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In every issue

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Editor’s Notebook

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Contributors

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Mailbag

HD&R features

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17 What’s new This month’s product picks and where you can find them

58 Trendspotting A modern twist on the general store

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On the cover FrEE

Sept 2012

volume 8 issue 9 www.homedecorandrenovations.com

reno of the month

Two renos

that rock

boldly go with colour PrePare your lawn and garden for fall

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THE COLOUr IssUE

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HD&R inspiration

HD&R renovation

24 Designer tips

40 Reno ready

Lisa Canning explores the bold and brave new kitchen and how to get it

26 Style ďŹ le Yanic simard shows you how to empower your home with colour

28 Designer touch Decorating a room with colour simplified by Erica Gelman

31 Colour specialist HD&R goes to the experts to find out everything you need to know about colour

38 Quick tips Declutter queen Hellen buttigieg offers her best tips to organize your home and delegate the rest

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peter Khatami discusses a few crucial steps involved in undertaking a home addition

42 RenoMark bILD president bryan Tuckey stresses the importance of protecting yourself and the economy from underground contractors

52 Renovator black book Your handy guide to finding a renoMarkcertified contractor in the GTA

54 Outdoor tips Five must-do’s for your lawn and garden this fall by landscaper extraordinaire Denis Flanagan

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EDITOR’SNOTEBOOK

I N S I D E T HI S I SS UE …

17 A punch of colour for every room

Set the stage with colour Colour can set the stage in every room of your home. Whether it’s brilliant white, ocean blue or crimson red, colour speaks volumes about what your home is all about. Colour can be found on the walls, in accessories or showcased in a major statement piece like a sofa. The most important thing is not to be afraid of adding colour to your home. It can be fun, calming, inspirational and beautiful – it’s what you want it to be! This issue is devoted to the power of colour. Our wonderful contributors have brought their best suggestions, inspirations and colour expertise to the table for this special September issue. Beginning this issue, our managing editor Silvana Longo kicks off our new Reno of the Month feature with an in-depth story on a well-known Toronto renovator – Paul Gallop of Men at Work. We hope you will let us know what you think by writing to our Mailbag (see page 12 for details). There’s plenty more to enjoy in this issue, so kick back and get inspired by Hellen Buttigieg’s decluttering suggestions, reno advice from contractor Peter Khatami, and the latest products, trends and ideas for your home. If you have a reno or décor story you’d like to share, please connect with us via email or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you! Cheers,

SUSAN LEGGE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, NATIONAL REAL ESTATE susan.legge@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on twitter: twitter.com/SusanLegge

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Janine Druery, Wayne Karl, Elisa Krovblit, Lydia McNutt (On Leave)

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Silvana Longo managing Editor HD&R managing editor Silvana Longo, a self-confessed Italo-phile, loves all things decor and is in awe of the transformative power of a good renovation. The two go hand in hand, as she compares them to a delicious meal, “Decor is the dessert, but the renovation is the main dish.” It’s a total package of savoury and sweet.

Elisa Krovblit Contributing Editor In love with design and décor, Elisa is a contributing editor at Home Décor and Renovations. When not searching out some unusual solutions to her century home’s reno projects, she’s busy looking for what’s hot and happening for every area of the home. elisa.krovblit@wall2wallmedia.com

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Dear Susan, My first look at HD&R magazine happened on my first visit to the Shops of Don Mills -- I thoroughly enjoyed them both. As I was sitting outdoors having coffee with my husband, I read the magazine from cover to cover. We recently moved from our house to a condo and are always looking for ideas to maximize the space we have in an interesting way. The article about decluttering really hit home and I will certainly try to follow some of the suggestions that were made. I also enjoyed the piece about using vintage pieces, as I am a consummate garage sale shopper. All the other articles were beautifully put together. All in all I found this magazine enjoyable and helpful and look forward to picking it up again and recommending it to my friends. Thanks so much!

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I recently sprained my ankle and was bed bound when my cousin dropped by and gave me an issue of Home Décor & Renovations. It couldn’t have landed on my lap at a better time! Despite not being able to walk, my mind started wandering through the rooms of my small Queen West apartment envisioning how I could spruce up the place. I immediately got busy plotting DIY projects inspired by the article “Dressing Your Home Your Way” and as soon as my ankle was better, I started tackling the clutter motivated by the article “Don’t Let Your Stuff Own You”. Thanks for the inspiration, I can’t wait for the next issue. Sincerely, Jenny

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they say the kitchen is the heart of the home — and in my home it’s a colourful one. I am

currently embarking on a full kitchen renovation where introducing colour will play a large role. While ensuring the kitchen is in keeping with the colour palette of the rest of my house, (greys and blues) I’m hoping to do a few unexpected things to keep the kitchen modern and playful. Similar to many of my residential clients, my husband and I differ on the amount of colour to be used as we both have a different threshold (mine large, his smaller). But luckily, there are many options available on the market today to satiate one’s taste for colour in the kitchen, both large and small. For colour-embracing cooks, the Viking range available at the new Appliance Canada showroom is a beautiful tool. The range and hood can be coloured in a multitude of vibrant hues including: fire engine red, cobalt blue, and goldenrod yellow. Additionally, the knobs and handles can be customized in various metal finishes. Also consider colour on the interior of your major appliances. Electrolux’s appliance interiors

come in a bright blue hue that not only looks great when opened, but assists in the performance of warming and cooking. Finally, to make washing your dishes an invigorating experience, Kohler has partnered with colour guru Jonathan Adler in a line of eye-catching cast iron kitchen sinks sure to create a stunning statement. Cabinetry is another area where colour can make a large impact. While beige and brown are beautiful classic choices, navy blue, forest green and rust orange can retain a traditional aesthetic while introducing a new colour to your palette. In a more modern kitchen, the sky’s the limit — bright and bold cabinets can be a great fit for a more modern space.

