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The need for speed results in kitchen time-savers Some people seek items that provide as much convenience as possible and some naysay these same items claiming nothing is better than the way it should be done. My opinion As long as the result Is a delicious final product, everything has its place. With school around the corner, you might just be looking at ways to speed up morning rushes or dinnertime meals. Here are two options to choose from. Keurig gourmet single-wcup coffee-maker The Keurig...

Accredited Business

How to avoid interior design mistakes Charlene Smith, the design side of Smith& Millar Interior Design and Consulting, remembers one of the worst design mistakes she has seen during 20 years in the home-renovation industry. A client, against the implicit instructions of Smith and partner Robert Millar, insisted on installing a very low-grade, but attractive, laminate flooring during a kitchen makeover. Within a week, the floor was ruined when a dishwasher leaked on it, Smith recalls. It was...

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Klondike Contracting, 604-708-3337, www.klondikeccontracting.com double-pane windows to modern double-pane windows with a low-E coating for a 2,ooo-square-foot, electrically heated house would save 141 in energy savings annually. The retrofit would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 71 kilograms a year, equal to about 30 litres of gasoline not being used. HI West Coast Kids, www.westcoastkids.ca, 866-543-7859 Beetling Design, www.beetling.com, 888-925-5733 DirectBuy Canada,...

Cookinglessons

Kitchen reno includes reversing the staircase to make room for baking classes before A dark and cramped kitchen needed an overhaul. The large island is a key component. One end is reserved for baking classes, complete with a built-in flour bin the other is reserved for entertaining with beverage fridge and microwave. The centre holds recycling drawers and an induction cooktop with hood fan. Help your customers complete the newest room in their homes - the outdoor room - with the perfect grill...

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BS Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre questions, with input from professional designers, will establish your current and future needs so that you will get the most enjoyment from your renovation. Smith has always worked closely with partner Millar, who handles the contracting side of their successful business, an advantage in that both partners work with clients to explain what will work and what won't during a renovation. The pair always begins a renovation with a two-hour client...

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Functional, practical, crisp, clean, welcoming, relaxing and yes, even sexy. An updated bathroom is the smartest investment you can make in your home. Not only does it provide an attractive return on investment, but it provides you and your family with an oasis in your own home. interior design & contracting ltd. Vancouver-based Surface Collective sells a line of wall decals that are reasonable in price and easy to apply. The wide collection of wall tattoos allows consumers to refresh,...

Growing

Children can contribute when it comes to designing their spaces When your little baby has passed its toddler years, it may be time to consider renovating the beautiful nursery. With the room no longer a blank canvas, invite your growing child to contribute some decorating ideas of his or her own. I think when people are picking out nursery bedding, they're picking out bedding for what best suits them for their baby's room, said Robyn Dashefsky, manager of West Coast Kids in Richmond, which has...

Higherg Round

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Eta I roofing is emerging as a solid option for residential renovations, as new architectural features and a tough-as-nails reputation overrides the higher cost of what some say is the ultimate roof for the rainy West Coast. This summer, the Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia is completing a new training centre at its Langley campus, dedicated to installing architectural metal. And when you see homeowners on even the bucolic Sunshine Coast switching from cedar shakes to metal,...

Makeover

For me, it's go online and into stores 25 times, buy once. But, like many of you, I just don't have the time to meander randomly through life decor-shopping day after day. Instead, I've mapped out areas of the Lower Mainland and made lists of stores to visit - bath, tile, lighting, doors, hardware - and take half a day a week to visit them. Armed with tape measure, camera and notepad, I am sorting them out and asking questions everywhere. If you're doing a reno, one thing you can't be...

Maple Ridge

This classic-white girl's bedroom from DirectBuy includes a bed with a trundle for sleepovers, a double dresser and mirror, plus lots of storage space. carpet can be brought with you during a move, and they're durable and changeable for kids' rooms. If you have a really hard existing surface, they can just lay right on top, and it's easy to come off because it's not installed permanently. If you ever spill anything, you can literally take that piece out and replace it, said DirectBuy designer...

