porcelain, natural stone, and mosaic tiles, including 13-x13-inch Porcelain Tile and 12-x24-inch Italian Porcelain Tiles. Open seven days a week.

X-TILE CANADA x-tile.net

VERSATILE & AFFORDABLE LUXURY VINYL

Using materials that truly stand the test of time, these floors are easily cleaned and are scuffresistant, keeping the new-flooring look for years after its installation. One of the largest advantages of vinyl is it’s waterproof, unlike many other materials. Vinyl-plank flooring is an increasingly popular option for the home because of its versatility, flexibility, affordability, and durability.

ALLAN RUG CO. CARPET AND FLOORING allanrug.com

AIR REGISTERS TO MATCH YOUR FLOORS

A super stylish way to finish the look of your hardwood floors is to install matching wood floor air registers. These vents are available in various sizes to suit the size of your ducts. Available through Aspen Wood Floors.

ASPEN WOOD FLOORS aspenwoodfloors.com

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{RENOVATOR RESOURCE DIRECTORY} SLUG HERE The RenoMark symbol identifies professional renovators and trade contractors who have agreed to follow a code of ethics; meet a demanding code of conduct; and attend regular upgrade courses. For more information visit renomark.ca A A & A Custom Homes and Renovations Inc. Member Since: 2012 Vaughan 1.855.228.6736 aacustomhomes.ca A&R Renovations Inc. Member Since: 2016 Woodbridge 416.677.9316 aandrrenovations.com A. Brown Construction Member Since: 2010 Toronto 416.766.9892 abrownconstruction.ca A. Lifetime Contractor Ltd. Member Since: 2003 Toronto 416.483.2151 lifetimecontractor.com A. Mazzucco Construction Member Since: 1974 Toronto 416.207.0388 amazzucco.on.ca AB Renovations Unltd. Member Since: 2005 Stouffville 416.809.5025 abreno.com Abode Home Building Inc. Member Since: 2014 Toronto 416.689.7473 abodebuildinginc.com ADH Canada Inc. Member Since: 2013 Thornhill 905.513.7876 adhcanada.com Affordable Woodworking Inc. Member Since: 2009 Toronto 416.831.6741 affordablewoodworking.com Alair Homes Aurora/ Newmarket Member Since: 2015 Aurora 289.803.2612 alairhomes.ca/aurora Alair Homes Richmond Hill Member Since: 2015 Richmond Hill 416.518.8976 alairhomes.ca Alair Homes Scarborough Member Since: 2014 Scarborough 416.417.1961 alairhomes.com Alair Homes South Etobicoke Member Since: 2016 Toronto 416.626.7746 alairhomes.ca Alair Homes Toronto Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.988.1661 alairhomes.com Alan Heron Homes Inc. Member Since: 2004 Toronto 416.642.7651 alanheron.houzz.com Alert Restoration Inc. Member Since: 2014 Oakville 905.301.8196 alertreno.ca

Balmoral Construction Group Member Since: 2014 Richmond Hill 416.779.8761

Bryant Renovations Member Since: 2000 Toronto 416.260.0818 bryantrenovations.com

All Angles Renovations Ltd. Member Since: 2009 Scarborough 416.261.9732 allanglesrenovations.ca

Balmoral Custom Homes Ltd. Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.482.5000 balmoralcustomhomes.com

Built By Pros Inc. Member Since: 2016 Toronto 416.708.3713 builtbypros.ca

Allyn Construction Ltd. Member Since: 2002 Milton 416.347.7548 allynconstruction.com

Barbini Developments Inc. Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.385.8883 amedeobarbini.com

Alphyn Construction Inc. Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.737.8607 alphynconstruction.com

Barry’s Construction & Renovation Ltd. Member Since: 2014 Oshawa 1.800.438.5192 bcrltd.ca

C Calado & Lima Home Improvement Inc. Member Since: 2011 York 416.782.0110 caladolima.ca

Bayden Homes Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.818.8143 bayden.ca

Canlik Kitchens Member Since: 1996 Scarborough 416.412.7828 refaceyourkitchen.com

Baymanor Homes Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.781.2866 baymanorhomes.com

Carick Home Improvements (Carick Building Products Ltd.) Member Since: 1998 Toronto 416.781.6671 carickhome.com

