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Home Finds - Apr/May2021

Make your kitchen your favourite room with these home finds!

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Make your kitchen your favourite room with these home finds!

A kitchen reno is no small task. But like a lot of things in life that are hard, the reward is worth it! The details are what can really elevate the design. So, take your time and choose elements that will help make your kitchen your favourite room in the house.

Counterbalance

The Whitelight collection is the latest array of quartz countertops from Caesarstone. The collection is all about light, neutral colours that enhance the movement and drama of natural stone.

5171 ARBETTO. caesarstone.ca

Cook with care

Caraway’s ceramic cookware not only looks cool, it’s also nontoxic, eco-friendly and naturally non-stick. This well-designed set will be your go-to for all your cooking needs.

CERAMIC COOKWARE SET in navy by Caraway. $575. indigo.ca

Organic dinnerware

We love this handcrafted, organic stoneware dinner collection from Oui. Modern, durable and stylish – it’s perfect for everyday use.

$12-$60. indigo.ca

Colourful small appliances

While stainless steel kitchen accents continue to dominate, colourful small appliances are quietly making a comeback. We adore this retro-inspired light green collection by Haden – guaranteed to add a unique look.

Silt green Dorchester TOASTER, DRIP COFFEE MAKER AND KETTLE by Haden. $150-$180. crateandbarrel.ca

Bold backsplash

Create a statement wall in your kitchen by backsplash.

Tofino TERRAZZO cement tile. Spoons SQUARE cement tile. Peak line HEXAGON choosing bold tiles for your cement tile. From $9. geontile.com

Indigo cutlery

Trade your traditional silver cutlery set for one with a punch of colour. Our top pick? This cool indigo shade guaranteed to kick up your tablescape.

Glamour 5-piece STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE SET. $92. wayfair.ca

A winning faucet

Select a faucet that not only matches your kitchen’s aesthetic, but also has the functionality you need. Whether your preference is bronze, silver or gold, the faucet is one of the most used items in the kitchen, so, choose wisely!

BRONZE: Arbour oil rubbed bronze one-handle high arc MOTIONSENSE PULLDOWN KITCHEN FAUCET. $618. moen.ca

SILVER: Purist SINGLEHOLE KITCHEN SINK FAUCET with pullout spout and ProMotion by Kohler. $633. wayfair.ca

GOLD: Satin gold PULLDOWN KITCHEN FAUCET. $239. bathdepot.ca

Style file

Cabinets and hardware to inspire a kitchen update.

TRADITIONAL: FLORENCE DOOR in white matte thermofoil by Eurostyle. $62. homedepot.ca Weston collection brushed gold contemporary CABINET KNOB by Richelieu. $5. homedepot.ca

ECLECTIC: BODARP DOOR in grey green. $50. ikea.ca. GREEN AGATE KNOB. $30. cb2.ca

MID-CENTURY MODERN: HASSLARP DOOR. $88. ikea.ca. Demi half-moon brass and black marble knob. $14. cb2.ca

Table talk

Do you have an eat-in kitchen? A sustainably sourced wooden table adds a beautiful natural element to the space with lower impact to the environment.

1. Whitestone OVAL LARGE DINING TABLE. $3,429. westofmain.com

2. Mid-century EXPANDABLE DINING TABLE in walnut. $1,049-$1,349. westelm.ca

3. Griffin reclaimed WOOD DINING TABLE. $2,940. potterybarn.ca

Kitchen clean-up

Libman, maker of thoughtfully designed and environmentally conscious cleaning tools, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Marking the milestone, fourth-generation CEO, Andrew Libman, shares his three favourite finds for embracing the mess and keeping kitchens clean:

1. KITCHEN BRUSH: Scrubbing everything from pots and pans to root vegetables, it’s the most versatile kitchen tool, hands down.

2. PRECISION ANGLE BROOM & DUSTPAN: With bristles made from recycled water bottles, flagged tips ensure the tiniest of food waste is picked up the first time.

3. FREEDOM SPRAY MOP: This handy mop with its reusable microfibre pad is ideal for sudden spills requiring swift action. Plus, the refillable tank empowers you to use your preferred cleaning solution. libman.com

Warm modern

This gorgeous kitchen combines so many modern design elements that will be popular in 2021. From streamlined design to mixed metals, interesting stone and tile work, warm wood details and a touch of black – it’s a perfect mod mix.

Photograph: MAXIME BROUILLET

Interior design: MICHAEL GODMER

Designer tiles: Custom-made stone mosaic designed by CIOT STUDIO artisans.

