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  1. Where Our Designers Like To Shop For Homeware

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    The finishing touches can make or break your renovation. When it comes to furnishing your renovation it’s important that items complement the changes you have made. Navigating your way through homeware stores can be challenging. We asked our designers where they like to shop and where they recommend our clients look for home decor items.  

    In no particular order here are some of our favourite places to shop for homeware.


    Budget: $$

    What they do well: Structube has fantastic furniture for very reasonable prices. Raw and natural style pieces, this store provides furniture that will fit into many styles of renovation and will stand the test of time.


    Budget: $

    What they do well: We couldn’t make a list and not include IKEA. Yes, it’s budget, however, there are just some items that you don’t need to spend $$$$ on. For example, clever storage solutions, hooks, perhaps basement suite or rental furniture. We rely on them for items such as basic frames and mirrors.


    Budget: $-$$$$

    What they do well: A bit of everything! Textures such as towels, bedding are a fave of ours from Wayfair. It’s also a great website to check out if you need furniture or lighting. It doesn’t pigeonhole itself into a certain trend, Wayfair provides furniture to please all tastes.


    Budget: $$$

    What they do well: Very modern and sleek, it’s the perfect store to get everything from furniture to decor items. Luxe style items for the modern condo or home.

    Union Wood Co.

    Budget: $$$-$$$$

    What they do well: Custom Wood furniture that is really stunning. Union Wood can build items that fit perfectly into your home and style. They recently build custom items for our latest loft renovation – Sugar Coated

    Budget $-$$

    What they do well: Bedding and decor items! Homesense is our guilty pleasure. It’s the perfect place if you want to add some decor to your home but hasn’t got a huge budget. Now and again they also have great furniture on sale. Since all the stores are different, it can be total potluck.


    Budget: $$$

    What they do well: Simple, no fuss, impactful furniture. As it’s online you can make some great savings on items that would normally cost you significantly more. We are in love with their sofas.

    Van special

    Budget: $$$$

    What they do well: This high-end store embodies Scandinavian design and Japanese minimalism. We wouldn’t recommend buying all your homeware from this store unless you’re made of money. However, it’s a great option if you’re looking for a big ticket item that you love.

    The Cross

    Budget: $$-$$$

    What they do well: Romantic decor. This store is like a fairytale dream. Soft colours and textures, this store is perfect for a more feminine lighter decor. Our Designers love the candles and throws. Think shabby chic interiors.

    Urban Outfitters

    Budget: $

    What they do well: Young, fun and playful decor items. Boho style decor which can brighten up for your apartment. A hipster’s dream.

    Restoration Hardware

    Budget: $$$-$$$$

    What they do well: Industrial, rustic style items. Industrial furniture pieces are at the heart of this store. Our Designers also really like the lighting here.


  2. Reignite Your Love For The Bathtub

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    Bring Back The Bathtub!

    The bath has been slowly pushed out of the bathroom to make way for double showers, double sinks and more bathroom storage. We’re about to make you question why you wanted to remove the cosy bathtub. Trust us, on a rainy PNW night your going to thank us when you’re soaking your cold toes in that luxurious bathtub!

    Here is a list of bathtub styles to reignite your love for the tub.

    The Modern Sleek


    This one is for the minimalist out there. Bathtubs don’t need to be dated or boxy. We love this simple design with a matt black simple tap. Consequently, the placement of the tub, away from the wall allows the shape of the tub to grab your attention.







    The Wooden Tub


    Ok, we know this is very different! Feel like your floating down the river in your own personal boat. This masterpiece is certainly a showstopper. Perfect for bathrooms with natural materials are the center.







    The Copper Tub


    A stunning classic. This bathtub is perfect for heritage homes or bathrooms with the richer decor. Moreover, this tub will always be timeless and incredibly comfortable.








    The Colourful Pop


    You may want to go with a more traditional style tub with a shower for practical reasons, but it doesn’t mean it can’t pop. Use tiles to make your bathtub the center of attention. This girly Moroccan style tile is a big hit with us! Classic style tubs don’t have to be boring.