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The range and hood can be coloured in a multitude of vibrant hues including: fire engine red, cobalt blue, and goldenrod yellow. While committing to colour on a grand scale is not for everyone, there are easy ways to introduce punches of colour in smaller doses. The Bodum Bistro Toaster comes in a variety of bright hues and can be coordinated with their equally vibrant kettles, blenders and juicers. The Kitchen Aid stand mixer is another countertop appliance that comes in a variety of hues to suit your taste. Coordinating these smaller appliances with your dishtowels, serving ware or flower vases is another way to add a small punch and retailers like Bouclair make it simple to purchase accessories by organizing their merchandise by colour. I’m approaching choosing colours for my own kitchen renovation in a similar manner to the way I assist my clients. I’m asking the questions, “will this colour make me feel great to come home to? Will the overall look enhance my quality of life?” I look forward to using colour to put my own personal stamp on my new kitchen, and create a colourful space my family will enjoy for years to come. Lisa Canning will be appearing at the upcoming Fall Home Show sponsored by Budget Blinds on Sept. 21 & 23 at 1 p.m. www.torontohomeshows.com

Lisa Canning Lisa Canning is a designer and owner of Lisa Canning Interiors. lisacanning.ca, 416.587.9780 - photo of Lisa by Arnal Photography

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The colours you choose can dictate the feel of your home – and your mood by yanic simard photos by Brandon Barre

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olour is a multi-billion-dollar industry. It is also the most powerful aspect in the design world. It can change the way you’re feeling, stimulate thought, increase your appetite – it’s really quite phenomenal. You’re drawn to colours that you like when you’re shopping for clothing because you know you’ll feel good when you’re wearing them, and the same thing goes for interiors. Statistics show that most people spend about 90 per cent of their time inside, a large portion of which is in their own home. If you live with colours that make you feel good, it will make for a better quality of life. Deciding which direction to take in terms of colour is where many people tend to panic. My advice is to look through several magazines, tear out the pages that have elements you like, put them all in a folder and, once you have at least 20 different style images, analyze the colours that appear most often. This is a great way to get inspired and decide on colours for your own space. Paint Particulars I am very particular about colour selection and when I design a space, I like to keep the walls through any open areas in a consistent hue. My entire place is painted in Benjamin Moore’s OC-23, Classic Grey. It’s a very soothing colour that really adapts to the other colours around it – like a chameleon. It’s a nice hue to wake up to in the morning and to fall asleep to at night. The tone of it varies throughout the day with the amount of light; it’s brighter in the day and much richer in the evening. When you’re choosing your paint colour, remember: it’s just paint. It’s not permanent and can be easily changed if you’re not happy with it. People always forget that you can get sample cans from the paint store. Pick up a maximum of three different testers that you like, paint

sections of each on different walls (or paint large sheets of white Bristol board and stick them up), and live with them for a few days. (If you give yourself more than three options, trust me, you’ll never decide). Then narrow it down to your favourite two, and then finally pick the one. Get Used to It Choosing a colour palette should never be an impulsive decision; you should take time deciding so you know you’ll be comfortable with it. Once you finally do paint the walls, you might still wonder if you selected the right colour. However, keep in mind that you have to give yourself the chance to live with it. Big changes take time to adapt to. For instance, if you’re going from burgundy to off-white you can’t expect to get used to it within the first few hours. No-commitment Pieces Pillows, accessories and other accent pieces give you the chance to have fun with colour, since they’re ‘non-committal.’ I’ve used hints of blue and green throughout my interior. It’s nice to have your entire residence consistent in terms of colour because then you can move pieces from one room to the next and you’ll never have to worry about making sure it coordinates. Just remember that choosing colours for your home won’t happen overnight. It’s a process that starts with getting inspired; the rest will fall into place. It should be fun, not painful. And if you find that you really can’t do it on your own, it’s probably time to hire a good designer to do it for you.

Yanic Simard Yanic is the design editor of New Condo Guide and principal designer of Toronto Interior Design Group. Specializing in residential and commercial projects, Yanic often applies his signature high/ low and old/new combination techniques in developing his unique designs. He has created designs for clients in Toronto, Montreal and Miami, and appears as a regular guest expert on Citytv’s CityLine. tidg.ca • facebook.com/yanic.simard • twitter.com/yanicsimard 27

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Adding colour to your home is like watching

a black and white movie remade into a colour film - it’s as though someone turned on the lights and gave it new life. It energizes the scene, it presents new details hidden by shadow and adds a sense of personality otherwise ignored through shade. Let’s turn on the colour in your space and give it a new life as well. People tend to be nervous when it comes to decorating with colour. It’s safe and easy to choose a neutral but it’s fun and exciting to play with colour. When we hear a client tell us that they love colour and want to see it incorporated into their space, it’s like music to a designer’s ears. It means we can infuse the room with fresh hues, dramatic contrast and an exuberance of personality.

Most fear arises from doubt - what kind colours to use, how to use colour in appropriate doses, and what if you use too much colour? The tone-on-tone colour combination is the simplest to work with. It means taking a colour and developing a layered effect by using the same colour in different variations. However, if you are ready to play with your space and inject an exciting colour palette, then work with whatever colour speaks to you. If it’s complementary tones you are comfortable with then know that red is to green as blue is to orange and yellow to violet - they

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Playing with largeand small-scale pattern through fabrics, wallpaper, art and even the rug can give you a powerful and impressive impact in your space. are called complementary colours because they are each other’s opposite on the colour wheel, and as we all know - opposites attract! Using complementary influences will allow your primary colour to pop and make a sticking statement. One of the first questions we are asked by clients is how to use colour. Is buying a red sectional a good investment? It all depends on the space but when it comes to large-scale and investment pieces, we like to suggest keeping those neutral to ensure longevity. Nonetheless, you can always allow colour to become the star of the show by incorporating it into other focal features. Playing with large- and small-scale pattern through fabrics, wallpaper, art and even the rug can give you a powerful and impressive impact in your space. If you integrate colour through smaller objects it’s also a great way to ensure you won’t get sick of it, especially if you are the type of person to lose interest frequently. Erase your fear and get started. There’s no reason why we can’t all introduce a little more colour into our homes and lives. Start off small if you are more conservative but if you’re channeling the rebel in you then break the neutral mold and create your own wowfactor!

tips •R  emember that you don’t have to use the purest form of the colours; add white and black to either soften or harden the colours until you find something pleasing to your eye.

•A  sk yourself what colours you hate before figuring out what you love - Most people know what they dislike immediately.

Erica Gelman Toronto-based designer Erica Gelman, Principal of Erica Gelman House Of Design. Specializes in both large and small scale residential design projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Known for enhancing and creating new possibilities in every space of your home. House Of Design www.ericagelman.com

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from Pratt & Lambert are described as a year of contrasts, defying anything in the middle. Would this mean pairing dark colour choices with neutrals, brights with pastels? Peggy van allen: Yes, definitely the combination of dark with light, muted with bold but also contrasting textures and sheens. SL: How does this translate to incorporating

these trends into your home? PVA: Using the Vestiges trend as an example,

you could use one of the more moody colours such as Woodgate but then bring in accents with accessories or furniture in Leek and Botticelli. SL: These contrasts are divided into four colour

stories: Phenomena, Dialects, Vestiges and Curated. Tell me which colour story is your favourite and why.

PVA: I really like Vestiges with its dark, moody story but I also

like the influences behind the Phenomena trend. I think this trend which looks at the art of math and science is one that we will see continuing past 2013. The colours are vivid and clear and really uplift us from the more muted and grey colours that we have been using. It’s a counter-balance as we tire of the frugal and safe recession-era colours.