Counter, backsplash and island in Maxfine porcelain. ciot.com

The organized pantry

We all aspire to have the kind of organized pantry that would make Jamie Oliver proud. These items will help get you started on the right track.

1. Yamazaki tosca slim white STORAGE BASKET. $49. crateandbarrel.ca

2. Modular GLASS CANISTERS by Marie Kondo. $16-$25. containerstore.com

3. WIre STORAGE BASKET. $25. homesense.ca

4. Progressive prokeeper CEREAL CONTAINER. $30. crateandbarrel.ca


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Altitude Plumbing

Plumbing in paradise

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Plumbing in paradise

Fast Facts:

Company name: Altitude Plumbing and Heating Ltd.

Location: Sun Peaks, B.C.

Founded: 2017]

Number of employees: 4

Website: AltitudePlumbing.ca

David Roberts of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.
David Roberts of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.

More often than not, a contractor gets into the business because a family member was in the trades; say their father, an uncle, or even granddad before that. But that wasn’t the case for David Roberts, owner of Altitude Plumbing and Heating in Sun Peaks, B.C.

After a stint working at U.K.-based luxury car maker Land Rover in his mid-20s, Roberts decided on a career change and went to a local trade school and completed an apprenticeship. “I’m glad I chose plumbing, as it gave me the opportunity to learn a skill that would provide me a lifelong employment.”

While on holiday, the Brit met his future wife, Rachel. Eventually they ended up in Vancouver – Roberts emigrated on a work-sponsored skilled trades visa, before settling in Sun Peaks, a Mountain Resort Municipality with a full-time population of 616 according to the 2016 Census, located about 400 km northeast of Vancouver.

“Living in such a small community we have to provide a large range of services,” says Roberts. On the residential side, his workload includes home and recreational property renovations, new construction, boiler installations, radiant in-floor heating, annual maintenance programs, and 24-hour emergency services. The company’s service area stretches as far as Kamloops, about 50 km away.

“Our first custom home and first new build as a company was possibly our most daunting project, with 4.5 custom bathrooms, full radiant floor heating, along with snow melt on the driveway and deck; it certainly led to a few interesting few months,” says Roberts. “We are always trying to evolve and learn new things every day, there is a lot of time spent keeping up to date with the latest products.”

On the commercial side, he does emergency repair and maintenance work for some of the hotels and other businesses that support the local tourism industry, and recently worked on a commercial/residential development where Altitude did the plumbing for a deli, bar, and cafe.

“I have a background in service, so I enjoy resolving people’s issues and the problem-solving involved,” says Roberts, who also serves as a volunteer firefighter.

While in many ways idyllic, the remote location and small population make it particularly challenging for Altitude to find quality employees. “We definite experience difficulty finding skilled staff. We live in a beautiful resort community; but as a small business we want to find the right fit for the company, our customers, and flexibility for the work we do. You also need to love the outdoors, winter sports, and be hardy enough to rough-in a house at -30.”

After starting off as a one-man shop, he now has three trucks on the road. Make that four – earlier this year Roberts was excited to learn that he’d won the grand prize in Kohler Canada’s “Win. Rinse. Repeat” contest, a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab Custom Trail Boss. “I don’t think I’ve ever won anything in my life,” says an excited Roberts.

His prize package also came with a bunch of Manchester United Football Club paraphernalia (Kohler is a Principal Partner of the hugely popular soccer team and the Kohler logo features prominently on the sleeve of the players’ jerseys), though we doubt that Roberts, a Birmingham City FC fan was as impressed with those items….

Keys please: David and Rachel Roberts with the 2019 Chevy Silverado they won in a contest held by Kohler Canada.
Keys please: David and Rachel Roberts with the 2019 Chevy Silverado they won in a contest held by Kohler Canada.

The timing couldn’t have been better. Rachel, who joined the company last summer as part-time office manager, is expecting the couple’s first child, due around the time this magazine lands in your mailbox, and they were actually in the market for a new vehicle.

Even before winning the contest, Roberts was a big fan of both Kohler and his local Emco distributor, the Emco Ensuite Showroom in Kamloops. (The contest ran through Emco outlets nationwide.) He’s currently building his own home and is installing Kohler products throughout.

“Choosing a plumbing brand and understanding the value of their customer service is similar to insurance: you never know how good it is until you need it,” says Roberts. “Kohler’s support is absolutely fantastic. It’s over and above what I’ve experienced with other manufacturers. We support Kohler because Kohler makes our lives so much easier.”


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