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Home Improvements: Renos that boost your R.O.I.

Renos that boost your R.O.I.

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Renos that boost your R.O.I.

Illustration by Rachel Joanis

So, you’ve decided to sell your home. That means you’ve also likely tossed around the idea of a home renovation to yield the best possible profit. Here are four home renovations that yield the highest payoff.

Kitchen

It’s the beating heart of the home. This is the most-significant and most-expensive room to renovate, but it also gives you the highest return on your investment. There are a few reasons for this. Kitchens are a pain to renovate, from the inconvenience of functioning without a kitchen for weeks (or months) and the effort required to coordinate or complete the work. That means buyers are often willing to pay a premium for a home with a brand-new kitchen. Always choose quality over quantity – a cheap or poorly done renovation can decrease your home’s value.

Bathrooms

Much like the kitchen, bathrooms are difficult to renovate, and many homebuyers will pay extra for the convenience of having it done for them. Spa-inspired bathrooms are a common upgrade in older homes when the bath was considered a utilitarian room versus a feature space. A bigger, brighter bathroom with custom elements, such as vanity and countertops, unique tile work, fabulous lighting and extras like a steam shower, make-up area or a meditation zone can bring in the bucks on resale.

Income suite

An income suite is a biggie – especially in pricey urban housing markets such as Toronto and Vancouver. Young homebuyers often look to tenants to help them pay off their hefty mortgage, and multi-generational households can reside together with greater cost-efficiency and privacy. Look at secondary suites for rent in the area to get a feel for what those units look like, and how much they rent for. This will be a great selling point for your home.

In the current sellers’ market, a fairly-priced home shouldn’t stay on the market for too long. Every homeowner is looking to get the biggest bang for their buck, and the quickest possible sale – which translates to even more money in your pocket. Work with your realtor to determine what renovations make sense in the current marketplace, and for some tried-and-true advice on how to get everything done.

Tips

Here are some more tips to help sellers keep their eyes on the prize:

  1. Renovate for your target buyer, not for yourself. Your realtor can advise you on the types of renovations that will resonate with buyers in your area, and of the kind of home you’re selling.
  2. Work with an experienced contractor who’s familiar with the type of work you’re planning. Check out their portfolio, ask for references and contact them.
  3. Before any work begins, ensure your contract stipulates precisely what work is being done, what materials and products are being used, the budget and the timeline for completion.
  4. Do it by the book. Don’t try to save on costs by skipping the permits or taking shortcuts in the work. This will only end up hurting your bottom line, not helping.

Heather Hadden, Principal at Hadden Homes, notable top real-estate professional in GTA is focused on providing comprehensive full-service real-estate support for all new and existing homeowners.

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Product Showcase: Home Inspiration

Home inspiration

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Excellent new air management system from Centrotherm

Indoor air quality has never been more important. Achieve a balanced air exchange with the new air management system from Centrotherm. Air Excellent works in conjunction with proprietary software to configure a precise, engineered air distribution system along with an installation guide and a complete bill of materials. Air Excellent is comprised of an anti-static polymer and assures the freshest air while reducing microbes, dust and allergens. Make every breath a fresh one with Air Excellent.

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Discover kitchen must-haves at ROBINSON

ROBINSON has everything you need for your dream kitchen, including the Blanco Silgranit Kitchen Sink. Now is the time to make the oftenoverlooked humble kitchen sink a friend you can always rely on. Proudly made in Toronto, Blanco’s Silgranit patented engineered granite is non-porous and strong – making it stain-, scratch-, heat- and impact-resistant, easy to clean and foodsurface safe. All that’s left to do is use, rinse and repeat. Find the perfect shape, size and colour for your kitchen at ROBINSON.

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Maximum impact

When it comes to countertops, everyone has different tastes and expectations for the product they choose. Whether they want solid or veined, matte or sparkly, Vicostone offers appealing designs that are stain- and scratch-resistant and easy to clean. Shown here is part of the Thunder Series, Cemento’s white lightning, bold veins that pop on a dark grey background. Dramatic with modern style, for maximum impact.

