The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) Ovation Awards highlights the best projects its members have built, renovated, designed, and marketed in Metro Vancouver. In its ninth year, the GVHBA Ovation Awards continues to capture the attention of the industry, as well as the public. Why an Open Kitchen? Our entry, Open Kitchen Connection, has been selected as a Finalist in the “Best Kitchen under 75k” category. The house where... Read more »
For many of us, when it comes to home renovations, our knowledge consists of knowing that we want it and a willingness to pay for it. Unfortunately, not all contractors are created equal, and without knowing the basics, it is easy for many of them to confuse you with complicated and impressive sounding terms that will leave you staring blankly and your wallet empty. Thankfully, a little can go a... Read more »
The home improvement job you may want to do yourself always looks easy on a TV show – done smoothly, with one problem for a bit of television drama, and finished just in time for a commercial. But the reality is that some of these projects can turn out to be quite tricky. Done properly, a DIY home improvement project can save you money. But the other side of that... Read more »
Most homes in the City of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have basements. Sometimes they’re rented out, other times they’re used as ‘retreat’ areas for various activities. Either way, they still often look like… well, like basements. In other words, if they’re not looked after, they can look like they’re forgotten about or never got finished simply because they’re out of the main traffic areas of people’s homes. Your Vancouver... Read more »
Flipping through magazines, browsing the internet and watching TV shows can give some amazing, inspirational home renovation ideas. What they don’t show is the process you and your home will go through. Wouldn’t it be nice to be told the truth about what to expect when renovating a house? A balanced, honest set of expectations is essential. Not all doom, gloom and fear. Not all sunshine and rainbows. Just the... Read more »
Having your home built or renovated requires trusting the people doing the job, otherwise it will become excessively expensive and stressful. Knowing how to choose a builder is the first step before you think about breaking ground. Not all builders are the same, so know what to look for and recognize the signs when a contractor is not right for you. Insurance and License Start with the essentials. Never hire... Read more »
For as long as people have lived inside four walls and under a roof, they have striven to make their homes extensions of themselves. When houses went from single story to multi, they didn’t just gain more space. They gained another way for homeowners to show off their taste, style and personality: the staircase. Staircases the world over have long been so much more than just a way of getting... Read more »
It’s no secret that many people love looking at celebrities’ homes and wish to live in similar style. Whether those celebs have simple looking homes or flashy, ostentatious monuments to the wealth they’ve amassed, there are often some design ideas that inspire the imagination is us all. One thing famous people are good at is having homes that combine comfort and space with privacy from prying eyes. So, if you’re... Read more »
Luxury living that is sustainable? Absolutely! For too long, the word ‘luxury’ has been associated with excess, even waste. Well, the great news is you can build a green luxury home right here in Vancouver that incorporates efficiency and sustainability without ever skimping on sumptuous comfort and exquisite beauty. We are so lucky to live in this stunning part of the world with views of the ocean, the mountains and... Read more »
Everyone wants their home renovations to be on time and under budget, right? Of course! Believe it or not, so do construction companies. At least the good ones do. There are so many horror stories about home renovations going wrong that they’ve even spawned their own “reality” TV shows. Most of us know some homeowners who overpaid, didn’t get what they wanted, or seemed to find themselves trapped in a... Read more »
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