    The Space Saver


    The main reason the bathtub gets the kick is space in the bathroom! Introducing the sit-up tub that saves space while still providing a relaxing spa to enjoy. This is great for smaller homes or condos.








    The Wet Room

    By combining the shower and the bathtub it not only saves space but ticks two boxes, bath and shower. We created this beautiful wet room which makes use of feature tiles and a linear drain. 





    The bedroom bath

    Why does the bath have to be in the bathroom? Put your bath in your bedroom and free up space in your bathroom. Bedrooms tend to be bigger spaces, therefore you will feel far more relaxed laying in your bath with all that open space.







    purgeFeature Blog: Edmonds Fine Appliances

    Houzz released their 2018 U.S Houzz Kitchen Trends Study which outlined the biggest trends for kitchens right now. Sure enough, decluttering was one of the big trends, we’re taking a look into how you can declutter your kitchen, with the help of appliances, as well as general tips and tricks you can utilize:

    1. Keep Your Tasks Small

    One of the challenges of decluttering is the time and energy that it generally takes to tidy up your space. Similar to any large project, cleaning a full kitchen in one day can be daunting and unrealistic. Instead, if you break your clean-up project into smaller tasks, the project will be done quicker and more effectively.

    1. Multi-Purpose Appliances and Cookware

    Many appliances and cookware of today have been developed with decluttering in mind. If you’re in the market for new appliances, one of our decluttering recommendations is to look for appliances that have dual purposes, like a steam oven that combines a conventional oven with a healthy steam option.

    1. Clearing Space on Your Countertops

    The top kitchen obsession when it comes to decluttering is with regards to countertops. To decrease clutter on your countertops, we recommend utilizing space on your wall instead.

    1. Flush-Install and Counter-Depth Appliances

    Flush-install appliances are those that align with cabinets and countertops Counter-depth installation appliances result in the door sticking out a bit from the wall. Utilizing flush installation provides a clean, contemporary design, as everything aligns flawlessly together.

    1. Incorporating Minimalism into Your Life

    Another way to decrease clutter in your home is by incorporating minimalism into your lifestyle to create clean, open spaces.

    Any of these methods will help towards decluttering your kitchen, and most importantly, keep it decluttered longer! For  the full article please have a look at Edmonds Fine Appliances website or click on this link

  4. Renovation Awards: 2017/18

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    Any renovator will know that being recognized for your work in the industry is a big deal! Consequently, with all the finalists now revealed for this years renovations awards we are proud to say we have some very strong finalists!

    Every year we enter the array of renovation awards for many reasons. Firstly to gain approval and validation for the fantastic renovation work our team has completed throughout the year. Secondly to provide future clients with the piece of mind that our renovation projects are considered some of the best in British Columbia and the country.

    With this in mind, take a look at our finalists renovation projects this year…

    2017/18 Renovation Award Finalists:

    renovation-awardsOvation Awards 

    Come On Baby Light My Fire [Best kitchen over $125,000]

    Play Me A Tune [Best Renovation $400,000 – $699,999]

    Sugar Coated [Best Townhouse/Condo Renovation under $300,000]

    Winner announced 29th April 2018 



    renovation-awardsGeorgie Awards

    Play Me A Tune [Best Residential Renovation $300,000 – $500,000 and Best Kitchen Renovation under $125,000]

    Come On Baby Light My Fire [Best Kitchen Renovation Over $125,000]

    Winner announced 10th March 2018 

    renovation-awardsCHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence

    Come on Baby Light My Fire [Kitchen Renovations over $100,000]

    Winner announced March 23rd 

  5. King of The Kitchens

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    ‘Come On Baby Light My Fire’, one of our latest kitchen renovations has now been announced as a finalist in two renovation awards.

    The sleek and contemporary Lions Bay kitchen has been announced as a finalists in the Gerogie awards “Best Kitchen Renovation over $125,000” and the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence “Kitchen – Over $100,000”.

    Why it’s a finalist in the awards?

    This killer kitchen really has the wow factor! Consequently, it’s contemporary without feeling plain and cold. The sharp lines and open space is complemented by the natural greenery and sweeping landscape around the property. Furthermore, it was designed with our stylish clients in mind and works well with the rest of the first floor which is open and spacious.