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Simplicity & Elegance

A modern take on the traditional framed shower door, Elera marries the classic pivoting design with the contemporary lines of a frameless door. This emerging trend will highlight any bathroom decor by showcasing its simplicity and elegance. What’s more, with a unique 90-degree In&Out pivoting system and magnetic closure, getting in and out of the shower is easy as one-two-swing! Available in chrome, brushed nickel and matte black. Various size ranges available.

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Coretec pro luxury vinyl plank

This collection utilizes enhanced painted bevels and embossed technology to give the planks and tiles the most realistic look and feel available. The stunning style is combined with a rigid core construction that withstands high-traffic, residential or even commercial use. The rigid core features special top and bottom layers for stability and is constructed from a high-density composition for extra rigidity. Since COREtec is 100-per-cent waterproof, COREtec Pro Plus floors can be installed in wet areas. Plus, each plank or tile has an attached cork underlayment for a quieter, warmer vinyl floor.

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A unique reflection on water

Riobel, a distinctive member of the House of Rohl, celebrates 25 years of commitment to design, ingenuity and performance with the new Reflet collection. This collection combines the elegant aesthetic of the Riobel brand and the natural force and beauty of water – nature’s most essential element. Discover Reflet, an ingenious collection that engages the senses, elicits reflection and elevates any bathroom experience.

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sleek & modern

Complement the look of your floors by installing air registers with a sleek modern look, available in a Flushmount style or a DIY-friendly, drop-in style. Suitable for hardwood, laminate, vinyl, cork or tile floors.

ASPEN WOOD FLOORS

The versatility of quartz

Caesarstone showcases the versatility of quartz for wall cladding, shower walls, shelving and more for bathrooms. Part of the Metropolitan Collection, 4044 Airy Concrete responds to the trend for a versatile light grey colour, providing the true feel of concrete but refined for the home and easy to maintain.

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By Design: Entertaining in 2020

Entertaining in 2020

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Entertaining in 2020

Illustration by Rachel Joanis

Intimate affairs are the new normal this season, as we all seek the warmth of home and the company of those near and dear to us. With safety still being top of mind, this entertaining trend promises to be about appreciation and a little indulgence. If you can’t treat 25 of your friends to a fun party, why not treat your social bubble or those in your immediate household to a truly fabulous, intimate event?

When it comes to hosting a great soiree, there are three key elements to consider: Consumables (food and drinks), entertainment, and last but certainly not least, ambience. As a designer, ambience naturally tops my list, as the overall look and feel of the space will lay the groundwork for the evening ahead. Here are some style layering tips to help set the mood in your home for an intimate soiree.

Furniture

Yes, you can and should move furniture for your event. While this is a common go-to strategy to accommodate large groups of people, a small gathering can also benefit from some strategic furniture placement. There’s nothing more awkward than people “floating” aimlessly in the room, and furniture placement allows you to usher guests into certain areas of the home. This may include an appetizer table in the kitchen, a beverage station in the den, a music/media area for audio and video requests, and areas throughout for guests to chat and chill.

Evaluate your space and take note of fixed focal points such as a fireplace or window with a great view. Now, create furniture vignettes around these, with facing chairs or couches, and some small tables throughout for guests to rest their drinks and dishes. Leave enough room between vignettes to allow the flow of traffic. Pay special attention to hot spots such as buffet tables or appetizer areas.

Regardless of the size of your soiree, ensure you have sufficient seating to accommodate every guest. You can always borrow a few pieces, or consider investing in some staples such as poufs, ottomans or a small accent chair. These will come in handy for your gathering and will help fill in those empty corners after your guests have all gone home.

Layers of lighting

The right lighting can make or break your party. Create a sense of warmth in your space by dimming the overhead lighting and layering in some table and floor lamps. Light up dark corners, and make every room sparkle with simple strings of white lights, mirrors and reflective materials, and the flicker of real candles – under supervision, of course.

