design&decor Creating Your Space
What do you do with a 1940s St. Boniface home that needs a little upgrade? Start knocking down walls. Home & Renovation Masters began making this 1,200 square-foot classic home into a contemporary space by taking out a supporting wall by the stairs. The team replaced the wall with engineered beams - teleposts in the basement and load bearing elements on the exterior wall. This opened up the stairs and the living room to the dining space and galley kitchen, which even though it was getting a makeover with new laminate maple floors, kept the old crown moulding to keep a little of the home’s classic roots. The rest of the house’s modern look was topped off by new lighting fixtures (Home & Renovation Masters upgraded the wiring to accommodate it), glass and stainless steel railings going up to the second level, and a liquid fuel fireplace in the living room. While the homeowners painted themselves, Home & Renovation Masters had it primed and ready-to-go as part of their all-inclusive services. Specializing in whole house renovations, kitchens and additions, the company also offers a design service that includes help with creating colour palettes, furniture and accent selections, and furniture layout. From start to finish, Home & Renovation Masters work with customers to create the space they want.
What started out as a five-person glass shop in 1990 has grown into a company that has become known for their highly skilled hands, and eye for art. MPD Glass & Vinyl Graphics specializes in decorative glass and vinyl film, and can create custom designs for exterior and interior doors, and glass walls through the skilled techniques of their artisans. Three different sandblasting methods are utilized to create different looks - single stage sandblasting, which is just one pass over the surface; multi-stage sandblasting, which features different levels of sandblasting to give depth and shade, like the image of the tree shown here; and glass carving, which goes deep into the glass and adds a real “wow factor” to the design. MPD also carries a line of thermoformed glass, which can be as thick as six inches deep, in many different textures for kitchen backsplashes and countertops. The company also offers a unique glass bonding paint that can be custom matched for glass backsplashes and even shower back walls. It’s easy to keep the surface clean, and gives a nice smooth finish. MPD can also incorporate a custom designed privacy film to clear front doors, or as a decorative interior application to previously installed glass. Images can be illustrated and produced, or clients can select from a large catalogue of pre-designed images. At the newly renovated showroom, customers can view previous projects and design inspiration on the company’s 60-inch HD screen. 125
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