    What makes this kitchen stand Out from others?

    • The kitchen is build for entertaining. The large island accommodates big groups and entertainment essentials such as a wine fridge.
    • The backsplash is beautifully unique. Instead of tiles, a window lets the outside in.
    • The marble fireplace at the end of the kitchen island is not only unique but also links the kitchen to the dinning area creating a dramatic feature and tying the two areas together.
    • Entertaining is now easy with built-in coffee machine, steam oven, kitchen pot filler and even ceiling speakers to add ambiance.
    • Soft close, simple and contemporary caruba elm effect European cabinetry with high gloss contrasting cabinets will stand the test of time.

    What was it like before?

    The 70’s style home was dominated with dark wood lacked light and room to entertain. In the kitchen, the new floor is now centred around a glass encased staircase and contemporary theme. By removing the laundry room, it allowed us to make the kitchen bigger. We modernized the ceiling, adding charm and interest with beams. The previously, obstructed views of the Howe Sound can now be enjoyed from the comfort of their new kitchen.

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  6. reVISION Review: What’s Happening Weekly

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    Revision reVIEW: Renovation News

    With January over we are powering into the new year with positivity! Our new years resolutions are going strong and the final set of awards (ovations) have been submitted. This week we are obsessing over laundry rooms, kitchen layouts and inspo for a girls bedroom.

    laundry roomLaundry Room Inspo

    We stumbled across this blog from Design Milk while looking for inspiration for a laundry room we are currently designing. We think these are some of the best ideas, and all so different. Where do you think your laundry room should be within your house? Most people have it in the basement or the ground floor but why? In our latest renovation we are putting the laundry room on the first floor near the bedrooms to avoid having to move the washing up and down the stairs.

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    Top Layouts and Styles in Kitchen Renovations

    Houzz brings us the latest tends in kitchen layout and style. Houzz highlights the size of the kitchen, the shape, and the storage options which have been most popular. It’s interesting to see how peoples priorities have changed over the last few years and what is now factored into kitchen design. Check of the trends here.

    laundry roomDreamy Girls Bedrooms

    Is there anything more adorable that a little girls bedroom? House and Home bring us their latest make over by Trish Johnston.  Both rooms reflect the girls personalities while still remaining stylish and adaptable. Check out the video here. 


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  7. Don’t clean your grout with vinegar! An interview with Centura Tile

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    We caught up with Harbi Kalsi from Centura Tile to find out his thoughts on all hard finishes (flooring and wall tiles) for 2018. Harbi highlights how you can pick the perfect finish, how to look after your hard surfaces and how to make sure you pick something you won’t regret! 

    Harbi, who is Centura Tile?

    Centura Tile offers a wide range of wall and floor tiles, LVT,  rubber and PVC resilient flooring, and carpet for commercial and residential spaces. Founded in 1933, we are the largest multi flooring distributor in Canada, with 14 branches across the country.

    What colors and textures do you think are going to be popular in 2018?

    In 2018 we are going to see different shapes of tiles become very popular. Clean marble looks and grey earthy tones will also be trendy this year. As these trends are simplistic we think they will have longevity, and therefore are a great investment.

    What’s the most important thing to do or account for during an install?

    During an install it’s important to make sure to acclimate certain materials and to double check products are correct and have no imperfections prior to install. Most importantly, it’s essential to follow the manufacturers installation requirements.

    Any top tips for keeping your grout and tiles clean?

    Firstly, use our power grout. This grout has permanent stain resistance, crack resistance and colour uniformity. It also doesn’t need sealing. Secondly, stay away from heavily textured products for ease of maintenance. Finally, don’t use vinegar to clean grout as it will eat at the grout and polished finished porcelains.


    What’s the best piece of advice you would give to a client picking out a tile for flooring? 

    Pick something you that won’t be bored of after a while. It’s your house so you have to live with it until you are willing or can afford to change it. Don’t let an installer cloud your opinion, stand strong on what you want.

    What would you say to a client picking out a tile for wall application?