Details matter

Just because your gathering may be small in size, doesn’t mean it should fall short in any way. Kick it up a notch by paying attention to the fine details. As I always say, there’s no detail too small, and collectively it’s the little things that will make all the difference. Whenever possible, personalize it – nametags on your guests’ wine glasses, place cards at the dinner table, and a parting gift “just for them” will ensure your guests feel appreciated.

Entertaining will look a little different this coming holiday season, and while we’re still getting used to this new normal, we’re yearning to reestablish those warm, close connections with our inner circle. With some thoughtful planning and creative solutions, your intimate gathering is sure to be a huge hit.

Kate Davidson, is the Founder and Principal Designer of Kate + Co Design.

For more than a decade, the multidisciplinary interior design firm has been providing complete residential and commercial design services throughout North America. Kate + Co is known for creating luxurious liveable interiors.

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Benjamin Moore

In living colour – Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year revealed

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In living colour – Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year revealed

Photos courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore, North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand, has just revealed its Colour of the Year for 2021. Aegean Teal 2136-40 is an intriguing blue-green hue that creates natural harmony and invites us to reflect and reset. And, who doesn’t need a little reset after the year we’ve had?

“Amid uncertainty, people yearn for stability. The colours we surround ourselves with can have a powerful impact on our emotions and wellbeing,” says Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore director of colour marketing and development.

The beautiful calming tone would work well in any space in your home. We especially love how it looks in the kitchen and dining room – for a welcome pop of colour.

For more information, visit benjaminmoore.ca.


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Appetizer recipes

Appetizer recipes

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Appetizer recipes

Just in time for the entertaining season, Canada’s baking superstar Anna Olson shares two great appetizer recipes from her latest book Baking Day with Anna Olson, Recipes to Bake Together.

Roasted carrot dip

* Simple *

The natural sweetness of carrots really comes through in this dip, and while the chickpeas give this dip some structure (and protein), they don’t overwhelm the carrot taste, so you won’t mistake this dip as hummus. I love roasting parsnips and carrots together in the fall; why not try a variation of this dip made with half carrots and half parsnips?

• serves 8 (Makes about 2 cups/500 ml) • prep time: 15 minutes • cook time: 45 minutes

1 lb (450 g) carrots, peeled and diced (about 3 cups/750 ml)

3 tbsp (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tsp chopped fresh thyme salt and ground black pepper

1 cup (250 ml) cooked chickpeas (or tinned, well drained and rinsed)

¼ cup (64 g) tahini (sesame paste)

2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lemon juice

1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground coriander

Dress up this colourful dip by adding a dollop or a swirl of plain yogurt, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of sesame seeds or pomegranate seeds – or all of these things!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Toss the carrots with the olive oil, garlic cloves, thyme and a sprinkling of salt and pepper in a large baking dish. Roast the carrots, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Cool before making the dip.
  3. Puree the carrots in a food processor along with the now-roasted garlic cloves, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin and coriander until smooth, adding a little water if needed (up to half-cup/125 mL) to make it smooth. Season to taste and chill until ready to serve. The dip will keep for up to 4 days, refrigerated.

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Hummus crackers

** More Involved **

I love crackers. A strange admission, yes, but I would choose crackers over potato chips in a heartbeat (but don’t ask me to give up popcorn). These crispy crackers are a delicious savoury snack all on their own or as an addition to a cheese platter, and served with a roasted carrot dip (page 110) it’s as if you’ve reversed the traditional carrot sticks and hummus.