Alexander and Tencate Design Build Inc. Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.561.7384 alexandertencate.com

Amazon Home Improvements Member Since: 2010 Thornhill 905.763.9000 amazonhomeimprovements.ca Ambia Windows and Doors Inc. Member Since: 2009 Vaughan 416.831.3719 ambiawindowsdoors.com

BVM Contracting Member Since; 2015 Toronto 647.449.9601 bvmcontracting.com

Andes Construction Member Since: 2001 Toronto 416.939.7824 andesconstruction.com

Bayview Projects Contracting Member Since: 1998 North York 416.730.8506 bayviewprojects.com

Anvale Homes Inc. Member Since: 2013 Concord 905.669.0471 anvalehomes.com

Belcon Construction Co. Member Since: 2016 Nobleton 416.897.9710 belconconstruction.com

Caruk Hall Homes Member Since: 1995 Toronto 416.546.8602 carukhall.com

Arbourdale Construction Inc. Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.576.0541 arbourdaleconstruction.ca

Bellcon Interiors Limited Member Since: 2015 Sharon 416.420.6648

CCS Construction Group Inc. Member Since: 2002 Toronto 416.241.9770 ccsconstruction.ca

Arco Construction Co. Member Since: 2015 Woodbridge 416.890.4488 arcoconstruction.ca

Belyea Bros. Ltd. Member Since: 2003 Toronto 416.425.1200 belyeabrothers.com

ArmentaLevy Interiors Ltd. Member Since: 2013 Stouffville 416.561.6204 armentalevy.com

Binns Kitchen + Bath Design Member Since: 2009 Toronto 905.509.5555 binns.net

ARX Custom Homes Inc. Member Since: 2011 Richmond Hill 416.471.0947 arxcustomhomes.com

Blueprint Renovations Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.878.3272 blueprintrenovations.com

Attard Construction Corporation Member Since: 2006 Mississauga 905.824.6300 attard.net

Blueprint Properties Inc. Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.731.2285 blueprintpropertiesinc.ca

Avonlea Kitchen and Bathroom Concepts Member Since: 2004 Toronto 416.422.5276 avonlearenovations.com B Bachly Construction Member Since: 2002 Bolton 905.951.3100 bachly.com Balance Building Group Member Since: 2013 Concord 905.669.4440 balancebuildinggroup.com

Bold Services Inc. Member Since: 2016 Woodbridge 289.256.0105 boldservices.com Bramson Construction Member Since: 2010 Toronto 416.625.3943 bramsonconstruction.com Brock Doors & Windows Inc. Member Since: 1999 Brampton 905.791.2850 brockwindows.com

Carmelin Design + Build Member Since; 2014 Toronto 647.292.7682 carmelin.ca

Celcon General Contractors Ltd. Member Since: 2006 Markham 905.472.8281 celconcontractors.com CGGC Construction Inc. Member Since; 2015 Toronto 416.625.2851 cggcconstruction.com Chaplin Home Improvements Ltd. Member Since: 2008 Markham 416.904.6909 chaplinhomeimprovements.com Clarke Basement Systems Member Since: 2007 Markham 905.642.4861 wetbasements.ca Clemmensen & Associates Ltd. Member Since: 1982 Weston 416.747.6266 Cliff and Evans Ltd. Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.628.7186 cliffandevans.com Cochren Homes Ltd. Member Since: 2003 Oakville 905.842.2462 cochrenhomes.com

Cohn Construction Ltd. Member Since: 1991 Mississauga 905.569.1349 Colewood Construction Ltd. Member Since: 1991 Toronto 416.252.2226 Contempo Renovation Solutions Inc. Member Since: 2016 Toronto 647.494.9868 contempo.ca Core Insurance Claims Contracting Inc. Member Since: 1993 Weston 416.740.9400 Craiglee Home Improvements Ltd. Member Since: 1997 Scarborough 416.540.0503 craigleehomes.net Crina General Construction Ltd. Member Since: 2002 Concord 905.738.7930 D Dalerose Homes Member Since: 1986 Orangeville 519.938.8417 Day Custom Homes Member Since: 2015 Mississauga 647.891.3772 daycustomhomes.ca DCAM Homes Inc. Member Since: 2007 Oakville 905.847.3636 dcamhomes.com Decksterity Carpentry Cont. Ltd. Member Since: 2012 Richmond Hill 905.737.9905 decksteritycarpentry.com Design-Spec Building Group Ltd. Member Since: 2007 Vaughan 416.663.2228 designspecgroup.com Domilya Group Member Since: 2013 Oakville 647.300.0282 domilyagroup.ca Doric Homes Inc. Member Since: 2010 Toronto 416.226.0724 dorichomes.ca Dubose (1865825 Ontario Corp) Member Since: 2016 Vaughan 416.747.9101 dubosedifference.ca Dundene Homes Inc. Member Since: 1999 Toronto 416.863.6116 dundenehomes.ca Dupont Custom Homes O/A 1740338 Ontario Ltd. Member Since: 2013 Markham 416.209.0029 dupontcustomhomes.com