    Go neutral, borders are dated, keep it clean and simple. It also means your home will be more appealing if you ever decide to sell.

    What can clients do to prepare, prior to coming into your showroom? 

    Take a look online, magazines, etc to get an idea of what trends you like. Bring in pictures of the area that you want to be floored. It’s also useful to bring in samples or pictures of your current or planned cabinets and countertops to allow us to help you select flooring or tiles that will complement these.

    Are there lines that are more suitable for environments that require non slip such as showers? 

    Yes, FORBO Sure Step is a slip resistant product that is used in hospitals and commercial kitchens. We also have porcelains that have R9 slip rating or higher.

    Find out more about Centura Tile and view their product range here. 

  8. reVISIONS 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

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    We are really proud of everything we achieved in 2017! It was a fantastic year for us that included some stunning renovations which changed our clients lives.

    It’s really important to us that we progress and grow as a business and as individuals in 2018. This allows us to continue to deliver the highest quality services and enjoy ourselves along the way!

    We have put together our resolutions/goals for 2018 to make sure we stay on track and make it a year to be proud of!

    2018 New Year Resolutions

    1. Continue to live by our values

    In 2017 we created five values which we aim to live by as a company. Active Living, Have fun, Personal Growth, Relationship Builder and Do the Right Thing. We did a great job of implementing these values into our work and personal lives in 2017, however we know we can do this far more in 2018. It’s important to all of us at reVISION Custom Home Renovations to self invest. Sometimes, taking a little time out to have some fun or build relationships both internally and externally can really make a difference to the quality of our work. 

    Value highlights of 2017:

    revision.renovations Instagram

    2. Make time to reflect throughout the year

    Each of our employees have their own quarterly goals to help us deliver to the highest standards within our roles and 2018 will be no different. This year we must take time out to reflect and review our goals to see if we are on track and achieving. We can get super busy throughout the year, but it’s imperative we set time aside in order to evaluate and adjust.

    3. Keep up to date with the latest trends and changes in the construction and renovation industry

    The industry is ever changing and evolving. Information sharing is important to ensure we can help advise our clients, suppliers and trades. Self educating and paying close attention to relevant information sources mean we are always able to provide the best solutions.

    4. Continue to educate ourselves in our sectors

    It’s essential to self educate in order to evolve. In 2017 our Interior Designers, Project Managers, Office Manager, Marketing Manager and even our Co-owners all made changes, completed courses or attended webinars or talks in order to stay on the top of our game. In 2018 it’s important to us to dedicate even more of our time towards self education.

    5. Keep striving to maintain great relationships with our clients and provide them with a home they love

    We have had the privilege of working with fantastic clients who trusted us to renovate their home into something they love in 2017. We aim to continue to work closely with our current and new clients in 2018, listen to their wants and goals and create their vision.

    6. Continue to work closely with our suppliers and trade

    Last year we hosted a breakfast meeting to discuss how we can improve our work, communication and relationships. We found this to be incredibly helpful and would like to implement similar activities in 2018. It’s important we work cohesively on projects. A solid team means we can work quicker, harder and without hiccups.

    7. Continue to gain client feedback to help us improve and evolve

    We want to make client feedback an important goal of 2018. It helps us to grow and make positive changes while also providing people searching for a renovation company with a true and fair view of our company. Word of mouth is so important to us!

    8. Be awesome and win awards

    Finally we want to be the best version of reVISION Custom Home Renovations that we can be. We think the work we have completed in 2017 is fantastic and have our fingers crossed that judges agree! Going forward into 2018 we want to create homes that make people say ‘WOW’.

  9. reVISION Review: What’s Happening Weekly 2018

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    Revision reVIEW: Renovation News

    New year, new home! 2018 is the perfect time to make some changes around your home. Be it, renovations or just a simple tidy up. This week we take a look at the changes in the housing market and ways to make your January 2018 as successful as possible.


    2018Greater Vancouver home assessments up 1-30% in 2018: BC Assessment

    “The values posted this week reflect market value as of July 1, 2017. The total value of all Greater Vancouver properties is up 9.9% year-over-year, with a total assessed value of $907.1 billion, compared with $825.2 billion last year. Of this total, $13.2 billion relates to new construction, subdivision and rezoning.”

