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7 small reno tips with a big impact

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7 small reno tips with a big impact

Always dreamed of turning your living space into your dream home or condo, but feel limited by your small space? The GTA condo craze means building up and sizing down, but this doesn’t have to mean limiting your creative capacity.

DIY and reno experts Mark Rason, Shawn Monteith and Jordan Spear will be at the 2020 GTA Home and Reno Show sharing tips and tricks to transform small spaces. Here’s a sneak peek at a few tips to try for yourself.

1 The wall pocket shelf

Adding some depth to your space is the perfect weekend project, according to Canada’s Handyman, Shawn Monteith. “A wall pocket shelf is extra shelving that is cut into an interior wall to maximize space, without actually taking up any precious living space.”

After checking for electrical and plumbing in the wall to make sure it’s safe to proceed, Monteith tells us this is also great option for small washroom walls that could use extra storage. In-wall medicine cabinets or in-shower shelving helps keep things organized without taking up too much space. “But remember,” says Monteith, “never do this to an exterior wall!”

2 Find space in unlikely places

Monteith also recommends using the back of doors to hold hangers for extra storage that is out of the way or installing chains from the ceiling to hang new shelves. “Make sure you screw into a truss for maximum support, which will let you keep the floor space under it open.”

Other ideas include renovating under the stairs to frame in shelving for maximum storage or making use of an odd wall connection with a corner shelf.

3 Add floor space with pocket or barn doors

Pocket doors can be tricky, but an easy way to remove the space that a swing door takes up. Reno expert Jordan Spear suggests cutting into the unused space between wall cavities to create a more streamlined opening. “Try adding glass to the doors – frosted if you require privacy – to allow light to pass from room to room. This helps make the room feel less closed off.”

4 Consider removing walls

Daring enough for a demolition? Consider removing non load-bearing partition walls to create an open-concept space, adding in light and flow between rooms. “Opening up two rooms into one will make the space feel larger, reducing the feeling of confinement in two smaller rooms,” says Spear. “Think a shared kitchen-dining room instead of two separate rooms.”

5 Creative custom closets

Upgrading your designated storage spaces can be a snap with custom closet installations, or even a simple reinforcement to keep things looking sharp and sturdy. Expert carpenter Mark Rason suggests replacing bowed shelves in closets, a common problem with aged properties, and is a relatively easy fix. “I always recommend using a thick, 3/4-inch melamine material in order to prevent bowing.”

Monteith also recommends adding a shelf eight to 12 inches off the floor in a small closet. “This gives you double the space to store things like shoes and boxes.”

6 Colours and painting to open up spaces

In small spaces everything matters, down to the paint colour. Soft tones like off-white, blue and green will open up small rooms, making them look bigger. This will give the illusion that the walls are farther back, while dark colours like purple and deep greys will fool the eye into thinking a space is smaller than it is.

7 Build up, not out

Just as condos are getting taller and taller, follow suit by also elevating your storage. Try installing an over-the-sink shelf, an easy and quick DIY project for people of any skill level. You can even use upcycled materials such as scrap pellet wood for an eco-friendly installation. Make sure to stabilize the shelf by placing the heaviest items on either end of the shelf, rather than the middle.

As GTA housing demand rises, so are properties. Builders are building up instead of out, and Toronto’s crowded skyline is creating the “vertical city,” giving people less and less space. Open up your space by implementing these tips recommended by DIY experts.

For more tips and organization inspiration, check out the GTA Home and Reno Show running from Feb. 14-17, 2020, at the International Centre in Mississauga. DIY and renovation masters Mark Rason, Shawn Monteith, Jordan Spear and other professional renovators will be on hand to answer questions and provide expert advice for your next project, big or small. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit gtahomeandrenoshow.com.

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The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

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The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

As fall brings changes to the weather, it also inspires us to make improvements in our homes. Whether you’re looking to do a big kitchen renovation, a small bathroom revamp or convert your laneway into a livable space, the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will help make this a reality.

With more than three decades of experience helping homeowners, condo dwellers and renters restructure, reorganize and restyle their spaces, this year’s show is set to once again bring the best experts to the GTA.

The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show is a source for consumers to connect with the right people and find the right solutions for their living space (even ones to help you get rid of ghosts).

Here’s a peek at what will be featured:

Tiny Village

With rising real estate prices, there’s a tiny movement happening in Toronto. Small space living is becoming more of a reality for most people, with an increase in small condos, container homes and even laneway/infill housing. There are 47,000 lots on laneways that exist today, which can provide homeowners ample opportunities to supplement their income. Still, small space living doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The Tiny Village brings together the best of small space design, with units from True North Tiny Home and Eva Lanes.

Bad reno or paranormal activity?

For the first year ever, the Toronto Fall Home Show is bringing its very own paranormal activity expert, so you can figure out if the creaks in your floorboards are just your pipes… or if they’re ghosts! Chat with paranormal investigator Glenn Laycock for tips on what to do if you have an unwanted guest from beyond in your home, or take a Ghost Walk through the haunted Horse Palace.

