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DeWalt subcompact series

DeWalt introduces the XTREME Subcompact Series tools, a line of five compact and performance-packed brushless 12V MAX tools. The new line offers powerful, ergonomic solutions for a variety of applications, including electrical, drywall, remodelling, automotive, metalworking, woodworking, and masonry applications.

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Express your style

X-Tile is sure to have whatever your clients need to express their unique style. They offer an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic, and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms. Let X-Tile’s knowledgeable and friendly staff help with your renovation or building projects.

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Finally! Beauty, safety, affordability, and independent living combined

Bronte Collection introduces Grabcessories, a complete line of 2-in-1 Grab Bars designed to prevent falls and enhance independent living. Made of non-corrosive stainless steel, Grabcessories 2-in-1 Grab Bars support up to 500 pounds, and feature no-slip rubber grips (shelf excluded). They are available in chrome and brushed nickel. The transitional curved designs seamlessly integrate into any bathroom decor.

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Natural timeless beauty

Soapstone is an excellent choice for countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

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Durable and edgy

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are perfect for bathrooms thanks to their durability and easy maintenance. Pictured here is 4044 Airy Concrete, which is part of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This industrial surface will add an edge to any bathroom thanks to its unpolished look and feel.

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Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead

The Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant showerhead establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.

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Tailor Made Sinks

Introducing Kohlers new Tailor customizable farmhouse sinks. The apron-front sink design can be changed to incorporate any countertop, tile or Kohlers’ curated apron inserts, which allow the owner a freedom of choice to coordinate the sink with the surrounding materials and offers unlimited creativity. The apron inserts can easily be changed out to match a kitchen refresh or updated design.The Tailor kitchen sink provides innovation, design, and function to any kitchen space.

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BRILLIANTLY MODERN

Riobel, distinctive member of the The House of Rohl, invites you to discover the Azure kitchen faucets collection. It is synonymous with formal simplicity, stylish yet functional. With its two-jet boomerang hand spray system with integrated swivel, it is both modern and transitional. Its offered in four finishes: stainless steel, chrome, brushed gold and black.

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DELTA PENDANT RAINCAN SHOWER HEAD

The Delta Pendant Raincan Shower Head with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant shower head establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.

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PERSONALIZED FAUCET

Putting the freedom of choice into the hands of consumers and specifiers, Kohler’s new Components line of interchangeable faucet elements offer a wide range of modern, minimalist options for composing a finished product. To create a personalized faucet configuration tailor-made for any environment and decor style, consumers and specifiers can customize their faucets by choosing the spout, handle and finish.

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PRETTY PRACTICAL

Soapstone is an excellent choice for bathroom countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

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A TOUCH OF STYLE

Passepartout is a collection of glazed porcelain stoneware available in trendy pastel colours. This collection is available in two unique patterns, allowing for the creation of various combinations. Passepartout will certainly add a touch of style to the walls of your contemporary projects.

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SLEEK MINIMALIST VIBE

More than ever before, designers and homeowners are embracing matte black as the hottest finish for its sleek and minimalistic vibe. Doors & More is the first “all inclusive”shower door company to offer the ability to add a black frame to any of their shower doors. They offer innovative and stylish products, custom sizing and a warranty on all of their products.

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DURABLE & EDGY

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are perfect for bathrooms thanks to their durability and easy maintenance. Pictured here is 4044 Airy Concrete, which is part of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This industrial surface will add an edge to your bathroom, thanks to its unpolished look and feel.

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EXPRESS YOUR STYLE

X-Tile Canada, with three locations in Toronto and Mississauga, offers a wide range of ceramic, glass – X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. They offer you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let their knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.

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BE BOLD

Be bold with the new Kohler Artist Editions Dutchmaster Midnight Floral sink for your bathroom. Dark hues and bold, dreamy floral patterns are sure to bring that daring yet romantic look to your space.