• Makes about 5 dozen crackers • prep time: 15 minutes, plus chilling • cook time: 8 minutes

¼ cup (60 ml) water

3 tbsp (24 g) ground flaxseed

1.5 cups (180 g) chickpea flour

3 tbsp (27 g) sesame seeds

2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

¾ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp fine salt

1 clove garlic, minced (or 1 tsp dried granulated garlic)

1 tbsp (30 ml) extravirgin olive oil

2 tbsp (32 g) tahini (sesame paste)

2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lemon juice

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C) and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Stir the water and ground flaxseed together and set aside. Place the chickpea flour, sesame seeds, lemon zest, cumin, salt and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse once or twice to combine. Add the flaxseed water, oil, tahini and lemon juice and pulse until the dough comes together. If the dough feels sticky, wrap and chill for 10 minutes (to let the chickpea flour absorb some of the liquid) otherwise turn the dough out onto a rolling surface.
  3. Roll out the cracker dough to under quarter in. (6 mm) thick, dusting it and the work surface with chickpea flour as needed to prevent sticking. Use a 2-in. (5 cm) round cookie cutter to cut out crackers. Arrange them on the baking trays so they are close together but not touching. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting until all of the dough has been used. Bake the crackers for about 8 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. Cool the crackers on the trays on cooling racks. The crackers will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

These crackers are a perfect balance: substantial enough to hold up under a good scoop of dip but also delicate enough note to be enjoyed on their own.

Baking Day with Anna Olson

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Suburban to Urban

Suburban to Urban – Density for the good of the community

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Suburban to Urban – Density for the good of the community

Toronto, having entered the global scene as a major world centre over the last two decades, still needs to mature in many ways. As residents of the fastest growing metropolis in North America, Torontonians have had to embrace change, and have done so reasonably well. However, where we have failed is mirrored across major centres throughout North America, and in many cases, the world. It has been highly publicized that Toronto is a tale of two housing types – the highrise condo and the lowrise single-family home. There is a gap in choice for the residents and new Torontonians immigrating to this city (more than 100,000 arrived last year alone).

The “missing middle” is a housing type that takes the built form of duplex, cottage courts, fourplexes townhouses, stacked triplexes, multiplexes and live/work suites. These are sometimes illegal due to the zoning that governs many of the areas defined as stable neighbourhoods. Also referred to as the “yellow belt,” this area makes up about 70 per cent of the city’s landmass. Still, it also includes a declining population (as those living in the single-family homes continue to age and their kids leave the nest, permanently). In comparison, defined strips of the city (generally downtown and along the Yonge Street corridor) are booming in vertical expansion of condominiums that scrape the sky.

The dichotomy is often not suitable, as it leaves an aging population in homes they may have difficulty aging in. It also relegates young cash-strapped families starting in tiny condos to move out sooner, fleeing the city in search of more house and more land.

With an excess of six million people calling the GTA home today, slated to grow past eight million in 10 years and balloon to more than 10 million in less than 25 years, the great bastion of the “stable neighbourhood,” and the people and property owners within it, must change. If everyone who moved out of a condo in search of an alternate housing type moved to one of the bedroom communities outside the GTA, our North America leading gridlock would only worsen. We just can’t build enough transit to keep up with that solution. In a mega-city such as Toronto and an even more populous group in the GTA, efficiently moving people will forever remain a significant challenge.

But, as we know, change is hard. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about swift change for the entire world. One of the great challenges that has been noticed is the impact of density on the transmission of the virus. Rental rates of condos located downtown are reported to be down close to 20 per cent. While anecdotally, real estate professionals are citing a growing flock of persons cashing in and relocating to communities up to two hours from the city in hopes of finding affordability and physical distancing from others.

With the help of Zoom and similar technologies, working from home is possible, but can also provide strain when working and living with a family within a small condo. The single-family housing type which dominates most neighbourhoods can become more flexible and provide housing for many types of residents, across different life stages and various economic levels.

It makes little sense for a young family to become grossly indebted obtaining a single-family home, have their kids vacate the building in search of their own housing once they’ve grown, leaving two people to remain in a four-bedroom home. When one passes away, it can leave three empty bedrooms and a lot of house to maintain and safely provide for their own care within, all while shutting other families out of the market for longer than necessary.

Suppose we were to reimagine these existing buildings – to convert from a single-family dwelling to a duplex, triplex or fourplex. Or, even allow for the assembly of two to three of these structures for a lowrise, four-storey walkup (with elevators) as was allowed in old Toronto. We could provide for transition options for people to stay in their communities for their entire lifecycle if they chose to.

