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Thinking outside the box – Five exterior trends that your clients will fall in love with

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Thinking outside the box – Five exterior trends that your clients will fall in love with

An exterior facelift can dramatically transform the feeling of the entire home. The days of the cookie cutter subdivision homes are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Exteriors present an opportunity for builders to highlight their creativity through textures, colours, and materials. The designs of tomorrow are anything but boring. Delight your clients by showcasing these trends that are ramping up curb appeal and creating spaces that are uniquely their own.

The new neutral

Does the word neutral have you stifling a yawn? Don’t worry. The world has finally woken up and said a huge goodbye to boring beige. Today’s neutrals are far from subdued. Instead, they are about creating an emotional and aesthetically pleasing experience. Once seen as accent colours, greys and blues are moving to the forefront. These colours beautifully complement a natural landscape, while also evoking a feeling of warmth and comfort. Classic white is also having a comeback. But this time, it is enhanced with an eye-catching, dramatic black trim. This expanded colour scheme makes it easy for homeowners to create a place that is uniquely their own without being overly dramatic or garish. However; they are looking for the builder’s eye and expertise to help determine the colour scheme that is the right fit for their home.

Add depth to your exterior through textures

Changing the façade of the home is one of the easiest ways to create a complete transformation. Whether it’s using contrasting gloss levels of the same material or self-patterned siding, the textured look is on trend. Builders can aid clients with their decision by highlighting the variety of materials that are available and each of their benefits. At the same time, they can showcase their own originality by creating depth with contrasting materials or using textures to ramp up the eye-catching appeal. Materials, like aluminium, are an extremely versatile, durable product that can be used either as an accent or for the complete exterior.

A conscious choice

Colour is not the only way that homeowners are making their mark on their space. They are actively seeking products constructed in a way that they can feel good about. An increasing number of homeowners are recognizing the value in aluminium siding – both from an environmental standpoint and an aesthetic one. When offering materials to your clients, seek out companies who have a strong waste management program and integrate sustainability as part of their values. This includes showcasing companies that use recycled and reused materials and are actively implementing strategies to reduce their overall environmental impact. Products such as high-tensile aluminium siding, offer strength, durability, and the sustainability values that today’s homeowners are seeking.

Making their own mark

Once restricted to home interiors, clients are awakening to the possibilities in exterior customization. Homeowners are using these spaces to showcase their personality and tell the story of their families. Help your customers make an amazing first impression by designing a home that is uniquely theirs. The beauty of personalization is that there truly are no rules. Integrate products such as modern aluminium siding into a home to highlight focal points with an updated, clean look. Amp up the wow factor with dark on dark colour schemes or bring in the look of wood for the client that wants that cabin getaway without the upkeep of natural wood. The beauty of this trend is that it allows builders to exercise their creativity; crafting exteriors that will truly wow and delight your customer.

Thinking outside the home

Homeowners are increasingly excited about the possibilities of exterior design. Workshops, she sheds, man caves, and garages are no longer an afterthought. Homeowners are actively integrating these structures into their exterior design to create a seamless look. On the flip side, their smaller footprint provides an opportunity to explore new design elements and higher price point items. Builders can spark the homeowner’s creativity by showcasing ways to elevate these exteriors spaces. This serves as an opportunity to bring forward high-end design pieces, dramatic colours and variances in texture to truly bring these spaces to life. Whether it’s giving an entire home a facelift or enhancing a home through accent pieces, homeowners are paying attention to exterior designs. Builders can easily elevate the curb appeal of the home by varying materials, playing with colour schemes, or using innovative materials to draw focus to unique elements of the home. The current trends present an opportunity for builders to bring the personality of the homeowner forward. The end result: exterior spaces that are creative, innovative, and enhance the overall homeowner experience.

Diana Sousa is the product consultant and marketing director for Kaycan Exterior Siding Solutions.


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Reno Expert: Don't Move, Improve

Reno Expert: Don’t Move, Improve

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Reno Expert: Don’t Move, Improve

by Jim Caruk

If the real estate market has you feeling jittery about moving, why not focus your attention on the home you already own

After more than a decade of almost non-stop rising home prices in Toronto and the surrounding suburbs, things seem to have finally started to taper off. Still, with the average home price in Toronto peaking somewhere north of $1-million, with realtor fees, land transfer taxes (provincial and municipal if you buy within the city limits), lawyers’ fees, and the various other closing costs, you could quite easily spend $100,000 or more just to swap your old house for a new one, without doing any renovations. Why not put that money into your current house and create the home you’ve always dreamed of?


Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most popular rooms people focus on when upgrading their homes. Whether it’s a fully functional chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances and plenty of countertop workspace, or a spa-like master bathroom complete with soaker tub and a bevy of spray jets in the shower, these projects can convert an ordinary home into the extraordinary.



You can’t go wrong building a communal living room around a fireplace.

Why not buy one that’s made in Canada by Napoleon?


CAPTION: Photography courtesy of Napoleon


I wouldn’t be doing my duty to all the men out there if I didn’t mention the coveted “man cave.” Whether the focus is on a bar, a pool table, or a big-screen TV on which to watch the game, many a man has appeased his mid-life crisis by ordering up a place of his own where he can hang with his buddies. But if such an upgrade seems to be a tad lopsided, another more inclusive option is to create or remodel the family room into a home entertainment hub.


Some people would rather focus on the great outdoors. Obviously, now isn’t a good time to start building a new deck or installing a pool, but it is a great time to line up a contractor and make some decisions on design and materials so work can get started as soon as the snow is gone.


Of course, these luxury upgrades come at a cost. But even with home prices on a bit of a slide right now, if you’ve been in your house for more than a couple years, it’s almost certainly increased in value. You can access that “virtual” cash by taking out a home equity line of credit.


So save yourself the stress and cost of looking elsewhere for a dream home. That perfect space is possible right where you currently reside, with the added bonus of not purging your possessions and packing your life up into boxes.

Jim Caruk, Renovation Editor

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