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SHADES OF GOLD

We have noticed a shift from the shinier ‘polished gold’ finish towards a more toneddown ‘brushed gold’ finish. These Amati faucets come in different shades of gold that complement the lighting in your space. Check out the ‘Shop Finishes’ collection on the Amati website.

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LATITUDE HAS ARRIVED

This new sliding shower door provides the very “au courant” look of a grid shower door, with none of the inconvenience. Thanks to its silk-screening method, the door has a virtual grid appearance making cleaning hassle-free. It is available in matte black for in-line, walk-in, two-sided and tub versions. Made with S.R.T. treated glass for added safety.

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STAINLESS STEEL SHOWER SHELVES

Shower shelves are often constructed using tile. Schluter-Systems’ brushed stainless steel shower shelves bring a unique design element to tiled showers. Made from 5/32-in. thick stainless steel, the sturdy shelves result in a sleek, clean finish. They fit between rows of tile and don’t use fasteners which can damage waterproofing.

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STATEMENT PIECE

The MOD + Collection by Graff is a modern way to customize your faucet. This widespread faucet comes in 15 finish options, three spout styles, three Tuscan marble handle options, and has a sophisticated knurling design to finish it off. Perfect for the customer who wants a unique statement piece for their bathroom.

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Bathrooms are second only to kitchens in terms of which room homeowners most-often renovate, and the amount of money they’re willing to spend on them. The next time you’re ready to renovate a bathroom, keep these five features in mind to elevate your space.

Séura Smart Mirror, courtesy of Séura.
Séura Smart Mirror, courtesy of Séura.

The heat is on

For millennia, builders have used tile flooring in rooms where there’s a high risk of water damage. Whether you opt for slate, marble, or ceramic tiles, the material is impervious to water. Unfortunately, stone and tile are cold to the touch. That’s fine – and actually quite desirable – in the summer, but can be an unpleasant shock during a mid-winter, midnight trip to the bathroom.

That’s why heated floors are becoming a must-have for mid- to high-end bathroom renovations. If your home is heated by hot-water radiators, it’s fairly easy to add a run of piping below the floor before laying the tiles. If not, there are a number of electrical mats that can be installed directly underneath the flooring.

And to take this luxurious warmth to the next level, consider installing a towel warmer. Who wouldn’t want a towel at the ready that feels like it just came out of the dryer when stepping out of the shower? Again, you can buy models that are heated by water from the boiler or via electricity.

Ditra-Heat System courtesy of Schluter Systems
Ditra-Heat System courtesy of Schluter Systems

Reclaim the throne

By now, we all know the importance of swapping out old, high-water consumption toilets for low-flow, dualflush models that reduce the amount of water wasted with each use. And now you can be both eco-conscious and luxurious when it comes to choosing a commode.

Bidets are still relatively rare in North America but once you get over the novelty of them, they are a very hygienic option. Rather than having to take up precious floor space installing a toilet and a separate bidet, a number of companies make combined two-in-one units, or replacement seats that include the washing function.

Still not sold on a bidet? There are a number of other luxurious upgrades you and your family might enjoy – from heated seats and lids that open and close automatically, to built-in nightlights and even speakers for streaming music.

Soak it in

Once upon a time, a shower consisted of a single fixture, hung directly overhead. But with homeowners increasingly seeking a spa-like experience at home, manufacturers started increasing the number of ports and jets for water to shoot out from in the shower. While an overhead “rain” soaker and a hand-held fixture are fairly standard now, the next-level upgrade includes a column of body jets lining the walls of the shower enclosure to literally soak you from head to toe.

Photo courtesy of Kohler
Photo courtesy of Kohler

Divide and conquer

Back in the 1980s, his-and-her sinks were all the rage in master bathrooms. The trend more or less faded away when homeowners realized that 95 per cent of the time they just used one of the sinks, leaving the other one spotless. One of today’s trends takes the separation to the next level: his and her bathrooms. Yes, dual ensuites for the man and woman of the house. Obviously you’ve got to have enough space and a big enough budget to even consider this upgrade, but can you imagine the ease of opening the drawers or vanity without having to wade through your partner’s lotions and creams to find your toothbrush buried in the back?