It would also develop a more accurate societal cross-section (a real “community,” if you will), comprising babies, young children, teenagers, young adults, families and seniors. Each of whom has vastly different housing needs and have varied socio-economic backgrounds. As Ted Knight famously quips in the movie Caddyshack, “The world needs ditch diggers too!” Why must the post-war suburbs be reserved for high-income professionals or those benefitting from generational wealth?

Toronto and its residents know full well that we are in a housing crisis. With only a few thousand legal secondary suites in the city and, an estimated existence of between 70,000 to 100,000 illegal basement apartments, a well-defined and exploited need is outpacing political abilities to make the changes we need.

For our mutual benefit, as we all travel the journey of our lifecycle together, we could be creating walkable communities while rehabilitating the aged housing stock in the process and helping the environment, too. If still unconvinced, spend some time reading from local planners such as Richard Florida, Jennifer Keesmaat, Gil Meslin and Architecture critic Alex Bozikovic. Google terms “gentle and distributed density,” “missing middle” and “flexible housing” to get an idea of how subtle change can make a positive impact for everyone. If you like your community, let’s work together to change it so it will work for you and your family forever.

If you want to design, build or renovate your home for the long term, remember there is real value in working with a professional to design and build the space. Visit renomark.ca, the home of the professional renovator, to start your search when looking to start your project.

Brendan Charters is a Founding Partner at design-build firm Eurodale Developments Inc., the 2020 BILD Renovator of the Year.

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Beyond a bathroom

Beyond a bathroom

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Beyond a bathroom

Photos by Larry Arnal

What used to be a mere closet in homes a century ago has now emerged as one of the most important rooms in our home. It’s the humble, functional bathroom. But, beyond sheer utility, the bathroom can also be, dare I say, beautiful. Afterall, why have a merely functional space when you can make it a “go-to” destination?

Even an upgrade in taps, faucets and towel holders can transform a bathroom beautifully. Here, all the hardware is in a burnished gold colour.
Even an upgrade in taps, faucets and towel holders can transform a bathroom beautifully. Here, all the hardware is in a burnished gold colour.

As a result of spending more time at home these days, we are taking another look at the potential of our greatest asset – the home itself. Does it work well if we’re all at home, all the time? Do we stay and renovate, move, build or just stay put? As a result, we’re seeing bathroom renovations on the rise.

Whether it’s adding a second bathroom, a powder room or renovating your main bathroom, function and accommodation are top of mind. It’s a smart idea; bathroom upgrades are a sensible investment whether you plan to stay in your home for years to come or sell. It’s the second highest return for your renovating dollar, after kitchens.

Designers have the privilege of hearing what people want in their homes, first-hand. We share our findings with new-home builders, developers and homeowners. What’s new? What are we learning? That the powder room is the first line of defense when it comes to a healthy home.

Steam showers are an upgrade many people are asking for as they bring the gym experience home.
Steam showers are an upgrade many people are asking for as they bring the gym experience home.

With today’s added emphasis on hygiene, a main floor powder room is now more important than ever. Now, when you enter your home it may be the first room you visit for a good hand-scrubbing, a quick refresh after removing your mask, or the usual reason to visit. It’s part of the routine transitioning from the outside world.

Family bathrooms have already seen changes over the past several years. Upgrades such as double sinks and larger vanities with plenty of storage are always on the request list. Two sinks can mean twice as much cleaning, but today, having two sinks can be helpful and promote good health – especially if one person spends more time outside the home.

Clients are still asking for separate showers and free-standing bathtubs. This isn’t a new idea, but now we’re seeing there are at least two notions this provides. A shower can offer quick function – get clean, get out. A free-standing tub, on the other hand, is considered a great wellness tool. A place to unwind, relax, regenerate. It speaks to how important wellness has come to the forefront in our homes today.

Stand-alone tubs make an elegant statement. Also consider larger format tile, less grout, less chance for germs and less cleaning.
Stand-alone tubs make an elegant statement. Also consider larger format tile, less grout, less chance for germs and less cleaning.