Duracon Construction Services & Dura Painting Member Since: 2009 Stouffville 416.688.9191 duraconconstruction.com E Elite Construction & Renovations Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.888.8417 elite-construction.ca Enmar Homes Inc. Member Since: 2010 Toronto 647.351.2221 enmarhomes.ca Equinox Development Inc. Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.866.8966 equinoxdevelopment.ca Esto Construction Co. Ltd. Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.752.3702 estoconstruction.ca Eurodale Developments Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.782.5690 eurodale.ca F Fairmont Properties Ltd. Member Since: 1994 Aurora 905.841.6161 fairmontproperties.ca Fairside Homes and Renovations Ltd. Member Since: 2004 Toronto 416.721.2224 fairsidehomes.com Fifthshire Homes Ltd. Member Since: 1985 Concord 905.660.7415 fifthshire.com Fourth Pig Green & Natural Construction Worker Co-op Member Since: 2015 Baysville 1.888.391.4474 fourthpig.org Fresh Home Innovations Member Since: 2016 Richmond Hill 416.826.3670 freshhomeinnovations.com G Galle Construction Inc. Member Since: 2013 Etobicoke 416.792.7591 galleconstructioninc.com Georgian Custom Renovations Inc. Member Since: 2013 Mississauga 905.405.7275 Godel Construction Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.484.6096 godelconstruction.com Golden Bee Homes Inc. Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.768.4771 goldenbeehomes.com Goldribbon Homes Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.623.1321 goldribbonhomes.com

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{RENOVATOR RESOURCE DIRECTORY} Gonell Homes Member Since: 2016 Etobicoke 416.904.7327 gonellhomes.ca

Integrity Contracting Member Since: 2012 North York 647.738.4395 integrityhomeadditions.com

Lewitt Construction Inc. Member Since: 2004 Toronto 416.383.1221 lewittconstruction.com

Gorman-Mazzon Ltd. Member Since: 1986 Richmond Hill 416.818.5049

J J. Gray Renovations Member Since: 2004 Thornhill 416.520.6366 grayreno.ca

Lifestyles By Barons Inc. Member Since: 2010 Halton Hills 905.872.5777 lbbdesigns.ca

Greening Homes Ltd. Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.532.6811 greeninghomes.com Grieve Home Maintenance Ltd. Member Since: 2004 Burlington 905.336.0088 grievehome.com GTA Restoration Member Since: 2016 Toronto 416.358.6666 gtarestoration.com H Haddington Developments Inc. Member Since: 2016 Toronto 416.410.1799 haddington.com Hardcore Renos Member Since: 2015 Mississauga 416.433.5737 hardcorerenos.com Harlequin Homes Ltd. Member Since: 2009 Aurora 416.771.8597 harlequinhomes.ca Harper House Contracting Ltd. Member Since: 2002 Uxbridge 416.266.7896 Haylacon Construction Inc. Member Since: 2007 Oakville 416.219.5381 haylaconconstruction.com Heidan Construction Ltd. Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.543.2945 heidanconstruction.com Heres Renovations Inc. Member Since: 2007 Stouffville 416.738.1895 heresrenovations.com Home Art Building Group Ltd. Member Since: 2014 Mississauga 416.888.0265 home-art.ca Home Editions Ltd. Member Since: 2000 Toronto 416.410.7844 homeeditions.com Home Reno Direct Member Since: 2015 Mississauga 844.819.7366 homerenodirect.com House Tune Up Member Since: 2012 Oakville 416.837.5242 housetuneup.ca I Inspire Homes Inc. Member Since: 2008 Caledon 416.765.2020 inspirehomes.ca