Add some A/V

Singing in the shower is a pastime for many. But it’s even better when you have something to sing along to. You could simply buy an extra wireless speaker, such as a Sonos or Google Home, but the excessive moisture – particularly during the colder months when the windows are closed – can damage these electronics.

Ideally, you’ll find waterproof, wireless speakers for your audio entertainment. One option is Kohler’s Moxie, which combines a showerhead and wireless speaker in one.

To truly turn your bathroom into a home entertainment centre, consider a mirror with a built-in TV or smart touchscreen so you can catch up on the news and weather, plan your commute time, or update your calendar while getting ready in the morning.

CAPTION: Photography courtesy of Margaret Mulligan

Jim Caruk, Renovation Editor

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback. Do you have a reno or decor question for our team of experts?

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Express your style

X-Tile Canada, with three locations in Toronto and Mississauga, offers a wide range of ceramic and glass. X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. The company offers you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let the knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.

X-TILE CANADA

Timeless & elegant

Special thought went into the details of this bathroom renovation designed and executed by Tapestry Decor. The classic marble used for the floors and walls adds texture, and the Caesarstone blizzard white used for the countertop on this custom floating vanity adds not only elegance but function for the space.

TAPESTRY DECOR

Brilliantly modern

Riobel, distinctive member of The House of Rohl, invites you to discover the Azure kitchen faucets collection. It is synonymous with formal simplicity, stylish yet functional. With its two-jet Boomerang hand spray system with integrated swivel, it is both modern and transitional. Offered in four finishes: Stainless steel, chrome, brushed gold and black.

RIOBEL

Pretty practical

Soapstone is an excellent choice for bathroom countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

Personalized faucet

Putting the freedom of choice into the hands of consumers and specifiers, Kohler’s new Components line of interchangeable faucet elements offers a wide range of modern, minimalist options for composing a finished product. To create a personalized faucet configuration tailor-made for any environment and decor, consumers and specifiers can customize their faucet by choosing the spout, handle and finish.

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Aoyuan: M2M's T1 Tower Suites

M2M’s T1 Tower Suites: Right-size your home and upsize your lifestyle

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M2M’s T1 Tower Suites: Right-size your home and upsize your lifestyle

Get a glimpse into a vibrant lifestyle currently being offered by Aoyuan International at Yonge and Finch. Now open, is the three-bedroom model suite at M2M. This insider’s perspective offers a first-hand appreciation for this 8.6-acre masterplanned community, situated close to the Yonge/Finch subway station.

All roads lead to M2M

M2M recently received the 2019 People’s Choice Award from BILD – GTA. With 1,680 new residences, it has been earmarked as an exceptional new development. On-site amenities include a community centre, a day care and a new public park, as well as 180,000 square feet of retail and office space. Just steps from the main subway artery and transit hub, other travel options whisk you away to the downtown core or suburban destinations. In additon, direct access to Highway 401 is situated just south of M2M.

Floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows on the corner suite.
Floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows on the corner suite.

A model suite

Within the M2M Presentation Centre, a fully furnished three-bedroom suite is now open for viewing. Featuring a 1,101-square-foot corner unit, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a 220-square-foot balcony, this model showcases an incredible living space.

At M2M there’s no need to compromise on space, style or comfort. If downsizing, this is the ideal first step. Exceptional quality is evident with clean lines, walnut flooring and gold accent detailing. An overall asthetic appeal is reflected in all the fine finishes.

Double-height yoga studio.
Double-height yoga studio.

Attention to detail

As you enter the model suite, you’ll notice that the inviting foyer includes much-needed storage space. In the heart of the home, the kitchen features Caesarstone on the countertops and on the island, with sleek waterfall edges on both ends. A space-saving convenience includes additional counter space that pulls out from between the microwave and the dishwasher when needed. The counter is complemented by a beautifully tiled, white marble backsplash in a Moroccan arabesque pattern. The kitchen also includes integrated appliances, a Kohler sink, shaker-style woodgrain cabinetry and under-cabinet lighting – all of these upgrades are standard in all of M2M’s T1 tower suites.

