It seems through decades the fireplace trend has withstood the test of time. For the most part, people seem to enjoy sitting and socializing among a glowing fire. Whether it’s gas or wood burning, a fire has a way of adding warmth, festivity and camaraderie to any occasion. Many of our new builds and renovations have involved updating or replacing an old fireplace and turning it into a dazzling focal point. Here are a handful of trends we continue to see.
Here we have an example of the less common asymmetrical fireplace design. Our client wanted their custom wood-burning fireplace to be the focal point of the room, not the television. The contemporary design was finished using a feathered concrete material and niche for the firewood is a tidy and practical way to bring the beauty of nature into the home – bringing warmth and comfort to the newly designed space.
Here is an original wood burning brick fireplace our client wanted to bring up to date. Easily, and quite cost effectively, we painted it with a fresh contemporary white finish. We also added functional storage, a custom warm walnut mantle, and feature sconces to completely transform the look.
Here is an example of a linear 2-way fireplace. The open concept allows for a connection between two rooms and creates a sense of flow within the space. And instead of the traditional fire logs our client with the more contemporary river rocks.
Here is another example of an updated original (old) brick fireplace. It’s been re-cladded with a contemporary thin stone veneer. As well, a brand new gas fireplace was retrofitted in to the existing opening. A reclaimed wood feature mantel stretches across the entire design, tying in the brand new custom shelves designed to store electronics and other items.
Since it does not cost nearly as much as an interior wood burning fireplace and it does not require the same type of permits, exterior fireplaces are quite a popular option. As people continue to bring the “indoors out”, the outdoor fireplace is a great way to bring the party outside or just relax and unwind among all the natural elements.
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It’s officially summer time. It crept up on us pretty quickly as we haven’t stopped moving since January. Even as the cold and snow and ice came in things kept moving on all of our job sites. As our client’s spent more time stuck inside this winter the need to revive and freshen up living spaces became great. With spring suddenly “sprung” our phones and emails continue to buzz with enthusiastic requests to do away with the old and bring in some new…NOW!
Though it was freezing cold outside we had the pleasure of planning and dreaming up open airy spaces and bringing fresh new finishes to life. Here is a list of Kitchen Trends we continue to see in the coming season:
CONTRAST: Contrasting the upper cabinet colour with the base cabinet colour lends a sharp finish to the updated kitchen. Particularly, painting the lower cupboards dark while painting the upper cabinets a light will give you that desired contrast look. Here are two recent projects depicting this distinct trend:
The Look Lowers: Dark charcoal stain. Uppers: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-45
The Look Lowers: Walnut stain on maple base cabinets. Uppers: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
METALS: It’s not all about polished or brushed chrome anymore. Copper, brass and even black finishes are making their way in to kitchens, bathrooms and home accessories.
We love the gentle hits of brass in the faucet and pendants below. It adds warmth with an updated “retro” look and feel to this classic kitchen. (Faucet by Delta)
LARGE SCALE: The use of two sizeable pendants over the kitchen island – instead of the standard three that was seen for many years – is changing the scope and size of what we hang over the kitchen island. The more dramatic the better, therefore we really only need two! (Pendants by Kichler)
WALNUT: Things are warming up in the world of wood and kitchen cabinetry. Walnut (horizontal & vertical grained) cabinets are very popular these days. The clean lines of the wood grain gives a very modern look and texture while its colour adds warmth and subtlety. Walnut can also be seen dominating the furniture market too.
PRACTICAL MEETS FASHIONABLE: Banquettes continue to be a great way to incorporate family seating when space is tight in a kitchen. Built-in drawers under the bench allow for extra hidden storage.
GREY: Along with white, the colour grey continues to be the go-to neutral in the interior design world today. Pair your beautiful grey cabinets with a patterned Calacatta or Carrara marble backsplash. The subtle grey veining will tie in beautifully to the cabinet colour.
On top of our busy work schedule, Lisa and Steve married in May and sold their beautiful “Glenwood” home. They have since purchased another property and are currently in the process of reno plans and permits. Get ready for another year of watching Steve and Lisa, and her talented architect sister Lauren, collaborate on a brand new home project together – it’s going to be a blast! #lisanstevebuildtake2…
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It’s common in our line of work to work along side couples with varied interior design style or ideas. Sometimes we get put in that unfortunate position when tensions are high between the two people disagreeing on a finish, for example, and all eyes rest on us to make the final decision (no pressure!).
Currently we are helping a couple build their brand new home. It’s time to pick their hardwood floors – which will be used throughout the house. It’s a big decision, aesthetically and financially, and as a result, they are not seeing eye-to-eye. One is set on solid hardwood floors while the other stands firm on using engineered hardwood. Both sets of eyes are on us for the right final decision…
This got us to wondering: how many other people have had this exact debate during a reno or new build? What is the difference between the two hardwoods? Why are so many suppliers selling engineered? Well, we’ve done our research and bugged some pros we are lucky enough to know. Here we’ll share what we’ve learned with you in hopes that friends and couples everywhere can come to a peaceful settlement amongst home design strife:
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
*We are by no means professionals when it comes to hardwood flooring specifics, so if you still have queries we urge you to go to the pros. They are passionate about what they sell and always happy to assist anyone with questions.
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