Jackson & Associates Inc. Design - Build - Renovate Member Since: 1998 Toronto 416.693.7870 jacksoninc.ca JD Nelson and Sons Ltd. Member Since: 2009 Ajax 647.223.1245 Josh Developments (1996) Ltd. Member Since: 1988 Toronto 416.318.4899 K Kayland Construction Concepts Inc. Member Since: 2015 Newmarket 905.836.0090 kaylandconcepts.com Keystone Interiors Inc. Member Since: 2010 Woodbridge 905.850.0474 keystoneinteriors.ca Keystone Ridge Developments Ltd. Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.901.9426 keystoneridge.ca Khachi Design Group Ltd. Member Since: 2012 Oakville 905.469.8118 khachi.com Kilbarry Hill Construction Limited Member Since: 2007 Markham 416.484.0701 kilbarryhill.com Kingsway Home Improvements Inc. Member Since: 2010 Toronto 647.505.6869 kingswayhomeimprovements.com Kinswater Construction Inc. Member Since: 2016 Toronto 416.500.4988 kinswater.net Komon Homes Inc. Member Since: 2013 Burlington 647.402.5740 komonhomes.com L Lakeland Builders Inc. Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.554.9406 lakelandbuilders.com Leonardi Construction Ltd. Member Since: 2010 Mississauga 905.277.9085 leonardiconstruction.com Leprevo Design-Build Member Since: 2012 Etobicoke 647.893.3283 leprevo.ca Leslieville Home Improvements Div. of Nagim Construction Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.465.9410 leslievillehomeimprovement.com

Lokert General Plumbing Member Since: 2014 Burlington 905.634.6567 Lou’s Home Improvements Member Since: 2008 North York 416.931.2664 loushomeimprovements.com M MacPherson Builders Ltd. Member Since: 1995 Richmond Hill 905.882.8000 macphersonbuilders.com Make It Right Construction Inc. Member Since: 2016 Toronto 647.253.0305 makeitrightconstruction.ca

Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre Member Since: 2013 Pickering 905.686.2001 mkbi.com N Norseman Construction & Development Ltd. / Norseman Group Member Since: 2008 Toronto 647.435.5433 norsemanconstruction.ca Northern Edge Construction Services Ltd. Member Since: 1997 Scarborough 416.269.1900 noredge.com Nostco Construction Member Since: 2009 Markham 905.604.4511 nostco.com Novacon Construction Inc. Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.750.7555 novacon.ca

Maki Construction Inc. Member Since: 2016 Mississauga 905.607.6254 makiconstruction.ca

O Ommert Carpentry & Renovations Member Since: 2006 Ajax 416.843.5716 ommertrenovations.com

Mane Construction Group Inc. Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.821.2622 maneconstruction.ca

Ontario Home Improvements Ltd. Member Since: 2014 Woodbridge 905.663.6060 ontariohomeimprovements.ca

Markay Developments Member Since: 1996 Oakville 905.257.1220 markayhomes.com

P P.J. Renovations Inc. Member Since: 1996 Etobicoke 416.621.1041

Master Edge Homes Member Since: 2009 Markham 905.201.1054 masteredgehomes.com

Pantera Building Contractors Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.284.0077 panteracontracting.ca

Mather Fine Homes a division of Beechwood Investments Development Inc. Member Since: 1987 Toronto 416.482.9001 matherfinehomes.com Mazenga Building Group Ltd. Member Since: 2011 Toronto 416.483.4105 mazenga.com Men At Work Design Build Ltd. Member Since: 1994 Toronto 416.763.0763 menatwork.ca Method Homes Member Since: 2010 Toronto 416.548.5988 methodhomes.ca

Penguin Basements Ltd. Member Since: 2014 North York 416.633.7180 Perma-Wood Solariums and Additions (1025722 Ontario Inc.) Member Since: 1994 Markham 905.475.5460 permawood.com Pine Glen General Contractors Inc. Member Since: 2010 Oakville 905.827.1117 pineglen.ca Plan A Contracting Ltd. Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.873.6810 planabuilds.com