The open-concept dining area is connected to the kitchen and to the living room, and features sculptural lighting to offset your furniture. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of this suite to promote privacy and tranquility. This three-bedroom layout also includes two bathrooms, a walk-in laundry, a storage closet and natural light is optimized throughout.

Aoyuan offers a wide variety of layout options for those who appreciate expansive spaces, with the option to remove bedrooms, and open up floorplans, where possible. Other floorplans include one- and two-bedroom layouts with dens, as well as double-master suites. The flexible designs can accommodate a variety of family requirements or multi-generational living.

The extended community

Beyond the doors of each suite, an active lifestyle awaits. Residents can choose to relax, socialize or take advantage of various fitness opportunities, including a double-height yoga studio, a sauna and change rooms. Also within the development are beautifully landscaped areas with exclusive outdoor spaces that are accessible to residents on the third and ninth floors. In addition, there’s an infinity pool, a barbecue area and an outdoor dining room – plus plenty of space to unwind.

For those who love to entertain, there is a party room, a theatre room and lounge areas that are perfect for get-togethers with friends and family. From initimate dinner parties to celebratory events with an extensive guest list, the on-site dining room offers a full chef’s kitchen.

M2M places residents in the centre of this amenity-rich area of North York, close to transit, schools, parks and other community destinations. The M2M sales team is made up of knowledgeable professionals, who understand the local market, and are on hand to assist with this all-important decision.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The model suite and sales office are now open at 5851 Yonge Street.

416.901.2720

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Aoyuan International’s M2M Condos master-planned community wins BILD People’s Choice Award

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Aoyuan International’s M2M Condos master-planned community wins BILD People’s Choice Award

While far from its first real estate development on a global scale, M2M is Aoyuan International‘s initial project in Toronto, as well as its most ambitious to date. Planning for the multi-faceted community project first started in 2017, when Aoyuan International acquired the Newtonbrook Plaza and began to lay out plans for its largest residential complex in Canada.

When completed, the 8.6-acre master-planned community at Yonge and Finch in North York will be a fully integrated neighbourhood designed for living, working, and playing. Featuring five towers and two podiums, M2M’s all-encompassing community will be home to a total of 1,650 residential units, as well as hundreds of thousands of square feet of office and retail space, a community centre, children’s daycare, and even its own greenspace for a future park.

The Aoyuan International team is thrilled to have received the BILD People’s Choice Award at the 39th annual BILD Awards on May 3, where the award was presented by the Building Industry and Land Development Association.

The BILD Awards are an annual event held to highlight new real estate projects that standout taking place in the greater Toronto area and to celebrate “excellence in the GTA’s land development and new home industry,” With awards that recognize distinction in everything from marketing and sales to project design, BILD aims to recognize the myriad hard-working people behind the hundreds of new communities that appear on the market every year.

Aoyuan International shares the People’s Choice Award with key strategic partners who are equally responsible for M2M’s success, including Wallman Architects, U/31, Ferris + Associates Inc., Baker Real Estate Inc. and KG&A.

In a lengthy selection process, most winners of the BILD Awards are chosen by a jury of industry experts. However, for the People’s Choice Award, the power of selection is put into the hands of the general public, which makes the award one of the most coveted in the BILD Awards. This prize is considered massively important within the industry, as it represents the voice of the GTA people who will ultimately occupy the award-winning dwellings.

Initially shortlisted alongside seven other finalists, Aoyuan International’s master-planned community ended up snagging the award. The project was also nominated for the Best Suite Design award, thanks to M2M’s expansive square footage, smart home features, and thoughtful details, such as laminate wood flooring, Kohler fixtures, integrated appliances, and under-cabinet lighting.