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international influences are the strongest right now in design and colour? Pva: We are actually seeing more of the local cultural influence in this trend. Instead of the melting pot, it is about communities of people who celebrate what makes them different from other tribes while bringing the knowledge of more worldly influences and celebrating them on a local level. There is also a strong African influence that we are showing with the visuals in this trend -- rich, vivid colours and patterns. Sl: What Pratt & Lambert colour choices would you

suggest for a West-facing room? What colours are recommended for an East-facing room? Pva: This is a great question that we are asked often, and we actually have a callout on PrattandLambert.com that discusses colour theory and behaviour. Western facing rooms have light that is strong and warm, especially in the afternoon hours. The light can change dramatically throughout the day, so use neutral colours for a more balanced feeling. Eastern light windows that face east will generally give a room a softer light. The light will be at its strongest and warmest in the morning, becoming more muted throughout the day. A mix of warm and cool colours will help balance out the changes in light.

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Sl: What paint colour for fall 2012 do you think sums up

the season? Pva: Corsican 28-13 is our pick for colour of the year. Sl: What trends do you forecast for spring/summer 2013? Pva: We don’t really break our forecast into seasons.

Paint colours and home decorating are typically not as fast-changing as fashion trends. While overall trends are not changing in a big way each year, the nuances and stories around the trends are communicated much more. I think this is due to the Internet and specifically social media. Colour awareness and “love of colour” are big right now and marketers are capitalizing on this by using colour to sell all products. Consumers are craving colour and wanting to use it economically which makes paint such a great option for updating a home’s palette. Sl: Pick your favourite Pratt & Lambert all-time colours

and from this upcoming season. Pva: Oh, this is like asking which one is my favourite

child -- I can’t pick! I do like Leek 21-27 from Vestiges and Tide Pools 21-10 from Phenomena as being directional and key for 2013.

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Janine Druery: What are your five favourite

colours (the ones you tend to gravitate toward) for painting a home? Sharon Grech: When I am looking for an overall backdrop for a home or room I tend to gravitate to these five colours: Revere Pewter HC-172 – it’s a perfectly warm grey, anything but drab! Sophisticated as a backdrop to deep woods and natural stone finishes and coordinates beautifully with any accent colour in the rainbow! Delaware Putty CC-230 – this is my go-to for a pale, warm khaki tone – it works well with pale woods and creamy white trim. Its green undertone gives it a little more life than a beige or a grey. Oat Straw AF-340 – oat straw is deceiving on a small chip, but in a room with natural sunlight it radiates and at night feels like candlelight. A perfect choice for a space with a mix of woods, heavier textiles and earth tones. (Currently this is the wall colour of my main floor.) Pashmina AF-100 – a sophisticated, truly

chameleon grey, Pashmina can shift from a slight mauvey tone to a green tone depending on its context. At night especially, it has a quiet, mysterious feel and works well in any space where you want a sense of intimacy. Gray Wisp CC-670 – a cool, refreshing blue-grey, this neutral doesn’t disappear into the backdrop. With a hint of green in the formula to warm it up, it isn’t too sweet or too cool, so plays well in a living space, hallway or bedroom. JD: What do you think about deep, rich tones in a home?

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Sg: I love the drama and romance of rich colours used in a home. Outfitted with a variety of cosy textures and interesting patterns, a deep wall colour is the perfect finishing touch. But the colour palette has to suit the space, the contents and the owners’ personality. It’s not enough to just “like” a colour, it’s important that the colour plan reflects the “feel” you want when you enter the room. JD: Which paint colour is the hardest to get right? Sg: Surprisingly, I find whites and off-whites the most

difficult to choose correctly. Even a white with just “white” in the formula will appear different under different lighting conditions. Benjamin Moore has hundreds of whites to choose from, each with a different undertone, some slightly pink, yellow, green, blue and everything in between! So especially to the untrained eye it can be a shock when the colour is on the wall. I always recommend buying a small colour sample to test out first. JD: What are your favourite colours in general – for

Delaware putty cc-230

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because just like a grey wall, grey attire allows room for colourful accessories, which I love! JD: Do you believe colour dictates mood in a home? Sg: Colour absolutely dictates the mood in a home.

Colour is a very emotional choice, but there are certain colours that just physiologically feel cooler and others warmer. Cool colours, like the sky and water naturally recede and feel more airy, promoting a serene environment. Warm colours like fire naturally advance and feel more cosy and intimate. Most people will use a balance of these colours to find the “mood” they want in their space. JD: What would you classify as a “colour mistake”

when decorating? Sg: If there is a sense of dis-harmony in a room, it can

often be helped with paint colour correction. The paint on the wall, as well as the flooring are often the most visible colours in the room. So if these two colours don’t complement one another it can have a negative effect on the whole space.

instance, to wear? Sg: My personal favourite fashion colours are rusty

JD: What wall colour would you choose if you could

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there’s no reason you can’t have organization. The difference is, when it’s just you on your own, it takes discipline, while when living with others everyone has to do their part. You should be able to teach organizational systems and delegate responsibilities so that everyone in the family has a part in keeping the house in order, and you shouldn’t have to be the drill sergeant – repeating the same requests week in and week out. Everyone needs to learn to do their part and work Leave the house with everything you need Clear a shelf in a bookcase near the back entrance and designate the area as a special place to corral items each family member must have to leave the house. For kids, it will serve as home to permission slips, lunch boxes, homework, library books and projects. For adults, it will hold handbags, briefcases, car keys, and dry cleaning. Add a different-coloured plastic dishpan for each family member or use attractive square baskets clearly labeled with each person’s name. When family members come home, they can toss their belongings into their basket until they need them again the next morning.

The ‘go-to’ bin Provide a personalized ‘go-to’ bin for each member of the family for things that don’t belong in the room. It keeps items together but out of sight until they’re returned to their proper place. Reserve a few minutes every day to have each person empty his or her bin by returning the contents to the right place. The ‘inbox’ Complementing the ‘go-to’ bin, create a family mail centre to manage paper flow. Create inboxes for each family member. These can be anything from wallmounted pockets to magazine holders on a shelf. Keep them easily accessible. When paperwork comes into your home, sort it into each family member’s box. Items that need to be signed for school go into a parent’s box. HELLEN BUTTIGIEG Hellen Buttigieg is a certified professional organizer, life coach, TV host, owner of We Organize U and author of the best-seller, Organizing Outside The Box. For tips on organizing your home, your office and your life, visit WeOrganizeU.com and sign up for the free newsletter. To contact Hellen or for information on hiring a We Organize U organizing specialist, call 905.829.2219 or email info@WeOrganizeU.com

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More is MORE Silvana Longo asks project manager Peter Khatami of Nostco Construction about home additions. The permits, the digging and whatever else stands between you and your vision of a larger home. Q You have outgrown the size and function of your home but love your neighbourhood, the ideal solution is a home addition. How do you make this potentially complicated project go as smoothly as possible? Where do you start and what are the crucial check points? A Your first stop should be to your local Municipal Building Department to obtain the zoning information that you will need in order to establish the parameters of construction. This inquiry will reveal height, depth, set-back and square footage restrictions. Design is the next step and you will need a set of construction drawings before the building department will issue the permits prior to construction. The work can begin once you have determined the labour and materials required to complete the work. Preparation is key, so ensure that you understand all of the components involved prior to commencement. Q Since an addition involves altering the structure of your home, how do you determine which additions require permits or do all expansions require permits? How long does it typically take to obtain the necessary permits before the actual work begins on our home? A All addition projects are required to demonstrate compliance with local zoning restrictions (Information that will be found on the construction drawings), applicable building permits (Architectural, Mechanical, Structural, etc.) and typically a clearance from the local conservation authority. Once the completed set of building permit construction drawings are filed at the building department, it takes 10 business days before the permits are issued (or denied).