Mills Design Build Member Since: 2004 Oakville 905.847.7104 millsdb.ca

Premier Quality Renovations Inc. Member SInce: 2015 Toronto 905.286.0303 premier-renovations.com

Modular Home Additions Ltd. Member Since: 2004 Toronto 416.759.4663 modular.ca

Prep ’n Sell Member Since: 2014 Mississauga 416.201.1010 prepnsell.com

Modus Homes Inc. Member Since: 2014 Mississauga 416.696.7856 modushomes.com

PROBUILT Member Since: 1997 Bolton 905.533.4663 probuilt.ca

Progressive Reno & Contracting Member Since: 2014 Toronto 416.831.6717 Q Queensgate Homes Inc. Member Since: 1992 Woodbridge 905.264.0600 queensgatehomes.com R Ram Contracting Ltd. Member Since: 2012 Richmond Hill 905.773.0507 ramcon.ca Renditions Design Build Ltd. Member Since: 2011 Terra Cotta 416.606.9954 renditionsdesignbuild.com Renoco Group Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.402.4843 renoco.ca Renovation Experts/ Basement Experts Member Since: 2009 Richmond Hill 905.884.8585 renoexperts.ca Retreats Inc. Member Since: 2009 Georgetown 647.237.3878 homeretreats.ca Ridgestone Construction Inc. Member Since: 2010 Woodbridge 905.264.7880 ridgestonehomes.com Rosehill Wine Cellars Inc. Member Since: 2013 Mississauga 905.275.0979 rosehillwinecellars.com Royal Home Improvements Member Since: 1997 Mississauga 416.236.4400 royalhomeimprovements.ca RS Homes Member Since: 2014 Toronto 416.480.0282 rshomes.ca Rulestone Renovations Inc. Member Since: 1991 Carrying Place 416.694.6016 S Salerno Custom Homes Member Since: 2011 Mississauga 905.602.8611 salerno.ca Sandgate Construction Inc. Member Since: 1991 Aurora 905.841.6440 sandgateconstruction.com ScottRyan Design Build Member Since: 2015 Oakville 905.510.5314 scottryan.ca Scottsdale Contracting Inc. Member Since: 2002 Toronto 416.520.8858 scottsdalecontracting.ca Serenity Homes Member Since: 2009 Toronto 416.551.6220 serenity-homes.ca

SevernWoods Construction Inc. Member Since: 2008 Toronto 416.483.2941 severnwoods.com Sheppard Pearl Waterproofing & Renovation (1450434 Ontario Inc.) Member Since: 2008 Scarborough 416.677.0888 iwaterproofing.ca Shorty’s Member Since: 2016 Toronto 416.463.6888 shortys.ca Silverado Custom Homes Member Since: 2013 North York 416.823.7018 silveradocustomhomes.com Silverpoint Fine Homes Inc. Member Since: 2008 Toronto 416.995.4119 silverpointfinehomes.com Simple Solutions Design & Build Contractors Inc. Member Since: 2013 Caledon Village 905.799.9199 simplesolutionsrenovations.ca SIR Group Inc. Member Since: 2016 Etobicoke 416.274.4712 sirgroup.ca Sosna Inc. Member Since: 2012 Richmond Hill 416.452.5259 sosna.ca South Light Design/Build Inc. Member Since: 2010 Toronto 416.457.4640 southlight.ca Spalding, K. Construction Inc. Member Since: 1996 Newmarket 905.898.5503 Span-Co General Contracting Services Ltd. Member Since: 2008 Markham 905.475.6282 spanco.ca Stellar Homes Inc. Member Since: 2011 Aurora 905.726.7778 stellarhomesinc.ca Stockridge Construction Ltd. Member Since: 2005 Toronto 416.964.6800 stockridgeconstruction.com

Stonemill Developments Inc. Member Since: 2008 Oakville 905.847.5900 stonemill.ca Super 7 Group Member Since: 2005 Sharon 416.688.5599 super7group.com Superior Quality Renovations & Construction Inc. Member Since: 2003 Toronto 416.441.0084 sqrc.ca

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{RENOVATOR RESOURCE DIRECTORY} SLUG HERE SweetHomeSpaces Member Since: 2012 Mississauga 647.299.3871 sweethomespaces.com T T. Sena Construction and Management Inc. Member Since: 2006 Woodbridge 905.850.1010