Designer Pumpkin Patch

Ditch your plastic Halloween decor for chic and stylish pumpkins to give curb appeal a whole new meaning, with tips from the exquisite Designer Pumpkin Patch. Let designer Nicholas Rosaci inspire your own posh pumpkin design, make one yourself or purchase a pre-styled option, with all proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation.

Kitchen stage

The kitchen is the focal point of a home, and the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will be no different. Sit back and enjoy some of the city’s top chefs cooking up a storm on the kitchen stage and pick up tips from several expert speakers, including Ramsin Khachi, Marie Kondo Way expert Effy Nicopoulos, Rebecca Hay, Emmanuel Belliveau and Chef Christopher Woods.

Home Hardware Here’s How Centre

If you’re getting ready for a DIY project and want to learn a few skills or just don’t know where to start, stop by the Home Hardware Here’s How Centre. Here, you’ll get hands-on advice and practical tips from fan favourites such as Canada’s Handyman Shawn Monteith, Jordan Spear and, new at this year’s show, Mark Rason.

Project Jump Starter

Presented by RenoMark, this show feature will give you a one-on-one professional consultation, guiding you on where to start with your renovation and give you all the tools you need for success. Check out more than 100 award-winning, quality projects to get inspired for your next renovation.

The Toronto Fall Home Show runs from Oct. 4 to 6 at The Enercare Centre. For more information visit the website.


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GTA Home & Reno Show

GTA Home & Reno Show

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GTA Home & Reno Show

GTA Home & Reno Show will inspire homeowners to use smart technology, master their next design project and make their home more energy savvy.

Steer your home renovation into the right lane at the GTA Home & Reno Show, presented by RE/MAX at the International Centre in Mississauga on February 16 to 19, 2018. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore more than 300 exhibitors, meet with the GTA’s top contractors, suppliers and design experts and be inspired by renovation and DIY celebrities.

“The GTA Home & Reno Show is a great resource for your next home project, big or small,” said show manager Tina Holmes. “There is always something to do at home, whether inside or outside. From a simple hardware upgrade to a massive renovation, consumers are looking for advice and the hands-on experience they need to tackle any project with confidence.

“This year’s stage lineup and onsite experiences ensure you are on route to transforming your house into a dream home.”

Turn Right at Inspiration

The GTA Home & Reno Show has an amazing lineup that will inspire homeowners to integrate smart technology into their space, master their next design project with ease and make their home more energy savvy.

Control 4, a mini starter home on wheels, showcases new smart home technology and how it can work behind the scenes to complement the decor of any residence.

The cheekily named Granny’s House shows that not all oldies are goodies. Tour this interactive space and experience everything that could be wrong with your home – from drafty outlets to inefficient windows – and learn how to make the right upgrades, saving you energy and reducing your monthly bills.

Inspiring new reno projects and DIY ideas is a stimulating lineup of Canada’s favourite design and renovation celebrities at the CasaLife Main Stage. Presented by Thomasville Cabinetry, HGTV’s Scott McGillivray will be sharing his top do-it-yourself tips. If you’re planning a renovation in 2018, don’t miss TV handyman Chris Palmer, CityLine’s Leigh-Ann Allaire and carpenter craftsman Jordan Spear. If craving design inspiration, don’t miss designers Linda Mazur and Rebecca Hay, as well as colour trend Expert Janice Fedak.

Turn Left at Expert Advice

Once inspired, start planning by sitting down one-on-one with an expert. Test your skills, or gain new skills at one of the show’s many interactive spaces, or bring your pictures, sketches and more for a free consultation with some of the industry’s best personnel:

DIY Tooling Centre: Chat with experts to learn how to handle the tools you need to undertake your next DIY project, from painting to plumbing.

Handyman’s Corner: Canada’s ultimate handyman, Shawn Monteith, will be here to share his secrets, from patching walls to tackling trim.

Destination Renovation presented by BILD & RenoMark: Meet face-to-face with renovators and builders alike for a no-nonsense, one-on-one construction consultations that will save you valuable time and money.

Design Intervention presented by Reno & Decor Magazine:  Celebrity interior designers and decorators will be on hand to offer individual consultations, free advice and expert tips.

Ask a Certified Landscape Design Expert: Transform your outdoor space with a custom 15-minute complimentary talk with top garden and landscape experts.

Feature Home Straight Ahead

Walk through the “Axelle” Feature Home. Built by Bonneville Home, this full-scale home offers inspiration you can see and touch, fusing three design styles into one and showing that traditional beauty can be mixed with a full range of contemporary features.

When you visit the GTA Home & Reno Show you will have arrived at your destination.

The GTA Home & Reno Show

The International Centre
6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga

Friday, February 16  =  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 17  =  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 18  =  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, February 19  =  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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