Q New additions often involve words like “underpinning” to accommodate the lowering of a basement floor to increase the ceiling height, or in instances like stabilizing an existing damaged foundation. What is involved in the process as it sounds like a time-consuming undertaking? A Underpinning is the process of extending the depth of the footing (the structural component beneath the foundation wall). The existing footings are marked and divided into two to four “cut” sections. One “cut” section at a time is excavated, allowing for the necessary “form-work” (wood bracing). Concrete is then poured beneath the footing, extending the depth to the desired grade. The concrete is then allowed to typically “cure” for a week before the excavation of the next “cut” section. The space in between the new concrete and the base of the old footing is typically filled with non-shrink grout. This process is repeated until the entire span of the footings are “underpinned.” The new basement concrete slab is then poured. Typically, the process is time consuming and hard on the back because it requires a lot of hand digging. It is possible to use a mini-excavator to assist with the digging in cases where an addition is being built in conjunction with underpinning of the existing structure. Where possible, it greatly alleviates the difficult labour of hand digging. PETER KHATAMI Peter is co-owner of Nostco Construction, a design/build, project management and contracting firm serving residential and commercial clients throughout the GTA. With more than 10 years of industry experience, Peter prides himself in working tirelessly on behalf of his clients to transform vision to successful reality on every project. nostco.com

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first launched back in 2001, its primary goal was to help homeowners differentiate a professional renovator from the rising number of rogue contractors giving the renovation industry a bad name. To date, the program has successfully given RenoMark renovators a well-known and respected brand that recognizes them as professionals that agree to a national Code of Conduct, as well as a Code of Ethics administered by their local home builders’ association (HBA). In fact, a total of 34 HBAs currently administer the program across eight provinces, and that number is still growing. Despite the program’s success, however, the home renovation sector in Canada is still fighting underground operators who work on a “cash only” basis. A report published by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) this summer states that such contractors pose a number of dangers to the renovation industry, especially for the homeowners. Consumer protection is compromised when dealing with a “cash only” renovator due to the absence of a written contract. Should the quality of the contractor’s work fail to meet your expectations, or if he simply takes off with your payment without completing the agreed-upon project, there is no paperwork to hold him accountable. The report also identifies that every dollar of evaded taxes, as well as EI and CPP contributions, puts more pressure on governments at all levels to raise other revenues, damaging both the economy and the credibility of Canada’s tax system. In short, underground renovators who dodge taxes are hurting our country’s economic prosperity and success. In fact, the average government revenue losses from underground activity in the Ontario construction industry range between $1.4 and $2.4 billion every year – I realize this is a rather wide range, but these are the most accurate numbers available to me. That’s a troubling statistic as it puts an unfair tax burden on taxpayers, not to mention legitimate renovation

companies who play by the rules yet are finding it increasingly difficult to compete against contractors who offer discounted rates by dodging taxes. The CHBA has been working with its local associations, including BILD, to combat the use of underground renovators and is happy to report that federal and provincial agencies have now jumped on board to help find a solution. The result is an international research effort to see how other developed countries tackled this type of issue, and analyze how it can be applied locally. In the meantime, HBAs from across the country are encouraging homeowners to hire professional renovators that offer proper written contracts that spell out what work is to be done, when and how much it will cost. When you hire a contractor for your home, a pen is your most important tool! For a list of professional contractors in your area, check out renomark.ca. Home of the national RenoMark program, the website’s Find a Renovator tool will help you quickly and easily find a professional contractor that offers a minimum two-year warranty on all work, carries a minimum of $2 million liability insurance and maintains a professional level of knowledge of current building codes, permit procedures and technical skills. The underground economy is detrimental to our economy, our industry and the quality of our homes. Let’s work together to ensure that we put a stop to it once and for all.

BRYAN TUCKEY Bryan Tuckey is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the creators of RenoMark, and can be found on Twitter (twitter.com/renomark_ca), Facebook (facebook.com/renomark), Youtube and BILD’s official online blog (bildblogs.ca).

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and other Men At Work team members, are regularly featured renovators on the popular show Love It or List It. They credit Gallop with creating the opportunity, and for invaluable mentoring and training. Gallop now has been officially recognized by the industry for his professionalism and high levels of client satisfaction in literally over a thousand renovation and addition projects. The breadth and beauty of his work is astounding, so this month’s renovation spotlight is on two reno projects that Gallop has orchestrated with his band of trusted professionals, tradesmen and design professionals. Specializing in home additions and renovations in older Toronto neighbourhoods to reach their maximum potential, here is a look inside the two little houses that could ... and did. regal: Scope of projecT • Two-storey addition at the rear with basement. • Original kitchen converted into a laundry room, powder room and server hallway.

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Ceiling: Benjamin Moore

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• New open kitchen and family room with a bay window area and banquette. • New archway links the living room to the family room. • Family room and kitchen are a couple of steps down from the original ground floor allowing more ceiling height, light and view to the back. • New in-law suite in the basement addition. • New staircase to link the basement to the ground floor and to provide a semi-private entrance to the in-law space, and a mudroom area. Timeline Nine months. Initial planning and permits, three months. Designer on both reno projects was Jay Hodgins of Jay Hodgins Designs, (jayhodgins.com). He works with clients to determine their needs, establish design and décor preferences and like every reno project, be a creative problem solver. He worked on the concept space planning for Regal Road and insisted the Tudor style of the home be respected and reflected in the

design. “The whole idea of creating an English village feel to the backyard was important,” says Hodgins. Inside the home, the gorgeous escarpment in the Davenport and Dufferin area offers a stunning vista from the master ensuite, fitting for a gorgeous, deep soaker bathtub to take in all the outdoor beauty. With nature as its inspiration, it is illuminated by a tree twig light fixture from Elte. The homeowners’ living and work needs were taken into account as well. They are both professional photographers, and the wife and young mother is a food photographer who works from home. With that in mind, Hodgins created a kitchen with a laboratory feel as the perfect backdrop for her work. He researched the old butler pantry design, which is sympathetic to the age of the house, and introduced it in the home in a contemporary way. The powder room – a great room to experiment with colour and design, Hodgins introduced an egg-shaped basin and used wallpaper and bead board to add visual interest. He perked up the ceiling by painting it a Robin’s Egg Blue. The tastes and preferences of the homeowners are merged with the design esthetic of Hodgins, but as the addition came to life, the décor of the existing home needed some freshening up as well so Hodgins ensured the rest of the décor was cohesive. He guided it in terms of finishes and reveals, “the whole project was a combination of Armani with The Gap.” It was not super high-end, for instance, in the bathroom it was the use of limestone on the floor with ceramic on the wall and an entry level faucet from Ginger’s.