U U.K. Construction Member Since: 1996 Scarborough 416.266.5333 ukconstruction.ca Upside Inc. Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.463.7433 upsidedevelopment.ca

Templehouse Renovations Member Since: 2000 Toronto 416.932.9099 templehouse.com

V Vorcon Group Inc. Member Since: 2012 Etobicoke 416.247.7555 vorcongroup.com

The English Carpenter Member Since: 2014 Toronto 647.269.3140 theenglishcarpenter.com

W W.C. Meek Design and Construction Ltd. Member Since: 2008 Toronto 416.690.1919 wcmeekdesignandconstruction.com

The Fifth Wall Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.509.5512 thefifthwall.ca The Gatti Group Corp. Member Since: 2009 Vaughan 905.566.9072 thegattigroupcorp.com The Meal Group Member Since: 2016 Oakville 416.996.0371 themealgroup.com Three Season Complete Renovations Inc. Member Since: 2014 Belfountain 647.968.6455 Timberlea Construction Ltd. Member Since: 2007 Mississauga 905.602.5959 timberleaconstruction.com TIPEQ Inc. Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.623.8159 tipeqrenovations.ca Tishler Custom Homes Ltd. Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.785.0060 tishlerhomes.com Toronto Custom Concepts Inc. Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.806.2232 torontocustomconcepts.com Total Renovations Inc. Member Since: 2000 Toronto 416.694.2488 totalrenovations.com Town Square Developments Inc. Member Since: 2005 Woodbridge 905.850.9367 townsquaredevelopments.ca Trimatrix Construction Inc. Member Since: 2016 Vaughan 905.856.5156 trimatrix.ca

Walden Design Build Inc. Member Since: 1999 Toronto 416.487.2300 waldendesignbuild. com/renomark WellCore Corporation Member Since: 2014 Thornhill 416.882.4606 wellcorecorporation.ca Whitehall Homes & Construction Ltd. Member Since: 2004 Oakville 905.338.7230 whitehallhomes.ca Willem Contracting Member Since: 2008 Etobicoke 416.579.2724 willemcontracting.ca Wilson Project Management Limited Member Since: 2007 Toronto 416.222.9433 wilsonproject.ca Woodcastle Homes Ltd. Member Since: 2002 Mississauga 905.891.0200 woodcastle.ca Woodsmith Construction Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.937.5874 woodsmith.ca TRADE CONTRACTORS A A.D.C. Aluminum Contracting Ltd. Member Since: 1993 Concord 905.669.1172 adcaluminum.com Aeroseal GTA Member Since: 2016 Ajax 647.367.6111 aerosealgta.com Applewood Air Conditioning Member Since: 1971 Mississauga 905.275.4500 applewoodair.com Archer Roofing Member Since: 2007 Mississauga 416.427.2437 archer.ca

Aspen Wood Floors Member Since: 2003 Mississauga 905.281.2900 aspenwoodfloors.com Avenue Insulation Inc. Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.371.3626 avenueinsulation.com B Benim Contracting (2055523 Ontario Ltd.) Member Since: 2006 Etobicoke 416.737.5897 benimcontracting.ca Broadway Flooring Centre Ltd. Member Since: 2009 Toronto 416.730.1830 broadwayfloors.com C Cando Pro Roofing Member Since: 2011 Thornhill 416.629.2446 candoproroofing.com Canduit Contracting Inc. (Electrical Specialists) Member Since: 2011 Mississauga 647.236.3050 Capital Floors Inc. Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.536.2200 capitalfloor.com Chislett Asphalt Roofing Ltd. Member Since: 1986 Vaughan 905.738.9433 chislettroofing.com Conquest Carpet & Flooring (Division of Trust Flooring) Member Since: 1995 North York 416.745.8518 trustflooring.com D Dalmar Columns Inc. Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.747.6945 dalmar.ca Darmaga Hardwood Flooring Ltd. Member Since: 2004 Richmond Hill 905.770.1900 darmaga.com

Erindale Painting & Decorating Inc. Member Since: 2011 Concord 289.588.1810 erindalepainting.ca F Foamit.ca Spray Foam & Blown-In Insulation Member Since: 2012 Mississauga 416.893.8712 foamit.ca