Aoyuan International believes in and is committed to “building a healthy lifestyle” for its residents, and is thrilled that the M2M site has received its official approval from the city. With the BILD People’s Choice win drawing even more attention to the project, all eyes will definitely be on this exciting new community as the Newtonbrook Plaza is transformed over the coming years. The TTC Yonge subway expansion, which will soon bring downtown public transit access to M2M’s door, will make the master-planned community an even more attractive place to call home for daily commuters between the 416 and 905 area codes.

With such a positive start in the Toronto market, there’s no telling what successes await Aoyuan International and M2M, but the outlook so far is incredibly optimistic, and the team is excited to build out its master-planned community with its many amenities — from a yoga studio, infinity pool, and co-working space to a marketplace and park for families in the neighbourhood. It’s this very blend of modern development, design, marketing, and communications that Aoyuan International believes led to M2M’s victory at this year’s BILD award.

Aoyuan International encourages a healthy urban lifestyle. To learn more about the project, visit the M2M Presentation Centre and model suite, located at 5851 Yonge St.. The Presentation Centre is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends. For further information or an appointment, call 416.901.2720 or visit the website.


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M2M by Aoyuan International showcases new options for families living in condos

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M2M by Aoyuan International showcases new options for families living in condos

M2M by Aoyuan International, is an 8.6-acre master-planned community near Yonge and Finch subway designed to encourage a healthy urban lifestyle. When M2M is complete, it will be a fully-integrated live-work-play neighbourhood with 1,650 new residences, a community centre, a daycare, 180,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space, and a new public park. Aoyuan’s master plan and intelligently designed interior suite layouts provide a variety of living options for families in different stages of life.

Aoyuan has built a fully furnished three-bedroom model inside the M2M Presentation Centre. Showcasing a 1,101 sq. ft. corner unit with floor-to-ceiling windows with a 220 sq. ft. outdoor space, the model illustrates how M2M condo living doesn’t compromise on comfort and privacy typically found in single-family homes.

Model suite visitors will appreciate the walnut wood flooring, clean lines and gold accent detailing – finishes that reference the overall aesthetic of the development. Arriving at the suite, a spacious foyer sets a welcoming, family friendly tone. There is room for extra storage and benches to keep the assortment of hats, gloves, backpacks and after-school sports equipment under control, plus gallery walls for family photos.

The heart of the home, the kitchen features a thick Caesarstone countertop and island with waterfall edge on both ends, complemented by a beautiful white marble tile backsplash in Moroccan arabesque pattern. The kitchen includes integrated appliances, Kohler sink fixtures, and under-cabinet lighting, features that are standard in all of M2M’s T1 tower suites as per plans. Additional counter space pulls out from between the microwave and the dishwasher when needed – a smart, space-saving convenience.

The open-concept dining area features sculptural lighting set above a sleek wood table connecting the kitchen to the main living room. Bedrooms, thoughtfully located on opposite ends of this suite, maximize privacy and tranquility. This three-bedroom layout also includes two bathrooms, a walk-in laundry with a 27-inch efficient washer and dryer and storage closet, and optimizes access to natural light throughout.

A first for the condominium market in Toronto, Aoyuan is including electrochromic glass which comes standard with interior bedroom-suites, to provide a choice between clear glass and frosted privacy glass controlled by a wall switch. Marketed as M2M Switchable Smart Glass, visitors can experience this innovative feature at the touch of a switch.

Visit the Presentation Centre and Model Suite, located at 5851 Yonge St..The Presentation Centre is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays. For further information or an appointment call (416.901.2720) or visit the website.


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The Kohler, Wisconsin experience

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The Kohler, Wisconsin experience

Kohler, Wisc., a charming, historic village with about 2,000 permanent residents is the epitome of a company town. Originally called Riverside for its site along the Sheboygan River, it was officially rechristened the Village of Kohler in 1912.

Kohler the company was founded in 1873 by Austrian immigrant John Michael Kohler. The firm started off making cast-iron farm implements, fences, benches, and even crosses for cemeteries.