The spa experience isn’t a luxury anymore. We can incorporate multiple shower heads, wands and safety features such as thermostatic taps into most showers. Presets of different pulses offer the soothing effects of hydrotherapy. Pair that with the colour-washing and flowing LED lights of chromotherapy and you have potential mood-boosting for mind, body and spirit.

As most Finns know, steam is a great stress reliever. It’s also known to improve circulation, help you breathe better, sooth sore muscles and relax joints. With the help of professional renovators, a new digital control panel and new doors, most showers can be converted to steam showers.

Your bathroom serves you in many ways, and let’s face it, we spend a fair bit of time in there. Why not make it beautiful?

Designer, spokesperson, author and television personality, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s best-known experts in the world of design and colour.

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Get inspired for your bathroom renovation

Get inspired for your bathroom renovation

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Get inspired for your bathroom renovation

Thinking about a bathroom renovation but feeling uninspired? You’ve come to the right place! R+D has sourced the latest trends to get you motivated to start planning.

Classic twist – The traditional black and white colour combination is making a big return to bathrooms this year. Paired with mixed metals and a bold floor, this classic combo gets modernized for a fresh, new feel.

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1. Three-light LED VANITY LIGHT in black matte finish and flat opal glass. $149. lowes.ca

2. Severine 12-light sputnik modern linear CHANDELIER by Wrought Studio. $389.99. wayfair.ca

3. SPATIAL THREELIGHT BATH LIGHT by Progress Lighting. $264. homedepot.ca

4. Sloane SIXLIGHT SEMIFLUSH LIGHT in black by Golden Lighting. $659. lowes.ca

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1. WALL MIRROR WITH LEDGE in walnut. $279. kroft.co

2. PERCH ROUND MIRROR with shelf. $399. cb2.ca

3. JACOB MIRROR SERIES with shelf by H-Hudson Home. $129.97. walmart.ca

4. COIN MIRROR. $59.99. eq3.com

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1. SQUARE SINK with washstand console table in Carrara marble with metal legs in satin brass by Kingston Brass. $1,534. homedepot.ca

2. CARERRA OVAL VESSEL SINK in white marble by Novatto. $824. rona.ca

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1. Century Star white NATURAL STONE MOSAIC FLOOR AND WALL TILE by Jeffrey Court. $15.99 each. homedepot.ca

2. Grigio parquet POLISHED MARBLE MOSAICS by Enigma. $19.98 each. homedepot.ca

3. Bohemia Miranda NATURAL FINISH TILE. $9.95/sq. ft. ciot.com

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1. SYNERGY ART PRINT by Annie Axtell. $220. simons.ca

2. VANA FRAMED WALL ART. $79. structube.com

3. HEAD OF FLOWERS art print by DiviArtsStudio. $65.95 for 18-by-24-in. etsy.ca

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1. O SINGLE HOLE FAUCET in rose gold by THG Paris. $3,495. gingers.com

2. Bathroom ceiling RAINFALL SHOWER FAUCET SYSTEM mixer set in brushed rose gold. $473.98. amazon.ca

3. Wall mount TOILET PAPER HOLDER in satin rose gold. $199.99. wayfair.ca

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1. X Base khaki BATH MAT. $39.95. cb2.ca

2. Calm SOAKING SALTS by Herbivore. $22.50. socialitebeauty.ca

3. HANGER RACK in metal and wood. $5.99. hm.com

4. SMARRA BOX with lid in natural. $19.99. ikea.ca

5. Porcelain HEART DISH. $6.96-$7.96. eltemkt.com

6. Karla copper BATH TOWEL. $34.95. cb2.ca

7. Washed LINEN BATHROBE in powder beige from H&M. $59.99. hm.com

8. PEDESTAL PLANT POT in dark beige. $19.99. hm.com


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Ahead of the curve - Arches

9 arch trend ideas

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9 arch trend ideas

Have you noticed that arches are having a major moment in design? The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of an arch (or arc) is the rainbow, that perfect burst of colour in unison after a rainfall; it’s a natural wonder that always inspires. Architecture often mimics the natural world, and it’s no different with the arch, as it appeared in design as early as the second millennium BC. And the Romans famously used 200 arches in the construction of the Colosseum. Arches tend to lift the eye upward, symbolizing support, lightness and openness. These days, you can find the classic design element not just in doorways but on everything from cushions to earrings.