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glenlake: Scope of project • Existing enclosed front porch was removed and a new 14- to 16-feet addition at the front of the house at ground, second and basement levels. • Addition resulted in an expanded and brightened living room, family room within basement, master bedroom expanded along with new ensuite washroom. • Kitchen renovated and opened up to dining room. • Finishes were upgraded throughout with improved curb appeal.

Glenlake A big little house

Timeline Project was undertaken in two phases. First phase: Kitchen reno took four months. Total planning and approvals were pursued for larger addition project taking eight months. Second phase: Committee of adjustment approvals were required for of the project which required owners to move out for approximately seven months to finish the addition. Because addition projects so significantly forward a neighbouring house, selection of exterior materials is important. Matching existing brick was not possible so stucco finish was chosen and the salvaged bricks from the demolished porch were sliced into veneer tiles and added on to the stucco as decorative bands to link the old with the new. Gallop points out that, “the lot is very small, narrow and irregularly shaped and the only way to add more space was at the front.” This restricted layout options for rooms but the optimization of the hall area to serve as a dressing and clothes storage was a key element to the success of the master suite, says Gallop. The open concept plans he concedes are understandably popular for current family lifestyles but they present certain challenges for mechanical distribution to upper floors. The issue of pipes and ducts that are normally routed inside interior partition walls that don’t exist in an open concept was

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resolved by concealing the required plumbing and heating lines behind the built-in wall unit in the hall area. The unusual shape of the lot, the way it meets the curving street on an angle may have presented layout options but it gives an interesting panorama of the street from the bay window in the master bedroom. “The overall feel and look of the décor and finish is warm, comfortable and elegant. The walnut cabinets against the natural white oak floors contrast beautifully,” says Gallop. There is a natural warmth that comes from these materials, the tailored furnishings, window covering, paint palette and artwork add an air of refined order. It is a nice blend of tastefully decorated space that is family-friendly and livable for a family of four. Home additions and renovation projects in older homes over the past 20 years have become Men at Work’s niche, and Glenlake and Regal not unlike other renovations, had their share of challenges Gallop admits. The end result is high function and seamless beauty as clients are able to enjoy their home with realized potential for modern living. Gallop humbly attributes his success largely to a cooperative team approach between contractors, architect, designer and clients. He fosters conditions and coordinates the parties to work together with constant communication and proactive problem solving. This, he assures is the key to their “winning formula for consistently delivering successful projects and happy customers.” He estimates that more than 80 per cent of his business comes from past customers and referrals. From lead singer to reno rock star, it is nice to know his fan base keeps growing.

PaUL GaLLoP, PresiDent oF men at WorK, anD renovator oF tHe Year 2012

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Look for the RenoMark logo and renovate with confidence. RENOMARK RENOVATOR CONTRACTORS A. Brown Construction abrownconstruction.ca (416) 766-9892 - Toronto A. Lifetime Contractor Ltd. lifetimecontractor.com (416) 483-2151 - Toronto A. Mazzucco Construction amazzucco.on.ca (416) 207-0388 - Toronto AB Renovations Unlimited abreno.com (416) 809-5025 - Richmond Hill Abbotsford Group Inc. Custom Builders abbotsfordgroup.com (416) 249-3939 - Weston Affordable Woodworking affordablewoodworking.com (416) 831-6741- Toronto AJD Construction Group Inc. ajdconstructiongroup.com (905) 898-3130 - Sharon Alan Heron Homes Limited alanheronhomes.ca (416) 642-7651 - Toronto All Angles Renovations Ltd. allanglesrenovations.ca (416) 261-9732 - Scarborough Allyn Construction Ltd. allynconstruction.com (416) 347-7548 - Milton Alphyn Construction Inc. alphynconstruction.com (416) 737-8607 - Toronto Amazon Home Improvements amazonhomeimprovements.ca (905) 763-9000 - Vaughan Ambia Windows and Doors Inc. ambiawindowsdoors.com (416) 831-3719 - Woodbridge Andes Construction andesconstruction.com (416) 531-9727 - Toronto

DreamBuilders (2004) Ltd. dreambuilders.ca (416) 736-6828 - Toronto

Heres Renovations Inc. heresrenovations.com (416) 738-1895 - Gormley

Brock Doors & Windows Inc. brockwindows.com (905) 791-2850 - Brampton

Duracon Construction Services & Dura Painting duraconconstruction.com (416) 688-9191 - Markham

Hillman & Son Carpentry Ltd. hillmanandson.ca (905) 434-0077- Oshawa

Bryant Renovations bryantrenovations.com (416) 260-0818 - Toronto Build Craft Contracting & Millwork Inc. buildcraft.ca (905) 271-4161 - Mississauga Canlik Kitchens refaceyourkitchen.com (416) 412-2828 - Scarborough Capoferro Design Build Group capoferro.com (416) 241-4665 - Toronto Carick Home Improvements (Carick Building Products Ltd.) carickhome.com (416) 781-6671 - Toronto CCS Construction and Contracting Solutions Inc. ccsconstruction.ca (416) 241-9770 - Toronto

Clemmensen & Associates Limited (416) 747-6266 - Weston

Fairmont Properties Ltd. fairmontproperties.ca (905) 841-6161 - Aurora

Cochren Homes Limited cochrenhomes.com (905) 842-2462 - Oakville Cohn Construction Ltd. (905) 569-1349 - Mississauga Colewood Construction Limited (416) 252-2226 - Toronto

Avonlea Kitchen and Bathroom Concepts avonlearenovations.com (416) 422-5276 - Toronto

Crina General Construction Ltd. (905) 738-7930 - Concord Cristone General Contracting Inc. cristonegc.com (905) 727-2911 - Aurora Curzon Developments Ltd. (416) 606-7110 - Toronto Cyprus Contracting cypruscontracting.com (905) 264-6552 - Woodbridge Dalerose Homes 1-(519) 938-8417 - Orangeville