Nusite Waterproofing Ltd. Member Since: 2009 Toronto 416.622.7000 nusitegroup.com

G Gala Energy Member Since: 2016 Toronto 416.886.1721 galaenergy.com

O Ontario Basement Lowering (Div. Of AKG Precision Foundation Group Inc.) Member Since: 2010 Toronto 416.494.3999 basementlowering.com

Garage Door Depot Member Since: 2014 Mississauga 416.424.3400 garagedoordepot.ca

Ontario HVAC General Contractor Ltd. Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.831.8646

George Kent Home Improvement Ltd. Member Since: 2014 Mississauga 905.670.2707 georgekent.ca H Home Corp Services Inc,/ Montwest Mechanical Inc. Member Since: 2003 Vaughan 905.660.8886 homecorpservices.com Hotwire Electric Member Since: 2013 Richmond Hill 416.553.5533 hotwire-electric.com J JAGG Enterprizes Inc. Member Since: 2007 Caledon 905.838.5244 jaggenterprizes.ca K Kingsway Carpets & Blinds Inc. Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.253.0880 kingswaycarpetsandblinds.com L Let It Rain Ltd. Member Since: 2003 Mississauga 905.795.0212 letitrain.ca

Dave’s Duct Cleaning Member Since: 2013 Whitby 416.668.4607 davesducts.com

M Marmara Ltd. Member Since: 2013 Toronto 647.865.1062 marmaracontracting.com

Dominion Roofing Member Since: 1957 Toronto 416.789.0601 dominionroofing.com

Martino Contractors Ltd. Member Since: 1987 Concord 905.760.9894 martinohvac.com

E Elle & Co Construction Inc. Member Since: 2012 Toronto 416.710.4419 ellecoinc.ca

Metropolitan Sheet Metal Ltd./ MetroAir Home Comfort Solutions Member Since: 1959 Brampton 905.792.5076 metroair.ca

E-M Air Systems Inc. Member Since: 1997 Concord 905.738.0450 emair.ca

New Steel Roofers Inc. Member Since: 2010 Hamilton 905.543.1623 newsteelroofers.com

N N. De Luca Plumbing (1995) Inc. Member Since: 1996 Woodbridge 905.851.9159

Ontario Screen Systems Inc./ Phantom Screens Member Since: 1995 Mississauga 905.624.0824 phantomscreens.ca P Palmer’s Demolition Member Since: 2015 Toronto 416.315.9715 palmersdemolition.ca Pro-Land Landscape Construction Inc. Member Since: 2011 Brampton 905.799.6100 proland.ca Q Quality Sterling Group Member Since: 1965 Vaughan 905.585.4800 sterlingflooring.ca R Ragno Electric Ltd. Member Since: 2000 Brampton 905.793.4663 ragnoelectric.com

T Tailored Living of Central Toronto Member Since: 2013 Toronto 416.631.7272 tailoredlivingcom The City Wide Group Inc. Member Since: 2014 Toronto 416.283.5500 citywidegroup.com Timeless Millwork Inc. Member Since: 2014 Concord 905.760.1985 timelessmillwork.com Trevisana Kitchen + Interiors Member Since: 2015 Toronto 647.748.8874 trevisanakitchens.com Trudel & Sons Roofing Ltd. Member Since: 1995 Stouffville 905.642.3515 trudelroofing.com U Uni-Tech Windows Mfrs. Inc. Member Since: 2015 Woodbridge 905.856.4011 uni-techwindows.com V Vacuflo Ontario Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.445.6886 cyclonicvacs.com W Watertite Waterproofers Ltd. Member Since: 2002 Toronto 416.410.5326 watertite.ca Weston Flooring Ltd. Member Since: 2004 Woodbridge 416.746.8492 westonflooring.com

Raynor Canada Corp. o/s Richards-Wilcox Canada Member Since: 2015 Mississauga 905.625.0037 rwdoors.com Raywal Limited Member Since: 1957 Thornhill 905.889.6243 raywal.com Roussel Eavestrough Distributors Ltd. Member Since: 2011 Scarborough 416.438.4344 rousseleavestrough.com S Sure Seal Crack Injections Co. Ltd. Member Since: 2006 Toronto 416.878.7295 crackinjections.com Sustain Electrical Services Member Since: 2014 Toronto 647.505.0692

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