1. Canyon King ARCHED CANOPY BED with upholstered headboard. $3,199. crateandbarrel.ca

2. Annie charcoal STORAGE CABINET. $2,699. crateandbarrel.ca

3. ART WORK. $99.99. homesense.ca

4. ARCH GREY PILLOW with down alternative insert. $74.95. cb2.ca

5. Delicate chain goldtone LINEAR EARRINGS by AllSaints. $65. thebay.com

6. HUGH MIRROR with marble shelf. $429. cb2.ca

7. TABLETOP MOBILE with stand by Bloomingville. $99.50. indigo.ca

8. JACKIE ROCKER in tan enviroleather with rose gold copper frame. $1,495. montedesign.ca

9. Ella FLOOR LAMP. $149. structube.com


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Elite M.D Developments is building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

Elite M.D Developments building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

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Elite M.D Developments building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

On Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, Elite M.D Developments acquired the sale of the Arrowdale Municipal Golf Course in Brantford. “Our team is very excited about this unique parcel of land, and about the city of Brantford in general,” says Kim Kopyl, vice-president of sales and marketing for Elite.

“We look forward to contributing to the economic growth of Brantford by providing affordable living and a platform to strengthen the foundation of community. Award-winning architects are currently bidding their design concepts to us for developing the 32 acres with approximately 300- plus singles and towns, alongside the 17-acres set aside for the city to develop into a community park. We have envisioned building affordable luxury homes, featuring contemporary craftsman exteriors, complementing the surrounding countryside.”

This is Elite M.D Developments’ fifth development site in Brantford, in addition to eight other upcoming premier communities in Southern Ontario. Elite acquired Conklin Plaza, which offers commercial retail and medical offices. The Ambrose Condos at 401 Shellard Lane features an 11-storey condominium residence with curated amenities enveloping the outdoors. The Ambrose Condos will have spacious one- and two-bedroom suites in the city of legendary culture and ingenuity, surrounded by heritage parks, rivers and historical culture.

Another exciting development coming soon, would be Station Sixty Lofts at 60 Market Street, where Elite will be restoring the historical train station existing there. Their logo gives acclaim to the esteemed station built in the 1800s which Elite respects and will be incorporating into their development, by utilizing the old train station as its lobby.

Finally, 88 Birkett Lane, which is a collaborative community with LIV Communities, where together the companies are developing more than 300 towns. “Before developing any land, we strive to become experts in that region to best serve homage to the city we are developing, and to understand and deliver on the needs of our future homeowners,” says Sam Sahki, co-founder of Elite Developments. “We are here to support the growth of Canada’s sixth best city to live in and will offer quality homes at affordable pricing.”

“Our vision is to capture the historic ambiance, country charm and deliver a harmonious community with urban necessities,” adds Hamid Hakimi, president of Elite M.D Developments. “We are humbled and honored to be contributing to the awareness of this beautiful city.”

About Elite M.D Developments

Elite M.D Developments has built its foundation with 50 years of combined building experience. The company has attained a superior reputation in delivering premier residential and commercial properties throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada. Elite M.D Developments is the only builder in Canada providing a platform for medical professionals to be able to conduct their practices in well-built properties and opportunities to invest into real estate markets. It supports 150 medical practitioners at the 30 medical offices it has built.

Residential properties at Elite M.D Developments feature a portfolio of high-, mid- and lowrise homes and master-planned developments. The company focuses on the most current technologies, with health, wellness and leading innovative features throughout, ensuring it delivers a sustainable product. This reflective precision is executed by a dream team of experienced professionals specializing in real estate, who deliver homes that are affordable and enjoyable, while maximizing value for investments in real estate.


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