Bayden Build & Renovate bayden.com (416) 818-8148 - Maple

D-Cam Construction Inc. dcamconstruction.com (905) 847-3636 - Oakville

Bayview Projects Contracting bayviewprojects.com (416) 730-8506 - North York

Dean Installations deaninstallations.com (416) 459-6106 - Georgetown

Bell Construction Group bellconstructiongroup.ca (416) 709-1637 - Aurora

DeBellis Construction Ltd. (416) 318-8435 - Concord

Boss Constructors Inc. bossconstructors.com (416) 873-3205 - Mississauga Bramson Construction bramsonconstruction.com (416) 625-3943 - Toronto

Esto Construction Co. Limited estoconstruction.ca (416) 752-3702 - Toronto

Evia Group Inc. eviagroup.com (416) 429-3842 - Toronto

Attard Construction Corporation attard.net (905) 824-6300 - Mississauga

Blueprint Renovations blueprintrenovations.com (416) 878-3272 - Toronto

Estezo Estates Inc. estezoestates.homestars.ca (647) 801-4727 - Mississauga

Clarke Basement SysteSC wetbasements.ca (905) 642-4861 - Markham

Craiglee Home Improvements Ltd. craigleehomes.net (416) 759-8700 - Scarborough

Binns Kitchen & Bath Design binns.net (905) 509-5555 - Toronto

Errand Boyz Management Real Property. Concierge. Relocation errandboyz.com (416) 728-6720 - Pickering

Evans Built Inc. evansbuilt.ca (647) 444-7873 - Bradford

ARX Custom Homes arxcustomhomes.com (416) 471-0947 - Mississauga

Belyea Bros. Ltd. belyeabrothers.com (416) 425-1200 - Toronto

Enmar Homes Inc enmarhomes.com (416) 841-6606 - Toronto

Chaplin Home Improvements Ltd. chaplinhomeimprovements.com (416) 904-6909 - Markham

Core Insurance ClaiSC Contracting Inc. corecontracting.com (416) 740-9400 - Weston

Barbini Developments Inc. amedeobarbini.com (416) 385-8883 - Toronto

Dwell Design Build Inc. dwelldesignbuild.ca (416) 761-9038 - Toronto

Eurodale Developments eurodale.ca (416) 782-5690 - Toronto

Archer Construction Group Ltd. archer.ca (416) 427-2437 - Mississauga

Balmoral Custom Homes Ltd. balmoralcustomhomes.com (416) 482-5000 - Toronto

Dwayne Butler Contracting Ltd. dbcontracting.ca (905) 201-1054 - Markham

Celcon General Contractors Ltd. celconcontractors.com (905) 472-8281 - Markham

Consumers Choice Home Improvements consumerschoice.ca (416) 335-8353 - Scarborough

Bachly Construction bachly.com (905) 951-3100 - Bolton

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Brian T. Fletcher Construction Co. Ltd. fletcherconstruction.ca (416) 626-7746 - Etobicoke

Delphi Homes Inc. 2007 delphihomes.com (416) 232-9290- Etobicoke Design 2 Build design2build.ca (905) 844-7366 - Etobicoke Design-Spec Building Group Limited designspecgroup.com (905) 760-2225 - Concord Divine Homes Inc. divinehomes.ca (416) 868-9292 - Toronto Dortel Custom Renovations Ltd. (416) 748-5755 - Etobicoke

Fairside Homes and Renovations Ltd. fairsidehomes.com (416) 721-2224 - Toronto Fifthshire Homes Ltd. 1985 fifthshire.com (905) 660-7415 - Concord GarCon Building Group Ltd. garcongroup.com (416) 636-2000 - Toronto Godel Construction godelconstruction.com (416) 484-6096 - Toronto Golden Bee Homes Inc. goldenbeehomes.com (416) 768-4771 - North York Goldribbon Homes goldribbonhomes.com (416) 221-3335 - Toronto Gorman-Mazzon Limited (416) 322-3222 - Toronto Goulimis Construction Ltd. (Ontario Corporation) goulimisconstruction.com (416) 631-7849 - East York GreenSaver (416) 203-3106 - Toronto Greystone Home & Cottage Renovations greystonerenovations.ca 1 (905) 442-7022 - Newcastle Grieve Home Maintenance Ltd. grievehome.com 1-(905) 336-0088 - Burlington Hadley-Irvine General Contracting Ltd. hadley-irvine.com (416) 910-8419 - Georgetown Hampton Homes hamptonhomes.ca (905) 829-5000 - Oakville Handyman Connection york.handymanconnection.com (905) 884-7678 - Richmond Hill Harlequin Homes Ltd. harlequinhomes.ca (416) 771-8597 - Aurora Harper House Contracting Ltd. (416) 266-7896 - Uxbridge Haylacon Construction Inc. (416) 219-5381 - Oakville Heidan Construction Ltd. heidanconstruction.com (416) 543-2945 - Toronto

Home Editions Ltd. homeeditions.com (416) 410-7844 - Toronto Homes etc... homes-etc.ca (416) 822-1632 - Whitby Inspire Homes Inc. inspirehomes.ca (416) 765-2020 - Caledon Invictus Renovations Limited (416) 893-3967 - Toronto Jackson & Associates Inc. jacksoninc.ca (416) 693-7870 - Toronto JD Design Inc. jddesign.ca (416) 928-6766 - Toronto JD Nelson and Sons Ltd. (647) 223-1245 - Ajax Josh Developments (1996) Ltd. (416) 318-4899 - Toronto Kellner Fine Homes kellner.ca (416) 928-0001 - Toronto Kermodei Construction Co. Ltd. kermodei.ca (416) 293-1212 - Scarborough Keystone Interiors Inc. keystoneinteriors.ca (905) 850-0474 - Woodbridge Kilbarry Hill Construction Limited kilbarryhill.com (416) 484-0701 - Toronto Kingsway Home Improvements Inc. kingswayhomeimprovements.com (647) 505-6869 - Etobicoke Kozy Homes Inc. kozyhomesinc.com (416) 998-5060 - York K-Wood Kitchens Ltd. kwoodkitchens.com (416) 332-0381 - Toronto Lakeland Builders Inc. lakelandbuilders.com (905) 761-6660 - Concord Leonardi Construction Ltd. leonardiconstruction.com (905) 277-9085 - Mississauga Leslieville Home Improvements Div. of Nagim Construction (416) 465-9410 - Toronto Lewitt Construction Inc. lewittconstruction.com (416) 383-1221 - Toronto Lifestyles By Barons Inc. lbREesigns.ca (905) 872-5777 - Halton Hills LJ Post Construction Ltd. ljpconst.com (416) 298-0517 - Scarborough Lou’s Home Improvements loushomeimprovements.com (416) 931-2664 - Toronto M Squared Contracting Inc. m2contracting.com (416) 231-5585 - Toronto MacPherson Builders Limited macphersonbuilders.com (905) 738-5332 - Concord Mane Construction Group Inc. maneconstruction.ca (416) 821-2622 - Toronto MapleBridge Construction Ltd. maplebridgeconstruction.com (416) 540-7558 - Maple Markay Developments markayhomes.com (905) 257-1220 - Oakville Mather Fine Homes a division of Beechwood Investments Development Inc. matherfinehomes.com (416) 482-9001 - Toronto