Kohler segued into plumbing in 1883 when the founder enameled the inside of a horse trough, added four cast iron legs, and sold it to a farmer as a bathtub. (As company lore has it, he traded the tub for one cow and 14 chickens.)

As the company has grown, so has the founding family’s role in and connection to its adopted home state. Two Kohler descendants, Walter J. Kohler, Sr., and Walter J. Kohler, Jr., served as the 26th and 33rd governors of Wisconsin. Today, the fourth-generation, family owned company is headed by John Michael’s great-grandson, David Kohler, who serves as president and CEO. David’s sister, Laura Kohler, is the company’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Stewardship, and Sustainability.

While central figures in the community, employees are fond of sharing stories about lining up at the local coffee shop with Kohler family members, and employees are so passionate about the company that many retirees lead guided factory tours during the week.

Over the years, the company’s product line expanded exponentially, including a wide array of toilets, faucets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, interior décor items, and beyond. In addition to a line of generators and small engines, the Kohler foundry produces parts for other large manufacturers including Ford and Caterpillar.

In 2017, then CEO Herb Kohler even launched Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates. Visitors can buy these artisanal chocolates from a charming shop in the village. Those looking for something with a little more kick can also pick up a bottle of Kohler Dark Chocolate Brandy.

One must-see stop on a visit to the town of Kohler is the Kohler Design Center. This 36,000-sq.ft. facility features thousands of displays of Kohler kitchen and bathroom products, including working showers and water-filled soaker tubs. The upper level features a series of inspirational “Designer Vignettes,” with rooms designed and decorated by well-known designers. Styles range from the Copper Cottage kitchen design by Kim Lewis, to Barococo Futurism a bathroom designed by Jonathan Adler that’s equal parts 18th-century late Baroque styling and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The basement level of the Design Center houses the Kohler Museum, allowing visitors to walk through the company’s earliest days making cast-iron products to the many innovations that Kohler has introduced in its history. Kohler celebrated its 145th anniversary in 2018.

Like most large North American industrial companies, Kohler did its part for the war effort during World War II, producing everything from shell casings to generators. Later, the company produced precision valves used in the Apollo space program. Some of that space age technology seems to have made its way into the current product lineup, including the futuristic Numi 2.0 toilet, with heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and self-sterilization.

Sports fans will want to make a pit stop for a selfie in a replica of Manchester United’s locker room. Kohler is an official sponsor of the globally renowned soccer club. When visiting town, where better to stay than the company’s own American Club hotel? The American Club was built in 1918 as living quarters for immigrant labourers brought over from Europe. But don’t mistake it for some squatters’ quarters. From day one the facility housed a pub, bowling alley, and a barbershop for workers. Since 1981 it’s operated as a boutique hotel, the only five diamond-certified hotel in the U.S. Midwest.

Some of the many dining options around town range from casual comfort food next to a massive fieldstone fireplace in the Blackwolf Run Restaurant, overlooking the 18th hole greens of the site’s two golf courses, to the four-star Immigrant Restaurant in the American Club where jackets are required “for gentlemen.”

With not one but two PGA-certified golf courses, Kohler is a holiday destination even for those with no interest in the latest designer fixtures. Blackwolf Run features two 18-hole courses and was named “Best New Public Course” in the country by Golf Digest when it opened in 1988. Nearby Whistling Straits also has two 18-hole courses, laid out on a 560-acre site along the Lake Michigan shore. Having already hosted the 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships, in 2020, The Straits course will host the Ryder Cup. Fore!

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Aoyuan launches T1 – the highly anticipated south tower at M2M Condos

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Aoyuan launches T1 – the highly anticipated south tower at M2M Condos

Aoyuan‘s transformation of Yonge and Finch into a complete live-work-play community is currently underway. The demolition of the former Newtonbrook shopping plaza began in December 2018. The 8.6-acre arterial site will become home to M2M, a fully integrated community that will add five residential towers, 180,000 sq. ft. of new office and retail space, a daycare centre, community centre and new public park to the neighbourhood.