On The Move

Cookworks at 1548 West Broadway near Granville has undergone extensive remodelling and will reopen July 18. It will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the unveiling of a new contemporary-looking store with a live working kitchen. Contact 604-731-1148, www.cookworks.ca Westeck Windows Manufacturing Inc. has a new showroom at 1480 Kootenay Street, Vancouver, V5K 4R1 Contact 604-298-6700, www.westeckwindows.com Ross Macmillan, owner of Industrial Artifacts, has decided, after 11 years, to close...

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Visions of vanities are dancing in my head - Shaker-style doors, side cabinets, above-counter ceramic bowls, undermounted sinks. Embarking on a bathroom renovation has placed me squarely in research territory. I have now started weeks (hopefully not months) of searching from Internet to kitchen-and-bath stores to big-box stores to second-hand and consignment stores. Thankfully, I have tapped into my inner faucet-lover. (I couldnt' resist that one.) What might have been a tormented summer trying...

Precision Gutters

Tel 604-888-5112 www.precisiongutters.com A team of crooks has been working s mailer B.C. towns but will likely show up in Metro Vancouver, warns Lynda Pasacreta, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of the Lower Mainland. These guys are aggressive, she said of the two-person teams that are approaching homeowners, mostly seniors, in a home-security scam. The pair tell the owner that the security firm they are using has gone bankrupt and they are there to switch the owner to the...

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Most people don't know where or how to start a home renovation, said Robert Capar, who has guided homeowners through the process during home-renovation seminars and his own Vancouver-based company. Capar, president of Maison d'etre Design Build Inc., said there are four steps that homeowners should take when they are considering a home makeover, especially a major project that will cost tens of thousands of dollars. First, decide on a budget second, decide exactly on what you want done third,...

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Souvenir Program

Lifetimeshingles ond other common myths Residential roof warranties can be confusing, and there is some basic information that homeowners need to know - and questions to ask a contractor - before committing to one of the largest renovation expenditures. Warranties can be complex, as well as misleading. Installing 30-year shingles on your roof does not necessarily mean your roof will be replaced or even repaired if there is a problem, even if something happens within as little as 10 years. Once...

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Windows

Retrofit programs curb the cost of energy-savers Windows and glazing have been the focus of more technological research than perhaps any other home building product. The latest versions can resist heat or cold and provide R-ratings nearly equal to a solid wall. They can come in solid wood or vinyl exteriors with wood interiors and in many varieties, including bays and double-hungs, as well as in massive sizes. This year, homeowners can combine government renovation incentives to make window...

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If stepping out of your shower onto a heated bathroom floor isn't enough to quell the shivers what about wrapping yourself in a freshly heated towel New from Myson is the modern-art-looking Rhapsody towel warmer, perfect for that new bathroom-turned-spa renovation. Available in two sizes, with BTU hr output ranging from 2092 to 2867, the Rhapsody comes in several colours, as well as white or chrome. The price ranges from 2,800 to 4,050, depending on the finish. Available locally only through a...

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Tel 604-218-6481. www.greatwestcoastroofing.com Tel 604-218-6481. www.greatwestcoastroofing.com There has been a change regarding the financing of home renovations over the past year. More Metro Vancouver homeowners have decided to stay put and improve their property rather than move. Meanwhile, lenders, tempered by the credit crisis, are demanding greater assurances that there is sufficient equity to back home-renovation loans. Home Makeover asked Jamie Moi, an experienced mortgage broker with...

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The now empty-nester owners of this Port Moody house had built it themselves in 1976, so it took a bit of trust when it came time to renovate, including a complete kitchen makeover that had to include space for a baking school. The project required the combined talent of Burnaby-based TQ Construction Ltd., which provided design and construction expertise, contractor Big Dog Renovations of Richmond and Daine Halley of Comet Interior Design Ltd. of Coquitlam. The design, which involved the...

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604-561 -8798 www.crucialroofservices.com Summer sessions leave everyone happy n June and July, Home Makeover launched its first two co-sponsored workshops - at Wizard Industries in Burnaby www.wizardscreens.com and Tri-Cities BBQ Shop in Port Coquitlam 0www.johnstones.com . Both workshops were huge successes with customers getting first-hand information in an informal teaching environment. At Wizard, about a dozen participants learned about retractable screen doors and awnings, had the...