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Ridgestone Construction Inc. (905) 264-7880 - Woodbridge Rouge Hill Design Build Group Inc. rougehillrenovations.com (416) 286-9682 - West Hill Royal Home Improvements royalhomeimprovements.ca (416) 236-4400 - Toronto RS Homes.ca rshomes.ca (416) 508-3000 - Toronto Rulestone Renovations Inc. (416) 694-6016 - Toronto

The Lakeshore Contracting Group lakeshorecontracting.ca (905) 467-3440 - Burlington

Brenmar Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. brenmar.ca (905) 608-9330 - Mississauga

The Marino Group themarinogroup.ca (416) 249-0596 - Etobicoke

Broadway Flooring Centre Ltd. broadwayfloors.com (416) 730-1830 - Toronto

The Toolbox Group Inc. thetoolbox.ca (416) 991-2229 - Whitby

Canduit Contracting Inc. (Electrical Specialists) (647) 236-3050 - Mississauga

Thompson Howe Building Company Ltd. (416) 892-3562 - Toronto

CertaPro Etobicoke Inc. certapro.com 1-(800) 462-3782 - Toronto

Timberlea Construction And Roofing Ltd timberleaconstruction.com (905) 602-5959 - Mississauga

Modular Home Additions Ltd. modular.ca (416) 759-4663 - Toronto

Salerno Custom Homes Div. of Salerno Construction Group Inc. salerno.ca (905) 602-8611 - Mississauga

Myhaven Homes Ltd. myhavenhomes.ca (905) 508-8075 - Richmond Hill

Sandgate Construction Inc. sandgateconstruction.com (905) 841-6440 - Aurora

Town Square Developments Inc. townsquarehomes.ca (905) 850-9367 - Woodbridge

N.B.S. Design Build Inc. nbshomes.ca (416) 890-4983 - Toronto

Scottsdale Contracting Inc. scottsdalecontracting.ca (416) 520-8858 - Toronto

TRUbuild Inc. trubuildinc.com (416) 704-6381 - Toronto

New Home Services Inc. newhomeservicesinc.com (905) 460-0847 - Brampton

Serenity Homes serenity-homes.ca (416) 560-2560 - Toronto

Norseman Construction & Development Ltd/ Norseman Group norsemanconstruction.ca (647) 435-5433 - Toronto

Serenity Lifestyle Homes serenitylifestylehomes.com (905) 880-5799 - Woodbridge

Trusted Trades Canada (A Division of Holmes & Smith Ltd.) trustedtradescanada.com (416) 291-0389 - Toronto

Northern Edge Construction Services Ltd. noredge.com (416) 269-1900 - Scarborough

SevernWoods Construction Inc. severnwoods.com (416) 483-2941 - Toronto

Total Renovations Inc. totalrenovations.com (416) 694-2488 - Toronto

U.K. Construction ukconstruction.ca (416) 266-5333 - Scarborough W.C. Meek Design and Construction Ltd. wcmeekdesignandconstruction.com (416) 690-1919 - Toronto

Nostco Construction nostco.com (905) 604-4511 - Markham

Sheppard Pearl Waterproofing & Renovation (1450434 Ontario Inc.) iwaterproofing.ca (416) 677-0888 - Scarborough

Nusite Contractors Ltd. nusitecontractors.ca (905) 731-1228 - Richmond Hill

Silverpoint Fine Homes Inc. silverpointfinehomes.com (416) 995-4119 - North York

Walder & McSweeney Contracting Ltd. waldermcsweeney.com (416) 694-2466 - Toronto

Oksart Design Build Limited oksart.com (416) 887-8244 - Woodbridge

Sky Homes Corporation skyhomes.ca (416) 663-9334 - Concord

Ommert Carpentry & Renovations ommertrenovations.com (416) 843-5716 - Ajax

Skylights Unlimited Inc. skylightsunlimited.ca (416) 540-4232 - Markham

White Eagle Contracting a division of White Eagle Properties Inc whiteeaglecontracting.com (416) 626-9661 - Toronto

Orchid Valley Homes Ltd. 1-(905) 898-2623 - Newmarket

South Light Design/Build Inc. southlight.ca (416) 457-4640 - Toronto

P.J. Renovations Inc. (416) 621-1041 - Etobicoke Perma-Wood SolariuSC and Additions (1025722 Ontario Inc.) permawood.com (905) 475-5460 - Markham

Space Converters Ltd. spaceconverters.com (905) 824-4404 - Mississauga Spalding, K. Construction Inc. 1-(905) 898-5503 - Newmarket

Pine Glen Developments Inc. pineglendevelopments.com (416) 706-5547 - Oakville

Span-Co General Contracting Services Ltd spanco.ca (905) 475-6282 - Markham

Premier Kitchen and Bath Inc. premierbuilder.ca (416) 487-8281 - Toronto

Spencer and Associates (416) 985-8930 - Toronto

PROBUILT by Michael Upshall probuilt.ca (905) 880-8100 - Caledon Queensgate Homes Inc. queensgatehomes.com (905) 264-0600 - Woodbridge Regal Construction & Renovations Co. Ltd. regalconstruction.ca (416) 994-8183 - Toronto Renditions Design Build Ltd. renditionsdesignbuild.com (905) 838-0927 - Terra Cotta Renex Custom Builders Inc. renexcustombuilders.com (416) 484-3757 - Toronto Reno King Contracting Ltd. (416) 821-9376 - Scarborough Renovation Experts/Basement Experts renoexperts.ca (905) 884-8585 - Richmond Hill Renovations by Gray grayreno.ca (416) 520-6366 - Thornhill Rent-A-Hubby rentahubby.ca (416) 258-8185 - Thornhill Retreats Inc. homeretreats.ca (647) 237-3878 - Georgetown

Stellar Homes Inc. stellarhomesinc.ca (905) 726-7778 - Aurora Stockridge Construction Limited (416) 964-6800 - Toronto Stonemill Developments Inc. stonemill.ca (905) 847-5900 - Oakville Stratus Homes Toronto stratushomes.ca (416) 259-0044 - Etobicoke Super 7 Group super7group.com (416) 688-5599 - Sharon Superior Quality Renovations & Construction Inc. sqrc.ca (416) 441-0084 - Toronto