“M2M will become a new destination for Yonge and Finch – a vibrant residential community, with rich retail and office and interconnected greenspaces to support a healthy urban lifestyle,” says Vince Santino, senior vice-president, development (Eastern Canada), Aoyuan Property Holdings (Canada) Ltd.

Following the sold-out success of M2M’s north tower, Aoyuan is bringing the south tower to the market this spring. Located on the southern edge of the new community, steps from Yonge and Finch subway and GO Stations, T1 at M2M will have 36 floors, two penthouse levels.

Last year Aoyuan celebrated the launch of The M2M Community with a neighbourhood Block Party, inviting local residents to partake in a day full of health and wellness activities.
Last year Aoyuan celebrated the launch of The M2M Community with a neighbourhood Block Party, inviting local residents to partake in a day full of health and wellness activities.

The M2M Community is designed with Aoyuan’s healthy lifestyle intelligence baked into the master plan. Purchasers will benefit from a variety of fitness and wellness amenities as well as thoughtfully-designed greenspaces. Third floor condo amenities include a theatre, children’s play area and a double height yoga and fitness studio facing an internal courtyard. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room, and waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room, waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure and a co-working lounge with large format printer and scanner.

“Aoyuan’s approach to creating healthy communities was central to the design, strongly influencing our use of natural materials and form and ensuring maximum access to natural light throughout the building,” says Kelly Cray, principal of U31 Design.

Inside the suites, kitchens are designed for high utility and include fully integrated appliances with upgraded Kohler plumbing fixtures as the standard offering. Carefully thought-out layouts maximize efficiency, with storage needs provided by walk-in closets in select units. Multiple finish options suit diverse personalities and tastes.

Showcasing distinctive architecture by Toronto’s Wallman Architects, a series of geometric glass forms frame the site with playful textures to differentiate different faces of the building. “We are very excited about the way the building is addressing the new park to the east,” said Rudy Wallman. “Functionality and views from the suites were another key focus of the design. Balconies face the park while light-filled living spaces take advantage of views of an internal courtyard.”

Suites in T1 at M2M range from 427 to 1,400 sq. ft. Visit the newly completed presentation centre including model suite, located at 5851 Yonge St. The presentation centre is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays. To register call or visit the website.

416.901.2720

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Kitchens

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Product Showcase – Kitchens

Depart from the ordinary

Delta’s Pivotal Collection brings global appeal and a striking statement to your kitchen with sleek, contemporary geometry. Shown here, the Pivotal Collection in Black Stainless finish combines confident, angular lines and exclusive smart technologies to embody modern style.

MASCO CANADA

Concrete Gray – New silgranit colour by Blanco

The perfect shade of gray with a balanced colour profile, this engineered colour combines the highly sought-after raw look of natural concrete with the functionality, feel and performance of Blanco’s patented SILGRANIT material. Subtle, dark speckles depict elements found in real concrete.

BLANCO CANADA

Get creative with your backsplash

Trapezium by Arvex is a glass mosaic collection available in multiple colours that is sure to astound. It impressively blends frosted and matte glass tessera with clear ones, showcasing a sparkling metallic background. A great choice if you’re looking to add brightness and flair to your kitchen backsplash.

CIOT INC.

Beautiful, durable quartz & granite

Quartz countertops offer great beauty, value, durability and maintenance-free simplicity. Beyond Marble & Granite fabricates and installs quartz and granite countertops for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms and can customize fireplace surrounds. BMG also offers a wide range of products such as custom cabinetry, porcelain tile, mosaics, faucets, sinks and more. Visit the showroom in Vaughan for personalized attention and competitive prices.

BEYOND MARBLE & GRANITE

Timeless simplicity & functionality

Timeless simplicity with distinctive design and functionality is what Kakoz Kitchens & Custom cabinetry is known for. Serving the Greater Toronto and surrounding area, this family-owned business has extensive experience in kitchen designs and custom woodwork for all commercial and residential projects. No limitation to design aspects and challenges, material selection ranges from modern, traditional, transitional and contemporary.

