When online shopping

Our guide to help you navigate Internet reno purchases Online shopping is convenient, but it's a marketplace that requires that buyers beware. Researching merchants is critical. Look them up on Google or through the Better Business Bureau. Pick merchants with live telephone support. Check specific information - names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. - and Google them to ensure no frauds have been connected with that person or company. Buying online means customers are typically dealing with an...

Conversions

Renovating for a safe and durable baby's nursery This Aspen three-drawer unit ( 339.99) functions as both a change table and storage unit, giving parents a practical piece of furniture that will be useful long after the baby has grown out of diapers. Made by Stork Craft, it's built from solid wood and wood products and has a non-toxic finish. Those are the key components when reno' vating any room into a nursery. Fortunately, prospective parents today have a lot of safe options for their new...

Formal

A Shaughnessy makeover puts the focus on functional freedom flight deck'-sized island is now the pivot of this multi-use kitchen in a 15-year-old Shaughnessy home where a busy young family of five wanted more room for preparation, meals and entertaining. 'The island was asking to become the focal point, said Ralph Belisle of TQ Construction, whose team crafted the space into a leading finalist in the 2008 Georgie competition for the best kitchen in the province. The original kitchen had been...

Marketplace

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Showtime

Giant home and garden shows spring into Abbotsford and Vancouver The ideal design for laneway homes in Vancouver and a giant contest for local gardeners are among the highlights of British Columbia's largest home improvement shows, both of which take place next month. The Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo will be held February 13 to 15 at Tradex in Abbotsford. The BC Home and Garden Show goes February 18 to 22 at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver. Home Makeover will have booths at both shows. The...

Coverings

The Bay Custom Interiors offers a complimentary in home service that allows you to view the selections available in the comfort of your own home. Matching and enhancing present decor is easy when the store comes to you. From shades to shadings to blinds of all kinds, Hunter Douglas products are truly the place where great rooms begin. You get all the benefits of dealing with the Bay - a company that's been here for you since 1670. Choose from painted and trugrain finishes. Off our regular...

Green Change

Historical forms meet function as engineering works get new lives Buying green furniture is getting easier and easier given manufacturers' and designers' ability to use recycled wood and reduce or avoid off-gassing materials. But one Vancouver designer has taken the idea one step further. Ross MacMillan, who owns Industrial Artifacts in Gastown, is making stunning one-of-a-kind designs that not only use recycled materials but come infused with local history as well. The designs are created from...

On The Move

La Scala Integrated Media has moved from West 8th Avenue to 204 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, V5Y 1K8 Contact 604-606-1888 www.lascala.ca Richmond Wood Siding & Construction has moved from 130 Street in Surrey to 18, 19257 Enterprise Way, Surrey, V3S 6J8 Patra Stone Works Ltd has moved from Vanguard Road in Richmond to 106-18485 53rd Ave., Surrey, V3S 7A4 Contact. 778-574-2121 www.patrastoneworks.com Creekside Tile Company Ltd has moved from West 2nd Avenue to 48 West ah Ave., Vancouver, V5Y 1H5...

Brand of reassurance

Top Whistler renovators adopt RenoMark national standard for professional contractors Whistler and area homeowners considering renovations this year will soon be seeing the RenoMark logo, a new branding for top renovation members of the Canadian Home Builders' Association, Sea-to-Sky. The Sea-to-Sky members voted last November to adopt RenoMark, a national initiative meant to assure homeowners that they are dealing with qualified, competent contractors. RenoMark identifies the renovator as a...