Walden Design Build Inc. waldendesignbuild.com/renomark (416) 487-2300 - Toronto

Cherry and Clark Roofing Co. Ltd. cherryandclark.ca (905) 403-9128 - Mississauga Chislett Asphalt Roofing Ltd. chislettroofing.com (905) 738-9433 - Vaughan Colour Wheel Design & Decor colourwheel.ca (416) 760-3737 - Thornhill Conquest Carpet & Flooring (Division of Trust Flooring) trustflooring.com (416) 745-8518 - North York Contex Roofing Company contexroofing.com (416) 781-6466 - Toronto Darmaga Hardwood Flooring Ltd. darmaga.com (905) 770-1900 - Richmond Hill Dominion Roofing dominionroofing.com (416) 789-0601 - Toronto Foam Comfort Inc. foamcomfort.ca (416) 410-0961 - Toronto Gemini Group Electrical SysteSC Inc. geminigroupinc.com (905) 850-8939 - Woodbridge JAGG Enterprizes Incorporated jaggenterprizes.ca (905) 838-5244 - Caledon

Whitehall Homes & Construction Ltd. whitehallhomes.ca (905) 338-7230 - Oakville

JM Mechanical Corp. jmmech.ca (905) 760-2828 - Vaughan

Willem Contracting willemcontracting.ca (905) 771-2983 - Thornhill

Let It Rain Ltd. letitrain.ca (905) 624-7246 - Mississauga

Wilson Project Management 1695895 Ontario Inc.) wilsonproject.ca (416) 222-9433 - Toronto

Martino Contractors Ltd. martinohvac.com (905) 760-9894 - Concord

Windemere Custom Homes windemerehomes.ca (416) 630-1500 - North York Window Choice windowchoice.ca (905) 461-2267 - Mississauga Wo-Built Inc. wobuilt.com (416) 354-2555 - Toronto Woodcastle Homes Ltd. woodcastle.ca (905) 891-0200 - Mississauga

RENOMARK TRADE CONTRACTORS A.D.C. Aluminum Contracting Ltd. adcaluminum.com (905) 669-1172 - Concord Alliance Flooring Inc. allianceflooringinc.com (416) 398-5344 - Toronto

T. Sena Construction and Management Inc. (905) 850-1010 - Woodbridge

Applewood Air Conditioning Ltd. applewoodair.com (905) 275-4500 - Mississauga

Templehouse Renovations Limited templehouse.com (416) 932-9099 - Toronto

Argyle Flooring argyleflooring.ca (905) 415-5111 - Markham

The Caruk Group Inc. thecarukgroup.com (416) 231-7438 - Toronto

Aspen Wood Floors aspenwoodfloors.com (905) 281-2900 - Mississauga

The Construction Group theconstructiongroup.ca (416) 335-7911 - Toronto

Atlantic Window & Door SysteSC Inc. atlanticwindows.ca (905) 564-0000 - Mississauga

The Gatti Group Corp. thegattigroupcorp.com (905) 693-0250 - Milton

Benim Contracting (2055523 Ontario Ltd.) benimcontracting.ca (416) 737-5897 - Etobicoke

Metropolitan Sheet Metal Limited/ MetroAir Home Comfort Solutions metroair.ca (905) 792-5076 - Brampton N. De Luca Plumbing (1995) Inc. (905) 851-9159 - Woodbridge New Steel Roofers Inc. newsteelroofers.com (905) 543-1623 - Hamilton Ragno Electric Ltd. ragnoelectric.com (905) 793-4663 - Brampton Roussel Eavestrough Distributors Limited rousseleavestrough.com (416) 438-4344 - Scarborough Sterling Tile & Carpet sterlingtile.com (905) 585-4800 - Vaughan Sure Seal Crack Injections Co. Ltd. crackinjections.com (416) 878-7295 - Toronto The Waterproofer Inc. thewaterproofer.ca (416) 820-2090 - Toronto The Watson Group Ltd. (416) 493-2581 - Richmond Hill Viana Roofing & Sheetmetal Ltd. vianaroofing.com (416) 763-2664 - Toronto Viana Roofing & Sheetmetal Ltd. vianaroofing.com (416) 763-2664 - Toronto Watertite Waterproofers Ltd. watertite.ca (416) 410-5326 - Toronto Weston Flooring Ltd. westonflooring.com (416) 746-8492 - Woodbridge

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QuickTipS

freshen up your garden this fall by Denis Flanagan

After this record-breaking hot summer, many

garden spaces are looking a little worse for wear, so now is the perfect time to liven things up so that you can enjoy sitting outside and bask in the beautiful days of autumn. Veg and herb plots If you were one of the fortunate ones that grew some of your own food this year, this is the time to harvest the last of the crops. Pick veggies before they get hit by frost and if you cannot use them all now, consider canning or preserving fruit and herbs so that you have a source of locally grown nutritious food in the winter months. Late September to early October is the ideal time to prepare the soil in vegetable gardens and containers for next year’s planting. Use a garden fork to turn and aerate the soil to a depth of eight to 12 inches, and then add a generous amount of bagged manure from your local garden centre. The frost during the winter months will continue to break up the soil naturally creating the perfect soil for spring planting. Flower containers Particularly after this very hot summer, many annual plants in containers and window boxes are looking a little tired and stretched, remove the plants and compost them, then create a new fall-time colour display with flowering mums, asters, kale and ornamental grasses. Complete the look and celebrate the season by adding mini pumpkins and gourds to the mix. Green Green grass of home This is the title of an old song, and unfortunately we have not had much to sing about with our lawns this year — in fact, many look like they have been in a bad accident—with holes, brown spots and badly damaged areas. The good news is that it’s the perfect time to do the repair work.

4. O  verseed with a top quality grass seed mix as this will thicken the lawn. A healthy, tightly grown sod is the best way to stop weed seeds from being able to germinate and take over your grass. 5. For the previous steps to be effective, keep your lawn evenly watered with an overhead sprinkler for approximately one hour a day for 10 to 12 days. Increase the tree canopy Think about honouring the fact that we now have a National Tree Planting Day that takes place on September 26. Add a new tree to your garden or get involved with a local school or community group to improve our green spaces. Plan for next year Take the time this fall to review your overall garden. Take pictures and make notes, then some time over the winter, sit down with a trained designer/consultant and plan how to optimize your green investment for next year. For further gardening information or to contact a professional, visit www.landscapeontario.com

DENIS FLANAGAN Here are five easy steps:

1. Aerate your lawn by creating a series of small plug holes on the surface. If you rent a machine or hire a company to aerate your lawn, this will ensure that the next steps are more effective. 2. Feed it with a granular fall fertilizer specifically designed to strengthen the grass before the winter months. 3. Topdress the entire area by spreading a 1/4-inch layer of a light soil mix and/or compost — this will even out the small humps, add nutrition and help with germination of the seed.

After graduating from Horticulture in Surrey, England, Denis worked on some projects for the Royal Family and achieved a Gold Medal at The Chelsea Flower Show. In Canada, Denis continues designing award-winning gardens for Canada Blooms and has taught at several community colleges including Humber and Seneca. He is well known for his Gardening shows on HGTV and continues to promote the joys and benefits of horticulture through the “Green for Life” program for Landscape Ontario. landscapeontario.com

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