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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

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    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. 

  4. 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:

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    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’.

  5. 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.”

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    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.

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    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. 

     


     

  6. 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.

  7. reVISION Review: What’s Happening Weekly

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    Revision reVIEW: Renovation News

    With less than 2 weeks until Christmas Day everyone is putting the finishing touches to presents, home decor and festive food! This week we look at Christmas decor, along side one of our favourite things to do – check out celebrities homes!

    DIY Christmas Tree

    For many of us, we live in smaller condos with little room for a big, grand Christmas Tree. House and Home’s DIY tree is perfect to add a festive touch without overtaking the whole room. Plus it looks pretty easy to do! Check it out here. 

     


    Perfect Gift Wrapping

    So you’ve brought all these amazing gifts for your friends and family and now you have to wrap them. Good wrapping can elevate a gift and of course make it look good under the Christmas Tree. House and Home provides us with 35 + ideas for the perfect gift wrapping. Find out more

     

     

     

     


    See Anne Hathaway’s Charming Connecticut Farmhouse

    Anne Hathaway just spend $2.79 million on this beautiful home and we get a take a look inside. With loads of New England charm, it’s the perfect fit for it’s new celeb owner. Check out the photos here. 

     

     


    10 Bloggers Share How They Decorate Their Homes For The Holidays

    Get inspired by some of the most beautiful festive decor! House and Home’s top bloggers show us how they decorate their home for Christmas. See the stunning pictures here. 

     

     


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  8. Get Your Home Winter Ready

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    Get your home winter ready during the cold Canadian winter season doesn’t always need to be complex or expensive.

    There are some simple steps you can take to keep the chill at bay and get your home ready for Winter. If you are remodelling it’s worth taking the opportunity to introduce a more eco-friendly heating system. They are designed to fit your particular requirements and installed with charm and practicality in mind.

    Insulate

    The most modern, powerful or efficient heating is next to useless if the house is not adequately insulated. Needless to say, any heat generated will go straight through the roof, walls, floors, doors or windows if insulation is not taken care of. Insulation is also necessary if damage to property is to be avoided.

    Your home will probably already have double glazed windows, but are they letting cold air in through poor seals?  This is also true of doors – the front, back or side doors in particular. Check and then seal up any holes or gaps in the outside walls or roof. These could be left over from previous fittings, e.g. aerials or satellite dishes or even ventilation units. By sealing them up you are preventing cold air and water from getting in. Again, if you are remodeling, it makes sense to look at the most environmentally friendly sources of energy available.

    Add a fireplace

    What can be more inviting on a cold winter evening than an open hearth? Get your home ready for Winter with a fireplace. A fireplace can be an effective source of heating for one room. Particularly if you have already had it insulated.

    If you are considering a traditional wood fire or burner  you will need to check that you have a suitable wall for the chimney to exit. Make sure there are no local restrictions on burning wood. If you want the look and effect of an open fire but don’t like thought of burning trees, you could install a Zero Clearance Fireplace. This burns natural gas or propane and can be placed almost anywhere in the room. Choosing this type of fire would also require less remodelling.

    Whole House Heating

    Building a house or renovating is the perfect time to consider your heating options which may depend on your location. With growing concerns about the viability of fossil fuels and the need to conserve trees for the health of the environment. It may be worth looking at alternative heating ideas to get your home ready for Winter. 

    The hot water in your home needed for washing can also be used to heat the whole house. You might not need a huge tank, which means you can save space as well as energy. If you like the idea of an on-demand water supply, then a tankless water system  is the way to go. The water can be heated by various means and if your location is suitable, it’s worth fitting solar panels alongside any other source of energy.

    Having your dream home inevitably includes deciding how to  keep it suitably warm. It is well worth taking the time to consider  all the options available to you. It’s important to choose an environmentally responsible company to help you.

  9. Winter Design Trends 2017/18

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    What Will You Be Seeing In Our Homes This Winter?

    The smell of mulled wine has filled the air and twinkly lights shine bright…Christmas is on it’s way. With it brings new home design trends and festive decor. We asked our designers about Winter design trends 2017/18.

    This season is all about chunky knits, block colours and vintage explorer items. Our designers understand that while it’s important to not totally fill your homes with the latest trends (after all you have to live with it for a while). They know that a sprinkle of the latest trends can spruce up your home and keep it looking trendy and stylish as the seasons change.

    Take a look at the Winter design trends of 2017/18.

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  10. How To Finance Your Renovation?

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    finance your renovationFinance Your Renovation

    Mike Donovan, Mortgage Broker and owner of Verico Coastal Mortgages Inc, has advised one of our co-owners how to finance their renovation. We value his expertise and experience and have since asked him to break down the scary stigma around financing your renovation and the steps required to obtaining funds.

    First Things First…

    Your first step when determining how to finance your renovation is a phone consultation with Mike. During this conversation you will discuss, information regarding your income, employment, existing mortgage and a desktop evaluation of your home. This information will determine the next steps and the preferable option for you.

    Preferred Option – Cash

    Mike explained to us that the most preferred option to finance your renovation is cash. The benefit of paying with your savings or readily available funds means you won’t be paying future payments. Everything will be paid there and then. However, let’s be realistic, it’s very unlikely many of us will have $100,000 in our bank accounts right now (Congrats if you do).

    A Home Equity Line Of Credit

    In this case, a home equity line of credit could be your best option to finance your renovation. This will allow you to draw out money and pay it back over time. This is typically in monthly interest only payments. Ultimately this means you’re not paying interest on a huge sum as you only need to advance the funds when required. However, not everyone will have this as a viable option due to a number of factors which include lack of equity or provable income.

    Refinancing Your Mortgage

    Refinancing your mortgage is another option and one that could be preferable if you do not qualify for a line of credit. It’s a particularly good option if it means that you’ll get a lower interest rate in the process. It’s important to note, if you have a low income, it’s unlikely you’ll qualify for this option with a big bank or credit union.

    Alternative Financing

    Alternative financing could be the best option to finance your renovation if you have issues qualifying and plan to sell after your renovation. You can gain this type of loan from alternative lenders and private investors. They tend to have higher interest rates and fees. This is a good option for people with low credit ratings or a low income. Upon completion of your renovation the goal would be to realize a large enough gain after sold to offset the borrowing costs.

    Construction Loans

    Construction loans are used to make major renovations. They are normally advisable if the renovation will cost more than the equity that you have in your home. This is a short term loan and the money is released as the work is done. This loan is then converted into a mortage after the build out is complete.

    Credit Cards

    Credit Cards can help you cover smaller renovations of around $50-60k or parts of a larger renovation. However, they typically carry higher interest charges than the options discussed. You wouldn’t want to carry large balances for an extended period of time. It is however, a great way to rack up some points on your card and earn something back such as flight tickets.

    A Simple As That

    This is a high level overview to give you an insight into the different options when considering financing your renovation project. It may seem scary or intimidating, however, all it takes is a quick phone call to establish your next steps in a transparent and professional manner. Contact Mike or a Mortgage adviser of your choice and discuss your options further, as every case can differ.

    Take the first step today and contact Mike here.

    Get an estimate request from us regarding your renovation today

  • 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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