    Read More here. 

    2018Houzz – To Do: January 2018

    With us well into the first week of January, Houzz has put together this handy list of ‘to dos’ to help us get nice and organized during January. Tidy away the festive decorations and clear the trees and drive of snow. This useful check list will make daily tasks a breeze.

    Read the list here


    2018New Year’s Resolutions for Minimalists

    New year, new me! Are you a minimalist, or perhaps you want to be one? Check out this Houzz blog on resolutions. These helpful words of wisdom will whip you into shape. Clear your desks once a week, or maybe start using reusable packaging. Houzz had lots of resolution ideas.

    Read the blog 


    2018Top Celebrity Home 2017

    We always love to binge on celebrity homes. With that said, House and Home allows us to take a look into their top celebrity home of 2017. None other than Ellen Degeneres. Her California 6 bed mansion is stunning. Furthermore, it’s Perched on the crest of the Santa Barbara hills her home is styled around the Tuscan countryside.

    See the pictures here. 



  10. 5 reason to renovate in 2018

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    It’s time to renovate in 2018

    A New Year brings with it, new reasons to renovate. 2018 is going to be your year! Out with the old and in with the new. Perhaps it’s finally time to get rid of that kitchen you hate? Planning on growing your family or even wanting to create an extra income in 2018? Check out our top 5 reasons why you should renovate in 2018! 

    Avoid the costs of moving

    House prices in the lower mainland keep going up, meaning many of us are unable to afford to move. According The British Columbia Real Estate Association sales will be down in 2018, but not prices. Avoid the heavy cost of moving by renovating your home to suit your needs. Renovating to add a bedroom, kitchen extension or even an extra floor may cost far less than buying a new property, particularly if sales will be down in 2018.

    Increase your income

    Not looking to sell anytime soon? Have you thought about your rental potential? If you can rent a portion of your home or even your whole home, a renovation will ensure you can demand higher rental rates. Add a basement suite, renovate a current rental suite and by doing this, you can add to your current income with little ongoing work.

    Increase the value of your home

    “the average residential price in the province is forecast to increase 3.1 per cent this year, and a further 4.6 per cent next year, to $745,300” (The British Columbia Real Estate Association.) Don’t sell your home as it is. Invest in a renovation and add huge profits. With the prices forecast to stay high and grow, it makes sense to make the most of the property you currently have. It’s known that many properties around Vancouver are not worth as much as the land they are built on. Improve your property value and when you sell, you will be getting maximum profit from your property and it’s location.

    Restore character to your home

    Vancouver has a huge number of dated homes with character. It’s so special to be able to restore these homes while providing the mod cons required for life in 2018. A modern twist on a classic building looks so chic and is really desirable, particularly as older properties tent to be larger. We just finished a loft renovation in an old candy factory. The home now looks sleek and morden while in keeping with the classic features.

    Reward yourself

    When you walk through your front door you should feel proud of the place you live in. Looking around your home are you happy with the style, fixtures and fittings? Many of us live in homes which remain the same way there were when we brought them. Inject some personal style and substance. Reward yourself in 2018 by organizing a renovation, and create the home of your dreams.

  • I want to thank you again for the great service you have personally provided from start to finish of our project. It has been very much enjoyed and appreciated.

    I would be happy to speak with any future prospective customers on your and your companies behalf.

    , Vancouver
  • We have undertaken several projects over the past couple of years using your company’s services and have found you to be attentive to our needs and concerns, responsive to our requests, and as efficient as the busy construction industry can under existing conditions.

    , Tsawassen
  • When our renovations were complete, we were very pleased with the quality and detail of the work that had been done. Also the estimated time in which Todd quoted at the beginning was accurate.

    , Richmond
  • Todd is very organized and detail-oriented as well as being incredibly reliable…Todd represents a high level of professionalism within the work being done as well as on a personal level.

    , Vancouver
  • A special thanks is due to Todd for seeing to it that the work progressed efficiently, with materials and trades people arriving when needed.

    , Langley
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