KAKOZ KITCHENS

Timesless & memorable marble

Every year, premium quartz manufacturer Caesarstone unveils innovative new colours. First to be released this spring is Empire White 5151, a unique marble quartz that is Caesarstone’s latest interpretation of authentic Calacatta marble. It presents the sophisticated beauty of natural stone alongside the durability and easy maintenance that are synonymous with Caesarstone. Like all Caesarstone, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

CAESARSTONE CANADA

Accent colours

Black with gold has been increasing in trend lately, and Amati Canada is a good place to find a lot of brands launching collections that bring out the best using these finishes. The trick is the subtleness of the two combined and not to visually overwhelm. Check out their collections, or visit the Amati showroom or website.

AMATI CANADA

Express your style

X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. They offer you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms located conveniently near you. Let their knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.

X-TILE CANADA

Quartz & stone in all shapes and sizes

The Remnant Warehouse has more than 2,000 pieces of popular quartz brands such as Caesarstone and Silestone, as well as natural stone in all shapes and sizes. Find excellent pricing on materials for small projects. You can view all of these pieces, plus register for designer and contractor pricing at qrw.ca.

THE REMNANT WAREHOUSE

Timeless & elegant

Let Tapestry Decor bring your ideas to life. Special thought went into the details of this kitchen renovation designed and executed by Tapestry Decor. Rich textures, stone work, gorgeous floors, and now to accessorize for the final touches. Tapestry adds not only elegance but also function to any space.

TAPESTRY DECOR

Distinctly beautiful. Naturally Canadian

HanStone Quartz is Ontario’s only quartz brand. Proudly manufactured in London Ontario, HanStone’s state of the art facility produces material for all of North America. HanStone offers superior quality, exceptional design and more than 40 inspiring colours and patterns. The local choice for designers and homeowners alike.

HANSTONE CANADA

Natural timeless beauty

Soapstone is an excellent choice for countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

GREENSVILLE SOAPSTONE COMPANY

Revolutionary voice assist faucet

The Sensate Touchless Faucet with Kohler Konnect is your voice-controlled kitchen assistant. Use simple commands to turn water on and off and dispense measured amounts of water. It can also monitor water usage and alert you if unusual usage is detected via the Kohler Konnect app. Visit the website for more information.

KOHLER

Silestone eternal noir

Part of Silestone’s Eternal Collection, this new shade is an adaptation of the natural Sahara Noir Marble. Set upon a black backdrop, Eternal Noir is characterized by its luxurious white and gold-toned veining. The veining and highlights run completely through the material, including its edges, resulting in an authentic natural appearance.

COSENTINO

Ideal for any coffee lover

The new Jura S8 from Faema Canada is the ideal companion for any coffee lover. Simply select your favourite beverage from the full colour touch screen and within seconds enjoy your favourite specialty coffee. The one touch options include: Flat White, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Espresso, Americano and more.

FAEMA CANADA

Thin Tile

Ranging in thickness from 3.5- to 20-mm with panel sizes between 80- by 100-cm to 160- by 320-cm, this new large-format porcelain opens the door to never before available applications for tile, merging between traditional tile design and stone slabs. ThinTile specializes in the design, supply, delivery, and installation for large thingauged porcelain tile.

THIN TILE

Beautiful designer hardware

Prima Home Hardware has elegant kitchen cabinet hardware to suit any style or design. Ranging from ring pulls, handles and knobs, all are fashioned from quality materials so that they don’t have to be replaced. Exceptional quality and a subtle artistic touch go into the design of all of their cabinet hardware.

PRIMA HOME HARDWARE

Make a bold statement in matte black or white

The sleek low-profile design of BLANCO’s POSH faucet is now available in two new finishes: full Anthracite and full White. Anthracite is the perfect matte black finish with luxurious, earthy properties. White creates an exquisite monochromatic look in light kitchens.

BLANCO CANADA


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